Papyrus Arcana

January 23
Necrorolipolipoli, take 2

Having escaped through the teleportation circle, the party recovers and regroups. They search the library for information that can help them and begin planning a return trip to the dead city.

Part of the preparation is asking more questions to the deity with the commune spell:
[insert questions here]

The party re-enters the teleportation circle, trying to reach Ariopoli earlier in the day this time. However, what they find is exactly what they weren’t expecting. Again. Now the acropolis is in ruins, as if it is the present day. There are no zombie guards or signs of any life and everything is in ruins. There is a sulfur smell permeating the world that may or may not be caused by a green or black dragon. There are some decayed corpses and their riches have already been stripped (as if some treasure hoarding dragon came along and stole it).

The group finds a secret door in one of the dormitories where two unpicked bodies were hiding. One still has his magic ring. The group takes the ring, Sumira attunes with it and successfully uses it to open the door to the library. The group travels into the library and down some stairs. Faced with a crossroads in a corridor below the library, they travel on the straight path, on their way towards more dungeons and dragons…

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January 16
The group visits Necrorolopoli

This week, on BERRYQUEST

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Having prepared themselves, the group heads through the teleportation circle to visit Ariopoli. Immediately after entering the teleportation circle, something is amiss. Instead of seeing a deserted city, they are greeted by four guards of the Loran Empire. The guards appear to think the group is a band of invading elves, because a separate invading force had arrived minutes before the group teleported in. This alarms the guards, who are already standing over two bodies of their slain comrades.

Zabbo tries to comfort the Loran guards from there elf-phobia by walking towards them and pointing out that his ears are round. This doesn’t seem to work, and eventually everyone starts fighting. Actually, people talk a bit first about how it is 300 years in the past, then everyone starts fighting. The guards lance out with their spears/pikes/whatever, but aren’t super effective, and are quickly-ish dispatched by the group. Elan also revives Zabbo who was killed for a bit.

A hidden door is discovered, as well as some traps. The group also detects a permeating Necromancy type of magic, as well as some evocation magic from a magical trap and a blue eye. The magic trap is later found to be a fire trap that flushes the whole room with flames.

The group proceeds through some gates and locks and such, checking the guard quarters to discover that everything seems pristine. It seems as if the group traveled back in time to right before the cataclysm (the calendar date is right before). The group is unsure if they traveled back in time or if they are in some sort of necro-city.

BTW, because it is a possible zombie situation Julien cuts all the heads off the guards and piles them on the opposite side of the teleportation circle as the bodies. This (hopefully) isn’t seen by the magical cat construct that Keff sent with the group to keep any eye on everybody.

The group proceeds up the stairs from the circle and finds themselves in Arolipoli, a bustling potentially necrotic city on the verge of complete annihilation. Sumira disguises herself as a relative of Zlobin and the rest of the party as her entourage. The entourage convinces the guard to let them all have a look around.

The entourage tries to look around but is overall pretty ineffective, except at killing a harpist mage, but even so that took a bit of time, because Oskar wasn’t helping. Also there are magic doors that must be opened with magic rings. When the group tries to use the harpist’s ring on a door, it doesn’t work. It is possible that each ring requires attunement to work. Eventually the guards get suspicious of the group, probably because of the pile of heads that Julien left in the teleportation room. Sumira is separated and questioned, but then narrowly escapes with invisibility and a wall of fire cast by Julien.

After Sumira escapes, the group heads back through the teleportation circle, curious what the protectorate will say and as confused as ever.

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January 9
Assassinations and Portals

9/16/289
- Julien has a dream. Sumira finds him in the barn. [insert dream here, if desired]
- Oskar learns of brother’s death in a battle in the dwarf lands

9/17/289
After turning the library upside down, Zabbo finds the book he hid earlier. It is a Loran book called Magus Asphelia. A group of people who were like DARPA of the loran. Previously we read about their [illegible]. The sites mentioned in the book are connected by teleportation circles. It mentions where the HQ is. It mentions four sites:

  • [Zlobin Castle] – where we found the books
  • [Planary of Adargadus] – the Grand Library, on the Aedus Peninsula, a hub for ex-planar travel
  • [Monastary of Stratanascia] – located in the deligie wood, where people went for reflection
  • [Magoforge of Blondus] – located in Blondus (perhpas in the purple mist)

9/18/289
The group attended the trial of skyrene, with Oskar coming in late and drunk. Oskar and Elan speak on her behalf, and Zabbo against here. Skyrene is sentenced to 1 year and loans a magic weapon to Oskar who is a bit disappointed it is a longsword and not a mace.

The group then meets with Marcus, who is told to use the planned check in for a truce proposal (return alexi, barksin surrender, in turn – cease fire and wild ppl survive). He give the group a scroll of terms.

Zabbo find shte blue egg was sold to soemone in gnometown.

Marcus flinched when the shadowcat is mentioned because he is one shady bastard.

9/20
There is the Cultist Trial of Philip, rest of cultists, and servants. Philip is sentenced to death (cut off heat and burn body in barrel of acid), rest of cultists are sentenced to life, but the turncoat is left off, and stabber is sentenced to death (beheading). Servants are dismissed on charges.

9/21
Messenger bird – dolan says to meet in mosswall at the mossy boot. After 2-4 days travel the group meets dolan, and is taken to the same place as before. Then to a magical facility.

Elan puts some lotions on his hands and tries to kill Alexi because of his secret mission, but barkskin has none of that and sends him and the rest of the group off after refusing their terms. Barkskin is quite interested int eh party’s knowledge of the staff location.

9/26
The group decides ‘fuck it, lets go full teleportation circle’ and convinces keff et al to let them go through the circle. They decide to visit the Magary of Lycia first.

Btw, oskar’s brother is maimed and julien starts a trust fund.

Keff/Cronin allow the group to ask for some assistance on the travel into the wastes. Cronin also puts the tome of teleportation circles in the vault, and keff says the boulder people are the ones responsible for oskar’s brothers demise.

The group has six questions to ask about [Aurelipol], the city that has the [Magary of Lychia]. After soem research in teh library, it turns out there is a zoo with a black dragon and potentially some iron golems.

Answers to questions:
“Will we find information in Aurelipol that will help us find the staff?” – Yes
“are there other creatures we can talk to, without the aid of commune with nature or a trident of fish command?” – Yes, but they tremble at the dawn’s light.
I forget the rest…

Iron Golems: immunite to lots of stuff (fire, poison, psychic).
Black Dragon: acid breath, amphibious, resist to magic, immunte to acid

We get some magic items: a cube of dispel gas and an amulet of proof non-detection

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December Something

These are my notes after a few weeks off and having no idea what they say/mean:

After slaying the beast, Tronin says he speaks for the group. There are 4 moutah? , 10 prisoners.

We get:
- scroll of Protection from Friends (DC 15 Ch to overcome, invisible barrier 5 ft radi cylinder 5 minutes moves with you)
- potion (sweet) and hervby) – aug – superior healing (8d4_+8)
- Magic bead → marble – abj/evoc, bead of force, thwo 60 ft, explodes 10 ft radii, dc15 or 5d4 force fail and total w/in trapped 1 min

Hissing(?) attacks Julien. Zth order rev grav spell. Julien finds tracks and it paced around house. Cat like like giant paws. (Shadowcat Watch Alert!).

Book about the cult. Zabbo can’t find it, turns library upside down. Julien bribes for Malvic Manor (to have a house? I dunno, maybe he and dahlia are moving to the ’burbs).
Elan searches for shadowcat in books. Finds an account from fox religion about a battle with a shadowcat. Cat has 4,6,8 legs (any even number really), is powerful, sneaky, [illegible] , territorial.

Thats it?

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December 5
the group takes on Zabgonan

The group approaches the house where the cult is being all cult-like. Zabbo has an arcane eye on the cult basement room, and is carried towards the house by Julien, behind an invisible Sumira, a detecting-magicing Elan, and a grumpy Oskar. After Elan sees that the door has a magic spell on it, Elan casts silence on a window and Oskar breaks it open, and the group goes in through the window.

The party assembles at the top of the stairs, taking a moment to discuss the plan, which appears to be remaining at the top of the stairs and shouting for the demon and cultists to come up and surrender. With this plan in mind, Sumira casts comprehend languages to hear the cultist chant, Zabbo dispels magic on the door to stop the abjuration spell, Sumira unlocks the door, Oskar opens it and charges down the stairs, Elan charges down after him followed by Zabbo and preceded by an invisible Sumira, and Julien stands at the top of the stairs shouting for them to come up and surrender (as The Plan dictated).

Sumira runs invisible into the room. Oskar runs into the room upon which the protectorate member Philip turns invisible, but then he casts a light spell with his sword, and the divine light someone makes Philip the Protectorate Person visible again. Everyone is shouting for the cultists to stand down. Then, Zabbo, hobbles down the stairs and casts Evard’s Black Tenticles. Squirming tentacles come out of the floor, engulfing those on the closer half of the table. Four of the cultists are strangled, including the Lady Melnic of the house. Alexis Melnic tries in vain to save her from the grasp of the withering black tentacles.

The demon Zabgonan charges the group, unleashing a fearsome presence that momentarily frightens Zabbo. Oscar starts hacking away at the demon and submitting counter-blows into the demon’s rotting flesh. Julien casts Hex on the demon and attacks with his sword as well. Zabbo unleashes a flaming sphere that he sends to the demon, though it does not do much damage, so he also unleashes a magic missile. Philip starts casting spells on the group, so Zabbo dispels his Flamestrike. Sumira stabs him with a poisoned blade, inflicting massive damage, and Julien casts Blight on him, draining him of his life force and turning him into a raisin of a person. Though downed, somehow he survives with the faintest of heartbeats. Elan also casts Sacred Flame on the demon that deals radiant damage, and uses Guardian of Faith around his person which also damages the demon.

As these blows slowly bring the demon down, Oskar finally makes a couple final strikes, cleaving his mace into the demon’s neck, and bringing it to the ground. Oskar and Julien ensure the demon is dead.

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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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