Chosen Ones 2nd Generation – Session A04

Session A04 – “The Shadows Hold the Answers” and “What can go wrong when Chaos is involved?”

Players:

  • Mike (as Kenshin & Cameo of Yon)
  • Adam (as Geardrof)
  • Calvin (as Hawkeye)
  • Bekah (as Ellasandra)
  • Matt Y. (as Kier)
  • George (as Mother)

Food – Salsa & Chips, Homemade Hotwings, Caesar Salad, Spaghetti and Meatballs! All courtesy of resident chef to be Adam.

Recap by Mike (duly noting the recap was quite lengthy)

GM Summary of the game:

The players recalled the information gathered from the one live assassin – an image and memory of obtaining the job from a man wearing a half-veil in a seedy dive bar. Kier took note of that blasted manhole and for once in his life noticed the shadows moved from the manhole. He gave chase – like a cheetah, he ran leaping acrobatically to run upon the “thieves’ highway’, Kenshin attempted to follow, but failed miserably, being left behind. Hawkeye transported the rest of the group to the location of the drawbridge where Mother approached, and got Yon to let them in. They confronted the soldier who’d been possessed and after determining he was truly possessed, subdued him and then fought the shadow that tried to possess Kier. As they left the castle – Mother noted they were being watched. Hawkeye transported himself to the bedroom to confront a small girl maybe 6 or 7 years of age, along with Kier, her remarks were innocent enough, but led Kier to discover a deposited package. Using their various resources, they learned the packages aided in scrying and suppression of magics nearby. Kier had collected three of them and returned later on to find an additional 12 scattered around the castle.

Searching dive bars, they located the bar where the mysterious man with the veil was. The barkeep told Hawkeye he was an information dealer that went by the name of ‘Frag’. The group would later learn that the man’s name was Frag Ment, He was starting a business to keep tabs upon nobles and thought the name his business Loyds. He offered a job to Hawkeye, who turned him down. Hawkeye left by another route after Frag warned him of a man who was planning on jumping him. Later on Kier would talk with Frag, and took a job being a courier, paid 100gp for the job. After more searching, they discovered the leather shop near the castle did more than cater to soldiers leather needs, it also caters to a certain kind of soldier. Kier gets a second job, but doesn’t follow through with it, instead warning the noble being spied upon and returning the money to Frag.

Kier then breaks into the bar after hours, and notices he can’t observe one corner of the room. After being here so often his roguish senses are kicking in. He calls it a night and informs everyone of what he learned the next day.

Two messages are found for Kier in the morning, the rest of the group gets a single message – a royal invite to the castle for heroic deeds. The second message is a note delivered by a street boy with a simple warning “Your life is in danger, meet me at the meat vendor stall in two hours”. Finding the location a very private location, Kier meets with Kara, a street rogue who’s loyalties are in favor of the rogues guild, she shows him the 100,000gp reward for his death – only 50,000 if he’s alive. Kier learns that the Guild is not happy with this upstart Cult moving into their turf and making it difficult for their lucrative business operations – No messing with the Royals.

Kier and company investigate the odd missing corner at the ‘Regal Beagle’. Geardrof is able to lower the ward for the group, but oddly enough the patrons and bartender take no note of it. In the corner is a stool of Bone or dark ivory, upon it is a Statuette with the Ancient Chaos symbol where the mouth would be (Chaos Symbol is the circle with Arrows going out in Eight directions). Upon a mantle above the stool is a small gargoyle leering down – hidden from view is the Tabarath Symbol of the Heart with an X in it. Hawkeye and Kier both mess with the little idol and pay for their curiosity – Kier’s hands become living ice on one side, and lava rock on the other – Hawkeye loses complete mental facilties and actually becomes a Zombie! “Brains”. As ‘Mother’ tries to cure him, he tries to eat her arm. Kenshin disables him and they decide they’ve messed with fate long enough and seek Simon’s aid. Simon sends Kier and Hawkeye to see a mystic – whom cleanses them both of the Chaos taint [Hawkeye has a new scar from the base of his nose to the base of his neck] and Kier got his hands restored. Simon then responds to Mother’s invite to go to the ball by letting her know a dress has been commissioned for her at the dressmaker shop. She and Ella both go and find dresses for them – regal and expensive ones. Ella notes a cherry blossom in hers. They attend the ball and enjoy the festivities – Kier leaves by a different route after a warning from Kara.

Group becomes Level 3 –

Base 24 CP + 2 Duties = 26 CP [No Bonus Feat for this level]

It’s All Greek to Me – Session 3

“There is no Fury like an Over-God Scorned!” or “Justice has been served, now serving the Mother Oracle”

Players Present:

  • Andrew (as Kyros)
  • Bekah (as Filia)
  • Calvin (as Bion)
  • Sean (as Danalus)
  • Daniel (as Cleatus)

We began with a recap by Andrew (Reading the previous log). No meals as everyone had eaten earlier – though Halloween Candy did make an appearance.

The game began with the ship cresting waves at a breakneck pace. Aided by Bion, the ship achieved speeds of epic proportion. Filia went to consult with Artemis to plead the case of Kyros and his case, that things were going to break loose if they didn’t act soon. Filia was told that perhaps a deal could be made with Apolo himself – Dunixi losing her power. Filia returned with the initial negotiation, which Kyros contemplated, and then pointed out that would not bring justice to those murdered by the Mother Oracle, nor bring justice for Danalaus, nor would it be just if Uranus was indeed falsely imprisoned. Bion consulted with Posedion and was told freeing Uranus would be bad. Flashes of light were seen on the island, to get to the hidden cave Filia brought forth pegasus, and Kyros made them all light enough that Pegasus was able to fly them to the cave.

The Ghost of Sparta met them. He hailed Kyros and bid him and his allies leave the island for Ares, god of war, claimed the island. Kyros scoffed at him and told him he thinks not, and that the messenger would face defeat for the first time if he did not leave the Island claimed already by him on behalf of Athena. The Ghost approached which prompted Kyros to attack drawing first blood and shocked disbelief. He told Filia to go and parley with Uranus -for he knew the battle could be his last. The battle was fast, as the Ghost employed Chain Swords bound to his wrists. The first blow against Kyros was mighty (12 of 32), Kyros taunted the Ghost while missing by the barest of measure. Bion blasted through his magical protections and dealt hefty damage. The third round Kyros struck another mighty blow and successfully taunted him that the Ghost dropped his guard momentarily as rage creased his face, another massive blow staggered Kyros, Bion gave aid to Kyros as healing water struck him. On the final round, the Ghost was laid low by another powerful blast by Bion. Kyros bid spare the life of the soldier. Bion messaged Filia to return.

Tied up to a tree, they interrogated the prisoner, learned that Ares had dispatched him after Zeus had met with Ares. Kyros released the prisoner on the condition he not return as by right of conquest the island was now his. As a prize Bion was able to exact a favor in the future. Kyros then prayed feverently for guidance from Athena. She was able to manifest, he told her all he knew and wished to know if Uranus was unjustly imprisoned. She told the beginning tale and Kyros told of his planned negotiations for the release of the All Father. She blessed his plan and gave to him a Cloak that would prevent any mental manipulation from coming to pass.

Kyros left with purpose to negotiate with the mighty Uranus. The negotiations were intense as Kyros summed up the following requests:

  • Athena and Artemis would be spared and not lose power
  • He would aid Athena and Artemis
  • All curses brought about unjustly would be lifted
  • The gods themselves would be bound by tighter order and require their worshipers
    • Uranus agreed that a god would be unable to affect a worshiper of another god
    • The gods would gain power from their worshipers
  • That justice be dealt to the Mother Oracle for her crimes, and all who aided her – including Hades and Apollo
  • That the world be restored after the upcoming godswar so that the populations would thrive
  • Protections against retribution for the group
  • And a blessing for each in the group by Uranus

In return for all those demands, Uranus countered with a demand of his own – That he be allowed to restructure the Pantheon as he see fit. Re-assuring that Athena and Artemis would not lose their portfolio.

Kyros agreed to the terms and released the mighty dragon god Uranus.

The group was instantly teleported back to the ship, before the massive dragon turtles destroyed it, as Uranus plucked the ship from the water and made haste to Delphi. Uranus met in epic battle Apolo. While they fought the ship flew to the Temple of the Oracle, where Kyros and company made their way to the Mother Oracle. The guards delayed them for just a moment – “What business do have here?” “I’m expected by the Mother Oracle, tell her Kyros is here” “One moment sir.” Goblet shattering heard, guard returns pale and shaking saying weakly “She’s not here”, “Yes she is, stand aside”. Striding in, the Mother Oracle sits upon her throne visibly shaken “You can keep her!” “No, your doom is sealed!” Kyros and Bion slay her where she sits. “Justice has been served, let this be a lesson to use your powers for the good of mankind or share the same fate”. As Apollo is ripped in half and his heart devoured by the Dragon, Uranus.

Aftermath:

  • The group leveled to 3rd level (26 CP)
  • Each character granted a +4 Divine Bonus to one Stat permanently
  • Dunixi’s oracle abilities lifted (Same as the rest of the oracles with Apollo’s demise)
  • Danalaus’s curse lifted and he returned to being a man
  • Uranus wages a battle against the gods – Zeus, Hades, Ares. Athena and Artemis are granted status in the new pantheon structure being 2nd tier under Uranus.

Danalaus, being freed of his curse, proclaims he must return home and reclaim his birthright. We agree to accompany him as a worthy friend and ally. Returning home, he claims rulership from the Lord Protector Axis, and learns that his father went mad the same time Danalaus had disappeared, and slew his wife, and then fled to the cursed dungeons. Danalaus held his coronation and then planned to save his lost father. Meanwhile the new Triad are promoted by a ship full of new converts.