Isle of Vanguard

Down the Road to Hell In Search of a Man Named "M"

The party shocked by the sight laying before them. The beautiful lake that begins to darken and age. The water began to steam taking shape into skulls drifting from the surface of the water. Gummy hears the forest creatures beginning to scurry away from the lake warning them the shurrigans are approaching. The party arm themselves with just enough time for them to defend against the wave of attacks.


The shurrigans begin to over take the party and when all seems lost, The smoke is blown away as a blue dragon descends down and killing the remaining shurigans. Vance bleeding out from his wounds falls unconscious but is resurrected by the blue dragon when he sends a lighting bolt into his heart burning his flesh and cauterizing the wounds.


The blue dragon looming over the party says, “You must not die here today. Mother would be displeased you have fallen so early.”
“Whom is your mother?” Tyr asks gripping his bow tightly ready to draw on its power if needed.
“She has many names but for you to figure out. Travel forth for I, Domar will not save you again.” The dragon takes to flight traveling east until out of sight.

The party weakened, but alive decide to head toward the bandit camp in search for “M.”

With a heavy heart Rayn slowly follows her new found friends as they head on their three day journey to the bandit camp. Consumed by the sins of the past wishing she could forget, the screams of the people she was forced to torture. The only thing she didn’t regret about her past was that she killed Kiuth and dismantled the Black Claw. She pushed it out of her mind when she heard Freya yell, “The fuck is a tree doing in the middle of the road? Im going to chop this sucker down!”

“No please do not hurt me.” The tree said in return.
The party quickly jumps back in response trying to draw their weapons when the tree turns into a dark elf. “Let me explain. My name is Jade I was heading out of town. I was worried when a saw a big group of adventures. I meant you no harm I swear.”

“Why a tree?” Tyr ask trying not to burst into laughter.
“You must be a illusionist.” Gummy says.
“If you attack us Ill chop you up I swear it!” Freya yells at Jade.

“It honestly would have blended betterhad I seen you a bit sooner but I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it to the tree line before you saw me.” Jade smiles hopefully trying to encourage the party not to kill him.

“What do you seek out of this town? Most people from Varia never leave their home town unless to adventure.” Rayn asks inquisitively.

“Correct but I do not live in Varia. I am on my own for now to gain riches and to hopefully learn new magic on the way.” Jade laughs neverously.

While Gummy and Tyr exchange glances and silently agreeing to offer him to join the party, hoping another adventurer would speed their process in finding the relics. Vance checks his crystal to see if this Jade person causes the crystal to react. Vance sees a small glow and the crystal vibrates lightly as to signal no threat. The party offers Jade an invitation with the condition if Jade betrays the group, he will die.

“I will travel with you but what is your quest?” Jade asks with slight worried it would involve going in search of the red dragon he saw many moons ago.

“We search for items for the King Zamora to stop a terrible fate.” Freya says.
Tyr throws her a look like don’t tell everyone. Freya sticks her tongue out at him in protest.

“I see which way shall we head then.” Jade responds.

“We encountered some bandits the other day, that had a map and a letter from a guy named M saying to hunt us down. Their camp looks to be about a half a day travel slightly northwest of Varia.” Tyr smiles knowing he will gladly kill those who tried to hurt his companions.

“Lead on then friend” Jade says as he turns to extend his hand to allow them to pass and lead the way.

“Are we on the right road?” Jade asks.
“Yea, why do you ask?” Tyr responds.
“Things look different then when I came, but I guess that is what happens when I drink to much.” Jade laughs.
“That’s why you couldn’t get to the tree line fast enough” Gummy retorts in laughter.
“Yup!” Jade laughs.

The road is lined in thick trees, plants and mushrooms of different colors. The road is long and curves up a hill. As the party descends down the hill the sweet smell in the air becomes unbreathable as the huge green gas sprays out of the purple mushroom spores.


The party reacts by bolting through the forest at full speed, Gummy, Jade, and Freya fell prey to the gas. Tyr, Vance and Rayn decided to react quickly by using stabilizing kits to heal up their fallen companions.

“What the hell happen to the forest?” Jade asks.
“I guess the forest is reacting to us taking Stratas’ Rain from Lake Havera.” Tyr replies.
“Looks like the forest is fine up ahead.” Rayn points head toward the clearing ahead.

The road opens up into a clearing as it turns north heading away from Varia. The clearing allows the sun to feel warm against the adventures skin. The group sighs with relief when they can see up ahead the entrance to the cave on the map. Freya, Vance and Tyr take the front and start heading down the road.

A loud scream breaks out causing the three leaders of the group to freeze with fear. As they try to get away from the sound three harpies swoop out of the trees and start attacking the party.


The fight seems to be lost as Vance falls. Freya seeing a shinning necklace on one of the harpies decides to thorn-whip it off mid fight. (Necklace of Prayer Beads.) As Freya begins fall the rest of the party rushes in to save them.

The party decides to camp for the night and heal up. Tyr and Rayn go to sleep while everyone stays up on our first watch. Gummy hears a voice in the distance, he knows it is from a fey creature.


“Don’t go that way you will surely die. Let me show you a safer way.” The creatures voice was soft and enchanting. Gummy was no match for the charm this creature was speaking. “Gummy let me show you the way so you can return to your party.”

“Guys this creature says she knows a better way into this cave. We should follow her and gain the advantage.” Gummy pleads with the group.

“Gummy are you sure we can trust her?” Freya asks.

“Yes, come on. we must hurry” Gummy yells back to the party after he begins running after the fey voice.

Freya and Jade run after him while Vance stays to guard the camp. They run in the cold night to catch up to Gummy in the clearing where there are four leaf and two bark Dryads. They Dryads all speak in unison as if they shared one mouth. “You disturb our forest you shall perish.”


The three all try to run back towards the camp knowing they made a grave mistake. Gummy is struck down before he can even turn around by one of the bark ones. Two of the leaf Dryads turn on Jade cutting him down. Freya makes it just with in shouting distance before she is grabbed by a leaf Dryad. The Dryad looks deep into Freyas’ eyes and whispers, “My enemy is your enemy this is a pack forged by blood.” She then cuts Freya on the neck with one of the leaves from her hand, then disappears.

Back at the camp Vance hears the muffled scream of his new found friend. He wakes the others with haste and they rush off into the night after the group. They find both Jade and Gummy lying on the ground unconscious. Then they hear the loud foot steps of Freya running out of the night toward Tyr and strikes him with her axe. The group stunned by Freya allow the Dryads to return from the wood into the clearing and after the adventures. The first Dryad knocks Freya out. The three remaining party members versus the six Dryads an even mash up both take nasty wounds but soon Rayn, Tyr, and Vance are victorious. They patch up the wounds of their friends and head back to camp to let them rest before mornings break.

Rayn wonders what the future will bring. To be only at the start of this journey, for the party to have gone through so much, were they going to be enough to stop this storm, or will the storm come and the heavens fall until only hell remains. This is where she makes a bond to herself that she will fight even if it means death to stop this storm, to hopefully earn forgiveness for her past. She silently prays to Daethos God of Storms and Vasaria Godess of Time and Knowledge to give her and this group strength on what seems like the most impossible quest.


As the party walks up to the cave they see a beautiful woman dressed in slightly tattered garments of brown and green. She has tattoos running up her arms and onto her neck of what looks like very old writing. No one in the group even knows what language it may be. She spins a quarter staff in her right hand while she sits on a rock.

“Took you long enough to get her.” She speaks.
“Who are you?” Tyr speaks for the group.
“You of all people should know how to pay respect Tyr.” She points at him and drops him to his knees. “Isn’t that correct?”

The party shocked by the raw power of the woman bow when Tyr pleads.

“Who are you?” Freya stammers.

“Who I am is not important it is who you are. You have gathered together to stop the storm. You are not as impressive as I was hoping. Today would have been the day you died had I not been here. Lucky for you I see all things.” She turns her head to the trees nearby and snaps her fingers. A dozen harpies on either side fall and scatter into dust.

As she turns her head back Tyr is able to see the features of a familiar face from his past. He wouldn’t really call it a friend but an acquaintance he has meet a few times. He speaks to the party who watch as he bows deeper. “This is Arellia daughter of King Zamora.” The party lower their head in respect.

“I see you have acquired Normatas bow. Now you are searching for Gorithian the legendary spearman. He once was the leader of his tribe, revered as a great hero who won many wars. He was a smart and fierce warrior his enemy would kill themselves rather than be capture, to spare being tortured. Malak is who you must find to get to his weapon. He is the only one whom knows where it is. Malak is evil, to get to him you will have to go through hell first. He is smart and very powerful. He is in this cave. I can feel the evil flowing from him.” The adventures hear the flapping of wings and look up to the sky to see the same blue dragon from the other day swooping down next to her. She reaches her hand out and pets the dragons head. “I know Domar helped you out the other day, that was your wake up call. This path you are on is not one for the faint of heart, but you must continue forth. You are the only hope. I will give you each something to help you out on this quest.” She stands and walks over to the party.

Touching Gummys forehead she says, “You may now cast one more spell for I have given you extra magicka.”

“Freya your heart is as big and you are fierce you will need to remember that, fight with all your heart.” She feels an increase in her life force. (+5HP Perm)

“Rayn may you run the past as swiftly as your feet may carry you.” (+1 to Dex Attribute)

“Tyr listen to the bow, give into its strength it means no harm and is good by nature. Remember it may not always do good but will never mean to do bad. Harnessing it’s power requires a sacrifice but can be helpful in times of need. I will attune this to you.” (D8 per arrow if invoked d6 to all targets upon hit.)

“Jade may your illusions be grand and may you find happiness in the bottle.” (Extra spell slot)

“Vance may your blade strike as face as your mind, and as fierce as your tongue.” (+1 to hit and +1 dmg)

“Domar?” she walks way from the group. The dragon stomps his feet on the ground as a lightning surges out from under it, rushing toward the adventures. Once it reaches them the lightning crawls up them and coats their armor with a strange purple light. “That’s all for now Domar thank you.” Domar nods in agreement and takes to flight. “When you fight creatures of the night you will be stronger.” (+2 AC against undead)

’Thank you, your highness." Tyr says while his friends nodded in agreement.

“You need not refer to me by highness, I left that life long ago when my father asked me to leave. That was one of the best days of my life. My sisters were not as happy as I was. They wished for his death, I however didn’t care enough for my father to care. I went off to find happiness. Now go forth and we will meet again soon.” She turns around walking toward the cave mouth and fades into dust.

The party filled with high hopes descend into the mouth of the cave lead by Freya. Freya was met with an oil flask when she made it to the bottom of the stairs, with out even a second to dodge she is struck with a fire arrow. Tyr and the group rush into the room and although they were badly injured in this fight they had won, they had overcome yet another hurdle but they all wondered what else the Gods’ were going to throw at them.


The Question the Riddle and the Rain.
Adventure One 11/22

In the kingdom of Escalea, a town woven within the great tree known to locals as Raviana “the tree of life.” Freya heads into the woods to go hunt for her father and sisters, frustrated that her father does not recognize her as the true leader of her clan. She wonders how nice it will be to prove to her father that she is the most “worldy.”

“Freya wait up!”

She turns around and reaches for her great axe not knowing who’s voice that was shouting at her.

“Dirk asked me to deliver this letter to you today, he said he thinks it will help you on your pursuit to become head of your clan.”

She thanks him and quickly sends him off because she didn’t want to lose a prey that could be around. She sees the king has summoned her with the promise of great rewards. Quickly she packs up her belongings, she turns to head west toward Lightrend and begins the long journey.

Gummy a man who travels the world in search for answers and to find and speak to new species of animals, rest in his cave in the Jahr Forest. The smell the cedar wood in the fire is a simple delight to him as he slowly drifts towards sleep. A scream pulls him away from his dream world and back to reality. He sprints out of his cave and toward the nearest path. He see a man being attacked by two bandits. With a snap of his fingers he magic missiles the two men.

“Thank you sir! They were going to kill me if I didn’t give them all of my gold! Please take this letter to Lightrend the king needs your help!”

The overwhelming need for answers of why, how, and for what plague at Gummy’s mind. He tells the herald, “I search for answers to great mysteries. I will speak with the king but now I must depart swiftly if I am to make this deadline.”

Freya makes her way around by town talking to the locals about where to go in this massive maze of a town called Lightrend. She manages to find the bridge leading to the main keep. Standing before her are two burly guards wielding gold spears.


As she approaches them Gummy who is working his way toward the keep notices her pull out her letter and hand it to the guards. He is able to read the lips as the guards say, “You must prove you are a strong enough warrior before you enter this keep.” The guards pull out their spears with great speed and begin their assault. Freya swings and misses as one of the spears pierces her shoulder. Gummy rushes into action by casting magic missile. One of the guards falls dead, while the other goes to deal a killing blow to our hero Freya, an arrow shoots down from the sky into the back of the guards leg pinning him to the ground, and passing out as he fell from the amount of pain.

Freya and Gummy both look at each other and agree to travel together convinced that a magic arrow just saved their life. They head through the Garden of Sun Spheres and to the graveyard. The air is cold and the wind rips through the graveyard, they see and older man hunched over a grave. The man seems to weep and they can hear him mumbling yet unable to make out the words. The grave before him reads “Thenriel Nightgrove a beloved monk and husband. You will forever be missed.”

Freya decides to speak to the man, she startles the man but King Zamora turns to look at them. He beckons them closer to speak with him. He tells about the dream and about how important it is that they find these ancient artifacts scattered through out this land and give them to his sons. He also informs them that another will be joining them, “Tear please come out.” As silent as the night a man drops off of a tombstone to the ground behind Freya."

Freya feeling the wind of the fall behind her she spins around with lighting speed and the blade to her great axe smacks the man almost cracking his jaw. The King burst into a fit of laughter and manages to spit out, “I’ve been trying to do that for years but he seems to quick!”

“Tear what do you think of this group, will they be good enough?”
“I do not know they had their troubles with the guards but this is a start.”
“I bide you all good night and good luck” the King says.

The party lost on what to do now was so busy that when the lighting bolt casted down from the heavens, they were not able to dodge the debris splintering off the tombstone. As they look closer to the stone they realize it is a message but from who is the question.

“The fall of a beloved will bring forth a great ally, yet if shunned the end will come. The House of Normata is the place you shall seek, for Stratas Rain is the prize you will keep. Just remember the words I speak, look down on the water what do you see?”

Our adventures lost on the exact direction to go decided it would be best to head to the local tavern to gather information on the House of Normata. On their way Tear remembers the name Normata was once in a legend he heard long ago.


Gummy, Freya and Tear go into the tavern in the merchant district, hoping they will find a well traveled bard. The tavern smells like sweet wine and warm bread. There is a very attractive elf bard in the corner singing a sweet melody. The group decides to take a seat nearest to the woman. The waitress comes over and asks the group for their papers before getting a drink, mainly because Gummy cant touch the ground. They order wine and the soup of the day. As the bard finishes her song the men cheer and make sexual comments about her playing their flute.

She sits down at the bar and orders herself some strong ale. The group realizes this is their chance to seek the information they need. The argue over who should go over there and talk to her. Freya is decided two to one, with a sigh she gets up and heads toward the bar. Quietly Tear and Gummy make a bet of one gold that the bard would get her in the bag.

Leka turns toward Freya over hearing the argument about who would come over and if she would sleep with them. Leka give her a good smile and winks. Freya sits down and before she can order an ale sits before her.

“What can I do for you beautiful?” She ask Freya with a big smile.
“I wanted to see if you knew anything about the House of Normata, or maybe tell me the legend.”
“I can do that but what do I get in return sweetie?” She pushes out her breasts a little bit toward Freya.
“What do you want?” Freya stammers.
“Lay with me tonight and I will tell your friends as well.”

Freya nods her head in agreement as she walks arm in arm with the beautiful Leka. Gummy sighs and rolls a gold piece to Tear as Leka begins to sing the legend.

“Once long ago there was a man named Normata,
who with a snap of his bow string, made the sky fall.
Even with this great power he was still only a man,
sickness swept through him,
he left his home and followed the wind.”

After the song the group decided to relax for the night and allow Freya to pay her debt.

The next morning Freya, Tyr, and Gummy sit around the table in the inn. Freya not doing so well from the long night. They begin discussing their plan of action. When they see a spearman walk into the tavern holding a crystal in his hand.

Tyr feels in his pocket for his own identical crystal. As the spearman orders his drink Tyr notices the bar keep slip a root into the bottom of the cup. Tyr whom is familiar with her knows the bar keep is using her signature move to seduce a man, the chug and drug she calls it. The spearman falls to the ground with a loud smack. He reaches up to the counter and he slowly lifts himself up to resting against the bar. He slowly reaches for the water skin and drinks it causing him to vomit.

Tyr never seeing a man be able to resist the root invites the man to the table and he introduces himself as Vance. He tells them he has traveled to Lightrend to find this noble mans son, he doesn’t have any leads other than the crystal which has guided him to this tavern. He asks if he can travel with them during his search the party agrees. When Vance hears they are heading in search of Normata, he remembers hearing a old man rambling that Varia was the home of a great bowman. The party decides that this is the best lead they have. Freya not feeling well decides to head to the temple to get healed up before she goes.

When she arrives at the temple the priest informs her that her condition is the clap. He will cure it with the blessing of Anuleia the goddess of fertility, but in return she would have to take this silver ring with a notch in it for another ring and find the second to the set. (If put together it would make the infinity symbol) Freya agrees and she meets up the party gathering the last bit of supplies for their journey.

As they begin their journey south toward Varia they encounter a group of bandits. They manage to take them out only suffering the minor damage. The group decided to search them and find a hand written note in one of the bandits pocket along with a map..

“Your target is the four adventures heading south the Varia. You must kill them and bring me their belongings.” M

The group continues their journey after the bandit encounter. The next afternoon they see two figures travelling down the road. The party speeds up a bit to get a better look at them. They see a female tiefling walking down the road dragging a cleric by a chain around her neck. When the party greets her they ask the cleric if she is okay and order the tiefling to drop the chain around the neck of the cleric or they would execute her. After a few minutes of exchange they find out the cleric has no memory of who she is and the Tiefling Rayn is on the quest to Lake Havera because she heard of some magic bow was supposed to be there.

The party offer to help them on their journey in hopes this magical bow was the item Normata used. So they continue the half day journey to the lake. When the party arrives they see a landscape that looks untouched for many years.


As the party is walking along side the lake six spears fly out of the water and strike four of the party members. As the bully-wags appear out of the water the group begin their assault. After the battle the group finds a chest on the side of the lake. The chest has slots for three seals but only one is still left in it. Below the seals in elvish reads, “Remove the seal and I will lock forever, place the seal and I will return what is yours.” Gummy begins to look around for whom might have removed one of the other seals.

Gummy notices a Shurigan swimming around the lake and tries to get his attention. The shurigan swims over to the party and explains this lake is magical and if you wield a weapon or even think about attacking anyone the guardians will try to kill you. Gummy asks him about what is on the center island, the shurigans’ face changes to slight terror.

“No one is allowed on the island. The island is where our god lives. That place is magically protected.”

The party sees a group of bandits across the lake pulling their spears out to fish. From the center of the island rocks shoot off decapitate the bandits and their bodies fall down where they stood. The party seeing that decided to put their weapons into chest. Freya decides she will not stick around for that and she heads to Varia. Tyr, Rayn, and the cleric decided to wade into the water and instantly they feel refreshed and their wounds heal. They swim to the island in the middle of the lake to look around. They see a beautiful stone archway near the cliff side of the island along with a small alter with a second inscription.

“Look into the water and what do you see?”
“Water” Rayn answers. When she answers nothing happens.
“A reflection” Tyr says.

The water sprays into the sky and slams down on top of the island knocking the cleric off. When the cleric climbs back up they look down from the cliff, the see a huge archway on the surface of the water. They proceed to jump into the glowing archway below and are transported to what the players describe as a place in the sky. The clouds makes up the floor, walls, and ceilings in this place. They head down the road and come to a opening.


The three notice on the left their is a small farming area and a house straight ahead there is a woman and a man relaxing on the porch. The man helps his wife into the house and returns to greet the party.

“Why are you here?” the man speaks.
“We came here in search of the house of Normata. We need his bow in order to stop this storm.” Tyr says clearly.
“Daethos why have you done this to me? You were supposed to let me protect her and now.” He pauses. “If I give you my bow I will lose everything so I will ask you one question. Why should I give it up to you?”
“We need it to save the world, without it we will not succeed,” Tyr pleads.
“Your world means nothing to me. I held up my end of the bargain, I will not give up my bow to you…I will not kill my wife for you” The man shouts at Tyr.

His wife walks out of the house and tells the man, Nomata you have protected me and gave me a life a lot longer than I could have ever have dreamed of. I love you but I am tired and I’m ready to die. Go get your bow dear."

He lowers his head in defeat walks away back into the house.

“If you are to end my husband and I’s life for this bow you must do me a favor. I want you to kill us with the bow do not let us fade away,” She pleads to the party.

Tyr nods. Rayn tears up. Cleric starts regaining her memory on why she ran away in the first place due to the similar events. She remembers that she was ordered to kill her whole family.

Normata comes back with a bow and hands it to Tyr. “Take it and leave me to my wife,” the man said. As he walks away Tyr draws his first arrow but when he releases the string thousands of arrows release at the couple.


Vance and Gummy look into the chest and notices that all the original parties equipment is gone. Worried they looked to the lake where the party disappeared just in time to see hundreds of arrows shoot into the sky from the portal. Vance and Gummy notice Ryan and Tyr swimming back to shore. They shout for the cleric but the face on Rayn describes it all. The cleric is dead she didn’t make it out.

When the party got back out of the water they were able to pop the seal back into the chest and remove their equipment before the overwhelming sound of croaking begins. The party sees sixty bully-wags rushing toward them.

“Invoke my name and wield me. I will protect you.” Tyr hears in his head. He also feels a surge of power coming from the bow and he lifts it towards the sky, “Stratus Rain fall from the heavens and bless this ground.” The arrow glides into the sky disappearing into the clouds now forming overhead. The sight of shooting stars rain down from the heaven and covers the lake with arrows, and the remains of the bully-wags splatter everywhere.

Everyone stares at Tyr in disbelief and he lowers the bow down to side as his hand begins to bleed. He feels the weight of what he had to do, yet he shrugs it off to stay strong for his party.

The Sound of Rain

Our Story Begins!

The Isles of Vanguard located west of Neverfall. A sacred place the coliseum of the God’s you could say. The land crafted to hide weapons blessed by Sorin the God of War and Destruction. In this land of new beginnings for King Zamora Stormrider every moment of his life, another note plays the lullaby of his death.

The Sound of War

The smell of sweet ale and cedar wood fills the library. Zamora lost in his thoughts of what to say to his daughter Aurielia who’s husband has been killed. He grumbles and drinks his sorrows away, knowing nothing he could write would comfort her. He was never a good father to her he admit, but she was always getting into trouble. As his pages started to blow away from the wind ripping through the window, he hears it. One…two…three, the crack of lightning three times in perfect rhythm to Zamoras’ own heart beat. Daethos the God of Storm and Nature was coming, this is how he always comes. Zamora stands up and walks to the window to try and see Daethos face form into the clouds. All he hears like a whisper in his mind, Daethos voice says, “Jump and close your eyes. I will not allow harm to you my old friend.” Zamora nervously obeys his command. He leaps out of the building and into the rain. Zamora shooting down like a fallen star until he notices the rain has stopped and is running upwards. He blinks with disbelief a few times. When he opens his eyes up again he finds he is in the library again. The rain has stopped and the fire lit but not crackling. Vasaria the Goddess of Time and Knowledge steps out of an aisle of books. Daethos is found relaxing on the window ledge playing his flute. A sweet tune Zamora recognized, it was his wife’s lullaby. Vasaria reaches her hand to Zamoras’ face and projects a blur of images. Zamoras’ people being slaughtered his children burned alive, the sea of black warriors darting through every army, moving like mist. “You must summon warriors to find our gift to your sons. These warriors can lead you to peace. Without them you will die,” Vasaria says with a grim look. Daethos turns to Zamora and ask, “Have you heard of the song of your soul?” Zamora quickly shakes his head no as a dark melody begins to play from Daethos flute. He allows the song to slow, Vasaria places her hand on his shoulder, leans in to his ear and whispers, “Your song is slowly ending so you must make haste. Summon your finest and end this great darkness threatening you now.” With a snap of Daethos fingers Zamora realizes he back against the window looking at the ground, the rain is normal. With a deep breathe and another drink he quickly began to scribble the orders to summon the best adventurers in all of Vanguard.


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