In-Game Dates: 1st of Deepwinter - 13th of Deepwinter, 1470 (13 Days)
Session Dates: 08/02/19 - 12/05/19
Tropical, the sky abuzz with colorful enchanted fliers and advertisements of the various bars, inns, shops, and attractions the sunny city had to offer flying through the air and pelting tourists.
The Weaver's Circle, a sect of sorcerer's of a unique type who owed their power's to their proximity to the Sol Tree, a massive tree over 1,500 feet tall, approached Heinrich, Guntir, Morwen, and Shae. Legend said that the tree was grown by Melora, a memorial to her lover Mystra's sacrifice sometime in the Second Age, and for this, it contained a unique connection to The Weave.
Bernal immediately departed, informing The Finger Gang that he was sick of them belittling his knowledge and abandoning him in dangerous places. He would find someone else to bring him to The Devil's Eye.
Every Stitch Sorcerer, as they were known, had been an orc or half-orc... up until Bristle, an orange-skinned tiefling with shocking white hair, had been discovered. She initiated contact with Heinrich, who impulsively asked this tiefling, the first he'd seen outside of himself, his family, or his childhood friend, on a date.
As the day passed, Heinrich received a message from the shadowy Portent, the network of individuals who, like him, had sworn a pact to Azrah, Goddess of Rot. She presented the orange tiefling as the newest target. Later on their date, high above the jungles of Farshore in a miraculous hot-air filled balloon with a simple basket attached, in a moment of desperation, Heinrich pushed Bristle out of the balloon, thunder stepping himself to the ground below, causing the balloon to explode overhead.
Chaos ensued. Heinrich saw a stunned, and then furious, Bristle alight softly on the ground, her sorcerer's powers protecting her. Suddenly, The Weave seemed to undo itself in several, localized portals, and one after another, more members of The Weaver's Circle stepped forth.
Wounded, exhausted, and confused, Heinrich tore through the jungle as a storm began to pour forth, and he eventually found his way to a church. The priest on duty offered him a space in the basement to stay the night, which Heinrich accepted.
He woke early in the morning, his brother's words echoing in his ears: "Even in the darkness, you can find light." His eyes fixed on a single burning candle lighting the otherwise dark space, which Heinrich took and returned to the chapel above. There, a priest, Father Avery, was lighting candles.
They spoke for a time, Father Avery offering spiritual advice, and reminding Heinrich that forgiveness was to be earned, not found. Heinrich examined the statues of the six deities of the Church of Law and Light, and focused in on Helm, The Vigilant God. His brother worshiped Helm fiercely, which had led them to parting ways previously, but now something about this god seemed like it might make for an appropriate way to balance the scales for the deeds Heinrich performed in The Portent.
He became aware, all at once, that he was in darkness, save his candle. Another priest entered, and expressed confusion as to who Heinrich had been speaking to; there was no Father Avery.
Heinrich crept through the streets and rejoined the crew aboard the newly painted Cat's Claw. There, a hungover Guntir confessed he had become incredibly drunk (though he did not remember that the cause was Morwen force-feeding him liquor when she became angry that Heinrich was going on a date) and lost The Righteous Chain.
The group sailed to The Heart of the Sunrest Islands to help Thistle complete the ritual for which he was bound. On the way, they learned that the ritual involved offering something upon a Shrine within The Heart of Sunrest, a small island at the center of the island nation's archipelago to keep an evil at bay every two-hundred years.
They arrived, noticing a large, unknown fleet guarding the island. The group scaled a cliff face, and infiltrated a cave. They slew a zombie beholder, and set forth across caverns, tunnels, and bizarre chambers that seemed to be displaced from time and space: a study from Everest with demons breaking through the windows, both entities and glass frozen in time and space; a strange oozing and inky river that seemed to start and end nowhere; and an altar to Aurillion, pared with a strange chamber full of vats with large, humanoids inside.
The group then came face to face with a possessed Bernal Ossarius, who had used The Righteous Chain and another magical staff to unlock The Pillar of Scales. His mind was seized by the shard of Aurillion he'd found at The Devil's Eye, and his power had grown. No longer was he a timid scholar, but an archon of radiant energy!
The battle was fierce, and when Thistle was slain, with Morwen and Heinrich close to death, the group had to flee. They exited the dungeon and escaped to sea, as dragons across Alberon stirred for the first time in nearly three centuries.
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