DragonHawk - Hidden Dragons

The Dream Sequence
dreamworld

The party finds themselves in an inn, drinking away the time while a sandstorm blows outside. Khen, Boha, Lightning and Anuja Boru sit in a common room of a normal Inn of the Great Desert. They barely made it before the sandstorm struck.
The room had a table of 4 gorgeous woman, giggling and making gestures at Boha, a table of two strange grimy old men, a few other random patrons at the bar and numerous local natives as waiter and waitresses taking care of the customers.

The two old men shape-shifted into cats and dashed to Anuja, rubbing her leg and trying to get into her lap. She did not trust them, but began petting them anyway. After a bit she questioned the bartender about the cats, and he acted as if they were the most normal thing in the Inn. After all he said to Anuja, can’t you turn into a cat too? (which she could)

Two of the women latched onto Boha and began flirting. One told him not to trust the other, that she was trying to steal. Boha trusted neither of them. The other girls asked Boha to come to the back room. The first girl tried to get Boha alone by telling him she needed his help and she had to whisper in private her problems.

The waitress brought a glowing blue drink to Lightning. He detected the drink as magical and did not drink it. He tried to get Boha to drink it but he refused.

A waiter asked Khen, as an honored member of the monastery if he could help ensure order in the Inn. Khen agreed.

Boha moved to a corner with one girl, and when the other moved to follow, Lightning intercepted he and offered her the glowing drink. She drank the whole thing,then told him how Great a Wizard he was.
Boha finally listened to the girl who told him she was captive there and need him to rescue her. He agreed to Protect her.

The young, pretty girl told Lightening she had magic for him in the back room, if he wanted it. When he insisted she bring it out here, she relented and brought out a spell book and a silver dagger with a gold inlaid leather hilt. Seeing they we magical he took them. He put the dagger in his backpack. He sat down to read the book,

The woman with Boha announced to the whole place that He was her protector now and that they couldn’t make her do anything ever again. A larger ‘bruiser’ type came in from back room and challenged Boha “The Protector” to a fight. Boha and Khen went over to him. Lightning did not. He was drawn into a trance and the book began sucking his intelligence away.

Boha won easily and all the woman were swooning over him.

Meanwhile Khen wanted the fight to stop and restore peace. Boha healed the fallen man preventing him from dying. Anuja had turned herself into a cat to try and talk to these strange shape-shifting cats, but learned nothing about them. In fact they lost interest in her as a cat.

Turning back into a human questioned the girls about these cats. At her instance that all these strange things seemed like out of a Dream the girl told her “Alive but never breathing..” and walked away.

Anuja found this strange and went to tell Khen about it.

Then a Demon walked into the bar. He walked up to the bar and ordered an ale. None of the patrons acted as if this was out of the ordinary. Boha tried to sense evil but felt as if he couldn’t clearly reach his powers. The bartender walked over to Anuja’s table and picked one of the cats. He went behind the bar, held the cat over a mug and squeezed it. A strange liquid came out of the cat into the mug. He set the cat down, apparently unharmed while Anuja could only stare in shock. He served the mug to the Demon and went back to other business. The cat walked back to Anuja and began to take a bath.

Anuja intensely questioned the bartender on all of this, but he acted as if nothing out of the ordinary happened. When she came back from behind the bar, she bumped in Lightning who fell to the ground, still in a trance.

She tried to revive him but could not. Khen came over and started being drawn into the book himself. Anuja shut the book and that brought Lightning out of his trance. His intelligence slowly came back, but at first he babbled incoherently.

Boha told the women they could not follow him. That they needed their own path in life but should end the life they led now. The took off their skimpy clothes and dressed in leather armor and put on swords to try to be like Boha. They asked if the book was dangerous. When Boha said yes, they rushed across room and cut the book to shreds with their swords. The cats ran in fear and hid.

The chaos of their mad rush through the room upset Khen and others. Khen tried to bring the room back into order. Boha counseled the women to not rush off and act hastily in a dangerous situation. They broke into tears and fell to their knees begging forgiveness. When Boha forgave them they leaped to their feet and hugged him. Then they went about cleaning and putting the room to order.

Khen picked up the pieces of the book.

Meanwhile Lightning regained his mind and began to question what other type of guests where staying in this Inn in the back rooms. The waitress told him, many magical and powerful guests who could grant wishes.

So he rushes into the back room where he find an empty circular room with 12 doors leading off it. He picked a door at random and opened it. Inside he found an elf working intently over a table of boiling beakers, and vials of mufti-colored liquids. The elf jumped at the sudden intrusion and dropped a vial he was holding. It fell into a boiling beaker and a large flash of light and explosion of smoke erupted. He yelled, holding his eyes, “I’m blind. Who is that, who came into my room!” The elf gestures and a magic missile flew off and hit the door. Lightning shut the door and moved to his right to the next door.

Khen and Boha meanwhile heard the commotion and followed Lightning into the room. Khen saw the smoke coming under one of the doors and knocked on it, asking if everyone was safe.

The elf opened the door, bandages over his eyes, yelling about the interruption and told Khen what happened. When he learned Khen was a Monk, he demanded Khen bring justice on the interloper who caused his injury. “Eye for an Eye” he said. Khen listen with him and tried to reason with him that this was revenge, not justice. Khen soon gave up and stealthily moved away back into the main room leaving the elf standing in his doorway, ranting to no one.

Lightning opened the next door, saw two elves tossing wands back and forth like they were juggling, while the wands shot magic missile randomly into the air. Lightning quickly shut the door before a magic missile hit him.

Lightning opened the next door and a loud voice grumbled, “What do you want elf boy?” Inside two dwarves sat playing music and whistling along with the music. “Don’t interrupt us boy, we are on the verge of discovering something great.”

Lightning shut that door and went back to a door closer to the front of the room. As he walked away he realized that the dwarves were playing an old Elven nursery rhyme.

When he opened that door, he finally found the Genie he had been looking for. A Genie Mother suckling a baby genie at her breast and surround by 12 other Genie children floating about the room in a complex game.

The Mother complained to him, “Have you brought the food I asked for? Wait, damn, you are not a waiter.”

Lightning stepped in. “I was wondering how I could get a wish.” He asked as he bowed low.

“As if I don’t have enough to do with all these! No!”

Lightning apologized,but before he could leave one of the children flew up to him with an impish smile. “I can give you wish, if you give me that sword.”

Lightning shrugged, drew out the sword and handed it over. "It s not magical.’ Lightning said.

The Genie laughed, and swung the sword about wildly. The room though was way too crowded, and the sword struck one of the other young genies.. and killed him.

The Mother screamed in anger, she rushed over over waived her hand and the young one was resurrected. Then she waived her hand angrily at Lightning. He found himself teleported to the front room,near the front door, as if invited to leave.

One of the cats then turned into a human, and walked up to Khen. “Hello Brother.” Khen was struck speechless at the appearance of his brother, who had died when Khen was young. OR so he thought. They had along conversation in which Khen was convinced this really was his brother. He told a story of being raised into an undead and then growing into power over the years, only returning to his former self when a create and powerful priest cast Resurrect on the undead being he used to be. They made plans to go back to their home village to examine their Father’s grave. Later when Khen began to question his brother how he could have survived for so long when everyone thought we was dead, he responded mysteriously; “Cold as Death”.

Back in the main room, Anuja decided to question the demon about the cat-squeezed drink. Khen assisted her but they received no answers from the strange creature at least no useful answers. At one point, after extensive questioning about ehy he was there, he said; “Always drinking, Never thirsty.”

Lightning went to the bartender and paid for a room to sleep in. He went into the back room and opened his door to find a strange stone bed and a sparse , uncomfortable room. He wished for spell to summon pillows and suddenly one came into his head. He immediately cast it and the room was magically FILLED with pillows. He jumped into the room, burrowed into the pillows and went to sleep.

Meanwhile a young girl talked Boha into coming to the back rooms so she could explain. Bohan went to the back room, but was suddenly attacked. The fight spilled into Lightning’s room, who work up and helped Boha fight them off. Afterwards, Boha questioned the girl; “Why did you attack me? Why did you lead me into an ambush?” But all she would answer was; “Clad in mail, Voice never clinking.”

Boha gathered the party together in the back room. “Something is very wrong here.” They all agreed. Lightning said, “Yes, when i awoke from sleeping among all those pillows to see you fighting, I thought at first it was a Dream.”

Khen jumped up, “Perhaps it is!” At that moment a Secret door revealed itself in the corner of the room. When they went through it they found a room filled with deadly traps, with three seemingly clear paths leading to three doors.

After some adventure and mishap, Boha selected the correct door based upon Justice and the party woke up from the Dream, finding themselves laying on the ground, in a wooden building surrounded by pixies.

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Alt game Mission in Woods (prior to end of main game)

(Previous overall goal; Get Celtic Chief’s son, Beren, back out of woods and get Pixies to stop harassing travelers. Beren is in love with pixie kings daughter and she loves him back, but the king forbids the relationship. Pixes told you to do some quests for them before the King will even grant you an audience)

The adventurers’ last episode found themselves fighting a whole village of Kobalds and Goblins. After intense battle, they had defeated the Goblin chief. Deciding to rest in the now deserted village, our heroes slept, prayed, and meditated on their recent experiences. (5,000 points of it-though accidentally gave too much). All felt more powerful after this time.

However, the decision proved to be a bad one. In the middle of the second night, the goblins and kobalds returned. They used sleeping darts on Luftrasa and Tranquility. With them now held hostage, Boha the Paladin was forced to negotiate. Upon learning you were here at the behest of the pixies, the half goblin/kobald leader of the remaining tribe wanted you to lie to them. In exchange for setting the two hostages free, you were to tell the pixies all of the goblins had been killed. After some soul searching and planning our heroes agreed. However, Tranquility was held as insurance.

On way back to pixie’s home you ran into a strange hut with human (mostly) woman outside looking for lost spellbook pages. You agreed to help her, especially when she showed you the 2-foot tall human in her cages. A magical experiment went wrong and left the human shrunk but without their bones. She had magically inserted pixies bones into them stolen from nearby graveyard. She needs you help to revered the spell gone wrong so she can replace the human bones and return the pixies bones before “little gnats find out and never leave me alone”. She was very sensitive about messing up the spell and “held” Ken when he asked her too many times why the spell went wrong.

Lightning found the missing spell pages and you were able to assist her in restoring the humans. (who had volunteered for gold, ) and then escorted the human away. Your old brownie friend showed up willing to lead the humans out of the forest.

When arriving back at the pixies camp, the message was given as promised, but then you told them the truth. The pixies were grateful, but not enough to grant an audience with the King. As you were leaving the Queen approached you and asked you to find Gewellen (the king’s daughter) who had run off again despite the King forbidding her to leave and associate with the human Beren. She marked 4 places on your map where she might be.

You went back north to get Tranquility back. (On way fought and killed more Ettercaps)

You debated the wisdom of risking your necks for the troublesome elf, but in the end traded the info to get her back. She was in rage to kill someone for getting her caught, letting her stay caught and thinking of leaving her. When she was set loose, the Old Man’s Portal caught her before she attacked anyone.

You left searching for Gwellen. A strange event causes your wizard, Lightning, to loose his memory and spells. (pixies spell) You made camp to attempt to restore his spells, but giant ants attacked. (Lighting turned invisible) You then moved camp to get way form ants trail. Ken tied rope around invisible and very sleepy wizard so as not to loose him. Then wood elves surrounded you that morning thinking you had kidnapped a fellow elf.

After explanations went around, the wood elves provide great help and info about past events. Turns out they gave Beren (an elf friend) immunity to pixie charms. They advised you that the pixies would never accept a human into their tribe, no matter what size he was.

You traveled toward next area to look for Gwellen and ran into strange plants that entranced you with magic pollen and then tried to eat your brains. Aleyce (the Ranger) and Lightning the Wizard were caught and lost intelligence before the plant was defeated. Sny-Dees could not heal the intelligence damage so the group decided to head back to the tribal village and seek the druids help for healing.

The Druids healed you. Resuming the search you found Beren, and took back to the King, however, Beren disappeared the next day. You tracked him down again, but it turned out to be a fake Beren, ti was a pixie using illusions to fool you in order to stop your search.

After defeating this pixie, you eventually found the real Beren, but he did not want to return.

He was in love with Gwellen and did not want to return without her. You discussed ways to get them together long into the night.

You eventually found Gwellen and found a way to convince the King to allow the relationship. I don’t recall how, but they were very impressed with the return of pixie bones the “old women” had stolen.

Either on a treasure hunt or in a bid to convince the King(I’m pretty sure this was it), the party did decide to seek out the white Dragon cave. Once there they stealthily entered the cave and found large mound of treasure. The Dragon was away, but it was guarded by here offspring which the party defeated in battle.

The party found some very impressive treasure, including a very powerful magic stone with mysterious powers. On the way back to the pixies camp though, the Adult Dragon returned to find his offspring dead. The Dragon quickly tracked and found them. The party ran, but they stood no chance of escaping. Boha tried to fight , but was ineffective. They battled the Dragon, and someone, if I remember right, Tranquility, was picked up by the Dragon in her claws as it flew up into the sky.

Meanwhile Lightning was communing with the Stone and found it to be a wish stone of sorts. He wished for the Dragon to fall down (happened to be flying high at that moment) and the Dragon fell to the ground , hard. It did not die, but Lightning wished for it to be gone and it s disappeared, non one knows where.

The pixies were so grateful that the Dragon was defeated, the King agreed to anything that Beren and Gwellen wanted.

The wood elves and brownies came to join in the celebration for all groups had lived in fear of the Dragon. The King of the wood elves arrived in great fanfare wit all his people flowing through the forest like water through rocks. The pixies insisted on flying above them at all times, the King refused to be seen as less than the elves. The brownies were nonplussed by all of the activities, so overjoyed to cater the celebration with have their special food.

When the Elf King saw the Stone he had heard so much about he fell to agitated and intense chatter in his own language, though all knew he could speak common. Those who could translate caught the he believed this to be some fabled magical stone out of Elven Legend, The Wellstone of Faerie.

He insisted on the Stone be given to the elves. However, the Pixies King hearing this insisted on the Stone as well, just so the Elves did not have it to lord over them. Lightning however, refused.

After some sort of struggle, Lightning, the wood elf King and the pixie king were each touching the Stone, and exerting their will over it to make simultaneous wishes

I REALLY FORGOT what the wishes were, but the result was that the Stone embedded itself into the ground there, was immovable and could not longer be used for wishes. It remained a very powerful magic artifact though. The elves and pixes agreed to share the access to the stone.

Some of the party (Boha and ?) traveled to Mythagem with Lightning, who had to report to his Wizard test. They intended to report what had happened and to sell some of the treasure they found.

With Boha assisting, Lightning passed his test, though he wished the rest of his party was there as Thuynder had told him very entertaining stories of his taking part in Binol’s Wizard test.

That is when the stone started pouring out evil Faerie creatures and Thuyner and Jerok found Lightning, telling him had to return to the stone.

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Alt Game History

5 adventurers are in a tavern listening to rumors of caravans being ambushed and plundered. A guard of one of the latest caravans bursts in the door and collapses. After being healed the mercenary explains that the mayor’s daughter and some important spear have been stolen. The guard leaves and the mayor comes in. He recruits/hires the 5 adventurers:

Cleric: Sny-dies
Monk: Khen
Thief: Tranquility
Barbarian: Edward Proudfeather
Wizard: Lightning

The 6 set out to where the caravan was headed. On their way they are attacked by large scorpions. While the party is fighting one, another drags the mayor (silently?) to a burrow. The 5 follow the drag tracks. 3 go in and rescue the mayor by killing one scorpion, while the other 2 kill another scorpion outside.

The 6 set out again and find that Bugbears are responsible for ambushing the caravan. The party makes their way to an old fortress where they think the Bugbears are holding the mayor’s daughter. After some hard fighting the party has broken into the fortress, have cleared a few rooms, and followed some stairs down where they encountered 3 undead.

We leave off in need of healing since our cleric is running very low on spells.

Fun times had by all. Especially role playing by a cleric and thief who rely on their looks to charm people when the monk “cares not for gold or lusty worldly pleasures”. A barbarian with a mouth as quick as his axe who belittles people like little monks and wizards with frogs as pets who don’t fight with ‘real’ weapons. A monk who is suspicious of all half-orcs (the barbarian is half-orc). Definitely makes for an interesting group that only seems to get along while they’re fighting a common enemy. =D

Oh ya! The monk was able to grapple the scorpion, but forgot to use his muscles (almost the whole adventure I forgot to add my strength bonus to my chance to hit). The monk evidently forgot that the scorpion could attack while grappling just as well as he could. Anyway after a few rounds, the mage (lightning) crawled out of the hole to let the barbarian and the thief know what was going on. When the barbarian found out about the little 5’3" monk wrestling a giant scorpion, he burst out in uncontrolled laughter. Thankfully the barbarian didn’t find out about the monk being knocked unconscious by the scorpion’s sting (he’s still down by 2 constitution points). If Edward (the barbarian) ever finds out about this, poor Khen (the monk) will never hear the end of it!

You left out the Monk wrestling with the scorpion, (and losing) definitely a picture worth describing…. :-)

While exploring a ruined castle thick with Bug bears our party, the half-orc barbarian, the short monk, the female elf rogue, the elf wizard and his toad, and the beautiful assimar cleric
find (Muscular Dwarf, Theresa’s character) and (Native human shaman, Carol’s character) and (Half Orc Paladin! Russ’s character) chained in the next room along with two dead bodies and ayoung half elf. A dark hole in the center of room whispers evil
thoughts into everyone’s mind. When you try to free the prisoners, a
creature of great evil exits the dark hole. Everyone is paralyzed and
certain of death. The creature pulls everyone into the dark hole with a
wave of his clawed hand.

Suddenly a bright flash, and a white circle in the air forms. A
muscular man in his late 30s steps out. He wears only a loose red cloth
shirt and a wool kilt patterned with pictures of swords. His long blond
hair hangs down in thick clumps. His body glows with magic, and his
large Great sword is held before him like a banner, and glows even
brighter. He yells forth a challenge and the evil creature retreats in
fear.
The cleric turns back to the white circle in the air. It is
only then that everyone sees the face of an ancient man in the circle.
His white hair hangs off the top if his head like tuffs of rabbit fur,
His slanted black eyes stare at each of you. The cleric stands
watching, tapping his foot impatiently. The old man nods, almost
imperceptibly.
The cleric turns toward you. His voice booms out like a war
trumpet. “I am Herb, the Warrior of all Battles. You are given a
choice, puny ones. Give your word now to Serve him,” he indicates the
old man, “and you will be rescued like the little children that your
are; and returned to the world alive. Chose not to, and your worthless
hides will hang here like rotten tomatoes, until something comes to
devour you, gnawing on your bones. A tasty treat to be sure. (He laughs
loudly) If given, your Word will be magically enforced, but you will
not be forced to go against your own nature (alignment). This service
will last only one year, unless you chose to extend your service longer.
(he smiles mysteriously) Speak now, puny creatures. The humans first,
for they are less puny than the elves.”
He stares into your eyes, each in turn waiting for your answer.
His bright blue eyes shine like tropical lagoon in the bright sunshine.
He will answer no questions of yours.
Edward: I give my word, but I don’t know what you would want with some
of these other puny guys. I mean, its nice that you save them, but they
are not great warriors like ourselves. Herb grabs that the half-orc Edward by the back of the neck, and says in
a teasing voice; “You have promise. Let’s get you a kilt and then see
how great you are!”

The short human monk quickly steps forward. “Yes I will serve you for the
agreed time. One year.”

Khen understands how powerful this being must be.

Young half elf from Synerg? “YES! I will serve you. I give my
word!”
The others all give their word.
Those who give their word, he pulls back into the room in the
dungeon in the true world. He unchains you. He then casts a spell
which shakes the floor and the hole collapses upon itself.
The old man speaks then. His voice is ancient, wise and
powerful, but quiet and quizzical at the same time. “I need the service
of the half-orc and the small human now. Step through the circle with
Herb. I will return you when your task is complete.” He turns to the
young half elf. “You must deliver your message. Herb will go with you
to ensure you reach your destination, but do not mention to the Prince
my involvement.” The half-nods nervously.
The half-orc and monk step through the circle and disappear.
The young half elf thank you for your small part in rescuing
him. He then says his is on an important mission to deliver a messages
to Siron. His prince is there visiting and the young half elf carries a
very important message for him that must be delivered. He also picks up
messages form the two dead bodies saying they were also intercepted
messengers to the Synerg Prince. He and Herb leave quickly.

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Mythagem Thief battle and transition to alt game

THE FIRST PART OF THIS IS MAIN PARTY BUT 2ND PART IS WHERE THEY ASSIST THE ALT PARTY

The party took time away from the rebuilding of Synerg to travel to Mythagem to be able to sell their hordes of treasure pulled form Craven’s dungeon. Quill felt the risk of theft too great for a just a couple of them to go, so they all went together to guard the items and the gold.

Moriah and Binol were also instant the they not sell the more powerful magic items to anyone except the elves. Thuynder contacted his family upon their arrival and arranged for rooms in his family mansion, a palatial home, it appeared as a small stone building between others in the city. He introduced the party to his family members, Lightning and Seth, his brothers as well as his Uncle.

Bealses visited Elstem, the High wizard he had met earlier to negotiate the sale of the more powerful magic items, while the others travel through the city markets to sell everything else. He played music for him to convince him to pay higher prices, in fact he ended up playing more than few concerts in town that day.

(except for the magical Keg. Back in Synerg Amaryllis found the thieves guild very interested in it and made a good deal on selling it. – getting gold and many guild back dues paid)

Thuynder made point of spending all his gold on a Lyre of Building and hiring Bealses to play it for him back at Synerg to rebuild Dragon Temple as well as perhaps later when he found the place for the Castle he had planned. Other than this point though, he portrayed a stubborn negotiation skill as if he were driven to obtain the most gold for his items, almost like a Dragon would.

The party also brought many of their weapons to the Smiths to trade for more powerful versions or to have them upgraded by the Master smiths in Mythagem. Of course, only the magical Elven crystal weapons could be upgraded by them, the others had to be traded.

When everyone had completed their tasks, they met back in market center for dinner. While there Quill’s sharp eyes caught sight of invisible creature stealing coin purses from them. His quick action stopped the thief and saved them from a complete loss as the the attempt turned out to be a large attack of thieves intent on taking their gold.

A battle ensued, but the thieves knew they were over-matched and quickly ran. A couple of the coin purses had been taken and so the party pursues. Moriah especially chased the thieves with a dogged determination, when others had fallen back and given up.

She caught the thief and faced him down in battle one on one. It was a close fight, but she managed to neutralize him and get her bag back.

After getting the gold back from thief Moriah paid off Quill’s debt to Binol. She figured if it was not for Quill’s spotting the impossible to see thieves, all her gold would be gone.

The party then prepared to all go their separate ways; Quill planned to go back to Synerg countryside where he had a date to keep with old man’s daughter who owned the ranch, Jerok planned to go back to Synerg city to help the Prince and take his place as Captain of the Guard, Binoll planned to travel to Midori to negotiate the return of the displaced elves to Synerg, Moriah needed to go back the Synerg to help the city, she was the Mayor after all, Thuynder intended to search for a demi-plane to locate his castle (with his brother’s help) , Yrock intended to visit his home tribes in the est to show off his success and perhaps get a bride(?), Amaryllis had some business back in Synerg thieves guild while Beasles intended to remain in Mythagem for a while, enjoying his new popularity there and fulfilling a performance contract for Elstem.

But first an urgent message came from Herb, the High priest of the Great Warrior. There was rift in the world that had been created by Lightning. He needed Jerok and his party to escort Lightening and his party to the site. HE told them they would find an immense battle raging around the rift as Faerie creatures poured in to this world. Only one of the three who touch the stone could stop it, and the other two had died in the fighting. They need to get Lightning to the stone alive so he could close the rift.
Jerok quickly agreed and talked everyone else into helping. He also kept the Prince advised with Sending spells.

They arrived and it was an exciting large battle in which the more capable party (high level) cleared a path for Lightning and his friends to reach the stone. When Lightning touched it he was able to close it, but the magic took Lightning from the world and dropped him into the Faerie plane. His last connection withe stone also enacted one final instinctive wish that all his friends come with him.

So the alt game party (Boha, Ed, Khen, Snydees, Lightning, Tranquility, Luftasa and Anjua) finds themselves trapped in the Faerie plane, but not together, as the magic scatters them across the plane.

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Synerg Cleanup After Epic Battle

Beales, Moriah and Thyunder camp in the wilderness, trying in vain to sleep off the nagging effects of the Death Plane. You wake in a Shadowy mood. Moriah wakes still weak (-4 STR) and Thyudner wakes with bad nightmares and a non-functioning staff.
Moriah changes into a Dragon and flys you to Mythagem. While in Mythagem, Thyunder arranges with his family to provide teleportation to Synerg for himself, Moriah and Beales. They went to the Fritzengender family mansion for a safe place to rest and recover. They meet Thyunder’s uncle and his family’s butler.
Moriah tries to get healing for her strength loss at the temple, but it fails. She then spends the day in the massive Spell Library learning new spells. And casting Analyze Dweomer .
While Beales is in Mythygem, performs a concert, to help look for a prospective buyer for the flute, and raise awareness to the problems in Synerg. They spread the word that Beales will be performing in Synerg nightly to raise money for the city.
Beales Gathers info on merchants and does his concerts. Among the many admirers one of the leading wizards takes a liking to him. Elstem. He offers you 100,000 for the flute of Rest. You yourself are granted access to the Mythagem Library.
Beales gives a private 30 minute concert to Elstem with a lackluster, but still very good, 33 performance check. Backs it up with a 10 minute mandolin encore with a 23 performance check.
After much discussion and negotiation he is unwilling to grant you and your friends access to the highest level magic, until you mention the Ancient scrolls & history book (which Beales read and still holds). In exchange for the donation of this he grants full normal access (enchant/exchange up to +5) but requires standard non-disclosure agreement signed by all.
Since coming back from Death plane, the Dragon Staff is unresponsive to communication and unable to flame and can only cast spells some of the spells. Thyunder is anxious to get to Prince to seek help.
In addition to Thyunder’s Staff troubles and Moriah strength loss, Beales has issues… No one goes to the Plane of Death without permanent impact. For good or ill, He now is affected with shadowdancer powers.

Meanwhile in Synerg,
Prince is scheduling a Ceremony and Celebrations after the rescues and the city is cleaned up. Expects you all to be there, but wants feedback on setting that date.
City is out of or using all they have in way of cure potions and production has stopped completely. In fact most all purchases will have to be elsewhere. Sales may be possible here, especially to Black Market.
Jerok finds his mother to make sure she’s ok, and that her needs are tended to. Jerok tells Beales to check on his brother. Jerok had asked the celestial man in the kilt (Herb) to see if he could cure the mummy rot Beales brother had gotten in the battle.
Jerok has been tasked with helping to rebuild the palace guard. This will take some time and effort, so since he probably won’t be going out and using the stuff he buys very soon, there’s no rush. If we stick around to help rebuild the city, we’ll be held in high esteem so the items will be cheaper if we can find them so we should at least start in the city.
The only shops for magic items or enchantments in Synerg were run by elven merchants who locked up and left town after the racial incidents orchestrated by Craven’s and Percy’s men. They wanted the wizards gone and wanted Midori upset at Synerg. Both goals accomplished. The elves are still gone.
The Prince has asked Binol for any help he can provide to coax the merchants back.
Binoll – your experience in the Gem of Souls has had an impact on you – it was a life changing experience
— Beales, Moriah and Thyunder teleports successfully to Synerg and join the others.
Beales raises his familiar, using a $5000 diamond from his share to do so. Appreciate Jerok stepping forward to donate $1000 to the cause, but if he could do the spell, would save Beales $1700 to buy the scroll. Jerok does.

Beales followers have news – they have essentially taken over the remains of the Performers guild and ask him for guidance in running it. (and sharing in the profit)
Beales directs his followers to perform concerts in city to raise morale.
The first morale concert in Synerg has his troops doing various warm up acts, and bardic music at various spots in the city from the 3rd level & higher to inspire competence to the workers. About 10 are high enough level to do this. Beales rolled a 32 and 41 for (2) 15 minute performances.
Moriah was approached by the city officials and declared the Mayor, both because she held the Medallion of Office and the previous Mayor had magically passed the power to her (when she saved him down in Cravens dungeon). At their request she made decisions on priority of repairs and cleanup for the city.
One major task the group undertook was to get rid of all the bodies from the battle, both human, undead and demon. There was much disagreement about it but Moriah, acting as Mayor pressured the Prince to assist. (Pressure to the point of offending the Dragon). She critically failed at using her charm and now has a reputation with the Prince.
In the discussion Jerok and Quill provided excellent suggestions on clearing the bodies effectively.

While assisting with efforts to revive the city, Binol made a heartfelt Speech to the group and all who would listen about his new Position on magic. Before he only halfheartedly supported the Elven ban on magic proliferation to the other races. Now he strongly supports it’s and want to work to aid that effort. After seeing what powerful magic in the wrong hands brought about, the pain it brought to Synerg and the party.
Yrock worked tirelessly to clear rubble from the city. Many building had collapsed and other structures clearing out to make them safe. Yrock selflessly volunteered for all of this. And yet some in group put forth the idea that Yrock not be given a full share of the treasure due to his lack of contribution to the planning and lower level of maturity. A few expressions of feeling unwanted and taken for granted (with his Axe in the side of building) and those comments were quickly taken back.
Amaryllis negotiated with Rufus on some issues critical to the Thieves guild. He asked that they retrieve a certain chest (unopened) from Percy’s headquarters building (now collapsed)
Amaryllis took Yrock back to that building to see if he can get through the debris. Percy’s headquarters was filled with debris and collapsed. Yrock and Amaryllis were able to get the chest back and few other treasure items. They returned the chest to Rufus as asked.
She was asked by Prince to negotiate with the Guild. She was able to convince Rufus not to take advantage of the weakness of the other two legs of the Triad that uses to control the city (Prince’s Guard and Merchant’s guilds). She convinced and bribed him that he stood a lot more to gain by possibly taking some behind the scenes actions to ensure they held a more powerful position when the others got back to their feet, but leaving the current power structure in place. His price was for her to arrange a movement of city guard patrols from the “empty” merchant houses. Part of the reason she succeed in this tricky deal lay no doubt in Rufus’ good mood after obtaining the Special Keg of Happiness that she had sold him at a substantially lower price than it was worth. (Guild Dues paid up for life)

She took this suggestion and talked Jerok into making the arrangements.
(Note: Prince expected these agreements like this to go through him, not Jerock but appreciated the initiative)
With the city somewhat settled, the group teleported to Mythagem with all their treasure to sell and buy powerful magic items in hope of someday destroying Craven.

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Jerok helps Prince

Palace guard is guarding the Prince, but they aren’t going to him for direction? I can then only assume that their are guards to spare.

The remnants of the Palace Guard are guarding the Prince, but otherwise are
> going to you for direction. “What are your Orders, Sir?”
>
> (Just to be clear the Palace Guard is like Prince’s Secret Service, not to
> be confused with the City Guard under the Captain of the Guard you saved
> from Therena so long ago.)
Orders:

First find all the city govt officials that you can. Make sure they’re safe. If they require aid, take them to the temple of the Great Warrior. Tell the head cleric I sent you (make sure he’s ok). Ask for a few volunteers to go with you, and find any who are injured or sick. We must save any that we can. Next find any who are w/o home/shelter, and get a temporary shelter built/found for them. Make sure everyone has their own privacy/sleeping quarters even if it’s a 10 X 10 space with sheets hung as a partition. Assign some medics to each structure to ensure sanitation. As we’re rebuilding, the last thing we need is spread of disease or plague. Churches or temples could be a good place to start. This should keep us busy for a while. Once the city’s citizens are safe, we need to rebuild the important city structures: Medic centers, schools/training guilds, churches/temples, and government buildings.

We’re in for a lot of work, and the entire city needs to work together to heal itself.

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Request from Prince

“My City is in bad shape right now. You all have saved us from disaster, but you are also in a unique position to help bring us back from the brink. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and your words will all have lot of sway. I understand if some of you so not want to work long term in our City, but for near term, I urge you, for all our sakes, to stay and contribute to our recovery. I also know you are probably anxious to go after Craven. I assure you, I am as well, but my duty is here, for now. Until we find out where he is, I have some favors to ask you. The nation will be very grateful.
>
>
> Jerok, I ask you to rebuild the Palace Guard, both in body and spirit. I am afraid they are broken from their failure to stop this attack and protect me. Anyone could refill their ranks and purchase new equipment, but I think right now only you could rebuild their spirit. If you accept I will also have the Captain of the City Guard coordinate with you and hopefully repair both forces.
>
> Quill, I ask you to take over Command of our Rangers. We have had an extensive network of rangers all around the Synerg capital. We have lost touch with all of them. Most I hope are in hiding since the Ranger Commander’s death, but I fear it is a false hope. I know you have a quest to Northern Synerg. Perhaps at the same time you take care of that, you can repair the Northern Ranger network and also visit the Keltic Chieftains and Druids across our northern border to re-assure them of our survival. They will likely send aid as soon as they know the fighting is over.
>
> Binol, I ask you to quickly talk to the Midori Elves, reassure them of our survival and convey our deepest apologies for the treatment of their merchants. We need those merchants back to fuel our recovery. I will waive all tariffs and fees for a month for those that return. They will need help finding places in the city to set up. I would ask that you organize this. You remain respected by the Synerg Nobles as an Elf that did not desert us. They will give you monetary aid if you ask.
>
> Amaryliss, I do not have a great relationship with the leader of the organization you belong to. I implore you to aid us in repairing that relationship. Of the three power centers of the city they have emerged the most untouched. I want to encourage their participation in rebuild and will offer many incentives and make concessions to previous policies. I would also strongly advise them not to take advantage of our current comparative weakness. We need to continue our previous balance of power.
>
>
> Yrock, I know you are not a diplomat, but I think you are in a unique position to aid us in that area. We have rarely had long periods of peace with your peoples. IN our current situation, the last thing we need is an attack from the tribes to the west. Our border forces are mostly untouched, but they are small compared to the many tribes size. Also, we will need many of the troops here. I can’t pull them from the border if an attack might be brewing. Can you travel there and find some way to dissuade their natural inclination to attack use at this opportune moment?
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> All, By some miracle, your missing companions are alive and back on the Earthly plane, though I doubt they are untouched by their experience. Once they have returned I have similar favors to ask of them. I don’t know if Moriah knows this, but she accepted appointment as Mayor of the Capital city when she accepted the magical Medallion from the previous Mayor. I need Bealse help with rebuilding the Merchants Guild and desire Thyunder to establish a new Temple here and perhaps ask Mythagem for aid as his family is not without influence there. Moreover, they both have scores of devoted followers clamoring for word of them. “chuckle”
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Epic Craven Battle

This is how I remember it, please offer corrections…
After a large battle defeating the army of lesser devils before the Palace, the party met the Prince of Synerg’s sons, two half-dragons; Ulrich the wizard and Patrick, the Knight of Siron. They pleaded for the party’s aid to help their Father. After getting aid from the Gnomes in the Temple of the Great Wanderer you and the half-dragons crossed the central bridge in Synerg.
You hear the sounds of battle; you see before you a city on fire. A large oval hemi-sphere of the darkest black hangs over the central part of the city. What at first you thought to be smoke from the fires, you now realize is some magical barrier to sight and who knows what else. (Moriah’s scrying cannot penetrate)
To the north, you can see the 5-story merchant’s guild building burning among the others. A second army of devils along with multitudes of undead surround it, blocking the way north.
Toward the east, just south of the impenetrable black dome, lay the cemetery the Lich had told you to meet her in when she communicated to you in the dungeon.
The party made their way east toward the cemetery. They move past a couple of smaller houses which turned out to hold undead. After dealing with them, came up to the south end of the cemetery. The entrance lay on the west side, but was guarded by undead. The group felt it better to scale / levitate over the fence.
Upon entrance, you see the Lich, Liquwener, standing in the center of the dark graveyard, her attention focused on a gap in the otherwise impenetrable black dome that lay just beyond the cemetery. Her hands are raised toward the done, in an unwavering spell gesture. The gap is actually the back side of some kind of portal, allowing you to see though the dome barrier, but not into the portal itself. You feel waves of vile darkness and evil beyond description emanating of the portal. Tendrils of unknown magic snaked from this oval toward an enormous dragon, seeming to drain his essence away into the void.
Surrounding the Dragon was an army of Devils and undead. They were locked in ferocious combat. The Great Devil the party previously encountered in Craven’s dungeon stood in front of the now collapsed and burning spymaster, (Percy) headquarters. He grappled with the Dragon, while fireballs exploded around them. More devils streamed out of the burning merchant’s guild building on the opposite side of the Dragon. Through the commotion you can surprisingly hear Craven’s voice yelling out viscous commands to the devils. Hundreds of dead bodies surround the Dragon, protectors who have now perished.
In the cemetery, floating beings, half-shadow, half vampire, circle Liquwener protectively. As the party approaches more shadow vampires emerge from the dark places of the cemetery. They quickly surround the party. Someone yells out to the Lich (think it was Jerock or Quill). The Lich turns toward you at the call and the shadow vampire stop motionless just as they were about to attack.
In a voice that is quiet in volume yet cuts through the noise and command you attention as if shouted, she says, “Finally! You have waited until the very last moment! Do your puny brains comprehend what is as stake here!” Her furtively dart to each of you. “Do you have it? Quick you must show it to me!”
After some short, nervous indecisiveness by the party Thuynder ( I believe was carrying the Lich’s book/phylactery ) passes the book to her. The Lich focuses on the book immediately and appears to cast some sort of spell over it. The party did not know what to expect, but the despairing moan that came from the Lich took them by surprise.
“I cannot focus on it. Even now in my hands, Craven’s magic somehow prevents me. So we are lost, and must continue to bend to his will and end things.”
The Book of Nergal that Binoll held then spoke to him. “I know the spell she tried to cast. Perhaps I can do it for her, through you?”
Binoll passed this on to everyone, but the Lich shook her head. “You need Trap the Soul, Soul Bind and Greater Dispel. Do you have all these?”
Nergal had the two necro spells but not greater dispel , but Moriah had that. The party then agreed to cast the spells for her, but the Book of Nergal revealed then to Binoll that the only way to do this was for Binoll to allow it to take control of his body. Binoll agreed and warned the party of this. Jerock kept close watch on Binoll.
During this discussion the assault on the Dragon continues and the Dragons two sons are impatient, and insist the group goes to his aid. The Dragon utters a tremendous roar at that point; to hear a dragon roar is fearsome enough, but to hear one riddled with pain is quite unnerving. The Great Devil’s laugh rolls across the battlefield and ground shakes like the skin of a war drum.
Thuynder’s staff had also been urging him to rush to the Dragon’s aid. Now, the staff will wait no longer, it insists on going now or it will break its word and take over Thuynder.
Thuynder agrees, and as the Binoll/Nergal takes the Lich’s book and casts the spells Thuynder, Ulrich and Patrick race off toward the Dragon.
When Binoll finishes, he looks a bit perplexed, and Jerock is concerned about him, but Moriah steps up and casts the Greater Dispel. At that same moment Craven materializes in the graveyard.
“You fools! I warned you not to trust this creature. Now give me the Book.” He gestures to the blue Book which suddenly flies out of Binoll’s hand toward Craven.

“No!” Faster than the blink of an eye, the Lich flashed across the tombstones and intercepted the flying book. She disappeared before touching the ground.
At that moment, the undead in the city turned against their former allies, the Devils. The shadow vampires fled the graveyard (and Craven) to join the battle.
Craven was livid. :I will kill you all, grind your bones to dust, and turn your souls into screaming masses of burning despair! And then I will retrieve the Book, end the Lich and your efforts will all have been in vain.”
The battle with Craven starts then as the party attacks and he responds with spells.
Meanwhile, Thuynder, Ulrich and Patrick fight their way through to the Dragon. It is a tough fight, but thanks to the Staff granting protection from Fire, Thuynder makes it through, taking out a few enemies in the process. The Dragon lies in the center of blackened and desolate area. The Devil now sits atop the ruined spy headquarters watching his minions finish the job. He shows no concern for the three newcomers.
Tendrils of darkness still feed off the Dragon and snake toward the open maw of vile darkness floating nearby. From this side Thuynder can only see the deepest darkness. The Dragon dies and his sons howl in despair. The Staff however, demands to be brought to the Dragon. It believes it can Raise him from the dead (Special Dedicated power of Intelligent magic item)
The Devil flies off the building and lands abruptly in the midst of Craven’s battle with the party. His sudden appearance brought an anxious pause to the battle as the party feared they would have to battle the both of these powerful foes at the same time.
The Devil rumbles out a command to Craven. “I must interrupt your play time here. My agreed upon task is done, the Dragon is dead. I demand my payment.”
(The party will remember that in the lowest layer of the dungeon they had encountered the Devil and learned he had made a pact with Craven to protect the Book and it other guardians and also kill the Dragon in the final battle. The Devil had tried to get the party to help him break out of this agreement.)
Craven, a little surprised at how long it was taking to kill these trouble makers offer the Devil double if he kills the party. HE refuses. “My payment now or your protection ends.”
Craven grimaces; “It lies in the second level of my retreat, in a secret room, off the Necromancer’s room. It lies buried in the floor and will reveal itself at the password –Triumph.” The Devil instantly teleports away and Craven turns to attack the party again. He uses Death touch, blasphemy and other spells. His armor hurts anyone who attacks him though Yrock seems to be able to resist the effect of the armor.
Thuynder reaches the Dragon and uses the staffs magic to Raise the Dragon from the dead. Ulrich and Patrick guard Thuynder from the surrounding devils while he does this. The Dragon opens his enormous eyes and focuses on Thuynder, staring into his soul.
“You are touched by the Dragon above” the Dragon whispered in wonderment. “I know what brought you here, even though I am in awe of it, but your efforts and His are in vain. I am too weak to survive unless this portal closes. It is meant to me and will close upon my entrance, but I would perish forever in that Shadowy plane of Death and Craven and his devils would have free reign here.”
Thuynder asks if there is anything he could do to close the portal. The Dragon stares at him for along moment before responding. “You could fool the portal into thinking I had entered; you and your Staff have the Dragon essence, but you yourself are not powerful enough, it needs to feel a great and powerful soul entering. Perhaps if there were another of you, another good soul, a cleric perhaps, it would be enough.”
Thuynder immediately thought of Jerock and the staff agreed. Thuynder explained his idea to the Dragon.
“Yes, this might work. IF you do this for me, I will do my best to get you back and restore you to life.”
Thuynder and the Staff make their decision and head back to the party stumbling right into the battle with Craven.
Quill made some amazing shots with his bow that hurt Craven. Jerock and Binoll hurt him with spells and Yrock had cut him with his axe, but he seemed unstoppable. So far Jerockand Beales were keeping everyone alive with healing spells, but he was nearly out of healing energy.
The Devil reappeared then, but was double his previous size and glowed with an angry magic energy. “YOU DARE TO CHEAT ME?” it roars. “IT IS NOT THERE.”
Craven himself then grew larger and yelled back, “I do not break my word, ever! These interlopers tramped through my retreat. They must have taken it…” but as the Devil turns toward you, the Dragon roars as it reneges in battle.
Craven trembled with rage. “you dare to accuse me when you have failed to finish your task? Either you are a liar and a cheat, or you are stupid enough to leave behind a body to be raised.”
The Devil stared toward the Dragon in shock, “I will finish him for all eternity this time.” He spread his wing and flew toward the Dragon. This time the party did not wait, they attacked Craven the moment the Devil spread his wings.
Thuynder arrived soon and offered his aid while trying to explain what needed to be done. At the same time the Lich reappears.
Craven bellows at her, obviously losing control of himself, “I am going to destroy you and the very memory of you will be wiped from this plane or any other you dishonorable beast!”
The Lich cast strong ropes of black energy at Craven while sending a mental message to the party that Craven is too strong while the portal is open. They must find a way to close it.

Thuynder in frustration yells out, “I have been trying to tell them I know how to do that!”
The party quickly confers in between attacks. Jerock feels he is too vital in standing up against Craven to leave,(the The Great Warrior’s influence is driving him to not leave a battle that is joined), but Beales gloriously volunteers, as he is partly a cleric of The Great Wanderer and a holy bard.
Unfortunately, after the arrival of the Lich, large number of devils swarmed around and into the graveyard, apparently summoned by Craven. There was no way to fight their way through so many.

Moriah had been supporting the party with her spells and staying clear of Craven’s deathly spells, but now she saw her chance to really help. She had her flying spell active. She cast Bull strength on herself, then grabbed Thuynder and Beales and flew them over the masses of attacking Devils. They flew straight toward the black portal and Moriah let go of the two at the right moment for them to arc through the portal. When she tried to veer up to avoid the portal herself though, the tip of her feet caught the edge, and she entered along with the two of them. The portal collapsed moments after entry.
The Lich and her enthralled undead were able to keep the masses of devils back while the others fought Craven. He was seriously hurt by now, but he still had no fear of them. That changed when the portal disappeared. He screamed, despair, terror and pain in his voice all at once.
As Yrock swung back to land a killing blow on the now kneeling Craven, he somehow teleported away. The party was furious at his escape.
At the disappearance of the portal, the black dome covering the city disappeared. The Dragon roared a new kind of roar, a triumphant, somehow prayerful roar.
At that point the Heavens opened up in a thousand tiny stars (though it was daytime) and hordes of celestial beings, angles, poured onto the battle field. They drove the devils back, destroying or banishing them. The Dragon clashes with the boss Devil with renewed strength. It was over in a few short minutes, viscous destructive but short minutes.
As the celestial beings finished the battle and cleaned out the city, the Dragon descended on them, landed menacingly right in front of the Lich, staring eye to eye with her.
They negotiated back and forth (I forgot the exact words) and it seemed that the Dragon had forgiven her involvement, placing the blame fully on Craven, but when she refused to make a promise, he suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed her. Spitting out the pieces of the Lich before the party (Binoll, Jerock, Amaryllis, Yrock and Quill) be addressed them, “She is not destroyed. She knows I know of her other bodies and phylacteries. This was a lesson to her to stay out of my Kingdom.
The Dragon Prince then gave the party his eternal gratitude especially the three who entered the portal. Jerock asked if there was anyway to rescue them. The Dragon told them, no. It was almost certain that they had perished in the other Plane, but he would try to resurrect them after he put his city in order and regained his strength.
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The moment they entered the portal Shadows grasped at them and drain some of their strength. Thuynder tries to use his staff to plane shift away, but he cannot maintain his concentration. Beales and Thuynder cannot focus on cleric spells, but they still feel their god, though distantly. Moriah is dazed and confused, but can cast her spells. The plane is an endless plain black shadows flickering like candles flames from one fire to the next. Hundreds of shadow creature surround them, but are confused and do not attack. It seem the three adventurers were not what they expected.
They immediately engage and destroy the Shadows attacking them, but the activity bring more shadows and they must fight them off as well.
An NPC (a cleric they rescued in the bottom level of Craven’s dungeon had recently taught Jerock how to use his turn undead to slowly fill an area with positive holy energy which would bless an area and remove or suppress negative, evil influences. Jerock had taught this to fellow clerics Beales and Thuynder
After some battling with more shadows they notice the shadows arriving are getting stronger. In the distance they see a giant shadow approaching and behind him, something the size of a mountain moves. They realize, they have very little time.
Now, Beales begins to use the turn undead ability to surround the area with positive energy, hopefully enabling Thuynder to use his staff to plane shift them back to their home plane. This leaves Moriah and her spells to keep them safe, free from shadow touch until enough positive energy can be released and Thuynder can concentrate.
She manages to fight off the giant shadow, but the mountainous shadow nears ever closer…
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As everyone pitches in to clear the city Jerock grows concerned about Binoll. When he presses him for answers he reveals that during the spell casting on the Lich’s book, Binoll’s soul ended up in Nergal’,s book and Nergal in Binoll’s body. Nergal claims not to know how this happened. and aid the wounded, one of the Celestial angels approaches the party. He seems very interested in Binoll. With his help, Jerock’s concerns are confirmed. In fact, the Celestial being knew of this Nergal, and expressed grave concern about his spirit still being active in the world. After much negotiation, Nergal agreed to not fight the spell to remove him from Binoll, and the Angel restored Binoll to his body, but took possession of the Book of Nergal. Binoll was disappointed to lose Nergal’s knowledge, but was relieved to be free of his evil influence. (He did however, retain many of the spells Nergal had taught him.)
I forget how the main party found out that Thuynder, Beales and Moriah were still alive, (the Dragon prince?) but they did get word that those three were alive, back on this plane, but far, far to the north.
Thuynder, Beales and Moriah had plane-shifted, luckily, to this right continent, only around 500-1000 miles from their friends. In fact they were close to Mythagem. So after some rest, Moriah flew them into the Mythagem mountains and Thuynder’s family connections there got them aid and a place to rest. The next day he arranged for a teleport to Synerg to rejoin their friends and help the city and the Dragon Prince of Synerg.
Their time in the Shadow plane however, had not left them unaffected, ..far from it.

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Gnomes help after demon battle

So the Gnome clerics were not equipped for battle but have plenty of healing
spells – so you should all have your wounds healed to full without expending
further spells.
Binol wants to quickly ask if there are any scrolls in the temple that we can have to help save the Prince.

“Many of us are spent, and without time to sleep, are limited in our ability to form an effective offense. Do you have any scrolls that we can utilize in your temple that would be fitting for a wizard or cleric?”

one Gnome will run in quick and blindly grab some other scrolls while the Rogues talk.

Scroll case – Prayer ©, Plane Shift ©, Freedom of movement (B), Mind Fog
(B), Greater Shout (B) and Veil (B). C = cleric only, B= bard only

Thunder notices that Black Pearl is magical…

- At same time he hands a bag of scrolls to you as fellow Gnome cleric

and says loud enough for all to hear – “Here are some” (with a shudder) “evil
scrolls we picked up in the fighting – will you destroy them for us?”
Bag of evil scrolls – Energy Drain, Control Undead, Magic Jar, Enervation x2 ,
Halt undead x 5, Soul bind.

Group destroys scrolls.

Dragon roars and sounds of a building collapsing are heard in distance.

As soon as heals are made and ice walls are gone, Ulrich the wizard and Patrick,
the Knight of Siron want to rush across to aid the Prince. They both have
strange accents that mark them as from Siron, a human kingdom far to the north,
by the northern coast. They also both have obvious signs of reptilian / dragon
blood. (Slightly scaly skin, cat-like pupils…)

As you make to cross the bridge a gang of Rogues dash across it. One of them
recognizes Amaryllis and wants to talk to her…

Also Binol has private converstaion with “Book”

Book also says in a whisper….

“Let me take you over and I can cast all my spells!!!” Then with an Eager
maniacal laugh it says “I’ll let you have control back later….”

Binol- "
“I don’t think I will let you do that! I will never give up control of my body
to someone else’s will”.

Book – “OK, ok, I was just offering. We make a good team; I don’t want to
upset you. Forget I said anything?”

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Moriah's vision

A pale red moon hangs over a dreary landscape of dirty buildings. I see people milling around those dilapidated buildings, aimless, moaning lowly, as if too tired to protest. They are dirty, unkempt and despair fills their eyes.

A low smoke hangs over the scene, filling the empty spaces between the people. Fires burns along the streets where some people have gathered to keep warm. Others wander between the fires, the cold not touching them.

I notice, from time to time a passing recognition comes over their faces when they see each other in the dim light. They approach, nod at each other and grasp hands or hug. At the first touch though, the pair rapidly separate as if the coldness of the grave is felt.

No one is working, no one is smiling and no one exhibits any signs of caring. I see children, but no one plays, or laughs. The stores are closed, except for a few stands of food…. Few buy food though.

I see a fight break out, a sword flashes and cuts a man. His blood flows bright against the gray light. He returns the blow and severs a man’s arm, but blood does not flow. The two collapse, as if exhausted. The gathered crowd watched the collapsed bodies in apparent anticipation. 5 minutes pass, 10 minutes, 15. Then the two brawlers climb awkwardly to their feet and the crowd moans in despair and deep disappointment.

I hear a rustle of movement at the far end of the street. I see a large retinue of well dressed people striding confidently down the street. Craven walks in their midst.

He surveys the people and seems proud, like a painter proud about a completed masterpiece. A man steps up to him and raises a sword. “You did this to use! You stole our lives!” He raises the sword to strike, but Craven glances at him; his eyes darker than the darkest pit of Hades. What little life filling the man evaporates like dew in the sunlight. His pale body shrinks back against the wall and he stays there, motionless.

Craven turns to the crowd, but does not use his power on them. Instead, he speaks, “You are an ungrateful lot. Through the Power of my Lord, Death I have granted life to all of your departed loved ones. We all live here now, without death because the land of the Dead and the Living are Joined. We need never be separated from our loved ones ever again. And all you ungrateful retches can think to do is complain about your contribution. If you have complaints, I dare you to walk up to the Palace and ask the Lord Death to help you.”

If the crowd appeared apprehensive at all before, it became ten-fold at the mention of the Lord Death. I looked toward the Palace myself, and felt myself speed toward it. I saw a Great Black Dragon of Death and Shadow there. It stared back at me with divine power and somehow knew I was there.

NOTE – do not speak this part – ‘The trance breaks at that point and Moriah returns to herself.”

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