The Mystery of the Shadar Kai
Although I have been trained to know good from evil, right from wrong, law from chaos, and injustice from justice, it is apparent that I do not understand the workings of some of these concepts. We have just completed what amounts to a wholesale slaughter of some innocent beings in the Lockewood forest. Although these beings are evil by my detection, they did us no harm and were even going to offer us assistance before we brought death upon their heads through our stubbornness to accept the truth.
We made a small camp in Darkness Falls following our landing and departure from Weelekoo's ship. Darkness Falls is a mine area whose workers are comprised almost entirely of Hobgoblin slaves. But, because it is the law here, we cannot directly oppose the slavery that plagues this land. We decided that we needed to focus on our immediate goal of locating the slaver hold first, then concentrate on working on the larger goal of liberating these lands. So we set out north from Darkness Falls, following the Andorian River as was indicated on our map. We entered the ancient elven lands of the Lockewood. We had a fierce fight with an underwater creature that nearly drowned me before my friends could bring it down, but eventually we found our target. It was an old elven town set high in the air on one of the huge trees of the Lockewood. While we were deciding how best to enter the establishment, we made contact with some rather peculiar looking individuals, who told us that the elves no longer lived in these woods and that they owned these lands now. At one point, a rope ladder was lowered and a huge grey and black beast came scurrying down from the tree. This beast had a look in his eye that unnerved the party, except for Skafloc, who was enraged at the prospect of these creatures stealing his peoples ancestral lands. I watched 4 men begin to climb down the ladder, and using my detection abilities, I knew all 4 were evil. Cerebrum asked me at one point if they were evil, and I told him yes. I remember him saying something about questioning whether they could fly or not, and the next thing I know, he had targeted the rope ladder they were climbing on with a ray of fire. Instantly, the rope was severed, and all 4 men fell to their death.
The people on the top began shooting volleys of arrows into our group, and the great beast on the ground attacked Skafloc. The beast was killed shortly after by the combined effort of the group, but something just did not ring true to me. Something about our fighting these creatures just felt wrong. So, I did the only thing I could do, I called a halt to the fighting. Our group backed off, and they in turn stopped their missile attacks. I then negotiated our entrance into their home by first offering myself without weapons to be the first up the rope. I managed to convince them to allow me to inspect their home for slaves, as our map from the slaver ship had noted. They agreed, but were feverent that there were no slaves and they did not practice slave trade. I convinced them that we had been duped into believing the way we did, and offered to make amends for killing 4 of their people and what they called a Shadow Beast. Our entire group was eventually brought up to the tree fortress, where I had to do my best to hold Skafloc back from killing these people. We learned they were called the Shadar Kai, and that they had lived in these lands for thousands of years. They told us they did not know why the elves had disappeared, or how a map to their small outpost had wound up on a slaving ship.
They were able to tell us something rather interesting, however. They have skill in astrology, particularly with the green comet Vermwood. They have received a rather interesting sign that seems to spell doom upon the Litorians in the area. They have seen visions of many Litorian slaves, as well as the great Cats being attacked by Elvish ghosts in their own homelands. Of this we will be investigating further.
Knight of the Sword