It all started at a tavern in Baldur’s Gate ship yard called The Low Lantern, as the group walked in we were met by the contact of Ontharr Frume that informed us that we would need to get on a ship to go north with the merchants to help with the cause. We decided we would need to bed down for the night but our little pyromaniac comrade Artifax decided he wanted company in his bed (when does he not). The bartender
Laraelra Thundreth ,
had just gotten done with her shift as Artifax invited her to have some drinks, the two sat there as we watched on, cracking jokes about what Artifax might be saying. Krusk figured he had used something like “Baby, I’m gonna climb you like a tree” and after watching him drink himself into oblivion and getting absolutely nowhere with Laraelra, she decided she was going to bed and he was shit out of luck. Artifax was a little upset and let down that his smooth talking (real smooth) and top shelf drink buying got him nowhere with her, he was also a little relieved because with the amount he drank, he would have been “pushing rope” if you know what I mean.
The next morning we all woke to start our day off, Krusk was doing his usual 15 mile jog, 150 pushups and sit ups, while Jameth did his usual thing of staring at himself in the mirror for about an hour to make sure his hair was just right. Myself and Azrael got some breakfast and joked about how Artifax would plug anything that walks and how Jameth thinks he’s the prettiest one in our group (I mean come on, have you seen my ass?). Anyway, Artifax finally woke up and was still drunk from the night before, so drunk that he walked out of his room without putting on his robes, now that was something that nobody can un-see, I’m pretty sure Azrael and I may need to see a cleric to try and erase that memory.
Once everyone was dressed and prepared to leave we were told a local hero
Duke Abdel Adrian
was giving an announcement in the Upper City, we decided to go check it out before our ship left. He was inspirational but during the speech/rally something went wrong, very very wrong. Abdel Adrian slayed his own brother, the guards were all confused as the crowd burst into chaos but Abdel wasn’t acting like himself, something was happening. Out of nowhere through the chaos, a group of unknown people attacked the guards and knights protecting Abdel. After a short few minutes Abdel was no longer a human (yeah, I know, we can’t catch a break) he transformed into a shadow dragon. We starting to fight off the unknown group before this happened but now our focus must change, the threat this dragon posed to the area was too great. After some arrow slinging, great sword slashing, magic launching action, and Jameth getting smashed (what else is new) the dragon was dead, or was it. Jameth was on the ground unconscious and after some careful decision making, I decided I better help pretty boy so I lobbed a potion through the air and landed it in his mouth (I know I know, hold your applause). Krusk’s strike left an enormous gash in the beast as it laid there motionless but when we peered inside it looked as if fire was churning inside of it, so what do we do, we hit it again, and again. After a few rounds of beating a dead dragon (get it? Like beating a dead horse… I crack myself up) we decided to back up and put some distance between us and this ticking time bomb from what we could tell. Azrael unfortunately didn’t move far enough but
(this banging knight that was guarding Abdel) ran to her to block the explosion with his shield, he saved her life, but not so much for Teivel, he was incinerated. (I thought he would like the fire to be honest) The rest of the group made it out of range of the explosion and with the help of some fruity looking, weird mustache wearing guy that put up a force field of magic, we were all safe.
After once again a stellar performance from our team, we were approached by a total of three people wanting to meet with our group to discuss using our skills to benefit Baldur’s Gate in different ways. First there was the odd mustache guy named
he was a little shady but wanted us to meet him at The Three Old Kegs, and then there was Ulder Ravengard, the knight that saved Azrael, he wanted us to meet him at Wyrm’s Rock, and then there was a mysterious bearded fellow that was off to the side beckoning for us heroes who noticed him to come near him, he said you can’t trust either of those men, please meet me at Little Calimshan. Well Jameth out of his high society mentality, decided to go with Imbralym to The Three Old Kegs while Krusk being as noble as he is thought the knight, Ulder Ravengard would be the best choice to visit. Well myself and Artifax wanted to see what this old bearded guy was about, he was right up our alley, extremely strange and a little off his rocker from what he could tell.
Jameth and Azrael went to meet Imbralym who introduced them to
another noble in Baldur’s Gate (Azrael told me Jameth was rocking a half chub when he recognized he was meeting another noble in Torlin, go figure). Torlin proceeded to tell them how the city rots at the core and how they need to help sweep faith from the people seeking refuge. He wants them to kill the cancer of this city called the Guild, to find and cut the organization off at its head. Jameth wanted to help because Torlin is another noble name and couldn’t possibly be bad. Azrael wasn’t into the idea so Jameth tricked Torlin by telling him that he is the leader and that she is just being a bitch (probably not the greatest ideas considering he is on his back more than he is on his feet). Torlin’s sources identified three traitors, Norold Dlusker, Yssra Brackrel, and Laraelra Thundreth(OH MY, wait till Artifax hears this shit), he wants us to prove they work for the Guild, he gave us a search and seizure to take any evidence we found and he would reward us on the results and pay for our room and board.
Krusk made the longest journey but he didn’t care, he still needed his evening cardio, so it all worked out. He met Ulder Ravengard at Wyrm’s Mouth, Ulder explained how he and his group are against The Guild and the scum that live outside the walls of the city, he stated, “They grow bolder every day and infect the business and common life of our great city, I need the help of your team to push back The Guild.” He offered us gold, positions of rank and tabards for our service, Krusk told him that he would get us to help but what’s the plan (of course Krusk was lying, which usually he isn’t that great at… Ulder must not be that sharp), Ulder told Krusk we needed to shut down several businesses across Baldur’s Gate starting with Ibiz in Little Calimshan and The Low Lantern (didn’t we stay there..?). Ulder also gave Krusk a Flaming Fist badge to show his authority if it were to be questioned.
Myself and Artifax went to meet “Gandalf” (we figured that would be a good name considering we didn’t know his real alias) in Little Calimshan. He led us through some dark alley ways and into the back door of a store. Once we closed the door behind us there was a man sitting there with a turban named Musayed, peering at us. “Gandalf” checked to make sure we weren’t followed and then to our surprise “he” pulled his hood back and pulled his beard off to reveal a woman’s face, Artifax blurted out “I knew that ass was too nice to be a man’s!!!” I, like usual just stared at him in amazement of his comment. We were then explained to that this “pawn shop” was only a front for their true business, The Guild.
explained that they would take the money from the wealthy and give it to the needy, like the tale of Robin Hood. They wanted us to go see Nant Thangol at the busy gate, The Basilisk is what they call him because he steals from people passing the gate, he over charges and keeps it for himself. If we take him down, we can have a portion of the gold taken from him. We left telling them we would let them know soon of our decision.
We have a decision to make before our ride leaves…