Heroes of Midhgardhur

Session 62 - The Silver City (Act 5 - Parting Ways)

HM10 The Silver City

6/28/14 – 62nd Session – Module HM10 – The Silver City (Act 5 – Parting Ways)
Game Dates: 12/29/900 N.Y. – 1/3/901 N.Y.

The Party (at the start of Session 62):
Basileus Arkonides (Chris) – domur: 75, hamingja: 2
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 75, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 76, hamingja: 3
Thrand Hallsteinsson (Josh) – domur: 75, hamingja: 3
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 25, hamingja: 2
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 31, hamingja: 2
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 20, hamingja: 1
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 74
Gruull (NPC, Cohort of Basileus Arkonides) – domur: 28
Bronislava (NPC Mercenary)

Manadagur, the 29th of Ylir, 900 N.Y.

In the morning on this day, Bergsveinn Farisson received word that his request for a private audience with the Silver Emperor had been granted for the afternoon. Attending that afternoon at To Mega Palation, there were 3 topics of discussion: a request from Bergsveinn to seize and liquidate the property of House Tzimiskes (which the Silver Emperor denied), a request that Bergsveinn be granted the task of watching and guarding Villa Tzimiskes for the time being (which the Silver Emperor granted), and a request from the Silver Emperor that any Northerners in the party who would like to remain behind in Yulianopolis consider joining the Barangoi (the emperor’s elite guard of Northerners) – a request in which Bergsveinn had little personal interest. After the meeting, Bergsveinn returned to Villa Arkonides, where he conveyed the emperor’s offer . . . but none of the heroes were particularly interested.

Odhinsdagur, the 31st of Ylir, 900 N.Y. – New Year’s Eve

The mysterious paladin Salome Arkonides received a “call” from her mysterious angel, telling her to “be at the Grand Arena at midnight, and follow your destiny to the North!” Shortly before midnight she found a place to hide in the darkened stands of the arena and waited . . . .

Meanwhile, the heroes were hiding in the stands on the opposite side of the arena, except for Estrid Freysteinn who had assumed the wild shape of a raven and was circling in the darkness above the arena, ready to spy on whatever meeting was about to take place there. Caelrath had linked several members of the party with a telepathic bond, and he had used his galdur to grant himself the ability to comprehend languages.

Finally, at midnight, a cloaked figure entered the Grand Arena. At around the same time, a trap door opened in the arena from the tunnels and catacombs under the city, and five other cloaked figures emerged. They exchanged recognition passwords – “The cursed sun sets forever!” “The eternal darkness rises!” – And then the first figure tried to hand a small piece of papyrus to the other figures, saying, “The time and place have been set!”

At this point, the heroes decided to intervene. Estrid Freysteinn swooped down in her raven wild shape and tried to snatch the papyrus, but she missed! The cloaked figure with the papyrus snatched it back and turned to run. At the same moment, Salome Arkonides jumped down from the stands onto the sands of the arena, shouting for them all to stay where they are and drop their weapons.

Bronislava jumped down into the arena and ran to try to cut off the escape of the fleeing figure. Caelrath used haste to give the heroes an edge over the mysterious figures, who (except for the one fleeing) had raised their blades which flared with an unholy blue light. Bergsveinn Farisson drew upon a prayer of command to demand that the fleeing figure “Halt!”, but he shrugged off the suggestion. Thrand Hallsteinsson hit 3 of the cloaked figures with arrows, while Hakon Finehair the Skald ran to cut off the escape of the fleeing figure. Basileus Arkonides caught up to the escaping figure and slashed him in the back with his sword. Kasimir von Schosse hit the fleeing one with magic missiles, and Estrid Freysteinn began a geyser. Meanwhile, Salome Arkonides ran up, saying, “No! Don’t kill them! I need them alive!” She shouted to the one who attempted to flee, “Put on this ring! Your life depends on it!” and flung him a platinum ring. Shocked, the figure put on the ring, which allowed Salome to cast shield other. She cried out, “Don’t kill him! If you kill him, you kill me!”

Meanwhile, the fight raged on with the mysterious cloaked figures. Caelrath and Kas blasted at them with fireballs, Thrand peppered them with arrows, Estrid blasted them with a geyser. It was revealed that the group of figures were Svartalfar! Salome slew one who attacked her, using her power to smite evil.

The figure who fled commanded Bronislava to attack Baz, which she did, showing that he had some mysterious power to influence minds . . . but Caelrath then used charm monster to take the figure who fled out of the fight. The Svartalfar used magic to vanish, but Kas hit the spot where they had been with a fireball and Estrid encircled the spot with a wall of fire, after which they reappeared. Baz subdued Bronislava and Salome healed Baz with her paladin abilty to lay on hands. At Salome’s suggestion, the hooded figure (which turned out to be a nosferatu vampire named Andrei Tzimiskes) released Bronislava from his mental domination.

Bronislava took Andrei into custody with manacles, and Caelrath illuminated the remaining Svartalfar with glitterdust and Thrand took them out with arrows.

Estrid seized the papyrus so that the heroes could learn what the message for the Svartalfar had been: “The Storm King’s Fortress will appear again on Midsummer’s Eve at ”/wikis/torgar-island" class=“wiki-page-link”>Torgar Island" . . . Hakon Finehair the Skald was able to identify Torgar Island as a place in Halogaland, a part of Noregur . . . and thus part of the domain of The One King. With only six months to get there, the heroes now felt that they were in a race against time!

Thorsdagur, the 1st of Morsurgur, 901 N.Y.

This morning the heroes had an audience with the Silver Emperor at To Mega Palation. They handed Andrei Tzimiskes over to Imperial authorities. It was decided that Basileus Arkonides would go North to Vyborg to take up his position as Imperial Ambassador. With him would go his followers, including Bronislava and Gruull. Thrand Hallsteinsson decided to accompany the party heading to Vyborg, since he intended to head back to find the darkly beautiful Vanakyn woman the heroes had encountered once . . .

The Silver Emperor offered to fully outfit the Helgiask with food, water, and supplies for the long voyage. For the remaining members of the party were determined to try to reach Torgar Island by Midsummer’s Eve (around the end of Skerpla, six months away) . . .

Sjaundidagr, the 3rd of Morsurgur, 901 N.Y.

On this date the heroes were ready to set forth on their separate journeys . . . a parting of the ways as some headed to Vyborg, and the rest race to Torgar Island . . .

LEVEL UP!
XP Earned: 43,204 (6172 each)
Total XP: 156,031 each
XP to level 12: 220,000
Hamingja: 1

After Session 62:
The Party:
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 25, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 75, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 76, hamingja: 3
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 31, hamingja: 3
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 20, hamingja: 2
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 74

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