Secrets of the Sands

Thirteenth Session

Witch Visit

  • Mazoga doesn’t seem to be uncooperative
  • Wasn’t uncooperative until we stopped her from killing something
  • We have a day to see the witch
  • Cast goodberry 11 times, get 110 goodberries
  • Druidcraft – very sunny with very clear skies
  • Red sky in the evening
  • Replacement waterskin
  • Hands out healing potions
  • Faylen casts Comprehend Languages as a ritual
  • Land as close to mountain as we can
  • Nhobu takes point leading the party
  • Nhobu finds a relatively worn trail, hidden in side of mountain
  • Seen plenty of use, wouldn’t find it unless you were a local (or baller)
  • Kane pushing forward, less cautious than rest of group
  • Saidi and Krom get the sense that someone is watching us, we’re watched at all times
  • Large number or being followed
  • Krom pulls axe out
  • See mountain goats – Nhobu talks to them. They’ve seen Kri people around, but can’t give us much information about them.
  • Steep mountain – at one point an active volcano
  • Faylen removes witch bolt, prepares feather fall
  • Path jacks back and forth
  • Faylen knows path is not a natural one. Cut into side of mountain, but no marks of tools
  • Faylen keeps an eye out for traps
  • Nhobu feels earth shake around them before large wall of stone rises up behind us (magical, blocks path back down)
  • Come to a plateau along the path
  • A Kri person is standing in middle of plateau, wearing the same outfit as the witch’s assassins, male minotaur, bigger than Krom
  • Nhobu greets him, he just glances down
  • His mistress is glad we decided to accept her invitation, but we have to leave weapons behind
  • Traveled 2/3s of the way there (it’s about noon)
  • Saidi puts staff down, and crossbow
  • Kane drops her weapons immediately
  • Faylen reluctantly drops two scimitars, a crossbow, and whip (keeping her dagger)
  • Krom drops axe, handaxes, and javelins
  • Nhobu doesn’t drop anything, keeps it all in their bag of holding.
  • Nhobu hears sound of earth moving, two Kri appear behind groups
  • Nhobu senses no corruption on the island
  • Mazoga drops weapons too
  • Two new Kri stay right behind us as we continue on
  • Kri guy leading us seems like a perfectly regular silent Kri guy
  • Faylen looking for traps, every switchback has some kind of defense. Rocks that could fall, hide-y-holes where archers could hide, etc.
  • Like a fortress cut into side of mountain
  • Faylen looks at architecture, but there isn’t really any. No decoration, blends into mountain. Not similar to previous temples. Seems to be built in the past few hundred years.
  • We believe witch to be apprentice of wizard who’s lab we were in.
  • Last time someone saw her (as the assistant) was a thousand years ago.
  • Age of this structure seems similar to age of walls around first Kri village
  • Faylen has not seen anything from Kri older than a few hundred years (city-wise).
  • Leader Kri has worked here all his life. They train, supposed to learn everything. Refuses to learn the flute. Nhobu calls him dense, he lifts Nhobu up by scruff of neck, says only Fafine’s orders prevent him from killing Nhobu.
  • Nhobu fights with him (verbally), he threatens to throw them off the mountain. Krom puts Nhobu on his shoulder and they move on.
  • Hallways fit six Kri wide, plenty tall. Lit brightly, no ornamentation.
  • Doors close behind us
  • Walk into room, Kane’s senses start going crazy. Senses Nen in the room, remembers feeling of him in her head. The sense is coming from Fafine (the witch).
  • Kane steps forward and demands to know what connection Fafine has with Nen.
  • Room is perfect circle, four ways out, three Kri who have been escorting us and Fafine in the room. Doors are all open, all entryways. Down the hallways look empty. They could probably turn hallways into walls pretty easily, if necessary.
  • As Kane steps forward, Fafine tilts her head at Kane, and walks forward. As she starts talking to Kane, Kane hears two voices, talking together. Her voice and the voice of Nen.
  • Nen is a part of her and has guided her throughout the years.
  • One side of her face doesn’t look completely normal. Looks a little too liquid. Sculpture of liquid, have it stay in that form.
  • Doesn’t look like a thousand year old elf. Looks about Faylen’s age.
  • Krom grabs Kane’s collar, Faylen and Saidi grab her arms. Kane gets all snakey, but doesn’t attack. Mazoga lunges though.
  • Nhobu has not been corrupted as much as Mazoga
  • Voices tell Nhobu that this place and this woman are bad.
  • Her aura is blue, and Saidi sees it shifting like ocean waves
  • Fafine blasts Mazoga and sends her flying across the room
  • She doesn’t emotionally react at all.
  • Faylen asks what this is all about.
  • Fafine looks at Kane, says Kane is the one she wanted brought here. Needs to know Kane’s intentions and if she needs to eliminate Kane.
  • She serves Skailron, Fafine thinks Kane wants to free the darkness in Kri
  • Fafine has felt something recently like someone formed a connection between Skailron and something else. Darkness is leaking out into Skailron
  • “Her patron is being shown the error of his ways for neglecting his duty.”
  • Skailron is supposed to be trying to free his master. Kri was created to contain a great darkness.
  • Matches with decoration in temples Faylen has seen.
  • Saidi asks Fafine about her time with the wizard, she bashfully says they didn’t know what they were doing. Experimenting on elementals, trying to harness their power. Broke balance between various elementals.
  • Her mentor discovered a way to turn an elemental into pure energy. They did it once, to a great elemental in what is now the Burning Sands.
  • It’s a desert now because of what they did.
  • She never left the island, he left the island with the knowledge.
  • Nen didn’t want to be confined, bonded with her. Drove her insane for a few hundred years.
  • After she pledged to help him, they came to an agreement. She is to stay in Kri for rest of her life. Stop people who want to let Coinchenn out.
  • Something recently has caused corruption to start leaking out. There have always been leaks, ever since they killed Sadira (which was the wood elemental of great northern forest). The jungles here have become tainted, drawing up corruption through their roots.
  • Void stone can’t combat corruption.
  • So many elementals on the island, the corruption will eventually get ahold of them, drive them crazy. Black stone can fight them.
  • She felt that the sea gained its elemental again, when we freed Nen. She thought he had died.
  • Faylen mentions Tehlmar, who’s trying to recreate this research. Fafine was afraid something like that would happen.
  • Sun Empire needs power, this was their solution last time. They remember what happened with the Burning Sands, but that’s not the biggest loss. Losing magic would be worse.
  • Faylen tells Fafine that Tehlmar has us bound, who he’s been meeting with, he has a bag of void rocks, books of research.
  • We think Tehlmar could put together rituals to bind elementals and drain their power.
  • By destroying a great elemental, the empire bought time, and power for themselves. Not a renewable source.
  • Sun Empire is running out of magic.
  • Fafine says most wizards would have little to worry about. They tend to draw energy from world around them to create their spells.
  • Sun Empire city takes energy, taking more than their fair share. Capital city blesses population with good health and long life, also powers engines of war and constructs.
  • Once magic runs out, lose way of life. They don’t want to let that happen.
  • Fafine says her research was just one theory to create more energy. Her mentor was horrified about what happened in the burning sands, left the empire with his research, disappeared.
  • Sinking of Kri island was before Burning Sands.
  • Fafine is still enthralled by the idea of power. But she doesn’t want to let the sun elves get this technology.
  • Faylen asks about her cuff. Fafine examines it and makes a disgusted face. He sealed it with blood magic.
  • Only him or someone of his bloodline can open the cuffs. Killing him would result in us being bound forever.
  • Range of cuffs is about a mile. If we get out of range, we pass out.
  • Faylen wants to bury the research.
  • Tehlmar knows that research worked at one point, but no one knows how it was done, and no one has been able to recreate it.
  • Most people involved in experimental research were killed off when city collapsed, leaving Fafine and Andrathath as the only ones who knew how it worked.
  • Andrathath is unlikely to still be alive. Water elementals help with healing and aging.
  • Faylen asks her to cure Nhobu and Mazoga. She’s more concerned about Kane.
  • Fafine says you may think Skailron corrupted now, but there may be a reason he hasn’t freed his master yet
  • Rumor is corrupted creatures have been coming out of the forest to attack town, they’re trying to burn back the jungle – cause of the forest fire.
  • Recently things have gotten worse and she isn’t sure why, past couple years.
  • Nen is a more gradual cleansing, otherwise it gets painful
  • She invites Kane to come with her, Krom lets Kane go, reluctantly
  • Fafine leads Kane + party to top of the fortress, top of the mountain
  • Tells Kane to look around at all the island chains. Kane does. “These are built on Coinchenn’s back”
  • Faylen wants to go home, go back to the desert and never leave
  • According to what Nen told her, the great elementals bound to this place to keep him here.
  • Proto-race are the ones to originally bound Nen. Haven’t’ been around since great elementals walked the earth
  • Probably servants of the first gods
  • Coinchenn is an old abyssal, made of chaos itself
  • His creature is as old as existence
  • Fafine doesn’t know how to stop the leaks. In theory, find another great wood elemental, have it take root
  • The islands are an earth elemental – Kri
  • Extends across all the islands, and the surrounding ocean
  • Fafine afraid Tehlmar let us come to her so he can do something else
  • Lucky is probably scouting nearby Kri village, so Tehlmar can get more black rock
  • Fafine will dispatch some of her warriors to take care of the plant lady
  • They need Kane to tell exactly what she did, so they can destroy it.
  • Kane says she made Skailron more powerful using blood magic, and the gnome’s shirt.
  • Coinchenn is more powerful now, can use Skailron’s power and disciples.
  • She takes Nhobu and Mazoga downstairs to go through an intense cleansing process. Nhbou is passed out and exhausted. Like swimming up white-water rapids.
  • Party talks to Fafine more while Nhobu is unconscious.
  • Ebenezer knows about this stuff too. Was getting amber in Two Rivers, which is a magic rock.
  • Faylen asks for Fafine’s advice when it comes to Coinchenn. Fafine says it might not be super pressing, he’s been bound for a millenia.
  • She’s worried someone might hurt one of the other great elementals protecting Kri.
  • Burning sands used to be a great forest. Destroying the wood elemental created the Burning sands. Elemental spread across a very large region. Lots of trees cause he was there. When he died, the forest died.
  • All the great elementals are brothers and sisters, have a relationship with each other
  • Nen is working on stopping corruption from spreading away from the islands.
  • Skailron’s going to go back to trying to free Coinchenn. Now that Kane has done her blood magic.
  • Kane fed her god to another god.
  • They can try and break the binding. Might just have to kill Skailron. Kane objects.
  • At some point Skailron will come into sea of Nen and we’ll see what happens.
  • If Skailron has many other disciples, they would’ve started to hear things.
  • Fafine says Kane seems remarkably resistant. Not sure Coinchenn can speak to her because she’s been touched by Nen. He left marks on her soul.
  • Need water elemental to cleanse blood, to combat corruption.
  • Nhobu has a weak aptitude to water elementals. Leeches could be commanded to draw out corrupted blood. Clerics could maybe help.
  • Fafine can speed us down the mountain.
  • She thinks Tehlmar has enough info and material to bind a major elemental.
  • Faylen kind of gets impression that Fafine wants the research for herself, might use it in an opposite way, create a new one.
  • She hasn’t’ tried to recreate the experiment. Nen has stopped her. She doesn’t have all the research.
  • She’s somewhat regained her mind.
  • She employs people based on their strength of will, not their personalities.
  • She lightly pushes us off the mountain, we see air elementals surround us. Zip us down the mountain.
  • It is nearing dusk. The sunset is fiery.
  • We head back to the ship. Tehlmar will drop us off in one of the court cities, free us, and we can part ways.
  • Makes sure Nhobu and Mazoga are no longer corrupted. Mazoga no longer wants to kill everyone. The last few days feel like a blur.
  • Kane explains new plan to Lucky, that they’re hunting a new god. Lucky asks a lot of questions about what she means. Skailron’s boss needs to die for Skailron to get stronger.
  • Lucky says they got a bunch of black rock that day.
  • Tehlmar wants Faylen to write up some more research on their way back. He says he has enough sway to make Faylen’s dwarf enemy banished from the burning coast. Faylen wants him killed.
  • Tehlmar seems to be in a good mood, like everything is going his way. He thinks he has all that he needs and this trip was a success.
  • Kane tells no one what Lucky said.
  • Faylen says the dwarf is probably in Rockwallow. Tehlmar says he’ll take us to Rockwallow and go kill the dwarf.
  • We start our week-long journey to Rockwallow. He’ll take the research when we get to Rockwallow.
  • He wants Faylen to finish off the research, create overall report. Tehlmar would invite Faylen to the city.

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