Two-ten

Story So Far

The adventuring party named ‘Two-Ten’ has saved a village from a ravenous plague, secured a once demon inhabited tower, and been called upon to retrieve an ancient artifact for an order of paladins and clerics. Now Two-Ten seeks to work with those very same paladins to help save a city they consider ally and friend.

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Finding the artifact

Having been tasked with finding a sacred artifact belonging to the Order of Kord, Two-Ten began searching around Eddington for clues. The most intriguing aspect of this task was that Knight-Captain Hinds (The Paladin leading The Order of Kord) knew the identity of the thief in question.

Knowing that they searched for a redheaded thief named ‘Murmur’ Two-Ten sought out the thief’s girlfriend. This woman turned out to be a prostitute named Lillian. LIllian, through the false pretense of a lie, told the party that Murmur was in hiding at the dwarven mine ‘Deep -Ore’.

Upon visiting the mine Two-Ten found only male dwarven miners hard at work. The miners were hard at work but completely ignored all attempts at communication. Suddenly, a group of dark elves attacked. Two-Ten barely defeated their attackers when another Darkelf in glorious plate armor appeared. He said he had no time to deal with pests then waved his hand and a huge chasm appeared beneath the feet of the party.

The party fell into darkness and landed in a large body of water. They swam a little ways to the shore of the lake and found themselves in a huge perfectly circular cavern. All around the shore were the bodies of deaden women and children. Suddenly the water of the lake began to rise and fill the cavern even more. as the hole in the ceiling the group had fallen through closed shut. Two-Ten would drown if they could not find a way out.

Walking all around the edge of the cavern showed no means of exit. Then one of he party members discovered an ornate metal box on one of the dwarf corpses. The box was carved with many scenes depicting dwarven life. As the group fiddled with the box one te found that on of the carings arms was moveable and them the box opened up and shifted into the shape of a hammer.

Dwarven runes atop the hammer red ‘Moradin leads the way’. again the group ventured around the perimeter of the cavern. The lakes waters drawnjng ever closer. Finally, as if by magic,

an indentation of a hammer appeared in a portion of the stone wall. The group placed the hammer in the indentation and turned it opening the wall like a door. The corridor behind the door led upward.

Having reached the entrance of the mine the group found the dwarven miners had all been recently killed. Also, among the dwarves was a redheaded man who lay firing of a mortal wound. He told Two-Ten that he was hired by a darkelf to steal the artifact and that the darkelf had killed him upon recieving the artifact.

Two-Ten returned to Eddington to find a quarter of the town lying in ruin. A woman shouted to the group that the city was at war with the darkelves and that the Knights had marched to war.

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A Looming War

Immediately after learning that a war was approaching Two-Ten left Eddington to aid their comrades. The travel to the northern battle sight took around a half of a day, all the while the group could see the fires of battle looming before them.

Upon arriving at the battle Two-Ten saw the forces of the Order of Kord battling against an army of dark-elves. Horrific bolts of purple energy shot down all around the battle sight killing the forces of Kord but leaving the dark-elves unharmed. Searching frantically the party found that a large half-circle of magical energy rested behind the line of dark-elves and it appeared to be the source of the purple energy bolts.

Seeking to end the threat of the destructive energy bolts the group negotiated the frantic combat and finally made it to the sphere. The magical sphere was made of semitransparent purple energy and within it were seated three female dark-elf clerics who all prayed before an evil looking altar.

Battling against the physical and mental assaults of the sphere the group managed to fell a huge limb from an oak tree that loomed above the sphere. The limb fell upon the sphere and severely weakened it. All the while the group battled against the sphere and finally overcame its evil magic. With the sphere destroyed the group fought against the three dark-elf clerics and quickly defeated them.

The battlefield had grown ever more frantic as Knight-Captain Hinds battled against the Dark-elves leader. The two opponents seemed evenly matched but then a squad of dark-elves sought to protect their leader and Knight-Captain Hinds seemed to be in mortal peril. Two-Ten then went to Knight-Captain Hinds’ aid and the battle again turned in Hinds’ favor.

As the squad of dark-elves was killed Knight-Captain Hinds was stabbed deeply in the shoulder by a wicked looking dagger held by The Dark-elves’ leader. Simultaneously Hinds swung his morningstar and decapitated the dark-elf. The battle around them raged on but it seemed as if Two-Ten and Hinds had saved the day. Seeing something fall from the corpse of the Dark-elf leader Jesus (Ya, he’s that party member) reached down and picked up a red book that had fallen from inside the Dark-elf’s breastplate.

As Hinds turned to congratulate the party, Sovellis (a Holy Avenger who was part of Two-Ten) jumped up and drove his heel into the hilt of the dagger. Hinds clutched at the now buried hilt of the dagger then fell over dead as the other members of Two-Ten stood in shock. Sovellis then vanished from sight. Confused and fearing the impending rage of some one thousand blood frenzied knights Two-Ten made a hasty retreat to their tower.

Upon returning to the tower a verbal battle erupted between Sovellis and the other members of Two-Ten. Sovellis explained that he was informed by his order to kill Hinds whenever he recieved the chance and that his actions were in accordance with the will of Sehanine. The other members of Two-Ten seemed unmoved.

Jesus then began to examine the red book he had pulled from the dark-elf’s corpse when Sovellis proclaimed that he had found an identical book made of blue on Hind’s corpse. Though both books looked normal neither would open as if the pages were held with glue. Then the two books were held together and they glowed a bright purple and magically formed together to make a much larger purple book.

Written on the front of the book was something written in an intricate language. Shade recognized the language to be undercommon and found the words to be a riddle. After many hours of thought and answering finally Two-Ten discovered the answer to the riddle and the book opened.

Upon the pages of the book was a written conversation that had occurred between Hinds and the Dark-elf leader. Apparently Hinds had hired the dark-elves with the idea that if the people of Eddington were attacked they would pray to Kord for protection and as a direct implement of Kord’s Will Hinds himself would grow more powerful.

Just then a copper skinned goblin entered the room and began making repairs to a damaged wall. The group almost attacked the goblin but the creature declared that he was named ‘Moosehead’ and that it was his task to care for and maintain the tower. Two-Ten then chose to ingore the goblin and began to worry about more pressing matters.

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