After the The Steel Vanguard vanquished the Staglord and his Bandits, a scribe from Baron Aldorn “Foesmasher” Thuragar came to Olegs to thank the Vanguard and issue a new charter to the group: 2nd Charter
With this the Steel vanguard appoitned positions of Rule for the new Kingdom to come.
Arahntu is to be the High General and lead the kingdom’s armies and is a public hero.
Durzo is to be the Warden; and lead the kingdom;s defense and city guard.
Eggplant is to be the Royal Assassin; which can serve as a public executioner, a headsman, or a shadowy assassin.
Jhod Kavken is to be the High Priest and guide the kingdom’s religious needs and growth.
Illyn is to be the Grand Diplomat and oversee the international relations.
Oleg Leveton is to be the Treasurer;
Svetlana Leveton is to be the Counciler; Ensuring that the will of the citizenry is represented.
Rikimaru is to be the Spymaster; observes the kingdom’s underworld and criminal elements and spies on other kingdoms.
Willow is to be the Marshall and organize patrols and enforeces justice in the rural and wilderness regions.
Lord Valis Loredamon is to be the Magister; to guide the kingdom’s higher learning and magic.
and finally Prince Brylynn Obarskyr was named Ruler; the primary leader of the kingdom.
The group began renovations on the Stag Lord’s fort in order to make it the capital for their new nation. With roles established and construction underway, the group decided to explore the remaining unknown areas in their newly acquired kingdom.
They soon happened upon an unusual sight. At first glance it appeared to be nothing more than a pile of gathered rocks admist an open plain, but upon further investigation it was discovered to be a grave of a large creature. A few less superstitious members had decided to unearth the creature to figure out what exactly it was. No sooner had they removed but a few rocks when Arahntu caught a strong odor that resembled cat urine. It was now apparent that Wymics, half-human and half lion nomads, may have wondered within the new kingdom. It was a thought they wished not to humor, but one that would need to be addressed soon.
The group continued south into unexplored territory in hopes of finding these hybrid nomads and any other possibly hostile guests. The group soon came across a huge statue that had been erected in an open plain within the woods. It was a statue of the god Mask. A patron deity to Rogues and thieves. Obviously, the presence of this ominous statue and what it represents was less than desirable to the group. Rikimaru noticed the eyes of the statue gleam in the sunlight and decided to climb up to get a closer look. It was jewels embedded within the eye sockets. The curious ninja decided to take a dagger and pry out one of the jewels. The moment his dagger’s edge touched the eye socket, a dark shadow shot out across his arm and appeared to suck out his life force. Thankfully he survived the event; however, now the group was even more adamant about taking down the cursed statue. They decided to wait until morning so that the horses had rest and Rikimaru could recover. They receded to the cover of the trees near the statue and set up camp.
In the night, the group was attacked by a large shadow with bright red eyes. They instantly jumped into action and attacked the demon.Arahntu stumbled upon charging the creature and instantly stunned herself. Weapons had little affect on the creature, but that didn’t stop the group from continuing to fight. In the middle of the fray Rikimaru paused and told the group that if everyone leaves and doesn’t come back to the statue, the evil creature will go leave them be. They group asked how the ninja knew this to be true. He then stated that it was communicated to him by the beast. Most disregarded the lunatic rantings of the disheveled ninja. Willow ,who had already taken damage and couldn’t lay a scratch on the demon, conceded and stepped out from the fight. The dryad walked over to join Eggplant who had left the fight earlier to drag the stunned Arahntu to safety. The rest of the Steel vanguard eventually defeated the evil creature. The victory was bittersweet, since now the group worried as to why the creature was able to communicate through their ally.
The next morning the group decided to come back with more manpower to pull down the statue. When packing up camp, it was apparent to everyone that Rikimaru’s skin had become discolored and grey. Fearing that a curse may be taking hold of their far east brethren, they decided to take him to the Temple of Chauntea to be healed. Unfortunately, the divine pond was unable to cure his discoloration. They group was still worried, but Rikimaru claimed to be fine. Although still concerned, the group pressed on to discover more in the territory.
The soon came upon a sight that turned Willow‘s stomach. It was a once beautiful grove that had turned to swamp land. In the middle of this swamp lied a pristine unicorn carcass with it’s horn removed. [[:willow:]] shuttered to think what kind of monster committed this heinous act. The group pushed forward to learn more. It was then that they happened upon another grove. It belonged to a friendly dryad named Tessira, she explains that she has lived their in peace with her friend Falcor, a satyr. Although their peace had been recently broken by the arrival of a malicious scythe-tree who wished for nothing more than to feast on the flesh of they fey, dryads in particular. Willow inquired if the newly befriended fey knew anything about the unicorn not far from their grove. They did not have any knowledge of what occurred, but we’re certain that the corpse sounded too intact to be the work of the scythe-tree. Tessira was kind enough to point out the location of the scythe-tree on the map and the group set out the net morning to slay it. Willow, riddled with rage, lead the pack into the scythe-tree’s location. She wished for nothing more than to destroy this evil being, but she also wanted pry any information about the unicorn from the fiend.
Upon entering the wooded sanctum of the scythe-tree, it became aware of their presence. The scythe-tree was especially happy to see the dryad, it wasn’t very often his favorite snack came to him. Willow readied her axe and began to shout questions to the creature. Questions that fell upon deaf ears, for the scythe-tree began to move in for the kill. Willow attempted to stand her ground, but she took a thrashing from his large branches. In fear of getting eaten she stepped into an adjacent tree and teleported to another less than 30 ft behind the beast. The group fought strongly against the malevolent tree. Rikimaru repeatedly and viciously struck the enemy, all the while shadowy tentacles emenated from his flailing arms. However, the group brushed off the unusual shadows since the issue now was the scythe-tree. Willow attempted to shoot the tree with an arrow but could not penetrate the thick bark. Yte again she could not hurt the enemy. Her and Eggplant, who was also at a disadvantage in the fight, sat and watched as the group heroically dispatched the tree.
The Steel Vanguard stood victorious once again. Tessira and Falcor would now be safe. Yet, the group could not rejoice, for thoughts weighed heavy on each individual. Thoughts of their usefulness to the group, the possible curse afflicting their ally, and the kingdom they will have to shoulder to glory. They decided they we’re done exploring for the time being and would head back to the up-and-coming capital of their new nation.