Rabbitt's Basement: Rise of Vecna

Chapter 7: PLaying with Death [3]
Episode III

Random Adventures

Going Shopping

It was another peaceful day in Gaia. A dragon was destroying a city, the Silver Syndicate were barely pieced together by a single cause, and there was a time overlap causing two versions of Graveyard to exist at the same time. Our adventurers were last seen talking to Ignis the Red and seeing about maybe getting a teleport to the Citadel of Clouds. Ignis seemed like he would do it for them, however they would need to cough up some magical power for him to absorb. They gave him some fire elemetnals so he could use their power instead of tapping into the elemental plane of fire.

After accepting the payment, he created a small portal that would send them directly into the Citadel of Clouds. Everyone stepped through except Shemuel and Sarin who stayed behind to look after Graveyard. Once they stepped through, they found themselves on the 4 layer of the city. They went to the nearest general goods shop they could find, and went inside.

Inside the shop, they found one of the least helpful and grotesque shop keepers they had ever come across. He was a middle aged man with a very large beer belly. He had a t-shirt stained with alcohol that didn’t quite fit him all the way, revealing the stubby bottom of his stomach. He offered the party doughnuts every time hey tried to buy something, and constantly changed the prices, both up and down. Eventually, the party just bough the potions he had for sale and left. Marduk did actually buy a doughnut and later found out it was a grog doughnut.

The group went to the next shop, where they could actually find some useful items to shop for. Inside, they found man who called himself Rockwill Blackstaff. Once Nixero started buying climber’s gear, he started asking questions. He made Nixero feel very uneasy, along with the rest of the group. They hurriedly bough the rest of their things, including potions, and made they way out of the store as fast as possible. They agreed that he may have something to do with an order of magi possibly, and that maybe Ignis the Red was a part of the group. Meanwhile, Marduk was at the magic shop buying himself an upgraded staff.

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When the group traveled outside the shop, they saw Shemuel outside waiting for them. He greeted them with the biggest smile he could, but it was not enough to stop the sudden anger that coursed through everyone standing there at the time. Nixero shouted at him for leaving Sarin there all alone with Graveyard, followed by Ignis telling him it was a very bad idea to leave her alone with powerful objects. The group decided it was suddenly time to return to Sarin and see if she was alright.

Sarin…Oh NO!

After rushing back to where they had left Shemuel in charge of watching over Graveyard, they proved one of their greatest fears true. Sarin was wielding the sword, and had no control of her own actions. The group very quickly mustered up the courage it took to kill one of their own for the sake of humanity, but Nixero was willing to risk his own life to talk Sarin down. He stepped up to her and began to rant on about being a hero and what it truly meant. He reminded her of all the great times they had together. Eventually, he was able to break through to her and get her to put down the sword.

When she dropped the sword and fell unconscious, the sword did not stop. It continued to pulsate with power, and the one nearest it was compelled to pick it up. Shemuel tried to resist the urge, but it overcame him. He wielded the sword, but the rest of the group helped him out by attacking his sword hand sot hat he would drop the blade. Eventually he did, and fell unconscious as well. This horrific chain continued until the sword had dropped almost the entire party, and then the sword ceased being active.

The party was hit hard with the fact that the sword was no laughing matter and needed to be taken care of at once. The party helped each other up and brushed off the effects of the necromancy pulsing through their veins. They made their next goal the base of Mt. Nex. Everything but Graveyard would have to wait until after the world wasn’t under immediate threat.

What Next?

After a shocking display of power, Graveyard has become more and more aggressive. The party’s next side track may end the world. Who knows? Maybe the Syndicate was always meant to bring about the destruction of the people?

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Chapter 7: Playing with Death [2]
Episode II

Paradoxes

Time Travel, Fate, and Morals

We left our hot blooded adventurers in Blackfang cave. Having just defeated Blackfang and Rocloe, the party was divided as to what the Syndicate should stand for and what rules the group should abide by while together. Most of the group found killing Rocloe for the greater good was the correct course of action, however, the divine members (also Faust) felt there should have been a better path to take. This is where the Syndicates stands as of now, arguing about the future of the Syndicate with a pile of dragon treasure resting in the corner.

Eventually, the group made a list of rules that everyone had to follow, or at least while they traveled together. With these new rules, the group felt they could get along better, and get the sword destroyed (which Shemuel now carried because of the incident with Faust.) With morality out of the way for now, the group wandered over to the pile of treasure and sifted through it. In it, they found lot’s of gold and items worth gold. In addition to that, they found a couple of mundane magical items, and a couple of interesting ones. They found a Thasador weapon called Crusher, and the stop watch of Ouroboros.

Upon further inspection of the stop watch, the group discovered that the clock had the ability to change time. It originally had 10 years on it, and had 5 left. This made them realize that whoever had possession of this watch was the one who sent them hurtling through the future 5 years. Now that the Syndicate had time travel capability, an entire new can of worms was opened up. The debated over and over again about how they thought time travel would work, and what events needed to remain unchanged. Faust didn’t really care what happened, he just wanted to nail his past self in the ass, for whatever reason.

If the party did anything in the past to cause their past selves to not travel to Blackfang cave, then everything would be erased back to the point the group made the alternate decision. Also, if they did anything to Rocloe that made her not send the party forward in time, the same result would occur. It was a big risk for the group to take, but they needed those 5 years back, and hopefully they could change Rocloe’s mind about setting the plague loose on the town of Silverspire.

Finally, the group made a decision. Before they could do anything however, they had to battle a flaming demon that appeared out of a portal that suddenly spawned in the middle of the cave. It didn’t take much time to defeat her, but she was still potent enough to knock Shemuel unconscious (who was carrying the sword at the time)

Backwards

The group walked outside the cave and held up their clock. With a few spoken arcane words, the clock activated. They time warped to a magical surge back in time 5 years ago. It was exactly one month before their past selves would go in the portal Death created and travel 5 years into the future. However, at the current moment, the when was irrelevant. Blackfang was destroying the city of Tinsler, which was exactly where they were. They ran as fast as they could out of the town. Shemuel wanted to stay behind and help the people screaming in pain, but he could not. If they interfered with the whole situation, so many things could change in the future.

They left what would soon be renamed as Tinsler ruins. After they left, all of them remembered seeing something very strange. It was a man with a dark red cowboy hat covering his face, dressed with a large black cloak over what appeared to be a dressy looking vest. He was 60ft away from them from what they can remember, and he was casually walking through the ruins with the dragon attacking overhead. They only remember seeing a glimpse of him as they turn to run out of the city.

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regardless of what they did or did not see, they now had to figure out how to find Rocloe. They pulled out heir maps and began calculating how long each path would take. Meanwhile, Sarin used her fire crystal to teleport to Ignis. The group could not find any simple solutions. They had no way of telling where Rocloe would be or where she would go. Meanwhile, Shemuel was sweating trying to resist the anger emanating from the sword. Suddenly Ignis and Sarin appeared out of a fiery portal.

Ignis greeted them and asked what the group needed help with. Nixero explained that they were from the future and they needed to find a way to talk to Rocloe. Ignis shook his head. Ignis said he would be able to help, but he would need all the elemental golem stones in order to perform the magic needed to make a few more portals. Nixero and Shemuel gladly handed it over to him. He grew bright red and opened yet another portal. He stepped through and out he threw teen Rocloe. She was scared and small and defenseless. As she passed through the portal, Shemuel felt the surge trigger the sword. He could not hold back its power.

Shemuel stood and drew the sword. Everyone immediately grabbed Rocloe and took her away to protect her, while Nulaf tried to talk to Shemuel and calm him down. Shemuel almost swung at the barbarians neck, but luckily, he was able to overcome its power at the last second. He threw the sword on the ground and put his head in hands. Meanwhile, the rest of the group talked to Rocloe.

They explained to her that she could seek revenge, but she should not include anyone else in her battle with the Syndicate (hinting at her to not make the spell plague) She told them she understood, and Ignis threw her back through the portal. Ignis told everyone good luck on their adventure, and that Sarin was now a single woman. He also told Arawn that his wife is pregnant. He then stepped through the portal, returning to Silverspire. What good this would do, they would find out in a month’s time, but for now, they needed to act as though it had worked.

What Next?

Now there were two sets of the group walking around. Yes this means 4 Marduk souls. At this point, the party has decided to work their way up Mt. Nex at least, or scout the area, but they definitely were not going to destroy the sword until their future selves were sent into the future. How long could they wait though? The sword was now very active, and apparently demons were very interested in it.

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Chapter 7: Playing with Death [1]
Episode I

Blackfang Mountain

Finishing up in the Citadel

Before the group set out to complete Death’s task, they wanted to make sure everything was done in the Citadel. Faust pulled out his list of things to do. To his surprise he had crossed everything off of his list except for retrieving the shard of Vaelentor’s Soul. He got a little excited at the very thought of having the soul shard of his older brother, whom he despised and hated since they left him as a child. So he decided that was going to happen today, he was going to retrieve the soul shard from Vaelentor’s old partner, and keep it for himself (or maybe give it to Zargon).

The group traveled to layer four, where Vaelentor told them they needed to look for a house with a red top. They eventually found it with little effort, even though all the houses had red tops on them. They knocked on the door and explained the situation to the old man. They were going to take the soul shard that was keeping him alive, and they would resurrect him from the dead. He immediately shut the door on them. They knocked once again, and he opened the door. Before anyone could say anything else, Nixero stabbed him in the throat, ending his life right there.

As soon as his body hit the floor, Arawn jumped at the opportunity to try his skills at surgery, even though there was a surgeon standing right beside him named Shemuel. Arawn performed a vicious surgery with two small swords, eventually finding his way to the shard. Once it was visible, Shemuel reached in and grabbed from its resting place. The man was still dead, but this was just a small problem. Nixero called out to the skies, and within three seconds, a bolt of lightning came from one of the clouds from above, striking the ground by Nixero. Sagemon was there, and seeing the dead body, he immediately used Kord’s power and revived him.

The group left him and his family a few gifts for their trouble, and went on their way. Faust was very intrigued by this piece of soul, and wondered if maybe Zargon would also be interested. Faust summoned Zeek and had a short conversation with him. He out him on speaker so everyone could hear what was said. Zeek said he would ask Zargon if he was interested in it and what he would give Faust for it. Faust was satisfied, so they left the Citadel of Clouds, in search of a portal opened by death.

The Entrance

Arawn lead the group to the lake that Death showed him in his dream. It seemed like a normal lake, except somewhere underneath the surface, something was radiating with arcane energy. Arawn decided to jump in and have a look. He swam to the bottom of the lake and saw a double set of golden doors. He pushed them open, revealing a swirling energy pool appearing as water. He swam through to the other side, everyone else following him through, one after another.

On the other side, they were greeted by a very long hallway made from marble and brimstone. It had to be some sort of dimension travel, or portal Death set up. Could he not just teleport them there? They didn’t understand what exactly was going on, but they didn’t like it. It took them 5min to reach the other side of this long hallway, walking carefully in case there were any traps. Of course there weren’t any traps, and they reached another set of golden double doors. Arawn had everyone else go in front of him, and he pulled up the rear. Once through, they appeared to have traveled to Tinsler Ruins.

They immediately felt like something was wrong here. The ones that had once gone to the Red Wizard Manor felt the exact same sensation now as they did then. Time has moved for everyone else in the material plane…but was it forward? Backward? How long? Arawn immediately grabbed his Death stone and went to see Death. Death told him about a deal that was made with him for two very unique souls. With these souls, he was to give a certain person power and slow the Syndicate for five years. Arawn’s heart sank. What could a spell plague do in five years? What had become of his precious Silverspire and wife? He returned and informed the rest of the group about their misfortune. Regardless, it seemed they still had a duty to perform. They needed to kill Blackfang to save Arawn.

Behind them was the entire city of Tinsler in complete ruins. In front was the cave called Blackfang Cave, where the beast was rumored to live on its massive pile of treasure and debris from the cities it has conquered. The group walked into the cave, seeing as there was nothing of use to them in a destroyed city. Inside they found even more ruins of the city. Rotten timber, whole huts, more charred bodies, and rubble everywhere. Arawn and Shemuel spotted a curious man digging through the rubble towards the western portion of the entrance. They called out to him and he approached without any problems.

They asked him some questions and he explained to them about why he was here in the cave. He was here looking for a medallion that his father once had owned before the city was turned into ruins. The man thought maybe the medallion might have some sort of magical property, but if not, it would still be a great sentimental artifact. They allowed him to tag along, seeing no real danger or threat to the party.

Hordes of Un-nevermind

They entered the door at the end of the cavern and moved on tot he next room. Inside this room was a horrific sight. It was a massive pile of bones on the ground almost three feet deep. Faust waded into the center of the room and tried to tap into the arcane magic that was here. Immediately after trying, a horde of over 35 skeletons rose out of the pile and surrounded Faust. The group rand forward and started their hacking and slashing. They were picking of the skeletons one by one. Finally Sagemon stepped forward. He raised his staff and said “Be gone minions of Necromancy!” Then every skeleton in the room exploded at the same time.

Faust nodded in Sagemon’s direction, and they all moved to the next room. In this room it seemed as if there was a puzzle because of the writings on a pedestal. Marduk walked over to the pedestal, and solved the puzzle immediately. The doors opened, but then 30 more skeletons appeared and attacked the group. Very shortly, however, Sagemon cast another spell and eliminated them instantaneously. His kill count for the day was 40 and he had only been in two rooms. The group all gave Sagemon a high five, and moved on.

After winding down as long hallway full of twists and turns, they eventually came to a set of double doors. They opened it up immediately and charged in. This room was a fairly straight forward room. Kill the giant zombie thing that spews acid everywhere and move on. That’s exactly what they did, and with ease. They destroyed the zombie, and felt pretty good. They were on a roll, killing tons of undead things and solving puzzles.

This next room however, would stunt the characters in health. It was a puzzle room, which activated as soon as the barbarian stumbled through the doorway and touched the puzzle. The group took close to 20 real time minutes and 200 damage to complete this puzzle, but eventually they figured it out.

The Return of Rocloe

The door to the next room was now unlocked, so they ventured through. Inside they found a very lavish bedroom. King size bed lined with gold. A chest and dresser made out of elder tree. In the corner of the room stood someone they did not think they would ever see again. Rocloe. (see Rocloe and [[Chapter 3: Silver Syndicate Awakens 6 | Chapter 3: Silver Syndicate Awakens 6]] for more information). She told them to follow her into the next room so they could finish what they started in years past.

The group followed her into the next room which appeared to be a very large cavern. There, the group tried to talk to her (mostly Faust) and get her to understand that vengeance will gain her nothing but emptiness. She would hear none of it, and exclaimed “Blackfang, let’s go!” As she said this, the rogue that been following the party and doing nothing to help, suddenly transformed into a Shadow Dragon. Battle commenced, with everyone pulling their blows against Rocloe, who now transformed into a large red dragon.

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The battle raged on. The Shadow dragon, although a formidable opponent, was the first to fall. When he did, Death appeared and took his soul to his dimension to finish him off for good. This ended the curse resting on Arawn’s shoulders, finally giving him relief. Seeing how this might affect Rocloe’s resolve, Faust decided to try diplomacy once again. He gave a very convincing speech about Revenge and the duties of life and death and how she had become a great warrior. She fell to her knees and explained everything tot he group. She was the one who made the deal with Death to trap the Syndicate for 5 years to give her time to train and prepare for this fight. She was the one who started the Scale Plague in Silverspire, just to get back at them. She also explained that the only way to remove the curse of the plague was for her soul to be released.

Death of the Syndicate?

Faust shook his head, knowing what was going to happen next, but he wanted to pretend he didn’t. He told Rocloe that she was free to go and do as she pleased, but she would have the Syndicate’s full support in anything she needed or ever wanted. Arawn, Sarin, Nixero, Marduk, and Nulaf all wanted her dead to save Silverspire. Faust, Shemuel, and Sagemon all desired for her to be saved until they could find some sort of alternative to killing her. They argued for a minute, but things very quickly got violent. Before anything happened, Arawn and Shemuel grabbed the stone and traveled to see Death.

As they entered the realm, they saw Death dealing the final blow tot he spirit of blackfang. Shemuel and Arawn both asked if there was another way to stop the scale plague besides killing Rocloe. Of course he told them there was always a way, but everything has a cost. If they were to make another deal with Death, they would be able to save both Rocloe and Silverspire. Shemuel opened his mouth to take the deal, but Arawn quickly teleported them out of the realm and back to the material plane. Shemuel was very angry, but what could he do?

Nixero walked up and was about to behead her, when suddenly Nulaf jumped in the way of his sword…for no reason other than he wanted Arawn to do the finishing blow. However, this made the Paladin, Cleric, and Warlock all realize the rest of the party was now going to try and kill Rocloe. Seeing a moment of opportunity, Arawn fired an arrow at Rocloe, but Marduk, confused at the time, knocked it out of the air with his magic missile.

Marduk suddenly had a change of heart and desired for the safety of Silverspire. He cast a spell at Rocloe, to which Sagemon and Faust both jumped in the way of. Shemuel decided to go over and guard Arawn to be sure he wouldn’t hit her with an arrow. Nulaf decided to throw his weapons at Rocloe, but Faust unsheathed Graveyard, and knocked his weapons out of the air. Faust boomed his voice, tapping into Graveyard’s power. He boomed “She will live!” and a bright blue flame started in his eyes. Out from the end of the sword, a huge blue ball of eldritch energy formed. He released it at the party, most of them dodging the blow but still taking significant damage. In the process however…he annihilated Rocloe into powder. He then dropped the sword and fell unconscious…

Death appeared and took the soul of Rocloe. Rocloe’s end had finally come. Her vengeance was put to rest. Her soul and her mother’s soul would forever be in Death’s Domain…What does this mean for the Syndicate?

What Next?

With the destruction of Rocloe, and the use of Graveyard against the party, who knows what will become of the Syndicate and the bluesword of destruction. Will the use of the sword attract more demons to their location? Will the group ever trust Faust to hold the sword again? IS THERE EVEN A GROUP ANY MORE? Find out next time!

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Chapter 6: Citadel of Clouds [3]
Episode III

The Collapse?

Dealing with the Vampire

After establishing that the vampire known as Falena was a prisoner here in the city, the group needed to decide what they were going to do. If she were to give up on life one day and die, then the entire city would crumble to the ground, along with everyone in it. If she didn’t die, then she would be stuck here as a slave of power for all eternity. Neither option sounded right for our noble group of mercenaries.

They went to a couple of their contacts, asking for different advice. They sought out Death and Vaelentor as their first two options. Death basically told them to seek out Vaelentor and told them not to bother him with such pesky things. After that, they decided it would be a great idea to go and see Vaelentor. Vaelentor was a very welcoming individual, or at least he appeared that way. They asked him if there was a way to remove her energy and put it into some sort of crystal or artifact. He told them there could be a way, but it would also remove her power, or at least the part of her that has that specific power. They agreed and bought a soul remover and an extra soul.

The Mages

With a way to make the vampire whole again and to retrieve her power, they now had to convince the other side of the agreement to agree with the plan. They traveled to the gate that lead to Layer 5, where the gravity wizards were located. As they approached the gate, a knight walked up and greeted them. Well everyone except Marduk who walked up and touched the energy field surrounding the entrance into the layer. As he did he was shocked and he flew back nearly 50ft. The Party claimed that they were there to see the wizards with urgent business about a certain vampire and how the city might fall to the ground. The knight told the group to hold on, and proceeded to walk into the force field like david copperfield. After about 5min, he came back and agreed to escort the group into the lair of the wizards.

Once there, the group saw an interesting sight. There were three young wizards surrounding a ball of powerful energy on the ground. Two of them were using beams of magic against it while the third one was laying on his back waiting his turn to come round. The group starting speaking to this wizard seeing how the others were a little busy. They told him their plan and he basically told them to go fuck themselves with their plan of bullshit. After that, an alarm went off and he took the place of a different wizard.

This new wizard, named Chips, actually liked the plan they had created. He also explained that the orb they were using to channel the power was called a Great Ioun Stone of Absorption, and it was keeping all the wizards young and practically immortal. He told them that the other two wizards will die when they replace the Ioun stone with something else, because they were old as dirt, while he would only be 70. He agreed to help with the condition of the Ioun Stone being destroyed immediately after the switch was made or during the process.

The Plan

With the agreement of Chips and the soul sucker from Vaelentor, it was now possible to get the power from the vampire and end this tragedy, or at least they hoped. They made their way back to the lair of Falena. Once their they basically told her they had to kill her in order to get this whole thing to work. She didn’t exactly like that idea very much, so combat started.

It was a very powerful battle between the vampire and her saviors. She grappled them mostly and tried to bite them as much as possible, but she mostly got Sarin and Nixero because they were the closest. The PCs did end up winning, being sure not to destroy her head in the process of killing her.

Once dead, they placed the soul sucker on her chest and it absorbed her vampire spirit inside of it, making it a very prized artifact to have. It contained the blood of a demon that happened to have the ability to control gravity. This crystal was going to hold the Citadel of Clouds up in the sky. The group then placed the new soul into Falena’s body, and placed her on a nice comfortable patch of grass. Then they high tailed it over to the wizard’s lair.

Once there, the wizard Chips, used all of his might (and some of Nixero’s) and shot out a beam of high energy towards the Ioun stone. He destroyed it into a million pieces and also turned the other wizards into dust due to old age. Afterwards, his body grew old, but into dust like the other wizards. Instead he became a 70 year old wizard who was very weak. As thanks to the adventurers, he took them back to his house (it was more like a small mansion) to receive their gold and other rewards. He took them in and lead them to his vault of treasures. Inside they found a massive amounts of coins and a few crystals. Along with that, they also found tapestries of chromatic dragons worth quite a deal over 50GP. However, all this gold was not enough for Marduk. He insisted on their being something hidden here inside the vault, so he started looking around very intently. Chips assured Marduk there was nothing left in the Vault, but that didn’t stop the greed of Marduk.

While looking around the room, he must have triggered some sort of long ancient magic stored up in the room. Marduk suddenly found a piece of wall tile not entirely corporeal. He fell through the tile and it sealed up behind him. He was stuck and unsure of what to do next. Suddenly the small room he was now in became extremely hot. He started to take some damage, but was still very calm, so he beat on the tile and asked his companions for some assistance. Arawn immediately came over to help but somehow ended up trapping himself inside the small room with Marduk, also burning. Everyone else immediately tried to break whatever curse or spell was going on. Eventually they did manage to exult enough magic force to destroy whatever barrier was blocking the exit for Marduk and Arawn.

Side Quests!

After receiving their massive amount of pay, they went on to see if anyone else in the town needed help before they left this place in the dust and headed to the dragon they needed to kill for Death. While walking around, they did find a woman laying on the ground bleeding out from what looked to be a stab wound, and the citizens kept walking around her or ignoring her pleas for help. Not to worry though, the Silver Syndicate is here to save the damsel in distress! Shemuel ran over to her side and immediately healed her to the best of his ability, when all of the sudden Arawn thrust his Death Dagger into her chest, ending her life. Shemuel looked up in disbelief. Arawn pointed to his shiny medallion of thought reading and explained that she was going to blow everyone up with a fireball spell. Shemuel shook his head and was extremely disappointed.

The other side quest the group found had to do with Frei Burd.
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Frei Burd wanted him and his crew to get into layer 7 to party like the big boys yo. Marduk eventually took hi and his crew up to layer 7 only to be arrested, but not before Nixero tripped him and Arawn punched him in the face and pulled a dagger on the 16 year old defenseless popped collar boy. The pic and the spelling of his name should tell you enough about how he acted.

What Next?

With the city saved, there was one thing the party really needed to get done. That was stop the curse that was taking control of Arawn. Death’s Champion Curse. In order to do this, Arawn needed to slay the dragon known as Darkfang, who resided in a mountain to the east of Mt. Nex. It was said that this was a beast that Death himself was eluded by. Can the group of misfit adventurers actually defeat this Darkfang? Find out next time!

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Chapter 6: Citadel of Clouds [2]
Episode II

Citadel Exploration

We left our adventurers with a lot of open ended quests and goals last time. With this in mind, the PCs decided to do some prioritizing. The first thing they did, was go to see Abner weaponry. Many were going to see what kind of weapons he sold to the people who knew a sword from a toy. The second reason being that it was Faust’s brother who actually did all the merchandising.

Faust had spent the previous night getting shit faced drunk, and trying to break into Abner weaponry through a window which he could not get into. Nixero just so happened to be out for a walk with Sarin when he heard a telepathic message from Faust asking him to help him out. Nixero went to find and help out Faust, even though Faust said he did not trust him. Eventually, Nixero found Faust laying beside a guard gate. He walked him to a comfortable sleeping place in a hotel room, and went to bed himself. Arawn was too good to sleep in the hotel, so he broke into a room and spent the night in hiding.

The next morning, the group gathered to determine their actions for the day. Faust and pretty much everyone else agreed to go see Abner weaponry and Faust's brother Vaelentor. Everyone except Arawn, who decided to go anyway, but only if no one saw him going with them for some reason. The Syndicate traveled their way up through the Citadel to Area 4. Once there, they made their way around until they found Abner’s Forge. They were greeted by a single monstrous guard wearing very heavy plate mail. He accepted the invitation presented by Nixero, and allowed them to pass into the forge.

Arawn and Shemuel sneaked into the store behind their party members…not for any particular reason except to show that they could do it. Once inside, Shemuel made himself known once more, but not Arawn. The party saw weapons everywhere. Many weapons looked deadly crazy, others looked harmless, but they were all unique. At the end of the room stood a 7ft tall beast of a man hunched over an anvil hammering out a new weapon. The aura coming from this being was nothing but pure chaos and power. Faust very timidly asked him where Vaelentor was located. The man paused his hammering, and very aggressively pointed tot he stairway in the corner of the room. The entire group went up the stairs…everyone but Arawn.

Arawn stayed where he was downstairs, waiting for an opportune moment…to steal from Barakas Abner himself. He found (what he though to be) an opening and took it. He reached into the leather sack hanging from the man’s belt and felt something very fuzzy. Curious, he pulled it out to have a look. Before he knew it, a full size adult Dire Wolf was standing in front of him growling. Abner turned and saw what was happening He grinned a very horrible grin with razor sharp teeth and laughed a deep laugh. He pulled out a large blade and began to battle Arawn. Arawn figured he could take him if he could just keep him at a distance, but before Arawn could even finish that thought, Abner was in face slashing at him, with the wolf right beside him. The battle was over in 12 seconds. Arawn surrendered, laying his bow upon the ground in shame. Abner chuckled and said let chance decide your fate now, as he pulled out a steel D20 and rolled it on the ground. it landed “3” and Arawn used his Jedi abilities and got it to land on “13” instead. Abner told him this meant he owed Abner a finger from the knuckle up. Arawn bowed his head and cut his own little finger off and handed it to Abner, who then put it in his mouth and started gnawing on it.

Arawn quickly followed his comrades up the stairs with his hood pulled up in shame. In this room, the group was freaked out by the appearance of Vaelentor, who looked like a side of grits that sat in the sun too long and then was rubbed in the dirt and steppe don a few times, sent to hell for a couple years, shot into space for about a month, became a sith lord, died, and came back to life. Vaelentor and Faust had a wonderful conversation about their new deities and all sorts of childhood dreams and stuff. Then they got down to business. Nixero asked if there was a way to upgrade his cold biter. Vaelentor told him that for 5,000 GP it was possible. He seemed very interested in how Nixero now had possession of this very special sword.

After that was established, Faust showed Vaelentor Graveyard. He immediately tried to purchase it from them for 100,000 GP. Nixero was going to speak but Faust immediately cut him and said no deal. Nixero looked disappointed. Vaelentor informed them that it was the sword of Kas, used to destroy the almighty lich Vecna long ago. He seemed extraordinarily interested in the sword, probably just to add it to his ongoing collection of cool swords. Arawn then revealed himself to the group and asked Vaelentor if he could help him contact death. Vaelentor agreed for the low price of 500 GP.

Conversing with Death

Arawn, Shemuel, and Faust all gathered in a circle and held hands like little school children about to sacrifice a goat. Vaelentor did some ritual stuff, used a stone and spilled some of his blood, no big deal. After saying a few words, the three were knocked unconscious and their consciousness was taken far away into a realm of unknown things. Once there, their consciousness took on their original form by sheer will power. They appeared to be in a land filled with nothing but white sands as far as the eye could see. Suddenly death appeared before them in all his dark glory.

Arawn talked it over with Death and made a deal. Arawn would kill a dragon located on the east side of Mt. Nex in Death’s name. Darkfang was the creature’s name. He was to kill the dragon in two weeks, or perish and become one of Death’s soldiers. Arawn thought he was super cool, but Faust just kept shaking his head at how things had progressed. Shemuel had an interesting conversation with Death about the deities. Death told him that he was not on sides and that basically all other gods were children fighting over things that didn’t really matter. Shemuel found this intriguing.

After some other answers were given to some weird questions, Death sent them back into the world of the living. Arawn had to say a creepy code word to Vaelentor and he let him keep the stone to contact Death whenever he wanted to. With their new tools and information, the group decided to continue on tot he next thing on their schedule, which was inspecting the assassins guild said to be located in the 4th layer somewhere. While they went to the 4th layer, Sagemon took a trip to layer 6 to see if he could help anyone in need.

Sagemon indeed find someone who needed help. He found a priest who worshiped the god he called “Cloudiess”. This new up rising god needed help growing his numbers so that he may have a larger following and be able to influence the world. Sagemon walked over to this priest who was having a small seminar on the side of the road. The priest greetedthis new comer and asked if he would join his church of Cloudiess. Sagemon denied his offer and claimed that this new deity was in fact weak and not worth serving a hot sandwich.

The priest was outraged and demanded that Sagemon show respect to Cloudiess, but Sagemon only replied with insults. The cloud priest had enough of this rabble and demanded a show of force from Sagemon. Sagemon knew the battle was already won. What could the priest do? Turn himself into gas and float away? Th priest came at Sagemon with a spell readied, but it was already too late. Sagemon’s eyes glowed with bright white, and he lifted off the cloud he was standing on. He spoke a few words and power coursed in the air and through every ounce of Sagemon’s body. Suddenly a lightning bolt from every cloud in the vicinity struck the priest simultaneously. The priest was nothing more than ash after the smoke cleared the air. Sagemon looked down at the followers he had accumulated and told them to spread the word of Kord. Fear was set into their heart and they took off, being sure to mention Kord any chance they could.

Meanwhile, the rest of the gang was searching in a “mercenary guild” building that didn’t really seem to be a mercenary group, but more like an assassins guild. Through investigation and careful word usage, Shemuel was able to determine where his next target should be in order to figure out who killed his general that fateful day. However it was, he is going to make that person pay.

Later

After roaming the town for a bit more, the group finally came to Arawn’s meeting spot where he would trick the “demon” in Layer 3. The Syndicate met up with sketchy paper dealer they had met before. They hid themselves while he waited in the open, shivering in his shoes with fear. Very soon the "demon appeared to accept his offering of 5,000 GP (actually rocks). It was a vampire. As she was about to take the bag of rocks, the group jumped out from behind a fog wall and the trees.

It was though that there would be a battle to the death with a high level vampire, but dialogue was started and things moved along for the better. She attempted to frighten Nixero, and succeeded, sending him cowering into the bushes again. Shemuel on the other hand had the opposite effect. He seemed to be charmed by her, but everyone remembered that Shemuel could not be charmed…Either way, he wanted information out of her.

They talked to her and discovered that she was actually trapped here by the mages in layer 5, which used her magic in order to keep the city floating the way it is. She told them that if she were able to leave the city, it would probably fall, but she doesn’t want to be stuck here in layer three with her powers being drained from her.

What Next?

The PCs have a very large decision to make here. There seem sot be only two roads here and both have a very hard pill to swallow…what will they do?

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Chapter 6: Citadel of Clouds [1]
Episode I

Arrival

On the Way

Just before the Syndicate ventured into the city known as the Citadel of Clouds, Arawn came across someone who he had been searching for. It was Ulaag, the Orc warrior that terrorized him time and time again by destroying his family and home. Twice. He found Ulaag siting on the side of the road wearing peace robes and eating a pot of beans that didn’t look all that tasty.

Before anyone could do or say anything, Arawn shot an arrow into the knee of the poor old Orc’s knee. Doing so caused the rest of the group to jump in the way between Arawn and Ulaag. They wanted reasoning to be done, and answers needed to be given before anyone’s life was taken from them.

After literally an hour and a half of deciding the Orc’s fate, it was decided that he would live the rest of his days out mourning the thing he had done when he didn’t have morals. Now he would go around in depression and give children shoes and food.

The City

To enter the city, the group had Faust convince the guards that a paper with crayon letters on it was indeed a letter from a high ranking class man of the Dolastrad Family giving the entire group access into the city.

Later, the group bought some magic equipment, attempted to locate Faust’s brother, and they started a side quest about a demon who lives in area three and only comes out on midnight. It is said she is a demon, but the word demon could many things.

Stay tuned for part two!

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Chapter 5: Eastern Valley [5]
Episode V

Notem Burial Grounds

Entrance

After defeating the dragon in the Golem Factory, several members had some questions for Nixero the Cold about his decapitation act in the final moments of the dungeon. Shemuel cast a zone of truth over Nixero and began to interrogate him along with Faust. They asked him many questions about who he was working for and where the contract for killing the Golemancer came from. While this was happening, Arawn and Bishop left the group very silently and secretly.

Nixero answered truthfully (as he was forced to) and assured them he was not against the Syndicate, but his allegiance was and always would be with the Frost Wolves. It began pouring down hard, so the group decided to set up camp for the evening and rest up. Sarin accidentally set fire to Nixero’s tent, forcing him to sleep in her tent for the night. They spent a very warm and comfortable evening together…

In the morning, Shemuel and Sagemon were given messages by their deity. They were told to go to the place known as the Notem Burial grounds and search for some artifacts that would aid them on their quest. In need of magical items and wishing to please their gods, Shemuel and Sagemon pleaded with the group to allow them to go on this quest. There was not much resistance given, so off they went to the burial grounds of the ancient battle.

After three days, the group arrived at the bowl shaped battle grounds of Notem. It was still a bit rainy, and the ground was soaked. In the center of the bowl was a single Mausoleum, most likely belonging to the important generals of the war. There were various kinds of tombstones and graves scattered about the battle field, some made from sticks, others made from actual stone, and some were just mounds of dirt with a flower on it. There must have been close to 800 graves here, not to mention all of the unmarked graves of the forgotten fallen warriors.

Nol Laf the barbarian wanted to go into the mausoleum because he was cold and wet, and everyone else wanted to go in because they could all feel an arcane energy emanating from somewhere beneath the ground. The Syndicate traveled into the Mausoleum.

The Fog Room

When the PCs entered the mausoleum, it looked like any ordinary mausoleum. There were tombs embedded in the wall in alcoves all around, and there was nothing but an eerie silence filling the area. Through further inspection, Marduk was able to detect the magic one of the tombs was emanating. He went over to inspect it, but as he touched it, a mechanical click was heard from behind it. The tomb slid back into the wall a bit, and then lowered into the ground, revealing a passage way with stairs leading underground.

The Syndicate got into a single file line and walked down the steps carefully. When they reached the bottom they saw nothing but fog covering the floor of the natural cavern room. The fog must have been a foot thick, it was impossible to see through. They pondered there for a few minutes, thinking of different ways to make it across the room. Suddenly, Sagemon spoke a few words and created a gust of wind that moved the fog off of the ground and into the air. Luckily the fog was less dense while in the air, allowing them to see their way across the room. The floor, as they could now see, was covered in traps of various kinds. Spike traps, pits, all sorts of death dealing traps.

Just when they thought they could get across the room with ease, ghosts suddenly appeared out of thin air. There were three ghosts that looked stronger than the other ones, but there was a total of 10 ghosts. The barbarian walked up and tried to reason with one of them, but after about three words the barbarian got bored and decided to attack it with his great hammer, initiating combat. With that, everyone drew their weapons and started attacking the ghosts. Faust, Jeffery the water elemental, and Nixero were all very afraid of the large ghosts however, so they stayed away from them.

Everyone whacked on these undead warriors until eventually there was nothing left but ash from their incorporeal bodies. The Syndicate felt very satisfied, and Sarin smiled and Nixero, who in return gave a small and uneasy smile back. With that, Hildagard and Marduk decided this dungeon was way over their heads, so they left the dungeon and waited outside. Sarin was slightly relieved at this. She still didn’t exactly feel comfortable around Marduk.

Rock Dudes

After searching around for a bit and finding nothing at all, the group moved on to the next room. This room had no visible exit, and also was only filled with natural looking boulders scattered here and there. Faust used detect magic and discovered that three of the rocks in this room were probably not actual rocks. Shemuel commanded Jeffery to go ahead and inspect the closet rock. As he did, the rock started to move and come to life. It unfolded itself as if it were made of Aluminum foil. It Chiseled out a mouth and two holes for eyes and began speaking.

Shemuel and Sagemon tried to have an intelligent conversation with the creature. It was going well, however, since most of the party did not believe in divine gods (especially Nixero. For some reason he kept stressing that point every 30 seconds) and the group did not know the pass phrase, they were not allowed to pass without a confrontation. With that, the battle began.

The Syndicates made short work of the Galeb Duhrs. Faust used his Eldritch Nova, and Sagemon basically blew one of them away with a thunderbolt at max power. He also took out part of the wall. In very little time the Syndicate was searching the area for the way out and for anything the rock people might have been hiding inside their bodies. It just so happened that the Galebs had an Amethyst inside of them. The barbarian started smashing on the ground all around with his magic hammer. Eventually he found a hollow spot, so he started smashing at it. He managed to put a hole in the floor, revealing a hole that was actually hidden underneath one of the boulders. Nixero and Jeff moved the rock and everyone went down the hole which had a ladder attached to one side. Nol Laf just jumped down the hole he had created. Faust decided he was no tired and headed back to camp to have a long drink and good afternoon’s rest.

Abriel and the Water Room

As the adventurers got off the ladder, they landed in a pool of water. TO their surprise, the entire room was covered in water, with room sloping downward in front of them. The Floor also dropped off to a 40ft deep end at the other end of the room. Since it was water and they just so happened to have a water elemental, they decided to send him in and scout out the water to see if it were safe. He melted into the water. About five minutes later he reappeared with some news. He told them of a crack in the wall leading to the next room under water, but it was too small for someone to fit through without some trouble. He also informed them of a fish person living under the water. Shemuel told Jeffery to ask the man to come up and have a talk with them.

Moment later, when Jeffery returned, the fish man popped his head out of the water. He spoke to the Syndicate telepathically, with nothing else besides head movements and hand gestures. To sum it up, he agreed to help the weak swimmers through the crack for a small price. Nol Laf gave him a spare set of shorts, Shemuel gave him a hood, and Sagemon gave him a ration. The group now got ready to dive in the water, so they took their armor off and limbered up. Who knew how long this passage would be?

Nol Laf was the first to jump in. When he jumped in, his body became as stiff as a plank of wood, causing his feet to bob out of the water. He suddenly remembered he had forgotten to put himself on swim mode, so he turned his gears and took off into the crack in the wall like a dolphin in its true habitat. Following him came everyone else, with Shemuel in the back. Everyone was a perfectly fine swimmer except for Shemuel, so Abriel stayed with him and Jeff and helped guide him through the crack.

About half way through the tight crack, Sarin started to run out of breath. Luckily Nixero was beside her and gave her a very tender mouth to mouth air transfer, putting her health and safety above his own. Very surprising coming from a mercenary. Finally, without any other troubles, they popped up in a pond in the next room. As extra payment for his help, the group gave Abriel a random potion and some extra rations. When Abriel took the potion he began to make cat like noises. He waved his hand in a few different ways and cast remove curse on himself. He told them how he disliked the potion, but thanked them for the thought. At that, he left them and returned to his lake room.

Like a Fairy Tale

In this room there wasn’t much to look at. There was simply a ring of arcane symbols laid out on the ground in a circle. The runes said: “Meaningless for one, Bliss for two. Embarrassed when shone, Best when true. Express me in this room, and for you, the door will be shown.” Eventually, the group figured out that the phrase meant two people had to show some kind of affection. Immediately everyone turned to Sarin and Nixero. Nixero threw his hands up and started backing up from Sarin, trying to explain that there could be some kind of other possibility to open the path. Sarin, however, paid no mind to him and tackled him into the circle and kissed him.

Suddenly the passage beneath the kissers was opened, sending them hurling down to the floor with a thud. At the same moment, a chest appeared in the original room. The rest of the group decided to look in the chest while Nixero and Sarin had their moment at the bottom of the hole. Inside was just a few odd and in things with some minor value.

The Puzzle

After traveling down the hole and peeling Sarin off of Nixero, who was just laying on the half dazed mercenary, the group found a strange room. One of the walls was chiseled out, while the rest of the walls were natural. ON the chiseled wall was something that resembled the letter “Y” There were also 4 chests laying on the ground in the room. The group opened the chests and found some pretty good loot, most of it money, but some had cool items like spider climbing slippers.

The group could not find out how to solve this room. They knew it had to be some kind of magic seal or puzzle, because the chiseled wall was giving off magic. Eventually, almost two hours later, Nixero picks up a chest and looks on the bottom of it. Inscribed on the bottom were some jumbled up letters that just had to mean something. The group flipped every chest and saw that all of them had different jumbled letters. They had to create some kind of pass phrase.

The Silver Syndicate understood that this was a difficult puzzle, but even in the face of defeat, they trudged on. Eventually, the group deciphered the code! Everyone cheered, the wall came down and disappeared, and Sarin Kissed Nixero again. Happy days! On the other side of the wall, they saw two skeletons holding each other, as they each held a knife into the other’s side. It must have been the two leaders mentioned in the story behind this place.

On their persons, they found two great artifacts created by the gods. The Mace of Disruption and the Quartestaff of Healing. Shemuel and Sagemon took these in their possession. Everyone agreed to bury the two of them in honor of the gods. They said a few words, and decided it was time to go.

MaGiC mAn

Outside of the dungeon, they spotted something peculiar. It was an old man on a horse pulling a wagon. They hailed him and he stopped. He jumped into the wagon, pressed some kind of button or lever, and the whole thing seemed to fold out into a shop in a matter of seconds. He was a traveling salesman.

Eventually, the PCs found two things they wanted from him. A Red Elemental Gem of Power and the Alchemy Jug. He was asking quite a hefty price, and even though the group just cleared a dungeon filled with loot, they did not want to part with their precious gold. So instead of paying him, Nixero came up with a better idea. He turned around and told the party he would be back in about ten minutes.

Ten minutes later, Nixero came strolling out of the mausoleum with Abriel at his side. He walked up to the old man and asked if he needed an apprentice. The old man said he did, and if Nixero was willing to part with his apprentice and give him to the old man, the old man would give them the two items they had wanted so desperately. Nixero and the group agreed to give Abriel to the old man for the two items that would have only costed them about 1500 GP. Abriel signed a contract, and the PCs received the items. The old man took Abriel and set off on his travels once more.

A few minutes later, the group saw Nixero and Sarin taking a walk by them self with a jug of mayonnaise. They later came back to the group and Shemuel had a talk to the two of them with Nol Laf. They both scorned Nixero and Sarin about how she shouldn’t cheat on her husband, and how Nixero should be ashamed for trying to get with a married woman. Sarin grew sad and depressed because no one understood her side of the story, and Nixero just kept nodding like an incompetent man. They then made camp, with Sarin and Nixero in separate sleeping tents.

What Next?

With the burial grounds clear, and no other obstacles in their path, The Silver Syndicate no heads for the Citadel of Clouds! Who knows what wonders await them there? Perhaps Nixero will finally get the platemail he has been desperately trying to find! Find out next time!

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Chapter 5: Eastern Valley [4]
Episode IV

Golem Dungeon Finale

Messing Around With Alchemy

For the next 6 hours, Shemuel decided to mess around with chemical formulas and elements to see if he could create golems of his own. First though, he and Nixero sat and prayed to Palor to bless the vials so that they may be in service to him and bot the dragon. An hour later they were finished. They were only able to get the earth and water to convert.

He mixed some things up and ended up creating a couple of things. He made a very small earth golem who was very devoted to Palor and constantly said his name like some annoying pokemon. He wasn’t even an evolved pokemon, so it was very annoying to hear him because he wasn’t even really worth keeping around. He also created a monstrous magma golem that was neutral. Basically it worked for the Syndicate because it acted like an idiot school jock and did whatever you told it couldn’t do. There was also a very small water elemental created. It too was just like an annoyingly low leveled pokemon that spoke in dual tone because he was water.

With their army of elemental minions, they marched through the next room. It was just a storage area and nothing worth while actually happened in there. Moving along.

Golem Guardian

The next room was quite impressive according to the Syndicate. In this room, they were greeted by a humongous Steel golem that held the key to the dragon’s room in it’s chest. He said so himself. So naturally, battle initiated. The elementals joined in and helped to absorb some damage. All the elementals died about ahlf way into the battle. Big surprise.

Both the guardian and the Syndicate dealt a massive amount of damage. Both sides were injured, but alas, it was the poor golem who ended up losing. Of course, when you lose to Bishop’s fists, you die. So the golem’s heart was ripped out, and the key was found.

Dracolagen

With the key in hand, and everyone ready to kill the dragon and leave this place…the Syndicate traveled back to the chemical room to mess around some more. The barbarian took a crack at making a golem. He decided to mix his blood with some of the rock mix. He ended up creating some disgusting blob thing that gurgled with lifelessness. Shemuel finally created something worth actually mentioning. He created a water elemental with a skeleton of an earth elemental inside of it. It was decently large and powerful.

With this new elemental on their side, they were now ready to…take more random potions! Faust could now turn some walls into doors. The barbarian had to wind his brain every 24 hours. Marduk laid a demon chicken egg and grew grass around him whenever he slept. Great.

Now! They were ready to fight the dragon! The charged forward tot he next tiny room which contained only a treasure chute and a doorway leading down to the dragon’s double doors. They took 5 hours to get out of this room. They did nothing but debate on how they should send the wizard down the ho;e to surprise the mechanical dragon down in the next room, who would probably have a huge speech before battle commenced anyway.

Finally, they made a decision. They sent the water elemental down the chute to scout while the rest of the party traveled down the path to the double doors. The elemental came back with information that was basically useless, so Bishop opened up the doors.

The Silver Syndicate had a long talk with the dragon, and tried to reason with it, but could not reach an agreement. So as usual, battle started. The battle was indeed an epic one to behold, lasting just over 14 seconds. The dragon scared the crap out of everyone and put a lot of people to sleep save for Marduk. Marduk helped everyone wake up.

Oh…I almost forgot. Death arrived again in this battle, except this time it was for Arawn’s soul. Instead of taking his soul though, Death made him an offer. He would become his minion, and feed him one worthy soul a day using either his short sword or bow, which would be enchanted to look awesome. Arawn agreed, and death left.

Afterwards, Bishop managed to climb on top of the flying dragon (don’t ask why he was crazy enough to do that) and brought it to the ground with a thunderous crash. Arawn took out his cool looking bow and killed the beast, sending his soul to Death’s Domain. The party then received a bunch of treasure to be divided up.

After the battle, the party went back to see Runiben (turns out the Golemancer actually had a name). They asked him a couple questions, and then out of nowhere, Nixero removes his head from his shoulders. The group shrugged their shoulders and left the dungeon…

What next?

It turns out one of the pieces of treasure was a locket with a woman’s picture in it. Bishop recognized the picture as his beloved girl from back in the old days when his village was raped and burned.

Also, when the group stepped out of the cave, they found Sarin having tea with the Orc that just so happened to be Arawn’s worst enemy and most hated beings in all of the universe.

Find out what happens next time! Or else…

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Chapter 5: Eastern Valley [3]
Episode III

Golem Dungeon Continued

After defeating some golems in a test field kind of room, the Syndicate traveled deeper into the Golem Factory. They defeated some Rock Golems in the next room. Arawn decided to taunt the dungeon and use his father’s human stubbornness to get him into more trouble than he needed. Doing so caused another Rock Golem to appear. They also defeated it with ease, but the party gave Arawn the dirty look for over 15 minutes…which was 10 minutes longer than usual.

With the defeat of the rock golems, the party moved on tot he next room. This room ended up being nothing more than a supply closet. However, inside the closet, they found a small vial and a large vial of some kind of liquid containing a very powerful random magic bottled up inside. They took these and continued on to the next room of the dungeon, as if it were setup like some kind of game or something.

In this room, they found a magma pool. Let’s skip to the cool parts. They activated the magma pool and spawned some magma dudes. Arawn immediately summoned death. He killed the two elementals, and knocked Shemuel unconscious as collateral damage. Just like that the battle ended. They found a chest with some treasure and moved along.

The Alchemy Begins

This room contained many interesting things. First, the PCs noticed a huge machine in the corner of the room vibrating and humming with life. In the corner, across the room was an alchemy set with many vials containing different vials of different elements. The Paladin immediately grabbed these and stored them for later use.

Though the party investigated and investigated for what seemed like 4 and 1/2 days, maybe even like 5, they could not figure out what the machine was used for or how it worked. So they moved to the next room, hoping to find some kind of blue print, or the guy that built the machine.

Inside this new room, they found one of the two things they had hoped they would find. Go figure. It was the golemancer as he would soon be known as. They talked to him. They didn’t get a lot useful items from him. They determined he was under the influence of dragon’s fear, so there was no reasoning with this man…thing. So they fought him.

Golemancer Stuff

The battle was very cool, however very unrewarding. They tied him and knocked him out instead of letting him die. Who knows, maybe he would give them some info after they defeat the dragon? After wrapping him in rope, the party continued to the next room which seemed like the man’s bedroom.

Inside the bedroom they found many things. They found a stone chest which only the barbarian could open. Inside that chest were ten vials of the same random energy potion. Faust and Nollaf immediately drank one. Nollaf lost his shadow, while Faust lost his face. That’s random for you.

They kept looking around and managed to find his journal and formula book inside a secret compartment inside his desk. Nixero tried to read the book and determine how old it was. He instead took a trip in his mind to see Ouroboros and age one year. Freaked out and defeated, he gave up reading the book. They ended up finding the formulas to creating Golems after dicking around for a bit.

What’s Next?

Who knows? Well I do…but I’m not going to tell you. Read the next post…unless you’re too lazy. In which case you don’t belong here anyway. SO get lost you lazy internet bum.

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Chapter 5: Eastern Valley [2]
Episode II

Golem Dungeon

On the way

As the day was winding to an end, our friend Faust stepped into the local can for his evening shit. He went to grab anything he could to occupy his mind while he sat there. To his surprise, he happened to come across something very interesting. There just so happened to be an issue of Baulder’s Gate Weekly laying there. After reading the paper, and then eventually finishing up on the toilet, he stepped out of the can with new information for the party.

He told them how the town desired for the Silver Syndicate to leave them and to never come back (or at least not for awhile). Also, it stated how the spies for Baulder’s Gate spotted a Golem Factory just north of the city. That was all it took to catch the party’s interest. They gathered their materials, double checked their ration supply, and headed put on the road. Sarin the Red decided to hang back, as the party was growing very large and all of them were men who were mostly crazy.

So we find our beloved adventurers finally leaving Baulder’s Gate. Hopefully wherever they go to next has an insurance policy. Luckily, they had their sights set for the Golem Dungeon just north of the city. Arawn gathered his scouts and told them to go ahead of the party about 2 miles in case their was a short cut through the mountains without having to go around.

After six hours of travel, Philippe came back to Arawn with some great news. He stroked his mustache as he spoke. Choosing his words very carefully so as to sound as gay as possible, he told Arawn they had found a passage leading through the mountains. Arawn asked himself why Quinitali would send him such a buffoon of a scout, and then acknowledged Philippe with a grunt and nod. All the meanwhile, Faust was watching with the biggest grin this side of the Baulder Gate.

The Silver Syndicate took this passage through the mountain until they had grown too tired to travel any further. They made camp between two large boulders, but before they could finish setting up, they heard a very loud feminine scream come from he direction of Faust. Everyone ran over to see what the matter was, only to see Faust was sitting on the ground with his legs and arms crossed and his face bent with anger. He was starring at a Bulette who had appeared while he was setting up his tent.

Battle began and ended just as quickly. The land shark did manage to injure Faust’s keg in the combat, but otherwise the party was unharmed. Faust continued to mutilate the body until midnight, at which point the body was just paste anyway.

Around 1AM, a cleric by the name of Sagemon approached the campsite. When he approached, he noticed one of the scouts pissing on the rock, making a “Z”. The cleric cleared his throat to let the guard know he was there. Zorro quickly zipped himself up (getting injured in the process of course). He then started asking the cleric questions. Zorro then woke up Arawn with a loud knock on the tent and a shout. Arawn woke and was informed that someone had approached the area and was looking for the leader of the Syndicate. He seemed to be someone of the church, but he was wearing heavy armor.

Arawn spoke to the man, who introduced himself as Sagemon, a Tempest Cleric of Kord, God of strength and storms. His God had told him to find the Silver Syndicate and help them to destroy the sword known as Graveyard. Since he already knew about the sword, and since Shemuel cast a zone of truth around him, Arawn found that he could trust this man, and so he let him into the Syndicate. When everyone woke in the morning, he was introduced and accepted into the party. Deep down Sagemon was wondering if this party would actually be able to destroy anything but themselves.

The Dungeon Entrance

After another day’s travel, the Syndicate finally came to what had to be the entrance to the Golem Factory the scouts were talking about in the paper. Arawn had the scouts stay behind up here to guard the area and to set up traps for any intruders who came through. Then, the party took a deep breath and headed in.

They passed through two rooms made from all natural stone, with nothing of any significance…except the walls were radiating with some kind of life magic. They also spotted some footprints leading directly from a wall and heading further deeper into the dungeon and then disappearing into another wall. The party followed the path southwards, and it lead them to a wet hall full of minty moss. Faust and Sagemon both slipped in the hall and shot down the hall and into the next room. Sadly for them, there was a very cold pool of water in the room. They fell in with a splash and a shiver and immediately started flailing their arms and screaming for help.

The rest of the party caught up. They could see the water was actually alive and trying to hurt the two of them by squeezing them to death. Faust and Sagemon were indeed stuck. Nixero went over to help Sagemon while Shemuel helped Faust. Finally they were out of the water, but the battle had only just begun.

The party began to hurl spells and arrows at the water elementals while they were confined to the water. Suddenly, Bishop pulled out a spear in the shape of a lightning bolt. He hurled it into the water, striking everything in its path with a massive wave of electricity. He did some massive damage, however, it seemed the elementals were now free from their bonds to the water. The water elementals came out of the water and started attacking the party by engulfing them and squeezing them. Eventually the party destroyed the elementals with ease, although they did take some substantial damage.

After the battle, Arawn took a dive under water. He searched with his mother’s keen elf vision, while swimming with the strength granted to him by his father. He found a leather puch resting at the bottom of the lake. He grabbed it and quickly shot back out of the freezing water. Inside the pouch he found a key. He then sat there and studied the thing for over an hour, only to discover the key had no other significance other than being a key.

Deeper

After resting up a bit in the water room and after shewing some mint moss, the group was ready to move on. They traveled down the path leading westward until they found an iron door locked. With the key they had found in the pond, they opened the door and stepped inside. They saw before them 3 chests. two wooden and one iron. Faust went and kicked open one of the wooden ones, revealing a pile of copper pieces. He was bored wit h that so he left it there. He then walked over to the iron chest and sensed that is had some sort of lock magic in it. He sat there and tried to figure out how to break the spell. Arawn walked in and opened up the other wooden chest and inside he found a pile of silver coins. He took them and was very pleased, so he went over and also took the copper pieces as well.

Marduk then walked over to see if he could figure out this iron chest. He tried to simply flip open the lid, and to everyone’s surprise it worked. Inside there was a single gold coin and an inscription in the box. It read “Bloods open many doors”. After reading that, Marduk cut his tongue open and licked the coin, spreading the blood all over it, and then he put the coin back in the box and shut the lid. After doing so he heard a click, and he opened the lid back up to find a huge pile of gold pieces. He then grabbed the gold and passed the bloody coin to Nixero.

Nixero then cut his thumb and put the coin back in the box just as Marduk did. Nothing happened of course, so Conan decided to rip up the iron chest mounted to the floor. He ripped up the mechanism and the concrete along with it and found nothing of value. The Silver Syndicate then decided to move along into the next room.

They traveled around a corner and moved into another room. This one had piles of rock, iron and clay. Inside the room they found a man who had some kind of alteration in his skin. He appeared to have iron and rock skin on his arms and faces. He looked up at the party and told them they couldn’t be here. The Syndicate kept asking questions, but the only thing he would reply with was leave now while you can. After about the 5 question, he pulled a glowing cube from his pocket and dropped it on the ground. As he did it melted into the ground.

As the cube melted into the ground, two of the clay piles started animating on their own. They morphed into humanoid shaped beings and started approaching the party. Battle began. Nixero, Shemuel, Conan, and Arawn rushed in tot he room and attacked a Golem, while the others stood at the doorway and the Golem walked up and started attacking the party. It was a hard battle, and the Golems’ attacks infused their blood with clay blockers, which blocks up their veins, keeping them from healing.

The battle waged on for about 30 seconds before the Golems finally crumbled beneath the Syndicates’ attacks. The Syndicates then searched the room, but did not find anything useful. They then sat down and took a short rest before continuing on. Sigmon luckily had a prayer that was able to heal the wounds the Golems had inflicted.

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