014, 015 – Prism Theater – My Office

Zeno’s bad dreams continued. He dreamed he was performing for Apollo, playing beautifully. Slowly his performance twisted, he kept making mistakes and the only way to recover would be to do things that were… outside of his character.

Despite Zeno’s exhaustion, we headed back to the cove to find out if the Kraken Cult was still operating there. After a bit of making fun of my enjoyment of Kraken Tracks cereal (seriously, it turned the milk blue! so cool!) we began to explore the place. A new growth of coral had gathered around the base of the obelisk. I was trying to get a closer look at it, when it rudely tried to club me to death.

Zeno leapt to action, bashing the coral to bits as I zipped out of range of the creature. And good thing I did. That thing hit HARD!

We took the passage behind the obelisk to find the room beyond filled with the corpses of the missing people from The Cross. Across the water, next to the horrible altar stood a man in robes, his skin pale blue and tentacle whiskers down his chin. A shorter human was with him, holding a quarterstaff.

The villains began to monologue, and that is when we took off running to jump across the water. Behind us, seven seaspawn rose from the corpses, reaching for us. The fight was pitched, but I knew we had the upper hand when the catfish man escaped down the path hidden behind the altar. Jade ran after him, zooming through the room beyond and back to us to say that he had taken the teleportation circle.

Zeno took off after him. The rest of us were a little slow in following him due to some seaspawn shenanigans, but we made it eventually. Of course, that is when we discovered that the catfish man had filled the landing circle with darkness and tentacles. It was hard work just to get out of the tentacles and find the catfish standing on a small island over 30 feet away within the watery cavern.

Ever the hero, Zeno leapt to the island to fight the horrible catfish man kraken cultist. Za’lynn misty stepped into place, the two of them battling the horrible thing. Lightning filled the cavern, and horrible magics glowed around the cultist. With a single, horrible, touch, the cultist took Zeno down. His body crumpled and fell from the small island, sinking into the surrounding water.

It was a horrible moment, worrying if we had just lost Zeno forever. But just then, the beautiful and talented Jade jumped into action. With the grace of a furry angel, she moved across the divide to scoop Zeno’s corpse from the water. Gathering him to her on the shore, she carefully poured a healing potion between his lips and brought him back to life!

Even in the midst of combat, this touching and heroic moment brought tears to all of our eyes. With a renewed vigor, we went after the cultist, bringing him down at last.

In the aftermath, we were able to establish that the cavern was somewhere out in the open ocean. We took a robe and an ebon key from the fallen. The robe is interesting and I have claimed it. The key opened a hidden compartment on the altar and held a considerable amount of coin. With that, we were able to fund the work on the theater and commission two sets of full plate for the boys.

We took the robe to Rennan, who pointed was able to identify what should go in the openings along the collar of the robe: 2 star rubies, 2 star sapphires, 2 star emeralds.

With Zeno’s nightmares worsening, we sought out advice. Mad Felicia explained that her grandmother is turning Zeno. She said if we killed her grandmother, then we’d need to provide a replacement in the coven. (re: baby)

The Sage’s advice was to kill all three and free The Cross of their influence. First order of business though, was to help Zeno. After some experimentation with magic and the advice of the sage, we think that consecrated ground would help Zeno to sleep well. Tomorrow, we plan to sail to the meeting place of a local Olympian council. Perhaps the priest of Apollo can be convinced to come here and consecrate the theater. It will give us a staging ground to take down this evil.

I mean, since I guess that’s what we’re doing now. I just hope one of them likes to write down all their secrets. I really hope.

012 – Prism Theater – Should Be Sleeping

We found the shipwreck in three pieces. As we swam toward it, Zeno decided to question a fish. He is a very strange and interesting paladin. It was in this way we learned that there were many things inside the wreck, our size, but not moving around on legs as we were. We soon found the fish’s words to be true, as the wreck was filled with the corpses of the sailors.

We headed first to the Captain’s Quarters. There we found him, a magical sword at his side and a gem held in his hands. When Za’lynn touched the gem, a wave emanated from it, rippling through the water. A thing like that has never been a good sign.

It did not take long before 7 sahuagin and 2 sharks showed up. The sahauagin were tricky enough to fight. Once our blood hit the water, their already unsettling eyes took on a frenzied glaze and their attacks struck with a greater accuracy. However, we also had to contend with a cleric among them. She paralyzed Zeno, and troubled us all with a spiritual weapon. Zeno did his best to pursue the sea witch, but it was too much for him. Several times. But he never stayed down!

Despite the annoyance of wet fur and angry fish, Jade remained on point and tore into the sea frog fish people, as well as their sharks. I helped in what small ways I could, mostly just finishing up weakened foes. In time, we were victorious. We are learning more and more how to work effectively as a team.

We took a rest once the creatures were dispatched, taking the time to identify the items we found which turned out to be a magical scimitar, a gem of brightness, a scroll of purify food and drink, and 3 potions of greater healing.

In the hold we found much more than some barrels of wine. There were:

  • ingots of cobalt blue glass
  • ingots of a variety of colors of glass
  • ingots of steel
  • ingots of mithril (15) and adamantine (5)

This was more than Requiem planned on finding. They have offered, as further compensation, to supply us with a list of locations where they believe there are treasures to be found, but the risk level is too high for them.

I am feeling very good about the connections and friends we are making around the town. Though I still need to understand more about what is going on in our waters.