Leaving Baulder’s Gate
We last left our Syndicaters in Baulder’s Gate, having just escaped the Dreamscape and stopping the assassination of Orlion. With very little else to do here in the town, Faust decided to gather everyone at a near by tavern to have a serious talk about everyone’s bojectives and where the group should head next. He even decided to extend his invite to the holy Paladin of Kossuth, Sarin, who had been searching for her inner peace.
At the meeting, Faust started them off by asking how everyone’s day was going and offered to buy everyone a drink. He then proceeded to establish, one by one, what goals everyone had set and why they were still with the Silver Syndicate. Marduk, Arawn, and Bishop all agreed that they were a part of the Syndicate simply to uphold what it originally stood for when they created it back in the day. In addition to that, they have their own personal reasons to continue being part of the Syndicate.
Nixero told them he was in it until he saw the destruction of the sword known as Graveyard. He is a captain of the Frost Wolf Mercenary Co. established in the north, so he wasn’t very interested in officially joining the Syndicate. Conan made a promise to Arawn to be his personal body guard, as long as he made an effort to find his lost clan members. Shemuel still hasn’t made up his mind about officially joining the Syndicate. The Syndicate has made some grey area decisions before, and he has a very strong moral compass. Sarin agreed to stay as long as they toned down the grey decisions a little.
After that part of the meeting, Faust thought electing a leader would help sort things out. He put Arawn up for his vote, seeing how was the leader of a city already and seeing how he did have a strong moral sense. Everyone started mumbling to themselves and then slowly drifted away from the conversation all together. After about an hour, Faust repeated himself, announcing Arawn should be the voice of reason in the Silver Syndicate. Everyone sort of shrugged and said yeah sure why not.
With the meeting over, everyone started going about their separate ways in Baulder’s Gate, preparing for their departure. Nixero paid a visit to a blacksmith in town that was rumored to have needed some kind of help. He talked tot he smith and found out there was some kind of white iron material (which is much lighter than normal iron) that was mined and stored by the government. The smith really wanted to make his armor and weapons from that white iron. Nixero thought that since he had some good standing with Orlion (after not assassinating him) maybe he would do him a favor and hand over some white iron.
Nixero paid Orlion a visit and spoke to him about this “white iron” that was supposedly mined from the mines in Baulder’s Gate. However, through their conversation, Nixero soon found his hopes crushed. It turns out the blacksmith he had spoken to before, was actually insane. His father had once owned the blacksmith and was a great miner for the city, and had claimed to have found the white iron once before, but was never able to find anymore. So when he died, his son inherited his shop, and has since been with the suspicion that the government had simply been mining all of it and keeping it for themselves for whatever reason. He was partially right. The government was in possession of some of the white iron, but it was shipped from the north. On top of that, they were using it to create a trade down southward (it never worked out) per Eugene’s request.
In the middle of one of Nixero’s depressed words, the town’s sirens started going off. Everyone was going about their day to day lives. Children playing in the fields and slaving away for their families, women outside drying laundry or fetching water, and men went to and from jobs. The birds were chirping, and the warm rays of the sun were beaming down to heat the earth. Suddenly, the birds stopped chirping, and clouds as dark as night rolled in from nowhere. Lightning started crackling louder than ever, but no rain. The sky slowly turned red, and it started raining small bits of fire that extinguished when they hit the earth. Right beside the front gate of the city, they saw a huge rip form in the air itself. Two huge claws clasped the sides of the rip and slowly pried it open further and further. The claws receded back into the hell they came from, but other things emerged. Many, many demons come rushing out of the portal towards the center of the city! A massive 15ft demon stepped out of the rip holding a sword and wearing bright blue armor. It was Cyvolt.
As soon as everyone was made aware of the attack, they started running to intercept the demon from attacking the middle of the city. Before anyone could make it there, the small demons set the fields on fire, crushing the food supply of Baulder’s Gate. Cyvolt had one mission, to kill the mortals possessing the Sword. He slowly crossed the field between the city and the farms. The Silver Syndicate was ready, and ran out to meet him in battle. As they did, they saw the hooded figure that they encountered back in Greenest who collected bodies for a price. He was making his way away from the City Gates and into the beaten down part of town.
Immediately, Cyvolt started hurling red balls of energy towards the Syndicate, showing no mercy. He then activated his mysterious armor, creating a shadow duplicate of himself. Arawn stayed as far back as possible and let loose as many arrows as he could at Cyvolt. Everyone else charged forward to attack Cyvolt head on, but Bishop got there first. Bishop ran as fast as he could, and started teleporting from shadow to shadow, until he was right next to Cyvolt. He then proceeded to let him have a round of his furious blows. Marduk hurled spells, Faust hurled curses, and the paladin and barbarian and knight all attacked the Bounty hunter with their might.
Soon the battle was over, with the Syndicate being overwhelmingly easily victorious. Baulder’s Gate was not at all pleased with the results of the Silver Syndicate coming her in search of them and setting their town ablaze and destroying their crops. They were thankful for the defeat of Cyvolt, but they were ready for the Syndicate to leave, and if they didn’t leave on their own, they would make them leave if they could.
After a minor inconvenience, the party is once again ready to set out. Will they head for Mt. Nex next? or will they get side tracked and track down some other line of work? Found out next time!