Before we leave, Lynara offers to Iggwilv the Demonomnicon to offset the favor she owes.
We sell the loot we have gathered so far with the Mercane. We have to take a brief side off the River Styx to trade with them.
Part split is 103950 each. We used party funds (pre-split) to Resurrect Shadowfire and Azael.
William did some research on where to find Orcus.
- The river Styx can go to Pezunia. There is a bone dock there, that we can rent dock space. It is less than a day from Broken Reach where Red Shroud is. Broken Reach is near the portal to Thanatos.
- Lachrymasa – Port in Thanatos that the Styx passes by.
Orcus’s plane is Thanatos. Has some negative energy qualities. If you become exhausted, you become suffocating.
There is a organization called Dustmen, originally from Sigil. They escort travelers and they charge about 4k per person. Lesser demons are deterred, but some buffer ones will attack so traveler’s don’t think Thanatos is too safe.
Shadowfire departs the group.
Azael will stay on the ship (rather than going into his former master’s layer, Orcus).
Lynara will come with us.
We will engage the Dustmen as city guides after we greater teleport to the capital city. They will only charge 2000 /each person for that service. Locke teleports them to Everlost (capitol city of Thanatos) and the Dustman starts to lead them to the Dustman House. Thirty minutes after that, the Dustman leads them to the castle.
The courtyards smell of vinegar and there is a line of supplicants leading up to two black balors and some veiled Bodaks. We use diplomatic methods to cut through the thousands in line and then get to the balors. We get in to see Orcus and start an audience with him. Locke is doing the talking and moves within 40 ft of Orcus with Seaweed Jim at his side before stopping and addressing Orcus.
We make our diplomacy check (64+) and he doesn’t seem impressed and wants one of us to face his champion (death giant). Seaweed Jim volunteers to be our champion.
Orcus gestures and we are transported to an arena and the fight begins. After a brisk fight, Seaweed reigns supreme. Orcus has him finish him off.
He will have his armies march on our behalf. They will take several weeks to gather his armies. Gather our allies and join him. After Orcus bragged, he threw the letter back at us dismissively.
We gather party and teleport back to the Wyvern.
Next up is Gwynharwyf on at the Court of the Stars. Hmm. How do we get there? It’s on the Olympian Plane of Aborea. It borders Yggdrasil. Styx borders the roots of Yggdrasil. If we touch some mistletoe to the scars at the root, we can be transported to the Court of the Stars.
Clarrissa starts adding +2 int to Locke’s headband (it will take 3 days). Queued up is a PoK: Rainment of Command for Locke (2 day), Scroll of Treasure Map for Jim (1 day), and Scroll of Reincarnation for Jim (1 day).
It takes us 19 hours to get to the roots of Yggdrasil.
Court of the Stars traits – It is time exclusive. Eladrin (outsider elves) dwell there.
We will be taking the core party so as not to offend. Locke uses a limited wish to create some mistletoe to use to be activate the transport to the Court of the Stars.
We use the transport method and we are transported to a forest.
We hear the sound of a pack of dogs heading our way from the right. A few rounds later, the pack comes into view (dozen enormous black hounds) (Moon dogs – can detect evil inherently). After a bit, they seem to be trying to herd us in one direction. About a minute later, a knight on a horse and two floating globes of light. “What are you doing here?” Locke replies, “We seek an audience with Gwynharwyf in matters pertaining with Demogorgon?” The knight is disdainful. He says Sir Stievan can stay, but the rest of us trash have to go. Sir Andros Fearnaught. He is a Knight of the court.
He will be swayed but we must best him in some challenges – wrestling, steeple chase, or jousting.
William chooses jousting and loses.
Locke chooses wrestling and had him pinned for two of the three rounds, when he teleported out and the match degenerated to the point that Andros was going to Meteor Storm on Locke.
As he starts to cast, he is interrupted by a female voice as a glowing orb enters, “Andros, stop”. He received a tongue lashing from her…these are the ones that our Queen is waiting for, enemies of our ancient enemy. Eventually, the glowing orb changes into a beautiful Eladrin woman.
She’ll escort us to the palace. Her name is Celeste, a member of the court. We share tales of some of our adventures over the hour long walk.
We crest a hill and see clouds and the crystal palace seems close, but it is quite large. We are greeted by the guards at the door – we are lead to a central dome (dazzling). There are several hundred Eladrin (in elf and glowing orb form).
At the center of the room is a dais with three thrones. On the middle throne, is a red haired woman. Silver haired woman on the left throne addresses us. The right hand throne is empty. As we address the Silver haired woman, whenever we mention Demogorgon, she clentches her hands in anger.
After we relay our story (minus the Ahazu, Wells of Darkness angle on what we’ll be doing to Demogorgon), Morwel addresses us. “Your task is worthy. You have my pledge of aid and we’ll have Gwynharwyf and her armies. We’ll need to show to her allies our worth.”
Kill Dread Linnorm – “Red Fang” – located near the roots of Yggdrasil. Gut the beast and return one of the stars to her.
When we return, Gwynharwyf will take us to the Fountain of Beauty to seal our alliance.
Morwel conveys some information about Red Fang.
- Rumoured to be the offspring of Niddhogg (the world serpent)
Locke inquires about the Yuan-ti influences in Sasserine – and she comments that Locke’s biggest obstacle in resolving it was blood related. The resolution will most likely result in upheaval among the houses.
We inquire about Malchonthet and Obox Ob.
She replies that Malchonthet is like Lynarra but an order of magnitude worse. Of late, Malchonthet has been meeting with her greater servants (Radiant Sisters) at her summer palace – in the city of Miomanta.
Obox Ob was the original prince of demons, before the queen of chaos cast him down. (Toby to fill in more). He was killed by her. Fragments of him survive – they are called aspects. Our most likely point of contact is the Abyssal realm of Blood Shallows.
Bagromar is with his forces in a conflict originating from Pezunia. Mamnon is involved.