The Fellowship of the Wagon

Conversation with Patronia (Eireonn and Duru)
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05 - The fall of Vorin
Theodotus of Taldor journal entry

“Vorin falls! Oh how I remember that day. The people of Bridge End danced in the streets. Maidens threw flowers at the feet of the heroes and there was a feast, a glorious feast and for the first time in so many months there was peace. Many people think this great victory is what began the fame of our Heroes. But in truth compared to the times to come this event went relatively unnoticed. However for the people of Bridge End it was a glorious victory and a time of jubilation for they thought their worries were over. They could not have been more wrong. But at least for a short time the good people of a small hamlet in a little known area of the plains of Tandak knew hope. Hope is a powerful weapon against evil. Hope can cure sickness, give strength to the weak, make the craven stand tall and brave and even lift the spirits of the most downtrodden. Hope is what we cling to when all else fails us and leaves us in the dark. This is what the heroes of Bridge End gave to those good people. A powerful weapon indeed for the days to come…”

…From the journals of Theodotus of Taldor.

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04 - Calamity at Bridge End
Theodotus of Taldor journal entry

“…And so Bridge End would see its first calamity. A mad cultist drove a wagon to the center of town and a strange creature was set loose on the town. Had the Heroes not been in Bridge End at the time who knows what the cost would have been. Instead, the Heroes rallied and joined in the defense and the creature was slain. But that was not all, the mad cultist was a messenger as well. Smoke was soon seen on the horizon and something carved in the wagon directed the Heroes to investigate. With a recent murder and an attack on the town center, the militia was forced to stay behind and the Heroes would be once again, on their own. They arrived at the farm, with parts of it in flames and infested with the recently killed farmers from the local area turned to the undead. It was a trap. Within the house a cleric of the world eater waited in ambush. The Heroes defeated him and saved a pair of very young siblings who had witness untold horrors that day. The situation in Bridge End was spiraling out of control, but the people had the Heroes to look to in their time of darkness. For the Heroes…they would soon learn what truly lurks in the dark…”

…From the journals of Theodotus of Taldor.

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03 - New Day, New Troubles
Theodotus of Taldor journal entry

“…And with a new day, new troubles for the heroes. They awoke on the 4th day to find the dwarves of Broken Crest had rounded up some bandits before them. The townspeople did not look down on the heroes however, so good their deeds and so well known for such a short time. But one of the bandits brought to the stocks was not a bandit at all. Where the Dwarves showed indifference, the heroes found one of the captives to be an innocent. Though the local magistrate and major domo for Tulius clearly did not care to see justice done, but instead, see a statement made, the heroes found themselves up against the very law they sought to uphold. Only quick thinking and swift action brought the matter to a happy end as the young farmer lad was freed and only the true bandits seeing justice that day. Bridge End was in a fervor, not only did they witness justice, but the Heroes had saved one of their own in the process. That very day while returning young Leonin to his farmstead the heroes would encounter bandits on their own. In several pitched battles including one against an Ogre from the hills, the bandits were driven back and the location of the bandits camp was discovered. The heroes would show great diversity in battle in their assault on the bandits camp. Where a direct assault met with disaster, the stealth and cunning of a flanking attack would succeed. With the bandits killed and the camp captured, a clue emerges to give credit to a name the bandits spoke several times that day. Soon the heroes would encounter the true leader of the bandits and be set upon the true quest that would see the heroes become legends of their day. The heroes would soon face Vorin….”

…..From the journals of Theodotus of Taldor.

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02 - Unlikely Beginnings
Theodotus of Taldor journal entry

“…And so from unlikely beginnings the heroes formed a companionship. Untested and eager in their youth they soon found their skills tested. I think back to those days and cannot remember such a fan fair as when the first stories of Xan the mighty were heard in the courtyards. Some have speculated that in those early days some of the rumors about the heroes could have been exaggerated or falsely spread. But such knowledge is now lost to history. What is important is that the small community of Bridge End now had heroes they could look up to and depend on for the coming struggles. Not long after their meeting, a farmer in need saw his home protected. A rumor of a wandering priest begged the heroes aid and a shrine was sanctified once more in the name of the lost god Aroden. There is even a tale if you can believe it, that a plains lion nearly ended one of the heroes adventuring days prematurely. What the cost to Golarion could have been were this true is unknown, but I fear it would have been hard to bear. As the first great struggle the heroes would face still loomed before them, at the time, Bridge End knew a relative peace and harmony. But that was soon to change…..”

…From the journals of Theodotus of Taldor.

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01 - A Gathering of Heroes
Theodotus of Taldor journal entry

“In my old age I am often asked about the events of my youth. I am asked of the heroes that stood firm against the chaos that descended upon the lands and threatened all we hold dear. We all know the stories that are told around the fires. Stories of loss and valor. Stories of the grand battles that are so legendary today. Stories of the hardships and those that endured when all hope was lost. But what of the heroes that have made the stories we tell our grandchildren? There are many things my addled mind wont recall, a face, a name, where I left my hat….But of these dark days and the events that led up to it, I remember as clearly as if it was but a moment past.

When I first met this jumbled band you would not think them the stuff of legend as you know them today. They were young and inexperienced. They did not have the quiet courage of a seasoned veteran or the confidence of long time wanderer. No, were you to see them when they first assembled you would laugh and wonder…why them? But I tell you this; they would quickly learn to rely on each other and to face an impossible task when the nations and peoples of the Inner Sea could not stand united. Where does my tale begin? Well, at the beginning, In the most unlikely of places. A small hamlet in the hills of East Taldor few have heard of or had reason to visit. A place called Bridge End…."

…..From the journals of Theodotus of Taldor.

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00 - Bridge End
Introduction

Your characters will begin their adventure in the town of Bridge End. A small hamlet of mostly farmers and poor merchants along one of the canals that at one time brought ships up from the flatlands and Oppara. Located in the foothills of the eastern Tandak Plains, this was once an important stop on the trade route to the Worlds End Mountains. Few of the canals are in working order these days and many abandoned towns lay ripe with banditry and other unknown dangers. As many centuries have past since Taldor called itself a true world power, its reach into the wilds that once called themselves home to some of the best farmlands in the inner sea are now in decline. The roads are not safe for travel without guard and merchants grow fewer each year. The great city of Oppara that once housed several legions of some of the best soldiers the world had ever know now rely on contracts to small adventuring bands and mercenaries. What few Legions remain are no longer well equipped. The legionnaires no longer the disciplined fighting force it once was, but filled with servicemen who were drafted from overcrowded jails or with foreigners who hope to be made a citizen through service. Though the empire is in decline it still holds great riches and attracts merchants and free peoples from all over the world in the capital of Oppara. But outside its walls the laws and security of its citizens are in the hands of corrupt prefects and legates.
One such Legate is Tadius Sidonius. Having recently spread word through town criers for the following:

“Hear ye, Hear ye! The great Tadius Sidonius calls on loyal citizens to take up arms against the unlawful bandits that have been reported in the lands around Bridge End. By right granted him by the emperor, Grand Prince Stavian III and with due law, Legate Tadius Sidonius grants twenty gold for the heads of each bandit caught dead or alive. All those who would step forward to aid the empire must seek out Justicar Ladius Apion at the Waterside Inn in Bridge End. May all traitors of the Empire meet justice!”

With this proclamation many have traveled to this once unknown town Bridge End, to seek out this Ladius Apion and find their fortune as adventurers. Whether you find yourself in this town by this call for adventurers, you live there or you just happened to be passing through and swept up in local events is up to you. Please give some indication when you send in your character sheets and backstories as to how or why you end up in Bridge End. The game will begin in the Waterside Inn on Oathday the 3rd of Pharast.

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