The Mark of Prophecy

Entry 12

From the Journal of Arjhan Da’Seka Flamebrow…

16 Vult 998 YK

And just when things seemed to be going so well. Nearly halfway to the boarder, and we’re all seperted. I could have sworn the others were right beside me, but that fog must have been playing tricks on me; when I got out, I was alone. I found Bree and Varis later, but Adrik, Dolph, and Tethys are still missing, and we have no idea where any of Ikar’s men have gone. We’ve set up camp for now; hopefully tomorrow we’ll be able to find our friends

12 Vult 998 YK

We located Ikar last night, and, after verifying our story with Garrow, he agreed to guide us out of the Mournland. He told us anywhere other than Karrnath would cost us extra, so we’ve decided Karrnath will do just fine. Hopefully we can get a message to Melchizedek when we arrive. Until then Ikar has laid down a few rules regarding traveling in the Mournland. They seem to boil down to, "If you get lost or attract attention, you’re on your own.

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Entry 11

From the Journal of Arjhan Da’Seka Flamebrow…

11 Vult 998 YK

We have discovered some connection between the Halfling disappearances, the Order of the Emerald Claw, and some mysterious “Empress” apparently based in the ruins of Metrol in the Mournland. Bree, Adrik, Tethys and Dolph managed to capture an Emerald Claw captain, one Vikus Garrow, and from what he told us, we suspect that this “Empress” may be the one on whose behalf the Emerald Claw are trying to claim the Frostfell Artifact. Garrow insisted that his Order’s arrangement with the “Empress” and her people is strictly business, and hinted that it could be dissolved fairly easily. He was also eager to volunteer the Emerald Claw’s help in retrieving the Artifact, particularly once he learned of the Blood of Vol’s interest in obtaining it. As a show of trust, he led us to an unguarded passage out of the “Empress’” facility and told us where we could locate an associate of his, a Half-Orc named Ikar, who he promised would guide us out of the Mournland.

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Entry 10

From the Journal of Arjhan Da’Seka Flamebrow

10 Vult 998 YK

While the “how” or “why” of the Halflings’ disappearance may still be a mystery, we do know at least part of what has happened to them: Dolph and Bree were able to identify some of the strange slime we’ve been seeing all over the landscape as some kind of magically tainted Halfling blood. And during the night, we were savagely attacked by a party of slimy, blue, Halfling-sized creatures, though they were led by what appeared to be a normal halfling. After killing the abominations, we were able to track the fleeing Halfling to a tunnel on the bank of the Cyre River. Bree, Dolph, Tethys, and Adrik followed him inside, while Varis and I stayed behind to hold the exit.

9 Vult 998 YK

Apparently, another cause of the uneasiness in the Plains are the mass disappearances of Halflings to the north, where the Lightning Rail hits the Mournland. No one seems to have the faintest idea as to what’s causing this, though Bree, convinced this may have something to do with her vision, is determined to find out. We departed Gatherhold this morning; we should reach the border tomorrow night.

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Entry 9

From the Journal of Arjhan Da’Seka Flamebrow

8 Vult 998 YK

The Blade Desert lies behind us now. We have reached Gatherhold and found the rumors of the massive gathering are true. Hundreds of thousands of Halflings are camped outside of the town, all apparently brought here at the request of someone called “Holy Uldra”, or at least at the request of her followers, who have apparently, in the grip of a xenophobic fervor, sabotaged the Lightning Rail and driven representatives of House Ghallandra behind the protection of their compounds walls.

We encountered a hafling (presumably Holy Uldra herself) speaking before an assembly, urging them to reject outside influences and remain pure to their hertiage. I understand where views like hers come from; I’m all to familiar with the tensions and resentments that arise when people feel that their ancient traditions and way of life are threatened. I understand, but do not agree. Neither, it seems, does Bree. She made her displeasure with Holy Uldra and her ideas very clear.

1 Vult 998 YK

It’s done. Bree assassinated Vadallia herself in his chambers (if truth be told, it seemed suspiciously easy, but at least the deed is done), though in her haste she did not think to take anything that may help prove our warning to the Halflings. She, Tethys, Dolph, Varis, Adrik and myself escaped from the city and began rding hard for the Blade Desert. Melchizedek and Karmuk, the kobold we picked up, remained behind in the city to safeguard our ship (we still need a name for it).

28 Aryth 998 YK

We arrived in Taer Valaestas this afternoon in the midst of what appeared to be the mobilization of the entire Valaes Tairn, something Varis assured us would only happen if High King Vadallia intended to march the entire host off to war. The popular theory in the city was that the target was Gatherhold, where apparently all of the Halfling tribes have convened, though nobody knows their reasons. Bree in particular was agitated by the news. The Valaes Tairn, while outnumbered in such a campaign, would undoubtedly crush whatever opposition they met, particularly if the Halflings are taken unawares. Unfortunately, all signs point to an imminent march, and against Valenaren warhorses, we would have no chance of beating the army to Gatherhold. Drastic measures must be taken if the Halflings are to be warned: if High King Vadallia dies, the march should be forestalled enough for us to warn Gatherhold

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Entry 8

From the Journal of Arjhan Da’Seka Flamebrow

20 Aryth 998 YK

Our company now has its very own ship (We shall have to decide what to name it. And what to do with our Kobold captive. Tethys and Bree seem quite taken with him). Varis has suggested that the quickest way to Gatherhold would be to sail up the Redwater to the Valenaren capital of Taer Valaestas and go overland from there (I suppose he would know), and I am inclined to agree.

19 Aryth 998 YK

We found Prince Kel much easier than I had expected, though I suspect that may have been intentional. Given how much the Changeling seems to know about events in the Principalities, it is possible he wanted us to find him. He appeared dismissive of our warnings and Ryger’s request, until Tethys mentioned some sort of “Elemental ships” she had seen in her vision. These ships (the “Chaos Fleet” according to Kel, but none of us have ever heard of it) seemed to trouble him, and he agreed the matter required his attention.

More troubling to me, however, were his other tidings. Apparently, the Bloodsails tracked us to Regalport, or at least knew of our connection to the Seadragons. Ryger refused to give us up, and now, supposedly, Bloodsail and Direshark ships are radign Seadragon territory. I fear Tethys’ vision may already be coming to pass.

Bree has become increasingly worried about the lack of contact with the Talenta Plains and wishes to return home. When Kel heard of our plans, he made us an offer: help him capture a small raiding vessel in the service of the Cloudreavers. The grey Tide would keep the cargo, and we would keep the ship. It should be passing through the Tempest Strati tomorrow.

13 Aryth 998 YK

We arrived back in Regalport without complication and presented what we knew about the Bloodsail’s and Blood of Vol’s plans to bring back the Mark of Death. Prince Ryger promised to send envoys to the Wind Whisperers and the Diresharks to help combat this threat, but asked if we might be willing to attempt to contact Prince Kel of the Grey Tide. He offered us a samll ship and a couple of sailors to aid us, and we accepted. We depart tomorrow.

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Entry 7

From the journal of Arjhan Da’Seka Flamebrow…

5 Aryth 998 YK

I do not believe that could have gone much worse. Illmarrow Castle is, as we discovered, infested with all manner of powerful undead. We were all of us, excepting Varis (thank the gods) captured and interrogated by high ranking members of both the Blood of Vol and the Bloodsaisl, so at least we have the proof we need that there is a connection between the two. We have been given the task of retrieving the Artifact from the Silver Flame, with death threatened as the penalty for failure. One of our interrogators mentioned other agents working towards the same end, though Melchizedek is confident that the Emerald Claw represents other interests. The plot thickens, as they say.

Needless to say, the moment we were turned loose, we seperated from the “escort” so thoughtfully provided. Neither I nor any of the others have any desire to work for the Blood of Vol, though no doubt we have not seen the last of them. For now, our plans are to return to Regalport and present our findings to Prince Ryger.

2 Aryth 998 YK

Tethys’ smuggler friends were able to get us to Farlnen without incident. Melchizedek and Varis have gone to infiltrate the Bloodsails, though I do not believe they will learn much. The others and I are going to attempt to infiltrate Illmarrow Castle. From what we’ve learned, that place is at the center of whatever is going on.

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Entry 6

From the journal of Arjhan Da’Seka Flamwbrow…

22 Sypheros 998 YK

Why, this city has gone as mad as Thaliost! This morning we were attacked by members of Prince Kolberkon’s Diresharks, and according to the guards, this attack was not an isolated event.

Our meeting with Prince Ryger met with success. He seemed to take our warnings regarding Tethys’ vision of an impending attack by the Bloodsails and the Diresharks seriously, but he admitted that he would need more proof than the vision and the attack in the Eldeen Bay. He tasked us with finding that proof, due to our “independent” affiliation. Tethys calims she knows some smugglers who will be able to get us to the island of Farlnen discreetly, so with luck we’ll be on our way tomorrow.

21 Sypheros 998 YK

At last! After 3 weeks at sea, it is good to have solid land under my feet once again. Tethys has kindly offered us her home while we remain in Regalport, and her mother has been most gracious host. Tomorrow, we shall try to meet with High Prince Ryger concerning our fears regarding the Bloodsails.

3 Sypheros 998 YK

How fortunate for us that Sir Vulgrim named Adrik a Friend of the Silver Flame before he departed! Else we would never have been permitted to leave Thaliost. If only our luck had held out a bit longer; Paldrith d’Lyrandar, the man to whom Captain Alistair requested we deliver his envelope, was not present on Stormhome. We were told he operates out of Sharn, and , not willing to take such a detour, deposited the envelope with a clerk, who assured us it would be delivered safely. Tomorrow, we depart for Regalport

1 Sypheros 998 YK

It appears that our group now consists only of Adrik, Bree, Tethys, Melchizedek, Dolph, Varis, and myself; the others have all said their farewells and departed for their homes (some more amicably than others). Those of us who remain have decided to return to Stormhome to deliver Alistair’s letter, and from there to journey on to the Lhazaar Principalities, where we can hopefully begin to make sense of this mess we’ve found ourselves in. We depart tomorrow.

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Entry 5

From the journal of Arjhan Da’Seka Flamebrow…

28 Rhaan 998 YK

To find Emerald Claw Agents waiting for us at the dock was beyond terrifying. If not for the miraculous reappearance and intervention (praise Olladra!) of 5 of our missing comrades, we surely would have perished. Another debt I owe my comrades. I don’t know how they knew we were coming, but any worry I feel is insignificant next to the joy in my heart at learning of the survival those I had thought dead.

But that riot afterwards! I had no idea tensions were so high outside of Q’barra! How did it get started so quickly? Are these things common in this part of Khorvaire? That we all made it back to our friends safe-house was another miracle.

Alas, though, there our happy reunion was cut short. I revealed what I had learned in the book, and divisions formed. Sir Vulgrim insisted that the Artifact could not be left in Lady ir’Ryliss’ keeping, and Adrik and I agreed with him. Others may have as well, but I believe Vulgrim’s insistence on delivering it to his church may given them pause, particularly Dolph. From my own experiences with the Silver Flame, I have found them to be srigid and unyielding, yes, but also honorable and vigilant. I believe it will be safe with them, but I understand the others hesitation. Bree and Daruush were adamant that Lady ir’Ryliss and the Artifact both be delivered safely to Fairhaven, as they had promised they would do. The others were less committal. Tethys made it clear she wants nothing more to do with the Artifact, and Melchizedek just wants to get paid. In the end, Sir Vulgrim called upon other Knights Militant in the city to claim the Artifact. Faced with those odds, Lady ir’Ryliss relented, and the Church of the Flame is now in possession of the Artifact.

From the journal of Arjhan Da’Seka Flamebrow From the log of Daruush, soldier of the Rhukaan Taash…
25 Rhaan 998 YK 27 Rhaan 998 YK
The others have filled me in the events of the last two weeks while we wait in Stormhome. I am grateful for the lengths to which they have gone to save my life by getting me to the House Jorasco medics here, but there is a part of me that wishes that they had let me die rather than risk the Demon Wastes. So many dead on my account… Still, I am alive, and I will not forget the debt I owe to my comrades, both those still living and those gone. At the very least, I have been of some use; while Lady ir’Ryliss has worked to find passage off the island, our own vessel having been impounded upon our “illegal” arrival, I have begun working to translate the book Torra found in the wreckage. I cannot explain, but it seems my Mark of Scribing has granted be a comprehension of the Abyssal tongue. It is slow going; much of the tome has been badly damaged by fire and water, but what I have deciphered is troubling; I am not certain we can trust Lady ir’Ryliss with the Artifact We depart on a ship bound for Thaliost tomorrow; the voyage should give me ample time, both to continue my work, and to figure out how best to proceed. I don’t normally trust in fortune. The moment things seem to be going your way is usually the exact moment everything falls apart. But what we have learned since arriving in Thaliost this morning is promising. It appears Brook may have been at least partially right. Some more of our comrades may have survived the attacks on the airships. I wish she’d found out about this before she headed back to the Reaches. It would have given her some relief. Tethys and Dolph tailed some Emerald Claw agents they uncovered back to their safe-house. The rest of us caught up to them and subdued the agents. Under interrogation, they revealed that a ship will be arriving at the docks tomorrow with passengers matching the descriptions of some of our missing company. It probably isn’t them, but even so, if the Emerald Claw wants these people, I want them too. We’ll stay at their safe-house tonight. Can’t risk anyone coming by and finding their agents dead. Someone comes looking for them, we kill them, too. In the morning, we’ll disguise ourselves and head to the rendezvous. Take the bastards by surprise if it does turn out to be our friends
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Entry 4
From Nacole ir’Ryliss’ personal records… From the diary of Brook
16 Rhaan 998 YK 20 Rhaan 998 YK
Those treacherous Bloodsail snakes tried to kill us last night! Well, my new bodyguards certainly proved their value by thwarting the attempt. We learned that the assassins were apparently under orders from some abector of the Blood of Vol, but I remain uneasy. Did they know about the Artifact, as well? For the moment, however, fortune is with us. We have taken control of the ship and are on our way to Stormhome, where I will hopefully be able to arrange passage back to Fairhaven. Until then, I must not let the Artifact out of my sight! It’s too valuable. It’s not fair! Things just keep getting worse! We made it to some village called Askelios, and I don’t know what to do next! At that stupid rock we passed a few days ago, we all heard voices, and the one I heard told me Home was in danger. First Daddy goes missing, then my new friends, and now this! What do I do now? What would daddy do? The others want to find passage east, to some city called Thaliost, and from there make their way to Stormhome. Do I stay with them, do I keep looking for Daddy, or do I go home to help them with whatever danger is coming?
14 Rhaan 998 YK 13 Rhaan 998 YK
Thankfully, I still have the artifact. Without that, this whole venture would have been a disaster. Even still, it could still end that way. Most of the expedition, including the Blademarks and my bodyguards, are dead. Of the five left, one is unconscious, likely to die, and another does nothing but mutter to herself. Thankfully, we have been pulled from the sea by a Bloodsail Principality vessel, whom I have offered a substantial reward if they can get us to a port. I’ve promised a substantial reward to the three remaining members if they see me safely to Fairhaven Oh, this is awful! We found Tethys floating in the bay this afternoon, but none of the others have washed ashore since the day of the crash. So now its just me, that sourpuss Daruush , Sir Vulgrim, Adrik, Dolph, and Tethys. I keep asking myself, “What would Daddy do?” I think he would want to stay and keep looking for his friends, but Daruush told that would be a stupid idea (he’s stupid), and that it’s time to accep the fact that if we haven’t found them yet, they’re dead. I don’t think the others liked that, but they agreed, so we’re going to begin the journey inland to try and find a village. Well, I don’t care what Daruush says. The others are alive! They just have to be!
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Entry 3

From the notes of Torra Alston, Soladas College of History, Library of Korranberg…

11 Rhaan 998 YK
  • airships destroyed in simultaneous attacks by Emerald Claw and volcanic dragons
  • all notes lost; one book recovered (believe to be written in abyssal, origin unknown)
  • half-elf, halfling, elf, tiefling, dragonborn, and myself only survivors, all others presumed dead; dragonborn and halfling unconscious
  • using makeshift raft to make way to Stormhome- believed nearest settlement
10 Rhaan 998 YK
  • Emerald Claw still following
  • minimal progress made on cataloging and deciphering symbols found in temple; dragonborn requires constant attention
  • crossing Demon Wastes at nightfall
7 Rhaan 998 YK
  • recovered artifact
  • manifested dragonmark inconsistent with racial heritage (not unprecedented, though 13 individuals doing so simultaneously is: must remember to look into past occurrences)
  • experienced unsettling vision
  • Dragonborn critically injured in demon attack, requires medical attention, currently attended to by halfling, artificer, hobgoblin, and myself
  • discovered Order of the Emerald Claw tracking us by unknown means
  • traveling to Stormhome by most direct route
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