On the afternoon of the 37th day of his Majesty, High King Antony XIII’s 51st year as High King, the servants of His Majesty’s Royal 6th Division of Uldany under command of Freya the Valiant were tasked with escorting Justicar and Prince of Uldany, Nigel the Average, to the Stockades of Mecca, the most notoriously cruel prison in the world to extract the legendary criminal “The Mason” and return him to Uldany for interrogation purposes.
The Mason was the criminal mastermind that stole the legendary Diamond Core from the dwarven kingdom’s royal treasury a few decades ago. He had not been seen since until two days ago when he walked up to the Stockades of Mecca and turned himself in. Anxious to get the location of the priceless jewel from him, the High King ordered his immediate retrieval.
On the 38th morning of the 51st year of His Majesty’s reign, the party set out with a wagon, headed west toward Mecca. On the second night of their journey, the 40th day, Prince Nigel called a halt and intended to stay the night at the Twin Dragon Inn along the highway. After taking a meal, he was given a message by a courier dressed in the garb of the kingdom of Uldany. When Prince Nigel broke the seal on the scroll, the inn burst into flames. Creatures of the netherworld crawled from the fires and began attacking the innocents in the commons room and bar area, and Prince Nigel himself was taken control by an other-worldly force and bore a glyph on his forehead. He set upon the group, claiming he would make this building their funeral pyre.
The heroes of the crown managed to slay the minor demons and forced the elemental spirit posessing the Prince from his body. After slaying that, they made good their escape with the Prince, a bard, and all but 3 of the patrons that had died of injuries from the first wave of attack. Everyone but the group headed out into the surrounding villages, returning home as best as they could.
When they were a half day from the prison, Prince Nigel took ill. The heroes raced him to Mecca for medical attention and were informed he would not be able to travel for a few days and the doctors would put him on a ship for Uldany the next morning. They stayed the night, then went to the prison the next morning to retrieve the prisoner.
The Mason was handed to them bound in excessive chains that restrained even his fingers and toes. He sat in the back of the wagon while the group headed back to Uldany. A day out from Uldany, they came upon a roadblock—a tree laying across the highway. Bandits erupted from the tall grass all around them and were perched as well on the sheer cliff to their side. A massive orc with a sick looking axe attacked the group head-on, a noticably red glyph on his neck. The heroes protected their prisoner while fighting off the bandits until they had all been slain. After picking up their ill-cared for gear and loading it up, they returned to the city.
The next morning, they were told to attend a ceremony being held by Prince Nigel to honor some local heroes. When they arrived, they were put-out to learn that the medals of honor being presented were to a group of adventurers they had never seen before but were being credited for saving the Prince’s life. The group was asked to pin the medals on the new party as servants of the Prince, but were invited to dine with the other servants at a banquet held in honor of the new heroes.
Adventure Length: 9 days.