Chapter 1: New Friends

Meetings & Marsh Session 1
Four individuals gather at Bharzut's Inn in the town of Mulburg to meet with Burldries leader of a group calling themselves Order of the Lost Keep. They've each been contracted for a lucrative job but before details are given, Burldries needs to test the group to ensure they can get a job done. With haste the group set out into the marsh to find a magic workshop, they reach the workshop and find no one around.

Workshop & Information Session 2
After a harrowing encounter with an awakened tree and shambling mound Pheonix and Medrash are joined by Fenris, Annabell, and Karg, the new party then clears their way through to an upper level where they find the sentient workshop has transferred it's being into a makeshift automaton. Tensions are initially high but the group convinces the construct to travel back to town.

Jobs & Hunting Session 3
Before returning to the town of Mulburg the group makes a detour to a campsite set up by the Order of the Lost Keep, where they meet Beldrith, Akzer, and Happy all apart of the Order, after introductions and a hunting trip Burldries enters the camp with Amari, a tense stand off follows as Amari and Fenris try to hold claim of the construct. Pressure is slowly released and a deal is reached, with all sides in agreement Amari pays the group and leaves camp with the automaton.
Burldries then puts forward the main contract, retrieve the Hand of Narkul, providing two leads to follow; Alucard who was the last person known to be holding Sovereign captive, and the Fellowship of the Alicorn, a group set on finding and banishing the Lich King Narkul. Annabell takes the lead by introducing herself to Alucard and after some discussion part ways.

Day of Preparation Session 4
The group starts to form a plan to confront Alucard, Annabell gathers unwilling souls for added back up, Fenris finding information that the staff have been given a few days of leave, Karg investigating potential alternate entry points and trappings, Medrash checks his boot size against the door (looks kickable), and Pheonix receives a gift from a friend.

Alucard's Manor Session 5
The group kick down the doors to Alucard's Manor where they find him expecting their return, after some discussion and confirmations of Soverign's status, the group had enough of Alucard's politics and deals attacking him but falling short, Alucard holds off from killing the group and lets them flee.

Missing Bodies Session 6
Licking their wounds the group gathers themselves and picks up a contract investigating a grave robbery, in the process finding and taking down a corpse collector, two bodies are returned to the graveyard and others are burned in a ritual. Karg returns in the night to rob a grave Pheonix found eminating a magic source.

Friendly Interference Session 7
After a meeting with Burldries they learn of another group tasked to find the hand and a possible location for the Lost Keep. Picking up another contract from a Wizard to investigate a magical interference that is disrupting his research, he sent his apprentice to look into it but they never returned.
On searching the house the interference is coming from the group find Amari pulling apart the automaton S.A.M, a quick beating and threats Amari restores the automaton, as soon as they are restored the construct strikes Amari down, and escapes town with the group, burning Amari's house down with him still in it.

Chapter 2: The Lost Keep

Delve into the swamp Session 8
Escaping the town with S.A.M the group collect a couple supplies from Beldrith at the Orders camp near the city, moving into the swamp they avoid a pair of Rot Angles. After a couple sleeps they find the roof of a tower sticking out from the mud a small portion caved in, on the outside a destroyed camp with three bedrolls and an undead body submerged nearby
Moving into the structure they find illegible remains of presumably arcane study, just outside the study a malnourished corpse holding a crossbow and note warning of a jewelled box. Annabell is first to find the box with a rotting body next to it. Exploring further they find a set of animated armour and suspected earth elemental but manage to keep the peace.

Descent into the keep - part 1 Session 9
The group descends into the structure coming across a mud filled floor, slowing movement. Medrash and Nebi knock in a double door, revealing ~25 zombies, as the noise stirs them from their wake hastily using rope and a shortbow to hold the door closed but doesn't hold long before the undead pouring through, however are quickly dispatched by Pheonix's cloud of daggers and a fireball while Annabell's spirtual weapon and gaurdian clean the rest up.
Entering a collapsed section creates a maze like path where shadows seem to have a mind of their own. Pushing throught the maze they enter a large area with various pieces of art and decaying statue, one of which had the Codex Terragnosis a book defining and binding the laws of nature to the material plane.

Descent into the keep - part 2 Session 10
After examining the statues, determining the one holding the book likely depicted Lady Greyhawk, a masculine dragonborn with “_ithful advi_ and mage to King Daut_”, and third statue of a masculine human first half lost to time with only “Champion of the Reach” remaing.
Descending further in they discover 6 statues standing infront of 6 basins, each containing gold. The path leading to a large statue of a human man, a crown sits on his head, a book in his left arm and an elven designed long sword in his right hand pointed into the air, a rusted plaque underneath reads “Dauthos Ar_on King of _ Reach”
Pushing further the group finds five petrified statues and a basilisk, making quick work of the basilisk Nebi retrieves an elven longsword from the throne, and group returns to the surface and begins their journey back to the city.

Lost Keep, found Session 11

? Session 12

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