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ZEITGEIST The affirmative action racial recruitment team of the RHC

Andrew Moreton

After a fairly combat heavy session last time this session was entirely talking speculation and some pointless attempts by NPC's to spot Manuel creeping around.
They started meeting with the Bruse where Nevla regaled him with slightly exagerated tales of their exploits while trying to leave out some of the more sensitive bits, and was mildly suprised to discover he seemed to know all the sensitive bits alreadt. They are more impressed with El Extrano , although El Kevin remains convinced that El Extrano is actually running Ber and just lets the Bruse take all the blame, EL Extrano thinks this would not be a bad idea and will consider it when the Bruse is replaced. The Bruse is particularly entertained by the previous encounter with Lya and driving a train off a cliff.
The team promised Ber one of the next Coaltongue class vessels to be built and to set up a branch of Flint university in Ber specialisign in Arcanotechnical integration, as they did not think Risur had any warships as impressive as the one Danor had given them immediatly available.
The Bruse announces the terms of his offer to access Tinker, when he explains the Cantalabrian railway challange Nevla petitions to work with the Griento's she explains that they are already freinds with Griento and that they fear that during a challange any legitimate problems Griento suffers could be used to attack his honour , as they are blamed on him throwing the contest to the team. Instead by working with him they will preserve the honour and integrity of this proud son of Ber. Lya argues against this but fails to come up with a convincing arguement and the Bruse shrugs and amends the challange.
Next he announces the challange along the Gold coast and the team are annoyed to learn that the Ob will have to try to arrange an attack on Risur but go along with it as they can't think of a way to change the Bruse's mind.

As the Bruse heads of stargazing they see if Padme can tag along using her expert knowledge as a Stargazer but she fails to interest the Bruse so they let him go. Merton and Rush come over to try and taunt the pc's and are suprised at El Kevin and Manuels enthusiasm for the T-Rexes and their enquiries if Merton has any more.
Lyr calls her minions away and they depart the court. Nevla seeks out the Vizier and the minister of Dragon affairs and talks to them. The Vizier is moderatly impressed by the clear preference of Nevla to settle this silly game as constructivly as possible and her commitment to avoid sabotage , but does not commit herself. Nevla rapidly realises that the Minister of Dragon affairs is bribable with a nice bribe for Ber and goes away to think what they can offer which is equivalant to 5 warships. Pemberton talks to Manuel and Ulvaar about Steam suits and improvements to his B.E.A.R

They then retire to their cottage to scheme, as soon as night falls Bat Manuel sets out to own the night and with a mediocre stealth roll of 46 undetectable spies on Lya and her minions. He notes her preference for none destructive railway obstacles and Rush's enthusiasm for destruction, and notes they should encourage Rush as his plans seem to have been bad before and catching him will help their cause, when discussion moves on to attacking Risur he thinks the plan to mindcontrol a sea captain is brilliant and hard to stop. However later when this is revealed to Nevla she realises this is the perfect opportunity remembering how badly Ber reacts to Mind control she decides that they must catch the Ob in mid plan at all costs and arranges for Glaucia and Brakken to accompany them to the area to provide independent confirmation of the plan when they are caught.
They are visited by Sokana who as the former aid to the Duchess has been providing some assistance to the Risur Charge De Affairs while a new ambassador is appointed. They don't hold her actions on the Coaltongue against her and get a breifing on the situation with Caballaro and the Gold Coast including the disease outbreak and the desire by the locals to make a treaty with the fey , they set in motion plans to make that possible. The Minister of Dragons visits and is bribed by cuts on import tariff's on Beran Wine and Meat she also tells them about the situation in the Gold coast which is confirmation but reveals one new fact that a Goblin tribe seems to have thrown off the Disease, everyone looks at where they think Manuel may be.

The final visitor is Lya who unsuccesfully bids to have them cooperate. However the discussion is interesting they are not convinced about the Collossus as a weapon to protect against Risur , particularly as it was built in Risur however they accept her arguements that Flint has a unique set of resources and building it elsehere would have been very hard, also that is nothing had gone wrong it would have walked off in the Bleak gate to Danor without anyone noticing it. She says that fully operational is should be able to move between the Dreaming, real world and Bleak gate but obfuscates about fitting with with a lantern.
She reveals the Ob want to make a better world and have been experimenting with the lanterns to look at other planes. She expresses remorse about Sijhen's rampage and says truthfully that he was completely unexpected and that they have increased precautions since then, and that if the Ob's specialist team had been in place he probably would not be free. Xambria is not happy at being blamed. They discuss the Ob philosophy with her but the limits of Geases and common sense stops them getting much more. They decline the deal because their king would not approve and because they don't trust the Ob even is Lya is sincere about a better world and not hurting other nations they do not trust the Ob to implement their plan without bloodshed.
After Lya departs they speculate that the Ob may indeed want to change the planar balance of the world, and perhaps are responsible for breaking Avilona. Manuel and El Kevin think that the cigerrette smoking ghost may be an ancient or something left behind from that time with plans to improve on or change whatever the ancients did. Nevla with memories of Dala which seem to include the cigerette smoking man thinks he is younger than an Ancient, but after much specualtion they decide that they know too little to really speculate.

Finally Nevla , Manuel , Brakken and Glaucia teleport to the Gold coast via Slate as their briefing for Harkover is too complicated for sending spells. While they talk to Harkover Glaucia gets to inspect the RHC and see what she wants to learn from them.
Padme. El Kevin and Ulvaar teleport to the Rail head were they meet Pemberton trying to sell his steam crew , they are impressed by them and provide the budget for the Griento's to hire them as they seem useful and if they have them the Ob cannot , they also perusade Pemberton to hire his second steam crew available in afew days to the Griento's other railroad projects. Ulvaar while listening to Pemberton explain his steam crew to the Lightning Weasel and El Kevin as the local engineering experts realises that Pemberton is even smarter than he is pretending to be and that much of his personality is a mask. When he shares this information with others Manuel has his dragon breakthrough . Manuel has the B-Team start some surreptitous background checks into Pemberton being reluctant to confront Harkover. They discover that the Pemberton wealth and businesses have always been passed down through a single male heir, and they rose to prominence around the time the last Dragon tyrants vanished. While not conclusive Manuel, Nevla and Ulvaar are fairly convinced Pemberton is an ancient Dragon Tyrant

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It amuses me that your group is, I think, the only one to try to counter bribe the Berans instead of being offended at the Bruse and Kenna asking for stuff.

Andrew Moreton

I think they just thought it was par for the course, the Bruse is giving up a valuable national asset (TInker) and wants recompense. Also they considered the risk of a Danor/Ber alliance to Risur and so it was worth outbidding Lya to maintain Ber as a neutral or allied state.
They would have been much less impressed if they had been giving personal bribes to the Bruse and Kenna although I think they would have done so

It amuses me that your group is, I think, the only one to try to counter bribe the Berans instead of being offended at the Bruse and Kenna asking for stuff.

Our group effectively followed the sidebar on doing what is best for Ber rather than playing to Shantus's whims. We realized early on that Shantus was a bad leader, and the Panoply had a strong movement against him.

We decried and shamed Bruse Shantus in his own throne room for trying to instigate a violent international incident between Risur and Ber simply for his own amusement, and for turning the nationally-crucial construction project of the Selestala Railroad into a game more centered around back-and-forth sabotage than actually completing the railroad in an efficient manner. We effectively threw Shantus's game right then and there. We built up public support for ourselves by... effectively playing out the rest of the adventure regardless (helping out Cavallo, stopping the Jacale incident, wiping out the ghouls, assisting with railroad construction). We got most of the information and leads we needed through befriending people, spywork, and divinations.

Since we were helping both sides of the railroad, including Lya's side, we did not actually have to interact with the railroad minigame, much to the DM's relief.

By the end of it all, thanks to populist support from Melissa Amarie and the Panoply, we effectively shamed Bruse Shantus into handing over Tinker Oddcog and undertaking steps to eventually step down as Bruse in favor of a government more favorable to Ber's needs.

Andrew Moreton

Interesting to see how different gm's handle things. The direct confrontation with an absolute ruler in his throne room would not have gone well for you in a game I was running. At a minimum the Bruse would have cancelled the competion , Declared you Persona non Grata , expelled you from Ber and given Oddcog to the Ob. At worst you die in the throneroom (or kill the Bruse probably worse for Risur) as he orders his guards to kill you.
I think my players agree with the sentiment and even the overall strategy (they have no plans to launch any sabotage), although they hope to catch the Ob in their schemes helped by Manuels monstrous stealth. I also think trying to force the Bruse out risks a nasty civil war breaking out just in time for Pembertons coup but depending how it is handled it could work.

Before even setting off to the Summer Court, we took a moment to ingratiate ourselves to Melissa and the Panoply in Seobriga. We also did very well in the court case, thereby strengthening our friendship with Brakken. We befriended Glaucia too, helped by sharing some skyseer predictions. We also managed to prevent Rush Munchausen from escaping to the Bleak Gate, and we had Glaucia sentence Rush Munchausen in the court as well. We traveled to the Summer Court with Melissa, Glaucia, Brakken, and a freshly-sentenced Rush all in tow.

That meant that one of Lya's own aides was now a sentenced criminal in Ber, thus weakening her position in front of Shantus. Melissa, Glaucia, and Brakken could all testify to Merton Goncala likewise stirring up trouble with local megafauna, and endangering the lives of Beran officials as part of the vineyard attack.

We were also growing reasonably popular in Ber. We had preexisting, well-liked figures backing us up: Melissa, Glaucia, and Brakken. Between these factors, and the protests going on in Seobriga, Bruse Shantus was in a very weak position.

Sure, he could have booted us out, but that would have condemned him in the eyes of the public, particularly with Melissa publishing news reports on his lunatic demands on the imminent international incident and the sanctioned railroad sabotage. The Beran Rites of Rulership (he has those in the 4e version) would have waned significantly for Shantus. Ber is a nation with a low tolerance for tyrants, and Shantus could not afford to paint himself as one; once the Beran Rites of Rulership waned, not even his throne room guards would support him by that point.

Andrew Moreton

Well explained but I suspect not enough that a direct confrontation would have gone well for me, but part of the fun of reading other peoples accounts of a campaign is seeing how the gm and the players handle different situations. I suspect I see Ber as less democratic and have a lower opinion of people in general which leads me to think foreigners will have a great deal of trouble gaining quick popular support in a nation combined with the importance of 'Tribal/Racial' loyalties. Combined this lets the Bruse get away with more, possibly with long term consequences for him.
Further given I am a historical cynic I expect the results of destabilizing the government of Ber would result in the same sort of situation you got in Yugoslavia only with actually clear and visible racial lines as people vented their anger by turning on those damn trogs/cows/snakes/etc and a viscous civil war developing ending up with a largish mainly Orc nation and smaller nations of the other major races and lots of dead people (although still no one would see the Kobolds). Although given Pembertons presence and plans he may end up in charge after any chaos and in any event most of the trouble would be cut short by the Age of Reason which may actually give more legitimacy to the Ob in the eyes of many

Andrew Moreton

This session we only had 2 players, normally would have called this off but fortunatly they had split the party the session before and the players dealing with Cavallo were the 2 present, I also thought that activity would wrap up faster in Citadel Cavallo allowing everyone to be involved along the railroad next session.

Nevla and Manuel were cound for Citadel Cavallo arriving around mid morning after their trip via Risur to report in. They left Braken to watch the teleport circle and check for an arriving Ob enchantment specialist, while Glaucia wondered off to check on the local Escuadores. Manuel and Nevla went to the citedal gate and were insuled by Cavallo, Nevla responded by insulting him , but the brewing conflict was cut short by Alonso the Half Giant advisor to Cavallo suggesting that murdering the foreign represntatives was not very hospitable and so they were admitted and shown to their quarters, Alonso impressed Manuel by being as big as his steamsuit.

Once in their quarters they examined the Beran navy and concluded it was a bit backward but could still cause a lot of problems with raiding along the Risuri coast before more modern Risuri armoured ships could catch its wooden sailing ship. This was slightly derailed by my enthusiasm for armed boats , I concluded that the Beran Navy was equipped to about 1850's status with impressive reinforced sailing warships but not acuiliary steam engines on most, with a few Monitor Type ironclads
The Risuri navy with the exception of the sophisticated Coal tongue were wooden ships with axuiliary steam engines or the new mainstay of their fleets being ships simialar to HMS Warrior
and the more modern ships like

The Danoran (and Drakan) navies had a mixture of those and more modern ships like
HMS Royal Sovereign (1857) - Wikipedia and HMS Captain (1869) - Wikipedia

With everyone being fully rigged unless they plan on only short range deployments due to the limits of engine efficiency and lack of coaling stations

One of the Beran Sea Commodores who was a Druid came to talk to them and belittled Manuel as one of those who expect to replace magic with cannon and was completly derailed when he launched into his enthusiasm for magically enhanced guns and technology and the use of flying mammals for arial reconaisance , they had an interesting conversation and took notes on the Berans enthusiasm for Squids and similar. Manuel may want a steamsquid at some point.

Eventually they moved on to lunch with Cavallo, to be continued in part 2

Andrew Moreton

Part 2
Lunch with Cavallo started with them greeting Lya in a display of politeness. They witnessed Cavallo's grandson being sent away and the sharp eyed Manual spotted the nature of the treatment to his leg confirming their intelligence about his infection. Cavallo told them he knew about Shantus's game and so did not believe all of Lya's stories and asked how they were going to bribe him. Their first offer was to provide druids to help Cavallo and his people make a deal with the sea fey , which pleased him, and they offerred assistance to help him set up a shipyard so he would not be dependent on the one the Bruse was building with Tinkers help. All of this pleased him and he mentioned that if they could deal with the annoying goblins without him having to send his own sailors to do the job he would be more greatful but so far none of this was worth him ending his feud with Shantus but they could stay and try and come up with something else.

Manuel flew out on Roger to investigate the goblins while Nevla stayed close to Cavello in case of them discovering this enchanter. From the air the Goblin tribe was easy to spot , the large number of giant insects gave Manuel some caution but he decided they probably could not smell him so he could sneak in. He was vastly more stealthy than the goblin guards could cope with and soon located their shaman and to his suprise Dr Von Recklinghausen. He crept in and talked with the doctor discovering it was he who had worked out a cure for the dragonworm and told how to cure it, he then agreed to try and get the good doctor out of there and went to speak with the shamen. His good credentials being confirmed by a large gift of fireworks to the tribe they got down to talking. This was the meeting of 2 reat diplomats one with a skill of -1 and 1 with a skill of -2. They blundered around for a while but in the end they reached an agreement
1) Manuel would persuade Cavallo to ket them have their old home back
2)Some of their stolen treasure would be repaid (Risur would give them 10000 gp of shiny stuff)
3) They would be paid by Griento railways to use thier Ankhegs to dig rail tunnels
4) Manuel would arrange for some city goblins to come and teach them about guns and fireworks and help them fit on better
5) They would stop raiding
6) They would release the doctor

The doctor set of for the Citedal and Manuel flew back arriving just before Brakken noticed a suspicous enchantress arriving. Manuel tailed her to the dockyard and spied on her meeting with Thrag, then after she and Thrag had gone their seperate ways he stole the letter of introduction . Meanwhile Glaucia came to the naval base with Brakken and just walked in everyone assumed she was there to look for corruption. She met with Manuel and using detect magic determined the letter was enchanted this was enough to arrest the enchantress but she agreed with the constables to catch her in the act. She went to Thrags first officer and told him that the next day this enchantress was going to try something on their sailing trip but she would stop it , he agreed to hide her on the boat as she explained that catching this criminal assaulting Thrags freedom would demonstrate his integrity and expose an enemy of Ber. Manuel also hid on the boat and spied on the enchantress. As soon as she fed a magical elixir to Thrag Manual gave the signal and Glaucia and a bunch of burly sailors burst in, immediatly the enchantress tried to teleport out but Manuel shot her with a none lethal Nock gun blast stopping that idea. Glaucia dispelled the effect on Thrag and explained the situation , he wanted to feed the enchantress to the sharks but was persuaded to at least delay this until she had been interrogated. Glaucia interrogated her using her truth power and discovered the entire plot but there was no direct link to Lya she having been recruited by a third party. Manuel and Glaucia returned t the citedal on a boat, with Thrag staying at sea so it looked like the plan was working to Lya.

Meanwhile Nevla had gone to Cavallo's daughter with the cure and healed her son, they discussed setting up a public health plan to clean the cities water and Cavallo's daughter agreed to coordinate local druids and clerics alongside Doctor Von Reckinghausen to clear out the disease. Something that would boost her public profile. Nevla also briefed the doctor when he arrived on Andrei's fate and the dangers of the Ob.

Nevla and Glaucia explained what had happened to Cavallo along with the report of Manuel having heard Lya plot this . He was furious and to spite the Danorans agreed to fund the railroad , he did not however agree to a public reconcilation with Shantus. The constables figured this was as good as they cou;d get and better than anything Lya would get here. Realising that Lya would soon realise that the constables had heard or otherwise learnt of their plans they decided that before the attack on Risur should occure they would teleport back to the rail line and organise a pre-emptive stike on the undead lizardmen before they became a problem.

Andrew Moreton

We started off at the railroad , El Kevin and Ulvaar were in charge of Security and decided that mercenaries were needed to protect the track behind them particularly the bridges. They thought that as this was Ber it must be possible to hire trolls to lurk under bridges so after a moment of thought the Steelhead Mercenary company was invented lead by a number of Half Giants and Minotoaurs the company employs Troll and Ogre shock troops . These highly paid mercenaries were soon lurking under and around the bridges supplying Griento enterprises. Ulvaar soon noticed that scare stories were being spread around about the problems ahead and brought in Griento to rally the workers spirits which was a success particularly with the infusion of capital from Risur.
In a strategy session they decided to hold onto the high morale of the workers and plug away with a steady 2 miles a day (using the steam gang) until they hit the bridge, then put on a surge and blow through to the finish faster than the Ob can react.
Maths for this
Day 1
1 materail , 1 mile
Day 2
2 Material 2 miles Wealth drops to 6
Day 3
2 material 2 miles
Day 4
2 Material 2 miles
Day 5
2 material 2 miles
Day 6 Bridge
5 material, 3 morale used and wealth drops to 3
Day 7
3 material, 1 morale 3 miles wealth up to 5 morale down to 2
Day 8
3 material, 1 morale, 3 miles morale 1
Day 9
4 material, 3 morale (spending 4 wealth) wealth down to 0
Railway completed

Security continued on the 3rd day and El Kevin inspecting the steam gang noticed that they were actually built to combat specifications. They notified Risur but did not bother to warn the locals. In Risur Harkover organises a crack down on Pemberton industries to find any combat constructs in Risur.
Early on day 4 Nevla and Manuel arrive their work elsewhere done , immediately the team plans a pre-preemptive strike on the keepers of Cheshimox. Manuel performs an aerial recon and sees nothing unusual just missing Rush and Murton departing the area after having dropped off an Ob assassin construct.

The team enters the tunnels and the undead detect them and start to prepare their ambush,the clockwork assassin spots the team and contingency programming kicks in it tries to kill Ulvaar fails and is beaten to pieces. Manuel takes the pieces for study.
As they approach the main cave they spot the army lieing in wait on either side and attack. El Kevin throws a puny fireball right while Nevla leaps into the army on the left and triggers a detonate spell which obliterates all on the left. The ghouls rogues charge Nevla and inflict a light wound then she and Padme despatch them in mellee with a series of critical hits. Manuel fires a shotcannon right taking out the priests and half the Zombies and El Kevin launches a second fireball killing the rest. Ulvaar thinks he has a bad initiative score.

Then a skeletal construct bearing the head of Cheshimox lurches into the cave at the same time a Kobold Lich sorceror drops invisibility and fires a cone of cold , signifignant damage is done. Ulvaar , Padme and El Kevin engage the mirror imaged sorceror damaging him , Nevla drops a burst of Radiance on him which blinds him and his second cone of cold only damages Ulvaar and Padme. The dragon thing attacks Manuel who has just Nock gunned it and hurts him.

Nevla drops a flame strike on the lich but its magic resistance blocks the spell,Padme and Ulvaar injure it but it then dimension doors out to recover. El Kevin sitting on the shoulders of Manuel shoots at the skeletal thing and the attack of opportunity nearly drops him, but instead his bullets smash it to debris.

The group heals and goes looking for the lich which is also healing. It attacks again trying to blind them with gloomblind bolts from range. Ulvaar hastes the party, Nevla hits the lich with a dispel magic which drops its mirror images and Manuel rushes forward with a redlined suit and gets a rifle shot into its face, before El Kevin drops it with a hail of revolver fire.

They contact Risur to see if anyone there knows how to find a lich Phylactery and Haqrkover Lee volunteers they leave him to deal with it while returning to guard the rail camp.He melts the entire area destroying the phylactery and teleports back to Risur .

At the camp a rabble rousing Murton is caught and asked to leave and Manuel 'The Knight' catches Rush planting an immovable rod , with this evidence they turn him over to the local Executores and he gets beaten before being turned loose. El Kevin really wants to do something more permanent to them but is talked out of it.

At this point they are able to get the railway finished faster than Lya is able to get hers done and before any more schemes against them can take shape

Next session -- they meet the Bruse and Ulvaar realises just how useful his new ability is as it renders the entire party immune to Agony gas by protecting them inside a life bubble

Andrew Moreton

With the railwy challange succesfully completed the team are summoned by the Bruse to hear the results, they are fairly confident that barring massive bribery or mind control they have beaten the Ob. So they start trying to work out how he Ob will snatch tinker. For some reason they think that printing out a map of the throne room indicates there will be trouble there, they settle on a strike team coming out of the Bleak gate but are not sure about the logistics issues of getting the Iron rings or Lanterns in place. Nevla is concerned they may pull the Daedelus option and kill Tinker so he can't make a Collossus for Risur. They then debate if he could as it seems the steelshaper and mindmaker played a large part, this briefly diverts to working out who the other X-Men are.
They turn up at the Throne room ready for a battle, and sit through the Bruse announcing the winner and being dissapointed they were mostly boring although he admits to finding Lya's failure to start a war as amusing, agains demonstrating he is well informed if rather lazy as a ruler. El Kevin points out that this is gurther evidence he is a pupper ruler for his Kobold Intelligence chief and the secret dragons behind him. The others point out this is silly but El Kevin knows the truth. They also notice Kenna not eating and don't think it signifigant, instead watching Lya and her people. They have also come to the conclusion that in a fight they should not kill Lya as she is by far the most senior Ob member they have met who they beleive to be a genuinely well intentioned person and so someone they could turn.
As Tinker arrives they are expecting the Ob to make their move instead Lya and her team graciously wait in the waiting room (Ob Wizards have prepared to intercept the teleport and pull the constables and Tinker into an ambush). They speak briefly with TInker ,Manuel and El Kevin discuss mad science and can just about follow TInker and conclude he realy is a Genius and worth recruiting,Then they hear shellfire incoming.
Manuel and El Kevin react faster than Tinker. Manuel triggers his steam suit and steps to hold his shield over the Bruse and Tinker, El Kevin shouts a warning. The agony gas shell hits and the only person in the room effected is the Bruse as the constables are shielded by Ulvaar's magic, they do find the lack of visibility annoying. Then Tinker pulls out a bomb and the team comes to the conclusion that he is a construct and is in charge of the attack. Manuel curse going first as he is now standing next to a bomb. Nevla runs up and grabs the bomb from Tinker , with Padme as a bodyguard , then the five elite guard/terminators attack 2 go for Manuel, 1 for El Kevin and 2 for Nevla inflicting wounds, Kenna starts trying to Kill the Bruse and is making good progress, then going last Ulvaar uses his TK to throw the bomb out of Nevla's hands and into the maze.

To be continued

Andrew Moreton

El Kevin took a step back and opened fire on the Elite guard in front on him and was shocked to see his bullets bouncing off and armourec chassis , he shouted out "Watch out they are metal" and prepared to be hit. Manuel stepped away from his attackers and activated Overdrive punching Kenna and knocking her twenty feet to the edge of the Balcony. Padme flanking one of Nevla's attackers shredded him with a series of sneak attacks, Nevla ran away from the other attacker , taking an attack of opportunity before hitting Kenna with a forceful smite spell through her estoc which damaged Kenna and knocked her back 5 feet over the edge of the balcony fortunatly for her landing after the bomb had gone off. 2 Elite guards laid into Manuel inflciting some pain while another smashed El Kevin around leaving him badly injured, finally Ulvaar extended one of his life bubbles around the Bruse, while the last elite guard attacked the Bruse.
Padme moved to flank and elite guard attacking the Bruse and dropped him, Manuel fired his suits Nock gun into an elite guard dropping him , El Kevin ran away through a side door, Nevla fired an erosion ray at Kenna further damaging her and delaying her attempts to climb up the wall 2 elite guards attacked the Bruse the Bruse smashed away at one of them ignoring the constables shouts that he should retreat, unseen in the gas a line of swarmers volley fired muskets wounding the Bruse and Manuel. Ulvaar used lightning to heal the Bruse (No one has worked out how he does it but it works!). A wall of fire appeared between the Bruse and the balcony
Manuel moved to block the the swarmers from shooting at the Bruse again as they reloaded, El Kevin sneaked in and fireballed some of the swarmers, Nevla dispelled the firewall, the Bruse and Padme dropped an elite guard, Ulvaar moved in and hit the last elite guard as he attacked the Bruse. The swarmers reloaded.

Manuel started to activate his shotcannon, El Kevin launched another fire ball dropping 2 swarmers, Nevla tried to persuade the Bruse to retreat, Padme attacked a swarmer but without a flanker her attacks were less deadly, te Bruse roared his defiance . A volley from the swarmers hit Ulvaar and Padme the Bruse being safe behind hte massive shield , a Flame strike dropped on the Bruse , Manuel and Ulvaar they were now certain a spellcaster lurked in the fog. Ulvaar leaped amidst the swarmers lashing out with his lightning blade and dropping 4 of them.

Manuel blasted the last 4 swarmers with his shotcannon and Lya in the fog stumbled into Pardo and attacked him, with the last foe located Ulvaar, Padme and Nevla were able to attack bringing the Gnoll Duplicant down before he could get off another spell.

The contables contined to protect the Bruse as information came in about attacks by duplicants all over Ber, killing several other authority figures, but other attacks lacked the set up and planning of the succesful attacks and the attack on the Bruse they concluded this was a hastily launched Coup but could not work out why Pardo and Tinker were working together. Finally their paranoia and a commune spell revealed the truth Pemberton was Gradiax and he was leading the gnoll cultists in a revolution. They did not tell El Kevin or the Bruse about the draconic ties. Calvallo was called by Bruse to organise the naval assault on the Gnolls as he prepared the army to follow up the naval spearhead , his call wa respectful and Cavallo answered.

The constables agreed with Lya to cooperate on attacking the island with the first team in getting the first crack at Tinker. They are unsure how much Tinker is willingly part of Pembertons scheme and how much is him just being a mad inventor and not liking the Bruse.
Finally Nevla went back to Risur to consult with Harkover (who they are almost certain is a dragon) they asked about Pemberton/Gradiax and after Harkover consulted the King were told about the ancient agreement to take in refugee Dragon Tyrants and it was confirmed that Gradiax is is breech of the agreement and no longer protected by the crown. They asked if there were others and it was confirmed there were and they had not breached the agreement . The Dragon in the room was not addressed and the Nevla did not ask if Harkover was a dragon. Manul recovered the Subway bomb and a portable hole to take with them so they had a weapon capable of hurting a Great Wyrm red dragon.

El Kevin and the Berans remain ignorant of the dragons. The constables have decied that Gradiax/Pemberton is probably a third party not tied to the Ob as they don't think he is in charge and could not see him in a conspiracy they did not lead.
They have a lot of paranoia about possible Ob involvment and draconic conspiracies.
Manuel was suprised that Pemberton was behind the coup he liked him , and thought he was a charming inventor and Business-dragon.

Next week the assault on the Volcano and soon we will find out were El Kevins loyalties lie ( I don't know)

Andrew Moreton

Manuel has been trying to build bigger versions and none lethal versions in case of future problems like the collossus and they feel a potential Great wyrm red dragon is worth a doomsday bomb


In my campaign, Risur has weaponized Nem defense reaction from Sidjen planar ritual. A competent spellcaster only needs less than half an hour and a bit of spell reagents (with golden plate of variable size being the most expensive one) to potentially clear a whole city district from all low-level living creatures, which makes this a weirdly terrifying fantasy weapon of mass destruction. Let's all pray that Grandis Komanov doesn't learn this secret.

Andrew Moreton

Interesting that is more El Kevins side of things planar and arcane magic , while Manuel is an alchemist . I will think about it and maybe give some ideas to El Kevins player

Andrew Moreton

We start off this session with the big reveal to El Kevin, in which they reveal that Pemberton is Gradiax and that they are going up against a Dragon. He takes this calmly and is convincingly loyal and certain that things can be resolved with out a direct confrontation with a dragon as he is certain that Pemberton is not on the island as if the Beran army makes contact with a real Dragon Tyrant everything will fall apart for his plans as the Berans launch a crusade to kill him. He expects a fake dragon which 'fooled' the Gnolls to be there or something. They have not mentioned to El Kevin that some of them believe Harkover is a Dragon as well, in fact the players are split on this El Kevins player is convinced Harkover is not a Dragon, Manuels player is convinced he is, Nevla's player thinks it probable but is worried they are seeing hidden dragons everywhere.

The team decides to take him along and also infiltrate seperatly from Lya and her team. They contact Nevla's Unseen court contacts and get a SEAL team of Selkies to land them on the island with Ulvaar providing a breathing bubble to each of them. They land on a beach and discover that the Gnoll Beach watchers are already dead killed it appears by Kobold Commando's.
They move inland undetected with Manuel carrying Ulvaar as in his Steam suit he is still stealthier than anyone else and Ulvaar does not weigh anything like enough to encumber him even with the cannon , shield and other small arms.
They avoid contact with further Gnoll patrols easily as a Gnoll just cannot see Manuel Master of the Night and his apprentices as they slide through the shadows.
Reaching the entrance they notice the water pipes and carpet but seriously consider looking for another entrance but finally decide that any other entrance will be really well hidden and trapped , while the main entrance may not be trapped given Gradiax's current arrogance and their belief that most of his horder has been converted to stocks, shares and other investments as he is a very modern Dragon/Businesswyrm.

They appreciate the decor as they sneak in and are interested in the electric lightning working out that anyone who gets lifted into the roof is going to get electrocuted. They also put up the first of their fire protection spells just in case of fire wielding minions, they really hope to avoid fighting Pemberton himself.

As they approach the pump room they realise they cannot sneak around the guards who they can see on the catwalks so instead they decide to launch a rapid assault and quickly overrun them. The Scarab of Golem Bane detects that at least one Gnoll is a duplicant.

To be continued