I have found refuge in this city surrounded by a fetid swamp. Once it was a semi thriving town. A great magical calamity occurred to sink the once fine forest into what is now called the Black Swamp. Now it holds mostly mercenaries and whores, even the merchants are abandoning the town. It was the trade with the dwarves of Kuln that kept Coruvon active, that and the need for a human military presence this close to the border.
Now the dwarves have been run out of Kuln and the city seems doomed to become just a military outpost where soldiers are sent as punishment. That is unless someone manages to restore Kuln. Who knows, maybe even the forest can be restored if the curse in the black swamp can be lifted.
But for me it is a good place to hide, going home has been put on hold until I can get the death sentence in that kingdom removed. I mean that guy deserved to die, even if he was a noble related to the king. Anyway I have found some people who might be willing to help restore Kuln if we can figure out how and gain enough skill and resources to accomplish it.
We gathered together and went to the The Alabaster Oracle to see if we might be able to find any clue as to what might accomplish our goal. She told us that the frog god in the swamp might be able to assist us. With little more than that and an old map the barbarian had acquired we headed along the magical wooden causeways into the black swamp.
It didn’t take long to find trouble, but a big fish wasn’t our greatest threat. We cooked it up and ate some on the first night. On the second day we met a group of human bandits, I have no idea what bandits do over a day into the swamp but they nearly killed two of our group before we ended their threat. Then a weird mystic appeared and blessed us, he somehow knew the ranger and spoke with her for a time before disappearing.
The next day we came to another hill and found the statue of the frog god, he sent us to retrieve items so that he could craft a key for Kuln. We went off in search of the items whose possible location he had indicated on our map. First we came to a long hill and were almost killed by a swarm of dire swamp wasps. Then we were attacked by alligators. Two of them nearly killing the barbarian.
I also met two lovely swamp maidens, who wanted to have a good time but were scared by their mother. Later we went to their house and they ruffied me. I suspect they were some sort of succubus, possibly swamp fairies of some sort, they fit the profile.
Eventually we came to the area where the one of the items might possibly be found. So we left the causeway and traveled into the swamp. There we climbed up a big mound of corpses and found an old shack. When a man came out he could only be a vile necromancer living on a mound of corpses so I shot him, but my aim must have been off cause he slammed the door.
We perused him into the hut and down into some sort of rotting corpse cellar. There were many rotting arms trying to hold us back from the walls and a couple of dead wolf like creatures.