Riikan Dack, a wealthy collector of rare art objects, has hired the five of you to recover one of the weapons, the greatsword Blackrazor, which was stolen from his vault. The reward is to be sizeable: 5,000 gp for each member of the expedition who survives and returns with the sword.Cryptic Note wrote:Search ye far or search ye near,
You’ll find no trace of the three
Unless you follow instructions clear,
For the weapons abide with me.
North past forest, farm, and furrow
You must go to reach the feathered mound.
Then down away from the sun you’ll burrow—
Forget life, forget light, forget sound.
To rescue Wave, you must do battle
With the Beast in the Boiling Bubble.
Crost cavern vast, where chain-links rattle
Lies Whelm, past waterspouts double.
Blackrazor yet remains to be won
Underneath inverted ziggurat.
That garnered, think not that you’re done,
For now you’ll find you are caught.
I care not, former owners brave,
What heroes you seek to hire.
Though mighty, each shall be my slave
Or vanish into the fire.
Mister Dack has showed you the boastful note left by the thief and told you that his sources have pinpointed your destination (the “feathered mound” named in the note) as White Plume Mountain, a volcanic peak located some 17 leagues (about 510 miles) northeast of Greyhawk (see map).
According to Mister Dack’s experts, some 1,300 years ago White Plume Mountain was the home of an eccentric wizard named Keraptis. These sages agree that the “K” signature refers to Keraptis, but most insist that the writer must be an impostor. After all, who can believe the note really comes from the magician of legend after 1,300 years?
Transportation has been arranged for you from Greyhawk to Yellowreach, a village about 5 miles from White Plume Mountain. You have been provided with a map of the environs near the mountain and an original copy of the note from the thief. (These are attached below. The map is just flavor; don’t read too much into it. The note is just a repeat of the text quoted above, in fancy script.)
| OUT OF CHARACTER |
|Now is the time to:|
[list][*]Introduce your characters to each other. The characters might know each other already, that is fine with me. But even if that is the case, I am certain a small introduction to your character and his role and abilities would help your fellow players.
[*]Ask any questions you might have of your employer.
[*]Make any knowledge checks you decide are appropriate.
[*]Purchase any additional equipment you think you might need now that you know more details about the mission.[/list]
If nothing else, please post so that I know you are here and ready to begin the mission