Campaign of the Month: September 2017

Profane Legacy

Session 59
The Battle for Deep-Dwell

The group are given command of the dwarvish army and march on Deep-Dwell. Passing through the city they see that all the water sources are covered with a film of slime-like oil. Rey takes a sample which Tsuki tests, seeing that it resists flame. The Spectre decides to drink some, downing as much as he can before passing out. Sahri realises it is almost certainly demonic in nature and the party move on.
They arrive at the lake-side fortress, seeing it occupied by cultists and ogres. Ghesh sees that atop the walls are two balors, both wielding crackling weapons of lightning.
The two armies march out to meet on the field, with thousand of warriors ready for battle. The conflict goes well for the heroes, with several units of cultists being broken and subsequently fleeing. The enemy warlocks are a problem, using their arcane blasts to scour the dwarvish units. One of the two Balors leads a squad of vrocks to attack Ghesh’s unit of clerics. However, Queen Maldrana joins the fight with her unit of paladins, scouring the demons with holy light. Rakshasa loses her squad of soldiers to a vicious attack by a unit of ogre archers but joins up with some veterans instead. Tsuki takes out the leader of the ogre archers, breaking their unit. A squad of trolls march on Sahri’s units, seemingly impervious to their counter attacks. Sahri challenges the giant leading the trolls to single combat, and emerges victorious. The trolls scatter, fleeing from the fight. The balor and its vrocks are finally defeated by the combined might of the dwarvish armies’ strongest units. The rest of the dwarvsh forces encircle the remaining enemy units, defeating them one by one.
With the battle over, Maldrana orders her forces to take the city, and Ghesh sees Vannakun the balor disappear behind the city walls. Suddenly, the oily lake bubbles and the heroes see a mass of slime and tentacles rise up into view. The Demonlord Jubilex has arrived!

Session 60
The Demon's Defeat

The party rush to attack Jubilex and his ooze servants, while the army proceeds to the city. The Spectre and Ghesh work together to make the mystic almost untouchable, spelling misfortune for any who attempt to harm him. The Demonlord uses his disgusting slime and acid to harm the party members, poisoning them and corroding their weapons and armour. Maldrana the angel of obligation uses her holy powers to smite the demonlord’s ooze servants and then moves onto the demonlord himself. Soon Jubilex is alone, and surrounded on all sides by foes. He attempts to flee into the lake but is harassed by the heroes, being slowed down, shot, and blasted as he crawls away. Finally his form is destroyed by Maldrana, spraying acid and slime in all directions. Some sizzling onto the earth, the rest lands in the slime covered lake, bubbling. Maldrana tells the party to proceed into the fortress to deal with Caiphon and Vannakun. They oblige, moving into the warzone that is the lakeside fortress.
Ghesh sees Vannakun land in a crumbling structure in the northern part of the fortress and leads the group there. On the way they are attacked by several two-headed Barlgura and Vrocks, spawn of Demogorgon. They quickly defeat them, with Rey transforming into a dinosaur and The Spectre smiting several with his Mace of Disruption. Sahri finishes off the final vrock by throwing her greatswords at it from a distance. The group climb onto Rey who rushes them to the structure, which seems to be a partially destroyed arena. In the arena they see Vannakun the balor along with several summoned demons and warlock servants. Vannakun raises The Stormblade in his fist, veins of lightning crawling up his arm. A flaming whip forms in his other hand, cracking with power.
A desperate fight begins, with Vannakun’s power being deadly to any who draw too close. He uses his whip to pull the heroes close to him, and then strikes them viciously with Ajaakor’s misused artifact. One of his Glabrezu followers notices Tsuki trying to sneak into a flanking position and leaps over a crumbled pillar to attack her. The warlocks counter several of the parties’ spell attempts and use destructive spells of their own. Rey bites Vannakun ferociously with her Tyrannosaurus rex form but he lashes out with his stormblade, forcing her back into gnomish form. His body radiates heat, searing those close to him. Ghesh calls upon the power of Ajaakor, using his divine intervention on Vannakun. A storm erupts from Ghesh’s body and consumes Vannakun, injuring him severely, but failing to remove The Stormblade from his demonic grip. Vannakun grows angry and desperate, striking first Rakshasa, then Rey, and Sahri unconscious. The Spectre, having avoided much of the damage revives Sahri using his psionic restoration. Sahri deals the final blow, slicing off Vannakun’s hands, and slashing his body grievously. The Balor explodes, throwing a blast of fire outwards. Several of his followers are consumed in the inferno and many of the party members are seriously injured in the blast. The Spectre revives Rakshasa first, who then revives Rey. Ghesh heals the party, and The Spectre picks up The Stormblade, it’s form appearing as a cold, mithral axe.

Session 61
The Well-earned Rest

Maldrana joins the party, congratulating them on obtaining The Storm Blade and defeating Vannakun. She says that there is a final holdout of cultists in the keep and they’re refusing to speak to anyone except The Warriors of The West. The party head over through the fortress until they reach the doors of the keep. They are greeted by Caiphon, the leader of the cultists. Rakshasa immediately calls him old and he eventually responds that he is, in fact, 4, 120 years old. Rey asks him what he had been doing that whole time, and he explains that he was magically put to sleep, but has now woken up. The Spectre asks him what his goals are, and he says that he wants to awaken Zehan the Destroyer so that he can leave Ahlim with him and travel far away. He says he wished to assess his competition and that although the party has delayed him, his success is inevitable. He then leaves and teleports away with his followers.
The party celebrate their victory with the dwarves and are honored by a speech from Queen Maldrana.
The group then finally return to Hasamidat for a rest from adventuring for a while. The party receives invitations to a party welcoming a delegation from Nuin in a few weeks. Rey and Rakshasa spend their time with Curiosity first, taking drugs and asking about his life for Rey’s book. Ghesh and The spectre deliver the Mace of Disruption to Meridom for safekeeping and then travel to Kodoma. They research their past lives, discovering that Ghesh is technically more than 900 years old. They discover that they were adventurers and warriors in many of their past lives as well. Ghesh shows Rava The Storm Blade, asking if he’s worthy to wield it. She says that he is and hugs him. ghesh asks her on several dates, which she accepts. Rakshasa, Ghesh, and Rava then travel to The Elemental Plane of Air, visiting The Cloud Queen’s Castle. They given a glorious feast, although some pranks are played by The Smiling One. They then journey to the Wind Dukes of Aaqa, visiting their floating islands.
They ask Ghesh to retrieve a powerful Trident for them in exchange for the Plate-armour of the Sky Warrior. Ghesh realises that this armour is his by rights and that they’re trying to trick him. The genies give him his armour and make him promise to ‘retrieve’ the trident. They realise their mistake, noticing that their agreement did not involve the trident being returned to them. Ghesh tries on his plate armour, noticing that its cape flows and floats to allow his new wings to protrude. Rakshasa has a beautiful, sheer, dress made for her by the genies.
Rey visits Gerald the Griffin in Ephundali and Vishkanya that she is one of the High Harpers and had hoped Rey would become The Angel of Knowledge. Rey and Gerald fly through the air, with Rey using her newly gained angel wings. She then returns to Hasamidat to make progress on her book about the mindflayers, The Illithiad. She receives messages from Khalida who says that she is getting closer to working out how to banish The Anathema. Her method involves using a Sphere of Annihilation to consume the three gems that hold the essence of The Anathema.
Sahri has her Axe of the Mazewalker upgraded by Asymptote and the two spend a night ingesting Mithral, having a variety of magical hallucinations. She receives an invitation to fight the reigning champion of the arena of Keidados, Natalia Firemane. She accepts the invitation and two have a close fight in front of a crowd of thousands. Sahri is narrowly defeated but swears the fight will go differently next time.
Tsuki researches The Ravens, discovering that their base of operations is in Akundin and that Jun The Humble Monk may be part of Yagami’s inner council. She purchases a shiny green and gold dress with scale motifs for the coming party. She then looks into poisons and decides that Wyvern Poison is best for her purposes. She travels to New Town just outside of Hasamidat to search for sellers of the poison. She procures some and then finds a merchant that has Daemon’s Kiss. She follows the merchant and kills them, taking their goods back to The Warriors of The West’s fortress outside the city.

Session 62
The Long-awaited Party

Rey spends the last of her vacation researching the traitorous archmage Ahriman and his crimes and thefts. He stole the first generation of Golems, several artifacts, such as the Scarab of Protection, and took many cultists with him. She also tries to find out what the Dragonlords’ favourite food is. She finds out that Dragonlord Ashekani enjoys pudding by reading an old copy of “The Daily Salisan”.
Rakshasa returns to Hasamidat and makes a connection with Amon, a worker of a senator. Amon has some contacts and smuggles illicit or controlled substances into the city. Rakshasa gets in on this deal and makes a small profit.
Sahri spends her time looking for a war scythe. She finds an old, beat up one, but rejects it. She then finds out that Asymptote has a better one but, after comparing it to her Axe of The Mazewalker, rejects that too.
Tsuki spends her time with Nemon and finds out that one of Midraba‘s agents is still active in the city.
Finally, The Storm King shows The Spectre the portal that links the Elemental Plane of Water to The Faewilds. The Spectre recalls that he passed through this portal in a dream long ago. The Storm King also tells The Spectre that he thinks he should try and obtain the magical trident on The Dread Isle.
Ghesh and The Spectre travel to The Dread Isle after Ghesh returns Rava home and picks up a mask from the cloud giants. They travel deep into a set of coral-filled caverns in the isle where water collects near the ceiling and crustaceans crawl about everywhere.
They find the female Nemorian crab, who seems quite friendly. It seems to be guarding a bronze trident in the centre of the room. The Spectre uses his telepathy to communicate with it, and it tells him that “she” is here, and the trident can help awaken her. Ghesh and The Spectre follow the crab to a dark green room inhabited by the rhinoceros-sized male aspect of the Nemorian beetle. In the back of the room is a green, glowing egg, which The Spectre soon realises is a bronze dragon egg. The Beetle and the Crab refer to the dragon as The Green Princess and say that if The Bronze Trident and The Scarab of Protection are brought here, she will hatch. They entrust The Bronze Trident to The Spectre, who promises to return with The Scarab of Protection, an artifact of Nithanwyl, the Elder Bronze Dragon slayed long ago by The Vengeant.
Now with everyone back in Hasamidat, the long-awaited party begins.
The group are introduced to the Akundish delegation: Shan Ling, Jhazi the Shrewd, Ti-Lan Jii, Qara Valeng, Wu Jen, and Itenon. Itenon crushes Ghesh’s hand with a handshake and then has his hand crushed in the same way by Sahri. The two arrange a training session and a tour. Rey and Tsuki impress some nobles with both Rey’s showmanship and Tsuki’s sneakiness. Rakshasa flirts with several people including a fancy noble named Lord Patros of Rzeka. Rey finds Willem Gold-eye, the head of the College of Lore, and challenges him to a musical contest. This contest attracts a large crowd but the crowd seems to favour Willem, leaving Rey dejected. Sahri finds Asymptote and Brutalitops putting on a performance using magic. They’re soon joined by Errich Dundragon and a magical rave begins. As Tsuki goes to join the rave she sees a masked figure disappear upstairs. Tsuki goes to investigate and Alexis beckons them into a private room. Alexis gives Tsuki the Iron Flask and tells her that she must give it to a woman she found or will find in the north. With that, Alexis is pulled into an entity of growing shadow who begins to pursue Tsuki, demanding the flask back. Tsuki flees and soon more avatars of Piro begin to appear throughout the manor. The group fight a shadow dragon with glowing blue eyes who descends the stairs. The shadow is resistant to most forms of damage and assaults the party with a necrotic breath weapon and its flailing tail. Eventually through The Spectre’s psychic assault, Ghesh’s radiant spells, and Rey’s Moonbeam the shadow is dispersed.

Session 63
The Seer's Tower

Following the defeat of the avatars of Piro the party recuperate, checking on the wounded and investigating the Iron Flask. Willem Gold-eye was knocked unconscious during the fight and seems embarrassed by that fact. Tsuki asks Vishkanya to find out what’s in the flask and she obliges. Vishkanya says that there is a live dragon in the flask, Tsuki makes her swear to secrecy.
Sahri and the party follow Brutalitops to his wagon, which he somehow hid inside of the manor. He says he has a new item: A Deck of Many Things. He warns that this item is risky to use, but can be very rewarding. Sahri draws the first card, The Void, and her soul is pulled from her body. Ghesh gains a spellscale follower from The Knight card who joins the party. The party eventually draws the whole deck, giving them magic items, curses, and permanent magical improvements. With that, Brutalitops leaps into his wagon and disappears.
The group drags Sahri’s body out to Vishkanya who says that her soul is in The Astral Plane, with The Seer. Itenon seems worried about Sahri and asks if he can help in any way, Rey says they need 100 platinum pieces which Itenon hands over. Rey goes out back to talk with Lord Patros and they eventually cut a deal, with Rey selling him her Manual of Golems. Lord PAtros says he has made his living by procuring ancient artifacts and says that he wants to launch an expedition to find The Moaning Diamond, which was used to build the ancient pyramids of Minauros.
Vishkanya wishes the party good luck in the astral plane and then teleports them into The Tower of Hariolation, The Seer’s sanctum. The Seer greets the party and takes Sahri to her soul which trapped inside of The Vegeant’s legendary axe, Sky-Sunder. The Seer then leads the party to Nyx, the Annerian of the night sky, who appears as an enormous woman made of stars with flowing nebulae for hair. Nyx creates a human-sized avatar who shares a hug with Rey and The Seer. The group then proceeds to the living area where Nyx and The Seer begin to prepare a delicious curry meal. Ghesh asks Nyx about Und and Jelan. She explains that Jelan and her saw The destroyer, who Jelan went to investigate. Und grew tired of dealing with mortal affairs and the conflict between the dragons and the giants, so he went to sleep until Ahlim needed him. Tsuki asks The Seer if she can identify the dragon inside of The Iron Flask. The Seer tells her, surprised, that the dragon is Hiromi The Platinum Dragon, mother of the living Dragonlords. Tsuki and The Seer decide it would be best not to release her at this stage, as they don’t know why she was put in there in the first place.
The Seer and Tsuki go off to speak in private about The Outsider. The Seer says that The Outsider is basically a good person who has suffered because they’ve tried to do the right thing, while soul-bonded to Piro, of The Anathema. The Seer thanks Tsuki for trusting and helping The Outsider, saying that she cares about their well-being.
The group then enjoy a delicious meal of butter chicken with rice with Nyx and The Seer. Rey asks how they like it served, The Seer says mild and Nyx says she doesn’t mind.
Nyx and The Seer then decide to clarify a few things about themselves, Ahlim, and The Destroyer and his Anathema. The Seer explains that her name is actually Korinyi Atethys, Kori for short, and that she is an immortal mage soul-bonded to Nyx, an Annerian. She goes on to say that her, The Vengeant, and The Outsider are all refugees from another world, who fled The destroyer thousands of years ago.
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She says that The Outsider is a moon elf named Lessempir Atethys who is her twin sibling and that The Vengeant is Mortimus Falkettan, the father of her daughter, Aliza. She says that The Destroyer attacked their homeworld, devouring first the outer planes and then the inner planes. The three refugees and many others fled, but only Korinyi, Lessempir, and Mortimus arrived safely. She tells of how Caiphon brought together the three gems of The Anathema and used them to awaken The Destroyer. Kori explains how she rallied the Annerians to aid her in a powerful imprisonment spell which put both The Destroyer and Caiphon to sleep. Ghesh asks Kori about his dream in which a woman crawled from the sea to kill him in a previous life. She doesn’t know this woman based on Ghesh’s description but says it may be possible that this was one of Caiphon’s followers who prematurely awakened. She tells of how she is worried about the status of her imprisonment spell, given that Caiphon has already awakened from it.
After that discussion the party go to rest for the night in their quarters. Rey stays up talking with Kori and Nyx through the night, discussing their past, and their plans for her.

The Refugees
A tale of Korinyi Atethys

The Northern sky was black and lilac. Smoke, fire, and death stretched across the horizon. Cities and townships dotted the terrain but most were hidden by thick clouds and unnatural darkness. The lucky ones had deserted those towns three days ago, before The Destroyer crossed the mountains. The luckiest ones were with her, at the tower that held the last hope of salvation.
Sweat was beading on her forehead and her skin felt cold and tight. She had never been this scared in her life. Not when The Destroyer arrived, not when her father was slain by their servants, and not when she had been handed his blade and told she was the head of their house just days ago. She knew how to use it, her parents had ensured that, but she hadn’t chosen the path of the warrior.
With her woollen robes bunched about her legs she sat cross-legged on the tower, finishing the last of the runic inscriptions. The Stone was veined and smooth, but dark like a storm cloud. She whispered her words over the last of her chalk markings, and saw them fluoresce briefly in response.
Aleric was explaining to a frightened family for the third time what the ritual involved. His eyes were tired but sharp and the occasional rays of sunlight highlighted the grey of his hair. He gesticulated as he repeated what he had told each of them here before: Our world was dying and we had to try and get as many people to safety as we could.
There had been other planes of existence nearby, but they had been consumed by the destroyer in the past few years. Their only hope was to travel to a whole new world. A world with different planar alignments, different people, and maybe there they could find a way to halt or end the destroyer.
She strode to the edge of the platform, looking down over the city. Grey buildings rose from brown earth and green foliage. People hurriedly moved about, some were fortifying the city, others gathered their belongings to flee. Some thought they could flee further south, though Korinyi knew they would simply perish in the hills, The Destroyer overtaking them. The wise or brave had agreed to Aleric’s plan, risking their being in a trip through the cosmos.
Little was known of their destination, it was an inhabitable world at least. It had a sun and three moons. Aleric’s scrying could only determine so much. There had originally been more mages working on the plan but The Destroyer’s arrival had scattered or killed everyone else. Aleric and her were the only people from the team who had managed to arrive at the city. Her eyes began to water as familiar faces came to mind, faces she had seen only days ago. Her mother, the matriarch of house Atethys, was amongst them, her efforts at rescuing others from the chaos had led to her death. A panicked mob had crushed dozens of people as they fled The Destroyer. Some of them were here with her. Some looked to her with hope, most would not look her in the eye.
She wiped the sweat from her brow with her sleeve and turned to address her sibling, who had just ascended the marble stairs of the tower. The twins shared their mother’s deep red hair and both wore it loosely.
‘’It’s good to see you, Lessempir. I trust your quest was fruitful.’’
Lessempir smiled. ‘’My quests are always fruitful, Kori.’’
She heard the unmistakable sound of an armoured warrior ascending the steps.
They smiled coyly.
‘’Your lucky groom. He demanded to go with the first group and it seems his Order stills holds its authority, despite it being the end of the world.’’
Kori rose and wiped her palms on berry blue robes.
‘’You shouldn’t speak that way. Especially not around these people. They can’t tell when you’re joking.’’
‘’Do you mean about Mortimus being your lover, or it being the end of the world’’ they chuckled dryly.
‘’Either. Both. They don’t want to hear that and neither do I.’’ she said sternly.
Mortimus was a tall knight with deep brown eyes that never lost their focus. He wore fine steel plate, functional and of a quality befitting his station.
When he spoke, his voice was deep and authoritative, while still managing to achieve the courtesy her family was used to receiving. ‘’Lady Atethys, you have my deepest sympathies. Your mother was a brave woman, few deserved their ends at the hands of The Destroyer’s chaos, but her least of all.’’
She stepped around her supplies to stand beside her sibling. Resting a hand on their arm. ‘’Thank you, Morty. There’s no need to call me Lady, titles hardly matter much anymore.’’
Mortimus nodded and looked over her shoulder to the group assembled on the tower-top. Families, soldiers, craftsmen, many children. Many were farmers, a few had been landowners before the surrounding countryside had turned to dust.
‘’Is this everyone?’’ he asked, his tone betrayed a nervousness he was attempting to conceal. ‘’What about the crowds down below?’’.
‘’We are the first group. The others will follow us through the Aether soon enough.’’Lessempir answered, with the voice of seriousness she had heard so much lately.
Kori left them and strode to Aleric, who seemed to be triple checking their calculations. He didn’t notice her standing beside him until she spoke.
‘’The preparations are all complete, Master. You said so yourself, our arrival is certain.’’
His weary blue eyes turned to her, the corners cracked by age and worry. ‘’You’re right of course. No-one has ever attempted something like this on such a scale before. And The Destroyer has been disruptive-‘’
‘’The Destroyer hasn’t won yet.’’ She intoned fiercely.
He smiled and put his gaunt hand on her shoulder. ‘’Are you ready? I will follow you once the other groups are on their way, the singular spell is not nearly so troublesome.’’
Korinyi nodded solemnly and turned to Lessempir and Mortimus who were still conversing quietly by the stairway. She caught her twin’s eye, they looked so melancholy, the easy smile of just moments ago gone.
While the refugees were getting into position she walked around the perimeter of the tower whispering protective wards. Her left hand rested on the hilt of her father’s sabre, she could hear the voices of her ancestors. Their voices were indistinct but she heard sadness, confusion, anger, and hope strongest of all. She smiled sadly as she heard the voices of her parents amongst the clamour, murmuring encouragement. As the last of the shields locked into place around the tower she took her place beside Lessempir and Mortimus. Mortimus was looking stoically straight ahead, Lessempir was shuffling nervously.
There were 102 of them, two dozen of whom were children, many were crying. Aleric had his tome open on a small bench before him, its pages frayed and yellowed. Korinyi looked to the north, many other followed her gaze. The storm clouds of The Destroyer had obscured the mountains. Tendrils of darkness were sweeping over not-so-distant plains. Many were muttering fearfully, others were silently weeping. Aleric had begun the spell, his voice was strong and managed to calm her nerves somewhat. The runes carved a complex circle about the group and began to glow softly as the master wizard began the ritual.
She tried to focus on Aleric, on her twin, on Mortimus. She couldn’t help but glance north and every time she did, The Destroyer had swept closer. She tried to picture their destination, but knew too little. She saw mountains, immense forests, and three moons hanging in a twilight sky.
Aleric looked into her eyes as he finished the spell. She smiled tearfully and squeezed Lessempir’s hand.

Session 64
The Astral Cities

The party wakes up the next day in the Tower of Hariolation. Kori offers to take the party to the dwelling of Jolibzan the Astral Dragon. As soon as the party leave the tower Rey receives an urgent message from Khalida saying that Lady Midnight is planning an attack on The Astral Plane to capture Driselle. Rey tells Kori this and Khalida suggests imprisoning Driselle in the north or south pole where they won’t try to look for her. Kori leaves the group at Jolibzan’s floating temple to enact her ritual.
The group approach the slumbering, shimmering-scaled dragon and decide they won’t mention that they have his sister, Hiromi the Platinum Dragon, trapped in the iron flask. Rey wakes him up and the group speak with him at length. He says that he is willing to give them blood for their ritual but that he will donate it after the coming battle. He explains that the party are going to attack the Gith who dwell in the remnants of Vecna’s displaced city. He also talks about his fellow dragons, saying he is disappointed in the actions of Itenashi but believes Yagami and Ashekani are just behaving according to their nature. He says that Ashekani and The Green Prince know their relationship, but The Green Prince doesn’t stay in contact with his daughter much. When Rey asks why this is, he says that The Green Prince can’t bear to look at his daughter because she reminds him of his dead sister, Nithanwyl. Jolibzan offers to fly the party to The Rainbow City so they can meet The Violet Empress. They accept and the journey begins.
Arriving in the city they are greeted by several Atephrans with the heads of owls and plumage of many colours. The party are greeted by The Violet Empress’s attendant: an Atephran named Salabra. Jolibzan and the group part ways and Salabra escorts them to the court of The Violet Empress. Outside the front of the court are two statues of sphinxes, one is Lamassu The Just and the other is Nefertiri The Muse.
She welcomes the group telling them that she has heard much about them. She confirms that she was once known as Tomyra The Wise. Rey informs her that Suraphinon The True’s spirit persisted beyond The Scourge which she reflects on. Tomyra says that she doesn’t molt or get furballs, but she does like Riddles. The party go pretty well with the riddles but the riddle Sahri poses to Tomyra is laughably easy. Tsuki asks about retrieving some atephran feathers and Tomyra says that will be arranged. The party also ask about having a party and Tomyra also says that will be arranged.
A celebration happens in The Rainbow City which Jolibzan sits and watches. Kori and Nyx soon arrive and begin to dance with one another. Rey joins them. However, Jolibzan and Kori leave part-way through to combat Nerezikia and The Crimson Matron who were moving about close to The Tower of Hariolation.
After a rest Kori explains that the party is being tasked with defeating Tariton The Screaming Blade. She gifts Rey with Foresight and says the party will need to fight their way to the docks in the centre of the floating city. Kori and Jolibzan will take care of Loreizan The Blood Rose.
The two groups split off and approach the ruins floating in the starry void.
The party move across floating stepping-stones of rubble to the city and come upon a group of emaciated, silver-armored Gith. A battle ensues across the step-stones with several combatants being thrown into the void before rising back up again. Alucard is knocked unconscious at one stage but Ghesh revives him. Rey uses her angelic wings to fly back up to the group when she is knocked off at one stage. One of the gith teleports in front of Rakshasa but regrets it when she uses Hurl Through Hell on him. Soon the gith are all defeated and the group continues on into the city.

Session 65
The Screaming Blade

The group continue into the city and Ghesh heals the group, while the sounds of battle can be heard from elsewhere in the city. A group of scouting gith find the group and a battle ensues, with blasts of magic being thrown back and forth between the parties. The Warriors of The West soon end the battle and race to the docks in the centre of the floating city. They see several flying ships attempting to fly off into the Aether, before they’re downed in blasts of magical fire. Up ahead of them, guided by Rey‘s Foresight, the group find Tariton The screaming Blades’ ship, crewed by armoured gith warriors.
The party bombard the mage piloting the hovering ship from a large throne with spells. The Gith warriors, including Tariton, leap off the ship to attack the party on the dock while two bolt-throwers on the ship attack the party. A desperate and almost failed fight ensues with all of the party being knocked unconscious at one time or another. Several times, the gith are knocked off the dock into the void but always find their way back up. Tariton swings his axe furiously, felling several party members. Eventually, expending almost all of their resources, Sahri and Tsuki stand victorious amongst the remains of their foes.
The party are all eventually revived and Kori and Jolibzan arrive, congratulating them on their success. The party decide to keep Tariton’s ship, cleaning it and searching it. They come up with several possible names for it, but don’t decide on one. The Seer kindly offers to transport the ship to The Tower of Hariolation and the party rest there for the night.

Session 66
The Buried Watch-Tower

Rey has a dream of a fiery wasteland with rivers of blood and swarms of flies. Her best guess is that this is some sort of prophetic vision of The Shadowfell. Kori tells Rey that she’s going to keep her physical form merged with Nyx semi-permantly. This transformation happens, changing The Seer taking taking on the appearance of a half-elf with wavy white hair and freckles that glisten like stars. Rey, Rakshasa, and The Seer return to The Rainbow City to visit Tomyra The Violet Empress. The party needs the tear of a sphinx and Rey decides to appeal to her artistic side, knowing that she was ‘The Muse’, after all. Rey gives Tomyra a song and the script for a theatre production called “Cats”. Tomyra is inspired by this idea and performs one of the songs, with the support of her Atephran band. She gets really into the performance, releasing her pent-up emotions and shedding a single enormous tear, which rey catches in a flask. The group thank her and return to The Seer’s tower, in preparation for returning to Salisa. Sahri broaches the difficult topic of Aliza with The Seer. The Seer explains that she doesn’t know whether or not Aliza is actually dead, she may still be alive. Unfortunately she doesn’t know where or maybe even WHEN Aliza is. She says that it’s possible Aliza was displaced to a world too far away for her to see. Sahri and her agree that perhaps this could be something they could use their new ship for in the future, once they’ve figured out how to use it. She wishes the party good luck and teleports them back to Hasamidat.
Sahri finally has her date with Itenon. They first have a sparring match, which Sahri wins, and then sleep together, almost burning down the building. Rakshasa, Rey, and Tsuki go to the black market in the evening looking for Daemon’s kiss and Mithral. Tsuki manages to steal some Daemon’s Kiss and Rakshasa purchases some of the illicit drug ‘The Heroine’s Helper". The group notice arguing wiLord Patrosth a shady merchant about a map, but move on. They try to rob a merchant with some body guards but fail. They eventually find a half-elvish woman named Mala who says she has a store of 5kg of mithral she’s willing to sell. The trio follow her into the sewers and she shows them a large pile of Mithral which appears genuine. Unfortunately the mithral is selling for 55, 000 gold pieces, which the party cannot afford. Rey, Rakshasa, and Tsuki move off to discuss on their own, leaving Mala alone in the chamber. Rakshasa suggests just killing the merchant, who is obviously an unsavory character. Tsuki agrees and sneaks back to the room, seeing Mala impatiently tapping her foot. She fires her crossbow, but realises too late that the image of Mala was just an illusion. In a surge of anathematic darkness Tsuki is pulled into The Shadowfell and Rey and Rakshasa run to the university for help. Mala casts Hold Person on Tsuki and takes The Iron Flask from her. Tsuki breaks free however, slashing at Mala, who seems to be a servant of Piro. She snatches back the flask and uses her patron’s magic to return to Rey and Rakshsasa, who had enlisted a sleepy mage to return their friend.
Ghesh and Alucard go to Kodoma for the day, with Alucard simply wandering, and Ghesh spending time with Rava.
The next day the group travel east, to The Dune Sea to find the resting place of Ahriman, the traitorous archmage. On the way, Rakshasa has a dream of a sprawling, partially constructed city in the middle of a valley of jagged rocks. At it’s centre is a pristine silver tower, the only part of the city that seems completed.
Rey asks The Seer for information about The Black Scrolls of Ahm and she explains that they’ll be with whatever’s left of Ahriman and in three separate cases.
The group eventually come across the top floor of a tower, mostly buried in sand. They can hear the thumping of fists coming from the inside, seemingly trying to get out. Eventually the walls cracks and explodes outwards, revealing what was trying to escape: two iron golems. The golems move to attack the group and from behind them, some undead wrapped in torn robes stagger out of the tower.
The golems spew poisonous gas at the party members while the mummies attack with archaic weaponry. The group dispatch them relatively quickly, slicing the golems apart with their magic weapons and destroying the mummies with spells. The party move into the watchtower, seeing old supplies scattered about and that the staircase leading lower into the tower is completely filled with sand.

Session 67
The Lingering Archmage

Ghesh, Tsuki, and Rey prepare to explore the rest of the tower and take a peek inside the next room. They see piles of emaciated bodies wearing the tattered remains of robes scattered throughout the room. The group also see a dead, robed figure slumped against a magical chest, with a bloodied knife in one hand and a flimsy box in the other. This figure is wearing a mithral diadem and has a large chest wound, Rey realises that they’re Ahriman, the traitorous archmage. The moment the group step into the room, the piles of bodies rise and fuse together, and Ghesh is possessed by Ahriman. He turns on his ally and the towering skeletal monsters use devastating necromantic magic on the party. Alucard tries in vain to damage the skeletal creatures and is knocked unconscious by them. He is soon joined by the rest of the party besides Ghesh, who breaks free of his possession. The slumped form of Ahriman rises now, uttering a foul true name : Salavanis. Ghesh manages to heal the party back to health, besides Tsuki, who has been given Mummies Curse. The skeletal devourers teleport the unconscious forms of Rakshasa, Tsuki, and Alucard into their chest cavities. It seems as if their souls are going to be devoured, until Ghesh finally destroys Ahriman’s form and the necromantic magic fades from the room. Ghesh successfully revives the party with Alucard’s help and they go about finding their treasure. Rey moves to stow the diadem away in her Bag of Holding but is possessed by the lingering consciousness of Ahriman. Ghesh manages to banish the spirit back into the diadem and Rey puts it away where it’s no threat.
They see that the flimsy box opened during the fight, spilling the Scarab of Protection onto the floor. The Spectre picks it up and with a glow of green, it attunes to The Bronze Trident. Ghesh dispels the magic protecting the chest and Tsuki opens it, revealing a treasure trove of valuable tomes. They find The Black Scrolls of Ahm, in black cases ornately carved to show images of squirming snakes, cruel birds of prey, and disturbing insects. They also find a copy of The Day I Slew Death, and two Manuals of Iron Golems.
The group decide to visit the Gold-Eye clan of Sand Elves a few days to the east, before proceeding to the True-Spears, deep in the Dune Sea. They meet the sand elves at twilight, being introduced to their clan-leader, Thia Gold-eye who seems to know about several members of the party by reputation. The group spend the next two days with the clan, sharing stories, and relaxing. Rey is introduced to the previous clan leader, Evarra, Thia’s mother. Evarra says that she’s one of the High Harpers and she has heard good things about Rey from Vishkanya.
The group continue on north-west towards the True-spears and Rey has a dream about a strange bog. The bog has putrescent brown skies and bizarre structures made of stacked stone. She sees what looks like the obsidian pyramid of Minauros partially buried in the bog. It’s being held up by toiling prisoners and at the top is what looks like an ornate golden palace. Tsuki has a dream too, seeing a mountain spewing rivers of lava. This volcano is being circled by a dragon and she realises that this is mt Kaigan of Chayundo, home of The Dragonlords. however the surrounding countryside does not resemble Chayundo at all, it seems as if the volcano is in the wrong place.
On the way to the True-Spears Ghesh receives an urgent message from Na’Sul, saying that Yeenoghu has entered the plane of fire with his horde and is going to attack the City of Brass, along with Imix. Na’Sul and some Efreet bring the party into the city, directly to the court of the Fire Queen.
The party are brought to the Fire Queen’s war council and are told that they’re being assigned to take out Yeenoghu’s leadership, including Yeenoghu himself. The group are given Dust of Invisibility, potions of fire resistances and are told they can arrive near Yeenoghu’s camp through a secret tunnel. Na’Sul leads the group to The Forgemaster first, but recommends that Ghesh stay outside, as he is no longer wearing his Fire-Rune armour. Alucard is given a red dragon scale shield and lent a Flametongue longsword. Rey asks Na’Sul if she has a partner and she says no. Rey says that she’s here to support her and Na’Sul thanks her. Na’Sul leads them to the tunnel which is beneath an enormous dining hall. The group pass many spicy and sweet foods on the way, and Na’Sul wishes them good luck.
The party pass beneath the smoldering plains, to beneath the marching horde of Yeenoghu. They come out of the tunnel near the edge of the war-camp and see thousands of gnolls and cultists marching towards The City of Brass. The Group turn invisible, sneaking past some patrolling guards. Rakshasa creates a distraction further into the camp, telling some nearby gnolls that they have small genitals. One seems confused, another, believing rakshasa is someone named Jon-grar, seems angry.


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