Episode Sixteen: And You’re Back In The Cells (1/19/05)
[Featuring Aerdaluna, Lorel, Hal, & Smithy]
As the party discussed their options, again a brief moment of
blindness and the party was again in the jail cells. All the party
was there, including the two new arrivals. Hal, Serenity, and Pan
were still comatose however. Lorel wishing to find his friends used
the knowledge he gained for the deck to determine that their souls
were still actually in the dungeon, behind one of the doors that
they had almost breached at the beginning of the day.
Lorel indicated that the souls of their companions were in one
of the arcane locked chambers. Investigating they discoverd a
simalacra of a vrock demon. The party attacked the demon in an
attempt to recover the souls. Before they could kill the demon, it
revealed that it had the companions souls in glass vials.
Threatening to destroy their souls, the demon tried to parlay for
the soul of the Emeral Mage. The demon showed its willingness to
carry through on the plan by smashing one of the vials. As the
party heard the antanonizing screams coming from the cells (where
the comatose characters were resting), they launched one final
attack on the demon slaying it. The remaining vial started to fall
to the ground, but Lorel lept over the other characters and caught
it before it shattered on the floor. The vial contained the soul of
Hal, which when imbibed restored Hal to full capacity. The
shattered vial had apparently contained the soul of Pan whose
lifeless body seemed slight and pale upon investigation. Serenity’s
soul was not found.
The party discovered that they were stuck in a time loop created
as a curse upon Delzomen for attempting to tamper with fate and
avoid his death using magics he was not advanced enough to handle.
They discovered that any knowledge they gained remained with them,
but any things they tried to take or modify always returned to
their original locations.
They tried many ways to escape the curse, but each failed and
after an hour the curse took effect and returned them to their
cells, healthy but confused and frustrated. They did realize that
they needed to convince Delzomen to not carry through his
experiement, but ultimately couldn’t convince him to just let it
go. It was not until they were able to propose an alternate
solution to his obsession with avoiding death that they were able
to break the loop.
They experience the flash of light one last time and found
themselves in the proper time where a Green Star Delzomen greeted
them and thanked them for their assistance. He thanked them with
the gift of a ring of wishes and transportation back to the caves
of the seer.
Smokey, the Urskan (follower of Aerdaluna)
The Emerald Mage
Simulacra of Chilblain and Urskans
Ring of Three Wishes (Hal)
Deck of Many Thing (Lorel still has this)