D&D 3.0: Tales from Mystara

The Last Trap of Ursula

The Last Trap of Ursula
XP = 3003
Time:
Mystara Calendar
Duration: 1 day and 1 night
Finished on: Soladain the 7th of the month of Felmont of the year 1032 After the Coronation of the First Emperor of Thyatis (AC)

Synopsis:
The riddle was a way for Ursula to activate the Obelisk and referred to the Obelisk as the needle and the grandma as the ship.

When the crew of The Old Lady and the Band of the Wolf go up to the ship’s deck and look out they find that Ursula’s trap using the Nagpas’s Obelisk was to transport them inside a volcano were she was waiting with her Merrow Ogres and another Obelisk. The Band of the Wolf spring into action and convinced Admiral Julius Corcha that they should lead because of their past experience with Ursula and the crew of her ship The Sea Hag. Flint words were seen as wise by both King Fryeden and Queen Maeyi who had seen the Band at work. Commander Burnscar wanted to fly and attack Ursula one-to-one but was convinced by the others that it was better to avoid emotions to control their decisions.

Everyone knew that if the Queen of the Aleea Merfolks and the King of the Takala Tritons were to die here, a war between those two nations against Ierendi will be inevitable.

The Abysmal heat, the air temperature, smoke, fire, lava were affecting everyone but were more damaging to the King and Queen. And Raizak joined Burnscar into casting spells that could help them including protection against elements and mass haste.

Yoshirou, Axetor and Carceran protected Queen Maeyi while she was studying the Obelisk and trying to activate it to escape. Carceran noticed that an inscription was a spell blocking teleport spells. The easy way out was blocked. A riddle was present and was the key to activating the Obelisk again:
_ Drop times three must fall on me,
To open the book of my wisdom:
The life-giver the light-bearer,
and the sorrow-marker will follow.
To open the map to the maelstrom._

Flint and the Admiral organized the rest of the crew and adventurers to defend the ship against the Merrow Ogres, who started using very long chains with hooks to pull the sailors and soldiers from the ship and into the lava.

Raizak and Burnscar were ready to attack the ogres and they did just to activate another of Ursula traps: a group of air elementals who she summoned using a magic item stolen from Tana Nightwing. Other fire-based monsters attacked the ship. The ogres started to board. Burnscar and her fire elementals were engaged in battle with the air elementals who were pulling her into the lava.

Ursula accused the four leaders, Corcha, Burnscar, Fryeden and Maeyi to be the members of the secret organization The Secret Circle that she was trying to find. Burnscar replied with the truth, that they weren’t members of the Circle, but the Band noticed that she did knew that the Circle existed and was not a simple urban legend of Ierendi.

Troyus tried to fight Ursula one-on-one and decapitated her ogre commander with one blow of his sword. But the pirate revealed to be a Sea Hag in disguise and used her power of Evil Eye to leave him in a catatonic state on the floor crying.

Maeyi, Yoshirou and Axetor used a drop of blood, tears and candle wax to activate the Obelisk and a multi-level dial was exposed with another riddle:

Three again are the helms to this ship:
The older brother is the navigator,
The middle brother is the chief mate,
And the younger brother is the timekeeper.

Carceran make himself invisible and tried to get near Ursula and the second Obelisk as it could had clues on how to solve the first Obelisk.

Dio moved close enough to remove the evil fear from Troyus. The ogres were been dispatched but the bigger air elemental has transformed into a whirlwind that was making people take damage from the rocks and debris and even falling into the lava. The wizards teamed up to attack and counterattack Ursula. More attacks from the siege weapons and archers were able to kill Ursula, stopping the madness and the air elemental disappeared.

The dials were moved and the broken ship was transported back into its last position on the sea. King Fryeden sounded his magical horn of the tritons and magically a group of his men appeared to help. The broken ship was pulled near the coast by a collection of sea animals, merfolks and tritons.

Admiral Devrim AKuntesh arrived with four members of the Cabal of the Volcano and took the two Nagpa obelisks with them. He was “barely impressed” by the Band of the Wolf exploits and offered to pay Ursula’s reward with a bonus for their “good work”. He left taking Burnscar with him.

Back on Ierendi City the Band of the Wolf was getting ready to see Troyus and Fling duel when a messenger comes for Troyus. “A man who claims he knows you is dying at the port. He claims he has a letter for you. He was found at sea. “ Troyus goes to the house were the old man is.

Oedilus Cabanis, blind with fever and wounds of his travels, on his last dying breath, gives Troyus Bloodstone a letter that was meant for Troyus Machistes. Letter from Caesonia Scipio Machiste to Troyus Machiste.

Encounters:
Average Encounters CR: 12
23 very angry Merrow Ogres
Air Elementals large and gigantic!
Hellhounds
Throquoas
Boiling Lava, steam, heat and smoke
Ursula is a Sea Hag!!!

Wealth:
_ Treasures Found: N/A
_ Total Wealth: N/A
_ Wealth per Adventurer: 1000gps paid by the Ierendi Royal Navy as a payment for killing Ursula.
_ Other Treasures: Each character also gets:
Cure Serious Wound potion.
Swimming potion.
Ierendi Medal of Valor (gives + 1 equipment bonus on Diplomacy checks)

Experience:
_ Adventure XP: 3003xp
_ Adventure XP Awards:
__ Sam Award:N/A
__ Bilbo Award: N/A
__ Éowyn Award: N/A

Characters:
Average Party Level: 12
Troyus Bloodstone
Nathaniel J. Flint
Yoshirou Nakajima
Raizak Derek
Dio Stoutspark
Veitor Broskar
Merkel Duncan
Carceran Sunreaver
Axetor Stonecutter

Extra:
NOTE: Fell free to add comments to this Adventure Log Entry with information about the adventure from the point of view of your character. Each log that helps document the adventure receives a 25xp award.

To the reader: Additional material describing this adventure could be found in the individual logs of some characters: Adventures.

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To Trap a Cat inside a Box

To Trap a Cat inside a Box
XP = 1802
Time:
Mystara Calendar
Duration: 2 days
Finished on: Lunadain the 15th of the month of Fyrmont of the year 1032 After the Coronation of the First Emperor of Thyatis (AC)

Synopsis:
Using information gained by Long John Silver, Nathaniel J. Flint prepares a trap for the criminal Xaphira on Benno Treasure Maps with the help of Vael Owleyes. the trap works and Xaphira is overwhelm by the group and captured.

The group doesn’t sleep much but their trip was ready and they meet with Viikker Travelmarch outside the city walls of Ierendi City. " I won’t be able to travel today with you, all of you, mounts and creatures will expend my Magical Corridor magic. I will meet you tomorrow at the city of Waping Piao. As there are no corridors directly into that city, my corridor will open a few miles from the city. You will use this map to find the city and I will meet you there tomorrow. The Celestial Territories are the most dangerous wilderness of all Ochalea and Waping Piao is their mayor and only stone-walled city of the province. Just a travelling warning. " He does his gestures and recites his spell openning the magical corridor like a big tunnel into the unknown.

They were convinced by Troyus Machistes to honor Oedilus Cabanis’s dead and deliver the Letter from Caesonia Scipio Machiste to Troyus Machiste. Behind they leave the tropical jungles of Ierendi Island, and the caravan exit the corridor in a different landscape of hills and grasslands. As the corridor closes behind them they see a big fire on the grassland, a few holes on the ground and hear strange sounds from behind the hills. Their two prisoners Xaphira and Benedetto Difusallo closely watched.

Gargantuan creatures sprout from holes on the ground and a larger one broke the ground in a big expllosion. Gargantuan Monstrous Centipedes and a Purple Worm were attacking the caravan.

The group fought back and Xaphira tried to use the commotion to cast an illusion spell and escape, but Axetor was watching her and noticed the trick alerting the group and avoiding the escape.

Two armies came from behind the hills, both are armeis of the Thyatian Empire. One is an army of centaurs under the command of Centurion Okelucios Nalister and the other is composed of minotaurs under the command of Centurion Merkosasso. They are both mad at the interruption provoked by the caravan on their wargames. So they bring them to a camp were Commander Kanaga Shigetsuna is mader than them and arrest everyone. He sends the Band of the Wolf without allowing them to speak to the city of Waping Piao to be incarcelated by someone called Captain Pos Lio.

Because he isn’t a Gaijin and knows the proper ettiquete, Yoshirou Nakajima is allowed to speak before the captain of the City Guard. He explains the purpose of their trip and frees them. " I will keep your papers until we are able to clear everything up with Commander Shigetsuna. You are allowed to find an inn, and do what yoy want but don’t leave the city. "

Pos Lio tells Yoshirou that he knows his surname, and he knows his family. He tells him to go visit his mother who is right now a guest of the Province Governor and is staying in a mansion inside the Waping Piao Government Halls near by. When Yoshirou goes to see Kimiko Takahashi she receives him: " Is time you came back to honor your brother’s death. "

Encounters:
Average Encounters CR: 12
Xaphira
Purple Worm
Garganuan Mounstrous Centipede (x4)
Diplomacy checks

Wealth:
_ Treasures Found:
Xaphira‘s Reward 8,000gps
Benedetto Difusallo’s Reward 5,000gps
_ Total Wealth: 13,000gps
_ Wealth per Adventurer: 1,000gps
_ Other Treasures: N/A

Experience:
_ Adventure XP: 1802xp
_ Adventure XP Awards:
__ Sam Award:N/A
__ Bilbo Award: N/A
__ Éowyn Award: N/A

Characters:
Average Party Level: 10
Daero of Alfmyr
Troyus Bloodstone
Nathaniel J. Flint
Yoshirou Nakajima
Raizak Derek
Dio Stoutspark
Veitor Broskar
Frutumal Huntinghawk
Carceran Sunreaver
Merkel Duncan
Axetor Stonecutter
Maiavel of Alfmir
Cliona Cassidor Sulescu

Extra:
NOTE: Fell free to add comments to this Adventure Log Entry with information about the adventure from the point of view of your character. Each log that helps document the adventure receives a 25xp award.

To the reader: Additional material describing this adventure could be found in the individual logs of some characters: Adventures.

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Ochalean Honor

Ochalean Honor
XP = 2703
Time:
Mystara Calendar
Duration: 4 days and 4 nights
Finished on: Lunadain the 22th of the month of Fyrmont of the year 1032 After the Coronation of the First Emperor of Thyatis (AC)

Synopsis:
Viikker Travelmarch recomends the Band of the Wolf to stay put until the hearing with Captain Pos Lio is solved. They must follow the law of Waping Piao.
The complete Band of the Wolf was able to present themselves in front of Captain Pos Lio and recover their papers.

Each one of the procedures take about an hour of reading papers, laws and even presenting witnesses.

“ On the accounts of sedition and disrupting the war exercise that were presented by Commander Kanaga Shigetsuna, the Band of the Wolf are found not guilty of the first one. A fine of 500gps for disrupting the war exercise are reduced to 100gps. They were found to be unknown of the event and the fine will cover expenses related to the war efforts. This document has been approved and signed by Honorable Province Governor Guin Po. The document is pending waiting for the signature of Commander Kanaga Shigetsuna. “

“ Once removed the charges of sedition, the Band of the Wolf have their confiscated papers verified by the Government Offices of Waping Piao. The documents, as required by law, have been approved and signed by Captain Pos Lio. They are to be returned to the travelling mercenaries at this moment. Except for their travelling papers who are to be kept in this office pending the signing of Commander Shigetsuna of the absolution of the previous charges. The Band of the Wolf can travel the Celestial Territories but are prohibited to leave the area until these procedures are completed and their travelling papers are returned. Their papers have been reviewed to avoid any misunderstanding on the part of the Band of the Wolf. The Celestial Territories are not wilderness that could be travel without the proper documentation. Next time you should enter using a port or using a Magical Corridor directly to Beitung. “

“ The reputation of the Band of the Wolf is considered upon these proceedings. The prisoners of the Band of the Wolf and the correspondent documentation has been verified, approved and signed by Captain Pos Lio. A reward of 8,000gps will be paid immediately to the Band of the Wolf for the criminal Xaphira, and another reward of 5,000gps for the criminal Benedetto Difusallo will be paid in a week. A letter has been sent upon to the Tribunal of Beitung to verify the claim made by the Kingdom of Karameikos. We are waiting for their response. The evidence presented and the charges presented has been used to calculate the reward. “ [ GM Note: This gold is no extra gold. It has already been register at the Adventure Log for To Trap a Cat inside a Box. ]

Other Tasks completed:

  • Yoshirour completed the three tasks asked by her mother Lady Kimiko Takahashi when he took time to train with his nephew Kaduki Nakajima.
  • Yoshirour and Troyus got permits from Waping Piao Government Halls‘s Customs and Assessments Office ( Daidoji Higashiyama ) to use the Waping Piao Government Halls’s Waping Piao Hall of Records ( Win Po ).
  • Troyus searchs a massive ammount of documents of land owners to find Troyus Machistes or at least the papers were Chaei Tun The White sold to Troyus Machistes his land on the Celestial Territories only to find none. The wise old man in charge Win Po tells Troyus: " An old wise Province Governor gave a special tax concesion to the villages of the Rakastas were they are owners of their own land in return they have to keep the monsters of the Jungle of the Tiger Men at bay. " He also confesses to Troyus: " A woman with karameikan accent and smell of perfurmes and arcane spellpouch was here with a paper from the Thyatian Empire Military. They were also looking for Troyus Machistes. "
  • Axetor, Merkel and Raizak try to discover any relation between the ochaleans that were spying on them and the makai dress as an ochalean that wanted to kidnap Raizak. What they discover was that " SECRET: Without nobody knowing in Ierendi, Keoni and Sao Feng are business partners and owners of a import and export merchantile business called the The Happy Islander. People believe that Keoni attacks ships o Ochalea to get their cargo and sell it in Ierendi City and Specularum but in reality he has a legitimate business in the city of Waping Piao with 2 more wifes and 10 sons. " Keoni makes a pack with Raizak, he will keep his secret and Keoni would not cut the testicles of all the members of the Band of the Wolf. And he will help Raizak with his project on Lighthouse Shipyard.
  • Keoni also tells them some info about the shadow organizations on Waping Piao and Celestial Territories:
    Clan Sheeastas – small and weak.
    Yingshu Dang The Shadow Hand and Crescent Moon – big and dangerous, work for however pays them
    Shar-Pei Mercenaries – work for however pays them
    Demon Cults – The most dangerous leader of the Demon Cults, Kana is located on the Celestial Territories. She was in league with Clan Sheeastas and had conspire against high ranking officers of the government of Ochalea.
  • Daero and Maiavel try to discover who were spying on the Band of the Wolf, and tried and ambush on one of the people that were spying on them. The person was some kind of ninja and escaped.
  • Raizak makes contact with the Great Master Moi Tun Po of the Waping Piao Alchemy Halls and gets a permit to use his magic on the place as long as he respects the others and specialy the Great Master. ( He must start every day of craft with a Diplomacy check ).
  • Shima Rebellion The group discover that: The government and military of the Thyatian Empire and the Archiduchy of Ochalea haven’t accepted that there is a rebellion on Ochalea. General Kanaga Shigetsuna had gotten some legislation help from the Thyatian Senate do do a hunt of the insidius rebells. He believes the rebels are hiding in the Celestial Territories and has make arrests on the area around Waping Piao. He also arrested the crew of The Walrus and confiscated ship and cargo under charges of smuggling weapons.
  • GM NOTE: Please comment below if I miss somethig else.

Encounters:
Average Encounters CR: 10
Character Interation checks
Investigation checks
Cultural checks
Keoni’s diplomacy
Ninjas?!?

Wealth:
_ Treasures Found: N/A
_ Total Wealth: N/A
_ Wealth per Adventurer: N/A
_ Other Treasures: N/A
Characters have to record the cost of stay for them and their mount (the same as the character) depending on the inn they are staying and the Food, Drink, and Lodging price. The expenses will be for 5 PbP days and 4 days played on the game session.

Experience:
_ Adventure XP: 2703xp
_ Adventure XP Awards:
__ Sam Award:N/A
__ Bilbo Award: N/A
__ Éowyn Award: N/A

Characters:
Average Party Level: 10
Daero of Alfmyr
Troyus Bloodstone
Yoshirou Nakajima
Raizak Derek
Veitor Broskar
Frutumal Huntinghawk
Carceran Sunreaver
Merkel Duncan
Axetor Stonecutter
Maiavel of Alfmir

Extra:
NOTE: Fell free to add comments to this Adventure Log Entry with information about the adventure from the point of view of your character. Each log that helps document the adventure receives a 25xp award.

To the reader: Additional material describing this adventure could be found in the individual logs of some characters: Adventures.

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Rusianus Parade

Rusianus Parade
XP = 3003
Time:
Mystara Calendar
Duration: 2 days and 2 nights
Finished on: Loshdain the 27th of the month of Fyrmont of the year 1032 After the Coronation of the First Emperor of Thyatis (AC)

Synopsis:
Viikker Travelmarch and the Band of the Wolf have a dinner the day before the parade when they all narrate the events that have happen to each one on the last 17 days on the streets of Waping Piao. [GM NOTE: These stories are the PbP on Lets order another round ]

The hearing with Captain Pos Lio started sharp at dawn. Ji Kassa and her servant/lovers is there. She greets Flint and Merkel and is ‘delighted’ of meeting Yoshirou who is also there in his quality as an aristocract. The law of Waping Piao proceeds to read charges and do a small burocratic shame of Ji Kassa for not comming forward to claim her cargo before.

Official hearing on the Waping Piao Government Halls, Captain Pos Lio preceding. Charges of smuggling 900gps on Alphatian Ale inside the alphatian merchant ship The Walrus.
Cargo Value (900gps) 900
Alphatia Import Tax (15%) 135
Penalty Fee (25%) 225
Law Penalty Fee (100gps) 100
Government Warehouse Cost for one 1.5 months (1%) 13.5
Government Port Cost for one ship 1.5 months (1sp/day) 4.2
Prison Cost for 100 sailors for 1.5 months (1sp/day) 15
Total Cargo Cost and Fees (gps) 1392.7

Ji Kassa pays the total ammount and meets with Flint, Merkel and Yoshirou in her cart to receive the pay from Flint. He pays. She was about to leave when Merkel asked for the second part of the deal. " I was toying with you. " She gives them a guide who can take them to the Village of Nimshi. A creature that resembles a white house cat with two tails. Neku the Bakaneko. Ji Kassa gives them a bak with 30 beef jerks and instructions to feed one of them each day at dusk. She speaks to the Bakaneko: " Now you are no longer my problem. "

Ji Kassa explains that she is a native of Nimshi and that the father of Chaei Tun The White lives there. This man hates her because he believes Ji Kassa perverted Chaei and made him leave the village to travel the world.

The members of the Band of the Wolf separated, Merkel was placed in charge of Neku. They went to different parts of the city to see the Thyatian Parade. Who will enter the city using the west gate and will end in the Waping Piao Military Quarters.

Frutumal and Patriarch Yakius Shanginus are ready to be in the last part of the parade when General Rusianus Vladetronus changes the order and places the religous part of the parade just behind his unit.

The parade starts and the people of Waping Piao are not happy. A second parade that was guided by members of the Benevolent Order of Chang Dangsu intercepted the Thyatian Militar Parede of the General and claimed for the rights of the ochaleans and against the abusses of the General. Incluying the insult of making this a religious parade without includying any ochalean religion or immortal symbol.

The following actions were made by the Band of the Wolf’s members:
Frutumal tried to calm General Rusianus Vladetronus without success he was ‘awarded’ 25 lashes. General Vladetronus ordered a charge to disperse the insurgents.
Captain Pos Lio ordered the city guard to protect the rich and the government of the Waping Piao Sun Quarters and the Waping Piao Government Halls.
Yoshirou convinced a palace guard named Mau Tang to open the doors of the Waping Piao Sun Quarters and led poor people of the city enter to safety. Cliona was able to move ochaleans to the Sun Quarters.
An Assassin shot a normal ochalean arrow to the General and an arrow with magic that exploded the head of the Monk leading the peaceful manifestation. Raizak was able to see that they look like the karameikan female wizard from the Secret Unit of the General that Frutumal described.
Troyus and Veitor saved a bunch of ochalean cookers at The Seven Monks by holding a door against Minotaurs!!
Merkel escaped with Neku to a safer place.
Dio moved the thyatian clerical procession to the Waping Piao Government Halls.
Flint used improved invisibility to trip minotaurs and slow the masacre.
Spells cast by Raizak and Frutumal calmed the people and slowed the massacre making it end faster and saving many people.

After the parade:
Troyus, Veitor and Cliona are no longer seen as Gaijin and the – 4 penalty is removed. The people will be softer to them for saving many lives.
Yoshirou organizes and pays for a food drive for the families of the people killed in the masacre. He expends 50gps.
Merkel is able to make Neku talk by eating one of her beef jerks and making her cooperate. Neku tells them to travel to the Village of Lasimar.
The Crew of The Walrus was released and Captain James Flint pays his son 400gps for helping them and will take the Band of the Wolf and their horses to the Village of Lasimar.
Patriarch Yakius Shanginus spoke to Frutumal " You have been played by the General. He claims that you organized the religious elements that insulted the people of Waping Piao. He will use you as a scapegoat if word of his attack reaches the capital and his reputation is in jeopardy. The General has another card up his sleeve as he has received word from the capital that Patriarch Hythus Phorous of Kingdom of Karameikos accused Frutumal of insubordination and gave him a bad reputation.

  • GM NOTE: Please comment below if I miss somethig else.

Encounters:
Average Encounters CR: 10
Viikker Travelmarch‘s toast
Court of Waping Piao with Captain Pos Lio
An aristocrat named Ji Kassa with a small cat named Neku the Bakaneko
Minotaurs, Centaurs, Monks and a thousand people’s mob of Ochaleans

Wealth:
_ Treasures Found: N/A
_ Total Wealth: N/A
_ Wealth per Adventurer: N/A
_ Other Treasures: N/A
Characters have to record the cost of stay for them and their mount (the same as the character) depending on the inn they are staying and the Food, Drink, and Lodging price. The expenses will be for the PbP days and 2 days played on the game session.

Experience:
_ Adventure XP: 3003xp
_ Adventure XP Awards:
__ Sam Award: 100xp (awarded to selected characters marked with * who participated on the PbP)
__ Bilbo Award: N/A
__ Éowyn Award: N/A

Characters:
Average Party Level: 10
Troyus Bloodstone *
Yoshirou Nakajima *
Raizak Derek *
Nathaniel J. Flint *
Veitor Broskar
Frutumal Huntinghawk *
Merkel Duncan *
Cliona Cassidor Sulescu
Dio Stoutspark

Axetor Stonecutter * (he only takes the 100xp for the PbP)

Extra:
NOTE: Fell free to add comments to this Adventure Log Entry with information about the adventure from the point of view of your character. Each log that helps document the adventure receives a 25xp award.

To the reader: Additional material describing this adventure could be found in the individual logs of some characters: Adventures.

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