The Silver Chalice

War is Upon Us

Date: 03/19-27/816

TREASURE

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Holy Baltian Kingdom has declared war against the Aachenvald League. High King Randolph has been pushing for peace, Pope Alexander II of Wulf pushes that those who harm others without reason are in the wrong. So, unless Aragon provoked a super power, then the Holy Baltian Kingdom has invaded without approbation which goes against all previous conflicts.

As the group is assessing the situation, a few of spiritual ones sense that The Gaki has a dark, outside influence in his head that keeps coming and going. Brogan can sense that he’s going to get a magical tattoo, which leaves him worrying… During this time, Alister Jager notices a dark figure in the shadows and calls to Brogan for help. The Dwarf reminds him that he’s the meat shield, and tells him to go talk to him. Alister enters the alley to talk with smaller person in a cloak. When she pulls back her hood, he is shocked to see that it’s Lauren Minett, the girl he had been in love with. She wants to speak with our group, but has to hold Alister’s hands while talking with him. She tells him she’s not really an apothecarist, but she’s part of a Secret Sect of Elohim who were set up centuries ago to hunt the Cult of Morigar. They were tracking a group of cultists in Beschtengart, but Brogan and Gaki had found them first. After the two of them had left the cultists, the sect had tried to sneak in, but they found the cult in disarray, wondering where their sacred silver chalice had gone? The Sect has been watching the two of them since then, shocked at how much they’d uncovered in such a short time… not realizing how old Brogan really is.

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She offers them help, by warning them that to get into the Library of Morigar, they need not only a key, but they also need the Holy Sigil of Morigar which might be found in Aragon. She also says that there are operatives behind enemy lines, the alphas of The Ardwolf are hunting, but they’ve had no luck, other than hearing that cultists are searching for the Silver Chalice. She wishes them the best of luck and turns to leave, but Alistair tries to stop her. Brogan can see that she must go and tells the noble to keep it in his pants. This distracts him, and allows the blushing lady to disappear into the busy streets as Gaki rejoins the group.

While they’re talking, Daiyu Lei-Hai was wondering about the Library of Morigar, when suddenly her cat familiar leaps out of the pendant on her chest and begins running down the street. The group takes off following, not sure why. Gaki takes off on a side path to talk to his contacts to find out more about the war. Not only has Aragon been attacked, but it has already fallen. On top of that, the Ardwulves and the Church of Wulf itself has broken ties to attack Hebron. Kadesh has been captured and soldiers between Betharbel and Kadesh are holding off the Crusaders for now. Lei-Hai follows the cat to the Riviere Bleu and then steps into the water, careful not touch it with her staff. Brogan looks up and realizes that it’s moon rise. As she places her staff into the water, a moonbeam appears and shines on her staff. A beautiful goddess appears and the group can all feel holiness radiating off of her. Lei-Hai asks Chang-E to help them find the library of Morigar. The map floats from the priestess’ hand, to Chang-E, who touches it and then it floats back. The city of Dortmund in the Holy Baltian Kingdom is highlighted in moonlight.

Gaki caught up with the group after the goddess has left them, and pulls Brogan aside to tell him what he learned from his street contacts. As the Cleric turns to tell the others, he and the other spiritualists sense that dark presence has re-emerged, but only Brogan can sense it in his ward’s head. As Brogan steps closer, he hears a voice calling Gaki his Dark Master and asking him why he hasn’t killed them yet. Gaki says that he can’t kill his friends, to which the voice tells him that he can. When the rogue sees his mentor coming closer, he quickly closes the Key within the Bag of Holding, sealing it away in a dimensional space. This isn’t the first time that the spiritualists have noticed this, and Alistair, Lei-Hai, and Brogan gang up on him (Alistair is especially vehement about getting the key away from him). Brogan demands the bag and key, and Gaki, realizing that there is no way to fight them all, hands over the key, but not the bag to the Dwarf. As soon as it touches him, Brogan is immediately hit with a withering influence. He croaks out, asking if anyone else has a Bag of Holding and Xifeng holds out her Handy Haversack, in which he deposits the key and immediately starts feeling better. With that out of the way, the group decides that Aragon is the best place to start on the morrow.

That night Gaki is running from something in his dreams. Brogan wakes to see a dark shadow sitting on Gaki’s chest. The Nightmare (Vampire) turns to look at the cleric and then disappears before Brogan can react. The next morning Brogan and Muad’dib work together to make a silver amulet of protection for Gaki. Gaki has angered the innkeeper for not returning for the duck he ordered the day before and is kicked out. He disguises himself and returns, but Alistair tries to unmask him, but fails, so Gaki turns it back around on him, so Alistair tries to start a duel with him. Luisa has to step in and disarm the situation. Over breakfast, the group again agrees that Aragon is the place to start, so they pick up supplies and then head out to load up their mounts. The Artificer wishes to work on potions and gadgets as they travel, so he asks if anyone has access to a wagon. A few minutes later, Gaki rolls up in a cabbage wagon (with cabbages and salt pork in the back) for their trip.

They ride for several hours across the plains. There are riders riding towards them wearing Baltian coverings. Alistair notices that the rider coming towards him rides like his kin, the rest are clearly Dragonborn. The lead rider is his brother Frederick Jager and he has come to restore their family honor. Alistair chose to follow his heart, not his duty like a good Baltian. Frederick jumps off his horse and a very dark wind comes from nowhere, and a spout of flame explodes from beneath him. The arcanists among them realize that Frederick has sold his soul to gain his power from an elemental source.

As battle breaks out, the group is split up, fighting their attackers. It isn’t until several other people attack him, that Frederick accuses Alistair of no longer having any honor and letting his friends fight for him. This is why he’s so ashamed of him, for this and also for joining the Church of Jehovah, he is such a disgrace. Their group is beaten down, but they leave to fight another day. Alistair is rejected by his family again and while angsting over it, turns to Brogan for support. The dwarf admits that he hasn’t been allowed to see his family for over 100 years, so this human can surely get over it. The group mounts up, and leaves the paladin to follow… or not.

As their journey takes them further along, the plains turns into desert, and they’ll have to head through Kadesh to get to Aragon. The group pulls out cloaks to cover their armor from the sun. There are patrols in the desert which seem to be wearing Baltian Colors, with army coverings. Gaki uses his ultimate stealth to keep the group from getting caught on several occassions. The patrols don’t seem to be on high alert, but they’re looking for someone or something specific.

Finally, the heat grows to be too much, so Luisa scouts out a cave big enough for the cart and mounts with water. Outside of cave patrols pass by and the group overhears: “Did you hear about hero of Aragon” She kicked trash of all Hebronites. Wait until we get to Sedarg to see what she’ll do there." Alistair goes out to talk to soldiers with Luisa as his slave. Hero dug her way under castle and chopped off head of king of Aragon. The Prince Freya of Hauk escaped, but will soon be found. Soldier wants to have a tassel from Alistairs cloak.

When patrol moves on, Drow hear a voice from the back of the cave asking if the Baltians are gone? Xifeng turns and sees two people in desert garb, which covers rather Byzantene clothes (from Aragon). The first introduces himself as Shahin the bodyguard of Prince Sardar, the quieter of the two. Brogan asks how they got this far without being caught. Shahin does all the talking and explains that their people know how to navigate the rolling sand dunes to avoid patrols. The Dwarf asks how they can sneak into Aragon undetected and the bodyguard suggests they use the metal mines. The Prince agrees to draw a map, but as he’s bent over the parchment, his facial covering falls away to show a woman’s face. As it turns out, everyone knows that the queen of Aragon died giving birth to the prince, but did she really. To keep the peace, the princess would have to hide her identity. The group agrees to keep her secret and sits back to await nightfall.

Later, another patrol passes by discussing: “What’s this Chalice the Grand Master keeps searching for? Don’t know, we need to keep eyes open for it.” Half of group hides two of the patrol enter to search the cave, while the rest are caught and threatened by the soldiers. While Brogan distracts one, Gaki does a coup de gras. As the other still threatens, Luisa uses magic from the shadows and incapacitates him. They then threaten him. Muad’dib tears off his finger, Alistair heals it back. The others were surprised at how the heat had driven Gaki, Alistair, and Muad’dib a little crazy. The last soldier finally breaks to tell them that the Pope wants to find the Chalice. Muad’dib suggests that this soldier should be able to get them past the other patrols. They decide to hide those who won’t pass as Baltian soldiers in the cart, while the others wear Baltian disguises. As the group is leaving, Shahin and the Princess state that they wish to travel with them, since they can’t just stand by and let their kingdom be destroyed.

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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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