SSC Adventures in Epic Eberron

Memar and the Bell

When they awoke in the apartment, they were greeted by Guionne who had brought them fresh baked goods and information. The devil let them know that the last seal was inside the Dawn Bell Bastion. He also let them know that the bastion was on alert and would be hard to defeat. Guionne also revealed that he had further researched the final seal and let them know that it was in the Salts sea. He believed that the final seal had to do with a raging Titan trapped there by Pelor. The Titan he told them was a former herald of Huer-Ket.

The group said goodbye and thank you to Guionne and decided to disguise themselves before traveling to the Bastion. After dipping into Thom’s disguise kit, they traveled again via their private skiff to a few blocks from the bastion.

At Bavak’s suggestion, the group split their entrances by a few minutes each. Thom led the way and entered the tall towers and found himself inside a zen like garden filled with angels. He made a quick look around looking for the third seal and found nothing inside the area. Through an opposite exit, he spied two neighboring towers connected by bridges spanning a 100 foot drop.

Neon entered the area and saw Thom eyeing the tallest tower from a doorway across the room. He did his best to discover any hint of a seal in the area, but found nothing.

Last Bavak entered the tower. He entered and immediately was spotted as suspicious by the guards. The deva’s deceptiveness was pathetic as it was counter to his very nature. Neon stepped into the conversation that would surely give away Bavak’s identity and was able to bluff the angel guard into believing that Bavak was a monk breaking a vow of silence. The guard asked that the paladin keep track of him for the rest of his stay.

As the two made their way across the room, Thom exited toward the largest tower. The two followed just in time to see the bard enter the tower and soon followed him to the top.

At the top of the largest tower at the bastion, sat the Dawnbell. A massive bell covered in angelic carvings and sitting on its stand in the center of the top floor. Beside the bell was the single largest angel the group had yet to see. The group spread out and Neon once again made his way casually toward the bell. Suddenly, Neon drew his weapon and slammed it into the bell causing a deafening gong sound.

The massive angel declared itself Memar protecting angel charged by Pelor himself to defend the bell. Smaller angels poured in from outside the tower charging the group. Thom and Neon combined their efforts toward defeating Memar while Bavak blitzed the weaker angels.

The fight took the group airborne fighting the angel using flight spells outside the tower to avoid the debilitating effects of the bell that continued to ring damaging the group every few seconds.

Neon delivered the final blow that sent Memar one hundred feet down to the earth with a splat and behind them, the bell chimed its last before cracking and falling from its holder.

Thom drew out the skiff drivers summoning card and moments later the driver grabbed them hardly slowing down claiming to have just outrun angel guards.
The skiff driver directed his boat out to sea and Hestivar was behind them.

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Safety Never Felt so Dangerous

Neon braced himself and met the dwarfs attack sure that he could take on any dwarf in history one on one. However, moments later, group of civilians ran in the melee from the surrounding crowds. Several other dwarves appeared and joined the city guard. Thom joined Neons side to repel the onslaught, while Bavak became a blur of punches and kicks that devastated the attacking citizens.

The fight was not a long one and ended when the leather tough dwarf finally fell from the combined blows of the three companions. Upon the dwarf hitting the ground, the seal in the center of the square split with a loud crack. The city alarms were sounded and Thom used the summoning card and minutes later the skiff driver pulled up and flew the group from the area.

Thom handed the driver the address of the safe house that Guionne had given him. The group soon found themselves in a bare two room apartment. They ate pack food and slept on the floor.

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Neons Big Plan

The group performed the prayer to Ioun ritual again and found that themselves outside in the street alley. Bavak’s keen senses had picked up on some out of view conversation. The group hid in the alley while listening to a group of angel guards question citizens about their groups whereabouts.

Before long the angel guards took flight above them and failed to notice their location. Thom wove his bardic magic around the group creating a veil of disguise. The group did their best to act normal. Soon after following Bavak, they were impeded by a road block of angels who were checking each citizen who passed.

Thom was confident that his magic would be sufficient to fool the guards. However, a heated discussion between two nearby crowd members, Neon was forced to reveal himself as a follower of Deldorn.

However, the discussion with the Dwarf a fellow Deldorn worshipper went lightly and the dwarf revealed nothing about the group when questioned. Thom’s magic disguises wavered for a moment as the guard checked his shoe, but stabilized before he could notice. The group passed through without incident.

Bavak let the group know that though in a series of alleyways, they had reached the market district. Thom wondered why what was historically a busy market area was so quiet. Bavak shouted that there were enemies on roof. Demons lept down onto the group.

Led by a large devil the demons quickly surrounded the group and their ranks were supported by a couple of Dragonkin. Nets dropped on the group charged with magic that weakened and slowed their response. Bavak however dodged the attack and unleashed flurry of kicks that began to drop the demons one after another.

Thom and Neon committed their efforts to the large demon and after many blows back and forth were able to end the creatures life. The rest of the ambushing squad fell quickly without their leader to support them. Bavak questioned why a group if demons was inside the city of Hestivar.

The group traveled to the center of the market square. Upon arrival, they found that the square was well guarded with many angel guards posted nearby. They also discovered that the square had a decorative center that was the very symbol of Erathis.

Thom and Bavak struggled with a method of dealing with the seal without drawing the guards attention. Neon decided on a plan that made both Thom and Bavak step back before he put it into place. Neon walked over to a cart selling flowers and bought a bouquet for a platinum piece.

Neon strode calmly to the center of the square casually smelling his fresh bouquet. Once he was directly over the seal of Erathis, he suddenly exclaimed “spider!” and dropped the flowers to the ground. Neon pulled his sword loose from the scabbard and charged it with the divine electricity of Deldorn. Neon slammed the sword through the flowers and into the seal. Stone chips launched upwards, but the seal held.

A flash of light stole the attention away from Neon. A heavily armored dwarf appeared near Neon on top of the seal. He regarded Neon a moment and said, “Well son, I hope your actions are worth the cost.” The dwarf hefted his warhammer and charged.

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Riddle Me This

The group stood in the now empty library and listened hard to see if they could discern what might be coming next. The only sound was the trickling water of the center pool as it calmed to rest. Bavak and Neon pressed their ears to the closed door and heard nothing from the other side. Thom took note that the craftsmanship of the door was perfect and no air or light passed through it.

Neon summoned his courage and entered the room beyond with bravado. However, his brash entrance was not appreciated by the elderly scholar and the large human headed cat who stood next to him.

During the confrontation that ensued, the elderly man continually teleported around the room and polymorphed them into various small animals, while the sphinx infected their minds with various riddles.

Finally after much fighting, the group overcame the foes and the seal of Ioun on the far wall broke in two with a loud snap. The group regain their composure and after a brief discussion, decided to travel to the market district to find the seal of Erathis.

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No Chance to Explain?

Thom asked what had happened to Bahumet and Guionne told him that nobody knew. Thom told the horned man about the book he had come by and let the devilish gentleman look at it. Guionne told them that the book was the diary of a person named Morjunhar and how he working for Tiamat had stole a ritual from a temple of Bahumet and worked together with a lich named Irfelujhar to pervert the ritual so that they could use it. The diary described the ritual taking 10 centuries to complete.

Guionne looked at the group shocked. He told them that if ritual had worked, that Bahumet could have been killed. He also guessed that if the god was flesh, surely he could be raised again. With that, the horned man rushed off wishing the group luck.

The group took to the streets and tried to discover anything about the secret library. After much searching, the group followed a group of book carrying scholars who vanished at the dead end of an alley. Before long they found another group who refused to let them inside, but sold them components to do it themselves before vanishing after saying a small prayer to Ioun and throwing a powder mix into the air.

The group gathered together and threw their powder into the air and appeared inside a small library. Before they could get their bearings, scholars began launching spells across the room. It seemed that the bookworms outside wished to remove a threat without drawing attention.

The group responded with a screaming charge across the library and found the enemies using force spells that kept them at distance. However, brawn won over brains and the final two scholars ran to the end of the chamber and vanished with their powder spell.

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Hestavar At Last

The group followed the lead of the bald man who streaked across the beach in a flurry of kicks and punches staggering the dragons with his ferocity. The angels accompanying the dragons stayed in the air and periodically dropped when advantageous position presented itself.

The group stayed their ground and eventually knocked out the foes. The bald man was confused as to why silver dragons had attacked strolling people on the beach. Thom and Neon were equally confused. The stranger asked that Thom assure him that the dragons were attacking and not playing. Thom let him know that he believed the altercation was an aggressive one.

The bald man introduced himself a Bavak a simple man of nature. Thom and Neon returned courtesy and Bavak’s eyes widened as he heard the name Neon. He verified that he was talking to Neon who had been so blessed that he had been revived to life after being slain in the Nine Hells, and also had fallen prey to Slaad parasites on Erishani. Neon confirmed both and Bavak was truely honored to meet someone with so much divine favor.

Bavak let the group know that he had been involved in a strange waking dream when the group approached. He told them that his dream had involved a blackened bound book that was attached to his arms and blackness that flowed from the book up his arms to his chest and began to squeeze his heart. He let them know that their presence had broken the dream and he had not had this vision before.

Thom told Bavak that the book he described sounded like “the book of vile darkness” that Mydiclarius had told them to find. Bavak let them know that listening to a demon is dangerous business. But he told them that he knew the city well and because of his vision would like to help them find the book they seek.

The group made their way to Hestavar and found it to be the most breath taking metropolis they had ever seen. Alabaster buildings everywhere floating on earth motes that continued up into the sky as far as they could see. A cross culture of creatures filled the streets, while angels flew about with beautiful birds in the sky.

Bavak summoned a skiff and Thom paid 15 platinum to fly up to what Bavak called the best library in the universe…the Swan Tower. When the group entered the library, they found that Bavak’s claims were true. They had never beheld the like, it made the Morgrave library look like a small book seller.

Before long in the library it became obvious that without the help of more experienced patrons, they might never find anything about the book they sought. Their bumbling about caught the attention of a horned man named Guionne. Guionne seemed very interested at the idea of finding a book he had never heard of.

The group split up covering any area they could and after a few hours, collectively discovered the the book of vile darkness had been brought to the Hestavar by Pelor Erathis and Ioun. The three gods used the book to put the raging primordial Huer-Ket to sleep. Also, the arch demon Asmodious, had asked that the group keep the book sealed in Hestavar. The three gods each made a seal that would be the foundations of a fourth seal that held the book. The seals were located in a hidden library, the market of Methione, and in the Dawn Bell Bastian. The fourth seal was located in a dangerous area of Hestavar known as the salts.

After finding out about the groups intention to interfere with the gods, Guionne offered two of his apartments in the city as safe houses if anything went wrong. Thom took the addresses and thanked the man. As Guionne prepared to leave, Bavak inquired if the horned man knew why they would be attacked by silver dragons. Guionne replied that every thing had gone crazy since what happened to Bahumet.

Thom asked what had happened. Guionne replied, Bahumet is dead.

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Goodbye Nobel Rogue

Vescallian met with the group early the next morning for breakfast. He had the group split up the earnings from the last few days and thanked them. The rogue told the group that he had been awarded a position under vlaakith’s new rule. He thanked them for traveling with him and proceeded to teach Thom about astral travel.

Before he left the inn, Vescallian told the group that he would send someone to meet with them who had been to Hestavar before and could help them with the planar ritual and also gave them a gift from Vlaakith. The gift was a ancient looking book that she had said might help them in their travels. With that, the githyanki rogue to retire from piracy.

A couple of hours later a elderly female githyanki entered the inn and over a meal of vegetable soup introduced herself as Wretched. She offered to travel with the group to Hestavar for 15,000 gold. The group agreed despite her off putting appearance. Thom brought out the ancient looking book and began to study it and with the help of Wretched was able to at least figure out that it was a diary describing the procedure and procurement of a ritual and ingredients that would summon Bahumet into a physical form.

The group made their way to the docks and boarded the Crusty Wench. Once on board, Wretched took the helm and expertly maneuvered the craft through the traffic and into the sea. The elderly githyanki pulled the ritual crystal free from the helm and inserted it with a crunch into the socket and the sea in front of the group wavered and the ship passed through and into a warm climate of islands and beaches.

Wretched landed the Wench on the beach and bid the group farewell letting them know that the city was two miles in the opposite direction from which she traveled. The paid the old women and she wobbled off away from them.

Neon and Thom locked up the Wench tight and travel in the direction the old women had pointed. The had walk for around thirty minutes before coming upon a strange shaved bald man staring at the sky. As they approached the man they noticed his eyes were closed as if simply soaking up the warm sea breeze or the ambience of the birds that called near by. However, when they got near, his eyes snapped open still looking at the sky, and he warned them to draw their weapons.

A silver glint amongst the clouds caught their eyes and a moment later two silver dragons and a host of angels dove to the beach and charged the group.

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The Payday

Neon and Thom only paused a brief moment after the rogue Vescallian vanished into the rotating wall before grabbing the revealed lever themselves and spinning the wall again taking them into the hidden chamber.

When the floor stopped moving, the two of them found Vescallian squatting low near a curved set of stairs holding his finger to his lips. Thom tip toed to Vescallian while Neon froze in place so as not to give them away with his loud armor. The group could over hear a light argument going on in the tower above them between an unseen male, and a red dragon that the group could barely catch a glimpse of.

The group decided that it must be Zetch’r’r above them and sent Neon up to act like he was supposed to be there. The paladin ascended the stair casually and came before the huge dragon who sat blocking the stairs up on a massive pile of treasure. He looked up and could see the emperor seated on a throne a floor up due to the entire center of the floor being open.

The dragon alerted the emperor to the intruder and Neon tried to convince him that he was delivering a message and that the dragon should let him pass. Zetch’r’r told Neon that the dragon was free to hear any message and he should speak it. Neon declared the his deity would like their service. Zetch’r’r asked if the deity was present. Neon said that he was everywhere and the emperor told the dragon and several servants to kill the messenger.

Neon and Vescallian were assaulted by the dragon and forced to the bottom floor. Flew to the second floor and met the charge of four handmaidens to the emperor. The bard made little work of the zealous servants dispatching them in but a few seconds. He then made his way down to help his overwhelmed companions.

Out of the ether the emperor appeared near the dragon and attacked beside the beast. The group already stretched to their limit could barely stand up to the power of the two enemies. Vescallian fell unconscious from sword blows from the emperor and was barely able to stand again even with Thom’s magic. Neon’s wounds came dangerously close to taking him as he endured blow after blow to protect the damaged teammates.

The dragon began shows the results of countless wounds and the emperor told the creature to flee. It lowered it defenses and spread its massive wings the three adventurers attacked the fleeing creature and it never made it more than a couple of feet off the ground before falling back down with a loud thump in a pool of its own blood.

The emperor after witnessing his escape plan cut down, attacked with renewed vigor. However, numbers were not on his side and only a minute or two of back and forth left the leader fallen. Thom grabbed the scepter from Zetch’r’r’s belt.

Above the group they heard a thump and the sound of stone crumbling. Voices called down from above and demanded that the group ascend to the top and meet with Vlaakith. Vescallian got wide eyed and called up that they would be there soon. He then ushered the group to the dragons hoard on the second floor where Thom and Neon stuffed coins and gems into every pocket they possessed.

When the group came to the top floor standing on the platform was Vlaakith. The githyanki leader put her open hand out and demanded that the group give her the scepter. Thom asked why and she replied that the fighting would end if they gave it to her. Thom sensed that she was telling the truth, but worried about the way it would happen.

Vlaakith turned and stepped onto the ship that had brought her to the chapel tower. The group only noticed as she boarded that they were looking at the improved Crusty Wench. At the helm, Xixix waved for them to board and dismissed two githyanki guards from the sails and invited Thom to join him while Neon and Vescallian replaced the guards.

The train flew away from he tower and high across Tu’narath. The battle around them seemed to notice them and let them pass without reaction. During the flight, Xixix explained the new features of the train revealing that it was now a Spelljammer. He then told Thom the cost to fix the ship was over three million gold and that he would forget the cost if they would give him Faarlungs Orb. He swore that he could control it now and convinced the bard to make the trade.

The conversation ended quickly as Xixix pulled the train into a hover inches above the ground at the mouth of a giant cave in the cliffs surrounding the city. Vlaakith stepped down to the cliff and moments later an enormous red dragon emerged from the cave. Vlaakith smashed the scepter on the ground and declared that the pact had ended. The dragon told her that they would cease the attack and leave but would from now on be enemies.

Over one hundred dragons emerged from nearby caves some clutching scorched eggs and flew into the astral sea as the ones fighting in the sky above turned away and joined them. Vlaakith let the group know that they were free to stay in the city as long as they liked and could keep all of their recovered treasure.

The following morning, Vescallian and the group divided the treasure from the chapel during breakfast. He told Thom that Vlaakith had ordered the chapel destroyed and had reached out to the githzerai letting them know that the long pact with Tiamat had been dissolved. The githzerai had responded by scheduling a meeting with Vlaakith to discuss peace.

Vescallian told the group that had helped change the path of his race and would be spoke of with reverence. He also let them know that he was not going with them and he planned to retire. He spent a few moments teaching Thom about traversing the astral sea, telling the bard that you just had to concentrate on where you want to be and follow the brightest star.

Before he left, Vescallian told the group that he knew they needed someone who had been to Hestavar before to make their planar jump and said he knew someone he could send over.

The group watched the rogue leave the Mourning Star Inn and looked at their share of the treasure. Gold value of the haul was over three million. The rogue had told the truth. This city of pirates held a lot of treasure.

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Rogue'less

The githyanki guard drew his weapon and was joined by a nearby fellow guard. The githyanki swelled into the corridor and the group waded into a bloodbath of guards. Before the group was finished, they had killed nine guards in a fifteen foot area.

Beyond the dead, the group found the rough barracks of the guards before continuing north through the chapel. In the north west chamber, the group fought and defeated a blue dragon and a large shadow creature.

In the following chamber, they discovered a statue of Tiamat guarded by two ghosts and two githyanki. The githyanki used psychic attacks to slow the group and even were able to temporarily knock out Thom. However, the enemies were not prepared when the bard rejoined the fight and took the odds back.

After the enemies were dead, Neon took a closer look at the statue and was attacked by the object that burn him and pushed him away. Thom tried a more cautious approach and as he neared was also burn and pushed away. Vescallian tip toed up to the statue and touched it receiving no attack. He looked the statue over and noticed nothing special.

Thom and Neon decided that attacking statues had to have a special purpose and commenced to destroying the icon of Tiamat. After making sure that the statue could not continue attacking them, what they had left was a mechanism that once inside the statue now stuck straight up in the air connected to a pressure switch.

Thom and Neon nudged Vescallian to press the button and the rogue worriedly pressed the button. The floor beneath the rogues feet rotated with the wall and Thom and Neon found themselves rogueless.

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Tiamat's Chapel

The chapel entry was inhabited by a ghastly spine that hung floating in the air. The group approached the spine and were attacked from the sides by shadowy figures. The spine flew at them and began a paralyzing necrotic attack the slowed their response.

After many blows exchanged back and forth, the shadows return to the darkness they emerged from and the spine fell to the floor. In between the vertebrae, the group discovered gem stones that they removed. Upon closer inspection, Thom was sure he could sense some sort of evil energy still trapped inside the gems. Vescallian grabbed the stone despite the groups reservations and pocketed them.

Vescallian carefully peeked through the door into the next chamber and relayed that it was very hot and the waves of heat made it hard to see across. The group entered and were beset by two large red dragons who flew across the massive chamber. The group found themselves more than a match for the creatures ending their lives with more time than blood.

At the other side of the chamber, Vescallian and Neon discovered the dragons hoard, a pile of coins and gems. Vescallian reminded the group that he had said that this would be a lucrative adventure.

The group returned to the south end of the chamber and entered the east door. In the room beyond, they matched steel to bone destroying a large skeletal dragon and his freezing attacks. After the fight, the group discovered another pile of coins. Vescallian joyfully exclaimed that he loved killing dragons.

The group made their way back to the main chamber an opened the door to the west. On the other side of the door a githyanki guard screamed to alert others of the intruders.

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