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The Indros Chronicles - Journal Entry Three
The Journal of Eudoxius Indros

Journal Entry Three [page 3]

Wealday, the last day of Desnus, 4710 AR

The streets are overflowing with people [I would guess the population has reached 1800 easily] and smiles are everywhere, vendors are peddling their wares, and foodstalls line the streets. Wonderful aromas fill my nose and my mouth begins to water. I think once the Mayor and Zantus speak and the unveiling is finished, I might see if I may join them for Food, Drink, and celebration.. this would be a good time to hear what Zantus has to tell me. Some interesting folk here today [People of note: Cleric of Pharasma: name? (I would like to meet this man), I saw a roguish type carrying 2 rapiers with him, does he fight with both of them at once? very interesting. I was very surprised to see a female half-elf monk about, I have only met one monk in my time and that was when I was a boy maybe 15 years ago, friend of dads I think. Hmm now here is a curious fellow, probably here to profit from the dig sites, he dresses the part of both archeologist and mage, if I had to wager, id say hes a wizard, the adventuring sort, not the shut in book reading type, although they are all obsessed with their books and ancient knowledge]. Hes staring at me now.. and hes coming this way.. [to be continued]

[something is written hastily here and then scribbled out, illegible]

Its been dark for sometime now, I sit privately in the Cathedral (just finished with prayer and meditation), the opaque white orb sits in my lap as I contemplate the days events. I feel surprisingly calm. Everything happened so fast today. So much death in the air now, on our hands, on the hands of others, and on the hands of the one pulling the strings [Councilman Fernik Maire? does it go beyond this man?].

Ah, Right. Where I left off. Cerein Longmeadow, the Archaeologist Wizard, approached me this morning prior to the consecration and ceremony for the new Cathedral. It turns out he is the right hand man to Professor Medrine the foremost expert on Thassilonian Society/Culture and is leading one of the excavations near Sandpoint. Well shortly after speaking to Cerein about the history of the old church, (It was burned to the ground by Nawalia an Aasimar Girl who was taken in by the former Priest, he died in that fire, many speculate he was murdered by Nawalia who wished to run away with a Blooded Varisian whom he disapproved of) speeches began and the ceremony was going to take place. Then it all came crashing down, there was a shriek, then dogs barking, then a scream [through the crowd a Goblin slicing a dogs throat], then more screams, the crowd disperses, doors slam, Goblins are everywhere, they sing their song, their warchanter beating its drum, Just as fast as they attack, we act to defend the town, when I say we I talk of the brave few who stood with me to put order to chaos. [Cerein Longmeadow, the Monk Shilani, and the man with the 2 Rapiers named ‘R’? it turns out he wields BOTH in combat, what a delight to behold] We quickly dispatched the first group of goblins accompanied by a nasty female Warchanter. [note: the sword was the best investment, it makes short work of these foes] Shortly after Aldern Foxglove comes stumbling out of the White Deer Inn [Formerly Black Deer Inn -Burned down in a fire] chased by what I would call a Goblin Mange-Rider, the disgusting beast he was riding was like no dog I have ever seen, mostly hairless and wholly disgusting. The Goblin Mange-Rider knocks Aldern to the floor, Quickly we close the distance and I get between Aldern and the Goblin Mange-Rider, distracted by my Allies I am able to get Aldern up and on his way to safety. From around the side of the Inn come more goblins, they shout and scream “the town is ours”. We dispatch the Goblin Mange-Rider and his accompaniment of goblin friends, this time not as easily as the last. This sets in motion a full retreat, as they run away yelling about a smokey-stone [the orb I now hold] and that the town will be theirs tomorrow. During our battle a trade wagon on fire rolled by and threatened to burn down the new cathedral, but we were in time to quell the flames.

Together we now head into the Cathedral, R and Shilani are called away to a Shoanti Tribe meeting? I am not certain on the specifics. Cerein and I speak to Zantus, Mayor Kendra Deverin and Aldern Foxglove [local noble]. “The Ceremony must go on” they said, it will take place before the new day. During our talk with them we were joined by a Pharasma Cleric, Arnis. The three of dus decide to investigate the attack, Arnis is looking for Jula a Pharasma Priest who has gone missing, he might find his answers with us. First stop The Curious Goblin, to see Chask the proprietor (Zantus tells us he has dealings with a peaceful? intelligent? goblin). The Curious Goblin has a certain charm and appeal, the sign portrays a goblin with big eyes reading a book twice his size. There are many books as well as trinkets all over this shop, the prices seem steep, like maybe the owner just wants a place to show off his collection rather than actually sell anything. Chask turned up a dead end for information but Brodert Quink [retired Historian and Cataloger of the Grand Library in Magnimar] told us about “old light” some Thassilonian ruins and other information that might pertain to what has happened today, we ask about supplies for Cerein and are told of the Feathered Serpent. Off to the Feathered Serpent it is. Cerein procures some reagents for casting and we speak with Vorvishalle [owner. a very excited young wizard. seemed extremely happy we were there]. We inquire where to get information or procure what we are looking for, and we are pointed to the best information broker in the city. The Ginger Crimelord Glar [at the time we just had a description] was said to be at his usual spot, The Fat Mans Feed Bag, also known as The Fat Bastard to some. Before heading to the fat bastard, we returned to the Rusty Dragon, where we are all now staying and unloaded some gear and valuables. On the way we canvas the crowds of people who are now back out for information. I heard some wild stories about The Sandpoint Devil and Chopper’s Ghost, but nothing that really seemed to be related to today’s events.

The Fat Mans Feed Bag: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Inside the patrons are rowdy, drunk, and obnoxious, some made snide sarcastic comments about us as the heroes of Sandpoint. I bought the bar a round and suddenly we’re their best friends. We are pointed to the Ginger we seek and Cerein begins to talk to him alone, unsure of how its going, and having questions of my own I appoach and join the discussion. We obtain the information we were looking for and start out for Lubris Imports to speak with Darsy.

Arriving at Lubris Imports the front door is opened and completely dark inside, we knock and the door creaks open. Cerein casts a light spell on a gold piece and uses the beam of light to illuminate the room before us. Two dead or dieing men lay against the wall with a little girl crying over them. It was an ambush, the girl was actually an Illusionist Woman, and two armed men come out of the room to the left. Dispatch the two men, I cut one of these men clean in two. The woman we stabilize and interrogate. Darsy is behind this, Cerein feels he needs to get the sheriff. Arnis and I try the door to the room, its locked, without thinking I smash through it, once through we see the door to a side room still swinging as if just used, no one is in this room, we search carefully and find a trap door leading to the underdocks of Sandpoint, we followed the evidence of recent foot traffic to the dock guard and with a little persuasion he agreed to let us pursue our quarry, he also confirmed it was the blue miners who passed through and informed us of which boat he was on. We stayed out of sight until Cerein made it back to us. With him was Sheriff Belor Hemlock. We boarded a small rowboat and crept up on Darsy and his Crew, when we were about half-way there they noticed us. We had little to no trouble from the crew as we tried to board, but as soon as we were all on deck Darsy sicked his goons on us. They never stood a chance. Surrounded and out numbered Darsy surrendered, and after interrogating him we tied him up. We found the hold of the lower ship where the smokey stone was as well as the goods from robbed caravans, including the missing caravan Cerein was waiting for [will try to return the goods to their rightful owners if at all possible]. Cerein then opens the door to another hold on the ship, out rush three undead miners. Arnis and Cerein are paralyzed by the undead, the Sheriff and I hack through the bloated corpses, but not without taking a few blows from those undead bastards. We discuss the plan of action and the Sheriff then hoods the prisoner and leads him off to the jail (grabbing the Illusionist woman on the way), I secure the smokey stone and head to the Cathederal to get help for my compatriots. The Sheriff also put a secret security detail on the Hydras Fang allowing no one on or off. We informed Mayor Kendra Deverin to be cautious of Councilman Fernik Maire and to not trust him, but to act normal around him. Fernik plots to become mayor of Sandpoint and ordered the murder of Lubris of Lubris Imports. So I now wait for word that the ceremony will begin again. So much to take in.

The Indros Chronicles - Journal Entry Two
The Journal of Eudoxius Indros

[written in fine handwriting on the inside front cover: Hope this will come in handy on your journies -Love Dad] – [Written in a similar but not the same handwriting: Eudoxius Indros]

Journal Entry Two [page 2]

Toilday, 29th of Desnus, 4710 AR

I arrived in Sandpoint on Starday and checked in with Aimiko Kaijutsu -owner of the Rusty Dragon. My room is quite nice, I’m told this is the room father takes on visits to Sandpoint. This city is small and Charming compared to Magnimar, the new cathedral is by no question not only the newest, but also the largest structure in the city, and the architecture is definitely Magnimarian, yet it incorporates local aesthetics as well to keep with the feel of the city. Collections of camps, tents, and make-shift housing litter the alleyways and what were empty lots within the city and outskirts. Since my arrival a few days ago, I have witnessed the population rise from about 1200 to 1500 in just 3 days, with more coming to the city at all hours. There has been talk of missing and delayed caravans by the locals at the tavern, I have also overheard some shoanti laughing over an encounter with a goblin that chased the wheel of their caravan on their way to Sandpoint, the one said “he might still be stuck to the wheel” jokingly. Tomorrow once the ceremony and unveiling is finished I will pray at the new cathedral[the old church of Desna and its cleric burned to the ground about 5 years ago], and talk with Zantus. After my business is conducted I think I will try to enjoy the festivities. Father asked if I could say hello to an old friend of his, Aldern Foxglove [the innkeeper said to check the tavern tomorrow around 11am, that he should be there]. I should rest.. tomorrow will be long indeed.

Arnis Journal Day I in Sandpoint
Trouble with Goblins

I cannot say that my day was uneventful.

I have come to the town of Sandpoint to find the Pharasma priest that has gone missing and to bring comfort to her followers. It seems that I have stumbled onto something bigger. Maybe it has something to do with the missing priest…or maybe not. I came out of meditation to find that the town had been attacked by goblins. They were in search for something known as the Smokey Stone. I went to the Cathedral to see if there was anything that I could do but this battle was long over. I met two men there that fought off the goblins and turned them away. A paladin named Indros and an elf wizard named Cerein. They seem to be true of heart but I do not trust them. Maybe in time…then again I trust no one. There were two others that fought alongside them but they were off attending to other business.

Something is amiss in this town. The more we explore the more we reveal it’s true face. We tracked the Smokey Stone to a red headed deviant that sells, mostly stolen, goods out of the Fat Man’s Feed Bag, a vile pub that caters to the feces of the lowest of the low. But I do find it entertaining. The red headed bastard gives us all the information that we need for the price of a few pints. The trail led us to Darcy (I believe that is his name), the leader of the Blue Miners, who came into town to help with the mines but he turned out dirtier than what was dug out of the tunnels. Apparently all we had to do was follow the trail of dead bodies…and create a few of our own. We found ourselves in the bowels of the city at the lower docks. The trail led us to the Hydrus Fang where we recovered the Smokey Stone, after a short skirmish. Although we were caught off guard, thanks to the curiosity of Cerein, by the Undead Miners that he had in the cargo hold. We fought them off bravely…well more the paladin and the sheriff. Cerein and myself suffered a few wounds and paralysis. I hate the Undead.

I have spent many years and traveled many miles seeking out other clerics. A new adventure will be good to get the blood flowing to make you feel alive again. for now I will stay with these companions. Maybe they will survive longer than other companions I have met throughout the years.

Cerein Journal Adventure not afoot
Good times waiting for a supply caravan

I have been in the town of Sandpoint for a day waiting for a caravan that contains some essential needs for our dig. Unfortunately I have heard that some caravans are days behind, I hope that this is not the case with ours. I know I am only a low level assistant on the site and do appreciate being invited to assist at the site. I was at first disappointed to be assigned to travel to Sandpoint and wait around for the delivery, but as luck would have it, there is a local festival tomorrow and a dedication for the rebuilt church. I hear talk amongst the townsfolk that there was some sort of scandal that is associated with the church, what that is I have had gleaned yet. Perhaps after the festival tomorrow lips will be loosened with ale and grog during the revelry. I have noticed that more people of the adventuring type have started to appear in town, I even hear talk that there is a paladin of Aroden in town! Can you believe it, a paladin of Aroden! That would be someone to speak with.

The positive part of being sent on this errand is I get to practice offensive and defensive spells that I do not get to use unless I am on the road traveling. I do wish I could travel more often. I have only practiced those types of spells when my uncles have come to visit during their downtime from the Pathfinders. Father does not speak well of that group and quite a few members of our family are/have had been members. That creates a heated conversation from my father.

There is a bit of a divide in me as I would love the opportunity to track down lost texts and artifacts, see the land, experience many cultures and increase my knowledge of the magical arts. I know my father would be disappointed if i joined the Pathfinders and my uncles would be thrilled. I am not sure I agree with their stance of hiding items they have found, or at least letting the general populace know what they have unearthed. Their is a bit to much secrecy with that group. I can understand keeping items of a dangerous nature kept secret from certain empires.

The Indros Chronicles - Journal Entry One
The Journal of Eudoxius Indros

[written in fine handwriting on the inside front cover: Hope this will come in handy on your journeys -Love Dad]

[Written in a similar but not the same handwriting: Eudoxius Indros]

Journal Entry One [page 1]

Oathday, 25th of Desnus, 4710 AR

It has been a few hours since the sun has past the horizon. I have watched the stars appear one by one until they filled the entire nights sky pondering the cuurent events. Fulfilling the Right of Paladin-hood, taking a seat on the Varisian Council, and the Red-Rush amongst other things. With the good the bad always seems to follow, I fear that this Red-Rush will only bring unsavory outsiders and turmoil to the region. Perhaps this is why my first duty is to travel to Sandpoint? For now all I know for sure is that I must contact Zantus at the festival for the unveiling of the new Cathedral of Iomedae. This is lucky indeed and I am looking forward to this most joyous occasion.

Dad gave me this journal and some gold [he said hes too old to be picking out my gear for me, and he couldn’t be more right, I only wish this day came sooner HAH!] after the ceremony today (joining the Varisian Council), I’m already putting them both to good use, Master Swordsmith Kardis Vaelor has gone to work forging what he calls a Masterpiece. When the sword is completed it will stand 6 feet tall (the blade is 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide, with the hilt being 1 foot long), the blade itself is diamond-sharp, its face intricate and ornate and a hilt that is just as elaborate. Kardis said if he had only two words to describe the sword they would be “Opulent and Lethal”. I have also commissioned the smithing of custom Half-Plate with Aroden and Iomedae’s Holy Symbols embossed in the center of the chest piece. I have also sent a list to the general store of traveling gear I will need. I leave for Sandpoint when everything is in order.

Initial Thoughts of a Canny GM
Let's rock

Ok It’s Character Creation Time. We’ll hammer out the stats when we meet up. I personally will be using Hero Lab to keep track of all PCs but everyone can keep their own personalized sheets if they’d like.

OK!!! I’d like to start figuring out what rough characters you will all be playing before we get together that first session. This will give me time and material to sew my setting together into something awesome for you all.

What I would like from you all is a bit of info…. Please email me and respond to these questions as well as give any feedback or questions you’d like!

  • What type of campaigns do you all like? What type of settings? what type of conflict? (FYI – I tend to lean towards religious and political intrigue)
  • What type of Characters are you interested in playing?
  • What are three goals for that character?
  • What is one flaw your character has?
  • What is that characters deal, story, background?
  • Does he/she have any family? organizations? (there is an official “pathfinder society” organization that exists in the pathfinder setting as well.)

Note: None of this needs to be complete – just very rough to get things moving


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