The Raven Lord

A page in the Raven Lord's Journal

I am the Raven Lord. I had a name once, when I took my first careful steps in to the realm of knowledge in the Arcane Sanctum. But that was before I found power, before I found destiny. Having achieved immortality does not in fact improve one’s memory, so I have created this journal to remember my triumphs and savor them, and to remember my defeats and learn from them. Perhaps I also worry on the effects of my transformation I wish to also track the many years of my immortality, and I happen to find it prudent to track my mental condition as the years continue.
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The five from Darkmoon have become a problem. It was only a matter of time before someone tried to stop me, I suppose I am fortunate that today it is simply a small band of adventurers rather than an army from Riva, or a Circle of Wizards led by that fool of an Archmage. I have so far succeeded in staying local enough to be ignored by the large players in this world. Darkmoon was to be my first test. If I could bring it under my control, then I would debate the merits of becoming a ruler of mortals. I could test my theories of law and governance on this small, worthless city and perhaps over time teach these people to bring sacrifices to me willingly. They can be conditioned through fear, I just must make it certain that nothing can stand against me and live. If I can kill these 5, and that Commander, then the rest should fall into line.

The two paladins will be the real problem. They blindly adhere to their useless virtues, wishing to destroy simply because my deeds offend their particular brand of morality. They will not listen to logic, and cannot be persuaded by their own self interest, or be cowed by terror. I shall have to hasten them back to their gods. Likewise, the forest dweller follows his own delusional ideas of protecting ‘nature’, and the tiefling woman is a complete enigma to me. Only the merchant seems reasonable and predictable in his motivations, but because he has kept their company for so long, I now suspect he merely wishes to profit from my demise, rather than work under my generous employ. Pity, he may have been able to fill the logistical roles I must daily waste my time on, a hassle I would have paid generously to be free of. He, at least will not be hard to kill if it comes to that.

They completely destroyed those tiefling mercenaries, and survived my trap before entering the Feywilds. My monster should have been adequate, I blame that failure on that foolish sorcerer, I should have known better than to expect anything from those filthy demonspawn. I savored feasting on his corpse, despite that the taste was too… smoky. Perhaps the drow will be more reliable, but if not, I am coming close to perfecting a monster with both human-like intellect and loyalty built in. I still have meals left to sate my hunger for the current time, though I worry that I indulge myself too frequently. Will that affect my immortality? My sanity?

As the five have left the Feywild, I can only assume they made some bargain with the Erlkonig, thrice curse him! I hope he has not revealed too much, but it is impossible to know what he would do, as his kind is ever unpredictable. No point in being careless. I am too young in my immortality still, I must not be rash. I have all I need here, as long as I can keep the supply of slaves and sacrifices coming. There is no hurry, I have capital, minions, slaves, research materials, and all the time in the world. They will come to me if they wish to stop me. And I will be ready.

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The Saga Begins!
A long, long time ago, in a fanstasy far away...

So after trudging through the woods, broke and weary, I, Jzhaan, the hero of this story (it’s true!) Happened upon a some unsavory types…valuing my life, I side-stepped that little death trap only to stumble upon a very…interesting person! I must befriend this strange creature! She truly fascinates me!

So I put on the usual charm…some crazy story about having met in a bar a few years back. I couldn’t really get any useful information out of her, but this seems like an amusing distraction after that dispiriting affair with those thugs on the road!

I saw the oddest thing after that…I could swear that was…a badger with armor on! How bizarre! I must investigate!

No sooner did I think that than this glowing guy (literally glowing, I might add!) steps out and grabs it, trying to abscond with the furry little curiosity! What an amusing day…just what I needed to get myself out of this rut, I say!

So I get a bit about some dragon and other such evil stuff that’s really beyond my concern from this guy…maybe I can shake him off in town or something. Oh, and who the heck is the tin can approaching very conspicuously?!? I think I’ve met his type before…a little harder to work the wiles on that type, so I’ve got to be careful how I play my cards now.

So, dirty guy mentions a dragon, tin can gets interested, I just want to get some food and a warm bed. I end up deflecting some rather unfair attacks upon my new friend (I have really got to get her name at some point or this could get awkward!) from the tin can, persuaded everyone to find their way into town, maneuvered my way in using the name of a well-known merchant family (not hard to pull off considering I am actually a merchant by trade).

So my new friend gets some dirty looks as soon as we walk in the gates. I can stave off the prejudiced types one at a time, but this could get out of hand if we overstay our welcome. We pick up some rumors about some slavers attacking, and my friend goes off to treat the injured (a healer…pretty handy to have around if I do say so myself…) so I decide to follow her. If something happens its either going to be to her or the glowing guy, but she’s definitely more conspicuous. Speaking of which, do they normally let armored badgers roam this town freely? I mean…a dog or a horse sure…but…this is pretty unusual! Everyone is more worried about a half-demon than a wild animal. Bizarre!

Anyway…where was I? Oh yeah. So my healer friend heals, and lo and behold! A very important looking figure approaches! He seems like kind of a pushover, so I work the usual charm! As far as he knows, we are acquaintances from back in the big city! He probably did some things he’s not particularly proud of there, so he won’t pry for details of the circumstances of our meeting in polite company!

I manage to get him off of my friend’s case, but it looks like these people require a very strong token of good faith to accept her. It’s a shame for her, but that’s beyond the extent of my involvement…oh wait…free food! Drat! Now I owe them! the sly dogs…guess I’ll go do them this favor in return. After all, the tin can will probably do all the real work so there shouldn’t be too much expected of me. Chasing down some slavers is not really my kind of sport but perhaps with a bit of muscle with me the negotiations could go favorably. I just need to persuade them to hand over all of their slaves and preferably find a way to disable the hand-wavy types they supposedly “captured” along with the others until they can be questioned about the incident (I just can’t trust those guys!).

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