Five adventurers sat around a table at a local establishment, minding their own business, eating, conversing. Without warning, the floor beneath them opened into a portal that consumed them all. They were subjected to blinding lights, blurry images, and unknown sounds they couldn’t quite hear. Only one of them managed to see something clearly. A vision of a dark figure and a beautiful woman; a foreshadowing of things to come.
Just as quickly as they were spirited away, they were flung back out, crashed through a ceiling, and landed ungracefully in what appeared to be marketplace. The adventurers tried to gather themselves, discovering that they know possessed knowledge and memories of another person, another life. These five adventurers were Brandie Black in the body of Sauri Per-Bast, a Cat Hengeyokai Swordmage, Christopher Bible, a Human Illusionist Wizard, Lindsey Sablatura, a Monk, Patrick Clinton, a Bard, and Sean Bartell, an Ardent.
Once they had their bearings, they realized they were surrounded by people, all armed and none of them happy to see them. The company took quick inventory of their surroundings, looking for weapons, shields, and anything else they might be able to quickly grab if things got violent. Christopher, however, asked one of the nearest men the price for one of the many daggers lining a stall.
The man walked to Christopher and said in an unsettling tone,
“The price is your liver”.
Christopher contemplated this for a moment and responded,
“Well, I have two kidneys…”.
It was obvious that the man wasn’t expecting that, but it wasn’t enough to cause him or anyone else to drop their guard, an opportunity the others were greatly hoping for.
The tension in the room was high, but before anyone could make a threatening move, a band of guards came around on patrol, and politely demanded the group of gamers surrender to them. The five were basically unarmed, outnumbered, and disoriented by the unfamiliar surroundings, so they reluctantly let themselves be escorted to the jail of what appeared to be the largest building in the immediate area. The walk to the the jail was a stark beauty seen from this tower, the grand city beyond it and a vast desert that stretched beyond the horizon gave a glimpse into the world they had arrived in.
Upon arriving at the jail, they were each thrown into individual cells. Christopher, on complaining that he didn’t want a bath, after noticing a bucket filled with muddy, stagnant water, was thrown into the smallest cell. Brandie, Sean, and Patrick were put in adjacent cells, and Lindsey was put in a cell across from the others. For a short while the company was left to their own devices. Long enough for Patrick to blow out a short tune on a harmonica, but not long enough for much else. Several guards appeared and presented each member with a bowl of questionable food. Before they could leave, Sean doubled over in agony in view of the guards, crying that he had been poisoned. The guards told him to suck it up and then left the room.
After a while longer, everyone started moving around more, looking for some way to escape the confines of their cell. Upon closer inspection, they realized that the bars, and in fact much of the room was constructed of wood. Lindsey attempted to punch through, but found that the wood was harder than stone. Patrick tried to shatter the wood by finding a resonating frequency with his harmonica. While it did work, it was not enough to weaken the bars.
“Try that again, and I can try to toss a Thunderwave at your bars also,”
Lindsey, being directly between Christopher’s and Patrick’s cells, and in the the line of fire, immediately shot down the idea.
At this point, Toan made an appearance as a magical illusion. Explaining that the market-like place wasn’t where he wanted to drop the group off at, he charged them with finding his princess before answering a couple of questions of what he was (a high mage to the princess [I might be wrong on this, please correct if neccesary]), what in the hell happened to them (dropped through a portal to Athas), and why them (not quite answered because of something) before disappearing again.
Brandie was the first to escape her confines, turning into a black housecat so she could slip through the bars and make her way upstairs. Seeing her slip though, Christopher used his grease ability to soak himself and also tried to slip through the bars. Luck wasn’t on his side, though, as he got stuck after getting his head though the bars. Uncomfortable and upset by the current situation, Christopher prepared to set the bars, and himself, on fire, only to find that his fire spells had been removed by the DM.
“But without fire, I’m just a greasy wizard!” Christopher exclaimed.
Everyone else just laughed.
Brandie made it upstairs, attempting to investigate the tower and when she heard footfalls, hid from some guards behind some pots. The same guards came in to check on the rest of us, noticed that someone was missing, and someone overheard that something bad was going to happen to Brandie. I (Christopher) at some point got turned upside down and used Whispering Wind to warn Brandie to get back to her cell before they came back. Brandie avoided getting eaten by some guards who contemplated making a stew out of her while she was playing with the guards’ keys, trying to grab them to free her companions. She recieved the message and came back to the jail.
Once she came back, Christopher pleaded that she help dislodge his head from the bars. She put her foot on his head and was able to shove him back through the bars. Afterwards she returned to her cell and lamented the fact that her foot was now covered in grease. Shortly thereafter, the guards returned to the room.
“Your presence has been requested by the king”, they said before they released everyone from their cells.
Sean, however, continued to whine that he had been poisoned, so one of the guards carried him off to a nearby medical room.
Once they were being escorted by the guards, Brandie, Christopher, Lindsey, and Patrick are lead down a long hallway. Christopher examines the surroundings, in particular looking for metal, but so far everywhere has been surprisingly devoid of any. In fact, even the guards’ swords seem to be made of wood. Looking around a little more, the company notices that the building itself seems to be in a state of disrepair. Eventually they reach a large dining room full of tables, chairs, and typical dining wear.
Meanwhile, Sean was carried to a nearby medical room and laid on a table in the center. The guard left and the doctor came in. When the doctor turned his back, Sean took the opportunity to knock him unconscious. Looting the doctor yielded nothing of value, so Sean searched the room for anything he might be able to use. The only thing in the room that seemed worthwhile was a first-aid cabinet, but upon opening it, all he found were some apples. Although somewhat disappointed, he left the room to do a little exploring.
Back with the rest of the company, a man enters from the opposite end of the room, accompanied by guards. He introduces himself as Tithian, the king of Tyr, the city they are in. Tithian questions the company, asking why they invaded and what they intended to do. His response was a unanimous chorus of shrugs and “I don’t know”s.
“We’re not here because we want to be. We were sucked through a portal and happened to end up here. Besides, if we were invading, we wouldn’t come with no weapons, no supplies, such small numbers, and we definitely wouldn’t have made the entrance we did,” Lindsey argued.
Tithian conceded her point.
“So I assume you are going to want to try to find a way to return from whence you came? I will allow you to stay here for the time being, but… please put that back,”
Tithian commanded Christopher, who was trying to steal one of the metal spoons on the dining table in full view of Tithian and his guards.
“Does he do this often?” Tithian asked.
“I’m afraid so. We try to ignore him when we can,” Brandie explained.
During the exchange, Sean managed to make his way to the dining hall. The doors were being guarded by a pair of soldiers who were engaged idle conversation regarding one’s sister. Sean concentrated his focus on one of the soldiers, pushing spiteful, hateful thoughts into the soldier’s mind. Eventually their conversation took a violent turn, and the two guards began fighting.
On the other side of the door, the rest of the company, Tithian, and his guards could hear the commotion. Christopher attempted to steal the same spoon again, only to have the guards point their swords at him. Christopher used Ghost Sound to make the commotion coming from the other side of the dining room door seem more pressing, but Tithian dispelled the commotion, had the two fighting guards taken care of, Sean brought in, and out of exasperation, let Christopher keep the spoon.
(Some conversation happened here, but I can’t remember what it was about.)
“I’m just going to go ahead and ask. No offense, sir, but your grand palace seems a little worse for wear,” said Christopher pointing out the general state of disrepair of the room they were in.
“I’m surprised you can tell. Vast amounts of manpower and resources have gone into restoring this castle after a devastating battle about 100 years ago,” said Tithian.
(We talked about the battle long ago, Patrick asked about a princess and a man in black armor. Tithian didn’t know anything about a princess, but pointed out that the armor his guards wore was quite dark. He was also impressed with the way the group used their insight and abilities. Personally, I think he knows more than he’s letting on. I think he might also have psychic powers. I don’t know for sure, but I have a feeling he may be involved with the downfall of the previous king. Again, some of the finer details escape me. Also, at some point Christopher took possession of an unlit candle.)
End first day.