Monday, February 19, 2018

Shattered Star - Beyond the Doomsday Door - Will isn't grateful about death

Note: being in a rock band has it's advantages. I recorded the episode and summarised it at my leisure. Hence, these will be more coherent and consistent from now on.

Our heroes were just inside of Windsong Abbey planning what to do next. They heard the sound of giant boots stomping around outside and cries of an intruder alert being shouted. Will realised they were coming towards them. They braced themselves for the onslaught.

"HEY! YOU COME OUT SO WE CAN SMASH YOU!" yelled one of the hill giants.
Wil retorted, "Come in so we can smash you!"

The giants and ettins, however, did not fall for the ruse. The party heard sounds of piping followed by arguments.

Morrigan activated her Shard's major image power to attempt to lure them in, but failed. As a result, the party finally realised they needed to step out and face TWO HILL GIANTS!

Morrigan led off with Dominate on one of the hill giants and ordered him to attack the other.  Jazeem immediately jumped into combat with the other. Suddenly, the door behind them exploded open and they were attacked by 2 ettins.

Jazeem, Will, and the dominated hill giant carved a swath of destruction.

Suddenly, Jazeem fell over laughing hysterically. Will quickly realised that hideous laughter had been cast to subdue Jazeem. Morrigan cast See Invisibility and observed a redcap had joined. However, upon realising it was seen, it fled.

Shortly into the battle, a multi-tentacled being appeared and cast acid fog. Morrigan managed to dispel the fog after a couple of attempted dispels.

Tryptic managed to keep Jazeem in combat with his healing ability.

Will and Akeela used scent to give chase. While Jazeem, Morrigan, and Tryptic Mirror dealt with the giants and ettins, Will and Akeela followed the trail and ran into a large pack of redcaps who gleefully killed Will. When the three remaining adventurers arrived, they vengefully killed the vile fae.

As they decided what to do next, Morrigan hears a voice in her mind, "I assume you are the ones that caused all of the commotion last night, may I assume you intend no harm to Windsong Abby?"

Morrigan responded that this was true. The voice invited them to the lighthouse and told her to bring Wil's body. They were greeted by a cleric of Olladra who introduced himself as Casamir Azmeren. Realising his name is familiar, Jazeem realised that he was related to Koriah Azmeren. Casamir confirms he is her father.

Casamir revealed the following information...

About a century ago, there was a full compliment of clerics here. Ardathanatus was a cleric of  the Keeper and asserted he was not necessarily evil. However, something happened to him and he murdered one of the other clerics and left the Abbey. A few weeks ago, he returned with giants, redcaps, skulks, and other horrible beings. He killed all of the other clerics either in the Abbey or the "chambers below". They attempted to fight back, but Ardathanatus' forces were too strong. Casamir took refuge in the lighthouse and cast a sending spell to his daughter asking for help. However, she was overwhelmed when she arrived. Casamir explains that Koriah had been turned to stone by one of Ardathanatus' 'generals'.

Finally, Ardathanatus' forces took the Koriah statue to the cliffside tower and then into the chambers below. Casamir confirmed that Ardathanatus was carrying something that looked like the shard but didn't know if that was indeed what he had.

Interesting things happened to Will in the afterlife before Casamir raises him. (I think Will made a mockery of the experience, personally).

Casamir further explained that below the Abbey is "The Doomsday Door". Before the Abbey was built, this was a temple to the Cults of Dragon's Below. In particular, it was for a lord named Yamasoth. Casamar thinks that Ardathanatus wants to open the door and free Yamasoth and that he'd kidnapped the Masked Abbess - the cleric in charge of the Abbey as she had the key.

The party vowed to help.

Before they decided to rest, Morrigan ordered the dominated hill giant to go home.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Monday, October 9, 2017

Shattered Star - The Asylum Stone - Episode ? - I missed a bunch of logging

A lot happened since the previous post, but I'm going to resume note taking.

Usual disclaimer - notes are taken during session.

Taking the adventurer and her husband's body out of the cave. The party looks for a swarm bane item of some type. We got swarm bane thingy.

The party continues through the caverns and encounters 2 gibbering mouthers and a brain ooze. They quickly defeat the creatures. They find a crossbow that is magic, but they can't decipher what it is. They do find some human bane bolts.

The party goes to the next door they find Lounim, but Morrigan casts charm on him and the battle doesn't occur.

They enter a room where they can see the night sky but there are vines that attacks. They make quick work of the critter.

They head to the next room with a creature named hummelgau. The water almost drowns them, but they manage to free him.

They find a door with the Sihedron on it and the dark naga in front of it. It does not attack as it was not effected by the symbol of insanity. They can't open the door, so they leave the naga and keep looking.

The next room they enter is very bright. They fight Lurkers in Light and quickly defeat them partially thanks to Morrigan casting darkness on a coin and tossing it into the room.

They return to the portal and after a lot of work they figure out how to get past it.

They get past the portal. The Naga is about to attack, when Morrigan casts charm.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Shattered Star - Curse of the Lady's Light - Episode 8 - The pirate, snake, undead adventure path

Jazeem appears in a room with polished walls. Tryptic appears in a room with polished walls. He tries to escape. Morrigan appears in the same type of room. The separate rooms link to a large adjoining room. A grey maiden comes out and attacks. They subdue her and then talk to her. She tells them they are stranded in this room unless they trigger a portal to Sorcian.

She tells the story of how Sorcian ensorelled her allies. She herself had been before breaking free. Her name is Oreana. They decide to face her.

They trigger the portal and follow the portal to Sorcian's room. A battle ensues between the party, Sorcian, and three sinspawn. Long battle.....

The illusion on Sorcian drops and reveals that she is actually an Alu demon. 

They find 2 amber coins which they conclude can be used to activate another portal. They activate the portal and appear elsewhere. 

They appear in another room which is dark and dirty. The room has the shard. Tryptic picks it up.

The party exits the Lady's light.

They talk to the Troglodytes about selling herbs to set up spice trade.

They party heads back down the trail and find the guy behind the portcullus. He indicates that he has summoned a boat. They take a Brelish galleon. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Shattered Star - Curse of the Lady's Light - Episode 7 - I Just Met a Girl Named Covfefe

We are in a bathing chamber. We look into the next room which is a large marble/gold-plated hallway. There are statues of Sorchian. The statues are magic. The statue has it's hand out and a carving saying "By My touch, enter my inner sanctum".

The party detects strong conjuration magic and attempts to trigger the the device. The party triggers the transporter and Morrigan appears in a room strongly smelling of perfume. Several perfume bottles on pink pedestals. Morrigan sees a dark corridor. She peeks around the corner.

Jazeem and Trypic manage to transport themselves leaving Wil behind.

Jazeem appears behind Morrigan.

Tryptic appears in another room. Surrounded by SINSPAWN!

Jazeem and Morrigan go down the hallway looking.

Tryptic is being attacked, he runs away.

Jazeem and Morrigan find their way back to the room where Wil is before he can trigger the transporter. Jazeem stands on the panel and Morrigan jumps into his arms.

They arrive in the room and hear sounds of battle. They follow. They manage to catchup and defeat them.

They return to the carpeted room. They continue. Eventually, they come upon a party being attended by demonic beings. Morrigan puts her hood down and walks in and demands wine. After interacting with them demons she concludes it's an illusion.

However, the party is attacked by giant spiders. A few moments into the fight, they realize that they are fighting monsters which are being summoned. Morrigan looks up and sees an invisible red-skinned demon caster. The party manages to defeat her.

Party continues exploring and encounters a group of Grey Maidens at the base of a tower. Battle ensues. Grey Maidens are defeated. The party starts walking up stairs up the tower. They find statues of the Lords of Dust; embrace sorchian and karzoug; and teleport away.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Shattered Star - Curse of the Lady's Light - Episode 6 - Tik 2: Tik HARDER!

The party is still on the boats and continues paddling the underground lake. They are attacked by undead looking man-bat things. They BARELY defeat them. They start looking for a place to dock.

They dock, rest, go out again, find a beach and start exploring. (I spaced, and missed details - I really should bring my recorder). Tik plays with his wood.

They start exploring and locate a room with bas reliefs of sorcian.

They find a room with a long wooden table and there are various crates and chests. The room has grey maidens in it. They attack us. We defeat them and leave one alive for questioning.

They question their captive. The group had come to try to get magic items to assist with reuniting their portions of countries. They found Sorcian who converted them.

The group argues with how to handle their survivor and Morrigan kills her.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Shattered Star - Curse of the Lady's Light - Episode 5 - I hate the water! And I hate being wet! And I hate YOU!

The party bunks for the night and continues on the next day.  They find a room of marble with large brazier with grey flames. Conjuration magic! As they look a red orb with a huge green eye. A bunch of beholder kin things attack! After an annoying battle, they take the things down.

They continue on. Wil locates a secret door. They enter and go down stairs. They come to a painting of Sorchian saying "Prostate thyself and show proper devotion my sweet slave to enter". The party kisses the paintings feet and are teleported to a platform near an underground lake near a dock with boats.

They take the boats and note a platform on the other side of the lake with an immense red panel. The party goes there and see a carving of numerous beasts worshipping sorchian. They open and follow a corridor and end up in a room with 6 large chests.  (Yes, there was more, but I could only type so fast). In the room, there is a large humanoid thing sitting on a thrown. It is being flanked by two other strange creatures. It claims to be Sorchian, and attacks, but is quickly defeated.

They go back and sail further down the lake.

As they proceed the boat starts shaking. The boat carrying Triptyc, Morrigan, and Jazeem capsizes.

They manage to kill the critters and get back in the boat.

Shattered Star - Curse of the Lady's Light - Episode 4 - The GM wanted us to get a head!

Party continues. They find a sarcophagus with a woman inside it who appears to be magically preserved. Morrigan concludes that this a clone (the spell) of Sorcian. Tryptic swings his hammer at the sarcophagus, but the moment it tcouhes the glass, he sees himself surrounded by inquisitors - which fades. The glass DOES shatter however. Wil takes the jewelry she is wearing and Tryptic destroy the clone.

The party continues down one of the passages. They encounter wall with some obscene carvings (WOO!). Morrigan concludes that the panels depict Sorcian infusing items with incubi/succubi to power artifacts. Jazeem notes that it's a door with a puzzle.  They study the panel trying to figure it out. After trial and error, runes appear "Ayendamala is bound to the light for all ages." and the door opens. The corridor leads to an underground beach with 2 skiffs. Wil gets on one of the skiffs and it starts moving down river. The rest of the group follows.

The river flows to a beach with a marble passage. There is a platform with a glass statue. The party makes it way to the shore, and follows the passage on foot. They come up to a room with walls with lots of obscene images. They continue and reach a lowered portcullis. They hear footsteps.

Stepping into a view is a pale man with bone white hair in a long braid. He demands the passphrase. The party can't provide one, and he says, "Well, I must stop you". The party gets through the portcullus. Morrigan is struck by an invisible assailant.  He appears holding a magical rapier. Battle ensues. During the battle, Morrigan manages to dispel a compulsion on him. He surrenders. Naius was under a magical influence of Sorcian. He tells the story of how he and his employer came here. He gives them a wand that he says will allow detection of secret doors.

They continue on. As they look, they are attacked by a pillar. The heads crawl off the the statues and attack them with laser eye beams (look I'm not making this up). They eventually defeat the Marble Sentinels. Morrigan concludes that Sorcian is likely aware of their presence.

They continue. Trypic falls into a pit-trap. The party flies over the pittrap and continues.

They enter a room with fresh blood spatters everywhere. The party is attacked by a flying critter.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Shattered Star - Curse of the Lady's Light - Episode 3 - What do you call a full grown wolf?

The party makes it way to the boggart village.

They pass a house and see eyes looking at them. They encounter a group of boggarts which attack. It's a desperate battle, but the heroes are victorious. The heroes briefly recoup and then investigate the village. The party searches the village looking for "stuff".

They find a Troglodyte suffering from "filth fever". She tells them that she was captured and was to be sacrificed to the boggart god in another cave. The party buffs her so she is more likely to get home safely and then they continue to the cave.

They enter the cave and after a little ways they notice the cavern is worked stone. They encounter a Pyrohydra. They very quickly beat it. Then they return to the Troglodyte village to reset.

The Trogs are impressed that they defeated the boggart god. The party eats "pyrohydra stew" and rests.

The next day the party heads towards "the bug cave" and see carvings of warrior women. The party is about to proceed down a shaft when they are attacked by the statues of the warrior women. While immune to the Scorching Ray (cuz, like, I forgot) they were not immune to Acid Arrows and a lot of damage.

They tie a rope to Trypic and lower him down the dark shaft. We didn't have enough rope to lower him down more than about 20 feet. They conclude they do not have enough rope.

Morrigan notes there is a featherfall effect. Wil immediately jumps in. Jazeem jumps in after. Tryptic and Morrigan are boggled, but eventually jump in. It is VERY deep and they eventually land on the floor of a grand hall made of polish marble.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Shattered Star - Curse of the Lady's Light - Episode 2 - I wasn't there

Yes, I wasn't here - notes provided from Tryptic

War Journal - Lady's Light - Swamp Day 2
  Local landowner (witch? half-orc? female?) accepted offering of sea plants for use of support and maintenance facilities. Provided status of local politics in regard to the lit monument.
  - Area should be considered cursed.  Tried visiting site years back. Advised care when investigating. (cursed?)
  - Hostile tribe A (Froggies, Boggart?) in caves at base of statue.  Aggressive fighting against tribe B. Considered evil, and currently influenced by troop of knights (see Unknown Military Force).  
  - Hostile tribe B (Troggies, Trogglodyte?) in caves slightly farther from statue.  Likely to have alternate paths to enter site.  Likely at disadvantage due to knights supporting tribe A.
  - Unknown military force. Armored knights sent to investigate target site. (Female humans, Led by Orianna)  Met with local landowner earlier, rude and appear to have allied with tribe A to secure access.

Swamp Day 3-13 - Investigation of tribe B.
 - As expected, did not welcome the visit.   Forced to take out ambushers on the trail in.   Upon entry discovered tribe had been heavily damaged.
 - Attacked by leader, executed during defense.
 - Showed compassion on remaining tribe.  Attempted repairs on remainder in hopes of gaining cooperation.  Cooperation initiative succeeded.
 - Spent time attempting to convert hideous jade emblem into something better.  Partially successful, at least it no longer is religious.
 - Learned of further caverns and alliance between knights and tribe A
 - Learned of cavern insects.  Tribe A has repellent.  Must seek out samples.

Caverns Day 14 - Investigation into caves.
 - Encountered insects.  Dangerous, fast, and not too bright.  Suggestion of eating like shrimp was rejected.
 - Encountered worship facility.  Signs of evil and depredation.  Defeated religious representatives present.

-- Now on into the caves..

Monday, March 6, 2017

Shattered Star - Curse of the Lady's Light - Episode 1 - Does the water look hurt?

Jazeem, Morrigan, and Wil are waiting for the Ioun stone.

MEANWHILE, a warforged named Tryptic Mirror. Thrane has become less tolerant of warforged. He's been working with another warforged. Eventually the other warforged (whom Trypic has 'forgotten' the name of) is packing to leave and advises him to 'go to Sharn' and find a specific group: daughter of a fiend, son of the earth, and brother of a wolf. He gives Trypic a pouch with a branding stamp. That night, he looks at the brand, heats it and is driven to BRAND HIS FOREHEAD.

He gets a vision of an armored figure of a headless demonic figure riding a horse. Then he has a vision of an elf putting a helmet on his head. Then he has a vision of a stone statue of an angel with no face. As he returns to consciousness and sees the warforge appears floating above him and implores him to "Go Now".

Trypic flees. He takes a lightning rail out of Thrane. Trypic takes odd jobs to pay his way to Sharn. As he continues he discovers that he is developing some inherent magical abilities. He learns that the brand symbol he has is the mark of Onatar. He still doesn't know what the riddle to find, "daughter of a fiend, son of the earth, and brother of a wolf".

Eventually, he arrives in Sharn. He encounters the crowds. He impresses some locals who offer him a job. Trypic makes his way to the "customs office" and is processed by another warforged named "Stringer". The other warforged is puzzled by Tryptic's answers but gives him some paperwork. Aside from normal processing paperwork advises to meet him in the south railway lounge in 30 minutes.

Tryptic meets Stringer. He ponders Trypic's statement about looking for, "daughter of a fiend, son of the earth, and brother of a wolf". Stringer thinks he may know who Tryptic is looking for. He tells Tryptic about his being abducted by derro. He describes his rescuers (the party). He gives directions to the Pathways society.

Back to the party, They return to the Pathway society to get to Ioun stone. They are ushered into a room full of people (many of whom they have not yet met). Sheila Hidemark is there with her husband. There is also Koria Asmirand and Natalia Venkaskerskinson.

Wil now has the shard with no curse.

Wil sees a vision of "The Lady's Light". It is a monolithic statue off of the coast of the Shadow Marches. It has been around for a long time as it was built by one of the Lords of Dust, Sorshen (embodiment of lust). The Pathways society says they will arrange for passage there.

They are given boxes and inside is a very elaborate compass. They are now members of the society and the compasses are wayfinders.

After that two women approach them. Sabyyra Kalm is a spice merchant, she is hoping that we will broker an agreement with locals for trade. Morrigan takes a folder with information. The second woman who is short and smells of granite and paint; Aveya. She has seen the party rowing back and forth from the Crow. She makes statues of succubi "in flagrante". She offers to buy any interesting statues or artwork. The party agrees.

As they leave they almost run into Tryptic. After purchasing a zone of truth spell, they decide to trust him.

The next day they prepare to leave. They head to their ship, "The Wanton Ways". The trip is uneventful.

They arrive at "The Lady's Cape" where the statue is. They take a rowboat out to it. They start walking toward the "Lady" and find a path that leads to a small island nearby. They cross the bridge in hopes of setting up a camp. They notice a column of smoke from the island. They find totems with skulls on them when they get to the island. They find runes written in Draconic with dire warnings to turn back.

They continue on. They find a shack from where the smoke is coming. There is a stench coming from it. Morrigan knocks. They are approached by a half-orc woman. She tells them she needs Kelpie's hair. A particular seaweed. There is a ship wreck where it grows. The party heads out.

They come across an area with various flotsam scattered about. Jazeem swims out to look for the kelp and is attacked by something in the water (Grey ooze). Jazeem quickly destroys it.

They return with the seaweed.