Please forgive my delay in writing. I mean to write often, but I have been caught up in a grand adventure! I’m trying to decide where to begin!
After the treachery at the mining facility, we returned to Itoni with the skree. Our first adventure went so well that we decided to form a mercenary group: The Flames of Vengeance. A dramatic name, but one that may be fitting. Fazhul and his mate Jehzarelli own a magic shop in the city and offered us to use it as a home base. It seemed like a good way to earn some coin and, more importantly, renown.
We did not have to wait long for a job. A retainer of the Marquis of Blades, one Sir Miles, came pleading for assistance. His daughter had vanished in the night and he desperately sought her return. A man of good standing, he promised a substantial reward. Truly, rescuing an innocent maiden would be worth it alone of course.
We investigated the disappearance and found a terrible pattern. There had been a string of murders in the district of Itoni close to the home of the wizard Corvex. This strange man was reputed to be a powerful mage and had bizarre powers. He was rumored to be a student of the grand wizard Zazel, a terribly powerful wizard in his own right. The murders were of psychic sensitive youths and all evidence pointed to Corvex being behind them in some way.
During our investigation, we fought a poor man that was in the grip of total madness. We were able to subdue him, but tragically we were unable to save his wife. His mind recovered, the man led us to the sewers of Itoni where we were attacked by a gang of wererats. After a brutal fight, we defeated them and the last remaining rat led us to Corvex’s lair.
We moved into Corvex’s stronghold and encountered terrible, otherworldly horrors. These creatures were beings from the Far Realms that fed on misery and caused madness with a touch. We discovered that Corvex had been summoning these creatures, drawing them from the reaches of the Far Realm by torturing psychic sensitives. I will not describe the manner in which these people were tortured; it was perhaps the worst thing I have ever encountered. We found his journal and from that we gleaned his plan. Corvex sought to draw more and more of these creatures across the barriers between here and the Far Realms. The more creatures he drew, the easier it would be to draw in more powerful entities. Eventually, Corvex planned to summon some deranged god from the Far Realms, one he referred to as The Outsider. We had to stop him!
Corvex was no where to be found in his lair. Through he notes he guessed that he would return to Sir Mile’s house in order to complete his torture of the young girl. We were able to convince the guards to let us in, for Sir Miles was acting very strange. We rushed to his bed chamber and found Corvex there with a host of his creatures. Corvex had enthralled Sir Miles and was at work brutalizing his daughter. Corvex mocked us and immediately attacked us with his beasts. We faced them and destroyed the alien monsters and subdued Sir Miles. Corvex was beaten and he knew it. At his last moment he cried out for assistance. Lord Zazel answered him! The powerful wizard appeared before us and his student. He was maddening to behold, I dare not describe him for my quill may fail me. Apparently disappointed with Corvex, Zazel slew him with a whispering of terrible magic. He said little to us and vanished.
Sir Miles recovered. His daughter is in need of clerical aid. Miles has enough money, she should be restored. I hope so anyway, it would be terrible otherwise. She was innocent of wrong doing and had been the target of a despicable beast. I guess this adventure was half of a success; we saved Sir Miles and perhaps saved Itoni itself. If the girl recovers, I would venture it was a complete success.
Lucille, I hope you are well. Please, keep the home fires burning. Avoid my brothers as much as you can.
Looking to the west,