Chiaroscruo Diaries

Storm of Helheim

“My Lord, the rebels were captured amongst them, the former Commander General Greil Ravenholt”

Alice, stunned, remarked “We have to save my father!”

Alaric was in silence and contemplation for what seemed like a hour and then replied “Absolutely not”

Alice pleaded “You have to know someone who you can spare!”

Alaric shouted, “What would you have me do? Helheim is the strongest fortress ever built by man, with the guard roster to match it, and it will take a large army to bring it down to its foundations to save one man. Alice, I would move mountains for you but the angels cannot give you their wings; And I cannot give you an army!”

“Alaric,” Adelais said with tears welling up from inside her deadened nerves “When it comes to us, the only thing I ever seen you move is your mouth.”

Alice grabbed hold of a horse and started to ride, and Pepper joined her.

“Alice,” Pepper stated, “we both know this is a one way trip.”

Alice wiped her tears on her leather cuffs “Then if we should perish then lets send Saris a message that the ‘strongest fortress ever built by man’ was almost brought down by two women.”

Pepper replied “It will be my honor.”

From Ashes
“Hope can drown,
lost in thunderous sound,
Fear can claim what little faith remains
But I carry strength from souls now gone
I will never surrender
We will free the Earth and Sky
If you crush my heart into embers.
I will reignite.

The heroes lied broken and scattered after the fight with Thyme. Alaric and awoke in an infirmary in a medium sized town called Lepzeig. On his bedstand was a note from Pepper stating that she hoped to cross paths with them again in the future but she had important business in Unda’Insula assisted by mercenaries including Chase. In a cot of her own next to his, was Adelais, whom the clerics notified Alaric that both of them have been unconscious for over two weeks and she was still in a state of coma.

Alaric was in state of shock but believed with enough prayer and time she would awake. He spent the next month regaining his strength and visiting Adelais daily to read to her. During this time Alaric realized how much Adelais was his only confidant and the glue that held his psyche together during a time when the world was against him. This feeling of realization and loss blossomed into a deep love for her.

He was surprised with an unexpected visit from Fafnir who has taken up a position in the civilian militia for money and reconnaissance on more evil in any nearby towns/cities. Fafnir filled him on Thyme’s defeat and how he was taken by Pepper to be judged and sentenced in Undan court and that there were no new Obiscura occurrences. Alaric took up the job with Fafnir to pay for Adelais’s medical costs to the clerics.

brought news that Saris has declared martial law and curfew on all major cities since there was a rise in attacks and illegal gatherings for the sympathizers to the traitor prince. Fafnir also mentioned suspiciously looks somewhat like Alaric according to the drawing of the wanted posters:

“Mattheo,” Fafnir said with his back turned, “Do you believe Saris would give me a small army to avenge my family if I turned in Alaric and Commander General’s daughter Adelais?”
Alaric’s blood ran cold as he came to a realization that Fafnir had his suspicions.
“Fafnir please” Alaric started in a plead but Fafnir cut him off.
“In a hypothetical situation where if Adelais was incapacitated, would the traitor prince run and leave her?”
“I believe that the Prince would fight until death for her” Alaric’s mind raced, his sword was only an arm’s length away, he could reach for it and nobody was around so if he could be quick about it. Fafnir spoke again cutting off Alaric’s thoughts
“But I’m sure if the prince and the commander daughter were in this city they would have already left through a

Hunt of the Obiscura

A warning to the people, the good and the evil
To the soldier, the civilian, the martyr, the victim
A warning to the prophet, the liar, the honest
To the leader, the pariah, the victim, the messiah
This is war

Alaric “The White Lion of Guyenne” was on the run from the kingdom of Lorban’Teras because his older brother Crown Prince Saris the Black (later come to be known as King Saris “The Godhand of Asmodeus”) demanded his capture for assassinating King Mageta as well as an attempt to take Saris’s. Anyone close to Alaric knew this to be a false accusation, hence Saris also demanded the capture of all others who would threaten his word as sympathizers to the traitor: Including Adelais “Alice” Ravenholt and Greil Ravenholt.

Greil and Alaric split up early on as Alaric started hearing rumors of powerful artifacts of demonic power, the Obiscura, that started appearing in possession of civilians. As Greil left to gather other fugitives from the throne to build a rebellion against Saris, Alaric took on the assumed identity of Martin Oliander and Adelais took the name of Alice Hamilton, the seasoned adventurers extraordinaire duo, to hunt down these relics and free the people of its curses. Adelais followed Alaric being a childhood friend and unable to separate from him for feelings she yet couldn’t understand.

Along the path he met other heroes whose goals lied in tandem with his own:

  • Pepper, a master Thief/Assassin, who was under the belief the Obiscura were being spread by an organization she used to work for called the Scarborough Faire
  • Fafnir Hildgarde (dead), a focused warrior determined on eliminating the world of the harmful magic users as well as their “toys”
  • Chase Berger, a wizard that has more than a few bag of spanners loose, who finds the Obiscura as a path to reobtain his godhood believing himself to be of the pantheon. He has moments of lucidity that reflect a very different person.
  • Hazeem Viswanathan (dead), the captain of the royal guard from the desert oasis kingdom [placeholder] who serves under the Sultan. He traveled far to find the culprit who was spreading the Obiscura, since his lands were afflicted with the same plague that he had to personally deal with back at his home.

The party dealt with curse after curse, small town to cities, collecting all the relics to destroy when it finally lead them up to the confrontation with the mastermind of the corruption: Thyme (one of the three male leaders of Scarborough Faire). He was unhappy with the interference that was being done by the party and demanded cease of their vigilantism as well as the return of the relics. The party happily refused. Thyme put up a fight, summoning demon after demon using an obsidian staff that surged of hellish power. The party fought valiantly but were being overwhelmed before what seemed like endless waves of the horde.

All hope seemed lost when Hazeem was butchered by a demon, Adelais was disarmed and overtaken by smaller fiends, Pepper & Fafnir fell to their wounds, and Chase begged for mercy. Alaric, desperate to save his remaining allies, dropped his blade and threw himself into ranks of demons suffering every bite and stab they threw until he grasped and wrestled the obsidian staff from Thyme. In the final desperate hour he called upon its powers to exile all the fiends.

This proved a task too much for Alaric, despite successfully banishing all demons, the power started to corrupt him from within. As much as he fought he could not loose the grasp of the 9 voices of Asmodeus that sought control of his mind. Adelais seeing Alaric in struggle brought herself to her feet and ripped the staff from his hands causing the demons to redirect their attention to her. She was easily overcame and the staff shattered as the demons successfully found a nest in her mind. Both heroes fell unconscious from the mental assault.

Thyme found this an opportunity to make a hasty departure but ended up staring down the bolt of Hazeem’s hand ballista being held by Pepper who brought herself to her feet despite her critical wounds:

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