Chapter 14:

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Session Number: 170
Date: Sunday 7 April 2013
Venue: Densial's
PCs & Players:

Ariel Sor12 (Fergus) (kills: none)
Calico Drd12 (Yeran) (kills: none)
Lionel Rgr6/Wiz1/ArcA5 (Ash) (kills: none)
Rowaine Pal12 (Craig) (kills: none)
Troll Wiz12 (Densial/Fergus) (kills: none)
Violet Drd12 (Tammi) (kills: none)

XP Awarded: TBA

tri seems vulnerable, but not really sure what to do with that apart from put her on high alert. also unsure what activated saj… was it merely the coincidental event of releasing the dracolich Conchata?

ro What is the next step? We've unleashed unholy hell upon the world, we've brought saj back into the fold, we are no closer to finding a solution to the arachtria problem… ari Didn't we think that saj might know something about your Ruelock? ro True and we haven't asked anything about the arachtria and we know he knows stuff. He knows how to make them. tr saj have you heard of an entity named Ruelock? saj Yes. I had a run-in with it. Ruelock is a soul stealer and it steals them away to its realm to torture at its leisure. It has been doing it for a long, long time. It once came here with the intent to steal souls. Your father and some of your uncles and I battled it and managed to fend it off.

tr Did you learn anything about its realm? saj It is another world where the creature's souls are kept. There are probably a lot there. tr How do we get there? saj There are spells. Many Roulae have asked me to preserve certain knowledge and memories over the years and I am able to impart that knowledge and memory to others. I don't understand everything I am storing. It is like I have been given a book written in a language I do not understand. tr Are you able to contact Krull? saj No. He may be disabled, like I was. tr Is there a tower closer to Krull than the ones we know about? saj They are all shut down. ro Do you know what put you to sleep? saj I suspect it was the cold. When I woke up it was very cold. ro Just before you went to sleep, did you notice it getting colder? saj No. tr The dracolich must have caused it. saj It might have. It is certainly within its power. ro When it was entrapped, was there any limitation to its spellcasting ability? saj It wasn't supposed to be able to get through any solid material and it wasn't supposed to be able to find its way.

lio What happens when it gets warm here? Does the water supply dry up? There are a lot of people that rely on it. saj I'm shutting that down. Cold is bad for me. tr Do you have any way of making water for the people that live around you? saj Not really. I could stop shutting down the cold. tr No I think I will probably need you to warm up. ro Why? we have been doing pretty well without saj so far. And at the moment he is able to answer our questions. I think perhaps we stop him heating things up. tr What functions would you recover if you remove all the cold? saj Range and power. lio We don't need range and power just yet. ro No we don't. tr You are not vulnerable to the dracolich? saj Not in the same way you are. tr How cold could you keep this pyramid and stay awake? saj As cold as it was when I woke up. tr Can you take it back to that temperature? saj It will take a bit longer, it is not the kind of thing I deal with. A few days I suppose.

ro tell them to leave? they probably won't believe us. tr asks saj how many people live here. about 800. he senses minds. saj has a lot of imithrium backed up but he has a large imithrium pipeline. he is not aware of any contemporary cities within his 200 mile transport range. vio says that there is a port town called Pali town on the coast, about 30 miles away. another one, Jeru, inland in the desert 4 days ride away (130 miles). Debate ways to relocate the population (tell them to go, get saj to shout it out from the top, transport against their will, provide a door that they can willingly use, gradually increase the temperature and decrease the water supply…) but settle on nothing that seems both humane and effective. tr wouldn't drive a population away from their home. ro Do we really need to upset the status quo? Why don't we just leave it? saj is able to transport and defend himself at very low temperatures; he thinks he could defend against any number of arachtria within sight.

saj cannot do illusions. he could heat the pyramid up to ambient temperature in as little as a day, or make it as slow as desired.

the magic that makes the pyramid cold is also creating the water - it is not just condensing out of the atmosphere.

the more heat saj has, the more power and range he is capable of. that is why he is where he is.

right now it is about 10% warmer than it was when it was at its coldest. water is collected all over the surface of the pyramid.

saj was trapped by an area of localised extreme cold, much colder than the rest of the pyramid.

decide to keep the temperature cold - just above that which it was when saj woke up.

tr asks saj to impart him with the information concerning Ruelock and its domain. learns that it exists on another plane, accessible by Plane Shift, a 7th level wizard spell - just beyond his ability. could get someone to cast it for them, but how then would they get back? get a Staff of Plane Shift?

what to do? search for dracolich? ro wants to pursue Ruelock. She thinks that it will be a while at least before Conchada surfaces. tri will start the search. ro would much rather restore one to the side for good than remove one from the side of evil. Krag has waited long enough.

mages' guild in Avarriel or Ashhope? tr pretty much burned his bridges in Ashhope.

ro Who's with me? Let's go to hell!

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