The Doombringer

16 Mirtul, 1479 - The Year of the Ageless One
Capture of the One-Eyed Man
Some duties are difficult, yet pleasurable. Spending all day drinking while waiting for the one-eyed man was amongst the most arduous duties I have ever had.. Unfortunately, it was all for naught. He and his Shadow Thieves turned the tables on us. The warehouse was attacked while most of us were in wait. Eraffan and Connor held out with great honor until we arrived. Once our band was finally assembled, the One-Eyed Man was captured.
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15 Mirtul, 1479 - The Year of the Ageless One
Lament for a Warehouse
We arranged to rent a warehouse from Barak. It cost me 120 gold, but it will be the perfect place to lead the one-eyed man to ambush. The ambush was turned on us however. Shadow Thieves attacked us on a bridge to the temple district. We were easily victorious, but had to flee rapidly before the Wizardly authorities showed.
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14 Mirtul 1479
Theatre of the Damned
It seems we have joined the Theatre of the Damned… We set up “Prof.” Titus Mourn by staging a “resurrection”. He was made to think that Bazel Kuur was alive, and in Athkatla. He then led us to some other conspirators. A midnight meeting was the best chance for us to keep on the hunt. Six members of their coven met at an apothecary shop. Many concerns were floated about, but knowledge of Kuur’s mother and sister was revealed. Titus didn’t seem convinced as the others were that Kuur was dead. He will be watched by us, as he will invariably do something stupid. My duty is the heaviest.. I have to sit and drink all day and night in the Black Frog Tavern, hoping to find the one-eyed man. Connor found out that the henna’d woman is of House Khalat. She is the one who sent the assassins. Lo and behold.. the one-eyed man walked into my bar… After I determined that he is indeed the one, we tried to lure out some interest – but to no avail. All of us have gathered back at the Inn for the evening.
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12 Mirtul 1479
Shopping
Apparently, commerce is the only language in this city. The party has been advised that we purchase magical items from the Thayans so they are more amenable to selling information about the Zulkiriis. Varis and Connor are also mingling with the ladies of the Temple District to see if we can track down the witch’s henna tattoos. We have also searched bar after bar.. looking for the one-eyed man.
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10 Mirtul 1479
Athkatla
We have arrived at Athkatla.. now the hunt begins in earnest. A young man named Barac has been employed by us as a local fixer. He has already proved himself invaluable in navigating the complex politics of Athkatla. Only three sources of Zulkiriis exist here: The Thayan enclave, House Nashavar, and House Katal. We will begin with the Thayans.
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3 Mirtul 1479
The Journey South
Complex plots are too much for my old head these days… The assassins were hired by Amnish agents, possibly working at the behest of a Thayan?? I spoke with the lead brigand’s spirit, and in return for finding his sister and passing on his worldly goods, he gave us the information to start tracking the murderers. We were led to a tailor shop on Silk St. Evidence pointed to a safe house for the assassins in the basement there. In that location, Thayan platinum was found. This was the blood price for Marlett’s head! Once I purchased a scroll of Object Reading, the platinum told me that a chain of scum will take us to an inn in Amn and give us a Thayan witch to question. We left this morning for Athkatla, but not before I left a note and evidence for the Flaming Fist… that tailor will be put in prison at the very least. This Friendly Arm Inn is quite comfortable, though it seems most of the others don’t care for the shorter folk…
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1 Mirtul 1479
Endings... and Beginnings...
Failure is bitter as water at the bottom of a mine….

Marlett is dead. I arrived too late. All that was left was his head, detached and branded with a symbol of three comets.

I was beset by assassins, who were also apparently hunting Marlett?!? His former adventuring comrades arrived in the nick of time to dispatch them however.

They described that a cult worshipping a “Doombringer” was responsible for Marlett’s death… they also detailed a grave threat to all of dwarvenkind, and the Realms as a whole. I will travel with them and do what I can to stop this cult.

This appears to be Marlett’s journal. Much of it is burned away, but I hope to honor his memory by keeping it .

Moradin forgive me…..

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26 Tarsakh 1479
Sailing, Sailing, over the open sea...
Finally…

On the way home, but did it have to be by boat???

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27 Ches 1479
To the Cloud Peaks
Fifty gold and a couple of days later, the Abbott presented us with a map to the tomb. It’s just north of the Cloud Peaks, and we have found it. I need to keep an eye on several of us however, as wererats attacked us last night, and we were bitten. I’m not sure if that is the worst part, since one of them got away from us. At least the money for the map was worth it. Spot on. Now I just wish it weren’t.. This tomb is essentially a shrine to Demogorgon. The cult left all sorts of nasty traps, and undead/Far Realm denizens that we had to wade through. We should clear out the rest of the tomb tomorrow after our rest. I just wish it wouldn’t involve swimming through that freezing water….
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23 Ches 1479
The Abbott's Information
Once the Abbott had time for us, much light was shed on the situation. Kurgen worked at this very inn as a cook for some time, but he had an ulterior motive. He and “the Thayan” were looking for Alucard’s Tomb. Risa says that he was an Amnish warlock who opposed the ruling body of that nation. He lost, but the power he commanded has brought treasure hunters from all corners of the Realms.
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