Age of Shaedow

The Empty Fortress

Caretaker's Missing? We'll find our own way in!

7th of Begyfrysetid Year of Shaedow 1031

Gio split off from the group to explore a mountain once inhabited by his ancestor X'Cer Auret. Everyone packed all our equipment on the carts and traveled to the fortress.

2 AM on the 8th of Begyfrysetid Year of Shaedow 1031

We were woken up early in the morning because of a bright light. It was coming from the dragon statue, and lit the valley for miles. By the time we got back on the trail in the morning, the light had dissipated as daylight returned.

Evening of the 9th of Begyfrysetid Year of Shaedow 1031

We arrived at the caretaker's house, but only his three children were there. When we asked, they told us there was no way to get in and that their father had a way in, but they didn't know how. He had been gone for a few days looking for their dog, but he would defenitely return soon.

Roaran was annoyed by this and made the children cry when he asked about their mother. Ignoring the fact that the kids father and caretaker of the fortress was missing and possibly in danger, the party slept for the night hoping the caretaker would return.

10th of Begyfrysetid Year of Shaedow 1031

Not content to sit around and wait, the group decided to try and get inside anyway. The road led to a gate house, but it was protected with a magical barrier. After many foolish attempts to enter, the group concluded that it was quite impenetrable. This was bitter-sweet since although we now owned an impenetrable keep, we could not get inside.

We went back and asked the kids where their dog was last seen, since Svanir planned to track the dog by scent. We followed their directions along a river to a cave where  we found three giant collars where the giant three headed dog used to live. When we saw this, we practically presumed that the father was dead.

The children came to mock our efforts, but Roaran taunted them further and made them cry again. Once again ignoring the missing guard dog and caretaker, who might still be alive and in danger, Svanir attempted to gain entrance by navigating the pipes and waterworks of the fortess.

Svanir wandered around inside before finding a way to get down to the door and let everyone in. Once inside we searched the fortress and found controls for a bridge. We stationed dwarves at the gate and the bridge. And began to bicker over who got which room.

Evening of the 10th of Begyfrysetid Year of Shaedow 1031

Gio arrived back at the fortress, found the gate, and tried to get through it by using Richard. The hiding dwarves were under orders not to open the gate unless their lives were in danger. Richard firghtened them, however, so they opened the gate at once.

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