September 4714 (continued)
Week 2 – Week 4 (continued)
End of Day 21
The plan is 1) to go to Varn to see how things are going and see if there have been any recent Fey sightings and then 2) go back to the Centaur main herd.
It will take us over half the traveling day to move out of the hex. The Varn hex is much more active people wise. Outlying farmers have moved closer to keep in touch. It’s ‘sad’.
Kesten and the Archery unit have been helping out.
They are using the palasade as a base of operations. The repair of the castle is more than they can take right now.
Alexi has Dex drain. We’ll need to address it.
Nisha ports back to Priomdahl and picks up some diamond dust (that we have Leanna carry), some cold iron daggers for Alexi and a scroll of Communal Mount for Leanna.
End of Day 22
Alexi is healed by Leanna of the Dex drain and Leanna learns the Communal mount spell.
We spend the day traveling back to the herd.
We get more positive greetings from the Centaur’s than before. One approaches and lets us know that Aecora wants to meet with us. We got to meet her. As normal, we leave our weapons outside.
We update her on our findings of the Fey Queen facility. The undead dismembered bodies of the people of Varn. The blood monsters.
Reminder: Skybolt – we know which hex he is in and where to find him in that hex (top of Talon Peak) – we could get there, but it would be a nightmare. If we were holding the bow (Skybolt) would be a safe token for a meet and greet.
The Nomen Centaur had been tasked for as long as they can remember to guard against a slumbering evil. When the human’s poured into the area, they Centaur’s lost a lot of their fighting males and they became a matriarchy. This fighting took place over decades and as a result of the fighting, a lot of the Nomen history was lost.
There are some members that have tried to recover some of their lost knowledge. Elenorik is one of them. Silverhair has shared with Aecora that there is an relic of the older Centaur heritage in Hex 1624. “The Ghost Stone” (translated to common). It was set into place to (she thinks, but is unsure) be the key or assist with the imprisonment of the slumbering evil. Aecora only became aware of it a week ago. Yesterday, Silverhair had shown up and asked us to be dispatched there (hex 1624) to assist her again if were were willing.
We agree and will head out there in the morning.
Kaiden provides a report to Jenna on how the efforts in Varn. Jenna says that there has been friction between the General and Aecora and the General’s daughter. Kaiden also relays the sad news about the bodies found. We would be able to recover them at first opportunity of the storm breaks.
End of Day 23
We travel towards 1624 and as we enter Hex 1624 from 1524 light snow begins. Oewyn works to guide us to the location.
Towards the end of the day, we find what we think is the “Ghost Stone”. Grey stone monolith with smooth sides. 15 ft high, coming to a point at the end of small valley. There are a series of small bonfires lit in a circle around it. They are in the cardinal points and a centaur – Silverhair.
There is a strange, flickering haze around the obelisk.
We greet the honored elder. She believes the obelisk has been subverted by Vordekai and she seeks to turn it off. She expects something to try to stop her ritual. There may be a response by Vordekai or an unrelated creature may try to intervene. She needs to be protected while she performs the ritual. The ritual will start at sunset and conclude just after midnight.
We spend some time trampling down the snow to reduce it’s movement effects.
We prepare and buff ourselves with long term buffs.
Silverhair begins the ritual with the aid of a crystal. During the ritual, the area feels ‘iritating’ and ‘grating’. Grants dazzled condition on everything. (-1 penalty on attacks, skills, concentration)
About 1.5 hours in, we have our first encounter.
Three loud roars and we move to be ready. Flapping of wings.
Protecting Silverhair – Encounter 1
- 1 x Chymera (Serpent is typically not venemous; reptile is typically draconic – white headed)
- 1 x Chymera variant
Reminder: We’ll take samples from them for Evangeline (Chymeric Question)
2 more hours elapse
Protecting Silverhair – Encounter 2
- 1 x Remorazz
- 1 x Winter Worm
Valkyrie dies heroically and when the fight ended, Oewyn was able to resurect her and we heal up.
Another hour or so passes and we are nearing midnight.
A column of light emits from the obelisk. The light in the area dims and the sky light becomes red lit. The moon becomes like
A familiar deep voice booms across the land in Cyclops, “I see you.”
Protecting Silverhair – Encounter 3
- 4 x Ghastly Purple Worms (Large sized)