Legends of the Ninth World

The Nightmare Switch

Session 1

The heroes agreed to accompany Deymish on his boat as he delivered medicine to the afflicted village of Redstone. They encountered a skiff bearing 12 raiders and Deymish was glad he’d brought on these travelers. A battle ensued, but with only three raiders standing they final yielded and were cast adrift down the canal. Before they let them go, they told the heroes of their leader Gorvas Bane

When they arrived in Redstone they found the town was afflicted as they had heard. None of the townsfolk could sleep as they were haunted by a disturbing and re-occurring dream. They went directly to the tower where the Aeon Priest Clave resided but Hataniah a guard in the village told they they were not to be disturbed and to come back the next day. The heroes soon found they too experienced these dreams as well and were unable to sleep soundly. However, the Nano Cotton had a different, though no less disturbing dream. He saw a faceted dome in the desert and a metallic cylinder and knew that they meant something.

The next day when they returned to the claves tower, Hataniah told them the same thing and would not allow them entrance. Sean McCoy took it upon himself to gain entry. With the reluctant help of Veds Arctos he scaled the circular wall around the tower and crawled around without being noticed, meanwhile Sorens Noune and Mercy distracted Hataniah allowing McCoy to drop down behind her and make his way toward the entrance. McCoy almost made it to the tower entrance when another unseen security measure activated and knocked him unconscious.

Hataniah was aware of the flash of light behind her and as she attempted to turn, Sorens punched her. Hataniah immediately became combative and readied her spear though outnumbered. Seeing things escalate, Teyana Dahl tried to step in between, but Sorens grappled Hataniah with the intention of subduing her. He underestimated the young woman and she flipped him over and was preparing to pick up her spear again when Mercy deployed a strange detonation she had acquired. It released a strange gas and with a phrase ‘Stop fighting’ the young guard instantly relaxed and dropped her guard allowing cooler heads to prevail.

Convinced now that these strangers were only trying to assist the Aeon Priests Hataniah let them pass and disabled the security device that had knocked out McCoy. With some assistance from Mercy, Cotton was able to unlock the door to the tower and the heroes went inside.

They found that the tower appeared to be unoccupied, and in the lab confronted a pair of guard androids. Mercy and Veds engaged them in melee while Cotton quickly found their weaknesses and severely disable one while Teana impaled one on one of her spears. Victorious they found no other traps or guardians in the tower. They uncovered some cyphers and a journal that illuminated them on the whereabouts of Aeon Priests. They had gone into the desert northwest of town to repair an ancient device. Cotton immediately suspected this was the faceted dome from his dream.

The heroes set off immediately. After the better part of the day, they found the dome just as Cotton had seen in his dream. It was obvious that some kind of struggle had occurred outside and they began to suspect the Priests had been captured. Cotton discovered the way to enter the dome and inside they found a cool, clean sanctuary from the desert of Seshar outside. They found that someone, most likely the priests had been working inside and they saw a damaged and used cylinder again, strikingly similar to the one Cotton had envisioned in his dream.

The Heroes decided to look for signs of where the Priests may have gone and Veds located the tracks of a number of humanoids going to the west. They followed the trail into the evening and discovered a camp of abhuman Margr. The were preparing to bed down for the night and McCoy, Mercy and Veds decided to sneak up and take a better look. Sorens followed them and luckily managed not to draw any attention. McCoy discovered that these creatures had butchered and ate the Aeon Priests. There were a dozen, eleven and on larger Margr that obviously appeared to be there leader. The camp had one sentry making a patrol around the perimeter while another stood in the center of camp guarding the four Aneen they used as pack animals.

The Heroes concocted a plan to take out the sentries. McCoy would move in close to use a Coma Detonation while Veds and Mercy would take out the sentry patrol. Unfortunately, McCoy was oblivious to a Margr who had wandered nearby to relieve himself. Veds and Mercy both saw the wandering Margr and took him out silently before he could raise an alarm. They also deftly fell the sentry despite the darkness with two well placed crossbow bolts.

McCoy fell the sentry in the camp and those surrounding him with the Coma Detonation. Mercy skillfully snuck up to the Aneens, while McCoy managed to get close to the leader without disturbing any of the other sleeping abhumans. He quickly and quietly got the cylinder while Mercy lifted some Shins from the rest packs of the Aneen, and they escaped the camp without raising an alarm.

Unable to sleep the group pushed through the night back to the faceted dome and Cotton was able to install the cylinder and safe inside the dome they were able to sleep a restful and dreamless sleep. The Margr did not follow them back to the dome and Teyana was able to determine that they had been afraid of the dome and doubted they would ever come back or figure out how to get inside.

They returned to Redstone as heroes and Corl Vehm the town elder presented them with the shins they would have received for the shipment of medicine, which pleased Deymish as well. Named heroes of the town they were welcome to stay as long as they like and would always be welcome in Redstone.


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