Sunday, May 12, 2013

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire (of the Nine Hells)

We begin this story as the Slayers near the end of their jaunt through the Heart of Torog, staring down the great netherdragon Regalia. A dragon caught between Divine and chaotic energies, Regalia manifests itself as two separate beings, one pulling from divine ritual strength and the other fully engaging its darker half.
Regalia ended up being quite the challenge for our Slayers, enhanced by ritual energies he was neigh unstoppable. Eventually our heroes found the means to weakening those rituals, and were able to blow through the first quarter of Regalia’s life. Unfortunately, doing so triggered Regalia’s other half, the darker… deadlier half. Constantly being reamed by massive dark energy blasts, our heroes powered through the damage throwing everything they had, and more, at the great dragon. In the end, the battle concluded with a last turn victory via critical hit, dropping the great nether dragon mere milliseconds before it dropped the entire party and finally freeing the Master of the Pandemonum Stone, Bazim-Gorag.
Hard fought and well exhausted, our Slayers took a nights rest within the Heart of Torog, only to conclude that forward progression wouldn’t be worth the time invested. Desperate to return to the world and see how it faired, our heroes raced back to the mouth of Torog where they were whisked away by the familiar presence of the Weave, now primal in its power.
Upon returning to Roothold, the Slayers found their venerable leader in deep communication with an unknown visitor. Recognizing their presence in the room the visitor lifted its magical shield and revealed itself to be the one and only Asmodeus, Master of the Nine Hells.
More importantly, this master was wearing several familiar items, the helmet of the curator and the weapons of Corellon, all items that the party had sent to the Nine Hells in an attempt to pit Asmodeus against the Gods in the Godwar. Cutting his conversation short with Grumbar, Asmodeus turns and exits through a newly formed portal, inviting the players to join him for a private conversation.

Following the God of all devils through the portal, our Slayers arrived in his home temple. There they had an enlightening conversation with the Lawful Evil God of Tyranny, Civilization, and Knowledge. Revealing to them that he knew everything, about their attempts to kill him, and their plans to kill the gods, he applauded them in their aggressive approach and suggested one of his own: to form a blood pact between the devil and primordial legions in their bid to kill the Gods.
Needless to say, some of our Slayers were more conflicted with the decision than others, but after learning about the dire state of the world, having most of its natural life eradicated, our heroes realized that desperate times called for desperate actions…so have a great debate, some analyzing of the past, and some practicality processing our heroes agreed to go along with Asmodeus’ ruse on Grumbar and initiate The Pact.
The Ritual was impressive to say the least, the great forbearers of the devil and primordial races stepped forth and shed blood to bind this great pact, bleeding onto the impressively large contract and forming the Pact beast of which their vows have been bound.
Mere seconds after concluding the ritual, Asmodeus informed his new brethren that Roothold was about to be attacked by a force they could not beat and promptly encouraged everyone to return to his domain to conclude battle plans.
Having arrived in the great cathedral of the nine hells again, the primordial forces rally around the battle map to see just where all the forces of the gods lie. What would follow would be a massive session of tactical planning. For all their deeds, all their triumphs, and their continued loyalty, our heroes received many gifts from the freed primordials and above all, the right to dictate how the Pact forces would be dispersed.
After much deliberation, and a detailed account of the state of the world, our heroes opted to divide and recruit. Sending their forces after two goals. The first group being sent to rescue the survivors of the godwar trapped on the material plane, and the second group seeking out the assistance of Annam All-Father, leader of the Giant Pantheon, the long separated brethren of the Dawn Titans.

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