These are the journal entries for our D&D 5th Edition campaign being played on Roll20. There are 6 PCs: Ragnar (Paladin), Eamon (Cleric), Jortran (Druid), Tec (Rogue), Malfred (Warlock), and Tristan (Barbarian).
21-22 Flamerule – 1490 – Year of the Star Walker’s Return
The party, tired from their battles in the mines, returned to Phandalin at dusk with Nundro safely in tow. They went quickly to the Town Master’s Hall to check on the Redbrand prisoners, and discovered that the bumbling townsfolk that had been guarding the building had been replaced by more “professional” looking guards who were respectful but all business. The prisoners were also being guarded by more professional guards, and the heroes noticed that the hall had been tidied up and organized. Harbin was working in his office, and seemed very irritable.
They retired to the inn, where Nundro was reunited with his brother. Jortran excused himself and locked himself in his room, from which strange babbling was heard for a while, and then silence. Ragnar left to pay a visit to Sister Garaele. Eamon, Tristan and Malfred questioned Nundro and Gundren at length about their knowledge of the mines, and reread the passages from the dwarven journal they’d found in the Red Brand’s hideout. Gundren and Nundro insisted they knew nothing of the Forge of Spells, or of the Black Spider, but said that as dwarves they were familiar with tales of the shapechangers known as Doppelgangers.
Tec, meanwhile, took a seat at the bar and introduced himself to Toblin the innkeep as Billsmith. He learned that Toblin secretly wanted to be a miner, and had come to Phandalin for that reason, but had failed at it, so had started an inn instead. After drinking Dragon’s Blood Wine from a large crystal goblet offered by Toblin, Tec drunkenly offered to sell some of his finds to Toblin, but they were more than the innkeeper could afford. He suggested that Halia Thornton was by far the richest person in town if “Billsmith” were looking to sell his treasures. Not long after, Tec stumbled upstairs to sleep. Along the way he was accosted by a woman named Freda, who was very eager to have Tec take a message to Malfred, wanting Malfred to come and visit at her seamstress shop. Tec promised to deliver the message, and then stumbled off upstairs.
The next morning Eamon woke first, and indulging in his morning rituals he received a vision from his god. After that he was the first down to the common room where he ordered breakfast. He was soon joined by Malfred, Tristan, Tec, Gundren and Nundro. Jortran was still unconscious in his room, and Ragnar was out early to say his own prayers in the trees near the town. Gundren and Nundro requested that the heroes help them to clear out the rest of the mines so they could be reopened for the benefit of the town. There was some negotiation, and Nundro quickly drew up a contract that promised 12% of the mine’s gross to the group to split as they saw fit amongst themselves, as well as anything they could carry away while clearing out the mines (nothing that was a fixture). Ragnar returned, and all but the unconscious Jortran signed the contract.
After their business was completed, Tristan left to sell some of his spoils of war around town, while Malfred attempt to grift some townsfolk with a three-card monte game, ostensibly with Tec’s help. They had little luck, however, with their only mark being an old lumberjack named Samuel on his way to work who initially lost 2 SP to Malfred, but won them back plus another 2 before continuing on his way with his wife yelling at him to “get to work.” Unimpressed with Malfred’s skill as a confidence man, Tec decided to case the Miners’ Exchange.
Eamon, meanwhile, found Sister Garaele to ask her about her organization, The Harpers, and if they would be able to protect the town. She explained that the Harpers were more loosely affiliated than that, and it might be better to get help from the Lord’s Alliance, if the party could find Sildar. She also asked Eamon if the party would help her, and by extension The Harpers, with a small matter nearby. Sister Garaele had tried, without success, to contact an ancient banshee named Agata, who lived in the Neverwinter Wood, just outside of the old abandoned village of Conyberry about two days ride to the east, towards Triboar. The Harpers want to ask Agata a question about a long-missing book, and if the party was interested in helping they should come back and see Sister Garaele. Eamon then took his leave of the elf cleric, and headed back to the inn.
As Tec was busying himself watching the Miners’ Exchange, Malfred appeared, and entered the building. Not long after, a bald, portly man opened the front door and beckoned to Tec. Confused, the halfling wandered across the street where the man introduced himself as Thimble, and said that Ms. Thornton and Malfred were waiting for Tec in the study. Inside, Tec discovered Malfred seated in a very comfortable chair in a very lavish study, nibbling on jam sandwiches. After selling some of his treasures to Halia, the three had a long discussion, at the end of which Malfred and Tec left to return to the inn to rest through the afternoon and make plans for returning to the Lost Mine of Phandelver the next day.
UNTIL NEXT TIME…