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Thursday, 17 May 2018

(COF) Session 3: Burning walls of fire and the God of Death

The party awakens to screams in the night and notice that Shadow in not amongst them.  Looking out the window of their second story room they see a stockade of oil barrels next to the Northern Gate and beyond the walls of the town something off in the darkness making its way towards the town under the cover of clouded night. As the clouds part from the full moon the party makes out an army of skeletal undead making its way for the township. Just as things couldn't get any worse they notice a cloaked figure removing the security studs from the Northern gates and opening them outward. They quickly recognize the figure as Shadow before she appears to pass out sprawling on the ground in front of the now wide open gates.

The party carries Shadow to safety as the wizard Fargus summons the party to the ramparts above the Northern Wall. It is there while looking out upon the amassed skeletal army that they see a Dark Violet Flame appear off in the distance. The flame erupts from a staff that a hooded figure holds and is it burns violet lightening strikes the flame from the skies above, fueling its growth.

Image result for violet wizards staffThe hooded figure slams the staff carrying the violet flame into the ground and a wave of energy ripples forth tearing up the ground as it makes its way towards the wall of the town. As the wave passes over the land beyond the town more skeletal creatures issue forth from the ground as the blast slams into the wooden walled barricade shattering and breaking the thick timbers. It is only through a wall of protection created by the wizard Fargus that the party and the towns defenders are spared.

More screams issue forth from the south of  town as four recently deceased bodies awaiting last rites and burial arise from the preparatory platforms behind the town temple and turn on the local inhabitants.

After dispatching (detonating) the undead within the town the party turns their attention to dealing with the amassed undead army now nearly at the gates. The party carry two of the large barrels of oil up to the ramparts where Fargus ignites and casts them out upon the front ranks of the advancing skeletal horde, starting them ablaze. After one more blast slams into the wall shattering timbers and weakening the defenses a weakening Fargus uses his remaining power to cast three large fireballs into the undead taking out more than three quarters of their numbers before succumbing to exhaustion and collapsing.

The party pour one of the last remaining barrels upon the dead, now amassed at the gates trying to get in and they go up in a blaze of flames along with the walls and the gate.

Seeing the violet flame appear yet again in the distance the hooded figure summons a large skeletal creature from the ground. As the six armed humanoid creature erupts from the ground and finds it feet it stands at full height over 9 feet tall. It quickly drops down onto its hands and carrying itself like an arachnid charges towards the now burning walls as a final blast fromthe hooded figure shatters the town wall to pieces, those upon its ramparts sent sprawling to be buried amongst burning timbers. It is here that Blue stands his ground instilling confidence into other to do so as well while Artiguis climbs to the roof of a nearby house hoping to hide himself under cover.

While Blue fearlessly attacks with his flaming sword and Artiguis launches himself from the roof for a devastating ariel attack the large skeletal creature proceeds to tear the other defender limbs from limb before meeting its end at the party's hand while Fargus is pulled from the rubble and carried off to safety.

While looting the bodies of the dead by the light of the burning town the last nearby barrel of oil explodes blasting Artiguis and Blue threw the side of a local home.

Having set the town ablaze and successfully arranged for the women and elderly to tackle the fires our party decides that with exhaustion setting in it is time to sleep, retrieving the unconscious Shadow and dealing with her would have to wait.

After resting Shadow returns to the tavern with no recollection of what has happened or where she has been and for the first time her arrogant confidence is replaced by utter confusion and disorientation. She tells them of a dream she had where she was cutting the throat and gouging out the eyes of a large evil being over and over while it only became more and more powerful with each death and that the only thing it said was LET ME IN. The evil voice seeping into the core of her very being.

After filling their bellies and speaking with Fargus, the wizard informs them that Shadow now carries darkness in her heart and has been touched by a powerful evil. Fargus also admits to not knowing who the hooded figure from the attack was but tells of how tales from long ago made mention of a wizard so powerful that he sought to become immortal, cheating death and in doing so became the very God of Death itself. The tales also made mention of how his power was granted through the acquisition of a staff he had acquired through penetrating the depths of the realms of Necros; the land of the dead.

Fargus agrees to cure Shadow of the evil darkness now seeded in her heart but only if the party agrees to venture to a local monastery about 7 miles to the North to confirm if the monks remain unharmed or have suffered similar attacks as well. The Monks may also have information on current events since it seems the rumors that other villages on the borderlands have had their dead stolen and their children taken may now in fact be truth. The party is also to bring back valuable healing potions and herbs that the Monks make and keep in good supply so that they may be administered to the townsfolk.

With a new task best them our party rests up and prepares to journey forth.......

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(COF) Session 3: Burning walls of fire and the God of Death

The party awakens to screams in the night and notice that Shadow in not amongst them.  Looking out the window of their second story room the...