War of the Book

In Moville

The party gets to Moville. It is a city of wooden buildings with a large abbey and a port.

To Abbot Finnian

The party tries to deliver the book.

North to Moville
Sent to Moville
Columba has finished the book

Columba rapidly copied the Book of Wisdom and sends the Seekers north to Moville, to return the original.

Grigs in Tullamore
The party helps the chief scribe

Briefly noted this time –
Roarc is freed, pledges fealty to Columba, begs Nola to do the same in anticipation of their wedding someday. Columba sends him on travels.

The party agrees to go to Tullamore. At Tullamore, they confront Columba about the nature of his actions with the book. In the end they are satisfied, despite misgivings.

The party buys some things from Bravan, the quartermaster monk at Tullamore.

Waiting for their next assignment (accompany the book to Moville), they help Dypta the chief scribe deal with the theft of inks.

Watching in the night, they see grigs stealing inks. The follow the grigs to their lair and attempt to recover stolen inks. The grigs harass them and giggle. Then a giant wasp attacks and almost carries Nola away. But she is saved at the last minute by shots from Eoghan and Aislan. The grateful grigs give them some stuff including a nice painting.

Rourke Returns!
One Seeker of the Book Finds Her Lost Love

After returning the precious Book of Wisdom to Columba, the monk takes care of poor Rourke, trapped in a garnet gem.

Great Games
How the Seekers became the Champions of Tara

Arriving at Tara, the Seekers found it alive with activity. They soon learned that winners of games would be invited to sleep in the King’s Guest Hall, where treasures would be kept for being shared out on the next day, the day of the coronation ceremony. Eoghan won an arhcery contest by splitting a bull’s-eyed arrow. Maeve lost a woodburst contest to Buto, a lout. Aislan beat several contenders about the head and neck, winning the moot combat trial. Thorros guessed that there were exactly 374 beans in the sack. And Nola miraculously cured three people of their demonic “possessions” – deafness, migraines, and constipation, respectively. To top it off, the party beat the Kilkenny Raiders in a hurling match. Word went around the grounds about the Five of Durry, their amazing powers, the stupendous performances, their quite possibly evil, or magic, or both, abilities.

Nonetheless the Seekers were allowed to sleep in the King’s Guest Hall with the treasure, along with Buto the lout, Gemman a bard, and Donald, a handsome fellow. Piled under a tapestry in the back was the Book of Wisdom. Guards were invited to drink and be merry and as a result several of them fell asleep in the night. Not the Seekers, who kept careful watch. Early on in the night, Eoghan noticed as Donald was called away on a social errand. Later, many of the guards slept and so Nola woke the group. Eoghan snuck to the book and took it back to his cot, sleeping uneasily with it the rest of the night.

Morning came and as the Seekers discussed what to do, a great ruckus arose. Aedh, protected of Ruadh, had been killed during a violent game of hurling. Demanding justice of the new King, the monk Ruadh and a crowd of his followers (including Columba and his assistant, Comolan) stormed up the hill to the King’s Hall. In the tumult, the Seekers made it know to Comolan that they had the book in their possession. A meeting was arranged, down the hill and far away from the crowd. As they left the King’s fort, the Seekers heard the upshot of the proceedings up above: The Monks had cursed Tara and were departing.

Moments later, however, the Seekers met with Comolan and Columba, and handed over the book. But before doing that, Aislan and Eoghan had a certain page erased, and Nola had a certain gem removed. This gem they gave over to Columba, asking the great man to perhaps do something about the fellow trapped inside.

On Tara's Verge
The Seekers of the Book approach the Seat of Kings.

Having hazarded most of the isle, the group is near Tara, and every traveler seems to be going there for the ceremony to install the new king.

Crossing the Isle
A harrowing first journey away from Durry

The party left Durry for the east as swiftly as possible. They pushed themselves and made good time at first. Thorros bargained with the merchant Timon, who traded them a Wand of Erase, a potion of Cure Moderate Wounds, and a scroll of Mage Armor for some sheets of pergamon and two prepared inks. Maeve asked him to keep an eye out for items of protection and spread the word among the merchants about them; they would be known to the merchants as “Thorros and his companions.”

The next two nights were spent camping in the open, by the road. On the second night, the Companions of Thorros were attacked by goblins and what seemed to be a powerful mage. The mage dropped them into a pit and the goblins surrounded them. The goblins were easily driven off and they got themselves out of the pit well enough, but the mage was nowhere to be found. Nola decided to check for magic around them and discovered a powerful aura completely surrounded them. The goblins turned out to be illusions. Sensing their weakness and recalling tales of powerful mysterious beings in the woods, Eoghan called out and asked what they should do. A voice commanded, “Write the sign on the scroll.” Aislan had been given a vision of Celtic weaving, which she duly wrote on a magic scroll that had been provided. At that a company of powerful Elves materialized from the wood. Their leader, Dunachan the Brown, said that he had heard of a strange group of extremely powerful men, guided by visions. The illusion and the sign was a test to see if this was indeed that company. Knowing now their powers, Dunachan warned the party to take care not to incur the wrath of the Elves, but at the same time to call for help, near any wood. That call may or may not be answered, depending on their choices and the situation. The party learned that the Elves are Erin’s oldest inhabitants, far more powerful than any men, but content to remain hidden in the forests unless and until something causes them to get involved. The encounter with Dunachan encouraged the party to give themselves a title somewhat more exalted than “Companions of Thorros” – they had become the Seekers of the Book.

Seekers of the Book? Indeed. For as they traveled onwards, the five came to realize that many people were interested in the Book of Wisdom and its whereabouts. Just the next day they ran into Comolan, a monk of the order of Columba, who is a student of Finnian of Moville. The connection? Moville is the main monastery of the Good Monks. The Book of Wisdom belongs there. Finnian is the Abbot of that place. Columba is one among many who have sent out assistants and students to search, and Comolan is one of them. He offered to receive the book from the party, should they find it, and told them he would give it to the right person. Then he departed for Tullamore, a monastery in the dead center of Erin that was founded by his master Columba.

The party continued on the road to Tara and that evening was delighted to come upon a farm with a large longhouse, complete with good smells and wisps of white smoke rising from the chimney. Knocking, they were received by a rough fellow, whom Maeve immediately distrusted. The Seekers decided to move on but Eoghan heard the sound of trapped folks coming from a root cellar in the yard. The cellar door was covered in debris, oddly. Going to investigate, Eoghan triggered an all-out attack by the bandits who had taken over the inn. Too bad for the bandits, really. Their one good moment, and the most dangerous one for the party so far, came when they surrounded the wizard Thorros. As we know, when a wizard is surrounded by bandits, it usually goes poorly for the wizard. This time, however, Aislan stepped up to Thorros’ flank with her longsword of doom. That gave Thorros enough space to scorch three of the fellows with his fire-hands, and Aislan proceeded to eviscerate what was left. Meanwhile Eoghan, Nola, and Maeve clopped off the other bandits. They rescued Mochta and Moin, red-headed innkeepers, who gave them the bandit’s treasure as a reward.

The next morning, Niall and five Fannians arrived. They had been sent by the Fannian King, Owney, who had heard via rumor that someone had talked to the Druid Nyalin in Durry and then sped off to the east. Niall had chased them for four days and was prepared to arrest the group and take them back to Owney for questioning as to their motives, but they satisfied him by telling the truth – they seek the powerful Book. Niall said that his master would be very interested in having such a book and he also declared that he did not trust the wood folk, Aislan and Eoghan, in the least. Yet he let the party proceed.

The next day the Seekers came to a ravine and were attacked by Twigjacks. Nasty thorny things. But they too were defeated. Day by day, hour by hour, the feeling grows that this group has more power than it should. What is the source of this power? Why does it grow? Why did Aislan seem so comfortable with a vision of a Celtic knot? What about Maeve’s sensation of some cold, undead thing? How does Nola cure so effortlessly? Thorros knows spells, but is amazed himself at how powerful they are. Eoghan has suddenyl become a better tracker – how can that be?

All of these questions take on more relevant as the party approaches Tara.

Gained 1,000 XP per person.

To Tara
The party leaves Durry for the seat of Erin's High Kings

Different sources point to Tara as the book’s destination, so the Five have decided to go there. A road leads from the village into the heartland of the island. It is green springtime.


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