Session Five Summary (Graveyard of Empires: After the Fall)
Session 5, July 29 2020
The party prepares to depart the hidden grotto where they discovered an exiled Montoan shaman and her altar for practicing blood magic. It is the morning of the 5th of Tenrilden ...
Session 5, July 29, 2020
Morning of 6th of Tenrildon, we leave the sanctuary to the old ways of the Montoans. Not quite off the side of the mountain, we see someone in flashy dress, most notably a large yellow hat sitting on a rock in the rain. More odd is that they are in a bubble of sunshine and dryness in the rain through which we travel. They sit unmoving.
We left the bulk of the party and Rallion approached down the path and Laris and Bavmorda flanked the figure. Rallion offered greeting, to which he was greeted by name by the figure hiding beneath their cloak, they hood up, even with the hat. They were an unnamed emissary from some DVL that opposes Asmodeus and wishes to acquire our pledge of loyalty in return for the return of our magic, via the DVL way of enslaved DVLs powering devices and spells. This is one of the many factions from the City of Brass. At some unknown time, the emissary will return and offer us a contract like the one we submitted to in freeing the DVLs. Asmodeus plans to destroy our world in fire, and us along with it. We can save our lives while the rest burns.
Once we got some distance between us, we asked Kauri to question Tik Tok if Asmodeus destroying the world by fire was the apocalypse. Tik Tok groused about being in the chest and alluded to not wanting to be forgotten for millennia in a sock drawer like Kalgun. Tik Tok said we had to tell him the date to count down to. (Comet, Asteroid, eclipse, or other astrological phenomena???) Tik Tok didn't know what was going on in the City of Brass but offered to go check, pointing out how he could leave the clock whenever he wanted, while looking at it longingly.
We finally reach the trees of the jungle and find an area that was cleared roughly as a crude search for firewood by chopping trees. Vikram scouted ahead and it is a group of 30 orcs, creatures we had never interacted with. Since there were 30 of them, we decided to avoid them but followed the rail they made to help us make better time. The next day, they had not moved on, and most were asleep, so we went around them.
Along the way Vikram was scouting and spotted some DVLs enjoying the feast off a large lizard, we assume is a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur). We avoided them also.
Nearing the end of our journey we came upon a wild boar, sow, and piglets and solved our food problem and looked forward to a feast in Montoa.
Vikram again scouted ahead to Montoa and was to meet us. At two hour away from Montoa, Vikram had not met us, so we decided to circle around and investigate Montoa with the armed and armored among the party, plus Alea. The others stayed to guard the rest. The village was destroyed and crops raised. Bodies were still hanging from trees. Only two buildings seemed left. We saw about ten men on patrol. We decided to wait for nightfall to rush in and take care of them.
Session 5, July 29 2020
Rallion leads the party and refugees westward into the rainy morning. Rallion and Bavmorda forage as they trek. They meet the Messenger sitting in a 6’ diameter circle where the rain does not fall and the sun shines upon it’s grey cloaked shoulders. Addressing Rallion by name, the Messenger offers an alliance with an anonymous rival of Asmodeus in exchange for enchantments, spellcasting and escape from Media to the City of Brass after an impending conflagration threatening our world. It refuses to demonstrate or illustrate its or its client's ability to bestow said gifts or to identify itself or its benefactor. Rallion doesn’t commit and leaves the messenger by continue on our trek west to Montoa.
Kauri consults Tik Tok. He explains everyone contends against Asmodeus and that no two rivals are strong enough to challenge him. Tik Tok lamely offers to leave his clock and survey other DVLs but it’s obvious to Kauri he has no intention to follow through.
After the trail descends below the tree line, into jungle, the party discovers a clearing of wantonly felled trees obviously ransacked for fire wood but done antithetical to environmental conservation. The path of destruction offers a quicker route which the party follows until pitching camp. During their watch, Laris and Vikram patrol along our path and discover a camp of 30 orcs.
On the morning of the 6th, Rallion leads the party around the slumbering Orc camp while Vikram invisibly monitors the Orcs. We are now travelling cross country directly for Montao. Laris tasks Vikram to investigate plumes of smoke to the north. He reports a gaggle of DVLs massacring a nest of duck billed dinosaurs. We trudge along keeping westerly straight for Montoa.
When Alea confirms we are two hours away from Montao, Vikram is sent ahead to investigate the village remains. He fails to report back to Laris. An hour away from Montoa, Alea agrees that she, Peronell and Bavmordo with a little help from the roadies should investigate Monoa before escorting all the refugees home. She suggests approaching Montoa from the west via wooded foot paths. The party splits between two parallel paths to keep each in view. As we approach we see some ten souls patrolling about the village center scanning the surrounding jungle. Alea and Rallion agree the occupiers are Shemites that deserve iron edged justice, now.