Rumors & Events of the Upperdark - Rockrun

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A small band of drow engaged in an impromptu spell duel in the bar by the Lighttouch Garden. Initially a playful back-and-forth with Rinse and Dry spells, it gradually escalated, with one woman persistently Reducing another despite her attempts at dispelling.

Moments after a Wall of Dispel Magic was cast - handily ensuring the reducer's defeat - the bartenders had enough of it and summoned the guards. Ultimately, the party was forced to leave the village for the rest of the cycle, opting to teleport away before the guards decided to use more aggressive methods.
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Several hours later the guards posted on the edge of village were delivered body of Mindwitness from a small heavily armoured drow woman. She would hand it over wordless, with a message attached to it.
"I am sending my apology to your barkeeper. This creature had been lurking around with squads of mindflayers ready to hunt people in vicinity of your village. Make sure your guards are on alert and have means of mind wardings by hand."
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A drow mage has been seen buying large amounts of salt and having it transported in carts towards Sshamath.
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Rumors spread that couple days back a band of adventurers met a drow patrol. Even though no blood was shed, the drows later captured the hin and tiefling for interrogation.
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Pajutek wrote: Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:39 pm Rumors spread that couple days back a band of adventurers met a drow patrol. Even though no blood was shed, the drows later captured the hin and tiefling for interrogation.
A masked woman in black may occasionally be seen making discreet inquiries regarding the adventurers and their fate.
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Rockrun would receive a visitor from Sshamath, a cowled and scarred Drow youth. That Drow makes his way into the settlement to seek audience with the Tunnelrunner Captain to discuss whether or not any svirf scouts happened to have been found drained of life.

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After the brief visit to Rockrun concludes, the Shadow up and leaves, vanishing with practiced ease into the labyrinthine tunnel network of the Upperdark.
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For the Tunnelrunner scouts, and others that brave the Upperdark caverns, they spy a heavily guarded Drow caravan. A laden wagon, hauled by powerful Deep Rothe, making trips into and from Gauth territory becomes a relatively regular occurrence. The convoy itself seems always guarded by at least ten Drow - of which three wear the trappings of magi.

On this particular cycle, by a Drow in black and red silk sits alongside the driver, studying the surroundings and occasionally directing those Drow that range a field to scout. His features were obscured by a mask and cowl, but it became evident that the guards took their orders solely from the hooded Drow.

They seem mostly uninterested in conversation, and would treat any approaching parties with the expected Drow hostility and paranoia (or hospitality as they would say), but they seem purely focused on reaching their destination with their crates safe under lock and key.

Of all of them, none wear any discernible markings that would identify an allegiance. Interestingly (to some), the apparent Leader of the caravan wears an odd fashion choice about his shoulders - a heavily enchanted pifawi. Though such things are a regular sight among Drow of others cities, in Sshamath authority is judged by quality of one's dress.. and the power of the enchantments on their arms and armour.

The red Drow seems to have that in abundance.
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Outsiders (As in non-svirfneblins) walking the tunnels of Rockrun might feel the sensation of a locked gaze following them through the caverns. The origin of this stare comes from a very gruff looking and armed to the teeth svirfneblin donning a suit of dark armor with a red cloak and bandana covering the lower half of his face. Upon his tabard rests a symbol of a downturned sword pointing into a curled up, upside down spider. Any attempt by a non-svirf to interact with him would be met with nothing more than a grunt and a continued stare.
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Commotion comes from Rockrunner's Pass as an explosion is heard followed shortly by two tall surfacers hastily rushing out of Rockrun. Moments later a dark clad svirfneblin and his earth elemental servant are seen rushing two heavily burnt svirfneblins to the Rockrun infirmary. After making sure the two injured svirfs are in safe hands, the grumpy svirf named Wizziewick rushes off to the jail house to give his report.

"Bloody surfacers! Two of um idiot humans an a dumb arse dwarf attacked the Pass! One human was old and wrinkly in a stupid looking pointed hat, he was wearing a black cloak with a skull in a triangle on it, apparently he was the "boss". The other human was younger, brown hair, crossbow. And the third was a dumb looking dwarf, covered in armor like they all always are... Causing chaos they were, I would have cut them down but I had to chose making sure the injured got taken care of quickly or hunting them down, and I picked saving our brethren... Should I see these idiots again though, I'll make sure they pay the cells a visit."
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Within the caverns of the Upperdark the whail and moan of undead would drown the upper-caverns in sounds of horrifying battle. A large force of undead sweep the upper-caverns laying waste to any and all that stand in their way. Bodies of Ice Elementals, Frigid Merphits, Fat Dire Rat and Ferocious Basilisk lay in waste to tell the tale of the carnage. Some of the bodies would be torn and gnawed on... Others chews and spit out... while even fewer would be completely frozen in a medusa's gaze. Any scouts and trackers who would follow the smell of rotting flesh and decaying corpses would be lead to Kro's Labyrinth where the bulk of the fighting was done. The only piece of evidence that would lie there is a small wooden effigy of Myrkul sitting atop a mound of rat-guts.


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Rain wrote: Fri May 08, 2020 3:18 am
Within the caverns of the Upperdark the whail and moan of undead would drown the upper-caverns in sounds of horrifying battle. A large force of undead sweep the upper-caverns laying waste to any and all that stand in their way. Bodies of Ice Elementals, Frigid Merphits, Fat Dire Rat and Ferocious Basilisk lay in waste to tell the tale of the carnage. Some of the bodies would be torn and gnawed on... Others chews and spit out... while even fewer would be completely frozen in a medusa's gaze. Any scouts and trackers who would follow the smell of rotting flesh and decaying corpses would be lead to Kro's Labyrinth where the bulk of the fighting was done. The only piece of evidence that would lie there is a small wooden effigy of Myrkul sitting atop a mound of rat-guts.
A svirfneblin Warden, upon leaving Rockrun scouts out the trail that was left in the wake of this army of the dead. Following the trail into Kro's he slowly approaches the odd effigy, keeping a keen eye all over the cavern. After a lengthy inspection the effigy gets torn away from the mound of guts by a crossbow bolt knocking into it, once retrieved the svirf grumbles to himself.

"Same bloo'y symbol as the surfacers tha' attacked the merchants..."

He proceeds to wrap the idol in a hide wrapping and head back to Rockrun, directly to the prison to report his findings.
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Rumor has it that a large band of halflings and elves visited Rockrun via teleport last cycle. There, they held a surprisingly cordial conversation with a dark-clothed drow, who seemed familiar with one of the elves.

During the conversation, one of the halflings asked the drow woman if she was Eilistraeen, and was met with a vehement denial.
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A slight, auburn-haired young human has reportedly been asking around Rockrun for a guide to a drow city she'd heard was in the vicinity, or someone who knew a drow woman known to her only as "Myr". She'd also inquire about another individual going by the name "Lin", noting that these were both probably abbreviations of a longer name, and offering a reasonable price for information about any of these subjects.

After a short while, the surfacer retired to the inn in Runner's Pass.

EDIT: A few days later, the woman returned to the surface. Whether she'd found what she was looking for or not is unclear.
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