In the Shadow of the Colossus

Session #31
Twisted: Part 2

Characters: Mysterious Halfling Woman, Bong Tao, Wilsmith

The party met an old wise man of the forest after defeating the animals in the mushrooms. In exchange for assisting to cleanse the forest of evil, he would help them find the focus. They climbed a tree and fought a beholder who was the cause of the evil in the forest. After they killed the beholder, they found the focus and returned to the ship.

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Session #29
Deep into that darkness peering...

Characters: Bong Tao, Leobin Moonshadow, Mysterious Halfling Woman

Bong Tao, Leobin Moonshadow and the strange halfing woman who goes by “Slash” entered into a dream state using moon thistle, while en-route to the next gate.

They found themselves as children in a winter forest and soon identified a large oak tree as the main aggressor. After defeating several dream wolves on snow pedestals, the group moved on towards the oak. Slash convinced Bong Tao to attempt to commune with the trees. After communing with the trees Bong Tao discovered that they intend to maintain their hold over his subconcious and were willing to fight for it.

Battle ensued between the party and the tree with Bong Tao opening with a savage punch to the trunk of the tree. The battle went through several stages. After fighting the tree itself, the party found themselves on the tree and fighting smaller pines. Upon defeating the pines, the party was struck off the branches and back down to the trunk of the tree, on the surface of a frozen lake. Bong Tao took on a fiery aspect and Leobin exploited inherent weaknesses in the tree’s structure to win the day.

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Session # 28
The Flaming Sea

Characters: Bong Tao, Wilsmith, Leobin Moonshadow, Mysterious Halfling Woman

Detective’s Report.
Officer: Dwayne Johnston
October 20, 1203
East Novara Homicide Unit

Subject: Gregory Whatson (Suspected Legion Member – Ogre Regiment)

Detective’s notes.

This murder has taken on a life of its own. Who are these suspects? What motivates them to kill? I’ve been working this case backwards as well as forwards and am finding a trail of bloody and often fiery destruction left by these mysterious individuals going all the way back up into the mountains near the dragon borne villages! They’ve even been implicated with starting the devastating colossus riot all those weeks ago!

The boys in the lab have finished analysing the ballistics and blood splatter and have concluded that the suspects fought with a third lava monster (who they claim had the same DNA. Were these lava triplets??) before floating through some gate?

I had to bring in a god damn gypsy sorceress to explain this one to me. Apparently these gates open up to other astral planes? She suspects that, given the fact that this one was located in a volcano, this gate opened to the astral plane of fire. It’s shit like this that made me fall off the wagon again. I hope Stacey doesn’t find out, I can’t afford another divorce. Regardless of what I believe, the gypsy woman figures it’s likely that they would have encountered some sort of astral being and likely done combat. Now here’s where things really go off the rails. Because this is the astral plane of fire, these guys would have needed some sort of MAGICAL SHIP?? in order to survive long enough to fight this fire monster! Even more troubling is the fact that I’m forced to conclude at least some of this happened and they were successful because I have god damn reports of them leaving the gate and heading off for the coast!

One final note, I’ve been asking around some of my detective buddies and they seem to think that this is way too big for just these few suspects. They’re giving me a full blown fucking-conspiracy-theory that top navy brass are actually PAYING these individuals to cause this destruction! I’m as passionate about taking down The Legion as the next guy but to authorize and reward wholesale murder and destruction is going too far. I’m praying to Kord that this isn’t the case. If anyone needs me I’ll be at the Rusty Spoon…don’t tell Stacey.

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Session #27
Ashes to Ashes

Characters: Bong Tao, Graveltooth, Leobin Moonshadow, Mysterious Halfling Woman

Detective’s Report.
Officer: Dwayne Johnston
October 1, 1203
East Novara Homicide Unit

Subject: Gregory Whatson (Suspected Legion Member – Ogre Regiment)

Suspects appear to have continued on a murdering rampage throughout the monastary killing another suspected legion lieutenant and two privates. Found a dead monk master in a cell which appears to have been turned into a prison. One of the privates confessed to holding a elemental sailor who likely escaped with the suspects.

It appears the suspects fled towards the volcano to the west. Large suspected legion troop movements have been observed heading for Novara. Witnesses report men scouting on pterodactyls. Suspect they were sent to alert the Novara militia but cannot confirm.

Detective’s Report.
Officer: Dwayne Johnston
October 2, 1203
East Novara Homicide Unit

Have followed the path of the suspects to the volcano. Path may not be the correct term as they appear to have flown on pterodactyls. Found evidence of struggle within the volcano. Appears to have been between the suspects and some sort of magma based monster. Results of the struggle are inconclusive. Balistics is pulling sling stones out of walls and the bloodwork should be back from the lab next week.

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Session #26
Home Sweet Home

Characters: Bong Tao, Graveltooth, Leobin Moonshadow, Mysterious Halfling Woman

Detective’s Report.
Officer: Dwayne Johnston
September 31, 1203
East Novara Homicide Unit

Subject: Gregory Whatson (Suspected Legion Member – Ogre Regiment)

Subject was found with skull crushed, severe contousions, a deep lacerations over 80% of his body. Clothing was singed and burned although subject does not appear to have sustained burn injuries. Was found with three other suspected members of the ogre regiment, all deceased of similar injuries in the practice room of an abandoned monastary.

The suspected assailants appear to have arrived by boat (suspect from Novara) and scaled the cliffs at the rear of the monastary. Found murdered pterodactyls and destroyed nests at the crest of the slope.

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Session #25
Liberation of Novara

Characters: Leobin Moonshadow, Bong Tao, Wilsmith, Mysterious Halfling Woman

The party received word that legion troops were ripping apart the brothel disctrict of Novara and decided to investigate. Upon arrival they found Lord Varen and his cronies trying to abduct a prostitute. The compass that points to Shards of Galidor appeared to be pointing at her but may have also been pointing at Varen. After unsuccesfully attempting to murder Varen, the party beat a hasty retreat with the hooker in tow. They managed to get her back to the rebel base and extract the deathstar plans piece of the shard from her. With the rebellion well under way, the party boarded a ship to Musei to rendezvous with Admiral Faust and the War Council.

The War Council offered employment and support to the party, in exchange for continuing to eliminate the legion. In return for fighting the Legion and putting a stop to Varen’s plot, the party would each receive a parcel of land.
The party met with Father Euclice, who they had rescued from the cages over the water. He gave them useful information about the gates and suggested that one of them moves about and is linked to another plane.

The party then boarded a boat captained by Daniloand headed south to the mountains to find the next gate

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Session #24
A daring rescue

Characters: Leobin Moonshadow, Wilsmith

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Session #23
In which rebellions are fostered and assassinations are attempted

Characters: Leobin Moonshadow, Graveltooth, Bong Tao

After setting up a series of distractions involving bars and brothels, the party made their way to the villa where Sergeant Krull was giving a speech to the assembled troops. Breaking in the back way, the party confronted Krull in the courtyard of his villa. Combat ensued with Krull riding a triceritops and trampelling several people. The party was eventually victorious after killing Krull and maddening his triceritops such that it destroyed the villa supports, causing it to collapse. Bong Tao and Graveltooth were both severly wounded and made haste back to their hideout with the rebellion to regain their strength.

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Session #22
Viva la Revolucion!

Characters: Leobin Moonshadow, Graveltooth, Mysterious Halfling Woman

  • Meet up with the Revolution leader, Illiana, who asks for their help.
  • Run with the plan of “two for one specials” at the local brothels and taverns to distract the soldiers
  • Free some prisoners held in cages suspended from cranes
  • Question of why prisoners are being kept at all is raised
  • Prisoners and Illiana are grateful for the help, agree to help
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