Dreams within dreams

Or, the joys of party bonding

We guessed on spelling. A lot. Deal with it.

Saint Nyline’s chapel. After discovering the chapel’s secrets, the group headed toward the village of Varn. The group was approached by the village elder, Eiric, asking if their mission had been a success. Amidst the crowd, Nesa saw the man she killed with a crossbow in her dream. After much discussion, it was agreed that the party would stay the night and go to the ruins, perhaps for the second time, in the morning.

During the night, Nssa had a nightmare where she killed her brother, Terent, in the ruins. She woke up to see her brother in the room; he accused her of murdering him and told her that he was a Magientist spy. He gave her a blood-stained paper with the same markings as the first dream’s paper’s markings. She screamed. The paper was real!

The group looked at the paper and was able to discern that the contents were a chemical formula and an old-time Magientist saying. Ean suggested they row out onto the loch and pour the chemical onto whatever they found on the island in the middle. For some reason, they did, bringing the pugnacious youth Berthold for protection. They poured the chemical on an enigmatic stone, revealing coordinates. Berthold recommended old man Leo could help them find the location. While telling them the location (somewhere south of the village), he talked of the horrible massacre of the Magientists in the factory fifty years ago.

At the coordinates, they found a mound of disturbed earth. Digging the earth revealed a box containing a map. On the map were the coordinates of a secret laboratory near the factory ruins, in the exact spot where a sanctuary to the earth spirit Gluta stood today. It also contained the missing pieces of a report they’d found earlier detailing the Magientists’ attempt to extract fossil flux and heal the brown pestilence as well as the Demorthens’ attempts to block the research.

Then they got woozy and fell asleep.

Then they woke up in the ruins.

And Nesa totally killed her brother. For reals this time. They saw Jearon moving quickly into the factory followed by Deorn. Among the dead around them, they found a dying Varn warrior among the dead mercenaries. They talked to him, but he died. They took some stuff from the dead and pried Nesa from her brother’s totally dead corpse—she had killed him earlier.

They moved through the ruins facing exactly zero horrible deaths. Outside, in a clearing, they found Jearon menacing Deorn and speaking in someone else’s voice. He appeared to be possessed by Verzal, the Magientist from the fifty-year-old activity reports. Rather than listen to him accuse Deorn of his own murder, Ean blasted him with ice in spite of Saeth’s futile attempts to interrupt him. Ned tackled Saeth, while Ninel(?) and Nesa attempted more successfully to stop him. They all calmed down long enough for Verzal to tell his story: Deorn thought the fossil Flux was punishment from the spirits, so he used the war between Gwidre and Taol-Kaer as an excuse to massacre the Magientists who had built their factory atop a rich vein of fossil Flux. Deorn summoned tree demons.

The fight was brutal, but with the help of Jearon/Verzal, the party prevailed. Deorn was knocked unconscious and deprived of his amulet. Verzal promised to leave Jearon if the party exposed Deorn. After much arguing, the party agreed. They searched the underground lab, finding a scary yellow piece of Amber/fossil Flux containing Verzal’s face. Ean and Ned claimed it was a Cursed Stone, while Ninel and Nesa wanted to send it to Reizh for research.

They left and after a contentious meeting with Eiric and the Dàmàthair, they were asked sternly to return to Melwan. Ned and Ean left carrying the fossil Flux, but Ned had a terrifying vision of Verzal’s murder. He fell into a stupor. Ninel broke the silence and told the village folk of Deorn’s treachery. Much arguing, and Deorn confessed. The group silently and angrily returned to the chapel.

Back at Saint Nyline’s chapel, they encountered Jaber and Urvan, the people from Ninel’s memories. The priests prayed over the fossil Flux, finding no curse. Ninel and Nesa happily took the fossil Flux, promising Saeth a chance to research it and promising Ned not to mess with it inside the vales of Varn and Melwan.



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