The Night Wars

Freedom?
** GM Update **

Days later in the Moon of the Spider,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

A fight in the arena led them to some unsettling discoveries, and a way out to sunlight and fresh air!

However, they find fresh blood on the steps, and footsteps in the dust going back into the Iron Halls. They follow the blood, and encounter a Half man/Half snake…and things worse. They find a room were a man in a black robe is performing some sort of blood sacrifice. The ritual seems to power some sort of portal, that he escapes through, taking two remaining sacrifices with him. After a terrible battle, they follow through the portal…

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Welcome to the Arena
** GM Update **

2 days later in the Moon of the Spider,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

While trying to force one of the stone doors out of the partially collapsed ampitheater, the door breaks free and crushes Asuka and White. Christiana and Masayasu work, lever and wedge the heavy door so that they can pull them free. THe healer is very concerened at her condition, but is able to heal her and cure her of the disease that besets her during her coma.

They continue to explore, finding a few other odities, but return to the Ampitheater to check out the collapsed exit, and are beset by Undead.

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Deeper or Higher
** GM Update **

22nd or 23rd day of the Moon of the Spider,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

Wandering further in the caves, they find several doors that seem to have shifted, wedging them into position. They find one that seems to open into a short slightly narrower corridor, littered with stones and rubble. However the door will not budge more than a bit and it is decided to avoid the section. Later they find another similar coridor, but it is relatively clear…but with odd protrusions on the walls. Travelling slowly through this passage, they come to a door with some light gold metal that shows no sign of tarnish. Beyond, they find what appears to be a large ampitheater with a shaft of sunlight shining down the center…

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Beneath a Mountain
Drusin Blynn

Translated from Zhander

It has been a long time since I have taken the time for deep introspection. And now I find a deep need for it.

My magic seems to have gone away.

A great deal has happened. We, Nakamura and I have left the goblin caves, and returned to find them, and the children gone. No sign of the Tea Mistress’ chest or the book. We march with the soldiers to the other end of the caves. She and I went on, and discovered more slavers, and indeed were taken by them ourselves. We escaped them after meeting a very disquieting man. They had gone, taken many of the slaves with them, leaving us with children and old men to return to the village of Naru. From there, we hired sell swords. It seems that they hold a much deeper stigma here than that which I am used to. But we hired a quiet female fighter, her companion, a thief and user of magic, and a True Healer of the Goddess of the Winds.

We sought a place that was called the Iron Halls on a small scrap of map we found at the slavers camp. So we followed the map for a long time. eventually coming to an ancient gate of the Mountain Warriors, the Beared Dwarves. To arrive here, the Spring has past, and we had entered summer. We thought to enter the Halls, and scout a bit to see if we could find sign of the slavers, or the slaves. Although I feel the book is important, it has mostly receeded from my thoughts as I think of these children in foul servitude to these men. Unfortunately, after stowing our gear in a place we could return and make a decent camp, tragedy, or whimsy, befalls us, and we are plunged down a stone chute, covered in some sort of oil. The oil catches fire from a broken lantern and we are pursued the length by black smoke and roiling orange flame. We come to an end in aroom with standing oil…and leave it, to find a cliff and a water pool.

And what follows was folly and luck. We encountered creatures, undead or demonic. Fortuneately, we find some sort of underground garden with water and edible plants, or we would have starved long ago. The level of the fortress we find has not weathered well. some of the walls have collapsed. We find a room full of torches, a clear but heavy oil, and mining supplies. All of us would have gone to the spirits if our healer, Masayasu, was not the holy man he is and willing to take our wounds upon himself. Sadly, the quiet fighter, Uschishige was slain, and he could not heal her wounds, but he seemed nearly willing to sacrafice himself for her…I know not how that works, but she was very dead when we reached her. I have lost all accounting of days. We sleep when wounded or tired, eat while resting. We move slowly so as not to trip or set off traps or cause an unstable section to collapse. We have fought many creatures. Including some sort of construct. It was fascinating, and I wish I could have examined it, but it was hostile, and it is what killed Uschi. I was knocked from a cliff, but do not remember it. I was run through by Asuka when she was in a frenzy. I have improved through the rigours, but I am despairing. I do not mind the fare we eat, but I prefer green to white and brown. I fell through a wooden floor into some oily water after being frightened to my very core by some being. The order blends together. But now, we are seing signs that we may be near the surface, but we encounted some sort of insect. Large as a hand, and hard as stone, they were able to fling stones the size of a head at us, and take large chunks of flesh in thier pincing mandibles. I attempted to inflict one with agony, but there was a flash that casued my whole brainpan to tickle, and I was laughing uncontrollably. I do not know if it cast magic back at me, or if my lack of training led to my mis-speaking a word or a failing to create a proper symbol, but I passed out. When I woke, we were in the room we had found earlier with some sort of cat skeleton. The skull was bigger than mine. But when I awoke, the spark was gone.

How do I explain. To one who understands magic, then maybe it is clear, but to one who prays, or focus’ the mind…I don’t know. Maybe the touch of your god is gone, or the surety of your self mastery is gone. What I reached to to weave power into the phrases and gestures…like pushing fire through a lace net, is gone. Cold as ash. When I attempted to reignite it, by sending my vision away from my corporea, there was nothing. Nothing to fan, nothing to strike with a spark. just ash. Perhaps, my teacher was right…my magic is wild, and it has fled, like a wild animal.

Either way, with or without my spark, I must continue. The slaves must be freed, and the slavers punished. And I am hoping to do this in sunlight, in fresh air, perhaps beneath a tree fat with apples…

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The Surface?
** GM Update **

Perhaps the 22st day of the Moon of the Spider,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

It took several hours, or maybe a day or more to recover from the wounds they had been delivered. Masayasu Took several deep wounds onto himself and the Matron healed him of them much more quickly than they would have healed on the bodies of the non-faithful. However, while fighting the bugs, Dursin seemed to loose control and he passed out. Now, he has lost the “spark” and he has no magic. They have continued to search, and have found more signs that they may be nearer the surface, but they have also encountered a massive collapse that may block the exit.

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Nasty Bugs
** GM Update **

Several hours later around about 21st day of the Moon of the Spider,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

Several hours later they have encountered more rooms, with some other strange things…and they have come across some sort of super strong very hard bug…not much bigger than Asuka’s hand, but they throw stones, and at one point, White.

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On in the Darkness
** GM Update **

Sometime about 21stst day of the Moon of the Spider,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

Several days of rest allow Christiana to recover from the poisoning she suffered from the giant bugs, and they have continued searching the area. They have found a room ful of roots or tendrils, and somesort of undead creature in a sealed room. Only the blessed blade of Asuka seemed to do anything to the rapidly healing rotting dwarf, but it is knocked to the ground, and she continued to chop and stab at the recovering corpse until Masayasu poured oil and touched a torch to it. The smell overcame White and Christiana.

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In the dark
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Sometime around the 14th day of the Moon of the Spider,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

After climbing the apparent lift, they have begun exploring the new level. After some searching of mostly empty rooms, they have entered a room and are attcked by giant shiny green beetles. Both White and Christiana are nearly killed, Asuka give into a beneficial, but dangerous frenzy, and she has a confrontation with Masayasu.

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Tragedy strikes
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Sometime around the 10th day of the Moon of the Spider,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

Following the encounter with the demon spider, they are suffused with darkness, and from this darkness a barrel chested iron and bronze creation attacked. It was incredible stong, and fast. It killed Uschi, rupturing several organs that Masayasu could not repair. his drove Askuka to a frenzy, but it beat her to death as well. White pulled her away, and the creation did not follow for some reason. Fortuneately, Masayasu could repair her body enough to keep her soul from departing. They retreated back to the farm. Following several hours of rest, they continued through the massive underground chamber, finding a maze of hexagon rooms, a room with a srange rotted wood floor, an apparent alchmichal lab, and a temple to the Horder. Unfortuneately they also came upon some ghouls, causing both Asuka and White to flee in terror.

They returned to the room with the slide, finding it seeping oil. Christiana climbed it, but to no avail.

Calendar fix, previous dates are not correct. Will fix time permitting

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Beyond a gate
** GM Update **

7th day of the Moon of the Spider,Year of the Speder, Star of the Cock

After spending several hours recovering in one of the small chambers, they head back out, meeting something that White calls a Demon Child which strikes a massive blow to Asuka, but is rather handily defeated otherwise. THey then come to another, but different, “farm” Beyond that, they are attacked by some sort of demon spider.

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