The Exarch Stones

10/3: Arrival in Aridale

Valen and Adam arrive in the lake town of Aridale to help a friend with a problem: her husband, Baren, has gone missing from the lumber camp where he works. After a little investigation, they find that many people believe that the tribals that live in the plains outside the city are responsible for these disappearances. THey also leanr about elf sightings in the deeper areas of the forest, which is a most unusual occurence Writing these of as nothing but local prejudices, our heroes prepare to investigate the lumber camp, only to realize the city has be put on locdown while a group of Templars hunts down rogue mages who are somewhere in the city. This poses no problem for Valen, who could charm Asmodeus himself into handing over the nine hells. After convicing a guard of the utmost inportance of their mission, they are snuck out of the city and continue on their way to the lumber camp. Asking around, they learn the location where Barren and his crew are attacked, and proceed to investigate the area. WHile they are searching the area for clues, they are attacked by thuggish creatures with ashen skin. Taking one alive, they intimidate him into showing the adventurers the camp he came from. They sat for some time just observing the camp, and then came up with a plan. Valen used his message spell to convice the leader that to go to a certain location, then they ambushed him. Convincing the cleric that they were messengers of Desmosene, god of secrets, tehy managed to get him to disband the camp and turn himself in to the templar, freeing the slaves they had taking from Aridale. They find the forbidden library and do some studying to learn about the heartstone, a device used to trap souls.

After taking a much deserved rest, our heroes agree to capture the mages who are hiding in the city. After some brief negotiations, the delve into the undercity and quickly find their target. They disguise themselves as members, and find that the mages are gathering information about summoning a demon, slavaanesh. They do some intel gathering, learning that the cult of secrets is trying to summon a primordial of some kind. They then grab as much information on sommoning the demon as possible, then give tell the templar where the mages are. They head back out into the forest where the heartstone is, and send it to the celestial plane of elysium by having a summoned creature swallow it.

Valen and Adam are then called on for a favor. An ally of theirs needs someone to run pesh into the city. The most likely source: the Tribals.
After talking to the tribes shaman leader, they learn much about the tribe, where they agree to help one of the clan on his rite of passage ritual. They go into the forest, and partake in the ritual with the tribal. As they do, a white wolf and his pack appear, and they protect the kid as he slays teh white wolf, and makes a totem out of it’s fur and jawbone. WHen they return, the tribals proclaim the kid as the next shaman, and a celebration insues. After much drinking and smoking of pesh, Valen gets a tattooing kit and cuatl tattooed on his chest, and Adam gets a dragon tattooed on his back, and a cloak made out of wolfskin. They leave on good terms with the tribals, and the pound of pesh they needed. With that out of the way, Adam and Valen decide to head to Katapesh to investigate the Cut of Secrets furtherr



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