Marai: The Lost Empire

4 Helius, 675 NC (Life)
The Swath

Sent to retrieve the Shield of Faulish, Marvyn joins Wraith, Runt, and Prig to travel to the ruins of Port Habrin. In a long trench known as The Swath, they follow a gruesome trail, they discover an ambush site and a shadowy figure. Their search leads them to explore the sewers beneath the ruins and discover the cursed Habrinel and the Book of Naburo.

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5 Helius, 675 NC (Heart)
Eleven

Following the trail of a shadowy figure in the sewers of the ruins of Port Habrin leads Wraith, Runt, Prig and Marvyn to a dark wizard’s laboratory, which contains a mystical green prison which houses a woman. Unfortunately, the dark wizard, the Star Elf Dasilus, is home and kills Wraith and Prig to prove his point. Dasilus’ daughter, Eleven, begs her father to spare Marvyn and Runt and he only does so if they agree to rid the ruins of what he calls vermin. As they move through the ruins to the University Daboure, they discover the Tree of Konor and witness the military encampment run by the Drakin soldiers of the Holy Archen Empire.

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7 Helius, 675 (Glow)
Faith's Landing

Cantor, Ragnorak, and Danath are brought by ship to Faith’s Landing, a new HAE military colony built upon the ruins of Port Habrin. The same day, Marvyn, Runt, and Eleven are captured by the Holy Archen Empire. Eleven escapes while Marvyn and Runt are separated. Cantor, Danath, and Marvyn are fitted with Slicers, clockwork collars with a time delay throat knife. They are then placed under the care of Overseer Krenth and meet the Blue Drakin, Rhaegar. Ragnorak has his own agenda.

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10 Helius, 675 (Breath)
Escape

Taking his prisoners to the University Daboure to free the Steamecha, Overseer Krenth reveals himself to be a member of Chimera, the resistance group fighting against the Holy Archen Empire. Cantor, Danath, Eleven, Marvyn, Rhaegar, and the Oomingmak Grolch, make their way into the ruins. Hoping to find a key to remove the Slicers from their neck, they move beneath the city to find Sergeant Krentor. Grolch stays behind to guard the Tree of Konor.

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11 Helius 675 (Thought)
Freedom

Hatching an inspired plot, the party tricks the ambush team into being ambush and Sergeant Krentor and his Priestess Saraya are defeated. Taking the key, the party unlocks their Slicers, gain some equipment and begin to reconstruct the battle to throw off any investigation. However, Eleven is suddenly possessed and in a voice not her own says, “The Lady will see you now,” collapsing to the ground. Danath finds his stolen signet ring and disappears into the night.

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12 Helius 675 (Whisper)
Prophecy

Making their way back to the laboratory of Dasilus, Cantor, Rhaegar, Eleven, and Marvyn find the zombified Prig guarding the room. Dasilus taunts them for not removing the vermin, but agrees to give them the use of Prig via a necromantic stone, but not before he implies that he has met Rhaegar once before. Reaching the woman in stasis, Cantor’s clockwork holy symbol unlocks to reveal a small emerald with the symbol of Konor upon it. It fits the contraption that holds the woman, and she falls to the ground. She reveals herself to be Kol, Goddess of Fate, and that she is ready to reveal her last prophecy before she passes into the void forever.

“The Lady of Fate has none,
Her Power wanes in apathy.
The Devourer’s Daughter gathers strength,
Her Scourge consuming all.
The Saint’s Progeny split in twain,
His Patron and Master at odds.
Four Towers to crumble, Four Empires razed.
Should the Sun reveal the Jaded shrine,
Nothing, forever more.”

After debating what to do, Eleven guides the group to the Monastery of Fallen Stone, led by a Master Monk. An original member of the Order of Cerulean Star, Master Enrai recognizes something in all of them, and gives advice to Cantor.

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13 Helius 675 (Prayer)
Thornmaw

Deciding to travel to the Tower of Light to break the curse against the Habrinel, the party moves into The Greenway, an ancient park in Port Habrin that has been magically altered by a terrible druid known as Thornmaw. As they enter, they are immediately attacked by animated trees and shrubs, and are nearly killed. They run as quickly as they can through the overgrown forest until they encounter an ampitheatre.

There they meet the strange man, Ragnorak, who tells them a tale of chasing a man who had his dagger, but the man and his party were torn to shreds by a horrible beast. Eventually, Ragnorak decides to travel with the party through the rest of the Greenway. They are then attacked by Giant Wasps, and Thornmaw himself, who is an awakened owlbear druid. Thornmaw is soundly defeated and pleads for a truce, which the party grants if he heals the fallen. After doing so, Thornmaw turns to leave when Ragnorak assassinates him with his bow. The Greenway immediately begins to disintegrate.

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14 Helius, 675 (Respite)
Animation

Leaving the dying forest, the party reaches Merchant’s Row, a immaculately cared for street along the cliffs on the edge of the ruins. They find the bodies of a few HAE soldiers hacked to bits, and test their theory by sending Zombie Prig to explore an armory. He is destroyed by an animated hammer and the group continues down the street, not wanting to press their luck by entering the shops. Soon, they reach the Gold Gates and discover that it is filled with undead. Rather than risk entering too close to dusk, they spend the night outside the gates.

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15 Helius, 675 (Sleep)
Sanctuary

Making their way through the Gold Gate district, the party is unbelievably left alone by roaming undead. When they enter the Temple District they find children playing in the street. They soon meet a leader of people living in the temples of Sol Linaru, Ilsidelius, Valor, and Valera. Obviously inbred, the people invite the group to stay the evening and share in a meal. The party graciously declines and moves towards the Tower District instead, saying they will return. Everyone is uncomfortable about the whole situation.

Entering the Tower District, however, leads to its own problems when Ragnorak steps on a glyph and vanishes. Standing in his place is a Naktu priest named Canopis. He enjoins the group to accept Helaena into their heart and they instead find that he has been missing for 100 years. Unsure how to retrieve Ragnorak, they continue down the spiraling road, and into a Wight, zombies, and animated armor and weapons. Running, they hide in an abandoned bath house trying to figure out a plan.

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16 Helius, 675 (Dream)
Changes

The party decides to rest in a Shrine of Ilsidel where a mystical pool resides. There they each find something they can use, especially Rhaegar, who discovers a Blade of Valor. After having the most peaceful rest of their adventures yet, they work their way up the tower to find the Seed of Djiri.

Quick thinking gets them past the guardian of the tower, and they are able to work their way up the winding, trap filled stairs. Their elation at their progress is short lived as they come face to face with a zombified spectator beholder.

After a brutal battle, Eleven moves towards the seed and merges with it, her human side ripped away leaving only the Star Elf side of her intact. Immediately, the Curse of the Star Elves begins to set in, and she loses her mind.

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