The Chronicles

1 - Shieldrunners

Summary

  • Party met Galad, a new recruit in Black Suns Barracks.
  • Party, under command of Cutter, engaged in shieldrunner contract (protecting merchant caravan) through the Bonefields towards the town of Mhera.
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2 - Shieldrunners II

Summary

  • Hunter was relatively unscathed during the engagement, but broke three fingers whilst looting bodies due to a trap.

*The Lord of Mhera refused to pay what was agreed as the shipment was late.

  • After losing the use of his left hand Hunter imbibed a great deal of liquor and began causing trouble with a few locals. Unfortunately a squad of Risen Men, militants of the Church of the Founder were present when he unleashed one of his innate powers.
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3 - Enforcers

Summary

  • Hunter and Toothpick sent to track down and discipline Feather, a rogue Black Sun who had absconded with company funds.
  • After speaking with Feather, Hunter allowed him to live, taking his identical brother’s life in his place and acquiring a life debt from him.
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4 - Baerlon

Summary

  • Hunter and Hawk took on a contract from Sebastian Barton, a wealthy merchant who asked them to clear land he had purchased with the intent of transforming it into an orphanage.
  • Shortly after entering the caverns beneath Barton’s land the party was attacked by horribly mutilated Massar. Despite surviving this they were both overwhelmed by a sorcerous being and taken captive.
  • Toothpick was sent to track down Hunter with a message that he was to report back to Croaker for disciplinary action. Together the three mercenaries were able to destroy the creature that held them captive, a robed figure wearing a porcelain mask.
  • Though the word around Three Swords indicated that the Baerlon posting was a suicide mission, Galad volunteered to join them, and they set off towards their new posting.
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5 - Baerlon II

Summary

  • On arriving in Baerlon the party dealt with a bandit company who had taken possession of the barracks which had been purchased by the Black Suns, recruiting three of the surviving bandits into their ranks.
  • Despite a poor reception from the marshall of the city Hawk was able to find the fledgling 9th company their first contract.
  • Whilst Hawk took charge of outfitting the new barracks Hunter and Toothpick dealt with the warp-trolls infesting the outlying farms that were providing a problem for the marshall. During this mission they located two strange amulets in the shape of stylised eyes. They divided these items between themselves.
  • Unfortunately a firestorm hit and forced Hunter and Hawk to separate.
  • During the journey home Hunter discovered a subterranean temple to an old god and a Prophecy which was carved into the stone wall.
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6 - Exile from Baerlon

Summary

  • After performing the task the marshall had set for them, the company were tasked with the removal of a number of refugees which had left their homes in the surroundin farmsteads and taken up residence in the city. It soon became clear that the refugees were not all driven out by the warp trolls, and that some had been fleeing the advance of the armies of Mardero.
  • Hawk managed to establish cordial relations with Commander Tanith, a diplomatic envoy of Mardero’s forces, who had been sent to negotiate with the marshall.
  • Two of the enlisted men were sent to deal with the refugees, but on hearing the sounds of conflict Hunter and Toothpick were dispatched to find the refugees embattled with the marshall’s elite warriors.
  • Though they managed to save one man alive and one who was wounded it seemed that the marshall had betrayed them, and the entire company were under attack by thousands of the northlander elites. When all hope seemed lost Toothpick reached out to both of his fellow mercenaries and the world shifted. The entire company found themselves travelling leagues in mere moments. When their vision cleared the entire 9th Company of the Black Suns had been moved deep into the Arrowleaf Wood
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7 - New Recruits

Summary

  • Whilst using the Ulari tunnels known as “Runnermines” to make their approach to the south of Baerlon the party encountered one of the Warpspawn known as Blood Wraiths, and were almost slaughtered by the creature. Thanks to Hawk’s ;leadership they were able to escape, but not before Hunter received a life-threatening wound.
  • As he lay dying Hunter called upon the “spirit” within him to heal their wounds and destroy the creature who had attacked them. He promised the spirit a day in exchange for this service.

*Hawk, acting on concerns for Hunter and the rest of the party had Toothpick search his pack, and found a small black book which had apparently been written in blood. Despite concerns they allowed Hunter to keep the item.

  • After making their way towards a dungeon to the south of Baerlon, which they had heard about through [[:commander tanith]]. The Creepers, a fugitive group of stealthy, subtle warriors were receptive to their suggestion of employment and promised to join the company.
  • On returning to Baerlon the party found the city surrounded by tens of thousands of Mardero’s troops.
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8 - The Siege of Baerlon

Summary

  • After returning to the outskirts of Baerlon the party was met by [[:commander tanith]], who informed them that Mardero wished them to help him secure access to an obelisk within the city’s fortress, formerly a seat of power for the Northlander government.
  • Mardero had requested that the company change their name so as to prevent future split loyalty, and so the Black Sun’s 9th Company became known as the Outriders
  • Taking some of the newly enlisted Creepers into the fortress, Toothpick, Hawk and Hunter entered the bowels of the fortress. Despite taking losses they were able to locate the obselisk, a massive deposit of the solidified magic known as “Tass”.
  • Both Hawk and Hunter found themselves profoundly affected by some form of magical defence around the obselisk, but when Toothpick stepped into the field it dissipated, clearing the path to the obelisk for Mardero himself. It seemed that the shaelic warrior had discovered his innate immunity to magic.
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9 - Baerlon's Fall and Rise

Summary

  • As promised, on their return to their barracks in Baerlon the newly renamed Outriders were furnished with excessive resources from the prophet king to rebuilt and resupply their barracks. Work began on the restoration of those properties destroyed in the battle.
  • The company made contact with a number of the units within the Army of the Gate, including Shango’s Irreulars, a Shaelic mercenary cell which boasted among other members the former longrunner Content Not Found: feather, and Toothpick’s clansman Dagor.

*Hunter made contact with a Daykari cell calling themselves the “King’s Men” and thanks to the fanatical devotion presented by its leader, a member of the Emancipators named Ragan, was able to enlist them into the Outriders. He also made contact with his uncle Beraine, who had escaped the hardships of Daykar and fled to the north.

  • With Hawk engaged in the efforts to coordinate the extension of the Outriders barracks, Toothpick and Hunter took a small contract for a man named Basano, an merchant who wished his wife to be rescued from the clutches of Raptor Company. This mission turned out to be a trap, with Basano revealed as an agent of Raptor Company hoping to collect on the bounties that had been placed on members of the Outriders.
  • During a brief stop in the village of Redfall, Toothpick was beset by an angry mob of locals, and almost died at their hands. By some means that neither he nor Hunter could comprehend they were taken to another place by magical means and spoken to by two figures, the goddess Ayaken and the god Ikanden, who gifted them with power enough to affect their escape.
  • During this time away from their base the two Outriders were able to enlist three new recruits; the Founderian pilgrim Content Not Found: eric, the Felkin Tharn and the madman/seer Curzon
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10 - In Mardero's Service

Summary

  • The Outriders were called upon to discipline the rebellious Red Sickle unit within the Gate forces, and did so. Their actions resulted in the deaths of many of the Red Sickles, and the capture and crucifixion of the rest. The Outriders obtained a grisly reputation as enforcers, and a newfound place in the Gate forces. See Red Sickle Massacre
  • Mardero also commanded that the group deal with the elimination of Prince Felix of Tarragon, Commander of the Eastern Dragar Legion, which Hawk delegated to their assassin Sato.
  • Mardero’s final command was that the Outriders deal with an infant dragon who was hampering his attempts to bring troops from Empyrrean to Baerlon. Hawk led his fellows in their preparations and they set off from the city into the harsh northern mountains.
  • In a snowy mountain pass the Outriders encountered a group of White Dyar who had colonised an underground pass. Though they lost a few men, and some received serious wounds, they survived, but were forced back out into the oncoming blizzard.
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