Dreams of the Yellow King V
Upon waking up from the Dreamlands it didn’t take long for Bronn to discern a certain elysian bronze weapon was missing from his person. Charlie and Waldobert herd shouting from Bronn on the subject of a missing weapon. The crew stayed out of Bronn’s warpath. Skywin was yelling what all this business was about. Charlie reminded Bronn that even though Zug Zug was the main suspect that he possibly incurred and illness. Bronn didn’t care! Waldobert called his son over. Finally, everyone was asking Zug Zug questions. As it turns out Zug Zug didn’t respond to that name but that of Fingers! Charlie reluctantly pulled out the wand and with a sigh she depleted one charge from the wand.
Skywin announced we are out of dangerous Razmir waterways. She told the PC’s she wanted to stop at the next sensible town they could dock at. Bronn, Charlie and Waldobert suggested to pay them to keep The Tribute Taker in commission sense it was faster. Skywin found it to be sound advice and dock in a little town called Ugla. Skywin ventured into town and sold all the of religious’ pirates ship’s cargo. The former slaves rejoiced at the generous coin from Skywin. She of course split the rest with the PC’s. Not all the former slaves stayed, two decided to leave the offer on the table. With that both ships were off back on the Sellen Passage under the command of Skywin.
The next item announced more by Jacquez then the others was the red webbed foot. The research project was one person short so Bronn paid some coin to the scholar to pitch in.
They learned from a lavishly illustrated bestiary identifies rare creatures called wamps, bizarre aberrations with multiple legs ending in webbed feet. Although wamps are generally a pale gray color, the skin of their feet is a dark red. A medical journal describing rare diseases lists corpsepox, ghoul fever, and zombie rot as diseases that carrion-eating wamps can inflict with their bites.
As before the team assembled to conduct the ritual to the Dreamlands. Charlie with all her mustard knowledge and practice at this ritual still managed to botch one of the later segments up. Waldobert was first to notice sounds of movement in the air. Once the creature was pointed out in the night’s sky Charlie knew it to be a flame drake. It was not alone it was accompanied by a smaller flying bluish translucent humanoid head with a squalidly tail attached. Waldobert knew this scowling thing to be a gale spirit. Several fly-by attacks from the flame drake littered the boat with flames, the sails on the ship were gone. Skywin’s anger tangible through her shouts. The gale spirit attacked the PC’s with its sonic weapon. Although a little battered the PC’s won the skirmish. The flame drake retreated after a few of Waldobert’s bombs.
The squad licked their wounds and recovered to try again on the next night. Once again Charlie casted the hour long occultic ritual. This time it went without a hitch. They appeared in a grand scenery of desert as far as the eye could see. The PC’s having prior knowledge of going to be in a nearly barren desert prepared accordingly. In the distance, a yellow city, a once flourishing city named Arventon. The PC’s through another journal learned that his city had become cursed and everything turned to pale yellow ceramic. With a relentless sun and its heat beating on them the PC’s gathered themselves and marched forward.
Once close to Arventon they noticed the yellow buildings had what were once windows but mostly covered up with makeshift yellow blocks. They noticed out of the slights they saw eyes tracking them. Shortly after a group of ghasts started to intersect them at the city’s gates. Most of the group waved with eagerness and Charlie waved back with glee! The ghast at the front line of the group announced they were friendly and beckoned them to come and greet them. Cautiously the PC’s approached their welcome party. The one in the front informed the group he was the mayor of Arventon. He announced they don’t often to visitors anymore. Bronn and Waldobert noticed a few of the ghast were giving them elevator eyes and salivating. Their leader slapped them and they seemed to come into a friendlier state of mind. The mayor explained that the nearly three-hundred survivors of the curse has turned into ghasts and they are running out of food. Bronn spoke up and asked if the city was safe with them to go into the city.
The mayor said some of his people cannot maintain their good nature and might resort to try and eat you and your friends. He mentioned he cannot control all of them. When the party asked if they had an “ok” to take out ones that attack them the mayor just nodded his head. He explained further that wamps (not whops – inside joke had to be there to understand) raided their cashes of rationed food. The mayor offered direct direction to the graveyard. Supposedly these wamps come in a frequency of every two to three days. He also mentioned if they fail they might be subject to the current ongoing curse!
As the PC’s made their way to the graveyard aka food supply the
y were approached by a few hungry ravaged ghasts. Bronn used his illusion of undead that scares undead. The groups were fended off by means of this device. At the graveyard layers of yellow rock surrounded the grounds as a makeshift wall. It was obvious that there had been a recent burrowing/digging effect in the area. Webbed footprints still littered the ground outside the makeshift wall. Bronn decided to try and set up a position to defend. Bronn’s peers seemed disinterested. Bronn recalled these wamps could trample as a combat tactic.
They waited what was two days in the graveyard. The mayor checked in on them from time to time and taken the days rations as well. The sun never sit the day’s heat always an onslaught. Finally, the wamps showed up. There was five of them, they approached in a v formation and appeared to measure up their obstacle and their dinner. The smaller one on the front spoke in necril to surround one at a time and kill them. Charlie repeated the order to her comrades.
The battle ended in shirt order the wamps put up a decent resistance and managed to give two people zombie rot. In a blink of an eye the ground and the sand started to swirl in the manner a whirlpool would in water. Everyone was sucked in but Waldobert. Charlie was sure to cut off a web foot before being sucked in. Finally, Waldobert was sucked into the sands!
The PC’s ended up falling through blackness and fell into a humongous ballroom. Filled with people from wall to wall. The dead wamps bodies splattered on the floor from the ceiling just a bit later. When looking upon the ceiling it was all black with mist and the ceiling counted for eighty feet from its blackness to the white polished titles that covered the ballrooms floor. The PC’s witnessed a dark shadowy something would reach down from the back mists above and snatch a party goer up to the ceiling. Moments later blood and bones would spill to the floor from the same location as the abduction.
Charlie quickly rummaged through her learnings of the dreamlands and found it sound that they were in famous extravagant city called Celephasis. Panic was running through Waldobert recalling the history of the King in Yellow and his ballroom visits! Waldobert willed himself out of the dreamlands and into the waking lands, sort of! Once he almost made that transition that mark on his chest glowed and he was pulled back into the ballroom.
A butler finally made his presence known to the PC’s and asked if they desire anything. Bronn saw no reason to order a chop of lamb! In comparison to the party goers the butlers uniform was in horrid condition. Seems falling apart, their shoes had holes in them, and their once white gloves molting apart. The party goers were quite different, they were in the most beautiful silks and expensive fashion never seen before. The PC’s quarried the butler and learned that they were at the ball of the year at Viscount Gala’s palace. They learned the viscount himself was in the east wing of the ballroom.
The team made their way through the crowd and still saw the casual snatch from the back mists of another party goer. Oddly enough no one seemed to view them as out of place! A vigilant guard dressed in polished full plate guarded the door to the room. Charlie convinced the guard to allow them a quick audience with the viscount. As they walked in they saw a handsome man dressed ever more impressive than his guests. He had pastel green eyes and light flowing long brown hair. He was almost trace like dancing. Once he looked at the pc’s he seemed disappointed and asked them how and who they might be.
The conversation lead to Viscount Gala telling them he was practicing for the Sunset Waltz, the final dance of the ball. He so desired to do so with his beloved. But his betrothed already had promised to perform the dance with three others. Urdrenda Splitterbone, Ardvin Telsriette, and Pietro Brelin. He explained if they provided a small discrete serve of convincing these individuals of forgoing their opportunity with his beloved he would reward them with his signet ring. As he spoke a few times he would cough up a black tar substance upon this fluffy gold neckpiece but never broke his conversation to even notice it. When the viscount would do this Waldobert would follow suit and throw up some blood.
When asked about the three individuals he told them little. Only a vague description or who they were. Urdrenda Splitterbone was a gifted dancer and most beautiful woman in Celephasis. Pietro Brelin is the foremost richest trader in Celephasis. Ardvin Telsriette was the only commoner to be invited to this event due to her elegance in dance.
The PC’s left the viscount and through some diplomacy of the partygoers found that Ardvin Telsriette was in the powder room near the west wing location of the ballroom. Charlie went in and found her. In this lavish bathroom, Charlie convinced Ardvin that the Sunset Waltz was no for another hour. She seemed at first almost certain it was within the hour. Charlie suggested she should use the time to practice the Sunset Waltz in one of the private wings. Ardvin agreed and exited the facilities in a hurried manner to do just that.
The PC’s once again asked around for Pietro Brelin. With assistance, they found him mingling with the elite of the elite of the rich of Celephasis as they danced. The team discovered he was endeavoring to elevate his status even further. To do this was to perform the Sunset Waltz with the beloved. Charlie spoke of who he should let the viscount dance with the beloved due to the fact he is not as good as you. The spill caught his snooty attention. Charlie said if the viscount made a mistake during the dance then he would certainly look foolish. Finally, Pietro seemed annoyed by Charlie but convinced. He shooed them away with a flick of his hand.
The last to find was Urdrenda Splitterbone or aka Lady Splitterbone. Which the partygoers knew well and she was preparing for the Sunset Waltz with the beloved in the northeast wing. The squad made their way there and opened the door. They first saw the silhouette of an elaborate black cloak type dress shooting out the back of her outfit. The PC’s could see the pallid gaunt man whom she was currently practicing the dance with. She turned to face her guests in a dramatic fashion. Waldobert was the first to notice her fangs and knew her to be a vampire right off. She was a red headed and green eyed woman well beyond what one would call beautiful!
Lady Splitterbone agreed to forgo her chance at the Sunset Waltz if she could acquire a new dancer partner. She pointed to Waldobert! She playfully but quietly mentioned she had never had dhampir blood before! She Claimed he didn’t know vampire etiquette due to the fact he was raised by humans! Waldobert instructed her son Zug Zug to not look, to cover his eyes.
She embraced Waldobert and they danced. Lady Splitterbone gently bite into his shoulder. Charlie was shouting go Waldo, go Waldo! Waldobert bite back, Lady Splitterbone seemed to be enamored with Waldobert. She said she would look for him after the Sunset Waltz.
The crew returned to Viscount Gala and informed the task had been done. He was truly happy with the news. He said they would have to stay and watch the finality of the ball. The time approached and all the party goers parted a wide straight-away for the dance to take place. The viscount bowed and her called the beloved and a Leng huge spider retreated from the ceiling to greet the viscount! They danced the Sunset waltz. Tears of joy came from the majority of partygoers, it was that beautiful! After the dance the Leng spider ascended back to her ceiling domicile. Viscount Gala retired to his wing.
After which the PC’s confronted the Viscount in his wing and as promised he gave them party one of his signet rings!
Dreams of The Yellow King V
Status of Trip (Sellen Passage): Day 59, 652/1,250 miles traveled Currently docked at Dabril, a village in Galt
XP: 7,351 (Charlie/Zug Zug/Bronn/Waldobert @ 51,545 experience) – Level 9 [Fast Track]
XP: 1,500 (Jacquez should be @ 32,060) – Level 7 [Fast Track]
XP: 1,500 (Little Cuss should be @ 45,694) – Level 8 [Fast Track]