Journey to the Highwall Peaks PCs
Taeros the Druid
Yong-Lin the Barbarian
Willem the Bard
Yong-Lin after discussing with the smiths and wizards, found that she needed to obtain elemental air infused Greybark heartwood. Remembering her journey back from her homelands that she saw the Highwall Peaks. A series of plateaus jutting above the forest and dominated by Elder Greybarks. It was a week out from Greybark village and would be a long walk through the forest. She recruited Taeros and Willem, newly arrived to Greybark, to accompany her. They told Hobbes from the mill that they would give him some heartwood in exchange for some coin and the equipment to get it.
On their fourth day through the Greybark forest, they began encountering signs of diseased trees and the ground around them dying. They were attacked by two air elementals that attacked them as they neared the Highwall Peaks and attempted to keep them back. Yong-Lin found that she remembered wind chimes being used to keep Air Elementals happy. She brought them out and used them to communicate to the Air Elementals along with Taeros’ help. They were not allowed into the forest, but were told that if they could eliminate the source of the disease, they’d be allowed in.
Taeros summoned the spirit of the Raven Lord and got a messenger in the form of a diseased raven. It led them to a cave in the woods, with two trees literally melting from the disease. The air elementals had paced them to this location and when the diseased raven was dismissed after leaving, the air elementals killed it and one charged out to attack. The players ran to the cave and the air elemental stopped not wanting to get close to the corruption.
The players began nearing the dark cave but were repulsed by the smell of pestilence coming off of it. Willem reeled from it remembering being in a hospital and seeing a boy brought in that had been bitten by cancer bats. The boy had reeked of the same smell and been covered by blisters, growths, and boils. Willem remembered the doctors saying that alcohol had driven away the bats. He began dumping a bottle of liquor on himself while trying to explain the story.
Yong-Lin turned around and got bit by four bats flying out of the cave. The wounds immediately began bubbling up with disease and she became sickened. The bats were driven back by Taeros and Yong-Lin dumped alcohol on themselves. They entered the cave and the alcohol drove away the cancer bats. Taeros heard the bats whispering above him talking about the Darkness That Lays Beyond and the Darkness At The End. They got to the back of the cave and found a crack that led into an elvish ruin that was leaking corruption and corrupting the bats.
It seemed that the elvish ruin beyond was being used to hold something in place and red eyes looked down from the shadows being cast from the ceiling. The players left and filled in the crack with pieces of rubble and engraved new symbols of warding to stop the darkness beyond. They went outside the cave and met the Air Elemental that had chased them. It asked what they had done and could feel a change. Taeros told them and then asked if they could kill the bats. They summoned more air elementals and then gave the characters a boon that would guide them to an Elder Greybark in the Highwall Peaks. The elemental formed a dreamcatcher type object that they needed to carry with them to receive the boon.
The group reached the Elder Greybark tree and were able to ask it for a piece of it’s heartwood. It agreed as long as the wood would be used in defense of the forest. The characters thank the tree and managed to get back to Greybark without trouble.
Darkness in the Elven Tomb – What is it? Taeros and Yong-Lin have vowed to come back and kill it.
Cancer Bats- They were corrupted and could have bred in other places and diseased the forest. This could be a problem that never ends.
Favor of the Elementals – This group earned a boon with the elementals to guide them within a day or two of the Highwall Peaks.