Arken Moonlight Syndicate

Upon the Requiren

Balljacks believes that this rider upon the black dragon may search for Brag Goroth’s remains and attempt a resurrection. In fear of this he dispatches the 5 adventurers to go to Nekra and search as well. Preventing not only ancient artifacts from being discovered by evil doers but obtaining Brag Goroth’s remains before the strange man on the black dragon does. He has the group prepare to travel there upon the Requiren. They will travel south and port outside Golem City. Then they will make their way to Nekra through the rough terreined mountains that have crumbled on top of the temple. Balljacks was able to find the entrance far below the surface shortly after the attacks. When he entered he discovered many rooms were within the temple and decided before delving too deep he would obtain help first. Whole traveling south down the bay, the group encounters a wagon traveling at high speed following the boat down the bank. Its Wiggit! One on top of the wagon has a bow and takes aim. The crew return fore with a catapult and heavy crossbows. The Wiggit then unload a large ballista with a grappling hook attached to a long portion of rope. The crew takes aim at the two wiggit loading the machine but not quickly enough. They take a shot. The skeleton crew assisting the heroes quickly cut the rope. The crew kills one of the dire boar pulling the wagon and it comes to a stop. The making several good shots and escaping from the wiggit as the ship falls out of range of the wiggit. The group continues and makes it to the port of golem city. Located a few miles outside the city and operated by trolls hired to work the port. The heroes are asked about their business and simply informed to see Xaden in town. Upon theirnarrival the gate is open and Xaden lay dead in the square. They find goblin tracks and evidence of a raid or takeover of the city but nothing is around now…the town sits silent.

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Present Day

Three months have passed since Brag Goroth’s death. Three leaders of Esteperon the cost. Since his death many more plagues have sprouted in Arken. Seems Drow have been spotted in the Dwarven mountains birthing dragons deep inside. Balljacks has arrived in Esteperon to meet with a very unsure Dull who is overwhelmed with all the news and questions about Esteperon. Wanting to walk from the Title steward all together. He comes to help Dull Rule. Upon his arrival a young Furyfire scout named salamandrius, an interesting gnome who loves fireworks and loves adventuring even more whom was dispatched by Balljacks from Westpoint to investigate near Thorton about the ever rising mists. The fearless gnome enters the cave. A few twists and turns later he has delved deep. That’s when he hears a clanky dwarf heading towards him. Following close behind an injured female Half Orc. The dwarf informs Sal that there is danger behind him. Stating dragons are rising from the depths. And their masters are believed to be Drow. As Sal explains this all to Balljacks he appears dumbfounded but Sal continues his story. He had forgotten the bad news, said Sal which stopped the dwarf and the Half Orc in their tracks. Seems the way in collapsed in after he entered. The dwarf remembered an old secret passage. Wasn’t sure where it led. Just that his brother told him of it years ago talking about the old times. When investigated it led through a narrow tunnel. Many miles it was in length. Seemingly many days passed before they finally saw the end and a small passage above them. The passage above them brought them into a round room with stone spiral stairs going up this tower. But they knew of only one and wondered where they were. When they reached the top Esteperon laid below them. 300 feet down they would climdown, with help After distracting some guards to help them down they were escorted to dragoons. And that’s where we are now master. Says Sal. Balljacks scratches his chin and says. Come with me we will meet in Dulls chambers. Bring your friends..for five me who are you Dwarf…and your friend? Seemed the girl was Dagra. The first female trained by The Slayers of Esteperon. A strong Half-Orc imprisoned on Esteperon and sent to battle in the arenas for the crimes of her orc related clans. Fought her way to freedom and instead of leaving Esteperon she signed up to become a Slayer. So she was sent to the mountains to investigate the high peaks. Taking samples of mists there. She stumbled and fell between the cracks into an open fisher. She fell many feet and was knocked unconscious. That’s when the dwarves found her. Thinking she was a stinking orc they locked her in a cage. Ordered to do so by his lieutenant…So who are You Dwarf…what’s your name. Stonebeard I couldn’t leave the girl trapped..she did nothing to me..so here I am. I can help in any way you please. The half orc nodded as well and began to come too a little bit more. Explaining her part and being able to discern the race of the invading Drow into the Northern Mountains. Dull ordered the collapse of the secret tunnel fearing they may find their way right into their city. Together Sal, Rag and Dag all met with Dull. Balljacks was also there and two of the Moonlight Syndicate were also present as advisors. Eldritch and Phoenix from Westpoint. Phoenix was pleased to see his nephew Sal. Discussions went on throught the day. Balljacks had information about the south. These 3 new adventurers had news of the north. All wondering how all of this tied together. So much had happened in Esteperon. Thebgroup was very unsure about where to begin. They couldn’t agree to one need filled for the city. That’s when the decision became very clear what they needed to do. Screams were heard from the door and the dwarf looked out of the window and saw a black dragon perched on the upper edge of the arena. A booming voice was heard announcing… Brag Goroth is the one and only lord of these lands, and his reign has yet ended. Flying away off into the distance.

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The End of an Era

Many years pass and Arken has become more vast and has flourished. Peace was a good time for this land, without it would bring the worst of times. When a scuffle in a pub became violent, it changed things forever. The dwarves weren’t too bothered by the many races that came to settle there. They stay as in their mountains. Meeting rarely with Arken City Merchants to trade goods. Tho a few would visit Dragoons. The humans were too rowdy and feindish. They began to give Arken city a dark reputation. When a man visited Macon one night at a pub and raped and killed the Owner of a local pub there. A spark started a war between Macon and Arken City. King Matias would prove his reign would remain strong and defeated the armies of Macon allowing them to remain in their city and never return to Arken City again. So there has been no word from them and the town died out. It became the slum of the earth. Mercs Thieves and other strange races filled the city. Not caring much for conditions. Only interested in a little coin. Soon several races would begin to band up together. When it became news to Arken City that these races were filling in Macon. It was then King Matias would sign an order granting Land and Title to 3 men. Those men would compete on an Arena that was under construction in Arken City. Gold was the prize. Land was the icing on the cake. So when the arena opened and 7000 residents came to compete. 500 of those were women. The King split them into 3 groups. Each group fought till only one remained. Those three would be granted lands. The first was Cernan. A young sorcerer. He would settle Northwest in a town called Dogshire. The second was shockingly a female of wolf blood. Alana. She would settle lands along the western coast. The tribal lands of Tortan. The third was a Hefty Troll named Floyd. He settled in the Mud Pits to the southwest. There Golem City would be built. It became lands of legend. Mists and mud. Often Nekra would dispatch spies to keep the happening a of Golem city in Golem City. Macon became baron. Few remained and those who did despised most. Envious and hateful. Many lands were beginning their reigns. Then a thing would happen that would shake the very foundation of the peace Arken was built upon.

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The Old City

Rarely do we hear much about all the corners of the kingdom. Here I’m going to take some time and tell you about all the corners of the kingdom. We will start in the Northeast. The city where the first settlers discovered the plane of Arken. Traveling through the ether mists and risking their lives for discovery. The city of Macon was the first settled city in Arken. 12 men aboard a ship spent many years traveling all around Arken. After circling the plane they mapped their travels and named their course the Teloria Trail. Named to honor their homeland. Settlers of Macon started with little. Raising families of their own and creating the first government known as the Syndicate. It was here that a young Brag only fifteen years old set his sights on being all he could be. He joined the ranks of political power and rose quickly and soon after was one of the original members of the newly renamed Moonlight Syndicate. Him and eleven others traveled the Teloria Trail to find a place that would be the site of their first temple. It was found in the Southeastern Mountains its name was Nekra. There the Moonlight Syndicate would build their temple and Nekra would become the first capitol of Arken. Many of the peoples still living in Macon had split opinions about the Syndicate. Some wanted to settle lands of their own and others wanted what the Syndicate had and were willing to die to get it. Macon began to become a split city. Some wanted to go to Nekra and make their life there while others wanted to go west and settle their families there. Amongst those that moved west was King Marcus Great Grandfather Matias it was shortly after their travels that Arken City was founded. When the settlers came to the large open green grasslands that stretched a vast distance they saw a tower. Seemed someone was settled here but when they traveled closer they found it was a tower, a ruin of an ancient civilization. Unknown by the travelers it was built as a marker by the dwarves of the Northern Mountains. Their discovery changed the lands forever. Befriending the Dwarves and settling Arken City until it was time to expand south. When they came to an ocean from a tall cliff the travelers looked back and made it known this would be the location where Arken would begin to create a great army, and Westpoint was discovered. Being a military city it didn’t offer much for comfort but would grow into a place of great knowledge and magic was discovered and now Arken was on its way to becoming a great land. Leaders were placed in the four great cities. Brag and his syndicate brothers in Nekra. Taylor Angel led Macon. Matias ruled over Esteperon and Voorhurn led the armies in Westpoint. Tho long ago these old cities flourished in the old days. They laid the foundation for what Arken is Today. Traveling to any would show the vast differences the land has to offer. Tho Macon now is nothing more than a bitter city that despises magic and despises heroes. Their hatred became so great Angel Taylor decided to break dirt in a new city between Macon and Make a. It would be called Ravengro and there a great prison would be built. Built to house all magic users and dowrongers alike. Many other cities have been elected but the Old four remain the heart of this vast land

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More chaos

The past few days have been tragic. Another leader slain. The new Magistrate has abandoned his post and now Dull is given the crown. Until the young granddaughter of King Marcus comes of age. Her Mother a maiden of the White Hill. Her father Galen an Arkenien Knight currently serving the throne under service of Dull.

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While of the Moonlight thou shall not fade

The crowd roared and Lanius body crashed into some onlookers falling on front of them lifeless. Some grabbed trinkets others stripped him of his armor and the arena quickly began to empty. Suddenly the corpse of Lanius began to do something very strange. Faint lines of light were beginning to appear on Lanius. Lines of light connecting here and there up and down his arms and his legs. Connecting like circuits. A hum could be heard generating inside and the illumination got greater and more and more lights began glowing. Lanius face was still and the blood from the arena still on his face. Then his eyes opened. A glowing grey. And Lanius began to rise to his feet. A billowing sound from his gut loud and filling the arena with electrical power shining brightly. Then faded and there stood normal. Uncovered but alive. He darted for the nearest exit. It was said he left the town completely naked and was never heard from again. Rend complained the liver tasted a little old while at the bar drinking that night. In the morning he would return to the Regadera to continue preparing the ships final preparations before her first voyage. No schedules have been made as to where she will sail first. Temporary leadership falls to the Magistrate until plans can be made to elect a new leader. There must be three before an election can start. Dragoons is boosting with parties this night.

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Rend shall drink

The crowd has gathered and the arena if filled to maximum. More still fill the halls and even some unable to afford a ticket stand outside listening some climbing trees others the walls of the arena itself. The knights protecting the gates allow this unless they cause a problem which is likely this day as the city erupts with excitement. Rend enters the arena first. Standing broad. Looking ferocious as ever carrying no weapons yet again just as he liked it. He wore no armor and that shocked the crowd but also made it much more exciting. His green skin was matted in filth and some said his smell was of its foulest they have seen. Rend coming straight off the docks building a new sea ship to the arena that morning it was expected he would not appear too clean. He roared loudly and then came the horns announcing the King. Lanius strides into the arena wearing a leather armor given to him by the Moonlight Syndicate upon his recent travels with them. Carrying his normal Masterwork Longsword and Shield. The two move toward the center to meet before taking their places in the arena. As soon as they near the center, Lanius quickly pulls his sword striking rend across the chest slicing him deep and knocking him back. This angered Rend and he attacked and the battle begins. Rushing toward Lanius the unstoppable beast tackles Lanius as expected. Rend Tears at him on the ground clawing and biting his stomach area then quickly backs off seeing if Lanius will rise. Slowly he does using his sword as a crutch and before he could get much further Rend was on him again. Tackling Lanius again..pinning him. Reaching in with his claws tearing into the torso of Lanius and removing his liver. He then raised Lanius above his head..threw him as far as he could into the crowd..turned and continued savoring his 10th victim in the arena

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Of Royal Blood

Votes are in and it is clear. Rend will defend his title in the arena. He was challenged by the candidate for king..young Lanius. Done while votes were still being tallied but became a hot item which won him the vote for King after his arena battle is won. Many have come from across the land to witness the second crowning this month after the last king was killed at the games. Investigators that had delved into evidence about the murder of Magistrate Old Thornside came across a man named Tu’tcohuk. Night goes to day and in the Morning the games begin. When the sun is at its highest Lanius challenges Rend in the arena. Upon the 10th anniversary since Rend won his first title against two gargoyle brothers ending their terrors in dragoons market and signifying the day Rend came down from his tower of seclusion to become a great force in the city of Esteperon.

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Royal Planning

Its bustling in Esteperon. Royalty from all parts of Arken begin arriving. The inns fill quickly. Planning for games has begun and this year marks the 10th anniversary of Rends reign inside the arena. Many candidates for his opponent have arisen. He requested only the finest come to challenge him. It has not been revealed either who has come for the challenge. Its an exciting games for everyone. The music has begun in the market and many fill the streets. Day begins to turn to evening and Lanius has fallen to drink at Grinding Pints. He announces himself and silences those gathered in the pub. “I Lanius will be your King. I will lead our lands with strength and courage. As a testament to my willingness to prove myself worthy of this honor, I challenge Rend the troll in his arena!!” The silence in the room after his boastful outburst was not expected. Some shook their heads. And more hush whispers amongst the crowd began. The inn keeper announces…A challenge has been struck and rings his bell. The signal given 9 times before announcing there is a challenger for Rend. The crowd picks up again cheering for Lanius. His stock has certainly risen for the upcoming elections this weekend. The next morning in Lanius’s quarters he is awoken by the magistrate. “You’ve become quite the gossip in a short time Lanius. You understand under the laws of our lands, once a challenge is struck it must be seen through to the end?” Lanius was still groggy and heard about his boasting at the inn and now fear struck his face. “I was drunk sire, my words surely couldn’t have had pressed much meaning as to actually challenge him! This must be stopped sire..I cann..I didn’t mean…you must pull this rule sire…you must.” ” I cannot.. You may ask Rend himself but I believe a candidate for king Rend will not change his mind. You are a fool Lanius.. You must be responsible for your words. You must not back down.” the magistrate then turns and goes to leave.. “Sire…Sire!!! I must speak to him anyways…can you go tell him to meet me in the market…I will announce my foolishness in front of everyone..I cannot defeat him!!” “Very well.” says the magistrate and he leaves the room and Lanius quickly gathers his gear and heads to the fountain in the center of Dragoons Market. Once at the fountain. The Magistrate is there to meet him. A deal would not be struck and the entire market roars in chants Lanius Lanius Lanius.

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Esteperon and all her glory

It was dawn in Esteperon. Spring was always a cool part of the year. The years have been growing hotter. Smoke still rises in the North. Signifying the threats that still plague the capitol city. Tho remaining dormant and unchecked they remain. Dragoons market just led with its normal activity, plans have begun to yet again elect a new king. Dull Hammerfist meets with the Newly elected Magistrate regarding electing a new king and is shocked to discover his name was somewhat popular in the conversation. A long shot at most for actually being elected, but his name remains amongst those of high respect and royalty. Only two others have given any interest to the throne. One is the young granddaughter of King Marcus. At only a young age of 12. She is popular amongst the totals and a high candidate. Tho her decision making on matters of importance has yet to be tested she has a heart of gold and would someday make a great queen. Second is Lanius. Currently sitting as a substitute Moonlight Syndicate member. His interest sprang from his fellow syndicate members pushing him into office. Charming and strong he would be a great candidate. He has always remained a loyal knight to the throne for many years. Keeping his low rank to serve, it has always been questioned why he never showed interest in the throne or really much interest in the syndicate. He is a loner. But his name will also be on the ballot. It is early and two weeks remain for those interested in campaigning for the throne to submit their names.

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