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

Qhude does not allow the umoya-ze to withdraw, rising with bruised pride without moving forward and voice strengthened "We are not kin Akirra of the long dead... and my mind is not closed." touching his chest and tracing the ritual scars upon it with his left hand "I am bas'o and I am young... but I am no isiwula. Every step I take within this earthen tomb makes me long to be out of it."

"Your kin, who took your umoya bound daemons, set isifanekiso to kill, gave beasts the same half-death that was given to you, and this place has a dark inhliziyo beating it's poison through the stone that binds us here. The uMvelinqangi are not worth inhlonipho... and yet you prostrate before them." grimacing and shaking his head.

isiwula - fool
umoya - soul
isifanekiso - statues
inhliziyo - heart
uMvelinqangi - He who came first
inhlonipho - respect


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)
Ansha Saeralyan wrote:
Tebati wrote:
Turning to Jakob and Ansha, she asks, "Ought we not to remove the dead things from the room? The magic might have power to revive them."
Ansha turns to glance at the dead plantoids. "They are aberrations," she says. "But it cannot hurt."

"Just....Try not to think about them too hard.."

Jakob spikes the Plantoids, using his spear has a makeshift pitchfork, and removes the verdant horrors to the relative safety of the corridor.

On returning to the room, "I wonder if this place could manage Sun Orchids? It would make the Grand Custodian job a bit more popular if it came with immortality."


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

Tebati shoots Jakob an alarmed look, hoping he is joking. "Keep in mind," she tells Akirra, "that as much faith as you have in the leaders of your own Order, we are here to deliver these secrets to those whom even we do not trust to do well with them. Are you not at all uneasy about what an unscrupulous person might do with such powers at his disposal?"

She turns back to Jakob. "If you can make a plant grow by thinking it.... In the room with the map on the surface of the water, perhaps it can display more than a map. If you think of the Treatises of Arioch, perhaps it might show them?"


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

Tebati shoots Jakob an alarmed look, hoping he is joking. "Keep in mind," she tells Akirra, "that as much faith as you have in the leaders of your own Order, we are here to deliver these secrets to those whom even we do not trust to do well with them. Are you not at all uneasy about what an unscrupulous person might do with such powers at his disposal?"

She turns back to Jakob. "If you can make a plant grow by thinking it.... In the room with the map on the surface of the water, perhaps it can display more than a map. If you think of the Treatises of Arioch, perhaps it might show them?"

"Not a bad idea Tebati. Not a bad idea at all."

Jakob sighs

"Yes giving this place to our beloved leader is overall a very bad idea. But as the other options are dying here or destroying these lost survivors I do not see much in the way of choices. Maybe the next generation or few will produce better people. Doubt it, but I am frequently wrong."


Male Half-Elf Fighter 2nd/Rogue 2nd

"Sure there are options," Kieran quips with a wink and a smile, avoiding to participate in the philosophical debate that seems to be going on. "In fact, you just named two. The problem is not that there are not any, it is just that those alternatives that do exist are... well, not all that palatable to say the least."


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

Qhude keeps near to the room's exit as he adds his opinion "They can do as they wish with this place... the sooner we are done with it the better."


Your Humble Narrator

The conversation faded out as the group thought upon this strange place and the Grand Custodian's interest in it. The plantoid's and the remains of the archer bush were unceremoniously dumped into the corridor, as a precaution.


I did not mean to imply that we were related Qhude, although that is a possibility... distant of course, Akirra manages with a slight smile, trying to ease the growing tension between the two warriors.

They did not take my soul, for here I stand. And I do not prostrate myself as you claim. As for the rest, without my memories I cannot explain or defend the Order's actions. I will admit, without context, it sounds like this is a terrible place. I am sure, however, that whatever was done here, was done with good reason.

It seems that none of you wish to be here, and that you do not trust those that you work for. What has transpired to bring you here then? And no, I don't think we should hand over this installation to those you deem untrustworthy.

First things first I guess. We need to be able to leave this level... Let's try Tebati's suggestion.

Akirra will attempt to use the map room "computer" to learn about the Treatise via thought.


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

Qhude just gives Akirra's words an ironic echo "I cannot explain or defend... but I am sure it was done with good reason."


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

Ansha fights the urge to roll her eyes again at the reluctance of her comrades to seek after the power this structure was supposed to hold. Instead, she stands and follows after the party into the corridors to the east and makes for the schoolroom again. Once inside, she incants the short phrase to renew her cantrip of detecting magical auras and sweeps the room for anything she missed last time, magical or otherwise.

Perception (take 20): 20 + 6 = 26
Knowledge (arcana): 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (15) + 12 = 27


Your Humble Narrator

Unfortunately, both Akirra's and Ansha's attempts utterly failed to bear fruit. Ansha found no magic other than the auras represented like veins throughout the walls. Similarly, Akirra found that attempting to "will" the treatise into thought left him staring intently at a pool of water.


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

"What am I missing...?" Ansha wonders aloud.


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

Leaving the others to seek out what knowledge has been lost, Qhude instead looks to the Sangoma. The expression on his face suggests that he is troubled and seeks counsel... but is too prideful to ask outright.


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

Ansha wanders back around toward the corridor with the staircase leading upstairs. Once there, she reviews the force field covering the doorway upstairs.

Knowledge (arcana)/detect magic: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (4) + 12 = 16
Perception: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (10) + 6 = 16


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

(Presumably) finding nothing to spark her interest, the enchantress returns to the room with the staircase leading downward further. "Hey, Kieran," she calls. "Did you ever check this room over for traps or triggers of any kind?"

Quietly, the elf intones anew a cantrip to detect magical auras and studies the resultant swirl of colors from the relative safety of the doorway.

Knowledge (arcana): 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (8) + 12 = 20
Perception: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (18) + 6 = 24


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

Tebati intervenes quickly. "You would send him into unknown danger?" she asks Ansha pointedly. "Send in Akirra first; he is more sure of the benevolence of the builders than the rest of us."

Tebati won't protest Kieran giving the room a once-over from the doorway, but she won't accede to him going in without some precautions being taken. At this point, she'll convert shield of faith to clw for him 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (8) + 4 = 12, but she'll insist on casting other spells if he's going to actually enter the room.

EDIT: Link to description of room, for convenience


Male Half-Elf Fighter 2nd/Rogue 2nd

"Sure he may be," Kieran says with a shrug, letting Tebati's healing magic wash over him, "but he is also without memory, or at the very least quite close to that." He then adds with a wink, "And I do happen to be your resident trapspringer."

"I would not say no to a kiss for good luck though," the half-elf quips, kissing the Mwangi priestess' lips lightly before starting his examination of the room, talking while he does so.

"Funny thing, I actually have -or had- an uncle they used to call Trapspringer, though not for any right reasons mind you. Or was that someone else?"

Perception: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (18) + 10 = 28


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

"It's not a kiss but..." Kieran feels fatigue fall away like a discarded cloak.
casting Guidance on Kieran. +1 competence bonus on a single attack roll, saving throw, or skill check. Can't turn that 28 into a 29 but it lasts a full minute so if something explodes....


I will assist Kieran... if he wishes the help.

aid another: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (10) + 9 = 19


Your Humble Narrator

From the relative safety of the doorway, Kieran's eyes scanned the room for hidden danger or threats while Ansha looked for presence of magic. They both found what they were looking for...

Kieran:

You spot cunningly concealed, thin folds of razor sharp metal that are currently lying vertically parallel to the central poles on which they are clearly mounted. You can't see any kind of trigger mechanism, but you can surmise the workings of such a trap once it was activated; the two poles are designed to spin rapidly after the folded blades are released, releasing them into various horizontal points that would spin with the central poles; culminating into a rather deadly spinning blade trap that would serve to not only threaten life and limb, but also block passage through the room.

Ansha:

You detect the presence of a magical aura that seems to permeate the floor of the entire room. Concentration and scrutiny reveal this aura to be one of Minor Abjuration.


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

Ansha purses her lips. "There's an abjuration aura that suffuses the entire floor, it looks like. Some sort of protective ward, probably...."


Male Half-Elf Fighter 2nd/Rogue 2nd

"Well, well," Kieran says mostly to himself before elaborating further. "See those poles? They have blades hidden on them. I cannot see the trigger, but once activated they will start spinning after the blades are released and... well, you can imagine the rest."

Listening to Ansha's input, he adds, "Could they perhaps be triggered by the magical ward? Either that or some pressure plates perhaps. If it is indeed the ward, I could perhaps try to... well, disable it for lack of a better term, or bypass the whole thing without triggering it. Unless Ansha can dispel its magic somehow?"

He shrugs as he waits for input from the elven enchantress. "I did try my hand successfully at triggering the illusions in the upper level alongside Arturius..."

For when needed. A second one is included in case a retry is possible or necessary or both.

Disable Device: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (8) + 13 = 21

Disable Device: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (1) + 13 = 14

Sigh... Maybe I should consider taking 10 or 20 if such a thing is possible after all. :-|


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

If he can't get to the traps to disable them without stepping on the abjured floor, Tebati will cast at least protection from law and guidance on him before he goes in. Ought we to tie a rope around his waist so we can pull him out, if necessary?


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

"Well if we simply want to trigger the pillars we have some plant corpses available. Safer that risking, oh too late."


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

Ansha folds her arms and taps her chin in thought. After a few moments, she replies, "I've not got a spell of dispelling prepared. I'd say we should probably use the plant-corpses as a last resort, though. I would only want to try to trigger them intentionally if we can't disarm them."


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

Qhude stands silent and watching, though with furrowed brow. He has not thought of any additional actions that could be attempted though.


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4
Tebati wrote:
If he can't get to the traps to disable them without stepping on the abjured floor, Tebati will cast at least protection from law and guidance on him before he goes in. Ought we to tie a rope around his waist so we can pull him out, if necessary?

Oh, and Bit of Luck just before he steps in. It's only good for 6 seconds, but that's probably as long as it'll take to trigger the abjuration.

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