Pathfinder - Carrion Crown

CHAPTER 88
Eye of the Needle

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Episode 9

Having dispatched 3 vampire minions, the heroes are confronted by several armed guards who Arno presumed to have been charmed by the vampires. The heroes make their way downstairs only to be followed by both the guards and the flames which were set to engulf the building. Sadiki begun to tend to the fire whilst allowing the others to follow the vampire to its lair.

Sadiki was then set upon by the guards, but not for long as the flames engulfed his position and he was forced to flee outside and make his way around the other side of the building to rendezvous with the rest of the group.

Meanwhile Arno, Augustus, Mikael and Quinley make their way down a corridor only to be confronted by 4 more vampire guards, all whilst still being pursued by 4 of the charmed guards.

Several of the vampires were vanquished, however Mikael was being overwhelmed. Quinley jumped down to assist, while Augustus and Arno held off the attackers from pursuing them down the stairs.

It was not until a third wave consisting of 3 of the blood brew affected vampires and their leader, Radvir Giovanni, a well dress vampire who wielded am exotic and ferocious melee weapon with blades which flew in all directions, that things became dire. During the melee, Mikael was almost drained of his life energy by the lead vampire’s draining touch, if not for Arno yelling Cayden Cailean’s name. This action sent healing powers through Arno and into Mikael, but not before draining Arno of some of his own life essence. Augustus helped as well by restoring the alchemist’s life essence through Pharasma’s gift.

The door to outside now remained open. It was now the heroes decision whether to flee, or deal with this vampire menace once and for all…
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CHAPTER 87
The Nobleman's Stitch

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Episode 8

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CHAPTER 86
Origin of the Brew

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Episode 7

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CHAPTER 85
Interview with the Vampires

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Episode 6

PREVIOUSLY:
The heroes venture to the The Quarterfaux Archives in the company of Abraun Chalest. In a disused section of the vaults, they discover a hidden passage behind the statue of a Priest of Pharasma who was excommunicated due to his beliefs. This passage led a secret hideout of the The Whispering Way. There, the heroes met the twin brother of Nevan Blackthorne, the dhampir Quinley Blackthorne who revealed his concerns regarding the possible connection between The Whispering Way and the deaths of numerous vampires in recent weeks. Seeing that their paths were aligning themselves, the heroes agreed to assist Quinley who soon after agreed to set up a meeting with the vampire underground in order to get to the bottom of the situation. Whilst their waited for Quinley to contact the vampires, each of the heroes prepared themselves, however Arno returned to the Palace of Voices to meet with Marrian and Paulo Carameizta to continue his practice for the opera. After practice, he returned with Marrian who introduced him to a vampire named Florian Lamorath. Unfortunately, that is all that Arno could recall. Later that evening, the heroes rendezvous with Quinley in Restoration Park only to find that instead of a secretive vampire underground, as Quinley said there was, the heroes found that the vampires themselves were there to greet the heroes. Upon entering the greenhouse in order to enter the underground, they briefly spoke with the druid vampire Merrick Sais, who showed them the way in. After walking through several hundred feet of corridors and sewers, the heroes were ambushed by eight ravenous vampires. Was this a trap after all?

EVENTS:
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CHAPTER 84
Forgotten Soul

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Episode 5

PREVIOUSLY:
The heroes, having made further discoveries in the Esoteric Vaults in the Maladay Theatre under the watchful eye of Brother Abraun Chalest of the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye, returned to the vault to learn more about the Whispering Way’s plan. Their investigations led them to discover the Whispering Way’s use of the magic item called the Moriband Key and its connection with a statue found to be contained in the vaults. However, due to an unforeseen circumstance, the statue, which itself was magical, was inadvertently activated prematurely, summoning four Bone Devils who were acting as protectors of the statue’s secrets. After a harrowing fight, the Bone Devils were dispatched. What secrets lay hidden within the statue?

EVENTS:
The heroes venture to the The Quarterfaux Archives in the company of Abraun Chalest. Whilst making their way to a disused section of the vaults, the heroes came across a painting of a man who’s plague read, “Honours Student, Adivion Adrissant”. Abraun confirmed that Adrissant was a former student of the archives when they were located in Ardis. Abraun stated that he did not know the man personally, but knew that he had left the institution under a cloud.

Upon arriving at the destination of where Abraun claimed to have seen the statue they saw in the Esoteric Vaults, the heroes discovered a hidden passage behind the statue of a Priest of Pharasma who was excommunicated due to his beliefs. This passage led a secret hideout of the The Whispering Way.

Within the hidden chamber, the heroes found a missive from the person they have previously referred to as A.A. The letter was a goading of sorts, but confirmed the heroes’ worst fears, in that they were being played.

Also within the chamber, the heroes met the twin brother of Nevan Blackthorne, the dhampir Quinley Blackthorne who mysteriously stepped from the shadows. Quinley claimed to have been also searching for the The Whispering Way and in so doing, revealed his concerns regarding the possible connection between The Whispering Way and the deaths of numerous vampires in recent weeks, one of which was his mother. Quinley revealed that the upper echelons of the Pharasmin nobility were aware of the alliance that was forged between the vampires and humans which had existed soon after the vampires agreed to turn their back on the Whispering Tyrants rule many years ago. Quinley also explained that the Pharasmin church itself was aware of the truce in exchange for turning a blind eye to some of the vampires indiscretions. Shocked with this news, and seeing that the Quinley aligned with their own, the heroes agreed to assist. Soon after, Quinley agreed to attempt to arrange a meeting with the vampire underground in order to get to the bottom of the situation however warned that the vampires had shut their doors to the outside world in an attempt to prevent the killings, and that it may be required to fight their way to the the vampire masters who ruled the underground.

Whilst they waited for Quinley to contact the vampires, each of the heroes prepared themselves, during which Arno returned to the Palace of Voices to meet with Marrian and Paulo Carameizta to continue his practice for the opera. After practice, he returned with Marrian who introduced him to a vampire named Florian Lamorath. Unfortunately, that is all that Arno could recall.

Meanwhile, Augustus and Sediki returned to the Maiden’s Choir to speak with Mother Verith Thestia. There Augustus revealed his knowledge of the pact between the humans and the vampires, and that the Pharasmin Church knew of this. A heated discussion ensued ending with Mother Verith Thestia asking the Inquisitor to leave.

Later that evening, the heroes rendezvoused with Quinley in Restoration Park only to find that instead of a secretive vampire underground, as Quinley said there was, but instead the vampires themselves were there to greet them. As they approached, the heroes were presented with a password to which Arno responded. What became odd, was that Arno did not know how he knew.

Upon entering the greenhouse in order to enter the underground, they briefly spoke with the druid vampire Merrick Sais, who showed them the way in.

After walking through several hundred feet of corridors and sewers, the heroes were ambushed by eight ravenous vampires with red glowing eye, and pulsing veins. Who were these creatures? As was this a trap after all?

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CHAPTER 83
The Iron Statue

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Episode 4

PREVIOUSLY:
Having dealt with an Undead Agent of the Whispering Way, the heroes met with members of the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye during their weekly ceremony. They there were met with mixed reactions until theiy were befriended by Abraun Chalest. After speaking at length with Abraun, they learned that he could give them access to the Esoteric Vaults, where they could learn more about the Poem of the Whispering Way, the Carrion Crown and Vampires so as to piece together the organisation’s next move…

EVENTS:
After resting for most of the day, the heroes made their way to The Quarterfaux Archives and speak with their new friend Abraun Chalest. Having spent most of the morning with the notes collected by Arno since his time in Ravengro, Augustus discovered a name – Adivion Adrissant who appeared to be some how connected to everything that had occurred regarding the creation of the Carrion Crown. Keen to present this information, Augustus brought the name to [:abraun-chalest | Abraun Chalest]]. Abraun recalled the name but was unsure as to where he had heard it, however if he came across anything, would certainly promise to pass the details on. The heroes and Abraun then made their way back to the Haladay Theatre to continue their research.

As they arrived, they observed a tall, middle aged gentleman speaking with the leader of the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye, Brother Edjureus Modd. Arno suggested the back door would be more appropriate in order to avoid any further questions from the Grand Master – after all, Abraun was allowing the heroes access to the vault with no permission from the Grand Master. The man, who was talking to the Grand Master observed Abraun, and appeared to be please to see him. He beckoned Abraun over and after a quick chat asked the heroes to be introduced. Arno recognised the man as Count Lucinean Galdana, leader of the Amaans, an area of Ustalav north of Caliphas. The Count appeared to be more interested in the heroes exploits and asked them to join him for an ale at a later stage that evening. The heroes and Abraun excused themselves, and they took the back-way into the Theatre.

Shortly thereafter, the heroes again entered the vaults and commenced the investigation, this time with a focus of learning more about the Whispering Way, the history of Tar-Baphon, and if there is any mention of a man named Adivion Adrissant. After several more hours, the heroes discovered a slew of information pertaining to the topics they were researching (see Tar-Baphon, The Whispering Tyrant, The Whispering Way) except that there was no mention of the name Adivion Adrissant. The heroes did however discover an item which was a device held dear by the Whispering Way called the Moribund Key. Mikael recognised it as the same item that the headless horseman was wearing.

After a quick trip into the portable hole, the alchemist was carrying, he recovered the key. There the heroes learned about the use of the key. Also pictured with the key was a statue claiming to show the hideout of the Whispering Way in Caliphas. Abraun immediately recognised the picture as that of a statue in the Vault.

Having removed several tapestries, Abraun uncovered the statue, a large Gargoyle with a a medallion similar in appearance to the key. Arno discovered that the statue was magical and was somehow warded. Mikael took a closer look and found that the key could be turned to match the symbols on the statue, however wanted to know more about the key first. After concocting a potion, and examining the key, Mikael learned its properties. Instead of potentially activating the statue, Mikael decided to attempt to disable the warding. In doing so, Mikael triggered what appeared to be a distorted shimmering image of a city of some sort and swirling mists appeared. Suddenly the room shuddered and from the whisps of images appeared four large horrific creatures made of bone. Arno identified the creates as Bone Devils, but it was too late, as the creatures attacked.

Their first instruction was block the heroes’ escape with a wall of ice, and then start to dismember each hero, one by one. One of the tapestries fell on top of Braun, knowing him to the ground. The battle was fierce, with Arno and Mikael both affected by the fear radiating from the creatures. Arno eventually composed himself enough to start casting spells and singing a tune, however after several more attacks, he had become poisoned by the creatures. Mikael, was a different story, his main persona retreating into his subconscious, leaving the creature known as Mephisto to remain out in the open. Eventually after Arno was able to cast a haste spell, Augustus quickly dispatched the creatures. None of the heroes were lost, but Mikael was feeling much worse for ware. Sadiki, who had managed to avoid most of the blows from the creatures spotted Mikael in the form of his alter ego. Deciding that Mikael appeared to be protecting the artifact (Raven’s Head) rather than appearing to want to capture it, he decided not to act against the creature, but to keep it under surveillance for now.

With the creatures gone, the heroes healed up before deciding their next course of action…

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CHAPTER 82
The Eye of the Order

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Episode 3

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CHAPTER 81
The Headless Rider

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Episode 2

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CHAPTER 80
Caliphas

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Episode 1

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CHAPTER 79
The Final Rapture

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Episode 22

EVENTS:
The Heroes leave the “brain room” having established that there was much more going on than mere experimentation with local life-forms, and in fact it was an invasion of some kind.

The heroes then moved into a much larger chamber where they soon discover an almost alien landscape. Before them was a room filled with a myriad of alien animal and plant. An alien sanctuary below the waves.

In the centre of the room is a large machine which is being used by two Mi-Go to mash bodies into fertilizer for the alien life. Standing alongside them is a tall lanky creature the heroes find to be a Dimensional Shambler, an alien creature from the great beyond.

The Dimensional Shambler immediately attacks but is quickly dispensed by Roakk’ad.

The Mi-Go, clearly concerned with the intrusion, move in to attack the heroes using a strange alien weapon. The weapon, when activated shoots a cone of cold across the heroes, nearly killing Iaome.

The Mi-Go continue their attack, with only Roakk’ad standing in their way. A few further shots from the weapon manages to freeze Iaome to death.

The Mi-Go are dispensed, and Arno takes Iaome’s body to one of the Mi-Go experimental chambers. Arno gave no time to study the device and activated the machine to repair his fallen friend. Unfortunately, Iaome was attached to her familiar at the time, and the machine could see a better way to assemble the human before her. A few anxious moments later, Iaome was again alive, but somewhat deformed. Arno, somewhat struck with grief could be heard yelling, “She’s alive! SHE’S ALIVE!!!!”

The heroes move back to the alien sanctuary and move into the main research dome of the Mi-Go.

Four Mi-Gos work furiously in this room on the body of what appears to be a man. As the heroes enter, a thick green substance is injected into the man who the heroes recognise as being the possible missing Dark Rider.

The Mi-Gos are quickly dealt with, but not before the Dark Rider explodes into a huge Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath. As the creature forms, the heroes attack, with the newly raised Iaome hexing the creature into a slumber.

Meanwhile, using the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath, the outer god known as Shub-Niggurath used the creature as an anchor to move onto Golarion, and begins to materialise above the lake above the dome. Roakk’ad delivers the killing blow, destroying the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath, and with an almighty scream, the outer god fade, but not before causing a shock-wave which shatters the dome above.

The heroes quickly escape and obtain several items which appear to have been taken from the Dark Rider.

The heroes find that the items are that of the missing Seasage Effigy and several pieces of magical equipment. Amongst the belongings is a parchment letter bearing the seal of the Whispering Way. A check of the [[The Dark Rider’s Letter | letter]] shows a that it is addressed from an unknown individual only known as A.A. The letter appears to be to the Dark Rider and a confirmation that the Raven’s Head artefact is indeed required to be used in the creation of the Carrion Crown, the item to be used to return the Whispering Tyrant to his former glory.

The heroes return to the surface soon after and are greeted by Professor Horace Croon and are taken back to Illmarsh.

Roakk’ad shows signs of distress, and begins speaking to himself and rocking backwards and forth. Arno and Augustus establish that Roakk’ad is suffering the effects of a mental breakdown and fear for his mental health.

Iaome suggests that they leave and go to Caliphas as per the letter’s suggestion. She suggests a good point to arrive would be a place called Havenguard Lunatic Asylum, a good place to lodge Roakk’ad and to speak with a man named Dr. Beaurigmand Trice, a Venture Captain of the Pathfinder Society.

The heroes rest for the evening, keeping watch during the night in case of any reprisals. The town appears somewhat somber and unaffected by the ordeal, the majority of the inhabitants not understanding how close they were to the epicentre of the fall of the entirety of Golarion. Never-the less, the heroes thwarted the Outer God’s efforts, and resorted things as they rightly should be.

The next morning after fully recovering and preparing Roakk’ad for the trip, the heroes teleport away to distant Caliphas to meet with the good Dr. Trice.

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