Sunday, April 13, 2012
When last we left our heroes… they were returning to their rooms at the Yawning Portal after attending the 80th birthday party for Mirt the Moneylender. Before reaching the inn, they bumped into Nulath/Casey, who had realized that Fisherman’s Wharf was no place to be raising 20 kids, and had connected with the husband of Natalie Mirtson (sister to the deceased soldier William McBride) and had brought the kids to Waterdeep to stay in Mirt’s orphanage there.
In the Yawning Portal, as Scout went off to pursue the dwarven woman he’d somewhat insulted earlier in the evening, the rest of the party engaged The Seekers, a group of 4 fresh adventurers seeking to make their first victory in the halls of Undermountain. The party had a chance to talk to the Seekers (and to bet on them), and as a result better prepared them for the challenges ahead. In the end, their survival came down to a roll of the dice, and only 2 of them survived.
Akara/Valarie also made the acquaintance of Sikel, the raven-cloaked dancer from the party. He is an Avenger of the Raven Queen, and was offering to perform rituals of “Eternal Last Rites” on the Seekers before they went into Undermountain. Sikel explained that the ritual prevented your body from being raised in any way (as undead or via resurrection), and that it was a great way to ensure that you’d be free to travel to your proper place after death. Akara took some issue with this, but Sikel took her aside to assure her that these folks would never be able to afford a resurrection spell anyway, so he was just ensuring that 4 fewer undead entered the world. He also said that he’d had a similar ritual performed on himself when he took the Oath of the Feather, the pledge to be an Avenger of the Raven Queen.
Upstairs, the party sat-in as Centauri did a stellar reading for TUS about his previous life, and revealed a tale of apparent cowardice that sent The Unknown Soldier into a rage, causing him to storm off in fury. Centauri warned the party that he had also seen a potential dark decision in TUS’s future, and that the party would have to watch out for him.
That evening, Akara had a troubling dream, which both Lisa/Praxis and Jenn/Art were somehow viewers of. In the dream, a raven was trapped by a magical bush. When Akara freed it, the raven flew up to the bedroom of Mirt the Moneylender, and took his soul off beyond the veil of death.
Early the next morning, the Eladrin woman Lady Artania Silverlight knocked on the door of the party’s room. She explained that the spell had been hers, and that Mirt had convinced her to cast this spell to keep a natural death from finding him so that he could continue to do good work for the people of Waterdeep. Artania, the party learned, is one of the last of a line of dragons, the Deep Dragons, known for their abilities to polymorph and their access to racial memories. Artania herself is only a half-deep dragon, the other half being Purple Dragon, from which she inherited her psychic powers. After a somewhat abbreviated memoir, the party understood that she was an old and powerful spellcaster who generally had the good of the world as one of her objectives.
However, she had another objective that day: Mirt’s death came at an inopportune time, as he was supposed to represent his “criminal organization” at a meeting that was happening that morning. This meeting, which happened every 10 years, involved betting on the outcome of a competition known at the Murder Machine. Mirt’s side had won for the 40 years that the competition had existed, and other large criminal groups had therefore been forced to sign agreements not to operate within the city for a decade. Artania informed the party that she would be there polymorphed to look like Mirt, and that his sudden death would be announced around noon. The “benefit concert” would then become largely a funeral for Mirt, with mention of the other fallen afterwards.
SOMETHING happened at the Murder Machine, which we’ll learn about next game.
The concert/funeral was epic, as one might imagine, and the ritual of Speaking for the Dead, lead by famous bard Bo Palabram, left many very drained and overwhelmed. Afterward, Nikolai gave a beautiful song about the train of death the New Altairan Heroes brought with them. While many in the crowd were too overwhelmed to pay lots of attention to his song, the more robust veterans in the crowd all heard it, and silently nodded, as they joined Nikolai in paying respect to fallen brothers in arms.
As the party left the city, with an exhausted but victorious Scout on-board, a shadowy female watched them leave (it was Zira, though we wouldn’t learn that until next game). They made their way south through stormy weather, stopping as TUS looked up to see an inn/tower in front of them… one that looked strangely familiar to the revenant.
Next game would normally be on Sunday, May 13… which is Mother’s Day. We may have to push this off another week until Sunday, May 20. We’ll email specific details as the dates get closer.
Next Episode: “The Murder Machine”
Treasure: None, though Praxis bought some replacement adventuring tools and Nulath bought a magical Familiar Pocket for Frodo, her fey puppy.
Experience: 200 XP each. Everyone in the party should be at 3,250 right now (lvl 4 = 3,750)