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Collected outside the Tower of Luck
Ches 25th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes

Several people of all ages were abducted from the streets of Waterdeep, near the Tower of luck. In response several different members of the city's adventuring community and a government official gathered to investigate and plan a rescue effort. Those that responded were as follows.

Adventurer's Guild
Guild Master Dorian Orthallas
Assistant Guild Master Gael Lynch
Cornelius Tauber

Lhuvenhead Trading Company
Sarenna Irithyl

Adventuring Community
Flynn

The Grey Hand
Aries Vexx

Companions of the One True Vision
Inquisitor Guardian Hans Copperpot

The Third Circle
Jed Ironwing

The House of Heroes
Pawn Xandos Klaxxan

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As we decided a course of action outside the Tower of Luck, Collectors came upon us in waves and took each of us to Shadoweep where we reunited and decided to work together to search for survivors and safeguard them back to Waterdeep through a Moondoor. It was there and then that a blighted man with wisps of shadows trailing him, introduced himself as Vasen and proved a valuable ally in protecting several Waterhaviens from the draining negative energy effects of Shadowdeep by providing them shelter inside his boarding house located North of the Tower of Luck. With Vasen's guidance we managed to find his boarding House after combating some of the Legions Patrols, Shadows, and Shadow Mastiffs.

Unfortunately several Blue Slaad who were being lead by a pair of Grey Slaad had decided to raid the boarding house in search of victims to aid in creation of the next generation of Slaad. The fighting was fierce as we engaged the Slaad in the very crowded central hallway of the Boarding House. Despite the Slaad having slain some inhabitants during their initial attack on the Boarding House, we managed to save several of the Waterhaviens from infection and safely lead them home by accessing a nearby Moondoor.

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Black Knight takes Red Prawns
Tarsakh 2nd, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes

I was informed there was trouble at the Foundry and set out with the company I was with to see the staff were not in danger.

The Grey Hand
Aries Vexx

Companions of the One True Vision
Inquisitor Guardian Hans Copperpot

Sky Pony Tribe
Frauzoth Em

Dwarven Clergy
Raldin Thunderbeard

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We entered the Foundry to find it ablaze and several of the staff slain while what appeared to be an undead corrupted Righteous Brother Hronkil Elgredsson formerly of the Sun Soul Order dragging my ward Danny Lu through a Void door while ordering other former monks of the Sun Soul who had also been corrupted with undeath to deal with our intrusion. In the fighting that followed Danny Lu was taken and the Corrupt Brother Hronkil Elgredsson disappeared through a Void Door, that vanished before we could pursue. The fast thinking actions of Inquisitor Guardian Hans Copperpot put out the flames, sparing the building from total destruction.

After taking a quick assessment of the situation and finding no sign of survivors, we set out immediately for the Void Door located North of the Nature Shrines of the Temple Ward. After passing through to Shadowdeep, we traveled southwards towards the analog for the Foundry in search of any signs or clues as to where Danny Lu and any others may have been taken. We were immediately set upon by a Sharran Priestess, Undead Soldiers of the Legion, and more former Monks of the Sun Soul. It was not until after the fighting had ended that the shadows of several Prawns, my former students and the staff of the Foundry appeared before us.

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They were mere ethereal shadows of their former selves and Inquisitor Guardian Hans Copperpot warned that they had been corrupted and could not be trusted. I though reached out to them offering a comforting hand, one that they reached for but could not grab. They complained of being trapped in cold and darkness, of being lost and hopeless. They seemed to slowly flicker in and out of existence until Clergy Raldin Thunderbeard used his divine favor to temporarily provide one stability enough to answer a few questions.

What was learned is that the corrupted Monks, formerly of the Sun Soul have been collecting children from across the city and using them as slave labor within Shadowdeep. Due to the fire it is unknown how many of my students were slain, and how many were captured alive. What is known is that there are no signs of any Prawns having escaped this raid upon the Foundry.

The corpses that could be recovered from the Foundry have been, and they will receive burial rights under Highsword Bloodhelm of Tempus within the House of Heroes.
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Delegation
Tarsakh 8th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes

In an effort to continue to pursue previously presented potential leads and opportunities to learn more about the current conflict and those involved, I have enlisted the aid of the adventurer Selu and the Clergy of Kelemvor Alain to search and investigate deceased Agent Cesa Brul's apartment for any potential clues or case notes that might be contained within. The pair have been issued an enchanted wand of wound mending as well as six hundred coins from the temple armory and coffers to aid them in their endeavor and cover any expenditures that need be made to procure both success and their survival.
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Loose Ends
Tarsakh 9th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes
  • 1) Agent Cesa Brul's Lead
    Whatever she died investigating she did so knowing the risks, and believed it worth while. Someone had her murderd for her efforts. Learning what she knew and who killed her to prevent her from learning more maybe exceptional valuable.
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    • Updated Tarsakh 10th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
      by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes

      Doomguide Alain and Selu proved competent and capable in accessing Agent Cesa Brul's apartment where they found evidence of the place having already having been searched and looted by someone previously. They though were able to access a lock box the previous intruder could not, and inside was found another receipt from Balthorr's Rare and Wonderous Treasures with a map drawn upon the back and concealed by magic. After careful study Doomguide Alain was able to reveal a map of the area around Balthorr's and the store encircled. Also of note was a Toy Soldier found inside the lockbox, one that appears identical to the one I found inside the surgical room of the Shadowdeep analog of the Thirsty Throat Tavern.
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    • Unsure how to proceed at this time, need to consult with Selu and Doomguide Alain to see if they are both willing and capable of further investigating Balthorr's Rare and Wonderous Treasures
    • 2) R.R. and the Monster Pit
      Someone knew in advance the Lathanderites would use the House of Heroes to aid in the delivery of curatives from Kappiyan Flurmastyr's to the Lathanderite Compound, and they were prepared to sabotage our efforts with efficiency. Who are they and how did they know what they knew?
    • 3) Alathene Moonstar
      Not only has she been combating Vanrak Moonstar longer then any of us, the designs of her plan and her knowledge of the Resonators remain a mystery to us. Where is she hiding and how best to find her and make contact to learn what she knows?
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Lost Shadows and Black Jungles
Tarsakh 9th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes

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In an effort to better understand the mystery of the Moon Doors I have turned over a copy of all of the information currently collected related to dates, times, and locations of the Moon Doors that have been collected to the House of the Moon for review. While no immediate insights were gleamed from the information shared, the House of the Moon has promised to review the field research members of the greater adventurer community have worked, risked, fought, and sacrificed to collect.

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In a gesture of alliance and open exchange the House of the Moon did provide a book that had been donated to the House of the Moon hundreds of years ago by the Moonstar Family. Together Inquisitor Guardian Hans Copperpot, Adventurer's Guild Master Dorian Orthallas, and myself retired to the House of Heroes to make a study of the book. Together we surmised that long ago when Vanrak Moonstar was a living man he was a capable and accomplished explorer who despite his rebellious nature perhaps maintained a loving relationship with his Father. This insights combined with the profile on Vanrak Moonstar that Lhuvenhead Trading Company's Sarenna Irithyl assured me she has been working diligently to complete should help all of us understand who Vanrak Moonstar was and currently is.

It was after reviewing the book that Adventurer's Guild Master Dorian Orthallas pointed out both Inquisitor Guardian Hans Copperpot and myself were missing our Shadows, and then explained several members of the Adventurer's Guild were missing theirs as well. It remains unknown what the loss of Shadows truly means, but Adventurer's Guild Master Dorian Orthallas seems to believe such is a marking of who Vanrak Moonstar has recgonized as an enemy and threat. While several members of the Adventurer's Guild have confronted their Shadows inside the Shadowdeep Analog of the Adventurer's Guild House with conversation, the Shadows proved unwilling to rejoin with their previous owners physical form.

When I gave voice to the option of physical confrontation with one's missing shadow, it seemed my own missing shadow questioned the thoughts within my head. It appeared to want to know why I would be willing to kill my own Shadow. I shared this with Adventurer's Guild Master Dorian Orthallas and Inquisitor Guardian Hans Copperpot, and verbally responded to my Shadow's inquire. Letting it be known that I would sooner sacrfice pieces of myself and my being, then allow them to possibly become the tools of Vanrak Moonsrar.

Setting out for a Void Door located in the Northwest corner of Waterdeep with aims to reach the Shadowdeep analog of the House of Heroes, we three encountered a Dweomervore. During the brief combat to reclaim some potions from the winged thief, and medical attention to Inquisitor Guardian Hans Copperpot after removing some misplaced elven arrows from his Dwarven back, Adventuer's Guild Master Dorian Orthallas excused himself from our combined effort to reach the Shadowdeep analog of the House of Heroes.

Inquisitor Guardian Hans Copperpot and I pressed onward only to be turned back by supieor numbers and overwhelming forces encountered near the Shadowdeep analog of the Shrine of Nature. Due to the good fortune of a Moon Door being opened, we were able to escape back to Waterdeep.
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The Setting Sun
Tarsakh 10th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes

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Upon visiting the Monastery of the Sun Soul we were halted by a young initiate of the Order and told the Monastery was closed. After announcing our alliance to him and Raldin Thunderbeard invoking a zone of truth, it was revealed the Monastery had been attacked only an hour before by a host lead by the Corrupted Brother Hronkil Elgredsson who had none other then my ward Danny Lu serving as his bannerman, flying high the colors of the Dark Goddess. The young initiate went on to say he only survived the slaughter by hiding under a table and later a book case, and the Corrupted Brother Hronkil Elgredsson and his chorus slaughtered their way through the ranks of the Sun Soul on their way to the Monastery Armory and Treasury.

The few remaining senior members of the Order were sequestered upstairs holding private council to determine their next course of action. I left a copy of my collected notes regarding the Forces of Darkness with the young initiate and was prepared to leave when he invited us to help, by helpping remove the debris and battle damage done to the Monastery. It was then that he provided us a tour of where the fighting took place.

Along our tour revelations were made from the battle wreckage.
  • 1) Darkness Enchanted Shurikens were used to blanket the battlefield in magical layers of darkness. Several such enchanted shurikens had been recovered from our search of the Shadowdeep Foundry. This weapons work by the moment of impact releasing the enchanted darkness. This to me implies that not only did Hronkil and his cohorts have a means of effectively fighting in such Darkness, but are very likely to wield such darkness in future engagements.
  • 2) The halls and various resources of the Monastery were not only scorched by flame, which evidence suggested was wielded with expertise and precision, but also the unnatural aging and pitting damage done by large area negative energy explosives. Dwarven Clergy Raldin Thunderbeard and Doomguide Alain agreed after closely studying the damage that there was an effort made to saturate the battlefield with both positive and negative energy in a combination that should not have been possible. There were even expressed concerns that the deaths of the Sun Soul Monks killed in the fighting may have served as a bridle to help bind the two forms of energy together in an unnatural manner.
    • Theory: As Mana Crystalizes in the plane of Shadows because it can not move freely, perhaps the slaughtering of the Sun Soul was not just to gain access to the Treasury and Armory, but also to saturate the area with enough combined Positive and Negative Energy as well as death to leave an echo of such energies upon the Shadowdeep Analog of the Sun Soul Monastery so that a Positive and Negative Energy Resonator maybe created. I will ask the Gnomish Arcanist Wyk Whitehorn to make a study of such energies to see what his keen mind and education may produce.
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