Saviors of Rhillau

Session 1: Orcs and Kobolds and . . . Mushrooms?

The adventure begins

The day started like any other. The townspeople of Rhillau all awoke early, setting about in their morning routines. After some last minute repairs and resupplying, and a hearty breakfast at the Dragon’s Head Tavern, the caravan of traders headed for Dovale rode out, leaving the town oddly empty. Even as the townspeople went about their business, however, whispers spread. Rumors of a pre-dawn sighting of orcs inside the city walls. Not just that, but it was said that the orcs were being escorted by members of the city guard itself. Some of the townsfolk seem uneasy, especially as there are no caravans in the town right now, and thus none of the extra guards that they bring along with them.
In the midst of the growing paranoia, guards were swiftly, and quietly, sent to deliver a summons to particular residents of Rhillau. Each summons was simple, hasty written. All they said was to immediately report to the Governor’s office. It was not a request, it seemed, as the guards sent to deliver the messages waited impatiently to escort the party members back to the office…

When the group finally arrived, they discovered that there had indeed been orcs escorted to the governor’s office, including the orc chieftain, Tahni. Tahni explained that the kobolds of the nearby mountain had begun to grow more aggressive, encroaching on the orc camps and getting into skirmishes with the orc hunting and raiding parties. Even worse, it seemed, the kobolds were looking to prepare to lay siege to Rhillau. In the face of this mutual threat, Governor Korska dispatched the party to the mountain to scout the kobolds’ activities, determine what new power was guiding the kobolds in this more aggressive direction.
After gathering supplies, the party headed out to the mountain, taking the time to learn a bit about their new fellows. When the arrived at the base of the mountain, they found kobolds working on catapults in a small clearing. The fight was quick and decisive, starting with Rook and Thias tag teaming one kobold down before it even knew they were there. While the rest of the party burned the catapults, Rillifane and Thorn noticed a cave opening hidden behind some underbrush. Entering the cavern, the party found themselves face to face with a small group of kobold guards.
After dealing with the guards, and not bothering to rest at all, the group forged forward, finding themselves in a small cavern filled with strange purple mushrooms growing among humanoid skeletons. Sensing something amiss, Rillifane had Rook fire upon one of the mushrooms, prompting the larger fungus to begin advancing on the party. The party fought valiantly against the poisonous and carnivorous plants, though Amethystos was dismayed when her mind-attacking powers were of no use. Once the larger, more aggressive mushrooms were dealt with, the smaller mushrooms began emitting a deafening shriek. Once the shriekers were burned down and the corpses examined, it became clear that one of the skeletons belonged to Galen, a local druid.
When Thorn took hold of Galen’s Ranger badge, something strange came over him, and he swiftly departed for destinations unknown, taking Galen’s magical totem with him…

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