Shattered Star of Asgard

The Seugathi

Seugathi

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Getting Eira back

Last episode we’d been ambushed by bandits in the cave we’d taken refuge in. We captured one and drove the others off. In the morning we decided the best way to deal with the bandit, who was a teenage kid, was to pay him to escort us to the edge of the swamp. It went really well, until we ran into a marsh giant.

The marsh giant was big. It was ugly. It hit hard. It had a lot of HP.

Haxe got a critical in his first round that did 81 damage to it. Two bullets from Jericho and it was dead. It lasted a round and a half. The giant had, for some reason, 3000gp and gems worth 750gp.

The rest of the journey to Magnimar proceeded without any problems. Seriously. Money solves EVERYTHING. We paid the guy, went back into the city, and went shopping.

Oh, in the swamp, at some point we ran across the guy who had led us into the bandit ambush. He was dead when we found him, we promise.

Oh, right, first we went to Heidmarch manner to drop off Eira and get the resurrection ball rolling. Sheila was a little angry and surprised to see us. Turns out, um, the ship we went to the Lady’s Light on? That was not the ship that Sheila had hired to take us there. Whoops. That darn assassin guy!

The ship she HAD hired was waiting anxiously for us to get aboard, and she wasn’t able to delay it any longer, so we said “Sorry!” and they took off without us, presumably cursing us to whatever stupid gods they worship.

Anyway, we explained everything to Sheila. For the low, low price of 36PP, she was able to get Eira resurrected. Everyone has 2PP remaining, except Eira who has 1 and Darmok who has zero.

We had told the reformed bandit that if he met us in four days with his brothers we’d pay him to take us BACK to the Lady’s Light, so we laid low in Magnimar, healing and shopping and doing whatever we wanted to do for three days.

Harlank and Jericho, that’s prime shopping / cat burglaring / bullet forgin’ time. Your take from the swamp was 700gp per person. Hooray!

We left Magnimar with our spirits high, our potions a-janglin’, and our purses not-a-janglin’, and got back to the edge of the Mush Fens

Mush Fens:
pop: ?
elevation: 1
motto: “What was that?”

Sure enough, our new friend Bogwhip and his two brothers were there waiting for us. For the low-to-us, high-for-them price of 10gp per brother per day, we got the FINEST of escorts to Lake Ugh (Gallows Lake? something?), near the base of the peninsula that leads to the Lady’s Light. Seriously, great escorting. We did see a dragon fly by, but it didn’t see us.

Anyway, from the lake we proceeded toward the Lady’s Light. We passed a couple of cave entrances but wisely avoided them. Then we found a small village and wisely walked right into the middle of it.

Did I say wisely?

We tried being friendly. We really, really tried. Haxe was very polite.

Anyway, now we’re in combat with a bunch of toad-looking dudes.

Toad-Looking Village
Pop: 8ish?
Elevation: 4
Motto: CROAK

TO BE CONTINUED

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The Death of Eira
eira death

The first hints of light appear behind the twisted, sickly trees that line the beach’s edge, revealing a scene of chaos and destruction. The clean expanse of sand is marred by the detritus of battle, centered on a camp, with the remains of a campfire scattered about an upturned rowboat. A pup tent stands, apparently unmarked by battle, a few dozen feet from a hammock strung between two trees. The sand all around is stained with blood, already beginning to dry. Three corpses are scattered here, their forms vaguely human but lumpy and misshapen in strange ways. In place of eyes, noses, mouths, they have strange slits. Their skins are grey and tough-looking and their arms are far too long. They are blasted with strange holes, slashed and pierced by blades and axes and other things not immediately obvious.

A long trail of blood and churned-up sand leads away from the camp to the south, along the beach.

Some sixty feet from the remains of the battle are gathered a catfolk in bloody studded leather armor, a war-painted half-orc with a greataxe. Both orc and axe are covered in strange ichor. Next is dwarf wearing plain clothes through which blood is seeping in great lines, and a human in leaf armor leaning heavily on a massive musket, the leaves of his armor dripping blood onto the ground with every beat of his heart.

They are gathered around two bloody bundles in the sand. One is another of the strange creatures. It is covered in blood and its head has been split in two, right down to the shoulders, by an enormous blow from behind. The other is smaller. It is a red-haired half-elf wearing clerical vestments. On her chest is a holy symbol in the shape of an outstretched hand. Her face is drawn and pale, but her neck and arms are covered in blood brighter and thinner than that which spills from the head of the downed creature. She looks weak, as if the life-force has been torn from her.

She is dead.

  • * *
    Sixteen Hours Earlier
  • * *

As the rowboat draws steadily towards the bay that marks the approach to the Lady’s Light, the shape of a wrecked ship became visible in the clear waters beneath the boat. Darmok, peering over the edge, is struck by a sudden urge to explore. He strips to his breeches, ties the end of a silk rope to his waist, leaving the other end with Haxe. Eira pulls a short length of reed from a pouch, mutters a word, and touches it to Darmok’s mouth. A burst of power disintegrates the reed, then Darmok dives off the edge of the boat.

The water is warm and clear. As soon as Darmok gets within ten feet of the wreck, though, something kicks away from the ship to meet him. The watchers on the boat see only a blur of bone and a flash of rusty steel, and then the undead sailor is upon Darmok.

The sailor is little more than a skeleton, with a few tattered bits of flesh still clinging to its bones. It stabs at Darmok with a rusted, barnacle-covered rapier. The blade of the rapier passes between Darmok’s arm and his chest, and as the skeleton’s arm passes by, Darmok grabs it. A boom, a splash of water, and a bullet from Reason takes off the skeleton’s other arm.

Just in time for the skeleton’s undead crew to latch on to the side of the rowboat. A splash, and Eira is over the side, her heavy armor dragging her to the bottom of the sea—only around 10 feet down, but still enough to drown in, especially in plate.

Jericho, Haxe and Harlank begin to repel the boarding skeletons, but soon Haxe is in the water (not before destroying several skeletons) and only Harlank and Jericho remain on board. Harlank sweeps the head from one skeleton with his rapier, and Jericho bashes another with the butt of his rifle.

Darmok, still underwater, drags the skeleton captain with him as he swims toward Eira. The skeleton struggles vainly to escape Darmok’s grasp, but is soon tied up with the very rope that had kept Darmok to the boat.

As Haxe approaches the sinking cleric, a flash of white light bursts from her and the skeletons in the water and clinging to the boat are blasted into bonemeal. The nearby fish, though, look fantastic. The tied-up one, apparently the leader, survives—if you can call it that.

With help from Darmok and Haxe, Eira makes it back into the boat, where Haxe makes quick work of the skeleton leader.

Darmok, ever curious, returns to the shipwreck—he notes that the name on the side reads “Impdrake” but finds nothing of interest in the wreckage except for some small crabs. He collects half a dozen, intending to cook them for dinner.

Once back on the boat, the party heads for the larger of the two islands ahead of them. They troop inland, looking for anything of interest, but find only swamp and hard going. As evening falls they find themselves back on the beach near their rowboat. They collect the boat and move down the beach. A sandbar connects the island with the peninsula holding the Lady’s Light, and it looks like they can make it across if they start with the morning’s early tide. It’ll be tricky, and a hard day’s journey, but by this time the next day they’ll be at the base of the Lady’s Light.

They make camp at the edge of the woods. They cook and eat the crabs. Eira sets up her one-person tent, and Haxe slings his hammock between two trees. Jericho, Harlank, and Darmok roll out their bedrolls near the campfire and overturned rowboat.

Eira takes first watch. She hears a faint splashing from the water, but nothing more.

She mentions this to Darmok hours later as his watch begins, then retires to her tent, removing her armor for sleep.

Darmok sits cross-legged atop the rowboat, staring out at the water. After a few hours, he hears splashing near the water’s edge, and a creature emerges from the water. It has a body like a horse’s, but four flippers, a long neck, and a head like a deepwater horror. Darmok doesn’t breathe.

If the beast sees the camp, it makes no sign of it, and it wanders down the beach until it is out of Darmok’s sight. All is quiet once more.

As his watch ends, Darmok hears rustling in the woods behind the camp. Quietly, very quietly, he moves to Haxe’s hammock, just inside the woods, trying to get a better look. He taps Haxe gently on the shoulder to wake him.

Haxe startles and falls out of his hammock, as two grey, misshapen humanoids run from the woods, waving longswords in their too-long arms. Darmok yells “Visitors!” and hurls shuriken at the approaching foes—for foes they clearly are.

“Yelling for your friends won’t save you,” one snarls, and then they are at the camp.

  • * *

Jericho and Harlank are up, the thunderous crack of Reason punctuated by the whisper of Harlank’s bow, finding their targets in the dark. Haxe stumbles to his feet as one of the featureless monsters wraps its awful arms around him. The arms cut into his skin, and blood wells up at their touch. The slits on the monster’s body seem to absorb the blood, and it gets stronger, while Haxe gets weaker. But a weakened Haxe is still far stronger than most, and the runes on Spiderbane begin to glow with a fiery light.

  • * *

More of them come out of the trees. Eira stumbles, unarmored, from her tent, rubbing sleep from her eyes. She sees the monsters approaching and calls out a prayer to Irori. Her allies fight with renewed vigor and the monsters seem staggered.

  • * *

A longsword bites Darmok in the shoulder and the blood flows out. The monster’s other arm comes sweeping through the air. Darmok seizes it in his hands, there is a blur of motion, and Darmok has the monster in his grasp. Its companion comes to flank, and the area near the hammock erupts into chaos, with Haxe’s greataxe cleaving the air, longswords and long arms flashing and drawing blood, and Harlank moving like a living shadow, sinking daggers and rapiers into strange, unnatural flesh and ducking back into the darkness.

  • * *

Eira and Jericho are getting the worst of it. Eira is unarmored and the longswords bite deep. She stands firm, calling dooms on her enemies and blessings on her foes, but the arms of the enemy sap her blood and her strength. Jericho is surrounded and battered. With an anguish look to Eira he flees the monsters, trying to get enough distance to bring Reason into play against the enemy.

  • * *

Darmok has, improbably, managed to tie up one of the monsters, though it struggles mightily against its bonds, but the other is proving a match for him, Haxe, and Harlank combined, seeming to shrug off their attacks. It wraps Haxe in its embrace once more, feeding on his blood—which is surely boiling with rage. Somehow it finds the time to lash out with its other arm at Darmok. Darmok dodges, though, and under its arm he ducks, forming his hand into a knife-shape and plunging it deep into the creature’s eye hole. Stunned, it drops its sword, releases Haxe, and stands there unsteadily, clutching at its face.

  • * *

A longsword sweeps through the night and Eira is down, bleeding in the sand. A monster crouches over her, absorbing her blood with its strange grip.

  • * *

A sudden leap and Spiderbane is there, propelled by hundreds of pounds of enraged half-orc.

“Leave Healing Lady ALONE!”

A flash like lightning, and the two halves of the monster spark as they fall smoking into the sand.

Within seconds, the other two monsters are dead—after a flurry of desparate misses, Darmok manages to find a vital organ with one last desperate punch.

Harlank, torn between eliminating a threat and helping a friend, makes a tough choice. He slits the throat of the tied-up monster and rushes to Eira’s side.

Another thunderous crack as a bullet whizzes through the air and hits the remaining monster.

  • * *

Its allies suddenly dead, the lone remaining leech-creature finds itself outnumbered. It slings the dying half-elf over its shoulder and sprints down the beach, its strange arms seeming to sap Eira’s life further. She’s bleeding out, but she’s also looking older, more frail, as she is borne away by the strange beast.

With all the strength left in his body, Haxe throws himself down the beach after the escaping monster, veering in front of it and blocking its path. Darmok reaches within himself for one last surge of energy and moves faster than anyone has seen him move, down the beach in a blur, and makes a desparate attack at the monster, but he trips on something half-buried in the sand and his fist goes wild.

Jericho, battered and bloody and close to death, can’t move and load his gun at the same time. He hurriedly reloads his musket and aims it at the fleeing monster, calling down a judgment of guidance, asking for his god to guide his shot. It’s a long shot, but he’s made longer.

It’s too long, or the light is wrong, or luck isn’t with him. The bullet whizzes just past where the monster’s ear would be if it had one, and Jericho slumps to the ground.

  • * *

The monster is surrounded by foes, and knows there’s no escape—not with the burden its carrying. Contemptuously, and to the horror of those around it, it draws its sword across Eira’s throat.

It dumps her dead on the sand and takes off for the woods. It doesn’t make it two steps before Haxe’s axe splits its head in two, but by then it’s too late.

  • * *

The first hints of light appear behind the twisted, sickly trees that line the beach’s edge. Four adventurers gather around the bloody, drained body of their friend.

They are on an island surrounded by jagged rocks, in a place traders, sailors, farmers, dare not tread. They haven’t fully rested. They are days away from Magnimar, through treacherous, monster-infested terrain.

They are bloody and exhausted and some are close to death. For one of them, the journey is over. But not for the rest.

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Well then.....

Rogue’s log: Shard date 201306.24

Well that was an interesting trip…

Many changes are occurring quickly in my life. I have gained a great deal of skill in the area of sneaking and shanking, lying and disguising, along with breaking and entering. Seemingly not enough though…as that freaking fireball pointed out. I guess I’ll have to go back to that shop during the day and do a little more recon before making another attempt for that armor. I really don’t have much of a a choice though with the people we have coming after us and the dangers ahead. The assassin would have taken out ANY of the rest of the party if he had not chosen to start with Haxe, so I definitely need an upgrade in my armor and might even have to look into a buckler for the extra protection. Too bad that will slow my arm on that side down.

Note to self….get a pair of daggers just like the assassin’s….they apparently ROCK!

In other important happenings: I need to head back down to the waterfront and find more people that have lost their memories: 500 gp apiece is a great way to start saving up to start my business.

Oh right…I was intending to make a log…. Well after returning to the manor with the shard of greed, the correct ioun stone was combined with the shard to inactivate the negative properties. The group then did a bit of searching for Haxe (who had apparently left on a vision quest and was perfectly fine), I did a bit of browsing for some mithril and mithril armor to “acquire,” and we left to try to retrieve the Shard of Lust from a somewhat nearby location. While traveling by ship the assassin made his first (and nearly successful) attempt to take us out but retreated after the 5 of us gathered to stop him. Right now we are about to do something that might be very stupid, but the dwarf wants what he wants and it will be interesting to see what he finds.

Goals:
STAY ALIVE
Avoid the assassin….pray that he does not come back before the Ring of sustenance starts working….
Upgrade Armor
Upgrade weapons
Start looking for people for my new buisness, particularly my assistant manager.
Help Eira find her friend

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The Shard of Greed!

Jericho shows up at the bottom of the stairs with the party as two fearsome eight legged monsters attack with their claws. In the center of the room sits a pedestal shaped as a seven pointed star and a shard sits in a indent of the sihedron. The monsters shoot webs attempting to slow down the party but the party is fast and rushes up to meet them in melee before too much damage can be done.

Harlank casts major image through the shard of pride and creates a tunnel of fire in a straight line towards the pedestal. He runs through to grab the shard indented on top.

The creatures seem unaffected by this illusion, and disperse it with a slash of their claws. Darmok rolled a crit and confirmed with another 20 and stuck his whole arm through the monsters abdomen. A third monster appears behind the party but all three are taken out after dishing out many devastating claw and bite attacks. The poison from the bite was vicious.

Harlank had been sickened throughout the battle after grabbing the new shard. The party later determined that this may in fact be the shard of greed. It was eventually given to Haxe to hold. The party planned to go back to town and get the correct ioun stone to counteract the curse before but was stopped by an imposing female derro who threw bombs at the part as they approached the hall at the top.

This is where things turned rotten.

Harlank cast obscuring mist on the party to stop the derro from getting a lock on with the bombs. Darmok rushed towards her and attacked. The derro drank a potion and disappeared before him. Following him was Haxe who rushed towards the derro as well only to find Darmok there alone. Darmok left the area and announced to the party that the derro had drank a potion and turned into Haxe!

At this point, Eira decided to try and open a door to the south, and was immediately attacked by a darkmantle and a mold slime! Harlank dispersed the obscuring mist, and lo and behold where the enemy had been Haxe is there standing. Those with ranged started shooting at Haxe and Darmok rushed him. Both Darmok and Harlank standing to attack Haxe fell asleep at his feet after stunning the raging barbarian. Unable to move but looking quite pissed, Eira tried to investigate after Jericho had a hunch that something was quite right here. Eira was then sneak attacked by the derro who had been invisible! Something wasn’t right here, and the party halted their efforts against Haxe and started again on the derro. Another female derro appeared behind a third door and started casting spells at the party but was quickly decimated by Haxe. Darmok began trying to grapple her as she threw bombs and attacked with her aklys. During this, Harlank went to Jericho’s aid who had been dropped by the escaping monsters (darkmantle and slime) Both would end up falling multiple times and becoming engulfed by the slime. After the derro was pinned the party was able to focus on the other monsters and eventually triumphed. During the battle Eira was able to heal some of the ability damage the party sustained. Not caring for mercy, Haxe took the derro’s head off.

A familiar male voice was heard behind the door of the third female derro, and it turned out to be fenster the blight who had not recollection of how he got down here.

The party found a headband of vast intelligence on alchemist derro, along with a set of keys.

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Lord Baz vs. Little Erebus

Haxe, after being overcome by the need for shinies, agreed to help out this disembodied voice and killing his rival, a demon named Lord Baz. After getting the location of Lord Baz, they determined that using the newly discovered key to open the portcullis would allow them to sneak behind and get the drop on the evil devil. With some sub par stealth the party had been readily received by the plump babyfaced demon who quickly teleported down the hall and had her cohorts join the fight; two imps and they fighting pit lemures.

In a ten foot hallway the party was overhelmed when Lord Baz created a stop block by casting grease across their path. The two imps became invisible and transformed into giant spiders and attacked the fallen party from the walls. As a couple devils fell, Lord Baz summoned a swarm of bats to nauseate and stop the party again in the pathway. Eventually overcoming all obstacles they were able to take down Lord Baz and party.

The party also found a strange green noqual key in a fountain in Lord Baz’s lair.

After the party beat lord Baz for the Little Erebus, Haxe would have been very adamant about returning to him to get his reward. The imp finally reveals himself to the party upon returning and rewards you by giving you lordship over his previous chamber if you wish and quickly scurries off leaving a bag of treasure behind (I’ll get the amounts later). The Suzerain of Little Erebus quickly moves to take residency instead in the late Lord Baz’s rooms.

Upon returning to town, Haxe seeked out a merchant who would sell him an Earth Breaker, famed weapon of the shoanti tribesmen who roam the Varisian planes. He was greeted angrily by a horned devil bouncer and was then informed by the merchant/tavernmaster that it pays to make a deal with a devil when the devil doesn’t read the fine print and is dumber than bricks.

While traveling through town the party was stopped by some guards. They wished to speak with them about their goings on in the Pathfinder Society, to assess any danger or peril the city may experience. For their cooperation the two guardsmen bought the party a round at a tavern. While there, they were approached by a hooded figure with their face covered who introduced himself as a rogue assassin of great might. They said to the party they killed a famous sorcerer assassin with his own enchanted daggers. That wasn’t the only thing he stole from the sorcerer. He used to introduce himself to all his targets before killing them. And with that, he informed the party that they had a three day head start, and the image of himself vanished in front of the party’s eyes.

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Amazing Zograthy

Zograthy

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Paradox Box

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