Verland

Frogs and W(b)itches

The party headed downriver on a barge. One night, they tied up at an old fishing village; the kind of place where there are 30 people, they are all related, and most of them have webbed feet…yeah, its like that. Anyway, the village had just suffered some terrible attack and the people were looking for a little sympathy until an old fishwife comes out and screeches at the party, “It was about you! She came for you.!” Turns out that the Ghost Queen herself had been at the village just an hour before with her minions and killed a bunch of the villagers just so they would leave a message for the PC’s. The message was a dragon scale with a sword, bow and wand etched into. When the elven sorceress Sayorna, the human fighter with white hair, vampire bites and a strange childhood story named Zeffern, and Owen touched the scale, it glowed with an inner light, showing that those three characters, at least, had fates entwined with the Ghost Queen and her machinations. Later, just to show off, she had some of her frog men attack. One was carrying a waterproof pouch with several more clues in it…. obviously being confused, outmatched, and a little pissed off by all the theatrics, the party decided to continue to Winghaven…maybe someone there could shed some light on the subject.

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The story so far...

Well…

The characters, for a variety of reasons, ended up in the town of Pine Hollow in the middle of Winghaven forest in the Winghaven barony. The NPC, Owen Archer, apprentice to the bowyer, had lived there most of his life and Bruce, the beardless dwarven priest of the Trinity had been there for a few months after getting roped into taking over as the town priest. The others trickled in just in time for a big spring festival…

which was interrupted by a goblin attack on the town. The town mayor, an old halfling named Master Thistlewhistle, was gravely wounded and taken by the party to the church. While deciding ‘what the hell was that all about?’, they are told that Master Thistlewhistle’s home and tannery are infested with goblins and many of his kin are being held hostage. The group decide to help out the halflings and infiltrate the tannery and house, killing goblins and saving innocents as they go. After this successful episode, Master Thistlewhistle, a former adventurer himself, gives them some rewards, and asks them to go down to the goblin lair and find out what prompted the attack, since by and large, they hadn’t really had a lot of trouble with the goblins…

so, they went down there and found that the goblins had been taken over by a couple of nasty bugbear types and the goblin druid was messing with the vegetation so the road led right into the lair. They freed some slaves, fought some worgs who really wanted to eat the young halfling rogue in the party, and freed the goblin druid who helped them start a counter-revolution to get the goblins back under control. They ended up having to fight the male bugbear in a gladiator style combat, but succeeded, so it was all good, except….

the female bugbear sorcerer was actually leading another, larger raid again Pine Hollow now that the adventurers were out of the way and the town was weakened. The party hurried back and confronted this threat, killing the bugbear and running off the remaining goblins, but not before a the town had suffered some significant damage and loss of life, including Owen’s adopted father.

A week later, the replacement priest showed up with an invitation for the group to come to the capital to meet the High Priest, since he had heard of their deeds. Along the way, they ran afoul of frogs….

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