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Pathfinder Society Member. 5,387 posts (5,684 including aliases). 493 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Nice spell use! The AP recommends knock or brute force, but I'll let you have it with a spot of mending!

The rough-hewn passage leads on beyond with niches carved out of the walls on both sides. It stretches north for over 80 feet and in the gloom ahead you can just about make out a bend westwards.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The horses are well-trained enough to recognise being ground-tied, and the grass hereabouts is green and juicy so they start to graze almost at once.

As Rhasadilara approaches the entrance there's a strong acrid smell, which she recognises as bat guano.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Separately - well, the initial group did not get hired by the lawyer but are on the same general quest, to find out what's really going on and if the Beast is really as beastly as he's painted.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

"Thank you," says Vencarlo, taking the items offered. The rapier fits naturally into his hand, like an old familiar friend.

"I had almost given up hope... it is good to see you again Ashe. Have times been so hard that your companions have fallen by the way? Or have they just followed different paths?"

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Barezata finds the mechanism for the portcullis, alas it is rusted solid where it hasn't fallen apart and is completely inoperable.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The crack (which is on the west side of the hill) leads into the interior of what is, when you look more closely, clearly a barrow mound. Peering in, a short passageway leads to a larger chamber. It's dark in there.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Up to you, S.W. - and what the rest think would be more useful.

New characters: You have been hired by Barrister Gustav Kaple, who is defending the notorious Beast of Lepidstadt, to investigate the charges laid against him. According to the prosecution - and local rumour - he's been leaving a trail of death and destruction across the entire region. Kaple seems remarkably inept, but his heart is in the right place and he knows that only cold, hard fact will save the Beast in the face of public opinion. He suggested that you spoke to Vorkstag and Grine, who run the Cymic Works, as they apparently had dealings with the Sanctury - an asylum which the Beast allegedly burned to the ground - and they might be able to give you some background information.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Vencarlo slowly raises his head and when he sees who it is he even manages a smile.

"I... see you got my note. The key to the manacles is under the cushion on the throne. Neolandus... we must rescue him. He's in the torture chamber... let me catch my breath, I can show you the way."

He shudders. "I've been there myself."

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

It's Vencarlo Orisini, and the poor dear is unconscious, dressed in tattered rags, his body a display of bruises and partially healed cuts and scrapes, looks like he hasn't had a decent meal in a while either.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Over time, the earth near the mound has subsided, opening a crack in its side.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The well shaft emerges into a roughhewn chamber (D4). To the north, an old rusty portcullis blocks the route further.

New map, as promised :)

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Thank you, Barezata. Anyone interested is welcome to bob on over and take a look.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Madness... people from other games I run flocking over here! Of course, you are welcome, dear hearts. See what you can come up with.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

OK, new map tomorrow (Saturday), hopefully!

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

There's a kind of haze of evil... like, evil has been wrought here, but there isn't actually anyone evil present at the moment. No magic, chaos or invisible threats either.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Right you are...

Most of this area is rolling grassland, lovely for a good gallup! However you do spot one long, low mound that seems a bit out of place.

Would you like to investigate?

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

I'm happy to continue if you are :)

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Your experimentation reveals that the shaft is 60 feet deep.

Who's going first?

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

You are currently standing in E18. Looking north (according to Ashe's Pathfinder), there is another of those odd constrictions beyond which you can see a larger room (E20).

A great green throne sits atop a dais in the northern end of the room. To either side stand statues of a tiger-headed man — each holds aloft a pair of chains from which manacles dangle. Dried blood spatters the walls, floor, and even the throne and statues, filling the room with its stale reek.

Someone is manacled to the western statue — dressed in tattered rags, his body a display of bruises and partially healed cuts and scrapes, head slumped.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

So, back to the well. Looking down, the 'floor' that was there has gone and the shaft goes down, down, down... into darkness. No sign of any water.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

F7 by my reckoning.

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

All right. So, what next?

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The CL for the aid spell is 10th, sorry.

Sonya, you reckon things are best left undisturbed here. Does anyone wish to look and see what is there, though?

What next?

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Been a pleasure having you around, Deevor. Hope to see you again someday.

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

OK, which way now?

The gnomes have got their stuff together and are heading NW, by the way. They wave as they depart.

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Map Update

You make your way cautiously along the passage, which turns north and ends in a rectangular chamber. This plain stone-worked chamber once stored the church's valuable religious artifacts, it would seem. It's been ransacked somewhat, but some lesser treasure still litters the floor.

There isn't anyone here (apart from you lot, that is).

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Janatris, you want to wake up?

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Ebon Wings, the place seems safe apart from that symbol Majenko is busy dumping sand all over. The three people in front of you are not rakshasas or anything else untoward.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Yes, Jord, you may wake up!

As Jord gets up, Majenko notices that part of something scribed on the floor becomes visible. Whatever it is, it does not affect him.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Sonya, you find a large reddish-orange gemstone in your pocket. It's an elemental gem (fire).

So, secret passage or down the well?

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Map Update

Ashe buries the symbol under a heap of blue chalk, and moves on to the next door. It does not appear to be trapped, but there is magic beyond.

When you look through, there are some sleeping figures in the centre of E18. You know they are asleep not dead because at least one of them is snoring.

Hello, new members of the party!

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Your Map

Silena and Barezata discover a secret door which opens onto a stone worked tunnel leading off into the darkness (bottom left of this chamber).

Meanwhile, Sonya and Calin fetch the remains of the former high priest Halruun to lay him to rest. As this task is completed, a relieved, thankful sigh echoes through the chamber.

Sonya, you feel a sudden heaviness in one of your pockets.

You all have the benefit of an aid spell for the next hour.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

I'll post you a map update over the weekend

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Through the north door a 15' passage leads to a large square room. The walls of this large, rough-hewn chamber contain several niches for burials. Shrouded corpses, most reduced to skeletons decades if not centuries ago, pack the niches from floor to ceiling. A raised dais in the centre of the room bears a ceramic cask with a elaborate top capped by a figurine of Sarenrae.

The 'guardians' do not follow as you make your way through the door.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Hope you feel better soon!

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

There's something not quite right. Sonya's fine words, so beautifully delivered, seem to have no effect. The shapes just hover there motionless. Oddly, a warmth seems to radiate from them...

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Hitting the gong causes the door to slide into the ceiling and the 'floor' of the well to slide into the side of the shaft at the same time. Faint rumbling can be heard from both locations.

Seconds after the gong is rung, a gout of pinkish, swirling vapour rushes out of the well, coalescing into three man-sized shapes—roiling fiery forms of beautiful winged angels with fire for wings and hair. They gather themselves as if to attack, but then pause motionless in front of Sonya.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Have a splendid time... after over 31 years I thoroughly recommend the wedded state!

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

OK, you're all safe (for now). What are you going to do about it?

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The well drops 30 feet before ending at a thick stone plug that appears to be the bottom but Barezata's sharp eyes detect a thin gap between the bottom of the shaft and the 'floor,' as if the bottom may have slid out from the side of the shaft.

The door, the base of the well and the gong all detect as magical.

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Map Update

The door appears untrapped but you can see no means of opening it.

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

You are getting extremely close to them...

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Assuming everybody is in E3 (the 'seam' runs at the constriction between E3 and E6) when Ashe pulls the lever...

... and everything spins dizzily for a moment, then clears to show Map Update a plain room about 10 foot square with a passageway leading off...

... there's a strong sense of magic here and, 'cos he's just been thinking about them, Edmund realises there's another symbol on the floor here...

Everyone, make a DC 15 Reflex save to avoid looking at it (I'm assuming Edmund will shout a warning here, yes?).

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The stairs lead to a rounded stone-walled chamber with a featureless door in the north wall. A ten-foot-diameter circle of mortared stones at the centre of the room marks a well that descends even deeper into the earth. Next to the well, on a small pedestal, is a large gong. A short stick capped with a round pad of moldering leather dangles from a cord attached to the gong platform.

There is a single door on the far side, which is closed. There do not appear to be any creatures in here.

(I'll try and do a map tomorrow when at home...)

Liberty's Edge

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

OK. The symbol of insanity is only triggered by looking at it. It is also a one-off, once triggered it expires at the end of the duration (and the scribed symbol disappears).

So, you want to drive some weasels crazy, throw shirts around or what?

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Matching the ridges of the interdict key with the glowing series of irregular etched lines on the interdict seal at the barred door to the church's crypt causes the red glow to fade, as the key and the seal fuse together. The door can then be opened easily, revealing stairs leading
down into a small crypt carved into the stone under the village. The crypt itself is unlit, and the air stale and cold.

Who's going in? I think we need a party order & what folks are holding.

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Edmund:
Edmund, you discern that a symbol of insantity has been placed on the lever in that room.

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Once everybody is ready, you make your way back to the ruined church. Near the centre of the church stands a forlorn stairwell that leads down to a heavily barred door. A strange metal plate with a glowing series of irregularly etched lines mars the surface of the door, casting the stairs in a dull red illumination.

Who has the interdict key?

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

OK...

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Your trip back is uneventful.

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