The Hunt is on...

Episode 106: "High"mage Ichabod's Error

Campaign Date: Helitas 9 32KR

The champions of Absalom’s Hunting Grounds, those who purged the corrupt Bath House Brothel and, in days long passed, vanquished the horrific undead, Alphonse Von Strahd, began their climb of the dying Shieldwall Mountains as the sun began it’s own ascent into the dismal heavens above. The journey was long – monotonous – a steady march unbroken by any forms of life whatsoever. This was not surprising given the terrible looming shadow of certain death only miles from the great frosted peaks…

At last, with the help of Highmage Ichabod as their guide, the lot came to a great clearing of snow and stone. The valley, tucked deep in the ominous mountains, was the very site where the Sage Council’s own Councilman, the Oni Loremaster, was defeated and bound by the ancient Lykos demigods. Magic could be felt pumping through the gnarled and twisted trees circling the white expanse. It was Eden. Here, life seemed to go on – unwary of Death looming beyond it’s very gates. An impressive herd of rare and friendly mountain-Tapir had gathered around the ruins of a once impossibly beautiful shrine said to house the Oni’s spirit.

Ichabod began the ritual immedeately. He went about casting and chanting as a mad-man, but not before dipping into his near endless supply of Essence. During this alchemically induced performance – the Tapir, as well as the Hunters, were attacked by abominations…
These creatures were as horrendous as they were awesome. The quadrupeds stood almost 15 feet tall at the shoulder and appeared as a mix between man, yeti, and basilisk. The latter’s magical qualities existed within the beast – a gaze steeped so potently in ancient magic that a single glance could render any or all who looked on useless. The paralyses affected most of the Tapir – who were engulfed by the gnashing maws of the monstrosities young. These welps attacked intelligently – flanking the clearing after their huge mother had frightened most into fleeing towards them from the other side.

The group, unhesitant in the slightest, took action immedeately. Servo, with the help of his own supply of Essence, enchanted all three beasts into an impossibly deep sleep. Not even the goring and slashing of their own flesh woke the creatures – who succamb to a barrage of attacks from the Thief, Wynndel, the Elf, Eva, and the Black Fox, Emrys. They were just about slaughtered before something terrible occured… Ichabod’s spell had gone awry – undoubtedly the result of his saturation in Essence. An overdose! Instead of summoning the Oni from Hell to the valley, the essence-crazed wizard flung those in the clearing into Hell…

Suddenly, the clearing itself began to warp and explode. Elements of all sorts, from geisers of frigid water to explostions of flame, erupted around the living. Great rifts in the earth opened to reveal a horrible chaos of elements below. The will of the heroes was stretched to their limit as they were thrown through realities – their souls bending as their bodies were bombarded with feelings and pressures near impossible to describe. They ripped through a great ocean of elements until finally emerging from the ‘bottom’ as though the sky itself were a vast sea of churning raw energies. Most were driven unconscious at this point – but those strong of will retained their senses long enough to see that they were plummeting towards a great arid plane that appeared utterly deserted. They rocketed towards this new earth. Just before impact, those unblinded by the violent transition, caught a glimpse of a great tower wreathed in flame. The ocean of elements above whirlpooled fire around the structure. Upon impact – all went black. A single after-image burned out as an ember in the darkness of their slipping minds: massive swaying shapes crawled about in the distance. They stooped and lurched, taller even than the tower. They were searching…

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