M8 – Word from Elturgard: The Twelve Peers of Elturel, a cadre of twelve Amaunite, Bahamite &
Tormite Clerics & Paladins, all High Paragons, volunteered to investigate
what lies within Fort Morninglord. One, Val
Carlsen of the Morninglord, returned, to report that in the bowels of the
Fort they were attacked by hundreds of undead, surrounding what appeared to be
a Lich’s Phylactery. Two men fell before the undead were vanquished. Carlsen
stood guard while the other nine Peers approached the Phylactery – and
vanished. They did not re-appear. With more undead approaching, Carlsen fought
his way out to report back. Markings on
the Phylactery identify the Lich as Aumvor
of Netheril. King Pyvim ordered the
Fort re-sealed and the wards strengthened.
M9 - At the behest of Queen Esmerelda of Llorkh, several bands of mercenary goblinoids from Kiris Dahn and Korzzbad have been aiding Lord Boris of Secomber in his campaign against the Urshani Worg-rider hobgoblins of the High Moor. Secomber has little wealth, and it's rumoured that Lady Moonfire has been funding Boris, perhaps to draw away the Korzzbad goblins from her own frontier. The Urshani are well dug-in in their tunnels beneath the moors; progress is slow and losses heavy, but that suits all parties well enough, particularly the hobgoblin Warlord Delderosh, who soon grows fat on Loudwater gold.
M9 Dendry Nistral the Smith and Milla Strong the housekeep have been
growing close. Dendry now asks Lirael permission to wed Milla. Lirael gives permission and the couple marry a few weeks later.
M1 Sir Dolf Dragonheart and Baroness
Amara deTrevani have a daughter, named Ashara Dragonheart after their friend, the Genasi Ashara of Akanul. When the child turns twelve she will come to study under Ashara at the Fiery Spire.
M5 – The new Northwood Manor bee hives are generating lots of honey!
M5 – Marah, the wife of Sir Jorah Blackthorn’s younger brother Arren,
gives birth to a second child, a son
named Aumvor Blackthorn.
M6 Several new/restored manors including Greywood (Pealias) and Azul Karak (Dunstan) have now been established along the north
bank of the Grayflow. With the Gray Vale at peace and the land defended by
mighty heroes, many colonists come to settle. Among the arrivals are dwarves of
clan from far-off Cormyr, and Fangbreaker
clan dwarves from the
north and west. Also among the arrivals are devotees of Selune, including Silverstars, and several Eladrin families from
the Sword Coast. Among those who have come to the Gray Vale are Anaveth
, a half-elven Paragon Silverstar of Selune sent by High Priestess Amathea of Waterdeep to serve the Eladrin hero Pealias, and the doughty warrior-smith Cerdic Ironforge
, a cousin of Dunstan Ironforge from distant Cormyr.
M6 With the expansion of the Wardship, Lady Moonfire, the High Lord of Loudwater, formally invests Lady Lirael as Baroness, with the Wardship of the North as a new Barony, equivalent to deTrevani to the east. Lirael knights her vassals Sir Dunstan Ironforge and Sir Pealias as Knights of the Wardship of the North.
M9 Ser Kitana of Llorkh reports from Korzzbad to her Queen, Esmerelda. Ser Delderosh's campaign against the Urshani hobgoblins in the west, now in its second year, continues to go slowly. After initial heavy losses he adopted a more cautious approach, and has recently cleared out several Urshani lairs, taking the survivors for Korzzbad and killing those who won't yield. As long as Boris' gold (probably in fact mostly Lady Moonfire's gold) keeps flowing, Delderosh is happy to continue the campaign.
Of more possible concern, Yuan-ti merchants from Najara recently visited Korzzbad. They purchased all the human women taken at the sack of Rensard manor except for Delderosh's own concubine, and expressed great interest in acquiring more. Delderosh offered them hobgoblin females taken from the Urshani, but they were uninterested. Delderosh would dearly like to strike against the soft Loudwater territories to the north, but rightly fears Queen Esme and Bane. More prosaically he also doesn't want to lose the flow of Moonfire gold. Delderosh would like to know if some kind of trading arrangement could be set up; if not Loudwater then surely Llorkh or the Mountain King must have spare females to trade?
M10 As autumn settles upon the Gray Vale, Lirael receives a message by
dove from the Stronghold of the Nine, the Graywood elven fortress near the
Endless Caverns. Something has been stalking the Rangers of the Nine assigned
to watch over the Endless Caverns; five Rangers have been lost in three days.
Commander Harrowleaf begs for the aid of Lady Lirael and Pealias to track down