A Lantern Broken

Session #16: The Dragon King's Court
And the Kingdom of Rosara

After defeating the monstrous hunter the group discovers a secret that forces them to seal off the cave. Afterwards they part with their new friend and find their way to the Kingdom of Rosara; where the king is hiring mercenaries to solve a dire problem.

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Session #15: The Hunter of Perschwitz
Underground Depths

Working to find the killer Karl spotted hiding in the trees, the group hatches a plan to draw it out of hiding. However their plan is foiled when they instead are found by a red-haired woman who is well aware of the problems in her woods. She offers to help the heroes if they agree to rid the area of the mystery archer. Together the group come across a bandit camp who may know more about the issue. 

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Session #14: An Elvish Summons
And Problems in Perschwitz

Some time passes after the event's of Torvold's Mountain and the trio is surprised by a compony of elves who have arrived at the manor with a calling from their Elder. An opportunity to distance themselves from the troubles in the city and find some true answers about what happened that night in the rain. Their journey will be lengthy, and not without new horrors to hinder their path. 

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Session #13: Familiar Bonds
Ambrose's School Days Part 2

The events on Torvalds' Mountain has left Ambrose with some extra time to reminisce on his past. Away from the city and the manor, Ambrose rests under a tree and again remembers his youth spent at the Triskelion. The otherworldly occasion when he help his friend Sera find her mage's familiar. 

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Session #12: Torvold's Mountain
Season One Finale

Ambrose, Karl, Veera, and Chrysanthemum arrive back in Illivan and plan to reseal the lantern the following evening. A storm is rolling in, but the heroes agree that they should perform the ritual as soon as possible.

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Session #11: The Pale Lady
And the Worst Birthday

After stepping through the portal in the woods, the heroes quickly discover that the origin of the creature and Veera's word of power are seemingly related. Ambrose and Karl confront a enigmatic woman who has been secretly mentoring Chrysanthemum. Something is horribly wrong with the situation and the two plan to get Chrysanthemum and her brother away from the Lady of the Woods.

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Session #10: A Shimmer in the Woods
And a Missing Boy

Leaving Grayditch behind, Ambrose and Karl continue to follow Veera further away from civilization and towards their goal. After sundown the trio begin to search for a campsite when they encounter a young boy crying in the road just as a mysterious creature bounds out of the trees and kidnaps him. A brief chase ends with the heroes losing the creature and starting a search for the child's whereabouts. 

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Session #9: The Disappearance of Licentious
Ambrose's School Days Part 1

After meeting Chrysanthemum, Ambrose is reminded of his youth spent studying magic at the Triskelion; the world's last remaining arcane academy. When he was thirteen years old, Ambrose lost a dear friend in an accident beneath the school, and his path towards becoming a Magus began. 

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Session #8: The Mines of Grayditch
And the Man-Eaters

Traveling together with the strange, elf-like Veera, Ambrose and Karl have stumble upon a town in crisis. Grayditch's miners have uncovered a network of old tunnels in their mine infested with unknown man-eating monsters. The duo agrees to help for a price, and descend once again underground; this time reluctantly allowing the company of a young aspiring mage, Chrysanthemum Ostander. 

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Session #7: An Uninvited Guest
The Mysterious Girl

Two weeks pass while Karl and Ambrose live out their lives out of Hart Manor. ’Master’ Karl tends to the daily business of his orchard. Ambrose, on most days, studies the books Uncle Hart’s library, and once briefly helped the laborers in the almond grove with their chores. One morning, Karl and Ambrose are eating their breakfast in the dining room when they hear a noise from the main entryway. In a moment Gerrick enters the room with a letter in his had proclaiming, “A messenger just delivered this Master Hart. It’s for you and Ambrose.” Ambrose raises his eyebrows in surprise. Karl lazily motions Gerrick to hand the letter to Ambrose who begins to open it.

ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN, COUNCIL, AND CITY OF ILLIVAN,
KARLADRON HART AND AMBROSE FRANCOIS
ARE TO BE HONORED IN CELEBRATION IN THREE DAYS TIME
IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR SERVICE TO THE CITY,
AND FOR THE ACT OF DRIVING THE WEREWOLF MENACE FROM ILLIVAN,
YOU ARE HEREBY INVITED TO THE QUEEN’S BALL,
QUEEN BELLAMY ALLENGAR

Ambrose seems elated, “Is this an invitation to a noble ball?” Karl sets down his food and groans, “Ow, no more nobles.”

“I take it you’ve had unpleasant encounters with nobles.”

“Ugh, well, on account of the orchard and my uncle’s wealth, the Hart family is considered a ’lesser house’ by the Noble Council. As a result multiple noble families have tried to curry favor with me in exchange for favors.” Gerrick comes to remove their dining plates. “I hate them though, the lot of them; they’re all greedy and selfish,” Karl ends rather tartly. Finished with breakfast the two begin to make their way to the parlor through the front room. 

“Well I don’t know about you, but I think I actually like to attend this ball. It would be nice to receive at least some recognition for what we did.” Followed by Karl, Ambrose opens the double doors to the parlor but stops. There is a hooded figure seated in the parlor already. They have pulled one of the armchairs to the small table where Ambrose had left the lantern, sitting in the dark in silence. Frozen in the doorway, Ambrose calls to Karl behind him, “Um, Karl, where you expecting a visitor today?”

“No, why-” The two stand staring and unmoving; the blue-hooded figure perched in the armchair seemingly to large for their frame. Karl begins to push himself in front of Ambrose, “Who are you?” He raises his voice to a butler in another room, “Gerrick, did you let anyone into the manor today?” The figure, almost startled, turns their head slightly towards the two men. They raise their hands to their hood and hesitate for a moment before pulling it back; revealing what appears to be a young girl. Her head is bald and covered in some type of white makeup giving here a ghostly visage in the dark room; her ears come to slight points. Karl and Ambrose are taken aback by their new visitor. 

“So you two are the ones who found my lantern,” she says in a slow drawl. Ambrose and Karl are now standing fully in the parlor, light spills into the room from the foyer. Defensive, Ambrose asks, “What do you mean, ’your lantern’?”

She adjusts her head back so that she is again staring directly at the lantern. 

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