Way of the Wicked: Revenge of the Forsaken

Five Days to Darkness
Season 2, Episode 9
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3-2-1 FIGHT!!
Season 2, Episode 8

In this episode we join our villains in Farholde as they are searching for a rivalling band of orphans called Thatchers crew, this band of renegade orphans are disrupting the peace of mind of our “heroes”. after some talking to the headmaster of the orphanage they found out that they tended to stay somewhere in Drownington (Farholdes self-proclaimed shanty-town, and boy did it smell like it too). The Forsaken decided to go to the only building with a solid foundation the Drownington Manor (which turned out to be the local tavern, brothel and fight club).

While Vael was asking around for thatchers whereabouts, Felix decided he’d earn some coin, so he entered in a knife fight and paid a gold in entry fee (though the entry fee really was 5 copper he couldn’t be bothered with it) Draax saw this as a golden opportunity to earn some more coin on betting on Felix so he went ahead and bet 1 silver coin with a shifty looking guy (Draax as the numbnut he can be, paid the man upfront).
Ugor started a drinking contest and found himself in the bottom of a tankard very quickly, Vael on the other hand found out that a couple of guys in a corner of the tavern wearing purple bandanna were the guys they were looking for, he told Theon and then went looking for the rest of the group (however he misheard and wondered why people would wear purple bananas).
Meanwhile Felix had won his fight and was nearly scammed for his gold but the fightmaster turned out to be quite the softy, Draax on the other hand wasn’t so lucky, he had to come running to Felix for help with getting his coin back, and this resulted in a massive barfight that lasted for so long that selfproclaimed Lord Drownington had to yell and scream and threaten to kill everyone to make them calm down. However the guys they had come looking for had gone amidst the fighting.

They returned the next day and within five minutes of arriving Ugor was shitface drunk and was speaking to his tankard. Vael approached Thatcher and his boys and tried to negotiate, and Ugor decided to come help a bit, but was abruptly carried away by an irritated Felix and knocked unconscious by the door with Theon, the negotiations went to shit and it resulted in another barfight. They had to wait yet another day to try and find them, but this time they weren’t at the tavern. After some asking around they were shown the location of their hideout where Felix smashed in their door and proceeded to systematically kill everyone with the help of one of Draax’s summons to block the exit.

Our “heroes” promptly left for the horn and the next day in their meeting room, where Felix is conveying his master plan for wrecking havoc to the Abbey of St. Cynthia-Celeste. which consists of Ugor sneaking in with oil and set the place to the torch. Right before he got to the good part he was interrupted by an alarm-horn bellowing through the first floor. Draax, Theon and Vael rushed to the first floor, only to find a bunch of dust instead of Necrocrafts.
Ugor had one hell of a hangover and took things a bit slow, so he was in no kind of rush to get anywhere, Felix however went to get his armour on the second floor where he was greeted by a greenclad gnome and his three friends. He presented themselves as the Banner Verdant (consisting of a gnome, a dwarf, a ranger and a druid), Felix however swapped floors as quickly as he had arrived and notified the rest of their location and returned to the green gnome and pretended he was under a charm spell. After a swift combat engagement the dwarf had managed to chop down Ugor and jab a spear into Felix’s neck, but not before Felix destroyed his axe and the gnome paralyzed Felix. It looked grim for the three spellcasters for a moment, but then, Grumblejack bursts into the room and swiftly cutting down the archer, making sure Vael could focus on casting spells on the raging dwarf in front of him and the gnome some distance away. the dwarf and druid was quickly cut down and after a short gaze from Theon the gnome fell.

On his person was a journal describing how his days had gone by in Farholde, and it revealed a horrifying truth Elise Zadaria had betrayed them. Vael, Draax and Felix quickly contacted Tiadora and by showing her the book they got Cardinal Adrastus Thorns blessing in disposing of the treacherous Knot Hibernal and they were granted two fiendish angels to aid in the task.

The Forsaken decided to lay in wait and lure out The Knot Hibernal to the horn, with Theon as an ever watchful lookout. He eventually discovered them 500 meters away from the horn as Trak drank a potion of invisibility. He quickly returned to the horn warning them about an invisible Trak and flew back out to keep watch over the rest of The Knot Hibernal. Felix and Vael hid everyone up on the third floor and lay in wait in the meditation room. Eventually they heard the sound of someone using the teleporter and started swinging at the sound as a disembodied voice said Yah they all followed and quickly cut down Trak. Then everyone went outside and were led to Elise Zadaria by Theon in bird form. They took them by surprise and cut down Dostan and Elise.Trik became very conflicted with himself for a short moment then proceeding to kill of Elise laying on the ground. (that man was never the same from then on)

Some time later our villains find themselves in Farholde again, this time to set fire to the Abbey of St. Cynthia-Celeste’s secret library, however the plan needed some alterations to work properly (apparently nuns won’t let men inside their abbey, who would’ve thought) and not only was it Ugor that had to go in, Theon and Vael had to come too, all disguised as girls. The y managed to sneak in and the very same night Ugor snuck into the library picking up some books and a very impressive glaive and proceeded to douse everything in oil, lighting it and sneaking back into his room without anyone noticing. Panick ensued and our three brave “heroes” managed to escape 300 battlenuns without being noticed in the chaos.

Some weeks later they got some disturbing news from Trik, who told them that a silver dragon had attacked Arkov Vandermir’s manor and eaten the good Baron. Vael was a little upset about these news, but quickly got in a better mood when he got his hands on Vandermir’s magical robes.

Good things never last very long however and some time later a messenger came with a letter saying that some Knights of the Alerion were heading for the horn led by Lord Valin Darianhimself (who am I kidding this was a great thing, the last sacrifice coming to them).
They applied the usual lookout and waited, but not for too long they arrived shortly after searching the first floor and proceeded to the second floor where they avoided an arrow trap, one made it across both traps, two of them however fell down the pit trap just beyond the first trap. Ugor decided to push the knight down the pit, however the armour was a bit heavier than he initially thought so he fumbled the push, Felix showed up in the nick of time pushing the knight down the pit. Now they all had to hurry to the first floor where Lord Valin had hurried off to break out his friends. Lord Valin was promptly cut off in the corridors and fighting broke out. there were a lot of metal clanging and pillars of fire and smoke erupted everywhere, and Ugor under the effects of a haste spell managed to run over 300ft over a very short duration (running around a couple of rooms to block their path to the prison) catching one of the knights off guard. At last only two remained, one of the knights ran off to get reinforcments as his friend was brutally cut down. He didn’t get far as Grumblejack blocked the corridor and split the knight in half with his brand new glaive.

Success they had the last sacrifice in their possession.
Nothing could possibly go wrong now….

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Nobody expects the Mitran Inquisition
Season 2, Episode 7

The party acquired a new boat that were left behind by someone who clearly did not need it anymore. They also heard about a silver dragon who had been seen around Farholde.

Felix got news that some of his boggards did not make it back from their recent trip to lake of Skye. The guys headed out to take care of whatever the problem seemed to be, leaving Ugor behind to “defend” the Horn.
After Theon found a trail of a cat-like beast the party stumbled upon a cave which seemed to be the beasts hideout. They walked in confidently and came back out shortly thereafter with another corpse for Draax’s collection.

When Felix brought back the news about the missing boggards, Zikomo Hears-the-Father told him that the boggards were getting lazy and were not motivated to work. Some had even been talking about leaving their dungeon. Felix had none of that and went down to talk with them. After appointing a new captain (the old one was incapable of continuing his work) the boggards seemed much more motivated.

In need of a good follower of Mitra, the decision was passed a long to kidnap a group of people, counting that atleast one of the peasants were a true believer. Shortly after these prisoners were brought to the cells they were freed by unkown intruders. Vael used his scrying abilities on the guard who was on duty at the time and found out he was being tortured and questioned by inquisitors. The Horn’s staff laid in wait for an inevitable attack which eventually turned out to happen while Draax was doing maintenance on his necrocrafts. It soon evolved into a full scale battle between the inquisitors and the undead which seemed to be pretty evenly matched untill the arrival of Theon, Felix and Vael. They did short work of the rest and kept a couple alive for questioning.

Some ammount of torturing later one of the survivors told how they knew about the secret entrance to the Horn from a book they found in the Abbey located in Farholde. Vael, Draax, Felix and Theon all headed to town to take a better look but were cut off before they had the chance. The people of Farholde were grieveing for their children who had lost a huge battle against Sakkarot Fire-axe. They also learned that they were supposed to get a warning about the inquisitors but it seemed that The Seventh Knot’s messenger had failed to deliver this message and was missing.

The Forsaken spent some time to track down the messenger and soon found his last location alive. His tracks led directly towards a huge tree which seemed to be alive and attacked everyone who came near it. After great teamwork they eliminated the creature and sent word back to the Seventh that a new messenger was needed.

Well back in the horn it was time for the second sacrifice, which were to be lead by Vael. For this sacrifice a true follower of Mitra needed to be slain, knowing this the Forsaken had left the head of the inquisitors alive and used him as their sacrifice.
Everything went as plan and once again the green light shot up into the sky frightening the population of Farholde.

A couple of days after the sacrifice the group got news that a man was rallying people to stop the evil they suspected went on in the news. As this man could be a potential threat to the secrecy of the organisation the forsaken had rumors spread around that this individual himself was a follower of Asmodeus and not to be trusted. The plan was a success and people did not want anything to do with the man and his plans.

The guys were settling down after a couple of weeks filled with trouble, though trouble has it’s way of finding them. A form of ghostly spirit rose up in one of the first floor rooms. On it’s way to the main hall it scared more than a few minions to their death. Felix, Draax and Vael attacked the horrifying creature and tried to ignore it’s horrifying gaze. When Theon came to the scene he quickly turned and fled with his tail between his legs.

Nearly drained for willpower the 3 of them did manage to slay their enemy though they did not leave the battle unharmed. Although they did not carry bruises, Draax was of weaker will and Felix had gone nearly insane. Luckily for them both, Draax managed to figure out what was wrong with them and soon had a spell to help with the insanity.

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Raiders of the lost eyes
Season 2, Episode 6

After performing the blasphemous rituals, they learned from the mural hall, the Ninth installed traps and set up guard patrols in the horn. Everything was relatively calm until a minions corpse was found hidden away in an unused room. It was believed that a shapeshifter had killed the minion to take his place. The Ninth used the better part of the week before the shapeshifter slipped up and the Ninth chased him into the forest. There they discovered that the shapeshifter was a Moon dog and there were actually two of them. the dogs cast an enchantment on Vael and Felix making them flee from the battle. The Knot still managed to kill the dogs and make the horn safe once more.

Later Vael and Felix were invited to Arkov Vandermir’s 105th birthday ball, where they managed to talk to some very influential people and establish some connections with their organization.

Back in the horn the group decided they needed better traps to ward of intruders. In order to make a poisoned pit trap Draax traveled to the city of Brass, greatest bazaar in the multiverse. Due to a slight miscalculation when plane shifting, he ended up 300 miles of course and had to wait at least three days before he could return, meaning he would not be able to aid in defending the horn from the next set of adventurers who would attack the very next day.

At the beginning of the week the White ravens had reported a group called Traya’s raiders were heading for the horn. They were to open to attack in town, so the Ninth had to deal with them. Luckily for them the raiders walked right into one of their traps and then right into the next one. the raiders were at a disadvantage and died one by one until only the leader remained. She was questioned before she was killed and the ritual continued unhampered.

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The forest's answer
Season 2, Episode 5

The Ninth had triumphed over Hallack’s crew, but lost Vael in the fight. However the Ninth just looked at Vael’s death as a minor setback, they would bring him back to complete their mission. The next day Theon performed a powerful spell to bring Vael back from the dead, albeit as a human and in a weakened state. In order to return Vael back to full power the group had to get some reagents in Farholde. On the trip however they were ambushed by a group of fey elves led by the same Lillend who had tried to kill Theon earlier. Even ambushed the Ninth would not prove an easy prey, they quickly turned the situation around and killed their attackers and their Azata master.

When in Farholde the knot bought the reagents they required to bring back Vael and summon a pack off hellhounds. After the setback the Ninth were back to turning the Horn into a suitable lair. After further securing the Horn and ordering around their minions the Ninth stepped closer to calling forth Vetra-Kali and obtaining the tears of Achlys. But only as long as they could keep pesky do-gooders away.

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Call Forth Darkness
Season 2, Episode 4

The sanctum of Vetra-Kali was found and all the ninth needed was to find the first sacrifice. The Ninth decided that they could not do this alone and started recruiting minions for their organization, the Forsaken Knot. with their newly acuired henchmen they started renovating the horn into a proper defensible lair, they were going to stay there for over 200 days after all.

To properly cooperate with the seventh knot who would be staying in Farholde and keeping adventurers away from the horn, the Ninth had to show them where the horn was located. Theon was tasked with escorting Trak through the jungle. Before reaching the horn they were ambushed by a Lillend who seeked retribution for her slain friend, Jurak the treant. Theon however managed to fight off a mind-controled Trak long enough for the Lillends control to dissapear. The Lillend however got away and swore she would get her revenge.

After the necessary preparations they traveled to Farholde to find the first sacrifice. Thanks to Ezra Thrice-damned and baron Vandermir they knew exactly who to kidnap. They took the poor unsuspecting peasant in the night and carried him to the horn. The next day after discovering Grumblejack’s deamonic ancestry they carried the peasant to the sanctum and started the preperations for the ritual. Everything was ready and Ugor recited the first prayer and cut out the mans heart as the ritual said. After the first sacrifice the ground started to tremble and the sky blackened as the horn started glowing and a big green beacon erupted into the sky. Keeping the horn a secret from now on was impossible.

It did not take long before the Ninth got news of a local adventuring group led by a former soldier, Hallack Amon. The Ninth prepared for combat and when the daventuring group entered the lower caverns beneath the horn they were surrounded by minions on all sides. Feeling confident, Felix challenged them to a battle while the underlings would only observe, if they won they would be free to go. The battle went well until Vael’s overconfidence turned out to be his weakness and he was slain by a dwarf wielding a large warhammer. The Ninth dealt with Hallack’s crew and made plans for how they would bring back Vael later.

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Caverns & Ceustodaemons
Season 2, Episode 3

After encountering some violent slimes, the Ninth decided to go back to Farholde to pick up Ugor and Draax to get their assistance in finding the sanctum of Vetra-Kali. The next day they returned to the horn better prepared then last time. When they were done looking through the first two levels they headed for the third and deadliest level. In the third level they happened upon a bear-like creature with horns and razor sharp claws, Hexor, one of the two Daemon guardians of the horn. The Daemon quickly engaged the Ninth in battle and gave them the fight of their, but after downing half the party it decided to retreat before it lost the advantage.

After recuperating, and playing with portals, the villains carried on with their exploring. They discovered that a pillar that was going through several levels was hollow and was most likely hiding a hidden staircase. They went into the caverns beneath the horn to look for any hidden doors. Meanwhile Vael asked Zikomo for help. Zikomo then proceeded to feed Vael mind juice which gave him visions of the future. Thanks to Vaels crazy visions the group discovered a hidden door to a treasury, where they met the giant ghost of the high priest of the horns previous inhabitants, Ezra Thrice-Damned. Ezra Made the Ninth swear a blood oath that they would bring forth Vetra-Kali and in return he would aid them in their endeavour. He also told them how to control the Ceustodaemons.

At last the Ninth found the sanctum of Vetra-Kali at the top of the horn, but before they could celebrate they were attacked by a huge lighning elemental circling the doamed ceiling. After besting the beast they found a sacrificial altar depicting Vetra-Kali Eats-the-Eyes, but around it was a great silver chain locked with an argent seal with a sun carved into it. And as long as the seal remains Vetra-Kalis evil will never again return to the mortal plane, too bad it won’t remain for long.

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The Horn of Abbadon
Season 2, Episode 2

After settling in in Baron Vandermirs “guest house”, the Ninth visited the market to properly prepare their trek into the Caer-Bryr. Thanks to their survival expert they managed to find the Horn after two full days of exploration. Before they could enter however they were assaulted by a Treant set to guard the horn from intruders. After dispatching the self-righteous tree, the Ninth delved into the caverns beneath the horn. In the caverns in a hidden cave they found a skeleton clutching a book and an emerald. The book detailed how to bring Vetra-Kali back and the emerald was some kind of magical artifact of unknown power.

Deeper in the caverns they encountered a tribe of Dagon worshipping boggards, the Bane-wog tribe. The leader of the boggards led an ambush againts the ninth, but were defeated after an intense battle. Deeper in the caverns they encountered the rambling priest of the tribe, Zikomo Hears-the-Father. He told them that the Bane-wogs would be at their disposal as long as they would restore the horn to it’s former glory. The boggards showed them the way into the upper levels of the temple and the exploring of the horn continued.

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The Tears of Achlys
Season 2, Episode 1

The Ninth had successfully burned Balentyne, but their quest was far from done. Their next mission would take them to the westernmost colony of Talingarde, Farholde. The boat ride from Aldencross to Farholde took twelve days were at the end they would meet with their master once more. Cardinal Thorn Instructed the ninth to find the Horn of Abbadon, a hidden temple in the Caer-bryr dedicated to Apollyon, the horseman of pestilence. There they would summon the Daemon-prince, Vetra-Kali-Eats-The-Eyes and aquire his greatest gift, the Tears of Achlys.

After arriving in Farholde the Ninth were introduced to Arkov Vandermir, Baron of Farholde and distant relative to Vael. He set them up with a safe-place and would help them as best he could during their stay in Farholde. All that remained was to find the horn and bring back the daemons gift.

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Balentyne burning
Season 1, Episode 8

After meeting up with Ugor, the Ninth headed up to the commanders office to finish him off. They were suprised to find the commander waiting for them with the chaplain of Balentyne, Father Donnagin. The Ninth had the hardest battle of their life, but through much tribulation, they managed to kill Havelyn and Donnagin.

They then proceded to travel around the tower and destroy siege equipment. After destroying the last catapult they fired the signal rocket in the air and the bugbear horde started marching towards Balentyne. They arrived within the hour. Without anyone to lead them the soldiers on the watchtower were easy game for the shaggy monstrosities who swarmed in to the tower and mercilessly killed everyone. And with that Balentyne was reduced to rubble and the Fire-axe’s horde had reached the Borderlands.

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