Chapter 9: Haven of the Bitter Glass

In their cities and citadels on the Astral Sea, the githyanki tasked with ensuring success for the upcoming war struggled with a problem: How best to handle communication between different heads of the vast githyanki army?

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I am not sure what the fuss was about. This Chillreaver was a close combat specialist. Just contain him and shoot him and no one needed to get hurt. Oh wait. Almost everyone I am with is exactly the same. Oh well Kineera and I came out fine. They did get to rescue this Marc fellow and so now can return the Seed of Winter to its rightful owner. I will probably get to help them with their raid on the garrison but after that my duty will be fulfilled and I can get back to civilized company. Not that Total Victory five has not been interesting and educational mind you. And I did get to travel to places I never imagined I would go. But I must go where duty sends me.
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oh yeah....
Hey Chillreaver... how'd you like that be-atch?
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We win! (for reals this time)
So tinkerfail has been giving me the stink eye all day... what the hell man?

Kriv and esophogus engage in one on one epic boss battle. We weren't watching because we were engaged in our own secret super spy activities. Corrin agrees to be my wing man and I go talk up evil-hot devil-girl. Turns out she's into long walk on the beach and trading slaves, so it was a little more awkward than usual to find something to talk about. I really think she likes me though, and once I convinced her that Catch-phrase would probably totally be into slave trading too, she seemed to warm up to me alot.

So all of a sudden Cyclops attack! And not the guard Cyclops either or the cousin of Catch-phrase but evil Cyclops from the land of Bob Segar!!!! So Wingman and I head off to beat them senseless and after piling up an enormous pile of cyclops corpses to block of the entranceway, for some reason they stopped attacking us.

We head back to check on Kriv when we run into the rest of the group, who are bragging about killing one cyclops.. so we don't want to burst their bubble and talk about the thirty or so we just wasted... we'll let little Tinkerfail have his moment in the sun...

Turns out that there's this magic mirror that will reveal esophogus' true form - ANOTHER exarch of Tiamat... geez we're up to our eyeballs in exarchs lately... everywhere we turn... So this guy is apparently the exarch of lameness, because we drop down (thanks to Catchphrase's magic disappearing floorboards) to save Kriv from his kind of embarrassing whiffle bat attempts to hurt him... we stomp lame-zark pretty hard and he disappears to someday return to be smacked around by us again at some future date.

He should probably reconsider showing up again though... just saying... probably alot easier people to try and pick on then Total Victory Five-plus-traitor-fairy!!!!
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Giant Success
Well Kriv went into the battle with Sopocles. I should have offered to cast status on us so we would know how things were going when we split up but i didn't. Kriv just seemed so confident and the rest of us were just wandering around an enemy fortress. It all seemed so simple.
Corrin and Tyrion went to talk to the other emissaries but claim to have fought an entire army of cyclopses. Thousands they say. I think Tyrion tends to exaggerate.
Ashe, Kineera and I went to search Sophocles' room and found all the vital clues. It seems that Sophocles was really a disguised exarch of Tiamat and we had to break an expensive mirror to reveal him. I think that that part was the hardest on Kriv.
Kineera stayed behind to collect and carry stuff while Ashe and I went to make sure the route to the throne room was safe. It wasn't by the way. The world's biggest cyclops crashed straight through a wall between us and the throne room. Ashe and I valiantly rushed forward into combat with this monolithic monster. It put up a great fight and pounded poor Ashe almost into powder. Ashe's fierce will to fight was amazing. He seemed to take vicious blows that would kill a dozen lesser men and kept coming back for more. Eventually even his bloodthirsty rage was exhausted and he was forced to retreat and I was left alone to battle the creature. I knew that if it got past me it would kill Ashe and I could not let that happen. I cried my defiance to the universe and threw everything I had into the fray and the giant did the same. The struggle seemed to last an eternity but by winters inevitable power I triumphed.
Kineera arrived and we went in to talk to Catchlain. Through the floor we could see that Kriv was giving a decent account of himself but his defeat was inevitable. Inevitable, I like that word, its not really true though, anything can always happen, but it just sounds so impressive, inevitable. Well Kineera broke the platinum mirror and Kriv's heart revealing the true face of the Exarch of Tiamat. It was a bit like his human face only more snakelike or a big plie of snakes, or a really big snake with arms or a floating ghostly blob. I guess if you serve Tiamat you have to have multiple faces even if they are not on the same body. Catchlain opened the floor so we could jump down and help Kirv. Well fall down in some cases. I guess Tyrion and Corrin showed up at some point. I didn't really notice. Ex-Sophocles said he wouldn't underestimate us because of the defeat of Chillreaver (apparently another exarch of Tiamat). Either he was lying or not counting on the power I brought to the battle because we kicked him around the room pretty easily. It was kind of sad in the end when Kineera just threw him into the pit and he floated up as the blob thing and we just blasted him into ash (the dusty stuff not the blood mad barbarian). Its not like he's dead or anything. He is an Exarch which I guess is sad because we will probably see him again and we was annoying and talked too much.
With his defeat though Catchlain was freed from his sinister influence and readily agreed to an alliance with Indzira against Sanguin who is obviously working with Tiamat and we don't need some astral deity poking their noses into the affairs of the Feywild. Even someone as Fomorian as Catchlain could see that. He also told us of some base somewhere wasn't really paying attention. I think we are going to attack it tomorrow. Maybe we can use the Walk Crossroad ritual. It usually makes things interesting.
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Rakshasa's totally wrecked lunch!
We go speak to esophogus and he invites us to dinner, which kind of seemed suspicious like, but we were due for a snack anyways, so what's the worst that can happen? There's a whole bunch of people in here who were apparently all snubbed by King Catchphrase. There was a satyr there named Newton who had this irritating habit of repeating everything he said, then wondered why Catchphrase wouldn't see him. wouldn't see him. seriously it was like two minutes and Best Buddy Ashe was wanting to punch this guy out. There was a relative of Catchphrase there that was a cyclops, who couldn't even get an audience, and this mildly hot devil-girl who looked bad in a good way. Kriv kept emphatically telling me "no Tyrion" whenever I started to go over and talk with her. Then Sharon, Lois and Bram Ironfell showed up. Remember Bram? The douchiest dwarf that ever douched? Yep, that guy, looking all sad and trapped by his gith-bad escorts that were obviously guarding him. Good on ya douche... good on ya... there might be a lesson in there about not being a dick.

So Kriv insisted on bribing esophogus into petitioning catchphrase on our behalf. Ashe started talking all funny and twitching his eye at us. We thought he must be having a seizure so we put a splint in his mouth and held him down for a bit. He didn't seem to like it very much, but we probably saved his life so he should be thanking us. Esophogus left with Kriv's money. I told Kriv that I thought that maybe esophogus might be a bad guy, so he went running off after him to get his money back. Problem was, when he did, esophogus went and smooth talked him into giving it back. Sigh.. poor Kriv, I TOLD him this was a bad plan, but he did it anyways. Dragonborn are loyal friends, but sometimes they're kind of derps.

Anyways it turns out that esophogus poisoned all the food. Good thing that the mildly hot devil-girl made me so nervous I couldn't eat anything. A bunch of weird backwards hands tiger things tried to ambush the sleepy guests and sort of sleepy total victory five. This was not greeaaaat at all, despite what the tiger things kept saying.

So we smashed up the tigers which were actually rakshasa's who remember everything and hold a grudge when they're reincarnated. Hope that one remembers when I punched him in the nose and he cried like a little girl. That was awesome.

Anyhow, we wake up our friends and the rest of the guests and finally head after esophogus... Kriv protesting the whole time and mad at ME for absolutely no reason at all.... I think he didn't want to feel like a dummy for handing over all that cash... it didn't even cheer him up when we brought up the super expensive astral skiff he left tied to a dock with a rope. Yeah, no one will walk off with that... not with that rope you got on there... might even have two knots on it.

Anyways, Tinkerfail decides to use his magic fairy nob to get us past the locked doors, just in time to interrupt esophogus and Catchphrase in a conversation that might have been private. As in requiring a locked door. We announce to Catchphrase that esophogus is totally a bad guy who stole Kriv's money and then didn't even bribe the King like we asked AND totally had rakshasas ambush and kill people who HE drugged. Kriv was so shocked and surprised at this new information that he just kind of lost it. poor guy... and challenged esophogus to a mighty one on one duel to settle this once and for all! King Catchphrase agreed and they were led off to fight. In the meantime we spoke to the cyclops who said esophogus "took ma job" and find out that she was betrayed by esophogus just like poor dim Kriv. We could probably have used this information earlier, but then we wouldn't get to see epic Kriv on Esophogus mega-battle!

This is gonna be awesome.....

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