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The Wheel Turns13: The Lords Party

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he party regrouped…

…At the Taborwin residence and headed for the foregate where they could discover if lord Ingtars party had arrived in the night. They hadn’t but a carnival atmosphere filled the area with processions of dancers and performers and street vendors everywhere. They party were told that this was to celebrate the capture of the false dragon, Mazrim Taim.

They group strolled through the crowd without mishap apart from a number of mysteriously terrified fortune tellers and Berek continued to make a name for himself as a professional fighter by breaking a mans arm in an all-comers wrestling match and signing up with the promoter as a replacement.

Lord ingtar failed to arrive that day so the party returned the following morning. Once again therre was a carnival but things went rather differently from before as a group of darkfriends smuggled trollocs into the city disguised as giant puppets and let them loose to terrorise the crowd!


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Wheel of Time 12: Cairhien

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he party began the long trek…

…Back to civilization. After weeks in the wild and with no contact with Lord Ingtars group, they decided to head for the city of Cairhien to rest and await the arrival of Ingtar and the others.
Clothed and armed as they were, the gate guards assumed that Rodrick was a rather travel stained noble travelling with his wife (Nalei) and their bodyguards (Berek and Jonah) and the party seized on this as a good disguise, claiming that Nalei was Rodricks ‘Cousin’.

Berek and Jonah took lodging at a dive called the Defender of the Dragonwall. An establishment frequented by mercenaries, caravan guards and the city watch and rapidly became well known as Berek joined the local prize fighting circuit run by their new landlord and won a considerable pot and free lodging as long as he continued in the weekly fights.

Rodrick and Nalei went to a more salubrious inn called The Great Tree but found themselves unable to pay the high prices and returned to the defender to find an invitation to Lord Rodrick of House Hayner to dine with lord and lady Taborwin that evening. Rodrick and Nalei attended the dinner and their hosts were shocked to here that they were staying in such a low rent establishment, offering them rooms in their own mansion and an introduction to dressmakers and a reputable banking house whilst they were in Cairhien. Seeing nothing wrong with act of spontaneous generosity, Rodrick readily accepted the friendship and charity of the kind nobles.


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Chapter 11: Battle For The Horn

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he party set off…

…Towards the distant camp fire, hoping to find aid or at least shelter for the night. Berek and Jonah went ahead to scout and it was fortunate that they did for they discovered a pack of trollocs around the fire, led by a myrdraal and dragging a group of humans who they identified as the darkfriends who made the raid on Fal Dara possible. Before they could report back, Nalei created a light with the one power to see by, startling the shadowspawn into flight, leaving a small group of trollocs to hunt down the unseen wielder of the one power.

The party cut down the trollocs and set off after the retreating group of shadowspawn. The chase lasted for over a week before they finally ran the dark ones servants to ground. Berek stormed out of the night at their camp howling like a wolf and drawing answering howls from all around them as a local pack joined the fray against the hated shadowspawn. Jonah charged in behind cutting down trollocs with his axe whilst Rodrick protected Nalei as she wove death with the one power. Berek fought in single combat with the Myrdraal, Hammer against black sword and, with the aid of the pack alpha, cut it down as a blast of lightning fell out of a clear sky amongst the cluster of human darkfriends who had hung back from the fight.

The death of the myrdraal caused the remaining trollocs to scatter and when the dust settled, the party found that the human darkfriends had vanished without a trace as had the mysterious girl, Serene. In a box near the centre of the camp the party found the stolen Horn of Valere and so, with the priceless artefact secure once again, they settled to rest, tend their wounds and decide their next course of action.

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Chapter 10: The Peril Of Portals

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he search party set out…

…Just after midday, 20 men under the command of Lord Ingtar, commander of Lord Agelmars personal guard. With them was a a tracker named Hurin who could smell violence; an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah called Verin, along with her warder Tomas, and our heroes, fresh from their interview with the Amyrlin Seat.

They travelled for several close to 2 weeks, passing Fal Moran and then vearing west towards the city of Cairhien. Slowly the party began to gain ground on the trollocs they pursued, narrowing the gap to a day and hopes were beginning to rise that they could catch the darkspawn and recover the horn when, on the 15th day, a group of men armed with spears and shields and wearing strange clothing that blended in with the terrian rose up on either side of the road and hailed the party to stop.

The strangers were quickly identified as Aielmen, to the consternation of Lord Ingtar… the Aiel hadn’t been seen this side of the Dragonwall since the Aiel war 20 years ago in which he and many of his men had fought. The Aiel leader was a man named Gaul and he told the group that he was searching for ‘He Who Comes With The Dawn’ the prophecised chief of chiefs who would return and lead the clans to glory. The Aiel Wise Ones said that the time was right and that He would be a man born of the Aiel but raised by the ‘wetlanders’. He showed particular interest in Rodrick who had the height and colouring of an Aielman and suggested that he might take a trip into the Aiel wastes to meet with the wise ones.
That night the group camped in some old ruins and when they heroes woke they were somewhere else entirely.

The sky of the strange world was pink and the terrain rugged and scrublike. There was no sign on the rest of the search party and the trollocs trail had disappeared to sight but Berek could still smell them so the party continued on their way until the trail stopped abruptly atop a small hill. Down the next slope was a stand of bushes and behind those bushes they found a young woman hiding. She was beautiful with long black hair and a simple white dress and introduced herself as Serene, a merchants daughter from Cairhien who fled from an arranged marriage and after a day running, took shelter in some strange ruins and woke to find herself in this world. She showed them the portal stone that had brought her to this realm and they camped there for the night.

As soon as the sun set the night came alive with strange trumpeting hunting calls and strange creatures, like huge cats with bony plates on their heads. They charged into the firelight and greivously hurt both Jonah and Berek. Nalei held them back with blasts of the one power whilst Serene dragged Rodrick to the portal stone, begging him to save them all. She pressed Rodricks hand to the symbols on the pillar and the whole world shifted depositing the party back in their own world, on the side of a tall hill with the lights of Cairhien on the horizon just moments before the strange creatures overran them.

Nalei gave emergency healing to the wounded whilst rodrick looked out over the plains and spied a glimmering campfire just a couple of miles away.

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Chapter 9: Thieves In The Night

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he gate guards throats had been slit…



…and the gates were standing open as Berek reached them. He immeadiately raised the alarm and ran to the growing sounds of battle. The others armed themselves and and joined in the defence of the great hall from a band of trollocs.

The attack on the hall was a diversion from the raids real target, the lords armoury and the horn which it contained. Berek encountered them as they were retreating but a Myrdraal blocked him from interfereing. Berek managed to slay the fell creature although he was wounded in the deed but by the time the fight was done the Myrdraals followers had made off into the darkness carrying the Horn of Valere with them.

On the morrow, the Amyrlin Seat arrived from Tar Valow to here the dire news. She talked with each of the companions and cloistered herself for most of the morning with Moiraine and Leanna, her Keeper. What was discussed behind those closed doors is not recorded but when she finally emerged it was just as the party set to hunt down the darkfriends who had stolen the horn was getting ready to depart.

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Chapter 8: Battle For The Eye

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he strange men approached…



…The tunnel to the Eye Of The World. The group fell back to the eye chamber, Nalei placing warding traps in the tunnel to delay them, and former a semi-circle around the cave entrance. The man dressed all in black appeared round round the corner of the tunnel and slowly approached, conjuring a fiery sword in his hand as he came. As the group prepared to meet him, his companion stepped through a strange gateway in thin air behind the group and pinned Lan and Moiraine against a wall, shielding the Aes Sedai so she could not interfere. The old man would have inflicted further damage but Berek charged into him. The pair grappled for a moment and then toppled into the Eye of the World, disappearing without a ripple.

Meanwhile the rest of the group fought with the man in black armour. He fought hard, felling Jonah with a viscous stroke of his sword and badly wounding both Nalei and Rodrick. Finally he pinned Rodrick to the wall and prepared to destroy him utterly when Nalei managed to fell him with a final blast of power created fire. With the battle over, Moiraine and Lan fell free and the group found that the liquid which had filled the eye was gone, leaving an empty hollow containing the bodies of Berek, alive but horribly burned on his left hand, and the old man, dead with his head neatly severed and cauterised. The hollow also cotained a bundle of white cloth which, when unwrapped proved to be the Dragon Banner of Lews Therin Telamon wrapped around a box containing the Horn of Valere and a strange chunk of polished rock or glass rought into a thick circle bisected by a sinuous line into black and white halves.

Berek never wrote of what happened to him in the pool or how he came by the heron mark that was branded into his left palm so the details of his struggle are lost to history but we can be sure that the moment he fell into the Eye of the World was a great turning point in the course of the world. Even leagues away in Fal Dara, we felt the pattern heave and stretch as some great force twisted and reworked it.

When the group of friends arrived back at the city with an honour guard of soldiers led by Lord Ingtar, captain of the city guard, they were given rest and medical aid before being led to the Lord Agelmar to explain recent events. Moiraine wasted no time in sending the Amyrlin Seat a message and soon recieved a reply telling us that the ruler of Tar Valon was on her way to Fal Dara with all speed. The night before her arrival, a great feast was held in honour of the companions safe return with plans for a greater one the following day to celebrate the arrival of the Amyrlin. Berek found he had no appetite and left early, heading for the gates to go for a walk outside the castle walls. That was how he discovered the gates standing open and the guards dead at their posts with their throats neatly slit.

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Chapter 7: Into The Blight

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e turned our mounts towards Fal Dara…



…And rode until the city came into view. We were greeted warmly at the gates, partly due to Moiraine who was now travelling openly as an Aes Sedai and partly because of Lan who seemed to garner at least as much respect if not more as the guards greeted him with cries of Tai Shar Malkier (True Blood of Malkier in the old tongue). We were given a guard of honour and escorted to the chambers of Lord Agelmar, the ruler of Fal Dara and one of the Great Captains of the Westlands.

Lord Agelmar greeted us cordially and asked our business. Moiraine was evasive as always but gave the lord enough information for him to see the importance of our mission and offer us any aid he could. Moiraine turned down the offer of an armed escort as a small group is far harder to spot coming than an army and our best hope for reaching the Eye of the World was stealth. She did accept supplies, fresh mounts and armour from the city arsenal though.

As the meeting was about to break up there was a most unexpected turn of events. A guard entered and reported a strange man demanding to see Lord Agelmar with news of how to defeat the Dark One. The mysterious man turned out to be Padan Fain in a piteous state and babbling about ultimate victory over the shadow. He might have been given creedence had it not been for the presence of Berek and Moiraine who immeadiately identified the man as a dark friend and had him taken to the dungeons where Moiraine spent the next few hours questioning him with the aid of the one power. She discovered much including that Padan Fain had been behind the trolloc attack on Emonds Field and had somehow been given the knowledge to safely navigate the ways. With has nature confirmed, lord Agelmar did not hesitate to order him executed and allowed Berek to wield the axe in retribution for the people of the Two Rivers who had died.

The following day the party set off at first light leaving me in Fal Dara to await their return. The blight is no place for a scholar and I would only be a liability to them. They journeyed north for almost a week through increasingly corrupted and jungle-like terrain, facing shadowspawn even fouler than trollocs until they came to a clearing around a small conical hill like a miniature volcano. The whole clearing was bare of vegitation as if the corrupt plants would not come near the hill. High on the side of the hill was a cave-like opening that led into a tunnel into the depths of the rock. The way was lit by glowing crystals set into the cieling and led to a large round cave with a deep pool of what appeared to be crystal clear water at its centre.

Moiriane explained that this was the Eye of the World. The last untainted source of Saidin in the world, created after the male half of the source was tainted as one of the last works of both male and female Aes Sedai. As the group talked, Berek, who was watching the approach reported that two figures were appearing from the treeline and heading towards the tunnel. One was a very old man leaning heavily on a staff and the other was a tall man dressed head-to-toe in black leather including a full mask that completely hid his face.

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Chapter 6: Travelling The Ways

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hilst Nalei headed to the palace…



… The rest of the party came to inspect their sleeping quarters and encountered none other that your humble chronicler. I was out of the stedding to tour the groves built by Ogier in ages long past but found myself a virtual prisoner in the Queen Blessing Inn. With Caemlyn full of people who had never seen an Ogier, I kept being mistaken for a Trolloc and chased so I resolved to lay low in the inns small library andwait until the fuss about the false dragon had died down before leaving town.

Be fortuitous chance this put me in the right place to meet a group of heroes that would change the world. They seemed shy but polite enough and Rodrick was interested in history so I undertook to explain the history of the Ogier which of course took a number of hours and before we were done Nalei was back from the palace having left a message for the queens Aes Sedai advisor about Moiraine and the problems with Trollocs and Darkfriends which the group had encountered on their journey to Caemlyn.

The following day was the day of the parade for the false dragon. Rodrick went to see the parade and whilst he was out, The queens advisor visited the inn in person and spent some time closetted in a back room with Nalei and Johan questioning them. That evening, The lady Moiraine Dmodred Sedai arrived and explained matters more clearly to me. She told of the Ta’veren nature of Rodrick, Johan and Berek and of her intention to take them to Tar Valon. It was then that I told her of the old man that had come to the stedding some 20 years past and told of a plot to ‘Blind the Eye of the World’. This question brought up a number of similar dreams, prophecies and messages that various members of the the group had heard before and they clearly meant something to Moiraine who insisted that their was no time to travel to Tar Valon and insisted that we go directly to the city of Fal Dara on the edge of the blight. She wasn’t very forthcoming with her reasons other than to say that time was short and the dark one was planning to destroy the world but she demanded that I show her the route through the old network of Ways to Fal Dara. I warned her of the dangers but she insisted there was no choice so I agreed and that evening we set out.

Ogier can sense there way to Way Gates and we found the Caemlyn gate in the celler of some poor shop keeper who’s door we were forced to break down. Moiraine found the key and opened the gate and we entered. The trip through the ways took about 7 days and despite my fears we made it almost to the final gate before anything truly bad happned. At the last guiding pillar we found a group of trollocs turned to stone and half absorbed into the ways and as we passed them we heard the first whisper of Machin Shin, The black wind. We hurried to the last gate, pursued by the wind and also by a group of trollocs fleeing in the same direction. The trollocs were crazed with fear and the key was missing from the way gate so Moiraine and Nalei began to cut through it with the power whilst the Lan, Jonah, Berek and Rodrick held off the trollocs. I’m afraid I was of little use, unarmed as I was and with no training in combat but the others aquitted themselves well and in the nick of time, Moiraine and Nalei finished cutting the gate and we escaped the Ways back into the real world on the fringes of the blight within sight of the beacons of Fal Dara.

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Chapter 5: Arrival In Caemlyn

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ith Nalei wounded…



…By a darkfriends dagger, the party headed to the nearest tavern and had the innkeeper send for the towns apothecary. The apothecary treated Nalei’s wounds but could do little for the poison and Nalei remained unconcious for the next two days as the caravan rumbled onwards, passing through the little town of Market Sharen where Nalei seemed to recover almost miraculously quickly and spending a night at a coaching inn called The Queens Man.

All through the last couple of days, Rodrick and Jonah had been ill and that evening at the inn they lapsed into tortured fever dreams which prompted the caravan master to let them go for fear of spreading the strange sickness amongst his men. That night Berek was approached and then nearly stabbed by a darkfriend called Milli Skane who, under Berek’s tended ministrations babbled something about the Dark One blinding the Eye Of The World and killing the great serpent.
Berek then took pity on the girl and let her go, sending her running off into the night.

Rodrick and Jonah seemed to recover extremely fast from their mysterious illness and the party continue on their way, arriving in Carysford where Rodrick managed to start a bar fight over his sword that left half the patrons dead and a drunken old man on asking for a lift to Caemlyn. The group agree and head off to the capital of Andor and the Queens Blessing inn where they hope to meet Moiraine.

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Chapter 4: Four Kings By Night

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ur heroes left Whitebridge…



…As part of a large trading caravan heading for Caemlyn. As they rattled out of the town gates they passed as odd procession of richly appointed coaches heading into town, many bearing the liveries of noble houses. The caravan made good progress through the day and camped down for the night in a field by the roadside. As the group were hobbling the horses, one of the guards reported that a group of the traveling folk were camping in a nearby copse and the wagon master duly posted extra guards to deter the tinkers supposed thieving nature.

Having never met tinkers before, the group were curious and went to meet them. The leader of the tinkers, a man named Dasra Alhari, was very welcoming. He invited them to into the camp and introduced them to his people. Esmerelda, Dasra’s daughter, seemed particularly taken with Rodrick. The tinkers, who refer to themselves as Tuatha’an, were friendly and welcoming. They offered food and drink and seemed to regard every nights rest as a cause for celebration. The sang, danced and told stories and told the four friends that they were traveling in the same direction as the caravan for a short time so they would be welcome back the following night. They also made it clear that they strongly disproved of violence and weapons. particularly of Rodricks sword which was purely a weapon and had no other purpose.

On the second night, the Tuatha’an again sang and danced and this time explained their philosophy of The Way Of The Leaf and how it forbade violence even in self defence. Rodrick and Berek argued against such a pacifistic way of life in the face of shadowspawn and darkfriends and told the tale of the attack on Emonds Field but the Tuatha’an only tried to convince their guests to put down their weapons and take up the way of the leaf.

For two more nights the Tuatha’an attempted to convince the group to join them but eventually the time came for them to part ways. They did so in friendship with offers from Dasra and his wife to return to them when they saw the right way. The caravan continued on towards Caemlyn.

On the 20th day of the journey the caravan arrived at the town of Four Kings just as a huge thunderstorm broke over the town. The towns inn rapidly filled with caravan workers, leaving only one, rather shabby inn called The Dancing Cartman. The barman was a villainous looking sort and Jonah elected to sleep back as the camp whilst Berek built a camp for himself in the woods. Rodrick and Nalei stayed however after the innkeeper offered room and board in return for entertaining the common room.

Rodrick began his performance and played long into the night, attracting a fair number of patrons including a strange merchant who looked very out of place in such a rough establishment. Eventually the commons emptied and Rorick and Nalei were shown to their beds in a storeroom at the back. Their sleep was interupted in the night by the merchant who introduced himself as Howal Gode and he brough about a few ‘associates’ with him. He was plainly a darkfriend and implied that he had been sent to find the group. In short order they were hustled into a coach and rattled off to the caravan site to gather up Jonah who required more forceful persuasion in the form of a blow to the back of the head.

lastly the coach headed into the forest to find Berek who was more ready for trouble than the rest. His hammer shattered a wheel on the speeding coach and the vehicle flipped, crashing into a tree and setting fire to part of the clearing with the spilled oil from the lamps. The four friends faced off against the eight darkfriends who survived the crash and killed several before Gode struck from the shadows stabbing Nalei with a poison dagger and rendering Jonah unconscious for the second time that night.

It seemed there was something to Moiraines claim that some of the group were Ta’veran though as a bolt of lightening struck in the clearing, missing the surrounding trees and striking one of the fallen lanterns. The blast killed all the toughs and stunned Berek and Rodrick whilst Jonah was splashed on the cheek with molten metal from the lantern. In the aftermath they found no sign of Howal Gode…

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