The Great Divide

D&D 2.0

Tongue Twisters

The Shockabrahs starts their quest heading back from the clearing towards the caravan. Chanting was heard as they approached, "Voldir, Voldir, Voldir." The Shockabrahs notice a few cultists approaching through the woods, pointing towards the clearing where they were. The Shockabrahs approach, and they stand at a standstill. Cultists point, and they point back. The party then notice that they are being held up, that the cultists are burning their time. So Noah shatters them all out of existence.

They make their way back to the caravan, where they witness Axton cutting down the cultists. Axton flags them over, and gets them to assist. They dispatch waves and waves of the Cultists before hearing a war horn in the distance. Half the cultists flee, while the others slit their throats and immolate into pyres of black fire. A voice bellows out challenging the four who killed his sons to fight in the clearing or die where they stand.

As this happens, this ebony and purple clad knight approaches, which flail and crescent axe in hand. He stands at the edge of the caravan and asks the party, in one hour, where they would like to fight. Some time passes and they learn of Talon's humanity and honor. He will not attack, but he will kill them when the time is right. They utilize the hour to go through a short rest and fight him just outside of the caravan. Talon asks the party if they can move a little further so that the children did not have to see more bloodshed.

The battle ensues, and sadly Talon, my best creation ever, falls in combat. His head lopped off by the bard, Noah, in his fallen angel form. What a twist!

They then pack up for the night and head north, as Axton is freaking out. The party rests a little bit before noticing a tower in the distance. They prepare for the tower, and as they do Axton goes missing. Hammerhead tries talking to Callum about the boy with the missing tongue, but the citizens of the caravan overhear. They being to panic and freak out. Noah eventually calms them down, by being exceptionally condescending to them.

They pack up and head to the tower, Traelyorne approaches them and gives them another handful of potions. He then informs them that on the outside of the building it says in Orcish "GET OOT". Canadian Orcs.

The party embarks into the tower, kicking in the door and opening combat with a bang. They see a large pus-covered orc up agianst the wall and four others at a crude table. They open fire on the party. Noah hops in, narrowly missing a spike trap right off the bat. [SETTING THE TONE FOR THE TOWER] They kill many of the little orcs before pus-daddy comes in and explodes in their face, poisoning them for the duration of the combat. They narrowly dispatch the Orcs, and clear out the spike pit so that no one gets hurt.

Then Kraven motions the caravan to come inside, for which they do, and the party heads further up into the tower. The second floor is a room with oddly spaced and at different height flagstone tiles. A skeleton lies at the opposing end of the room on some of these tiles. A few moments pass, and after a few attempts at testing the tiles, Callum jumps across to the other end of the room, landing right near the skeleton.

The party tests each and every tile in this room, noticing that all the pressure plates set the bolt throwers off. Callum picks up the skeleton and steps on the tile, the bolts dont go off. After further testing, Callum heads back, grabs Noah and carries the skeleton with him. They end up opening the door, only to see a lever sitting there in a neutral position. Kraven and Hammerhead follow suit. They ignore the lever all together and head to the next floor.

On the third floor, they try to open the large iron door, which falls off its hinges and makes a ruckus. Axton, locked in a jail cell across from them, tells them to be quiet because the jailers are nearby. He tells them to open up the control room and let him out. As they explore the cells, they meet an Orog, who is definitely not trustworthy. The Orog talks about how he is in jail because he only killed 22 and not 24. Kraven heads further down and examines the three remaining cells. One has a skeleton killed with a dagger, another has skeletons floor to ceiling packed to the brim, and the last one seems completely empty aside from the writing on the walls.

Hammer heads into the control room, to experience (keyword), two of the pus orcs going at it. Noah explodes them in a vile violent disgusting art all over Hammer, who staves off most of the blow. They open the cells, only to experience the Orog getting up and prompting combat. They go full bore against each other and Callum drops in the fight, taking a great axe twice to the chest. They dispatch the Orog with Axton, and Axton returns to the people downstairs.

Kraven inspects the dagger, only to find that the man was murdered for something. Hammer, inspecting the cell beside him, hears about a polished stone that the murdered cell mate may have had. Hammer heads back, and discovers the stone. They venture forward through the contesting cell and see a long sword covered in mold against the wall.

Callum approached the longsword, and drops to the ground, frozen. Hammer pulls him out, then attempts to get the sword, also freezing and almost dying. Kraven then attempts to cut the mold, and also drops. Lastly, Noah freezes the sword and it slinks to the ground. Their first magic weapon.

+1 LONGSWORD

They head up another flight of stairs to the fourth floor. "Be careful & be mindful of others, mind your manners." The warning written on the door before them. They head into the room to encounter thirteen arcane braziers that illuminated and made noise when they were touched. Another warning stood upon the door heading higher up. "Be respectful for those sleeping and you will become the light."

Kraven and Hammerhead played a beautiful rendition of All-Star, yet the door did not open. It closed more actually. Callum stood there for a moment before he just tried the door, and they ventured higher up.

They head to the fifth room, where they encountered all sorts of traps. Guillotines, flamethrowers, oil pits, pitfalls. All of which stood no match for the Shockabrahs. Hammer ventured forth first, jumping past the pressure plates, and finding  a pitfall that head underneath the ground. He followed it, to find it came up on the other side of the wall. A few minutes past and the party followed him. As they all crawled through the underground path, they found it was filling with oil. They panicked, hearing the clicking of flint and tinder and just lost it. Hoping out of the oil they stood in a hallway. Callum, looking to the distance, saw a flame flickering in the wall opposed to them, and head further  towards a dead end. Hammer found a hatch with water that looked like oil, and Callum dove into it, just water. They emerged on the other end, looking to the door that head higher. As the party emerged from the trap door, Callum opened the door heading upstairs, setting off a dart trap.

Noah narrowly dodged the bolt, while Hammer took it to the back of the neck, before collapsing from exhaustion for ten minutes. They head up another floor, carrying Hammer with them. 

Upon opening the door, they found arcane scrawling all across the room and this angered Elven mage in the Centre of the room. He turned to the party to cast a spell but it fizzled out. He then snapped his wrist and Electrical wings sprouted from his back. He looked oddly a lot like Gorre, the old man from the caravan. He yelled out to the party "YOU WORK FOR THEM DON'T YOU."

Gorre and the party fight in an epic sense, Callum takes the first thunder punch, getting knocked off his feet. The party begin pelting Gorre with multiple arrows, but it seems like its barely working. Kraven rushes him with his new longsword, slicing and dicing, cutting Gorre to bits, before Gorre lands a punch sending Kraven flying unconscious into the wall. Noah, seeing this, sent whispers into Gorres mind, driving him mad and killing him all together.

They loot his corpse taking his cloak, some chalk, a polished purple longsword, and a brooch. They then find a riddle blocking this floor. Hammer, solves the cypher and they head up to the top of the tower.

At the top of the tower is a partially drawn sigil and a doorway heading over the great divide. Noah completes the sigil and towers begin to rise out of the Great Divide Swamp. As this happens a familiar voice echoes behind them.

He introduces himself as Weiss Lothander, who has been trapped here for about a century. "WHAT?" the party thinks, "WEISS IS DOWNSTAIRS THEY THOUGHT."

Weiss informs them off a few things:

  1. The Greenshields are an order of Paladins (Order of the Ancients) who are obliged to guard the towers (Seals) to keep Voldir in check.
  2. Axton is his real father, but his father has been dead for quite some time.
  3. There is no caravan below them, they must've left as they were in the tower.
  4. The moon is almost full, and Weiss thinks that the caravan is actually for sacrificing them to the mouth of Voldir.
  5. Gorre was a circle mage and one of the first people who sealed this place.
  6. The Talons are honor knights who are dispatched by the Greenshields on contracts and assignments to kill. They mean no harm other than to their contracts.
  7. The Blackhearts are the cultists that are doing this.
  8. That he suspects Voldir is coming back full force.
  9. That this was a good plot arc, because Caravans are stoopid lets save the world guys!

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