Campaign of the Month: September 2017

Profane Legacy

Session 74
The Lovers' Reunion

In the aftermath of Evangeliza‘s execution, Tsuki searches the camp for the recipient of The Iron Flask. Unfortunately she doesn’t find anyone. Fortunately she is soon contacted by Khalida who says she has a gift for her. Tsuki arrives in a sun-lit clearing in the middle of the dreadmarshes. Khalida is dressed in an unusually extravagant fashion, with a beautiful silk dress and pristine jewelry. Khalida introduces Tsuki to the female aspect of the nemorian scorpion, who she has nicknamed “Pia”. Khalida gives Tsuki a vial of Pia’s venom and talks to her about how the group succeeded in High-Hill. Tsuki eventually reveals that she has a dragon in her flask, and that she’s supposed to give it to someone. Khalida is very curious and discusses how she would decide who to give it to, based on which dragon was trapped. Tsuki is hesitant to hand over such an important object but becomes more confident when Khalida says that she knows about Alexis and is opposed to The Ravens. Tsuki asks Khalida to bring the rest of the party to them so she can confer with them before handing over the flask. The group agree, and Khalida takes the flask. She inspects it for a minute, trying to confirm the dragon that’s in the flask. Khalida breaks down into tears when she realises it’s Hiromi The Platinum Dragon, saying that she had believed she was dead for a very long time. Ghesh becomes suspicious at this point, asking how old Khalida is, and who she is, really. Khalida reveals that she is actually Calee Valeng the middle daughter of the famous Three Sisters of Akundish history. This makes her more than four thousand years old although she has only been active for a few hundred of those. She confesses to Ghesh that she is the one who ended one of Ghesh’s earlier lives, about eight hundred years ago. As part of her apology she shows her experiences that immediately led up to that moment to Ghesh in his mind’s eye. Ghesh sees The Annerians and The Seer defending Ahlim against Zehan The Destroyer, who eventually sinks back beneath the sea. Khalida walks into the ocean, along the sea-bed. She passes through fields of crystals, contained within are many cultists of The Destroyer, including Caiphon. Khalida sees a frail, elderly man sleeping, with Jubilex and Enverna circling his form. She reaches out and touches the man’s forehead and relives thousands of years of experiences. She sees a man named Zehan arise on a distant world, becoming a king and then a god. However Zehan is a controlling god and a rebel arises, hoping to slay him. This rebel uses Sky-Sunder to split Zehan’s essence into three pieces, creating The Anathema. The Anathema channel Zehan’s power chaotically and consume world after world. After this vision, Khalida returns, confused to the shore, attacking Ghesh on sight.
Khalida brings the party to The Astral Plane so that Hiromi can be reunited with Jolibzan, her brother. The group arrive at a floating island that has the large cracked shells of Hiromi and Jolibzan, from thousands of years ago. Khalida opens the flask, releasing the colossal form of the Elder Platinum Dragon.
Khalida and Hiromi embrace, speaking quietly and excitedly with one another. Jolibzan soon arrives, also embracing the platinum dragon. They talk amongst themselves for a short time before adressing the party. Hiromi doesn’t know how to speak common and talks in an ancient dialect of draconic that Ghesh and Tsuki can barely understand. Nonetheless Khalida and Jolibzan translate, and they all thank the group. Hiromi says she was betrayed by the other elder dragons who imprisoned her in the flask, under the orders of Piro, of The Anathema. Jolibzan and her didn’t want to expand their territory, instead stabilising their rule in the wake of The Scourge. The other elder dragons were greedier and more ambitious however. Hiromi is pleased to hear that Jolibzan took care of her children and that they still live, although the party comment that Yagami is hardly a model child. Hiromi is curious about Ghesh, Alucard, and Tsuki, due to their draconic appearences. Hiromi says that the elder dragons had come up with a ritual to change their loyal human followers to dragonic forms, but that she didn’t think they would go through with it. Khalida embraces Tsuki, telling her she can have all the potions and poisons she wants. With that Hiromi and Khalida leave, with Jolibzan remaining with the group.
The party decide to track down the last ingredient of the ritual: the heart of a Demonlord. Jolibzan says he can get them to Yeenoghu’s territory of The Shadowfell. The night before this mission Rakshasa has a dream where she visits Graz’zt. Graz’zt is in a rage, however. Saying that not only has Asmodeus deserted him, but now Erinye has gone over to Lady Midnight‘s side. He gives her a new-forged blade, The Wave of Sorrows, that he wants her to slay Erinye with.
The party arrive in the bloodsoaked, corpse-ridden hills outside Yeenoghu’s cavernous lair. They’re attacked by a roaming horde of demons who almost defeat the party before fleeing. The group notice that the enemies they slay don’t turn to slime and smoke, they are killed permanently here in The Shadowfell.

Session 73
The Necromancer's Comeuppance

As the party sneak upwards towards the top of the hill they hear Evangeliza‘s voice telling them that they must leave now. The group persist, despite Evangeliza’s pleading, and arrive at a clearing in the centre of the grove. The party know that Evangeliza is there, but she’s invisible. Ghesh uses a Fog Cloud to fill the clearing to try and reveal the location of the hidden figures. The party notice another figure is crouched in a nearby tree. Tsuki notices that an invisible man is crouching nearby, watching the group. Evangeliza tells the group that The Corpsemaster is coming and the group can’t be here when he arrives. The party realise that the eerie light they saw was the creation of a teleportation circle. Evangeliza says she doesn’t want to have to kill the group and the invisible man who Tsuki saw begins to argue with her. The man walks away and Evangeliza and the woman in the tree, who’s revealed as Drusilia, cast Circle of Death on the group. A harsh battle ensues, where Alucard and The Spectre go to break it before The Corpsemaster arrives. Drusilia uses Feeblemind on Ghesh who resorts to striking with The Stormblade. At one point Rey is knocked unconscious by Evangeliza and Alucard is briefly banished. During the fight the man is giving warnings to Evangeliza and Drusilia, seemingly telling them not to kill the party. Drusilia however, disintegrates Alucard when he manages to break the circle, killing the young adventurer. The group eventually disrupt the circle and knock both Evangeliza and Drusilia out.
The man returns, introducing himself as Alloces. He explains to the party that The Corpsemaster views the party as useful and important, and so ordered his agents not to kill the group. The Corpsemaster seems to hold this view because the group has been combating The Anathema and The Demonlords, a mutual set of enemies. The Spectre says that the group will spare Alloces if he acts as a double agent, reporting on developments under Ereshkigal’s command. Alloces explains that Ereshkigal is the title of the ruler of The Dreadmarshes, and that she wishes to create a new plane of existence to get away from the influence of The Annerians. Alloces says he is a biomancer and is woring on new magic to manipulate and improve lif through magic. He gives the party some tonics that he says will assist them in their adventuring. Alloces and the group part ways, with Alloces excited to act as a double agent.
The group drag Drusilia and Evangeliza out of the town to Joan Fairhelm who brings Evangeline, The High Inquisitor, to her warcamp. Joan restores Alucard to life with Meridar’s power. The party spends several days recovering as well as interrogating their captives.
Tsuki has a dream that she sees Alexis immersed in darkness, covered in bruises. They explain that they’re being punished and are a prisoner. They say that their Angel of Freedom could free them, and the darkness forms into feathers which become Tsuki’s angel wings. When she turns around she sees a tall, glowing figure behind her, whose skin is made of clear skies, running rivers, forests, and mountain ranges.
Evangeline is delighted to finally have her wayward sister in her custody. Rey and Evangeline extensively interrogate Evangeliza and Drusilia. Evangeliza confirms that assisting The Corpsemaster was her last chance at redemption and her life is now forfeit. The two captives are treated harshly and then executed, Evangeliza publicly, and Drusilia in private.
Ghesh remembers a crucial detail of one of his earlier dreams, that the woman who crawled onto the beach was wearing a Platinum dragonscale. He gives The Seer this information but she doesn’t immediately respond, which is strange.

Session 72
The Undead Onslaught

The group move into the town streets, seeing a horde of zombies and flesh golems ahead of them. Rey and Rakshasa thin out the zombies with fire attacks, while Sahri rushes in. Alucard ignites his Flametongue sword and takes out several of the zombies. Sahri becomes surrounded and is knocked unconscious by the zombies and flesh golems. At one point Evangeliza’s masterpiece uses one of its shoulder trebuchets to launch a rock at the group, hurting Rey and Rakshasa.
The party revive Sahri and heal quickly before moving on. Khalida arrives and gives Rey some of The Grey King’s gunpowder and a healing potion. She says she has to go, as she can’t risk Evangeliza seeing her.
The group come across the towering form of the masterpiece with several flying bolt-throwers circling it. The group move to fight it, and Alucard is almost immediately knocked unconscious by being viciously slammed into the ground. Rey activates her angelic form and flies into the air, throwing spells at the masterpiece. Sahri is knocked unconscious again by the towering zombie. A storm begins overhead and lightning begins to strike the group and the masterpiece, although the lightning heals the zombie. Eventually Rey uses her gunpowder attachd to her lighter-spear and throws it at the masterpiece. The flames explode at its feet and Rey unnels her angelic power into the explosions. The fires consume Evangeliza’s Masterpiece, which falls apart in the street, and unleashes its lightning life-essence into the sky. However the flying bolt-throwers are still around and pick off the group one by one, leaving only The Spectre. When all seems to be lost, Ghesh reappears! He delivers life and death from the skies and turns the tide of the battle.
The group are healed and move towards the grove at the top of the hill, which is glowing with eerie light.

Session 71
The Sphinx's Plan

Tsuki explains to the group that her Iron Flask has to be delivered to a woman she’s met in Rzeka at some point in her adventures. Unfortunately she doesn’t know which woman this would be. The group decide to hold a convention in Meridom to gather as many people in the city to them as they can so that Tsuki can find her target, or at least narrow down her possible targets.
While the news of this convention spreads the group decide to cross another part of their ritual of the list: the aid of a willing spirit from The Ethereal Plane. The group contact The White Swan who invites them to Lassiades to come to The Border Ethereal. Alucard finally asks her what her name is, and she says her name is Renn, short for Ren’Var’Ix. She brings the group into The Deep Ethereal, a field of whiteness with strange wind blowing through it. Renn leads the party to the mother of the flumphs, an enormous white jellyfish floating through the whiteness. Groups of happy flumphs are dancing around her in rotating, concentric circles. The party ask her if she would be willing to help the material plane against the demons. She seems reluctant to leave the ethereal plane and says she will help if noone else does. The Spectre realises the flumph mother was once the female nemorian jellyfish but is now technically a demonlord. The flumph mother doesn’t try to hide this fact, and says she is one of the True-born demonlords, like Sloth and Gluttony. She says that altough many know Sloth as Belphegor, her chosen name is, in fact, Enverna. She also says she is one of six True-born demonlords, not 4 as the group guessed. She seems fearful to talk about the other two True-born, saying that their eyes are always watching.
The Spectre leaves to find the spirit of the sphinx, Suraphinon. Suraphinon is waiting for him at a familiar altar and greets The Spectre by his given name.
The two discuss the demon banishing ritual, and Suraphinon says he would be willing to help if they do him a favour. He desires the use of The Moaning Diamond for three days so he can create a plane he has dreamed of: Mechanus, The Clockwork Nirvana. He says that the afterlife of Ahlim is highly unregulated, and the ethereal plane is inundated with spirits trapped in limbo. He explains that he would regulate the passage of souls to their rightful places and to restore order to Ahlim. The Spectre asks about how the moaning diamond can be used and Suraphinon explains in detail. He says that material and energy must be moved from an existing location or individual to create a new plane of existence using the diamond. Alternatively, the diamond can move existing earth or matter around, and could be used to raise an island from the sea, for example. The diamond originates from many millenia ago and was created to honour the gods by building the pyramids of Minauros. Suraphinon says the diamond could also be used to return the pyramid of order to its rightful place, with the pyramid of innovation. This would help restore the fundamnetal balance that Ahlim has been lacking for the past four millenia.
The group return to meridom to find Tsuki’s mystery woman.
In the meantime Rey has a dream of a dark swamp, filled with crumbling ruins and swarming flies. She sees an old, worn road sign that seems to be pointing to Atalia, the lost city of the dreadmarshes.
The Spectre has a dream of an icy jagged mountain within which is nestled a dark iron fortress. All around him rages an unending blizzard which bites at his skin.
Finally, Rey has a dream of an enormous underground chamber filled with the sounds of people in suffering. From the ceiling hangs an enormous stalagtite, carved into a fortress, glowing with internal red light.
Rey also receives a message from Khalida, detailing a recent development in the dreadmarshes. She says that Lady Midnight has given up or lost the title of Ereshkigal to the soul-bonded demonlord/druid entity whose wedding the party disrupted.
Many people come to the convention, which takes place over several days. Alucard seems to very popular with the older women of the city, for whatever reason. Sahri is asked by the local chapter of her fan-club to show off her muscles and fighting moves. Many people visit Tsuki, but none of them seem to be the proper recipient of the iron flask. One gnomish woman does capture Tsuki’s attention though, and seems to have met Alexis. She tells Tsuki that she saw Alexis near the border of the dreadmarshes, wandering near one of the forts. Tsuki decides to move her search in that direction and heads to the fortress she visited sevral months ago. Before the group leave, they’re told by Joan Fairhelm that a horde of zombies are marching towards High-hill and will be there soon.
Tsuki investigates the fortress, sizing up Music and the others to see if they might be her target. She concludes it’s not anyone at this fortress and the group are requested to go help High-hill, which is in imminent peril.
The group arrive, seeing aurorans evacuating the town, and a large army of zombies moving into the town. They also spot a gargantuan flesh golem, built out of the corpses of at least a dozen storm giants. The group are certain Evangeliza is involved, and spot many other familiar flesh golems circliing the city. The Spectre flies in closer, covered by Tsuki. He tries to teleport Evangeliza’s masterpiece into the sky, but the grotesque creature resists. Rey contacts Khalida, asking if she can bring the group some of The Grey King’s gunpowder. Khalida says she’s partway through inflitrating Evangeliza’s laboratory but will help as soon as she can. The group race into the town, seeing mages moving into into the grove at the top of the hill. Before the party is a horde of vicious zombies stopping their approach.

Session 70
The Granting of Gifts

Sahri builds an ornate spear for her trial, with patterns of fire engraved upon it. Alucard builds a spear that resembles Ghesh‘s Javelin of Lightning. Rey builds a lengthy fire starter using her tinkerer’s tools. Rakshasa builds a wooden penis-replica.
Sahri sets out into the dune-sea to find a worm. She’s told that four varieties of sand-wurms exist: red worms, purple worms, blue worms, and a legendary worm of enormous size: “Big Blue”.
Sahri is eventually attacked by a gargantuan blue worm and a vicious battle ensues. At one point Sahri is swallowed and she is later thrown several hundred feet across the sands. Eventually she cuts the worms stinger off and pursues it further into the desert. As she kills it she sees an incredible sight on the horizon: The sky-blue, kilometre long, form of Big Blue, the legendary sand-wurm. The party and the sand-elves harvest the stinger for valuable worm poison and Sahri returns with trophies taken from her defeated foe.
That night she shares the story of her victory with the tribe and relates her sighting of Big Blue. The tribe are very impressed and Urrok True-Spear makes Sahri an honorable member of the clan. She takes the name True-Spear and the party return to Hasamidat. That night she has a dream of a harsh mountainous slope, with fortresses clinging to its side and canyons running through it.
They speak with Curiosity and Vishkanya and she agrees to transport them to The Faewilds, specifically to the realm of The Lady of Reflections. She explains that The High-Harpers are privy to the secret teleportation sigil of the Archfey’s realm. The group teleport to the bottom of a still, warm-lake with a reflective bottom. Swimming to the surface they see that they’re in a quiet hot-spring in the middle of a snowy winter forest. The group soon see a tall red-haired women with silver draconic eyes rise from the lake. She says that she is The Lady of Reflections, one of the four Fey-Dragons. The party request some of her blood for their demon-banishing rtual and the Archfey accepts. She transforms into her Elder Silver Dragon form and donates some blood to the party.
The party then travel to Meridom, where The Seer’s church is to be opened soon, to great celebration. Rey helps with preparations and readies several songs for the occasion.
The opening night of the church goes excellently, with thousands of the cities occupations attending. Even the angels of Meridar, Celestia and Joan Fairhelm make an appearance. Partway during Rey’s performance, The Seer appears, giving Rey her blessing. Rey’s flute, Revenitio, is given improved magical abilities by Nyx, and with some parting words to the awed crowd, The Seer returns to The Astral Plane.

Session 69
The Breaking of The Horde

The party regroup with the help of Rey‘s Wish spell, which also transports them right into the centre of the gnoll horde. The group engage Nezrebe, Yeenoghu’s general, in combat. Rey begins the combat by using her other Wish spell, casting Divine Word. She tells The Seer that she’s going to cause “Annihilation through Hariolation”, which her god approves of. This powerful spell consumes many of the demons guarding Nezrebe in blue light, banishing them back to The Shadowfell. Nonetheless, a difficult fight ensues, with the group getting attacked by angry Goristros and Shoosuva. Ghesh expends his magic to keep the group healthy, but Rakshasa is knocked unconscious when one of the goristros brutally gores her. Sahri challenges Nezrebe to a fight, and faces off against her bone-sword, The Winnower. Sahri succeeds in defeating Nezrebe with the assistance of well-placed bolts from Tsuki and takes her sword for her own. Sahri then successfully slices the Goristro who downed Rakshasa down the middle, in a formidable martial display. Rakshasa stands to her feet and announces to the horde that their leaders are slain. The party then teleport back into the city, victorious. The horde flees and disperses over the coming hours, being hunted down by the vengeful natives of the Plane of Fire.
The group rest, and soon the fire queen returns, having successfully defeated Imix, the prince of evil elemental fire. The fire queen awakens Sahri’s angelic powers, granting her wings of fire. Na’Sul brings up a quest that she wants Ghesh’s help on. The Cloud Queen wants to unite the four elemental planes for a lofty goal: the construction of a flying city, using all four elements. The last kingdom that needs to accept is the kingdom of earth, and she wants Ghesh’s help convincing the Stone King to join the project. Ghesh guesses that Turiel Dust-Born will be welcome at the Stone-King’s court and expresses interest in gaining his assistance.
The group celebrate and rest in the city of brass and Rakshasa is spirited away to Graz’zt’s palace. Graz’ztt explains that he thinks the parties demonic ritual will only banish to The Demonlords The Abyss if they are currently in The Shadowfell. He says that demons who were in the material plane, for instance, would be able to remain until they were defeated. They would then go to The Abyss also, instead of The Shadowfell. He says he has accepted this fate and seems happy that as long as Rakshasa is in Ahlim he will still have influence there.
Rey has a dream of an icy sea, through which runs a black, oily river. In the sky she can see a floating glacier contained in which is an indistinct humanoid figure.
The Spectre, now in possession of both The Bronze Trident and The Scarab of Protection, journeys to the Plane of Water to find The Green Princess. He discovers that The Scarab of Protection is actually hollow and is filled with dried blood. He realises that the scarab likely held the traitorous archmage Ahriman’s heart, which the group never found. Due to this, he suspects that Ahriman has not truly been destroyed, and may return. Nonetheless, he cleans the scarab and goes with the two nemorian wards to the egg chamber of the caves. He places the two items near the egg and sits in wait with the nemorians for several hours. Finally, the egg hatches, and out crawls a Bronze Wyrmling, The Green Princess. The wyrmling is very friendly and immediately warms to The Spectre. The nemorian crab tells The Spectre that this the first dragon born for almost 4, 000 years and she will likely be a powerful ally to him in the future.
The party return to the material plane and seek out Turiel Dust-Born. Turiel accepts Ghesh quest and the two say farewell to the party. Ghesh insists he’ll return when the group need him most and travels back to the elemental planes with Turiel.
The desert druids of clan Dust-born transport the party across the Dune Sea, to the home of the True-spears. The party arrive at a path of rocky outcrops that lead to the plateau home of the True-spears, which rises high out of the surrounding sands. They notice it has numerous stakes magically created protruding from it, likely to deter the sand-wurms the group has heard about.
The group are greeted by some sand elf warriors who know Sahri by reputation. They lead the party up to the top of the plateau where they meet the clan. Urrok True-spear is currently acting as a ‘trial’ clan-leader and welcomes the group. He comments that Sahri’s magical gear looks ferocious and Sahri assures him her combat skills are a match in ferocity. He says that Sahri’s task is to defeat a sand-wurm single-handidly in combat. He explains that to do so, she must use a spear of her own making. He also invites the rest of the party to carve their own spears, though they need not fight a sand-wurm.

Session 68
The Demonlord of Wrath

The party ready spells and actions for the upcoming ambush of Yeenoghu. Ghesh takes his angelic form, Tsuki poisons her crossbow bolts, and Rey prepares a powerful spell. The Spectre teleports the party into the centre of the camp, launching an ambush on Yeenoghu and his companions. The enemy gnolls and druid are knocked prone under the assault and the demonlord of wrath is viciously wounded. The group recognise that the druid is the same moon druid they fought outside Kassadom several months ago. He is quickly knocked unconscious, but manages to inscribe a blood-rune onto the ground before he does. Yeenoghu proceeds to swipe at the party with his flail, The Butcher and savage them with his foul jaw. He paralyses Rey and Sahri with the magic of his flail, and knocks Rey unconscious. An elderly woman appears over the dead druid’s body, examines it, and then joins the fight. The group defeat Yeenoghu, and his body dissolves into smoke and ooze, disappearing into The Shadowfell. Rey is revived and realises that the woman is Victria The Red, the moon druid who began the druidic schism more than five centuries ago. Victria Polymorphs into a gargantuan dragon and unleashes her poisonous breath on the party, felling several of them. The group eventually push her out of the form, so she transforms into a huge red and silver werewolf, biting Ghesh viciously when she does. The party surround her, and knock her out of that form, too. Sahri sends her to The Shadowfell but she casts a powerful spell before she disappears: Storm of Vengeance. The group scramble to escape, half of them using psionics to reappear near the tunnel, the other half teleporting back to the besieged City of Brass.
The battle against the gnoll hoard is currently raging but the group gain some quick healing at an infirmary. They race to the walls and Rakshasa yells at the gnolls, telling them their leader is dead. Some gnolls flee, but the majority stay to continue the fight. The party locate Na’Sul, who points out the leader of this force: Nezrebe, an albino gnoll.

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.

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 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.


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