Dreamscape

Session 55: Mirror, Mirror, What the fuck.
"How many costumes do you have?"

Thosk reveals about Warrens. Uknowable power, weave, scarred face, etc.

Soveliss reveals the Sliver, note detailing Grimjaw’s bribery, and coin

Torinn reveals note from Gittes.

Group rests, Thosk gives Salazar his notes on Vosk, shows him illustration exactly matching bird.

They had to The Fire Beetle where they are meant to meet Gittes, and begin ordering food. Gittes shows himself briefly dressed as the waitress, gives another note for a second meetup. The party eats, pays, and leaves. Where Gittes ambushes them as a beggar whom they pretend to help back to their rooms.

In the rooms, he explains his observations. He has been living in The Dregs, intercepting notes, watching, disguised. His primary observation is that there is a convoluted and intricate network of messengers, with no central hub or common point. But there is a place he seems the most come in and out of, and that’s Little Lamplight Scree. The Dregs orphanage. Gittes also explains the note Soveliss found in his hidden desk compartment.

It came from a Grimjaw messenger returning from a trip to the Poison Weald, apparently after entreating with the wicked matron of that dark place. It suggests some sort of deal struck between Grimjaw and the lady/thing of the wood.

The party plans on the new morn of heading first to the orphanage to ask around, and then to the Weald, to meet with this figure and inquire as to the nature of her deal with Grimjaw. If she does not give up answers willing, perhaps she could be persuaded by force.

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Session 54: The Art of Conversation
VALDI FORNICATES WITH OWLS - READ ALL ABOUT IT

Torinn – Poison Pain/Nirvana
Kahama – Detective Gittes is relieved of Duty
Soveliss – Let’s just go to Gittes’ house.
Salazar – Talk to Thosk, reveal Valdi, drink “beer”, head off to see the Valdi
Torinn – Investigate Scarab
Soveliss – Sneaks into Gittes’ house. Finds it wrecks, smashed. Left hallway has study and bedroom. Whoops. Right hallway has the- We didn’t investigate that hallway.
Salazar – Thosk gets silent angry at valdi probably because the GM didn’t want a straight NPC-NPC conversation, but who knows. Salazar reveals information, gives chase to valdi
Soveliss – Sees them after leaving, finds them
Torinn – Heads to Kahmas for emergency ashes so he can plunge a poison artifact into his chest, sees team instead. Heads to say hi, gets bumped into by a disguised Gittes, gets handed paper.
Team – Meet up with Thosk. Everyone laying cards on the tables. Thosk pulls out a small hand mirror and lays it on the table. Holy shit, Thosk-

Tune in next week.

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Session 52: Downtime's Getting me Down
"We both said 'Tada!'" -- Salazar

Salazar – Eyngvhar – Magmaberration – 5 chalks and a +2 foci

Torinn – Valdi, Corpses, “Victory” Alley Gittes Badger

Soveliss – Search for Sulfin, don’t find him, Loch, Scrying, Need something of Sulfin, fiera, argument, wizard spellbook in chest,

salazar – bifund, tournament

corpse flying

salazar above dwarven head sea,

badger smells the corpse, poison and o-zone

Soveliss and salazar argue over petting a badger, pet the badger, " Ring falls, Closed eye in pyramid “Man, fuck this badger.”/

Salazar notices badger name, berates Soveliss. Stabs badger into a dragonborn

Madame Runes

Salazar encounters Sulfin

Soveliss – Scales and Tales, Lutzog, mentions Grimjaw, starts a fight

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Session 51: The Ever Better Ideas of Horgrim
Surströmming

Soveliss follows Sulfin through the dregs. For almost an hour he wanders those tunnels. Well past civilzation. Through long-abandoned mining tunnels. Abandoned carts and tools. Emergent life as mushrooms. These mining tunnels are returning to a natural state as caves. Sulfin seems to be following the ever growing glow of some stone or charm. He cannot get a clear glimpes of its markings, but it’s emitting a dark purple light. Soveliss finally speaks up when the glow seems brightest and Sulfin is finally satisfied, apparently having arrived at their destination. Sulfin stutters and avoids an explanation. And when Soveliss asks to see the stone, Sulfin uses “Dimension Door” to remove himself, revealing himself for sure (though we suspected) as a skilled wizard. Soveliss returns to the city.

Salazar is awoken by the banging of Soveliss at his door. Soveliss delivers the news, but raucous commotion outside draws their attention. Horgrim, it seems, is organizing a full assault into the Dregs following the attack on Barumila. He is convinced now an intelligence of some manner is guiding these cursed beings, and will not allowed further assaults.

The party must hurredly gather Malimfra to test her curing device on fully transformed dwarves, so with Horgrims reluctant blessing, the party and Malimfra with her leafblower-ash backpack head into the mines. Soveliss follows tracks that grow and grow in number until the find themselves, deep into the dregs in a dug out pit. An enormous cavern that is filled with literally thousands of Viralkin, the plagued dwarves. Testing the cure in the form of the vial of Salazars remaining ashes, they find the cure to work, and swiftly and silently make their way back up. They encounter twenty more plagued dwarves who were headed in this direction, and Malimfra is able to ash the lot of them. The cure returns them to dwarven health. But the limbs take longer to wither and finally slough off.

Horgrim’s mind is changed, and the assault is canceled. Instead effort willbe put into mass producing the devices of Malimfra’s design to distribute the cure.

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Session 50: Fight for your Right to Party
"I pull out my flute." --Soveliss

We move to the new Hall.

Torinn

summons a bunch of owls to fly around the dwarven feast and shit everywhere. No one really get its, but he’s a Dragonborn so, I mean, they’re weird. Eventually he leaves to spy on Malimfra. She rejects his support, but he goes anyway. Later, outside the Hospital he’s approached by Enkala from the shadows, apologizing for everything that went wrong. Torinn forces her to tell him what she knows about Grimjaw. Not much, unfortunately. He approached them with the chance for aid, if they would play their part in getting Torinn caught. Later, Detective Gittes finds Torinn. Says he has some information on Valdi, but they’re going to have to meet at a later date. Just, keep eye out. Valdi is in to some shit.

Soveliss

after the wedding, parks himself at a bench. He hasn’t had time to practice his flute, and this seems like a good enough time. His performance isn’t top notch, but that’s to be expected. He is similarly eyed with confusion, but left alone. He will later sit with Eyngvhar and Fiera, however. Fiera is an elf, who turns out to be captain of the royal guard. Soveliss is incredibly interested, but she is quite terse. He prods, and learns she has some significant event in her history. But he cannot get it out of her just yet. Unfortunately he must pull himself away from their stunning conversation when he notices Valdi clearly trying to sneak out of the feast. He follows Valdi, a master a of stealth, and follows him down. He sneaks into Scales and Tails through a rear entrance, careful not to be seen by anyone, before Soveliss is unable to follow further. He returns to the party and just hangs out. Later, hours later but before the reception/wake finishes, Soveliss retires. On his way to his room, he finds Sulfin also sneaking down to the Dregs. Jeez. Repetition. anyway, Soveliss follows.

Salazar

Samples wines, beers, ales, rums, stouts, alcohols, etc. He boozes and smoozes. Bifund vows to hold a tournament in Salazar’s honor, and for the dead. Hragne says probably about 5 words, but also seems to approve of Salazar’s behavior last battle. Gwoenverv brings his own gilded casks. The most interesting alcohols of the bunch are almost certainly Zuri’s. The amber syrupy drink that almost behaves like poison and results in a think yellow smokey burp. At the end, Salazar and Kahma hesitate on where to retire, but decide on opposite bedrooms.

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Session 49: Chapel of Love (And Death (And Fireballs))
"So the wedding's over. Nothing bad happened?" --Soveliss

We begin immediately with Torinn going to retrieve his misplaced downpayment on the Portable Hole. He is not, however, able to secure the return of all of his funds, as Loch, the half-orc proprietor of Loch and Lodestone institutes an impromptu “Holding Fee” for the canceled transaction. In exchange for fair dealings, Torinn pays him more. Loch in return vows a solemn oath to continue to sell Torinn goods at any hour that the store is open.

At the royal meeting hall, a crowd has gathered. Salazar arrives and is met first by an over-eager Sulfin. Finally satisfied to make the acquaintance of the wizard in whose possession he knows the Axe to be. Salazar, having no time for that, walks past him and into the hall. A brief conversation with Kahma confirms that they are ready to begin, and Salazar takes his place at the front for their large, but brief, ceremony.

Torinn arrives, after being detained and shopping, moments before the bell is rung. Detective Gittes, in the time since Torinn’s departure, has begun to pull old files under G for Grimjaw. And finds many such files are missing. Files are lost all the time. It happens. But it seems to have happened more, here. He has shared this revelation with a few trusted colleagues, who have similarly been working. They don’t have much to go on yet, but they now, at Torinn’s remarkably convincing, believe a conspiracy to be afoot. And believe that Valdi is part of it. He has suspiciously been involved in suspected illicit activity before, but never arrested, or even brought in for question on such activities. Gittes requests that Torinn keep a close eye on Valdi for the duration of the ceremony. After having been question, he may try to make contact with someone, or even slink away early. The detective, however, would be unable to enter the hall without an invitation, or stealth.

The ceremony begins proper, and words are said. It is a warm ceremony, kind words are said by Horgrim. There is a hand-fasting, but the nature of the wedding produces very few tears. It is just Fine™. Until the very end. The bell is chimed to signify the official beginning of their union. When kablam. The doors are burst, and streaming in, over the bodies of shredded guards outside, or plagued dwarves. The aberrant remains of countless dwarves from the Dregs, and even above.

Salazar is quick to dispatch large groups with his newly learned fireballs. Many in the hall join the fight. Horgrim ceremoniously brought his axe and hammer, and makes short work of a stream of plague dwarves as they stream single-file through one door. Soveliss maintains concentration on a Spike Growth that shreds unknowing Plague Dwarves. Torinn conjures a giant snake that begins assembly-line-style constricting dwarf after dwarf.

Another wave, they continue the fight. The plaguers push in, slaughtering the hapless attendees. Another fireball once an area has been made clear. Soon, though… something else follows. Something bigger. Something terrifying. Something threatening. Something quite high CR’d especially for a fight already swarming with minor threats. Something so scary that its very moan sends nearly the entire hall into fits of incomprehensible horr- It’s a sloth.

However, at the arrival of this Future-Sloth, Salazar experiences an assault. Something seems to crush the life out of him, nearly sending him to his fe-knees. This first attack he attributes to the arrival of this strange creature. But after Torinn polymorphs it into everyone’s favorite token image of a sloth, the attack continues. He anxiously scans the hall looking for signs of someone focusing their efforts on him. Maybe this assault is some kind of spell. As a last resort, he sheds his ceremonial robe to reveal the robe of eyes underneath. The sight of the robe becomes his own, and he can see his assailant. An invisible something-or-other. And two more coming in through the door, over the now-polymorphed-but-still-scary manta-sloth.

The invisible whats-a-whosit continues its attack, and Salazar is forced to use Conservatard. The dagger extends his life, but the ferocious elemental is undeterred. Salazar flees, and the stalker follows. Momentarily knocking Salazar unconscious, and intent on finishing the job. Only through healing by Torinn does Salazar survive, and not take what were going to be a death failure for each attack. Though, to his credit, Torinn did briefly attempt subversive murder by suggesting a Medicine stabilization over magical healing. He was convinced by the voice of imagination-figment-Salazar in his head to use true healing.

Soveliss follows the gaze of Kahma, Salazar, and eventually Jeremy to place magical arrows at a high velocity into the form of this completely unseen attacker. The arrows definitely interact with something, as seemingly in mid air their trajectory changes, their speed slows, and they fall to the ground.

Torinn maintains concentration on the Snake and considers moonbeam before instead deciding on just sending out chill vibes.

Jeremy follows one elemental as it enters the room, and smites it brandingly, allowing other nearby dwarves to assist in the assault. Thosk assails the third with searing beams as it passes him and Beelines toward Salazar.

Salazar is attacked several more times, healed again by Kahma, and by the graces of good fortune, a clever idea to unbind the magic on one such creature, and the faces of the dwarven gods through Magic missiles, the three invisible whatevers are finally released.

The congregation stands amid the smokey, bloody, burning wreckage and carnage of a once Adequate™ wedding ceremony. And no one even got any cake yet.

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Session 48: A Natural 20 can fix anything.
"This is a contested 'smug' roll." -- DM

The Heist

Torinn meets Enkala down below at 6th bell. (There have definitely been time-keeping bells this whole time). They have the approval of some minor lord named Ank Allardson to retrieve the chest, which conveniently happens to be adjacent to the chest they need to steal the headdress from.

Torinn silently curses himself for forgetting to put the rest of his payments down on that portable hole. He spends a great deal of time deliberating on the correct course of action. finally he decides on what to do. He turns Enkala into an Octo- Wait, no. He summons a gargoyle and just knocks the chest over and takes the crown and runs. Unfortunately the alarms weren’t a bluff, so like a dozen guards swarm Torinn and Enkala. He decides actions speak louder than words, and attacks. As the melee begins, a siren sounds elsewhere, and indiscernible figures fly off at another point in the stock with some chest. Torinn tries to get away. He is forced out of form by the bolts of their dwarven crossbows. Twelve dwarves in a row tackle him and still he almost gets away. Ultimately, however, he is subdued. Later he is interrogated by Gittes. They’re desperate to know about his reasons being there. There comes at one point a very rapid, annoying knock at the door and a smug, irritating dwarf opens the door. Torinn doesn’t know him, but it’s Valdi. He very sweetly insists the detectives do their due diligence in weeding out any seditious motivations, and to truly do their best in establishing Torinns attempted theft to Salazar. The annoying dwarf leaves and the dwarves continue their intense interrogation.

It turns out that they’re not really going to bother charging Torinn with theft. They’re not clear why, they just say the second chest wasn’t off limits. They do have to ask why Torinn did it in the first place and there has to be some punishment for his assault on the guardsmen. With a nat 20, however, Torinn is able to convince Detective Gittes that Valdi is the true mastermind. He lets Torinns actions slide pending future cooperation in this investigation into the corruption of Dwarven politicians. As he’s leaving, he sees more detectives grilling Enkala, and the annoying dwarf bursts through a dwarf elsewhere in the office, shouting about absurdities. His questioning has begun, apparently.

He remembers the wedding is later, and goes to get an appropriate gift.

The Tentacles

Soveliss heads to Loch and Lodestones for a magical gift, finds a pretty powerful scroll and things, but finds Loch’s selection limited. Loch does offer greater gifts if Soveliss retrieves a certain necklace/charm from his rival, Eyngvhar.

Soveliss goes to Eyngvhar’s shop, Archmage. Inside he finds a panicked dwarf. Eyngvhar has misplaced the sloth-tentacle monster. Or rather, it inexplicably escaped its planar prison. Soveliss is soon after attacked by an errant tentacle out of nowhere, a veil pulled back from reality itself.

They are quick to bring this news to Salazar. He’s able to finally locate a tentacle and forces its form into this realm into the form of a sloth for Eyngvhar to dispose of immediately.

Valdi comes by in the middle of these preceding to gloat that a companion of theirs has been arrested for an attempted theft.

His smug gloating is interrupted by guards demanding his return to the Barracks. At his departure, a contested smug roll occurs between Soveliss and Valdi. Though he doe snot admit defeat, Valdi clearly loses the Smug Duel.

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Session 47: It's Just Called Two Brothers
"Underground Pound Town" -- David/Sean

The Wedding Planner

Kahma and Salazar approach a pissed off, drunk, beaten Horgrim. He learns Thosk knew of Valdi’s potential betrayal (that valdi may have the orrery piece). Horgrim wants to fly off the handle, but Salazar calms him down, and instead Horgrim decides that a public event whereby Salazar can guarantee a mind reading on every possible member of the city would be best.

Underground Pound Town

Soveliss finds Jeremy being escorted around the city by Sulfin. They exchange more words, and Sulfin leaves. Soveliss takes Jeremy to the axe place, but as it happens they notice the store next to it. Underground Pound Town. A store with a Hammer facade. Soveliss takes Jeremy into Seismic Hacktivity, and inquires about the neighboring store. However, the patron of S.H. seems immediately angered. He does not respond to any questions of the nature of the other store. Only getting inches from Soveliss’s face and whispering angrily, “Axes…” Soveliss leaves Jeremy to explore S.H., and leaves to stealthily explore the Underground Pound Town.

Inside is Emsee, the store own. Every possible configuration of a hammer is on display, and not a single edged weapon in side. Engaging Emsee to demonstrate his wares, he eventually brings out a bulky, unwieldly monstrosity of plate armor. It seems completely absurd, until with the press of a button, some magical motor spins to life, and large hammers which adorned the piece begin whirling around, making several full rotations a second. Another press and the hammers are loosed from their chains and propel outward, nearly brainsplatting Soveliss, and one breaks through the wall between this and the axe shop.

The store owners turn out to be brothers with a long-standing and know-one-remembers-who-started-it feud. Try as Soveliss might, he is unable to mend the broken bond between these brilliant brothers, and is ejected from their stores for the attempt. What will become of the dwarven inventors?

The Dragonborn

Torinn is in his quarters when there’s an insistent knock on the door. Opening, the hall is completely dark. The dwarven stewards are slumped over, breathing but unconscious. And cloaked figures enter his room. Dropping their polymorphed forms, they reveal to be Dragonborn. The one speaking, Enkala, is a red dragonborn. Torinng is naturally very suspicious, but they are absolutely insistent. that they need his help. Torinn agrees to hear them out, believing their words.

They alter his form to that of a dwarf also, so that none would know or suspect where he has gone, and lead him to the dregs. Below he’s able to catch the names of a couple of others. Balshimma, and Amazel. They in turn inform him that with the help someone named Grimjaw, they’ve been able to locate and half-form a plan to recover a relic of their people handed over in good-will when their ancestral refugees first arrived in Barumila. As the city has deteriorated, they have sought to leave, but have been unable to procure the artifact through legitimate means, and so have turned desperate. They don’t have the will/courage/cleverness to pull it off, but one of their own people (all they trust) who happened to have been tutored by a real dragon, might be the key to getting them home. Torinn is very reluctant, but eventually agrees.

The plan involves entering the Dwarven Stockpiles under false pretenses, stealing the artifact from a chest neighboring that which they would be entering for, and leaving without being discovered.

Torinn finds the magic shop Loch and Lodestones, and puts a downpayment on a portable hole. He sleeps that night, preparing to rob the Dwarven Stockades in the morning.

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Session 46: Shopping, Cont'd.
"Is like the whole front of the shop an axe?" --Soveliss

Thosk

Salazar heads to Thosk to inquire about what he knows. There is an exchanging of earthy tea, and conversation begins. Using sleight of hand, Salazar is able to activate the Illithid staff without Thosk’s notice, and he is able to read Thosk’s mind. He curses himself mentally for “trusting an Iothel”. While he is unable to verbally confirm any ill feelings toward Valdi, he does note that he has become suspicious of the dwarf’s activity. And through mind reading Salazar learns he has already begun the search for the missing orrery piece himself, and that another mage Veigga serves at the behest of Valdi these days.

Thosk suddenly seems eager to rush Salazar out the door at the end of their meeting, though Salazar is not quick enough to able to determine why before the door is nearly slammed in his face.

Poison Scarabs

Torinn attempts to decipher his scarab, but nearly poisons himself. His natural dragonborn resilience seems to be the only thing that preserves his life as the poison courses through him. Then he goes to sleep.

Seismic Hacktivity

Soveliss continues shopping. His next stop is “Seismic Hacktivity.” Inside is an older dwarf. Cataract and scar, white beard and hair. Built like a bear. He’s laughing in the back as concerned patrons hurry out the front door when Salazar arrives. Immediately Soveliss is struck by the singularly focused purpose of the store. Axes. The storefront was an axe, sure. But that wasn’t enough indication how what was inside. Which is… axes. Swords with axe heads. Fractal Axe-heads. Crossbows shaped like axes that fire spinning axe-heads. Soveliss engages the man, and unintentionally inspires a demonstration of one such crossbow, to be nearly decapitated by a ricocheting axe, which the dwarf catches mid-air. He slaps Soveliss on the back a bit too hard, and laughs a bit too loud, but is otherwise a good dwarf, with a unique creative talent. Soveliss leaves the shop, vowing to bring Jeremy back.

My Dinner with Valdi

Salazar is returning when he meets Bifund, whom he invites to a dinner to talk about his plans for the city. However, as luck would have it they are heading to dinner at the same time as Valdi, who insists they merge dinner parties. Salazar agrees, though many cutting remarks are made as politely as possible.

Salazar makes efforts despite Valdi to engage with Bifund that seem moderately successful. They’re able to speak of the tournaments, and Bifund’s smithies.

Soveliss, in inquiring as to the whereabouts of Jeremy, finds out about Salazar’s dinner and rushes to join, not wanting to miss the opportunity. Once there he proceeds to engage Valdi directly in some kind of smug-off, which actually affords Salazar a better chance at speaking with Bifund. And even in their brief engagement, Bifund seems to warm to Salazar.

Kahma arrives, having sought Salazar to respond to his earlier proposal. She responds in the affirmative. This may be the best thing for her city and people. Her backing helps him, and she believes he is the most focused on the good of the city. And that he actually has a chance in the first place while he bears the axe. They announce their plans then, and depart thereafter together, to find Horgrim and speak of ceremonial plans.

Soveliss departs to bed. And we end there.

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Session 45: Threats and Proposals
"I stole this book from a dragon!" --Torinn

Beginning with an investigation into Salazar’s encounter, the party decides that someone should stay with Salazar in case the thing returns.

In the morning, Torinn seeks out Dr. Malimfra, a dwarf with medical expertise, to help decode some of the symbols and formulae in the book of Sylvenim’s. Almost refusing to lend aid after recognizing it as dragon made (And at Torinn’s compulsion to tell almost the whole truth (“I took it from my master, a dragon”)), she finally gives in, her curiosity getting the better of her. She is able to read the formula, he is able to read the draconic, and they set about attempting to decide the books. After much back and forth, almost a whole day, she is able to make note of one particular thing. Retrieving a personal book of alchemical symbols, she sees that one symbol is being used in the place of a large reservoir or storage flask. And the symbol turns out to be a scarab. Malimfra must, however, return to the processing of so many plague refugees.

Soveliss goes to retrieve his clothing, preparing to pay a too hefty sum for the alterations. However, in the interim period Adoneira, the shopkeer, has heard of the half-elf’s part in the curing of the plague, and is willing to part with her work for free. Given that Soveliss the Hero is willing to proclaim Sub-Urban Outfitters his favorite shop in the fortress. For the wonderful new garments he considers this fair. She uses some custom flashpowder and a crafty enchantment to create an impression of Soveliss on a piece of parchment, and gets his signature.

Leaving the shop, Soveliss again encounters Sulfin about in the city. He has heard of Salazar’s intentions with the axe, and does not seem pleased. He makes additional thinly veiled threats which are returned in kind, before departing once again on feigned friendly terms.

Soveliss continues to Loch and Lodestones, looking for a potion that might help fight off intoxication. Knowing a dwarven soiree is imminent, he would like to be able to blend in, partake, but keep his wits about him.

Salazar leaves to speak with Kahma, to speak about his proposal. She seems very, very hesitantly receptive to the idea, though it is unknown if she would actually agree. Salazar also asks about various things mentioned in the dossier. The pass, the battle, etc.

Finally, he takes his leave, stopping by the plague ward to retrieve a small pouch of the ashes, and returns to his room, whereupon he receives a note. The horrendous spelling seems too out of the ordinary and there seems to be almost a weird pattern and intent behind the errors. Writing them down he decodes a secret message.

orrery sabotaged horgrim framed ask thosk

Right as Salazar decodes the message, and is about to head to speak with Eyngvhar. However, he is interrupted by the arrival of Bosi, who has news. Valdi has been visiting the greater houses personally, and getting their support in the wake of Horgrim’s fall from grace.

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