In attendance: Mielka Dawnhammer, Raiden, Bael Corvus, and Zigfried von Schattenwerk
Leaving on the SS Cloudreaver from Olyesse Island, the party decides to stop off in the Beastlands to take care of a tip they received from Nebbish tr’Louq of a "Troll King" who was blocking passage to the Feywild.
They arrived in the city of Moonstair and spoke with the mayor Kelana Dhoram, who has been having troubles with the Troll King and his band of trolls attacking the city, some of whom have been immune to fire and acid. With the help of Bax, the party puts together a strategem to lure the Troll King out.
Raiden trains the rag-tag militia there in the arts of swordplay, where Bael draws upon his many lifetimes of experience to recognize the hidden talent of some of the recruits and pushes them to be sergants. Mielka tries to lend her Healing Sash to some of the combat medics, but they aren't skilled enough to use it and they take some tips on healing instead.
The next morning, they set out with the guide Litharian and trek around the Trollhaunt. Unfortunately, the party did not take adequate time to rest between previous adventures and just barely manage to stumble across a group of trolls, exhausted from the traveling. The Avenger gets the drop on one, and uses the Battle Standard of the Fiery Legion to tear into the troll with a critical, flame-wreathed strike. The other troll runs in horror, and the party pursues it for a ways before the scout tracks it down.
The scout goes back and forth a few times and eventually tells the party that the trolls are on the move, and directs them to the Warrens. Litharian returns to warn Moonstair, and the PCs press on.
The Trollhaunt Warrens are a disgusting lair of dozens of trolls, filled with filth and the leftovers of their horrific practices. Raiden stops briefly to seek out a hidden magic treasure, and everyone moves on before the trolls return.
A cavern filled with strange glowing fungi and dangling cages of bones is the next stop, where an old woman tends to mushrooms. Bael approaches, expecting a trap but unsure of what will happen. The exchange seems reasonable enough until he invokes the name of the Raven Queen, sending the old woman into a fury and revealing that she is actually a terrible Hag from the Feywild. Several strange multiarmed creatures emerge from the fungal rocks, and the bones in the cages coalesce into vaguely humanoid shapes to attack.
Cutting them down and taking a few bruisings in the process from briars and rolling bones, the party moves through another door to try to sneak up on a lone Cyclops standing before a diamond throne. The single eye is watchful, however, and spots them almost immediately. The Fey giant uses the chair to summon back Skalmad the Troll King, the terrible Troll King and another troll ally.
The Troll King leaps into the fray and uses his strange, magic eyes to project spells upon the party while hacking at them with his great axe. After trying to use fire against the Troll, the Swordmage and Psion pick up that the throne is somehow protecting them. Zigfried uses his mental powers to command the lesser troll to attack his king, and uses the confusion to sneak back to the throne to deactivate it.
The Psion and Swordmage make their way to the throne and combine their knowledge to figure out how to activate the four triggers needed to control it. Mielka helps Bael hold the line by providing her healing when needed and summoning the Divine Beer Stein of Moradin to whack the Troll King and distract him from the other's attacks.
The Troll King falls in battle, wreathed in flames, and the throne is deciphered, turning off the protections.. but also teleporting Raiden and Zigfried to the Feywild itself. They quickly find their way back and help finish the battle, ignoring the pleas of the lesser Troll to let him live in exchange for treasure.
After resting and recovering the rest of the treasure from the troll's lair, the party moves into the Feywild, if nothing else out of curiosity. The shining city of Arborea, floating on a bed of Etherium off of emerald hills above a pure blue ocean, invites them into their gleaming white towers. The arrval of outsiders from the mortal world causes an immediate stir, and they are taken to see Lady Shandria. The Eladrin noblewoman is informed about the opening of the passage between two worlds, the falling of Istarmani, and the attempts by Gurias to redeem himself. She asks that "the Stormborn" return.
While still in town, the party visits Aramath Teldorm, an Eladrin scholar. He says that he has been researching Etherium, and can cleanse it if given a sample of the material without the taint by replicating it. He says untainted Etherium will also power Istarya's Traveling Machine for a trip back in time. Bael asks about the Chained God, but instead of the scholar answering, Raiden informs him that the Chained God is known to the Genasi and other residents of the Elemental Chaos as the creator of the Abyss, sealed away by the other gods and creating corruption around him.
Before departing the city, Raiden trains at the Bladesinger school of Swordmages, and Mielka visits the temple of Melora.
- Level 13
- Bladesinger Style Training
- The Bladesinger school of Eladrin Swordmages teaches that music and battle are one, just as blade and magic are one.
- Weapon: Grandmaster Training
- Property: Power (Daily): Free Action. Trigger: You hit an enemy with a thunder power using a blade. Effect: Each enemy within 2 squares of the triggering enemy is dazed until the end of your next turn.
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- XP: 2845
- 2200 gp
- Enough residuum to create a 14th level item (claimed by Raiden)
- Torc of Fortune +3 (claimed by Mielka)
- A Memory Potion, given to Bael, for an occasion when he most needs to remember.
- The Divine Boon of Melora, given to Mielka, for when she needs the power of the storm to bring her to safety.
- Bladesinger School Grandmaster Training, given to Raiden to continue his pursuit of perfection.