We’d ended the sorcerer Princes. what a sorry lot they were. as I lay in Yakmars own bed, idly watching Kira order around Yakmar himself like a pitiful dog, I chuckled to myself. This woman was not so different than I, except ofcourse that she preferred her servants… ever so slightly chilled.
Well, to each their own I say.
Aegon had gone off has he was want to do. never could tell with that one. so much power. It is my hope that I can apply it more productively, to both our benefit I suppose. In any case,I was not concerned. he could easily take care of himself.
My last remaining brother Ohimlin, Krom , whirlon, and my girls however were another story entirely. We’d been together for some time now, seeing the end of Despayr , who’d ruined our lives collectively, in multivariate ways.
In many ways they were my new brothers now. helping to find my parents. I dread telling them the fate befallen Russel-Ken, and Auric, but then again I’d left their bodies in safe places, being preserved with the right magics. Time was no longer an issue. Just money.
Surprisingly the coin was in short supply here. I’d expected more… especially from a renowned floating city.
With a flutter, Aegon stepped out of the shadows. Dava nearly jumped out of bed, pulling sheets up to her neck. Veera lazily yawned, burying her face deeper into my armpit.
“I heard there was a tomb somewhere in the city, I’m going to find it. all this reading bores me, there are two seemingly unoccupied towers on the magical skyways. Why dont you see what you can discern about them. Its safer for me to try the city proper alone rather than risk the rest of us who cannot move stealthily, or quickly enough and evade the attention of the most dangerous inhabitants of this city.”
A surprisingly accurate analysis.
“Very well, Aegon” I replied, " I’ll stick to the skyway, and I’ll see what value can be wrung from these structures"
The Lonely Song
an hour later found us nearing the first tower,some sort of wind chime, an eary whistling ensued from it. Never did I expect what followed. First Ohimlin stabbed Dava and then proceeded to run down the street like a mad man after realizing what he’d just done.
Krom charged ahead,seeing something, and then promptly turning tale and heading the other way after my brother.
Soon after, an invisible stalker appeared and smashed Dava against the magical force field surrounding the sky way we walked upon, just moments after I cast some healing magics upon her.
it then proceeded to connect with Whirlons head, braining him. the next blow knocked the shield out of his hand and rendered him nearly lifeless.
Its trickery was insufficient to continue its assault. and eventually Krom returned to end its existence with me.
The tower itself appeared empty. I’ve surmised it must have acted as some sort of steering device being able to direct the wind in some fashion.
The White Lily
Later on, down the last remaining tunnel we came across a giant work of art, a gigantic white glass flower, that stretched above the fog shrouding the city.
We were forced to climb it, using our magics, in hopes of finding an entrance. At the top a short and bloody battle ensued with two more stalkers. This appeared to be their nest. While we found no entrance to the structure (which I later determined to solely a gigantic work of art), we did find skeleton and small cache of magical shields and potions.
Return to the Ape house
Now possessing the Ape Bell retrieved from the Spidereater stables, I cast the summons with it , calling a great Winged ape. After a brief introduction, he soon realized this was the chance his people needed for the city. I knew from the histories, that these apes were once residents of this place. This ape was the high shaman for his people.
He told us what we must do to defeat the shaggoth; Destroy the magical talisman that had summoned it here to this realm, but do not engage the beast itself, as it would indeed be useless.
Using the Staff of Rightful Rule’s ability to dispel Chaos would do the job.
The Shaggoth Stone glowed with its toxic green light inside a great crater outside the temple of Azathoth. it appeared undefended. Not hearing the Shaggoth, I immediately went to work, Blasting it apart with the staff.
an army of Wights clawed themselves from the ground. Whirlon and Krom broke and ran. However Ohimlin, my noble brother , stood his ground, giving me the time I needed to blast apart the massive obelisk dedicated to Azathoth.
Moments before I cast the final spell blasting apart the Talisman, The Shaggoth topped the lip of the crater, about to bowl down upon us. When I struck it , the Gigantic bulging mass of mouths and tentacles let out a high pitched keening, spasmed and disintigrated before our eyes. in its wake , it left hundreds of black tarry lumps. some few of them appeared to be alive.
Inside, our parents lived! it had been years since I’d seen them. We also managed to pull 4 others from their cocoons.
Communication was difficult at first,and they were weak. one, the former king of ulduvai, could barely speak. a second a chatty bureaucrat or merchant, seemed far too energetic, given the millenia he’d spent trapped here, another, a woman, captain of the guard devoted to her king, and the last… High priest of Azathoth. Oh the irony.
I killed him without a second thought. There would be time for explanations later.
The “heroes” explore the city, confronting all three sorcerer princes, avoiding Chaos Beasts and the Shaggoth.
1 search wind chime tower (max gets brained), Dava downed
2 search the glass flower, 2 more invisible stalkers. Isaac flees, then Mans up.
3 shields and potions
4 return to ape house with the bell. Ring, and restore max.
5 the temple of azathoth, and shoggoth stone.. crack stone with staff
6 loot the treasure room
7 save parents, save 4 citizens ,
8 kill high priest of azathoth. (Baal)