Dragon Watch

At the Mountains of Madness: Episode 4
For Skyking and Country

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The party meets with Content Not Found: dalores, to collect their reward for Bradoc SkyKing, at SkyKing manor. Dalores and Bradoc are found arguing in the manor. Dalores doesn’t believe Bradoc about the orcs, and does not want him to endanger his life. Bradoc leaves and summons Orin and Hudson to speak with them.

Dalores speaks with the party and gives them each 1000 gold and has another favor to ask of them. She tells them of the Greathammer family. She says they tell lies, and don’t do anything to help Kraggodan. Taxes have gone up and the mines are in ruins, and the money only goes to the monarchy. Crime has also risen. She says the Greathammers didn’t really save Kraggodan during the war and they overthrew the monarchy. Lots of backhanded dealings and don’t care for the people. The Skykings don’t want to overthrow them, she just wants to educate the public so they can demand a change themselves. She asks the party to talk to the Skyking family, and find out what’s really going on. The party decides to talk to Bradoc in his room.

The party will go to the outposts of Kraggodan and receive reports about the orcs, if there are any. But first, they go to the Greathammers to gain favor so that they are seen as a neutral party before they go on their mission, to increase their chances of people believing them about the orcs. Orin, Graves, and Kel meet with Iogan Greathammer, the King of Kraggodan. He thinks that Molthune is preparing for war, but Nirmathas does not want to be back under Molthune’s rule. He is trying to make Kraggodan neutral but Dalores keeps slighting him. He needs to play both sides to keep both sides happy. He knows that the Skykings hate his family too much to pay any attention to anything he says. Bandits are overrunning the city, and he’s distressed that his own son is afraid of the dark, since he came back from the Darklands.

He knows there have always been orcs, but their numbers are worrying. He fears they will seek a moot. He’s worried that the Skykings will try to round up the bandits as an army and go after the orcs or even worse, Molthune. He believes all of the things going wrong, the orcs, bandits, trolls… that the Skykings are making things worse. He asks the men to somehow hold the Skykings back, and keep them busy so they stop interfering. He explains that they run most of the guilds, and the money keeps going to the guilds instead of paying taxes to the king, and everything else is in disarray.He reveals that they keep taxes and records, and asks them to retrieve the documents and prove the disloyalty of the Skykings.

The men want to help, but they don’t want to make any enemies either. Iogan suggests they get the document and leave them out of it, coming up with a reason on how he acquired them. The men decide to think on it and leave Iogan’s company.

Astrid, Panera, and Crawford go to meet with Yusa Skyking. She is with her uncle, Nammir, in the library. Nammir tells them of the Hollow Men. They used to be warriors, Mountain Men, for Kraggodan. They pushed the trolls off, and stopped seven orc invasions. His forefather was King then, and there was a moot, the first since the Quest for Sky, and the Hollow Men were dismissed. Now they’re soldiers in other kingdoms, or mercenaries, and call themselves the Hollow Men. Their criminal activity has been on the rise, and he wants them put down. He asks them to enact justice and bring back the militia. He tells them to talk to Commander Swordbreaker for crime reports, so they can be anonymously delivered to the stone sight for publishing. He tells them to look for Commander Skybreaker in the manor or the garden.
The party don’t want to work for either Skyking or Greathammers to keep tension low, so instead seek out the Hollow Men. They go to the Missing Toe tavern in the Rat’s nest, and Astrid gleans some information from the bartender to seek out a dwarf named Dog in a nondescript warehouse. The party travel to the warehouse, and after some persuasion, they finally meet face to face with Dog. He wasn’t too forthcoming, but they did learn that most of the guilds do pay him and the Hollow Men a protection tax. Astrid’s punch to coax out more information only prompted him to slam the door in their faces.
The party returns to the Whiskey Barrel to rest up.

Early in the morning, as dawn arrived, Astrid left the tavern and met with Bradoc at the Skyking Manor. She revealed to him Iogan’s plan to retrieve the bookkeeping documents, that might be needed to gain favor to get to the Archives in the Anvil of the Kings. He offered her a deal to get reports about orcs from the outposts, and he would help her get into the Archives. Astrid took the deal and the party set off for the Last Outpost in the Mindspin Foothills.

The rode through on newly bought mounts (except for Crawford) and first encountered marsh, then rode through hills upon hills. Finally, they arrived at the outpost. They only found it abandoned and burnt down. They discovered a couple bodies and found that one was still alive but unconscious. Panera healed the female dwarf, named Mileah Goodearth, and she woke up to tell them that they were attacked by unknown figures. She thought they left towards Northeast. Hudson Graves used his tracking skills and discovered very large tracks heading in that direction. The party hurry after the tracks while they are fresh. Hudson discovered an old rifle in the rubble, with an illegible inscription on the barrel. Astrid was unable to discern what language it was.

The party came upon some orcs riding atop wargs, and they engaged in battle. Hudson got some good shots in, and Orin singed them with his flame cone, and Astrid swung her axe. The orc captain committed seppuku before Hudson could question him about the pistols he carried. One white warg surrendered, and Kel successfully befriended him and named him Ghost. The party collected their loot and moved on.

As they were traveling to the Thunder Plains outpost, they happened upon another set of tracks similar to the ones found at the Last outpost, leading into a small forest. They decide to take a detour and investigate. They find a figure that looks a bit like an orc in heavy armor. The orc rushes at Orin, but then only passes through him like a ghost. Other orc figures appear, and at first they only seem incorporeal. But then the first orc engages in a fight, and the adventurers are forced to defend themselves. After some time, one by one, the orcs bow and set their swords on the ground. The orc by the fallen tree introduces himself as Katsutoshi Hayashi, a member of the Watchmen. They protect the area around the Mindspin Mountains and are worried about the orc activity. He reveals that the orcs are marching towards Kraggodan, and will arrive in about three months time. He asks the adventurers for help in defending Kraggodan against the orcs, and says he will be at the front lines with them if they do.

Katsutoshi also told Orin that he was worried that there was a menacing creature in the Darklands that could be the cause of all this. A creature that sounded similar to an aboleth, an aquatic creature that were guardians of Orin’s people. Orin then told the group of his unfortunate situation, where the aboleth can control Orin’s mind and force him to drag people to the depths of the ocean, or kill them. He doesn’t recall doing anything yet, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t. With the group informed and on edge, they keep an eye on him until they figure out a way to sever the connection.

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At the Mountains of Madness: Episodes 1-3
The Beginning

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Orin, a gillman magus, is traveling through the Mindspin Mountains on a quest to travel to distant Tamran, in the Avistan nation of Nirmathas. En route, he meets a half-elven summoner, Kelvennan Duskwalker, and a human gunslinger, Hudson Graves. The latter join up with the gillman in order to have a traveling companion, if nothing else.

During their journey through the mountains, they encounter a fire giant named Hogon, who claims to be a Watchman. Hogon tells them to travel to Kraggodan instead, a dwarven kingdom in the mountain’s foothills, to stop a growing darkness there. None are inclined to follow Hogon’s advice, until Hogon reveals knowledge of the hated aboleth who has tormented Orin for years, and insists that the aboleth is working to destroy the dwarven city.

Meanwhile, Astrid Medvyed, a human fighter, comes to Kraggodan herself, on an errand for the Pathfinder Society, to meet the third prince, Gorin Greathammer. She is stymied by the prince, however, and instead meets with the Skykings, Kraggodan’s most powerful noble family. She begrudgingly accepts a quest to search for the Skyking son, Bradoc, in the Mindspin Mountains.

The two parties soon meet in the mountains, where they find Bradoc Skyking fighting orcs. They rescue the prince and defeat the orcs, soon finding their goals intersect.

And so came together the gillman, the gunslinger, and the warrior to the town of Kraggodan, and the evils that stirred within…

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