Four Fables

Chapter 21: The Small World of Nephelim
1-21-11 session

Timespan: From Entropy 10:1208 to Entropy 11:1208

After the intense battle the characters search the room a bit more and then decide to rest for the night. They decide to use Delad’s new knife, the Exodus Knife of Nephelim, that he found in a past fight. As they create the door on the wall, it morphs before their eyes as what appears to be a prison cell door reinforced with metal plates. They enter it hesitantly and the door opens with ease. They find themselves walking into a lovely town with no one there. A small building is in the center and, after further inspection, it seems the rest of the city is just an illusion with walls of backgrounds depicting the city. The small building is the only place for the party to really go as it seems the area around them is only about the size of a 20 foot cube.

As soon as the last person enters a small humanoid figure darts by them all at the speed of light to try and go through the open door. Before anyone can do or say anything, the short fellow hits the door opening by an invisible force. It hits the ground with literal birds and stars circling it’s head, ‘Ouuuuuuuch! That’s smarts!’ The hairy-top headed creature says rubbing its head. ‘Guess I can’t leave then!’”

The group begins to talk to the creature and find out his/her name (as no one can tell what gender or race it is) is Nephelim. The creature seems to be able to morph and create inside the small 20 foot dimension to it’s liking but can’t leave it. She/he shows it’s power by being able to do more back flips then Delad and being able to turn Thorin into a bunny rabbit so he/she can play with it.

Nephelim also seems to enjoy games and any question the characters ask, it will play “stone-papyrus-blade” (essentially rock-paper-scissors) to decide if she/he will answer the questions. When asked a question that he/she doesn’t want to answer, he/she will cheat to win but hates it when the party tries to cheat. It will also buy/sell items like normal for “shiny” things (better deals are given when playing it’s game).

When asked why he/she is here it answers that Sehanine trapped it here because she didn’t like Nephelim. That was almost 7 months ago he/she says.

They stay the night and get some much needed rest. During the night Jayden finally notices that Ralph is not with him. That morning the group is able to buy equipment from Nephelim in exchange for “shiny” things. Not understanding why he/she needs gold when he/she could probably make it his/herself, the group continues to buy some equipment from Nephelim and some even get better deals by playing it’s favorite game and winning versus Nephelim (Leo’s really good at the game apparently)

The group leaves Nephelim after being asked if they can figure out how to get the fey out. They agree and search the mines some more. Jayden finds Ralph outside of the door in the mines and he says that he wanted to make sure they were protected from the outside. Jayden says ok and they continue on their way.

After avoiding and almost avoiding some traps, the party stumbles upon a battle happening deep within the mines. Some of the cursed miners are fighting a group of warlocks and what appears to be a priest. The party begins to help the group of non-cursed people and the battle turns to their side but all of a sudden, the non-cursed group begins to attack the party. The party takes care of both opposing sides and capture the priest. He throws a skull to the feet of them and says, “Take it! I don’t want it anymore, this is too much of a hassle!” he tells them he is Eibon, a Keeper of the Ancient Ones. His group proves this by showing them the tattoo on them.

Eibon is only able to say, “Take it, I don’t want it anymore. You can have it. The skull is just too much work!” He snivels and cowers before the group and a new group comes down the tunnel towards them. It’s Kyrynn along with a shifter, Senna, and a couple of mages and soldiers. Kyrynn says that Eibon has been trying to take over the Keepers by finding the artifact inside this mine and sell it to gain a better economic foothold in Edom. This was against protocol and Kyrynn explains he knows this because he is the new leader of the Keepers of the Ancient Ones.

Kyrynn says that Valmour who owns this mine is getting antsy and so he took some of his men who came not long after the party entered the mines and wanted to help find the the artifact. Kyrynn also says this was a test for the group to see if they would be able to help the Keepers for their main goals.

Upon further question of the Keepers main goals, Kyrynn says, "We are trying to get the artifacts away from the evils of the world, especially Stondylus, even though that’s a complicated story,” he says flippantly.

“This is what I think of the artifacts of the Tabula Rasa: Many people believe these relics would answer questions about the past world but does it really matter how the world was created? Would it truly affect our way of thinking? Let’s say we found out what happened during the Tabula Rasa? How would it change our current lives? The reason I say this is because we have found that anything from the prehistoric time that is found has only destroyed many lives and whole nations. It’s never once helped us understand our history. The gods have left these artifacts for us mortals to only tempt us.

The Keepers are a group that has been kept for over a thousand years when the first king of Midia found a relic from the Tabula Rasa that wiped all of his enemies out including his own kingdom. The forgotten clans of the Yaslin mountain dwarves over 700 years ago found a magic machine to excavate their mines. They lost control of the magic and their whole town was buried deep into the Underdark and was lost forever. An elven woman who wished to be the most beautiful being in all of Erryes 300 years ago found an artifact mirror that changed her into what she wanted. She went mad with discrimination against all who she felt was inferior to her and controlled the 3 elven empires of Kehynn and forced them to destroy each other. It took many lives of the Keepers to take those artifacts away from them. No one deserves them! At least that’s what we originally thought. Now, we think we have found a reason to give the artifacts a chance to help us for once.

We have been discussing at lengths about your mission that you have decided to undertake. Our most recent member of our secret society has brought to light about the prophecy that was fulfilled by you, Delad, over 30 years ago. Our new member told me this after I healed you and noticed your mark on your back. This worried me greatly and I tried to search for you but you have all been moving so quickly around this whole world that I couldn’t find you. When I found out from Senna that you were in Kinsmet I knew you’d eventually have to get to Edom. I knew because of you, Kaori Shintaro. Tell us, and everyone here why you are looking for the artifacts?”

Shintaro is reluctant at first, but eventually tells them the whole story of the the kingdom of Lau Jahnan and how he is connected to it. He explains that the King is somehow a part of him now. He strives to resurrect the kingdom to it’s once former glory by finding these 7 artifacts. He’s already found 3 of them that have bits of supernal written on each of them that he can translate.

Kyrynn paces back and forth with one of his servants bringing him a cup of tea, "we already knew about you Shintaro. It’s obvious because of the artifacts you have and are searching for. The primal spirits have given you the conscious of the King Quang Ziu.” With that, a burst of yellow light and Malakiy appears over Shintaro.

“Behold the proclamation has been shown true. Kaori Shintaro holds dominion over the ancient kingdom of Lau Jahnan," the angel says. The holy being disappears and it seems that no one else except the party noticed the angel; as if time itself had stopped.”

Kyrynn continues without skipping a beat, ‘Our friend, Lin Yao, here,’ as he points to the Shifter next to him, "told us of your quest, Shintaro.”

Lin Yao begins to circle you, Shintaro. Shintaro smiles and says, “You’re looking quite well.” The young looking shifter seems to scrutinize and judge Shintaro with his eyes, as if he was an old man. “Hmmm, not too young are you? Weak knees already at your age, I see,” as he strikes his staff at the back of your legs, “knotty hair,” as he pulls on your back arm hair and shakes his head. “I can’t believe the king chose your body when he could have had a younger one! Well, anyhow, it seems you’ve already found me and some of the artifacts of our kingdom. Good, good. You will find the primal spirits, like myself, guiding you to find the rest of them. With all of them, you will be able to find our kingdom on Rhodantus hidden underneath. The artifacts will lead you.”

Kyrynn chimes in, ‘the reason we are helping you find these artifacts is because Lin Yao tells us the Lau Jahnan Dynasty has a relic that will lead us to the gods door. Yes, the one that opens every time you become sick, Delad. Now you see why we are helping you use these artifacts? That Door must be closed by any means possible. If you must destroy it, so be it. The gods have already been affecting our world we believe. Sehanine came through and gave the dwarven boy that power in Duvik’s Pass I told you about. Closing the door permanently is our first priority for the Keepers while getting rid of the gods already here will be second, that is why it is imperative for your group to complete this mission. For the sake of the world, if the evil gods come into power here, no mortal being shall be safe.’ He trails off for a moment thinking of the repercussions of what might happen in the worst of scenarios. The group thinks he even feels this way about Pelor after Leo heard his latest sermon in Edom. "You have found many of the artifacts already, so you must complete your journey along with Shintaro here.”

Lin Yao looks at Shintaro again and says with a smile, "You must be confused, Shintaro as I should be over 900 years old, and here I am, younger than you even. Well, the Primal Spirits have bestowed a gift upon me just like they did to you. The King gives you his life power and the same thing happened to me. I was a simple shifter shaman in a small tribe in the country of Cush some 15 or so years ago. After the primal spirits had given me the memories of Lin Yao at a very young age, I slowly became him in every way possible: speech, etiquette, mannerisms, memories, etc. I then went to find out what happened to the others of our kingdom, and found myself in Kinsmet. King Braivemor trusted me for my knowledge of Supernal even though I was only a small child. I helped him translate the scrolls of the warforged to create them as I wanted our knowledge from the Lau Jahnan Dynasty to continue today. I was continuing the King’s work today, some 900 years later. However, it seems the warforged were unable to protect him,’ he turns and bows to Leo, “my condolences Prince Leonus Anima. The 4 artifacts you are looking for are going to be very tough to find.”

Kyrynn picks up as he finishes his tea, "One of them is in the temple of the Sun Dial on the Island of Resen. We have a contact there that will meet you in the fountains of St. Elizabeth when we give him the signal. Don’t worry, he’ll find you when you get there, as he doesn’t want to give his status away. The second is in possession of the king-ahem-I mean co-king, Sir Eglon III and his family in the new nation of Midia-Urartu. The capital, of course, is your best bet to start.

The third is in the city of Frosthaven. Unfortunately, that’s all we know because all of our contacts have been silenced for some reason.

Lin Yao picks up, “we do know that a group of dragons have taken over the southeastern section of Lykovia. It’s plummeted into an eternal snowstorm because of the blue and white dragons that have taken control of the land.” The group remembers that the southeastern section of Lykovia is home to Frosthaven. Already the coldest part of the world. "It’s obvious that your group can handle this though as you’ve proven your worth many times before in Cush and Kinsmet. The fourth talisman is being looked for by our new…ahem, member of our society. We hope to find out soon enough to let you know where to go.

Lin Yao pulls out Shintaro’s gloves. He starts to hand them to the shifter but pulls them away when Shintaro reaches out for them and says, “we need your cooperation for this, Shintaro. The primal spirits of Melora are on the Keeper’s side to destroy this door. Our kingdom will rise again if you’re successful but we’ll need your help until all of the gods are accounted for and the portal is taken care of. Do we have your word as both King Quang Ziu and Shintaro?”

Shintaro says ‘yes’ as in both forms of King and himself. Lin Yao hands the gloves over and says, “Good, King Quang Ziu will become the dominant conscious upon awakening Rhodantus with the artifacts, make sure you remember that. Good luck and may Melora be with you.” Lin Yao then begins to help with the ritual being made by the other mages.

The young girl, Senna, who seems to be in her late teens, is a bit shy to your group at first. But she does come over to you and begins to apologize profusely, “I’m so sorry, my friends and I thought you did destroy Rydelle City with your artifacts. That’s why we attacked you and tried to steal them. Please, forgive me!” She begs for forgiveness from Delad and he accepts it.

She looks at Thorin and says curiously, “Are you the one named Thorin? My mother told me about her 1st husband by that name.” Wide eyed, Thorin asks, “Was your mother’s name Yuma?” and she says yes with a tear in her eye. They embrace realizing that they are half brother and sister. Thorin is excited and realizes that he finally has some sort of family.

Senna explains, “My mother brought me up in Edom all my life. She told me about your father and the great work they did in Rullmenn until his death. She said she couldn’t bear seeing her child not growing up with a father figure and she knew that your father would prefer you to be in the same place he grew up in, the Sun Dial of Pelor.”

“My father’s name is Teman Loot’sko. My mother and he met 20 years ago here and they were very happy. She returned to Edom and began helping the Keepers and he was a soldier from Lykovia. He was a part of a special guard of a diplomat of Lykovia during the war between Lykovia and the dragons that now rule over that part of the country. He left the service and settled in Edom for 12 years or so. Though the army never lost touch with him, or maybe, it was that he never lost touch with the army. You see, he was always concerned about Lykovia and, when I was a little girl, he decided to leave to go back to his services with his majesty’s army, despite what my mother pleaded.

He was gone, just like that, 5 years go by and all we get is a letter of condolences. He was MIA and presumed dead on what is known as the Crimson Warfield. But, what makes this story eerie, was the fact that he came back last year, healthy as can be. The report was wrong, he had a religious epiphany, he explains, from Pelor and in this vision while alone on the Warfield, abandoned, he knew he had to give his life to Pelor and get his family to pilgrimage to the Sun Dial on Resen. He knew the religious affiliation Yuma has with Pelor due to her first husband so she agreed. With my work with the Keepers underway, I stayed while my mother and father decided to go there. She felt it was time to see you, I guess. But the bad news was that we heard from our contact in Resen that she got there with Teman and disappeared almost immediately. I fear for her life because," she pauses for a moment to take a deep breath, “our contact noticed that their behavior was peculiar. I didn’t think too much of it when father came home but after thinking it over, I think something happened to him on that battlefield while he was away and while they were traveling to the Sun Dial, it affected her as well.” She wipes another tear from her eye, "I know you have to go to Resen but can you find our mother as well? Please, my brother!” Thorin agrees realizing his mother is now within reach.

The group continues to talk to Senna and about where they should go next. They know they must take the skull back to the statue in order for the curse to be lifted so they plan to do it, even though they are not too happy with Kyrynn not being as forward as he should have been with all of this. In the midst of their conversation and upon mentioning the name Stondylus they hear a loud “boom” as they hear the ritual is complete that the mages were working on. The mages, after working for a long period of time there in the mines begin to summon the images of their newest member of the Keepers of the Ancient Ones. Jayden hears the most familiar and haunting voice he knew say, “My ssssssonnnnnnnsssssssssss.” The half-elf whips around to think that Master Stondylus is in the room with them, ready to fight and all they see is an image of a familiar dwarf in the magical ritual circle projected onto the wall for the group. The dwarf, they remember to be Councilman Horatio Pashin, one of the seven council members that rule the mighty dwarven kingdom of Pashin in the Yaslin Mountains where your long time friend Oskoor lives. Jayden remembers over 30 years ago how he helped him find the mines in the mountains when he was secretly trying to find the temple to Sehanine to help Stondylus complete the ritual on baby Delad. But Horatio seems a little different though. Bags underneath his eyes show that he hasn’t been sleeping well and his skin seems to be stark white. He smiles wide and continues to talk with the same voice of the ghost, "It seems you’ve found the Keepers now. I’m so glad to hear that, I’ve always thought you should be helping them. Now we can work together.” Jayden, realizing that Stondylus has now possessed Horatio, is quite mad.

The party, very angry at this point, yell at Kyrynn to explain what is going on. With a sigh, the priest of Pelor explains that Horatio has been with the Keepers for the past 6 months, but he died of a heart attack only a month ago. So Stondylus took over his body to ‘reanimate’ him. The party remembers that Stondylus was never able to reanimate dead bodies before so this must be his new found strength as they recall he is gaining more power for each person he possesses and stays with for a certain length of time. Kyrynn says they needed Horatio’s power because he held sway over many of the votes in Pashin with the councilmen. Pashin’s government knows about the Keepers and helps fund their explorations for artifacts. Since Horatio originally became a Keeper and none of the other dwarves wanted to help, it was necessary to keep Horatio “alive,” to an extent. Stondylus had already possessed the shaman’s body and found the memories of Horatio intact though he was officially dead. Stondylus wants to find artifacts as well and agreed to help the Keepers so long as he can work with them as well. In fact, right now Stondylus is finding clues with their funds to find the fourth talisman that they have no clue where it is. Kyrynn didn’t want to agree but found this to be the only way for their society to stay alive for the greater good of finding the fourth talisman. So he told Stondylus that as long as he didn’t do anything rash while being councilman, than he wouldn’t reveal the fact that Horatio is actually dead and is being possessed by a ghost. Stondylus explains he only wants to find the artifacts in order to learn more about his past as he can’t remember much about it either. He thinks the artifacts are somehow connected to him since he knows Supernal. His theory is that he is quite old himself, maybe as old as during the Tabula Rasa, but he doesn’t know how old.

The group, claiming they will not work with Stondylus, begin to argue with Kyrynn. Jayden begins to question Stondylus about himself, his brother, and who Ralph is. Stondylus doesn’t have too many answers but says, “You should probably go to Frosthaven. There you should find some answers. Besides, do you really trust what I say? It would be better for you to learn of your past on your own.” Jayden, more angry than he has ever been before, tells Stondylus he won’t be so formal with him when he sees him in person again. Stondylus also says, “Don’t be so harsh, I sent a gift on my behalf for you, Jayden.” With that, a dagger is teleported to the party. Stondylus continues with a toothy grin, “You remember your old dagger when you worked with me, don’t you? I made it specially for you. When your brother was being stubborn and wouldn’t let you use his sword that’s stuck in you, we made this dagger for you not long ago. Of course, this was before I learned how to pull out the broken sword myself for you. You remember its name, don’t you?”

The name slips into Jayden’s mind unwillingly as it reminds him of a time of his past that he wishes to forget. The only times he seems to remember of his past life are the ones he wish he could forget. Unfortunately, the name stays and he says it out loud in a soft and disheartened voice: Widowmaker. After Kyrynn and his mages check the weapon, they find it to be totally fine and not cursed or being tracked in anyway. Jayden takes it reluctantly.

Kyrynn and Stondylus talk of the negotiations at Pashin for more money to help back the Keepers in order for them to find the Door.

Kyrynn, although bitter, says that he so far can trust Stondylus and that Horatio did die of natural causes. He also tells the party that some of his men are working undercover next to Stondylus to make sure he doesn’t screw up and, if he does, they will kill him.

Jayden, full of rage, takes Eibon to interrogate him away from Kyrynn. The Keepers resist at first but Jayden tosses the soldiers to the side with his magic out of anger. Some stay and try and talk to Kyrynn. Thorin insists that he take Senna with him to Resen but she says her main job is to protect the leader of the Keepers (Kyrynn who has not been leader for very long now).

Jayden, Delad, and Shintaro talk to Eibon and he says everything that Kyrynn is saying is on the level but doesn’t know anything about who Stondylus is. He agrees to secretly be working for the party to be their eyes and ears while they are away.

When done, Kyrynn says Eibon will be thrown in their special prison called the “Pit.” The Keepers agree to wait for the party to get back to Edom with them after they fix the skull.

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Chapter 20: Continue Into the Darkness
12-23-10 session

Timespan: Entropy 9:1208

The group continued down the mine shafts along the rails. They descended deeper and found a few wights who looked to be miners but not afflicted with the disease.

They then found a larger room littered with bones that had a large gold statue depicting a demon, the statue was breathing out a weird smelling smoke. Before they could get a grip of what was in the room they were ambushed by bone nagas and other skeletal monsters. In the midst of the fight, Shintaro catches up with the rest of the group as he was attacked by the diseased humans that they had originally fought and bounded up by rope. He had to run away but was able to track the rest of the party down and help them in the midst of the fight.

With the fight over, the group began searching the room finding more treasure.

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Chapter 19: Curse of the Twisted Domination
11-29-10 session

Timespan: Entropy 9:1208

The group headed down into the mines and found one group of miners who had been trapped by a recent cave-in. The party saved them and the miners told them that one of the “new guys” might have created this blast with alchemical fire. Cave ins are even happening while the party travels along the mine cart rails, setting off switch-wired explosives.

The party continues inside and finds that the signs have been etched in to give secret clues.

They find a dead body who seems to have a Vecna symbol around it’s neck. They are attacked by humans who seem to have some kind of curse on them. Leo, Delad, and Balasar are cursed as well from these monsters.

After dealing with the cursed humans and a nest of stirges they find some treasure and even a way to go lower into the mines. They go down the mineshaft and fight some destrachans and continue deeper into the mines to see what “The Keepers of the Ancient Ones” are doing down here.

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Chapter 18: An Old Friend
11-8-10 session

Timespan: Entropy 8:1208 to Entropy 9:1208

The fight continued in the water storage warehouse. Meanwhile, Leo went to the large hotel in Edom to reserve some rooms for the rest of the party. He met up with a cleric who the other characters knew. The priest of Pelor, Kyrynn, had been traveling for the past year, preaching to others. His claim was that if Pelor were to come onto the material plane of Erryes he would smite the sinners against him for their wrongdoings.

He got to know “Sir Frederick” as Leo called himself as to not give away his true identity. After talking a bit they decided to go back to Kyrynn’s run down apartment and in the process of walking up the dilapidated building’s steps, Leo fell through and fell upon the fight that his friends were in.

He helped get rid of the thugs with the rest of the party but Senna and another thug got away with one of Shintaro’s artifacts from the Tabula Rasa. After intimidating one of the thugs they find that the Dibon Ruins is where they must go to find more about the secret organization, The Keepers of the Ancient Ones. The group realizes there is much rain coming down outside and most of the villagers are coming to their work stations. They begin to argue where to go next and in that moment Delad slips off to kill their captive by shoving him in to the large pool, bound by rope and no one is the wiser.

They go to the hotel with Leo (as Kyrynn says he’ll meet up with them later) and go to work in the water basins as it’s required for everyone. Delad slips off to find out what happened to the thugs at the “Dry Oasis” but he finds that it’s been turned into a pottery workshop and is no longer a bar. He runs off before getting caught and is almost captured by the local militia but gets away.

The group then meets with Kyrynn and after a moment, Thorin is finally able to remember who he is and recollects their times together. Kyrynn explains that the reason he left [[Duvik’s Pass | Duvik’s Pass]] was because not long after the party left him, a dwarven boy received a mysterious power that he claims to have gotten from a red haired fairy (which Thorin and the rest of the group believe to be Sehanine) that gave him the ability to make anything he touched turn into gold. The boy was generous and wanted to use the power to restore Duvik’s Pass into a prosperous mining town which he did for only a little while. Food and water was impossible for him to take as it became gold and made him very sick. Kyrynn claims the power of Pelor was even unable to affect the boy as the priest tried to cure him. Once the boy died, many people left the town and so Kyrynn left to trek across Erryes to let others know that Pelor will judge those who have done wrong.

Kyrynn also mentions of how he knows who Leo is and what the group has been through so far but is willing to help them. He explains the secret organization have been secretly working for a prospector in the Dibon Ruins. The group, for some reason, wants to be in those mines and so the party travels to the Ruins without any problems because Kyrynn helps them get there with a group of miners who are going to help the prospector there.

The party meets the prospector, Valmour, who offers them a job to go into the mines and help find a group of miners that lost contact with him and the rescue party that went in after them. The rest of the miners seem on edge about the mines and there are clues the party finds that links that some of these miners are secretly apart of the “Keepers.” The miners also tell that Valmour knows there is something more valuable in the mines than just ore.

The group, that night, begins to descend into the mines.

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Chapter 17: Trek Across the Desert
10-18-10 session

Timespan: Entropy 1:1208 to Entropy 8:1208

Delad catches up with the group at the tent congregation along the edge of the Amber Sea. For the past few days he had to get rid of the mercenaries that were tracking the decoy group. He led them out to sea and set Braivemor Anima’s ship on fire to make it look like they died on board while Delad swam back to shore and traveled the mountains of Lykovia.

The reunion was a happy one but the group knew it was time to see what Edom had in store for them. They traveled with a few hundred other people across the desert for the next week. During that time they were attacked by small purple worms and some of the innocent wagoners died in the process. But, luckily the group got their in one piece.

They started to explore the underground city of Edom taking it all in. They came across the store, Vaan’s Magic Item Emporium (who has a striking resemblance to another Lykovian they came across in Haran). Gaining valuable all-time-low prices on magic items was great for the party to find (heck, how could anyone pass up a coupon for a free live bat on your next purchase?) and they were able to figure out that the magic item Balasar had come across was cursed and was hurting Leo and Shintaro. After a proper ritual with a Bahamut priest and Leo lending his holy sword to Balasar, the last scion was able to destroy the cursed sword even though it promised the dragonborn great power (even becoming a +5 weapon right before his eyes). The sword cursed Balasar in anger as being a the weakest of the last scions.

When questioning people of finding artifacts of the Tabula Rasa one shifty eyed man in an alley told the group of a secret organization called the The Keepers of the Ancient Ones. This group was known to be connected with the artifacts of the Tabula Rasa; a group that locates them and are located within Edom. The belly dancer from the “Dry Oasis,” Senna, is referred to the group as someone who might know something about the organization.

Leo goes to the inn to find them all rooms and the group eventually finds themselves talking to this woman (as she dances for them) at the restaurant, the “Dry Oasis.” Upon mention of the artifacts, the woman becomes very worried and runs out the back door. The group chases her into one of the warehouse caves for the water basins that are found everywhere in Edom. In a dark part of the cave with much clutter, the group is attacked by a group of eladrin, humans, and dwarves who seem to be with Senna. In the midst of the fight, all seems lost as Thorin and Shintaro fall into the water pipes and are swept into the water basin and Delad hits the ground, about to die in front of Senna who seems to be wielding a poisoned short sword.

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Chapter 16: The Secret of Bochim
9-27-10 session

Timespan: 3rd Rest 21:1208 to Entropy 1:1208

Shintaro and Leonus finally woke up after their sickness had worn off in the bed of the small inn at Bochim. The rest of the party had left to find the Ettin and they began to find out what happened to their friends. They walk about the town discussing their rightful heirs to their respective kingdoms. They come across the town hall and find it locked with the windows boarded up. While discussing about going in or not they notice they had become ill with their vision getting blurry. They find out they have a sickness in them and faint in the snow.

The other characters make their way back through the woods with Lisa and the new serpent staff and find their way back to the town late at night. No one is seen in the town and most likely some are asleep. They return to Lisa’s home and the inn but find no one there. Lisa tells them the rest of the town might be at the town hall.

The door there is open but they find no one inside the large room. But they do find a secret door with the same markings they found in the cave in the wilderness, it is art depicting snakes, yuan-ti, and the evil god Zehir. The door was trapped and Balasar was hurt for opening it.

The group travels down and finds a secret temple to Zehir underneath the town. A majority of the town is in here performing a ritual with Shintaro and Leo standing there, helping them. It seems they are possessed and dominated by the cultists. Most of the cultists, Leo, and Shintaro have totally green eyes that glaze over their whole eyeballs.

Two large Yuan-Ti, who seem to be in charge tell the human cultists to attack the party and keep Balasar alive. The group, unfortunately had to slaughter all of the dominated humans but luckily (even though they seemed to be cursed somehow with penalties to their saving throws), Leo and Shintaro are able to snap out of their domination but still are diseased.

Lisa turns into a Yuan Ti and tackles Thorin for the remainder of the fight.

The party is able to kill all of the enemies in the temple but in the process a ritual circle lights up on the ground as Balasar enters the middle of the room. The staff begins to glow and escapes Thorin’s bag, floats over to the Yuan Ti leader and Balasar and begins to hurt Balasar. The Yuan Ti cult leader exclaims, “Yes! The ritual is complete, Balasar, you are one of the Last 4 Scions of Midian! Now go, and find the Last Scions, destroy them!” As this happens, Balasar’s back is ripped open and wings sprout from his back. He comes to and he and the party vanquish the Yuan Ti.

The party regroups in the temple and they find some magic items. One of them is an ancient artifact from the Tabula Rasa that Shintaro claims. There is supernal writing all over it.

Also the staff is still with the group. Both Thorin and Leo burn their hands upon touching it but not the others. When in the hands of Balasar it morphs into a full blade. Upon further inspection he finds it to be a +4 Fullblade of Zehir (artifact). It’s powers still are unknown to the characters. Balasar decides to keep it.

The group discusses what to do next. They find out that the Scions of Midia (same as the paragon path Scions of Arkhosia) are considered to be better than normal dragonborn. They gain wings that is uncommon to other dragonborn. Every couple of centuries a new one rises from Midia and is infamous or famous for their power.

The group finally decides to sneak through the night and leave Bochim. They escape into the night and sleep in the woods.

After that they travel through the rest of the mountains of Lykovia for the next few days and see the Amber Sea. At the bottom of the mountains they look back to see what appears to be a monsoon storm going through the Lykovia mountains. They also find Delad waiting for them at a congregation of tents on the edge of the desert. It appears they have found a large group of people about to caravan through the desert.

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Chapter 15: Rescue Attempt
9-3-10 session

Timespan: 3rd Rest 19:1208 to 3rd Rest 21:1208

After the long night in the blistering cold, Leo and Shintaro catch pneumonia. They needed bed rest quickly and they all went down into the valley towards the small village of Bochim.

It was early morning and some of the party noticed unusually large footprints going into the village that were coming from the woods. This was weird because the town is known to be an all human village.

Leo and Shintaro go and find the inn while the rest of the group goes to investigate the footprints. The party hears cries for help and hurry towards the noises. They find a villager’s hut had been broken into by an owlbear and ettin. The group finds one of the villager’s killed by the owlbear and the group disposes of it. But in the midst of combat they hear more cries for help coming from upstairs. They find a woman and her daughter, Lisa, who are about to be killed by the ettin. The party fights off the ettin but the giant grabs Lisa and threatens to kill her unless he can escape. He takes her and flees the village.

The woman, finding her dead husband downstairs and crying because her daughter had been kidnapped, begs the heroes to save Lisa. The party agrees and gets help from the rest of the villagers on information where the ettin went. They all agree that the ettin had taken her into the Serpent Woods. Some of the other villagers tell of how their village has always lived in this valley and won’t move even though they are not skilled enough to fight off the local monsters.

But they do tell of a traveling elf who is staying in the inn who might help. The group finds the inn and are told that Leo and Shintaro will be taken care of since they helped them in their time of need. They also came across Silvary. This elf agreed to help the group in exchange for 40 percent of the treasures and help to get across the Amber Sea. After agreeing he told the group they had the next few hours to stay there as the ettin had already eaten (he noticed this ettin before in his travels to Bochim) and won’t eat the little girl today.

The party rested and left with Silvary into the woods. They found the cave the ettin was staying at and ambushed him and his other owlbear he had. The group searched but couldn’t find the girl after killing the monsters. They found a bronze door with etchings on it along with cave paintings representing snake-like people and a depiction of the god Zehir.

They opened the door and traveled further into the cave. They found some snake monsters and a large construct Eidolon that was stationed to protect that cave. After vanquishing the guardians of the cave, the party found in a dark corner of the room the girl sleeping next to a glowing serpent-like staff. They awoke her and she said that she was protected by the staff and that “it was warm to sleep here. The monsters didn’t attack me!” The party knew that the staff was devoted to Zehir and took it so they could figure out what to do with it back in the village. The girl said she didn’t think that they should move it but went along with them anyway. At one point she even claimed that Zehir protected her but quickly shut her mouth to that, denying what she said.

The party exited the cave and began their journey back to the village. Silvary wanted the staff or the other magical item the group found if they wish to have his help any further. They did not agree and so he left them there in the woods as he traveled to the Amber Sea.

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Chapter 14: The Escape from Kinsmet
8-13-10 session

Timespan: 3rd Rest 15:1208 to 3rd Rest 19:1208

The group reaches the shores and leaves their boat not far from the town of Padan. They enter the town and hear from the local town herald that Kinsmet’s war is finally over but a majority of the warforged there (and even stories coming from across Erryes) have exploded decimating all of Rydelle City. The known perpetrators are believed to be an elf, a half elf, 2 humans (one of them being Leonus Anima), a shifter, and a dragonborn.

The group also learns from a traveling halfling group that came from the Amber Sea that purple worms are making it hard to travel through the Amber Sea. If one wants to go through the desert, they must join with a caravan as it is the safest way to travel. There are no known ports on the Amber Sea making it impossible to go by boat.

After buying new equipment and gaining some valuable information, the group sets back to their boat but are halted by a dragonborn. Rinzel, as the group finds out his name later, asks the group if they are staying for the fair that is happening tomorrow but they say no and begin to walk away. Finally, Rinzel tells them, “I wouldn’t leave too quickly ‘cus you see, I have arrows trained on you in these trees. I don’t care about you all, all I want is Balasar Zavari. I was sent to arrest him for betraying the Midian-Urartu nation.”

Balasar says, “I will come home and atone for myself when I feel the time is right. You have my word.”

Rinzel smiles and exclaims, "That’s not good enough. You are under arrest. If you resist I will have my men take you down by force. If your friends get involved they will be charged along with you and be arrested as I’ve been given full authority to kill or arrest who I please in order to get you back to the Midian-Urartu Capital.

Delad slinks away into the forest as does Shintaro (who morphs into a striped mouse) and scampers into the snowy forest. The party begins to fight Rinzel and they are all ambushed by what appears to be a Githyanki mercenary group that is helping the Midian-Urartu troops.

Delad begins to dispatch the archers in the woods and the githyanki and dragonborn are eventually killed. All except Rinzel and one Githyanki woman named Meg. The party interrogates Meg and find out that there are more dragonborn after Balasar. The group forms a plan to escape Padan and make their way to the Amber Sea. Delad finds scrolls in his cloak for Jayden to use. He doesn’t know where they came from but it’s enough to create clones of themselves so the dragonborn follow them. Delad agrees to lead the dragonborn on a wild goose chase while the rest of the group escapes to the west.

After leading the dragonborn through the streets of Padan that night, the group splits with Delad taking the clones from the ritual and leading the dragonborn out of the city. The rest of the group travels west along the main road in hopes to meet up with Delad in one of the next small villages.

The party travels through the night, through a horrible blizzard storm and come upon a stretch of mountains that separates the desert from Lykovia. They see a sign that points down into the valley where Bochim lies.

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Chapter 13: The End of the War
7-23-10 session

Timespan: 2nd Rest 15:1208 to 3rd Rest 15:1208

The fight continues and the party slowly takes control of the fight with the possessed Emperor Rallis. In the midst of the battle, Rallis confronts Jayden and says, “It is time you remember who you are Jayden.” With the uttering of a few incantations, Jayden’s runes on his skin begin to swirl together and form a hole in his chest. Rallis begins to reach into Jayden’s body through the hole and pull out what appears to be a broken-bladed, jade-colored sword the size of a dagger. Jayden recognizes this same dagger to be his brother Crynaden’s old sword, the same one Jayden killed Thorin’s father and Stondylus with. Rallis places the weapon in Jayden’s hands and says, ‘It is time to repeat history, remember what Crynaden died for! You owe him everything!’ He points to Thorin and Jayden begins to remember much of his past. He remembers his brother and how he grew up with him in the orphanage called “Mama Foxx’s House of the Gifted” somewhere in the state of Frosthaven. This orphanage was full of only half elf boys and girls, all of them withering away for some reason.

But Jayden’s headache comes back at full force and this time he is not responsible for his actions as he begins to attack Thorin with Crynaden’s broken sword in his hand!

Within a few seconds, Jayden is able to regain his composure, drops the dagger, and stops attacking Thorin. Jayden and Rallis enter a grapple as magic gathers around them. No one is able to get close to them as they feed each other their raw arcane energy in order to kill each other.

Once “Muffy” enters the room to fight, it’s rampage knocks Braivemore’s sword, the Sword of Anima, onto the ground as it was on his mantle above the fireplace. Leo notices the glowing light of the sword which he has never seen it done before for his father. Leo hears a familiar voice in his head as the sword seems to speak to him saying, “Leonus, raise your father’s sword.” Leo raises the sword and light pours from his eyes. Time seems to stop as he experiences a vision of a white clad knight appearing before Leo and no one else. The knight bows and says, “Hail friend, it seems the sacred treasure of the Anima family has chosen you. You are the bearer of the Holy Sunblade. A sword said to be forged by Pelor himself. Rejoice for the Morning Lord has chosen you!”

Leo, in disbelief replies, “Why me? What have I done for Pelor?”

The knight replies, “Pelor has called each of us of the Anima family to rid the world of evil. That sword until now has been plain steel. It wasn’t until your touch that it awoke after many years. That means, everything that has happened in your life, matters now as Pelor has called for the right time for you to vanquish this new evil in the world. It is time to take your place as a Paladin of Pelor. Welcome him into your heart for he has been with you always.”

The knight turns to walk away and Leo calls out to him asking, “But who are you?”

The knight looks over his shoulder and says, “I was the last one to bear that sword and have it be awoken for me. The war I fought almost took my life and my country’s livelihood. It was the Sunblade that led me to find the scrolls from the Tabula Rasa. It was those scrolls that helped me create the warforged. It was almost my finest invention. But…” and he takes off his helmet, “You, Leonus, were my greatest creation.” Braivemor smiles at his son, and begins to fade away. “Go, now my son.”

Leo comes out of his trance with a new look on his face as if he had an epiphany. He then takes the sword out of it’s sheath and the light seems to sear into the flesh golem (“Muffy”) and Rallis as well. The fight begins to tilt in the party’s favor as Leo and Thorin drive “Muffy” onto the balcony and with a good shove from Thorin, he falls off the edge and lands not far from Shintaro.

Rallis and Jayden continue their duel and Rallis grits his teeth and says to Jayden, “My son, why do you attack me? I only wish for the same knowledge as you, we are both in search of our past!” Jayden is then able to seep more arcane energy into him and Rallis begins to feel the pain getting to him. “I guess you put up quite a fight for my servants in the Grift Mountains earlier! Oh well, it seems I must get rid of you myself!” Rallis exclaims.

Even though Ophel and Mearah died in battle, it doesn’t seem that things are going well for Shintaro, especially now that “Muffy” has entered the fight with him. But a mysterious figure falls from the roof of the building and lands next to a zombie. With shadow magic being used, most of the zombies are dispatched and it is revealed that Delad is the mysterious ally. With his help, he and Shintaro take care of the zombies as best they can. But once “Muffy” enters the scene they begin to fail and Shintaro’s legs are slowly eaten away by the zombies once he falls unconscious. Delad falls to the zombies as well but the group up top has finally taken care of all the enemies. Rallis is knocked unconscious by Jayden’s magic and in a final attempt, the ghost of Stondylus tries to take over Jayden’s mind but is unsuccessful and floats away.

The group looks inside Rallis’ pocket and finds a holy symbol to Pelor made of clay. They realize they need to put this into the statue of Malakiy down in the courtyard where the zombies are. The group, feeling confused as to what to do, they all look to Jayden and he summons Ralph and gives the symbol to the bird. The bird (with magical help from Jayden) swoops down like a bolt of lightning and puts the symbol just in time so that the zombies are all disenchanted and fall down dead. But Delad and Shintaro are bleeding to death and the group knows they don’t have much time.

Rallis begins to realize what he has done this past year as he was possessed the whole time, and regrets everything. “I’ve done so much harm, the least I could do is help you and your friends.” With the last bit of arcane energy, Rallis creates a portal that leads the group to the courtyard where they are able to cure their friends in time.

The group then tries to figure out what to do with the Warforged as Stondylus said they have less than a minute before they explode all over Rydelle City. The group is unable to find the “off” switch to the warforged and Olaf pleads with them to escape Rydelle City and Kinsmet all together. He explains that “when the rest of the war council finds that Emperor Rallis and I are killed and the fact that all of those warforged will kill so many people throughout the whole city, they will believe that this was caused by you since they already didn’t trust you all from the beginning of the war. They’ll think you killed Rallis without giving him a fair trial in hopes that you might take his place, Leo.” Olaf, with an oily tear in his eye says, “I’m sorry for what I did to your father, it was me who killed him. I’m sorry that I won’t be able to attest for you, Master Leonus.” He opens a secret door in Braivemor’s study and says, “Go now, before it’s too-” And with those last words, he blows up in front of the group. They hear in the distance the whole city being destroyed by the warforged death switch.

As they look to the secret stairwell a shadowy figure drops from the sealing holding one of the Tabula Rasa artifacts that Stondylus had found (the spherical one that Shintaro translated). The woman, who was obviously dressed in desert garb from the Amber Sea, jumped out the balcony and disappeared before the party could catch her.

The group, not knowing what to do, descends down the stairs into the secret tunnel. They find Braivemor’s escape ship that connected on to the Aenon Sea. The group, realizing they need to hide from the soldiers who might be looking for them, travel the southern coast of Kinsmet and reaches the cold lands of the country of Lykovia after 1 month.

During that time on board the ship, Shintaro seems to be skittish after his recent brush with death. He practices his primal powers to become a small critter and also is deeply reading the scrolls of the creation of Warforged.

Delad, who has been quiet ever since he got back with the group says he doesn’t recollect what happened these past 5 months that he’s been gone. He awoke in the same place he was last at in Kinsmet with all new weapons and gear on. His new powers of shadow magic seem to interweave with his psionic monk powers, and his new skills come out of habit without him realizing it which is very disturbing to him and the rest of the group.

Leo, with his father’s sword, finds that the Sunblade remembers it’s previous owner and projects an image of the last owner to help the new owner learn how to use the sword properly. He leaves his spear behind and takes up the sword and shield like he used before he left his country.

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Chapter 12: The Emperor Reveals Himself
6-14-10 session

Timespan: 2nd Rest 15:1208

The group investigated the last spot Delad was taken to at the D’Lrowrednu Tree in Kinsmet. They found his shirt by an entrance to the Underdark and with the help of rituals, they were able to determine that during the fight between the revolutionaries and the warforged, a new group entered which appeared to be Hobgoblin’s of Bane coming from the Underdark entrance. It appears that Delad was almost killed by them and was possibly taken prisoner.

The group, unable to do anything in the midst of the war, took their anger and frustration out in Rydelle City as the final confrontation with Emperor Rallis was at hand. After five months of war, the group mounts their last attack and gets inside of the gates of the large city. They find in the hospital of the church of Saint Malakiy that the elderly were “cured” of their sickness due to the fact that they were becoming undead in the process. Aleska Anima, Leo’s sister, finds the group and shows that her cancer that she had been battling against for years had been cured by the Emperor. But, unfortunately, she became an undead skeleton who had two extra heads on her shoulders in the process, claiming them to be the corpses of her and Leo’s parents. It seems that the Emperor had corrupted her and the group had to dispatch her.

The group also finds out that the warforged have a death switch on them. Their torsos are beginning to blink and Olaf (including his own torso that’s blinking) states that all of the warforged will explode upon Emperor Rallis’ command. The group must find him, and stop him.

When searching the church, Leo remembers that he spent most of his childhood here in this church as it was the one his father maintained. Leo also remembers how his father had found in the catacombs underneath the city some ancient scrolls from the time of the Tabula Rasa. No one could read the Supernal language on the scrolls except for a mysterious and very old sounding shifter (even though the shifter was, in fact, very young), by the name of Lin Yao who did so for the Duke of Rydelle.

Upon finishing off Aleska, the group finds that the city is now being overrun with zombies that Emperor Rallis had unleashed. Many of them coming from the various elderly homes and hospitals throughout the city. Since they care not of warforged since they have no flesh, they prey upon their enemies, even the women and children of Rydelle City. Emperor Rallis had gone too far.

The group finds a secret entrance to where they think Rallis would be, in Braivemor’s secret lab. They travel through the catacombs that link to various tombs of the Rydelle lineage and become lost. Suddenly, Jayden begins to remember these tunnel walls, as if he had been here before. He leads the group through the tunnels as a headache begins to creep upon him.

They end up at a door to a building built into the cavern that goes up very high, going out of the tunnels and end where the mountain tops alongside of the ocean and Rydelle City meet.

They enter what appears to be an indoor courtyard where various underground plants grow. In the center is a statue of St. Malakiy making two fists and outstretching his arms.

Olaf finds that the zombies had followed them in the tunnels and says that someone must stay to fend them off while the others go and stop the emperor. Kaori Shintaro offers to stay and fend off the pesky undead while the others go and face Rallis.

The group traverses up the building, higher and higher, floor after floor as Jayden leads them and his headache becoming increasingly painful. The group enters the last room in a hurry to find the Emperor that they fall directly into his trap. A dark aura envelops the party and they cannot move.

Rallis, sitting in a chair with a glass of wine in his hand, stands up and mocks the party with a usual bad-guy monologue. He says he has found all he needed from this city as it had many artifacts from the Tabula Rasa period. He also claims his newest theory (“curing” the sick) has come to fruition as the undead now roam the city and, eventually, will roam the whole nation of Kinsmet!

It turns out that Mearah had been planted as a sympathizer for the revolutionaries and it’s also revealed that Ophel did not really die in the cell. In fact, the ritual was just to slow down his heart and let the group bury him in a shallow grave. Once the group was gone, Mearah was able to get him out and report back to the emperor. Now, they both stand before the party.

During his laughter he begins to cough up blood and whispers something to Ophel and immediately the party begins to try and break free and Jayden and Leo begin to talk to the emperor. Amongst the struggling, the emperor reveals to Leo that it was Olaf who killed his father as he was under the emperor’s control. As the emperor mocks Olaf, Leo breaks free of the trap and begins to fight with the Shadar-Kai and Rallis. They continue to try and convince Mearah that what he is doing is wrong and against the nature of the Raven Queen (his god). But during the fight, they find a large, flesh golem by the name of “Muffy” comes barging from the balcony to aid Rallis. Even Olaf doesn’t seem to be moving under his own command as Rallis takes control of him and has him fight the rest of the party.

The fight down below is also well underway as Shintaro fights off the wave of zombies that are coming through the courtyard, but a larger one has made himself known and now it looks like the fight is just going to get harder.

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