Fallen Spire

The Gatecrashers Encounter Death And Return To The Road

In the aftermath of the Mahrut’s marauding of Gatecrasher Keep, the party further tend to their wounded and dead. The entire Keep staff and all Guild members evacuate to Mez’s Templekeep and lick their wounds – both physical and spiritual. Rendonna and Chouko are both mourning for Survillo in their own way, with Chouko certain that things will work themselves out. Over time, the party meanders on their on paths. Sophone goes in search of some physical affection to take her mind off of the heavy goings-on. Vash goes out for a bout of sparring for much the same reason. Qixi keeps to herself, as do Clarice, Rendonna and Gerfried. Olias and Mez, along with several of the temple’s staff, see to the resurrection of the fallen. The fallen Lynn brother rises and with a little bardic nudging, decides to devote himself to Lysander. Tamlyn rises with a sense that after her last death that she’d been pulling back, and determined to make the best of things this time around. Rendonna is called in with Olias and Chouko, and Survillo’s resurrection fails. Mez makes it clear that he is not willing to press the matter, as Survillo’s soul is spoken for. Chouko goes off to mope, taking consolation in her Deck of Many Things. She draws once to draw twice drawing the Star to enhance her bodily health and the Key to recall her Nine Tails Stealer to herself – directly from Olias’ scabard. In the aftermath of Olias’ sword going missing, Chouko wanders back to the party and explains that she once again has the sword. The party rests overnight at the Templekeep and returns to Gatecrasher Keep the next day after resting. Olias makes it clear that any who wish to remain may do so. Rendonna opts not to remain with Olias, leaving him in a foul mood.

Much debate goes into the decision on where to resettle the Guild’s base of operations, and Gerfried prompts the inquiry into why a resettling is needed. The group decides to return to their more nomadic and planes hopping ways without much further ado. Chouko is settling into depression during the packing of her belongings. Vash takes little effort to become fully mobile, as she tends to be wired that way to begin with. Gerfried and Clarice require the most time to pack, given the tenure of their stay at the Keep. Qixi, after half completing zir packing, decides to settle at the Keep – feeling that zie might not be cut out for the Gatecrashing lifestyle. Sophone is amazed by Tamlyn’s method of packing and then burning the rest of her room’s contents. Eventually, Sophone finds Olias and Tamlyn conversing about inconsequentials and then spies an unconcious and naked Clarice lying on the floor of Boss’ room. She goes in search of Clarice, finds her alive and well helping Gerfried and returns to query Olias about the unconcious Clarice. Getting an answer that makes no sense or comfort, she wanders off in something of a fugue. Eventually, the Guild gathers in the courtyard and Olias uses the cubic gate to plane shift them to Axis City. Arriving provokes a law enforcement response, to which Olias responds by plane shifting them all back home just in time for Chouko to explain that they have permits to operate the cube inside the city.

They all plane shift back by cube again, provoking a second response from the law. They’re escorted to processing so that Olias may fill out the requisite paperwork to continue trading operations through Axis City. As Chouko sees the length of the queue for processing, she invites Tamlyn to draw from her Deck and then does so herself. Tamlyn draws an unknown card, while Chouko draws the Death. A dread wraith materializes immediately and begins an affray. Chouko responds by drawing her Nine Tails Stealer and striking at the wraith, finding herself promptly drained of her own life force in response. Tamlyn joins the melee and finds herself similarly confronted, as do one of the law officers and Olias. After a few moments pass, Olias calls off the non-combatants so that he may plane shift those in the fight to the Positive Material Plane to even the odds. The fight proceeds apace and the guild and their unwitting comrade in arms return to Axis City to complete even MORE paperwork and explain themselves.

After further explanation, the entire guild are “invited” to spend the night in seperate cells. Gerfried passes the evening reading and working out arcane permutations, almost without realizing he’s in a prison at all. Clarice suffers the harsh realities of her cursed hunger, passing out well before being released. Chouko gets a tiny bit stir-crazy, drawing the Flames from her Deck of Many Things on the 11th hour of her 12 hour of imprisonment – apparently to no effect – then ending her incarceration by taking a nap. Sophone turns in on herself after finding that she is imprisoned, slowly growing more and more dissociated from reality though finding her time punctuated by a burst of screaming from a nearby floor. Vash also hears this screaming, though she weathers her time in a cell much more evenly – though the “food” disturbs her greatly. It becomes apparent much later that Tamlyn has attacked one of her jailors and was drugged into unconciousness immediately thereafter. Nothing is known to the Guild what Olias did during their time in a cell.

One by one, the night passes for everyone and Olias comes with liberation the next day. All recover from their travails pretty quickly, and in short order the Guild is shown out into Axis, whereupon Olias employs the cubic gate to take the entire group to what he believes to be Golarion. They arrive in a storeroom of some form, though Sophone quickly identifies the markings on several crates as Osiriani writing. Chouko is sent upstairs and finds a kitchen. Sophone follows quickly and they make contact with the kitchen staff. Chouko secures their attention with her bardic magic, making a much larger splash than intended in the very busy kitchen.

Sophone tries to talk their way out of the situation, only to find the Jann proprietor wanting to ‘escort’ them from the kitchen by shrinking them. Olias quickly makes sense of the mess by bribing the owner of what is now clearly a caravanserais with a massive handful of coins. The group are shown to a private dining room. After some social encounters and abrogation of responsibility, the group head up to their rooms and sleep.

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