Ver Lor Reg, Ilshenar, Chesapeake (PaxLair Times) – April 14, 2012 – by Ashlynn – Though Lady Phoenix may not be around to lead us personally, alliance expeditions must go on. Whether seeking treasure, fame or glory, or investigating the latest rumours to come out of Britannia’s taverns, the PaxLair Expedition Force stands ever ready to move.
Our first expedition began at the Tea House. And stayed at the Tea House for quite a time. Afterall, the Tea House serves the finest green, blue and carmine tea. And this strange tea with these little balls of quicksilver mixed in (they say it prolongs your life!). Not to mention all the ale and other booze folk seem to bring back from their adventures upon the waves. Sometimes I wonder why we leave the Tea House at all when it clearly has everything we could want!
In anycase, we remained at the Tea House for an hour chatting and drinking before heading to Dragons Watch Tavern briefly. And after our late-night tavern crawl was over, we descended upon the fields of Moonglow, thorns in hand, determined to celebrate the holiday in true easter fashion: by hunting for rabbit holes, slaying the rare bunnies that dwelled within before stealing their eggs (Whether the bunnies lay these eggs personally is a matter for a more anatomically inclined article).
Our expedition was a success and we returned to the Tea House with quite a haul of strange coloured eggs and so, feeling victorious, it was time for many of us to sleep.
After meeting at the Tea House, we heard strange rumours regarding the Salty Dog – a dive of a tavern in the City of Britain which I have frequented on more than one occasion. Despite the seedy nature, the patrons can be quite useful when information is required.
Down in the cellar below, we discovered a shady looking fellow next to a crate full of loot that had obviously come from Castle Blackthorn, judging by the chaotic symbols upon the drapes and banners. Being a curious bunch, we took a look through it and discovered a map that marked a location in Ver Lor Reg. Being yet more curious, we decided to follow the map.
In Ver Lor Reg, we discovered that a tunnel led to the lair of Exodus, a place that had been blocked off ever since the rockfalls some time back. Unlike previous visits however, the place seemed to have suffered some damage and much of the equipment was malfunctioning. We also found the body of a previous visitor and his journal mentioned the strange machines and things called punch cards. I considered the possibility that a punch card was something you gave to a goblin before a big iron golem hit them in the face – a sort of command if you will – but sadly, that did not appear to be the case.
Unfortunately after some skirmishing with the minions of Exodus, time began to claim some of our party so it was decided we would return again to view the devices and their workings in more detail another day.