The stalwart adventurers, confident in their destruction of the evil, Orcus-powered tower, ventured north from the town to continue their mutual journey toward the forest town of Esham. As the sun settled its burdened globe below the horizon, they decided to make camp in a sheltered clearing near the road and settled down for a much-needed rest. Aldric, standing sentinel over the camp, rousted the others at dawn, and they broke camp preparing to go on their way. Suddenly, a blood-curdling cry echoed through the camp, and the adventurers rushed to investigate. As they broke through the underbrush into the next clearing, they arrived just in time to see a wicked black blade cut down the last of a border patrol and laugh belligerently. The sentient sword then noticed their presence and hurtled through the air toward them. After a contest of wills, Aldric intimidated the Khopesh enough to master its control, though it still echoes dark thoughts in his mind from time to time.
Finally reaching Esham, the party was greeted by a guardsman who convinced them to head to the center of town, where a historic non-aggression treaty was to be signed between Geador and Escardona. The packed square was in awe as the signing ceremony began, but before its culmination the city fell under a surprise attack. Assailants swarmed into the town before the gates could be sealed, and giant stones fell from the sky as guards from both nations scrambled to escort their dignitaries from the square, now ablaze with fire, death, and destruction.
The princess of Geador turned up missing during the attack, leading Guardsman-Lieutenant Eramus Silverstrife to temporarily conscript the tough looking group of adventurers in the square to find her. After a brief but frantic search through the area, they dashed down a side-street and caught up with the kidnappers. The brigands were easily dispatched, but during the scuffle, a number of large objects rained from the sky once again, but these rose out of a dust cloud to reveal a squadron of small golems. After a frantic fight which nearly claimed Keira for the grave, the princess was saved and the humans and the golems were defeated. On inspection of the lead golem, Aldric triggered a communication with the master of the golems, who revealed himself as the infamous Archmage Xanben Acidhorn. Acidhorn vowed revenge would be swift when his Death Warden reached them, but was laughed off to his dismay. The heroes escorted the princess back to her father and received the honor of meeting King Hestavarius III of the Kingdom of Geador, where they discussed their next steps.
Defeated & subdued an insane blade, finally reached Esham and observed a historic treaty signing (well, almost), assisted in relief efforts from the attack, saved the princess, bargained with the king.
Deathstalker Khopesh +1
300 experience each
50 experience each (minor quest completion)