The group gathered the treasures from the tomb and prepared to leave, the group notcied something that froze them in their tracks. The dead robbed man’s shoulder lay partially exposed revealing a tatoo. Archinemos pulled out a piece of paper and copied the symbol that he saw not only on the man’s shoulder, but also in the mist and 4 years ago on the day of morning.
The group traveled back out of the tomb and caverns and up to the foundry where they met Molric. The rude dwarf paid the group the 150 gold that he had promised them for getting rid of the Kruthiks. Azrukal stopped the dwarf as he tried to exit the bar and reminded him that he had promised to speak about the man who hired the laborers. Molric proceeded to tell the group that the man had come accompanied by an elf women, and that the man had mood swings. He also said the man would not reveal his name, but claimed to be hiring the help for Lord Bren ’irgadden. During their discussion of bug extermination with Molric, the hobgoblin priest Olaaki entered and took interest of the talk about the tomb.
Olaaki met the group as they exited the Foundry and inquired about their findings in the tomb. Azrukal remained hidden with Ashurta’s blade just out of sight. The group tried to be vague about the details of the tomb, but Olaaki asked directly about the blade their missing companion carried. The group admitted little knowledge about the blade and Olaaki asked that they meet with a friend of his that had shown him a picture of a crown years ago that had that very blade in smaller form attached to it.
The group left the foundry in the late afternoon and went to Morgrave University and asked the door man the where a bouts of Lord Bren’s residence. The doorman gave it to them, and the group went directly there. Unfortunately, Bren was not in. However, his servant scheduled a dinner with Bren for the following night. The group was then directed to the “Moldy Dragon Inn” by the servant at a clean but affordable establishment.
The next morning, the group woke and went back to Morgrave to meet with Professor Gydd Nephret. The doorman sent them to the third floor offices. The group found her office shut and locked with no answer to their knocking. A human woman walking through the halls took notice of the group. She explained that Gydd was on sabbatical and she could show them where she was staying in the Shava area. The woman led the group to her house and wished them luck and left. Nephret was a bit nervous at the group of five adventurers who showed up at her house and asked that they wait for her in the courtyard. She joined them a little while later and was very interested in the blade that they showed her.
Nephret told the group tha the blade looked like the front piece of the Ashen Crown. The crown was an artifact created by Valaes Tairn elves. It was a powerful magical item that supposedly had power to command death. It was later obtained by the goblin empire of Dhakaan. Little is known about what the goblins did to the crown, but in their ownership, the crowns power is believed to have grown.
Gydd asked that she be allowed to keep the blade for a couple of days in order to learn more about it. The group had a lot of reservation but allowed the professor to study the dagger for two days. Azrukal decided to sit next to her house for the entire time in guard and meditation.
After their meeting with Nephret the Confragra decided to use the afternoon to go shopping for unique items. He entered a shop of magical curiousities and traded some valuables for a couple of magical shards. While he was doing business inside the shop, Donn was doing business in a nearby alley. He had stumbled upon a dice game or decent odds. Confragra found the dice game underway and decided he would have a go. After winning 5 gold 5 time in a row, the guy managing the game up’ed the ante to 100 gold per roll. Confragra was not scared of the new price and proceeded to win two more times before the game got ugly.
Two of the bystanders grabbed him and punched him as the manager pulled a dagger and slashed him. Conflagra concentrated through the beating and sent a wave of fire out from his body causing the thugs to scream in pain. Diago knew his friend was in trouble, ran down the alley and attacked the man holding Conflagra and the manager knocking both to the ground. Donn stepped up and smashed the head of the thug still on his feet killing him. The last thug stood up and drew a club which he used to crown Conflagra. The manager got up and stabbed at Conflagra, barely missing. Conflagra retorted with a flaming sword attack to both the manager and the thug killing them both.
Shouts from behind the group in the alley alerted them that killing in Sharn is called murder. Passersby called for the Sharn Watch and chased the group through the back alleys of the towers. The group eventually got away from the onlookers, but will have to keep their heads low for now.
The group arrived at Lord Bren’s house in time for the dinner finding Archimenos waiting for them. The dinner with Bren revealed that Aric Blacktree had lived in his care for the last three years. Aric had never regained his mental facilities after the day of morning kidnapping. Aric escaped Bren’s care around 6 months ago. Bren has been unable to find him and wishes for his return. The dinner was then interrupted by a young messenger boy who delivered a stack of invitations from a man named Captain Saj Kalaes. Lord Bren called the evening to a close, and urged the group to keep quiet about their recent actions in Sharn until they talk with Kalaes.
The group made their way back to the Moldy Dragon and enjoyed an ale before they bed down.
The next morning, the group made their way to the site of their meeting, the headquarters of Kings Citadel. A collection of towers in the Middle Central Plateau. They entered the Ambassador tower and were greated by a gnome who checked their paperwork and summoned Kalaes. Kalaes led the group to a private room and began the discussion.
Kalaes told the group that he knew about the recovered blade, and that their abilities could be used in service of the nation. He explained that in the goblin nation of Darguun, the Lhesh Haruuc has power in the lowlands, and that the the Kech Volar/Wordbearers, goblins to the east in the Seawall Mountains want to take the power away from them. This Kech Volar clan wishes to assemble artifacts and make alliances to rebuild the goblin empire. However, the clan lacks the savage brutality that historically rules the goblins. The blade you recovered is sought by the Wordbearers and it is believed to be part of another artifact, the Ashen crown. He then asked that the group help the Kech Volar obtain the rest of the Ashen Crown.
The group proded Kalaes for more information, but he refused until they agreed to the job and took an oath of service. The group went along with the oath and Kalaes told them the plan.
Captain Kalaes said:
We have an agent named Tikulti, a doppleganger posing as a hobgoblin traveling with the wordbearers. You can recognize him best when you look for tribal tattoos around his eyes, and chin with a distinct jeweled rapier at his side. He reports that Wordbearers already know that you have the blade but their leader has decided to deal with you after finding the rest of the pieces. She is heading to a goblin monument known as Six Kings in the northern Greywall Mountains region. We want you to head northwest and meet her there and offer to aid her. You will need to come up with a reason of why you wish to help goblins.
Tikulti reports that they seek two parts of the crown in that region. One is inside a cave with a outcropping of white stone pointing to the correct entrance. All that is known about the second piece is that its inside Graywall city.
Kalaes then said the group was to leave in three days via Lyrander airship just after the word bearers are leaving on their own ship named Kordanga. Both airships will land in Ardev, and the group was to tail the Kech Volar goblins as they traveled up the Orien trade road past Six Kings and onto Graywall. He also stated that he wanted them to stay close, but not too close.
Kalaes interated that the Citadel involvement must be kept secret, as human involvement might drive them off. Also, secrecy is nessessary for political reasons as Breland’s name should not be tarnished over goblin squabbles.
Kalaes dismisses the group and they are left to their own business for the rest of the day.
The next morning, the group traveled to retrieve the blade and find out what Nephret found out. They met with the professor in the common room of Shava house. Nephret arrived with the blade and brought along an elf women and a elven man. Both of the elves had their faces obscured with masks. The lady wore a ornate funerary mask, and the man a stylized skull tattoo that covered his features. Nephret introduced the two elves as Lady Dannae Ulyan of Aerenal, and her servant Jaenus. She explained that Dannae was very interested in the crown.
Nephret explained that through her studies she discovered that this was the genuine blade from the Ashen Crown. She then said that it was one of five pieces that make up the crown. The other pieces, named after Dhakaani warlords were, Zaarani’s solitaire, Mukoorak’s orb, Lurtaan’s cord, and Karuuk’s circlet. She also explained that once the pieces were placed together, the Rite of Arkantaash had to be preformed to make the crown whole and establish it’s full power.
Dannae upon hearing that the blade was genuine, almost immediately offered to buynthe blade from the group for 3000 gold. The group declined her offer saying it was much to low. Dannae regretted then groups decision, and excused herself from the meeting. The group took the blade back and concluded the talks with Nephret.
Total experience per player for the session: 150