Diapha: Blood & Sand (& Pie)

Entrance of the Ziggurat (conclusion)

Session 40 – game day 50

  • Party finishes off vampire muse and kenku (who were part of the Ravens’ Wings gang).
  • There are large lumen (glass strong as steel) vats of black necromantic water that makes one sick just by getting close to it.

Treasure: Pavis Charm, Inner Warmth Hide Armor +2, Potion of Lifeshield, Lesser Elixir of Invisibility, and 1700 gold pieces.

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Entrance of the Ziggurat

Session 39 – game day 50

  • The party escaped undead laying the strange tiles along the canal.
  • At the entrance to the ziggurat they walked in on an argument between members of the thieves guild known as the Raven’s Wings and a vampire woman guarding the entrance to the ziggurat.
  • The party attacked and are fighting their way inside where they see large glass vats of black water.
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Rosso Under Siege

Session 38 – game day 50

  • The party returned to Rosso in the company of their restored ally, Kenjyn, to find the city already surrounded by the allied armies led by Duke Ramza of Nor. The two sides have begun talks, but there is little hope for a bloodless solution.
  • Two new structures have appeared in the Rosso skyline: three story ziggurats made of bone and stone are now in the East and South Wards.
  • Things remain relatively safe and peaceful in the North Ward where the RCOS’s anti-undead shield has kept the majority of Deberg‘s forces out. The Solarian paladin, Lancelet, led an attack against the rival gang known as the Kawangas killing them and hanging them from the roofs of their territory. When they went up against the next gang, The Raven’s Wings, they found that the gang had allied with the Shinning Blades and captured the vigilante Solarian knights.
  • Miri told the party that The Raven’s Wings have gathered the remaining thieves guilds under their command and have allied themselves with Deberg. They took Lancelet and the other Solarians to the ziggurat in the South Ward. Miri also demonstrated that she has infernal powers similar to what Darsen lost.
  • The party went to investigate the southern ziggurat while Kenjyn’s Honor Society went to the eastern one. Along the way the party found undead leading a group of workers tiling a canal with arcane markings. They went to investigate and free the human workers.
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Showdown with Jenkins (Kenjyn)

Session 37 – game day 47 – late morning

  • Deberg escapes with the help of Yoricka, but before he leaves orders Jenkins to finish off Lady Hendenhall to make up for the failure to possess the monks at the tournament.
  • The ogre, Pain, changes sides and refuses to help his master kill a friend. Zhi, her brother, and the other monks agree to hold off the remaining forces while the RCOS goes to save Lady Hendenhall.
  • Zhi diagnosed Jenkins (Kenjyn) as having “The War of the Self” affliction (dissociative identity disorder), and if he suffered a major defeat the current dominant personality might forever takeover.
  • The party caught up to Jenkins inside the mansion and almost reach their friend, Kenjyn, when Rho appeared and signaled to a doppelganger agent disguised as a maid to assume the identify of Kenjyn’s estranged wife. Rho left and the fake wife proceeded to enraged Jenkins to fight the party.
  • The party defeated the doppelganger and showed Kenjyn he was being manipulated. Kenjyn regained control and thanked the party for bringing him back.
  • The monks defeat the remaining forces of governor Deberg and free Lady Hendenhall from the dungeon.

Treasure: Chromatic Robe +2, 1200 gold

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The Kumite

Session 36 – game day 47 – late morning

  • Wan Zhi placed an exorcism spell at the edge of each fighting platform, but Rime and Balasar would have to maneuver their opponents onto them.
  • Rime faced the possessed Wan Yi (brother to Zhi and champion of the Po Chi Forest monastary) and Balasar faced Tezo J’buran (drow master of the Silver Web Viel Brotherhood).
  • Demon drummers made both Tezo and Yi invulnerable and immovable. Lorn, Garn, and Zhi had to disrupt the drummers. Distracting one drummer they allowed Balasar and Rime to move their possessed opponents onto the exorcism spells freeing them. The freed monks deferred to the RCOS and told the other monks that they had been betrayed by their host.
  • The visiting monks and the RCOS faced off against Governor Deberg and Master Jenkins of the Honor Society monastary.
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The RCOS goes to Nor's war council (and brings BBQ takeout)

Session 35 – game day 47 – morning

  • Party defeated Dux and the demon possessed pigs freeing the partially possessed monks. The party then returned to their room to rest leaving Lady Hendenhall in the custody of Kenjyn’s people.
  • Zhi finds a way to banish the demons on the victims possessed since early that evening including the party’s own Mayhos and Kahem. She exorcizes them and went to the tournament mattes to hide a healing spell in the floor where the party will have to maneuver Zhi’s brother and the drop monk Tezo during the match to free them.
  • Lady Faye temporarily transported the RCOS to a traveling army on the back of a giant firebird in the elemental plane of fire. There they met the war council of a joint army made mostly of forces from Nor but also represented by Sehret, Havi, and Solaria. Lord Ramza, The Sun Duke, asked to use the secret tunnel through Rosso’s walls in the RCOS’s territory should the need arise to attack the undead.
  • Nor’s general, the winged dragonborn Korain, wanted to send the efreet fire-axes first sparing the mortal soldiers, but risking more civilians. The RCOS objected, and agreed on a ompromise with Duke Ramza to minimize casualties if Rosso would become independent and give a direct tribute to Nor like the other city-states in the kingdom.

Treasure: Bloodthread Armor +2, Watcher’s Horn, 1,900 gold

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Demon BBQ Pork

Session 34 – game day 46 – evening

  • Party saved Zhi.
  • Zhi used her positive ki arts to suppress the demons possessing Kahem and Mayhos.
  • Party decided to wait on saving the magistrate Hendenall for now.
  • Party went to the smoke room to destroy the focus that is driving the possession of the other monks (a giant pig skull).
  • There the demon powered, former classmate of Rime, Dux tries to stop them with the help of undead pigs covered in a sweet sauce.

Treasure: Diadem of Acuity, 1200 gold (from Adept of Orcus)

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No Soup For You

Session 33 – game day 46 – evening

  • The party killed the Bloodkiss Beholder and the Goblin Mess Cook. They made their way out of the kitchen hoping to find the imprisoned Lady Hendenall and/or prevent the other monks from being possessed by demons.
  • Coming from the kitchen the party ran into an Adept of Orcus and a wight with a glowing sword with Zhi bound up as a prisoner. Zhi says her monastery including her brother and the drow monastery are already possessed.
  • As they started the fight Kahem and Mayhos speak in other voices and demons partially possess their bodies. Zhi says that if they free her she might be able to suppress the demons.

Treasure: Shield of Defiance

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Party Crashers

Session 32 – game day 46 – evening

  • The RCOS found that there would be a private party where Deberg would try to hire the monasteries to help him route the RCOS from Rosso.
  • Kahem, Mayhos, and Garn tried to crash the private party, but Yoricka turned them away giving them a take-out bag of roast chicken, pork puns, dumplings, and steamed vegetables.
  • Pain, after being healed by Zhi, told Garn that at this meeting Deberg plans to possess those monks who do not agree to work with for with demons.
  • A handmaiden of Lady Hendenhall told the party that Kenjyn has imprisoned her in the dungeons of the main house. The handmaiden can signal which smoke stack to go down and sneak the party inside to free her mistress.
  • The party goes down the chute, but are discovered by a goblin cook who stirs a Bloodkiss Beholder to defend his kitchen.
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Bad Hyena, no Biscuit

Session 31 – game day 46

Fight with ogre monks and cacklefiend hyenas finished. Pain defeated, but not killed due to his history with the RCOS.

Deberg, Jenkins, and Yoricka came to the villa entrance. Deberg called the dracolich Hasipher and ordered him to kill the party.

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