Year of the Tiger

Back to the Present yeh

Back to the Present yeh

Thoradin here with news

With things supposedly settled in the past. We go to a shrine to Erathis and get the stone for Derrick’s book which helps me feel better about the trip to the future, present or whatever. We arrive in a field outside of what appears to be Haarlem’s walls. It is time to investigate the city and see if things are a way that is acceptable to us. There is a long line of people waiting to get in the city we get in line. We get to the front of the line and are asked to declare for the queen, dragon or desert kingdom. We ask for some help understanding the situation and we are led of into another room and a city official comes in to talk to us. We find out the current situation is that the city is surrounded by three powers the queen the old Shearneth empire and the peninsula, the dragon old Rockt and the southern continent with the old desert sea all wanting control of Haarlem. The city now ruled by a merchant’s council has had the people to declare for one of the parties which so far are preventing and attacks, but if one of the groups gets a majority the city will surrender to them and hopefully will avoid loss of life. The Azure Sentinels of this time line left the city two weeks ago to avoid influencing the outcome.

The current situation is that the Azure Sentinels declaring as a block for one group would cause a majority to declare for that group. We needed more information about the several parties to determine if we have a preference. We find out that Erathis and Pelor are no longer gods in this universe. That the god of the sun from the southern continent is the most powerful along with Saint Rufus they have the most worshipers. There is a large contingent of Moradin worshipers in the city. About one hundred years ago a half-giant lead a rebellion that got rid of the throne and allow the establishment of the merchant council. We send word to Nadia currently our patroness, after awhile she arrives and we explain our situation she asks if we have been time traveling again. We find out the inventor is dead. We left two weeks ago with Raja to go up north. Nadia is able to give us overnight passes into the city without having to declare. So I do a sending to Riana and after a few minutes I am able to communicate with her and set up a meeting with her tomorrow we need to stay within a 100 miles and she will find us. That done I go to the Azure Fortress and talk to the staff they were excited to see me and asked if I had declared. I said that I was on a day pass. I ask for an accounting and they said that the staff had been taking turns for awhile being steward and that they would have the accounting in the morning. Peaches asks us to go to Hank’s Tavern for drinks.

After awhile I hear scratching coming from below and a group of zombies have broken through the floor we start fighting. We are able to defeat the zombies but the needed to be killed twice before they turned to dust. We jump down into the hole and follow the tracks to an underground chamber where we run into some magic wards we are able to get by them. Then we encounter some more zombies and a Cyclops who teleports after Derrick when he moves and I charge him and am able to kill him, but the wizard teleports him into a necromantic field we will see what happens next time.

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Finding Saint Cuthbert in the past

Finding Saint Cuthbert in the past

Thoradin here with news

We look around the church and any damage that was done had been repaired. We walk out into the muggy hot humid air. I perform the endure elements ritual and we can deal with the inconveniences. We find a trail and start following it with Walter in the lead. We go for some distance and then Walter gets squashed by something large that turns out to be large and gray and called elephant Luna and Derrick are able to inform me. There turns out to be quite a few of them ridden by young boys and girls some in the livery of the church we were in. We wait until they have past by and a group come by us. In the center of the group was a cleric of the church talking to several other adults. We step out of the bushes me no succeeding in looking non-threatening their hands go to their weapons and I raise my empty hands. They ask, “What do you want?” Luna says “We are looking for a certain paladin.” They tell us the parade will soon be over and to come to the temple to talk further but identify someone who is possibly the paladin we are looking for and send a young girl to guide us to the beach. Following a obvious but wandering trail we find ourselves at the beach and further down the beach she points to a man sitting. That is Rufus the paladin she indicates and refusing any compensation she runs off down a different trail.

Luna uses the orb and this is the person for whom we are looking. We discuss methods of telling him we thing he is the reincarnation of Saint Cuthbert without him thinking we are completely crazy. Since this is Luna’s quest she will do the talking always a risk as she is rather tactless. We decide to approach him with some information he might be interested in knowing. We head on down the beach the man is seated in lotus position floating about a foot off of the ground. He makes no remarks as we attempt to greet him. Making no hostile we wait several hours until sundown and he floats closer to the ground touching down as the sun sets. He then speaks saying his name was Rufus and he understands that we were looking for him, and then asks what he can do for us.

Luna indicates that we have some information he may be interested in and tells him about shard of the dead god she has and that he may be the current incarnation of this dead god Saint Cuthbert. He laughs for sometime. “Let me get this straight you believe in reincarnation and that a Saint who died in the dawn war has been reincarnated and that current incarnation is me. You can not be serious.” I am surprised that he does not just walk off. We talk to him for awhile about gods and saints, his beliefs about them. He finally agrees to pray about it. I suggest that I think that is a very good idea he indicates that a prayer of this magnitude requires light. Luna offers to start a fire, he indicates that it would require the burning of the whole forest I say we should wait until dawn before Walter’s incendiary tenancies cause something we will regret. He invites us to stay and converse until dawn. We talk of more things. At dawn we leave him to pray he indicates he will have an answer by that evening.

Here I am in the middle of the southern continent waiting for a decision to be made by a paladin of another faith whether or not he is a saint or god. This is a little bit crazy based on the explanations of angels this is the most advantageous course we can take but I am really nervous. The day passes and I spend part of it in meditation and prayer, not expecting a direct answer as Moradin has told me I know enough to handle this situation. I have made my choices and support Luna I her attempt to raise the old god. We go back to the beach and Rufus is floating much higher than yesterday and says that he has come to an understanding with his god and she has also given him one of her domains so he now has two. It comforts me greatly that he and his god have come to terms I feel less apprehensive because based on last nights discussions there is a certain amount of discord between the gods already and we are just the spark not the complete cause of the discord.

Next step to see if the ritual to reincarnate the god works, for that daylight would be desirable. I suggest we set watches and stay with Rufus. He agrees to stand watch also. Nothing happens during the night. In the morning the ritual go without a hitch. Derrick tests his divinity by throwing Walter at Saint Cuthbert Rufus and put up a hand and Walter explodes. Rufus talks to us briefly and then disappears.

Derrick has been working on something I am suspicious about what. When confronted he simply said ‘Plan B’ that makes me nervous at this point all I can do is try to keep him grounded.

I did not help when Luna was able to go on a date with Ezekiel. We wonder about the stone that was promised to Derrick upon completion of our quest. Marshall says we can probably get it at any temple of Erathis. I suggest we do so before trying to go anywhere in time.

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In pursuit of Saint Cuthbert in the past

In pursuit of Saint Cuthbert in the past

Thoradin here with news

We arrive back at Marshall’s home and he is writing a letter apparently to his younger self which he burns upon finishing. Strange behavior he seems to also be a time traveler. Luna shows him the orb and he comments that it is a very dangerous thing for Luna to have. Luna is a little indignant, but I think the comment is valid. Luna uses the orb to locate the shard of Saint Cuthbert finding it in a paladin somewhere in the southern continent. Marshall tells us we need to get some rest. Before resting I go to the market and sell the magic equipment that we took from Calandern netting us 500,000 gold each. I am able to upgrade my armor and weapon.

Derrick spends the time studying something and writing in his book. I am a little nervous whenever he does that. Luna goes out drinking and we do not see her until the next morning and she does not remember much except she woke up at Ezekiel’s house and had had a night with him. Derrick and Walter were exceptionally happy this morning which causes us all to be suspicious and worry that something is up. I need to talk to Derrick.

Now for the southern continent, we need to find out what we can about it and also see if we can find a portal address. For that we need to go visit a friend of Marshall’s Michael a scribe and book binder. We find some books that refer to the 11 dimensions and will help Derrick and so we purchase them for 500 gold and a map of the southern continent for 100 gold. He indicates that there is a company that has done business with the southern continent that might have a portal address to the southern continent. We go over to the warehouse and the person we need to talk to turns out to be Ezekiel we get the information and open a portal. We step through to find ourselves in an empty church.

I speak out; “Is anybody there?” and five angels appear on the dais telling us that we have reached a crossroads. That our meddling in time has provided three possible outcomes: one we get killed by the angels and our time stream ends, two we go back to our own time and thing remain messed up but we are provided for, three we go on and raise the lawful god and there is a war between the god and no mater which of our two choices we make we have to fight the angels and win to move forward, but first we must make the decision. We choose to raise the dead god. He asks us not to destroy the chapel as it belongs to another god. We agree not to.

Battle begins and after a short while we are victorious. I wonder at what cost.

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In the past in Calandern’s Arena

In the past in Calandern’s Arena

Thoradin here with news

The dice do not roll in our favor and the crowd chooses our opponents two winged devils. I make short work of one killing it with one throw of my axe. The others killed the other one fairly quickly. The dice roll a seven and we get to choose our opponents. We challenge the Mistress and she comes down to the arena floor to join us. She says it is unusual for her to be challenged but not unheard of in Calandern. She asks us if we want a boon from her if she is still alive after the contest. We ask for an audience. She asks if we want to challenge her as an individual or have her select a group. We choose to fight as a group.

In a fierce battle we knock her and her group unconscious. The dice roll doubles and we get to choose whether they live or die. Derrick consults his book and it reveals that we will be more likely to succeed if we kill her. Derrick and Tharek have a debate over whether or not to kill her. Luna proceeds to attack her. Derrick convinces Tharek that she is evil so they decide to leave it up to me. I act as Derrick conscience most of the time. Meanwhile as Luna continues to attack the downed mistress, the crowd leaves the stands as if afraid of us. The mistress and her party dead we cast “the speak with dead” ritual and get to ask seven questions. We find out that she keeps the orb and her treasure in her office and directions to get there. In answer to the question how to cleanse the realm she answers turning a high level elemental would be effective and we also find that Asmodeus rules the devils and some other information we already knew. After the rituals ended we go in search of her office and treasure.

In her office we find the book on her desk with the code to her and store room. Derrick and Luna end up unconscious from the gas trap in the room. We then figure out the combinations of the statues on the desk and find an antidote to the poison. Luna finds the orb she is looking for and takes it. We find twenty astral diamonds and some gold and platinum pieces. There is a map on the wall that updates in real time showing where people are and such. We find a passage way from her store room back to the arena stands. We notice on the map that people are coming so we reset the traps leave Walter to set off the traps they were very successful and we leave through the portal.

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Still in past finding Saint Cuthbert

Still in past finding Saint Cuthbert

Thoradin here with news

If the Maruts find in our favor we will have to reclaim Calandern and that will not be possible without Saint Cuthbert as a deity. I am reluctant to go to Calandern without him. The others want to go. We start by going back to see Marshall to find out what he knows about Saint Cuthbert’s reincarnation as a paladin it turns out after some study that there is a seeing stone called the avatar orb that allows you to see the location and current status of the shards of deity, something that Luna really needs, that will help us find Saint Cuthbert. It turns out that it is in the possession of a group of chaos driven people in how convenient Calandern.

So we are off to Calandern to watch the fights. There are several fights after the fights the mistress of the arena rolls dice three times. Walter wins some money betting. Then the dice turn up seven and I am challenged to fight by the demon who just won in the arena. With no way out I step down into the ring and proceed to fight the demon. It is a fairly short fight I knock him unconscious and the crowd lets him live. Then as is custom I can chose others to fight with me and everyone except Raja comes down into the ring we fight a equal number of others chosen by the mistress of the ring who happens to be the person we need to talk to and the only way we will be able to talk to her is to challenge her in the arena. While we are fighting, Raja tries to overhear what the mistress is saying. We are able to defeat the challengers and await the roll of the dice to see if we can challenge the Mistress.

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Attempting to Fix the Present Part 6 Judges

Attempting to Fix the Present Part 6 Judges

Thoradin here with news

We are in Marcellus’s headquarters with him in two pieces and several of his associates newly destroyed what to do now. A search finds no treasure. We decide to leave and report to Michael and Lady Alejandra. I drag Marcellus’s body out into the sunlight and it turns to powder. Luna places the head in a bag and puts it in his haversack to take to Michael. We go back to the tavern and Michael is still there drinking. Luna plops the bag with the head in it on the bar Michael looks at it and gives us a bag with astral diamonds in it two for each of us then rolls the head out into the sunlight. I am much more content that he has been destroyed as thoroughly as we can so he should not come back to bother us. As long as we do not travel in time and cause him to comeback. Past experience with Lord Garrett tells me that no one is ever permanently dead. We tell Michael that we are going to see if we can get his job back and report to Lady Alejandra.

We report to Lady Alejandra she agrees to meet with Michael and was somewhat surprised that we had solved the Marcellus problem. She had received a message from Marshall requesting that we visit. He lived in a luxurious estate near the fourth tree. The door opened automatically some form of mechanical contraption and candles lighted along the hallway. We enter in and get to a formal sitting room with all kinds of animal and monster trophies around. An elderly gentleman was seated at a desk. He greeted us each by name but talked specifically to Luna after that point saying that he had a gift for her but she would have to get it from downstairs. It turned out to be a case of chaos berry wine from her vineyard from three years in our future so maybe there is hope we may have fixed things if we do not do something stupid. He also talked some about the dead god Saint Cuthbert, the one that Luna has a shard of in her chest. Saint Cuthbert’s realm Calandern has been overrun by devils and demons and is being used for a coliseum to stage fights and gambling. There is a female deity that wants to reclaim the realm for her own purposes. Apparently we need judges to decide who will have the privilege of reclaiming the realm. Marshall gives us a portal addresses to a place where we can find judges, the coliseum in Calandern and his own home.

Luna opens a portal and we step through and arrive on a demi-plane after some checking it is indeed where we wanted to go. We are greeted by several Maruts who inquire as to our business we explain the situation and he says that that could be arranged but there would need to be payment for the judges and we would need to determine how many judges 3,5,7 they always work in odd numbers. I suggest that three would be sufficient the others agree. Now for the payment astral diamonds, magic items, favors it ended up being 5 astral diamonds, my immurement, and some chaos berry wine. It turned out after some study that it was Erathis who wants to reclaim the realm. So what is now going to happen is the Maruts will gather evidence and make a ruling in favor of us or Erathis. If they rule in favor of us we will need to find the reincarnation of Saint Cuthbert who is said to be a paladin somewhere in order to clear the demons and devils out of Calandern and reclaim it.

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Attempting to Fix the Present Part 5 Marcellus

Attempting to Fix the Present Part 5 Marcellus

Thoradin here with news

We report to Lady Alejandra about the cook who is robbing her, the cousin the gossip, the messenger who is the spy, the stable boy who is a girl, the priest who was her lover, and Michael the night watchmen who was a vampire who attacked us. She knew about the cook who was in chains, the Lady in Waiting her cousin she could not do much about, the spy well we wanted to leave him in place to feed misinformation, she said she would have hired a stable girl, to keep the news of the priest to ourselves. Michael however she wanted us to find and find out if he was loyal and if he still had obligations to his sire and who his sire was.

It took us a lot of checking and Luna quite a few drinks to finally find him. He was in a seedy bar having a drink. We approach him blocking his exit and greet him telling him that we needed to talk and the fact that we were not attacking him should be a sign of our good will. He agreed. We told him that is employer had sent us to contact him and find out some information from him. If he was loyal to his employer and who his sire was and if he was still obligated to him. He said he was loyal, but that he was obligated to his sire who had just found out that he worked for Lady Alejandra and his name was Marcellus the underboss who thought he had hired us to deal with Lady Alejandra. Speaking to Raja he said he probably would not have done as well if she had been there as he practically glowed with the power of Pelor.

Michael was willing to give us the location of Marcellus’s hideout and tell us about the layout when we told him we wanted to deal with him. He also offered us a ransom for Marcellus’s head to prove he was no longer obligated to him. He wanted us to spare a new female vampire who would be at the hideout who would defend Marcellus. So we got his information said we would do what we could and returned to Lady Alejandra’s estate and talked to Riana asking about dealing with a vampire. She indicated that he was probably vulnerable to fire and radiant and only stopped regenerating when exposed to direct sunlight. Luna and I put enough money together to purchase 5 vials of holy water to use against the vampire. Then we took and extended rest so we would go against him at full power.

We arrive at his headquarters the next morning. It appears to be a small shack however after we enter it becomes apparent that the headquarters encompasses the surrounding buildings as well. We are greeted by a male undead who asks us to state our business. We tell him we have come to talk to Marcellus; he takes us to him and leaves. Derrick and Luna have rigged Walter with holy water and alchemist’s fire. As we are talking he approaches Marcellus. Marcellus asks us about Lady Alejandra we state that she has found out about his spy and that he also had another person who worked for her. At this point Marcellus notices Walter and that he is unusually dressed Derrick says he is wearing a hat and that seems to calm Marcellus. Marcellus says that it is unfortunate that he only found out about Michael being employed after he was no longer employed. We respond that we know of a way to get him his job back. At that moment Walter explodes and the fight is on.

It takes about 2 rounds for us to bloody him the first time and he did not stay that way long. He summons a group of undead minions and we are in for a real fight. Raja rebukes undead and that did some serious damage as well as Derrick’s attack. Marcellus ends up dazed and immobilized so we have a little better chance at him. Another few rounds and Luna manages to cut off his head. I will report more next time.

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Attempting to Fix the Present Part 4 Lady Alejandra

Attempting to Fix the Present Part 4 Lady Alejandra

Thoradin here with news

It has been awhile since I last posted and finally there is something to report. Having offered our help to the Lady Alejandra she asked us to solve the problem of the spy and some other problems she had with her staff. In order to do so we must interrogate some members of the staff and determine their race, their job, and the crime they committed. The room that we will interrogate them in is magical and no lies can be spoken in it but direct questions about the person need not be answered and the race of the person will be concealed. So this will be a test of our abilities and ingenuity.

The interviews were interesting of the ten we interrogated five were guilty of something five were not guilty and one not guilty ones tried to kill us. One of the night watchmen turned out to be a vampire and when he recognized that we knew, he attacked charming me into hitting Tharek. It was a critical hit so I did a lot of damage. I was very unhappy with myself for that. A few more blows were traded then he left phasing through the wall. We finished the interrogations and we were able to identify, the members of the staff their crimes and their race. It is now time to report to Lady Alejandra.

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Attempting to Fix the Present Part 3 Seventrees

Attempting to Fix the Present Part 3 Seventrees

Thoradin here with news

I say to the soldiers that we want to talk to Lady Alejandra and they seemed to get less belligerent and asked us where we would like to stay in the city while we wait for an audience with her. We refer to ourselves as the “Safire Defenders”. We find out the name of the city is Seventrees. Luna tries a ritual sending to Riana and finds that she is in this time and plane and asleep as it is daytime.

We go to the inn the Golden Blades it is a very nice establishment, unusual in it is eight stories high. The tallest building we have ever seen with a great oak tree growing out of the center of the roof one of the seven trees of the city. We rent two suites to accommodate the party. Derrick asks where he might find a library. The in has a few volumes and Derrick is directed to them. Luna and I go to the bank to exchange astral diamonds for local currency in order not to create any problems with our foreign money.

Our trip to the Not to Important tavern was relatively uneventful. We talked to the barmaid who was the only one there, I had ale and Luna had mead, ale and wine she is getting to be a little bit of a lush. She told us to come back at sundown and more people would be there. She also told about some information about the political situation in the city. The Lady Alejandra was the leader of a populist group and was seen as a joke by the barmaid. Since this is the person we have come back to support we have our work cut out for us. I pay for the drinks and tip the barmaid and we leave going back to the inn.

We find Derrick busy studying the books in a not to small library and assist him. In while we have the information more organized. Shortly after sundown we hear a knock and it is Riana saying she was glad we found her hotel. She had been there about a week and some of the assumptions she had made about the place were wrong. It is governed by a king instead of a council of elders. They did have and underboss Marcellus who held the same position as Riana albeit not as formal.

A page dressed in black arrives with a message from Marcellus to meet him in a tavern later tonight.

We go to Not to Important tavern again and the place is really full a lot of folks appear to be drinking and having a good time. We notice that a lot of drink is being spilled on the floor and not many of the tavern patrons are actually drinking. Marcellus appears and the crowd seems to tense he comes over to our table asks us if we are looking for work and says he may have a job for us. He wants us to deal with Lady Alejandra convince her to stop her campaign as it is bothering both the merchant and the noble classes if she is not convinced to use stronger methods. Derrick does the talking and I get nervous as the crowd grows silent they are obviously Marcellus supporters. Quite the predicament we either agree to deal with the person we have come to support or fight a bunch of peasants in a bar. Derrick asks how much it pays 10 astral diamonds with additional for expenses.
A lot of money, Derrick answers in the affirmative and I do not disagree. Better than killing a bunch of peasants I guess. I remain silent at least this gets us an audience with the Lady. Tomorrow at noon, a page will stop by in the morning informing us of this.

We go to the estate of Lady Alejandra it is a large urban estate and we are invited to wait in the drawing room, there are light refreshments as Luna is concerned that there be food. After a short while Lady Alejandra joins us. I explain the circumstances of our arrival an employ by Marcellus to deal with her. We explain that we are there to help her and used Marcellus to get and interview with her. She indicated that Marcellus had lied to us as she had decided to meet with us yesterday and had not been contacted by Marcellus. This means that she has a spy in her household. She asks how she can trust us it being that we have a vampire in our employ. Derrick explain that she is not evil just her dietary habits prevent her from being good. That seems to satisfy her and we move on to the problem of the spy and what we wanted for pay. Derrick says we would do it “pro bono” but had to explain that means free.

I wondered if it would have been better to ask for pay rather than have her thinking about our motivations. It is to late now.

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Attempting to Fix the Present Part 2 “The Cube”

Attempting to Fix the Present Part 2 “The Cube”

Thoradin here with news

We step through and find ourselves on what appears to be flat stone plane with a robed humanoid standing on it. He confronts us and asks what we are doing. I step forward and tell him we are going to the past in hopes of making the future better. He also tells us that it would be an ineffectual ban if people could circumvent it by simply going back far enough in time. We notice in the center of the plane a circle with some writing. The robe humanoid indicated it was a riddle and if we could solve the riddle of the cube we would be allowed to go to the time and place we had chosen. If we did not solve the riddle we would be trapped and die. Yes it turns out we are not on a plane floating in chaos but on a surface of a cube. Part of the group starts working on the riddle and the other explore the cube’s surface finding out that we can leave a surface only as a group. We find the following other surfaces: the fey princess, the ice cube with alchemist potions, the eldritch titan, the viper tree, and the cold plain with a house.

The Viper Tree

There are several trees on this side. We notice that a pattern has been carved into one of the trees, also that the tree has vipers in its branches. One of us knows that we can attack the tree and be able to see the pattern as long as we do not use fire attacks. We attack and are able to see the pattern and it is another riddle.

The Fey Princess

First visit: This side of the cube has a shallow lake and a fey princess sitting on a rock combing her hair, she was very obviously a woman because she was naked. Not Derrick’s naked girl but a girl none the less. She has a tattoo; she uses her hair to cover herself up including the tattoo. We ask her if we can see the tattoo she refuses. Luna attacks then Raja offers a peace offering of her magic ring. We talk for awhile and find out she is bored and wants to leave she says she will help us if we make and oath to free her from the cube. Luna and Derrick still want to kill her. Finally we all make the oath. She shows us the tattoo and then she indicates a side and says to go to that side after we visit all the others. So we go to a different side.

Second visit: “Back so quickly”, No need to attack the titan again.

Third visit: On our way through to the final side.

The Eldritch Titan

First visit: We move onto this side and see an eldritch titan swinging a hammer at us. We attack and notice a satchel around his neck after a short battle he explodes taking the satchel with him. We hope that he will come back if we go to another side and come back. We move to another side.

Second visit: We move onto this side again and see the titan swinging his hammer at us. I say there is no reason to try to kill each other. He says there is enough time to kill us all and continues his attack. Luna runs forward and distracts him and Raja runs in and steals the satchel and we all run back to the side we came from. There surprise is a riddle in the satchel.

The Ice Cube with Alchemist Potions

This side is a grass plain with an ice cube in the middle with four potion bottles on it. Upon examining the bottles we notice that there are magical papers in each of the bottles that can only be open if the bottles are broken. The bottles contain alchemist frost, fire, acid, and dragonfire tar. We also find that the only way to open the papers is to do damage to someone with the item. Luna hits Raja with one, Raja hits Luna with another, Tharek drops dragonfire tar on his own head, and somebody hits someone with the other one. The four papers give us another riddle.

The Cold Plain with a House

We go over the edge to find ourselves on a frozen plain with a small tent house. We go into the house and it is bigger on the inside than the outside. The inside is an adorned lodge with a great banquet table in the middle. The robed humanoid is standing by the table and says that we have achieved our goal and will be allowed to go to the time and place we desired and that we would also be granted a wish. Raja wants to wish for the freedom of those on the die, the fey princess and the eldritch titan. Luna wants something else. The rest of us side with Raja she wishes the persons on the die free including the fey princess and the titan, the fey princess shows up in the lodge and says she owes us a favor. She then exits through one of the doors in the kitchen. We solve the next puzzle and the final riddle. “Entrance is death unless your blades are clean and your hearts are truly pure” I kneel down to pray about the meaning of the riddles and life and get the feeling that I should make a decision and get out of there. The fey princess comes back and comments on the length of my praying then goes out the other kitchen door comes back and says she thinks this is where we want to go. We exit through the door and come to a great wall with soldiers pointing crossbows at us and asking us what we want.

The riddles:

The fire ends in the bitter cold frozen land

Walk the path to freedom quickly or be enslaved forever

The fire burns longest for those without direction

Death isn’t your exit and sleeping fails the weak

Life here is woven upon the turning die

Entrance is death unless your blades are clean and your hearts are truly pure

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