Shattered Star

Session 44
Saving Magnimar

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Gozren 9, 4717

  • The ritual caused a tsunami. We rescued the people who were part of the ritual by providing them flight magic to get them to safety.
  • We teleported to Magnimar and helped evacuate Underbridge and some other parts of the city.
  • There were multiple tsunamis that devastated Magnimar and washed bits of clockwork and other debris into the city.
  • After the waves stopped coming, the docks were attacked by three Clockwork Leviathans’
  • Then, we had to kill Scylla. Horrible, tentacled beast.

Gozren 10, 4717

  • At Heidmarch Manor, we were grated by the council who expressed their gratitude for our deeds.
  • The tell us that the Isle of Xin has risen from the sea. Xin was a master of Constructs and is rumored to haunt the island as a Ghost.
  • We went to Absalom to seel treasure and commission a Wand of Death Ward.
  • We returned to Magnimar to guard the docks while waiting for the wand to be done.
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Session 43
The Last Shard

Gozren 5, 4717

  • After a brief bout of preparation, we went up the ramp.
  • At the top, we found a large ledge open to the cold air with Kadath visible in the distance. On the ledge sat Cadrilkdsta in all her glory.
  • She wanted us to give her our Shards and leave. We declined her offer.
  • Although it was a near thing, we drove the Dragon off, stole her treasure, and collected the Shard of Sloth.
  • We returned to our plane and instead of finding the Dragon waiting for us, we were attacked by a Bhole.
  • We managed to kill the Bhole, although Pavo was nearly eaten alive.
  • The Dragon has left building, so we teleported back to Magnimar.

Gozren 7, 4717

  • After numerous ominous divination spells, we convince the council to hold a fake ritual in Magnimar and conduct the actual ritual on an uninhabited island.

Gozren 8, 4717

  • The fake ritual goes off well.

Gozren 9, 4717

  • We conduct the ritual and create the Sihedron.
  • The water near the island has receded dramatically. Something bad is about to happen.

What’s Next

  • Book ready on Gozren 10.
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Session 42
The Temple of Crawling Chaos

Gozren 5, 4717

  • We traveled from Kaer Maga to Giltspur via Wind Walk and conducted the ritual to enter Leng (after asking questions of the Whisperstone.
  • We were immediately attacked by a swarm of Nightgaunts, which we annihilated.
  • Once inside, we negotiated safe passage past a group of Leng Ghouls and Gugs.
  • We came upon a huge room where four Moonbeasts were creating/summoning a horrid ooze monster in a giant bowl. Seriously…wtf?
  • We managed to kill the horrid ooze thing (barely) and three of the four Moonbeasts. The fourth one fled via teleportation.

What’s Next

  • Book ready on Gozren 10.
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Session 41
That's Big Lake

Pharast 16, 4717

  • We found a shrine to the Old Gods. A sort of “visitor’s shrine” for visitors from Leng. Sawyer had a terrible vision when he stepped upon the dais where the altar was.
  • We found the Curator’s body and looted some moderately powerful magic items off it.
  • We found a permanent Mage’s Magnificent Mansion. We decided to use it as a fall-back and/or resting location and left it alone for now.
  • We found a never-ending corridor and decided to fall back to investigate the room with the very narrow staircase.
  • The room is sort of a shrine dedicated to (an ancient version of) Desna. The stairs lead to a portal of sorts that go to a platform 1,200 feet above an ancient forest. In the DIMENSION OF DREAMS. It’s Desna’s Dreaming Tower. Apparently this is a big deal.
  • We traversed a tunnel a half-mile long where we were attacked by a pair of the angel statues. Pavo nearly died when he tried to use a non-existent Ring of Force Shield.
  • We found a gigantic underground lake in an even larger cavern. After a brief exploration, we decided to fall back, thoroughly explore all the past rooms, and rest.

Pharast 17, 4717

  • Sawyer and I used the special Conjuration & Evocation rooms to prepare spells.

What’s Next

  • Book ready on Gozren 10.
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Session 40
Beyond the Fog

Pharast 16, 4717

  • Although the leathery shapes did not move, the creatures ON the leathery shapes did move. We had to kill a pair of Skullrippers!
  • The leathery shapes were dead Cloakers.
  • The room was once a library. Now there were just a few magic items and scrolls carved into silver plates.
  • We entered a hexagonal rooms full of statues (female, faceless, with four wings and silver swords). The place is apparently some kind of museum.
  • Some of the rooms apparently bestow visions upon the first person into the room.
  • We found a room with a Delayed Blast Fireball held in stasis. Sawyer thinks that anyone who prepares Evocations spells in this room may gain an advantage.
  • In another room is a stone carriage and a bunch of other oddities (mummified snake, an iron rod, and an iron wand). After identifying these items, a Ghost appeared and attacked us. We “destroyed” him, but we know he’ll be back.
  • We had to fight an Intellect Devourer-possessed Silver Dragon and an insane Roper.
  • In a large fountain, we were attacked by a pair of Huge Water Elementals.

What’s Next

  • Book ready on Gozren 10.
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Session 39
Penetrating the Giltspur (he said, "penetrating")

Pharast 16, 4717

  • We started checking rooms for more Giants to talk to kill.
  • In one room were three Fire Giants. We managed to fool them into thinking we were new mercenaries. Because they were drunk, it worked.
  • We descended stairs and found ourselves in a series of rough-hewn passages and caves.
  • In one chamber, we found a strange, seven-sided rune-covered pillar. “Who sleeps in Giltspur’s shadow shall know this fear and what waits beyond shall…”
  • We found ourselves in a large hallway that was basically a abattoir. Three Hill Giants paid in blood for the carnage they had caused (or at least ignored).
  • In an enormous room, there were seven more Hill Giants. Were.
  • Next, we entered a circular room, we faced a horde of Hill Giants as well as Chief Jubbek and a Fire Giant. We killed most of them, but after we killed Chief Jubbek, the remaining Hill Giants and the Fire Giant surrendered.
  • We negotiated the “retreat” of the rest of the Giants and went to investigate the “room of creepy fog.”
  • We passed through a Mage’s Private Sanctum to find a large room with two leathery mounds. Oh no!

What’s Next

  • Book ready on Gozren 10.
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Session 38
The Next Shard

Calistra 1, 4717

  • The Shard of Envy showed us a vision of Giltspur – an old embassy and laboratory of the Runelord Karazoug.
  • We spoke with Lady Heidmarch. She gave us an Ioun Stone for the next Shard of Wrath. Also, the mold to put all the Shards together is at the bottom of the Crow. She is having some other minions bring the mold up to the surface where the thing will be assembled in a big ceremony.
  • There’s a Blue Dragon named Cadrilkasta has enslaved Giants to form some sort of excavation at Giltspur. There will likely be horrors from Leng as well.

Calistra 2, 4717

  • Stared crafting.

Pharast 13, 4717

  • Teleported to Kaer Maga and went to the Therassic Spire to research Giltspur.
  • We learned: 1) there are likely to be portals to Leng in the tower, 2) some specifics about its denizens, 3) some geographical information.
  • Lissala: 1) perfected Dragon magic, 2) Azlanti goddess.
  • Cadrilkasta: 1) is a girl, 2) seeking a “great treasure”

Pharast 16, 4717

  • We used Wind Walk to travel to Giltspur.
  • After scouting the area, we used Dimension Door to assault the Giant fortress from the inside.
  • There were 4 Hill Giants, 2 Fire Giants, and some leader Fire Giant. We wiped them out and prepared to investigate the rest of the building.

What’s Next

  • Book ready on Gozren 10.
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Session 37
Beyond the Doomsday Door - Part 7

Abadius 28, 4717

  • Using the advice of a Commune spell, we bypassed the double-Doomsday Doors with Dimension Door.
  • In front of another set of double-Doomsday Doors, were a pair of Stone Golems. They dished out some good damage, but we were able to destroy them.
  • We used Dimension Door to bypass the next set of Doomsday Doors and found ourselves in a fight against Ardathanatus, four Sinspawn, and a pair of the crab Daemons.
  • As if that weren’t bad enough, Zolerium came out of a wall and joined in the fray by slitting us up with a Wall of Force.
  • Literally through the grace of Sarenrae, we somehow managed to overcome all these foes.
  • No sooner had we killed Ardathanatus that his foul god started to push its way through the portal!
  • We were pretty much fucked, but Onos managed to get Sarenrae’s attention. The goddess closed the Doomsday Doors on the hideous thing just as it collected the body of its failed disciple.
  • We survived.

What’s Next

  • Retrieve a sliver of wood from the Chair of Calistria for Ayamyra. (Got it).
  • Return to the shrine of Desna to clean and possibly consecrate it.
  • Consider using the Groetus Divination if we get stuck.
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Session 36
Beyond the Doomsday Door - Part 6

Abadius 27, 4717

  • As we approached the pretty room, 6 Grotean Will-O-Wisps attacked us. We killed five of them, but the last one fled.
  • We enter a room with four more coffins, each one containing the mummified remains of a high priest of Groteus. Actually, Mummies. And then eight more Mummies came at us from two other rooms! That’s a lot of Mummies.
  • We killed all but two of the Mummies and had to track the other two down in a large chamber with a special Mega-Mummy. The Mega-Mummy put up quite a fight, paralyzing several of us with fear (luckily, Sawyer saved us with a Wall of Force). Then he summoned Shadows which made our lives problematic..
  • There was a set of double doors guarded by a pair of Doomsday Locks. Not knowing of we needed two keys to open this set of doors, we decided to backtrack to the Doomsday Door on the third level.
  • Behind the door is a portal leading to the edge of the Fogscar Mountains.
  • We opened the other Doomsday Door on the fourth level and found some treasure – most of which turned out to be cursed.
  • We went back to the Efreeti’s smithy and found them all gone. So, we got some fire protection and searched the room and found nothing of interest.
  • Unable to find any hidden doors or caches, we had to resort to reading through all the books we’d collected.
  • We decided to fall back and try to decide how to progress.

What’s Next

  • Retrieve a sliver of wood from the Chair of Calistria for Ayamyra. (Got it).
  • Return to the shrine of Desna to clean and possibly consecrate it.
  • Consider using the Groetus Divination if we get stuck.
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Session 35
Beyond the Doomsday Door - Part 5

Abadius 26, 4717

  • We questioned Rickle Peaks (a ghost haunting a library). The most important information we gained was that Artathanatus is not here and that he never passed through the Doomsaday Door adjacent to the library that leads to a magical portal that transports people to a mountainous region “far away”.
  • The Ghost joins us as we investigate the rest of the level.
  • We went down to the next level and found a room with a central pillar. There was a door with another Doomsday Lock. So, we backed up and went down the other stairway, leading to a large cavern guarded by six Sea Drakes!
  • There was nowhere else to go from the sea cave. So, we went back to the pillared room with the Doomsday Lock on the door.
  • Grath found a magical Abjuration trap on the door. While trying to disable the trap, he set it off.
  • Beyond the door, four shadow-like monsters attacked us from four sarcophagi. Onos was nearly killed, but we managed to kill the Shadow monsters.
  • Depleted of many resources, we fell back to the lighthouse again and restored Gein Kafog’s Wisdom. He’s a priest of Zon-Kuthon and was able to give us some information; none of it terribly useful.

Abadius 27, 4717

  • Before descending to the 4th-level again, we found our invisible “ghost.” It turned out to be some sort of scary Fey creature. He died quickly.
  • We did a quick search of the library and found a secret door where we liberated several useful scrolls.
  • We set of a rusty trap that only hurt Pavo a bit.

What’s Next

  • Retrieve a sliver of wood from the Chair of Calistria for Ayamyra. (Got it).
  • Return to the shrine of Desna to clean and possibly consecrate it.
  • Consider using the Groetus Divination if we get stuck.
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