The Shield of Heaven

Thrax
Revived

The slain heroes were resurrected by Priestess Runa Castillo of the Shield Temple. She tells them her cousin, Prince Reginald, wished her to leave them dead, but she had a vision in that their fate will ultimately intertwine with the fate of the world.

She asked them to continue their quest for the Heaven Shields and told them the monks in the Sartre Monastery may be able to give them guidance. She gave them 1,000 gp and promised another 4,000 gp upon the recovery of the four Heaven Shields.

After three hours’ journey, the party encountered two Deinonychuses. With the help of a band of adventurers, they defeated the Deinonychuses.

Upon reaching the monastery, the heroes found it under attack by Pteranodons and Blackwall soldiers.

After securing the monastery with the help of the previous adventurers, Head Monk Plius gave them the Heaven’s Compass, which points to the nearest Heaven’s Shield. They followed it to the base of the mountains to the east, near the Spine of the Dragon, and encountered an enemy encampment. After slaying the scouting party, the heroes continued into the forest.

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Blackwall
Total party kill

The heroes attempted to engage in diplomatic relations with the prince, but upon being locked in their doors at night found their thirst for action insatiable. They broke free, burned down the guest quarters, and attacked the prince’s adviser, Thanatos, a scaly, reptilian man with powers they could not fathom.

Two heroes escaped with their lives. The rest were killed in battle against Thanatos.

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Introduction

The continent of Shieldus is in a state of disorder. The king’s untimely death at the hands of an unknown assassin has left the kingdom without a ruler. Even worse, he declared no heir before his death, leaving his sons with the perilous chore of negotiating who should become the country’s next ruler.

Prince Reginald of Thrax has decided to meet this challenge head-on and send emissaries to begin the discourse. Prince Alexander of Blackwall has readily accepted and expects the emissaries within the next few days.

However, Prince Reginald has recently come into the knowledge that Alexander has obtained a sacred Heaven Shield, one of four ancient relics of great power. He believes that if Alexander can acquire the remaining three, he will wield unimaginable power over the land.

The negotiations are a ploy. Reginald intends to send an elite band of mercenaries to simultaneously distract his brother and steal the Heaven Shield. If possible, they will escape Blackwall’s perimeter without garnering any attention. Regardless, if they escape with the Heaven Shield in their clutches and learn of the location of another one, Reginald will consider the mission a success.

After long deliberation, you have agreed to undertake the task. Reginald promises 500 gold pieces if the mission is successful, and you could certainly use the money. After a long week of traveling through farmland and the Fields Eternum, you are nearing your destination. Blackwall is in sight.

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History of Shieldus

Shieldus was not always named as such. Previously, it was known as “Terra Celestyx”, the draconic words for “Heavenly Land”. Centuries ago, it was a fertile land that endured long ages of peace between humans, gnomes, dwarves, and elves, but was soon attacked by invaders of unknown origin.

The four gods Virtus, Malum, Ordinem, and Chaos bound their powers for the first time in history and drove back the invaders. Together, they developed a spell that would repel the invaders and prevent their return. They gathered in the southern end of the continent and uttered the terrible spell.

So powerful was their magic that the land was torn apart and burned to its very core. After time, water seeped into the landscape and horrendous plants began to grow, forming the Blood Marshes.

The gods departed and continue to watch Shieldus with wary eyes, ever vigilant in their protection of the land but unwilling to interfere in the matters of mortals.

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