FR Scales of War

Deeper into Sayre

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Date: 8/3/1479 DR

TREASURE

ITEM RECIPIENT LOCATION FOUND NOTES

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Speaking with Amyria, the group learns that the Githyanki threat is greater than they had ever imagined, but so is the hatred in the city for them. An attack leads the Outsiders down beneath a spice house for more information.


While part of the group is exploring the city of Sayre, an urchin runs up to them asking if they’re the Heroes of the Rethild Vale and tells them that he was sent by Amyria to collect them. Reluctantly the group follows him back to the Riverdown District, to the warehouse were the Githzerai are staying. Inside they find Searynox Winterborn with the Gith, eating their meager food supplies. Around a small table are seated Amyria, the Deva whom they had saved, Elder Odos and they are introduced to Gal’ott, a prune-faced man, and Aziff a young female Githzerai; both of whom have been leading their people here in the city. Once everyone is settled, the Deva explains why she’s so glad to see the Heroes here.

Amyria has spent a great deal of time in the weeks since she parted with the adventurers traveling outside Rethild Vale, seeking out the extent of the githyanki invasion. In the process, she has established connections in most of the cities nearby. She has also learned that githyanki attacks have come at the worst times for the defenses of every region. Only Rethild Vale has been spared—at least thus far—thanks to the group’ actions in defeating General Zithiruun. She knows it is only a matter of time until the githyanki try again.

Amyria has an agent in the household of Lord Torrance and is suspicious of his connection (as well as that of other prominent citizens) to Lord Telicanthus. The githyanki, whom she went out of her way to meet at a social event the week before, seems genuine, but a githyanki operating so openly just seems wrong to Amyria. It seems that Amyria is ashamed of her feelings about Telicanthus. She wants to believe that not all githyanki are evil ravagers intent on conquest, but she is suspicious nonetheless. She is too quick to deflect questions about Telicanthus, his motives, and his possible operations. Her own self doubt gets in the way of her instincts about the githyanki, which is why she cautions the githzerai of acting too hastily.

Amyria learned that two leaders in other nearby cities are seeking out allies. She feels that forming a more concrete alliance—she calls this group the Coalition—between all the besieged communities, city-states, and regions will help them all, so she has been spending a great deal of time fostering this idea. She has been marginally successful in putting together the war council, which holds its first meeting in Sayre, the following morning. But Amyria herself has little more than a voice in the proceedings. She has no home community and represents only herself and her god, Bahamut. She is being allowed in the proceedings because she organized the event and chose Sayre as the site of the meeting. Vylify Morin asks about security for this event, to which he is told that the Deva would appreciate their insight to make sure the site is safe for all.

Amyria chose for the council to meet in Sayre because, like Odos, who grunts and nods when she mentions this, she suspects that the githyanki have some means of communication that surpasses any sort of magic that she is aware of. They seem able to react almost instantaneously to threats that marshal to meet them, and they strike when their enemies are at their most vulnerable. Only regions such as Rethild Vale (on a state of perpetual heightened alert), are having luck defending against the attacks. She also tells the group that she tried to get to the island nation of Nefelus, off the distant coast, but there’s some sort of ice blockade, which can’t be breached from either side, preventing any ships from sailing there. The knowledge of magic possessed by the sages of Nefelus is said to be nearly unsurpassed, but the University of Sayre is a worthy rival. She hopes to convince the war council that they should ask the scholars of the university to turn all their efforts toward uncovering the nature of the githyanki’s communication network. The group then shares their information about the pieces of colored glass that they had found among the Githyanki spies.

Finally, Amyria has one other reason for coming to Sayre. She had a dream recently that had the weight of significance behind it. She won’t use words like “prophetic,” but when she recounts the dream, her eyes grow distant and her voice soft as she relates what she saw: “In my dream I was standing in the midst of raw elements. Waves crashed around me and fires flared, and I was looking down through clouds onto a dark blue night’s sky. Stretching across the sky was a giant spider’s web that was woven between planes. It was silver and sparkled with stars, and at the end of each web line was a githyanki. As each githyanki spoke, the web sparkled, and a fat spider in the middle listened to everything that anyone said. The spider was beautiful, but you could tell it was evil, just like the people talking through it. It scuttled around, fixing frayed lines and tossing out new lines to new people. Most were githyanki, but some were not. One of the lines went to a githzerai.” She looks troubled.

“I looked harder at the spider, and I knew it was here in Sayre. I could see the city around it. So I came here. I think someone in Sayre is helping the githyanki, but we don’t know for sure who it is, although we have our suspicions. And we don’t have an easy answer about what to do about it.”

Gal’ott finally bursts out that they all know who this spider is and that they should just attack him, take him out of the picture, and make things better for everyone! Elarinya counters that he is politically connected to everyone who could help the githzerai! Kill him and get everyone executed as murderers and traitors. She thinks that they need proof before they can act in any way. While all of this is going on, Damaia is scanning the crowd feeling out any resonance of a spy trying to use a glass communicator, but also looking to see if anyone around them is possessed like Gallia is. She finds nothing, but does personally understand why Gal’ott is angry at the mistreatment and racism his people are suffering. The group agrees to help Amyria with her Coalition, by scanning out the building for the meeting tonight, while the other half would go to the University Library to do research. Amyria thanked them again for their help, and Elder Odos remained non-committal, while seeming impressed with this mis-matched group.

As they left the warehouse, Rinya noticed a lot of bodies creeping around in the shadows around the square. She also noticed that they were dressed as beggars with chainmail underneath their clothes and new weapons in hand. Instincts kicked in and she raced forward to meet their attackers head on. One of the “beggars” stood in the middle of the square, brandishing a glowing gem that seemed to always be pulling the Heroes closer to him. The group made quick work of their attackers, except Searynox accidentally stabbed Damaia while they were fighting.


Damaia is not happy about being accidentally stabbed by one of her teammates!

As the last of the beggars fell, Rinya saw a shadow dash into a nearby alley, so without saying a word, she dashed after him. The rest of the group was busy picking through the bodies, trying to figure out who they were and why they had attacked. They could simply tell that they all smelled strongly of spices, but they didn’t even carry coins with them. Damaia fished the gem out of the fountain where it had been dropped and found that it was a cursed item. Searynox asked to study it and found that it was cursed by Tiamat, but stuck it in his pocket anyway. That was when Vylify noticed that their elf companion was missing. The Artificer pointed out that the only person who could track their Ranger, was the Ranger, so Searynox set off to cast a ritual.

Rinya chased the shadow down a few blocks and then lost him as he turned a corner barely ahead of her. She stepped out, across the street from a rundown, condemned shop called Ridolfi and Sons Spice Shop. She eagerly searched the area, but couldn’t find anyone other than a small girl. Suddenly, the voice of their cleric whispered in her ear asking where she was? She told him that she was hunting the attackers but had lost them. With the message sent, she sauntered over to ask the little girl if she’d seen anything. The little girl just huddled down and told her that she hadn’t seen anything and that this was a bad neighborhood so she should leave. Rinya said that she was looking for a spice shop, so the little girl was willing to lead her towards the Marketplace, secretly slipping a dagger from her boot.

After asking for directions, the rest of the group hurried to catch up with their impulsive teammate, and Damaia barely caught her walking around a corner, with the little girl secretly pulling out a knife. Just as she swiped to hamstring the elf, Rinya sensed the girl’s intent and flipped over the slice, then grabbed the little girl and disarmed her. As they rushed up, Searynox asked Rinya not to the kill the little girl. The giant, white dragonborn grabber her by both arms and threatened to rip them out of their sockets if she didn’t talk about their attackers and the spice shop. She broke down weeping and told them the run down shop was a secret entrance to their hideout. The cleric then hugged her and started counseling her on the merits of leaving behind a life of crime and becoming an adventurer who helped people out. The rest of the group just rolled their eyes. Under duress, the little girl told them how to enter the hideout, and warned them about the trap… sort of. The trap door led the group deeper into the underground, to the destroyed city of Auger that had sunk beneath the ground a long time ago.

A small crawlspace led from the shop above to the top of a collapsed room with multiple levels deep underground. Vylify sent Obi in to check it out and he returned to report that there were a few beggars in the next room, and a door that led deeper into the underground. The group carefully made their way down a rope ladder and began taking out the beggars. As Rinya stepped down the floor, she was smacked and immobilized by a Gluttonous Cube, that had looked see-through from above. She escaped while it was distracted and Damaia pummeled it with the Giant Maw of Atropus, an undead immortal whose power she was blessed with by Dispater. Angry at the immense attack, the cube immobilized the warlock, then drug it into it’s depths. The rest of the group attacked for all they were worth to save their compatriot, and finally Searynox returned it to a puddle, though the tiefling was still slimed. The dragonborn then reminded the little girl that this is what companions do for each other. More eye rolling!


Gluttonous Cube


Instead of Navi, it’s Travi!

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Off to Sayre

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Date: 8/1-3/1479 DR

TREASURE

ITEM RECIPIENT LOCATION FOUND NOTES

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With much cajoling, the Outsiders agree to accompany the Githzerai from Akma’ad to the city of Sayre. There, they are greeted by a Noble Githyanki in the town, where he offers to pay for their stay at a local inn, and invites them to one of his coveted tea parties the next day.

After their battle on the rooftop of Akma’ad, Tokk’it used a series of taps to gain them access to the fortress. On their way down, they happened to pass by Tokk’it’s love-interest, Gallia, to whom he introduces the Outsiders. Once they know who she is, Searynox grabs her by the arm and roughly pulls her after them without a word of explanation. The female Githzerai tries to fight him, but she is no match for the dragonborn’s innate strength. Vylify searches her for weapons and she carries none, but she does have a small piece of pale green stained glass in a pocket that she refuses to say anything about. Elarinya realizes that it looks like the dark blue piece of stained glass that she found on Captain Iquel of the Sacrifice. Both give off magic and seem to be one-way communication devices. Even more damning evidence!

Once they are back on the main floor of the fortress, their guide leads them towards a large group where the survivors are gathering around an old-blind Githzerai elder named Most Exalted Odos, whom they recognize from the drawn portraits found on the airship. The surly old leader is exhausted, injured, and surprised to find that a motley assortment of races has come to their aid, unasked for. At first he is too busy trying to rally his people and ascertain the status of his comrades, but Elarinya respectfully insists that they need to speak to him. He sends more of his people off to gather more Intel, others to gather the dead, and then grudgingly turns his attention to the Outsiders. Tokk’it explains how he rushed off to gather the Heroes of the Rethild Vale to help when they were attacked. Odos feels that the young monk was being impulsive as always, but agrees that his actions helped save them. Damaia explains that while they were on the stolen airship, they found portraits of the Githzerai leaders drawn in Gallia’s own hand. Odos turns on the young female and demands to know why she would sell out her own people? The female only laughs and states that she won’t tell them anything. Damaia grabs her by the front of her robes and pulls her close to intimidate her, but that’s when she notices that her eyes are flat and there almost seems to be another person looking from behind her eyes. The Tiefling knows that she’d seen this same possession phenomenon in the Mountainroot Temple just outside of Overlook. The possessor cares nothing for the possessed because if they’re hurt, the possessor just goes on unharmed. The warlock shares this revelation with all involved. Vylify also points out that they have no love for the Githyanki, since they were the ones to bring down General Zithiruun.

The more they talk, the more Odos begins to warm to the group and realize that they really do only want to help. A scout reports back that the other two Githzerai leaders were found dead in their rooms and there are only about 50 survivors. Odos tells him to have everyone gather what supplies they can and to get some rest. On the morrow they will leave for the city of Sayre because he has a conference there that he must attend in a few days time, before they all return home. The runner is off and Gallia is given to another and told to bind her tightly and to have here watched closely! Odos then sits tiredly down on some wreckage to speak with the group before him. When asked about the attack, The githyanki attacked without warning, and they sent strike teams to the personal chambers of all the githzerai leaders, as if they knew exactlywho to attack and where they were staying. With Gallia, he now understands how. He was spared only because he stepped outside for a walk and heard the team of assassins in his room on his way back. He surprised the squad of three and defeated them single-handedly. One of the githyanki assassins in his room had a small device that could be held in her hand. She was speaking into this object when he surprised the assassins in his room. It was green and looked reflective. The two Elves realize that this sounds like the pieces of stained glass that they found and share this information with Odos.

When asked why they were here at Akma’ad, he explains that he and the other githzerai had planned this meeting to discuss whether or not to accept an invitation in Sayre to meet with a newly formed coalition of leaders from other regions of the world concerned with the extent of the githyanki invasion. Each comes from a homeland ravaged by the githyanki, and they’re all looking for aid and support from their regions. Attacks of this sort have been happening to githzerai enclaves and monasteries all over the mortal realm. Most have fled to a refuge in Sayre which is why he wants to take his people there now. Odos is concerned greatly about his people and their future. He worries that Sayre is only a temporary solution, and doesn’t know if there’s anyone he or the githzerai can trust other than themselves (present company excluded).


Elder Odos versus the Assassin Brann’ot

Since it is too far back to Overlook on foot, the group agrees to travel to Sayre with the survivors. The city is about 20 miles away. The next morning they set out, with the wounded riding in what wagons could be salvaged. It’s a slow trek through rough country. At night, the Outsiders share watch duty with the githzerai, but instead of staying in tents, they use their portal to sleep in their comfy beds back in Fortress Graystone. That first night, while Rinya is on watch, she hears a slight noise just seconds before a giant Githyanki assassin phases through the ground at her feet and attacks her, stabbing her in the chest. With the first sound of battle, blind Odos rushes out to help Rinya fight off and kill the assassin. Through their tattoo of shared vengeance, the other Outsiders wake with a strange feeling, but blow it off and go back to sleep. Vylify does send Obi off to see what is happening back at the githzerai camp, but things are calm again by the time he gets there.


Damaia is cranky when she doesn’t get her beauty sleep!


SAYRE

The next morning the elf can’t help but give her comrades the stink eye for not being there to help here, but the rest of the trip is uneventful. It is the afternoon of the second day before the city of Sayre comes into view as it sits in a particularly beautiful valley. The company has to make their way around the north-side, up a series of switchbacks to reach the main gate. While they are standing in line to enter the city, they are approached by a human servant who asks if they are the Heroes of the Rethild Vale? Once again, the group is taken aback that their reputation has spread so far and wide. When they reluctantly agree that they are, the servant tells them that his master, Lord Telicanthus would like to speak with them. Searynox stays with the githzerai, while the rest of the group follows the servant over to a darkdoored wooden carriage with remarkable stained glass windows. After knocking on the door, a tall-spindly man steps out of the carriage and the group is shocked that it’s a githyanki. The servant introduces the Heroes. Lord Telicanthus has a warm, quick smile and eyes that make it clear he’s very interested in whomever is speaking. He wears very fashionable, expensive clothing and has no githyanki jewelry or weaponry whatsoever. His handshake is firm, his voice is clear, and he has only the faintest trace of an accent when he speaks. He tells the group that he’s heard of their exploits in the west and if they’re staying in the city, it would truly be his pleasure to put them up in one of the finest inns in town, The River Jewel, to be treated as his guests of honor. He also asks if they would you do him the honor of coming to tea tomorrow? All the elite in the city, from the mayor on down, would doubtlessly be honored to meet you. You’ll be the toast of the town. Tomorrow, at my estate—I’ll have my servant, Pennel, leave details for you in the morning, and I’ll send a carriage. Still shocked, the group hesitantly agrees and Lord Telicanthus climbs back into his carriage and sends Pennel off in to the city to make the arrangements.

Meanwhile, the githzerai are being turned away at the gates, the guards mentioning that they don’t want any more of their kind of trouble in the city. Searynox intervenes on their behalf and is able the get the group through the gates and across the bridge into the city. There, the rest of the group catches up with him. Everyone else wants to tour this artistic, monument-filled city, but Searynox just says that he wants to accompany the group to their destination. The group splits up.

It takes a while, but Searynox, Odos, and the rest of the githzerai make their way down to the Plaza of Vision in the Riverdown section. It’s an isolated and dark plaza surrounded by abandoned and rotting warehouses. A corroding statue of a skyward-staring wizard stands in an empty fountain in the middle of the square. It isn’t uncommon to find a beggar or two loitering here. Odos is appalled that the githzerai aren’t living somewhere better. Riverdown is extremely poor, and Odos feels that this area is beneath the dignity of the githzerai. He is fuming by the time they arrive, particularly when he sees that the building used by the githzerai is an old warehouse painted with flaking, peeling red paint. His people’s guards let them into the warehouse and they are met with voices raised in argument. There are thirty-five githzerai currently inside the makeshift “Low Sanctuary,” an open warehouse that has been divided into sleeping, meeting, and eating sections. The structure is rough and dilapidated, but clean and organized. Its well-lit interior is a nice counterpoint to the slums outside. Two gith are arguing inside: One is Aziff, who urges patience and caution, the other is Gal’ott, who is young and angry, he wants to take the fight to the streets, organizing what amounts to a githzerai gang. While Odos steps forward to get more information, Searynox notices an old friend off the side, Amyria, the deva who was once trapped in a sword. She had heard that the Heroes were in town and she is hoping that they can help her convince Odos to join her Coalition to save the world of Faerun from oncoming war. Searynox says that can’t speak for all of them, but tells Amyria that they’re staying at the River Jewel and to visit them all later that night.

The rest of the group slowly makes their way around town, digging up information about Lord Telicanthus. They learn that he’s one of the social elite, a glass-maker artisan who throws extravagant parties and is known for his afternoon tea. He wants nothing to do with either githyanki or githzerai, he just wants to be a successful businessman, enjoying the best that life has to offer. No one has caught even a hint of him doing anything shady, but the common folk just generally dislike having another noble in the city.


Lord Teli-whosa-whatsit?

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Protecting Akma'ad

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Date: 8/1/1479 DR

TREASURE

ITEM RECIPIENT LOCATION FOUND NOTES
Dark Blue Piece of Glass Elarinya On Sacrifice On Captain Iquel
War Ring Elarinya On Sacrifice On Captain Iquel
Eladrin Ring of Passage Vylify Towers on the Ledge On Mindslicer
Resplendant Cloak Damaia After Chaos From Dispater
Pursuer’s Boots Searynox Towers on the Ledge On a Warrior
Belt of Breaching Elarinya Towers on the Ledge On a Myrmidon

Food =, Drinks =

As the Outsiders engage the Githyanki army above Fortress Akma’ad,
chaos ensues as normal.

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Leaving Overlook

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Date: 8/1/1479 DR

TREASURE

ITEM RECIPIENT LOCATION FOUND NOTES

Food =, Drinks =

A week after the death of Sarshan/Devir, the Outsiders hear a great ruckus outside the Eastern gate and are summoned to help deal with a situation. They find a crashed Githyanki airship and a Githzerai who is requesting their help. The choice is taken away from them as the ship takes off with them aboard and they are sucked into a fight that may be bigger than them…

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The Boogie Man - Halloween

Date: 7/26/1479 DR

TREASURE

ITEM RECIPIENT LOCATION FOUND NOTES
Blade of Eldritch Knight Rinya Wash Room On Vampires
Resplendent Circlet Damaia Trap Room on Werewolf
Weapon of Cruel Persuasion Searynox Great Room On Cyclops
Deep Pocket Cloak Vylify Dimensional Room On Lock

A few days later, while sleeping safe and sound in their Fortress, a sound in the night wakes them to find that they’ve been compromised… They are sucked into a dream and have to fight the minions of Oogie Boogie and finally the boogie man himself.

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Is this the End?

Date: 7/24/1479 DR

TREASURE

ITEM RECIPIENT LOCATION FOUND NOTES
Acrbat’s Harness Damaia Djamela’s Tower Sarshan’s Chest

Food = Kannarr, Drinks = Travis

Arriving in the Elemental Chaos, Rinya suddenly realized where the Blood Chaos had come from and how Sarshan/Deviir had gotten it. The group fought their way into the trapped and crumbling tower, finally making it to the roof and the final showdown with Sarshan, but is this the end?

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Further Down the Rabbit Hole

Date: 7/24/1479 DR

TREASURE

ITEM RECIPIENT LOCATION FOUND NOTES
Shockweave Armor Vylify Rethild Swamp Dragon’s hoard
Restorative Gauntlets Searynox Rethild Swamp Dragon’s hoard
Inescapable Crossbow Crossbow Beneath Oak Tree Skull Lord hoard

Food = Travis, Drinks = Gees

After conferring with Sage Falrinth and Megan, the Outsiders took a chance and used the Shadar-Kai Witch’s portal. In the fiery ruins of the Rethild Swamp, they battled a mated pair of green dragons, and then head further down the hole as they chase Sarshan into some of his undead guardians.

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The Mottled Tower

Date: 7/24/1479 DR

TREASURE

ITEM RECIPIENT LOCATION FOUND NOTES
Storm Gauntlets Elarinya Under Mottled Tower Dropped by Shadar-Kai Witch

Food = Gees, Drinks = Kannarrs

Having saved most of the citizens of Talar, the Outsiders realize that there are two people stuck atop the Mottled Tower… and it’s sinking into the Blood Chaos. They find a way up and then inside to save Sage Falrinth, but that only leads them deeper into the mystery of who is attacking the village.

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Vylify's Month Off

Date: 6/21-7/21/1479 DR

The Outsiders had a month off, and here’s what Vylify accomplished.

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Searynox's Month Off

Date: 6/21-7/21/1479 DR

The Outsiders had a month off, and here’s what Seaynox accomplished.

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