Sunday, June 14, 2015
Session 53 Synopsis
Our heroes have been on a long deserved break for about the last three months where they have worked on their personal projects / issues. The much needed rest comes to an end when Zola experiences a very peculiar and graphic vision while sleeping. She realizes that this vision is of something currently happening and was sent to her by her father. Throughout the break Asphodel had been keeping to herself a lot and was usually pretty difficult to find quickly. Today proved no exception to this. Zola urgently searched for, and eventually found, Asphodel and told her about the vision-dream. Then the two decided they needed to gather everyone together to let them know what Zola has seen. Asphodel also included Telliann, Sir Oakley, and Donamira, her cohort in this meeting since the decisions that the group would make may very well affect them as well.
Once gathered in Asphodel’s conference room, Zola recounted her vision-dream to everyone there:
Kel and Donamira all looked shocked and a bit embarrassed at the graphic nature of the vision. Jobi also appeared a bit shocked but not as much as the others. Zerak just stared forward, meeting Zola’s gaze whenever the assimar looked at him, but said nothing for a long time. Then when Zola said something about it, all Zerak said was, “All you have to do is ask.” It took Zola a few moments before reacting, but she soon recovered and asked the group for help in tracking this Arrealla and her Afterlife Machine down. Everyone quickly agreed that this was something important to look into, even as Jobi mentioned that the time off was nice and seemed too short for her. Zola brought out a map of the world and they planned their travel route to the Storval Plateau.
The first part of the journey would see the heroes on horseback for a few days till they reached the Storval Stairs. At this point Asphodel had her henchmen take the horses and wagons back to her castle and made it known that Donamira was to be obeyed as if she herself were giving the orders. Then the group spent the next day climbing up to the top of the Stairs where the air was noticeably drier and hotter, even as night descended upon them. From here on out, they would travel by foot and limited flight.
For the next two days they traveled North, following the Iron Peaks mountain range, until they made their way to the northern edge of the range and were able to follow the Lampblack river east as far as the eastern shore of Lake Skotha. There they now had to head straight east into the desert where their next way-point would be the Storval River. After about a day’s travel east of the lake, our heroes encountered a massive sandstorm. I moved so quickly that Zerak did not have time to cast a shelter spell and so they had to resort to hunkering down in the sand and covering themselves with blankets, tarps, whatever they had on hand. Jobi was very familiar with these types of storms and warned everyone to cover their faces as much as possible to avoid sand and other debris getting into their eyes and lungs. Zerak had difficulty getting himself completely covered before the storm hit and suffered a bit of damage from inhaling sand.
Hours later, the storm had subsided and Zola and Jobi were able to help Zerak recover from the damage to his lungs. The next day they were now within territory that some of the locals guarded jealously. The group was attacked by some strange looking barbaric creatures that Zerak and Zola recognized as Trox – large 6 armed, cloven hoofed, and ill-tempered creatures that could burrow through the sand. The battle with them was relatively short, especially when Asphodel lost control of herself and went into one of her rages. Fortunately this time, there were no party members within thirty feet of her after she mutilated the Trox she was fighting. This allowed her to regain composure in only a few rounds time. Zola was nearby to remove her fatigue so she could still be able to travel for the rest of the day. Asphodel had decided not to recall her eidolon after the rage, just so she could get a rest from the powerful feelings she had when it was summoned to her. Jobi showed some concern for Asphodel’s well-being after this latest episode of uncontrollable rage and spoke with her at some length about it. Though nothing was able to be resolved, the conversation did let Asphodel know that her friends were concerned about her.
Now that is was getting quite a bit hotter the further they ventured into the desert lands, they made a plan to break up their travel to allow them to rest and shelter from the hottest part of the day while still being able to make decent travel each day. But this required them to travel some of the time during the night when possibly other predators were out and about.
The next evening brought another attack by some more locals. This time they accidentally walked into a nest of seps – large armored snakes. While most of the party saw them in time not to be surprised by them, Zerak was pretty blind to them until they struck him with their sharp, poison-filled fangs. The four babies were around 7 feet long and at first the battle did not seem to be much of a problem. That is, until the parents showed up. The two fully grown seps were all of thirty feet long and had very nasty bites and poison. The group also found out that as they wounded the seps, they had acid-laced blood and had to dodge out of the way of the blood backsplashes in order to not get burned by it. In addition, their poison had a bad side effect of draining their victims’ endurance. Blackwell, Zerak and Jobi felt these effects as they were bitten and failed to ward off the poison for a time. Our stalwart band was able to overcome the seps without anyone succumbing to their poisonous bites after a few rounds of battle with them. They did have to use significant amounts of restoration magic to heal the damage to their constitutions caused by the poison, but it wasn't a big concern since they were nearly done traveling for the day anyway and rest would replenish their magical abilities. Our heroes only traveled a little distance from this last encounter before settling in for the rest of the night.
Next week we will continue the adventures as the group wakes – ready for another day of travel, and hopefully, finding Arrealla’s domicile without too much more time or difficulty…