Tolornia

Session 14
A city burns, the party alienates yet another ally, and Action Jackson's noble sacrifice
  • after being rescued by Martin the party returns to Judas’s hideout demanding more information on their organization and why they are being used. As always the verbally inept Judas attempts to talk in riddles and finally reveals that destroying any of the amulets would be catastrophic and that it is better for a group of random mercenaries guided by Judas’s organization in the shadows to collect them, then twisted eladrin, insane warforged, inept rares collectors, or worse?
  • Judas then begins to assign them a new mission , but finally our noble adventurers snap and leave the hideout and decide to leave town before there is a chance of the authorities linking them to the massive collateral damage caused from their last escapade
  • After harassing Martin at the harbor in the middle of the night to escape, the party hunkers down for the night. As Paleana wakes up she suddenly notices a cloaked Thomas sitting in a chair staring at her. As she goes for her weapon of mass destruction, Thomas calmly tells her there is a rumor of another amulet from our associates located up to the north in the confederacy of Croncor. However, he is still upset that the party abandoned him at the mansion and at their constant refusal to accept help from Judas’s organization and will not be joining them. Just as the rest of the party was charging in, thomas vanishes in the blink of an eye.
  • At daybreak the party attempts to convince Martin to hire the party as guards for his new traveling water circus which is conveniently on its way to Croncor. To sweeten the deal, the party offers the services of Action Jackson as cabin boy for the duration of the trip and Martin smiles. :)
  • As Martin so eloquently put it in his diary, on the eve of a GORGEOUS golden sunset, the Crimson Rose sets off into the warm embrace of the great Sea of Sorencia in search of fame and fortune…
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Session 13
The party shows off their social graces, a second amulet is recovered, and Martin saves the day?
  • party grabs some disguises and attends a celebration in the home of a wealthy businessman rumored to have one of the 13 amulets and hopefully the one sought out by Palaena.
  • in a stunning display, our noble adventurers exude an uncanny knack for social interaction and civilized behavior for more than five minutes. Margert strikes up casual conversations with some upstanding eladrin merchants, Nyx behaves herself in front of Master Palaena, then…
  • after a while Nyx sets some explosives as a diversion, Evisceratix turns into a cockroach and loots the amulet, and unexpectedly a group of hobgoblin mercernaries known as the “Rajin Keijinns” crash the party, the house catches on fire, and chaos ensues (not directly due to the actions of the party for once)
  • After a valiant fight to the rooftop, the party is saved by a flamboyant entrance from Martin and his hovercraft “The Crimson Rose” as the party grabs on to the ropes lowered from an “upgraded” statue of a nude Action Jackson mounted on the bow.
  • As evening turns into morning, the city of Lastilles burns…
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Session 12
Lastilles - a city's attempt at survival, Wanted: Gaia the Manslayer, and a mission from Judas
  • The party is dropped off by Gautreaux in the heart of Lastilles
  • Party is directed to the finest inn in town – The Temple of the Holy Maidens to seek out information. As a side note due to Palaena’s apparent resemblance to many of the “holy maidens” that are employed there, she garners quite a fan following. Eventually they do make it there after the bishop of the actual cathedral to Autor in town confirms that is the best place in town to seek out rumors.
  • The party meets a fellow at the bar who quietly smiles and tells the party to meet at a certain location in town. Meanwhile Gaia is distracted by a rather…misinformed concept art rendering of her figure on a dusty wanted poster tacked onto the wall. She then flips out and starts beating up random barflies trying to find out where the local H.A.G.S chapter is located. The party goes along with Gaia on a sidequest to the H.A.G.S headquarters but unfortunately no men are found to be hung and quartered.
  • Party meets at the secret hideout and once again is forced to accept a mission from the pesky Judas but this time is actually given some information and some concrete help in the form of a master rogue by the name of Thomas
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Session 11
The brutal butchering of the bastard Bizel
  • The party heads out to the town hall to either prove their innocence or take out Bizel once and for all. They note as the travel through the streets that more and more townsfolk seem to be mind-controlled and almost zombie-like. The party makes it to the town hall and is able to use some quick thinking to move the throngs of innocent villagers protecting the town hall.
  • Upon entering the mayor’s office, the party finds Bizel comfortably sitting at the mayor’s desk flanked by the mayor and the female guard Ko’matsu had beheaded in the beginning of this mess. Strangely, she seemed just fine, and was more than willing to fight in the ensuing battle. Nyx somehow convinces the party to use their altered mind control devices and is able to block out the majority of Bizel’s powers. In the midst of the battle, a mysterious large feral house cat leaps from the rafters and eviscerates the female guard. Finally Bizel is taken out once and for all.
  • The mayor is horrified and what has befallen the great city of Bons, and in his state of shock absolves the party of all charges and asks them to leave. The party does so, and is followed by the feral cat.
  • The party finds Gautreaux (with his newly upgraded airboat pulled by nine magic essence infused flying krocogators) who is more than happy to drop the party off at their next destination – Lastilles. Strangely enough the feral cat jumps on board and quickly goes to sleep before the party can protest.
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Session 10
I guess this is a bad time to bring up the mind control devices?

After hearing the screams of their comrades, Komat’su, Palaena, Nyx, and Theron rushed up to the second floor of the mansion just in time to see the door to the master bedroom slam shut. Komat’su tried in vain to hack the door to pieces, but the horrifying voices on the other side of the door led Theron and Komat’su to charge into the door. As a cruel joke, the door was opened just before the point of impact and the dynamic duo nearly fell in their posteriors.

However, this room was no simple bedroom. Rather it looked like something that only a twisted eladrin could conjure up with various magic devices lining the room. On left and right wings of the room, Action Jackson and that Private investigator chick with the sword were strapped to lab tables flanked by the girls and boys respectively. The trapped party members were connected to various wires that seemed to be drawing energy towards an energy shield protecting the far side of the room. Within the shield were a suspended Everfel and Gaia which appeared to be amplifying the magic aura a middle aged human female mage, as well as her partner, Sgt. Buraidy.

Seeing their friends in obvious pain, the party charged forth and took out the children and freed Action and the Private Investigator in the nick of time. As the shield collapsed, a raging Komat’su charged ahead to make short work of Sgt Buraidy in a powerful flurry of blows and followed with a maddening charge to the female mage. Theron ran in for the killing blow and managed to free Everfel and Gaia.

After searching the room, the party discovered an intact globe shaped relic that was nearly identical to the one that had been damaged in their previous adventure in Dathir Stormreaver’s lighthouse dimension. The party then escaped back to their home dimension and discovered a warforged by the name of Alice locked within her regeneration chamber. Naturally, the majority of the party were extremely alarmed as Alice asked Nyx where Master Buraidy was. Nyx was left to fend for herself as the rest of the party fled in terror.

After getting Alice repaired by Nyx’s new friend, the enthusiastic shopkeep Glix, Nyx traded her warforged arm for a set of four mind control devices to use in an attempt to overload Bizel through a feedback loop, as it was theorized that Bizel controlled his subjects through an implant in his brain. Glix was VERY confident it would work, as he had added several new magical wards that would TOTALLY protect the party from coming under Bizel’s power. The only trick was to find four noble souls willing to submit to the risk, but that was a problem Nyx was certain she could solve…

However, by the time Nyx has returned to the inn to rest, it was the middle of the night and had to politely as her new friend Alice if she could vacuum over in the boys’ room as she really wanted to get some sleep. After all it has been ages since Alice had had the opportunity to perform her primary function of housekeeping, and she could hardly wait for something as insignificant as daylight. This would ultimately lead to a disaster, as the boys did eventually return to find a warforged randomly moving about their room. Komat’su and Theron in their already tired and traumatized state charged in to attack as Nyx jumped on Komat’su’s shoulder trying to explain and Palaena used her power to slide Komatsu away from the horrified Alice.

At this point Komat’su finally snapped and lost nearly all sense of sanity. He screamed how all his friends had come under Bizel’s mind control, jumped out the window, and fled from the town in terror. Theron chased ahead after him, but was only able to convince Komat’su to use some explosives to destroy Bizel’s ship at the docks on his way out of town. Upon reaching the edge of town, Kevlar stared up at Komat’su as if to say something, then jumped off of Komat’su’s shoulder in his routine hunt for a snack, but it was clear to Komat’su that Kevlar would not be returning…

In the end, the remainder of the party stood in the silence of their own thoughts, as Palaena stood with her shoulders slumped as she stared out of the window in sadness…

...Suddenly Nyx’s eyes brightened and she excitedly blurted out, “So I guess this is a bad time to bring up the mind control devices???

- The Unseen Overseer

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Session 9
Here's a story...of a man named Buraidy...and a new ally to join the bunch!

After Komat’su and Theron’s discovered the entrance to the city sewers beneath the abandoned factory, the noble group of adventurers formed a party to raid the newly discovered dungeon, because there was a mystery to solve, a lead to follow, and hopefully, more innocent people to slau..cough..save in the name of…justice.

Meanwhile a random female warrior wielding a giant sword was hired to investigate the circumstances behind disappearance of the former sheriff of town, and the ever increasing power the newcomer Bizel seemed to be gaining from the increasingly aloof mayor of Bons. While some in town questioned why this female “investigator” with no known investigative skills or exploits was prepaid a significant portion from the treasury upfront, or even hired at all for that matter, the local Bons magistrate astutely pointed out, “she has a giant sword…”

In any case, our adventurers paddled their way through the dingy sewers of Bons on a seemingly out of place flatboat. The more observant members of the party led the boat to the north side of town where after a time, a section of the sewer wall was discovered collapsed revealing a tightly woven path.

Upon sneaking down the pathway, the group found an entrance to what appeared to be a subbasement guarded by a pair of eladrin arguing about the most efficient methods for grafting krokogator limbs to halfling babies. After a quick dispatch by Komat’su and Theron and some fast talking by the party the door was opened and the party continued the murderous rampage of innocent eladrin guards which were apparently guarding very little of value. However, the alarm to the building had been set and after meeting up with the fullblade wielding female warrior private investigator and having a heart to heart, the party finally decided to turn off the alarm and continue on through what would end up being a house for sale by B.L. Realty. After reaching the master bedroom of the house, the party discovered a creepy picture of an unnaturally happy family of eight led by none other than Komat’su’s favorite town guard by the name of Sgt. Buraidy.

Upon reaching the attic, the party discovered a mysterious door marked with eladrin runes which apparently turned people into various animals for those who dared to pass through. After a time, the party went through one by one and appeared at the entrance that looked eerily similar to the same house, but in a much more eladrin gothic atmosphere. As it was night time, they discovered that the six bedrooms which had been previously unoccupied now housed sleeping deformed children of clearly eladrin manipulation. After some clever tinkering by Nyx, the power to the house was disrupted, and the children(who were identical to those in the picture with the exception of their enhanced bodies) were interrupted from their slumber…

- The Unseen Overseer

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Session 8
Of amazing flying things and their sad sad demise

9/1/09

The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Komat’su is insane. We’re in the middle of the wilderness, days away from a good bath or anything resembling a gadget shop (or even a mechanically inclined rubbish bin), and I’m stuck cleaning mantis shrimp goo out of my pack- again. The celebration welcoming us as members of the Lizardman Tribe was fun, but there were way too many sharpened sticks and not nearly enough flame throwers. Parties are much more fun with flame throwers… or jet packs.

Speaking of jet packs, on the way back to town we saw a really awesome magic essence harvester that would have been really fun to upgrade. ‘Course Komatsu didn’t seem to see things that way. Some very creapy jumbo-bugs pulled it down. Their wings were pretty, but way too flimsy to do anything with. Good-fight and the others hacked em off without any trouble, and they were completely shredded after just a few thunder blasts. The butterfly-wuss babies were pretty scary though. They’re the ones that killed the ship’s crew. We tried to save them. We really REALLY tried very hard, but there were just too many of them. By the time we got to the crew they were being eaten from the inside out. They were Eladrin pedophiles, but even so no one deserves to die that way…

Which is how I almost got the most super duper awesome go-faster device ever! All it would have needed was a jet engine and a weapons system (with butterfly seek and destroy missiles), and a little bit of repair work and it would have gotten us outta the city before anyone coulda gotten upset about us not coming back in time. Sure it would have made us look guilty, but we found out later that the whole innocence thing doesn’t really matter when the Mayor’s been turned into a zombie.

But yeah. about why I’m not talking to Komat’su. I was already laying out the plans for upgrading the ship so it could take us to Monomor (or somewhere on the other side of the continent) when Komat’su went nuts and started destroying stuff. He was all about how we were proving our innocence (which he didn’t seem to care about AT ALL when he was killing innocent townsfolk). Then I told him how all that stuff wouldn’t matter once I upgraded this beauty with a new jet engine- and he went ballistic. I couldn’t really understand what he was saying.

Some other stuff went on once we got back to town (like we went to talk to the mayor-zombie, and I got to play with some of the magic essence we rescued from my poor, poor go faster device), but I wasn’t really interested in most of that. Only bright spot of being back in town was I found a really cool shop with lots of neat stuff and an amazing mechanic named Glix Gimblenoggin. He’s going to look into figuring out how we can safely remove the mind control devices from people’s brains without making them go comatose. We really need to wake up the guard that Komat’su slaughtered… after she’d probably be more than willing to help me return the favor.

Well off to check out a dark and dingy sewer the Sneaky Bits decided to investigate.

Nyx Waywocket
Engineer Extraordinaire!

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Session 7
Who let Komat'su out of his cage?
  • Suddenly the party is surrounded by town guards that attempt to arrest the party for treason. Komat’su murders the head guard in cold blood, while Theron and Jackson escape. The remainder of the party surrenders and is brought to the local jail.
  • The mayor and the suspicious looking eladrin named Bizel approach the party in its cell accusing them of conspiracy and treason in the destruction of the village where they had fought the ferocious Kroxigor, as well as the murder of “Ambassador” Bizel’s associate Skadelator. Oh and they discover that the guard Komat’su had murdered had just been promoted and given her first command. Gaia convinced the mayor to give them an opportunity to prove their innocence by bringing back proof that it was the Kroxigor that had destroyed the town.
  • The party returns to the village and discovers that all evidence of the Kroxigor has been removed, most likely by agents of Bizel.
  • The party seeks out the lizardfolk village nearby to ask their help in proving their “innocence”.
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Session 6
A new twist on half-eladrin, and a heroes return?
  • on the way back to Bons, the party is ambushed by a group of three eladrin airboats. Action Jackson manages to cause one of them to crash, the other two catch up and they fight a literal half-human grafted on to a half-eladrin by the name of Skadelator and her mind controlled Drow named Ga’el. The other airboat takes off led by another eladrin named Bizel.
  • party keeps Ga’el alive and brings his comatose body back with them.
  • party makes it back to Bons and is able to show proof that they have completed their investigation, and turn the survivors from the kroxigor destroyed village over to the authorities
  • Jackson uses his skills of negotiation to organize a grand celebration in the inn that included some of the surviving merchandise from their previous employer. In disgust Gaia goes outside to beat up men on the street and hang them from lamp posts by their undies. Nyx is too busy in her room drooling over her new warforged bits. Palaena merely goes to sleep from exhaustion.
  • the next morning the party, with the exception of Jackson who is still celebrating, walk outside to decide their next course of action…
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Session 5
The great hunt for the "ferocious" Kroxigor
  • Upon returning to the surface, the party hears the screams of pain and the sounds of destruction from the nearby village
  • The party arrives to the scene of a vicious, gigantic reptilian creature on top of the town inn tearing apart what little is left of the village. They also notice Krysshiss and Lithsyth attacking from the ground below.
  • After a pathetically brief battle, the “legendary” beast is dealt a deathblow by a combination attack from Krysshiss and Lithsyth’s vicious looking polearms.
  • the party hears screams coming from two of the burning buildings in town, Krysshiss and Lithsyth go to a smaller home and rescues a few adults there, while Komat’su, Gaia, and Palaena run into the burning inn. After a grueling crawl through burning embers, the party manages to save two adolescents and their pet rat.
  • Unfortunately the town was in ruins and the sounds of other dangerous beasts filled the air, so the party quickly threw down the majority of the evidence of their exploits, including the giant kroxigor head, shoved the survivors onto the airboat and hightailed it back to Bons.
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