Journal Entry: Kendermage's True 20 War of the Darklance Campaign
Entry Date: 7/31/2007
The raid came in the darkest depths of the night. Whilst the village of Stone Rose slept, goblin forces smashed its meagre defences and poured into its streets in a flood of screaming war-cries. The once-dark streets soon glowed from the light of torched buildings and the quiet village rang with the cries of screaming innocents.
Around the town, tableaux of resistance played out against the backdrop of fire and blood:
A young red robe mage wields magic of dream and imagination to allow him to escape the clutches of the raiders, only to be forced to surrender when the hobgoblin leader threatens to execute the elderly couple that looked after him in his time of need. The three are marched off into the desert to become slaves...
A brave Qualinesti swashbuckler stands against the raiders as they smash into his house, but is cut down and left for dead as the house is torched. With a huge burst of effort, the elf manages to pull himself out of the window of the house before it collapses around him. As the leader of the raider group steps over him to finish his life, a sword-wielding figure leaps forward to save the elf's life...
But the goblins spread out, discovering the mystical stone garden and a remote hut on the outskirts of the town:
A Kagonesti elf is disturbed from his slumber by goblins about to hack at the beautiful stone roses in the gardens. The leader attacks as the elf tries to stop them desecrating the area. With a well-placed arrow, the Kagonesti ends the goblin's life, but not before the elf has a few heart-stopping moments where he began to suspect the goblin was undead. Thankfully, the arrow proves his fears to be unfounded. Tracking the goblins back towards their camp, the Kagonesti encounters the red-robed mage and the elderly couple being herded back to the goblin's camp - the elderly man cannot stand the pace of his enforced march and collapses, clutching at his heart. A strange power surges through the Kagonesti as he suggests to the hobgoblin leader that the prisoners are sick and the group should return to the camp quickly before daylight, leaving the prisoners. The hobgoblin obediently leads the raiders off into the night...
In the remote hut, a grizzled minotaur is roused by the raiders smashing down the door. Still groggy from his deep sleep, the hobgoblin leader manages to overcome the minotaur's slowed defenses and the minotaur collapses in a pool of blood. A lightning draconian leaps from the shadows in defense of his comrade, cutting down the hobgoblin leader after trading a few blows. The rest of the raiders flee in the face of the draconian's fury. The draconian tends his friend's wounds when the minotaur wakes, but can do nothing to save the burned breakfast...
As dawn broke over the village of Stone Rose, the inhabitants milled around the ruined buildings, seeking to save what little of their belongings remained. The villagers were interrupted by the tolling of a bell, calling them to a town meeting.
The head man of the village, Ian McKennoth, approached the Qualinesti swashbuckler Rhiarion, the red-robed mage Mordarby and the Kagonesti shaman Darkeyes, asking them to fetch the minotaur from his hut outside of Stone Rose, in the hope he might help.
When the three heroes reached the hut, they were surprised to discover the presence of a blue-scaled draconian along with the minotaur. Swallowing their concern and seeing the possible benefits of the help of this impressive character, the heroes planned how to warn the villagers of the draconian's presence.
They headed back to Stone Rose and Rhiarion brought Ian McKennoth back to the waiting group, the minotaur allaying the head man's fears about the draconian. The head man explained that the entirety of Stone Rose's food reserves meant to feed the inhabitants until the next harvest had been stolen by the goblins in the raid. The villagers would starve unless brave heroes stepped forth to claim back the supplies from the goblins. Cue the heroes!...
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