18/6/51: Whilst accompanying Llewellyn to retrieve some papers from a well in Currusp, the group are attacked by a supernatural assassin known as a Gloom. It all but slays Llewellyn with a single strike, and similarly dismantles Ormid after he tries to heal the rogue. It is clearly intending to finish off the vyrleen when the Veteran stands over him, and manages to land a blow against the fiend. This wounding sends it away - although all realise that it will be back!
keep Llewellyn safe, he is temporarily put under guard. Vladislav - who
is visiting - helps with this, as do mages of a cabal of noctramancers
allied with the Order. Llewelyn is confined to a circle, cast to protect
against minions of the shadow planes - the dimension it is felt his
assassin comes from.
19/6/51 - 20/6/51: Whilst
Ormid makes use of Currusp's libraries to research their assailant, the
rogue (from his self imposed prison) tries to use his guild to find out
who could have sent it. The artificer learns that the monster is an
incredibly potent being, that only the most epic of rituals, beings or
items could summon to this plane - let alone allow it to be commanded.
Llewellyn is only able to surmise that one of the three most potent
thieves guilds his own have pissed off recently might have been behind the summoning.
his research, Ormid is able to ascertain (through disparate fragments
of lore written across a number of tomes), that a "device" that contains
a trapped Gloom does exist. It was a painting known only as "The Shadow
Man", which was first reported in the early 2nd Age. Little information
exists about where it could be, or even, if it really exists. In order
to try and verify both his theory, and to locate the item if it exists,
Ormid seeks a copy of the View Object ritual - which he obtains for a price from the sisterhood of Merriel'Shaava.
21/6/51 - 23/6/51:
The ritual is cast (Ormid is assisted by the Helldazzler, and a number
of his allied mages), and the artificer asks to see "The device used to
summon the Gloom that attacked us". Finds himself in a five-sided
chamber of what he recognises as Northstone Granite, almost being
smothered by the thick strands of shadow magic there. Briefly sees an
ebony picture frame, before a toxic intellect forcefully ejects him.
Ormid passes out and fits. Two of the mages die. The artificer deduces
from the stone, that the most likely locale is quite local. This would
suggest that the guild most likely to have sent the monster is the
"Hands of Silence" - based in nearby Tull'Norak.
about how to proceed. Llewellyn has unrealistic ideas about mobilising
his guild to march in force on the Hands. His advisors, as well as the
Veteran and Ormid point out the many flaws with this plan. They discuss
seeking out an ally - a guild or order that also has something to gain
from the fall of the Hands of Silence - and with a groan, they realise
that the main candidates are the infamous "Tanners and Knife Sharpeners
Guild" (TKSG) of the holy city of Alaz'Cellinthar; one of the guilds
that the Procurer's so recently annoyed and threatened.
24/6/51 - 26/6/51: Llewellyn
does some digging, in order to find out if there is anyone in his guild
that is expendable. He comes to hear of a young human named Sored Viid;
cocksure and arrogant, and a little too quick to voice his negative
opinion of the vyrleen. Late on the 26th Sored is told that he will be
sent to Alaz'Cellinthar with a letter from Llewellyn, calling for the
TKSG to put aside their hared, and to meet to discuss a cooperative move
against a common foe.
Sored weeps and begs not to be sent. He is
told he has no choice - a likely (but not definite) death on this
mission, or a certain death at the hands of Llewellyn and his potent
Sored is teleported to a circle within the holy city....everyone waits.
on the fragments found around the "infinite hole" discovered by the
group in the Eastern Guild reveals that they are parts of a
Chronoportal, recently (within the last 12 moons) destroyed. Although
opinions are a little split, it is felt that the "hole" is actually a
tear in time itself. This raises concerns amongst the group, who wonder
what Ebon Eye would want with a time portal - and what harm he could do.
The Veteran also learns that the multi-destination portal they
discovered in the ancient lab could be used to forge a planar energy
infused rebuild of Ferrous. He decides that a Defender infused with the
chaotic power of Pandaemonium would be most useful to the group, and
artificers under Ormid's command begin to draw up plans for the Mk III
version of Ferrous.
3/7/51: To the group's utter
amazement, they receive a curt but amicable reply from the Khorven
Dulsiir, leader of the TKSG. A meeting is arranged for noon, on the
13/7/51, in the main taproom of the "Jaded Monk" inn in Laeran.
Llewellyn is advised that he may only bring one guard. The homunculus
that brought the message is returned with the groups message - "It shall
4/7/51: With ten days to burn, the group decide
to deal with Skrung, the Vulgol'Gigorim Lord who calls himself the "King
of the East Mountains", and to end his threats to the Veteran's keep
once and for all!