The Everlight Charter

The Charter

A meeting is held with the Swordlords of Restov. The Swordlords open charter in hopes that brave souls will end the tyranny of the bandits in the Stolen Lands. However, there are rumors that the bandits have been united under one leader, a man who is known as The Stag Lord. Only five willing participants sign the charter of the Greenbelt. Lord Alabaster Orlovsky Priest of Sarenrae, Clash Mustang freelance mercenary, Darva the gold dragonblooded sorceror, Gavrosh Rudenheim the ex-bandit, and Roarsh the barbarian of the Vol’dun. With the charter signed they set forth to the small outpost they would call home while exploring the Stolen Lands and battling the bandits.



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Arrival at Olegs
And so it began...

The party traveled south towards their soon-to-be makeshift homebase, a small trading post on the frontier called “Olegs”. Getting acquainted with one another, the five adventurers settled in at Olegs and sat down to plan their approach to this monsterous task at hand. However, it appeared that there would be no time to plan, for trouble was already en route. Speaking with Oleg and his wife Svetlanna, they described a group of evil bandits who would arrive unopposed and take Olegs goods, issue threats, and then leave. They would be returning in the morning…
The group set about preparing an ambush for the unsuspecting bandits, and just as the first beams of Saranrae’s light pierced the morning haze, the bandits arrived. They allowed the bandits to enter the fort and begin to take the supplies, before striking from cover. All the bandits were killed or captured.
Now the question was, “What to do with the prisoners?”

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Redeeming the Stolen
Baptising with fire

The Mercenary Clash, and the Barbarian Roarsh wanted the blood of these bandits. Gavrosh remembered his not long ago past lifestyle, and felt sorry for the men begging for their life. But banditry was not to be tolerated, and they were chartered to rid the Stolen Lands of this menace. The noble Priest of Sarenrae, Alabaster looked down upon the wretches with scimitar in one hand, and holy symbol in other. “Swear oath to Sarenrae and seek redemption for your soul or perish at the hands of these men.” It appeared the Stolen Lands would be redeemed, one bandit at a time.

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Counter Attacking the Bandit Camp
The best laid plans of mice and men...

It was quickly decided that if they left right then, they would be able to return to the bandits main camp and catch them unaware. The three prisoners swore to return with them and led them back to the camp. In return for their service they would be pardoned and only issued minor labor for their punishment. They led the group through the wilderness. While, out hunting one night, it appeared that the bandit named Happs would break his oath and flee into the forest to reach the camp and warn them of the groups approach. They knew they had lost the element of surprise, but the task needed to be done regardless. The next day they arrived at the camp to find the bandits ready and waiting. The ensuing battle was the stuff of legends and bards tales. Justice was narrowly brought to the camp that day, and their leader, Kressle, was slain. The group returned to Oleg’s with 5 prisoners. The main bandit force had been routed, the immediate threat was eliminated, prisoners were set to working off their debt, celebrations were had, and the planning of their exploration could finally commence.

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A Hopeful Start
A Grim Finish...

After deciding what bearing they would head to start their exploration, they supplied up and headed out south into the unknown. Alabaster decided to bring two of the prisoners along, to allow them a chance to work off their debt. Several uneventful days of carefull mapping and and exploring found the group settling in for the night. While Roarsh and Clash were out hunting, the rest of the group set up camp and prepared to cook what was brought back from the forests bounty. However a giant Centipede, attracted by the fire, ravaged the campsite. At the end of the melee, Darva and one of the bandits lay dead, along with the two horses.

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First Contact
Eccentric potions

The group sadly made their way back towards Olegs, mourning the their loss. A day or so later, they came upon a hut out by itself. They approached and found it inhabited by a Eccentric(if not crazy) potion maker. After normal greetings were exchanged, the group continued on its way. It appeared there was more than just vile bandits and monsters out on the Frontier, life worth redeeming. A few days later, they arrved at Olegs. They said their goodbyes to Darva, rested, resupplied and headed back into the wilds.

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New Faces at Olegs
and new friends...

Some new people had shown up to Olegs, people who were more than just ordinary travelers. Kesten Garess (of House Garess) had arrived with a few guardsmen to keep Olegs Safe while the party was out adventuring. A priest of Erastil by the name of Jhod Kavken arrived with troubling feelings about a vision from his God, and a trapper named Daniel taking a break from his work.

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The Burial Cairn
Gone but not forgotten

The group traveled back out into the wilds, taking a more westerly route. Several more days of mapping and exploring yielded little in any way other than small tracks here or there. They came upon a burial cairn, obviously forgotten by the ages. Roarsh wanted to leave it undisturbed, however Gavrosh in his never ending thirst for knowledge, decided to unearth the remains, respectfully of course. He pulled the rocks back to reveal a barbarian skeleton of some type, buried there with little more than his old rotting gear and a ring. He absorbed the scene in his mind, and returned the cairn to its original condition, with gear and all. This would later be the subject of one of Gavrosh’s ever more famous poems. They continued on their way, soon coming to an area infested with malicious traps, designed to maim. They decided these traps should be disposed of, so they went about disarming them all. The rest of the week was uneventful.

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Sulfer, Frogs, and the Fey

Upon returning to Oleg‘s, The group was met by an elf named Sciferous . He told the group he was taking a sojourn from his people, and the royal court of the elves. After some time conversing amongst the group he was invited to travel to the stolen lands with them. A young wizard also showed up, speaking of his master who was last seen in Pitax. He was also invited to come along with the group. While some of the group stayed back to rest weary bones and train, the others headed out into the stolen lands to continue exploring. The group encountered mischievous Fey who braided the group’s horse’s hairs, and cut holes in their water sacks. They found large hot water sulfur pools, and giant toads. After a few days, they returned to regroup and explain what they had found.

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Restoring Nature's Balance
The Tormented Bear

Jhod Kavken had spoken with Gavrosh and Alabaster privately about a dream he was having. It was vague but what he could make out was that there was a large tormented bear involved somehow. There was also something upsetting the balance of nature in the stolen lands, and that they needed to find a forgotten temple of Erastil. The Group offered to escort him along while they searched for the location of these visions, and so they departed. A few days of unsuccessful searching found them in a courtyard hidden in the wilderness. They immediately recognized this place as what was described in Jhod‘s vision, and knew there to be something wrong. They could feel a sense of “wrongness” there. They were beset by swarms of insects, as well as a water elemental that formed from the murky reflecting pool. As they sprung into action against these nuisances, they were soon caught by surprise as an enraged bear charged into the group, foaming at the mouth. After a precarious battle, the threats were eliminated and the temple was cleansed of the taint. The bear’s corpse slowly shifted into a druid who had gone insane. Jhod felt the approval of his God, and they returned to Oleg’s.

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