The band of the black shard awakens ready for to move, this time, they are ready for anything. We board a special house thraskh train called the bullet. A two car, fully armored specialized train. Targuun and about five other orc body guards join us, we set off at dawn. With about a two day journey ahead of us. We explore the train top to bottom and win lose some money in a knife throwing contest against the guards. On our first stop, we find that the train tracks are inoperable thanks to a landslide, which we believe is not accidental, we take the longer route that may add another day maximum to our journey, Barbaroi gets creative and constructs an acid bomb set to detonate when the chest containing the black dragon shard is opened. And Boedas the dwarf in his foolishness (in real life player coolness) touches the black shard by accident, In game he is knocked unconscious. Out of game the dm takes clint out of the whole house and tells him what horrible visions the shard from the underworld tells him. He returns wide eyed and not talking, something tells us even if he could talk in game he wouldn’t say anything, the shard is now void and useless, But to be sure Felix barbaroi charges it with a simple spell to make it appear normal and it is given to shadow.
It is not long after that that we witness a large Pterodactyl with a rider mounted, later found out to be the female kalashtar on board, the pterodactyl grips the raised roof through its murder holes and begins to try to derail the train from its side, as its claws slide in Felix jumps out of the way, tossing an acid bomb as he falls, corroding the creatures talons, Akymos slams his warpick into its other talons and begins prying with all his might, the orcs join in and while this is happening Shadow is trying to lie to the woman using in a deadly bout of mind games, she wins by mental blasting him. While they argue Barbaroi slips out the back and loads a powerful spell fueled bolt into his crossbow, he shoots it and it blasts into a scorching area of molten rain that continues to burn them.
Shadow takes this oppurtunity to toss the now defunct shard out of the window and this, combined with the persistent if not brutal attacks we inflicted, she flees after the shard, once the battle is over, Targuun, furious at boedas for touching the priceless shard, places in irons, Shadow objects to this and him and the orcs draw swords, Shadow, with Akymos backing him up releases a barrage of almost a dozen knives in a split second, hitting almost every one of the guards. And barbaroi unleashes his arcane power on both his allies and the guards, Elemental power seethes through the lines of runes embedded on his body, a halo of flame erupts from his brow until he is a blazing corona of power (can you tell which character I play yet?) When he speaks, a deeper, secondary voice repeats the same words in primordial. Calling both factions to put aside their desperation and focus on a more powerful enemy than both of us. The guards and the band agree to work together and Boedas is unchained yet he remains unconscious for the remaining eight hours of travel.
we lay over in vaithrod and then stop in arrlusk, now in thrane, we decide to leave the bullet in capable hands and board a regular train, we stay in first class and await the awakening of boedas, we now travel out of breland and into Thrane a religious theocratic state and we go to it’s capital, flamekeep and from there we wonder if we should take the road or continue by train. And we anticipate the return of the twins, but something tells us that something big might be happening. As shadow put it, “I fear boedas will wake up to a different world than he could have possibly imagined.”
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