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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings
Lessons of History

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, in the ancient ruins Thistletop, south of Aquitaine …

After Nualia’s defeat, the heroes explored deeper into the ancient ruins. Ancient magics, goulish workshops, and what may have been an expanded tomb all pointed to the complex being the former home of another Runelord.

Uncovering ancient secret doors, they find themselves at a platform and greet what may be another member of the long forgotten Runelord Order, the Runelord Karzoug. In exchange for information, Karzoug agrees to let them stay and sleep. When they have rested, he wants to know what and who has invaded his realm.

The party takes a well-earned rest, with hopes that the conversation with Karzoug will go smooth with little complication.

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings, Part 16
Dust of the Past

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, in the ancient ruins Thistletop, south of Aquitaine …

With Nualia’s death the atmosphere of raw magic, and fear bleeds out from the air and drifts away from the ruin. But the tunnels and crypts below Thistletop remain unexplored. And the feeling of dread permeates the ancient stonework.

With Nualia – and perhaps her mysterious patron’s – influence removed, a new sensation rises in the ruins. A feeling of ancient power rises from the stones themselves. A presence that perhaps has noticed the conflict, and waits to see what the heroes will do next …

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings, Part 15
Mysteries of Thistletop

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, in the ancient ruins Thistletop, south of Aquitaine …

The heroes had met with the Aquitaine Council, the matter could not be considered lightly. Aquitaine was going to be attacked again, but not by a surprise raid of kobolds. It was to be by an army of kobolds, undead and worse.

The Council began preparations: bolstering defenses with the help of a lone kobold loyal to Aedlered, preparing an ancient ritual of divine binding and protection, they begin to do all they can to be safe. At the same time, the heroes take a barge and sail south across to the lake to Thistletop to confront Nualia head on.

At the ruins, they avoid the kobold patrols, and discover a medusa who has been using the upper galleries of Thistletop as a refuge from trophy hunters. Her name was Virasha, and with her help, the heroes make their way past the upper defenses and down into the heart of Nualia’s underground stronghold.

But not all goes as planned, as the heroes are now caught between one of Nualia’s mercenaries and her demonic yeth hounds, and a room damaged by the telltale signs of a Hellcat, summoned from the Abyssal Outlander plane.

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings, Part 14
Council of War

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, in the ancient city of Aquitaine …

… the attack had been well planned to catch the heroes while the slept. But fate had other plans, as the heroes managed to throw off the Graveknight’s spells and confound his skeletal troops. In the end, it was the Graveknight who was trapped, not the heroes.

Now, after a well-deserved rest and meal, one of Aquitaine’s guards arrives at the Rusty Dragon Inn with a message. The Aquitaine council needs to speak to the heroes right away.

Across Sog’s Lake to the south, Nualia stalks through the tunnels beneath the ruins of Thistletop in a rage. The quasit is gone, as is one of the graveknights. She talks deeper into the ancient corridors, intent on completing her fiendish plan. She grabs a Leiterkern and sends a furious message to the kobold tribes, bugbear cultists and graveknights. The message is just one word: “now”

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings, Part 13
Conflict in Aquitaine

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, in the ancient city of Aquitaine on the northern shores of Sog’s Lake …

the heroes emerged from the ancient Catacombs under the city. Behind them, the city guard enter to begin the work of securing the ancient tunnels so they cannot be used to invade Aquitaine again.

Despite the plans of Nualia still hanging over their heads, the heroes retire to the Rusty Dragon Inn to rest. Through the evening, they relax as Ameiko makes her best dishes of grilled herb chicken, hot and sour soup, plum rolls and piles of her own special recipe of spiced triple-tang spring rolls.

While they sleep, dark clouds gather across Aquitaine’s night sky. The walls are quiet. Other than the night watch of the city guard, a lone raven is out for the night. It’s pitch black eyes stare unblinking at the Rusty Dragon Inn, while the chill of undeath rolls off its feathers.

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings, Part 12
To the Halls of Thistletop

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, beneath the ancient city of Aquitaine on the northern shores of Sog’s Lake …

the dust settled in the ancient catacombs. With the quasit killed, her grotesque magespawn creations seem to be less directed, if they have not exploded. The statue of Alaznist returns to its pedestal. Her trident remains with the heroes for the sole purpose of ending the threat posed by the plans of “Lamashtu”.

More questions remain. Aedlered’s axe, just what does it contain? Who made it? What role did the Erylium, the quasit that rebelled against Alaznist, play in Nualia’s plans?

While the heroes secure Alaznist’s catacombs, the Stalker slips through the dark pathways of the Mosswood. No kobold, fey, or even redcap challenges the undead creature.

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

*Map of the catacombs so far (select map for a larger view) *

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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings, Part 11
The Catacombs

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, beneath the ancient city of Aquitaine on the northern shores of Sog’s Lake …

… the heroes followed the old smuggler tunnels and uncovered an ancient complex guarded by vargoulle, and pairs of magespawn guards. The stones in the complex are old, much older than any of the brick of Aquitaine above. Carvings and a statue date the location to the bygone days of the Thassalonian Empire and its Runelord masters.

These chambers seemed dedicated to the Runelord Alaznist. But what does Alaznist or the seven tyrannical Runelords have with Nualia’s plans? And who is this mysterious “Lamashtu” that Tsuto spoke of?

Above, another of the obsidian robed ‘attendants’ to Nualia leaves the rocky crags of the Devil’s Platter and begins his travel through the Mosswood towards Aquitaine.

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings, Part 10
Wrath and Rage

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, beneath the ancient city of Aquitaine on the northern shores of Sog’s Lake …

While they rescued Ameiko Kaijutsu from her deranged half-brother, the heroes are faced with the dilemma of who built the brick walls to seal off the ancient tunnels? Who tore them down? And why?

They could investigate further, heading deeper underground. But they also have Tsuto in custody, the half-elf possibly responsible for several of the recent events. They know he was not acting alone, but as an agent of someone named Nualia. Of all the things Tsuto’s diary did make clear, it was that Nualia’s plans may spell a bloody end to Aquitaine, if the heroes do not find a way to curb the evil that has yet to come.

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings, Part 9
Shattered Glass

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, at the ancient city of Aquitaine on the northern shores of Sog’s Lake …

A letter to Ameiko from a mysterious person named Tsuto leads the heroes to investigate the Aquitaine Glassworks. The same Glassworks factory owned by Amieko’s father, Lonjiku Kaijitsu.

From the outside, the heroes see the smoke of the great furnaces used to fashion the glass. Inside, the story is different. Kobolds of multiple tribes are there and had turned the factory into a tomb.

Now with the kobolds eliminated, the heroes can return to their search for Tsuto and the missing owner of the Red Dragon Inn … Amieko Kaijitsu.

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

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Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings, Part 8
Glass and Wrath

It has been said that it all began with a simple band of heroes. Heroes who chose to side with an orcish warrior, instead of a thief.

A thief who called himself ‘king’.

Once upon a time, at the ancient city of Aquitaine on the northern shores of Sog’s Lake …

Once the mysterious white-haired woman fled through the magic door, the undead troops ceased to menace the Licktoad tribe. With an hour’s hard work, the undead had been swept away and destroyed. After some rest, the fellowship traveled north along Sog’s Lake. Far ahead, a gray-black column of smoke lifted up from Aquitaine and smeared the sky. Something dire had happened, yet there had been no word from Aedlered.

Once they arrived at the city, the source of the smoke is obvious: dozens upon dozens of zombie kobold bodies being burned en-masse outside the city gates. On seeing this, Bruthazmus and Shelelu leave the group to scout for any indication of stray kobold zombies in the woods outside the city.

City guards attend the bonfire and Father Zanatus blesses the ground around it to ensure nothing else undead will rise there. Meanwhile, a bandaged Aedilred Runecutter waits by Aquitaine’s bloodied gate to greet the other heroes and explain not all has been well while they were away …

Dramatis Personae

Julienne
Aedilred Runecutter
Miro Teague
Lee Chung
Marco Galvos

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