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DM Alexander Kilcoyne's Sargavan Saga

Game Master Alexander Kilcoyne

"What is this place? Puzzles in Azlant, more magic than you see in a year in Absalom. Wheels literally within wheels. Bound demons and wax golems? The expense must have been enormous. But why? To what end?"

Jakob

Kingdom Rules | SRD Reference | Pyramid, Level 1 | Pyramid, Level 2 |


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I was hoping it wouldn't come to that. ;)


Tebati wrote:
" ... to eat and drink magic, to depend on the ingenuity of the arcane for all that the soil and sky are supposed to provide."

Yeah, that's pretty much Ansha's dream. :)


Preeeeetty much!


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4
Ansha wrote:
Ansha rolls her eyes at Qhude and Tebati. Superstitious barbarians.

Raises hand - present :)


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)

In the absence of a better idea shall we try thinking at the map-vat?


*shrug* It's that or sending in Akirra to make a wild guess and hoping incorrect answers aren't as fatal as they appeared to be on the last level.

...which I guess is our Plan B.


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)

So we have cleared this level? I think we have but I could be wrong.


Yes, pretty sure we checked all the rooms before returning to the conservatory.

EDIT: Here's the last map overview, and the blank area is the plant room we're in now. Should be everything. Stasis chambers, pool, barracks, classroom, access to next level, statues, and conservatory.


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

Collection of Random Notes:
Despite the more welcoming nature of the level though, the veins of red, pulsing magic were still visible; although it seemed they were simultaneously both better concealed (for example, in the corners of the walls or subtly creeping along the upper section of a wall rather than running straight through it) and thicker than before; like veins pumping with blood a little closer to a heart.

I don't think we fully checked out the skeleton's table

Ansha opened the north-west room's door and revealed another identical chamber; but this one was entirely empty of any physical remains. The pulsing, healthy looking lines of magic led her to believe this room's device had never actually been activated or used.

Tebati moved to sit down on the stairs, but was surprised to find herself unable to reach them. A sheer wall of intangible, magical force had risen up at the opening to the stairwell, with no apparent gaps. The group were trapped upon this level.

Inspecting the fountain, Ansha came to the conclusion that at least the group would not die of thirst anytime soon. The water seemed to be coming from the very external walls of the structure and seemed to be pure and fresh; even a little chilled. More magic was no doubt at work here.

Through to post number 4,000

On the positive side - we have food and drink at least... and if we turn their school room over to an outhouse we can likely survive in relative comfort for a while :P


Good point. Ansha tried to download the memories from one of those stasis rooms into a skull, but we haven't tried downloading them into a living person yet.

Exactly how desperate we'd have to be to try that on ourselves is a separate question. :P

What if Akirra tried to use his stasis table to download his own lost memories back into his brain?


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

Faith in action? - prove a point to us disbelievers of the Order? :P

More Notes from 4,000 On:
Opening the door to the north revealed another large chamber, well lit by ever-burning torches. It looked very much like a barracks; neat rows of metal-based, triple bunk beds were laid out with corridor space and chests for equipment to be stowed. The beds still bore linen and mattresses and in the corner of the room closest to the baths, a small pool of water lay, cut into an indent in the wooden flooring that lowered the flooring there by what looked to be two or three feet. By this pool of water, a kit of well-maintained washing apparatus lay.

The strange invisible presence in said chamber

Desks and chairs lined the room, with a much larger desk on the far end along with an empty bookshelf. Clearly, this room was a classroom, eons ago. Akirra felt a vague sensation that he should know this place, but the thought was frustrating, always at the edge of his subconscious.

With the doors thrown open, an ancient contingency was triggered. A totally monotone voice emanated from the south side of the room, speaking in Azlant. It seemed to come from one of the statues on that side of the wall. These statues were depicted in greater detail than those in the corridors outside, and seemed to be more distinct and varied. Nevertheless, the theme of the statues remained unchanged, although there was clearly greater honor imparted to the individuals depicted.

If you are a true son or daughter of the Order of Arioch, or are accompanied by such, fully recite the 3rd Treatise of Arioch.

Stairs down in the treatise room

Jakob said: We have a makeshift library in the camp, but we are trapped on this level by a wall of force.....A wall of force that we can see through!"

"I may have a solution... If we return to the entrance we can get the attention of one of the expedition staff. They can check the records we have and with any luck tell us what we need to say.
Getting their attention through the force wall might be difficult but I expect we can find a way."

This water seemed to, somehow, be holding an image- likely a map although it wasn't easy to tell from here. The water was clearly depicting geography of some kind; and littered across the green and brown segments which must surely represent land, bright beacons of light seemed to glisten like stars. On the same bathtub-like device, several levers were affixed to the end closest to the chair. In addition, a single lever of solid metal was affixed close to the door.

After some experimentation, Akirra found that they switched the image on the water entirely to a completely different landscape. One lever switched to and from a region as large as the original region itself, although it was much more land-locked. This too, had perhaps several dozen points of light scattered across the map.

The other lever showed a much smaller map in far greater detail. With almost no geographical memory to call upon, Akirra struggled to relate its size, but he estimated that it was likely ten to twenty times smaller than the original map he had seen. This smaller map had less than a dozen points of light upon it.

DM breadcrumbs suggest that there might be something learnable in the school room... or at least Akirra had a (meta) failed memory recollection there.

The water table appears to just be geographically related.


Your Humble Narrator

Just because its worth noting OOC, you haven't missed any vital clue to help you access the next room. Unlike a video game, not every single locked door has a key, not every poison an antidote.

The creators of this place clearly fully expected a memory restored member of the Order to guide you through.

Unfortunately, you get Akirra.


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

So we're trapped in a box with no way forwards or back at the moment?


DM Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
Unfortunately, you get Akirra.

Wow. That is kind of harsh.

Looks like we might be desperate enough to try the brain download after all.


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

A small advanced warning - starting Wednesday (my time so roughly 48 hours from this post) I'll be in geographical flux at these highlighted locations.

Fly out of KL on Wednesday night, two days in Kota Kinabalu, one full day in transit in Singapore then about eight days (through to Sunday 19th) in Adelaide before returning back to home location. I should retain interwebs connectivity throughout (though with tablet + keyboard rather than laptop), though my access and verbosity might be moderately curtailed at times.


Your Humble Narrator

You have a way forwards. I'd suggest looking into the room that has the stairs leading down.

No harshness intended, its just part of the plot (and the challenge) :).


Sorry, Qhude; your soul is going to have to remain burdened for a few more minutes. Tebati's been distracted by Ansha trying to put Kieran in danger. ;)


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

Sniff *opens his diary and puts another entry in the angst column*


Male Human

Due to Easter holiday and spending time with the family, posting is probably going to be limited for the next two to three days. I will try to post if I find the time, but no promises.


Your Humble Narrator

Kieran has traded away trapfinding and unfortunately, has no real means to try and disarm the magical ward on the area (assuming it is in fact a trap trigger of some kind). Shall I assume intention is to move up to one of the trapped poles and try and disable one?


I think the safer assumption is that we grab a plant-people corpse and toss it in to spring the magical floor-wards first. After that, or if it doesn't work, we send Kieran in.


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

...or Akirra. ;)

(Hey, if it triggers on non-Order-members, he's the only safe choice!)

Shouldn't Ansha try the brain-download thing on Akirra and see if his memories come flooding back first?


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

Um...I/Ansha got the impression that the apparatus would simply "extract" memories from the subject, and then store them in someone else. So from Ansha's perspective, we'd have to use another living thing to 'download' the memories and sensory data into. And since Ansha would be half-afraid we'd just have two people thinking they were Akirra, she's definitely not volunteering for it.


Hmm... going back to reread the specifics, I was operating on the assumption that mind wipe would remove memories and sensory extraction might ... extract them from the machine and put them back in the receptacle? It's certainly not clear that that's the case, however.

Maybe mind wipe is reformatting the hard disk while sensory extraction is just moving the files elsewhere? I'm not sure I catch the distinction.


My take on it was that "Mind wipe" is wiping a mind clean; "sensory extraction" is removing the contents of a mind (or at least some of the contents) and placing them in something or someone else for storage.


Male Human

I will be out of town until about Saturday or Sunday, meaning that my access to the internet will be limited (no computer, just phone). I will try to post if possible, but if I seem to be taking too long and/or holding up the game, please fell free to DMPC my character.


Bump!


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)

Hello?

<tap tap>

Is this thing on?


Your Humble Narrator

Yes. Can only apologise, my life didn't get any less hectic.


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)
DM Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
Yes. Can only apologise, my life didn't get any less hectic.

Oh dear.

Hope things get better. I will be here when they do.


Your Humble Narrator

Just updated :).


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

Huzzah ;)

Qhude's action is partially dependent on what Kieran does, so I'll hold off posting until he gives an intent.


Male Human

I thought engaging the spheres might be a good idea instead of having them pepper us with bolts and arrows. Time will tell...


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

Lets just hope the wax golems come for Qhude rather than you all alone ;)


Male Human

Wouldn't that mean they would have to go through the nasty blades?


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)
F. Castor wrote:
Wouldn't that mean they would have to go through the nasty blades?

Unless the blades are programmed not to strike them. In which case i see a grapple and/or bull rush in their waxy future.

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