Gaming: Getting up in the morning was hard, but my
estimate as to what time we should say we were leaving in order to actually
leave by the correct time was just about on the money, and we successfully
arrived in Roseville to play Al's Ptolus game.
In this session, our
heroes mercenary adventurers were
hired by the mysterious head of the republican movement (who is also a
high-level priest of a god of prophecy) to investigate something called the
Idol of Ravvan, which is apparently the source of the fiendish blue gnolls
and might be on Brandywine Street. Also, they were asked by the lord of
Castle Shard to investigate a wanted dark elf named Shilukar, who was
trying to buy his way into protected guest status with knowledge of how
repair the guy who had been turned into a golden statue. Not much
information could be exchanged for fear of scrying, but someone else there
mentioned that Sillikar was probably also related to, or at least aware of,
the Ravvan issue.
There was a brief diversion to find out why Noreena's cute but brainless
friend Phon (now pregnant by a prominent local businessman who happens to
be the brother of the republican leader who just hired them) had gone
missing. It turned out she was being guarded and cared for by an
orginaztion called the Fateweavers, probably with her boyfriend's
connivance since she was in one of his warehouses. No one thought this was
her idea, but she said she thought it was for the best and she's nominally
an adult, so the party sat on James to keep him from going on about demon
babies and left her there.
At one point during all this, Erica was accosted by a swarm of bats in a
human disguise, who were very curious about why she was helping a mugging
victim and accused her of being funny-looking before sending her home. At
another point, Karl came home to find a white-haired ninja girl searching
his room, but she escaped before he could find learn her motive.
After cautiously investigating and then staking out the obvious creepy
vacant lot on Brandywine, they finally observed someone flying in and
out cloaked by magical darkness and decided to go for broke. As soon as the
flier left, they used the magic provided by the republican to break in to
the secret underground complex, bypassing the traps and wiping out the
gnoll guards (who still cannot stand against the power of the ancestors).
There were a few complications (giant fiendish blue gnolls, the idol
driving anyone within 30' mad with bloodlust, gnollish reinforcements), but
the group successfully absconded with the idol, which no one had really
expected. (Fortunately a thin coating of lead foil was enough to keep it
from driving passers-by mad.)
Their first commission was more than fulfilled, but no information
about Shilukar had been turned up, so they prepared for a second raid
on the (hopefully now less well-guarded) complex.
Food: There was a great outcry, so we went to Mizu
and had all-we-could-eat sushi and stuff. Ayse became very very happy.
Silly Computer Games: Only a tiny bit!
When I got home, there were still twelve paws, all fuzzy!