Chornalth Adventures - Liga (Current: Emerald & Diamond)

Chapter Three, Session 21: The Bald & the Beautiful

The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. ( C.Y. 605)

Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer), Unicorn Clan
Tsugumi Kirigaya, Tengu Oracle, Crane Clan
Arimura Kasumi, Human Fighter, Unicorn Clan

Our session began on the 27th of Fireseek, 1151 I.C.

Arriving at the local Temple of Bralm the following day, the party made their inquiries about the Church of Sheler, but the local priestesses have little information. After Communing with their goddess, the priestess on duty informs the party that while none of the temples dedicated to the mystery cult remain, the temple where the whole origin of the Crown Wars erupted still exists in the mountains outside the city of Kalbriis (said temple never having been officially a temple dedicated to Sheler, but merely one honoring Syrul.

Three weeks of travel by sea, river, and horses finds them in Kalbriis, where they seek out a sage specializing in the time of the Crown Wars, namely Zassar Feneray. While awaiting admittance to the sage’s sanctum, Ozawa and Kirigaya spot a mysterious robed figure watching them from the open-air restaurant across the street.

Once inside, they spend many hours learning the history of the Crown Wars, the rise and fall of the Church of Sheler, and that despite the Shelerites being a fusion of three priesthoods, there were reportedly four members of it’s ruling council, three of whom are known by name (names corresponding to known priestesses of Beltar, Bralm, & Syrul) and the last of which almost nothing is known. Having no further data to share, Zassar refers them to the Sisterhood of the Ebony Mists, whose libraries are said to be quite extensive (and more importantly, open to the public).

The following day they arrive in the small village that has cropped up in the shadow of the Sisterhood’s redoubt, and secure rooms. During the middle watch, soft sounds are heard outside the door to their rooms, and they discover one of the black-robed figures floating silently out an open window at the end of the hall. The figure escaped, but while on their way downstairs to search the courtyard outside for clues, they discover the innkeeper’s daughter frozen with fear in the common room. She describes the figure as “not having had a face, only bone and cruel, cruel eyes”, causing the party to realize that these robed figures are probably the eleti they had heard about while visiting Shatura the previous month. On their search of the courtyard, hoof-prints are found where the eleti’s mount had been spotted, but it was clear that the mount had the ability to fly, as said prints were limited to a small area where it had been waiting.

The following morning they visited the sanctuary, and were admitted to the library. Inside, they quickly spotted two more black-robed figures already perusing a stack of books, one of which Cortana saw was called “Genesis of the Derro”, the others concerning histories in and around the years leading up to the Crown Wars. When Cortana asked the pair to borrow the book, they told her that she would be welcome to it when they were finished with it, but not before.

Meanwhile, the others either cased the library or searched for books on their own. Kirigaya found a series of “Tragedies” the noted the rise and fall of several notable imperial-era mages, one who he recognized as being the father of Sia Draja and another as having been the summoner who had a Shivarran as an eidolon.

When Cortana finally took possession of the book, she discovered several pages had been deftly sliced from it, and alerted the priestesses that the eleti were attempting to escape with them. As the eleti fought the sisters in the halls, the invisible members of their party revealed themselves, and our band of adventurers joined the priestesses in fighting the opposing band in the outer yard.

Cortana used her Spiked Pit to foil the eleti who was outside the gates trying to raise the portcullis, after blasting him with a Ray of Enfeeblement Those caught inside the yard traded blows with the party, while the assembled sisters joined together to cast an invocation that would eventually summon a large, ape-like demon (a Chaaor). As we ended for the evening, the battle still raged, though the eleti’s warlock and the warrior outside the gate had fled. The eleti cleric and anti-paladin had fallen, as had the summoner’s eidolon, but the bard and the summoner remained, as did the hell-hounds the summoner had called and the demon, of course… It is the 25th of Readying, 1151 I.C.

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Chapter Three, Session 20: A Pirate's Life for Me!

The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. ( C.Y. 605)

Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer), Unicorn Clan
Tsugumi Kirigaya, Tengu Oracle, Crane Clan
Arimura Kasumi, Human Fighter, Unicorn Clan

Our session began on the 15th of Fireseek, 1151 I.C.

As promised, Tenser Teleported the group directly to Shatura the following morning, practically on the steps of the Imperial College of the Arcane. They soon met with Dean DeMaltos (a suvoko), who informed them that they were the third group in as many weeks to have visited if not the College itself, certainly the city of Shatura in search of information about the Ebonwand Society. The first such group, coarse sailors/pirates said to have hailed from a distant island called Pan Tang (which Cortana recognized as one of the transplants that had manifested off the coast of the Flanaess five or six years ago. This group hadn’t actually come all the way to Shatura, but had been rumored to have made port in Mulaantis and been asking questions seeking the priesthood of Syrul, and who had also been said to have mentioned the Ebonwand Society (perhaps in the belief that the Church of Sheler, which had triggered a civil war in the Empire a few centuries back had been in possession of one of the copies of the Esoterica during their reign).

The second were a delegation of eleti from the southern continent, who claimed that an evil mage dwelling on the fringes of the Suloise colony-state known as Fenasad had been causing trouble in the region, and that following rumors that she was a member of the Ebonwands, they had come north to learn what they could of that organization.

As far as the Esoterica itself was concerned, the only copy he had certain knowledge of was the one in Tenser’s possession. He suspected that the demigod Wastri may have owed his ascension in part to the rituals contained in the book, but if that were so it would doubtless be located on whatever demi-plane Wastri maintains as part of his divine nature. As to whether or not the Sheler had a copy, he can’t say, certainly none were recovered from any of their hidden redoubts when the cult fell to the Hammers of Jascar in 5531 S.D.

Eventually the group determined that their easiest course was to attempt to follow the pirates, and see what they knew or had learned. So the following day they traveled downriver to Mulaantis, and then took a trireme west to the port city of Nofuj in Osbyle. They quickly found The Drowned God’s Rebuke in port, and tracked her captain, Tars Flassad, to the Whelping Mermaid, a popular tavern near the docks.

Cortana and Kasumi bought the captain drinks and plumbed him for information, Cortana eventually agreeing to “tour his ship” with him in an effort to potentially seize the vessel while most of the crew was ashore and carousing. After a short battle, the ship was briefly theirs (the captain unconscious, the crew aboard dead or fled) and after judiciously bribing the shore patrol to allow them to escape, they carried the captain to a nearby warehouse to question him (and to divvy up the loot from his person and his cabin).

Captain Flassad had little concrete information, beyond a definite belief (fueled by his mission from his Theocrat back in Pan Tang) that the Cult of Sheler had indeed possessed a copy of the Esoterica. The group eventually released him naked into the streets to try and wrest control of his ship back from his first mate who had by this time almost certainly returned to the Rebuke and begun assuming command.

As we broke for the evening, the party was planning to make their own inquiries among the followers of Bralm, who had once been a part of the Cult of Sheler but who might now regret that association enough to be helpful. It is now the 26th of Fireseek, 1151 I.C.

3500 xp

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Chapter Three, Session 19: Esoterica Mehe found!
Mahood has left the building!

The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. (C.Y. 605)

Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer), Unicorn Clan
Tsugumi Kirigaya, Tengu Oracle, Crane Clan
Arimura Kasumi, Human Fighter, Unicorn Clan

Our session began on the 12th of Fireseek, 1151 I.C.

When we left our heroes, Kasumi had been paralyzed by a Gelatinous Slime, which was poised to engulf her. However, as the following round unfolded, Cortana trapped the slime with a Create Spiked Pit spell, while Zeshyn saved Kasumi from falling in on top of it. The slime was then slain by a Fireball.

When the group finally arrived at the juncture of roads where the Chapterhouse was known to have stood, their attempt to lift the manhole cover resulted in a cascade of dust pouring down into the sewer, choking Zeshyn & Kirigaya. Cortana finally used a Hydraulic Torrent to blast the cover free. Searching among the bits of stone nearby, they soon found a massive stone block guarding a stairway deeper into the earth.

After descending five sets of stairs leading downwards, the party encountered a djinn named Mahood, who told them that he guarded the entrance to the Hall of Challenges. After revealing that the gauntlet was not specific as to the number of participants, and also realizing that his contract to guard the entryway was technically long fulfilled, he departed. The portal leading to the first challenge was guarded by a scything blade trap, which Zeshyn found the hard way. Once beyond said portal, the first challenge consisted of combat, where the party faced an equal number of elk-headed warriors whose wounds regenerated. Eventually the party beat them into submission and used coup de grace to eliminate them.

The second challenge, behind a door guarded by lightning, proved to be a huge Cryosphinx, who faced with a far larger entourage than expected, informed the party that instead of just one riddle, they would face three to pass by his lair unmolested. His riddles consisted of the following:

What tastes better than it smells?
Answer: A tongue!

When you need me you throw me away. When you don’t need me you bring me back. What am I?
Answer: An anchor. (a hero point was spent for a hint on this question)

If you throw me out a window, you’ll leave a grieving wife. Bring me back, but through the door, and give someone a new life. What am I?
Answer: The letter N. (Remove the letter “n” from “window” and you get “widow.” Put the “n” in the word “door” and you get “donor.”) (a hero point was also spent for a hint on this question, but eventually the party just attacked the cryosphinx and slew it).

The next challenge was behind a portal trapped with cold, and consisted of a 1" high door set beneath a cupola where a strange, frigid black liquid slowly filled a silver bowl. After playing with the fluid for awhile, Kirigaya finally tried drinking some, and eventually shrank small enough to pass through the door, shortly followed by the rest of the group. In the chamber beyond the tiny door, they found the remains of the Society’s library, which had largely been destroyed by time and bookworms, though a scroll of Twilight Knife had survived, as had a copy of the Esoterica Ebonwand. The guardian of the book, Mehe, called out to Cortana telepathically, initially mistaking her for an eredar, but being positively delighted to learn she was in fact an uncorrupted draeni.

As had been arranged, the party then summoned Khelben, who took them to his tower on Toril. On learning that the book had an affinity for Cortana, he quickly ushered the group back to Tenser’s abode, officially banning Cortana from returning to his tower for so long as he held the Esoterica.

After further consultation with Tenser, it was determined that the only possible expert on the Society that Tenser was aware of would possibly be a mage by the name of Arcadar DeMaltos, the head of the Imperial College of the Arcane in Shatura, in the Sunelan Empire. It was also learned that the party as a whole, though Cortana more strongly, was now attuned somehow to the Esoterica books, such that the books themselves could not hide themselves from the party (though those who might be in possession of said books could do so if such were within their power).

As we ended for the evening, the group was preparing to be Teleported to Shatura, with a crystal that would permit them to be brought back to Tenser’s tower when they were finished there. It is the 14th of Fireseek, 1151 I.C.

2000 xp

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Chapter Three, Session 18: The Spire of Nothuul

The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. (C.Y. 605)

Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer), Unicorn Clan
Tsugumi Kirigaya, Tengu Oracle, Crane Clan
Arimura Kasumi, Human Fighter, Unicorn Clan

Our session began on the 21st of Sunsebb, 1150 I.C.

After spending a few days arranging for their Teleport to Greyhawk, Minister Seppun called the group back together and had a middle aged wu jen who called herself Garada Aliann send them on their way. However, instead of arriving in Greyhawk City, the party found themselves standing in a meadow. Climbing a nearby tree, Zeshyn spotted a city in the distance, which turned out to be Hardby, but the group quickly caught their bearings and soon were sailing the Selintarn northwards to Greyhawk.

Arriving in Greyhawk on the 24th, they quickly found the College of Magic and after being bounced about for awhile, were eventually directed to the office of Silvas Defari, the high elven Dean of the School of Conjuration in the College. After asking of their business with Tenser, he told them that it might take several days to get back to them, and recommended the nearby Inn of the Scarlet Basilisk. Seeking to learn new spells, Cortana applied to the college, and then leveraged that position to get herself and her companions access to the fruits of the School of Enchantment’s magical items (at a mere 20% markup).

It was not until the 27th that Dean Defari called them back to his office, stating that Tenser had agreed to meet with them at his fortress, which he gave them directions to. The party then hired a Rhennee barge to take them near Tenser’s fortress, where they were received by a woman calling herself Jallarzi Sallavarian, who escorted them within the keep and to Tenser.

Tenser, after hearing the party’s story, took them into the catacombs beneath his fortress, and into a pocket dimension where he kept the Esoteica Ebonwand. The party spent an hour or two questioning Sia Draja, the book’s guardian, before returning to the upper reaches with Tenser. While Sia was often vague with her answers, it was fairly clear that it was very likely that Durklemes sought the books for a couple of reasons. One, access to the rituals within would likely allow him to negate the limits placed upon him by Fu Leng, and might even allow him to reverse their roles.

Other facts learned was that Sia Draja had lain buried in the catacombs beneath Suendrako, the former capital of the Suel Imperium, until unearthed by a cloud giant of the Skath (not to be mistaken for the Glasatru, whose minions the party had already encountered). While she could not detect nor divine the locations of the three copies she knew of (one more than the number sought by Durklemes), she did know that one copy had been held in the city of Si’tair.

Consulting with Tenser, the party acquired maps of the ancient Imperium, and Tenser offered to Teleport them directly to Loftwick in the Yeomanry, so that they might use Slerotin’s Tunnel to enter the Sea of Dust. First, however, he would provide them with scrolls of the spells that the party who had wrested the Esoterica away from the Skath had used to contain it. Furthermore, he would find other mages of Good character to contain the volumes if the party could locate them.

Tenser offered to host the party at his fortress while he made inquiries, and on the 2nd of Needfest he introduced them to Khelben Blackstaff, a mage from Toril who had the means and will to aid them. He gifted the party (Ozawa specifically) with a ring by which he could be summoned once the book was secured. The following morning they departed for Loftwick.

Two weeks later, they emerged from Slerotin’s Tunnel into the town of Lerarrafat, where the first purposeful crops had been successfully planted in the wastes of the Sea of Dust since the Rain of Colorless Fire. After another week of travel, they spotted a tall tower in the distance, the only structure they’d seen since they’d departed Lerarrafat.

The tower stood 100’ tall, with a diameter of 60’. Zeshyn climbed to the top, figured out how to open the apex (though it took Kasumi & Ozawa’s muscles to actually leverage it open enough to be used). Inside the tower, they found a variety of skeletons on the topmost level, quite obviously the remains of meals had by something large. One floor of the tower was full of what Cortana identified as some type of power crystals, which had maybe powered the defenses that had allowed the tower to fend off the destructive Rain?

About halfway down into the tower, however, the party was confronted by an old woman who identified herself as M’sokinae, and that the land in which the tower stood had once been known as Nothuul. Despite the party’s suspicion that she might be a blue dragon (they’d found the corpse of a roc that had been electrocuted a few miles away from the tower), Cortana led the charge to attack her, managing to trap her human form in a conjured Spiked Pit.

This proved to be the high point of the combat from the party’s perspective. What emerged from the pit proved to be an Old Bronze Dragon, un-amused by their trespass but willing to allow them to live after putting an appropriate level of fear into their hearts. Two days later, following M’sokinae’s directions, they found the acres of debris that were all that remained of the city of Si’tair.

While trying to match the clear areas between piles of debris to roads marked on their maps, Kirigaya fell through the surface and into the sewers that had once run beneath the city. Said sewers, untouched by the Rain, still boasted placards set on the walls that named the streets, which, after casting Comprehend Languages, Cortana could read. The party soon found their way to the proper part of town where it was believed the Ebonwand had had their chapterhouse.

As we ended for the evening, Kasumi had almost walked into a Gelatinous Cube that had somehow survived the ages living in the sewer, and her paralyzed form is mere moments away from being engulfed by the cube… it is the 12th of Fireseek, 1151 I.C.

1000xp

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Chapter Three, Session 17: Swear by your power
You hit him so hard, you killed his body and his soul...

The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. (C.Y. 605)

Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer), Unicorn Clan
Tsugumi Kirigaya, Tengu Oracle, Crane Clan
Arimura Kasumi, Human Fighter, Unicorn Clan
and Special Guest Star: Ts’oth’ula, Flumph Binder

Our session began on the 27th of Ready’reat, 1150 I.C.

Continuing last week’s fight, the group slowly winnowed down the guards Chan Clar had, and after getting caught in a couple of traps, finally made their way into his inner sanctum and soon enough defeated him. Searching his HQ, they find an impressive amount of drugs, paperwork detailing his operation, and more importantly, his own personal notes on the recent summit he’d attended in Arfa Dumor.

Most specifically, that he’d been tasked with helping to locate copies of an ancient tome known as the Esoterica Ebonwand, an ancient tome that Durklemes had expressed intense interest in owning, not merely a copy of, but all the copies of. Among the notes was one entry where Chan Clar had clearly written off one such copy, noting that it was currently in the possession of a foreign wu jen of great power, Tenser, member/ex-member of something called the Circle of Eight, an organization that even Cortana had heard distant rumors of.

Ts’oth’ula knew a little more about the tomes, indicating that they had been the product of a mad archmage of the Suel, a people lost to a magical cataclysm over a millennia ago. Each tome was the soul-prison for a powerful mage that had wronged the author, serving now as guardian (and table of contents) for the tome in question.

When brought around for questioning, he demanded that Cortana swear on her power that the stated terms of his agreement with them would be carried out, i.e. that he would be allowed to live, and transported to Otosan Uichi to be “tried for his crimes” (knowing, as he did, that as a citizen of the Empire of Suhfang, he’d committed no crimes within the Emerald Empire…)

True to his bargain, he told the group of his impressions of Durklemes, mainly that the eredar was firmly in control of his city, feared but respected. His relationship with Fu Leng was less certain, that while compelled to loyalty, he was clearly hatching his own plans whenever his master’s compulsions allowed him free reign. He also stated that Durklemes was more interested in the weapons offered by the folk of Neulund than those of Granbretan. Ts’oth’ula, for his part, learning that the party would be traveling by ship, begged off, and said he would meet up with them in Otosan Uichi.

On their return journey to Otosan Uichi, they took passage aboard the Gentle Dahlia, a ship of the Crane Clan. About a day before making landfall, they were intercepted at sea by a ship flying the colors of the Lion Clan, that demanded the Dahlia allow them to board & search. Finding nothing , the ship departed. On reaching Otosan Uichi, the party quickly learned that two small clan wars had recently broken out, one between Lion & Dragon, and another between Crane & Phoenix.

Minister Seppun agreed with the party’s assessment that the timing of these wars was suspicious, as both started within days of the other. However, he mused, ferreting out the causes of the conflicts was outside the talents of the group (Kasumi having petitioned already that she be reassigned to this group, as her role in Tsonlai had clearly been exposed at this point)., but they might have more luck locating this Tenser and learning more about the Esoterica; he was certain that at least one of the wu jen he had access to knew the City of Greyhawk well enough to Teleport the party there, once she could be located.

As we ended for the evening, Minister Seppun released the group for a few days while the aforementioned wu jen was located and brought to Otosan Uichi. It is now the 18th of Sunsebb, 1150 I.C.

6500 xp

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Katsushiro Final Report-Kasumi's first report

My Lord Daimyo

As instructed I am sending you reports.

After defeating the Hags, which did feel good in the short term, but the long term we ended up the same place as we started without a rudder and adrift. We decided to head back to the capital to report back and regroup and decide our next course of action.

During the meeting with the imperial magistrate, we learned about a number of people that where at the meeting dubbed the meeting of evil, and we were shown the 200 page document that the minister had on the meeting, one name stood out, one Chan Char who resided in the city of Tsonlai in the Celestial Empire of Suhfang, and the group decided to go there interrogate this individual then eliminate him.

I listened to the plan and quickly decided I could no longer in good conscience stay with the group and keep my honor intact, so I let the group know of my intention to head back home, wishing them well within the mission they were to embark.

This is my final report on the mission I had been assigned.

You’re most honorable Samurai Mirumoto Katsushiro
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Minister Seppun

The individuals you mentioned in your last report arrived, I updated them with all of the information I had acquired on the underworld figure Chan Char. This individual never leaves his place without five guards at the minimum sometimes more.

We consulted for a time and we decided to go out into that part of the city and start asking questions and throw some money around in the hopes we either found him, or he found us. In the end he found us, or more to the point one of his Orc guards, which oddly enough are only found as guards or within the City guard, something worthy of note, in one of the citys inns.

Well, the one Cortana and I spoke to him, and expressed our interest in speaking with his boss. While we waited we noticed the other Orcs letting people out but not letting anyone else in, during this point we discussed our plan and decided our best bet was to attack the individual that arrives and interrogate him before we disposed of him. After a bit of a scuffle in the Inn, we were able to subdue, and capture the individual only to find that it was not Chan Char just one of his lieutenants, as we were short on time we decided to take our prisoner and quickly make our way back to the office. Apparently Cortana has an ability that allows us to quickly traverse the rout through a shadowy realm.
In this realm we met another interesting individual, something that called itself a Flumph, by the name of Ts’oth’ula and had a strange high pitched voice, this individual had a lot of information for Cortana stating that she should not use the Shadow way as it was extremely dangerous for her and her companions.

Once back at my office Ts’oth’ula the Flumph gave us some interesting information on Durklemes, that he is a lieutenant of Fu Leng, and that Fu Leng used a grimoire to summon this Durklemes… but Fu Leng no longer has this book as it was stolen by Cloud Giants, and that this Durklemes is interested in finding that same grimoire.

We also learned that this Durklemes is trying to bring about the Starstone prophecy and has made deals with multiple Hag covens to bring this prophecy about.

‘The Starstone prophecy, wherein a fragment of a shattered world steeped in evil untold millennia ago would be drawn down to impact somewhere on Liga, initiating a spreading contagion of death and undeath.’

We then questioned our prisoner Chan Char’s lieutenant one Qortimus who was able to give us information on his boss’s home base and then drew us a map, then we killed Qortimus before heading to Chan Chars base to capture and eliminate him.

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Chapter Three, Session 16: Fellowship of the Flumph
Flumphs on Parade

The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. (C.Y. 605)

Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer), Unicorn Clan
Tsugumi Kirigaya, Tengu Oracle, Crane Clan
and introducing:
Arimura Kasumi, Human Fighter, Unicorn Clan
and Special Guest Star: Ts’oth’ula, Flumph Binder

Our session began on the 24th of Ready’reat, 1150 I.C.

After receiving their briefing from Minister Seppun, the group spent the following day acquiring supplies, and were Teleported directly to the offices of the shipping company that served as a front for the Rokugani IS in Tsonlai. They quickly became acquainted with Arimura Kasumi, the operative currently in charge of local operations, who tried her best to bring them up to speed on the city’s underworld.

After their consultation, it was agreed that the best course of action was to travel to the section of the city where Chan Clar was known to frequent, and ask around until they either found him, or he found cause to find them. After about three hours, they were approached by an orcish mamluk who asked them their business with Chan Clar. After telling the orc that their business with Chan Clar was between them and not for the ears of a servant, it took another hour before Ozawa noted that the bouncers at the tavern were letting people leave, but actively turning people away at the door.

Soon enough, a robed figure entered the bar, flanked by four guards (one guard fewer than the minimum of five that Kasumi had assured the group was his minimum complement). As he drew close to the group, they launched their assault, causing the remaining customers in the bar to flee. “Chan Clar” encased himself in a Glass House and allowed his guards to deal with the party, occasionally casting spells but mostly watching how well his guards fared.

When he was finally down to just the one guard still standing, he called for a truce, and agreed to talk. Eventually the party decided that he was stalling, awaiting reinforcements, so Cortana Dispelled his Glass House and the others attacked. “Chan Clar” dropped a Fireball at his feet but he was quickly knocked unconscious and Cortana used her staff to flee the bar with her companions.

While traversing the Shadow landscape, a strange, piping voice could be heard warning the ‘daughter of Argus’ that she was in great danger, that Durklemes was watching for her here, and that she and her companions should not remain. Fortunately, the distance back to the shipping office was short. The piping voice proved to belong to Ts’oth’ula, a pale-white, luminescent flumph.

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Ts’oth’ula identified “Chan Clar” as Qortimus ‘the Reaper’, a nagaji sorcerer and lieutenant of Chan Clar’s. When they roused Qortimus, the party used Ts’oth’ula’s strange, otherworldly appearance as a threat, convincing the lieutenant that it was ready to eat his brain if he didn’t answer their questions, but Qortimus didn’t know much. As it happened, Ts’oth’ula had answers that the party did seek, including the following:

Durklemes was summoned to this world by Fu Leng, and the grimoire used was later stolen by cloud giants.
Durklemes is very interested in obtaining that book, or at least, one of the copies of it.
One of Durklemes’ plots concerns an alliance with multiple hag coveys to help bring about a prophesy known as Starstone, wherein a fragment of a shattered world steeped in evil untold millennia ago would be drawn down to impact somewhere on Liga, initiating a spreading contagion of death and undeath.
Chan Clar is not, in fact, a dragon, just a mortal man who follows the path of the Dragonfire Adept {Dragon Magic}.
Another group of Draeni exist on Liga; a portion of the ship that crashed and brought Cortana to this world also landed in Granbretan. Currently the survivors are slaves to the Granbretanians.

After forcing Qortimus to draw them a map of Chan Clar’s fortress, he was eliminated and the party planned to assault it the following morning. As we broke for the evening, the battle had commenced; one guard slain, and the fortress was awakened to their presence. Ts’oth’ula has produced a shortsword (from somewhere) and is ever so slowly advancing… It is dawn on the 27th of Ready’reat, 1150 I.C.

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Chapter Three, Session 15: You're going to make someone very happy...

The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. (C.Y. 605)

[Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Mirumoto Katsushiro, Half-dragon Samurai, Dragon Clan
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer), Unicorn Clan
Tsugumi Kirigaya, Tengu Oracle, Crane Clan

Our session began on the 27th of Patchwall, 1150 I.C.

We ended last session with a combat brewing, which we got into directly. Cortana fled the house she’d cornered the matriarch in, but only after the matriarch had struck her a blow with her club. Once outside, however, the crone dropped her club and tried to play as if she’d been attacked by Cortana, but her bluff failed, so Katsushiro and Ozawa quickly pummeled her into unconsciousness. The other four hags tried various diversionary tactics, trying to rally the dwarves to their defense, but by the time any of the villagers actually arrived on the scene, there were two dead hags to put the lie to anything but the party’s version of events. Two hags did escape, however.

Questioning their prisoner, Sakura revealed that the deal the hags had struck; for the dwarves manufacture of weapons, a local tribe of oni, (the Chugach), would supply the dwarves with food. When asked about the vision Kirigaya had witnessed, Sakura would only say that their prayers had been offered up to an enemy of Fu Leng, the “that which comes to remake the world”. More she would not say, so when they felt they had as much as they could get, they executed her. The dwarves, now leaderless, were told that their best bet was to go and dwell in Hadrik’s Folly, as the villagers there would likely welcome them and that there was strength in numbers.

The cave where the hags exchanged weapons for food was interesting only in that it held the corpse of the cyclops the party had fled earlier that year. No clues were found there, but eventually they located some boot prints outside the cave that led southwest. When they finally set up camp five hours later, a Chugach scout was spotted and run down.

Under questioning, he told the group there was a reward (5000 gp) for Cortana’s capture and subsequent delivery to the city of Trothgir. The weapons were being stored at a nearby fortress called Zenwei, and that the Chugach numbered 100 strong. Despairing of tackling so many, it was eventually decided that they’d scout the location of the Chugach camp and give that information to the samurai of Clan Crab, who had the strength of arms to properly deal with them.

Several weeks of travel saw them in Otosan Uichi again, where Minister Seppun gave them access to a 200 page report one of his agents had written regarding the summit held in Arfa Dumor over Brewfest. At his suggestion, it was decided that the group could be useful in taking out some of the potential allies Durklemes was gathering to Fu Leng’s cause, before they had a chance to combine forces.

One such potential ally, Chan Char, was known to live in the city of Tsonlai in the Celestial Empire of Suhfang, one of Rokugan’s neighbors to the northeast. He was known to be an arcane caster of some sort, specializing in draconic magic, as well as being a figure in organized crime. Local authorities, it is suggested, will not mourn if bad things happen to him,and might even be of assistance. In addition, he offers to have them Teleported directly there (though they will have to secure passage aboard a Rokugani ship to return).

On learning the direction the rest of the group is intending to follow, Katsushiro elects to leave the group and return to his daiymo for the time being. As we ended for the evening, it was the 24th of Ready’reat, 1150 I.C.

2000xp

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Katsushiro Report 3
Katsushiro Report 3

My Lord Daimyo

As instructed I am sending you reports on the moon and its people and events within.

I wish to begin by thanking you for allowing me to continue on in this group, even if at this time I am questioning whether this is the wisest course of action, but as my report will show I am honor bound to continue at this time.

We began by traveling by ship to within a few days outside the ancient city of Arfa Dumor, As we were on our way to the city, we spied a band of Oni traveling towards the city, Initially we let them go before Cortana convinced the majority of the group to attack them, I spoke out against this but was over ruled.
The Attack did not go as planned and everyone but myself was forced to flee, due to my situation I had no choice but to surrender, the group was able to negotiate my release, and we continued on into the city.

Our time in the city was fairly uneventful although we did learn a few things. The being that runs the city is named Durklemes, and looks like a red skinned version of Cortana, but in a reddish tone. Cortana claims he is of a demonic race of beings called the Eredar, supposedly a powerful spell caster who has the ability to call in others of his kind, Cortana seems emphatic that all of our ills are caused by this creature. We saw no signs of this creature’s power or his abilities. What we did find was a city being rebuilt, and learned that slaves and drugs where being run through and to this City and that the Mantis Clan was heavily involved.

After a few days in this town we quickly traveled back to the Capital to make our report, I contacted my father and we made our report to Minister Seppun. After waiting a few days, my father arrived and left just as quickly after we gave him the information he had, and said he would contact us. We waited a bit of time not sure what to do, until we got information that my fathers keep had been attacked and that I had to head home quickly, the rest of the group came as well. Blaming myself for this, I spent the rest of that day and much of the next meditating at my mother’s grave to come to grips with what happened. The group waited for me before deciding our next move which was to head back to the capital.

One other thing happened while I was meditating I found that Omoyari (Compassion), the Katana of my Daisho had woken up, when I remove the blade from the sheath it sounds like my mother’s sigh, every time I draw the blade I always see my mother’s smiling face and it gives me glee.

Once back in the capital, we started to look into the ships and the captains, this is when I started to question if this is the right group for me, when they wanted me to do a number of dishonorable acts to get the job done, the first was to capture and interrogate a captain, that one I just walked off, as I considered walking away, but at the time I felt I owed them for getting me back. The second time, was when Cortana wanting us to lie and go in disguise, which I flatly refused, and they dropped it.

Our travels continued finally taking us back to the cave with the clawed hand dais, that we saw before.

Sometimes I wonder if Cortana is doing this on purpose and is not understanding Honor and what it means, or she just does not care to understand, either of them makes me wonder about her, as I have tried to explain it to her more than once and she just does not care to listen.

I will send a new report in the next few weeks

You’re most honorable Samurai Mirumoto Katsushiro

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Cortana's Journal - Entry Three
Cortana's Journal

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