Heroes of Daggerdale

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Clearance sale on all Gnomish Magic Potions! Everything must go!

As told by Ploon Kloovs:
I and several tall folk were hired by a wizard in Shadowdale to get a thing for a guy in Daggerdale. Along the way, we found some fascinating creatures hovering around the serpenty bridge, and I spent a long time studying them while we camped there.

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The story so far...
One gnome's Dalelands memoirs

As told by Ploon Kloovs:
‘Twas well over 3 months ago (perhaps 10 tendays) that I first arrived from Proskur at Shadowdale, where I fell in with other work-seekers at the local inn. Not all of them were as legitimate and honest as I, which I’ve come to learn is common among tall folk. But my Genuine (Guaranteed!) All-Purpose Miracle Cures weren’t selling well, and the first big job to reach us seemed interesting enough. The short of it is that we single-handedly saved the village of Stormpemhauder. Little else of consequence was achieved, though some related work for tall folk saw them providing us with land in the area. I plan to use this as the site for a new Gnomish orphanage, for orphaned Gnomes.

Shortly after, a chance encounter with a vampire killed me.

We followed this with some wandering out through the woods to the East. The tall ones made an awful fuss about it being dangerous, but we were fine! We slew a few dragons and saved a few more Gnomes in need, so I decided we’d achieved enough to warrant going home again. Annoyingly, one of my Human underlings had got its grubby paws on a cursed sword, and we had a damn fuss getting him rid of it.

In doing so, a chance encounter with a vampire killed me.

We now stand ready to return to Stormpemhauder, to rescue it from a far greater evil (I’m told) than ever before.

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More Gnomes aided!
Also, some other stuff

As told by Ploon Kloovs:
The Gnome Liberation Army successfully completed an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of spiders from Spiderhaunt Wood, surrounding Stormpemhouder. It was established that there definitely weren’t any spiders immediately available, so they probably couldn’t threaten the town for now, which is good, in spite of the prophecy. A distinct absence of the ruins of Sword Lady’s tower was also noted.

Then there was another bit of looking for Drow in Daggerdale, which was fine except for the Vampires, which have not killed me yet.

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Vampire menace thwarted
Also, something about elves or spiders?

As told by Ploon Kloovs:
Continuing the investigation into the disappearance of spiders from Spiderhaunt Wood, we came into conflict with several Drow and their allies, which would have been easy for us to overcome, were it not for the curse of carrying that Vampire around with us. And so, ultimately, this Vampire was responsible for my death again. We fell back to Dagger Falls, and the next day I determined that the sole sane course of action was to heroically seize the Vampire from my misguided tall-folk companions and destroy it. The attempt alone was enough to persuade them that I was completely correct all along, and so they banded together to kill it for me.

After this, our mission began to run much more smoothly, with little standing in our way, not even 100 foot rifts in the ground.

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Hub of Evil Trade destroyed
Objections of cleric noted

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

The deeper we went into the mountain, the more clear it became that it was all evil as Baator down there, to the point when we found their supply depot. There, myriad evil creatures plotted and schemed in the dark, trading weapons and other tools of doom. It took little to convince my followers that we needed to wipe this place out, and cleansing fire soon rained down upon it. I made sure not to let any of the foul beasts there escape.

There remains more ahead.

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GLA Shows Mercy
Except to those first 8 goblins...

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

Exploring the underground realm further, we uncovered several more monsters and a whole community of Drow and Greenskins, plus a few Stone Giants. I demanded their surrender and they began fighting amongst themselves in terror. We easily expelled the survivors, requiring them to retreat ever deeper into the tunnels, away from the light of civilised lands.

More worrying is that I caught one of the tall ones, the oracle, trying to curse me in the middle of the night, presumably in revenge for convincing everyone to destroy her evil Vampire pet. Fortunately, I rise above such petty vengeances, and Baravar and Garl would not let something like that happen to me.

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Ploon convinces mighty demon to flee!
Feredir convinces drow mages to attack the party!

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

We left some of the Gnome Liberation Army to remove the former Drow dwellings, to discourage their return, while I lead a small team to investigate what the locals described as a mages tower in the caverns. There we fought off several more Drow wizards, before finding their chief prisoner, a Nycaloth named Barrenous. We valiantly set him free and he definitely did not injure me on his way out, because I had gained his trust. Then we found the chief Drow mage, who attempted to negotiate with us, until the archer did something to scare his elf cousins into attacking us. We will soon have them dealt with, but I’m glad I’ve stopped in the middle of battle to write this all down before I forget it.

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Something!
More elves, right?

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

I’m told we went back to town. I wasn’t really paying attention. Next thing I know, we’re at the bottom of the Drow caverns, facing Drow Vampires! My ultimate doom is surely upon me yet again.

There’s some story about Lloth being missing, which might explain the absence of spiders from Spiderhaunt Wood. Finally, a chance for us to do some real and useful good down here! (Somehow.)

Also, a new tall lad joined us.

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Mission accomplished!
Certain doom is upon us.

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

It took us some doing, but we seem to have cleared all of the Drow/Vampires from under the hills. And I haven’t died.

This all seems to fit the Spiderhaunt prophecy too well. The Drow speak of Lolth being dead, which explains the absence of spiders from Spiderhaunt Wood. This is said to be a terrible omen, and now that seems more likely. The fact that we faced so many Vampires and yet I didn’t die must surely also be a sign of horrible doom yet to come.

Also, I’m getting a hover-pony!

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The King is Dead!
No, wait, he's ok

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

As thanks for clearing his Drow problem, Russel Crowe invited us to join him at the birthday feast of the king of Cormyr at Castle Daggerdale. This was grand, and my companions quickly fell into mindless revelry. However, I became concerned by Russel Crowe’s apparently odd behaviour and kept a close eye on him all night. Even so, we were woken the next morning with news that he’d been killed!

I investigated thoroughly and discovered that he was not in fact dead, but replaced by a doppleganger and hidden away in the crypts under the castle, a cunning plot by the Zhentarim. Grateful (yet again), he tasked the Gnome Liberation Army with sacking Zhentil Keep in revenge. This is awfully poor timing, as I was just about to begin work on the new Garl Glittergold’s Gnomish Orphanage for Orphaned Gnomish Orphans.

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