The Shackled City Redux

A Plague of Goblins

Not long after the trial of Keygan Ghelve the city of Cauldron gained another nuisance. Goblins had been spotted on the streets late at night and where the goblins went, mayhem followed. Citizens were robbed at sword point, property was defaced with foul goblin graffiti and finally citizens of Cauldron were once again disappearing from the streets. Bareck felt that it was his responsibility to approach the town watch offering his services once again. The guard captain jumped at the chance, as his watchmen were stretched thinly trying to deal with their normal duties and recently had been sent on extended patrols dealing with incursions of gnoll raiders on the peripheries of Cauldron’s territory.
After a short time of patrolling the streets Galarad struck lucky stumbling on a group of goblins which he managed to follow to their base – Orak’s bath house – the goblins were working for a dwarf?

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Drakthar's Way

The party continued their descent into the depths of Cauldron – fighting more goblins then finally confronting the bugbear vampire – Drakthar – who it seemed had been smuggling contraband into Cauldron via a system of lava tubes that eventually exited onto a wooded area on the slopes below Cauldron’s walls. It seemed that Drakthar had been employed by an ogre mage known only as the Blue Duke, who had in his turn been employed by persons unknown to smuggle mercenaries into the city. It was said that the mercenaries were half-orcs but the party found no evidence of this. Now the tunnels are under the control of Orak, who’s domination ended on Drakthar’s death.
However, alone he cannot guarantee the security of the tunnels and he cannot reconsecrate the Temple of Moradin defiled by the goblin tribesmen that served Drakthar. He now looks to Barek to guide him in this, touched as he is by Moradin’s favour following the driving out of the darkness from his temple.

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A Short Interlude

After the defeat of Drakthar the three adventurer’s emerged from the tunnels to be met by an apologetic and grateful Orak. He pledged his service To Barrack and requested that Barrack undertake the reconsecration of the Temple.
Taking on this new role with enthusiasm Barrack took to the streets preaching to the dwarven community, meeting with dignitaries of the gnome and halfling communities and mixing in some of the higher class areas of Cauldron.
Gallad, whilst plying his trade as a gambler began hearing tales of the three companions who drove the goblin menace from Cauldron. At the same time Barrack began promoting himself as a hero of Cauldron assisted by his left and right hands, a newsteller, a halfling called Felix took up this theme and began putting about tales of the trio’s heroic acts – though not all were quite true.
Meanwhile whilst browsing in Skie’s Treasury Fllar found a cloak which enhanced his abilities somewhat, whilst Skie told him of the cloak’s former owner – a beautiful newcomer to the town – Celeste.
After the clearing of the goblin menace the town of Cauldron seemed relatively peaceful and the most exciting thing appeared to be the upcoming Flood Festival and the following Demonskar Ball, a celebration of the founding of Cauldron by Sundabar Spellmason.
All this was doing nothing for the groups finances though so following up the rumours of a hidden shrine to some Olman god, which surely must have valuable treasures, the trio decided to have a go at treasure hunting – heading for the village of Gorbalin on the banks of the Harshil River, there to continue their trek into the jungle.

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Welcome to the Jungle

After the events beneath Cauldron things seemed quiet in the city, all the talk was of the upcoming Flood Festival and the Demonscar Ball. Running low on funds the group were looking for opportunities when they heard traveller’s tales of an abandoned temple in the jungles to the east of Cauldron.
Travelling to the village of Gorbal, they found the rumours to be true. There was indeed a temple in the rain forest. Finding a local hunter, Hender, the group headed into the jungle searching for the temple.

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Welcome to the Jungle - The Aftermath

As events in the temple unfolded it became clear that the ruins were occupied by a malevolent force. This was confirmed as the adventurer’s confronted a demonic ape – an aspect of some jungle demon. As the killing blow was landed a pulse of energy emanated through the ruins infusing the three companions with some sort of divine energy – grabbing the treasures that were found in the lair of the ape demon the three fled the temple as it tumbled down behind them .. fleeing towards the river and there escape the jungle seemed more vibrant .. and alive … vines writhing and the sounds of creatures erupting all about them. As they got into the canoe they paddled furiously .. a feeling of dread lifting from them as they got further from the area.

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