Game Date: Sunday, December XX, 2013
In-game Date: Summer XX, 998 AC
NOTE: Praxis/Lisa was not present for this game, and stayed aboard the airship with Kalarel.
This session began with the party aboard the airship.
Headed towards Baba Yaga’s forest in Coventry after Ginger heard troubling prayers to the grandmother of witches, the ship’s alarms started going off when it got too near to the circling dragons that were connected with Detham’s Legion. To avoid finding out what “BATTLE MODE” on the dragon-eating ship was, the party agreed to get dropped off at the edge of the woods and hoof it to the center where Detham & Baba Yaga were facing off.
Along the way, they happened upon a battle between a force of witches and a force from Detham’s Legion. In the middle was a possum farm, whose family was being protected by the goliath gladiator Anaru/Jessa (who was defending a humble family of possum farmers). As the dragonborn leader & Anaru crossed blades, Nikolai/Micah was able to fly up on a carpet to stop them, realizing that the leader of this force of Detham’s legion was none other than his long-lost brother, Osyp. While Nikolai went on about the hypothetical threats and motivations of the two warring sides and the impending doom likely to result from going to war with the Grandmother of Witches, Osyp raised his hand to make his forces stand down, and asked his brother how he’d been. Meanwhile, Ginger/Elizabeth was able to convince the leaders of the witch group, some drow matrons, to stand down as well.
Nikolai briefly spoke with his brother, who had tentacle-like scars on his skull, and learned that Detham had rescued his brother from an enslaved life among the mind-flayers. Osyp kept grabbing at a crystal medallion around his neck, which he said helped him hold on to his own thoughts, and to shut out the nightmares the mind-flayers had put there.
The party eventually convinced both sides to head as quickly as possible towards the confrontation between Detham’s main legion and Baba Yaga herself, who was manifest in the real world. As the party arrived, Ginger jetted out into the no-man’s land between the encircling dragonborn & Baba Yaga’s hut, heading straight for her Grandmother. However, simultaneously, Detham called out to Baba Yaga, blaming her witches for all the undead, and telling her “this is the fate of all who practice your foul magics!” as he motioned for his men to slit the throats of around 1000 captured witches.
Baba Yaga was none too happy with this, and something snapped within her. A single tear fell, which Ginger caught. Baba Yaga’s eyes became voids like black holes (that Akara/Valarie almost remembered from somewhere in a previous life, but couldn’t quite place). She spoke in a voice whose words ripped at the reality around them, and called out to Detham: “Sons and Daughters of Io, you have been blessed with the gift of discerning minds capable of learning and making choices… but you do not deserve those minds, so I take them from you.”
With that, all the dragon-blooded creatures in a 4-5 mile radius lost their conscious minds, reverting to animal-like ferocious states. Osyp, however, was quick enough to leap at his brother, shielding Nikolai while pressing his own thought-protecting necklace against Nikolai’s head. Nikolai retained his right mind, while his brother did not.
The dragonborn went crazy all around, but the party was more concerned with the five feral dragons overhead, all of whom were roaring and diving at them.
The cliff was all kinds of hung as the session ended.