Ptolus 4E

Xp Thru Session 30

Okay here is what I have for XP totals for everyone. This does not include any bonus xp you may have gotten individually but does include session 30.

Ellanna – 26,848

Symba – 23,302

Yarkblar – 28583

Apostle – 27510

Cheava – 26644

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Ptolus Session 30

Everyone played in this session. You got 1300 xp each.

AG was awakened at thier camp in the lower reaches of the Banewarrens by “Gary”, the mechanical man, who had been acting as a kind of “caretaker” for the first level of the Banewarrens vaults. Gary informed you that “Sagyryntis”, the silver dragon had come and found him. The dragon said there was no reason for him to keep resetting the traps and cleaning up the bodies and that Gary should help AG 18 seal the Banewarrens. The dragon also released Gary from his need to “fix” the Banewarrens.

Up entering the Baneheart, AG 18 discovered they were actually inside the spire that towers over Ptolus. The entire interior of the spire was lined with hundreds if not thousands of vault doors. These vaults were different than the ones in the outer vaults, the banewarrens key would not open them. Each door appears to require a specific key. Gary informed you that the keys were intially stored in the inner vaults but that at some point Malkith had taken them into Jabel Shammar at the top of the spire.

A long winding spiral staircase climbed the interior of the spire with landings interspersed along the way.

AG 18 was set upon by a group of vrock while exploring the base of the spire. After he creatures were dispatched, they discovered the vrock’s lair, and some vaults that had already been opened, one of which had a secret passage leading to an unopened vault.

You gained the following items.

An ebony skull that seems to need some kind of ritual to activate.

A box, when opened, summons a specter.

Gloves of the Battlemaster +3 (Went to Yarkblar)

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Ptolus Session 29

Everyone but Jadera played in this session.

Jadera Gets 750 xp.

Everyone else gets 1688 xp.

At the beginning of the session, you spent 2 days in town. It is now the 19th of Wind.

You spoke with Jevicca Nor, who again warned you that the Church of Lothian had sent a group of adventurers into the Banewarrens to seek the Sword of Lies. Jevicca said that the Sword of lies was a powerful artifact that was used to slay mages. Of course, unbeknown to Jevicca, AG 18 is the group of adventurers who are seeking the sword. Jevicca has also offered a reward for retrieving the sword for the Inverted Pyramid. She left the amount somewhat vague, simply saying that they would create a magic item for you.

The group completed the exploration of the inner vaults of the banewarrens. AG 18 freed an angel who had been trapped by Malkith many thousands of years ago. (Seems like freeing angels is becoming a habit.) The angel warned the group that the Baneheart contained a malignant magical force that would tempt spellcasters into using it. The Baneheart is also inhabited by the Malificite, a fallen angel who was Malkith’s most powerful servant. The angel also said that the sealing rod and the staff of shards were almost certainly located in the Baneheart.

The group encountered and dispatched a group of skeletons and opened the last few vaults of the in the inner vaults.

Having cleared out the dangerous monsters and retrieving the evil magic items from the inner vaults, the group set off through the secret door leading into the Baneheart. The legends state that the concentrated evil in the Baneheart was so great that the earth itself rebelled and pushed the Baneheart away, creating the spire that looms over Ptolus. Entering the next area, its hard not to believe this legend. The area is full of large deep caverns, treacherous ledges, and long climbing staircase. AG 18 was set upon by a group of monstrous humanoids who inhabited this part of the Banewarrens. After this tough fight, the group decided to rest before continuing. The entrance to the Baneheart itself looming before them.

You gained two magic items:

Periapt of cascading health +3

Shielding Girdle

Both of which went to Symba

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Ptolus Session 28

Everyone played in this session, you got 1980 xp each.

As they were resting in an out of the way room in the banewarrens, AG 18 was contacted by Jevica Nor of the inverted pyramid. She had not heard from the group a a while and wanted to check their progress through the banewarrens. The group informed her that they now knew how to seal the banewarrens, (using sealing rod and staff of shards) and they were currently searching for them deeper in the banewarrens. (The quest for Jevicca has now been completed. The XP is figured in above. She owes you 5000 gp each)

Ag 18 freed the silver dragon, Sagirantus from his prison. He has been trapped there by Malkuth many years ago. After some initial confusion and some overzealous use of his breath weapon, he realized time had passed. He asked the group many question but ultimately decided to meditate near one of the warding generators, which he had helped to build some many years ago.

Exploring further, AG 18 dispatched Slaad, a Xorn, and a pack of Kruthik and removed the contents of some of the banewarrens vaults.

The group also gained access to the heart of the banewarrens by figuring out the correct phrase to open the door, well after a few tries anyway.

The way into Tremoc Korin,the Baneheart, now lays open before you.

It is now the 16th of wind. According to your notes on the pad o’ initiative, your were to report back to Jevicca on the 16th of wind. She did contact you already, but she owes you 5000 gp each (which can be used to purchase a magic item from the dreaming apothecary.) Between this session and the next let’s say you went back into town so you can collect your money. At the very least someone needs to go back to town, you are running out of food and water. (Xorn burger anyone?)

We can run the in-town interaction over email before the next session. If there is anyone you wish to speak with during this time, or anything you want to do, let me know. You can spend any money you have to purchase any magic item level 10 or below. Elanna and Apostle also have access to some fairly useful ritual magic now so you might purchase some of those as well.

In addition to whatever money you have on your sheet you have the 5000 xp from Jevicca. You also gained 744 gp each in this session from the loot in the Slaad cave.

You also have the following magic Items that need to be dealt with:

Gem that causes Nightmares

Dagger of Varghul Curse

Disintegrating Disc

Jug of Posion (not identified)

You can sell these items if you find the right buyer. The inverted pyramid might be interested in the evil items for study, you could also give them to the Malkuth for destruction, which would earn extra xp.

You still have an outstanding quest from the church of Lothain to find the Sword of Lies, they have offered 20k gold for this. (Total not each.)

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Ptolus Session 27

Everyone played, you got 1580 xp each.

AG 18 continues their exploration of the banewarrens, in search of the Sword of Lies and the sealing rod. They began by trying to figure out how to get the silver dragon, who was encased in glass, out of his prison. Exploring the area, no way to free the dragon was discovered, however the ever-present banewarrens vaults were not in short supply. Many of the vaults had been opened and plundered already. Some were not empty and AG-18 had to deal with a winery elemental and a pack of specters. Soon they also discovered a profane temple inhabited by a vampire lord and his wight minions. Having dealt with these creatures and sanctifying the vampires crypt, the group rested for a night.

It is now the 15th of Wind.

Items gained:

Swift-step boots

Symbol of Demon-Turning +3

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Ptolus Session 26

Everyone but Symba played. You got 1525 xp each.

In this session AG-18 continued their exploration of the inner vaults of the Banewarrens. The inner vaults were converted into a prison and lair by dreadlords more powerful servants. The group was nearly ambushed by a group of wights and their commander. These undead were servants of the Dreadlord and continue to defend the inner vaults as if no time has passed. Forging deeper into the dungeon, the group encountered the jailer of the prison, who had become a lich, and his two skeletal guardians. Dispatching these creatures, the group was able to recover the lich’s magic items from his previous life. Exploring further AG-18 discovered a silver Dragon trapped in a glass floor, and a large area where the dungeon appeared to have been destroyed by some kind of magical catastrophe. The magical conflagration appeared to be inhabited by Slaad.

Treasure gained:

  • Cloak a Resistance +3
  • Targeting Bow +3
  • Staff of Fiery Might +3

At the end of this session, it is the 14th of wind.

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Ptolus Session 25

At the end of this session, it is the 13 of Wind.

Everyone played but Cheava. Cheava was played as an NPC so he gets half xp. Cheava gets 746 xp. Everyone else gets 1680 xp. (I think that’s slightly higher than the amount I gave you last week.)

Ag 18 continued their pursuit of the Pactlord team lead by the Beholder. They emerged into the the room with the Vault Door leading t0 the inner vaults of the Banewarrens to discover a battered and broken “Gary.” Gary told the group that the Pactlords had passed through the Vault door, but he had managed to close it afterwards. Ag 18 used the banewarrens key to open the vault and prepared to face the pactlords. When the Vault opened, “Gary” shape shifted into an Orge Mage! The Beholder and his 2 wyverns attacked from their hidden spot near the ceiling. (Thanking the adventurers for opening the inner vaults and laughing like Jabba the Hutt.)

Despite disintegrations and death rays, AG 18 was able to prevail over the pactlords. Rather than venture deeper into the warrens the group decided to rest and check the vaults they had passed by in their pursuit of the beholder. They discovered a suit of armor haunted by an ancient evil warlord, a skull that allows communication with evil gods, a particularly strong poison, the hand of a lich,a disk that disintegrates both target and user, and a knife that turns anyone killed by in into a Vairgoulle.

The group then ventured into the Inner Vaults, expecting the worst. The very first room was inhabited by a pair of black puddings which were dispatched with some difficulty.

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Ptolus Session 24

Everyone played and you got 1250 Xp each.

You have one outstanding quest from Jevica Norr of the Inverted Pyramid. She has offered to pay you 5000 gp each to discover how to seal up the Banewarrens forever. (With the recovery of the dagger, Yaelsha from the pactlords and the information from Gary the metal man, you have probably completed this.)

Apostle, Symba, and Yark informed the church of Lothian about Brother Heth and his involvement with the Pactlords. Thr church has asked you to recover the “Sword of Lies” from the Banewarrens. The church believes that the sword of lies is actually the sword of truth, a powerful artifact of Lothian. The sword is rumored to be stored in the inner vaults of the Banewarrens. The church offered to pay you 20,000 gp to recover the sword.

While all this was going on, you had left Gary the metal man with the Shuul to be repaired. Once he was repaired, he took it upon himself to return to his duties in the Banewarrens, despite the Shuul’s opinions to the contrary. Gary returned to the Banewarrens with the Shuul not far behind. When they reached the Banewarrens they were set upon by a new group of Pactlords, led by a Beholder. You found out about all this mostly from the horrendous amount of gunfire that occurred when the Shuul encountered the Beholder.

AG 18 investigated and discovered that the Pactlords have captured Gary and are going to attempt the penetrate the inner vaults. You followed the pactlords deeper into the Banewarrens encountering Wisps, Gorillons, and firelasher elementals, before having to stop and rest.

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Ptolus Session 23

Everyone played in this session.

You received 1590 XP each. That includes the quest xp for finding the Banewarrens key.

You received another quest in the session. Jevica Norr would like you to continue to investigate the banewarrens and hopefully find the pieces of the staff of shards as well as the sealing rod so the Banewarrens can be sealed permanently. She would like to meet with you in a week see what you have found out. She offered to pay you 5000 gp each depending on how much progress you make.

You negotiated with Navanna Vladaam for her freedom. She agreed to tell you where Cheva’s sister was, to write a writ that will get the watch off your back and as an added incentive not to kill her, “other information that pertains to the banewarrens.” She would only provide this last bit of info after she was let free.

Cheava’s sister, according to Navanna, is being held in the Dark Reliquary. Lilith, the succubus, thinks she knows some important information.

Cheva and Symba proceeded to mull this over at the Ghostly Minstrel while the rest of the group went to Rivergate to discuss the Banewarrans key with Brother Heth.

Navanna was true to her word and provided some important information to Cheva. Brother Heth is actually a member of the Pactlords of Quan, and is seeking the Banewarrens key for himself.

Rushing out the door, Cheva and Symba arrived just in time to help the rest of the group fight of a group of pactlords that attacked them at the rivergate temple.

Investigating the temple further you discoverd that it had been used as a base of operations by the pactlords. Ultimately you confronted Brother Heth, a Naga, and a Basilisk in the Belfrey of the temple. The belfrey had been converted into some kind of lab with 2 choasitech machines.

After defeating the pactlords, you discovered that Heth had a magical dagger that spoke to you. The dagger is one of the 3 pieces of the staff of shards. (The dagger has a much longer story to tell but that will be in the next session.)

The Swords of Ptolus are very pleased by the recent turn of events. All three swords are happy that the Pactlords (at least this group) has been defeated. The swords consider the pactlords “invaders” to Ptolus.

Power liked the heroic “nick-of-time” rescue of your comrades. (Power likes to be heroic and deeat enemeies)

Insight likes that fact that you have found both the banewarrens key and a piece of the staff of shards. (Insight likes to discover secrets.)

Deceit is pleased that you are using it to hide the banewarrens key, which is much desired by many people at this point. (Deceit likes to keep things hidden.)

The swords are now providing the following additional powers.

Insight now adds +2 to Will Defense instead of +1. You may also now use the “Consult Oracle” ritual once per day instead of the “Consult Mystic Sages” Ritual.

Power now adds +2 to fortitude Defense instead of +1. Once per day power will give you an additional action just as if you had spent an action point.

Deceit now adds +2 to reflex Defense instead of +1. Deciet also now had the following daily power.

  • Move Action
  • Teleport 5 Squares and become invisible till the start of you next turn.
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Ptolus Session 22

Everyone but Symba gets 1098 xp each. Symba gets 488 since he was played as an NPC.

You decided to go ahead and kill Navanna Vladaam, at least temporarily, since that seemed the easiest way to carry her around without her teleporting away. You discverd that Navanna had been speaking to Geristranomos, a clockwork man. Geristranomos had been built by Danar to perform maintenance on the Banewarrens. During the earthquake that created the spire, he was trapped in the room you found him. “Geri” knows a lot about the Banewarrens so you decided to take him with you.

Continuing you exploration you encountered mechanical scorpions in one of the vaults and recovered quite a trove of evil magic weapons. On the way out you defeated a second team from the Pactlords of Quan who were searching the Banewarrens, now that the outer vaults have been opened.

You placed Navanna’s body in a trunk, preserved with gentl repose and stored the trunk at Castle Shard. Zavere seemed highly amused by this and promised to look after the trunk for you.

You rested for the night and it is now the 8th of Wind.

The magic weapons you took to the Dark Market sell for 720 gp total.

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