The Minaria Campaign

When A Star Falls

The adventurers left Vandastar passing the haunted elven ruins of Celendrial and the Grand Temple of the Indomitable. The latter is the largest temple dedicated to Kerad outside of Shadowland.

They eventually came upon a group of dead monks and a strange creature known as a memory web. Upon its destruction it transferred some of the memories of the dead monks to the adventurers, providing clues to discovering the secrets of the fallen star. They decided to seek out a druid who held the knowledge to where the star fell. On route they encountered a dwarf named Torek fighting against a griffon. The adventurers assisted the poor fellow but lost their mule in the process which was carried off by another griffon. Torek joined the group and it was quickly revealed that he was the brother of Thorvald Hammerstone. Fate or destiny must have been responsible for this unlikely meeting in the wilderness of Hothior.

The druid Derwyth gave the group the location of the fallen star and they quickly left his company. On the following morning Thorvald went to answer a call of nature and he never returned. All that remained were his possessions. Torek seemed confused and bewildered by the situation but Yanev managed to calm him down believing that there was a logical answer to his disappearance and all would be revealed in due course.

The adventurers eventually reached the crater of the fallen star and investigated revealing a derro lair in the process. After dealing with the derro the star was retrieved and the adventurers set off for the Tower of Heavens – the home of Shalfey the Elder Sage. The Tower seemed to be run by a subordinate of Shalfey’s named Piyarz and the adventurers were not well received. The boatman that had ferried them to the tower’s island warned them that all was not well at the tower and that Shalfey was in trouble. The characters tried to gain some information before confronting the sages but they learned little so they attempted to penetrate further into the tower. They were confronted by the gnome guard and the odds looked overwhelming but some quick diplomacy and well reasoned logic brought the gnomes onside. A combat ensued between the adventurers and the monks and sages serving the traitorous Piyarz, with the adventurers being backed by the gnome guard. Darryl escaped out through a window and managed to navigate his way down to a lower level where he confronted Piyarz. When the dark sage was defeated the remaining sages and monks surrendered, many of which had been duped into backing him.

Shalfey’s hiding place was discovered, where had been protecting the Books of Prophecy, which he destroyed upon the entry of the characters, believing them to be allies of Piyarz. Once he realised that he had been rescued and the coup was over he explained to the adventurers that they needed to take the shooting star to a lair of deep gnomes in the nearby mountains to trade it for a second set of Books of Prophecy. The adventurers promptly set about the task, killing a village of gibberlings on the way. The deep gnomes, known as the Kagu-Svirfnebli, were extremely suspicious of the characters and they were guarded by several strange machines, which proved hostile. Once the Kagu-Svirfnebli realised the adventurers were carrying the shooting star the exchange took place very quickly. In the wake of the trade the upper reaches of the deep gnome lair collapsed in an earthquake with the characters barely escaping with their lives.

The adventurers returned to the Tower of Heavens where Shalfey rewarded them for their efforts and gave them the Prophecy that was needed by the people of Vandastar. The prophecy spoke of ill-tidings and that the people needed to prepare if they were survive the troubling times. Shalfey also gave the characters a large crystal for their safe keeping. He explained it was no longer safe for him to guard it as it was wanted by Keradite priests and they had learned of its hiding place. Arborius and Radigast decided to remain behind at the tower. Arborius wanted to help protect the old sage while Radigast’s motives were more selfish. He had his eye on the store of knowledge present in the tower’s extensive library.

Shalfey also answered Torek’s questions regarding the visions sent to him by the god Tiros. He was to look for three signs that would help guide him in his search for his faith and his destiny. One sign was the sign of Moradin’s Hammer, another was a curved dagger and the final one was a hanging man.



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