Profane Legacy

Session 36
The Island Father

The group takes a short rest outside the caves and Ghesh sees some Kuo-toa who seemingly want to enter the caves, but upon seeing the party change course. The party move deeper into the caves, leaving Rakshasa and Sahri behind as guards. Moving down into the cave system the party hear the sounds of Kuo-Toa moving around them, appearing to be moving into the centre.
The group hear chanting in Deep Speech ahead and Tsuki goes ahead to investigate. She comes across a large chamber with two Kuo-Toa, a bound elderly man, a chanting priest, and a large white-shelled crab. The crab, which seems to be a Nemorian, is covered with demonic runes and appears sick or corrupted. It is floating in a dark, tar-like pool, and behind it is a pile of treasure. Rey, listening to the chanting, realises that this crab seems to be called Morkoth and is The Island Father they heard of back in the village. The chamber seems to be suffused with sorrow and unnatural darkness and when The Spectre is confronted with it, he starts hallucinating, seeing images of bones and flesh strewn about the dark chamber, images which noone else can see.
The party attack the Kuo-Toa, pelting them with spells and bolts. The priest blasts the party with a devastating Chain Lightning spell while Rey transforms into a huge triceratops with Polymorph. Anahera is soon grabbed by the crab’s claw, crushed, and thrown unconscious into the pool of tar.
The Spectre fruitlessly duels one of the Kuo-Toa for quite some time before finally slaying it, it’s eyes bursting as psychic power overloads its body. Ghesh casts Bansihment on the crab, hoping to send it back to The Faewild. Unfortunately, the crab is only banished through the portal, into The Shadowfell and soon returns. It grabs Ghesh in one claw and fights briefly with Rey using the other. Tsuki kills the priest and Morkoth sinks back into the tar, taking Ghesh with it.
Ghesh is pulled through a disorienting portal and arrives bodily in The Shadowfell, a place of darkness, blood, and death. The chamber is a twisted mirror of the cave in the material plane, with puddles of blood and piles of bleached bone and rotting flesh scattered about the room.
The party dive into the portal after him and confront the crab in it’s lair. unfortunately Morkoth seems to have been empowered by this plane and blasts the group with another Chain Lightning spell, knocking Rey unconscious. Tsuki notices that the bones are human and still dressed in remnants of the uncorrupted kuo-toa villagers’ garb. The party have now noticed that where attacks pierce its shell, tentacles soon grow from the openings. Tsuki pulls Rey back through the portal, while Ghesh revives Anahera so shec an escape. The Spectre, seeing that Morkoth is almost defeated, charges forth and unleashes his psychic might on the corrupted crab. It screeches as it dies and its hollow shell cracks open. A wave of demonic energy washes forth from the body over Ghesh, The Spectre, and Anahera before dispersing into The Shadowfell. The Spectre is defeaned by the screaming energies, while Anahera runs terrified into the portal, Ghesh steels himself against the assault and is unaffected.
Ghesh and The Spectre see the hulking, two-headed form of Demogorgon moving toward them and quickly flee back into the material plane. As they do, the portal closes behind them, turning the pool of tar into mundane water. The party collect themselves, free the old man, and begin to rifle through the treasure pile. Tsuki finds Anahera’s family dagger as well as a Trident of Fish command, a magical shield, and upon unlocking a chest, a powerful Cloak of the Manta Ray. Taking these treasures, Anahera laments that the Kuo-Toa who could have made use of them seem to have been sacrificed by their corrupted brethren.
The party travel back to the mainland and Tama, the elder who they rescued, thanks them. They rest on the shore for the night and The Spectre has a dream that he is Shantae Farsight, famed explorer. She’s steering her ship through a vicious storm, desperately trying to get a look at something in a terrible whirlpool some distance away. Moving the ship closer, she looks down and sees the top of a white pyramid poking through the surface.
The party return to the Whakaaro gifting Tane with the Trident of Fish command. Sinan tells the group about an angelic woman in white who supposedly aided the tribe in the past. The Spectre goes to inquire and finds out that The White Swan has visited and helped the tribe several times in the past.
The group stay with the tribe for several days before heading north back to Te Makutu Pa, where they are feasted. The party then sail back to Salisa and to Hasamidat. On the way, the ship is pursued by several cokatrice and The Spectre takes a crossbow shot at what he thinks is the leader. His shot connects and the cockatrice falters and disappears below the treeline, though The Spectre is not sure whether he has slain his foe or not.

Session 35
The Kuo-Toa

During the night Rey has a dream where her vision soars above Ahlim. Her sight rapidly moves north, passing over Salisa, Rzeka, and finally settling in Svoren. Rey hears The Seer say that dark terrors are stirring in the north. Rey’s sight moves through The World Crown mountains until she sees a deep, still lake. Her sight reverses until she’s looking at The Shadowfell and she watches as a Balor rises out of the surface of the lake, steam rising from its flaming form. She notices it carrying what looks like The Stormblade, and soon sees the huge, hulking form of Demogorgon stride towards a large fortress on the shore of the lake. In one huge tentacle it seems to be clutching a fist-sized glowing, red, gem. Rey soon find herself standing in a tapestry-filled chamber, with The Seer sitting calmly before her. Rey finds out that Demogorgon will soon enter the material plane, in as few as two months, possibly. The Seer also reveals that she is a soulmeld of Nyx, the newly recognised Annerian, and Councillor Selene. The Seer says that she is proud of Rey, and that Rey will soon be rewarded for her fealty.
In the morning Rey, The Spectre, Sahri, and Anahera discover that they’ve lost some of their belongings. They spend some time looking for them, and all but Anahera soon find their items, in strange locations, but otherwise close to the camp. The party begins to move towards the Kuo-Toa village and see what looks like a large statue in the centre.
The town seems abandoned, except that their seems to be freshly caught fish strung up near the shore. Ghesh notices scattered sounds of apparent habitation in the village, and as Rey calls out, the sounds grow louder and closer. The party move to the centre of the village, seeing that the statue has been vandalised and now sports seaweed and carved crustacean-like body.
The Kuo-toa villagers soon approach the party from all sides, all of them with slimy, scaled skin, webbed extremities, and grotesque fish-like faces.
The Kuo-toa say they intend to offer the party’s blood to the Island Father and attack the group. They ensnare several party members in their nets and stab at them with their spears. The party quickly defeats them, free themselves, and sees some Kuo-Toa moving further in-land.
The party pursues them, entering the forest. They soon find a series of caves and some kuo-toa guarding them. Ghesh hears breathing coming from somewhere nearby but can’t find the source. Rey and Rakshasa draw off a guard using magic and then attack the two robed, priestly seeming guards. As the party attack them, several Kuo-toa spring from the underbrush, their webbed claws crackling with electricity. Anahera gets hit with a Hold Person spell, and embarrassingly spends the entire fight unable to move. Rey turns into a triceratops and begins to trample and attack the kuo-toa. As the kuo-toa seem close to falling, one of the priests heals them, drawing out the fight. Nevertheless the party still defeat them and begin to move into the caves.

Session 34
The Southern Islands

Before leaving for Whenua, to the south, Tsuki encounters Alexis performing in Hasamidat. She tries to steal a locked iron flask on Alexis’ belt, but fails. They talk briefly and Alexis says that the flask contains something dangerous, something capable of good and evil. They also say they’re soon heading north as they have business there. when Tsuki tells the group about her encounter Rey rushes off to find them but can’t seem to, despite receiving directions from the dispersing crowd who were watching them.
The group board The Sea Serpent with Sinan and move south down the river. Along the way they pass the ruins of Vishkanya and see some owlbears lazily moving about. The owlbears turn and watch the ship when Rakshasa and The Spectre make screeching sounds in an attempt to imitate them. Later, The Spectre sees a large group of Cockatrice watching him angrily from a tree. As the ship moves the cockatrice fly from tree to tree, following the ship.
During the trip Sinan explains to the group that he intends to learn about a forest-dwelling tribe that has had very little contact with the rest of the world. Supposedly they practice some strange form of magic, which The Spectre suspects is psionics.
After two days the ship arrives at the Red Coast of southern Salisa, at Illidoma. While preparing for their voyage across the sea, Rakshasa decides to try and purchase some limes. Unfortunately lime prices are extremely high here, and a white dragonborn merchant named Toyoshi gives her a hard time. In response she throws fire spices over his limes and flees.
The group set off towards the island, seeing wyvern riders who watch them from afar. Ghesh and The Spectre get it into their heads a desire to find a wyvern they can ride.
When the party arrive at the the northern tribe’s village they meet a local woman named Anahera who is a representative of the adventurer’s guild here.
Anahera tells the group that their sister tribe in the south-east, called The Kuo-Toa have not been in contact with them for several months and they fear for their wellbeing.
Anahera leads the group to the dense forest in the south of the island to contact the psionic tribe, though she refuses to enter the forest itself.
The party soon find signs of habitation in the forest, and in particular notice stylised androgynous totems. The party soon realise they’re being followed and Sinan assures them that he will handle translation and introductions.
Soon the group are stopped by a warrior named Tane and his many companions. He speaks to Sinan and seems off-put by the party’s strange appearance, and wishes to know why they have come into this forest, when so few others do so. Tane seems interested in The Spectre, recognising his psionic abilities. After a time, Tane agrees to take the party to the village of the Whakaaro people.
The group spend the night in their village, nestled near the tall southern mountains. While Sinan busily takes notes, The Spectre is taken by Tane to a sacred cavern. Ghesh initially wishes to join him, but soon realises his draconic appearance is disconcerting when wyverns are so feared here. Tane and The Spectre travel several hours and finally meet Elder Anika, who seems curious about The Spectre. She leads The Spectre into the quiet, peaceful caverns, explaining that their God resides here, sleeping. Fearful but determined, The Spectre soon finds a verdant cavern, filled with light and plant life. Lying seemingly asleep is a large glowing figure, patterned with sand, sky, sea, and greenery. The Spectre is told that this is the inert body of Jelan, an Annerian who went missing many thousands of years before even The Scourge occurred. According to Anika, Jelan travelled beyond Ahlim to many worlds. While there they found the remains of the worlds The Destroyer had consumed and was injured, apparently by The Anathema, when they returned to Ahlim. The Spectre notices that Jelan has old wounds which seem to bleed Mithral. Anika tells The Spectre that 21 years ago, knowing that Jelan’s body was too wounded, the Whakaaro sent Jelan’s soul to a new body. Supposedly the sand elves were Jelan’s people in The Mythic Age and so they ressurrected Jelans soul into a newborn sand elf, similar to how Angels are reborn. Anika asks The Spectre to find this reborn God, who she calls The Wanderer, and he accepts on behalf of the party.
That night Tsuki has another dream of The Outsider. She sees a winged figure made of shadow striding towards her. Behind them trails wispy smoke, and their dark footprints stain the ground. She sees that the figure has a grinning mask and watches as the figure hesitatingly and viciously rips the mask off. As the grinning mask clatters to the ground the darkness is pulled from the figure, revealing The Outsider. They look with revulsion at the mask, which seems to have darkness spreading from it across the ground. The Outsider says to Tsuki: “We are all puppets suspended on strings that gleam like gold. The puppetmaster is most fearful, even Meridar loathes his touch. I cannot be free, but you can be. An angel of Freedom could release me from bondage and Ahlim as well.” .With that, The outsider removes their final mask, revealing a face…that Tsuki has already forgotten by the time she wakes up.
The group return to Anahera, leaving Sinan with the Whakaaro at his insistence. They travel to the eastern coastline, seeing a mist shrouded island in the distance. Anahera explains that this is the island of the Kuo-Toa tribe and says that a village elder from the north disappeared after travelling here. The party use waterwalking to walk to the island and collapse with exhaustion once they reach the shore. Ghesh notices an overabundance of marine life around the island but strangely can hear no animals on the island itself.

Session 33
The Prophecy

The group leave The Rift behind and head to Hokuhn. When they arrive they find the city in the midst of The Festival of Colours, a five day celebration of the beginning of The Month of Joy. People move about painting their houses and each other with ochre and pigment.
Rey knows that the annual Day of Prophecy will arrive soon, where The Seer will deliver a message to the people of Ahlim. In preparation for this day, Rey visits The Three Moons House of Healing, where she finds healers devoted to The Seer. In particular she finds a Star-Knight named Serena Gold-Sand. Serena explained that The Seer is a soul-melded being who is composed of the essence of Nyx. Serena tells Rey that The Seer will deliver her message soon and that in the meantime Rey could help in the temple, Rey agrees. Ghesh summons some minor elementals who tell him about life in the Elemental Plane of Air, they describe what it’s like to live there, but nothing about it’s history.
The Spectre researches Psionics, The Rift, and Suraphinon while the party waits for The Prophecy. He learns how The Dark Elves were isolated from the surface until Vikkyn Gemflower aided Kas The Silverhanded against Vecna. He also learns that psionics was not practiced until after The Scourge, and was possibly only possible after The Scourge changed the world in some way. He also learns that Suraphinon was known as The True, and was a dutiful leader and is now believed dead.
Rakshasa finds gainful employment during this time at The Enthusiastic Elf. Sahri tries to find someone to challenge to a fight and finally finds someone to take her up on her offer outside he city. She meets a tall sand elf warrior named Uron True-Spear who duels her. Though she fights bravely she is defeated by the more experienced fighter. Nonetheless Uron says that he is the clan-leaders’ son and that Sahri could become an honorary member of the tribe if she wished to by proving her strength in The Dune Sea.
During the night, the group all see The Seer, appearing as a beautiful moon elf in a Robe of Stars say:
“Long have I watched over Ahlim, guiding it and protecting it from harm. Many have been suspicious of me or have doubted my commitment to good. These doubts will now be laid to rest, as I ascend to the lofty company of The Annerians. Some call me The Star Mother, some call me The Moon Sage, some call me She Who Warned, but know, I am sister to Meridar, to Eldemar, to Sulgastor. Many of you already worship me, and soon you shall have mighty temples in which to seek my wisdom. I offer you, the public of Ahlim, the name Nyx with which to call me. Although a more suitable name may appear in time.
A being known as Lady Midnight is rising, and she is as much of a threat as The Demonlords who are now amassing. Combat her agents where you can, root out corruption, cruelty, and ill-will wherever it may be. Know that The Angels we lost two decades ago are reborn, and are allying against the threats facing us. As I prophesised, an alliance of six angels will help us defeat The Cruel Demonlords who are now plotting against us. Though The Anathema are fearsome, their time will soon be up, for their opposites will smite them and scatter their dust into the void.
The times ahead of us will be difficult, Ahlim has not been in such peril since Calamity befell Rzeka, Vecna beset freedom, and The Cruel Dragons of yesteryear assaulted The West. However, as I have said across millennia, Ahlim’s people are strong, they are wise, and they are brave. We will weather our present peril, and many others to come.”

She then transforms into an enormous humanoid woman seemingly made of The Night Sky and the dream ends.
The next day the streets are filled with excited and worshipping people celebrating The Seers ascension. Sahri and Ghesh utilise the College of Abjuration to transport themselves to Kodoma in Berapi. The pair meet a woman named Annua Mountain-friend who says she’ll take them to The Storm Church. The trio make their way to the enormous church and see it filled with followers of Ajaakor and tapestries and murals depicting heroes, artifacts, and important events of Ajaakor’s church. The pair are introduced to the mortal head of Ajaakor’s church, Rava Storm-Blood who is a Spellscale just like Ghesh. She tells the group of the threat of The Princes of Elemental Evil who are stirring up trouble in the elemental planes and also praises The Warriors of The West for the good they have done.
The pair then travel out of the city to see The Thorn King who is reclining in an enormous tent. They see him, flanked by the two Nemorian Tigers, resting on a throne. He tells Sahri and Ghesh about how he has defeated many foes in his long life and that he expects that Akundin will be his final resting place. He says that his name is Mortimus and tells Sahri that an old knight named Azzai is in Rzeka and wishes the group to aid him in defeating the vampires. Morty describes the three Bloodlords of the vampires: Atherzai, Stritheroi, and Tolichlachen. Sahri swears that she shall aid Azzai and she and Ghesh return to the city to reunite with Ghesh’s family. His family seem to have heard of some of their son’s endeavors and seem very proud of him. His siblings say that their training is going well and Sahri and Ghesh travel back to Hasamidat to meet the rest of the group.
Rey has a meeting with The Angel of Curiosity and shows him her transcription of Cunning and Subterfuge. She explains that she intends to combat Evangeliza and Selim tells her that Sinan Aureal-Artis wishes to hire The Warriors of The West for an expedition. H says that when she returns she will be granted access to The Day I Slew Death.
The group soon meet up with Salazar The Ship Captain and Sinan The Scholar to begin heir journey to Whenua, to the south.

Session 32
The Aftermath

Rey and Tsuki discover much about Dragonlord Yagami while reading through Cunning and Subterfuge. Yagami and his siblings supposedly dwelt in The Astral Plane before coming to the material plane and warred amongst the other Dragonlords for control of Akundin. Yagami claims to have killed his father, Shuulgar, to secure his power. The end of the book seems to contain details on Rahn‘s possession of the book. Rahn seems to have stolen it from Yagami’s lair, in the mountains between Chayundo and Kerdova.
While the party waits for the vanguard to arrive, The Spectre has a dream in which he experiences the last moments of the previous patriarch of House Valeng. His grandaughter Qara had just been born and he looks out across Lexinfa to see Dragonlord Ashekani’s enormous temple. A blue-eyed assassin appears, slices his throat, and the dream ends.
On the second day Chen arrives, with a huge flail snail in tow. Rey begins to hug and speak to the exotic creature. Chen tells the group that he found the closed portal that Rahn had used to bring the goliaths into The Rift. Around the entrance he found the flail snail, apparently having gotten lost in the material plane. Rey offers to send it to live in The Lifeweaver’s Demiplane with Kerok, which Chen agrees to.
The next night The Spectre has another dream, this one beginning in The Ethereal Plane. He sees an enormous sun-like body of light rapidly circling high above him, and below that circle two large jellyfish-like entities, seemingly the progenitors of the flumphs. The Spectre is pulled backwards into The Faewilds, and then into The Elemental Plane of Water. He stands on the shore of a ship-wreck stricken beach and Ajaakor warns him to resist the temptation of the psionicists and their masters. The Spectre is then pulled backwards into mist and wakes up.
The next morning a sand-elf vanguard reaches the group and brings Turiel Dust-Born to the group.
They ask him several questions about Sahri’s latest dream and what The Fire Queen told them. He says that The Vengeant killed Und to try to save his daughter , Aliza, although apparently he failed. Turiel also tells the group that The World Council immediately prior to The Scourge was composed of: Emperios, Naldarai, and Selene the elves, Ferahna and Falkettan the humans, and Suraphinon and Tomyra the sphinxes. When asked, Turiel confirms that the entity now known as The Violet Empress is the only still-living sphinx of Ahlim, Tomyra. Turiel says that Emperios was responsible for The Scourge, and that they’re now known as The Outsider. Additionally, Turiel says that the two pyramids of Minauros were built to foster balance and stability in Ahlim, but that The Obsidian Pyramid, built to maintain order, is missing. The Spectre is aware that that pyramid resides in The Deep Ethereal Plane.
The group travel with Turiel back to find a mage to transport them back to Vikkyn. That night The Spectre speaks with the spirit in his amulet, who he has realised is councillor Naldarai. The Spectre asks what part Naldarai had in The Scourge, and he says that what he and the other councillors did was to prevent a worse disaster. He claims that a powerful entity called The Destroyer, who commands The Anathema was going to destroy Ahlim, but The Outsider stopped him by sacrificing much of Cleon. Naldarai says that another plan was enacted by the other three councillors, but that their plan is only a half-measure, and that The Outsider did what needed to be done.
The group soon find themselves back in Vikkyn and take part in raucous celebrations, with Rey performing their deeds on-stage to a crowd of thousands. Rakshasa performs with Rey, dancing in a cage. Lorabelios The Angel of Hope, having been revived joins in some of the celebrations, and Elena and her bear Rinn join in too. Tsuki spends time with Jinx and Ana, running about the city with a posse of cats. Ghesh collects money for his church from the thankful dark elves.
The next day a meeting is called with the group and the leaders where they discuss the events of the last week. The party tell them that the ogres are heading further into the underdark, likely to join up with Demogorgon. Gevuron Silver-Hand tells the party that the cults of Lady Midnight, Yeenoghu, and Demogorgon have been more active lately on the surface. Gevuron says that his church is willing to renovate and reinforce Rakshasa’s estate to serve as a base for the group. The group consents to this idea.

Session 31
The Warp Lord's Fall

The party sail down the river, leaving the chaos of the ogre camp behind. Moving towards Rahn, the tremors increase in magnitude, and the party can see huge swirling flashes of colour and light at the ritual site. The group leave their zurkhwood boat behind just as its attacked by Chuuls. The group race up a ramp and are confronted by a group of Rahn’s creations, including an Umber Hulk and a Chuul. The group slay them, with Ghesh pushing a humanoid scoprion creature off the ramp.
Approaching the ritual site, the group can hear and feel The Tarrasque thrashing and roaring beneath them. Rahn is chanting, standing over the pit, while Alberich draws a dagger and a large Displacer Beast skulks, snarling, behind a pillar.
The group attack Rahn, and he unfurls a single set of eye-covered wings and draws Pyra, The Fire Queen’s sword. Rey transforms into a Triceratops and begins to gore her opponents. The Spectre moves around the side of the ritual site and harrasses Rahn and his displacer beast with Psionics. Rahn tells the group that they’re making a mistake stopping the ritual, nonetheless, the brutal and desperate fight goes on. Ghesh and Sahri rush up to fight Rahn and Alberich respectively. Ana and Tsuki unleashes barrages of poisoned bolts, with Tsuki using the last of her Vrock Bile. Rakshasa blasts Rahn with Scorching Ray, but Pyra seems to protect him from the worst of the effects. Nonetheless, this draws his ire, and the blasts of his eye beams. Rakshasa is first knocked out, and then killed by the blasts of Rahn’s many eyes. While deceased, Rakshasa finds herself in a warm, dimly lit room and Graz’zt tells her that now isn’t her time to die.
Rahn cuts down Ghesh with Pyra after the two exhange heated words over The Elemental Planes. Rahn turns Sahri to stone and then lifts Rey above the pit using telekinesis. This writhing, floating triceratops sees the tarrasque angrily moving about below her, apparently trapped. Rahn drops her and she tumbles onto the tarrasque and into the pit. The tarrasque seems to bleed Mithral but Rey quickly propels herself out of the pit to avoid being crushed. Ghesh, revived by Ana, curses Rahn and blasts him unconscious with Shatter, bursting the eyes covering his wings. Ghesh convinces Alberich to flee while the group slays the displacer beast. When Alberich begins to run away the group attack him, slaying him just before he teleports away. They manage to recover a locked, leather-bound tome from his body. It’s embossed with the symbol of Dragonlord Yagami and the Eye of Hadar, which the group finds quite strange. Rey, covered in the mithral blood of the tarrasque allows herself to be licked by Rakshasa, who soon comes to believe she has the strength of the tarrasque herself.
Soon Ghesh summons an elemental to deliver the message to The Fire Queen that they’ve reclaimed her sword. She soon arrives, stepping out of a fiery gate with a retinue of two efreeti and Nas’Ul.
She expresses her hatred of Rahn and chains him up so that he may not use magic or escape. She also thanks the group for returning her sword and gives them two chests full of gold, gems, and also a magical lamp. The group ask about the history of the elemental planes and why The Fire Queen doesn’t swear allegiance to Ajaakor like The Cloud Queen and Storm King does. She tells the group that her father and her kingdom did worship an Annerian known as The Earth Father, but The Vengeant slew them, during The Scourge. She also reveals to the party that there were once nine Annerians, where today there are only six. The group promise to aid her in the future, should her realm come under threat. The Fire Queen high-fives Rey as a parting gift, almost dislocating Rey’s shoulder. Nas’Ul thanks the group once her master has left and unlocks the tome for them. She also says that she will be getting dark-iron plate armour commissioned for the group in the future. With that, the group and the efreeti exchange bows, and The Fire Queen’s retinue returns to the plane of fire.
Rahn soon awakens and is immediately questioned by the group. He says that he was forced to make a bargain with Demogorgon to resist the efforts of Lady Midnight, who he believes will break the world. He also says that Demogorgon is in possession of Ajaakor’s Storm Blade, and that he gave it to a greater demon under his command. He claims that Lady Midnight has three Demonlords under her thrall: Orcus, Zuggtmoy, and a third, unknown demonlord. He claims that Demogorgon is attempting to ally the other demonlords against her, including Gluttony. According to Rahn, The Anathema are becoming increasingly irrelevant, and have no role in Demogorgon’s plans.
Several of The party members have dreams while they wait for the vanguard of The Silvers, The Dark Elves, and The Dust-Born to reach them.
Ghesh has a dream that he’s soaring freely through clouds, about him are storms, and below him are islands littered with shipwrecks. Ghesh soars higher, and realises he is lightning incarnate, flying amidst cloud castles. He sees the crackling, purple form of Ajaakor and is welcomed warmly by them.
Rakshasa has a dream where she is standing in Graz’zt’s palace, where he is sitting upon a throne of incubi and succubi. Beside him is the snake-like, multi-armed, form of Hien The Cruel and the coldly beautiful, finely armoured presence of a fierce angelic warrior. Graz’zt praises Rakshasa and says that her place in his realm is almost ready. He expresses anger at the desertion of his lieutenant, Asmodeus, but says that Rakshasa will take the deserter’s place as his Angel of Lust. Rakshasa takes his six-fingered hand and recieves a kiss.
Sahri has a dream that she is a sand elf, standing near a war-encampment with The Vengeant. Beneath his Mithral Armour he is a tall, muscular, dark-skinned human, with closely cropped white hair and a beard. The earth begins to shake, and the western sky begins to darken to a deep purple, with unnatural lightning crackling in the sky. To the north, the mountain that once stood above The Rift begins to crack and splinter and a huge, stone-skinned, magma-like titan begins to emerge, destroying the mountain as it does. Sahri and The Vengeant race there, with The Vengeant hefting an enormous Battle-axe. The Vengeant says he can’t let this being destroy The Rift, specifically that he must save “her”, and despite the sand elf’s warnings, he teleports to the creature. As The Vengeant brings down the great-axe there is a burst of thunder and a wall of fire and sand surges outwards, consuming the sand elf in pain.

Session 30
The Final Generals

The black puddings drip down onto Ghesh and Sahri, beginning to degrade their armour and weapons. A third black pudding lands behind the rest of the group but is quickly destroyed by Rey and Ana . Sahri discovers that slashing at the black puddings only splits them up, in fact rendering them more dangerous. Nonetheless the group manage to destroy them. They see that gelatinous cubes are lingering in the hallways leading out of the chamber and quickly destroy them.
The group choose the left corridor and soon encounter a gibbering mouther, which paralyzes Rey with fear and unlocks a dormant desire in Rakshasa to witness other people consuming. Sahri slays the bulbous, grasping beast and the group continues on. They arrive at a small entrance hall to the knave of Eldor’s temple. The doors are slightly ajar and they can hear voices and movement beyond them. They find two petrfied warriors, one is a despondant angel, the other is a fierce warrior with their sword hand and weapon missing. The group realise the angel is Lorabelios, a missing angel of Eldemar, after The Spectre touches them and hears them speak into is mind. Ghesh recognises the other figure as Anja, the last known wielder of Ajaakor’s Storm Blade and the one through whose eyes he saw Lorabelios being petrified by Rahn.
Bursting through the doors the group is immediately confronted by the sight of an enormous gibbering mouther sporting six trunk-like legs, six enormous grasping arms, and three huge gaping mouths, filled with the teeth of dozens of ogres and several giants. The Spectre and Rey are both driven partially mad by the creature, who seems to be composed of the bodies of Orianna and her cultists.
Rey comes to believe that she has the strength of a giant.
Rey wastes no time, polymorphing herself into a brontasaurus to contend with the beast. Ghesh, Ana, and Rakshasa manage to injure the beast somewhat before being picked up and devoured. Sahri runs to the creatures side and cuts huge hunks of flesh from it, including one of its hands. Unfortunately the detached flesh twitches, grows limbs, and also begins to attack the group. As the beast is finally slain by Rey’s Shatter spell, the three swallowed adventurers are thrown up and Sahri is killed viciously by one of the maw creatures. Rey restores Sahri to life with a Revivify scroll, bu not before Sahri has a vision of The Vengeant. The Vengeant grasps her hand in a mailed, hotly glowing, fist and tells her that her fight is not yet won. The adventurers quickly dispatch the remaining maw creatures and decide to rest in the back of the temple. Rey and Ghesh find books discussing the ritual Orianna performed, what Rahn intends, and some information about The Rift and The Elemental Planes. They discover that Rahn has made some sort of pact with Demogorgon and has allied with him out of necessity. Ghesh uses his scrying crystal to find Rahn. He sees Rahn on a clifftop speaking to a two-headed Frost Giant. Rahn is cursing Orianna and telling Vaprak to watch for a group of adventurers. Rahn says he must go ahead with his ritual and that if he fails he must swear fealty to Demogorgon. Rahn then teleports to a ritual site beneath some mountains and begins to engrave sigils around an enormous pit. He turns and sees the invisible sensor of Ghesh watching him, the enormous eye on his chest opens, and Ghesh’s scrying vision ends.
Rey has a dream where she’s a fleshless armoured warrior striding through the night streets of Meridom, Rzeka. At her side is Evangeliza and a young masked man. The group break into the catacombs of Meridar’s church, slay two paladin guards and approach a gilded door. The masked man and Evangeliza remove an enchantment upon the door and the armoured figure opens it. It’s the tomb of General Istorath, who would become the first Angel of Purity. The armoured figure removes their skull, vertebrae, and pelvis, mocks the dead angel and the dream ends.
While this is happening, Tsuki finds a lost black cat with bright green eyes. Around its neck it’s wearing a Stone of Luck and it gives Tsuki a silver key engraved with her name.
Sahri has a dream where she is spoken to by The Vengeant. She is told she must speak to The Thorn King in Berapi, Akundin, and that he doesn’t have much time left in this world. Sahri sees a vision of The Thorn King, a large, once war-like, elderly man in furs, sitting upon a throne. He is sleeping and looks to be at least one hundred years old, at his sides sit both of the large Nemorian Tigers.
The group race to The Darklake, find a zurkhwood vessel and sail their way down to The Lower Dark. The party see hordes of ogres moving north-west, many of them sailing out onto an enormous underground sea that disappears into the distance. The party pass beneath the clifface Vaprak is camped on and decide to moor their vessel and sneak up to the camp. The group move up a rough path carved into the clifface and see that a bonfire is burnng amidst the tents atop the cliff. Partway up the earth begins to shake and the group realise there’s a group of ogres, a troll, and a giant above them. The group surprise attack them, slaying them all quickly, but not before the giant turns a swollen, glowing eye on Tsuki.
The group soon reach the top, make their way around the outskirts of the ogre encampment, and soon see Vaprak The Everlasting surrounded by three armoured Trolls. The group attempt to sneak up on Vaprak but his keen senses (and two heads) ruin their ambush. A bitter fight ensues with several members of the party being revived only to fall again to Vaprak’s twin axes. Rakshasa manages to burn a troll alive, while Tsuki pierces the heart of another with her rapier. The Spectre and Sahri both attack the final troll and Sahri slays it while its back is turned. Angered, Vaprak throws The Spectre off the clifface, only to have The Spectre fly back up using psionics. The Spectre throws an insult at Vaprak and as Vaprak turns, The Spectre pins both his heads together, felling the third and final general.
The ogre camp mobilises, with soldiers racing to see what’s happened to their general and whos responsible.
The group flee and Rey utilises her hallucinogenic mushrooms once again to throw off pursuit. The enormous area of plant growth covers a lot of the ogres camp, and soon, the entire clifftop is thrown into chaos. As the group race down the cliff path, rocks and even some airborne ogres fall past them. Fires are burning above and the sounds of combat continue as the group each the river.

Session 29
The Desecrated City

The group find a cave to rest for the night, with Sahri keeping watch. Unfortunately the group are snuck up upon by five floating, tentacled, beaked, bulbous creatures called Grells. They lash out at the group with poisoned barbs, striking several party members. Sahri lashes out at them with her axe, while Rakshasa blasts them with Scorching Ray. Rey uses Dissonant Whispers to cause one to flee, but one of its tentacles gets caught in a gap in the rocky ceiling and it gets stuck. The group finish them all off, with Tsuki collecting some of their venom for later use.
The group rest for the night, with The Spectre has a dream where he enters The Mithral Pyramid of Minauros, seeing through the eyes of the elf who inhabits his amulet. Walking through the symmetrical hallways to the apex of the pyramid. On the way there, he sees a sombre elf, who he knows is Councillor Empirios, sitting with their head in their hands. He continues to the council chambers, but several seats are empty. He greets the sphinx Suraphinon and Councillor Ferahna, and says that, while Empirios will join them soon, the other three Councillors will not be joining them.
Tsuki has a familiar dream, seeing The Outsider standing before them. Tsuki and The Outsider are both wearing masks and they say: “We are all puppets, suspended on strings that gleam like gold. The Puppetmaster is most fearful, even Meridar fears his touch. I am not Free, but you can be.”. The Outsider removes Tsuki’s mask, begins to take their own off, and then Tsuki awakes.
Rakshasa has a dream that she’s walking through Undillivek in its heyday, moving past strangely dressed dark elves as she goes. Graz’zt tells her that a servant of his, Asmodeus, has begun to displease please him, and that he’s looking for a displacement. She moves down into the sewers, muttering a passcode in Abyssal to reveal a shrine to Graz’zt. Sitting on an altar is a finely made longsword, a blade known as The Red Spider’s Fang. She’s told to claim this sword to honour Graz’zt.
The group continue to Undillivek, quickly crossing the remainder of The Darklake when Rey uses her Polymorphed Killer Whale form. On the way, they see a group of ogres sailing west, using the huge cap of a mushroom as a vessel.
The group sneak into the sewers, seeing thousands of ogres entering the city and hundreds leaving, moving towards The Lower Dark. Camping in the sewers underneath Undillivek, Rakshasa sneaks off to find Fang. When she reaches the secret shrine she notices a dark elvish man is already there. She seduces the surprised man, and realises he was sent here on the same mission as her. Although it seems that neither of them expected competition. She draws the blade and stabs the man through the throat, hearing Graz’zt’s laughter as the blade is soaked in the man’s blood. Reading his journal, she finds out that he gave an ogre a magic whispering sword to get smuggled into the city.
Ana scouts out the city and finds out that Orianna apparently intends to go ahead with The Rebirth, seemingly going against Rahn‘s wishes to do so. She is gathering her followers to Eldor’s old temple in the city.
The next day, the group move to the surface and find the partially ruined temple to Eldor. the group can hear distant voices from inside and other strange sounds. They hear a body slam against the barred front doors, and then silence. They use a rope to pull themselves up trough a shattered window, seeing an injured ogre clutching a sword, lying against the door. Across the floor is blood spatters and traces of glistening, black, acidic, ooze. The group approaches the ogre, who watches them peacefully. The Spectre takes the sword, soon realising it is a sentient blade that is loyal to its owner, the ogre Grolingar. Tsuki finds out the sword is named Kalagiano and Grolingar tells the group that Orianna completed her ritual at the back of the temple but that the word told him to flee, which is how he escaped. The Spectre returns Grolingar’s sword and tells him he has a place on Ajaakor’s Hangman in the surface world.
The group move through the temple, seeing that the floor is covered in small puddles of black ooze and that most surfaces are covered in mildly acidic slime. The group come across a large, carved, statue of Rahn with an inscription that reads: “Warlord Ran’Zoz’Ix, who leads us unto greatness”. Ghesh and Sahri begin to destroy the statue and Ana curses as black ooze creatures begin to drip down from the ceiling onto the characters.

Season 28
The Darklake

Spending the night in the secret chamber, Ana reveals that the blade she retrieved is her families ancestral longsword: The Moonblade of House Gemflower. Ana gives Tsuki a magical heavy crossbow and promises to help her refine her technique in the future. Rakshasa prays to Graz’zt in her own way, while Rey reads about the history of Salisa, specifically: the war between Vecna and Kas. The group hear Ogres moving about outside frantically, apparently fleeing before the oncoming military assault.

Ghesh has a dream where he is moving angrily through The Underdark with an angelic warrior beside them. The pair are fighting an assailant who is striking them with a fiery blade and powerful magic. Ghesh’s angelic companion, defeated, drops their weapon, resigned to their fate as they are turned to stone. Ghesh strikes angrily with a crackling axe with a head that glows with electricity, but their attacks are parried by the wielder of the fiery blade. Ghesh begins to turn to stone and the dream ends as the pommel of the blade is smashed into his face.
The group continue the next morning, moving through the now mostly abandoned fortress. The group see thousands of ogres fleeing the city, moving towards Undillivek. The party travel north, finding blue divination crystals underneath an overhang when they stop to rest.
The continue to the waterfalls that will take them to the lower level of The Underdark. The Spectre spots a familiar human looking out over the waterfall, circling him slowly are three Flumphs. The human introduces themselves as Chen, Who Sees, and says he is in The Underdark to foil the plans of those who would do harm. He says he stopped cultists of The Red Spider enacting a dark ritual on a Nemorian spider, which The Spectre recalls as what he saw during his dream. Chen says that Rahn is an enemy of The White Swan, his master, who he says lives in Lassiades, Rzeka. The flumphs seem to like the group and let themselves be petted. They display particular interest in The Spectre and Tsuki, and say that their mother is big, bright, and beautiful, and that they love her. Chen tells the group that although Rahn is gifted with Arcana magic, he rejected the path of the psionicist. The two groups part ways, but two of the three flumphs, Xel and Uri, decide to stay with the group.
The party descend the falls, but upon reaching the bottom are struck by strange living stalagtites, who are soon killed by the group. After the rest Ana says the group will have to row across The Darklake in her Foldable Boat. Rakshasa complains about having to row, so Ana puts her immediately on rowing duty. Rey decides to try out her Polymorph spell, shifting into a giant shark to pull the boat along. The Spectre decides to steer the boat, using his experience as a pirate.
The boat is soon attacked by large manta-like Cloakers, that let out a terrifying moaning sound as they approach. One envelopes The Spectre and is soon stuck to him by Ana’s crossbow bolts as it dies. The other cloaker envelopes Ghesh but is soon killed and pushed into the lake. After the fight The Spectre tells Ana off for her reckless shooting, and Ana apologizes.
Continuing on, the boat hits some rocks beneath the surface, throwing Tsuki, Ana, Sahri, and Rakshasa overboard. Soon, large, pincered insects known as Chuul arrive and attack the group. They poison Ghesh and Rakshasa and one of them drags Rakshasa underwater as it dies. Tsuki dives to down to rescue her, while Sahri walks across the surface of the water using her Ring of Water-walking.

Session 27
The Stone-Skinned General

Rakshasa bonds with Sahri‘s old greataxe as her pact-weapon. The group then sneak into the fortress, moving upwards in search of Norixius. The group sneak past patrols, quickly making their way to The Throne Room. Ghesh sees tapestries hung up on the walls depicting goliaths being led from The Elemental Plane of Earth by Rahn. The goliaths are subsequently warped into Ogres and put under the command of stone giants.
The group soon find the entrance to The Throne Room being guarded by Ogres. Rakshasa and Ghesh distract the guards and draw some of their number away from the group. The rest of the group move up and attack the weakened remainder. Rey scatters some of her harvested tinmask into the long corridor behind the group and casts Plant Growth to entangle and disorient any reinforcements. Sahri and The Spectre move up to engage the defenders, with Sahri falling unconscious after a vicious assault Rakshasa sneaks up behind the defenders and engages their mage. The pair exchange literal fire until Rakshasa burns them alive using Hellish Rebuke, pointing and laughing as she does so.
The group hear the reinforcements running through the corridor full of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Most become confused and start attacking each other or wandering back the wrong way. The few that make it through are quickly killed. Ana gives Tsuki a thumbs-up when Tsuki makes some good shots with her crossbow.
The group break down the door to the throne room and immediately have two sets of giant-sized chairs thrown at them. In the room are two stone giants, one of which is partially armoured. Ana identifies the larger, incompletely armoured giant as Norixius Stone-Skin, the first general. A wave of magic washes over the group from Norixius charming some of the group. Sahri slashes the other stone giant’s legs to tatters with her Mazewalker’s Axe before being picked up by Norixius and used as a projectile. Sahri bowls Rakshasa over and is herself knocked unconscious again. Norixius says that The Rebirth is inevitable now and that the group’s efforts won’t stop that. Norixius throws Rashasa at The Spectre now, while the severly injure other stone giant almost succeeds in crushing Ana. Ana runs to the backwall of the throne room, smears some of her blood on it, which begins to open, revealing a secret chamber. Ghesh is petrified by Norixius as he tries to heal Sahri.
Rakshasa uses Eldritch blast to crater Norixius’s ribcage, and he slumps against the wall beside the statue of Ghesh. Rey asks him questions about the other generals but he’s uncooperative. Ana retrieves a finely made Longsword from the room, and after whispering something to Norixius she stabs him in the throat. She then hacks off his head and rolls it to Rey. The group identify what was on the war-table the giants were standing around before sequestering themselves in the back-room. Ana manages to use Lesser Restoration to return Ghesh to his true form. The group rest for the night in that room, hearing the panicked movements of the Ogres around them.


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