The group left the smiling horizon monastery to meet up with Charney at the Redwater Tannery and discuss his offer to rescue Ren, the missing boy from the orphanage. They found him talking ot Kire Arrowstorm, the owner of the tannery and a retired ranger of some some renown. Charney explained that he was grateful that the party had not turned him in for kidnapping and that if they helped him with a small matter he would be in a position to help them to retrieve the boy. Charney explain that his family was descended from nobility but all evidence of their claims was left in their ancestral manor when the family fled the flooding of the city to the northwest. If the party accompanied him to the sunken ruins and helped him to retrieve evidence of his birthright, well he would be able to help them. Lane and Alcher each tried to sense the truth behind his words and were surprised that he was telling them the truth.
He further explained the risks that they would face, what had once been a lake had been turned into a large swamp that had spread through the city, and his family kept old stories of wooden golems keeping watch over the estate. The stories stated that they would not harm any of the family or their companions. They party agreed to accompany him and they debated on the best way to reach the sunken city,. The Road ot thew est was in much better repair but it would take them much longer to reach the city, the road to the north was in poorer repair but it would shave a day off of their journey. After much discussion they chose the northern road. Charney then bid them a good night and that they should meet him on the north road outside of the city.
Before they turned in for the night the group set off to learn about what they might face in the swamps and fens that covered the sunken city, they arrived at the Eagles Nest and learned from some of the occupants that there were stories from the area about living trees wandering the fens and that there were stories of people being pulled underwater by unseen beasts and vanishing beneath the water. The flood that destroyed the city was caused by the destruction of a dam that caused the area to flood and forced the survivors to evacuate to Redwater. They set off to resupply and procure some horses before setting off in in the morning.
True to his word Charney was waiting for them outside the city gates and they began the first day of their journey, Charney kept scanning their surroundings looking for trouble, he explained that they were not in the city anymore and beast could emerge at a moments notice. The day still passed without any problems and they were able to reach the small town of Reeger by nightfall. The found lodging in the inn and though they believed that their horses received better care then they did they set off the next morning, they passed the Iron Hills but began to see fewer and fewer travelers along the road until they were the only ones as the road became less and less maintained. They found the best possible shelter they could and settled down for the night with watches being assigned. It was a quiet night and Alcher was keeping watch while puffing away a concoction known only to him when he saw large shapes moving in the distance trying to move up unseen, but Alcher was able to spot them and was shocked that each beast seemed to have two heads. He stealthily made his way to his group members and alerted them to the danger. None of them were wearing their armor but they quickly armed themselves for the beasts attack.
The beasts each lobbed a javelin that struck Lane and Charney. Lane responded with a warcry and charged the beasts with her sword drawn. She struck the closest monetarilly unarmed ettin deeply but the beast lumbered on. Charney was shocked by the sight of the beast and the trauma he had received but steeled himself and began firing arrows at the beast not engaged with Lane. Gerran began conjuring a rolling sphere of fire that lunged for the beasts, but they were surprisingly nimble and dodged it. Alcher reached for one of him more potent potions and joyfully began to bombard the beasts from his perch on top of the fallen tree. Seeming unfazed by the barrage of arrows and explosions the ettins drew large wooden clubs and nimble avoided the flaming sphere to engage Lane, Gerran, and Charney in a brutal melee. Lane was able to dodge the mighty swing while Charney was struck and staggered back trying to get out of range of the club. Alcher lobbed a special grenade at the ettin clobbering Charney and set it ablaze, which only seemed to irritate it and draw its attention. Alcher watched in horror as the ettin charged towards his perch and struck him, so Alcher bravely jumped down putting the fallen tree between him and the beast and hid.
The brutal melee between Lane and the other ettin ended with a triumphant but badly injured Lane, she paused only for a moment then charged the remaining ettin while Charney stumbled around trying to regain his bearings. Gerran cursed the fates as the already engulfed ettin continued to nimbly dodge the sphere of fire. The ettin turned to attack Lane again but missed thankfully and soon collapsed after a dual assault from Lane and Charney. Alcher emerged from his hiding spot drinking a potion and Lane used one of here wands to heal Charney Gerran and herself. With their wounds mended Alcher and Lane resumed their rest while Gerran, joined a jittery Charney who could not believe at what had just happened to them and that they were still alive. The fights that he had been a part of in the city were nothing compared to what happened outside the walls.The two spent the rest of the night wide awake as Charney seemed to jump at every noise he heard. Morning came and Charney was creating an extravagant breakfast from their supplies, after last night he refused to travel without a good breakfast because if he was going to die he was not going to die hungry. The rest of the group was offered to join as well and they enjoyed the meal before mounting their horses and setting off for the fens and finally the sunken city.
By midday they had reached the edge of the fens and had to leave their horses behind for fear of laming them in the unstable ground, scanning across the fens they could see some type of beast flying in the distance over the fens and after securing them to trees and logs on the edge of the fens they began their trek as stealthily as they could. The ground quickly turned to mush and they were soon in water up to their knees. Alcher would already have drowned if not for Gerran creating a floating disc for the gnome to occupy well above the water and to keep an eye on the surrounding area. After an hour or so of marching they arrived at the ruins of the city and made their way to Charney;s family estate. The grounds were littered with many amazingly carved wooden statues that strangely enough had no moss or lichen growing on them. They grew in number until they finally came upon a pair guarding the main entrance to the estate. Charney marched up to them and announced his lineage and requested entrance for himself and companions, and waited for a response or for something to happen….yet nothing did. He tentatively took a step forward and opened the door and keeping a watchful eye on the statues crossed the threshold and waited for something to happen. After several moments and still nothing had changed Charney stepped into the estate proper and yelled for the party to follow. Once they were all inside Alcher asked Charney what they were looking for to prove his nobility. He replied, “I’ll know it when I see it.”
After scouring the grounds they came upon a sealed door flanked by more wooden statues, Charney removed a key from a satchel and with great exertion opened the door revealing a vault with a small fortune. Charney could not believe the wealth displayed along with a various weapons and armor. He quickly began to place the items in his bag that did not change in size as more and more items were added to it. He glanced up and sheepishly remarked to the others, “You do understand this is my inheritance and I will need it to establish myself so that I may be of aid to you.” Lane replied that we came to aid you and we will follow our agreement. Charney was grateful and after he had finished with retrieving his inheritance set off for the entrance. Alcher however spotted a very ornate bracelet which had been left behind by Charney. With their task completed they set out after Charney catching up to him before he left the estate. It was still in the afternoon and they did not want to stay in the fens for the night, they agreed that if they pushed themselves they could be out of the fens before dusk. Charney was enthusiastically leading the party out of the fens. Alcher returned to his position on his floating disc and they began their journey out of the fens, unaware that something was watching them.
Alcher somehow glanced a bizare ripple moving through the water nearby the party and yelled a warning as two bizarre amphibians rose from the muck and attacked them. In broken common one blurted out seize the lordling! The beasts wielded no weapons but their arms ended in huge claws large enough to easily grasp a grown man, and tentacles hung out of their mouths. The pair quickly closed on the party and lunged for Charney. Gerran realized that these beasts where called Chuuls and were not to be underestimated, but before he could warn the party they attacked. Lane held one at bay but its tentacles struck her and for a moment she was paralyzed but then it faded, Charney was not so lucky as he suddenly froze with a look of horror in his eyes the other beast lunged forward. Gerran and Alcher unleashed spellfire and explosives upon one the pair and drew its attention away from Chareny, leaving Lane along with her foe as they traded blows.
Gerran and Alcher fared worse then Lane as Alcher found himself completely overwhelmed by the beast, while it could not land a blow on the nimble gnome. Alcher was for more susceptible to the paralysis then Lane and was soon being eaten alive by the Chuul. Gerran charged forward unwilling to let his comrade die and charged his speels through his sword striking serious blows and trying to force the beast to release his comrade. With no other option left after trading blows with it, he was forced to unleash a blast of fire and engulfed the chuul and thankfully avoided Alcher, but it was not enough to kill it as it staggered forward and slashed Gerran and caught him between his claws squeezing the life out of him. With barely any life left Gerran smiled as it raised him face to face and then breathed out a blast of fire and slew the chuul, the claw went slack and he stood uncertainly. the remaining chuul lunged forward ignoring Lane and grabbed Charney before fleeing into the water. Lane could not keep pace in her armor and quickly dropped her sword and drew her bow and fired off two desperate shots and while they both hit the chuul fled deeper into the fens. Sometime later the paralsis wore off Alcher and they healed themselves but were left with little time to plan their next moves as night would be falling soon.