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Jewels of the Carnifex, Part 2

Knut the Warrior, Lorena the Cleric of Starburst – Jon C
DJ the Dwarf, Wax the Sunless, Stodge the Halfling & Ib the Sanguine (Wizard) – Tim, — (Ian out with Flu)
Kurt Kangle, Cleric of Amun Tor, Breezy & Shif Tan – Thieves – Patrick
Bizo the Yeti & Zobol the Halfling – Clint

Today’s session resumed with the PCs having made a deal with Azazel to journey deep into the grotto of doom to destroy the Jewels of the Carnifex. (They were hardly actually committed to this action, as much as just trying to get out of harm’s way.)

They journeyed into the Worm room and worked out a plan by which Zobol, Shift Tan and Breezy all agreed to try to steal the jewels together. Despite trying their best to prop it up with some borrowed javelins, their timing was off— the Worm bit at them twice (Zobol & Shift Tan). Zobol had used a cloak to get the first Jewel and it was his. Breezy got hers. Shift Tan critically failed his Reflex Save and the Worm statue took two of his fingers, which twitched tauntingly in the Worm’s mouth as it opened up to reveal the remaining Jewel. Breezy finally retrieved the third jewel as well.

Under the watchful eye of Percy, sent by Azazel to ensure the party destroyed the Jewels, the party destroyed the first two. They hesitated before destroying the third though and eventually worked out a plan by which Zobol and Breezy used Sleight of Hand (Pick Pockets) checks to replace the jewel with the shattered crystal dust at the last second, fooling Percy.

Some of the party went to investigate the lowest room and the seal, where they deciphered the runes and deducted Azazel’s treachery. (But had no interest in freeing the Carnifex!— at all)

At this point, they decided to keep one jewel and bluff their way out of the dungeon past Azazel and his minions. Azazel was set to congratulate them by offering them a bowl of his special idol-ichor— unfortunately, Percy, charmed by Wax, was given the first sip and when the PCs observed his (missed save) bloody vomiting, they tried to escape the impromptu “awards ceremony”.

The mass of the Pious attackers immediately dropped Stodge the Halfling and swarmed the PCs. The PCs had very little luck making any inroads upon this group (but the Pious had unbelievably bad die rolls on the two rounds of attacks they got in— particularly on the AC 10 Wizards!)

Finally, Wax (played by Tim, since the flu-stricken Ian could not join us today) broke his own arm against a war-stave to spellburn and had a massive success on Sleep. (Even to regain this spell, he spellburned, so it was a massive SB job.. also involving Halfling Luck I believe). The sleep spell knocked out all the bad guys and probably saved the party a near /TPK.

After putting the bad guys down, they took Azazel to the final seal/runes room and questioned him. He admitted his treachery but when they asked if his death would redeem the Seal and finish off the Carnifex, he declared he did not know (also, due to Percy’s being tricked, he thought the Jewels were destroyed at this point.)

The PCs crushed his chest and drowned him in the sacrifice pool (shades of Dick Cheney here), whose death triggered a wash of healing and luck-giving radaince— and then looted the Idol in the Vault room before leaving.. the unguarded.. prison of the Carnifex… :)

Breezy the thief has kept the last Jewel of the Carnifex.
Zobol the halfling has kept the 7 Death’s head rings.
Wax was awarded the three-headed raven figurine
Knut took the platinum-chased battle axe
Bizo took the Executioner’s Wand.

The rest of the loot will be divided up equally amongst the survivors.

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Jewels of the Carnifex, Part 1

Roll call:

Knut the Warrior, Lorena the Cleric of Starburst – Jon C
DJ the Dwarf and Four dead zero torchbearers – Scabby Mike, Tiny, Big Val and Seth- Tim
Wax the Sunless, Stodge the Halfling & Ib the Sanguine (Wizard) – Ian
Kurt Kangle, Cleric of Amun Tor, Breezy & Shif Tan – Thieves – Patrick
Bizo the Yeti & Zobol the Halfling – Clint

A random thief named Magmar puked on Wax in the Three Lions and rather than becoming human sacrifice, he offered up a treasure map of priceless worth: the hiding place of the legendary Jewels of the Carnifex. Legend has it that the Carnifex cult was the old death cult of the Swamp People that originally lived in Loch Nwar, before the New Men came- the priests of the new order destroyed the cult, but some say the treasure was never found and is still buried somewhere beneath the city on the Black Lake.

Wax and co gathered an elite (?) group of cut-throats and treasure hunters to delve beneath the city and acquire the Jewels. Using Magmar’s map, they scaled the rope to the outer platform and then fought an acid-dripping spider, dispatching it without much problem.
Using spider-acid to score the lead-filled seals on the door, they gained entry.

In the next room filled with skulls and the spiral staircase, they investigated but chose not to disturb the dead, especially after Second Sight advised Kurt K not to “disturb the rocks”. They made their way to the next room where they dispatched six shadows, er, shades easily enough— although the Kurt Krangle lost some Stamina in the process.

They journeyed on to the next room and examined the three doors. DJ smelled each door for gold and they decided to follow the faint whiffs they got from the wooden door. (Also, Second Sight advised of a “big fight” behind the clay door.) The emaciated ghost-child begged for alms and was given a wafer from the altar in the previous room and he dissipated harmlessly. The party ascended by means of roots and briefly searched the reliquary room before turning to the balcony room where they were ambushed by the strange hunchbacked guards.

After a brief combat where two guards were slain, Wax charmed one of the guards who led them back toward Azazel his leader. The trap was sprung! Azazel’s force ambushed the adventurers and a ferocious combat ensued in which the last of the torchbearers were killed. Wax spellburned to destroy the front rank of guards while Kurt cast Darkness on the rear ranks, helping to hold off the front ranks behind Bizo / Knut / DJ and defeating the vision of the rear force’s javelin attacks.

Just as the battle heated up. As spellburn began to turn the tide against the guardians, Azazel offered to strike a deal and let the adventurers journey into the tomb if they agreed to destroy the Jewels of the Carnifex, destroying the evil goddess that is imprisoned there forever. After some consulting, the party, somewhat depleted, agreed to help him, though some agreed in good faith, while others did not…

Next session to resume there.

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Keep On the Borderlands part 1

Jon C – Talu the Cleric and Maddis the Halfling
Phil – Krabor the Warrior (Deceased) and Fez the Wizard
Trevor – Supinda the Warrior and Helmut the Dwarf
Noah – Bobby Mann the Thief

Adventure started with the entrance to the Keep. The adventurers, refugees from the madness currently wracking the Realm to the West, entered the Keep in search of adventure. Before entering, they are checked for “Being werewolves”— i.e, the guards look at the amount of bodyhair on their chests (?!?) They are disarmed but are assured they will get their weapons back when they leave. Fez openly declared to be looking for star-charts, since he is an astrologer. Helmut the Dwarf speaks and reads Draconic as there is a family tradition of passing down the “Draconic phrase book” from father to second son.

Fez seeks to patron bond with Azi Dahaka, but fails.

Perhaps most importantly, the PCs here about a sorcerer-demon known as “Jon-o-Fire” that wanders the wildlands near the Caves.

Supinda the Warrior also uses her healing skill to treat some men in the infirmary, winning the trust of Captain Bolder. One of the injured men tells her he left his comrades Gary, Scott and Tom in the Caves of Chaos.. he asks her to get their remains and put them to rest if she journeys there.

Finding their way to the Tavern, they harvest some rumors and Bobby picks the pockets of Argolanth, the Elf advisor to the Castellan. He not only picks on GP from the Elf, but then takes his jeweled dagger, just for fun, and returns it to him. Argolanth, non-plussed, advises him that future thievery may result in loss of hands.

The next morning, the adventurers ride out to earn a bounty by gathering heads from the Caves, with the secondary idea of recovering the bodies as mentioned. Having received a tip on which cave Gary et al might still be in, they find the Caves and enter that cave mouth first. Ulitmately, they are ambushed by Pig-men and repel them after losing Krabor the Warrior. They press the advantage and slay the Pig-Men reinforcements, and then find the chieftain, slaying his bodyguards and capturing him with a magical slumber.

They take Alan the Pig-Man prisoner (his comrade is sacrificed by Talu.. to Cthulhu). Alan informs them that Jon-O-Fire is real and visits the Caves periodically. He has branded all of the denizens and the runic brand that they bear is what binds them to the caves.

After pillaging the chieftain’s treasure and interrogating their one prisoner (Alan the Pig-Man), they decide to go back to town, but not before seeking to parley with the Pig-Men in the next caves. After shouting in the caves to parley and getting no response, the adventurers enter the caves and are caught in a net. The clatter of the net trap alerts the Pig-Men who come rushing and are barely held at bay by Helmut’s last flask of oil (after Bobby frees Helmut from the net.).

The oil burns down and the Pig-Men rush in but amazingly don’t manage to hit (much less kill) one single adventurer before the PCs throw off the net and battle their way out of the Cave.

The PCs return to the Keep without incident. When they take Alan and the Chieftain out of the Caves, they writhe in pain but do not die once they have crossed some invisible line.several hundred yards away from the Caves.

XP earned: 12
Luck point: 1

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Wedding of Szymandia

Memnoch The Shibboleth – Trevor
Knut the Warrior / Beekeeper & Noj the Thief (Deceased)- Jon
Zobol the Halfling & Bizo the Warrior – Clint
Zardoz the Theif – Kevin
Mandadi the Cleric of Amon Tor – Aaron K

(Introducing Zardoz and Mandadi)
The session opened with Zardoz & Mandadi fighting for their lives in the VolcanoGrave of the Over-Demons. They watched their stalwart comrades cut down one by one before their wizard Shifty Montayne invoked Sezrekan and the Elder whisked them away….

Meanwhile in LochNwar, Memnoch has survived the Sea Queen and hung the THree Lions with various acquired trophies. Memnoch, Knut and Zobol are invited to the wedding of Tyrsen the Half-Titan, lord of Loch Nwar, and Szymandia the Dark Elf noble. They attend the wedding, which is interrupted by the strange appearance of Zardoz and Mandadi amidst the onlookers, sweaty, battered but still alive! They have been whisked by the magic of Sezrekan to a ‘safe haven’ (heh) in Loch Nwar.

The crowd is quite impressed by this display and assumes Memnoch has pulled off a stunning entertainment in honor of Tyrsen. Grex the Administrative Officiator is supervising the sacrifice of tributes both to Tyrsen and to the Lake Gods.— Memnoch, Knut and Zobol make their tributes, as do Zardoz and Mandadi, but not before Memnoch succeeds in putting a powerful charm on Grex.

Bizo sees a man wearing a full-on Yeti fur coat.. it is the young Ykorl and his friends that Wax met at the Three Lions.. Bizo remembers the man’s face for a future comeuppance.

Tyrsen summons the adventurers and then tells them of a critical problem: Szymandia has retreated into the Flickering Star— the gem which entitled him to her hand. Now he requires their services— using the Space Mummies of Limbo’s voidship, he needs them to enter the gem and return her— alive and intact or… just her head. The party agrees to undertake though more inclined to plot with Szymandia for Tyrsen’s overthrow.

They enter the crystal and fight many crystal servitors who are defending a big crystal fortress. Finally they make their way across a gong-destroyed crystal bridge (with the help of a timely RopeWork spell) and are trapped by the Crystal Witch of the gem, who transforms into a dragon. Above her, a blue gnome in a magical chandelier “hits the lights” exposing his hooded lantern which refracts light down onto the dragon and creates a “Prismatic Breath Weapon” — a pitched battle ensues between the party in which they finally shatter the dragon and charm the blue gnome. (Memnoch takes his “Brain Hat of the Ancients” though, which confers +4 to Will saves.) The charmed blue gnome is now Memnoch’s servitor…

Conferring with Szymandia, the PCs agree that they would like to overthrow Tyrsen. Szymandia asks if they will aid her and they say yes. She asks if they will agree to be geased and they agree. She casts her spell* and she will now require them to “acquire and execute the Seven Songs which will overthrow Tyrsen as Lord of Loch Nwar forever.” SInce they agree to this, she fulfills her part of the agreement and returns to be married to Tyrsen.
The wedding is completed.

Other developments:

Narva has her baby, though she has no husband/boyfriend and insists she is “Not that kind of girl.” The baby has six-fingers, is Elfish in appearance and named “Damien.”

Narva reminds them that she found an old parchment in the walls of the Three Lions she wants to give them.

Szymandia has given 2 suits of crystal chain male to the PCs, (which can be fashioned into one suit for Bizo). It has the properties of leather for movement, fumble die, sklll checks, but the AC of chain. (it also looks glittery and cool!)

Memnoch’s old nautical privateering friend Ginsburg is instructed to get Memnoch’s platnum disc off the lake floor but is killed by Dwarven divers who were retrieving the treasures for Tyrsen.

XP: 13

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The Sea Queen Escapes, Part 2

Attending for today:

(For round 2 and 3)

Trevor – Memnoch the Triboleth
Jon – Knut the Warrior Beekeeper and Noj the thief (level 1)
Tim – DJ Hammerthrax the Dwarf, Krups the Dwarf (level 2)
Gary- Mosley, Cleric of Cthulhu – Zeddekar, Cleric of Molotoch (both level 1)
Ian – Wax the Wizard, Stoj the Halfling (lvl 2)

(Only for Round 3)
Clint – Zobol the Halfling and Beezo the Yeti Warrior

We resumed after a 2 day game-time break for the characters to rest and recover. The party was also joined by Wax, who had found the note Memnoch left him at the Three Lions and sailed down the river to meet them in Majestic, following a trail of carnage and angry visitors no doubt.

Having gained the Horn of the Tundines, they made their way out to open water in Lake Majestic and Memnoch blew the horn, summoning the giant sea (swamp) turtle. Since the party seemed a little undersized without Zobol and Bizo, I allowed them to bring another dwarf and halfling. The party explored the turtle hideout and made fairly quick work of the sea anemone monster, the three cursed thief guards, and then rather rashly knocked open the door to the treasure room, triggering the body switching curse, hilarity ensued and there was much cursing of Michael Curtis.

Then joined by Zobol and Bizo, the party made their way to the island prison of the Sea Queen, where they entered, found her magical name (but failed to connect the dots and use it.) They made their way through the living tar golem room, destroyed him, and finally freed the Sea Queen, who fled the prison with them. (Although Memnoch, via his prison-body of Mosley, cast Detect Evil on the Sea Queen and her Handmaidens, each one made her Will save and the party was fooled enough to let them get close up… and attack!)

The ensuing combat was quite dangerous and Team Sea Queen nearly dropped Bizo in the first round— then did succeed in dropping Memnoch & Mosley, but the party was able to quickly heal them with some timely magic item use and clutch Laying on of Hands. Spell checks were made pretty effectively and Rope Use and Sleep actually combined to subdue the Sea Queen, after which the party decided to put her back in her prison, securing it carefully with the key and take the key. (Zobol has the key).

In the aftermath, Boorqual the Sea King met them in Majestic to give them the following boons for the destruction (!) of the Sea Queen. (Interestingly, no one corrected him about the destruction of the Sea Queen)

1. A little red/black sponge that allows them to breathe and function under water for 48 hours (one each)
2 A black pearl (Memnoch grabbed it)
3. A vial of pure magical lake water that removed the curse from their bodies once they were bathed together in it.

(rounds 1 and 3)
Zobol & Bizo:
19

Wax, Stoj and Krups (Rounds 2 and 3)
13

Everyone else – all 3 rounds
Total: 25xp

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The Sea Queen Escapes, Part 1

Roll Call:

Trevor – Memnoch the Triboleth
Jon – Knut the Warrior Beekeeper and Noj the thief
Clint – Zobol the Halfling and Beezo the Yeti Warrior
Tim – DJ Hammerthrax the Dwarf
Gary- Mosley, Cleric of Cthulhu – Neddekar, Cleric of Molotoch- Argus, Cleric of Justicar (Deceased)

The story opened with Memnoch waking to a chanced world (changes due to the events in “Wayfarer of the Winter Calendar” playtest, Oct. 2015.
LochNwar is now under the rule of Tyrson, a half-titan godling jealously guarding his city vs. the schemes of others like him.
The Dwarves Guild has been reinstated.
Szymandia is betrothed to Tyrson in his effort to forge an alliance with Dothde (The Dark Elves)
Memnoch’s majordomo Grex, is an official overseeing the Primary Chamber- dictating the painful, paralyzing customs and bureaucracy that frustrate the whole city.
Memnoch’s new steward Chester seems kind of.. different.
Nara, the girl who came from Shlum, and has been working in the Three Lions, is pregnant.
Wax the Elf was unavailable as he had removed himself to a “Chaos Yoga” retreat.
Loch Nwar, like most of the other major cities of the Right Hand world, were in a constant state of war and covert intrigue with each other, somewhat spurred by the domination of them by the rival godlings that stride the earth like a plague.

Despite a vivid dream and remembrance of how things had been, the dreams began to recede and after a while Memnoch accepted this as the way it was. His associates too were haunted by the same thoughts, but slowly accustomed themselves to thinking differently.

On top of this strangeness, Memnoch was haunted by strange dreams of a Sea Queen who begged him to rescue her from the island of Ait, where she had been imprisoned by the evil wizard Shadinkind. He was surprised to find that her likeness was already in a painting he had never seen before in a remote corridor of the Zymetris mansion. When he gathered Knut, DJ and Zobol (and Beezo) to float the idea of rescuing the Sea Queen, they all revealed that they had encountered similar dreams. The group resolved to seek her out and rescue her, and to be rewarded by the bounty of gold and pearls that her father the Sea King would provide.

As they discuss their plans, they were interrupted by the arrival of three brothers (?)— clerics of Law, Chaos and Neutral, sent by their masters on a competition to see who would survive and rise in the ranks. Also amongst their number was Noj the thief, who accompanied them for more mundane matters. Memnoch was impressed with their spirit of adventure and he instantly decided to befriend (USE THEM) the clerics and bring them along to rescue the Sea Queen.

After voluminous, pain-staking customs and gifts to the customs and gate officials, the party set off for Lake Majestic, where the Island of Ait was said to be. Sailing downriver on a river barge known as the Gleaming Metropolis, they arrived at the town of Thulud, They entered the tavern known as the Crooked Oar, bought a round and started to inquire with the locals. To their horror, the bartender started to itch badly, then peeled off his skin, transforming into a silver skeletal demon attacking them. Combat ensued and Memnoch zoned the Demon with a sleep spell, then prepared to burn him in the street. The terrified locals gathered and started to mob the party, but a deft charm against “Zoltan the Lake Ranger” helped to calm the locals, although they were again even more terrified when the Skeleton demon floated away screaming and afire.

The party decided it was best to seek the wizard immediately and leave Thulud, striking out in Zoltan’s boat Bessie— Shadinkind’s supposed hideout was well known, though the wizard was more of a legend than a well known wizard. Entering his home carefully, the party found a vast cavern filled with floating turtle-shells and navigated it mostly with the help of RopeWork spell cast by Memnoch, though Argus the Cleric died in the process. They were also ambushed by some lamprey-men who threw harpoons at them, but were vanquished in subsequent rooms. From there, they made their way to a pool containing a giant clam, which various hints through out the building seemed to imply had a magic shell-horn. The lagoon in which this clam was visible also had a shark guarding it, but the adventurers were clever (Zobol’s idea!) and used some of the fish of the lamprey men to decoy the shark and get it close enough for Memnoch to neutralize it with a sleep spell.*

With the shark neturalized, and the aid of underwater jelly-fish suits discovered earlier, Beezo, DJ, Knut were able to wrench open the clam jaws and take the shell-horn, and then, after another lamprey-men battle, they stole some eggs and are left the wizard’s hideout. Their intention is to decipher the script on the horn and then proceed to the next stage of using it to rescue the Sea Queen!

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CrawlJammer 2: The Acid Island of the Forbidden Dreamer

Roll call:

Ian – Falina the Cat Person
Gary – Blue Debbie the Psychic Knight (Deceased) / Clubber Lang the Gunner
Mark – Dr. Arthur Nebulon the Technomancer (Deceased) / Warrior
Jon – Senrac the Mutant plant (deceased) / Mynoc the thief
Tim – Kotha the thief (deceased) / Nibbitz the Riftrunner

The adventure started with the crew of the Calico having returned to Chartless, the smugglers’ haven hidden in a moon, built upon the scales of a giant sleeping dragon. The new captain of the Calico, Kotha the Thief, being Lawful, decided to inquire with Keenan Jithers, representative of the Avalon Empire to see if they might continue in the service of privateering for the rebel Empress Margayne.

Jithers has a mission for them— disrupt the schemes of the False Emperor Artur, who has summoned a demon ship from Hellspace; this ship runs on the dreams of the innocent, and coupled with the dreams of a mystic prodigy known as the Forbidden Dreamer, the ship will be the most powerful vessel in the Empire of Avalon. The mission is to get the Dreamer and return him to Jithers, disable this vessel, the Infernal Prize, or otherwise prevent the crew of the Prize from acquiring the Forbidden Dreamer.

The journey is undertaken; as they approach the moon of Morpheus, they see an exotic ship following them, and then hovering in orbit, apparently waiting for Kotha’s crew to the dirty work so they can attack them with the prize on the way out.

The Calico lands, seeing four plinths on an otherwise featurless rocky atoll in an ocean of acid. The plinths are investigated, first revealing an illusionary staircase, then triggering an onslight of crystal robots. The robots put up a good fight, enough trouble that at one point Kotha actually retracts the landing gear from the Calico to tip the ship over on it (destroying it utterly— boss move of the game!)

After the ship was repaired, they descended to the next level, where they found the Forbidden Dreamer, guarded by four red-clad Kung Fu movie style monks, with a serpent curled around the altar on which a young boy lay sleeping. Although Dr. Nebulon charmed two of the monks, the rest slew Kotha and held off the party long enough for the serpent to wake (4 rounds) and then the serpent breathed its electrical dragon breath upon the party, slaying Senrac, Dr. Nebulon and Blue Debbie. Nebbitz ( the Riftrunner who had joined when Kotha fell) barely avoided the breath weapon with his Rift porting powers.

Falina, who had already run away, survived and the acid poured in to the island complex, destroying the Dreamer, and presumably the Dragon (and whatever treasure may have been there, including the open-eye blinking amulets the monk had worn). Falina escapes on the ship but of course the waiting ship finds them and after a brief battle of maneuvers and attempted boarding, the crew of the Infernal Prize (Captain Church, Mr Sprock, Bones Lucroy and two red-shirted guards) boards the Calico. There is a standoff, in which Captain Church orders Mr Sprock to do a “Demonic Mind Melt” with Nebbitz in order to ascertain that the Dreamer is indeed destroyed- dashing their hopes to have the ultimate dream-fuel power source for the Infernal Prize. Demanding a tribute to let the ship pass (perhaps unwilling to risk more with the battle-weary crew of the Calico), Captain Church took his gold and retired to the Infernal Prize, letting the Calico limp back to Chartless.

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(Playtest): Feast of the Preserver

Roll call:

Brandon- Ark the Elf
Tim – Kronkite the Wizard
Jon – Nara the Cleric of Trigestus
Trevor – Rumpus the Halfling & Herod Ironbreaker the Dwarf

The story opens with the party finding a dead body on a secluded road. They party has been hired to find the raider Jarrod Moguard and bring him in dead or alive. The dead body, showing signs of violence, has a paper inviting people to the Feast of the Preserver in the town of Barrowton, with a little map showing how to arrive there. (The first in character thing in the whole adventure is Ark the Pricker, disturbing Elf, seeing the body and saying “Let’s eat him”).

The party finds the town of Barrowton and find a dusty town full of emaciated people. They are greeted by the town Elder, Lucian who asks them to recover their EndFast Feast, which has been stolen by Jarrod Mogard and his band of cut-throats. They are known to be hiding in a silver mine close by. The party members agree to take up the quest for the promise of a family magic item heirloom (Knowing there is little money to be had here in this town).

On the way to the silver mine, they encounter a madman who keeps saying that “They won’t eat me!” and who pees on the leg of Nara the Cleric. They leave him to his insane devices and venture on.

Finding the silver mine, they investigate the cave of the giant who lives above the mine-entrance, but see no point in combat with him, so they leave him alone and press forward into the mine.

Following outcomes of mine exploration:

  • Party quickly finds a band of ghouls that are trying to get into a barred door. They destroy the ghouls and leave the door (!) to explore some of the rest of the silver mine, find a nearby chasm, a lift to lower levels, etc.
  • They return to the door, break it open and find Felicia the Elf (note, I avoided the name Alexis, for no good reason) surrounded by corpses, both ghoul and non-ghoul, as well as the crates containing the Endfast feast. The Cleric uses his healing power to restore Felicia’s mind and she tells them what has happened in the mine (Jarrod turned ghoul and slew his band before she cut him down).
  • They party looks in the crates and after some investigation, realizes that the Endfast Feast is decayed human meat (!!!) They decide not to return such a disgusting feast to the village, pitching it into the chasm and sacrificing its 100 gp value to Trigestus in order to remove some disapproval.
  • Journeying lower, they eventually kill some more ghouls and find spider-eggs of the Arachnaefiend, the tampering of which summons this dread demon. After a pitched battle with this fiend, which drops three of the party, the Arachnaefiend is Banished back to Hell by Nara, who manages to barely save the party members via magical healing.
  • Finally, they finish off the rest of the ghouls, barely survive a fall from the lift (OUCH!) and decide to return to the village to see what Lucian and the villagers do when presented with crates full of ghoul-parts instead of living human parts.

On the way back to the village, they get lost and find themselves standing in the churchyard outside town. They enter the church where the ghost of Zechariah the Judge, tries to possess Nara, to no avail. Sensing what is happening, the Dwarf Herod throws his soul open and allows himself to be possessed, learning that Lucian is very bad and he slew Zechariah, etc.

Shortly thereafter, they return to the village and when they return with the crates, the villagers appear to get their food. Lucian throws open the crates and finds the ghoul-meat— enraged, he attacks the adventurers and the villagers do likewise. Kronkite is incinerated with a Scorching Ray but the rest of the party is saved when Ark the Pricker invokes the aid of Sezrekan, his patron, and via Spellburn and halfling luck, they party is teleported to a safe place many hundreds of miles away. The evil of the Preserver lives on… at least for now…!

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There shall come... a CRAWLJAMMER

Roll call:

Phil – Tarn the Technomancer
Jon – Senrac the Mutant
Ian – Felina the Cat Person
TIm – Kotha the Thief
Trevor – Magnus the Cleric of Margayne

The adventure begins with Kotha, who has requested a ‘fabulous night ship’ from Sakanta as part of his boon for rescuing the Sun (see: Trials of the Toymakers), confronting an actual floating longship hovering above her in the night sky above Loch Nwar.

The longship Calico has been summoned to the Right Hand World by the bond it shares with the blade Whisker, long in the possession of Kotha the Thief (See : Tower of the Black Pearl). Lowering a rope ladder, the crew invites Kotha to join them where she is welcomed by her new crew: First Mate Falina, the gunner Senrac, the engineer Tarn and Cleric of Margayne, the deposed demigoddess and Queen Imperial of a Thousand Systems. It appears that the Calico is bonded to the rapier and Kotha by right of possessing Whisker, is destined to be the Captain of this ship.

The crew whisks Kotha away (With nary a word of explanation to DJ, Memnoch, et al) to the strange city of Chartless, hidden inside a faraway planet’s moon, nestled in the scales of a gigantic dragon. Here, the crew shows her around Chartless and helps her buy some new weaponry, including a deadly “Hand Cannon”. Shortly thereafter, they speak with Keenan Jithers, a former mercenary company agent (Ugle & Kalute), now working for the rebel faction supporting Margayne. Jithers hires them to explore the newly arrived “Skull Ship” in this sector of space.

Off they go into the furthest reaches of space to find this skullship. Entering this deathtrap, they find it rife with evil creatures and Magnus starts by banishing the elemental Lava Knight laying in wait for them inside the statuary. Then they go into the subsequent rooms and Magnus is trapped by Kadlach, Archon of the Entertainment center, nephew of Ystrick the Bold. It turns out that this strange place is in fact a dungeon that is also a reality show— a contest broadcast to a live audience in the Abyss, howling for blood. Remarkably, Magnus’s lizard-dog Sker actually manages to herd the grenadelings off to the side long enough to not get destroyed.

Magnus barely defeats Kadlach and his Unseen Savants as well as his “Intestinal grenadiers”, while the rest of the party fends off an undead Roper and two Skeletal Giant Kings, but not before Tarn is irrecoverably slain. Senrac the plant mutant then takes the helm of the Skull Ship and shut down the skull-ship’s eyeball attackships and vamplings, making good their escape but not before nabbing 130 gp in gems and the barely touchable Chaos Crown worn by one of the Skeletal Giants. Most notably, they put the ship on a direct course for the sun and make haste away from it.

What’s next for the crew of the Calico? How will they replace their (we assume) beloved engineer? Who will Sker the dog herd next? Will Senrac manage to stay awake in darkness? Tune in next session for more Crawljamming Chaos-Conquering Concepts!!

XP:
Magnus- 15
Rest- 10

Luck:
1

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Intrigue By the Black Lake

Roll call:

Clint – Zobol the halfling and Bizo the Yeti
Ian – Wax the Elf
Memnoch – Trevor the Actor

Session opened with the resolution of Sakanta’s boon for BIzo and Zobol. Zobol asked for Bizo to be smarter + be able to speak; Bizo asked for a bad ass axe like the legendary Frostensnoot. Both wishes were granted! Clint re-rolled Bizo’s intelligence (13!) and Bizo shortly thereafter discovered the legendary Frostensnoot, lodged in a tree-trunk. Seizing the axe, Bizo turned to his companion and said his first word: “TO” or later, what was understood to mean “TWO”— as in the double blade of the axe.

Returning to Loch Nwar, the Hyperbaron was petitioned by the nobleman Everett Salas to vote his seat in the Primary Chamber, particularly on the issue of increasing trade “with the key city of Hoz to the West,” in order to get more gunpowder for the new-fangled powder weapons in Loch Nwar. Memnoch did as requested, after talking to lady Szymandia, who also urged him to do the same, but only after realizing in discussion with Wax and Zobol that Hoz was the tiny town at the base of the mountain to which the golden chain of the heavens was attached— hardly a teeming metropolis, or even a likely place to contain gunpowder (Not to mention that the adventurers saw it mostly depopulated by mad alchemists only a few months back…)

Following Sezrekan’s direction to rid Loch Nwar of other patron worshippers, they hatched a plan to locate and send them to their deaths. Zobol went to a seedy bar on the Eastern outskirts of the right bank and met some pilgrims who had been commanded in dreams to go to the Croaking Fane and join the tadpole transformation of their kind (but they were late).

Meanwhile, Wax met four juvenile ne’er do wells who were apparently occult dilettantes interested in acquiring BIzo for use in ritual slaughter (as well as, perhaps, organ harvesting). Wax declined this offer, but did agree to trade some drugs with them and later visited the island of their patsy, Ykorl, the seventh Ultra-Marquis of Kenderton,

Meanwhile, Bennigan Perkins the halfling arrived and quickly revealed via charm that he was a helpless thrall of a strange hybrid of the Savage Hounds black goo and the Well of the Worm creature… the thing that had been stewing in Zobol’s underground hobbit-hole, hundreds of miles distant. It wanted nothing more than to destroy Zobol apparently.

The heroes sent their charmed myrmidopplegangers out to try to locate the temple of the rival toad faction—those that worshipped the yellow toad Bogbulbiz. This intrigue was successful and shortly thereafter, the three puppetmasters sent the pilgrims and Slurpo to the distant temple to annihilate the cultists and hopefully each other there. Following a few days behind (and fending off an attack by the strange orange-skinned worm-riders known as the Tromii), the party finally arrived to find that the pilgrims and cultists had apparently killed each other off to a man, but only after one party or the other had destroyed Slurpo and Bennigan.

Zobol did find a magical spear, the butt of which carries a toad’s head— it was lodged in the belly of the strange Were-toad that had led the pilgrims.

Meanwhile in Loch Nwar, the myrmidoppelgangers, due to expire from their charm before the heroes returned to the city, had been ordered to spy out the locations of the Arakne and then march into the Croaking Fane, where Memnoch believes that the idol still waits to destroy all those who would enter. The spies this time failed in their intrigue, and apparently followed their orders as they have disappeared entirely by the time the heroes return to Loch Nwar.

Also, Narva the maiden from Schlum, had found a strange coded document in the wall of the Three Lions (inn owned by Memnoch & Publio)— had not been de-coded yet at session’s end.

Also the various mithril plaques from the Toymakers and the platinum plates from Croaking Fane have yet to be converted to currency of any kind— thus the debts on the Hyperbaron’s property are still outstanding.

Funniest moment: Either Zobol the Halfling browebeaten into drinking rubbing alochol cocktails with live tadpoles or the epic “roommate fight” Memnoch and Wax had about why Wax had not enticed the strange dilettantes to die with the cultist cage match.

Awarding only 3 xp for the various encounters (which were easy) but I will award Luck (Destiny) and XP (Cohesion) to the newly formed secret society of the Three Lions which has now joined in the intrigues within Loch Nwar…

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