Jackhawk

Session: July 19, 2008

The large armoured death knight introduced himself as Leeda, the champion of the abyss, created by the gods of death.  Zarkavon managed to magically halt the undead Fox, while the rest of the party took on Leeda.  Narok shot out a web line and snatched away Leeda's sword, stuffing it safely into his bag of holding.  Leeda didn't last very long.  Zarkavon attempted to turn Fox into an undead slave, but Narok, horrified by the prospect of the souless remains of his former lover continuing to walk the earth, beheaded her in one quick swift stroke.

The portal was a puzzle to the Elans.  Mercia asked Zarkavon to help them understand its nature and how to be rid of it.  All that Zarkavon could tell them, fighting the overwhelming despair that emanated from the pit, is that the portal linked to the Abyss and that it could not be closed by any means possessed by mankind.  While he studied the portal, he saw a large shadowy figure moving in the dimly lit pit, on the other side of the portal.  He could hear a conversation: the voice of Balor .. the same voice they heard when they were tortured in Hell.  Balor was berating one of his minions for his impatience, but the minion boldly stated "If you will not do something about these meddling mortals, then I shall take matters into my own hands.".

While Zarkavon listened to this, Narok madly jumped down into the pit.  Narok landed on something slick with blood and moving and he also felt his very life force ebbing out of him, drawn into the surface upon which he landed.  Before he could do anything but hold on, he felt a rush of air as he found himself suddenly rising back toward the entrance of the pit.  With an explosion of rock and debris, a HUGE menacing terrifying demon violently exited the pit, with a tiny Narok desperately holding on atop the demon's antlered head.  In the terrifying rush, the demon also swung his huge menacing sword and sliced one of the Elan in half.

Zarkavon, like most everyone else in The Egg, was thrown back by the force of this display.  He immediately recognized the demon from some of the more hurried sketches strewn about his old master's lab (Daemiluz knew many things that no mortal should).  The demon was a Death Drinker—one of the most powerful demons in The Abyss, so powerful, that it does not even owe any affiliation to the Tanar'ri.  There is little else that he knew about it, except that, like most demons, it would be highly resistant to any magic.

Narok tried to stab the demon in his head, but was instead thrown to the ground.

The demon spoke in a loud menacing voice that shook The Egg and the fabric of their being: "I am Odomagon, made The Destroyer by the Black Heart of Orkoth.  This world is doomed.  You mortals will now die."

In desperation, Zarkavon cast one of the few spells he knew would not directly affect a creature, but could still do some harm, or at least buy them a bit of time or luck.  There in The Egg of the Elan, Zarkavon took from his pouch a disgusting rotten egg, shouting "PUTRUS SHANKAR!" and threw the egg in the direction of the demon, pointing at its head.  A disgusting cloud of green putrid mist surrounded the head of the Odomagon, obscurring vision.  Unexpectedly, however, the death drinker began to wretch.

Akindus, the gold dragon, began to enter The Egg just in time for the whole chamber to burst with a flood of oozing fluid containing guts, intestine, bodies, and whole cadavers come flooding forth.

There ensued a heated battle where everyone in the chamber did their best to take advantage of the situation.  By the end, Zarkavon had unleased another spell, a dark ray of entropic energy, weakening the demon further, while Ro hamstrung the beast, knocking him down to one knee.

Narok, despite the severe risks to himself when he teleported into the Shadow plane, did just that.  This time, however, he did something entirely unexpected.  Shadow was beaten! {need more details here, Narok}. After the end of that fight, Narok continued onto his destination, and droped down from the shadows above Odomagon, stabbing the demon in his large eye.

Just then Mercia launched himself into the air unleashing a flurry of blows into the demon's face.  Each blow, sent a shock-wave ripple of flesh and blood across the face, while Narok held on with his weapon stabbed into the demon's eye.  With his final blow, Mercia sent his fist deep into Odomagon's remaining good eye, sending powerful energies right into the brain of the demon.  The Odomagon, the Destroyer, was himself destroyed by mere mortals.  Balor's fury could be heard from deep within the pit.

In the aftermath of the battle, all of the various clan leaders of the Samurai clans showed up.  {Details, please!.. how?  why? what did they want?}

Hyate was with them and she had with her a red fox.  She explained to us that when Zarkavon cast the "mass resurrection" spell for the first time, during the fight with Drassus, The Black Dragon, the fox tail that Fox carried with her for luck, was restored fully into a living animal.  The fox had been in Hayate's care since that day.  Hyate presented the fox to Narok who accepted him.  The party agreed to name the fox, "Hound".

{some story stuff here with the samurai and the Elans.. something about a Scorpion-bride.. details, please!}

{more story stuff followed, relating about where we were to go, and the initial getting back to the Bloody Violet… details, please!}

[party somehow got back to the Bloody Violet]

Back aboard the Bloody Violet, the party further agreed to Captain William Grave's terms: kill all of the captains of the League of Flags and, in particular, retrieve their captain's cap-feathers, as he who possesses them all would be Pirate King, where Grave once was and believed that he should be again, even in death.  In exchange, Grave would retrieve for them, or at least help them get, the jewel of Urahn-Duhn which is now in the hands of the sea creature-king, Harkindus.  Oliver demanded that the Bloody Violet be put under his command, which Grave agreed to, telling his undead crew to take orders from his son.  Grave then told them where they could find the first of the captains.

[2 weeks of sailing to ….. {where exactly?}] 

While sailing, Zarkavon used magical teleportation to retrieve his undead skeleton T-Rex and zombie Digester from the Lost City and now kept them on board the Bloody Violet.

Zarkavon also managed to figure out that the magic lamp that was found on the Red Hand ninja contains an evil genie that would most likely be uncontrollable.

{I don't have any notes about this part, so please re-write completely, if you wish}.  The party arrived in the port of _.   They entered a tavern and found the captain and her crew that they were looking for.  Oliver challenged her to a game of "Sevens and Elevens".  Part way through the game, however, Oliver stabbed his dagger right through her hand, pinning it to the table, and accused her of cheating.  Her crew came to her aid, but upon proving the cheating, and using his own impressive charisma, Oliver managed to turn her crew against their captain and, moreso, wanting her blood.  The whole tavern exits like a mob, leaving only Zarkavon behind, oblivious to all that just happened as he was intent on a game of Tic-Tac-Toe between himself and his very clever rat familiar, Rigormortis.

{Someone detail this: something is done with that captain and we manage to get her ship and we also learn the location of the next captain, Captain Hardaga.  Also, William Grave somehow captains her ship, but what does he use as a crew: her crew?}

 [Sailing, but takes no time at all??]

The party chased down the Slaver under the command of Captain Hardaga.  Upon being sighted, the Slaver turned to attack.  Opening up its gun ports, it intended to strafe the Bloody Violet.  Before it could fire, however, Oliver used his elemental abilities infused from the death of the Water Geomancer, to create a wall of water that tilted up one side of the Slaver, making it impossible for her to fire.  Nine of her crew were sent into the sea.  Six others, along with Hardaga, managed to swing over to board the Bloody Violet, while Zarkavon gestured intently at the Slaver, sprinkling powdered black pearl into the air, and intoned "Ark-Doom!"  Five more on the Slaver dropped dead instantly, leaving only one remaining aboard.

A few seconds later, nearly all of the boarding crew were killed and Hardaga was surrounded.  Zarkavon held out a small crystal sphere, pointing through it towards the men desperately swimming at the surface near the Slaver.  "Froth-Krak!" he chanted, and an icy blue beam shot forth, freezing one man to death and entrapping the others and the Slaver itself in a sheet of ice on the surface of the water, six inches deep.  A few seconds after that and the fight, and Hardaga's feather, was theirs.

Zarkavon then proceeded to transform the bodies of the Slaver's fallen crew into zombies and moved them, along with his other undead to the Slaver.  Heather Black joined him and with her to captain the ship, he was able to direct the animated undead to act as the crew. 

[two more weeks of sailing, looking for the other captains]

While sailing around the seas, looking for the other members of the League of Flags, Zarkavon managed to unlock more secrestes from the Book of Reflections.  He was now able to transform an ordinary mirror into into a sort-of scrying device: one that can peer into a known location through any mirror that exists in that location, but the viewing is both ways, allowing the mirrors to act as a form of visual and audial communication.

The party decided to use this ability to contact Godwyn.  They felt that they needed more information about his abilities and activities and needed to know what he knew and didn't know about them.  This was a desperate gamble with too much risk with too little to gain, but these heroes being who they were weren't about to shy away from a chance to turn the tables and taunt their hated enemy.

Godwyn was less surprised and less impressed to see them than they had hoped and they exchanged a series of biting remarks and posturing phrases.  Behind him was his Mirror, The Mirror that Zarkavon desperately wanted to fulfill what he felt must be his destiny.  Knowing that he must one day get the Mirror, Zarkavon indicated to Godwyn that the Mirror belonged to him, and soon he would come to get it.  Godwyn responded that the heroes would be nothing once he is finished with the Mirror.  Most satisfying to the heroes, however, was the horified look of disbelief on Godwyn's face when they revealed that they had killed his master's top demon, Odomagon.

Very surprising to the heroes in all of this, almost comical even, was that they could see a large green figure tip toe-ing behind Godwyn.  It was Garog!  He started to move Godwyn's Mirror out their view.  Godwyn glanced behind him once, but Garog ducked behind the Mirror and Godwyn saw nothing, and was too focussed and outraged at the party to notice anything else.  Garog's arms spread out from behind the Mirror, lifting it up and he quiety finished moving the Mirror out of view.

Godwyn violently ended the communication by shattering the mirror on his end.

As the heroes looked behind them, there was Godwyn's Mirror, and out from behind it stepped a rather satisfied looking Garog.  The party thanked Garog.  {Anyone remember any cool dialogue that we can record here?}.  Narok asked Garog if there is a way that they could reach him if they desperately needed his help.  In response, Garog gave each party member a "green gemstone ring" that they could use to summon him at need.

Before Garog departed, Zarkavon gave the magic lamp with the evil genie to Garog to see if he could "pacify the resident", to which Garog replied "I know this one.  I'll take care of him".

Eventually, the three ships found the ships of two more League captains.  They were holed up in between mountan-like rock formations jutting out of the ocean.  Oliver managed to navigate the Bloody Violet in between the rocks, but Heather Black could not get the Slaver through (it likely did not help that her crew consisted of mindless zombies).  {What about the ship being controlled by William Grave?}.  While the ships were still many hundreds of feet away, Zarkavon stopped giving direction to the useless zombies and instead held his arms wide towards the enemy ships.  A dark cloud formed over one of the ships and, as Zarkavon's chanting grew louder, large icy hailstones and globs of red hot lava poured down out of the cloud onto the ship, causing heavy damage and heavy casualties, killing most of the crew.

While the Slaver held back, the Bloody Violet approached and sailed between the two enemy ships.  Narok raised a shadowy crurtain between their ship and the one that had just been pounded by the storm of fire and ice, just as Ro mightily leaped over fifty feet on to the deck of the burning ship.  The captain surrendered to Ro almost immediately.

Meanwhile, Oliver parlayed with captain of the other ship who appeared to be a reasonable, or very scared, human.  Oliver convinced him to surrender his feather without bloodshed, and he knowingly submitted to the rule of the would-be pirate king, William Grave. 

The first captain to surrender, however, had other ideas.  She wandered below deck, with Ro following closely behind, but then she suddenly ducked into a room and locks the door.  Ro was quick to break the door down, but not before she lit a fuse attached the many barrels of black powder stored there.  The resulting explosion sent debris, flame, and smoke high into the sky, along with one flailing Ro.  Due in no small part to the raw power possessed by his race, the Elan, he was able to survive, crasing while in flames into the sail of the Bloody Violet, burning it somewhat before the crew was able to put out the fires.

With his constantly glowing-blue eyes, Zarkavon immediately noticed a peculiar piece of debris in the water that landed near the slaver.  Using his hand of the mage, he retrieved the amazingly light and, in fact, floating item: a staff!  Carved into the staff is the word "NEMUS".  {It is the "Staff of Nemus"}

The explosion so echoed through the mountainous formations that the sound rocked the seas.  At this time, to the sheer horror of everyone present, a monstrously colossal being rose up from the sea to tower so high as though it were the sky itself.  It appeared almost like a worm or a snake or an eel, but none could be quite certain.  It's form was so huge that it was impossible to see it whole.  Evil unlike anything that could be imagined emanated from this being, more than any godly presence ever dreamt of could compare.  "WHO HAS AWAKENED ME?" it mouthed, its voice echoing as though from the void that existed before Creation.

 {DETAILS, Please .. I can't remember the imprtant things that were exchanged at this time}

Zarkavon cowered, his zombies huddled around him, offering little to his sense safety.  When this primeval being addressed them, Zarkavon's only response was to meekly call out, "Go away!".

Satisfied that the time was not yet right for the world to be destroyed, this being, the Leviathan, resubmerged into the abyssal depths.  It was clear, however, that things were close to a tipping point and that the actions of those present could be the deciding factor as to whether this nightmarish creature brings and end to everything.

Shaken to their very core, it took some time for everyone to gather their wits about them.  Quick to adapt or to ignore however, these heroes, these madmen, these selfish figures who may well decide the fate of all, continued on about their business as though nothing had happened, and did not speak of it.

They set sail for the wide seas, fighting off dire sharks and dragon turtles.  They had more to do before they could have the means to destroy the Swords of Hacathra.  The first thing would be to get the last of the feathers to restore the pirate throne to a vengeful ghost, and for that they would need to find the last pirate in the League of Flags: Captain Flud.

LEVEL ADVANCMENT: 12 -> 13

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