Reign of Winter

A Cold Attack
Our Story Begins...

Summary (detail to come):

- Group tasked with investigating an attack site, Lady Argentea Malassene kidnapped
- Lone survivor, Yuln Oerstag, spoke of wintertouched fey
- Upon arrival, group discovered two zombies locked in a cart and the captain frozen and broken into pieces
- Returned to town to report and to restock

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Into the Woods
Fairies Everywhere

Summary (detail to come)

- Group returned to Heldren to resupply
- Returned to the attack site, followed trail into the Border Wood
- Discovered trapped treasure chest with stockpile beneath
- Fought Arctic Tatzylwyrm, which almost dragged Merdith under the snow
- Was ambushed by three fairies, defeated one, allowed other two to escape

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Deeper
Talking Elk, Talking Snowmen, and More Snow

Session Summary:

- Mouse rejoins group seconds after Mairdeth leaves to search for him (convenient!)
- Group meets talking elk that convinced child to fall in river. Discovers elk is just animal companion to an invisible fey creature.
- Defeats elk and one of the fairies that previously escaped. Spellcaster fey and other fairy escape.
- Group maneuvers around trapped snowman and cross frozen river, discovering dead body of farmer on other side.
- Sneak up on camped bandit patrol, defeat them and gather information on the raiders, their leader, and their alliances with the fey.

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The High Sentinel Lodge
Horses, Raiders, and a Lady

Session Summary:

- Party reached High Sentinel Lodge, taken by Rokhar’s Raiders
- Avoiding trapped pathway, group searched grounds, including peeking in windows and casting spells to find undead
- Set trap for raiders inside, releasing one horse to distract them
- Takes out two raiders outside, then slide inside and defeat the other three
- Barricade door to sickroom, trapping other raiders inside
- Fight and capture Rokhar and his frost skeleton bodyguards
- Learn about fey Izoze and moss troll Teb Knotten, who are guarding the portal from which the winter weather is emanating.
- Rescue Lady Argentea and take her, Rokhar, and the surviving raiders back to Heldren

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Further Down the Trail
After the Rescue

- Following the party’s return to Heldren with Lady Argentea Malassene and the captured members of Rohkar’s Raiders, the group undergoes a slight alteration.
- Lialda and Mouse both leave the group, intent on finding making sure their own homes are not threatened in the same way as the village. In their place come Ronan Maori, half-orc air druid, and Breida Hawthorne, human fighter.
- Additionally, Mairdeth Flamespar has a spiritual awakening, now imbued with the clerical powers of Cayden Cailean.
- Returning to the trail to hunt down the portal causing the summer snow, the party fights a few frost skeletons, likely created by Rohkar, and a pair of animated trees.
- They also discover the body of Dryden Kepp, a local hunter who had been tracking a giant white weasel in the forest after the snow began to fell
- Entering a clearing, the party chases the ghost of a small child through a maze of ice boulders before coming upon a wooden hut with a creepy doll with one gem eye and one mirrored eye. It attacks them, but they subdue it and take the gem, which held the soul of the dead child. The release the soul, as well as ending a haunt in the ice maze by burning down the hut.
- Quick thinking by the druid Ronan saves them from Kepp’s weasel, and the party is able to slip by it without any conflict.
- Nearing the portal, the party beds down for the night, but are awoken by an ambush from Izoze, one of Irrisen’s lieutenants, and her companion air elemental.

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The Winter Portal
Moss Trolls, Black Knights, and the True Mission

- The morning after the ambush, the party recovers and sets off down the trail once again.
- The snow becomes increasingly deep, and visibility is reduced to a matter of feet as the group reaches a clearing.
- Good vision by Ronan finds four igloos, a cave, and a set of large footprints, as well as a fey guard.
- Pansy does her best to sneak around the edge of the clearing with her party, but trips in the snow, causing the guard to attack her and Brutalitops with a thunderstone, which causes a loud bang that deafens the two of them and alerts the rest of the encampment to their presence.
- Quick thinking by Ronan evens the battle as he enshrouds the party in an obscuring mist that makes any combat outside of melee nearly impossible, but evens the odds against the attacking fey and keeps them hidden from the moss troll Teb Knotten.
- Expert swordplay by Breida, Pansy, and Ronan (who is temporarily shrunk), along with numerous magic missile blasts by Brutalitops, make quick work of the remaining fey, but the party barely has time to catch their breath before the mist dissipates, revealing them to Teb.
- A potentially brutal battle is over relatively quickly, despite a major injury to Ronan, after some critical swipes by Breida and an expertly-placed alchemist’s fire by Mairdeth leaves Teb a flaming husk.
- After clearing out Teb’s war chest and taking their prizes, the party approaches the portal just in time to see a gaunt figure emerge on horseback. The horse evaporates into smoke, and the injured knight falls to the ground. He explains that he is the Black Rider of Baba Yaga, a harbinger of the Witch Queen’s return.
- He explains that every hundred years, Baba Yaga returns to Irrisen to place a new daughter on the throne. However, she has not yet appeared, and the current queen, Elvanna, is doing everything in her power to keep it that way. She wishes to rule all of Golarion, and has created portals like this one throughout reality to create eternal winter across the entire planet.
- The Black Rider tasks the party with finding the Baba Yaga, whose Dancing Hut is currently being held by Elvanna in the Irriseni capital of Whitethrone. With his last breath, he hands the party two keys, which can be used inside the Dancing Hut to travel across great distances and even to other worlds.
- The Black Rider slits his own throat, and his dying blood empowers the keys and bestows the Mantle of the Black Rider upon the party.
- After healing from their fight with Teb, and with a new quest in their hands, the party steps through the portal…

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