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Post  Bella on Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:22 pm

The party empties out the water clock on to the ground. A few seconds later a form starts to materialize from the water.

A beautiful (naked) Nerid takes shape on the ground. She looks around frightfully until she sees Pythia.

"You heard my call? I thought it was to late. Her minions found Briar years ago. Why does she not have it yet?"


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Post  Wedge on Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:24 pm

"Keep your shirt on. Er ... Well, I'm sure Kyras will at least lend you his pants... Anyways:
Who are you? Who is Briar? Who is this 'she' you are referring to? And what is the 'it' that 'she' doesn't have yet?"


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Post  Wakko on Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:17 am

"What?...Just helping"
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Post  Bella on Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:24 am

She looks away from Pythia to the others, seeming to notice you for the first time. She uses the water well in the middle of the room in an attempt to stand, her legs week from being in water form for so long. She puts her hand to her head as if to steady her thoughts.

"Briar is a sword that I was tasked to guard. Nyrissa desperately wants this sword. Once she has it, she plans on taking this area of the mortal plaine and putting it in a bottle in the first world. I know minions took the sword when they slaughtered the monks years ago. Why has he not given it to her yet?" she asks as if speaking to herself.

"He took my shawl along with Briar. He has not destoyed it yet, so he probably does not know what it is." She says, a look of concern on her face.
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Post  Wedge on Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:31 am

"Who is 'she'? Can you describe this minion? Can you describe the sword and it's powers? Can you describe your shawl?"

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Post  Bella on Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:46 am

(Most Neried shawls are similar. a simple knowledge planes role would let you know about her shawl.)

"Briar has been on this plane so long it is nothing more than a +4 bastard sword at the moment. If brought back to the first world, it will more than likely start to get its other powers back."

She then describes the person that she knows took the sword and her shawl. From her description, you know it is the King of Pitax.

She appears hesitant to talk about Nyrissa. A sense motive check would reveal it is more out of fear than anything else.
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Post  Wedge on Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:14 pm

"Tell us more about yourself. Is the green hair from Nerissa? Why does she give it to her minions? What are the items that the King of Pitax has? Why can't he be read? What powers would Briar develop if taken to the First World?"

Wilberd describes the rod and staff(?) that the king had. These items weren't magical but look like they should have been.
Have we seen a bastard sword that could be Briar? Does the king use one? Or his barbarian guard?

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Post  Wedge on Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:17 pm

Knowledge (planes) roll to learn the powers of the shawl:+31


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Post  Bella on Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:17 pm

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Post  Bella on Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:18 pm

WilberdGates wrote:"Tell us more about yourself. Is the green hair from Nerissa? Why does she give it to her minions? What are the items that the King of Pitax has? Why can't he be read? What powers would Briar develop if taken to the First World?"

Wilberd describes the rod and staff(?) that the king had. These items weren't magical but look like they should have been.
Have we seen a bastard sword that could be Briar? Does the king use one? Or his barbarian guard?

The Shawl: from the SRD
A nereid’s shawl (hardness 2, hp 6) contains a portion of her life force. If the shawl is ever destroyed, the nereid takes 1d6 points of Constitution drain per hour until she dies. A nereid can craft a new shawl from water by making a DC 25 Will save, but each attempt takes 1d4 hours to complete. Attempts to destroy or steal a nereid’s shawl require the sunder or disarm attempts. If one can secure control over thecreature’s shawl, the cloth can be used to force the nereid’s compliance. A nereid forced to obey in this manner immediately attempts to slay her master as soon as she can secure her shawl’s safety.

If your question in regards to why the king cannot be read is in reference to why his general alignment can't be read, a knowledge arcana roll would let you believe he casts a spell like undetectable alignment every day.

As to whether or not you have seen anything that resembles Briar, no, you have not.

Evindra shakes her head when you describe the Kings gear. "I'm sorry. I have never heard of anything like that before. With so many planes of existence, perhaps they come from somewhere else? Please describe the green hair you refer to."

As the party tells her of the hair, she nods slightly. "It would seem like she has been influencing this plane. She is probably using them to help control and monitor those under her influence. it is told that, while searching for Briar, Nayrissa has been known to walk the stolen lands herself. I would not doubt that many of the fey here know and fear her. Since I have been here guarding Briar for so long, they can probably tell you more about the legends, but see tends to visit cruelties on those that annoy her and strange rewards for those who please her. Because of her search for Briar and the way she walks the land, I think that is why the veil is so thin in this area. As I said before, once she gets Briar, she will turn this area into a wasteland to stop anyone from getting it."

She then sighs. “I am not sure of all the powers that Briar has. They did not tell me anything about the sword itself, but I do know that fully awakened, it is an intelligent vorpal sword.

"And you ask about me myself? There is not much to say. I was but a servant from the first world. I was chosen to take briar and hide and guard it here which I did for centuries. We need to get the sword back before Nyrissa gets it and destroys the entire stolen lands."

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Post  Wedge on Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:38 pm

Does Wilberd know anything about Nerissa or Briar form his research?

Knowledge (Planes) : + 31

If he knows anything, he'll ask Evindra to fill details or gaps in his knowledge.

I assume that I would be able to scry for the shawl since it is so closely linked to Evindra. I'll do that when we're ready - not yet.

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Post  Bella on Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:38 pm

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Post  Bella on Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:45 pm

Unless you have your research on you, you may need to look into it when you return to the library in Tuskberg. Possibly invite some of the other fey who crossed over to the stolen lands from the first world over for a grand meeting or something. A diplomacy check may get her to give more information abut Nyrissa, as she really has not answered that question yet.
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Post  Wedge on Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:09 pm

I'll leave the diplomacy up to Pythia.

I take it Evindra understands that we are on her side and want to help her recover Briar and stop Nerissa? If not, we explain it to her.

I recommend to the group that we go back to Tuskberg and that Nerissa joins us. Any objections or alternate suggestions?

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Post  Wedge on Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:07 pm

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"And you ask about me myself? There is not much to say. I was but a servant from the first world. I was chosen to take briar and hide and guard it here which I did for centuries. We need to get the sword back before Nyrissa gets it and destroys the entire stolen lands."

"Who sent you to guard Briar?"

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Post  Wedge on Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:54 am

Once Pythia has calmes Evindra down and convinces her that the more information we have the better we can help, Wilbert will have the following additional questions.

"What did the Gardner want with you? Why did he want the book on astronomy?"

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Post  Bella on Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:54 pm

I have been away from any computers for the majority of the day. I will update later. Please know that she is not deliberatly keeping things from you out of trust. She is hoping you will actually "save the world" so to speak. And good job picking up on what she didn't say about who gave her the sword. Very Happy
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Post  Wedge on Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:56 pm

Admin wrote: And good job picking up on what she didn't say about who gave her the sword. Very Happy

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Post  Wakko on Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:00 pm

I say we take her back to Tuskberg. Will she need to craft another shawl? If so, we can be ready to cast Greater Restoration or other spells to aid her so she does not die while doing so.
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Post  Bella on Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:44 am

(Don’t worry James, you will either level or Die on Saturday Twisted Evil ) It does not say, but I assume that since her other shawl is still intact, she can't or won’t attempt a new shawl until she has to. Facing death unnecessarily is not high on her list.... so she will prefer to get her other shawl back. I will also assume Pythia makes any diplomacy roles)

"Who gave me Briar to guard?" She asks and appears to think on it. "I was ordered to watch over the sword so long ago. I'm afraid I really can't say much about them. Please believe me that it is not for lack of wanting to. I just don't know. The figure was in shadow, but I am certain they were fey. I firmly believe that he worked for those who serve the Eldest of the First World. Since they served the Eldest, I could not say no to the request. To your next question, I was only told that the sword was valuable to an upstart named Nyrissa - That this Nyrissa desired the blade greatly, and that the Eldest did not want her to have it."

She sighs. "I have never met Nyrissa myself, but I have heard of her legend. Stories are told how she fell in love with one of the Eldest, how the Nymph's resulting rise in power led her to proclaim herself one of the rulers of the First World. The Eldest reacted to this upstart by sending the Jabberwock to slay her and her and then exiled her lover from the First World to the Shadow Plane. I know that Nyrissa survived the attack and probably harbors a grudge against the Eldest. She rules a realm called Thousandbreaths, and that is somehow lies close to the material plane in the similarly names Thousand Voices, or "Forest of Breath."
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Post  Wedge on Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:19 am

Wilberd will do Knowledge (planes) rolls on the following subjects: +31 + (whatever bonus he gets for doing research on the First World)

  1. The Plane of Thousandbreaths, it's rulers and denizens.
  2. Jabberwock
  3. The Eldest of the First World


Additional question for Evindra:
"Is Nerissa still together with her exiled lover?"


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Post  Bella on Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:19 am

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Post  Bella on Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:22 pm

"I'm sorry. I have never been to Thousandbreaths before. I have very limited knowledge of it." (You can make the knowledge planes role with a bonus for the reasearch you started and any fey aid at Tuskburg. It should be an easy roll with everything. Add +10 for the extra aid and research).

For the Jabberwock - see the SRDhttp://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/monster-listings/dragons/jabberwock

For the elders, When you kae your roles in tuskburg (withthe +10) I will give you some literature on the first world if you want. It mentions plenty.

"I have been away for so long. He was exiled away from the first world so I do know that, when I left, they were not together."
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Post  Wakko on Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:33 pm

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!"
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