The Zhentarim Expedition

Invitation of a Prince

The Black Carriage

  • The party continues along the road of Barovia until they are greeted by the sound of an approaching carriage.
  • The Carriage is pulled by 2 Large black draft horses. The stage upon which set an imposing Half-elf with a gleaming scimitar. Inside is a black robed man and a woman in fine clothes with a mask fashioned to look like an ivory skull.
  • From the carriage came an imposing and elegant man of clear nobility, he revealed that he is Strahd Von Zarovich master of Barovia and he welcomed the characters to his land.
  • When trying to peak at the carriage closer Therai was met by the half-elf with a blade to his neck, whenever the elf is near one can hear the screams of hundreds of pained souls.
  • Strahd Says he hopes to see what the party brings to the land of Barovia, he hopes for some excitement, only commands that they leave alone his beloved for him to do with as he wants.

Village of Barovia

  • The party came to a squallid village under an increadibly large cliff on which sat an imposing dark castle that reaches up to cast the village in it’s shadow.
  • The party met the first people in Barovia and learned that in this land no new souls can be born, only reborn. And most(9 out of 10) Barovians are empty husks devoid of a soul.
  • The party through there investigation of the town learned a little about the land, and that Strahd has put his focus on Ireena Kolyana the burgomaster’s daughter.
  • In investigating Ireena discovered the burgomaster is dead and that they will be paid if they can help protect her to the walled city of Krezk where she should hopefully be safe, her brother will watch over the town as the new Burgomaster.
  • The party plans to use Ireena possibly to their advantage with Strahd, she could be a bargaining chip, they agree to help with protecting their father so the priest can bury him, after burying the Burgomaster the group sees a march of apparitions that rise from the graveyard and walk to Castle Raventloft where they jump into the abyss.
Welcome to the Mists

Vistani interruption

  • In Baldur’s gate the Shadow broker helped them provision and infiltrate a trade convoy that include some wagons and members of the Cult of Dragons.
  • The party travelled North for a couple days with the convoy and one night ended near a camp of colorful people know as the Vistani.
  • The Vistani offered food and drink for those who wanted to partake in their enjoyment as long as they listen to their stories.
  • The party and several others accepted and enjoyed themselves throughout the night and were told the Story of a lost prince who their people saved from the brink of death ages ago.
  • The prince promised them safety within his lands and that they can come when they can come and leave as they wish.
  • The prince came down with a curse and now is a tyrant over the land of Barovia, the Vistani plead for the party to accompany them home to see if they can put an end to the Curse that plagues the king and their home.
  • The party decided against this, the Vistani are dissapointed but accept the answer, and allow the group to enjoy the night.

Into the Mists

  • That night while Therai was on watch, he found himself suddenly stirred from staring at the bonfire by Medrash. The entire caravan and the Vistani had all vanished and the trees around them unfamiliar.
  • The party was encouraged down the road by the sound of an alarmingly growing number of wolves following them.
  • The party found a letter on a corpse “Burgomaster Kolyan Indirovich’s letter” the Burgomaster’s daughter is being hunted by the vampire that has ruled over this land he hopes for the person receiving this letter to help heal this land with holy magic and destroy the evil that haunts these lands.
  • The party passed 50 foot high decapitated stone statues at a massive iron gate that opened allowing them into the lands of Barovia.
Cult of the Dragon Queen
From what I remember

The Cultists Camp

  • The party finds the cultist camp and after killing the reargaurd took the clothes and infiltrated the camp.
  • After some time the party learns a little more about the camp and successfully free the prisoners but then get captured afterward.
    *The party finds had a few members get captured and successfully found Leosin when they were tied to a post near him in the camp, he was greatly injured from torture and barely conscious.
  • The others managed to start a panic in the camp by starting a series of fires.
  • In the chaos that followed they managed to free the others and sneak out of the camp concealed by the panic and smoke.
  • After escape they go to Greenest to claim their reward, which is given for returning the prisoners.
  • Leosin says he will head to Elturel where he will meet the Shadowbroker and wait for the others.
  • Leosin tells the others they need to go back to the camp to find out what the cult is up to, their attacks have been affecting Zhentarim Supply chains and could speak to a bigger problem around the corner.

Dragon Hatchery

  • The party made it back to the camp to see that the cult has almost entirely left leaving only a few that are staying near the entrance to a large cave near where Leosin was tied.
  • The party investigated the cave and found a series of tunnels and chambers after dealing with the guards.
  • In the caves was discovered Cyanwrath who demanded another one on one fight with Medrash and was cut down for good beneath a shrine to tiamat.
  • They discovered a lady named Frolum Mondath who was taking care of a clutch of dragon eggs for the cult.
  • After clearing out most of the Hatchery and destroying the eggs the party headed to Elturel to meet with Leosin and the Shadow Broker.
Greenest in Flames

Approach to Greenest

  • The current party arrived at Greenest to find the town already under attack, a little sooner than they had expected.
  • Upon entering the town via the river to avoid being seen they noticed a woman fighting kobolds defending her family with but a wooden spear and shield.
  • The adventurers killed the kobolds in order to get info from the woman and determined most people were at the keep in the center of town.
  • The party heads to the keep for information and possibly finding a way to profit from this endeavor.

Governor Nighthill’s plans

  • In the keep the party finds the Governor of Greenest and offer to help him to see if they can come across any opportunities to make some gold on the side.
  • The governor has them take on various tasks sealing a tunnel and defending the sally port of the keep.
  • When he asked them to save the mill they upon seeing the number of kobolds at the mill determined it wasn’t worth their time and told him the mill was lost.
  • The night closed with the heroes recuperating at the keep.

The Half Dragon Cyanwrath

  • The party is woken by the sounds of drums and chanting from outside, when they went to the balcony with the governor they saw a Half Dragon humanoid that was issuing a challenge to the strongest warriors in exchange for the life of a family he had captive.
  • Standing up to the challenge when the governor offered to pay them Medrash The Bloodied offered himself to combat.
  • A good foot and half shorted than the half dragon, he fought into a berserker rage against the most powerful opponent he has ever faced.
  • In a clash of steel and lightning that carried on for what seemed like an eternity Medrash narrowly avoiding Cyanwrath’s attacks he laid him down with one final slash at which a group of kobolds came in and retrieved his still bleeding body.

Following the Horde

  • After some investigation it was seen that Leosin is either captured or killed.
  • The Governor offers the heroes a reward to track the Attackers and find the prisoners and return them to the town.
  • Since the party needs the gold and must follow the raiders to find Leosin anyways they decide to take on this task.
  • Following the Cultists they took out a small group along with the raid’s rearguard learning more about the raid and about the cultists camp layout.
Gathered for adventure

The Shadow Broker

  • A man known as the Shadow broker gathered a group of people he had each had dealings with individually.
  • He gathered them to try and fetch a man who could have valuable information, the information is all he needs, the man must either be returned to him alive or be “silenced” as to not share his information.
  • The man known as Leosin, is a Half-Elf monk that has been working for the Zhentarim as a spy trying to get information on the Cult of the Dragon.
  • The party slept through the night and started on their travels to the town of Greenest that is supposedly going to be attacked by the Cult and is a planned point of infiltration for Leosin.

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