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Callin Astral Deva (NPC)
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Date: Day 92 (7th Day of Growth)

Callin walked with the group out the carved tunnel and waited in the wider corridor while Deacon worked his magic, bringing a brand new stone wall into existence where the hole had been prior.

They five walked back along the winding passage. Bharash filled Callin in on how the tunnel came into existence by the umber hulk digger they had killed. The angel was very interested to hear all the group would share with him about the happenings during his imprisonment. Just like Saggarintys, Callin had leap frogged over countless centuries of time.

Upon reaching the stone walls which had been erected by someone, or some thing, to prevent the troop from re-entering the Banewarrens Deacon and Vogh each merely cast dimension door and instantly transported everyone to the opposite side of the obstructions.

“A neat spell that. The children of Praemus might be far and unreachable, but they still grant my prayers. I’m unable to replicate your effect mage, but I’ve the ability to travel the planes. In this world that is greatly hindered, but the Ethereal still intersects your material and allows one to pass beyond such borders.”

Deacon didn’t get half of what Callin had said, Vogh likely telepathically imparting the message to him, as the Angel had not yet caught on to the elf’s deafness.

Once outside the Manor house Callin no longer had words to speak. He stood, transfixed …

… I ran out of time…

Are you all just going to laden yourselves with every weapon and piece of armor you can salvage from the monsters? I’m 99% sure it won’t all fit in your packs.

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Vogh
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We have run into a few monsters and people that have traversed the ethereal plane.

There is a blue-skinned troll-lile thing that can move through it that we were unable to kill. I don’t know a lot about the plane but if you happen to come across it, kill it. We just hope it isn’t free in the city.

Once they were back up top and Vogh saw how Callin reacted to being outside after so long she smiled. I must feel really good to be alive and free once more Callin. Vogh asked with a sincere smile.

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Callin Astral Deva (NPC)
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“The city. It has changed so much… It stretches all the way to the Bay now? None of this was here when I went below to battle the evil of the warrens… By the gods, how much has changed… Thank the gods I have wings, else I could never imagine finding my way in this labyrinth!”

Callin reiterated that he would be seeking out the Pale Tower. The celestial asked where he might find them, but all the names they offered him came centuries after his internment.

“Pray seek out the Pale Tower to find me. Else, mayhaps the Malkuth can point me to this Ghostly Minstrel. Do not return to the warrens without me, mortals. You have faced great danger, but the conflagration is beyond you. It’s beyond me, young ones. I mean no offense. But it has been my mission to see this place of irridimable evil sealed and protected for longer than your fathers, fathers, fathers distant ancestors have walked this plane. Thankfully the Dread One was defeated, but his legacy of evil festers, and none know the extent of the taint, nor the cure.”

Vogh and Bharash were pretty sure the angel was not insulting them on purpose. He spoke much like Sagg often did, being so much older than they. But it seemed Saggarintys’ longer time among the shorter lived races had tempered the powerful beings’ condescension. Callin lacked that tack.

Unfurling his wide and powerful wings, Callin nodded to each of them, then kept as his wings slapped down and propelled him into the sky above.

Often Vogh and her friends had seen the strange sights above Ptolus of dragons, flying wizards, magical floating ships. She and Talin had even flown in the hot air balloon contraption. But today was the first time such a thing passed by overhead that she knew the being passing by.

The friends watched Callin climb into the sky so that he appeared small. It was completely unnecessary for the Deva to fly so high, but all could imagine the immortality celestial longed to spread and stretch his wings.

Finally they turned toward Midtown and descended into the main part of their City.

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Deacon Havenhold
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Thankfully, Vogh had relayed much of what the Deva had said for Deacon couldn’t always see his mouth as the Deva was so animated when speaking as he reached the surface.

When the Deva took off into the sky, Deacon watched on. He could fly too and had done it in the banewarrens one time. It was a free feeling to be sure and one he enjoyed very much. He could only imagine how the Deva felt after not being able to fly for so long.

After a few more moments of watching him fly away, Deacon turned to Geristranomos, Bharash, and Vogh. We should get moving. We need to drop off Geristranomos and then see about these items Saggarintys gave Bharash.

The three moved to the lair and after a short discussion with Degar and Thariad as Deacon identified the items they once again left and headed to sell off the items they had gotten.

Off to the Bull and Bear!

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Degar Ravenspell (NPC)
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Degar was excited to see the group. He was by far the most social of the two former captives, and theriol was not a talkative person. (did they teleport in? Or enter by mundane means? Also, have deacom and degar met before? I wanted to day something about the dwarf liking having another arcane caster to talk to)

The dwarf wizard aided Deacon in any capacity the far more experienced caster allowed. It was Degar who actually identified the material type of the strange plate armor.

“This is Primal Iron Master Deacon.” The dwarf explained, beaming at the ability to be useful. “It’s not as hard or strong as standard iron, so it’s quite strange to make armor from it. In weapons this ore is saught after for it’s ability to harm creatures which are succeptible to iron. Perhaps they made a weapon and shield from the same vein of this ore? Strange indeed.”

Deacon figured the greatsword has the lowest magical enhancement (+1, 1d6 Sonic) but also did Sonic damage.

The helm confounded Deacon for a few moments. He could sense the moderately powerful abjuration aura easily but the effect of that magic was strange, he had not seen it used in such a way before. Finally the dead wizard donned the helm and the effect was clear when he had Bharash playfully spar with him. The elf could sense the dragon warrior’s movements before he executed them!

(Helm of Alacrity, +1 insight bonus to AC, from Book of Exalted 2)

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Deacon Havenhold
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After they had walked to the lair and greeted Degar and Thariad once more, Deacon showed Degar the items that were given to them. Degar ever eager to show off his skills of identifying the properties of the items they had brought him grabbed up the armor and studied it for a bit. He grabbed up one of his books and paged through it landing on a page and grunted. Degar then explained what the material was.

That is very interesting, this greatsword looks to be somewhat special as it is magical and inflict sonic damage to anything it hits as well. Deacon stated as he took up the helm and began looking at it. After some time though and not figuring out what it was exactly, Deacon put the helm on and after Bharash swung at him, or rather just an instant before, Deacon figured out the properties. This will come in handy. It gives you insight into attacks coming at you so that you can react quicker.

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Bharash
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When Bharash had gotten the helm from Saggarintys he hadn’t really looked at it beforehand besides to notice that it seemed to look as if it was made of scales. Now, as Deacon handed him the helm, Bharash really studied it. What he thought was scales was actually a design that was carved into the mithril helm making it look like scales. The craftsmanship was exquisite. It wasn’t a full helm with a face shield, which was good cause it could interfere with his breath if he were to let it out. Thank you Deacon, this should make it even more difficult to get through my defenses. Shall we go sell these other things and then get something to eat?

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Vogh
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Once all the items were identified Vogh had explained to G that they were going to leave him here for safekeeping while they ventured to The Quaan. Then after an hour or so Vogh, Bharash, and Deacon all left and went to the Bull and Bear. Vogh knew that Iltumar would love to see Bharash again as he always asked about him when she arrived.

Making their way there they hailed a carriage and arrived in the busy plaza once more. Once inside, Vogh looked for Iltumar and found him busy with a customer, some elven male. He was looking at a breastplate. Vogh waved at Iltumar as he looked up and smiled, and then even a bigger smile as he saw Bharash. Vogh just waited for him to be finished.

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Iltumar Shon (NPC)
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(We need to do something with Yeshla. I have forgotten about her nearly every step of the way. At the very least she needs to say something to Sagg. I can edit. But again, is Vogh carrying her all the time? If so, then I need to include some communication from her.)

Once the elf completed his business with Iltumar the young man bounded around the counter and extended his hand to Bharash. “It’s good to see you again sir!” Iltumar squeezed with all his might, but the dragon warrior’s iron grip, was too powerful for the young man still. “Wow! Amazing strength Bharash! Well met again Miss Vogh. Got something new for the Brothers have you? You know I’ve got to know the story of where it came from…” He grinned ear to ear, awaiting a fanciful tale as Bharash produced the strange armor.

“Interesting… It needs to be cleaned. Still smells like blood.”

When the armor’s material was explained to Iltumar he shook his head. “That makes little sense. I’ll have to have the Feeks look at this and then send word at the Minstrel for you when they tell me what they want to do. Do you think it was part of a set…? Maybe there are other pieces still out there…?” Always the youthful boy when the prospect of adventure and exciting tales were before him, Iltumar would listen enraptured to anyone who would share such stories.

“So… When do I get to go with you again Miss Vogh? I did well last time, right? Couldn’t I help you all again?”

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Vogh
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Yes, Yeshla has been with Vogh the whole time. Let me know if you edit for a conversation with Sagg.

Vogh smiled deeply as Iltumar tried to squeeze Bharash’s hand and was obviously losing. When he commented again on wanting to know where they got the items Vogh decided to give him a nibble. Well, believe it or not, Iltumar, we received the armor and that helm there, Vogh pointed to the helm that Bharash had in the crutch of his arm, from an ancient silver dragon. It was a gift for aiding him with something. Perhaps, one day, I will be able to tell you all that we have done.

The gleam in Iltumar’s eyes at the mention of an ancient silver dragon and that Vogh and her friends had helped it was quite obvious he wanted more. The gleam turned to a frown when Vogh said nothing further though. As he looked over the armor and said the brothers would get in touch with her later Vogh smiled. Yes, just leave a message for us. We will be away from the city for some time so a message is best. I guess that also means you will have to wait for any further adventures with us.

When Iltumar asked how he had performed with them the last time, Vogh said, you did just fine for your first time. Even when you were hit with that arrow you didn’t yell out in pain to alert other enemies that we were about. That is admirable for someone so young. How is that wound doing by the way?

After more small talk Vogh, Bharash, and Deacon left and went over to Rastor’s. When they entered, the place was quite a bit busier than the Bull and Bear. There was a line to see Rastor 3 deep it seemed. Standing at the counter was what looked like a sea elf. When Vogh looked at what the elf was looking at she smiled wide. Bharash isn’t that the sword we sold here, the one that floats on water? It certainly did look like it. Word must have been spread down on the docks that the weapon had been here. Funny how their adventuring might aid others in the protection of the city, Vogh thought to herself. Vogh waited in line and when it was finally her turn she presented the new blade to Rastor. Got another for you Rastor. I see you sold that sea elf one of the blades we sold you. Vogh leaned in, I hope you made a decent coin on the sale, she whispered.

We will head to Myraeth’s next. Vogh wants to check-in to see if the brace and the ring were further identified so she could use or sell them.

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Rastor (NPC)
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Rastor smiled, “I did a bit better than half on that deal, yes ma’am. But all sales are final…” He quickly added with a flash of unease, worried Vogh might want a greater cut. When she didn’t press he let out a small, held breath.

“Miss Vogh. I don’t understand how you do it. Do you know not one other person, or group, has brought in as much as you have? At least not since the first gold Rush when the labyrinth was first discovered. I would ask you where you got it all, but I don’t want to know anyway. At least no brassed off wizard or Noble has come in here seeking your heads for stealing. Where is Master Talin? Have you seen his sword reforged? A wonder isn’t it?”

The litorian’s eyes sparkled in mentioning Solarsong, which his litorian kin had aided Talin in repairing, reforging and even improving.

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Vogh
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Rastor should have known that Vogh wouldn’t have asked for more of the cut of the sale of the sword. He could have sold it for 10x more and she would have only praised his resourcefulness at getting such a price.

I told you from the start Rastor, none of what I bring in is stolen. The adventuring life has suited us right. We have helped out many people do many things and this is the reward for that involvement. Vogh said with a wink and a big grin.

When Rastor spoke of Talin, Vogh had been hoping that he would show up sometime, but then again she was all over the place so they may have just missed each other. When asked if where Talin was she asked, You saw him? I didn’t know he was finished with the blade yet. I will have to see if he is at The Minstrel. I really want to see what he did with the broken blade.

After selling the greatsword they said their farewells once again and headed quickly over to The Minstrel to see if Talin was in. If he wasn’t then they would head over to Myraeth’s to find out about the ring and bracer.

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Talin
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Meanwhile, the morning of the same day Vogh and the others had been doing other things, Talin had made his way to the tavern to see if Vogh was there when the main door opened and in came two Litorians. One seeming quite a bit older than the other. Immediately, Talin changed his course and headed for them. Greetings, my name is Talin, and you must be Lanfarran. Talin extended his hand to him. After shaking it Talin turned to the older Litorian and said, and you must be Kivhareth. It certainly is a pleasure to meet both of you. Rastor said you would be here early. Shall we go to the Mane now and get started? Or would you like something to break your fast before we begin?

Once they were on their way to the Mane, Talin asked many questions about how the forging would go. He had never aided in such a thing in his days and wanted to make certain that he did exactly as they needed to ensure the blade would be done correctly. When Lanfarran told him how it would go, Talin listened carefully, interjecting even more questions as they went along.

Finally arriving at the Mane, the three entered and Lanfarran took them to the forge that was even now glowing bright red having been stoked by some of the workers. There were a few forges going already so it seemed others were going to be doing some forging of their own. Kivhareth explained what he would be doing to add to the blades magic which would bind the metal blade to the hilt once more. Kivhareth also gave examples of how Talin could aid in the crafting of the blade having been told what Talin’s profession was on the way over to the Mane. Talin smiled wide as he was planning on what he would do to add to the magic with his voice and possibly a spell or two.

It took quite some time before Lanfarran called them both over to begin. Lanfarran had taken about an hour just to get the metal needed ready. He had just taken out a metal block from the oven and brought it over to the anvil. He sat the orange hot metal block on the anvil and began to pound with a large hammer onto the glowing hot block and sparks of the metal flashed out to the sides as the hammer hit the black. He did this for quite some time, back and forth to the oven and then the anvil to pound once again. Each time he brought it to the oven he had added more metal to the block. Lanfarran had told Talin to begin his music when he did his pounding now that the blade was beginning to take some shape. Talin could see that the blade was much larger than the longsword he had been using that Vogh had given him to use. It didn’t matter really as Talin had trained with many heavy blades and by the looks of this one, it would be a greatsword. Solarsong, Talin thought again as he looked down at the metal being formed before his eyes. Talin began one of his songs, it was his oldest. It was a satire made by him when he was just learning his music. It spoke of a hunter in the woods on a hunt of a bear. The hunter criticized the bear calling it many different names and declared all the bad things it had done to the small community. Talin’s song went on for many minutes, as he improvised adding more to the tale. Kivhareth too added spells to the forging as they went.

Another hour passed and Lanfarran had gotten the length about perfect now he began to make the intricate and precise hammering of the blade to bring it to a point. In and out of the oven the blade went, and Talin now changed his music up some. The song changed from criticizing to straight ridicule. The hunter had found the bear and was stalking it now, hot on its trail. Talin’s song went on and on. Switching from light to dark in the tone as the hunter made his way.

More and more time passed and now the blade had mostly taken shape. This was an important time as much as when it was a block of metal. Now Kivhareth had poured more and more powerful magic into the blade as the edge took shape and the hilt was attached. Talin seeing the pace quicken, too changed his song. It was the glorious epic ending to the hunt as the hunter found and killed the bear. Talin having finished the song now added in some of his own spellcasting. He first, added in Eagle’s Splender giving Solarsong personality and charisma. He then cast Perfect placement which would make the edge even sharper. Lastly, as it seemed the blade was nearing completion Talin added Greater Path of Glory. Which gave the blade the path to fight evil forevermore.

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Myraeth Tuneweaver (NPC)
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Myraeth smiled at Vogh when she entered with her companions. The tall, stately elf politely concluded business with the cloaked being at the counter. Vogh’s breath caught in her throat as the figure turned away from Myraeth with a nod and before pulling a scarf over its face, she noticed that its entire face resembled blue glass with hundreds of facets. Pupil-less eyes of shining white gazed back at her, then quickly turned away and left the place. [Private to GM: https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Shardmind_(5e_Race)]

“Greetings Miss Vogh! Have you tinkered with your gem powered wand any further? I’ve been rather curious about that item since you brought it in. And you have more I see…” The elf looked over the ring and strange green bracer, casting his spells of identification.

“Interesting indeed ma’am…” He went on to explain the properties of the items, but poignantly asked them nothing about their origins. Vogh had heard stories of what happened to people who sold Myraeth stolen goods, and they were not pleasant, but he was the only person who never inquired after where they sourced their items.

Ring of the true phase: This ring, when worn by a phase spider, transforms its ethereal jaunt power into an etherealness power, effectively allowing the creature to take up to five other creatures with it.

Diabolis Configurator: This green iron bracer is a boon to any devil or other lawful evil outsider. Such a creature wearing the item adds a +5 profane bonus to its SR and a +2 profane bonus to its Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution scores.

“I’m afraid to say that I’ve no market for these. I’ll not purchase the evil bracer, as I don’t deal in evil items. If you’re familiar with the Malkuth in the Pale Tower, they actually maintain a suppression vault and will store such items. Otherwise you’re looking at seedy and dangerous places with people of ill-will. I would say this item is better destroyed or locked away that no good being might ever be harmed by it… Then, the ring is only good for a creature that can phase between here and the Ethereal Sea, like a phase spider. No such creatures patronize my store Miss Vogh. So, with apologies, I must pass on both these items.” He finished with an over-pronounced frown in a light hearted way to apologize.

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Vogh
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Vogh was disappointed that Talin wasn’t at The Ghostly Minstrel yet, but it gave her a chance to have the two items checked out before returned. She mentioned to Tellith where she was headed and asked her to tell anyone that might come looking for her. Vogh left then and headed to Myraeth’s.

As the blue glass-faced humanoid turned to leave, Vogh had caught a glimpse of it. She had never seen anything like it in her life before. As it exited, Vogh turned back to Myraeth and asked, what race was that? I have never seen one before.

Then as Myraeth been to explain what the items were, Vogh had a feeling they wouldn’t be worth much to him here. Someone would pay for such things but as he stated, they should be locked away, or as Vogh thought, they should be destroyed. She had heard of things that could absorb magical energies from items and used to power the making of something else. She would inquire more about this at a later date. For now, the pieces needed to be stored and she thought the hammersong vaults would be good for that. So she did just that along with all the old minted coin they had gotten from the banewarrens as well.

With all the mundane items now sold and all the other magical items, they wanted to sell, sold. It was time to go. Turning to Deacon and Bharash Vogh said, go have a good night’s sleep. We will leave tomorrow morning. Make sure to make any other preparations before then for we have no idea how long we will be gone. We will meet here to break our fast. Vogh then returned to The Ghostly Minstrel, but first, she sent a message to Belie telling him the same thing she said to Deacon and Bharash.

Now that she was back in the Minstrel, Vogh took a seat and waited for Talin to arrive. She ordered some food and then remembered she had forgotten to try out the missive stone. She pulled the silver-chained necklace around her neck so that she could hold the black stone hanging from it in her hand and then whispered, Oh great Saggarintys, this is Vogh, I am checking to see if the missive stone works. I pray that you are doing well.

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Saggarintys the Silver King (NPC)
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Rastor explained the being vogh saw was a shard mind. An interesting and eclectic race indeed that even he knew little about.

“Ah. Yes. Their numbers are very, very few. They are most often called shardmind’s. I believe they have a name for themselves in their own language but I doubt any of us could pronounce it. They are indeed a strange “race” if you can even call them that. Each of them is a very powerful mental creature. He, if they even have gender, only speaks to me mentally. They are very focused on the strange ability referred to as psionics.”

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It took a few moments, tense seconds for Vogh, to receive a message back from the Great Silver within the evil place. She breathed a sigh of relief as his message whispered back into her ears.

“I am indeed well. And glad am I to find these trinkets will function within the warrens. We have yet to determine if they will with the shield generators all functioning again, but one can hope.”

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Vogh certainly was relived to hear the great silvers whisper back to her. Yes, ince they are sealed it may be a different story indeed. Well, tomorrow we head to the Quaan to finish this all. Wish us luck, we may need it oh great one.

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Talin
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The day was a long day but something Talin would never in his life forget. He had aided in the making of a beautiful weapon. A weapon they had found deep in the banewarrens unmarred by the evil taint of the place. As the crafting had begun and the forming of the blade was being worked, something called out to him from the blade. It was like it was meant to be his. To be wielded by him to further the cause of good in this world.

Though Talin hadn’t really worked the blade he was still covered in sweat from the labor of his spellcasting and music, not to mention the heat of the room. Talin had thanked both Litorians for their hard work and said to them, I will wield this blade with all my heart and sing songs of the two whom helped forge it. When everything was complete Talin walked away with the blade and a new scabbard to hold such a large blade. The strap was specially designed to lay crossways across his back so that the hilt stuck out over his right shoulder.

Talin made his way as quickly as possible back to The Minstrel so that he could show Vogh or any of his companions that might be there. Unfortunately, when he arrived it was quite late, nearing after the dinner rush, and the only one he saw was Vogh. She was sitting in the tavern area enjoying the music of a human woman as she sang and played the violin. Vogh had turned at some point, obviously, she had been keeping her eye on the door. When she saw Talin come in she came over. Her eyes were naturally drawn to the exquisitely made hilt of SolarSong. So, it seems you three were able to finish the forging. Have you tried it out yet?

Talin only shook his her back and forth. It was obvious he was exhausted from the ordeal. I would love to show you but honestly, I am too tired. Can we go to bed and we can talk more about what happened? When Vogh agreed, they both went upstairs and chatted for a little, Talin telling Vogh what he had done, and Vogh telling all that they did for the day. After an hour or so they finally went to sleep knowing the morning would come quickly.

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Belie showed the next morning in the common room of the Minstrel, as himself, so the group would know him. Deacon, Bharash and Julia entered shortly thereafter and finally both Talin and Vogh descended the stairs. The golden Gestroninonimoninouous would remain behind, and hopefully safe, while the group went to hopefully finish this final mission. (Typed that from memory. I’ll fix it later! hahaha)

No one spoke on that fateful morning. Each of them knew they were going to be magically transporting themselves into a hostile area filled with creatures who’s kin and kind they had killed dozens of. They sought a powerful magic item to finally complete the staff of shards, which they had learned actually held the soul of a child and its own intelligence, Yeshla.

She alone spoke that morning, instructing Julia to hold her and use her form to act as a tuning rod for the group to reach the plane of the Quaan. The group had gone to a remote location so as not to cast strange spells in the common room of the Minstrel.

With Yeshla in hand, and everyone physically linked, Julia cast her spell and they vanished as one, to reappear in the Quaan.

They found themselves in a dismal, cold – only a few degrees above freezing – swamp, the likes of which they’ve never seen before. Pools of stagnant, mossy water gathered in the soft, damp earth. Dark black moss coated gray trees like teary burdens. Sickly violet tendrils slithered up out of the muck. Even the air possessed a faded, gray hue, like a gauzy curtain of mist. The haze, like thick fog at twilight, restricted visibility to only a couple hundred feet away from them. A Chill and dampness griped them all cloyingly. The place stank of decay, death, stale air and stagnant water. A few insects buzzed around your heads, and the ground appeared alive with beetles, grubs, worms, and other things they couldn’t quite identify.

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In Julia’s hand the very long hafted dagger shivered, but not because of the cold. With two of the three parts of the staff joined together then topped with the latter added blade, Yaeshla’s form was indeed a strangely long handled, short bladed weapon. Everyone – except Deacon – heard the youthful voice, despite actually being centuries old.

“It’s truly a shame what has happened to this once wonderful place my friends. When Maeritha crafted this dimension, the Quaan was truly a place of peace and beauty. Her power was magnificent, and her heart even more lovely. Thurniun apprenticed beside her until she passed beyond this life. I know he was bitter towards humans due to the ridicule he faced from the dominance of his draconic heritage. Bharash, have you dealt with the same mockery?”

(I’ve got to go back and sprinkle some comments from Yaeshla about her not wanting to be destroyed again in order to destroy Danar’s hand. So just a reminder here.)

After a few moments of conversation, and the group confirming they appeared to be alone out to the edges of all their senses Yaeshla gave them some options for proceeding.

“Miss Julia, if you will permit me to guide your hands I can point you all toward the major structures you might seek.” When the woman relaxed, she felt her arm move of its own accord as Yaeshla pointed in three directions and explained each location of interest.

“I can’t be on hundred percent certain, as you can tell the visibility in this place is now just terrible, but I believe nearly everything is south and east of us. I’ll know more once we get closer to some familiar landmarks, But the Font of the Pact should be closest, then the Black Manor is even farther south and east of the Font. Finally, Charch-Pahn’s tower is nearly due south of the Font. He’s a shriveled old beholder, an original Pactlord who came here at Thurnium’s invitation.”

She paused a moment then explained the other two locations. “The Font of the Pack is actual a fountain, rather ugly thing if you ask me. Anyone with a bone ring can drink from the water once a day and be healed. It’s also the foundation of the pact magic which keeps all the pactlords bound to adhere to the agreement not to harm one another. So powerful is the pact magic, even the most powerful pact member cannot harm another who has joined the pact. Then the Black Manor is sort of the headquarters for the beasties here in the Quaan. It’s all black stone, thus its name, and there are several pact members who live there full time. My last piece will likely be found in Charch-Pahn’s Tower or the Manor.”

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Vogh
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The shardmind’s were very interesting and after hearing what they were from Myraeth, Vogh wondered if they held the same types of power that the mind players do? She would have to look into that once they got back from the Quaan.


Chatting with Talin about how the forging went had Vogh sitting in awe at all of it. Should couldn’t believe it all. As she sat holding the blade, which was actually pretty light compared to its size, Vogh could only smile wide and appreciate what the three of them created. This blade is beautiful Talin. I know you will do them proud by wielding it. They continued talking for a while longer and then went to bed.


The next morning when they met everyone and talked about finding a good spot to do the spell Yaeshla had once more talked into Vogh’s head. The blade was so eager to rejoin with her last piece Vogh could feel the excitement coming from it. Yaeshla had asked to be given to Julia so that she could aid in the spellcasting.

When the spell was complete and they found themselves in the cold swap, Vogh shivered quite a bit. But she heard the voice once more of Yaeshla telling her what and where they were. It was obvious to Vogh suddenly that everyone had actually heard her, well except for Deacon of course. Vogh relayed what was being said into Deacon’s head though so he knew what was happening.

When Yaeshla was finished telling about the three places Vogh asked Bharash, Do you still have those rings on you? Bharash nodded an affirmative that he indeed had the rings still on him. They were a sort of token of what they had done. Vogh then asked Yaeshla, If we put the rings on can we take them off any time?

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Vogh:
If we put the rings on can we take them off any time?

“No! No miss Vogh! You must not place the ring on your finger! It will graft itself to your bone and cannot be removed until you are dead!” Yaeshla implored the woman out loud.

“Furthermore, if you step into the waters of the Font, you will be added to the Pact which will prevent you from ever harming another member of the Pact.” The magically intelligent weapon explained.

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Vogh’s plan went out of her mind even as she was thinking it while Yaeshla explained what would happen if they put the rings on. Okay, nevermind that I brought it up. So, we just need to get moving. The longer we stay in this slop the fast we are going to freeze to death.

Vogh asked Bharash to lead the way and made sure everyone had their weapons out and ready in case anything came out of the water. How far till the font do you think it is? Vogh asked Yaeshla after they were moving towards the font.

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“I’m not certain Miss Vogh. Everything looks the same from here. I suggest heading that way and I’m certain a landmark will popup for me to gain my bearings.” She moved Julia’s arm to indicate East.

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The group moved in the direction Yaeshla indicated, cautiously. Moving through the soft and squishy ground made all of them tense. After about a quarter mile, the group guessed, they saw a line of trees loom ahead of them. The line stretched as far as they could see in both directions, left and right, blocking their progress forward. Standing over thirty five feet tall the barrier was significant. However, as they closed with the expanse of green, they noticed it was not vegetation at all, but an oily looking substance which was solid with no breaks in its surface. It was impossible to tell how thick the barricade was. Moving in either direction, it was obvious the line of strange material continued a great distance.

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Yaeshla had not been herself for so long Vogh wondered all that she remembered.

Once Vogh saw the barrier up in front of her she once more asked Yaeshla, That landmark ahead should be something you remember, it is massive.

Vogh listened to what Yaeshla had to say about it as they neared. There doesn’t seem to be a way around unless we just pick a direction and walk till something shows or we either climb over it or fly over it.

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“Unfortunately these walls are all over the place. Yet another byproduct of the Quaan being tainted by evil. You can go around, but these walls of muck often stretch for miles.” Yaeshla explained to the group.

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With the wall in front of them, Deacon knew he couldn’t just use his dimension door for Yaeshla said the thickness of the walls could be up to 300ft wide at certain parts. So, Deacon suggested that he fly up and see how far the wall goes. I would like to take Yaeshla with me if that is okay? She can aid me in finding a place for us to portal to. With that, he casts fly and flies up 60ft to get a good view of the land.

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Deacon recited the words of his spell and felt the magic start to flow through him, however he felt something else at the same time. A sharp shock tensed his body after the spell’s effect was enacted. (5dmg) It was almost like the magic actually hurt him to cast. He didn’t understand it and had never felt anything like it before.

Undeterred, the elf floated up into the air and well above the very thick green mass. He could tell the swampy ground they had been traversing seemed to turn into an even more wet marshlands beyond the wall. Indeed the barrier before them was at least three hundred feet thick and extended beyond his vision both left and right.

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Painfully casting his spell Deacon lifts off and as he looks around and sees that the wall is greater than 100ft and can’t seem to find where either end ends he comes back down again.

Well, it doesn’t look good. I think we are just going to have to pick a direction and walk cause I don’t see another way around. So, to the right?

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Vogh was hoping for something easier but as Deacon had said there was no other way he could see. Yes, right is as good as any I guess. Let’s be careful and move out.

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It was difficult to tell in the bog which lacked sun, moon, stars or any discernible passing of the day how long they had been traveling. While the actual distance was likely only a couple miles, it felt like their feet were a hundred pounds heavier, each, from the sticky and sucking muck they were forced to walk through.

But their persistence was rewarded, after following the winding path of the strange barricade they reached what resembled the tail of the snake as the morass merely tapered down like an unfinished wall and ended. Here they were able to pass beyond the wall, to the other side which they had been previously blocked from.

Unfortunately, the grass was not greener on the other side of the wall. The squishy ground actually gave way to swamp water with vegetation growing everywhere. Yaeshla explained that the swamp water rarely got deeper than several feet, and with no halflings among their group, they should be fine wading through the waters. “No one here bothers to go around the waters, they just move through.” She offered.

Belie looked the least pleased about moving through possibly waist deep water, unable to see the bottom despite his ever burning torch’s illumination. “Anything could be in this muck… Deacon, can’t you make us all fly or something?” The rogue asked of the deaf wizard after getting his attention. He mouthed the words slower than he would normally speak, but not obnoxiously so, and enunciated each in order to best help the deaf elf understand him.

Yaeshla explained further that she better understood their position. “I feel like the Font of the Pact is nearly due east of us, then the Black Manor south east, and the beholder’s tower, the farthest south.”

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Trudging through the water and muck, Deacon kept looking about for any sign of danger. After who knows how long, or far they had traveled, he caught sight of the ending of the wall. It was then that Belie asked his question, Belie I certainly would have done this if I were capable, but alas that level of power is not within my capabilities as of yet.

Deacon then turned to talk with Vogh who once more held Yaeshla, Yaeshla, which place do you feel would have your last piece? The sooner we find it the faster we can get out of this nasty plane.

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Unfortunately the sentient magic item did not know where the piece was. She explained that during all her internment, she had never encountered the final piece of herself. Yaeshla didn’t know whether the Pactlords knew of her full power, and denied her, or if they simply were unaware of her full potential and former life since both her previous masters had perished so long ago.

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The Font might be a place where they could find other Pactlords, but that isn’t why they were here. They were after the final piece to make Yaeshla whole again and destroy the key. So, if you think either of those places would be more likely to have it then that is where we should go. Let’s skip the Font for now and head to the Black Manor.

With a clearer destination in their minds, the group headed out with a purpose. The Black Manor.. along the way Vogh would be asking Yaeshla all that she remembered about both places, the size, how many rooms, levels, any possible hiding spots of each of the places they spoke about.

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The group trudged along through the cold, wet ground. Through the constant mist the group felt a hint of warmth, which grew warmer as they closed on a wet area about ten feet across. From the bubbling, boiling ground proceeded steam that rolled up and joined with the fog. Bharash’s keen eyes spotted what looked like a sparkling gem in the pool, but the group had to deal with two, pallid, slimy, worm-like creatures roughly the size of a human with a mouth that consisted of sickening tangles of tentacles and hooked jaws. The repulsive grick’s started climbing out of the hot morass and moved toward the group.

(AC 15, HP 27)

[Private to GM: https://www.d20pfsrd.com/besti…s/aberrations/grick/]

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Not knowing how deep the pool is, Bharash tells Deacon and Julia to stay back. Bharash then readies an attack when the overgrown worms get within reach. Come on you nasty worms, I’ve got something for ya!

08:52, Today: Bharash rolled 17,18 using d20+15,d8+10. readied attack.

His Rhoka hits the worm easily causing slime to splatter all over the place.

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When Bharash had pointed out the gem Vogh looked closely and noticed the worms beginning to rise out of the pool. Hearing Bharash tell both Julia and Deacon to move back while he readied to attack, Vogh did the same. She moved up next to Bharash and readied her attack once the worms got close.

08:55, Today: Vogh rolled 16,18 using d20+15,d8+12. readied attack.

As she swings her blade though she slips a bit on the wet surface close to the pool and misses wide.

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Talin had been itching to try out his new blade SolarSong on an enemy and when the worms presented themselves Talin moved to attack position but he too held the line on the opposite side of Bharash. As the worms got close he swung his greatsword in a downward chop at the one that Bharash and Vogh didn’t attack.

09:01, Today: Talin rolled 24,19 using d20+13,2d6+9. readied attack.

His blade easily cut into the worm’s flesh and almost cleaved it in two.

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Deacon moved behind the warriors knowing that this enemy was something that they should be able to handle easily. Watch your step, it seems a bit wet and you don’t want to fall in the pool Bharash.

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Julia stepped back but she had her crossbow out and decided to let loose a bolt at one of the worms before they even neared her companions.

09:10, Today: Julia Graymantle rolled 13,11,2 using d20+12,d10+2,d2. shoot crossbow, 1 Talin’s, 2 Bharash and Vogh’s.

Julia aimed and shot her crossbow, but she didn’t estimate the softness of the ground as she stepped back and the shot went way high as her foot sunk into the muck.

Seriously????? I rolled 2 ones and 1 two for attacks? Good thing it is against a weaker foe right now and I get them out of the way.

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The experienced and powerful friends made short work of the rather nasty monsters. After, the chill in their skin lessened while standing near the bubbling pool which was in the middle of nowhere.

Mudd and swamp water boiled with an unknown heat below the surface. Bubbles off liquid dirt formed, grew and then popped as they reached too large a size to sustain.

(Sorry for shortness. I’m certain you’ll inspect the gem. The mud mixture is literally boiling hot, so painful to walk into)

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Once the others dispatched the ugly looking worm-like things Bharash had shown Deacon the gem under the water. Being next to the warm pool Deacon could feel his energy returning as his limbs warmed considerably. I can get the gem Bharash, just give me a second.

Activating his cloak he used its ability to conjure a mage hand. Deacon directed it into the pool and grabbed the gem and brought it back out to look over it.

Deacon first detected magic to see if the gem was magical before trying to access its value.

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With the worms taken care of Vogh was about to start off again when BHarash said that there was a gem inside the water. She watched as Deacon produced a mage hand and brought out the gem with ease. Nice trick Deacon she said as she looked at the gem quickly.

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Deacon’s spell was able to pluck out the rough gem. It had certainly never been worked into any form of precious stone, but the crystal clear surface was certainly a large diamond. Nothing about it radiated magic to Deacon’s check but it was a hefty gem to stay the least. Once cut it would likely be worth several thousand gold pieces.

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Pulling out the rough stone Deacon smiled. This will turn out nice once we can work it. It isn’t magical but will be worth quite a bit. Deacon smiled as he put it in his pack.

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Through the constant haze at one point the group heard grunting and squealing which likely belonged to some kind of porcine animal, but they never caught sight of anything. Everyone stayed on high alert, looking around constantly and moving slower than they normally would in this strange and alien environment. A perfectly round light pierced through the vapor, but it hung too near the ground to be any form of celestial body. Moving quickly the circle light continued away from them, shrinking as it went.

After a couple more hours, time was tricky to determine with no sun or moon in the sky, the group happened upon another of the tall lines of green slime. This section came almost to a point and moved away from them on either side in a sort of “V” formation. To their right the semi-solid marshland gave way to water, and the left was more of the same swamp land.

Yaeshla spoke up, “I believe the Black Manor is on the opposite side of this green stuff. We typically approached from the other direction, but the barrier forms kind of a protective wall around the manor funneling down a narrow space of the stuff only a few hundred feet apart at some points.”

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When they got to another of the slime walls Vogh’s spirit was low. She didn’t want to just walk all the way around to the other side like the last time. When Yaeshla spoke up and said the Manor was probably on the other side her spirits lifted somewhat though.

This place was so gloomy how could anything live here honestly, she thought to herself. Yaeshla, is teleportation possible on this plane? Vogh wasn’t really going to ask Deacon to do it but if they could it was good to know.

Where is this tower you spoke of? Vogh asked as she moved to the edge of the water and looked out.

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Yaeshla responded to Vogh’s questions, “Indeed, you can teleport anywhere in the Quaan just as if you were on your native plane. And Charch-Pahn’s tower is nearly due south of here, through the swamp waters.”

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(Choose your own adventure, Black Manor or Beholder’s Tower)

If you choose Black Manor, you will have to either fly over, or fly to spot, then teleport, or whatever. Either way here is your description:

The Black Manor, southeast of the Font, was the headquarters for the Pactlords of the Quaan. The single story structure stood about 20 feet tall and sported a flat roof. It was made of black stone walls which had to be about a foot thick. All the windows were positioned about 15 feet up the walls, making it difficult for anyone to look in. The only exterior door, in the front of the Manor, faced away from the slime perimeter and was solid stone.

Belie checked and the door seemed to be neither trapped, nor even locked. He stepped back, rapier and dagger readied with his magical shield floating beside him protectively, awaiting Bharash’s move.

Inside they saw a long, black hallway with numerous doors on either side. Silver patterns etched into the floor depicted all sorts of inhuman monsters: things with claws, wings, tentacles, and even stranger parts. Near the north end of the hall, about 45 feet from the manor’s main doors, stood a multi-legged blue reptile with a fearsome head crowned with two large, curling horns. The big beast hesitated upon seeing Bharash, but spotting the rest of the crew it immediately loosed a blast of electricity from its sharp maw.

Surprise Round: Ref DC 20 for half of 25 dmg. Roll for Initiative and act accordingly. Init: 6. AC 22, HP 105. Huge size. 10ft reach, 15ft space, so it gets AOO when you close.

[Private to GM: Resusable in 4 rounds.]

If you choose to go south to the tower instead:

Turning away from yet another wall of green ichor, the group opted to wade into the nasty bog water and head toward the tower Yaeshla mentioned. Thankfully they made it through water that ranged from angle deep, to almost 5 feet in places. Strangely they found pockets of warmth as they moved through the alien land. Small areas of swamp water would be gurgling from some unseen force beneath the surface and typically those areas were considerably warmer. This allowed the troupe to take the chill from their extremities before continuing through the mire.

Another couple hours passed until the water began to become ever more shallow and a black pillar appeared in the bog at the edge of their vision through the fog. Impossibly tall for its size, the black stone tower extended into the air beyond their sight, which had to be over two hundred feet high. No windows adorned the onyx edifice, and only a single door showed itself on the exterior. Strangely the door was round, at least fifteen feet across, and made of bronze.

However, before the group could approach the tower’s only entrance, a creature of unsurpassed yet inhuman beauty floated down in front of them on feathery, multicolored wings. Glistening, colorful scales covered her long serpentine body. She greeted them in a stern but melodious voice, “If you are not friends of the Pactlords of the Quaan, then you have nothing to fear from me. You seem in need of aid. Please, allow me to help you.”

(She is a couatl)

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Vogh didn’t like the prospect of having to use another fly spell for Deacon and then also teleport to get to the desired spot to get to the Black Manor. It wasn’t a good use of resources in a place she didn’t know when they would have a chance to rest again. So, as she looked into the water to see that it wasn’t too deep she had asked Yaeshla how deep the water got here on the plane, Yaeshla told her that usually not normally deeper than 5ft but to be careful about soft spots in the sediment, Vogh had decided to wade across the water to the Beholder’s Tower.

As they waded across she spoke to Yaeshla in her head to get any more details about this beholder and his tower to aid them in the upcoming battle. She had never faced a beholder before but knew them to be a formidable opponent. The water, of course, was quite cold but thankfully they found more of those warm spots to warm before moving on. After a few hours though Vogh caught sight of a tower up ahead.

Having her eyes looking up, Vogh caught sight of something else that was headed her way. A beautiful creature, but beautiful things were just as dangerous as ugly things so she told the others to stand ready to fight. As it neared though, Vogh could see that it was a couatl. Stand down she said in their heads. Vogh looked for a ring anywhere on the couatl to show her whether or not this thing was trying to betray them. As it got closer and spoke to them Vogh answered in turn, We are not friends of the Pactlords. We are here to destroy them and recover an item. If you truly want to help us what can you tell us about this tower and the beholder inside? Are there any other enemies within?

With whatever information they get they all decide to move forward towards the door. Having Belie check it for any traps. If no traps and it is unlocked they will enter.

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Vogh saw no ring as the couatl explained her name was Xichlanatlazochtal. “I have been hiding within the Quaan to learn more about my enemy, Charch-Pahn. Charch-Pahn attacked and killed my brood long ago. Since then, I have sworn to make the beholder pay for its crimes. I have actually already entered the tower once. I had to use two dispel magic spells to get through arcane locked doors. Inside, I encountered one of Charch-Pahn’s servants, an annis, on Level 2. I killed the hag, then fled back out of the tower before the beholder could get involved. In the battle, we damaged some magical device, but I don’t know what it was. I have been hiding, invisibly, in the moss-covered trees near the tower to observe them and find a prime moment to strike. I can sense none of you are evil, so I would be very interested in aiding you in killing the disgusting eye creature.”

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Vogh listened to the Couatl, It is nice to meet you, Vogh tried to say the name of the creature and gave up finally, do you have an easier name we can call you? So, you defeated a foe inside already? That is good news. I know that beholders are a formidable foe. What kind of protections do you have to defeat its powers?

After the creature spoke Vogh turned to Deacon and said, Deacon I think your summons are going to be needed the most here. Some of the rays are said to be able to kill things outright. We will need to swarm it quickly and with ferocity. I will be using my draconic song to bolter attacks to inflict more pain per attack. Vogh spoke to Julia as well, I will need you to give out as many of your protective spells as you can.

Then to everyone she said, don’t worry about conserving your abilities, we need everything on board here. We can always return back to Ptolus and rest if need be.

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“You may call me Xi if you wish.” (Like Sigh with a Z instead of an S)

“My bite and poison are the most effective offensive weapon at my disposal. I’ve some offensive spells as well, then the ability to do some slight healing. Do not worry about me, if I am to fall in battle against an evil foe, then I count it as joy. Focus all your energies on ending the abhorrence that is Charch-Pahn.”

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Vogh was very happy to have met quite the honorable companion inside the Quaan. That is all great information Xi. We will protect you as well so do not worry. Also, as a bard, I am more than capable to have my song affect you as well. Your strikes will be enchanted with fire.

With this new companion, Vogh and the others moved to the base of the tower. Belie will you please check to see if there are any traps and if it is locked.

If neither are present then Vogh says, Where did you kill this Annis? Think it would be safe for us to begin buffing ourselves where you did that? Or should we do it now?

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Belie nodded and moved up to the door, checking it for any traps. Xichlanatlazochtal reminded them that the door was arcane locked then answered Vogh as well, “I killed it on the second level, but it’s impossible to know where the beholder is inside his own tower. I’m afraid to say that we could open this door and be facing him…”

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Vogh thought about it for a moment and agreed that it would be better to buff now. Deacon and Julia nodded as well as Talin and the others.

The planning began as each of them said what they would cast to help the fight. On the 4th round Xi casts Dispel Magic and 5th round Belie opens the door. If no enemy we move to the next level.
Vogh would cast Good Hope 1st round
10 people 10 mins
+2 morale bonus on saving throws, attack rolls, ability checks, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls.
Mirror Image 2nd round
Self 10 mins
1d4 images plus one image per three caster levels.
Improvisation 3rd round
Self 10 rounds
Elation 4th round
80ft radius 10 rounds
+2 morale bonus to effective Strength and Dexterity

Talin
Mirror Image 2nd round
Self 10 mins
1d4 images plus one image per three caster levels.
Perfect Placement 3rd round
10 people 10 rounds
+1 insight bonus to AC and Reflex saves. Against attacks of opportunity, the insight bonus to AC increases to +3.
Improvisation 4th round
Self 10 rounds
All luck bonuses

JULIA
Rite of Centered Mind 1st round
Self 24 hours
+1 resistance bonus on saving throws to resist mind-affecting effects. And further affect.
Shield of Faith 2nd round on self
1 creature 10 mins
+2 deflection bonus to AC, with an additional +1 to the bonus for every six levels you have (maximum +5 deflection bonus at 18th level).
Protection from Evil, Communal 3rd round
All 11 rounds
+2 deflection bonus to AC and a +2 resistance bonus on saves. Then other affects as well.
Prayer 4th round
40ft radius 10 rounds
+1 luck bonus on attack rolls, weapon damage rolls, saves, and skill checks, while each of your foes takes a -1 penalty on such rolls.

Summon Monster III scroll once upstairs.

DEACON
Spider Climb, Communal 3rd round
5 for 2 mins
gains a climb speed of 20 feet
Haste 4th round
10 people 10 rounds
+1 bonus on attack rolls and a +1 dodge bonus to AC and Reflex saves, +30ft movement

Total bonuses:
+2 morale bonus on saving throws, attack rolls, ability checks, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls.
+2 morale bonus to effective Strength and Dexterity
+1 insight bonus to AC and Reflex saves. Against attacks of opportunity, the insight bonus to AC increases to +3.
+1 resistance bonus on saving throws to resist mind-affecting effects.
+2 deflection bonus to AC and a +2 resistance bonus on saves.
+1 luck bonus on attack rolls, weapon damage rolls, saves, and skill checks
+1 bonus on attack rolls and a +1 dodge bonus to AC and Reflex saves, +30ft movement

TOTAL: with Caveats for some.
Saving throws= +5
AC= +5
Attack= +5
Damage=+4
Ref saves get +7
movement +30ft

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Within the light-less black structure they saw little of note, except a glowing bronze symbol 3 feet across directly opposite the door. The ceiling was far above them, lost in the darkness, beyond even Bharash’s dark vision. The 40 feet diameter shaft felt oddly familiar from their recent exploits. Vogh sensed no intelligent beings other than those of her allies.

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Vogh noted the glowing bronze symbol and nothing else here on this level. When Bharash said he couldn’t see the top Vogh said in all their heads, let’s get up there quick while our enchantments are still active.

They all begin climbing at a rate of 100ft for a double move.

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Dead center of the matching onyx stone ceiling was another bronze door, also magically sealed. Belie confirmed there were no traps. Xi cast her dispel magic and the Rogue was able to open the door. This level had only twenty foot high ceilings, and 2 doors on a wall splitting the circular level in half. The ceiling had another bronze door directly above the one on the floor they all passed through.

“I fought the annis hag in the northern room, there.” Xi explained as she pointed.

A body lay on the ground, obviously burned as well as beaten. It looked as though it was a gigantic woman, with deep blue skin and wild black hair. Near the corpse, a tall brass pedestal fitted with blue stones held a crystalline sphere at its top. The pedestal measured about 3 feet tall, the sphere about 6 inches across. The brass was blacked and the sphere appeared cracked.

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Vogh and the others looked at the gigantic woman that Xi fought and then saw the two doors and the one on the ceiling. The two doors didn’t seem to have anything on the other side currently so she looked up and said, let’s keep going.

As they begin to move up Vogh calls down. Deacon, can you summon something to go in first?

Deacon nods and pulls out a rod and quickly summons 2 medium-sized Air Elementals and sent them to the next door.

Talin handed Belie something before they began to climb and said, read this, it will make you invisible. Belie, looked at the scroll and cast the spell on it becoming invisible and then checked for traps once more and said it was clear, so Xi cast dispel magic to remove anything on the door. One of the air elementals opened the door.

Before anything else happened, Deacon had also pulled out a scroll and cast a spell from it. Suddenly, a tiny pea floated from the scroll and went deep into the room above. After it went 20ft it exploded inside.
21:59, Today: Deacon Havenhold rolled 32 using 10d6. fireball reflex save DC19 for half.

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Vogh sensed the presence of a powerful and intelligent mind as soon as the door opened. The group all waited for the explosion they knew followed the pea of flame Deacon had cast before, but the eruption never happened. Instead a booming voice echoed in the chamber above, which resounded off the stone, but sounded more bored than worried.

“Don’t try that again. What do you want? Show yourselves, there’s no use in hiding.”

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The voice shocked them all as it boomed above. Deacon sent the air elementals through the door and then motioned for the others to go.

Vogh had her music going in their ears just in case it was needed. She went through the door right after Bharash and Xi followed by Talin. Talin said allowed once he was through the door, We are here for an item that looks like a rod. We will leave you be if you just give it to us.

DO you have a map for this?

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The group sees a shriveled up and ancient floating orb with multiple eyes at the end of strange, wrinkled appendages. Even the air feels old in this room. The top of the tower had window slits looking in every direction and the strange ball thing just floated a few feet above the ground. Only one eye stalk, the biggest, was looking at them while the others seemed flacid as they lay against it’s round sides. The air elementals winked out under the anti magic cone that emenated from the eye. Belie popped into visibility again, and everyone felt their enhancements disappear. “A rod? Human, you have to be more specific.” Again, the thing appeared to have no fear, but instead seemed bored, or exhausted, instead.

Do you describe the piece? Or let Yaeshla speak?

Even if they describe it to him, he doesn’t even know what it is or anything about the staff of shards. He will explain to them, “I’ve little care left in me for the Pacts desire to erradicate your kind, humans. We will never be successful, but I’ll not go against the pact members. It would be best if you just left. I can aid you in leaving even. I only wish to live out my days in peace and comfort.”

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Vogh could feel her protections go down as she came up into the room. This old and decrepit beholder was still able to easily eliminate their protections temporarily.

It said that it didn’t have any desire to work with the pactlords but that wasn’t enough for Vogh. This being was evil to the core and after hearing what it had done to Xi’s family only gave credence to her decision. They would put an end to this old menace here and now.

Everyone was on the edge of battle already and just needed a nudge. It came in the form of Xi launching herself forward to attack this evil thing for what it had done.

So Xi will move to attack and the second Xi does so will everyone else. So guess we need initiatives?

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Init:
Couatl: 23
Beholder: 23
Xi’s attack: Narrator rolled 30,9 using 1d20+16,1d8+7 ((14,2)).
Beholder fort save vs. poison dc 16 succeeded: NPC Beholder, rolled 22
Belie: 19

Xi lunged across the room, not caring about the beholder’s stance, and sunk her teeth into its soft, wrinkled flesh.

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Vogh
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Vogh used the large form of the Couatl as a blocker as she followed close to the left side of her, Vogh made it just ahead of the bird-like creature and struck with both her blades. Her first blade didn’t even come close to the target as she whiffed to the side but her other blade was an accurate one as it cut in deep to the wrinkled flesh of the old beholder.

17:49, Today: Vogh rolled 12,11,31,10 using D20+11,d8+6,d20+11,d8+6.
17:50, Today: Vogh rolled 18,7 using d20+11,d8+6. Crit check.

17:44, Today: Vogh rolled 20 using 1d20+15. knowledge check

17:38, Today: Vogh rolled 26 using 1d20+7. Initiative

17:37, Today: Talin rolled 8 using 1d20+7. Initiative.

18:19, Today: Deacon Havenhold rolled 13 using 1d20+9. initiative.

18:18, Today: Julia Graymantle rolled 8 using 1d20+3. initiative.

17:36, Today: Bharash rolled 18 using 1d20+10. Initiative.

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Beholder
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Rolled 19,10,15,15 using 1d20+9,1d20+9,1d20+9,1d20+2 ((10,1,6,13)).
charm, tele, dis, bite

Targets: Rolled 7, 4, 1, 1 (I love the heart of the dice. That literally makes the most sense, and I totally rolled it randomly!)

Julia needs to roll a Will save DC 17 or be charmed
Belie needs to make a Will save DC 17 or be telekinesis-ed…
– Saved, Belie rolled 23 using 1d20+3 ((20)).
Xi needs a Fort save (+9) DC 17 or be disintegrated : Xi, rolled 19 using 1d20+9 ((10))
– Saved, but takes 22 damage (57-22 = 35 remaining hp’s)
Beholder’s bite does not hit Xi

1Xi
2Vogh
3Talin
4Belie
5Bharash
6Deacon
7Julia

Each eye ray has a range of 150 feet and a save DC of 17. The save DCs are Charisma based.

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Julia Graymantle
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Julia saw the ray coming for her and before she was able to dodge it, it slammed into her, there wasn’t any pain that accompanied the ray but she did feel an intrusion in her head, beckoning her to obey. Julia no novice to spell use shook her head back and forth and expelled the feeling.
20:32, Today: Julia Graymantle rolled 19 using 1d20+17. Will save.

Glaring at the now-closed eye of the beholder Julia shot a hand forward and pointed at the old and wrinkled beholder, after a few divine words two admonishing rays shot out of her hand straight at the beholder.

20:51, Today: Julia Graymantle rolled 26,13,27,15 using d20+10,4d6,d20+10,4d6. Hit touch AC of 26 and 27 for total of 28 force damage.

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Bharash
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Seeing the wrinkled beholder before him with its central eye closed, Bharash knew he had to make it to it quickly. With a full head of steam Bharash charged across the floor and lashed out with both his blades right into the central eye. With Vogh’s song full in his ears once more he felt his draconic rage boiling underneath just wanting a release.

His first blade slashed right across the eye as blood spilled all over the floor. His second blade drove deep inside killing the thing where it sat.

20:57, Today: Bharash rolled 29,13,19,35,13,24 using d20+15,d8+10,5d6,d20+15,d8+10,5d6
20:57, Today: Bharash rolled 31,12,14 using d20+15,d8+10,5d6. crit check.
AC29 for 32 damage
AC35 with crit check AC31 for 63 damage

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Narrator
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The beholder fell to the floor with a splat, quite dead, having hardly putting up a fight.

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