The Azure Tome

The Sixth Night

An epic battle took place, after The Man in Red challenged the party. He summoned undead minions, called forth from the plagued waters.

The Man in Red called up a shield to defend himself, and kept many attacks at bay. The party fought vigilantly, with Oris Malum taking out multiple zombies singlehandedly, finally scoring killing blows. The rest of the party fought likewise, and Zion scaled the building to attack The Man in Redhimself. The Man in Red used his abilities to mutilate one minion into a flying creature to chase after Zion. Seeing this attack fall through, The Man in Red was forced to sacrifice many of his weaker minions, and the party watched in horror as they detached themselves to create a huge undead beast. The Man in Red hid behind his monstrosity, until the party was able to severely weaken it. Finally, with the book within his range, Rarick was able to land a killing blow on the creature, brining it down.

However, The Man in Red revitalized the body, and stepped into it himself to take control. However, the undead corpse was already severely weakened at that point, and fell quickly. The Man in Red’s body slowly decayed, showing nothing but a small, pathetic dwarf. The party asked him who he was, and he only spit at them in return. They smacked him and demanded information, upon which the dwarf removed a small dagger from his pocket and plunged it into tis skull, committing suicide.

However, all hope was not lost. Rarick was able to revive the dwarf’s corpse in order to ask it three questions. Any more may destroy his body, and he would fall back into the underworld.

The party asked:

Tell us about yourself. -I was known as Thomas Stranghorn, and I am an Eladrin. Constantly abused because of my small stature, and I was shunned by my community, and hated all that I knew. I finally found a way to escape, and I was offered a chance to escape my predicament, to gain power, a man named Rasciel gave me power, and and I swore my life to him to help him in his quest.

What do you want with the book? -I stole it in order to give it to my master.

Who do you answer to? -Rasciel, The Necromancer of Southshore.

Their questions answered, the party did their best to squeeze out more information. Zion asked if Thomas controlled the zombies, and he told them that he did. Finally, Zion asked where The Necromancer is now, but at that point, the body collapsed to the ground, unable to stay connected to this realm.

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The Seventh Night

The search for The Necromancer continues, leaving the desecrated town of Ratchet, the party finds that all the nearby homes contain nothing but rotting corpses on the beds, leaving them forced to continue traveling and to make camp somewhere else. Their leader Rarick tells them that the best place to take the book would be Riar.As they leave camp, they realize that their companion Ebony has gone missing, yet they persist onward. Finally, they stop for camp and rest.

When they finally awake, the party notices that their guide Rarick has gone missing. Fearing foul play, they trace the magical line left by The Azure Tome and foot prints. They follow it to the edge of a cave, where they see a strange bear sniffing the outside. They discover that the bear is in fact a druid, and they befriend him into helping them find their lost guide.

The party travels slowly into the cave, and every step they take brings harder cold onto their bodies. Finally, they come to the cave’s main chamber where they are able to find a both a dead white baby dragon, and a large white dragon, who is intent on smashing its head against the wall. Upon further investigation, they see that the dragon is trying to get at a small crevice.

The mysterious druid morphed himself into a mouse, and searched the crevice. Upon entering, he found a man that the party recognized as Rarick. When Zion tried to get him out, the dragon caught sight of him, and became even more violent. Finally, The Druid tried to communicate with the dragon, and failed terribly. Offering the dragon his own gold, The Druid and Zion were able to leaver, but when The Druid tried negotiating the release of Rarick, the dragon attacked.

A terrible battle ensued, and three party members were killed by the furious dragon, Oris Malum, Zion, and The Druid. Finally, after much tears were shed, Erik Sopranothorn and Winter Frostmason were able to wake up Rarick, and discover his reason for leaving, that Rarick eats dragon hearts.

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The Eighth Night

The party, if the word applies, left the cave shattered, with only Winter Frostmason and Erik Sopranothorn left alive after the devastating fight with the White Dragon. Rarick lead the party on, and they stopped only upon hearing a strange noise in the brush.

A man stood in the woods, chasing after a strange glittering object. Chasing this man down let the party discover who he was, in fact a man by the name of Koza Vela. He was chasing after the strange glittering object in front of him, which seemed to be a strange metallic bird. The party joined Koza Vela in his chase, and finally stopped as the bird perched upon a branch in a clearing, nearby a large metallic statue. The bird then flew towards the statue, and in slow motion into an opening in his forehead. The stature then blinked, and began to speak.

Iron Mask told the party of his origin, and was asked to join them. Both Iron Mask,lovingly known as “Stark”, and Koza Vela joined the party, and continued towards Riar with Rarick as their guide.

They arrived at the town late in the night, where Rarick ran to the front gates, hugged and exchanged greetings with the door keeper, and lead the party inside. They found an inn that would grant them free rest and food due to their friendship with Rarick. Iron Mask spent his night searching the town, and was able to do so without harm due to a message he recorded from Rarick. He discovered that the town’s many shops were closed, and had been told by Rarick that this was due to a dark presence from a strange man going throughout the town, a man the party believed to be Rasciel, the Necromancer.

When the morning rose, the party all met downstairs, reuniting with Ebony who had lost the party, and decided to meet back up with them here. Rarick then told them that they should spend some time in the city while he met with his son. Although the party pleaded, Rarick asked that he have some alone time with his son. They agreed, asked for his location, and explored. Some time passed, and they caught on to a trail. They sent for Rarick, and headed out of the town. They followed the lead until arriving to a seemingly useless board on the floor, but lifting it revealed that it was in fact a secret passageway.

Traveling down the passage, the party dealt with obstacles such as a strange falling door, and minor skeleton minions. Finally chasing down The Necromancer, he blasted a hole in the floor, and began to summon creatures out of his summoning circle. When they arrived, his last words before the fight were, “You’ll never stop me father!”

A terrible battle ensued, where many skeletons and other undead minions were killed, including two skull lords and a zombie hulk. But finally…Rasciel was defeated. The party came up to his bleeding body, and a shattered Rarick asked him why he had done it, why he had corrupted himself for such an evil power. Rasciel told his father that he had to, and then died.

Rarick left the dungeon in a heap of tears, while the party cut Rasciel’s body into the five core pieces, and burnt each of them in a fire outside the dungeon.

When they returned to Riar, they found Rarick crying at a table in the inn, comforted by a man with a pale violet light. He turned and spoke to them. “I am Rarick’s son Corwin Grayswandir. I understand what had to happen to my brother, and I regret it with all my heart. But the deeds that you do serve a higher purpose, and I request that I may join you.”

And so The Azure Tome found a new home, in the city of Riar. But for how long can such a powerful magical object remain safe? For in the world of Adontres...anything can happen.

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