9/24/16 – 88th Session – Module HM13 – The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 3 – The Central Keep, continued)
Game Date: 6/25/901 N.Y.
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 86, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Hierophant
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 57, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Guardian
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 100, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Archmage
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 100, hamingja: 2, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Guardian
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 63, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Archmage
Neferata (Jessie) – domur: 56, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Trickster
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 100, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Marshal
Thorsdagur, the 25th of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.
The party emerged from their tiny huts inside the central keep in the morning. Caelrath began a new daily ritual of beginning every morning with a mind blank spell to deter attempts to scry him or read his mind. Estrid Freysteinn had taken the orb of storms.
Estrid used a spell to conjure a flaming sphere to clear the thick magical webbing from the stairs to the next level of the keep. She scouted above in the wild shape of a bat, discovering what appeared to be a single svartalfur sitting alone in the vast darkness of the second floor of the central keep. She attempted a flame strike upon him, but he was resistant to her spell. Neferata then went up to scout, but he called out to her, “You might as well come out, now! I know you are there!” So the rest of the heroes came up and faced this lone svartalfur, who seemed to be drawing diagrams and equations in the dust with his finger.
Deciding to be diplomatic for a change, Athelstan led negotiations with the rather urbane dark elf, whose name was Macharr. Macharr claimed to speak for svartalfar who were in alliance with the King of Storms, but had come to believe that he might betray them all.
From the perspective of the svartalfar, the King of Storms represented an opportunity to break an ancient stalemate. The original svartalfar left Alfheimur because they did not wish to be subject to Freyur (the King of Elfland) and Freyja (the Queen of Elfland). The Vanir from Vanaheimur and the elves of Alfheimur pursued these rebels into the darkness of the Nine Worlds, where they eventually seized the world of Myrkheimur from the dwarves and renamed it Svartalfaheimur. They allied with the Jotnar of Jotunheimur against the Vanir. Midhgardhur was their battleground. So the war of the light-elves and dark-elves spilled out across five of the Nine Worlds. The King of Storms might break the stalemate. But would he give the svartalfar their freedom afterwards, or would he be another tyrant? Macharr feared the latter.
Macharr negotiated the freedom to withdraw from the keep and go consult his svartalfar colleagues with his fears. By his calculations (in the dust on the floor), the castle was now drifting into Jotunheimur, where it would remain for a couple of days, at least. The party allowed him to leave, though some (like Estrid Freysteinn) believed it would be better to kill him than let him leave.
Once again, the heroes used fire to burn away magical webbing in order to reach the third level of the central keep. The third level seemed abandoned, but richly decorated, carved with stonework that made it a representation of Hel’s hall in Helheimur. Studying the carvings, they saw repeated themes of serpents and the number six, and deduced that the third level was a shrine to Ohelga Helsdottir, a legendary demoness daughter of Hel with the lower body of a serpent and six arms. They came to believe that Ohelga awaited them on the fourth floor of the keep, where control of the whole castle was said to be located.
And so the heroes prepared to storm the fourth floor of the keep, and perhaps face a daughter of Hel herself . . .
XP Earned: 153,600 (25,600 each)
Total XP: 686,432 each
XP to level 16: 890,000