Act One / Episode - 07

Act One / Episode – 07
In The Spiral City
Session Date: June 21, 2012

In which civilization is found, spoils are sold, citizens are questioned, and slavery strikes . . .

Abacus, Naedas, Sitani, Taga, Tim, and Loopwyn approach the large spiral tower, discovering that the structure is a city called Axis. As they travel up the spiral they sell the spines harvested from the Quills and ask around about portals to Sigil. Abacus warns his companions that slavery is legal in Axis, and the group learns that there are Tso slavers in the city. Sitani is outraged by the presence of slavery, and determined to put an end to it. The others attempt to dissuade him from that course, and they compromise on an agreement to go see the slave market first.

They stay at an inn for the right, and in the morning continue their ascent of the axle, though they lose Tim in the crowds. Unable to find someone who has seen him, and uncertain how long ago they lost him, the group resolves to continue making their way toward the market. As they near their destination, they are approached by a tall, gaunt blue-skinned man with an unusual number of fingers. The man convinces them to speak with him privately, though he is found extremely suspicious.

Once alone in a rented meeting room, the man explains that he knows they are looking for a slave recently acquired by the Tso. He offers to buy Tim back for them, and direct them to a portal into Sigil, in exchange for a small service: the delivery of a package into the City of Doors. After some deliberation, the stranger’s offer is accepted.

The blue man produces the package with a flourish of magic; it is small, wrapped in a colourful cloth, and does not appear to be magical. He tells them to deliver it to ‘Shemeshka the Marauder’ at ‘The Oarsman’ in Sigil’s Lower Ward, and warns that his client will be upset if the package is opened before they receive it.

The man then leaves them alone in the meeting room, returning shortly with Tim in tow. He advises them to get out of Axis quickly, before they encounter more problems, and escorts them to the portal that will take them into Sigil.

The portal is activated, and they walk through.

Act One / Episode - 06

Act One / Episode – 06
Session Date: June 7, 2012

In which friendships are formed, gears are crossed, dangerous divides are leapt, and many darks are discovered, divulged, declared, and demanded . . .

Naedas, Sitani, and Tim awoke in the morning to discover their new companion and guardian Loopwyn Nacklebell had gone without sleep, instead staying up the whole night to keep watch. With Abacus still in bed, the escapees agreed to keep an eye on camp while the little knight got some rest. Several hours passed, during which Naedas summoned Taga and went alone to an adjacent corridor to catch up with her privately.

When Abacus woke up, he expressed his doubts that anything dangerous would have found them inside the maze, but Loopwyn’s unease and suspicions remained. They wandered through identical stone halls for some time, sharing Abacus’ small stores of food and water between them and questioning Loopwyn on what had happened on Nemausus. Loopwyn was unwilling or unable to answer many of their questions, again stating quite firmly that he is a protector, and was there to protect people. He is eventually made to confess that he knew at least one of the other people there — the flying woman with rainbow wings — but resolutely refused to share anything about her.

Eventually the group encountered a family of Quills attempting to burrow through the walls. Recognizing that Quills are commonly hunted for food, the group resolved to kill the creatures, and though the beasts quickly startled and shot out their quills, Abacus rendered them defenseless with a Colour Spray spell and they are easily dispatched.

Loopwyn’s Holy Symbol

The group sets out again, with the Quills skinned and their meat and quills harvested, eventually finding their way out of the maze and up onto the surface of one of Mechanus’ gears. Though disoriented still, they picked a direction and began to walk, noticing small burrows and clumps of dirt on the hard-looking ground. They encountered a hostile group of Formians, and Loopwyn charged them with his sword and shield drawn, attracting the attention of the ant men while the others were able to defeat them. During the battle, Loopwyn brandished his Holy Symbol of Baravar Cloakshadow, which in fact looked to be a literal cloak and dagger. The symbol was deemed suspicious for a god of protection by most of the group.

Though tired from the trials of their day they pressed on, eventually reaching the gears’ end. Loopwyn leaped across first and though he couldn’t the chasm, he caught himself on a gear tooth and pulled himself up. Sitani became quite worried about how the others would make the jump, while Abacus scoffed at his concerned and made a carefree successful leap. Sitani nonetheless insisted that Taga carried Naedas and Tim across one at a time.

They marched across the second gear for some time, continuing to question Loopwyn about the attack on Nemausus and what their plan had been. The small knight became agitated with the questions and sharply insisted he would abandon them to fend for themselves if they continued. After sky above them turned dark, the group spotted a strange axel-like tower in the distance, connecting their gear with a second one high up in the sky. Small, dim lights glowed all along the tower, from the bottom to the top. Though resolved to explore the tower, the group decided to make camp for the night and approach it in the morning.

Act One / Episode - 05

Act One / Episode – 05
Session Date: May 24, 2012

In which one dedicated to order makes a stand against order, chaos is wrought in the lawful planes, and new allies are found . . .

Sitani has had enough of Gulbrand’s oppressive influence over the rehabilitation facility, and chooses to make a stand against him at breakfast the next morning. He approaches the paladin at a brisk walk when he enters the mess hall, hands him his sash and badges, and declares the badges to be meaningless. Gulbrand orders him to return to his seat, but Sitani does not; instead, he begins removing his clothes. Guards take him from the mess hall to a solitary cell, where he remains for some time.

When Sitani refuses to put his uniform back on he is visited by Adelle, but she is unable to persuade him to dress himself. After some days without food, Alim Sushen uses powerful magic to compel Sitani into his clothing, but it is unsuccessful, as Sitani allows the spell to sap his energy away. Amalia sneaks into his room after two days under the influence of the weakening spell, urging Sitani to comply. She advises him that, if he does not obey the spell, it will kill him; additionally, she offers to tamper with the uniform and provide him his old clothes. Sitani accepts her deal, but when he notices his strength returning, he quickly removes the clothing again for as long as he can safely allow. Months pass in this manner, and Sitani is brought into his solitary cell each day he removes his clothing. During this time Pontus Varjo does not return, and when asked, Amalia states that he is dead.

Just shy of Sitani and Naedas’ second full year in the rehabilitation facility, they wake up in the dead of night, suddenly and simultaneously, to an unusual sensation, and they can see their bunk mates are also awake. Ned gets out of bed to investigate, but is knocked from his feet as the wall smashes apart and bricks fly across the room. The cell door jumps in place impossibly before being knocked ajar, and the hinges grind loudly as the door swivels open.

Ned leaves the room first, followed shortly after by Jeremy and Sam. Looking out the window, there is only darkness. When further crashes and explosions can be heard, Sitani, Naedas, and Tim decide to leave their room and investigate what happened. Naedas discovers that the facility is no longer Dimensionally Anchored, and he is finally able to resummon Taga.

As the four explore the empty halls, they see a small flying creature with a single large eye; it clearly looks at them before flying on, and Taga is able to identify it as an Inevitable. They make their way to the solitary rooms, and search the ones they can gain access to, finding them all empty. Amalia appears behind Naedas, offers the group a bag of supplies, then activates a Portal Beacon scroll to lead them toward their escape. Another small Inevitable flies past, but Amalia quickly stabs it with a previously hidden dagger, killing it in one blow. She casts a See Invisibility spell and, after looking startled, quickly flees. The group chooses to follow her, but lose her in the maze of crumbled walls and broken doors. They can hear heavy metal footfalls chasing after her.

As they run towards the portal, the building begins to lose its form, with the ceiling ripped off and the walls all smashed to pieces. Outside there is chaos. A winged woman Taga recognizes as an aasimar floats above the facility casting a complex spell; she is surrounded by four snake-tailed women, each with a mask and a pair of rainbow-feathered wings, who protect her while she concentrates. On the ground, several competent-looking though unrecognizable warriors tear into the Harmonium guards, and an alien-looking bowman floats in the air assisting them.

As Naedas, Sitani, Taga and Tim manage to run through the hectic battlefield, Naedas can hear the aasimar finish casting her spell, and he recognizes it as Precipitate Breach, a spell that creates a tear between the planes. A host of monstrous creatures spill out of the portal, and Gulbrand immediately turns his attention on them; and though he is able to make quick work of the beasts, there are too may for him to drive them back alone.

The once orderly fields surrounding the facility now resemble the site of an earthquake, with deep fissures cutting into the ground and steep, sudden cliffs rising out. Wreckage can be seen everywhere, with twisted metal doors sticking out from the earth, and piece of blown up walls and ceiling covering the ground.

A group of red-plated insectoid creatures leap up from one of the cracked chasms, directly in Sitani, Naedas, Taga and Tim’s path, and with the aid of a bizarrely-proportioned tiny swordsman they are able to beat them back. Taga sweeps the swordsman up onto her back, and they all safely reach the portal. The swordsman introduces himself as Loopwyn Nacklebell, and he adamantly insists he is a knight and a protector. He is able to activate the portal, and all five of them rush through, bumping into another man on the other side.

The stranger, calling himself Abacus Rex, shows an unusual interest in Taga before inviting them all back to his camp. Though Loopwyn warns Sitani and Naedas not to be too free with the details of what they just saw, they vent to Abacus about their experience with the Harmonium and everything that’s happened to them. Abacus offers to help them start a new life in Sigil, and they all rest for the night.

Act One / Episode - 04

Act One / Episode – 04
Session Date: May 17, 2012

In which the weak give up their friends, administrations are changed, and a volatile wizard is beaten bloody and dragged away . . .

The boys endure in the Arcadia Rehabilitation Camp; Sitani works toward earning more of the merit badges, while Pontus expands his dust smuggling ring and Naedas remains delicately defiant. They continue to protect Tim from Nedarilth and Samilda’s torment, and Tim finally confesses why the Harmonium took him.

Pontus is caught engaging in sexual activities with a fellow patient in the mess hall, and is promptly taken to a small square room to sit by himself. He yells and screams to the guards, then to himself, but is left alone in the room for the full day.

The next morning, those patients not in solitary confinement are woken a half-hour ahead of schedule to gather in the main hall. A heroic-looking armoured figure, bearing the Harmonium’s symbol on the clasp of his cloak, walks up to the podium and announces that Ms. Adelle is no longer in administrative control of the facility — he is. He gives a brisk speech, stating that he will cure his patients and they will thank him for it once they can think healthily, then exits. Sitani and Naedas ask a guard about their new leader on their way to breakfast, learning that he is Gulbrand, a Paladin of the Cudgel that was called in from the Abyss. The guard is clearly very impressed by Gulbrand, even gushing that Gulbrand could wade into Blood War battles and emerge victorious over both sides. Later, Naedas asks Amalia for information, and though she is willing to answer some of his questions, when Naedas brings up Gulbrand she ends their conversation by pretending to be attacked; other guards forcefully return Naedas to his meal.

Around midday, Sitani, Naedas, and the other residents of their room (with the exceptions of Tim and Pontus) are relocated to new quarters, as Pontus’ disturbance has prompted a search of their previous room. When Tim returns that evening, he has earned a new badge, and though he tells Sitani that he earned it by preventing a riot from taking place Sitani knows this is not completely true, and after further questioning Tim admits that he informed on Pontus.

Meanwhile, once Pontus has finally settled down, the door to his cell is opened by a familiar elven woman: Adelle. He tells her off several times, prompting her to slam the door and leave him alone again each time, but eventually he agrees that he is ready to behave. Adele makes him change into new clothes, and though he attempts to change only his pants, he is foiled by Arcane Marks on the new garments.

When Pontus is finally released from solitary confinement, he is shown to the new room, and becomes highly agitated when he is told they were relocated, frantically asking if the guards found his burrs or collected his dust. Naedas is able to confirm that the guards only found two burrs inside of his mattress, and Pontus begins frantically drawing up a plan to retrieve his remaining burrs from the other room. Tim, with encouragement from Sitani, confesses his betrayal to Pontus, and Pontus becomes extremely angry, yelling at Tim and insisting that Tim has doomed them all. Tim weeps pathetically.

The following day, Pontus refuses to behave in an orderly fashion, and exhibits poor posture and self control. When he talks back to the guards he is taken back to solitary confinement, and as he is taken away he calls out to Naedas, insisting that they must carry out his plan. Tim disappears once again, and when he is seen at the end of the day, he confirms that the Harmonium questioned him once again on Pontus’ activities.

Over the following days, Gulbrand begins making changes to the way the facility is run. The guards are no longer so friendly with the inmates, a seating plan is enforced at meals and in classes, and punishments grow harsher. Patients can no longer sleep in and miss their meals and classes, they are woken forcefully each morning. Pontus is in and out of solitary confinement for some time, until eventually he is taken to “Special Education,” where he remains for over a month.

When he finally does return, he appears to be calm, complacent, and enjoys following directions, but his sleep is unsound. One day a fight between patients breaks out in the mess hall, during which one of the legs on Pontus’ chair is smashed off. He becomes obsessed with righting it so he can sit back down in ‘his chair.’ A guard attempts to take the chair away, assuring Pontus they will bring him a new one, but Pontus loses control of himself. He attacks the guard with his Burring Hands spell, making him drop the chair. The guard retaliates with his sap, and Pontus fights back. More guards move on Pontus to subdue him, and he repeatedly casts Burning Hands on them until he is brought down. A number of other patients swarm the guards during the chaos, in addition, but all are subdued. Pontus’ body, unconscious and bloody, is rushed from the mess hall.

Act One / Episode - 03

Act One / Episode – 03
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.

Act One / Episode - 02

Act One / Episode – 02
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.

Act One / Episode - 01

Act One / Episode – 01
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 to attack the validity of prophecies until the seer becomes frustrated and leaves the room. The seer’s apprentice shows the group out of the tower and they ask about the seer’s other recent divinations. When they are done Pontus, Naedas, and Taga are rowed back to shore while Sitani swims.

On the road back to Danaris, the four notice a woman dressed in brown leathers watching them, but they are 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 almost all of them.

Armoured soldiers speaking a foreign language arrive and after their leader casts Detect Chaos on the conflict, they fan out and begin incapacitating resisters. While Naedas and Taga surrender, Pontus casts Acid Hands on the unconscious victims of his Colour Spray and attacks them with his fists. When a Calm Emotions spell is unsuccessful, the foreign warriors beat him unconscious.


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