Blackstone

Those Damn Kobolds

It’s a sunny afternoon in the peaceful town of Blackstone. The workers are toiling in the mines and the blacksmith’s hammers ring endlessly through the crisp autumn air. Suddenly, thunderous hooves pound the floor boards of the covered bridge. A woman’s scream pierces the serenity of the afternoon. Bandits are attacking! The Ironspike Scavengers have come seeking plunder and death.

Korin, Aureo and Carrot run to the aid of the townspeople. They run into the bandit leader who is explaining to Glaegin Hammerclaw that he is looking for a woman by the name of Karela and if he doesn’t find her here then the town is useless and must be burned to the ground. Glaegin, of course, will have none of this and draws his axe. Our three heroes join in the fight and handily defeat the raiding bandits.

That evening, while celebrating their victory, the three heroes meet a man by the name of Elyndel Gylmar at the tavern. He seems to be in a rather sour mood and is spending the last of his coin drinking his sorrows away. They learn that he had been robbed and left for dead by the very mercenaries he hired to see him safely to his destination. All he had left was his great uncle’s family heirloom, a small chest with intricate runes carved across it’s surface. Elyndel continued on his way, intent on delivering his package to his uncle, but then he was set upon by kobolds! They trapped him and stole the chest and again Elyndel was left for dead. He managed to free himself and ended up here in Blackstone.

Elyndel, having witnessed the bandit raid, asks the three men to help him find his family heirloom and restore his name to his family. High off of their victory against the bandits, our heroes readily agree to seek out these kobolds and recover Elyndel’s chest.

The next morning, Korin, Aureo and Carrot venture off to seek out the Kobold Lair. They run across a couple Kobold warriors and defeat them readily. But the three are waylaid when Carrot discovers a hidden crypt. When he entered the cave a door slammed shut and he was cut off from the rest of the party. While the Aureo and Korin fought off some sort of apparition, Carrot destroyed a couple guardian golems and discovered a wonderous greataxe.

Continuing on their way, they soon discover the kobold lair. Inside they set off a few traps, kill a few kobolds and then enter the kobold “throne” room. Here our heroes are surrounded by kobold warriors. While the kobold chieftain spouts something about roasting their hearts over their funeral pyre a troll bursts through the wall! It tosses kobolds like rag dolls across the room and our heroes flee. Korin wants to wait this one out, but after some prodding by Aureo and Carrot, the three decide to take on the troll. With some clever hit and run tactics, the troll is defeated. The three heroes soon find Elyndel’s chest and head back to Blackstone.

However, upon returning to town, they discover that Elyndel has gone missing! Relken Tigg explains that he just up and left in the middle of the night. Curiosity finally got the best of Korin, Aureo and Carrot and they opened the chest. Inside they find a large blue gem, which, of course, they decide to keep and to prevent any suspicion from whoever is pursuing Elyndel, they take the chest out in the woods and burn it. A great green flame erupts from the chest, while howls and wails pierce the night air.

Our three heroes go back to their regular lives the next day with many questions running through their heads. Who was Elyndel running from? What is the mysterious blue gem? And why the hell did they burn that chest?

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