Saturday, December 12, 2015

"Just Another Day"

Play report submitted by Adrienne.

The name of today's session is “Just Another Day”.

It was the 7th of Gunther in the year 1006 AK (which is the 2nd month of the year equal to our month of April). We are currently in Khosht. The city has been destroyed by monsters several times. The last time it was rebuilt there was a fort built on the southern bank of the Hunga River. The Seit in charge is Fierced, but it is being turned over to Nigira.
The current popular phase is BDM = “Before these Damned Monsters.”

We have received an invitation from Jared Silvercane to join the Free Explorers’ Society, aka the Adventurers’ Guild. As we walk up to the lodge we notice that the leaves on the trees are burning but never consumed. In our group is a male leprechaun named Leper, a female Haansfolk named Alhaanmora, a male Dargonath named Arthur, another human male named Lunafilus, a male dwarf named Dankit, and myself - a female half-elf named Wrayne.  

As we entered the building the guards acknowledged both Lunafilus and myself before leading us into the main room. A small dragon flittered up to us, gesturing to follow him into the library. It was full of old wood with books everywhere and only a few people spread out doing research or consulting maps. In the corner at the table there was an elf with unusual armor who introduced himself as Jared. He offered to pay for our initial annual membership fee into the Society (50 gold each) if we were willing to bring back any books that we find adventuring and give him first choice to purchase them.

After we agreed, we headed back into the main hall where another group of explorers came up behind us. The leader started to laugh, sending bubbles up through water. He had a gorilla’s body with a brain floating in a jar for a head. After a few moments another one of his party members came up and whispered something in his ear. He looked towards Lunafilus and myself as we stared at him with annoyed looks, muttered something inaudible, and shambled away. This is the normal way that the Seventh Sanctum acts, of course.

A few moments later an old wizard walked toward us. He had black hair pulled back and wore dark grey robes. Leper mouthed off and was levitated into the air by the wizard until he complied. Threnody took us into a parlor with a large table to have drinks. He told us that he is interested in the castle. As we talked while playing ogre-ocre, he informed us that the ogres were once of the most intellectual kindreds in the world. Then Khazan cursed them.  

Later the Haansfolk cast her cards for Threnody, doing the spread called “The Wheel.” The Wheel is also constellation of 8 stars. We are to meet him again on the morrow. He will provide with us important information at that time. As we left to head home, a troop from the fort marched through the city. Then came the Neon Knights marching to flank the troop.  The Neon Knights are controlled by the local government.  The light coming out of their visors is purple. Legends say that they only animate to protect the city.  

A purple mist started to move through the city, so we ducked into an alley to avoid it. This was, however, to no avail as it was a dead end and we were enfolded into it. There were 6 humans that look to be possessed also in the fog. They moved to attack us.  At this point the leprechaun winked onto a roof. From this vantage point he hit one of the people with a sling stone, while we damaged the remaining. Whenever we damaged them the fog turned a darker purple in a flash. The purple fog coalesced around us, wanting us to be angry and kill things. Most of us were able to resist it but the dwarf succumbed and turned on us. Arthur attempted to subdue the dwarf while we fought the fog. The leprechaun luckily spotted the cloud’s the silver cord, winked down, and cut it.  This dispelled it. The Haansfolk was on the ground bleeding out.  Once she was stabilized we helped her walk to my family estate to rest. Along the way we dropped Lunafilus off at his family estate, agreeing to meet on the morrow.

Marketday Gunther 8, 1006

We passed a group of green robed people with silver serpent necklaces. They are known as Vishtarians, who are humans who worship the snake god.  We passed the Street of the Many Gods. There was an old open temple with a black bell hanging in the courtyard. The Temple of the King: the legend is that when the king returns to Khosht the bell will ring. The Bellman’s Guild are like the town criers. They announced that Seit Nigira was officially appointed to take over Fort Bevits, resulting in an outcry in the city.  The buzz on the street was also that the Death Goddess was seen in the city by a beggar going into the Diamond Spider tavern and never came out. The owner said this wasn’t true, but the bum outside the tavern stated otherwise.  

When we met again with Threnody, he sent us on a mission to travel to an area with an ancient and enormous tree called the Phantom Hallow.  Goblins stole several rare coins from a merchant wagon. We were charged to bring the coins back and give three-quarters of them to Threnody.  Jared also gets one of the coins and we keep the rest.

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