Realm of Nikholash

Did You say Ghosts
And we are out of this city.

Recap:
The party has just gotten rid of the thugs that seemed to be selectively terrorizing near the temple of Nikholash. Wolfric tells the party about the history of the kingdom, ie., he stated that the new mad reclusive and indifferent King conquered this region in the name of the Nikholash during the time when he was sane. The king broke all the temples and churches and forced most his subjects to pray only to Nikholash. After a while two more temples emerged one for the Raven Queen where the dying went to pray and the other for Melora where travelers prayed for safe voyage. Thotaam had joined the assassins guild which gave him his first assignment which was to slay and bring the head of the thug leader. With his dying breath the thug leader threatened the party that ‘The faceless shall not rest’.

Chapter 2
Here Take Head
After finally completing their first quest the party seemed quite happy but the happiness was short lived as Paavu said goodbye to the party as her goddess Sheevarash had other plans for her. Wolfric seeing that the kingdom was lenient and had tonnes of magical tomes and books that were untouched said his goodbyes to the party to quench his thirst for more knowledge. Ben still in elf form thanked the group for the opportunity to kill people and burning the bakery and disappeared into the shadows. The rest of the party headed towards the assassin’s guild to claim their reward.
While on the way to the guild Thotaam’s eyes fell upon Lauriana (Hamadriad, Druid) who seemed to be arguing with a merchant about the prices for the all the fruits and vegetables being too low assuming her to be fierce woman Thotaam joined the argument siding with Lauriana. After a few heated words they moved away from the merchant, Thotaam asked her if she was interested in joining the party. As they spoke the crowd around them seemed to be pointing towards them some started running away, they realized Thotaam still carried the head of the Thug leader in his hands with no cover. In minutes a troupe of guards arrived and questioned them, on learning that they had taken care of the thug threat the guards felt disappointed that they wouldn’t be able to get any bonus so they tried asking for a bribe to let them go but Thotaam and Daedlus scared them away. As they headed towards the guild Thotaam tried picking Lauriana up and carry her on his shoulders, scared of what he will she changed her shape into a small wyrmling scaring Thotaam and causing him to run through the streets knocking a few pedestrians. Lauriana jumped off and transformed back to herself calming Thotaam.
They reached the guild, at the gate they were stopped by the guard but Aureval and Thotaam told him that they were with them. On entering were greated by the Master and learned that the guild was currently understaffed that is why they were given the task with no clues. They received a new assignment along with their reward, the quest was to get rid of the bandits and ghosts haunting the roads to other cities. Not knowing much about how to kill ghosts they headed towards the library to gain more info.

Chapter 3
Have you heard of our Lord tormentor Orcus?
After a quick trip to the library the party headed towards the gates of the kingdom on their way they were lured by the music of an ongoing show. A gnome was playing his harp and entertaining the crowd with his song on seeing the party approach he introduced a few lines about them in his song. After his show the gnome jumped down and approached the party introducing himself as Finkel Bottom (Gnome, Bard). As the party was discussing this a dwarf with his warhammer raised to the sky roamed the streets distributing fliers saying “The end is nigh, The end is here, Save yourselves join us in praying to our Lord tormentor Orcus”. The dwarf approached them and asked if they would like to join the church but the party refused and instead offered him a chance to join their group as he seemed pretty strong. He accepted introducing himself as Torquemada (Dwarf, Invoker) and they headed to the nearest tavern to rest for a bit, All the time Aureval maintained his distance from Torquemada. Thotaam stayed outside the tavern preferring the open air, the group sat down and discussed their plans, late in the evening they left the kingdom and followed the road after a few hours they heard rustling in the forest and far in the distance they saw a few torches being snuffed. They prepared for battle carefully searching the forest to know who they were facing off. They shot a few lit arrows in random directions and learned the position of a few of the attackers they charged and fought with magic and arms. Many of the rebels fell easily but a few seemed too hard to be put down so Daedlus released a fire breath. After killing the thugs they noticed that the forest was now on fire due to Daedlus’s breath attack with the flames now spreading in every direction due to the denseness of the forest. Finkel remembered a river nearby north of their position so they ran in that direction. Daedlus swam across the river with a rope in hand while the rest tied it to a tree the party crossed the river with the ropes aid with Thotaam coming last after untying the rope and bringing it along with him.

Chapter3
Me caveman
After safely reaching the banks the party looked back at the flames. A huge tree which was on fire fell to this side of the bank crushing Torquemada the party tried extinguishing the flames but by the time they removed the tree off him Torquemada was already dead. A human approached them seeing them in trouble but was too late before he could provide any assistance sad he couldn’t he promised to aid them in their adventure if possible the party readily accepted hs offer and he introduced himself as Adrion (Human, Ranger). Far in the distance they heard laughter on looking in the direction they saw a Goliath basking in the heat of the flames, He turned towards them and approached them introducing himself as Gall Denar (Goliath, Barbarian) upon seeing the corpse of Torquemada he picks it up and rips it letting the blood spray over his body seeing the wasted blood Aureval looks disappointed and the rest looked at him disgustingly.
The party look around for shelter as it had turned to night time they moved in the direction of Domini Peaks hoping to finding a good cave. They climbed the nearest mountain, during their climb the party split up Thotaam, Adrion and Finkel Bottom went in one direction while Shadow, Aureval, Daedlus and Gall took another path.
Shadow and group upon reaching the peak noticed a couple of ghouls busy eating corpses silently they tried to sneak up on them but Daedlus and Aureval made too much noise due to their equipment. The ghouls heard them causing the party to charge towards them. With Aureval and Gall missing a lot of their hits the party seemed to be loosing the fight but Shadow managed to turn the tide by striking perfectly with his crossbow. After destroying the ghouls the party searched around and found a cave near the corpses that the ghouls were feeding upon on entering they noticed the ground seemed a bit off. AUreval and Gall paid no mind to it walked in falling into a pit trap, Gall managed to slow his fall managing to reduce the impact but Aureval fell hard. Using a rope Shadow and Daedlus pulled them out and they resumed exploring the cave. On going deeper they found a treasure hoard that contained rubies, emeralds and golden statues.

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Oh! Look Shiny!!
This is how we meet

Months after the KKK started building their empire a new band of adventurers was formed in the port of the Kingdom of Sysvani.
Thotaam(Goliath, Rogue) was trying to steal from a merchant who was watching over as his crew was unloading his cargo, he was caught in the act. Paavu (Human, Hybrid Gighter/Cleric) saw this happen and intervened saving Thotaam from jailtime. Paavu asked him if he wanted to earn some gold by transporting her luggage to the inn nearby to which Thotaam agreed. Daedlus Gorgedraw (Dragonborn, Warlord) was in the vicinity and upon seeing Thotaam considered him as a worthy opponent to duel with. He challenges him but is stopped by Paavu who prefers that her stuff reaches to the inn first. They postpone the fight for a later date, Wulfric (Human, Wizard) had heard them discussing the duel and thought of it as a good opportunity to earn some easy gold by starting a betting but felt dissaapointed when they decided to postpone. Wulfric tried pushing Daedlus into Thotaam to instigate the fight but didn’t manage to even budge him, Daedlus turned around and looked angrily at him to escape Wulfric offered to pay for their drinks if they let him go, everyone agrees and Thotaam picks Wulfric up and places him on his shoulder.
As they headed towards the tavern/inn a silver looking humanoid caught Thotaam’s eye, he notiuced that the creature seemed to be following them. The creature, Ben (Changeling, Assasssin) was tailing them as they looked like interesting people. Thotaam screams “Look Shiny!” and charges towards Ben, not knowing what to do Ben stands frozen and then runs into an alley nearby, Thotaam and the rest of the party follow suite. As they were charging through the streets they passed by Shadow (Revenant, Assassin) who follows them into the alley. While charging through the alley Thotaam almost drops Wulfric but grabs him just before he hits the pavement after which Wulfric leaps out of safety. Thotaam now caught up with Ben jumps and grabs him like a sword. The rest of the party gather around him and state that he has to let go of Ben but he refuses the party get ready to use force but Shadow intervenes saying that if they want to get to Thotaam they have to go through him. Thotaam calmly says " I let go of shiny for more shiny", the party toss a few silver to him and he releases Ben from his grip who runs away. The party tired after the chase head to the tavern again, they notice posters they had missed while charging through the alley they see numerous posters of wanted poster, army recruitement poster, missing poster and poster for jhoining the ambassador program. Shadow grabs one of the wanted posters, and the party heads to the tavern. Ben meanwhile changes his appearance to that of an elf and follows to the tavern. Everyone enters except Shadow who is stopped by a noble looking priest in red, Aureval (Vryloka, Invoker) greets him and says “We undead should stick together” Shadow considers it and tells him to follow as they head towards the assassin’s guild. In the tavern the group orders a couple of drinks and Wulfric tries to get some information about the kingdom. He learns that the current king had conquered the city afew years back in the name of Nikholash, he had destroyed every temple and erected a few for Nikholash instead. Slowly as the dusts of war settled two more temples emerged one dedicated to the Raven Queen and another for Melora. The king in his initial years was active in politics but had slowly turned suspicious of everyone and started living a reclusive life, he had handed over the reigns for ruling the city to his advisors and now remained locked in his keep allowing only very visitors to meet him. The party drank to its fill and Thotaam in his drunken haze headed towards the Assassin’s guild with Ben following him.
In the assassin’s guild Shadow learns that the wanted poster is for the Master of all assassin’s guilds ‘Jedi, Shade Slayer’ and there was no actual bounty by the assassin’s guild. The poster was placed by the KKK as they were angered by his actions against them. Shadow proceeds to buy a few vials of poison using Aureval’s money, he makes a make shift spear for him using a dagger he coated with the poison they just bought and Aureval’s Quarterstaff. They head back towards the tavern, they see Thotaam on their way who Greets them but they ignore him as he stumbles around in his drunken state. Thotaam reaches the Guild and proceeds to meet the Guild master so as to join them. The guild master takes a test to determine his worth, he asks him to manage to get behind him without making a noise as he closes his eyes. Thotaam not only silently creeps behind him but also manages to remove the masters cloak and shirt, impressed by his skills the Guild master accepts him into the guild and gives him an assignment to get him the head of the leader of a Band of thugs that seem to be terrorizing the city. Thotaam leaves the guild and chances upon Ben in elf form who was stopped by the Gate Guard he invites him to join in his quest. As they leave the guild’s ground they smell fresh cake and proceed to find the source. They approach the bakery Thotaam tries stealing a cake and is stopped by the Baker with a whack with a spoon. Thotaam angered smashes the baker to death, Ben and Thotaam and Ben search the baker and the bakery for loot and then pick a dozen cakes. They douse the bakery with flammable liquid and burn it down. Happy with the cakes in their arms and coins in their pocket they return to the tavern.
In the tavern the group have been asking around for unusual happenings and learn that a group of masked men have been killing people selectively around the Main temple of Nikholash, the victims are usually devotees of Nikholash. When Thotaam returns the group share info and start planning ways to kill the masked bandits. They decide that they would hide in barrels that they asked the bartender to provide while two of them (Aureval and Shadow) would act as merchants selling cakes so as to make a donation in the Temple of Nikholash. Thotaam being too huge for a barrel suggested he would hide in the area nearby.
With the trap set the party began executing it, after a few hours of standing in the area near the temple they were approached a group of people who looked angrily at them when the streets where empty. The group asked questions about their wares and intentions and upon learning that thy were collecting money for Nikholash got ready to attack them.
The party jumped out of the barrels and sliced through the thugs. The party killed the thugs, saving the leader for last with his dying breath the leader spoke “You will never be able to end the faceless, we will return with vengeance” as Thotaam pulled out his head from his body.
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