The Sea's Revenge

Session Twenty-One

Last week: Yelling at god, flower apologies, ancient sea elf islands, terrifying figures, bone pits, strange amulets, and amateur archaeology.

The party splits up, heading to their respective homes. Sharzad goes for a run, and stops by Caradoc’s house. She meets a woodelf named Deirdre and has an awkward conversation with her. She apologizes to Caradoc, and they talk about their family. Caradoc speaks of his sister, who was brave and foolhardy. Sharzad talks about her late brother, who was similar- and lies about his demise at the hands of the emperor. They talk late into the night, and Sharzad takes some time to (poorly) wingman for Riaeki.

Nalia receives an invitation to a university event, and seems very excited to attend. She’s welcomed in to a house that is decorated with many nautically related items. Mystery dives right into asking Nalia about Abjuration magic. (Nalia sits on her hands? Weird.) They speak about new types of counterspells, to redirect magic against an opponent.
I don’t know Mystery and I don’t like him. He’s definitely a secret clown. I swear.

Nalia runs into Margaery, a sea elf. She seems confused that Mystery lives in his house. His name is Larr Xa. Fuck. This seems to scare Margaery- who thinks that Larr Xa is a violent, scary-as-hell pirate. Oh dear.

Afa heads to return an artifact to the temple of Brea. Afa goes to hit on a cute girl. We’re all proud. What a good. The acolyte is confused and Afa gets shot down hard=- until she brings up that the artifact depicts Brea as a sea elf, whereupon the acolyte points out that this may be blasphemy. Still shot down. Oh, Afa.

Riaeki drinks herself to sleep. It’s… bad.

Riaeki turns up hung over. Sharzad hands out flowers (“They’re good luck!”) and gets Riaeki coffee on request. What a nice breakfast. They agree to go see Captain Kenner.

Sharzad tries to get Riaeki to haggle. Sharzad fails. There’s an Entertaining Conversation about Garklins and Man Dolin’s.

It turns out that sea elves are good. Which is nice.

We meet Brendan, a sweet good sea elf boy boy. We asks about meeting someone who can translate ancient sea elf writing. Apparently it’s judgement day.

That means it’s time for trials. Geez. What a red herring.

We hire a boy and go to see Ifee. She is tall and buff and has cool hair. Damn her. Afa greets her! We are all led into her bungalow. She lays out a small meal for us, and we take the time to compare our coin to our collection brought to her by alasharesheiya. Apparently there were ‘before’ sea elves, that were ‘closer to the sea’, but the ‘academics’ say that’s apocryphal. Sharzad is… very awkward. We have a very awkward conversation about the Gods. We talk about our findings, mentioned the island- and Ifee says that the island is Very Cursed. Oh no. The curse is on the island, not visitors. Apparently Bailemor was the seat of the ancients. Something cataclysmic happened, and so the sea elves try not to go. Riaeki speaks of the island, saying that the Stormfather said he’d been at Bailemor and couldn’t return. (oh dear). Kenner’s here! He’s very handsome and bald and a lil’ sea elfy.

We ask about getting a translator to go to Bailemor, and show him the coin. The coin has suggestions of meanings- the intimations of leadership, etc. We ask about getting a tattoo translator, and take out a picture of the Evil Acolyte Guy. For some reason, he’s… familiar to Kenner. Odd. He agrees (out of frustration with Procedure) to join us on Bailemor.

We return to Bailemor on Kenner’s boat. The tattoos were simplified for artistic rendering! Damnit! But he can still read this: A hunter, a warrior, a magic-user, a death/loser, The goddess of war and death doesn’t seem to be represented. Kenner reads a line of dialogue above the carved figures- a series of names. Breadha, Arda Iroth, Carrashul, Maoirithel, Eluannach, Ylethaen. Yleth. Lethaen. God damn it all.

We talk extensively about the gods, history, ancient sea elf empires, legends, and cultural traditions. We ask him to keep it secret, keep it safe. We arrive back at the island, try to tip a tiny boy, and then row back to the island.

We adventure down into the sewers, and meet with an ancient spirit. The gods were not gods once, but then they became gods. It knows of Ylethaen. The gods didn’t usurp, exactly, but they presumed. Afa asks about the methods of becoming a god. The spirit seems to shore up Riaekis belief in the stormfather, in that the Stormfather didn’t… lie, exactly. It warns us that the ‘roots of the bindings run deep’. Sharzad touches the water- it reminds her of the Viriditas. Riaeki is scared stiff. They then retreat from the spirit’s lair, have a bit of a tiff about ‘taunting’ it, Afa is confused why this all took so long, and we all go to the Breaking Wave.

When we get there, Riaeki pounds a drink, then yells, “Anyone here ever been in a shipwreck?” Oh dear. A couple of folks answer, and they get to talkin’. The high elf, the least devout of the group, says she’d had amnesia, but she got better. The gnome tells Riaeki that there’s a support group for whose who were in shipwrecks and lost their memories, and that talking to those you knew before can help cure the ailment. It… doesn’t help. Sharzad buys some nice liquor, and they all go out to the bonfire spot to yell at clouds.

They hang out at the beach, and yell at clouds as at group. Sharzad tries to make friends. Riaeki says they are not friends. It is #awkward. But still, they spend the night bonfiring.

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Session NAT TWENTY

Picking up on the day we left off….

Riaeki makes her way to the temple of Rashul in the evening. She marches up to the statue and shouts “HEY!” at the top of her lungs. A dwarven woman taps her on the shoulder, a woman with silver eyes! Riaeki is still loud and proceeds to ask “Is it you?” and then saying that she is sick of being placed in situations where she is set up to fail. The woman responds that Riaeki overestimates the level of control of her life. Riaeki demands at least “a hint” because “you have taken so much from me.” She asks Rashul if he wants the magic back. Rashul tells her to talk to other survivors of shipwrecks. She storms out of the temple and tries to slam the door.

Riaeki then goes to the temple of Brea and donates 500 gold! to the temple. When the acolyte thanks her she says “don’t thank me, its blood money”

Sharzahd goes for a run around the city. She ends up in Newmarket and manages to walk back home.

Nalia goes to Akaar’s house. She tries to be stealthy but is somewhat conspicuous. When she arrives she asks, “Akaar, am i a good person?”
Akaar says that she is one of the best he has met.
Nalia recounts the trip to the goblin market and the book that she decided not to buy, wondering if it means she’s not meant to go back to learn at the university.
Akaar tells her, “My dear, your capacity is not determined by how expensive your books are”
Then Nalia asks “Are there some things that we’re not supposed to learn?”
Akaar begins to give examples of people whose lives were messed up because of knowledge (including someone who threw himself into the sea). He says that he is not sure whether when Mirithal keeps something from them, whether or not you’re supposed to uncover it. He concludes that he’s never been sorry to have more knowledge. Nalia then says “If i never come back from on of my trips, you can have my stuff if you want.”

Afa goes and buys a very nice mandolin that is also shiny. She sneaks into a rich-person park and plays fey songs. Local noble teens are grateful for the sex music.

The gang meets up at the hungry unicorn. Sharzhad comes late covered in flowers with three bouquets. They have dill in them, and worker takes them to task for bringing in outside food.

Afa shows Sharzhad her mandolin and they have a conversation about pearls vs. mother-of-pearl that is very strange.
Riaeki asks what she’s supposed to do with the flowers and Sharzhad says “put them in a glass with water?”
During the breakfast someone comes over to wish “congratulations?”

We go to where Riaeki knows the boats are.
It is an awkward long ride to the island. Sharzad can’t sit far enough away from Riaeki. Riaeki glares at temple hill.

The gang arrives at the island and goes to look at the ruins. They are weird ruins with lots of carvings.
Afa pokes lots of things and sees lots of old magic.
Riaeki notices a design like the compass rose on the ground and follows it north and finds the ruins of a cottage.
Sharzad taps the stone floor with her hammer seeking for hollow spaces. It sounds like rock.
Nalia looks around suspiciously for rats, possibly standing on each other’s shoulders and in a trenchcoat. She thinks she sees a rat and finds a carving of a group of six tattooed elves? standing in a circle holding hands.
Riaeki looks at the carving and thinks that it might be the human pantheon but it is different in many ways.

Everyone sets out to look at the smaller cottage foundation. Afa sees some magic there. Riaeki suggests that Nalia firebolts the area to see what happens. Sharzad fires her new gun at it and destroys part of the ancient ruin. Riaeki is not pleased. Sharzad tries to fix it but ends up piling small rocks on each other and having them fall over again.
Afa finds a piece of a rock with a cool rune on it. She also finds a piece of pottery that depicts Brea, but they look particularly sea-elfy.

The gang goes east on the compass rose and they reach the sea. In the sea there is a standing stone with markings on it that depict Rashul stuff. Riaeki dives down and starts digging at the base of the stone. She finds a coin and a gemstone. The coin isn’t any recognizable denomination, and is big and gold. The gemstone is a large star sapphire.

They go south and find a well. Afa jumps into the well and casts feather fall on herself. She sees lots of necromancy magic and lands on some bones. Sharzad pulls her back out. Afa looks around and finds depictions of death including the hooded figure! Sharzad tries to commune with the spirits of this place, but they are quiet, like they are asleep.
Riaeki yells at god again: “if you want me to start a war in your name, you have to do some convincing. And you’re one to talk about tone!”
A voice responds: “Its been a long time since i was here”
“Be more clear!”
“I wish I could”
“Well then, you’ll have to be ready for me to fail you”
“Many have. Follow your sword.”

The creepy sword twitches in the scabbard and pulls her south, and meets Nalia partway.
Nalia says “we found something and i think its bad. please tell Afa not to jump in the bone pit”

Riaeki shows up and decides to check out the bottom of the pit since the sword has a tug down. She and Afa featherfall down, and the sword still pulls down. They dig down into the bones. They find a very shiny medallion! It looks like Riaeki’s sword. Afa thinks that they might be all part of the same spell. Nalia confirms that it is possible to make a spell across several objects.

They go west and find the remains of a tower with lots of different schools of magic. There is a common picture of a sea elf with a crown of stars. Mirithel has a crown on stars!

They head back to the mainland in another round of awkward silence.
Sharzad lists of the meanings of the flowers while Riaeki rows REALLY HARD.
Sharzad talks: “A lot of my family died doing what they thought was right. You asked if I am a threat to you. My family has made many enemies but one is greater than the rest. His name his Ormazd.”

Ormazd is the emperor of Artakhshad??!!!

“He hates you?”
“He hated my brother. I was a good surrogate.”

Afa points out that they stood up to the Seelie Court and that she’s perfectly happy to stand up against an emperor.

Riaeki says that she was ready to die for her friends and now that Sharzad betrayed them she’s questioning who she made that decision for.

Sharzad: “When i was a prisoner we had a saying, a prayer. It goes: ‘If i die, i die with honor. And I die for you.’”

They make it back to shore and go visit Akaar. They ask him many questions about the origins of the gods; (afa: are the gods sea elves?) he answers the best he can. He tells about human religion myth and stuff.

Then they go see the nice abjuration man to show him the pieces of the spell that they have. He says that the enchantment looks like a key, but to what?
Nalia asks him if they had all the pieces, would he put him together. He says not without much study. Nalia asks if the pieces could be used to trace each other. He says only in a very limited way, since there is not actual magic connecting them.

He asks what this is all about. They explain the situation and say that the image on the card is the big bad.

He looks at the card and says it looks like a depiction of “lethaen,” a ghost story from where he comes from: if you go out in the blizzard, it will take you. It has a dagger that will turn you into ice.

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Session Nineteen

(FYI I got super emo in the middle of writing this so if anything is incomprehensible…that is why)

The gang get ready to leave the Goblin Market!

Sharzad and Tenk go off to complete a mysterious errand…Crafting a a new device that Sharzad designed to break things apart (a new gun?!) Things go pretty good at the forge, but assembly is harder..they cobble it together but it is #questionable

Nalia and Afa go to buy supplies and spend ten gold on rations. Afa casts hysterical laughter on the merchant after she slanders potatoes!

They set out!

After a little while on the road, they spot someone standing on a bridge on their path. It is a member of the Seelie court. The Seelie are NOT happy about the Seelie merchant getting her shop burned down. Afa and Nalia deny involvement (unconvincingly…rip). Afa also warns the Seelie that there will be retribution if she is harmed. The fey guy is not impressed. Sharzad says there’s a way everyone walks away unharmed…and then fires her new gun!

Unfortunately, her new gun pretty much just explodes when she fires it. She then fires her other pistol three times. This dude is bleeding silver blood now and he’s pissed!!!!!

Afa hexes him and he takes damage, but he retaliates by SWOOPING in to mess with Riaeki! Nalia panics and casts invisibility on Afa, thinking that maybe if she’s not visible the guy will have to leave them alone? It is not a well thought out plan. All the dogs rush in a do a bunch of damage to basically everyone!!!! Things are going bad for the gang and when the fey casts entangle, Nalia says desperately that he should take her since she was the one who lit the shop on fire, and leave everyone alone. The fey pauses and asks her to say more. After talking, the fey guy says he will take Nalia with him and leave everyone else. Nalia is distrustful of him and he basically says they will make a deal. Afa is VERY disturbed by this and is tugging on Nalia’s cloak! Things proceed and before Nalia makes a final agreement, Afa intervenes.

The fey guys agrees to hear them out if they all talk under a zone of truth. Afa, now visible, is asked what Court she belongs to. She answers Unseelie and he says she may not testify, only the unaligned mortals

He asks Nalia if she burned the shop and she says yes; he asks why and she says the displacer pelts were unethical (not a lie!) but when he asks who asked her to do it, she has to say that it was Afa. She is very angry and almost crying when she says this.

Next, the fey asks Sharzad if she witnessed this and she says yes, and explains about Orfid, an Unseelie who was also there (NOTE: I don’t totally remember what happened with this because I was FRAZZLED pls feel free to amend…)

Riaeki gets the same questions but responds that she was pretty drunk at the time. True!

When the fey finally vanishes (taking his friends with him), Riaeki runs to hug Nalie who is now crying, and tells her to never do that again! Nalia says she thinks she may have made things worse for Afa, but Afa and the others reassure her.

Riaeki then tells everyone that if they have anything in their past that could get the gang killed, they should all have a discussion about it so everyone knows ahead of time. Everyone agrees, but Sharzad looks very nervous and tries to hide it by stowing all the pieces of her exploded gun in the back of the caravan. Riaeki, however, still notices.

That night Riaeki drinks the Special Wine again and dreams of falling in darkness and being swept into the sea.

A few nights later, Nalia asks Afa what the fey would have done with her. Afa says most likely turn her into something or make her a servant forever, and that it wouldn’t have been worth it. N says OK and that she’s glad they’re all together so they can kill fey group if they come back.

Sharzad rebuilds her gun!

As they’re walking, Sharzad takes Nalia aside and apologizes for maybe being harsh earlier, but says she has had a lot of self-sacrificing people in her life, and it makes her uncomfortable— basically that Nalia doesn’t need to do that. Nalia tells her she thinks of Sharzad as their friend now but she won’t do that to her, and also she probably wont ever again anyway! Before they go back to the group Nalia says she’s sorry Sharzad has experienced that, and Sharzad quietly agrees.

They return to Calafort! What’s the deal with these guards!

They head to Caradoc’s house. Sharzad says to Riaeki that when they get in there to run with her on something that she is going to lie about. Riaeki is VERY wary but agrees.

Once inside, everyone exchanges greetings and updates on the mission. Sharzad asks if Caradoc has had any visits from the fey. When Caradoc responds in the negative, it comes out that Sharzad made a bargain for Angharad. Riaeki is in genuine disbelief.

Sharzad explains that she made a contract for Angharad to return for three years, and Riaeki interrupts and says that’s what the dagger was for. Caradoc, in shock, asks if there was a starting date. A sick realization comes over everyone and Sharzad drops her weapons belt and walks into the other room. When Riaeki follows her, Sharzad has tears in her eyes

As Riaeki gets a grip on what has happened, she becomes more and more enraged at what Sharzad has done, to her mind, behind their backs.

Sharzad, devastated, says that she thought she could do good. Riaeki responds that she doesn’t know where this egoism comes from, and Sharzad replies after a moment that it runs in the family. Riaeki asks why she would do this and Sharzad says she would give anything to see her family again, even if for only three years. Riaeki responds that those standards don’t apply to everyone.

Sharzad: You’re right. I’m a fool.
Riaeki: Shall we go back in there and fix your mistake as well as mine?
Sharzad: What was your mistake?
Riaeki: Apparently I have no eye for traitors

Both return to the stunned Caradoc. Riaeki can tell he is shocked, but beneath it is a current of anger. He tells them that with the fey, when it comes to time, they are cruel. He says not all is lost as they still have the dagger, and if anything changes he will contact them. The mood is very grim. They are paid on their way out.

Once outside, Riaeki punches Sharzad in the face, and Sharzad turns and walks away. Nalia steps to go after her but falters. Riaeki brings her back because they have business to attend to still. They all agree, miserable, to meet the next day to see about the old god they’ve awakened.

Things are not looking great.

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Session Eighteen

after selling poison to a man who’s only sin was being a hipster,

  • everyone is looking for bad decisions, but rolls shitty on their perception so SEES NOTHING,
  • sharzad finds a forge, meets a dwarf, and haggles very badly to rent the forge. sharzad does not buy a breastplate.
  • afa and nalia talk to a nyad selling weapons. she’s really hot. SHE’S SELLING LIGHTSABERS!!!!!!!!!!! nalia buys a quarterstaff. she takes afa inside her magical hut
  • AND SHE’S KIRSIKKA!!!! she offers sharzad power, which she refuses. she offers nalia knowledge, and riaeki the same, and they refuse. she offers afa freedom…
  • kirsikka knows why the party is looking for the starfall dagger. she’s willing to trade it for the dying words, if the party kills the night collector!
  • riaeki looks for the hallucinogen-selling satyr. afa returns to the scene of the arson.
  • the party returns to nehaska and tenk, who give them the next day off. the party discusses looking for information on yleth.
  • nalia gets quarterstaff lessons from tenk. sharzad is emo. afa explains fey deals to riaeki, who doesn’t want her to kill herself against the night collector.
  • fck that (why did i type this? who knows)
  • afa, riaeki, and nalia go into the fey market to look for information. riaeki talks to a goblin seer. she draws three cards: a void, a broken rock, and a hooded figure with a dagger. “that card’s not in my deck— gotta go!”
  • stymied, they search for strong divination magic and find an old sea elf. nalia approaches him.
  • he charges them 100 gold, and says the reading will be unpleasant.
  • there’s something “in his way” but he seems to be able to navigate it. the gang sees a horrible battlefield with evil weapons that look like riaeki’s sword. at their head is the hooded figure, which looks at them. the scene changes. they’re in the ruins where they enchanted the moon rats, before they were ruins. a figure talks to the hooded figure, in robes of all white, wearing a crown of stars. the hooded figure leaves, and looks at them. the scene changes. they see a spirit in front of the hooded figure, who animates a body. “for your allegiance, when the time comes.” the hooded figure looks at them, and draws a dagger. they seem to not be able to see the party… “we’re being spied on— or we will be, but i think they’ll be too late”. the vision ends.
  • the seer tells them that the figure raised from the dead is the thing they freed, but that they’ve “angered a god”.
  • sharzad approaches callum. she asks for an introduction to the night collector!!! A BAD IDEA, PROBABLY
  • callum leads her to a shabby-ish tent with a fey goblin in it, and asks her to make a deal for ang-harad. “trust is a big word from a medium being” “i have a big soul”
  • sharzad makes a deal: ang-harad gets three years of freedom and the night collector will not kill afa, if sharzad gives her kirsikka.
  • riaeki goes searching for wine. a satyr attempts to talk her down, and tells her that the wine gives “both true and false sight”. she returns to the caravan and begs sharzad to take her to the wine-seller, which she does.
  • riaeki tells the seller a secret for the wine, ,and they head back to the stand.
  • sharzad takes afa aside. she tells her that she freed ang-harad for three years, and the deal she made in order for that to happen. she also tells afa the deal she swore to callum to protect her.
  • sharzad tells afa about her past as a gladiator!!!!!!!!!!!!! rad
  • riaeki dreams of her sister again, who talks about imaginary friends!!! aaaaaaaah!!!!!
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Session Sixteen

Last time, on The Sea’s Revenge.

We recover some hobgoblins. Sharzad Learns Maths. Some interesting conversations occur in an inn (Nehaska and Tenk are worried we mistrust them. We do.) Sharzad and Afa recreate a frat party, with potions.We all suffer the wrath of the Storm (thanks Riaeki). We meet a elf bard terrifying nightmare fae, who Afa makes a musical deal with. We fail to acquire owlbear babies (but manage to not Die). Finally, we reenact Ghostbusters, but with more fire (props to nalia).

Riaeki divinely senses, and it seems we’ve cleared the place out. Nalia finds some 5 silver and some coppers on the bodies. Sharzad jumps up and down on some embers for 10 minutes. Afa finds some blood stains and a strange magical lamp.

Tenk comes to check on us. Sharzad suggest burying the bodies. Tenk suggests using the building as a makeshift pyre. It is decided we’re going to stay in the haunted house for the night, and we build a pyre by the lake. Riaeki goes to pray to the Rashul and gets a weak scent of ocean salt. Afa inspects her lamp: it lamps things. Specifically, it’s a lantern of revealing, which is probably how we get to the dungeon underneath of haunted house. Sharzad says last rites.

Callum wakes up, is informed. There’s some awkward banter about cannibalism (we do not condone cannibalism). We discuss hunting, fishing, and consecrations. It seems like something awful happened here, a long time ago. Watches are arranged, and Sharzad manages not to take a watch with Nehaska (score).

Sharzad and Afa taken first watch, and Callum stays up with them because he’s a terrifying nightmare fae. There’s some art and some banter. Nalia and Tenk take second watch, and discuss #magicalSkills. Nalia asks Tenk about the Goblins- apparently Fae Goblins are a bit smarter, and stranger. Tenk advises Nalia not to buy anything or trust anyone- and, maybe, not to trust Afa either. Riaeki and Nehaska talk. Nehaska is wondering why Riaeki doesn’t trust her, and they talk about the hobgoblin fight. Nehaska thinks she’s not so different from Riaeki; Riaeki doubts that, and counters that she didn’t exactly ‘choose’ to serve her god. Nehaska follows the gods of her people, but not the way that her people do. She believes that the gods love ‘us’ as their creations and love all of ‘us’ equally. Nehaska’s trying to convince Riaeki to trust her. Riaeki apologizes. We learn some dark things regarding Tenk, and cannibalism (we do not endorse cannibalism).

We wake up and Afa’s a bard now.
So that’s.
Terrifying.

Oh and all of the rest of us are better now. Sharzad and Riaeki go to catch some fish- we grab a smallmouth bass!

Note from the DM: Murder the PCs.

We continue on towards the market. Callum is chummy with folks and Sharzad is suspicious. Afa is nervous about seeing family! (aww) Finally, we reach the market. It’s Big, and filled with tents, magic, and wonderment. Illusions, natural and otherwise, are everywhere. We’re surrounded by all sorts of goods and vendors and buyers. Riaeki is on the cusp of remembering something. So that’s. Terrifying. A demon boy takes notice of Nalia. Afa is deeply reminded of her past.

Sharzad attempts to comfort Riaeki, poorly. Nehaska welcomes us to the market. Nehaska’s going to set up the cart on the outskirt, to begin doing business in the standard items. Afa is eager to explore, so we decide to be her chaperones. The whole market is disorganized, and we don’t look too out of place (a weird sensation for many of us). There’s a strange tent of tapestries, where people go to get some sort of awful truth revealed, probably. There’s a tree-stall selling leaves(?). Nalia finds a centaur who is holding the body of a horse. Nalia finds him handsome. It’s bad.

I cannot remember what we wanted the horse man for but I’m not buying his hair.

Nalia awkwardly asks about his hair things. Sharzad calls us the Fantastic Four, because she’s a fool and forgot to come up with codenames. Afa asks about buying hair. Mr. Horseman tries to bullshit us. Afa fails to haggle. Sharzad fails to remember that the instruments aren’t for sale. Afa closes the deal.

We deliver the casks. We ask about the goods, and about Kirsikka. Apparently, hags will appear “when we most need it”. We go to the dryad and manage to offend it pretty much instantly. It’s also got a chained up pet bird, which sucks. A random goblin calls to us, and brings us into a bookstore. This is a bad idea, but we’re doing it. Nalia finds a book on the foundations of elven universities, and on evocation magic. Sharzad tries to offer haggling advice, and fails. The goblin looks at Nalia’s palm, and demands that she give up her soulmate, should she ever meet them. We learn that other things may be traded as well, like true hatred, and future riches. It seems to be a very good book, but we decide to come back later.

We meet Letto, one of Afa’s old friends. He’s a fun and offputting dude. Sharzad makes a bad joke. We ask him about Kirsikka, and he seems surprised. Apparently Kirsikka’s on the Night Collector’s bad side, and isn’t supposed to be selling her goods here. So that’s. Good. He says to try to find a vendor who’s not who they appear to be. Letto remarks upon the growth of Afa’s abilities. Apparently Letto and Afa grew up together- Afa crossed over when she was five. Also, cannibalism. Multiple cannibalism jokes.

Sharzad wants to go the the tapestry tent. The tapestries are creepy transformation sequences. So that’s bad. A voice a welcomes us, and we’re sniffed by a massive black dog. She’s a hag, and she’s interested in Riaeki. She trades in memories, and Riaeki lacks them. Riaeki wants to find her name, but the hag can’t offer that. The hag counter offers with a memory of family- enough to find them. Riaeki points out she already has two of those- but still considers it, asking the price. The hag wishes her to carry a seed with her for a year and day, then plant it wherever she is. The seed will then grow into a tree. We all consider.

Riaeki takes the deal- for three memories. The hag takes her hand…

And she’s in a house, standing on a rug next to her father. His hair is cut short and practical, with a close-cropped beard. She’s training her with swordsmanship, with a wooden sword, and completes a disarming. She’s happy. She’s been practicing that for a long time.

Then she’s a teenager, on a wagon. Behind her is a caravan. Being a caravan guard- that was familiar to her. Her man is talking to a serious man in fancy robes. They’re travelling between cities.

Then she closes her eyes, and opens them. She’s next to the sea, on the deck of a ship. A merchant ship. Next to her is a woman her age, or a bit younger. She’s smiling, hair whipped back by an approaching storm. But she’s resentful. Her sister. And her sister is wearing a ring- an emblem. A family crest. A sword, below a white star.

Riaeki wakes up, weeping. And, without looking at anyone, she run from the tent, out into the market.

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Session Fifteen
  • nehaska heals nalia while the gang is clearing the path. her religious symbol is not familiar to riaeki
  • sharzad does some destruction math
  • the party reaches the traveller’s rest (suggested by nehaska)
  • riaeki helps nehaska with the horses while the rest of the party goes in. afa orders potato and edible bird.
  • while everyone is eating and drinking at the inn, nehaska apologizes for getting off with the group on the wrong foot. everyone (save riaeki) assures her this is not the case.
  • riaeki and sharzad have a conversation about being at cross purposes with saving each other and others
  • nehaska asks afa about her experience with the fey while tenk asks nalia about her magic studies
  • while everyone else heads to bed, riaeki goes outside to stand in the rain for a little while
  • in their room, afa and sharzad try one of the remaining experimental potions. sharzad’s makes her throw up :( afa’s makes her feel great!
  • sharzad tries another one and throws up again :(
  • the next morning after breakfast, nehaska and riaeki go out to take care of the horses again
  • the party sets off! the first few days are relatively uneventful other than the rain being consistently miserable
  • after two days, they enter a forest where they meet callum, a friendly half-elf. it turns out he is headed for the goblin market too
  • callum and afa trade stories about the feywild
  • the party sets up night watches: afa and nehaska, sharzad and tenk, riaeki and nalia
  • once she goes to sleep after her watch, afa speaks to callum in a fey/dream state (?) and they make a deal
  • on their watch, sharzad and tenk exchange some knowledge
  • sharzad then goes out into the forest to pray
  • on their watch, riaeki asks nalia about memory suppression spells. nalia doesn’t have much of an answer for this
  • the next morning, the party sets out and enters the shadefall woods
  • along the way the party runs into some owlbear cubs separated from their parents. there is a close call with a near confrontation with the parent owlbears, but thanks to afa’s fear spell manage to avoid it
  • later, they pass an abandoned way station and riaeki is able to detect that there are undead inhabiting the area. the party agrees to clear the area. nehaska and tenk guard the wagons while the rest go inside (except callum, who is napping)
  • together the party managed to defeat the five zombies!
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Session Fourteen
  • a week since the party last spoke to keradoc. afa, riaeki, and nalia go to visit reka and give him lilac honey. afa tells him about french fries. he thanks the party for helping him. his son is adorable.
  • sharzhad visits cult students. she strikes up a conversation with tornos gladstone, who is very religious but does not like being in prison. iono is more reticent, but seems to regret his life choices. “the problem is that the others can’t replace her; they’re not divine. she has the capability to rule. the others are pretenders. when you die, you’re supposed to transcend, right? but you don’t anymore, because she’s gone.” sharzhad: “you don’t always just die.”
  • riaeki gets her sword identified at the arcanum. afa doesn’t knock over a shelf. the sword is repurposed from other metal? “there’s something else” to it, but esandrian can’t be more specific.
  • the party receives a list of mercantile goods from keradoc to trade and source. they’re weird. and strangely vegan.
  • they meet their wagons at the eastern gate. sharzhad is carrying everything she owns. keradoc is talking to a pretty woman (walkin down the street~). her eyes are lizard-y. “my dear friend and associate, nehaska”. a scaly green man comes out from behind the carriage— his name is tenk.
  • riaeki asks about vegan fey goods. the fey think it’s more fun not to lie, and ethically sourcing materials is more a goal than a necessity, but keradoc is more worried about it in the wake of harald.
  • keradoc gives the party a map. it takes forever to upload to roll20. the river the party is to travel over is /not/ called the deflated cock.
  • nehaska and tenk take the reins of the caravans. they chat familiarly but it’s off somehow. afa talks to them about the fey. nehaska dumped a guy in a scorpion pit once. nalia knows the two new people are probably from kineshi bog. sharzhad can see forever. a small wagon is coming from the other directions. it appears to be a farm wagon with halfings. afa buys potatoes. nehaska asks if they’ve seen anyone; they haven’t. sharzhad discreetly buys carrots. riaeki sees: “you can eat whatever you want, we’re not gonna judge you.” “you will say nothing.”
  • the party enters goblin gulch. sharzhad starts singing in orcish. riaeki and afa notice something across the road. nehaska and tenk pull the caravan up.
  • there is much debate over a very big tripwire. sharzhad wants to test it, afa wants to mage hand it, riaeki wants to throw a stone at it. it’s a moot point, as a creature leans over the side of the canyon and triggers it. massive gunpowder explosion. riaeki and sharzhad both try to push each other out of the way, and ruin it for each other. the canyon is blocked off, and hobgoblins are everywhere. it’s initiative.
  • the hobgoblin captain shouts “surrender your goods or be killed!” sharzhad: “we possess magic beyond your ken! we’ve defeated cultists and rats!” this, shockingly, does not work. “you don’t look like much to me!” “okay!”
  • the party shouts at nehaska to help them fight rather than try to get the caravans out of the crevasse. she misses many longbow shots.
  • hobgoblins hit pretty hard. afa kills one and runs onto the caravan.
  • the hobgoblin captain throws a javelin at sharzhad. it misses. free javelin!
  • afa stabs a hobgoblin.
  • nehaska casts suggestion on the hobgoblin captain and he tells his underlings to turn tail and leave. but he’s still in riaeki’s moonbeam and the damage breaks the spell. afa takes him down, and the rest of the hobgoblins flee.
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Session Thirteen

Notes go here!
Last time on: The Sea’s Revenge.
We met the headmaster; chased down a student; searched a room; found a rat; destroyed a wall; poisoned a teammate; killed a student; saved a professor; stopped a cult ritual; and opened a flesh-tree so it’s inhabitant could be freed (accidentally).

Afa and Riaeki loot the bodies while Nalia and Sharzad stand to the side. They acquire a gold necklace, coins, a strangely wrought sword, and a shadowy cloak of wood-elven design. Spending some time to evaluate these items, they discover the cloak is a cloak of elvenkind and the sword is a +1 cold iron sword of some sort (probably cursed, using transmutation magic ?).

Sharzad goes off to get the headmaster at Riaeki’s bidding and Afa begins to meditate to contact her patron in regards to the question of “Yleth”. She is answered by a wave of cold, and a voice saying, “Don’t worry about her.” It’s very concerning. Nalia recovers some arcane strength.

The headmaster lets Sharzad into his room. Sharzad foolishly attempts to explain what exactly occurred. The headmaster contacts his contacts, concerningly. The necromancer professor, one other, and Baraksan will accompany them to the very scary underground ritual place.

Riaeki and Afa identify some of the bodies regarding to which god they claimed as an alias. Rubia is Tanis, for example. Nalia investigates the tree, and using her height advantage looks inside the tree- to witness a pile of bones inside of it. Very concerning. They agree not to mess with the tree further until Mr. Magic Man arrives with his entourage.

Mr. Magic Man arrives, unreadable as usual. Sharzad lies for the parties benefit, then when confronted about it, claims she was just “more trustworthy”. The headmaster inspects the scene. Ava explains: “It brought her back as not-Rubia.” Mr. Man-of-the-Magic inspects the scene until professor Vishenev arrives. A gnome with curly dark brown hair and white robes with silver embroidery enters. Edenne, head of the temple of Myrithel. She casts a spell, illuminated by strong moonlight, and begins a quick replay of the events of the battle, revealing how the spirit was truly released. Sharzad is no longer trustworthy. Riaeki flags down the Myrithel and hands her the notes where the various Cultists claim the name of gods, pointing out the one who took the name of Myrithel. The priestess believes this is mostly cheeky. They exchange religious well-wishings and contact info, then she leaves. Mr. Magical-Man-Dude confronts Sharzad, who responds cheekily; Vishenev confronts Riaeki, who responds honestly. Vishenev seems to react to the knowledge that there are bones inside the tree.

Riaeki uses her spell slots to reawaken to Cultists, who respond with anger and confusion. Riaeki questions him about the tree, he demands to get up, she offers the blade to help him stand (untying him in the process), then pulls the blade back. The Professor of All Things Not So Good (Sylvain). Barbs and comments are exchanged; the Professor essentially admits to it, then gloats over the release of the spirit. Mr. MM (magicman) bloviates regarding the inevitable success of the justice system, and then Sylvain claims that we have released ‘The Servant, One Of Her Greatest Servants. Now her power grows every day, every day, and we worked so long to find this place and weaken the bindings, and now you’ve completed the ritual for us!" We all dislike him very much. Afa tries to charm him. It doesn’t work so Afa tries ‘the mean way’. Sharzad attempt to intimidate him, and it seems to work.

Sylvain begins to explain:
“In the beginning there were gods, but they were much greater than they are now, able to walk the mortal earth. But they was one much greater than they, and she convinced them to lock themselves away. Then, she ruled. But the other gods were… they were more resourceful than she had planned for. They sent their sniveling minions for her, and eventually she was overwhelmed and slain. But she had many who served her, many of great power, and if they were to marshal her power again, we could bring her back.” Riaeki mentions the Magic Headmasters god, Sylvain insults that god, and Mr. Man-With-The-Good-Magic is pissed. The other professor explains: “There was once another god, and she caused some chaos, but she was dealt with.” Theology continues. “Yleth considered herself part of the pantheon. She betrayed the pantheon, and she suffered the consequences. She was the keeper of the dead, and she started hoarding souls that had passed through this world.”

They speak about the spirit in the sewers, discuss it’s ideology and relation to Yleth.

Sylvain complains, he’s confronted regarding his Friends In Other Sects, then he gives some ominous remarks saying that ‘Death Isn’t What It Used To Be’. Riaeki offer the blade to The Headmaster, who refuses the chance to kill Sylvain- when Baraksan enters, and is confused.

Apparently the school was founded on the ruins of an old temple to protect? or defend? something, but most of that knowledge was lost to the ages.

The Headmaster uses a high level spell to paralyze us, and thus we get very handily lectured by this old fellow. We point him towards Caradock, and we begin on our way. Riaeki and Sharzad have a conversation about morality and second chances. Afa and Riaeki have a conversation about the Queen of Air and Darkness. Riaeki quizzes Vishenev about the blade- it’s bound to Yleth. Unfortunate.

All together, they head to Caradock. He’s very perturbed (but super impressed we completed the job in less than a day, amiright?). He’s stunned we managed to do so very much, and mentions that he’s surprised anyone managed to surpass Harold. We discuss whose mess this is to clean up, and we contend ourselves for the job. We each receive 296 gold! Riaeki tips the Headmaster, flips him off, and he leaves (in a huff). Caradock will be busy getting good for the ‘Northern Markets’. Near ‘Cartreph’. We look over the maps to find Yleth temples, finding many minor temples, one Major Temple to the south in the swamps, one to the northwest, but for the most part they don’t match present day settlements. The Northern Markets are too far inland to go Yleth hunting at the same time.

He offers us 1000 gold to go to the Northern Market, make some sales and purchases with the fey, and he’ll give us time to investigate Yleth while we are there (and do some investigation of his own in the meantime). We agree, and decide to head to the Temple to get the +1 Cold Iron Sword checked out, before the Drinking.

Temple Hill: a fairly tall hill, topped with the temples of the gods of the human pantheon. They curve around one side of the top of the hill, with a large open plaza in front of them. Each represents the spirit of their god. We enter the temple closest to the sea, a greystone building with huge sturdy columns. Beauty in solid, strong utility. At the end is a statue, whose lower half is carved like water solidifying into a figure with a cloak covering his face and a pendant that looks like the moon.

We consult Riaeki’s god; a cold comes upon us, and Riaeki and her god have a conversation. “You brought friends?” “Well, y’know, I-” “Where did you get that?” “We were trying to- I know you know Yleth.” Things become uncomfortable. “Yleth is dead.” “They’re trying to bring her back. I was gonna stop him if you would, y’know, let me…” “Keep the blade. I cannot say more, but keep the blade, and use it.” We’re all zapped, and the god’s presence disappears.

We talk about Riaeki’s history with death, and some vague things are exchanged. Sharzad runs some errands, and everyone convenes at the Hungry Unicorn, getting some alcoholic beverages and potatoes. Riaeki hands Sharzad the Special Liquor, which she does a Shot of. It’s delicious. I’m terrified. Dear god. Sharzad is suddenly very, very wasted. In fact, so is Riaeki. Afa chugs a random potion. It doesn’t seem to have an effect. Riaeki talks to Nalia about the stresses of the day. Nalia’s glad to have new friends and not to be at the university.

Presents are distributed. Songs are played. Dances are done. Songs are requested. Nalia gets dragged into doing INTENSE FLIPS. Everyone gets very drunk, retires for the night.

The next morning, the party decides to go shopping at Dessie’s. It is a Nice Store with a Nice Pink Cat. Afa purchases Wintery Boots, Nalia purchases a Cloak of Protection, Riaeki purchases Split mail, and Sharzad purchases a tent, travelers clothes, fishing tackle, Tinker’s Tools, five manacles, and a scale. Riaeki grabs some healing potions, for the road, and Scones Are Consumed. Potions are distributed, and we head back to Caradock.

Caradock lays it out: this is dangerous. This market involves business we’re not familiar with, and don’t understand, but the potential for profit is vast. Apparently Afa’s friends tried to protect her from it. These deals are very creepy and bad and we should not take them so that’s, y’know, good. We must treat the people we’re dealing with as if they’re familiar, even if they’re not. We must not trade anything further than he permits for the goods he searches for. We’re also looking for the Night Collector, one of the archfey. She sounds like she’s hard to find and A Real Shady Dude.

We’re also looking for a hag named Kirsikka, who could be a good source of information. She’s very old, very powerful, will try to trap us, but she could be a friend if we can outwit her (she respects that).

Caradock needs something the Night Collector wants. His twin sister vanished when he was young. She had found her way to the faewild, and now she’s bound to the night collector. He will pen us a letter to give to her, if we find her. He’s sent many people to the markets before, but he thinks maybe we’ll be ones to succeed. (Afa considers the Night Collecter. The latter is unaligned, and seems to be connected to the Hags and the Goblin Kingdom. Sometimes the Fae deride her because she doesn’t care about Court Politics. But others advise against mocking the Night Collector.) Caradock’s sister’s name is Angharad.

We end there, awaiting a new quest into the world of the Fae.

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Session Twelve

The party starts off this session finishing up their search of Sylvain Brisurin’s office. Everyone fails to notice something with a perception check. Sharzhad takes some hairs as a souvenir. Afa presses a magic spot on the desk and gets poison-darted and knocked out. Riaeki cures the poison.

Just then, a young woman enters the room, sees Afa, and runs.

Sharzhad immediately arrests her in the name of the merchants guild at gunpoint.

Riaeki fails to wake up Afa while Sharzhad fails to lie about her authority.

The woman runs again, and Sharzhad gives chase, gaining quickly. Sharzhad dramatically leaps over the banister in front of her but falls down. The woman manages to escape, and when a group of concerned students ask what is going on, Sharzhad tries to convince them that this is a drill.

Meanwhile, Riaeki wakes up Afa. Nalia looks at the place where the dart came from and finds a letter. The letter is from Harald Cleftstone telling Sylvain that the “components” he requested. Evidence!

The students are not convinced that this is a drill. They start questioning what they see, and one starts looking for professors. One brings the headmaster. The headmaster asks what is going on here. Sharzhad begins to explain things to the headmaster. Riaeki walks up behind Sharzhad and hands the Headmaster the letter. The Headmaster is unimpressed. Riaeki immediately casts Zone of Truth.

The Headmaster is still unimpressed, saying that he doesn’t doubt the truth of what they’re saying but that they were breaking and entering in a professor’s office.

Nalia goes to get the books out of the office. The headmaster convinces them to talk to him in his office, and they also send for the student who ran (one of the students with the suspicious library list!)

On the way to the office, Sharzhad expresses her sincere thanks that the rest of the party came to her aid.

In his office, the Headmaster tells them that their evidence is worrying, but not in any way conclusive.

Sharzhad manages to convince the headmaster to let them “escape” so that they can continue their investigation.

Afa goes behind the library and uses the pipes of the sewers to summon rats. Among them is a Moon Rat named Hss’t who says that the rats never go under the university. Hss’t explains that under the university there is a tree that is “dead but not dead.” The party asks if Hss’t can lead them there, but there are only the “small ways.” They take Hss’t into the bottom of the library to see the beginning of one of the small ways.

Afa looks around for a larger pathway and finds a section of the wall that is much newer than the rest of the wall. Sharzhad tries to open up a hole in the wall. She explodes open the wall with her mortar, exposing a cold, dark hallway. The party heads down the hallway, so far apparently not noticed by anyone in the library above (yet).

Ominous music starts. The ominous hallway is ominous. The wall is covered in fading abjuration runes. There are faint voices in the distance. The voices resolve into ominous chanting. There are a group of cult looking people doing the chanting. In the middle of the circle is a huge UNDEAD TREE that is chained to five headstones.

Sharzhad approaches the cultists with Riaeki and Afa, while Nalia hangs behind. The cultists see then and INITIATIVE IS ROLLED.
The two sides fight:
—Riaeki summons a moonbean
—Professor summons skeletons
—Sharzhad does a BADASS turn where she gets a mortar shot on the tree and gets a headshot on the professor leading the cultists.
—Afa Eldritch Blasts one of the students dead and the other two down but not dead
—Sharzhad stabilizes the professor: just in time. The Lich-Tree thing resurrects Rubia, the dead student. She is very creepy and scary.
—Nalia FIREBALLS all the bad guys except the tree. The skeletons disintegrate. Rubia is on fire and continues to be scary.
—Rubia starts taking huge amounts of damage. She has a very creepy exchange with Afa where she says that “she’s been dead for a long time” and laughs creepily.
—This is clearly not Rubia anymore
—Finally Sharzhad fells not-Rubia.
—Riaeki climbs down and starts pulling bark off the tree. She cuts her way inside, through rotten internal wood that burns her hands, until she has made a hole big enough to look through. There is a blue glow inside the tree that suddenly WHOOSHES out in the shape of an orb.

The orb says “Thank you for that” and vanishes. The tree is no longer magical. Well, fuck.

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