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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 15
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 15

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July the 16th 2015
As we bedded down for the night I took the watch and as I settled in there was little in the way of sounds or movement. Yarin tried to relieve me at midnight but I told her to go back to bed and shortly thereafter I saw a group of lizardfolk, well-armed and armored Lizardfolk, pass by and take notice of the mantises that we had dispatched and then keep moving. So I wandered around the house and kept a watchful eye for the rest of the night.
The following morning we set out again and found ourselves wandering and following Yarin, always scary, as she led us to the temple we were looking for and just as we were debating how to get back to camp we were told to hold where we were and answer for trespassing or some gibberish. After Yarin talked to these Lizardfolk and we agreed to relinquish our weapons and for some reason I was the only one who thought that it was a bad idea but Yarin wants to make friends, Asura has his head stuck in the clouds even Kev agreed….these are the people I have teamed up with.
We were marched at spear point to the ziggurat of this district and there we met with the leader of these folk who demanded that we would remain here while Yarin was escorted back to talk with the leader of our group in hopes of coming to an understanding. Oh goody a cage, oh well been in one been in all of them. So we waited and waited and waited until Yarin came back and told us that a deal had been struck and we were free to go. We decided to head to the district to the north and then head to the island and try to clear it before the caravan got there but we didn’t get far before we were set upon by yet more mantises so killed them and ducked into a house to rest for the night.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 14
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 14

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July the 2nd 2015
After this…nightmare we headed back to town and Asura and I immediately went to the statue that we bound up but the ropes were still in place and there was no sign that the statue had come to life so since we had no new ideas we decided to head to the next district and intercept the Aspis Consortium and stop them from activating the spire so we took a boat around the cliff and rowed up the channel and around toward some kind of farm with the spire of the district nearby and a small hut so we rowed up to the stair of the spire and made our way toward said hut and had a good look around there were some kind of beasts working the fields and a large group looking at a small island but since the hut probably belonged to the leader of these beasts so we decided to investigate the hut post-haste so while Asura and Yarin went inside Kev and I stood watch.
We were keeping an eye on the natives when Asura yelled for help so Kev and I rushed in only to find that there was some kind of demon (?) inside and I’ll be damned if I can hit this thing but the bastard managed to hit me and damn near crushed me but I managed to get away and just as we were about to hit it again it laughed and said something about us being too much fun and then disappeared so we decided to “de-ass the area with the quickness” as my old drill instructor would say and we headed back to the boat and paddled our asses out of that district and headed to what we had discerned was the temple district.
We pulled the boats up a set of stairs and headed up the main promenade when I spied something growing out of one of the braziers that topped the pillars so we sent Kev up to take a look and it looked like some kind of tree that the second our backs were turned attacked us. sigh this seems to be the day where I can’t hit a dammed thing so we took some more damage but managed to put these tree things down….you know for a lost city there is a lot of things here that are so eager to kill us.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 13
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 13

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June the 25th 2015
Asura came back and told us that we were cleared to be here but that we had to prove ourselves by finding a creature that had been snatching children for the last two years so we or rather they tried to get the townsfolk to since most of them practically ran from me so we then searched the southern area of this district and found nothing headed back to talk the townsfolk some more and uncovered a statue that according to Kev had faint traces of evil on it and since it was made around the time that the attacks started we think the statue is to blame. So I asked a local about procuring some chains to bind the statue but these fools seem only good for making crap so we had to resort to using rope to bind it. Our current theory is that we’re dealing with a time traveling male vampiric harpy that appears from the south every month or so to snatch up a child and carry him/her off.
Yarin is convinced that a flat area to the south is of significance and went to the muse to confirm her theory. She came back and told us that the area in question was once a guardhouse but now nothing remains and thinks we should spend the night there so with Kev taking first watch the rest of us beaded down for the night.
I awoke to hear a scream and found myself standing before a house but I don’t remember how I got here. I bashed the door in and found a figure standing with his hand around the neck of a woman who was whimpering in pain and fear. The figure looked at me and said how glad I was here….he called me son. I told him that he wasn’t my father and he laughed and snapped the woman’s neck so I charged him only to find myself somewhere…..else. I looked around and saw two platforms in a formless void I looked around and saw no one then when I looked again Kev had appeared out of nowhere and the next thing I know I’m being attacked by some kind of wraith, he struck me and I could feel myself getting weaker and the next thing I know I’m back in the guardhouse ground and I’m soaking wet thanks to Asura and some kind of shadowy form told us a name that “we needed to know” and disappeared.
What in Calistrias name is going on here!

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 12
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 12

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June the 11th 2015
We headed for the southernmost part of this district and found a castle that seemed to be mostly intact and after checking the top 2 floors and found that not only that they were well furnished and unlike the rest of the district still had clothing and such meaning they were rushed to leave or escape from some unknown menace. The third floor was much more interesting as it contained several chimera that attacked almost immediately but we managed to kill the first two with ease and Asura even managed to one shot one that had come up behind us and after a minute or so we were standing and they were not.
After we finished them and took the dragon heads with us we decided to head to the next closest district further south and closer to the enemy caravan that had arrived so we flew along the side of the cliff and as we crossed the boundary into this district it became almost immediately clear that this was probably the Artisan district and although the statues were extremely well carved we noticed a large tall monument that also seemed to be the resting place of some hero of Seventh Yi when we were set upon by a group of people that seemed all the world to be living here and demanded we tell them why we were here and Asura immediately told then why and these people then took us to their leader.
They demanded that we turn over our weapons if we were to see their leader I, naturally, refused so Asura as the self-proclaimed leader of our group went in to see her…..

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 11
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 11

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June the 4th 2015
While we waited for Kev to return we decided to investigate some of the upper area of the Merchants district and found some truly large footprints that appear to be crocodilian in nature. After Kev returned we decided to follow the tracks and we said croc in the water so we attacked it and although it was a fierce battle Kev got chewed upon and swallowed by the crocodile and had to cut her way out after myself, Yarin and Asura managed to kill it and after some healing we cleared the island, smashed some croc eggs and headed back to find a house to camp in for the night.
Yarin and Kev saw a four legged winged beast fly overhead heading south that they said was somewhat dragonish and in the morning we headed back to the assassins encampment and reported about what we had seen and then set out to explore some more of this district. We came upon a house covered in Charau’ka entrails, blood and heads on pikes so Yarin approached the door hoping to make some friends out of these quillapes and when her knock when unanswered he headed back and got an arrow in the shoulder for her trouble and the rest of us sprang into action with Kev headed straight for the door and Asura flying above I charged the window vaulting the low fence in the process and was almost immediately set upon by more quillapes but although we didn’t escape unscathed we more than gave as good as we got and soon the house was empty of quillapes.
Yarin managed to uncover some information in the area that could help make sense of the “writings” left behind. After that we headed back to camp and Asura turned in almost immediately while Kev and Yarin talked with the head of the assassins while I walked the perimeter for my watch of the night.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 10
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 10

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May the 28th 2015
We entered the ziggurat from the gaping hole on the side and made our way towards the spire itself. We arrived at a balcony that overlooked a room about 40 feet below and were deciding our next step when an arrow appeared out of nowhere and damn near hit Asura so he responded in kind with a huge ball of electricity and tried to fry it but we couldn’t tell if it worked or not so we headed back in and decided to make us of one of the rooms to rest up for the night. In the morning we made our way up to the next level and finally up to the top of the ziggurat via a large somewhat ornate spiral staircase when we realized that we probably wouldn’t be able to activate it we headed back down and were attacked again this time we could see them.
They were some kind of fusion between an ape and a porcupine and one of them tried their favorite tactic against me…rend. Fuck that hurt but after a few seconds I managed to kill it and then focused on the remaining porcu-ape-thing. One tried to run away but I managed to piss it off enough to stay and fight which ultimately resulted in its death. We headed down to the ground floor where we entered the large room that we had viewed from the second story and safely concluded that this must be the merchant district just from what remains that this place was very opulent.
We have decided to abandon the spear for now and just explore this district when Asura and Kev noticed that our caravan had arrived and Kev went on ahead to talk to them.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 09
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 09

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May the 21st 2015
We decided to head to the locks and entered another district by the lake and noticed a building in the lake that was partially submerged so Asura flew to the roof with Yarin and tied off a rope and Kev and I climbed our way across. We decided to climb down a level and burst in through the door so I went first and jumped away from the wall and then went sailing through the window. It would appear that we are in a bank, specifically a deposit room and after opening one or two we came to the conclusion that they were all probably empty so we moved to the door and started looking around. We are on the middle floor with one above with a locked be-spelled door and the first floor was completely flooded so Kev decided to head down into the water so I tied a rope to her and she headed down to search and while I was taking care of her Yarin got attacked by some kind of wraith so I yanked on the rope twice and then tried to pull her up as fast as I could.
Well the wraiths are dead but we have all taken some damaged and I feel much weaker but we’ll press on so Kev and I head back underwater to try to find anything and with a little luck we found a ring of keys with a skeletal hand attached to it which unlocked a chest with 4 more rings of keys so we decided to check upstairs before heading out and we found some small treasures but nothing earthshaking so I made a hole in the wall again and we all flew to the spear of this district when suddenly an arrow flew near us so Kev did her illusion thing and Asura did his invisibility spell and we moved on til we were close to the spear when we noticed that a part of the ziggurat was broken and there was a huge bat much bigger than any bat I’ve ever come across so we decided to avoid pissing that thing off and headed towards the top of the ziggurat to see if we could activate the spear.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 08
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 08

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May the 7th 2015
Well our gnome is dead and after a little debate we decided to leave him to become part of the haunt to make it much more dangerous for our rivals but as we made our way back to camp when an old woman walked seemingly out of nowhere and stopped right in front of us. She said her name was Yarin and that she was looking for us and wanted to join our party. Naturally Asura immediately agreed (wanting another follower to admire his greatness no doubt) I was more apprehensive, I mean we lose our gnome and this…person just appears out of the forest and wants to “help” us in my opinion that just doesn’t happen. I warned them against is but Kev and Asura outvoted me so for now I’ll just have to watch her for any treachery.
We bedded down for the night and after my watch I slept til morning at which point Yarin told me about hearing a scream in the city that cut off abruptly and she thought that something ate it but no other noises besides that. We decided to explore the part of the city we were in and we only got a couple of hundred feel before some apes tried to ambush us but we managed to push them back rather handily and decided to set an ambush or our own that only moderately worked but we pushed them back again and although we wanted to skin these beasts we knew they would be back to we moved to the house across the street to try to hide but that didn’t work either so we killed yet another batch of apes and decided to see just how well organized they were.
Calistria save us they are not only well organized they have a near unassailable keep with rotating guards and well placed guard positions , it would take an army to get them out or a hell of a lot of assassins but as we have neither we decided to head back to base and try another direction tomorrow.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 07
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 07

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April the 30th 2015
We made our way back to the pillar room and it seemed that the gnome and Asura knew exactly what to do because in a matter of a few minutes the grid on the floor turned into a map …the map that we were looking for but it looked real which means it’s some kind of azlanti magic and it must have told the others where it is cause I couldn’t get past the fact that the Azlanti created a three dimensional representation of their city. There was a noise outside and as I looked out I saw another group killing the wasps outside so I followed the others down. The gnome seemed to be especially pleased about the new arrival but I hung back from the group as the others talked with a woman who seemed to be in charge I looked around at all the dead wasps and sent another prayer asking for forgiveness for what these infidels had done.
We joined up with this caravan and headed to the Azlanti city they were seeking. Oh goody a wall to climb and a tall one at that which means we must progress ahead on our own while the caravan finds another way. Damn we are higher up then I thought but the cliff is behind us and a jungle is before us and a lot of ground to cover. First waterfalls now a giant canyon to traverse and only one very old looking bridge to cross it and the gnome has volunteered to go first which proved to be a bad idea as out of nowhere a giant, and I do mean giant, eagle swooped in and grabbed the gnome so this seemed to be a good time to test out my crossbow but I only managed to hit it a couple of times before the eagle decided to drop the gnome into the canyon and even as he hit the water a giant crocodile that at first glance appeared to be a log in the river started to move toward the gnome so I did the only sensible thing I jumped off the bridge and landed sword first in the crocs back. A second or two later Kev joined me and after the croc tried a couple of things to shake us off but we managed to kill it and cut the gnome out of his belly.
We healed up and moved on toward where we thought the city was and we walked right into a master class illusion spell that seemed to cover the entire city and managed to stay active for at least 10,000 years. We reached a fork in the road and decided to go left and enter the city limits. All the buildings are intact, the glass is intact and I stood guard as Kev and the gnome explore one of the building for use as a base and the next thing I know I hear Kev’s scream from down by the river so Asura and I hustle towards them and find them surrounded by giant piles of ants and one pile seems to have a hat coming out of it. One of the piles is suddenly all over me so I try to move out of the way and join the others in the river. A ghost and god dammed ghost! The whole place is haunted and we walked right into it and the ghost wasn’t destroyed only put down for a little while but he did managed to knock down the gnome and damn near the rest of us as well.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 06
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 06

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April the 23rd 2015
After we left the pillar room the gnome climbed the stairs to check it out and came back immediately whispering about a room full of dire apes and a serpent folk, so we girded ourselves and went to meet them in combat and we quickly dispatched the apes but the serpent was now on the ceiling and quite out of our reach until I had an idea if Asura could fly he should also be able to make others fly and after that Kev and I took the serpent down rather effectively. When we searched the bodies we found another sphere that should fit into the pillars.
We headed back down and were forced to go through the wasps and once we made it safely through and found ourselves in a room that had a spiral staircase and two landings. On one were 4 statues with a purple light emanating from where the head should be. The gnome decided that it would be a good idea to touch the idol and immediately started to remove all his weapons and sit on the floor saying what a good idea it was to wait to be judged and I immediately took a few steps back and drew Francesca and waited for the inevitable. First the gnome then Kev and then Asura were under this things spell so I went to the bottom stairs and opened the door and yet more wasps were on the other side so I went back to the top of the stairs and waited.
I didn’t have to wait long as it turned out because first Kev then Asura and then the gnome came awake and started picking up their weapons and grumbling about how they didn’t want to be judged and so on then the gnome tried to put the idol into a bag of holding and then the four idols lifted off the ground and began to shine the purple light at both Asura and the gnome while Kev and I stood back and waited but we didn’t have to wait more than a second or two for the light ceased and they both blinked and looked at each other and talked about the pillars and the stones and judging by the look in their eyes we were going to have to go back up to the pillar room.

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