The Hellmarch

Jagged Cliff, Hidden Dragon

Trip to entrance to Freefall pass (several days journey)

  • waterfall actually mist
  • Freefall: surface porous and jagged (patient climb); remains of
    humanoids in several states of decay
  • they died from falling a great distance
  • bodies: tooth and claw marks (dragon family, adult size, probably
    white dragon): one corpse pulverized
  • Kalkennash: white dragons heartless beasts driven by hunger and
    greed; not very smart but ferocious; breathe ice; greedy (bribed
    with gifts: gems, diamonds)

Skill Challenge to climb cliff

  • Voronwe doesn’t fail a single check, is awesome
  • we maintain quiet, climb last half (something flying overhead
    while we’re climbing)
  • mound of frozen corpses at top (Johiran guard)
  • rhythmic breathing of white dragon
  • Voronwe sneaks up to him but Brood ruins everything by failing a Stealth check

Combat w/ white dragon

  • long, bloody battle but we finally kill him and find treasure

We reach other side of pass

  • descends at shallower rate on other side
  • lush greenery carpeting range as far as we can see
  • no signs of civilization
Climbing Freefall

complexity 8 successes before 3 failures

Special: 1 stealth, 1 end check per turn, each player must do 1 each, players choose order

Stealth DC 13 – you are able to climb without being seen or heard
Pass/Fail Limit One per turn

Endurance DC 15 – You are able to climb, despite the cold and physical hardship
Pass/Fail Limit One per turn

Athletics DC 14 – You are able to ascend part of Freefall through physical vigor

Athletics DC 30 – while your allies grow weaker, you are able to pick up the slack
1 pass, cancel 1 fail/Fail

Acrobatics DC 13 – You are able to ascend part of Freefall through superior technique

Acrobatics DC 20 – You are able to use superior technique to pass an especially difficult portion of Freefall
one pass and one ally gets +5 on next roll (ath, end or acro)/Fail

Out of the temple, into the scrubland

Temple cont’d

  • we clean out spiders

Outside temple — meeting w/ royal page

  • Ithias negotiates treaty w/ barbarians
  • right to settle east of lake Ge
  • area is lush, not settled — accessible to single pass located at
    top of cliff
  • Rethen more expansionist
  • now we have extra leverage to win Johiran over

Entering Scrublands (skill challenge)

  • greyish brown landscape, sunlight dimmed
  • arctic chill
  • we pass skill challenge to find Amiri

barbarian village

  • muscular red-haired woman, 25 years — sitting at fire, poking it
    w/ hammer
  • not too impressed by formality or civilization
  • Brood asks about Hellmarch – Amini not impressed by treaty or
    imminent threat of devils
  • Says Kaldorians never honor treaties
  • Villagers malnourished, warriors fed first
  • Amini says they sent scouting parties to Vale but all disappeared
  • Brood: demons will be worse than Kaldorians
  • Amini: shamans have said this, our words carries some truth
  • we prefer actions to words; to south is tower of wizard Ezrin,
    who commands slavers that prey on us; you will see to it that he
    does not survive; north is Kuza — wants us to kill Lydia and
  • Brood: killing villagers will only cause aggression

Slaver quest Ezrin

  • slavery thrives in Kaldor
  • they abduct many Johirans
  • Ezrin: minor Rethemi noble, has aspirations to be king, also

To the pass!

  • hiking for 4 hours out of camp heading to Freefall Pass
  • open field; mist surrounds you, man blinks into existence: crude
    robes, animal fur, carries staff; says Ezrin
  • says he can make us better offer: why not capture or kill Amini
    instead? if we do, he says he’ll loan us 3000 mercenaries to
    fight demon threat
  • admits he controls Freefall Pass; trapped nasty beat in cliff to
    harvest slaves
  • we try to bluff him, but he sees through us and combat starts

Slaver attack

  • hyena: pack attack, swarm enemy; if they get near, they can make
    you grant CA to everyone next to them
  • slaver: humans, try to take you alive; can entangle w/ whips
    (immobilize); dressed in leathers
  • we destroy them
Find Amiri Skill Challenge

Complexity: 6/3

Endurance (DC 16) – At least one character must make an Endurance check
for the party, thereby resisting the debilitating effects of prolonged exposure to the elements
and wandering in the wilderness. On a failed check every player loses a healing surge.

Nature (DC 15) – At least one character in the party must make a Nature check each turn to help the group find its way through the wilderness, avoid natural hazards On a failed check every player loses a healing surge

Perception (DC 14) – you notice something that helps, provides +2 to next nature or end check

Perception (DC 22) – you notice a mark at the bottom of a tree that reminds your of something you heard about barbarians (unlocks history & Insight).

  • History (DC 11) – Barbarians leave signs to each other by marking trees and arranging stones, barbarians must be near
  • Insight (DC 16) – You determine what the sign means, and can deduce the likely direction of a settlement
Uncreative title

The party answers summons of King Itheus and learns that the king believes that valena, nay the world, shall soon be threatened by a Hellmarch. The party agreed to recruit armies to on behalf of Itheus

Learns about Hellmarch, and that conditions will be right in a few months.

The party learns that the independent city-states are not directly ruled by the king. The king is kept in place as the city-states find the position useful for adjudicating disputes and preventing intra city war.

There have been numerous sightings and disappearances, but no solid evidence of a Hellmarch. Itheus is aware of a sighting at Kuza, a hamlet bordering the scrublands.

Hellgate location is unknown, except that it is somewhere in the Abadon badlands

Gives parties copies of treaties with the dwarves and Johirans

Dwarves are currently not communicating (which isn’t unusual as they keep to themselves), Itheus is awaiting a reply to allow the party to visit.

Johirans may not be enthusiastic about helping Velena; the last 50 yrs have seen the progressive encroachment of Rethem and Koor hamlets in Johiran territory. This expansion, backed up by the armies of Koor and Rethem, has pushed the Johirans into the scrublands, where life is especially hard.

Johiran situation may be complicated by the emergence of a new war-chief that has successfully united the inter-warring clans. Most are worried that Johirans are now on a war footing.

After leaving chamber, the party runs into General Halbarad vas Koor. And has an unpleasant exchange with the party.

Halbarad doesn’t believe that a Hellmarch is imminent. He requires troops to marshal his forces. He is more concerned that Kamesh or the Johirans will exploit the movement of the army to the north, and attack their rear.

Halbarad is accompanied by a small cohort of soldiers, including a remarkably beautiful woman in a slim black silk tabard, that does little to conceal her form (g cup, or standard size for any of peter’s campaigns). Tash is away tucking in the kids at this point, so the rest of the party demands more details. She is later identified as Lilith, Halbarad’s Lady.

Johirans get no sympathy from Halbarad, as he feels their land claims are the result of artificial boundaries made around the territories occupied by Kamesh before independence.

The party travels to Kuza, only to find a small community of religious zealots, and a cold reception. The party can tell that the hamlet is actually a former Johiran town, and that the Kuzans had the Rethemi army chase off the Johirans. The party also determines that the sighting story is more likely a front to trick someone into clearing out a subterranean temple so the village can use it themselves. Nonetheless, the party goes to the temple in case there is any evidence to be had. Veronwe loses his cool on a peasant named Lydia. Unlike every other female in Kaldor, she is dressed conservatively.

The party gets in and smells brimstone. The tension is palpable. The party is ambushed by snakes and peter learns a quick lesson in scaling encounters.

The party finds the room is filled with skeletons, they also find a gold bracelet worth 250gp, as well as 50gp.

The party next explores a room with a well. The scent of brimstone is much stronger and the party braces for the worst.

A bunch of flaming bats do a really poor job of setting things on fire. Peter learns that the PCs have weirdo powers, and that d8s are very rare.

Devilish Rumors

Summons of king ithias

starting in Valena, capital city

We are the Party of Five! (help is always on the way)

needs group of skilled adventurers to deal w/ important matter

  • young man in ’20s (the king) on throne, having conversation w/ cronies in massive halls
  • king plagued by nightmares of dark forces devouring throne
  • asks us if we’ve heard of Hellgate

Brood makes an awesome speech

  • throne predates kingdom of Kaldor
  • Hellgate = Nine Realms (Abaddon Badlands)
  • if throne destroyed, Hellgate will remain open forever
  • gate must be destroyed, but no one can find gate
  • last Hellmarch 700 years ago; defeated by allied army of humans and dwarves

strange creatures wandering wilderness, Ithias convinced invasion imminent

  • must recruit from Hammerheim and Johiran Barbarians, etc. to marshall forces (treaties apparently exist)
  • We’re all Ambassadors of Valina
  • dwarves honorable but don’t interact w/ others very often; barbarians may be issue
  • barbarians pushed out of territory, become hostile; united under new leader
  • Ithias: start in Johiran scrublands: look for barbarian warchief
    disappearances, sightings in shadow; one confirmed sighting in Kuza (bordering Johiran scrublands), followers of Erathis from Rethem
  • Ithias wants us to talk to General Halbarad, convince him of danger

Meeting w/ General Halbarad

  • not convinced this invasion is imminent
  • hard to guess age, weathered half-elf
  • joined by small band of soldiers and hot chick (human), Lilith, his lady
  • tells us our talents are wasted; has heard of our reputations
  • says the head of a devil will convince him, nothing less
  • whole cohort less than impressed, smirking at us
  • parting shot: dwarves keep to themselves, he admires that in people (ooh, burn!)

Journey to Kuza (couple of weeks on boat, following Rumar River)
a few hours outside scrublands

  • few-dozen houses, not in Kaldoran style (built decades ago); barren (Johiran architecture)
  • villagers gather: middle-aged woman (Lydia); not happy to see us
  • old abandoned temple an hour north of here; she’s sure we’ll find our demons there
  • totally unhelpful

Abandoned Temple

  • stairs down, scent of brimstone
  • we fight giant constrictors and spiders, kill them
  • we fight firebats near old well, kill them


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