End of the Road Tavern.   Posted by The Chronicler.Group: 0
Sebastian Kane
 player, 14 posts
Sun 8 Mar 2020
at 19:00
Re: End of the Road Tavern
With Moto having left the talk returned to what information was available on this Lich Lord they were supposed to recover the crown from.  Balen asked some good questions, but Lady Q had shot them down with no answers that would help. So, if we don't have information, we need to get it.

Kane looked around the room and his eyes fell on Ash, Ash, based off what you have been talking about you seem well suited to do a scouting mission.  If you need any spellcasting aid to help you I am certain someone here is more than capable of providing it.  What do you think?
Qudy al-Ma
 player, 25 posts
Sun 8 Mar 2020
at 19:19
Re: End of the Road Tavern
"The Lich Lord's servants and minions are likely undead. As such I do not think they'd be coming forth with useful information should we capture one." Qudy points out.

"The Lich Lord is probably a powerful spellcaster in their own right. Thus they may have at their disposal methods to remove any magic used. I'd assume any being powerful enough to be a Lich probably has permanent detect magic and such sensory enhancements." Qudy tells the others pausing a moment to gauge reaction.

"I might could slip in but it is not wise to send one. Magical items with single use of teleport or similar spells that would enable quick escape might be helpful." he suggests.
Balen
 player, 13 posts
Mon 9 Mar 2020
at 19:03
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Balen nodded with a grunt, "If we can get within a mile of the castle and lands of Kelazon's Hold, I can send my eyes in to scout. There are no wards that I know of aside from a dispelling screen or some such that would be counter to them. I can send them in the dark and they should be safe from both view and attack that way." (OOC: Greater Prying Eyes)

"Free willed undead can be made to talk with the right application of holy powers and other threats to their existence," he added to Qudy.

"I have no doubt it is a powerful spellcaster, the transition to lichdom requires such. You could go ask Moto if you have questions on that. Like... some others though, he may be a divine servant rather than an arcanist in its own right."

He looked to Death, "what do you know Lady? We're planning to send you some other souls who have long evaded your grasp. If you have information about the lich's abilities or defenses it would be helpful."
Qudy al-Ma
 player, 29 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2020
at 22:15
Re: End of the Road Tavern
"I don't have the power to travel to Moto's tower from here, well not in any expedite way. I suppose tying to get within a mile as you suggest is the best way. Might be fun to see you send your eyes, a bit  gross but interesting." Qudy responds.
The Chronicler
 GM, 47 posts
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 03:40
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Lady Quar'ssysn:
Looking her directly "What is it you want? No games for I don't have the time to play with you right now.


Death smiles sweetly, "I don't want anything. It is not built into my functionality. I'm simply bored and talking to you."

Balen:
"As to our plan, I would ask what information do we have on this Lich's lair or stronghold? Have we captured any of his servants to find a layout of the location or locations? Has any effort been made to use arcane or prying eyes or such divinations to spy out the locale? Or Scrying of any level?"


Death sips from her goblet. "He is one with his land. He'll know when you cross his boundary at a specific point. He won't know what you are or what you can do, just that you are there. So there will be a partial element of surprise for you. His defenses are the army hidden in with the people. You won't know the undead from the regular humans going about their daily lives. You may possibly remember who the vampires are if you familiarize yourself with their faces, as they only come out at night. Obviously. I can't tell you more. Sacred laws forbid me from doing so."
Lady Quar'ssysn
 player, 39 posts
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 17:52
Re: End of the Road Tavern
When Death was so kind to share information to the question appose to her by Balen she smiled at her as this was already information that Lady Quar'ssysn had already acquired but if it was something to help the others in understanding what or who they are about to go up against then so shall it be.

Not wanting to be in the Domain belong to Death too long she was hoping that the group would want to continue their conversation elsewhere.
Balen
 player, 18 posts
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 18:25
Re: End of the Road Tavern
"Hmph," Balen said at Death's reply. "Well, it seems unless we go there we're not going to get any good information on this place. I wonder... as a Lich if we don't find his phylactery, he will just reform and either once again take over the land, or come after each of us individually after the fact. Are there any clues where that might be hidden or will we chance to luck that it is somewhere within this realm?"
The Chronicler
 GM, 48 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 06:45
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Balen:
"Hmph," Balen said at Death's reply. "Well, it seems unless we go there we're not going to get any good information on this place. I wonder... as a Lich if we don't find his phylactery, he will just reform and either once again take over the land, or come after each of us individually after the fact. Are there any clues where that might be hidden or will we chance to luck that it is somewhere within this realm?"


"I guess you'll have to pray to Lady Luck that it all works out." Death replies.
Sebastian Kane
 player, 16 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 06:51
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Kane had forgotten all about a phylactery for the Lich Lord.  That could pose a problem for them all if they didn't find it and destroy it as well.  You are quite right Balen.  If we don't locate the phylactery there will be big problems later.  Balen, send your eyes ahead and see what you can.  In the meantime, we can make our way to Kelazon's Hold.  If anyone has a way to detect undead I suggest having it active.  If we can root out the vampires in the city first that could give us an upper hand in keeping our secret further.

What say you Lady Q?
  Kane asked finally and ready to leave this domain of death herself.
Lady Quar'ssysn
 player, 40 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 11:50
Re: End of the Road Tavern
It seems that there will be two phylactery needed to be discovered.  The Lich Lord and the Dracolich if only they were able to get more information on them it would help but once they are defeated and a part of their bodies is within grasp that could help in location with the right spell.

Looking to Kane "This is a dangerous mission I have asked for your help and I hope that we are successful in it.  The discovery of the corrupted silver dragon is new news and it took me by surprise. she said calmly.

"I will check for a good spell to keep active, it should help in detecting the Undeads.
Qudy al-Ma
 player, 31 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 19:34
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Qudy looking at the others discussing their spells has a suggestion "What about a spell that makes one invisible to undead. Relatively low level spell, would that not aid our efforts?"
Moto Trema
 player, 9 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 20:24
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Moto enters into the traven once more, holding a piece of parchment with ink and ink-pen. “A phylactery can be anything and anywhere, but likely something of great importance to the Lich, when he was of the living. The phylactery houses a Lich's soul and binds them. To make a phylactery one must be able to craft magical items of great power. The destruction of many magic items itself is also needed to make a fine arcane dust to mix with silver, then you can begin making the silver infused runes on the phylactery. These runes are of immortality, undeath, binding and your mortal name. Doing this hides your soul from death evermore, or until the phylactery is destroyed.”

“Once the phylactery made, a would-be lich must sacrifice a soul to the phylactery to prime it. This soul must be a powerful one or one of specific meaning to the lich, as in a family member, or so on. Then the would-be lich must make a potion of lichdom, mixed with poison, which takes seven nights to cook, to be competed on a moonless night. The mage then drinks the mixture and dies, to then raise again,having gained lichdom apotheosis.”

“What if the Naga crown is the Lich Lord's phylactery?”


Moto then put the parchment on the table. “I would like it agreed that when the job is done, we will be allowed to leave in peace, once we have collect even shares. I would also like my old...friend, Balen agree to return my magical items to my tower, if my body is destroyed in this adventure. Zara will also need safe passage.”

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Lady Quar'ssysn
 player, 41 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 20:42
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Lady Quar'ssysn was intrigued that Moto returned and gave his wisdom on the creation of a Lich.  "Don't a phylactery needs to be an item that can hold the soul?  The Crown was not made for holding such a thing. she replied to Moto's question about the crown.

"It is good to see that you returned.  And there will be peace now and afterwards as it should be. she looked at Zara "Of course you familiar will be protected if something happens to you.

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Ash
 player, 23 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 21:45
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Ash looked to Lady Q. to see her response to Moto's contractual request.  He intended to ignore it, because he held none in attendance with ill regard.  But, to the question of Lich Phylacteries...that was another matter.

"There is little chance that this Lich has his Phylactery on his head.  No, I wouldn't expect that in the least."  Ash had heard enough stories and interacted with enough undead hunters to know this much to be more than just conjecture.

"I'm not knowledgeable about a lot of topics, but I've got a keen eye.  I'm confident that I'll be able to pick out the living from the not-so-living.  I'm aware of an item that hides it's wearer from intelligent and non-intelligent undead alike.  I'm aware of an item that allows it's wearer to remotely view any known location.  But I do not have access to either of these, nor do I have a specific location where we could procure them quickly."

Ash shrugged motioned as if to say, so when and where do we head next?
Balen
 player, 19 posts
Fri 13 Mar 2020
at 03:53
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Balen's eyes hardened for just a moment when Moto trailed back into the tavern.

"Yes, you would know must of the process to lichdom wouldn't you...?" he said with a sigh.

He looked at the others briefly and gave a slight incline of his head. "I will do as you have requested should you fall in this endeavor. If it is within my power to do so. If you do the same for me. Should Zara survive your death, I will see her safely home."

"My eyes have to be released within the bounds of Kelazon's Hold if I'm to learn anything. Their maximum range is 1 mile."
Sebastian Kane
 player, 17 posts
Fri 13 Mar 2020
at 07:13
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Just as Kane was preparing to leave the place, Moto came striding back through the door.  It was unexpected to see him again but as Moto began to speak about the makings of a lich, Kane stopped what he was doing and listened intently.  He had known a bit about the process but of course, didn't know it down to this detail at all.  When Moto was finished Kane had a question.  What if we were able to destroy the phylactery first?  Would we still need to destroy the lich or would it destroy the lich as well, or in the least weaken it to make it easier to defeat?  Of course, finding its phylactery will be like finding a needle in a haystack.  I can only assume that it would be either hidden very well or guarded very well or both even.

Once he got a response from someone knowledgable on the subject Kane continued as he walked to the parchment to sign, Anyways, as I was saying to the others we should get going anyways.  We can talk along the road or if you wizard types know where the hold is perhaps we can teleport just outside the borders and make our way in conventionally.
Moto Trema
 player, 10 posts
Fri 13 Mar 2020
at 08:10
Re: End of the Road Tavern
“Destroying the phylactery doesn't destroy a Lich, but only makes it possible to destroy a Lich. With a phylactery intact, we simply reform by the phylactery. Because the destruction of the phylactery means the possibility of eternal death...we, my kind, normally keep the phylactery in a hidden, well-guarded location. It could be at a cave on the ocean floor, guarded by a demon or minor god or even on a different plane of existence."

"If we do destroy the Lich lord's phylactery, he will be well aware of the loss and I would think exercise extreme caution to avoid being destroyed....this next part is very important...No lich, as I know, can create a second phylactery. The process of creating a phylactery is as unique an event cosmologically as the birth of an individual. Becoming a lich is like being born into undead and darkness, and cannot occur a second time...unless by some kind of act of divine intervention.”

Qudy al-Ma
 player, 32 posts
Fri 13 Mar 2020
at 12:46
Re: End of the Road Tavern
"The Lich most likely has the phylactery hidden in some place. There will be most likely magical protections and traps to protect it. If we were able to research the Lich, his history and lore it might be possible to determine a likely location for his phylactery but I seriously doubt he'd keep it on his person." Qudy adds.

"I see nothing wrong with a statement that we let each other leave in peace when this is all done." Qudy says.
Balen
 player, 21 posts
Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 06:09
Re: End of the Road Tavern
"Well... if we've nothing else that can be determined here. I suppose we should be going? Does anyone need or want to change the spells that you have prepared before we try to storm a lich lord's keep? Anything else to prepare before we try ourselves against Quar's foe for that crown?" Balen asked the gathered group of power.
Ash
 player, 25 posts
Tue 17 Mar 2020
at 03:04
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Ash nodded, "Well, I believe we might be able to focus our efforts on retrieval of the crown and not be overly concerned with putting the lord or his cohort to final death at this time.  If he is unwise enough to try and retaliate then he will reap the rewards of his poor choice.  So, I agree we should head to his domain and see what kind of welcome is put forth.  If we have the lady on our side then we will be able to surveil the denizens of his lands and perhaps grow our knowledge before we are forced to act.  It is just a thought.  I will aid where and when needed, regardless of the plans, or lack thereof..."  Ash then thought a few moments about his own abilities and if he would have to make any alterations before they departed...nope.  He was ready when the rest of them were ready.
Qudy al-Ma
 player, 33 posts
Tue 17 Mar 2020
at 03:13
Re: End of the Road Tavern
"Well let's get moving" Qudy says as his eyes seem to flash "The wind, the fire, the waves and the earth are never still this long. It is against my nature. You Wizards tend to overthink problems to much. Besides whose to say Death hasn't already warned him, after all this is her domain, and he has over his lifetime sent many to her."
Ash
 player, 26 posts
Tue 17 Mar 2020
at 03:57
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Ash had probably sent more to the gray lady than this lord of the undead...but why argue the point.  Qudy had the tempo of the situation in hand.  It was time to make their next move.  "So, shall we all transport ourselves individually and meet up or does someone want to take point on our transportation?"
Sebastian Kane
 player, 19 posts
Tue 17 Mar 2020
at 10:47
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Kane wasn't a wizard or someone with the ability to teleport so he asked, I would need to be ported if that is what we are planning.
Lady Quar'ssysn
 player, 42 posts
Tue 17 Mar 2020
at 11:38
Re: End of the Road Tavern
She looked at Death "How does one return back to the material Realm.
The Chronicler
 GM, 50 posts
Wed 18 Mar 2020
at 04:40
Re: End of the Road Tavern
Death curtsies, "My Lady, you simply walk out the way you came. You all have such will to be able to do so. Once outside, you'll be back where you came from. And then you can journey to where you want to go. But if you need me, I'll be there to call on. For I am everywhere, and nowhere."

With the meeting done, everyone walks out. Upon doing so, they are back on the prime and turning around the tavern is gone.