Party = Lavis[Human Bard 6th], Quilord [Elf Wizard 6th], Spike[Human Fight 6th], Zeebers[Human Rogue 7th]
They change their mind and decide to press on to the Metrarch Machine in an attempt to
gather a mansect for Master Alchemist Idrus. Lavis fascinates
the three women and makes them go to sleep. They are tied up.
As they head towards the Metrarch Machine, they note that the
stairs that would lead to the more direct route to the
ruined tower is filled with rubble.
They get into the Metrarch Machine, and Murga uses the Lyre of
Building to bring down part of the cieling to try to damage
the machine. Murga gets what he wants to happen, but it has
only minor effect on the machine. A bunch of scaffolding around
the machine is destroyed, and a mansect climbs up to investigate.
They get the drop on it and pepper it full of arrows etc. but
not before it can screech a warning to the others below.
They gather up the dead body and retreat quickly. Back at the
Tolling Bell Chaos Temple the women are revived, all they
want to do is get out of here. Zeebers notes that the crystal
of the chamber might be valuable, but he lets Murga read the
Scroll of Consecrate that collapses the Temple, but leaves
the tunnel to the Metrarch Machine intact. At the ruined
tower they have a bit of trouble convincing the Town Guard
that all is OK, but Spike flashes his badge to convince them
that nothing is wrong.
Spike and Lavis take the mansect body to the Sorceror's
Brotherhood. Master Idrus is not there, but they put the body
in a preserving box.
Murga, Zeebers, El, and Quilord take the women to the
Temple of Poseidon and meet with High Priest Dumas. He spends
some time with the girls, finds that they have magical talent,
but ambigous alignment. They will stay here and the Temple
will try to find their families. He will not hold them against
their will as the party has no evidence of crimes.
El departs and tells the party to call her if they need
help attacking the Chaos Cultists.
The party meets with Javica at the portal to the Inverted
Pyramid at an office building in mid-town Venga. She tells them
how the portal works, a mirror in an inner office that is opens
to the Inverted Pyramid realm. It remains open as long as someone
is waiting to go in. They keep someone here all the time, but
do not leave the portal hanging open as that would attract attention.
Lavis and Quilord plan to go to the Red House, and Javica gives
Lavis a ring that can send short messages back to the Inverted
Spike, Zeebers and Murga go in.
Lavis and Quilord go to the Red House after Lavis tries to make
herself look better. Quilord attracts no attention and goes invisible
to follow Lavis. Lavis is noted, brought to Stanya, who gives her
a fur coat, telling her that it is cold in Aggah Shan's office in
the basement. Stanya tells Lavis that she has nothing to worry about
if she has not done anything to Aggah Shan. Lavis is led down to
the office in the basement, with Quilord following invisibly. They both
note that the covert symbols to Hades, are overt down here. Aggah
Shan greets Lavis, telling her that he is glad to see her, and his
thugs bring in the naked and battered Surgeon in the Shadows. He tells
Lavis that he knows that the Surgeon did something horrible to her, and
gives him to her as a gift. He offers to take care of him for her, she
agrees, and he touches the Surgeon, who howls in pain, and shrivels into
dust leaving nothing but a few metal pieces behind. Aggah Shan mentions
that this has left a bad taste as the Surgeon is nasty. Quilord recognizes
this as powerful necromancy. He asks Lavis to go up to the studio and
write a song, and that he wants her to perform it on Saturday. She
She is escorted there by Christos, exagerated gay guy, who sets
her up in the well appointed studio. Quilord manages to follow along.
Lavis works on a song, and Quilord talks to her, startling her, revealing
his presence to the watching Aggah Shan. He then drains them both,
they fall asleep, and are brought to beds upstairs.
In the Inverted Pyramid they meet Vertanitor,
who presents as gold skin human. He feeds them and escorts them to
lavish guest quarters. They are woken at mid-night by Javica telling
them that Lavis and Quilord have not turned up. The rings Lavis has
on does tell them that she is OK. They decide not do anything about
Lavis awakens in the Red House. Her door is locked, but a
knock reveals a servant who escorts her to Stanya. Stanya tells her
that the boss found her friend, it seemed to amuse him, and that he is
still resting unharmed up stairs. Lavis will leave and says that some
time later they should waken Quilord.
Quilord is roused and sent uncermonously on his way. He goes
to the Temple of Poseidon and meets Lavis. They go to the portal,
and spot a goblin who is trying not to be seen. Lavis ducks into
a doorway and tries to kill the goblin with a shot from her bow.
She misses and the goblin flees down a side alley. Lavis is unable
to give chase as she has to catch the portal. They join their
friends in the Inverted Pyramid.
The others met a Treant called Lorunian. He shows them the
eight realms (mountains, jungle, forest, scrubby sea shore,
mountains, grassy plain, sea, mansion with a small town) and
they spend much time talking when Lavis and Quilord show up
The device to get to The Quaan will be ready in some
days, but not before Saturday when Lavis has another visit
with Aggah Shan. He describes the four parties involved as
Those Who Dwell Below who they suspect have gathered Witchfire
and intend to use it to harvest things in the Banewarrens and
become super powerful. The Chaos Cultists seemed focused
on the Night of Dissolution, ushering a new age of chaos.
The Pactlords want to get into the Banewarrens, for what
purpose is not clear. Aggah Shan seems to be focused on
the Metrarch Machine which he uses to sustain himself.
The Inverted Pyramid considers the Pactlords the most
dangerous thing, and want to be sure that the Banewarrens
are sealed back up. Thus their focus on helping the party
collect the "Control Device" which should allow them access
to the Banewarrens and the ability to activate repair
mechanisms. The evidence seems to be that something has
gotten in, and that part of the Banewarrens were vulnerable
as it was unfinished. They are not clear about the alliances
among these four. The party does tell them that some sort
of chaos engineer tends the Metrarch Machine for Aggah
The consensus is that perhaps they can enlist Aggah Shan
into helping. He probably does not want to see the city destroyed
by the Chaos Cultists, a take over by the Skaven, or whatever it
is that the Pactlords might want. Yes he is some manner of
psychic vampire, but he does not seem to be killing folks to
sustain himself. Thus Lavis will speak to him Saturday.
In the mean time the party will train where there are
extensive facilities, some of them magical, here for their use.
Lavis will work on her guitar.