We just finished the most dramatic and exciting session of the game yet.
Truth be told, it exceeded even my GM expectations. (I have AWESOME players!)
Anyway, I do hope that Pokep And J Chokey get on here and share their perspectives.
Erec- LOP man at arms
Sturmer- impoverished son of a knight
Berke- Pilot from Thay...resting up at Bromeleon
Tukvar- Kath Tracker
Parnell- Itinerant Peoni priest
Essentially in a nutshell (BTW are there peanuts on Harn??) The players completed a quest for Houla Artona, Knight Commander of the LOP in Kaldor. Meanwhile Sir Remiu Kaphin, Knight Commander of Nebulan was attempting to thwart Houla plans. Along the way they discovered the Navehan influence on the Pagaelin, met Baron Verdreth, and the Earl Dariune.
One of the characters was asked to share testimony from his visit to Solora to the Soylana assembly in Whyce, and actually had the opportunity to try to direct the future of the LOP in Kaldor. The quest was revealed to be a secret missive from the Laranian Primate, drafted years beforehand, suggesting that the Kaldor LOP not participate in the Solora Crusade.
And further offering support and recognition if they did separate itself from the Melderyni order, similar to what the Checkered Shield did. The document appears to be several decades old...How could the Primate at the time have known???
Needless to say, Erec was unable to sway the council, and Houla has decided to send Ytalko, Nebulan and Vadan to Melderyn. Remiu, outraged, the council adjourned, says that Houla will have to burn him out of Nebulan...He will never go to Melderyn.
Before he can pack up and leave Whyce, the players beseech Edine Kynn to intercede on their behalf, Sir Remiu has abducted a free woman, (Erecs love interest, who he thought to use to leverage Erec). Challenged before his fellow Knights, Remiu says he was bewitched, calls her a sorceress, who must be burned. She demands trial by combat, and the players to champion her. Houla demands that Sir Remiu defend the church!
In the climactic battle Larani intercedes and has the player defeat Remiu in single combat! WOW what a dramatic battle in HM3...coolest battle Ive ever been a part of and very breathtaking! Eventually Remiu succumbs to fatigue and injury and is disarmed. In disgrace he is stripped of rank lands and titles.
Sturmer, the combatant is raised to knighthood and given Houla's own Khuzan sword.
So now, the LOP is reduced in strength going into the KSC.
Nebulan is without a Knight Commander, and the Earl Balim has lost a great portion of his military might.
Thanks to Kerry Mould for the Lady Of Paladins Article, Kerry Mould and Kenneth Malcolm for the Whyce article, Kerry Mould for the Nebulan article, and of course, Neil Thompson for the Asolade Adventures on which my campaign is based.
I am excited to see where the game goes from here...they group has been exposed to several other plots: Navehan/Pagaelin influence, Lost Tuleme Falls expedition, Merela Cheselyne wants a Chelni pony, the Barrows at Kobing may hold ancient treasure....Earl Balim wants to blaze a road to Jedes from the Salt Route....the Pagaelin believe that a dragon haunts the Shomos river area....