The Keystone Project

Session 3
While the mice are away...

The next morning, in the wee hours, Remilia and Momoko return to the Walled City to find Amaira and let her know about their rescue plans. Amaira volunteers to stay behind to gain reconnaissance on the hobgoblin visiting party, while the other two return to the camp south of town.

Zorran welcomes the hobgoblins and gives a tour of the city. The hobgoblin leader is impressed by the variety of peoples. He also takes interest in the apples by Lake Crystalmere, and Zorran gives him a “taste test” of beef prepared by magic regeneration. Negotiations on trade of metals also happens.

Coming upon the manor house, the hobgoblins quickly see the approaching party of Momoko, Remilia, and Amaira along with their fifteen farmers. The hobgoblin leader drags Amaira from her saddle with his whip. With a menacing sneer, one of the hobgoblins intimidates Remilia and Amaira with his knife. Amaira (synthesized with Enamund) claws the overseer through his defensive stance and takes him down.

Another hobgoblin moves in, fails to hit Amaira, and Amaira fails to retaliate properly, and lands a serious blow with his sword. Momoko tries her hand at the short bow while Remilia tangles with another hobgoblin. After a brutal fight, Remilia and Momoko fall to the hobgoblins, and Amaira escapes with six of the fifteen farmers…

Amaira returns to South Crystalmere to seek out Elbert Grove, and requests asylum. Elbert grants it to Amaira (the farmers are locals and therefore don’t need asylum), and calls for healers for the wounded returned.

Meanwhile, in the Walled City, six hobgoblin riders approach as the chieftain prepares to depart. Zorran calls for healers immediately. When the riders report it was the same assault team, Zorran offers the captured up as “undesirables”. The chieftain offers to take three of “your people” in exchange to have things “go back to the way it used to be” and to make up for the loss of four hobgoblins.

Zorran reports to Dolorian about the rescue attempt. Dolorian proposes giving them six of their dead, since they will be reborn anyway. War is not an option: they decide to give the negotiated items for free as compensation. When Zorran returns to the chieftain to tell him about the “gifts”, the hobgoblin insists on replacement for his men, not just “magic tricks”.

Zorran and the chieftain head to Dagna to discuss the actions of the tieflings with the leadership. Zorran announces that he “wishes to invoke the sacred right of diplomatic relations between our peoples”. The viking leader insists that it was not their people who led the second attack, as all of their people were already captured. The chieftain realizes that three were released, so there would be at most three “repeat customers”. When Tevon, one of the hobgoblins in the battle, says it was humans, Zorran speaks of Elbert as their defacto leader.

When the reach the Grove orchard, a rider at the edge of the property dashes inside. Amaira – hiding in the upper level of the house – stealthily listens to the conversation as Zorran approaches Elbert to talk. Elbert demands reparations for the nine captured humans from the samsarans, but more importantly their freedom. The chieftain implies that if the samsarans and the tieflings will declare their independence, then perhaps the humans as “free folk” are open to pay back for the losses incurred, pledging to “keep revenge to a minimum”.

Zorran heads to Dagna and announces the dire circumstances of the humans before heading back to the Walled City to engage a lock-down.

Word made its way to the tengu, and a jailbreak is made for Momoko and Remilia as well as the rest of the prisoners. Remilia gives her life in a heroic effort to help rescue the farmers.

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Session 2

After Zorran’s negotiation to release those in the fields, the injured are transported back to the Walled City, unconscious. Zorran locks the three adventurers in a secret room in the town hall and then reports to his mayor, Dolorian. Zorran and Dolorian return with a healer to the secret room, and all three regain consciousness after some medical attention. When it is revealed that Zorran gave the hobgoblins advanced notice of the party’s approach, Amaira lands a punch on him and chews him out for his transgression.

Remilia tries to discern what Zorran’s motivation was for the remaining prisoners. Amaira figures that Zorran was the one to negotiate the release of three, so he will also be needed to negotiate the release of the remaining twenty-one prisoners when the hobgoblins arrive the next day for a “diplomatic meeting”.

Zorran fills in the mayor on what happened, along with the earthquake, the bird with the cloth, and the tieflings gearing up in the direction of the collision. He then catches up with the three others to discuss “the signal” that Faustina Bystrom saw in the earthquake and the bird. Momoko figured it was simply their reaction to the incident, whereas Zorran figures it goes beyond that with the “bloodlust” the tieflings appeared to exhibit, implying that Faustina and her crew knew about the impending collision.

Momoko heads to the library to research hobgoblins. Amaira stops in at a pub hoping to learn what word has spread about the earthquake, collecting very little new information. Remilia finds a horse and heads to South Crystalmere to recruit the help of Elbert Grove. Zorran regales the pub with stories of his past exploits, and despite Amaira’s attempted booing, wins over the crowd.

Momoko tracks down Remilia before she leaves and proposes an attempt to rescue the captured while the diplomatic discussions are happening at the Walled City. The wealthiest man in the land, Elbert Grove, welcomes the two to his manor amongst the apple orchard. Remilia easily convinces him to assist in taking up arms against the hobgoblins.

Zorran’s assistant finds Amaira regarding the diplomatic meeting tomorrow, and requests that she keep herself out of sight in order to live up to the agreement that they would be tried as criminals. He does the same with Momoko and Remilia regarding their crimes (as Remilia asked, “The crime of being shot in the face?”). Momoko assures him that they will not be in view.

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Session 1
A whole new world

Remilia Atkascha accompanies Dave the turnip farmer to Dagna. When an earthquake strikes the world, Faustina Bystrom takes the turnip cart from Dave and takes off with Remila, Amaira Ordansdottr, and Yamada no Momoko in the wagon toward where a bird flew with a red ribbon in its grip. “The hand of the mayor” (Peter’s character) steals a horse and heads in the direction of the bird as well, overtaking the caravan.

About 45 minutes later at what used to be the coast (now a ridge-line where to two land masses impacted), “the hand” comes upon a new land, mostly appearing to be farm fields along with a large manor. A farmer with a couple of hounds awaits the Samsaran’s approach. He introduces himself as Antok, the trade representative, and “the hand” introduces himself as Zorran. Zorran joins Antok for peace, trade, and lemonade. The workers in the field appear to be slaves, mostly humans and halflings.

The others discuss tactics during travel (i.e. Amaira cautions Faustina to be careful). Hobgoblins assault the party from camouflage! The three women defend themselves, eventually all falling unconscious during the battle from their wounds. Zorran stops the hobgoblins from finishing them off, and convinces Antok to allow the three to be “extradited” for trial.

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