Crime Pays

The Golden Moon Temple Part 9
The Construction of the Temple

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education: The Golden Moon Temple Part 3
The Sacrifice: The Golden Moon Temple Part 4
False Paladin: The Golden Moon Temple Part 5
Corinth Remains: the Golden Moon Temple Part 6
Athiisar Court House: The Golden Moon Temple Part 7
Family Butcher: The Golden Moon Temple Part 8
The Construction of the Temple: The Golden Moon Temple Part 9

After Scooter’s Family Butcher shop closed they noticed that the area had a very strong connection to the divine and they made The Golden Moon Temple. The Golden Moon Temple was a Temple to the deities of Selune and Pelor. Together they make the Golden Moon. It requires both deities together to bring peace and harmony among all people. For the moon does not reflect without the light of the sun. Of course the light of the sun can’t spread everywhere without the help of the moon. Which deity is better has been a debate for years but they both help each other in this symbiotic relationship. Before the Golden Moon Temple was made in the image of Selune and Pelor the warehouse district had no temple for those with the divine inclination to take refuge. The Golden Moon Temple was a splendid sight, dazzling architecture that made even nobles travel across the bridge to the other side just to look upon it with awe.

It was so beautiful that people would pay just to enter into its beautiful sanctum. The architect who designed the temple was one of the most brilliant craftsman in the land. He was paid so well to make this temple but he put every penny he earned back into buying the best materials to make this temple last for all time. The architect didn’t sleep more than two hours a day as he became obsessed, with making this temple his only ambition in life. The architect then died the day after the temple was released from exhaustion, poor diet, and stress. His obsession did in fact turn this temple into the most beautiful and well supported building in all of Athiisar. Even if Athiisar is rained on by fire, flood, dragons, giants, arcane cannons or Tiamat itself, this temple will still stand.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 8
The Family Butcher

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education: The Golden Moon Temple Part 3
The Sacrifice: The Golden Moon Temple Part 4
False Paladin: The Golden Moon Temple Part 5
Corinth Remains: the Golden Moon Temple Part 6
Athiisar Court House: The Golden Moon Temple Part 7
The Family Butcher: The Golden Moon Temple part 8

A decade before the spellplague the court house closed and became a butcher’s shop by the name of Scooter’s Family Butcher. Scooter was said to have gone insane, and killed many people. He then cut up the bodies into ground meat and sold them. His business then became incredibly popular, with almost half of the residents of the city taking part in cannibalism without knowing it. Eventually the city guards found him, killed him, and closed his business. The authorities, officials, reporters, gossipers, and the Broadsheets, The Waterside Gazette and The Civic Journal, all agreed to keep the murders and the selling of the meat a dark secret. Only those with great wisdom, literary knowledge, or those that are very old still remember what happened.
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The Golden Moon Temple Part 7
Athiisar Court House

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education: The Golden Moon Temple Part 3
The Sacrifice: The Golden Moon Temple Part 4
False Paladin: The Golden Moon Temple Part 5
Corinth Remains: the Golden Moon Temple Part 6
Athiisar Court House: The Golden Moon Temple Part 7

Part 7

On the field of sacrifices, as the city of Athiisar was being formed they clung to what little order the city officials could. They built a court system to keep order and keep the structure and safety of Athiisar’s residents. As the city of Athiisar became a popular trade city the nobles disliked the slums and the poor. As the rich get richer and the poor become more poor this causes an unsightly dark spot of the city. The court house became an institution for corrupt nobles to cleanse the sore sight by executing and eliminating the poor. Eventually those nobles were caught and executed in their own court house for the underhanded dealings that they performed. Their greed costing them their lives.

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the Golden Moon Temple Part 6
Corinth Remains

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education: The Golden Moon Temple Part 3
Sacrifice: The Golden Moon Temple Part 4
The False Paladin: The Golden Moon Temple Part 5
Corinth Remains: The Golden Moon Temple Part 6

Part 6

The power that Corinth had was scattered throughout these underground chambers. Corinth’s weapon, his crystal orb with the skull of his master was left in the chambers. The cold calculated form of Corinth caused the temperatures to drop considerably. Corinth with his mental prowess and his connection to the divine caused the tunnels to freeze and formed his own ice guardian. With his power he formed a statue of himself and infused his own evil intent into the statue’s arm. The chambers were buried with rocks and dirt. The odds of someone or something coming down this far was beyond all imagination of the high priests.

Corinth’s clothes that he was wearing when he was sacrificed he had moved by the other immortal sacrifices, along with whatever magic weapons he was accustomed to carrying.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 5
False Paladin

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education: The Golden Moon Temple Part 3
The Sacrifice: The Golden Moon Temple Part 4
False Paladin: The Golden Moon Temple part 5
Corinth Remains: the Golden Moon Temple Part 6

Part 5

In search of finding a good character to counteract Corinth’s evil, the high priests found a paladin. This paladin of course had the same intentions as Corinth. He wanted to obtain immortality, have his power become tainted with the evil that Corinth was providing. After finding out the true nature of this paladin, the high priests chained him to the wall and left him nude. They did not however know that he was a descendant of a vampire. He fed off of his blood for centuries, forgetting who he was and what he was doing. All he remembered was his first name and his want of finding that power that he sought those many years ago.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 4
The Sacrifice

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education: The Golden Moon Temple Part 3

Part 4

The most powerful sacrifice that the high priests ever performed was Corinth Sinatra. Forming a powerful divine node and bringing the planes together in harmony.

Corinth Sinatra willingly came down as a sacrifice, to acquire limitless power and to become immortal. However, he did not realize the cost of this power. The cost is to remain here, alive, forever. He has lost what little of himself that was good. Now all he craves is to have company and bring themselves to his own fate. Corinth’s power is unlimited and if someone takes him out of the temple he will still live. For he has gone beyond the mortal plane, and has become truly invincible.

When Corinth sacrificed himself, he connected this area to great divine power creating this node. This evil willing sacrifice however caused the divine energy to be tainted. The only way to cure this evil of the divine powers is by sacrificing a good character to counteract the evil from the sacrifice performed ages ago.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 3
Corinth's education

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education:
The Most Powerful Sacrifice: The Golden Moon Temple Part 4

Part 3

Corinth’s birth of sin, inspired him to research other pathways beyond the hedonistic ways of the bard. He became an arcane initiative learning to master the use of an orb. He then surpassed his master by learning to use a crystal orb, so as to better attune himself with channeling psychic energy into someone’s mind. Corinth after he was done being tutored made his master go insane before ripping out the wizard’s skull. Taking the skull Corinth encased it within crystal to use as his implement.

He then became an initiative of the faith, learning of the divine ramifications of his evil deeds. However, Corinth instead took away the aspect that he must become stronger than the gods if he was going to continue on his wicked path. Corinth depended more on making him seem like an ideal ally to The Shadow, rather than focussing on changing his alignment. Corinth made this clear by killing his clerical master.

Corinth searched for a master who would take him before finding an Ardent who explained the healing powers of the mind. However, even this master Ardent was not able to heal his own mind after the terrible things Corinth forced him to see.

Corinth with his mastery of different classes also learned the ways of the Runepriest. Corinth learned that the runes were just as powerful as any other healing. Corinth truly liked his Runepriest master, however he knew that was a sign of weakness. Corinth decided that he could not kill his mastery. So Corinth hired a beast tamer to devour the Runepriest.

Finally Corinth went under the wing of an old general who taught Corinth an important lesson about patience and standing your ground. Corinth at this point truly had engrained into the mind that the victor is whoever has the abilities to withstand the onslaught. If you can take all the damage that an enemy dishes out, your victory is assured. This is what changed Corinth from enjoying the pleasures of the moment, to looking for everlasting power. After learning this Corinth crippled the warlord, leaving him eternally dumb, deaf, mute, with no limbs left to move. Having him live out his short life caged, waiting, inside his own body.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth Sinatra

Origins and Beginnings: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra

Back in this time, one of the greatest heroes of all went by the name Corinth Sinatra. Now his name is mostly forgotten by common folk, and only those trained in story and song know his name. Corinth Sinatra was the most legendary of bards, traveling across all Faerun in search of glory, power, and answers.

Corinth stood out in a crowd, shining and reflecting light with his Shardmind body which became a glowing form of inspiration and terror. Corinth was legendary, but as his persona grew so did his pride. His power was extreme and his intelligent cunning ways became wicked. He found the best way to get what he wanted was to move people and have them succumb to his demands. Corinth, unlike most Shardmind’s, sought material gain. All Shardminds are living forms of thought that crystallize and bring forth a being of intelligence. Legend says that Corinth was the pure thought of sin. Every lustful thought, every prideful remark, every greedy action, every envious deed, and every gluttonous desire or imbibition all inspired the creation and gave Corinth his mortal form.

Most Shardmind’s can’t understand society or don’t understand human emotion because they are purely logical forms of thought. Corinth was different, he somehow latched onto the logical aspect that emotion arises from. He said once in a song,

“There are two laws the world lives by,
You are given than someone takes and now you cry,
Best to be the one who takes than wait for life to be given,
I don’t ask for permission instead I ask to be forgiven.

Though just as the cruel can get what they deserve,
In the meantime you were waited on by those who serve,
It is good to be the boss and be on top if that is what you wish,
but you live in fear, like Damocles, because there’s always a bigger fish.”

Corinth Sinatra, with his immortal origin believed that he must obtain a point of absolute power. So that nothing can remove him, destroy him, or demote him from his standard of power. For even if he is confined into one location for a million years, it is better to out last and be forgotten, than to become nothing at all.

“Corinth Sinatra was an Oracle of the Evil Eye, who worshipped the shadow.
Corinth was always fascinated by light, and the darkness that encroaches upon it.
Corinth has always made it his purpose to make everyone know,
That he was born under a bad sign and that he was happy about it.”

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Shadowghast Manor
and the apprehension of Arturas Shadowghast

Mission

You have received an urgent request from Sir Richard of the Nations Guard.
In his absence he has dispatched a regiment to detain an Arturas Shadowghast of the Shadowghast clan. The regiment Captain has sent word that Arturas has barricaded himself within the old Shadowghast Manor, being exhausted and ill equipped to take the manor, he has requested aid.

You are commissioned to finish the job and bring Arturas Shadowghast out of the manor, dead or alive.

Background

The name of the Shadowghast clan was once revered. Now it is reviled.
The Shadowghast family members had included the noblest warriors and paladins.
Over a hundred years ago, young Orobius, who lacked the physical prowess of his more acclaimed siblings, made a pact with fiendish entities to obtain, through sorcery, the prestige that he could not gain through swordsmanship.

Orobius became the hero of his dreams, and he was even knighted for his arcane service to the land. However, as he grew dependent on his dark abilities, his devilish patrons changed the terms of the pact.
To retain his powers, Orobius had to deceive and corrupt his other Shadowghast family members into serving evil.
He succeeded.

Orobius spent his final years in misery. When he died, the last virtuous members of the family interred his body in the crypts, and then, nearly destitute, they left their home and faded into obscurity.
Shadowgbast Manor has been unoccupied since, and haunting reports of ghosts and shadowy creatures have guaranteed that only the foolish ever venture near it.

Now, the clan’s current standard bearer in matters of corruption is Arturas Shadowghast, a charismatic blackguard in the service of Asmodeus.
After tormenting the neighboring region for years with daring attacks on temples and arcane libraries, Arturas and his small band came under assault from the militia. So, he led a retreat to his long abandoned ancestral home. His weary pursuers have tracked Arturas to Shadowghast Manor, yet they lack the strength to engage his band in a frontal assault.

Synopsis

Much of the manor’s second floor has disintegrated, either from age or the fiery attacks of bitter Townspeople. The main floor’s northeastern entrance, through which Arturas’s group violently entered, has been boarded up, as have most of the windows. The invaders haven’t yet barricaded the southwestern entrance, largely because some of Arturas’s lackeys have been using it for access.
An iron fence 6 feet high extends around the property, about 20 feet away from the building, but it’s broken and twisted in so many places that it offers little hindrance. The only possible cover between the fence and the manor is around a couple of small trees near the southeastern corner. Beyond the fence are gently rolling hills.

The Adventurers arrive at the pursuing faction’s encampment just within sight of the gates of Shadowghast Manor. Local eyewitnesses claim that Artums Shadowghast entered the manor the previous day with his allies: a few human mercenaries, a human or half-elf female dressed in robes, and several duergar.
They had with them a heavily laden wagon.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 1
The origins and beginning

Thousands of years ago, when the land was green and beautiful before the river came rushing in. Before the spellplague, before the planes drifted apart, before the rise of Orcus, and before the city of Athiisar. Great high priests would perform sacrifices and spill the blood of the innocent or powerful so that they would profit and be the owners of riches and a future powerful city. The sacrifices gave fuel to the divine powers and strengthened the surviving priests’ bonds to the gods, but only if it was a willing sacrifice. These great high priests had visions of power and wished to profit, bringing the divine planes closer together for their own selfish needs. Those who were sacrificed also gained great power, almost unlimited, being the connective bond between the planes. This power, however, made them confined, chained in their body, yet immortal as they could drift their consciousness between the planes. The high priest’s offspring have done the best that they could to cover up the terrible rituals that their ancestors had performed to give them power and money. They tried to bury all traces of what occurred on the field of sacrifices. The children and spawn of the high priests did everything to hide their transgressions, which is why you don’t see frogs in Athiisar. The descendants have become powerful rulers, captains, and nobles of the city of Athiisar, the pushers and movers of the society.

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