Cornelius Renfield, Phaedra Templeton and Elyl Ders were invited by a dwarf named Varnak Nevak to be introduced to a man who would enable them to become more connected to the Divine. The three met up with the surly dwarf on the edge of Parasabda and began the journey to see the man named Zerick.
Along the way they were ambushed by Yuan-ti, a scourge that flourished in the deep jungles of Parasabda. The four of them fought them off and made their way to an ancient ruin of the elves. They were met by Rillton Fathsphere, a Centaur druid; A Loxo Lumberjack named Chaara Teel; and a human Monk named Gerrard Sillit. Rillton, the centaur, questioned them about their motives, and there seemed to be some tension between the dwarf and the others, but they were allowed to see Zerick.
The three initiates were led to a dark long tunnel and brought to a pitch-black room where a voice from the darkness asked them why they were there. “What is your pain?” the voice asked each of them, and as they answered, the voice revealed himself to them as a Half fiend and called himself Zerick, son of Raza. Each of the supplicants in turn were faced with their deepest pain and marked by stigmata. Phaedra was scarred on her feet to honor her patron Fharlargan, god of roads; Elyl on the base of his spine to remind him that pain is the true pleasure of life and what the dead miss most; Cornelius had the word “honor” carved upon his chest to remind him of what gave him the most pain in his life.
With these markings, the three were opened to the Divine within themselves and were now able to channel divine power in distinct ways. Just then, Gerrard and Varnak ran in and the sound of pitched battle could be heard from the chamber beyond. With a guttural growl, Zerick charged through the tunnel followed closely by his five disciples.
In the chamber beyond, Rillton, Chaara and about fifteen more disciples of Zerick were fighting against a superior force of followers of the Reaper led by a blond Half-Giant with a giant spear. Zerick, Elyl and Cornelius charged at the leader while Phaedra, Gerrard and Varnak ran to help Rillton, Chaara and the overwhelmed disciples. Most of the disciples fell before the newcomers could help and even the mighty Centaur and Loxo were becoming overwhelmed. Zerick and the leader engaged fiercely, but it was apparent that the Half-fiend was overwhelmed. Elyl tried to help Zerick, but the giant’s armor deflected his attacks, while Cornelius fought to help Chaara.
Just when the tide seemed to be turning against the invaders, a score of reinforcements swarmed through the entrance to the chamber. Zerick, bleeding and weakened from many grievous wound, bellowed at Varnak to get the newcomers away, and the four fled through the tunnel into darkness just as the fair haired Half-Giant plunged his spear through Zerick’s chest.
Varnak led the three to a secret passage that opened up into the dense jungle that surrounded the ruins. They could hear shouting all around them, as the hideout was being surrounded by what seemed like a small army. The four survivors crept through the jungle along a small path and were almost away when they were surprised by a Cleric and three small dog-like aberrations with writhing purple tendrils protruding from their mouths.
With a mere touch of the creatures purple tentacles, Elyl and Phaedra seemed sapped of their wits, and Elyl soon was surrounded. The Cleric, from a safe distance, began to cast a spell while the three companions fought against the monsters that threatened them.
As the Cleric finished casting his spell, Varnak showed his true colors and attacked Elyl from behind, while in front of them a Large Owlbear skeleton attempted to separate Cornelius’ head from his shoulders. Elyl and Pheadra killed the creatures and moved up on the Cleric as he finished casting a second spell and grew to twice his height. While Cornelius fought the skeleton, Phaedra shot her bow at the priest and Elyl battled the traitorous dwarf.
The three friends were victorious, and using their new-found powers, healed up the wounds from the battle and sneaked off into the jungle, hoping to evade pursuit. For three days they headed south, with Phaedra working to cover their trail, and on the fourth they emerged from the forest undetected.
They sought help at the first town they came to, where the town druid met them at the outskirts of town and told them they were not welcome. Apparently, agents of the Three were searching the countryside for them in force, threatening ruin on any who aided these fugitives. Having no love for the Three himself, the Druid gave the companions some provisions and info and sent them south to Larruma to find safe passage to Vancalla, Cornelius’ homeland, where the Three had little power.
They traveled by boat to Lesarti, the closest Vancalllan city to Larruma and found lodgings in a dockside Inn. Soon afterward, representatives of the Passerini Family approached them, and insisted they meet with the family patriarch Antonio that night. Cornelius explained to the other two that merchant families that often warred with each other at the worst of times and were steeped in intrigue at the best of them in the cities of Vancalla.
Cornelius suggested that they go meet with this person as it was likely that he wouldn’t harm them without provocation and it would be considered rude if they did not. Elyl agreed and the three travelers set out to meet up with Antonio Passerini.