The Silver Chalice

In the Beginning...

Date: 03/19/816

TREASURE

ITEM RECIPIENT LOCATION FOUND NOTES
Healer’s Sash Brogan Torture Chamber Treasure Chest
Unfettered Thieves’ Tools Gaki Torture Chamber Treasure Chest
Giant Gloves Muad’Dib Torture Chamber Treasure Chest
Scabbard of Sacred Might Alistair Torture Chamber Treasure Chest
Shadowdancer’s Boots Luisa Torture Chamber Treasure Chest
Sending Stones Lei-Hai & Xifeng Torture Chamber Treasure Chest
Feystep Lacings Xifeng Torture Chamber Treasure Chest

Daiyu Xifeng and Daiyu Lei-Hai have travelled far from Hangzhou to the city of Sedarg in the Aachenvald League. Upon entering the city, they find a nice looking inn called Le Jardin Tranquil. They see a dwarf with metal arms (Muad’dib) and a silver haired Half-Elf (Alister Jager) asking the Inn keeper where to find Devil’s Alley. He dodged the question, and spoke of the huge convention going on downtown. The Drow ask to be taken to their rooms and save the inn keeper from answering uncomfortable questions.

Brogan, Luisa, and The Gaki find themselves in the Market and the Gaki is stealing a giant gemstone ring… while Brogan is trying to find info on Devil’s Alley, but he is being too direct, so Gaki is able to find out that Devil’s Alley is near the Forgotten Temple. Gaki gets directions, but doesn’t pay attention, so Luisa relays the info and the group heads back to the inn to find the rest of their troupe. Over a table full of food and ale, they discuss their next moves.

Up in their rooms, Lei-Hai prays to her goddess, Chang-E, who tells her they should head back downstairs… Brogan recognizes the Drow for what they are and invites them to join them at the table. He and Alistair almost feel a spiritual connection to them. They group learns that the sisters are looking for the Dark Alley as well, but while Alistair is talking too loudly and attracting the attention of the Innkeep, the sisters decide that it is best to sneak away. So the group decides to go to the Alley together.

The Dark Alley has no light entering, and walls are falling down, and at the end of the Alley is a collapsed doorway with a strange darkness behind it, something unholy. As the larger group approaches the Alley, they see the sisters looking around. Luisa notices that there is a small opening at the very bottom of the darkness, but it is only about 2.5 feet tall, but she finds that touching the darkness brings on a supreme nauseousness. The group gets down on their bellies and crawls under the darkness. The religious ones feel a sinister-ness, the rest feel very uncomfortable. The hole opens into a hallway that is dusty and dark. Xifeng defers to Gaki to take point and keep them alive.

The passage curves around, and the next room smells like death. In the center of the room is a table covered in straps and dried blood. In the back corners are two crucifixes, scarred and stained with blood as well. There is a pile of bones, a chest, and a small bowl with a drain in the center sitting on the floor. Gaki sneaks straight to the chest and pulls out magical items which he shares with the group. While closer to the bowl, he sees words etched in the wall above it: “Your crimson wine, if I may, it’s metallic taste will show the way.” Luisa and Brogan discuss that cutting ones self and dripping blood in the bowl would make sense, but while they’re talking, Gaki impulsively cuts his hand and the wall opens about 2 feet. Part of the group starts down the tight passageway, but Brogan stays behind to cast a ritual of Speak with Dead. He learns that this complex was set up for torture by the Cult of Morigar more than 500 years ago. Upon confirming this, he and Luisa join the others on the other side of the tight passage, in front of a rickety bridge over a deep chasm. Muad’dib casts a Make Whole ritual and reinforces the bridge for us through a long yodeling process. The bridge is then solid, but sways, and the chasm seems bottomless. Gaki crosses first, and is slowly followed by the rest. On the other side he finds another bowl with a drain.

On the other side is a room covered in a rat-eaten red carpet. In the middle of the room is a dais with a pillow on top, and an unholy key in the center. The group suspects that this is the Key to the Library of the Cult of Morigar that they’re looking for. There are holes in either side of the wall, and there is a strange whispering in the wings. The religious ones sense that they shouldn’t touch the key. Suddenly, Brogan senses that Gaki is inexplicably drawn to the key, almost like it’s calling to him. Before he can take a step Brogan grabs the Shade and holds him tight. Just as Gaki goes to shadow-walk, Brogan draws his Aegis-Fang and knocks his ward unconscious as he reappears. As the boy slumps unconscious, Muad’dib sends forth his Obedient Servant to grab the key. Just as he does it, a swarm of Vampires burbles out of the darkness above to surround the group. The Drow surprise the group with their dexterity, especially Xifeng. The group rises to the occasion and turns the attack back around the vampire minions. Lei-Hai uses healing to wake Gaki back up as the group thinks that they have beaten the vampires… just before more swarm into the room. No matter how many of the vamps are killed, more keep coming. As the group retreats back towards the bridge, Luisa notices more writing on the wall: “You offered once, but that won’t suffice, I’ll need more, I’ll need thrice.” Since the ladies have retreated first, they try their best to set it up for the rest of the group to flee. Brogan sets up a zone of Divine Fury to cover the groups retreat, damaging vampires, and healing his allies. Alistair tries to fight, but loses his holy sword in the process in the midst of the swarm.

Amidst the chaos, Gaki sneaks up and takes the key from Muad’dib’s robot, and suddenly all of the vampires turn and reverence the Shade. He gets them to throw him Alistair’s sword, and then turns and shadow-walks back to the bridge. As he does, he finds that he feels energized, while Muad’dib had lost energy. The group expeditiously retreat, except for Alistair, who is surrounded. With some fancy footwork, Alistair dodges through the crowd and races back to join the group. Luisa shoots off cover fire, while dripping blood in the bowl. Lei-Hai adds her blood to the bowl and a 2nd slash mark appears on the wall. Then Gaki adds the third part of blood and the wall opens up.

As the group retreats, Brogan’s zone keeps killing the vamps as they throw themselves through it. Unfortunately, vampires are also beginning to climb up out of the pit around the bridge. Brogan moves his Divine Zone with him back across the bridge, killing vamps and healing companions as he goes. As the group leaves the ruins, the vampires won’t follow them out.

As they leave Devil’s Alley, they find that the younger men are full of pomp and vigor, the young women are sobbing out of control, the adults are all really worried. Listening, they hear spoken: The Holy Baltian Kingdom will be attacking Aragon, and there is a draft in place. So war is on it’s way.

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