The World of Temmuren

Golden Bluff
Notes for now

People the party met in town:

  • Helena – Food ‘leader’
  • Greggory – Dude with an axe to grind (actually, brought up the traitors thing though)
  • Rolf – Got stabbed
  • Edwin – GB PI
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Sister Thursday's Journal: Liberty at Last
The group returns from sea to a recouping capitol

From the hand of a Sister Thursday Twenty-Fifth,

“There’s a sound of a lake alongside the heavy footfalls you’d figure for an Allosaurus running on water. There’s no sounds of birds. Devastated by a surprise winter before any ancient migration told them thought to flee south. The sun beats down on their bloated, duped bodies dotting the channel.

“—So you can just record whatever you like?”
“Yeah, right now. I’m recording right now.”
“That’s fucked up.”
“…I-I’m sorry? I can turn it off if you like.”
“You said this thing makes pictures, right?”
“I mean, it can. I don’t have that quite figured out just yet -”
Why not
“I mean, I could have it going I just don’t quite get it
-”
You’re a scholar, why can’t you figure it out
“Th-there’s, uh, see there was a schizm in common draconic runes and meanings in the last half of the 9th -”
What are you, stupid? You researched this
“I c-could have gotten this but I don’t have any of my reference books right n-”
Prove to them that this is hard or they’ll think you’re an idiot too
“See how the t-how the characters are sometimes straight and sometimes have these spiraling serifs? It’s, uh, it’s -
it’S HARD”

“Oh god damn it, it’s still recording. Uh, well so we just left the island — The Isle of Carter - and we now have the Spade of the Earth in hand. I’ve given it over to Rhuul who you can see if I- oh shit the video isn’t on. Right. Well, she’s pulling our boat right now in dinosaur form”
Indistinct Dinosaur Sounds Happen
“She is asking me to state how, uh, quoting Rhuul here; How fucking awesome this is, y’all.”
Dinosaur Noises
“I am not repeating that.”
Dinosaur NOISES
“Because I’m a scribe and this is all already extremely unprofessional.”
The Keepers don’t record histories written hertics and abominations.
“We’re headed back to Induin Tawar after trying to hunt the Night Hag that had attacked us earlier today. We’re hoping we can rush to the World Tree and restore it before the Hag can harm the Queen, long may She reign.
There aren’t any definite paths right now. We don’t have a guarantee that this will work or that we can get it done in time, but we have to try something. At the very least, as soon as we get in town we’re going to check in and see how the Queen is doing. I have all my fingers crossed that she’ll be fine. We’ve really exhausted our other options to protect Her other than resealing the Fae.
This has been Sister Thursday Twenty-Fifth… uh, Day 237. Fourth Week of Eighth Month”

Additional notes that don’t work in fiction:
- We had just walked in on two Oni holding the Queen’s retainers hostage
- Pav was invisible and tailing the Queen
- Rhuul was going out of her way to make the elven soldiers feel uncomfortable
- There was evidence that the Queen had been healed via Greater Restoration ritual.
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Additional notes

  • Roll loot damnit, NJ! (this should maybe be moved to a separate article when I’m done)
    • Scroll of Absorption
      • While holding this scroll of blank parchment, you can use your reaction to absorb a spell that is targeting only you and not with an area of effect. The absorbed spell’s effect is canceled, and the spell itself becomes inscribed upon the scroll. The scroll can only hold one spell, and when it is cast the scroll disintegrates.
  • Message from Jean-Claude Lion in Altimer
    • “Good people of Primo, I hear your words. Be known that the great Jean-Claude and the Bandits will soon be reaching the farthest reaches–" (cuts off here)
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Top Dogs
Breaking the Blockade to Golden Bluff
  • Jean-Claude Lion got Rings of Feather Falling and Jumping, using all the salvage he sold
  • Chrys tried to activate the warforged arcanite reactor and melted a bit of his workspace, but was able to apply his research of blueprints and this prototype to engineer his own arcanite reactor to power a mechanical giant eagle
  • The group got updates on current events on the frontier from Gimble the Nimble
    • Suspicious figures were seen wandering around the previously abandoned and scavenged town of Freehold
    • Golden Bluff is blockaded by wolves and tensions run high as food stores run low
    • Military supply lines are being cut-off by raiders to the East, a high bounty and military contracts are offered for their defeat
  • The group received a message from the guild in northern Prima:
    • Evil actors are attempting to destroy the world tree, free the drow. Causing famine, plague, blizzards here. Attempting to alleviate. Elves not much help, unsurprisingly. Cheers!
  • Jean-Claude Lion replied with his own message (which unfortunately was cut-off, due to the 25 word limit):
    • “Good people of Primo, I hear your words. Be known that the great Jean-Claude and the Bandits will soon be reaching the farthest reaches of this great realm, and when their brave hearts reach your town, rest easy, for we shall give you your just. We shall give you your peace. We shall give you your glory!”
  • The group traveled westward to Golden Bluff, passing by the town of Freehold once more, and finding that the myserious figures amongst the ghost town were Takota and Winona, the werewolves the group had once saved from a makeshift gnoll ‘prison’ nearby.
    • They offered the group some hospitality as they headed to Golden Bluff
  • As the group approached Golden Bluff they were attacked by a pack of wolves and dire wolves
    • Throughout a heated battle more and more wolves arrived, and the group fought valiantly on through howling and waves of reinforcements, until none remained
    • Now the group, battered but not beaten, approaches Golden Bluff to ascertain the situation and liberate its peoples
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Under the Sea
Darling it's better, down where it's wetter
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Battlus Interruptus
  • 2 drow in the drink (near where the mast used to be
  • 1 tree, 2 mounds, in the hole
  • 1 mound rounding the ring
  • Rhuul (successfully) hiding behind the boat-butt
  • Thursday is flying between the bay & boat (w/Guidance)
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Salvage, success and a swashbuckler
He followed us home, can we keep him?
  • The group found a new friend, a bigger than life swashbuckler, and cut him into the salvage operation after he helped them fend off a pack of winter wolves
  • The group identified the following additional:
  • Upon return, the party negotiated the return of 2/3 of the objectives for salvage and were nearly denied their salvage rights for breach of contract, but their employers saw fit to take what had been recovered and generously let the group keep the rest despite their contract dictating they should get nothing without recovering the necessary components
  • Secretly, Chrys had kept the core of what appears to be another being like Granite

Also, footnote, Jeff’s character has these:

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Snowed In
Buried beneath an avalanche, in a death trap
  • The group woke to the low rumbling of an avalanche
  • Miro Artifix and Misgnomer were caught in the avalanche and didn’t make it inside
  • Nelsar, Chrys, and Granite made their way through the collapsing building
  • The group found the following additional salvage (yet to be identified):
    • A magical deck of cards, which was being carefully examined in some aparatus
    • A pair of goggles, which seemed to provide Granite with darkvision
    • ~1 metric fuckton of salvage and materials
    • What appears to be a robotic torso (containing an arcanite reactor)
    • Various robotic components and raw materials, both made of the unusual alloy and newer prototypes made of more traditional metals
  • The group eventually made their way to the top of the crumbling building, now buried in snow and found the overloading reactor which had no doubt been scuttled to deny the gnolls their prize and shake this hazardous deathtrap to its foundation
  • Acting quickly, Chrys produced an iron door and Granite covered for Chrys as he dismantled the damaged components and overrode the reactor’s controls to disarm it
  • With this the group secured the remains of the workshop, including the (mostly) intact arcanite reactor
  • In the same room, the group found a secured box containing sets of blueprints, notes, and schematics; half appear to be translations and prototypes written in gnomish and half in an unrecognizable language on the schematics the gnomes appear to have been deciphering
  • Chrys read off a project name written prominently on one of the note pages: Sprite
  • However, Granite corrected him. Looking at the original page being translated, he recognized this one word from somewhere: Slyph
  • With this the group had everything they had come for and could complete their contract with the gnomes and claim whatever salvage they hauled away from this ordeal, but at what cost, with their compatriots lost to the snow?
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Puzzle Hubris and Plant Stalking
The group is stumped by a puzzle, then chases a stump
  • Thursday composed a message to send to Tora, which was sent via Mubaj casting sending:
    “Queen in danger. Night Hag draining Queen from Ethereal Plane. Seek Greater Restoration spell. Super sorry about old man disguise. Hug kisses oh no sorry”
  • The group awakened from their rest in the cave, and messaged Tora to warn her about the night hag
  • Rhuul investigated the puzzle box and ran fleeing in terror after seemingly solving a piece of it
  • Oliver pursued Rhuul to attempt to calm her, while Thursday attempted the puzzle and was promptly turned into a variety of creatures over the course of 60 seconds and lost control of her body
  • Upon Thursday regaining her body and mind, she and Oliver returned to the cave to find Pav missing for a few seconds, before they re-appeared
  • Pav informed the group they had been transported somewhere after solving a part of the puzzle and Oliver identified this as likely being a part of the Astral plane
  • Shortly afterward Mubaj received a reply from Tora:
    “Thanks, working on it. Whatever you did, the storm’s clearing up! We might make it through this yet! Found the spade of the earth yet?”
  • Rhuul was given one more chance to tinker with the puzzle cube, to no avail, before the group gathered themselves and headed inland
  • After a while following the old, untrodden path, the group ascended a hill into a wooded grove and found a clearing with an auspicious hole in the ground where a tree used to be, and a variety of dragging marks leaving a clear trail headed East
  • The group followed this trail East, down the hill, across plains, and to the Eastern cost of the island, beside a cliff to the north overshadowing a cove.
  • As the group approached the coast-line from a hill, the spotted, past a drop off to the north, an uprooted tree in the boggy waters of the cove, surrounded by gnarly plant life
  • Out past the cove and the rest of the coastline, Thursday and Rhuul examined a sunken ship just off the coast, some 150 feet away, and determined it to be a ship from the Elven capitol, seemingly scuttled here in recent months
  • Oliver identified some of the plant life in the bog within the cove to be foreign and unsuited to this cove, and theorized they could likely be 1 or more shambling mounds
  • Thursday opened fire upon the mounds in the cove from the hill and Oliver supported with crossbow fire at the edge of the drop-off
  • Their attacks drew the attention of something hiding in the wreckage of the ship, which cast a Storm Sphere over the group and hit Thursday with a bolt of lightning
  • As the shambling mounds retreated out to sea, the party retreated out of the range of the Storm Sphere, with Barry taking up the rear and being stuck by a massive arc of lightning
  • Protected in part by his aura, Barry deflected the brunt of the blast and was spared the worst of its damage, but took a hard hit all the same
  • With the group safely out of range of the Storm Sphere, they take a moment to regroup and assess the situation
  • ( Pav and Rhuul still need to make an 18 STR save or take 6 bludgeoning from buffeting winds while in the Storm Sphere )
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We Brought a Zoo
If we can't become one, we'll bring one.

Loot

Events

  • Party checked cave
  • Wild giant crocodiles appeared
  • Giant crocodile returned to its original form
  • Oliver used Suggestion, it was super-effective
  • Giant crocodile uses rollout
  • A wild Night Hag appeared, it wasn’t very effective
  • Sea Hag fainted
  • Night hag ran away
  • Party was victorious
  • Party leveled to 7
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How to Get A Head in Gnomish Engineering
Arcane and dangerous discoveries
  • The group proceeded to investigate the precarious gnomish workshop and found it to be structurally unsound, debris falling from overhead, and structure creaking, permeated by a low humming
  • Chrys found:
  • Granite found:
  • A large piece of metal ceiling, which he is carrying as total cover
  • Misgnomer found:
    • A strange tuning fork
    • An ornate and intricate collar, featuring small inlaid arcanite crystals.
  • Nelsar took shelter outside and observed the workshop
  • The group found the doorways of the structure are sturdy and can provide some shelter against falling debris
  • They also found that staying near the walls of a room can provide some safety against collapsing structure on higher floors
  • A storm is gathering overhead, and the structure looks like it may collapse if they wait out the storm
  • Observing from outside, Nelsar found collapses can be anticipated by spending a minute observing a room and up to 2 adjacent rooms with a perception check to determine if they’re about to suffer a collapse
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