The city has 10s of thousands of population with refugees
The biggest temple was to Ixion.
Most of the portals go to lands conquered by the Carnifex.
Proteus has been heard of , here is known as Menwara…. the high priest isn’t here today.
Memnnon explains what The Carnifex plan to do.
The royal family looks shocked, the general is sceptical and the high priest. The 5 stars are also muttering in the huddle.
You have given us a lot to think about.
Some citizens from the bright ward come demanding more food and more guard patrols. We need more protection.
All the weapons are bronze, but enchanted.
Stars are sent off to investigate the gates
The priests are sent off to find out why they weren’t warned.
The emperor is concerned
The royal court and the military courts portals weren’t targeted.
In order to evacuate the city it would take 8-10 hours.
This is the last stand for Lomar. There are three obelisks…
The alarm bells sound, the emperor sighs and says you will find this attack at the merchants quarter.
There are military out in front on the walls. A mass of figures are moving across the churned battlefield towards the walls. An army of zombies is shambling towards the walls. At the back of the mass army there is a knot of Carnifex around a thing that appears to be controlling the zombies.
Ozzie summons his eagles and the heroes fly out to engage the enemy.
There is a priestly type Carnifex and some snakey priests, along with a pile of troglodytes. Behind them are lines and lines of captured captives.
At 400 feet away the Crystalline structures open up at the heroes and Tol returns fire, disrupting the strike.
Switch opens up as the heroes zoom in and takes out a minion, the guardians fire at Switch, but he darts around the beam which harmless deflect if him.
Ozzie unleashes wrath of battle and cause the creatures to attack the Crystalline structure, his attack is too much for one of the frogs, whose head explodes. Switch fires.
The Crystalline structures bombard the heroes, hitting Memnnon’s eagle as he teleports away from the damage. The remaining heroes land and complete the attack on foot.
Tol heads in starts taking out the minions.
The lizards priests heads over and stands behind his altar, firing a ray of cold at the ranger who dodges it.
The Carnifex gestures strange purplish beams at the cleric. Ozzie flies in uses his crushing fist to attack the Carnifex and the golem.
Ozzie shields himself from the attack of the guardians. Tol marks the Carnifex for death with a single shot, killing it.
Althea flies in and shakes the earth and hunkers down to complete the battle.
Memnnon heads in and unleashes an attack as Ozzie and the hourglass unleashes his twist of space and teleports the enemy into a heap next to Althea before launching a radiant prismatic burst. Switch sneaks in and finishes off the guardian, dodging the flying shards of crystal as it explodes.
Tol fires a twin strike at the worm priest hitting him with both shots, whilst Althea burrows underground and reappears next to the wyrmpriest and the grouped enemies, there is the rumble of thunder as she brings her quarterstaff to bear.
Ozzie and Memnnon realise that the altar is a focus for the mind control of the slaves. Ozzie charms the golem and the worm priest to attack each other, and the priest kills the golem. Switch charges in over the altar and fluffs his attack, but the ranger shoots true at the Wyrm priest and then shifts and vanishes again, whilst Althea staggers around blinded.
The priest glares at Althea and stops her from attacking it, she is rooted to the ground and then tries to flee, but Memnnon chases after it and strikes it hard with his mace and the power of Halav.
Ozzie. Over in and teleports the enemy priest back to Memnnon so he can have another go and blows the crystalline guardian up, which explodes and blows him over.
The fight against the wyrm priest continues as it resists. Tol finally finishes it off with a flurry of arrows. He then runs along the front of the slaves rousing them to victory….. but there is no response. Althea studies the slaves and believes there is some sort of mental control. Memnnon and Ozzie head over to the altar. Memnnon leaps onto the altar and learns that it is focusing a ritual from elsewhere. He realises he needs to destroy the altar, through religious knowledge, arcane knowledge or thievery, he then leans down and concentrates, Ozzie tries to use his arcane knowledge, but is pushed back from the altar.
Meanwhile the zombies and the army of the Carnifex are moving towards the heroes.
The surface could of the altar is starting to crumble, Ozzie teleports over and destroys the altar. The people look up and Althea notices that the zombies are piling on towards towards the city…. he can see beams of bluish light flashing out amongst the enemies.
The heroes rally the slaves and head back to the city. Althea and Ozzie ride air cover to prevent the Carnifex coming after them.
The city golems have come out from the city and are taking out the zombies. Some of the soldiers are crying, there is a cheer from the city as we get around 50-60 back to the city.
We return to the city. Memnnon, Tol and Switch go to the temple of Menwara (Proteus), whilst Ozzie and Althea go to see the Stars.
The temple of Menwara is obviously that of Proteus, tridents, shells and a salty tang in the air. The temple is dimly lit. There is a haven of peace and calm. Memnnon approaches an acolyte seeking audience with the high priest. The acolyte says he has gone to the dark ward to help as best he could.
“If only we could get a good nights rest.” Pordallion is asked to pass a message to the high priest.
Memnnon and Tol go to pray…..they recall that he will be younger than he was when and he will know to do something when it all goes bang. They pray and it all gets very warm which is a bit unpleasant, effort they get a voice in their heads.
“ I feel I should know you, but I don’t, my mark is upon you, it only I can put this mark on you…indeed a puzzle.”
Memnnon tells the immortal the story so far. Proteus riffles through their memories and queries as to whether he would do that and also had not anticipated that they would destroy the world…. Proteus tells them that this would mean the end of the Carnifex. Switch asks which land eh would recommend to send them through to safety…. he suggests that they may find somewhere. Proteus says he needs to get some immortal support to help him out, he also thinks about who to ask about destroying the portals…. Odin is suggested as the best person to ask about destroying the portal.
This is a very interesting exercise in free will vs predetermination. Proteus disappears.
Ozzie and Althea go to the Royal Ward to the royal portal. As they travel, there are very grand buildings, they are there diplomatic embassies and now a lot of reuse of the buildings for food and refugees. There are harried people rushing backwards and forwards. There is. A strong military presence.
In front of the tower, which is octagonal, without a door. There are four stone archways which appear to go nowhere at all…. it can be seen through to the other side of the portals… looking onto buildings on the other side.
Looking through the door is someone who is a receptionist. The bottom floor seems to take up the entire tower. She is dressed in plainer.
We head up stairs to the top landing and enter to see one of the older Stars, who is looking at parchments and stone tablets.
There are eight walls of which four have windows whilst the other four have archways which are also portals.
The Royal Star updates the prince on the dangers and he has been trying to think what we could do.
He is trying to find out how to safely permanently close them, simply destroying them could have the same. Slamming them shut may not be a good idea.
The main portals which were attacked by the Carnifex, we do it disabuse the notion, but to go to a particular tower.
The Royal Star draws forth his dagger and is mumbling to create a specialised form of linked portal, the dagger creates a beam into the wall and a portal opens into the blasted ruins of a city beyond…. a sea of bones, tromping through them are large Carnifex and to one of the continents.
Ozzie asks how he can help…. the Royal Star has idea of where to find somewhere to rest. Tol will recall that traditionally going to the Feywild, a short time could be weeks, whereas in the Shadowrealm it goes….
It is the shadowrealm we need to go to.
The vast majority of these are potentially safe or are occupied lands. There is a gate locked to the shadowfell. There is a vast desert there. B
There would be several hours to remove the population.
Do you trust all the other Stars asks Althea. There is pressure from the merchants who are keen to keep the gates. The Royal Star suspects that the dark side was a convenient place for them to get through, but he will consider this.
The search for the high priest of Proteus….. Switch and Memnnon search for the high priest. They see a large group of refugees, there are arguements and fights and a huge rock crashes over the wall. Rushing towards the rock they see the high priest with a huge trident.
They approach and he studies the Memnnon checking the horns. He asks what he can do to help. Switch tells them about their plans and he asks if the priests can assist, Manwara suggest the sea… obviously. Well what is that you want to say?
Memnnon tells them about where they have come from and he is not really surprised. He does believe us, but thinks it is a strange situation.
There will be many who take ill of the thought of leaving Lomar.