Moonlight on the Water

Tainted River

Saving Riverstone, meeting Nasu

Veleneth, an ancient fey spirit of the storms, hears the cries of Nasu in her dreams. She knows that something is wrong with the river spirit. It has been much longer than her short term memory since an old god was in this dire of a situation. Cautiously, Veleneth makes her way to the small fishing village of Riverstone.

Saeruil and Prince Drust Blackmoon had just arrived at the village, and are meeting with the elder fisherman and priest, Odun. Saeruil had accompanied Drust through dark depths of the wolfswood for the last ten years. Part spirit himself, Saeruil is an elven male with the lower half of a mighty elk. Drust has been his ward, student and captive since the last ironborn invasion along this peninsula. Drust was born the eldest son of the current High King of the ironborn, Balon Blackmoon, Grey King of the Iron Kingdoms, Prime Rock King and ruler of Pyke Island.

Saeruil and Drust had traveled long into the wilds, and hadn’t seen a human village in many years. They left Tiavel after Saeruil was instructed to investigate the disappearance of the Lord of the Golden Wood, the emissary who ended the war ten years ago. Riverstone was where he was last seen.

The party meets, and finds out from Odun that the river Nasu, the delta on which Riverstone dwells and fishes, has turned venomous. The elven lord from Tiavel had passed through the town to investigate. He had another ironborn prince with him. The party heads up the river, calms and entangles a group of savage wolves, and come upon a dark cave. The source of the river trails into the dark. The party learns that the water is tainted with an undead/vampiric aura. The party routs the contents of the cave, and quickly slaughter a large group of spiders that flee through the front.

The spiders range from black widow-sized to larger than a wolf. They are like things from nightmares or folk tales. Upon investigating the cave, the party finds an empty exoskeleton of a spider so large a person could walk inside. It rests in the small lake at the center. Laying inside is the elven lord’s ornate staff, in the shape of a huge key with a fist-sized piece of amber fixed to the end. It was formed out of living greenwood by the greensingers of elven cities within Tiavel.

Veleneth begins to purify the river by putting the corpse of the spider to rest. The party leaves the cave, and encounters the spirit of Nasu river at the mouth. Nasu thanks Veleneth and the others for purifying her river, and leads them back to the village of Riverstone. Odun and the non-fishing village folk met the party at the center shrine of the town. Odun, the keeper of Nasu’s shrine, thanked the party. Nasu and Odun reclaimed the crystal at the top of the shrine, and presented it to Veleneth in return for restoring the livelihood of the town.

The party finds out from Nasu that the elven lord and the prince he was with headed to the mountain town of Coldshade. The elven lord knew something about the strange spider attack, and sought his answer from the keeper of Coldshade.

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