Dark Dawn

Tyr - The Lords of Tyr

The Stewards began their morning with a surprise visit from Shivrin leader of The Freed with an escort of two elves. Aware of the Steward’s current plan to cull the gangs of The Warrens. Shivrin offered to help broker a deal between the leader of the Toothcutters, a blood relative of hers, and the Stewards in the hope to reach a peace and put a final end to the bloodshed. The Stewards agreed and one of the elven escorts stepped forwards to reveal himself as Malkin, head of the Toothcutters and organised crime within Tyr. Once his head was in full view, a full ring of functional eyes around his skull and a slightly off-centre body acted as the party’s first encounter with Sunwarping.

Malkin had a simple proposition for the party. They would take out the fence of the Iron Rats – the closest thing they had to a leader, let the Toothcutters finish their business with the Iron Rats and then allow the Toothcutters to continue their activities within the Warrens. In turn, the Toothcutters will keep a tight clamp and control on all nefarious activities within the city, do their best to cooperate with the Tyr leaders (not to be known to the public) and pledge some of the Toothcutters to the cause of city defense. The Stewards agreed and promptly set about fulfilling their end of the deal, though not before Tiran gave a stern warning to Shivrin that she was not to ambush them with this kind of meeting again. On all outward appearances, Shivrin was relatively unfazed by the Steward’s warning, yet took heed of it nonetheless. Malkin also mentioned that the party would probably not see their assassin again.

Ichtaca’s previous status as an Iron Rat led them to Gavan Sul, owner of the Tarnished Cup and fence for the Iron Rats. Gavan Sul didn’t seem surprised to see the Stewards enter the shop though he did have heightened security which he claimed was because of the civil war. The party explained the situation and so Gavan Sul proposed a counter-offer. He would stay in Tyr, stay alive while the party took care of the Toothcutters. In return, he would heavily monitor the Iron Rats, cooperate with the Stewards when needed and give them the Fifth Sword of Tyr a relic supposedly infused with the power to hinder the abilities of a Sorcerer-King.

The party formed a cunning plan since Gavan Sul would be more useful to them alive than dead. They would stage an exiling of Gavan Sul from Tyr, leading the Toothcutters to believe that he had been dealt with. In reality, Gavan Sul would lay low in Grak’s Pool for several weeks until the Mercenary Army had been dealt with. Gavan Sul agreed to give them the sword once the Toothcutters had been dealt with. The party staged a struggle (which wasn’t quite so staged) and in appearances, the bread-giver of the Iron Rats had been dealt with, seriously damaging the organisational integrity of the Iron Rats. It was here that the Stewards decided to rename themselves the ‘Lords of Tyr’.

The party then set about on their next task, travelling south to Walis to seize the only known gold mine in Athas. They set about fully stocking Slither and gaining an escort of two Templars and 5 city watchmen. Riding their mobile fortress, they travelled for about 8 days before they entered a strange environment. Warped and twisted trees were everywhere and the only creatures to be seen were a pack of sickly-looking Aarakocra. The party captured one of the Aarakocra who told them they were in the territory of the Nightmare Beast. After some research in their library, they figured that Nightmare Beast territory resembles defiled lands and that the spawn often hunt in packs. The party found a lone spawn and easily dispatched it, but not before it called to five of its fellow spawn.

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Tyr - Death of The True

The mysterious figures were found to be Templar Ratebourne, Murter Dyan, a loyal Templar of Kalak and the assassin Jonus. In an unusual move, the heroes tried combat before diplomacy, throwing themselves at the exposed The True leaders. Unfortunately for the heroes, Tiran Arslan had been teleported out of the Ziggurat at the completion of the trials as he was holding the Book of Kalak; and Calder had unfortunately attempted to steal some of the treasure from the final trial and was also removed from the temple.

Templar Ratebourne opened up strong, with some powerful defiling magic driving many of the heroes to become quite nervous in combat, however in his usual manner, Ichtaca responded in kind, delivering a massive amount of damage across the battlefield and with some quick healing from Dust to top the group back up they regrouped and attempted to take advantage of the terrain to assist in the battle. Darius proved once again his value to the group by manoeuvring the enemies with his deadly spears towards the edges, allowing Turk to employ his deft teleportation moves to dispatch of Templar Ratebourne.
Murter Dyan also proved no match for the group and when Dust negotiated the surrender of Jonas, the remaining Templar of Kalak threw himself off the edge confusing the heroes who soon learned his reasons – the altar with nobody sustaining the ritual exploded nearly killing the heroes. Ichtaca was thrown off into the chasm and saved by a quick BAMF from Turk.

Dust, whilst bravely assisting his comrades, spared only moments to scoop up the sword that belonged to Murter Dyan as this heirloom of House Dyan was a lavish looking metal bastard sword with a bejeweled bone handle showing the symbol of House Dyan.

After dispatching the threat from The True the heroes headed directly to the Golden Tower where they met up with Templar Ashfield and explained the negotiations that occurred with the other factions of Tyr and their hopes to end the civil war. They met with several factions, held a general meeting and elected a new council settling on the following members:

*Xalos the Stonecutter – Commoners/Artisans (Mul)
*Hanneth Tsalaxa – Merchants (Human)
*Shivrin – The Freed (Half-Elf)
*Stoki – Ex-Gladiators (Goliath)
*Templar Ashfield – Templars (Human)
*Makra Ianto – Silver Spring (Human)

No noble representative was elected at this meeting, with Dust hinting strongly that he would be looking to the houses to see which nobles were contributing the most to rebuilding Tyr and preparing her for the incoming invasion of Urik’s Mercenary Army.

It was also announced that Tyr had allied herself with Nibenay in an attempt to gather enough troops to defend the city, this was met with mixed emotions mainly from The Freed who were afraid of a return of slavery. Dust, as representative of House Aslan assured them that the reagents of Tyr would remain in direct rule with oversight only from Nibenay as part of the agreement. As a show of good faith and strong leadership House Aslan donated 3,000 gold bits to Tyr’s treasury which is to be used to help in the rebuilding of Tyr. House Dyan’s assets were to be assessed after the treachery of Murter Dyan but for the immediate future House Aslan would take control of the Iron Mines of Tyr to ensure continued stability and trade for the good of all. The free were given funding from House Aslan to assist them in recreating their district to be more organized and building a central area where they could hold council for themselves, this building is to be built out of the stone previously used for the slave pits and would be a symbol to all of their freedom.

At the meeting it was also decreed that something would be done about the Thri-Kreen problem as the Artisan District was too valuable not to be reclaimed, the heroes decided it might be better for them to clear out some of the organized crime in The Warrens and make some room to move the Thri-Kreen into the space. To start this, the heroes set about to clearing out the leadership behind the savage Ruincreepers, the savy Toothcutters and erratic Iron Rats. Dust put his new hireling Jonus to work immediately in taking out the leader. The heroes themselves set out into The Warrens to cause trouble amongst the leadership in the hopes that with a few Captain’s dead and leaders killed, they could create a power vacuum that would give them the time they need to carve out enough space to give to the Thri-Kreen.

The party walked into the middle of battle between the Iron Rats and the Toothcutters, but before they could intervene, a huge Braxat allied with the Ruincreepers entered the fray, redirecting the party’s battle-focus onto the Braxat which they slew, destroying the Ruincreepers biggest play and destroying their bid for The Warrens.

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Tyr - A City at War

After entering the city via the Caravan District, the party met withJossi the Juggler, a staple sight in the district and one of Gear’s connected, who informed them of the situation. Soon after the party’s departure, Davith Vordon, the only non-noble on the interim council was murdered. Shoshanna Beryl and Murter Dyan appointed Delani Shashram, another influential noble to the council. The other factions within Tyr saw this as grab for power by the nobles and fighting broke out between the nobility, the house merchants, The Freed and even the commoners. The Templars and city watch were unable to keep control and retreated back into the Golden City. Meanwhile, the source of the light pillar was suspected to have been linked to The True. The fighting had mostly occurred in the now-abandoned Artisan District and Shoshanna Beryl had been reportedly killed during the fighting.

The party made their way to Templar Ashfield in the Golden Tower who said that Gear’s abilities were being hampered by the pillar of light. He told them they might be able to find the remaining council members at Blacksun Villa, manorhouse of the Shashram Noble House, which was acting as a refuge for nobility who had been displaced by the civil war. Unprecedented amounts of Thri-Kreen had taken up residence in the abandoned Artisan District. The Freed had fortified themselves in the Slave’s Compound and Smith’s District while the three gangs of The Warrens were conducting a civil war of their own. The only normally-operating parts of the city were the Merchant District and the Caravan District as not even war can stop commerce.

Ichtaca managed to negotiate with the Thri-Kreen in the artisan’s district for them to move into The Warrens once the gang war had been sorted in exchange for a portion of them to aid in defending Tyr and to act as a liaison between the approaching Thri-Kreen hoards and Tyr. Darius and Dust managed to convince The Freed to temporarily lay down their arms and stop assaulting the Noble District.

The entire party visited Blacksun Villa together to find Delani Shashram and accidentally walked into a cult meeting of The True. After slaying Delani Shashram, the rest of the household fled out onto the streets where they were promptly killed by the Scarlet Helms, as directed by the Stewards. Inside the villa on a podium they found a Book of Kalak.

Using the book, they gained entry into Kalak’s Ziggurat where they faced the 5 trials of Kalak before coming to the centre of the Zuggurat, finding the perpetrators and instigators of the pillar of light and the civil war.

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Slither - The Crawling Fortress of Tyr

After the final demise of Zeburron (we assume), the party immediately set to their next task, finding and seizing the fortress of Slither. This was relatively easy considering they had a piece of magical paper which acted as a compass towards the mobile fortress. The party found slither in exactly the same way they found it the first time, unmoving.

Mounting the fortress proved as equally difficult as the last time as Slither tried to make its getaway, but it was nowhere near the challenge as it had been many a level since the party had visited Slither. Utilising grappling hooks, the party managed to climb the legs to the front door (Darius almost falling back into the desert). They ascended to the top of citadel to face the bone dragon which had chased them off long ago. The bone construct was not easy to defeat and with some tail swipes and snapping of jaws, the dragon fell to the floor in a heap. The bones reconstructed themselves into a set of controls on the balcony to the cheers of the party. But their cheers were cut short by the inability of anyone to use them.

The party already knew that only a Snake Skull Raider could be use those controls but weren’t sure how to officially become one. Luckily, the party had an entire Skeleton Library at their disposal to help with this. And help it certainly did as several burly skeletons pinned down Dust, Turk and Darius anyone else?; and ripped their hair out and tattooed the Snake Skull Raider tattoo onto their scalps.

With this, the party rode Slither all the way back to Tyr in victory… only to find their beloved city of Tyr in the midst of a civil war and pillar of dangerously-looking white and purple light rising from the peak of Kalak’s Ziggurat.

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The Black Sands - The Accursed Legion

The party left with Nibenay after much celebrating at the forming of the new Nibenay Empire and, on their recently purchased Sand Skiff, made all haste towards The Black Sands and the “hidden” location of Zeburron’s camp. They made it to the outskirts of the camp, the converted ruins of a small city, with no hassle and it looked like things had changed since last time they were there. Rumours of Zeburron leading a group known as The Accursed Legion were not exaggerated as The Accursed Legion now made up the visual bulk of Zeburron’s Raiders.

They managed to sneak into the ruins with little trouble. It seemed that the legionnaires disintegrated into fire and ash upon death, along with their hellish Crodlu, making it easy for the party to hide the evidence of their movements. The party got the brilliant idea to bury down through the sand, using their previous knowledge of Zeburron’s base to work out roughly the point directly above where his chamber was last time. Unfortunately, the party’s ability at building tunnels was limited to Dust’s ability to burrow and this endeavour failed. They also managed to alert the entire camp to their presence in the process, putting the entire camp on alert for intruders.

They then decided to through the front entrance, silently killing the legionnaire guards in the process. They managed to avoid the groups of legionnaires who were exiting the catacombs and managed to found a trash pile in which they found a [[Folding Sand Skiff] and a ring. They eventually made it into Zeburron’s final chamber, occupied by Zeburron himself, two Dwarves, two Dray and several newly-risen legionnaires. In the middle of the room was a ritual circle leading to a bottomless pit from which the legionnaires seemed to be rising.

The party, not wanting to use air from their lungs that could be better spent yelling insults and grunting with the exertion of fighting, immediately attacked Zeburron and his cohorts. After brining down Zeburron, he turned into a winged, horned devil, fuelled by the power of the pit. After some near-misses of falling into the pit, being dominated by Zeburron’s new form and being brought to the brink of death, the party finally managed to defeat Zeburron and his companions, assuming they killed the Accursed Legion in the process and causing the pit to close up.

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The Ivory Triangle - Interesting Times

The party had a brief stop in Gulg which didn’t yield much as Gulg is a city-state with draconian trade laws and a system of government which places Sorcerer-Queen Lalali-Puy as the sole ruler, monarch and divine empress of Gulg. The party felt that compared to their home city of Tyr, Gulg was backwards and not worth their attention. With only an encounter with a witch doctor who made seemingly-empty threats, the party pushed on through the [Crescent Forest]], defending themselves from an attacking tribe of halflings who the party suspected were sent by the Sorcerer-Queen of Gulg to impede their efforts.

The finally reached the logging camps of Nibenay with little trouble and were met by one of the Templar-Brides of Nibenay, Khalia, who was in charge of overseeing logging in that particular region of the Crescent Forest. Upon seeing the letter from Sorcerer-King Nibenay, Khalia immediately led them into to the city of Nibenay and straight to the Royal Palace inside The Naggaramkam to meet with Nibenay in person. They met Nibenay along with his five High Consorts.

Nibenay offered the hospitality of his city and and very simple choice for Stewards of Tyr. Nibenay would offer his armies and full support of Tyr in return for Tyr becoming a satellite-state of Nibenay, the beginnings of one of the first true empires in the Tyr Region, The Nibenay Empire. Nibenay let the party stay in Nibenay for the night while they pondered their decision. The party offered a meeting to High Consort Kahalya and High Consort Bamandji, Bamandji being the only one who accepted. The High Consort in charge of the Temple of War had no qualms about boasting of the military might of Nibenay and the party seemed to win her over with their charm.

The next morning, the party met up with Nibenay again to further discuss terms. The party accepted the offer of Nibenay, becoming the Rulers of Tyr, under the direction of Nibenay, possible one of the most pivotal changes in Athas history. Additionally Tiran Aslan gave an offering of the Dragon Amulet of Tyr to Nibenay in exchange for his consideration on a joint currency.

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Silver Spring - Conquerors?

The party move throughout the rest of Silver Spring eliminating any remnants of Zombie Cacti. They eventually found Chief Torelal hold up in the 1st floor of the manor house along with some halflings, other elves and gith. Chief Torelal explained that the cacti had just appeared several days ago and started growing from the well. Eventually the cacti attacked, killing the merchants, traders and elves of Silver Spring and turning them into their thralls. Chief Torelal sent his own son to Tyr to request assistance.

The party, accepting Chief Torelal’s story, informed him that their de-cactusing of Silver Spring has not come cheaply. Silver Spring submitted itself to the power of Tyr, to be administered by House Ianto. The party left Silver Spring whistling a merry tune and headed directly south through The Black Sands towards Nibenay via Gulg. The Black Sands is home to Zeburron, the Tiefling raider leader who attacked the Snake Skull Raiders and whom had at least a 3rd of his raiders killed by the party.

As they travelled, they believed they saw Fevik, the black-bearded, Dwarven defiler who is Zeburron’s lieutenant riding a Crodlu watching them. They decided to ignore them and press onto Gulg. After an encounter with Silt Sharks, who decimated their single Crodlu and a good portion of their supplies, their party finally arrived at the city outskirts of Gulg.

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Silver Spring - Under Siege?

The party began their travels to Silver Spring via Sand Skiff with a thirst for Elven blood, the Elves of the Silver Hand to be exact. The Silver Hand had recently re-allied themselves with Urik for unknown reasons, incurring the wrath of the Stewards of Tyr.

On their way, roughly where Tyr Road] splits into the Twin Roads of Tyr, they encountered a lone Mul lost and near death in the desert. They pulled the Mul out of the sand, but they weren’t the only ones interested in the Mul. A pack of Dagorran had been tracking the Mul for days, a necessary meal for them. The party defeated the Dagorran and decided to take the Mul with them. The Mul was Garus, originally a slave of Tyr who decided to leave when Kalak was deposed and slavery abolished. The Mul had returned to the Tyr Region for reasons he was yet to tell the Stewards.

The party continued onto Silver Spring, their new member with them and finally came within sight of Silver Spring. There was some smoke rising from Silver Spring and a single, lone elf running away from the caravanserai. They chose to ram the young elf, killing him instantly and ignoring this moral oversight, continued into the caravanserai, burning the front gates as they did so.

Not worrying or thinking about the lack of guards, they walked into the main courtyard to see the entire place occupied by cacti. In a brilliant, tactical move, they attacked the cacti on sight, trusting their instinct that the cacti were evil. While the cacti weren’t evil, they were definitely hostile and turned out to be Zombie Cactus raising thralls up from the sand, thralls that were once merchants, travellers and visitors from foreign lands.

Through a long battle that involved much loving of cacti, the party managed to defeat the Zombie Cactus in the courtyard, though whether they’ve eliminated the threat of Silver Spring, it is yet to be seen.

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Tyr - The Stewards of Tyr

After the successful resupply of Tyr’s water supplies, the party had spent a week attending to Tyr’s administration, with assistance from Templar Ratebourne and Templar Ashfield.

House Shom under Sorcerer-King Nibenay’s directive has offered to construct some wood-work in celebration of the new Stewards of Tyr. Along with this, Nibenay also requested an audience with the Stewards in Nibenay. The Stewards also found out that Silver Spring renounced their allegiance with Tyr and instead, allied themselves with Urik. The news of The Undead War had reached the West as the party were informed of Guisternal’s battles with the armies of Draj. Upon Ashfield’s recommendation, the party agreed to consult with the psurlon Gear in the tentative idea that he might give them advice. Finally, the Stewards agreed to host a series of meetings the next morning.

On their way to consult Gear, the party were attacked by assassins who claimed to part of a group called The True, a secretive cult group who desire the resurrection and reinstatement of Sorcerer-King Kalack. The party managed to defend against the assassins and continued on with their meeting with the psurlon. He told them that while Nibenay is not to be trusted, his offer for Diplomatic discussion was sincere. He also accept the Stewards offer to become Tyr’s new Spymaster, using his psurlon abilities and already-established influence to monitor inside Tyr’s walls and beyond.

The party then attended the gladiatorial games which had been organised a week earlier to determine the new head of Tyr’s City Watch. With some influence from the stewards, more for economic reasons than any other, the goliath Stoki Half-Man was the champion and named the head of the city watch. The games were also quite profitable for the city treasury.

The next morning, the party attended the council meetings with the usual attendees from Tithian’s meetings. In a step towards creating a Senate of Nobles, the stewards appointed Shoshanna Beryl, Davith Vordon and Murter Dyan ‘’(I think)’‘, to act in the steward’s stead. With all this organised, the party requisitioned a Sand Skiff and several Crodlu and immediately departed for Silver Spring to rectify the problem of the changed allegiance.

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Tyr - A Pail of Water

The Stewards of Tyr have only been the stewards of Tyr for one week and already they are being faced with myriad of problems. The treasury is near-empty, law-enforcement and taxation is near non-existent and there is a mercenary army 20,000 strong marching towards to Tyr to take the iron mines. But all these are second priority to the immediate problem of Tyr’s water wells drying up. Almost as soon as Tithian departed to the Other Realm, the water wells started to dry up. The city of Tyr was in panic as the common citizen’s private stores were starting to disappear and the average price at vendors was sky-rocketing.

The party soon worked out that all the water came from the Under-Tyr and using Shoshanna Beryl’s desire to appeal to the new rulers, they gained access to the Under-Tyr. Once under Tyr, they set about following the trickles of water to the source. Knowing they had to delve deeper underneath Tyr, the battled through zombies, met an Eladrin tomb robber and new ally, Turk Garrant, and wove their way through ruins of a Tyr long buried.

Eventually they came to the lower depths of Tyr, a place that was occupied back in Tyr’s original founding, but had since become a cave network and ruins. Making their way through Tembo’s Teeth, where they were attacked by living stalacmites, they came across Night Dragon Way which had a broken statue of The Dragon at the end of it. From the shattered mouth, Tiran obtained a Dragon Amulet. They also found a mysterious orb in an area called The Sorrows which had a single tower that descended into the earth and rose up into the city.

They finally came to Elven River, a lake which was the source of all of Tyr’s water. At first, there didn’t seem to be anything wrong, asides from the water level. In the middle of the lake an Id Fiend was resting on a small island. Stepping out to care of the Id Fiend, what appeared to be withered humanoids rose from the lake. Not sure what they were, the party battled them regardless, not cowed by their ability to absorb the water from a man’s body. After defeating them, the monsters revealed they were the Thrax, water vampires that had been sent to Tyr by Abalach-Re, Sorcerer-Queen of Raam with the sole-purpose of absorbing Tyr’s water. The Thrax surrendered and agreed to return to their home outside of Raam thanking the party for their mercy.

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