- [REPORT] The Bloodthorn's Gem
After managing to translate some of the data gathered by the Lab, it was found that a powerful energy signature emanated from a cave near the Wyrd Tree in Glenumbra. Upon investigation, Azaber Kogom found out that the signature came from a Bloodthorn mage who had managed to create a crystal capable of drawing energy from the Wyrd Tree, an almost bottomless pool of energy that spans across.
The new interns of the Inquest Compendium all gathered at the Lab to discuss the risks of the expedition that would be launched to retrieve the crystal in order to study it and lock it away. The mighty Iskandar Stray, the warden Azaber Kogom, the veteran Antonius Maximilian, the Sheogorath followers Amiileii and Silgorn, along with the stalwart Harold Corvax and the stealthy and lethal Shara Ardent all packed their gear to move to Glenumbra under cover of night. Once they reached the Wayshrine near the town of Camlore, they walked towards the Wyrd Tree until they managed to locate the entrance to the cave leading to the Bloodthorn cultist.
Unfortunately, a group of cultists spotted the adventurers and stopped them, urging them to turn around and leave the area. But the members of the Compendium refused to back away and pushed on, inevitably starting a fight with the cultists. Harold go assaulted by two of the cultists at the same time and the constant attacks were too much for him, breaking through his defenses and injuring the man at the arm and leg. After a long fight, the last cultist remaining threw a dagger at Iskandar, the mighty Norn warrior, who responded to the attack by throwing a dead cultist’s body at the assaillant, pinning him to the ground and leaving him vulnerable to the killing blow from one of the Inquesters.
Once the threat was eliminated, the group rushed on, making their way to the cave and facing the mage who attempted to use the powerful relic to destroy them all, but Amiileii charged at him and managed to disarm the crazed cultist, sending the staff and the crystal flying towards the wall of the cave. While the group harassed the mage, the wounded warrior, Iskandar Stray, jumped on the crystal and attempted to destroy it with his axe. On impact, the crystal released a powerful shockwave that shattered the Norn’s weapon. Azaber ran to Iskandar, securing the crystal as was the mission while the warrior rushed towards the neutralized mage to bash his face in with his knee.
Once left with the choice to either spare the mage and leave with the relic, or kill the mad man for what has had done to them and the Wyrd Tree. The strange follower of the Mad Prince, Amiileii, decided to jump on the cultist’s chest, complain he “wasn’t bouncy enough”, crushing his ribcage and finishing off the foe.
The group then made their way back to the Lab to get their wounds tended to, and to rest and prepare for the next expedition.