Welcome to another episode of “As the World Burns”.

Having made a name for themselves as the Heroes of Westcrown, by destroying the shadow creatures of Ilnerik Sivanshin and freeing the halfling populace from slavery, the adventurers found themselves in the middle of a power struggle between factions in the rumored Council of Thieves.

The murders in the streets have escalated to an explosion of fire from the Mayor’s mansion. After investigation, our heroes have narrowly prevented the Council from gaining control of the Arch-Devil within. In exchange for the life of the city which they cared about, the players are consigned to take Duke Liebdaga’s place within the Nessian spiral, bound to power it for 101 years.

It remains to be seen how Westcrown will have changed in that time…but Duke Liebdaga has not been idle.

It appears as though a Great War has been fought, leaving little behind but Death and desolation. Still, some few survivors remain, and some of them have joined our ex-heroes. The giant Grumell had made his living as a mercenary, but found himself the sole survivor when the rest of his mercenary group went missing and the leader, the hill giant Gurg, driven mad.

Not too proud for looting, the party has traveled north, where they have come upon the Chaos Rift, and the first signs of battles from ages gone by. After much conflict and loss, the heroes have largely made the area safe for caravan travel from Piren’s Bluff, for which they have earned a reward.

Recently, the party has ventured north into the dead fields. While there, they have found a group of halfling archaeologists, led by Thain Fenrise who were hoping to recover the remains of their dead commander, Bishop Fiosa. That may prove to be more difficult than expected, those old bones do not yet rest, and have slain Titus Oberigo and Zarthose the pit fighter.

However, Pendrais’ message was received and the church of Aroden has sent reinforcements: a warpriest and a spellcaster with no love of Asmodeus. It remains to see how they will do in the crucible of combat.

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As the World Burns

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