Year of the Tiger

Dealing with the Artifacts – Discussions - Riana of Stiletto

Dealing with the Artifacts – Discussions

Thoradin here with news

We are at Lord Merlin’s house when the city guard arrives in response to the escaped researcher. We show them the body of the rakshasa and tell them that the other Lady was a rakshasa also. They leave us and say they will look out for her. We now have two prominent people who one was a rakshasa and the other who probably is one. What we should do with the artifacts is at stake here. I am confused as to what to do and feel it is time for divine guidance. The options are give the items to the emperor of Rockt, give the items to the leaders of Haarlem, or give the items to the Shearneth Empire people. The others wanted to consider going back in time and starting our own city. I think that is a really bad idea. After identifying the options I seclude myself to pray. While praying I think carefully on each option when I thought about Rockt I got the feeling there would be great bloodshed if given to the current regime. Thinking about Haarlem there is bad feeling about the king a somewhat good feeling about the prince, real question about the judge and a bad feeling about the Shearneth Empire. Derek is consulting his book, which is how he determines practically everything.

As we are discussing our options on what to do now, the bells toll indicating that the king is dead. We decide to go to the palace. When we arrive they will not let us in. I do a sending to Az to see if there is anything we can do for her. She responds help me choose new wives for the King.

We then decide to go back to the Azure Fortress wait and see. When we arrive Miharo is waiting nervously, we have a guest. The guest turns out to be Riana of Stiletto. The others check her out she is not a rakshasa. Derek looks her up in his book and she is one of the good guys. I ask her what we can do for her she talks about the recent cat problem indicating the rakshasa problem. She talks about Lord Garrett, Lord Merlin’s assistants. She provides information indicating that Lord Merlin is hold up at the Guardian’s Guild. Derek suggested that we give her the cudgel now I suggest that it was premature. We decide to check out Lord Merlin at the Guardian’s Guild.

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Dealing with the Artifacts – Lord Merlin

Dealing with the Artifacts – Lord Merlin

Thoradin again with news

As we were trying to figure out how to get back to our own time I was contacted by Emanuel with instructions on how to get back to the present. We follow the instructions and arrive back in the workshop with Loof’s mother Alaria. Emanuel seems a little taken back by that fact but does not express any cause for concern. We go to the Azure Fortress and talk to Miharo and determine we need to do something about the Artifacts I am carrying around in my bag of holding.

The options considered were taking them back in time, taking them to Rockt, giving them to the officials in Haarlem, or giving them to Raja. We rejected taking them back in time because we still would have to deal with them in the present. We felt Rockt was too repressive a government. Raja does not want them. Giving them to the officials in Haarlem seems to be the most reasonable course. However we needed to determine that the recipients were who we thought them to be and not rakshasa.

We decide to check on Lord Merlin first, and find that he has not been to the courthouse in five days. When we go to his home we find two young women a secretary and a researcher. They indicate he has not been home in about a week but they did a sending and he was alright.

I did a sending and he replied that he was busy meditating and could not come and see us. At that point Raja went downstairs and did a discern lies ritual as we were talking to the women. Derek asked the researcher for her name and she refused to say her name I calm him down and he goes over to the secretary and asks her what her name is she says Eleanor. At this time Raja comes back up the stairs and recognizes Eleanor as a rakshasa. While at the same time Derek consults his book that says Eleanor = Kitty he then starts yelling kitty and Eleanor reveals herself as a rakshasa. We notice the backward hands on the researcher.

Battle begins and we do not have very good luck with the researcher and she runs off phasing through the wall and falling downstairs. We are able to kill Eleanor but the researcher escapes yelling for the guard then she had been attacked in her home. So she gets away and we may have to deal with her later. Here we are again with a rakshasa body in a prominent person’s house.

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Back to the Past – Loof’s Mother

Back to the Past – Loof’s Mother

Thoradin here with news

We decide to go back to the past to see what had happened at Rockt. We get back to the smell of smoke and burning buildings, there are two groups of solders one near the city and the other group in tents further away. Ruse went scouting and discovered that the ones near the city were primarily goliath and the others were eladrin. The eladrin were bragging about how they had set the city on fire and captured some prisoners and some bravado about what they would do in the next encounter.

We decide to sneak into the city and see if anyone is still there. We find no-one but discover tracks leading from the palace to the woods. We follow those and find the remainder of the queen’s court. Herself and 7 guards they are relieved to find the blue guardians and they take us to queen Alaria. She is pregnant and very ill and asks us to convey her to a safe place so she can have her child and die. The nearest place in her time was 20 miles away through enemy territory, another possibility is to take her to the future and then take her somewhere else in the past. That is what we decide to do.

We did not plan on the eladrin being there to stop us. We ask them if they will let us past, they ask if we will permit our throats to be slit. Battle starts the eladrin go first and get in some pretty heavy damage. We have some trouble hitting them so it goes badly for awhile, Raja gets pretty beat up and the others get damaged. I stay by Alaria and protect her luckily no one attempts to attack her. After a couple of rounds we started doing some damage and the one I was fighting decided to flee. I then threw my hammer at one of the ranged eladrin and got a critical, doing 71 damage. We were able to kill 3 and the rest fled. The arcane circle we needed to use to get back had some problems that I tried to fix.

I thought I had been successful but we did not get back to Haarlem to the time machine. I must have done something wrong. We are outside of Haarlem but not the one we remembered there were some differences. We contacted the guard and asked them to call a healer or midwife for Alaria. A midwife comes and we are allowed into the city at her insistence. While Alaria gives birth we wander about the city discovering that the Azure Fortress is still broken down and it is about 23 years before we intended to be or before our present, so we have got a problem. It should be interesting solving this one.

While we were exploring Alaria had a healthy baby boy, we then find rooms at an inn that Loof recognizes from his youth.

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Cleaning up the mess

Cleaning up the mess

Thoradin here with news

Lord Garrett is dead, he is a rakshasa we are in a room with dead bodies what do we do now? Loof puts a shroud on Lord Garrett’s body we decide to take Lord Garrett’s body back to Nadia and tell her about what happened. We arrive and see Nadia in the garden ready to defend her home from invaders coming through. For a second or two it seems that we are in for a fight. When she recognizes us she waves off the guards. As far as we can tell Nadia is who she is. I explain that the meeting with Lord Garrett did not go as planned, that when Lord Garrett insisted on seeing the artifacts I noticed that his hands were on backwards that he was a rakshasa; I then conveyed the information to the others and Lord Garrett stepped back and told his guards to attack. At that moment Loof decides to dump the body in front of Nadia. His timing could not have been more unfortunate. I explained that he could have been replaced. She performed a ritual on the body and told us it was indeed the Lord Garrett she had married and that he had always treated her well. We had no complaints until he ordered his minions to attack. So with Nadia’s help we decide to keep Lord Garrett’s death a secret. Telling people that he has been kidnapped and that we were unable to follow and apprehend the kidnappers due to my weakness with portals. I miss Luna.

Now back to Gateway to Rockt to deal with the Princess Candice. We cannot portal back into the palace so I open a portal back to the camp outside. We meet the same guard who escorted us to the palace Loof blurts out the story we are going to tell saying it was a story the guard says “yeah right” so we now have a suspicious guard. We arrive at the palace, the Candice is confused by our appearance outside the throne room, she is still confused as Derrick tells her the story about how Lord Garrett was kidnapped by rakshasa and we went in pursuit and lost them because my skill with arcane is not great. She is suspicious that we are not telling her everything and I feel guilty for lying. She indicates that she can handle the situation and that her husband will probably send another advisor. We leave to go talk to Az.

We let Az know what was happening, but she was busy so we portal to the palace and meet with the prince and tell him what has happened with Lord Garrett, he is surprised and asks who knows. We tell him Az and Nadia, he wondered why Az and not his other wife we said she was a Azure Sentinel and it was early in the process. He said ok that he would tell her at some point and he would inform Taria, the Princess of Breakwall. We take our leave of the prince and head home to discuss the items of antiquity and what we should do with them. Derrick asks if we have a vault we do not. One thing we need to do is check on Lord Merlin, Az’s father he has been acting strangely and could have been replaced.

We talk briefly about who would get the items and that there would be some kind of bloodshed as a result of the items. On the other hand there will be bloodshed without them. We agreed that Rockt was too restrictive. Raja at this time is not interested. We decide to keep them for awhile and then make the determination.

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Something is up with Lord Garrett

Something is up with Lord Garrett

Thoradin here with news

We arrive back in Haarlem me still wondering what to do with the artifacts. Loof wants to try on the crown I do not think that is a good idea. We now have to decide what to do. I receive a sending from Nadia indicating that Lord Garrett wants to see us in Gateway to Rockt. So we open a portal there. The governor’s tent is not where it was before and we find out that they have taken up residence in the palace. We get directions. Walking to the palace we meet an old friend Ester a white minotaur with one horn she joins us. One of the guards recognizes us and we are led into the thrown room to meet the princess and Lord Garrett. We exchange greetings with the princess and then she leaves.

Lord Garrett asks to see the artifacts and I am feeling uneasy about showing them to him with Loof wanting to try on the crown so I refuse, he asks again and I notice that his hands are reversed that he is a rakshasa and a battle commences with Garrett and his guard. Ester charges Lord Garrett knocking him prone. A human male teleports into the room says “The book says you are the good guys” and attacks the guards with a spell. One of the guards dies. They are minions. I decide to concentrate on Lord Garrett hitting him with a Rune of Rust which lowers his armor class. I then hit him with Tide of Iron which causes additional damage with each hit. A few more rounds went by and we finally defeated him and his guards.

Our new ally asked “who are you?” I replied “Thoradin a Runepriest of Moradin we are known as the Azure Sentinels or the blue guardians.” “The book knows you, you’re in here twice that makes you a point of reference I’m sticking with you guys.”

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Luna’s tasks continued

Luna’s tasks continued

Thoradin here with news

Luna contacts Daisuke Miharo’s brother to find out about the items of the Eldritch Panoply that he had and he requested that we meet him in Rockt. We find him in a broken down inn that it turns out was one of the properties that our deeds identified. He had good news, better news and bad news. Tharek and I asked for the bad news first, Loof wanted just the good news. The bad news was some of the properties had other claimants, the properties had been re-deeded because no owners were found. Other properties had clear title and rents had been paid into an account. So we may have money coming. He showed us the place Luna’s items had been hidden but refused to manage the properties. Hidden with the items were letters from Raja to Raja, Miharo to Loof and Luna to Luna. Raja’s letter instructed her embrace her destiny and that she could trust the Azure Sentinels that we would protect her. Miharo’s letter told him to be careful that he needed to go back in time but be careful because of his children. Luna’s letter told her not to go back in time again but to send this letter. We left Rockt went back to Haarlem and prepared to go to Luna’s ceremony in the elemental chaos now that she has all the items in the Eldritch Panoply.

The portal opened on a field in Luna’s village and the elders were there waiting along with Apollo. Apollo stood forward and was questioned by the elders he presented them with the crown, sword and cudgel. Then a portal opened and he stepped through. One hour later he stepped out having completed his quest and proved himself worthy.

Luna’s turn, she stepped forward into the circle to be questioned a series of what have you learned questions. At the end the elders mentioned that the answers seemed tailored to please. During this one of the elders explained that we could join her on his quest but that she must primary mover and decision maker. We could only assist. If she failed we would be trapped with her. The portal opened and she stepped through followed by us, Ruse stepping first and Loof being last he appeared to be thinking about Miharo’s letter.

The portal opened on a white field that seemed to respond to what Luna was thinking first we saw small animals drawing marks on the floor an arrow and a message that told us to wait here. Apollo then appeared and refused to spar with Luna and eventually tells a story about a follower of the god Saint Cuthbert who sought to keep the gods just and true. This follower had a shard of Saint Cuthbert that remained after the god was killed. Luna needed to find this shard that was in the keeping of a servant of the Raven Queen who did not think she was reasonable this turned out to be Ruse who was really surprised but she managed to share the shard with Luna using a ceremony she found written in gold letters in the tome talking about the follower of Saint Cuthbert. Luna and Ruse ended up with a spiritual connection with had some emotional and communication properties. Then the whole field became a portal and we arrived back in front of the elders twenty-three hours latter.

The elders return the items of the Eldritch Panoply to Luna having enchanted them to return to the city when keeper dies, similar to the crown, the sword, and cudgel. Apollo entrusts these items to me. So now we need to decide what to do with the items, entrust them to Haarlem, Rockt or the monastery of Pelor and Raja.

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Luna’s tasks

Luna’s tasks

Thoradin again with news

Loof had gone for awhile and needed to explain to him last week’s goings on. Luna explained it from her point of view leaving Loof confused. I explained the bit about the monastery and the girls of the prophecy, but left out a few key items like Miharo has a brother and the flying island. After awhile Loof was filled in on the important details, so we could proceed to trying to convince Raja to go back to the monastery she had run away from to be tested by the crown. She refused. Arguments about avoiding destiny and such were raised; she still refused but suggested that we find the other girl and have her tested. She further suggested that we wait for her here at the Azure fortress.

We decided to do just that. Luna did a sending to Nykia and found out she was just outside the city waiting in a long customs line. In the meantime a man came to the Azure fortress wanting to see our friend. Loof asked him to leave and shut the door He walked through the closed door. Loof asks him to leave a little more forcefully and he does Loof tries to walk through the door it is solid. We come to find out that this was one of the Agents of Dal Quor “the Dreaming Dark” that hunt all kalashtar when we talk to Raja afterward. We are acquiring more powerful enemies. Such are the hazards of what we do and who we befriend.

We contact Az about arranging an escort for Nykia we decided to meet at the Arcane College because it was safer and people could not phase through walls there. So we meet her a few minutes later she has a couple of personal guards that she leaves at the door. We talk and she agrees to go back and be tested if we can find her a relatively safe place to work. We tell her about the island and she says that will be satisfactory. She was surprised to learn that they now had the crown. As we are going to talk Apollo on the flying island, an alarm sounds and Nykia indicates they are getting ready to march. Luna does a sending ritual to Az and lets her know. After climbing up to the top of the island someone suggests to Apollo that they should get an elevator.

We make arrangements with Apollo for Nykia’s boarding and talk to him about the sword and the eldritch panoply he gives the sword to Luna. He says that someone has acquired the belt and bracers in Rockt it turns out to have been Miharo’s brother. Luna indicates that the boots are on the island after some accusations of incompetence from Luna toward Apollo we figure out that Nykia has the boots. So Luna goes to Nykia’s quarters and demands the boots which does not go over well with the rest of us. We convince her to try and trade for the boots. Nykia gives us a list of items including a kalashtar maiden to experiment on, she suggested Ruse would work her being expendable; at that point the discussion got heated about what would be done to her. Nykia said she might not survive and called in her guards who turned out to be agents of the Dreaming Dark. So battle commenced with them getting the upper hand at first being able to put us to sleep and dominate us causing us to attack each other for awhile, we were finally able to turn the tides on her and her guards and defeat them. Well we need to apologize to Apollo and the residents of the island about our recommending of Nykia to reside on their island.

So Luna now has four of the six items in the eldritch panoply with the other two identified so she should be happy. What to do about the crown?

With Adar rising up to march after Raja and competing prophecies about empires and crowns what is a Runepriest to do? I will pray for guidance. Moradin help me.

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Back to Haarlem and on to other things

Back to Haarlem and on to other things

Thoradin here with news

We finish looking around the cavern and find no indication of where Tasselhoff and the crown might be. So we decide to go back to Haarlem and do some things there. We go to the fortress. Luna wants to check with Miharo to see if she can find out about the deeds. Our cook Peaches is a little put out with us over the number of times we miss dinners she has prepared something special for dinner and requests our presence. We decide to stick around for dinner. Turns out that Miharo has an agent that can help us with the deeds but she is keeping something from us, she arranges for us to meet this person at dinner. I give her five astral diamonds to invest. She also indicates that the estate of the weapons manufacturer had been settled but that we did not have a controlling interest. Our contract had been renegotiated and we would get more money. This was a good thing because our expenses were also rising.

Luna went to the Arcane College and found out the dracolich had reformed in the girls quarters and caused quite a stir they were not to happy with Luna on her oversight of not destroying the dracolich’s phylactery before sending the lich to them.

I went to the orphanage to find that they had expanded. Sadly there were more orphans because of the war. I was glad there was someplace for them.

Ruse went and made her usual rounds with the Raven Queens list. I worry about what she is going to do.

We arrive back at the fortress for dinner and it is wonderful Peaches has outdone herself even making her signature peach desert.

The agent is there for dinner after dinner Luna begins to interrogate him about his honesty. I place my hand on Luna’s shoulder to calm her down. It would not serve our purposes to antagonize this person who turns out to be Miharo’s brother. He though the problem with the deeds would be to get the occupants of the land to pay the rent due, also that they could be used to stop the war if we wanted. We give him the deeds.

Miharo has information that the flying island that Apollo was on was stuck in the north near a monastery of Pelor. She had a portal address and so Luna opened a portal and we went through. Luna then did a sending to Apollo who was very surprised that she was so close. He said that he would send someone down to get us. A while later we see two people coming down off the island a normal sized female and a male halfling, we recognize the female as Brin who adventured with us awhile back. We find out the name of the halfling is Tasselhoff. They invite us up to the island and we climb up a rope ladder on top of the island is a community of about 300 including a fortified keep mostly new construction. We ask to be taken to Apollo they take us to the keep which is guarded by two people one in the Raven Queen livery and one wearing another. Ruse becomes interested at this point. Apollo confirms that he has the sword Luna seeks and that this is the Tasselhoff of the crown note but that the crown is in use and not available and that she will have to complete some task in order to get the sword. Luna immediately assumes that she is going to have to fight him. Apollo says, ‘Fight the first thing you think of. Well you are going to have to accomplish this without fighting, without hurting anyone. It would be good if companions did not hurt anyone in accomplishing it either. You ought to make amends to your father; also the person who has the crown has some people he needs to find.’

We head out to go to the monastery we find out from the leader that our new companion Raja is one of the people they are looking for and the kalashtar that we killed fighting the giants was one also. We inform him of this and he was sad that he had fallen that far. They want to find them because of a prophecy that says that a girl born at a certain time will be queen and lead the reuniting of the empire. There were nine girls born at the time of the prophecy and with the help of the crown they have determined that the seven who are still here are not the queen and they want to test the other two so they will know who to follow. So they are asking us to find them and bring them back.

Luna decides that she wants to go see her father and make amends so she opens the portal to the elemental chaos that we visited before that is by her city and we make our way to the city. As Luna walks into town people stop and stare. One takes of running toward her house, we follow and Luna apologizes to her father and he accepts and gives her the amulet from the Eldritch Panoply that she has been seeking. Her sister makes us a wonderful chaos berry pie and another to take. We go back to see Apollo at the island and he still wants us to find the girls for the monastery.

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Called to the present

Called to the present

Thoradin here with news

We went back and reported to the Queen and she gave us tracks of land as a reward for our help. We now may own land in Rockt with who we are at war in the present. Luna receives a sending from Nadia indicating that Lord Garrett is near to death and she needs our help. So we say fair well to the Queen and head off to our pick up point. We get back without incident and head to talk to Lady Garrett. She provides a portal address and we arrive to find that Lord Garrett has been poisoned and is dehydrated and has and infection and that is why healing was not helping him. Luna and Loof are able to make a salve from chaos berry wine and herbs that helps him with the infection and allows him to be healed.

Luna finds out that a lieutenant vizier from Rockt is currently in their custody he is interrogated rather forcefully. She finds out that the deeds look genuine and are for tracks of land that are occupied, but if they are valid the rents would have been held in reserve in a bank. Luna tries to help get him released but is unsuccessful.

Lord Garrett suggests that we go to the other location to look for the crown. Luna opens a portal and we arrive in a wasteland the volcano where the volcano had erupted, but there was an entrance to a cave up the volcano a ways. Luna and Tharek sneak up to the entrance and find zombies. They call Loof and I to come up and when we get there the battle starts. We are happily knocking over zombies and throwing them into the lava, when a dracolich comes wandering out from the back of the cavern breaths and stuns most of us. The battle goes back and forth for awhile until Tharek dazes the lich and allows us some breathing room to attack. The lich is almost dead stuns all except Tharek and he is able to finish it off.

We find a place where the crown had been with a note from someone called Tasselhoff. We keep the note hoping to use it to scrye for his location.

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Back in time Gnome Bar in Rockt downstairs

Back in time Gnome Bar in Rockt downstairs

Thoradin again with news

We go downstairs and find the three gnomes from upstairs, who we try to intimidate and are not successful they open the portal. We attack them I missed on both a charge and follow-up attack. Some more gnomes come through and a purple mirage dragon. The dragon attacks stunning most of the party, he then attacks with a breath weapon that caused the some of the party to have to run away or attack another party member. Tharek managed to knock the dragon prone and attack the gnomes on his way away from the dragon. Most of the rest of us were stunned. So the gnomes got extra attacks. The dragon moved away and waited for his breath weapon to recharge. He moved back in attacked Ruse, Trots, and Raja, and then tried to intimidate us Luna and I resisted and intimidated him. He said that we would meet again and went through the portal. We killed the

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