What follows is a reconstruction of the timeline of events following Silus’s first journal, and the journal started by Krylyk. This is constructed mostly from the memory of the half-orc along with conversations the group has had with me. – SGBW
15 Vult, 998 – Silas, Krylyk and Jelpair teleport to Newthrone, the Capital of Q’barra to make some purchases that aren’t available through our supply lines here or Farshore. Lavinnia has made indications that House Orien had been discussing sending representatives from the Transportation Guild to Farshore to establish stronger supply lines to Savinth-Yhi.
The Adjunct Faculty returned this evening with a scroll to cure the feebleminded woman. Her tale was quite interesting. Not only was she feebleminded, but suffering from extreme paranoia, which made her trusting us extremely difficult.
The woman bore a tattoo on her shoulder indicating that she was associated with the Wayfarers. Her name was Juliver, a Wayfarer from Sharn. She was the companion of the famous Thunder Guide, Eando Kline. While on assignment with the Wayfarers, Kline stumbled upon a subterranean city in the far north built ages ago by a strange race of snake men. But it wasn’t a dead city; it was just asleep—and it was ready to wake up. The clues that Eando had been following had been laid by the serpentfolk themselves in the hope that some explorer would unwittingly stumble upon them and rouse them from their age-long slumber to rise and conquer an unprepared world. Kline and the Wayfarers only narrowly avoided doing just that and barely escaped with their lives.
When they reported back to the Wayfarers, Eando refused to publish his findings and discouraged anyone from retracing his steps, knowing the dangers if others should stumble upon that city and wake those creatures. For this he was ostracized from the Wayfarers.
But Kline continued his researches on his own, and discovered something of even more immediate danger—the underground city under Xen’drik was not the only such slumbering city. Another city slept as well, and was already beginning to wake on its own. Kline gathered a group of like-minded Thunder Guides and Wayfinders —such as Juliver—and they set out to stop this newly discovered threat before it could erupt.
Following Kline‘s research, we entered certain deep caves in the Tempest’s Spine mountains in eastern Xen’drik. For weeks we followed the byways of the Khyber until at last they came to this new subterranean city, called Ilmurea. Unfortunately, it was much more lively than its sister city under Xen’drik and inhabited by numerous denizens. The Yuan-ti there are on some sort of mission, under the leadership
of a powerful priest. They ambushed us shortly after we entered the city. Kline and his companions were captured. Only Juliver managed to escape.
While fleeing the Yuan-ti, Juliver found an obscure tunnel that led up and assumed it to be as good as any. The tunnel led to a chamber with a magical portal on one wall. Her pursuers were right behind her, so to keep them from following her, Juliver smashed several crystals surrounding the portal, hoping the damage would deactivate it for a time.
Things are somewhat hazy after that. She doesn’t think the snake men followed her through, but she encountered what she thought was an undead yuan-ti, a wizard, perhaps. She is unsure of what exactly happened, as she kept losing track of time and what she was doing. Eventually she remembered no more until she came to my senses just now.
16 Vult, 998 – The Adjunct Faculty followed the trail of the undead to a ruined mansion on a hill overlooking the Artisan District, as well as a door in the side of the hill where the girl’s trail lead back to. Camping within sight of the mansion, they thought best to strike at night.
17 Vult, 998 – the Adjunct Faculty attacked the undead in the basement of the mansion, killing Sozothala, the ghastly yuan-ti necromancer. After a rest, they returned to the door in the cliff and enter. After encountering some Kech and some Sabosan (bat-people), Lem, Tonk and Darkfallen fall to paranoia. Silus managed to web Lem, and charm Tonk, but all of Darkfallen’s gear, right down to hus undergarments, were found in a pile outside the vault and he was never to be seen again.
18 Vult, 998 – the Adjunct Faculty finish clearing the first vault, including fighting a Stone Golem!. They discover the paranoia is caused by a substance called Midnight Spores, a strange extraplanar fungus of unknown origin discovered and cultivated by an Olman scholar named Urschlar millennia ago. Urschlar was also the seer who predicted the cataclysm that shattered Savinth-Yhi, and encouraged the building of the vaults below the city, where people could retreat to wait out the catastrophe. Lem has begun treatment under Morwynn, and Silas has Tonk securely under charm effects.
Deep in the first vault, the group discovered a portal, as Juliver described, with the focussing crystals smashed. Runes on the portal were also inscribed on a wall-sized map of the city, indicating the locations of six other vaults within the city.
They returned to me, sharing the information they have discovered. They all agree that this information is important to be shared with the other allied factions. The Adjunct Faculty headed over towards the Merchant’s District to speak with Lavinia. On their way, they run into Zan Oldavin, the roguish halfling. formerly from the Jade Ravens, and Lt. LaFoote, from the Farshore Government. They quickly explain that the Dragonmarked houses just got a new group of reinforcements, led by a man named Ivo Haigan. Haigan immediately met with Lavinia and her staff, and executed them, assuming control. Zan and Lefty fled. As they finish their explanation, the jungle erupts and the group is attacked by Dragonmarked Merceneries.
On their way back to the Artisan District, they are greeted by a troupe of winged apes, who announce the coming of Rhuthazek, the Gorilla King.
Returning to the Tribe of the Sacred Serpent, they called a council with myself and Osond about the events. We retire to think further on this development.
19 Vult, 998 – The Adjunct Faculty headed over to Merchant’s District this morning to check in on the situation with the Dragonmarked Houses. On their way over, they noticed some Charau-ka in the nearby trees. Lem stealthed in to investigate, and noticed ten of them watching her quietly. Highly agitated by their notice of her, she quietly moved back to the group, who headed on to Lavinnia‘s headquarters on the edge of the lake. They found a hastily abandoned campsite. Inside Lavinnia’s headquarters, they found her body, as well as those of her staff, and those of a couple of the Provisional Soldiers. In a satchel on the hip of one of soldiers, they found a sealed scroll from General Rotilius addressed to SGBW.
They returned to the Artisan District only to find I had taken a contingent into the Farming District to do some research there. Upon finding me, they delivered the letter. The General’s missive expresses an interest by the Provisional Govornment in attaching the snake-men on the central island, and was asking for assistance by the Dragonmarked Houses and Morgrave University.
I ask the Adjunct Faculty to take a message back to General Rotilius, and perhaps investigate the Lhazaar Princes camp on their way over, as there has not been much activity over there. They travelled through the Temple District, with no sign of House Thurrani, and into the Residential District. Skirting the edge of the lake in attempts to keep away from the Vegepygmy, the group came upon the abandoned camp of the Lhazaar Princes. In one of the tents, they find the journal of a young boy that some of the group is familiar with; Tavey Nessk.
When they arrived at the Provisional Govornment’s headquarters, a fortress complex on a massive column of volcanic rock over 100 feet high, Private Roberts took them to General Rotilius at the citadel. He explained that they were turning their attention to the central isle, and wanted to attack the snake-men there, but with the disappearance of the other factions (Dragonmarked Houses and Lhazaar Princes most notably), it may be prudent to scout out where the others have gone.
As such, the Adjunct Faculty decided in the morning to head over to the overgrown Residential District in attempts to make contact with the Vegepygmy.
20 Vult, 998 – Morwynn’s tending to Lem seems to be effective; the halfling is showing signs of improvement. Shile she still does not trust anyone, the irrational paranoia she has been displaying since first entering the underground vault seems to be abating.
This morning, the [[Adjunct Faculty] head over to Residential district. They attempt to make contact with the Vegepygmy, and while, they are able to make contact and communicate, the diminutive plant creatures have no interest in aiding the group in attacking the snake-men; neither tribes have ever been hostile towards the other. When asked about the Lhazaar Princes, Silus says that he believes the translation may be flawed, but that they said “They have joined the trees.”
Continuing on through the Residential District they made a pass by the mold-covered ziggurat. They noticed a number of vegepygmy emerging from the rust-colored mold covering the shadowed part of the ziggurat, as well as wooden cages with rodents of some sort, that are unidentifiable at this distance.
Continuing on the way to the wall of the caldera behind the Residential District where the mural depicted another vault location. Searching around for several hours, they are unable to locate the entrance.
Frustrated, they move on towards the Temple District. On their way, they notice a well preserved manor on the shore of a narrow inlet from the lake. Moving over, they notice an elven female standing in the shadows of a doorway. Suspicious, they approach and hail her. She greets them and invites them in, saying her name is Egzimora a druidic hermit who has lived here for years. She offers them refreshments, which they decline.
Eventually the woman dropped her disguise, revealing herself to be a Green Hag. She doesn’t stand a chance against the fury of the Adjunct Faculty. In a cavelikechamber deeper inside the manor, they find the remains of several of the Lhazaar Princes, their gear tossed in the corner, their bodies feeding a forest of highly unusual fungi. All but one of the men are dead. One, just a boy, his chest heaved and his fungus-encrusted eyelids fluttered open, and his mouth opened in an attempt to gasp. The boy, Tavey Nessk, was found alive, but his body had been used as a host for these fungi and the mycellium had integrated into him. Whether he will live or not remains to be seen.
Deciding to head back to the camp, they skirted the back of the Temple District. On the way, they found a secluded spot that almost looked like a garden, complete with a bench, and a door into the side of the cliff. Unfortunately, they were not alone there. Three yuan-ti arcane warriors had a makeshift camp set up there. The Adjunct Faculty managed to take the snake-men out, but not without injured.
Injured and carrying the fungi-infested Tavey, the Adjunct Faculty returns to a very bad situation in the Artisan District. The Sacred Serpent guards lie dead on the approaching stairs, smoke billows from the six artisan schools, and more of the Tribe lie dead In the middle of the square, the Radiant Muse lay dead. As they survey the damage, they find one of the corpses is not quite dead. A woman, beaten and bloodied, her legs crushed under a fallen statue, explained that they came out of the morning mist and attacked, killing many and taking many with them. They took Osond, Shimmeringglimmeringbutterflywings, Keegan Shator, Kreighton, Erin and many of those of the tribe. They had been attacked by the Dragonmarked Houses.
21 Vult, 998 – Following the tracks to Ivo’s camp in the middle of the night, Lem scouts it out. The group air walks up to the second cliff above the new camp. They make camp up there for the day to survey the camp and prepare for an assault. Morwynn fashions four knotted ropes, while Silus writes a scroll, Rikkan brews up some brews, Tonk counts birds (" One….two…more than two…), while Lem and Krylyk kept an eye on the camp. They see three groups of six come in and others leave during the day. As evening falls, Tonk and Lem see two Camalutz wing over.
Waiting until night, they make their assault. Krylyk and Silus raining down death from above, while the rest drop down into the camp. Morwyn and Lem attempt to free the prisoners, while Rikkan wreaks havok with his bombs and Tonk weighs in with his sword. Finally, Ivo appears from a tent, accompanied by two Girallon. Finally, the field is taken, Ivo Haigan is captured, and the rest of the Dragonmarked merceneries are either killed or too injured to be of consequence. Interrogation of Haigan doesn’t reveal his motives. What they do reveal is a series of blackouts, which started on the way to Savinth-Yhi. He remembers nothing of arriving at the city, or anything since.
Spent, the Adjunct Faculty decide to leave him shackled and under guard for the remainder of the night. They free the captives, SGBW and the rest of the faculty from Morgrave University assist the remainder of the Tribe of the Sacred Serpent back to the Artisan District.