Food – Beef with noodles, Garlic Bread, Cookies (Variety pack)
Printed character sheets for Bekah, George and Max. Present – Bekah, Max, George, Mike and Joshua.
Summary by GM -
Recap by Mike the recorder. Brought up to speed. Eagle takes the group to Elysium for recupe time and to take care of some business. The party enjoys the sights and activities (Picnic, Pool complete with unclad people and oils for massage, an Oracle for debating, and musicians to add ambiance). Arky enjoys the natural bathing ordeal followed by much oiling by some female companions. Iridius likewise enjoys swimming and a good oiling. Lelia frolicks with other females and later is heard humming a familiar tune. Caleb is sorrowful in playing a tune, and is joined by two others who add a counter melody and harmony to his tune, one turns it so sorrowful that it brings tears barely held in check to Caleb, and then they change the tune back to a more cheerful tune. Malcolm enjoys a relaxing philosophy debate with the oracle. A mass bonfire roast and entertainment plays out, satyrs join in the evening festivities. The party enjoys the festivities and are rejuvenated.
Next stop, Malcolm’s past. The group is again greeted by a reverse montage displayed in the Tardis, this time of Malcolm’s past. They arrive in the courtyard at the Mage Tower. With a warning to not blow up the tower and beware the black cat, the Eagle again leaves to handle only he knows what. While the party enters the tower after spotting a black cat. Inside they find something has been struggling in the basement. Overturned barrels of mysterious powders does not sit well with the party, and beyond a door a large room with three mages locked in a Will Contest while a summoning circle activates and a large Fiery Fire Elemental appears, also present, a black cat, the ‘heartless shadows’ and a Death Knight. The death knight hits them with a wave of negative energy knocking Malcolm to 0 HP while thew rest of the group grimmaces through the attack. Arky engages the Death Knight, Lelia and Caleb deal with the shadows and Iridius tackles the evil wizard (Who is not Malcolm’s parents, they are the other two wizards locked in the wizard battle). The Black Cat leaps at Iridius when Ginger (Lelia’s Dragoncat) unleashes a fireball. The fireball is a catalyst to the mystical powders surrounding the fire elemental and it unleashes a devastating explosion destroying the building. Only through the powers of the dragonblood does the party manage to even survive, that and Aku, the revealed Shadow Demon who was the black cat.
They limp back to the TARDIS, dejected and not happy with events. They are given the opportunity to rest before heading to Iridius’s past. His life is likewise reverse montage. They arrived in the winter near the log cabin where Iridius lives. Iridius is a 3 month old infant. They have dinner and Iridius (The Chosen One) gives a proper oration history of the People. Later that eve, back at the log cabin, Lelia is found to be rocking little Iridius and humming to him, which puts regular Iridius to sleep. A strange Mist enters the cabin and an alarm is sounded by Lelia. A multi-tentacled horror attacks the group, but is laid low in quick order. Lelia and Caleb share a meaningful and private mind-to-mind discussion through the night. And this is where we ended the session for the evening.
Recap by Mike our designated recorder -
When last we met, the group investigated the background of Caleb, and surprisingly finding out how Lelia is involved.
Everybody meets back at the shrine, goes in, and is back to the mostly dark room with the controls.
Arky decides to explore by sprinting off into the darkness. Then you hear “OOF!” as he collides then flips over onto the floor. “There’s stuff out here guys!” Malcolm casts light, shaking his head. Lelia sees a door and opens it. Beyond it is a long hallway. She closes the door behind her and sits in the hallway in the fetal position. The eagle seems to be activating things in the main room, and the crystal goes out. He opens a door to a bright place and he steps out into it. Iridius asks where the Eagle is going and he doesn’t answer. Arky pokes his head out of the door and he sees a glade, similar to greece with columns and arches. From behind one of the columns a toga-clad young lady steps out with a basket. Arky steps out and waves. Iridius follows, as does Malcolm. Arky wonders if he’s dead, and asks why we’re in Elysium. She puts down some wine and food. Arky asks about towns, and there are none. Caleb is preoccupied in the room, so he doesn’t follow. The food is provided by the gods, and the woman points out the temple, and the direction of the pool which has an oracle at it. Malcolm asks about finding the gods. Iridius prays to Odin for food, and nothing happens. We go to the temple, devoid of people but with a shrine. Caleb finally joins. Arky asks about shadowy creatures, but nothing like that is around Elysium. The young lady has however heard of the Eagle, as “The Traveler.”
There are two trees with their bows woven together and when we walk through them we sees a large space of darkness with images surrounding the Eagle and many other robed figures at the center. The images are of things the group doesn’t understand like space battles. We also see a recap of us interfering with Caleb’s youth. Arky asks “Why are we here” and the response is “You are here to observe.” And after a moment the images cease. The Eagle stands up, his eyes with a small shimmer. Iridius asks what our commands are and the Eagle says “to recuperate.” and suggests Arky go to the pool. Apparently at this pool clothing is optional. Ladies start oiling his nude body, to his liking. Iridius feels a stronger connection to Odin in this place, even though his prayer wasn’t effective, so he communes with Odin. Caleb wanders to the pool, sees Arky being oiled, and wanders away… Malcolm is trying to disbelieve the surroundings, including the women who stumble upon him and have magic fingers. Lelia comes to the scenery as well, and understands it’s a good place which is nature infused. She explores, and “frolics with the females.” (Naked oily Yoga.) Caleb tries playing a sad tune on his instrument and immediately there is a counter-tune being played to make up for it, but there is also a small group empathizing with his melody (one’s crying.) Lelia hears Malcolm’s thoughts of disbelief and tells him to take a break, and he refuses. Lelia then gets upset. The music then changes back. Iridius swims, and lounges, and feels refreshed. Malcolm apparently holds his own debating the oracle on philosophy. This somehow relaxes him, and he begins to rejuvenate also. Evening does come, and the glade slowly forms into a luau.
The oracle tells a story which becomes a talent show, and Arky hosts some stage magic. Malcolm goes on stage with inspiring philosophy, Iridius abstains, and Caleb performs music, then Lelia goes on stage showing prowess with making the wreaths entagle to become a canopy above and interweave. The satyrs appear as well, suspiciously turning water into alcohol. The Eagle is standing to the side, just watching the scene and looking normal. We ask if we are ready to go, and we go back to the room. It is lit inside by the panels and the walls. The Eagle does some things to the table in the center with the levers, buttons, etc. On one of the panels we start seeing Malcolm’s past. There was a long string of Malcolm going from place to place to learn things, before that Malcolm was in the mages guild but arguing with people and leaving eventually, before that he was being taken care of by his grandmother, and finally the last scene is of the higher mage tower exploding before we see Malcolm with his parents as a happy 5 year old.
When we exit we are in the courtyard of the castle where Malcolm grew up. His mother is obviously more noble than his father and you suspect her bloodline is not entirely human. There is a black cat going inside of one of the windows of the mages tower. Lelia spots it, so we follow. The cat appears to go into the basement. Along the way we see signs of a scuffle with overturned barrels of black powder. Arky scoops powder into his bag, and puts the barrels right side up again. There is a faint air of magic. Iridius takes some waterskins and pours water on the black powder. All the powders are moving into the next room. Arky wanders into the next room. Two people are standing with intense concentration, and another is muttering things under his breath on the opposite side of the room. In the middle of the room is a summoning circle which lights up, and a great fiery being appears. It’s malcolm’s parents locked into a will struggle and the one muttering is a teacher malcolm never liked. There is a wave of malevolence coming from the teacher, and there is a wave of contempt for the living coming from the corner which is a zombie creature in full platemail. “heartless” form around the room. The lizard creature pointed his sword and hit us all with cold damage, downing Malcolm. Arky attacks the dark creatures, Caleb sings a ballad, Malcolm drinks a potion. Arky attacks the zombie and hurts it. Malcolm whelms some creatures. Caleb firebursted two shadows. Iridius grapples the parents, the cat pounces but Lelia’s cat spits a fireball, which hits the flame elemental, who takes the opportunity to ignite some materials around it. The basement of the tower explodes. The lineage of the dragonblooded protects the party, and the Aku demon survives, but unfortunately everything else in the basement including Malcolm’s parents did not survive. The tower becomes a crater. The Aku demon limps away, Malcolm does a channeled pyroburst on it, and it keeps limping. Lelia makes it stay put, and Malcolm summons archons to destroy it. It dissipates but isn’t known to be killed. There is a ring on his mom’s finger, and Malcolm takes it.
The Eagle meets us, and we go back to the room, and rest.
So Iridius’ history appears around us.
Next we see Iridius inspiring heroes to do deeds, as a motivator. Before that he comes out of the deep forest, surrounded by fey, and further he is rescued by the fey, before that thrown out of the village he lives in, before that, he is blamed for a plague that his parents (who do not look like Caleb and Lelia) are inflicted by, and farther back his parents are leaving their homeland to find new lands rich in soil. We are deposited in the dead of winter at a log cabin. The snow is around 3 feet deep. Arky produces Snowshoes from his bag, but Lelia casts “snowshoes” and we ALL walk on top of the snow. At the cabin, Iridius’ mother is holding the baby Iridius, sitting on a chair, breastfeeding him. We knock on the door claiming to be distant travelers. We go and warm ourselves by the fire. Iridius explains he will cook. Iridius’ father shows up, also named Iridius. He is a hearty man, large but not Caleb’s size yet. He greets us. We all go to the “lodge” and Iridius creates food and water, and we all eat as he orates a lovely rendition of the history of Midgard. Lelia holds little Iridius, humming to him. Caleb plays a tune along with it. The Chosen Iridius likes the song and all three Iridius’ fall asleep. Arky falls asleep also. Malcolm fights sleep and loses. Lelia notices dark mist coming from under the door. She tells Caleb. She wakes the house. Malcolm summons some air elementals which fail at dispersing the mist, and the mist turns into tentacles. Lelia babau slimes the baby. The tentacles reach for the baby. Malcolm summons some Archons and the elementals attack their tentacles. Caleb pyroblasts some tentacles. Lelia decides not to fireball, instead she uses her swords. Malcolm’s creatures hit and he magic missiles the creatures.