Plot summary 1: Blackvale and Deepriver Mine
In late Summer, Gundren Hearthhold, a dwarf and member of the Forge was given a map of Deepriver Mine by his uncle, Burgen. On the last night of Summer, Burgen was killed by a bugbear and goblins employed by Blackvale and the Drakoyiska, a dragon-worshipping cult. Gundren was kidnapped by the goblins soon after, but rather than being given straight to Blackvale he was taken to a place called Redpeak. Blackvale eventually got him back by mid-Autumn and claimed the map. The Drakoyiska were also involved in a separate group called the Redcloaks; a bandit group based out of Vandalin who were overseen at least in part by Elliyas, Blackvale’s apprentice. Both Elliyas and Blackvale were necromancers.
Blackvale was also looking for two gnomes, named Futhir and Thrannir. These gnomes knew how to find Deepriver Mine, so between the gnomes and the dwarf’s map the Drakoyiska would know both the location and internal schematics of the long-buried mine. Thrannir was captured and killed by Blackvale at some point in late Autumn. Futhir escaped and fled to Widowsreach, and the adventurers were present on the day that Elliyas tried (and failed) to capture the gnome.
Blackvale appears to be working for someone, in turn. He used a ‘sending stone’ to speak to someone he called either Iymrith or Mother. It appears he was seeking to enter Deepriver to find the (now-destroyed) Lower Forge that created magical items, and a Crown used by a long-dead orc who assaulted the mine during the Great War.
Plot summary 2: The Giants
In mid-Autumn, Cloud Giants descended on the town of Thunderfell and took an obelisk of carved obsidian that had long stood in the town square. Around the same time, the adventurers discovered other massive shards of obsidian buried in the Valley of the Fallen Magisters, in central Sunder. Prolonged exposure to the obsidian had seemed to have a reaction to a human traveller from Vindabona named Parasmus, who had been lead to the site by a now-missing magical sextant.
Further shards of obsidian were discovered under the Heathlander town of Athelbray. This was being sought by Fire Giants, who appeared to use specially made divining rods to track the obsidian’s location.
In the meantime, the adventurers have learned that the political order of the Giants has been turned on its head. The Allfather Hekaton, ruler of the Storm Giants and of Giant-kind as a whole, is missing or presumed dead. The other giants are in disarray or are acting to fulfil their own plans. The Cloud Giants, for example, are a line who have been half-banished to the Ethereal realm and exist between rather than on extra-dimensional planes. They may be seeking pieces of an ancient artefact that cursed them to this existence; and if they succeed in assembling it, they may doom this world in the process. The Fire Giants, for their part, appear to be using pieces of another (or the same?) ancient artefact to create an ancient machine of war called the Vodindod. There’s no word yet on what the Stone, Hill or Frost Giants may be doing or even where they’re based.
That said, the adventurers have also learned from Serenna et-Tyr in Athelbray that “something old and new has entered the equation. An enemy of the Giants, who has slumbered for long centuries. She sets things in motion against her ancient foes.” And in addition, “there is another, lurking deep below, reaching out to enslave lesser minds.” The identity of The Enemy and The Other are not yet discovered.
Currently dangling plot threads:
1: Mysterious forces, part 1 (Backstory)
[Aerwyn]: What divine power infuses our half-elven hero?
2. The Raven King (Session 5)
[Carnacki, Rastus: Dezinry Encampment]: who or what is the Raven King? It is a powerful force to the south of Sunder that’s sending refugees north. The Raven King may be a necromancer.
3: The Ghost of Finneg’s Mire (Session 5)
[Carnacki, Rastus: Vandalin]: Lady Garael of the Church of Marianus advises that a ghost is said to haunt Finneg’s Mire. “She’s harmless, but said to answer any three questions truthfully. I have but one question for the ghost: does Gethaemir of the Golden Glade yet live?”. Garael passes Carnacki a small amulet said to belong to the ghost.
4: A Young Tiefling’s Request (Session 7)
[Carnacki: Thunderfell]: A Tiefling lad named Kailen Pavel explains that his mother, Temperance Pavel, was killed in the Dripping Caves. He asks Carnacki and the others whether they’d travel to Byeldrir – a city in the frostbitten southern land of Themgir, not far from where Carnacki grew up – and tell Temperance’s parents that their only daughter has passed away. Kailen isn’t sure whether he will stay in Thunderfell, the only home he’s known, or go to Themgir himself. Temperance’s parents are Tharm and Anguish Pavel, and they run the furriers on Three Towns Lane.
5: A Merchant’s Favour (Session 9)
6: Finding the Forge (Session 11)
[Aerwyn, Carnacki: Athelbray]: Dara McThandrel advises the adventurers that if they seek the Forge, their best bet is to seek out Borytris Vel, a wise if eccentric adventurer currently based in Ombrey. With a letter of recommendation from Dara, Borytris may induct them into the Forge and explain the secrets of this organisation.
7: The Furnace Primordial (Session 11)
[Aerwyn: Athelbray]: Ghelryn Foehammer is thankful to his two battle-brothers for helping him dispatch the enemies of Athelbray. He provides them, and their compatriots, with letters of recommendation to the dwarven kingdoms of Silverhelm and Skyshear, which lay to the south toward the border of Larnarch and Themgir (that is, about two to three weeks’ travel from Athelbray). Ghelryn is a celebrated warrior and smith in both lands, and these letters should grant them protection, shelter and free passage. Ghelryn also informs them that the Fire Giants of old once sought an ancient treasure of the dwarves, known as ‘The Furnace Primordial’. The Giants may go to war against the dwarves once more, in a quest to take this treasure and power their arcane machines of war.
8: The Fate of the Fireforges (Backstory)
[Thorin]: Thorin’s village was destroyed by a mysterious force. Who or what did that?
9: The Gnome’s Diary (Session 16)
[Aerwyn: Athelbray]: Aerwyn found a diary in Deepriver that contains all manner of things. This has yet to be shared with the group, however.
10: Mysterious forces, part 2 (Backstory)
[Arditha]: Who or what is Arditha’s patron?
11: What did Blackvale and the Dragon mean? (Session 17)
Blackvale referred to the black dragon in Deepriver as his mother’s cousin. He also appears to have been searching for something that belonged to his mother’s mother and father’s son. Is Blackvale really bad at genealogy or is something else going on?
The dragon also mentioned something about the “mantle of void everlasting” which is either a clue or gibberish from a cave-bound fungus-covered flying lizard.
12: Who destroyed Hamor? (Backstory)
[Carnacki]: Was the dragon in Deepriver the same one who destroyed Carnacki’s hometown in Themgir? If it wasn’t – does that mean there’s another black dragon out there?