Excerpts from interim report of Field Scout Nevyn Ynydd, filed VII 417/3/3 with The Tunnelers Secretariat of Intel, Kiszuna’s Peace Division:
Note: portions of the following text have been removed by the Director for reasons of Phyle Security.
Controller Sicarious, signifigant developments have occurred since I personally delivered my last report to you only a few days ago. Accordingly, I am filing an interim report from the field via third-party courier, despite the risks of doing so. First and most signifigantly, we picked up a new party member, to bring us back up to full strength after the death of Falom. The newcomer’s name is Djim and seems, from his golden eyes, to have at least some Celestial ancestry. However, he is an avowed member of the Clocktenders Phyle. The interesting part is that the Clocktenders seem also to have Prophecies related to… Text excised for reasons of Phyle Security... and so, perhaps that would be of sufficient inducement for them. If we could acquire more information from the Clocktenders, it would be worthwhile, should what you suspect be true.
Before leaving the Peace, the third brother, Dalong, requested that we look into the issue of the mysterious disappearance of locals and livestock in his home shard of Rupert’s Hollow. Strangely, he declined to accompany us, citing urgent business in the Peace. However, he offered in return to look into the note found on Falom’s body, linking him to the Overlords Phyle, by trying to track down his contact within the Overlords. As an aside, I dislike this turn of events – it makes little sense that a member of the Regium would have been working, even in an offhand manner, for the Overlords. Something smells about the whole affair.
Our initial foray down the Staircase took us past a Regium toll-booth. Some minor difficulties were encountered, particularly in getting Ritter past them, but unsurpisingly, we managed to clear it up with the liberal application of silver and paperwork. from there, we entered the starlit graveyard shard and were almost immediately set upon by the walking dead. 6 skeletons bracketed the party in a classic pincer manouver, while a horrid corpse ambushed our warlock on the flank of our column. The battle was hard fought, with all party members, but the newcomer, taking at least moderate damage. Our fighter, Ritter, was dropped quickly after having to deal with 2 skeletons alone, after the corpse sprang its ambush. I aided the Dumber Druid in battling 2 of the 3 skeletons at the head of the column and then went back to reinforce Djim and Kalon against the remaining 2 skeletons and corpse at the rear. all of the Walking Dead were destroyed, but not beofre Kalon had a portion of his life-force ripped away by the corpse. Given the party condition, we retreated back to the Stiarcase to heal and fortify Kalon with magic in order to overcome the loss of life-force. In this we were successful. We then returned to the graveyard shard and faced to more wlaking corpses, this time 2 slow moving shamblers. They were easily dispatched.
From there, a brief trip down the Staircase ensued, before arriving at Rupert’s Hollow. Despite the idyllic setting, I find myself fighting down annoyance with our hosts – a community of Dumbers! Frankly, these herb-smoking, drag-ass, addlepates could probably deal with the disappearances themselves, could they but find the ambition to do so. I mean, really, why… text excised due to sheer irrelevance…. Kalon is concerned that the entity behind the problems might be a dragon and as he is a member of the Talon, would likely side with the beast. In such a circumstance, I would certainly… Text excised for reasons of Phyle Security….
Using my skills as a herbalist, I have bribed one of the locals with mind-altering herbs to bring this report to you. I only hope that she doesn’t use it as a rolling paper before she delivers it.
Controller’s note – at the earliest opportunity, have Nevyn trained in basic Cartographic techniques, so that he may supplement his written reports with updated maps of the Shards that he travels through. Copies of report filed with Secretariats of Exploration and Portal Maintenance, Kiszuna’s Peace Divisions.
the XP report
that’s a total of 1800 XP among 5 people for a total of 360 XP each.