Campaign of the Month: May 2014
Ladies in Hades and the Dyval Wears Prada
Incredible Google-Hangout session guys! I would like to thank everyone for being flexible at the last few minutes to switch it up and make it happen. Remember, this session only had two firm attendees originally and was slated for cancellation. Thanks for making it work. Our next session will be a TRIUMPHANT return to in-person die-rolling and ROLEPLAY! We’re meeting at my house on Saturday March 9th at 1pm and going until 10 or 11 or whenever it’s convenient to stop. I have adjusted the Google Calendar accordingly.
Also, there’s another email address in the header. Berryberryicecoffee is a potential new addition to our group. I’m figured it couldn’t hurt to include him on this email in case he joins our group. Right now, so everyone is aware, nothing is definite. We currently have five players and increasing it to six will have its impacts…both tangible and not immediately intangible. I’m going to reach out to everyone via cell phone this week and gauge receptivity and weigh all the input before I make the executive decision.
Right now my hat goes off to both Pall Mall and Isaac. Without Pall Mall’s timely teleport superior people would be rolling up new characters. Maybe not all of you…I hate to throw indomitable odds at the party but Sturm Brightblade could only protect so many of you guys at one time. I must also admit that without Pall Mall’s timely Hypnotic Suggestion you guys would have been fighting Alibaba and his twenty-nine marauding thieves — thieves who were tough enough to take out a few Trojan Horse Pinata Elephtant’s worth of DEMONS. LOL!
Isaac got the most votes for MVP with Steve as the Runner Up. Congratulations guys! Here’s the Obsidian Portal page:
Without further ado here’s the recap:
We picked up where we left off from the last recap and recounted the loot and plot-items you found in the Ishtar Shrine cave. Steve took the time to investigate the sandtrout well…a deep pool of leathery / fishy blob-like organisms. He rolled genetics, biology, and McGreggor tasted his findings…with projectile vomit and a save versus Lethal Poison. You guys discussed finding the Crown that Mummuu created and told you about (intended for the Naked Man), the Epic of Gilgamesh (book), the Magical Beads Bracelet, the anachronistic Deck of Tarot (courtesy of the Court of Tarot), the body of a woman widowed many times, and other sundries. You then traveled to Bathsheba’s village, rested, woke to a stampede of African (did anyone actually get that) elephants…completely out of place, broke them open like pinatas on a quincineta to find demons pouring out like candy!
You guys decided to avoid a protracted encounter / engagement and hurried back to the city of Babylon where McG lead you on a merry chase in the underground aqueducts. He was following a carved symbol on the walls called a faravahar and eventually found the path where the aqueducts diverged — this was where a conduit might have been found and the split that lead to the Tower of Babel. Following the tunnels further out into the desert, however, you ran into a crazy man, the mad prophet Abdul Alhazred (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Alhazred) and his pollo-loco! His hands and the chicken are covered in blood (which McG sniffed out as both being human and inhuman. You guys continued down the tunnel (hand-hewn stone),
He referred to himself as a prophet and spoke the following words to you about his master, “That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die.”
a mad poet of Yemen who is said to have spent ten years alone in the great southern desert or “Empty Space” of the ancients—and “Crimson” desert of the modern Arabs, which is held to be inhabited by protective evil spirits and monsters of death. Of this desert many strange and unbelievable marvels are told by those who pretend to have penetrated it. Alhazred supposedly wrote a book of ultimate evil al-Azif, which would later become known as the Necronomicon. Those who have dealings with this book usually come to an unpleasant end, and Alhazred was no exception. Of his madness many things are told. He claimed to have seen the fabulous City of Pillars, and to have found beneath the ruins of a certain famous desert city…of past bygone ages the shocking annals and secrets of a race older than mankind. He was only an indifferent man worshiping unknown entities whom he called Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu.
After piercing two illusions that guarded the furthest and most recently carved tunnel…you made it to a sort of cave-in that, upon further inspection, revealed HEAT and a glass-like surface. Pall Mall opened a Mystic Portal peephole and you guys saw a roiling burbling lake of mercury-like substance…like quicksilver. With a few rolls and McGreggor throwing a rock that shattered a hole in the glass you saw the preliminary affects of antimatter when it ANNIHILATES matter. The end result of antimatter meeting matter is a release of energy proportional to the mass as the mass-energy equation, E=mc2 shows. Antimatter has the OPPOSITE electrical charge of regular matter (electrons are negative, positrons are positively charged electrons, same goes for quarks and the other quantum particles). McG’s futuristic education from Phase World-esque technology explained the basics of how this stuff can be used for energizing and powering warp drives and FTL drives, etc.
Upon seeing the hole that McG’s rock made you guys were ready to BOLT! However, something very INTERESTING was noticed. The reaction of anti-matter to matter on the very edges and outskirts of the lake / blob created an incredible heat on such a small scale as to MELT the sand into a thin layer of glass
- transpiring SIMULTANEOUSLY / SPONTANEOUSLY creating and destroying itself - a self-contained resultant reaction. So after McG’s rock was thrown and the glass broken a new layer very quickly melted and coalesced just behind it. The perpetuum of this equation is based on the amount of sand you have access to so it is NOT a perfectly balanced equation. The conservation of energy and conservation of matter require endless amounts of sand for this to go on indefinitely.
Okay…enough of that!
You guys decided to head back to the surface and return to the desert spot ABOVE where you just were. Using the constellations and the mythology this particular location was the coordinate location of a transfigured LUNAR constellation — the Moon God of ancient Babylon being Sin. You figured out to wait for moonlight and, lo and behold, it was the perfect time of the month! The group entered an ethereal staircase that actually descended directly DOWN into the sands and into an ectoplasmic underground city of Ubar. James used commune with spirits to interrogate them and you guys gleaned that this city is ANCIENT — far older than Ancient Babylon — and situated out here in the middle of the desert. It was probably a trade outpost between Egypt and the Middle East and it was known as the Jewel of the Desert. You traveled through the ethereal city and noticed the walls were actually tangible and solid and that you were actually in a gigantic hollowed out cave. You went to the epicenter where the spirits were so concentrated and coagulated and the heat was so incredible…and you see a CONDUIT that appears to be siphoning light or heat or energy from something below…perhaps the ANTIMATTER?
You stumbled upon the conclusion that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimatter_comet comet crash, antimatter self-replicating glass shell from heat of reaction spontaneous creation and annihilation of matter and antimatter.
James tracked and followed footsteps found amid the ecto-city to a secret door that McG’s iron breaks and illusion on. You find a tunnel leading spiraling downward to the side of the lake of antimatter and a GIANT GLASS WINDSHIELD that looks in on the roiling black mass. Someone made the connection that Apsu, ancient slumbering Babylonian god of EVIL is a giant roiling black clad with a single solitary eye — just like the CLOUD that is above the Tower of Babel. Sturm Brightblade is found kneeling in prayer to the god of the moon Sin — he introduces himself as such but doesn’t act anything other than dismissive until someone mentioned his brother, Dakkon Blackblade (was it McG?). Group talked to Sturm for a few before the four World Slayer Apocalypse Demons (NOT to be confused with the Four Horsemen) appear working in unison and Pall Mall saves the group from certain doom after a few melee actions and teleports to safety of Bathsheba’s village on a 95%…which fails…so he rolled on the table and was only off by a few.
The group reappears at Bathsheba’s village and now sees the dead bodies of horses and men…marauders who appear to have died very recently. The group tracks their footprints back to a mountain with a giant boulder out front. They decide to wait outside and rest and make themselves noticed. Alibaba appears and has some words, decides to spare lives, hears the group out and invites them into his opium den hookah lounge for refreshment. Steve and James restrain themselves from inviting more trouble from Alibaba’s hospitality. Thank you Pall Mall for Hypnotic Suggestion intervention and McG’s diplomatic envoy.
Alibaba, upon seeing the celestial cartography map, begs for silence and secrecy and walks the group out to divulge a possible hidden EIGHTH location on the map. He also told the group that the demons points of origin were the Tower of Babel, Hyrcania in the north on the border of the Caspian Sea, the Dead Sea (Mount Sodom) in the East…etc. He says he will enter into the alliance. He says he will complete the celestial “alignment” and reveal the eighth location if his lamp is returned to him. It was stolen by, perhaps, the greatest thief in the megaverse…a wily woman…a crafty woman. It is of incredible sentimental value to him and he hinted that he believes it will be his salvation. Alibaba also mentioned that the location of the eighth secret place would be useless until after the plague of tongues is removed. He hinted that he had never been there and that knowing its coordinates was useless because it is constantly shifting with the alignment of the constellations. He also said that he knew it would be inaccessible before the Plague of Tongues had been eradicated but didn’t allude to why or how he knew this.
I hope everyone had fun! Our next session will be on March 9th — three weeks away — and I’ll be speaking to each of you individually to see how you feel about adding another person…in-person.