Halcyon, The Golden Age

Questioning

Diogenes yelled racial slurs at the yuan ti from the corner.

“What is your nefarious plan?”
-We will rule after the end, the way that we did before.
“Before what?”
-The end. (Conjecture: many apocalypses have/will occur)
“Is Jormungandr on this plane?”
-He is here, and he waits.
“Waits for what?”
-To rise above the waves and shake the earth
“Who is the girl?”
-The girl is an ally.
“Who’s in charge here?
-Ssaadet
“Is Ssaadet in the room right now?”
-no
“How much deeper does this lair go?”
-no deeper
“How many more chambers will we have to proceed through before we reach the one where your bosses are?”
-2 or 7
“How many other yuan ti remain?”
-Many

“What is on the other side of THAT door.” and points to discovered door
-crits on save
“Where do you keep the captives here?”
-saves
“Why are you capturing spellcasters?”
-we are removing obstacles
“obstacles to what?”
-our plan
“How do the silver haired Chosen fit in?”
-I don’t know what you’re talking about
“How do your move your captives out of the city?”
-saves
“How are you able to use the shadows to travel?”
-Not all of us can, only some with proper ties and training.
“What do you know of the city of Brimir?”
-I don’t know of the city of Brimir
“Are you being helped by someone in the aristocracy or the mage guard?”
-no
“Are the yuan ti working together with the Violent Dark?”
-we use them as we like

“teitr-setja?”
-who
“kaldrhaed?”
-who
“brunimenskr?”
-no, they lack finesse and planning
“what do you do with your captives after you remove them from the city?”
-we do nothing, we care not their final fates
“Was the assassin Iolanthe (description) working on behalf of the Violent Dark or your people?”
-Iolanthe was given the order by the Violent Dark
“We know pureblood and abomination. Tell us about the third kind.”
-saved
“How does she (the elf) aid you?”
-she is a mage
“How long have the yuan ti been established in Arconnesus?”
-Since before it was Arconnesus
“How will you release Jormungandr?”
-We will open the stone and light his way
“How do you open the stone?”
-saves

“Where is the stone?”
-In pieces
“How many pieces are there?”
-As many as there are pieces of the dead god of our enemies.
(talk of Set and Osiris)
“How are you able to track the pieces of the stone?”
-they have omens that surround them
“Does the ability to use magic allow people to track the omens?”
-not on its own, they must have knowledge as well
“Is the elf someone who tracks the stones?
-no
“How many pieces of the stone have the yuan ti found?”
-I don’t know

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Investigation in Arconnesus
Information is gathered in the elven capital.

Heraios 9th, morning

Although he was concerned about whether or not visting with Arminas Culnamowould be awkward now that they were no longer together, Lindal went to her to get an update on what she’d discovered.
He also intended to pose some new areas of research for her:
*What information was available about the origin of elves, and why did they leave the water?
*More investigation was needed into the culture and history of the yuan ti, the shadar kai, and the khayal.
*Age of Ebon needed to be looked into further.
*planar touchstones
*Brimir

At the library,

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Thoughts
A day watching an old enemy raises only more questions.

Heraios 8th, morning

Lindal gathered his magic about him, and made himself comfortable for a day of scrying. He’d decided to attempt to scry on Inyotef, whose name had been mentioned on a note recently, despite the fact that Lindal himself had seen him die, and in fact, had contributed to his death. After a time of concentration and chanting, Lindal’s vision of the room he was actually in became hazy, then was replaced by a different place altogether.

Inyotef, looking wan and a bit under the weather, stood in a small room with nondescript sand colored stone walls. Though he radiated a faint aura of illusion magic, he did very little of interest for the first several hours, mainly reading scrolls and large tomes at a large table. After a time, Inyotef looked up and called for his servant Aaheru.

“Aaheru, have we gotten an update?”

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Friends of Thy Enemy
Brutal attacks nearly kill the group, but they arise triumphant.

Heraois 7th, midday

Rurick and Merdor decided to go across town to visit with Silious’ mother, Erianthe. They were on a relatively quiet street when arrows rained down on them, striking them both. Looking in the direction the arrows came from, Merdor was quick to see an archer on the neighboring roof, forty feet up. After he pointed it out to Rurick, Merdor attempted to throw a grappling hook to the roof above, but was able to make it only partway up. Rurick, growing impatient with Merdor’s lack of progress, picked him up at the base of his feet, and after bracing him, tossed him upwards with all of his might. Rurick’s effort tossed Merdor easily to the roof above, where he landed flawlessly on his feet next to the ominously hooded archer.


Putting their plan into effect, Lindal, Diogenes, and Syurai stood guard over Eileithyia, disguised as the yuan ti girl in the room at Dinindal’s house. Not long after Rurick and Merdor left, a fireball erupted into the room, dealing damage to everyone, although Syurai and Lindal were able to dodge much of the damage. A snakelike creatures entered the room on the heels of the fireball. Eileithyia cast a spell calling a great pillar of divine flame to hit her enemy, and managed to damage quite badly the serpent tailed woman closest to her. Diogenes sunk an arrow between the serpent’s ribs, causing her to hiss in pain and flick her tail at him, distracting his next shot and causing him to hit Syurai, who crouched low to the ground in pain. Blinded by her pain, the large snake-like woman attempted to swing her scimitar, and not only missed, but dropped her weapon as well. Lindal attempted to deal her a magical blow, but was stopped in his tracks when she bit him, causing him to feel temporarily weak. Still, fighting through the pain, he managed to damage her.


Back on a downtown rooftop, the hooded figure slipped an arrow between Merdor’s ribs, causing him a great deal of pain and damage. Thrown off by the action occurring, his next few shots went wide. Merdor, using his pain to give him strength, rushed at the archer, head down and shoulders braced. Pushing him several paces back, he threw him from the roof, narrowly managing to not follow him down. Rurick ran for the fallen enemy, striking him.


Eileithyia channeled the power of nature, turning into a monstrous snake. Her snapping fangs missed the nearby enemies. Diogenes moved, hitting the snake woman. Dodging Eileithyia’s attempts to bite, the woman struck at Eileithyia with her scimitar. Her blow had barely landed when she hissed, angered by the flames of a sphere sent at her by Lindal.


Astonishingly, the hooded figure, now revealed to be partly snake, stood up after falling several stories from above. Moving quickly on his serpentine tail, he nimbly avoided an attack from Rurick, and retaliated with a fierce blow to Rurick. Merdor took a quick potion to heal the worst of his wounds. Rurick tried to hit the serpent man, but was unable to land a hit.


Eileithyia, still in constrictor form, missed a bite at the woman next to her. Diogenes hit the snake woman with several hits, damaging her greatly. The woman moved and bit Diogenes. Lindal moved his flames, then cast a spell to give him strength and divine luck.


The serpent man dealt several blows to Merdor. Merdor attempted to hit back, but was unable to land a hit. Rurick hit the serpent incredibly hard in the ribs, following it up with a strike to the center of his chest. When pulling his weapon from the man, he slipped and dropped it.


Eileithyia bit the serpent woman, who passed out from the pain. The group then tied her up, and pricked her with the sleep arrow to ensure she remained out. The plan was then to search the body, and remove Iolanthe’s body from the haversack.


The snake hit Rurick with several blows in quick succession. Merdor somersaulted off the roof, landed on his feet with only a minimum of damage. Rurick picked up his weapon, and dealt a blow to the throat of the man, killing him almost instantly. His axe was still embedded in the body when several members fo the mage guard ran up to investigate.

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Inheritance
The heroes have a sad practicality to accomplish.

Heraios 7th, morning

With a heavy heart, Skyler’s personal effects were claimed by the rest of the party. Rurick, in an effort to retain the memory of his friend, laid claim to Skyler’s holy symbol. He also gained her ring of swimming, her longbow, and the cloak she wore to stay hidden.

Merdor kept her mug which never emptied, in remembrance of the times they had drinking together. Eileithyia took her small charm, which allowed the ability to redo mistakes.

Though new to the group, for ease of travel, Diogenes was given Emuishere to take care of, and Skyler’s sleep arrows.

At midday, the everyone returned to the guest room at Dinindal’s house.

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The Aftermath
Decisions must be made after questioning goes awry.

Heraios 7th, late morning

Everyone stood in shock over the limp body of Iolanthe, Diogenes’ arrow having landed true. Her message had likely gotten through to whomever she was sending it to, but her communication with them was now over. In the aftermath, everyone had to deal with the consequences. What would they tell the mage guard? What of the people who received her message?

Action point spent by Ariel to pass her Wisdom check, and remember that she could use A Thousand Faces ability.

A new plan was concocted. Eileithyia would turn into Iolanthe, and they would tell the mage guard that there was a big misunderstanding. To help ensure the plan’s success, it was decided that they would send Rurick and Merdor to speak with Istvan, Rurick’s friend in the mage guard, after they claimed Skyler’s things. They gave the same story to Dinindal, who believed it, and also that the woman was injured, and would therefore not be venturing outside the room often.

Another thing needed to be determined. Why was Skyler the target of the assassin? There were finally two possible reasons reached. It may have been due to Skyler’s past actions. She’d been responsible for the final death blow to Kyali and Inyotef [[Adventures Past: Prologue | both]]. The other possibility was that it had been a blow aimed at getting back at Alexis, Skyler’s mother, a member of the Blinding Star.

The group also made a note to send Alexis word that Skyler had been killed, and that they would like to meet with her in order to ask about the Blinding Star.

When Rurick and Merdor arrived at the barracks they asked for Istvan. Istvan greeted Rurick with a good natured dwarven joke. Laughing, Rurick shot back a quick elven joke. Merdor helped explain the situation with the assassin that they’d captured. Apparently she was not, in fact, the assassin, as they’d believed, and was in fact also hunting for the killer of Rodas Zale. Merdor further explained that she was now helping them hunt for the actual assassin. Accepting the information, Istvan told them not to run off on their own, and to keep the mage guard posted about the situation.

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A Rooftop Battle
A battle on the roof ends in defeat for the assassin.

Heraios 7th, morning

Rurick rushed toward the assassin, knocking her off the roof, hurting both of them in the fall. The assassin quickly jumped into the nearest shadow, by the temple wall. Merdor lined up a careful shot and lodged his longsword between the woman’s ribs. Eileithyia attempted to heat the metal on the assassin, but there seemed to be little reaction. Lindal sent a sharp stream of ice toward her, but she nimbly stepped aside.

Mike used an action point to succeed in hitting Iolanthe with his sneak attack.

Rurick leapt up, moving toward the assassin while he drew his urgrosh. The assassin, in turn, fled through the shadows, calling a shadow to assist her. Merdor slips by the shadow and slashed her. The assassin then dodged the sunbeam lobbed by Eileithyia. Lindal then hit her with a burning arcane light.

Chris used an action point to ensure his searing light spell hit Iolanthe

Rurick repeatedly slashed at the shadow, dealing mighty blows. The assassin disappeared into the shadows, and an arrow hit Lindal in the midsection . Merdor tossed his grappling hook to the roof, then quickly shimmied up to the top. Eileithyia turned her sunlight stream toward the shadow, causing it to dissipate. Lindal sent a wave of divine power outward.

Rurick lumbered his way up the rope left behind by Merdor. Another crippling blow lands on Lindal, shot by Iolanthe between the shoulder blades. Merdor snuck behind Lindal, using a wand to heal some of his injuries. Eileithyia harnessed the powers of nature to change herself into a massive hawk, narrowly missing the assassin. Lindal cast a spell to remove the magic from the assassin, causing her to become visible.

Rurick clambered onto the roof next to Merdor. In a rare moment of clumsiness, the assasin dropped her crossbow from the side of the building during her attempt to shoot Lindal. Merdor again healed Lindal, then stepped to the side quickly. Eileithyia rendered the assassin unconscious with a final beam of sunlight.

An examination of the assassin revealed an incredibly faint scale-like pattern to her skin. Eileithyia thought that perhaps she was one of Loki’s children. A spawned race, perhaps?
Maybe connected to plane of shadow? Or they could be connected to the yuan ti, encountered once in Areopagus.

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Travelling Companions
An old man and a wild gnome join the group in their travel.

As far as Azaluen knew, Archoutas would return in the next fortnight.

At the Nightfall Chasm, the group encountered an incredibly old man asleep at a table. They discuss beards in ale, and he offers to buy them some. After admitting that he was looking for Archoutas, to get information, he introduced himself as Arwyr Stronghand. He had further information that Archoutas would be in Arconnesus. Rurick fairly quickly took to Arwyr, who reminded him of his weapons master.

When asked where he’d been before, Arwyr only responded with a vague “somewhere else”, and that he was sent to the shadow plane by someone important. Rurick quickly opened up to Arwyr, leading Lindal to pour beer on Rurick when he was talking.

While travelling in the wilds of the shadow realm, they encountered a wary and wild gnome with a maned wolf companion. Nahuatl and her wolf had been investigating, and ended up being transferred to the Plane of Shadows.

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Darkness in the Market
The group finds the merchant they are looking for.

Bucatios 14th, midday

*Retroactive: When Merdor revealed that he had followed Rurick out of concern, Rurick thanked Merdor for following him, as he’d acted quickly and without plan. They then told the group about seeing Bodvar Wulfkind, and that someone going by the name Loptr Asvaldr seemed to be searching for Rurick. Rurick explained that he was intending to meet Bodvar later, when hopefully Bodvar would have more information.

Back at the marketplace, the group came up with a plan for “Pandora” to try to meet the merchant and his companions at a stall selling exotic poisons. Once there, they watched the group approach.

A slim figure in a black cloak walked through the crowd. Though slight in form, he moved with a confident stride. Pacing at his side was a menacing coal black creature the size of a horse. Its glowing red eyes seemed to burn with a dreadful fire, glinting off of its dull black armor as it watched the crowd with a toothy grin. Flanking them were two other figures. One was a powerful man in black plate, carrying a shield studded with wicked spikes. The evil emanating from him was palpable even from the poison stand. The other was a woman with pale grey skin and snowy white hair. Despite her lack of armor and heavy weaponry, the heat radiating from her slender form suggested another power altogether.

Ariel spent an action point to improve her Charisma check with the group.

Eileithyia spent time talking with the group in the market. She started a conversation by discussing poisons with them. They were introduced to “Pandora” as Archoutas (the merchant), Ahkzim (the demon dog), Ignis (the fire mage), and Lord Oruk Dukhast (the armored man). Archoutas didn’t seem terribly interested in the group, although he did supply Eileithyia with the name of a slave seller, Coventina, when directly asked. Lord Oruk, however, seemed fascinated by her. While Merdor turned invisible and picked Oruk’s pocket, “Pandora” arranged to meet him later where the group was staying in a house near the Hill of the Nymphs.

Merdor turned invisible and picked Lord Oruk’s pocket, gaining two scraps of paper and a coin. paper contained the name Bothildr Blakkr, in dwarven, while the other appeared to be a note.

“Oruk- Be on the lookout for Iolanthe and Narkissos in Hellade. They will have the information you require. -Inyotef”

While browsing the shops, they had an argument with the poison merchant over the poison virile madness. Soon, Merdor and Rurick showed Azaluen the tattoo. He hadn’t seen it, and didn’t recommend asking at random.

Next the group looked up Coventina, the seller of slaves. She had pale skin, black hair and dressed in white: a combination of furs, leathers, and linens. They found there a slave that resembled Nestor. They asked where he was from, and then generally insulted him, but eventually made the purchase.

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A Familiar Face in the Crowd
Rurick sees an old friend in the Market

Bucatios 14th, midday

Upon completion of his spell, Lindal gained the following knowledge: “When roosters cry and trees shake, the wolf and snake will writhe and fight. As the cold comes, the falcons and the half-night goddess shall gather their warriors. Then will be the twilight, and the war.”

The group came to the following conlusions: The cold refers to Fimbulvintr, the three successive winters without break that precede Ragnarokr. The wolf is Fenrir, the snake is Jormungandr, and the half-night goddess is perhaps Hel, who is portrayed as black on one side. The Children of Loki are major factors in the end times.

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