Althon

7/23/17
Saving the Eaves family

Session notes

The party started out leaving the Greywood from Bip’s in the morning. They noticed a large, black cat, with humanlike eyes stalking them through the treetops. While in the forest, they ran into an injured fighter (Evan “Furyedge” Valain) and a stern monk, his cousin (Reneea Valain). Ashoon healed Evanil, who had a serious, infected stab wound in his stomach. Out of gratitude, they stopped in their quest for treasure to accompany the party + Conrad to an abandoned manor to save the Eaves family.

After Rolan set some fires to distract, the party snuck into a window of the Manor’s west side using rope. They found several members of what seems to be a dark cult, the people wearing red robes, and fought their way to the basement. In the basement, Ashoon fell over a few times, some saved by Lash’s surprisingly amazing stealth and acrobatics, but eventually attracted more blood mages. The party fought 5 wearing robes they had seen before, then 1 extra with black and red robes. During their time in the Manor, several notes and books were taken detailing rituals and experiments.

After setting free an imprisoned maid, blacksmith, and soldier, the party continued towards a ritual room. There they found a creature with a black halo, black feathered wings, and chains across its chest. It was a long battle in which the creature consistently failed to hit them, but before it could be defeated, was destroyed by an unknown force that spoke inside its head. Clues indicate the creature—formerly a blood mage—had killed the wrong people and upset someone more powerful than him. It’s body unraveled into nothing.

The Eaves family was saved, and the Manor began to collapse almost immediately after a warning from Conrad. The party fought 2 more blood mages on the way out and escaped just in time. Ashoon learned he is not very good at sticking his landings. The party of now 11 went west, rested a bit, fought two clockwork creatures at 3am, rested some more, and then sent the freed prisoners home with Conrad. Conrad named the marked points on Maren’s map before leaving: a treasure trove and an ancient lair. He also mentioned something interesting in the Waln foothills. 

The party headed west to Ellaerys’s trove, meeting Adrian along the way. Jostina bought a silver raven figurine, and Ashoon got health potions, a bloodied invitation, and a music box that made him feel nostalgic. A grumpy Adrian had been about to plunder the dungeon, but decided to go East instead to “Rangoon’s Lair” as the party would ruin his stealth, and he is “not a fighter.”

The party entered the cave, and came to a door with a glass mosaic on it. The figure on the door, a woman in a long dress, came alive and spoke with the party. Lash figure out the party needed to make the figure say the password, and they were able to enter.

The first room they went into contained a scythe trap and a water weird. The trap was disarmed and the weird defeated. The party plans to continue exploring next session.

 

EXP/GOLD

EXP: 1000, 150 extra each for Rolan and Lash, 50 extra for Lash—because Lash

GOLD: 0

 

Moments Erica Liked

  • Lash rolls 3 nat 20’s
  • Lash saves Ashoon from falling
  • Lash solves the door puzzle, because she is a brainy half-orc
  • Lash is extra stealthy and also 7 feet tall
  • Lash
  • Rolan knows the bad stuff is in the basement because “that’s where bad stuff always happens”
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6/29/17
Difficult librarians and fey; the journey to the ritual site

Session notes

The party started on the ferry from Eldham to Roswald. On the ferry, they were suspicious of the captain, while Ashoon spent most of his time enacting a theatrical scene on the bow of the ship. Lash and Jostina spoke to Adrian, a human male with black hair and tan skin, about the curious things he collected and sold. Lash bought a mysterious egg from him, which eventually grew in size and changed color. 

When docking in Roswald, the party noticed the racial diversity in this port city. Rolan talked to two members of the thieves guild he spotted, a tall, strong redheaded man with fair skin and a lithe woman with black hair and brown eyes. They let him know they had seen the odd couple of people who the party spotted in the corner of the Thirsty Turtle tavern in Eldham, but couldn’t say where to find them or how they acquired their knowledge.

The party went to the Dusty Rose for a few drinks, and asked the bartender for some information. He had not remembered seeing Jostina’s sister. The party shopped at the city’s market, then went to the library. An Elven librarian with light purple hair and blue eyes greeted them, took their names, and led them to the books they sought. Meran learned about the presence of fey at the Greywood, and night time disappearances at the lake to the south, Lake Lakano.

Rolan and Lash read ancient religious texts, and found the following information:

“The Mother, overdeity and creator of the Twelve, first birthed Novv and gave him her powers of cosmic creation. Together they started the world of Althon, and then she went on to make other worlds. Her Twelve children stayed to watch over and develop Althon and life on it.

When the world was young, the Twelve lived both among mankind on Althon and on the celestial plane. This helped them to become more in touch with humanity, have personality, and care for the peoples Novv created under his Mother’s guidance. They moved freely between realms and had relationships with mortals.”

While in this room, Rolan and Lash were locked in by the Elven librarian. Lash contemplated punching the Library Automaton, but thought better of it, sensible half-orc that she is. After about an hour, the party went in search of Lash and Roman, and Jostina broke them out of the locked room with her thieves’ tools. They went in search of the Elven librarian, but could not find him. The staff member they spoke to revealed that a man named Altair was supposed to be logging the gusts that day, and did not recognize the description of the Elf that had locked them into the back room.

The party searched the pastry shop next door, where Altair went to rest every day he worked. He wasn’t there, but the party knew by the navy crest on the beige robes of an anchor above waves that there were other librarians there. They inquired after Altair’s home address, then headed straight there. Apon arrival, Jostina tried to pick the lock to the house, while Rolan peeked in a window upstairs. The city guard caught them, as it was about 11 in the morning. After explaining, the party watched the city guard break through the door and into the house. Altair’s body, only 1 or so days old, was found upstairs in a closet. He had been stabbed in the chest several times, but was not drained of blood. The scene of the crime had been cleaned up considerably, though Rolan had noticed some blood on the downstairs carpet. The city guard kicked the party out to launch an investigation.

Having lost some time, the party retrieved Conrad from the bar (Adrian had left) and headed Northeast towards where the map indicated the mages in red robes were headed. They came upon a rope and wooden plank bridge, where they fought two Clockwork Watchmen. The second watchman nearly cut the bridge, sending the party to a watery doom below, but was defeated in time. Afterwards, Jostina repaired the cut rope.

The party crossed the bridge and entered the Greenwood, where they immediately ran into a Das named Bip. They said in Bip’s lair for a supper feast and story telling. Bit really enjoyed Lash’s company, but told Rolan he was very rude. The party spent there night there, following etiquette so they would not be eaten/murdered, and set out the next morning to get through the rest of the forest and to the ritual site.

Bip warned them of a “big, angry kitty” that was watching them in the Greywood, since Lash had been so complimentary. She said there were “shadows in the dark,” and to “watch for the eyes.”

EXP/GOLD

EXP: 300, 10 extra each for Meran and Lash

GOLD: 0

Moments Erica Liked

  • Meran falls on top of the Clockwork Watchman, twice
  • Lash spends half the battle in a net
  • Lash hits herself in the face with her great axe 
  • Rolan can’t impress obnoxious fey, but the half-orc barbarian can
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06/16/17
The adventure begins! Slaughter in Eldham.

Session notes

Started in Eldham. Rolan played music in tavern with Conrad the Magnificent. Party noticed smirking redhead girl and ash blonde emo guy in corner. Conrad warned party about B&B near bedtime. Dying man stumbled in, said slaughter at B&B. Jostina stabilized him.

Party went to B&B, found slaughtered blood-drained bodies. Also found 2x magical not-glass vial of blood. They are wrapped in fabric to prevent losing will.

Went to temple of Falille, fought and defeated two mages in red. Jostina got an amulet for insight for helping repair damaged statue.

Went back to tavern, planned with Radorin Eaves to go save his kidnapped family. Ashoon healed him to full health. Lash convinced him to stay, he offers free meals and lodging in exchange. Rolan got into it with Conrad and realized he was a scion of the Trickster God, Nyssa. Plan to take ferry to save the Eaves family. 

EXP/GOLD

  • EXP: 50, 10 extra each for Jostina, Rolan
  • GOLD: 20

Moments Erica Liked

  • Tommy rolls a 1, hits himself in the face when drawing his bow
  • Jason knows the word “God” but not “Goddess,” Tommy reminds him
  • Erica calls it “the bed and the breakfast”
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