I wrote a post musing about the lore of the Armor of the Shadow Lord, and what it might mean for Asher and for the campaign:
Days 24, 25
The party traveled South towards the Stag Lord’s fort. They felt it made tactical sense to be rid of the bandits, and then they could quickly finish up mapping the region.
The party passed themselves off as the new liquor couriers, and easily gained admittance into the Stag Lord’s fort.
Remember Scumbag Steve? Well, this meme shows his gaming cousin engaged in various sorts of scurrilous behavior.
Kaleria, an old friend of Asher’s, stopped by, explaining that she had a few days in the area and she’d like to help any way she can. The group accepted her and continued mapping the Greenbelt, starting with the North end of the forest and working their way South and West. They came across a patch of Moon Radishes and slaughtered a group of kobolds that had been feasting. At night, the party was randomly attacked by wolves.
The party found a fairy nest occupied by a fairy dragon named Perlivash and a bizarre fairy named Tyg Titter Tut. They provided the party with information regarding the Temple of the Elk and a taztlwyrm lair on the condition that the party not report the location of the fair nest to the officials in Restov. Finally coming across a fresh stream, the party bathed, much to everyone’s relief.
The party quickly located the long lost Temple of the Elk, and defeated the temple’s guardian – the old cleric cursed to be in bear form until someone worthy of Erastil defeated him. The temple magically restored itself, and the temple pool was found to have minor healing magic imbued in its waters. Not wanting to miss the high priestess of Sarenrae back at Oleg’s Trading Post, the party hurried back Northeast.
Asher had the high priestess of Sarenrae remove the curse of the Girdle of Opposite Gender, and was ecstatic. Feeling much more like himself, he declared himself the rightful Shadow Lord.
Asher and Sparrow loot the ex-gladiator’s house, then burn it to the ground. Back at the inn, they enlist Jack to check and see if any of their newly found loot is magical – and it turns out, much of it is. Most notably, Jack earns himself a lot of enchanted jewelry, Asher gained Armor of the Shadow Lord, and Sparrow quietly bagged herself 14 bars of pure platinum. There were also envelopes from Restov royalty and a journal, placed into Asher’s bag for later investigation. Sparrow cashed in one of the bars at a bank, and went shopping with Asher. She proffered Jack’s discretionary services in exchange for a rebate on some magical goods.
The party attended the execution of Bernard Orlovsky, who was charged with the murder of Rufus Orlovsky over a Restov charter to explore the Greenbelt. Sparrow and Asher collected their refund from the merchant from the previous day. Jack went about his own business. Reyes stayed at his grandfather’s forge to work on his new set of armor. The party heard rumors of a woman a few towns over predicting a return of a long lost king. The news was as unsettling to Asher as it was comforting to Reyes.
I wrote a post on Tales of Asher, called “Good Murder.” It’s about the folly of conforming to the antiquated notion of alignment, and how that affected a discussion about my character on Reddit.