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Ioneri Treants ajevans Rogue 1 82155-1
Gisni nyriv Wizard 1 55168-2
Rundal TheBigE Paladin 1 81598-1
Roland Eilifsson residue Fighter 1 78307-3
Torent Lovituri otterjets Monk 1 66260-3



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In the heart of the Pathfinder Society’s headquarters at Skyreach, Venture-Captain Drandle Dreng, a wiry old man with a wild gray beard and glinting eyes, sits on a large plush bench next to a finely dressed, full-figured woman who looks as though this entire meeting isn’t worth her time. Dreng warmly greets the group and introduces you to the woman,Lady Gloriana Morilla; the Taldan woman tilts her head slightly in acknowledgement of the introduction, but otherwise makes no move to greet anyone. Oblivious to any social slight on the lady’s part, Dreng goes on to explain your mission.



“Recently, a contact from the Low Azlanti embassy in Escadar approached us with an offer. It seems they have discovered a unique relic of Azlanti origin on the Inner Sea’s floor that we have a unique opportunity to add to our collection for study. In return, however, we must deliver one of our catalogued items to Escadar in exchange. The Low Azlanti drive a hard bargain, so we need you to escort a relics broker to Escadar so he can authenticate the Azlanti item and mediate a fair deal on the Ten’s behalf.

"I must want you that you are not the only group that looks to acquire this relic. It seems the Aspis Consortium has also tendered an offer, and the gillmen have decided to accept the Consortium’s deal if the Society cannot finalize its agreement within 30 days. An Aspis-funded warship patrols the waters just beyond Absalom’s harbor, reventing Pathfinder agents from sailing to Escadar unmolested. Luckily, Lady Gloriana and I have come up with a solution."


Lady Morilla stirs from her silence and speaks in a strong, demanding voice. “I have used some of the Empire of Taldor’s most skilled operatives to plant a false crew manifest and course plans with the harbormaster, ensuring that the Aspis Consortium spies who certainly keep an eye on such matters believe we are moving our relic to Escadar on a ship tomorrow morning. This decoy should occupy the Consortium sufficiently for you to travel overland to Escadar with plenty of time to make the final agreement with the gillmen before the Society’s window of opportunity runs out.”

Dreng laughs to himself absently, "You to go to the Siphons in the Puddles and meet with the Pathfinder Society’s ally, information broker Grandmaster Torch. He’ll give you a map for a smugglers’ trail through the isle’s center that should allow for relatively easy and secret travel overland to Escadar. The Society has hired an appraiser and relics broker named Nester Rees to verify the authenticity of the gillmen’s relic; Rees will meet up you after your meeting with Grandmaster Torch.

"I've arranged lodgings for you at an Escadar tavern called the Grindylow’s Goblet, where the gillmen have agreed to meet with you. Once you arrive, you only need to send word to the Low Azlanti embassy, then have Master Rees conduct the negotiations at the tavern on the Society’s behalf. Remember you are responsible for Rees’ safety and for the success of his negotiations."
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Roland is perhaps slightly distracted by the full body of Lady Gloriana, but does manage to control his staring somewhat, nodding every once in a while as the two give the details of the mission.
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Dreng and Lady Gloriana wait for the Pathfinders to ask for more important details about their mission but after a few moments of uncomfortable silence dismiss the group, reminding them that they must meet with Grandmaster Torch before they head out.

As the Pathfinders are preparing to leave, Lady Gloriana starts to stand up, and reaches her arm out for assistance from Roland. As he helps her to her feet and then pulls his hand away, he finds that the lady slipped a small piece of paper into his palm while he assisted her.



The group make their way to meet with Grandmaster Torch, the mysterious information broker, ex-Pathfinder, and leader of the Shadow Lodge faction of the Society, who operates out of a network of subterranean tunnels beneath the water-logged Absalom district of the Puddles. Finding the Siphons takes the Pathfinders though the Puddles’ rough-and-tumble, flooded streets and into the sewers below.

A gruff half-orc guard grants the group's entry into Torch’s audience chamber in the Siphons, a large stone room that has been magically rid of all standing water or even airborne moisture. Torch, a dark-haired, burn-covered man in his late-middle years sits in a large bathtub, and two attendants continually pour cool water over his cursed, festering wounds. His half-orc bodyguards eye the group warily as the Grandmaster rises to greet them and speaks.



“Well met, Pathfinders. I see you have survived as the Decemvirate’s pawns thus far, and for that I commend you. This next task they have for you is more dangerous than the venture-captain may have told you, so let me give you a word of warning. I have made it my life’s work to ensure Pathfinder agents are given all the tools they need to return home from their myriad adventures, and this map is the tool I give you. Follow the directions on my map as strictly as you can. Deviate from this path and you may encounter challenges far beyond your abilities. Many would paint me and those who believe like I do as betrayers of the Society, but it is the corps of the organization that I am completely loyal to. Each and every one of you.

“If you believe you have been mistreated by the Ten or their representatives, don’t hesitate to let me know upon your return from Escadar. My network of agents and spies if vast, and I am a powerful ally to have on your side.

”Now be off. You have a long journey ahead of you. And remember, don’t deviate from this map—it’s designed to get you there and back safely!”


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Did Gloriana also hand over the letter?

Roland tries to not see the humour in the burned man being called Torch. He's not one for puns, after all.

"Grandmaster Torch, why do you doubt the Decemvirate? Are we not all Pathfinders?" asks Roland, perhaps needlessly provocing.
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residue wrote:
Did Gloriana also hand over the letter.

The letter is the piece of paper she handed over.
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Rundal, looking at the grizzly man begins to speak.

¨Grand Master Torch, I thank you for the information and taking the time to meet with us. This trek you propose on the map looks very arduous and over some challenging terrain. This is concerning that we do not have the necessary equipment to make this trip, but more importantly, I suspect it is a know smuggling route. ¨

Rundal pauses for a moment to formulate how best to present his thoughts with out angering the orcs in the room.

¨How can we be sure that your Network of Spies will act properly and not give us any hassle? Do you have an contacts or methods to recognises those that are loyal to you?¨

Glancing back at the map, he notices some over water route near Piers End, point to the map. ¨And this part here, how do you purpose we cross the straight to Escadar?¨
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Whilst I must commend you on the quality of the map you have given us, I don't suppose you've got a 15,000 to 1 scale version?

Is the path through the forest well marked?
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Both Grandmaster Torch and Venture Captain Dreng vouch for this map as being the safest route to Escadar. If it were safe, we would not be tasked with escorting the broker. But it will surely be safer than facing down numerous pirate ships under the hire of the Aspis Consortium.

Gisni accepts the map graciously.
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"Okay, so it looks like we need to take some provisions. I've not had much experience of life on the road, does anybody know what we need, and where to get it?"
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"Good question, Grand Master Flash Torch, Looks like we may need some gear to get through the mountains, where can we pick up some before we travel."
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ajevans wrote:
Whilst I must commend you on the quality of the map you have given us, I don't suppose you've got a 15,000 to 1 scale version?

Is the path through the forest well marked?

Torch laughs raspingly at Ionerie's cheeky question. "I haven't taken the 'Smuggler's Trail' myself, lass. Sorry I can't give you any more information. Just stick to the path is what I advise!"
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Rundal, looking at the grizzly man begins to speak.

¨Grand Master Torch, I thank you for the information and taking the time to meet with us. This trek you propose on the map looks very arduous and over some challenging terrain. This is concerning that we do not have the necessary equipment to make this trip, but more importantly, I suspect it is a know smuggling route. ¨

Rundal pauses for a moment to formulate how best to present his thoughts with out angering the orcs in the room.

¨How can we be sure that your Network of Spies will act properly and not give us any hassle? Do you have an contacts or methods to recognises those that are loyal to you?¨

Torch raises an eyebrow at Rundal then responds. "I wouldn't expect any of my agents to be using this route at the moment, but if you do encounter anyone, they may be as wary of you as they are of you. I am sure you are capable of a bit of civil conversation to break the ice, yes?"

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Glancing back at the map, he notices some over water route near Piers End, point to the map. ¨And this part here, how do you purpose we cross the straight to Escadar?¨

"Swim lad! How else?" Torch chuckles. "No, seriously, you will need to arrange a ferry or the like to get over to Escadar. Should be plenty of chaps vying for your services. Try and get a good price, just shop around!"

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Did Gloriana also hand over the letter?

Roland tries to not see the humour in the burned man being called Torch. He's not one for puns, after all.

"Grandmaster Torch, why do you doubt the Decemvirate? Are we not all Pathfinders?" asks Roland, perhaps needlessly provocing.

The Grandmaster nods and replies softly and sincerely. "Exactly my point, lad. We should all be one and the same. It's not my fellow Pathfinders I don't trust, its the shadowy Decemvirate that I am wary of. Keep the buggers honest is all I want to do. A few too many of us have been shafted in the past, don't want to see it keep happening again!"

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"Good question, Grand Master Flash Torch, Looks like we may need some gear to get through the mountains, where can we pick up some before we travel."

"Aye, you should be prepared, but don't go overboard. A resourceful Pathfinder can usually find something on the way. Any store in town should be able to get you what you need to get started, though." He looks around at the group, taking note of their weapons and armour. "You all seem to have picked up some nice stuff already. Just go to your favourite merchant and see what he has to offer. A camping kit would be a good thing to consider, however."
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"Ok then. Thanks for the advice Grandmaster." says Roland, giving a courteous nod to the scarred man. To the others he say "Lets go find this man Rees, and pray to your gods he is reliable, and not a booklearned burden we will need to carry the entire way."
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Just let me know if you want to purchase anything and add it to your character sheets. Decide who wants to carry what etc...

As the group goes about their final preparations for the journey they are approached by Nester Rees.



Rees is a man of Garundi descent who walks with a cane, claiming he suffers from a malady of the heart that has left his right side weakened. Sorry Roland!

"Well met, Pathfinders! I hear you are to be my escort to Escadar!" Rees smiles warmly. "I am ready to depart whenever you are ready to do so. I suggest you travel light to speed our journey across the island, however!" He appears a man of Garundi descent and walks with a cane. Noticing the look of concern from Roland he adds, "Ah, yes, I will do my best to keep up with you and try not to be a burden. I suffer from a malady of the heart that has left my right side weakened, but I'll be Ok, don't worry!"
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Rundal, looking at the grizzly man begins to speak.

¨Grand Master Torch, I thank you for the information and taking the time to meet with us. This trek you propose on the map looks very arduous and over some challenging terrain. This is concerning that we do not have the necessary equipment to make this trip, but more importantly, I suspect it is a know smuggling route. ¨

Rundal pauses for a moment to formulate how best to present his thoughts with out angering the orcs in the room.

¨How can we be sure that your Network of Spies will act properly and not give us any hassle? Do you have an contacts or methods to recognises those that are loyal to you?¨

Torch raises an eyebrow at Rundal then responds. "I wouldn't expect any of my agents to be using this route at the moment, but if you do encounter anyone, they may be as wary of you as they are of you. I am sure you are capable of a bit of civil conversation to break the ice, yes?"

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Glancing back at the map, he notices some over water route near Piers End, point to the map. ¨And this part here, how do you purpose we cross the straight to Escadar?¨

"Swim lad! How else?" Torch chuckles. "No, seriously, you will need to arrange a ferry or the like to get over to Escadar. Should be plenty of chaps vying for your services. Try and get a good price, just shop around!"


Rundal acknowledge the answer from the fire burned colleague. Walking away he quietly mumbles. ¨Huh, Talk nicely and swim?? I guess it does not take much to be a Grand Master these days¨
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After exiting and meeting with Rees ¨Lets get moving before nightfall and get some distance from this city.¨
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Roland rolls his eyes and looks at the others, his head shaking. But he turns to Rees and smiles weakly. "It's ok. If you need a hand, you let me know, ok?"

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After exiting and meeting with Rees ¨Lets get moving before nightfall and get some distance from this city.¨

Adjusting his backpack a bit Roland adds "Unless anyone needs to pick up some more gear first?"
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"I am not used to the elements, so I will pick up some cold weather gear"
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"Good. Then lets find us a merchant of good repute and then make haste." declares Roland, and adds, after another look at Rees. "...then make reasonable speed."
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I'll move on. If you have any extra purchases, detail them here and add them to your sheets prior to your next post.

The group heads out into the Cairnlands a broken landscape of blood-salted earth and the ruins of countless failed assaults on Absalom’s walls, which soon yields to open fields and fertile ground. Ahead, a vast forest covers the foothills of large range of snow-capped mountains. The well-trodden road soon ends at a tall wall of trees, signaling the end of civilization.

As the Pathfinders approach the edge of the woods, booming voice calls out "Beware these woods travellers! There is danger within!" The source of the voice is quickly revealed to be a 7 foot tall creature with the sun-bronzed upper body of a seasoned warrior and the lower body of a sleek warhorse. Behind him are two others of his kind.

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"Oh? What kind of danger?" asks Roland happily, before adding. "Of course, noone told us about any danger..."
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The creatures share a look and a shrug as if unsure whether they should say anymore, but then the leader again speaks up. "We have seen a dark cat stalking this forest." He seems reluctant to say more at this stage, due to either mistrust or indifference, eyeing the group warily.
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