Tuesday, September 8, 2015

People Didn't Have TV Back Then (5/7/15)

Things we are concerned about 1.) Veknacult 2.) Orcus 3.) Tiefling sword

Back in Blanche...
Sered's compound is like the Black Book Club's mansion, but unsullied and near the city center. It's Duvall Feelin's former residence. Sered reads the Prothumia.

The Tiefling sword helps bridge realms. Th Veknacult super wants the Prothumia. The Orcus Cult wants the Tiefling Sword to attack the Raven Queen. Also THE WILL...

Sered is "angel investing" in Blanche/New Dealing it up to get the population back on his side.

Fade is hitting up bars for rumors. There are rumblings about Lamarcus. Randall Arden - head of the farmer guild - is trying to get things in order. Everyone likes him. He's trying to get others besides merchants involved in politics.

Durga and Aceldama interrogate the Duchess. She says:
1.) Lamarcus is fancy but dumb minion of Orcus with agents looking for the sword. She doesn't know where Lamarcus is - more concerned with the sword. He took orders from Lord Gazelion (RIP). No luck finding the Tiefling sword. Someone is probably using it to travel between realms.
2.) the Will - might have been involved with the murder of Clayton von Trashperson. They might have the sword and attack Orcus sometimes.
3.) Upcoming rituals/Cult of Orcus events - the last one was the big one, but antsy about attacking the Raven Queen- need the sword
4.) She has an incurable disease - a genetic problem, which is why she wanted to become a vampire. She's not that connected to the scene.
5.) Her army will attack Blanche to rescue her

Sered and Noreak study and decode the Prothumia. There are spells to create armies, monsters, distraction. Pulling things from other realms, raising the dead, etc. Sered wants to give the book to his god Ioun.

Larmarcus is giving speech. Brings Randall up on stage, who then endorses Larmarcus. Fade waits until the end of the speech, then follows Lamarcus. He has two guards and meets up with a lady (she looks very strong with a big sword turned up at the end) and her six knights. They look like the knights from the party and definitely belong to the Duchess. Fade eavesdrops and hears "army attacks in the next two days". The lady is aggressive, but not evil. Wants to secure the Duchess before sending in the army.

A thief breaks in and tries to unlock the Duchess. Durga kills him, but before that happens, Fade tries to take out Lamarcus and has to retreat. Three more creeps are on the roof. We kill them all. Then Sered gives a speech in front of the gathering "We have been attacked by the Cult of Orcus and Lamarcus is an Orcus cultist. Things aren't great, but we have to work together, plus here's some $$$"

Then lady knight comes with her knights. They are from the Isle of Soiph. The lady warrior uses her curved sword to exhaust foes before decapitating them. Her name is Thelma, and she is the Duchess' wife. She demands her wife back, or to send in the army. We propose a trade of Lamarcus for the Duchess. [Thelma knows the Cult of Orcus has been razed]. The Duchess is still blabbing about a land grab in Blanche. Durga slips her number to Thelma.

Sered has another speech. We decide whether to publicly execute Lamarcus. People didn't have tv back then. Agree on public humiliation instead. Randall is the guest of the honor.

Multi-week Montage - Orcus comes - tries to rescue Lamarcus - Fails. Public isn't super into our public humiliation time - Randall thinks the farmers should have more power - in negotiations with Sered. Blanche is kinda like a monarchy with a Parliament and seems pretty stabilized.

Outstanding problems: 1) The Will 2) Tiefling Sword 3) Where's Nave? 4) Gotta hide the Prothumia with Ioun 5) Veknacult?

Noreak and Sered need to commune with Ioun by doing a ritual. TBC.

Goth Party-crashing (4/3/15)

Nave has another mission: the Cult of Orcus' Prince of Demons wants to kill the Raven Queen. The worshippers want to become vampires and zombies and the undead.

Gotta sneak into the necropolis. There's a culty center of town, but no substantial magic. Obsidian government-like building with light coming from the building. Orcus members are into drinking blood.

There are torches in the basement. The light is of a purplish color and there are red tapestries. Essentially, it's a goth party with waitstaff. There are about 40 fancy people on the mezzanine and another 250 people on the main floor. Some people have guards with them.

Fade knocks out a waiter and steals his clothes. Sered sews an outfit from the red velvet curtains and creates a black lace mask. Durga and Aceldama act as guards to Sered.

The crowd is excited about Lord Gazelion who is conducting the ritual. We talk to one guy who was affiliated with the Black Book Club (knew Nathan Broadmore). Find out that Lamarcus Tinker is planning to take over Blanche as a tyrant to get money to fuel Orcus' army.

Sered meets the Duchess who reveals that Lord Gazelion has possession of the Prothumia. She has agent looking for the Tiefling sword.

Durga kills a knight/guard. Lord Gazelion is trying to network with the Veknacult. Fade kills Devlin after he gives up some info.

Lord Gazelion is killed by Fade's shadow friend/minion [because he can do that now!?!] Prothumia is found on the body.

Sered takes the Duchess back to his place to get info - CANNOT KEEP HER AS A SLAVE (the Githzerai aren't down)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

All in Our Minds (3/12/2015)

Nave is talking to the Raven Queen. Lithurnia is the Raven Estate. We have to solve the mystery of Clayton's death!

We need the help of a powerful psionic. Sered sits out because a) he's trying to keep Blanche under control b) does not care about Clayton and c) is busy worshipping himself

We teleport to a tall tower in a forestry area. There is a small human sitting on a pillow. His name is Zotir and he's going to help us out. He takes us back to the time when we all saw Clayton dead. Cue incense lighting...

There's a large tavern and a bar brawl. Must kill tha mob.

Grassy hilltop with a glowing runestone that Noreak doesn't recognize. The sun keeps getting brighter and brighter, but then Fade covers the rune with some of his shade. Then it gets really cold. Aceldama touches her flaming axe to the rune and everything gets old.

We all appear underwater, but of course it's really blood. There's a small island in the distance. There are shark fins everywhere and the sharks have axes for their heads. Noreak gets everyone to the island. We find a cute kitten and don't kill it.

Purple filter on a twisty hallway. A black shadowy figure that looks just like Fade.

Stiched together shared memories of Clayton's death. There's a symbol on the fancy rug - an alchemy symbol. Leaning back in a weird way...blood running down. We find that he was depressed and he threw himself into the sword. Zotir comes floating back over Clayton. Zotir becomes a young blue dragon and attacks us.

Back 2 Life, Back 2 Reality

We fight the psionic dude (Zotir) and his copy dies and the body gets absorbed into something....

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hallucinatory Castle Island (2/10/2015)


Nave teleported people where they wanted to go. Three months pass. A mourning and training period.

Sered has been busy controlling Blanche. The economy has collapsed, but farmers in the countryside seem to be doing okay because they control the resources that supply Blanche.

No one has seen Fade.

There's a snow time that turns out to be an illusion. Clayton has been undetectable since he took the sword. Needs to be killed. Mission: Assassination. Clayton is in cahoots with Orcus (the god of Afterlife and Death). Teleporting into a weird in-between zone through the Shadowfell to new realm.

Blood red sky - floating obsidian island with a brutalist castle. There are crevices and a large tower. We tie some ropes together and pull Sered up. Everyone else ascends through other means - teleportation, athletic jumping, etc.

Two humanoid demonspawn attack. It's a trippy encounter with different characters have different perceptions. There's a blood slide. Shadar-Kai are gothy shadow people and a chain demon. We have a super weird time, and it becomes clear that some people are hallucinating.

We go into a room and discover that Clayton is dead. He died of auto-sword asphyxiation. There's an earthquake and a fault opens. Everything falls into the crevice. Wake up back in the other world with Nave.