The Inverted Tower

A Den of Wolves
Mid-Autumn 1223 S. Scotland

Sophia and Tomas travel north in search of Voluntus' missing merchant. The magi of Voluntus have been forbidden by tribunal to move north of Hadrian's Wall due to their ongoing fued with Horsingas. Accompnying them are to skilled grogs called Hawk and Crow who have magical cloaks allowing them to assume the form of their name sakes. Along with their driver, Edmund, they arrive at the village of Shill which is being terrorized by a group of bandits who have taken up residence there. Edmund has a cousin nearby and the group settle in with him as they begin to investigate.

They quickly discover that the merchant, called Joseph, is being held at the local inn and has been tortured into revealing all he knows of Voluntus. Using a ruse of selling ale to the inn they sneak in and rescue their man and return to Edmund's cousins hovel on the outskirts of town. It doesn't take the bandits very long to figure out what happened to their hostage and descend in-mass upon the characters. While Hawk has been sent to inform Voluntus— Sophia, Tomas, and Crow set an ambush that descimates the ranks of the bandits. Their leader however, proves to be a werewolf, but even his savage fury is no match for Sophia's Searing Light. He flees into the forest with Sophia giving chase while the others mop up what's left of his followers.

Sophia, Tomas, and Crow mange to track the beast to its lair, although it has summoned a trio of normal wolves to protect it. The group quickly dispatches the wolves, but the werewolf escapes once more after dealing heavy wounds to Tomas. The group returns to Fynn's hovel where Edmund and Joseph are waiting. Shortly after their arrival, Julia arrives via a Seven League Stride spell- breaking the prohibition against her and her fellow magi travelling north of Hadrian's wall. She remains and sees the group safely back to Voluntus.

Autumn Journey
Mid-Autumn 1223 Cumbria to Northumbria

The group decide that rather than head southwest to Ungulus, from wince Tomas and Brother Kel had came, they would instead proceed northeast to Voluntus— much of this decision based upon a combination of the political landscape and Brother Kels vision of a broken black crown, the sigil of Voluntus…

Aleesia elects to stay behind and aid the still wounded Brother Kel while the two magi set forth with their four shield grogs. They make their way to the great city of Carlisle where Sophia proves that charm and good looks can overcome even the 'magical air'. Well provisioned for their journey they head east along Hadrian's Wall toward Voluntus. 

Three days into their journey they realize they are being shadowed from the Scottish side by possible reavers. That evening their worries prove true and they are ambushed by a dozen men while they slept. Ilwar, the grog sergeant hears their approach and rouses the party. Sophia cuts parlay short and badly burns the reaver leader with her light as Tomas steps forward to do him grievous harm with his corpus magic. The bandits unleash a barrage of arrows but no one suffers more than a minor injury, as combat ensues the reavers quickly lose their stomach for the flight and flee. Sophia makes the decision to save the bandit leaders life, and despite some grumbling from the grogs they assemble a litter and the group bears his wounded body with them as they finish their journey.

Arriving at Voluntus, they are at first greeted kindly, but with caution until Sophia recognizes thier aged leader as the little girl she saved when the Inverted Tower fell more than a century ago. Julia of Jerbiton has now become a powerful magus and is the leader of Voluntus. She invites them to stay with affection and hosts a banquet in their (and especially Sophia's) honor. The feast turns out to be a rousing good time for everyone as the magi take turns finding creative ways to blast apples out of the air ending in an uproarious laugh when Desiderius the necromancer reanimates the turkey on the table.

Lady Julia promises aid in Sophia's quest to bring the Inverted Tower out of the ashes and to show their gratitude, she and Tomas offer to look into why their merchant has disappeared in Scotland.


Council & Charter
Late Summer 1223 Cumbria

Tomas began using his mastery of mentem to help Sophia recall some of her lost memories, and in one such session they uncovered the location of a vault in the old covenants council chamber. More importantly, in the vision they saw that Sophia had indeed been a memeber of the lost covenant and it could be proven by recovering the covenant's charter. With such evidence, they would be able to keep other covenants from laying claim to the ruins as one wizard still remained at the Inverted Tower.

Mustering their full resources, save for Brother Kel who was still heavily wounded, they descended with their four shield grogs into the depths of the old covenant. Making their way into the crumbling council chamber, Sophia and Tomas began using spontaneous perdo terram effects to dissolve a small section of the wall hiding the vault. Unfortunately, the light and noise drew more of the black ferrel rat creatures up from the caverns below and a large melee broke out. This time however, the grogs proved valiant and drove them off without any injuries. 

Before they could leave however, an apparition appeared of one of the covenants lost magi, and she summoned back to a semblance of life several of the skeletons lying scattered about the chamber. The grogs once again drove our enemies back while Sophia was able to use her magical light to banish the apparition back to the shadows. With an ancient silver coffer in hand, containing several papers once belonging to the covenant, the group was able to ascend by magic back to the forest and make their way back to the monastery with no serious harm to any of the party.


Shadow Wolf
Early Summer 1223 Cumbria

The four shield grogs have been trapping for furs in the surrounding forest to earn some additional coin and they return one evening with an exceptional pelt of pitch black fur. Aleesia's senses that it contains magic and Sophia confirms this fact, although the grogs are unable to elaborate beyond finding it still alive in the spiked pit they'd dug, and dying as the light struck it.

On that same evening a massive wolf, seemingly made of shadow attacks the covenenant. The grogs manage to hold it at bay even as it splits into multiple copies of itself and attacking as an entire pack of wolves. Tomas, along with Aleesia's dragon, manage to drive it off but not before it inflicts a grievous injury on Brother Kel. Sophia's keen medical skills are put to use but Brother Kell will see no further action for sometime.

The next day they set off to find the wolf with the help of the grogs and Sophia's mastery of herbam allows the group to find its lair. Just before the wolf attacks, Sophia finds two pups in the lair, hungry and not yet weened. The grogs had unfortunately slain the mother, and the father was unabvle to feed them. While the massive shadow wolf looked on warily— Sophia and Tomas used a combination of creo, animal, and vim to create milk the pups could drink. The shadow wolf begrudgingly gave over the pups to the magi's care and the they returned to the ruined monastery with two new pets.

The shadow wolf still visits some nights and the magi bring the pups out to visit with their father…

Hunter & Quarry
Late Spring 1223 Cumbria

Tomas is meditating in the woods one early morning when a maiden bursts into the clearing, she runs past him quickly and back into the forest. The sounds following her indicate she is being pursued by both hounds and men. He races to catch up to her and finds that she's fallen and injured her leg, hearing the hunters near at hand he scoops her up and carries her into the nearby castle ruins hoping to evade them. Unfortunately, the hounds lead them unerringly to their hiding place and a cat and mouse game begins through the crumbling ruins. 

The two had nearly escaped through the rear of the ruin when they were set upon by Sir Gilbert, one of his hounds and two of his men-at-arms. A fierce battle broke out and the young maiden revealed that she had a small dragons like creature with her that badly burned both Sir Gilbert and one of his men. Using his mastery of corpus, Tomas was able to dispatch the hound and badly wound the other man, although he took a viscious bite before the beast died. Sir Gilbert retreated and they were able to flee into the surrounding forest.

The young maiden introduced herself as Aleesia of Anglia, she'd been branded a witch abd was being hunted by the Bishop of Anglia. The others were able to convince her to stay with them at the ruined monastery, and offered to help protect her should Sir Gilbert return.


A Shaft of Light in the Dark
Spring 1223 Cumbria


Brother Kel, using his shapeshifting ability, explores deep inside the Inverted Tower into the bowels of its catacombs. Illuminated by a single shaft of light, he discovers the dusty skeletal remains of one of the covenants former inhabitants. He catches sight of something shining beneath the dust but as he reaches for it— the remains reform into a beautiful maiden in a radiant burst of light. The glowing maiden is confused and knows only her name, Sophia. Brother Kel offers her his robe and the two set out to find a way out of the catacombs as Kel has no way of returning her through the opening he came through (in his hare form).

Soon they come upon the catacombs other inhabitants, viscious black furred rat-like creatures weilding crued weapons fashioned from bone. Sophia's powers become evident as she burns many of them to cinders with her magic light. Brother Kel slays others using his antlers in his hart form. But the creatures are both numerous and relentless and both suffer several wounds, and to make matters worse the caverns themselves are unstable and falling rubble takes an even greater toll on them. 

The two only narrowly escape into the woods surrounding the covenant, and the rat-things do not follow them into the light.


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