Shadowed Realms

Episode Twenty Nine- To See Paradise But Never Enter
It helps to see the knife coming, but that doesn't always turn the blade.

The Red River Adventurers, with the assistance of Anna and the Scardale resistance, manage to stage a raid on the munitions holdings of Tultin of Scardale only to discover that Tultin has evidently pulled some sort of a quadruple-cross against his many allies! He sold out Scardale to the Shadovar forces, Used his ties to the Zhentarim to build up their brute squads for a double cross against the Shadovar while quietly seeding the coast with undead sleeper soldiers. But is now revealed to have been also aiding the Shadovar in smuggling in an army of constructs to prevent the Zhentarim from betraying the Shadovar. What side is he on? Likely his own.

The Red River Adventurers deliver the munitions to the docks intent on supplying the Crown Prince with the munitions to retake the docks but they manage to capture a Zhentarim officer who reveals the real purpose of the Zhentarim reinforcements from the north. They are here specifically to assassinate the Crown Prince. The Red River Adventurers decide that they must divide their forces: Half of them will make certain the uprising is successful by holding Scardale Keep, while the rest hurry to prevent Crown Prince Ivard’s assassination at sea at the hands of a Beholder Eye Tyrant.

Episode Twenty Eight- Spark on the Anvil
Stuck once more between opposing forces-- motif anyone?

The Red River Adventurers emerge from the ruins of Zhentil keep victorious, with the book destroyed, the god Cyric allegedly dethroned and Zanne once more breathing. They reach the surface only minutes ahead of the Banelar, who, no longer restrained by prophecy, seeks to escape his prison beneath the earth.
The Companions meet up with Tempest and Mekphlasis the Silver Dragon, who are being pursued by the Warlock Green Dragon Razcorleth. Razcorleth is revealed to be the secret puppet master behind Commander Dabamorn’s position in the Zhentarim and he seeks both vengence and the means of keeping Dabamorn’s death a secret.
The Companions manage to drive off Razcorleth’s forces, but barely manage to slow down the advancing Banelar, whose sole purpose seems to be to make it to open water and seek its fortune elsewhere.
Once back aboard the Kaedron of Esparr, their stolen Githyanki Spelljammer, the Companions use its submersible abilities to overtake and secretly pass a Zhentarim fleet that seems intnent on heading to Scardale to support the defense of it’s port against the assaulting Blue Dragon Naval forces.
Redgar and his allied rendevous with the flagship of the Blue Dragon fleet and find out that the local forces are commanded by Crown Prince Ivard Obraskyr, the heir apparent of the Coramyran kingdom and a known military hawk. Ivard listens to Redgar’s explainations and accusations and ultimately agrees to help Ivard retake the port of Scardale before the Zhentarim arrive to improve their chances.
To do this, Jonn meets with his sister Anna, who has once more taken control of the Scardale resistance, and together they devise a plan to steal munitions from the Shadow Caravan profiteers that are supplying the Zhentarim— Jonn’s father Tultin.

Episode Twenty Seven: Generational Warfare
"Are you sure that's the right book?"

The Red River Adventurers travel with the newly resurected Ovavia, who now wears Thia’s face, to Myth Drannor to see to the curing of Senator Vaeness, who remains under the influence of the Cyrishad. There they are confronted by Lady Fenrikka, who seeks to force Isaac to fulfill his promise to give her the book of lies.

During a private confrontation, Zanne reveals to her his undead state, promting her striking against him and forcing them to flee the Coronal Guard, lest they be arrested for the crimes of Purple Jack— Zanne’s apparent alter ego on whom many nefarious crimes have been pinned.

The companions travel to Hillsfar to discover that Swevbole is now leading the forces occupying that territory and oppressing it’s people under the guise of a Sharan witch hunt. There they meet up with Tempest and Horiam aboard the Kaedron of Esparr and travel to the ruins of Zhentil Keep.

The companions battle the Keep’s troll occupiers, and eventually confront the Vampire Commander Dabemorn permanently slaying him before his own altar to Asmodeus.

The Red River adventurers confront the Great Banelar Naga, the being created specifically to destroy the Book of Lies by Bane, but discover that it has been poisoned to their intentions and seeks the life of Isaac. Jonn attempts a daring gambit to get the Banelar to swallow the book, but before they can escape, Zanne is trapped by the Banelar and consumed. Fortunately as the companions were warned, this leads only to Zanne’s resurrection into mortal form, freed from the curse upon him.

But the ground begins to shake as the Banelar is now free to escape his prison, and above them the Green Dragon Razcorleth and the Silver Dragon Mekphlasis do battle. Will monsters now do battle to determine the fate of Toril?

Episode Twenty Six: What |Have you Done For Him Lately?
"I am not rewarding you for your loyalty. I am rewarding you for who you are. "

The Red River Adventurers struggle with the practical realities of awakening Anna of the Dales, whose relationship with the dark god Bane is a source of some mystery. The circumstances are further made tense by Codrus’ revelation that he intends to offer his newly assembled pirate fleet to the Blue Dragon navy in return for rank and amnesty within Coramyr for his men thus denying Anna her ship and crew.

The companions use mystical means to learn more of Anna’s past, and it is suggested that Anna has a special place in Bane’s scheme as well as revealing unpleasant truths about her treatment at the hands of her father while under his care.

The companions eventually awaken Anna, and Zanne attempts to convince her of her mistakes, but is interrupted by Arijaal, the Angelic Servitor of Bane, who attempts to take Anna by force. Thia activates the power of the Spellplague within her, dealing a permanently fatal blow to Arijaal, assuring the companions that Bane’s wrath will some day be terrible.

The companions travel once more to Myth Drannor, where they learn that the Osmium Dragon Karxasis is under siege by the Tuthad S’Delvat, the facist drow faction that seeks the destruction of the drow held there under the leadership of Trer’t’cuur.

With the assistance of the Steel Dragon Telknebras, the companions confront the drow, only to discover that they are secretly backed by a Mind Flayer who is under the influence of the Book of Cyric. The Mind Flayer removes Thia’s memories and nearly absconds with the book, but the companions slay him and recover Thia, but not before Thia’s sword Aecris is delivered to Ovavia’s Sacrifice, leading to the resurrection of the heroic Mercury dragon.

Episode Twenty Five: City of Torment
"Why did we come here again?"

The Red River Adventurers and their companions target and steal the Kaedron of Esparr, a Githyanki Spelljamming ship pirated by a Captain Iquel and his Red Dragon Ally, but in the conflict the ship’s flight controls are damaged allowing the ship to only to travel upon and beneath the waters of Toril.

Using their new ship, the companions travel to Xiphu, the fabled City of Torment, where they are forced to navigate its labrynthine corridors to seek out Anna of the Dales, who was placed unconscious within its depths by the magic of the Deck of Many Things.

With the aid of their tracker, Tempest, and through Redgar’s careful planning, they rescue Anna, and then discover that they are not certain what they intend to do now that they have her in their care.

Side Trek: Beasts of The Sea
"Selune does not Tolerate Blasphemies of the Flesh"

After years of searching, Selune failthful and Silverstar Longtooth Shifter Tempest tracks down the canibalistic pirate crew that ravaged her village as a child. With the aid of Hoiram the Talespinner, she confronts the Lycanthrope captain of the Pirate Crew and ends his reign of terror over the Sea of Fallen stars. Horiam invites her to aid in a quest to the City of Torment.

Episode Twenty Four: Ships In The Night
"Who is left to care what we have to say?"

The Red River adventurers travel to the Pirate Isle to gain the navigational information that will lead them to the Abolethic Sovreignty’s floating isle of Xiphu. They arive during a time of great political tension on the Pirate Isle, as the impending naval war between the Sharan nations and the Allied Kingdoms has lead to furious attempts to recruit privateers from amongst the brigands of the Pirate Isle. Horiam and Codrus seek to take advantage of the pirate’s fears by recruiting crew and buying ships to expand Codrus’ fleet. They also seek to locate the Silverstar Hunter Tempest, whom the Red River Adventurers hope will aid them in navigating the City of Torment.

The Red River adventurers utilize the contacts of their prisoner Cassi to discover a Sharan plot to assassinate a Blue Dragon Naval admiral; one that the Ghosts of Evantide were ordered by the Purple Lady not to interfere with. Cassi. newly disillusioned by the actions of Fenrikka, assists the Red River adventurers in subverting the local Ghost of Evantide cell and using their information to thwart the Admiral’s assassination.

Episode Twenty Three: How Far Have You Strayed?
"Which is exactly what you would say if you had read the book!"

It is a time of revelations as the Red River Adventurers reach out to their guardian angel Dusk, who gives them new insight on the goals of their enemies; Lord Allacian and King Foril’s dream of a Sembia under the Purple Dragon while Cardinal Montcrief seems intent on the mass abduction of Corymr’s people into the Shadowfell.
The Companions also learn of the Shade Threndrin, the Netherese Assassin that killed Kelt. After some debate on the justice of it, the companions agree to capture Threndrin and trade him to Dark Prince Ovid to assure that they will be able to obtain the cure for Ghia’s mother.
The meeting with Dark Prince Ovid is almost derailed by the presence of the Ghost of Evantide Cassi, whom the Companions capture.
Dark Prince Ovid agrees to the bargain and reveals three means of curing one who has been affected by the madness of the Cyrishad.
Thia speaks to the Prophet of the Blue Flame, who reveals to her that she is destined to be a Godslayer even while the spellplague ravages her body.
The Companions gather on the Wicked Fang and together they all decide to travel to the Pirate Isle to gain intelligence on Xiphu, the Floating City where Anna is now imprisoned.

Episode Twenty Two: Showdown at Vesperin
"Where in the World is Horiam?"

The Red River Adventurers sail to Tanthas in Vesperin, Intent on traveling
overland to the city of Raven’s Bluff. It is in Raven’s Bluff that Horiam the Talespinner and his partner in flight Trer’t’cuur were forced to go to ground to try and keep the Cyrishad, the Book of Lies, out of the hands of all comers. 
The Red River Adventurers pose as watersellers and travel to Raven’s Bluff, and meet with the Order of the Blue Flame, who are treating the victims of a spellplague wrought natural disaster. Raven’s Bluff’s natural waterways have been infested by the spellplague, turning the population against the victims who are scarred by the exposure. 
The Companions go to the Bank of the Five Virtues to sell their wares and inadvertently are thrown into the middle of a pitch battle with Thayan terrorists.  The Companions find themselves fighting alongside the Ghosts of Evantide and Cassi the Seeker, Horiam and Trer’s most selfless and dogged pursuers. 
The Companions then located Horiam and Trer, aiding them in hiding while they race to arrange a meeting between the companions and Dark Prince Ovid of Netheril and Horiam. It is their hope that Ovid can sell them the means of curing Thia’s mother of the Cyrishad’s influence. 
The Companions dodge Tiamat worshipers, gangs, brute squads and eventually encounter the mysterious figure known only as The Eminence, who claims to have been sent by the Angel Dusk, and who reveals to the companions their role in a divine plan to subjugate all of Faerun. 
Raven’s Bluff erupts into chaos around The Red River Adventurers who witness In passing a final showdown between the Ghosts of Evantide and the local Agents of Netheril. The Companions rescue Hestia Pyren and prevent the Adamantine Dragon Yilfir from tearing down the city in an attempt to protect Hestia from a gang of thugs.

Episode Twenty One: Castle Perilous: The Closed Circle
The Orb of Dragonkind. At what cost?

With the rest of her team occupied by the Navigator’s Portal, Thia manages to pull off two desperate bluffs. The first to dissuade the genocidal Duregar intent on butchering the captive Delldwarves, and the second to mollify the impatient Dragon Gowxorel, who seemed intent on moving in to sieze Sulfindarkel’s territory. She manages to delay them long enough for the companions to return.
The companions convince their associate Immilzae to remain behind to rescue the Dellldwarves, while they travel with Gowxorel through the Navigator’s Portal. The Portal leads to the Navigator’s hidden library, when evidently much of Netheril’s ancient secrets were lost to the Shadow Kingdom.
The companions manage to lose their dragon to his own concerns and follow signs of recent occupation to the body of Kalarel, the Sharan Cultist that they thought had been claimed by Shadraxil almost a year ago. He had been tortured for information.
The Red River Adventurers discover one of Tiamat’s great temples beneath Castle Perilous and before they know it are face to face with Frazlofra the Grim, the Dracolich former mate of Shadraxil, now armed with Kalarel’s knowledge of the location of his mate! A brutal battle commences culminating in Redgar smiting Frazlofra with the Black Orb of Dragonkind, but at a terrible cost. The Temple’s defences take the life of Zayne in a devastating elemental convergence.
Zayne’s spirit is stopped from passing on by the angelic reaper Dusk, who tells Zayne that to prevent him from his soul from falling into the hands of Tiamat, Zayne must embrace the curse that binds his grandfather and rise as a vampire until he retrieves the book of Cyric and ends his grandfather’s curse.
Gowxorel flees and the companions meet up with Drakuur, who tells them that they cannot venture into Castle Perilous because he fears the true Witch King Zenghyi is awakening within it. He escorts the companions back to the portal and agrees to allow them access to the Navigator’s library in future.
The companions return to the Dellhalls and ambush Goodman Tultin, whom they interrogate regarding his past. Tultin pleads innocence regarding the selling of his children’s souls, insisting that the blame lay on his wife, who sought to use her children to buy immortality. The companions barter with the Dalelander, but he manages to escape at great cost, leaving the companions to travel on to Vesperin where they intend to barter with the Dark Princes of Shade for the cure to the Cyrishad’s madness.


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