Shattered Moon

First few sesions
Intro scenario

Few sessions for players to used to their characters and for me to get used to the system. Three characters were introduced at the start, one in the very end of this scenario.

Concepts of Devas, Moongate and Artifacts were introduced here.

Arc ended in imprisonment of PC characters in brass sarcophagi by the Cult of the Star, “for enslaving the humanity”.

Evening on the Ocher Shore
The moon is hollow

The Zalyanitha dreams of her last moment with Chandrakridalu.

PC’s are found freed from the imprisonment by slave miners. As were Hrsumatra. Elder, who was left in the sarcophagus on the purpose (and whose name is still unknown) got about of brass sarcophagi.

Characters meet Danaal, leader of the diging expedition, who speaks trader’s langue, distantly connected to Deva’s language. He tells some legends about ancient time when Devas came to the Lower World and taught humans how to write, trade and make crafts. And then coming of Wild God and Mad God that ended age of Devas.

Hrsumatra disappears.

Danaal promises to bring PCs to the Gray Rock on his ship, where the Library of Untold Secrets is. Place where according to Danaal, PCs can find all answers they want.

The PCs greet the Moon rising from the Ocher Sea. Instead of the silver disk they see just half of the empty ring. Moon followed by unknown star.

Ship in the Mist

PCs left Isle of the Black Tooth on Danaal’s ship. Slav that had found them, was left on the island bound to the pole.

Zalyanitha dreams about her child dying. Rakshavyada sees strange light coming from her at night.

Hrsumatra appears, he was hiding in a cargo deck. He suggests to kill the Danaal and to take over the ship. PCs are reluctant to do that.

PCs sees some strange falling stars, that leave long lasting strings in the sky. Mahormimat, sees the constellations, and they are recognizable but different, he deduces that a lot of time must pass for this to happen.

PCs tries to speak with the Elder, who introduces himself as Evyavan. He refuses to answer any questions unless they let him out of sarcophagus, an in the end was left there. At one point he commanded Zalyanitha to open the lid, and for a moment her body tried to execute his command.

Ships stops in a thick mist. Strange blossoms are flying in the air. Suddenly ship is attacked by almost invisible tentacles that spew acid when cut. Danaal is seen making some kind of ritual, pouring Moonsilver in to the sea, Zalyanitha feels strange hunger by seeing the Moonsilver. Tentacles grabs several sailors and drags them to the sea. One tentacle grabs Zalyanitha, but Mahormimat pins it to the floor with balsita’s spear. Tentacles retreats back to the sea. Zalianitha is sprayed with acid, but for some reason is not affected by it.

Using the opportunity, Zalyanitha and Padme sneaks in to the Danaal’s room and steals bags with the Moonsilver. Zalyanitha drinks part of it, but then is cough in the process, but fakes that they were hiding from the sea monster.

Rakshavyadha speaks about taking over the ship with Hrsumatra again. They agree to meet all five of them and discuss the possibility, but on the way there PCs decide that it is safer to just put Hrsumatra in to sarcophagus and keep him from making any trouble.

When they come back to his hiding place Hrsumatra is nowhere to be found. They get back to the upper deck, but there they meet Danaal and his bodyguards. Danaal expresses his anger about the stolen silver and orders PCs to stay in their apartment, where he locks them.

Arriving at the Gray Rock

Party is woken up in the morning by the noises outside. Hrsumatra let out Evyavan out of the sarcophagus and took Danaal as hostage. After a short struggle characters frees Danaal and knocks out Evyavan. Hrsumatra jumps out of the ship and swims away.

Dannal thanks for the rescue, but says that Devas are trouble and must leave his ship as soon as possible.

After few days ship reaches the Gray Rock. Here party sees many ships and a lot of learned men waiting at it’s shore to be accepted inside, to the Library of Untold Secrets. Folk here speaks vulgar form of Devani

Rakshavyada here meets Esteva the Blind Pilgrim and her two bodyguards. She recognizes Rakshavyada as a Deva and claims that this meeting was predestined.

Zalyanitha, Mahormimat and Padme mingles with the people waiting at the entrance and overhear a lot of discussions about artifacts, devas, Mad God, Wild God and place called Unmandin.

Rakshavyada is invited by Esteva to the ship with red sails, rest of the party joins them and here they meet Athur the Red Prince from the Crimson Harbor and a sage named Vestur who is accompaning him. Vestur seems to be very interested in knowledgeable about the Devas. Zalyanitha tries to test him and he manages to guess her name when told what artifacts she used to use.

Session ends with messenger coming to the ship and announcing that the Overseer of the Library will accept one of the Devas.

Reading Untold Secrets

Mahormimat volunteers to go to the library, after Aturn points out that men can get more out of library. He is led by the unfriendly lucking soldier to the private apartments of the Overseer of the Library of Untold Secrets who introduces herself as Dyin. The price she asks for right to enter the library is a child from the Deva. Deal that Mahormimat accepts and is treated by exotic and intoxicated drinks to help him in his task.

Meanwhile in the ship of Aturn party is discussing the history of the world with Vestur, and the Red Prince seems to be more interested in Esteva. Padme and Zalyanitha learns some bits of history and geography. And learns that according to Vestur they spent 10 136 years in brass sarcophagi. Also they learn that most of the dynasties ruling the world today have deva’s blood in their veins.

Zalyanitha again feels the hunger, and tries to get some from the Hungry Dogs, and loughs at her offer to impregnate wife of the captain with deva’s child. After that she goes to Danaal and offers him the possibility to infuse the deva’s blood in any family for some moonsilver. Danaal says that he does not have any more Moonsilver, but seems to be interested and offers Zalyanitha to stay in his ship till he gets some Moonsilver. Zalyanitha accepts the offer and spends the night in his ship.

Padme eventually gets rid of Vestur, who is milking knowledge about Devas out of her, and goes to sleep, but is woken up by the sound of moaning, that she soon find out to be moans coming from the prince’s room, and the moans belong to the Aturn himself, Esteva and her two bodyguards.

Early in the morning Mahorimat wakes up and is led to the library, where Dyin turns on some time-keeping machine and leaves Mahormimat to do his research. He is guided by the strange, human-like beings to the old book with the pages written in silver. The texts he reads draws him so much that he looses himself in the studies, jumping from one text to the another, writing new pages himself. Suddenly he is waken up out of the trance-like state by the Dyin. She tells him that his time is over and it is better to leave now. Mahormimat is escorted out of the library, where he is meet by the crowd hungry for the knowledge that Mahormimat got. But Mahormimat does not remember much, except the fact that he had probably had left more knowledge in the library than he had learned.

The same morning Zalyanitha wakes up in the Danaal’s ship and realizes that ship is sailing.

Welcome to the Shore of Will-O'-Wisps

Zalyanitha realizes that she is kidnapped by Danaal. Meanwhile it takes whole day for the party to realize that she is missing and to connect this to the absence of Danaal‘s ship. They are at loss where to search, but then Esteva proclaims that the blindfold tells that they need to go to the Shore of Will-O’-Wisps. The Red Prince takes kidnapping of his guest as a personal insult, and offers his help in catching the Danaal.

The pursuit takes three days. In that time Zalyanitha dreams that she meetsChandrakridalu in the balcony of her villa on the Moongate. The sky is filled with the falling Moonships. Chandrakridalu seems to be pleased with this sight. He explains that the times have changed, but even he is not certain what will happen next, but he ensures Zalyanitha that he will protect her and that he is very happy that he had chosen her. When Zalyanitha asks him about Evyavan, he expresses his disdain for him, explains that he was his master and that he is still very dangerous. Also Chandrakridalu makes cryptic remark that he and Zalyanitha are similar and different at the same time.

Meanwhile in the ship of the Red Prince Mahormimat and Rakshvyadha get some books from Vestur. One is Account of the Expedition to the lends in the North by Krinol the Wanderer. And another one Twelve Wonderful Things I laid my Hands upon by unknown author.

The prince’s ship is faster than Danaals, and after three days they catch up, right at the premisses of the Shore of Will-O’-Wisps. Zalyanitha manages to jump out of the window, right before the Danaal’s soldiers enter her room to chain her. She manages to swim to the White Lighthouse, where she is meet with strong oddor of blood nd human bones lying arround. Figure of the old man exits the lightho se, but Zalyanitha does not wait, she steels a lonely boat floating at the shore ant tries to swim to the shore, but is intercepted by the boat with armed locals. She swims to the shore, where ship of the Red Prince is already docked, and is saved by it’s crew.

The Red Prince himself meanwhile was arguing with local guards over his right to bring his justice upon Danaal here, but eventually gave up. But then everyone sees that Danaal acompanyed by more local soldiers is approaching.

Evening at the Book Shop

The ship is visited by the Governor Ash’hon’ak, who invites the Prince to the palace, and promises that all the questions will be resolved next day with the help of the Administrator. He also arrests Danaal, and provides prince with a gift of a ten virgins.

In the palace they have dinner. Padme is surprised by the sound of the bells ringing in all the palace, she recognizes the sound of her own artifacts, but does not manage to find any bell that looks like an artifact. Party together with Vestur decides to visit old friend of his – Echryon. O the way they are surrounded by the street merchants trying to sell different staf, most interesting being pelts of the offspring of the Spirit Wolfs, that party finds to really be infused by the Moonsilver. There they spend evening discussing different topics related to devas and artifacts. Here they also meet the daughter of Echryon, Tan’est. Padme instantly noticed that she is in early pregnancy, the fact that apparently was unknown by her father.

Zalyanitha inquired about the Moonsilver and Vestur agreed to buy some for her at the local merchant he knew, so he left.

Late in the evening Echryon realised that Vestur is missing for very long time, despite the fact that he was supposed to get back in few minutes. So the party decided to go to search for him.

The strange court session

The search for Vestur was fruitless, instead the party quickly realized, that they are followed and the stalker is none other than Tan’est. After confronting her, party learned that she wants their help with getting back the father of the child she is expecting, who apparently had abandoned her. For this she wanted to use spell, involving ritual love-making, Moonsilver Patterns, that Mahormimat recognized as closely resembling ones used used by Devas, and reading of incantation. Most of it did not made any sense, but party decided to try it anyway.

They rented small and dirty room in red light district and proceeded with the instruction. Not only the incantations was nonsensical, but also the Moonsilver was non-pure. Ritual did not produce any noticeable effect, and everyone got back to the Echryon‘s house. Where Zalyanitha and Mahormimat gone to sleep, and Padme took care of Tan’est, which was quite shocked after what she had gone trough.

Early in the morning they were waken up by quite agitated Vestur. He explained that he will tell where he was gone last night later, but now it is time for the court, where the fate of Danaal will be decided.

The court took place at the forum filled with sound of hundred bells so familiar to Padme. The case of Danaal was first to be solved. Danaal was deemed as guilty and ought to be given to prince Aturn as property, but at the last moment Danaal claimed his right to pay for his freedom, and offered sarcophagus with the Evyavan as the payment. This was accepted.

And then the court announced second case, this time against Zalyanitha. She was accused for stealing the boat of the lighthouse keeper. And Vestur here happily and unexpectedly proclaimed, that they offer one more Deva for the city as the compensation.

The claim that party members are Devas needed to be proven, and for this, Zalyanitha was invited to the Administrator’s chambers. Inside, surrounded by gold, silver, gemstones, and hundreds upon hundreds of counting equipment she had meet the person covered with silver tattoos. The conversation was short: the Administrator looked at Zalyanitha and declared that this meeting happened to early, and that only thing he can do for them is to gift them with freedom. They should meet later, when Devas will become much more powerful. Zalyanitha then warned him about the danger that Evyavan poses.

After this meeting the Administrator gave instructions for the court and after short episode of a confusion Devas were let go. Prince was unhappy about the fact that he did not got hold on Danaal, but agreed that local customs should be obeyed. He went back to the ship, to decide what to do next. Mahormimat felt a plan brewing in his head so he went to scout around the market.

Parting ways with the Red Prince

After the court the party spend some time in the city. Mahormimat managed to get two slave girls as a gift from the Aturn and immediately sold them in the market. Padme became short time celebrity by offering healing services to the needy and ended with a pile of small gifts. And Rakshavyada and Zalyanitha found something interesting among the countless merchandises. It was a silver wolf, whit whom Rakshavyada quickly found some kind of connection.
But immediately it became apparent that this was a set up for a trap. It was Danaal who tried to capture Devas. But his plan backfired when not not only his pray escaped, but group of disguised city guard came to capture him.

Using the opportunity, Rakshavyada released the wolf from the cage, who after sniffing a hand of Rakshavyada disappeared in the cloud of silver mist.

Returned to the ship, party discovered high spirited Prince, who was celebrating the fact that Governor after formaly fulfilling the rules of the city, later secretly captured danaal and gave it to the Aturn. Also, prince announced that he decided to part his ways with Devas. And the best place for devas to go would be the Marble Temple of 243 Devas.

In the morning ship left the port, and Rakshavyada could see a silhouette of a wolf watching them from the cliff. After nearly one week in the sea, the ship had reached the Marble Temple of 243 Devas, and the party with a pile of lavish gifts, including a scroll case with a map, was left here.

The Gates of the Marble Temple of Devas

After securing the excess gifts in one of the sunken towers of the temple complex, the party vent to investigate. Soon enough Rakshavyada found the bridge leading to the center dome of the complex. The bridge was covered in stone spikes, and the words engraved in to the gates leading on to the bridge: No happiness behind this gate, turn back if worldly pleasures you value more than the divine understanding.

After meeting one of the residents of the temple, and clearing out the rules for the entering of the Marble Temple of Devas, Padme and later Rakshavyada cast their possessions in to a sea and were let inside the central dome, where they were welcomed by Adeni, the Elder of the Temple.

Adeni happily explained the purpose of the temple, and though he almost certainly did not bought the story that the party members are Devas, he still helped to find according paintings on the walls, depicting scenes from the lives of the Devas as believed by the inhabitants of this temple.


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