Amid the chaos of the werewolf invasion of the Shifter forests the party sets out with their new allies to track down the Red Terror. The Shifter leaders Ra’lo and Sha’ra, along with their two scout patrols fan out looking for clues to lead the group to their goal. After a few hours of patrolling a great disturbance is detected a few hundred feet ahead of the party. The ground shakes, the trees rustle, the howles of werewolves erupt throughout the forrest…. and then Teneb comes charging in on the back of his Tyrannosaurus Mount.
Lusican exclaims “What are you doing here? How did you find us?”
“Nevermind that. Its right behind me” screams Teneb over the roars. “We have to hold off its minions until it shows up then kill it before were overwhelmed.”
The party fans out in a defensive formation and Luscian, Kurin, and Oberyn cast last second buffs on the party. Haste, protection from acid, greater invisibility, and greater heroism are quickly cast. Hurin starts humming a reinforcing ditto as well.
“Everyone protect Kurin so he can use the flute!!” Luscian yells redundantly, as battle plans have already been discussed in great detail.
As the roars get louder, the party braces themselves and at the last second Luscian puts up a wall of fire so all the charging werewolves run through it. The first two waves of burning monsters are quickly dispatched by by Oberyn, now a powerful dinosaur, his Tiger, Teneb mounted on his Trex, and an invisible Cathal standing in the front. Oberyn also summoned another Tyrannosaurus to hold the front line.
The next few waves proved more challenging, as more powerful monsters attacked the party. Even a few werewolf spell-casters began to attack. Luscian had one of his fireballs blocked by a wall of stone cast by a powerful werewolf who seemed to be issuing orders to the rest. In response Oberyn reinforced Luscians wall of fire with a wall of thorns to give the party a better defensive line.
The werewolves surged around both sides of the walls, giving the party a few rounds to regroup. They formed to lines of defense to each side of Kurin and dug in. The werewolves attacked primarily from the east, sending in wave after wave of weaker monsters. Teneb stood in front backed by his Trex and the wave broke around him. The shifters and luscian picking off those that got by him. On the other front Oberyn and his minions, with Cathal standing atop the trex picked off the stronger werewolves attacking from the other side. Two in particular gave them a hard time, one a larger armored beast with a large crystal sword, the other a thick scarred creature who cackles and casts spells. While they were busy trading blows and spells with these two, the Red Terror arrived.
Within moments it dispatched two of shifters and drove back the defensive line. Cathal and Overyn drew back to help against the true threat, giving their previous enemies time to heal and recover. Kurin took out the flute and begain playing. Teneb ran out in front with Bardiche braced and set against the Red Terror as it charged Kurin. Teneb managed to sink the entire head of his weapon into its chest, but as he pulled it out red acidic ooze covered the wound and it healed. The Red terror tore into Teneb who stood his ground, some blows glancing off his armor, some slicing open his flesh. For nearly 30 seconds Teneb held his ground against this fearsome foe, his magic barely holding his body together. During this time Oberyn and Cathal screened Kurin from the west, and Luscian and Tenebs Trex screened him from the east, with the shifters in showering arrows into any incoming werewolf.
And just like that… it was over. A wave of powerful magic erupted from the flute, a pure note sounding throughout the Forrest. And the Red Terror… stopped. It strained against what seemed to be an invisible cage but could not move. Its minions also all stopped moving, appearing trapped as well.
As the battle came to an abrupt halt, the party and its allies convened around the Red Terror. Luscian moved around it testing its ‘cage’. Then on inspiration, touched the flute in Kurin’s hands, and was able to put his other hand through the field. The party tried blasting the red terror with spells to little noticeable effect. They tried using both magic and weapons on the collar, also to no effect. After some deliberation, the party decided to remove the collar from the red terror by beheading it, then try to destroy it.
After they had slain the Red Terror and picked up the Collar, the other werwolves all collapse to the ground convulsing. Over the coarse of few minutes they began to revert to their human forms.
The two who had given the party so much trouble turned about to be members of the ‘scarred’ barbarian tribe. Garog skullbreaker, a powerful barbarian and Dunar Rockskin a scarred witchdoctor. They thanked the party profusely for helping to free them, and after the party looted the corpses of the dead, they followed them back towards the temple.
The party returns to the temple to sounds of celebration and laughter, as the shifters rejoice in the victory over the great invader and its minions and the return of their lost kin. The party asks that they help round up all of the humans as well, with Cathal adding a request to search for High Jarl Reinn. Kr’al the warleader from the root tribe walks up to Cathal and bows, apologizing for his earlier behavior and takes personal responsibility for finding Reinn and any other important humans and bringing them back.
Oberyn feels a strange compulsion, and on a whim takes the collar and walks up the steps of the ruined temple. Cathal, curious of his companion, follows as well. Both suddenly disappear from sight. Teneb and Luscian make to follow but as Teneb reaches the stairs he is suddenly struck with a bolt of lightning and knocked backwards 20ft to land on his ass. Luscian stops with his foot almost touching the steps, his gaze going between Teneb and the stairs, and mutters “fuck that,” putting his foot back on the ground.
(Cathal and Oberyn). As you step into the old ruins you become dizzy and disoriented. When you regain your balance you are startled to see your surroundings have changed. The temple ruins have been replaced by a grand monument, framed by silver trees with brilliant emerald leaves. A statue rose marble depicting a beautiful young women stands before you. She is cloaked is leaves of every hue, crowned with thorny roses, and around her feet are arrayed an assortment of lifelike animals depicted in semiprecious stones. As you both approach, in awe of the Majesty of the shrine, you are filled with the knowledge that this is Liandra, goddess of the forests. As you move closer you notice the statue of a red wolf by her left side, carved of carnelian and grimacing as if raging or in pain. You see faint scratch marks around its neck, as if someone had pried something from it. The collar clicks open in Oberyn’s hand, and after but a moment of hesitation he puts it around the neck of the wolf. The scratches seal, and the bearing of the wolf changes to grace and a state of readiness. Even though you see no change, you feel as if the statue is smiling at you. Cathal turns around and is shocked to find a previously empty slab of stone now holds the most beautiful object he has ever seen. A mithril longbow, with a golden string, curving silver blades extending from the top and botton sits hovering a few inches from the stone. He reverently picks it up, and as he does so both he and Oberyn are suddenly back in the ruins.
The shifters fall silent one by one as they notice what Cathal is carrying, and almost as one they drop to their knees. Many voices murmer in reverent tones “the contract is renewed”. Many of the leaders slowly approach you, and embrace you one by one, tears in their eyes. After a few minutes a haggard armored figure approaches, long beard obscuring his face, dirt and mud covering his body, a large adamantine greatsword slung over his back. Despite the changes the last few months of monstrous servitude have wrought, Cathal would recognize his liege anywhere, and the two rush together and embrace. Reinn thanks his friend profusely for freeing him and the others.
Amid the celebrations, Reinn, some freed humans including the two Tatood barbarians, the party, and some of the Shifter leaders hold a quick war conference. They exchange information and decide to lead the survivors back to Black Mountain Hold which takes two days. Kurin is teleported back to Sanctus. High Jarl Thord welcomes the party, the returned people of Beranok, and the Shifters to his lands. He also pledges his fealty to Reinn as the new High Lord of Beranok and agrees to fight against Avis and Lerwein. Reinn rallies many of the recovered werewolves to follow him into battle to retake Beranok. Cathal asks the Shifters to accompany Reinn as well to retake Two Rivers Hold.
DING everyone is level 14
Cathal gains the Equalizer “moonblade”
*Oberyn is handed a Staff of the Woodlands by Bra’il
The caster level of all druids, oracles, clerics, rangers of Liandra increases by 1
*The caster level of all druids, oracles, clerics, rangers that worship the Wolf Totem increase by 2
**Teneb is handed the invincible armor the party previously found
*Loot from battle, 3000gp of weapons/armor, and a 4DV), fast healing 4, and know False retreat, dirty fighters, and sniper support tactics. If Cathal Leads them he gains the Boon Loyalty)
Be ready next session for quick and decisive action.
Mal’tara: Covaris Clan and the Renostrii are at each others throats, the peace summit is set for tmrw afternoon.
Barbarian Lands: The Dragon Tribe and the Boar tribe have marched their troops to attack the Wolf tribe and remnants of the Serpent tribe. They are severally outnumbered and outmatched and won’t last the week.
Dwarven City: The Dwarves are hemmed in by an undead army in the south near Red Valley Hold and the Devil Tribe in the north. Their status is unknown but likely dire.
Two Rivers Hold: Avis and the remnants of his besieging army have retreated to Two Rivers hold to like their wounds and regroup. Thord and Reinn with their 3 armies and Shifter allies are heading to retake the area from Avis. They will arrive in about a week but skirmishes will begin taking place in a few days.