The Taldan Claim

Lion Blades Go North

Our party is Aldeberon the human bard, Samara the catfolk assassin, Narsius the human alchemist, and Ktihdi the giant intelligent spider tremorgraphist (telegraph with webs) and budding bloodrager.

You have each been contacted by a particular member of the Lion Blades, the espionage and diplomatic wing of the aging Taldan empire.

Three of you are freshly trained recruits of the Lion Blades, about to be sent on your first mission from Kerian, your commanding officer and trainer. One of you is a tremorgraphist from the elven capital of Iadara, visiting her sister at the Bardic College in Oppara.

Kerian meets with her three recruits to brief them on their mission: go to the elven kingdom to find a husband for the princess Eutropia, who is currently having trouble getting confirmed as heir by the senate. The husband in question is rumored to be the descendant of a Taldan prince from the golden age of the empire, and his association to those glory days may be enough to bring the senate around to recognizing the first official female heir it has ever seen.

Kerian and her recruits then meet with Ktihdi, a large intelligent spider (Liante) who works as a tremorgraphist (telegraph but with spider webs) in the elven capital to serve as a local guide when they reach the elven kingdom of Kyonin. After some discussion of terms, Ktihdi agrees, and she and the 3 recruits embark.

The first leg of the journey is over the sea and uneventful. The assassin and the bard trade stories with the sailors, and the alchemist and the spider discuss and collaborate on web-based alchemy. The second leg of the journey is up the Sellen River, and here they run into trouble as a griffon (primary predator of the Lianter) swoops in to attack Ktihdi. While Ktidhi is seriously wounded, she is kept alive by the bard while the entire boat collaborates to slay the griffon. Poison from Ktihdi, a firebomb from the alchemist, and a fatal bolt from the assassin’s crossbow eventually win the day. The next few days are spent divvying up the griffon’s corpse, with the assassin making tokens of the feathers, the alchemist harvesting organs, everyone trying griffon steaks, and Ktihdi pickling the rest.

The brief overland portion was interrupted by night-time run in with faux-border agents (basically bandits). This was resolved semi-peacefully by a tactical appearance by our beloved enormous spider Ktihdi magically stage-lit by the eternal showman Aldeberon, with a parting shot from the incorrigible hunter Samara. With the rapscallions routed, the party reaches another navigable section of the Sellen River, and sails the rest of the way to Kyonin.


Aldebaran’s Pickling Song

Oh, the brine is fine,
And it’s just a matter of time
Before we dine on pickled Griffon!

Far across the ocean I’ve been
And up more than one stream
Where I found me tummy grumblin’.

And I wished for a dish
Half as tasty as this:
Not a biscuit stale and crumblin’.


So, open a cask
And don’t bother to ask.
You wouldn’t want to seem a stickler.

Is it bird or cat?
Don’t worry about that.
You might offend the pickler.


Lion Blades Go North
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