The Breath of Sand

001 - The Trials

Each hero sets off to enter the tournament

[[:Othur Silber]] pushed his way through the crowded street as the milling throng pushed around him. Those closest to him tried to make way for his large frame, but couldn’t do so because of the massive amount of people crowding the streets. Normally people were not anxious to get in his way, but today was different. Not his 6’ 2" stature, nor his grizzled countenance would get him to the water district any faster. A low growl formed in his throat as he plodded on, not wanting to let [[:]] down. The captain of the guard [[:]] had requested his presence at [the drunken sailor inn] and that had been a while now. “Othur” came the familiar call, not happy, nor angry, just a raised voice to be heard obove the crowd. “Over Here” The captain was short for a dragonborn, but made up for it with extreme fighting prowess

The Woodelf Ranger is in town to fight for his family’s honor. before leaving home his father takes him out to practice and discuss things. After shooting a few targets and discussing the tournament, his father hands him a new bow that was his own and has now been passed down. After giving it a few test shots, he heads off into town just a mornings run from the forrest.

The Woodelf Avenger is a product of the last great war. being raised to hate the church and it’s warmongering for the king, she formed opinions based on her upbringing. Those ideas did not hold up with contact with the real world and the war. Her family was traveling as refugees seeking safety and a new home when a band of maurading halflings came and pillage the carravan. While her sister was killed, she and her parents were saved by a holy invoker of bahamut. Having her world view shattered and in a combination of grattitude and desire for revenge, she swore an oath of vengancne and justice and went to become an avenger. Dealing with the loss of one daughter her parents couldn’t deal with the perceived loss of another and disowned Enna. Her status with her family and clan have been removed and she no longer carries her family name.

The Eladrin Artificer lives in the city with his master Content Not Found: Japor. Having finished his apprentiship he stayed on to help {{:Japor]] with his latest and most daring project. There is however, 1 piece is missing and {{:Japor]] believes that an astral diamond will suffice and thus he sends his young charge off with a gift of a necklace that will help protect him.

The Trials and the Chase
Due to the massive ammounts of contestants, the officiators of the tournament decided that the first several rounds of combat will be fought by teams. Each contestant is assigned a team
if not already on one, and is then tested to see who will fight whom. the heroes have been chosen to fight as a team along with a minotar rune priest and are called to prove your worth. The Minotaur is known as Xanroar Bullheart

You enter what appears to be a practice yard. A wethered looking dwarf approaches you. She sizes your party up for a minute pause at each one of you as if to determine somthing then referes to a piece of parchment in her hands. Her lips curl up in more of a smirk than a smile and adresses you. I am Daratris, overseer of this yard. You are to be tested, the better you do here, the easier opponents you will face at the beggining of the tournament. You will be wise to impress me. Show me something unique, creative, yet above all effective. Time is short and I have other teams to get to. As she finishes, a slender human jumps out, snatches the parchment out of her hand and takes off down the road. After him, get that back and I will reward you with a high spot in the rankings.
The party sets off in pursuit. Kaspar, in the lead, gracefully flipped up to a rooftop to scout out the area and called to his companions. Othur, taking a more direct approach picks up a large rock and throws it after the thief, but misses. Lenthean, knowing of a mages shop close by rushes in to take advantage of the many teleportation scrolls in his stock. Enna thinking she knows what she’s doing grabs for a scroll at random, but Lenthean, tosses coins on the counter and grabs a different scroll and breaks the seal. Othur, charges through with reckless abandon finding himself on a rooftop. His momentum however carries him to the edge. Kaspar follows him through the portal and with the alacrity and deftness of his kin he pulls Othur back. Lenthan and Enna bring up the rear through the portal keeping low to try and keep a minimal profile. Lenthean spots the thief, but the thief turning around the corner spots the party. Thinking quickly Kaspar runs and yells to Othur to give him a boost. Othur grabs him and swings around letting him fly as Enna calls out a blessing from her god that the elf may fly true.

Having subdued the thief they find no possesions save the parchment and Othur advises his comrades that there is no use having him arrested as the jails are all full. The let the thief go and take the parchment back to Daratris. She applauds the groups teamwork and wishes them good luck. She tells them they will fight for the team of the boar for the red group. Daratris dismisses the party and moves on to the next team.

Xanroar Bullheart offers to take you to his cloister in the temple where you can stay. The town at this point is bursting with all the contestants and citazens. Although most of the party has places to go they decide to stick together to discuss strategy for the next day.

The Next Day
The team heads to the areana for their first fight. It is a fierce battle against a human named Krayed the Butcher and 5 of his soldiers. The team has a strong start as Caspar Takes our a soldier at range. The soldiers get a few hits off on the party. Enna and Othur dodge and block the clubs and move to flank while Lenthean takes a hit to the head. Enna decapitates two soldiers as Caspar recovers from a hand axe. Lenthian shoots his potions out of his cross bow at Caspar and Injects himself to revive the party. Xanroar finishes off the 4th soldier as Caspar and Enna rush to take out Krayd. Lenthian uses his light induced bolts to take the last soldier out as Xanroar follows with a charge but trips due to a bola thrown by krayd. Othur moves between them to protect the prone minotaur. Krayd kicks Othur in the chest and knocks him back. The rest of the party rushes in and surrounds Krayd. The crowd goes wild as the favored conestant is soundly defeated by the upset. The party heads out of the arena to recover.


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