Our journey began: 11th of Coldeven, 599 C.Y.
It is the 23rd of Patchwall, 600 C.Y.
Adira Orr, Natural Weretiger Monk
Baht-Ole Vannarson, NPC Aasimar Cleric of Boccob
Elerra Vae, Drow Cleric (Ellistrae)/Sorcerer
Flotsam “Sam” Stormsurge, Animan (octopus aspect) Vivisectionist Alchemist
Meroln Sands, Half-elf Fighter
Squizzles, Kobold Bard
Wilfred Fizzlebang, Gnome Summoner & Mekkatorque, his eidolon.
Picking up the pieces afterwards (scraping up Squizzles in the process) the group spent several hours pouring through the spell-weaver’s archives, eventually finding a few pieces of data about the Arcanoth to add to their general pool of knowledge. After returning to Sharu’mosna to share the knowledge with Saldean, he offered the services of the local priesthood in returning Squizzles to life. The priest of Dionysus to whom they entrusted the mixed ashes of Squizzles and the rage demon assured them that he could separate them, though he himself looked uncertain.
Perhaps 20 minutes later he returned, seeming quite pleased with his efforts. Squizzles, himself, also seemed pleased, though his companions were more uncertain. Where they expected to see a kobold, this “new and improved” Squizzles seemed to have been incompletely separated from the demon’s remains, as he now sported a fine set of bat-like wings from his back, seemed generally very muscular in appearance, and his face and tail had developed a number of wicked looking spines.
After pledging to continue assisting one another, the group returned through the portal and then teleported to their castle. As described by their followers, there was indeed a 30’ diameter sphere of smoking metal hanging over their construction site. Elerra’s apprentice, Lseral, came out and explained that there was a mage that had taken up residence nearby who claimed that it was his efforts that kept the object above from completing it’s arc towards destruction.
The group found that the mage in question, who called himself Vincent, was awaiting them inside the structure. He offered to negate the demons protecting the Black Rook’s fortress overlooking the Riftcanyon, in exchange for a pair of items that the Black Rook’s kept there. The group asked for some time to discuss the matter, and sent Vincent back to his camp outside the walls.
Wilfred, Meroln, and Elerra then departed for Greyhawk, where Elerra went to check in with Kiamyr, Meroln sought out Jenny, and Wilfred sought out his own group to learn what developments they’d learned or made while he and the others were on the moon.
The Society had made several important advancements. First, they’d constructed a large, 8’ diameter illusionary globe depicting Liga’s surface, upon which a burgeoning network of ley lines could be seen taking shape. One nexus that they’d confirmed met the requirements for the Third Mark lay deep beneath the Azure Sea, in a region called Shasnarfal by the sahuagin who lived there. Another nexus, the largest one they’d located thus far was known as Tovag Baragu, located on the shores of Lake Udrukanar in the Plains of the Paynims.
The society had also constructed scale models of the two iron sky-ships that had rained destruction across the Flanaess and beyond. They also could display their courses on the globe, showing how one had specifically targeted mages and the second, larger ship had attacked cities and towns. In their “Dunno Files” they had a list of odd occurrences that seemed to trail the two vessels, including the substitution of clothing between two girls of differing social status in Nyrond, and the uprooting of an apple orchard in Furyondy.
Another “innovation” the society had come up with were a pair of golden hoops that could simulate a ley line between them, and a stubby silver board that would “float” in the energies of a ley line. One of the researchers demonstrated that the effect was strong enough to support the weight of someone riding on the board, though actual propulsion was still being worked on.
When the trio returned to their castle, the group met once again with Vincent to learn the specifics of what he was offering. Vincent explained that somewhere within the castle, there were a pair of fist-sized glowing gemstones set in platinum frames perhaps a foot in diameter. If the party agreed to bring him these items, he would unbind the demons that the Western Leering Keep had bound to it’s walls, setting the demons free to take their revenge against their binders, the priests of Mabelrode.
Before returning to his camp, Vincent, at the behest of the group, ensorcelled the projectile hanging over their heads, sending it back to the vessel from which it had been launched. Wanting a bit more information on the keep and it’s defenses, the group had Baht-Ole cast Communion with Boccob, and asked the following questions:
- Has Jaliseem made a new clone? Yes
- Is it present in the castle? No
- Does she have any other demons than the ones in the walls? Yes
- Can Vincent be trusted in this endeavor? Yes
- Is this deal worth giving Vincent the gems? Uncertain
- Are there any mortal forces other than the Black Rooks staying in the castle? Yes
- Do they have information on our intentions? No
- Is Tenser still alive? Uncertain
- Does Tenser still have the Esoterica? Uncertain
- Are the Granbretanians planning another attack in the next month? Yes
Afterwards, the group went to Narwell, where they met with Baron Aerogenesis and asked for access to Janos Tandovr. Once down in the dungeons, the group traded jibes with Janos for several minutes, before getting down to business. Janos offered to answer their questions in exchange for his release, if they (and the Baron) would be willing to agree to a set of terms enforced by Geas. As we ended for the evening, they were working out the details of what they would require of Janos, while he worked out the details he would ask in return….
It is the 26th of Patchwall, 600 CY
Next game will be on the 18th,