Papyrus Arcana

The Cemetery Exchange - Part 1
The Battle Begins

Having communed with Elan’s god, Aperisi, about the upcoming hostage/magical item exchange, the party is aware of a few things:

  • Markus is involved
  • The captors do intend to let the hostages go
  • The hostages aren’t on site
  • ???

The party decides to go to the cemetery and make the exchange, whether the hostages are there or not. Without bargaining power, the group must pray that the hostages will actually be released safely. Elan and Julien are adamant about ensuring their loved ones go unharmed. The party discusses the possibility of somehow tracking the captors or items to track them down later.

The party arrives to the cemetery to make the hostage exchange. In preparation, Zabbo casts Rary’s Telepathic bond on the party as a ritual, and also casts Invisibility and True Seeing on himself. Sumira also casts Invisibility on herself, and Elan casts Nondetection on both of them. Zabbo and Sumira will remain hidden and play key roles. Zabbo will be the magical eyes of the party and stick close to Julien, Oskar, and Elan who will be visible and make the exchange. Sumira will be scouting further out from the party, keeping an eye out for anything of interest. Hopefully, she will be able to track the captors after the exchange if needed. Julien and Elan each take one of the requested items, Julien the Scroll of TC, and Elan the Amulet of Nondetection.

The party arrives to the location of the exchange a half-hour early, and after some initial investigation, nothing seems out of sorts. Some noises do come from nearby trees, but reveal nothing out of the ordinary. Zabbo notices nothing magically hidden with his True Sight.

Around the agreed time of the exchange, Sumira hears talking and moving nearby in the woods. When she sneaks toward the sound, she finds Markus and Antinko with cat masks and an unusual large wooden board tilted up against bushes.

Antinko alone meets the party while Markus stays behind. Antinko says they will return one hostage when the group shows him the items, and another once he receives the items. Elan and Julien show him the objects. Elan reads Antinko’s surface thoughts and discovers Antinko is worried – He hopes the party follows his directions because they could easily defeat him. This leads the party to think that Antinko and Markus are likely alone, and this may provide an opportunity to beat them. Elan is able to cast Suggestion on Antinko after reading his thoughts and tells him to “Return both hostages immediately. You are sure that the Items are legitimate.”

Antinko goes back to meet Markus and insists that they should give both hostages back at once. An annoyed Markus slaps him for his stupidity and his insistence. Markus casts a spell to open a portal (Demiplane?) on the out-of-place wooden surface and orders Antinko to retrieve one of the hostages. Antinko returns to the party with Dahlia, who Julien grabs and hugs. He gives her Greggin to calm her.

(It’s important to realize that during this entire time, Sumira is still with Markus and has overheard everything they have been saying. The group has had constant telepathic communication on what to do. At some point it is decided that Zabbo will go backup Sumira at the portal now that the party knows where they are. Once the last hostage is safe, Sumira will ambush Markus with Zabbo’s help before they can flee. Zabbo is able to make his way over there while Antinko is making the 500ft trek back and forth. Worried about the open portal, Julien asks Dahlia if there was anything else on the other side of the portal with her. She tells him the portal leads to an old house and that there was a little black cat through the portal too. Could this be the Shadow Cat in disguise!? The group makes it a priority to block the portal too.)

The party has faith that the hostages are being safely released, and gives the items to Antinko. He walks back to Markus and gives the items to him. Markus instructs Antinko to head through the still-open portal and fetch Elan’s Mom. However, Markus tells Antinko to hurry out of the meeting place after delivering her. He says that JZAKARR (sp? some crazy demon name) has ordered them to attack the group after making the delivery. Antinko hurries and brings Elan’s Mom out of the portal. He starts heading back to the meeting place. Markus starts following him roughly 30 feet behind. Sumira tells the party to prepare for action. She tells Zabbo to wait for her signal.

All of a sudden, Markus begins casting a spell. Sumira, worried about his spell and missing an opportunity for surprise, jumps into action and stabs him from behind……


(400-500 ft from the rest of the party, near the Portal where Markus and Antinko are)

Surprise Round – Not based on Initiative Roll

Sumira – Stabs Markus from behind with the +2 Magic Tortazad Dagger – 35 DAMAGE. Other properties from the Dagger are still unknown.

Zabbo – Zabbo casts Wall of Force on the portal entrance to potentially keep the Shadow Cat from emerging and preventing Markus or Antinko from retreating through it.

Markus – Surprised at the attack from Sumira, finishes casting Invisibility on himself.

Round 1 (Initiative order may vary slightly)

Sumira – Attempts to grapple an invisible Markus but fails.

Markus- Begins casting a spell on Sumi…..COUNTERSPELLED by Zabbo. Markus then moves away from Sumira.

Zabbo – Casts Dispel Magic on Markus and it succeeds. He is now visible.

Antinko – Casts a ranged purple bolt-like spell attack at Sumira. It misses over her shoulder. Elan’s mom is either still being carried by him or is now at his feet.

“Markus scolds Antinko and barks orders at him to kill the woman hostage.”

(At the exchange point in the Cemetery – 400-500ft away)

Oskar, Julien (carrying Dahlia), and Elan hear through Telepathic Bond that the fight has begun! They begin to run towards the action…….WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN….

The Shadow Cat – Casts Reverse Gravity in a 50ft Radius encompassing the four of them. They soar to 100 ft high and remain there,” oscillating slightly”.

Oskar – Unable to move, he draws his sword and points it down while beginning a prayer of the Keepers.

Julien – Able to touch Dhalia and Elan, Julien casts Fly on the three of them. He flies to Oskar and grabs him. They fly toward the Shadow cat and out of the circle. He tells Dhalia to flee and hide. Oskar and Julien remain 100ft up.

Dhalia – Flees from the circle of reverse gravity, but is not yet on the ground.

Elan – Flies closer to the Shadow Cat and out of the circle. He casts Geas on the Shadow Cat, but it Saves. Elan is still 100ft up.


The Party travels to Gokuldor. The issue is that the protectorate has asked the dwarves to turn over all the EBs, and the dwarf king has asked all the nobel families to do so. However, the protectorate ambassador met with the Wellstone Trust, convincing them to keep hold on the EBs and not give them to the king. The group is officially tasked with resuming the flow of EBs to the protectorate, and unofficially tasked with keeping the flow of EBs stopped.

The group teleportation circles to a town on the outskirts. The party passes through a small town, finding someone with some EBs. Also there is a cave with a weird inscription seemingly in the FTC language. The group also senses the presence of some FTCs down a corridor or on a side of the mountain, but does not investigate.

Long story short, the group hints that the EBs are worth a lot as a weapon, so the king decides to let the wellstone trust keep a hold of them. The group is then kicked out of the city. The group steals 4 EBs on the way out.

The group found evidence that Barkskin was working to stop the EB flow, potentially with the still imprisoned ambasaddor Weldimer Wormwood. Two wing sculptures were found in Wormwood’s residence.

Oakerrock also claims to be the rightful heir to the throne, and wants to rebel, also possibly working with Wormwood.

The dwarf city has a large pit and some other strange thing.

En route to Gokuldor went through Golfordor, also found barkskin people, but Terragon got away.

The Trial

- Demon woman found [illegible]
- Sumira researched Mask people. Found it was a ult uprooted from Augustin (east, where Marcus is from). There is historical evidence of black cat cult
- the group went to Danaus and talked to their Leaf crazed lawyer.
- Sumira seduced Marcus.

12/2 (game time) – the day of the interrogation

The investigator Petric explained the proceedings. Sumira was interrogated first. The lawyer, Eldun Broskowski, was surprised how Petric did not care about interference in the investigation. Nex was Julien, who submitted to the magic truth telling chair. The court scribe only wrote ‘submitted’ and ‘obstruction’ under his interrogation notes, so it is assumed that he also avoided obstruction charges. Zabbo was next, said the investigation of him and oskar wasn’t need, and someone got off avoiding Tortuzod questions. Oskar was next, the court scribe only wrote ‘letter to sumira’ next to his investigation.

Nex came Elan. Who wanted to tell the truth, all of it, under spellbound magical Seer treatment. He took psychic damage, told about the graveyard incident, and had a vision of sunrise/set with a drago. A dragon with 6 facial horns, not sure what drago, sense that dragon represents evil, insight is it related to [illegible].

Overall the party though Petric let them off easy on the corruption charges, and seemed interested in things the party said against Marcus.

The group then went back home. Digested the 6 horned dragon vision from apheresie – perhaps in a [illegible].

Note that is was on 12/1 or 11/30 that the sapphire gem was retrieved from the high citadel (with the magic to get the crystal golem book).

Some of the group went to Julien’s house. Zabbo talked with Dessius. EB are only good conduit for meta magic, and EB weapons can damage EB. ~10EB to make a EB weapon (group has about 3-4 EBs – plus the ones that everyone is hiding).

Oscar receives message that his account is unfrozen – perhaps the dwarf kingdom is all against the protectorate now

Eldan → Marcus/Antiquo charges against

Zabbo spends time with worm, gets toys and rabbits.

Sumira summon Tortuzon, gets her knife and has to disfigure someone.

Group was summoned by Keff, there is a problem with EB in the dwarven kingdom related to Oskar’s family
Oskar spoke with the ambassador and has 24 hours to reconsider what he spoke to the ambassador about.

Sumira steals the earth blossom amulet

After kicking Dolan through the teleportation circle, the group tries to decide how to get the amulet. Sumira goes on the roof of the head giant’s hut, and smokes them out with poison. She then sees the head giant chieftan, and with a level 2 spell makes a successful suggestion for him to hand the amulet over. The group flies away and does word of recall back to the protectorate while a wall of force prevents the farieis from attacking.

Elan Wakes from a Dream
Not Dead Yet


Elan wakes from a realistic dream about the days events to come.

He confides in Zabbo and tries to convince him that he has seen a vision of the future. He predicts the actions of the party to convince him his vision is real.

Elan decides to tell the party of his dream and Zabbo uses an Arcane Eye to verify the invisible cave wall where the other FTC’s are hiding.

The group decides to bypass the FTC cave because of Elan’s warning. Instead they Fly to Dolan’s cell.

The Party Makes a Friend at the Planery
We're All Going to Hell


The party arrives at the Planery, appearing instantaneously in a teleportation room with an Iron Golem. In a rare moment of brilliance (coherence?), Zabbo, resplendent in his magic robe, is able to convince the Golem that he is a Lenoran wizard and tells him to stand down. Sumira uses her Platinum Ring to open the gate to what lies beyond. The party leaves the Golem behind and enters without incident.

They enter a long hallway that seems mystically darker than normal – even with Darkvision the party can only see about 30 feet ahead. Julien spots a large demon with wings and horns in the distance with his Devil’s Sight, so Sumira casts Dancing Lights to illuminate the hallway further for the party. The demon isn’t alone. He has two spiked fiends with him and he immediately sends one to retreat (most likely to get reinforcements).

What follows is a chase/fight scene where the demon leads the party further into the tunnels while hurling balls of fire at the group. The party does their best to keep up and Julien casts Fly on Zabbo and Elan to aid the chase. Zabbo tries a Wall of Force to keep the demon trapped. IT WORKS!….but Zabbo is immediately felled, breaking his concentration and ending the spell. He is revived and eventually resorts using another well placed Wall of Force to trap the group in close quarters with the demon. Elan casts Flamestrike and Guardian of Faith, Sumira ducks under the flying melee to land a sneak attack, and Oskar launches a barrage of attacks now that there’s nowhere to run. The demon and his spiked henchman both fall.

The party takes a moment to catch their breath and assess the situation. Should they retreat to the Golem room to rest and then continue forward? Will the Golem attack them if they enter? Should they just head home altogether and regroup, or push forward to scout ahead. As they’re discussing and the Wall of Force comes closer to disappearing, a shape emerges from in the distance and approaches……..TO BE CONTINUED

A handsome, well dressed demon approaches from down the hall with another henchman. Julien notices him first and alerts the party, but the creature reminds him of someone – A male version of Lillith. The stranger calls out to the group that he wishes to talk and that they should put down their arms. The party argues among themselves on what to do. A frantic Zabbo suggests retreating and heads back to the Golem room before the protective Wall of Force ends. The rest of the group is more open to engaging the demon. Julien, not wanting to give himself away, asks the demon if it can read his mind. When the demon responds that it can, Julien reveals he is an emissary of Lillith in hopes that the two know each other. Elan immediately notices something is amiss and reads the surface thoughts of Julien, catching part of the conversation.

to be continued:

Interlude: Back in Denaus
The party regroups

The group had just debriefed with Cronin and Keff, leaving the Manual of Crystal Golem and other books with the Protectorate. Cronin and Keff tell the group to continue their search of the other wasteland locations, but there is no need to rush. They give the group leeway to take their time and regroup in Denaus first.

The party heads home, spending the first night debating whether or not they should trust Cronin and the protectorate. Cronin seemed very eager to acquire more Earth Blossoms. Sumira is particularly suspicious. The group agrees they should keep their eyes open, but there is not enough information to take a side against the Protectorate. Also, it’s too dangerous to investigate the Protectorate without committing treason.

When Elan wakes up in the morning, he notices that Cronin’s cat is present in the home. Georgia confirms that someone stopped by saying that the cat belonged to the party. It is obvious that the group will have to be careful when discussing matters under the watchful eyes of Cronin. The cat follows Elan for the rest of the session.

Elan prepares a Greater Restoration spell for Julien’s undead affliction. Julien is still having dreams of the dead Lenorans, and Dahlia is terrified of his appearance. Thankfully, the spell works and Julien is able to calm Dahlia and reclaim his sword from Sumira.

Elan is tasked with casting Hallow on the house as an added level of protection. The spell takes 24 hours to cast and requires 1000 gold worth of incense and components. Julien and Sumira each contribute 500 gold for the spell. As part of the spell, celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead cannot enter the house or charm, possess, or frighten those within. Additionally, any creatures other than the party can’t move or travel into/out of the house by using teleportation, extradimensional, or interplanar means. Elan is able to finish the spell and rests afterword.

Julien heads out for the day to sell some of the loot they acquired from the Dead City. He heads to the Steward of the Prince, who purchased relics from them in the past. Julien is very persuasive in hyping up the loot to the Steward, who pays 800 gold to the party for 2 gold vestments, a white robe, and two purses with gold and silver pieces. Julien and Sumira each keep a couple coins.

Sumira heads to her guild for news since she’s been away. She meets with Cassandra (?). Sumira becomes very annoyed when Cassandra presses her for information about the loot that was discovered in the wastes. Apparently the Steward of the Prince had spread the news of the possible treasure troves in the wastes. Sumira snaps at Cassandra, wondering if she should stop contributing so much gold to the guild. Cassandra relents and they discuss some jobs in town. (Please add more Viona!)

Oskar goes off for the day to work in the forge with his friend. Afterword he decides to go on a bender. He gambles his money at the orc fighting pits, losing a considerable amount before jumping in the ring himself to come out ahead.

Zabbo researches the fiction book that was based on the old Lenoran text. The book was written 70 years ago and was published in (whatever city it is that Zabbo wants to visit so badly).

While the party was gone, Georgia explains that she found a smoldering fire in the home one night. There was no indication of what could have caused the fire. It is possible that Dahlia is exhibiting magical powers. Elan offers to have his mother meet with Dahlia to give her opinion on what could be going on. She is an ex-Seer and works with children. She agrees to meet with Dahlia when asked by Elan and explains that it is possible for children to exhibit magical powers – However, Dahlia is really young for this, and the Protectorate might want to siphon her magical powers away if it becomes a problem.

Julien spends a day hiring a groundskeeper for his new estate east of Denaus. He hires Sergy for 3 gold per month and takes him out to the property to get him settled with the understanding that Georgia and Dahlia may be moving there soon. Julien also informs the Dudyiks next door that he is their new neighbor and they seem excited to be rid of the Melneks.

Oskar heads out again for the day but is able to resist the temptation of alcohol. Instead he heads to the Keepers and begins the process of joining their ranks. His first task is to memorize the daily holidays.

Elan notices when he gets home that the same bird that delivers messages from Barkskin is waiting. However, instead of talking, the bird falls over and dies. This ominous message worries the party. Julien casts Dream that night to Dolan to assess the situation. Dolan is antagonistic and claims that the two sides are now enemies. Julien tries to dissipate the animosity and avoid future conflicts, but Dolan claims “we know more than you think we do”. Is it possible they know about the Manual of Crystal Golem and the party’s recent travels? Julien plays dumb and pretends nothing has changed, but a frustrated Dolan tries to kill himself in the dream to wake up. He fails and Julien dispells the Dream spell after this pitiful display.

At Elan’s urging, the groups decides to meet with with Markus after many days without checking in. At first, Markus seems grateful and impressed with the group’s recent triumphs. However, as time goes on his disdain for the group shows through, probably because of the favoritism they receive from Cronin and Keff. Even so, the group warns Markus of possible retaliation from Barkskin and tell him about the recent encounter with the bird and Dolan. Markus has little to offer the party, except for a new Protectorate mandate to seek out possible demonic influences in Denaus. Markus believes there are domonic forces mingling with the high society of the city. The party seems excited to investigate this except for Juilen, who finally confides in Sumira about his secret.

The Wraith of Master Canu

The group first went around searching the emperor’s palace and the great hall, or something. In the house, Elan found dragon scale. Then the group went down some stairs into the Crypt of Aurelis. It was here that ghosts attacked the group, eventually killed by the party and some were turned by Elan. Some were turned by Elan before in a previous attack – forgot to mention.

Anyway, the crypt had become broken rubble and the group found a gold ring in the crypt. The gold ring opened doors in the dorm houses, the special corner rooms. It was to a demiplane in a different part of the world. It shoudl also be mentioned that when Julien sucked the life force out of the ghosts he got white hair and resistance to necro, so he couldn’t stay attuned to the radiant sword. He gives the sword to Sumira, who laments that it does nothing but +2.

Julien, with his necro resistance, opens the gold door in the necro-ish room. As he does so a Wraith (the wraith of Canu/Kanu) rushes towards him. It attacks Julien, who then uses eldrich blast to push it back in and close the door.

The group, suprised to still be alive and that Julien is not in a dragon’s belly yet, goes back to Danaus to regroup. Zabbo learns that Duncan’s wife ends up being ok. He researches wraiths while Julien hides his wraith-like face from dahlia. The group then heads back to take on the wraith.

Zabbo is given a necro aura by Sumira and tries to dispel the magic. He tries once with a scroll and fails, then tries again and succeeds. However, he is distracted by Julien going on and on about how the group should have gone through the other door, and is then surprised attacked by a wraith that opened the gold door. This comes as a special surprise to zabbo because really julien, if the gold doors all went to the same place and the wraith could open them it would have escaped the demiplane long ago. While zabbo didn’t realize it at the time, this exact thought pulses through his brain at the exact moment the wraith sinks its cold, lifeless claws into zabbos frail body – giving zabbo that rare but delightful feeling of simultaneous pain and pleasure.

Zabbo cries out and the group comes to his aid. Sumira charges right into battle with two effective blows from the radiant magical sword. Then Julien goes in and eldrich blasts the wraith back. Elan then charges in and casts something, probably radiant in nature. The wraith tries to book it, flying past oskar, who hits it again. Then Zabbo runs out and tries to contain it in a wall of force (there was a resilient sphere in there too at some point). Oskar and sumira are contained in the force for a cage match of epic proportions, but the wraith cancels the pay per scry event and tries to fly away, finally being felled by oskar, sumira, or elan.

After felling the beast, sumira takes the platinum ring and the group tries to destroy the ashes. The group then heads back to the platinum door. They get past the golem win an extra trap and so on… and into the PLATINUM DOOR.

The platinum door leads to another demi-plane, this time seemingly untouched by the necro magic. There is a studio building with some stuff inside. The group finds a magic white robe, various books/scrolls TBD, and a MANUAL OF THE CRYSTAL GOLEM.

Supposedly the cat was around for all of this but we seem to have forgotten about poor Whiskers.

Exploring the Magory of Lychia

The group continued exploring the magary of lychia in the “past” and “present”. In the PRESENT, the group found some magic good and some rooms with some weird necro stuff going on. People had to be convinced not to stuff the bag of holding with more bodies.

The group then went under the library and waited until the time switch to the PAST, and waited to see if they could find access to the rooms. Eventually Zlobin and ??? walked past, both with PLATINUM rings. The group followed them invisibly, Oskar doing some crazy acrobatics stuff. Zlobin retried the EARTHBLOSSOM STAFF from a room guarded by an iron golem Gor. Zabbo acrane eye followed him, finding out that he teleported with the staff to the Mage Forge.

The group tried to gain access to the room where they retrieved the staff. Oskar disarmed the golem and others attacked it and then zabbo enclosed it in a otisuke’s resilient sphere, allowing enough time for everyone to push open the door to the next area. Of course, waiting for the group was a PLATINUM door, which the group couldn’t get past without the ring.

So the group prepares to teleport back and then go visit the mage forge.

Aurelipol and the Magory of Lykia

Last session, the group floundered around trying to find the info in the Acropolipolis, with no success. This post is to BRAINSTORM what to do next:

What we know:


  • if you stay until nightfall you WON’T die
  • black dragon is likely afoot / awing
  • commune spell said info in library can help, and west part of it can lead to that info
    • more precisely I think Aperisi said western doors/passages lead there, not necessarily that it’s in the western part of the library
  • under library, the far staircase leads to a trap area like the teleportation circle
    • but all the secret passages seem to go nowhere (transmutation spell)
    • one secret staircase goes up and doesn’t seem to have transmutation spell
  • under library, another big spiral staircase goes down, to two(three?) transmutation never ended stairs
    • also 10 circles of white tiles that turn into fire, plus room of white tiles also fire
    • white circles can be set off with sumira’s magic aura thing
  • under library, one set of square hallways behind a secret door transports wanderers into a demiplane
  • magic ring can open doors made of special metal
  • all information is probably rotten/unreadable – will need to go back to PAST to read it
  • dragon also probably has some sweet loot
  • but the dragon didn’t get past the magic doors


  • if you stay until sunrise you WILL die
  • it is the day before the cataclysm
  • lots of guards/mages around
    • two guards dead. Killed by elves
  • but we did get past them one time
  • magic ring/rune can probably open doors to library
  • mages wear cloaks that signal how cool they are
  • xenophobes everywhere
  • necro magic everywhere (necro/ghost city?)
    • similar thing happened in a house somewhere in present


  • Acropolis has walls that have a magic force aura


  • There has to be something up with the never ending stairwell with no magic aura
  • Go down the other stairwell in the library first floor.
  • go to library or other place in PRESENT and stay until the switch to the PAST and continue
  • teleport in during the PAST and use the magic ring to get where we need to go
    • could also be in PAST and tail a mage to see how to get past the traps, then go back to PRESENT and repeat
  • does dragon lair have key/ring we need to access the information?
    • dragon lair could be its old dragonarium (did we ask commune spell where the dragon was located in the day or night time?)
    • how the dragon which is alive in both times (allegedly) interacts with cataclysm / necro city is interesting in itself — could we bargain with the dragon by offering to teleportation circle it to a different location — freeing it from the shadow anomaly? ( assuming you can’t travel through shadow anomaly on your own)
  • try to find more dead bodies behind magic doors, hopefully some will have more rings
    • do we need only people with rings to be present to get past some traps?
  • could try blackmailing harpist mage about his secret underground love nest

Shitty Ideas

  • brute force dispel magic on everything
  • keep searching around everywhere looking for secret doors, every session, all session. Please no!!!!
  • see how far up that staircase really goes

Very Important Miscellaneous Information Not to Ignore

  • Greggin foretold Julien’s death BY A DRAGON in the dungeon

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