Not wanting to make the seven day trek to Ripley our heroes decided to try to find work enough to earn the 600 gold pieces needed to pay the bill to be teleported by the mages in the wizard tower.
Sky King Star and Xerith Narinth went out on the town to see if they could find any work. They learned that the mayor’s daughter had recently been kidnapped by ogres and that he would gladly pay 100 gold pieces for her safe recovery.
They returned to the inn where there friends were still discussing what they should do next. They were quite surprised when a gnome with a hammer was thrown into the bar and his badger named Snake followed. Sky King Star, in his peculiar way, befriended the gnome (after a fashion) and convinced him that he would need to be of service to them in dealing with the ogres. The gnome introduced himself as Arnold the Gnome.
They left on horses to go and deal with the ogres at their encampment some six miles outside of town and within the hour arrived to find the mayor’s daughter tied to a stake and the ogres preparing for a massive fire around her.
Thunderbolt Stormfist convinced Xerith Narinth and the others that it would be best to reason with the ogres rather than dispatching them. A task which he found difficult as he first asked that the ogres provide them with some of the meat pre-cooked rather than before cooking which nearly caused the ogres to go mad with delight that a human would want to consume one of their own. A bit of fast talking saved the say though and the ogres agreed to accept an equal weight of meat in exchange for the living version that they were about to turn into their supper.
Thunderbolt Stormfist and Uriah Allistir Heep left on the horses to go back to town to buy meat while Badger Nidas attempted to track down a deer.
Arnold the Gnome and Sky King Star set up a small base of operations and cooked a large black rabbit (which turned out to be the pet of the mayor’s daughter) that Snake had managed to capture and kill.
Badger Nidas attempted to woo a deer, but his natural prowess turned out to be not as powerful as he might like. In the end he had to rely on Mushroom, his wolf, to finish the deer which he sloppily cut up and dragged back to his friends.
In the city thunderbolt | Thunderbolt Stormfist]] and Uriah Allistir Heep bought several pounds of a “rare and exquisite” meat from the butcher who claimed it was from some sort of animal that they had never heard of. The price was right though so they didn’t as too many questions. They returned to the base camp as Badger Nidas returned with the deer.
They saved the girl by getting meat and brought her back to the Mayor whom fed them dinner and paid them 100 gold pieces. Learning of their quest for money so that they could be teleported he told them about some Vampires that live in another plane accessed through the cemetery close to the mountains just to the north of Lianess. They could get 1,000 gp for recovering the Sword of Cass from a pair of vampires.
Sky King Star got a fur coat.
Feeling that they would be unable to defeat the vampires they decided to forgo additional expenditures of time and begin the seven day journey. They left Lianess and traveled 7 days to the Ripley. The only difficulty along the path was a brief stop in the city of Um where they were certain that the villagers were being harassed by a werewolf, but Thunderbolt Stormfist’s bold approach to addressing the problem with the village elder got them sent on their way without being able to help.
In Ripley they were able to quickly locate the Temple of The Architect. With a bit of searching around they found a fount and by tossing a gold coin into the crystal device they were able to summon a man named Myrth whom is the keeper of the temple. He, upon learning of their quest, agreed to give them the orb that they sought if they would make an oath that on pain of death they would only remove the gem from the temple. They and their animal companions all agreed to this oath. Should any one of them remove any artifact from the temple they will all perish.
They now have two cities to visit from which to obtain orbs. The orb that they acquired is black in color.