The party decided to rest after their close battle with the handmaiden. While they dosed off their friend Hemostiph disappeared just as their friend Cale returned to see that the group was resting up. Cale had just gotten back from attempting to get Crawl who was waiting at the gates of heaven and hell.
Crawl unfortunately was captured by devils when Cale had gotten to the gates. Crawl spotted Cale just as the devils teleported both themselves and Crawl out of Osigesh and into the unknown. There was merely one thing that remained of Crawl. His bow of life. Cale picked it up and decided to pat it since he believed that the good magic kept the devils from taking it too. Cale decided that it would be best to look at the markings that were engraved upon the floors where the devils had teleported Crawl out of the city.
The markings read as followed:
“They’re wasted and gone.
He said farewell.
Enemy of mine.
Save me your speeches.
Play insanity heir of the high lord!
In floods of tears she cried.
Reigned in new horror crept quietly; insanity
Even of life farewell he said.
Oh I’m heir of the high lord!
Fearful into the unknown.
Go I heard in silence.
Of life did flicker.
Zen archer has fallen.
Road may be long and hard.
Even in silence I heard the words.
How long shall we mourn in the dark?
Farewell, he said
Farewell, he said
Farewell, he said
Farewell, he said
Farewell, he said”
From there the incantations on the floor trailed off into various scribbles and markings that meant little to the group other then it was a devil clan of some sort of swirling eye mark.
Seeing this Cale wrote it down within his spell book to show the rest of the group hoping that one of them would know what it meant or if it had any leads to where they might have taken Crawl. He translated the arcane writings into common and managed to make it back to the party and get his rest to regain his spells.
When the party awakened they noticed that Hemostiph had also mysteriously disappeared, and after reviewing the arcane markings Sam had deducted that they had the secret message The Spire of Gozreh written within the enchantments. The group decided that they had no clue where or what this temple was, but the more holy members of the party knew that Gozreh was the god of the sea, and that he was a neutral god. This would mean that having devils over would be very weird.
They then decided that no matter what they were still going to have to get the shard of Erandicus’ fang that was located deeper within Osigesh. Presumably it was behind the gate of paradise. Feeling renewed, if not a little worried, from their night of sleep the party continued.
They went into the observation area where they had previously fought the handmaiden devil and observed the dragon for a little while. They noticed that there was only one true part of the dragon that wasn’t completely engulfed in magma. That being its chest; which had a large red diamond on it.
As they left the observation room to go outside to where the magma dragon was in the large room just before the gate to paradise the temperature rose to a sweltering 130 degrees. This caused Kieana to use her scrolls to keep the group from baking. The scrolls that Tibby had given her were obviously meant to be used by non spellcasters since they didn’t require the user to complete the magic spell that was written down on the spell as normal which would have required a use magic devise check. She completed helping everyone from suffering through the horrible temperature and then set her focus on to the dragon.
Sam decided that she would try to be diplomatic which only proved to show that the dragon had become a puppet full on. She tried many different languages, but none seemed to get through to the dragon. When the combat began Sam quickly escaped the room and went back to the observation room where she wouldn’t have to worry about getting stuck in combat; remembering how horrible the previous day was for her.
They began to fight the mighty magma dragon that was guarding the door to paradise within the temple. The beast was cunning and used a glitterdust spell to throw Cale off of his normal guard and made him choose between offense and defense. Cale chose offense; though he was blinded.
The bow of life then told the Inquisitor, Heywood, “Hmm, that idiot of a magma dragon is shackled by The Pit. Down him and shoot one of my arrows through the crystal in his chest to free him.”
Heywood however, was quite hammered at the time of this battle seeing to do his daily meditation to retrieve his spells included consuming quite a lot of alcohol. It took the bow whispering to him a few times before he got the full meaning of the bow.
Finally after an grand battle the party had managed to down the magma dragon. This was largely due to a corrosive consumption spell that Cale had cast on the beast during combat. The acid ate away its molten flesh; causing both great pain and great damage. When the beast was down Heywood decided that he would shoot the magma dragon in the chest.
When the dragon was shot in the diamond in it’s chest the diamond started to crack and shattered. From here the dragon had green energy circulate throughout its body healing it. It quickly thanked the group and left as soon as it could, probably to avoid as much embarrassment as it could.
The group then made their way to the statue. Here they gave it the key to paradise, and as promised the statue opened the gate for them. Immediately upon it opening Kieana’s trusty steed mentally warned her that there was a great evil within this room.
As was promised when the door opened completely everyone of the heroes had been hit with a blast of negative energy. The only one who seemed really hurt by this was Kieana, but since she was one of the strongest physically she was able to tough it out.
The group then began their search for what was causing this negative energy. Behind the door was a room that was about 60ft in length. From what they could see right from the start there were two shelves on either side of the opened gate. The shelves were filled with various boxes. This room was probably used to keep all of the prisoner’s confiscated goods in.
Kieana used her horses sense of evil detection to quickly root out the problem of this evil. It was within a box that she and the rest of the party beheld a skull with runes around it. This skull was known as a darkskull, and it was one of the most evil items that the heroes had ever come across.
Heywood quickly used circle of anti-evil and managed to neutralize the problem from effecting everyone, but he did not cancel the effect. Upon further review the party determined that the skull needed to be destroyed physically in order for it’s horrible magic to stop working. Kieana gladly obliged and smashed the skull two times with her hammer. She smashed the skull into pieces and a blue mist came out of the skull, and formed into a face when it got close to Kieana, and it attempted to assure her that it would be back. Kieana being as strong as she was in the ways of the paladin was not frightened by this remark.
The party noticed that Sam didn’t seem to have any care about the evil skull since she had already began looting the various boxes within the room. From here the adventurers separated throughout the room. Heywood, and Sam were looting as much as they could while Kieana and Cale were more interested in the Hammer that was hovering with a scrying orb above an obelisk much like the one Cale and the group had seen in The Forest Palace.
Cale made a note that there was a line of universal magic that was going below the floor level with his Arcane Sight spell. Kieana decided that since neither of them knew what it did that they should wait until the group had finished clearing out this room of its various treasures before taking the hammer or the orb.
Cale decided that it would help things go along faster if he were to point out which boxes had magical items within them. He of course was the one who would loot the vary large boxes full of objects. He found a +4Great Axe, and a +2Axiomatic Lance among the two greatest things that the party had found in there as well as a Cloak of Arachnida, and a Ring of Swimming, Improved. Aside from that the room was filled mostly with scrolls and potions.
Then when the room was finally cleared of all of it’s magical goods the group then gathered around the obelisk to take the two things that they had came here for. What everyone knew was the second shard of Erandicus’ fang, The Warhammer of The Mountains, and the scrying orb that should indicate where the next shard will be.
Kieana took the hammer and the orb; finding it strange that she found the second orb in her pack when she was putting the new one away. Immediately Cale noticed the magical line swiftly plummet down below out of his sight, and after 42 seconds the ground began to rumble. Kieana dismissed her Pegasus mount and then Cale teleported everyone to the main street of Dulidran.
At the moment that they all gained there senses from the teleport spell they looked to the west to see that the mountains that blocked their view of Osigesh had black smoke rising above them. This indicated to the party that Osigesh had erupted.
The stun of seeing the volcano eruption from here averted everyone’s eyes from the shifting weapons who melded to the likings of their current wielders as much as their renewed power would allow.
Without hesitation the group quickly went to the magical goods emporium of Dulidran to sell all of their new treasures. Unfortunately for the store owner he became practically broke as the goods that once equaled out to be 284k gold coins were sold for a total of 100k gold coins to the party members since the store owner didn’t have the kind of money to buy the goods from the heroes.
After trading back and forth for various useful magical goods the heroes had finally achieved a level of satisfaction for having a huge amount of magical items and goods. Then a new, mysterious face walked in, but his features seemed vaguely familiar.
The man’s name was Bemosiph. He was a cleric/wizard who claimed to be Hemostiph’s brother. He then claimed that Hemostiph’s god, Osiris, had him teleport back to Salian for fear of the paladin getting too angry with Hemostiph’s raising the dead. Even though Hemostiph meant well from it Osiris knew that the paladin wasn’t going to allow it.
Hemostiph’s brother Bemosiph, however worshiped a god of healing rather then a god of undead. Hemosiph then explained how Imhotep wished only to heal rather than raise the dead. Needless to say Kieana liked this brother much more since he didn’t believe in raising abominations.
From here the group decided to have a night of sleep and meet up right outside of the town border in the morning at 10:00am to decide where they would be traveling next. As such they did, and of course Heywood showed up a half hour late with a raging hang over. It was only because of him being the wielder of the Bow of Life now that enabled the groups patience to keep him in the party.
Cale knew how to work the scrying orb since he saw Hemostiph do it last time with such ease, and it took Cale half the time to do it since Cale’s magical prowess was much more amazing to say the least. As the orb activated to show the heroes what was held in it the world around them went a grey blank for about ten seconds as the orb then shifted the world to show what was held within.
They all appeared upon a sandy beach next to a half elf with a black jacket, black pants, black boots, and the legendary sword Juru on his back. It was Lloyd the hero who had recorded this message, much like how he had recorded the last one.
Lloyd told the group of the next shard location as promised. It was within an Island called Millu Island. As the party looked around they saw a city in an alcove about two miles away. Also two miles off shore of this island there was a grand tower that jutted out of the ocean. Lloyd called this place The Spire of Gozreh the group then saw first hand where their friend Crawl might be.
Lloyd continued on to state that the shard was at the very top of this grand spire, but the entrance of the spire was at the bottom; the bottom of the ocean. With this Lloyd walked a little bit more into the waters to see a Merfolk girl swim right up to him and hand him a necklace that was made out of seashells. She then scurried back underwater, and the vision blurred then faded.
Bemosiph was caught off guard at first believing that it might be a teleport spell, but when they had returned to Dulidran he quickly realized that it was simply a scrying orb recording. Many of the group members had not clue where Millu Island was, but Sam knew that it was in the center of the three continents: Rosania, Salian, and Culanica.
Sam then directed the group to a town called Ashwood stating that it was a good port city in Rosania. The journey had taken two weeks and three days before the group arrived at The Elven Forest. Here the Inquisitor was getting quite upset since the country was in a state of prohibition. He was even considering burning down the gathering hall of a town known as Sky Oak. Though he was able to keep his barbaric tenancies from getting out of control for the group’s sake.
While the party was at the gathering hall of Sky Oak they overheard a conversation at a nearby table where the Elven members were talking about a set of mysterious disappearances, and how anyone who ever learns anything about what is happening in the swamp between Sky Oak, and Ashwood go missing themselves.
Kieana was discussing with the group about how it may be a good idea to invest in a guide to allow them to go through the swamp without any troubles when one mysteriously sprung up out of no where. He was an Elvish Monk who had been living in the forest enhancing his physical capabilities.
He assured that he knew the woods like the back of his fists. With that the group decided to get some sleep for the long days travel ahead of them. Two party members however were abruptly taken from their normal sleep to a grand room in their dreams. These two were Heywood, and Kieana.
This room was vast. It was 200ft by 200ft. It had lavish furnishings throughout the room that decorated it in a very stylish sense. There were red velvet couches and chairs with oak tables. Ornate marble designs could be seen throughout the flooring of this grand room. On the one side of the room they beheld a grand bay window with a view outside of aquatic life.
The bay window was about fifty feet tall, one-hundred feet long, and thirty feet deep. Within the bay window was a grand dining table with around fifty chairs on either side of it. At the very end of the table was a middle-aged human with a golden mane, and a golden beard. He had orange eyes, and wore clothes of nobility, but every now and then they noticed that when he took a deep breath fire would shoot out about six inches from his mouth. In front of him was a grand dinner.
The dinner was juicy steak, caviar, crab legs, lobster tail, wine, and a salad with sliced chick bits inside of it. As the two heroes approached the man they noticed the climate in the room went from a normal 70degrees to a sweltering 95degrees.
Heywood was the first to approach the gentlemen stating that he would like to join in the grand feast. The man kindly obliged by having one of the chairs pull out for Heywood by itself. Kieana followed after the man motioned for her to join them. She sat one seat closer to the man.
The man quickly stated that he was Erandicus a gold dragon lord from ten thousand years ago. As their conversation continued on Heywood decided to be rude to Kieana various times throughout the meal. Eventually Heywood was sick of being shrugged off as a minor inconvenience in the conversation, and decided that he wasn’t going to be ignored. He used his new Cloak of Arachnida to spew webs to entangle Kieana.
After a few seconds of being entangled Kieana was freed by Erandicus who simply waved his hand and all of the webs burned away. Erandicus then flung Heywood across the room and used magic to pin him to the ground.
Erandicus continued in his conversation about his fang and how he needed champions to gather all of the shards of his fang. He then told Kieana that the great evil her goddess mentioned was one that he knew how to combat. Kieana then jumped at the opportunity to help. As Erandicus continued on about how he needed champions she agreed to be one of his champions, and he stated that she could dismiss herself whenever she had enough of the feast.
She quickly did so as soon as she could not staying to enjoy this feast since she had a vibe that it was about to get rather uncomfortable in the room as Erandicus then made his way to Heywood.
Heywood then tried to bluff his way out of the situation, however Erandicus saw through all of his lies. The Inquisitor of Aleor wasn’t going to be able to slip away so easily in this one. Erandicus then quickly stated that he would help the paladin or karma would catch up with him. He simply laughed it off, but couldn’t escape Erandicus giving him a mark on his tongue. Though it didn’t particularly hurt to much the Inquisitor was rather unhappy to have the mark, but when he woke up he noticed that the outline was only there for a few seconds before it faded away.
Meanwhile Kieana had already woken up to see her new hammer was glowing red. She decided to inspect it and when she grabbed a hold of the hammer she felt the warmth of Erandicus’ flame spread throughout her body. She started panicking since she actually was on fire. She started running in every direction looking for water since she believed that even though the fire wouldn’t hurt her it would harm the building she was in which was made out of a tree inside of The Elven Forest. Though the fire quickly extinguished itself and left her with a permanent +2 to her Cha score after hearing Erandicus’ voice state “And now I imbue you with my fire.”
Heywood believed he had gotten off the hook and opened up a bottle of alcohol that he had smuggled into the country. When he attempted to put the bottle to his lips he noticed that he no longer had the ability. He then heard whispers from Erandicus stating that it was against the law.
After a few hours of trying to find ways around not following any laws for that matter the Inquisitor had enough and decided that he would attempt to bargain with his bow. He then begged his bow in front of several horrified citizens. Eventually he attempted to cut a deal with Erandicus that he would help in this journey as long as he could live free while he was helping.
Erandicus quickly agreed and allowed him to go back to his room to knock back a few. While he grabbed the bow to leave he saw the green life energy from the bow quickly encase him. He felt invigorated and better then ever upon getting this burst of energy. He heard Erandicus’ voice call out “And now I imbue you with my life essence.” and Heywood gained a much needed permanent +2 to his Con modifier.
Heywood, for once managed to get to the meeting place on time. Part of his deal was that even though he could break whatever law he wanted to whenever he wanted, whenever the paladin asked him to do something he had to obey.
With their new found power over Heywood the party set off on their way through the swamp to get to Ashwood. After two days of walking Kieana heard Erandicus whisper to her that she was being hunted by an ancient evil and that it was an excellent example of what they may come across later so this evil will probably serve as their true test to see if they are truly able to help Erandicus.
Kieana asked a question, but Erandicus didn’t have the answer so he simply did not reply. Several days longer of traveling through the swamp and Kieana got another whisper, but this one was not from Erandicus.
The group noticed Kieana stop in her tracks and simply yell “Not if I eat it first!” confused the group asked if she was okay to which she replied that it was probably best if they made camp for the night.
Bemosiph used web shelter for comfort for the night while the Monk guide simply slept on the ground. Sam slept on her bed roll, though it offered little comfort from the solid ground. Heywood used his cloak to spider walk up a tree and make a web for himself too, but Cale and Kieana decided that they would both stand guard.
Midway through the night Heywood suddenly arose from his webbed hammock, and pulled out the bow of life. He then shot Sam who was sleeping. From there Kieana determined that Heywood was under the control of a spell that made him attack his own friends.
The group quickly subdued Heywood, and managed to protection from evil him which enabled him to succeed on his much needed will save. From there the very jumpy group got very little sleep on this night. Sam especially felt awkward since she was suddenly shot by one of her own party members.
In the morning the group set off toward Ashwood. Once they had gotten to Ashwood Bemosiph and Cale decided to swap spell books and copy spells off of each other. Heywood was out looking for a boat to hire to take the party across the ocean to Millu Island, and Sam was likewise doing the same. Kieana, and the Monk were resting to get back all of their energy from the long journey.
Heywood finally stumbled across a ship that looked like it had a competent crew in his opinion. He saw a crew of very rough looking individuals who were being led by an Elf woman in a captains attire. The captain girl was having a chat with a man (See character Alexander Siftious for description).
After some talking, and negotiating Heywood finally stated that he would simply like to buy the ship for 10,000gp. All of the crew looked slightly stunned by this and questioned whether or not they actually had the gold. The man then told the captain girl that it must be her lucky day. She replied with “Why you’re the captain!”
Heywood then managed to convince him through visual means outside of the ship that he had the money, and they were all stunned to see that he actually had the gold. The deckhands seemed to be excited as hell about the amount of money they would be receiving talking about how they were going to live like kings as they walked away.
Meanwhile Sam was not having nearly as much luck with finding a confident ship and crew since they all talked briefly about how there was a tyrannical leader of Millu Island. Sam knew that there was a Monarchy style of government, but she didn’t think that it could be as bad as many of the sailors were claiming it to be.
Upon further investigation she found that Millu Island was actually a slave island with their Monarch being a Brine Dragon known as Mytrin. She then stumbled upon a boat with a group of sailors huddled together with what looked to be a female captain with them. As she approached the crew a red blade got in her way.
She then recognized Alexander Siftious. The Blood Magus whom she had helped defeat in The Forest Palace. She hadn’t been informed of his release from punishment and started to get scared believing that he might try to kill her. After a brief talk she decided to cautiously stay aboard since she had learned that this ship was going to Millu Island.
Sam then asked Alexander who the captain was. He replied by raising his hand. She questioned further before he asked the crew who the captain was and they all pointed to him. Stunned she decided that this might be a very wild journey if she can convince this mystery playboy to allow her party to join their voyage.
While Sam waited on the boat Heywood decided to get contracts lined up, but he wasn’t going to sign contracts without the rest of the party to be there to stop the crew from potentially mugging him and leaving. He convinced Kieana, Cale, Bemosiph, and the Monk to join him in signing the contracts. Once that was complete they would then search the city for wherever Sam went.
When they were boarded everyone was a little stunned to see both Sam, and Alexander on the boat. Kieana, and Cale weren’t nearly as scared of this situation as Sam seemed to be since they were the ones who helped Alexander’s trial case to help prove that he was innocent.
From here Heywood signed a total of ten contracts, noting that the contracts were subject to termination if there was ever a threat of death upon the crew mates. Also noting that Alexander’s contract instead stated that his contract was void if his capability to be badass was ever impaired.
From here they took a tour to quickly get stopped by Bemosiph who pointed out a mass of poison and magic in an invisible humanoid figure on the bow of the ship. Cale noticed the man a few times before now since he had see invisibility as a permanent spell. Cale simply thought that he was the uninterested member of the crew up until now, not really paying attention to how many contracts were given to Heywood.
The figure turned toward the party when it realized that it had been detected. What Cale saw was a humanoid shape in tattered black cloth. When it turned to face them it’s pupils were a mere slit, and it’s eyes were glowing orange. Other then that it had other various reptilian features on its face, which was the only area not covered up by the tattered black cloth.
The figure quickly leaped into the ocean and sank several feet below the water. Bemosiph noted that the poison portion grew a little bit, and turned into more of a duel sphere shape that was about the size of two humans. The detect magic portion grew to be larger then the entire boat and it swam off before Bemosiph could observe it more.
From here they got the remainder of the tour and Heywood handed over all of the money that was promised. They learned that since there is six party members that, that was the perfect amount since that was the amount of available rooms that weren’t being taken up by the other nine crew members.
Now the heroes’ journey across the ocean is right in front of them. A very unsure future awaits them as they wonder if they will ever see Crawl again, or if they will ever find a way to get this mysterious hunter off of their trail. Next week; a journey to Millu Island!!