From the Journals of Jak, Dwarven Pladin, Mayor of Whitefall.
We are currently imprisoned in a hastily built bungalow prison. Honestly, we can try to break out of this crap hole easily. This isnt a prison - no chains, or real bars. the door is held by a deadbolt, and guarded by two idiots. Hell,Laestra could just feystep out of the thin walls and bust out. I think she's going to do that.
It seems the goliath wants something from Kinnari. She was forcefully separated from us. Something about her bag. I suspect its the EGG. I should have gotten rid of that thing from the start.
That Lian chick who "welcomed" us have peaked my curiosity with a ritual of some sort tomorrow. For now I'm going to sit tight and pray to wait this one out. Im still troubled by the death of Rock and Reeve.
Meanwhile, Laestra just ported out to have a look-a-bout the town - she should be back in a bit - if she doesn't mess up.
One of the idiot guards is named Tiny.
Laestra went for another walkabout. seriously, at this rate we can just waltz out of here.
Morning comes, Lian comes back to take us somewhere. Townsfolk are geared and ready to escort us out. Soldiers are shaky with crap weapons, we can bull rush them and escape. We are compelled to stay to see what's up and to mess with their heads. Rae suspects that Lian is under a strong charm spell.
No sign or word from kinnari, and Im beginning to worry. All i can do is pray for her to be alive. I doubt "safe" and "well being" would be words associated with her current state. she is a strong girl, but everybody breaks. everybody.
No time to be absorbed, right now the mission is paramount. Everybody has sacrificed too much for me to choke and get girly feelings when a team mate goes missing. Litterally creation is ridding on our success or failure.
That trip down south to Mullhorand sounds more appealing now. maybe when this is over. Sun, sand and Spice await me there.
we are lead to an amphitheater, an old man is lead at the dais, and suddenly turned into dust. A ritual is supposed to prevent the dead from rising by turning them to residuum.
Prince Vemac appears from behind and sends up back to the prison.
Overheard that Lian came from the town of Siger, Jeanne seems to know something about it.
It seems Ogre have managed to brainwash these people into thinking he is a hero saving the world. He did this by killing a faction of his undead army in front of them- winning their hearts and minds. I cant wait to tear him apart myself. so help me Gods. Manipulating innocent townsfolk is just not cool.
We managed to escape our shabby prison without much difficulty, (in hindsight, it really was just an inconvenience) and were led into a dark museum that eventually led to a heavy steel grate that drops roughly 50 ft bellow. After a series of bungles and painful falls, we encounter another bunch of scientist vampires - this time without the stupid accent. Im still trying to wrap my head around a bunch of arcane/supernatural beings doing science experiments - mind boggling.
We managed to talk our way out of that one (surprisingly), and we encounter their ancient boss. he seemed like a nice old business man, oddly curt and informative. He has shaken my understanding of the war.
New things to consider:
- these vampires are only under Ogre's control cause their woman friendis under geas.
- They also want to end ogre's life, which puts us into a weird alliance with them.
- Ogre seems to try and graft creatures together - this is troubling considering he technically has THE EGG.
- Now he asked us to "fight" our way out to make it look real.
- It seems that, Ogre's hide out is in the middle of the town, in another dimensional pocket.
- Lian and other influential people in the town are under charm by theVampires.
- Found out they have managed to convert matter into residuum,particularly souls into a perfect conversion. But for that to happen,their souls must be happy at the point of death.
Some of our weapons were recovered. We are severely de-powered, its unlikely that we are able to fulfill our mission, here. Part of me believes I should have gone with the soldiers, might have made a difference there. But I wouldn't know anymore. I just hope it pays off in the end.
BY THE WAY - I think that The Holy Bearded One wont be pleased with me for a number of things, let me enumerate:
1) I have turned a blind eye on at least two acts of murder, one involving unarmed Prisoners.
2) I have watched two of my friends get strangled to their death.
3) have allied my self with evil vampires - despite good intentions.
4) said nothing when my ally agreed to use an old man's soul to reconstitute his armor.
But despite all these, all were done for the big picture in mind. its no excuse, I know. I can only pray He understands - that I am forever working for his service and glory.
Al (the boss vampire) asked Jeanne to stay, and she agreed. I am doubting the stability of her mind by the minute. Following her seems to lead to more trouble.
Meanwhile, we are about to engage in the most contrived fight of our lives. Note to self: Scientist Vampires are crappy actors. Conveniently, they set up a pulley system for us to go back up. I left a note to inform them when they can perform the portal ritual.
SURPRISE! We saw Ogre in the town plaza, he was dragging Zombie Marnius with him in chains and let the townsfolk maul and tear him apart. Lian seems to be enjoying it too much. She is obviously too HOT for that Ogre. I thought i was about to puke.
Lian approached us, and we bumbled around to dissuade her from investigating further. We have managed to impress the following on to her: Sylvos is filthy, Rae and Attica are gay, Laestra seems to have intimacy issues, Jagrick is too Emotional again, and i just feigned illiteracy and groped her (sorry again BIG MAN).
I'm in sooo much trouble...
our Vampire "friends" were opening the portal when our Bugbear enemy appears in front of us. We are so dead.
OOOKay! Whew. I think i died twice. But I killed the Bugbear again. The messed up thing is Vermillion Killgrave came and whups all of our asses. I got friggin' punched in the face and died. How Eff'ed is that?!
Regardless, in a very heartwarming scene that I would have appreciated so much more if death and complete destruction of creation didn't loom over our heads, almost everyone we have met/helped came to our aid and is supposed to beat the hell out of Vermillion. I wouldnt know for sure what happened since we jumped into the portal thing. I just pray they are alright.
So we jumped into the Portal.
Only to fight a bunch of zombies and and a Lich. I nearly "really" died for the second time, so did most of my crew. But we got our act together and beat those guys up.I owe Jeanne 2 now. She might be a cookoolander, but she's got my back and I got hers.
Then we went through the door, and met Kef. Pretty blond one-eyed pirate chick, seems to own Rae's "talking" sword. And yes, she is the chick the vampires wanted to rescue. We are "friends", for now. Can't really trust evil undead now can we? I'll deal with them later, for now shared goals would have to do. The enemy of my enemy might just be an ally.
Well time to rest. tomorrow is another bloody day. I think im going to take a long vacation after this entire thing is over - if I survive. ha ha, I'm such a bloody optimist.