Monday, November 28, 2016

Shattered Star - Shards of Sin - Episode 4 - Stupid NCSoft (I'm still bitter)

They enter the area and end at a ledge and see a platform held by 4 thick ropes. There is another arch that looks over the water. There are ropes that attach to the ceiling that let you swing to the platform. Jazeem swings over the platform and sees a hatch in the ceiling above him. He opens the hatch and a ladder slides down. He throws the rope back and climbs the ladder. At the top is a crawlway that leads to another hatch. He opens it and drops down to another hallway.

Morrigan also swings over and follows Jazeem. Wil manages to get across with Akeela and follows. The walls bear murals with strangely dressed priests. The party believes they are burial niches. They continue to an oblong room that appears to be empty. The passage continues to the right. They continue.

They hear a loud clanging and Wil notices he has tripped an alarm. He grabs the bell and rings it yelling, "I'M COMING FOR YOU!" Morrigan gives Wil an odd look at this point. In the next room there are two tower girls. The fight commences.

The party makes short work of the Tower Girls in the room, although one flees. On the wall is a stone demon face dribbling water. It radiates a magical aura which Morrigan identifies as a replenishing fountain.

The continue down the hallway, encounter a fork they go right. The find a few items along with an urn full of coins and a crate with a bronze statue in it. They collect the items. They backtrack.

The other path has stairs leading down. They continue. AND ARE ATTACKED! Three Tower Girls are in front of them with 2 donkey-rats (snicker). Wil is entangled in a tanglefoot bag. They eventually manage to defeat them.

However, they are attacked again with a similar group + 1 Wererat. They manage to defeat the Tower girls. They continue. In the next room, they see a statue. Morrigan thinks it's familiar but can't place it. They also find a Harrow Deck. They continue.

The continue on eventually finding another statue of the woman which Morrigan recognizes as Alaznist one of the Lords of Dust.

They continue looking. Morrigan tries to locate again using the shard. Although the signal is weak, they think they are going the right way.

They finally enter a large room with 2 large doors made out of some kind of metal with a motif of "eyes". There is a puzzle on the door that they quickly solve.

Before going through they look in the other doors. They are attacked by another were rat. The battle is joined by 2 donkey rats. They manage to defeat them. They recover a cache of loot. They look around and find a skeleton with armor and a rapier. It has a pendant on it that gives a +5 competence bonus to appraise checks, grows warm near illusion magic, and allows one identify a day which Morrigan takes.

Fantastic example of a giant amoeba (stupid f'ing NCSoft)
They go through the double doors and there is a passage heading off. They go through the passage. In one of the rooms is a pond of green scum. Jazeem investigates and a creature in the liquid attacks him.

Two weird amorphous creatures come out of the water with Jazeem and the battle commences. They quickly defeat the creatures and continue.

They get to another room. The room is littered with dessicated fish carcasses and bodies. There is webbing and there is a pool of water. The group is again attacked - this time by 2 giant spiders.

They quickly defeat the spiders and continue. Morrigan finds an id clasp on one of the carcasses. It is the body of "Veddy Paymer" who used to live in the Greywash district. The party backtracks.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Shattered Star - Shards of Sin - Episode 3 - Trumping the Tower Girls

Mórrígan and Talia were unconscious. Akela, Wil and Jazeem started chasing the snake through the pipe. Wil and Akela catch up to the serpent creature but he manages to outpace them. Jazeem falls behind. They close, but Akela sees a SQUIRREL and starts running faster. Wil also gets past the snake. Jazeem and Akela try to corner the snake. It attempts to slither away, but not before Jazeem manages to take a few swings at it. Wil waits at the far end of the tunnel waiting for the snake. The snake belches an odor at Jazeem and Akela. Jazeem manages to defeat the goblin snake. Wil returns. Wil throws the artifact in a bag, get the rest of them and stop at an inn to rest and clean up. The next morning, they return to the Pathway Society.

Sheila greets them and asks for an update. Wil starts becoming blatantly anti-social. She provides a scarlet blue stone and connects it to the artifact. They merge. Wil snaps out of it. Shiela explains that the artifact comes from the age of demons. It is a portion of what was called "The Shatter Star of Zin". This is the shard of pride. If you carry it, you can cast major image 1/day, get a +2 insight bonus vs illusions and +2 insight bonus to all skill checks. Furthermore, it gives a +2 bonus to intelligence and knowledge of history. They give it to Mórrígan. The Shattered Star is a device that was created during the age of demons by the leader of the Lords of Dust named Zin. At the time the item was known as the Sihedron - a 7 pointed star. Each point was made of a different magical material. Zin broke the item apart and each of the 7 Lords of Dust took one. Since that time, the Shards haven't been reassembled. Assembled, it is a powerful defensive artifact. This artifact would be of immeasurable benefit to whichever country owned it. Shiela suggests that the group acquire the parts. Because the group is unknown, they could pursue this quest undercover.

Mórrígan focuses and gets a vision. She sees Sharn as if she was flying above the city circling into the southern point of the city she sees the cranes loading goods into the ships and she sees some enormous stone pilings leaning into the water. She describes it and Wil thinks it sounds like the "irespan" - a portion of the city that long long pre-dates Sharn. She also notes it centered on a particular piling with a carved bird motif on it - vaguely like vultures in parts. Wil says this piling it called "The Crow".  Sheila provides the party with Cure Light Wounds potions.

Mórrígan indicates that the magic ring they have is a ring of feather fall. The party leaves and sells off items.

The next morning, the party sees Talia in the infirmary. She says that she found it when the Tower Girls moved into "The Crow" (we are wondering, because that is supposed to be where the next one is).  The Tower Girls used the passageways out in the pilings as a place to hold up. One day, Talia found a secret door with a skeleton holding the artifact. She took it and got corrupted. She got some local thugs to help her and start to set up a gang to try to "take over the world".  She warns us that the leader of the Tower Girls is a wererat. She also warns that there are "Donkey Rats" there.

The party leaves and goes out to "The Crow" via rowboat. The pilings tower over them. We find a place to dock where there are 3 other rowboats. They enter. There is evidence that people have set up camp here before. They bring the rowboats in and start exploring.

They stop at a landing with some stone boxes and yellow dust, but find nothing of interest. They continue up.

The next level is a hall with murals. Mórrígan notes that the murals depict the Irespan before it collapsed. Mórrígan studies the murals for later. However, Wil hears a noise. Wil looks over and sees something comes up the staircase. He calls out and draws an arrow. Nothing happens. He and Akela go and look at the staircase leading up, but nothing is there. However, there are marks indicating a large rat has recently passed.

The party continues up the stairs.   They enter a room with a large table where they see a wererat and two minions to attack. Battle commences. They quickly defeat the wererat and her minions.

They search the rooms. They find a camp with some meat cooking. They also find another room with more murals, but these are faded.  They continue searching and find themselves at the top of the arch where they entered (above where the rowboats were).