Campaign of the Month: September 2017

Profane Legacy

Session 90
The Coming Apocalypse

Tsuki is brought to a forest clearing in the mountains of northern Chayundo to a gathering for Calee and Hiromi’s wedding. She sees that Asmodeus, Erinye, Alloces, Ereshkigal, The Corpsemaster, and Gallard the Betrayer are all present. She also notices the female Nemorian scorpion watching happily. The corpsemaster casts Soul-meld on Calee and Hiromi, combining their bodies and life-essence. Calee/Hiromi thanks all the guests for their presence and comments on how well this wedding went compared to the last one she attended. She says she is in a generous mood and hands Tsuki the yellow Anathematic Gem as well as a map of Ahlim. With that, Calee/Hiromi transforms into her true form: A gargantuan two-headed metallic lavender dragon with one set of platinum eyes and one set of purple eyes. She then flies away, leaving Tsuki to eat some cake with the other guests.
The group help The Seer recover from her exertion and then wonder where Tsuki went. The Seer tries to locate her and briefly sees her in Chayundo, before Asmodeus teleports Tsuki away to Hasamidat.
Arriving in the city, Tsuki realises it’s in the grip of a fierce downpour of acid rain from which people are fleeing for their lives.
The Seer says she has an important mission for Rey, the most important quest either of them has ever had. The Seer then teleports the group to Hasamidat so they can assist Tsuki and the beleaguered city. Ghesh casts Control Weather, and clears the sky around the city. Unfortunately it seems this weather pattern is affecting vast swaths of Salisa, and is certainly unnatural. The group send several mages off to use Control Weather throughout Salisa while others stay to repair the city and help its residents. The party go to meet with the master wizard of Divination who says that the Red Star, which is now visible in broad daylight, is the strengthening sign of Tharizdun. She says that the days growing shorter is the first sign of The Father, Ahlim’s Elder Evil.
The next day a meeting of The World Council is called, bringing together leaders from across Ahlim. All the Angels who haven’t fallen (besides Rakshasa) are there, as well as most of the leaders of the world’s nations. The meeting is held at Sargonia, The Mithral City, and discussions go on through the night. The Seer calls for mobilisation of military forces to the north where cult forces devoted to Cryonax have risen. She suggests that mages continue to moderate the bizzare weather patterns near populated areas. She says that the Warriors of The West will defeat the Elder Evil responsible for Ahlim’s plight.
Sahri attempts to befriend The Storm King, to moderate success. Rey manages to befriend some of the world leaders who are suspicious of the group. She gains an offer of assistance from the Pharaoh of Nyoka in finding a Sphere of Annihilation to destroy The Anathematic Gems. Ghesh chooses this moment to bring up Calee/Hiromi’s plan to create The Nine Hells. The map Tsuki received had on it all the areas of Ahlim that were going to be ravaged by the creation of The Hells. The Dreadmarshes are almost completely consumed by this ritual, as well as most of Chayundo. Rey is horrified and the assembled council try to think of ways this destruction can be mitigated. The Giant Monarch concede that the Elemental Chaos may be an option, as it provides an almost limitless supply of matter and energy. Ashekani says that Nuin and Kerdov will accept refugees from Chayundo.
The council talk continues while the heroes contact Calee/Hiromi about their compromise involving The Nine Hells. The group are invited to join them at the grey shore of The Dreadmarshes, where Calee and Ghesh first met.
The party arrive after several hours, noticing glowing footprints leading into the sea and several scrolls of Water-Breathing weighed down by rocks.
Rey polymorphs into a giant shark and carries the group across the seabed, following the glowing path. At one point they come across the male nemorian shark, corrupted by demonic magic, swim south. The soon find Calee/Hiromi, who opens up telepathic communication with the group. She tells them it would be possible to use The Elemental Chaos, but that it would slow down the process dramatically. She tells the group that she is going to Zehan to gain more power by “Drinking of The Water of Life”. She also explains that she’s going to find out how to defeat Ahlim’s Elder Evil and what will happen once it is defeated. Rey questions her, and she admits that Calee was a Warlock of Piro, and is currently a Warlock of Zehan. She admits she would be willing to extend the timeline of The Nine Hells’ construction if she was assured it would not be interfered with.
The party notice an enormous demonic marine creature following them. Calee/Hiromi says that entity calls itself Dagon and will not harm the party while she is with them. She does say that other creatures live near and within Zehan’s prison that would not be so kind, however.

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Session 89
The Earth Father's Rebirth

Tsuki is invited to Calee’s and Hiromi wedding, which is in several days’ time. The Seer tells Rey that she is now a High-Harper and that she has an important mission for her soon. The group travel to Kochiyama with Yagami and Ashekani. Itenashi proclaims that Chayundo has been victorious, and that Yagami has shamefully surrendered. Yagami begs his older brother to help him, but Itenashi ignores him. The group notice Asmodeus standing nearby, with the nemorian goat in tow. Half the group travel to Kodoma, to update Ajaakor’s Triad on what’s happened and the other half travel to Kerdov so that Yagami can formally abdicate the throne. A woman named Chara Khan sides with Ashekani and denounces Yagami as ruler, the crowd seem to comply. Yagami is then sealed in the flask, and the group travel to their fortress. The party receive a message from Alloces, saying that he is working with Asmodeus and Lady Midnight to create a race of beings called Devils. They’re also alerted by Aliza, Maldrana IV, Turiel Dust-Born that they’re close tor reaching The Tarrasque in The Underdark.
Rey collects “An Outsider’s Observations” that was left for her by Alexis. The group then teleport north to Svoren to join Maldrana IV and her force of Clerics and Paladins. The group then splits into three groups, each taking a different slime-covered path. The party come across several gibbering mouthers and ooze creatures, who seem to be drinking the spilt mithral-blood of The Tarasque. The party fight them, with Rey using her breath weapon on the ooze creatures. Several of the gibbering mouthers crowd around Sahri, trying to devour her. Soon the beasts are defeated. However, a roar of pain echoes throughout the caverns and the ceiling begins to collapse. The party run from it, and arrive in a large chamber where Jubilex seems to be devouring the defeated Tarrasque. Several of Jubilex’s followers are there, including one who’s wearing Rahn‘s armour, which they seem to have gotten from Brutalitops.
Alucard is devoured by Jubilex and dissolved, angering the group. Jubilex spews acid over the party, while his servants bombard the group with spells. Ghesh kills the woman wearing Rahn’s armour and then the group slay Jubilex. To ensure he’s banished Rey bombards his remains with Moonbeam, that burns away Jubilex.
Ghesh ressurects Alucard with Ajaakor’s help who asks him to help his brother. Sahri and Rey approach the wounded, weak Tarrasque, comforting it. They treat its wounds as best they can but its missing eye can’t be restored. The Angels soon arrive, and Rey calls for The Seer. The Seer begins to cast Soulmeld, to combine Und’s Angels’ essence with The Tarrasque to attempt to restore The God. The process takes several hours and The Seer admits she has never attempted Soul-Melding so many begins at once before. Gradually The Tarrasque’s form becomes molten and it becomes humanoid in form. Eventually the rocky and magma-like visage of Und appears, with one glowing ember-like eye. He thanks the group for returning him to life and says he has seen their lives and has great respect for them all. He places a fiery hand on Sahri’s shoulder and says that scars are nothing to be ashamed of. Ghesh opens a portal to The Elemental Planes which Und steps through, being reunited with his brother, Ajaakor.
Tsuki notices an invisible woman behind her and accepts her offer to attend “The Wedding” and is whisked away from The Underdark.

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Session 88
The Greater Conflict

Midraba’s shade is defeated and Yagami absorbs the shadows to activate his Shadowstorm form. Mala heals him quite significantly while Rey Polymorphs. With the help of the bards, Ghesh and Tsuki recover from their paralysis. Meren then flies down from the ceiling to help the heroes, striking Yagami with her acidic breath. Jun appears out of the darkness and seems unsure whether to side with Yagami or Tsuki. He eventually decides to ally with Yagami and begins to attack.
Jun strikes Sahri several times, and then drags The Slayer’s body into the shadows, disappearing. Alexis kills Mala and then offers Yagami an ultimatum: the anathematic gem or his life. Yagami reluctantly tears off the gem and surrenders.
The group contact Ashekani and Kori while Alexis hands the gem over to Ghesh.. Alexis reveals to Tsuki that they also accepted “The Father’s” gift and used them to defy Piro. They warn Tsuki that continuing to use the powers will corrupt her and drain her of free-will like it did to them. Tsuki says she will not use her ice powers anymore and Alexis gives her The Ring of Nine Facets, a powerful artifact from The Enlightenment. Tsuki eventually reveals to Alexis that Morty has passed away while they were imprisoned. Alexis is heart-broken, but then grows angry at Sahri. Alexis demands to know why she let Mortimus give up his immortality to her and attacks her. They eventually calm down and are convinced to stay.
Kori soon arrives and consoles Alexis, as well as enjoying their reunion after so many years apart. Rey speaks to Yagami, discovering that Yagami was never intending to attack Itenashi or Chayundo, he says he was going to travel to The Abyss to join Caiphon. Rey reveals that he has done something to Rahn, possibly killing him. When Rey tells Yagami that Hiromi has been freed, he attempts to flee, but is stopped by Rakshasa.
Hiromi unexpectedly arrives, with Dragonlord Ashekani in tow. Hiromi throws the cowering Yagami to the ground revealing that he’s the one responsible for allowing her to remain imprisoned in the flask for so long. She calls him a dissapointment and asks for the group’s advice on what should be done with Yagami. Rakshasa suggests imprisoning him in the Iron Flask, which Hiromi approves of. Hiromi says that since Yagami will no longer be ruling Kerodv, Ashekani has command. Ghesh asks if Hiromi and Calee would want to rule Chayundo together like they used to. Hiromi says that noone will be ruling Chayundo, because Chayundo will be destroyed. Hiromi tells the party about a new star that has appeared in the sky tonight, a red star. Kori confirms that she’s seen it but is unsure of its meaning. Hiromi says that Calee can explain and the group are soon joined by Lady Midnight. Calee and Hiromi explain that The Nine Hells will require land to be pulled from Ahlim for its creation.
Lady Midnight explains in detail what she’s learned of this universe and The Overdeities that created it. She tells of a being called The Originator that created this universe and all of the worlds in it. She tells of this beings foe: an entity called Tharizdun. Tharizdun was the creator of another universe but destroyed it. Tharizdun used an object called The Dark Shard to pierce the boundary between his universe and this universe, releasing a variety of Aberrations into this universe. From this Far Realm, Tharizdun seeded each of The Originators worlds with a powerful aberration called an Elder Evil. Ahlim’s Elder Evil is a being known as “The Father”, who has influenced Ahlim’s history at several points. Calee says that now that Tharizdun’s Red Star is in the sky, each world’s Elder Evils will set their plans in motion. She also gives more information about Zehan, specifically that he has devoured many worlds worth of Elder Evils and Gods. She says that she knows how to combat the Elder Evils but that Tharizdun would require an enormous alliance to resist. With that, Calee and Hiromi leave the group to their thoughts, in Yagami’s lair.

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Session 87
The Storm Dragons

An air-born battle ensues, with the dragons viciously attacking one another while spells are thrown from the back of one dragon to the other. Eventually the group is victorious, and the slain form of the blue dragon slams into the ocean below.
Meren is convinced to aid the group in the fight if things go badly and the party proceed into the volcano.
Inside the volcano Rey is tied up next to Alexis, and she sees that Yagami, Shan Ling, and Mala are talking to another about Jun, and a portal of some kind. Yagami has the Anathematic Gem of Prio around his neck. Alexis says they’ve been imprisoned for a long time, and that they did indeed know who Lady Midnight was, but was prevented from telling the group. Rey brings Alexis up to date with what’s been happening in the outside world. She tells Alexis that Hiromi was freed and reunited with Khalida.
The arrive at the edge of the central cavern of the volcano, and Alucard is shot by a legendary Raven: The Slayer. The Spectre recognises him as the one who killed him in his previous life. A fight begins, with Yagami expressing his disdain for the group and using his breath weapon on them. Mala summons illusory copies of herself to attack Rakshasa and Shan Ling opens a portal to The Shadowfell and pulls out Midraba’s shadow demon ally. The shadow demon charges Sahri and begins to attack her, while The Slayer paralyses Ghesh and Tsuki with poison. Alexis and Rey are freed and begin to help their allies. The Spectre is briefly banished to The Faewilds by shan Ling before Alexis breaks their concentration. Rakshasa blasts Yagami and hurls him through The Abyss, wounding him severely. Alexis kills Shan Ling and Sahri kills The Slayer, but the fight continues.

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Session 86
The Kidnapping

The party exit Dragonlord Itenashi’s chamber and see a handsome man walking towards them. They see that he’s trailed by a menagerie of animals, including the male nemorian goat and a cockatrice. Rakshasa introduces herself, but the man already seems to know her. He says his name is Asmodeus, and Rakshasa realises that he’s the one who deserted Graz’zt several months ago.
The group return to the Salisan embassy to rest for the day, and Rakshasa spots a beautiful woman watching her. The woman turns up later that night with a familiar flower: Demon’s Kiss. The two of them prepare Demon’s Kiss, enjoying its hallucinogenic properties. Rakshasa hears the woman, who calls herself Mikaela, get up during the night and enter Rey‘s room. Rey feels darkness surge around her and sees Mala, The Raven, approach her. The group rush to intervene but discover Rey is already gone, leaving only a Vrock feather behind.
Ghesh uses Scrying for Rey, and finds that she’s being held in Yagami’s mountainous lair. The group move out, teleporting to one of Itenashi’s outposts and then making their way up the mountainside to the lair. Tsuki realises the group is being followed by invisible people, who are watching them from a distance. The group press on anyway, through a growing storm. Lightning and fallen boulders buffet the party until they reach the hidden reach to the cavern. Tsuki uses her magical key to breach the Wall of Force, which sets off a trap, almost knocking her off the mountainside. Several elite dragonborn guards appear, telling the party to leave this place. Tsuki shows them her Raven coin and they allow her inside, but tell the rest of the group they must leave. They question Tsuki, and she tells them she was sent by Ashekani to discover what Yagami’s up to. They don’t like this, and knock Tsuki out. After ten minutes have passed the group rush inside the cavern to find that Tsuki has been tied up and Rey is no longer there. A fight ensues, and the group defeat the guards. Unfortunately a Shadowstorm Sorcerer escapes to tell word of what the party has done. Tsuki tells the party about her map to Yagami’s island sanctuary, saying that Rey is probably there.
The party meet with Ashekani, who offers the help of one of her trusted dragon allies, a black dragon named Meren. Meren is disguised as Yagami’s black dragon ally, Talenia. The group fly through the night and the next day to reach the island.
They see it ahead of them, the shell of a dormant volcano potruding from the stormy sea. Unfortunately Yagami’s blue dragon ally appears, seeing through Meren’s disguise. The party recognise the shadowstorm sorcerer from earlier on his back, as well as many other ravens.

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Session 85
The Battle Royale

Sahri has a dream that she’s overlooking an army beneath her. Itenon calls her ‘his warlord’ and offers her a suit of green-tinted iron armour.
The party teleport to Kochiyama and are greeted by a friendly red dragonborn named Shunichi who tells them to remain silent in Dragonlord Itenashi’s presence unless he tells them to speak. The party are led through the busy city, with many of the local humans and dragonborn gaping at Rey‘s draconic form. The party notice that there are a huge number of wild animals about, which is bothering some of the locals.
As the party walk up the thousand steps to Itenashi’s palace they see the male aspect of the Nemorian Goat has attracted a crowd of onlookers. Shunichi says that apparently the male aspect of the bat is here as well, although he hasn’t seen it. Tsuki spots a pile of bones near the side of the stairs surrounded by footprints. She can’t glean much more information than that however.
The group decide to deliver some creme brulee to Dragonlord Itenashi and visit the palace chefs. The dragonborn chefs are named Goridan Ramses and Rordan Gamsey and they quickly create a silo of creme brulee. The group deliver the creme brulee to the hulking red and copper form of Dragonlord Itenashi who was speaking to Itenon. Itenashi tells the party they will be able to discuss the civil war soon, but first the party must fight. Specifically, they must fight each other for the amusement of his city-folk in the cities’ arena. The party bow and are led out of the central volcanic chamber by Shunichi.
They are led to the Salisan embassy, which is dusty, overgrown, and inhabited by a single elderly gnome woman. The party are told the rules of competition by Shunichi and rest for the night. Tsuki goes outside to practice with her ice powers and uses them to kill a cockatrice that was hiding in the tall grass. She realises the cockatrices are scared of something during the night, though she isn’t sure what.
The battle royale begins the next day with the group entering the arena to cheers. An extremely vicious battle unfolds, with each party member using every tool at their disposal to achieve victory. Alucard is knocked out first after a vicious retaliation from Sahri. Rakshasa knocks Rey out of dragon form and then is herself knocked out of the fight. Rey uses Feeblemind on Ghesh and then is defeated by Sahri. Sahri falls next, followed by Tsuki, leaving just Ghesh and The Spectre, the angels of Ajaakor. Their battle continues, both of them throwing elemental powers at one another, after Ghesh is healed by Ajaakor’s intervention. Eventually, Itenashi declares the battle a draw, with both angels being the victors.
The group heal and head back to Itenashi’s palace. He explains that his brother, Yagami, is planning to launch a magical attack on Chayundo, a “storm”. He says Ashekani can assist by giving him troops and supplies. He offers Sahri command of his army, impressed by her martial skill. Sahri says she will consider it, and recalls a recent dream in which she commanded and army. Itenashi says he has met his mother, who visited him recently. He says he respects her strength and he seems to defer to her.

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Session 84
The Grateful Escape

Vecna sees the party has betrayed him, robbing Kas of his sword. In anger he casts Meteor Swarm on them, once again bombarding them with brutal magical energy. The group take flight, while Alucard uses Earthbind to bring Vecna’s shadowy form to the ground. Vecna tries to seal himself within a Prismatic wall but is foiled by Rakshasa‘s Countermagic. Rey flies up to Vecna in her dragon form, dousing him in flames. Sahri then leaps down, using the Sword of Kas to hack away at the darkness that’s shielding Vecna. Sahri drives the sword through his chest, into a similar wound already there. Vecna’s form disintegrates with the word “traitor” on his undead lips, and Iuz roars in triumph. The mists of ravenloft then enshroud the party, revealing four doorways to them. One leads to a familiar farm in Western Salisa, another leads back into Cavitius, the third is a doorway to the fortress of Kas the Bloody-Handed, and the final doorway seems to lead to Greyhawk. Mordenkainen thanks the party for their help, and says he must return home. He throws a book to Rey, and steps through the doorway to Greyhawk. Rey ties a note to the Sword of Kas and Sahri throws it into his fortress. The party exit through the doorway into Ahlim but see the form of the platinum dracolich rise up behind them, as they flee the Demiplane of Dread.
The group land unceremoniously in the middle of a familiar field, where they started their heroic adventures almost a year ago. They make their way to the farmhouse, being greeted by a frazzled woman, who they see is Ramas’s mother. Ramas soon appears, happy to see the group again. He tells them he wants to be be a bard, and that he is practicing his mime skills. The group spend the night on the farm and both Tsuki and Rakshasa have strange dreams.

Tsuki is on a snow-covered hill overlooking a northern valley, she can see huge mountains on the horizon, hiding the setting sun. Beside her is a kindly elvish man who offers her a blanket. This man, who calls himself Father, says she will need help to rescue The Outsider. He tells her to catch a falling snowflake, which she does. The snowflake is beautiful, intricate, and does not melt in her palm. Father tells her that the power of ice is with her now, and will aid her in defeating her foes. When she wakes up she can see the glowing blue pattern of a snowflake on her palm.
Rakshasa is inside a strange mountain, with a red glow illuminating the cavern. She sees lizard or bird-like foot prints in the dirt and turns to see the source of the light. A huge black goat is standing behind her, with glowing red eyes and curving horns longer than Rakshasa is tall. It doesn’t seem hostile, but it doesn’t seem kind either.
The group Planeshift to Hasamidat, taking Ramas with them to the bard college. The group then split up, with Ghesh, Alucard, and Sahri going to Kodoma, and the rest of the group visiting The Seer’s tower. The Seer is relieved that the group managed to return safely from the Demiplane of Dread and tells Rey that she had an important dream last night. Rey, Rakshasa, and Tsuki confess that they made pacts with Vestiges, which The Seer confirms were extensions of The Dark Powers. The Seer seems disappointed that Rey made this bargain, but understands why she did. She warns Rey that this is the same path that Hadar walked, and it led to his corruption and eventual fall. She says that it is not safe for these vestiges to be in this tower and she leads the three of them outside. She tells Rey about her dream, where an ancient and powerful being showed her a rune of great power: The Cerulean Sign. She says that this rune predates even The Destroyer and that it has been used by the secretive Order of The Cerulean Sign to combat Aberrations for a very long time across the multiverse. She says using this sign she may be able to banish the vestiges back to The Demiplane of Dread without taking away the groups powers. She performs this ritual on Rey, painfully inscribing the rune on Rey’s back. Rey passes out, but feels the vestige angrily torn away from her.
The Seer offers to do the same to Rakshasa and Tsuki, but when rakshasa finds out it will require The Seer to examine her soul she refuses. The Seer begins to examine Tsuki’s soul, but recoils in pain, saying that Tsuki made another pact, with a strange being she doesn’t understand. She says she will research this power, but until these pacts are broken the two of them are not allowed inside her tower.
Ghesh tells Rava about what the party has discovered about Lady Midnight. Rava is amazed at the groups actions and tells Ghesh to be careful with how he proceeds. Jiang recommends the group try a diplomatic tact with Calee and Hiromi, saying that they’re almost certainly grateful towards the group. Jiang and Rava tell ghesh they want to perform a ritual to formally induct him as one of Ajaakor’s Triad. Rava also tells him about several things that have happened while the party was away. Apparently a Sand Elf from the north has gathered a following of wanderers who are calling themselves The Horizon-Walkers. She says that apparently these Horizon-Walker have entered the Faewilds and are speaking with Sildar, the Goddess of Nature Herself. Ghesh uses sending to contact Sul Star-Follower, the guide who lead him across The Dune Sea before the party’s adventure began. Sul confirms that he has golden markings on his skin, and is speaking with Sildar. He says that he is no longer a member of the Star-Followers, but has formed his own clan: The Horizon-Walkers. Ghesh deduces that this must mean Sul Horizon-Walker is Jelan The traveler reborn.
Rava also says that apparently The Tarrasque is being harried in The Underdark by Jubilex.
she also says that messengers have arrived at many major cities of Ahlim, with invitations for the Warriors of The West from Dragonlord Ashekani.
While Rey is nursed back to health she has very peaceful dreams, with recurring images of Opalescent scales, and the Cerulean Sign. The party meet back up in Kodoma, and Ghesh sends Aliza and Turiel Dust-Born to investigate The Underdark to try and find The Tarrasque.
The party teleport to Lexinfa, in Nuin to meet with Dragonlord Ashekani. Rey says the party should make Butterscotch Pudding for Ashekani, knowing that this is her favourite desert. The denizens of Ashekani’s palace run through matters of etiquette with the group, which Sahri largely ignores. The group meet with the Dragonlord Herself, a gargantuan serpentine Gold Dragon with the occasional Bronze Scale. She has several familiar faces with her including Wu Jen and Qara Valeng. Rey reveals that Calee Valeng and Hiromi, Ashekani’s mother, are still alive. Ashekani and her advisors are initially skeptical but soon accept the truth. Ashekani says she has a quest for the party: to stop the conflict between her brothers from escalating and investigating Yagami’s “secret” mountain lair. She says to use diplomacy and warns that Itenashi is competitive and will want entertainment from the party. She warns that Yagami is cunning and may waste the group’s time or talk in circles to frustrate them. First though she says the party should spend time in her city, saying that even in the lands of The Dragonlords the Angels of The Annerians are heroes. Rey asks what her brothers favourite deserts are and she says that Itenashi likes Creme Brulee and Yagami likes Mint Chocolate Ice cream.
Rey spends her time collecting souvenirs and reading the book Mordenkainen gave her. It seems to be mostly absurdist poetry, but she finds references to scales, fish, rainbows, and trees very frequently. She comes to believe that perhaps Mordenkainen had some connection to the Order of the Cerulean Sign.
Ghesh and The Spectre research the reign of Calee Valeng and Hiromi just before The Scourge. They find out that Hiromi and Calee united the regions of central Akundin into the nation of Chayundo. They discover that Hiromi came into The Material Plane first of the elder dragons, who soon followed her. It seems that the elder dragons were resentful of being ruled by a human woman and Calee was soon forced from the throne.

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Session 83
The Uncertain Bargain

Ghesh, lying, says the party will help Vecna. Vecna senses the deception and attempts to gain control of him, but Rey and Rakshasa intervene. Vecna says he will not accept the parties’ help unless the untrustworthy Ghesh is under his command. The party reluctantly accept, and an unsteady deal is struck. The party will aid him in stealing Iuz’s divinity, and in return he will free them from the Demiplane of Dread.
The group has just reached Citadel Cavitius when The Spectre attempts to covertly free Ghesh from his Domination but fails. Vecna, unable to detect who made the attempt punishes the whole party, casting Meteor Swarm on them. Rey diffuses the situation, and Vecna says that if there’s anymore interference with his plans he will kill them all. Most of the group are sent off, but Rey, Alucard, and Ghesh stay behind with The Lich. Rey discusses the Book of Vile Darkness, but deems it too dangerous to read, or take. She asks if Vecna can remove the darkness of The Vestige without robbing her of its power. He says he may be able to, once he achieves Godhood, but cannot, at this stage. Rey is conflicted over whether she wants to keep the power, while risking bringing the darkness of Zantras The Kingmaker back to Ahlim. Vecna confirms that The Dark Powers are Vestiges, the lingering malice of dark gods, and that several party members made deals with them. Vecna tells Rey that he believes Lady Midnight’s goal, if she were reunited with Hiromi, is to create a plane of existence called The Nine Hells of Baator. He says that if she were not reunited with Hiromi it was her intention to use her magics to commit Deicide. Vecna says he has also pieced the spell required together, and will use it when Iuz is at his most vulnerable.
Several days pass, and Cavitius slowly drains the life force of the party. Eventually Iuz appears, vicious and towering, roaring out Vecna’s name. The group spring into action, challenging Iuz and his demonic servants. Vecna and Iuz exchange heated words in the common tongue of Greyhawk while The Spectre telepathically tells Iuz that they intend to betray Vecna.
The Battle begins, with Vecna and the demigod Iuz waging a titanic combat, while the rest of the group, including Kas and Mordenkainen, fight the demons. They make short work of them, aided by Mordenkainen’s spellcasting , with Alucard and Ghesh excelling. With that fight won, Kas tells the group to assist Vecna, but the group betray him, with Sahri grappling him. Kas thrashes violently, refusing to submit, blocking the incoming attacks of the party. Rakshasa casts Dominate person, forcing him to drop the Sword of Kas, which The Spectre snatches up. They see Vecna, surging with necrotic power, throwing spells at Iuz from afar.

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Session 82
The Lich

Tsuki notices giant bird tracks and realises the hut has enormous legs. The group speak to the three hags in the hut at the top of the hill. They say that they are Auntie Mathilda, Granny Agatha, and Baba Krov. They try to convince several party members to enter their hut but the group are too suspicious. Mordenkainen tells Ghesh that the party needs Baba Krov’s staff if they’re going to be able to enter Vecna’s realm. The group make a deal with the hags, they’ll donate three limbs in exchange for the staff. Sahri volunteers to be dismembered and Ghesh begins chopping. Mordenkainen and the rest of the group bet on how many cuts it will take Ghesh. It only takes him three to remove the limbs, which are quickly snatched up by the hags, who throw the staff to the group. Ghesh quickly heals Sahri, regenerating her lost limbs.
Rey transforms into a dragon and the party flies to The Misty Border between Tovag and Cavitius. The mist retreats away from the party when Mordenkainen uses Baba Krov’s staff to cast a spell. The group arrive in a dark, cold, desert realm, littered with the remnants of past conflicts. They see zombies wandering through the wasteland, and see the enormous central pit over which Citadel Cavitius is built. Out of the pit come four shadowy shapes, which fly towards the party. Rey attempts to avoid them, but they’re surpisingly fast. The shadows unleash a defeaning wail on the group, which instantly knocks Rakshasa and Tsuki unconscious. Rey’s fiery breath and Ghesh’s Stormblade make short work of the shadows, which turn out to be lesser demiliches.
The group circle around the citadel, which seems to house a bustling undead city, and land in a cave beneath the castle. The group realise that magical healing doesn’t work here, being nullified by the dark energies of Cavitius. They enter Rey’s Magnificent Mansion and rest.
Mordenkainen disguises the gorup so they look undead, and the party sneak into the citadel through a secret passage. They pass several undead guards who don’t seem to find them suspicious and Rey uses Legend Lore to try and locate The Sword of Kas. Usually The Seer would answer her queries, but this time it is the vestige she made a pact with: Zantras The Kingmaker. The group find out the sword is also with Kas, by Vecna’s side. The party finally find the doors leading to Vecna’s throneroom, which are conspicuously unguarded. The group realise that the corridor leading to the throneroom is actually inhabited by about 30 undead nothics, who watch the party from from empty eye-sockets. A short conflict ensues, with the nothics being burnt away by Rakshasa and Ghesh’s fire magic.
The party enter the throneroom, seeing a familiar seated wizard and the armoured form who calls himself Kas. The party speak to Vecna and he immediately realises that most of them are angels, and that several of them made deals with dark Vestiges. Rakshasa offers herself to him, but he doesn’t seem interested in anything but undead slaves. Rey speaks about her hatred of Lady Midnight and her belief that she will defeat her. Vecna views this as misplaced arrogance, asserting that Lady Midnight is incredibly powerful and cunning. Vecna explains that Lady Midnight revealed much to him, as her loneliness after hundreds of years trapped in this place weakened her judgement. He says that she called herself Calamity, and was The First Warlock of Ahlim. Her torment by the Dark Powers was to constantly fail in reviving the one she loved, who lay dead in the bottom of the pit.
Vecna confesses that he has grown tired of the Demiplane of Dread and the mockery of The Dark Powers and wishes to escape. He asks the group if they will aid him in stealing Godhood from Iuz, a son of Graz’zt so that he can escape this realm. The group are unsure of what to do, weighing up their odds of defeating Vecna or his likelihood of upholding his end of a bargain.
Vecna says he will show the group ‘his pet’, a being that dwells at the bottom of the pit. The group pass through necromantic smog, which saps their lifeforce. The party realise that the figure who wields The Sword of Kas is an imposter, who seems to have been brainwashed into belieivng he’s the real Kas. They finally see the being Lady Midnight loved and who Vecna views as his ‘pet’: An Elder Platinum Dracolich. The party instantly recognise this dragon as an undead version of Hiromi, the Mother of The Dragonlords. Vecna confirms that Lady Midnight’s name is Calee Valeng, known to the party as Khalida. The party realise that she had tricked them for several months, befriending them to lessen their suspicions. The party also realise they reunited her with the real Hiromi, wondering what that means for Ahlim. Tsuki ponders if this means that The Outsider and Lady Midnight are allies, given that they’re the reason Hiromi was freed.

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Session 81
The Mad Mage

The group ride to Skotrada to find Sven, the annoying gnome. They find him in the Wily Werewolf inn, where the people seem to be enjoying themselves. Ghesh sees Sven, as well as a mysterious, magical robed figure. Rey and Rakshasa get a dance going, while The Spectre, Sahri, and Ghesh lead Sven outside. Alucard notices the robed figure teleport away. Ghesh sees that Sven is radiating illusion magic and he dispels it. Sven thinks it’s only fair if he dispels the magic on Ghesh and does so. He then does it to Sahri, but when he casts a spell on The Spectre, they realise it was Banishment. Sven makes a run for it, but Ghesh and Sahri catch him and cut his head off. They then deliver his body to The Daggers for a small reward, and The Spectre pops back into existence. The party spend the night at the inn and set out for The Mad Mage’s tower. They see it has snowed through the night and begin on a journey through the rain, snow, and fog, up the mountain. They see that The Daggers are arriving at the town to begin recruiting, just like the group saw in Terykkia.
The party move into a snowy forest, where the sunlight is mostly blocked. They realise they’re being followed at a distance by several hungry looking feral vampire spawn. They try to convinve the spawn to leave them alone, but they seem willing to do anything to get their fill of blood. Several spawn leap down onto the party from the tree tops and a short fight ensues. Several party members are bitten, but Ghesh uses Turn undead, forcing the vampires to flee. The group continue on, after reviving a fallen war horse.
Exiting the forest the group begin to ride up the side of the foggy, snow-covered mountain. Soon, several misty shapes appear to block the groups’ path, telling them to turn back. The group continue on, annoying the shapes. Soon, the group are attacked by an ancient Silver Dragon that paralyzes some of the group with its breath weapon. The group then try to reason with the dragon, telling it that they want to kill Vecna, as well as escape the demiplane of dread. They ask what the mad mage wants from them for his help, and the dragon seems to fly off to find out. Soon, seven ancient silver dragons come back. They say that the mad mage also wants to escape the domain of dread and that he will help them. The dragons fly away and a fluffy dog runs up to lead the party to the tower. They eventually reach the tower and see it uninhabited. However a door into a version of Modrenkainen’s Magnificent Mansion opens and an eccentric wizard steps out.
He says his name is Mordy Kordy, and Rey realises he is, in fact, THE Mordenkainen. He seems friednly enough, if a bit spaced-out and says he hates Vecna, who supposedly robbed him of his beautiful head of hair. The group stay the night in the mansion, served by illusory copies of mordenkainen.
The party set out the next day on flying brooms, crossing the valley to enter the Blood Mire where they expect to find Baba Krov. Mordenkainen suggests the group stops in Tor Tamon on the way, as he thinks they’re useful information in the ruins of the city. The group land, and head to the hill-top temple of silver, once a beacon of Kas’s ideals. Going to the basement the group find a room full of altars to the Vestiges of evil gods. Tsuki makes a deal with one, and gains an unblinking eye on the back of her hand. Rakshasa makes a deal with another and gains an extra finger on each hand. Rey also makes a deal with one, gaining a change to her personality in exchange for power. Mordenkainen himself doesn’t make a deal, and seems surprised that Rey did, and Sahri didn’t.
The group continue on foot to Baba Krov’s hut, wading through the algae and fungus chocked mires. They soon see a hut on top of a hill, with a pathway lined with skulls leading up to it. As they move up to the hut, they’re attacked by several animated, rotten trees. They group burn, dessicate, and chop most of them until the rest leave, after being yelled at by three woman-shaped shadows in the windows of the hut.

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