Kith'takharos

Session 22
Lharvion 18-19, 998 YK

The Band of the Nine Towers rests in the temple and recovers from their injuries. During a discussion of how to proceed, the shade of Burke arrives, oddly out of breath and desperate to speak with Jager. Burke claims that Vol has his soul, but that he wants to break free, and to do so requires Jager’s forgiveness. It is not surprising that Jager resists such a request.

However, Burke does warn the Band that Vol has sent minions to recover the artifacts, and that these minions will soon arrive. He also indicates that the third artifact was recovered about 50 years ago by a Lhazaarite explorer called Jheamast, and that it may have been buried with Jheamast when the man died in northern Q’barra. Jager hints that perhaps he will consider forgiving Burke if the Changling can find the location of Jheamast’s tomb.

Burke leaves. The Band finds an advantageous spot in the jungle and prepares to face new foes. After a fierce jungle battle, the Band kills Vol’s people and prepares to head north.

More ominously, on the following day each member of the Band manifests a Dragonmark. Even Jager, Fixit, and Scylien develop a mark, though they are not members of Dragonmarked races. Now the Band must learn the nature of these marks, and decide their next move.

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Session 21
Lharvion 18, 998 YK

The Band devises a method to pass through the wells and reach the lower level of the temple. Here they discover a Paladin of the Silver Flame in a cage. Even more surprising, Jager worked with this Paladin in Sharn. Her name is Mila and she was captured in Thrane by followers of Vol.

Jager vouches for Mila, which helps the others accept her. Fixit expresses unease at allying with a warrior from Thrane; after all, he and Jager were betrayed to a Thrane unit during the Last War. Mila soon shows her worth while helping to defeat both traps and creatures.

The Band recovers the scepter and amulet, but also notices a niche for a possible third artifact. The group pulls back to the above ground portion of the temple to recover. Fixit mentions that he no longer has any sort of connection to Vol, and that the severing took place at the time the relics were recovered.

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Session 20
Nymm 12 - Lharvion 18, 998 YK

From Nymm 12 to Lharvion 9, the Band of the Nine Towers travels from the northern Talenta Plains to Newthrone. First they rendezvous with Jenna’s Uncle Milo, who distributes the money gained from selling items found in Arkagun’s Tomb. Fortune smiles upon the Band, as they find the Wandering Inn, and most of this money is soon spent.

Many days of hard riding take the Band to Transit Tower Seven in the Endworld Mountains. Tower Seven only provides travel to Tower Six, just southeast of Pitchwall. They rest for a day in Pitchwall. Mayor Zengar informs them that, after difficult long distance negotiations, Prince Oargev will finally send an agent to inspect the Cyran treasures. From Pitchwall, the Band travels by foot along the coast until picked up by a trading vessel headed for Newthrone.

The Band arrives at the Newthrone docks, and is greeted by Patch, who felt the presence of his Forgebrother Fixit. Patch has also arranged lodging and supplies for the impending journey to the interior of Q’barra.

Patch suddenly points to a man in the crowd along the docks, claiming that he must join the Band on its journey. The man turns and stares at Patch’s pointing finger. He opens his mouth to speak, but before he can utter any words the world changes. Everyone and everything, except for Jager, Jenna, Scylien, Fixit, and the open-mouthed man, are frozen in place. There are no sounds or motion of any kind, save for those created by the Band. The sun is no longer visible. An odd yellow light illuminates the immediate area with an unnatural clarity that almost hurts the eyes, while objects become fuzzy only twenty or thirty yards away.

Jenna’s mother steps through the haze, hovering over the water. “Jenna, I still love you and I hope that we can be together again. And we will be, after you do something for me. Two very little things: a scepter and an amulet. Ages ago, they were left behind in an ancient temple. Fixit will know the way. After that, we can meet again and finish our business.”

She stares at Jager for a moment. “My mistress has power amongst the dead. Even in death, a loved one can feel pain. Believe me, I know this.”

Now she points at nearby frozen people, and they transform into hideous creatures that vaguely resemble emaciated Hobgoblins. Pinks tentacles wave from their chests as the creatures move to attack. These powerful undead almost kill the Band. After the victory, the new man Azereen has proven himself and tentatively joins the Band.

Fixit mentions that his odd bond with Jenna’s mother reveals both the location of the temple and a hidden motive. He explains to Jager why the Band should take up this quest.

“Jager, I know coercion is no good motivation for you. You would consider refusing just to spite your foe. But there is something she did not tell us, and I am sure she did not intend that I learn this. I think she did not fully understand the consequences of raising a Warforged. She plans to use these items against Dragons. She wants to hurt them, she wants to destroy them. If we don’t get these items, she will send others. And if she secures them, the Dragons will have no choice but to deliver destruction to Khorvaire.”

The expanded Band rests for a few days before heading into the jungle. During this time, Scylien impersonates Yavanna Culand to gain access to a private library. Here she learns that Jager’s crystal sword is Named Lifesword. This information allows him to unlock the next power.

The journey to the temple takes a week, and everywhere there are signs that lizardfolk have recently vacated this part of the jungle. Jenna explores the building as a bird, and finds three sealed wells that apparently lead underground. Jager determines that lizardfolk inhabited the temple and left about five weeks past. The Band now considers the best way to descend.

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Sessions 18 and 19
Dravago 19 - Nymm 12, 998 YK

Jenna ends her relationship with her dinosaur companion Flash, hoping to find a younger and tougher mount. Then the Band parts ways with her Uncle Milo and heads north; Flash accompanies Milo. However, Flash soon returns, and Jenna has no success acquiring a new mount.

In the northern Talenta plains, the Band finds tracks created by a mounted party. Jenna turns into a bird and scouts ahead, encountering a Karrnathi patrol heading north with halfling corpses. When about a day’s travel behind the patrol, the characters are ambushed by Karrnathi Skeleton Warriors and Archers. The skeletons are cunningly hidden beneath the ground, which softens to free them as the Band crosses. The ambush puts the characters on their heels, but they rally to defeat the skeletons.

After the battle, Jenna scouts ahead as a bird, and in the night she finds the ruins of a walled town, patrolled by undead. She also observes a maniacally laughing man standing before a bonfire. The Band of the Nine Towers enters the walled town the following day. No soldiers oppose them and the undead ignore them. In fact, there is no evidence of the Karrnathi at all.

The Band enters the only building, which appears to be a temple of some sort. An odd symbol, an eye with a red pupil that cries a single red tear, appears in various locations within the temple. The characters descend an elevator to a lower level, fighting a few more skeletons along the way. Finally, they reach the final room, and face a human Sorceror and Jenna’s undead mother. In a difficult battle, the Sorceror immolates himself in an attenpt to destroy the Band; this only kills Fixit. Jenna’s mother retreats further into the room and somehow escapes.

Fixit revives and says that he was raised for an unknown purpose by a power related to the dread Vol. Fixit knows that they must journey back to Q’barra, and the region of Haka’torvhak, if they are to catch Jenna’s mother, who has become an undead of great power.

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Session 17
Dravago 8-19, 998 YK

Paadra Dhakaan explains that she has been sent from the Seawall Mountains by the Dirge Singer Tuura Dhakaan. Part of her mission was to aid the Band in specific ways. She appraises and Identifies all the items the Band brought from Arkagun’s Tomb, and recites the tale of Arkagun. In return for some minor items, she removes Scylien’s curse and restores her to health, and determines how Jager can activate his crystal sword. She then settles cross-legged to the ground, meditating.

During the night, Paadra’s humming draws the characters into a deep sleep, and each has a dream involving a friend or loved one who has died, possibly providing guidance about the future. Furthermore, on Jager’s watch, Kira says that his family needs him, and he vanishes.

The next day, the Band continues down the mountain, eventually reaching the desert, and finally the Talenta Plains proper. Soon they encounter an odd party comprised of halflings from three clans, among them Jenna’s Uncle Milo and Jager’s old comrade Fixit the Warforged.

An amazing journey brought Fixit to Jenna’s clan, where he saw the Band in a scrying crystal. This prompted Milo to put together an expedition. The coincidence disturbs Jager, but everyone is focused again when they learn raiders have sold the body of Jenna’s mother to a rogue Karrnathi commander near the border. The Karrnathi has been acquiring halfling corpses to create his own private undead army.

Jenna vows to recover her mother, and perhaps this act will allow her father to save face and accept Jenna’s rejection of an arranged marriage.

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Session 16
Dravago 7-8, 998 YK

The Band enters a large chamber dominated by a full-sized sailing ship. Barrels and crates of perfectly preserved food are stored in the ship’s hold; in fact, Scylien enjoys some “fresh” fruit.

A careful search reveals four shallow depressions on one of the chamber walls. Someone remembers the gems inscribed with the elemental symbols, discovered much earlier in stone coffins. These gems fit perfectly within the depressions, and a large section of wall slides away to reveal another room containing a stone sarcophagus.

The sarcophagus contains Arkagun’s remains and some attractive loot. However, Arkagun’s Guardian soon rises to challenge the Band. The Guardian is tough and resistant to magic, but some quick thinking by Jager evens the odds. He slips a Necklace of Strangulation around its neck. While this does not strangle the Guardian, since it does not breathe, it does restrict its movement so that it can be struck more easily. Eventually, the creature is slain.

The victory teleports the Band to the entrance of the tomb, which is now open. They walk up the incline towards the surface and find a most incongruous scene. A female Hobgoblin tends a campfire and cooks food; everyone’s stomach rumbles in anticipation. She sees them and says, “The Wordbearers have expected you. Come and eat, you must be hungry. Then we will talk, and you will tell me what you have found.” The cold sun has begun its descent to late afternoon.

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Sessions 14 and 15
Dravago 5-7, 998 YK

Further exploration leads to a teleporter that deposits the Band in an entirely new area of the complex. There is no way back, so they must continue forward. The Band advances room by room, foiling traps, triggering traps, and encountering monsters. The most dangerous battle occurs against two Clay Golems; without Kira’s powerful constructs, the battle would likely have been lost.

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Session 13
Dravago 4-5, 998 YK

The Band continues exploring the underground complex. They wonder at its purpose, and Scylien surmises that the elemental symbols found throughout the rooms and corridors may be related to some obscure Dhakanni cult.

Progress is slow, although valuable gems and precious metals are found. The most dangerous moment occurs when Scylien disturbs a Hobgoblin mummy that debilitates some of her Bardic abilities with a disease.

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Session 12
Eyre 27-Dravago 4, 998 YK

The Band of the Nine Towers finds the remnants of an ancient road near the Transit Tower in the Endworld Mountains. They follow this for most of a week until a crevasse bars the path. The obstacle is crossed without incident.

On the other side, Kira finds a marble tablet buried amongst some old building stones. Draconic words representing the four elements are carved into the tablet. When Kira steps upon the tablet, the ground below him collapses. Kira, Jager, and Scylien tumble down an incline and come to rest near a large granite block. The tunnel behind them is blocked by rubble.

Eventually, a path is cleared and Jenna joins them. Jager figures out how to open the block, and the Band enters an underground structure filled with creatures, traps, and hopefully much wealth. The exploration begins.

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Session 11
Eyre 13-27, 998 YK

The characters prepare for a long journey to New Cyre. The proposed route will take them north around the Mournland. The first stop will be the Transit Tower in the Endworld Mountains, and perhaps this prompts Jager to suggest the group adopt the name Band of the Nine Towers This journey will traverse thousands of miles, and may take years.

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