Serpent's Skull

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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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 05
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 05

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April the 9th 2015
After that last battle we returned to the “shedding” room and bedded down for the night I took the first watch and Kev took the second watch. I awoke to a sound coming from the entrance and it seems that our gnome has returned. Once everyone was awake we continued on and eventually found our way to a mound that was making noise which turned out to be a large swarm of giant wasps and after a debate the others decided to try to hide behind an illusion and while they prepared for this I cast a silent prayer to Calistria to allow us passage and in return I promised to do my best to leave the swarm unharmed. About halfway through the room one of the wasps bumped into the gnome and the others tensed but the wasp then turned to me and….winked, hah she had heard and answered my prayer so I chuckled to myself while Kev got one of the doors open.

This room looks like a courtyard and there was a set of stairs above us and then we were attacked by some kind of earth creature but they didn’t last any longer than the others did so we continued to explore and found very little so we decided to climb the stairs and see what was up there. The first room we entered was fairly dark but had a number of small holes carved into the ceiling which turned out to be an ancient star map of some kind, there was another set of stairs from this room that lead to a landing further up and had a locked room on our left and a large room at the end of the hallway that held pillars floor to ceiling with holes in them every couple of feet and several poles that looked as though they might fit. But we left this room to find out a way into the first room and when we found a way Kev seemed to sense something there but I couldn’t see a damn thing.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 04
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 04

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April the 2nd 2015
We left the bed behind and made our way down to ground level and spied in the distance 3 rather circular towers that, in their heyday, must have been very impressive. As we moved towards the tower remains I noticed that the gnome was gone and after looking about like an idiot remembered that he is a rogue and if he didn’t want to be found he wouldn’t be found. Kev was ahead of me and noticed another dire ape next to some kind of boulder and realizing it was a trap decided to attack it. The ape was joined by two others but we managed to gut the bastards.
Kev then heard more apes grunting and said they were speaking Polyglot and were talking about going to the “shedding pit”. The next room we entered was mostly taken over by tar pits although the apes managed to build bridges using fallen trees. Two more apes saw us and attacked but we killed them quite easily. Just then we heard the sounds of screaming, female screaming and Kev charged towards the sound whilst Asura floated by so I started after them and when I got around the corner it appeared that the apes had captured Kalypso and were slowly cutting the skin off of her and into the fire that was slowly burning her in the process. I immediately got the attention of the ape slicing her and called it names till it grew angry and attacked me whilst Kev dealt with the other ape and Asura went to rescue Kalypso.
Kalypso is alive and is resting on a pile of hay with myself and Asura whilst Kev takes the first watch. Kev awakened me when she saw some movement so I stayed awake watching the trees and the walls while Kev watched the corridor but neither of us saw anything the rest of the night. In the morning after Asura had awakened we decided to check out the other side of this complex other wing and found that the apes were waiting for us and one of them seemed to be the boss as he was in full armor and was ordering the others around so Kev and I decided to try to get the apes flanked but unfortunately that didn’t work as the apes could make prodigious leaps over the tar pits in this room and while Asura floated above the tar pit trying to attack the leader from there I had a…..thing try to bite me from behind. When all is said and done we managed to kill the centi-snake thing, all the apes and the boss. Heh Asura even managed to lure one ape into the tar and watched as it slowly sank into said tar.

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The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 03
The Adventures of Maximillian Wolfe 02

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March the 26th 2015
After safely leaving the “brothel” behind we continued our journey to Taizan and after a few days we started to enter a jungle and after another couple of days we stopped at an area where the others are certain that this is a possible entrance to Taizan. This place has stood for a very, very long time we’re talking millennia and after choosing a search pattern we began to search when we came upon some kind of ape but I have never seen their like before and as I pulled out Francesca I noticed the gnome had disappeared so Kev, and I started towards the two apes and the damn thing tried to pull my arm out of its socket but I managed to wound it rather effectively and Kev finished it off and just when I was starting to withdraw from a rather large pit I felt something grab my leg and as I looked down I noticed that is was some kind of decapod that had my leg in a strangle hold and damn if that didn’t hurt but Kev managed to kill it and the next thing I know the gnome had disappeared down said hole with Asura following right after a sigh I followed suit.
This must have been some kind of pool or aqueduct and it has some kind of tunnel leading south. I took the lead as we headed down the tunnel I started to hear a sound a buzzing or a hiss of some kind and once the gnome heard it he began climbing over me to get to the source of the sound. “*sigh* gnome” I said as he ran ahead and turned right at a fork in the road…er aqueduct and started to climb up towards the sound as the rest of us waited down here. He came back a couple of minutes later and reported that he had seen a large pit of snakes and he was excitedly told us what varieties there were and started muttering something about milking them.
The left path led to some kind of incline that turned out to lead to the surface but before we got too far a large water elemental appeared blocking out way and began to move towards us spraying water against the walls and floor. “Ah” I said to myself “the aqueduct cleaner” but noticed that its spray was so powerful that it might tear right through me. The others must have had the same thought for they began to move towards the wall in hopes that it wouldn’t see them so I grabbed the gnome and moved to the side of the corridor and Kev tried to cast some kind of illusion spell but it didn’t work so I charged in and attacked it as did Kev and Asura and after a minute or so we managed to defeat it and ran for the exit. The only thing we found was more jungle so we decided to head back in and take the right hand path, camp for the night and get a fresh start in the morning so I took the first half of the night watch. In the morning we managed to get across the snake pit and discovered that there was a room and a bed ahead that some kind of furry creature had been sleeping in.

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