Dark Sun: Grave Burden

E29: Amaro
Dalamar meets the Veiled Alliance spy Javairre hired to find the Praetor who cursed the elf almost two months ago...
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E28: An Earth God Scorned
The Grapple and the Yeoman attempt to sail out of the Keep's docks as a gargantuan earth drake breaks out of his lair to haunt the surface.
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E27: Resurrector
Nataku brings the dying body of Uriah beneath the Temple of Iax Cavaka to lay before the sacred drake Knoibune in an attempt to establish a connection to his god.
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E26: Severance
With Uriah's throat to the sword and hand on the olive branch, the characters fail to reach a non-violent agreement on his fate and that of his Keep.

Confrontation in the Temple of Iax-Cavaka

Hanibaal Demontes orders Paxitus and his mercenaries to kill Uriah, but Nataku intervenes, transmutating into a large elemental of water, in an attempt to bar the coup ordered by Hanibaal.

Uriah exhorts a miracle from Iax-Cavaka, which becomes clear when Paxitus attempts to strike the high priest with one of his calhulaks; the head of the weapon strikes Uriah on the shoulder, but his priestly magic redirects the trauma directly unto Paxitus himself, and the mercenary is seriously wounded on his own shoulder. This removes Paxitus from the fight.

When Paxitus, Kalihana Cloudslaughter, and the half-giant Crimson Rider fail to slay Uriah, Nataku beckons them to yield. Uriah’s acolytes summon elementals of their own, using the pebbled pews in the nave of the temple to take shape into materialized sentinels of their god.

The Acolytes and Uriah use no aggressive miracles toward Hanibaal and his hired mercenaries. Nor does Nataku.

Hanibaal begins to weave a life-leeching necromantic spell aimed at Uriah and his acolytes, but the power fizzles out of his hands as he fumbles to recall the invocation correctly. He then readjusts himself, and attempts to drain the life-force of Uriah alone, but the high priest resists the leeching, and stands firmly atop the stairs leading to the temple’s chancel, unwincing. Once Nataku witnesses Hanibaal wielding magic at Uriah and his acolytes, he barrels toward him in an attempt to stop him from harming anyone further. Hanibaal evades by a hair, but lands prone on the temple’s stone floor.

When the pew beds transform into large humanoid elementals, Hanibaal regains his footing and flees reluctantly soon thereafter, running back for the surface.

The Crimson Riders are compelled to surrender, but not after an unwise retaliation strike from the elf Kalihana, which fails to wound Nataku in his aberrant form. They lay down their weapons, and leave the temple for the surface.

Nataku speaks with Uriah thereafter. Uriah thanks him for his help, and is willing to answer the water priest’s questions. After discussing the prospect of Nataku forging a mutual allegiance of respect with Uriah, as well as the construction of a temple devoted to Nataku’s patron primordials elsewhere on the island, Uriah asks Nataku to diplomatically sort Hanibaal’s army away from his Keep. In return, Nataku influences Uriah to stop killing criminals shipped from Balic so frivolously, and to only take in proven defilers. They agree, and Nataku returns to the surface.

The storm of stone

Hanibaal remains in the temple, staying silent and waiting in the halls above while he ponders his next move. When Paxitus, Kalihana, and the spear-wielding half-giant leave for the surface, they run into Hanibaal, who catches their ears. He tells them that their job isn’t over quite yet, to their disappointment. Hanibaal still plans to take the Keep from Uriah and kill him, but first he establishes a lie that the high priest has Nataku under his control, and turned him against the army and relinquishing the brutal religious operation carried out by the priests of Iax-Cavaka.

Bound by contract, Paxitus reluctantly goes along with Hanibaal, who still seems confident he can end Uriah.

Hanibaal approaches the others outside, which include Javairre and his Veiled cell, the Iche De’wrath, and Dalamar. They are wondering to ask what transpired below in the temple, and Hanibaal explains that Uriah turned Nataku for his own will, and drove them out with violence. Hanibaal appeals to the emotions of his listeners, bringing up the heinous past actions of Uriah, his malevolence toward the Veiled Alliance, and the possibility of Javairre’s cell being re-captured and sent back if Uriah is kept alive.

Grobulus, Zagaulo, and Korvath seem sated by rescuing Javairre from certain death, but they mull over Hanibaal’s reasons to dethrone and kill Uriah to prevent future problems. Hanibaal asks Korvath to conjure up an illusory bonfire in the center of the fortress, to which Korvath inquires why he would need such a thing. Hanibaal mentions a plan to draw out Uriah and have him slain by the archers atop the walls (perhaps using the fire as a distraction? – this needs to be clarified). The others aren’t too keen to comitting more violence, as the Veiled Alliance members only desired to free Javairre from his imprisonment to begin with.

Hanibaal’s intentions become clear that he considers the rescue of Javairre only a small part of a larger plan to gain control over the Keep for his own. However, in mid-discussion, a swirling dark cloud begins to form above the keep, quickly amassing a coverage several kilometres wide. The newly awakened morning sun streams through the clouds in thin rays, and suddenly, ant-sized pebbles begin raining from the sky. Within a few moments, the pebbles grow to the size of berries and increase in abundance, which reduces visibility and stings the flesh of everyone in the storm.

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E25: A Seige Lain
The unified army storms the earthen ascent into Uriah's Keep, occupies the innards, and forces the submission of Javairre Saun. But the party's indecision on how to handle Uriah and his community schisms into divided inner-conflict.
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E24: Return to Gareb
The Grapple and The Yeoman sail to Gareb, to begin the motions toward seizing the Keep.
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E23: Building an Amalgamated Army
Hanibaal Demontes calls upon his wealth and Balician contacts to arrange an unorthodox militant force.
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E22: Executing Phantoms
The return to Balic only spells more ill-news as the Veiled Alliance is head-hunted, and Javairre Saun is set for execution across the Estuary.
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Intermission II: Approaching Lowsun
20th of Mist, Year of Priest's Defiance

The toil for the heads of the two Ledopolian architects leaves two innocent dwarves dead and much panic in wake. Grovak’s murder proved to be the most bothersome of the two, with him being tucked under the Temple of the Divine Pyramid near a forge shrine. His death was realized when the sorcerer Hanibaal created a magic gate from below the temple, allowing his allies a portal in which to breach Grovak’s room.

The ruthless sorcerer had the corpses of Grovak and Heqar Stonemaw gathered in the hidden stoaway space beneath the deck of Captain Volrouak’s silt schooner. He cast foul magic upon the bodies to bend their spirits to his will, which took place in under the nose of Captain Volrouak, Awakanak, and Dalamar Silvertongue.

The preserved heads were brought to Gigus, and laid before the monstrous giant king. The Great Ruler of Gigus let out a pleased wail as the two dwarven heads rolled on his palace floor. The heads, begotten with the initial stages of decomposition, could only be the architects heads, as the great Giant had already heard about the murders in the dwarven cities.
Their deal met and concluded, and the Great Ruler of Giantkind did meet the demand of the assassins, granting the afidae mercenary the gem-piece from his gleaming crown. The Giant also proclaimed that he would work alongside Hanibaal to help claim a spot on the island northwest of Ledo, given time. Volrouak spoke with Hanibaal shortly after, expressing that he had repaid Hanibaal’s favor twofold and that he and the others were to depart once they returned to Balic. Hanibaal agreed, knowing that he had accomplished all he wished for in the Silt Estuary.

The sickened elf Dalamar began to descend further into the curse, and showed more signs of impending death than the afidae and that vile woman of his. For the elf’s selfless involvement (a characteristic not well known to exist in the race of elves), Hanibaal asked the Great Ruler of Giantkind if he could spare any divine healing for Dalamar. The cyclops pondered for a moment before he cast a miracle upon the elf, which slowly invigorated Dalamar and put color back into his pale flesh.

So the group left to return to Balic once again. Kathaalis and Asis part from the others, as the afidae seeks out whatever might complete his mission. It is noted that Kathaalis seemed to disregard the effect the curse was beginning to have on his body and Asis’. But it’s assumed that the afidae’s plan lies with the crystal he came to possess from the Cyclops king.

Volrouak sailed the others to a silt beach just north of Veloc’s hoodoo. The half-giant’s weathered silt schooner rested its hull on the shallow siltbed, and the companions stepped off of the deck. Looking ahead into the rocky badlands, Hanibaal recalled the dangers of the steep rocky territories on the island of Ledo. He turned back to Volrouak, who stood firmly atop his worn vessel, waiting for the sick elf and the corrupt wizard to leave for their destination. Hanibaal made a plea to the half-giant to accompany them while Dalamar lead them to Veloc’s hoodoo. But the plea was rejected until it was marinated in coin.

So then, the three made their way through the badlands, over thick rock and with a lack of trail. Before an hour could pass, the troupe found their mark at the steep hoodoo. The earth was composed of blood-red rock and a crimson dust washed over the ground as a blanket sweeps over a dune merchant laid to rest in the cold night. The sun sparked through thick overcast. The morning heat was relatively cool. The year had almost reached its midpoint, Lowsun, which is the coolest time of the year.

The elf Dalamar, the sorcerer Hanibaal, and the Silt pirate, Volrouak, stand before Veloc’s old home…


20th of Mist, Year of Priest’s Defiance

The toil for the heads of the two Ledopolian architects leaves two innocent dwarves dead and much panic in wake. Grovak’s murder proved to be the most bothersome of the two, with him being tucked under the Temple of the Divine Pyramid near a forge shrine. His death was realized when the sorcerer Hanibaal created a magic gate from below the temple, allowing his allies a portal in which to breach Grovak’s room.

The ruthless sorcerer had the corpses of Grovak and Heqar Stonemaw gathered in the hidden stoaway space beneath the deck of Captain Volrouak’s silt schooner. He cast foul magic upon the bodies to bend their spirits to his will, which took place in under the nose of Captain Volrouak, Awakanak, and Dalamar Silvertongue.

The preserved heads were brought to Gigus, and laid before the monstrous giant king. The Great Ruler of Gigus let out a pleased wail as the two dwarven heads rolled on his palace floor. The heads, begotten with the initial stages of decomposition, could only be the architects heads, as the great Giant had already heard about the murders in the dwarven cities.
Their deal met and concluded, and the Great Ruler of Giantkind did meet the demand of the assassins, granting the afidae mercenary the gem-piece from his gleaming crown. The Giant also proclaimed that he would work alongside Hanibaal to help claim a spot on the island northwest of Ledo, given time. Volrouak spoke with Hanibaal shortly after, expressing that he had repaid Hanibaal’s favor twofold and that he and the others were to depart once they returned to Balic. Hanibaal agreed, knowing that he had accomplished all he wished for in the Silt Estuary.

The sickened elf Dalamar began to descend further into the curse, and showed more signs of impending death than the afidae and that vile woman of his. For the elf’s selfless involvement (a characteristic not well known to exist in the race of elves), Hanibaal asked the Great Ruler of Giantkind if he could spare any divine healing for Dalamar. The cyclops pondered for a moment before he cast a miracle upon the elf, which slowly invigorated Dalamar and put color back into his pale flesh.

So the group left to return to Balic once again. Kathaalis and Asis part from the others, as the afidae seeks out whatever might complete his mission. It is noted that Kathaalis seemed to disregard the effect the curse was beginning to have on his body and Asis’. But it’s assumed that the afidae’s plan lies with the crystal he came to possess from the Cyclops king.

Volrouak sailed the others to a silt beach just north of Veloc’s hoodoo. The half-giant’s weathered silt schooner rested its hull on the shallow siltbed, and the companions stepped off of the deck. Looking ahead into the rocky badlands, Hanibaal recalled the dangers of the steep rocky territories on the island of Ledo. He turned back to Volrouak, who stood firmly atop his worn vessel, waiting for the sick elf and the corrupt wizard to leave for their destination. Hanibaal made a plea to the half-giant to accompany them while Dalamar lead them to Veloc’s hoodoo. But the plea was rejected until it was marinated in coin.

So then, the three made their way through the badlands, over thick rock and with a lack of trail. Before an hour could pass, the troupe found their mark at the steep hoodoo. The earth was composed of blood-red rock and a crimson dust washed over the ground as a blanket sweeps over a dune merchant laid to rest in the cold night. The sun sparked through thick overcast. The morning heat was relatively cool. The year had almost reached its midpoint, Lowsun, which is the coolest time of the year.

The elf Dalamar, the sorcerer Hanibaal, and the Silt pirate, Volrouak, stand before Veloc’s old home…

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E21: Temple of the Divine Pyramid
Getting the second Architect's head proves to be complicated
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