Argos

Vakarian Bornstellar - Log entry 012
Through the dungeon we go

We encountered many hostiles on our way through the many rooms of this dungeon. Not all were bad though, We met a ghostly gnome who was trapped in this dungeon just rowing back and forth in the hallway. We asked him what dangers lie ahead and how to shut down the engines. he told us and also gave us a key to shut down the cooling tanks. we moved on and also told him we would try to save him.

One of the foes we faced was the necromancer from shanedon that we fought and killed, he was now some half ghost thing but once again we had to kill him. This was a tough battle, we ended up loosing Jade in the process to the point where it was impossible to save her or bring her back. Valentine also went down to the point i could no longer heal him to bring him back, but upon looking through his chest for my contract i noticed a few other strange things and also remembered i had a scroll that could bring him back. In his chest we learned who Valentine really was, a demon hunter for Asmodious, one of our enemies. i contemplated very heavily on whether to bring him back or not, but after reading through most of his journal and the fact he was helping us and hasn’t done anything to hurt the trust between us i decided to restore him. I was still cautious though and wanted answers so i had my crossbow at the ready. When he awoke i asked him where his loyalties lie and why did he not tell us. He spoke and said that he is only with Asmodious to slay devils and that is it, and that he is loyal to us and he will help us defeat Acererak.

We continued forward through the dungeon, we found a cleric of Palor who was sent to help. we welcomed him and fought onward. we stumbled into a meeting between shathi, chelliax, and a few other devils. I asked what was going on and shathi explained he is here to try to convince them to not lead their path of destruction through Cealthyr. i talked to them both about what is going on. I told chelliax that we have to continue on and if he tries to stop us then we will have to fight him. he said he cant stop us so he stepped aside. but John and the Cleric had to start making things difficult and attack chelliax. After things settled down we preceeded. chelliax showed us the secret loot stash.

We found a contract outsider and asked to see the contract. i found a loop hole that made it so he couldnt intervene when we try to stop the ritual, and also made it so the contract was null. sadly he went after chelliax for his involvement in forging a signature and chased him, ultimately killing him.

We continued and found Vadam in a cage suspended above the floor. We fought the evil guys in the room and freed vadam. after freeing him we talked for a bit then left the city

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Vakarian Bornstellar - Log entry 011
Siege after siege

We continued on through the swamps in search of Skull city. on our way through we encountered a Hydra, We begun to fight it and a familiar face arose in the distance. it was John. With our crab tank, johns help, and a few close calls we were able to defeat the Hydra. John introduced us to an acquaintance of his that will help us get into Skull city.

John lead us to Skull city and once we arrived Johns friend spoke in dark speech to get us in. John brought us up to date on what is going on and showed me where Vadam was being held. They had vadam locked up in a cage like an animal, and just about every abjuration spell on it. There was suppose to be an army that was going to help us siege the city to save Vadam but those plans hit a bit of a snag. Apparently the army was suppose to come from Valhalla but we got reports that some demons are invading the plane, so like any good samaritan we went to go help defend an entire plane from destruction.

John was able to Plane shift us there but we had to do a little bit of walking where we were met by a dragon. He was no match for us, with our combined might and spells we were able to keep him on the ground long enough for us to take him out. shortly after the encounter Grangee, Johns lamp archon, came back with some hound archons that took us to the main city, there last stand. Once there they filled us in on what is happening and asked for our help. We were happy to lend a helping hand. With a map of the city and a list of there troops and resources we planned for a couple hours on what we were going to do. Just as we were putting the final touches on our plan we the enemy troops started approaching. We sounded the alarm and got all the troops into positions, everyone was going to go to the front lines while i stayed at the tower to direct the troops and evaluate the larger threats. The demons sent in their lemur forces and giant blobs first to try to make a bridge over the mote. We had our cannon try to stop them as much as they can. After a while they were able to break through at 2 of the 3 locations but just barely. The demons next attack came from the sky. They dropped a few of these really fat demons into the city, they were also invisible which made things a bit more difficult. i commanded the hound archons to dump flour on them so our troops could see what they were fighting. we lost some troops to these things but we were able to hold our ground.

The next wave came at us from the north and the west. they broke through our western front first, but someone by the name of jade challenged the demon to a duel and if she won then they would have to turn back. but if he won then they could continue on through the city. I heard that it was an intense battle but Jade came out on top, and that part of the demons forces left the city. At the north gate they broke through and our holy water cannons hosed them down dealing massive amounts of damage but some still managed to get through. Ardell, John, Valentine and a few others helped clean up the rest enough for the remaining troops to hold them back.

We were holding our ground but just barely, at this rate it would end in a stalemate. This cause for drastic action, i pulled out a scroll of command weather that someone in the group gave me, i began to cast it. While the group was at the north gate some money devils got through the south gate and were heading to the center of the city, I told one of the archons to tell the troops in the center tower to grab the gold decorative swords so they are effective against these monsters.

As they were beating down the door a contract devil appeared and offered a deal. They knew they were loosing and we were suffering as well. He said his lord didnt wish to see anyone else die considering they knew they were about to lose and that we also plan on attacking Skull city. He said that they will withdraw all their troops from this plane as well as some powerful people from Scull city, in return i do one favor for him. I know that devils will keep their word in a contract but will also try to screw the other person over for their own gain. What makes this deal a bit different though is that because of my species i cant be damned to hell. i thought a while on this and looked at the outcomes if i didnt take this deal, and the outcomes if i did. under normal circumstances i would refuse immediately, but this isnt a normal circumstance. From a tactical stand point this is worth it because i will be saving lives and time while only putting my life at risk in the future. from a moral standpoint it is quite the opposite. After much thought and reading the whole contract i decided to make the deal, the contract devil also threw in a free wish. I dont expect anyone to respect the decision i made but i made it with only my life at risk, and the money devils would of gotten to me before the group and before i could get the spell off. The reason i also took the deal was cause i knew this devil is no stupid fella, he should know not to trust Acererak and about the balance in the universe. Either he is playing Acererak or he has his own motifs, the favor he will want me to do will most likely be something that will help him get more power in the levels of hell, though im sure he also knows that i will not betray my friends and allies so if he wants me to do a favor for him he would have me do something that is beneficial to us both. It will be a hurtle i will have to cross when the time comes.

The group didnt like my decision but i dont think they fully understand what is at stake and the hard decisions we will have to take upon ourselves in order to win. Also any one who knows me knows i always have a plan for the decisions i make.

Back at the tower i met the new additions to our group. Baron Tasker,

After the meet and greet, Kord decided to come back, he gave most of us a reward, even though he did not like my decision to take the deal but he still gave me something. we told him about the plan for skull city and he agreed to help, so not only did we have the support of the additional troops but also the support of a god. We took some time to rest and equip ourselves before we headed out. The plan basically is Kord and his troops will burst through the front gates while we sneak around the side and find and save Vadam.

Morning came and we were off to siege a city. Kord transported us to the city and busted down the gates and started the attack. We snuck around the side where we were helped over the wall from the imp that Valentine adopted. We made our way into the tunnels where we encountered our first foe, Fallen shadows. These were like the ones we fought on the demi plane that killed Liliana. Jade through up a shroud of darkness which made it impossible to shoot the things, once she lowered it we were able to deal some damage. Ardell was made for this kind of fighting and was making the Shadows hurt. Baron shot one of the ghost down and Ardell got a few more, Everyone else was doing there part to help take down the rest of the shadows while i was doing my part and trying to keep everyone alive.

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Vakarian Bornstellar - Log entry 010
Enemies around every corner

We continued through the demi-plane slaying all in our path in the name of Good. We came across a Jail where there was two bearded devils guarding three prisoners. we were able to distract and disorganize the devils enough for the prisoners to get out. Among the prisoners was Crudak who mysteriously vanished shortly after we entered the plane. We all trapped the Bearded Devils down a few of the corridors. Trapped and no where to go they we soon destroyed. The two other prisoners, Father Valentine a bard and Ardell a night, joined us as we ventured through the tomb.

Our next encounter was Drowning Jeb, this was a pretty easy battle since Crudak through some magic dust at him that turned him into a pellet. We took care of the water zombies and then we were on our way. Down this slippery slide we went and found this floating ball of chain that would take forever for us to kill so we decided to move on. The next set of rooms we found was a series of chambers used as therapy for different fears. Beyond those we found an Imp that is now traveling along with us. He showed us to the door that was the entrance to a puzzle, that if we were to solve would lead us to the final room. Naturally we were able to eventually figure out the puzzle and proceeded to the final room. There we encountered some one from my past, an old friend, Thel Naroosian.

He came in contact with the sword and it took control of his mind, turning him into something he was not. I could see deep down he was trying to fight it but there was nothing we could do, we had no choice but to fight him. In his dying he said that it was the sword making him do this and he only hopes that his father will forgive him. then he turned to dust. I gathered up his ashes in a urn to give to his family.

We found a door that was the way out and for some reason lead to our rooms, so we went through.

Back at the house our troubles were still not over. I went to find the Sword shathi got me but it had been stolen. i found out that the thieves that took it were the ones that we met shortly before returning to Argos. the Paladin and sickly women. That is not all though, Abyssalon started to show more signs of evil and then she attacked us. It was just me and Valentine trying to take him on. Valentine got frightened and ran off and i went outside to get the tank. i also told the guards what happened and told them to go get more help. By the time i pulled the tank around, Valentine rejoined and got in the tank. Knowing that he would suspect us to come through the door we went through the wall instead. As soon as we were inside an old friend showed up, Bach. Abyssalon tried to turn Bach against us by telling him the tank ate us, and Bach having the intelligence of an imp believed him. Bach picked up the crab tank, breaking the arms. while we were in the air i convinced Bach that we are fine and Abyssalon is the enemy.

Another familiar face appeared. It was Virgil, he also brought the guard with him. Virgil was there more for the sword rather than to help us. With the crab tank partially functioning i decided as a last ditch effort to charge abyssalon with it, but he pulled out a wand and rusted it in its tracks. Valentine ended up turning invisible and sneaking off before i charged, not sure what he was going to do since he was invisible. Virgil decides to enthrall us in a bunch of tentacles making very difficult to move and more challenging for me cause im in a metal can that is being destroyed and no way to get out. Abyssalon decides to say some evil words that happen to get Virgil on his side. The situation starts to look grim. The tank breaks apart and im able to jump free without harm, Bach is trying to fight them and i realize that we might need more help or try from a different approach. I fall back to the hallway to set a trap in one of the rooms.

I met Valentine outside and shortly after we saw Bach who was badly injured. We decided to head to the town hall to tell them of what is going on and that we need help. After explaining it to the receptionist first, King Cealthalsaur strolls out and asks whats going on. I explain it to him and he agrees to help.

We get to the manor and find that they have summoned a few Bearded Devils. Cealthasaur takes the devils down pretty quickly with just a few words. We managed to proceed to kill Virgil and Abyssalon with a lot of help from Cealthalsaur. With them dead and no longer a problem Cealthalsaur picked up the sword and was able to resist its effects, He is going to put it in a special container so it cant effect us.

We thanked Ceal and in return for him helping us he said that if he needs a task done in the future we are to do it, so we really had no choice but to agree.

After the battle we started to clean up and also talk about why Ardell and Valentine were in the demi-plane jail. They told me that they were each looking for Vadam and were captured, but they do not know eachother. They were able to tell me that they heard he was taken to a place called Skull City. I used this new information to do some research into the whereabouts of the city and i was able to determine the general area of it. I also Realized that this place seemed very familiar. With our new found money we suited up for the long journey and fixed the Crab tank then we were off. To prevent any further problems of people breaking into our home i told the guards to only allow me and a select few others if they know the password, no exceptions.

After traveling for some days now we reached the swamp and the edge of the city. There we found a follower of Heironius who was badly heart. He was a bit frightened to see me and actually had me mistaken for someone else. He said he thought i was his commander, someone by the name of Rolterra who also had nearly my exact likeliness. Which means possibly another Samsarian, But also the name Rolterra is the name of an evil minor deity. Which if this is the case then he has fooled these followers into believing he is good and is secretly trying to carry out evil plans. Also if he looks like me then that is not good, so i have sent word back to Cealthyr to warn of this. It is also strange that a Samsarran Would take such a dark path, usually our species does not follow the dark path but it is not impossible.

Checking the nearby building we found a whole bunch of skeletons and dead bodies, along with a giant Ooze. Ardell went right in and started hitting the Ooze as we fired shots from the back and soon we were able to help defeat the Ooze and skeletons.

In the corner of the building we found a Genie’s lamp, which we took outside. We thought long and carefully about what we should do and we decided to rub the lamp. Out came the Genie and imediatly he thought i was Rolterra. It took a while to calm him down and convince him that i am not Rolterra and we are friendly. We are able to also convince him of the problems we are facing and the threat Acererak poses. He agrees to what we tell him and that if he travels with us (not like he has much of a choice) and sees that we are different then other mortals we will set him free.

We continued on our march.

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Vakarian Bornstellar - Log entry 009
Help! I'm falling and I cant get up!

Today is a day filled with sorrow, for we have lost another comrade to the treachery of the Devourer. The one that died today was Liliana. She was a good friend, a bit shy and didnt trust many people very easily but who could blame her, in a time like this trust is hard to come by. Her body might be gone but the memory of her will never fade, and in these next few pages i will illustrate her final battles against evil so that there is a record of this fallen heroes final moments.

It all started in the hall way at the beginning of Acereraks Demi-plane. We peaked through the door at the end of the hallway that lead to the next room. We spotted four Howlers, savage looking beast that appeared to be a cross between a dog and a porcupine. Some time passed as we devised what we were going to do to take on this threat in the smartest and safest way possible. The plan we decided on was that i will get some grenades and tie them together, lite the fuse, and toss them into the room. Then i would create a minor image of an angelic being where the grenades are as to draw the hounds close to them. After the grenades would go off they would eventually notice us at the door and come for us, were we would then bottleneck them and take them out one by one.

We initiated the plan and watched it unfold. We it 3 of the 4 howlers hurting them pretty good. They then seen us and charged at the door. I tried to hold the door partially closed so Liliana could stab at them with her spear, but they pushed it open putting me against the wall. I levitated up and shot some arrows as Liliana held her position at the door. The hounds were lining up to get slaughtered. They tried stunning us with their howls but our will power was to strong for them that day and one after another they fell in a pile at the door, the last one ran away though to warn the others before we could get to him. After the battle we tended to the few scratches we had received, but we were greatly satisfied with our plan for it had worked perfectly. It’s always nice when people follow the set plan, everything end up working out.

We studied the room which happened to be a library filled with books on evil and torcher. i found one that could help me further understand the torcher being done to Vadam in my vision, so i packed it away in my bag. There was another book there we found which looked relatively new, It was called Drowned Jabe and His Miserable Brothers and Sisters. We were cautious about reading the book so we just tossed it in the bag. Another door was at the other end of the room, Liliana and I decided to get ready for whatever could be on the other side of that door so we pilled a whole bunch of books up near it, ready to light on fire to harm whatever could be on the other side.

By this time we were joined by Abyssalon. I filled her in on what happened and then peaked into the next room were i just saw a never ending void surrounded with stairs that seemed to go both up and down but connect all around. looking at it made one feel a bit unbalanced as the stairs seemed to be impossible. Liliana decided to be the first on to enter the room, then followed Abyssalon and i stayed at the door. Not long after entering the room these shadows started to appear out of the far most wall. We took battle positions and began to fight. Liliana and Abyssalon swung at the shadows but it only seemed to do partial damage, the story was no different for my crossbow. Whenever these shadows touched you they made you weaker making it harder to fight or run. Liliana was taking on the brunt of the shadows and soon she was on her knees as they drained her strength, turning her protection into a hindrance. i noticed her barely able to move so i rushed in and gave her a potion to give her some strength back, Abyssalon wasn’t looking to well either. The potion i gave Liliana helped for a little bit but as i was dragging her back to the doorway she was touched by another shadow, draining the last bit of her strength and turning her into one of them as she died in my hands. I yelled to Abyssalon that we need to get out of here and i ran into the other room where i knew they couldn’t get me Abyssalon ran to the wall to try to investigate it but she was soon surrounded, she quickly retreated back to the library room.

It’s sad we had to loose Liliana to a shadow, it saddens me inside knowing there is nothing we could do, Things would be a lot easier if she was still a body. It makes you wonder though, how many of those other shadows were once good people who are now cursed to be a shadow. It is quite sad.

After mourning for a bit we decided run into the room, grab Liliana’s stuff, and head down the left stairs. While running past the shadows one of them got a hot on me but i shook it off and kept going, once we were safe I healed the strength taken from me and seen that we were in another room with an endless void. There was a small passage a bit below the wooden platform we were on. Abyssalon asked me if i trusted her, and i said kinda. Next thing i know she tackled me off the platform towards the passage. We missed it. Then we started falling and passing the bridge, over and over again. I used my grappling hook to catch onto the ledge. As i tried to climb it i slipped. The same happened to Abyssalon the first time. We both hooked again, she was able to make it up to the passage…i slipped again. I missed the next throw but on the fourth attempt i got it again. This time though i had Abyssalon pull me up. We were now in a small passage way awaiting what is to come next.

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Vakarian Bornstellar - Log entry 008
Memory is the Key

Before going to sleep i decided to meditate and search my memories for any that were not my own. When the Devourer was connected to my mind when i abruptly severed the connection i believe some of his memories got trapped in my head. After a bit of searching through my memories i did actually find one of Acereraks memories.

The memory was him watching Alexander (David Mitra) watching a familiar face through a crystal ball. That familiar face was Sir Vadam Naroosian, someone I met nearly 100 years ago. He was chained and being torchered. I was able to tell that they were using the spell Liquid pain on him to extract the pain and use it for their potions. If the history books are true then he has gone through much worse for he is a strong individual, though no one should ever go through what is being done to him.

Even though the room he was in was dark i was able to tell that the building they are in is made out of wood found in the swamps. So my guess is they are located somewhere in that area. Now we need to only finish up stuff here in Argos and head down to the Many Miles Swamp and help my old friend out.

After meditation i began to pray. I was praying to Phiarlan asking why he chose me and what he wanted me to do, but to my surprise my prayers were answered by…John. He talked to me for a bit and said that he did in fact die by the hands of Virgil and he is now a angel of sorts. He told me that Phiarlan wanted him to answer my prayer and basically tell me to keep on fighting. Not really the answer i was looking for, since it is very generic. He also told me that he will be at the swamps, so we can meet up there.

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Events of The World: Rebirth
John's Account

The last thing I remember was killing a large horde of orcs then putting on a necklace. Once I had dawned it upon my neck the world grew cold and almost distant. It is not a feeling I am really able to describe, but then I found Cheliax and remembered that he can control negative energy. I figured that his powers would make me feel better. After he released a burst of negative energy, for a moment, I felt wonderful. Alas, though, the feeling was fleeting and I once again felt horrid. Then my party mates and I found a cave just beyond the fort the orcs were hold up in and low and behold THERE WAS AN ENTIRE NEGATIVE ENERGY FIELD.

Now this is where my memory becomes very foggy, but I shall try to recall the events. We went into this negative energy field, and found some rotten peach trees with the great Caelthysar and some undead zombies guarding them? A battle soon ensued and Virgil was hit by a black ray from Cael and then became almost feral. He immediately lost the ability to speak and then soon after ate one of the rotting fruits. The fruit did not seem to change him, but I suspect that there are some effects. The fight continued and the last thing I remember was Cael looking at me then a black light.

After that moment there are only flashes of light and smells. Oh the smells are very vivid still in my mind. there was rotting fruit, then the smell of rotting blood, and finally the smell of blood. I remember blood and pain. A stabbing pain is my chest. Then I awoke laying down in a field. My mental faculties have also returned and I remember everything beyond this point very clearly. An absolutely beautiful field with mountains and in the distance, a giant battlefield, and castle. I got up and headed to the battlefield. There was a gnomish man fighting a giant dragon. I attempted to help him by attacking the beast. The creature was very fast and acted before I would raise my sword and spewed dragon fire at me. The fire almost knocked me unconscious but I was still standing afterwards. As I was recovering the gnomish man I was helping put his spear through my chest.

Again I awake prone, but this time I was in a bed. Outside of the room I could hear footsteps, a lot of them. I walked out of the room and saw a stream of people in the hallway all walking the same way. Not knowing what to do I followed suit. In the hallway, what do you know, I find the little gnomish man. Immediately I threw him against a wall and asked him why he put the spear threw my chest. He told me that we were in Ysengard and all about what that meant, which I shall keep to myself for the time being. I yearned to go back to the material plane and help destroy Acerak, so after a time I went to talk to the deity of the realm Cord.

In a very fancy trophy room I met with a halfling man who was cleaning up. The building I was directed to was Cord’s abode. I talked with the halfling a while and he questioned what I wanted and I told him that I simply wanted to go back and help fight Acerak. He told me that Cord also wanted this; to make things simple the halfling I had been talking to was Cord himself in disguise. The shortest version of this I can write is that in the end Cord sent me back to the material plane in a new body so that Acerak would not know. I now have an envoy to Cord who is a Lantern Archon name Greygee. He and myself shall go to the swamplands and find out some information on whats happening in the swamplands. If Aceraks followers are there we will find them.

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Stuff happened
spark notes version

fought battle
suspicions were true about king and peaches
try to save king by kidnapping him
crudak leaves
we kill constructs

I went to the arena in hopes of finding my comrades and to my luck i did. The next round just started as i arrived so i decided to watch

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Vakarian Bornstellar - Log entry 007
New friends and echos of old

As we were walking out of the cave i talked with Chelliax on how we can possibly fix the area with the negative energy plane and the effects on John and Virgil. He told me only powerful spells like a Wish or a Miracle might work, but a lot of those people who can cast such things are hard to get a hold of.

We fought the other troll that was holding the rest of the workers hostage. With all of us hitting him we took him down in no time and freed the hostages. John used his Necromancer knife to turn the troll into his own skeleton buddy but Virgil continued to attack it. Since their intelligence is now animal like there was very little way to control them or talk sense into them so eventually John, while riding his troll and Virgil still chasing and trying to stab it, ran off.

The rest of us got into the carriage and headed on our way to Argos. On our way we ran into another traveler heading to Argos. She asked if she could ride with us there, i told her sure and to hope into the carriage. she told us her name is Irya and she is a sorcerer, and the reason she is heading to Argos is to study in their great library. We continued on our way.

We then ran into another traveler heading to Argos. I offered him to ride with us for it will be safer instead of traveling alone. This travelers name is Ravasaadi Nightshade, he is a paladin and he is traveling to Argos to search for someone.

All of us stopped and made camp for the night. We found out that Ravasaadi and Irya are married to eachother when Irya got out of the carriage and Ravasaadi ran over to her and gave her a big long kiss. after this slightly awkward moment we all sat and chatted for a bit. As we were all chatting someone came up and poked me on the shoulder, it frightened the heck out of me. Like really, you dont sneak up on someone in the night and poke them in the shoulder, it might not end well. Luckily though he meant no harm, he was merely interested in what species i was cause i’m blue. we asked what he was doing out here and he said he was heading to Argos to help the king. I told him that a few of us were doing the same thing and he is welcome to join us. we all settled back down but just as i was about to go to sleep a voice came from the fire yelling for Kern in Deer. Since Kern wasnt here i answered and said that Kern isnt here. The spirit was confused at first and so was i, He was very frantic so once he realized i didnt know what was going on he calmed down a bit to explain. Apparently Kern is dead and is now in the Beast realm (is that right Dylan? i know its beast something) causing trouble. The old phrase “where there is smoke there is fire” sums up what it is like knowing Kern. The spirit, who i gather is related to Chadwicks somehow, was sent to try to contact Kern but instead got me, and since i am not an outsider he asked if i could help. Kern is going about his activist ways and rebelling against the idea to make a bridge that connects all the planes of heaven together, and the spirit wants us to try to stop him, and in return if we do, we will be granted a wish. Which is something i could use right now. I agreed to help.

After a nights rest we started back to on our way to Argos. As we got closer i heard their national anthem playing and i thought to myself they are either celebrating or morning. At the front gates we noticed that they were open and the town was in celebration, for the King has finally awoken from his comma. I found this strange. While i went to find the guard the others went and enjoyed the festivities, i would have gone but i had important matters to attend to. I found the guard i first talked to and he told me that the latest batch of peaches has seemed to do the trick, and now the king is all better. I Headed back to my carriage to sort some things out.

I Remember being told that the more recent batches of peaches were lacking in color and becoming more sickly as they were being brought to Argos before the shipments completely stopped a few weeks ago. Just coming from Merchantstone i know that the peaches have been soaking in a negative energy plane to the point where they are no longer safe to eat. if that negative energy started pouring in around the time the peaches started turning sickly then most likely it wasnt as powerful for the workers didnt think much of it until it became powerful enough to turn people into zombies . I theorize that as the Negative energy field started to get stronger Acererak or an enemy of the king Sent in the Cleric to take control of the situation. The cleric gave all the orcs the Necklace that reversed their energy making them like undead but not actually undead. This allowed him to have better control/influence over them which he used to take the workers prisoner so no one could warn anyone of what is happening. My guess is they continued the deliveries for a short while before stopping them because they delivered all that they needed to in order to carry out their plan. After observing Virgil eat one of the bad peaches i noticed he seemed to act different, and shouting “get off my land” i assume the peaches, not only being full of negative energy, are also cursed. Which if this is the case then the people taking care of the king could of fed him these bad peaches. With this powerful King most likely under careful watch given his condition it would be hard for anybody to get close to him to do anything. So the next thing to do would be to infect the only thing being fed to him. The peaches. them being the only thing keeping the king alive the attendents would have no choice but to feed them to him. If they fed him enough or fed him some from a cursed batch then it would of cursed him. Depending on what this curse of effect exactly does it could allow the ability for Acererak or quite possibly the kings brother, to access his mind or control him. With a powerful paladin who could pose a threat under their control they would be able make him work for them or lead people astray as they do evil deeds that go unnoticed. If i am right then that means the king is still in danger. I will need to find more evidence but i think it is to much of a coincidence for this to happen with everything else going on.

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Vakarian Bornstellar - Log entry 006
Meeting an old acquaintance and finding the peaches

We went to the party that was thrown in our honor. We mingled with the guest and enjoyed some much needed relaxation, after a while the Queen showed up, gave a little speech, then gave us gifts. She didn’t seem to want to be there at the party or enjoying herself so she left shortly after the gifts were given.

After the party we hopped on our new carriage and headed to Argos city to figure out why the shipments of peaches has halted. On our way there we ran across someone I met when i first began this journey. Chelliax. He was being chased by lions. we helped stop the lions, i one shoted one with my crossbow, it was pretty cool. Once we defeated the lions we began to talk to him to find out what he is doing here. He said he was on his way to Merchantstone to take care of some business. He wasn’t going to say much more cause he didnt think we would be interested in the politics of it all, but i insisted and he continued to say no. Then John threatened him with his sword and Virgil pulled out his sword to threaten John and things started getting crazy. Luckily no one else was hurt by the time things settled down but it is apparent now that John no longer trusts Virgil, i too am starting to wonder about this Guard Chief from Cealthyr. Chelliax ended up telling us that he his heading there to look into a matter of a negative energy shroud or something along those lines, but essentially Acererak wants to cause destruction of some sort there. I don’t fully trust him but like the old saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. It will be beneficial if we stay in contact with him in case we need him, the more allies the better.

We reached Argos only for the guards to tell us that we shouldn’t go in because the people are rioting. I managed to have them tell us what is going on and how we can help and they told us that the shipment of peaches has stopped coming and they don’t know why. They sent us to Merchant stone to find out why so we can hopefully solve the problem. We wished them luck with the towns people and headed on our way to the peaches. Once we reached the fort we stopped just outside the rocky pass, Virgil hopped out of the carriage and climbed the rocky wall to get a better view. He never came back down so we just decided to go through the pass. once through the pass we were met by some Orcs in a fort tower asking what we were doing here. We told them we were there for the peaches and why the shipments stopped. they told us everything was under control and there is nothing we should worry about. I noticed that these guys werent acting like orcs normally would and as soon i was about to say something else to try to get us in, John insulted them and started some hostile action. Next thing i know they are throwing javelins at us and my carriage. We started to fight back and then the chief came down and hit my cart. Liliana or John took him down, i thought of this as a great opportunity to find out more of what is going on here, so i went and brought him into the carriage. As the fighting persisted i was hoping to find a way to cure him and find out what is going on.

I had to halt my research and go save john though cause he was going to die if i didn’t. i told him to fall back to the carriage and we fell back to a safe distance. i found out that the necklace that all the Orcs were wearing was what caused them to act the way they do. So John decided to put it on, we found out that it changes a beings positive energy to negative energy, so not only can i no longer heal him, he is depressed and there is no way we can fix it without some powerful expensive spells.

Virgil mopped up the rest of the Orcs and met back up with us, we found chelliax in a well and brought him up, John took all of his stuff including his clothes and started running off with him. i got him back and redressed, and we awoke him. John once again began hostilities, and threatened him causing tensions to rise. After a three way battle we got everyone to calm down and Chelliax to heal John.

Everyone but me headed into the cave shrouded in negative energy (also Virgil put on the necklace), i scouted out one of the other buildings that held more hostages and a troll. Shortly after they headed to the cave, Chelliax returned to me and asked how i can handle those two, and i told him i have no idea. He went into a room to pray and came back with a potion that made me immune to the effects of negative energy so i can come help. So i drank it and headed into the cave with them. When we rounded one of the corners we saw the garden of peach trees along with a lot of zombies and one Ceal. We had a pretty tough battle but luckily we killed everyone, but also we sustained some damage, well a few of us sustained some brain damage. Now we have to figure out how to fix the peaches and the brain damaged companions.

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Events of the World: Losing Control
John's Account

Vakarian Bornstellar, an interesting being with a… different view on the world. He had a plan to disconnect the devourer from our minds. Samsarans past lives are somewhat remembered after rebirth so he is able to relive some of his past memories. Using this ability Vakarian thought he could overload the devourer with thoughts and feelings with the help of circle magic. I have, through my studies, heard of it being used to increase a mages power nearly TENFOLD. So, after we had all assembled we began the ritual; each person in the circle focusing their own magics on the circle leader, Vakarian. Once we had focused all of our power he began using his abilities. After it began we could all hear and see, clear as day, the devourer. I, myself, could feel his evil aura draining the happiness from my own thoughts; this THING is pure evil. Through this NOW STRONGER connection we have made with the devourer he was able to CAST A SPELL ON ME. Once the spell was cast I blacked out for a few moments as I was fighting his control.

When I regained conscious control over my body I was rushing towards Vakarian, sword drawn and ready to swing; and then darkness. The next thing I remember is hearing the devourers voice who named himself Acerak. Though i was not conscious yet I was able to talk to him, further proof he was inside my mind. He was beginning to give me orders. The orders were to head north and meet up with his… companions. (I assume they are also of the undead variety) I did not like these orders because it would put me far away from my current mission, which is in Argos City. So, to prevent this, I tried to persuade Acerak that it would be more useful to him that he have me kill off my current comrades. I told him that he was a fool if he doesn’t think that Vakarian posses a threat to him; however minuscule. After insulting such a… deity he decided to put my mind through a torturous murder of myself. I felt EVERYTHING that happened as if were really happening. The pain was agonizing, but I made it through; to Acerak’s surprise. After watching me endure his mental attack he was quite impressed with my sturdy fortitude, so much so he decided to “award” me with gifts to kill my comrades. Given to me were; a new spell which causes those that have the misfortune to fall prey to, to spew acid from the eyes and a knife that turns anyone killed by it into a skeleton under the control of the wielder of the blade.

Finally, I awaken and hear his voice again in my mind. “More blessings for you my death knight.” I then become completely invisible, and search out Vakarian. I find him in a church and attack. After a few blows he recieved help from a priest which ultimately saved his life. Vakarian was also able to eventually free me from the bonds of the devourer. Now we head to a party in our honor and then Argos City to see about some peaches.

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