Spring 1222, Adventure [Scene]
Loot: 35 pawns of vis of varying types. Not many seeming magic items. They find out this covenant had another location which was official, but this was the real covenant.
They leave the boat in Smyrna with their people, Arrow goes off. They head back to the covenant.
Summer 1222 [Aging]
Alexis – Muto
Castalia – Intelligo
Zeuxis – Creo
Zotikos – Learning L20 Veil of Invisibility
Asiza – Herbam
Fall 1222 [Aging]
Castalia – Creo [also trades her Rego vis pawn for a Creo]
Zeuxis – [trades Rego vis for a Creo] Burning 2 Creo for XP (gets 6 XP)
Zotikos – Mentem
Asiza – Athletics [learning from Rich’s cave guy, Kostas]
Alexis – Muto
Fall 1222 [Scene]
Klyses finds Narkissa the jeweler and they have a conversation about her time at the covenant, and whether she will want to stay. She says yes, this is the only place which has accepted her. He tells her he needs her to come on a little journey with him to evaluate jewelry. Klyses does Creo Mentem spell to give her vague memories of her enchanting some of this guys work. In her head she has memories she thinks she has held this ring and done things with it. Klyses and Narkissa have plans to travel in the winter season. They will probably hit 2 or 3 major cities. Klyses knows something happened and he is trying to find out what.
Klyses talks to Kostas about bringing him on his quest in the winter because he speaks a lot of languages, however, things catch Kostas’s eye very easily and Klyses doesn’t want anyone to get distracted. Kostas reluctantly agrees to come.
Asiza decides that he wants some fresh air. He meets up with Alexis. They see something in the river. They make a perception awareness roll. It looks like a human, smells like fresh kill. Asiza decides to make a wooden bridge across the water to try and catch him when he floats by. “Wait!” yells Alexis! “Nevermind!” she says after. Asiza makes a roll to try and make the bridge. 20 paces long and 5 paces wide he can make it. He successfully makes the bridge, but he thinks he might have made it too high, but at this point, he has to try. Alexis runs behind the bridge just in case the bridge is to high. Asiza makes a dexterity athletics roll because the bridge is too high. He makes it and starts to hang off the bridge. He successfully grabs the boys hand. He realizes he’s holding the hand of a lifeless child. He also realizes there’s no way for him to get back up. He lifts the child higher and realizes the child is also headless. Alexis pulls Asiza and the child up onto the bridge. They decide to brig him back to the convenant, but decide to leave him outside so he doesn’t, “stink up the place” says Alexis. Alexis makes a perception wilderness sense rolls and gets 8 for a total of 11. She notices the kid’s belt is made out of stag hide. This child comes from a family of trappers/hunters, not farmers. Asiza goes back to the covenant and Alexis stays to guard the body.
Asiza goes back to the covenant and calls and emergency meeting. “a couple minutes ago me and alexis found a headless body floating down the river. He’s on the bridge with alexis now.” Asiza tells everyone. They contemplate reasons and things he might have done to deserve decapitation.
Zotikos leaves to talk to Arethusa before the body arrives (and grogs bring the body back.) Zotikos talks to a manifested illusion of Arethusa. Zotikos finds out that a new community is forming upstream and the body was placed in the river somewhere upstream. Zotikos wonders how anyone could do this to a child and things like that.
Castalia casts some In/Co spells to determine some things about the body. Time of death around 35 hours ago, just before it was put in the river.
They (including Nyssa) prepare to leave on the expedition, but Nyssa suddenly realizes she’s not needed, and lets the young mages go. They decide to send Asiza and Alexis up each side of the river ahead to scout and the rest will follow. Nyssa does insist however that a good fighter specially trained who can keep up with Asiza goes with him (a grog named Sim she specially insisted train to keep him out of trouble).
They go upriver and find a lake with, in the distance, a settlement on the shore, and Asiza crosses back so they can check things out. Alexis casts a spell to talk in wolf form, but botches, and suddenly is talking some unknown language really, really loud.
Asiza goes up a tree and Alexis follows as quickly as she can. They hear guys talking in Greek saying, “We’re all doomed!” Asiza climbs down and heads towards the camp, so Alexis also climbs down to try and stop him. But he keeps heading in, after explaining he wants to find out how many there are there, and if the barbarians or murderers are there or if it’s just some random hunters.
When they get to the settlement, there aren’t any structures…there’s a fire pit, not many tents, and a cave. There is a rock cropping in the clearing with blood stains on it. For weapons, there’s a couple guys with bows.
Asiza does the dumb thing and creeps around the perimeter towards the cave. Maybe not quite so dumb, since he gets a 15 in his stealth roll. He notices there is a guy with a sword – plain scabbard, the weapons are poor. He hears more people in the cave, and they sound terrified.
They discuss further investigation of the rock, and Alexis distracting by being visible and being a wolf. They become distracted, and Asiza sprints to the rock. He investigates it and notices a toddler’s head. While they are still distracted, he sprints back to the tree line. He meets up back with Alexis, and tells her what he found.
These guys look like trappers, not warriors or barbarians. They don’t seem interested in leaving their clearing to investigate.
The two of them head back and meet up with the rest of the mages. Once they mention the head, Zotikos is angry and wants to get going to take out these people. “They haven’t been living there long,” says Alexis. “They are not going to be living there long,” Zotikos answers. They try to calm him down and make a plan to talk to them but Zotikos is heading off.
Zeuxis takes Alexis and Asiza aside and tells them, “You need to get there first, and reveal yourselves and talk to them before there is a massacre.” The two of them take off and pass by Zotikos. They stealth their way to the encampment and listen for a moment before stepping in. The men in the clearing are meeting.
One man who seems to be a priest is running the meeting, and he tells them that it’s not too late, they don’t have to be abandoned by God. The mages get a sense that the child sacrifice was meant to save the people – like Abraham and Isaac except no one stayed the hand of the father.
The mages step out of the forest, Alexis in human form, Asiza with his bow slung across his back. They get worried and the priest says, “these could be our deliverance” trying to calm them down.
“Who are you guys and what are you doing here?” AS
“God has cursed our home so we have come to settle anew.”
“What happened to your old home” AL
“We came home and there was death, as if a pestilence or a sign of Revelation. You probably shouldn’t stay, God has abandoned us.”
He tells them the name of the town, which they know, it’s around a week away.
“Why did you sacrifice a child?” AS
“It was demanded by God! But it doesn’t look like it worked. It’s amazing you made it through here through the wolves!”
“There’s a party coming here to kill you for killing the child—” AS – Pandemonium as the villagers cry out and run into the cave. Alexis follows them and tries to talk to them but they are acting like the end of the world is coming.
Asiza traps the villagers with a wall of thorns in the cave mouth, and the villagers inside are screaming because this really does feel like the end days.
The rest of the party breaks the tree line. Castalia says, “What did you do?” Zotikos notices the rock with the blood stains. He wants the villagers dead. They can all hear them screaming behind the thorns.
Castalia tries to argue with Zotikos that they need to find out why they did this, he doesn’t care.
“Forge or furnace, you are tested!” Zeuxis goes to blast the hell out of the thorns and everything behind it…Asiza gets off a wooden shaft that wraps around him to stop his spell but Zeuxis gets it off anyway and blasts a good chunk of the thorn wall apart. Castalia screams and drops and covers her head (fear or fire). Alexis frantically tries to spot any problems with protecting the forest from the blast.
To be continued….