Diablo Deeper Darkness

Odgen's Sign
Snotspill's Magic Banner

After being yelled at by a large Dark One named Snotspill, demanding that the party “kill uglies” and “bring back magic banner” with the threat of him and his minions attacking. These “uglies” were Bilefrothe the Pit Master and a couple of Overlord cronies and the “magic banner” turned out to be the sign to the Rising Sun. Upon this realization the party return the sign to the innkeepers and asked the Vizjeri Summomer Toya to illusion a makeshift banner to give to Snotspill. Mericifully, the Dark One allowed the party passage further down, but only once -and the party slew the lot of them.

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Writings of Tristram (4)
The Wages of Sin are War

The party found another coded message:

AOBE KVMP HBU BHRZ IPHEEVJ BA AVV TULBTZ HYAW CQQ OSIELE, NAY HYEB RZQ AVV LDJB XLURCB FN FOS YOURLDPA. NHHE BTL SKEUEIX JCEFOZKF ISKWHVV FOS YIJY PQHJVNV RVP AVV BXIVUUU YEOCA RHZCS XGWZ TCITDC AAPZ, ZT LJ KMSZVD WYM EPB NAU. RVSLZJ AQU LQTCES ZRTW HAFNJJB TBARNLKG UU RZSJLQEL, TZGKKQZN WE SHTZQA, ONAB WZAT HYE SIGUUU VYHJ WR TCITDCA. EVAV DDIQZN, DFWHINGS AFRWRTE OOME HMMZ HZCIHU BTLAJEOMME DWKH HZBTLF JIGV, IZK VVLS KW PPQKAWV BTL QFUUJM AM HYE VZV IHF.

A little more difficult than that last, this code involved a Vingere Square using the keyword “Horadrim” and translates into:

Take heed and bear witness to the truths that lie herein, for they are the last legacy of the Horadrim. When the eternal conflict between the high heavens and the burning hells falls upon mortal soil, it is called the Sin War. Angels and demons walk amongst humanity in disguise, fighting in secret, away from the prying eyes of mortals. Some daring, powerful mortals have even allied themselves with either side, and help to dictate the course of the Sin War.

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Lachdannan
Search for Koliada's Flower

The former commander of Leoric’s armies, Lachdannan, rescued the party from the grasp of the cursed knight Sir Garosh. In return, Lachdannan asked them to create for him a unique amber colored elixir that was save his soul from the affects of Leoric’s dying curse. Peppin had heard of the whereabouts of the recipe to create said potion but needed the key ingredient: a flower born from an archfey that attempted to stop the corruption of her people. Luckily the healer also knew the best place nearby to find such a rare plant -a mighty disciple of the healer’s goddess was bound to a sacred temple in the mountains.

The party made their way across the valley floor and up the pass to the place where ancients still dwell. Alulyssa, the disciple of Life, welcome the weary pilgrims and after seeing to their basic needs accepted a challenge to win the right to cultivate the magical flower. The party defeated her champion, completing the elixir and returning it to Lachdannan before it was too late. Greatful, the knight gave the amulet that has aided in protecting his soul and vowed if such a thing were possible, he would find some other way to aid them.

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Leroic
The Skeleton King

Upon hearing that the former ruler of Khanduras has risen from the dead and was creating an undead army to reconquer his lost domain, the party fought their way into the mad king’s crypt to stop his threat to the world once and for all.

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Gharbad the Weak

The party entered a makeshift blacksmith and encountered its flesh clan enchanter, Gharbad. After showering the party with gifts and giving his tragic story of how he came to be trapped in this labyrinth, the group decided to leave Gharbad be.

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Writings of Tristram (3)
The Great Conflict

During their travels the group found a small torn workbook containing an unusual block of text:

AHRL OLLK HUK ILHY DPAULZZ AV AOL AYBAOZ AOHA SPL OLYLPU, MVY AOLF HYL AOL SHZA SLNHJF VM AOL OVYHKYPT. AOLYL PZ H DHY AOHA DHNLZ VU LCLU UVD, ILFVUK AOL MPLSKZ AOHA DL RUVD -ILADLLU AOL BAVWPHU RPUNKVTZ VM AOL OPNO OLHCLUZ HUK AOL JOHVAPJ WPAZ VM AOL IBYUPUN OLSSZ. AOPZ DHZ PZ RUVDU HZ AOL NYLHA JVUMSPJA, HUK PA OHZ YHNLK HUK IBYULK SVUNLY AOHU HUF VM AOL ZAHYZ PU AOL ZRF. ULPAOLY ZPKLZ LCLY NHPUZ ZDHF MVY SVUN HZ AOL MVYJLZ VM SPNOA HUK KHYRULZZ JVUZAHUASF CPL MVY JVUAYVS VCLY HSS JYLHAPVU.

Using the very simple algorithm of H → A, I → B, J → C, etc. the passage translates as thus:

Take heed and bear witness to the truths that lie herein, for they are the last legacy of the Horadrim. There is a war that wages on even now, beyond the fields that we know -between the utopian kingdoms of the high heavens and the chaotic pits of the burning hells. This was is known as the Great Conflict, and it has raged and burned longer than any of the stars in the sky. Neither sides ever gains sway for long as the forces of light and darkness constantly vie for control over all creation.

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The Butcher
Fresh Meat!

The group found and defeated The Butcher, the vile overlord that massacred many of the doomed townsfolk that ventured into the labyrinth beneath the cathedral. Searching among the effects of The Butcher’s victims Therodin reported to find nothing that belonged to Albrect and so the adventurers continued onward to find the fate of the lost prince.

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Poisoned Well

After noticing the state of the water in the town fountain the group asked the healer about it. Peppin gave a rough location to the fountain’s spring source and taught a ritual that could be used to purify the water was whatever was causing the taint was discovered.

However it was the Sisterhood of the Sightless Eye that found the root of the problem: demonic presence so close to the source caused the entire water system to become poisoness. The Sisters cleared the demons from the spring area and then collapsed that cave to seal it off for now.

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Writings of Tristram (2)
The Dark Exile

Hidden on a secret page the group found this bare legible passage:

“So it came to be that there was a great revolution within the burning hells known as the Dark Exile. The lesser evils overthrew the three prime evils and banished their spirit forms to the mortal realm. The demons Belial, the lord of lies, and Azmodan (the lord of sin) fought to claim rulership over hell in the three brothers’ absence. All of hell polarized between the factions of Belial and Azmodan while the forces of the high heaves continually battered upon the very gates of hell.”

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Writings of Tristram (1)
The Realms Beyond

Contained within a trapped desk drawer the group found a piece of parchment. Although the red scratchings had begun to fade, it writing was much more recent than any of the books contained within that library. It read:

“All praises to Diablo – Lord of Terror and Survivor of the Dark Exile. When he awakened from his long slumber, my Lord and Master spoke to me of secrets that few mortals know. He told me the Kingdoms of the High Heavens and the Pit of the Burning Hells engage in an eternal war. He revealed the powers that had brought this discord to the realms on Man. My Lord has named the battle for this world and all who exist here the Sin War.”

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