Starting this session “Scales”, Durante Dawnbreaker and Cunthar The Expander would meet up with Vaye Falentine in the merchant district. Vaye would explain to them that the Nightwatch Commander has given her party the task of defeating a criminal Syndicate, while discussing this a new adventurer had landed on the shores of Barbarian Beach and somehow teleported to the party using a strange magical ring that allowed him to seek out adventuring parties. He would announce himself as Joel Cumin.
After this introduction the party would come to the conclusion that they were not prepared to fight this criminal syndicate let alone try and find out where it is, they would need to get stronger and obtain better gear to tackle this task. Scales would wander off into the slums district stopped by Vaye who told him to get the fuck back in the party, Cunthar would suggest to the party that partaking in a hunt would be the best way to become stronger. Vaye seconded this and took the party to a questboard where they took the task of eliminating a foreign Owlbear that had been killing off refugees and overkilling native wild-life in the area.
The party set out to find this beast and would search the woods, finding a pack of boars Durante would attempt to communicate with them asking directions for the Owlbear lair. The boars would not respond so Scales, Cunthar and Joel would begin to butcher them one-by-one, once finished Cunthar skinned and butchered the corpses infront of the surviving boar demanding directions to the lair. The boar would finally answer gesturing to Durante where the lair is and would run off.
Being outside the lair which appeared to be a ditch covered in overgrowth that led into a cave the party would discuss ways to defeat the Owlbear, Vaye would use her nature skills to identify that tracks into the cave meant that there were at-least 4 owl bears including a dire one and two cubs. Cunthar would take to fashioning a makeshift spike trap from animal bones that were lying all outside the cave while Joel would climb the nearest tree and await with his sharpened stones.
The party would take up positions after Durante would make a quick teleport to town and back and would throw a flaming stick into the cave to try and drive the owlbears out. Eventually one owlbear would come out immediately scales would jump down and miss, landing on Durante as Joel would peg one of his stones and vaye would shoot an arrow, blinding the owlbear. Soon enough the other owlbears would come out and a deadly battle would ensue, Joel attempting a backflip off the tree would bludgeon his ass cheeks landing on a stone and Durante accidentily concussing Scales after he missed the bear and got his hatchet wedged in Durantes shoulder.
Eventually Vaye would dive forward and with a swift skilled move would slice the owlbears up with tremendous skill. After this Durante buffed the party applying his aids to them and they would sit outside and wait for the Dire owlbear to come out, after an hour of tossing the mutilated remains of its brethren into the cave and attempting to anger it Vaye would summon her fey panther and send it in. Within a minute the panther would be tossed out of the cave headless.
The party eventually decided to head in, bending around the entrance and entering a large chamber that was lit by holes in the walls. The dire owlbear would be sitting upon a large pile of corpses, expecting them with a deadly magical necklace around its neck. Suddenly its eyes would glow purple as it would raise the dead corpses, Durante would smile ready to fight the evil he would activate an Aura that would prevent the undead from getting close to him, Cunther and Vaye would follow behind as they charged the owlbear. Meanwhile Scales would throw his hatchet landing it right in the owlbears chest, in response the horde of undead would swarm Scales, tearing him apart as his lifeless corpse would fall to the stone floor of the cave. Joel Cumin seeing this would leg it to the nearest pillar supporting the cave and would climb it being followed by the horde.
A fight would ensue as the owlbear and three members would exchange blows while the undead would claw and grab at Joel as he continually pegged his sharpened rocks at the Owlbear attempting to assist the party.
After some time Joel would aim for the embedded hatchet in the Owlbear, throwing a sharpened stone as it would glide across the cave landing directly onto the embedded hatchets handle causing the hatchet to be shoved into the bear and explode out through the other end instantly killing it.
Cunther would continually to punch the bear in a blind rage as he felt sadness for Scales death. The part would go to what the bear was protecting, a lockbox with a perfect cut amethyst inside as-well as some gold. On the walls could be seen crude carvings that were unidentifiable.
The necklace would be nowhere as it vanished infront of Duntares eyes while he held it, the party would bury Scales and rest the night in the cave as a sinister presence plagued all their minds. As the party set off in the morning they noticed Scales grave was empty and his corpse gone, with this troubling fact to daunt them they set off back to the city to find sell their loot and browse merchants wares.
Meanwhile Titu was interrogating some helpless citizens in the slums regarding the whereabouts of the Syndicate Organization. Instead he found a note regarding an underground wrestling competition that was upcoming and he knew he was destined to be in the ring.
Thanks to Deturd for the masterwork mspaint.