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Post#1 » Wed May 23, 2018 11:04 pm

Session One

Four mysterious individuals come across an equally mysterious monster which has appeared near the Temple Citadel square of Ephe. In the midst of people screaming and running away, they fight the creature, revealing a young Tiirthan who was the creature itself. Spiriting them away from the authorities, they formally meet each other and the Tiirthan in an alleyway, before deciding to head into the seedier part of town to grab a few drinks. While trying to unravel what happened and get to know each other, the Tiirthan ingests "fairy dust" (slang), and he immediately begins to morph back into the monster. Subduing him, they head outside and begin to figure out how to get the Tiirthan home.

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Post#2 » Wed May 23, 2018 11:12 pm

Session Two

After retrieving a map and information on where to best find the Vaults of Tiirtha, the group experiences a miserable failure as they attempt to break into a local store to steal supplies. They catch a balloon down to the Ephean docks and catch a final glimpse back at the massive and beautiful city. Upon landing they split up to find supplies and a boat. Elgin and Mothy procure a giant necklace bedecked with massive red rubies and pawn its companion chest for a modest monetary gain and incur a mysterious debt from the salesman Tibba Smith. They realize without knowing how long the journey would be, they could not get sufficient supplies, and so regroup with Elthera, Lullabelle, and the Tiirthan Garu. Lullabelle charms her way into getting them free passage on a 30,000gp galley. A deckside gala is thrown in their honor and so they went to the baths and got fantastic outfits. An ancient bronze dragon blesses the ship as is tradition before setting sail, and the party begins. Lullabelle befriends a beautiful woman who she discovers IS the bronze dragon, and after revealing her abilities the dragon trusts Lullabelle enough to give her information on where to find the Vanishing Isle of Hbral in order to locate the first Vault Relic. Mothy befriends a handsome onion knight who reveals how to supposedly find the Vaults themselves.

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Post#3 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:17 am

Session Three

After a good night's sleep and hot baths to wake up Lullabelle and Mothy share the information they've acquired with their comrades. Elthera speaks to the Captain and convince him to let them see his maps to calm Elgin's feigned fear of the ocean while Mothy and Garu have a quiet time visiting while Lullabelle looks through the window at the ocean. Elthera distracts the Captain's son while Elgin makes a copy of the map of their known world and looks around the cabin. She obtains a pair of cheating dice, a collapsible spyglass, and a compass. While looking at the Captain's desk she notes a feverishly scratched note "She's here". Elgin looks at the captain's private journal and takes it as well. She shows it to Lullabelle who discovers the captain's obsession with the dragon and the various parts of the dragon's anatomy (and their magical properties). Lullabelle rushes Mothy and Elthera to the dragon's quarters where they discover signs a struggle and the remains of fairy dust, leaving Elgin with Garu. The Captain catches wind of a Tiirthan being on board and enters their quarters, taking Elgin and Garu prisoner. He throws them in a room with the imprisoned dragon-woman. Lullabelle, Mothy, and Elthera search the ship for Elgin, Garu, and the dragon-woman. Mothy encounters the onion knight again and he reveals his stores of fairy dust (which he smuggles) were tampered with, and he saw people being taken through a door in the galley. He confides in Mothy that he was intending to fake being drunk and barge into the room as they talk on the deck. Mothy runs off to tell Lullabelle and Elthera what she's learned. They decide to concoct a distraction.

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Post#4 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:55 am

Session Four

Mothy, Lullabelle, and Elthera create a plan to distract everyone in the galley with a performance in an effort to draw the guards out of the back room. Mothy goes back to get the onion knight but finds him missing. They proceed with their plan and Lullabelle and Elthera successfully pull off their distraction. Mothy sneaks into the room to find Elgin, Garu, and the dragon-woman. After a lot of fumbling around Mothy remembers she is a magical girl and transforms, granting her double stats for a minute and a half. She bends the bars of the cage and breaks the dragon-woman's chains. Initially Garu carries the dragon-woman on his back until they realize she is covered in fairy dust. Mothy carries the dragon-woman instead, but then guards come back to the room. Mothy shoves one guard down the stairs and Elgin Commands the other to Halt. Attaching a rope to the window Mothy shimmies with the woman on her back across the outside of the ship and pulls herself up on deck. Garu follows with Elgin on his back. Lullabelle and Elthera slip out of the galley and they all regroup. However, the captain and his crew confront them on the deck as a vicious storm rolls in. The captain's son comes to the deck to witness everything. When they attempt to take the dragon-woman, she steps off the ship rather than be taken by them, grievously wounded. Lullabelle successfully Sleeps half the attacking crew and she, Mothy, and Elgin make it to the other side to the lifeboats. Elthera is grabbed by the captain and Garu is grabbed by two crewmembers. Elthera is knocked unconscious by the captain, and Garu is also beaten unconscious by the two mates. Lullabelle is almost bloodied by four of the crew. Seeing no way out, they all transform, activating their temporary bonuses. Elgin is able to Bane two of the crewmembers, and Mothy kills one of the crew holding Garu and injures another. Lullabelle casts Hideous Laughter on the captain successfully and runs to Elthera, pulling her onto her back. The remaining crewmembers are focused on Lullabelle and Mothy.

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Post#5 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:52 pm

Session Five

Elgin heals Elthera who immediately taunts the captain and is knocked out again. Mothy and Lullabelle sustain extensive injuries as Connor - the captain's son - looks on confused and helplessly. Lullabelle successfully sleeps five of the crew and Mothy kills the last crewmember holding Garu. Elgin again heals Elthera who transforms and stealths, reappearing later to shoot an arrow at the captain. Her shot misses and she instantly kills Connor. Witnessing his son's death, the captain becomes enraged and inhales a large amount of fairy dust before throwing the rest onto Garu - triggering a transformation reaction. Elgin creates a massive amount of water and washes off most of the dust from Garu and he fights to stay in control. The rest begin to attack the captain relentlessly. He seems mostly unfazed though they successfully bloody him, before he turns to attack Elgin who he has pinpointed as the reason people keep getting up to fight. As he moves to attack Elgin the onion knight pulls himself from the side of the ship having survived the captain's murder attempt and begins to fight the captain. The captain bears down on him and plunges his sword into the onion knight's chest. As he dies he thanks Mothy for showing him kindness. The group begins to batter the captain and he stumbles backwards to the other side of the ship and holds onto the railing. A pillar of lightning plunges into the ocean and the Bronze Dragon shoots out of the water, fully rejuvenated. With a snap she swallows the captain's head and his body tumbles into the ocean. Returning to her human form she washes the corpses from the deck and thanks the group for their work - especially Lullabelle. She presents Lullabelle with a bronze Ouroboros as a token and announces Lullabelle to be her avatar - imbuing Lullabelle's physical attacks with additional lightning power when transformed. She then heals the group and calms Garu. She walks over to the bodies of Connor and the onion knight Riker and sadly says she can only bring one back. They choose Riker. He is revived and bound to the dragon, and they return to the ocean. The group decides to use Lullabelle's Disguise Self to trick the remaining crew who took refuge during the storm into thinking she is the captain. They move their belongings to the captain's quarters and secure an emergency rowboat outside the windows before preparing to deceive their way once more to their destination.

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Post#6 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:20 pm

Session Six

The crew of the ship attempts to get an answer for what happened to Connor, the captain's son. Lullabelle, disguised as the captain, is evasive and refuses to come out of the captain's quarters. The shady behaviour sparks rage in the crew who demands answers. After consulting with the group, Lullabelle agrees to hand over control of the ship to the First Mate. The group manages to hide in the rowboat while he and two crewmembers gather maps and navigation implements he will need. The group rummages through the Captain's belongings and discovers his notes. His obsession with the dragon did not spike until after he was given a strange dragonscale shoulderpiece marked with a sigil the group recognizes as the high courts of Ephe. According to his ledger, it was given to him the day they boarded the ship. The group finds themselves assaulted by strong psychic energy threatening to turn them against themselves and each other. Garu swiftly borrows Elthera's knife and breaks the enchantment on it. He then hands it to Elthera as it is no longer cursed. Elthera now has a dragonscale shoulderpiece which changes colour according to their desires and gives them a +1 bonus to stealth. After they have eaten and rested, Captain/Lullabelle is informed that land has been sighted. Realizing they need to escape, the group packs up their things as Garu has Lullabelle assist him in writing a forged suicide note for the Captain. They quietly lower themselves into the water, and row down the coast of the Docks of Aeaea where they finally make landing.

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Post#7 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:36 pm

Session Seven

The group makes landfall south of the Docks. They consult the enchanted locket which guides them through the small rainforest and to the edge of the town. Elthera and Mothy stealth into the town to gather intel on who there could help them on their mission and seeing how the ship they vacated was faring, as well as retrieving cloaks. Elthera and Mothy repeatedly startle townsfolk by slamming their hands on shop tables to question them before stealthing away. From the Fishmonger, Elthera learns where the Inn is and decides it would be a good idea to gather information there. Mothy wants cake, and so they go to the local baker and buy a Better-Than-Sex cake with a purple icing penis on it. At the Inn, Elthera flaunts their wealth by buying Mothy a hit of Fairy Dust and renting a room, hoping it will make people more amenable to assist. However, it just piques the greed of the Innkeeper and their flunkie to try and rob Elthera. Elthera and Mothy make a break for it but not before recognizing the symbol from the locket on a random decorative item - revealed to be given to the Innkeeper by a smuggler named Gella.

Elthera and Mothy return to the group to reveal what they have learned. Elthera is reminded by an exasperated Lullabelle that they didn't check out the ships OR get the cloaks they need. Elthera rushes off, steals cloaks, and is able to assess that the ship they had been on is grieving but ultimately fine. With their cloaks the group successfully stealths into town and travels through winding alleyways to the top of a hill where the homes are covered in talismans. At the very top is a strange building with a sign reading "The Oasis". Lullabelle enters first, while the others stay stealthed and hide in the building coming in behind her. She gets the attention of the "Shopkeeper" who is a tall silvery-blue skinned elf with silver tattoos and jet black hair named Gella. Gella is unwilling to help until Lullabelle persists, but then Gella shows her hand and reveals she can see everyone who is trying to stealth. She shows particular interest in Garu which makes the group uncomfortable. She demands they leave to give her time to think and form a plan, and unceremoniously kicks them out. They go to the Inn which thankfully has another Innkeeper on shift, and the group rests in the room Elthera had previously rented.

hey return to the Oasis in the morning. After taking them into her back room and discovering they were on the same ship as Riker, Gella is saddened to discover Riker will likely no longer be coming to visit her. She speaks to Garu in Tiirthan, which surprises the group, and then agrees to help them. She gives them her schooner, and grants them a magical charm which will keep them safe while they are on the ship. Elthera is given the ship's charm and subsequently made the ship's captain. Before they leave, Gella gives Elgin a beautiful ring of citrine and topaz (+1 to AC) for her courage in wanting to protect Garu from the perceived threat of Gella. Gella gives Mothy a small ring when Mothy gets sad. They say their goodbyes and head to the docks.

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Post#8 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:09 pm

Session Eight

The group made their way to the docks and found the schooner promised to them. They are initially unable to board the ship because the ship with their new captain (Elthera) lacks a name, although Elgin is able to board by giving the ship a gentle kiss. Eventually they name the ship "The Onion's Kiss" for Riker and set sail. They immediately sail into a massive tropical storm where they use their wits and abilities to carefully manoeuvre the ship to the storm's eye (including but not limited to Elgin being hoisted up the mast to plant a magical lightning rod). As they rest in the eye, the majority of the crew goes below as Lullabelle has discovered a few strange objects in the captain's cabin. Garu and Mothy instead wait on the deck. As they wait Mothy goes through a series of Ghost-esque tactics to secure she and Garu's first kiss. It is hella passionate and extra dope.

Below deck Elthera discovers the Globe, a fast-travel option which can be used once per day but only reacts to her and has a limited distance. Instead of making for the nearest safe port, Elthera decides to gamble on going closer to where the Amulet is telling them to go. After arriving, Elgin spots land, and also a spout of water and air. While Elgin initially would rather go towards land, consulting the Amulet guides them to the area the spout appeared. As they glide over the water, Elgin looks down and sees a massive shadow below. As she stares, she sees towers, turrets, rooftops, and homes becoming clearer and clearer before she realizes this city below is coming closer. Elgin excitedly jumps into the water towards the rising city before the boat is snatched out of the water and thrust into the air by the tops of the city. The group on the boat rush to the sides and realizes they have found the Wandering Isle of Hy-bral, and the reason it wanders is because it is on the back of a giant sea turtle.

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Post#9 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:04 pm

Session Nine

The group takes stock of their surroundings and notice people begin to come out of the homes and immediately rush around. The people are called the Mureen, and they have metallic bronze skin, white curly hair, large brown eyes, and longish soft elf ears which droop down. Those on the ship decide to hang onto Mothy and glide down since the schooner is totally up in the air and stuck on two towers. Unfortunately they prove too heavy for Mothy and two of the three fall off her and to the ground. Lullabelle uses feather fall, but Elthera and Garu end up taking damage from the fall. As the entire group comes together at the foot of the towers, two Mureen come out and are surprised to see Lullabelle as the others successfully stealthed. They are however uninterested in the reason and explain that they only have six hours before the turtle resubmerges and they rush off after telling Lullabelle she is invited to enter their home. Another Mureen comes out of the nearby tower and is startled but then immediately rushes off.

The group enters the tower and Elgin finds runes on the entryways and windows which creates a semi-permeable membrane to keep water out but allows the filtration of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Realizing that they have a limited amount of time, Elgin and Elthera then go up to the ship. The others take stock of the tower and conclude that it is relatively drab, with objects made from driftwood, carved coral, and use shimmering blue-purple stones as a heating element to cook with. Elgin with her dagger carves the runes into the deck which successfully proofs the schooner against water but also causes great pain to Elthera. They discover that Elthera and the ship are now linked and any physical harm to the ship causes harm to Elthera. Elthera now has the runes scarred into her left arm and is able to breathe underwater but is no longer able to drink liquid.

They return downstairs and Lullabelle uses feather fall to lower the ship down to the ground and moor it for the eventual submersion. The group then heads out and begins to look around the city. They mostly see people gathering seaweed, scraping off molluscs, and gathering crabs while visiting with friends and family they reportedly haven't seen in over six months. The Amulet guides them down to the lower levels where it runs out of energy. The architecture of a temple nearby catches their eye and they enter, finding an elderly Mureen sitting on the steps before an altar. The Mureen, like the others, is uninterested in them both because they are blind and it seems to be the general attitude towards strangers. They invite the group to look over the wall filled with two-hundred thousand relics - each golden box in a small carved niche holding an actual relic (body parts of important or sacred figures). Mothy attempts to use the Amulet to figure out which box may hold the relic they are looking for but again the Amulet is out of power. The elderly Mureen addresses them in Tiirthan and Garu speaks to him. As the blind Mureen touches Garu's face and feels the symbols on the Amulet they cry out for their Mother and state that it belonged to their mother. The group makes the deduction comparing the skin of the Mureens to that of the Bronze Dragon which gave them the amulet and realize this city of the ocean must be in some way related to her.

Elthera makes an off-handed comment asking if the Mureen had any energy to power the Amulet and the elderly person takes a moment and then says yes. They hold the Amulet and give their life force to power it, before collapsing and passing away. Garu weeps and carries the Mureen to their room in the back where he mourns over them, understanding what they have done to help Garu. Mothy goes to "comfort" Garu while the others use the powered Amulet to narrow down which part of the wall may have the relic. They discover a niche carved behind one of the boxes which has an opening lined with the hot stones they found at the tower home. Using Elgin's create water spell and Elthera's resistance to fire, Elthera reaches in and manages to find a box and pulls it free while taking a small amount of damage.

The sound of rushing water becomes louder and they realize they need to leave and get back to their ship quickly. As they race against the diving turtle they make it back but decide for some of the group to go into the tower and Elthera goes onto the ship to take shelter with Elgin.

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Post#10 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:29 am

Session Ten

While on the ship Elthera and Elgin eventually figure out that Elthera has been "cursed" by the rune markings and while she can breathe underwater she will eventually die of dehydration. Elgin has the runes painted on her lower backside instead of opting for the more permanent scarring. Elgin swims for the building the others are in while Elthera can't quite make it. Elthera then decides to parallel park the ship to get it slightly closer. Eventually they both get inside and regroup with the rest of the team. The group is faced with the decision of marking themselves but being unable to drink, and washing it off is impossible because of its liquid resistant properties. One of the Mureen inside the home produces a shallow platter of sand and is able to successfully scour the runes from Elgin's back. However, Elthera's situation is more deadly since the runes are physically scarred on and "healing" it is relatively impossible. Elthera decides on heating a dagger in the hot stones to brand the scars away since she has fire resistance. After successfully breaking the runes, the Mureen beg Elgin for knowledge on how she was able to breathe in the water outside. Elgin explains that she is able to see runes carved in their homes long ago by the Mureen predecessors. The Mureen beg her for the knowledge, and Elgin complies. They thank her and paint the runes on themselves, after which they weigh their shoes down with coral preparing to go outside. The group asks if they may know how to open the box with the relic, and the Mureen suggest that the group find the Prophet before they tell the group they are welcome to everything in their home and then leaving.

Mothy inspects a nearby driftwood table, finding papers and a lovingly rendered portrait of a Prophet - the Mureen who gave their life to power the Amulet. Feeling sheepish, the group takes a closer look at their surroundings. In the Mureen's closets they find some general garb (which Elgin immediately dons) and a beautiful knee-length empire waist sleeveless dress with a sweetheart neckline. The dress is made by sewing tiny iridescent shells to a fabric shift, and this dress gleams with reddish fiery refractions. Mothy begs the group to wear it, and they acquiesce. Upon seeing her in the dress Garu kisses her deeply revealing their relationship to the group. She takes off two of the shells and fashion some earrings for him to wear. Elthera pockets a strand of pink pearls before the group leaves the building with their coral-weighted shoes.

The group walks back to the temple, each one enchanted with the painted waterproof runes. Upon entering they see a tall bronze-skinned figure standing at the end of the aisle near the altar. As the figure turns they all recognize it as the Bronze Dragon (Lullabelle's patron). She confronts them about the death of her son as a small Mureen boy-child runs out to hold her hand. She embraces the child and tells him to go back to his room, and he runs off to the same room Garu laid the elderly Mureen to rest. Riker steps from the other side as she conjures a coral chair to sit in and appraise the group. She calls Lullabelle to her and Lullabelle shamefully makes her way, insisting the death of the Prophet was hers and hers alone. The Bronze Dragon takes her gently by the hand and tells Lullabelle how proud she is of her, and then turns to Elthera who is still standing by the door. She tells Elthera to take care with off-handed comments and actions in the future, as not all mistakes can be undone. Elthera listens to this, ashamed, and accepts it.

The dragon conjures a set of chairs in a half-circle before her and beckons the group to sit with her. She explains that the Mureen are her far-reaching descendants, but the Prophet is her last trueborn child and it was from his generation the Mureen had come. As her last trueborn, he thankfully had some regenerative powers left, which allowed him to revert back to being a child. The dragon praises the group for their progress and nods approvingly at Garu and Mothy. Lullabelle presents her with the relic box and she opens it effortlessly, although no one in the group is able to perceive it - though by reaching in they can confirm SOMETHING is there. The dragon comments that there were other ways to power the Amulet, which causes Elthera to avert her eyes, but also notes if she hadn't felt her son's death they may have been unable to find a way to open the box. She calls the child to her again and states that they will be leaving, feeling she cannot leave her now young son to live alone in the temple. Lullabelle tells Riker that he owes Gella a drink, and he smiles his gratitude for receiving the message. The dragon, the Prophet, and Riker all bid farewell and leave the temple. The temple then begins to grow dim, and the group is pushed out the front door by a strange energy. When they turn to look at the entrance again, they have completely calcified over and are unable to be opened any longer.

Feeling pleased, the group decides to head back to the boat. However, they suddenly see the once deathly silent city has come to life. Mureen fill the streets laughing and living, lighting their way with rune-enchanted lanterns. It seems the Mureen who hosted the group went and shared the knowledge with everyone, allowing for the city to once again become filled with activity. Lullabelle decides she would like her own dress similar to Mothy's and they head to the market. As they enter, all the Mureen fall silent and then rush forward towards Elgin. They thank her in Tiirthan, and Garu translates this as they have coined the moniker "Big Sister" for Elgin. The Mureen lead her through the Market to an old statue of the Mother Dragon holding the hand of her son, and reveal that they have begun constructing a likeness of Elgin on the dragon's other side. Elgin carves her address on the statue, so they can always find her. They pile a vast amount of riches at Elgin's feet - totaling 2000gp in wealth. The sight of all the shining riches leaves Mothy breathless, and Elgin gifts her a red coral bracelet. The Mureen also stock the ship with food, water, kelp wine, and clay pots of the enchanted heated stones. At Elgin's request, they then present the group with their choices of the iridescent shell dresses. Elgin chooses the pink, Elthera the black, Garu the lilac, and Lullabelle a near-transparent white.

The group is followed back to their ship with praise and cheers, and they board it to leave, while noticing that some Mureen seem to be building their own types of ship based on the group's schooner. Elthera resumes her captaining duties while Garu and Mothy raise the anchor. As they rise up and away from the city, the group observes how the attitude of the Mureen has changed. From being almost totally neutral and unbothered or even uninterested in their presence, the group realizes the Mureen had stagnated. They had resigned themselves to a dark and isolated existence, only being able to see friends and family once every six months - if they were lucky. The group watches the last of the city fade away, noting that when they first beheld the city rising, it was dark and starved for the light, and now the city was bright and happy all on its own.

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