Zeitgeist

The Dying Skyseer e3
Episode three

After speaking with Nilasa Hume through a spirit medium, the RHC discovered that Julian LeBrix shot Nilasa after she was impaled on the fence surrounding the Danoron Consult. Also, that a wage clerk, Cillian Creed caused the damages to her face which were healed shortly afterwards.

The RHC also learned that the last person to speak to her before she died was Professor Wolfgang von Rechlinson. They traced the Professor to his hotel, but there the trail went cold. Calaqueia Ravenhorn was able to recruit an informant who was working for crimelord Laurence Kell.

The RHC then proceeded to arrest Julian LeBrix. Christian also arrested Cillian Creed on suspicion that he knew more than he was letting on. Cillian Creed claimed to have no knowledge of harming Nilasa Hume in the events leading up to her death. He claimed to have been out drinking on the eve of the murder and has no recollection of what happened.

Calaqueia Ravenhorn went to meet her uncle Braska Ravenhorn in a fashionable Berian restaurant. There she received the alarming news that a marriage had been arranged between herself and Reva Cleavesong. The date was set as one year from now.

Walker visited the Thinking Man’s Tavern, where he engaged in a conversation with one of the peripatetic philosophers there about qualia and the nature of shared reality. This conversation led to the philosopher passing on information about two known associates of Nilasa Hume, and the address of where a deal was supposed to go down.

The team broke into said address in the middle of the night and found a large supply of fey pepper and other illegal alchemical materials, including 20 vials of a strange liquid that when Gladness Malach tasted a small drop of, it suddenly made him want to visit a pub.

After securing a warrant the team searched the premises early the next morning. A battle ensued and the two gnome shop owners, Mr and Mrs Wareyes, were taken back to the RHC for questioning.

After questioning the shop owners the team found out that all of the supplies were part of a huge deal to be arranged in the near future.

Calaqueia Ravenhorn’s informant told her that Lorcan Kell was willing to sell the location of Professor Wolfgang von Recklinghausen for the price of 1000 gold pieces. Visiting Kell at a theatre, the money was handed over and the location supplied – a disused church in the Nettles. The RHC hurried there to find Prof Rechlinson, who was initially unwilling to trust them. The party members all displayed their badges, which caused him to change his mind.

The Professor informed them of a threat to the safety and wellbeing of the world – Witch Oil, a source of enormous energy, and also a potentially devastating weapon. The Witch Oil is formed by the consumed souls of sentient beings.

The RHC was about to leave with the professor when they were waylaid in the church by The Wine Drinking Man and his cronies. A battle ensued, and a standoff, during which Cala’s sister Nimrath Ravenhorn was brought forward as a hostage. Christian escaped with the professor and the situation was resolved without loss of life.

The RHC returned to confront Julian LeBrix with Prof Rechlinson’s testimony, causing him to confess to the murder of Nilasa Hume.

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The Dying Skyseer e2
Episode Two

After finally making it back to flint the party was assigned to form a task force charged with investigating the mysterious events on Axis Island, the Danoran involvement, and the whereabouts of Sokna Rell.

Two months of investigation led them to a string of cases of industrial sabotage. A group of arsonists had been targeting factories across Flint. One of these factories was believed to be the location of one of the teleportation circles the party found on Axis Island.

In addition to this there where also several incidents of less violent sabotage such as boats being untied and left to float out to open sea, machinery being tampered with and delivery wagons being damaged. One of these incidents included a report that Sokna Rell had fled the scene using some form of magical flight. (Magical flight for more than a few minutes has been thought impossible since dragons became extinct).

When magical flight was again reported in an apparent attempted robbery at the Danoran consulate the party decided to investigate further. The suspected burglar turned out to be an elf by the name of Nilasa Hume. Security chief Julian LeBrix reported that he had shot her during the robbery whilst she was mid flight and she had landed on the consulates fence impaling herself.

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The Dying Skyseer e1
Episode One

With the RNS Impossible holed and rapidly sinking, the party had to act quickly to save the ship.

While Cala and Christian went to save Nathan Jierre, who was trapped in a cell rapidly filling with water, Sorvad Heron and Walker acted quickly to block the hole. Nathan attempted again to escape, but was restrained by Cala before he could do so.

With the ship stabilised, the party returned once more to Axis Island to investigate Grahhhsacaash’s claims about a large manufacturing project using goblin prisoners. They found a workshop filled with cages and diagrams, together with the corpses of 19 goblins, throats slit.

Grahhhsacaash confirmed that this was where he had worked on the RNS Coaltongue, along with four goblin colleagues. He was unable to confirm what the other 15 had been working on, and all of the blueprints on that side of the room had been burned.

On further investigation, the party found two teleportation circles, each of which only connected with one other teleportation circle. Three maps were also found of Flint – two of which seemed to show the connected circles, one of which was in the Nettles and one in the Docks. It seems likely that these teleportation circles are unlicenced and therefore illegal.

Before the party could return to their boat, Kingsguard Elborne and a number of troops appeared, claiming that they had found directions to this place from the fortress, and the troops which had invaded Axis Island.

Surrendering two of the maps of Flint – and secretly retaining the map of the teleportation circle in the docks – Walker negotiated an Safe Passage Agreement with Elborne, so that they could legally stay on the island and meet Lya Jierre, King Aodhan’s fiancée.

During these negotiations, Ricardo Gibbons made a friend with one of Elborne’s guard.

After meeting Lya Jierre and being tasked with carrying a cargo to Flint, the party sailed off. Approximately half way through their travel, though, the ship was attacked by a Berian pirate clan led by a Minotaur. Despite ditching the cargo (a move which would ordinarily result in the cessation of pursuit), the pirates continued to draw closer to the ship, eventually boarding it. The fight was hard, but eventually all of the attackers were killed.

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The Island at the Axis of the World Part Three
Episode Three

Rejoined by their colleague Calaqueia Ravenhorn, our heroes were about to enter the maze and assault the fortress within when they saw an Eladrin armed with a flaming sword leap a prodigious distance from ship to ship even as the naval bombardment continued.

As the newcomer arrived on shore, killing members of the police action and the invaders indiscriminately, a sudden change occurred – the sun turned blue, and it seemed that the entire island was changed to a green land, with all the markers of industry disappeared.

When the world returned to normal, one of the ships outside the harbour was heavily damaged.

Making their way through the maze without disturbing the walls – even as the stranger cut his way through them with fire – they found their way to a clearing protected by a fey creature. Refusing to believe that they wished her no harm, she attacked them.

Attempting to negotiate, Walker refused to draw his weapon several times, taking a great deal of damage from her attacks. Finally he gave an ultimatum: that if he were forced to draw his pistols, there would be no mercy. The woman agreed: there would be no mercy.

Shortly after, the fey surrendered to Gladness Malach. Everyone but Walker left the clearing to travel to the tower, meaning that none of them were present when he put his pistol to her temple, and said “No Mercy.” And then fired.

The fey’s body merged with the plants and Walker moved on, catching up with Sorvad Heron, who had felt her leave the forest, and who thought that perhaps he had heard a shot come from behind him, as Walker strode past. Sorvad said nothing.

Making their way into the tower, the party listened as Duchess Ethelyn of Shale engaged in an argument with Asrabey Varal, an emissary of the Unseen Court sent to kill her. They were too late to save the Duchess, and Aubrey’s plan was to take both Sokna Rell and Lya’s cousin back to the Unseen Court for punishment.

Walker arrested Sokna and told Asrabey that she was now in his custody, and would be tried in Flint. A short debate on the law ensued, and it was established that during this period, while the island was still between countries, each inhabitant would abide by the law of their own native state, and thus Risur legitimately held primacy as they had arrested her first.

The Treaty of Axis Island was then signed by Lya, Asrabey, and Walker (acting for King Aodhan), in which it was agreed that custody of the island would return to Danor at midnight.

At this point, Kala arrested Lya’s cousin. Leaving the tower, Gladness Malach retrieved a book on astronomy and looked through the telescope within the tower: a telescope focussed upon a blue star…

Sorvad Heron found and interrogated a goblin prisoner Grahhhsacaash, who said that he had been brought here and forced to work on a giant ship fusing magic and technology – the RNS Coaltongue itself. He told Sorvad that there where another group of goblins working on a different much larger project. Sorvad took the goblin with him on the ship leading to Flint.

Just after leaving the port, Sokna, in the brig, refused to speak with anyone other than Christian, telling him why the Duchess had invaded – they Danorans had been building something on the island. The Danorans believed that, whatever it was, when it was completed it would ensure superiority over both Danor and Elfviar. Sokna feared that when the weapon was complete they would use it to destroy both nations. Constable Kala suggested that it must be some kind of doomsday weapon, to the general agreement of the party. With just two hours left before the island returned to Danoran control, everyone realised that they would have to go back to find out more about this, and report to the king…

Before the party had time to process this Sokna said fair well to Constable Christian. With this, a giant squid attacked the ship, tearing her loose and allowing to her escape with a mysterious aquatic man as a wall of water rushed towards Christian and into the ship…

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The Island at the Axis of the World
Episode Two

The early warning system of the city showed, for the first time in seven years, that Risur and Danor were once again at war.

After a briefing from Stover Delft and Lya Jierre our heroes were informed that Sokna Rell, the Eladrin Enchantress, together with an unidentified water-breathing male had attacked Axis Island – Danoran territory – using troops wearing Risuran uniform. Tensions between the countries still ride high, and unless the island were returned to Danor within three days, war would be declared.

Ten ships were dispatched to Axis, together with a mage capable of creating a temporary Teleportation Circle to allow transport there once the ships were in position.

Using Principle Minister Harkover Lee’s teleportation circle to reach the ships, the party used experimental submariner gear created by Herons Research and Development Ltd in order to reach a sea cave to the north of the island which connected to one of the island’s mines. Rescuing the surviving miners, who had been brutally treated by their captors, they used a ruse to enter the fortress, releasing the miners to cause chaos while ordering a tactical bombardment from the ships offshore.

Fighting their way into the central area, they now stand outside the maze guarding the entrance to the central fort…

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Island at the Axis of the World
Episode One

Five RHC constables – Walker, Sorvad Heron, Christian, Calaqueia Ravenhorn, and Gladness Malach were detailed to oversee the protection of the launch of the RNS Coaltongue, a new, steam-and-magic powered steelside craft, the first of its kind.

Assailants unknown attempted to sabotage the ship by using an Azure Rod and fire crystals to overload the magical power centre.

An unknown Eladrin female in league – it seems – with the Duchess herself and posing as her handmaiden seemed to be at the heart of the plot. Despite the best efforts of Sorvad Heron, she was able to escape. Constable Heron also observed the Duchess fleeing through the water on what appeared to be a giant squid…

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