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Green Growing Moon, Year of PC05

The assault on Calex Wraithspawn that has been planned for many months was successfully executed by a group of Valley Adventurers, aided by the Shadowsrise and the last of the Sneverhime, who came down from Stormfather mountain to assist.  While Calex himself escaped to the Plane of the Sleepless Dead (seemingly to take a position close to, or as, the Realm Lord of Hate and Pain) the cult activities and his control over them appears to have been shattered.  Reports from across Orin Raktha show that the cult appears to be fragmented and infighting is common.  

During this assault the Sneverhime Radnor Stormheart was freed from the Thrall of Calex Wraithspawn although several other Sneverhime were slain during the battles with the Cult of Hate.

The Shadowsrise appear to have sent out the entire youth of their last pure bloodlines to be tested in some manner and to accomplish the aims of Judge Flam.  There seemed to be only two outcomes; you were worthy or you were slain.  Four of them proved worthy and in a process designed to ensure that the Father continues to be represented on Orin Rakatha merged with the last of the Sneverhime to become pure Shadowsrise Judges.  These were; 

  • Judge Duval Stormfist
  • Judge Genevive Stormheart
  • Judge Stormstrike
  • Judge Stormwind

 Judge Flam Mistborn has now restored the number of pureblood Shadowsfall Judges from two to six and gained control of half the Shadowsfall council and is seemingly at odds with Talon Stormherald.

The Sneverhime as a people are now no longer in existence however the storms that rage around Stormfather Mountain, erected for their protection, continue unabated. 

The Shadowsrise trainees who failed their trials did not die in vain (or perhaps did not fail at all?).  It appears that ten of them are on the path to become Mistweavers in an accelerated fashion.  There has been a noticeable uptick in the appearance of the mists in several areas that were previously relatively free of them.

Adventurers are reminded that any intelligence (scrolls, prophecies, letters of note) should be presented to the Valley Archives so that copies may be taken and made available to other groups.  Adventurers are welcome in most cases to retain the originals but the information in such documents may prove vital to future Valley activities.

Meanwhile the congress voted on one of its most important matters to date;  the question presented was “Should the Valley, with proper planning and working with other nations to provide a suitable alternative, seek to relinquish our role as Enforcers of the Will of the Mystics?”  This Vote passed with a majority “Yes” and the Lords and their representatives will now proceed with enacting this decision

 

Planting Moon, Year of PC05

The Shadowsfall Judge Titus Orchemenus, known to be fiercely loyal to the Shadowsfall Nation leader Judge Talon Stormherald has been slain.  It is now understood that Judge Titus was most active in the handling of execution contacts and was the Judge who oversaw the attacks on the Valley during the last time of reckoning.   A ring in the form of a black skull wrapped around the Tarot card for Vengeance was reportedly found at the scene.  

It is also known that Judge Flam Mistborn has returned from his MistWalk and is now in the possession of the Hammer of Law which he cleansed of its Hateful corruption through his calling to the Mother and Father.  He now seeks to grow the Shadowsrise’ influence within the Shadowsfall.

Reader Caravans have come under attack in the past month by assailants unknown and have raised a concern with the Valley that the trade routes are not being adequately protected.   In following communications the matter of Valley debts to the Reader were raised with implications that payment for past services were now due.

Helpful contacts from the tribe of Fallen Brothers (Nomads based in the north) have confirmed the presence of both Calex and Radnor Stormheart in the area of Stormfather mountain along with growing numbers of troops.  Safe passage and lodging have been offered and mission parameters are being laid out.

We have received word from Judge Flam that during the recent incursion into Shadowsfall lands the Senior Tilduring Assassin Gival Nightfang was permanently slain.

 

Fools Moon, Year of PC05

 A rare “out of borders” meeting of the Lords and many of the Guildleaders took place in the old menagerie lands this moon.  During the course of the session many things were discussed (sadly I wasn’t present having other pressing matters to attend to) a a number of votes called;

  • It was agreed that the Valley would use the Shadowsfall contract in order to attain a state of neutrality with them during the next Time of Reckoing.  This was originally proposed by Lord Quicksilver and passed by thirty-one votes to five).
  • It was also agreed that the The Drow within the Valley would be offered a seat congress and their representative (Matriach Kevralyn Soulfire) given a vote on matters with equivalent power to a Guildleader.

The Lords advised during this session that the group support Shadowsfall Judge Flams attempts to reform the Shadowsfall by providing him a number of doses of the “Elixir of Life” to allow him to proceed on his goals.  This was done and Judge Flam drank of the elixir before de-robing and taking a lone walk into the mists.  Gabriel Chide of the Pentar was also seen to have taken four doses of the Elixir of Life during the culmination of the creation rituals.  

Much valuable material and several groups of missing Valley members were returned to the Nation as a result of the actions of the adventuring group active in the Menagerie.  I am sure a full report will be available soon.

Congratulations are due to Dame Layla Mayfield, Guildleader of Knights Martial who was knighted in the field by Sir Clavados in recognition of her service.  We eagerly await the public announcement of the Orders new salute.

Priest Marcus of the Hospital has been confined to a cell however he protests he is innocent of any crimes against the Valley and indeed has laid a number of charges against prominent adventurers for his attempted murder through the use of Cause Fatal invocations (multiple) and having his throat cut.  Investigations on both his involvement with the Cult of Hate and Pain and the manner of his capture continue.

Encounters with the strange Fae groups continue.  For now lone and paired pathfinders seem to be able to avoid contact with them but several adventuring groups report engaging in combat with them when they reveal themselves and are unable to provide the particularly shiny individual they seek.  While no losses have been taken so far these creatures have potent magical abilities and groups should be on the lookout.  Any information relating to their actual purpose could prove useful in avoiding future conflict.

Contact has been made with Elias Van Grange an off-worlder now living as nomad between the Valley and the Saldorian border.  He and a number of his men seem to be operating a kind of recovery team responsible to shepherding nomads to safe locations across Orin Rakatha using whatever sanctuaries they can find from the mists.  He is engaged in a protracted disagreement with a Coma Doof and Toast the Knowing within the old lands of the Menagerie where the latter seem to be gathering Nomads to them in the fashion of a warband for the purpose of looting and killing.  The Pathfinders are monitoring both sides.

Elias also provided additional intelligence concerning the lands to the North around Mount Star.  It appears that the mists are very weak there, unsual in the mountains of the spine, and nomads from across the North West being drawn there by others of Elias’ allies however it also appears that Calex Wraithspawn is also using the opportunity to gather his forces there and the Cult of Hate and Pain are stepping up their “recruitment” in the area.

Lord Railin of the Menagerie reports that treatment on the cure that is now possible due to the recovery of the Elixir of Life proceeds well and the Lords are hopeful that everyone will receive their treatment in due course.

Finally in other good news the Hepath Lord Balor was forcibly banished from Orin Rakatha.  This seemingly caused the immediate banishment of all Hepaths serving Balor from Orin Rakatha.  Multiple reports from conflicts within both the House of the Weaver and Valley groups elaborate that the hepathic foot soldiers simply disappeared in clouds of sulphur leaving several Pentar groups with insufficient support resulting in their defeat in several engagements.

 

Wind Moon, Year of PC05

The poisoning has been tracked to the Kings Well an underground lake on the northern border of the Citadel and Darkhome that supplies water to Darkhome, Aethertown and areas that used to house the Forge and Ways and Groves.  Guards have been posted at similar water sources in order to prevent further attempts to attack the valley in a similar way.

The Valley assisted the Wizards Concilium in reforming the two lost nodes of magic.   Meanwhile Chancellor Marius has announced that he has created a node of Purple Magic using the essence of the Shadow Master of Lore that the Valley recovered a year ago (see Wind Moon PC04).  The exact location of this node (and presumably Master of Lore) is currently unknown but the working supposition is that it lies somewhere within the Wizards Concilium borders. 

The House of the Weaver extended an invitation for the Valley to assist them in performing a “Ritual of Life” in the coming summer in order to prevent the Mescona returning from the Halls of the Damned.  They also appear to be continuing their war against the Pentar on several fronts.

Reports from the Heights suggest that Sir Horner Of Valancia of the Knights of Purity is about, or has recently begun, to undertake the Grail Quest which is a rite of passage in the Heights required to claim the rank of Grand Knight.
 

Bone Moon, Year of PC05

The political season has apparently begun in earnest with several new appointments and changes in the Valley.

One of the most important announcements is that Oracles have agreed that the Temple of the Four Winds will be moved from within the Valley to neutral locations depending on the season.   At the next handover the intention is for the Temple to take residence in the land between the Reader and Azadan nations with only a small contingent of the temple staff travelling with the Oracle.  The remainder will for now remain the Valley until security arrangements and the practicality of the new approach is proven. The Shadowsfall, Reader and Azardan have been contacted in regard to providing guards and support for the season.

The other major news of the time is that Quicksilver has been named the interim Lord of Aethertown filling the position that has been vacant since the sad death of Lightfoot Flame.

Other appointments or movements of note;

 

  • Ksandra has been elected to the position of Guildleader of the Red School and moved the school to Darkhome
  • Michael has been appointed to the role of Acting White School Guildleader
  • Shard Farsight has announced his intent to take the Grey Wardens sect to Aethertown.
  • Teppic has moved the Grey Path from the Archives to the Training grounds expressing the need for the Path to be more involved in active adventuring.
  • Giles has settled the Grey School of magic in Darkhome
  • The Blue School has moved to Aether Town under new Guildleader Zephyr.  Ichabod wishes to concentrate on his work in the Archives and handed leadership to Zephyr with no challenges rising from within the school.

 

Outbreaks of a virulent plague which diagnoses as both power and magic have run rampant through Aethertown and Darkhome.  First manifesting as lethargy suffers seem to deteriorate to the point that they fall unconscious to during the course of meditations and must be forcibly roused from bed each morning.   

In Darkhome a number of wells have been identified as sources of the contagion and these have been cordoned off in an attempt to slow down the spread.  The aqaufors feeding these wells are being investigated. Similar activity is underway in Aethertown

The Oracle of Knowledge seems to continue in his enigmatic fashion of answering questions in indirect ways.  In passing discussion with several different people the Butler of the Butlers Boon waystation revealed the answer to the question;

Where is the Tomb of Zacharius the Ancient Vampire currently aligned with the Fortress of Pentar?

The Butler stated  “The last lair of Zacharius is lies in Lostgate Wood”.  While this is a large area it allows elements of the Pathfinders with support from other sectors (particularly Darkhome) to begin investigating.

An adventuring group lead by Kevralyn Soulfire successfully created a Pact of Neutrality using information provided by the Keepers.  During the course of this the Valley was given a dire message by one of the Mistweavers that they must free the Sneverheim Radnar Stormheart and to ensure his ongoing safety.  He similarly demanded that the Pordaradrim be protected.

Roving bands of hordlings have been spotted in the lands of the Menagerie and the mists have become more patchy.  While small groups of enterprising recovery specialists have attempted to get out and survey the area the expeditions are usually short lived and return little of value.

While the Fortress have maintained their probing attacks against the northern border their activity has been hampered by a number of assaults against the rear of their lines emanating from the Spine.  Consisting of large groups of spiders these groups are almost certainly from the House of the Weaver but no direct contact has been made with them by operatives in the field. After the attacks the Weaver forces melt back into the foothills and mountains north of the Warrens.

Halmadons Heights have announced that the Order of the Knights of Purity have been reformed under the guiding light of Sir Horner of Valancia while rumours from the within the Heights suggest that Sir Leon, Grand Knight of Virtue, is planning to depart on his Orders next crusade soon.

Reports come from various places of small bands of roving individuals actively seeking Valley members in particular “The Gem” or similar.  On such group fell foul of the Heights resulting in a prolonged skirmish. During this fight “for he of the Fae” was heard a number of times during the creatures casting.   Aspen, one of the Pathfinder scouts, was nearly slain when he presented himself to a different group near the Open Gauntlet and they turned immediately hostile.

Calix Wraithspawn continues to be a thorn in our side as he launched an attack on the Butlers Boon waystion.  While he was repelled his manipulation and control over the Cult of Hate and Pain seems to be growing and groups of cultists have been identified across the Orin Rakatha no longer seemingly contained within the area to the east of the spine where they were first re-encountered.

Reports from the field can be found herehere and here.


Cold Moon, Year of PC05

 The New Year begins quiet for the most part although Darkhome suffers from regular attempts to penetrate it’s border but the defenders have repelled them with aplomb so far.  One particularly large incursion consisting of several coordinated groups was stopped dead in its tracks when a large savage creature with a black wolfs face surrounded by ethereal white fur and massive boned claws wearing Darkhome sector colours appeared to summon a group of similar, albeit slightly smaller, creatures around him and proceeded to rend the attacking force with such fury that not a single foe survived.  The creature returned alone, it’s companions disappearing as quickly as they arrived, coated in a significant layer of gore.

Elsewhere work continues to restore and rebuild in all of the remaining sectors.   The mists hang heavy over the menagerie which has prevented entry into the majority of the lost lands.

 

Snow Moon, Year of PC04

Yule brought a measure of respite from the winter's chill and what supplies are available were distributed to ensure as many people as possible had something to celebrate.  The Dye-Fah-Dyne trade caravans have begun to flow in earnest which is alleviating some of the hardship brought about by the loss of so much of the farmland and attached storage facilities although it will still be a struggle for many until Spring arrives bringing with it the chance to open up new sources of food and other vital supplies.

 

Turning Moon, Year of PC04

Investigations into the deaths of Lady Isabella, her retinue, Walks-in-Dreams and the Braydon (the cleaner found near him) have continued. My thanks go out to everyone who has assisted so far and for those other offers of aid.  I understand the more than you know the frustration stemming from this loss.

This moon saw the visit to Orin Rakatha of an Oracle of the Sphere of Knowledge one that the Valley has interacted with a number of times before.  With the assistance of the adventurers the Lords instructed me to provide the list of questions that our people would present to them.  These were carried by High Priest and Guildleader Cirith along with a group of adventurers to the gathering where they partook in many challenges for the right to present questions to the Oracle.  Of the twelve questions permitted the party excelled themselves winning the right to ask a total of nine questions.  One was forfeit to the Dehori and another was traded (I will discuss this later) which left the following questions as the Valley's petition to this aspect of knowledge. 

  • Where is the Tomb of Zacharius the Ancient Vampire currently aligned with the Fortress of Pentar?
  • What methods exist restore the node of Fire and the node of Ice upon Orin Rakatha?
  • Does the principle of elemental matrixing laid out in Melvin Manypages treatise number two represent a viable method for the creation of new teaching scrolls?
  • Where should the parchment material (dragon skin) be obtained from?
  • Is the creation of spiritual teaching scrolls as hinted in Melvin Manypages research a possibility?
  • Where grows the Heart of Elm?
  • Was Malcom Middleton mentally influenced by the Wizards Concilium to handover the Valley Teaching Scrolls?

 Due to the nature of the Oracle and it's wisdom I'd ask all adventurers to be on the look out for odd coincidences or signs that might indicate an answer forthcoming to any of these. While I appear to have been named the Oracles conduit in this matter the questions were asked as a people and the Oracles answers are rarely delivered in an obvious fashion.

In further good news I understand the recent adventuring group were also able to strike a deal with the Dai Fah Dyne. Negotiations lead by Michael of the White School ensured that the DFD are willing to supply the Valley with basic food and provisions at cost price for the duration of our war with the Fortress of Pentar in exchange for a single question of their choice being presented to the Oracle by the Valley. Given the recent struggles stemming from the Time of Reckoning and the loss of easy access to much of our farm and pasturelands this deal will prove vital in the winter months to come. I would like to commend Michael, Caradac and indeed all of their group for engineering this critical supply line.

The Shadowsfall were once again employed to foil Valley activities. Working alongside the Well of Eternal Souls and the Fortress of Pentar large groups of Shadowsfall were contracted to prevent the Valley asking questions of the Oracle. In punishment for interfering with it's business the Oracle has somehow forced the Shadowsfall to offer the Valley a single contract of our choosing for which we will not be required to pay. Needless to say there are any number of things that we could employ this boon for and any suggestions will be taken under advisement.

As many of you will already have seen a new Guild of Spiritualism has been formed to undertake the role of teaching and guiding those individuals with an interest in Shamancy, Vitamancer or Necromancy (presumably in any of it's myriad flavours?). Xernes has stepped into the role of Guildleader after petitioning for the creation of the guild in the first place. So anyone with an abiding interest in such matters should contact him in the Temple of the Four Winds.

 Reports from the Adventurers can be found here and here 


Leaf Fall Moon, Year of PC04

In an effort to ensure the Valley has swift, representative decision making the role of Guildleader has been reintroduced as a political entity. The Lords will continue to propose policy decisions but the Guildleaders will now be given the opportunity to vote on key decisions through a newly devised communication system. 

I am very sad to report that Lady Isabella, Lord of the Six Boroughs, was permanently slain by assailants unknown. She and a number of the Council of Elders were being escorted back to the Nation and were little over a day away from the borders to the South West. All attempts at scrying and divination have, so far, failed. Her body and the bodies of her inner circle have been returned to the Valley for the traditional Taranor burial rites.

To compound this tragic loss Pixie Greenwillow and Tarm Gurrack, who were both acting to recover various resources from the lands of the Ways and Groves now outside the Valley borders, were slain permanently by Shadowsfall assassination squads. Meanwhile the Father and a number of senior merchants were also victim of assaults by the Shadowsfall. Several were slain and the Father has gone into hiding. 

Finally, perhaps most disturbingly,  the Oracle of the Firewind Walks-In-Dreams was been found dead in his chambers. He appeared to have been torn literally limb from limb. A member of the cleaning staff was found dead next to him although without any obvious cause of death. Investigations are underway by the Temple.

The day following Walks-in-Dreams death a Shadowsfall named Adjudicator Braes presented himself to the Temple claiming to be the Oracle of the Firewind. The other Oracles were recalled to verify this claim and investigate the matter. It is understood that he will not reside within the Valley lands and wishes the temple to be moved when it is his season to be the standing Oracle. The temple has so far made no statement as to the how this affects the leadership of the Sector.

As a result of these attacks, and the general confusion still reigning following the Time of Reckoning, the Lords put two questions to the Congress of Guildleaders. These were;

  • Should the position Lord of the Six Borough be removed from the ruling council and the lands, people and responsibility form part of the restructured Training Grounds?
  • Should the position Lord of the Marketplace be temporarily removed from the ruling council and the responsibility for managing equipment requisition and food distribution fall into the purview of the reformed Training Grounds?

Both statements were carried with a majority Yes vote. As a result the training grounds is now well prepared to support adventurers during this difficult time with the ability to source goods, provisions and equipment more effectively and ensure we are able to protect our borders and our duties upon Orin Rakatha. Lazarus Steel, how leads the Training Grounds as Sector Lord, is reviewing the living arrangements and supply lines to make best use of the remaining lands and natural resources we have at our disposal.

There were a number of other appointments to the Congress;

  • Graag Venombard was declared the new Guildleader of the Archers. He has announced his intention to move the guild to the Warrens.
  • Heldon Grange was declared Guildleader of the Dark Brethren. His years of service beneath Mothac Storm should prove a stabilising influence during the current turbulent times. Heldon Grange has announced he will move the Dark Brethren to the Menagerie in order to assist with maintaining order during the reconstruction.
  • Kretch has taken up the position of Guildleader of the Brown School of Magic. Kretch has decided to move the School to the Warrens given that the previous lands of the school are now beyond the borders.

Finally Broil Firebrew has claimed the role of Acting Lord of the Warrens given the Goblin Kings continued absence. He will speak and act in this position until the King can be located and restored to his rightful place.

Giles, has declared War on the Shadowsfall in his official capacity as Guildleader of the Grey School. The Lords have stated that this is his right as a Guildleader but that this declaration does not extend to other members of the alliance and that the Nation itself maintains diplomatic relations with the Shadowsfall and at Nation level do not consider us in a state of war. Valley members are reminded that we, as a disparate and varied people, have many individuals who hold strong views against one or more people, races, creatures or nations. It is down to adventuring groups to ensure we support and maintain individual beliefs will whilst ensuring our nations safety.

In external news;

Several Nations have offered their formal thanks to the Valley for the return of a number of people they had believed lost to them. These individuals were recovered by a Valley Party close to the lands of the Dye-Fah-Dyne where they were seemingly being captured during raids on trade caravans. Eye witness accounts of these people being sold at some sort of auction have also been reported. 
There was also a phenomenon reported where the living essence of individuals was being removed somehow leaving them withered corpses where they should have sufficient strength of spirit to be revived. This is believed to be tied to the Easterlings in some manner.

We await more detailed reports from those present but it seems clear that the Valley will need to investigate these events further when we are able to identify new leads.

The Fortress of Pentar have nearly completed their migration of their previous lands to take up residence in the old Kalid lands of the Rift. Between the mists and their scouting forces we were unable to to obtain much information regarding their common people (assuming they have such). Given the border changes and the Pentars new position missions leaving via the Northern borders are warned to be particularly careful.
 
The Dehori from the Well of Eternal Souls were seen in large numbers during All Hallows Eve (as we might expect) performing ceremonies and rituals at various points around their borders. They were accompanied by significant numbers of spirits.

Many of the Nomads who were camping close to the Saldorian borders south of the Halfway House seem to have migrated to the West Waite. It seems they are making use of old Saldorian camps to provide more comfortable places to live with some protection from the mists provided by nearby cave and tunnel systems or proximity to the Saldorian border.

Hunting Moon, Year of PC04 - The Time of Reckoning

The time of reckoning has come and gone and we are still here, at least most of us. May the Seneschal and Lightfoot Flame return to the life sphere with our thanks for their lifetime of dedication to the Valley.

During the course of the day many announcements were made as a result of the Time of Reckoning. I have summarised the main ones below;

  • The Cabal of The Dragon were granted Nation Status and Lands south of the Three Sisters. Their Colours are a stylised Dragon's head presented on a solid field.

  • The Forgotten have reclaimed an enclave in the Starvale Peaks and are returned to Nation Status . They have reclaimed the old colours of the of purple, black and white in sunburst pattern.

  • The Well of Eternal Souls has been named a Nation and granted lands in the Fallow Hills. Their official colours are Green and Yellow with a Red Skull emblem. This nation appears to have been formed by a large number of sentient undead and a sect of the Dymwan called the Dehori.

  • The Kalid are no longer considered a Nation. Their time as dispossessed is over and any remaining on Orin Rakatha are considered Nomad.

  • The Halls of Suhtek chose to not present themselves at the Central Isle and are no longer considered a Nation. Any member of this Nation who have not joined another Nation are considered Nomad.

  • The Legion were prevented from presenting their status to the Central Isle and are considered dispossessed. Their lands bane and boons will cease to function but they may travel to the festival lands for protection.

  • The Cold Dawn were prevented from presenting their status to the Central Isle and are considered dispossessed. Their lands bane and boons will cease to function but they may travel to the festival lands for protection.


A new waystation has come into being at the rivers fork in the Greensward (in the East). It is named The Butlers Boon. The Valley group lead by Lord Khandis Greyspider were seemingly responsible for its creation.

It was noted that the Shadowsfall returned to their old ways and accepted contracts on many of the nations which resulted in attacks on many notable leaders of existing Nations including our own. Judge Flam presented himself to the group travelling with Lord Khandis to express that this was not personal and that the Shadowsfall have no vendetta with anyone outside of formal contract arrangements.

The Kesiora Dynasty and Reader were attacked by the Shadowsfall but managed to swear their status after their leaders escaped the ambushes. The Legion and the Cold Dawn were not so fortunate.

It was reported that Ison, leader of the Fortress of Pentar, was attacked and killed by the Shadowfall but he later appeared at the Rainbows landing alone and seemingly unharmed to present his nations status. 

The Laws of Orin Rakatha were reviewed and updated. The changes allow for sentient beings, regardless of origin or nature of existence, to take their place as a member of a nation with all the duties and benefits this entails. This includes the ability to hold and swear status to that nation. An additional clarification prevents the holding of nation prisoners in waystations. It was determined that an application of a Commune or Identify Person would be able to provide the answer as to that individuals sentience for the purpose of testing laws referring to sentient beings.

The saddest news was, of course, the assassination of the Seneschal, as well as Lightfoot Flame and Lady Isabella. With both Lightfoot Flame and the Seneschal being permanently slain as a result. Lady Isabella was thankfully returned to us. As a result of this disruption however the Valley was unable to gather all of their status to swear at the Central Isle. Rumours are that Arbor was attacked and wounded only to escape in animal form leaving the Shadowsfall to be consumed by a plague of insects. He has worryingly not been seen since. The only glimmer of victory during the day was Sir Clavados who was also attacked was able to defeat the Shadowsfall ambush without loss of Valley life.

Castellan Steel did all he could but amidst these attacks little over half of the total status was able to be resworn in time. As a result of this the Valley borders have contracted significantly leaving our nations lands in turmoil.

The Menagerie lost approximately 90% of its land and what remains is now packed with those from that sector that fled from the mists rolling in. High Priest Railin of the Seers has been instrumental in organising the remaining buildings (old barracks and training laboratories mainly) into what we hope are temporary communal accommodations. Many members of the sector remain unaccounted for and the mist and Hordling activity remain to think to begin any rescue operations at this time. High Priest Railin has expressed his intention to send parties out into the sector lands as soon as possible to recover both the people, materials and equipment from the abandoned labs, pits and warehouses.

The Ways and Groves are now entirely outside of our border as best we can tell. Groups from this sector have been appearing regularly at the border having dodged groups of hordlings and the mists. Given the solitary and roaming nature of many of this sector (encouraged and exemplified by the still absent Lord Arbor) it is almost impossible to judge how many, if any, have been lost used as they are to living for extended periods in the wilds.

The Forge has also suffered. While the majority of the forges themselves remain in our borders the save passages to many of the mines in the spine are now no longer within the border leaving a dangerous trek across open Orin Rakatha to reach valuable basic resources such as Iron, Copper and Coal.

Word from the Warrens is that the border has retreated over them leaving with them with little to no open ground remaining free from the mists. However not is all lost. Some quick action in barring the gates to the tunnels and caves (where most of the Warrens live) means that most of the living space is currently unaffected.  There have been reports of hordlings trying to break through and occasionally drifts of mist seeping into the entrance ways but on the whole it could be far worse for the denizens of the underground ways. We may in the future find the loss of the land above, used for crops and food in the main, to be of great concern.

Finally Darkhome now finds the northern border cutting directly through a portion of its farmland and underground complexes leaving nearly half in unclaimed lands. The underground complex should be secure but making use of the farmland will be much more difficult and Darkhome itself is now the first sector that would be entered by visitors from the North.

We have had several reports from the field which have been stored in the usual section of the archives here and here.

 

Harvest Moon, Year of PC04

A group of adventurers resolved a pressing issue with supplies of certain vital minerals used in the production of magical and empowered artifacts. It appears that the mines north of the Valley lands owned by the reader but jointly operated by the Valley had been over-run as a consequence of several intersecting matters.

Sadly one of the druids of the Ways and Groves by the name of Silik had become tainted by the void and ultimately died as the result of nefarious plans by Zalfurin Nightspell a long-standing enemy of the Valley. Zalfurin remains at large and, despite this most recent plot being hopefully curtailed, his ongoing machinations pose a threat to the Valley and Orin Rakatha at large.

 

Grumwick Irontotem and Railin the Seer have been detained within the Nation for debriefing regarding their activities in a multi-nation enterprise relating to the mines disruption and wider consequences. 

One of the other issues identified within the mine structure was the presence of an Dymwan stasis chamber of some kind that contained a spirit of considerable power. This was eventually dealt with before it could desolate swathes of the land and population. It was mentioned that a different Dymwan individual may have been in the chamber but left the area. Hopefully a more detailed report may shine some light on this.

A full report from the Aventuring team (ably lead by Wulfric Baneguard) can be found in the archives, thank you Caradac. High Priest Railin has provided further information and background here. Some additional information concerning the Gatekeeper and related matters can be found here.

 

High Sun, Year of PC04

Malcolm Middleton, once Lord of Ethertown, was found guilty of theft by a council of the commons for his actions in removing the Teaching Scrolls from Valley control and giving them over to the Wizards Concilium. His sentencing is yet to be announced. Several of the Lords specifically named Skalgrim Skyfather as performing above and beyond the adventurers usual role in ensuring the trial was as fair as possible.

Discussions during the trial have raised concerns amongst the adventurers that the nation's laws are rather sparse and unsuitable to address more complex issues. Cirith in particular has been rather vocal in wishing progress in this area.

In a sad return it seems the Spirit of Ketzler Von Hartson, once a Lord of Ethertown, returned consumed by rage and came into conflict with the Valley group overseeing the trial.

A full report from the adventurers present is now available within the Archives

 

Planting Moon, Year of PC04

A report has been received by a fellow by the name of White Crow who provides detailed information about meetings with Fae courts and investigations into the Kalid lands.

The Kalid Nation seems to be entirely gone from Orin Rakatha as a functioning nation. While a small number of guards and peasants have been spotted the seems to be no sizable population remaining. A significant number of Hordlings have been seen in the area suggesting that many were taken by the mists. The location of the remainder of the population remains unclear although ritual sites found in their old lands suggestion transportation of at least some of their number was achieved.

 

Perhaps of some significance one of the ex-Kalid hordlings called himself Caramin Emberthief seems to have already become a Mist Shaman or similar being rapidly growing in power and influence.

The messengers of the Oracle continue their travels around all the waystations and nations of Orin Rakatha announcing his/her/its return and offering nations the chance to present questions to be answered. The Lords are seeking input from the adventurers as to the questions the Valley should put to this ancient source of knowledge.

 

Fools Moon, Year of PC04

An old enemy of the Valley the Cult of Hate and Pain has apparently resurfaced. They have been identified as trying to work with Dymwan and have thrown their lot in with Calex Wraithspawn.

The Dymwan meanwhile have created a Vamughast, a vastly powerful undead being, by utilising one of the Sneverhime in some no doubt deplorable ritual fashion.  It is unclear what this heralds.
Chancellor Untapt is now a Dymwan Master and exerting his control over the actions of the Dymwan nation.

A meeting of the Evil Towers took place, called by Gabriele Chide of the Fortress of Pentar. The purpose was to begin the process of establishing a new order following the ascension of the Dread Lord.

The Shadowsfall have been observed at a number of waystations offering their services or operating under contract markings. 

The Dymwan more been noticeably more active than they have been since the removal of Cardinaris and the appointment of Lord Mian as their nation leader. While still officially neutral to the Valley there have been incidents of unpleasantness over the past several weeks.

A report of Valley activity at this time from Master Seeker Caradac can be found here

 

Wind Moon,  Year of PC04

It seems some of our adventurers encountered a bold mercenary fellow in a tavern who told an interesting tale but it seems we had a man or two on the inside who furnished more information.

In summary it appears that the Wizards Concilium have been running a prison within a pocket plane of some kind where they had been keeping a number of individuals from many nations and people.

The Fortress of Pentar have been making noise about us keeping one of theirs prisoner within our lands adventurers have been discussing the ramifications.

The Wizards Concilium have reiterated their desire to have the missing nodes of Red and White magic restored. The Valley have been pledged to assist.

It seems that Lord Khandis is continuing with the tradition of appointing Barons to various roles forming the command structure of Darkhome. Rumour has it that there are a number of challenges being undertaken by various interested parties.

Malcolm Middleton was located in this prison and has been returned to the Valley for trial. It is currently unclear what Laws he has been accused of breaking but a number of powerful individuals are very upset with his actions in handing over the teaching scrolls to the Wizards Concillium.

 

Bone Moon, The Year PC04

Things continue to be quiet. Pathfinders report that the mists have become exceptionally heavy to the North of the Neck limiting our changes to monitor activity in the area.

The Saldorians have continued their policy of feeding and sheltering Nomads at their borders without recompense over the winter. It is unclear how long their lands can support this activity but there are grumblings from some quarters that this policy is detrimental to the Enclave.

 

Cold Moon, The year PC04

The beginning of this year continued as the last ended. Orin Rakatha seems quiet in the manner of a household usually filled with playing children after their parents have had a blazing row. The entire world seems to be holding its breath in anticipation of another calamity.

News from the Oracles suggests that they have still had no further visions since the one they reportedly saw upon the their return from the central isle (see: Oracle Visions - Dispersing lights).

Oracle Vision - Dispersing Lights

I start with something that occurred last year where I happened to witness one of the Oracles receive a vision. I believe I captured what I believe is the essence of the vision below as his vernacular makes for a much more difficult read.

As I slept my spirit soared into the sky. From a point higher than the tallest peak I observed the world of Orin Rakatha stretched beneath me. I dove through the clouds and into mist shrouding the Central Isle. There I felt the spirit of The Protector with me as well as that of my fellow Oracles. We watched as lights of all hues and shades from darkest black to pure white, from burning gold to frozen silver and all colours of the rainbow rose from the isle into the mists and began to weave about one another. While I heard no words the feeling was of being in the midst of heated argument of warchiefs and elders as the lights flitted back and forth in ever more agitated fashion. Then sudden stillness. The lights began to pulse gently growing brighter and brighter until with a flash of light that was heard as much as felt they delivered a message to both us and those we serve. We shall return and do that which we must do but no longer shall we but passively exist With that I found myself soaring once more into the Sky surrounded by lights until again Orin Rakatha lay before me like the most detailed map you can imagine. The lights hovered level with me for a second before falling to the ground scattered across the world.I watched for a while and all was still but every now and then one of the lights would flash then dim while another light of the same hue would flit about the world before returning in another pulse and once again sit still and bright. I saw the crack of dawn begin to break over the mountains and I awoke.

 

Introduction

With the upheaval of the last year it is my intention to keep a journal of the coming year, and beyond, in an attempt to provide adventurers, who juggle so many duties, something to help them navigate the numerous reports submitted to the archive in the context of a timeline and point out any rumours the pathfinders may have gathered. 

 

I hope it proves useful to someone,


Jeremiah Clearwater



Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2019 08:03