Cast of Characters
Thadeus Aeducan – Billy
Pathox the Great – Quinn
Lord Green – Dean
The Horsewoman – Robert
-We start off with loose ends. Thadeus goes around town looking for different items. He goes to a Wondrous Item shop and talks to a man who leaves the room. The same man enters the room but starts acting weird and insulting. He buys his stuff and leaves. He then goes to a weapons shop and talks with a dwarf. The merchant goes to the back and Thadeus hears a conversation. The Dwarf is talking to him like he is in the backroom. The Dwarf tells him to leave and then walks out of the back and asks why Thadeus is still there. Thadeus tries to explain that there is someone going around impersonating people. But the Dwarf doesn’t believe him and kicks him out.
-Lord Green is out and about when he gets accused of molesting some farmers goats. Lord Green tells him that he has seven witnesses that can confirm his whereabouts. The guard lets it go.
-Pathox starts running a greased up wrestling match with his bimbos. He is approached by a noble that says Pathox has stolen his daughter and forced her to perform in this. Pathox notices that one of the girls is not his bimbo. He asks her what she is doing and she says he ask her to come perform. Pathox denies the accusation. Lord Green comes and starts debating with this noble about what is going on. The Noble insist on going to the Truth Seekers. They go and find out that both parties are telling the truth. After an investigation is launched, they tell us there are some imps running around pretending to be us. They were sent from the Temple of Winter Stars Peace.
-As we are leaving town we get approached by some Kings Men. They are saying somebody has accused Pathox of mating with their horses to create Half-Dwarfs. After much debate, Lord Green works out some loopholes to the law so we can leave.
-The weather is dreary as we are traveling. Pathox becomes depressed from all this rain. We realize that the gods are influencing the rain, but we can’t figure what gods are involved. We set up camp inside a web hut Lord Green makes. We get attacked during the night by 36 Kobolds. We start taking them out and one of them starts worshiping Lord Green. The Kobolds scatter and Lord Green tells his Kobold to please Pathox.
- As the fight ends, we see an Old man and His daughter approaching the camp. They ask us if we are okay, and tells us they were coming to help. The Old man is carrying a heavy crossbow. We let him have all the scrap metal from the fight. He offers to let us stay at his house. He has an appreciation for Pathox stating he use to be a part of the Dragon Riders of Ulfgar. His name is Sir Reginald. We sleep the rest of the night without incident.
-We arrive in a town named Myra. There is a man that talks about the God of Peace, a god we have never heard of. He starts saying a prayer, “Oh Great God of Peace, No need for regrets, for Mistakes Made Yesterday. The Past is gone, No looming fate, No In-controllable Fate, No Hunger, No Sickness, No Fear, No Death, Nothing ahead nothing behind. Just stillness, light warmth the pain you felt. The pain you may have caused others, it’s behind you no looking back, no fear of what may come. Just pulse of time. Invigorating soothing, bask in my light. Take comfort knowing I am here. You will never be alone.” As he finishes his speech the weather clears up and the crowd is visibly happier. Lord Green goes up to the guy and asks about his god. He finds out he is apart of the Temple of Winter Stars Peace. There are many sects but they all have the word peace in the title.
-We start traveling with the crowd and we arrive at a field that has been prepared with tents and food. It isn’t enough to feel the crowd, but they are enthralled and feel blessed for the food they have. We decide to split up and investigate the camp. Thadeus goes north in search of the people in charge. He notices a magical influence but can’t figure out why the group isn’t being affected. Pathox investigates the south part of camp and finds a group of Drow. They are being kind and giving hugs to people. As he is leaving he feels a spell being cast at him. He looks back and sees that one of the Drow cast the spell. He ignores her and takes off. The Horsewoman investigates the east part of camp and finds that is where the leader is at but is quickly asked to leave the area. Lord Green goes west and finds two women and gets “information” out of them.
-As we leave the campsite Pathox starts pondering this religion and thinking of joining. We end our journey at beach where there is a huge temple. There are over a thousand people already here. We notice that the more zealot the people the closer they are to the temple. Pathox gets put ahead of everyone. Thadeus, The Horsewoman, and Lord Green pretend to be a zealot and gets put near Pathox. A Man in white cloak comes at asks for the most devout for their ceremony. He picks Pathox and Thadeus out of the crowd.
-Pathox and Thadeus get taken in to the temple. They are stripped of gear and clothes. They are escorted to a room with 98 other people.
-Lord Green and The Horsewoman talk there way in to the Temple. They to are stripped of their gear and weapons. They are taken to a separate room. Lord Green asks the guards be put in the room with Pathox and Thadeus. He partakes of the food in the room and begins coming under the influence of this place.
-All the rooms are being cleared out and we are being escorted to a big chamber. There is a giant pit of fire in the center of the room. People are doing feats for the gods inside the room. We see that people doing a good job are being escorted to another room. People doing bad are being corralled to the center of the room. Lord Green and Pathox do well. They finally notice the other companions being corralled and snap out of it.
-The Horsewoman and Thadeus start fighting back. We soon realize we are greatly out numbered so we decide to get the hell out of dodge. We manage to get clear of the main chamber. and get surrounded by guards in a room with huge statues with no faces. As we are about to start fighting the guards are attacked by another group of people. During the fight we realize the people helping us are Drow. We manage to break clear of the guards. Thadeus picks up one of the fallen Drow.
-Thadeus stops at the pile of equipment refusing to leave his gear. The group helps him look. Thadeus finds his gear. The group then decides to grab some random gear. Thadeus opts out and helps the Drow keep the guards busy so the group doesn’t get surrounded. We got three items; Feather Token: Whip, Folding Boat, and Necklace of Fireball (Type 1).
-We decide to disperse through the crowd. Some Drow spell casters appear out of the crowd and cast a huge spell which deflects the guards arrows. We quickly vanish with the Drow escorting us.
-The Drow refuse to talk with us. They say only their leader has that right. We come to a camp where we meet Lady Dominique, Servant of Lolth, Queen of Shadows. Lord Green and Thadeus try and charm her. She takes The Horsewoman to the side and tells her she had a vision from her god, stating if the Drow don’t side with the Children of the Gods the Drow will fall. She then informs her that the Caretaker of Shadows is coming to test us. To see if we are the children of the gods. She does this where everyone can hear her but is only talking to The Horsewoman. After there conversation she tells the Horsewoman to have the Dwarf come to her tent wearing a collar.
-The next night, huge bats appear carrying some more Drow. The Caretaker of Shadows is an Old Woman with a permanent scowl on her face. She will only talk to the women in camp. She tells us of The Test of Flames, and if we do not pass we die. We hold the Test of Flames. We are brought to a field with a huge Fire burning.
-The Horsewoman is told to go first. Upon entering, She is asked what god she serves? She responds Sarenrae. She is then asked what is her purpose in this life? She responds, “To bring Light to this world and all people. Whether they want it or not.”
-Lord Green is picked second. He is asked the same questions. He responds, “I worship all gods and my purpose is to bring balance to this world.”
-Pathox is next. He responds, “I worship Apsu. His purpose is to show his power through helping others and protecting the world from the enemies of the gods.”
-Thadeus is last. He responds, “I worship Torag and Wee Jas equally for they were the gods of my parents. He will use this power to protect the people from and defeat the enemies of the gods.”
-The flames disappear and the heroes are standing in the field looking proud and noble. We have received a gift from the gods. We may pick one of our gods domains. We get the powers and spells of that domain. We use our character level for spells.
-After we see a smirk from Lady Dominique. The Caretaker of Shadows gives her a look and she stops. The Old woman is about to say something and we see her visibly change attitudes. She says with a threatening tone, “You have done well Dominique. Keep up the good work.” The Old Lady departs. Dominique tells us, “We will meet again when Lolth commands it.” The Drow give us supplies and leave camp.
-Then out of the Trees appears a Giant Copper Great Wyrm. She says, “Pathox it is time to come home. You have played long enough.” Pathox slumps down and says, “Ok mother.” Thadeus approaches her and says, “Are you Pathox’s mom? I was sent to get information from you.” She picks him up and puts him in a bag. The others ask to come as well and she puts them in a bag. As we are traveling we can hear her chastising Pathox.