The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. ( C.Y. 605)
Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer, Crab Clan
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer)/Rogue, Unicorn Clan
Arimura Kasumi, Human Fighter, Unicorn Clan
Raen d’Arth, Human Magus, Gaijin
and Maerk the Red, Kakaran (Warforged) NPC Cleric of Wee Jas, Gaijin.
Our session began on the 19th of Ready’reat, 1151 I.C.
As we began for the evening, the party had essentially captured the Granbretanian airship, and through experimentation learned enough about the controls to move it away from the tower and to begin attacking ground targets with it’s weapons. While they were doing this, first two, then an additional two Granbretanian airships came into view, two of which attacked one of the troop carriers the party and their Clan Crab allies had arrived in, burning it where it had landed on the outskirts of the city. Their allies on the ground sounded the trumpets for a retreat, for while they were actually winning the battle, the appearance of four additional airships could easily trap the entire force deep behind enemy lines.
The party flew their captured airship towards the two that had not yet attacked a downed huchard troop carrier, distracting them long enough for the troops to reload and regain altitude and make their escape. One of the four airships pursued the fleeing vessels, but it was clearly heavily loaded and could not keep up. One the entire force landed behind the Great Wall, the party re-boarded the Wren and flew at their best speed back to Otosan Uichi to make their report.
Minister Seppun hears their report, but it is clear from his demeanor that word has already reached him of the battle. He informs them that whilst they were away, a visitor had arrived and awaited them down the hall, and they were all quite surprised to see Ts’oth’ula the flumph awaiting them.His message is short: the party is desperately needed in the city of Sesupwahl, in distant Brithos, for the Ternocki di Irthir has important matters to discuss with them. After notifying Minister Seppun that they will be gone a day or two, Ts’oth’ula unravels a large scroll that becomes a Gate between the meeting room and a hallway somewhere in Sesupwahl.
At the end of the hall, sits the assembled membership of the Ternocki di Irthir, sans Nakadai; Tehersco of Istustan, Frazra’mnar of Ravilla, Gsult of Brithos, Hshatult of Daleruth, Jorven’yur of Keoland, and Kon-ia of the Lunar Empire. They basically explain that while they were overjoyed to see Nakadai return to their fellowship at their last meeting (two weeks previous), upon learning that he now served Durklemes of the Shadowlands they were alarmed by the magical artifact he had come among them to discuss and gather more information about.
Said item, known variously as the Well of Twilight or sometimes as the Well of the Dark Tapestry was a stone circle perhaps eight feet in height, fifteen feet in diameter. Rumored to exist somewhere in the Underdark (there followed a brief discussion of what that was, as Rokugan had almost no known connections to the Underdark) this artifact, either by drinking or immersion (reports conflicted) would bestow a number of powers upon the recipient tied to the Dark Tapestry, a plane of existence outside of an separate from the commonly held understanding of the inner and outer planes. The dragons of the Ternacki di Irthir thought this somehow reminiscent of how the eredar supposedly gained their powers from the Burning Crusade; perhaps Durklemes sought a way to empower his servants on this world similar to the means by which his own race had been corrupted?
Though unsure of the specifics, it was generally agreed that yes, Durklemes should be kept from obtaining this artifact if at all possible. While Ozawa and Kasumi returned to Otosan Uichi to update the Minister, Cortana entered Susupwahl, seeking to learn what she could of the Well in the libraries found there. She found a mention of the Well in a text from Yragath, a nation far to the north. Supposedly it had something to do with the rise of a new religion forty years past. As it happened, Yragath was closer to Rokugan than Brithos, so ultimately the party returned home to make their journey to Gathakos, the capital of Yragath.
Arriving in Gathakos on the 23rd of Sunsebb, Raen was surprised to find a number of small churches dedicated to various Oeridian deities, especially located so far from the Flanaess. While the rest of the party got comfortable at the inn known as the Flowered Cup, he sought out the church of Fharlanghn to see what the local priests knew of the rise of Wah (the local cult that had risen to prominence 40 years ago, and now dominated the region). Hudfud, the priest, related that nearly a third of the supplicants who came to learn of the ‘Glories of Wah’ apparently disappeared within the temple and were never seen again. Family and friends were assured that they’d been sent abroad as missionaries, and to be fair, most of the other supplicants did return to perform much the same duties internally. Hudfud, for his part, found the priests of Wah suspect, charlatans at best.
Meanwhile, back at the Flowered Cup, both Ozawa and Cortana noticed an odd fish in the murals decorating the room where the only tub was positioned, Cortana thought that it must be some sort of aboleth. While they ponder what this might mean, Raen returns to the inn and tells them that the priest he’d questioned had told him that a man named Odalon, a local hermit, might have some information regarding the area prior to the rise of the Cult of Wah.
So the following morning the group set out to find Odolon, and found him fishing near his shack. He spins a tale from his adventuring days, when he and his companions had come to the small fishing/mining village of Gathakos, to help rid the miners of whatever was attacking them. In their explorations, they had encountered a tribe of angry kuo-toa, who’s ‘god maker’ had been stolen from them by a tribe of duergar. A sketch one of his companions had made of a mural the kuo-toans had of the ‘god maker’ very nearly matched the description of the Well of Twilight, though the description they had didn’t mention the large, blinded head of some Dark Tapestry monstrosity whose ichor obviously fed/powered whatever transformations the Well imparted. In their efforts to soothe the kuo-toans, they had agreed to try and locate the ‘god maker’ and return it, but they had strayed too close to the ShadowSea, a vast waterway that lay deep beneath Yragath, and been attacked by both duergar and drow, both coated in some sort of slime as they rose from the waters.
Half of Odolon’s party fell to the aboleth’s servants, and eventuallythey were forced to declare their mission a failure, and they wound up all settling in the then village. Odolon’s remaining two companions eventually disappeared under odd circumstances as the Cult of Wah grew in power and influence. Not wanting to have to break into the temple and fight their way to and past this Shadowsea to try and pickup the trail of the duergar, Maerth cast a Divination which caused Wee Jas to reveal to him that a shorter path to the duergar city could be found in a cave in a mountain many miles south of where they were now.
Two days later they disembarked the Wren and began their journey down into the Underdark. After nearly two days of spelunking, they came upon a door in the tunnel they were traversing that declared itself “Hubert’s Supplies”. Within they met Hubert, a gnome shopkeeper, who, for a price, was willing to give them directions, sell them equipment to help them avoid certain hazards that lay ahead, and who had in stock several magic items that the party purchased for more than they were worth.
Furthermore, Hubert had something to say about the Well, in that the duergar had either lost it or sold it to the drow, from whom it was stolen in turn by a fire giant, who in turn sold it to a surface mage in exchange for a boat that could sail on lava. Said mage had then had it taken from him by a clan of cloud giants known as the Skaro, who as it happened, had left an “ambassador” in the city of Tuthay that lay nearby. Hubert, of course, had a map of how to get there…
Upon reaching the city of Tuthay and paying the guards a hefty ‘entrance fee’, they were directed to the Stinking Hole, a tavern where the cloud giant ‘ambassador’, Dempsy, was known to hold court. After arranging a meeting with Dempsey, he informed them that his clan, the Skaro, mainly followed the Worldspine Mountains north-south as the seasons dictated; this time of year they would surely be in the south, perhaps as far south as Ngresh or perhaps the Shadowlands.
As we broke for the evening, the party had returned to the Wren, spent two more weeks searching for the Skaro Fortress, and found it floating on the border between Ngresh and the Shadowlands… it is the 9th of Fireseek, 1152 I.C.