It is with a strong sense of sadness that I say goodbye. Last night we concluded our AD&D campaign of over two years and in that time we went from small time wannabe adventures to community leaders, city builders and deity killers. This campaign was set in Forgotten Realms before the time of troubles in the city (ruins) of Phlan.
We began our campaign without knowing one another and we each answered flyers posted all over Faerun each of us coming to Phlan by our own means and being hired separately. Our first adventure together was a near suicide mission, we were asked to retake the fort on Thorn Island. This was a miraculous success, as we came together as a group, fought and eventually took back the fort from its inhuman inhabitants. We returned to the mainland heroes and celebrated our victory. After that it was a whirlwind of adventures as we took back the town piece by piece, at times going from building to building clearing kobolds, goblins and slavers. Finally we headed to the graveyard, we mustered every trick could think of and used every item we possessed. It was a long slog through undead and evil men, but in the end we triumphed and freed the graveyard from the grip of the wicked.
Returning once more to Phlan with vast treasures in hand we began to buy up parts of the town and rebuild it to fit our purposes. We started with our home, a vast estate that became a compound for our growing family to live. That stretched out to the walls around the town and farmlands for new arrivals, which lead to watch towers for our defense and a port for trade. We spent a lot of time building relations with the council and with the newly arrived. Two new temples where build along with a school and each building was open and welcoming to all. We ventured throughout the surrounding land helped wherever we could, making friends and correcting wrongs.
We defended the town on multiple occasions; first major attack was from a home grown threat, Tyranthraxus in the form of a dragon with his army of followers, then from an army of Ogres led by their demi-god and finally from the Zhentil keep troops who sought out to enslave our growing community. After all of these events we rebuild bigger and better than before. Each time our followers and us rose to the challenge won and gave the people our spoils. Finally we decided to strike back and go on the offensive.
We struck out and began to look for means to fight and kill Tyranthraxus and his kind once and for all. This led us all over Faerun researching in ancient libraries and contacting powerful people. After a great deal of time we found the means to destroy him and the hunt began. During the search we fought his lieutenants and their followers, all the while weakening Tyranthraxus hold over the land. Finally we were on the way at first we found the gauntlets of Moander and fought the deity himself for them destroying a stronghold and his mightiest creations. Second we traveled all over Cormyr following flights of dragons to find the Helm of Dragons and recover it from an evil wizard who fancied himself a king and his dracolich ally. Finally a raid on Zhentil keep itself got us the blade of Lathander and gave us the opportunity to free the slaves of the city. After fighting high priests of Bane we left burning a part of the town down in the process and making a deal with Fzoul never to return.
Now armed with the artifacts needed we headed off to confront the enemy. We faced him three times each time more perilous than the last. Each time we weakened him and took away an escape route and followers. Evil men and creatures fell before us and we gave chase each time he escaped us. Finally we confronted him for the last time in the city of Hillsfar. When we arrived at the town it was the eye of the storm, the city itself had turned on its head and chaos ruled. The town guard had barricaded the city from the outside trapping everyone in. As we fought our way through and go into the town, we found it over run with denizens of the fire plane. As we rushed through the town we did not stop but we used what powerful magic we could to slow the progress of the evil creatures, destroying mephitis, banishing fire elementals and salamanders as we went. Finally at the arena in the center of the town we found what we looked for, the last pool of radiance. We took a moment to survey the area before we entered as we did not see a single enemy. Using our abilities we detected them waiting invisible looking to ambush us. As we spotted them they launched their attack! We fought tooth and nail and in the end we overcame the ambush, but in doing so we drained our resources. Before we could catch out breaths and lick our wounds the final battle began. Tyranthraxus led his elite followers through the portal and attacked us.
The battle was fierce and long, he used magic, elementals, Golems and henchmen to try and stop us. In the end we destroyed his source of power, surrounded him and won the day. We didn’t hesitate for a moment before launching ourselves back into the city to put out fires, stop the remaining forces and aid anyone who needed it, hopefully changing the people of Hillsfar racial views for the better. After a quick rest we teleported home and called it a wrap on the campaign.
We started out as small time adventures in search of our fortunes and fame, but what we found was so much better. As individuals we each had our own goals and backstories, we each carried personal burdens and tragedies that scared our bodies and souls. Each of us wanted something different, each of us running away from something. What we found through our adventures was home and family. Although none of us knew it in the beginning and it was never discussed as we traveled, we fell in love with each other and created a bond deeper than any race, creed or religion. We nursed each other in sickness we celebrated with each other in victory. We are brothers and sister of sword and spell. We are family and that will never change. We are the Muck Rakers!
All in all I will really miss the game and the group, stepping into Quill’s shoes for the evening was always a joy. Good bye friends and thank you for a wonderful game.