The Sixth Blight

A Gathering at Redcliffe
Session 0 - Prelude to an Adventure

The city of Redcliffe is a bustling hub of activity. The newly-formed College of Enchanters has attracted mages, fortune-seekers, and adventurers from all over Thedas. Rumors abound as to the limits of the College’s autonomy, the magic they investigate, and the treasures they possess.

Fueling speculation is a call put out to the four corners of Fereldan. Adventurers of all walks are welcome in Redcliffe, and rumor has it that the College pays those that work for them handsomely.

It is up to you what has brought you to Redcliffe, but one thing is certain: Your adventure begins here!

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Of Werewolves and Blue Fields
Session 1

Our intrepid heroes, after gathering in the city of Redcliffe, are assigned to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in a nearby village, Blue Fields.

They meet a somewhat gregarious hedge mage, Soren, who explains to them that he has been hunting a werewolf in the vicinity which he believes has turned one of the townspeople. After a fair bit of helpful (and not so helpful) on werewolves, the party heads into town to investigate further.

A card game and a round of drinks later, the party learns that a woodsman by the name of Finn was recently attacked in the woods by a wolf, and hasn’t been back to work since.

After meeting with Finn, the party discovers that it is not he, but his young daughter, that was bitten by the werewolf. Soren is sent for, and after tending to the girl, informs the party that their best chance of a cure lies in the heart of the werewolf that turned her. The party resolves to venture into the forest after the beast while Soren tends to the girl.

The girl’s mother, nervous at having so many mages about, starts a ruckus amoung the townsfolk. A group of woodsmen confront the party and demand answers, but a silver tongue (and the Reverend Mother’s timely intervention) defuses the townspeople’s hostility.

Our heroes venture into the forest after the fell beast, but run across a small band of Dalish Elves, ambushed by foul blight wolves. The party helps drive off the creatures, but not before one of the Dalish is badly wounded.

Who are these elves? Why are they in this forest? Do they have any link to the werewolf our adventurer’s seek? For these answers, we must wait… until next time.

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Werewolves and Wilds
Session 2

The party escorted the Dalish elves they rescued previously back to the village where Soren awaited them. The mage diagnosed the injured elf with Blight sickness, and advised that the elves return to Redcliffe to see if the Grey Wardens could render assistance.

The party pressed on to the lair of the werewolf, and once there, risked life and limb to slay the fell beast. Taking the werewolf’s heart and pelt as a prize, the party returned back to the village of Blue Fields. Once there, Soren concocted a poultice that healed the poor girl who had been infected by the werewolf’s curse.

Their task complete, our heroes returned to Redcliffe…

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Into the Deep Roads

Our adventurers ventured into the Deep Roads at the request of an Arlathan Abassador, in search of an Eluvian Gate that is threatened by the darkspawn.

Currently, the party is catching it’s breath after an ambush by a group of Shrieks, on their way to find the Eluvian Gate.

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An Orlesian Matter

After arriving in Orlais, our party makes contact with her holiness, Divine Victoria. While the Divine is unable to publically support the Wardens, she does enlist their aid in a private matter.

The party is dispatched to rescue an old friend, Dorian Pavus, who is held in captivity by a group of rogue Templars.

The party rescues Pavus, but in doing so, Fiohra allows a spirit (or is it a demon?) to enter her. Her power increases, but at what cost?

Meanwhile, the College in Redcliffe has other business that requires the Warden’s attention. After rescuing a troublesom bard, the party is enlisted in securing some notes from the Madame du Fer. These notes, in turn, point towards a cure for one of the Madame’s lovers, a powerful boon should the party manage to secure a cure…

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The Trial of the Sky Mother

The party returns to Redcliffe and learns that they must secure the heart of a Snowy Wyvern in order to complete the potion for Grand Enchanter Vivienne. They also learn that a band of Nevarran dragon hunters are already hunting the quarry, and stopped off at Red Wolf Hold.

At Red Wolf Hold, they learn that a disagreement with the local Avaar (and the death of Red Wolf Hold’s hold animal) has led the Avaar to begin raiding the Grey Wardens. The party also learns that their griffons have been injured in the fighting, and Fiohra at last seems to warm to her Griffon, whom she names “Voss”, a “Vessel for her Power.” The party therefore leaves the hold, heading in the direction of the Nevarran hunters, but are ambushed by a group of Avaar.

During the ambush, Ovan convinces the Avaar to hold a Trial of the Sky Mother, a contest in which two sides try to climb a mountain as quickly as possible. After some persuasion, the Avaar agree and exchange hostages, Ovan for one of their own.

The party returns to the keep with their hostage, who questions Fiohra’s abilities. She assures him that not only is she a witch, but also a demon.

On the day of the contest, the Avaar of suspicious of Fiohra’s interference, but Michel manages to keep her from casting any blood magic to influence the outcome of the contest. Lucia climbs against Torhild Stonefeather. Lucia prevails, and Torhild announces his intentions to court Lucia.

With the Sky-Mother’s favor assured, the Stone-feather Avaar agree to stop raiding the Grey Wardens for at least one year. In turn, the wardens agree to let them check up on and visit Hogun.

Back at Red-Wolf Keep, Ovan and Hogun share an emotional reunion, and it is revealed that Moira Bluehill is recruiting other Avaar holds for a future attack on the Grey Wardens. Furthermore, she intends to press her suit against the Grey Wardens at the upcoming Landsmeet.

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The Snowy Wyvern

After braving numerous traps, the Party discovered a nearly half-frozen Jave Pentaghast. The party healed his wounds and helped dispatch the Snowy Wyvern (and claimed it’s somewhat-ruined heart and hide.

Jave offers the party his allegiance, and asks them to stop by if they are ever in Nevarra.

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The Tournament Begins

Our heroes make their way to the outskirts of Denerim, to participate in a Grand Tournament before the upcoming Landsmeet.

Nathaniel Howe advises the Wardens that should one of them win the Tournament, they will be able to ask for a boon from the King. This, surely, will boost the Wardens odds of securing troops, coin, and logistical support from King Alistair Theirin.

While signing up for the tournament, the Wardens meet Torhild Stonefeather once again, who has come to court Lucia and participate in the tournament.

While Ovan, Fiohra, and Michel give the couple some privacy (and sneak off to spy on the Bluehills), the pair is approached by a group of Avaar.

The Avaar are led by Stormhold, a young, cruel Avaar chieftan who has allied himself with the Bluehills. Stormhold insults Lucia and Torhild, but Lucia’s companions return just in time to stop a brawl.

In the opening melee of the tournament, our heroes fight with Torhild and manage to defeat Stormhold’s Avaar, a mysterious assassin, and a number of other contestants.

During the fight, Fiohra seizes control of the assassin through Blood Magic, and plots to have her act on Fiohra’s behalf.

Early the next morning, Nathaniel Howe approaches Michel with grave news: Moira Bluehill has manipulated the bracket and engineered a match between her and Ovan. Nathaniel warns Michel that if Ovan kills Moira, the consequences for the Grey Warden’s cause could be dire.

After Michel confronts Ovan with the news, the Avaar agrees not to slay his ancient enemy. But can mere words slake his thirst for vengeance? We shall see…

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Farewell to a Friend

Ovan met his sworn foe, Moira Bluehill on the tournament fields of Denerim. Knowing the consequences, he killed her during the tournament, sealing his fate and perhaps that of the Grey Wardens.

Ovan’s friends pled their case before the King and Queen, and in the end, Alistair Theirin offered an ultimatum. Ovan must die, and at the hands of the Grey Wardens. In return, the Wardens would not be banished from the realm, but would be allowed (and, frankly, urged) to travel northward to try and break the seige at Weisshaupt.

Michel revealed his true identity to his compatriots, that of an Antivan Crow, sworn to ensure the Grey Warden’s success, no matter the cost. And, with that burden placed upon him, it was Michel who executed his friend, Ovan.

Joined by an emissary of the King, a Qunari Templar by the name of Karsaan, the party sets forth back to Red Wolf Hold, to prepare for the journey ahead.

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Eye of the Beholder

After returning to Redwolf Hold, the party realizes they no longer have any claim to the Hold. They say their final farewell to Ovan, and order the Warden-Constables to relocate to Nevarra with the rest of the Warden order.

They then proceed to Orlais and meet again with Divine Victoria and Grand Enchanter Vivienne. The pair informs the party that a rival powerbroker, “The Lady of Roses” has been frustrating their attempts to gather support for the Wardens.

The party and the Grand Enchanter hatch a plan to locate the “Lady of Roses” at an upcoming ball. During the ball, Lucia locates the Lady.

At the Lady’s Manor, Fiohra and Vashaan come to blows, but Fiohra escapes into the darkness after badly wounding Vashaan.

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