Eberron - Echoes of Prophecy

Korranberg Chronicle
Serpentes Fragments - The adventure begins

The senior members of Professor Vieran’s class on Dhakaani History have been given a practical exam that is being proctored by Ghydd Nephret. They have been assigned to investigate a newly acquired dig site located in the depths of the Cogs that may be an entrance to the lost city of Ja’shaarat which was buried during the War of the Mark.

Before setting out on their expedition; the students met with Flamewind, the gynosphinx oracle, who lairs in the top of Lareth Tower. She passed on these three snippets of prophecy for her own mysterious purposes before flying off after judging the students and finding them acceptable;

“From hammer’s blow to fragile walls, in faded glory the old world falls, fame and fortune a hungry siren calls, while the wyrm lurks below in forgotten halls”

“Fire, fire, burning bright, shade of moonbeams in endless night, eyes of darkness full of spite, claws that catch and fangs that bite, not all shadows are cast by light”

“Kings and queens on bended knees, ragged banners flapping in the breeze, all of these the foul one foresees, lest you seize destinies, from prophecies and mysteries”

The party entered the ruins via a concealed section of illusory wall and after a fierce battle with mechanical guardians were promptly plunged into an underground cistern that lay below the collapsed map room they were investigating.

The party now struggles to find an exit from the caverns in which they are trapped while fighting off strange creatures and exploring tunnels that have not been tread by any save kobolds for centuries.

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Korranbeg Chronicle
Serpentes Fragments - A charter is granted

The students have returned to Mograve University with a rare find, a piece of an ancient tablet known as the Serpentes Fragments that describes the city of Pra’Xirek and the cult of serpent worshipping humans who once dwelt there. Instead of censure for destroying a valuable site they have been granted a charter to form their own adventuring club and can now apply for university funds for expeditions.

The authorities were informed about the tunnels leading into the depths below Khyber’s Gate and the entrance was sealed as a matter of public safety. Arvis Whitestone sent the students a bank draft for 500 gold pieces as a reward for rescuing him and his daughter Kala from the evil kobold cultists.

Research has revealed that the tablet was originally property of the museum and the campus officials are very glad it was returned, even allowing the students to have continued access to the piece in the hopes of recovering the entire tablet which would be quite a coup for the university. The Serpentes Fragments are viewed by some as proof that the Church of the Silver Flame is actually just a transplanted serpent cult from Xen’drik and that the legend of Tira Miron is just a story to justify the church’s prosecution of those it considers to be dangerous monsters.

One such member of the church, Jolon Sol, a former speaker of the flame who was excommunicated, is rumored to have been buried with his notes on the Serpentes Fragments when he died during the Lycanthrope Purge. Jolon saw the purge as an opportunity to expand the influence of the church and he led a force of clerics and paladins in a bloody campaign against the shifters and lycanthropes of the Eldeen Reaches.

Jolon Sol was slain by lycanthrope assassins along with several of his inner circle during a visit to Sharn. The Speaker had become increasingly unpopular for the excesses of the purge and it is rumored that he was lured into the ambush by the Council of Cardinals who feared his increasing power. His body was buried in an unmarked tomb, in order to prevent vandals from desecrating his grave, in the cemetery above Sharn known as the Dragon Crypts along with his libram of notes and revelations from his deciphering of another of the fragments.

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Korranberg Chronicles
Serpentes Fragments - Agents of The Emerald Claw

Vincent Lightbringer was given a letter signed by Archierophant Ythana Morr that led him to a meeting with a Priestess and a Paladin of the Church of the Silver Flame. The pair instructed Vincent to take the piece of the Serpentes Fragment to a noted scholar Bartholomey Pugh for verification as the church considers the tablet to be an important relic that needs to be studied and protected.

Vincent followed the instructions provided by the Priestess Felice Brightwater and obtained the tablet piece without informing his fellow students. Vincent then took the piece to the Faithful Scribe, a shop where Bartholomey Pugh practices his trade, and was struck on the back of the head when he entered. Vincent awoke to a throbbing headache and the smell of roasting flesh, once he had extinguished his garments he stumbled out of the burning shop, passing the dead body of Pugh who was slumped over his desk with a silver dagger protruding from his back. Vincent noticed that he had been robbed of the fragment piece and he was briefly questioned by the Watch and released.

The rest of the students were not pleased with the news and after a breaking and entering escapade at the Faithful Scribe they recovered another set of forged letters indicating that the bearers should be allowed to peruse the records of the dead stored in the Warden Tower in the Dragon Crypts graveyard outside of Sharn. They returned to the campus to prepare for the journey and were caught up in a student uprising led by Davi Mordath, a student who had made quite a scene in the library earlier that week when he warned the party about cooperating with Dannid Mourain, a rival student whose graduate thesis on the origins of the Silver Flame religion are considered heresy by the church.

The protest would have turned into a full blown riot if Flamewind had not swooped down to scatter the crowd and provide another of her cryptic prophecies. Davi Mordath was not deterred and he was only saved from arrest by the Watch when Dean Larrian ir’Morgrave spoke on his behalf and said that the school did not want to press charges.

The students then set off for the Dragon Crypts after requesting university funds for supplies. The trip through the graveyard was interrupted by a group of zombies that attacked when they approached Warden Tower. After defeating the zombies the students met Gaia Sotharr, the Warden of the Flame, who had been fighting off zombie attacks for the last day and a half. She was convinced that the group of Silver Flame worshippers who searched the records the previous day were actually imposters and she told them about Gath, the lich who rules over the area of the graveyard known as Halden’s Tomb.

The students managed to defeat the minions of Gath and after a brief but intense negotiation were able to secure information about the Emerald Claw imposters and find out that their target Jolon Sol was still around as an undead who haunts the lower levels of Halden’s Tomb. Gath rewarded the students for defeating his minions and cautioned them about the traps that guard the lower levels.

Bypassing traps and locked doors and the odd dead body, the students managed to defeat Jolon Sol with the temporary aid of the Emerald Claw imposters, but were unable to retrieve the missing fragment as the Priestess and the Paladin had abandoned the soldiers when they entered the tomb. Unsure of what to do next the students read the Libram of Jolon Sol and came to the conclusion that they should investigate the home of Jolon Sol in the town of Fairhaven in Aundair.

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