Date: 33rd of mittern we headed out
Party Dolphus, Savric and Tal-Thrum.
Our party had been gathered by Dolphus who on hearing of the civil war between the Genasi had thought it would be best to investigate and see what was happening between the factions. I thought this to be a good cause, and see what we could find out and what could be done.
On arriving at Doredun, we set out I had been here once before. We set about travelling north to the coast. We spotted a winged creature flying in circles, not large but we chose to avoid it on be on our way.
After a short distance we came upon a guard post and a figure at the top hailed us. We continued to approach and this boy with tattoos and pants and a vest slid down the structure and greeted us.
He told us war had broken and that the last time our kind had come we had started it if not directly, a token of war was delivered by skull walkers. I asked if there would be hostility to us, and he said there wouldn't but they may be wary. Dolphus explained we were here neutrality for humanitarian aid and if the village elder would be around to talk to. He directed us where to go.
We moved off and next encountered a mercenary company, in blue with a trident emblem. Dolphus seemed to recognise the mercenaries sigil. We approached the company and were met by an elf and an air Genasi. The camp was preparing for war and preparations were in full swing. Dolphus again made his speel offering arms or armour but they just tried to enlist us, we explained we couldn't as we were already in the Earls company. It seemed pointless talking to the mercenaries with no real ties, so we moved off in search of a leader to speak to.
We reached the town of Verania, here the water Genasi were. A pair at the gates eyed us suspiciously as we approached them. Dolphus again tried to offer them weapons, booze or women as aid but they grew frustrated with his accent and it was decided it was best he not talk for a while.
We eventually with some tension managed to parlay our way into the camp to speak with their leader, maybe now progress would be made.
We were introduced to their leader Horath, who kept his arm beneath the table as we stood in front of him. I asked how the war fared and he said it went badly though neither side would win. He said there could be no end and that the Earth Genasi just wanted to be rid of them and drive them out and that they had weapons of great power that were hard to stop, creating great booms.
Though he said he had acted and been given a boon from Samal to aid in his fight. On being asked to see his hand he showed it, water tatoos flowed down his arm but his hand was demonic. I had a bad feeling about him from the start and we asked to make our leave. He grew frustrated and kicked a chair, asking what we're doing probing if we are meant to be neutral as we say. We managed to make exit and decided it would be best to visit the other camp and see what more truth could be discovered.
We decided to skirt the no mans land and it was for the best, as the great weapon was fired and Dolphus was temporarily deafened by the noise yet it would not quiet him. We were then intercepted by a group and on declaring that we meant no harm, were escorted to the air Genasi camp. We passed the great weapon, manned by five of them, it seemed that it had air forced into it and then it was fired, yet no great sound could be heard from it.
We carried on and were introduced to the leader, a great fat Genasi though not tall. We followed the same line of question and he said his war was going well and that they would win, though a barrier had been stopping them progressing. Dolphus again pressed arms and other such things upon them, to little luck. I asked for a word with our party alone and we discussed for a while, maybe what he was offering was not the outcome we would be wanted to pursue, and possibly other good could be made of the situation. We decided to continue questioning.
The Genasi said their fight was true and they had been given these lands by the Hirophant but not just this, that the water Genasi had sent demons upon them, he produced some foul bodies, creatures the same as who had attacked others we had heard.
With this information we thought we should maybe confront Horath about this, it was rather abhorrent.
We took a cart of the demon bodies, we would go to the camp and put him on the spot about his actions. At the gates of the water Genasi we were again greeted by the two gaurds who were disgusted by our cargo. We explained we wanted to enter and were shocked at the suggestion we should enter with a cart of demons. They summoned a mercenary to the bridge, a dwarf named Twin Fang. Dolphus spoke with him in dwarvish so I did not understand what was said but it was rather heated. He eventually turned and said we were allowed to enter, pulling up to a halt outside Horaths building. He came to the door.
We pressed him on his actions and he did not deny and said he had just done what he had to do, Dolphus accused him of going against the natural and therefore good. Taking a devils bargain was the wrong option. On being pressed so hard he became angry and came on to attack us where we stood. I was able to let loose two arrows, knocking him to the floor. Though it did not stop him, he was up in an instant and shot forth a wave of force, that looked like fire from his black hand.
It caught Tal-Thrum and Dolphus but Dolphus after this managed to restrain him by magic and we landed some more blows. The fight continued with the help of Twin fang, whilst the water genasai fled. He eventually fell with an arrow to the eye.
Everything settled, the barrier fell and the giant statues on the gates dissipated below to the water. Dolphus suggested we ran but Twin-fang started to drag the body to the gates. Where we saw the air Genasi beginning to charge, we hailed them and they slowed their charge stopping in front of us as they saw the body. We explained what had happened and bade them not to kill the water genasi, to give them time to gather there things and move to another place. They were not at fault here with the demons. Reluctantly they agreed to wait outside until they were able to leave.
Then we discussed the body of Horath and the weapon that was his hand, it was agreed we would get rid of this, we knew somewhere we could cleanse it at the pools of Jubilant mane. It was agreed that we would do it and we set off to finish our job, war averted. As we left the leader, who was introduced as Fat Storm said we would be welcome back at any time.
I can't say the journey wasn't eventful, it started easily with a couple of bears that were easily slain and scared away. Next we chanced upon a couple of elves, who gave us warning of travelling with a dwarf, Dolphus thankfully stayed quiet and we moved on our way to camp. Our next encounter wasn't so pleasant, we were set on by a couple of bull centaurs, terrible creatures I've fought once before. Though we were able to break their charge and dispatch them.
We eventually made it to Jubilant mane and the pools, they were happy we had brought something else demonic to cleanse within the pool. We cleansed the hand and then bathed in the pools and like last time I was here felt invigorated. Jubilant mane then helped us by transporting us back to the skull portal with a touch.