Sica’s Journal III – Volanitin and Qi

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Journey

Charmonde to Qi = 800 miles. 40 days on foot. Negotiated passage on the Volanitin, a huge flying trade city.

Volanitin

The city consists of a series of interconnected tiered platforms linked by bridges, walkways, and elevators. The whole city is held aloft on floatstone and directed by huge airscrews. . Each tier is a marvel of architecture, adorned with colourful banners and illuminated by luminescent crystals.

The city moves slowly but steadily along a route planned by the Council of Trade Lords. Often it halts and descends to ground level in order to trade.

The Seekers were engaged as guards (a working passage) to Qi; they received full board and lodging in return for service to the city. Sica chafed at this (his Drive is to locate the Marker Stones,) but he was being taken to Qi and they would be paid a good wage for their service.

The city averaged 30 miles a day, the journey took 27 days.

Journey: 22nd Harvest – 3rd Storm Season (Embarking)

Week 1: General carousing and talking, there is a festival going on in Qi and the city is hoping to be there in time to trade and sell party goods.

Week 2: The Seekers had to resolve a dispute about the value of some silster sold to a wealthy noble. They were successful.

Week 3: Enjoying the journey, floating three thousand feet above the ground, however Sica remarked on the swirling and forming storm clouds – they were entering Storm Season (Embarking.)

‘Have no fear friend,’ said a smiling aneen seller. ‘Volanitin is more than capable of weathering any storms this Earth can throw at her.’

3rd Storm Season

A massive Living Storm engulfed the city; grey-green lightning bolts sought out living targets with unerring accuracy. Sica watched from cover as the aneen-seller ran; he survived but his stall and stock were blasted to pieces.

Arrive at Qi. The city landed for repairs; Sica, Lorn and Dorn were paid 30 shins each for their services.

in Qi on 4th Storm Season (Embarking) 423 AF. There Arrive was a major celebration going on; the Lennite Festival of Life. Sica, Lorn and Dorn were greeted by Lennites wearing white robes, wearing white masks with painted-on eyes that moved of their own accord. They speak for all of humanity and just want peace. Without even realising it, the Seekers surrendered their weapons to the Lennites and were taken to see Arias Folon, leader of the Lennites.

End of Scene

Threads:

Activate the Marker Stones in: Qi/City of Bridges/Auspar/Thriest/Mulen/Rarmon/Glavis/Orrila

XP: 1

Notes:

Sica advanced – Moving towards Perfection (+1 Intellect Edge)

Lorn & Dorn are now L2 (6)

NPC’s:

Lorn & Dorn 2(6)

Lord Sollars

Zulkha (student)

Volanitin – flying city

Scylla the Nano in Green

Lennite Sect

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4th Storm Season (Embarking)

The Seekers have been taken to a splendid garden in the centre of Qi, to meet with Arias Folon. The garden is multi-tiered; lit by hundreds of glowglobes of all colours at night. Many shrubs and plants of all kinds; many obviously not native to Earth.

Arias Folon – male, human, Very old.

A prophecy foretold that he will die within the next four days after the full moon (The Storm Moon, 13th SSE). He wants guarding full-time for this period (14 -17th SSE.) His opponents: the Jagged Dream Cult, would love to see him dead.

Sica agrees to help; in return Folon will take him to the Marker Stone. They agreed and shook hands; on 18th SSE Sica will be escorted to the Marker Stone.

Threads:

1) Activate the Marker Stones in: Qi/City of Bridges/Auspar/Thriest/Mulen/Rarmon/Glavis/Orrila

2) Guard Arias Folon for four days

XP: 1

Notes:

NPC’s:

Lorn & Dorn 2(6)

Lord Sollars

Zulkha (student)

Scylla the Nano in Green

Volanitin – flying city

Lennite Sect

Arias Folon – Lennite leader

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Date 15th Storm Season (Embarking)

The Seekers are guarding Arias Folon. They are outside the entrance to his private garden. When they entered to check on him, Folon was face-down on the grass, dead. Scattered remnants of food lay around him. Obviously he had died from over-eating. Sica did not accept this explanation and investigated further. Folon had been poisoned from a sting from a mechanical insect. The insect was still there; not active any more. Sica tried to identify it and who might have used it but was unable to.

End of Scene

Threads:

Activate the Marker Stones in: Qi/City of Bridges/Auspar/Thriest/Mulen/Rarmon/Glavis/Orrila

XP: 1

Notes:

NPC’s:

Lorn & Dorn 2(6)

Lord Sollars

Zulkha (student)

Scylla the Nano in Green

Volanitin – flying city

Lennite Sect

Arias Folon – Lennite leader (Dead)

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Date: 16th Storm Season (Embarking)

The Seekers are back on the streets of Qi, looking for the Marker Stone. A severe storm had blown up from the west, small whirling vortices could form and easily throw a person off their feet, often causing injury.

‘Doesn’t your ability to know where it is narrow it down?’

‘No. I don’t know how my ability works; I just … I just know where the next Stone in the sequence is.’

‘What if somebody moves it?’

‘They can’t. Each Stone is rooted deep in the planet. It is here somewhere.’

There was tension brewing on the streets; city militia backed up by Zhev were deployed to key road junctions and key buildings. Word was spreading rapidly that the head of the Jagged Dream cult; Arias Folon, was dead.

‘Arias Folon said he was leader of the Lennites. Now, others are saying Arias Folon was the leader of the Jagged Dream’

From up ahead came a commotion. ‘Folon was murdered’, screamed a voice, heard even over the howling of the wind, and there was the sound of a detonation exploding; shortly followed by two others. Fighting broke out across the square and spilled into the adjoining streets. The Seekers were moving through the backstreets when they ran into a small mob of people, citizens with an assortment of weapons.

‘Hey, here we have more of the runners from the front line. There’s a 20 shin bounty on all of you runners.’

Sica, Lorn and Dorn pulled their weapons and took up a fighting stance. The mob hesitated; not expecting resistance; but then pressed forward anyway. A confused melee broke out; the mob were not true fighters and relied in strength in numbers. Sica, Lorn and Dorn held out, but they were all injured.

An electronic noise overhead announced the arrival of a Zhev to break up the fighting. The Seekers ran and hid; Sica dodged from door to door and used every available piece of cover; the Zhev easily captured Lorn and Dorn; Sica was getting tired. Eventually he dived down a chute to an underground cellar; the Zhev scouted but finally moved on. Exhausted from running from the Zhev; Sica rested.

End of Scene

Threads:

Activate the Marker Stones in:

Qi/City of Bridges/Auspar/Thriest/Mulen/

Rarmon/Glavis/Orrila

XP: 1

Notes:

NPC’s:

Lorn & Dorn 2(6)

Lord Sollars

Zulkha (student)

Scylla the Nano in Green

Volanitin – flying city

Lennite Sect (Qi)

Zhev Law Enforcer (Qi)

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Sica awoke in an underground cellar In Qi; bound tightly in an organic plastic membrane. A humanoid-shaped mass of tendrils and tentacles is smothering him. An anal orifice is exuding more of the plastic membrane over him. *

A random stray thought stole over Sica’s mind; ‘so who was the Arias Folon we met with?’

Sica used Effort to get Initiative; then struggled to reach his blade-staff. He managed to reach it just as the creature (a ‘Feeder’) bit him. His armour took some of the damage. Sica put Effort into trying to break free, but the membrane was too tough. The Feeder bit him again; Sica is getting hurt and is becoming worried. He went all-out to break free and run; all he wanted to do was escape. He failed to escape and his last waking memory was being smothered under a mass of ropy tentacles. Something was forced down his throat. **

End of Scene

Threads:

*Activate the Marker Stones in:

Qi/City of Bridges/Auspar/Thriest/Mulen/

Rarmon/Glavis/Orrila

* Gross? No, this is just a re-wording of what a spider does.

** Implanted larvae from the Feeder

XP: 1

Notes

Sica rolled a string of ‘1’s and just failed on every task.

Stats: 4/9/16 [Hale]

NPC’s:

Lorn & Dorn 2(6)

Lord Sollars

Zulkha (student)

Scylla the Nano in Green

Volanitin – flying city

Lennite Sect (Qi)

Zhev Law Enforcer (Qi)

Date: 17th Storm Season

Sica awoke from a nightmare, having been implanted with the larvae of a creature. He was in the cellar and daylight was coming from somewhere. It was here that Lorn and Dorn found him.

(Sica has regained 8 pts, stats now 9/12/16 [Hale])

Lorn and Dorn were held briefly by the Zhev but were released as there was no charge against them. They decide to go to the University to find out how to get rid of the larvae.

They find out that they need to speak to Lady Lissia, a powerful socialite with connections. Her help always comes at a price (not uncommon for the Ninth World).

Lady Lissia was at a social function at the University, a middle-aged beautiful woman with long dark hair and black eyes. She appeared to be expecting Sica and knew who he was. She knows a way to remove the larvae; although she warns that it is an unpleasant experience. However, she wants payment, in advance. Her price is a night of passion with Lorn and Dorn.

Lorn and Dorn see no reason to refuse this payment; Sica returns to the tavern and rests. Recovers 17 pts (14/12/16)

Q: Does he move down the damage track? (50/50): No.

End of Scene

Threads:

*Activate the Marker Stones in:

Qi/City of Bridges/Auspar/Thriest/Mulen/

Rarmon/Glavis/Orrila

* Implanted larvae (Sica)

*Legacy of Nibovia

XP: 1

Notes:

Is Lissia a Nibovian Wife? – Yes! ( for the long-term setting, this is a problem. Nibovians are not human (despite what they look like.)

Stats: 14/12/16

NPC’s:

Lorn & Dorn 2(6)

Lord Sollars

Zulkha (student)

Scylla the Nano in Green

Volanitin – flying city

Lennite Sect (Qi)

Zhev Law Enforcer (Qi)

Lady Lissia (Secret: Nibovian Wife)

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Date: 18th Storm Season (Embarking)

Lorn and Dorn return to the tavern in the morning carrying a small vial, inside was a small oval yellow pellet. As Sica looked, the pellet unfolded myriads of thread-like hooked legs. It scuttled round the vial, leaving a thin trail of yellow liquid; then folded up again. Sica looked at it.

‘What do I do with it?’

‘You swallow it, with a strong drink. It does the rest.’

Sica ordered a flagon of Dagathir’s Breath*; gulped down half of it; swallowed the yellow pellet and washed it down with the remains of the drink. He went to order another, but an intense stabbing pain in his gut doubled him up. The pain grew worse and he dimly aware of being carried up to his room.

The whole process took two days; Sica thrashed in bed in a raging fever. On the second day he had appalling diarrhoea for several hours but then began to feel better. On the third day (1st Winter’s Night) he was fully recovered. Then Lorn came in with some news.

‘Sica, I got this off a merchant just in from Navarene. Lord Sollars has been arrested and is in jail in Charmonde.’

End of Scene

Threads:

*Activate the Marker Stones in:

Qi/City of Bridges/Auspar/Thriest/Mulen/

Rarmon/Glavis/Orrila

* Implanted larvae (Sica)

*Legacy of Nibovia

XP: 2

Notes:

* Invented by my players back in 2016

Close Thread ‘Implanted Larvae’. 1 XP

Stats: 14/12/16

NPC’s:

Lorn & Dorn 2(6)

Lord Sollars (in prison in Charmonde)

Zulkha (student)

Scylla the Nano in Green

Volanitin – flying city

Lennite Sect (Qi)

Zhev Law Enforcer (Qi)

Lady Lissia (Secret: Nibovian Wife)

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Scene 8

Date: 2nd Winter’s Night 423 AF

Sica is fully recovered, and the Seekers are back on the streets, looking for the Marker Stone. It is very cold, with heavy snow and there are few people around.

7th Winter’s Night

Finally, they track it down to a carnival on the NW edge of the city. A charlatan had a tent around the Stone and was charging people 2 shins to try and activate it.

NPC: The Fool in Grey (a Mystical Jack who Entertains)

Tag: Jester’s motley, but all in shades of grey. Intricate tattoos across his face and body.

‘Has anyone ever succeeded in activating the stone?’

‘No. Would you care to try? All of you? Just 2 shins each.’

‘What will you do if someone succeeds? You will no longer have a source of income.’

‘True. But I have many talents. Come, pay your money, and try.’

Sica paid 6 shins and they entered into the tent.

As happened in Charmonde, Sica realised that he just had to concentrate, and the top cylinder slid down into the base. The Stone began pulsing with a kaleidoscope of flashing colours and it sank into the ground.

The Fool in Grey stared in amazement at the Stone, and then turned to Sica.

‘You slying seskii! If I’d known you could do that; I’d have charged you a lot more. Now, do you feel the healing power of the lights?’

‘What?’ Sica was puzzled. ‘What healing power? What lights?’

‘Never mind. I need to think of a catchphrase and redecorate in here. How about ‘Rest and Recuperate in the Glow of the Vitalizer Rays – only 5 shins per quarter session?’

‘What rays?’

‘Leave that to me,’ smiled the Fool

He shook Sica’s hand. ‘Thank you, my friend’.

Back at the tavern, Sica pulled out a map of the Steadfast. Closing his eyes; he let his left middle finger wander across the map until it stopped. He looked at where his finger rested; it was Auspar, capital of the kingdom of Thaemor.

End of Adventure

Threads:

*Activate the Marker Stones in:

City of Bridges/Auspar/Thriest/Mulen/

Rarmon/Glavis/Orrila

* Implanted larvae (Sica)

*Legacy of Nibovia

XP: +2

Total = 4

Spend 4 on Advance

Total = 0

Notes:

Q: Is it the real Marker Stone? (50/50): 39; Yes.

Close Thread ‘Activate Marker Stone in Qi’ 2 XP

CQ: What is the charlatan’s reaction to this?

Dominate – Status Quo

Stats: 14/12/16

NPC’s:

Lorn & Dorn 2(6)

Lord Sollars (in prison in Charmonde)

Zulkha (student)

Scylla the Nano in Green

Lennite Sect (Qi)

Zhev Law Enforcer (Qi)

Lady Lissia (Secret: Nibovian Wife)

The Fool in Grey (Charlatan in Qi)

Sica advanced Increasing Capabilities, +2M, +2S

Stats: 16/14/16

Q: Do Lorn and Dorn advance? (50/50): 90: No

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