The Beasts of the Shadows

Cut Scene! Part 03

The scene opens up to tavern. A young dark-haired woman sits by herself at the bar sipping on her drink, the gnome bar keep in front of her polishing the glasses as is the typical routine at this hour. The tavern is lively with the sweet sound of the flute sweeping over everyone as a handsomely dressed man performs on the stage.

“Do you really think it’s safe to talk here?” The woman asks.

“Of course it is,” the gnome responds. “Have faith my friend. I would not ask you to meet here for nothing.”

The woman swirls her drink in its mug and sips it slowly. The music eventually winds down to a roar of applause and cheers.

“I thank you my kind kinfolk! But now if you can excuse me, I must let these pipes rest, drink, and be merry!”

With the sound of laughter and good cheers, the man makes his way down from the stage and to the bar. Motioning to an empty stool, “May I?”

The woman gestures for him to take a seat. After several minutes of bustling fans, the gnome takes two pans together and beings banging them.

“Alright! Alright! Show’s over! Let the poor boy rest a minute! A round on the house!”

With a satisfied jolly roar drinks are passed around and there is finally a moment for the two at the bar.

“The usual for me Ezra, please,” the man says to the gnome.

“Of course Marcus, anything for you,” she replies happily as she quickly runs to the back room.

“Ezra says you have similar goals to us,” Marcus says to the woman. “She says you’re trustworthy and I hope she’s right.”

Before the woman can respond, Ezra returns with a plate of food and a mug of ale. “There you go dear. Now, let me introduce you to my friend Janiven…”

fades to black

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Cut Scene! Part 02

The scene opens up to the southern part of Westcrown. The streets are lined with people going to and fro between the shops, inns, and bars though there is an eerie quiet that hangs over the area. The clanking of armor slowly gets louder and the streets quickly vacate. Row by row, the black armor gleams in the sunlight. Through the streets they march until a small wooden church comes into view. The symbol of Aroden hangs high and proud in the face of the approaching group. The church is quiet, unsuspecting. The rows of men in black stop and draw their weapons: some choose bows and others their blades.

A lanky man from the back of the group weaves his way through the mass. Once in front, he looks at the peaceful sight before him and an unsettling smile crosses his face. His long red hair looks like fire barely tamed and the glare from his glasses obscure his eyes. He raises his hands and begin weaving the arcane forces together, bending them to his will, and unleashes a fury down!

There is a sudden, loud blast. The symbol of Aroden falls.

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Cut Scene! Part 01

The scene opens up the a dimly lit but well furnished room. The walls are covered in paintings and other decorations, the windows have elegant curtains of fine fabric currently drawn close, and the would be cold wood floor has a carpet of gold and red patterns to protect one’s bare feet. In the center of this room is a bed large enough for three grown adults to all lay comfortably, but there is only one sole man laying peacefully in the center of the over-sized mattress. The man is fairly young in appearance with coal black hair framing his facing. A few hand servants tend to his bedside as he slumbers, murmuring to themselves their own gossip.

A woman enters the room. A white fox stole lies draped over her shoulder.

“Any change?” her voice cuts through the silence with authority.

“No m’lady,” one of the servants replies quickly. “He has not woken.”

“Keep him alive. We’ll need him soon.”

She turns and leaves and the servants pretend to busy themselves more, flustered by her appearance. As the scene begins to fade to black a ring can be seen on the nightstand that has some sort of symbol on it…. A rose?

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GROUP NAME

From this day forth the group will be known as the Westcrown Resurrection Alliance!

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Freedom Cry

This song made me think of you guys. :-) I figured I would share it.

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Journal has been updated!
Sidequests, ho!

Fiosa: One of her friends, a freed halfling, has suddenly gone missing. And a man known as “The Slaver” has recently come back into town. As his name implies, he likes to round up “unattached” halflings and sell them as slaves in other cities. He works at dusk.
Our brave heroes successfully snuck aboard The Slaver’s ship, vanquished him and his crew, and rescued the kidnapped halflings—including Fiosa, who had gone off on her own to try to handle the problem. Huzzah! Sidequest complete!

Tarvi: There’s been a string of nighttime break-ins and robberies hitting the small shops in the middle of the city lately. While Tarvi’s family’s shop, the Glitter Palace, has not been hit yet, she still fears that they’re on borrowed time. And despite all her studies, Tarvi hasn’t managed to successfully cast any warding spells yet.

Yakopulio/Faewyn (?): Y’know those Shadow Beasts that have been terrorizing the citizens and keeping them indoors at night? Well, apparently they can been killed, because someone’s been offering a 100 gold bounty for each Shadow Beast corpse brought to them. Either that, or they’re just bored and wanting to see if any foolhardy hunters manage to get themselves entertainingly killed. If the PCs are interested they can come to the Bruised Eel to find out more.

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