The Oaken Path

A Light Extinguished

Truth is the torch that gleams through the fog without dispelling it. Claude Adrien Helvetius

Prologue

The two women were surrounded. The barbarians circled them on horseback shouting angrily and pressing in closer onto the terrified girls.

“I’m out of spells!” the silver haired one exclaimed to the darker haired female.
“Only Desna can save us now!” the brunette clutched the holy symbol at her breast.

“Or we could,” said a deep voice. The speaker was obstructed by the body of a barbarian that had a sword now sticking out of it’s chest. The dead barbarian slumped over and the two woman could see a young man. He slid his sword out with a sickening “slurp” and turned to the next attacker.

An arrow whizzed past the man’s head and into the eye of another barbarian. It had come from the bow of a half elf woman. The last barbarian saw how quickly the newcomers had killed his buddies and took off on his horse.

The heroes introduced themselves as Lad and Calera. The women, sisters named Davina and Melarien thanked their rescuers and Desna for sending them. Then the four made their way back to the town of Torch.


Lad and Calera brought the sisters to the home of their employer, Khonnar. He was a well respected leader in town and Melarien and Davina hoped they could ask him for some advice on their journey. They had come to Numeria due to a vision sent to Melarian from Desna. Both sisters are devout followers and knew this meant they had to make the treacherous journey.

As the four approached the humble home of Khonnar, a loud screeching hum began ringing in everyone’s ears. Inside the house was huge spider made of metal. Lad, Davina, and Calera went on the offensive. Davina cast Magic MIssile at it. Calera deftly tumbled past its spindly metal legs. Lad approached it with his sword. Melarian stayed back asking Desna to bless her companions in their fight.

The metal spider was quickly defeated and fell in a heap of crumbled metal. Hiding in Khonnar’s workshop was his apprentice, Val. A young girl of about 14, Val was very relieved to see Lad an Calera. In rush of words, she explained that Khonnar had gone on an expedition into the torch at the center of town. He returned with this mechanical spider. He went back into the torch two days ago and should have returned by now. It was apparent that Val was worried about him.

She kindly let the part rest in her tavern for the night. After a warm meal (cold sandwiches for Lad), the party quickly fell asleep. The next morning Calera and Melarian felt unwell. Not sure what had caused their affliction the party carried on to The Town Council to seek information about the torch and Khonnar’s disappearance.

The council members seemed as concerned as Val about Khonnar. They offered the party a respectable sum if they were willing to enter the torch to look for him and any sign of what happened to his party. Eager to help Val and (let’s be honest) make some money, they agreed to help.

The torch is a large, burning beacon of purple light that shoots into the sky from the center of town. It had mysteriously gone out and parties had begun entering the source of the light to determine what happened. The entrance is underwater. With the help of a breathe underwater spell, the party was given 6 hours to head down there and see what they could find.

After emerging from the rancid sulfuric water, they were attacked by cave spiders. They were no match for the party who dispersed of them and continued on their journey into the torch.

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