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    I see you hammering the Merkane angle. I did the same.
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    Chapter three is my favorite and I think it should be the first completed.
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    Default (mini) Session #4 - Enter the Whitescale Society

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    Reichert (CG male satyr fighter 6/mystic ranger 4) The wielder of the legendary Shard of Light, this free-spirited fey warrior reconnected the Dragon's Graveyard to the mortal plane with a song. Played by pirategirl.
    Salinus Wavebreaker (CG male Dargonesti elf barbarian 5/mariner 4/fighter 7) Slain by the elven mystic Lothian in the Dragon's Graveyard, this easy-going warrior was miraculously resurrected and reborn as a furious ally of dragon-kind forevermore. Played by Salinus.

    When we stopped playing our last session Reichert and Salinus were on the verge of triggering a pretty important plot-centric encounter, but since Salinus (the player) had somewhere else to be that evening I cut our game that day short. When I realized that we'd be playing again the next weekend on the same short schedule, I decided to gather my wife and my roommate for a weekday evening game that would save the group some time on Sunday. It turned out to have some interesting consequences for the plot, which I plan to iron out Saturday afternoon. Anyway, to the journal!

    Salinus and Reichert were led to their respective quarters for the evening on the third floor of the guild hall by their escorts. The centerpiece of each room was a large bed, adorned with satin throw pillows and silk sheets. There were decanters of wine on small tables and four marble pillars carved into nude figures of various races holding up the ceiling. Large bay doors led out onto balconies furnished with reclining benches. Each of these pleasure chambers smelled of incense and perfume. The lusty satyr and the sea elf adjourned to their respective orgies and began “earning the brothel's trust.”

    It was in the throes of their passions that the assassins struck. One minute each of the two adventurers was reveling in some carnal pleasure, then suddenly white cloaked figures were murdering their companions and trying unsuccessfully to end them as well. Both heroes avoided the assassins' death attacks and scrambled to rearm themselves.

    Salinus was the first to get to a weapon, but he was still naked except for his ring of major fire resistance and his amulet of health +2. The elf tumbled from the bed and grabbed his trusty dagger, Grave-Eyes. Curved kukri blades sliced up blue flesh, leaving Salinus a bloody mess after a critical hit and multiple minor wounds as the round continued. His uncanny dodge ability saved him from being flanked and sneak attacked, something the assassins battling him figured out after a few rounds of combat.

    Entering a barbarian rage he lashed out at the assassin threatening one of the two surviving elven women in the room and killed one of the bad guys with three brutal stabbing motions to the man's chest and stomach. One of the sea elf's other attackers tripped over the dead elven escort lying half-off the bed on a fumble and went down in a rather ungraceful heap. The assassin tripping evidently threw the Dargonesti warrior's game off as well as he missed his next two attacks, before he finally scored a hit against one of his remaining opponents with a Heroic Surge and ended their life as well.

    Getting stabbed a few more times the raging barbarian finished off the third assassin on a 30-point critical hit that cleanly slit the woman's throat. Hearing a great deal of shouting throughout the floor and a number of doors opening in the hallway he prayed to Kisla that the escort that had fled his room earlier was getting help. Wasting no time the naked sea elf charged down the hall to Reichert's room and slammed into an invisible assassin in the hallway. Salinus wasted no time dispatching his foe, unaware of another killer sneaking up behind him.

    Barreling into Reichert's room he saw the minotaur and human escorts his friend had picked out sprawled out dead with their throats cut. His satyr friend was also lying in a pool of his own blood half-way between the bed and the balcony doors, the Shard of Light and his +1 thundering dagger strewn around his naked body. Another assassin, who been hiding been the closed half of the double doors ambushed him as soon as Salinus entered.

    Taking damage every round like a champ the furious Dargonesti cut this assassin down too, using his Spring Attack to move closer to where Reichert lay. A desperate charge ended the life of the white-cloaked assassin who had tailed him down the hallway. Finally at his friend's side with his third Heroic Surge, Salinus eyed the last badly wounded assassin on the other side of the room. The man had simply appeared from thin air a few rounds ago. He hurled Grave-Eyes at his target's head. Almost to fast to follow the assassin ducked the blade and laughed like a maniac as he closed in. With no other options Salinus punched the guy in the face (getting slashed with an AoO in the process) and followed that up with a weak flurry of blows. Salinus almost rolled three fumbles here, but they turned into misses, lucky for him.

    The Dargonesti man used his last Heroic Surge to knock the killer out with mighty uppercut that sent him sprawling across the blood-soaked bed behind him. Screaming for help Salinus tried stabilize his friend, but it was too late, the assassins had already killed Reichert.

    It had been a tough battle for pirategirl. The assassins' constant flaking, multiple critical hits, and sneak attack damage was too much even for the hardy satyr. Despite getting his hands on both the Shard and his thundering dagger, he was still naked and without most of his gear. He had his ring of protection +4 and his amulet of natural armor +1 on; that was it. It was actually a critical hit from one of the assassin's keen kukris that killed him, putting him at -25 hit points. He died in like 4 rounds.

    Shoulders sagging, Salinus returned to his room and dug a potion of cure serious wounds out of his discarded potion belt and chugged it. That put him back to 26 hit points. I'd suspected the Dargonesti warrior was pretty close to going down.

    I'll admit that springing this encounter on two PCs the way I did was dirty pool, but man, they really did walk into the lion's den. Knowing the module like I do it seemed like the perfect place for these assassins to strike. I couldn't resist.

    Ekatrine arrived five or ten minutes later with a quartet of armed thugs. While they swept the room for more assassins the mistress of the Guild of Escorts apologized profusely to the naked, bloody sea elf and promptly sent one of her men to fetch healing potions for their wounded customer. She promised to make reparations however she could and swore this kind of thing had never happened in her establishment before. Salinus took in all in stride while she quizzed him about what had happened and did her best to bandage his injuries. She tore the expensive sheets apart to keep the elf from bleeding all over the place even more. Eventually, her man came back and Ekatrine offered Salinus a potion. Salinus drank it and I made him roll a Fort save. He passed his Fort save and spit it out. It was poison.

    Ekatrine screamed at the buffoon who'd clearly brought the wrong vial and ordered him and one of the others to take the assassins' bodies out. As soon as it was just the two of them in the room she sidled up close to Salinus and slipped a poisoned dagger between his ribs. Again, the warrior survived the death attack and shrugged off the poison.

    “Why won't you just die?” she screeched.

    Salinus responded by punching her in the face repeatedly, breaking the woman's nose and spoiling her good looks. Knowing for sure that she was outclassed now Ekatrine made a full withdraw and yelled for Sekloga. Salinus knew that name, but the woman that entered was not the burly human he recognized from aboard The Laughing Gull. While she had the same singular long braid and hefty build, now her hair was green, her skin was dark blue, and she had tusks protruding from her lower lip. The ogre mage floated into the room, greatsword drawn, and grinned.

    “Now I'm blue too,” she sneered.

    Naked, weaponless, and with only 26 hit points left Salinus surrendered to Sekloga and Ekatrine.

    We're playing again this Sunday. I can't wait for Herschel and Degamar to have to figure out what happened. This is gonna' be fun!
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    Poor Reichert! He died as he lived. In the middle of an orgy.
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    The Tears can bring back Reichert!!!!! Ahhhh! Hurry up and post more.
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    Trust me, I'm working on it! Our session Sunday, while no longer then any of our most recent ones, really felt like it covered a lot of ground when we wrapped. My guys have been hitting their strides lately since Arclight stopped being grouchy and I want to make sure I do it all justice! It's probably going to take me a few days longer to get things up then it did when I was unemployed. This "job" is interfering with my fun times!
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    Or you can return a phone call and tell me that way.
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    Who even has the ringer of their phone turned up so they can hear it? Phone calls. Pshaw.
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    Default Session #5 - By the Power of Reorx...

    The PCs
    Herschel Stanmann II (NG male Solamnic civilized human master 6/rogue 9) This young research assistant from the University of Palanthas slew the Silvanesti mystic Lothian in hand-to-hand combat, releasing the spirit of the last Dragonsinger into the River of Souls. Played by Luthen.
    Degamar Thunderarm (NG male Daewar dwarf cleric 11 of Reorx/mighty anvil of Reorx 6) A descendant of the dwarves that originally forged the Shard, this gruff warrior-priest has had his faith tested relentlessly in his quest to re-create his ancestors' accomplishments – and he's grown stronger for it. Played by Arclight.

    The NPCs
    Thanator “Shroud” Grave-Eyes (NG male afflicted kender nightstalker 9/rogue 7) The bearer of the legendary staff of bones, this solemn kender mystic destroyed the Betrayer with a powerful blast of searing light in the Heroes of Destiny's final battle to purify the Dragon's Graveyard.
    Cam (N male camel) This ornery pack animal was trained to fight by Reichert in The Desolation and has survived more adventures then any common pack-animal has any right too. Therefore he gets his own introductory blurb!

    After their companions departed for the Guild of Escorts Herschel retired to his room at The Blind Cockerel. He had promised Naelathan and Father Jon a map to the Fountain of Renewal and set to work copying the one he had created previously. Degamar remained in the common room with Shroud until the perpetually bored-looking innkeeper shut the bar down for the night. The dwarf kept mostly to himself, working diligently on the plans for the next weapon he planned to craft, while the kender nightstalker made unobtrusive small talk with his friend and sipped at some beer.

    Some time around Darkwatch, as the mighty anvil prepared for bed he heard a scratching sound coming from his backpack, like someone writing on a chalkboard. Digging out his tablet of Shinare he saw a message from Lady Jennetta that the Guild of Escorts had been attacked by assassins. Amongst the five dead brought to her temple was the body of a satyr. Degamar scribbled that they'd be right there, quickly roused Herschel and Shroud, and put his armor back on. The three of made it to the temple in fifteen minutes.

    Jennetta told them what Ekatrine's men had told her – that hired killers had attacked their friends and their companions for the evening. Most of the whores had been killed, as had Reichert. Ekatrine and her people were busy dealing with the city guard, but Sheriff Oxhorn had released the victims to the care of the temple for funerary rites. Degamar uttered a quick prayer to his god and promised he could “take care of this.” He sent Herschel back to the inn with instructions to fetch 10,000 stl worth of diamonds from Cam's saddle bags. Without question the young man sprinted back to the Cockerel. Lady Jennetta knew exactly what the cleric of Reorx was going to attempt and cautioned him against it. Reichert was satyr. There was no telling how the rite of resurrection would affect one of the fey folk. It had never been done before. Besides that she simply couldn't believe the dwarf had that kind of power.

    “I don't. Reorx does,” he replied matter-a-factly.

    Degamar was already deep in prayer when Herschel returned with the diamonds. Lady Jennetta took the gems from him and arranged them properly on Shinare's alter, where Reichert had been laid in repose beneath a gold linen sheet. He'd been sliced up pretty badly. Shroud watched silently, his gray eyes aglow with the chilly blue aura of his death sight as he waited eagerly for his friend's spirit to return. Ever the scholar, Herschel began recording what he was witnessing on parchment as quickly as possible.

    Degamar brought his right hand up over his shoulder like he was swinging a hammer, as he clutched his medallion of faith with his left. He brought the unseen hammer of Reorx down on the inert satyr's chest. There was the sound of a forge hammer striking an anvil and a flash of red light that turned into a steady sanguine glow interspersed with dancing white motes. At that moment the diamonds on the alter were incinerated by holy fire, evaporating the red aura in the air as Reichert shot up from beneath his sheet, very much alive.

    “That was beautiful,” Shroud said in awe.

    Lady Jennetta offered a prayer of thanks to Reorx and Shinare. It was a miracle unlike any performed on Krynn in hundreds of years.

    “Salinus! Get the Shard!” Reichert shouted as he returned to life, then gawked around the room, trying to understand where he was and what had happened to him. Also the description of Reichert's resurrection was all Arclight. I threw in the white motes in-game, but that scene was all him. It was pretty fantastic.

    The Lightbringer Lives!
    Reichert (CG male satyr fighter 6/mystic ranger 4) The wielder of the legendary Shard of Light, this free-spirited fey warrior reconnected the Dragon's Graveyard to the mortal plane with a song. Played by pirategirl.

    Interesting tidbit. pirategirl had been playing who knows how many games with Reichert missing a level. Somewhere along the way with all his level-adjusted nonsense he hadn't been leveled up properly. So I decided that instead of losing a level (as one typical does when resurrected) Reichert would come back with the levels he “had” and we'd reset his XP to half-way between 15 and 16. I had also discovered that Salinus was missing his 1st level mariner bonus feat prior to this session, but that was a much easier fix.

    Everyone present was eager to know what Reichert had experienced while dead. pirategirl continued the scene's fantastic role-playing by having Reichert describe a beautiful forest, filled with life. He remembered the forest asking him if he'd like to return to the life he'd had. He'd said yes and woken up rather suddenly in the Temple of Shinare. Shroud didn't even have the words to describe what he'd witnessed with his death sight.

    Reichert was further distressed to learn that Salinus was missing, but hoped that meant he was still alive. The re-born Lightbringer told the others what he remembered of the attack until he was killed. Herschel tentatively asked Shroud if he would be willing to speak to one of the dead courtesans that had been with Salinus for more information. Reichert quickly pointed to the minotaur and the human man as the ones he'd been with (which got a very vocal curse and a shake of the head from the dwarf) leaving the two dead elven woman as Salinus' companions. With Lady Jennetta's permission Shroud summoned the spirit of one of the dead elven whores. He had to burn two 3rd level spells to do it, however. The elf resisted his first summons with a Will save.

    Shroud politely asked the elven ghost how she had died and what she knew of the sea elf that she'd been with. Unfortunately, the spirit couldn't tell them much more then what Reichert had. However, she did say that Salinus had killed one of the assassins before she had died and was fighting hard, despite being naked and having only a knife. That gave his friends some hope. Shroud thanked her and told her to return to her eternal slumber.

    With the ghost gone Reichert finally got around to getting dressed and armoring up. Ekatrine's people had brought all of his belongings over in a small chest to be returned to his friends. The satyr was surprised and relieved to find all of his possessions, including the Shard of Light, inside. Despite the late hour the quartet of adventures elected to return to the scene of the crime. Saying good-night to Lady Janetta they grimly set off into the lamplight streets of Kalaman.

    As they moved their the lantern lit streets Herschel commented on the fact that he was seeing a soft glow from beneath the satyr's hood. When Reichert gave him a questioning look Herschel swore that it was coming from his eyes. Shroud saw it to. Reichert and Degamar both thought they were crazy.

    The Guild House was heavily guarded by six of Ekatrine's bouncers when the quartet arrived. However, when some of the guards recognized the dead satyr the party had little trouble getting inside. All of the men were warding themselves against evil and praying to whatever gods they followed. There were very few people inside the main reception area at the moment, not so much because of the hour, but because of what had happened earlier in the evening. Again Reichert unnerved the sentries and the heroes made their way up to the third floor and the room where Reichert had died. The satyr and the dwarf entered the room Reichert had been killed in and Herschel and Shroud investigated Salinus' room.

    Neither group had any trouble clearing out the guards and servants trying to clean up both places and set about searching for clues. The beds in both rooms had been stripped of their sheets and servants had been working at scrubbing up the blood on the floors of the lavish chambers. Rolling a natural 20 on his Survival check and getting a 32 Reichert was able to piece together the details of the attack with almost supernatural clarity. Each scuff mark, each blood spatter, each overturned piece of furniture allowed him to relieve his death. Reexamining it all he was now certain that the three assassin had been lying in wait in this room from some time. If he had suspected it before he was now almost positive Ekatrine had set them up.

    Herschel and his newly acquired Track feat were less successful in the next room. One of the balcony doors was open in this room, but a servant could have opened it to air the place out as they cleaned. However, he and Shroud did find a sharp kukri with an ivory hilt beneath the bed. I showed Luthen the symbol of the Whitescale Society from the module and told him that that dagger was carved into the hilt along with some strange writing that he couldn't make sense off. He failed his Decipher Script check so Shroud stepped in with a tongues spell and translated. The glyphs were Draconic and said “Frost's Whitescale Society.” And so the PCs were formally introduced to their first bad-guy faction.

    They quickly showed the weapon to the others and were left pondering why the White Dragon Overlord wanted them dead. Were these assassins just a sect of fanatics or where they actually working with the White? No one thought it was a coincidence that Gilthanas had hired the Essekars to kill them and now these Whitescale Assassins were attacking them. There was most certainly a connection here, they just couldn't see it clearly or believe it yet.

    As the heroes considered the forces arraying against them and what could have possibly happened to Salinus Ekatrine arrived with some of her enforcers. Her face went white as a sheet when she saw Reichert alive and well. Once she had regained her composure she offered her meager apologies once again. The heroes quickly asked about Salinus and she told them that by the time she had arrived all that were left were the bodies of the victims and five dead assassins. Salinus and his things were already missing.

    Herschel started to wonder if perhaps his former bodyguard and jumped off the balcony and retreated somewhere to lick his wounds. He'd seen the sea elf make crazier jumps. Chances are he could survive a three story fall. To almost everything Ekatrine said Reichert retaliated with a Sense Motive check. He concluded that she was either a brilliant liar or telling the truth. He wasn't sure which. None of them trusted her at this point.

    When they asked about the bodies of the assassins one of her men spoke up, rather sheepishly at that. With some coaxing they learned that he and a few of the others had dumped them in the harbor, "out of habit." Herschel seemed ready to march the lot of them down to the waterfront and throw them in, but Ekatrine firmly put a stop to that.

    Instead the group asked to speak to the two girls whom they guessed had survived the attack. Ekatrine said that they could come back tomorrow and speak with them. They'd already been interrogated by the sheriff and his men tonight and they needed to rest after such a traumatic experience. She recommended they do the same. When Reichert very calmly and quietly insisted, his threatening tone was met with an icy one from Ekatrine. They could come back tomorrow afternoon and speak to Ginger and Sunblossom.

    “Shroud, you're good with people who are upset,” Reichert said flatly to the kender.

    Shroud nodded and stepped in. Although he couldn't change the woman's mind he was able to soften her tone slightly. They bid her a polite good evening and decided to head back to the Cockerel to try and get some sleep. It was easily Half-Past After Darkwatch at this point (1:30 a.m.).

    I would like to point out that at one point during this scene the flat, dead stare my wife gave me as she was playing Reichert actually unnerved me, so I let it affect Ekatrine the same way at the beginning of the conversation. I can't emphasize enough how good everyone was RPing-wise in this session. It was some of the best we've had in a long time.

    Outside, Herschel found what he thought was Salinus' balcony from the street and searched for any sign of the Dargonesti leaping to safety. He found none. Then noting the main gate was close by he drug the others down the street and questioned the sentries on duty about the events of the evening. They'd seen the sea elf enter the Guild House earlier in the evening, but no one had seen him come out. Salinus tended to stand out too, so they took the guards at their word. They talked a little about the attack, but none of the men on duty had seen or heard anything. They knew the sheriff had some other men had been inside recently, but they hadn't actually heard anything that sounded like a fight. Thanking them for their help the party headed back to the inn for the night.

    Next: The search for Salinus continues!
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