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Act One / Episode - 03

Act One / Episode – 03
REHABILITATION
Session Date: May 03, 2012

In which companions are separated, achievements are charted, and a dust smuggling ring gets underway . . .

Naedas, Sitani, Pontus, and Taga are woken up at the same early hour as yesterday by an unknown woman with a long braid and her accompaniment of three guards. After casting Tongues, she informs them that they will be eating breakfast privately that morning, and the guards then lead them out of the room. Their four bunkmates speculate in a foreign language on what could be happening.

The braided woman takes them down a small number of long, straight hallways, then shows them each to their own small interview room; each containing two guards, and a folded white uniform on a table. Sitani wears his uniform over his own clothing, Pontus gets dressed to begin with, and Naedas changes into the new clothing. Taga is not offered a uniform, and instead has a short conversation with Alim Sushen, the bureaucratic man who Planeshifted their group to Arcadia. After questioning Taga on what she is and where she comes from, Alim sends her back to her home plane.

The boys are returned to their own room after they have eaten breakfast, though Pontus has a small confrontation with his guards, as they grab him and hold him down when he casts a Prestidigitation. Naedas, aggrieved by Taga’s loss, resolves to become as contrary to the treatment as possible, while Sitani remains certain they will be released soon.

Time passes, and the three get to know their bunkmates better. They learn that Jeremy, a half-elf, is from the plane of Arborea and is a member of a group called the Society of Sensation; Samilda Gyllenfalt is from the plane of Ysgard, and prescribes to the belief that anything she can take should be hers; Nedarilth is a tiefling from Plague-Mort, and is something called a Xaositect, which is not entirely uncommon here; and that no one believes Tim Ocher is from Sigil. They also discover that Ned is quite a bully, and he especially targets the comparatively defenceless Tim. Sitani and Pontus stop Ned from bullying Tim, tying him up in Naedas’ uniform, and Sitani takes Tim under his wing, teaching him philosophy and martial arts the same way his master taught him.

Their grasp of the language the Harmonium have been teaching them improves, and while Sitani works hard toward earning task-centric badges to pin on his sash, Pontus begins smuggling dust and dirt into the mess hall to change the flavour of their repetitious meals.

The boys encounter Barbara again, this time in their group therapy sessions. Every week, Barbara has been delving further and further into the tragic story of her life, beginning with her origins as a foundling. She goes so far as to speculate that her father was a noble, and her human mother was forced to get rid of her to hide the evidence of his affair.

Over the past month, she has been adding to this story, and though she began modestly and small, she is now occupying extravagant portions of the session’s time. When Barbara begins to apologize gratuitously for everything she’s done wrong in her life, and thank the Harmonium for helping her turn her life around, Sitani calls her out as a liar. Barbara’s Considerate Citizen merit badge is stripped from her, and given to Sitani.

A year passes by and they are still receiving treatment from the Harmonium. They begin to notice a strangely behaving guard named Amalia following them and watching their classes. Pontus’ dust smuggling empire has expanded to include grass, dirt, and other fauna he scrounges up during his field time.

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Act One / Episode - 02

Act One / Episode – 02
PREFACE
Session Date: February 22, 2012

In which Good and Just Ideals are fought for, peace is strived toward, and unlikely persons are forced together under unfortunate circumstances . . .

Following their surrender, Naedas and Taga are escorted by the foreign warriors to their base. Pontus, Sitani, and the unconscious bandits are carried., and the foreigners add four more ruffians to their retinue during the march. Upon reaching their base, a large tent encampment, Sitani and one of the bandits, both of whom were injured fatally, are taken away while the rest remain under a light guard. No efforts are made to strip them of their possessions.

Once all have recovered and regained consciousness, threats are exchanged between Sitani, Naedas, Pontus, Taga, and the bandit crew. Pontus draws a dagger and, when he begins casting a spell, is restrained by one of the foreign guards. A second guard leaves, returning with a robed woman who shortly assesses the situation and determines Pontus’ spell had been non-threatening. She has soup brought for the detainees. Suspecting it could be contaminated, Naedas staggers his consumption.

The group decide to sleep in shifts, wary of the bandits, and during Naedas’ watch the bandit leader Barbara suggests a truce. Believing she can speak freely in front of the foreign guards, she offers to give up both her weapons to Naedas if he and his friends will help her and her men to escape, but Naedas refuses.

All are awoken at the crack of dawn the following morning and led out into the middle of the camp. There, a long-faced bureaucrat speaks to them in the elemental language Auran (which Pontus and Naedas understand), stating that they will be transported for processing. Believing they are being taken to a trial, Naedas and Sitani eventually convince Pontus to agree to the transportation, and they all join hands.

The buraucrat’s spell transports them to a foreign land identified by Pontus as the Outer Plane of Arcadia. Deeply disturbed, they attempt to plan an escape, but the bureaucrat is able to understand them and suggests they don’t try anything or he will be forced to stop them with his magic.

They are taken to a military base where they are interviewed by a silver-haired elven woman who casts a communal share language spell. She stresses that they, a group called the Harmonium, have intervened in order to help them. She explains that their world was full of strife, war, and suffering, and that the Harmonium will make it peaceful and safe. Though gentle, the woman remains convinced she is doing the right thing, even when faced with outrage from her charges.

Following the interview, Naedas, Sitani, Pontus and Taga are separated from the bandits and shown to a room with four cots until permanent accommodations are found. They are called to a large dining hall for evening meal and gather information from the other diners, who they discover are mostly criminals being detained against their will.

Sitani, Naedas, and Taga wake up at the gong early the following morning, but Pontus oversleeps and misses breakfast. When the elven clerk comes to their room after they return from the morning meal, she is outraged to find Pontus in bed. She averts her eyes from his naked when he is raised from bed from while the guards assist him to dress, then insists he must make his bed before they can be shown to their new quarters, which they will share with four others.

Their first full day being held in the camp is highly regimented and filled with many tedious tasks, including lessons in foreigners’ language, drills in proper posture and forming orderly lines, group therapy, and running laps before bed. When the day is finally over, the four are glad for the opportunity to rest.

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Act One / Episode - 01

Act One / Episode – 01
PROLOGUE
Session Date: January 01, 2012

In which persons of great destiny will meet, lightning will be fought, a potent prophecy will be spoken, and important events will unfold . . .

Naedas Lutand, a young nobleman, and Sitani Wo, a fledgeling monk, travel to Danaris for the Festival of the Sixteen Moons. Together with Pontus Varjo, apprentice to a local diviner and master of one moon, they embark on a journey to visit the seer of Lightspring and receive the first prophecy of their lives, a coming-of-age ritual that will make them adults. Pontus’ destitute single mother prepares sausages for the trio before they leave.

On the road, Naedas introduces Sitani and Pontus to Taga, his Eidolon and muse. A lightning storm breaks out and a group of tiny elementals crash to the ground and aggress on the group. Pontus is injured in the fight and Sitani carries him the rest of the way to Lightspring, where they are welcomed into an inn to stay for the night.

In the morning, the seer’s apprentice Ahna (master of nine moons) rows Naedas, Pontus, and Taga across the lake to the seer’s tower; Sitani swims instead, seeing the lake as a challenge he must meet.

When the group reaches the seer he is distracted and exhausted. Though he claims to have spent months studying the group in various prophecies, he seemed uninterested in imparting the prophecy that will make them adults. Pontus interrupts the seer numerous times, attacking the validity of prophecy, until the seer becomes frustrated and leaves the room. The group consults the apprentice, who shows them out of the tower, inquiring about the other divinations the seer has been doing recently. When they are done, the apprentice rows them back to shore (with the exception of Sitani who swims again).

On the road back to Danaris, the four notice they are being watched by a woman dressed in brown leathers, but they take too long debating if they should pursue her, and are subsequently unable to follow her trail. They are attacked by bandits during their return to Danaris, and though Sitani falls early in the fight to the bandit leader, Pontus uses Colour Spray to incapacitate the majority of them.

Armoured figures speaking a foreign language approach at a run, and after their leader casts Detect Chaos on the conflict, they fan out and begin incapacitating all involved parties. Naedas and Taga surrender, but Pontus casts Acid Hands on the already incapacitated victims of his Colour Spray, then begins beating them further with his hands. When a Calm Emotions spell is unsuccessful, the armoured figures are forced to beat him unconscious.

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