The Curse of the Barren Empyrean

Vengeance on Vaedril
Return to the Barren Empyrean

The shambling mound attacks
Beacon of orange light
Light blue glow of the water
Escape the shambling mound
Vines withered

Rode back to town
Visit the inn
Spoke with Sonia and Harold
Visited Thanos at the temple
Father Alaren and Archbishop and the Jar
Vaedril and the guards
Branon and Emerald
Return to inn for rest

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The Crossing Over
Rescue Mission: Alice

Final battle with Elewen.
Three children.
Ursula and Lucile tries to stop Elewen.
Elewen succeed in moving through the portal.
Alice dead after ritual.

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The Trail to Terror
Rescue Mission: Alice

The burning bodies of the hags seems to be made of seaweed.

Sayis swiftly found the two black horses. Sonia and Thanos carried Harold back to Barren Empyrean on horse back. Sayis, Emerald, and Rima took a short rest to regroup before heading off to the hag’s manor.

The three descended into the depth of the cavern and used the mysterious orb to jump through the portal unharmed. They moved along in the direction of the manor.

Upon opening the door, Augustine, Jay, and Sunny invited the guests in and asked them to be seated. Sayis and Emerald swiftly knocked the children unconscious, while Rima took out rope to tie them up. The children were secured and hidden away next to the manor under a cloaker hide.

The three continued to look for Alice. They approached the stairs and Sayis beautifully disabled the trap by tossing a pebble that Rima wanted to use. Despite the precaution, the repercussion from triggering the trap shot the pebble right back into Rima’s forehead.

The bedrooms upstairs seemed untouched, but the ladies in the paintings of Ursula and Lucille looked much older than Emerald remembered. Then they noticed the disappearing wrinkles on Ursula’s face the longer they stared at the portrait.

Throughout the path towards the door at the end of the hall, the party had removed multiple eyeballs. Standing in front of the last unopened door, humming voices seeped through the wood. Emerald cleverly detected multiple minds beyond the door with her “detect thought”. Finally Sayis bravely slid open the door and two charging children tried to stab her unsuccessfully.

The to the party’s dismay, the sight before them brought unspeakable dread into the depths of their heart. Children wearing metal collars tethered by chains that reaches into the dark rob that seemed to be draping over the silhouette of a hag. The limp body that lies beyond the hideous form appears to be Alice. The humming had turned into ominous chanting, reverberating with what seems like an alter.

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Ursula Usurp the Exchange
Rescue Mission: Thanos

Created bombs. Bought goat. Sacrifice to send message through teleportation circle. Ambush team prepare at site. Trade team rests. Towards midnight. Trade team arrives at exchange site. Ursula arrives with Thanos. Verbal conflict. Elewen and Lucille arrive at midnight. Verbal conflict ensues as Sonia trades for Thanos. Fight broke out. Lucille and Ursula fell to the ground. Elewen captures Alice and escapes. Loot bodies.

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Another Talk in the Tiny Hut
Rescue Mission: Thanos

Emerald hurriedly rushed out of the cellar after giving the key to Sayis and the bone to Rima, saying she had to go check on something. Emerald went around the village to interview several villagers to clarify what happened to these people and children.
Sayis and Rima visited Brianna to ask for some supplies and information. They received a paralysis potion and antidotes with Sayis’ financial support. Brianna also offered a healing potion and asked them to return later for other potions as they need some time to procure.
Sonia and Harold remained at the cellar to study the teleportation circle.

As the sun reaches midday, Emerald reunited with Sayis and Rima at the orphanage, where Alice was wating. Upon revealing that the conduit coins are harmful to the children, Alice searched through the children’s belongings and found three coins.
While Rima explained to Alice about how to help the children affect by the coins, Emerald went to Fredrick’s to find Sonia and Harold. They were not in the cellar anymore when Emerald reached the house. Instead, they were near the furnace as Harold was showing Sonia about the black powder, suggesting to the two teenagers that they may be able to create a make-shift bomb out of the powder.

Eventually the group are reunited and had a long talk in Emerald’s tiny hut next to the orphanage. A lot of strategic planning and decisions needs to be made because the hags are not to be trusted in this dirty deal.

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Teleportation Circle in Fredrick's Cellar
Rescue Mission: Thanos

Emerald and Sayis continued their investigation down to the cellar at Freidrick’s.
The duo visited the shepherds and tried to investigate their issue. Sayis spoke with a sheep and Max to learn that a person with gunpowder and children were involved. The investigation ended with Emerald performing a song and one happy audience, Alina the neighbor.
They slept in the magical tiny hut for the rest of the night.

As evening approaches, Sonia and Sam safely arrived at the gates of Barren Empyrean. Branon and Captain Malice greeted the trio at the entrance. Rima followed Sonia and Branon into the Desolate Crusade and found Harold waiting in one of the rooms upstairs. After hastily telling Harold what had happened, Rima left Harold with Sonia at the inn, while she rushed to the temple to find Father Aleren to learn about hags, conduit, twig, and the jar. Still unsatisfied, Rima researched on hags in the library and then headed back.
The three left the town late at night with two on horseback and one as a giant elk.

Sonia and Rima returned to the village with Harold as dawn approaches. With the five finally reunited, they continued their investigation after exchanging information. They returned to Fredrick’s cellar and learned about the teleportation circle.

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Alice
Rescue Mission: Thanos

The entourage returned to the Elysian Fields, while Domo left to serve his patron. They had a long talk with Alice and persuaded her to help on their mission to rescue Thanos. Alice parted to make preparations, while the entourage visited Inna and Lynne’s place as well as Osmar’s place. Then Sonia, Sam, and Rima headed back to Barren Empyrean, while Emerald and Sayis visited Fredrick’s place.

With Domo’s help the entourage returned to the lake near the Elysian Fields. All fell into the water far from ashore, except for the levitating warlock. All arrived at the shore safely, including Rima as an otter. Before they returned to the village, the atmosphere cracked open and large green tentacles bid for the hooded tiefling as he is obliged to pay his dues to his patron. The tentacles wrapped around Domo as he disappeared into the darkness of the disappearing fracture.
Upon arrival of the Elysian Fields, Edgar and Clemens were having a dispute, while Osmar asked them to discuss the issue at his place. Alice was a part of the watching crowd, and the entourage asked for her time after they fetch Sam from Dwen. The otter stayed with Alice while Emerald, Sayis, and Sonia went to retrieve Sam.
After regrouping, Emerald cast Tiny Hut to provide privacy while the group spoke with Alice. The group persuaded Alice to help with rescuing Thanos and the children. They decided to meet up one and a half day later after some preparation.
They visited Inna and Lynne’s place and found a fortified cell with inscriptions. The jar in Sayis’ bag was vibrating violently until it touched Emerald in the cell. Next they visited Osmar, who gave them a strange looking twig with arcane magic. The twig was found on Fredrick’s cellar door by Brianna.After visiting the two places, Sonia and Sam head back to town on a giant elk, Rima, while Emerald and Sayis continued their investigation at Fredrick’s place.
The two approached Fredrick’s place and persuaded Brianna of their intentions. However, to much of the diad’s dismay, Fredrick’s place was filled with traps, which kept the goods safe behind the walls. Despite much difficulties, the two was able to obtain useful items from the investigation.

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The Deal
Rescue Mission: Thanos

The four intruders of the stone manor continued to explore the property. Little did they know that a dreadful deal was waiting ahead.

Emerald found a hidden door with a lock underneath a carpet and headed upstairs to search for a fitting key. Sayis offered to retrieve some water for Joanna, who gave her the directions into a room inside with a well. When Rima offered help, Joanna asked to find her coin for her in the basement near the garden. Sayis told Rima about the locked door down to the basement and realize the key from the cavern could open the lock. After retrieving Emerald from upstairs as well as Sonia, the group headed down to the basement. Rima found the coin but decided to not return to Joanna and asked Sayis to keep it. Emerald pulled out a mandrake plant, which cried loudly until it was buried back into the ground. In the next room filled with crates, Rima found a butchered carcass in a barrel, supposedly human. In a dark room behind the stacked wooden crates, children were kept in cages. They spoke with the children, especially Mark, but was interrupted by Joanna who walked in looking disturbed. Unexpectedly, the child stabbed Sayis and two entities entered the room, Auntie Inna and Auntie Lynne. After an intense conversation, the group sealed a deal with Inna to trade Alice for Thanos. The two left and the intruders decided to leave and seek assistance. On the way through the garden, Sayis decided to pull out a mandrake plant, which caused unnecessary suffering for the second time, annoying both Emerald and Rima; Sonia had already left the basement. Joanna was at the counter cutting up food, while the group made their way out of the manor. Outside the manor they met up with Domo and Emerald asked him to help them return to the Elysian Fields.

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A Child
Rescue Mission: Thanos

Despite the dispute between the paladin and the bard, the adventurers redirect their focus back to their original mission, rescuing Thanos and investigating missing children.

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Basilisks and Butterflies
Rescue Mission: Thanos

Two basilisks
Sayis turned into stone
Emerald and Rima sneaked into the manor
Sonia brew the antidote for Sayis
Emerald and Sayis dispute

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