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Player Diary 8

The current roster of characters for Session 8, 3/30/2007 was:
Liam, Chris
Nurn, John K.
Kohl, Joe
KeriK, John P.

 

The Six and their current location to the players’ knowledge

Sturmer-Ston-now believed deceased

Flox-A Faerie still in "her room"

RRan Susurrus-the wizard/destiny walker, unknown, rumored to be with Tobin

Crow-stated he was leaving

Atreus Paladius—Not seen since he left with a unicorn

Laerya-Last seen at the Hexagon in current whereabouts unknown

 

Other Persons of significance

Irene, a Vikhayyat, of Laerya’s Tetrarch, more fervently wishing to return home.  Currently regenerating an arm lost in battle

Ophelia, a Vikhayyat, considered dangerous by Irene, whereabouts unknown.

????-The Fourth of the Tetrarch, a Vikhayyat never mentioned by Irene or Laerya.

Kreth-nor believed to be deceased, a terribly gifted Koral Nym, once in a generation

Ein-necromancer second supposedly only to Tobin, recently his carriage passed by the Hexagon Inn toward the Six Estate.

Teshwa-Nonym-a necromancer? Claims to be of the race of prehistoric beings, the Nomen

Magda-a servant necromancer of Divyune-proud of her profession

Jacinth-a saurian Nym in the service of a Bookseller spiritualist named Ercho Larnyx.  He has been observing the 6.

Ercho Larnyx-A bookseller of New Candide

Soon-Proprietor of the Hexagon

Waves-a group of little girls proficient in Necromancy

Celindr and Atrios Divyune-rulers of district Divyune, now in front of the Six Estate.

The Koral-A race of Nym planning war on New Candide, though they are far away.

The Jezrite- an undead entelechy gathering an army of twisted flesh

The Dolor-a faction within Jezric(?) Apparently not popular with other Jezrite: "Rejoice, we are not the Dolor"

The Pentopticle-A Jezrite entity of some significance

Fintair Mac Carro-a noble of the Daoine Sidhe and a significant destiny walker, linked to Kohl

Rihan-a one time group member who disappeared with BIRD

The Embalmed of Good Earth Entelechy -a faction of Jezrite, Pentopticle declared itself a member.

Gurrenfang-an ancient necromancer who left with Rihan

Menes Eptah, deceased, a man of Upper Saracea with Thoth equipment and chaos magic.

The Kartoths and the skellions-troupe inhabiting the Fairground

Dendri and Khalid-fairgrounds master and addled wizard 

The Prism Mayor-don’t litter around him

Vizier of the Mayor-an old man fetishist

Hrolfgar-runs a major Inn in Prism

Prism Sherrif-favours visible capital punishment

 

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Synopsis

 

The Wizards confronted their old traveling companion and fellow wizard Rihan, who claimed the Felinix Nox as his masters.  He also told his old friends that his masters as he had promised had brought him Bird and had saved his people.  (The players can find numerous references to the Felinix Nox in documents they had uncovered in their travels.  These documents are posted in the RPG section of this page.)

 

Rihan warned them that the Jezrite were a problem and that Tobin was weak now from the meisterspell and he said they might even be offered a position to fulfill the roll of six (imperfection) as they were not necromancers.  Nurn and Kohl saw the Necromantic and shadowmantic spells of great power surrounding him..  He promised that BIRD would now not be freed on this plane to become the ruling Entelechy.  He thanked Kohl for giving the Nox this information.  Nurn drew his sword, now no longer a thing physical, Rihan seemed prepared however and disappeared; Kohl’s acute sense for dimensional energies deemed he was whisked to the Shadow Realm/Suspected Age of Darkness.

 

The group saw Jacinth watching them from a nearby roof.  He vaulted down and offered them sanctuary and a meeting with his employer, a book seller in district Fiero.  Liam-ston found a book—BINDINGS OF THE WINDS—on the shelves and started to read it.  Liam-ston chose not to take a night watch. Meaning the watch was split to 3.  Nurn expressed some disapproval directly to Liam-ston, but it did not turn violent.

 

Jacinth spoke in admiring terms of his boss, no, spiritual leader, Ercho Larnyx.

 

The intrepid adventurers met with Ercho and he offered an exchange of information, his past information for their future information.  Nurn offered a more traditional exchange of information, but this left Ercho Larnyx cold.  Although his aura appeared normal, Nurn did not remember if it was tagged.  He was human to wizardly senses and eye appearance, yet his attitude, his body posture, the saurian-nymish tint to his human skin, his extravagant appearance in grim New Candide, his confidence, and some of his subtle hints in conversation seemed to the wizards that he may in fact be a dragon of Glered-nigh.  Kohl, a destiny walker as well as a wizard, had a presentiment and decided to leave. 

 

After earlier refusing his offer, Liam-ston for the price of the book of the Winds agreed to be the eyes and ears for Ercho Larnyx while he was in contention with Jezric.  Thus Liam was answered by Ercho Larnyx and is now the vision and the echo of Ercho Larnyx. 

 

Ercho Larnyx spoke:

Tobin was now a wraith, a bodiless spirit, who had been trapped in the underworld until the escape of the Lord Predator of the World.  He did escape then, having been a wizard at one time, and returned to New Candide and fed and grew and ruled.  He took the crack in the floor of the underworld and began to feed on it.  He now with the aid of a Ston, Sturmer, succeeded in widening that crack and harnessing those mystical energies.  But Sturmer in his wyrmlust dug too voraciously through the foundation beyond despair, through hate to nihil-madness-unknown and through there came the Nomen.  This thing however was bound to its form by Sturmer and Ercho pointed out that this may be considered a weakness of her new being as the Nomen foreswore law to avoid binding.  Moreover, Ercho Larnyx said the spell Tobin had was wounded by the fall of the six, but that its aim was to restore to him a true human body, but to do that it would have to overpower the ruling laws of order established by Mayet.  Thus Nurn was answered by Ercho Larnyx and will now one day return information to him.

 

Kerik-Ston asked about the gaping wound of Oco, this volcanic plume of necromantic and chaotic effluvium feeding Tobin.  Ercho Larnyx encouraged him to a martial plan against Oco.  This frontal assault would be a distraction, for they need the heart of the Koral, a mighty stone of earth power that even the Ston had forgotten in ages past.  With this as a focus for the spells an Er-Ston or group of Ston’s could heal the rent in the earthworks and return the deep under New Candide.  Ercho Larnyx also said that he had means to put the Ston in contact with the Mer.  Thus Kerik was answered by Ercho Larnyx and will now one day return information to him.

 

Kohl, worried for his companions inserted his senses into the room and was caught unknowingly up in the bargain, swept up in mystical forces he was untrained and unable to estimate.  He later met with the Gypsy Queen Elia Kartoth, who assured him that he was in the bargain, but that his destined was not at this juncture significantly perverted.  Thus Kohl was answered by Ercho Larnyx and will now one day return information to him.

 

Leaving Ercho Larnyx perhaps more knowledgeable, perhaps wiser, they decided to go check on Prism village.  Elia and granny worked on Dendri to hide him.  Kohl submitted to helping them and taking instruction from icky faerie spiders.  It appears the Jezrite, masquerading as mockeries of Nurn, seek to kill Dendri.  Kerik started earthworks.  Liam continued to read his book.   They decided later to hunt out in the haunted woods once it was clear the Pentopticle was seeking contact with Jezric, contact that caused searing pain to Kohl just by linking tith the Pentopticle.  It said it was not the Dolor.  This was not too comforting to Kohl as it still burned his mind just to converse.

 

Conflict ensued in the dark woods and two Jezrite were killed. 

Player Diary 7

The current roster of characters for Session 7, 3/15/2007 was:
Leeam, Chris
Nurn, John K.
Kohl, Joe
KeriK, John P.

 

Synopsis

 

After a brutal combat in the mansion of the Six, the group of Ston and Wizards retreated to the relative safety of the Hexagon Inn along with 2 wounded survivors, Irene and Laerya of the Six.

 

Liam-Ston found from Laerya that Endel Rran, one of the Six, was in search of the Horn of the Dawn Wind, which was said to be a cousin to the Cyclonicus horn that binds the Zephyr.

 

The Group began to discuss what next steps to take against this new thing, the Nomen.  Kerik-Ston suddenly had a vision of all the Ston under the thrall of Tobin-Sturmer-the Nomen-suddenly committed suicide.

 

Irene, drunk and ready to quit, spotted the Waifs who gave her the “revenge” bracelet that countered the effects of the unusual Necromantic aura of the Nomen.  She expressed her thanks to the Waifs/Waves and one of them, whom Kohl perceived as having a destiny line far too old for her childlike appearance.  Nurn watched a necromantic spell unfold over Irene from this waif that appeared on the surface to be a geas, but was in fact a necromantic domination.  Nurn and the others followed the waifs out of the Hexagon inn and killed them.

 

The group went back to the mansion to investigate.  They found a blasted hole through the walls and the city streets and the obvious heavy footfalls of some entity leaving.  Outside the city walls, they saw a mass of flesh hundreds of yards in diameter made up of bodies proclaiming we are the Dolor with a small black speck on top of it.  Liam-Ston called down the lightning and though he charred a great part of them; their death throes seemed to empower it also.  Nevertheless, the “thing” moved away toward Jezric.

 

Leaving the City Walls, Rihan appeared.

 

End of the Seventh Session.

Bird

The form BIRD. 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Age of Pain Mayet created this bird and in the age of law all those things that wanted to be like bird started to become bird, slowly and yet still painfully.  Those things that were not bird and also could not fly with bird but loped and waddled and fell on the ground as they struggled in pain on their own forms saw in the sky perfect bird and soon saw all those in the air who would be bird.  And there was much envy.

 

Not-bird feared dragons of the sky but not-bird envied birds of the sky and so the thought was to cage bird and keep bird and envy and covet bird.  The idea of envy-cage-bird-covet took shape around BIRD.

 

Before the age of LAW came to an end, those most like unto envy-cage-bird-covet were those who wielded much Necromancy, who in the Age of Pain did scrape unto the thoughts and will and whims of the Nef-Shivrael-e survived into the age of Law.  They assumed forms of MAN taking from MAN his form foreseeing in their clutching, grasping way that MAN would have the best form.  While not yet finished, they named themselves Nomen that they might never be bound as they had bound bird.  And these things, though few, were not Chaos, but shared in Shivrael as well as Nef-Shivrael-e and so were not foes of Mayet (Law) but thieved of aspects of Primal Forms most dreadful: FEAR and clung then to other Forms perilous: DOMINATION, ASPHYXIATION, CHAINS.  Nomen found that while the crystal magic was being reveled in by life, it could not partake for it had declared of itself a negative form, Nomen.  It envied and it killed and killed. Nomen conquered the races of Hu not yet fully formed and the ones of the sea and the ones of the night because Nomen were brutish and needed no refinement while all life still ached and stretched to obey their law.

 

Nomen built a mighty nation and a great Ziggurat and they proclaimed to Shivrael raising their voice to the sky, “We reject you!” And so the creative powers left them and magic left them utterly.  But Nef-Shivrael-e had been banished and Nomen were alone and to Nomen that was a thing good for they understood those urges well enough not to need or want a master.

 

The Nomen envied the growing peoples and sought to cage them like BIRD.

 

Nomen preyed upon the life of their enemies and soon made themselves things with unlife owning the dead they killed and giving back animus.  These things had no will and moved only at their will.

 

Nomen remembered it had caged bird and so next when they killed they caged the thing entire they killed and the meat was theirs and the suffering thing was there such as could not flee, for Nomen could not wholly thwart the Law. Though the form of CAGE was theirs the mastery of it was not.

 

BIRD so free brought with it also envy and imprisonment.

With the completion of the law, Nomen dwindled away, for their necromancy mighty as it was, was unwholesome and not generative while the living things of Oco multiplied without fail year after year.  Felinix and Dragons and Men and Faerie and Nym and Mer and all those not bound to Necromancy made unrelenting war upon Nomen with fell magics of their own until Nomen fled in great terror some say to join Nef-Shivrael-e knowing nowhere else to go, some say to the outer darkness.

 

Others say with the completion of the law not-things were then uncompleted by Mayet and so the Nomen became No thing at all.  Who can say of a time when the Sidhe were yet infants?

 

BIRD still on the hard world went unrecognized until some folk became puissant to know what was among them and this race was the Felinix Nox.  The Nox sought ever the advantage not through their own strength but in the paucity of their adversaries and this was a new thought and the Nox became mighty ere Dragons could take flight.  The Nox had carved out unassailable ziggurats on high mountain cliffs and dug deep into dark caves and captured many things and ideas that had escaped the weary sight of Mayet.  With these Powers of Shi, the Nox overcame the primitive races of hu.

 

Lost is the tale of how the Nox found it, but always seeking for advantage perhaps in some ancient Nomen ruin hidden in the darkness the new masters of things hidden found BIRD.  Who else could have?

 

The NOX did not know what they now possessed among their many artifacts and treasures.  Many mighty spells the Nomen had put upon this totem that did not pass with their passing.  A young race looking at BIRD and given to dark things, they could not see bird through the cages of the Nomen.

 

This was another tragedy.  Perhaps because FORMS are not meant to be on the hard world nothing went aright.  The Nox instead of studying the beauty and elegance of bird saw only the spells and dominion of the Nomen and in this way among many others the Nox who were a mighty race now long before the master crystal was again uncovered, gained now power over life and death to add to their lore of darkness.  The Nox cast many more spells on BIRD to the dismay of the Faerie who warred with them lest all sunlight leave the land and jungles and forest become like fungus and things that feed off death.

 

The Nox built many tombs and ziggurats all long since gone and who can say how long this age of darkness lasted, but other races gained puissance. And the Faerie strong in the youth of the world were now joined by their cousins the Hunym who were strong with earth and sinew.  With each deed of valor stars appeared in the night sky and the darkness now had no place of utter dominion.  When the free men who first uncovered the master crystal joined the Nym, this signaled the end of the age of Darkness and the receding of the Felinix Nox unto utter extinction.

 

BIRD remained.  And seemed to all the world now a dreadful thing.  As good men became wizards some faltered and found that life anima was theirs to command.  Perhaps Nef-shivrael-e whispered this to them, perhaps their own desire for domination, but necromancy did not part the world with the Nox and bird now was a thing that could only be easily valued by Necromancers.  Eras came and went and ever the totem with the energies of BIRD was perverted to use and bird remained a fragile winged thing while Dragons ruled the sky.

 

Bird must wait for the day when magic is closer to the heart than DOMINION.

Player Diary 6

The current roster of characters for Session 6, 3/8/2007 was:
Leeam, Chris
Nurn, John K.
Kohl, Joe
KeriK, John P.

 

The Six and their current location to the players’ knowledge

Sturmer-Ston-now believed deceased

Flox-A Faerie still in "her room"

RRan Susurrus-the wizard/destiny walker, unknown, rumored to be with Tobin

Crow-at the hexagon Inn-intending fervently to leave New Candide

Atreus Paladius–Last seen riding a unicorn ’nuff said

Laerya, a Vikhayyat, In the Hexagon inn mulling over returning to the Northrenrir

 

Other Persons of significance

Irene, a Vikhayyat, of Laerya’s Tetrarch, more fervently wishing to return home.  Currently regenerating an arm lost in battle

Ophelia, a Vikhayyat, considered dangerous by Irene, whereabouts unknown.

????-The Fourth of the Tetrarch, a Vikhayyat never mentioned by Irene or Laerya.

Kreth-nor believed to be deceased, a terribly gifted Koral Nym, once in a generation

Ein-necromancer second supposedly only to Tobin, recently his carriage passed by the Hexagon Inn toward the Six Estate.

Teshwa-Nonym-a necromancer? Claims to be of the race of prehistoric beings, the Nomen

Magda-a servant necromancer of Divyune-proud of her profession

Jacinth-a "stalker" ?

Soon-Proprietor of the Hexagon

Waves-a group of little girls proficient in Necromancy

Celindr and Atrios Divyune-rulers of district Divyune, now in front of the Six Estate.

The Koral-A race of Nym planning war on New Candide, though they are far away.

The Jezrite- an undead entelechy gathering an army of twisted flesh

The Dolor-a faction within Jezric(?) Apparently not popular with other Jezrite: "Rejoice, we are not the Dolor"

The Pentopticle-A Jezrite entity of some significance (?)

Fintair Mac Carro-a noble of the Daoine Sidhe and a significant destiny walker, linked to Kohl

Rihan-a one time group member who disappeared with BIRD

The Embalmed of Good Earth Entelechy -a faction of Jezrite, Pentopticle declared itself a member.

Gurrenfang-an ancient necromancer who left with Rihan

Menes Eptah, deceased, a man of Upper Saracea with Thoth equipment and chaos magic.

The Kartoths and the skellions-troupe inhabiting the Fairground

Dendri and Khalid-fairgrounds master and addled wizard 

The Prism Mayor-don’t litter around him

Vizier of the Mayor-an old man fetishist

Hrolfgar-runs a major Inn in Prism

Prism Sherrif-favours visible capital punishment

 

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Once again the players showed themselves to be a force to be reckoned with.  In short they stormed the citadel of the six and escaped with their lives intact, but not wholly unchanged.

 

The group first toured the city and saw the old style guards of free legion, the disciplined guards of house Fiero, the raucous mardi gras of Divyune, and the desolation of district Ein.  In Divyune they saw an outdoor soup kitchen where Nurn and Kohl saw an unusual necromantic spell tied to a statue of a robed woman.

 

Proceeding to District 6, they found a nervous fellow boarding up their store.  It appears Laerya has abandoned her guard duties as well as Crow and been replaced with large stone golems that punish every infraction with a stony punch.  The next stop was a large open air Inn where a spell seemed to be in effect that kept Irene sane as she said that leaving the Inn would result in her Untergeist appearing, which would be bad, she said, very bad. 

 

Meanwhile a table of Waves was arguing what to do when Nurn messed with the necromantic cord; the waves turned on the traitor and repaid the group by fashioning a revenge bracelet for Irene.  There were other odd characters met at the Inn such as Magda necromantic disciple of Divyune, and the hunter known only as Jacinth, both had an interest in one of the six, Atreus Paladius.  The Innkeeper, Soon, kept a calm atmosphere within the boughs of the giant tree that sheltered her Inn.

 

Once Irene had her revenge bracelet, she took off to rescue Laerya.  Laerya was in her compleat Untergeist state, mindless and powerful, and rudimentarily controlled by some Necromancer wielding ancient necromancy calling herself Teshwa Nonym.  This thing had enslaved the Koral Nym unbeknownst to the group.  Later they would learn the ghastly extent of Teshwa’s enslaving chains.  The Thing did not participate in the combat save for one spell that hammered Nurn.

 

Nurn struck at the bonds enslaving Laerya.

 

The group with help from Irene in a very long and difficult combat managed to subdue Laerya.  Irene immediately embraced her with her remaining arm and began chanting trying to heal her from her Untergeist.  Golems appeared with an enslaved Paladius.  Nurn released the Adorienne; Atreus free assisted in the liberation of Crow and the group came into possession of a book with a picture of BIRD on the cover.  Severely wounded Laerya and Irene were tunneled out by KeriK.

 

The Koral Nym spontaneously slit their throats. 

 

The thing swore to them revenge even as they escaped.

 

The Mer contacted Kerik-Ston and told him the spear of war was now in the council chamber.