Hazk has sent a vague report back on the Scythe’s activities in the Southern Barrens. They were investigating an officer of the Horde. One… Eyeripper. Name vaguely rings a bell. He’s served for some time and even holds my rank as a Champion within the Horde military.
Apparently there are some who think he’s up to no good. His garrison at Desolation Hold did have something suspicious about it too. One of the towers was filled with the dead…. They were going unburned and unburied. The Deathstalker who they worked for seemed to believe that he could have ties to the former Scourge’s Cult of the Damned.
First Scarlet Crusaders, now the damn cult?
The forces of our little coalition have begun rallying at Jandvik. Apparently there was some issue involving the kvaldir, but our Northrend allies have arrived with several score fighting men and women… and vargul. Damned undead vargul. The rune-mage claims they will be of use,
I've started receiving reports form our forces on the mainland with some details as to the situation off of the Broken Isles. The Eastern Kingdoms have really suffered from their onslaught. Duskwood going traitor, Stormwind being targeted over and over by the Legion; the Twilight Highlands have supposedly been overrun and Valtenath reported an attack recently against Hearthglen that the Silver Hand broke. Back in Kalimdor, we've seen infernal assaults on Thunder Bluff, an attack on the Exodar, and satyr beseiging Moonglade. This isn't even mentioning Pandaria, which has been under heavy assault. There are even rumors that the Legion have taken sections of Ulduar from the Keepers.
Another reminder of how important it is we win here and now… and why the storm brew is essential.
Word has come in from Arestra. She wants to meet one of our rogues in Dalaran for some sort of intelligence gathering operation. I’ve sent Thogran.
The party supposedly arrived at a human-dominated camp and from there found the outpost of one ‘Mister Shackle.’ They claim to be a salvaging operation, but through Bloodsear, Crashgear, and Arestra’s intel… we know they’re pirates.
Before they could speak to Shackle, reports say Arestra leapt off and attacked his ogre bodyguard. Turns out the damn ogre was a demon in disguise! Even in the far corner of some pirate camp, the Legion’s poking its nose in.
They managed to learn the story about the attack against the vrykul… which didn’t go much further than what we previously knew. The ship was attacked, the vrykul were killed, and several ornamental weapons, some armor, and a cask of ale were retrieved. The prisoners they took later confessed the brew was indeed the storm brew and they claimed they were tasked by Skovald’s – I can only assume the false god-king – mother, Bretta, to take it somewhere safe from her son.
The first mate of the ship who captured the vrykul vessel seemed to like this information and immediately went rogue. He blasted a hole in his captain’s chest and declared a mutiny. The ogre – one Arag’Hidar – had been hiding away with it since.
Naturally the team confronted the bastard
They eventually found the ogre among a large crowd of other ogre pirates at the base of a large ship called the Manflayer. The mutineers were hanging some gnoll they claimed was a member of the ‘Uncrowned.’ I’m told it’s a loose association of rogues, but cannot get any more intel out of Arestra about it. ((A note on the side margin says: “Will need to corner Crashgear later about this.”)) Not to see a potential asset die, Valtenath sent Crashgear to save the poor bastard while the party distracted the rest. Huuza assisted the goblin by calling on the wind to hold the gnoll up.
Invar was supposedly doing a decent job trying to silver tongue the ogres, but that was cut off quickly when that damn tea-peddling halfwit interceded and tried to offer that they kill Shackle for the ogres in exchange for the storm brew.
Negotiations fell into chaos and then completely fell apart soon after. The ogre made them an offer though. He’d give us the cask of storm brew – still untapped – if one of the party there could beat him in a duel.
When the smoke cleared, the Forsaken was sprawled across the ground with her leg and part of her midsection blasted off. Of course, this also shattered her entire collection of tea cups. I still remember the sha influence that overtook me when I broke one. He broke all of them. A darkness overtook the area, sha influences engulfed the ogres, and in the chaos they set off a charge that Thogran and Strakk had been collaborating on. As some ogres scattered, others were blasted by explosive charge or plagued by the toxin that charges contained.
Strakk summoned several dozen of his spy squirrels to teleport the cask to Valdisdal, where my agents picked it up, while the others attempted to corner and confront the Arag’Hidar. Only he was already gone….
The one-legged tea-peddler wanted to burn the island down and kill the ogres for wronging her, but the others were smarter than to risk further bloodshed. They left shortly after.
It’s a damn good thing we acted when we did. Word has come in that Dead Man’s Bay was attacked by the Legion. It wouldn’t surprise me if that dreadlord was watching us again, gathering intel that we were picking up. I still want that bastard’s head after the tower, after Morheim….
We went to speak to the vrykul they called Katterin the Blessed. A great alchemist, Ungrim said.
A recluse, they said. Well not anymore it looks like! It turns out the witch has gone traitor, choosing Skovald’s side in this conflict….