The Sea's Revenge

Session Thirty-One

The gang arrives at Mistfall.

It is a city that spans a deep canyon. On either side of the river there are different countries, Surencia and Valeq, but Mistfall is an independent city-state.

Its fallen into disrepair, but it was a center of magical learning including discovering the schools of magic.

Afa lies to the guards to get into the city.

Afa and Sharzad inspect the necklace to look for a maker’s mark. Sharzad realizes its made by someone who knows both jewelry and armor. Afa guesses that the maker is a high elf.

We try to decide how to figure out who made the necklace. Sharzad suggests going to jewelers’ shops to scope out who might have made it, or else the universities.

There are three universities in town, Imperial, Havassan, and one that got burnt down called the Lesselian College of Magic.

They decide to go to Imperial university.

Going through the town they see a city that is not as great as it used to be. People glare at Nalia and Riaeki glares back. Afa tries to be intimidating but is not, really.

They go through nicer parts of the city and see the Skyward. It is very grand and impressive sitting on top of a tall built-up island. There is a very dramatic fountain with a statue of the high elf god the Emperor, missing his head!

They walk through a fancy market. Afa tries to look for a jeweler with a similar style but the shops are too high-end to get proper look at the wares.

They reach the place where the skyward once stood and it is very grim. Then they go through the governmental district and then to the Imperial University and it is huge.

The group heads towards the university workshops. The signs on the campus are in Elvish and not translated. There are a lot of high-elf students and no dragonborn or tieflings.

Sharzad goes over and starts to talk shop with a Dwarf who is sketching designs for refitting the bridges. She claims to be from the University of Alchemy in Angyr. They talk about the plans for a while, and Sharzad gives a very vague description of black powder and firearms.

After a while, they point out Phyllia as a person who knows both jewelry and abjuration magic, but Vanjya (the dwarf) seems very nervous and intimidated by her.
Sharzad and Vanjya make a metal-pickling date.

Afa walks over to Phyllia who takes her for a servant and hands her a library book to return. Afa starts to go complete this task but Riaeki goes over to scold Phyllia for being rude. Afa returns and says she’ll do a favor for a favor and asks her about who could have made the necklace. She gives three possible leads: “the Gem,” “Nasturtium,” and “Ynaris.”
They walk back to Vanjya and Nalia who are talking stuff. Vanjya realizes that they are adventurers and is blown away. Riaeki pulls aside Sharzad and is like “1. Don’t give out our name to random people please? and 2. Do you realize you made a date with that dwarf.”
Sharzad is horrified. The gang tries to figure out how warn Sharzad that she is flirting in the future. Afa tells her to let her know ahead of time so that she can play romantic music in the background.

They reach the library and it is HUGE. They enter and the room is a huge dome with balconies. They return the book and then go to the reference librarian to ask about Yleth.
The name doesn’t ring a bell for her. Nalia fails a roll to appear normal and after the librarian calls Rashul-centrism a “heresy” awkwardly notices Riaeki’s holy symbol and tries to backtrack and tries to backpedal. Sharzad stays back and asks for texts on alchemy and the wood elf religion. She mentions the resurgence of this religion and Sharzad is very put off.

Sharzad fails very badly looking for her personal book quests. The other three are a shelf-scanning machine with Afa looking at the lowest shelves, Riaeki looking at the middle shelves, and Nalia looking at the highest shelves.
Riaeki finds a book on the religious practices of the Drow, including the “Drow dealth cult” that includes an image similar to the tarot card. They seem to call Yleth “the Night.”
Afa finds a book that suggests there was about a century of history missing from the record.
They discuss these findings and all the implications.
The library closes and they go to find an inn on campus.

Sharzad goes to Vanjya’s and starts the evening by mechanically reciting how to pickle metals. After she’s finished with that, Vanjya asks if she can see Sharzad’s guns, and offers Sharzad some mushroom liquor and nervous Sharzad downs it and gets drunk. Sharzard desperately tries to steer the convo back to pickling. As she gets drunker, Sharzad breaks down and starts talking about how her home city is in rebellion and everyone she knows is gonna dies and gets really weepy. Finally Vanjya’s like “oh, i’m sorry… i have a test tomorrow.” Sharzad drunkenly runs back to the inn and discusses a little of what happened that evening. Sharzad downs a whole pitcher of water and tries to apologize to Riaeki for “coming home late”

Session Twenty-Nine

previously on LE DUNDRAGON, contracts were discussed and then burned pretty much

  • we have to roll perception from the hold??? what could we possibly perceive down here. barrels. actually it’s land. yay.
  • sharzad tells riaeki that moira gave her a head start. riaeki says that if she runs, the rest of the party shouldn’t come with her, and they argue about what’s going to happen. eventually, riaeki bows to the will of her friends, who say that she should speak in her own defense in calafort.
  • nalia speaks to moira, and gives her her luckstone as ‘payment’ for the bad luck she feels she’s brought to the ship. afa and sharzad notice, and ask her where it’s gone— they can tell she’s lying, but she makes them drop it.
  • we arrive back in calafort. reka has a new assistant, who seems adorable but boy we don’t trust her. he thanks the party for the job they’ve done securing the refugees, and is blown away by the fact that they seem to have… you know… created a war.
  • the party tells reka that they’ve brought khotadad with them, which blows him even further away.
  • sharzad asks reka to send for belinda greyhawk, about which riaeki feels hella awkward. the party talks about who might be good character witnesses. HELLA AWKWARD
  • khotadad has been brought to shore by this point, and the party has noooooo idea what to do with him. afa wants to keep him around, sharzad wants to try to rehabilitate him, riaeki thinks he should be executed. reka thinks it would be a very bad idea to put him in the purview of belinda greyhawk.
  • eventually we land on that we should keep him under watch by the moon rats and the thing that lives in the sewer, which is a sentence.
  • reka gets the refugees settled and provided for, for the most part.
  • the party takes khotadad into the sewer. he thinks the moon rats are SUPER WEIRD, which they are, and attsk agrees to keep an eye on him by CRAWLING ALL OVER HIM. he seems resigned to his fate. but he’ll still probably try to escape bc he’s a slippery fucker. tskn says she’s going to try to teach him meditation, which is just. the greatest. thing ever
  • now that we’ve done that ridiculous thing, the party heads to the university to ask them what the fuck is up with giving notorious pirates magical notions.
  • afa casts charm person on her after nalia makes her wary of talking to us. larr xa seems to have contacted her, but she’ll let afa know (???) if he does so again. riaeki tells her to tell him that stormdaughter was looking for him.
  • the party heads to temple hill. riaeki heads to the temple of iroth and finds a priest to perform rites for saiid. the bits about community are pretty harsh considering that the rest of them are fuckin dead too. the words he says warding from undeath sound pretty yleth-y, so that’s great. then riaeki books for rashul’s temple.
  • the rest of the party explores the market that’s on temple hill. nalia looks for other tieflings. afa buys a lot of cheese. sharzad looks for a replacement necklace for nalia. sharzad tries to haggle and it goes really about as well as can be expected. afa claps awkwardly around the cheese.
  • riaeki talks to rashul. he says that the message she gave larr xa was for her (?!?!) and that he would have done what he did with or without rashul’s interference. it’s clear he wants to talk about something and is being prevented somehow (VOIDFISH?!!) and also that he’s not lying about his name but that it changed over time (but he’s a liar) (so) and also that he’s not keeping riaeki’s memories from her on purpose AND ALSO reminding her that she knows her family’s crest, and can find them if she wants to (which she remembers but feels weird about because of murderous sisters.) anyway it’s very stressful and i’m gonna take some other notes now!
  • now it’s time to talk to belinda greyhawk. she arrives without guard or backing, which is terrifying. everyone tries to talk at once and it’s very professional. sharzad attempts to introduce her guild idea. she’ll check up on our references??? so that’ll go super well. we’re gonna go get drunk.
Session Twenty-Eight

Sharzad does spare the dying on one of the fallen crew members who is still living, and then calls out to any others who need help. Moira helps with healing, though for some wounds there is only so much that can be done.

Riaeki ties up Uneria. She tells a sea elf woman to take Uneria to the brig, and then drags the halfling woman down to the bring by her foot. Nalia watches the Edge of the World disappear over the horizon, looks back at the carnage on the deck, and promptly throws up over the side of the ship. Sharazad tells Afa they need to talk with the captain to make sure she doesn’t hate them. She then goes over the Nalia with a lesser healing potion and gives some advice. Afa walks around doing prestidigitation to clean up the blood, and also loots the two dead bodies on the sly.

Sharzad asks Nalia if they should go down and see if Riaeki is ok. She says maybe Sharzad should, but doesn’t think she herself should go down. Sharzad says to tell Moira she can do last rites and repair some of the ship and then goes down to the brig.

Meanwhile in the brig, Khododad is briefly hopeful when someone begins walking down the stairs but then is pretty sulky when he realizes it’s Riaeki. Riaeki totally ignores him and tries to wake up Tipper, the halfling. Tipper is shocked (and terrified) to see Riaeki but seems mostly cooperative. Riaeki asks when Saiid died, and Tipper says during the fight. Riaeki asks after a number of people and some are dead, some alive. But the real blow comes when Riaeki finds out Tai (?) was killed. She explains to Sharzad, who by now is also in the brig, the extent of what exactly that means. Next, she goes to Uneria and asks about the necklaces. She explains a little, not much more than what we already knew. They talk some more about the mutiny, which Uneria feels no remorse over. Talking again about Lar Xa, the two will not give his location. Riaeki runs a knife up Tipper’s leg when she refuses.

As they talk, it becomes clear that Nexxaya was their navigator, and therefore neither of them actually know where the ship would be going. But eventually they do divulge where the ship goes for repairs, a place called Domhainmhara. Sharzad asks a few more questions about it and the conversation ends— but not before Khododad tries to get in a jab at both of them. Riaeki swings her sword at him but just misses. Then she leaves and removes her armor, just lying in her hammock. Meanwhile Sharzad stays to bind wounds etc.

Up on deck, the funeral has begun. Moira gives a speech. The two dead crew members are Meskin and Olana. It is very sad…:(

Nalia goes below deck to talk to the prisoners about how the necklaces worked and how Lar Xa got his info. She is disturbed when they mention that he talked to “some shut ins” but continues to ask about how the necklaces worked in battle. After she gets the info she shakes her head and leaves.

Next Afa goes down to talk to them as well. She ribs Khododad on his grammar (rip). Next she asks about Nexxaya and Uneria reveals that she was a cleric…a priestess of Yleth. Afa hollers and runs out of there to go tell Nalia. They both go to tell Sharzad and Riaeki.

The gang has an emotional discussion about all of this. Riaeki says it’s likely she will be arrested when they get back to Calafort. Nalia feels like it’s all her fault for not being careful. Sharzad says yes, but the lesson has been learned. Riaeki speaks a little more about her past, including that she thinks she may have died. She expresses her guilt over the past but Sharzad remains adamant that one’s past shouldn’t condemn one’s future.

Afa goes back down to the brig and talks with the prisoners about their necklaces, and they end up handing them over. She brings them back to Nalia, who further inspects them.

Sharzad goes to speak with Moira. She asks Moira not to turn in Riaeki. Moira asks why exactly the ship was attacked and Sharzad explains that their navigator was a cleric of a god the gang has angered. Moira is understandably baffled by all of this. They talk for some time on the legal and moral implications of Moira not turning Riaeki in. In the end, Moira says she can’t in good conscience give Riaeki a pass, but she can give her a headstart. Sharzad is like ok….and needs a big drink.

The next morning Sharzad asks Riaeki to cast zone of truth on the prisoners. She doesn’t respond, but does follow Sharzad when she turns and leaves. She casts it and eventually Sharzad manages to get the three prisoners to sign a contract to join their guild— after Riaeki has left the room, angered at something Uneria said. Sharzad then runs up to have Afa and Nalia sign— they both do. Nalia asks how they’ll get the immunity that Sharzad mentions, and Sharzad explains it’s a guild to rehabilitate criminals!!!

Sharzad goes to look for Riaeki. She’s below deck crying. Sharzad mentions she knows she hasn’t always made the best decisions and what she wants to do going forward. Riaeki doesn’t want anyone to die for her or because of her. Sharzad says she won’t give up on Riaeki, and asks her to take up arms with them.

Riaeki describes some of her past and why she isn’t willing to sign. She and Sharzad discuss their different positions on the matter. Afa, seeing they are at an impasse, burns the contract.

Session Twenty-Seven

Last week: bombs were disarmed, sulfur (and people) was saved, brothers were mourned, rebels were saved, warnings toward pirates were given, fist-fights were had, and a boat was ridden.

Sharzad tries to stay awake to keep an eye on Riaeki, but fails quite badly. Riaeki is the first awake. Sharzad seems to have an idea, and pursues it rigorously- and she manages to wrangle Afa into it. Afa and Sharzad decide to call together a congregation of sorts; Afa goes to get Nalia, Sharzad goes to get Riaeki.

Sharzad introduces the contract: the foundation of a mercenary guild. Sharzad desperately tries to convince everyone to join in on the guild. Riaeki protests- she doesn’t have a name to sign. Sharzad makes an impassioned argument- but Riaeki decides she can’t sign the contract, saying that she’s destroyed everything she’s been part of, and that she’s the reason we’re in danger now. Nalia says that might be true, and asks the refugees to leave the room. She explains that she was roped into helping Lar Xa develop an anti-magic system, and Riaeki reacts… poorly. She’s confused as to how all this happened, and seems very concerned for Nalia’s safety.

A long conversation occurs, culminating in Riaeki naming Nalia as another person that betrayed her. Oof. Riaeki is left alone to sit while the group scatters. Riaeki goes to warn the captain of some of the dangers she faces, and requests that she be given over should the ship be taken, as a bargaining chip. Riaeki reveals that she was once a pirate captain. Moira reacts… badly.

Afa goes to talk to Khododad for advice on fighting magic resistant pirates. He mentions ‘The Edge Of The World’ and implies that if we face them, we might as well be dead. They then launch into a discussion into the role of their patrons in their lives. Khododad requests to Khododad also implies that Afa may be in trouble with the Queen one day, and mentions that if she needs more power, Demons are always around.

Riaeki practices. Sharzad keeps watch. Afa takes a nap to practice a D chord, and her Patron takes note of a demon bonded Warlock nearby. “He seemed to think the Queen would be angry if I had my own magic!” “I’m sure she wouldn’t.” They talk about why the queen chose her, and he advises that she “Think about what she wants”.

The day goes by. Moira seems… solemn.

As night approaches, we’re covered by an oncoming Ghost Fog- and see a ship incoming. We quickly realize that the ghost fog is not natural, but magical. Nalia dismissed the fog with a gust of wind, Sharzad gets the refugees ready to fight, Afa and Riaeki prepared. As we get closer, Riaeki sees many of her old crew members, Lar Xa, and a strange drow on the ship. Lar Xa declares that we must surrender, or face his wrath, but Riaeki is spotted, and Lar Xa recinds his offer, declaring that we have an enemy of his on board, and the offer is no longer valid. Sharzad says that’s not acceptable, and shoots him twice in the chest.

The fight begins. The ship si rained upon with arrows. We attempt to fight back. The drow casts a spell on Lar Xa, then Lar Xa raises the magical barrier.

There was a lot of fighting. It was bad. Lar Xa got away. We felled the Drow. We captured Tipper and Uneria. Next time: we deal with out new captives, and our Feelings.

Session Twenty-Five

welcome to notes taken by someone quaking with rage over their internet going out an hour and a half before dnd
enjoy the typing mistakes that will surely ensue

we plan!
we’re dumb

maddi can summon a bear

mithra thinks she can get people in to pick locks
’i’m nervous about… committing an act of terrorism"

sharzad goes to find inez and asks if he’ll blow something up.
mithra approaches sharzad, looking serious. she’s tried to avoid mass destruction to keep the good will of the people, but she knows that if this execution goes through that they’ll have no support left.
“afa can make people very scared…. she often makes me scared”
riaeki asks if she can summon a being that people would recognize out of myth. mithra tells them about a contact that they have who can transform into creatures, who takes the name ‘shahbaz’. shahbaz is the ‘royal falcon’, that lead the first emperor to the spot where the capital was built.
some stuff happens that i miss because my internet goes out. this is important lore stuff about the heir apparent so maybe someone can fill me in
mithra gives sharzad command of the plan to fake an assassination.
sharzad spends some time preparing the procession route. she and the people with her set up some rad ass firework pipes.
the team realizes they have no exit strategy. nalia can cast invisibility on three people, blind them with color spray, and riaeki can cast fog cloud, though that’s so far never been a good idea.
riaeki talks to mithra about the orcish religion and the concept of balance. mithra says that some people are avatars of change, and fated to bring change about, but that her religion is mostly one of philosophy and argument rather than devotion. mithra assures her that she’s doing good by helping with the rebellion, and riaeki tells her to stay alive for sharzad’s sake.
sharzad goes to visit nalia and asks her to braid her hAIR……wiTHF LOWeRS……. sharzad hopes that nalia doesn’t die. SO WE ALL DO
it’s the next morning and we’re all scared out of our minds. sharzad attempts aesthetics. mithra tries to reassure sharzad, but sharzad is fakin some hella ego.
the crowd is more tense than raucous. many of them look upset. some, however, have come to watch, with their children and fantasy popcorn.
riaeki summons a big flaming horse. normal. sharzad mounts up onto her, and says that if she dies, she’s sorry she couldn’t help riaeki find her family. before riaeki can answer, she rides off into the procession.
nalia casts thaumaturgy so that sharzad’s voice is booming. sharzad declares herself, and names khotadad a tyrant. sharzad calls out ‘veriditas’, the code word to light the fireworks, and ava casts fear.
the guards fuckin run. khotadad and one of his people, a small woman with glasses, do not. sharzad shoots his big gold medallion and shatters the sapphire within. riaeki misty steps between the prisoners (only about 15 of whom have been unchained) and khotadad. nalia turns invisible. NOW WE’RE IN INIATIVE BITCHES.
afa casts dissonant whispers, and khotadad takes off toward sharzad, who flips off the horse and on top of khotadad, pistol whipping him. legit.
IT’S BIRD TIME MOTHERFUCKERS! riaeki and sharzad see a person standing on a building, who calls a lightning bolt into a group of guards, who fuckin die, and then TURNS INTO A GIANT BIRD (everyone was like whoa but then she wrote some poems)
nalia tries to unlock some prisoners. she is unpersuasive and cannot do this. come on nalia.
riaeki tells her beautiful horse to break khotadad’s leg, and she smoshes down on him. riaeki goes to break some prisoners free. the rebels help some prisoners into the sewers, and afa inspires sharzad.
sharzad rolls a NATURAL FUCKIN TWENTYYYYYYYY to put khotadad in chains, and feels herself becoming a FUCKING AVATAR with PLUS ONE WEAPONS, FUCKING RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the party brings khotadad to a group of rebels making their way back to their hideout, remembering to bind AND GAG him. afa finds his magical items— a rod, the broken amulet, and a ring of some kind. afa viciously mocks him, and he hellish rebukes her in return. riaeki threatens to cut off his hands. he seems cowed. sharzad worries he might be scried on.
the gang returns to the rebels hideout, with nearly all of the prisoners, minus two. mithra retuns with someone new, an orcish woman. this is our bird friend! sharzad tries to lift mithra in the air in celebration.
“you burned several men alive” “i did… i was trying to help out, i apologize if i stepped over the line”
sharzad offers to turn herself in. afa is incredulous. riaeki and bird friend think it wouldn’t help. riaeki asks if they can kill khotadad, and asks him if he has any reason they should keep him alive.
the party debates of whether khotadad can be of any use to them. sharzad thinks they could use him to get into the castle. sharzad tells khotadad his only way to survive is to turn his coat.
afa asks how his patron will feel about his failure. riaeki casts zone of truth, which hits khotadad and nalia. he says that eventually, his patron would be given artak-shad. shahbaz is pissed, and says she would kill khotadad herself if others around her wanted him dead.
mithra says they have warded cells where khotadad will not be able to escape, and afa offers to stand guard.
sharzad’s sister, bahi, runs into the room, frantic: " we have to get OUT!" that sounds fine.

Session Twenty-Four


We ran all over the place and got in a bunch of trouble. Nalia was extremely bad at lying and Sharzad and Riaeki tried to make a distraction, and Afa cast Tasha’s Hideous Laughter. We got the heck outta there!!! Sharzad fought tied up her fake dad and took him to the sewer. Riaeki and Sharzad had an important conversation about trust and their pasts. Meanwhile, Afa has charmed fake dad (Ravi) into thinking she too is a prisoner of the gang…

The gang discuss what to do next. Sharzad suspects Nalia and Afa cast a spell on her mom, but Nalia is a bad liar and Afa is a good one (#TEAMWORK) Meanwhile, Riaeki goes to ask Ravi if he has anything else to tell them (she STEPS on him). He tells her that all Imperial guards were a locator charm under the skin. Riaeki is unimpressed with his attempts to make a deal and thinks he is hiding something.

Sharzad comes back after talking with Nalia and Afa, and insists on healing [guards] name. She then explains she was only where she was to check on her mother. He tells her she (Sharzad) is only one person but she says there are FOUR of us….;_; and then explains a little about who each of us are. Unfortunately this kinda messes a bit with the charm person Afa casts on him. He tells them some more info about the emperor etc…Riaeki’s detect thoughts spell fades out.

Eventually the gang decides to take Ravi with them as they try to find the rebels. Sharzad realizes she doesn’t have her bearings beneath the ground. Afa gets sent to look up above ground to see where they are but she doesn’t see much. Riaeki uses her holy symbol to get some directions, which are basically just to go to the left. Riaeki throws her glow globe as they walk, as its quite dark after sunset especially.

After a bit, the gang hear some voices and out the light. They call out and Ravi says “I’m here! They have me tied up!” Chaos ensues!!!!! Ravi tells the guards to call for reinforcements and some steps above retreat. Meanwhile there’s still the guard in front of them. Riaeki casts misty step~ *

The gang high tail it outta there. Nalia is able to get pretty far away and the rest follow. But after a minute or so a loud bell starts ringing— the alarm has been sounded! After a bit they all rest and Sharzad tries to figure out where they are. They are in the blacksmith’s corridor, which Sharzad is familiar with. She knows the way to the rebel caves from here.

After about a half hour they have to EMERGE from the sewer. Sharzad goes first and the rest follow. Everyone is pretty stealthy!!!! They come to a natural cliff opening that is fairly wide. It’s the cave entrance…a slight breeze blows out of the cave, smelling slightly of rotten eggs. They go in.

The father they go in the worse the sulfurous smell gets stronger. Eventually they come to a natural hot spring/pool. Beside it are mining carts filled with a strange powdery substance. Sharzad takes a pouchful of the stuff. They all continue down.

The more caverns and tunnels they go through the less it looks like a mining operation. Eventually the tunnels seem to be naturally formed rather than the result of mining. Sharzad hears something faintly in the distance— “I think we have company.”

About ten people in ragged clothing, mostly orcs, surround the group.

Sharzad recognizes an orc when she steps forward— Mithra. She tells the group to announce themselves & their business— or die. As soon as Sharzad says who she is, she snaps to attention.

“Sharzad? What are you doing here?”

“I…came to help. There are my friends.” Everyone intros themselves. Sharzad says they’re here because of the rebels to be executed, and that they’re here to help. Mithra says “Follow me.”

After some time of walking, they enter a giant cavern. Sharzad has been here before and knows its beyond the city walls. Everyone is taken to a room. Mithra dismisses everyone except one other orc. She closes the door. Then she asks how the group plans to help. Sharzad explains she has trained, and her friends are accomplished.

Sharzad: You’re alive.
Mithra: Only by the grace of others.

She then explains she was captured shortly after Sharzad escaped, and spent five years in the gladiator arena. She says there was a time when she blamed S for what happened (to ?) but then she was there— and she does not blame her anymore. Sharzad embraces her and weeps. They exchange friendly greetings now. Everyone introduces themselves again and says what they can do— what they’re good at. When Riaeki explains herself, Mithra says “A fellow paladin!” and shakes her hand.

They discuss further what everyone can do and what they know. Mithra also explains that she did not win her freedom, she was freed: by Huma. Sharzad doesn’t know who this is but the name is the same as a mythological bird. Whoever they are, they are an invisible helper— and work in the Winter Palace.

Sharzad then tells everyone her “bad idea” — which is essentially finding where the guards and firing her gun so they wake up and chase her, and meanwhile there is a window to free the imprisoned rebels. Or— ambush and capture the guards to embarrass the empire. Mithra outlines some of the risks. There’s more planning to do, but first…the gang goes to sleep.

But first…as Sharzad leaves the room, she almost runs into Riaeki. Riaeki pulls her into another room and shows the last shot of her memory wine (???) to Sharzad if she wants to speak to her brother. But she warns it has never shown her who she wanted each time she’s taken it. Sharzad gently pushes Riaeki’s hand and the shot back.

“I thought you said you’d do anything.”
“I know.”

Sharzad says that she hopes Riaeki knows she didn’t want Riaeki to buy the wine. Riaeki says if it helps, the wine has been completely unhelpful, and then takes the last shot. Crestfallen, Sharzad leaves.

Riaeki’s vision:

She sees her sister in a tavern. She looks about 14. Riaeki bangs her hand on the table and says

“This isn’t who I wanted to see!”
“Who did you want to see?”
“Say it”
“Could you become him if I asked?”
“Then I want to talk to Saiid”

He appears before her, smiling. Riaeki is shaken. She wants to know if he’s ok, but she knows “he” doesn’t know.

“I think you know by now what this is.” He leans forward and presses a finger to her temple. “I know what you know.”

“Then tell me something I already know. Tell me..tell me a story.”

“A story…” He tells her he remembers when they first pulled her from the sea, and they speak of memories from her time there. “I thought for certain you must have been a sailor before.”

Riaeki wishes Saiid could tell her if he’s alive, but he’s her memory. Even so, she tells him she misses him every day and that she’s sorry she ruined his life. He says he’s sure he understands. She says she hopes he’s alive to curse her every day. The looks away and the light from the window grows lighter and lighter, and then turns to darkness. And she wakes up.

In the morning, Sharzad is running around looking for saltpeter. She gets all her supplies together and starts making up a huge batch of blackpowder. Riaeki helps with the tunnels, Afa plays a song to lift people’s spirits, and Nalia accidentally flirts with the sword guard man (Idez).

After some time Sharzad bursts out with her blackpowder but then rushes off again for more preparations.

Later in the day, a runner rushes in and hands Mithra a scroll. By now, most people are congregated in the center. The scroll contains information from Huma. It is specifically about the prison where the rebels are being kept. It is difficult to get to, but the good news is the execution itself is not to be in the palace— but in the arena. This is important mostly because it means the guards will have to move the prisoners.

Sharzad speaks up and says in fact the weakest point is the gladiator pits, which will have fewer guards because of the prisoners being in transit. So the group should release the gladiators there, and have them attack the captors, and then use the ensuing chaos to escape. Riaeki suggests that perhaps the group switch some of the captors out for themselves. Mithra is unsure, since Riaeki and Afa especially would stand out. Riaeki then suggests posing as guards instead. Mithra says she thinks now they have the beginning of a plan…

Session Twenty-Three

We start this session on a boat.

We get to Dakhri An-gyyr a day late, but no pirates along the way so that’s good!
The city is beautiful. They throw down the anchor and we row to the shore.
The city is dusty red and white and vibrant blue. It is very cinematic.

We disembark and pay the docking fee to some gold-cloaks. Sharzad warns us not to try to bribe them.

Sharzad goes and finds a tailor to buy some clothes that will disguise her better and be more for the hot climate. She successfully gets the clothings without anyone seeing her guns.

Walking through the city there are mostly orcs, with wood elves and an unusual number of of tieflings.

Afa looks for a place to perform and finds a tavern with a stage. The proprietor asks her to play a sample and she does a bad (for Afa) job but he has low standards and lets her have free rooms. She notices he’s unimpressed and uses her fey presence to be charming.

They decide to set out to find an old mentor of Sharzad’s, Mahsa, who might have more information. They make their way there and see lots of goldcloaks along the way.
Sharzad knocks on the door and a grumpy voice replies. She opens the door and is shocked to see Sharzad: “Come in! Come in quickly, you dunce!”
Mahsa is an orcish woman and is super awesome.
She is very happy to see Sharzad but is also upset that Sharzad has taken a risk to be in the city.
Mahsa tells them to take a seat but only Afa does. She asks Sharzad to explain herself.
Sharzad explains that we are here to stop the executions.
Mahsa explains that the rebels got set up and captured. The emperor claims to have 30 rebels and says that the execution will be a spectacle in the arena. No one knows exactly where the prisoners are being kept.
Afa suggests that she could make a guard like her to get the information. Mahsa warns against that.
She also tells us that the rebels are hiding out in the caves of the old city. She also warns Sharzad that the rebels might not welcome her.
Sharzad asks Mahsa to try to get a gold coin out of her hand. Mahsa does the feat easily and when Sharzad says that its surprising that Mahsa doesn’t make a living as a thief. Mahsa says “How do you know I don’t?” Mahsa is awesome.

As they leave Riaeki warns Mahsa to take extra precautions. Mahsa said she is glad that they came with Sharzad. Riaeki says, “You shouldn’t be.”

They decide to wait until the miners get off work to find them and a way into the caves. In the meantime Sharzad takes them to her mother’s house. Sharzad stops and the door and then goes around to hide and asks Nalia to knock on the door and say hi to the person who lives there. She knocks on the door and an Imperial Guard answers!
Nalia starts saying “I’m here conducting a survey, do you have the time to answer a few questions?” She says that she and Afa are doing a study abroad and Nalia fails dramatically to deceive.
The guard calls inside the house to “Annahita.”
Sharzad becomes ANGRY and walks down the street. Riaeki catches up with her and tells her off for running away when she sent Nalia into danger. This is Sharzad’s family!
Nalia and Afa go inside and meet a researcher and starts to talk to her.
The Imperial guard walks away and Sharzad sees that it is not her father!
He walks a little ways away and speaks into some speaking stone “suspicious activity, not who they say they are.” Then he appears to wait.

Inside the house Nalia and Afa conduct a very awkward survey.

Riaeki and Sharzad enact a Plan. Riaeki knocks on the door and Sharzad climbs up to the roof. Riaeki out of breath says that we need Nalia, but Annahita sees through it and demands to know what is going on. Nalia begins to stammer out the truth.
Meanwhile Sharzad shoots a gun and shouts “for the rebellion!” She sees an approaching group of guards and shoots at them shouting “gladiators can never die!” Sharzad runs and they give chase! Sharzad runs across the buildings. It is a chase scene! The Imperial Guard keeps up with Sharzad pretty well but she gains some distance when he climbs up to the roof.
“Stop in the name of the emperor!”
“The emperor is a tyrant and no true king!”
Sharzad jumps off the roof very dramatically.

Meanwhile, Afa casts Tasha’s Hideous Laughter on Sharzad’s mom and gets the heckie out of there. The three head off.

Meanwhile Sharzad continues to gain ground from the guard. She finds a sewer grate and goes into the sewer, but she doesn’t manage to slip into the sewer unseen.

The three go back to Mahsa’s house.

The guard begins to gain ground on Sharzad. She tries to hide but he sees her. Sharzad tries to shove him into the water but doesn’t manage that either.

Meanwhile back at Mahsa’s they find out that the wood-elf was Sharzad’s mom! They discuss the situation and decide to not go back to the tavern and talk about the risks of a house-to-house search.

Sharzad leads the guard deep into the dark sewer and then turns to ambush him. She short-range crits on his thigh and knocks him out. She ties him up and takes him with her. She drags him allll the way to the tavern. She casts a healing spell on the guard.

Afa disguises herself and goes in search of Sharzad. She finds her and reports back to the group.
Mahsa says to tell Sharzad “She is an idiot, and next time I see her i will box her ears”
Also! “This wasn’t a marriage of love”

They make it back and find Sharzad. Riaeki boxes her on the ear and divine smites her.

They drag him into the sewer and Afa casts Charm Person on him. She pretends to be another captive and starts talking to him about the rebel captives.

Riaeki casts detect thoughts as Afa questions him about where the prisoners are and sees the image of the building on the hill in the center of the city and another more specific building. He notices the intrusion and warns Afa not to speak.

Riaeki pulls Sharzad aside to talk to her. Riaeki tells about how she was pulled onto a ship and locked up. There was a storm and Riaeki had a message she needed to tell someone. She ran up onto the deck in the storm. She looked up and saw a lightning bolt about to hit the ship and she reached up and caught it. She turned and spoke to the first mate of the ship: “keep the balance.” The members of the ship then took her in and she lived with them for a while until the first mate mutinied and took over the ship. He put her in a boat with nothing and rowed her to shore.
“You can’t leave us out if you want us to help here. This is your home. These are your friends”
Sharzad says “Do me a favor. If you see the emperor stop me from killing him. Kill me I don’t care.”
Riaeki: “I don’t understand how you don’t want him dead. If I saw the tainiste I would have to kill him.”
Sharzad “The rebels, they will hate me. You will hate me too. My brother was the best person I ever knew. Like me but better. Brighter, stronger, more spiritual. I was locked up for the emperor’s amusement. My brother tried to free me. He was captured and the emperor made me fight him to the death. He would have killed both of us. My brother, he laid down his weapons and knelt in front of me and said the prayer. They were counting down and the guards were all around. They would have killed both of us. He is stronger than me there is no way I could have made him drive his blade into my throat. I killed the first revolutionary. This is how I earned my freedom.”

Riaeki says she doesn’t hate Sharzad any more than she previously did.
Sharzad: “I think you think I’m a good person. I wanted you to know that I am not. I abandoned my friends, I left them to die and I was the one who delivered the message in the first place”

Session Twenty-Two
  • previously on dnd: the gang was drunk on a beach in the middle of the day like your normal dnd adventuring group
  • afa chases more geoduck and drunkenly plays some fey songs on her new mandolin. she knows a few of riaeki’s sea shanties.
  • short time jump. afa continues to learn sylvan: hello, goodbye, how much do you want for my soul, some insults. basic fey sentences. the book is very careful to not pick a side between seelie and unseelie.
  • sharzad does some blacksmithing, despite the fact that soren has blue screened out. she makes some sculpture that her aunt can sell in her shop— vases and other flower/plant related containers. her business is… not doing great.
  • NALIA IS GOING TO LARR XA’S HOUSE BY HERSELF. he’s not THERE! she tries to peek in a window, but can’t really see. it seems to be dark inside. she calls out, but there’s no response. she leaves, distressed.
  • riaeki finds the shipwreck survivors group from the breaking wave. the three people she met earlier are there— the sea elf man, the high elf woman and the gnomish woman. they talk around things. the gnome woman is friendly and willing to talk about boats. the high elf woman recognizes game.
  • a few weeks pass. we’re deep in winter now. sharzad makes moves on the spirit in the sewer. the rats sometimes say hi. sharzad…. talks to the rats. about spirits. IT’S A RAT SHARZAD ITS THOUGHTS ARE NOT DEEP. sharzad tries to convert the rat? “is this something speaking all the time people do?” “the best speak very little. it is why i am not very good at it.” rats are super into education, it turns out.
  • sharzad tries to teach the rat to meditate, but does not do well. rats are chatty. chat rats. sharzad attempts to find out about the rats’ social structure. this rat tells her about attsk. they’re a rat democracy, which is more than we can say about america at the moment. then she tries to teach them about proper food hygiene. sharzad strikes up a friendship with a rat and stARTS CRAFTING COOKING UTENSILS FOR THEM. she looks for moonflower to help the rats in their ritual. NEW FRIEND IS NAMED TSKIN. “you can take the things that people throw away, and make better things out of it!” it seems like tskin might try to cook food. we’re in full ratatouille now folks. sharzad’s meditations with the spirit goes well, and she’s reminded of home.
  • reka has sent the party a message to meet him at his home. he tells sharzad that it might be too dangerous. sharzad and reka’s family are CLOSE. the party waits for reka in his study, with his son pentek. pentek can do magic!!! ish! riaeki and sharzad…. play footsie?
  • reka says that the issue he brings to the party is something that sharzad will care about. yikes. reka keeps tabs on what’s going on in dakkryi ahn ghir, and is worried about the formerly-free city. there’s a nascent resistance that has caused crackdowns from the emperor (who wants to kill sharzad). they’ve captured some resistance fighters (and some civilians) who are set for execution. reka wants them safe. the party is ABOUT THIS. he’s willing to pay them for it, too.
  • reka has very little information to go on, and it’s dated. sharzad is absolutely willing to go, even risk her life.
  • the ship that reka has prepared for them is named stormfather’s grace and riaeki…. has definitely tried to take it with her pirate crew. oops.
  • sharzad is wigging out, and afa offers her her cloak. riaeki asks if sharzad wants the emperor dead, and sharzad says that’s a BAD idea. afa points out that the party knows a lot of powerful dead people. nalia doesn’t know how to swim.
  • the party goes to dessie’s. afa tries to pet the cat and goes full sakaki. dessie has a bunch of healing potions, and the party yet again does not haggle.
  • afa goes to buy a magic sword. there’s a really cool one that a noblewoman used to claudio up a motherfucker. it has enchantment magic on it, and a VIBE. it wants afa. this is great. afa buys it.
  • this is a SWORD OF VENGEANCE and is possessed by a vengeful spirit. goddamn it afa.
  • sharzad tears up the shop a little looking for armor and other magical goods. dessie has rad elvish armor that can make itself look like clothes. sharzad wears too many guns to blend in.
  • riaeki wants to be better at stealth, and dessie has beautiful chainmail that makes no noise. riaeki buys it. AND HAGGLES!!!! take that
  • dessie offers up gloves that make you better at swimming, and nalia jumps at them.
  • sharzad buys some lockpicks, despite not… knowing how to use them. and she tries to haggle. it doesn’t go well. “i’ll give it to you for 18” “19 AND WE NEVER SPEAK OF THIS AGAIN!”
  • the party makes their way down to the stormfather’s grace. reka looks harried, but determined, and waves them over. he introduces them to the captain, a sea-elf woman named moira. she asks them not to call her captain. nalia asks what’ll happen if she falls overboard and it quickly becomes a comedy of errors.
  • the crew has been instructed not to follow the party into the city.
  • riaeki offers herself up as a jack of all trades and sharzad offers herself up as well.
  • afa attunes to and makes her pact weapon the SWORD OF VENGEANCE.
  • the boat sets off!
  • moira introduces the party to her crew; denwyn and erasyl. riaeki spends the night on the deck and sharzad lends her her glasses. riaeki finds somewhere quiet and confronts the hallucination wine: “i don’t know how this works, but i’d like to talk to saiid”. she does not talk to saiid. instead, she has a horrible dream: her sister has somehow called down a storm that is sinking their ship, and she is powerless to save it or herself.
  • A black sky. Beneath your feet, slick wood. Your skin burns as rain pelts you, cold and sharp as arrows. Around you, waves crash against the deck, wind howls, a bolt of lightning streaks across your vision. In front of you, your sister, clinging to the mast, soaked, staring at you with unblinking intensity.

There’s a fire in your stomach, warring with the chill seeping into your skin. You know. You know.

You’re walking toward her, one hand clutching at anything solid to keep yourself upright. In the other is your sword, drawn, a familiar weight.

“I know,” you hear yourself say, your voice ragged. “I know this is you.” Another step towards her. She is utterly still, a fixed point in the chaos, eyes darker than the sea around you.


She tips back her head and laughs, clear as a bell. When she looks at you again, she’s smiling, almost gleeful.

“You didn’t the first time,” she says. “Poor, stupid Riaeki, always too trusting for her own good.”

Another wave slams into you, nearly wrenching your arm from its socket. You tighten your grip on the rigging, palm slick with blood. As you shake the salt water from your burning eyes, you see her gesture sharply, once.

The hair on the back of your neck stands up. You lunge forward, but you’re too slow, too far …

Everything goes white.

You are consumed.

  • sharzad calls them together in the morning and requests that they not kill anyone while in the orcish city. they… sort of agree. riaeki gives sharzad back her glasses. pirates have been seen more lately, not sure what that’s about
  • moira puts the group to work: sharzad will go on some watches, and she asks about the party’s capabilities in battle. nalia is extremely seasick and goes looking for books. erasyl offers her the ships logs. riaeki looks through, but can’t find any mention of her ship, so she goes off to help.
  • riaeki and sharzad have watches. riaeki sees a mermaid. sharzad gets in some light up fog. “it’s just ghosts”. sharzad tries to commune with the ghosts, but the fog is more arcane than divine in nature. she goes to wake riaeki up and asks her about the fog. in the sailor’s stories, it’s the remnants of shipwrecks, and the spirits of those lost.

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