Legacy of Fire!

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Chaos Exploration

Summary:

We have cleared out a section of the temple and start into a new area of fun, excitement, harpies, demons, ice, zombies and cowardice.

OOG:

Charlie – Yarar Azar, brother, deva warpriest (Leader), Sarenrae. Sun rising in the shadows.
Heidi – Hawada, kitsune scout (striker). Snugly death fox girl.
Wendy- Zashi, tiefling swordmage (guardian). Jedi.
Dan M. – Sumna, tiefling Warlock Assassin (Striker/Controller). When in doubt, set them on fire.
Ali – Tala Ananda, half giant Slayer (Striker). Titanic two-handed twizzling tart of turmoil.
Wade – Reza, elf druid (Controller/Striker). Tree hugging cuisinart of death.

IC:
We had finally secured a place for ourselves and had taken time to rest up. I served an amazing goblin family recipe of snails, tripe and rat tar tar. I had even found a nice cinnamon glaze for the rats.

Everything was going well until Hawada asked me what were the ingredients. I regaled her with the hunting, preparing and serving of the food when she started compulsively vomiting. At first, i thought she was giving me the traditional goblin vomitorium compliment when I remembered that was not a custom of her people, katapesh, humans or most folks.

Well, it got bad when Zashi also got sick with an amazingly perfect shot into the meal collection bucket. Realizing the sensitive nature of others stomachs I took action. Luckily, I had 5 ampules of Stomach Rx™ which I got Sumna, Tala, Reza and Yarar to take.

The next morning, Zashi and Hawada stayed back at basecamp while the rest of us went and explored. (OOC: Heidi and Wendy were out.)

We explored a new section. We found a section that had statues of six of the seven dark gods. We then came across a room filled with harpies and lizard men and rope bridges. The fight was much more challenging without Hawada, Zashi and Zashi.

I should point out that Sumna attempted to ‘negotiate’ with the harpies. He even tried to pimp me out to them. I really appreciate that he tried for me. He knows how hard I have been working lately. I really felt like the team has come together when Sumna is willing to be my wingman for the gurrls.

We learned from the harpies that one direction led to the Ettin (our first encounter in the labyrinth) and the other direction led to a DEMON. Sweet! We are so like real adventurers after we bag our first demon.

So we go to the next room and it split. into a bunch of options. One opens to a room where the crystal woman (head in a crystal) says her body is. That we could reunite her soul to her body. That she would help us and be all buddy. We also learned that she is the wife of the guy imprisoned here. What a divorce! Looks like she got her alimony as a giant crystal.

Anyway, the other room was frosted over. We went in and it froze behind us as Corpsicles exploded out of their icy prisons. It got so suddenly cold but Yar put up the Sarenrae protective mojo that stopped us from freezing to death.

Reza seemed to really find a groove and pounced from one cold zombie to the next. Soon the whole group of them was dead.

The freeze locker led to another room which had the demon. And what did we do? We ‘negotiated’ with the demon. Letting him go.

So disappointed. So very disappointed.

I made a secret vow that I would eat demon before we left the Pyramid of Shadows.

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More Temple of Shadows
How we defy GM expectations

Summary:

Our heroic adventurer’s choose the path least taken and confound the GM expectations.

OOG:

Charlie – Yarar Azar, brother, deva warpriest (Leader), Sarenrae. Fastest heal in the shadows.
Heidi – Hawada, kitsune scout (striker). Takes time to warm up in a fight.
Wendy- Zashi, tiefling swordmage (guardian). Teleporting, mind controlling, telekinetic, sword wielding heroine..
Dan M. – Sumna, tiefling Warlock Assassin (Striker/Controller). When in doubt, set them on fire.
Ali – Tala Ananda, half giant Slayer (Striker). Hard hitting harridan of heroism.
Wade – Reza, elf druid (Controller/Striker). Still creepy with a smile.

IG:
Diary entry (written in Kelesh)

We find ourselves at a crossroads of four main corridors with many branches. So we consult the smart ass orb of spotty knowledge. We shake it up a bit and it gives us the fortune of ‘maybe’.

After that we actually ask it questions. We find that this large pyramid has one exit to the next level of the pyramid and it is in the NW corner. And that we are not powerful enough to go that direction.

So I say…. go SE corner and see what is there. By the Monsters Guide to Dungeon Building, ‘…. in that event, that there is only one path to freedom seed the strongest monsters along that path while placing the weakest the furthest away.’ I remember Blood Hawkers Guide to Evil Temples also had a similar axiom.

We went SE and ignored all other side corridors. Hell, we didn’t even look down them least we be tempted. This led us to a hedge maze. And i have to say I love the classics.

It was all green and stuff with a giant Boar in the middle. He had some spriggans and plant people hiding that ambushed us. It was fun.

We killed everything and set it on fire. I have to say that my party is coming along well and I really appreciate how they are appreciating my diplomacy techniques.

We found a way out of the maze and it led to a door where there was a note. We could negotiate with the ‘Forest Lord’ by knocking. We had a fast discussion and realized that we were going to have a scorched temple policy.

We opened the door and set them on fire. You might see a theme here. We fought shambling mounds, a satyr and more plant creatures. It was so fun to just kill everything with fire.

I have thought about Sarenrae and how I love that she is so full of fire. I think she really gets me. I am thankful for my brother who also likes to set indigenous races on fire. Tala likewise really gets the idea of appreciating other cultures and setting them on fire. Reza was even cackling like logs on fire as he killed everything. I really need to work on Sumna, Zaci and Hawada on the fire for everyone band wagon.

I may have to compose a song.

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Temple of Shadows 1
Or how we went after a bad guy

Summary:

Wherein, our adventurers gather together to find an evil wizard trapped outside of time. And succeed.

OOG:

Charlie – Yarar Azar, brother, deva warpriest (Leader), Sarenrae. Fastest heal in the shadows.
Heidi – Hawada, kitsune scout (striker). Rusty fighter.
Wendy- Zashi, tiefling swordmage (guardian). The swordiest.
Dan M. – Sumna, tiefling Warlock Assassin (Striker/Controller). Teleporting egg with a hammer.
Ali – Tala Ananda, half giant Slayer (Striker). Big boots and bastard blades.
Wade – Reza, elf druid (Controller/Striker). Creepy with a smile.

IG:
Diary entry (written in Kelesh)

It was a normal day in Kelmarane and nothing odd was going on. I was taking a shift, pushing food up at the tannery when Neth ran up. He was sweating and weezing slightly from the exertion. “Boss, boss, a rider came.”

“Yes, Neth, they do that.”

“No, he was all hurt and stuff. And has important messages.”

“Yes, Neth, many riders bare messages and injuries.”

“But Boss, he was asking after you.”

“Try to lead with that next time.”

He told me quickly how this rider had barely escaped from Garren Vosh, a dragonmarked robber of cultural artifacts. (Which is completely different than Tala who is a collector of cultural artifacts through robbery.)

So I headed up to the battlemart top level to Almah’s office. And the whole crew was there.

Also Almah, some guards and this new guy. He was a priest of somesuch with a marking on his head. He was all pompous and sanctified and stuff.

The crew questioned him and learned he had a map that he must give us so that we can go question this trapped wizard Karavokas. This wizard was a lieutenant of Nex or Geb. Nex and Geb are those two bad ass wizards that created the mana wastes south of Katapesh. The north country is Nex and the southern is Geb. These two countries/wizards had practiced wish magic and it got out of control. Anyway, this wizard had made a deal with a mysterious djinn.

And somehow broke the deal with the myserious Djinn and wound up in a supernatural prison for eternity.

Now, we knew that the evil Djinn had been working these lands and that it is most likely the djinn that granted power to the carrion king (king of the gnolls). He was our enemy and this was someone that had personal dealings with him.

Now this nice messenger had been jumped Garron Vosh who stole the original map. Luckily this guy could recreate it.

Our mission was clear, we had to stop anyone from dealing with this imprisoned wizard Karavokas and then thuggery the wizard Karavokas for information on the mysterious Djinn.

So what does our party do? Discuss the merit of whether to go or not. Our lead in this discussion of self interest is Sumna. So we dither. And dither some more.

Finally, Azar has us direction with… we are going.

And with that, we get the band back together.

I got us some camels. I got this deal with Ahkmed for Camels in exchange for katamite pesh. Great deal.

Anyway, we headed out into the dessert with a map and a vague sense of where to go. Feeling the urgency of following the bad men.

We arrived near dusk to see a camp a few hills away. We slowed down. Dismounted and Reza went to go take a look. Really, our whole group went to take a look but I hung back. Turns out Garren Vosh had left seven behind with a few human guards and the camels. Oh, there was also a rage drake.

Our group stealthily backed up and then strangely a bolt of lightening crashed into that distant camp. Turns out that something took out five horses and all the humans. I finished off the two horses and collected the extra camels.

While I was getting our camels tethered and staked while we would be inside, the group found a caern of stones and spoke to this translucent floating guardian. They had found the entrance to the Pyramid of Shadows.

Well, Tala went and grabbed me after Sumna and Zachi went in. And slowly we all went in…. A voice gave a villain monologue about having to be killed three times. It was Karavokas.

And found ourselves in a huge pit of carrion bodies. Humans, dwarves, elves, halflings and others torn asunder.

Outside the pit was a giant ettin and it’s gor’dual muck golem. And with us? two Carrion crawlers.

Thus the epic battle ensued.

Reza and I paired up on the Carrion crawlers. Zachi and Sumna took on the ettin. Tala bounced around killing anything that wandered within her path. Yarar was granting these cool shield bonuses and healing people. Hawada seemed to have the most trouble. I think the walls and slime really got her off center.

Anyway, we prevailed. Killed everything and got out of the pit. There we found heads mounted to the walls. And a bag. And inside the bag?

A mouthy crystal that wanted us to help it escape the Pyramid of Shadows.

We talked to it for a bit and decided to let it join us. Turns out to be some sort of artifact.

Now we are going to go in and kill this Karavokas three times as he is separated into three parts.

Abudari

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Interlude 2
Raider of the temple of the Last Crusade

Summary:

A short adventure for Tala, Sumna and Zashi involving brigands, sand, and blood.

OOG:

Charlie – Yarar Azar, brother, deva warpriest (Leader), Sarenrae. He of scimitar smiting.
Heidi – Hawada, kitsune scout (striker). Whip fighter who is slightly bigger.
Wendy- Zashi, tiefling swordmage (guardian). She of teleporting and blocking.
Dan M. – Sumna, tiefling Warlock Assassin (Striker/Controller). Vile scholar with vile words.
Ali – Tala Ananda, half giant Slayer (Striker). Charging creatures into dust.
Wade – Reza, elf druid (Controller/Striker). Wight witch with more claw, claw bite.

IG:
Diary entry (written in Kelesh)

It was the fifth day of the red star and Tala came in with an adventure. Now, she always has these adventures but this time it was at the tavern and we were all there. Except Hawada, she had written a letter that she was coming back to Kelmarane and enjoyed the vulture yellow curry recipe.

Sumna perked up (which is to say his eyebrow rose minutely) and spoke slowly ‘Is it to the Green Temple of Avarreo?’

Tala looked down at a curled map in hand and looked at it briefly. “Maybe, my stalwart companion. Maybe. I have a map to the treasure of the Red Crusaders of Yagoshi.”

Now I was engaged in a game of stones with Bro. But Tala went over to Sumna and they compared map to a set of notes that he had. They were intently conferring when Reza walked in.

“Hey.” Reza said in that way he does. It was followed with the long fingered hand gesture to pay attention.

“I have a lead on a lost chest of utagawa architects. I need a group.” It was said in the soft tones of fact.

“My tall androgenous friend, we may be going to two other adventurers to liberate primitive and dead cultures of interesting doo dads and artifacts.”

Sumna looked up. “Come look at our map. Let us see which treasure is closest.”

Bro looked up from the board. “Want to bet they are all the same place?”

I responded quietly, “No way. You’re on. A gold says it is at least two different places.”

We went back to the game and in a moment, Tala declared “We go to the Green Temple of Avarreo for a lost chest of utagawa architects to the treasure of the Red Crusaders of Yagoshi. Or something like that. Will you join your holy scimitar to our cause priest? Will you join us our very destructive green diminutive friend?”

I slid the coin across to Yarar. “Sure thing, Tala. I have a new green sausage that should be a great travel food. I call them green logs. After I test it out on all of us, I will start mass producing them.”

Azar stood without really answering and said, “I have to go get foo… holy supplies.”

And thus we left…

We were out there for a few days when finally Reza spotted the ruins. We started moving in when suddenly we were beset by bandits.

It was a huge fight with Bandits. They recognized me, of course. Thought they were rescuing me from Tala. They followed the god of death and strife so it was like, holy bandits of death.

Anyway, it took us most of the night but we prevailed. Taught those bandits a final lesson.

Oh. And Tala got the jade statue of Avarreo. Zachi got a medallion of unholy might. Sumna got a forbidden text on left handed sorcery. Reza got a ju ju bag of death. Yarar got a scroll of sun meditations.

And I got a log. A green log.

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Interlude 1
A Year of Living Professionally

Summary:

The year of working in Kelmarane between the first section of the campaign and the second section.

OOG:

NG Charlie – Yarar Azar, brother, deva warpriest (Leader), Sarenrae. He of scimitar smiting.
OG Charlie – Yarar Azar, brother, aasimir, Sarenrae priest. He of big buffs.
NG Heidi – Hawada, kitsune scout (striker). Whip fighter who is slightly bigger.
OG Heidi – Hawada, halfling rogue. Whip fighter who prefers daggers.
NG Wendy- Zashi, tiefling swordmage (guardian). She of teleporting and blocking.
OG Wendy- Zashi, human plus female. Gish scimitar fighter.
NG Dan M. – Sumna, tiefling Warlock Assassin (Striker/Controller). Vile scholar with vile words.
OG Dan M. – Sumna, human plus male. Words of power now with more sorcerous oomph.
NG Ali – Tala Ananda, half giant Slayer (Striker). Charging creatures into dust.
OG Ali – Tala Ananda, half giant female. Wielder of the mighty mind blade.
NG Wade – Reza, elf druid (Controller/Striker). Wight witch with more claw, claw bite.
OG Wade – Reza, elf male Witch. Cackling, vomit spewing Witch.

IG:
Diary entry (written in Kelesh)

Gobs, I mean I realize I was busy but I didn’t realize I was that busy.

I think the last time I wrote anything was right after that whole kill the ancient evil in the crypt adventure. I mean that was nail biting and horn quivering but we killed it. I mean, we are the heroes.

But what happened next?

Everything. We had freed the town and suddenly it was a swift change of gears. We went from being on the fear of constant death to sudden stillness. There is a lot to be said for the world stopping for a moment but like anything, the moment passes. When it does, you realize that you have to FEED yourself.

I helped with the reclamation of Kelmarane. I was there from day 1 of liberation to getting the town back up and running. And I wrote to my cousins Nunzio, Gerger and Tonz to get the clan out this way. There was a new batch of kids that needed jobs and I had work.

That’s how I started up my dream… MEALS and HEALS on WHEELS. I had that first push cart up and going on Liberation day 12. It was glorious. I had gotten some fresh cat errr…. pheasant from nearby. And I started up the first three delicacies…

Breakfast Menu:
-Tala Black (coffee) 1cp
-Reza Bites (donut holes) 1 CP
-Zastoran egg wrap 1cp
-Almah mostly Awake Breakfast Meal (eggs benedict) 3 cp

Lunch Menu:
-Nunzio Meat Pie_ guaranteed no rat (3 cp)
-Ger’s Meatsicle (2 cp)
-Dari Burger (3cp)
-Garavel Wrap (2cp)

Snack Menu:
-Hawada-prada – Alchemical Fruit (3 cp)
-Azar Apeshits – (potato chips ) (1cp)
-Sumna Somalia Blend (Tea) (1 cp)
-Zashi special reserve Pesh (1cp)

And that doesn’t even include the Goblin only cuisine.

By month two, I had 12 workers and 6 carts. I was expecting another 8 coming in. And then I realized that I needed more revenue streams to cover my overhead and launder my coin but I also needed to keep abreast of what the others were up to.

Reza went out adventuring. Becoming a local guide to adventure. Seemed to organize one or two forays into the mountains. He/she/it seemed to also become more meditative after being freed. Working on communing with the world around it. In some ways, I think this year benefited Reza the most.

Sumna and his sister Zachi were working on restoring the shrine of Nethys. They also were organizing expeditions to gather important historical loot from ruins and dungeons nearby. I heard they had some trouble but they always seemed to come back intact with less people they went out with.

Tala was off adventuring on behalf of the pathfinder society. I think she went and got the eye of K’thutlugh from a nearby tribe of aquatic hunters. She told this great story about a trident, a fish as large as a house and this underwater city of Riley.

Hawada left to her old tribe. Turns out she wasn’t actually a halfling but rather a half sized hengeyokai kitsune. So she is both bigger and more of a fox. Yowza. Anyway, I heard she was doing gladiatorial pit fighting against gnolls.

I had a dustup with a Gnome in month four. He tried to muscle in my territory. I made him realize that if you are shorter than a dwarf, you answer to me. Fucking gnomes. Anyway, he made it to the goblin portion of the menu.

Started working on more alchemy with Zastoran. Making sure we play nice and fair. I had to pay taxes now to Almah monthly. She is fair and is giving me a fair deal.

Opened up two new revenue streams built as one.

Camel and Yak wash. We are basically acting as a stablery. Taking the camels in. Washing them down with fine sand and making sure they are hydrated. Turns out Goblins are good with Camels. They favor us with the most spit.

In addition, we give a specific list of what came off the camels or goes onto them. We then pass this to Almah and I pass it on again to the Dusk Market. And for the right price, we take items off the camels and relocate them past the authorities.

I tried the whore house approach but it didn’t work out so well. None of the larger folks like green. Eh, I still enjoy the benefits of prima nocturne for any new goblins that arrive.

By month 10, i have the empire filled out and have good working relationships with

I started training Nunzio and Tonz on the alchemy side. Making them simple picture glyphs of how to concoct things. Gerger is still head chef and has Iz as chief maintenance on the carts.

I need a good lieutenant to run things while I focus on the big picture. I am thinking of making an offer to the Vex or Ziki.

Anyway, back to the grind.

Abudari, the heretic

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Abudari Eighth Outing

Summary:

The eighth adventure which is the finale of the adventure. Where Kelmarane is actually freed.

OOG:

Charlie – Yarar Azar, brother, aasimir, Sarenrae priest. He of big buffs.
Heidi – Hawada, halfling female. Whip fighter who prefers daggers. <absent>
Wendy- Zashi, human plus female. Gish scimitar fighter.
Dan M. – Sumna, human plus male. Words of power now with more sorcerous oomph.
Ali – Tala Ananda, half giant female. Wielder of the mighty mind blade.
Wade – Reza, elf male. Cackling, vomit spewing Witch.

IG:
Diary entry (written in Kelesh)

I gotta say Hawada was completely out of it this entry. It was like she wasn’t there. Perhaps food poisoning. If she had only listened to me about that dubious chutney.

We had slept at the monastery and recovered from the first major push. Later, we would find out that sleeping on consecrated ground was rather a good thing.

We made a report of our activities to Almah and the Big G. Dashki was paid for his scouting and he told us the Peryton fled like a little… ram/goat/person. Hmmm. Something vaguely insulting to Perytons needs to be researched.

We had three things left apparently. First, was to kill the black mamba for breakfast. Then kill the tentacle beast in the pesh fields. Finally, there was an ancient evil locked up in the basement of the Sarenrae church of Kelmarane. And Almah gave us the key. To open up the locked up evil and kill it. With appropriate suppositions that it was weaker for having spent 20 years in a hole.

That was reassuring but then again we are sterling examples of chivalry and nobility in the name of Sarenrae. Well, except Sumna and Zashi, they are just kinda tagalongs. And I guess Reza is that anti hero with evil cackling. And Hawadi is kinda vengeful gnoll killing spirit full of dark memories. But the rest of us are definitely heroes of Sarenrae.

The black mamba was pretty damn easy. We waited until it was sunning in the glory of the fire goddess and then Reza made it sleep. Then we clubbed it to death in a very righteous manner except Hawada. She was off behind the shed and missed the signal for the righteous clubbing. I made sure to make a victory snake soup to fortify us against impending evil. Oh, and the soup was marvelous, I got this saffron rice with it and little dates in a lemon oil.

Back to the adventure.

We went after the creature in the Pesh fields. We had gotten a sacrificial goat to get the creatures attention. Man, you would not believe the bargaining I had to do to get a freaking goat.

We set ourselves in a semi circle around the sacrifice spot where Sacrifice the Goat was. I thought I was clever by standing on top of one of the summoning posts. We hit the summoning post into the ground and stayed still. Reza even levitated off the ground.

Suddenly a giant creature with a maw from the ground burst up. Tentacles going after all of us except Hawada and Reza. It was an epic battle.

It was drawing to grab us and draw us into the maw. Zashi almost went in she was so focused on hacking the creature. She was a wildcat going after it. Sumna is striking it with lightening and mystic sigils. Tala was methodically destroying the tentacles with her mind blade. Reza was cackling and hexing the creature. Preventing it from landing telling blows. Bro was healing the fighters and even managed some blows. I managed to hit it with the crossbow with Poison which I am sure sapped some of it’s strength.

Hawada must have gotten lost. She missed the fight. Showed up just after we killed it. She ran up with her knife out like it was dinner time. Bless her sweet heart.

We ate dinner. Rested up. Then went to Church to sanctify and destroy the evil.

There was the first level which was the fortified crypt and a well. The crypt required certain prayers and abjurations to be let in. BS took care of that. The creepy crypt opened and that cursed priest we had put down was laid to rest with his brothers. It was very touching. Then the crypt sealed up leaving us next to the well.

You know it is bad when there is a gong next to the well. BS rings the gong and super duper Angel-inators show up hovering in air. They will make sure nothing gets out in case we fail. Joy.

So I go first into the well. Hawada was kinda out of it still. I was on point for traps. We get to the bottom of the well, open a portcullis and pass a bunch of niches with corpses. I turn the corner and see a massive double door with Sarenrae on it. The gold relief of Sarenrae had been marred and scratched out.

As I stepped around the corner, the freaking corpses rose up scarring the crap out of me. Reza and I ran like bitches away from them. I ran into the room where there was this throne with Cardeswan on it. (Except it wasn’t.)

I was cowering in the corner. I heard BS striking the corpses down with holy power. Then Sumna comes in and the creature that looked like Cardeswan monologued. How he had lured us all here to free himself. How his eventual rise to conquer the world would ensue. That Sumna could destroy us and take his rightful place by his side. In my fear, I felt like this was it. Sumna would go evil.

I was cowering in the corner. And to my surprise Sumna strikes out with magic on the bad guy. Suddenly Tala is in there stabbing and cleaving. She gets bewitched by the creature but Zashi is there swinging and weaving and resisting the magic. The group really had the mojo going.

I was cowering in the corner. The monster has changed into this insectoid beast of evil and darkness. It is casting magic on them, hypnotizing them. And it makes a break for it. Reza breaks free from his initial fear and helps stop him.

The group finally manages to stop being enthralled and run the creature down before it can escape. It was epic nail biting last minute destruction of the monster near the well escape.

Even if it had gotten past us and out of the well, we still had our secret weapon ready. Hawada stayed up at the top of the well as our rear safety. Luckily she didn’t have to do anything.

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Abudari Seventh Outing

Summary:

The seventh adventure which is during the assault. Where we make unexpected allies and Zashi actually lives.

OOG:

Charlie – Yarar Azar, brother, aasimir, Sarenrae priest. He of big buffs.
Heidi – Hawada, halfling female. Whip fighter who prefers daggers.
Wendy- Zashi, human plus female. Gish scimitar fighter.
Dan M. – Sumna, human plus male. Words of power now with more sorcerous oomph.
Ali – Tala Ananda, half giant female. Wielder of the mighty mind blade.
Wade – Reza, elf male. Cackling, vomit spewing Witch.

IG:
Diary entry (written in Kelesh)

Okay. Okay.

I guess Sumna was a bit peeved. He did not appreciate that his sister Zashi had been knocked clear to the heavens in a fine red mist. The heavens happen to be the second floor of this Battle Mart.

We were going after Sumna’s sister. We rush that stairs and start destroying the Gnoll archers who switched to spears and died quickly. The best way to think of them as a slight bump in the road that you pull your cart over. Short, annoying and glad to be quickly over.

As we look for Zashi, we find her being bandaged by that whacky alchemist Harpy. And she was standing next to this beautiful machine. An alchemical engine. sigh

Anyway, she was a dearie and an alchemist so it went well. She gave Sumna a key after striking a deal with him. Zashi, when she awoke with some healing mojo by Reza and Yarar (BS) offered to pay her. So very considerate.

And not once did she threaten me. I love this party.

We went in and cleared out a guardroom when I saw that damn cousin again. Jenks. I am going to throttle that little goblin.

We went upstairs to the top level and found it deserted. We went to the final room, threw back the curtain and no Cardeswan (the evil human leader of the Gnolls). Used to be a good guy.

Anyway, we find treasure and Hawada checks it for traps. Nothing. So I try a key in the lock (the one from the harpy). Thunk. I get poisoned. My hand starts swelling and I feel mighty sick. Suddenly, I feel quite in danger.

Brother pulls out a needle and opens it up to bleed. Get the poison flowing out. I feel much better.

And Cardeswan appears swinging for the moon. He misses by a narrow margin. Suddenly, a gnoll appears knocking Tala’s mind weapon from her grasp. And it disappears. (Gasp. That is really handy. I hate carrying weapons.) And for the third act, the peryton appears, grabs Hawadah and flies her out the window.

Hawadah falls to her mortal peril but survives. And we begin the final boss fight. I get thrown out the window but Tala saves me with a ring of feather falling. We battle the bad guys and finally drop the gnoll and Cardeswan when the Peryton retreats.

Oh, I got a vision. Of the pupeteer with the strings cut of Cardeswan. Also I said ‘Oh, how you have fallen Cardeswan.’ I guess I am possessed by a ghost. Or it is the really shiny crossbow that I got.

We began looting the place. Made sure the other hobgoblins and gnolls knew this place was going under Packmaster rule.

I found mom in the dungeons. She was a pit fighter and had been earning money. Kinda cool.

We also went to the church in town and found an evil heretical Sarenrae follower there. He was undead. Remember how we found out that the monks at the monastery were betrayed by one of there own? Well there you go. He became undead and then a red smear on the pavement. We prayed to help restore the church. I felt better somehow.

I felt like I should throw less fire bombs for a moment. Like that would somehow be a wiser course of action. Then I pushed that thought aside and remembered how fire makes me feel so good.

I think we got a black mamba to clean up inside the town and a giant tentacle thing out in the pesh fields.

We almost have this place liberated.

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The Second Prayer (Sumna)

Oh Mighty All-Seeing Eye, I utter words of prayer to you this brief moment in a time of need. Do not mistake my words, I do not seek divine intervention or a miracle of deific proportions. I simply wish to express my thoughts and supplications seeking a glint of wisdom for the next moments to come…

Revered Nethys, I am surrounded by beings of pure idiocy. I know not what I have done to deserve such incompetent and useless company, but I am willing to repent for any transgressions to be free of their ignorant babbling and less than capable presence. Lord of the Arcane, I will explain my anger and frustration succinctly…

It began when we started our trek to negotiate with the rival gnoll tribe: primitives, aching for a fight to wipe out their own—tragic to some, not of consequence to others, but a tool to be used as far as I am concerned. “The enemy of my enemy is my fodder.” Such an adage has served me well for many years. Anyway, the pack went with us and the assault commenced. After a few encounters, including a demonic outsider, we encountered our main target. Omniscient one, understand that this prayer seems needless to this point, with your mighty magics beings employed to vanquish those who stand in our way…but this is where the members of this merry band truly showed me their “mettle”.

All-Seeing Eye, it did not take one of your awareness or even mine to understand that when we came face to face with the human that is leading the gnolls, who is in possession of one of the mighty weapons I have prayed about days ago, to understand that we were in a tactically deficient position—one might even say a ‘kill box’. We had nowhere to retreat with archers surrounding our position from above…and an ogre on the level with us. Abudari, the wretched goblin amongst us, offers to negotiate. I cannot blame the goblin. It is doing what it thinks is the right thing to do—die for a reason it will never comprehend. It is the story for the entirety of their miserable race. No surprise here for a pathetic goblin to act like a pathetic goblin. However, before I even had an opportunity to voice my displeasure at this obviously reprehensible idea, the “wise” priest of Sarenrae, Yarar, nods his head in affirmation to allow the goblin vagrant to speak for us. Not him. Us…

Not only did I stare in absolute horror at this idea, but it was seconded by the elven hedge witch, that I thought had a bit of common sense about him. Almighty Nethys…I have never been so wrong—the witch also voiced that he thought it would be a good idea. Am I missing something? Does this goblin own Reza’s mother as a slave? Does he hold his father’s testicles in a jar to remind him of his “goblinic ferocity”? It made absolutely no sense. What about the others, you may ask? Don’t even get me started on the female halfling’s immeasurable capacity for uselessness. Sa’ra has shown no sign of recovering from her perpetual existence as a mere curious child. As for Tala, the shaitan-blooded, brute of a woman? She lives in a fantasy world where realities are lost to her—jumping off a cliff to certain doom sounds like a terrific idea if the sands are blowing right. Before I could get a word in edge-wise, the filthy goblin attacked…

Which signaled the start of this prayer…

My sister was immediately pummeled by the ogre and knocked like a ragdoll to the level above where the gnoll archers and the human leader were holed up. As I am now getting pelted by arrows, I have now begun my run to find my sister, fearing the worst. Anger wells within me like a font of violence and murder. This is where I will channel your most destructive magics you have gifted my, mighty One. This is why your dual nature is essential. Murder is in my heart, Nethys. But I will do my best to only levy such magics on those who are before me, standing in the way of me and my sister.

As for the rest of the band? If we survive this? The dynamics will most certainly change. I am afraid a more vocal role will be necessary, if for no other reason than to keep my sister and me alive. This is where we are now, my Lord of All Magics…should I not survive this episode of violence, I pray that you will scoop my soul up to weave into your magnificent magical tapestry you have draped over Golarion…

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Abudari Sixth Outing

Summary:

The sixth adventure wherein our team actually begins the assault proper of Kelmarane. Midnight treaties, dawn attack, pig delicacies, Demon frolicking and Goblin negotiations occur within.

OOG:

Charlie – Yarar Azar, brother, asimir, Sarenrae priest.
Heidi – Hawada, halfling female.
Wendy- Zashi, human plus female.
Dan M. – Sumna, human plus male. Words of power
Ali – Tala Ananda, half giant female.
Wade – Reza, elf male.

IG:
Diary entry (written in Kelesh)

Sometimes I think I don’t awaken until an hour after I start moving. I was having this pleasant dream about finding Haleen in the gladiator pit of Kelmarane, standing with dripping scimitar over a bunch of bodies. I walk down a corridor into the light to the screaming hordes of Kelmarane to the tableau of gore below. She holds aloft a tray of milk and cookies as I raise my thumb….

‘We are negotiating with the gnolls.’ says Sumna.

‘What? That is insane.’ I blurt out realizing that I must have been awake again but not paying attention.

Luckily no one heard me because of the god awful howl from Hawada.

Thus my day began. I should have awoken to eating something tasty. No, I had to awaken to inter party bickering over hiring one gnoll group to wipe out the other gnoll group. Whatever. I am sure it is going to bite us in the ass. My ass is usually first on the gourmet line.

Should have paid attention.

Anyway, we have this midnight meeting with some Gnolls. They flip me shit. I put them on the list for screaming flaming death. I finally reassure Hawada that accidents happen. These gnolls ain’t making it back to the tribe. I get the hairy eyeball from BS and Reza. I mean sure, Brother Serious, I get. I always get that. But Reza, it’s like he knows me.

Anyway, I make sure to relate my negotiation practices with the group. BS reminded them about the onion stand and me setting it, the patrons and the merchant on fire. Onions are highly flammable.

So we start the assault the next dawn. And we go for the big pig. It was going to be this glorious knock down, drag out fight of epic pork-portions but Reza put it to sleep. A few moments later, and I have a tasty ear treat as we walk into Kelmarane.

That’s when someone spotted the demon. And it summoned three helpers. Damn… that was an epic fight. I had even concocted a special potion that would bypass the unnatural resistance to attacks. I was so nice. I gave it to Hawada so she could stab them for me. I comported myself well and didn’t set any house, cattle, melons or fellow adventurer’s on fire. I am getting rather accomplished at that.

We encounter the gnoll ‘allies’ and ha, they are half dead.

A hop, skip and a jump later we come to the main battle mart. There is a goblin in motley who capers. Really, get some self respect. I mean, way to play up the stereotype of all goblins being mad fire loving fools… anyway, he ushered us in.

So we come up in the middle of the bar. Some bug bears chilling at the saloon. The gnolls are about and this huge bald man is there. Leader of the local Gnolls. I was dreading it might be Haleen even though we had information contrary to that.

So Bro is standing there and I make a sly offer. You know, sound reasonable and cuddly. I offer to negotiate. I figure he would give me the hairy glare and jump right in. But nope, my brother is AWESOME SAUCE. He lets me negotiate.

Hot FLAMIN’ DEATH which does almost nothing to the leader dude. Whatever.

So we begin a nice fight. We kill an Ogre. The gnolls kill themselves on other gnolls. And then, I feel real bad. Zashi takes one to the kisser. Knocks her clear to the rafters and that’s when the Gnoll Archers open up on me.

I feel like a pin cushion when Tala grabs me and we make a dash into the stalls. I grab a few odds and ends laying out as Tala rushes through the market. She has no proper sensibilities to sample the local wares. That’s fine. I picked her up something.

But then again, I might use it when we go upstairs.

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Faith

This journey with my brother Sumna and this band of adventurers has already been filled with deadly attacks and moments that have tested my faith in myself and the ability to overcome the obstacles ahead.

We made an unlikely alliance with a set of Gnolls who are enemies of the tribe currently being led by a human in Kelmarane. A quickly formed plan of our group taking out the beast pig at one end of the town, while the Gnoll allies took care of the guard and any sleeping Gnolls they could, was executed in a very sloppy – but ultimately triumphant manner. Demons were summoned and sent back to the hell they came from, with some cost to our group.

We then went to the city’s center market and the leader of the Gnolls asks us what our business is and our diplomat Azar fails to confront him in an effect manner. Instead he deferred negotiations to Abudari, which resulted in a fire bomb being thrown at the leader. This was not positively received.

A rumble erupted and Gnolls started streaming into the hall- along with a giant, who wielded a club as big as a tree. The immense weapon took half of our team off their feet and I made the mistake of attempting to maneuver around the beast and took another crushing blow with his club that propelled me into the air.

The last thing I remember is flying, weightless, praying to Nethys and hoping someone would be there to protect my brother. Then darkness.

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