A New Era

Welcome to your campaign!
A blog for your campaign

Wondering how to get started? Here are a few tips:

1. Invite your players

Invite them with either their email address or their Obsidian Portal username.

2. Edit your home page

Make a few changes to the home page and give people an idea of what your campaign is about. That will let people know you’re serious and not just playing with the system.

3. Choose a theme

If you want to set a specific mood for your campaign, we have several backgrounds to choose from. Accentuate it by creating a top banner image.

4. Create some NPCs

Characters form the core of every campaign, so take a few minutes to list out the major NPCs in your campaign.

A quick tip: The “+” icon in the top right of every section is how to add a new item, whether it’s a new character or adventure log post, or anything else.

5. Write your first Adventure Log post

The adventure log is where you list the sessions and adventures your party has been on, but for now, we suggest doing a very light “story so far” post. Just give a brief overview of what the party has done up to this point. After each future session, create a new post detailing that night’s adventures.

One final tip: Don’t stress about making your Obsidian Portal campaign look perfect. Instead, just make it work for you and your group. If everyone is having fun, then you’re using Obsidian Portal exactly as it was designed, even if your adventure log isn’t always up to date or your characters don’t all have portrait pictures.

That’s it! The rest is up to your and your players.

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Prequel

26-28 Wealsun, 609 CY -

In the Dreadwood….

A scholar embarks on a mission to the Silent Tower, in hopes of finding some answers…

A half-elf druidess wanders the forest she’s known since birth…

Two half-orcs, one barbaric and one greedy, accompany one another for reasons unknown…

They all meet at a campsite, and soon learn of an attack at a nearby village: Marlgrove. A great beast, said to sparkle under the moonlight, has killed six townsfolk.

After reaching the town and following up on leads, they discover that the Beast has been seen in an enormous tree that houses the tomb of an Elvish hero. They descend below and find that the beast does not in fact sparkle; that it’s a bloated monstrosity littered with tumors.

They manage to kill it and skin it into a near-flawless hide. All but Thruskk then return to the town as heroes, only to find out that the rabbit hole goes much deeper. “Baba Yaga,” said the be the one who created the monstrosity, is planning something…

… They have little time to rest just yet.

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Chapter One
The Dragon, The Hags and the Werebeasts

28 Wealsun – 5 Richfest, 609 CY

The barbarian half-orc Thruskk, split from the party, finds and becomes friends with the Grand Druidess of the Sheldomar Valley, Reselda Yargrove. On their way back to Marlgrove, they unexpectedly wind up being major players in the Siege of Neldea.

Back in town, the greedy Half-Orc Jericho, the Scholar Clifton Oates, and the Druidess Ash Reyner enjoy the first day of Richfest. A feast is held in their honor in recognition of their slaying of the Beast of Marlgove.

At the end of the feast, an animal messenger relays a call for aid to Neldea.

Ash, having met an ancient dragon seeking Reselda some months prior, uses a sending stone to tell the dragon of the Grand Druidess’ location. Clifton and Jericho mount up and head to Neldea.

… Only to arrive to a scene of destruction. Wulrakas Safras, drawn to the area by a large dragon flying overhead, joins the group. Thruskk yet lives, but is gravely wounded. Jericho, while waiting outside the fortress, somehow gets lost and is left behind.

After returning to Marlgrove for Midsummer Night (in which Thruskk transforms into a Wereboar before being subdued), the party then sets out again. In the forest they meet Virgil Thorburn, a sorcerer seeking to slay the Beast of Marlgrove. Realizing that this has already been accomplished by the party, he decides to join them.

Following a lead given to them by Ash’s unearthed sending stone, the group eventually reaches a cave deep within the Dreadwood. Inside they battle Onuji (one time druid in Reselda’s circle and later an associate of Baba Yaga), Ash, and two zombies. Ash eventually reveals her betrayal, and points out that the nearby skeletal remains are those of Reselda. The group allows Ash to live (contrary to Thruskk’s wishes).

Their only lead on the dragon now is a name: Skaulson.

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Chapter Two
The Tower to the East

5 Richfest – 15th Reaping, 609 CY

Two weeks pass without a single clue relating to “Skaulson.” The party spends their downtime doing various things: Thruskk pieces together an Elven Greatsword which is then forged (and turns out to be an Orcsbane blade); Clifton comes across a Gunslinger and is given the man’s weapon, which later becomes a twisted version thanks to his Patron’s influence; Woolie carves a collection of wooden figurines and is seemingly well-received by the residents of Marlgrove despite his strange heritage; Virgil decides to stay with the party on their quest to avenge Reselda.

Jericho returns as well, though his absence is never expanded upon. From time to time he finds himself slumbering or wandering off, with little to no explanation as to why.

One night Kamlo, a Rhenee merchant of Marlgrove, approaches Clifton and Virgil. He describes to them Skaulson’s Rest, a notorious stop for merchants travelling the Casteallweg Road. He hires them on to guide his small wagon to the location, knowing full well of their desire to find anything relating to this “Skaulson.”

The rest of the party tracks the wagon to a small farmhouse in the fertile Sheldomar Valley; they are allowed to rest there for a few coppers a piece. The young wife of the farmer (later immolated thanks to recklessness by Clifton) tells of the Archmage Skaulson, a necromancer of ill-repute.

They take off the following morning, and arrive at Skaulson’s Rest sometime later. Eventually they ascend Skaulson’s Tower, overcoming a variety of challenges before they finally meet the necromancer himself on the roof of the tower.

However, Skaulson has become a spirit; his reasons for doing so were apparently intentional, in order to avoid a “strange cataclysmic event” that the dead had foretold to him. Dialogue is exchanged: Skaulson learns his fears became reality in the Days of Vanishing; the party learns the they were not the first to breach the Tower, and that two crimson-wearing females came before them (but broke in through the roof).

A flimsy connection is made when it’s revealed that the intruders stole a tome relating to the creation of dracoliches. Perhaps these two are involved somehow with Reselda’s killer, the ancient green dragon of the Dreadwood.

Whether they are or not, Skaulson then says that he overheard the leader of the two ordering the lesser — one called Red Rooster — to head to Salinmoor to “finish the experiment.”

Another vague clue to investigate, but the party has little else to go on.

And so the adventure continues…

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Chapter 3
Gradsul and the Azure Sea

15th Reaping – 26 Goodmonth, 609 CY

While deliberating on how to proceed, Virgil Thorburn helps a sheep farmer rid his basement of a Manticore. The man then reveals that the two crimson-clad women stayed at his residence for a spell; that they were unnerving and that he was happy to see them leave. He also claims that they were headed for a small hamlet called Crow Town, located in the southern-most province of Salinmoor.

He says he’ll take Virgil and company down the Sheldomar River on his barge, and from the Metropolis of Gradsul they’ll be able to board a ship to Salinmoor.

They do just that, and they eventually draw the attention of an awakened cat. The odd little feline becomes a full-fledged member of the party.

Arriving in Gradsul, the group books passage on a ship headed for the port city of Sanduchar (located in Salinmoor). While waiting for their ship to embark, they do some odd jobs and even perform in a play. Jericho is not seen hence, perhaps having been lost in the flow of time; Thruskk puts aside his anger and desire for revenge, in favor of staying in the city.

Eventually Lila Ketborn, an old adversary brought back from the dead, kills Clifton Oates in the slums of Gradsul. From his corpse his patron spills out in the form of inky, black tendrils, which surround all those present.

Now wanted in connection to the battle with Lila (and the deaths caused to her henchmen), the party boards the ship along with their guide, Tawnee Tauv, and a Rhenee woman.

They opt to take a shorter but more dangerous route through the Dreadwood, from the small dwarven village of Waverock rather than Sanduchar. Clifton is given a burial at sea.

With the scholar-warlock’s death, the party loses its last original member. They become confused as to why they’re heading for Crow Town, as they have no stake in the whole affair. The ship’s captain is eventually possessed by Clifton’s patron, and through him the Great Old One speaks of an end to Oerth unless the dragon and his two collaborators are stopped.

Finally, after a month long voyage, the ship sets anchor in the port village.

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Chapter 4
The Dracolich's Gate

26th Goodmonth – 20th Harvester, 609 CY

Entering the coastal village of Waverock, The Adventurers ready themselves for the trip to Crow Town. Unfortunately they learn that they’ll have to wait a while; Tawnee Tauv reveals that some time is needed for her to obtain a proper map, so the group does some adventuring on the side.

Along the way they’re joined by Daron Oarsman, a mercenary, and an androgynous elf druid named N’Nera.

After several days a map is finally procured. The group sets out into the Dreadwood, battling harsh storms that makes them split up amidst the chaos. Shortly after reuniting (sans N’Nera), Wulrakas Safras finds a strange cabin in a clearing. Inside, he’s met by an equally strange Kobold, who allows him to speak to his long-lost kin: the missing Ancient Dragons. It’s eventually revealed that Wulrakas comes from a noble line of Dragons; that his creator was none other than Falx Templamut, grandson of Bahamut.

After a trial involving the felling of a wyvern, Wulrakas is granted a powerful longsword known as Falx’s Tooth.

Arriving at the gates of Crow Town, the group battles an adult green dragon possessed by Yothagos. It manages to fly away before outright slaughtering them all, but not before killing Tawnee Tauv and revealing her true form in the process: that of the final hag of the Baba Yaga coven. Whatever schemes she was planning against the party becomes lost with her death.

Staggering to the entrance of the town, the group is met by a collection of eccentric, unnerving townsfolk. Shortly thereafter, they manage to slay one of the two “women in red” — Red Rooster. All but Cat are then captured and placed in the local jail.

The following day, after inevitably escaping, the world is plunged into chaos. The sky darkens and the stars above begin to pulsate, like the light of a flickering flame. The group heads east to the scene of the ritual, thought to be where the remaining woman in red is attempting to raise a Dracolich.

After reuniting with the previously possessed green dragon, the group flies to the site of the ritual. To their surprise a Dracolich is already present, held between a archway that acts like a portal. Barricading him in are walls of fire connected by pillars; in the center of these walls is Medrash, Leader of the Dragonborn.

The green dragon is shot down by a blast from the Dracolich’s maw; a battle between the last woman in red (“Crimson Matron”) riding atop a red dragon then follows. Daron slays Medrash with two arrows, unknowingly killing Wulrakas’ “King” and ceasing the ritual in the process. The Dracolich is crushed beneath the archway, and Crimson Matron is killed. The Green Dragon attempts a last ditch betrayal but is slain by Cat.

The sky finally returns to normal, but the world has irrecoverably changed. Crimson Matron’s journal sheds some light on the subject, but much remains unanswered…

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