Serpent's Skull

Journal of Taro Blood 08
Journal of Taro Blood 08

Journal of Taro Blood
October 8th 2015

After learning what we could about the artisan district and about the tomb of Saventh Yhi Yarin went off by herself and in the morning there was no sight of her and since none of us could survive the tomb we decided to let her be. Not long after we discovered her gone we noticed a figure in full plate mail climbing down the cliff so Asura smiled and said something about another servant arriving and flew up to meet this person. As soon as he dropped from the cliff to the ground Kev, Asura and I were there to meet him and given our luck in this city so far I assumed that he was another enemy so I snuck up behind him when while Asura talked to him about why he was here blah, blah, blah. He said his name is Malgerius something or other and that he was here for the might of blah, blah, blah. While they are talking I could be killing someone for money.

After some debate the tin man said he would join us as killed as many of the monkeys as we could. So after some back and forth we decided to have the ship take us to the top of the residential district and then I would sneak my way into the military district. This place is well guarded and even with my eagle cape I nearly became lunch for the monkeys on my in, attacking this bastion would be tantamount to a suicide mission unless I could give Asura accurate description of this place our only other choice would be assaulting it by air but after an exhaustive search I saw no monkey matching the description of the military leader that Kev and Asura had spoken of so I decided to check out the ziggurat and see if I could see the oracle and lo and behold there he was praying at the top of the ziggurat so I tried to sneak attack him but he managed to twist away so I bamf away and made my way back to the others and told them what I saw. They wanted to head back immediately so Asura teleported us back and damn but these monkeys hit hard. I had to use 3 of my cure moderate potions just to stay alive and just when I thought we were done this giant figure appeared with the body of the radiant muse that I knew immediately was a half fiend and when I told that to the others as I danced away from yet again. The half fiend just disappeared and upon hearing reinforcements coming up the spire we grabbed the oracle’s body and the muse and teleported back to the artisan’s district.

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Journal of Taro Blood 07
Journal of Taro Blood 07

Journal of Taro Blood
October 1st 2015

With Dargen and Garluu’s heads in my bag we decided to head over to the rest of the boggarts who were trying to repair an idol that Dargen had said kept the “green god” at bay but rather than repair it they were making it worse and when we stepped in and tried to help they got more possessive of the parts and in less than a minute the idol was reduced to so much mud and the magic was gone so we left them genuflecting towards the water, probably in some vain attempt to keep the green god in the water and made our way to the island ringed with skulls. There was obviously some kind of structure here way back when but all that is left is some bits of a wall and stone floors.

After some searching I found what looked like an entrance to an area below and as we gathered around it I flung the door open and 4….things half ran half flew out and attacked us and managed to put such a fear into my compatriots that they all dropped what they were carrying and ran as far away from the vampiric creatures as they could but when they recovered their wits they gave as good as they got and just when I thought we were done a giant green figure rose from the water and began attacking Kev even managing to swallow her whole at one point but we managed to whittle this “god” down to size.

We decided to bring back a set of wings to the radiant muse to prove that we had completed our…or rather their task and would be allowed unrestricted access to this district.

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Journal of Taro Blood 06
Journal of Taro Blood 06

Journal of Taro Blood
September 24th 2015

After a little debate we decided to rush in to save the slaves rather than heal up first. The plan, if you can call it that, was to attack and kill the leaders as quick as possible while Kev summoned some genie she had under her thumb but wouldn’t you know it the leader Dargen something or other demanded us to stop or he’d kill the slaves so I shadowstepped behind him and tried to hit him but thanks to his blur affect and shadow clones I missed. As he teleported across one of the terraces I tried to follow but gave up after he teleported again so I attacked the mage instead as they were launching fireballs into the crowd of slaves. The others attacked Garluu and the other mages and eventually the genie showed up and killed the rest of the spellcasters just as Asura fried Dargen. Then we helped the survivors up and out of the ziggurat and get them to our “friends” in the artisan district.

The artisans were less than thrilled at our arrival as they had expected my compatriots to kill some kind of monster that had been killing their folk but agreed to take the slaves in and help them while we figure out the whole monster angle. We went back to the ziggurat and tried some kind of raise dead spell on the remains of Dargen and Garluu and after we determined what Dargen knew and that Garluu had managed to resist the spell I took their heads and added them to my handy head haversack.

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Journal of Taro Blood 05
Journal of Taro Blood 05

Journal of Taro Blood
September 10th 2015

We now have a ship at our disposal and Kev’s lover has agreed to be its captain and Yarin offered money above what they would normally earn if anyone had information about what the pirates had learned about the city. After this we went to see Chivane and made our decisions to move them across via the ship and set up camp in the temple after formalizing the agreement with the troglodyte’s leader. The decision was also made to attack the slavers and that I would move out ahead of the rest of the party with some assassins to attack from behind while the trogs and my group would attack from the front.

Well this didn’t work as well for us as we had hoped. While some of the assassins and I attacked from behind the leader of the slavers and the Boggarts escaped but not before the Boggart damned near killed me. Yarin managed to convince some of the boggarts and slavers to surrender and then interrogated them for any information about the locations of their leaders and one of the slavers mentioned that they were planning on killing the slaves in the ziggurat and the others began to talk about how to stop them while I started to wonder just how the leaders would use this distraction to their advantage.

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Journal of Taro Blood 04
Journal of Taro Blood 04

Journal of Taro Blood
September 3rd 2015
No sooner had we appeared in front of the ziggurat than a resounding BOOM shook the area. We stopped an assassin to see what was going on and it turns out that they were under attack from someone so while Kev and Asura took Yarins body to be resurrected I followed the assassin to see if I could help and much to my surprise there was a ship in the middle of the city on wheels no less so I snuck aboard the ship through the gun ports and followed the crew to the powder storage room. I decided to see if I could destroy the ship by setting fire to the gun powder stores. I picked up a lantern and used my cloak as a shield I snuck by the guards and much to my surprise they also had dynamite so I lit a stick, hid it behind one of the barrels and Shadow Stepped out of the ship and BOOM the whole ship blew to smithereens just as the others flew to a nearby rooftop so I ran and climbed said building to catch up.
Apparently Kev’s lover told us to make sure that the Pirate Queen didn’t reach the water so while they flew down to the battle raging in the ruins I ran my ass off to get to the queen and managed to slice and dice her a couple of times before she ran to the water’s edge and summoned another ship and hopped aboard and by the time I caught up Kev was waiting and seemed to be at a loss at what to do so I snuck aboard and she actually tried to reason with me but since I couldn’t trust her I cut her head off and showed it to the crew all of whom surrendered immediately. So now we have a large ship at our disposal and can easily move our group to the temple

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Journal of Taro Blood 03
Journal of Taro Blood 03

Journal of Taro Blood
August 27th 2015

So Kev healed us and then decided to go back to the caravan leaving Asura, Yarin and myself to secure the ziggurat. As we approached said ziggurat it was decided that I would explore it and find out what was inside. I easily sneaked by the two serpent folk guarding in entrance and found nothing inside but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was being watched. I snuck by yet again and told the others what I found and Asura told me to kill the serpent folk which I then proceeded to do that is until they attacked me and suddenly grew much, much larger but I was still able to finish one of them when I noticed a large figure taunting Asura while the other serpent was trying to kill them so I rushed over and helped them dispatch that one but no sooner had I done this than the giant disappeared but his laughter remained.
Asura was determined to take the ziggurat so we pressed on we went in from the entrance on the (more or less) ground floor to the top circling the spire when we found nothing we headed back down and started to hear that laughter so Asura flew down whilst Yarin and I walked down until we stood at the very base of the ziggurat. The giant taunted us again and again and attacked us along with the Rakshasa that we killed and the chick from the house a district over where the others were staying. We killed the woman first and then focused on the giant who seemed to release a giant stink cloud that affected Yarin as she tried to take on the Rakshasa.
The giant eventually fell to my blade but not before he killed Yarin and when the giant died the illusion (I think) of the Rakshasa disappeared and Asura was keen to get us back to the caravan but not before I cut the giants head off.

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Journal of Taro Blood 02
Journal of Taro Blood 02

Journal of Taro Blood
August 20th 2015

So one serpent folk managed to get away from our attack and some little troglodyte showed up and stared jabbering at Yarin about this and that blah blah blah and just as I was contemplating killing this ass he decided to leave and we headed towards a giant red dome and I offered to scout ahead and I reported back that it was guarded from the outside and if I tried to open the door they would have noticed so Asura teleported us in and boy oh boy is this plush palace, oh sure there’s a skeleton chained to the wall but the upstairs was regular Emperors Harem.
I took watch as the others slept and no one entered so it was a long watch but in the morning there was some commotion outside as a procession made its way to the door and a voice called out rather foppishly to come out and talk blah blah blah. The being talking is apparently a Rakshasa and considering how Asura blanched it must be a being of power which proved true as it cast a fireball in our direction so I hid myself and tried to take out a couple serpent folk but they managed to wound me pretty good so I hid and made my way back until Yarin could heal me and then started my usual sneak attack and bounce away routine.
The next thing I know the Rakshasa disappeared and the upstairs appeared to simultaneously combust so we killed the serpent folk until they grew a brain and ran away then we made our was upstairs cautiously and when we turned around as the now flaming Rakshasa yelled at us and then tumbled down the stairs supposedly dead so whilst Yarin wanted to dump it in the water I took the head.

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Journal of Taro Blood 01
Journal of Taro Blood 01

August 13th 2015

Even Before I released Chivane’s associate I had already agreed to help Chivane and her cause or rather help her minions achieve her cause. She pointed me towards the district across the water from here so I decided to stealth my way across the upper or military district and then down through another district on my way to something called the temple district when I came across some bits of fleshy rope (?) and followed the trail back to a house that appeared fairly well lit with some people 4 maybe 5 people in it an old-ish black woman whom I’ve been told is one of the natives that dwell near Seventh-Yi and might be one of the people I’m looking for. Another one was a regal noble of some sort I’ve killed enough of them to know their type on sight which sort of filled the description I was given of the sorcerer. There’s a woman that seems to be serving the others that doesn’t match my description of the dwarf so she must live here and seems to be a good hostess. After a little while the others, who still haven’t spotted me, decided to go to bed and only did I spot the dwarf as she went into her room and funnily enough a few minutes so did the hostess so I wandered around the house and out back I discovered the 4th companion I was sent to seek out, the problem was he was dead.
Since none of them had seems to have noticed me I decided to take the direct approach….of sorts. I simply stood right outside the front door and waited for them to leave and scared the crap out of the dwarf who immediately drew her axe a demanded to know who I was and what I was doing there. I told them that I was sent by Chivane to assist them and she had the audacity to ask for proof! The sorcerer was eager enough to believe me and the old woman didn’t say much but since the dwarf seemed to listen to the aristocrat we moved on toward the central district but were interrupted by some giant spider webs but unlike any color I had ever seen and we decided to investigate the eggs we was when 2 huge red spiders came out and attacked us.
I managed to dance in and out of the spiders range and on my first hit I killed him and while I readied myself to attack again Kev and Asura (finally I remembered their names) finished off the other so we made our way to the eggs and we found a serpent folk who died of its injuries and a troglodyte whom was very ungrateful to us since we freed it. We then moved towards the spire of this district and after burning some kind of mold we made camp for the night and as I watched hidden in a corner a giant beast ran by like the devil was right behind him and didn’t even look my way. When the others woke up the next morning I showed them the tracks and tried my best to describe it we then used the bridges to cross to the central district and were confronted by serpent folk who were rather pissed because Yarin didn’t speak their language like I did and decided to be dicks about it so we killed all but one coward who ran away.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe Last Journal
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe Last Journal

Personal Journal
July the 30th 2015
So properly rested and buffed we made our way back into the ziggurat to confront the monstrosity and managed to hit it a couple of times before it hit back and I came up with the idea to run as far away from it as I could and then antagonize it make it keep its attention on me leaving the others free to kill it. The one thing we didn’t foresee was that the pods around the room were actually incubating mushroom men who burst out of their sacks and attacked the others while I kited around the room with this obscenity following me and since the others were focused on the mushroom men and by the time most of them were dead I was almost dead as well when Yarin appeared out of nowhere and managed to heal me a little and the others managed to kill it but it burst and sent acid right at….

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 016
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 016

Personal Journal
July the 23rd 2015
We set out at first light and made our way into the new district when in the distance we spotted some kind of mushroom men and we debated whether or not to even try to be friendly when Yarin just started walking towards them and caught their attention and they surrounded him and one hit him on the back of the head so we moved in and started to fight them so Asura and Kev bombed them and then I charged in and do what I do. These little bastards managed to spew some kind of acid at me and it burned for quite a while but we were ultimately victorious but one of the mushroom men went POP and spread some spores up like a signal flare so we got out of there as quickly as we could.
Asura said something about smelling some magic and started to wander off and soon all of us were standing near a house that had a woman in it gesturing to us so while the others trundled off merrily I waited outside for a couple of minutes when Asura gestured for me to come in saying that it was safe. I swear that when I entered that we were only their for half an hour but when we made to leave it was dusk so we headed in the general direction of the other tomb and Yarin told us that it was common practice to build more than one tomb as a diversion.
We decided to go to the ziggurat of this district and found that it is covered in some kind of yellowish fungi or something. We thought the person responsible for the warping of the mushroom people was probably in the ziggurat so we made ourselves invisible and able to fly and headed in. this thing is grotesque blob of flesh is somehow responsible for the mushroom men so we headed back out and decided to wait til tomorrow and then we would head back in and kill that thing

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