Team 6 has just escaped the Desert Vista, making a mad dash past Kasatha through a door far to the east. They enter a small room and close the door behind them. In the room is a small projector and a circular door to the north. It’s currently sealed. There is sand trailing in leading through the door to the north. Party looks for switches and find none, then see the button that closed the door. They hear scratching outside, and decide to check the door again. The door has a slot, which Beagan inserts a brown keycard into. The door opens, and the party proceeds north, and see a wire hanging from the ceiling, which is sparking. Room is filled with machinery covered with hoses and nozzle, and is brightly light with lights from the ceiling. Valaistra notices the machines are malfunctioning, and see some electricity in them. The walls start to hum, and zap team 6. Beagan inserts a keycard into the door to the north, which opens and the party leaves immediately. Khala was knocked out, and Khor heals her before the party proceeds. In the next hallway, Beagan finds a door to the north, which he opens with his card. Inside, they find a table and a console, and Valaistra reveals his knowledge of Androffan. They find out that the Desert Vista is a habitat dome for the Kasatha, and that the table can create a hologram of the Desert Vista. Party earns 120XP.
Beagan wants to exterminate the Kasatha, Khor says he won’t commit genocide for no reason. Party sees a gold panel flashing on the computer terminal, which reads reset. Valaistra reads the console and finds a wide variety of environmental controls for the Desert Vista, Valaistra and Beagan consider using the console to destroy the Kasatha. Party sees a window, and tries to find a way to open it. Valaistra reads that the system is low on power, and Beagan decides to push the reset button on the side of the console. The lights go out, then they come back on. The window opens, and the party sees Dog and Kash, on their knees, begging for mercy from 2 ETC grunts and a woman, with her gun drawn. The woman wears a long coat and has long braids. Team 6 identifies that the woman is a high ranking ETC officer, but possibly subordinate to Streiser. When the power comes back on, the sun comes out in the dome. The dead Kasatha are destroyed, and the ETC are surprised by the sudden sunlight. The party tries to hide and turn a dial near the window labeled input/output. Valaistra turns the dial to the left, and he hears a click. There’s a fuzzy noise, and team six hears Kash pleading for his life in front of the ETC woman.
The party uses the loudspeaker to talk to the ETC woman and the grunts, and Khor tells introduces himself with his full name and title, She threatens to come find them. Khor tells the ETC that his friends will unleash the monsters of the desert on the ETC unless she releases kash and dog. The ETC reluctantly leaves, and Kash and Dog want to find the party. 145XP
Beagan contemplates leaving Dog and Kash behind, Valaistra considers using the environmental controls as well. The party hears a booming voice from the other side of the northern wall, saying the following:
You of the tribe who moved us will perish. this will be your end.
Zyphus will have your soul!
My power is eternal!
How dare you enter my ancestral home?!
Valaistra wiggles the day and night switch and proclaims himself God to Dog and Kash. The voice says “the only true God is Zyphus”. If you will not ocme to me, then I will come to you. A giant 4 armed skeleton comes through the door after being provoked by Valaistra, and attacks the party.
Khor attacks the beast, Hetuath with his swords and Khala tries to bite, both miss. Hetuath hits Khor and reduces him to 0 HP. Beagan throws a bomb that does almost no damage, Tate shoots him, which does almost no damage. The party learns that Hetuath is susceptible to slashing, and Cirwahs offers Khor is glaucite shiv. Khor uses the shiv on Hetuath and finds out that glaucite does extra damage to Hetuath. Hetuath is almost dead, and Dog and Kash rush in and finish him off.
Hetuath’s last words:
I fear not death, my life, my entire existence is eternal as granted by Zyphus.
The party collects a cloak of resistance, 2 javelins, 2 masterwork shortswords. Khor takes the shortswords, Kash takes the cloak, which Cirwahs attempts to resist but Kash ultimately wins the fight. Cirwahs attempts to follow Kash and Dog to kill them during the exit, but they spot him. The party surfaces, and KD fakes downing. Khor goes to help them, and they mock him. Kash goes and brags to the priestess, and Khor tells her that Team 6 saved KD, not the other way around. She decides there’s more to the store than both are saying.
While surfacing, Beagan swims far away from everyone else.
The priestess sends Team 6 to the temple of Brigh. All the clerics wear white. They go to meet Jorim, and see him with a blind man who’s lighting candles. Valaistra introduces the party, asks for healing for Khor. Valaistra is a disciple of Brigh. Khor and Khala get healed by Jorim, as does Cirwahs.
Kash and Dog head to town hall to go see Dolga. Cirwahs, James, and Beagan follow. They tell about the desert vista, the skeleton, the ETC, Fortune (the ETC officer from before), Kash claims to have killed Fortune and the ETC grunts. Cirwahs challenges him, and Kash insists he killed Fortune. Dolga believes Kash, and asks Kash to help fight off the ETC. Kash says he will, but he must find Khonnir first. Dolga agrees, and sends Kash back to the Weeping Pond. Kash asks for a bigger discount, Dolga resists at first, but Kash attempts to persuade Dolga. They agree on 30% off any store in Torch for adventuring supplies.
Kash asks to see Val, everyone goes down to see Val. Kash tells Val that Team 6 burned down her Inn as a distraction to the ETC. Val believes Kash, and asks Cirwahs why he burned down the Inn. As the Team 6 tries to convince her of the truth, Val continues to believe Kash, while Cirwahs plots their murder. Kash invites Val to his quarters, Tate punches Kash, and they charge out to the street to fight [[:james-Tate | Tate ]] . Dog starts clapping his hands to draw a cloud, and Kash pulls his whip and makes a circle in the sand, then dances and makes flourishes.
Cirwahs tells Kash that he challenges Tate to a duel, they argue, and decide that it was indeed a duel. Kash and Dog talk, and Kash goes to retrieve a gun from his backpack. It has a wide mouth, and came from the caves under the mountain. Kash mentions something to Dog about a horse, Cirwahs hides and follows Dog as he leaves from the dueling arena. Dog heads to the stables and gets a horse, and starts to bring it back. Cirwahs attempts to intervene by throwing a dagger at the horse. Dog controls the horse and brings it back to the duel.
Kash offers his gun to Tate , Tate starts marching for the duel. Tate shoots at Kash and misses, Kash shoots a net at Tate and traps him. Kash ties his rope to the back of the horse and drags Tate through the town. Khor saves Tate from the net.
Khor and Valaistra share their adventures in the black cave, Jorim believes their version of events. Khor lets them know Kash and Dog are charletains, he believes. Jorim tells Valaistra about the headaches that the priestess received, Miranda (friend of Garrett) received headaches right after the Torch went out, medicine showed up on 12th day, second headache 2 days ago.
Kash and Dog try to get Val back to their place, she rejects. Cirwahs tells Dog and Kash he will buy them a drink, Dog And Kash try to flatter Cirwahs. They go to the bar, Dog and Kash get migraines, and decide to go back to the temple of Brigh. Dog and Kash’s pain gets worse, and Cirwahs helps them get to the temple. They go to Jorim, who invites Dog and Kash in. Silas comes over, puts his hand on Dog and Kash, orders silence. Silas says Dog and Kash are having visions, says they’re getting visions from a man and a woman, similar looking, with a scythe. Silas offers medicine, but he doesn’t know if it will work. Cirwahs takes Dog and Kash home, priest promises to send someone tomorrow to check them out. Cure for headaches appeared in market square 12 days ago.
Team 6 arrives at Dog and Kash’s house, Cirwahs offers to stay and protect Dog and Kash, Valaistra asks if they will suffer, Cirwahs says they wont. Beagan plans to buy a pill at market. Cirwahs goes inside with Dog and Kash, Valaistra holds Beagan back. Khor and Beagan leave, Cirwahs and Valaistra watch Dog and Kash in their home.
Khor and Cirwahs discuss their paths, and Cirwahs tells Valaistra that Dog and Kash brought trouble to his town, and Valaistra said that they are in the way of his investigation. After a brief discussion, Valaistra ceremoniously coup Dog and Kash in their beds. Cirwahs coups Kash,Valaistra does Dog. Kash dies, Dog does not. Valaistra dodges Dog’s punch, Cirwahs moves to finish him off, Valaistra holds him down while Cirwahs stabs him with the glaucite shank in the neck, finishing him off. Cirwahs cleans his blades on Kash’s clothes, and Cirwahs and Valaistra leave Dog and Kash’s house, and head to beagan’s house. Cirwahs vanishes into the shadows, Valaistra sneaks home, silent as a ghost’s shadow.
Cirwahs hides Valaistra and his weapons in the bushes behind the ETC garrison, and return to beagan’s house. Valaistra and Cirwahs exchange cipher rings. Cirwahs chastises Valaistra for not killing Dog cleanly, then head to bed at beagan’s. +1 HP for Cirwahs
Khor and Beagan are awake and drinking when Valaistra comes home. Beagan crashes from the coffee and beer after bouncing around the house for a long time. Khor is sober, and greets Cirwahs when he returns home. Khor suspects Cirwahs was up to no good, and Cirwahs goes to bed.
Khor invites Valiastra to drink with him, and Valaistra offers to play dice
Cirwahs has a dream about the twins, the brother and sister with a scythe. He believes them to be agents of death, they confront him about killing their servant, and he says he was serving his masters will. The twins say he should become their servant, Cirwahs agrees to be their servant as long as they follow his code.
The party sees Cirwahs wake up from his nightmare, Khor is suspicious. Khor talks to Valaistra and shares his concern with Valaistra, and senses Valistra knows more about Cirwahs than he’s sharing. Everyone goes to bed, then they wake up and go to the market to investigate Ampyra, the cure for the strange headaches in town.
beagan, Khor, Valaistra to go market, and talk to Sanvil about Ampyra. Beagan emphasizes his hangover, but Sanvil doesn’t offer the headache cure Valaistra and Beagan ask about the price for the cure, Valaistra flashes the flyer for the black cave discount. Tate and Valaistra buy 2 headache pills. Cirwahs brings e-pick to Sanvil, who identifies it for 15GP. Valaistra tries to include Beagan in his investigation of the pill. Sanvil explains the operation of the e-pick, which is to open electronic doors and locks. E-pick does not require technologist, and grants +1 bonus to disable device.
Valaistra asks how Sanvil learned about tech, they agree to meet later, although Sanvil is reluctant. Sanvil talks about the cure and the headaches, Valaistra requests Sanvil make sure the church has plenty of cure available.
Sanvil identifies the grippers, but charges 30 to identify. Tate convinces him to give a discount. Sanvil writes down an inventory and tucks it away. 200xp