Zendikar

Session 6
June 2nd: Early Summer     
Location: Oran Rief Forest, Continent of Tazeem
 
9 pm – The party travels with the prisoners for two hours to Fort Mykuss. 
- Sheon senses powerful energies of death in the area
 
11 pm – The party arrives at the fort to find it being besieged by Astira and 10 twig blights
- The party, assisted by some Elven archers, manage to kill most of the twig blights
- However, 6 needle blights join the fray.
- Astira is revealed to be an illusion
- Several of the elves, including Akelar and Deyora are killed in the battle
 
- The party is invited by the Mul Daya Elves to stay the night at the fortress
     - The feeling of death that Sheon has is getting even stronger
- They are given food and lodging
     - The food turns out to be pieces of myconids, the sentient mushroom creatures
     - The party secretly refuses to eat it, and vows to do something about the myconids mistreatment
 
June 3rd
8 am – The party awakens and begins exploring Fort Mykuss and talking to the elves there.
- The Mul Daya elves reveal that they can create Boots and Cloaks of Elvenkind, for a price
- Piper tries to get down to see the myconids, but the guards block him
- Sheon attacks the guard to the basement where the myconids are imprisoned, and a general melee ensues
- The party uses illusions and trickery to slay most of the guards, as well as a couple of commoners
- When Fenukoth, the leader of the Mul Daya band falls, the rest of the elves flee
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Session 5
June 2nd: Early Summer
Location: Sea Gate & Oran Rief Forest, Continent of Tazeem
 
8 am – Meet at Cafe du Baloth
9 am – Meet with Varat at the Hanged Man Tavern – Paid 100 gp each for returning the textiles minus the mushroom powder
         - Meet an unidentified Mul Daya Band Elf who speaks of trouble with Astira and vampires
10 am – Shopping and preparing to leave
11 am to 7 pm – Travel to the crossroads near the vampire temple
 
- Screams are heard from the temple and the party rushes over to explore
- They begin to fight the two guards outside the temple, eventually pulling in the cultists from inside the temple
- Those two groups of enemies are defeated and the party makes their way into the temple
 
- They find three Mul Daya Band elves held prisoner, but are unable to release them as this point.
     -They are: Akelar, Content Not Found: calmor and Deyora
- The party enters the final room of the temple, and fights a knight and cult leader of Ulamog, near a strange glowing hedron.
- The party defeats them and releases the elves.
 
9 pm – The battle is over and the party agrees to accompany the elves back to Fort Mykuss, which is nearby.
 
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Session 4
Oran Reif Forest
May 31st: Early Summer
Location: Sea Gate & Oran Rief Forest, Continent of Tazeem
 
10 am to 12 pm
The party, minus Damar, sets out for the Oran Rief forest. It takes them about two hours to get to the edge of the forest. Piper finds a blazed trail that the Freemen had left while they were fleeing, and the party is easily able to follow it. However, they feel a strange energy in the forest that they can't quite put their finger on.
 
12 pm to 4 pm
The party travels through the forest until they reach a large 100 foot tall cliff. There are the remnants of a rope hanging 25 feet down it. Piper and Kiodo begin to scale the cliff, with Kiodo making excellent time because of his magical gloves. As Kiodo nears the top, three drakes emerge from the forest and attack the party. A pitched battle ensues, with Sheon and Mardak being dive-bombed on the ground, Piper being attacked while clinging to the side of the cliff, and Kiodo fighting atop the cliff. Eventually, the party wins out. As Piper nears the top of the cliff, he loses his grip and almost plummets to his death.
 
4 pm to 4:30 pm
The entire party reaches the top of the cliff and regroups after the battle. They decide to continue on.
 
4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The party reaches a strangely quiet portion of the forest; there are no animal or bird noises. They soon find the source of the danger: a giant spider! After defeating it, the party finds a number of bodies suspended in webs. It looks like there were once more giant spiders here, but they have left for some reason. The party spends an hour cutting down and searching the bodies. They acquire some gems and potions from them.
 
8:30 pm
The party decides to rest for the remainder of the day.
 
June 1st
 
8 am to 10 am
The party sets out for the day, fully rested.
 
10 am
While continuing deeper into the forest, the party discovers another set of tracks that split off from the path they are following. Piper identifies these as belonging to a group of 7 seven vampires that passed this way about a week and a half ago. After some heated debate, they continue to follow the path of the Freemen.
 
11 am
The party arrives at the clearing with the ruined caravan. The wagons are there, but they have been trashed and pierced with many needles. Three needle blights are the cause of the destruction. The party destroys the needle blights, again noting that it looks like there were more of the creatures at one point, but several others have left.
 
Inspecting a broken crate, Sheon finds a paper-wrapped package tucked in with the rest of the textiles. The package contains mushroom powder, a powerful hallucinogenic drug. Sheon re-wraps the package, and the party begins loading up the crates. There are 24 crates total. 
 
After they have loaded several crates, a beautiful woman accompanied by a hell-hound appears at the edge of the clearing. Proclaiming her name to be Astira, she threatens the party, claiming the crates by right of force. The party parleys with her for a while, and she reveals that she just wants the packages of mushroom powder, not the textiles. Sheon is glad to hand them over, but the rest of the party refuses. The woman sics her hell-hound on the party, who bounds across the clearing and drops Mardak and Sheon with a single breath of fire.
 
The party stabilizes them and acquiesces to Astira's request. Once the mushroom powder has been turned over, Astira and her hell-hound leave. The party gathers up the rest of the crates and begins to head back to Sea Gate. Sheon seals the crates so it looks like nothing has happened to them. On the way back, Piper splits from the party to explore the temple.
 
At the temple, Piper discovers a number of things. There are a number of humanoid corpses in ritual circles. The temple is dominated by a huge statue of a strange, multi-armed creature with no face. There is also a black sword and black plate mail of vampire make laying in front of the statue. Piper takes those, and rushes to catch up with the rest of the party. The entire party heads back to the temple to explore further. Mardark discovers a hidden area behind the statue, but the entire party is not strong enough to move it.
 
The party travels the 8 hours back to Sea Gate, arriving at 1 am. They rest for the night, preparing for their meeting with Varat to bring him the bad news about the lost mushroom powder.
 
In the meantime….
 
After having spent a number of years learning the basics of magic and alchemy at the Lighthouse, as well as honing his skills outside with his adventuring companions, Damar has finally been selected to take the test to become a Wizard of the first rank. While the test itself is simple, it takes place over a grueling 24 period, designed to test his intellect and focus to their utmost. Damar is asked to create and maintain an illusion with both visible AND audible components, then has to sustain it for 2 hours while being distracted by the test proctors. He also has to prepare two spell scrolls from scratch.
 
After the intense test, Damar emerged from the testing chamber to face the scrutiny of the arch wizards. An even more intense two hours passed while the arch wizards critiqued and commented on Damar's work, forcing him to defend the choices that he made during the test. Due to Damar's "outside training" (adventuring) and the fact that he had previously left the Lighthouse, there was opposition from some of the arch wizards. However, to his great pleasure, it was determined that the young wizard would be allowed to learn more advanced spells at the Lighthouse. 
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Session 3
Halimar Beach: Octopus Cave
May 28th: Early Summer
Location: Seagate, Continent of Tazeem
 
The party reconvenes and heads to the Arcane College to seek out Morune  He is quite friendly, and glad to speak with the party. Morune's specialty is underwater exploration, and he asks the party of the right of first refusal on any treasures they find underwater. The party agrees, and the Waterbreathing spells is cast on each member.
 
The party makes their way to the Western Beaches and enters the water. After swimming out for several minutes, they find the end of the shelf of rock and being diving deeper. As they sight the octopus cave, they are attacked by two sahuagin  They are soundly defeated and Piper scouts the entrance to the cave. Inside, there's a giant octopus and several of it's smaller children, along with some marble statues. Piper uses his knowledge of animals to calm the octopi and retrieve the statues. He exits the cave without any hassle.
 
As the party is deciding what to do next, two more sahuagin attack them. They are defeated as well. With some injuries, the party returns to shore to rest. Then, taking advantage of the time remaining on the Waterbreathing spell, they enter the Halimar sea once again.
 
Piper and Damar suspect that there must be a shipwreck nearby and begin searching for it, while the rest of the party follows. Several hours of exploration reveals nothing interesting. Piper and Sheon are quite fatigued by the ocean, but press on. Eventually, Kiodo finds a single crate from a North Hada merchant with a small amount of coin. 
 
At this point, the ocean is becoming a serious danger for Piper and Sheon. They eventually make it back to shore, but not before they are exhausted and near death's door. The party limps back to Seagate. They meet with Morune, who offers then quite a bit of extra money for the statues from the octopus lair, as well as necklaces taken off of the sahuagin  A bond is forged between Morune and the party, ensuring they will help each other in the future. The party then rests for several days, and finds themselves becoming stronger.
 
As they are having breakfast, they are approached by a messenger sent by Varat  He requests the party's presence at the Hanged Man Tavern in the Sunrise Docks. The party arrives there and finds that it is a safe-house for the Freemen. Varat wines and dines the party before giving them his request. The Freemen have lost a caravan of goods in the Oran Rief forest. He would like the party to retrieve it. 
 
Varat mentions that the caravan was carrying textiles (to avoid tariffs) , but the party suspects that there is something he's not telling them. Varat mentions that the caravan was attacked by small, plant-like creatures in the forest, but the Oran Rief is also home to dangers like spiders, wild-cats, etc. The party agrees to retrieve the textiles, and Varat loans them a magical Bag of Holding to use to bring the crates back.
 
As the party leaves the Hanged Man, Damar receives a message from the Arcane College. They are holding a test for entry into the College. Damar, eager to officially join that august body, excuses himself from the party to hurry to the College. 
 
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Session 2
Corum's Vault
May 27th: Early Summer
Location: Seagate, Continent of Tazeem
 
The party awakens from their rest in the tunnels under Seagate. They explore down to the 3rd sublevel, and discover a strange pod. Investigating it more closely, they come to the conclusion that the strange spawn creatures must have hatched from it. They also discover several clear blue hedrons that are somehow tied to the spawn.
 
As the party explores more of the 3rd sublevel, they encounter additional ladders heading down, but also back up as well. After some investigation, they head down to the 4th sublevel and encounter a locked hatch. In the progress of opening it, they set off another primitive bell trap several times. Eventually, Mardark gets the hatch open and the party descends, attempting to hide as best they can. They discover a small camp with a fire-pit, a bedroll and many crates and barrels. 
 
Watching over the camp is Varat, the rough man from the beach. He is in a much better mood, and welcomes the PCs to this rough hospitality. (Ale and pickles! Yum!) Talking with Varat, the party discovers that he represents the Freemen of North Hada, a band of smugglers operating across Tazeem. They use this part of the tunnels to bring their contraband into Seagate. The party realizes that Varat is being so nice because he realizes that they can turn him in to the authorities. However, both parties seem amenable to each other, and a alliance is forged.
 
Varat is unable to provide any information about the spawn and the rest of the tunnel system, but he bids his new friends well as they continue their explorations.
 
The party backtracks and heads to another section of the 4th sublevel. There, they find another strange pod, this time with spawn eating off of it. The spawn are dispatched, and the party continues on its way. They reach the antechamber to Corum's vault and encounter another group of spawn. After killing them, they realize that the vault is most assuredly compromised!
 
After investigating the strange runes and a the gong in the antechamber, they head towards the chamber itself. More spawn attack, including one that looks different from the others. This one levitates by some unseen force! The party, after a pitched battle, destroys the spawn. Inside the chamber, they find the wreckage of a larger hedron, similar in shape (but not in size) to the hedrons that float above Tazeem. They find several magical items in the chamber as well: a shield that is rusty, yet indestructible, a short sword made of coral, and gloves made of leaves and vines that will assist with climbing and swimming.
 
The party returns to Dardelio, letting him know that Corum's vault has been opened. Sheon gives him the corpse of one the spawn as well. Dardelio panics, and scurries off to report this to his superiors. He lets the PCs know that his colleague Morune, a human wizard of the 6th rank, will be available to perform the ritual of Waterbreathing when they are ready.
 
The party heads back into Seagate proper. There, they rest up, familiarize themselves with the magic items they acquire, and sell some of the treasure they have found. Then, they go their separate ways. Damar, Kiodo and Mardak all put themselves up in inn rooms. Piper plays the night away at a tavern, earning his keep. And Sheon stalks the alleyways of Seagate once again.
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Session 1
Seagate Tunnels
May 26th: Early Summer
Location: Seagate, Continent of Tazeem
 
The party reconvened at the Cafe du Baloth for breakfast. They agreed to sell the treasure they had taken from the crate, and to bring Corum's ashes to the Arcane College at the Lightouse. They met with Damar's colleague Dardelio. Dardelio, a merfolk priest, explained to the party that Corum was a human hero who had discovered a group of Cosi's Tricksters attempting to infiltrate a sealed vault in the tunnels under Seagate. This happened around 100 years ago, and no one had visited the vault since.
 
Damar's concerns that their might be Eldrazi in the vault were laughed off by Dardelio. Piper asked about acquiring the ability to breathe underwater, so he could locate the octopus lair, which he believes is full of treasure. Dardelio said that he knew another colleague who could help the party with that, but he would need a favor in return. The party was tasked with entering the tunnels under Seagate and making sure that Corum's vault was secure. In return, Dardelio's colleague will cast the spell of Waterbreathing on each of them, for free.
 
The party set off down the tunnels, searching for Corum's vault on the 5th sublevel. They discovered no signs of life, but a primitive bell trap had been set-up. It was quickly found and disarmed by Mardak. Venturing further down to the 3rd sublevel, the party encountered some strange creatures that seemed to be not of this earth. Another battle ensued, with the party eventually emerging victorious. Mardak and Piper had fallen unconscious, so the party ventured back up a level and made a rough camp. Sheon took one of the bodies of the creatures for studying.
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Session 0
Halimar Beach
May 25th: Early Summer
Location: Sea Gate, Continent of Tazeem
 
The party is enjoying lunch at the Cafe du Baloth in the Dusk Market district of Sea Gate. Their companionable banter is interrupted when they notice several agitated fisherman walking by. Greeting the group, the party learns that two of their fellow fisherman went to a dangerous fishing spot two days prior and haven't returned. Velakar, the spokesman for the fisherman, offers the party 10 gold pieces each if they can find out what happened to their friends. The party sets off.
 
It takes them about an hour to get to the beach, which is north of Sea Gate on the western beaches of the Halimar Inland Sea. The party discovers a huge pile of driftwood. Sheon sets it alight, and several large rats scurry from it and attack the party. The party fends them off, and them notices a wooden crate at the bottom of the driftwood. Saving it from the fire, they notice that it's from a company in the rough-and-tumble settlement of North Hada
 
Inside the crate, they found some treasure, as well as container full of the ashes of the human hero Corum. The party resolved to take this to the Arcane College at the Lighthouse. During this time, Kiodo wandered off to explore a ruined house nearby. Inside the house, he met a gruff man named Varat. Varat claimed that he was separated from this companions, and had arrived at the beach last night. When the rest of the party arrived and questioned him about the missing fisherman, he began to get quite agitated. Piper tried to calm him down, but Sheon took offense and attacked Varat with magic.
 
Varat began to attack Sheon. Most of the party began to back off from the confrontation, but Kiodo got a few hits in on Varat, and Damar used an illusionary wall to try to separate the combatants. Eventually Varat was calmed, but not before wounding Sheon into unconsciousness. Fortunately, Sheon's wounds weren't quite as bad as they seemed and he quickly awakened.
 
The party investigated a nearby fire-pit, and discovered signs of the fisherman. They followed the signs to two small fishing tents down by the beach. The party noticed sets of octopus tracks just before they were attacked by the giant beasts. During the battle, Mardak and Kiodo were knocked unconscious. The party took shelter in the small tents at they waited for their friends to awaken. Piper skinned the octopi, recovering two ink sacs, as well as evidence that the missing fisherman had been eaten by the creatures. Piper tried unsuccessfully to find the lair of the octopi, even risking speaking with Varat again.
 
Once the entire party had awakened, they made their way back to Sea Gate at it neared dusk. Finding Velakar, they revealed the grisly fate of his friend. Velakar was saddened by this news, but glad the party had slain the deadly beasts. He awarded the party 15 gold pieces each. Then, the party went their separate ways to rest. Piper managed to parley his musical talents into a bed and some food and drink. Sheon slept in the alleys of Sea Gate, forgoing any wordly comforts.

 

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