Heroes with no Homeland

Misguided Patriots of Cyre

Following Rose’s idea to find out more of Capt. Ballard‘s history, the group went back to the High Walls district of Tavick’s Landing. Their they found Greykell out on her rounds around High Walls. Asking her about a Capt. Ballard, she had to think about it for a bit but did remember hearing of a Captain Ballard.
What she remembered hearing was favorable. He spent a great deal of his career defending Cyre from attacks from Breland, Karrnath and Thrane. He came up from being a peasant to a respected Captain in the Cyran Army. Even receieving a commendation and gift from Queen Dannel ir’Wrnarn of Cyre, a lightning enchanted, Cannith forged greatsword. She remembered him being a good leader and respected by his men.
With this information the party headed for Precarious, in lower Dura, to check out the address given to them by Tayla’s “friend” Jameson Silvertongue. Sin and Rose went ahead to investigate while Relic, Rune and Tayla stayed out of sight, a couple of streets behind. Discovering the place to look like a derelict business of some sort. Outside of the building were two, poorly hidden, guards. Rose provided a distraction, drawing the guards into chasing her toward the rest of the party. Sin stayed to try and find a way to enter the building. She spent a few moments harassing the door guard with a series of obnoxious knocks on the door before moving on to check for another way in. Deciding to cut her way in through the boarding on one of the windows.
Meanwhile, the guards that chased Rose found that she was the least of her concerns as a charging Talenta halfling and two warforged came their way. Relic unleashed an obscuring mist that filled the street with concealing fog. The first one was knocked off his feet by the talenta sharrash that Tayla wields and when he tried a desperate swing with the well polished club he wielded, he found Rune’s shield in the way, creating an impressive gonging sound. The other guard decided on the better part of valor and turned tail. Rose chased him down the street with people getting out of the way. Bringing him down with a tackle and tying his hands behind his back.
Tayla had joined in the chase but didn’t catch up until after Rose brought the other guard down. Rose told her to take him back to the rest and not to interrogate the captives. Rose went to see how Sin was doing. Tayla didn’t necessarily listen to this, or at least only heard the part she wanted to hear. So Relic, Rune and Tayla decided to try and interrogate the captives. Who were only willing to reveal their names and ranks until Talya took a more drastic approach. She shattered the man’s ankle with the haft of her sharrash and shortly after healed the break with the power of her dragonmark. They did learn a little from the other guard after this, mainly just confirmation on what they already knew.
Sin, meanwhile, had gotten into the derelict building and was investigating from her position on the ceiling. She overheard the voices downstairs being proud of what they had done. They were toasting their success with the murders. Watching over the rabble was a Cyran Captain dressed in blackened banded mail and Cyran uniform. Also, moving through the crowd was another man dressed in a robe with chainmail underneath. As he moved through the crowd he seemed to be talking encouragingly to the men. As he moved outside of the group he looked dead at Sin.
Sin, surprised but not put off her game, took the opportunity to learn more from him. They discussed the situation and Virgil Nix, the man in robes, introduced Sin to Captain Ballard. Talking to Capt. Ballard Sin arranged a meeting and offered herself in exchange for the two captives. Ballard agreed to the meeting at the square with the three gargoyles in an hour.
Sin returned to the party and informed them of the situation. She sent a runner to go and inform ir’Gadden what So when the hour passed the party meet with Ballard and an equivalent sized group at the square with the three gargoyles. They talked about the murders and the justifications for them. Ballard didn’t seem to appreciate the fact that some of the victims had been tortured and that his men had been acting without his permission. Ballard was did not seem remorseful in regards to the executions of the Moon Dragons, considering what he had seen of their handiwork, especially to children. When Ballard seemed to be listening to the party’s point of view on this, Nix signaled hidden men and unleashed some unknown power into Ballard. This discharge of energy caused wounds to appear all over his body and to collapse in painful convulsions. The hidden Cyrans fired crossbows and then charged into the fray. The Tayla and Rune immediately targed Nix and he used some obscuring mist to escape his attackers. The party put down their attackers and went after Nix after Relic rapidly created a device that created a powerful gust of wind to clear out the obscuring mist.
Seeing Nix headed down an alleyway the party chased after him, Sin taking a less direct route. Sin’s route put her ahead of Virgil Nix as the party was on his heels, except Rune who stayed behind to protect Ballard. As Sin tried to block the way Nix pushed past her, discharging more of his wounding magic on her. She managed to fight off the agonizing effects of the touch. As Nix went to go around a corner Relic unleashed an acid arrow from her wand and globes of bronze and gold light struck him. Around the corner he collapsed from the injuries, not quite dead but dying. He was saying something quietly and Relic leaned in closer to the dying Nix. Nix smiled and unleashed a final discharge of the agonizing magic into her. The actual damage was minimal but the agony was brutal and felt as if the roots that make up the warforged body had twisted into agonizing shapes and knots.
The party went back to Rune and Ballard, draging Nix’s body with them. They discussed what to do with Ballard and in the end decided to let Ballard go as it was Nix’s influence that caused them to go to such extreme measures. Ballard left after giving the party a pouch of gallifars he left. Sin followed for a moment to remind him that he owed a debt that may be called in some day.
Shortly after that agents of the King’s Citadel arrived to collect the bodies, lead by the young runner that Sin sent to ir’Gadden. They took the bodies and the surviving Cyran into custody and the party went back to ir’Gadden’s estate to report. Ir’Gadden payed them the agreed upon amount in dragons and the party went home after a long night.

Comments

TaylaAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! dont F**k with me!”

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Relic Shards-damned treacherous fleshlings!

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Rune I cannot help but feel … not sorry for but rather sympathetic towards the Cryan Avengers. They are soldiers without a home or purpose. All they have left is their anger and sorrow.

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I am glad that Captain Ballard was able to see the mistake of living in the past, even if that past deserves a great deal of vengeance, there is no bringing our home back to what it once was. Hopefully, he will find a sense of peace helping the Cyran refugees improve the lives they must continue to live. It is a far more constructive way to deal with the world we must face now than the burning anger that eats at the soul for what was done to us and our home.

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Sin : Adds another name to the list of debtors: “And now to spend our hard-earned money…clothes…or food?”

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