Dark Dawn

Tyr - Welcome Home

The party eventually found their way to Silver Spring. It turns out the treasure map/riddle they found was an invitation to a hastily organised treasure hunt by Chief Toramund, the chief of the Silver Hand tribe. There was a 100gp reward for whoever could find an heirloom that was buried in the desert. When it became apparant that it was either a wild goose chase or that there was not enough information, the party decided to ignore the trivial treasure hunt and move on to Tyr.

On the way back, the group defeated a party of raiders who had a picture of Ichtaca. Upon reaching Tyr the group were immediately taken to the Golden Tower, the palace of the Templar-King. Along with Templar Ratebourne, the party described EVERYTHING they had experienced and knew since arriving and departing Ree’at.

Tithian told the party that he believes the Sarcophagus is what he sent the expedition to look for. Recognising the party’s talent in staying alive and their ingenuity in bringing the Sarcophagus back to Tyr, Tithian asked them to return to the council room in the morning where he would divulge more information on the nature of the expedition.

In the meantime, he asked the group to investigate the obvious information leak which allowed the Halfling Scouts of Urik to ambush the caravan.

After doing some investigating, the party encountered a young tower servant who claimed to relay information to a man in the Artisan’s District. Being lead by the youth, the party came across Xalos the Stonecutter, a prominant figure in post-Kalak Tyr. Xalos, while being an information dealer and half-arsed spy for Urik, said he had no idea what the expedition was actually for, asides treasure hunting.

Using his own methods, Xalos told the adventurers that rumours indicate that a highly-placed Templar is also a spy for Urik, most likely Templar Ratebourne himself. But this didn’t quite add-up.

Ree'at - A Caravan Destroyed
Heroic Tier - Session 2

After searching through the ruined expedition, it becomes apparant that it was attacked by a force of the same halflings that were encountered in the ruins. The squad of explorers found three alive out of hundreds. Calder, another noble who was seeking redemption, though he had lost his noble name in the recent Tyrian civil war. Razak Kamras the knowledgable Dray who had been hired on a sorcerer specialising in magical artifacts. And one of the enemy halflings. The party tortured and killed the halfling, managing to find out little asides from he is a member of the Ogo Tribe, he was ordered to attack the Caravan by the Sorcerer-King of Urik.

After a strange battle at the gates of the city with warrior ghosts, seemingly locked in an eternal battle, the party set off in the morning. It was several days before they encountered another survivor (just) of the caravan, Templar Ratebourne, the second-in-command of the expedition and one of Tithian’s closest advisors. Ratebourne was in no condition to be anything but a hindrance, but they took him along anyway, perhaps a sense of duty.

The party set out for Silver Spring, the logical step on their way back to Tyr and also apparently the first stop on a treasure map they had found in a small smuggler’s hole near the caravan’s site. About halfway through their journey, the party dispatched with a some over-confident highway bandits and continued on their way to Silver Spring.

Ree'at - The Ruins of an Ancient Battle
Heroic Tier - Session 1

It has been six months since Sorcerer-King Kalak was deposed and killed. Templar-King Tithian, leader of the Deposers of Kalak and new ruler of Tyr, has commissioned an expedition caravan to search the expansive ruins of Ree’at. Ree’at is located in approximately 6 days south of Urik and an overall 15 days from Tyr. It is an ancient city whose existence is common knowledge but only recently has come under the attention of Templar-King Tithian.

Tithian personally saw the expedition off and for some of the expedition, that was the first time they had ever seen the Templar-King.

The expedition leader is Aaron Asticles, younger brother and only sibling to Agis Asticles, one of the Deposers of Kalak and advisor to Tithian. Aaron, while not directly invovled in the deposing of Sorcerer-King Kalak, is still a member of the Noble House of Asticles and hence, part of the most powerful house in Tyr.

The second in charge of the expedition is Templar Ratebourne, the highest commander under Tithian’s watch and a reputedly powerful sorcerer.

This story begins just as the caravan reaches the city walls of Ree’at after a relatively uneventful journey. Several times the caravan had to fight off desert creatures and raiders but they were no match for a fully guarded and stocked caravan (ding you are now level 5).

The expedition’s members were divided up and sent into the ruins to search for anything of interest. In one squad, Aaron Asticles placed the dregs and rabble that Tyr had to offer.

Dust was a caravan guide who moved to Tyr to seek opportunities, finding one as guide for this expedition. Elton, a Toothcutter conman managed to steal an official expedition letter and con his way onto the caravan to seek his riches. Ichtaca the Thri-Kreen was employed as a teamster and mercenary. And finally Tiran Arslan, a disgraced noble, was allowed into the expedition after his older brother begged Aaron to allow Tiran on.

After gathering rations, the newly acquainted party headed into the city, aiming for the city-centre. After defeating a group of halflings, tattooed with the symbol of Hamanu, Sorcerer-King of Urik, the party eventually came to Ree’at’s city square (or circle).

In the centre was a solid gold statue of a king they assume once ruled this city. Beneath the statue was a staircase that led down a series of catacombs beneath Ree’at. Guarding some metal doors was a Primordial Spirit named Igni, possessing the body of a minotaur. The party defeated the minotaur and descended down further into a natural cavern.

The party encountered members of the Red Wing Tomb Raiding Group (which they’re sure wholly consist of those members) who were also seeking the same treasure under Ree’at as the party. But as they were tomb raiders, not fighters, it didn’t take much to scare them off.

Inside the cavern was a gigantic steel cage, as if designed to hold an enormous beast. Inside the cage was an unopenable white-stone sarcophagus and an undead, injured male. They helped the man they named Barman with his crushed leg and led him out of the cage. As soon as he was out, his leg healed itself and his demeanour changed. He thanked the adventurers for freeing him and stated that when he ruled Athas, he would allow them to sit by his throne in Giustenal.

The party dragged the sealed sarcophagus back out of the cavern and up through the catacombs. At one point they encountered unruly homonculus, their wards long gone. Elton the Psion was mortally wounded during this battle and bled to death. At the end of the path was a small smugglers cave which led back to the surface, outside of Ree’at.

After mounting a dune, the party were able to see the ruins of Ree’at, and the remnants of a battle that had taken place not long before. The entire expedition caravan had been destroyed. Tents burnt and people slaughtered.


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