• The smell of smoke permeates the air, smoke with hints of sweet apple woven in. Have you ever smelled burned apples? Burned apple pie?
• Fresh bodies litter the street, in different states of composure and decomposition.
• You can hear the howling of the wind as it rises and falls.
1st Scene Description: Rent is beheading and removing the weapons from the barbarians, then throwing them in a pile. Dain has provided enough ease to the injured as he can, but the people need rest, good food, and care in order to recover. Jed tears up in seeing the returning heroes, and at the loss of the town folk and others. Refugees from Venton Rock, a town NE at the base of the mountain was known for its coffee and Tin, and Jorg, a town SE at the river Tywanrae known for its freshwater fish (mostly Salmon). Spending the night and starting out first light is the best option, and after getting the fires put out, and bodies gathered up it is almost 11PM. The adventurers have to make a choice to move the refugees to the Tree of Demeter.
Scene 2 – The Tree of Demeter
Scene Description: Before entering the deadwood, they see another light in the NE of the Deadwood light up as another tower (Tree of Aphrodite) is overtaken. The color seems to be returning to the woods as the group slowly, cautiously makes their way into the Deadwood. Along the way, you notice Valandor grab Rianton, and the Elves take a break and step to a big dugout on the side of the road. Looking on, you notice the reverence the Elves are taking and some sort of prayerful motions. Before taking note, they move on and if asked do not wish to speak on it. Moving closer to the tree, you notice a perimeter of heads on pikes (if they inspect them they will see that in this light they look very much like the Goblins, Trolls, and Cyclops heads, but they are man-made).
• As you make your way through the Deadwood, you can actually smell the hint of nature returning. As you get closer to the Demeter, it gets stronger.
• The foliage and trees around you actually are taking on flecks of natural looks once again, the browns and greens that you would expect.
• Every now and again, you think you hear the sing song of a bird on the light wind.
2nd Scene description: As they come upon the Tree, there is a great bonfire. All of the goblins, troll, cyclops have been prepared to be burned. Rianton turns to the companions and asks “please, wait here a moment with the wounded, I must speak with them first”. He and Valandor walk up to the leader and begin explaining something to him, and if you continue watching, you notice another elf, a much older looking Elf step up and seems to emphatically be denying his words. After a couple minutes of discussion/argument, Ural steps away holding his gaze at the group as he moves back and then begins watching the area surrounding the bonfire. Rianton comes back, he is smiling and Valandor approaches the tree “Rowen and Oak, please guide these good gentles into the protection of Demeter. They are to be placed in the outer birth of the wetterleif.” Rowen seems to look haughty as he is given orders, but Oak cheerfully responds and begins encouraging folks to move up to the tree. Rianton then looks to the companions and invites them to join him at the bonfire.
Athtar Nindrol Tordynnar looks old even by Elven standards, on his brow he wears a circlet with what looks to be a majestic bird of prey, the circlet sits on a head full of long, Blondish/Grey hair, and he is wearing a beautifully crafter suit of plate that appears to be gold, with intricate fluting and inlays that look to be lines that end in leaves. (Speaks slowly, enunciating precisely, and drawing out the words as if each word matters.)
The whole time Ural, his bodyguard stares at them with a watchful almost hateful eye. He is wearing Half Plate of exquisite make, but it appears to be blued to a blackened state. He carries a maul, and unusual for an elf, he has a beard. His face appears to have been burned at some point, but it could be age, you’re not sure. If and when he does speak, he speaks in a gravelly voice that makes you think he may have taken a throat wound at some point.
The Elven leader is prepared to give a speech:
On the day the Empire of 1,000 Leaves fell, the sky burned the color of charred blood, and the muddy boots of the Imperator’s Warmakers pounded cadenced thunder across the cobblestoned courtyard of the Aberwyth. It was always a place of beauty and tranquility, a place of solace, and a place of meditation. The grand trees standing majestically above the stone palace, the palace lovingly erected by not just those of Elven hand, but Dwarf, Human, Halfling, Gnome, and even Orcish descent erected it. (as he motions over in the direction of the nation of Romarot) In this hour, it’s an unburied mass grave of innocents. The people littered the streets – some spirits lingering, though many left this Plane, their wounds bled the last of their hope into the gaps between the cobblestones. But today, today it stands as a mausoleum. These creatures, these abominations, their appearance is that of a corruption. Nature gone awry. With this fire, we will return them to their ancestors, for then they may truly choose how their spirit will live on.
At this, the wardens not standing watch over the proceedings move forward and begin reverently putting the bodies into the bonfire. Once they are done, they are introduced to the Elven leader, and his bodyguard. Small talk, and then they invite them into the Demeter. While they move forward they can now see it looks like Elves are laying against the base of the tree, as if holding a loved one. If asked they are Druids, and they are infusing the land with good magic.
Back to the earth and all that. Dark City has fallen, and it is expect that they will attack the Dwarves soon:
- The ruined Fortress of Vannte (at the base of the mountains near the finger of jutting north on the Sea of Cerish at the base of the Great Kavarsus)
- More Towers in the Deadwood
- Undercover operation in Galeoth
Tryse in the Realm of Shrouds will be under attack within a month probably 2 weeks, the barbarians are migrating to battle, hence the barbarians that waylaid Walden, Venton, and Jorg. Quite possibly many other small towns and villages between here and the mountains. They are not all the same tribe, and as they passed they set upon these villages.