Belicht

session34
Undercity

Descending Fire 2

Preparing for the Worst

Mal, Hailong, Pyotr and Aujaq gather in the Blue Lady.
All are tired and concerned – the streets are ringing with prayers for help.
Blue Lady staff have gone into siege mode – collecting clean food and water etc.
After hearing news from Laima, they decide to prepare.
Hailong and Mal use their connections. Help the others.
Smuggle out of Vendig – a few ships of wealth, people, goods.

Where is Vlad?

Pyotr, Aujaq and the Doctor head to the Cathederal
Carefully make their way through the plague-ridden streets of Vendig
They examine the remains of the pastorage where Aldus and Vlad had been.
The doctor cant get any further information from the charred remains there.
Aujaq calls the City-Father – getting along splendidly.
Learn that Aldus had been “hidden from sight”
Was a regular occurence for many decades – Offers to help investigate.
Blessed Aujaq – the city will help you in your search.
They follow Laimas directions, and find the secret doorway to Undercity

Experimental Cures.

Mal, Demi and the Doctor continue their experimentation.
Getting some progress, but using more dangerous ingredients.
“Demon Blood” being donated by Mikael Waarches.
Demi gets assistance from Tepet Lisara – scrapings of Orachulum!
Still needs to perfect the brewing of the concoction and more patients needed.

Bring the Big Guy.

Pyotr and Hai-long go to see Ragara Syn.
The Ragara house in vendig is also preparing for the worst.
They explain the possible demonic/cult problem under vendig, they need help.
Syn orders her Demon Bodyguard to accompany Hai-Long.
It is a giant suit of porcelain and brass armour – with pulsing red eyes.

Into the depths.

Aujaq, Hai-long and Pyotr descend into the depths – after the Demon that is.
Pyotr picks up a trail on the dusty floor.
They sneak along dark old stone passages, under the riverbed.
The architecture reminds them of Headless Cove and Siegsdorf temple.
Come to a storage room – somewhere under the center island of Vendig.
They hear and attack some cultists – short work except for the Blood Ape.
In the ensuing melee, Aujac accidently spears Koda, and the Demon Guard looses an arm
Blood ape gets bigger and angrier – Pyotr uses one of his few silver arrows..
Mess on the walls after exploding demon.
The rukus attracts attention of two more Blood Apes.
The trio charge into battle – determined to rescue Vlad – surrounded by light.

Enlightening success

Demi and the Doctor make what they feel is the final product with Mal’s ingredients
They take it to the Imperial encampment to test out.
The watch, in sudden brilliance, as the soldiers fever breaks..

Descending Fire 5

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session33
Plague

483 Resplendant Fire 23

Old Favours

Frederick Bauen – the nightwatch guard “rescued” comes looking for help.
Noticed he is sweaty and tired – his child is sick and help is too expensive.
Doctor offers to help.
Visit his house deep in the poor quarter.
Daughter is ill – symptoms of “Mother’s Milk”.
Number of priests and others have tried to help, to no avail.
She was playing with the kids near the Imperial Legion’s camp.
Doctor calls for quarantine, and send people to search.

Army of troubles.

Laima, Mal and Pyotr go to the encampment.
Surrounded by merchants and peddlers and curious people
There are many soldiers who look like they are falling sick.
The “sick tents” are all full.
Talk to Tepet Lisara – she becomes worried and starts emergency actions.
Calls for their Doctor to come inspect.
Learn that the illness started after some peddlers were selling cheap food
Confiscated one “cart”. It belongs to a merchant working for Ricardo.
Laima sends her guards to “collect” this merchant.

Spreading trouble

Mal and Pyotr head to the church to find the priests who may be infected.
Church has many people around it – many praying.
Mal investigates – praying for help for sick family and loved ones.
Scarlet Cloaks are keeping the masses out of the church
Lord Ulrich is here, warned by his God that trouble is coming. (is here!)
Needs help convincing Bishop Aldus to act – asks them to get Vlad.

Confirmations

Doctor, Demi and Vlad return to the encampment – in full gear.
Confirming that the ill soldiers are falling to the white plague
Tell Lisara of the source of this plague – she is pissed!
Vlad takes 10 soldiers to capture Chen and the boat.
Demi and the Doctor stay and start examining the soldiers.

Taking its Toll

Mal and Vlad go to Chen’s boat tied up in the old docks.
No one seems to be guarding, they storm aboard.
Inside the crew have been slaughtered.
Rotting body parts, and lots of milky liquid over the inner hold.
Vlad orders the boat burnt

The guards have collected the food merchant – he’s dead.
Laima quickly sees the signs – milky residue, lumps, lack of breathing… :)
She checks out his shop – someone put a plague sign over the door.
Rotten meat inside, along with a small runed idol, and instructions.
Intructions for meat pickup – the broken keep in the poor quarter.

The Search for Health

Pyotr, Mal, Demi and the Doctor are all scrambling to find a cure.
7 Bounties Paste would do the trick, but expensive and rare.
Trying to find local ingredients to replace.
Pyotr out collecting herbs and animal parts.
Mal “aquiring” expensive ingredients
Demo mixing, Doctor trying on soldiers.
All working round the clock, to the edge of exhaustion.

Where’s Vlad?

Laima has been trying to keep the merchants of Vendig inline.
Few instances of infected coinage, but plague is spreading still.
Vlad has been missing, she seek him out for assistance.
Met by the crowds and Ulrich.
Ulrich is nearly broken – mobs forming outside.
Crowds of paniced and ill people demanding help – blaming the priests.
Aldus’ house was attacked and burnt down.
Aldus, and Vlad, are presumed dead – bodies burnt beyond recognition.
Laima is suspicious and keeps Ulrich talking.
In the silent cathederal, Laima notices drag marks in front of the altar.
She leaves to get the others…

483 Descending Fire 2

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Dangerous Discoveries

483 Resplendant Fire 18

Return to the Blue Lady

The companions share the events of the last weeks.
Lady Ragara Syn shares her research about “Vilkata”
– Demon called “Sarru, the twisted words”.
– Twist minds to fullfill summoner’s desires.
– sow treachery and discord all around.
Harbormaster gives word – ‘Red Storm’ is docked
– Captain Chen, supplier for Cynis Wu.
– Red Storm was last seen fleeing Headless Cove.
Doctor and Demi present their tattoo removal technique
– strong acid that burns off the top layer of skin.
Demi scry’s using Laima tattoo
– Runic Circle gathers power under Vendig. Cultists praying
Demi seeks refuge in a bottle

Research the Old City.

Laima and the Doctor pay a visit to the Vendig Cathederal
Try to research old history of Vendig.
Books are not in any logical order, and constant interruptions.
After a fruitless, dusty day in the stacks they leave.
The Doctor notices one acolyte following them.
They find it hard to lose their tail in the winding streets.
Doctor tries to make a run, and get stuck in a crack between two buildings.
The Acolyte/Cultist corners Laima, threatens her
– stop putting your nose where its not wanted, or you might loose it.
Laima throws the “tattoo removal” and strikes his face.
The two run for it, leaving the screaming Cultist in the street…

Secretive Cargo

Mal, Vlad and Hailong pay a visit to the old docks.
Quiet area on north of city, run down and seedy.
They spot Chen, follow him making various deliveries around the Poor quarter.
Vlad takes a high lookout, and cover the others
– there are lookouts around the Ship, watching who pays undue attention.
Hailong gathers some of his ladies and distracts them.
Meanwhile, Mal rows along the river and creeps onboard.
Explores the hold, finds poisons, drugs, crushed spiders, and a locked chest
Silver coins and sealed vials are inside the chest – Mal takes them.
They leave the old docks and join up with Laima and the Doctor.

Petition the City Father.

Aujaq visit the City Father’s sanctum.
Calls out for help – warns about the Cultists beneath the city.
“The undercity is hidden from me, but I will light your way”.

A Dangerous Test

Back in the backroom of the Blue Lady.
Recognize the spider – Rasp Spiders from the east.
– fermented poison acts as a very strong preservative.
– properly diluted and treated, the poison acts as a concentration boost.
Silver coins are coated with a slightly sticky residue.
Drugs are mundane, but the vials are curious.
Vlad gets a pewter plate and some lamp oil – pours a vial into the plate.
The milky liquid looks innocuous, but Vlad and the Doctor draw conclusion..
– sealed and carefully packed – dangerous to handle.
– “Mother’s Milk”, a dangerous demonic poison – feeds plague and death.
Plate is immediately filled with lamp oil and burnt.
Everyone drops the coins, and the remaining vials are destroyed in a smithy!
Laima immediately takes the names of the merchants Chen was dealing with.
Spreads the words – use gloves when counting money, check coins for residue.

483 Resplendant Fire 19

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session31
The Walls Come Down

483 Resplendant Fire 3

Scouting the Fortress

Arada frustrated. Lesser evil to eliminate Jotuns, than leave them grow.
Arada needs the fortress scouted to determine enemy number.
Ejava sent with a small band of men, with Pyotr+co providing guidance.
Pyotr guides them up the mountainsides rather than through the valley.
Few days of difficult terrain (Laima not used to rough living) avoid Jotunn watchers.
Ejava lends power – makes them slip easily through the foest unseen.
Laima spotted and setupon by a ‘ForestWraith’ elemental guard.
Closly fought, byt they kill it, leaving Hailong heavily wounded.
Ejava eases his wounds, and Pyotr finds a point to climb inside the walls.

They get an overview of the Fortress.
10 Jotun, and 20 of the Forestwraiths.
Spot a Jotunn making “jotunn-sized” armor and rivetting it onto another.

The Trials of Demi

Demi is terrified of the death and killing, wants to free the tattoo’d people.
Wants to test how removing a tattoo will work.
Spends some time trying to find the “most undeserving” of the tied up villages.
Settles on a town drunk and ruffian. Orders Legionaires to drag him out kicking and screaming
Secured in a warehouse, made very drunk, then Demi burns off the tattoo.
After he passes out in pain, Demi orders him killed, then tied up.
He wards the body heavily, and then settles to wait three days for the ghost to rise.
Finds solace in a bottle over those three days…

At midnight on the third day, the hungry ghost arises.
The Legionaires rip it apart, but everyone is shaken.
Demi buries the man, and declares him a hero for his sacrifice.
Demi reports that the burning works – Arada gives permission to continue.

The townsfolk are lined up and left with heavy burns instead of tattoos.
Demi is not happy.

Return to Eisenshmide

Ejava is happy with the information, so orders a return.
They start sneaking back through the hills.
Take cover from an approaching thunderstorm…
Elemental – Thunderbird – descends from the clouds into the fortress.
It leaves carrying a heavy load, and flies north into the mountains.
Pyotr guides them back the fastest way he can find.

General Arada is pleased with the news, and orders a full assault prepared.
Demi scry’s from Laima’s tattoo – sees a vision:
– the Ruined monument of headless cove.
– inside its belly, an enruned pool of glowing water.
– guarded by a green-brass lion.
They recognize the pool – like the one in Siegsdorf.
Laima tells Arada, who orders word taken to the rest of the Legion at the Cove.
– Destroy the anathema relic!

Down come the Walls.

Pyotr joins the legion skirmishes and warstrider – assault the Fortress.
The Warstriders bring down the walls and take on the Jotunn.
The Dragonblooded and skirmishers mop up the Forestwraiths.
The supernatural violence leaves the fortress in ruins.
Pyotr notices some Jotunn expressing panic after their tattoos are smashed off.
Pyotr surveys the ruins, and weeps for his fallen friends.
As the Legionaires are leaving, Pyotr finds a rough map left by the Jotuns.

483 Resplendant fire 13

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session30
City Divided

Ascending Fire 21

After the Generals’ party

The doctor, Aujaq and Vlad try to work out what needs to be done
The Queen, The Vilkatas, or the Slaver Cynis Wou.
Much talking about what is more critical…
The name Cynis (Imperial Family) raises flags – is he a Dragonblood?
The next day they talk to Lady Raga Syn
Cynis is renowned for Slave, Intoxicants and Luxury trade
Ragara is the House given authority for trade in Belicht
They haven’t received requests from House Cynis…
How can we tell if he’s dragon blooded?
Dragon Bloods look different – purity of blood gives elemental markings.
She gives them a spell cord – Dragon of Smoke and Flame which will detect closest dragonblood.
Wou appears in all backgrounds – Elin, Queen Marlene, and Laima.
Need to investigate him more.

Dinner with Elin.

After a few nights, they gather for an indepth conversation
Aujaq makes “herbal” tea to put everyone more at ease
Ask more about her history with Cynis Wou. – what does he look like, act like, compatriots?
She makes a drawing of him – dark, bark-like skin, heavyset, frayed “rich” clothing.
She spent years in the Blessed Isle.
Cynis family “trains” slaves. Drugs to pacify, then loyalty excercises.
Cynis left the Isle with a handful of valuable slaves and his close retainers (pictures drawn)
“Scarface” vilkata has been with him since she can remember.
He has become an underworld figure in Reiherheim.
Everyone is dismayed “dragonblood…”
But sounds like Wou fled family problem, should have no backup.
They decide they have to go to Reiherheim to get a closer view and learn more.
Aujaq and the Doctor get into a heated discussion about the Queen and Demons.
Aujaq is most persuasive at the table
Demons are the Evil, influence and manipulate people, change their behavior.
People should be given a chance to prove themselves while free of influence.
Don’t kill people out of hand until we’ve removed demonic influence.
Queen is innocent! So are Laima and Hailong!
Vlad privately voices – willingly calling demons is worse than influence…

A City Divided.

Before leaving, Vlad bribes the Vendig harbormaster to be on the lookout for Wou’s retainers.
We’ll find out what trade he does, try to interrupt.
The river trip is long and nerve wracking – the crew is quiet and serious.
Arrival in the city is a shock, things have changed.
Armed guards move in groups – City guard, Scarlet Cloaks, and new “Azure Sentinels”.
The Doctor wants to see if the ghost of Warden Falke can help..

Streets of Chaos.

Doctor and Vlad go to visit the Cathedral of the Silver Heron.
The trip is dangerous – almost attacked a few times! Looted shops and burnt houses.
The blocks around the Cathedral are barricaded and patrolled by Scarlet Cloaks!
It is overrun with refugees.
They meet with High Lord Ulrich. Pleased to see them in these troubles times.
All started with the death of the King.
Many are unhappy with a commoner ruler – especially a ‘trophy wife’
Many try to rebel, Queen raises more soldiers, and imprisoning many.
Traders killed and robbed, food shortages and strikes.
The Church of the Silver Heron is doing what it can to protect the people.
The Azure Sentinels are Marlene’s private guard – all women, but brutal.
They are given a private room to contact the Warden.
Warden has been trapped since Kerker – months of darkness…
They reassure him that they return to Kerker, but he is too unhinged to help them.

A Final Meeting.

Aujaq goes to the palace to see the Queen’s innocence.
The Azure Sentinels patrol the gate – only let him in because of old signed papers.
Marlene is very happy to see Aujaq – a friend from before the troubles.
Private dinner with wine and gifts exchanged.
Queen is veiled and in black, mourning the loss of her husband.
Very affectionate towards Aujaq, has been thinking a lot of him, missing his company.
Gives a gift – an old tribal ceremonial blade.
Aujaq realizes this was weilded by the Draugr in the tomb…
Over the evening Aujaq is nervous and watches the Queen closely.
Spots some breaks in her expression – she is faking her emotions!!! Manipulating him!
Marlene asks for help, would he know old myths and history? Feels compelled to help…
But, Aujaq is suddenly scared and makes poor excuses to leave in a hurry.
Sees Marlene measure him with cold eyes as he leaves.

Replendant Fire 2

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session29
Join Battle

Ascending Fire 21

Plan of Attack

Want to avoid having thousands of hungry soldiers descend on Vendig
Laima makes plans to buy up foodstuff and ship by barge to Eisenshmide.
Take the armies to land at Headless cove, safe harbourage with loading dock.
Messages sent to merchants and blue lady – profits to be had!
Then they take the plan to General Arada
He’s quite happy with all this planning done for him. Agrees.

Scout in Force

They redezvous with Arada’s fleet and are impressed by the sheer scale of it all
Demi tasked to help maintain Warstriders. Learns about them
Laima tries to make an impression with the soldiers, Arada is pleased with the effort.
Hailong tries to hide from the men that once were hunting him (as a pirate)
The Advance force lands and starts building fort at Healdess Cove.
They need to take Eisenshmide to ensure supplies from Vendig can reach them easily.
Marching a whole army is slow, so Arada puts together a light force
500 skirmishes and 4 Warstriders sent with minimal supplies – forced march.
Takes 3 days to cross the Deshan mountain foothills, and get to Eisenshmide.

The Dragon Roars.

Arada’s scouts see little defense, other than some local guards on the gates.
They want to prevent word getting to the Jotunn for as long as possible.
Hailong will lead a force to the docks, while Laima will point out important people.
Arada orders a full charge – Allow no one to escape!
They descend on the town, Warstriders punch a hole through the walls.
15 Dragonblooded wield power and leap into battle, empowering the soldiers.
Skirmishers swarm through the town, taking townsfolk by surprise.
Townsfolk decimated, Skirmishers take minimal injuries
Those who surrender are tied up and captuered, those who flee are killed.

The Cult of the Old Lords.

Laima tells Arada of the tattoo’d cultists.
Soldiers check prisoners for tattoos, and starts executing them on sight.
Demi is shocked, complains unnecessary slaughter.
Arada “war is hell, everyonesuffers. Anathem endanger Creation!”
Laima and Hailong take a tattoo’d man away, and scare info out of him.
Tattoo was given for ‘special discount’ at The Longhouse. He’s no cultist.
He blames Alina, patron of the Longhouse. She made the offers.
They spy out Alina: another Vilkata…
The dragonbloods capture her.

Sorcerous secrets.

Hailong and Laima are suspicious, so they take tattoo’d man for examination.
Demi recognises patterns: like the strange wards in Kerker,
Also on the Wichtel in Siegsdorf and Creatures working with Hilde.
Also, Laima’s tattoo has same effect, similar symbols in pool under Siegsdorf
Tattoo binds the ghost – channels essence elsewhere.
Hailong is convinced, someone is setting them up.. People killed in town are fuelling some magic… Using people and war in north as distraction.
Demi suspects burning tattoo off will fix issue, needs to experiment on someone and wait for hungry ghost to appear.
They tell Arada about what this tattoo can do: he’s pissed.
Brought an army to kill the enemy, now has to avoid killing the enemy.

Gets sorceror to send messages to legions; Dig in, capture cultists.

Trio send message to Vlad: Send burn medication, do not kill tattoo’d people, their death fuels enemy. Enemy probably not in the north but hidden in plain sight.

Resplendent Fire 2.

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session28
The General Arrives

Descending Earth 17

Hiding out in Vendig

After their escape from Reiherheim, the group decided to lay low in Vendig and lick their wounds.
Michal and Regina have come home with Laima
Over the season of Wood, they all spend time preparing for the oncoming troubles
The Doctor and Vlad investigate how to “cleanse” the demon blood from Michal.
Pyotr spends his time hunting demon wolves, and thinking on how to investigate the Vilkatas
Mal spends time unravelling Elin’s story
– Enslaved by pirates.
– Sold to the guild and trained as an artisan/forger.
– Sold to House Cynis of the Realm.
– Given to King of Belicht as a present.
Laima spends the time cleaning the House of Waarches or Demonic influence.
Many months of effort, resulting in a leaner, more loyal house.
Demi spends time extracting herself from the patronage of Don Ricardo,
Builds up his own business and trading contacts.
Hailong spends much of his time in the arms of Lady Ragara Syn, who has taken him as a lover.

Over the season of Wood, they hear news from the north.
The King is dead, Queen Marlene ascends to the throne.
Resulting in much unrest throughout Belicht.
Elin Dahl is labelled the King’s murderer, and is wanted dead or alive.

The Realm Arrives.

Lady Ragara announces a welcoming banquet for 2 Imperial Generals.
Excitement rises in Vendig (along with prices) at news of 2 Imperial Legions approaching!
42nd under General Tepet Arada, 38th under General Tepet Lisara.
The Generals and their command staff arrive in Vendig a week before the Fleet arrives.

A Party to Remember.

Ragara Syn, Hailong and Laima throw a party to greet the Imperials.
Generals Arada and Lisara, with Dragonlord Ejava are in attendance.
Everyone who is anyone in Vendig society shows up.
Hailong flirts outrageously with Tepet Lisara, who is quite taken by this commoner :)
Demi corners Arada (who is uncomfortable with all this pomp)
– The pair get intoxicated on Demi’s “homebrew”.
– Demi pumps for information – learns about Orichalum
– Arada enjoys the old tinkerer’s company, and impressed by his chutzpah
Vlad asks Ragara Syn about the Vilkata demons – she is concerned about what they are.
– Also asks about the demonic influence in Reherheim.
– Syn advises to not bring this up with Arada, as a more targeted approach should be used.
Mal hangs around, listening for gossip.
– Tepet has some of the best trained Legions. In debt to Ragara for their supply.
– Tepet Fokuf has just been selected as Imperial Regent – rubber stamp for the House Lords.
– The House Lords are direct descendants of the Scarlet Empress.
– They are jockeying for power to claim the throne – no clear succession.

Ascending Fire 20

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session27
Demons Everywhere

Descending Earth 15 – morning

Day of troubles

After the taxing evening of running from Draugr, Augaq goes to the High Temple to ask some questions.
He tries to call to the City Father of Reiherheim – but the priests throw him out for “disturbing the peace” with his drumming.
Finally calls the City Father in the gardens outside – It’s not amused,
Aujaq asks about the godunder the castle, impressing that its involved in a danger to all
“The Forgotten” from before the rise of Belicht.
Was bound in its Sanctum – never came out and didn’t let anyone in.
The people and Gods of Belict ignored it, as it never bothered anyone.

Demi, Vlad and the Doctor explore a hunch about the bone.
Demi carries out her ritual to locate the Ghost of Warden Falke
Makes a “compass” jade needle floating on water
It points to the Royal Castle
Vlad and the Doctor research the bone in the Libraries of Reiherheim Academy.
The closest match they find is stories about Necromantic Rituals.
An inscribed bone made to trap a spirit – dark rituals and sacrifices are hinted at.
Only works while whole – releases spirits when broken.
Reminds The Doctor of rituals she read about in the books she took from Kerken
The “dark books” of Professor Gruft.

Mal Spends the day catching up with his sister Elin.
She was taken as a slave and trained as an artist.
Sold to the Royal House along with her friend Malene.
Malene began as a house servant – but became the queen!
The “Slaver’s” name is Cynis Wou.
The twins are known to Elin – The “pretty” one works for the Queen, the “rough” one for Wou.

Surprise Visitors

Mal hears someone knocking on Laima’s door in the Inn. The Looming Man from last night.
He listens at the wall…
Laima answers – its her 15yo son, Michal, grown very large in the last 6 months!
Michal was surprised by his Mother, and has come to talk to her.
He’s been running “House Waarches” interests in Reiherheim.
The letters brought by Vilkata every month have been followed exatly – and the House has prospered.
The medicines have also had their effect – he gives thanks for sending them.
Laima tries to hide her shock – she’s done none of these things
Michal gets suspicious, Laima calls for her “servants”
Mal comes and takes orders – to get “servant Vlad” to bring some refreshments for her guest.

Vlad brings water and bread, enters the room…
Michal recognised Vlad and is very suspicious – takes his leave.

Revelations

All gather to share whats going on.
Laima explains how Vilkata has manipulated her family..
The common consensus is to get our of Reiherheim fast!
Difficulty is getting everyone out safely.
Laima demands that her family be taken to safety.
They agree on a plan…

The Escape

Mal, Demi and the Doctor uses the “floating jade compass” to track down the Necromantic Bone
Anders is en-route to the tomb.
Mal takes the quick approach, and offers bags of jade to Anders.
He takes the money, hands over the amulets/maps/bone and looks for a fast boat.

Aujaq, Pyotr and Elin head for the docks looking for a boat – fast escape
The rough surrounds and drunken sailors confuse them
They wait at ‘The Iron Gauntlet’ for the others to come..

Hailong goes to court to try to get Regina Waarches to raise the royal guard.
Sees the Queen talking to the two “demon women” who look about to leave
Regina doesn’t believe his ‘hearsay’, needs proof. He says talk to the queen.
Regina talks to Marlene, and returns looking angry.
Hai long tries to hold her at knifepoint – she turns the tables.
He is escorted to the Scarlet Cloak headquarters.

Vlad goes to theCathederal and finds Lord Ulrich
Tells him about the “demon incursion” in the city. Where to find the two demons.
Ulrich is convinced by Vlad’s information, raises a squad of Scarlet Cloaks..
Hailong and Regina arrive – Ulrich says the proof will be if the Demons are there!

The two Demons – ‘Courtier’ and ‘Rogue’ Vilkata’s are standing in the moonlight waiting for the others.
Ambushed by the Scarlet Cloaks.
“Rogue Vilkata” spots Vlad and gives him an evil glare, before discorporating…

Descending Earth 15 – midnight

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Through the Moon Gate

Descending Earth 14 – midnight

The Dangers of Choice

With the information they gathered, Laima Vlad and the Doctor return to see the others waiting at ‘The Iron Gauntlet’.
In the short hours before midnight, they argue over what to do with this information.
Everyone agrees that they need to know what the true danger below Reiherheim is.
Stop Anders team, take their gear and replace them?
Sneak in after them?
Wait for the survivor to return and take their stuff?
The Doctor, Vlad, and Laima win the argument – no one can be allowed to disturb the Anathema’s Ghosts.
The three of them will meet Anders before he enters, and the others will wait for drawn swords to ambush if needed.

Surprise Visitors.

The 3 wait at the broken side of the Castle’s Mastaba base.
Anders saunters up – looks vaguely surprised by recognizes the doctor, walks over to talk.
“Sorry my friend, you are walking into a trap” she warns him.
Laima and Vlad providing scary occult details as to how dangerous the tomb is. How certain of death.
The job he is being paid for is mapping and drawing the interior –
They agree to do this job for him, and give him full credit (and payment).
Anders is convinced of their sincerity and compassion for Belicht – when his companions show up.
A woman carrying papers and charcoal pencils, and a heavily armoured youth.
Vlad does a double take – the woman looks very much like Mal. (Her name is Elin.)
Anders convinces them of the new plan, then asks for help convincing the ‘Twins’
Twins arrive and are immediately on guard at the crowd.
One is in practical craftsman gear, the other looks like a scarred vetran thug – but both look like Vilkata.
They are convinced of the new plan so long as Elin goes in to draw (she is a very good artist).
They will be waiting for the team’s return – they indicate their many weapons.

Through the Moon Gate

The others are called over and they all go through the Moon Gate (a flat wall under moonlight)
The Entrance Hall is lined with giant statues and a shattered doorway at the end of the chamber
With help, Aujaq understands the words in the chamber (written in ancient runes, but sounds like tribal language)

The 7 lords, their High King, and 2 gods (Moon and Sun) are in the chamber.
Tursas – Rembling Beast of Conquest – Bulls head
Ukko – Resplendant Bird of Fire – Peacock Tail
Raako – Watching eye of Midnight – Eye
Tuoni – Coiling Hand of Death- Snake
Ilmari – Architect of Eternal Wonder – Scepter/Tool
Kullervo – Thousand Veils of Vengeance – Mask/Crown
Louhi – Dancer of Night’s Splendour – Veil of Stars
Tapio – Auger of the Golden Dawn – Throne
Luna – Silver Moon of Change (black/White circle)
Ignis – Unconquered Sun (4 armed man in circle)

Aujaq senses a wounded spirit – guardian of the gate.
He complains bitterly that his sanctum has been forced open, and he wants to be left so suffer alone.
They hand out the 5 protection talismans – Elin, Aujaq, Vlad, Doctor, and Mal.

The Dead Walk.

The five go through the shattered gate, down stairs into a long curved corridor.
The walls are covered in relief carvings and inlaid with precious metals and jewels.
The map says to expect a large circle, with the down gate on the opposite side.
Elin (with guidance) spends time copying images from the wall.
Panel 1:In the beginning
First Ones were the primordeal makers who ruled Creation and the Gods
Ignis gives power to mortals – become Anathema.
The Anethema lead armies of Dragonblooded against the First Ones.
Panel 2: The War for Creation
Tapio leads a handful of Anathem and captures First One “Serpent who Bleeds the Unknown Word”
The Serpent is buried deep and the Exalts raise a mountain over it.
The Lords gather and take his Words of Power.

Now they are surprised by Draugr – dead servants of the Lords. Armed in ancient Icewalker style
They decide to beat a hasty retreat, sustaining only scratches and getting back to entrance.

Time to Leave

Pyotr, Laima and Demi wait in the Entrance hall.
Over the fears of Pyotr and Laima, Demi wanders around searching for Loot.
Demi finds a “loose” ring and breaks the statue’s finger to get it.
Interrupted by other 5 running in terror.
All rush out into the waiting arms of the Twins and companions.
Twins take back Elin, and the amulets.
They act surprised at the shocking information provided (dragon blood server Anathema!)
Vlad realises they were expecting this, they know more…

Desceding Earth 15 – dawn.

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Descending Earth 12

Smoky meetings

All meet back in the Blue Lady, trying to work out what should be done.
Some main things are decided after much back and forth.
- Ragara and the Realm must be informed about the Rise of the Old Lords (Anathema)
- Qheen Marlene needs to be informed about the Jotun invasion and slaughter in the north.
- Birgit (archaeologist) must be questioned about the ruins.
- Investigate the ‘Icewalker’ ruins under Reiherheim.

The Realm Moves

Laima, Hailong and the Doctor pay a visit to Lady Ragara Syn.
Hailong leads the discussion – Shows one of the “tattoed men” from Eisenshmiede.
Lady Syn agrees that Anathema are dangerous – promises to move mountains to get the Realm to act.
Asks Hailong to pass on a message to the King of Belicht – the Realm will act.

They all travel to Reiherheim

Hell hath no Fury

Aujac, Pyotr, and theDoctor pay an early visit to the Queen and Regina.
The qheen is overjoyed that they returned, and eager for news.
The inform her that the garrison has been slaughtered, and Jotuns have invaded.
The Doctor warns that Ragara has been informed of this already…
- Marlene is angry, but thanks the Doctor for this news.
Hailong enters to give his news – The “Realm Deliberative” sends a message – we are coming.
Marlene is obviously furious the the Realms is (again) ignoring her soverignity…
Leaves suddenly in the middle of the audience. Baron Giles dismisses them all, and runs after the queen.

Dark Words

Demi, Laima and Vlad go to the Reiherheim Academy to do research.
The Old Lords have scant information…
- A group of Anathema who conquered the The Deshan Peninsula
- Many ruins are around Belicht and the surrounding lands.
- Siegsdorf, Headless Cove and others were rules by “Lord Kullervo – The thousand veils of Vengeance”
- The Heptagram (realm sorcery acadamy) took many artifacs from Siegsdorf.
- The Temple of Reiherheim was a Monument of the Lords, deemed inactive.
- The 7 Lords had a “king”, which they assassinated before turning on each other.
- Myths talk of a war by Dragon-Bloods which killed many of the Lords. A body was returned to Belicht…
The Pyramid has little information
- It was a holy site for the ‘Icewalkers’ before the people of Belicht (Northmen) came.
- The Northmen built Reiherheim around the Temple – on command of the Silver Heron.
- The Palace of Reiherheim is build on top of the now broken pyramid.
- No entrance had ever been found – only scattered writing which hadn’t been translated.

h3. Harsh Words

Laima, Vlad and the Doctor go to interrogate Birgit.
She’s being kept in “The Hightower”. Captain of the Guard under orders to allow no one to enter.
He’s convinced to drag Birgit out for a short, supervised, talk.
- She is continuing her research from prison.
- Believed the pyramid was a monument to the Lords – historical find!
- There is a way to enter when the light of the full moon falls on the west walls
- Shocked when told an Anathema may be buried in inside.
- Disturbing the dead raises hungry ghosts -An anathema hungry ghost would be terrifying.
- Her notebook and maps are with Anders – making an expedition tonight

Descending Earth 14.

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