Way of the Wicked: Revenge of the Forsaken

The cairn of the striker in the darkness
Season 5, Episode 2

The villains were done with Chargammons lair and returned to Ghastenhall. They met with Thrane once again with proof that Vael Thiris was now high priest of Asmodeus, not Adrastus Thorn. The ninth had been lucky and found a map amongst sir Richards following, detailing the location of Thorns phylactery. The map showed the location of an ancient cairn in the frozen north, the lair of Nythoggr. The knot travelled to the cairn and started exploring.

The cairn was filled with all sorts of dangers, ranging from Ropers to Banshees. The ninth had to use plenty of resources, including reincarnating Ugor, but they felt that the phylactery was close at hand. They just had to kill a linnorm first.


The friend of my enemy
Season 5, Episode 1

The ninth knot had broken with their master and the hunt was on. If the knot were to kill Thorn they would need to find his phylactery and they would need to make the compact of thorns null and void. Not long after the fight with Tiadora, Dessiter appeared before the villains with a summons to meet his master, the pit fiend Naburus. The nessian knot met with Naburus on his demiplane where they pleaded their case. Naburus was impressed with their many accomplishments, and through a loophole made the compact of thorns null and void. He denounced Thorns title as high priest of Talingarde and passed it along to Vael Thiris. With this he gave the new high priest of Asmodeus a mission, kill Adrastus Thorn.

The villains were offered a small time for rest until they were contacted by Trik. He told them that someone had assassinated key-members of their organization and they should get to Matharyn at once. When they arrived in Matharyn however, they found themselves caught in an ambush by Trik and a handfull of devils. The ninth managed to turn the situation around and killed their would-be assassins. They killed Trik for his treachery and set Raiju (the only surviving liutenant) to lead the forsaken knot under them. The knot raised Grumblejack and Thomas as vampire spawns and continued their search for the phylactery.

Then they were contacted again. “Barnabus Thrane of Ghastenhall sends greetings. I know Sir Richard’s whereabouts and mission. I remain at the Great Library in Ghastenhall. Seek me there. Hurry.” The ninth knot were of course suspicious, having already been betrayed by a priest of Asmodeus, but they decided to meet with Barnabus still. Barnabus told that the Princess had hosted a secret meeting in the library and she was planning on raising an army to fight the Knot of Thorns and the horde of the Fire-axe. She had also sent sir Richard on a quest to travel to Chargammons lair and retrieve his hoard. The ninth travelled to Chargammons lair to kill the paladin and take the dragons treasure for themselves. The paladin had been a troublesome adversary before, but he was no match for the Nessian knot now. The hated paladin was finally gone, but the ninth weren’t totally successfull in their mission as Chargammons hoard was nowhere to be found, only signs of some aquatic creature taking it. The hoard would have to wait, the ninth had an organization to usurp.


A knot divided
Season 4, Epilogue

Matharyn was sleeping. Even in these war-torn times, the city of light was truly a bastion of hope. The king was marching north, and victory against the Fire-axe seemed certain. The people of Talingarde had faith that their king would put an end to these times of war and pestilence, and so they went to sleep dreaming of a better tomorrow…
But the nightmare had only just begun.

On the moonless night at the stroke of midnight, black wings covered the sky. Chargammon the black flew out of the darkness and brought nothing, but death. The great dragon descended on the Adarium, bathing men and stone in acid. The brave men of Talingarde assembled to defend their princess from the beast, the brave men of Talingarde assembled to die. Chargammon Filled the halls of the Adarium with acid and screams. He flew to the top and ripped the ceiling off the building like it was made of paper. There at last he found what he was looking for, but one foolish paladin stood defiantly in the way of the dragon and it’s prey. The dragon laughed at the would-be dragonslayer “So you desire to die in battle with a legend?”. “No” Richard Havelyn proclaimed “I intend to slay one”. The Wyrms eyes flashed with anger and he lashed out with a breath of acidic fury. The dragon found himself annoyed to discover the paladin still standing. It became a standing fight, dragon against knight. Sir Richard answered the dragon’s impressive assaults
with powerful blows, smiting the dragon with painful sacred sword strokes. Each blow leaving horrid scars across ancient black scales. Chargammon for his part, inflicting horrid wounds upon the paladin that would kill any lesser man. He lashed at the knight with claw, tooth, tail and wing. Lacerating flesh from bone and soon the dragon stood over the fallen wreck of Sir Richard. But just as before the dragon could deliver the finishing blow, a beautiful young maiden stood in front of the stricken knight. Chargammon sniffed the air, there was something familiar about this girl “Antharia”. the dragon whispered. The princess spoke “Ah, so you’ve met my mother.” Suddenly and without warning the young maiden extended her arms towards the great wyrm, and four powerfull meteor strikes ripped into the dragon. Chargammon jumped backwards, but he was to late. The massive beast fell backwards and plunged into the ground. The light faded from his eyes and the beast was dead.

Meanwhile far away, the army of king Markadian was stationed outside the sacked city of Daveryn. Alas the king was nowhere to be found. The army could not wait for the king and General Vastenus Barca lead them into battle against the forces of the Fire-Axe. He gave a rousing speech to his assembled throng before the battle about how “…in one glorious stroke we will free Daveryn and slay the monster that threatens us all!” His men gallantly raised their swords and saluted their high-born general. General Barca ordered these valiants en masse to attack the northern gate. “They think their flank conquered and pacified. They will never expect we men of the south and west to attack them from the north!”
Thanks to the treacherous infiltration of the city, Northgate was completely undamaged in the fighting as the city was taken. The gate house of Northgate plus its two flanking towers were fully manned by the Fire-Axe’s most veteran troops as the battle began. Every square foot of those ramparts was crammed with hardened killers. Behind the gate waited a host of ogres and trolls kept in line by a mighty frost giant. Again and again, the men of Talingarde charged those gate houses. Valiant knights, hardy yeomanry, and a thousand low-born volunteers here only because they believed in the dream that is Talingarde, charged those walls following the Sacred Banner of St. Theonas that had shielded through the winter chill. And upon those walls they died. Not by the tens nor the hundred, but by their thousands. They hallowed the ground with their sacrifice. Duty officers and lesser soldiers begged General Barca to stop the assault. “No,” he answered, “I can feel the enemy breaking. And once broken here, we shall break them everywhere.” The slaughter continued unabated.
Northgate was Duke Martin’s masterpiece of fortification. The Duke knew that the Fire-Axe was coming for him and so he had dedicated uncountable resources to shoring up this gatehouse over the last winter to be ready for the northern invaders. Its walls were buttressed by stone masons forced to work through winter nights. Its gates framed in iron by smiths heated only by their forge fires. Its armories stocked with tens of thousands of arrows made by every fletcher in the city. Only a single bridge crossed the River Briden, here at its deepest and swiftest. This bridge was named for its architect, Sir Falstaff. The locals named the old stone crossing Fallingsbridge almost as a joke since it was so sturdily built. And upon that bridge, for hours upon one fine spring day, did the armies of Talingarde at the behest of a treacherous lord, give their lives for a king already dead. It was almost shocking how well the men of Talingarde fared in a battle so horrifically stacked against them. They charged the gate house not once but seven times. They managed to push a battering ram up to the gate even under the most intense hail of missile fire imaginable. Even as boiling oil poured upon their ranks like a black waterfall, they broke the outer gate and swarmed into the gatehouse. Past countless murder-holes and arrow slits they pushed. They broke the inner gate and there they met the frost giant king’s personal guard. And only there in the streets of conquered Daveryn did their might at last wane.
Every giant, ogre and troll who barred their passage died that day. The knights of the Alerion led the charge and finally managed to achieve what seemed for a moment a pyrrhic victory. But the survivors of the slaughter were too few. And just as it seemed this might be the most horrific sort of triumph, The Fire-Axe himself took the field leading his cadre of lieutenants and their personal warbands. And with one charge, every hero left alive beneath the Northgate died. The Fire-Axe raised the fallen Standard of St. Theonas that had marched at the armies fore. With his infernal weapon he set it aflame and cried victory loud enough for even hell to hear. Far away upon the field, Vastenus Barca broke a clay seal. His work was done. Tiadora and her furies teleported to his location and slew all that remained of his high command. Tiadora approached General Barca, covered in the blood of his most trusted subordinates, and bowed. “Well done, Lord of the Cainite Knot.” General Barca looked upon the slaughter that surrounded him and shed a single tear. “You promised me a crown! Where is it?” “You shall have your crown.”

The Ninth had finished their final mission for Cardinal Thorn and waited patiently for Tiadora. Just as they were to leave their floating fortress, Tiadora appeared with the nine sisters. She congratulated them on a job well done and invited them to Thorns hidden fortress in the north, the Agathium. Knowing that Thorn was planning on betraying them, the villains refused the summons. Tiadora revealed her true form and warned the knot that further insubordination would end in their doom by the hand of Thorn. The Ninth still refused and battle ensued. The Nessian knot had grown strong since the time Tiadora rescued them from Branderscar, and the devil had no choice but to flee back to Thorn.

Soon Asmodeus would be master of Talingarde, but first Cardinal Thorn had to die.


Death of a king
Season 4, Episode 6

The ninth knot had assumed their position in the Adarium and the king would die by their hands in one day. Meanwhile Ugor was sneaking around looking for the king’s hidden sanctum. In the Adarium, Ugor found the council room of the king. On a long table in the room he discovered notes and plans about the current war. Ugor learned three things from this:

  1. The king was aware of the existance of the knot of thorns, although he knew nothing of Cardinal Thorn, nor did he have any evidence of this. One note from an inquisitor said that he knew the location of a powerfull Asmodean artifact. “The Devil’s Heart” hidden in the lair of the cairn linnorm Nythoggr.
  2. Richard Havelyn was in the king’s council and had supplied the king with information about the villains.
  3. Vastenus Barca is the general Talingarde, and a close friend of the king despite his Barcan heritage.
    After discovering this info, Ugor infiltrated the king’s private chamber. In the private shrine of the king, he found the Liber Darian, the history and family tree of house Darius. With but a stroke of a pen anyone could write their name in the book and be next in line for the throne (in case of the untimely death of the king and the princess).

While looking around the shrine, Ugor dicovered the secret trapdoor leading to the king’s sanctum. Unfortunately for him he was not alone. Brigit of the Brijidine, the powerfull azata high lady Dessiter had charged the knot with slaying, was waiting for him. It was only thanks to some magical items that Ugor managed to lead Brigit to the rest of the knot and kill her.

After the Azata lady was killed, Felix got the Liber Darian from Ugor and found a very interesting paragraph in it. The whereabouts of the last piece of the runeblade, Helbrand. The last part was built inside the royal throne. Felix reclaimed the missing piece and Helbrand whispered promises of greatness in his ear “Together we shall carve our name in blood upon the pages of history”.

After having found the sanctum and making some adjustments to the Liber Darian, the knot waited. After having rested and prepared they all went silently into the sanctum. There they assumed their positions and waited for the kings arrival. Suddenly the ground shook and they knew that Chargammon had kept his promise. Chargammon had arrived at the Adarium, and with him he had brought nothing but death. Suddenly in the sanctum a great light filled the room and after all these years, the forsaken finally stood face to face with the leader of the nation who had burned them, King Markadian V called the brave. The king had arrived with his trusted bodyguards to protect his daughter, but all their magic and martial prowessed only delayed the inevitable. Felix Warwick plunged his sword into the kings stomach and watched the life fade from his eyes “long live the king!”.


Infiltrating the Adarium
Season 4, Episode 5

Eiramanthus was dead and his island now belonged to the ninth knot. All that was left was to populate the island with their own minions and discover its secrets. After doing some research in the islands library, the knot discovered that the island could be moved and shaped to it’s owners will. Felix also found a compilation of books that if researched could advance technology in Talingarde by a hundred years. Their new lair had to wait however, the nessian knot a dragon to meet.

The villains beheaded Eiramanthus and took his head with them to Chargammon the black. Chargammon was pleased se his long time enemy dead. He agreed to help the knot with their mission, in one months time he would fly to the Adarium and eat the princess Bellinda. Chargammon also charged his son, Jeratheon with serving the nessian knot for one hundred years.

And so one month went by.

The villains went to the capital, Matharyn. On the day before the attack the villains infiltrated the Adarium and posed as servants. In order to find the kings hidden sanctum, the villains split up to find it faster. Unfortunately for Ugor, this left him alone with an angel that was guarding the Adarium, Ara Mathra’s brother Ara Zandra. Ugor had to get away from the angel and started running. He was chased down to the first floor where he met Vael. With some help from Draax, Ugor managed to slay the angel and turned him to dust (Effectively deleting all evidence that the angel was ever there). Because of the guards that had been killed in the crossfire, the villains had to assume the roles of the guards. And Ugor had to search the castle for the sanctum alone.


Season 4, Episode 4

The villains went upstairs to the upper floor of the pagoda. The second and third floor told the story of a cruel warrior godess who was redeemed by a dragon. The very same warrior godess they met on the fourth floor. The knot had a grand battle with the giant ogress and managed to slay her. After having killed Eiramanthus’ second consort, the knot continued exploring the island and were ambushed by six gargoyles made of crystal with four arms each.

After having slayed the gargoyles and having spent all their magic, the knot decided to rest until they had regained their strength. The next day they found a beatiful garden with a great cherry blossom tree in the middle. The villains walked towards the three but was stopped by a woman made of wood an cherry blossoms, the dragons third consort. The woman fought the knot, but she was quickly killed before she could do any real damage.
The knot explored the rest of the island before entering the domed building at the center of the island (Clearly the hiding place of the dragon).

Inside the building they found a giant chessboard covering the floor with giant chess pieces ready for use. There was no apparent way to proceed, this was clearly a puzzle. Using the poem they found carved on the outside door, the knot managed to solve the puzzle and head further into the lair of Eiramanthus. Down one floor they found a great library filled with the knowledga of a thousand worlds and a very exentric alien searching through the archives. The library and alien would have to wait until they had dealt with the dragon.

On the final floor they came face to face with their target, the great dragon, Eiramanthus the traveller. The dragon proved to be the greatest challenge the Knot had faced, but when all seemed like it was lost, Vael managed to slay the dragon with his magic. The dragon was finally dead and his hoard was ripe for taking.

After claiming the dragon’s treasure, the knot was once again visited by Dessiter. This time he cam with a warning of treachery. The nessian knot’s master Cardinal Thorn would betray them when their mission was done. The knot would have to kill Thorn before he could kill them. Easier said then done because of the Compact of Thorns. Dessiter also revealed that the cardinal was a lich and to kill him they would have to find his Phylactery and destroy it.


The Dragon's errand
Season 4, Episode 3

The Ninth knot flew directly to Straya Avarna to kill Eiramanthus the Traveller and recieve Chargammon’s aid. After flying for a couple of hours, the villains found Straya Avarna. The island was made of crystals and housed all sorts of alien creatures. The villains decided it would be better to kill the inhabitants of the island one at a time instead of facing them all at once with the dragon. They landed their hippogryphs on some piers sticking out of the island. Suddenly a creature with the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a killer whale approached them. Surely one of Eiramanthus’ three consorts. The knot could not bluff her for long and she attacked them. They had a hard time fighting the lady, since Draax could not enter the island and Ugor was occupied elsewhere, but after the death of Theon and Vael, Felix managed to kill the consort.

After dealing getting Draax to the island and ressurecting Theon and Vael, the knot started exploring. On the island the villains found a pagoda, 4 stories high with wind chimes that filled the island with beautiful music and lined with artwork of heroes fighting terrible animal-faced demons. Inside the pagoda the knot encountered the caretakers of the island, a group of crystalline oreads. The villains attacked the oreads with fire and blades, and killed every single one of them. Then hey went upstairs.


Season 4, Episode 2

The Villains teleported to Ghastenhall to meet up with the recently undead Draax (Ugor led their minions to Matharyn). They told Draax of the mission Thorn had given them, Kill the king. First they would need to convince Chargammon the Black to eat the princess Bellinda in order to lure the king to the Adarium. It took the knot three days to reach Chargammon’s domain (They had to travel during night because of Draax’s vampirism). The Ninth fought through all of the great wyrms defenses to get to his cave. There they encountered the dragon. He was enormous and had scales like the blackest night. After some complications the villains managed to get Chargammon to help them. Not for free of course. Chargammon tasked them with two things before he would kill the princess. First, they had to free his son, Jeratheon Knightsbane from the Lord of Eagles. Second, they had to slay Chargammons enemy, Eiramanthus the copper dragon.

The Ninth hurried to Ghastenhall in order to locate information on where the Aerie of the Stormborn king was located. They found what they were looking for after a day in the library of Ghaster. The Aerie was located somwhere in the Ansgarian mountains next to the Caer Bryr. The villains flew to their destination and assumed disguises before entering the court of the Stormborn kings. Felix managed to fool the Lord of Eagles into believing that he was sent by Eiramanthus to bring Jeratheon to his island. The Ninth were allowed to take Jeratheon out of the cave, but they had to be escorted by three of the eagle lord’s courtiers. The Ninth took Jeratheon to a clearing in the Caer Bryr, where they killed the eagles. After Jeratheon was free he flew straight to his sire. The Ninth decided to rest before they travelled to Eiramanthus’ island, Straya Avarna.


The Sack of Daveryn
Season 4, Episode 1

The Ninth had burned the Vale of Valtaerna and Ara Mathra lay slain in it’s ruins. After escaping the king’s army that had amassed outside the gates of Valtaerna, the villains travelled to Ghastenhall to reconvene.

In Ghastenhall, Felix and Draax met with Gaius Vestromo and returned his family heirloom, which had been stolen from him and brought to the Vale. The ancient vampire thanked them by biting them and giving them the gift of undeath. Their transformation into vampires would be gradual. The next day, Draax was found dead by the others. They discovered that he was turning into a vampire and set some people to guard him while he was “sleeping”.

The Ninth did not dwindle and they took what remained of their organization to Daveryn to join it with the horde of the Fire-axe. When they reached Daveryn they saw that it was already taken and the bugbear horde was pillaging it’s ruins. The Ninth met with Sakkarot in the duke’s palace to have a private meeting with him. The villains told Sakkarot of the army of Markadian, an army 5 times greater then the horde of Sakkarot. Sakkarot told the Ninth that he had received no further orders on how to defeat this great host and he was deeply worried. Because of his frustration he revealed his story and the full details of his mission to the Nessian knot.

When Sakkarot met Thorn he was an outcast, he had been banished from his tribe and branded across the chest with the cut from a shaman’s obsidian blade. Thorn had healed the dying bugbear and recruited him into the knot of thorns. Sakkarot had been gifted an axe of fire and an iron circlet that made him wise. With these gifts from Thorn he was to amass a great army of monsters to march on Talingarde. What was not known however was that after destroying the armies of the king, the great horde would lose to an army from the mainland, an army fighting under the banner of Asmodeus.

After their audience with the Fire-axe, the Ninth took up residence and joined in the great sack of Daveryn. During their month-long stay they managed to bolster the numbers of their organization and they captured the duke of Daveryn. They delivered the duke to the Fire-axe to have him tortured for information. They saved a Barcan noblewoman from Daveryn. They learned some information about dragons and that the lord of all eagles had captured Jeratheon Knightsbane, the son of the great wyrm Chargammon the black.

After their one month of “recreation” the Ninth were visited upon by Tiadora, with her she had nine fiendish angels. She gave them their new and final mission for Cardinal Thorn. They were to assassinate the king of Talingarde, Markadian V called the brave. The king was however protected day and night by his army and the only way to get him away from his host was through his daughter, the princess Bellinda. The king had left his daughter in Matharyn, safe in the royal holdings, the Adarium. He had an amulet that would let him know if she was in danger and would enable him to teleport to the Adarium should anything threaten his beloved daughter. But there was only one thing dangerous enough that it would make the great king Markadian leave the side of his army. The great wyrm, Chargammon the black.

After the king was dead their work would finally be done and Talingarde would be theirs.


Tears of the Blessed
Season 3, Episode 9

After emptying the vault of the Order of St. Macarius, the Ninth went deeper into the lower levels of the cathedral. It did not take long until they encountered a group of holy warriors who had camped in one of the chambers, they posed no challenge to the Ninth and were exterminated in less then 6 seconds. After that little distraction the Ninth travelled on. They encountered many trials and traps before reaching the library of St. Macarius.

In the library, Earnan MacCathlain, the Lord-Abbot, was waiting for them. His magic made him appear as big as an ogre and just as menacing. despite his powerfull magics and fighting prowess, he could not stand against the combined might of the Ninth knot and he was killed.
In the library the Ninth found many answers to their questions. The found the journal of St. Angelo, an old tome filled with star charts and last but not least the secret behind the three flames of Mitra.

The Flames had the power to grant any with a pure heart the power to cast divine magic. It was also the source of almost all divine magic in Talingarde. With this information the Ninth would not fail in their task.

The journal of St. Angelo told of a vault in the cathedral where the saint had put powerfull evil artifacts that could not be destroyed. It also revealed that in order to enter the vault unmolested one had simply to speak the password, four names, The First (Suchandra the Phoenix), The Teacher (Ara Mathra), The Founder (Saint Macarius) and The Maker (Saint Angelo).

In the vault the villains found many trinkets of Asmodeus, but they also found three artifacts, a Stygian Mirror holding two bone devils, the Chalice of Aerius Vestromo, and the blade of a magical bastard sword called Helbrand. As Felix held the sword it whispered to him “Remake me”. The two bone devils in the mirror swore that they would serve the knot for seven years in return that they would be freed from the mirror. After emptying the vault the only thing that remained for the knot was to pierce the wall of flame and slay Ara Mathra.

Using the remains of St. Macarius (Which they found in the library), they extinguished the flame wall and stepped into the Holiest of Holies. There they saw Ara Mathra, with wings of gold, waiting for them, at last they were face to face with their enemy. The Angel did not hesitate and sent forth holy flames to burn the knot. the knot burst forth and unleashed everything they had at him, but the angel was more powerfull than anything they had faced before. the battle with the angel was intense, but thanks to superior tactics the Ninth managed to outwit Ara Mathra and kill him. As he lay dying on the cathedral floor he said “It is the son who will bring your doom”, and with that the angel died and the last flame of Mitra was extinguished. The Knot had destroyed the Order of St. Macarius down to the last man.

Their time of rest did not last long however as an army of 20000 men led by the king was camped outside. And next to the king stood none other then Richard Havelyn, the paladin that had tried to stop the Ninth at the Horn of Abbadon. The Ninth had no choice but to leave their army behind and fly to Ghastenhall. And when the king’s army breached the walls of Valtaerna all they found was death.



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