Seara

Metasis
The gears start turning and the world grinds to a halt

Tuesday, 19th of Keadas, 466 AV

After a few days of rest as the group waited for their skiff to be completed and the Royal Mages to complete their tasks, the heroes became quickly bored. Using the dueling stone and a bottle of Dragons Fire, they made a contest of seeing who could drink the most of the foul liquid before passing out. While some were able to drink more than others, it quickly became apparent that this game had no real winners…bragging rights still went to Tyros the Dwarf.

On the morning of the 17th all of the contracted projects had been completed and the group set out to tackle their next problem. They began by traveling to the Royal Mages, who presented them with a small gold sphere inscribed with an eye and a point. The mage explained that while the compass could show them towards the source of the magical disturbance, its reliability was questionable at best. However, with it as their best lead, they happily accepted it and moved on.

They next went to Tiin to pick up the skiff she was building for them. Upon arriving at her workshop they discovered something astonishing. Instead of the 60 foot skiff they had paid for a 90 foot behemoth capable of incredibly long journeys and high speeds awaited them.

A half days journey in Embara reveals the compasses weakness, however, using that to their advantage the group is able to make a rough estimate of the location of the disturbance. With a bit of luck, they find an out of place and suspicious cave in the tunnel wall. The cave leads to a large open room and investigation reveals something gruesome and disturbing. Eight men, nude, twisted into grotesque and unnatural positions. In the center, an altar with a spear at its center. The power of the artifact quickly becomes apparent. It becomes insulted at their presence and before the group has time to flee, the world around them changes.

A desperate struggle begins. Each time the group defeats an opponent another appears, culminating in a battle with an Ettin and an Ogre. However, when the dust settles, they are returned to the room they were in, the strange power of the spear subdued, and they are able to take the spear back to their ship.

However, a study of the item reveals that it seems to be one of the Legacies. A spear named Metasis which once belonged to the Paragon Taravel. Furthermore, taking the Legacy back to the ship reveals another problem, the magic of the ship reacts to the power of the spear. Although the journey back to Torwald begins without incident, soon they are in the throes of a magical storm, pushing ship and crew to their limits.

Returning to Torwald reveals a further problem. Although they arrive in the city at mid morning, the lights have yet to come on. Medeil, Tyros and Mach all race to the Order to tell Dragoon Lowe of what has happened. His shock is palpable. After racing across the city, Lowe retrieves every single Royal Mage from the Lords Mansion. A procession of 14 Mages, led by an ancient Elf named Graaz emerges. After another hurried journey back to the Embara,Lord Mage Graaz asks to see the artifact. After a few moments, Graaz reveals that he is sure that the spear which they have retrieved is in fact Metasis, however, something terrible and incredible has been done to it. He tells them that a war rages inside of it and while that terrible power has been subdued for a moment it is gaining strength as they speak. He promises to keep the group informed but urges them not to leave Torwald, refrain from using magic, and keep the artifact an absolute secret. In return for their help with this, he offers them a token from the Royal Mages coffers, 18 pounds of pure platinum.

Left literally in the dark, Lowe and the Mages retreat from the group. Although successful, they are left powerless to wonder what will happen next.

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A Menace Arises
The truth surfaces and with it a dire threat

Tuesday, 12th of Keadas, 466 AV
Our heroes began by moving against a known target, a group of bandits holed up outside of Torwald. As they did they ran into a new face, a cleric from Ceet who was sent by Tramyuul. Yna departed ways and the group continued towards their target. After a long search they were finally able to discover the cave they were looking for, and the hunt began.

The stealthy rogue began by scouting the area and after relaying that important information to the group he began sniping at the people in the cave. The battle was quite one sided as the group easily tore its way through the small group of bandits. However, the aftermath revealed a critical oversight, they had killed their only way of learning of the whereabouts of the kidnapped priestesses.

The group returned to Torwald, much richer for their trouble, and made their peace with the High Priest. It was not until that night that the same High Priest, Loma, revealed that he had sent them on a fool’s errand in an effort to keep his priestesses safe. He revealed the priestesses were hidden in the catacombs below the temple. Further investigation revealed that months ago, the priestesses had resurrected a powerful psion named Manius. One of the priestesses confessed that she had found more information about him. She had discovered that he had become drunk by his own power and obsessed with the idea of returning to the surface. The group learned that Manius was put down by the church, sealed away in a hidden chamber in the catacombs and never spoken of again. Just before his death, Manius had started a shrine to the god Asmodius, the evil Lord of Lords.

After further searching they were able to find the location of the shrine, a rough distance to the disturbance in the magical field, and a new boon from Tramyuul. He had arranged for a Skiff to be built for the group. With that, they rested and began their preparations.

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Trouble in Torwald
Unusual events with much suspicious

After resting from their last battle with a Blue Dragon, the party returned to Tramyuul to see where their talents could be used next. He recommended they travel to Torwald to investigate the events going on there. People had been going missing, odd murders, crime shooting through the roof and strange affects to magic in Torwald and Ceet.

After buying a horse and carriage the group began the two day journey to Torwald. After a full day of travel they made camp off the side of the road, only to be attacked in the middle of the night. While the bandits were able to catch the group by surprise, dealing significant damage, the group stifled the attack quickly. The impressive equipment and wealth of the bandits was worrying to the group, but the rest of the night went by without incident.

Once the group arrived in Torwald they made their way to an extravagant inn named the Golden Eagle. After resting Medeil and Machera were able to speak with the Brigadier Dragoon of Torwald, Katrick Lowe. While they waited for him Machera was able to read a part of a strange document, written in many languages, which seemed to refer to an ancient powerful artifact, which may have something to do with Vanus. Lowe explained that things began to get strange within the last few months, beginning with the disappearance of 4 priestesses and the murder of one. The priestess who was murdered drowned while in the Temple, an occurence which seems impossible. Since then there have been many strange disappearances and murders. The amount of crime has increased hugely, causing significant turmoil among the various gangs. He suggested that the group attempt to infiltrate or question one of the smaller or newer gangs. The large, established gangs such as the Red Dragon’s Blood or The Shield, would likely be too powerful to be infiltrated easily. Finally, the lights in the caverns have began to act strangely, as well as other magic becoming unpredictable. After speaking with one of the powerful mages at the Order, Machera was able to learn that some powerful magical disturbance has been creating a huge impact on the magical field in the area. While he did not have a precise location of the disturbance, they had been able to track it down to originating from somewhere in the tunnel between Ceet and Torwald.

Caelsar and Raam were able to sell the items the group took from the bandits who attacked them and then did some investigating about the disappearances in the town. Most people seemed to know little about them and were certainly not eager to discuss it. They did learn that the last man to go missing was a Merchant named Trool, who owns a store named Majora in the Market District.

Medeil spoke with the High Priest at the Temple of Vanus, Loma. The man relayed that a group of bandits had been threatening the temple in the weeks before and since the disappearance of the priestesses. He believed the priestesses were kidnapped and taken to the lair of these bandits, located just outside Torwald. Medeil perceived that the Priest was very nervous and lying about some of the things he was saying. The man seemed overly relieved to see Medeil go.

The group returned to the Inn to decide their next move.

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A dragon in the Midst
First Session

Three former members of a long since disbanded squad were able to meet after nearly 6 years of being apart. Each one was contacted by messengers and each made their way to the city of Ceet, the northernmost cavern in the underground network. Unfortunately, two of their members were not able to join them.

Soon enough, they met Tramyuul, the Brigadier Dragoon of the Order of the Flame for Ceet. He told them that he had meet their other members not more than a week ago. Those two men had told Tramyuul of nothing less than a small Blue Dragon living inside the cavern of Ceet. Tramyuul reminded everyone that no such creature should be able to get into the cavern. Each cavern is sealed to prohibit teleportation from the surface except from the use of a Portal in each city (each of which is carefully guarded). The group decided to help Tramyuul and investigate this cavern, in hopes of finding their lost comrades.

Tramyuul warned them that their efforts would go unpaid by him, however he offered them aid when he could give it. The first aid he offered came in the form of two companions, a samurai and a construct.

As the group grew to five they tackled the cavern where the Dragon was said to reside. After fighting their way through vermin, traps and mazes they finally encountered the Dragon. The fight was long and difficult and at times grim but ultimately the group prevailed.

They were able to raid this small dragon’s already sizeable horde, however, they found no trace of their comrades…other than the best of their items among the Dragon’s possesions.

Weary and battle drained, they returned to Ceet.

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