ATTN Col A. Wolfhaven
Echer’Naught Regional Ranger Command
I hope the Light and Archanon’s grace be with you brother, for it certainly was with us in our past encounter.
We opened the doors into the citadel, and were immediately surrounded by a loud wailing sound, we quickly realized that it must be a trap, or some kind of warning bell to the builders inside. Quickly battle ensued as Builders poured through the doorways and the Rangers went right to battle. Becoming quite familiar with the Dangers of Arcfire, Siege, Derek and Dark Stryke made quick work of multiple Arclancers, and Gabby and Myself dispatched another before reinforcements arrived. I was able to quickly use Archanon’s touch to heal the minor wounds that the Hellish Arcfire wrought on both Siege and Derek’s flesh, and we pushed in further to explore.
Dark Stryke snuck ahead and called back that the coast was clear when he was surprisingly ambushed by multiple assailants and their Arcfire weapons. He was hit hard and went down in a heap as fur and flesh was burnt and scorched. Siege and Derek quickly jumped into his rescue as they both engaged with their foes, and dispatched them as I rushed quickly to the Brinchie’s aid. Again Archanon’s blessings were with us, as I was able to quickly stop the bleeding and at least alleviate some of Dark Strykes pain with the glow of the Light. Making it so he could at least rejoin the fight, Dark Stryke quickly took his vengeance as he showed his Archery prowess by stapling a Builder to the wall with a perfect shot that severed the hairless dwarves essence from Shaintar. As we finished clearing foes from this area, Gabby found a Builder device locked door, and using the Rod the Rangers found from an earlier Builder were able to pick the lock with Dark Stryke’s knowledge of all manners of locks and deft hands. Behind this closed door, we found the remains of what the Rangers surmised to be the Citadel’s armory, all though barren now, must have housed an impressive array of armor and weaponry. We did find some belongings there, that were definitely not of builder make, but we unable to ascertain whom they belonged to.
As we explored further into the complex we found a barracks that held some sort of parchments with what can only be called illustrations of some sort. Gabby believes that they are plans for builder devices, but she was unsure for certain. After clearing the area, the Rangers found an empty workshop. Unlike that of a dwarven smith, this had tubes, and wires, and all sorts of strange items strewn about. These Builders are able to patch seemingly meaningless junk into items of massive destruction.
Delving further into the complex, Dark Stryke was able to spot more foes around a corner, and see that we were near a commons area. Some of the Builders we eating to the north of our location, and a couple stood Guard to the south. Dark Stryke took aim and sent another Builder back to whatever plane of existence they came from as Derek rushed forth and felled the other before he even had the chance to raise alarm. Siege and Myself waded towards the remaining Builders as they flipped over tables for Cover, and a Builder that we had not previously encountered started cobbling something together as Siege hurled Boulders and I used Archanon’s Purifying Light to keep the Arclancers heads below the table edge. Thinking quickly on her feet, Gabby was able to Trick the Builder Caster, into thinking she was casting some sort of spell, and went to raise his Weapon at her, when something must have caused his device to fail as he screamed and a loud boom and a plume of arc fire erupted from his hands. In what can only be described in cursing in his strange tongue, the Builder quickly moved over to a grouping of Barrels that was placed in the far corner of the Mess hall. Gabby quickly realized that he was making some sort of device, and with the angered furl of his brow, it could only mean something that did not bode well for us. Using a well timed boulder, Siege was able to stagger the Builder, and I was able to Fell him with a blast of Light that burned Archanon’s Wrath straight through his gut. As he fell Gabby used her daggers to frighteningly efficiency and dropped the other two builders as they fell grasping their throats from precise tosses from the small Goblin Alchemist. Examining the barrels, it was found, that the Builder was indeed trying to improvise an explosive as the contents were full of a oil substance that was highly flammable.
Retracing our steps down to the south, we found a brig area with a Human Male sitting inside one of the cells. He introduced himself as Soryn Nytefyre and told us that he had been captured by the Builders as he was tracking them looking for the one who had killed his father. Realizing the gear we found in the armory was certainly his, we found out quickly that this man had trained extensively on the use of Builder devices and was able to let us know much of what we still did not know of our foes. We were able to free him and he agreed to help us in payment for his rescue. It even seems that his knowledge of the Builders would come in handy in the next few moments. Derek told Soryn who we were and what we were there for, and all that we had encountered thus far, The Human was able to fill us in, and let us know that the Builder caster was something called an Arcmancer, and they were the ones who created all these deadly devices for the Builders. As we explored the storeroom of the mess hall Soryn took a misstep and triggered a trap that nearly burnt him alive with Arcfire. I quickly healed his wounds with Archanon’s touch, and clasped him on the shoulder with a hearty laugh, welcoming him to the group, saying he was indeed now one of us.
Gabby spotted a portion of the wall that seemed off from the rest of the pristine architecture, and started to explore the cracks and crevices, until it revealed a doorway into another part of the citadel.
Dark Stryke used his gifts of being able to meld into the shadows to creep forward into a massive coliseum. The area was impressive, the walls were made of a amazing smooth stone that had veins of chrysarium lining the entirety of the facility, Large Marble Pillars dotted the area, and standing at the center was a large altar, with four Builder Arcmancers casting some sort of Ritual. The Rangers sprung to action and moved in quickly to engage. The passage that lead us in, was deridingly too small for Siege to make it through, so he did what the Ogre does best, and created a larger passage by simply smashing through it. As the battle raged on, The Rangers were under a barrage of Arcfire from Arclancers perched upon battlement surrounding the main citadel. Siege hurled a large boulder and pasted a Arclancer just as Derek stormed up the steps and smashed another down with the force of his sword swing.
Soryn made good with his promise of help as he used his Handcaster that he took from the Builder that killed his father, and used it with great effect, burning an Arclancer with the Builders own weapons. He then took up a firing position, grabbing the fallen Arclancers weapon and using it on another Builder, that was pinning down the Rangers. At that point Dark Stryke took aim at the Builder Arcmancer who seemed to be in charge and let loose with an arrow that was aimed at his head. Right before it reached, it struck an invisible wall that flared up Arcfire that disintegrated the arrow to the look of disgust from the Brinichie. The group tried valiantly to stop the Ritual, but was too late, as the floor flared with a bright amber glow as the veins in the floor pulsed and from three portions of the room, walls melted away to reveal three Giant Builder Creations. Two of them were nearly 10 feet tall, and the third, a Massive construct, was as tall as the Ogre Siege, and almost double his width in bulk. The Rangers looked on in horror as these Golems began to awaken. Thinking quickly, Dark Stryke nimbly bounced to the top of the Golem to his right, and tried to find any weakness on the construct he could find. He was able to spot a junction where the Arcfire boiler met the Golem armor, and he took aim and tried to sever this part. His first shot hit true, but was not able to penetrate the tough exterior of the Golem, as he yelled out to his fellow Rangers to aim for that junction. Soryn did as instructed and on his second shot, after, in his words ranging it in, was able to bullseye the connector and severed the flow of Chrysarium to the Golem. Almost as quickly as it awakened, the Construct fell back into slumber, as the magical life-force drained from its metal shell. Dark Stryke quickly realized that his arrows weren’t powerful enough to pierce the metal hide, so he went back to his Primal instincts and started ripping and slashing at the tubes with his claws. After a few swipes he was also able to sever the flow and that Golem slumped over as well. The Arcmancers after completing their ritual, quickly began anew, and Gabby, Soryn and Myself made sure that they would not succeed this time. Gabby using her small frame was able to maneuver around the altar, and as Sorryn let loose a barrage of Arcfire from the fallen Arclancers weapon, I flung myself at the nearest Arcmancer driving my White Silver Longsword into his body, disrupting the barrier that was in place to stop our attacks. The other Arcmancers lost their concentration, and the ritual was stopped, as for their efforts, and the combined attacks of Gabby and Soryn, were quickly felled.
Derek and Siege engaged the much Larger Golem, and traded blows back an forth as the slow lumbering monstrosity closed in on Siege. Derek, throwing caution to the wind, leapt upon the Golems back and scurried to the top of the Golems Armored hide. Siege not seeing his Ranger Leader do this, Ripped apart one of the Columns and swung it at the Golem like a club. Striking the Golem square in the chest with barely a stagger, The Golem raised an Arm as a LARGE Cannon like appendage, belched out a gout of Arcfire that very nearly barbecued the Ogres flesh, if not for his able dive out of the way. Derek sensing his fellow Rangers peril, summoned up his strength and with a shout to Archanon for his guiding his blow was able to strike down with his sword at that same junction, and severed the lifeblood of the metal man. Unlike the other ones that simply powered down, this one exploded in a spectacular fashion. Sensing the impending doom from atop his metal steed, Derek leapt clear and was thrown across the room from the shockwave of the blast. Siege still covered by the pillar he jumped behind, was saved from most of the blast, but that couldn’t be said for the support columns that took the brunt of the impact. The entire Citadel shuddered, and portions of the roof began to crack and crumble. The Arcmancer who was in charge of the operation started screaming in his native tongue, and was about to let loose with a devasting barrage of Arcfire before Siege smashed him in the face with his fist. Crumpling in a heap, the Builder was alive, but only barely. The Rangers took stock of the situation, and realized that this citadel was going to come down very soon. Derek threw the fallen Builder over his shoulder, and Gabby seeing something sparkle in the corner, opened up a couple barrels to find them full of raw Chrysarium. She squealed and yelled for Siege to grab the barrels as the Rangers quickly made for the exit.
The Rangers were able to escape the citadel before the great Builder complex imploded, and made their way back to the surface of Farwatch with their captured Builder and loot in tow.
Journal entry of Soryn Nytefyre
“Do you hear that?” I asked myself. I had been in this cell with nothing but the cloths on my back for days now. The red dwarves had tossed me in here without any of my gear when they ambushed me. They laid a trap for me when I was trying to find some. Long ago on of these monsters had murdered my father for fun. nI had the arcfire weapon that it had used to kill him. Someday I am going to put that thing to the creature’s skull and watch as it disintegrates him the way my father was destroyed.
I had been tracking a group of them. I find them, kill them and take their crystallites hoping to find the one that killed my father.
The cowards blasted me from behind with something that put me to sleep. When I woke up I was tied to a wooden chair in a cell deep in the ground. They clamored at me in their demon tongue between beating me nearly to death. Days passed. They fed me sporadically between interrogations.
Now, outside I heard some kind of a commotion. The klaxon sounds of bells ringing in the center was echoing my skull. My face was still purple with bruises and my nose and mouth a ruin of blood.
Amazingly I heard the sound of battle. The rumbling of swords, the unmistakable zap of arcfire. Plate mail and explosions. A human in white gleaming armor found me in my cell. The armor was white silver and so bright in my room my eyes actually hurt.
“Who are you?” The man asked. He spoke Galean and had on the green cloak of the grey rangers.
“Soryn. I have been captured.” I asked.
They opened the door. The group was amazing. The Derek Stormcrow, a Brinche Archer, A pretty green gobliness, a massive Ogre and an aevakar in the garb of a priest of light.
“What are you doing down here?” I asked.
“Rescuing slaves and killing builders.” Derek said.
They gave me back my gear which had been stored in some other room. It was amazing to me that they had not taken the weapon that killed my father.
“Well I think I can help.” I said.
“Any enemy of the darkness and flame.” Derek said.
What a sight this group was. They had arcfire lances and extra handcaster which I added to my belt.
The citadel was a dungeon deep underground. The rangers had already cleared one side. We found ourselves in an abandoned kitchen. I was antsy and led to tripping and arcfire booby-trap that nearly killed me. Thaleon healed my wounds with a flash of light.
Main door was sealed with some kind of arcfire lock that we didn’t have a key for.
Working together we managed to locate a tiny trigger that opened an access door that lead down a hall. The opened was too small for the ogre and the Priests large wings to fit through.
The rest of us, starting with DarkStryke and Derek sneaking into the main chamber. I followed behind as very good at sneaking. DarkStryke was spotted immediately.
The main chamber was a giant room with tall ceilings. A round alter in the center with four casters huddling together. The room was lit with a pink brilliance from a spire of crysarium that reached up into the ceiling.
The walls were guarded by arc lancers, red dwarves in armor carrying spear like weapons. They opened fire the moment we popped up.
Peaking around the corner I drew both handcasters. I closed my eyes and saw my father disintegrating when I opened my eyes I pulled the triggers. The red dwarf went down.
I ran across the field of fire up the stars and picked up the fully loaded arc lance.
The giant ogre bashed open the wall and stumbled in. He threw a rock at one of the arc lancers so hard he was a red stain. I liked this group. The Brinche took out the lancer near me.
I blasted one the arc lancers with a barrage from the arc lance and he went down.
The ritual was complete, and the walls erupted in glimmering magic as crysarium veins faded from sight. Three arc fire golems were released and began to power up. It took everything I had not to panic and run. One of golems was as tall as the ogre. I knew I had to act fast. I aimed at the arc fire reactor that powered the monster. Just before it was it was about to power up I blasted into its heart with everything left in the arc lancer. Amazingly it powered down.
I ran down the stairs and to another red dwarf body. This one had a single precious shot. Meanwhile the others broke open the barrier with their swings and I watched Derek jump onto the back of the largest golem and ride it like a bronco.
The little Goblin killed a few of the arcmancers while Derek finished off the golem and jumped off of it as it exploded.
The Portal to Norcandar collapsed as the mages were butchered. The explosion knocked apart the load bearing columns and the entire building began to collapse.
The group and I took the single living arcmancer prisoner and took three barrels unrefined Crysarium as our bounty. Then we ran. I didn’t wasted to the time to find as much crysarium as I could.
**Note from Thaleon
With his knowledge of Builders, and his prowess in battle, I strongly Recommend that Soryn be accepted as a Ranger of Farwatch in full standing.
On promotion front, I fully recommend that
Corporal Derek Stromcrow receive highest accommodations for bravery and leadership
Siege recognized as a masterful tactician and just plain glad he is on our side
Gabby for keeping our Rangers safe and expanding our resources with her Alchemical and blossoming Artificer abilities
Dark Stryke for his exemplary efforts in battle and his prowess with his bow
I hope that this report reaches you in time, as well as seeing that our group now has some time to recoup and start renovating the new Ranger HQ.
I await your instructions on what is to be done with the Builder prisoner. Please Advise.
Yours in service to the Light
Ranger Corporal Thaleon
Lightbringer of Archanon