Over the summer I started my Abraxas Gambit campaign in SW Andoran -- in a tiny village not too far from Chimera Cove.
A month or so in one of the Players had to end because of real-life schedule encroachment, but now is now coming back.
This Saturday's session.
And I can't think of how to get that PC into the Abyss....
...The PCs were in a big, classic dungeon-crawl and decided they'd try to cleverly talk around a tough fight with an Abyssal denizen rather than fight it. I've been encouraging them to try creative, wacky stuff for encounters and so I promoted their approach, which ended with them successfully making a deal with said Abyssal denizen and going to his master's lair on the First Layer of the Abyss.
We stopped the session at the conclusion of that encounter -- I wanted to do some prep before going to the Lower Planes -- and we're starting this Saturday with the PCs stepping through the portal.
And yesterday our old gamer said he could make it back to the game. This Saturday! So how do I get his PC from backwater Andoran to the Abyss -- specifically this Abyssal denizen's lair?
....The returning PC is a badd-asss Magus-Barbarian with an "Alexander-the-Great" theme.
....The campaign's NPC plot revolves around a deal between Abraxas and Maglubiyet to join forces in Maglubiyet's latest war on Yeenoghu in the Abyss. Abraxas's main plot for this assistance involves instigating a war between Cheliax and Andoran so his proxies can use that as a cover for what they're doing in SW Andoran / SE Cheliax.
....The PCs were eventually going to go to the Abyss themselves, to fight (presumably Abraxas & Maglubiyet minions) and rescue a good guy trapped down there -- they're just getting a taste now with this unexpected turn of events.
....The Players were originally asked to try to make PCs who were the children of the Andoran village innkeeper -- or a best friend of one of the siblings or something really close: an adopted elf child, maybe.
The players did really well, only one decided to be a "friend of" the family and the rest had fun wrestling over who'd be oldest or youngest or whatever, and we began.
....But now that the youngest sibling -- the cool Magus-Barbarian who's been gone for a while -- is back, I have to shoehorn a reason to get her in the Abyss.