Adventure Date: 4/1/2015
Cam – HANDOR: human, generically handsome short brown wild hair, wild eyes. Has very tattered clothing. His forearms have unusual scars, his palms look like they have light absorbing crystals underneath his skin. Conducts his affairs with intense purpose, he is always looking for adventures this makes him feel important. Handor is an adrenalin junky. Bio: we don’t know much, he is secretive. He talks about some of his time as an adventurer and how he absorbed the shadow power.
Lloyd – ROGER: I am taking the notes so….
Sarah – KAELI: She is wandering with Roger looking for a town with a vacancy for a local ‘wise woman/witch’. She looks quite ordinary, strawberry blonde hair which is platted to stay out the way. She is a bit resentful that she has had to take responsibility and has not had any big adventures. She resents being uninteresting. Does not have any love interests.
Emily – BAO: Named herself, she is quite skinny not in an athletic way. This is hard to notice because she is wearing many pieces of black and grey clothing. She is covered in wooden amulets that she carves herself. They are hung from many different place around her many layers of clother. She has almost black hair which are in braids and dreadlocks that are slicked back away from her face. She ALWAYS wears a mask. She does not always wear the same mask. She creates her own masks out of wood. Very quiet but not extremely moody. Has many messy tattoos that she has done herself. Bio: not secretive but would not tell story unless asked. She remembers being alive 3 years. Her first memory is a birth dream. She awoke on a forest floor in incredible pain with everything acid burned during this time she remembers being covered in beetles that repaired her wounds. Since then she has wandered the woods she was born in.
What is clinging to your sweat? Leaf litter.
The forest we are in wants to be a jungle,
Mustafa Khali is a Dell. Slightly shorter than a human with dark skin dark hair with almond eyes and pointed ears. There is a distasteful joke about Dells having small mouthes. Khali is the village elder, he has sent us into the forest looking for a cure for the sickness his people are suffering from. The sickness flares up when his people enter the forest. The sickness causes night sickness, a rash and general swelling.
We have currently realised we are lost. What do the characters do when we are lost: Kaeli: what herbs are around here? Bao: What do the spirits say? Roger: throws hooter up in the air. We are in a temperate rainforest, there is running water out of sight, many small birds making small ‘pip’ noises. Handor: tries placing a stick in the ground to look at the angle the sun is coming from. Handor says we have passed this landmark tree before.
Roger relays that Hooter can see a settlement, it might be the one we came from. It is small tribal thatch village, with a smattering of red flags. Lots of livestock around the village. Kaeli recognises a herb called milkwort it is good for feeding goats. There is an opening in the brush were there might be more milkwort.
Bao makes her way up a tree but notices that the top of the tree there is a wax like structure at the top of the tree swarming towards her are a bunch of wasp like creatures without wings. Bao is extremely interested in these unusual creatures and decides to freeze and let the creatures swarm over her.
While Bao has been climbing the tree Kaeli investigates the milkwort, Kaeli finds a tattered red flag covered in blood. Handor investigates the area were the bloody flag was found. Handor finds another trace of what appears to be human blood. He also finds a human made machete in the bushes.
A bunch of walking wasps start to gather on Bao and rub themselves together. One eventually explodes into a pile of acid. Bao drops out of the tree and drops and rolls. Roger calls the local birds to come and eat the wasps. There is a low hooting noise coming from the brush, it is from a non-flying bird.
The party decide to head off towards the location of the blood and the machete. As they are travelling Handor is marking the trees with the machete. The party approaches a clearing with voices emanating from it. Everyone tries to approach the clearing stealthily… and then Handor and Bao crunch twigs. The party stays still until the voices start again. Handor decides to burst into clearing saying “Hi friends!”. He notices that one of their friends is on a stretcher with a large gash in his stomach. They wear nice matching scale armour and have very well kept hair. The rest of the party emerges into the clearing.
The two uninjured soldiers ask Handor something in Blendian military code. It translates to who is king? (The king of Blendia is Roderic).
Geographic Side Note: the kingdom blackbury is part of the kingdom Sidic ruled by the child witch queen Sydney. This is near the united borders of the kingdoms of Sidic, Blendia and Riskada is network of small Dell lead minor kings.
Kaeli starts to heal the injured man and Roger aids her. Handor converses with the Blendian soldiers.
A large owl the size of a puma bursts out of the bushes. It has vestigial wings that it uses as front legs. It lunges at Bao knocks her down and starts tearing shreds out of the many layers of clothing she wears. Handor flings shadow energy at it and cracks the rock face behind it. Roger charges the owlpuma and levers it off of Bao with his spear and stands between it and her. Kaeli weaves magical energy into a charm spell and starts to coo softly at the owlpuma. It is taken in by Kaelis charm. Roger backs away from the owlpuma softly taking Baos hand and moving away from the beast. As the beast is pacified Roger sends hooter to hunt for some food for the owlpuma. Hooter comes back with a weird rat like creature that does not have a rat head but has human mouthes on its face and continuing down its back.
Handor tries to ransack the tents the soldiers left behind after they fled from the owlpuma. Handor falls into the tent is enveloped in canvas. Some shadow energy fizzles around the canvas as Handor wriggles about. Bao heads over and cuts Handor out of the tent asks Handor ‘Ok?’. Bao sees that in the tent there are some bottles (marked quinine), a satchel and some weapons. In the satchel there are 22 coins and some books.
The Khali told us to look for an evil totem that was causing the curse on his people. The rock that Handor cracked has formed a large fissure. Bao approaches the fissure and inspects it. The sound coming from the fissure seems to suggest that wind is running through it. The spirits here whisper the word ‘Sanctuary’. Bao says ‘Down!’ and jumps down the fissure. Roger sprints and dives but Bao has already hit the ground with a thud and a crack. Roger asks ‘You alright?’. Bao ‘Yes, Ouch’. Roger lowers Kaeli down the fissure to heal Bao. Kaeli fudges her healing spell and sets the climbing rope alight with a phosphorescent flame that burns the rope like fuse. Roger yells ‘Bleedin Heck!” and quickly drops the rope.
Handor lowers a collapsible latern down the fissure to help Kaeli and Bao. Roger and Handor climb down the face of the fissure but ruin the hand holds preventing everyone climbing up again. Roger heals Bao’s broken leg. The party decides to make camp in the fissure as they cannot climb out. On the first watch Roger encounters a tiny frog munching creature called namchat who tries to enchant Roger. ‘Oi don’t think so says Roger’. Handor rolls over and flings shadow energy at him creating a pool of shadow energy at his feat that seeps into the pool. Bao charges at him and tries to stab him with her knife but misses and falls into the pool. Kaeli runs up to the tiny humanoid and tries to pick him up and tell him off but he is slippery and too fast. Roger charges him bashes him to the ground with his shield. Roger and Bao interrogate the small prisoner. Roger offers the steamy romance novel to the tiny creature in exchange for information it says it came through the portal on holiday Bao asks where this portal is and Roger says he does not want that information and retracts the offer of the novel. The tiny creature then winks out of existence. Roger heads over to where the creature came from and leaves the novel on the ground.
The next two watches are taken by Bao and Handor and the night passes uneventfully. The party wakes in the morning. Roger and Kaeli use a sanctify spell to purify the shadow stained pool and then return some tadpoles to the pool. Handor makes a ladder out of the tent poles. As the party is climbing out Roger finds that the ladder is just about to break and quickly jams his dagger into the rock face. He then calls the birds of the forest to lift him out from the face of the cliff. As the party comes out of the fissure they notice smoke coming from the distance. Roger and Bao track the smoke to a packed up military camp. There is one man left who is obviously suffering from the curse/illness that is affecting the Dells.
Handor searches the camp while Kaeli attempts to tend the man who was left behind by the soldiers. Handor finds a small protective trinket and hands it to Bao to investigate. As Kaeli tries to wake the soldier she gets bitten by him. Bao continues to investigate the spirit in the trinket.
Roger helps Kaeli to wake the soldier by placing his hands on the soldier’s chest and shocking him awake. The soldier wakes up very disorientated. He tells us he takes quinine to avoid bad air fever when outside their kingdom. Roger asks the man where his friends went. He says he can read the movement diagram and says that the soldiers will rally and advance on the town. The plan is to descend on the town at night from two different directions to take out the towns defences. The two rally points are a big tree and lake.
The party asks roger to send hooter to the Khali to warn him of the attack. They then investigate a tree that they presume might have something to do with the sickness. As they approach the tree someone yells ‘Halt who goes there!’. Handor convinces the Blendian patrol that we are trying to solve the sickness using ambiguous secretive language. They menace us with their spears as they go to get orders to see what to do with us. Bao tries to carve a new mask but the soldiers menace her with their spears.
She uses one of her totems to attract one of the guards and then runs into the forest with the guard chasing after him. She hides in the forest then repeats the process with the other guard. The party approaches the tree and finds an encampment of guards. They talk to the sentry and as they are telling him the pass code the other soldier with them vomits an organ that rushes towards the other guard. He raises the alarm and runs from the party as Handor blasts the organ with shadow power accidentally making it an empowered shadow organ. Roger pounces on it and spears it pinning it to the ground. After talking about the soldiers illness for a while the group notices four guards running towards them. The fling spears at Handor who does not dodge out the way in time taking a spear in each leg while swearing profusely.
Unknown to the rest of the party Bao transforms into one of the previous guards emerges from the brush and tells the guards that we are telling the truth and we are here to investigate the plague. After convincing the guards that this is the case Bao heads into the bush and emerges again as Bao.
The party heads to the bog to investigate the illness they encounter another guard and convince him they are medical experts seeking a cure for the plague. Handor notices that there are bats in the trees that are shadow spawn. They should be slightly immaterial but they are not. Kaeli notices that there is stuff flowing from the tree that is not natural debris. All of the soldiers have very wet boots. Kaeli drops some quinine in the water and it clears up some of the muck in the water. Bao says that the spirits are frightened by the dead tree and the horrors it possesses.
Handor inspects the dead tree in the centre of the bog. As he approaches the tree he notices a crack in the body of the dead tree. Handor hears a familiar sounds just outside his hearing, it is the sounds of the interplanet void. Handor turns to tell the party what is happening and notices that a soldier in a big hat flanked by two soldiers with medium hats and then six soldiers with no hats. Roger says that is the sound of the ‘All Thing’. Kaeli is stunned by the sound.
As the man with the big hat approaches the tree. Roger walk up to the tree purposefully and lays his hands on the tree to channel the energy of the sun into it to grow. As he does so the tree closes over the portal and begins to vibrate. Roger continues to put his own energy into the tree to make it grow stronger. The tree grows some shadow leaves. Handor casts a shadow barrier around the party to protect them from the men with hats. As Roger holds the tree about the portal a shadow energy seeps out from it and entraps the soldier approaching the party they are slowly enveloped by the shadow and become tentacle monsters.
Bao thinks that by linking the portal to the spirit plane we can stabilise it. She throws a spirit totem through the portal as Roger releases part of his hold on the tree to reveal the portal. The connection to the spirit plane is stabilised Roger pours the last part of his energy into growing the tree normally and passes out falling to the ground.
The tentacle monsters advance turning their and Handor tries to envelope them in the shadow element barrier. They tear this barrier apart and advance on the party. Handor counterattacks and punches the tentacle monster with ethereal energy flinging him back with a ball of ectoplasm. Bao tries to knife one of the tentacle horros but misses and takes a counterattack. She rolls out of the way and ends up prone on the ground. Handor punches the large tentacle monster again and they both fly out from the centre of the blow, the tentacle monster reels as pieces of his flesh and steel fly through the air.
Bao releases a shadow beetle spirit and rolls onto her stomach. The tentacle horror swipes at her and she takes the blows with the beetle spirit protecting her. Kaeli stays with the unconscious Roger and tries to revive him.
The lesser horrors attacking the barrier are repulsed by the souls within the barrier. The larger horrors are trying to get through the barrier. Bao lashes out at the spirits but accidentally opens part of the barrier and a horror lashes her. Handor drops the barrier and forces the horrors back with a blast of ethereal energy.
Kaeli uses her spell energy to wake Roger with hooters aid. Roger wakes and Kaeli asks him to call the birds. Roger lets out an extremely loud whistle and calls the birds of the forest to aid the party. The tentacle horrors are surrounded by the birds as fourpipbeaters and owlpumas emerge from the forest and envelope them. The general horror is taken by one of the bat spirits. Handor blasts another horro with shadow energy. Bao manifests a fighting spirit that creates a spear that knows where it wants to hit. She lashes out at a wren covered horror and connects with the spear tearing a hole in its body.
Handor steps back and surveys the battle field while getting healed by Kaeli. He lashes out with shadow energy and destroys another horror. Handor and Kaeli notice that the bat horrors have finished their meal of the tentacle general and drop it above them. Kaeli and Handor move Roger out of the way but Handor is caught under the falling body.
Kaeli heals Handor who is looking extremely hurt. Bao lashes out and destroys the second lieutenant with the spirit spear. Handor tries to hurl a blast elemental to destroy the horrors but fails to call it and accidentally calls the ghost that wants to punch him in the face. It boops him.
Bao surveys the battle field over the body of the fallen horror and notices the spirit that wants to boop Handor. She attacks it with the spirit spear and banishes it back to the spirit realm as she tries to bottle its spirit. Bao bottles the generals spirit. Bao then tastes the blood of the general. She creates the mask and shifts into the general. Bao puts on the generals hat and strides over to the soldiers: “This place in cursed by black magic, we cannot fight this we must march home and consult the sages, send word to the others we march immediately”. The soldiers immediately pack up their camp and march out.
The party camps at the base of the tree and Roger wakes with an extremely bad headache. “Oi had a dream that there was a shadow treant and he was punching me in the face”. He then staggers about the tree and collects the bodies of any birds that died in the fighting and buries them at the bottom of the now healthy tree over the spirit portal. Roger says “May the souls of these birds protect this tree and the portal it guards”.
The party trudge back to the Dell town of red flag. Roger pulls the village elder aside and tells him of the portal the tree guards and to make sure it is well protected. The elder says he thought there was a stable portal to the plane of water there and he was not aware that it had become unstable. The elder pays the party in coins for their aid.