Interlude - Getting the Band Back Together

After the award ceremony at the palace, the Band returns to its headquarters in the nice part of town, more than ready for a few days of sleep. After opening the front gate, Tamar holds up a hand to the group and dashes inside, returning a bare minute later with a pleased smile on her face. “Band follow Trumpet please,” she urges.

She leads you to the former masters’ carriage house, and you immediately notice its windows are fogged to opacity. Tamar opens the door and gestures solemnly. A wave of humid air rolls over you as you enter, and Tamar moves to a row of hooks along a wall and begins unashamedly stripping down. Glancing around, you see a large fire pit dominating the room, encircled by several rough stones for sitting. The Jade Servant hops between the fire pit and a water barrel, creating the hissing steam that fills the building. It looks simultaneously pleased and exhausted.

“Tamar tribe have sacred bath tent. This next to same.” Tamar is pulling Salvador’s armor off with some rapidity. Salvador looks alternately embarassed and overwhelmed, but he’s not resisting. Suyin, perhaps familiar with tribal customs, is already scrubbing his back with the provided brushes and towels as he sits by the fire. Paxton, as usual, takes care of himself.

Once the group is naked and clean(er), Tamar stands and clears her throat. “Spirit shaman head in box bring Band together. Band save city, rest of Band. Band like family. Tamar miss tribe, miss plains, but love Band. Tamar think. Tamar charge. Tamar think more. Band and tribe, same to Tamar. So Tamar make same. Spirit shaman head in box not only shaman with magics.”

She turns and goes to a corner of the room, clearly displaying a terrible mass of scar tissue slantwise across her back. You’re surprised that whatever made that cut didn’t slice Tamar clean in half. Returning, she displays a sharp bone knife and a pot of the tattoo inks recovered from the mad painter. “Tamar daughter of Pig Sticker, shaman to Three Bears tribe. Pig Sticker show Tamar many thing of tribe history.” She moves to Salvador, dips the knife in the pot, and quickly traces a design on his left shoulder. She chants harsh, guttural syllables in a language you don’t understand as she works. With a shout, she slashes her arm with the bone knife and presses the bloody wound to Salvador’s shoulder. His whole body spasms, and he slumps to the ground. As she moves around the circle to perform the rite on each of you, you can see the tattoo of a small bear on her shoulder, matching the one she carves into your flesh. (You each take 5 points of damage that cannot be reduced in any way.)

Tamar presses her most recent wound to Paxton’s shoulder, wobbles, and collapses. As you carry her into the main building, the Jade Servant scurrying anxiously behind you, the icons on your shoulders begin to glow with a soft golden light. You feel more connected, somehow, as another tie binds your group more closely together, your shared power strengthening you all.

Tamar's Log - Vol. 11

Queen have big meeting. Queen need learn big meeting make badness. New doctor from dust plain, bring warrior women, priest in birdman masks. Group fix disease, rank over guards, no report Field Marshal Cressida Kroft. Field Marshal Cressida Kroft angry. Make sense. Queen not smart, bring outland army to city, push city people around. Trouble coming.

Doctor say close bridge to poor town, put guards to stop people coming. Not right. Make big trouble in city, more riot, people die. Band must try to stop this. Doctor man seem okay, but Tamar not see hearts. Time shows.

Little ratman find Band, say him boss crazy, bring rat army, attack city. Many stupid people think attack city, find Band stop them. This time no different. Band go stink tunnel, find boss ratman. Him fight good! Knock Tamar around, whack head, bite and bite. Bunny King shine bright, make rats fight him, win battle. Tamar fight not so good, but help Band anyway. Then big poop monster come. It talk! Never hear of this. It die fast.

Bunny King church - this like shaman gathering - say dead no stay dead, must do magics to stop. Magics make dead angry, Band defend from attacks. Many ghost come. Make head whisper, some on fire, some just ugly. Tamar and Band smash all. Fire ones make big boom when die, give plague to Cricket, but Cricket too tricksy for plague. Maybe Tamar wear birdman mask too!!

Not really.

Tamar's Log - Vol. 10

Bird man fall! Have powerful magics, armors, weapons. Band made stronger by death of enemies.

Band bring bird man to Field Marshal Cressida Kroft. Then Band go house where Vistani music man make party. House full of zombie. Band destroy zombies, fight bard, undead lady, Zombie Lizzie Bennett. Tamar slay lady, chase bard all around house. Bard say work for Rolth. Rolth bad necromancer who want Gaeken grandson of Thousand Bones body for bad thing. Bunny King want kill Rolth very bad. Bard throw ball of plague at Band. Band all sick now.

Band make bard say of Rolth. She talk talk talk talk talk, say he take Vistani music man to secret place for bad thing-doing. She not say where place be, but make winks at Cricket. Cricket not impressed. Bard make Cricket sick, after all. Stupid bard.

Band bring bard to Field Marshal Cressida Kroft. She say bird man go free. Band kill bird man later, Tamar guess. Potion make plague go, Band rest.

Tamar's Log - Vol. 9

City sick, smell like death and fire. Band work many times to help city.

First, Band go to smell shop where cure for sickness sold. Lady there, make false cure. She make magic, cover wounds, rob poor. Band stop her, with blood. Cricket make crowd understand, go. Band try pay money back for poor.

Next, Bunny King very angry about bodies put in alley, not graves. Judger like neat and tidy graves, Tamar see. Bunny King always talk about Judger. Judger sound mean. Anyway, bodies not dead, but un-dead. Tamar, Band make re-dead. Fanged ones, clawed ones. Fanged ones bite very hard, turn to smoke, but still be hit.

Then, Band go docks where thing for cure ritual be stolen. Only not true stolen, only false stolen to sell later. Later sell is more moneys. Arkona clan evil scum. Maybe Band kill later. For now, Band find man with head of owl who talk like girl. He have stick, make lightnings. Maybe shaman of owl man tribe? Owl man have lady with swords, she fight very strong. Tamar trick owl man, make think Tamar not kill if he put stick down!

Sorry, Tamar have to stop write while she laugh. Tamar and Band beat sword lady, owl man. Bunny King not let Tamar kill owl man, say he know thing. Tamar know thing too, more than owl man, but Tamar not fight Band. Bunny King send owl man, sword lady to guard. Owl man just fly away, Tamar think. Maybe fight again someday.

Tamar's Log - Vol. 8

Band have CRAZY spirit dream. Tamar sound charge, is Horn. Spirit shaman say do what Tamar do. Cricket is sick, but not sick. Locksmith is Thornbush, and Bunny King stand and fight after all other fall. Spirit shaman say very bad thing come to city, and Band can save, but with much danger and loss. Band must not fail.

Band take Trinias to safe place not in city. Make Fake Trinia know she not Trinia. Tamar not care. Boring.

Pirate boat come to city, but guards fire catapult and break it. It sink. Foolish dock people go scavenge like rats on boat corpse. “Boat” have chest, chest have rat and moneys. Girl Breeze find chest, take money, buy candy, get sick sick. Boy Kester from orphanage find Band, get Band help.

Cricket use spirit shaman power, take sick from Breeze, put to Cricket. Cricket sick now. Locksmith try fix sick, but Cricket still sick. Cricket say sickness spread like fleas, warn Field Marshall Cressida Kroft. Band talk talk talk, then do these things. Too much talk for Tamar. Trumpet time.

Tamar's Log - Vol. 7

Band in painting, which have many worms, fire horse, hag, and chain demons. Oh, Bunny King say devils, not demons. Big fight. Hag drink life from Band, horse stomp fire. Chain devils wrap Bunny King, squeeze. Cricket shoot many bug-arrow, confuse many enemy. Band victorious.

Battle end, Band and artist in artist shop. Artist say crazy mage make crazy painting, and crazy mage angry when artist and nobles tease mage. Band get paper, say Band arrest mage Imron Gauthfellow.

Band go Imron Gauthfellow house, see puppy. Knock door, see servant with paint face. Rope for bell try and kill Bunny King. Puppy evil shadow puppy! Tamar grow very angry, spin swords, break tables, puppy, rope. Band crush furniture! Tamar now Furniture Slayer.

Upstairs, crazy mage replace hallway with crazy paintings. Band have run from many monster, creepy doll. Funny elf ghost in painting, try to kill Band. No chance. When Band escape, see Imron Gauthfellow and other Imron Gauthfellows. 4 of these. Also painting of Gauthfellows, and evil armor men, and blue imp like Majeko. Tamar smash crash crush blue imp, Cricket and Bunny King team on angry Imron Gauthfellow, and Locksmith and Tamar cut and cut and cut painting. Imron Gauthfellow by painting have mind magics, make Tamar very angry. Tamar not know what happen behind, but Locksmith fall down. Cricket is meant to help Locksmith! Tamar must speak sternly to Cricket. Band must help Band.

Band arrest last Imron Gauthfellow, take to Watch. Watch give house to Band! Now Band have strong stone tent for spirit shaman and Band. Make good home for childs. Childs like tea servant, little green thing with delicious tea. Tamar proud of Band.

Tamar's Log - Vol. 6

Band get message from Asheron Jalento father of noble Band save from dung monster. Asheron Jalento want Band help, so Band go dinner. When Band arrive, house broken. Big big nightmare monster with – Bunny King say “tentacle” – arms. Grab Band, drag around, splash blood. Only blood not blood, blood paint? Band destroy monster, find Asheron Jalento dead. Son say monster come from painting delivered by human man. Cricket say magic leave track. Son say man have many painting. Danger to city. Field Marshall Cressida Kroft need warn.

Son say Jalento have art friend Belfor Vittanis. Band go to Belfor house, find party. Cricket and Bunny King bring Band in party. Party many drunk stupid people. Belfor have gift painting also. Band stop Belfor from open painting and let monster out on party. He friend with old lady noble.

Band go old lady noble house, find man with painting attack by winds. Winds fight Band, man cower. Band destroy wind spirit, man Darius say he “courier”. Bring painting for man in tower. Also give to artist Acherus.

Man Darius lead Band to Acherus. Tamar think people have evil name because they do something with devils. When Band come Acherus house, Acherus have already open painting of chain devils and worm devils and big big dark horse. Cricket say Acherus inside, and point at worm devil with funny eye. Band jump into painting, and scary thing happen.

Tamar's Log - Vol. 5

Band in tavern when herald come, say king poisoner found in Midlands. Name Trinia, friend of Cricket. Big mob try to kill. Field Marshall Cressida Kroft say guard say lover Trinia put powder in king drink. King die. Guard who confess “jump off high tower”. City people sheep. Believe much, follow other sheep. Field Marshall Cressida Kroft say find what true happening.

Band go to Trinia home. She fleeing, so Band give chase. Tamar climb building, chase. Locksmith break Trinia rope with arrow! Locksmith master archer. Locksmith, Tamar chase Trinia on roofs. Tamar make imps angry. Cricket soothe Trinia. She go with Band, but first Black Jack hero of streets come. He nosy, ask what Band do. Band tell, make Black Jack leave. He warn of dangers.

Band dress Trinia in disguises and bring to Field Marshall Cressida Kroft. Queen Guard Captain Sabina come, be snooty. Band question Trinia with Field Marshall Cressida Kroft. She say paint only.

Tamar think Queen agents poison King and blame Trinia. Queen not popular, but if King murdered, Queen get sympathy. Queen have very loyal Guard Captain Sabina.

Band should ask spirit shaman for advice. Tamar know politics very very dangerous. Spirit no can help much, but say Guard Captain Sabina believe Trinia guilty.

Band hide Trinia away in sword man house, go to tower where dead guard kept. Cell guarded by sheep guard, he sleep when dead guard “kill self”. No track to say fight in room. Very confusing. Band find out extra person in room. No find who.

Guard Captain Sabina find stranger, name stranger Trinia, say to kill at night. Field Marshall Cressida Kroft pissed, ask Band go execution. Band go sword man house, Trinia still there. Bunny King try warn Guard Captain Sabina she lied to, but she say no.

Queen come, say words about city like her now, chop off Fake Trinia head. Black Jack come, save Fake Trinia. Band ‘chase him away’. Cricket think Fake Trinia bespelled.

Something very wrong in city of Stormhelm. It need Band help very much.

Tamar's Log - Vol. 4.5
A Stirge on Society

Band take traitor guard men it capture to guard station nearby. Also bring traitor leader to Field Marshall Cressida Kroft. He repent. Field Marshall Cressida Kroft happy. Then she say of ambassador who is bad man. He odious. Tamar think that mean smelly? Field Marshall Cressida Kroft want Band go find Spider King, thump, find secret of ambassador. Spider King fight Bunny King! Much good fight, Tamar think. Spider King live on boat in Eel Butt. Band go there. Orsino talk much and much about queen and black jacks. Black Jack like guard but not guard, protect people.

Eel’s Butt as bad as Tamar expect. Many inn, many whore. Cricket and Locksmith go into Eel Butt for hours and hours. Later, battle sounds so Tamar and Bunny King charge in. Many human, spider, small dragon in cage. Spider King fight good, have spider man in bottom of ship that stick Bunny King to ground. Much blood, Tamar fall and rise again. Small dragon now pet of Locksmith. Band find paper of ambassador lover.

Field Marshall Cressida Kroft happy Band kill Spider King, sink boat, find paper. She give Band time to rest, and Pseudodragon Mark medal. Band important to city.

Tamar's Log - Vol. 3

Band search crypt for necromancer Rolth and body of Gaeken grandson of Thousand Bones. Necromancy death magics. First room have bone piles, Salvador say ossuary. Large bone creature, many small skeletons. Tamar smash skeleton with bow for Locksmith. Good for all Band to use magics. Cricket need magics. Bunny King face many skeletons, take many blows. Brave.

Next find small grey ones. Bunny King say derro. Derro use magics from vision quests to confuse Tamar, make Tamar stab self. Good stab! Tamar mighty with Band.

Room near derro have part of Gaeken body to feed to small poop monster. Poop monster try eat Tamar, but Tamar hop away. Like Bunny King! Suyin find many magics, spread to group. Now Cricket have good leathers.

Hallway to lair have many skull traps, plus some big skull snakes. Tamar poke out eyes while Bunny King hold doorway and Locksmith break skulls with small bugs. From arrow! Very strong. Cricket show Tamar how to duck and dodge, while feel strong.

Locksmith find many secret ways to necromancer places. Room for mixing magics and bottles have more derros. Panther spirits help Tamar kill one, and Band chase other to place with head of cabbage. It like ogre, Tamar think. It grab Bunny King and Tamar and smack them together like hands in rain dance! Tamar head still hurt. Bunny King wear metal head. Still, Tamar think it hurt, because then ogre cabbage throw him in pit with nice ladies. Band work together to kill ogre, then help nice ladies go home. One, half elf, say she reward us. Is proper.

Last room have other derro - apprentice of necromancer? - and head of Gaeken, plus horrible scrap beast. Cricket say it ‘golem’. Band smash derro good, then Golem. Golem knock over Bunny King, but Suyin save with magic potion. Band burn evil book room to ground, return to castle to rest and share treasures. Good day’s work.


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