Hell's Rebels

Episode 37 - ghosts and stuff

descending to the first floor of the temple, the group encountered a group of skinsaw cultists getting ready to eat dinner. Thinking fast Auros flopped on top of the table and pulled off a really sick cleave to kill a bunch of cultists a la kill bill crazy 88 style.

In an adjoining room the group found the corpses of several servants slain for the ritual. But more importantly, they found their ghosts. after narrowly defeating the ghosts with several negative levels on a couple of the party members, Danar started advocating for a strategic retreat, but the rest of the group decided to press on a bit longer.

Soon the group encountered a snake lady whom pytherhia tricked into giving them access to the rest of the temple before we beat her up and locked her in her room. Then they encountered an evil Mercane with a barbed devil body guard. The Mercane tricked Pytheria into picking up a cursed Ioun stone. which led to a disagreement about whether she had to pay for said ioun stone. One thing led to another, and the Mercane got an edie and a strong gust of wind to the face, killing him. the barbed devil made a slight attempt at fighting the group before running away.

After the fight the group felt very divided about what just happened. Auros was upset about how Pytheria effectively choose to murder a merchant to avoid paying for goods. Danar quickly forged a pretty convincing document that stated that he was the mercane’s next of kin so that the fighting would stop and the group could keep the loot.

Pressing just a bit further the group found and killed a contract devil, a varizian sorceress, and some redactors before finally making a strategic retreat for the night.

Episode 36 - the heart of the matter

With the temple properly surveilled, the group decided to make a stealthy entrance via the second floor balcony. Aided by magic to keep their combats quiet, the group stealthily used gratuitous amounts of violence in their escapade. First they fought a hell hound near their entrance point. Then they found Barry sleeping in his room, they killed him in his sleep and took his gear. Then they chopped up his body to make him harder to ressurect, in doing so they found that his heart was replaced by a dodecahedron shaped box. They also killed the living nightmare guard that Barry had.

The group found a workshop in an adjacent room with some documents in it. spending a few minutes in there, the group opened the box that they found and discovered a copy of the kintargo contract, a hellmouth amulet, a letter from Odezzi (a famous contract devil), and a contract for Barry’s soul.

Next, in a room past some clay golems that we didn’t fight, the group discovered a captured azata who was being drained of her life-force to power the temples defences. After freeing her, the group moved on to killing some erinyeses in the library. during that fight, the vampire high priestess of nogorber showed up. but she ended up having such a bad time fighting us that she fled.

After that fight the group found a room with some spooky paintings that could give you a heart attack. Then they found a treasure room guarded by a Shining Child. they killed him. there might have also been a mimic on the second floor, hard to remember.

Also, every door on the second floor had a plane shift trap on it. Edie almost got sent to hell a couple of times.

After all of that, the group decided to start working their way through the first floor.

Episode 35 - a blue devil dragon
and some stuff at the church

Having finished our shopping trip the group returned to find the city on fire. several buildings, including the opera house had been set ablaze. Rushing to put out the flames, the group was attacked by a devil-bound blue dragon named Rizovair. The group had heard several rumors about the dragon being sighted recently so there was some anticipation for this fight.

Thanks to the spellcaster’s spamming the dragon with bursts of radiance, it was soon blinded. taking advantage of this, the group was able to run the dragon into a lake and dispatch it there. The fight was a good intro to the fighting capabilities of the new party member, Vataar. Vataar’s wind blasts did a significant amount of damage. Also Vataar took the full brunt of one of the dragons hellfire breath attacks and stood standing, which was super impressive.

Having killed the dragon, the group put out the fires and decided that next thing they should do would be to start their assault on the church of Asmodeus. In preperation of that, the group ran some recon on the temple: getting a rough layout of the temple, intel on the ritual about to take place, and a little bit of info on the defenses. Also as prep, the group finally utilized the power of the song of silver in order to give themselves the edge when taking down the temple. And finally, the group used a sabotage action via their rebellion to slow down the completion of the ritual, which would summon several pit fiends to hunt the group down if completed.

Episode 34 - girls night out

After freeing jackdaw. some members of the group needed some time off. Leaving just Edie, Pytherhia, and Portia.the three girls killed hei fen using an illusory wall and then had danar take them shopping. Portia may have been replaced by vataar at this point. I (Ryan) really don’t know what else happened this session because I was out. If someone else could fill out a more complete account of the session that would be nice. I don’t expect a re-roll point for this one

Episode 33 - you want to be a lich to do WHAT?!?

Hoping to free Jackdaw, the group began to get ready to take on the keep where she was supposedly imprisoned. but before they could, a jorogumo disguised as a potential ally infiltrated the rebellion base and tried to kill the group. It failed, kinda spectacularly.

But the attack did reveal that the interference of the skin-saw cultists and Hei-fen was continuing to escalate.

The infiltration of the keep went fairly smoothly. The group took a boat under the cover of night to the seaward wall of the keep, used magic to scale the wall, and broke into the jail tower from the top.

Inside the tower, the group fought some guards, spent some time debating if they should free any prisoners, and ultimately made it to the bottom floor. The group found that jackdaw was being guarded by a lich, who had been guarding her for centuries. The group defeated the lich, healed and released Jackdaw, and started their ascent out of the tower.

on the top floor the group was ambushed by Hei-fen, another jorogumo, and some more cultists. the group killed the cultists and the jorogumo, but Hei-fen escaped. recognizing the she could no longer be ignored, the group decided the next move should be to hunt her down.

Episode 32 - Abridged bridge management

With Hetamon safely returned, the group decided that next they should take control of the bridge due to its convenience for moving people around the city. The group organized a sit-down with Ravzee, the leader of a group of Tengu mercenaries who were helping to guard the bridge. But before the meeting the group was attacked by a group of Skinsaw cultists, a troubling omen indicating that other forces were on the move in the city. The cultists were slaughtered with ease.

At the meeting, the group managed to convince Ravzee to switch sides. This meant that taking the bridge would be much easier. With that out of the way, the group assaulted the bridge. All in all, the assorted guards and the cavalier captain proved no big challenge and the group emerged victorious.

With the bridge captured with such ease, the group decided to also take control of the records hall that very same night. Inside the records hall they encountered several guards, an invisible stalker, a sorceress, and maybe a couple of devils (I can’t remember?). None of it was that big of a challenge and the group quickly dealt with them. some note worthy pieces of loot were a set of legend lore scrolls and a book of infinite spells.

With those two areas cleared, the group next turned their sights on the keep. According to rumor, Jackdaw, one of the original Silver Ravens, was being imprisoned there.

Episode 31 - Are you my mommy?
Getting tired of roman numerals

After the events of the Ruby Masquerade. An emergency council meeting was called to order. It was brought to the groups attention that they could start assuming control of various city districts, that Hetamon was missing, and that Barry was making mischief around the city. The group decided that retrieving Hetamon, one of our valued item crafters and a member of the council, was the highest priority.

With the help of Lictor Octavio, the group managed to track Hetamon to the hidden basement of the Silver Star. To reach it, the group took a secret entrance through the sewers. While in the sewers the group encountered large snake thing and some oozes. Once inside the Silver Star, the group encountered the leader of the teifling revolution, who had been charmed. Thanks to a crit from Auros, the group managed to take her down in one round. After which, the group managed to get some intel out of her despite the charm.

In the next room the group found a trio of hags and a witch were preparing to sacrifice Hetamon on a desacrated altar. The group managed to take them down, despite Auros getting dominated and killing Danar. After a quick resurrection, the group returned Hetamon to safety and started preparations to reconsecrate the altar for its sweet healing properties.

Hetamon revealed that the witch was his mother and was indeed a bad lady who was planning nefarious things and that we were right to kill her.

With Hetamon rescued, the group turned their focus to taking back control of the city.

Episode XXX - Killer moves on the dance floor

After some hefty preparations for the Masquerade, the group arrived for the dance in some awesome clothes. Preparations included lots of item crafting, some spell copying, crafting forged invites, and planting a rebellion saboteur inside the masquerades guards. The masquerade was being hosted in the opera house.

Once the masquerade started, the group worked hard to establish useful contacts and identify rivals among the other guests. While most of the group was doing their best to earn masquerade points (not something the characters were aware of, just part of the rules for this event), Edie was spending the points to explore the basement. While down there, Edie discovered some traps, spotted some monsters, looted some treasure, and identified some potential threats.

Meanwhile upstairs, the group had the saboteur disable a switch that would release some cockatrices on the guests, Pytheria won a dance competition (and got a tiara for it), Auros and Portia made conversation, and Danar was doing his best to dance and keep Pytheria buffed so she could dance really well. Also the group uncovered some more rumors from their conversations.

After a night of conversation and dance, Barry gathered the patrons to the dance floor for a big announcement. Barry revealed he was going to lift the curfew, and that he was going to murder all the guests and blame the Silver Ravens. And then the murders began.

Over the course of a minute or two, the Silver Ravens managed to slay all the guards and devils who were attacking the civilians. While a fair number of civilians died, enough survived to spread the news that the Silver Ravens were there to protect civilians, not attack them.

After the civilians were cleared out, the group looted the Opera house, getting some nice loot in the process.

Episode XXIX - A series of strategic retreats

Upon their most recent return to Kintargo, the group was given a suggestion from the council that closing the Menador gap would help the rebellion out. So they decided to do that. unfortunately the first trip out required a retreat due to a flock of wyverns attacking the group.

after needing to revive 2 party members from the dead, the group set out again. this time they reached the gap unscathed but had to retreat from the gap after an unfortunate encounter with the front guards. after licking their wounds, the group formed a better assault strategy and managed to kill all the guards this time.

inside the gap, the group found Johnny, the least of all genies, who recommended some good places to look for loot. They also found some troublesome oozes, some host devils, a nifty torture chamber with some scrolls made of human skin, and a secret gap-destroying-wheel. After evacuating the slaves, the group destroyed the gap and went home.

Arriving home the group found out that the masquerade that had been rumored about for a while now had an official time and date, 13 days from their return. Also, lots of people from a variety of walks of life had been invited. Their were also some key announcements to be made at the masquerade. the group decided to fake some invites and go

Episode XXVIII - Dinner in the City of Masks

The group was heading to Vyre when they were attacked by a Giant Squid and octopus man. They easily dealt with this and then arrived in Vyre.

In Vyre the group paid some local street kids to take them to Molly. Molly was very thankful for the return of her property deeds and arranged the group to meet with the Queen of Delights, one of Vyre’s ruling leaders, at her next banquet.

Preparing for the banquet required new clothes and some nice gifts. Alcohol, porn, and spider themed accessories were recommended gifts.

At the banquet the group did their best to politely eat the exotic foods that were prepared. Their was some extremely spicy food, as well as some invisible stalker meat, and a complex dining contraption. It was a whole ordeal. Also there were all these questions about whats a sin and thoughts on rebellion and such.

All things said and done, The Queen agreed to help the rebellion when it came to the point of open rebellion. Also she brought Pytheria to her bed chambers to thank her for the pornographic sword hilt that Pytheria brought as a gift. Victorious, the group returned to Kintargo


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