Godsday, 4 Ready’reat CY 595 (continued)
(The following indicates events the party were not a part of on the surface, but which they learned from the garrison and from Allustan Neff when they returned:)
Around 9:30am, earthquake was felt all over Diamond Lake.
Collapses in Dourstone Mine proper (eighth, bottom, level), killing 2 and trapping 13 more (presumed dead). Collapses also in secret wing of Dourstone mine. Dourstone, Lordren and Carr leave the collapsed to their fates and focus a team of 5 guards and 20 miners on excavation of temple.
Collapses in Deepspike Mine. 1 of 4 soldiers there trapped way back by hole. 3 others trapped closer to surface, started digging out.
Collapse of the new wing of Neff Manor (under construction). Lanod Neff was inspecting the work at the time and was injured, along with 4 workers.
Collapses across breadth of the Boneyard. Mausoleums fall in, gravestones crack. The temple/mausoleum home of the Cult of the Green Lady crumbles to the ground.
Freak collapse of the church of St. Cuthbert. Jierian Wierus was scourging himself while sermonizing to the masses when he suddenly made an awful hollow sound and his eyes glowed with sick green light. “It has risen! The sky will open!” he cried and then the earthquake happened. Mass chaos, people fled. Church fell in on itself, killing Wierus. Miraculously, none of the crowd was killed (27 injured). Mob mourned, then began to get riot-y.
At the garrison, Valkus Dunn went up to the walls when the earthquake began to survey the town. An aftershock caught him off-guard and he was knocked off the wall, where he fell on some jagged rocks. Broke his neck and shattered his skull.
The Standing Stones north of town fell over.
Many other random injuries and the like around Diamond Lake…
Around 10:00am, things got out of control.
Allustan, having received word of his brother’s injury, was up at Neff Manor. Lanod was being tended, but Allustan could see trouble brewing down in the square.
Down on the Vein, the mob of 100+ violent Cuthbertites was getting really, really wound up. Passersby got dragged into melees. Shops began closing. Sheriff Cubbin and his goon squad went out to try to calm things down, but they were mostly battered around/knocked out. Mob moved up to the garrison.
Rioters took advantage of the chaos on the Vein and distraction of Cubbin to break Kullen and others out of jail.
Childramun was helping garrison soldiers bring Dunn’s body inside for honor, etc.
Around 10:30am, riot moved up the hill.
Mob reached garrison and it was ugly. 4 soldiers were injured (including Childramun), 19 civilians were killed. “Siege” of sorts started.
Around 11:30am, the “big guns” were called-in.
Allustan, finally certain that Lanod would survive, went over to check out situation at garrison.
Cubbin turned to the Ashborn and told them to ‘take care’ of the rioters.
Ashborn reached rioters. Auric spoke to the crowd and tried to calm them down, but angry soldiers on the wall only exacerbated things. Khelleck tossed in a fireball. Allustan tried to speak, but no one would listen to him. Auric and Khelleck fought with the rioters. While Allustan was on the edges of the fray, trying to figure out how to handle this, Tirra got behind him. “Tell us where the boys have been going.” Allustan: “Which boys?” Tirra: “I’ve seen them at your place.” Allustan: “I don’t know. They won’t tell me.” Tirra: “Sure.” And then she stabbed him in the back, leaving him unconscious and bleeding out.
Riot eventually wound down. Ashborn bugged-out. Mob dispersed and let soldiers take Allustan into the garrison for care.
Around noon, missives were sent by the PCs:
Allustan and Veliaus Childramun, lying side-by-side in the garrison infirmary, were visited by identical birds who left notes on their chests and then vanished.
Around 12:30pm, 3 of the Deepspike soliders freed themselves.
Garrison soldiers not involved with keep defense, clean-up or tending to wounded were sent down to help excavate at Deepspike Mine.
Tolliver Trask sent a soldier to each of the mine mangers to get status reports on the mines.
Around 4:00pm, final Deepspike solider was freed.
Garrison cheered saving at least one life… but civilians from town were starting to bring wounded up to the garrison – no one else left in town with divine power.
Tolliver Trask commandeered Benazel’s small supply of healing potions in the name of Greyhawk and got Velias back on his feet. At this time, Velias read his letter and shared contents with Trask.
By 4pm, all of the soldiers sent to the mine managers checked in. The last two to report were a) the one sent to Dourstone’s, who was given a run-around by Gerrald, the administrator. Yes, there had been a collapse, but the miners themselves were on it and didn’t need aid, etc. Solider asked to see, made to wait, finally felt that something fishy was up and returned to garrison. b) the one sent to Smenk was told that Smenk was riding out to inspect his mines, so he got on horseback and followed the trail he was told Smenk was taking. Caught up to him and it seems like all 4 of Smenk’s mines suffered no incident.
Around 4:30pm, Allustan’s note was read…
Childramun and Trask discussed developments, read letters (including Allustan’s) and decided they needed to move in force down to Dourstone’s. A force was mustered.
Around 5:00pm, conflict at Dourstone mines.
Dourstone broke through to secret passage. Found elevator ruined and shaft downward a dangerous descent. Only had digging gear, no climbing gear.
Trask arrived at Dourstone mine with Dobrun Trent and 16 experienced militiamen.
Conflict, fight in “secret hallway.” 2 militia killed, 3 miners killed.
Around 5:30pm, stalemate.
Dourstone had passage collapsed to buy time to think.
OVERNIGHT – militia dug, Dourstone waited for word from below or death from above, torn by helplessness and indecision and impotent rage.
Waterday, 5 Ready’reat CY 595
Around 8:00am, Allustan revives after a night of long-term care in the garrison. Learns news, heads down to Dourstone Mine and arrives there around 8:30
(The following picks up during actual game-play)
Athena scouted out the shaft passage to the secret door and discovered Ragnolin Dourstone, Lordren, four dwarven guards, and 17 starving, exhausted, and overworked miners trapped in the passage.
All of the party except Jane drank potions of gaseous form and floated up to the edge of the broken elevator shaft wearing cultist robes, and Tyrrell wore the mask of the Faceless One. Jane transformed into Athena and flew up behind them. Dourstone was enraged when he saw the masked figure and made ready to attack. The gaseous forms floated forward as if to meet the challenge, though Tyrrell raised his mask, further confusing the desperate dwarf. Knowing her companions would be unable to speak as long as they were gaseous, and unable to escape without the potions’ effects, Athena transformed back into Jane and confronted Dourstone. He told a tale that perhaps wasn’t the entire truth, but enough to convince her that the Faceless One had charmed the unfortunate dwarf into aiding him all this time. With a stellar diplomacy check aided by her companions, she managed to convince Dourstone to let them go beyond the blocked passage and get help.
Jane stayed behind with the exhausted miners while the gaseous boys made their way through the collapse to find soldiers from the garrison digging from the other side. They are quickly collected by Dobrun Trent and taken to Tolliver Trask and Allustan Neff, who catch them up on events.
Riddle and Long Fist go to the infirmary at the garrison to help take care of the wounded. Scar-Eater and Tyrrell stay at the mine to help dig out the people within. By 6 pm, they finish the job and join Riddle and Long Fist at the garrison, taking back roads to avoid notice.
The party meets the wizard at his house at midnight
Earthday, 6 Ready’reat CY 595
Allustan shows the party Marzena’s Letter from Blackwall Keep. The party asks him about Jieran’s prophecy and show him the Faceless One’s scroll. Allustan demonstrates how Zosiel’s diadem prefers the out of doors.
The party returns to the mining shack for rest.
Jane performs a circle dance to locate the Ashborn, specifically Tirra. The spell points her due west, possibly in Greyhawk, where the Champions Games are typically held at the beginning of winter.
Around 9:30 am Amariss is buried in the Boneyard with the rest of her dead acolytes.
Around noon the party heads to the Diamond Lake garrison for Dourstone’s trial. Riddle uses his zone of truth scroll for the questioning. Dourstone claims to have been under magical compulsion the entire time of his cooperation with the Cult of the Ebon Triad, doing as he was told whether or not he thought it was right. In the end, Trask and Childramunn are obligated to let him go pending further investigation, but the party attempts to convince the dwarf that he could take a leadership role in the rebuilding of Diamond Lake.
After dark, the party reunites with Allustan and takes him to the Whispering Cairn. They show him the talisman of the sphere and he pretty much craps his pants. He advises the party to keep it hidden, and not in the Cairn, as none of them may remember where it is once they get a little older. Scar-Eater takes the horns and the talisman and puts them in a lead-lined box for taking with the party as they head south.
Riddle leaves a note at the Cairn, “Too late.”
The party, including Allustan, heads south about an hour.