Battlemap 30x20: The Fallen Phoenix Stone
The Fallen Phoenix Stone
Fire dances amid the snow where a meteor of starmetal has crashed¸ destroying the surrounding forest. In its wake lies a trail of molten rock¸ pooling in glowing rivulets¸ as well as burning fragments of debris and fallen trees.
Your party is enjoying the sumptuous celebrations in a village renowned for its annual prosperity festival. Every year as a comet blazes across the sky its people celebrate with fried sweets¸ roasted meat¸ and copious quantities of white wine before releasing red sky lanterns.
Except this year¸ as the lanterns are being released¸ the comet begins to slip from the sky. As the inhabitants of the village begin to scream and panic¸ the night lights up in a white flash with a loud bang that reverberates in your ears. The comet fragments as it falls¸ the smaller blazing rocks shaking the earth as they collide.
Eventually the main body of the comet crashes into a nearby forest¸ pushing trees to the ground and shattering them as it sails low overhead. Many people are thrown off their feet by the impact and watch as a large¸ fiery being rises above the forest¸ roaring horrifically in a guttural tongue¸ before shrinking back beneath the treeline.
What's happening? Long ago a fire elemental named Arcarix raged through the land¸ turning it into a burning waste. Only a wizard named Astraphalageous¸ after losing his wife and children to the calamity¸ stopped Arcarix before it was too late. He sacrificed his life to imprison the elemental within a fallen comet of skymetal¸ before sending it up far away; where it should never have touched the land again.
Astraphalageus's Sacrifice is what the comet became called and is the real reason it was seen as a symbol of prosperity¸ for it returned hope to the land. However¸ as time flowed ever onward his sacrifice was forgotten¸ alongside the true story behind the comet.
Now¸ hundreds of years later the magic that once bound it has finally unraveled; causing the comet to fall and collide with the land. Arcarix¸ partially released from his prison¸ rose above the forest announcing his joy at finally being free in the fire elemental tongue.
Despite his initial hope¸ Arcarix hasn't fully escaped his prison. It only cracked during its collision¸ allowing him to emerge from the comet¸ but not escape it. The little fires that broke off from him during the collision have become small fire elementals¸ beginning to foray out into the forest.
When you arrive the distressed Arcarix is cursing at being partially-imprisoned¸ whilst tearing chunks of rock away. If you understand and speak to him¸ he might explain how his active volcano was destroyed by a wizard and how¸ when he tried to find a new home¸ that man came after him¸ locking him away in the darkness where he could barely sustain his flame. Now he just wants to go back to his volcano¸ unaware of the damage he caused.
With a successful perception check¸ you can see glowing red runes of sealing inscribed on the meteorite¸ though they are partially damaged.
If approached by armed adventurers (or anyone who looks like a wizard)¸ Arcarix will lash out and fight to the death.What You Will Receive