Campaign of the Month: September 2017

Profane Legacy

Session 10
The Cult

Ghesh opens the door and is immediately fired on by an armoured human. Sahri moves out into the corridor to fight this humanoid, but falls into a pit trap, which she spends the rest of combat climbing out of. Ennefer rushes up in wolf form and is struck in the side by an arrow from a hidden elvish woman. The Spectre moves up to the woman and threatens her, she seems unfazed. Both enemies are taken out by the groups combined efforts. Rey’s cloud of daggers spell deals massive amounts of damage to them. The elvish woman is knocked unconscious until awakening to Rakshasa’s cruelty. The man is made to remove his splint armour, which Sahri dons. He is questioned by Rey and eventually the group realises that there is a secret door leading to his employers. He proves quite uncooperative however and The Spectre pushes him to his death into the pit trap. The Spectre realises a lot of the corridor is trapped. The woman is also killed by Rakshasa when she attempts to escape.
Deciphering a message transcribed into late celestial from deep speech Rey opens a hidden door disguised as part of the wall. It reveals living quarters that have apparently been occupied for quite some time, despite this fortress supposedly being abandoned. The group finds a small shrine to Sulgastor, which they soon discover leads down a staircase. The Spectre picks up a strange, but familiar looking prayer mat. He sneaks downstairs, peering through a keyhole he can see a library and a pair of metal doors depicting strange angels. Beyond the doors he can hear a chant occurring and light emanating from the room. The group heads down just as the ritual is finished. They hear screaming and three frightened individuals come out of the room, sealing the door behind them. The priest threatens the group and when they refuse to allow him to pass he casts Hunger of Hadar on them, he is eventually knocked out by the group. The Spectre picks up a seemingly important magical item he was carrying. Sahri kills the cooperative thug when he attempts to run upstairs, Rey grabs the third person who has seemingly been traumatised by what he saw in the room, repeatedly saying: “I’ve seen him, and he’s seen me”. Ghesh hears a large, inhuman creature moving about the locked room and it seems to be trying to break free. Rey and Sahri each grab important looking items from the shelves before they close the doors behind them.

Session 11
The Angel

The group soon figure out that Raziel, who was leading this group, was attempting to raise his master, Hadar The Dark Hunger, from death. The spell seems to have only partially succeeded, with the body of Hadar being raised and Raziel being transformed into a monster. Rey had recovered a fragment of an important set of works: The Profane Legacy, and though the text was familiar, it seems to have been annotated with new information. Sahri’s book, a history of Hadar by famous author Magnus of Perrin, is also annotated with numerous mentions of “The Angel of Truth”, who the group have never heard of. The Priest who identifies himself as Laucian, whose Rod of The Pact Keeper Rakshasa had taken, says that he will help the group prepare for the battle with Hadar and Raziel, but will not fight them himself. The other man, Aust, says he may as well help, expressing his hopelessness at the situation. The group make their way back downstairs, preparing for a battle. Laucian drops the Arcane Lock that had sealed the door and flees upstairs. Rey sees Raziel whispering to an armored figure sitting upon a throne. As she casts magic into the room and moves away, the beast races to the door. Raziel bursts through the doors, affixing its one sickly eye onto The Spectre. He’s still wearing scraps of robes and a detailed amulet. The group realises that Raziel has become a Nothic and quickly disable him, Sahri decapitating him with a critical strike. In the ritual chamber Hadar rises into the air, hovering on skeletal wings. Glowing green eyes open across his wings, fixing their gaze onto the party members. The group rushes him, striking from up close and a distance. He lashes out with both eye beams and Arms of Hadar, injuring several party members. Eventually he is defeated, uttering “My children know your faces now” as he falls. In his deathroes his eyes glow brightly, afflicting several party members with madness. Rakshasa loses her voice and Sahri goes mad, furiously attacking Ennefer and then The Spectre.
The group returns to the living quarters after The Spectre picks up a vial of Alchemist’s fire and Rey gathers the dust of Hadar. The Spectre also recovers the ornate amulet of Hadar from Raziel’s corpse and gives it to Sahri. Ghesh picks up Raziel’s tome which was lying open on the floor, feeling a strange connection to it, he still hands it to Rey, however. During the rest The Spectre hears a pair of people moving about outside. A tall blonde woman and a shorter, armored figure are revealed. The woman uses a command phrase which causes Ghesh to take Raziel’s tome from Rey forcefully, and hand it to the woman, despite the group’s attempts to stop him. The Spectre attacks the woman but is quickly defeated by the pair. The pair teleport away, and Ghesh soon recovers his senses. Upstairs the group find Laucian, being strangled by a warped wall sconce. He has been marked with Lady Midnight’s symbol and says that Raziel stole from Lady Midnight and these people came for him. He identifies the woman as a cruel mage from the north: Evangeliza Lavain. Sahri has apocalyptic dreams while she recovers from her madness and when she wakes up she kills a depressed Aust, against Rey’s desires. The group leave the fortress, with Rey’s egg soon hatching a seemingly healthy male Griffon chick. Rey names the child ‘Gerald’.

Session 12
The Spring Festival

The group continue on, soon coming across a patrol of silvers who briefly question them before continuing on their way. Ennefer seems worried about contact with civilisation and parts ways with the group, saying her farewells. The group return to Ephundali finding Reverence and seeking help and advice from Shandri, who cures Rakshasa’s mutism. Shandri seems alarmed by Ghesh’s tale. The party soon discover that the cityfolk have taken to calling them: “The Warriors of The West”. Some of the group then make their way to Vishkanya who confirms that Hadar was the Angel of Truth but that that is not knowledge that should be freely shared. She recommends that the group speak to Sulgastor’s church, as Truth was Sulgastor’s angel. She also assures Rey that she knows someone who will take care of Gerald, Jandar, a priest of Sildar in the city. The priest is found in his church in the gardens, with Gerald seeming happy there.
The group realises that tomorrow is The Spring Festival, but Sahri and The Spectre aren’t overly excited for it. Rey performs during the festival and builds a nest for Gerald. Ghesh assists his church during the celebrations. Rakshasa does strip shots in The Wailing Wolf while Sahri challenges Roscoe in the fighting ring. Though she is soundly defeated, Sahri realises the calming nature of her ornate amulet.
She takes it to Vishkanya the next morning, She says there is a mysterious spirit inside of it and that her ‘’Silver-eyed friend’’ may be able to tell her more. Sahri has a dream while sleeping wearing it where she is walking through a beautiful, unfamiliar city. Ahead of her is an enormous white pyramid, and suspended above it, inverted, is an obsidian pyramid that fills her with worry.
The group shares rooms at The Well-Watered Watchman north of Ephundali. Reverence seems shy and unsure about pursuing a relationship with Rakshasa. The Spectre has a dream he hasn’t had since he was a child. He sees a shadowy figure through the mist and pursues them until he reaches an altar, which the figure stands behind. The altar whispers “We are watching you” in Sylvan, which the shadowy figure repeats. As the group continue north to Riverstride a distressed man calls to them, saying he was robbed and attacked by a small yellow eyed figure.

Session 13
The Elemental

The group find a small cave at the edge of the farm, and through Rey‘s Dancing Lights they see a small creature living within. The creature tells them in Draconic to leave but Rakshasa tries to enter the cave, triggering a trap. Eventually the group convince the creature to surrender and return what it stole, and they discover it’s one of the small lizard-like Kobolds which they fought at the farmhouse. The kobold identifies himself as Kirtul, and says that he is the last of his tribe, and was brought here from another world by The Tome. He agrees to join the group on their journey but briefly disappears when they visit the farmhouse. They find the young man, whose name is Ramas. He seems to be recovering and has been joined at the farmhouse by his mother, who the group hear but don’t see.
The group soon reaches Riverstride, where Sahri grew up. Sahri takes Kirtul to join her at the local Adventurer’s Guild where she is reunited with Rhogar and Ayesha, friends and fellow guildmates. Rey meets a group of fellow bards and their leader, Jocelyn Silver-Tongue is impressed by her skill. Rakshasa talks to Reverence, who seems quite distant, and later blames her mood on family troubles in Hasamidat. Ghesh and The Spectre find the local Storm Church and speak to a worried woman named Vonda. She says that an earth elemental is beset in The Badlands and later says to Sahri that the elemental is searching for an artifact called The Dark Chain.
The group leave Kirtul behind in Riverstride and go with Vonda to find The Elemental. They soon find it, but it acts suspiciously and eventually reveals it lured the group here. Vonda and the Elemental attack the group. Ghesh and Rey’s spells quickly destroy the elemental, but the group are shocked to find the elemental was really a human woman assuming an elemental’s form. Ghesh kills the woman for her blasphemy and the group manage to extract a confession from Vonda before killing her. She’s working with a clan of Gnolls under the command of someone named Keth The Black Claw. The Spectre realises reinforcements are coming and urges the group to hurry after they burn the bodies. They are soon beset by a host of six Gnolls and a giant Hyena.

Session 14
The Hyena-Men

The group fought the Gnoll ambush party, quickly killing their leader and then slowly picking off the other attackers. One Gnoll escapes, fleeing south and the group follows. They soon find the gnoll, dead, at the mouth of a den. In the den, rummaging through some supplies, the group find Tsuki, who was searching for poison. The group rests and The Spectre skillfully kills a spying hawk with a crossbow.
Tsuki remembers a dream she had several nights ago, that she believes was a visit from The Outsider. She was standing in a field of blackness, surrounded on all sides by pale masks that match hundreds of different faces. She finds one that fits her, puts it on, and sees that she’s in a noble chamber with an androgynous, masked elf. The elf whispered in her ear, but when she awoke, she could not recall what was said.
The part continue south, soon finding a cave mouth guarded by two gnolls, who seem to be cooking meat around a large fire. Tsuki quickly kills them, but not before they alert two humans in the cave. The two humans issue a challenge for an honourable fight, which Sahri accepts gladly and Rakshasa accidently takes the warrior up on. Sahri bests her combatant who submits to her prowess, while Rakshasa taunts her fighter before Sahri slays them from behind. When The Spectre discovers that the surrendered warrior was carrying a blasphemous symbol of Yeenoghu he kills her.
Tsuki explores the upper levels, finding living quarters for the humans, as well as fine quarters for a couple downstairs. She finds a book called “The Druidic Schism” wirtten by The Emerald Lady, which she soon hands to Rey. Tsuki triggers a trap after entering a treasure room but soon finds it was worth the risk, finding a huge pile of coins and magic items. Tsuki takes the magic dagger, while Sahri takes a helmet shaped out of a hyena skull that confers darkvision. Reverence says that the helmet is disgusting, blasphemous, and that Sahri should never wear it in her presence. While the group share the loot, The Spectre hears the sounds of scuffling and hyena’s laughter coming from downstairs.

Session 15
The Dark Chain

Tsuki leaves the group to go scout out the lower level, coming across a dining chamber filled with rambunctious Gnolls. She notices a caged prisoner in one corner of the room and finds an abattoir, as well as a side passage that leads down into darkness. She returns to the party, hearing what sounds like the Gnolls finishing their meals as she sneaks past. The group decides to take the fight to them, they slay the surprised Gnolls, with Rey‘s Cloud of Dagger’s making a mess of the butcher. After a brief round of questioning they free the prisoner. He calls himself Asir and says he was travelling to Ephundali when he got attacked and kidnapped by the Gnolls. He also says that he can understand Abyssal and that those that are taken are used as sacrifices to Wrath, one of The Demonlords. Tsuki hands over her +1 magic dagger to Asir when he tells her it’s his.
The group proceed down the dark passageway, soon coming across a pair of somewhat ramshackle wooden doors. They can hear a ritual being chanted, offering praise for Wrath and welcoming an initiate. Ghesh pushes open the doors to see a large chamber with an enormous Gnoll statue, a bloodsoaked altar and an enormous scarred hyena. The group engages them, with the blood-crazed initiate, two gnoll sentries, an enormous unarmed gnoll, and a large human turning to fight them. The human pulls a large black flail from the statue’s grasp and soon brings Sahri to death’s door. The group fells their foes one-by-one, with The Spectre narrowly escaping a dangerous group of foes using his Misty Step. As Tsuki inflicts the killing blow on the human, he strikes her with The Dark Chain, poisoning her. Rey wants to keep him alive, but with noone in the group willing or able to heal him, he soon bleeds out. Sahri and The Spectre both realise that The Dark Chain is a powerful demonic artifact which requires the spilling of blood for attunement. Reverence gives The Dark Chain to Rakshasa for safe-keeping and helps Ghesh, and The Spectre respectfully dispose of the sacrifice’s body.
The group rest for the night upstairs, behind the curtain. Asir seems particularly interested in Rakshasa, having smiled and winked at her all night. She notices he’s wearing a familiar ring: A serpent devouring it’s own tail. The Spectre notices the blasphemous demonic symbol and tensions begin to rise.

Session 16
The Capital City

The group decide to allow Asir to go free, but he must surrender the blasphemous ring and give them any useful information he has. Asir agrees and he and the party soon part ways after he tells them that Keth, The Black Claw owed his allegiance to a Gnoll named Sutha, The Fang of Wrath. On the first night back to Riverstride they hear a mournful wolve’s howl. On the second day Rey and Ghesh see Ennefer in wolf-form, watching them sadly.
The group collect a bounty for the slain gnolls and soon continue on to Hasamidat. After about a week of travel the group come across Rakshasa‘s old family home, and it seems to be occupied. Inside the group find a moon elf named Alexis, who plays beautiful music and claims to collect stories for a living. Ghesh and Rey tell Alexis a story and receive a fable from them in return. The fable is the tale of The Potter and The Three Urchins, which several of the group recall hearing in their youth. Rey knows that this story actually relates to The Anathema and is somewhat suspicious of Alexis. Rakshasa tells Alexis to leave and the group enjoys a night by the magically sustained fire that Alexis apparently started.
The group finally find themselves in Hasamidat, the capital city of Salisa. The group first make their way to Sildar’s Gardens to give The Dark Chain into the possession of Sildar’s church. The local High Priestess, who eventually introduces themselves as Juno, transports them to a distant place, a city nestled amongst tall trees. The group wait at the entrance of a temple, whose interior is decorated by beautiful murals, depicting Sildar and their servants, particularly the Archfey. Juno returns with The Emerald Lady’s thanks as well as a copy of The Druidic Schism signed by the author, The Emerald Lady herself. Juno says that the group have earned her trust and she asks that they help her solve the problem of animated plant creatures taking people at night that has been going on for a short time.
Returning to Hasamidat, Ghesh and The Spectre make their way to The River District, Ghesh to research Angels, and The Spectre to look for leads. The rest of the party continue to Sulgastor’s church where they are granted an audience with Arizima Steelgaze when they say they have information about Raziel. Arizima takes the possessed amulet as well as Rey’s fragment of The Profane Legacy, giving the group compensation in return. Rey decides the party should visit the University of Hasamidat and the group have a tracking charm placed on them by Eldritch Knights. Inquiring about who to talk to about Midraba‘s recent thefts, the group are directed to the Master Wizard of Illusion, Errich Dundragon. He is an amiable fellow and thanks them for their help, but warns them that their continuing meddling in Midraba’s plans may result in retribution.
Sahri, itching for a fight after so long, decides to find a challenge outside the city walls at the “athletic arena” in New Town. She fights a disgraced knight named Orudis, and is defeated. Rey and Rakshasa join Sahri for a night of drinkng and performing, while Tsuki joins them with the purpose of finding information, suspecting that Midraba may be in this part of the city.

Session 17
The Spooky Session

Tsuki meets a man named Brocc Fast-Hands at the Griffon’s Grave who says that Midraba is in the city and that her followers have been harassing him. Ghesh finds out that Ajaakor’s Angels, Air and Water, are both currently unaccounted for. The Group find places to sleep throughout the city, with Rey and Rakshasa finding a cheap room at The Caring Crone, after Rey impresses Jazmin, a worker there.
Ghesh has a dream where he is walking along a grey, gravelly beach. He sees a woman with long black hair crawling onto the shore from the sea. As he rushes over to help, she turns to him, reaching for him.
Tsuki has the same dream from The Outsider but this time she can remember what they said. They say: “We are all puppets, suspended on strings that gleam like gold…”. Before they can say anymore darkness begins to spread along the wall behind them. The Outsider stands, turns to look at Tsuki, and then strides into the darkness.
Sahri, Rakshasa, Tsuki, Rey, and Ghesh all sit happily in a well-lit, luxurious dining hall, chatting while waiting for their meal to be served. As their meals are served the group begin to grow uneasy, none of them can remember how they got here, or where they are. At the other end of the table, the group see their host, dressed in a black cloak, only their bright amber eyes visible. Their host is feeding their food to a growling creature underneath the table. As their final meal is served they see that it is pulsating, as if something is moving about inside of it. Rey stabs it with a knife, and rats begin to pour out, climbing on and biting the party. the group fights back and they see that more rats are pouring out the kitchens. their host disappears and the building begins to sink. The group race to the front door, seeing that the house is sitting in a mostly featureless bog, surrounded by mist. They leap from the sinking house into the waist deep mud and begin to trudge towards a stone bridge which leads to land.
Once on the bridge they see a partially submerged skeleton that tells them that they’re being punished by her, Midraba, and that they have earned the ire of a group called The Ravens. Rey taunts the skeleton with Vicious Mockery and its amber eye sockets stop glowing. Two carrion crawlers burst out of the mud, one temporarily paralysing Sahri. Rakshasa quickly destroys them with Scorching Ray, with the help of Ghesh and Rey.
The group continues inland, hearing panicked cries in the distance. As they move towards them they see a woman with her throat cut, strung up on a road sign. Tsuki recognises her as Zanna,, Taman the Quiet‘s partner who was killed by Midraba. Ghesh performs last rites for her, but her body quickly rots away. The group continue, finding the smolduring corpses of several miners and adventurers, which the group recognize as the dead from Ephundali’s Mine. they hear panicked cries up ahead, and Ghesh recognises the vocies as belonging to Reverence and Vishkanya.
Rakshasa suspects a trap and is proved right when the figure mimicking Reverence reveals itself as a Kenku, a humanoid raven. The group engage the kenku as swarms of ravens descend on them, they can hear, but not see, many many ravens crying out around them. The ravens coalesce into an enormous humanoid feathered creature and attacks the party, laughing croakingly at their attempts to subdue it. Eventually the creature shifts into Midraba who immediately knocks Sahri unconscious with her vicious poisoned blade. Ghesh and Tsuki soon follow, and Midraba tells Tsuki: “Your master has succumbed to my darkness, and so shall you”.
working together, Rakshasa and Rey manage to defeat her with Rakshasa gutting her with a greatsword, Midraba curses them as she disappears.
The group all wake up, many of them being watched over by concerned citizens, who could not wake them from their nightmares.
The group hear a strange flute melody across the city and converge to confront it. They find an enormous mass of vines and pumpkins that has crawled onto the side of a building, attempting to snatch the mother and child who are inside. Two more smaller vine creatures approach out of nearby alleyways as the party engage the threat. Rey uses Cloud of Daggers to carve a smiling face on one of the pumpkins, while Rakshasa uses Scorching Rey to light it up like a lantern. Sahri becomes restrained as one of the vine creatures grabs her, she attempts to use her surprisingly hard nipples to escape. The mother in the building covers her child’s eyes. Sahri eventually frees herself and Tsuki who had fallen unconscious while being engulfed by the pumpkin creature. Rakshasa finishes the creature off with a dorito shaped greatsword, carving the pumpkin, as it were.

Session 18
The Search

During the day The Spectre discovers that a scholar and several crewmates off a local ship have disappeared and during the night has a vivid dream. He walks through a field of whiteness, coming across a circle of humanoids talking together. one of the humanoids, an elf with reflective silver eyes, turns and greets The Spectre. Her and The Spectre return to the mortal plane, where they look down and see The Spectre’s sleeping form. The elf says that her companions and her master consider The Spectre to be very valuable and wanted to make sure he was fully committed to the path of the psionicist before they contacted him. She says that her master saw fit to protect The Spectre from Midraba‘s magic that affected the rest of the party.
Soon, the Spectre wakes up and finds the party who, after defeating the shambling plant creature, have tried to find its source. They soon find a green-dressed man playing a panflute beside a fountain. He readily admits that he serves Lady Midnight and that he has been kidnapping people so that they can join Lady Midnight’s family. The group also find out that Lady Midnight is an immortal being capable of moving between different planes of existence, and that she likely has her own plane of existence. He also says that he knows of Evangeliza and that she makes her home in the Dreadmarshes of Rzeka. When the players try to attack him he summons a dozen plant creatures, which the group soon realise have grown from the remains of the kidnapped people. The group defeat him and tie him up, and Rey takes his Pipes of Haunting.
The group question him and soon The Angel of Order, Ayla, arrives and takes the group to The Silver’s Fortress in the city. Ayla informs them that she is also currently searching for Midraba and that Sinan, brother of a senator, has been taken by her. Everyone is debriefed and Ayla tells Tsuki that Midraba is a high level agent of The Ravens, a group who are known to follow Piro, one of The Anathema. At one point The Ravens were believed to be agents of The Outsider but this is now believed to be false, The Outsider is disruptive and chaotic, not malicious. Afterwards the group goes to The Toppled Tower to party. The group makes alot of money, causes some mischief, and their reputation in the city grows.
The next day The Spectre goes to try and track down Midraba and, talking with Brocc Fast-Hands, is directed to a street in Newtown. Tsuki spends the day befriending local cats. Rakshasa meets Reverence‘s parents and buys herself a grill to wear. Rey researches The Anathema, identifying The Cult of Blood as Satief’s Following and The Ravens as Piro’s following. Ghesh asks about things that he can do to help his church and is told that for skilled warriors with a desire to do good The Ruins of Vishkanya and The Rift are both important locations. Sahri goes to the school of Enchantment to get her pumpkin preserved. She meets an eccentric wizard named Asymptote who readily agrees to her requests.
The group meet up that night, going to the street that Brocc mentioned. They find a hatch in an alleyway, which leads to the sewers.

Session 19
The Assassin

Moving down the hatch, the party find their way to the sewers. They see a group of Midraba’s people moving about, one of whom is Iagon, the missing crewmate. The group attack and kill them, with The Spectre utilising his new found psionic abilities, following a fleeing goon down a corridor. Tsuki finds a small vial of powdered Mithral. The group find a large chamber with two standing figures, one of whom is a missing crewmate, Jafari. Behind them is a crouched figure, who the group later realise is the missing scholar: Sinan Aureal-Artis. The group move to fight them, but several more enemies appear from the shadows. Tsuki gets attacked by Midraba‘s poisoned crossbow, and The Spectre engages her in the rafters. Ghesh and Sahri pass through a deadly Cloud of Daggers to join the fight, with Ghesh administering healing to the party, while Sahri administers death to their enemies. Rey turns Midraba’s enchanted armour against her using Heat Metal, while Rakshasa blasts her with a high-powered Scorching Ray. Rey frightens a foe off, who disappears into the darkness, while Tsuki finishes of the final goon with a well-placed arrow. The fight in the rafters is going poorly for The Spectre but Midraba moves to grab the captive, being blasted from the ceiling by a Shatter spell. As she flees, pursued by the party, she is blocked by The Spectre. While the two engage in melee in the hallway the rest of the party join them, but are beset by Shadows. Tsuki falls unconscious, along with the captive Burned by Alchemist’s Fire, Heat Metal and bleeding from a many wounds, Midraba collapses in pain and is knocked out by Rey.
Behind The Spectre is a portal to Xueshan, a cold, mountainous city that has been uninhabited for a thousand years. They hear laughter coming from an inhabited building as well as the sounds of a contented leopard, but deem it best not to use the portal. Ayla soon closes the portal with some fellow Mages and takes some of the group to The Silver’s Fortress, the rest go and enjoy a well-earned rest.


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