The Drylands (Pathfinder)

Ahoy the Narrator
A barebones summary

This is the barebones summary of events and dates, handy to refer to for logs and such, or for a factual refresher.

The Party in its inevitable mugshot


I’m imagining Ix-Thal lying face-up in the Eidolon’s ‘head’ with his claw legs extending into the upper claws for his natural attacks.

New maps up

A new non-distorted map with map scales is up, along with additional overlays to give an idea of how much smaller the Drylands are than Earth.

Session 1 (3/4/13) Notes

3rd day of Shadow (Desna’s Day), 700 AC: Khelkex Drakescaled and Tamer Mogogol recruit Zabirel.

10th day of Shadow (Desna’s Day), 700 AC: Party arrives in trading village on southern coast of the Eastern Grippli Swamps.

25th day of Shadow (Erastil’s Day), 700 AC: Party aids Chirkel in attack on Slavers. Slavers found burning remnants of long-dead village. Slavers fled. Chirkel and Parents are all that remain of tribe, slavers and slaves both vanished. Zabirel visits his parents while Chirkel recruits his to join the party via the next trade ship after his father’s recovery. Chirkel joins party.

27th Day of Shadow (Korada’s Day), 700AC: Party departs for docks on northern edge of Entobian Desert.

5th Day of Kindling (Gozreh’s Day), 700AC: Party arrives at dock village, purchases traveling supplies/mounts, continues Southeast to New Mound.

14th Day of Kindling (Urgathoa’s Day), 700AC: Party arrives at New Mound, finds that exploration into the Greenward is officially discouraged, to the point of official disruption of attempts to recruit, but not to the physical harm or imprisonment of party members. Party leaves the next day after resupplying. Rumor of wild gnome in the hills directs interest there.

17th Day of Kindling (Desna’s Day), 700AC: Party reaches the foothills of the Rainwall Mountains and meet Soora, the ram-riding Rainwall raconteur. She eagerly joins the party.

3rd day of Fire (Desna’s Day), 700AC: Party reaches Rock Mound. Recruits Arc and Ik-Thal.

Session 2 (3/11/13) Notes

9th Day of Fire (Brigh’s Day), 700 AC: Party arrives at location of probable entrance to tunnels through Rainwall Mountains. Party investigates area, sets off alarm on door behind waterfall, leaves for other door.

12th Day of Fire (Gozreh’s Day), 700 AC: Party enters known tunnel, fast-talks way past undead-hating outlaws.

17th Day of Fire (Desna’s’s Day), 700 AC: Party exits tunnel that morning, splits up. Khelkex and Tamer head to visit fey that allows access through the mist. Remainder heads South to site.

18th Day of Fire (Erastil’s Day), 700 AC: Party arrives at ruins in the afternoon. A handful of intact buildings, the 95’ dome being the most prominent. Party climbs dome, spots rats in residence far below, along with cages full of supplies. Zabirel hears clicking underfoot. Ik-Thal stomps the ceiling, and a few fire beetles fly up at him, biting at Arc in passing. The party kills two of the beetles and captures the third, heavily wounded, in a net.

Greenward Map Up

New Greenward Map up, giving you an idea of where you’ve been recently. The mountains don’t quite connect like they’re supposed to, but other than that it’s a nice area overview.

Map of the Ruins of the Great Dome up

The Ruins of the Great Dome is in the map section.

Session 3 (3/18/13)

18th Day of Fire (Erastil’s Day), 700 AC

Party slays rat swarms, seals tunnel.

Tamer arrives with injured Khelkex. He is distraught and dazed, has trouble communicating properly.

Tamer tells you that there is a nymph who controls this region, and who can grant immunity to the fey mists. She has chosen to extend this immunity to the party so long as they are ‘with’ Khelkex and Tamer. This takes the form of little wave markings on Chirkel’s face, Zabirel’s tongue, Arcs arm(?), Soora’s ?, and Ik-Thal’s back.

Khelkex comes around thanks to Soora’s healing pulling him back over the wound threshold but would prefer to rest and recover from wounds and poison. The party lets him rest and keeps talking with Tamer.

Tamer relates that returning from the nymph, they were ambushed by at least half a dozen moldfolk who injured Khelkex. However, the nymph intervened and fought them off while Tamer retreated with Khelkex.

The party questions Tamer about who lived here previously, but Tamer doesn’t know. He says they left the equipment here three years ago, but didn’t want to talk about what happened in the interim. Tamer said Khelkex was better at talking than he was.

The party finds cages with magic items and equipment in it. The equipment consisted of 2 large cages, 4 medium cages, 6 small cages, and 6 tiny cages, all in good condition. Inside were 3 bear traps, a compass, 4 signal whistles, a lamp, 6 rings, 2 small collars, 2 medium collars, 2 large collars, a dandy brush, a training harness, a training whip, a falconry gauntlet, a spade, a shovel, a set of artisan tools(traps), a pair of medium manacles, 10 pieces of chalk, a half-empty bottle of perfume, a metal glove, 2 filter hoods, 12 fishhooks, and 2 medium tents. There are also the unidentifiable remains of cloth and small wooden items that have rotted or been broken through gnawing.

Zabirel finds a stash of plaques stuck in a wall with Entobian writing.

Ik-Thal identifies the magic rings in the cages as Rings of Comprehend Language. He tries to give one to Zabirel, but Tamer interjects, saying that it’s his equipment should only be used by signers to the contract.

The party rests, except for Chirkel who spends at least some of the night high above on the roof.

Zabriel stays up with Tamer and then renegotiates the contract and the party re-signs later under more favorable terms.

The plaques are translated to read “Property of Rakklethorn Company.”

19th Day of Fire (Gozreh’s Day), 700 AC

The party puts on the rings and begins to make sure ruins are safe. They find a badger den in the foundations, but convince the occupant to relocate to a new burrow that they will dig for him.

Session 4 (3/25/2013)

19th Day of Fire (Gozreh’s Day), 700 AC

The party explores the ruins. Chirkel spends most of his time chatting with Tamer and Khelkex. Soora wanders about exploring, except when the party needs a heal.

The party investigates the moat buildings, plays with the gates, finds evidence of a giant spider, and Zabirel accidentally rescues a ferret who now considered him his bestest friend ever in the whole whole world.

Shortly thereafter a Colossal 3 flying ferret appears to announce that Zabirel is now the anointed champion of the God of Ferrets, tasked with spreading chaotic goodness far and wide. Ik-Thal doesn’t buy it, but keeps quiet.

The party investigates the ruined towers, finds some evidence of scavenging and a broken spyglass.

The party investigates the intact tower, disturbs a half-dozen giant crickets, which try to run but are mostly slain with one being captured. They explore the tower, find the interior stairs lead to a platform with an overhead hole above. The hole is in the floor of the tower chamber which has openings overlooking the ruins. No doors or intact windows are present.

Zabirel finds a badge behind a loose stone in the wall, but keeps it secret. By a twist of fate, he spots a path leading to the basement of the foundation they met the badger at.

The party digs out the foundation, which was loosely packed thanks to the badger. They find an ensorcelled door and wall that resists their attempts to open it. Ik-Thal summons a dire rat to try and trigger traps, but by another twist of fate accidentally mauls Arc in the face with it. A historical marker plaque next to the door says that this is the founding site of the Experiment, exact date unknown.

Arc pointedly questions Tamer and Khelkex about all of the above. They say they know nothing about the ruins, but reveal their antagonistic history with the Rakklethorn Company, a monster hunting group that attempted to capture the nymph, and their opposition to it which led to their friendship with the nymph.

It is now late afternoon, early evening.

Session 5 (4/1/2013)

20th Day of Fire (Korada’s Day), 700 AC

The party decided to go visit the nymph and maybe catch a carbuncle.

After a series of escalating faerie dragon pranks, the party ended up with a cursed flying rug and a mask of unknown type.

They found a crashing balloon, fought off some plant monsters, rescued an alchemist, and captured a pair of mind-control sporepods, as well as a badly wounded owl.


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