After glimpsing the horrible results of the ruined city above the group quickly decided they needed to gather supplies, find a safe spot to drop off their injured, and locate whatever resistance they can. Horgus, in a display of kindness nobody would’ve expected days before, offered his assistance – his manor had an
apocalypse bunker safe house with enough food, water, supplies, and weapons to last himself, Anevia, and Aravashniel days. The group fought through hordes of demonic flies, rats, and cultists before coming across Magni’s nephew Finghal (spelling?) robbing searching a destroyed shop for valuables serviceable weapons.
While Magni attempted to reason with his nephew Raines asked Percival to try to conceal a casting of Suggestion to prevent conflict – however, one of the tiefling cultists noticed the spell and shouted out a warning. Percival’s spell still did the trick, and Finghal was forced to hide behind a counter as his entire entourage was slain or “convinced” to flee. Magni then had Finghal find a proper scabbard for Raines’ scimitar and dragged him along to Horgus’s manor, which was miraculously untouched save for missing valuables (a fact he attributes to the lack of civilians to slaughter). The group resupplied and traded their worn weapons for high-quality cold iron before moving on to find Magni’s family keep and Raines’ home. Along the way they encountered a group of crusaders surrounding a sobbing woman and Etrigg, tower shield in hand and staring tired and defiant at the misguided soldiers. The group swiftly defeated the cultists and greeted Etrigg, who informed them that the bulk of the city’s living crusaders were holed up in the Defender’s Heart.
They arrived at Raines’ home first to discover Symont and Barvil (but mostly Barvil) hoisting up Lysander from the rift their home’s rubble laid in. Barvil recounted how Lysander had found him and Symont shortly after the initial attack and held off cultists with his light magic.
Raines was thankful but nobody is allowed to know that. Lysander had retrieved Raines’ first creation, a flawed scimitar, and offered it to Raines. Raines did not seem very happy about this, claiming it was cursed and that he didn’t want it. Lysander merely shrugged and put it in a sheath on his belt while asking about the nature of its curse as the group moved on.
Magni’s keep wasn’t what it was. During the attack some beast had opened a rift in the ground beneath it, destroying everything. After
doing a hero landing reaching the rubble he found the charred remains of a dwarf with Brom’s hammer lying next to an outstretched arm. He also found Mildred, unconscious and bleeding out, who he managed to save before being lifted back up. Mildred recounted how the keep had been attacked prior to its destruction, and the group set out for Defender’s Heart.
After making it to the building they were stopped at the gates by crossbowmen who insisted on the incoming group being checked by divinations to ensure they weren’t demons in disguise come to breach their meager defenses and slaughter all the women, children, and injured inside while simultaneously dealing a death blow to the resistance. Which was apparently totally unreasonable and worth arguing about for ten minutes. Magni and Raines had a particularly nasty argument with a guard who claimed to be a captain and was not at all happy about these random strangers coming to their doors, bitching about Kenabres’s standard operating procedure for checking for demons, then talking shit as if they owned the place. He is now the most uppity jackass in the world for doing his job and talking back to a bunch of assholes.
Magni was directed to Irabeth and Quednys in the war room where he gave a status update on the situation and was informed that Horgus’ manor would be attacked soon, although nobody was quite sure of the reason at the time. He then had a tearful reunion with his extended family.
End Session 2