Legends of Creation

Elsewhere in the Desert
Interlude

17 Ascending Fire RY 679
The Forbidden Monument
Prasadian soldiers and warrior monks wait patiently on the edge of the ruins, with the horses and jade-reinforced war chariots.
A slender, blue-armoured warrior with long white hair is perched precariously near the top of the monument, buoyed up by a powerful wind. At the base an armoured monk, a dark, muscular woman wearing heavy white-jade gauntlets and another woman holding a green-jade powerbow who is clearly unused to the desert.
The white haired man leaps from the monument, landing lightly just as it unleashes a blast of essence lightning.
“You are such a fucking showoff Bemeshi”, says the big woman, with an exaggerated roll of her eyes. She ignores the sharp glance from the monk.
Bemeshi grins, “A small group were here, probably five. Two entered the tomb, while another stood on top to disable the primary trap for around three hours. Judging from the width of the scuff marks she was a woman.” He pauses before continuing, “This wasn’t there first visit, the cap blocking the shaft into the tomb was a replacement, there are fragments of the original in the first chamber. On top of that, there are no tracks coming or going, but the sand is disturbed as if a whirlwind had come and from here.”
“Stormwind Rider”, says the woman with the bow, “It’s sorcery, my cousin knows the spell”.
The big woman spits, “Ys”.
“No”, the monks voice is deep, “This is the work of the Anathema, the rarest and most vile of all such abominations. The Solar Anathema.”

An Ancient Ruin Deep in the Desert
The olchilike stands upon his ziggurat and surveys the desert and ruin about him as he nurses his rage. Rage at the foolish human ‘explorers’ and fair folk raiders that dare to enter is territory, but most of all rage at the god that betrayed and failed his people.
He lifts his macuahuitl of orichalcum and black adamant to the sky and roars in fury.

A Ruin Surrounded by the Wyld
A clearly prehuman ruin sits in the Wyld, its structure warped and slowly shifting. Except for a solitary ziggurat, still shielded by hastily erected and slowly failing wards. Deep beneath is a room, lit only by the slowly blinking symbols on ancient crystal panels. Around the walls of the room and seven huge crystal cylinders, what ancient secrets do they hide within?

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In an office in Heaven
Interlude

Five people sit around a table in the lushly appointed office.

“So, Jocasta, how are matters in the Dreaming Sea?”, speaks a green-eyed man.

A woman with short hair and yellow eyes responds, “Aside from the full circle of Deathknights building an empire on the edge of Creation?".

A red-eyed woman speaks, “As you know, the Convention of Deathlords is unable to grant additional resources to counter a group of independent Abyssals operating in a region with no direct Deathlord influence.”

Jocasta grimaces and continues, “It seems the encouragement of low-intensity trade is keeping the Sapphire Court raksha docile, although I would personally prefer it if a Convention strike team dealt with the situation. The Obsidian Court is still aggressive, sending warriors to strike from the desert Wyld zones."

“What is the situation on returning Solars? Ys transitioning back into a Solar dominion would be concerning.", asked a woman with blue eyes.

“As you can read in my reports, Sacnite. Approximately a year ago a Solar circle was eaten by a forbidden Exigent. There have been isolated reports of Solars since then, but I believe they are keeping a fairly low profile. As for Ys, I can assure you that there have been no Solar sorcerer-princes since my predecessor dealt with Yoroon Shalal. I have however uncovered evidence of a Makarios cult operating in Ys."

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Pilgrims of the Great Khenu River
S3 E2

17 RW The Forbidden Monument

The circle decide to see if it’s possible that Thucala might be able to help. Kyros writes a letter, and Fierce Orchid and Dhany fly to White Gold Temple. Only to find that she had died of dehydration due to whatever magic surrounded the place a week ago, they come back.

Meanwhile Mahavir & Kyros explore options for getting into the tomb, the find that after prolonged exposure to the essence lighting rope burns.

Once Fierce Orchid & Dhany come back, Kyros opens the seal, all that can be seen is a black hole. Kyros casts Flight of the Brilliant Raptor and once the flames had died down, Fierce Orchid sends her familiar to have a look. The hole opens up to a small room, below the hole is the sign for the sigil of endings, with further occult symbols carved on the sides. A small Crawlspace leads off to one side.

21RW/23RW – Great Khenu River
The circle stormwind rider towards Atwak and the Manse for the Question. The area is mostly farms and everywhere is mildly fortified in case of raiders.

25RW – 8DW – Trading Post
The circle buy supplies for climbing, then waits for a passing pilgrim barge to go to the mountains. It takes days, to the annoyance of most of the party. Once a barge arrives, Melati bargains for a place on the barge, but ends up getting fleeced and handing over two of her prized swords, including the greatsword.

The barge proves worse then the town and the mountains get closer at an infitesimal rate. The party debarks days later at another trading post in frustration. After a quick top up, they trek into the desert far enough to embark in a Stormwind Rider instead.

8DW – 22DW Base of Shines Down On High’s mountain
Stormwind Rider proves useless in mountains, so it’s a long trek through them to the mountain home of Shines Down on High.

The circle arrive at the the mountain, after asking around they hear that it is apparently difficult to get to the temple – there are usually sandstorms, snowstorms and such. Kyros realises the The Answer is not linked to the temple.

The circle head on up the path, deciding to pay respect to Shines Down On High, before seeing if they can get to the manse for The Question. They find the climb surprisingly easy, there are convenient rest stops and there was no need for the climbing equipment.

After 3 days they arrive at an enormous golden manse, a step pyramid in design. A few large reptilian creatures (8ft tall) bearing orichalcum clubs stand on guard and wave the circle in. The inside is brightly lit, lots of windows & mirrors to make it super bright.

The circle arrive in a big room, there are more lizard people, an assortment of gods, half a dozen earth elementals (rocky), fire ducks and at far end on a stone throne (far too large for him) is a who they assume to be Shines Down On High, he looks tall, dark skinned, human but with the head of crocodile, wearing a Pharaoh’s headdress and holding a sun headed mace made out of orichalcum.

He welcomes the circles and says they are about 1000 and a half years late. After a brief exchange he asks if they mind if he changes in a more comfortable form as he’s still not used I this one after 500 years. He changes into an 8ft gold scaled and heavily muscled saurian creature, mirror like scales cover his back and his clothing. His name is Quequauatzin.

The circle learn the following:

* That we should visit the Black Pharaoh, as they get antsy when random exalts wonder through.
* 400 years ago – the fledgling Madean civilisation (nomads and bandits) got attacked by fair folk, driving them back when one of the fair folk slew the pharaoh, the army started to crumble, when the crocodile priests attempted to bring the pharaoh back to life. It sort of worked, the Black Pharaoh is an immortal protector of the country.
* That only the person wielding The Question should enter the manse initially.
* He finds the Madean empire funny. The crocodile priests found ancient anklokian ruins, couldn’t speak dragon king and so based their religion off the pictures.
* He is a bit troubled by this, as the Crocodile Priests are getting his stuff wrong, but they are a civilisation in the desert that worships the sun. There was a race of saurian creatures called the dragon kings who served the sun, in the wake of the usurpation, the dragon kings suffered terribly in the 1st war when they fought alongside original exalted and their numbers have greatly reduced with empire shattered, then in wake of usurpation when solars didn’t return they were persuaded and harried by DB’s and then almost finished off by great contagion & fair folk invasion. Their ancestors roam the forests as beasts. A young dragon king is a feral beast, they worship the unconquered sun as a being that gave them intellect, its possible to use a spirit charm to restore the intellect to them. Melati will learn the spirit charm.

* The Usurpation – the ancient solars went mad/power hungry so the Unconquered Sun turned his back on them. The mandate of heaven then passed to whoever could take it, the Dragon Blooded rose up and slaughtered the solars – and for some reason they didn’t come back, until now. But the Unconquered Sun has now turned his face back to creation, and has promised to never abandon them again. Also PS – this is why the lunars are so angry – the Dragon Blooded queue jumped the Lunars to take power.

* The Forbidden monument – That is where they buried Captain Amadar, who was a counter-terrorism specialist for the empire’s on the dreaming sea, had an elite unit, dealt with uprisings, fair folk invasions. Inherited Venihir, from his previous incarnation, who inherited it from his, etc etc.
* Phoenix Snake – There was a dragon king settlement called Itlan, that was where phoenix serpent used to dwell, they used alchemical substances to keep it docile. It is intelligent and speaks old realm, but gets agitated pretty easily. Its feathers made wonderful cloaks – might be stuff there
* Lycea – She was known as Malaki, helped construct Volovat. Apparently just north of Ydanna theres an area that shipping tends to ignore, as they tend to disappear. Possibly because she is living in a vast underwater city building an army (for something..)
* The bleak council is handling a situation in the underworld which is ‘unpleasant’.
* Dhany asks bout a vision she had of living with dragon kings in the jungle – They were Raptok, the city was Rathess. he goes on to explain about the dragon kings, how there are 4 types, Anklok down south – priestly (rarest), east Raptok – numerous, built cities, north – Pterok, flight and mysticism, west mossock – really big and cunning (illusion magic)

Fierce Orchid flies on Agata to the big white war manse (on top of flat mountain – like its been cut off) see lines of war golems on the inside, within the main chamber is a gigantic slap of orichalcum – 18ft tall, 3ft wide, 6 inches thick inscribed on it is The Answer. Grasping that is a suit of orhichalcum and white jade royal warstrider.

25DW

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Meanwhile in Ys
Interlude

Thegum the Eternal broods in a darkened room, wearing the body of a young man.
“The divinations have failed again, something occludes them from our sight”, reports a masked sorcerer, inky black tattoos writhing in the gloom.
“No matter, I have put another plan into motion, one even the Exalted cannot evade”, Thegum places an ornate Lead Crucible on the marble table before him.
Another sorcerer-prince speaks, “That turned out poorly for Dhulla”.
“Dhulla was an incompetent fool and besides, did you not say thatAstyon sabotaged his working? We will leave Ysyr on the morn, this is not a being we wish to summon so close to civilisation"

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Boom Town
S3 E2

5 RW – Mada

The circle stay in an inn on the outskirts of Mada.

6RW – Mada
During the night Kyros gets a dream visit by Unfettered Eternal Brilliance, his necromancer best friend, to say that Serenity in Steel, had made it back on Haven by swimming. The trading fleet got hit by a well armed and organised band of ‘pirates’ that had quite a lot of Dragon-Blooded. The strike included a Water Aspect hitting the ships from below and repeated Flights of the Brilliant Raptor from above.

The circle spend the next week learning a bit more about Mada, updates now on the wiki entry for the city and empire.

Gold & copper are favoured as they are associated with the sun, where as silver is associated with the Lady and no one wants to draw her attention.

Orchid found out more on the local gods: –
– Ahlat also worshipped as god of the sun
– Sundrepa also popular, an Eastern god of war, primarily guerilla wars and similar tactics, but also Goddess of dinosaurs and similiar reptilian beasts
– Shines Down on High’s domain includes the city god (Khmada), all reptile gods are also under his domain, including a serpent goddess whose portfolio includes knowledge. Shines Down on High has a manse, at head the Khenu river (just past Atwak) and righteous pilgrims who make the journey to see him get an audience.
- Woman in White – prayed to in a ‘please don’t notice me’ way. She rules over local disease, famine, catastrophe spirits. Also includes some gods of healing and fertility. She is strong on hospiality rules – if you are in the desert and don’t offer to share camp/food she tends to smite you. Luck is blamed on her. Babies aren’t named till a year old, as its thought she won’t hurt them if they are unnamed.
-The Madaeans have picked up from the Pure Way the worship the Elemental Dragons, but that its blaphemous for humans to worship them – they have six dragons.
Wood
Earth
Fire
Air
Water
‘Great Solar Dragon’

Dhany spends time ingratiating herself with the ‘Toothless Viper Entertainers’ -a group of performers that aren’t terrible, they travel up and down the river across the Madean Empire. She instills in them hatred for Prasad and encourages them to start producing performances against said empire.

Fierce Orchid talks to the nomads, getting to know them in order to find out about locations of desert ruins.

During this time, Mahavir kept his ear to the ground, learning about the city and its people and trying to stay out of trouble. This knowledge is mostly reflected above or on the entry for Mada, but some secrets are only known to him.

13RW – Mada
The circle leave Mada, heading towards what they hope is Mahavir’s ancestral tomb. 4 days out, they tire of the trek and take a Stormwind Rider the rest of the way.

17RW – The desert near Prasad

The circle arrive at a black obelisk sticking out the sand. The Forbidden Monument. After they could discern no visible entrance, Fierce Orchid uncovers more of the monument with Stormwind Rider to reveal an entrance on each side of the monument. Inside the entrance was a carved rock plug, sealing a hole down. As the circle ponder what to do, the whole area goes white, and the whole circle, besides Mahavir, who dodged, get knocked backwards by a blast of essence lighting. While the others waited out of range of the blasts, not wanting to take any further damage, Mahavir went closer and made himself immaterial, in an attempt to see if he would still be hit. After dodging the first few blasts, which occurred every 10 minutes, he rematerialised at Orchid’s feet, smoking and stunned. The circle discussed their next steps for how to get into the tomb.

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Mada Bound
S3 E1

20DW – Prince Astyon’s House, Planquin

The circle spent the next few days under house arrest at Prince Astyon’s House, with Aetaia and Anthousa, who was still unconscious from her ordeal.

Aetaia told them all she knew on Thegum. She had been a thrall, but Thegum, possessing the body of one of his cultists had changed her into a Silver Manticore. She helped him only because of the binding, he was a horrible person. She knew he worked with several other Sorcerer Princes including Thassis0s (deceased), Haal (deceased) & Yurkon. She didn’t know much about the workings that he did.

Twleve Perfect Wisdoms popped by to let the circle know that pretty much all the other Sorceror Princes wanted them dead and that while Prince Astyon was protecting them she would need something to work on. So the circle fill Twelve Perfect Wisdoms in on the fact that Haal was working with someone who had been stricken from the records by the Sorceror King.

21 DW & 22 DW

Mahavir, dressing up as a thrall sneaks off to explore Prince Astyon’s house, to find out more about her and what’s going on. He hears conversations from the other thralls about rampaging blood apes, war thralls being taken for interrogation, conversations about the amount of orahalcum that we have, and that another Sorcerer prince has a giant orahalcum sword in Arqad. On the 2nd day he hears that Prince Astyon has cleared her quarters out of people entirely and so he sneaks in to see what he can find out. He overhears part of an important conversation, and leaves quickly before he is discovered. He informs the circle that he will fill them in with the details later, but that their host has contacts with Lycaea and that he believes Prince Astyon does want to help them.

23 DW

The circle finally get to see Prince Astyon. She believes she is in a position to say we were working for her to deal with Prince Haal, as he was a traitor, but strongly suggests that the circle leave town for a while. (Especially due to the light show the circle out on.) She also ‘suggested’ that the circle could do something that would greatly help her. She wants the city of Y’danna smoted by the wrath of the celestial gods, and is unconcerned with anyone standing at the end. Prince Astyon informs the circle that a powerful Exogent is in the area who may have eaten some Solars, but that they should concentrate on annihilate the Devil King and ignore the Exogent. She believes there’s a terrible evil brewing there, that its not exactly time critical, but that the circle should deal with that before coming to back to Planquin.

As the circle make to leave her house, a load of gryphon with riders swoop down on the city. Amidst them a massive flame gryphon lands in the middle of the square, and the barbarian Blood and Sand leaps off, carrying two very full sacks. She drops the sacks and a pair of daiklaves on the ground. ‘These are the heads of your assassins. For the attempts on my life the tributes your tribute has increased.’

Mahavir managed to steal a daiklave from the pile, he later learns that is called Seethe And that is belonged to clan Gonde, a dragon blooded clan he has had dealings with in the past. The sword is a family heirloom that they lost in a fight with pirates some time ago, it is something they would be very pleased to see again.

Fierce Orchid stormwind riders everyone to Arqad.

24 DW – Arqad

The Circle stay at Fawziya’s. Mahavir finally fills them in on what he learnt at Prince Astyon’s. That Lycaea knows Prince Astyon on a first name basis, they are not fond of each other, and that their relationship seems to be as if they were speaking on ‘even’ terms. Mahavir says that Kyros’ ‘ball & chain’ of another life, Lycaea, feels that Prince Astyon was not following the correct strategic path now that ‘our people are back’, the Realm is collapsing and it wouldn’t be wise to keep the circle around as she might get into trouble. Prince Astyon seemed irked at the barbarian raids, whereby Lycaea was ‘sadistically amused’ at what Prince Astyon‘s lack of action when she was dealing with ’Solars, death knights & rampaging Lunars’. Finally hearing glass smashing Mahavir had felt it would be prudent to leave.

Fierce Orchid ask Fawzire about Prince Kawfaz and this orahalcum sword. Fawziresays that he has the sword sitting pride of place in his museum, although shes not quite sure how he got it there. Its called The Question (because it has that written on it) and he just shows it off to visitors. Mahavir, disguised as one of Kawfaz’s thralls, plants evidence on a rival sorcerer-prince while both are in a public square, and then reveals the rival as a thief. In the resultant conflict, he slips off and steals the unguarded blade for Fierce Orchid.

Kyros explains some of what happened and why to Anthousa – to say she is displeased is an understatement.

In order to ensure their safety Fierce Orchid takes Anthousa and Aetaia to Blood Cove. Bringing the rest of the party some time later.

27 DW – Blood Cove

Kyros takes the time to study The Question, A stream of essence linked to the sword is going west. As it is going in the direction the circle were considering going, towards Mada, they decide to follow it.

Enroute the circle pause at White Gold Temple, they spend a day attempting to get inside, to no avail. All they can see is that a person taking 2 steps in is frozen in place and anyone that is pulled out doesn’t remember what happened or even now much time had past. It is clear that other adventurers have simply starved to death. The Temple appears to be an active Fire Manse.

The circle head to Canticle to see if they can get mounts to ride to Mada, knowing that they will not be able to take advantage of travel via sorcery for a while.

Riding Austreach they arrive at Mada 34 days later.

5AW – Mada

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How Not to Rescue Your Sister
S2 E18

20 DW
(Note this is not a complete blow by blow account.)

Faced with a veritable horde of Blood Apes, hearing more troops incoming and seeing what had been done to Kyros’ sister, Anthousa the circle didn’t hold back. Melati opened with a huge swing from her goremaul, smashing through a large chunk of the Blood Apes battle group.

Mahavir cast has hands wide and they began to seethe with lavender and grey energy. The Blood Apes were cast aback by their splendour, and Mahavir charged through the gap towards the stairs on the left. As he does this he casts knife after knife at the stairway guardian, Aetaia, but she intercepts most of the blades with her own projectiles, and only a few deflected blows reach her.

At this, the Blood Apes retaliated against the others. While the first blows went wide, the second attack had more success, Fierce Orchid barely felt it, but it winded Dhany and Melati.

Kyros, having kept out of the general melee to perch on a statue took aim at Prince Haal and fired, visibly wounding the Prince.

Dhany retaliates against the blood apes, hitting them hard, reducing their numbers even further.

Prince Haal, unable to do anything else attempts to attack Kyros with an eye beam attack. It fails utterly as Kyros calls on his earth elemental body guard for aid, the attack bouncing harmlessly off Rocky.

More enemies pour into the room as Prince Haal’s war thralls finally arrive, striking at Dhany, Fierce Orchid and Melati.

Dhany loses momentum in her attack and Aetaia uses the opportunity to through her knife. Fierce Orchid steps in the way, the knife striking her in the face and temporarily blinding her, she is tough enough to simply shrug off the posion.

Melati turns her attention to the war thralls, Dhany to their captain, leaving Orchid to finish off the blood apes.

Prince Haal turns his attention to Mahavir and misses as Mahavir slides in to the base of the stairs, leaving a furrow of charred stone behind him from the close call.

Mahavir charges up the stairs and rushes Aetaia, his whip cutting in inside her defensive stance. As they spar they exchange some brief words, before
Mahavir strikes out at her with a pearlescent grey glove, misses, and strides on towards Anthousa/Thegum. Aetaia makes only a show of attacking from then on.

Having finished the blood apes Fierce Orchid throws her sword at Prince Haal, killing him, he explodes into a fireball, hitting Anthousa/Thegum, Kyros and Mahavir take no damage from the blast, despite being in range.

After driving Anthousa/Thegum back in to the flames with several quick strikes of his sword, steps in close to deliver a knock out blow with the pommel of his whip. He misjudges, striking Anthousa/Thegum too hard and smashing her to the ground with a shattering crunch of bone.

Anthousa’s eyes flare and burn out.

The thralls begin to scatter and Fierce Orchid makes her way over, the circle stay in Haal’s house for the next hour while she does her best to stabilise Anthousa.

Aetaia explains that Thegumwould have abandoned the body as soon as Anthousa‘died’ and that they need to remove the markings on her skin so that he cannot re-enter. She does not wish to say more about Thegum, until they are all somewhere safe, as he has limited vision through his sorcerous markings.

Twelve Perfect Wisdoms turned up and commented on the mess that the circle had made, attacking a sorcerer prince and that it would be best if they let Prince Astyon take them under house arrest. The circle comply knowing that it was likely the best option.

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Eternal Doom
S2 E17

17 DW

After canvassing the port and finally breaking in and reading the logs Mahavir learnt that the silver masked woman had left on a Ysyrian galley, owned by Sorcerer Prince Haal 5 days ago.

The circle head to Prince Fawziya, Mahavir and Kyros discuss the golems of Arqad on the way. Kyros claiming that Arqad only ever used them for defense.

Prince Fawziya says she has no knowledge of Prince Haal, but the woman in the silver mask does ring a bell. In early Ysyrian history the princes would create enhanced thralls, using them as assassin’s and minions. They grew in power and formed the Silver Manitcore Society who gained political power. Then about 200 years ago, amid rumours the society had become a Mara cult, something triggered a brief war, the society had stock piled a demon army and they fought against the Sorcerer Princes. Even Polyxhen the mother of sorcery was drawn into the fight. In the end half the council was killed and the society was destroyed, and no one has been able to figure out the old ritual since.

The circle then headed back to Planquin, as they reason that if the ship had been heading there it would arrive in the next day or so. Mahavir & Melati ask at the docks to find the ship. They learn that a ship belonging to Prince Haal left 13 days ago, crewed by thralls and carrying a strange women in a silver mask.

The circle also discover that Melati’s house had been destroyed and any remaining servants killed. It was clearly the work of Blood Apes. Occult symbols marked the ground and the remains of various walls. Fierce Orchid hadn’t seen anything like it before, but she did recognise some modified summoning glyphs and infernal sigils, and that it could be a mandala used for focusing & meditation.

The circle decided to stay at an in, The Smiling Eel, where everyone but Kyros sleeps well.

Kyros’ dreams are full of fire, until finally Thegam the Eternal appeared. He told Kyros that if he didn’t hand over the artifacts he would kill Kyros’ sister and then anything Kyros might hold dear, the circle, the city etc.

With the situation spiralling out of control Kyros sends an Infallible Messenger get to his lunar mate, asking for her help. Lycaea replies:

“You can’t expect me to clean up all your messes for you, sweetie. I did tell you to throw him in a coffin, fill it with lead and then dump in in the ocean, instead of your ridiculous working.”

Following Fierce Orchid’s advice Kyros attempts to have a vision. In it he sees himself separating Thegam’s body from his spirit and scattering his spirit, as he had somehow made himself immortal.

While the rest of the circle waited for Kyros, Mahavir’s contacts came back to him to let him know that the bounty in the barbarian leader harassing Mada, Planquin and Arqad had gone up to 30 talents, no small sum of money. It was being offered by Baseeha the Heartless, a woman the circle had absolutely o intention of helping.

Finally the ship comes in, Mahavir sneaks on board and finds no sign that any women had been on board. He grabs the charts and captain’s log instead.

The logs indicates that the ship left Planquin 13 days ago, arrived in Arqad just before the blood ape rampage (the ship was carrying ‘special’ cargo – blood apes) then it collected crew and some special guests and left the city, the next day the special guests were picked up.

Debating what was meant by ‘picked up’ the circle headed down to intimidate the captain into giving answers. (They would shortly learn that it meant Agata back to Planquin and that they were already too late.) The captain refused to budge and the circle left, a short while later several thralls were sent off the ship, the circle followed and found themselves at mansion in the upper city. Knowing that they could not allow Thegam the Eternal any more time to prepare, the circle burst in to the house. Where they were confronted by Prince Haal, Aetaia the silver manitcore and Thegum the Eternal possessing the body of Anthousa, Kyros’s sister.

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Slaves and Sorcerers
S2 E16

Using Stormwind Rider Fierce Orchid slammed the circle down in the middle of the guild citadel. Gunning for a fight Fierce Orchid leaped deeper in the fray, coming up against the commander of the mercenaries. Who gave the command to execute all the slaves. Dhany and Kyros fought off the main group of mercenaries, while Melati and Mahavir headed down to save the slaves from the slaughter. Melati slaughtering mercenaries to get there and Mahavir turning to smoke. Angry at the slavers and angry that her blows weren’t connecting Fierce Orchid countered an attack from the commander, dropping her in one fell swoop.

Many of the old and infirm slaves had been killed before Melati and Mahavir made it down, but there were almost 200 still alive. Some of those however had already had their souls eaten by the fair folk. Fierce Orchid began to aid the sick and injured, and discovered that members of her tribe were amongst some of the healthy slaves. Learning that Prasad was pushing the various barbarian tribes harder than ever. Knowing that there was no way to cure those who had had their souls eat Fierce Orchid respectfully tended to the husks that had been left behind.

Dhany and Melati began to question the remaining mercenaries, to try and work out exactly who from the guild was running this operation. They didn’t get much, except that it was clear the mercenaries were a nasty bunch.

Fortunately Kyros who had been keeping watch spotted a figure running away from the citadel towards a ship that was docked. It was an easy job for him to catch the man and bring him back. Mahavir was keeping watch too, but on the other side of the building.

The man was a Guild Administrator and the circle learn that the 9 Eyes consortium are the people running the secret trade with the fair folk. The land the citadel is on belongs to Prince Acalam, and the next shipment isn’t due for a few more months. The 9 Eyes office is in Ydanna. Eventually, the Guild Administrator had no more to give and Mahavir ended him.

Mahavir investigated the body of the commander, and after getting Fierce Orchid’s expertise, and determine that the commander had probably been a half demon (blood ape) and had been/or was still bound by someone.

The freed slaves finish off the remaining mercenaries. As the circle try and work out how to get the freed slaves away from the citadel Galen arrives and says he can take them in the boat.


The circle head off to the Ysyr capital, as Kyros had business there. Dhany and Fierce Orchid remaining outside with the artefacts that southern converted by many Sorcerer Princes. Kyros, Melati and Mahavir headed to the Tower of Records so that Kyros could find out more on Thegam The Eternal.

The historians could find no record of such a Sorcerer Prince, the tower only holds the names of those who have not been stricken from the records. Sorcerer Princes are stricken because of terrible terrible crimes they have committed so no record is kept of them at all, only a dozen have been stricken off since the start of Ysyr (500 years).

Kyros wondered if perhaps Thegam was a contemporary of the Sorcerer King. The historians found a punishment listed from the creator of Ysyr, on one of his original number – they were forced to submit to a sorcerous working and struck from record – having been accused of infernalism and treason. He was ironically punished and stripped of all form and unable to interact with reality for all eternity. The circle wondered if maybe enough time had passed for him to have reformed in some manner.


The circle spent the next week in Planquin.

  • Mahavir spent time building his network of urchins
  • Dhany started to teach the poor
  • Fierce Orchid spent te week in a grump, healing the poor and beating up any bad guys she may have come across.
  • Melati tried to sell things to make money back

Prince Fawziya turns up, the bearer of bad news for Kyros. She explains how a foreigner turned up in Arqad and attempted to summon 2 Blood Apes. It failed and they rampaged through the streets killing several people including Kyros’ parents and his sister is currently missing.

The circle rush down to Arqad, prepared to do what they can to help Kyros and find his sister. Fierce Orchid summons an Anhules, to hopefully find his sister and kidnap her back from wherever she’s been taken.

Kyros headed to his sister’s shop and sensed that she had been zapped by magic. He asked Mahavir if he could find anyone who might have seen anything. Mahavir finds a drunk lookout who saw a woman in a silver mask and some goons on the day in question.

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A Tale of Two Princes
s2 E15

Dhany attends an orgy – to find out about astologers – Pherenikie said that prince Aetenti is better (as she is attractive etc) and not the other as he’s creepy

Prince Haal has been asking about Kyros & DHany

circle head off to meet Sorceror Prince Aetenti – they have to wait till late afternoon, as she had not yet risen (tall & slightly leaning tower) – she does not seem the type to keep secrets – she was oathbound by melati to not spill secrets
negotiations occur and she will only help if they give her one of the Ysr artifacts – the circle leave

next day they go visit Prince Ness – to see if he can’t be more accommodating
he will help but wants either a necromantic spell or Nafarie Half Dead……

That night Kyros is visted in his dreams by Unfettered Eternal Brilliance
Kyros asks for a necromantic spell & they converse about the curse

A few days later he comes back to Kyros and say’s that the curse is on Haven & that Serenity in Steel has some free time and so will come to Planquin & and will travel with the ships.

The Circle head off for a Guild Citidel to free slaves

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