Thornhold

An Empire Reborn

A thousand years ago the Dragon Emporer died and the kindgom he forged out of blood and magic was destroyed as well. The Empire split amongst racial lines, the elves and humans seized the majority of the lands, leaving the other races to fight for what was left. As time passed the kingdoms of the lesser races fought and made peace amongst themselves as the politics of the moment dictated until a new power rose, the child of a human man and elven woman. He united the great royal houses of the elven and human kingdoms and declared himself the High King. For the past hundred years the he has by blood and diplomacy reforged the empire that was lost, reclaiming lost settlements and rebuilding the great roads. The Empire is ascendant again but unknown threats lurk in the frontiers and the High King is getting old…

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Chapter 1
Session One

It was a stormy day across the Empire when the summons came from the High King himself, the time had come for the lost colony of Thornhold to be reclaimed and the party had been chosen. They gathered two days later in the capitol of Ur Draxa, “Slither”, Holly Twigg, Loscea Aradove and Legel. Each had different masters and personal agendas but they shared a common cause, the capture and rebuilding of Thornhold.

Their quest got off to a rocky start, the ancient maps they had been provided proved to be inaccurate and they quickly became lost. They soon righted their course and began crossing the great Dismal Swamp which makes up the western frontier of the Empire. The first contact with the new inhabitants of the area known as the Thornwild, a powerful witch named Serena ruled the swamp and seemingly had absolute control over the land and it’s inhabitants. After some intense negotiations they were allowed to pass, mainly because the witch believed they would perish when they reached the ruins.

A sense of unknown doom hanged over the party as they approached the city, an encounter with a group of wild elves shed some light on the mystery, a Dragon! A mighty white wyrm killed all the inhabitants of Thornhold and made the cities fortress into its nest. Knowing what lay ahead gave the party a chance to plan and the elves, whose tribe had been victims of the beast before, agreed to lend a handful warriors to help kill the beast.

The group tried to take a stealth based approached but a fumble on the ice attracted the wyrm’s attention and the great best attacked, nearly killing “Slither” in the opening volley. The beast seemed to have the upper hand but the party rallied and by their combined abilities brought the beast low.

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Chapter 1:2
Session 2

The White Dragon lay dead but the terrible snow storm blanketing the area did not die with him, after some healing magics the party approached the old castle that the beast had made its home at terrible secret was discovered. Using their combined abilities once again the group neutralized this final threat and the great storm finally abated, the long rebuilding process could finally begin.

The adventurers had some time to wait however for the main supply caravan to arrive with the manpower and resources necessary to start the rebuilding of the city. The trip to Thornhold had drained the party of its supplies but some careful management and fruitful hunting trips kept them fed. The witch however would not wait, once again acting through her familiar she demanded a crippling tribute otherwise she would use her powers to close the great southern road and choke off supplies. The group tried to negotiate but failed and had no choice but to accept. The Wild Elves however proved much more amiable and the pact they reached was mutually beneficial.

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Chapter 2
Session 3 and 4

The town, despite the crippling tribute being forced upon it by the witch Serena, was thriving. The party leveraged their powers as member of the Privy Council and newly sworn knights to form an economic stranglehold on the city. The Great Circle of Druids became concerned with it’s heedless expansion and worried by the mystery surrounding the magical ice storm. So the secured an appointment to the council for one of their own; Rusk. Rusk quickly sized up the party and began to make his presence felt in the town, arguing aggressively for expansion of the trade routes to the west and retaking the abandoned quarry from whatever was now holding it.

The quarry was now nominally the territory of the Blue Star tribe of demi-humans, led by their chief, the Psionic goblin Xitil.

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