Age of Orion

Episode Four

The Temple of Forgotten Evil

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7th of Summer, 1007 CE

Having helped out Mute, and gained the companionship of Kase the party ventures into the Temple proper. They first enter a dining area, Innr goes to explore the connected kitchen and stumbles across two Smoke Mephits. A quick round of combat later, and the party is looks around. Relic finds 3 golden goblets, and 16 sets of silverware as loot. The party regroups and moves forwards.

The next room is large, contains four boxes, and has tapestries on the wall. Kase slips past and goes to investigate one of the boxes, the group splits a bit, Bahresh and Innr check out the nearest crate, Relic and Ivan go to check on Kase. Bahresh sees a book on top of the crate, “The Tenants of Tiamat” and goes to grab it, setting off a trap. A bear trap triggers, breaking out the top of the crate to latch around Bahresh’s arm, at that moment the two non-investigated crate reveal themselves as mimics and engage. Innr helps Bahresh out of the bear trap but loses his performers mask in the process.

The Mimic’s deal some damage, but the party prevails. Bahresh keeps the book for later, and the party checks the direct path to the other side of the temple, only to find it collapsed and ready to collapse further. They push on and find another room, with a side room only accessible via ladder. The group discusses if pushing forwards is better than fully exploring to prevent something from sneaking up on them. They decide that it’s OK to let Innr scout the side room for threats, however upon grabbing the ladder he becomes stuck to it, dragged up to the elevated room, and is face to face with a mimic.

Quick combat later, the group checks the side room and discover four small silver idols of Tiamat, Ivan chips away at one and notices that it’s an iron idol that’s been plated with silver. Everyone regroups and push into the largest room, they find the Devil’s Fang being held in the air in a red sphere of magic. A ring of stone below it has both an engraved riddle and a not associated with it. They take a quick break, and Jex goes to investigate the riddle. After looking at pushing forwards, they find the path barricaded from the other side, but manage to get in contact with The Dusk Chasers and hear they’re on their mid combat but should be fine. While waiting, Innr and Gilly check the last door, and find a golden plated large jewelry box. After a dungeon full of Mimic’s they play it safe and give it a good thwack with a staff, and luckily don’t break the three potions inside, as well as the scroll and 16 gold coins inside.

After waiting the Dusk Chasers arrive and introduce themselves, they’ve got a goblet of endless water that Relic is looking to retrieve, and mention that their work here has been to purify the temple as well, local Shrine keepers in Rheinland tasked them with purifying the temple. The group finally gives an answer to the riddle and the blade drops to the ground. Innr asks if he can hold the blade, Relic allows it and the blade catches fire. The temple itself starts to collapse and the party barely squeaks out unharmed. But exhausted and out of breath, they make their way to the surface and set up camp for the night.

The group address the elephant in the room, the Devil’s fang abilities should only be activated by an evil person. Innr is questioned about what happened with the blade, Innr shows his old injuries, and Bahresh confirms they are necrotic wounds dealt by a demon that will not heal. Jex, realizes that the reaction isn’t from the residual injury, in fact the belief that only an evil person can wield the blade is wrong, it’s specific to the wielders bloodline. So questions of Innr’s blood line are raised, everything from Cambrian to Tiefling.

Ivan asked Mute how she met Kase, and could tell she was hesitant about her answer, “It’s been a while, we met under some rather unfortunate circumstances.” She pauses, “There’s a town in Nox… where I found her.”

The two parties then relax and talk. Gilly get’s her arm fixed by Kai. Jex and Ivan continue their buddy cop movie. Bahresh speaks with Petra about Dragonborn and the Cult of the Seven Dragons, Gilly makes a social faux pas by mentioning her parents slaying a white dragon to Petra. Petra reveals that the number of dragons in the world is extremely low, is displeased to know of a dragons death, but doesn’t blame Gilly for her parents ‘mistake’. Relic, finding Kai untrustworthy and having seen the shadowy figure believed to be The Mountain Thief, separates themselves from the group to stand watch at night. The night is odd, as the night progresses, one of the moons, specifically Mayumi’s Eye becomes stuck in one position in the sky, and as the sun starts to rise, the moon moves to block it, creating what seems to be a permanent eclipse.

We’ll have to see how the endless eclipse changes the party’s morning.

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