12th. Sparky and Krunch are born Dwarven Family Tree
1st. Tizzy is born
6th. Ulfar(Wolf) is born Dwarven Family Tree
30th. Tola, Queen Shar’s cousin, leaves to go back home to the Thunder Rift dwarven clan to talk to those that are interested in courting her now that her ex-husband has lost his judgement about abusing her and been kicked out of the clan. Tola disappears on the way home along with two dwarven escorts.
3rd. Zen is born
30th. Verona is born and her mother dies in child birth. The king of Melinir never remarries and Verona is his only heir.
7th. Franziska is born
10th. Elsie is born
2nd. Ulfar (Wolf) is stolen from the same nursery as Krunch and Sparky and other dwarven children are in.
3rd. Zen turns 10 and joins his father learning the ways of a caravan owner
3rd. Zen turns 12
30th. Verona turns 12
7th. Franziska turns 12
1st. Tizzy turns 13
18th. Quactimas, in Dome Snardt, is told he is going to go to school at the Dwarven academy.
22nd. Franziska starts her studying to be a wizard with Melinir’s famous Hazel the Witch whom everyone admires.
12th. Sparky and Krunch turn 14
6th. Wolf turns 13
Wolf is spotted by Kalistar on the streets of Melinir. Wolf’s master, afraid of being found out early, murders his two friends. Wolf kills his master’s lackey, and the high priestess of Sif rescues him.
Quactimas leaves in the Haley caravan of halflings, headed in to Melinir, and meets Guido.
15th. Wolf joins Kara and Sven’s family in preparation and protection from the master.
Bran’s parents, Ian and Hildr, arrive in Melinir with present of a red tailed falcon named Crafty to help communicate with them.
3rd. The kids start travel to the school in the Torka caravan.
4th. The caravan stops for the night before the tunnel to the hidden valley and have an encounter with tundra wolves, lead by a man seen during the lighting attack from Valdosta’s staff.
5th. They stop at the village of Butterpond in Hidden valley
6th. They stop at the village of Walden in Hidden valley Yari and Rissa turn 12
7th. The kids meet the inn keeper, Dean and Ida, and their daughter Elsie in the town of Willowdale in Hidden Valley. Yari immediately develops a crush on Elsie.
8th. The kids arrive at the school, Golden Eagle Academy.
Wolf meets his parents, Rogi and Elda Axeforger, and sister, Nalia, for the first time since he was abducted at age four; he also learns his birth name is Ulfar.
9th. Bran’s parents meet with King Kendric and Queen Shar, and are granted one of the graduating classes, and 30 battle dwarves, to assist them in cleaning out a band of orcs that are plaguing the village they are sworn to protect in the northern mountains.
12th. The circus comes back to town; adventure is had.
3rd. Zen turns 13
28th. Hazel the witch dies with no apparent cause after locking herself in her study overnight. Franziska finds her dead in the morning.
14th While the kids sleep, they find themselves in the Misty Realms as kind of more grown up. Misty Realm Pocket Dimension – Tinnith finds herself in another world with a bunch of kids
1st. Bran finds out his parents and the dwarves that went with them were successful. They also have found a druid to teach him, as the dwarven school was not able to. Trent opens teleport window for the dwarves to come home, and Bran to join his parents.
22nd. Franziska arrives at the school and joins the gargolye cave taking Bran’s place.
30th. Verona turns 13
7th. Franziska turns 13
1st through 20th. The Puppet Master wrecks havoc, Wally is murdered by his father, and Guido escapes execution. Yari visits Sardi and Verona at her father’s palace, enjoying pleasant conversations over lunch.
10th. Elsie turns 12
1st. Tizzy turns 14
12th. Sparky and Krunch turn 15
15th. Wolf speaks with Battle Ragers about the limitations of being a Barbarian and using their rage in battle. Wolf speaks with Battle Ragers
25th. Quac gets news about his father being critically injured, and sister and brother dying in an attack from Guido’s father. Quac goes home via teleport from Trent. A ceiling in the kids cave was found to have been sabotaged, and is reinforced. The dwarven keep is put on lock down.
26th. Yari sneaks out to tell Elsie he won’t be able to visit her for a while. On return, he is caught and chastised.
6th. Wolf turns 14
10th. Brock’s brother, Bofor, takes the school test and passes. He is allowed admitted into the Pegasus cave. It is discovered that Sardi was working with him in secret, to help his back heal. Zen moves into the Gargoyle cave, taking Quac’s place.
25th. Quac’s father dies.
8th. Rumor arrives that Smallville was completely destroyed by treants.
20th. A letter arrives from Quac, explaining that Guido’s father’s home and ships were destroyed in the treant attack, not the whole town.
22nd. The lock down is lifted after a divination shows Guido’s father is dead.
23rd. Yari goes to visit Elsie for the first time since lock down.
1st. The kids start their second year at school.
6th. Yari and Rissa turn 13
1st. Queen Shar declares a scavenger hunt.
3rd. Zen turns 14
16th. Krunch spends time training with Sparky and Ox.
3rd. Samual arrives with Clarice, and she rejoins Franziska.
7th. Wolf goes to Priestess Dagmar and takes his Paladin oath, while seeing a vision of both Berronar and Sif. He warns King Kendric about the dangers of the dwarf who is seeking revenge for the clan stealing his son.
8th. Wolf’s parents show him all of the future classes, and make him realize he needs to stop skipping so much. His mother starts teaching him about survival, like finding and preparing food, so that he will already have it mastered by the time the class officially starts in his third year.
30th. Verona turns 14
9th. Wolf tries fighting with chain shirt for the first time in the danger room and no one notices
12th. Samual the druid leaves Clarice with Franziska
2nd through 20th. For school time off, Wolf’s parents take his friends and him to the Silver Mountain Clan near Botan. This is the first time all but Zen have been outside the valley. King Kendrick sends a large group of dwarves as protection. They have a blast but do not go near Botan itself. Straight to and from the keeps.
Yari masters his dwarven accent, and practices his skills as a courtier at the dwarven court
7th. Franziska turns 14
10th. Elsie turns 13
1st. Tizzy turns 15
5th. Wolf tries out Thunderous Smite in danger room. The kids get suspicious something has changed.
6th. Franziska figures out it was a paladin spell. Yari talks to Thorlina, and she lets slip enough that Yari figures out Wolf is a paladin. Yari tells Arissa; by the end of the day, the entire school knows.
Rissa and Yari discuss a plan to spread a rumor about Sparky and Wolf dating, since they are now both paladins, but Krunch overhears and informs them they are first-cousins; the twins decide against the plan.
Yari notices Sparky checking out Wolf’s posterior while exploring the caves together, and is privately very disturbed.
12th. Sparky and Krunch turn 16
23rd. In the danger room, Wolf and Yari try fighting with half-plate armor for the first time. Wolf uses lay-on-hands, for the first time as well.
6th. Wolf turns 15
1st. The kids start their third year at school (second level)
6th. Yari and Rissa turn 14
11th. Katerina tests the students with a supposedly impossible orc battle in the danger room.
12th. The circus comes to town again. The pixie returns with a pseudodragon to free the mammoth and her calf. Hijinks ensue, resulting in the kids finding a dwarven dagger on some orcs on the steppes
The saga of Yari, Sardi, and Elsie continues.
16th. Laris tells the kids the owner of the dwarven dagger was found dead, along with two other dwarves on patrol.
3rd. Zen turns 15
30th. Yari’s existential seizures begin to frighten Elsie.
1st. Yari shares his existential seizures with Sardi.
30th. Verona turns 15
15th. School is locked down because of orc attacks
More orc attacks start to occur. The caravan is attacked by an orc band on the way to Hidden Valley, just before the tunnel, and a couple of guards are lost. Some outlying villages are attacked in the Thunder Rift valley, and some people die while fighting off the orcs. Patrols at the keep are attacked again. Security is heightened. The caravan runs are stopped for two months, while extra guards are trained and recruited.
2nd through 20th. The kids have to stay at the keep for the December holidays. They are asked to assist in keeping the caves cleaned out of vermin, since more dwarves are out patrolling for orcs, and do not have the time. They find a room with a braided stalactite that somehow allows Rissa to make a deal with the ancient spirit of the Earth, Gaia. Under rocks near the stalactite, the skeleton of a dwarven women is found. Items on her are identified as having belonged to Tola, Queen Shar’s cousin who was lost a year after Krunch and Sparky were born.
7th. Franziska turns 15
10th. Elsie turns 14
31st. Wolf learns to dance
1st. Tizzy turns 16
Yari plays with his youngest cousin.
3rd. The kids’ parents come to visit, and a large party is thrown.
4th. Yari gets a strange note.
7th. Yari has to deal with some of the consequences of choosing to be with a spoilt princess.
10th. Rissa learns to cook
20th. The party has a study session, wherein everyone is told about a spies in their midst who are trying to corrupt whomever they can to turn against the clan. They are getting information about the clan, and in particular about Krunch and Sparky. As well as making the clan seem bad. After word got out about Vorga, some guess she is the one that was trying to be turned. The kids are told to watch out for notes being read/passed or other mysterious happenings. Krunch and Yari take special care in the meeting to not allow anyone to spy on it.
12th. Wolf comes back in the morning in time for the party
Sparky and Krunch turn 17
16th. Wolf and Sparky disappear for 1 day. She warns Krunch she is going and will be back and don’t follow. Enlist Tizzy to keep him at the cave.
6th. Wolf turns 16
Wolf continues to disappear for 1 day at a time off and on during the month to go someplace to get his shit together
Wolf continues to disappear for 1 day at a time off and on during the month to go someplace to get his shit together
2nd. While spelunking with Wolf and Sparky, a cave floor collapses under Yari, and he falls forty feet. Landing on his back, his spine pivots around his spear, breaking in three places. The greatest healers to be found are summoned, including Yari’s parents, and his life is saved. Verona is scolded for thinking Yari got hurt on purpose to break up with her. [STORY PENDING]
Wolf continues to disappear for 1 day at a time off and on during the month to go someplace to get his shit together
Yari’s injuries continue to heal, and against the odds, he is able to walk short distances. It takes great effort, and he needs to hold on to someone else, but signs are hopeful he will make a full recovery.
1st. The kids start their fourth year at school.
By this time, Franziska has gotten Clarice to give her life story now that she can talk to her. See Franziska learns Clarice life history
6th. Yari and Rissa turn 15
11th. Yari is pronounced healed, though he is sentenced to ongoing physical therapy. His muscles have weakened from disuse, and his back is still weakened. Somehow, he has grown considerably during his months in bed.
12th. Krunch’s Journal.
12th – 26th An attack on the orcs is launched. The Fledglings are sent with the Dwarves to help in the attack. Aldhis comes back injured but ok with a numb arm from left over poison dagger attack. Hughye has his first orc kill and thinks it was nothing like the danger room. All other groups of students help with patrol of the valleys in case monsters slip through. Elves, Humans, the other two clans of dwarves all take their own section of the steppes. All groups of students kill at least some monster.
The rescued group of nomads move into Hidden Valley and set up in the woods just outside of Willowdale.
The kids meet Rowanthorn the treant that lives in the elven forest. They find out he knows Wolf from his outings. Rowanthorn brings them a fast asleep human who when they wake him find out he is Bran’s uncle Fester. Who has been asleep since 1190 (22 years) and has not aged. He walked into the high elves forest on request from the Elven Queen who was at that time an aspect of Lolth pretending to be the queen. Sven, Kara, Scraps and others killed her. No one else knew the evil Queen had put the druid to sleep with plans to use him, so no one woke him. Rowanthorn had found him sleeping in various places in this elven forest from time to time. Wolfs prompting to find and help the human had gotten Rowanthorn to search for him (as the forest moved him every day). Uncle Fester rightly decides to stop living in the elven forest and moves into the woods in Hidden Valley and the woods and animals there start to thrive. He makes arrangements with the towns folks on when and what they can hunt. They find it is to both their advantage. There are more animals to hunt and they have more meat on them, even though there is restriction on when and what they can hunt. He also is used to teach druid students that come to the academy.
30th. Lock down is lifted from school
3rd. Zen turns 16
30th. Verona turns 16
29th. Yari and Sardi watch a meteor shower.
5th. Yari and Verona watch the meteor shower.
6th. The kids arrive in Melinir
7th. Franziska turns 16
8th. Dispite Yari and Sven’s vigilance, Rissa and Sardi manage to sneak out (with a little help from Kara). [Story Pending]
10th. Elsie turns 15
King Yusoko has a private word with Yari at the Festival of the New Moon. Yari secures permission to propose to Verona.
11th. Rissa and Sardi go to the theater, on a bona fide date. [Story Pending]
12th. The world everyone knows crashes and burns
31st. Sven and Kara get a visit from an old Friends daughter and wise cat
1st. Tizzy turns 17
28th. The Prince is Coming
Non-dwarf Fledglings don’t return to the school since there is only 3 months left and their cities are still rebuilding. Queen Shar agrees with them and sends them the eagle signia indicating they have graduated. They are:
Hippogriff - Hughye stays in Torlyne (human male bard) - Geoffry stays in Torlyne (human male wizard)
Phoenix - Eadulf – stays in New haven (human male barbarian)
Hippogriff - Zedena – stays in New Haven (female half orc of Sif)
12th. Sparky and Krunch turn 18
6th. Wolf turns 17
30th. Priestess Annabelle heard of Kara and Sven’s upcoming mission to Hidden Valley to figure out how to gentle disengage the area from Thunder Rift kingdom. She visited them and gave them a box with a lock. She requested that they take it to King Kendric the first time they had a chance. Under no circumstance should they look inside it as they needed to be able to say they do not know what is in it. Only if Kendric feels it is safe to tell them should he.
1st. Kara and Sven leave for Hidden Valley with their family, the house in a box, a treaty from the Queen and a box for Kendric.
6th. Kara, Sven and kids arrive with the caravan. They see King Kendric first with the news that they are there to negotiate for Queen Verona a way for Hidden Valley to split off from Thunder Rift. Also, to give him a locked box from Priestess Annabelle. He opens the letter from her and asks Laris to bring him Durin, Dargen, Gilrak, Ovlo, Sandin, and Duri from Gargolye.
He instructs them they are to not open the box until they are safely out of Thunder Rift. That the item in the box will allow them to identify the next King or Queen of Thunder Rift by glowing in that person’s presence. They must keep it safe and secret as others will want to steal it or corrupt it. The crown will glow somewhat if in the presence of the person without it being on their head. And will shine very bright when placed on the head. Return with the person. Under no circumstance should they tell anyone what they are doing.
The dwarves go back and give only a hint of finding a person to their friends before leaving.
Kara, Sven and kids show up in the Gargolye cave and let the kids know why they are there. That they will be putting the house down in Walden so come visit now and then. They will be there most likely till the end of summer. Then they celebrate Rissa’s and Yari’s birthday with them.
Yari and Rissa turn 16.
New kids arrive at the school all survivors from Thunder Rift Dwarven Clan: List of new students at the school
The kids start their fifth year at school (third level)
20th. Danger Room test with unending Trolls is foiled and Katarina starts planning an even worse test [stories coming I am sure]
21st. Circus arrives late. 1/2 elven traders arrive with it. Some of the group buy interesting stones from them. They know the glamor on them is fake, but they think they are pretty. Only time can tell if they turn into something else. Then the group figures out the schemes being used to steal from the patrons of the circus and get the traders kicked out of the valley.
They get their fortunes told except for Franziska who asked Betsy not to tell hers. Betsy collapses when she gives Rissa’s because of a back lash from an evil lich who did not like being spied on. Rissa learns that is the one she must stop.
Betsy asks for a favor from the group, to locate her father Nym Songfall in the elven forest and bring him back so she can give him the item that was stolen from his group long ago by the lich. It is why they were homeless and had sought refuge in this valley from King Kendric. The group determine it was really Nym Dawnfall, one of the leaders of the elven council. He cast a glamor on his village to forget they were there and goes with them to see her. He does not want them to know he had married a human once. The group promises to keep his secret. She gives him the dragon orb and he asks Krunch to get his father and his seal to witness the gift from his daughter. They find that the seal was stolen by some one looking like Krunch, and eventually after secretly searching the circus find it in the Lizard on a stick man’s tent. He is dead and his tongue is cut out so they can not find out who did it. They find scent traces and tracks that lead to the keep. The seal is used to document the orb transfer. As thanks for helping her, Betsy, a bard like her father, gives Rissa a wand of Thunder Wave. Betsy dies of old age with only being able to give the group the name of the tiny hamlet she retrieved the orb from “Beachwood”. This is an extremely common name used for places near woods as well as those near water. She is buried at her fathers request in Willowdale so he can visit her in the human way.
23rd. Krunch is called before the dwarven high council, and the group goes with him. Obir Bonebreaker, leader of the high council has a hard time believing that it was a double ganger of Krunch that stole the seal. Says he will keep an eye on him and he better not step out of line.
Kara and Sven have hit problems with the split off of Hidden Valley. Kendric will help only temporarily with governing. He does not want to take on the humans as part of his kingdom permanently. The villagers want some type of independent government, but they have no experience. They ask Kara and Sven to help them set one up.
1st. The prince asks Verona to marry him and she agrees. The dowry his father pays early helps with the drained treasury. They decide on a December wedding that will be very small and inexpensive. She accepts a dress from his mother so she does not have to spend money on one.
15th. Missing crown jewels are found in Captain Matt’s office safe that only he knows the combination too, that had gone missing from the Queen’s residence a week before. They were to be sold for money by the city coordinator, “Balcum Reed”. Matt claims he has no idea how they got in his safe.
17th. Matt is found guilty of treason and some are calling for his head, but Franziska’s Father with Queen Verona’s blessing instead banished Matt from Thunder Rift. He moves to Hidden Valley, with his wife and daughter’s (Paleen) family as he knows he was set up and it is not safe for them to stay in Melinir anymore. He is not sure who it was. They believe him and leave town together. They warn Sven’s parents who decide to try to stay but start looking to see if someone is interested in buying the business just in case.
18th. Verona gives Yari’s ring to Paleen to take to him since she is getting married to Prince Falson. Matt and family leave Melinir.
19th. In Hidden Valley, Kara and Sven are finding the three towns of Hidden Valley are not able to settle on any one person to lead them or a joint governess. Each of the towns leaders think they would be better to lead the valley than the others. They also do not trust the others to be the Hidden Valley Mayor. Arguments ensue, and Kara and Sven are concern they three will go to arms with each other.
Aug 21rd. Matt and everyone arrives in the town of Walden and tell Sven and Kara about what happened. Sven and Kara talk about the possibility of leaving the kids with them, and going to the city to try to find out who did the set up. Matt is against it says it is too dangerous. He tells them that Annabelle visited him in jail before he left to warn him to not allow Kara and Sven to come back. She said that Iðunn warned against it greatly. Said it is not their time nor fight.
Word gets to the leaders of the three towns. They decide together they have a solution to Hidden Valley’s problem that will also help Kara and Sven’s family.
Aug 26th. The leaders of the cities approach Kara and Sven and ask them to become Mayors for Hidden Valley. They trust them. They are willing to form a government under them. They do not want a King or Queen. They will form a council and Sven and Kara will be joint mayors of the valley. All will have equal vote. Their family is welcome to stay.
Sven and Kara agree and they increase the size of the house to accommodate her Parents and her sister’s family.
1st. Paleen travels to the Golden Eagle Clan and gives the ring to Sven with a letter from Verona. And informs the group about what happened with their grandfather, and the decision of their parents to become Mayors of Hidden Valley. The house, now in Walden, has been enlarged to hold everyone until new separate homes can be built.. Come visit during December break.
3rd. Zen turns 17
1st. The castle Phase I is completed and Wizard Waldo goes back to King Tahoo.
15th. Sven’s parents find increasing issues with the authorities as well as patron drop off because of the accusations against Matt as well as rumors that the family had something to do with causing the earthquake. So they decide to sell the brewery for a loss and move to Hidden Valley. They bring equipment to restart the business in Walden with Sindre and Paleen’s help. It will be a much smaller business but they are alive, well and together so they don’t care. Sven and Kara’s house is enlarged again to accommodate them.
20th. The group find out about Sven’s parents move.
30th. Verona turns 17
Nov 12th. The first plague victim gets sick.
Nov 15th. The plague victim goes to the temple and they find normal cure spells are not working. By the time they can get Annabel to visit to try a heal spell (which does cure disease), the victim dies. In the meantime, they have infected 5 people. Priestess Annabel is the only high enough cleric of Thunder Rift to cast Heal spell.
Nov 18th. Five more people show up with the disease. Over the next three days, Annabel is able to heal only three of them. One of them gets better on their own, the other 1 dies. These 5 infect 5 people each.
Nov 21st. 25 people show up with the disease. Over the next three days, Annabel is able to heal only three of them. Five of them get better on their own, the other 17 die. These 25 infect 5 people each.
Nov 24th. Approximately 100 people show up with the disease. Over the next three days, Annabel is able to heal only two of them as she comes down with it as well and must heal herself since she is the only one that is a high enough cleric to cast Heal. 20 people get better on their own, the other 77 people die. These 100 infect 5 people each. The clerics and bards try a different approach, lessor restoration. They find it only slows the disease in some people but never cures it. By this they know it is a magical caused disease.
The city of Melinir is quarantined and they try to keep the sick away from the healthy as best they can. This occurs just as a caravan was about to leave for Hidden Valley and the dwarves. It is not allowed to leave, which keeps the plaque from getting to them.
Nov 27th. Approximately 500 people show up with the disease. Over the next three days, Annabelle is able to heal only three of them. 100 of them get better, and the other 397 die. Of that group, one of the rich people have the expensive bowl that can be used for Heroes Feast. They have Priestess Annabelle use it to heal their family for one of the days. Because of the lock down, no more of these can be obtained.
Nov 30th. The remaining ~1000 people in the town show up with the disease. Over the next three days, Annabelle is able to heal only three of them. One of these is the Prince. He refuses Annabel’s healing as he will take the chance he will get better. He insist she heal Jesse’s son instead who has a less chance to heal on their own. But he gets sicker and sicker.
Dec 1st – The caravan does not show up at Golden Eagle Clan as normal, though it is sometimes late. King Kendrick tells the group to wait. But they decide to go by themselves. They are strong enough that the King does not send anyone with them.
2nd. The kids leave for Melinir
By this time, a total of just over 700 have died, but in the late evening everyone still alive is miraculously healed. The clerics tell everyone it was the gods and the praying they had done. The Queen and her hand maiden know differently. The Queen sacrifice is what stopped the plague.
3rd. The quarantine is lifted from Melinir. Runners are sent to the other towns and return within days reporting the same miraculous healing on the second day of December.
5th. The Queen and Prince are married by Annabelle with only Franziska’s parents and the prince’s parents in attendance so as to not tax the kingdom’s resources, or people who are just starting to feel better and bury the large number of dead “again”. They did not burn them after the first ones were because the smoke from it was rumored to transmit the plague.
6th. The caravan leaves the town after Zen’s father completes buring his dead.
The group meets up with the caravan just outside the Bone Hills.
Zen’s father, Steven (now 15), Julia (now 14), Karfinn (now 13), Thala (now 12) inform Zen that his mother Lady Tekla Borgan and his brother Thord (was 11) and sister Hannah (was 10) are all dead from the plague. The rest were spared because they were on the caravan runs and did not get exposed until the very end when the plague was miraculously cured in everyone on Dec 2nd.
Zen’s father tells Franziska that her mother is well, Annabelle cured her in the first wave when few were sick. Annabelle is well as she cured herself so she could keep curing each day. Her brother, Zelig, is alive, he was strong enough to live without his sister’s healing. Her younger sister, Gerda, and father were not so lucky. Neither would allow Annabelle to heal them. They said she had to use her spells for others outside the family instead. That they would put their hands into the gods for being strong enough to survive it. But that did not happen. They both died.
Knowing what losing family members is like, Aldhis comforts both Zen and Franziska.
7th. Franziska turns 17
9th. The kids return to Walden to inform Kara and Sven. Kara prays that what Verona sacrificed is not worse than the plague. Tells Yari that it is only because of the gains he helped her make that she allowed her to even consider her people above herself.
The Queen and King ride through the town to cheers from the people who are still living. They decide to help people move to the city from outside of Thunder Rift to help repopulate the city. For between the earthquake the year before and the plague, the city has gone from just over 2000 to around 500, and other towns faired about the same percentage wise. They trust Balcum Reed to screen the people for who can come live in the city. Farms are identified that are now empty and send word out that in the spring these and other properties will come available for people to move into and work.
10th. Elsie turns 16
Aldhis and Sardi return to the keep with the caravan. The group goes to Melinir to investigate. Rissa, Yari and Wolf have disguised themselves.
14th. The group arrives in Melinir in the evening. Some go to Franziska’s.
Wolf goes to check on his thief friend. He is still in charge. Tells wolf Belcum the city coordinator and guards are taking bribes and no longer paying them any money. This is especially true of the new Captain of the guard, Captain Castrata or Cassy as everyone calls him. So they are trying to only steal from the rich, and still make some things. But times are hard, though they are getting by at the moment. No one is starving. He knows of someone who knows of someone who helped put in an underground tunnel to the new castle. But it would cost money to get the information.
15th. Zen checks out old neighborhood. Finds his father has hired someone to sell the house and goods. He picks out a small memento to remember his fallen family. Finds Mr. and Mrs. Blinker living in Wally’s old house. Lights are on in the old Lord Backman house but he does not bother to find out who is living in it now.
Rissa dresses up as a prostitute and goes to Elwood’s place. He invites her in, and then quickly lets her know he knows it is her, but it is a much better job this time. They talk and he agrees to use his resources to find out information about Belcum in Boton. He also lets it drop that the bards in the city are using the old tune for “Stinky the Halfling” to spread rumors about Kara and Sven’s family being the cause for the earthquake and now the plague.
16th. The group spreads themselves out along the route the Queen takes for touring the city weekly with the King. They determine she has an empty part of herself that they believe is her giving her soul up to save her people. They learn that King Falson and Queen Verona have circlets on their head that is magical with Abjuration and Enchantment on them that seem to block most communication with them. Yari using his special ability to crash enough through the barrier to tell her “I love you”. She searches the crowd for him, worried that he could be hurt if others recognize him. She only sees Zen.
They visit Annabelle, who let them know that the circlets were a gift from her father-in-law and they were for their protection. When told they also have Enchantment on them, she is taken back as they did not have that when they first arrived and Verona had her check them over. Someone must have gotten to them later.
Annabelle is deeply concerned by the thought that the Queen has given her soul to save her people from the plague. But that explains why the crown rejected Verona as future Queen, knowing what was coming it protected Thunder Rift. She tells them about sending the crown to Kendric and the mission the dwarves are on to find the future monarch for Thunder Rift.
Annabelle agrees to give Queen Verona a small box and letter from Yari when she next sees her. She will also start to send the group letters on what is happening in Thunder Rift.
17th. The group heads back to the keep.
1st. Tizzy turns 18
15th. All letters received from Annabelle, George (Wolf’s city guy) and Elwood, are all in Illusory script. They come via the caravan for until the kids leave the school.
I have visited the Queen. You’re right, there is a hole of some type in the Queen, but I cannot tell if the darkness I see is her soul missing or not. But whatever it is, it is not good. When Falson stepped out of the room for a moment, I asked about the darkness and if she had sold her soul to save the city. She denied it verdantly.
I can also confirm that the circlet is enchanted with both enchantment and abjuration. I mentioned this to the Queen and King, but they said that the circlets make them feel good, calm, and happy, so since they also protect them, they are going to continue using them. They are checking with his parents about the extra ability to find out if they added it but did not say anything about it. They do not believe their parents would give them anything evil, and I could not sense any evil about them so did not try to talk them out of using the circlets.
15th. Dear Franziska,
Hazel’s daughter showed up finally. Nanci is around 30 and looks a lot like her. But it seems she is a sorcerer instead of a wizard. I had her over for dinner and found out her father was a wizard also who died young. I had never heard of two wizards having a sorcerer for a kid. Very unusual. But she is nice and has decided to continue living in her mother’s tower. The Queen has asked her to train her some more in her abilities. Hope that is not a mistake considering the emptiness in her.
12th. Sparky and Krunch turn 19
15th. Dear Franziska,
We have had a ton of people move into the city. Belcum is not being very restrictive like Captain Matt was. From what I can see, there are some nice people, but a lot of them are what I would consider lawless. Not sure what this will do to the city, but I suspect not good things. I sure wish Captain Matt had not been forced to leave. But at least he is alive.
I heard back from a cleric in Boton about my inquiry into Belcum. He used to be the city coordinator of Boton until Queen Verona asked him to come to Melinir. Rumor has it the city has not run as well with him gone as it did before. Not sure if that was tongue in cheek or not considering Boton is run by the syndicate more than by the aristocrats.
Your friend Elwood
6th. Wolf turns 18
15th. Dear Franziska,
All those new people, I am afraid we are getting some worshipers of evil gods in. I tried to request that I at the very least check people for demonic or devil possession, but was turned down. The Queen and King think Belcum is doing a great job getting the city repopulated. Those circlets seem to only allow them to see the good in people. I tried to talk to them again about not using them, but they would not hear of it.
24th. The Orcs attack the dwarven keep in mass. From above and below. They have Hobgoblines, Goblins, Gnolls, and Bugbears. There are thousands of them. The message stone to the Elves is being blocked. King Kendric sends the group out through the secret tunnels that Wolf has set up that opens into the forest to tell the Elven high council to execute plan B. They fight their way through numerous battles and finally get there. Clarice for the first time disobeys Franziska and joins them. Rowenthorn helps with the last battle. They find when they step through the elven barrier all evidence of the fierce battle going on is eliminated. Hence the need for them to tell the elves they are needed. Once Nym knows what has been requested, he grabs a box and has his people arm themselves. They get to the edge of the battle field and Nym has Rowenthorn hold him up and he takes out the Dragon Orb and releases a hugh amount of energy from it directed at the orc grown forces. They are obliterated. The remaining forces on the cliffs run away. They are harried by the dwarves and elves and as many as possible are taken out. The group joins in the celebrations afterwards. Several days later Obir Bonebreaker calls Krunch into the high council and demands him to write a sentence and compares it to another page. Shows it to the council who agrees it is the same handwriting. Shown the document, Krunch agrees he wrote it as an assignment. When told that some dead orcs were found with it in their pocket, he tells them he does not know how they got it. The King admits, he changed the patrols to match because he though his son had a good suggestion. Obir is not convinced that it was someone else and tells Krunch he is watching him. [ May be replaced/decreased with good write ups ]
15th. Dear Franziska,
I think I saw a were person the other night coming home. I am not positive, but if I was you, I would be sure to bring something silver or magical if you come this way again. I have heard back from friends in Boton that Belcum seemed to rule with an iron hand there. In some cases quite brutal. So far I have not really seen anything along that line. Hopefully, it is just a rumor and not actual fact or things may get worse in the city.
1st. The kids start their sixth and final year at school.
6th. Yari and Rissa turn 17
15th. Dear Franziska,
I believe the syndicate has finally made in-roads into the city. The past month has seen numerous battles in the streets at night. We have had to either treat wounded people in the morning or bury dead from the battle the night before. I was visited one night last month by a pretty beaten up fellow who left me a note to share with Wolf. Please see that he gets the letter I have included.
I have lost the battle for the city. If I try to stay, your previous master will have me killed to solidify his hold on my remaining people. And then most likely kill even more of them when he returns to Melinir. I do not wish to die nor have any more of my people die trying to protect me. I do not know how long before he shows up in Melinir, but It’s just a matter of time before he feels it is safe to return. Maybe I will look you up some day when things cool off.
15th. Dear Franziska,
Mother and our brother have had enough of the city. The thieves’ war was the final straw. They have moved to Walden and will stay with Kara and Sven till she can figure things out. Lots of people of the gentler sort decided to travel with her. Hopefully, the people of Hidden Valley will take them in. The temples have decided to send a few clerics with them to help with the influx of people. We are sending the more sensitive souls that are having a hard time with the change in the city. The rest of us are staying. We have decided to negotiate with the syndicate to supply low cost healing so that they do not try to break in to the temples or use force to get us to heal them.
15th. Dear Franziska,
I have heard from Mom, they have settled in at Walden. Kara and Sven have offered her a judgeship. She is very happy with that and is beginning to feel at home again. Now she just has to find a place of her own, even though she will be happy to be out of Sven’s house as they have had their conflicts in the past, she will miss Eliza’s cooking. She swears that women could make fried goblin taste wonderful. Kara decided to cook one night when Eliza was not feeling well. I am sure the fact that I chipped a tooth and had a stomach ache was purely coincidental. I understand now why Sven pays Eliza double what most cooks make.
3rd. Zen turns 18
28th Krunch hears a Hoo
20th. King Kendric and Krunch set things up to look like he got tired of being accused and tried to steal the dwarves crown jewels. Krunch is kicked out of the keep until such time as he can prove it is someone else causing the problems at the keep besides him.
21st. The rest of the group, including Sardi are allowed to graduate early and join Krunch on their mission to save Thunder Rift and the Golden Eagle Clan from the coming darkness. Sparkey, Tizzy, Aldhis stay at the keep. Aldhis surprises Zen with a gift of normal Half Plate that she bought with her savings to keep him safe. Wolf is given his graduation present (+1 weapon) from his father before he leaves.
22nd. Yari picks up the armor promised him (which is Adamantine (critical hits become normal)). Krunch shows everyone the map from his father
Yari finds out that Elsie is being abused by Brog her fiancé. He tells Sardi and Rissa and Rissa goes and beats him up to show him that he should not beat women. Yari goes back and tells Elsie that she can go with them if she wants to (May be replaced by write up).
That night while the kids slept – Granny calls the kids back to the Misty Realm Pocket Dimension to put Hazel to rest and Tinnith helps. They wake up and find the text has traveled with them. Krunch sends it back to the Dwarven keep for Tizzy to decipher with the hints that Hazel’s ghost gave them.
23rd. Elsie decides to join the group but to leave a note for her parents instead of saying goodbye to them. She meets them outside the village on a horse she borrowed, and then sent it back to her parents as it was trained to do.
The group heads to Walden to talk to Kara and Sven. Krunches grandfather shows up with a special present for him, an elven cape from his elvan great-grandparents, and a +1 battle ax from his parents that his mother made him.
Franziska stays the night at her Mothers. The rest stay at Kara and Sven’s. They try to buffalo them but they see through it and they end up telling them the truth.
24th. Franziska says goodbye to Clarice Elsie decides to stay in Walden.
25th. The group travels to Butterpond and sleeps in their newly bought tents.
26th. The group travels to the Bone Hills through the tunnel.
27th – 28th Krunch details the trip to Brackenwood forest. Not mentioned is that Scarface was the old master of the city (George) 2nd lieutenant.
30th. Verona turns 18
1st King Kendric has Aldhis move into the same dorm room with Sparky and act as her body guard and gives her details about the group’s mission.
10th Kara and Sven hire Elsie to help them with running Hidden Valley as joint mayors. She decides to send most of her money to her parents to help them replace her at the inn.
15th Bran, Yari’s younger brother who could not attend the dwarven academy because the dwarf orphans took all of the slots, decide to take the job at the inn that Elsie used to do. Eliza has been secretly teaching him to cook, and he has found he really loves doing it and seems to have a knack for it.
30th. Brog visits Elsie while she is walking Clarice and demands she return to him. When she says no, he grabs her and she breaks away from him using a move that Kara has taught her. Given the opening, Clarice attacks him. In the scuffle between Clarice and Brog, he stabs her through the head killing her and she tears his throat out killing him.
3rd. Brog is buried. His parents blame Elsie. Elsie’s parents are not thrilled with what has happen so Elsie decides to remain at Kara and Sven’s. Bran loves working at the inn and everyone is raving about the food. He is also learning about bookkeeping.
7th. Franziska turns 18. Her family toast her and hopes she is ok.
10th. Elsie turns 17 and celebrates her birthday at Kara and Sven’s. Kara gives her a rapier, better for her abilities for her fight training they are doing. Sven gives her a flute and begin training her. Eliza starts to teach her how to cook.
24th. During the night Bridget and Valdosta have a dream sent by Iriet that the group is with her and safe and they will return sometime in the next 2 years because the time flow is so different.
25th. Bridget informs Sven and Kara. They write a letter sending it to King Kendric about what they have learned, not knowing that Iriet has also met Valdosta. King Kendric is told by his mother, Valdosta about the dream. He too writes a letter to Sven and Kara.
26th. The caravan arrives, but Zen’s family is not with it this time. They are on the caravan that goes to Boton instead this time so they do not find out where Zen went.
1st. Tizzy turns 19
6th. Zen’s father Oleif Borgen is arrested by Captain of the guard in Melinir, Captain Castrata when the caravan returns from Boton to Melinir. He is interrogated for days on end to try to find out the location of the group and in particular Krunch.
9th. Oleif’s kids give up trying to see their father at the prison. They find Idun Priestess Annabelle who then contacts Sif’s High Priestess Gallemore for idea’s of helping Oleif.
10th. Annabelle and Gallemore show up at the prison where Oleif is being held. They force Captain Castrata to allow them to do a Zone of Truth spell. This proves that Oleif does not know the groups where abouts. Oleif is released and escorted to the caravan outside the city and healed.
22nd. The temple of Idun is destroyed by a mysterious fire. Annabelle is severely burned rescuing many others trapped in the fire. She almost dies. 4 of the clerics die in the fire.
24th. The temple of Sif is destroyed by another mysterious fire. Gallemore was with Annabelle trying to save her life so did not get to the fire in time to save anyone or get burned. 6 clerics and 10 children die in the fire.
12th. Sparky and Krunch turn 20. The family has a quiet celebration and invite Tizzy giving them a chance to tell her that Krunch is in Alfheim and safe.
6th. Wolf turns 19. His parents have a quiet celebration with the other two kids by reciting stories about Wolf.
8th. The new temples for Sif and Idun is started in the artisan quarter of the new city. Rumor has it with funds from the syndicate. New clerics for both are brought in from Boton to lead the temples.
15th. Annabelle recovers enough to decide to live. Her and Gallemore convert Annabelle’s parents home into an orphanage. They begin taking in the kids on the street that the syndicate are taking advantage of. Their way to get back at them but hopefully, not make targets of themselves and the kids. The kids old enough are sent each year to Hidden Valley to get them out of the city and away from the influence of the syndicate.
1st. The rest of the groups year GRADUATES
6th. Kara and Sven celebrate Yari and Rissa birthday for them turning 18 even though they are not there
7th. Large group of refugees arrive in Hidden Valley
10th. Sparky and Tizzy is sent on a diplomacy mission to 4 of the big dwarven keeps:
- Silver Mountain (the one you guys visited on the second year you were students)
- Dronkarag (Thunder Mountain clan)
- Kirduhn (the one in the Bone Hills far south and west of Thunder Rift)
Along the way they search the area thought to be the old abandon dwarven keep, Kel Kalduhr, they all supposedly originated from but only find ruins of cities in the valleys around where they think it might be. Aldhis goes with her along with a large number of the graduating class to keep her safe on the journey. Tizzy keeps working on deciphering the text that Krunch sent her. It is expected the journey could take up to a year.
3rd. Zen’s family toast Zen turning 19 and hope he is ok and send some money to help Annabelle and Gallemore with the orphanage.
3rd. Elsie’s parents visit her telling her they forgive her and support her decision. They learn that her parents and Bran are planning on expanding the inn since business is booming.
30th. Verona turns 19
7th. Franziska turns 19
10th. Elsie turns 18
25th. Verona gets confirmation that she is pregnant.
1st. Tizzy turns 20
12th. Sparky and Krunch turn 21 Elsie goes back home to her parents inn with Kara and Sven for the grand opening of the new section of the inn. The kitchen is three times bigger, the dining room is twice the size, and they added three private dining rooms for different size groups. Last, they added ten more rooms to sleep in and added ten more stalls on the barn also. They now have three of the kids from Annabelle’s orphanages working there full time.
6th. Wolf turns 20
4th. The group gets the dragon orb only to find themselves in Alfheim for almost 2 months, while a year and a eight months go by. They point Rowenthorn’s wife in the direction of the forest she can find him in over the plateau. Before they left for Alfheim, while in the cave getting the dragon orb, Rissa gets a calling from Gia who sends her down a special tunnel to receive a gift from her mentor.
6th. Yari and Rissa technically turn 19 but they feel like 18. Yari receives a special gift from Odin for his birthday while in Brichtwood with the help of the unicorn known as Seamus, Run’s through Shadows husband.
7th. They fight the harpies, flying goblins and swarms of bats stopping them from bothering the sacred lake that feeds Yggdrasil, the world tree. Seamus and the centaurs who protect the lake are very grateful as they are not really into flying. Yari receives Letters from Elsie
15th. Verona gives birth to Princess Diana. Both are doing fine. Zen asks his sword what its name is and learns it is feminine with its name is Glinda.
16th. They arrive back in Hidden Valley to Kara and Sven’s home. Elsie and Yari spare and she does pretty darn good. Yari asks her if she wants to help the group in their missing and she agrees. Yari and Zen have a disagreement that night and Yari has the last word as he walks out to get drunk at his uncle’s pub. Yari and Elsie start to get back together. Unknown to the rest of the group, Krunch sends word via Who, his owl, about having Aldhis joining them to help protect Elsie when they are not around.
20th. Wolf Gets a Big Surprise when Sparky meets him in the woods outside of town secretly
Zen gets a big surprise when Aldhis meets him at the inn Krunch gets information from Tizzy from encrypted letter from Hazel
21st. On the morning they are to leave, Franziska is told by her mother that Annabelle has a special graduation gift for her. So stop in to the orphanage secretly when they are next in Melinir. Yari and Rissa are given a sendoff that includes both sets of grandparents who have definitely aged to them since they last saw them. Kara gives them a beautiful silk embroidered blanket for Verona’s child as a gift from Hidden Valley. They are to give it also to Annabelle who will see that it gets to Queen Verona for the baby. In the late afternoon, Sparky, Tizzy and the dwarven fighters march into town and visit Kara and Sven to let them know how it fairs at the keep, and that they are off to visit the other three dwarven keeps for the king. They stay the other side of the town for the night. Then are off to visit the first dwarven keep: Ak-Dahkar
22nd. The group leaves Butterpond and travels through the tunnel to Thunder Rift
23rd. The group travels through the bone hills
25th. In the morning they sell the Jewel crested stand to a jeweler in the high market for $350 gold. Both thinking they got a good deal. Meanwhile, Yari goes to the castle to deliver the blanket his mother gave him to Verona and finally finds out what fueled the miracle. [write up coming I think]. They are able to get out of the town with little difficulty.
They arrive to Torlynn and decide on the name of the group to be the Silver Thorn
26th. On the road
28th. They leave Aldhis and Elsie with Sten and Miley Findley, parents of one of the refugees.
29th. On the road
30th. Arrive a the foot of the mountain range where the Wizard Spire is. Glinda having recovered her powers and now being close enough to her body is able to tell them what happened. [see write up]. They decide to go to the Haunted Tower first.
1st. On the road camp just outside the Gloomfens
2nd. In the swamp, camp just outside where the Haunted Tower is.
3rd. They approach the Tower and run into a ton of skeletons that rise out of the swamp. Then proceed to fight untold undead in the Tower itself.
11th. Around noon, everyone feels a tingle and they know that something has happened magically in the rift but do not know what. It feels like a small buzz is going on. They finally figure out it seems to be coming from the walls of the rift. When she has time, Franziska is able to figure out that the walls natural ability to block things have been enhanced. She is not sure if she even had a teleport spell that it would work while they are inside the rift area.
22nd. Sparky, Tizzy and the group arrive at Ak-Dahkar keep. The twins Bofor and Brock (Pegasus, the one that Sardi and Verona had been in) from the same graduation class as the group, arrive home. The first time since they left for school seven years ago. Their view of the world completely changed from what they grew up with. They are met with a celebration.
3rd. Zen technically turns 20 but he feels like he is just 19
25th. Sparky, Tizzy and the group leave Ak-Dahkar keep
30th. Verona turns 20
5th. Sparky, Tizzy and the group arrive at Bardahn keep
7th. Franziska technically turns 20 but feels like she is just 19
10th. Elsie turns 19
15th. Sparky, Tizzy and the group leave Bardahn keep
1st. Tizzy turns 21
30th. Sparky, Tizzy and the group arrive at Valdor keep
12th. Sparky turns 21 while at Valdor keep and is given a huge celebration by the clan. Krunch technically turns 21 but feels like 20
15th. Sparky, Tizzy and the group leave Valdor keep
6th. Wolf technically turns 21 but feels like 20
28th. Sparky, Tizzy and the group arrive back at Golden Eagle Keep
6th. Yari and Rissa technically turn 20 but they feel like 19
15th. Princess Diana turns 1
3rd. Zen technically turns 21 but he feels like he is just 20
30th. Verona turns 21
10th. Elsie turns 20
7th. Franziska technically turns 21 but feels like she is just 20
1st. Tizzy turns 22