Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
Solsantharis
 Player, 45 posts
 Solarian Spacefarer
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 19:32
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"Oh, sorry. I sort of thought your question was rhetorical," Sol answers. "If you haven't already and you think the computer will reveal it, then go ahead."
StarMaster
 GM, 99 posts
Thu 23 Apr 2020
at 00:44
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
After checking the computer in the temple, Phelar can find no signs of any other secret compartments in the temple. It only shows the one.

Turning her attention back to the box, she is able to figure out the puzzle to opening it. It takes moving seven different sections in a certain sequence to unlock the box.

Once unlocked, she opens it. Rather than finding something in the box, she discovers that the box IS the treasure--it's a Starfinder--an interstellar Pathfinder. It has a compass in the middle, and there are four indentations in the corners.
Phelar Morilla
 player, 86 posts
 Human Dream Prophet
 Phrenic Adept/Technomancr
Thu 23 Apr 2020
at 08:16
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"...oh, wow. I think I found the clue, and the treasure." Phelar said as she examined the Starfinder more closely.
Ciani Keiss
 player, 1 post
 Xenoseeker Envoy
Mon 27 Apr 2020
at 05:21
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
The embrace was long, hard, and comforting. Ciani wanted to stay in the warmth of that embrace for an eternity, but knew deep down it was not to last. The two of them separated and let out small, embarrassed laughs as they both realized they were wiping tears from their eyes.

“Be safe and may Desna guide you my dearest one.”

Ciani smiled a heartfelt smile in response. “I will Medoni, I most certainly will. I have had the most relaxing time here, and I thank you. Every time I come back; I am renewed with your spirit.”

“Well, come back with joyful news of discovery and wonder next time.” The Medoni smiled a knowing smile which Ciani interpreted with astute acknowledgement.

“I will Medoni.” Ciani held her head just a bit lower revealing the truth of what she had been through and the baggage she had brought back with her to the door of her mentor. The three “Vault” experiences had worn her psyche down and she had found herself falling into the arms of her mentor for support and guidance. The past six months had been a time of deep, inner, personal reflection that had brought her back from the precipice of abandonment to the very ideals and philosophies that she had always grown up with, that she had been taught, that she had sworn to be a disciple of. She owed her upbringing and now rebirth to the dearest one in all creation; her mentor. “Thank you for everything.”

“My pleasure dear, now go. They await you at the gate.”

Ciani picked up her things and headed towards the gate. Three floating platforms followed her laden with her extra essentials and extra supplies for the ship. The Gate Controller, Raiyiri, held up a hand indicating for Ciani to stay where she was. Raiyiri fiddled with the controls and the stones embedded in the archway that created the “elf gate” began to glow.

The Aiudara is a wonderful device of magic and technology, and what Ciani loved most about this one particular aiudara gate here in the Qabarat Gateway District was hearing the splendor of singing that actually activated this gate. Ciani closed her eyes and felt the beautiful melody engulf the area as the doors to the archway shimmered and began to open. She opened her eyes and nodded to Raiyiri and slowly walked towards the beckoning gateway. Starhawk, here I come.

The Medoni smiled but held her concerns to herself as she watched her star pupil vanish through the portal along with three palates of supplies. She is still so young and naïve, she thought to herself. May Desna guide her towards maturity.

In the blink of an eye, Ciani stepped away from the aiudara gate and found herself in what had to be a cargo bay of the Kevolari vessel, Starhawk.  After introductions, and the explanation of where her essentials might be going, she was led to the bridge. She still had no idea where her stuff would be or whom she might be bunking, which worried her as she entered through the hatch and into the area known as the bridge. She made her introductions with protocol and grace, her training ever apparent as she greeted them all.

Ciani inquired as to where most of the crew was and was informed they were on the surface of the planet. Well I might as well introduce myself. She was handed a comm for her personal use, although she could have talked through any of the devices on the ship. Ciani took a big breath, swallowed hard and began to speak to the away team below. You can do this, she encouraged herself. You have guided those around you in tactical starship battles, you have survived the games on Eox, and have come face to face with your own fears deep in the shafts of the Vault. You can do this. You are a Wayfinder.

“Away team. This is Ciani Keiss, newly arrived and newly appointed Ambassador to the crew of the Starhawk.” Her voice cracked just a bit, but she continued on. “I greet you with open palms. Tell me of your findings, and advise me on how can I help with your mission.”

Zenith
 NPC, 20 posts
 Damaya Ace Pilot Operativ
 Captain
Mon 27 Apr 2020
at 15:36
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"Welcome aboard, Ciana Keiss," the captain said to her when she reached the bridge. "I am Captain Zenith."

"As you may have been informed already, we do not know how long the aiudara will be able to reach the ship, so we try to resupply with every stop we make, as much as to test the gate as to get supplies and rotate out the crew as needed."

"As the rest of the crew already have assigned ship positions, you'll be on the Away Team, however many teams there might be and however many may be needed on a given team. Sometimes, that'll include remaining on the ship to coordinate the Away Team activities."

"Right now, they've been exploring a temple to Toma Thule on this very strange planet. If you feel ready to join them, they have requested a blacklight projector. So, would you mind taking it to them?"

Solsantharis
 Player, 46 posts
 Solarian Spacefarer
Mon 27 Apr 2020
at 15:42
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
At Ciana's communication, which Sol found odd that it penetrated the temple walls, he activated his own comm unit and replied.

"This is Solsantharis on the Away Team. We're inside the temple and found a Starfinder device. However, since we found a secret message on the ceiling of the last temple, we suspect there might be one here as well. I suggested it might be revealed only under blacklight, so we need a projector. Would you mind bringing it to us?"
Ciani Keiss
 player, 4 posts
 Xenoseeker Envoy
Mon 27 Apr 2020
at 20:56
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"I will bring it down right away. Thank you, Solsantharis." Ciani turned back to the Captain. "Thank you so very much for the warm welcome, Captain Zenith. I hope to be an asset. Now if you could direct me to the black light projector I would appreciate it."

Ciani paused for a brief second. She looked down at her ambassador whites she had on and realized she needed to change into her lashunta armor. "Oh, and if I might intrude, I probably need to change. Could you tell me where my quarters are and whom I might be bunking with?

(OOC - This is mostly for roleplay to see who she might be bunking with. There might be some fun conversations that come out of this.)
StarMaster
 GM, 102 posts
Tue 28 Apr 2020
at 21:17
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
Ciani has been assigned to the same room as Ashina… one crew with one Away Team. The thinking there is that they won't often be in the room at the same time.

The shuttle has already been brought up to the ship, and the blacklight projector is in the cargo bay.

After Ciani changes clothes, picks up the projector, and boards the shuttle, it drops back to the surface near the temple.

Those in the temple have to open the door to let Ciani in.
Phelar Morilla
 player, 89 posts
 Human Dream Prophet
 Phrenic Adept/Technomancr
Tue 28 Apr 2020
at 22:32
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
As the other continue to talk on the radio Phelar continues to fiddle with the Starfinder. Trying to figure out how it works, as well as what it was hidden and trapped where it was. It has to be a clue in of itself.
Ciani Keiss
 player, 5 posts
 Xenoseeker Envoy
Thu 30 Apr 2020
at 18:39
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
Ciani stepped out of the shuttle and squinted her eyes against the sun. She cradled the blacklight projector in the nook of her arm and peered at what looked like a pyramid. Another monument to a past unknown, she thought.

Movement caught her attention and she realized there seemed to be a base camp. Ciani approached the camp and the Lashunta whom she assumed was in charge. "Hello, I'm Ciani. New to the Starhawk." Ciani pointed to the temple. "I'm supposed to be bringing this projector to the away team. Can I find them in there?"

OOC - I'm hoping this text is for Soneau. I believe she was still left at the base camp. If not, I will be more than happy to edit.
Soneau
 player, 52 posts
 Damaya Icon Operative
Sat 2 May 2020
at 21:59
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"Hello. I'm Soneau," the woman responds to Ciani. "Yes, I've been monitoring the communications, although I didn't expect to see someone new."

"Go on up… they're expecting you."

StarMaster
 GM, 103 posts
Sat 2 May 2020
at 22:10
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
Phelar doesn't know about Wayfinders or their advanced cousins, the Starfinders, but she does know about a compass, which is what the center of this Starfinder is.

She can 'delve' into the interior workings of it, however, because it's a computer-like mechanism. It's both sophisticated and primitive, and she soon realizes that this is a very old device.

She also realizes that there is a small cover in the center over another indentation. Like the other four, it can hold an ioun stone. But it can also be used to hold some other substance, such as a pinch of gold dust, and the compass will then point to the nearest gold. Unfortunately, it doesn't tell you how far away the gold might be, or how much.
Ciani Keiss
 player, 7 posts
 Xenoseeker Envoy
Mon 4 May 2020
at 17:26
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"Yes, it was rather sudden for me as well." It had been rather sudden. A knock on the door, a respectful meeting, and a sudden goodbye to her mentor. These sudden "requests" were becoming more and more the norm; well ever since she took up the mantle of a Wayfinder.

"Thank you for your help, Soneau." Ciani nodded for she could not cup her hands in response due to the projector she was carrying.

It was a rather massive monument and the climb up the steps was a bit more than she had expected. Yet, once on top, she took a moment to look around at the landscape around her. She breathed it in, the wonder and the majesty of seeing a new place. She smiled and thanked Desna for allowing her this exquisite moment.

"I'm here at the door, I believe." Ciani looked around and couldn't see another way in. "I have the projector, but I think someone is going to have to let me in."
Phelar Morilla
 player, 91 posts
 Human Dream Prophet
 Phrenic Adept/Technomancr
Mon 4 May 2020
at 20:06
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"Someone is outside the door. A new team member." She says, without having ever heard the communicator or looked towards the door. She seems to be examining the Starfinder very closely, having delved into it like she can a computer.

"It's computer tells me it can hold an Ioun stone, in these spots. But in this center spot, it can hold an ioun stone, or something else and it will help us find that something else by pointing to the nearest thing of the type of item I put in it." She said in thought, then she cocked her head to one side. She then considered for a moment, if that was true putting a drop of her blood in should point it right to her. In theory. So she pricks her finger, and placed a drop of her blood in the compartment.
Solsantharis
 Player, 47 posts
 Solarian Spacefarer
Mon 4 May 2020
at 23:03
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
Sol walks over to the door and disengaged the latch that kept it secure. He then pulls the door open.

"Greetings," he says to Ciani. "I am Solsantharis."

After she enters, he closes and latches the door again, explaining as he does.

"In the last temple, there was a clue on the ceiling that we could only see in the dark. We tried that here, too, but could not see anything."

"It occurred to me that a clue thus concealed might be revealed with blacklight. So, thank you for bringing the projector."

StarMaster
 GM, 104 posts
Tue 5 May 2020
at 17:01
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
When Phelar puts a drop of her blood into the center compartment and closes the lid of it, there's a flash of light and the compass spins wildly for a few seconds before slowing down and finally coming to a stop... pointing directly at Phelar.
Phelar Morilla
 player, 92 posts
 Human Dream Prophet
 Phrenic Adept/Technomancr
Tue 5 May 2020
at 19:04
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"It works." Phelar said with a simple nod. "That means if we had some piece of Golarion, it would at least give us a relative direction."
Ciani Keiss
 player, 8 posts
 Xenoseeker Envoy
Wed 6 May 2020
at 18:45
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
Ciani entered into the temple listening attentively to Solsantharis' greeting and explanation of what was being attempted. She handed the projector to Solsantharis and then gave her Ambassadorial greeting. She grasped her hands together, (very similar to the "tea with jam and bread hand gesture in The Sound of Music,) and then let her right hand wrap around and underneath her left hand so her left lay comfortably in the palm of her right. Her left palm was up in greeting, showing deference, showing she had nothing in her hands and the gesture also signified a welcoming, that she was ready to receive anything from the person she was speaking with, such as one would when receiving communion. The palm of her left hand began to glow ever so slightly, as that was the place where the Wayfinder/Starfinder symbol was placed as when she accepted the gift of initiation into the Starfinders.

"Greetings and a pleasure," she recited back to him, as she did the gesture. Her head then snapped over to another creature in the room, a human by the look of her, as Ciani realized the human was peering down at what seemed to be an artifact.

A slight breath escaped her lips. "By Desna's guidance!" Ciani's eyes went wide. She had only heard of the item that now rested in the hands of the human. An artifact that Starfinders and Wayfinders the galaxy over could only dream about. It was a compass. A compass that could lead you to...

"Did you find that here? A piece of Golarion!" She turned around to look at all the others. "I was told just a fragment of your mission, but I had no idea you were really looking for Golarion!" She then spun around looking closely at the temple. "Is this a Golarian Temple?"
Solsantharis
 Player, 48 posts
 Solarian Spacefarer
Thu 7 May 2020
at 22:40
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"It appears to be a temple to Toma Thule," Sol replies to Ciani, "based on the litany carved into the outside stair risers in Terran."

"I'm not really sure how to confirm that. I suppose, if someone on the ship was a worshipper of Toma Thule, they could attempt to commune with the deity. Off hand, though, I don't know of anyone that does."

"On the other hand, I'm not sure that's even relevant. Clearly, some sort of trail was left so that Golarion could be found again. We don't know what the intent of that was. It's also possible that the expectation was that we would have found it sooner. Unfortunately, the document that was found had been lost for centuries."



He takes the projector from Ciani, looks around for the best place to place it to aim at the ceiling, and then places it on the floor, directs it upward.
StarMaster
 GM, 105 posts
Sat 16 May 2020
at 17:37
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
Once the temple interior is darkened and the projector set up and turned on, symbols do appear on the ceiling. At first, it just looks like nonsense... possibly graffiti, but realizing that it wasn't going to be something as simple as Common instructions like 'go here', it starts to take on some meaning. There are two circles of symbols written around the perimeter of the dome. There are two types of symbols that seem to be intermixed. One is mathematical symbols and the other is a language.

Somewhat oddly, Phelar can find no trace of any of these in the temple's computer.
Ciani Keiss
 player, 10 posts
 Xenoseeker Envoy
Sun 17 May 2020
at 20:31
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"Well by Desna! I didn't know you were on such a mission!" Ciani looked dumbfounded and amazed as she peered down at the compass. "We studied the texts on such a device but never in a million years would I have ever dreamed to come across one in my lifetime." She smiled politely at the human holding the compass. "My name is Ciani. It is a pleasure to meet you."

Then the temple interior went dark and the projector was turned on. Symbols appeared on the ceiling. The mathematical symbols made no sense to her, but she tried desperately to understand the language. She did not know the language, but languages were her forte. Slowly she began to piece the symbols together to form a clause, a structure of some form. Symbols for subjects and objects and anything that remotely held them together in a sentence.


Ciani knows 7 languages at the present time and is gifted at languages. So for fun, even though you have already said we cannot find anything in the computer, I am rolling for anything I can glean from the language. Make the DC as high as you want! Page 139 starts with a DC of 30 to know intricate, exotic, or very old writing. Gonna try it! Just fun to roll!

29!! Ah, so close!!  Ciani Keiss rolled 23,6 using 1d20+10,d6.  To glean info from language. d6 is for expertise in Culture.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:36, Sun 17 May.

Phelar Morilla
 player, 93 posts
 Human Dream Prophet
 Phrenic Adept/Technomancr
Sun 17 May 2020
at 21:18
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"I am Phelar Morilla. At least that is what the computer in the temple where they found me said my name was." Said....her name was? Who is she? "I found the Starfinder, at least thats what it told me it was, in the compartment in the wall over there."

"The temples computer, nor the compasses, says anything about the symbols on the ceiling." Phelar is not touching the computer anymore, nor is she near it, yet she gleaned the information.

Phelar eventually stands and looks at the ceiling. Trying to see if she can decern anything from what she saw up there.

[OOC: Rolling some sckills here.

17:12, Today: Phelar Morilla rolled 21 using 1d20+7.  Culture.
Rolled: 21

17:13, Today: Phelar Morilla rolled 16 using 1d20+10.  Mysticism.
Rolled: 16

Also have a -5 to DC's to recall knowledge about Arcane Symbols and Magic Traditions.

17:16, Today: Phelar Morilla rolled 18 using 1d20+6.  Physical Science.

Not sure what other skills might be helpful but I have a lot of them. Plus, her visions if you want to go there.]

This message was last edited by the player at 21:19, Sun 17 May.

StarMaster
 GM, 106 posts
Mon 18 May 2020
at 01:37
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
It doesn't take much for Ciani and Phelar to both figure out that the language displayed is Terran, since they both saw it on the stairs outside.

It wasn't in the temple computer, but it was on the ship's computer.

Unfortunately, even after the computer translates it, it is still in code.

For some reason, each line was broken up into sections--about 25 characters then 25 mathematical symbols, repeating all the way around. On the second line, the characters were above the mathematical symbols and the math above the lettering.
Phelar Morilla
 player, 94 posts
 Human Dream Prophet
 Phrenic Adept/Technomancr
Mon 18 May 2020
at 03:32
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"It's a code. 25 characters and numbers. All repeat. Round and round. On the second line, the symbols and math above the letters." Phelar said as she twirled about pointing it all out. "None of it is in the temples computer though. Coordinates. Maybe coordinates for the next temple."
Solsantharis
 Player, 49 posts
 Solarian Spacefarer
Mon 18 May 2020
at 04:04
Adventure #3: Temple of Toma Thule
"It's not a scavenger hunt we're on, but a treasure hunt," Sol suggests. "Each clue we find leads us to the next clue."

"We've been wondering what the point is. The normal idea would be a test... to see if we're worthy. I'm beginning to think that it's more about whether we're ready for it. Not us personally, but all of Known Space."

"The general consensus isn't that the gods took Golarion, but they might know who or what did. Whenever one of their clerics communed with them, the cleric was told 'Don't ask'. Well, that's the gist of the story still going around after several hundred years."

"Anyway, those symbols and letters are the next clue. My guess is that they'll lead to one of the stones that needs to go into the starfinder."