Game Date: Sunday, Sept 8
In a brief side-adventure, several of our players took on the roles of some other heroes headed to Coventry to stop the undead uprising.
Back in the nation of Ionia, Nikolai’s message about the need for help in Coventry was heard by none other than his old commanding officer and friend, General Gilraith Featherin. General Featherin brought the request to King Imperius, who had some difficulty acting quickly to get an “official” army from Ionia to travel to a far-off land to help with an undead problem, given what happened in Ionia’s past with King Ironhammer. Though the King was embroiled in politics over the matter, Featherin managed to pull together a volunteer force of at least 300 soldiers, and the King called upon his old friend (and renowned hero of Ionia) the wizard Malachi Jones. Though the human wizard is now ancient, a bit senile, and probably also crazy, he did manage to still command enough magical power to teleport the whole army into Coventry… though not exactly to the capital.
The army ended up in the swamplands of western Coventry, where they eventually were trapped on an island by the tens of thousands of undead arms reaching up from the waters. Within the island, a small party of Featherin and a few of his cohorts found some catacombs that lead to the daughter of one of Cappadocia’s old ruling families, and ended up having to fight with this clearly psychopathic young (?) lady, who was now a sort of floating vampire thing that could detach her head and tentacle-lash you with her entrails.
After the fight ended, the party found a magical devices that was causing the undead in the swamp, but also found a mirror that magically communicated with the girl’s father, who spoke to the party. Ventrue Camarilla was the head of one of 3 political groups in old Cappadocia, and he explained the details of each:
The Camarilla (mostly vampires) sought to empower their souls, pursuing peaceful co-habitation with their living relatives, and many of them were not undead by choice. The Mekhet (mostly mummies) sought to empower their minds, becoming liches (and worse) to learn to control all dark magics and every force in the Weave. The Sabbat sought to rule by fear and empower their bodies, transcending life to become invincible and using chaos to destroy any armies that opposed them.
While Ventrue, who referred to himself as “the Prince” of the Camarilla, seemed like a reasonable person who could be dealt with, his descriptions of the other two factions seemed to indicate that they would be less reasonable. As the party returned to the surface to get the army moving again, the forest came alive with an unnatural Fey energy, and every tree and vine in the swamp started reaching out to expel the foreign army that stood on Coventry soil.