“Rumors of War” is a 3e Dungeons & Dragons campaign.
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Campaign Summary

Five adventurers were hired by the Order of Orion to investigate an abandoned temple in a distant country. The party shipped out from Media with a merchant vessel. They were joined by several more individuals they met in their journey through the desert, including Cyrus, and the goblin Krest.

The party confirmed the oracle in the desert and made their way back to Varna. While they waited for their return ship, Trimedes asked the party to rescue his brother from a sanitarium. There, the party met the former guardian of the corrupted temple, a mummy by the name of Hattusa.

Soon after, Krest visited the party to ask their help rescuing his kinsmen from slavers. Though the effort ultimately proved successful, two party members fell to the dangers of the waste. Krest made an alliance with the Order of Orion.

Polynices got bad news about his affliction and rushed to a healer. In the following days, the party was beset by a band of mercenaries. Qual and Sapling were assaulted in the streets and took one mercenary alive. They learned from their captive the guild had been employed to harass them.

The party thwarted several attacks from the mercenaries. Following one battle, Eithne gave chase to a fleeing mercenary, and was captured by reinforcements. Leading her rescue was Anaxagoras, who recruited Cyrus, Krest, and the mummy Hattusa. The party’s raid was successful though Polynices fell in battle.

The party became engaged in a search for the missing body of a royal prince. The party’s investigation concluded the prince had become an undead creature seeking revenge upon his supposed killers. A clue from the Order’s seer Trias sent the party searching for the prince’s wife and daughter.

The party encountered several undead guardsmen in Varna’s undercity. They confronted the mad spirit of the princess, and her young daughter who had also been transformed into a terrible monster. The party dispatched the nightmarish creatures and recovered the body of the missing princess.

Upon leaving the sewers, the party was arrested on suspicion of abduction and murder. They were imprisoned until Sapling contrived an escape. Lysander and the druid freed the group together — reunited after weeks of imprisonment, the party overcome the guards, raided the armory, and fled the city.

Player Characters

Aurelia, female human ranger 6; played by Amanda.
Eithne, female fey-blooded, wood elf ranger 4/bloodline 3; played by Rose.
Qual, male half-orc barbarian 5/cleric 1; played by Stephen.
Xanatos, male human cleric 5/divine oracle 1; played by Michael.

Non-Player Characters

Argyles, male human ship captain.
Cyrus, male human necromancer.
Genius, male human; jerk-ass charioteer.
Hattusa, undead human mummy.
Krest, male bhuka goblin shaman.
Nestor, male human bodyguard.
Orteles, male human information broker.
Trias, male human; troubled seer.
Trimedes, male human; Order contact in Varna.
Useles (deceased), male wood elf; Eithne’s cousin.
Vergil, male half-elf; Order contact in Media.

Former Player Characters

Ala-din (deceased), male elf generalist wizard 2.
Anaxagoras (retired), male human bard 4/sorcerer 1.
Eoan (retired), male human rogue 2.
Katri (deceased), female elf sorcerer 2/wizard 1.
Lysander (retired), male human fighter 3.
Polynices (retired), male titan-blooded, human soulknife 4/bloodline 1.
Sapling (retired), male halfling druid 6.
Telemachus (retired), male gold dwarf paladin 3.

Campaign History

The campaign began in November 2008 and ended in February 2009.
Entries are in chronological order.


Nov. 8, 2008
Episode 1: A Fateful Voyage and a Hot Date in the Desert
Ran from about 5 PM to 12 AM (MST).
James, Kevin, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Nov. 15, 2008
Episode 2: A Dwarf, a Paladin, and an Aristocrat Walk into a Bard
Ran from about 5 PM to 11:30 PM (MST).
Amanda, Gene, Helen, James, Kevin, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Nov. 22, 2008
Episode 3
Ran from about 5 PM to 10:30 PM (MST).
Helen, James, Kevin, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Nov. 29, 2008
Episode 4
Ran from about 5 PM to 10:30 PM (MST).
Don, Helen, James, Kevin, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM. Don observed.


Dec. 13, 2008
Episode 5
Ran from about 5 PM to 10:30 PM (MST).
James, Michael, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Dec. 27, 2008
Episode 6
James, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Jan. 3, 2009
Episode 7
Ran from about 2 PM to 5 PM (MST).
Amanda, James, Michael, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Jan. 24, 2009
Episode 8
Ran from about 6 PM to 11:30 PM (MST).
James, Michael, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Jan. 31, 2009
Episode 9
Ran from about 7:30 PM to 12 AM (MST).
James, Michael, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Feb. 7, 2009
Episode 10
Ran from about 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM (MST).
James, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Feb. 21, 2009
Episode 11
Ran from about 7:00 PM to 12 AM (MST).
James, Michael, Nick, Rose, Russ, and Stephen played. Nick was the DM.


Feb. 28, 2009
Episode 12
Ran from about 7:00 PM to 10 PM (MST).
James, Michael, Nick, Rose, and Stephen player. Nick was the DM.