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Felix's Speech

You want to know the story of Felix Goldenleaf?

I was born the bastard son of a prostitute named Petunia Goldenleaf in the very Halfling ghetto where we were ambushed. I killed some of the very people I grew up with. My formative years included learning how to lie and steal to keep us afloat after she became too ill to continue working.

The one good thing in my life before Dundenvale was Bruno Trickfoot. He’s the sole reason I was able to get into the Halfling Outriders, a legitimate means to support myself and my mother. For a while, it was good. I had about 2 years of being mentored under Bruno in the outriders before her condition deteriorated rapidly.

Shortly before she died, she gave me a brass signet ring, and told me about my father, who turned out to be Rupert Honeywheat, the wealthy Halfling Man who was standing next to the Halfling Senator. When I told him who I was back then, he had me beaten within an inch of my life and thrown out of town. He had plans for himself that didn’t include illegitimate kids coming out of the woodwork. He was rich 5 years ago, and now he’s probably the single most powerful Halfling in Peckal.

Life over, right? Not quite, because Bruno swooped in once again with this brilliant idea of riding out to this little town where his cousins lived and setting me up with a fresh start. Unfortunately, we were ambushed by Hobgoblin raiders on our way there, and he died ensuring that I managed to escape.

I couldn’t see any reason why anyone would take me in without Bruno, so I decided my only option was to subsume his identity. Fortunately, his cousins hadn’t actually met him yet. I’ve been trying to live up to his name as best as I could, because I know that the wrong one of us died that day.

So before you get on your highhorse about honesty, remember that you’ve all had the luxury of being born someone who was worth a damn. You know what I got? A dead prostitute mother and a father who is currently plotting my murder. I had to claw my way up from nothing and I’m still shit.

Nothing I do will ever be enough to repay my debt to Bruno Trickfoot, but I’ve spent enough time drinking away my guilt…It’s time for change.

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Senate Scuffle Scandal
Reveals and Shames

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Arianthana Dawnchaser Female Wood Elf Paladin – Oath of ?? – Hermit??

Bruno Trickfoot

Korra Lander Female Human Fighter Battlemaster – Noble

Piero Malatesta

Lucius – Human Cleric of Freedom

‘Aegis’ – Elfling

Act 1 Scene 1: Entering the City

After narrowly avoiding entanglement and fire at the hands of minute mercenaries, Our intrepid inbreds Adventurers arrive at the protection of the city guards at the main gate. Their wagonload of troubles must be inspected and their dead oxen moved out of the way to clear the path for whoever is brave enough to traverse the skirmish and fire that is what’s left of the halfling slums.

Korra Lander meet an old friend Riorix there, and everyone makes a mark in the book of entry. Everyone goes their seperate ways to take care of buisness. Asher, Arianthana, and Bruno visit the college of magic to receive their license to cast, while Pierro, Korra, and Aegis find a bar. Felix makes a speech to Pierro and Korra, which is recorded in its own right naught one entry hence.

Act 1 Scene 2: Solemn Ceremonial
Once they meet up and clean up, they’re off to the Senate, where they will be awarded status as the Honorable. Aegis takes a stroll while the award ceremony occurs, and misses out on the fun. The award ceremony is attended by the senior college of magic as sponsor for Asher Tradefolk, Korra Lander, Pierro Malatesta, Felix Goldenleaf, and Arianthana Dawnchaser. All of them receive sashes of the honorable and all but Arianthana get certificates of the dragonslayer for killing Olimar the Deathwind and bringing his corpse to the city. They are granted land on which to build a castle and enhance the small frontier town of Dundenvale

Act 1 Scene 3: Rewards gone Awry
Asher speaks up against this granting of land to Korra Lander for the purposes of a castle. The land is already owned by the College of Magic, and granted to Asher Tradefolk. Asher reveals his lineage as Korra’s ancestral nemesis in the middle of the ceremony on the senate floor. This sudden revealation incenses korra to fight, and she grabs the first thing at hand to beat Asher with (which happened to be bruno). Throwing halfings at people is risky buisness, and it won’t do much to hurt anyone other than frail old men, but thats exactly what happened to the Head of the College of Magic. One halfling to the face later, and we’re all on his shit-list and Korra is under arrest.

Act 1 Scene 4: Insult to Injury
With Korra in jail, Pierro handles this in typical Kaldo fassion: Go to a bar, drink, wench, and drown your troubles. His carousing is normal, but he usually comes back the next morning. What doesn’t usually come in his place is a death threat. Upon receiving said threat, Korra puts her friends over her political career and breaks out of jail to rescue him. Relying on Felix’s connections in town, they are able to find a person who can lead them to Pierro. The SandFather requires them to partake for his services to be rendered, so they do.

Act 1 Scene 5: One Dream Away
Sitting down at dinner and then waking up in the middle of a sewer battle field can rattle the brain. Well, that’s what drugs will do to you. That’s also what happened. Mid-rout, the party finds Pierro naked in a pot, tied and surrounded by hags. Half of their hafling allies are dead around them, and several ogres and hag cultists are also strewn about. A gaping drain is in the center of the cavern, where rushing water can be heard spiraling into the pipes below. Gone is the happy haze of Silver Sand, and now the jarring reality sets in again. Fight. Kill. Live. The fight was a close thing, with Korra falling unconcious, 2 of the 3 hags of the coven being melted, and the last one taken captive by the party. A tenuous hostage exchange was brokered, but not before someone threw korra down the gaping pit in the middle of the room. Pierro saves her with his mighty muscles, and Lucius throws them a rope. The hag cultists retreat with their leader, and the party stops for a breather.

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Here Comes Halfling Death!
Skirmish in the Shantytown

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h3. Adventuring Party
In a wagon among the caravaneers headed from the port city of Baneta to the capital city of Bet Rogala.

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Arianthana Dawnchaser Female Wood Elf Paladin – Oath of ?? – Hermit??

Bruno Trickfoot

Korra Lander Female Human Fighter Battlemaster – Noble

Piero Malatesta

Lucius – Human Cleric of Freedom

‘Aegis’ and ‘Stalwart’ too OVERLY non-descript ‘refugees’

NPC Party Members the in Wagon:

Fey Fiancee
Pixie Guard
Goblin Twins
Cleric of Fate

Party Members “in Reserve”

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Summary of Session

The trip from Baneta was hand-waved away. They fell in with a caravan heading to Bet Rogala (the capital) for the safety and company of other travelers. Baneta adventures will happen on the way back. They still have not reported on the activity of the Slavers on the Renador River.

The party was joined by Lucius (a Cleric of Freedom), and two very stereotypically filthy commoner humans going by ‘Aegis’ and ‘Stalwart.’ ‘Stalwart’ and ‘Aegis’ sought Content Not Found: lukas-trimel the Folk Hero and were directed by the Cleric of Fate towards the party. The Cleric of Freedom is going to the Capital to receive supplies to reopen the temple in Dundenvale after the disapperance of their resident cleric.

Korra’s deep seated respect for the clerics of that faith lead her to invite Lucius to join them for meals where as Pierro and Bruno were enthralled with the ballads of bar room brawls by Aegis and Stalwart. Arianthana, an overly kind and trusting individual, took pity on these individuals and also desired to share provisions with each of these fellow travelers.

The Goblin twins, as well as the Fey joining on the trip had to be kept out of trouble but that is a story for another time.

Initially Korra was very suspicious of these men demanding to speak with her adoptive father figure. ‘Stalwart’ seemed very distasteful of humans which increased the suspicious of the others. Pierro’s keen eyes saw that the individuals were disguised, but no one knew who they really were or why. The pair revealed themselves to be Aegis of Doulatharion and Flyn’nt ’ender of Karasta. An elf and a dwarf both fleeing oppression, conquest, and enslavement in Kalamar to Pekal in hopes of finding aid for the plights of their respective peoples.

Almost as soon as this reveal occurred, dozens of bolts pierced the wagon in which everyone was speaking in hushed tones. The Cleric of Fate was felled and Pierro was bit deep by a sliver-tipped bolt, the pain shocked him but barely did not drop him. A cry of “Here Comes Halfling Death!” arose and battle was joined. Bruno was the first to act and tried to see why a ‘Halfling Cleaner Crew’ was attacking the party. The Caravan had slowly left them behind as they talked and the halflings going about their business in the shantytown slum had revealed themselves to be a gang of well armed hitmen replete with a mini – onager and dog chariots to chase down the wagon as they fled. Before losing consciousness the Cleric of Fate cast a spell to keep the Oxen moving the wagon forward despite their many wounds.

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The Dwarf used a taste test to not only determine that the bolts were made of myriad metals such as: silver, adamantium, steel, cold iron, and mithril; but that the bolts were poisoned as well! Only his dwarven constitution saved him from the poison which would feel other members of the party. The rest of the party took to arms and tried to defend the wagon as best they could from the charioteers. Arianthana bravely (and perhaps foolishly as well) leapt out to disable the onager from firing but was quickly felled by the dozens of halfling hitmen. The misfire of the onager set part of the shantytown ablaze. Bruno’s fey fiancee used her pixie dust to spread confusion amongst the halflings and the party managed to fend off the charioteers.

The Dwarf fell wounded from the careening cart as it lost a wheel and pierro leapt out to retrieve the dwarf while the cleric and Aegis tried to get arianthana back on her feat. Bruno’s boon proved useful in keeping the cart running on it’s three wheels and administered a potion to the downed cleric.

Aegis had to be thrown a rope. He used his shield so as not to be drug bloody behind the wagon as he tried to take parting shots at the halflings whom were dealing with the oil slick overturned by the other party members.

Implications of the Revelations

Distribution of Rewards including INSPIRATION Points

As mentioned Inspiration has moved from a binary condition to a ‘pool’ of dice like certain feats and class features. A mixture of XP and Inspiration Points will be awarded for good roleplay, facilitation of fun, and maintenance of the campaign world. Occasionally special equipment may be distributed for these factors as well. An MVP will be voted upon by the players after each session following a short discussion whom shall receive a reward of the kind noted above.

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The Hands of the Slaver God
The Hands of the Slaver God

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The Party


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Arianthana Dawnchaser
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Korra Lander
Piero Malatesta

Background

Deciding on heading towards Baneta, the party lashed three wagons together as a makeshift boat.

The Story

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The Giants of Banader River

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The Party


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Arianthana Dawnchaser
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Korra Lander
Piero Malatesta

Background

Deciding on heading towards Baneta, the party lashed three wagons together as a makeshift boat.

The Story

The group guided their makeshift raft to a standstill obstructed by a log held in place in the middle of the river. To their great surprise, the log began to speak of their destiny and an impending difficulty.

Immediately, a dozen orc fighters launched themselves on rams to pin the wagons on the river. Abadon noticed that the orcs were branded, which lead to the discovery that they were slaves from a faraway land. With this discovery, Korra attempted to halt the hostilities in order to free them. The efforts proved to little avail as the orcs were quickly dispatched by the group. Suddenly, several hurtling forms blotted out the sun.

It was the bogeyman of Korra’s childhood, that which had inflicted many forms of scars towards her father, an Ettin and all two tons were hurtling through the air at them. As the Ettin collided with the makeshift raft, it began to split apart, and two ogres plunged into the water pursuing the derelict raft.

The Ettin began by flaying those in his immediate reach while Korra and Bruno began to stab at the giant. Asher forced the Ettin to attack the ropes holding the raft still. As the raft split into three, Piero found himself the sole combatant against the Ettin. The ogres went and pursued the two other rafts as one was handily slain by Korra. Bruno and Abadon found themselves in some difficulty facing the other ogre alone so they flew away together. Asher enlarged a enwolfed Piero who began engaging the Ettin. Eventually the 3 giants were slain allowing the group to relash the barges together.

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The Sunless Altar

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Arianthana Dawnchaser
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Korra Lander
Piero Malatesta

The Story

The party reached the promontory above the vampiric tree. A length of vampiric brambles separated the party from the altar. They began to attempt to sneak, however Korra loudly gave away their position by running into a bramble. Quickly the mages began to run up towards the altar.

Korra rushed towards the altar, ducking the vampiric brambles. Piero was a mere step to her side, once again ablaze. As Korra came within javelin distance of Belak, Abaddon curled his fingers and his eyes blinked quickly.

Mela was frozen in fright, hunger and thirst. The skulls of the infernal altar were whispering in anticipation. “Ripe apples for the tree,” “Young dreams to bind,” “Cleft for thee, hide in me.” The walls were wrong… the walls were wrong… She shut her eyes, the ground suddenly shifted, and the whispering stopped.

Korra ground to a halt as she drew sight of Piero on the altar. Korra quickly turned only to see Mela, a haunted shadow of the child she was. The red moons light bathed the altar in its light, speckling the surroundings as it filtered through the corrupt tree. Piero unbridled his anger and bellowed his blood thirst. The howl echoed and resonated in the cavernous chamber creating a deafening clamor. Korra wheeled back towards the altar, something was far amiss. As Piero leapt onto Belak, that which Korra had feared had arisen; Piero had given himself in towards the beast and had only thoughts of ripping its meal.

Fiends were closing in on Korra, her heart racing, she grabbed Mela and ran for the gate.

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This Werewolf is on Fire!

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Participants:

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Arianthana Dawnchaser
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Korra Lander
Piero Malatesta

The Story

The party all climbed on Piero, who leapt down the shaft, warshouting. Prior to hitting the ground, Abadon cast Feather Fall on Piero, to slow their descent. The party formed up and bravely charged towards Belak, the Outcast.

They encountered fungus with vine-like tentacles that took accosted Arianthana who was momentarily entangled, but the wizard and sorcerer beat them back. The Paladin reminded the group of the need to save the little girl and to stop the summoning of a demon. After a few minutes, the group encountered an encampment. They had the halfling, Bruno, stand on Piero’s shoulder to look over the wall. The halfling saw a horde of goblins with a few bugbear superiors. Thinking quickly, the group decided that the most effective plan would be to light the werewolf on fire and set him loose on the combatants.
Arianthana and Korra quickly followed Piero in as he broke down the door while on fire. The two armored women began by engaging the bugbear captain. Asher let loose a magically precise shot, hitting the horned helmet of the bugbear captain and stunning him. Abadon and Bruno rained down alchemist fires on the group of bugbears, while Piero fought the frost wolf.

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Korra and Arianthana slayed the Bugbear Captain and went to the aid of Piero, who was surrounded by the other bugbears. Calcyrix swooped down and unleashed a wave of fire upon the field mortally wounding the bugbears and causing Korra to faint from the injuries. Arianthana quickly healed the group as they fled the explosion caused by the alchemical ingredients catching fire.

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It all Falls Down

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Participants:

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Arianthana Dawnchaser
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Korra Lander
Piero Malatesta

Backstory:

Our intrepid adventurers have ventured into the Sunless Citadell in pursuit of the village girl Mela. They quickly encounter a tribe of Kobolds, who effectively stall their pursuit. After some misunderstandings, our heroes manage to convince the tribe that they will lead the kobolds against the goblins. And here’s how:

Pierro, that dastardly hansom bundle of fury and machismo, decided to show off just exactly how manly he is to the kobolds.

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By impressing the kobolds with his immunity to goblin weapons, and with some quick words from a disguised Bruno Trickfoot, Pierro convinces the kobolds that he and Korra are friendly and want to help. And with more adventurers popping out of the wood work by the second, the kobolds decide to let these crazy scaleless to lead the charge into the goblin stronghold. With this, the kobolds reveal their plan for the assault: Drop the walls and charge head-long.

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The wall leaves a gap between the kobolds and goblins, which the party jumps and then engages the evil forces. Beset with goblins, wargs, and a bharghest, the party spreads out and employs teamwork. Abadon (who has been invisible for some time) decides to leave the party to these foes and scouts ahead.

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Abadon uses acid to free the paladin, and after being released, Arianthana joins the fight with Abadon to stem the flow of goblin reinforcements, allowing the rest of the party to dispatch the initial wave. Between Korra’s stabbery and Bruno’s missles, the Bharghest is eventually felled. Pierro has some soul-searching time with a warg, and a crazy itching that distracts him for quite a bit of the fight, curtesy of a dragon. After getting better, he makes short work of the warg, who provides him with momentary relief from the crazy itching sensation. But its not over yet:

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After the initial waves of the goblin forces have been routed, the reinforcements threatened to overwhelm the party. With great luck, the kobolds return to help out, having found and rescued their baby red dragon mascot. The kobold warriors deal with the oncomming goblins, giving the party a moment to rest and re-orient themselves for the next encounter.

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5 Minute Fight Scene
A giant werewolf wrestling a dragon, nuff said

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Participants


Korra Lander
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Piero Malatesta
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Backstory

After the party decided to challenge a dragon and slay it within the same day, they set about preparing for combat.

The Plan

Offer Agatha as a faux offering to the dragon. The party would web the dragon named Olimar and known as the Death Wind to the ground, then drop a boulder on its head while attacking.

Speech

“You don’t eat if you don’t slay the dragon.”
-Agatha
“A week ago we, were no one; tomorrow, we are legends!”
-Bruno
“Next week we’ll slay a god, I like to estimate conservatively.”
-Korra
“We’re going to f*** it till it’s raw.”
-Pierro

Damsels and Dragons

Agatha, Korra and Pierro marched towards the dragon’s lair with Agatha feigning as a damsel in distress. Bruno was invisible on his dog.

You’re amusing, leave the offering and I shall spare you
-Olimar

Olimar was not fooled by the feint and blew his poisonous breath on the group. Besides Agatha, the party was unfazed by the breath attack as the dragon leapt straight into Abadon’s webbing. The Dragon’s VeggiePygmy minions then scrambled to aid their fallen master. Their attacks however were feeble though all the orders being given were not understood by the group as they did not know what the clicking language signified.

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IS THAT ALL YOU HAVE? ON SECOND THOUGHT, I’LL JUST KILL YOU
-Korra

Asher cast enlarge on Pierro and Korra to make them of equal size with Olimar.

Piero began to wrestle and bite the dragon while pinning it to the ground. The dragon buffeted Piero with claw and bite attacks to little avail as Agatha was providing healing to Piero. Meridia hurled boulders and trees against the Dragon while Bruno accosted the rear of the dragon with a lance and his dog. With a crack of lightning, Abadon dealt the final blow. The dragon, uttered its last curse by poisoning Pierro and ordered a fire to be lit in the thicket by it’s veggiepygmy minions. The Veggiepygmies that the party encountered were readily dispatched.

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Ballad of Olimar’s Charge



The Death Wind howls her disdain
The Heroes march unwavering
With dread does the death wind take flight
With sorcery, her strength deprived
One hero has howls of his own
Poison did the death wind blow
As mountain of rubble did astrew
Did lance and lightning strike the brute
Fires of war did rage
As steel began to flay
With final coil and cursed bain
So the death wind was slain
-Summer Court Folksong

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The Wild Hunt
Or, How That Escalated Quickly

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Participants


Korra Lander
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Piero Malatesta
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Background

After defeating the werewolves, the group sought to recover from the harrowing battle. The brewery of Trickfoot’s family collapsed partially. However, the thorpsfolk was persuaded to help in rebuilding it. On another note, a storm was on the horizon. Abadon used an augury to find out how bad the storm would be, which it turned out was only “sound and fury.”

And Now BEES!

After setting forth for the Sunless Citadel, the party stopped to camp for the night. Agatha was on watch in the early morning when she found herself assaulted by BEES!
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The bees themselves were the handiwork of three shapeshifters in an attempt to ambush the party. These shapeshifters were unusual in that though they appeared lycanthropic, they posessed parts from multiple DIFFERENT animals. Later the party determined that these were a true-breeding race known as Shifters. After a brief scuffle, the party captured one of the shifters and coerced her to reveal why the shifters attacked the group. The shifter’s name is Meridia.

The Great Wild Hunt

The captured shifter (Meridia) revealed to the group that she belonged to the fey court of a half-fey king named Oberon. She goes on to say that a Great Wild Hunt has been called on the party. Specifically, that every member of her tribe is obliged to chase for sport the party, and bring them as trophies back to the tribe and to the summer court of Oberron.

With this information at hand, the party decided that the best course of action is to confront Oberon at his own domain. No doubt dumbstruck at the brilliance of the plan, the captured shifter agreed to lead the party to the court’s location. (Actually Meridia was impressed by how you spared her and all of her friends when attacked you, as well by both the priest and noble woman apologizing for desecrating the Wild Grove of the Great Huntress).

The party made it back to the Shifter colony which consisted of stone monoliths and “lean-to”s. The tribe of shifters was surprised to see their quarry come all the way to the settlement and was ready to give battle. Oberron watched the entire encounter invisibly to see how these interlopers would respond. Though the shifters gave repeated insult the party neither fled nor fought, and thus Oberron decided that these interlopers were, PERHAPS, too worthy to be sacrifices for the Great Huntress. Oberron revealed himself after using Mass Tasha’s Hideous Laughter on his own tribe to stop them from killing the party. After doing so he introduced himself to the party and demanded that they give account of themselves and how they would make offerings to the Great Huntress.

After much debate it was decided that the party would slay a Green Dragon IN A DAY and bring it back to the Settlement as an offering to the Great Huntress in their sted.

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