Campaign of the Month: September 2017

Profane Legacy

Session 94
The Vicious Cold

The party travel back to the warcamp and are given a tent by a group of soldiers. That night Tsuki hears a figure pacing outside their tent. She looks out and sees Father Llymic, who smiles at her and beckons her to follow him. She does, and he leads her out of the warcamp into the thick fog rolling in from the east. She follows for a short time before deciding to turn back. Father Llymic grows angry and insistently beckons for her to follow him. She doesn’t and he screams at her silently, and his jaw cracks open to reveal rows of icy dagger-like teeth before disappearing.
The group wake up that morning to a silent, frozen over warcamp. The soldiers outside froze to death during the night, and so did hundreds of others. Maldrana IV orders the survivors to flee south, to warmer climates. Ghesh messages Joan Fairhelm and Turiel Dust-Born to find out what’s happening east and receives only garbled messages speaking of hordes of crystalline ice-creatures.
The party set out east to the Auroran and Dust-Born forces there. On the way they battle a small group of ice creatures, who resemble Lord Blue-eyes’s final form. These creatures were once humans, dwarves, and elves, and their internal organs are visible beneath their icy skin.
As they arrive at a central war-camp they meet a ranger named Quest with her huge wolf. Quest tells them about the Brood Spawn, insectoid, crystalline ice monsters spawned by Father Llymic. Several of these Brood Spawn attack the group and Quest tells the group they should go north and rescue Joan, or go south and rescue Turiel. The group decide on the third option: Racing to Father Llymic. Quest and the group part ways and they head to a pass which will lead them into the mountains. They rest for the night and the echoing sounds of battle to the north and south stop, leaving them in silence. In the morning they awaken to two grisly signs: The bloodstained holy symbol of Joan and a dead sand-elf wearing Turiel’s mask.
The party continue on and begin to make their way up a mountain, following a path of hoof-prints. The group find numerous signs of previous habitation by human barbarian tribes, however all the villages are abandoned. They trek through an open field of snow, through brutal cold.

Session 95
The Angels of Winter

Along the way they encounter several roving bands of Brood Spawn and dispatch them without too much trouble. However they can feel that they’re being followed. Alucard builds an igloo for the group so they can rest for the night in relative safety from the raging blizzard. However, their rest is interrupted by Tsuki being knocked unconscious by someone outside. The group ready for a fight and move outside, finding several Brood Spawn who were once Aurorans as well as the frozen, corrupted form of Joan. A fight begins as Joan accuses the group of betraying her and attacks with the ice-covered Morningstar of Meridar. An Auroran casts Planeshift on Ghesh, who is sent to the 8th layer of the Nine Hells that are in construction: Cania. He sees a blizzard around him, lit from within by blue flame. In the distance he sees a frozen fortress and a beautiful, devilish woman approaching him. He planeshifts back to the icy fields of Svoren but ends up about a kilometre from the group. The party defeat several of the Aurorans and then Joan falls, thanking the group for freeing her from Father Llymic. However, a living blizzard appears, flanked by several Brood Spawn sand elves. The living Blizzard manifests as Brood Spawn Turiel and accuses Sahri of betraying him. Turiel withdraws his Topaz Greatsword from his icy form and begins to slash mercilessly at the party. Sahri and Rakshasa are soon dead and Alucard is barely keeping conscious. Ghesh contacts The Spectre, telling him he’s on the way. The Spectre teleports Alucard away from the igloo and meets up with Ghesh. They then return to the igloo, finding that each of their companion’s bodies have been taken away. Ghesh uses locate creature to track down Turiel, who is flying towards the east, along the path the group have been following. They catch up to him and engage in another battle, finally defeating him. He apologizes for what he was forced to do and drops the bodies of Tsuki, Sahri, and Rakshasa as well as his greatsword. Ghesh ressurects his dead companions and then the group rests near the bottom of a huge mountain shrouded in fog.
Rey has several dreams during her regeneration process, many are happy but some are strange. She has recurring dreams of an elderly warrior-woman digging graves in dead, grey earth. At one point Rey sees her stitching a pattern that resembles battle-armour. Then Rey hears deranged and animalistic screeching and the woman picks up a rough-looking bone axe and rushes towards the source of the sounds.

Session 96
The Frozen Mountain

The party build an igloo at the foot of an enormous mist and blizzard shrouded mountain. The group finally enjoy a long rest and The Spectre works on his Epic Immortal Discipline: Sprectral Juggernaut. The party hear a magical fight happening up the mountain and a wayward meteor strikes the party. The well constructed igloo survives, giving credit to its creator Alucard. The group move up the mountain, and find a panicking horse that was leaving the hoofprints they’ve been following. The horse is Jack, Azzainen‘s warhorse. The group proceed up the path, reaching a snow-covered plateau. Amidst the ice are frozen figures and they find Azzainen, broken and dying. A small, undead mage casts Storm of Vengeance on the party from atop a ruined temple. Azzainen says that they’re Jillian High-Hill reborn, and Jillian High-Hill says that Father Llymic has given her new life and purpose. With her are two Broodspawn Ogres and two Broodspawn Giants who throw rubble and breathe ice on the group. Ghesh and Sahri fly over to Jillian and attack her, while she spits and curses at them. They soon defeat her and she thanks the party for freeing her from Father Llymic’s influence. Once Jillian is defeated Azzainen joins the fight, his will restored, and he begins to smite the Brood Spawn. One of the ogres leaps upon Alucard and knocks him unconscious but is then soon defeated by the rest of the group. Azzainen says that if Jillian has risen than Mareshao certainly has too. He promises to assist the party until Mareshao is defeated. The party continues up the mountainside, coming across several Broodspawn Giants, including one with several insectoid heads, chittering maddeningly. Two of the Broodspawn giants pull out large longbows and begin to fire at the party, while The Spectre transposes with the insectoid giant, pushing it off the bridge. However it soon sprouts wings and flies back up. It slams back down onto the bridge and almost knocks the party off of it. The group, with Azzainen’s help manage to defeat these large Broodspawn however, and continue up the path. They see a huge black ice pillar stretching high into the sky above, several winged dragonborn Broodspawn crawling across its surface. They hear a roar and huge wing beats from up above and the top of the pillar falls on top of the group, injuring several of them. Ghesh flies up to attack some flying Broodspawn and Azzainen teleports up to the pillar to attack some of the crawling Broodspawn. Mareshao the Elder White Broodspawn Dracolich swoops down and breathes necrotic, icy, breath down on the party. Azzainen jumps onto her back and begins to attack her, Ghesh and Sahri also strike at her. Eventually they defeat her, Ghesh exploding her rib cage and The Spectre throwing The Bronze Trident through the remains of its chest into its spine. The beast collapses, half its body falling off the cliffside. Azzainen pulls her phylactery out of her chest and steps on it, crushing the icy blue gem. He says his quest is complete and he wishes the group luck, and gives his Sword of Sharpness to Sahri, who thanks him. The group proceed up the path, finding a large icy cavern, which seems to have been Mareshao’s lair. Azzainen seems to have lived here for some time and the group realise this is the legendary site of Mareshao’s first death. They also find a small treasure hoard which includes The White Dragon Mask, an important historical artifact. They rest here for a short while before making their final ascent to the mountain peak.
Up ahead of them is a black ice glacier upon which there is several Broodspawn. Ghesh tests out the unnatural fog to see if it would be safer than the glacier and determines it’s not, giving him a chill in his soul. The group fight their way up to the next platform, a black ice field upon which approximately two hundred Broodspawn seem to be silently praying. The group move between these immobile figures and fly up another small cliff.
They see a field of black ice in front of them with seven pillars protruding from it. In between these is Father Llymic’s elderly elvish form. He greets the group, telling them his victory is at hand and that it’s not too late to join him. One by one the pillars crack and tumble over and the group see several Broodspawn Tribal leaders approach, one wielding an axe, one wielding a staff, and one wielding a crossbow. Ghesh tries to prevent the last of the pillars from breaking, but fails. Father Llymic laughs and the ice cracks open, unearthing a huge, rotund praying mantis-like giant. The Elvish form fades and Father Llymic’s true form continues the laughter, deep and terrible.

Session 97
The Father's Doom

Father Llymic laughs as he rises from the black ice and mocks the party for confronting him in earnest. He breathes devastating ice over the group, harshly wounding them. His Broodspawn Lieutenants attack Ghesh and Tsuki, Feebleminding Ghesh. Sahri rushes up to Father Llymic and swings furiously with her Sword of Sharpness. Father Llymic strikes back with his enormous praying-mantis claws, quickly killing Sahri in retaliation. Rakshasa flies around his periphery, avoiding his icy weapons and blasting him with spells. She falls to his lieutenants, however and freezes to death amidst the black ice. Tsuki shoots Father Llymic and he responds by inflicting his pain upon her, which knocks her unconscious. He seizes control of The Spectre temporarily and uses his psionic abilities to heal himself and attack Alucard. Alucard is soon killed as well, falling to the icy aura that surrounds Father Llymic. Ghesh kills the Broodspawn mage who hurt him and then calls down the Divine Intervention of Ajaakor to cure his Feeblemind condition. The Broodspawn who were down below begin to climb up the cliff-face toawrds the party. The first of them arrive and begin to attack the party from behind. Ghesh then heals Sahri, himself, and Tsuki back to full hitpoints. Father Llymic dominates Tsuki next and uses her to attack her teammates. Ghesh blasts Father Llymic with his epic level spell: Overwhleming Smite, severly wounding the Elder Evil. Ghesh then strikes Father Llymic with his Booming Blade, destroying his form. Father Llymic cries in pain and anger, saying that this can’t be and that he’s waited too long to fail now. Nonetheless, his form shatters and then melts, and his screaming spirit flees into the sky, inflicting some final, mind-searing wounds on the party.
The Broodspawn flee in terror as their creator is destroyed and the group celebrate their well-earned victory over Ahlim’s Elder Evil.

Session 98
The Rebuilding

The party travel down the mountain in the wake of Father Llymic’s defeat. They take a rest in Dragonlord Mareshao’s icy lair to recover their strength and then head to the foot of the mountain. They encounter a figure attempting to pull themselves out of the snow. They help the elf and realize it’s Brutalitops the Magician who seems to have misplaced his wagon in the snow. He says he was on the way to stop The Father, but got lost in the snow. Sahri expresses doubt that Brutalitops could have stood a chance against Father Llymic. Brutalitops responds by casting an Epic Level spell on her: Power Word Wow. Brutalitops leaves and Ghesh revives Sahri, who swears revenge on Brutalitops. The party teleport to Kodoma and find it full of refugees from the wreckage of Chayundo. The party members decide to dedicate themselves to various causes over the next few months. Ghesh performs a ritual to turn Alucard into a Deva and then they both return Joan Fairhelm and Turiel Dust-Born‘s bodies to their people. The Spectre researches Minauros and collects maps of ancient Cleon. Tsuki receives Piercer, Ana’s Crossbow, as a gift from the princess. Sahri tracks down The Vengeant’s Platemail and then tracks down Brutalitops. Rakshasa mostly just parties.
Eventually The Seer returns and gathers the party members together to ask about what has happened. She scolds them on their decisions, saying that they wasted almost a month while thousands were dying from the cold. Sahri asks if she could talk to her about Sky-Sunder and The Seer says she will later.
Rey is eventually resurrected, and hugs The Seer and visits Gerald, her griffin. She reunites with the party and calls a World Council. She comes up with a plan of action to get rid of the unseasonal snow and ice involving the elemental planes of water and fire. The gathered people aren’t particularly impressed with the Warriors of the West but seem receptive to Rey’s plans. Rey and Celestia have become Martyrs of sorts after word of their sacrifice spread. Meridar is supposedly going to name her heaven Mt Celestia, after her angel and The Seer is going to name hers Reynarium. The group find out that The Void-Reaper’s final resting place seems to be Rey’s fortress in southern Cleon. This is where the group should find The Sphere of Annihilation as well as Blackrazor.
As those assembled get ready to disperse, Tiamat appears, with a large retinue of devilish, demonic, undead, and other followers. She hands over the Moaning Diamond, which Ereshkigal used to create Irkalla, The Underworld. Lord Patros, Alloces, and Asmodeus are present, as is the woman Ghesh briefly saw in Cania. The Corspemaster has changed from an undead form to a devilish form and now sprouts an enormous pair of horns. Several of those present have new forms and new name such as Mephistopheles, Moloch, and Dispater.
Rey speaks to Tiamat and tells her that she will soon fall to those in whom she has placed her trust. Rey also says that Calee and Hiromi willingly parted before and that perhaps they should have tried harder to stay together. Tiamat is initially dismissive of Rey’s statements but begins to grow angry, demanding Rey be silent. Rey departs and Mephistopheles and Asmodeus speak to Tiamat, calming her down. The party ask if she knows where the red Anathematic Gem is. She says it’s probably with Caiphon in Demogorgon’s layer of The Abyss: The Gaping Maw.

Session 99
The Abyss

The group continue to help the repairs and relocations that are going on across Ahlim for the last few months. Sahri researches Sky-Sunder, finding out it was forged by a woman called Sir Falconrun to defeat Zehan. Rey says that she believes they can find out how to use Sky-Sunder properly by communing with Zehan. The Spectre gives The Moaning Diamond to Suraphinon who has gained the alliance of Ayla, who was stranded in The Ethereal Plane. The Spectre discusses the fate of dead angels in Suraphinon’s afterlife system. Suraphinon says they function much the same as mortals, but they can be reborn in their home plane readily if their God is willing. Suraphinon creates Mechanus and then, with the assistance of Ghesh and The Spectre the Obsidian Pyramid of Conservation is brought into the material plane to sit atop the Diamond Pyramid of Innovation. The chaotic weather of the region begins to calm, and the material plane begins to stabilise. The party check back at their fortress and find that they’ve received several gifts in their absence. Ghesh was given several tasteful nude art pieces of Rava, The Spectre received a lavish captain’s hat from Lily-Tydes, and Sahri received some life sized penis replicas from Itenon before and after he became a pit fiend.
The group then decide to journey to The Abyss to find the red Anathematic gem of Satief. They decide to first head to the triple-realm of Azzagrat, Graz’zt’s domain.
The party arrive in the humid, extravagant palace of pain and pleasure that Graz’zt transported to The Abyss from The Shadowfell. The group are brought to Graz’zt’s audience chamber, seeing the Demonlord himself flanked by Hien the Cruel and Tasha the Dark. Graz’zt offers the party domicile and offers Rakshasa companionship.
The next day Graz’zt explains that he received the details of a teleportation circle in the 89th layer of The Abyss, immediately below Demogorgon’s layer: The Gaping Maw. The group arrive underwater in an alien Aboleth city, where they are attacked by several Aboleth at once. The Aboleth link themselves to several party members, splitting the damage they take from the group. The group kill several Aboleth and then the Aboleths retreat, leaving the group alone in this city.

Session 100
The Spooky Session 2: Electric Boogaloo

Ghesh finds a silver key in the corpse of one of the Aboleths and retrieves it. A huge mirror appears in the water above the group, near the top of the alien spires that make up the city. Sahri, Angel of Fire and The Spectre notice strange, glowing eyed figures slowly moving towards the group, but noone else can see them. The group begin to swim towards the portal and one of the figures grabs Sahri, breaking her arm. Sahri manages to dislodge the figure though, and Ghesh fixes her arm. The group then swim into the mirror, which changes into a tunnel. In this tunnel they see disturbing visions of destruction, their loved ones in pain, and even their own deaths. The group overcome these visions though and are propelled upwards to the 88th layer of The Abyss.
They arrive on the shore of a small island, which to Rakshasa‘s delight, is covered with lime trees. The group pick some, enjoying the delicious fruits. Soon a pair of what appear to be Halflings appear, on the back of a flail snail. They say that it is All Hallow’s Evening and He In The Tree He Wants To Be desires for the group to engage in some Trick or Treating. The group has some trouble understanding the concept but soon comes around. The party are led to a small village filled with these strange Halflings. The Halflings accept gifts from the group, or drop random objects on their heads as a Trick. Initially the Halflings said they were the last of their kind, who had fled to The Abyss to escape Calamity. However it becomes clear that this is a ruse when Sahri decides to fight one. She finds that harming the Halfling doesn’t hurt it, only healing it does. It’s revealed that the ‘Halflings’ were actually Nilbogs wearing skin-suits and that they grow the limes to appease the powerful being He In The Tree He Wants To Be. The Spectre offends this being, and temporarily has his skin removed.
The mad Goblins loan the party their flail snail to take them to Demogorgon’s Palace. The flail snail is extremely fast and is inexplicably able to move across water.
The group arrive on a large island, covered in humid, primordial jungles. They begin to move towards the palace but are attacked by a trio of two-headed T-rexes. The group dispatch them quite quickly but Tsuki notices there’s a man in the fallen tree she was using for cover. The man seems to be a Paladin and offers her one of several dozen holy symbols attached to his cloak.

session 101
The Gaping Maw

The group purchase some of Sir Seillesmanne’s holy symbols in payment for his services. He promises to lead them to Demogorgon’s palace and the group begin on their way. The group soon hear a group of demons approaching and attempt to hide. Unfortunately Rakshasa, Sahri, Angel of Fire, and Sir Seillesmanne are spotted by the creatures. A battle begins, with the rest of the group leaping out of hiding to strike the Nalfhesnees, Barlgura, and Goristros. The demons all have two heads, which the goristro in particular are able to use to great effect. Rakshasa is knocked unconscious and Sir Seillesmanne is seemingly killed, disappearing in a flash of lights.
The group continue on their own to the palace, finding a secret entrance into it. They sneak through the palace, avoiding several groups of demons. They see that the palace is split in two, with one side looking dark and orderly, and the other side looking bright and chaotic.
They follow a red glow to Demogorgon’s chamber, seeing Caiphon, Vannakun, and Demogorgon there. Caiphon chastises the group, saying they’ve made a mistake by attempting to take the Red Anathematic Gem.
A battle begins, with magic being cast, countered, and then cast again. Caiphon uses an epic level level spell to severely injure the party, which Ghesh then heals using Mass Heal. Rey attempts a Fire Storm, but four counterspells later, the spell fails. Demogorgon strikes out with his glowing red eyes and his sickly tentacles, stunning, dominating, and injuring the party. Vannakun flies over to Ghesh and lashes out with anger, attempting to gain vengeance on the Angel who took the Stormblade from him.

Session 102
The Anathematic Gem

Demogorgon mocks the group, saying that they were fools to challenge The Prince of Demons, as he strikes at The Spectre and Sahri, Angel of Fire. Sahri, briefly dominated by Demogorgon, attacks Rey, knocking her unconscious. Rakshasa revives her quickly, however. Eventually Rey casts Wish, undoing Caiphon’s previous Wish. This rapidly drains the vitality from the parties’ foes, hastening their defeat. Caiphon and Demogorgon seem on the brink of death, until the red Anathematic Gem inside Demogorgon rises to the surface, infusing it’s host with angry red light. The voice of Satief echoes through the room, demanding that the combantants fight in Satief’s favoured form of melee. Only Rey manages to resist this call, everyone else is forced to resort to melee weapons, losing access to their other abilities. Demogorgon swells in size and Caiphon summons the rusted Anathematic Scythe. Nonetheless Vannakun is defeated, disappearing in a burst of flame. The other Balor is permanently destroyed, perishing in fire. Caiphon is also killed, his scythe disappearing into dust.
Soon the group is fighting only Demogorgon, emboldened by Satief’s power. Rey manages to Disintegrate him, and the Anathematic Gem falls to the floor beside Rakshasa and Tsuki‘s unconscious bodies. Rey realise that neither Vannakun or Demogorgon were truly killed, and that they were saved by their Demonic Talismans. The Spectre revives the fallen group members and Sahri places the Red Anathematic Gem into a Bag of Holding. The group, now in possession of all three Anathematic Gems, decide to go find a Sphere of Annihilation to destroy them. Ghesh teleports the party to their fortress, where Rey finds out the book she co-authored: "The Lifeweaver’s Legacy" has been published.
The group then travel to Suphinhotep and begin the three day walk to Rey’s fortress, and the final resting place of The Void Reaper and his sword Blackrazor.
The group arrive at an overhang near the fortress and see that it’s overgrown with vines and virtually crumbling. Sahri dives into one of the towers and collapses it. The masonry falls on her and she rolls down a ruined flight of stairs into the depths of the building. She comes face to face with several Bodaks, which begin to attack her. The group, sprouting their angelic wings, fly through the ruins to help her. Several of the Bodaks are destroyed and the rest disappear into the darkness below.

Session 103
The Lost Souls

The group heal one another on the stairs, in the wake of the Bodak’s assault. The ceiling above them gives way, bludgeoning them with debris and forcing them deeper into the fortress. They see that black mist is seeping from the cracks in the walls, pooling about their feet. Tsuki goes ahead to explore, noticing that whispers are coming from the black mist, in a chorus of languages she doesn’t recognise. She sees one of the escaped Bodaks up ahead, leaning into the mist, seemingly listening to it. A shadow forms behind Tsuki, speaking in a sad and regretful tone. It follows her back to the group, and is soon joined by many more shadowy figures. The Spectre speaks telepathically to the shadows, realisng they are slaves to the one who killed them and took their souls, The Void Reaper. He also realises that this place has been sealed from travel and communication. The group’s only way out is to defeat The Void Reaper, who supposedly dwells deep within the fortress. Another group of shadows appear, and these ones speak common. They seem to be the victims of The Void Reaper’s assault on Suphinhotep several centuries ago. Sahri, Angel of Fire notices that the shadows are fearful of Abyssal, recoiling when they hear it. Rakshasa is soon attacked by the Cleonese shadows, though they apologise, saying that they don’t want to do this.
A wearying fight begins, with the shadows draining the parties’ vitality from them. A second Bodak manifests from a shadowy gap in the wall and shoots at Sahri. When Sahri attempts to attack it, it disappears. Rey harries the shadows with spells and Tsuki pierces them with bolts. Alucard and Ghesh almost succumb to the strength draining affect of the shadows before they are finally destroyed. The group explore a series of nearby rooms, finding some old treasures, as well as a rune covered sword that quickly fades to mist.


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