Year of the Tiger

Fixing the Present

Fixing the Present

Thoradin here with news

We need to find out information about what is different in order to figure out what to do about it. In spite of the probability that Derrick is somehow responsible we will need his help to fix this. So we head down to the main library to do some research on the last few years. Loof asks if Miharo is there and she is on the forth floor Loof runs to the stairs Luna teleports to stop him at Derricks request. He thinks it would be bad for Loof to meet a Miharo who did not know him. On with the research, we find out that Lord Garrett never came back so the Azure Sentinels were never formed and so were not able to defend the city when Rockt attacked, also that the Rockt imperial line had not been broken so that they were more powerful than our Rockt. They had masterwork weapons I was worried that helping the smith in Rockt would bite me, it has big time. I am really going to be careful with time travel in the future.

As we are researching, the inventor walks up and says “Don’t I know you” and works with Derrick to determine we need to go back in time to rescue a empress in the Shearneth Empire so they can meet Rockt and prevent Haarlem from falling. That should improve our situation but not completely fix it. I worry about that. Well I do not see any other way to proceed. So Derrick punches another hole in reality and we are off. Arriving in a pastoral field we wonder if we are in the right place. Derrick confirms that we are at the right time but about a mile off from the city. So we walk to the city and start the process of learning about the place. Luna does some shopping for alchemist’s fire. After awhile the local people stop what they are doing and bow to Raja. This makes her uncomfortable. A captain of the guard approaches her and asks how he can serve her highness. She replies by asking how he knows her he replies that she is the empress’s sister Raja. He says he will escort her and her friends to the palace. He is a kalashtar so he overhears our conversation about needing to save the empress.

We are taken to the empress and she greets Raja as her sister and we discuss the prophecy of Raja’s birth and that she has come early and the fact that a dragon is going to be a problem for the empress. Derrick needs the name of the dragon to confirm whether or not it is the one. They go through a list of dragons and find out the dragon’s name is Finch. I question whether or not she can try her based on the word of someone from the future. She says that this dragon had committed significant crimes and that the trial would start tomorrow. The trial last a week and is extremely boring. The dragon is found guilty and sentenced to be executed.

The execution takes place in the arena and we are seated with the empress. When the execution is to take place the executioner strikes off the chains instead of the head and runs off. The now freed dragon moves toward the empress and uses her breath weapon and some of the party is forced to attack allies or flee. Several rounds of battle occur and the dragon summons different monsters that we have to fight. Finally the dragon and her summoned allies are defeated.

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Getting back to the Present?

Getting back to the Present?

Thoradin here with news

Finished with the mind flayers we go back to town. Derrick consults his book and he must study a portal to get us back. I find a shrine to Moradin and help improve the forge hope this does not come back to bite me back in the future.

Ruse finds out her apprentice now is her worshipper because he was praying at the foot of her bed. This disturbs her very much.

Derrick finishes his studies and goes to talk to the naked girl about what is going on he rambles on about this and that, and then ends up with a date for seven days time.

We meet up with Derrick at the site of his new portal circle. He states that he has created a portal back to our time and that we may end up back in our own time or dead. I walk through. I emerge at what should be the Azure Fortress but it is in ruins and there are men flying around the place. Derrick comes through the portal and confirms this is the right time and place. Loof goes running around looking for Miharo and asks one of the flying guys where she was and he said she was dead and Loof fainted. The flyer drops down and starts to drag Loof off. Battle begins. We fight with them for a short while and a blue dragon shows up and things get real interesting the dragon stuns most of the party. After that we are able to kill him in a few rounds his body then dissolves and a small hammer and a knife are found. I recognize that the hammer is a holy relic of Moradin held by his chosen. The knife is a holy relic of Ruse that she needs to give to a chosen person.

Now how to fix the changed timeline?

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Rockt Reign of Chaos II

Rockt Reign of Chaos II

Thoradin here with news

Derrick is consulting his book again that always leaves me a little nervous. I do not know what he is going to come up with next. He seems to get good information sometimes. He came to me afterward and tells me there is someone we need to kill or we can not get back to our proper time. I hope that it is not someone nice. He refers to his book again and indicates that we can find this person in some ruins outside of town. We decide to take off after him. We head out to the ruins and notice an ogre keeping watch on the road we are on. I approach him and ask him in giant what is going on. He asks me if I have the pass. I ask him what pass then he leaves to ask the boss. We follow he notices us and speeds up until we are running when we arrive at the ruins. He goes in and we follow notice that the ruins have been projected as an illusion and they are not in as bad of shape as things appeared.

The ogre reports to another bigger ogre that we are here. Raja is reading their thoughts and finds out that they are going to attack us. Loof charges and I throw my hammer the others attack and battle begins. Tharek and Raja attack and I have difficulty following what happens next. Tharek jumps into the center of the room and Loof gets dazed. I move over to put myself between Raja and an ogre and he is killed before he can attack again. As a response to Tharek or the alarm set of by the larger ogre, two mind flayers appear. Next thing I notice is Derrick teleporting forward and attacking the mind flayers, then I notice mind flayer goo on the dais and Derrick yelling “I am the mad prophet of the book, I killed your masters fear me.” The remaining ogres run off. I am a little frightened of Derrick he seems to be losing what sanity he had. He is my companion and I will stick by him. It turns out that mind flayers were what we had to kill. That is a relief. I hope we can get back to our own time now.

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Rockt Reign of Chaos

Rockt Reign of Chaos

Thoradin here with news

After finishing up with the demons in the apartment and giving the girl a couple of gold pieces to pay to fix the fireplace we left and went back to the Grateful Dead Inn and spent the night.

In the morning we were awakened by Ruse who had been awakened by her student saying we needed to get out of there because the Reign of Chaos was coming. The warning came a little late as a series of explosions rocked Rockt and a portal opened in the inn along with several others outside. The portals came from the elemental chaos and several demons came through the ones outside. They started attacking people and setting fires. We wade into the battle Loof first with him charging one of the demons however the party gets split up on two sides of the inn. Ruse, Loof and I are on one side of the inn with Derrick and Tharek on the other side of the inn. One group of demons pulls their arms off set them on fire and throws them at Loof doing a lot of damage. Derrick figures out that there are five portals and that we need to close them all at the same time or there will be problems. We identify one of the demons who is chanting and figure that is the one holding open the portals so we decide to try and concentrate on him, but we have a little difficulty with that as he is on the another side of the inn and there are demons in-between him and the rest of us.

Derrick comes out of the inn on the side with Tharek and is trying to attack the chanter and the demons seem to be out to get him. We are able to defeat the chanter and the portals close but not before he curses us with a disease mummy fever which Loof and I contract. Derrick goes down and Loof coughs up a six foot tall Walter in a top hat who proceeds to dump alchemist’s fire on Derrick seemingly killing him confusing us all as to whether or not he is on our side. Walter then picks up Derrick’s Head and begins to dance the end of which Derrick appears alive under the hat. We defeat the remaining demons and now have to figure what is going on with Derrick.

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Trapped in Rockt

Trapped in Rockt

Thoradin again with news

We open the door and go through and find ourselves in Rockt however we are between time nodes so we are stuck until we can figure out another way to move through time. Derrick owns up to the probability that it was him who caused us to end up in a different place and time. Loof was relieved that it was not him. I realize that we may not make it back to Haarlem in our own time. So we must make the best of the situation.

We ask directions to an inn and are directed to the Iron Maiden we decide that the accommodations are a little gruesome so we go to the Grateful Dead Inn. Then start looking for something to do. We find an individual that is willing to deed us some property if we find the Blue Guardians and find out what is going on. He seems sincere so I will trust him. He tells us to meet him back here in two weeks. It seems that maybe not all the citizens of Rockt think we are outlaws.

Loof wants something a little more specific so he goes bar hopping, we follow and when he is out in the alley pissing he hears a woman scream. So he yells and runs to the source. I hear him yell and gather the others to follow. Once outside we hear the screams and head after Loof. We arrive at a house that has had its door knocked down and the sounds of battle coming from within.

I head in to fight one of the demons who have come out of the fireplace where a magical fire is now burning. The screaming girl is in the bath and three demons have come out of the fireplace, now a gateway to the demons plane. We fight the demons with some difficulty and realize that we need to destroy the fireplace to close the gateway so no more demons can come through. Tharek pushes one of the demons back through the fireplace and Loof attacks the fireplace with his axe to little success. Loof is knocked prone when the demon comes back through the fireplace. Loof then attacks the fireplace with a crowbar having a little more success. We are able to defeat the demons in the apartment and the girl finishes destroying the fireplace. She appreciates us killing the demons but is worried about paying for the fireplace. We determine that it was just an entrance of opportunity and not anything that she or her landlord had done. That however is troubling in that a gateway should not be able to open like that.

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Back in time to Rockt

Back in time to Rockt

Thoradin again with news

Ruse manages to slip off unnoticed by the guards when we were arrested she goes to see Nadia. Nadia tells her to find a certain person who can help to get us out of the tower. She travels to another city to get an anti-negation device she is successful but must now teach Joseph the art of the assassin. She arrives back to see Derrick in the bushes and us coming out of the tower. She joins us. After interrogating the dead we decide to head over to the inventor’s place, his house has changed and he now has a butler. We go in the house and he asks us weren’t you arrested we say yes but we got away. He and Derrick have quite the conversation about time travel and Derrick’s book. They seem to understand each other.

The inventor says we need to go in time to Rockt or there will be problems. Loof says Miharo did not want him to go back in time but that was 6 days ago.

The machine starts and a portal opens we have about 20 seconds we go through and end up in what turns out to be a demi-plane with artificial darkness. Loof’s sun globe sheds a light on the subject but then is destroyed. “Somebody owes me a sun globe” says Loof to no answer. I figure out that it is a demi-plane and we must kill the guardians of the plane before we can move on, also that it is a problem and should be destroyed. After a short time the darkness concentrates around three figures and we have a Shadow Walker and two aberrant treants. Combat begins and the shadow walker starts hitting us with an area attack doing damage to me and missing just about everything else. I hit the shadow with rune of rust and tide of iron attacks on my turn doing quite a bit of damage Loof gets knocked prone and immobilized by one of the treants. When we kill the shadow walker part of the demi-plane disintegrates leaving a rock floor. The treants are pushed of the edge and fall taking damage. A few more rounds and the treants are killed. The rest of plane disintegrates leaving a stone floor and a small door.

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Arrested!

Loof was here.

So after defeating the fake Merlin. We left to go tell Az of what had happened and meet Dagon Itt the Celestial Chief Captain of Something or other. He is really important and powerful. He gave us our arrest warrant for the murders of Lord Garrett and Merlin! Which didn’t make any sense because when it was written we hadn’t even killed the fake Merlin yet. It smelled fishy to me. Not the warrant paper the situation. The paper did smell a little musty. Any way we didn’t fight Dagon and he took us to a tower where magic doesn’t work. I was scared my bag of holding would vomit out all my weapons. It didn’t. Dagon left us and said he would tell the Prince we wanted to see him. I don’t think the Prince is a nice guy anymore. To pass the time I played stones with Walter.I want to be friends with him. I lost to him 7 times in a row! He is a toad with no mercy. He would let me think I was doing well and then crush me beneath a smothering cloud of cigar smoke. (I think Walter can do magic and create cigars and fire at will!) I think Walter and I are better friends now. We went to bed. I woke up in the morning with a Walter on my chest! I knew he was there to gloat about winning last night. We I got the point. Then I saw his real message in those small dark loathing eyes: You amuse me and I thought about burning you in your sleep. Walter terrifies me! Breakfast was good and not poisoned. Then Dagon visited, While he was giving bad news and Az was not being friendly I saw Derrick raise his knife over Walter. Yeah! My sleep tonight won’t be haunted my Walter he’ll be after Derrick! Then I woke up on the floor. Dagon and Az left. Then Derrick found the back stairs. Then Miharu took out four guard to come and save me!There was some talking then Dagon came back. Then we left to the Azure Fortress. We then had Nadia speak to the dead. And we were cleared of who we didn’t kill by those we killed. The also told us about more Raksasha in town. We now have to run away from Harlem for a time. It is becoming a bad place. I hope the Prince gets less power hungry and Az gets more friendly. I didn’t like her thinking we killed her dad. Well we off to visit the inventor and give away the cudgel.

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Arrest and Escape

Arrest and Escape

Thoradin again with news

Here we are in the presence of another rakshasa corpse with questions unanswered and a potential mess. I do a sending to Az asking her to meet, she indicates that we should meet at her offices soon, as some things are happening.

Now to the questions, I perform the “Speak with the Dead” ritual and we can ask three questions.
First: who is in your pride? 200 members Lord Garrett was the leader, one of the princesses, Lord Garrett’s son, lord Merlin’s son.
Second: What does your pride want in Haarlem? What we have always wanted.
Third: Where is Lord Merlin’s body? South and east in the desert.

What books did Lord Merlin have? Book on two competing cults through history, Derrick takes that book, another on a cult of assassins, a series of papers about the doings of the Azure Sentinels. On the way out of the Guardian’s Guild house Derrick hires the secretary and leaves the books with her.

We leave the Guardian’s Guild to be met by the Chief Captain of the Royal Guard with warrants for our arrest for the murders of Lord Garrett and Lord Merlin. This is unusual as the corpse of the rakshasa masquerading as Lord Merlin is not even cold. We are reluctant to follow these orders but if we refuse our lands will be taken by the crown. We surrender but determine not to surrender our weapons and are taken to a magic suppressing tower and held there. Loof requests an audience with the prince with Derrick as legal advisor and Thoradin as religious advisor. The Chief Captain who’s name is Dagon leaves indicating he will report to the Prince and present our requests.

Derrick is extremely agitated because he cannot reference his book. Finally Loof knocks him out as a friend. I pray not knowing what to think because from one point of view we committed the crimes, not without good reason but we did kill the rakshasa masquerading as Lord Garrett and Lord Merlin. Maybe we should not have been so quick to fight and should have sought more legal ways of dealing with the imposters. Haarlem has a infestation of rakshasa and that is a major problem who they are impersonating makes dealing with them tricky.

We go to sleep for the night and in the morning Loof is awakened by the weight of Walter on his chest smoking a cigar and blowing smoke in his face I do not know what Loof was thinking but he seemed to be afraid of the Toad. Walter gets off his chest and goes back to Derrick.

Breakfast is brought in by servants and Tharek refuses to eat. Loof eats his and Tharek’s portion. The rest of us eat. After awhile Dagon the Chief Captain returns with news from the prince that he will see us as soon as he has time but with the upcoming coronation and the election of a new judge it will probably be a week. He also brings us ballots for the election of the new judge.

We ask if he can ask Az if she will come and see us. He says he will convey the message.

Derrick starts to work on something. He does not tell us what.

Az shows up and I tell her about her father’s death and being replaced by a rakshasa which we fought and killed at the Guardian’s Guild house. She asked if we could prove that we did not kill her father. I said that the rakshasa said that some of his underling had taken the body out to the south east desert. About that time Derrick finishes what he was working on and places Walter over it and stabs him with a dagger and we are all knocked unconscious for a few minutes.

We find out latter that Derrick had constructed an anti-negation device and had been able to reference his book. He found out that at least two of candidates were rakshasa. The last two on the ballot were rakshasa. This is very worrisome.

After a few minutes we come to and the Chief Captain Dagon looks at the device that Derrick appears to have burned then escorts Az out of the room. That meeting did not go well now Az is also suspicious of us.

Some time latter Derrick references the room in his book and finds a book on the shelf that is not a book but a storage device. Opening the book he finds a device and instructions in deep speech. Tharek is able to read the instructions and we activate the device. This opens a passageway and Derrick heads down the passageway. At this time we here two things slam against the door and the door opens to reveal Miharo and she says we need to get out of here that the arrest was contrived and the trial will be rigged.

Dagon chooses this time to return he asks where the guy with the book is. Miharo does some fast talking and convinces Dagon to take us to the Azure Fortress where she has proof of what we were talking about. Arriving at the fortress Miharo directs us to the dungeon. Where there are four corpses two rakshasa and two human lying on tables she indicates that a court arcane specialist could allow us to question the dead. Dagon agrees that he and his guard will be witnesses and set one of the guards as scribe.

A few minute later Nadia arrives and performs a ritual and says you have three questions you can ask each corpse and an hour to do it in.

We ask the two human corpses who they were, one was Lord Garrett and the other Lord Merlin. How did you die? Tortured for information and killed by about 30 rakshasa. he tells Raja to accept her destiny.

We ask the two rakshasa who they were and how they were killed. We find out that one was impersonating Lord Garrett and the other was impersonating Lord Merlin and they were both killed by the Azure Sentinels. We ask about the candidates for Judge if they were rakshasa and three of the candidates were and the fourth should be by sundown. The Chief Captain sends one of his guards to protect the vintner.

The final question was what would be the most effective way of stopping their plans. After and elaborate description of Lord Garrett’s methods with Haarlem which would be impossible for us also indicates that Derrick should contact the inventor.

The guards arrive back with the vintner in tow. They said they had found two rakshasa in the house. They had taken one into custody which had changed into a little girl so that it seemed that they were being cruel as they walked through the streets. Was there a place in the Azure Fortress to house a prisoner? Yes Miharo mumbles something under her breath as she leaves.

What to do and where to go now? We need to lie low for awhile Raja’s book says “Rockt.” We need to locate Ruse and let her know what happened. Derrick looks up Riana in his book she has a long life of trying to maintain a reasonable course in Haarlem. I wonder if we should give Riana the cudgel. Going to Rockt is a reasonable course of action as we now have property and contacts there.

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Lord Merlin Conclusion – Part One

Lord Merlin Conclusion – Part One

Thoradin here with news

Picking up as the party confronts Lord Merlin ‘the rakshasa’. We attack. Merlin activates a portal to access his minions. Loof misses on his power attacks and is hit by Merlin and dazed. Tharek attacks and does some damage. I attack with Rune of Rust and reduce his armor class and doing some damage. For the rest of the battle we trade being dazed with Merlin and we are able to keep the minions at bay. Once the battle was over, we found two chests, when we opened one the portal closed. In the other we found a book and a bag. The book only Derrick and Raja could open and for them only to the first page would open. When Raja looked at the book could Raja and Derrick read the word “destiny” on the page. The bag was full of astral diamonds. Three for each of us.

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Dealing with the Artifacts – Lord Merlin – Continued

Dealing with the Artifacts – Lord Merlin – Continued

Thoradin here with news

We went to the Guardian’s Guild to talk to Lord Merlin and see if he is a rakshasa. The entry of the building has no one in it, so we enter and see people in some offices and some people in a dining room. None of them are identified as rakshasa. We talk to a few people and find out that there is a secret passage of the secretary’s office controlled by levers in the offices. We manage to activate the levers which rotate the rooms and exposed the secret passage at the end of the passageway we found a chamber that was down 20 feet. We get down by various means and find nothing at first. Then I notice the rakshasa who ran off, hiding up against the wall and combat begins. She attacked me first doing quite a bit of damage also poisoning me.

After that we are able to defeat her this time, but it took awhile. Then we find a note “Three centered in six.” There were six columns in the chamber with a space for one person in between three of us stood in the spaces and the passage began to rotate. The three of us between the columns jump up on the ramp as it rotates away. The other end opens into a large room as we go in we find Lord Merlin at a table in the corner. He says “I wonder what was taking you so long.” Examination shows him to be a rakshasa. I ask, “When did you replace Lord Merlin?” He says “Since before he became the Judge.” “Is he dead?” I ask. “Yes.” He replies.

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