Hollow Sacrifice

Game this weekend 19th April
Rewriting encounters in Scepter Tower: 1 at a time.

Game is on this weekend at the usual bat times and channels. I’ve started re-writing some of the encounters from Scepter Tower of Spellgard, rather than running them by the book. There is something about a crypt area full of undead that makes me want to do things custom style.

Edit: Changed unfortunately due to player availability being a bit low this week. I’ll see you all next week hopefully!

Also, we’ll have to wave goodbye to dropsofangst from this point onwards, as she isn’t really able to play consistently anymore (for medical reasons!). If you get better in future, you should consider coming back :)

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Game this weekend 12th April

Game on this Sunday at the usual bat time and channel etc. 7:30 pm (5:30pm Australian time), Sunday 12th April. Using maptools beta 48 and penny arcades vent server. Cya there =D

Session notes:

Visiblehowl and our new player, Ben, had their characters introduced into the party today. Bolaern got a mysterious letter that had him packing rapidly to go somewhere else (so he left).

Resting at the Monastery wasn’t quite as quiet as normal, as some undead ambushed a monk in the main room and probably had machinations towards the rest of the party. The creatures claimed they were sent there by Thoran, who has definitely upped the stakes a little bit it would appear. The wraith acting as their leader (or at least what seemed to be the leader), told the party that if they interfered with Thoran he would kill the lot of you. Nice chap as you can tell.

During the remainder of the night, there was a further strange event with a dream coming to the party as you slept (all members of the party got this).It showed Kuryon being brutally massacred by Thoran (or a creature that identified itself as such anyway), which rapidly turned out the next day to be something more than just an ordinary dream as Kuryon was found torn apart in the morning. Investigation of the corpse revealed it to be similar in mauling to what happened at the farmhouse (with the unidentified creature).

Additionally a message written in Kuryons blood, presumably from Thoran indicates that he is rather unhappy with your activities:

“Dare to approach my Tower again and I will see to it that you are next. I will regain what was taken from me and I will kill anyone who interferes….no cost is too great to me now….not this close… Be warned, I am watching you”

Additionally, Ouacif rapidly realised that Kuryon had lied to the party, he had in fact met Thoran before (based off the fact Kuryon recognised his attacker in the dream). Convincing the monks to search Thorans room, they found the following entries in a diary and a hexbag (which we’ll talk about later).

First entry, on meeting Thoran:

“I met a man calling himself Thoran today and was greatly…disturbed by our meeting. I have met many individuals here at Spellgard, many searching for Lady Saharel for various reasons and I have been pleased to assist. But this man, he spoke of sheer madness claiming that he needed to find Lady Saharel and bind her to “find his true soul” or some nonsense. He came with a wide variety of darker creatures and his flesh seemed…uncomfortable on his own body.”

“His presence disturbed me greatly and I observed that the large tree outside in the courtyard suffered permanent damage, as if it had rotted away, just from his presence. None of the other monks went near him and he smelled of rotting flesh, yet did not appear to be dead and his body was certainly alive. After his questioning about Lady Saharel, he seemed to be disatisfied with my answers and he simply left. Several hours later others reported that he had assaulted and successfully barricaded himself with the Scepter Tower. What he is planning on doing I cannot say…but I have an extremely bad feeling about this….”

A second entry describes an unsuccessful attempt from Kuryon to learn more about Thoran.

“What was worse, was the undead abominations that raised afterwards. Everything, limbs, organs and more rose from the dead within a day as mawed abominations that even now plague some of the lower places within the Spellgard catacombs. Encounters with such creatures have invariably become…. fatal and I am reticent to allow or encourage others to enter…but what Lady Saharel told me….I must persist… Someone is fated to stop these things… it’s all coming true…”

Kuryon died because he knew something and what he knew isn’t exactly clear at this instance.

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Game this weekend 5th April

Game will be on 5th April from the usual times (5:30 Australian time and 7:30 New Zealand time). Let me know if there are any problems with this. Visiblehowl should remember he has daylight savings and so the game will be on an hour later for him these days.

So the party advanced further into Spellgard. You found 300 GP worth of Residium (magical essence essentially) and have advanced into the catacombs beneath Spellgard itself. It looks like there have been signs of a fight or struggle here.

You’re edging every closer to your encounter with Lady Saharel though and a couple of people still need to give me a question :)

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Game this weekend 28th March

Game will be on 28th March from the usual times (5:30 Australian time and 7:30 New Zealand time). Let me know if there are any problems.

You’re currently on the second level of the ramparts in Spellgard, having had a difficult fight vs. some gravehounds and their wererat master. You’ll probably want to rest at this point.

At the end of every session, I suggest someone writes some notes about what happened and other things in the “game this weekend” portion of this site. So you can keep track of events and such forth. At the end of each session, the name of this can be changed to something else (I assume) so you can name it appropriately. EG: This is the session someone hilariously died to a bunch of kobold minions (as an example).

Session notes: You beat up some dudes in the bottom of the tower and now you are level 3! So make sure you work out what you are doing and such forth for that if you haven’t fully decided already. You then entered the basement circumventing some vicious wolves and fought off a group of wererats.

The guards had 50gp and a healing potion (from the fight upstairs). I haven’t given you the treasure from the fight downstairs yet.

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Previous story stuff

Here is a rough summary of what has happened thus far in the game:

On the riverboat to Loudwater your ship was attacked by some undead that were looking for two passengers, Saren and his Drow ally. After defeating them, you learned that they were delivering slaves to a group based in Loudwater and the surrounding region.

After breaking the slaving operation in Loudwater you discovered the purpose of these slaves were to send them onwards to Spellgard. They are being used by a man there called Thoran, who has holed himself up in the Scepter Tower and isn’t letting anyone in.

For some reason, he is searching for alabaster pillars scattered around the destroyed fortress.

Additionally, you know of a powerful spirit called Lady Saharel who is capable of divining almost anything asked of her. You need to email me your question (or just make it obvious what that question is) as I would think an encounter with the enigmatic spirit might be rather likely.

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