Diapha: Blood & Sand (& Pie)

The Final Battle with Rho

Session 55 – game day 54 morning

  • Rime goes down early against Rho but is revived by Lorn, only to be devastated by Rho’s Cloud Mind attack. Rime dies.
  • Garn and Lorne go down next while the remaining doppelganger infiltrator copies the ranger Shorty and harries the party from range.
  • Orcus uses the leverage that Rho’s two sons, Eljah and Darsen, are at his power to destroy in Rosso.
  • Darsen was bred to be a living portal to the Abyss that Orcus could use if he had control of him to send his demon minions into the material plane. Rho is Eljah’s mother and Darsen’s father simultaneously.
  • The turtle goes out of control and the survivors recover outside of Rosso.
  • It is discovered that Duke Ramza ordered the attack of Rosso, sparing what innocent lives as he could, but still doing plenty of damage. Governor Deberg was killed, and Rosso has become a colony of Nor (and not an independent city as was originally negotiated).
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Into the Intestines of the Turtle

Session 54 – game day 54 morning

  • The party entered the intestines where embowered doppelgangers replaced party members along pods and caused mucus to sweep them back down the track.
  • At the end of the intestines the party discovers that Rho is trying to knock Duke Ramza into a portal into the Abyss where Orcus eyes the duke hungrily.
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Into Rear of the Turtle

Session 53 – game day 54 morning

  • The party given the choice of entering the undead turtle from the snapping front or the rear billowing noxious gas, choice the rear.
  • The “tunnel” was mined with glands emitting noxious gas and Vortex Wraiths phasing through the walls.
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Giant undead elemental fire sea turtle

Session 52 – game day 54 morning

  • The party defeated the remnant forces of Nor and find that the dopplegangers kidnapped Duke Ramza and had a giant undead elemental fire sea turtle break-up the rest of the floating stronghold and carry them off somewhere else in the elemental plane of fire.
  • A slaver ship manned by two efreet came and tried to buy prisoners from the party, but Lorn discovered that they had orders to assist the forces of Nor.
  • The party convinced the efreet to give them a ride and go after the undead sea turtle.
  • The party caught up with the sea turtle and saw a doppleganger posing as Garn run through the mouth of the undead turtle.
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Into the Plane of Fire

Session 51 – game day 54 morning

  • The RCOS convinced General Korain to wait one day before launching an all-out assault on Rosso in response to Duke Ramza’s capture.
  • Using the cooking hearth in the restaurant known as the Halfling Buffet which has a strong link to the elemental plane of fire, the RCOS travels there after the dopplegangers and Duke Ramza.
  • Assassin’s guild who runs the Halfling Buffet negotiated that their contract assassination quota be upped to 225 a year as compensation.
  • On the elemental plane of fire the RCOS encountered remnants of Nor’s army (genasi fireblades and human archers) clinging to a broken and floating piece of rock where the locked portal stands. the Norish troops attack the party since they were betrayed by their doubles.
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Appealing to Gen. Korain

Session 50 – game day 54 morning

  • The RCOS defeated Dariak, cavalier of House Saundir (but left him alive), and surrendered to Serpressa, royal sha’ir of Nor. They demanded to be taken to General Korain to prevent the fake RCOS from harming Duke Ramza.
  • When they talked to Korain they discovered that the first RCOS group had gone to the mobile fortress in the elemental plane of fire that the Norish army used to travel to Rosso, but now the portal to the fortress does not open. Half of the Norish forces are also trapped on the other side of the portal.
  • Col. Saundir advocated the use of his enslaved demon troops, and to strike now at Rosso to secure the return of Duke Ramza by force.
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RCOS Doubles

Session 49 – game day 54 morning

  • The RCOS turned over Hasipher’s body to Lady Faye.
  • On the next morning the RCOS traveled to the army’s camp outside of Rosso, but the guards say they had already passed a couple hours earlier requesting a meeting with Duke Ramza.
  • A contingent of cavalry from House Saundir decide to attack and sort out the real RCOS afterwards.
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Defeat Yoricka and Hasipher

Session 48 – game day 53 evening

Treasure: Skull of Terror +2, 6,500 gold, 5 potions of healing

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Defeat of the Ravens' Wings

Session 47 – game day 52 afternoon to 53 evening

  • RCOS defeated the Ravens’ Wings and their boss, White Feather.
  • The RCOS allowed the necromancer, Korn, to animate White Feather as an undead servant to Deberg to us to detect the presence of doppleganger.
  • Deberg will now call Yoricka and the dracolich, Hasipher, to a meeting and a trap where the RCOS will ambush them.

Treasure: Orb of Impenetrable Escape +3, 3,500 gold in gems and coin.

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Underworld Negotiations

Session 46 – game day 52 afternoon to 53 evening

  • RCOS returned to their headquarters in the Cattle Corner and performed the rituals to cleans the mummy rot from Balasaar and Jehenna.
  • On the following day Kenjyn and a contingent of the Honor Society met with the RCOS before they go together to discuss plans with Deberg and the other underworld bosses of Rosso. Kenjyn gave two magic item gifts to the monks of the RCOS in further thanks for their help breaking his period of confusion.
  • The RCOS and Honor Society negotiate with the underworld bosses on the division of Rosso should they succeed in routing both the allied army outside the city walls and the nefarious influence of Col. Saundir and his undead allies.
  • Before the RCOS’s arrival The Ravens’ Wings gang was accused of maneuvering for their own gain with the killing of Magistrate Vivox (The Candyman). An argument broke out with the killing of one kenku and the trapping of the others in another wing of the mansion.
  • The negotiation agreement:
    • The Assassins Guild will be allowed to double its quota of sanctioned kills to 200 per year.
    • The old Ravens’ Wing territory will be split: the north half going to the RCOS and the south half plus the old Kawanga territory will go to the Assassin’s Guild.
    • Deberg will assign people/guilds of his choosing to control the remaining open territories vacated by the removal of the Ravens’ Wing faction (West and South Wards).
    • Everyone will give up the undead in their service.
  • Deberg needs the following before he lures Yoricka and her dracolich into a trap:
    • The Ravens’ Wing in the mansion must be finished.
    • The Ravens’ Wing boss must be animated as an undead to detect dopplegangers until Saundir’s forces are removed.
  • The RCOS moved to finish off the Ravens’ Wings accompanied by a necromancer named Korn ready to animate the RW boss.

Treasure: Sandstorm Weapon +3 (quarterstaff) and Ghost Strike Ki Focus +3

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