The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

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Post by hihama » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:56 pm

Bofar tells the dwarf and man that he has been living his whole life in Karameikos as the area is now known.

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Post by Sturm » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:02 pm

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXIII - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


The nine people hear you and are clearly shocked by the realization, after the initial incredulity.
"We are sorry for what happened to you, but this temple belonged and belong to us elves, and you were treespassers here - Rahasia says - we are willing to let it go and even help you return home, but now there is a enemy near which will take the magic of this temple for evil purposes. Help us fight him and his minions, and we will reward you and help you all".
The group discuss a bit, but then all accept, mostly because they do not see any other choice at the moment.
You proceed to the elevator from which you came down here, while Taran and Bellithiel start to explain to the mostly clueless group about Karameikos and Duke Stefan. Alki levitates up, leaving the Orb to Rahasia for the moment, followed by the warriors: Lucius, Bofar, Benar and Bechak, Baik, Kepala, then the others.
In the above level the seven platinum statues are gone too, but four human men, a halfling male, a gnome female and a human woman are at the opposite end of the corridor, arms in hand, listening to sound of battle coming from beyond the western door.
One of the group, a male human warrior, turn first toward you. "Who are you? From where you come from?"

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Post by agathokles » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:36 am

Hole in the ground... I guess you were trapped here like some of us. So, let's clarify it now: it's 993 AC. You fell in some trap of the temple, and were transformed into platinum statues. I suspect something we did down there deactivated the traps... which might not be necessarily good, as it seems there are invaders in the temple.

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Post by Sturm » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:02 pm

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXIII - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


After Lucius' explanation, Rahasia repeats to this group the same things she said before. These men and women too accept to follow you, then Hasan goes to the door to open it and see what is happening.
Beyond the door to you see Skarda and his men. The battle is apparently over for now. The Siswa were fighting his group but has been repelled for now. However, Skarda's group has been diminished and several warriors and even the two clerics are wounded.
"Damn!", Skarda says as soon as he see you.

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Post by agathokles » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:07 pm

That man is wanted for kidnapping several noblewomen! Take him down and you'll be rich and famous! says Lucius to the adventurers pointing to Skarda.

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Post by hihama » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:00 pm

Bofar checks where Oliver is and attacks him.

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Post by Sturm » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:08 pm

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXIII - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


Most of the adventurers attack Skarda's group, while Bofar runs to Oliver but is soon blocked by a grey dressed warrior. The dwarf still manages to hit first, tearing with his weapon the armour of the man, which falls down in blood.
A dark smoke now invades the room, possibly some magic.
Lucius is soon caught in the melee too, trying to hit another warrior, but missing him as he turn around one of your new allies.

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Post by agathokles » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:51 pm

Lucius fight furiously, trying to kill as many of Skarda's men as he can.

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Post by hihama » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:52 am

Bofar still tries to reach Oliver.

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Post by Sturm » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:11 am

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXIII - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


Lucius search for another enemy in the melee and the smoke. Some of your allies, and even some men in grey, are falling down, apparently asleep.
Finally Lucius find another grey cloathed warrior and locks weapon with him, but the man defends himself well for the moment.
Bofar in the meantime reaches the centre of the room, where Oliver is indeed just about to enter the black mirror, hold by Skarda in his hands. The dwarf hits Oliver squarely in a shoulder, but the man, screaming in rage and pain, just let himself fall into the mirror.
Another, very big man near Skarda attacks Bofar, hitting him fully in the head with a longsword. The hit is hard, and despite the helmet the dwarf falls on his knees, confused and almost blinded by the blow and the pain.
"Now go", Skarda says to the man. The big man stop his attacks and falls into the mirror, then Skarda says something and he disappears too from the room.
Soon the remaining Skarda men realize they have been abandoned, and they surrender to your group.
Kesh and Suchi immediately look after the wounded, and Kesh gives a potion to Bofar, the dwarf soon starts to feel better.
While you are still looking after your own and tying up the prisoners, the two nice old women who helped you on the Hill near Guido's Fort three years ago, Rosalinda and Rosabella, walk into the room smiling, simply dressed as common housewives, like they own the place.
You cannot fail to notice they are quietly carrying the three gem pulsing with bright red light which contain the spirits of the three witches.
"Look Rosalinda, these are our friends from some seasons ago. How are you faring, dear? Do you need some help?", Rosabella, the one with a staff and whiter hair, says.
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Post by Sturm » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:23 pm

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXIII - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


"These gems are not for you to take. They were in custody of the Siswa elves of this temple", Alki says firmly.
"And it did not work very good for you, it seems. The occupants of the gems escaped and the Rahib came to take them. Now your enemy, Skarda, has taken the Rahib with him and he will surely return. Is for the best we take them. We work for someone with whom you have a common enemy, for now", Rosalinda says, always smiling.

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Post by hihama » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:19 pm

Can you help us to track down and defeat Skarda.

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Post by agathokles » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:27 pm

For now...

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Post by Sturm » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:23 am

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXIV - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


"We are not sure we can effectively track down Skarda, he seems to have a mean to travel to other worlds, and so he may be quite difficult to track. However we could provide some.. troops if he tries again to attack this temple", Rosabella says.
"We will have to speak with the Siswa and the Elders", Alki says.
Rosalinda and Rosabella, peaceful and smiling as usual, agree to wait for the decision.
Soon enough the Siswa who attacked Skarda and his group and were repelled arrive. They are now free from the Rahib's control and Rahasia and Alki explain to them all what happened. They say this Skarda destroyed Ulan Tamar, the magical serpent, and freed the Rahib, taking him.
Taran and Bellithiel explain to the Siswa the main purpose for which you came, consult Elyas' library to find out more about the Magical Mirror Skarda is using, and the Siswa agree to let you search.
Rahasia and Hasan obtain also some payment for the adventurers who helped you, including Baik and Merdiz.
Then Rahasia comes also to speak to Bofar and Lucius. "To thank you for your invaluable help, I think we can give you these two vials. They seem small and anonymous, but can be useful in dangerous situations. One is a potion of gaseous form, the other a potion of levitation. You can see they could be useful in a fight which is not going well. Do you want them?".
"After this, we will also need your help searching the books. I know you are not wizards, but there are thousands of them", Kesh says.

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Post by hihama » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:34 am

Bofar bows, This is a great gift and we are very grateful to receive it.

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Post by agathokles » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:37 am

Thanks. Let's get to work, then.

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Post by Sturm » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:05 am

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXIV - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20-22th day, 993 AC


It's been quite a long day, so quite soon you have to catch some sleep in one of the Siswa cells in the levels above. In the meantime, people from the elven village reach the temple and a long discussion begins between them, the Siswa, Rahasia, Rosalinda and Rosabella, who just wait patiently and peacefully.
The morning after, Thaumont 21st, some of the adventurers you found go to the elven village. Baik and Merdiz too come to say goodbye, they will go to the village for now and then decide what their destination will be. Rahasia and Hasan come again to thank you and return to the village as well. Soon you, Taran, Bellithiel and Kesh are the only one remaining in the temple with the Siswa to consult the extensive library.
On Thaumont 22th, Taran is informed that a delegation from Penhaligon has arrived with knights of the Three Suns and Nethril with more men from Krondsfield. Taran goes to speak to them while you continue your search. Later in the day, Bellithiel finally find something in one of Elyas' books.
"This is a description of incredible importance!", she says, excited.
Kesh too comes to read the elvish book, then Bellithiel explains a bit.
"We have to report to Nethril and the others, this book describes the origin of three Eyes and three Mirrors! And with the Eyes, we could track down Skarda because he is using one of the three mirrors!"
But you hardly have the time to leave the room, before a Siswa elf arrives running. "An army is attacking Kota Hutan!" he says.

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Post by hihama » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:49 pm

Nearly two days of peace and quiet, you could get used to this. Come on, Lucius, let's hurry so we do not miss anything...

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Post by agathokles » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:21 pm

Wait, what army?

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Post by Sturm » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:13 am

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXV - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 22th day, 993 AC


"Humans dressed in grey which apparently came out of nowhere in the woods north of town. They have knights too. The humans from Penhaligon and Krondsfield and the elves of Kota Hutan are already engaging them and now a contingent of Siswa will also leave the temple", the elf says.
It sounds like the description of Skarda's men you have seen and fought before.

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Post by hihama » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:59 am

Have anyone seen Skarda amongst the attackers? Could this be a diversion for actual attack to the temple?

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Post by Sturm » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:58 am

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXV - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 22th day, 993 AC


"Many Siswa will remain here to protect the temple and the Black Opal Eye, Alki is indeed down in the Treasury guarding it. But the two strange women are in Kota Hutan, and the three red gems are now in town too, guarded by the Elders and Rahasia. I am not aware of the presence of this Skarda among the attackers, for what I know of his description", the elf says.

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Post by agathokles » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:31 pm

I suspect those woman can handle themselves... And I am reluctant to leave just Alki guarding the Black Opal Eye.

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Post by hihama » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:58 pm

Let's go and see that everything is fine with Alki.

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Post by Sturm » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:38 am

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXV - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 22th day, 993 AC


"Yes, better to check on him, let's go", Bellithiel says, and you, she and Kesh rush down to the Treasury.
As soon as you arrive there, you hear the sound of a battle. In the hallway between the two magical arches Alki and some Siswa are battling Skarda and some of his men. Several Siswa are already down and Alki too seem wounded, but still standing.
The Black Opal Eye however is back in its original place beyond the archway, so not immediately within Skarda's grasp.
Skarda and Alki are hurling spells at each others, while the big man who hit Bofar in the previous melee is fighting several Siswa with some men dressed in grey. You see also the female cleric you encountered peacefully years ago near Threshold, in Antilles Castle. She smiles to you, and point her finger holding her holy symbol. She is faster than Bellithiel and Kesh, who also were preparing spells. Bofar, Lucius and Kesh feel their muscles freezing in mid run, and fall down to the ground.
Bellithiel however somehow resists this effect and cast a spell of her own. The female cleric falls down too, blocked.
Skarda too casts a spell on Alki, and the elf wizards seems suddenly confused and helpless.
The Siswa continue to fight against the big man and the others.
Skarda now sees Bellithiel and, acting fast, casts a spell on her. Bellithiel too is blocked in mid action, before she can casts a spell of her own.
You can only watch impotently as te fight continues, with Skarda creating some sort of invisible monster which attacks the Siswa elves. They are not ready to go down however, and fight fiercely, one of them blocking with magic the big man, another fighting that invisible monster.
Another Siswa casts a spell on Skarda, but he shakes off the effect and, taking a wand out, point it to the Siswa, who immediately runs away terrified.
Now six Siswa are still standing against 4 men in gray and the strange invisible monster.
One more Siswa hurls a spell at Skarda, and again the wizard points the wand at her but, with his great disappointment, the female Siswa resists.
Still blocked you see all this pass before your eyes. You struggle to move, but cannot shake off the magic immobilizing you.
The Siswa however are effective warriors. Two more men in grey fall down, and two more Siswa leave the main fight to circle around against Skarda.
The wizard is clearly annoyed by all this, and disappears. The Siswa are confused for a while, while some continue the fight against the remaining men and the invisible monsters. Then some Siswa cry, pointing to the treasury beyond you, where the Black Opal Eye is kept.
The Siswa are clearly dismayed and angry, but there is nothing they can do, as Skarda beyond the glowing magical archway grabs the Black Opal Eye and disappears again.
The Siswa knock down the remaining enemy quickly, then some ask for help and some tend to you and the other who fell.
Eventually, you regain control of your movements. Alki however is still helpless and confused.
"We have to bring him to a cleric more powerful than me", Kesh says.
"Damn we almost had him! - Bellithiel says, unable to accept Skarda escaped again - we could capture him and instead we have lost the Eye. He had two teleport spells! That man enrages me!"
"But we have two important prisoners - Kesh says - that's something".
"Hardly enough, but let's bring them to Nethril and see", Bellithiel says, still infuriated.

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