You know, a simple wizard for hire just can’t win. Two years ago, my mentor disappears off the face of the Earth. While on one of my odd jobs trying to locate him, I run into a bunch of Shar goons who generally don’t agree with me… and one hot succubus.
The results are typical. I end up chained up in a dungeon somewhere, and tortured for hours. I’m still not sure why, its not like she asked any questions. I think she just enjoyed poking me with sharp burning objects. Can’t say I shared the passion.
So I’m hanging out, literally, trying to recover from my most recent session when this random guy I don’t know from Adam waltzes in and tells me to follow his lead, he’s going to get me out. Not to be an ass about it, and not really wanting to stay, I’m all for leaving so I keep my mouth shut, and go.
I end up falling in with this adventuring company that calls themselves the Shadow Legion. I really gotta wonder if that really scares anyone or anything. They try to come off as a crack group of adventurers, but its pretty clear to me that they’re in way over their head on this one. But hey, they got me out of a dungeon, I figure I’ll give em a hand.
So we go after this succubus who’s supposidly resurrecting Tiamat or something. And of course, get into a good old fashioned brawl. Love a good fight, but man, these guys gotta work on the teamwork aspect. I mean, they’re good… but… well.. maybe goods not the right word. We survived, killed my less then favorite succubus, and found out we yet another fight to go on. Joy. Unfortunately, I blacked out right about then. Its really becoming a rather bad habit, but I think its got something to do with what happened to me in that torture chamber. Maybe. In any case, its inconvienent as hell.
But on the upside, the party prevailed even with the lack of my wisdom and guidance, and we managed to win the day, and escape to boot.
Shortly there after, I found out my new ‘friends’ if you will have had an on again off again relationship with Shar that they’d just rather was off again. But it seems they’ve given Shar a mobile portal, which Shar has been using to run trade to its neighbors under the noses of its enemys. Joy. So I guess we get to go fix they’re past mistakes. That was a trek. I’ve not spent a lot of time in the Shadowfell, and our little sojourn there kinda reminded me as to why. Its pretty bleak, and tends to suck the enjoyment out of things. We eventually tracked their portal to a graveyard crypt… seriously, thats pretty cliche, even for Shar! Beat up the guardians, and headed down hoping not to piss off the locals, which for some reason, consider the Shadow Legion heros. Crazy, I know. Unfortunately, as we entered the crypt, I blacked out again. Apparently there was much fighting to be had between us and our destination. I couldn’t tell you – I was annoyingly unconcious – but I wonder just how much work these guys put in, I mean… they’ve struck me so far as a band of screw ups. Hell, they might have run into five kobolds and just had an off day for all I know.
But I digress. We managed to get down to the workshop of some sort of liche, which we hoped had a key for a lock that I probably could have bypassed… maybe. But, again, I was unconcious at the time, so I only knew we wanted to beat up the liche. Hostilitys ensued. The Warlord was all for running, and while his advice probably wasn’t in vain, I have to say I liked the Ranger’s panache and fighting spirit a little more. Needless to say, we stood and fought. And fought. And fought a little more.
In the end it was Badguys 0, Shadow Legion (really, who came up with that name!?) 4. Malakye had himself his own little fire party afterwards, and we found out what we needed to know to bypass the lock. So up we went.
After out Tiefling Rogue – whom I still don’t trust – tried the lock, we got our door open. She went in, and after a little bit of ‘pass the amulet’ we all passed the threshold. However, I stumbled inside by accident, and must have triggered a defensive spell of some sort, because the next thing I know I’m throwing thunderwave like its going out of style, and knocking the legion around.
I’ll be honest… I was horrified… and yet enjoyed it immensely. It was kinda fun, until the Ranger managed to get close and knock me out.
I don’t remember much else, apparently treasure was found, and the Harpers showed up. I rather like Harpers. Worked with them a few times in the past, they’re good people. Hell, they ported us to Candlekeep – And afterwards I got to go home. I’ve missed Baldurs Gate. Found out the landlady didn’t close my house, and the Harper Patron invited us to join a larger adventuring company. With yet another stupid name.
But hey – maybe they can help me find my mentor, finish fixing the mess these Shadow legion guys started – and if nothing else, the pay should be good. I guess I’m in.
Whats a little combat magic between friends anyway?