The Sea's Revenge

Session Fifty-Eight

Last time: A literal god came back to life and we were distracted looking at one of those himalayan rock salt lamps. Jesus.

This time: We die.

As the creature dissappears, the blood itself becomes icy and void-like. The party sees it- and sees it begin to coalesce into the shape of strange creatures of shadow. The party immediately begins to cast spells- empowering Riaeki, as Riaeki guard those around her with divine energy, while Sharzad hides herself in her perch. The crowd begins to flee, though some still linger with curiosity. The guards direct some out of the square, while Belinda guards the Duke, whose retinue is beginning to flee.

Riaeki runs in and strikes first, landing the blow and unleashing a smite of divine energy on it. The divine energy damages somewhat, but it seems to resist the thunderous strike. She strikes again, smiting once more, emboldened by the rage of the first blow not fully landing, and the energy of this attack rings true.

>The Wraith retaliates, burning away at Riaeki’s life force with it’s terrifying etheral claws.
>The other wraiths harvest lives from the crowd.
>Sharzad fires her full clip from her divinely enhanced pepperbox, destroying the Wraith threatening the Lord before firing a bullet through the Wraith that struck Riaeki, ending that one as well. She whips out her pepperbox’s twin and fires at another wraith, but the strike is weak.
>Afa lashes out at the Wraith that Sharzad struck last, hexing it, taunting it, and unleashing Eldritch blasts at it- but her Hex does not seem to harm it even as the force of her blasts takes chunks out of it.
>Nalia rushes towards the Wraith and strikes it with her Skyspire, landing a true blow with a shroud of electrical punishment on the creature, staggering it and then disengaging.
>The crowd hesitates, unsure of where to flee, and isn’t fleeing the area as well, while the guards around the duke’s pavilion are swarmed for protection, preventing the Duke & Belinda from fleeing.
> Riaeki charges the Wraith by the belltower, lashing out at it wildly. Her first strike falls short as the creature dodges, but she presses the attack, slicing her sword through it twice in a blur of activity; it looks half-disposed-of.
>A shadowed figure in a blue cloak hurtles with impossible speed out of the belltower, unleashing a flurry of strikes on the wraith with her’s fists, The wraith avoid the first, but takes the third fully, dissolving into vapor. The figure moves to engage the last Wraith.
>The last wraith whispers eldritch words to the body it just stole the life of, and raises a spectre of it’s victim before attempting to flee.
>Sharzad trains her remaining pistol on the fleeing wraith, and lets out three shots, obliterating it.
>Afa blasts the specter twice and though each blow strikes weakly she still does a great deal of damage. She also manages to get a good look at the spector- a 30 year old sea elf woman.
>Nalia rounds toward the specter and unleashes a firebolt, but it goes wide.
>The crowd, panicked by the sight of the resurrected specter, pushing further into the pavilion for protection- but the guards turn on the them to protect the duke, and the as the nightsticks come out and the crowd rolls over city officials, the crush of people threatens to turn into a melee.
>Riaeki runs to the specter and strikes it, and it dissolves. She turns the the stranger and tells them to help break up the melee, then begins running that way herself/
>The stranger rushes that way herself, and makes it all the way over. She helps Belinda up.
>Sharzad reloads her guns then runs for the statue, where Lydia and some of the others (?) are.
>Afa speaks to some of the crowd, instruction them to proceed in an orderly fashion of the square. It’s not the most successful.
>Nalia inspects the execution stage- the bottom side is covered in magical runes. She looks at the portal- it’s an active portal to another realm of shadows and glowing eyed creatures… that are moving our way.
>The conditions at the pavilion continues to degrade as the melee fully breaks out. Belinda tries to get to the duke, but his guards are formed into almost a phalanx.
>Riaeki uses her ring to slam her fist into the walls of the city, making a loud booming sound. She uses the attention to threaten people into dispersing.
>Lilith (the stranger) moves to put herself into a position to guard the nobles from the pressing throng of people- and Duke Carpenter recognizes her.
>Two strangely shaped grey figures, covered in strange slimy tattered hoods with massive foot-long mouths emerge from the portal, and as they burn under the sunlight;one of them locks eyes with Nalia… and instantly drain all of the life from Nalia’s body. The other turns to Riaeki, but Riaeki lets out a curdling scream and shrugs off the brunt of this terrible strike, though her mind is still ravaged by the beast. They then move to attack- Riaeki blocks the blow from one, and the other send a lance of necrotic energy at her- which she also resists.
>Sharzad runs for the Lightheart company, yelling a rallying cry- Lydia hears her and Sharzad tells her to run and get the company and any available guards to help with the evacuation, while ordering Minu to advance with her towards the portal. She fires three shots at the creature, hitting twice and nearly destroying it.
>Afa, seeing Nalia fall, lets out a primal scream, Shattering the stage; a shockwave of energy destroys the creature Sharzad damaged, and harms the other. The stage itself also cracks, splintering & splitting; as it does so, the blood ice that makes up the portal cracks as well.
>Nalia rolls on the ground in pain, but her resolve steels- but even as it does, the necrotic energy of the creature threatens to drag her down into the grips of death.
>The melee at the pavilion continues- and a rock strikes the Duke in the chest.
>Riaeki lashes out at the remaining creature with the ring of the ram, landing a strudy blow to his chest- he flies backwards from the force of the blow, crashing with force into the stage. She breathes divine life back into Nalia, reawakening her, and then casts compel duel on the creature before running away, forcing it to follow her.
>It does follow, and strikes out at her for a deal of damage.
>Sharzad runs to Riaeki and, with the last shot of her gun blessed with divine favor she summons up every last bit of divine power in her and shoots the specter in the mouth with a glowing bullet- the specter soaks up the energy and cracks through with radiant light, bursting out into a glowing flash before being reduced to ash. The threat, for now, is gone.

Riaeki goes and finds the bodies of the dead; there are several. She must choose. She goes to the high elf woman & casts Revivify, calling her back from beyond the veil. Riaeki pulls the woman over the body of the other man- the man she couldn’t save- and explains the circumstances of this woman’s resurrection (she’s a student at the university), and tells her to help with his funeral, and live her life in his honor. She’s named Liri Isariel. Riaeki tells her how to find her, and leaves the woman alone to cry over this man’s corpse.

We comfort each other (Nalia especially) and then alert Belinda that we need to talk to her, while the lightheart company helps evacuate the square. We explain what Ylethaen is; we talk about the lifting of the death curse (and what that might mean about the ability of people to remember the Ylethaen), theorize on what the Ylethaen’s domains might be (Death & Winter?), and finally meet Lilith, a regal-looking Lilith Vineland, of the Marin Vinelands, who knows of Ylethaen. We’re introduced to each other, and decide to learn more about Lilith Vineland’s story, and how she knows of Ylethaen.

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Session Fifty-Seven

the last time i did notes there were so many cats and now there are MORE CATS!!! holy shoot
last time on DND everyone argued and it was bad. but we did seem like we mostly arrested people who did crimes, which was good

  • first we resolve shopping quandaries: with all of the party funds, we can buy 4 potions of healing, which are distributed throughout the party (nalia takes two)
  • sharzad goes INVESTIGATIN. she goes huntin for cultists in the fancy part of town and meets with a guard who was sent after the illusionist mage from the unviersity. apparently she’s in custody. sharzad somehow makes this conversation awkward.
  • riaeki gets to the execution site early. sharzad meets up with afa and nalia over breakfast to ask if they should bring the guild. afa wants to be clear that the guild members didn’t think we were GOING to get paid and have LOST that (which is true), and manages to convince sharzad, who thinks this is disingenuous.
  • afa talks to anara, the air genasi , about the dustup at the trial. sharzad starts to realize some things about riaeki’s reaction. some of the guild members decide to attend the execution anyway (anara, xan, lydia, caspian, minu). rain has some THOTZ about jek se being revealed at the trial and arrested. afa: “oh yeah, the pirates are in the city, so you might want to avoid…. the city” afa loans rain her divination-protecting cloak.
  • riaeki watches the hustle and bustle of preparations in the square where the execution is. the guards seem like they’ve been briefed on angry ex pirate elves. riaeki notices a nervous half-elf replacing a stair, and keeps an eye on him. food vendors are setting up. looks to be a shindig.
  • the rest of the gang gets to the square about 90 minutes before the party starts. afa inspects the square for magic. there’s a lot— abjuration on the fortress, lingering evocation magic , transmutation magic in the belltower. nalia investigates the statue of iroth that stands in the center of the square. she’s depicted as the combination of her incarnations: one hand holds a sword, and one a scroll. there’s a loose stone in the steps!!
  • nalia yanks out the stone because nalia’s super buff. underneath it , something is glowing. nalia sends light down into the hole— the glowing thing is a raw crystal. seems magical. seems recent. nalia goes to get someone and let them know. she finds a guard and without preamble, asks ‘ARE YOU A WIZARD?’ the guard is taken aback but knows some magic and agrees to look it over.
  • “yeah that’s not…. great? you should probably not. touch it.” she tells nalia she’s done the city a service— though she doesn’t know what. nalia throws in that she’d really like to know what magic it is, if they figure it out. a mage-y guard comes over to cast identify on it, apparently it’s just nystul’s magic aura, which makes the guard think nalia’s playing the world’s lamest mass terrorism prank. nalia convinces them that it wasn’t her. unfortunately, everyone can overhear this
  • riaeki marches over and sort of berates the guard. she seems like she’ll do a sweep, but she doesn’t really listen to riaeki’s freaking out. riaeki and nalia agree that they need afa to help try to find magic. sharzad has gone to get her. they argue about how much of a problem this is, and afa assures sharzad that she’s been scanning the plaza with magic sight.
  • afa and sharzad investigate cobblestones (very thoroughly). nalia looks out over the scene and can’t discern much. riaeki goes to look at the shady stair, and is stopped by a guard, who looks it over and tells riaeki in no uncertain terms that she’s not allowed to do anything., so she looks out at the crowd and gets… nothing. a balladeer is singing a song framing nexxaya and larr xa as doomed lovers, and riaeki as a javert figure.
  • sharzad finds nalia and asks if nystul’s magic aura can cover magical effects. it’s a complicated dm ruling, but it seems like it would conceal other spells on an object. sharzad decides we need to plan for the worst, and asks nalia to get to the front and cast wall of force if anything bad happens. she goes to find afa, who asks what to do about the crowd. sharzad doesn’t think belinda will listen to our concerns, which seems accurate.
  • sharzad mentions getting up onto the bell tower, which leads afa to mention that transmutation magic is on the bells. there’s a long tangent about whether they’re secretly security dragons, and whether or not afa could get an orcish title by slaying them. afa steps on sharzad’s foot. sharzad goes to find riaeki, who afa thinks probably should not be told this because she’s taking everything extremely seriously.
  • sharzad offers riaeki an apple, and tries to apologize, which riaeki…. doesn’t really understand. but she eats the apple. sharzad explains that she’s going to get a vantage, (afa thinks the barracks is a bad idea, and afa doesn’t think much is a bad idea) and they agree to meet at the statue if everything goes wrong.
  • sharzad tries to climb onto the roof of the barrister’s guild, which she can do fairly easily with the jumping ring. she lets minu know about the threat and tells her to stand at the back.
  • the execution is beginning. duke wren carpenter is carried out on a palanquin, belinda greyhawk is with him. in chains are larr xa and nexxaya mir, surrounded by guards. a hush falls over the crowd. belinda and harold finch continue to a different raised stage. two executioners are on the platform, carrying axes. the prisoners, the guards, the executioners, and a caller mount the stage.
  • the caller asks if larr xa and nexxaya have any last words. nexxaya speaks something in a language we don’t understand. larr xa meets riaeki’s eyes, and smiles. the caller decrees that they’re to be executed.
  • WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IS SOME SHIT
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Session Fifty-Six

PREVIOUSLY ON LOST we kinda bungle the whole uhhhh trial thing what with the attacking folks inside the courtroom as people are leaving.

Riaeki and Nalia head to find Akar to do some scrying. The scrying spell is successful. The dwarf in question appears to be outside the city. It appears the group of pirates left through the south gate, still under an illusion spell. Riaeki and Nalia also remember, with Akar’s prompting, that the illusion magic is likely from Delphina Greenwater. They then go to find a guard to tell them what they saw. The guard calls it in.

Meanwhie, Afa and Sharzad head to the beach. They hash out some of the events of the past (pretty tough) day, including how Afa was in a VERY precarious, harmful position. They then head to a tavern, where Afa does a pretty amazing performance :3 AND gets an ongoing gig out of it!

Nalia makes her way back home for some well deserved rest, while Riaeki heads for the temple of Tanith.

The next morning, Sharzad visits Nalia to talk about what happened at the court room. She asks Nalia why she cast fog cloud and Nalia admits she did so without thinking much, partially out of fear Larr Xa would get away somehow. Sharzad says they need to not do that in the future and plan better. Nalia takes a bit of offense, thinking Sharzad means to tell her what spells to learn. Sharzad assures her this isn’t the case. Mollified, Nalia shows poor Sharzad a bunch of spells in her spellbook and babbles on about magic for a while.

Next, Sharzad goes to see Riaeki at her apartment. The apartment is very bare of any personal effects. They have a difficult discussion, again about the events in the court room. They disagree in part on what went wrong, what was or wasn’t justified. Sharzad believes what happened was something the gang should encourage the gang to exercise more caution, and Riaeki feels they were justified in acting quickly. Both have a stake in their position. In the end, Sharzad says firmly she doesn’t believe what happened was worth it, and Riaeki says she does. Sharzad ultimately is looking toward what can be improved in the future regardless and tries to communicate this. The two part on somewhat uncomfortable terms as Sharzad heads off to meet with Belinda.

Sharzad and Afa head to see Belinda. The meeting is about as comfortable as you might expect!!!! Belinda is not feeling particularly generous toward the gang. She says that she cannot stop them from attending the execution as it is public knowledge, but would prefer if they didn’t. She does reluctantly offer a mode of communication in an emergency. Bellana also reminds Sharzad of Calafort’s unhappy history with mercenary companies.

So all around an extremely good day for Sharzad.

That night, Afa has a scary ass dream meeting with Callum again and he basically offers her a kind of soul selling deal?! He does something to her mandolin and tells her to contact him if she thinks about it further (NOTE: I’M SORRY THIS IS VAGUE I THINK I MISSED SOME OF THIS :( )

And to finish off, Nalia and Riaeki do some shopping!

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Session Fifty-Five

We start off having picked a fight with seven disguised pirates in a crowded courtroom.

Two of the pirates try to shove Riaeki over but she is strong and does not fall. One of the pirates runs into the crowd and the others try to assess the situation, and Jek Se draws her weapons.

Nalia casts fog cloud and the crowd starts to realize somethings up.

Afa casts hold person and get one of the rando pirate but misses the runaway. She runs after pirate trying to disappear into the crowd, Sharzad tossing her a pair of manacles.

Sharzad then shouts that there are pirates in the crowd and then manacles herself to Jek Se???? Then she stabs Jek Se. So does Riaeki.

Belinda Greyhawk takes stock of the situation, and yells for the guards to open the doors. Then she pulls a longbow out of invisibility but her shot goes wide.

The crowd then PANICS and bolts for the doors, but luckily they are opened now.

So its chaos now and Afa loses sight of the runaway and now is in danger from the stampede. Another pirate tries to run for it and they manage to down her.

Afa gets knocked down and stampeded but she manages to get up and to the nearest wall which she climbs with her nice gloves.

Nalia has cast haste on Riaeki so now she attacks very fast.

Belinda misses another shot and then tries to close the distance to melee. The crowd is still panicked but has moved in the direction of the exits so its not a blind panic.

Jak Se then grapples Sharzad and holds her scimitar to her throat. The other standing pirate also grabs a random captive.

Nalia shouts “Hey! Let go of my friend!” and Ray of Frosts Jek Se and she goes down! Sharzad goes down with her. Sharzad undoes her manacle and rushes the last pirate and manages to knock down the last pirate.

The super fast Riaeki manacles Jek Se, cast lay on hands on her, casts wrathful smite on her weapon and finishes the last pirate all in one turn. Its super cool.

Now the fight is over and Belinda is angry at us (again). She moves through the crowd helping people.

In the aftermath guards manacle the remaining the pirates and Sharzad looks around for people that need healing. Afa complains that people stepped on her. With their feet. We also see Reka standing up and bleeding. He comes over to talk to us and ask if we’re okay and its a little awkward.

Riaeki bluffs casting zone of truth with her shield and asks Jek Se if she killed Qeri. Jek Se refuses to answer questions even when Riaeki ups her game and threatens to cut off extremities.

Belinda comes over to demand a full report. She takes us to a private room and proceeds to yell at us for causing a panic in such a big public event. Riaeki says that Jek Se could have fought through the whole crowd and that it was important to catch her.

Belinda points out that if we weren’t so lucky many people could have died. She is not happy with us.

We all walk out into the courtyard and Afa spots some disguised figures, which she points out to the guards without bothering to tell the party first.

Riaeki and Nalia manage to get past the guards to go ask Akaar to scry for the pirate that got away while Sharzad and Afa sit behind a currant bush.

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Session Fifty-Four

Last time on The Shea’s Revenge: We did stuff. Afa stole something from Lydia that Lydia stole from Sharzad. We trained the company. We talked to Nehaska about her hometown & negotiations for a deal between there and the darkwaters. Nalia tried to teach (poorly) and Riaeki taught defensive strategies. We filled out witness statements, and were informed that the trial would be tomorrow, and the execution would be several days after that. We arranged for our mercenary company to provide some additional security & went to prepare.

Riaeki & Sharzad agree to hang out for the night, Sharzad saying that she was ‘something she needs to finish up’. Afa heads over to the university library to do some learning. She meets with our dragonborn friend at the library to look up ‘Callum’. She finds a mention of Callum in a book about Fae. She borrows a book, and several others on the unseelie.

Riaeki & Sharzad go to Nehaska’s to ask about Tenk’s location, and in the process find Tenk! They go to buy some bulk goods, and then go off to find a Tinker to buy some gears. Tenk & Sharzad talk about Nehaska- letting her know about her Brother, etc. Tenk talk about how he met Nehaska: he was set to be sacrificed, and the two of them fought to a standstill- and became friends. They talk about what it means to be willing to be sacrificed, and the mathematics of having enough willing tributes. Sharzad decries the god as ‘a cruel spirit’, and Riaeki & Sharzad talk about what a spirit is. The conversation turns to Sports & the difference between Losing and Getting your Ass Beat. Eventually, they arrive at a Tinker’s shop- old, ramshackle. Riaeki hears cursewords, crashing, clanging around, and then the door opens. Standing there is a gnome, tall, dark grey skin, with small eyes and big pointed ears. He asks what we want and the conversation trails off to talking about body parts.

Sharzad asks Riaeki to negotiate on her behalf, and Riaeki casts detect thoughts so that she can know what prices to ask for. The gnome calls her weird, and Riaeki says that she’s a high elf, so maybe that’s why he’s discriminating. Damn. The gnome realizes that Sharzad is buying parts for a gun, and requests that he be able to inspect the gun. Riaeki negotiates that he can inspect it, but not take notes, and we get a discount! Sharzad shows off her guns, the gnome goes off to get the parts, and Tenk says “I think he likes you!” We… don’t believe that. We get the parts, & Sharzad asks to be told if he tries to build. They talk about spirits & guns, Riaeki threatens him for Sharzad, & he introduces himself: Kronthud Ironfoot. They go build a rifle together! Then they head off to sleep. Meanwhile, Afa is reading her book of fae stories. First, she finds a story where Callum helps someone get out of a deal. Then, Callum teaches someone how to hide their true intentions from the fae. He seems to fill the role of helping Fae trick people or helping people trick the Fae, as a trickster spirit, and is almost always helpful. He seems to be a staple figure in these stories. And these stories seem to be from the same region Afa is from- and the same region the goblin market was in.

They all go to sleep- and Afa dreams. Callum is there, with his Lute. He asks if Afa is ready to practice, and he seems quite normal. At one point, he teaches her a trick, and she says: “That’s very clever!”. She isn’t able to read his reaction.

We wake up the next morning, going to the trial & waiting in line for a while, before being admitted to the keep. Belinda Greyhawk meets us there, and directs Riaeki to go and speak with someone- we enter an arena-style room, big enough to hold a couple hundred people, and proceed through it to a small, nicely furnished room off to the side. Inside is a small, unassuming human man, slender with close cropped hair and spectacles. A scholar. He introduces himself as Wren- and we think he’s most likely Duke Wren Carpenter, the highest noble in the city. He says a joke about standing- he finds it difficult- then says he owes us a great debt for recovering Larr Xa & Nexxaya Myr. We say he doesn’t, really, and he acknowledges that, but says he likes to thank people. We mention the risks of a public execution, and he says that’s what he wanted to talk to us about- how we were going to help secure the execution. He says they’ll have 20 guards there- most of them around himself & around the stage itself. 5 guards will be in plain clothes, among the crowd. We’re… concerned.

We make plans to provide them with more information about the pirate crews, and tell Wren about the cult in the town. We make plans for how to use the mercenary crew, Sharzad makes a gaffe, and Wren agrees to hire some mercenaries (mages) to defend the harbor. We head out to see the trial.

Nexxaya & Larr Xa plead guilty, and we notice that a group has reacted poorly to this group pleading guilty. Afa looks back- and notices this group is covered in illusion magic. She tells Nalia- while Sharzad tells Riaeki she intends to go back there and speak to them. Larr Xa & Nexxaya admit guilt in the most assholish ways. The trial ends quickly and we go to confront them, with magic invisibility, Riaeki’s Pure Anger, and dimensional doors. Afa trips one of them, and Riaeki casts dispell magic on another- causing that person to be revealed as Jek Se.

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Session Fifty-Three

today we are blessed….. with many cats…….. thy’re all so good…. we love them so

  • we’ve all agreed to help sharzad with the training , but first we’re going to talk to nehaska. there’s some hubbub about how we’re going to find her, as she left the city on a job last we checked. going to talk to caradoc would be AWK WARD, and the only other way to find her is to use the yleth scrying ball. which probably seems like a bad idea. eventually with many eyes emojis from sharzad, the gang heads to the bung and barrel, where nehaska was last seen.
    *bean interlude. excellent licks. tia is in a paper bag.
  • the bung and barrel is empty but for an employee. riaeki asks her where nehaska is:
    employee: why?
    riaeki: well we met her brother, and we need to tell her that he you know, still likes her, despite her being rejected by her family—
    nalia: we’re her friends!
  • this convinces the employee, apparently.
  • BEAN PURRS
  • nehaska apparently only is here to sleep, and isn’t around much. we decide to leave her a note. leaving directions is a bit complicated, and we come up with a name for the forge that our guild is being built (the cleric’s hammer). also apparently we’ll be staying at the hungry unicorn late.
  • there’s a brief discussion of finances and how good everyone is at killing things, and undead in particular. "we could have a competition’ ’we’d need to get someone to raise them, and i don’t want to go all the way to the university.’
  • it’s apparently illegal to raise a soul, but not necessarily a body, so long as the person consented in life to the raising. there are organ donation cards, but like for your body. there was a famous legal case where someone asked to be murdered so they could be raised, which is a vibe.
  • cat break as rick demands to be let out and is rudely denied. GIVE HIM WHAT HE WANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • sharzad gives a lovely training speech. like it’s a sharzad speech so it’s pretty rambling, but it’s inspirational. riaeki claps. riaeki is the only one who claps. sharzad corrects tani as he puts xan in a chokehold (‘put his head down’). afa attempts to pick lydia’s pocket. (there’s a quick aside as to whether lydia had successfully picked sharzad’s pocket. mostly she hadn’t, but also she stole a figurine of sharzad’s.) she steals the figurine, and a woven bracelet. riaeki attempts to teach jalal protection fighting, and is pretty good at it. nalia tries to teach some basic cantrips, but doesn’t teach very well. maybe singes someone a little. afa talks to lydia about having stolen from sharzad (lydia wants to steal one of sharzad’s guns). and about her bracelet (“it’s pretty” “if you’re into that”). they agree to an exchange: lydia will teach afa to be stealthy, and afa will teach lydia how to con people. this can only go well
  • when we’re about 2/3 of the way through training, nehaska shows up.
  • AS DOES RICK!!!!!!!!!!!!! HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
  • nehaska seems… charmed…. by the mercenary company and offers to give us her leftovers, which is vaguely rude. we tell her about having visited the city which is called altepetl. afa tells her about the plague, and rescuing the yuan-ti from zoumisa, and riaeki tells her that the gang met halsuul, whose name i’ve forgotten how to spell. riaeki and afa talk to her about her brother, that he’s still a cleric and still cares about her, and uses all his spell slots on other people. riaeki prods nehaska iinto trying to be of assistance with the whole ‘yuan-ti peace treaty’ thing.
  • sharzad gives a speech about keeping up with training when not adventuring, and riaeki, happy to help, punches her in the face. nehaska heals sharzad, which riaeki resents profoundly.
  • a runner from the city guard comes to get riaeki, telling her that belinda greyhawk would like her to come make a statement ‘at her earliest convenience’. riaeki decides that might as well be now. the other three decide to join her, and the group heads off.
  • belinda greyhawk is in her office, talking to the runner. she hands us paper to write our statements, that are fancy and legal, and gives us a detailed explanation of what to do and not to do in terms of filling them out.
  • afa provides the most detail, and afa and riaeki both write fairly feelingly of their statements. afa does not poke around in the desks , miraculously. sharzad does try to sell the guild to the random guards in the room. they are NOT SOLD.
  • belinda greyhawk gives a rundown of how the trial and execution will happen— riaeki is skeptical, and convinced that the crew of the edge of the world or yleth herself will somehow intervene . she and sharzad enlist the guild to help with the guard duties on execution day, and try to get the execution moved closer to the trial so that they have less time to plan. belinda greyhawk objects on humane grounds, but says she’ll ask the judge.
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Session Fifty-Two

BACK AT IT AGAIN IN CALAFORT!

Nalia goes to talk with Akar about some of the items she got, as well as the freaky snake god. Akar is happy to give some insight about the items, and mildly concerned about the snake god. He suggests Nalia consider talking to a cleric about things she finds bothersome, and she thanks him. Then they do some knitting!

Riaeki goes to check on Larr Xa and Nexaya. A guard tells her that the two talked to each other from their separate cells quite a bit, and were eventually separated.

(Meanwhile, Afa gets some good fried potatoes.)

Sharzad has been busy training the mercenary company.

Back with Riaeki: A visit to Belinda Grayhawk yields more information on the Darkwaters and yuan-ti conflict. She also reminds Riaeki that she will need to give a full deposition.

LATER THAT NIGHT, the gang reunite with Sharzad…who HAS A DOG NOW! We love Sunny the Bulldog!!! Everyone starts catching up; in particular Sharzad starts grilling Riaeki about everything in the past few weeks and her general state of being. Riaeki gives Sharzad the grappling hook, though it turns out it’s not magic after all. Sharzad goes to change before they go to the Hungry Unicorn. She comes back in a beautiful dress that looks like the ocean :3

At the Hungry Unicorn they run into many of the members of the mercenary company, including a very drunk Lydia. The entire party has a good time and gets to relax for the first time in the pat few weeks! (Nalia also identifies a mystery item…BUT WHAT IS IT?!?!?!?!)

Next morning, Sharzad visits Nalia and asks if she would be interested in tutoring one of the mages in the mercenary company. She then goes to see Afa, and similarly asks for her help with the guild, with sneaking. She then returns home and asks for Riaeki’s help too, with healing.

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Session Fifty-One

We descend into the vaults through a stone column and then through empty air. The elevator ends up in a massive cavern that has been decorated and is full of STUFF ranging from mundane things like plows to boxes that contain silks and other expensive things.

Bellana identifies a torc that she recognizes from a family portrait, and it starts talking to her. It says it can tell she is a descendant of a previous owner and offers great power. Bellana realizes the thing is probably somewhat cursed and puts it back down.

Nalia finds a wizard’s spellbook bound in snakeskin with cool new spells and chooses that.

There is a very cool and pretty quill that makes people keep to their contracts. Both Afa and Bellana are interested in it but Bellana grabs it first. Afa tries to convince her to take something else, but when she fails tries to sleight of hand it away from her. When this fails, Bellana holds the box high over her head and and Afa scales her to try to grab the box and is once again thwarted by Bellana’s strength.

In the hubbub, Riaeki steals a grappling hook for Sharzad.

Afa picks a whistle that will tune instruments magically, an Riaeki picks a puzzle box with an ocean inside. Eagan chooses a goblin compass.

We arrive back above ground to a large gathering where they are breaking the news of all that went down in the city and laying the dead to rest. They lay the dead to rest by dumping the bodies into a big pit under the plaza that has a huge snake in it.

Bellana greviously insults the Yuan-Ti (again) and we are invited to leave now. Before we go, the priest lady warns Afa to be wary of people who come in pleasant dreams.

We leave the city and find the freed prisoners waiting for us in the swamp. There’s a gnome among them and Afa suggests she finds someone to give a piggyback ride and the gnome is scandalized.

On the way back Gideon complains and Bellana reprimands him. Afa then does an amazing imitation of Bellana complaining for everyone’s amusement.

On the trip back, Eagan starts insisting that he knows the right way to go, often suggesting things like cutting through dark forests instead of continuing on the road.

On the trip back, Afa steals the quill from Bellana late at night when she and Nalia are on watch, and Nalia tries to recruit Eagan to the Lightheart Company. Bellana notices the quill is missing the night before we finally return to Calafort. When we arrive at the gates Bellana gets some guards to search us under the guise of “safety measures,” but they don’t find the quill because Afa slipped it into the handy haversack.

The group arrives at the Darkwater townhouse and are shown inside. Lord and Lady Darkwater greet us. While reuniting with her parents Bellana tells Lord Darkwater about the theft but Lord Darkwater says he can’t search the people who brought his children back.

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Session Fifty (!!!)

Last time: We get a meeting with the council of high priests. It goes okay but they still put us in a cell. One of them, Zhomisa, comes down to our cell- and Afa realizes that his amulet is suspicious. He interviews her, and when he reacts to something she didn’t say. we realize that he was using a ‘detect thoughts’ spell. Sensing betrayal, we attack. The combat is really cool, and we end with Zhomisa dead, and Ekoleihi is… pissed.

Bellana, still in a rage, tries to punch Ekoleihi. It… doesn’t work, because Riaeki blocks it, then asks if a dialogue Is actually going to happen between the two. Nalia casts Identify on the amulet, and discovers it can imbue something with a disease vector made of necromantic magic. It draws the lifeforce of those killed by it to the caster. Ekoleihi notices what was occurring, and Nalia asks if she knew what was happening. She says she doesn’t, and acknowledges if this is true, it would be an unparalleled crime.

She asks Nalia for details, and Nalia provides them. Bellana proposes a method of reaching a truce with the Yuan-TI. It’s… contentious, to say the least, but depends on her father not knowing that the plague has potentially been solved. We discuss this for a bit before Afa interrupts to point of how cool and good she is. (Very good and cool.)

The sning joins us and asks for an explanation, receiving the same as before, bringing Halsul. He inspects the amulet, and asks that we stay here in the city until the investigation is concluded, but with free reign of the place, telling Halsul to show us the sights, mentioning to our buddy (Nohahlu) who’s had a rough day that there’s a game today. Bellana’s intruiged and wants to go see, but asks for her brother released first.

We head to a large stadium surrounded by stone bleachers (I missed most of the details because of a cute cat but it’s very cool) and take some seats. It’s just hockey with basketball dribbling rules. The players are all buff and have snabs (snake abs). One of them has scars. The announcer comes out and announces the teams (it’s really cool).

Sports happen.
I’m sorry.

The non-temple win wins! Nice!

We decide to play fantasy sports. Gosh. Wow. Riaeki and Afa vs. Nalia and Bellana. Bellana and Nalia win! Through bellana’s endurance, Nalia’s intelligence, and Halsul’s charisma. Afa does a lot of monkeying around and Riaeki gets a really cool goal with the ring of the ram.

After we win, we go out for dinner again, and Riaeki actually remembers what this food is like! Cool! She tries to tell Nalia and Nalia is oblivious. After dinner we go to bed, but Riaeki collects Eagan and asks to go and cast dispel magic on some plague victims. It seems to work

Sleep! Gideon and Bellana have an early morning ‘glad you’re alive, what up with spirits’ convo. Bellana basically says Gideon being a good person is the reason all this happened and Gideon, understandably, is mad (in a very teenagerish way). Riaeki goes and checks on a patient she cast dispel magic on- and this patient is better! Riaeki doesn’t take credit, and asks them to go and tell the priests how to work against the plague.

We’re collected to take an audience with the high priests! They give us an option of magical items from their treasuries. They talk about their history of oppression from Bellana and Bellana takes offense. Riaeki casts zone of truth and Bellana immediately just says a bunch of unhelpful stuff. The snake priests take offense, of course, but mostly just want her to go away (like most people do). We head off to the storage unit for the magic stuff and Descend.

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Session Forty-Nine

PREVIOUSLY, ON DUNGEONS AND ADDITIONALLY DRAGONS: we investigated a city, and it turned out it was super creepy and weird and full of snakes. not unexpected really but still bad

  • there’s a spirited discussion pre game about what to do if an entire town spontaneously ignites due to air quality. people are not convinced to move, which seems irresponsible.
  • afa and nalia return and discuss what they found— the prisoners are heavily guarded, and it’s not likely that we could use the wells to snake around. nalia thinks that there might be a big ugly ritual circle in the middle of the city.
  • bellana seems willing to negotiate but only if the group has an escape plan. “running” suggests afa. “if you move both feet at once, that’s jumping”.
  • the group tries to help bellana come up with a plan to negotiate with the yuan-ti. her plan is to bring more clerics and food, which doesn’t seem… helpful. afa suggests they bring back university folk. “i think they’d mind being poked and prodded” says bellana. there’s a minor debate about whether divine magic can be classified similarly to arcane magic and therefore studied by scholars (it can).
  • bellana has to roll to sit down, and fails.
  • the group decides there’s no better option than to simply walk into the city and ask to talk to someone important., and head into the city bellana tries to shake her dress out and… somehow…. also fails at that.
  • eagan and nalia hear footsteps behind them, and a second later, people appear. bellana tries to step towards the people: there’s a brief tussle as afa tries to stop her, and the leader of the guards? possibly? levels her spear at bellana, who offers salutations, almost without insult.
  • the guard lady sends a runner to the high priest, and spears the party towards the city. riaeki somehow gets fewer dirty looks here, which makes her feel real cool. we pass an arena, a small temple, small homes, and generally deeper into the city, up to the foot of the temple of mayor shark. we start walking up the stairs— everyone handles it pretty well, other than riaeki, who does NOT LIKE STAIRS, and eagan, who is just lame or something. the view from the top of the temple, though, is gorgeous.
  • there are four people waiting for us in the temple, near a stone altar that seems like it was probably used for sacrifices. one of the people is a huge snake, one seems to be a half-elf/half-snake, one has a human body and a snake head, and one looks humanoid.
  • riaeki pushes bellana forward, and bellana greets the terrifying snake people with "you just attacked a fort of ours!’ the snake speaks, telepathically which is always a good sign. he greets us as ‘coatl osstili’. the humanoid shakes hands with bellana. her name is maitl imil. the snake body is ‘tzin ekoleihi’, and snake head is ‘tzin zhomisa’. the rest of them speak normally, so at least the only creepo is snakeman. the party goes on to introduce themselves, and complain about the stairs.
  • afa pushes bellana aside and attempts to negotiate for the prisoners— that perhaps they could bring scholars to attempt to find the magical origins of the plague. the party knows, it seems, about as much as the yuan-ti. afa suggest maybe they shouldn’t wear cursed amulets (zhomisa is indeed wearing a strange amber necklace with necromancy magic on it). no one seems to react to this, thank god.
  • bellana offers up darkwater aid: healers, researchers, guards and hunters…. afa interrupts her and suggests that the party investigate the source of the plague ourselves. riaeki explains that the party has offered themselves to the yuan-ti’s mercy, and that their desire for the safety of the prisoners means they’re at a negotiating disadvantage. the yuan-ti allow the party guest rites, guarded, but seem like they won’t immediately kill them. there’s a brief struggle as bellana refuses to be lead.
  • we’re taken downstairs into what seems really a lot like a jail. possibly because it is a jail. bellana immediately complains that it’s not, well, her rooms in calafort, and has a bucket of water and soap delivered to her. as she tries to throw it on him, afa takes it for herself. riaeki manages to pull bellana into the cell, and we lock ourselves in jail, like fucking dumbasses.
  • afa and nalia do shadowpuppets, which they’re REALLY good at. they tell the story of the moonrats, and eagan is enraptured. bellana hears a voice she knows from across the room: gideon. riaeki shouts back: yes, bellana is here. bellana tries to cover up their identities, but gideon has already given himself up. bellana punches a wall.
  • bellana begins rattling the door, desperate to get out, and declares she’s calling off the deal. the guard, nohahlu, eventually finds it unbearable, and cuts her with some kind of narcoleptic poision that knocks her out for a full twenty minutes. when she’s out, afa and riaeki attempt to reason with the guard— the party really is here to help— but he doesn’t seem convinced.
  • nalia has an inane conversation with eagan about his name to cover for afa and riaeki, who come up with a contingency plan to break out of the city should things go south. the codeword is ‘sharzad’. bellana gets more and more agitated and tries to find faults in the walls.
  • after a long while, zhomisa shows up, sending nohahlu away. before he tells us his decision, he wants to ask some questions. he quizzes afa on what she’s seen of the plague: afa worries that he’s asking because he’s somehow the cause: he’s sent the guard away and wearing a necromancy necklace. it seems like he’s reading her mind, and afa shouts in hers for him to stop. he shouts for a compliment of guards— and afa and riaeki poof outside to attack him.
  • nalia casts witch bolt, saying ‘zap’ as she does it. afa teleports outside the door. nalia ignites the door. bellana body slams down the door. riaeki turns and slams her ring into the door holding some of the prisoners. afa starts thinking of horrible things her girlfriend did to snakes and casts hold person. it doesn’t take :( . the guards show up, including nohahlu. eagen tries to cast a sacred flame, but fails. nalia gust of winds the guards back through the door, and riaeki throws a wall of water into the doorway. bellana threatens zhomisa very threateningly. zhomisa fills an aura with light, and eagen seems like he’s super chill now. bellana goes into a rage! and attacks his ass. afa attempts to convince nohahlu that zhomisa is causing the plague. he seems to be deliberating. the guards try to shoot through the wall of water, and do not. riaeki attacks zhomisa, and he drops his spell on eagan. snakebody lady shows up, bursting through the water wall, and casts a spell on riaeki—- she sees larr xa appear, and attack her. zhomisa tries to suggest nohahlu, who FUCKIN BEASTS the save, get FUCKED you ASSHOLE. bellana goes for ekoleihi, letting the gust of wind fling her. afa yells at ekoleihi and blasts zhomisa. eagan tries to sacred flame zhomisa and fails. the guards try to run through the water wall and fail, and try to shoot through the water wall and succeed. nohahlu, in a bit of a crisis, misses. nalia fireballs the HELL out of zhomisa and MURDERS HIM. riaeki, realizing larr xa isn’t real, charges ekoleihi, who tries to choke bellana with her snake body. bellana activates her dancing sword and tries to escape. afa casts tasha’s hideous laughter, but ekoleihi shrugs it off. eagan FINALLY hits someone for two whole damage, and heals bellana. the guards try to shoot bellana and riaeki and graze riaeki. nohahlu just sits down and thinks about his choices. nalia tries to convince ekoleihi that zhomisa was causing the plague. the guards lower their bows.
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