The Pakthryxl Proxy 2

Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 27

Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 27

After striking down Ezgar like a dog in the street we spoke with Pact Broker Hashim, and set up a meeting with the Pact Masters at their palace to discuss the elixir and a potential reward for handling this situation for them. They said that they would roll out the red carpet for our arrival which would be a welcomed reception. Hashim then Scooped up the writ and began to leave with it. I asked what he was doing with the writ and he told us that the Pact Masters would effort to find the co-owner of the writ, one called Dartakith Quint. I asked if we could help him find this man to return it, and he said perhaps.

Interestingly enough “Dartakath Quint” is draconic for “Hatred of the Gods”. This would put him in line with the goals of Slate, Ashen and the rest of their faction.

As we began to reflect on the auction the Captain mentioned Ezgar sending his eye out and it flying away, this could have been his familiar or could have sent a message or shown someone his death. Regardless this is not a good sign for us as someone likely knows of our deed here.

The next item of discussion was Iketa, we had not seen her in a week and Ezgar was saying that he had her and would kill her. The Captain also mentioned that he thought that he had seen someone at the parade that looked to be watching him, but wasn’t sure. This could be an accomplice. We then decided to start looking for her before we had to meet the pact masters.

Papa went to the bars and pesh palaces to look for Iketa while the rest of us took Ezgar to the Hell Knights to torch his corpse. Regeneration in the undead is fascinating but annoying. If we did not completely destroy his corpse there is a reasonable chance that he would return. It is an ability that I would love to observe and document, however the undead are less than cooperative in this regard.

We met up again at the ship, before we went to meet the Pact Masters. Papa was the last to return and mentioned some market salesmen discussing the “end is NI, coming from the sky”, when Papa looked he noticed an extra star. He then showed me where in the sky he saw this. I looked and noticed that it looks like what I seen earlier, it looked like a new planetoid. This is something that papa and I will investigate when we have time after we return to sea. He also mentioned that he did not see Iketa anywhere.

We then went to meet the Pact Masters and Hashim, who did all the talking for them.

Hashim told us that “Dartakith Quint is a name on every port in the region” and that “it would be a minor favor to locate him”. We agreed to locate him for them. He then mentioned that it was “a major favor taking care of Ezgar for them and saving them the trouble as they don’t like to act and scare the civilians.” For this favor they gave us a Black Card that will give us the backing of the Pack Masters one time.

We then asked about the Elixir, were told that occurrences like this happen in Katapesh and that the action will resume in a week in Abslom. Araris mentioned that we had won the elixir as our only competitor was defeated. We were then told that due to this fact we should have no trouble winning it at re-auction. Hopefully we can get it cheaper this time, and maybe even lure Ezgar’s benefactor out in the process.

Araris then asked about the Infernal Line and the Pact Masters told us it was the line from Chiliax to Absalom.

After our meeting with the Pact Masters I Scryed on Iketa. She was in a rundown room with a chest that had a lock on it. She is probably in the chest. This didn’t look like a reasonable Inn, or even one in this part of the city. It was wild looking, with pelts on the cots, and a dirt floor. It looks like one of the places in Dog Town where the Gnolls live.

We went there and started gathering information. We decided that the Rabbid Dog Inn is probably the best bet based on what I saw and what we heard from the Gnolls that were helping us.

Once at the Inn Araris bribed the owner with 10g, to look the other way. As we went room to room we heard yelps and snores of gnolls until we got to the last room. When we approached this room it was quite with just the faintest sound of cloth dragging across the floor.

We all prepared for a battle as Weyland kicked in the door. The creature, later determained to be a mummy his Weyland with a ray of some sort that seemed to have no effect. Papa then Limp Lash it but failed. With a sly smile I let loose my prepared Polymorph spell and turned him into a turtle. A undead mummy turtle to be precise. I scooped it up and tried to talk with it, but it was less than cooperative.

The Captain then rapped on the chest and, could hear Iketa groan inside. Weyland picked the chest up and took it and Iketa back to the ship.

On the way Araris and I stopped off at the Night Market and sold the undead mummy turtle at for 2,600g. It would have been fun to experiment on this creature, but taking an enemy this dangerous to sea would have been a bad idea.

When we got back to the ship Weyland dumped Iketa into an isolated room. Once out of the chest we could see her hands were bound, legs bound, and her ankles and wrists were broken. However it looked as if she made significant progress in getting loose.

As one would expect Iketa was openly defiant of us right away, she was upset that we took so long and that she was in that predicament in the first place. Needless to say she did not let us know where she was going, what she was doing or when she would be back so there was no way for us to know that she was in danger.

Araris left as she began her insistent bitching. We waited over an hour for her to get her anger out before we started asking questions. Once she had “calmed down” she climbed over the edge of the ship and into the maelstrom and refused to answer any questions. We decided to let her be for now.

We quickly reprovisioned and then set out for Abslom to find the next auction and to find out about Dartakath Quint and return his writ.

As the ship began to set sail I let the captain know that I would meet them in Absolm and teleported back to Magnimar to visit family and drop off my Dragon Turtle. I also wanted to retake my test with the Arcanamirium. I brought Araris and Atts with so they could report in and see family. Araris also wanted to watch me take my test since I watched him take his, I think that he will be somewhat underwhelmed by the nature of my test after seeing what his entailed.

When I returned home my parents were caught off-guard by the presence of my dragon turtle. I explained that he would be a lethal protector of our homeland if properly trained over time. I have worked with him for quite some time but it has become impractical for me to keep him with the ship, especially after we were marooned in the Mana Wastes. A creature like this needs room to grow and develop.

While home I also spent some time with the former slave girl that I liberated. She had made great strides in regaining her independence after years as a slave. It appeared that my parents were grooming her to be my wife in time. I assured them that I did not have time to waste on marriage with all that I plan to accomplish but they persisted. In time I am sure that they will see that her freedom and independence is all I want from her. No Undine should be held against their will or be forced into chains.

The next morning I went to the Arcanamirium to take my test. My testing was far more of a spectacle than it needed to be with seemingly every ranking member of the Arcanamirium on hand to watch the test along with Araris and Atts. Normally these tests are not a matter of public spectacle but for some reason attendance was high for my testing. I can only theorize that my name has spread through the region in a positive way.

It was quite difficult as the professors attending wanted me to display all the magic I had known, which I told them would take days. Lady Darchana proceeded over the test which was to my advantage as she knew of many of my recent exploits. I began showing them the spells I had developed which was very impressive, I then showed them some of the high level spells I knew. They were satisfied with my abilities to cast spells at a proficient level.

Next was the magical development segment. I then showed them the schematics for the Magical Pollution Control Device® I developed for Quantium and explained how it worked. I also explained that I got funding for the project from the city and a grant for the Quantium chapter of the Arcanamirium to service and maintain the device. Not only did this device enhance the world with magic, it was taking care of the environment by cleansing the magical waste from a school and factories. It also provided students there with hands on research and application. Lady Darchana and the others were very impressed by this device and what it could do for the world.
Finally we came to the written portion of the test. This took several hours and astonishingly all stayed in attendance to bear witness. The questions were of both magical applications and ethics to gauge both my abilities as well as my plans for the abilities I gain as I progress. I began feeling bad to Araris and Atts as this surely had to be the most boring day they have had in quite some time. I finished my written exam with time to spare and asked if they required anything else of me and was told that my answers were more than sufficient.

The next day I was notified that I passed the test with the highest score in school history. I expected nothing less, its troubling that they would think I would do less than 100% available. For passing they gave me the rank of Assistant Professor to Lady Darchana, this is very prestigious as the Arch Dean does not take on assistants.

Lady Darchana asked about Falath and directed me to have her continue to aid me in spell and magical item research. She then gave me several tasks to complete including grading some students final projects. As I worked I came across an Orange Ion stone that was flawless. I inquired of the student and asked them to show me how they made it so perfectly. Once I was satisfied with the process that the student used I surprised her by making her a generous offer both in coin and in prestige by knowing that it would be used by me as I continue my research. She quickly accepted the offer and thanked me for setting her family up with coin for years.

I worked for Lady Darchana for another day before meeting the ship in Absolom.

Once in Absolom we set out to find the next auction site and how to attend it. We quickly found that it could be in the shadow plane, Shadow Absolom. We then started brainstorming on how to get there. We came up with ideas such as plane shift, shadow walk or looking for a natural entrance.

We went out that night to look into ways in when Papa was approached in one of the seedier areas of the city with a black candle that once lit would allow us to travel to Shadow Absolom. He purchased this candle and brought it to us. Kaladeth also mentioned that she wanted to go there anyway, aside from the auction. Curious.

Later that night Papa lit the candle and we went into Shadow Absolom. We followed the inky black trail until we ran into one of Kaladeths acquaintances who told us when and where the auction would be held.

The next night we went to the auction which was overseen by a Mercane. The Mercane seem to have a racket on magical auctions here.

They sold many oddities, some of which were of great interest, however after the Ion Stone I did not have enough left to be a player here. We noted that we did not see any agents of Slate or Ashen in attendance, perhaps we are finally ahead of them for once. Later as the auction unfolded the elixir came up for bid. It started at 60,000g, with a few bids we won it for 77,000g. We gave the elixir and the remaining 23,000g to Kaladeth and Weyland as it was their remaining dowry.

When we returned to the ship we noticed that Iketa disappeared when we made port earlier that day. Not unusual for her, but someone irresponsible as she seems to get herself in trouble when she is not closely accompanied by the rest of us.

I scryed on her and could see that she was in a Tien House in the Peddle District, this did not seem to be pathfinder related. She was having an elaborate tea ceremony with a geisha looking women. I came in mid conversation but Iketa called her Venture Captain Amara Lee. Both were from Goka Ling Shen, Amara was interested in Iketa based on their common homeland. It became clear that she is at the Lantern Lodge, a separate offshoot of the Pathfinders. They went on talking about the Auditor and then Iketa agreeing to help them out with a trouble they have in the city. It seemed to be a rather trivial request seemingly due to her low standing with the Pathfinders. Iketa was inquiring about a Sewer Dragon Tribe, which is a known tribe of Kobalts. Sounds like tribe is acting up and Iketa is being asked/told to deal with them. As someone that detests filth being sent to the sewers seems like she has hit bottom, yet she still does not ask for help.

As Iketa left the room Amara Lee looked right into the sensor and whispered “The fool will go alone”. Iketa’s hands and feet where repaired, she shifted form and disguised herself and went shopping. Can she complete nothing she is asked of?

The Captain reported that while out that night he may have gotten a lead on our quest; he had heard that Ashen was on a ship called the Emerald Arrow and was currently in port.

We quickly gathered what crew would could and went out to the Emerald Arrow. We saw Ashen onboard with another odd looking women. The other women looked very draconic, almost a green tint to her skin. Several other members were also draconic looking.

The other women looked upset as we approached and Ashen told her we were friends… she thinks…

The Captain then asked Ashen about Darakath Quint and she bowed her head upset. She told us she knows him but will not tell us who he is. We said we have something to return and she said “so she heard”. Weyland asked if Quint and Ternakafel are one in the same and she said that they are two different people. Ashen said that she could return the item to him and the Captain told her that we must personally return this, Ashen said she is Darakath Quint’s daughter and would return it….

Ashen then said “fine take it to him yourself then, I will let him know that you are coming. You can find him deep… deep below the city”. This could give cause to why the Kobalts are acting up.

She then asked Weyland about the vial and why he would have it. She then asked if he tried it and he said yeah several times. She then asked how he felt about it, and he said terrible, it was a quite unpleasant experience. Then thanked him for it. She then said that she wasn’t sure about this course of action, but the vial helped make things clear again.

I then asked her about Igoran Slate. She said that she hasn’t seen Slate in quite some time either.

As we began to depart she told us to be more straight forward with her father than we have been with her. We then left her at that.

From what we gathered we assume that Darakath Quint must be a Damphir or Grey Dragon or both if he is Ashens father. If he is a dragon then he breathes a fog of disease and would be into necromancy.

When we returned to port we started asking around about the underground. We heard rumors of a Chief Kibizacks. We asked around for a guide and were told that the Koblads are very good at traps and the area was littered with them. There was also mention of a trap master in the area and that the Kobalds are in disagreement. They are also blue Kobalds so they serve a blue dragon, the discord may be caused by the pythrixial putting that dragon to sleep. We also heard that the Kobalds think their chief is going mad.

We are going to take a day to prepare for the traps, lightning damage, Kobalds, and whatever Darkath Quint has in store for us. Nothing like knowing you are going to be walking into multiple traps and embracing it…

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Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 26

Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 26

The next morning Weyland was wed to Kaladeth in a short, poorly attended ceremony. In this 20 minute, very practical and emotion lacking ceremony Kaladeth was also atoned.

For people the love to flaunt their wealth and display all that they have you would think that Kedymos would have invited half the island to this ceremony, but that is not how it works here. Even though there were few in attendance there was enough food to feed a small army, many delicacies were spread throughout the feast.

After a few pleasantries were exchanged the affair was over and Kaladeth and Weyland left for the bank. They both signed a contract and were given the dowry of 100,000g in gold. At this point you could tell that the atonement took as she was able to use Secret Chest to carry the money.

As we left the bank we planned how we were going to work the auction. We planned to have all of us go in to bid as a distraction and bid against Ezgar, Ashen, Slate or whomever they sent and have Kaladeth actually be bidding for the elixir since she was only seen by Slate a few times. We would then drop out once the auction reached a small sum, 30,000g, thus making our opposition think that we failed. Now we just needed to find out more specifics about the auction to plan more specifics.

After some thought we were able to figure out that the auction would take place during the Gowl Parade in a few days. Now we just need to find out where and at what time as well as needing to procure tickets.

When we Teleported back to Druma there was a small a mishap, we ended up where we intended but the process was very painful. I spoke with Papa afterwards as he also teleported just before us and he said that he experienced a similar sensation. Maybe all the time in the Mana Wastes had a lasting effect on our abilities. I will have to examine Papa and myself more closely when we return to sea.

That night the Captain ran into a Div, it told him that they were watching us and following us. We will need to be on guard during the auction, as it knew of the auction. By his description the Div sounded like a Doru Div, a messenger/scout type as well as one that can plant suggestions in your mind. We will need to be on our toes if there are more Divs around.

Papa then mentioned that he had Div’s in his head, Lusty Parackas to be precise. From what I know they use lustful dreams to encourage people and can only access when close, meaning they also must be close if they are affecting him. If they had been present he would have been at risk of plague. They are much better at charming and persuading, and can gain information by this means. That means the inn we were staying at is compromised.

Knowing this I then called for a head count to see if anyone else has had dreams similar to Papas, luckily no one had.

Kaladeth was going into town to see if she could find the auction location and time, took Weyland with her. Araris and I debated on gaining the favor of a demon to tell us its location or going into town to speak with shop owners of exotic high priced goods. Oddly enough I was the one in favor of talking to people and he was the one that wanted to summon an a demon to speak with it.

When Papa, Kaladeth and Weyland returned they told us that the auction would be in Zendreck’s Pesh Palace.

Papa also told us the story of what he found out at the Pathfinders Society and what had happened to Iketa. He said that she arrived there once again a bloody mess, missing her skin though this time she was dead. They gave her a resurrection and restoration to get her back on her feet, she then promptly left the place without saying where she was going. Papa went on to say that he volunteered to help Iketa become a better pathfinder when they said that they were on the verge of kicking her out of the organization. He took a copy of their field guide as well as some empty tomes for her to fill with relevant knowledge gained, to be turned in to them even when she didn’t need something. Papa told us that he planned to remind Iketa of what she owed the Pathfinders and encourage her to start living up to her expectations.

We then went to Zendreck’s Pesh Palace to buy admission to the auction, for a hefty sum of 10,000g. When we got there we went to talk to the manager while the Captain and Papa did some Pesh and Papa bought a nice pipe.

This caught Zendreck’s eye as he started talking about good Pesh, expensive and exclusive Pesh. He then sold us a 10,00g vial of magical Pesh. We were not sure what to do with it or what the effects would be. We theorized that it could create a gateway or teleportation to the auction. I was curious so I just did it. Immediately I started having crazy visions, beyond what normal Pesh could do.

I felt physically stronger, yet more susceptible to trickery, I also felt lethargic, fatigued and tiered.

Suddenly I saw Zandrek in front of me, I assume he is simply in my mind, he then greeted me by name. He then told me that the Night Stalls Auction would take place during the Gowl Festival Parade in the central government building right on the parade route during the parade.

This was a bold choice, but one that would unlikely and allow for quick escape if it was needed.

Zendreck went on to say that Pact broker Sayyid will be holding it and other pack masters will be present. He said that I can bring guards and attendants but that Alume golems will be in attendance as well.

I then asked what we could expect to see up for auction and he told me that many novelties will be for auction, as well as the Sunflower Elixir and that “it was of high interest to many people, only truly wealthy can afford it”. He also mentioned that an Alume was being auctioned off as well. He also mentioned that he knows pesh magic, so I asked to learn it and he said later.

That night as I was in my lab working on cracking the secrets of this “Magic Pesh” I heard a commotion above deck and thought nothing of it, then I heard the Captain call out in pain and raced to the top of the ship. As I came above deck I saw a Div attack me and land a blow, this triggered my gown to electrocute it which was more than it could take. As I looked up I saw another, larger Div and that was trying to take cover behind the mast and slept it. I then asked what was going on as I thought the situation was well in hand, I was wrong.

No sooner had the words left my lips than two Female Divs flew by and attacked me with their claws, it hurt. I could feel a disease begin to take hold of me but was able to shake it for the time being.

As I looked back to the ship I saw Weyland take his scythe and put all his might into one swing at the thing I put to sleep, he hit is so hard that it turned it to an ashy dust.

I looked back up and saw Papa grab one of the Divs that struck me so I looked to the other one and told Elliot that we were going to unleash hell on it. Simultaneously he and I sent 3 lightning bolts at the Div that struck me and I vaporized it. This did not make me feel better, but it was a good start. I cannot stand being struck by these vial things.

Papa grabbed the other female Div and brought her back down to the ship, now that I had more time to look at it I could tell that it was a Peracan Div, probably the one that was affecting Papa all this time. We then tied it up and began to talk to it…

She revealed that they wanted to get the Sun Orchid elixir from us, or get us to listen to their offer for it. The Captain asked who they worked for and they said the “Water Lords”. The water lords want the elixir to recover it to return it.

Papa asked what they would give us for it and she replied that she would not assault us again. We had a good chuckle over it and she said that she could see about an offer for us if we let her go. We had another good laugh over this comment.

From what I gathered the Water Lord’s sent them to us to negotiate for the sun orchid elixir and things got out of hand quickly. Captain then thanked her for her time and then promptly shot her, instantly killing her.

The next morning I had Araris look me over to make sure I didn’t have anything from those Peracan Div’s that touched me. He said I was clean but cured me anyway just to be safe. Still unclean…

That afternoon we then went to the Auction to implement our plan. When we actually got in the auction it was filled with well to do rich people, people with more money than common sense. Oh the things I could do with the combined wealth in this room, the achievements and breakthroughs that I could make… Instead it is wasted on trinkets and shows of gluttony…

We looked around for Slate and Ashen and did not see them, perhaps they sent a representative that we did not know. Just then Iketa showed up as the auction was about to start, she also had a magic Pesh vial around her neck. This was clearly not Iketa as she did not have 10,000g to purchase this on her own. Araris then checked her and she glowed evil, this was defiantly not Iketa; I assume it to be Ezgar as he is known to wear another’s skin.

As the auction progressed Araris, the Captain and Ezgar spoke in sharp whispers to each other. I was curious as to what was being said but just out of earshot.

Just then a Pesh lot came up complete with Magic Pesh Spell Book; this was of interest to Papa and I, him for the Pesh and me for the magical spell book that allowed you to make magical pesh. The book was called the Siherafion: Pesh Spell book

The Auction began: 3,000… 4,000… 4,500… 5,000… we went 5,500… the lady in front of us bid to 5,600… Papa turned to her and smiled as he went to 5,700g, there were no more bets.

The next item was the Alume with an opening bid of 5,700g; a wealthy person got the Alume for way too much money. The wasteful nature of the rich is beyond comprehension.

They then announced a 20 Intermission before the last few items.

We went to partake in the refreshments as Ezgar approached and asked what it would take to get us to leave. Araris replied they would neeed to stop the pexthrixial and Ezgar got upset and said that he would let the others know that we are working against them. Ezgar then said that he had Iketa and would kill her if we did not leave, we started making bad skin puns at his expense and told him that we would not leave. He then looked at me and asked if sending her finger would change my mind on staying, I replied no. He then said that he would send a hand, and then another if we did not leave, we said that we would not go.

Ezgar then said that he would just take it from us if we win the auction, so it would be best if we just left and saved our friend.

We made several more skin puns which just infuriate him more.

Ezgar then asked how many body parts he will have to send before we will stop mocking him and threatened to kill her outright.

When then quickly and quietly asked “should we go?” and everyone, save the captain, said no.

No one person is more important than our quest handed down from Atsu himself. There is also a high probability that Ezgar is lying about having Iketa anyway. The price is too high to be bullied or tricked into a poor decision.

The captain then got upset when we told Ezgar that we would bid anyway and left. Ezgar then went out after him and then Ezgar came back in moments later with an eye patch on. We heard no ruckus outside so we assume the Captain is ok.

We continued making bad puns for the remainder of the intermission and infuriating Ezgar even more to take him off of his game. He then said that “Ternakafel will be waiting for us every step of the way”. Weyland asked what would happen if he fails and Ezgar replied that he didn’t matter. I asked what would happen if Ternakafel does not get the elixir and he said that he would have to find other means. I told him that he should begin looking into those means then.

Just the the auction for the Elixir started at 60,000… 61,000g… 62,000g… 63,000g… and then Araris said 100,000g as a hush was let out. Ezgar then said 101,000g and Araris upped it to 105,000g immediately. Ezgar then bid 107,500 and Araris countered with 108,500g. At this point they were the only two left bidding.

Once… twice… and at the last moment Ezgar said 109,000g, Araris immediately said 110,000g.

Once… Twice… and just before three Ezgar looked over and told us that we shouldn’t have fought this, burst his form causing a wave of fear to overtake most of the people in attendance and then grabbed Kaladeth.

As the chaos ensued I kept my eyes on the Elixir.

Weyland tried to trip Ezgar but was unable to do so. Araris threw Scandranin’s token on the ground to make him appear, then used litany of escape to put Kaladeth on Scandranin’s back then knocked Ezgar out of the way and got out of there with her before he knew what was going on.

Ezgar then turned to run and weyland tried to trip him again but failed, as Ezgar got though the doorway he tried to knock the Alume out of the way and managed to push it back a few feet. Just then we could see the Captain standing near Ezgar, he lined up a shot and took it and dropped Ezgar prone. The Alume then took a shot at Ezgar and landed a solid blow.

I then flew up to the auctioneer and said that we fairly won this auction and would like our prize once we take care of this threat, she immediately said no but then looked up at the Pact Master and he noded, she then said that we could talk after we take care of the threat. I thanked her for her time, turned and lit Ezgar up with two lightning bolts.

He looked near death as Papa struck him down with a mighty blow.

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Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 25

Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 25

When we arrived in Druma Kaladeth wanted to run a few errands before going to see his father. As we walked we talked about how much gold we would need to outbid Slate on the sun flower elixir by calculating the dead dragon’s age and relative value. They should have had about 129,000 in cursed gold, so if we subtract the fee to clean it they would have about 110,000g to 120,000g. We currently have about 61,000g so we need another 50,000-60,000 gold to be able to compete with them.

We started by going to the Mercenary League Encampment of the Black Jackets, where Kaladeth seemed to try to sign Weyland up. She talked the leader into allowing him to join as an initiate, pending approval of a Profit, and got him fitted with armor that looks like that of the Black Jackets. I asked her why she wanted him to sign up and she said it was part of her plan, she would not elaborate on what the plan was but that it was going to require precision and timing on our part.

We then went to see her father who was a very wealthy man in a very wealthy city named Kedymos Sevardomos. They hugged and caught up on what each other had been up to. When her father asked about the trip to Azlant she quickly changed the subject.

She then told her father that Weyland was a talented combatant and interested in joining the league, I verified this information for her; she asked for his permission for him to join the league and his father agreed. He got him the necessary paperwork to sign up, then Kaledeth said that he should be a ranking officer. He told her to talk to Vice Captain Middleton, the ranking member if she wanted him to be a higher ranking member.

As we walked from the Sevardomos estate I asked Weyland if he was ok with this course of action, he said he was fine with starting as a soldier but Kaladeth insists that he start as a higher rank. I then asked Kaledeth why she dodged questions about the trip and she replied that she would tell him in time. She has not said too much about her plan but just that we are an integral part of it.

We arrived at a stadium fitted for combat and once there Kaladeth told Middleton of her wish to have Weyland start out at a higher position, Middleton agreed to test him and challenged Weyland to a fight of which Weyland obliged.

Middleton then started to prepare for the ensuing combat by administering some potions to give himself Bull Strength, Bark Skin and then Cats Grace. Weyland in turn just stood and looked at him which seemed to somewhat unnerve him. While he was preparing I did a detect magic and noted that his everything on his person glowed with magic. This could pose to be a formidable, fight.

Middleton had a Dagger in one hand and a Rapier in the other. Once he was done preparing he charged, but instead of attacking ran past him and clung to the pillar above.

Weyland, in turn, walked across the ring to the other side which caused him to have to come back down, as he did Weyland readied an attack.

Both combatants seemed to be trying to gage their opponent.

Weyland then made a move to attack him and landed a solid blow.

Middleton returned 5 strikes back at him with a very solid blow of his own.

Weyland then tripped him and missed with his follow up attack.

Middleton then slipped away and climbed back up the pillar.

Weyland looked to take a stance in anticipation of him diving at him.

Mitiliton then did just that and dove at him. Weyland attacked but Middleton tried to block and disarm him. He was not successful.

Weyland then attacked him again, without success.

I thought about intervening at this point but remembered how upset Araris got when I thrust myself into his one on one match and decided against this course of action.

Middleton then attacked in an attempt to disarm Weyland’s weapon again and failed, but did strike him again with a glancing.

Weyland then attacked him again and missed with both swings. It seems the potions he took made him nimble enough to evade these attacks as he moved with cat like grace. Middleton landed two more blows.

It is amazing how mundane hand to hand combat seems once you have mastered the art of magic. Knowing that this Middleton gentlemen is one of the highest ranking members of this barbaric organization, yet lacks any magical aptitude is pathetic. A mage worth his salt could defeat this whole organization in an afternoon. Now that is something that I would love to watch! It would be of far more interest than this hand to hand affair. Anyway I digress too much sometimes…

Weyland finally struck with a solid strike that caught Middleton off guard. This seemed to focus him more than anything else as he immediately tried again to disarm Weyland again and succeeded, Weyand’s Scythe now lay on the ground at the feet of his opponent.

Undaunted Weyland drew his dagger, as did I, and took a few steps back and readied another strike.

I checked Kedymos’s face to see if he was enjoying the fight and he seemed elated with what he was witnessing, I assumed that his satisfaction was part of the plan.

Middleton taunted him and told him to bring it, and proceeded to kick his scythe into the stands on the opposite side of the arena.

Weyland then drew his shield and taunted him in return. Middleton attacked him and it deflected off his shield. Weyland then stabbed him with his dagger. Again this seemed to infuriate and focus Middleton more than anything else.

Middleton then disarmed him of his shield and took a few wild swings at Weyland but missed with the subsequent attack.

Weyland attacked again with his dagger and missed again.

Middleton began trying to show Weyland up so I decided to intervene, the nerve of some people showing off to prove their own sense of worth when they are mediocre at best. I began hexing him to remove his luck and make him easier to hit.

Weyland drew his war hammer and took a swing with all his weight behind it. It landed and was a critical blow catching him by surprise. This strike sent Middleton to the ground. He began trying to crawl away and Weyland bashed his helmet in as Middleton’s body went limp and needed immediate medical attention.

I went out and healed Middleton to the point he regained conciseness, it seemed only right since I tipped the scales in Weylands favor and then went to check on Weyland.

A women named Ophelia that was watching from the shadows handed Middleton some potions to help him regain more health and his wits. She said that she was the captain here and I noted that there was something familiar about her. She then said Weyland’s style seemed familiar and asked Weyland who trained him. When he told her she then seemed interested in that information by the way she reacted to the name he said.

She then offered Weyland Middleton’s position since he defeated him, unless he wanted to fight her for her position. But she said that she wouldn’t recommend it. Weyland then asked Kaladeth if he should challenge for her position and she said he shouldn’t. In hindsight I should have checked out her gear with detect magic as well, maybe I will if our paths cross again.

Then she told him as Vice-Captain he had to take orders from her and the profits. Kaladeth then stepped in and addressed Ophelia stating that she needed Weyland for her travels and asked that Ophelia assigned him to her and her family. Ophelia agreed to do as much.

Kaladeths father then welcomed Weyland to the Black Jackets and invited us back to his estate for the evening.

We had supper in a very large hall at a huge table littered with food, far more than we could possibly eat. A wasteful showing of wealth. Small talk was being made when Kaladeth mentioned the fight to her father. Then she said to him that she would like to continue the project they started in Azland.

He then said that he hoped we found more success than Igoran, meaning that he knew far more than we thought he did, and she told him we had thanks to Weyland and his Scythe. I again confirmed that Weyland was an integral component of our success. She then started buttering her father up and then began to cry as she explained about the dragon that made her drink and break her bonds.

It was then that she told him that she needed to seek atonement. But stated that Weyland was always there for her. Then they were both crying. He told her that atonement is no laughing matter and she told him that she knew this to be the case. Then Kaladeth said that Weyland had asked for her hand in marriage. This confirmed that she was working an angel to get a dowry form her father to fund our sun-flower elixir expenditure.

She then told her father that Weyland was a high ranking member of the Black Jackets now and is one of us. She then presented him the platinum that we got from Igoran, as a sort of tribute and example of what they had accomplished.

Kedymos then took the platinum and made it disappear and said he would think on it for the night and told us we could sleep here, and in separate rooms of course.

Weyland asked her about this marriage plan. She then told us that a husband and wife can share wine and she wouldn’t lose her powers. He can also continue to train her and spar with her and not lose her powers if she makes contact. Along with the Dowry this did seem to be marriage of convenience that benefits everyone, minus Weyland.

Kaladeth said that she would have father draw up the proper papers in the morning. Everyone turned in for the night and I instead teleported back to Druma to get Araris since I have seen Weyland’s negotiating skills or lack thereof before.

I Found Araris at the Inn and told him of Weylands legal trouble, and brought him back to Druma to help.

The next morning when Kaladeth’s father agreed to the marriage I asked for legal counsel. Kedymos then questioned Weylands manhood in needing another to sort his affairs, he told him that it was prudent to have another with more knowledge of legal customs present for something this important and he agreed. I then disappeared and reappeared with Araris. He set up shop as did Kaladeth’s father.

They began negotiating for quite some time.

Kedymos suggested 60,000g set up for Weyland and Araris scoffed at it and told him that he was going to contribute 70,000g himself.

The back and forth went on for over an hour.

Araris offered to show them his firm in dragon heaven and Kaladeths father said he wanted to see it. They called on some Wizards and were able to commune with the head accountant there. Kedymos asked if they could absorb a 70,000 gold hit and Raz began laughing in the background. Kedymos then asked if Raz was the dragon that made Kaladeth lose her powers by drinking and he laughed harder. The wizards then closed the commune.

This upset her dad and then Araris said asked what his peers would think of his offer of 60,000g which drove him to make another offer of 100,000g. This was accepted and Araris began negotiating several sub clauses to the contract.

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Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 24

Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 24

The next morning we left town for Quantium, from there we would find a way to raise our boat and then head to Katapesh.

As we traveled the river we noticed several chartreuse corpses including some animals. As we rounded the bend we saw a huge chartreuse monstrous mutant on the shore line. For science Papa and I decided that we should investigate it as it seemed to still be breathing, however very faintly. When we made our intent known Weyland and Araris decided to come with us while Iketa and the Captain waited in the boat.

As we got closer we could see that his breathing was very laborious and it did not seem to notice us even though it appeared to be looking in our direction. From this distance it looks like this creature may have been a pachyderm at one time, before the mutation took over. From a cautious distance we made some noise to alert it to our presence to get its attention and gage it as a threat. When we did that the beast reared up and began to charge to attack us.

As soon as it started its charge Weyland sprinted up to it and in one movement cut the beast in half. It immediately burst into a fine chartreuse dust. When I saw this happen my first instinct was to get it off of him as quickly as possible as this chartreuse material had proven to be hazardous to others. I quickly hit him with a sharp gust of wind to blow all of the dust off of him before he could breathe any of it in.

Papa and I then examined the dust, along with the information that we had gathered from the prior corpses that littered the river we came to the conclusion that it had to be a Colour out of Space that was causing these problems. This Ooze gained strength as it fed off of your fear and emotions and this region has seemingly been its feeding ground.

From what we have seen if a creature is chartreuse it has been color blighted. If the creature is still alive it is very aggressive and yet lethargic.

I then took a look at myself and noted that a feeling of listlessness took over as we approached the shoreline, I had originally thought that this was caused by the mutant but it remains after it was destroyed. It was then that I realized that it was not caused by the creature we just killed and must be an effect from something else in the area. I then turned around to see the Captain chartreuse and slumping in the boat.

Iketa called out to him but the captain got upset and drew his fire arm. Papa approached him and tried to use Dominate Person but failed. I then put him to sleep but he got a shot off before he fell that struck Papa.

Out of the corner of my eyes saw a bright light sink into the ground. As I turned it was gone. Something odd was happening so I started looking again at the situation and noticed that despite what the situation and mystery before me, I was still feeling listless and not wanting to leave this area, however not because of the mystery. Odd…

Just then a chartreuse ooze emerged and Papa stepped up to engage it with parley before it got close to the group. The Ooze spoke to him in Aklo as they spoke on why it was here. The ooze slowly approached as they spoke and Papa stood his ground. The Ooze said that it was here to gain strength as we suspected and was near his departure. It also said that it had tagged the Captain as his next victim, which should be almost enough to allow him to leave this place and return to its home world.

Papa then offered up and alternative and as he did the Ooze tried to touch him. Papa floated back a few feet to avoid the lackadaisical attempt to touch him as contact with his skin could be hazardous. Papa offered for us to feed him emotions until he was full rather than him taking the Captain’s life. He agreed to try it and Papa began casting Papa Shared Memories, specifically of what he did with Weyland on their night of debauchery, after that he shared what he did the other night to regrow his arm.

After those memories it grew and said it was going back to the Diaspora. It then said that it wanted to see Papa and Weyland again, by name. In traditional Papa fashion he ignored this creepy advance and instead asked if he had seen any treasure left over from any of the lives he had taken. The Ooze then told us where there was treasure.

I then asked him to fix the Captain and he enveloped the boat and sucked the chartreuse color back in. The captain was still listless but alive and with better coloration.

The Captain’s will still seemed low and there is no way to tell what will happen with him,

The Ooze then told us that myself, the Captain and Papa cannot be affected by another alien ooze since he had affected us already. The Ooze then left by floating up into the sky until it was out of sight.

We then continued down river, looting unmanned ships along the way, presumably victims of the Ooze. As we journeyed the Captain spoke in Aklo and acted odd the majority of the trip. This was odd as the Captain did not know Aklo before this encounter. Maybe there will be some benefit from this encounter for him after all. I still plan to keep a watchful eye on the situation until he is back to his normal self.

The next morning we entered Quantium and as we neared the docks encountered the Quantium Golem. Araris flew ahead and spoke with it and it went back to a docile state. Once we made port we discussed what needed to be done. This was the first major town we had been in with magical capabilities in quite some time. We decided that Araris would take the Captain to Church of Abadar to get healed and Papa, Weyland and I would go to collect the reward for taking care of the “River Monster”.

As we walked to the city officials office it was apparent that the city pretty much destroys the water inland. They seem to dump magic and arcane run off into the water and I am told they have used this water to attack ships. This atrocity to nature shall not go unnoticed! I shall spend some time while we are here to see if I can help take care of this situation.

When we got to the city officials office to collect our reward, we spoke with someone who pointed us to the right line to claim the reward. It took over an hour in line but we were granted access to a city official who questioned the validity of our claim. Papa cast Shared Memories and showed him the memory of the Ooze leaving and returning to space. This was enough proof for the official and he offered us a reward. I recalled that more was offered and questioned him on it, he said “you can’t blame a guy for trying” and gave us the rest of the reward.

We then told him of our situation with our ship and he gave us the name of an inn near the docks to start our search for help raising the ship. He also said that the city will cover living expenses while we are here as a token of appreciation. He then asked that we stick around town until he verified that the menace had been taken care of and I told we would let him know when we left I also gave him our names as we were about to leave. He then asked where our ship was lost and told us the Miasmire is not a place you want a sunken boat, there is very nasty water there.

As with this city the water was polluted, possibly from this city. This is something else to look into.

After we left there I went to the Arcanamirium to send a ship to pick up the crew. Also sent a message to Lady Darchana on my findings in the Mana wastes and on the chartreuse creature.

I then teleported with Papa and Weyland to let the crew know that the boat is coming in two days and brought them some more supplies. While we were there I asked about the Sunken Galleys and they told us that they saw the Galleys go south to north on the infernal line. From this I realized that the sunken galleys might be in Quantium now based on when they saw the ship and could still be there or in the area. I thanked the crew for their information and for remaining strong and cohesive during these trying times. I will have to talk to Araris about rewarding the crew once we get our ship back.

We brought Ats back with us to help us track the ship and met the others at the moderately priced inn. Ats told us Ship was in a new position in the Meazmire. I theorized that the Personification of Fury may still be inhabiting the ship, but more information is needed.

Iketa then told us that that Azgar had been there wearing her skin and posing as her at the Pathfinder Society Lodge. I am not sure why he would do that as the Pathfinder Society accepts anyone and Iketa is not a person one could make look bad by impersonating.

Went then to the docks to look for the Sunken Galleys and saw a familiar ship with yellow sails. It was the slavers that we had encountered before we made port in Sedeq. We approached Captain Toefall and startled him. He said that he was following us and he was surprised we didn’t notice… It was apparent that he was following the ship and not us through the Mana Wastes. He told us he found our ship and it was unmanned, he thought we were all dead and jumped at the opportunity. Then the ship began attacking, firing at their ship, and then transforming into a giant squid and chasing them with storms and high winds. This lends credence to my theory that it was still possessed by the Fury.

Captain Toefall wouldn’t tell us why he was following us or who he was carrying on board, I tried to coerce him by asking him if he ever wondered what it was like to be a turtle. He said that he had heard of what I did in Sedeq and did not want the same done to him. I told him it was simple, tell the truth or be a turtle. He then tried to leave so I slept him and his crew came down from the ship to help him. The Navigator approached me and tried to charm me but I resisted. I explained to him that what I was asking was simple and did not need to lead to violence. He then told me the name of their passenger was Fortisku, the Bounty hunter from the Harbor Master in Sedeq. I am not sure why he was following us but inevitably we will run into him eventually and find out.

The next day I got set out for the City Offices before the sun was up and logged an official protest on the way that they treat their water. I then asked for a grant for the Arcanamirium from the city for funds to research and implement a device to combine Absorb Toxicity and a Chalice of Poison Weeping into a pump filter item to pump the cities water though to clean it. By my calculations this should work and be fairly inexpensive, plus it can give some students some hands on experience with monitoring and maintaining the unique item once its created. If this works for the city I will ask for a follow up grant to be used to craft a similar item for the Meazmire.

When I returned back to the Inn Araris confirmed that the Personification of Fury had in fact claimed and possessed our ship. He also said that it would trade an undisclosed favor for the Sultan or Air for the ship if we want. This seemed like the only real option to get the ship back. Apparently the ship could also shape change into sea life now, this was of great interest to me and would be exciting to examine. It said that it will safe guard most of the crew if we came back to talk about this proposal more, with the exception being Iketa.

We went out later that day to meet the Maelstrom/Personification of Fury. We were invited onboard and talked to the Fury about the fight with the pirates. He seemed to enjoy telling stories so I asked it about other things he knew more about than I. While it was speaking I noticed that the water around the ship is clean, yet the water further out is still polluted. Interesting…

While the rest of the team were debating the proposed deal I decided to ask about the use of one of its aspects for the cleaning mechanism I was designing. It said no, but did mention that my design would work. Validation!!

It then offered Iketa a gift for her favor, she said maybe and he released the river boat, struck it with lightning and afterwards it glowed magic. He seemed to put the Maelstrom’s essence in the smaller boat and made it bigger, almost a regular ships size and the ship is now very fast.

We finally struck a deal with the Personification of Fury to get the ship back, it would be allowed to leave an aspect inside to monitor us and we would take on its favor to the Sultan of Air. The Maelstrom is now the smaller boat and the larger boat is now known as the Fury.

When we returned to Quantium I had word waiting for me at the Inn that I got the grant for the water purification system. This should help increase the notoriety of the Arcanamarium in these parts while helping the environment here, a true win win.

In the morning we set out for Katapesh and made it there without incident. The crew was happy to be back aboard our ship, back in their normal cabins and although the ship now smelt from being underwater for so long, it was good to be back aboard.

Now that we are in Katapesh all we need to sell some items, find the auction for the sun orchid and stop the sale to the Dragons and defeat them.

When we made port we found the sunken galleys, and noticed that they were no longer sunken. They must have cleaned all those cursed coins for the auction.

Once we were settled Kaladeth, Weyland and Araris set out to find the auction and to get Kaladeth atoned. She mentioned that she needed her carriage cleaned so she could fit the part of a priestess so Papa and I washed it; Iketa took a nap.

Kaladeth told us that she could get some investors to help us outbid the dragons for the flower but she needs atonement to do this. I then volunteered to take Kaladeth to Druma

Expenses Log
Cost Days Total
Inn 25 SP 5 125 SP
Laundry, magic 2 GP 2 4 GP
Bath 18 CP 3 54 CP
Soap 1 CP 1 1 CP
Meals 45 SP 15 675 SP
Tea 20 CP 10 200 CP
Milk 25 CP 5 125 CP
Wine 10 SP 5 50 SP

12 GP Total
53 SP
80 CP

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Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 23

Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 23

The journey to Alkenstar…

After several days of travel though the Mana Wastes we made it to Alkenstar. In those days we encountered bands of mutants, clockwork creations and golems that were long past their primes. We found a few more “Mana Pockets” during this time and again I gathered data on these phenomenon as they were becoming easier to detect. The Arcanamirium will be very happy with these results, so long as I can get them to them.

Anyway, as we approached Alkenstar we could see the cliffs before us, they must have been over a thousand feet up blanketed with smoke from industry. Araris flew up and a giant cannon fired at him, as we looked up a shot rang out near us and a shot hit near the captain’s foot. I sensed 3-4 people around us. Just then a dwarf confronted us and tells Captain to holster his weapon, and asked if we are sick. The Captain threw down his arms so we followed suite. As they approached me they asked for my spell components, I gave it up as everyone else had already forked over their items. They said that we would be taken to a room to answer some questions before we could get our items back.

They asked about our journey through the wastes, we told them about it. Talked a little more and given passage to the city, with our weapons. The Captain asked about shops in town that could help him with his guns and was referred to the Rusty Glove.

We went to Rusty Glove, the owner was apparently a renowned gunsmith called Bruner Derwel. I have no knowledge of this person. He took the Captain aside and they talked for quite a long time and when he came back he had traded one of the weapons he took off the Pale Stranger for lessons in gun use and told us that we would be here for three more days. Bruner asked us to deliver some guns for him that were months over due. We agreed to do it and the next day Papa and I teleported to where the guns were to be delivered and dropped them off. The rich recipient named Kellis was… “grateful” I guess you would call it… and tipped us 1,000g for our trouble, but did so to protect his name rather than having Bruner pay for the delivery. While in town I sent the Arcanamirium, specifically Lady Darchana, a copy of my reseach on the Mana Wastes and the “Mana Pockets” both normal and heightened. I hope that the scholars there find the information as interesting and useful as I do. Perhaps in time we can find a way to fix this phenomenon.

When we returned to Alkenstar we still had another day to sit in magic purgatory. Bruner also asked to take care of a monster in the area, near Arcanis. We said that we would look into it, but when we asked about compensation he noted that it should come from the Arcanis themselves. He also indicated that the attacks in that area have increased lately.

Since we had another day I went back to check on the crew, they were all there. I brought them food, water, and some more supplies and then went to check on the ship and to my surprise it was gone. In its place was a deep gash in the bottom of the sea. I spoke to a fish and he was of little help, he told me that 2-7 days ago it moved away and crushed his coral home, fish are not the best for detailed data like what I needed. I then set out to speak with a more intelligent animal and found a Dolphin, he indicated that the Maelstrom left without anyone onboard and it left with a big storm. I went back to look for any reminisce of the ship in the crushed coral so that we could Scrye on the ship and was lucky enough to find a sliver that looked to be from the ship.

I brought it back to the crew and asked Atts to Scrye on the ship. He said that it was located about 10 miles away from where it was sunk in a cove. We will have to investigate this more once we have finished with our business in the Wastes. Did the Maelstrom power back up in a period of heightened magic and leave on its own since no one was aboard to control it or did the Thunderstorm return to take it, or is it something far worse…

The next morning we began heading to Arcanis and to the Flesh Forges so Papa could get his arm fixed. As we journeyed up the river we found dead body with a faint odd magic aura, he was chartreus in colored and looked to have his life drained out of him. We studied him and could not figure out what happened to him so we moved on. In examining him we made sure not to touch him given some of the mutations we had already seen and after seeing Iketa begin to turn.

We came to a port near the Flesh Forges and talked to a Captain Tsadok who was flanked by two battle mages. It is nice to finally see a place where magic is appreciated.

As we spoke a commotion arose a few blocks away and they asked us to stay back for our safety, but we said we wanted to help. Captain Tsadok said we could help but that we had to stay out of the way of his warriors. We agreed and began approaching the area where the commotion was heard.

As we awaited the source of the commotion Arrarais and I took to the roofs to get a better view and a more desirable location for conflict. Just then we noticed a Giant Red Ooze coming down the street, enveloping everyone that it passed. We quickly engaged it to try and stop it from killing anymore people. We quickly realized that it was resistant to most spells I could not cast to do a normal amount of damage, regardless of its element. The battle raged on and the Ooze split into two making it hit twice as often and just as hard. Just then I noticed Papa fall to the ground motionless. I knew he only had seconds before he expired and I went in, knowing I would take a potentially devastating hit, to save him. As I approached I threw a fireball at the two blobs and destroyed one of them, it was also enough of a distraction to get a heal on Papa, saving his life but I took a huge hit in the process. I can honestly say that I have never been hit that hard in my life.

It was a tough, hard fought battle with Weyland, Papa and I all almost dying but we were successful in subduing the Ooze. Araris mounted up and flew to other locations and helped them deal with the other two Oozes in the city.

After the battle Papa and a battle mage called Rudhale took off their shirts and started touching each other, and looking at each other’s tattoos. It was… not right… Papa set up a meeting for the next night at 2:00am to fix his arm and asked that weyland, Araris and I come with him… just in case. We all agreed to go to both aid and witness this event.

We spent the next day taking in the sites of this small town, shopping and preparing for the night ahead. We did not know what to expect as Papa was vague, but we know it would be intense and probably disgusting.

At 2:00am we went to the Chain’s Flesh Forge with Papa and Rudhale where we met with a few other mages. Once everyone was in place one of the mages summoned a Kyton. The Kyton and the Papa started feeling each other up, which was beyond awkward…

I noticed that Rudhale had an amulet around his neck that had a strange yellowish color too it. The color seemed to be similar to the color of the skin of the person in the water. This is worth investigating later.

As Papa and the Kyton talked Papa admitted to being damned to hell and said he “wanted what she had” He then started talking about his Ryder. This was interesting because he did not mention his Ryder to us until he had to in Voshgurvaghol and asked that we not mention it again, yet he is freely telling her of his rider. The Kyton then began talking him into replacing his rider with her. He agreed to it and instantly fell to the ground as an intellect devourer appeared and attacked him. Araris and I fended it off but Papa was injured before we could act.

Just then the Kyton ripped Papa’s beard ripped off and put chains put in its place. She then told Papa to place his crippled arm in a vat of mutagen, he did and it ate his arm all the way to the socket. After which she summoned another creature, sat him down and began slowly cutting off his arm… she then attached it to Papa’s arm socket… I threw up, and continued to do so until the ground was a greyish color.

The Kyton then offered to trap its soul in one of the soul gems we had and haunt Papa’s mind. As part of the ritual Papa was to be beaten within an inch of his life, Weyland offered to help. I don’t think that was way Papa wanted him there… well actually with Papa I guess you never know.

When we tried to lend him aid for his wounds we were told that he would have to make it on his own and bear these scars. This was all part of a very sick, yet very interesting ritual. I was wary of attending something so dark but the knowledge gained will serve for some interesting studies at the Arcanamarium.

After this ritual was complete we went back to town.

When we returned I asked Rudhale about his amulet and what they were made of. He explained that they were meteorites that were found in the hills. I check his amulet and it gave off the same aura as the guy we had found in the river. I asked him how his health was doing, and if he had been feeling run down lately and he said he had been. I then told him to take it off as it was giving off the same Aura as the guy in the river and causing him to become ill, my theory is that these meteorites were causing people to turn into these yellow mutants we saw. He took it off and Papa cast visions on it. Papa had an indescribable experience, from his accounts it seemed as if he was flying through space and landing to earth.

Based on this information we decided to stay another day to use their telescope to look at space and see if we could gather any more information.

When I used their telescope, I could see a planetoid in the distance. It seemed to have a skull on it, however this could be because they told me that it had one on it, putting the idea in my mind to find it. Like a hidden meaning in a painting. Regardless this was very interesting to me, I had not seen this planetoid before.

The scholars here mentioned that they had thousands of years of records of the skies here, oh what I would give to have the luxury of time needed to go thought these records. People that document rocks falling from the sky and then pursuing them must have a wealth of knowledge to be explored.

I then noticed that most of the others in the room had the yellow rocks around their necks. I told them to take them off for the reasons mentioned before and some did some didn’t. I told the ones that did to keep their eyes on the ones that didn’t because they will soon begin to deteriorate in health and turn into mutants like the ones we saw in the river.

We were warned of a Chartreuse being that has been menacing the area that was rumored to come from the stars. In the morning we will again set sail and with luck will encounter this being. I can’t wait to ask him about his travels and where he comes from… if he is civilized that is.

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Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 22

We gathered on the beach. In silence we looked at one another wondering what to do next. We could see both sunken galleys in the distance, but not the maelstrom that now lay at the bottom of the sea. As we stood perplexed we noticed a form fly from the ship and landing near us, it was Slate. Slate began to tell us that “he doesn’t like the Ezgar and that he is his father’s minion. He also told us that he will purse us if we do not march into the Mana Wastes”.

The Ezgar wants us to head into the Mana Wastes, if we don’t go he will pursue us after what he did to Iketa we have seemingly little choice in this matter.

I asked Slate where he was heading next and he told us that he was heading North; he also mentioned that the Ezgar is interested in this spot and has sunk many ships here. Oddly enough Slate was more useful with the information that he provided this time, maybe he feels guilt over not aiding us on the ship. He told us that the “Infernal Line will be next, that Ashen and the Ezgar are heading to Gebb to purge the ghosts from the coins so they can use them in Katapesh to make a grand purchse for father.” Slate also revealed to me that he will not undermined his father’s plan; as this is all his father’s plan. (His father, Ashens Grandfather). It looks like until we get our strength back and a solid plan for the Ezgar we will need to watch out for his and Ashen’s ships once we escape the Mana Wastes.

As we made camp the first night Weyalnd woke me to show me some lights he noticed in the distance that were “Dancing and giggling”, they were Will o wisps and were accompanied by a witch fire. Weyland asked for me to parley with them, we woke Captain and we all went to investigate. The Wisps led us to some wreckage that was near the witch fire. In the wreckage we found a wig, an iron gauntlet and a part to a gun. Just then we heard some yipping in the distance and ran back, from the noises we assume that they were Gnolls.

We met up with Araris at camp and decided to go out to meet them before they got to camp, when they rounded the bend we could tell that they were mutated. There was also a Giant mutant Gnoll with a ships cannon for an arm. I loosed a fireball as soon as I saw them and must have hurt them badly as they returned some fire at me. One volley of bullets was enough to have me behind a rock taking a more strategic approach. I need to work on me defensive abilities, this was a real eye opener. The fight drew on and on due to the magic damper of the Mana Wastes. We managed to beat them but took a beating ourselves in the process. Papa, Iketa, and a stranger appeared via dimension door right in front of the Gnolls and aided in the combat. During the battle the giant Gnoll hit Papa in the arm with his cannon and Papa’s arm was shattered internally, well beyond the abilities of our healing. Iketa was covered in vile from one of the Gnolls and seemed to be succumbing to a mutation until Araris cured him.

After the conflict we returned to camp and found that the Fighter Collective was able to keep everyone clam and safe while we dealt with the Gnolls.

Just then someone noticed a Gunslinger silhouette in the distance. Araris flew ahead to meet him. The gunslinger could smell the dragon power inside of him. Araris said his name was Theodric, which we recalled was a name from the Obelisk, one of Absue’s chosen. He also noted that he was marooned there by Ezgar as well. Theodric asked to meet in the west in Palaver in 3 days.

We deduced that the 3 names from the obelisk are the Witch Fire, this Gunslinger and a grave knight based on the items found in the shipwreck and after speaking with Theodric.

I am about sick of these Mana Wastes, A place where magic fluctuates is positively idiotic. I am going to start documenting and tracking these “Mana Pockets” so we can move towards and into those pockets in the future on this journey as well as have some good data to send back to the Arcanamirium. This information will make good travel information for anyone else heading to this part of the world. No Magic… it is a sickening thought.

We journeyed 3 days to Palaber to meet the gunslinger and the others. We did manage to find a “Mana Pocket” on one of the days. This allowed us to resupply with created water as well as me using a few call animal’s to get us some fresh meat. I documented the length, and strength of the pocket. This one seemed to have increased properties, something I could get used to. We paused long enough to get our supplies up and get the data that I needed to look for more of these in the future. I hope the Arcanamirum can appreciate both the danger and time involved in gathering this data. Now I will just have to find a means of getting this information back to them when able. A bird token would be of no use at here so I will have to wait for another opportunity to send the information.

Anyway in Palaber we went into a building and met with the Pale Stranger (Gunslinger) and two others, a witch fire and a grave knight (we were right).

They told us that they had similar experiences to us. They were told to begin our search in Absolam. They said that the Lawful dragons will be taken through the infernal line, chaos were on the dreadline. They confirmed that the Ezgar is a necromancer and that Tranakafel is the oldest dragon around. Their next lead was to search Katapesch to see what the gold was for. The witch fire thinks he is looking for a Sun Orchid, in the interest of extending his life and clinging to life by any means.

We must make it to this wealthy auction in Katapesch for this Orchid to catch up with Ashen, Slate and the Ezgar and stop this sale.

The Pale Stranger offered to give us the power that Absue gave his trio, but said that we would have to prove ourselves by beating them in combat and that they would pick the terrain for the encounter. I asked if we would wait for a “Mana Pocket” and he replied that he wouldn’t have it any other way.

We waited for a “Mana Pocket” and the second it hit the Pale Stranger drew and began fire. He struck the captain from an impossible distance. Iketa charged to the bottom of the cliff our opponents were on. Araris grabbed Weland and took flight as did the Grave Knight. I went invisible and began my approach of the Pale Stranger.

Araris took out the Grave Knights mount which sent him plummeting to the earth and Araris peppered him with arrows.

I sent a fire ball at the group on the ground to take out the creatures that the Witch Fire had summoned and give Iketa some space and continued closing in on the Pale Stranger.

The Witch Fire mercilessly attacked Iketa as he was both singled out and an easy target. Iketa fell to the ground motionless. Araris dropped Weyland at the top of the cliff, near the Pale Stranger and went for Iketa. Papa swooped in and healed Iketa as did Araris to keep him alive.

Just then I was in range for a polymorph spell and used it to turn the Pale Stranger into a Pale Turtle. I then flew in and grabbed the turtle and Weyland, and dimension doored us in front of the Grave Knight where I dropped Weyland to engage him as I enjoyed the show.

Papa killed the Witch Fire, reducing her to dust and continued giving aid to Iketa, as did Araris.

Weyland struck the Grave Knight several times until he yielded. Once the fight was over I gave him the turtle and dispelled the polymorph turning him back into his proper form.

They asked if we had any questions, asked if he enjoyed being a turtle and got shot in the foot in return. I asked what would happen for them next, they told us that there will be nothing holding them here if we take on their mission. They gave us a route to get back out to sea.

They laid down and turned into dead, almost rubble. We took their power and recovered some items to help us on their quest.

Now to bandage my foot, and follow their directions to the next location on our quest and getting closer to solving this mystery.

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Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 21

That night we returned to the Harbor Master’s manor Araris and I began to barter for shipping records with no luck, he was only interested in selling us more slaves or working out a deal where we buy a slave and get access to the records.

The next morning Araris came with me to the Bank of Abadar. I went to get location of Auditor, and to get the debt records for an Iketa Krane. We were informed that we would need to go to Absolom to find debt records at the church there. This was not much of an inconvienince as we were planning to travel thought there when we head to Chillax for Araris’s test later in the day.

We gathered at the ship and Weyland made mention of having some personal matters to attend to in Absolm so we took him with us on our Teleportation Vacation. First we dropped Weyland in Absolm and told him we would meet him here in several hours, then proceeded to Chillax for Araris’s test.

The Hell Knight capital looks like something out of a demons wet dream. It is as if they went out of their way to add demonic décor. Anyway Araris’s father and some Hell Knight nobles were on hand for his test. I checked out the barrier that was to keep the evil they were going to unleash inside and it was an impressive magical barrier. Araris then took his place in the arena to being the test against a Fallen One.

When the devil appeared you could tell that it knew why it had been brought here. It acted with precision and guerrilla tactics, trying to hide and strike from a distance while sending in his underlings to keep Araris busy. Araris make quick work of these devils and quickly took them down, shortly followed by the Fallen One. I defeating this devil he passed the test, then a contract devil appeared and Araris was told that this was the next part of the test. The Contract Devil wanted to make a deal for Araris’s soul in exchange for wishes, some back an forth as well as lots of contract reading pursued and by the end he had talked the devil into taking someone else’s soul in exchange for improving his bow.

Araris and his father exchanged some pleasentries in private; while they talked Papa and I talked with the Hell Night caster. Papa asked if he could drink her blood and she asked the same of him. Who are these people?!

We then we set off for Absolm again to go to the bank and meet up with Weyland. Once at the main bank of Abadar in Absolm we found out that Iketa owes10,000g plus incalculable more from her home land. The church was buying up this debt to consolidate it and then to go after Iketa. I asked where the Auditor was and the banker said he wasn’t sure. We were able to get documentation on that amount that is confirmed to be owed, the 10,000g. The banker said he would have us followed as this was a lead to Iketa. I told him that we understood, but did not confirm that we know this person or not and then asked for a minute alone to discuss this information. He agreed and gave us privacy. Araris wanted us to teleport away, I pointed out that this course of action would make us look like we were in league with Iketa as well as give him confirmation that we know where she is. Instead we thanked him for his time and this information and left thought the front door.

That night we bargained for a slave of Araris’s choosing and also secured permission to check the shipping records on Iketa and the auditor. We found one from Iketa’s father and someone else that someone (probably the Auditor via vision) took a copy off. The message said that it was safe for her to come home now indicating that she is not new to getting herself, and potentially others, into trouble.

When we returned to the ship Papa told Iketa what he found from his and our research and I told Iketa to get in fox form from now on since the bank may now know of her location and she declined. This was my last attempt to help this women help herself; anything that comes next is on her. It is foolish to remain in denial when we all know the truth.

Shortly thereafter we left to follow the dread line and seek out Ashen.

A few hours after we set out we encountered the Storm Fury that Iketa had insulted in the great fall costing us many lives. It was demanded an apology and for her to beg for forgiveness. In traditional fashion she half apologized and would not beg. I think the gravity of the situation is often lost on her.

The Fury then took over the ship and began increasing our speed. We went faster and faster until it finally deployed the side sails and we took flight. I made my way over to the Perl of Power in anticipation of needing to use it for a crash landing. As we started our decent I went to activate the Perl and the ship fought me off and threw me away from it. We were about to crash against the waves and lose most of the life on the ship. Iketa then feigned “begging’ the Fury for mercy and it transformed the ship into ta sperm whale and saved he ship from destruction. It was too close for comfort but typical of my adventuring with this crew.

I think that it is about time we renegotiate my contract with them.

We caught up to Ashen’s Ship a few hours later. Araris and I flew over to her ship and spoke with her. She invited us to follow her to the meeting location, but could not slow down to wait for our ship as she did not have time.

Hours later we ran into 2 ships that were meeting, from the distance we could tell that Slate and the scary guy from the other sunken galley were aboard. As we approached the crew wanted to fight and I asked that they keep the peace as these three were all formidable adversaries. They agreed to hold for the time being.

As we brought our ship even with theirs I went to great Slate, saw the Acortch and was immediatly feared below decks. From there I could see Slate and that he was showing off his new form proudly to the others. The Acortch told them only family can leave this place and when Iketa heard that she charged the Acortch. Iketa managed to swing at him once before he filleted her and removed her skin. He was standing over her exposed body holding her skin in his hand above her as if it were common place.

The team jumped into the fight as we realized that we were outside of the Mana Wastes and magic didn’t work here. This was a lost fight before it started but we fought on. We did manage to talk Ashen and Slate into staying on the sidelines rather than participate which was critical as their participation against us would have spelt doom for the entire crew.

Iketa managed to slip away from the Acortch but not before it hit her midair, knocking her prone. Araris swooped in on Scandragon and grabbed her and brought her back over to our ship when he dropped her in a bloody heap.

Araris found some success against the Acortch with his arrows and judgments and I was able to get a few spells to go off that seemed to hurt it. We faught for a few minutes before a ghost dragon flew from the Acortch’s ship and went inside of our ship. The screams that ensued were blood curdling.

Papa went below decks to check on the crew and I got off another lightning bolt before also going below decks to check on Falath and Tokka. The Captain called for an evacuation and the crew happily obliged. The ghost dragon seemed to be sinking our ship but not attacking anyone below decks.

Papa went back above deck to grab who he could and get out of here. He used a teleport to get Iketa back to the Pathfinder Society in Sedeq to try to save her, I fear her last breath was taken quite a while ago.

I got Falath and Tokka out of the ship and gathered what I could take with me as we evacuated the vessel. We went deep into the sea and watched as our ship sank into the depths. We stayed hidden for a while before venturing on to rejoin any survivors.

Things are always bleakest before the dawn, and this certainly looks very bleak.

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Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 20

That night we went to Harbor Masters home for dinner. It was not an affair suited to my tastes and the culture here is revolting. To think that it is ok to own someone because you perceive them to be lessor than you is nauseating.

After dinner we were presented slaves of opposite sex, but same race behind us. The audacity of this man to make such a bold gesture! I was set to by mine but could not think clearly enough to negotiate, my only thoughts were ending this man’s miserable life and making the world a better place in the process. I let Araris negotiate for me as it is his specialty and he managed to roll her cost in with some other business he was conducting with him.

The Harbor Master offered us a room for the night and other luxuries but I could not stand to give him the pleasure. I learned the former slaves name was Namawyn, a beautiful creature wrongfully imprisoned as someone’s property. She was now free, but I felt the need to get her away from this place to aid in her reorientation to her freedom.

I took Namawyn back to the ship to show her the dragon turtle. Now that thoughts have come to rest I notice that I have not named my dragon turtle… I shall call him Tokka. Namawyn was impressed by Tokka and seemed friendly towards him. I then told her of the choice I needed her to make. I gave her the option of traveling with me and helping take care of Tokka or going to an Undine City to stay with some friendly people that would help her get back on her feet. I did not accept her initial answers of “Whatever you command master” and insisted she tell me what she wished for more. She elected to go live among the Undine in my village and I was happy to grant her request.

The next morning Papa, Araris, Namawyn and I set out to teleport back to Magnamar so we could conduct some business. We decided to meet the next morning at the Order of the Nail and I bid Papa and Araris good day as Namawyn and I set out to swim to my home land.

When we arrived at my home all was as I left it, my mother must still be stopping over to clean periodically. I then went to my parents’ home to bring them up to speed on what I have been doing, introduce them to Namawyn and see if they would be willing to aid in her rehabilitation.

When I walked in with a female Undine my parents jumped to the logical conclusion that I had found someone to settle down with. It broke their hearts when I explained to them that it was not the case. While my true reason for bringing her here was noble, it was not what they had been wishing for when I returned.

I explained to them that Namawyn had been made a slave in Sedeq and I could not sit by while someone held an Undine as their property. I introduced Namawyn to them and told her of their backgrounds and of the high regard they were held in the community.

We devised a plan to help her get reoriented to her freedom while trying to help her save face in the community. We would tell people that she was an intern of mine come to stay with them to aid in the writing of a book on my life. Since most of the Undine in my community rarely leave, unless it is to trade, my exploits are a thing of legend to them so this should provide an adequate cover for her. I know that my parents can give her the love, attention and freedom it will take to give Namawyn her will back. It is more a matter of time at this point.

That night we sat down to a home cooked meal and I told them all a few stories from my travels, some of the less outlandish ones. I don’t need them fearing for my safety while I am gone. That night I slept in my own bed, this was a treasure to be sure. My quarters on the ship are nice, but nothing beats the bed you are used too.

That morning I said my goodbyes, something that has become far too common recently. I bid Namawyn good luck and told her I would be back to check on her progress. I don’t think she understands the grandness of that gift I have given her, but that is to be expected after all that she went though.

As I left I slipped some gold in my mother’s pocket. They would never accept such a thing but I have far more than I need and they are doing a total stranger a huge favor. Sometimes good deeds should be rewarded.

When I returned to Magnimar I went to the Arcanamirium and investigated the names “The Auditor” and “Iketa Crane”. I found out that “The Auditor” showed up at the Arcanamiruim 70 years ago to audit their accounts. The name “The Auditor” might just be a role that someone fills. I found nothing more on these names meaning that they do not have ties to the magical community, or at least not the organized communities.

We left Magnimar a short while later to return to Sedeq. On the way we stopped in Chiliax and decided to spend some time there. Both Araris and I had business to attend to but poor Papa seemed board by this journey. Then he rather bluntly announced that he was going to go off and get high. So much potential wasted in his debauchery.

I proceeded to the Arcanamirium to meet with the Arch Dean Lady Darchana, report in on all that I have encountered and get some insight into what is going on. To my surprise Master Toth was still at the school. He was very excited to see me and thanked me for this opportunity. He said he was enjoying teaching here and getting away from the day to day affairs of the Golem Works.

Master Toth then asked about the Maelstrom and I told him of its current state as well as the enhancements that Vila Sol had given the ship. He was very interested in these new improvements. I asked him if he could come with us back to the ship to aid in its repair but alas he had a class to teach later in the afternoon and there was no way we could get him back here in time. I would never expect him to leave the teachings of young minds to aid me in repairing a ship, such selfishness is left for the less learned minds.

After Master Toth and I exchanged a few more pleasantries he took leave and I was left alone with Lady Darchana. She has been a trusted acquaintance for many years and someone I knew I could confide in and ask advice of. She asked how my studies have been going and how Falath’s education was progressing. I told her that we had both learned far more than we set out to learn. I then told her all that we had done on our adventure, leaving no detail out. She took notes as we talked and I gave her a copy of this journal and asked that she compare the two to make sure that no detail had been missed before it became a matter of record.

I then asked that she not publish any of my findings yet as some events are still in motion and would be better left unknown until they had run their course. She agreed to hold off on adding these to our records.

She then made mention that my sponsor would be pleased with all that I had learned. I was not sure what she meant as I thought she was my sponsor. She then said that I had an anonymous scholarship granter that was also the person that recommended me for the mission. I was completely unaware of this as well. I told Lady Darchana that I thought it was her that had done these things and asked who this sponsor was. She replied that they had sponsored many promising young mages over the years but could not reveal who they were. I told her I understood and trusted her judgment, but asked that she use discretion when updating him on our all that I had done or am in the process of doing. She agreed to use her discretion.

Lady Darchana then asked if I was ready to take the test to advance in the Arcanamirium, I told her absolutely I was. I took the test and did quite well, earning the second highest rank in the school, Constente. If I had a little more time I am sure that I would have scored perfect on the test. Still this was not a bad score for stopping in to take the test, but far from a good gage of the wealth of knowledge I possess.

Shortly after I finished my test I met back up with Araris and what was let of Papa after his indulgent and we teleported back to Sedeq.

When we arrived Araris went about his business with the order of the nail. We went back to the Church of Abadar to help him get some property for a legitimate order. I then went with Araris to the current Order of the Nail to watch him knock out the former leader of the pathetic order and establish his control over it. He replaced the people there with some of this own people and began to work on improvements to the order.

While he was busying himself with these improvments I met with Tebreleth to see if she found any information on The Auditor or Iketa. She told me of a house in the middle of town that had a hole blasted into the wall. It was rummered that it was the former home of Igoran Slate. I had not choice but to go investigate.

From the crowd I gathered that:
The owner was gone for too long, he was a slaver that dealt in genies, someone finally robbed the place, and that a cannon had to have been used to make this hole?

I then went inside after distracting the guards and found:
Old oil lamps, pictures were missing from the walls, all the drawers had been rifled through, signs of a literate person, broken caster equipment, found paper that was similar to the paper I gave to Slate earlier. I then opened it and confirmed that it was the paper his niece sent to him, an Ashen Silloex.

I then thought that the landlord of the building may have more information on this residence. I went to meet him and he was less than hospitable. He told me that the home did indeed belong to an Igoran Slate and would tell me little else.

I then decided to try to use a tactic I had seen work many times for Araris and employee the Hell Knights to leverage his attitude towards me. I told him that this was a matter of importance and that I wanted to talk to him one on one and get answers before the Hell Knights had to be brought in for answers. He scoffed at the concept of Hell Knights, a testament to how low the order here had fallen.

I then told him that I did not want to see harm come to him and that all I sought were simple answers to simple questions. How long he had lived there, if there was any odd activity and if he remembered anything Slate did while he was there that stood out. He again refused and told me not to waste his time.

This irritated me, so I turned him into a turtle with a Baelful Polymorph spell.

I then asked him the same questions, once he stopped yelling, and he opened up quite quickly. He told me that:
Slate was looking for a specific Genie, the wish granting type, Slate was dripping with money and that he had lived there for 4-5 years and was reclusive

I then asked him if those simple answers were worth getting turned into a turtle over, a question I did not think I would be uttering in my lifetime. He then demanded that I turn him back into a human, and was not pleased when I told him I wasn’t sure I could.

I went back to the Order of the Nail and introduced Araris to the Turtle and told him I needed someone to break the enchantment. We found a spell in town that I learned to break it. I tipped him for the inconvenience but he was less then grateful. This ordeal could come back to haunt me, but he seemed fairly content to no longer be a turtle. Hopefully he will be more receptive if I should need further information from him.

When we returned to the ship Papa was telling us of a recon that he did a recon of a ship laden with the dead. He mentioned that there was a ton of treasure inside and we discussed taking it down.

Mid conversation Iketa tried to lobby a preemptive lie to us about her debts and the Auditor, Araris, Papa and myself tried to talk her into coming clean about all of it and she continued to lie. She said it was a mistake and that he had her mistaken her with someone else, yet another lie. I told her in her native language of Tien, the same language that she scribed her true name on the Obelisk that “sometimes it is better to come clean” and she still denied it to be true. Maybe we need to get The Auditor and Iketa in the same place and just sort this “mistaken Identity” out once and for all.

Later that night I went to the bar with Papa, Weyland and Iketa and saw Ashen Silloex at the bar. The three of them seemed intent on engaging in debauchery which is to be expected of Papa but the other two seemed out of place. A short while later I heard Weyland crying in the next room… It was an oddity to be sure.

I approached Ashen at the bar and asked if I could speak with her in another room. She declined immediately. I then said the matter involved her uncle. She then asked several questions and I told her this is why I wanted to speak in private.

We went into a side room and she asked if Slate was ok an accomplished his goals. I told her that he was in fact ok and his goals seemed to be accomplished. Said told me that Ternockifel was Slate’s employer and her grandfather and that they share common goals. She went on to tell me that Slate should not have went on this journey alone. I asked about his next stops, so we could meet up with him and before she could answer Papa, and Weyland came in.

Iketa entered a few moments later and aggravated her when they mentioned the Dredline and the bones in their ships. Iketa then calmed her and we talked some more. She asked if we supported Slates plan and I told her “I do not approve of oppressions” Weyland put his hand on her shoulder and said he feels her pain and she broke down.

I asked again about Slates next few destinations but she did not elaborate. We were able to get her to revile her true form which is an impressive one. She is a Daphire Black Dragon of the Bard variety. If we are going to take down the Sunken Galley she pilots with the dead we will need a very good plan.

I returned to the ship and told the others of my conversation with Ashen. Hopefully we can devise a plan for both issues we face and get through the next few days unscathed…

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Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 19

After the night of the great fall we are still trying to pick up the pieces. The night was rough on almost everyone. The crew spent the night bailing water in an effort to keep us afloat. Weyland and Atts spent most of the night trying to repair what they could of the ship in an effort to make it port to get proper repairs. After a night that would not end we managed to keep the ship above water and began our slow trip to port.

As we neared port we noticed a ship approaching us in the fog. As we prepared for combat we noticed the ship sail right passed us without giving us notice.

Araris thought we should give the ship a fly by and scouted it. He noted that the ship was powered by the dead and was a source of evil.

In our current condition we could not risk a battle at sea so we did not pursue the ship, although there was discussion of doing just that.

A short while later we noticed another ship approaching in the distance. This one appeared to be on a line right at us. Araris and I went ahead to scout the ship and while above it discussed what to do. I suggested that we just land on the ship and parley with them. He loved that idea and we quickly landed, catching the entire crew off guard.

Araris began talking to them and weaving his words while I took in the sights on the ship. Slavers… If not for the condition of our ship I would seek to wipe this ship off the map.

The captain of this ship agreed to speak with Captain Boniva as long as someone stayed behind as collateral. He suggested me and I told him that I would be elated to stay behind with your crew. He then said I would have to go below decks with the slaves as I look like a good swimmer. I told him that probably wouldn’t be a good idea if he wants to see his crew down there alive again. Araris then spoke up and said that he would stay. This might be the first time someone thought I was more menacing than Araris.

As the captain began to mount Araris’s Griffon to fly over to the ship I touched him and teleported us there. He was not happy about this action but I thought it would send a message to the rest of his crew on the off chance they were thinking of trying to take Araris out while I was gone.

Once on our ship I led him to Boniva’s quarters and they began to talk. I went back out to the deck of the ship and pondered going back over there with Weyland and Papa and slaughtering all the slavers onboard the ship while the captain talks with Boniva. Better sense took over and I let those thoughts leave me without action.

When the Captains emerged from his quarters he told us that they were going to be taking on a slave but quickly clarified that he would not remain a slave once we purchased him.

Once we purchased the slave Araris thought it a good idea to test his mettle in a duel. Not only would we get an idea what this guy can do we would also raise the crews spirits with some entertainment. As they fought I grew weary of the hide and seek game they played with swords so I asked Papa if he wanted to bet on this match. He agreed and then we made it interesting by adding some advantages for both sides. Easiest 50 gold I have ever made.

When we finally reached port the Harbor Master talked to Captain Boniva about his cargo of which we have none. He then agreed to discuss the docking fees and a favor later in the evening at dinner.

Now that we were at port it seemed everyone had an agenda to pursue. As discussed prior Araris and I went to investigate the names The Auditor and Iketa Crane. We dispatched Tebrelith to use some of her contacts to investigate these names as well; she was more than willing since Iketa wants her dead over a perceived slight. Papa went to attend to other matters but would be brought back in the loop later.

Araris and I started with the Order of the Nail which I must say was a pathetic example of what a Hellknight can be after seeing all that Araris has accomplished under their flag. He took names and ensured them that he would be back. He was visibly upset, this does not bode well for them. Needless to say we were not able to find the information that we were looking for here.

After we left the Order of the Nail we went to the Church of Abidar to look for the information we sought. We spoke with a find gentlemen named Undahrak. I asked him about a great many things to mask my true intent, information on the Auditor. He told us that there were Auditors and then there is The Auditor. The Auditor is not to be trifold with. They live to balance debts and will seek people to the ends of the earth to do just that.

We then chatted about the architecture here and Araris brokered a deal to being a new, more refined, Hell Knight Order in to help the Bank. We had a drink and left to go back to the Harbor Masters home for dinner. I hope that Tebreleth was able to uncover just as much as we were.

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Alcades Personal Journal – Entry 18

We entered the void one by one. Araris refused to where the amulet of Dahak and did not make it to the other side with us. When we arrived we managed to find Slate standing there in front of a statue to Dahak. We start talking with him and he revealed that his real name was Deevdrukifel.

Slate was kind enough to pay us for the gold that he cost us in leaving us holding the bag at the dragon horde. He gave each of us a chest that paid us to the coin the value we lost in losing Ras’s horde. He also invited us to join him in overthrowing the other dragon kind, thus forcing their gods to help him restore his race.

I told him we would have to think about it and he told us the next two places he would be going. He also mentioned that his employer had great means and that we would be compensated if we help him in his endeavors. With that he left us to focus on finding Araris.

I assumed that fastest way to find him would be to simply go through the void without a necklace as he did. Papa tried to liberate some of the gold in front of Dahak’s statue and a booking voice told him to put it back. Knowing the nature of my cohorts I decided to take my chances with the void rather than their greed. As I stepped into the void I had a sensation of falling. Suddently I was addressed by a voice in the neither saying “I smell brackish blood in you, Son of the Endless Sea.” I was flattered to receive such a greeting but was dedicated in my pursuit of finding Araris.

I noticed him in the distance and also noticed the others enter behind me…

Weyland was addressed as “I know what you are Man, not a Man. Your name is acceptable to me if only to watch where you might tread.” This may prove to explain why so many powerful beings are fascinated with him and why I cannot get a read on him. This warrants further investigation at a later time.

Captain Boniva was addressed as “How auspicious, Lucky Star?”. This was also curious as I did not thing there was anything exceptional about him aside from his proficiency with firearms. This could also warrant further investigation.

Papa was addressed as “I will not question your greatness Ancient One, but if your vessel records his name, you must not thwart my charge.” This is no shocker after he revealed to Araris and I about the voice in his head and his love of all things Aboleth.

Finally it addressed Carabas as “Know that not just any name will do for the Obelisk of Myth, Fox Spirit.” This may confirm my suspicion that she is a Kitsune as I have seen her use all of their abilities except shape shifting. This will also warrant investigation at a later time.

As we met on the ground Elliot’s eyes began glowing white and he began speaking with a voice that was not his. Elliot was possessed by the dragon god Apsu. He then started glowing and floating above an obelisk. Apsu told us to sign the obelisk and stop the Pakthryxl. Elliot then floated down and became himself again, unhurt.

We then began to sign our names on the Obelisk, I had Elliot sign as he has become a real asset to the team. As we were signing the Obelisk Carabas asked for privacy as she signed. Araris refused and watched her write her name, I went over afterwards and noticed that she had written her name in Tien.

Moments after we made our marks Boniva, Carabas and Papa dropped to their knees writhing in pain. Just then Elliot was repossessed and told us that we had a draconic gland growing inside us now and that it would aid us in our journey.

Suddenly we immerged at our ship with the time sequence seemingly out of whack as Balijan and Vila were just getting there and we left them at least 20 minutes prior. In the distance we saw Slate emerge from the void as well.

Araris drew and arrow and was about to fire it when I told him to wait a moment while I talked to him. Slate still thought we were his allies and if I gave no indication to the contrary we could ambush him from up close. That plan however would not come to fruition as many other things factored in that were out of our control.

As I Dimension Door’ed over to Slate to try and stall him and stop Slate from leaving he told me we could talk at the bottom and then jumped over the side of the island we were on falling into the atmosphere below heading back to our plane; starting his decent. I gave pursuit. Araris fired an improbable shot as he began his decent and struck a critical blow this served to anger Slate and make him come after me.

Slate turned around and attacked me, biting me with his massive jaws. Once he had me and noticed that I was not fighting him, instead trying to calm him down he flew away from everyone else with me and forced me to heal him.

I used this time to reason with him and get him to go to the ground to talk this out. I told him that we should not let one errant arrow breakup our longtime friendship. He obliged, for the moment. Slate agreed and grabbed me and began his decent again.

As we descended back to our plane Slate started acting more like his old self. Acting friendly towards me and even cracking a few jokes. Maybe it was my healing him or my words but his hostility seemed to dissipate.

As we were nearing the ground I noticed a funnel cloud engulfing the Maelstrom as they approached the water at an alarming rate. I pleaded with Slate to save the ship and he seemed to have little sympathy for my comrades so I tried to appeal to his dragon half breed side and told him of the dragon turtle onboard that was given to me to protect by Spike Back. This got his attention and he quickly made a turn to head towards the ship. He barked out a lightning bolt at the storm elemental that engulfed our vessel that caused it to react and retract. He then called out for them to use the Peril and they were able to activate it moments before they hit the water. This allowed the Maelstrom to corkscrew into the water and land safely, but heavily damaged from the trip.

At this point Araris attempted to grab me and Slate just let me go. We then made our way down to the ship while the Storm Elemental hovered overhead.

After talking to some of the crew I was told that the Storm Elemental had come up to the ship to inquire about the elemental imprisoned inside. He then communed with the ship and reemerged and asked everyone on deck a question that no one could remember, they only remembered the answer give. Carabas said “Because we will destroy you”. That is what prompted the elemental to attack.

In the attack we lost many good men, we lost half of the Hell Knight Brigade as well as half of Kaledith’s crew. When I got below decks to the lab I found Falath coddling Kia who had also died in the attack. Completely distraught I sought to comfort her and reassure her that she was at piece.

The remaining crew began to repair the ship in the underwater air bubble. The dead were taken overboard and the wounded treated. Falath and I prepared Kia’s body and we laid Kia to rest deep in the sea. Falath is distraught and wants vengeance for her sister and it is taking a lot for me to hold her back. She is not ready for an encounter like this and not in her current emotional state. But vengeance will be hers in time.

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