Hell's Rebels

Episode XXV- Scummy waters

With the new day and new spells the group descended into the flooded subbasement. With danar in the lead, weirdly enough. In the first room the group encountered some Scum, who are evil fish people. After a short fight where we all learned a lot about 3d fighting, the group emerged victorious. In the second room we encountered some shell sentinel, gave us a real run for our money. Barely surviving the fight and with many of us suffering from significant wisdom damage, the group decided that we should temporarily retreat from the sub basement.

some days later, when we had finished recovering, the group ventured back down into the waters. Further exploration revealed a group of watery tarts (sea elves), who were being held prisoner by the scum. The watery tarts had been heading towards Kintargo to seek out the aid of Senshin in the fight against an aboloeth that was plaguing their city. After we released the watery tarts and got them safely upstairs we started exploring farther.

We encountered a few more scum, one of whom was a wizard, in a large room with a submerged pier. we encountered a devilfish in a tunnel leading to the city sewers. we encountered a blubber monster thing in a room that seemed to be an old bathroom, also discovering a machine of some sort near there. Lastly, we fought a drowning devil in a room leading out into the river.

Near the drowning devil the group found writings that told them the name of the location the aboloeth was staying: the drowned eye.

After studying the machine found near the blubber-thing a bit, Danar determined it was meant to pump water out of the sub-basement but that it was broken. The group had hetamon start repairing the machine as they made searched the sub-basement for any unseen treasure in the sub-basement.

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Episode XXIV- Sit down, this is an intervention

After returning to the surface, the group discovered that Thrune was planning on holding a public event to thank the silver ravens for their work to benefit the city. fearful that it was a trap and that the group was facing the troubles of treating their newfound addictions. the group decided to send in an illusion of the Silver Raven (Portia) rather than attend themselves.

When the event started, outside the church of Asmodeus, the bells rang five times. no clue if that was important. just taking note that it happened. There was some short speeches. Thrune offered some gifts to the Silver Raven, but because she was an illusion she couldn’t take them.

After the event and we finished treating the addictions, except Kalos’s (he gave into the addiction and is probably still doing drugs somewhere), the group (sans Kalos) went back down into the lucky bones. In the lucky bones the group finished off the last of the cultists got past the xorn room and killed some ghouls in the room leading to the sub basement.

Also while clearing out the base the group found some deeds belonging to Molly Mayapple, a business woman living in Vyre who appears to have been the target of the grey spiders for an extortion scheme using the deeds. unfortunately for the Grey Spiders, they were wiped out before they could do so.

Realizing the sub-basement was flooded and Danar didn’t have his water exploration spells equipped, the group decided to wait until the next day to explore the sub-basement.

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Episode XXIII- Don't xorn open inside

The group ventured down into the lucky bones a second time discovering new cultists in the first room. they handled them easily. From there they decided to explore further, and quickly ran into a woman wearing a whore queen mask, and some more cultists. After a short fight that included a ‘find the invisible woman section’ they defeated her. Pythiryia identified the woman as her rival, and as the woman who had hit on Ruk.

In a room adjacent to the fight the group found a scroll and other valuable items.

The group then found a room with a pit containing the corpse of a giant snake and some yellow mold. using Pythiryia’s levitate spell, portia journeyed to the other side to investigate a door on the other side. Inside she found a room with a multitude of colored tiles. Entering the room she was attacked by a xorn, an outsider from the plane of earth, that rose out of the ground. She escaped narrowly with her life.

After healing Portia up, the group found a room with a bunch of ghosts that had died from drug problems. Though they emerged victorious, several members of the group: Auros, Kalos, and Portia, became magically afflicted with drug addictions.

In the last room the group looked at before leaving the base, the group found a small gambling parlor haunted by the ghost of a halfling named Lorelu. Playing some dice against lorelu the group got a map of the base, the way through the xorn room, and the combo needed to go down into the sub-basement.

To rap things up the group took Lorelu’s bones to the surface to help her pass on.

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Episode XXII - Captain's Log

After the death of their friend, Ruk, the group decided to rest at the tooth and nail where they were approached by a woman. She was the first mate of a ship whose captain, Cassius Sargaeta, was requesting the help of the Silver Ravens.

The Ravens went to the ship, the Scourge of Belial, in order to talk to the captain. The captain informed the group that his “friend” was being held prisoner by his “friend’s” father. The captain told the group that he wanted them to deliver a message to his “friend” and bring back his response.

Since it seemed like a fairly simple covert delivery and item retrieval mission, Danar decided to go in alone. Under the cover of night using a combo of invisibility, negate aroma, and his dimensional slide ability, Danar snuck past a Cerberus guarding the “friend’s” family mansion. Once he delivered the message, he discovered that the response was, in fact, the “friend” himself, a moderately disabled poet. Though intimidated by the task of escorting a person past a Cerberus, Danar manages to pull it off without raising alarms.

The grateful captain thanks us for saving his lover by giving us 8 favors.

Upon next returning to the tooth and nail the group meets a tiny halfling that looked like a doll, her name was miss Edith and she was sent by Laria to help the group. They also see Lictor Octavio who brings a hellknight in training, Auros, to help the group. All together, the group travels back into the den of the grey spiders, the lucky bones.

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Episode XXI - Flirtng with One Eye

While out celebrating tax day, Ruk was approached by a woman wearing an eye patch. She seemed interested in what Ruk did for a living. She claimed to be a baker but some of the things she said seemed suspicious. So while he flirted with her, he didn’t really try to lead her on. As Ruk was leaving he became aware of another woman watching him.

The next day the group followed up on a lead that about a possible new HQ. It was in an abandoned lot with a mostly torn down building that apparently used to belong to the Grey Spiders. In the rubble the group found a secret door that led to a basement. the basement contained trash monsters called Otyugh. The group started fighting them and found themselves aided by the second mysterious woman Ruk saw the day before. After the fight she introduced herself as Pythiryia. She explained that she was tracking the other woman and believed she was a devil worshiper using this building as a base of operations.

The now slightly bigger group ventured down a flight of stairs and discovered a group of changeling cultists. The group managed to take most of them out, two turned invisible and escaped. After that the group started searching the place and found an old man in a closet. The man turned out to be a faceless stalker, and he got a bit stabby. Deciding that they could venture a bit farther before resting, the group had a delightful time trying to disarm a trapped pit. And then they tried to fight a bearded devil.

The fight with the bearded devil did not go well. Ruk charged in alone and eventually got his head chopped off. Portia got knocked out, Kalos was absent, and Pythiryia had no offensive spells. Even if She had offensive spells, it might not have mattered because Danar discovered it had SR. The only reason the rest of the group got out alive was that Danar decided to use a bead of force that he had acquired from some treasure a while back. The bead killed the bearded devil.

After a little bit of healing the group left the dungeon to come back at a later time.

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Episode XX - Enhanced Interrogation techniques
Prison Break

Now that the armijers were all in one place the group simply needed to break them out of the prison. In preparation for this the group decided to take a slightly sneaky route to breaking them out. First the group bought Danar some forging tools and had him forge some transfer documents for the prisoners. Second the group decided to disguise some of their members as mercenaries, and have Kalos deliver the forgery with his mercenary guards.

Everything started to seem like it was going to plan when the warden decided she wanted to talk with Kalos. It really looked like our cover might be blown but it turned out that she just wanted to talk and she might have been “interested” in Kalos. After a short discussion, she let him know that all but one of the armijers could be given to him. The one that couldn’t was the one that was still being interrogated. She apologized for the inconvenience and said that if he came back in a day he could probably retrieve the last armijer. Not wanting to give anyone additional time to uncover the forgery Kalos insisted on being taken to the interrogator.

The warden called for one of the guards to escort the group to the interrogation room. When we arrived we discovered that the interrogation room was a torture chamber and that the interrogator was a Kyton, an outsider from the plane of shadow. The escort waited outside. The group initially tried to talk the Kyton into letting us take the armijer, but when that failed we ended up resorting to fighting her. We managed to take her down after a short fight.

With the interrogator taken care of we grabbed the remaining armijers and delivered them to Setrona. Setrona thanked us on behalf of Octavio.

When the group returned to the longroads we discovered that our rebellion headquarters had become cramped, and we needed a larger one. After a bit of searching for rumors the group discovered that there were some devil worshiping cults in the city and maybe one of them had a large HQ. The group also heard rumors of a blue dragon flying around the temple of asmodeus and that the order of torrent was outlawed because it had been taken over by the grey spiders, a long dead thieves guild. But it was tax day so the group decided to celebrate for a day before continuing the search.

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Episode XIX - Field Trip

Under the cover of night the group and Setrona journeyed out of the city to visit a small temple of a sea goddess that Setrona believed her brother might be hiding in. We arrived with no trouble and were greeted by two dirty, hippie clerics. After Setrona told them she was there to see her brother they let us into a secret basement under the temple. It was a bit flooded and smelly but we persevered. Also the basement had an anti-divination spell on it to keep people from finding the Lictor.

In the basement there was a riddle, it was a super easy riddle, to pass into a hallway. The hallway led to a cemetery-esque room with the cloth-wrapped bodies of drowned sailors. Also Lictor Octavio was there. He informed us that while most of the order of the torrent managed to escape after the proclamation was made, several of his armijers were captured. He offered us a deal, rescue the armijers and gain the support of the order of the torrent. We agreed and he gave us his sword with some backstory on it so that his armijers would know he sent us and that it was not a trick of house Thrune.

Octavio also told us why he thinks the order was outlawed. As the order in charge of finding missing persons they had been looking into the disappearance of the former mayor of Kintargo. They were starting to suspect she had been kidnapped by house Thrune and was being held in the opera house (?). Their inquiries were not appreciated by house Thrune. Also we received some intel on where the armijers might be

Sword in hand we returned to the city, with one minor skirmish with some guards, and started looking into rescuing the armijers. Though we discovered one of them was being held in the dog house, the rest were in a prison. We decided we should rescue all of them at once from the prison, which meant making sure the one in the dog house lived till the end of the week so that he could be taken back to the prison.

The group sent in an invisible and odorless danar to deliver some food and healing to the armijer in the doghouse. Thanks to that the armijer lasted the week and was returned to the prison.

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Episode XVIII - ITS BATMAN!

After clearing out the Phantasmagoriam. The group laid Pip to rest and, respectfully, looted his body for anything worth a copper piece. We then had the uncomfortable task of informing Rexus that his parents were dead. It didn’t go so well.

Deciding that character deaths was no reason to not keep going the group decided that it was finally time to take care of the Red Jills. The Jills were a gang of harpies located at an old church (?). While preparing to take them down we encountered a mysterious woman in a hood and mask. It looked super cool, we were all impressed. She referred to herself as the Silver Raven. We informed her that she might encounter some copyright issues with that name.

Anyway she then helped us take down the Red Jills, and then helped us loot all the treasure in the belfry. We thought she was so interesting that we wanted to know if she would be willing to help us with other good deeds in or around the city. She agreed and then after a LOOOOONG time talking about the logistics for coordinated efforts we went our separate ways.

When we got back to the long roads we realized something was up. Rexus was drinking heavily and was not taking his medicine. It was worrying us all. Kalos managed to comfort him some though.

Then we decided that we were going to investigate what was going on with the order of the torrent, which had been outlawed via proclamation. We managed to find the order’s leader’s sister, Setrona. Once we clued her into who we were and that we were willing to help the order of the torrent she asked our help finding her brother so that she could know he was safe and eventually get him back into the city. We agreed to help and started gearing up for a jaunt out of the city.

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Episode XVII - A Suspicious Overabundence of Linen Closets

I’m going to try updating the log up to current times. Because its been a long time I might have forgotten some stuff, or get it out of order. I’m going to be making several posts for the catch up.

After defeating the Scrivener we decided to rest once more before venturing further into the basement, mostly because we needed to heal and regain spells. The whole party (Pip, Ruk, Kalos, and Danar) was there.

First we encountered a small group of redactors with a helldog. We managed to defeat them with a very small amount of help from a halfling rogue that was being held prisoner by them. He claimed he was there trying to raid the place. After a bit of talking he agreed to help us clear out the place in exchange for some of the loot.

After discovering another group or two of redactors and a shocking number of linen closets, we came across a room covered in chains. The chains all connected to a black, evil looking box. which we later identified as having some sort of connection to a hell dimension (I remember we figured out which one but can’t remember the name, feel free to edit in the name if you know it.) We also found evidence that a copy of the book of the damned used to be stored in the hideout. The book of the damned is a powerful artifact that contains knowledge of all the worlds evil.

We then opened the door to the final room in the dungeon, inside was a woman, a big scary dude, and several redactors. This was a very close battle, especially since the woman was tough as nails and almost started summoning reinforcements. Thankfully we were able to shut that down by interrupting her spell-like ability casting with an acid arrow to the face. Unfortunately, she killed pip. And when we did manage to knock her out, we didn’t do a good enough job because she woke up and teleported out.

We then raided the place, found some cool things like soul tomes and various magic items. Also we found proof that rexus’ parents were dead

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Episode XVI - Kill it with fire!
Here be spiders

After a restful night of sleep in a room next to a punch of dead bodies, the group (now sans Kalos but regaining Pip) decided that the best course of action would be to buff themselves up with magic and quickly rush through the rest of the building taking out any remaining guards before searching for the safehouse. Unfortunately, Danar decided color spray would be a good choice for his only offensive first level spell during this run despite being aware that the remaining guards were likely mostly undead.

The group first encountered a group of 5 zombies. Thankfully, Ruk was able to dispatch 3 of them by himself and did the final takedown of a fourth after Danar had weakened it with a disrupt undead spell and a melee attack. Danar killed the final zombie with a crit with his falchion. Pip tried to stab and shoot some of the zombies before discovering his attacks were ineffective and started trying to use combat aid anothers.

After that the group fought two skeletons, These were nasty pieces of work who dealt high damage and were pretty hard to hit. When Danar realized he probably couldn’t hit them with his disrupt undead spells he used his quick study exploit to switch out a prepared spell with burning hands (a full round action). This unfortunately took so much time that by the time he was ready to cast his two allies had been knocked out. So they totally missed him burning the two skeletons to a crisp with a single spell. Danar then used his two potions of cure light wounds to wake Ruk back up, who then used all his healing to revive Pip.

After that the group got distracted by a display of dead lobster things, wasting a few rounds shooting the tank open. The lobsters were not reanimated.

Then the group fought a small army of eight spiders. During the fight both Pip and Danar were bitten and started suffering strength damage. But the combat ended quickly when Danar killed 6 of the spiders with burning hands and Ruk and Pip both killed one.

After that, Ruk and Danar killed some sleeping undead mermaid type things. The whole group looted the place finding several magical (none of which Danar could identify) and/or valuable items. and decided to rest another night before using the secret passageway they found.

Down in the safehouse, the group encountered a Magic book outsider (Scrivener?). From it they learned that the redactors had invaded the safehouse, killing and/or subdueing the archivists, and were still there. The group ended up having to fight the outsider becuase it was loyal to the redactors. It was a tough fight Danar hit the thing with 3 burning hands to take it down. In that room the group found more magical (none of which Danar could identify) and/or valuable items.

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