Game Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013
In-game Time: dawn of the 39th day of Summer, 998 AC.
All 6 regular players + new player Jota were here for this session, though Lisa & Elizabeth had to arrive a little late, and Valarie had to leave early (though Lisa proxy-played Akara well after she left).
Fury/Greg, Ginger/Elizabeth, & Praxis/Lisa all raced off to Lady Shadowmantle’s estate. When they got there, the High Lady needed help fighting the undead, so Fury/Greg ran the password back to the rest of the group while Praxis & Ginger stayed behind to help out Lady Shadowmantle.
In another location, at High Lord Kane Dixon’s estate, the (new player Jota’s character) dwarf known as Blackhand discussed the information packet from the “New Altairian Heroes” with the High Lord. When undead attacked Dixon’s estate, he asked Blackhand to find the Heroes and let them know that their fears were coming true much more rapidly than they’d planned.
Racing through streets full of undead, Fury took a turn down an alley and ran into Blackhand, who had also turned down the alley from the other direction. They were both attacked by undead, and got to admire eachother’s combat prowess as they re-killed these creatures. By the time they got back to the Embassy, Praxis & Ginger had been teleported there with Lady Shadowmantle. Then, in a flash of holy power, the two Ionian staffers at the Embassy disappeared with every High Lord, in a calculated activation of their Words of Recall organized by Ambassador Cairn. “They’ll be upset that they can’t be in their home country, but they’ll be safe. And their home country isn’t really the same anymore anyway.”
The party then mounted the flying carpets and headed up towards the airship. On the outside of the airship, they found some air elementals and exterior-mounted Thayan wizards. While fighting outside, Praxis summoned a rainstorm with her special fey rainstick, which (given the heightened Fey energy of the region) also started causing more Fey creatures to appear in the deluge… but in completely random and non-helpful ways. The party may have accidentally been responsible for the tales that will later form about a flying feymire crocodile when one landed on an empty carpet, eating a Thayan wizard on the way… but I’m sure that will in no way come back to haunt them. Eventually forcing their way inside, the party navigated the long halways of the airship, choosing not to bother with the control room yet, as High Lord Dixon had told Blackhand he had a “man on the inside” there.
Heading to the engine room, they ran into Valindra Shadowmantle herself, who also activated her one working boneforged prototype, which she said Vecna had given her the secret to creating. The fight was long and tough (Valarie had to leave as it was starting, though Lisa jumped in to play both Praxis and Akara for the remainder of the battle). When it was done, Valindra’s body turned to dust (returning her soul to her phylactery) as the fire of the airship’s engine went out.
There was some scrambling to figure out how to restart the engine. It appeared to burn massive amounts of the raw magical dust known as Residuum, but needed a huge fire to ignite the initial fire. Jak heard something in his head from his god ( Agni), and started to tranform into a living flame that ignited the engine (making it burn brighter & stronger than before) prior to vanishing into the flame. Jak’s soul woke up and had a conversation with Agni, but we likely won’t see the results of that until Epic level or so.
A man looking like a Thayan pilot showed up and said “The other pilots have all been mysteriously murdered!” before dropping the disguise and revealing himself to be the rakshasa Kalarel. Things ended peaceably, but it’s unclear who really “owns” the airship at this point, as Kalarel is the only one on board who knows how to fly it (convenient how he murdered all the other pilots), and he mentioned that this was the logical evolution of his pirate persona, Blackheart Deathclaw.
- Bonemail/Drakescale Phrenic Armor +2 (lvl 9)
- Lesser Ring of Feather Fall (lvl 12)
- Pearl of Power (lvl 7)
- Darkskull (lvl 9)