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Greyhawk: The Golden Era CY 963: EPIC CAMPAIGN - Campaign Logs + RESTORED CAMPAIGN THREAD

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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
GM:
The pile of "debris" that Sphynx is sorting through is literally THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of coins!

13,312 cp

18,921 sp

74,590 ep

1,875,643 gp

366,879 pp
 

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Nezkrul

First Post
"Wow, that's a lot of coins!" exclaims Jynx.

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Aust Thale

Explorer
Dengar....

~ A robe of...holding? ~

Dengar observes the pile of coins growing ever larger, his eyebrows raised in curiosity?

"Were these folks nobles or royals or rather exceptional brigands?" He laughed, "They appear to have looted the treasury."

He looked upon Sphynx' expressionless face. Every so often he thought he caught a twinkle in his eye. He didn't know if it was his imagination, or perhaps Sphynx was allowing Dengar to wonder about it. Sphynx most certainly had a sense of humor. Typically, though, that sense of humor was as much an enigma as Sphynx himself. Dengar wondered how it must feel to laugh at oneself without ever letting on it happened.

~ If it is a robe of holding, it certainly holds a lot. ~

"I feel an adventure inside of an adventure coming. "

GM:
Are you under the impression that the robes belonged to the Tribesmen? DUDE! These are Fandekar's robes, that you guys found in the tower! The baby was lying on them, remember?
 
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Nezkrul

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"Five of us here, split it up?" Jynx asks.
OOC: 2,662cp leaving 2 cp; 3,784sp leaving 1 sp; 14,918ep; 375,128gp leaving 3 gp; 73,375pp leaving 4 pp; each
 


MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Sphynx states kindly, "Thanks for the offer of inclusion, but i am independently wealthy and need no coin."
 

Nezkrul

First Post
OOC: made a mistake and didn't realize there were 6 of us here, so if sphynx doesn't need a share, then the numbers I posted above are still accurate shares
 

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
With the robes identified, and the coins counted, there is little to do besides wait on Pondren. Delbin, being an Elf, decides to "trance sleep" (the way all Elves do) for the remaining 5 hours, so as to facilitate the re-memorization of spells when he wakes up. Dengar also decides to rest, since sleep is important to a clear mind. Lastly, Sphynx also decides to rest, appearing to meditate just as Luis does. Jynx notices the Wall of Force go up again, and cannot help but wonder: is the wall to prevent the incursion of enemies, or the shenanigans of pranksters?

Jynx remains vigilant the entire time, and there are no encounters.

As Pondren finishes reading, 5.5 hours have passed, since the actual length of the book was 1,982 pages. Pondren slams the book shut, and his usually cheerful expression is gone. He turns to the others, all of whom have already been stirring, and/or awake for about the past 10 minutes or so.

"It's far worse than any of us could ever have imagined. Fandekar did more than to simply create a pleasant pocket plane to live on; he created a LIVING plane, one which attempted to read the wants and needs from the minds of its inhabitants, and grant them their every desire. It also had a calming, soothing, happy effect on its inhabitants, making them, in effect, perfectly content with their existence there, as well as keeping them healthy. It very nearly WAS a Utopia. But there was one drawback; the energies of the plane were so strong, as to have an adverse effect on creatures who were not native to it..."

Pondren looks to be counting something on his fingers. Then he continues, "As near as I can figure it, the life essence of the creatures was not drained; instead, picture a tankard of ale that overflows when too much is poured into the tankard. The plane's infusement of energies into its inhabitants, to keep them happy and healthy, was literally too much for their bodies to bear. The average, healthy person would last no longer than about 10 months. Athletic types might survive a year, at the outside. But because the plane tries to subdue its inhabitants with happiness and contentment, they probably made excuses for the ailments they felt, and lived in denial of their sickness, until it was too late. Fandekar discovered this too, but only after the inhabitants began to die. And they did not die a normal death; instead, they became the zombified creatures we encountered. Their bodies were literally overloaded with positive energy. Hence, the proverbial TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING situation."

Pondren begins fidgeting as he paces about, thinking out loud: "There weren't many inhabitants of the plane; Fandekar had not gotten so far as to be able to create native creatures. All of the people living there were colonists, so-to-speak. And there weren't that many of them. According to Fandekar's records, there were 24 people living in the village that surrounds his tower. We have seen two zombies be destroyed, for sure. That leaves 22 more. Minus however many the demon scouts killed while wandering the tower. There was also a village of Stone Giants that Fandekar brought there. According to the book, there was a Stone Giant King, named Carl Granitebeard, and 11 giants who swore fealty to him: 4 Knights, and 7 Nobles. They wanted to start their own kingdom away from the other giant kingdom that they split off from. I'm not sure how many of them have succumbed to the plane, if any. Worst case scenario, we're looking at 34 of these zombies that need to be destroyed. Either that, or we need to find a way to restore them to normal. Such a thing would require True Magicks, and likely the cooperation of several powerful Wizards in order to concoct such a Dweomer. Once the zombies have either been destroyed or restored, we could research a way to change the plane, so as to remove the part of it that affects the inhabitants with the "health and happiness" infusement. Again, we're dealing with True Magicks, but given that we are modifying Fandekar's existing spell, it shouldn't be as intensive as it would have been to attempt something like this from scratch. Give me your thoughts, my friends."

 

Nezkrul

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"Remove all connections to that plane from the cosmology, effectively allowing the universe to 'make it disappear', naturally?", Jynx posits.
 

Luis

First Post
Luis comes out of meditation and says, " I too have no need for coin, returning the balance to this plane is far more important."
 

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Jynx said:
"Remove all connections to that plane from the cosmology, effectively allowing the universe to 'make it disappear', naturally?", Jynx posits.


Pondren says,
"That is the most drastic step. It will destroy the plane. And the spell would need to be cast from on the plane itself, which means there is a chance that whomever stays behind to cast the spell might not make it out. It depends on how long it takes the plane to implode. It cannot be reliably predicted. It could be instant, or it could take an hour, or it could take a year, or a hundred years. Every plane is different."


GM:
+1,500 xp. to Jynx for bringing up an important story element.


 

Nezkrul

First Post
"Less drastic- make a spell or magical object that would give the caster/owner complete control over the plane's energies, features, and traits; thereby allowing one to "fix" the problems?". It seems that Jynx has been thinking up answers to problems that do not affect him during his long watch over the people who rested.

OOC: Pondren, Delbin, Dengar, Jynx each get these shares of the coins:
3,328 copper
4,730 silver
18,647 electrum leaving 2ep
468,910 gold leaving 3gp
91,719 platinum leaving 3pp
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Jynx said:
"Less drastic- make a spell or magical object that would give the caster/owner complete control over the plane's energies, features, and traits; thereby allowing one to "fix" the problems?"

Pondren says, "Yes, that's what I was talking about. When I said that we could remove the part of the plane that infuses its inhabitants with energy, I was referring to re-constructing Fandekar's original spell, and leaving that part out. He left many notes on this process in his book, and the actual spell is inscribed on a secret wall, located within his tower, according to the book. If we re-made his spell, without the harmful component, and then cast it within the plane, it would 'overwrite' the old spell, and force the parameters of the new spell into being, thereby ridding the plane of the property that makes it dangerous. Of course, then it will be simply a normal plane, that anyone could travel to and colonize, but after all, wasn't that the point to begin with?"

Pondren strokes his chin, before adding: "Of course, we need to figure out what to do with the zombies first. And without Fandekar here to defend his plane, any old squad of free-loading demon scouts could come and plant their master's flag."
 
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Nezkrul

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Jynx asks, "Wouldn't rewriting the plane also include rewriting all the inhabitants? Afterall, standing on that plane is "being" part of it, is it not?". "Just something to consider before deciding on that idea."
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Sphynx joins in the conversation.

"I hate to seal the fate of those that chose to engage upon the doomed plan for utopian bliss, but it is far better than any recurrent problem. I too, say that we disconnect any means of ingress or egress to this plane."

"If we reset it, we would basically be leaving the plane and its resources for plunder and possible misuse by malignant powers. I understand that this will mean implosion, and that there are extreme risks, but the spell that would cause the connections to be severed can be configured to activate at a later time than it was cast. One could then cast the spell, portal out, and one minute later, the spell's effect would become active, and start severing the links. Another solution is to use a Simulacrum to cast the spell."
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Pondren smiles at Sphynx's genius. "Ah yes, I see your point. Resetting the plane leaves it as a blank slate, while destroying it truly restores the order of the cosmos. You are most wise. And yes, the spell could easily be re-configured to activate on a delayed basis; I had never thought of it in that way. You are exceedingly eruditic, and very insightful. One could learn much, merely by remaining in your immediate company, and listening."

Pondren runs his fingers through his hair. He can't ever seem to stop fidgeting! "One thing I'd like to do first, however, is make sure there are no remaining non-zombified inhabitants on the plane; if there are, it would be a simple matter to get them off the plane BEFORE we begin casting the spell. A simple Commune spell would suffice to discover any survivors. I have no qualms about destroying zombies, but we need to ensure that we aren't neglecting innocent lives. What say all of you?"
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Sphynx looks at their new found company a moment then continues. "Pondren, I'm going to need to read that book. I feel quite certain I can not only recreate but also modify Fandekar's spell, but I want to get this right in one try."
 


Nezkrul

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"Perhaps Dengar could ask for his Lady's assistance in helping the non-zombified inhabitants off the plane?", asks Jynx.
 

Aust Thale

Explorer
"Perhaps Dengar could ask for his Lady's assistance in helping the non-zombified inhabitants off the plane?", asks Jynx.

~ In the cradle of the heavens... ~

Dengar has been listening carefully, stroking his chin contemplatively. To Jynx, "Yes, she can, but..." Dengar trails off for a moment, and addresses the group, unusually somber. "This can go wrong in a thousand ways. I agree with Sphynx. And I'd like to peruse the book as well. We presume that we are doing the right thing by undoing something that should have never been done in the first place. Fandekar's new plane, I mean. I see what you mean by severing the ability to enter and leave it, as we perceive it to be an elaborate booby trap of sorts. I wonder...." Dengar trails off again for another moment.

"I have two dueling notions swirling around in my head: the first is that it might be possible to reverse temporal mechanics in the plane, by which it would devolve back into what? Nothingness perhaps? Effectively, we would be killing it in its crib. However, in doing so, I am not simply concerned about unfortunate inhabitants. I'm concerned about Fandekar as an infant. I wonder if it would be possible to reverse the effects that way."

"Additionally, I also view this new plane as a potentially valuable to us in the future. A way to stay out of the way. Or perhaps if it's untamable, perhaps as a prison. I'm simply throwing out notions here, but since we appear to be discussing treading where not even gods typically tread, we might contemplate what we are really doing. I'll support ending this place vis-à-vis Sphynx's measuring twice and cutting once, but I want to make sure we've considered thoroughly what we are doing. This is advanced arithmetic, my friends."

"I volunteer to activate the spell, once we contemplate how to do it. I would remind everyone that I can request miracles of varying complexity. Perhaps this will be interesting enough to my Lady Luck that she would intercede aggressively. "
 

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