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Events and Mysteries?

Postby Veracity » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:40 pm

Here's my likely erroneous take on the events and mysteries that seem to matter for us. Could others, who take notes during the game, fix this? Thought it might make it easier to parse going forward if we could refer to some facts.

-Sedon became afflicted with something early on, but seems to have stablized. He has a book that gives him purpose and insights.

-Before we went into the overlapping Shadow Plane, Sedon had a romantic encounter with a mysterious lady (who was attracted to his special condition). What kind of creature do we think she is/was? And where did she come from?

-Did "The Wasting Hunger" thing start before the Shadow Plane overlapped with our plane or after? Is there a way we can figure that out?

-I "think" we encountered some "diseased" folks before we encournted the Shadow Plane ourselves, but I'm not sure I'm remembering correctly. But the Shadow Plane did overlap (due to unicorn's evil murder?) before we knew about it. Right? So is that how the disease crept in?

-While we were in the overlapping Shadow Plane area, 79 (??) years of time passed on in our world.

-Mercy was born and raised durng that era. During that time, she was experimented on and changed from a Drake to a seeming Human. Do we think those experiments are related to our larger mysteries or separate?

-Other worldly creatures seem to have been able to come and go on our world until some god or gods quarantined our world to stop the spread of the disease. (Who quarantined our world? Are they G-aligned? Could we contact them?)

-Sedon's romantic encouter spawned the life-sucking pod thing in the basement? And a demon who thinks Sedon is someone else says there is room for another pod when Sedon is ready.

-There is some other creature around who looks like Sedon. Is it another spawn? A demon? A demi-god? (I'm really confused on this.)

-The Lady who made the spawn or spawns with Sedon is still around in another guise?

-All the G-aligned gods may or may not have been killed off by all the E-aligned gods. Was there a war?

-Various E-aligned gods are now soliciting our help "by hook or by crook" for their own personal ends. As in, not necessarily anything to do with getting rid of the spawns or the disease.

-Fuma may or may not have been in touch with a remaining G-aligned god. (Seems to me like "yes" and that's a glimmer of hope.)

-Sedon and Chip are guiding us to the location of who? An NE algined goddess who may have some answers. Shar? A water goddess? A Green Goddess?

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby Veracity » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:08 pm

UPDATED on 02/21/2018

-Sedon became afflicted with something early on, but seems to have stablized. He has a book that gives him purpose and insights.

-Before we went into the overlapping Shadow Plane, Sedon had a "romantic encounter" with a mysterious lady (who was attracted to his special condition). What kind of creature do we think she is/was? And where did she come from?
We don't know for sure, but we think she might be the "Green Lady" who came to (Waterdeep?) our world, posed as a Goddess, did good things for the people, became more powerful, had battles with other gods and won, then buggered off somewhere.

-Did "The Wasting Hunger" thing start before the Shadow Plane overlapped with our plane or after?
It may have coincided with the Shadow Plane overlap and with the arrival of the Green Lady. The Green Lady may have come through the Shadow Plane. If she is who we think she is, she had access through a pool in the cave where we met her. She may later have traveled to Waterdeep and been there during the years we were in the Shadow Plane.

-I "think" we encountered some "diseased" folks before we encournted the Shadow Plane ourselves, but I'm not sure I'm remembering correctly. But the Shadow Plane did overlap (due to unicorn's evil murder?) before we knew about it. Right? So is that how the disease crept in?
We think the Shadow Plane overlap, Green Lady, and Wasting Hunger are related and may have coincided. It is also possible that the Wasting Hunger ended around the time we defeated the tree portal in the Shadow Plane (closing the link between planes).

-While we were in the overlapping Shadow Plane area, 71 years of time passed on in our world.

-Mercy was born and raised durng that era. During that time, she was experimented on and changed from a Drake to a seeming Human. Do we think those experiments are related to our larger mysteries or separate?
No opinions on this yet.

-Other worldly creatures seem to have been able to come and go on our world until some god or gods quarantined our world to stop the spread of the disease. Who quarantined our world? Are they G-aligned? Could we contact them?
No opinions on this yet, but is something we could ask Shar when we get to meet her.

-Sedon's "romantic encouter" spawned the life-sucking pod thing in the basement? And a demon who thinks Sedon is someone else says there is room for another pod when Sedon is ready.
This is something else we might ask Shar. Though Shar might not know as she has been in hiding.

-There is some other creature around who looks like Sedon. Is it another spawn? A demon? A demi-god?
Best guess currently is it is Sedon's demi-god or demi-demon daughter.

-The Lady who made the spawn or spawns with Sedon is still around in another guise?
Halfling intel suggests she is still around. She might the one they call rhe Green Lady or the Green Lady might be daughter of the union between Sedon and the mystery woman in the cave.

-All the G-aligned gods may or may not have been killed off by all the E-aligned gods. Was there a war?
When the Green Lady/Maybe-Goddess was becoming more and more powerful, other gods appeared, sigularly, to challege her. She defeated/killed them all, including Torm.

-Various E-aligned gods are now soliciting our help "by hook or by crook" for their own personal ends. As in, not necessarily anything to do with getting rid of the spawns or the disease.

-The goddess Shar has reached out to Fuma, given him a cloak that enables him to see through Magical Darkness, and has guided him to the statues of Chip. The statues of Chip act as portals to underground caverns, where this a city of halfling, human, and dwarven survivors. A statue will extend an open palm to a halfling and their buddies can touch the statue at the same time to travel. Only those traveling with a halfling can pass.

-A Halfling priestess said the world will end in 1 of 2 ways: (1) life will be drained away slowly, "which all will endure to the end" or (2) Chip and his Legendary friends will return and do something which will cause "everything to end."
We think this means either the life-sucking-pod-thing will continue to grow and suck up all life OR we will do something to rid our world of the Green Lady and the Pod, at which point time will reset to 71 years earlier.

-We are on our way to talk to Shar, who is hiding out deeper in the caverns.

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby Veracity » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:13 pm

Veracity wrote:UPDATED on 02/21/2018

-Sedon became afflicted with something early on, but seems to have stablized. He has a book that gives him purpose and insights.

-Before we went into the overlapping Shadow Plane, Sedon had a "romantic encounter" with a mysterious lady (who was attracted to his special condition). What kind of creature do we think she is/was? And where did she come from?
We don't know for sure, but we think she might be the "Green Lady" who came to (Waterdeep?) our world, posed as a Goddess, did good things for the people, became more powerful, had battles with other gods and won, then buggered off somewhere.

-Did "The Wasting Hunger" thing start before the Shadow Plane overlapped with our plane or after?
It may have coincided with the Shadow Plane overlap and with the arrival of the Green Lady. The Green Lady may have come through the Shadow Plane. If she is who we think she is, she had access through a pool in the cave where we met her. She may later have traveled to Waterdeep and been there during the years we were in the Shadow Plane.

-I "think" we encountered some "diseased" folks before we encournted the Shadow Plane ourselves, but I'm not sure I'm remembering correctly. But the Shadow Plane did overlap (due to unicorn's evil murder?) before we knew about it. Right? So is that how the disease crept in?
We think the Shadow Plane overlap, Green Lady, and Wasting Hunger are related and may have coincided. It is also possible that the Wasting Hunger ended around the time we defeated the tree portal in the Shadow Plane (closing the link between planes).

-While we were in the overlapping Shadow Plane area, 71 years of time passed on in our world.

-Mercy was born and raised durng that era. During that time, she was experimented on and changed from a Drake to a seeming Human. Do we think those experiments are related to our larger mysteries or separate?
No opinions on this yet.

-Other worldly creatures seem to have been able to come and go on our world until some god or gods quarantined our world to stop the spread of the disease. Who quarantined our world? Are they G-aligned? Could we contact them?
No opinions on this yet, but is something we could ask Shar when we get to meet her.

-Sedon's "romantic encouter" spawned the life-sucking pod thing in the basement? And a demon who thinks Sedon is someone else says there is room for another pod when Sedon is ready.
This is something else we might ask Shar. Though Shar might not know as she has been in hiding.

-There is some other creature around who looks like Sedon. Is it another spawn? A demon? A demi-god?
Best guess currently is that it is Sedon's demi-god or demi-demon daughter.

-The Lady who made the spawn or spawns with Sedon is still around in another guise?
Halfling intel suggests she is still around. She might be the one they call the Green Lady or the Green Lady might be the daughter of the union between Sedon and the mystery woman in the cave.

-All the G-aligned gods may or may not have been killed off by all the E-aligned gods. Was there a war?
Per hafling intel, when the Green Lady/Maybe-Goddess was becoming more and more powerful, other gods appeared, sigularly, to challege her. She defeated/killed them all, including Torm.

-Various E-aligned gods are now soliciting our help "by hook or by crook" for their own personal ends. As in, not necessarily anything to do with getting rid of the spawns or the disease.

-[b]The goddess Shar has reached out to Fuma, given him a cloak that enables him to see through Magical Darkness, and has guided him to the statues of Chip. The statues of Chip act as portals to underground caverns, where there is a city of halfling, human, and dwarven survivors. A statue will extend an open palm to a halfling and their buddies can touch the statue at the same time to travel. Only those traveling with a halfling can pass. [/b]

-A Halfling priestess said the world will end in 1 of 2 ways: (1) life will be drained away slowly, "which all will endure to the end" or (2) Chip and his Legendary friends will return and do something which will cause "everything to end."
We think this means either the life-sucking-pod-thing will continue to grow and suck up all life OR we will do something to rid our world of the Green Lady and the Pod, at which point time will reset to 71 years earlier.

-We are on our way to talk to Shar, who is hiding out deeper in the caverns.

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby MercyDrake » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:18 pm

Mmm... resetting 71 years earlier is going to be interesting event for Mercy.
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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby Yoshi » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:40 pm

Great analysis! Only some (very) minor quibbles not even worth mentioning! Thanks!

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby Veracity » Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:06 pm

Well, it would be worth quibbling a bit at start of next game, I think. Maybe, as a party, we can come up with a list of questions to ask Shar.

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby MercyDrake » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:22 pm

Mercy wants to know
- why Fuma isn't dead?
- why she isn't mad?

Mercy now suspects the first answer lies in the disease playing itself out over a year ago.
As for the second, she doesn't like the options at all - either she's not dragon enough, or the humans took away enough of her dragonhood that it the madness bypassed her. Much hand-wringing as she puzzles that out.
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Re: Events and Mysteries = Update

Postby Veracity » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:54 pm

-Before we went into the overlapping Shadow Plane, Sedon had a "romantic encounter" with a mysterious lady (who was attracted to his special condition). We discovered that she is the "Green Lady" who came to Waterdeep, posed as a Goddess, did good things for the people, became more powerful, had battles with other gods and won, then buggered off somewhere. She is now also referred to as "The Devourer" and is suspected of being responsible for the climate change.

-It seems more and more likely that the Shadow Plane overlap, arrival of Green Lady, and Wasting Hunger coincided. It is also possible that the Wasting Hunger ended around the time we defeated the tree portal in the Shadow Plane (closing the link between planes).

We were told the Green Lady/Devourer came to Waterdeep about 70 years ago.

-We have been gone about 71 years. However, 70 years, in Waterdeep time, is probably how long it has been since we last saw the Green Lady in the Cave.


-If time "resets" once we defeat the Devourer, then what happens to Mercy?

-Not all the G-aligned gods were killed off. There are still 2 or 3 around, according to the blind gnome wagon driver.

-Shar gave us each a gift to bribe us to help her, according to the blind gnome wagon driver. Sedon got one Diviation per day. Fuma got a cloak that enables him to see through magical darkness. Mercy can turn into a dragon for 12 or 15 rounds per day. Eclipse can do wild shape 1 extra time per day (as Worg only). Chip can resurrect himself or someone else twice until The End.

-The blind gnome wagon driver was dodgy about whether or not there are strings or curses attached to our gifts from Shar.

-The Honorably Pragmatic Fuma persisted in his support of Shar (an E-aligned diety) even though we now know there are still some G-aligned dieties remaining in this world.

-The blind gnome wagon driver took us to a temple, advised we proceed to a nearby cavern town to get more supplies, then continue on to find Shar. The town appeared to be deserted and some Drow have spied us and are drawing their weapons.

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Re: Events and Mysteries = Update

Postby Hazen » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:08 pm

Veracity wrote:Mercy can turn into a dragon for 12 or 15 rounds per day.

Not that many rounds - just half her level, in rounds, so currently 2 rounds. She recovers one round if she does a long rest.

Veracity wrote:The blind gnome wagon driver was dodgy about whether or not there are strings or curses attached to our gifts from Shar.

He stated that there were no strings attached, and that the honorable party took on no obligations in accepting the gifts. Of course, he could be less than truthful, but if a vastly powerful entity wants to bind an unknown obligation on the honorable party, there is little it can do. Both Shar and the world are in peril, and for some reason - perhaps because the honorable party was disconnected from it during the critical time - the honorable party of legend can help in some way. Fuma thus believes that the gifts are likely either showings of good faith, or things that can aid as in the honorable party's quest, or both.

Veracity wrote:The Honorably Pragmatic Fuma persisted in his support of Shar (an E-aligned diety) even though we now know there are still some G-aligned dieties remaining in this world.

Fuma does not "support" Shar. Fuma believes that having the requested audience with the most honorable goddess is the best idea the honorable party has heretofore put forward. Fuma believes that finding the well hidden good deities is a great plan, and one the honorable party should pursue - howsoever long it takes. But the most honorable goddess is at hand. Fuma does not know if the most honorable goddess is evil. Some see darkness and shadow as evil because they can hide evil deeds, but they can also obscure virtuous deeds from public sight and acclaim, and therefore be done without engendering pride. A virtuous deed done without witness is often the most pure one. Fuma is a student of the shadow. Fuma wants the shadow to aid Fuma in doing what is right.

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby Seston Tempiri » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:25 pm

Veracity wrote:
Mercy can turn into a dragon for 12 or 15 rounds per day.

Not that many rounds - just half her level, in rounds, so currently 2 rounds. She recovers one round if she does a long rest.


Yes, Mercy can become a young copper dragon for a number of turns equal to her level rounded down. Once used, she recovers one round per long rest.


For reference:

Fuma can see in darkness, including magical darkness.

Sedon may cast Divination once per day using the tome with no material cost.

Chip may raise dead twice. (Yes, this is only "temporary" ability and I have plans to balance that in the future, but I'm sitting on that mystery for now.)

Eclipse may assume one additional wild shape per day but that form must be a worg.

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Re: Events and Mysteries = Update

Postby Yoshi » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:38 pm

[quote="Veracity"]-Before we went into the overlapping Shadow Plane, Sedon had a "romantic encounter" with a mysterious lady (who was attracted to his special condition). We discovered that she is the "Green Lady" ...
No, the "Green Lady" is their child.

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby MercyDrake » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:42 am

What the honorable party really hasn't considered is the interplay between the Balor, the female demon, and Shar. Are they one and the same? Was the demon posing as the Balor? Was the demon working for Shar or Shar through the demon?

The gifts that were bestowed onto Mercy (for example) came via LaTor, who was the demon. Now we are told that Shar was the source of the gifts. But maybe Shar simply saw that the demon was able to tempt Mercy with dragonform and has separately proffered the same gift?

There is something here to be puzzled out.
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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby Veracity » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:11 am

If the Green Lady is your child, Sedon... Then is the Green Lady also the Devourer? And is the Green Lady the one who defeated the other dieties? Or was that your Lover?

Hey, Absentee Dad... You must owe a LOT of back child support!! :lol:

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby Yoshi » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:59 pm

Child not lover.

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby Seston Tempiri » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:31 am

This thread always amuses me.

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Re: Events and Mysteries?

Postby Veracity » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:43 pm

Summary 04/14

-Before we went into the overlapping Shadow Plane, Sedon had a "romantic encounter" with a mysterious lady in a cave.

-Sedon's spawn, a daughter, known as the "Green Lady," came to Waterdeep, posed as a Goddess, did good things for the people, became more and more powerful, had battles with other gods and won, then disappeared.

-The "Green Lady" is also referred to as "The Devourer" and is suspected of being responsible for the negative climate change.

-All other worlds seem to have been cordoned off from ours. Only those of us who were in the Shadow Plane when the cordoning occurred, have the ability to move between worlds.)

-If time "resets" once we defeat the Devourer/Green Lady, then what happens to Mercy?

-Statues of Chip act as portals to help resucue halflings and friends of halflings, by transporting them to underground cavern sanctuaries.

-We made it to one such sanctuary. There we were advised to travel further through the caverns to meet the semi-Evil Goddess Shar, who has been in hiding. Fuma's honorable eyes lit up at this. Fuma explained that Shar has been his "Dream" Babe and proposed we ALL serve her.

-A blind-gmone wagon driver met us on a cavern road as we traveled to find Shar.

-The driver revealed that not all the G-aligned gods were killed off. There are still 2 or 3 around. However, Fuma remains faithful to the semi-evil Shar.

-The driver told us that Shar gave us each a gift to bribe us to help her:
[list=]o Sedon has 1 new Divination per Day
o Fuma has a cloak that allows him to see through magical darkness
o Mery can turn into a dragon for L/2 rounds per day
o Eclipse can turn into a Worg 1 extra time per day
o Chip can resurrect himself or another 2x until The End[/list]

-The driver dropped us off at an underground temple and advised we proceed to a cavern town to get supplies.

-At first, the town appeared to be deserted, but then some Drow spied us and drew their weapons. We engaged them, and their pet Spider, in battle and defeated them.

-We explored the town and determined that the residents had bolted themselves inside their homes while somethings or someones battered on their doors. Then, after things quieted down, the residents fled.

-We went to the Town Hall (largest building) and discovered some Trogs had been locked inside.

-After we dispatched the Trogs, we found a lone-eyed tentacles creature nailed to the wall by a strange sword.

-The creatured talked to some of us telepathically and convinced us to remove the sword.

-Mercy removed the sword and the creature fell into Fuma's arms.

-The creature wrapped its tentables around all (presumably homorable) parts of Fuma. Fuma similarly writhed and reported "communing" with the creature. (Fuma has exotic love tastes.)

-Fuma relelated that the creature had been a member of The ONE.

-After seemingly satisfying itself with Fuma, the creature pleaded to die and be eaten by the party Worg, rather than live a life apart from THE ONE.

-Mercy and Eclipse were happy to oblige the creature's wishes. But Eclipse was disappointed that the creature had no liver.

-Eclipse suggested that when the strange sword pierced the body of the tentacled creature, the creature's connection with The ONE was severed. Mercy pocketed the strange sword.

-A rebel, "male-liberation," Drow, named Chol'k, approached us and said the "Drow of the Barrens" shot down his air ship. Then, ater his ship crashed, he was overrn by Zombies.

-Nevertheless, Chol'k is convinced that his fragile air ship is still salvageable, if only we can help him get to it. In return, he will air-ferry us across the rest of the barrens.

-Fuma and Sedon were supportive of Chol'k. The rest of the party was skeptical of his motives. And he only tried to temp Eclipse with dried and salted seal meat (psha!). But we agreed to tag along together anyway.

-Mercy found humanoid tracks, in marching order, and signs that a dragon had followed behind and tried to obscure the tracks with its wings. (The estimated size of the group did not tally with our estimate of the number of inhabitants of the deserted halfling village.)

-Eventually, we came to a cross-roads where we needed to go down a different path than the marchers and their dragon.

-We are traveling on high guard, as those living in the barrens are said to be more aggressive, of late, towards stragersl. There is some mysterious "unrest" going on.


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