As revelations about their new home sank in, the members of the Explorer’s League took some time to recoup in the flourishing town of New Ryn. Filled with a sense of curiosity and the need to acquire more allies the Explorer’s League settled on the new goal of tracking down the tiger people to the south-east. Before they could set off they would be joined by several new members including the Kaldian ambassador, Noginabit, and a far travelling Madello guide, Dophiir.
Allucalin took charge in the down time and requested the assistance of the Explorer’s League to hunt down some magical components, whether he did this to bring the group closer or purely for selfish reasons only he will know. Luckily for Alucalin, Dophiir is no stranger to collecting stuff for stuff allowing the two wizards to learn some spells from each other.
With new allies and new spells, the group set off once again to unveil the unknown. Quickly they made their way to the edge of what they had explored and mapped to the south-east and then pushed forward discovering hilly yet still forested terrain that they took as a good sign of finding the mountainous home of the elusive tiger people. As they searched and mapped this new area they discovered yet another of the vine rope trees, which Alucalin saw as a good opportunity to collect seeds for future developments of New Ryn.
The travels were quiet, other than a seemingly one-sided debate about trees, their origins and scientific value that Alucalin and Noginabt conversed about. But conversations were cut short as an old foe was poised to strike from within the trees. The fabled Tree Schlongs, named by the eccentric Duke Kingsley, descended upon the party without warning. Despite stories of their ferocity, the group had little trouble dispatching the snake-like creatures.
The group pressed on clinging to the small burst of adrenaline as Dophiir stumbled into a nest of predatory birds, another old foe which had previously been avoided. As they swarmed down on Dophiir the rest of the group came to his aid in a flurry of blades and fire. With the darkness encroaching and the smell of charred fowl on the air, dinner and sleep seemed like a good option, but the discovery of a marked grave stalled those plans.
Alucalin wanted to dig up the grave to ascertain what was buried there and an approximate date of burial. Noginabt strongly disagreed with digging up the grave as well as being confused about the strange custom of digging holes to put dead things in. After a brief discussion about the nature of death and its rituals between the different races, Dophiir started digging up the grave. After digging down far enough to reach more fertile earth a ghostly figure emerged from the tree above the grave.
Attempts to converse with the spirit went unanswered, but it didn’t seem openly hostile, that is until it possessed Alucalin. Wiedenbaum and Noginabit attempted to render Alucalin unconscious but were unable to strike down the strangely nimble wizard. The spirit used the wizard to attempt to communicate to the party asking “Understand?” As the group began to reply, they found out that the spirit was offended by its disturbed grave. The spirit reached out to one individual, Noginabit, to impart a quest to seek out a relic from a cave as recompense for the slight. The spirit left the group with a final warning “I will know if you do not do as you have promised.” then left Alucalin’s body.
With his body back in control, Alucalin threw a destructive fireball at the ghost and the tree it had sprung from. Noginabit, seeing the impulsive destruction of a beautiful tree, lashed out at the wizard with a fiery blade. Tension mounted as lines were drawn, the Kaldia on one side Angvald and Alucalin on the other, with Natalia and Dophiir trying to stay neutral. A few swings of weapons and another massive fireball left Noginabit unconscious and Alucalin heavily wounded. Wiedenbaum tended to Noginabit’s wounds while Dophiir attempted to calm Alucalin down. Camp was made with tensions still running high between certain members.
During the night’s watch, Noginabit left camp feeling that all humans were evil and untrustworthy. Dophiir saw him leaving and caught up with him to share a brief conversation. For the second time that night Dophiir was left with a dire warning as Noginabit shared his thoughts about the humans. In the morning, when they noticed the absence, Alucalin had some members of the party subtly (or maybe not so subtly) question where Wiedenbaum’s loyalties lay. Wiedenbaum decided to stay aligned with the alliance of her people.
They pressed onward into the plains remembering their task to find the tiger people. Wading deeper for many hours into the tall grasses, they noticed another human off in the distance. Angvald waved him over right as the sound of a familiar horn peeled through the air. The Deroshi Warband charge forward as the group prepared to fend off their assault. Unfortunately, the Deroshi hadn’t anticipated Alucalin who let yet another fireball fly which completely annihilated all but the leader of the Deroshi raiding party.
The rest of the party quickly surrounded the leader and cut him to ribbons. In the wake of battle Rarngarr, the newest member, revealed himself as the son of Angvald. The group decided to call it a day after the battle, before resting for the evening Alucalin gave Rarngarr the ability to fly so he could scout out the surrounding area.
During the night, Wiedenbaum spotted a dark shape flying through the sky and pointed it out to Alucalin who was busy dismantling corpses. Alucalin waited for the unknown creature to get within range then brought it down using an Earthbind spell. They woke up the rest of the group and went to investigate the creature. The creature turned out to be one of the Tiger people who, after some comprehend language potions and spells, are called the Talkan. Talks went fairly well with the Talkan as they agreed to come back to New Ryn. The group traveled back without incident and decided to spend some down time doing various activities.