Shattered Spectrum: Fragments
Charlotte “Charlie” – Human Rogue with some arcane abilities
Ethan – Half-Elf Druid
Gaiel – Half-Elf Sorceress
Orkzim – Dwarf Paladin of Korg
Tessila “Tess” – Half-Elf Cleric, Primo of The Knighthood of Aiephoria
Continent of Agora
The Grand Imperium
Azuldan – A town with a population of approx. 100k
The Chittering Rats Tavern (formerly The Slumbering Dragon)
Caerdan – City
Kyandan – City
The Ancient Ruins Dig site
Mysterious Black Door
A Jet black 7-foot door on a stone monolith. The door is covered with symbols.
Filigree – Small Black/Silver Dragonkin
First met: The Chittering Rats Tavern, he provided the party information
Marv – An old man, soothsayer or seer
The party encountered this man after Filigree told us that he could help us get out of the city. During the process of scrying he began emitting dark smoke of ichor and then went crazy and attacked. He was incapacitated and then stabilized.
Curtis – Azuldan Town Guard
The party bribed him and his men (75gp) after the encounter with Tandor to have them leave us alone.
Stanton “Stan” – Student of Northrum College
Studying under Professor Rumpf at the ancient dig site, described as flatulent, frequently late, and interested in Clockwork Golems.
Professor Rumpf – Gnome. Northrum College.
Leading the excavation of the ancient dig site.
Professor Thornton – Gnome. “Timbooks” a rival school of Northrum.
Leading the excavation of the ancient dig site.
Theo Frastis – (Possible Enemy)
Possesses a ring which seems to allow the possession of other beings. Mentioned the names; Charisma, and O’Kenna.
“I have done my part, O’Kenna needs to do his part.”
Potentially possessing Charlotte
Retired military, used to work on airships
Tandor – Seeker of The Gilded (At large)
Encountered by Tess and Gaiel, possibly killed Derrick (Tess’ mentor/friend)
Last Encountered: The Chittering Rats Tavern, Azuldan
The Knighthood of Aiephoria
The mercenary force of the kingdom of Aiephoria, mandatory service is required by all citizens. Tess is a cleric in service of the Knighthood.
A branch of the Gilded that hunts down rogue sorcerer’s to either bring them to the Gilded or eliminate them.
The Cult of the Black Eye
A group that is reportedly attacking clerics and paladins of all religious orders.
Keepers of the World Tree
The party doesn’t have a ton information on them, Ethan probably knows the most.
They are currently excavating at the ancient dig site and studying the mysterious door. The team is led by Professor Rumpf.
Timbooks College (I don’t remember if this is the real name)
They are currently excavating at the ancient dig site and studying the mysterious door. The team is led by Professor Thornton.
Agora – The Grand Imperium – Azuldan- The Chittering Rats Tavern
The party have all found their separate ways to The Chittering Rats tavern in the town of Azuldan within The Grand Imperium. Ethan and Charlotte are met by the dwarf Orkzim who joins them for drinks. A small dragon called Filigree slinks up to Ethan, Charlotte, and Orkzim and begins asking for drinks. The barkeep nervously approaches them and begin apologizing for Filigree. The party assures the barkeep that Filigree isn’t a bother and the group is rather enjoying his company.
In between drinks, Filigree tells the group some information about the current situation of the conflict between The Grand Imperium and the Free People (Rebels), and that his kind are in danger of xenophobic extermination. He provides the group with information about a group known as the Cult of the Black Eye, who have been attacking anyone associated with religion (mainly clerics and paladins). This catches the ear of Tess who is seated nearby with Gaiel, who introduce themselves and join in the conversation.
Tess informs the party that they are being pursued by Seekers and are looking to keep a low profile and get out of town. Ethan suggests that they make for the airship docks to potentially leave town and return to his home. Filigree offers them information about Remhard, the Skypirate. The group initially agrees to find the airship route and possibly help-out with the pirate issue before turning for the night. The party, Filigree, and the barkeep all agree to not share information about each other.
The next morning, Tandor, a Seeker of The Gilded arrives at the tavern and begins questioning the barkeep about their presence. Tess recognizes this as one of the Seekers that had she had encountered previously. In a fit of rage Tess launches into an attack against him. The party joins her the fight, however Tandor narrowly escapes. The battle caught the attention of the town guard that was being led by a man named Curtis. After some bribery, the guards leave let them go. Gaiel magically repairs the damage caused by the battle and Tess gives the barkeep some gold to cover the trauma of the encounter. Filigree offers the party information about a man named Marv who could help them find a safe way out of the city. After the ruckus, they have caused they decide to see Marv.
Marv, an older man of poor health, allows them in after Orkzim agrees to repay the debt that Filigree owes him. Marv is in possession of a large “crystal ball” (to which Gaiel becomes very interested in) in which he uses, at Charlotte’s request, to attempt to locate her mother. Upon using this crystal ball Tess notices that his eyes turn black while scrying, leaving behind some small black specks. He could determine that Charlotte’s mother was not within one-thousand miles of their current location.
Marv then began to search for a way out of the city for the party. When he began casting the spell black ichor began to cover his eyes and it appeared to move with a will of its own. The ichor began to drip from his eyes and appeared to be acidic. His eyes turned black and he began to speak;
Mountains crash from the skies.
He will come, we will all serve him.
He comes from the void.
The god slayer comes.
Marv collapses with a strange black smoke and ichor. Tess rushes over to stabilizes him with her magic, in the process she inhaled some of the black smoke. During the commotion Orkziv regained the gold that he gave to Marv to pay for Filigree’s debt.
In the back of Tess’ mind a whisper begins to tell her;
“Visit the dig site. Convince them to go to the ruin. Destiny awaits. Bring me to him. Kill the monk.”
Tess, having endured the recent emotional trauma of losing her friend and then failing to avenge him, gives in to the voice and convinces the party to go to the dig site.
Agora- The Grand Imperium – Ancient Dig Site
While on the road towards the dig site the party encounters a guard patrol that tells them how to get to the dig site, but also informs them that there is a long list of people trying to get to study.
As the party nears the dig site they encounter a young man who introduces himself as Stan, short for Stanton, as a student from the Northrum College. The group asks him if he can get them inside. He tells them that he can offer their services to his professor which will allow them access to the dig site. He tells them that they found a large door that might be of interest to the Keepers of the World Tree.
Upon arrive the party meets Prof. Rumpf a gnome who oversees the Northrum College’s excavation team. She shows the party the door in which Stan had told them about. The party converses with the professor about the door. During this time Tess and Gaiel both touch the door and are overcome by the sound of thousands of screams.
Ethan seems to see the door differently than the others, instead of jet black he sees the door as white.
Tess asks Rumpf about the presence of a monk. The professor says that there are no monks at the dig site but does tell her about a symbol on the door what looks like a triangle smashing into a circle. The symbol references a balance like the word “monk,” worshipers, cultists. It also means: where gods do not tread. Gaiel informs Tess through a message that the gods fear this place. The monk is in the center of the world.
Tess walks back up to the door and touches it. A vision pierces her mind, her senses are overwhelmed by the screams and the symbol changes from an upside-down triangle crashing into a circle, into an image of a mountain crashing into the world. The rest of the party see the same black ichor dripping from Tess’ hand and then she falls back away from the door. She shares this vision with the professor, who vigorously records the information.
Rumpf tells the party about the rival college team across the way who is trying to “make a find” before them. She tells them that they stole a bunch of small discs from her. Tess storms off toward the rival camp, with Gaiel in tow close behind her. With a bit of convincing Tess and Gaiel can talk to the professor who is leading this operation, a Professor Thornton. They find him applying oil to one of the small discs that Tess suspects once belonged to Rumpf. They share some information with each other, and while the professor is distracted by the conversation with Tess, Gaiel manages to pilfer one of the discs.
Meanwhile, Charlotte sneaks her way into the rival camp and finds a small tent and goes inside and attempts to open a footlocker but triggers a trap and a cage surrounds the tent and Charlotte is trapped. She manages to talk her way out of the situation and returns to the door with the rest of the party.
Tess and Gaiel return the disc to Prof. Rumpf who excitedly begins inspecting it. Tess informs her that the other professor had applied some sort of oil to it, which revealed many runes that were previously not visible.
Tess immediately walked up to the door and pushed it open, and then with the spell Thaumaturgy caused the door to slam open. The entire area was overcome by the screams of a thousand voices. Professor Rumpf used one of her scrolls of Silence to silence the area of the screams. Tess stepped through the door. She saw an unnaturally flat single path that appeared to go on forever. On either side of the path was an endless nothing. In the back of her mind Tess can hear voices compelling her to jump into the abyss, she can resist it and decides to go back through the door. With another cast of Thaumaturgy and a witty one-liner Tess slams the door closed, and then walks over and sits against the wall to reflect on what she saw.
The party notice a strange gnome staring right at Tess and mumbling to himself. They approached him and he begun mumbling something about someone called Charisma. They notice a large ring on his finger. He introduces himself as Theo Frastis, and mumbles a lot of what seems like nonsense. Tess notices him staring at her and charges over to confront him. Charlotte attempts to snag the ring and fails. He mumbles something about always wanting to be a woman. Suddenly the ring disappears from the gnome’s finger and appears on Charlotte’s. Charlotte then says,
I have done my part, now O’Kenna needs to do his
Tess attempts to smash the ring and is repelled. Soon after the nonsensical mumbling Charlotte appears to have returned to normal.