Papyrus Arcana

October 31
The group finds a cult

PREVIOUSLY: The group had investigated the case of the mysterious toads. There is a lake with two families, the Dudyic and the Melnic. The group interviewed Vaneric dudyic, who had been complaining about cats being killed by strange toads. The group also interviewed Alexis Melnic, who lived in the manor on the other side of the lake.

While the Vaneric’s were normal, the Melnic’s seemed suspicious, so an arcane eye was sent to investigate. The eye found a table in the basement and a possible sacrificial knife, and some blood stains. The group decided to return to investigate on the full moon.

The party then went to find Dolan and speak with Barkskin. The group is led to a tree that they pass through blindfolded to be taken to Barkskin. The party finds barkskin plus 3 others by Alexi, who is bound in a stasis. Barkskin allows the party to probe Alexi’s mind.

The probe:
crystals? — Alexi asks someone to buy earth blossoms, with one othe rperson and his current clerk. He put the crystals in the vault.

what you planning? — crystal staff controlling a golem, sitting in grand palace or castle

where is the staff? — smoky / crystal

how you find staff? — he’s in office reading papers, the books were from the castle in the wastes

what of Marcus? — gives slayers club staff

how to get into vault? — Alexi walks in

and so on…

Barkskin says there are 5 others looking for the staff, and a 6th will be looking for it. The danger comes from “fire as the sun rises, six as the sun sets”

The group heads back to Danaus and does some housekeeping.

Zabbo finds out at the bathhouse that ther eis a rematch for Grogarus Gromin at the pits. The group also visits Vadim, the jewler, and finds that the protectorate (alexi) bought the earth blossoms. The group tells Vadim to let them know (at the bank) if anyone is looking to buy earthblossoms. Zabbo also finds from Duncan, the clerk, that the earthblossom purchases were off the books.

The group also learns that a special visitor in town, an Archmage named Cronin.

The group does some research. Elan finds that there is a cult of indulgence related to the toad quest, that worship Zagonan.

Zaboo reads the books, finds that one is about a denoran spy in the Loran emprie. the spy speaks of an elite group of mages, working to weaponize magic in Loran. The group is called Magos Asphelia, and was a war council and had mages all over. they had the ability to go between cities quickly, and wer workign on a crystal golum. This involved linking magic to other planes, and getting pwoers form other planes.

The other book Zabo reads speaks of the final battle. The conflict was a territory dispute, and the battle happened in this territory. Two large armies fought, but the Crystal Golum could hurl meteorites. An army of elves also arrived to fight the Loran empire.

Julien resists a magical effect when confronted by Dahlia while she is holding Greggin. This leads Julien to think the doll may be magical or cursed. He decides to return to the shop it was purchased from, but finds out nothing from the store owner. Is it possible that Dahlia has some innate power?

on 9/14, the group meets with Keff, who introduces the party to Cronin, who is slow and statue-like, and wears a cowl. The group relates their info to Cronin. Zabbo suggests a prisoner trade for alexi or a meeting point in a neutral zone. Cronin seems to reject this, dismisses Alexi as dead, and suggests the group might be able to help locate the staff.

In the downtime, Zabbo reexamines the books and finds one is of the Magos Asphelim, however he does not have time to read it and hides it. A box arrives at the house for Zabbo, with one of his messenger’s heads and the words “stay away from our egg”.

Sumira queries guards about Marcus and is squire, both in emo dress.

The group then heads to the lake and meets with Vaneric Dudyick. the group sends a couple arcane eyes in, finding that several people are gathered in the basement. Eventually, they start chanting, and then a demon appears.

The demon is Feshne – strong, high con, resistance to magic and elemental magic, resistant to non magical stuff, immune to poison, terrifying in appearance, and so on.

The group prepares to confront the demon and the cult…

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October 24
dreams and such

The group is taken to barkskin, where Alexi is being held prisoner. Some of the group is allowed into Alexi’s mind, seeing his visions as they ask questions. The magic is not drusted by Elan and Oskar, who are very mistrustful of Barkskin. Sumira, Zabbo, and Julien see visions conjured when they ask Alexi questions.

[update needed]

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Stuff still happens

The group was summoned by Dolan to meet Barkskin, and also tasked with cleanign up some big toads in a pond/lake near Danaus. The group finds that one of the houses across from teh lake has a strange cult-like basement thing. Then the group continues to try to find Dolan.

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September 19, 2016
The group finishes the rescue mission

The party continues their attack on the keepers. As the keepers rush julien (in dragon form), he changes back into his normal self and casts a Wall of Fire, which quickly engulfs most of the keepers. As the fires die, the party dispatches the rest of the keepers. Skyrene is taken alive, and Julien silently disposes of Artem and Zolotov.

The group rescues Elan and Oskar, and rushes back to the Citadel. They find the citadel in disarray, it had been attacked, and Artem is missing.

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September 11, 2016
An assault on the Keepers

The group is tasked with bringing the keepers down and trying to rescue Oskar and Elan. Meanwhile, there is apparently trouble at one of the gates, a mob is trying to open it.

The group heads to the Keepers Temple, attempting to sneak in and get Oskar, they decide to sneak/fly/teleport into the same large chamber they previously escaped, and are surprised to find everyone is still there, including the two prisoners!

The group enters the battle in a frenzy, with one well thought out battle plan: kill the casters first. With this plan at the forefront of the party’s mind, everyone quickly begins attacking everyone but the caster, as the group is swarmed with keeper soldiers, and the high keeper leader himself.

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September 4, 2016

The group saw Dolan, tried to investigate, got in a fight with the Keepers, and then two of them got captured.

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August 23rd, 2016

Previous: A bunch of stuff I CBFed to write about

8/5? – The group is tasked with eliminating BearPaw, and travels into the forest to search for him. The party goes to the spot where they were previously attacked by bears, and attempts to track where the bears/druids went. They are accompanied by Z? from the city guard who is a tracker. The first day he appears sick, but then he is cured and can track again.

The group find/scouts the druid campandencountersaboyandzabbosferrettdiesandsoon…

When bearpaw returns to the camp, the group sneaks in at night. Elan casts a silence spell on Bear Paw’s tent and Sumira, Julien, and Oskar go in and and attack him in his sleep, also stealing his staff. Bear Paw tries to turn into a hawk and fly away, but is cut down, and then killed. His body is stuffed in the bag o’ holdin’. The group then reconvenes in an empty tent nearby. Oh yeah, Oskar is a Zorn. The group then exits, but not before sumira goes back to BearPaw’s tent and steals some papers. The group then escapes the camp and starts heading back.

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July Something

The group returned to Danaus. Dolan left to venture into the Cloudwood. The group finds that there’s a bounty on Dolan and Barkskin, which is raised after Dolan departs. The party is joined by Zabbo, a wizard, and is given the choice to help in the defense of Danaus, kill Barkskin, or go to the teleportation circles.

PREVIOUSLY: The group killed all the FTC baddies in the mine, some party members died and were replaced, and so on.

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May 24th

The surviving party members were able to find one another, take refuge in Temipol, and send word back to the Protectorate via their magical raven.

289/05/24:

Mage-Warden Alexi summoned Oscar, a dwarven fighter from [Dwarven kingdom name?] on loan to the Protectorate; and Elan, a half-elf Cleric of the Cult of Aperisi, and Seer in the Protectorate. After briefing the two on the party’s situation near Temipol, he arranged for them to be teleported, along with 20 seasoned dwarven warriors from Oscar’s retinue, to a nearby Protectorate outpost.

The meeting between the new and old party members was less than amicable. Oscar, a grizzled veteran, attempted to take charge of the operation. His 20 dwarven companions also caused quite a stir in the small mining community. Elan already had mixed opinions on the party and acted arrogantly, especially when he determined that the party had fought and lost to the Xorn, a usually-peaceful race which only steals gold because they need it to survive.

Later that night, Phan (the Warden of Lost Star) crashed into town, raving and flailing an FTC corpse. He then publicly displayed five earth blossom gems (valued at 1000 gp each) that the FTC had been carrying; this caught the attention of the townsfolk, who had not seen such valuable gems in quite some time. Oscar dutifully scooped up the gems before they could go missing. Elan attempted to calm him down using magic, unbeknownst to the rest of the party; Dolan then detected the magic present on Phan, and, assuming it to be the Dog Doom disease, dispelled it.

The party questioned him on how he was allowed to break the quarantine in Lost Star, but his assertion that it was done legally wasn’t completely convincing. When asked if he would join the party in their raid on the FTC lair, Phan declined, saying he would continue to hunt the FTCs in the woods instead.

289/05/25:

The party ventured out to the cave where they previously encountered the Xorn, and negotiated free passage through their caves and the return of Carric and Theren’s bodies in return for two earth blossom gems. The Xorn were unwilling to help fight the FTCs, however, despite their dislike for them.

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May 2nd, 16th

289/05/08:

The party wandered to the north of Lost Star in search of clues. Dolan found a recently-dead sheep at the bottom of a lake.

Found several downed trees, which appear to have been destroyed around the same time as the tree outside Lost Star, weeks ago. Dolan gave a plant sentience, then left.

289/05/09-10:

Back outside Lost Star, Alduin suggests cause of downed trees: an earthquake that was reported weeks ago. The exact epicenter was unknown, but likely in the mountains between Lost Star and Temipol.

The party left to investigate an abandoned crystal cave in the area.

Julien, Sumira, Dolan, and Carric contracted the Dog Doom disease. Dolan was able to cure himself and Carric before too many ill effects were apparent, but Julien and Sumira (who had been afflicted previously) became belligerent and resisted Dolan’s attempts to cure them.

289/05/11:

The party encountered strange monsters intent on stealing coin purses. Despite their mostly non-violent behavior, the party slew two of the creatures. As the remaining four fled underground, Dolan was able to track the coin purse they stole with the “Locate Object” spell. This led them to a cave entrance that seemed too risky to explore.

Later that night, the party noticed a flock of FTCs darkening the stars in the sky. Julien flew up to engage them, destroyed several with a fireball, and lured several more back down to the party. By the time Julien reached the party, however, the FTCs had returned to the flock.

289/05/12:

Dolan was able to dispel the Dog Doom disease from both Julien and Sumira without them noticing. Finally, the party was free from the disease’s debilitating effects. The threat of bloody conflict within the group was over.

Carric and Theren have perished. In a doomed battle with the four monsters from the day before, everyone but Sumira was knocked unconscious. Apparently the creatures did not take the death of their brothers well.

Sumira attempted to flee in the opposite direction from the cave entrance, hoping to find another exit. This led her straight into the lair of the FTCs, including one of the very large varieties. She fled back toward the site of the earlier battle, but took a different turn, and through some strange magic eventually found her way to the surface.

Dolan and Julien were less lucky, and were taken prisoner by the thieving underground creatures. Several attempts later, Dolan and Julien were eventually able to escape with the help of a summoned Boulder Person.

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