The Puppet Master Chronicles

All Good Intentions

Chapter 1

The adventure began with a quest, a quest to save Jonathan the Snake’s wife, who had been bitten by one of his precious snakes. He needed the eyes of a water naga to complete a potion of Remove Poison, so the party was more than happy to help. Iuris rounded up a few Knights of the Old Code, including his brother, and they all set off. Jonathan quickly guided them to the nearest one, as he had apparently been tracking it for some time. However, along the way, two out of the five knights attacked, slaying the other two before they were brought down and revealed to be doppelgangers. Iuris noted the curiosity and wondered what exactly their purpose had been. They continued on, after the remaining knight had been put to the task of returning with his comrade’s corpses to the city.

They met with no further incidence, and reached the pool of water the naga called home. Thanatos put his lightning to good use on a mass of breeding snakes, and Kothar disappeared into the water. Iuris used a potion of Water Walking, and headed straight for the naga’s evil aura, around the snakes. After being dragged underwater by the naga, Iuris began frantically stabbing it with his dagger, trying to break free. All was well when Kothar and Thanatos swooped in for the save. They searched the cave and found a lot of treasure, mostly in gems, and a strange object that vaguely resembled a very crude, very rusty key.

On their way home, traps slowed them down. Puzzled as to how the traps suddenly appeared, Kothar tracked it to a kobold. The kobold apologized, and asked for the heroes’ help in defeating a red dragon that was attacking the kobold city. They followed the kobold, and were trapped in an arena, where they valiently fought and killed a beholder, two giants, a devil, and a young red dragon. Noticing an odd carving in the wall, Kothar used the crude item found earlier as a key, and opened the way to a pile of treasure. After quickly stowing it away, they exited, and were greeted by the kobold, who apologized again and thanked them for being so entertaining.

They returned to the city to find Jon in a very worried state. When pressed, he admitted to poisoning adventurers to convince them to fight the naga, and expressed concern over how Amarak had been acting. He said that he had gone to meet with the mayor, though Iuris had scheduled a meeting already. They ran to the mayor’s mansion just in time to see Amarak stab the mayor through the chest. They tried to rush Amarak, but he held up the mayor’s prized heirloom – the Golden Dragon Orb – and held them magically in place. After he vanished, Iuris ran to the mayor’s side and tried to stop the bleeding. He managed to bring the man around, just in time for him to be charged with finding the orbs, and destroying them if necessary. Then the mayor succumbed to his wounds. Iuris isolated himself after commanding his knights to spread the word of the mayor’s death, and to announce that he was invoking martial law.

End Chapter 1

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