Prince Kelroth Carnen, 6th child of the Duke Dior Carnen of Fennas Ëar had had enough of life at the palace. He craved anonymity, and interaction with simple folk. Following a sincere desire for a vacation from life at the court, and the opportunity to follow up on his hobby of collecting human folk songs, he packed his bags and slipped into the city. There he joined the caravan of Jorik the Spice Merchant, who was headed to Laroosh, a human city-state in the Republic of Keloania to the south.
He soon made new friends among the caravan guards, introducing himself as a wandering mage, Lachrunya. Among these friends were an elven rogue called simply Mavou (previously played by Dan), a halfling priestess of Brandobaris named Penney (previously played by Wendy), an elf named Tellador (previously played by Greg), a grey elven ranger named Gabriel (previously played by Monica) and a wood elven ranger named Thangil Elendu (Dale). On the road, they encountered an ankheg and manage to defeat it with minor injuries only. Alas, two of Thangil’s injuries were inflicted by Kelroth’s jarts. Hitting your target isn’t as easy as it looks during practice.
After defeating the ankheg, several members of the party needed to train. The party decided upon reaching Braxton-on-the-Hill that the caravan should wait for them to train further, and arranged this by feeding the horses of the caravan local greens that didn’t agree with them. Someone also broke the axle of one of the wagons. While Jorik was trying to sober up the horses and get his axle fixed, the party took the opportunity to train and improve their skills.
A few more days of travel found the caravan still crawling toward Laroosh. As they reached the human fishing village of Awad, where Jorik planned to spend the night, Kelroth found his memories drawn to the great elven city of Jawarl Avignon that had, within his life span, claimed these very shores. As they drew up to the village, he fancied he could almost see the ruins from where he sat. He remembered his grandfather, Duke Korethor’s griffon stable with its proud mounts, and his grandmother Lisandra’s beautiful gardens. He had been in the north, in Lëiore, during the orcish attack that sacked the city, killing the Duke and Duchess and many of the royal family, leaving his father heir to the Ducal title.
Arriving at Awad, several humans rushed out to meet the caravan, refusing them entry. Further investigation revealed that the humans believed the village under a curse or plague. In fact, they were about to hang a sage, Cremard, who was leading an archeological expedition in Jawarl Avignon, in the hopes of placating the curse. Kelroth, quick to sense injustice, used a bluelight cantrip to convince the townspeople that Cremard was innocent.
Jorik soon approached Kelroth and his friends to ask them to investigate the situation. He badly needed to trade at Awad in order to make profit on the journey. The group agreed and enlisted the aid of Cremard. The group traveled out to the ruins, while Cremard explained how this rumored plague had originally caused the orcs to lose the city after the elves fled. When they arrived at the ruins, they discovered that orcs had attacked the members of the expedition. Mavou found Andros, Cremard’s young assistant, hiding and convinced him to join the group for safety.
The party discovered from questioning Andros that the orcish tribes were uniting under a half-orc calling himself Serga Ulmos. This half-orc was claiming to be a descendant of Mondru IV, the leader of the orcish army that originally took Jawarl Avignon. Serga Ulmos had been a member of the expedition originally, and was known to both Cremard and Andros. They soon discovered that Serga Ulmos was seeking the legendary spear Alcarg (an elf bane weapon), which was rumored to be lost in the ruins.
The party chose to attack Serga Ulmos’ forces and try to prevent him from getting the spear and raising the banner of Mondru IV. After killing many orcs, and doing much sneaking around, they realized the tunnels underneath the surface were laid out like an orc holding a spear. Once inside, they easily made their way to the temple at the heart of the design, where Mavou promptly defiled the statue of the orcish god Gruumsh by taking a large ruby from the eye of the statue.
Eventually they located the spear, which was in a secret chamber off the temple corridor, and Penney was forced to carry the spear as the only non-elf in the group. Even Penney was not immune to the spear’s evil influence, and within minutes she began to hear a voice telling her to kill all the elves around her. The party was forced to waste valuable time devising another way to move the spear. Finally, the bundled it in an old cloak, and fled to the north.
Their journey north was fraught with peril. The constant rain, which seemed unnatural, depressed their spirits, and made travel slow and tedious. During this time, Mavou took young Andros under his wing, teaching him the skills of the rogue. During this journey, they were attacked by vulchlings on several occasions. Finally, on the body of one of their defeated foes, they found a clue. It was an odd coin, which the sage Cremard identified as a “Sul Coin”. This coin was ancient and worth a fortune to the right collector. Its origins could be traced to the time of the Gurth Morgul Herui, almost 5000 years in the past. He cast a comprehend languages spell and read the writing on the outside of the coin to the party, “For all debts, public and private, one gold piece, honest.” Desperate to escape their pursuers, Penney used an amulet she had to animate some dead horses on the side of the road and the reluctantly rode their new mounts back towards Fennas Ëar .
Their road took them back through the human town of Braxton-on-the-Hill. They abandoned their undead mounts and went to stay in the inn there, in the hopes of throwing off any enemies still on their trail, or at least of getting a safe night’s rest. When they arrive they find an expensive carriage outside the inn. There is a group traveling from the city of Keloania, the capital of the Republic of Keloania, to Fennas Ëar . Among these notables is , an important personage with a mysterious reputation. The party decided to ask her for help, but her traveling companion, Thiorian Braskin, would not allow them to meet with the Lady.
Finally, desperate to reach Fennas Ëar , Kelroth showed Thiorian Braskin his signet ring, proving himself a member of the royal family of Fennas Ëar . The rest of the party was amazed to discover Kelroth’s exalted identity, but he soon put them at ease with his friendly manner. Lady Shadow agreed to help the group, and saw them safely to Fennas Ëar .
Once they arrived in Fennas Ëar , the group immediately went to the Duke and turned over Alcarg, which was taken to the royal vaults and hidden away. The group separated to train and advance their skills with promises to meet again soon.
While training, Mavou discovered that the Guildmaster of the Fennas Ëar Thieves’ Guild,
Shortly thereafter, he met Kelroth and Thangil in the city and began recounting this information to them. As they took a shortcut down an alley, a half-elf turned down the alley from another direction, moving quickly. Mavou recognized him as Helios Alten, an old friend. After introductions were made, Helios warned them that he was being followed by someone whom he thought was a guild assassin. They quickly made for the marketplace to set a trap. They let the assassin trail them into the marketplace, and then Mavou, wearing wizard’s robes at the time, grabbed him. He started beating the assassin while shouting, “Lousy thief, trying to pick my pocket, I’m going to kick your ass!”
Kelroth was hiding in an alley nearby. He shouted, “Look out! It’s the great wizard Paleran, and boy does he look pissed!” The crowd, instead of fleeing, gathered around the fight. Kelroth followed up by casting a dancing lights spell over Mavou’s head. The crowd fled quickly, but the city guard arrived before the party could flee. They were all arrested.
Upon arriving at the guardhouse, Kelroth again flashed his signet ring, to prove his identity. The guards pull out a little red book and flip through it, finding the correct word. They then speak the word to Kelroth’s ring, which replies, “I belong to Prince Kelroth Carnen and I have not been stolen.” The guards release the group, holding only the man who had been following Helios upon Kelroth’s command.
Mavou and Telledor, together with Helios, began piecing together the information they had on the new guild. The Hand continues stirring up trouble in Fennas Ëar , especially by inflaming racial anger between elves and humans. Eventually, they think they know the location of the new guildhall and where Delcarth is being held. The party goes in and eventually frees Delcarth, defeating the guild members present. Everyone except Kelroth is amazed to discover that Delcarth is actually Deloroth Carnen, Kelroth’s uncle. Although they realize that many of the leaders of the Hand are still on the loose, they return to the palace to regroup and heal up.
Finally, the party locates the ringleaders of the Hand at a manor house outside Fennas Ëar. Celethor, Kelroth’s eldest brother and heir to the Ducal throne accompanied them. He is skilled in both magic and combat and expects to be of great assistance. Within the manor house were three main villains; a Red Wizard of Koth, a female mercenary and a priest with a mace and an evil laugh. Kelroth, using jarts with sleep poison on them, managed to dispose of the cleric. The rest of the party managed to kill the wizard, but not before he did a retributive strike with his staff, wounding many of the group. The female mercenary fled with Celethor and Thangil hot on her heels.
Thangil tracked her until they caught up and engaged the woman. She killed Celethor, fighting like a maniac. Shortly after, the party caught up with them and killed her, but too late to save Celethor. They gathered up the bodies of the fallen on both sides, and the unconscious cleric and returned to the palace.
Dior and Elenariel were inconsolable with grief at the death of their eldest son. Dior went so far as to have the mercenary raised so he could kill her personally after questioning her. When the party went to wake the cleric so they could question him, he muttered something vague about his master coming, and started chanting. Somehow, something killed him from a distance. The palace wards had discovered that he was in mental contact with someone else, which should have been impossible in the palace dungeons. Kelroth and the others were very concerned about his body. It began a rapid decomposition once he died and they feared he would rise as the undead. Upon searching his body, they found only two clues to his identity. The first was a holy symbol of a red mace. No one in the party was able to determine the nature of the deity signified by the red mace. The second item was a ring that was intended for someone important.
Thus ends the first portion of the Saga of the Band of the Red Hawk. All the events recounted above took place between the 16th of Ninui and the 26th of Gwirith in the year 5052 of the Age of Enquant.