Carrion Crown

Broken Moon pt. 1

After a long and hard day of shopping the adventurers Adrian, Christaph, Corbin, and Garrus set out for Ascanor Lodge located deep in the Shudderwood. Along the road Adrian heard some singing off in the distance and the group went to investigate. Just off the path in the thick of the forest was a run down old tower. The men got inside the tower and seen that it was covered in webbing. Corbin being the curious one had a look around and then felt compelled to venture inside of a burrow. In the burrow the creator of the webs lay in wait and stuck out at the pray she lured in. Corbin coming to his senses rushed out of the burrow and was saved by his companions from the grasps of the weaverworm. Looking around the rundown tower the men found a few bodies in the webbing and one of the corpses held a note witch no one could figure out what said. After searching through the tower the men continued their journey to Ascanor Lodge. Finally, they reached the lodge only to be barred entry by a little halfling named Belik. As Belik and the group argued a noble man walked by them and told them to join him for a hunt. The men being tired enough of one mouthy halfling, decided to join the man and go for a hunt. The man introduced himself as Duristan a werewolf hunter and that they were looking for a golden stag that the woodsman reported seeing before. Duristan hoped that the corpse of the stag would still be untouched except by the wolves that took it down. Once at the site everyone could see that the stag was there but it had been moved. After a short time tracking Corbin pointed out that the stag was taken by boars. Duristan sent his men to kill the boars and the adventurers reaped the benefits. Disappointed about the stag Duristan then asked the men to join him on a “moonhunt” which consisted of brandy at night while your men circle the camp and keep a look out for werewolves. Throughout the night Adrian, Christaph, Corbin, and Garrus drank and talked with the werewolf hunter, until screams were heard to the southeast. Investigating the scene the group came across a werewolf holding one of Duristan’s guards up by the throat and biting at his neck, while a second lay on the ground with blood pouring out of where his head should have been. The beast looked at the men and said something about a packlord heart then howled calling for more of his brethren. The howls that echoed across the Shudderwood frightened everyone into their senses except Adrian who took some talking into to get him to leave. Tired and still a bit scared the men returned to the Lodge with Duristan. While there they were approached by the halfling Belik who apologized for sending them away and that his master would like to speak with them. The men then joined the warden of the lodge Estovian in his office where he apologized for the trouble with Belik. Corbin then used his silver tongue to fire questions at the warden, putting Estovian in the hot seat. After talking to much Estovian’s paranoia got the better of him and he fired upon the halfling. Reacting quickly Christaph Time Hoped him and Garrus used his Stoneshape to trap the man. The men then pulled out as much information as they could from Estovian who gave them a stone with an evil spirit inside it called a Vilkacis that they could only destroy at the Stairs of the Moon. He also sent them to see Madam Ivanja for a Harrow reading. Christaph refused the harrow and met a man named Cilas who was a very powerful general that was looking for a friend that was supposed to be at the lodge. The others participated in the Harrowing and then prepared for their journey to the Stairs of the Moon. Before they could leave Duristan pleaded with them to take him too, that he and his group will go from behind for the flank. Coming to a consensus everyone set out for the Stairs of the Moon and Duristan broke off from the group about a mile away from the site. The adventurers then encountered two werewolves with greatswords as they approached the ancient temple of Desna. With a full moon out the men were able to beat down the wolves, but they still have The Stairs of the Moon to climb.

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Broken Moon pt. 3

The nobleman Duristan Silvio Ariesir is a man who enjoys the life of an adventurer, and has recently proclaimed himself to be a werewolf hunter. With his many channels of influence and vast family wealth, Duristan was able to “purchase” the help of nine different men from around the continent to assist him in his hunt for wolves. So with his party of ten including himself Duristan set out for Ascanor Lodge located in the Shudderwood. While on the journey Duristan’s crew fought and slain two werewolves and set a trap for another wolf, before coming to the lodge. Once there Duristan gave his men the opportunity to have a tribal tattoo to ward off the curse of lycanthropy, which Kronos was more than happy to receive. He also gave his men the chance to have a harrowing read to them witch is supposed to grant magical powers of assistance to those who participate. Only four did; Cindy (the male talkative one), Cole (human with a badass gun), Kronos (giant of a man), and Elad (bleachling gnome). The Harrowing for the four was strange due to the fact that their past’s and presents’ could not be read only their future. After the Harrowing the group went on a moon hunt after searching for a golden stag in the Shudderwood. On the moon hunt four of Duristan’s crew were brutally slaughtered, leaving him with his best luckily, Kronos, Elad, Olaf (weird looking bug man thing?), Cole, and Cindy. After the slaughter of the moon hunt the men all returned to the lodge to rest, relax, and do some research, because Duristan found out about a place called the Stairs of the Moon in the Shudderwood. Coming up with a plan to ask for help from the four strangers, Duristan prepared his crew and set out for the southern end of the temple. On the way there the crew was ambushed by a pack of Demon Wolves and Duristan suffered an injury and then vanished from battle. With the wolves dead Cole searched around for Duristan, but could not find the man. Everyone else then searched the bodies of the Demon Wolves and found a note stating that “The Packlord’s Heart was sent to Fledgrau with the necromancers.” The group then continued on their path to the Stairs of the Moon and found it completely empty, save for corpses. The adventurers then attempted to leave the temple but were stopped by a small group of men and women. The other group called themselves the King’s Wolves and thanked the men for what they had accomplished at the temple and in the woods with the Demon wolves. The King’s Wolves then talked with the group about the different clans of werewolves and the fact that the Whispering Way has half of the packlord’s heart. Rhakis (the leader of the King’s Wolves) then made a deal with the adventurers that if they can bring back the packlord heart to him then the King’s Wolves will be the packlord of the Shudderwood and will keep all werewolves in the forest under control. Having a new quarry the men then set out for the town of Feldrau.

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