The skyknights!

Session 7 report scroll
Angels and demons.

After an allready way to short night, our brave heroes awoke early to the sound of dwarves having an early drinking session. While preparing to continue their travels to Rez-Ny-Arac, the party noticed their prisoner Annunnaki Stormwalker was terribly ill. Tensa Zangetsu discovered that there was a safeguard curse that triggered after the domination power cast on him by Ne…. someone! was broken. Obor Witherleaf tried to save his fellow skyknight but was unable to do so.

After giving Stormwalker a proper burial, the skyknight and the dwarves continued their way. They entered a backwater part of the empire where giant vultures scoured the skies. Our heroes spotted a bridge where two villagers were beset by drow mercenaries. The party stepped in to save those poor sods, but they were not alone. From the realm of awesomness came a new skyknight who went by the name of Gaige and while this seems nigh impossible, this meant that we actually had a human in the party! Weird right?

After saving the villagers, the skyknights agreed to come with them to their campvillage hybrid. On their way they came by a burned out farm and its charred inhabitants who were placed on pikes. The word “obey” was written in black, cindered letters of death and destruction and such. The party found out that this part of the land was now ruled by a tiefling who only called herself the Crymson Fyre. As not even a single person seemed interested in why she did not use her own name, that topic remained unadressed.
The skyknights then brought down one of the vulture riders. A mercenary working for the flaming amarant, a mercenary guild hired by the Crymson Fyre that was led by Victorius Angus better know as the oathbreaker.

The skyknights made their way to the camp which turned out to be the nameless village Autumnleaf where the order of Ashelia settled itself. Unlike previously they were not hostile at all. Soon the party was brought to Ashelia herself. The warangel explained her story and told the heroes that the starmasters had betrayed her and assaulted her. Leaving her with serious injuries. She also requests the skyknights to help them with taking down the Crymson Fyre, before she loses herself again in madness.

Then captain Viron from the order of Ashelia explains the near impossible plan to infiltrate Caer Dainwald. The execution of the plan involvedGaige hanging over magical laser, Solarius luminos havin a duel with the oathbreaker and eventually the assault on Caer Dainwald which ended when our heroes cornered the Crymson Fyre and brutally murdered her without a hint of remorse. Thus ending the session.

Behind the screen:
Had the heroes completly messed up the infiltration, Ashelia would have swept in to save the day and would have died doing so.

Stay tuned for session 8: A clash of princes.

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Imperial investigation report scroll

The assassination of the emperor at the hands of Nivarren the just and his silver dragon mount was a sad happening. Luckily for all, the great Kai’Lonyra Gnalsed succeeded him and became empress of Kazalya. she was the best thing that ever happened to Kazalya. Everyone loved her. Or did they?

Three weeks had passed. One morning, the empress summoned three Imperial Investigators and gave them a personal mission. The servant Sementha – who actually had a name, but was called ponytail girl for the entire session – presented the investigators Filbur (with his dog Corkie), Tristan the gnome and Harpor Octavitus Vilynium Horseshoepin. There were two cases that needed immidiate attention. First of all, there had been a break in into the personal Imperial Archives and there had been an appearant murder.

Our investigators discovered soon that the victim died from a fall and did not fall down of his own free will. There had been a struggle with an unknown assaillant. While searching the tower with iron determination, the party found some blood, totally missed some other clues and discovered strange rune-like signs that Harpor Octavitus Vilynium Horseshoepin recognized as belonging to the secret language of his order. It made him believe there was someone trying to reach out to the Sons of the sun.

After they concluded their investigation in the tower, they went towards the circle of advisors. As our poor unfortunate murder victim was bodyguard to the advisor Navereen they wished to speak with him. The circle of advisor was very unhappy though, since the party had send Sementha to keep them in their council chamber on orders of the empress.
Navereen however has been in the political game and council for longer then anyone can remember and was not very honest with our investigators. This made Filbur incredibly suspicious about the advisor and in his mistrust he doublechecked (or triplechecked) his story with everyone who had crossed his path.
Another advisor, named Nettlebee gestured Harpor Octavitus Vilynium Horseshoepin and discussed some matters concerning the empress. He believed that the empress was throwing the empire in ruin on purpose. She even – according to Nettlebee – elevated the Crymson Fyre to the rank of grand duchess. The controversial tiefling warlock now rules the western part of the empire with iron fist and is believed to put heavy pressure on the dwarves.

During the next part of the investigation, the entire plannig goes out of the window when the party stumbles into the secret meeting chamber of the Sons of the sun. There they are confronted by Sementha, other members of the order and the culprit responsible for the death of the bodyguard and the breakin into the archives. None other then… The great and indominable Guran!!!!!!!
During this meeting, Tristan is picked up by his ankles, Longname prevents Filburgs dog from biting Sementha and unnamed crosbowman number 5 gets shot. Eventually Guran defuses the situation. he explains that one can only be emperor after a test has been passed and in the archives he found proof that our current empress has no right to the throne and maybe doesn’t even exist. He the reveals Nivarren who explains certain happenings about the night he killed the emperor, where he actually aimed for Lonyra, but some mindtrick switched them around… unfortunatly there is not much time for chitchat as a new envoy arrives, telling that Nettlebee is about to take the test. Which could turn out very bad.

The party heads for the throneroom where they confront the halfling advisors. In their struggles though, Filbur is shot through the heart (in the heart actually, but Bon Jovi lyrics sound more awesome) by a deflected arrow. He falls on the phoenixpainting on the floor, accidently triggering the test. Unfotunatly he fades away and his soul is added to the burning feathers of the phoenix.
meanwhile, Sementha, Nivarren and Guran arrive in the throne room through a secret entrance. Tristan and Harpor Octavitus Vilynium Horseshoepin apprehend Nettlebee.
At that point the voice of the empress sounds through the throne room. She is happy that the culprits are found. The intruders are bigger fish then she expected. When she orders her investigators to arrest the trio, they refuse. When the empress threatens them, Guran says that he actually plans to escape and fly away. When the empress gloats that they don’t even have a mount, Sementha assumes her true form – Nivarrens silver dragon. From hidden spots bolts are fired towards the group, now shielded by dragon wings. Thrashing around and spewing her cold breath, Sementha provides the opportuniy for the heroes to mount her. Then the dragon rips right through the ceiling, claws her way up the ninth tower and flies of to the horizon.

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Session 6 report scroll
The choice is yours...

In the wake of the destruction wrought by the one of the Starmasters known as The pig, the librarians and visitors of the library tried to save as much as they could with the help of the brave skyknights.

The following day all seemed to change as a new visitor arrived in the library. A bulky dragonborn whose silver scales glimmered in the light of the sun. He wore the armor of the Khaulhra guard and quickly found himself confronted by Tensa Zangetsu who had seen the newcomers face in his dreams. Effectively making this person the man of his dreams.
This dragonborn, revealing himself as Sakair Icescale – somehow misheard as eyescaleby some of our bravest and most valiant heroes, told of Prince IskaldiĆ«r and his wish to gain support from the library. Both in the form of politics and information.

Later that day, the party was summoned by Guran who first told them about a test concerning the imperial throne and asked help in advising the head librarian according to the current safety issue. As it was clear that there was still someone out there determined to destroy this library…
The initial choice was either trusting Prince IskaldiĆ«r or try and rescue the skyknights that were held captive and have them defend the library. Or – as the brave heroes themselves considered – give the library to the new empress.
Eventually they chose to let the prince have and defend the library.

The next day the party prepared to leave to bring the dwarven ambassador and his group to the dwarven citadel of Rez-ny-arac. Bjaern Ironbeard received a backpack containing Nezima’s spellbook along with a cracked crystall ball and some dwarven neccesities.
Guran said his farewell to the party and told their commander Solarius luminos to remain in the dwarven citadel untill he arrived. As a gift, he gave Solarius luminos his sunblade.

The group left the library behind them and after a couple of days, arrived in a fey forest. Obor Witherleaf immediatly realised that there was something horribly wrong with the forest.
During the night, Annunnaki Stormwalker tried to kidnap Silvars children, but was quickly chased down by the heroes who managed to slay his wyvern. However, something seemed to connect Stormwalker with the children. To break this unnatural connection, the party traveled towards what they believed to be the source of whatever harmed the forest. On their way, the party found an archfey that was wounded by a spear. After Obor Witherleaf helped the archfey, it was revealed that two women were preparing some sort of ritual. One felt as cold as death and the other one felt ancient.

The party found the ritual site and the camp surrounding it. Obor Witherleaf succesfully infiltrated the site and managed to take the item that connected Silvars kids to their kidnapper. On his way out, though, disaster struck as the ritual was fully performed and Princess Nydara became a walking beacon of death incarnate after she grew to impatient to wait for Nezima’s return.

The party fled the ritual site and shared their information. Silvars children were freed from the spell binding them. Obor Witherleaf received an arm made out of special feywood.

Next time on The Skyknights. Session 7: The Crymson Fyre.

Mercenaries mounted upon giant vultures scour the skies.
A keep on a hill looms eerily over the surrounding farmlands.
“Are they provoking the Dwarves?”
And… nah, not gonna spoil that.

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The story so far
A quick summary of the mess you guys made

When the campaign started, the emperor was almost too old to rule, there was a lot of infighting to the north, the empire was crumbling, the heir to the throne horribly ill, the second son trying to take the throne by force and the princess was missing.

Your group went on several missions in which you encountered the mysterious disease known as the contamination. You reinstated trade routes with the allies on the southern continent by convinces a dragon to leave the island. You encountered the rat, one of the starmasters of Ashelia and the order of Ashelia itself. and oh yeah, lets not forget the evil revenant bitch that tried to kill all of you.

you also met the self proclaimed creator of the contamination. However Solarius luminos did not believe the wizard Isaac to be a true mastermind.

Eventually, the skyknights were captured by the inquisition because their order was responsible for the murder of the emperor. They escaped however and fled with Guran to the library of Artella. The peace was shortlived when goblins with junkgliders, scrap planes and kites attacked the library from above. A sky battle ensued and the sky knights emerged victorious.

Not much later another skymaster appeared. The pig! This behemoth nearly destroyed the library. However, Silvar struck him down. Seemingly killing the beast.

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