Moonscar

Game Master mathpro18



Today started like any other day. You were spending a month in your individual homes taking a break from your career as adventurers. This was to be the last day of solitude before it was back to work. You had orders to meet your group at a near by tavern. The day passes uneventfully for all but the general(read the spoiler below General) and you all make your way to the tavern were you're supposed to meet with your adventuring party. You don't have another mission as of yet so you might want to spend a little time catching up and trying to decide what to do next.

As you gather together you notice that the general is missing is not present.

For the General's eyes only:

You have had a feeling something was up with your daughter. She has missed her last opportunity to write to you which she has never done before. You know being newlywed she can sometimes get caught up on things but...this feels different...more sinister. Unable to shake the feeling, you decided to check in on her. It takes most of the day but you eventually make your way to her new home and that is when your world shatters around you. You find the bloody remains of your daughter spread in pieces across the front yard...well most of it anyway, her head has been removed by what looks to be a rather large blade and you see a note clutched in her severed hand . The note its self is written in a strange language but one you have seen many times and you instantly recognize as Celestial. It informs you that your son in law has been taken into the services of the insatiable queen, Izmiara. It instructs you that your daughter was deemed useless and was therefore killed. From what you've heard about Izmiara you shutter to think what she might be doing to or with your son in law and that thought combined with the state your daughter was left in makes you sick to your stomach. You spend the day trying to get over the rage that burns inside of you and tending to your daughters body. You are late arriving to the tavern and by the time you get there your party members have already arrived. If you want to say anything to them about what has happened is up to you. Please let your party members make a few posts before you jump in.


F Undine

Sitting in the tavern, figiting with a shadowy ring in her hand. Lost in thought just moments ago. She looks up at the others sitting nearby.

"What do you think is keeping him? It's unlike him to be late."


Rungchak strides into the room. He cuts an imposing figure clad head to toe in a set of wickedly spiked armor. Despite it that, he is almost entirely silent save for padded footfalls. The rest of the party knows that they can only be heard because Rungchak isn’t trying to be unnoticed.

He sits, removing the leering oni faceplate of his armor. His voice is low and rough as he speaks, ”It is unlike a stone to leave the embrace of the earth, and yet the moon hangs in the sky. Just as that is inevitable, so too will the General arrive.”


F Undine

Ani smiles at Rungchak's enigmatic reply. Playfully offering her own lunar knowledge. More to keep conversation going with the typically unheard hobgoblin than to dispute his point.

"Even the moon waxes and wanes in a predictable fashion. Would it not worry you if the moon waxed when it should wane?"


A tall slender waiter comes buy. "Excuse me, will either of you want anything to eat or drink? We have a fantastic grilled venison this evening and we also have a house ale that was just brewed this morning that will knock your socks off."


F Undine

"I will have both, thank you. And a second ale for the table. I'll see if the others want to arm wrestle for it."


The server bows his head wuickly at Ani and smiles Right away Miss. Will your usual friends be joining you or will it just be you and your male friend here tonight? He leans in and whispers to Ani "I could bring out some candles and have our bard come by your table if you want a more romantic setting."


F Undine

Tempted to agree with the servers suggestion just to see the response, Ani resists the urge.

"The others are on their way. Thank you. That will be all."


Male Human Tattooed Sorcerer 3 | HP 26/26 | AC 12(20), T 12(20) FF 10(18) | Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3 | CMD 11 | Init +6 | Perception +1(With Familiar nearby)

With a loud *crack*, Ladim appears in the center of the tavern, seemingly breathing heavily - as if in a hurry. "Ah, Besmara's B!*&*@@s. Funny how you can appear instantaneously, you keep being late all the time.", he exhales, nodding at Ani and Rungchak already sitting around the table. "Unless, ahem, you'd like me to be even later?" A radiant grin shines from the short human's mouth, as he pulls up a chair. "So what's new, and how in the Nine Hells am I on time and You-Know-Who isn't?"


To the server, ”Plum wine, if you have it. Red, if not.” He stares daggers at the server, letting the angry scowl of a scarred, nose-ringed hobgoblin do the talking.

”We had just been wondering that ourselves. I cannot say what has been happening with Ani here, but I have pursued several contracts over this past month. Ah, the thrill of the hunt. Nothing like it. They were even criminals this time. Justice is sweet, and a hefty coin purse makes it ever sweeter.”


F Undine

Ani smiles broadly at Ladim.

"Taken some time to ply a craft or two. Not quite as exciting as the hunt, but more time for taking in the night sky."


"And you sir, anything to eat or drink" the server asks. The night progresses pretty uneventfully as you all talk and catch up. The waiter brings any food and drink ordered and will come by every once in a while to check on you, usually at the most inopportune times or as more sensitive details are being discussed. He seems to have a real knack for it.

A couple of hours pass and there is still no sign of the captain.

Doing a bit of a time jump to get the captain to be able to jump in. Any time now Captain for your grand entrance.


Before he arrives...:
Claude is no stranger to bodies and carnage, but this shocks him. Once he pulls himself together, he sets to cleaning up the mess and burying the body, excepting the hand holding the note. He wraps up the hand and note and heads to the garrison where he's stationed. There, he requisitions all the intelligence available on Izmiara, he gathers up his adventuring gear, and he leaves a note with his staff that he'll be taking personal leave.

Late into the night, General Claude Von Helreaver arrives at the appointed tavern. He arrives dressed for war with a dark expression to match, eyes red-rimmed but steely cold in a way you've never seen before. He sits down wordlessly and places a small parcel wrapped in a bloody handkerchief on the table. He stares wordlessly into the distance for a moment before meeting each of your gazes in turn. Finally, he grinds out a hoarse declaration.

"Someone has snuffed out the brightest source of light in my life. I'd like you to help me find her and end her."

He opens the parcel to reveal a slender hand, severed at the wrist, clasping a note. The note informs that Revick Tobar, the husband of Claude's daughter Cinder, has been taken into the services of the Insatiable Queen Izmiara, and that the bearer of the note is now serving the only purpose she deserves: message bearer.


F Undine

Ani sits her drink down as the General approaches, wordlessly accepting his arrival. Upon his declaration she simply nods. Agreeing wordlessly to help.


Rungchak drains the last of his wine and slams the cup down on the table, "I am sorry for your loss. Truly. You know well though, that I can find anyone. I would be honored to aid in this endeavor."


Claude reaches over to Rungchak and clasps a hand on his shoulder in thanks. He returns Ani's nod, and looks to Ladim.


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Male Human Tattooed Sorcerer 3 | HP 26/26 | AC 12(20), T 12(20) FF 10(18) | Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3 | CMD 11 | Init +6 | Perception +1(With Familiar nearby)

Bloody hells., Ladim's eyebrow darts up at the General's appearance. The short man nods, his lips parting with anger at the box. "You've got it, mate." Giving the man a tap on the shoulder, he grits his teeth. "We'll teach 'er a lesson she'll never remember.", he sips his flagon with anger, "Because she'll die before she can forget it." The sorcerer's hands glow with a pale, blue light. "You know where she is?"


Are there any appropriate knowledge checks on Izmiara?
Or anything I could learn from Molthuni military intelligence?

"Not yet, no. If none of you do either, then surely Pharasma has her number."


I'll be PMing in a little bit.


Claude gets out a few files and flips through them. He scans a page or two and grimaces. "Seen in Skelt. This is sounding more and more personal."

You all would know that the General sacked Skelt once during his military career.


F Undine

Ani stews a bit more before speaking up.

"I will consult the stars this night. Perhaps that will lend some insight. General, should my focus be on Skelt or is there another aspect that I should focus on?"


He considers for a moment. "Izmiara herself is better. More direct."


F Undine

Ani will plan to take some time before sunrise to make note of the stars. If needed she will excuse herself from the meeting.

See below. Would it be commune at Ani's caster level of 15? Also, will toss up the various yes / no questions as this bit is clarified.

Star Chart (Ex):
Your copious notes contain a working model of the night sky expressed in artistic scribbles and arcane mathematical formulae. Once per day, you may spend 10 minutes contemplating your star chart to gain the benefit of the spell commune.


What kind of knowledge check could I make on Skelt/Izmiara?


That would be knowledge local I think for skelt(might be geography) and knowledge planes for Izmiara. And what questions do you ask Ani


F Undine

Later that night after meeting with the party, Ani consults her notes while looking toward the night sky.

Star Chart questions:

Assumed fifteen questions based on caster level. Can shorten list if needed. Just let me know.
1. Is Izmiara nearby?
2. Is Izmiara in this city?
3. Is Izmiara in this region?
4. Is Izmiara in Skelt?
5. Is Izmiara in Nirmathas? (This one assumes Ani knows Skelt is in Nirmathas, can make skill roll if needed.)
6. Is Izmiara on this world?
7. Is Izmiara on this plane?
8. Does someone nearby know where Izmiara is?
9. Does someone in this city know where Izmiara is?
10. Does someone in this region know where Izmiara is?
11. Does someone in Nirmathas know where Izmiara is? (This one assumes Ani knows Skelt is in Nirmathas, can make skill roll if needed.)
12. Does someone in Skelt know where Izmiara is?
13. Does someone on this world know where Izmiara is?
14. Does someone on this plane know where Izmiara is?
15. Does Izmiara inhabit a living body?


Answers to Ani's star chart questions:

1. Is Izmiara nearby?
No
2. Is Izmiara in this city?
No
3. Is Izmiara in this region?
No
4. Is Izmiara in Skelt?
Not any more, will return
5. Is Izmiara in Nirmathas? (This one assumes Ani knows Skelt is in Nirmathas, can make skill roll if needed.)
No
6. Is Izmiara on this world?
No
7. Is Izmiara on this plane?
Yes
8. Does someone nearby know where Izmiara is?
No
9. Does someone in this city know where Izmiara is?
No
10. Does someone in this region know where Izmiara is?
No
11. Does someone in Nirmathas know where Izmiara is? (This one assumes Ani knows Skelt is in Nirmathas, can make skill roll if needed.)
Yes
12. Does someone in Skelt know where Izmiara is?
Yes
13. Does someone on this world know where Izmiara is?
Yes
14. Does someone on this plane know where Izmiara is?
yes
15. Does Izmiara inhabit a living body?
Yes demonic extraplaner but living

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, got side tracked at work


F Undine

Ani rests to fully prepare for what lies ahead, rising as soon as she can to inform the others of what she leaned from the stars.

"The stars revealed much."

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