Horror of Hugeldal

The party meets
Anybody heading South ??

With message in hand, and a clear agenda Nala slowly glances around the room for additional travelers on there way to Hugeldal. Not feeling very confident about her prospects, she decides to head up to room 3 and secure the small fortune Rickard had mentioned in his note.

Finding a great room with very good amenities, Nala heads straight for the headboard and finds all 4 gold as promised. (She wonders to herself who it is that Rickard knows and trusts in town that could secure the room and hide such a large sum of gold for her.)

She pockets the gold and heads back downstairs to enjoy a nice meal and scope for potential people to to travel with.

Feeling quite full and satisfied, Nala swings a 180 on her bar stool and notices a Dwarf sitting by the fire and enjoying a large mug of ale. “He’s been here for 1/2 the day” she says to herself. “The little guy looks tough as nails and obviously has sworn a Slayer’s oath, looks like a good place to start”.

Nala approaches the table where she can now see the Slayer is engaged in a game of chance with a well dressed younger lady. Obvious by the stack of coin next to her, she has been getting the better of the dwarf for some time.

“Slayer, I have an offer for you that will help you replenish your losses from this evenings games, care to hear me out?”

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Horror of Hugeldal
A job for a ...friend?

Our story opens at the Red Moon Inn Tavern in Ubersreik where Ethan, a newly initiated Amethyst apprentice is enjoying a quiet dinner, alone,.. utterly alone, at one of the back corner tables.

Nala, a veteran, has abandoned her regiment. Disgruntled because she hasn’t been selected for one of the Elite units ( which she believes is because she is a woman). She has sent a message regarding her AWOL to the only person she could trust, Lord Rickard Aschaffenberg and told him she would be staying at the Red Moon Inn on her way to meet him at Grunwald Lodge.

A rather tipsy Troll Slayer named Killer is sitting by the fire with Richera who is well known in town as a shrewd and cunning gambler. Never has he passed up a game of chance, but is growing increasingly tired of the grind in Ubersreik and has been on the lookout for something more to satisfy his cravings for risk.

Suddenly a loud voice cuts through the tavern, “Message for pretty one!, Message for pretty one!!”

Nala recognizes the nickname right away, but hesitates to see if anyone else reacts,.. After seeing no signs of acknowledgement for the crier, Nala begins to wonder if the crier isn’t seeking her. It is, after all, Lord Asheffenburg’s favorite name for her, and he IS the only one who knows she is here,… hmmm,..

Nala accepts the message from the crier and begins to read:

Dearest Pretty One,
p. I am in receipt of your letter regarding your troubles and your intentions of leaving your regiment and returning to me. I must inform you, AGAIN, that I am recently wed to -——— and cannot host you at Grunwald Lodge. Understanding you are without funds and in need of employment please find the 4 gold already hidden in room 3, behind the headboard and accept my following offer.
p. I am certain you have already heard news of the scandal that has recently been uncovered at my new residence.
p. Due to the realization that I had a most vile and and evil cult living, working and scheming right under my nose, coupled with the fact that I am newly wed into the Von Brunner family, I have cause for a minor concern on behalf of my new bride.
p. If you could, please check in on Lady Agnetha Von Junfreud of Hugeldal and meet me back in Ubersreik with any news. I understand her husband passed away many months ago of the Pox and I we have not heard word from her since this last news.
p. If you could perform this service for me I would be most appreciative, and can lay my wifes concerns to rest.
p. Of course I offer to cover any expense you might incur during your execution of this task with 11 gold, plus the 4 gold as a down payment.
p. Thanks you for your aid in this matter and I look forward to seeing you at the Red Moon Inn soon.

Signed,
Lord Rickard Asheffenburg

Nala is aware of the recent attacks near the river crossing leading to Hugeldal and decides she can afford a few companions to accompany her to Hugeldal. “Safety in numbers” she says to herself.

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A Job for a Friend
The party begins their journey.

Along the way to Hugedal Ethan and the Gambler have a HUGE dispute over the realities of magic and its effect on The Old World. The Gambler states that magic isn’t real and directly insults Ethan. Ethan passively decides to give an example of his magical powers and gets out of the wagon to stand in a nearby clearing. A few mumbles and utterances and the ground all around Ethan begins to die and turn brown. Ethan not being very impressed still maintains the that magic is just a parlor trick is no real threat to anyone,… Ethan becomes infuriated and and decides to make an example of this non-believer,. A great burst of energy leaves Ethan’s hand with a loud clap and strikes the Gabler square in the chest, knocking him off the wagon and inflicts great pain and a minor temporary concussion,.. The Gambler decides to leave the argument for another time,…

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Outskirts of Hugedal
A wagon full of trouble.

As the adventurers begin to arrive at the outskirts of town the come upon a wagon of Shallyan Priests being attacked by loathsome bandits. Winning the battle but losing several priests before the fighting is over, they do manage to save ONE. He informs them of a rather unusual proclamation made by the Towns senior noble, Agnatha Von ?? All Shalyan priests are banned from the town and any Shalyan prayers are forbidden!!

The priest asks the party to deliver a message to Agnatha and if she allows them back into the city, all will be forgotten. He asks for them to send word via horse that can catch up with him before he arrive in Ubersriek.

They Party finds a trail that one of the bandits escaped through and after some searching find two dead goblins under the leaves with their ears cut off,… The party decides to follow the trail,..

After nearly missing a caltrops trap the party stumbles upon the bandits camp, but find it deserted, warm fire still smoking,.. Ethan rumages through one of the tents and finds an interesting ring and several gold coins in a very small chest,.. following the trail beyond the camp, The adventurers come to a clearing where they find the main road to Hugedal and the city gates are in site,… They decide to walk to the city ,. leaving their wagon and provisions behind, abandoned on the side of the road about a mile back,….

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Skip ahead a bit Brother
The Part Investigates Hugedal

Well,.. All did not really end well for our adventuring warriors. Each party member is now diseased and Nala actually has the plague. Killer is suffering from Stenchfoot and the combination has added a great deal of stress to the party as a whole.

Ethan,… our beloved Amethyst apprentice has begun to lose his mind from the stress and the Winds of magic are proving to be more than he bargained for,.. He now suffers from 2 insanities with one being an affinity to touch dead things with his tongue,.. If Ethan doesn’t rest and begin to pace himself, he will certainly be off to the sanitarium sooner rather than later,.

Nala is afflicted with the Plague and does NOT stand a good chance for survival, During the battle with the followers of Nurgle she managed to absorb a gruesome blow directly to the face but not without consequences,.. She now suffers from a permanent Garish Scar across her beautiful face,( add black to ALL social checks) .. she wonders how Rickard will react to her new looks,…

Hugeldal is now being burnt to the ground and all that resided there have been displaced,.. Due to the diseased water supply.

Lady Agnetha was hung just outside the town gate next to the garden of Morr along with the bandit gang and Doctor Wilhelm,.. the Caravan members were all burned at the stake next to the town well,..

The surrounding country side and farms have been shut down and quarantined until further notice,..

The party has slipped by the guards sending people to the wagons bound for the Shallyan temple in Ubersreik and are traveling though the woods to see if their wagon and belongings are still by the roadside where they left them,.. as they look over their shoulder they see the glow of flame rising from beyond the town walls,….

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