Pathfinder: Avengers of Westcrown

The beginning of the end
Or at least, the end of the beginning.

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
~T. S. Eliot

The Avengers hatched a plot to draw out Eccardian Drovenge and the Heroes of Westcrown, to take their measure, and see what they had on their hands.

An estimated 6,000 people packed into the Devildrome for the festival – given how bad things had gotten lately, the city was coming out in droves for an event (especially one that promised a brew-off!) that could help them forget the troubles of their increasingly hellish landscape.

Welp.

Eccardian’s plan was simple; provide an example of strong leadership for the city, never mind the cost, or who paid it. General Vourne’s army will be arriving in a matter of days: with no clear leader in place, Vourne Dragonsbane will have no choice but to institute his own particular brand of martial law; no mercy for criminals. His definition of crimes includes worship of non-asmodean dieties, being a tiefling, Or’keth, or other manner of planar refugee (special exceptions for elves; they might get a district or the like).

After (un)pleasantiries were exchanged, and one hell of a brew-off, the sky darkened. Meteor Swarms rained down upon the gathered crowd, killing hundreds with each impact.

The crowd saw “The Golden Hero” attack the swarm; the crowd did not see Niklas von Wundras dispelling the meteors as Eccardian punched them, seemingly out of existence.

It was a setup. 2,400 dead, and counting. For publicity.

Then This Fucking Guy shows up cackling in the sky. Eccardian took off after him, and got knocked to the ground, much to his surprise.

The Avengers, having done what they could to evacuate the crowd, was in no mood for this kind of thing. So Kiara Aldaeth possessed the demon-thing, and the remaining Avengers proceeded to essentially curb-stomp the thing.

Elsewhere, two different forces set their own plans in motion, One young woman desperately tries to avert her coming nightmare, while another can’t seem to escape her own.

And somewhere on the plane of Shadows, a voice in screams waits.

One way or another, it won’t be long now.

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Update: Shit got real!
Like, REALLY real.
  • Mother of Flies: Dead
  • Hagwood: burned to the ground
  • 1 half of a Well of Many Worlds-type artifact: buried in rubble
  • 1 half of a Well of Many Worlds-type artifact: in Chammady Drovenge’s basement.
  • 1 diplomatic envoy with Manden Clearmug taking point: oddly successful.

Now Chammady is aware of the ugly nature of the contract regarding her brother, and clearly not cool with the whole “soul being devoured” thing.

Meanwhile, someone who may or may not be Motýl-Kněžna Goresh’s father is very clearly pulling strings in all of this; with a certain Arch-lich around wrecking shit, his plans seem altogether rushed.

The Kyton’s proposal: Talk Motýl down from whatever ledge she’s on, which will apparently mess up somebody’s grand plan, but allow him to live.

Meanwhile, the city continues its trajectory toward having more smoking craters than livable districts…

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Hagwood: the Witchiest place on Earth
Seriously you guys, it's super witchy.

Deliberation! Lots of it.

Unsure of what to do next, and the security of their new location (see pile of ashes & no Artifact), the Avengers deliberated as to what steps to take next. Also, the goblins have a new leader! This will probably end super well.

Following up on leads, Leandra paid a visit to the Mother of Flies. Not on purpose! But to meet with somebody who might know what’s up. Shadowblade decided that, well, without Motyl there saying “not today,” then he should probably just murderize the M.O.F. and have done with it.

Something seemed… off.

Antimagic fields were employed, ninjas leapt from the shadows, Some dude was watching, and a gnome just set the place on fire. Sounds like shit’s about to get real.

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EVERYTHING IS RUINED FOREVER

The Temple of Aroden is no more. Motýl and Wundras are gone, and… changed.

The Hellknights have resolved their schism, and stand beside an old acquaintance; both stronger than before.

Something made its way into Delvehaven: the Avengers found no Aohl, no Vahnwynne the Vampire – just ashes, and more questions.

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This is why we can't have nice things
NOT YOURS CANNOT HAS

Mysteries! They’re mysterious.

So, one of the new girls brought in another new girl to see if things could be further deciphered. After foiling an assassination plot on her family by the Council of Thieves (and to be clear; by “foil” I mean “murder the shit out of”) Scorpio decided to kick it with these fine folks for a while.

There was a party at the Devildrome! It was for you NOT YOURS CANNOT HAS. The Golden Hero of Westcrown has received accolades for things he probably didn’t do (seeing as how the Avengers had kind of already done them), and a particular assassin decided to betray the crap out of you guys, slicing up Mathalen and Amaya pretty badly, and if not for the stubbornness of Rizzardo and some timely paranoia from ShadowBlade, things could have been a lot worse due to Motýl-Kněžna Goresh going on a murderous rampage.

Wait, did that happen? It seems to depend on who you ask.

What DID happen, was Dr. Erik von Wundras going full-on Arch-lich on her/it, planar longswords slicing through chains, SCORPION PUNCHING WITH FISTS OF JUSTICE, and Sad girls with no skin.

Good times EVERYTHING IS RUINED FOREVER.

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The story so far
The best laid plans.

Ecarrdian and Chammady Drovenge now rule the Council of Thieves. For all the good the Avengers have done, in the end, Motyl’s rival Chammady has all but succeeded in her goals.

  • The Bastards of Erebus were defeated, yet their rampages served to distract eyes from what
    the Drovenges were setting into motion.
  • While the Avengers worked to secure the two halves of an ancient artifact (becoming local celebrities in the process), the Drovenge siblings set plans in motion to seize control of Westcrown’s government.
  • The Council’s attempt to secure the aid of the imprisoned pit fiend Liebdaga failed, yet the resulting destruction and the mayor’s death (and soul being given to a nasty demon) threw the government into chaos as surely as an assault by a powerful devil could have. Motýl-Kněžna maintained that this was all the machinations of her rival, Chammady. Others helpfully illustrated that she was getting awfully power-hungry and, well, kind of evil.
  • The Drovenge’s vampiric ally Ilnerik (absolute tosser, that one) is now destroyed, the artifact has been rejoined; banishing the shadows he commanded from Westcrown’s nights. Even so, his destruction bought the siblings the time they needed to set their current plans in motion.
  • Arael, the former leader of the Avengers, has also returned to the fray; allying himself with the Inevitables: powerful outsiders from the planes of order. His motivations remain unclear, though he is known to be working with the Hellknights.
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Now, the city lies in shambles; the dead don’t stay that way, the planes aren’t staying separate, and something is wrong with the fabric of reality itself, and the former spokesperson for the Avengers seems to be wrapped up in it all.

Many questions remain, but one thing is clear: Westcrown cannot take much more of this. Unless something changes soon, there won’t be a city left to save.

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Devildrome!

Round 1-
Miri vs Sakis- flawless victory for Sakis!

Round 2-
TBD

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Episode Defenestration
The Defenestrators of Defenestrationplace

Action things!

  • Arael got thrown out a window by Manden!
  • Clara had twins and then proceeded to get back into being a murderperson (which is a word.
  • Motýl gave a little speech about making a better world and/or lots of money. Equality!
  • The whole group toiled at cracking open The Chelish Crux (which doesn’t look like a d12 once you open it) and got yelled at by a severed demon head! (There was other stuff too but it didn’t yell or anything)

This led to two possible leads:

  1. SEXY LADY MONKS
  2. THE DEVILDROME

which are pretty much the coolest things ever to happen to people, which our heroes are. (Tolerance!)

Turns out that Janiven, Clara, and the other sister who doesn’t have a wiki entry Ailyn’s mom used to be a SEXY LADY MONK, as did Ailyn! This is probably why they’re violent! Also, sexy!

Exclamation points!

Anyway, there wasn’t an EPIC AND/OR SEXY THROWDOWN because the SEXY LADY MONKS thought that Motyl and Sakis’s very real threats of bodily mutilation were, in fact, kind of adorable.

So, our intrepid heroes proceeded to swipe all their grave candles, do a necromantic ritual for important information, and totally huff some deadguy ashes behave themselves and not be at all weird.

Also, the ninja pulled the ranger out of a book. Reading, kids!

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Episode "Man I Don't Even Know Anymore"
Standing on the threshold

Wundras, Manden, Motýl and Rizzardo set out to raid the Mayor’s manor, infiltrate the Asmodean Knot, and liberate the Chelish Crux!

This all totally happened.

Along the way, the crew acted in a murder play (in which Motyl had her first kiss, while pretending to be a Tiefling in front of an audience), got very drunk (well, Manden did) and proceeded to replace a stuffed Owlbear’s normal stuffing with Platinum and jewels, (Well, Erik did, and Rizzardo got to carry it home).

They then proceeded to bump back into Crowfeather, find an assassin in a Handy Haversack, free a Bearded Devil, some Gargoyles and three succubi – and recruit them one and all, as well as a Tiefling Assassin named Sian.

They also looted the fuck out of that demiplane. For real, though.

Upon returning to the Avengers HQ, moral debates were engaged regarding the nature of evil! Arael and Motyl made with the shouting, and Motyl may have let it slip that she’s a half-fiend herself, Kyton-spawn to be specific. (So she doesn’t just play one on stage)

People stormed off to calm down. Manden has yet to wake up from his booze-infused slumber, Crowfeather may have gotten a flute thrown at him, Shadowblade the Ninja got PAID, and Erik von Wundras is seriously considering a leadership role.

Man, I don’t even KNOW anymore.

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Episode 3
Council of Thieves

After rescuing Arael from the Hellknights our heroes return the horses that Gorvio, one of the rebels, “borrowed” from his uncle Jacovo and learned that Gorvio hadn’t exactly asked permission before borrowing them. Fortunately, a conceited opera star is having a temper tantrum at the stable which distracted Jacovo from beating his nephew and trying to get the party arrested as horse thieves. Unfortunately, the tantrum occurred because the party had taken all of the black horses which the opera star wanted to rent for his next show. This adds two people to the list of people who are not too fond of the Avengers of Westcrown.

After the incident at the stables everyone decides that what they really need is a drink or seven; so they head to the The Drunken Owlbear, a disreputable tavern in a disreputable part of town. Upon seeing a makeshift fighting ring in the corner of the bar the pary hatches a scheme to to start an impromptu fighting tournament which would end in Motyl facing off against Von Wundrass who would throw the fight. This goes surprisingly well and the party ends the evening with a great deal of gold and far more alcohol than is good for them.

During the post-fight drinking binge the party makes the acquaintance of a gnome wizard named Linni who expresses interest in getting a tissue sample from one of the shadow beasts that prowl the city at night to study. During this conversation Motyl gets a message through her wayfinder stone that offers a reward to any adventurer who can deposit the corps of one of the shadow beasts on the garbage stoop outside of the Drunken Owlbear.

As it turns out, the party is just exactly drunk enough for this. Motyl, Dwinanae, Linni, Manden,and Von Wundrass stumble off in search of a shadow beast leaving Nindra to keep an eye on Crowfeather who is passed out in a corner. They round the corner to a nearby alley just in time to see a hideous, slimy, shadow creature absorbing a stray dog. Fueled with alcohol and rage they decide to avenge the poor animal, and learn a remarkable fact about the shadowy terrors that have gripped the city in a vice of fear….they are unspeakable terrors only if they get a chance to hit you. Emboldened by a swift victory, our heroes proceed to face roll four more of the unnatural predators. In the process Motyl adopts a stray kitten which she was able to save from becoming a shadow beast’s appetizer. Upon realizing they have become far too sober, they head back to the tavern for some sleep.

The next day the party introduces Linni to the rest of the rebels, and Arael tells them about some known threats to the city. A group of goblins have apparently managed to obtain some drugs or possibly some of Von Wundrass’s discarded “prototypes” (which would explain the behavior of the goblins they encountered in the sewer)and one of them has fashioned a crown from several spoons and declared himself king loudly proclaiming his intentions to declare war on the entirety of Westcrown. The goblins are too stoned to actually take over the city, but they can do a good bit of damage while trying.

Arael also reveals to the group that he was arrested while talking to an informant about the location of The Bastards of Erebus, a dangerous gang of Tieflings who are responsible for a string of violent robberies always leaving a coin with the symbol of the archdevil Mammon behind as a calling card.

Throughout this discussion Von Wundrass begins to study a group of mutated daisies which became carnivorous after Janiven threw some of his old potions out into the flower garden. This can only end well.

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