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The End Creates New Beginnings

Upon seeing Naya drop behind, them, the party threw themselves at him. The man raised several skeletons and dropped a large poisonous cloud, but the party persevered, taking out anything thrown at them. While he took a large amount of damage, the man kept flinging spell after spell at the party, putting the fear of death into them at the same time. The party fought past this and the man, looking beaten and broken, vanished from their sight. Bing realized it was a spell he knew and realized the man couldn't have been far behind. They traveled through the door the orbs opened up and began to hear stone on stone grinding. It was too late as the door the man shut was closed. Bing turned himself into an ant and traveled through a crack in the wall and saw the man seem to drain from a body on a pedestal. The, now more lich like man turned and attempted to kill Bing, which changed him back to a halfling. The other two beat the wall down and they confronted the man. With a swing of his sword, Gart removed his head from his shoulders and the man turned to dust. They made their way back to the first chamber and Gart began to hear crying coming from Naya's body. There he saw a small tabaxi, whose eyes had a bit of an elemental flare. 

The party split that day. Gart, not wanting to go back to his home in Acrine, decided to live in Land's End Harbor and eventually opened a tavern with Bing, called the Tossed Halfling. Named after the two's favorite combat maneuver, they lived comfortably as Gart's daughter, Felicia began to grow up. Gart finished his training with Muscle Wizard, who proved to be a better baby sitter than anyone could have expected. Valerian attempted to go home to Dracvia, but was chased out. He went back to his previous job of bounty hunting and regularly pays visits to the Halfling. Bing wet back home and used some newfound magic to get his dad to talk to him. Bing asked what his name was, and Durham told him it was his mother who originally named him and that he didn't know. Bing accepted the name he had gone by for years and continued to be a showman. The former party now lives comfortable lives, awaiting interesting characters to walk through the tavern door…

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Ravana, Defeated

The party was stuck in Orheim for a solid month waiting for an airship to arrive and take them to where they needed to go. Eventually one arrived, albeit small. The group was allowed onboard for a price of various gems. Not long after they departed, the small 3 man crew attempted to threaten the rest of the group for more money. The captain, was swiftly killed by Valerian, who in turn, took his hat. The remaining crew, acted as if nothing happened, claiming they only stole the ship from a kid off the coast of the Broken Steppe. When they eventually made it back to Land's End, the other men were swiftly pushed off into the ocean. The party thought it would be a good idea to talk to Dongrel, the dwarf they helped start his caravan business. After arriving at Dongrel's Deliveries, Ravana told Gart it was time for him to be let out. Dongrel was initially ready to let them stay there for the night, out of the rain, but took back his hospitality when they mentioned "werewolf". As they ran to find another place to stay, Ravana was pushing to get out. They came across a small well and thought if he couldn't get out, it would work. Gart climbed inside and waited as the beast began to take hold, getting stuck in the well in the process. For a few hours, he couldn't get out until he turned into a shadow and crept out and began to fight the party. Ravana began to set his sights on Naya which gets to Gart who fought harder to get out. He managed to push through after Naya was forced to begin to crawl away. Gart took his sword and sliced the beast in two and the fight seemed to be over. Valerian noticed a shadow that suddenly lunged out at him and attempted to take control of. Gart, once again, took his sword and sent the demon back to the Abyss. In his mind there was no longer a white room with a wolf in the corner, there was a cozy log cabin with a large wolf's head over the fireplace. The party recuperated from their injuries and made their way north to where their employer told them to go. They found a run down windmill at the top of a waterfall and a ladder leading down below. Down there was the cloaked man who told the group where he came from and his travels through a mysterious land before coming here. After his story was over, he shot a beam from his hand, dropping Naya.

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The End Approacheth

The party made their way into the cavern with the help of Josef, following the pulse of the orb.  The discovered it was lodged in the ceiling of a cave and used Bing's Mage Hand to pick away at it.  When the pickaxe broke, they formed a tower, breaking the orb away and falling over.  The party was told of the next orb being back in the city of Orheim, so they wasted no time and made their way out.  About a day away from Istota, they stumbled upon a creek filled with skulls.  The skulls had various things stuck in their eye sockets and mouths, like fish and gems. Upon the removal of these items, the party discovered that they could speak and one thanked them, until it was punted by a scared Valerian.  Gart went to retrieve the skull, only to stick him into the bag of holding.  The group cleaned up the rest of the skulls.  Another thanked them, mentioning some kid from nearby kept doing this and that when he comes back they'd "teach him a lesson".  One sing-a-long later and Valerian noticed the kid in question hiding behind a tree.  Sneaking around, the dragonborn got the drop on him, scaring him into running into a nearby tree.  The rest of the party followed the sounds of these screams to Valerian now holding the kid, who still seemed very scared.  A swift kick to the dragonballs let him go as he ran away.  Gart sprinted up to the kid where he slurped at him, scaring him more.  Gart managed to get in front of the kid where he ran headfirst into the armor, knocking him out.  Gart fixed him up, with a bandage as the rest of the party approached. They placed the a skull on his chest and as the kid began to wake, the skull became more hideous and grotesque, until it was punted off the kids chest.  Having no memory of the two who scared him, the kid was told by Gart and Valerian to not mess with the skulls ever again, to which he ran off back home.  The skull was placed back in the water and they all thanked the group for their assistance and formed a bridge to get them across. The party continued onward until the voice interrupted them, telling them the orb had moved to a mountaintop monastery.  The party mistakenly took the long way up the mountain to the top and found a large pagoda with a large courtyard.  They were let inside, wanting the orb only to be told that they had to beat the master to get it.  They each fought the drunken man only to be beaten across the map.  They awoke in the infirmary and decided they needed to steal it.  After sneaking to the top of the pagoda, they took both the orb and a clawed glove before almost getting caught by the drunken master. They left into the night continuing down the mountain.  As the sun rose, they came across a traveling tortle named Pizza.  He had a strange concoction which he called Za.  Through some group work, they renamed it Piz'a and traveled toward Orheim.  In attempting to leave the continent to get back to Estia, they found the airship hadn't arrived so they had to kill some time.  They paid a visit to the one very convincing salesman, each of them buying various things and were pointed towards the Wybjorn district.  They found a bar and began to drink.  Gart took on a challenge to earn free booze and room.  He downed a huge tankard and fought through 30 large patrons, beating each of them down. Bing later on wandered into a brothel and found himself in a BDSM dungeon.  Gart and Naya were both sloshed and ended upstairs together.  Valerian was on the floor after losing an arm wrestling match with Gart, and Pizza got work selling his Piz'a at this bar.  

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Ravana Revealed

Despite his efforts to leave the group behind, Misha couldn't get rid of the party as they began to enter the mine.  He inteded to suit them up but another miner ran out of the mine mentioning that "the shades had appeared".  The group began to run into the mine and soon found the 3 miners caught behind what looked like a piece of the wall.  Directly in front of them looked to be these thin gangly figures who attacked the party as they approached.  It seemed that these things could only be damaged by magical means, as Naya's arrows had no effect.  Gart fought with one and was slashed multiple times, each claw phasing through his armor. With each slash, Gart felt Ravana grow stronger and come closer.  Eventually the shadow exploded.  Muscle Wizard became preoccupied by a large group that appeared from nowhere. Bing cast a spell meant to incapacitate another and managed to make it disappear.  With only one left, it slashed through Gart's armor again.  At this point Ravana took control of Gart and tore the shadow apart. Bing realized that it didn't seem to be Gart standing in front of them and informed the others. Ravana, in Gart's place conversed with the party about the only thing he wanted was to be able to hunt, and if he was allowed this, then no harm would come to any of the party.  He then walked off out of town and began his hunt.  Ravana, now a large dire wolf found a small cottage with an old man and a little girl. He lured the little girl out and tore her to pieces and subsequently the old man too. After leaving nothing behind, Ravana left the cottage and began to head back to Istota.  The rest of the party searched for Gart and eventually found him, mostly naked and mouth caked in blood.  The party went to see what happened at the cottage, and Valerian left a note apologizing to whoever may come here. The group made their way back to the town to find it in celebration.  The tavern, the Good Head seemed to be holding a party for the group because they saved the miners.  Bing and Valerian began to party while Gart and Naya went to a corner and talked.  Bing got incredibly drunk and was taken to the Head's Rest Inn by the owner to sleep and Valerian went upstairs with the bartender.  Gart and Naya talked about his situation as well as Naya's past including she once had a husband who had since passed on.  They eventually went to the inn and slept.  The next morning, the party was approached by both Misha and the town elder who gave them a reward of gold as well as their own song forged armor.  They now stand at the entrance to the mine to search for the 3rd orb with the help of Josef, one of the miners they saved.

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Eucras Bound

Finally arriving in Land's End a second time, and learning about Naya, the party makes their way to the Whafmaster's Tower.  As they moved forward, the party was stopped by the town guards and Captain Aldrich who claimed Muscle Wizard had no authority to take custody of Valerian, Bing and Gart.  Refusing to go, Gart began to purposely make Aldrich mad and succeeded, almost starting a fight with the guards until Muscle Wizard intervened.  The party was lead to the tower they were meaning to go to anyway and to the Wharfmaster himself, Erich Foamshore.  Aldrich left in a huff after he being humiliated by Erich for his decisions.  The party informed him of their need to go to Eucras, specifically by airship to expedite the process.  Erich lead them up to the airship dock where one was already docked.  He informed the captain, Regina of their wish for passage.  Regina asked for payment for each of them before getting on as Bing began to hit on her to no avail.  Erich left after a kiss with Regina, disappointing Bing.  They spend the next week working on the ship, minus Naya who spends her time talking to the captain.  Bing, Muscle Wizard and Gart move things around while Valerian works in the kitchen.  They eventually land in Orheim in the Teysa district and disembark.  Valerian buys some arrows and Gart is called out by a salesman who sells him a bag of holding.  They use the orb to leave the city and wander for a few days in the woods and end up at the small town of Istota, which seems to span a gorge.  As they attempt to follow the orbs pulse into the gorge, they're stopped by someone who tells them if they want to go into the gorge, they have to talk to the foreman.  Misha, the foreman tells them of the true nature of the mine and how it's the head of a long buried beast and it is incredibly dangerous to enter the mine.  As they go to leave for the mine anyway, a miner bursts in telling Misha that there was an accident in the mine.  

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Halfway There

The group, finally a part of the guild, are branded by Arthur with the symbol of the guild.  They are given new weapons and armor as a membership gift and make their way into the Valley with Naya as their guide.  They venture forward, using the blue orb as a tracker to find the second.  After many hours they stumble upon an outcropping of rocks.  Valerian, with the orb, sneaks in only to be face to face with a sleeping dragon.  Bing, Naya and Valerian sneak in only to have Naya trip on some rocks, waking the dragon.  Bing, stepped out and begun to lie to the dragon about where he was from and why he was there, leading Torva, the dragon to believe Bing came from the Feywild, just like him.  Bing said he wanted something in Torva's hoard and convinced the dragon to let him look through it.  Bing, finding the green orb, offered an illusionary enourmous ruby to the beast, which he accepted.  Once the spell wore off and the party was away, Torvatook to the skies to find them and began to fight.  Gart was knocked down after dealing several blows and the beast was eventually felled by Naya with a well placed arrow.  The group, after reviving Gart, traveled back to the outcropping and collected their spoils and eventually left.  Naya used her dagger on the dragon's heart along with Gart to show him what he can do.  Upon arriving to the lodge, the employer, who couldn't get ahold of them in the Valley told them the next location would be across the world on the continent of Eucras.  The next day, Gart asked Naya to come with them to which she agreed.  The now party of six left to Land's End Harbor to find an airship which would take them there in a much faster manner than by the seas.  

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The True Hunt

After learning what he had to do, Valerian left with Naya to attempt to contact Cabel.  Along with Bing, the group traveled into the nearby woods and killed a bear.  Naya instructed Valerian to stab the bears heart with the guild dagger.  He was then transported to a clearing where a bearded centaur , Cabel gave the group passage into the Valley.  Upon return, they found Muscle Wizard and Gart training, which seemed more like Gart learning how to take a hit.  Valerian showed the brand he was given to Arthur who thought Naya somehow did it.  He went into his office and closed the door.  Valerian and Bing asked Naya why he was being like that.  She didn't know and said this was the first time he's been like that that she knew about.  Arthur soon emerged from his office, looking like he'd seen a ghost and allowed them passage into the Valley.  Bing, Valerian and Naya entered the Valley and began to search for the beast.  Valerian decided to try setting a trap, with Bing as bait.  Bing was soon strung up and they waited about 3 hours before the displacer beast appeared.  Valerian began to scale a tree while Naya dropped Bing from the tree.  The beast accidentally freed Bing from his bindings and the battle went on.  Valerian ended up falling out of his tree, attempting to jump to another and Bing killed the beast with a well placed insult.  The group skinned the beast much better than before and Naya told Bing to use a guild dagger and stab the thing's heart.  He, similarly to Valerian, entered the clearing and absorbed the power of the beast.  The party made their way back up to the guild hall and showed their catch.  Arthur, rewarded each of them with a guild dagger, their payment for the job and readied them for their markings.  

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Changes

The party made it to the location the beasts are but saw nothing.  That night on his watch, Gart saw a full moon and began to transform.  He woke the others up and began to warm them but they were cut off by the displacer beasts.  The battle ensued between everyone and the beasts where Gart lost control and began to battle the lycanthropy in his own mind which took the form of a wolf.  The beasts were killed and Gart turned on his party.  He knocked Bing unconscious and was cast aside by Jeffery.  Gart eventually gained control back and ran away in werewolf form.  Valerian hastily skinned the beasts grabbed Bing and ran back to the guild hall.  That night, Gart lost the battle in his mind and woke the next morning witnessing all he killed as he made his way back.  Ravana, the voice in his head began to tell him how much he enjoyed it and how he should just let go all control.  Gart attempted to hold back but began to believe the wolf.  Valerian got Bing fixed back up as well as bringing the terribly skinned hides back to the disproval of Arthur.  When he heard it was a werewolf, he gathered two of the other members to catch Gart.  Valerian pleaded Arkas to bring him back alive.  As he walked back, Gart was shot in the chest twice with arrows and fell.  The group brought him back to the hall and caged him up.  Valerian kept asking them to save him, to fix this somehow, but Arthur could not.  Upon hearing it was a curse, Muscle Wizard offered to cure it for him.  He took the caged Gart outside and punched him through the cage.  In his mind, the darkness began to fade as Ravana coalesced in a dire wolf telling him it wasn't nearly that easy.  While it is now harder for Gart to turn, Ravana can still take control.  Arthur told Valerian that they have one more day of their contract and nothing less of approval from Cabal himself would allow them to hunt a larger displacer beast in the Valley.   

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1 Down, 3 to Go

Paying off Callum and receiving their first orb, the party set off to look for the next one.  Their employer said it can be found in Hunter’s Valley.  The group took to the market to ask for it.  Gart, using his loud voice got the entire market’s attention to ask when a dwarf said he did.  Dongrel offered the group passage to the Valley if they assisted with guarding his caravan.  Jeffery was attached to the front and the group made the week long journey north.  During this time, Bing grew flowers out of his body’s many holes.  A few days in, the caravan was attacked by a burrowing Bulette as well as a tunneling Wurm.  While Muscle Wizard dealt with the wurm, the rest of the party dealt with the Bulette and Jeffery took the wagon to safety.  Valerian was badly injured after the beast leapt from underground but Gart soon killed it by stabbing it in the brain.  Muscle Wizard soon appeared from the belly of the beast and the group was off again.  They arrived noticing the Valley was a huge ravine in the ground and were dropped off at the Hunter’s Guild headquarters.  Upon entering, the group met the leader, Arthur Highcrest.  When asked about the orb, he knew nothing but said they may find it in the Valley.  However, they couldn’t enter due to the fact they weren’t members of the guild.  To fix that they were given a contract to complete in return for admission.  They also met the other members currently staying in the guild hall and Gart took a liking to the one, Naya.  Muscle Wizard declined to go as part of his training forbade him from joining other guilds or organizations like this.  Thus the party set out to the northwest to find some displacer beasts with only 5 days to do so…

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The Mysterious Employer

After splitting the group, Thalia and Aarya go off on their own leaving Bing and Gart to search for Kai and Prisca's real killer.  They make their way south and eventually end up at the Desolate Coffin Tavern and take some time to rest.  Also there, is Valerian, a blue dragonborn bounty hunter on the look for his next job.  Not long after, a cloaked man entered the bar and killed everyone inside.  The group wakes up chained to a wall in front of this figure.  He gives them a job to find 4 orbs and in return, he would let them live as well as helping them find what they're looking for.  They accept and are marked with an eye which allows them to telepathically communicate.  With a snap of his fingers he teleports them to the port city of Land's End Harbor.  The group attempts to begin their search for the orb at the Wharfmaster's home.  They decide to break in but are caught by the guards but also manage to escape.  They find themselves in the magic district.  They go to the one house that stands out from the others and call for the one inside.  Valerian is launched across the street as the Muscle Wizard punches him.  He fixes him and invites them in.  He notices the markings on them and questions them.  Upon hearing their tale, he decides to go with them and help.  He takes them to a friend who might be able to help.  Surprisingly enough, his friend, Callum has the blue orb.  In a trade of 500 gold and the Nibner ring Gart had, he would give them the orb.  Bing however, tried to steal the orb and knocked down a shelf of other artifacts.  Callum raised the price to 1000 gold then.  Low on funds, the party goes to the job boards and splits to take on goblins as well as test new potions.  Gart, Valerian and Jeffery, the axebeak go off to the farmland to fight goblins destroying farmland.  They find the hole the goblins come out of and begin to fight them.  Valerian goes unconscious and a group of the goblins runs into the woods.  Unable to help Valerian because of Jeffery's protectiveness, Gart runs off to finish off the goblins.  Meanwhile, Bing and Muscle Wizard go off to Rolang's to test potions.  In the process, Bing became addicted to fire breath potions, began growing flowers out of his mouth and butt, became dumber due to worms and was hung from the ceiling to test a water breathing potion.  Going to then indulge in his new addiction, Bing discovers how expensive these potions are.  The duo find a church of Lumina where a priest cures him of the addiction.  At that point, both parties meet back up to pay the new price.

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