The Aasaurian Chronicles: Forbidden City

The Aasaurian Chronicles: The Forbidden City
Prologue part 1

Benzas 23, 915 3E

Yoshito begins his adventure near Eliphas on a ship departing from Everes to Lodone. The two begin on less than favorable terms before they dock, afterwards, Eliphas finds that he is in need of a translator. The only one available to him is Yoshito, so the two of them make a deal to work with each other. They enter The Lucky Dragon tavern to gain information after being unsuccessful at finding information on the street.

Upon entering the tavern the two are nearly accosted by the owner who offers them 500 sovereigns to kill an old crazy lizard man who has been scaring away sight seers, and bring back the girl who was hired to do it hours ago. Yoshito tells a half-truth to Eliphas that he has found a temple for Eliphas to study and the two of them go off together to see the temple.

Upon entering, the two trigger a “trap” that plays old Lodonian music that is quite loud and annoying. This alerts the temple’s inhabitants, Sseth and Tessia who introduce themselves. Yoshito and Eliphas refuse their hospitality as Yoshito and Sseth engage in dialogue leading to the conclution that Sseth needed to come with the others uncontious so that they could collect on their bounty.

Upon reaching The Lucky Dragon, Tessia is given her bounty of 1000 sovereigns and tells the others that their 500 is included in her 1000. The party is disgruntled, knowing that they had been mislead. After resolving the money, Yoshito returns to his family, bringing the others along.

Soon they see that Yoshi’s home is being reposessed, and Yoshi’s mother asks him to retrieve the treasure from the old temple in order to repay their debts. Sseth agrees to let them have the money and they go off to the temple once more.

Once inside, the party finds the temple desecrated. The statue in the main room was toppled over to reveal a secret passage into the temple’s undercroft. The party ventures downward and are ambushed by Frostbourne Zombies and Blazebourne Skeletons on the ramp down. They make it thorugh them to a second room where they fight more skeletons and a couple of Banshees. Afterwards, the party cleanses the chamber and a statue of Gojin ascends, granting them Ippiki Ookami and Shatterscale two of his powerful artifact katanas.

They move on and discover a Highbourne in the ritual chamber. He says his name is Ethan Draelas and offers the party a chance to join him. They refuse him and he summons powerful anceint elementals known as Aeroch. The party defeats them, but Ethan makes off with a glimmering green shard that was said to hold great magical energies.

The party takes the treasure within the temple, pays for Yoshi’s home, and then sets off for the new temple being constructed in the town square for answers. The sage there reveals the nature of the shard called “The Storm Shard” by the Lodonians. He then instructs them to chase after him as the Highbourne may intend to use the shard for evil in a ritual known as “The Cleansing.” He tells them to travel to Redima in Everes to seek out one of the lost books that contains the information they need.

With everything in hand, the party goes to the docks where Tessia’s captain friend, Millar, greets them and agrees to take them to Redima free of charge. And so the journey was under way.

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The Aasaurian Chronicles: The Forbidden City
Prologue part 2

Benzas 27, 915 3E

A week goes by and the party arrives in Redima, the White City. It is here, the port city of Lethander, that the library the sage spoke of lies. A harvest festival is being held and the streets are filled with people. The party searches for the library, talking to the guards. Finding no leads they explore the city and have a run-in with a thief. The party accosts him and find out that he is the so-called curator of the secret library they have been looking for named Pelinol Grimm.

He leads them to the library to find that it has been broken into. The party finds a mob of horrible creatures that seem to be made from various monster’s flesh. Sseth scouts ahead and finds a female Highbourne tearing through books and asking “Where is it?” to herself. Upon hearing the players, the monsters whip into a frenzy and a barrier is erected between the female who continues searching even as the party fights Spellstitched Slashers, and Spellstitched Brutes. Upon their defeat, they speak with the female through the barrier as she finds the book she was looking for. Soon, Ethan Draelas appears and speaks to the female and calls her Liddia before going on to establish that it is his sister. Ethan taunts them as he finds that the information the two needed is not there. They leave, teleporting away as the barrier lowers.

The party searches the library and Grimm tells them that the book they picked up was an ancient text on the Dragon Crusade and the ritual known as ”The Cleansing”. There are pages missing, and Grimm tells the others that he sold them to a wealthy collector named Kristov who lives in Stillwater, a small city to the south in order to help support the library. The party decides to stay the night and set out in the morning to get the pages before Ethan and Liddia has a chance to get them or figure out where they are.

Most of the party gets food while Yoshito finds a fence for his stolen library goods and Eliphas finds a place to rest. The party meets back at the hotel by the docks, not the most reputable place, but cheap and not full of people for the festival. Yoshito offers himself as a hired sword to Tess and Eliphas. Eliphas accepts. Yoshito tells the party he’ll be back later and walks into the night. He reappears as Grimm is closing up shop with a mask and cloak to hide himself. He tries to grapple Grimm after throwing torches into the library. Grimm escapes and pulls dual pistols on Yoshito. Yoshito tells him to leave, Grimm refuses and tells Yoshito to leave. Yoshito runs and as Grimm follows him he notices the books on fire and takes his shots at Yoshito who summons Nightfang from his sword to keep Grimm from getting too close as he escapes. Yoshito ditches his clothes into an alley and goes back to the inn to sleep.

Benzas 28, 915 3E

The next morning, the party sets out after hearing the rumor that the library was burned down. They investigate and talk to Grimm who describes the attacker as “A cloaked man who summoned a wolf-demon thing to attack him.” The party automatically realizes who did it and Eliphas is enraged. They have words back outside and eventually they decide that they have more pressing matters and will resolve the issue later.

Yoshito buys a horse who he names Sake and a cart for them to travel faster. They do so and it takes a half day to get to Stillwater. When they near Kristov’s home and knock he ushers them in. When they go inside they speak to him about the pages that they need and he offers to show them in exchange for a service rendered. They agree to hear the proposition and Kristov tells them of ”The Serpent Stone” which is said to protect its wearer from all forms of poison and marks the location of the ruins on the party’s map. The party agrees and Kristov offers them food and shelter. They accept and decide to wake the next morning and go off to the ruins.

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