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Thunderdust

The Story So Far...

The Story So Far…

Civil War Averted

Erogas has barely avoided civil war. The Righteous March, a growing army of fanatical Phaelanites originating from the remote mining village of Emerald Hills, was disrupted only one day’s march outside the town of Dell’s Landing. According to the scattered accounts garnered from the March’s former participants, Phaelan himself appeared in a vision floating high above the army, and called out a curse on Baron Derek Thorsun, the March’s leader. Based on eyewitness’ descriptions, the light of Phaelan’s holy hammer burned away the Chaos magic surrounding the Baron, and revealed him to be an imposter. The “Baron” was actually a hobgoblin mercenary, the infamous Iron Butcher, who had used malign magic to disguise himself as the murdered lord.

Demons in Priest’s Clothing

The Righteous March suffered further setbacks when the “Baron’s” knights and religious advisors were unmasked by a band of adventurers and shown to be the Reavers, a bloodthirsty band of goblins and hobgoblins in the Butcher’s employ. Even more troubling, Judge Panven Cartwright, the fiery priest of Phaelan and the March’s moral compass, turned out to be in the thrall of a demon of Chaos. Judge Cartwright appears to have orchestrated the March as part of a greater plot to undermine the stability of the kingdom, though his ultimate ends are not known.

A Kingdom in Chaos

The adventurers destroyed the goblin imposters and the possessed priest, but the damage wrought by the Righteous March will take long to repair. A huge swath of the Duchy of Dragoveld lies in ruins, either burned by the fanatical army or twisted by Chaos magic that had been planted by Cartwright to justify the army’s crusade. The cities of Stilsburg and Esk were razed. Most of the populace of western Dragoveld either joined the March or fled it, leaving their homes and farms untended and at the mercy of goblin raiders. Thousands of refugees have fled to the southeastern duchies, and live in filthy, overcrowded camps. The danger of mass starvation looms large, since the food required to feed the refugees was supposed to fill winter storehouses.

The Idle Army

Also uncertain is the fate of the Marchers – the thousands of men and women who bought into “Thorsun’s” and Cartwright’s false promises of righteousness and divine reward. Lacking leadership and over-awed by the appearance of a deity hovering above their assembled army, the Marchers eventually decide to continue to the town of Dell’s Landing. After a tense negotiation between the town’s defenders and the adventurers who defeated the Reavers and Cartwright, the Marchers were allowed to camp outside the town, though were allowed through its gates. This situation has perpetuated for seven days, and tensions between the townsfolk and the Marchers have not lessened. Some of Erogas’s citizens feel the Marchers should all suffer death for their treason, while others argue for more merciful treatment, understanding that such a massive execution would incur political and economic repercussions for generations.

Guns Pried from Cold, Dead Fingers

Finally, questions remain about what to do with the artifacts and technology recovered from the Righteous March. The March’s military success was due in large part to their use of Thunderdust weapons, including handguns and a dwarven cannon that had supposedly been “rescued” from a warband of goblins (in hindsight, it seems likely that the cannon was stolen by the Reavers under orders from either the Iron Butcher or Judge Cartwright). The dwarven nation of Theldrammar is clamoring for the return of these weapons to the dwarfs. Human engineers in Erogas want to examine the weapons themselves, in hopes of creating their own Thunderdust devices.

The Pieces are Coming Together

Also, the Marchers had recovered two of the four fragments of Kor Magros, Phaelan’s Hammer, which had been lost since the time of his ascension. These pieces, the Golden Haft and the Capspike, are now in possession of the adventurers who defeated the Reavers and Cartwright. These adventurers also possess the Atelus Ring, the third of the Hammer’s four pieces. The final piece of the Hammer, the Face of Judgment, is in possession of Erogas’s king, who happens to be presently leading an army to Dell’s Landing. The king originally sought to quell the March, and now wants to reunite the Hammer’s pieces for the first time in Erogas’s history. However, scholars from Deepvale Library, near Dell’s Landing, have recently learned that the pieces of Kor Magros may be used to unlock the Seguro, the great seal which holds closed the portal to the Realm of Chaos. Uniting the pieces could create incredible risk for all of Feyddan, if they fall into the wrong hands…

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