Iron Kingdoms

XXV: iVVI's quest, part i
Finally ...

The party of Hope, Vladimir, Anton, Charles, and Treadle finally took iVVI’s advice and headed to the Cryx isles in search of Orgoth station #99-Y6. Charles and Anton teleported them directly to Toruk’s main island where they discovered a temple in the Cryxian jungle.

The party sneaked up on a group of 4th Coil Druids and Iosan Mage Hunters. They fought their way into the temple. Inside, Hope triggered the generator matrix and two giant fans at either end of the temple began spinning. After a few seconds, debris was flying about the temple as though caught in a tornado. Charles alertly stuck a wall of force in between each fan, destroying them and stopping the wind.

The PCs defeated all enemies except for Zo Tanna and Lianne, Iosan Queen.

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XXIV: Shim assaults Evenport

The great blue wyrm Shim attacked Shere Kahn’s mansion the next day. She ripped the roof off, ate his chief bodyguard and torched a passel of his bodyguards with lightning. Then she noticed Vladimir, who was attempting to open dialogue with her. She immediately abandoned Kahn and attacked the PCs.

The party of Charles, Treadle, Jill, Hope, and Vladimir went two rounds with Shim. The dragon knocked the top off Charles’ lighthouse (something the chimney-sweep took uncomfortably well) and fought the group up and down the shoreline, retreating several times into the water and jungle to heal and regenerate. The party stood their ground, bravely defending the city of Evenport from the dragon.

Finally, after Shim had retreated yet again to the water, a second dragon, Ashnephos arrived and the Blue Wyrm disappeared.

Ashnephos admitted to arriving in Evenport for the sole purpose of allying with the PCs. Word of their success fighting dragons had intrigued him. He sought there aid in the dragon wars and asked only that they call him if ever they are attacked again by another dragon.

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XXIII: Evenport Dialogue
Shere Kahn's Auction

Shere Kahn sent secret invites to each ruler in Western Immorren. Each nation was to send an envoy to bargain/debate for the Island of Evenport. Rulers were also asked to provide a “donation” of something valuable the Kahn could use in retirement.

Queen Amelia asked Hope Illyria, Vladimir and Anton to represent her at the Dialogue. Irkusska’s donation was the Diamond Mine in the town of Luvmaya.

Prince Reese asked Treadle and Charles to represent him. The Prince of Cygnar offered a donation of access to the Arcane Laboratory in Cygnar and a full contingent of Cygnaran Warjacks to protect him in his retirement.

Each party arrived separately, were greeted by the Kahn’s Sentinels, and brought to his mansion. The other factions invited were: The Church of Menoth, the Nation of Llael, the Nation of Ord, the Nation of Rhul, the Khador Empire, and the Cryxian Empire.

Everyone arrived by the Dwarves from Rhul. When it was discovered the Rhulic delegation was sunk at sea with no survivors, rumors of foul play began to circulate.

The first night was a lavish dinner and a Ballroom Galla. The PCs were mingling and having a good time. The Khadorans were boasting to anyone in earshot about the glory of their empire and their certainty of victory in the debates. The Menites were lounging by the punch bowl. Isabella Mateau of Ord was attempting to pump Vladimir and Anton for inside information on Irkusska and Khador. Iron Lich Asphyxious was sulking in his room.

Enter Ivana Lobovsky, stage left.

Ivana, a diplomat for Khador, intimated a previous relationship with Anton, danced with Vladimir, flirted with the Duke of Anjou (Llael), conversated with half the room and proved herself a savvy card player.

The first round of debates was the next day. Khador was under suspicion for sinking the Rhulic delegation and so the matches were redrawn. As it went: the Menites got a pass by drawing Rhul; while Irkusska and Cygnar debated their way to victory; and the Duke of Anjou withdrew Llael’s claim when Mikhol Horscz of Khador revealed the Duke had improper relations with Ivana.

Tea and crumpets were served that night. Anton invited everyone to a sexy swimsuit party in the garden. The next day at 4 pm, the remaining delegates convened for the 2nd round.

VindictusThe first match was Treadle vs. Scrutator Vindictus of Menoth. Although Treadle gave it a good go, the cleric’s logic was too much. Cygnar was defeated.

The second match was Khador vs. Irkusska. Mikhol vs. Hope. After Mikhol made his opening statements, Hope took the stage and mysteriously conceded the match to the Khadorans. Whispers of intrigue began circulating the debate hall.

Debate
The final night saw an assassination attempt on Charles. The chimney sweep captured his assailant, Arcturian Marsk, and the killer was revealed to be with the Menite delegation. However, because of the heavy air of intrigue, the Kahn did not want to rush to judgement. The Dialogues continued while a formal investigation was launched.

The final debate between Vindictus and Mikhol was brief and revealing. Mikhol confidently took the podium and made a thundering opening statement about the glory of the Khadoran Empire. Vindictus was more subdued. Calmly taking the stage, the cleric cast a spell image displaying Kayazy Assassins attaching charges to the base of the Rhulic ship. The Khadorans had sabotaged the Rhulic delegation! The Kahn eliminated the Khadorans, and awarded the island to the Menites.

As a postlude, Wine and cheese were served in the gallery.

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XXII: Hunting the Mage Hunters of Ios

After their naval victory, Lincoln, Ben and Steve took some time to track down the Mage Hunters who have been spying on the Irkusskan mansion for over a year. Steve has some experience tracking Iosans over long distances, so he took the lead.

After 8 days of tracking, they located the enemy’s hideout. It was an Iosan Temple tucked away next to “Winterborn Lake”. The Party spotted at two druids, their pets and three mage hunters moving about the premises. The PCs drew up their attack.

Elven temple

Things started off well. Steve head-shot a druid. Ben drove the mage hunters off with “Cloud Kill”. Lincoln drove off the other druid.

Then Myme (pronounced Mim), one of the 13 hunters of the colorless pool, appeared from a shadow. Steve got a half dozen bullets in her but she dropped him with her dagger. Ben didn’t know what hit him, he fell in two stabs. This left Lincoln, who was still unaware of what was going on (and Mark was asleep to boot).

Myme snuck up behind Capt. Lincoln, her dagger dripping with the blood of his allies, she was a foot away from his back, ready to stab …

… then she tripped into a sinkhole of quicksand and Lincoln woke up just in time to shoot her in the head.

The party pursued the remaining enemy into the temple. When we left off, they had made short work of the remaining druid and mage hunters and were getting ready to begin searching the place …

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XXI: Pirates and Privateers

The Party had returned to Ameliagrad (Irkusska’s capitol) from sacking Orion’s lair. Steve, Lincoln and Ben were relaxing and refueling in town. Steve went snipe hunting. Ben went drinking. Lincoln, minister of Irkusska’s Merchant Navy, checked in with his office. They reported their iron shipments to Khador have been harassed by Pirates. Three ships had been hit, only one survived. It was moored along the northern dry-dock, being repaired.

The next night, Ben was drinking at the Queen’s Bollard, when the “Krazy Poppy” floated into port like no one was driving and beached itself on a reef. Only one man crewed the ship, and he was fast asleep at the wheel. In his pocket was a note.

Lincoln & Co. loaded up the Super Sloop, gathered some info, hired a wind mage and went out to hunt the guy. Reports said Pardal had three ships, and although Lincoln had only one ship with eight cannon, they party had a plan. Nothing is more dangerous than PCs thinking up a plan.

They reached where the “Poppy” was attacked in two days. After a few hours of waiting, the crow’s nest spotted a steamship on the horizon. The Super Sloop pursued.

The steam ship (The Monitor) soon spotted the Sloop approaching and turned about. The Sloop responded by raising the white flag. The two ships met, under a flag of surrender, and when Lord Rockbottom met Lincoln, the Irkusskan captain requested a parlay. Rockbottom responded by taking Lincoln prisoner. Ben responded by blasting the Monitor with the Sloop’s cannon.

A brief naval battle ensued …

Naval battle

Lincoln responded by dropping a Daren’s Instant Fortress in the belly of Rockbottom’s ship. Two wooden galleons came out of a nearby fog bank to support the Monitor but it was too late. The steamship was sinking faster than her crew could jump out. The Super Sloop dropped a few ship mines and turned tail. Unfortunately for the Pirates, this too was a ruse …

Ben took two ship mines, some grenades and a sailor; teleported to the other ships, lit the mines on short fuses, dropped grenades and teleported back to the Sloop. One of the mines exploded next to a stack of gunpowder, that galleon sunk. The other was saved when an alert warcaster put out the mine’s fuse.

Steve got the last ship by turning invisible, running a pair of mines to its bow and lighting them off.

All three ships sank. Dragon Eels ate the survivors. Steve and Lincoln took a couple prisoners. After a little torture, it came to light that the pirates were actually Llaelese Privateers.

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XX: Orion's Lair
Searching for treasure ...

The party finally decided to raid Orion’s lair.

Flashback: In death, Orion took the form of a male druid. The party divvied up the loot and Lincoln had the presence of mind to “search the body”. He found a still-green sapling branch hidden in Orion’s boot. With a gather info roll, Lincoln networked to find a monster hunter who hunted near where the sapling came from.

Part One: Landing

Anton, Hope, Vlad, Steve, Charles and Lincoln sailed East along Irkusska’s northern coastline. Lincoln’s Super Sloop dropped them off at an inlet, then snuck back out to safer waters. The party began investigating the valley.

Apparently Toruk or Voodoo had gotten wind of Orion’s death, as a Cryxian raiding party was already searching the valley. The PCs snuck up on a search party of mechani-thralls and pistol wraiths. Anton cast move earth and dropped them down into a pit of acid. Unfortunately, the Iron Lich leading the search survived by casting levitate and teleport.

In related news, the party discovered a Terraph dragon-spawn was tailing them and a Nyss hunting party was watching everything from behind a waterfall on a far cliff. However, everything was cool because Charles had the party covered with Improved Invisibility.

Part Two: Throwing Down

The PCs snuck up on the Cryxian camp. There they discovered the dark elf Hayake torturing a Nyss woman. The party threw down, with Anton leading the ambush. Steve, Anton, Hope, Vlad and Lincoln blasted away at the Mechani-thralls, pistol wraiths and Iron Lich. Jill singled out Hayake and they dueled atop a mountain cliff. Charles took the Nyss woman to the Super Sloop, calmed her down and eventually evacuated her to the Irkusskan Mansion. The PCs were victorious all around.

Part Three: Dragon and Lair

The party searched for the lair entrance before reinforcements could arrive. Steve decided to walk across the surface of the lake (his boots had “water walking”). Steve did not know there was no lake and no water to walk on. It was all a powerful illusion and he had failed the save. He was actually in the middle of catwalk in the middle of a crater, surrounded on all sides by 200 Dragon-spawn.

Steve ducked for cover as a cloud of arrows came down on his head. Then he jumped up and made a mad dash for the exit. Arrows, axes, swords, teeth all assaulted him as he dodged, ducked and shoved his way past 50 dragonspawn to reach the door. Before him stood the biggest Carnivean he had ever seen. So he turned around and ran back.

Fortunately for Steve, there were two things working to his advantage.

1. He had a lot of hit points.

2. Anton had come to rescue him.

Anton flew down the crater, dropped Handsy (mechanikal arm) down and picked up Steve.

Up top, the Vlad, Hope and Lincoln had spotted Cryxian reinforcements rushing across the valley. The party was loading their guns and getting ready to roll initiative when a Cryxian sail barge was dropped from the sky on top of the offending undead. Orion’s mate, Halfaug, had come to play.

Jill came in just the nick of time. She summoned a Sirrush
to fend off the Blue Dragon while they searched for her lair, which they found, in the forest, with her lone surviving baby there for them to take hostage, which they did. Lincoln and Vlad used the baby dragon as leverage to get Halfaug to surrender the horde and fly away.

The End

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XIX: Death and Resurrection of Steve
Lvl. 1 can crit too!

Steve assaulted the death cultist temple on Evenport, killing two guards and wounding a third. The cultists barricaded to door, so Steve slipped around to the north wall where found a secret entrance. He tried and failed a lock pick check, then tried to kick the door in and was duly spotted by the cultists manning the walls. They threw down a torch, and demanded he identify himself. Steve attempted a bluff, “Madame Voodoo sent me.” But they did not believe him. Then a cultist (lvl. 1) shot him in the aorta with a natural 20. Steve bled out and died on the spot.

Steve woke up in a forest. A rabbit was sitting on his chest. Steve and the rabbit studied each other. Then a crazy woman began to talk. “Ioma, is he alive? Did we bring him back from UrCaen?”

The Druid Via had raised him by the light of a full moon. The Iosan Princess was fresh off her first victory against her father’s usurpers and she had a job for the rifleman. Steve’s first assignment was to kill a shadow dragon she suspected was sent to kill her.

Steve had little choice in the matter, due to the Resurrection he was bound to Via. He searched the remains of the battle and picked up its trail. He tracked it into the forest and the dragon few out to meet him. After introductions and a few pleasantries, they fought. Steve was defeated handily. The dragon told Steve his background. Negotiations ensued. Pellangir struck up a deal for Steve to kill him in front of Via. This would allow Pellangir to renew himself and come back to get the Elf later, with her unawares.

Steve told Via he had taken control of the dragon (bluff check). Steve could see she believed him and summoned his partner. Pell landed in front of them, leaned his head toward the pistol, and Steve pulled the trigger. The dragon fell dead. Via was in awe. She gave Steve his next assignment: To capture Amelia (w/ Poe near Mookraken temple) and bring her rival harbinger to her.

Steve met up with Poe. The druid was perplexed by Via’s change in character. The two men traveled back to the madwoman. Words were exchanged, Via commanded Steve to kill Poe. The gunfighter shot Poe right in the chest, doing 100 million damage on a critical shot. Poe grunted, spat out a little blood and responded with an epic storm/earthquake spell. Via’s Eldrich army was destroyed, Steve was knocked cold and Via was blasted into the darkness.

Poe then did Steve a solid by breaking Via’s enchantment on him. Steve rejoined the party and regailed them with this tale.

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XVIII: Death of Charles, Resurrection of Charles

The Chimney Sweep walked right into Toruk lair and tried to negotiate with him. This did not end in happiness.

Treadle and Jill went on a long and drawn out side quest to bring Charlie back from the dead. Which they did. Fortunately, no small children were harmed in the process (no thanks to Jill). Capt. Casinni St. Oreo has vowed to never sail with the snake lady again. As a result, Jill and Treadle made a new friend with Capt. Dolly.

Treadle also helped Cygnar blow up a bunch of Cryxian ships, beat off Asphyxious and rescued the Cygnaran port town of Carre Bova.

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XVII: Sleeper of War
Via's fault, again

Poe requested the party to travel to Evenport to stop the Worm that Walks from causing trouble on Evenport. Hope, Anton, Steve, Ben and Vlad all traveled to the Island city with Handjob and Lincoln providing transport.

They tracked the Worm to the jungle where they rescued the Iosan ranger" La’La’Laue Dya’Dya":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/quickness/characters/la-la-lau-dya-dya (Call her La’La). Steve was capped by a Death Cultist. Hope infiltrated the Death Cultist temple and made small talk with a giant. Anton, Vlad, La’La and Sehut then stormed the Death Cultist temple and slaughtered all the baddies. Hope gave the giant Madame Voodoo’s real name and the party entered the tunnel beneath the temple.

Turns out, it was another Orgoth station that doubled as an ice prison for the Sleeper of War! The party tried their best to NOT wake up the sleeper. Then Via showed up to do exactly that. The Druid formerly known as Via is now terminally insane. The party gave her a good run but in the end the crazy lady got what she wanted. The Sleeper of War was awoken.

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Episode XVI: Three Battles
Death of Lokis, Death of Orion, Irkusska vs. Dragonspawn

Death of Lokis

Steve chased Lokis from Western Cygnar all the way north to the Ikrusskan Capitol. It was a close run affair, with Steve using his boots of haste and infinite stamina and Lokis jumping shadows. However, the magehunter arrived first.

Lokis entered Queen Amelia’s Masnion hoping to open a dialogue with the Irkusskans. However, Handjob and Vlad ambushed the Iosan mid-negotiation by flipping the table on him. Hope, Lincoln and Anton made short work of Lokis’ accomplices while Handjob and Vlad neutralized the master-bladesman by pinning him to the wall with a chair. Steve arrived just in time to help deliver the final blow. Lokis, one of the thirteen hunters of the colorless pool, died in the hallway of Irkusska’s royal mansion.

Death of Orion

Orion

Lokis was dead but not a week when his ally Orion came calling. Like Lokis, the dragon was fresh off the release of the Lord of the Feast. Orion had questions for the Irkusskans; questions about Harbingers, the newly crowned Queen, and why his ally was dead. Handjob and Vladimir were in no mood and made it clear they would not be bullied by a dragon. Weapons were drawn, Orion ripped the roof off the house and the newly minted Irkusskan army charged up the hill to fight the beast. Orion took wing and began strafing the army, bellowing fire down from above. The party stepped out the mansion just as Orion was landing atop a column of infantry and rolling around, crushing them with his bulk.

Then Captain Handjob drew back his short bow and loosed a fateful arrow (UP YOURS! Purple Die!) and struck Orion in the eye with a natural 20. Anton was quick to follow with Evard’s Black Tentacles (Orion was nice enough to bomb his save) and the rout was on. Steve dealt the final coup de grace by climbing atop the dragon and firing both pistols through it’s brain. And that’s how a CR 32 dragon died in one round.

Battle vs. Dragonspawn

Dragonspawn battle

Orion had barely breathed his last when 200 dragonspawn came howling out of the northern wood. The army rallied and Hope led a cavalry charge to counter the horde. Driving her steed full gallop at the enemy line, she stepped atop the saddle and launched herself at the last moment, cleaving a Nephilim in two as she landed. This act inspired the charging cavalry behind her and they broke the dragonspawn line right away. Anton’s warjack Gustav got in on the action. The warjack grabbed two spawn, bashed their skulls together, then rampaged through their line allowing the infantry to outflank the remaining enemy.

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