Marked by Chaos

Road Rash

The party recently arrived in Marsember in Cormyr. Previous adventures and travel left them with the need to unwind. Taven, the party Hexblade seperated from the group and took a long bath at a bath house. They soon discovered the need for a royal charter to operate as an adventuring company in Cormyr. They set out to travel to Suzail to see about getting a charter. They were stopped at the gate by Sir Marros Dragonsbane and Xyronna, a purple dragon knight and war wizard. The party was honest with Sir Marros about not having an adventuring charter. Sir Marros admitted to being shorthanded and looking for adventuring companies to hire. He agreed to overlook the lack of charter and to write a letter of recommendation to obtain one if the party to assist him. There were sightings of orcs and even ogres in the wilderness outside of the city. The humanoids are suspiciously quite and have not made any attacks on farmsteads nor caravans. Sir Marros suspects someone or something could be controlling the the group and would like the party to investigate. Sir Marros asked the party to leave word for him at the Barrelstone Inn. The party agreed and set out to investigate. On the road they noticed that a group of orcs and an ogre poorly set up an ambush for them. A battle underwent and the party defeated all but a orcish shaman that flew away. Looking through the ogres treasure the party found some strange bronze coins marked with the symbol of the dark god Cyric. The coins left black marks on each of the party members hands.

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Ambushes

Back at the townhouse in Marsember, Vistra was doing some repairs. She noticed someone in the garden and was attacked from behind. Trading banter back and forth she defeated the assailant and interogated him. She realized that he was covered with black marked and raving about the “Dark Sun”. He then burst into cold fire and dissolved into icy ash. Vistra realized that she had been infected by contact with the rogue and covered her hands with bandages. The rest of the party on the road decided to return to town to get Vistra and report to Sir Marros Dragonbane. The party compared noted snd realized they were all infected by some sort of magical disease/curse. They consuted a priest at the temple of Tymora and determined that the diease is only transmitted through the coins bearing the symbol of Cyric. Within the coin pouch that Vistra took off the rogue the party discovered a crude map of the sewer system of the city with a “X” marking a location. The party left a message at a gnomish tavern, Gearhammers for Sir Marrors to get in touch with them and returned to their townhouse. Later that evening a trio of knights and a mage asked them to accompany them. The party realized that the knights were infected and were leading the party into a trap. The party defeated the group, but Taven and Carric were frozen in a deathlike state. Assuming them to be dead Vistra and Zagan took the bodies to the temple of Tymora to get them raised and their condition was discovered. When the party returned to their house, Sir Marros was waiting for them there. After hearing about the attack Marros appoligized for not being more up front about his suspicions about corruption within the knights. He wasn’t aware of the black mark curse though and he would keep an eye open for it.

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