Conclave: The Plot Revealed
The heroes who are left living explore possible ways to raise Tharg from the dead, but options on Oerth are very limited. One of the offers comes from the Theocracies of the Pale, and has draconian conditions:
Knight Commander SER Jos Van Duren, Triumvirate Lord of the Knight Protectors – Approached by Thay’d (Whom SER Jos is not a fan of), SER Jos, who counted Tharg as a friend and brave being is willing to approach the Theocracy of the Pale and speak on Tharg’s behalf. He is willing to do this in his official role which he realizes will come with political costs. He has no idea what conditions the Theocracy will have but they are a very strict Pholtan order so there will be conditions for sure.
Pholtun Conditions for SER Jos:
SER Jos may never nominate any non Pholtun for membership in the Knights Protector. It is the opinion of the Pale that the biggest factor in the fall of the order was that the Heironian and Hextorian factions made up over 80% of the order and that for several periods of it’s history, there was no Pholtun Knight Commander. For the first ten Pholtun Knight Errant quests, SER Jos must choose quests that further Pholtun interests. SER Jos is to swear an oath to hold Tharg responsible for his terms of this agreement.
Pholtun Conditions for Tharg:
Tharg must agree to convert to the worship of Pholtus. Tharg must agree to a lifelong tithe of 15% of any wealth gained to be donated on a monthly basis to the Pholtun Church. Tharg must agree to present himself to the Theocracy of the Pale, no later than 3 years hence and accept a Geas to retrieve, Solis Veritatis, the legendary sword of truth (DC 25 Know Religion: Brilliant, Holy Sun blade that cleanses evil in purifying light of truth. DC 30 Know History: Sword is currently believe to be in the possession of a Tiefling Lich somewhere on the outer planes. Tharg must never publicly or privately disparage Pholtus, the Pholtun Church, The Pale or any Clergy with tangential ties to Pholtus. Doing so will call for removal of his tongue by Ser Jos should it be found that disparagement has occurred.
Pholtun Conditions for Group:
None – The Pholtuan way is one of truth and personal responsibility, The only reason the Theocracy is willing to perform this act is because of Ser Jos and his position. Therefore it is SER Jos and Tharg who are beholden to the Pale.
Solrean His Brilliant Lordship, the Count of Sunndi; Oluensteward of the South. Is the elven ruler of Sunndi, is in Eastfair for the conclave and is currently the only known cleric of sufficient level within 300 miles capable of casting a raise dead spell.
After being approached by Mathain (Eric) for an audience to hear his plea and some well above average role-play, word is sent that
Solrean would be willing to cast the spell on the following conditions:
1. A Speak with dead on Tharg (to be RP’d out), should the RP go well, then the following conditions
2. The return of all priorly held eleven woodlands currently in the possession of the Lady Lollee (Approx 10,000 acres)
3. An oath from all current members of this group to provide a service to Sunndi or proxy Elven held lands at some point in the future
4. An oath from Tharg never to directly harm a member of the elven race (Drow and half elvesexcluded, He specifically states that they are not elves), never to use fire to or otherwise destroy nature and for the whole of his life come to the reasonable aid of any elf in need. He also states that should word be received that Tharg has broken his word on this matter, that the legendary elven ranger, Aebrynis the Hunter, will be dispatched to end his life. It is said that the Hunter has killed everything that has ever walked or crawled at one point in his illustrious career.
Azetta Zha has cast preservation on Tharg’s Corpse which will make the corpse last for 10 days. Currently, most of the blame for the death of the Nobles has been pushed onto Paul and Tharg. Baal has made it clear that he has made it clear.
Sir Baal: "I have relieved Prince Thayd of command at the Chataeu Lollee b/c I believe he is playing games. Please do not unearth anymore threats to the Realm, get any more noblemen killed, etc. I will say I have burried the deaths of the dwarves, and that will be blamed on the Thieves guild, if you can make sure that Thorgal can be less than honest.
Two more things. Another member of yours has been tied tangentially to a Thieves Guild, and murdred a simpleton in our jails, who was beaten to be lame of mind by a guild b/c he was willing to testify against the guild, but you know that member kissed the right elven ass. However, that other elf running around that’s trying to investigate the death of the Princess, but we’ve got Windel’s lizardman for that, what surprises me is that Montefor. the Lizardman was arrested by the Crown, by Sir Jos, because he fit the profile. I will tell you that Mathain, your guy, has been pursuing this with determination, and I don’t think there’s answers to be had, and sturring shit in the stew just makes it taste more like this."
“Perhaps you should thnk about these people you work with. There’s a wizard’s guild in Eastfare. What I would suggest start surrounding yourself with people you trust and can command.”
“I think you’re a good man but I think you maybe let others lead when it should be you. At some point you have to step up, you’ve people in your midst that are running things for their own design. If they are not checked you may find yourself associated with detrimental people.”
“The Conclave is actually set to begin. You are due to give testimony, but I will not speak. If I had to guess, you’ll be magically transported. There’ll be plenty of people you’ve not met, some were late. Enabrin Tain (Hand of Heroneous) should be in attendance, if I heard correctly. Regarding Jaquen Dayne, there has been no change in his condition, he is still a vegetable. He is essentially being kept alive by magical means, his body is being nourished by he is completely soulless. I don’t mind telling you, the idea that Dayne could be removed from the board is frightening.”
All the principal players are at the Palace, security is overseen by Sir Jos. I’ve 200 troops, but Sir Jos doesn’t have the personal troops."
Mathain is summonnned to speak with Solrean.
Solrean: “I need to cut to the chase, I’ve heard things about this Dragonman, I don’t know what to believe. Based on elven lands being in play, we are willing to do what we said we are going to do, but I need you to tell me something – these human lands killed our Princess. We want to know who did this. Before we stick our necks out any further for these folks, we want to know who killed our Princess. She is one of the People, a part of the Land. We may reconsider this deal if we don’t get our answer.”
Mathain: “You believe the Dragonman’s companions know who it was?”
Solrean: “I believe somebody knows something they’re ot saying. Its not even about him, but its about land. We want our acres back, we want our Princesses’ killer brought to justice.”
Mathain: “I believe more people would be happy to see him stay dead, he is not popular amongst humans. What i can tell you is I’ve spoke with Sir Tobi who will get me an audience with Lady Lollee, and she is not one of the good ones.”
Solrean: “No she is not.”
Mathain: “I think I can appeal her to such a way, that I’ve a slight chance of talking her into giving us back the lands.”
Solrean: “Forgive me, I heard that the Pholtan Church went out on a limb for the Dragonman, and I was hoping that person has more clout. We’ve been basically stonewalled on the Princess. She died ugly. Somebody needs to pay. That was my NIECE. I know you’re doing everything you can.”
Mathain: “If I find out who it was I will slay that person myself or die trying.”
Solrean: “It galls me that… well, the Dragonman is almost inconsequential. Our real goal is the return of our lands. I know there is no answer coming for the death of the Princess, and that will trouble me for the rest of my long life. I believe somebody in this feces-fiilled town knows what happenned.”
Mathain: “You may be right, but there’s a possibilities that you’re not right anymore. Stories travel in these lands.”
Solrean: “I received the briefing about burning planes, lost temples, some things i don’t believe.”
Mathain explains discovering the Padded Paw, combating the guild, slaying of the werewolf – the one who claimed to have killed the Princess. Mathain doesn’t believe the werewolf killed her, because of the nature of her death. Mathain lays out the drow, the shadowy man, etc.
After Thorgal uses the eye so often, its presence hasn’t been felt to Thorgal in a long while. He stilll feels its power there, but the presence seems gone. A few hours later, it begins to speak to Thorgal:
“THORGRIM YOU HAVE TAXED MY ABILITIES TOO MUCH.”
“It was life and death, I unfortunately do not know the limits of your abilities.”
“IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN WHAT I AM, AND WHAT YOU ARE, BUT NOW WHAT WE ARE. WE ARE NOT INTERDEPENDENT ON EACH OTHER, WHEREAS BEFORE WE WERE ABLE TO BE SEPARATED. YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CALL UPON THE POWER OF BLINDNESS FOR A LONG WHILE. MY OTHER ABILITIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO FUNCTION SHOULD YOU NOT OVERTAX THEM. I’VE GIVEN UP SOME OF MY OWN SENTIENT LIFE FORCE TO ALLOW OUR CONNECTION TO CONTINUE BECAUSE I BELIEVE YOU’VE THE WILL AND SPIRIT NEEDED FOR WHAT’S TO COME, IF NOT THE WISDOM.”
“Out of concern for you, is there anything I can do to help you.”
’DO NOT CALL UP ON ANY OF MY MAJOR POWERS FOR A PERIOD OF
60 DAYS, AFTER THAT IN TIME YOU MAY CALL UPON BLINDNESS AGAIN, BUT I BELIEVE IT WILL BE CLOSER TO 2 YEARS."
“It pains me to hear this, and I thank you for assisting me.”
“I CANNOT TAKE ANY MORE OF YOUR LIFE FORCE WITHOUT PROBABLY TAKING IT ALL. IF I ABSORB YOUR LIFE FORCE AND YOU DIE, IT IS UNKNOWN TO ME WHAT WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN TO YOUR EYE, WHETHER IT MORTALLY DIES, OR REMAINS IMMORTAL LIKE I AM. IT IS FRIGHTENING FOR MYSELF, A BEING FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM IS IMMORTAL.”
“Could a vessel be chosen before my death?’
“I DONT KNOW PERHAPS IT IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED. I AM THE EYE, I SEE THE WAY. UNLESS I AM USED TO FIND THE WAY, THE WAY CANNOT BE FOUND. I EXIST VERY MUCH IN A VOID, I ENJOY OUR CONVERSATION, I HAVE FOUND YOU TO BE A NICE DIVERSION FROM THINGS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY I DO BELIEVE YOU’VE THE BEST INTERESTS OF EVERYONE IN MIND. MY POWER SOURCE IS NOT INFINITE, AND NEITHER IS MY LIFE FORCE, AND THE STRESS I’VE BEEN PLACED UNDER, BOTH WITH THE MERGING WITH YOU, AND DON’T TAKE THIS AS A FAULT AS DWARVES ARE HARDY PEOPLE, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU ARE VERY MUCH A LESSER MORTAL BEING WHO ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS POWERFUL THAN EVEN THE LEAST OF US, AND YOU ARE NOT DESIGNED TO CONTAIN THIS POWER. WHEN YOU TAPPED INTO IT AS FREQUENTLY AS YOU DID… I REALIZE SOME ARE WORSE THAN DEATH, BUT I MAY HAVE TO POSSESS YOU. I’M NOT SURE WHETHER IF YOU DIE I DIE WITH YOU.”
“I CANNOT REGENERATE YOUR HAND, I DO NOT HAVE THAT ABILITY YET. AS YOU GROW IN POWER I WILL GROW IN POWER WITH YOU, WE WILL ACTUALLY HAVE A SYMBIOSIS BETWEEN US, AND AT SOME POINT PERHAPS EVEN A TRUE MERGING. AT THAT POINT YOU WILL BECOME SOMETHING DIFFERENT.”
“That is frightening, but if its something that can help the order in this world I can accept it.”
“WE ARE ON THE PATH FOR FIND ABSOLUTE ORDER.”
“… Also frightening to hear, but something I will not debate with a being greater than I.”
“NOT FOR SEVENTEEN THOUSAND YEARS HAVE THINGS COME TOGETHER… THIS COULD CHANGE THE FATE OF THE UNIVERSE.” Thorgal sees a flash vision of the Rod of Seven Parts, wreathed in light. “ITS FINALLY TIME. IT ENDS.”
EASTFAIRE DWARVEN SMITHY
Mercy finds that it costs 300 gp and 7 days to resize the Mithral Chainmail for her own size. The smith takes the money up front. The smith also doesn’t want to hear from Thorgal, because he got the smith’s brother killed. “All I know is that me brudder came to meet him, and me brudder got gutted.”
Tobi and Mathain see Lady Lollee in her bedroom, who has been strippped of her clothes – there’s a necklace of pure silver around her neck (as a way to tell when she turns). There is a nice little sweat there. She’s feverish and coherent. Erik is also in the room with the two: “Erik listen Sir Baal said you could talk to her, but again this is my charge, I will give you my word I will not reveal this conversation to anyone.”
Mathain: “You know of the death of Baron Tharg.”
Erik: “I knew he was dead, never knew he was a Baron.”
Mathain: “Some folks are able to bring him back, he’s very valuable to us. Do you understand the value of a fightin dog? Tharg is a warrior, and he has been staunch in his companionship with us.”
Erik: “Can I be real with you for a minute, I grew up real poor, there was never gonna be a good out for me other than military or sellsword, Sir Baahl changed things for me. I rose through the ranks, earned honorable commendations through the military, and the one thing I can tell you is true is: a monster is a monster, doesn’t matter what clothes you put em in. Agree to disagree with pussy language. At least you disagreed like a man, you’re going to get no understanding regarding the Dragonman.”
Mathain: “I ask that you only step out of earshot. You can train a bow on me, I don’t begrudge any secrutiy measures you need.”
Erik: “I’ve made my statement and respecct yours.”
Mathain also asks Sir Tobi to step aside.
Mathain: “The last we spoke we discussed your situation. Countless rats, three wolves are dead. Unfortunately one of ours died in teh endeavour. I’ve bad new sfor you my lady, you’re going to turn, the cure that had a chance to work is not going to work for you. My Lady I would make you an offer. You own lands that you cannot take with you in death, 10,000 acres that once belonged to elves. Sign over contract turning over teh lands. You’ve plenty to leave your heirs. The companion that died is not one you’re fond of. It was the Dragonman, he died for you.”
Lollee: “Even now so close to death it warms me to know that the Kingdom is no longer pollutted with his subhuman filth. It’s the only being I’ve ever met that stinks worse than a fucking elf. Sir Baahl promises me I won’t make the transition. He’ll make sure that I don’t turn.”
Mathain: “That is unfortunate, but so be it, if you don’t want my guarantee.”
Lollee: “So your offer to me is give up a bunch of my land to a bunch of pointy ear pricks, to restore an abomination.”
Mathain: “To restore the land to ensure you don’t become an inhuman monster.”
Lollee: “I’ve been a merchant for 30 years now, part of that is sizing the other guy up, Baahl is going to manipulate my heirs because he cannot manipulate me.”
Mathain: “Okay, I hope you like cheese.”
Lollee: “Away from me, let me die in peace prick.”
On her nightstand, is a very fine ebody carved holy symbol of Waustree (NE), the Hopping Prophet. God of Biggotry and Hatred. As a sidenote, Lollee went to elven lands and made an alliance with Lizardmen to usurp the elven lands. Afterwards, she probably betrayed them.
(OOC Nobody has appealed to the good of the Kingdom, nobody has appealed to her financial motive on this. Gven that she took these lands in a poor way, it could be a bargaining chip. Perhaps try to appeal to her Patriotism? The Queen may usurp her lands once she dies. Returning the lands would make the elven alliance stronger.)
Sir Tobi steps up to pray at Lady Lollee’s bedside. As he begins to try to talk with her, she immediately begins to turn into a wererat. Turning his blade to the flat side, Sir Tobi disables her. On the other side of the bedroom, Mathain had yelled out in surprise, and Erik summonned Sir Baahl using a Bracelet of Friends. Sir Baahl announced that he would take the disabled Countess to the tender cares of Sir Montefor to see if a cure can be found.
Thayd, Tobi, Thorgal, and Mercy are summonned by Sir Jos to come and be taken to where the Conclave is to be held. We approach an antechamber, where stand Azhetta Zha, the Queen, Sir Baahl, Enabrin Tain, and about 25 other people we don’t yet know. 15 minutes later, Mathain is invited by attendants of the Elven King. Everyone is armed, and arms don’t seem to be a concern. A teleportation spell (Greater Teleport) is cast. Everyone is moved to a pocket plane.
Everyone’s names are announced as all are given introduction publically:
“Sir Tobi, Templar Questing Knight in Service of Pholthus.”
“Abelshin Kard, Wizard.”
“Anna of the Seekers.”
“Altaar and Pololando. Free City of Greyhawk’s Wizards guild.”
“Orai of the Eastfare Wizard’s Guild.”
“Hero of the realm, Most honorable Thayd Catyph, [blah blah blah] Sword of the Seas [blah blah blah] Humble Servant of the Realm.”
“Thorgal, Warpriest of Moradin.”
“Mercy Elandrin, adventuring healer, Hero of the Realm.”
“Allister Tain, the Hand of Heroneus.”
“His Most Warlike Majesty, Aynuff Surenston, King of the Farsuudi (Ice King).”
“Knight Commander Erold Erwart.”
“Lady Erin Page, Embassador of Nyrond
“Daharazhal, the Queen of the Shawani (Barbarian Queen
“Emox Uthgar, Embassadar of Bonemarch”
“Irash Yaht, Embassador for ht eDutchy fo Ten
“Azhetta Zha, former member Greyhawk
“Itchtal, Embassador to the Theocracy of the Pale.”
“Jeromy Windell, High Chancellor or Red Astra.”
“Marco Pleyo, Embassador Free City of Greyhawk.”
“Roren Tett, His Most Grim Terrible Might, Master of the Stone Hold.”
“Sir Jos Van Duren, Lord Triumverate, Knights Prortector”
“Solrean, His Brilliant Lordship, the Count of Sunndi; Oluensteward of the South.”
“Sporocystan, Embassador of Iuz.”
“Thomas Sykeston, Embassador to Divers.”
“Thomas Bone, Embassador to the Bandit Kingdoms.”
“Tumoph Catyph, Lord Admiral of the Aspery.”
“Ut-Nosh, his most feroceous Majesty, King of the Kruskii (Major Barbarian King).”
The Queen says: “We will begin with a layperson’s account of what happenned at Rax. That layperson has been chosen to be Mercy. Free woman give your account.” Mercy approaches the podium and gives a brief account; “I was at the festival, we were gathering outside the Castle, suddenly an earthquake and a gigantic mighty beast erupted out of a cavernous hole in the ground, proceeded to crush the castle, its environs, like a mouse would trample an anthill. Many honorable ones attempted to slay the beast, but it ignored anything thrown its way. After having crushed nobles and commonfolk alike, it proceeded to wreck the countryside. Weeks later, the beast returned and took up slumber in the remains of the castle and city of Rax.”
Queen: “Very well told. That is but the beginning of the tale here today. What you will hear over the next day or two will be the full knowledge and research we have been able to bring to bear on this tremendous threat to our great Kingdom. I know those of you here know me, but I bear introduction anyway. I am the righteous majesty Allestorian the First, Grand Princess, Lady Protector and Eternal Custonian of Rel Astrel. I am the Overqueen of the Great Kingdom and we have never known a greater threat. You may think what right a 13 year old has to address all these fine people, you’d be right ot think that, I was not groomed to rule, but it is what it is now, I will do my best and our Kingdom will go through this tough time as long as we work together, have each other’s backs, and work for the common defense. You will all learn many unsettling things here today. I ask you stay the course, for if you do not, it will not be just th Great Kingdom to fall, for it well may be the Entire Flaness.” She is definitely reading from prepared statements.
Wendell has an evil eye on the Queen, especially after the comment about Rel Astra during the Queen’s introduction.
This room is so well warded, your own brain isn’t sure what it thinks.
“For our next account I call on our Templar, Sir Tobi, who bravely went down the cave of the beast.”
“Thank you my Queen, I humbly take my place.” Sir Tobi gives the account how Sir Tobi and Taiven the Demoneye went down the cave, who were attempting to collapse the cave. They found evidence that Forces of Demigorgon were behind this, as a supposition, because it was 400th anniversary of slaying Sir Keragoth the Destroyer. Priests of Demigorgon tortured Sir Tobi.
The Queen: “Thank you for your elegant retelling Sir Tobi. During the creature’s rampage, things begin to get even more fantastical. This creature was reported as having wings in some areas, breath weapons in other areas, jumping for miles in other areas, what we do know is that basically this creature able to run amok in a 475 square mile area in a 3 week period of time to the point where it damaged most roads, killed as many as 100,000 people and took on various noticeable magical effects after it attacked Chathold. Chathold was almost raised to the ground, and only the Order for Baird seemed to survive its near complete destruction.”
“Chathold is a stronghold of the Planar Aperture from the last great war. Lord Allister Tain garrisonned a Force there to Protect the Aperture several decades ago. Chathold is the last location of the lats known Chthulian Cultists (Therazduun, God of Entropy Chaos, wants to end everything). These creatures have an adaptive metabolic magical physiology that made them very difficult opponents. They were unfortunately not purged at the end of the last War.”
“The Creature rampaged, and the Principle force from Rax headed towards Eastfaire, picked up the Elven Princess, and then arrived at a Temple middle of the Woods.”
The Queen then asks for someone to give an account.
“I was asked by the Good elves of the Ardy forest to enter a bewitched area of the forest to retrieve their Princess, to show Kindness and Favor. My noble heart accepted and when I arrived I found all the rest of my companions on the outskirts. The Princess had been drawn to this place several nights prior. When we entered we fell out of time and space and found ourselves in an old ancient ruin. There were beings that I can only describe as God-like in size and shape and power laid to rest. We journeyed through this place as if we were chosen, and when we retrieved the Princess we were gifted a glimpse of a glowing rod, first diminished and broken into 7 and then reformed in our minds. We left that place with this knowledge: and this image has haunted each of dreams since. Somehow this Force, this place, pressed upon us this was the answer to this calamity, this creature, and malfeasance behind these aggressions.”
Queen: “Thank you Prince Thayd. At this point, we will take a small break so those here can absorb what has been spoken of.”
The new Wizard knows this: “There is an artifact called The Rod of Law, Rod of Seven Parts, considered the most powerful weapon ever created in the Multiverse, said to have been used to kill Mishka the Wolfspider, during the Oberiths War of Air and Darkness.” Demigorgon was created much later in the Blood War. The Queen of Air and Darkness was the original mother of all Demons." Most adventurers have heard of this weapon of legend, but no one in living memory has a piece of it, i.e. no specifics.
Looking around, most of the embassadors are indeed taking it serious but not too stirring. Most of the actual rulers, like Allister Tain, look fairly concerned. The food is good, but its not a banquet.
Anna, early on in her carreer, came up on a Deck of Many Things, supposedly had certain astounding effects on her.
Thayd overhears Baahl giving the Queen regrets on the Death of Lady Lollee: “You’ve my word my Queen she never turned, the fever got her beforehand. The heir has been contacted melady should be here within 3-day.” That is fairly quick to show up.
Sporocystan approaches the New Wizard: “I thought I knew of every wizard of talent, but I’ve not heard of you.”
Wizard: “Ive not need to make myself stand out, animosity isn’t a good thing. You know all those bright shiny elven lands, I’m in teh back doing all the word.”
Sporo: “My liege lord is very fond of the elven lands.”
Wizard: “Everybody seems to be.”
Sporo: “Well its really the only undespoiled place in the world left. Have I offended you sir? Do you have any special lineage, I apologize for not knowing if you do.”
Wizard; “I’m of the Semen-dur Clan. There has not been a rebellion or revolution in the Elven Kingdom since pretty much we started. I wouldn’t call myself an Anarchist, I’d say we don’t like people putting on heirs and telling me what to do.”
Sporo: “We must talk again, I find you a kindred spirit.”
Wizard: “Well that probably means I should go to a temple and atone.”
Sporocystan laughs at that.
The Queen approaches Sir Tobi. She has never shown Tobi any even remote attention, so it seems odd.
Sir Tobi: “I’m not particularly good at these meetings.”
The Queen: “I’ve heard you’re an astounding field general.”
Sir Tobi: “That’s news to me.” “I will go to the ends of the earth to slay every evil for queen and country.”
Thorgal doesn’t seem notice any actual attraction from the Queen to Tobi, in fact she tries very hard to avoid physical contact.
A number of the wizards are sitting together, Altair and Orolando visibly despite Azhetta Zha, obviously cannot stand her. “That is exactly why you were expelled from the Order you lying whore I’ll be damned if you tell the Queen that level of bullshit.” Zha: “You may question my thoughts and my theories, but if you besmirch me again I will turn you into something you quite frankly cannot even imagine. You understand me? You don’t scare me.”
New Wizard, Abellis Semendur: “This isn’t the place in front of these rubes.”
Zha: “Piss off. Now to you, Fat Man call me a whore again please.” He just looks at his feet. “I’m going to excuse myself.”
Nuugloshi: “Cannot be talking to women like that.”
Prince Thayd approaches Allister Tain:
Thayd; “Are there any questions you have specific to our group.”
Tain: "I’m from a well family, but not a noble family, so I was instructed in how to make chit chat, but I will admit I’ve never really warmed to it. I’m more into following my beliefs. You are a Prince, I must say I haven’t really heard of you, I mean no disrespect, I just know who you are and I don’t know what you could do for me. You’ve my humble apologies, I recall now we met when you first arrived in the city. I’m glad to see you’re recovering from your malady, has anything else bothered you. You shouldn’t be surprised if there are lingering after effects from an effect so powerful. The magic that touched you is a magnitude of order above mortal, above even mine. Ah… the Rod, heard a lot about it over the years, even considered going after it once. "
Thayd, softly: “I’m not prince, I’m just a man.”
Tain: “Men aren’t born Princes, Kings. You become who you want to be. Freedom, that’s what’s important.”
Thayd shows Tain the symbol of Tritherion, “Thank you for the chit-chat.”
Tain, “I’ve arleady said too much, you will be approached…”
Abellis approaches Zha; “What do you want. I have no will towards you other than you’ve gotten in the middle of something you didn’t need to get in the middle of. Those two are stupid ill considered, have no open mind. All the stupid put togehter would wear their name. You give a tiny dick man a little bit of power, that’s what you get.”
Sir Tobi meets with Sir Tain.
“When I healed your friend I was touched by a presence, a very powerful very lawful presence, I’m certain it didn’t actually mean your friend any harm, as things go we mortals are very fragile folk, but I’ve not had occasion to have any experience with a being of that type before. The only thing I can say for sure is its playground is in that of the divine. So you must feel blessed with whatever they shared with you. I’ve no doubt these entities may be the original good guys, but I don’t want to spoil things while.”
“Anger, but it also handles healing and harm equally. I cannot say what made it. But there is a unique magic about it, old, very old. I’m sorry my friend that’s all I can tell you. There’s no one you can actually talk to. It’s an old arguement.” He’s very somber. “Oh yes its a safe thing to wield. When you’ve lived through great times of Darkness and Upheaval you recognize the signs its coming again and I don’t know who the heroes are who will stop it.”
Tain: “I will not lie to you and say I cannot do this thing, but it is not my place to do this thing. Your friend was taken by the cosmos, and barring any Heronean interests that is the place he will stay. It is a terrible burden to have the power I have. I could bring your friend back, I could bring back thousands, but that’s not the way life works, when you’re gone you’re usually gone. To upset the balance is a dangerous things, that’s why creatures such as vampires and liches is such a monstrous desecration of things.”
Tain passes by Azhetta Zha they exchange a look: more sadness on his end, more coldness on her face.
PART 2 of the Conclave
The next part is an account of the destroyed and Storied Eastfaire Griffin Company (20 Griffon Riders) were wiped out by this creatures. Speak with Dead bore out that the Great Beast had wings.
Further sound, 400 miles sound, the day after, are heard reports of a multi-energy prismatic breath weapon.
The Queen: “I know what you’re thinking, all these rumors can’t possibly all be true, but I believe that its all true. I don’t think this creature has all those things at once, but it has the ability to manifest these things should it desire. I presnet to you now Azhetta Zha, daughter of the famous Entil Zha.”
Two fat wizards: “My queen, she was expelled from our order, do not listen to her, she has wrapped your mind in malady.”
Queen: “I’ve spent every day since the attack trying to figure out what happenned, why it happenned, and how to prevent it. I’ve spoken with hundreds upon hundreds of very learned folk, and nobody but her has actually been able to come up witha feasible reason for what’s going on here. I realize she was expelled from your order, but she is here by ROYAL decree. Please remove those two wizards from the Conclave they have nothig further to add.”
One of the two fat ones, Alto: “Your majesty you’re an absolute fool to believe this woman, your kingdom will reap the foolishness you sow today.”
Baahl grapples that wizard and is escorted out.
Zha; “I guess I couldn’t expect anything else. Yes I am the daughter of Entil Zha. So yes I was expelled from the Order of Xenomagothy, the study of magical monsters, b/c I was accused of unethical research, unethical magical theories, and outlandish beliefs by stoggy old fat men who cannot open their mind for one minute and see the evidence in front of them. Now, you can dismiss my facts, and die probably, or you can listen to me, and maybe we can come up with a way to defeat this creature. Really up to you, I’ve got enough magic to be somewhere else.”
“Lets start with the big reveal. We, not just me, actually believe this creature is the Legendary Terrasque.” Everyone gasps. Everyone has heard of the giant, mankilling, eating machine. There has never been an active attack in the last 1500 years of recorded history on the Flaness.
“There’s not much ot tell of these creatures because they’ve not been sighted so long. I’ll tell you the theory that got me kicked out was, because the creature has spikes on its back, there must be a natural predator for it, and that was met with resistence, but looking at the animal kingdom developing an armored carapace its for defense. We don’t actually know anything about a predator. What we know about the Terrasque is only Legend. About 3000 years ago it was recorded to have sacked one of the elven high towns. Supposedly a demi-god who lived in this town had a chance to observe the Terraque over a 3 week period of time while the Terraque wore down the uber-magical defenses of the city. Then that demi-god was killed once it sacked the city. And that is all we know of the history of the Terrasque.”
“The creature is not native to this plane, but it is a prime material entity. It’s going to go over a lot of your heads, but there are a number of planes out there – the prime material through all known planes always including the four elemental planes. So when you’ve a creature like this, it exists across the entirety of reality wherever you are.”
Nuugloshi and Orai are both impressed at her oratory.
Tom raises his hand, “Excuse me, say it in stupid people.”
Zha; “What we’re dealing with is something very powerful and I don’t know if its killable, I really don’t. Was it summonnedd? I Don’t know. Coudl it have been sumonned? Yes. Is it more likely there were a series of events manipulated in bringing the creature to the plane, I find that more likely. We don’t know where home is for it, but coincidentally people have started to get visions of the Rod of Law.”
“In recorded history, it was used one time. To slay Mishka the wolf spider, an absolute entity of evil and general of the Blood War 100,000 years ago. When I say evil, I don’t mean just [Sporo, points at him], ew, no I’m talking primordial forces of evil. It is reportedly the most powerful weapon ever asesemmed by a race called the Vatai the Wind Dukes of Aqua. Not much is known of them except they once had an empire that spanned almost the entire known multiverse. They are, a race of demi-gods, they’re born divine. In the War, they are basically thought to be extinct or near extinct. They’re done, stick a fork in em. Of the hundreds of thousands that exist, there are only perhaps 70 left, if that. They’re definitely around, but they don’t want to be found. These are ones who absolutely gave eerything for hte cause of good, they gave everything – their empire, their people, everything. They will never recover from the losses they took. Only one of them is born every 30,000 years. So that, is the gravity of the situation we’re dealnig with.”
“The Creature is rumored to have killed Demi-Gods. Its a prime material primordial. The Rod off the top of my head, is the only thing reportedly powerful enough to have a chance against it. Now we get to the fun part. Historically, as a prime material entity, a being of that would be more Earth magic – kinetic forces etc, not flight or breath weapons. Where would it get all those powers? In Chathold. You know who else was in Chathold not too long ago? Cthulu / Therazdun. Tain nicknamed his creatures Chaos Creatures. They served Cthulu. There’s a race called Eidoloins that serve summoners and have a magical physiology so they can adapt to things. In the Chaos War, these brilliant heroes, stalwart men of action, sat around for a year and a half, while these creatures dark-marked people up and waiting for them to give birth. They become a non-native resident. They can be killed on that plane and don’t die. Long story short, this thing came across a nest of these Chaos Creatures and devoured them, and that turned it into what it is now.”
“No one is certain how these things reproduced to begin with. We’re guessing it’ll split into 2 or 3 or 4 or give birth to a clutch like a spider from within. I will admit, this is the only unsubstantiated part of my theory. There’s definitely magical effects going on; it is in a state of flux, the actual spells that measure life force can never get a consistent reading.”
“If we can’t get a consistent reading. If my theory is correct and its become a multi-thing, and I mean every expert in teh book thinks something may be gestating. This creature is insanely immune to pretty much everything. I’ve literally stood on its nose, no effect. Nobody has been stupid enough to start attacking it because we’re not ready for it to wake up. I want people to be prepared for how bad bad could be. If this thing actually breeds, its game over. Keep in mind, the Rod could be a one-time deal only. After it was used to slay Mishka it supposedly broke into Seven Parts, to the best of our ability, no more than 3 of those parts have ever been assembled again. In 35,000 years no beings on Oerth ever managed to assemble more than three pieces. We do have some clues, but we don’t exactly know where theyre at. Whevever you run off to after this Conclave, if its truly become native-born it probably won’t mean to hibernate. Which means it will need to eat every day. Gods help us if it has wings, can fly around, no place is safe, none, not even under the Mountain.”
Zha: “By reports it ate everything: vegetation, dirt, rocks, whatever. I don’t believe it can be gated out.”
Anna: “If anyone could bring the Terrasque here, Demigorgon would be the one. Still, to spend 50 years to dig a tunnel, seems a little too much even for him. If it were me looking to scapegoat, throwing together an unholy outfit is easy.”
“If it succeeds, the entire plane is gone. It’s the end of everything. You’ve to realize that Oerth and Flaness is the tiniest pimple on a bug’s pimple. There may be millions of other worlds like ours. If the creature eats everything, it’ll just appear into a different plane.”
“The petty gods would miss us, but only very few gods do divine interventions, such as St Cuthbert.”
“I can’t believe in any universe that the devouring of the chaos beasts was a forseen consequence.”
Queen: “Thank you Azhetta Zha, please be seated. Despite Azhetta’s probably spot-on analysis of what happenned, I do not believe in a universe without hope. I called all of you together because I believe deep down, things can be fought. Everyone said Cthulu would overrun the world, but there sits Alister Tain since the last war. Now we need new heroes to go get this Rod. I call upon all of you to call upon your finest servants, volunteer yourselves, to literally save our world.”
“Soon, we’re going to assemble a number of teams with the goal to retrieve this Rod and use it upon ths creature hopefully before it wakes up. As long as we have the Rod I believe we have a chance. Other teams will be assembled different options other than the Rod. I will tell you I’ve hired in Whole the Order of Arcane Seekers, please rise Anna. This organization for 1000 years has catalogued hunted and retrieved artefacts and relics. They once retrieved the Throne of the Gods for a number of years before it was taken. They are the best source of knowledge we have so far on teh location of any artifacts and relics, especially pertaining to the Rod. I’ve named Anna commander in this new effort, and she has named Mercy as someone capable of getting this rod. Honorable, thoughtful, logical.”
Sir Tobi; “What if things are going according to plan.”
Zha: “Lets assume this is all proceeding according to plan: I unleash a monster top tier.”
Tain: “Why am I called the last hero of the Chaos War? Where are the 7 others.”
Tobi: “They’re gone.”
Tain: “Yeah they are. 15 years ago my friend Gortaka came to me and had a feeling our mutual friend Castiel was in trouble and that he was putting together a team to go search for him. At the end he accepted a divine promotion, went from being Planetar to Solar. Ungraxis the Despoiler was a Balor Lord: a Balrog. There are only six Balors in existence, but a Balrog is the essense of six Balors. We destroyed Ungraxis but a being of that power can never truly be destroyed. But, if he somehow captured Castiel he could have returned. Ungraxis was a Lieutenant of Mishka the Wolf Spider.”
Mercy: “Perhaps the Balrog Lord is pissed.”
“Gortaka took Zarkon, himself, Thorgrim Lifequencher, Serkaros, Gilneas, all the survivors of the Chaos War. They disppeared 15 years ago. Gortaka ran an orphanage here, hadn’t been receiving funs for a number of years. It hasn’t received payment in 9 years.”
[INSERT EMAILED BLURB about Balor Lord, Ungraxis]
In other words, Tain thinks Ungraxis may be in play.
“Gortaka said he was having bad visions about Castiel. I did everything humanly possible to find the Last Heroes, and never got a hint. Gortaka was the finest fighter I’ve ever seen in my life. He was a beast. Castiel had 9 Heals saved for whenever he would be in trouble.”