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  1. Session 228, Part Two - Aurum Treasure

    Aurum Treasure

    Admiral Smith gave orders for the ship to proceed at full speed towards the enemy vessel. While they passed over the legion below, they couldn’t resist harrying them from above....
  2. You'll find most of it comes from the original...

    You'll find most of it comes from the original adventure, but you're welcome to use anything you like.



    I like that idea. It's a subtlety I may pinch if need arises.



    That's a fabulous...
  3. I do like to squeeze maximum value out of the...

    I do like to squeeze maximum value out of the material.

    Also, this new mask makes Quratulain look like the Terminator.
  4. Session 228, Part One - Legion’s Initiative

    Legion’s Initiative

    For countless aeons the pit fiend Brhan Kinoro had wrought chaos and destruction across the multiverse, even before he was pressed into the service of the Golden Legion. In...
  5. Session 227, Part Two - Through a Glass, Darkly

    Through a Glass, Darkly

    Here in the Bleak Gate, Cauldron Hill had not been eroded. An incongruous fire now blazed on one side of its saddle-like peak; on the other they could see three figures.
    ...
  6. DM's Notes

    This section of the adventure, dealing with the tempestuous journey to the Gyre, was hugely enjoyed by the players, which came as a pleasant surprise to be me. I had thought it would play out as a...
  7. Session 227, Part One

    Turning, turning…

    To the outside observer, to crowds gathered at the foot of the hill watching their departure, the Coaltongue behaved in much the same way as Weary Enid’s whale had done when the...
  8. Session 226, Part Four

    After the council meeting, Quratulain withdrew completely. She did not take up her normal place by the king’s side, as his (and Kai’s) constant guardian. When she was absent in the past, there was...
  9. Session 226, Part Three - Wrapping Things Up

    How long would all of this take? Weeks? Months? It seemed like attuning with planes would take the longest time. Kai whispered in his dad’s ear that he thought he would be able to help speed...
  10. Session 226, Part Two - Kickstarter

    Kickstarter

    Over lunch they heard rumours. Across Lanjyr, huge numbers of snakeskins were being found, all white and hollow. Snakes were dying en masse by constantly shedding and reshedding their...
  11. Session 226, Part One - Several Impossible Things Before Lunchbreak

    Several Impossible Things Before Lunchbreak

    Just three days after the events in Alais Primos, King Baldrey held an extraordinary council meeting in Torfeld Palace. It would have been sooner, but...
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1QywDPkDjg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1QywDPkDjg
  13. Once every couple of days is the current...

    Once every couple of days is the current schedule, although there'll be a long break in late July/August, most probably.



    Cheers for that. I wasn't sure how successful it had been from an...
  14. Heh. I was going to call the chapter "No more...

    Heh. I was going to call the chapter "No more Mister Nice Spider", but figured that would give the game away. They're still nice, though. Just helping to save the children. :angel:

    On...
  15. Session 225, Part Four - Unexpected Help

    Unexpected Help

    Well aware of the historic parallels, Korrigan could not decide whether to head for the Hunch or for the summit. Even in this light, and at this distance, he could see something...
  16. We did! Just a passing visit, but we squeezed it...

    We did! Just a passing visit, but we squeezed it in there.



    Not as complicated, but better written.
  17. Session 225, Part Three - Trail of Filth

    Determined to handle the matter without recourse to the unit, Korrigan nonetheless levelled with Harkover Lee, unable to explain his continued absence in any other way. He gave the Principal...
  18. Thanks. A nice example of necessity being the...

    Thanks. A nice example of necessity being the mother of invention. Well, sort of. I had the idea for this, or for something similar, but couldn't see how I could get it to play out with a full...
  19. Session 225, Part Two - First Stop, Shale

    For any number of reasons, Shale was chosen as King Baldrey’s first port of call. It was the epicentre of naval activity, home to Duchess Ethelyn (whom Harkover still mistrusted), and often the focal...
  20. Poor writing on my part - Korrigan meant that no...

    Poor writing on my part - Korrigan meant that no one would miss Cauldron Hill, not Av!
  21. Session 225, Part One - Recall to Risur

    Recall to Risur

    Though the diplomatic mission to Drakr had been successful in the short term, Korrigan was well aware that the Ob retained overall control and would regain the initiative in time....
  22. A Dizzzying Anti-climax

    I thought I would add a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes of our last session, because it was both surprising and interesting:

    Before embarking on this section of the adventure I noticed...
  23. Session 224, Part Three - A Final Act of Zealotry

    A Final Act of Zealotry

    After a meditative ascent, they reached the cathedral. Vitus waited at the balcony, flanked by templars, monks, and angels. Legate Tullius advanced and briefly whispered to...
  24. Session 224, Part Two - Advocatus Piscatorius

    Advocatus Piscatorius

    Arriving in the Plaza Hyperion early, they took up their places on the makeshift stage as the crowds began to gather in earnest. They waited for Legate Tullius to make her...
  25. Session 224, Part One

    A last-minute change of heart

    Ashima-Shimtu’s blood magic brought them to a secluded cove just down the coast from Alais Primos. They were surprised to find the demoness was still with them. She...
  26. Something like this, then? ...

    Something like this, then?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5YW4qKOAVM
  27. Adventure 12 Question [Spoilers, natch]

    Okay, so we DMs know how the PCs are getting back from the Gyre, but how do they think they are doing it? I don’t think my players will be happy about going if the trip is theoretically one way.
  28. Session 223, Part Four - The Hammer and the Hook

    Welcome back. Here's a bit more for you to catch up on:

    The Hammer and the Hook

    Once again, they came to the chamber of Ashima-Shimtu, and passed through the broken entrance hall with her...
  29. Session 223, Part Three - Racing Angels

    Racing Angels

    The critic angels led the way, fluttering through the vault in one huge swarm that split apart so scores could scout each of the vault chambers. Like locusts, they stripped and...
  30. Session 223, Part Two - Third or Fourth or Fifth Time Lucky

    Once again they stood on the shoreline of Odiem, looking up at the lighthouse/chapel. The Family had got them to Sid Minos with a teleportation circle; Fourmyle Jaunting and Leon’s portals had got...
  31. Thanks. And I agree - it is badass! I left it at...

    Thanks. And I agree - it is badass! I left it at an early cliffhanger last week when Uriel interrupted the execution - as I would do if a fight was about to break out. Did a lot of head-shaking and...
  32. Session 223, Part One - Skip to the End?

    Vitus Sigismund did not appear to be surprised by their intervention. He raised a calm hand to forestall any retaliation from his followers. Looking Korrigan straight in the eye, he asked, “The new...
  33. Session 222, Part Five - The Sermon on the Mount

    The crowd marches through the open doors of the cathedral, where priests in soot-dappled armour and monks in funereal robes watch for signs of dissent. The monks intone low hymns, slowly repeating...
  34. Session 222, Part Four - The God Trial

    The God Trial

    The dull roar of a crowd in Plaza Hyperion can be heard from over a mile away. When the unit gets to the Plaza, they are treated to the spectacle of a makeshift stage assembled from...
  35. I think that would count as a major spoiler. ...

    I think that would count as a major spoiler. Let's just say it's mixed. (Uru in particular bears a grudge for her 'gift' of the bottled quasit Tokoloshe, who left him to die in the Bleak Gate on...
  36. Session 222, Part Three - Things Got Dark

    Things Got Dark

    The Dons had fingers in every part of the city, and they’d been coordinating ways to keep order, using generosity when possible, broken noses when necessary. Donna Aneenya gave the...
  37. Session 222, Part Two - Welcome to Alais Primos

    NB: Much of this, and several subsequent entries, is taken verbatim from the adventure text.

    Cippiano arranged for them to use a teleportation circle that led from an innocuous building onto one...
  38. Session 222, Part One - After the Rift

    Soon after the rift closed, Tzertze stomped over, clutching the vsadni weapons he had managed to save. “I will fight for you when the time comes, against this ‘Obscurati’. Now I will go back to...
  39. Maybe it was the personal connection - making...

    Maybe it was the personal connection - making Rumdoom's friends part of her cult way back when, and having her steal the Stone of Not. Also, having to shift the venue from Bhad Ryzhavdut to Mirsk...
  40. Session 221, Part Two - Overwhelming Odds?

    Uriel blessed his allies with the Staff of the Hierophant. Heid ducked behind Kamanov’s throne. Quratulain took steady aim at the chest cavity of the vsadbni, Hamul. She realised her lantern...
  41. Bit of bathos to lighten the mood. And extended...

    Bit of bathos to lighten the mood. And extended proximity to the Stone of Not caused the champion to collapse. Just a warning to my players not to weaponise it without caution.
  42. Bombadil backwards, eh?

    Bombadil backwards, eh?
  43. Session 221, Part One - The Madness of Grandis

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYnVYJDxu2Q

    Dear Reader, as you listen to the chorus, kindly change the lyrics of this song to: "Grandis Kamanov, Servant of the Voice of Rot..." etc.

    Kamanov’s...
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    I would use Leone to the fullest. Put the...

    I would use Leone to the fullest. Put the willies up your group with his adventure 7 stat block (modified because there are no trains to throw, just engineering equipment). From up on the...
  45. Session 220, Part Three - The Carnage Parade

    Mirsk was not heavily fortified, but there were sufficient defences to stave off a simple assault by small bands of raiders, or hostiles from the far north. Such things had not happened for...
  46. Session 220, Part Two - The Old Cairns

    A quick call to Uriel confirmed that the message used an old method of timekeeping based on the constellations. The Volgir Valley was home to several ancient rings of stones—the Old Cairns....
  47. Nice!

    Nice!
  48. Session 220, Part One - Ghoulish Messengers

    Uru used the same ritual he once used to walk along the rivers of his jungle home, to enable the group to traverse the deep snow drifts of the Volgir Valley. They were also protected by another of...
  49. Session 219, Part Three - Lost Outriders

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OJS8U30Yxk

    The Coaltongue was on its way. There had been some delays in its refit, but it would be in the air above Mirsk in about half a day. The doomsday army...
  50. Yes, it was a fun, flavourful player-driven...

    Yes, it was a fun, flavourful player-driven extension of the narrative. Korrigan has been working on this in the background for a long time - since his days courting journalists and politicos in...
  51. Session 219 - A Rare Opportunity for Reflection

    Gupta wished that Uriel and Leon were there, so she could talk to them about religious belief in general and Vekeshi Mysticism in particular. She tried to talk with Thurgid about it – about being the...
  52. Session 219, Part One - Glacial Chase

    Over the course of time, it became clear that they would only gain on the doomsday army very slowly, by virtue of the fact that Uru could man their sled-ship on his own (with the aid of his ghostly...
  53. Session 218, Part Four - The Snowy North

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cBu3ZTWCbo

    One of the ancient bastions of Drakr’s might, the city of Bhad Ryzhavdut and its famed tower fortress had for centuries guarded traffic along the Volgir...
  54. Session 218, Part Three

    Conference

    Following a sending to Harkover Lee, to inform him of developments, they arranged for the king’s key advisors to teleport on to the Coaltongue as it flew back to Flint. Lauryn Cyneburg,...
  55. Congratulations, Greg Spanier, you have won a...

    Congratulations, Greg Spanier, you have won a bonus reward! Innwung the Pickle Vendor has been immortalized in song. (Or should I say preserved?)
  56. Session 218, Part Two

    The Next 24 Hours

    Fireworks were going off throughout the city. There were celebrations in the streets below, as all at once the citizens of Ursalina found themselves free from the yoke of alien...
  57. Session 218, Part One

    Immediate Aftermath

    The maustin caji!

    “Your timing has never been more perfect, my friend,” King Baldrey responded.

    There was no time for a longer exchange. They helped all of their...
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    I used these adventures in my Zeitgeist campaign....

    I used these adventures in my Zeitgeist campaign. Love them. And those maps bring back memories for me too. I tried to write a fantasy novel when I was 12 - all about life on board a flying ship. ...
  59. Session 217, Part Four

    Outside

    The frogspawn mass had fully enclosed the leviathan, which was already absorbing the psychic energies it required. Up close, it could be seen that the aboleth were all dead, having...
  60. Session 217, Part Three

    Outside

    A vast, amorphous mass rose up from the water of the harbour, summoned by the ululations of the leviathan, which this mass entirely dwarfed. It looked like murky frogspawn, but magnified...
  61. She’s got a wicked tongue, that Quratulain. Gives...

    She’s got a wicked tongue, that Quratulain. Gives her guns and her swords a run for their money.
  62. Session 217, Part Two

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ahv1oGnZIs

    Outside

    Panic had been caused throughout the city by the presence of the alien vessel, but at the docks it was particularly virulent....
  63. Oh, it gets worse...

    Oh, it gets worse...
  64. Session 217, Part One

    Outside

    Doran handed the unconscious Uru over to Ayesha. He advised her to keep Uru inside sack, wrapped with rusty iron chains, inside a locked chest in a very brightly lit room. Instead Ayesha...
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    Oh well. I had him come straight after Melissa,...

    Oh well. I had him come straight after Melissa, because she was a half-elf and they are long-lived. Dun't really matter, does it?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uMGN1ayqBc
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    Is there definitely a monarch between Melissa (or...

    Is there definitely a monarch between Melissa (or whoever Lorcan names) and Aodhan?
  67. Session 216, Part Two - Fighting in the Flesh Fens

    The fight raged on. Rumdoom went toe-to-toe with Quratulain. Glaucia was chained by the gidim, and thrown telekinetically into the acid bath. She teleported out, but straight into a newly formed...
  68. Session 216, Part One - In the Belly of the Beast

    Even before the gidim leviathan erupted from the Triunfo, Korrigan and his remaining allies were fighting to fend off reactive defences (such as mucus clouds, bioelectricity and mind control),...
  69. Adventure 11, Act One, DM Notes

    This section of adventure 11 will go down in my personal ‘Annals of Misunderestimation’, second only to our seven-month run at Diaspora. I thought it would take three weeks! Uru would benefit from...
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    Funnily enough, we have a mad shootist in our...

    Funnily enough, we have a mad shootist in our campaign and she did the same! I only just realised the connection.
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    Yeah, that's gonna be a problem for us too...

    Yeah, that's gonna be a problem for us too...
  72. Session 215, Part Three - Unhappy Reunion

    Up top, Leon caught sight of movement too, but too late to react: up on the ceiling of the college foyer, a figure emerged from the darkness and fired a shuriken at Salome and then vanished again. ...
  73. Session 215, Part Two - Employees Only

    With Leon’s help they passed easily through the gate to the eastern district.

    The Triunfo sat at the highest tier of its hill, and a path weaved through broad gardens around the campus walls. The...
  74. Session 214, Part One - Inside Lord Cadagyr's Head

    Unable to return to the Coaltongue, Leon took them all to the junkyard. They could not linger there as Doran had been here before he lost his eye, but they spared a few moments for Wolfgang to...
  75. Session 214, Part Three - Gidim Ambush (the Unfair Version)

    Meanwhile, Korrigan strode through the entrance hall, brushed the butler aside and appeared on the steps alongside Lord Cadagyr. He put his arm around the orcish noble and announced that the estate...
  76. Session 214, Part Two - Bleak House

    Again, after much convoluted discussion, the group changed their plans and worked their way back to the Northern District to affect a rescue of the prisoners. Doran and Von Recklingausen posed as...
  77. Session 214, Part One - The Good Doctor

    Wolfgang greeted Korrigan and looked around for other unit members. He could see none, which clearly disappointed him: He had heard talk of ‘capable foreigners’ and guessed they would be involved...
  78. Session 213, Part Three - Who Is That Masked Man?

    By now they were in hot pursuit of the arresting officers and their captives. Despite a sanguine response from Agent Doran (who Korrigan could not help referring to as ‘Saladoor’) they decided not...
  79. Session 213, Part Two - Ob Flap

    In his guise as Torado, irascible old half-orc merchant, Doran knew Sergio Flores quite well. Flores had built the Ob’s unnecessarily large lighthouse here, and for reasons best known to himself had...
  80. Session 213, Part One - One in, one out…

    Overnight, they rested in the refuse heap as best they could, but their rest was uneasy and disturbed. Beams of light swept over the city, causing them to fear that a search might be underway. Just a...
  81. Session 212, Part Three - The Abattoir

    Those freed by Brakken immediately became aware of the freezing mould, and leapt aside. Leon teleported completely out of harm’s way, the better to review the situation. Glaucia summoned a pillar of...
  82. They weren't keen. And (as you will see in the...

    They weren't keen. And (as you will see in the next report) the bears were the first foes in a while who made them nervous enough to consider fleeing. But that's because they're running their...
  83. Session 212, Part Two - The Jaula

    Once again, they gained easy access to the walled ‘upper class’ Southern District - home to the Jaula and a prosperous restaurant district. They made a beeline for the Jaula, bypassing the...
  84. Session 212, Part One - The Hidden Enforcer

    They agreed to investigate the Jaula next, waiting only to receive a reply from Salome Nieves. Meantime, they contacted the Coaltongue and asked them to be on the lookout for hiveminds. Nieves’...
  85. Session 211, Part Three - Dieter at the Red Peacock

    Since the closure of the Triunfo Vida, the most active site for entertainment in Ursalina’s eastern district was now the Red Peacock Café, a fine restaurant with adjoining art gallery and clothier...
  86. Session 211, Part Two - CSI: Ursalina

    A few jumps more took them away from the immediate area, into a part of town with lots of drinking holes. They waited at one for the pacifying aura to burn out. (No bar fights for the next hour or...
  87. Session 211, Part One - A Mind-blowing Encounter

    Unfortunately, they did not arrive on the Coaltongue. Instead they pitched up on a patch of waste ground in the eastern docks. Worse, Gupta and Uriel did not arrive with them. Leon said he had...
  88. Session 210, Part Three - Following Clues

    They resumed their search for Hildegaard, which led them out of the well-populated mercantile region of the troughs and into an out-and-out slum, where a dirty open sewer, trapped between the...
  89. Session 210, Part Two - Flida's Finest

    Flida’s shop was just across the street from Innwung’s pickle barrel. A thick faded blue canvas overhung her booth, and piles of blankets, hand towels, rolls of unbleached rough-spun cotton, and...
  90. I thought Asrabey just had a vekeshi blade?

    I thought Asrabey just had a vekeshi blade?
  91. Session 210, Part One - Entering Ursalina

    Eventually, they did receive a reply from Vlendham Heid. He apologised and said he had been asleep when they contacted him (apparently the founder of the Heid Eschatol was sanguine in the face of...
  92. Questionnaire Redux - Yours Truly

    Briefly describe your character's personality (as you see it) emphasizing any changes or developments since the start of the campaign (and/or the reboot).

    Your irascible guide through the world of...
  93. Questionnaire Redux - Uriel

    Describe your character's personality (as you see it) emphasising and changes or developments since the start of the campaign:
    Uriel started as a mix of tremendous knowledge and complete naivety....
  94. Questionnaire Redux - Quratulain

    Describe your character's personality (as you see it) emphasizing any changes or developments since the start of the campaign:

    Child Q

    Unhappy little Quratulain always looked at emotional...
  95. Questionnaire Redux - Gupta

    Briefly describe your character's personality (as you see it) emphasizing any changes or developments since the start of the campaign (and/or the reboot).

    Gupta has let go of looking backwards...
  96. Questionnaire Redux - Leon

    Briefly describe your character's personality (as you see it) emphasizing any changes or developments since the start of the campaign (and/or the reboot).
    Leon is more centered and focused, he feels...
  97. Questionnaire Redux - Surprise Bonus Entry

    And here is the unique perspective of another member of our team. :o

    Briefly describe your character's personality (as you see it) emphasizing any changes or developments since the start of the...
  98. Questionnaire Redux - Rumdoom

    Briefly describe your character's personality (as you see it) emphasizing any changes or developments since the start of the campaign (and/or the reboot).
    The encounter with the Kraken started...
  99. Questionnaire Redux - Korrigan

    I can highly recommend it - for all the reasons I gave back in post 323!



    I thought it might. Now, Korrigan's response:

    Briefly describe your character's personality (as you see it)...
  100. Questionnaire Redux - Uru

    Briefly describe your character's personality (as you see it) emphasizing any changes or developments since the start of the campaign (and/or the reboot).

    More sophisticated and less tribal. He’s...
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