Dreamers Deep - A Strange Aeon's Campaign

The Story So Far.....
The Strange Yellow City

You find yourself in a strange yellow city with a handful of other people that you do not know, but whom you nevertheless feel a strange connection to. As you realize that you don't remember who these familiar strangers are, you are also alarmed to discover that you don't even remember your own name or history! Vague shards of memory flicker through your mind but vanish like a mirage when you try to grasp them. You have no memory of how you came to be here, where "here" is, or even how long you have been here. The confusion on the faces of your companions as they look at their unfamiliar surroundings leave you with little doubt that they have as few answers as you do.

Before you can ponder any further or ask questions of your companions, a sickly yellow mist billows around the south corner of the alley that you are standing in. The mist is impenetrable and fills you with foreboding. You don't know how you know it, but that mist contains your doom. As you start to race down the alley and out onto an empty street, the cloud of mist follows relentlessly. It snakes through the alleyway and expands to fill the street behind you and your companions before continuing in your direction like a living predator on the prowl.

Though you don't remember them right now, your companions may be the difference between escaping this strange nightmare city and perishing in a lonely alley in this forsaken and forbidden place….

Adventure Log Rewards for Strange Aeons
Welcome to the Strange Aeons Campaign!

Hello everyone! After several false starts and scheduling conflicts, we are on track to kick the campaign off this Sunday!

I wanted to take a few seconds to talk about the Adventure Log function here on Obsidian Portal and how I will be rewarding the party for updates for the Strange Aeons campaign. For those of you that are unfamiliar (mostly James), this is where the party can record their adventure for later review.

In the past, each post has been worth a set XP value. Over time though, the adventure log always stops getting updated in the later stages of the campaign. The XP values needed to level become quite high, and the relatively small amount of XP awarded for updating the adventure log seems almost not worth it. I'd like to try a new approach by tying the adventure log to something else I haven't been very good at doling out in the past – Character Points.

So, for the Strange Aeons campaign characters will have an opportunity to earn up to 4 Character Points per book of the Adventure Path (there are six total books). The distribution will be as follows:

  • All PCs earn a base 1 Character Point at the successful conclusion of each book of the Adventure Path. It's your reward for overcoming the challenges of the adventure.
  • Characters can also earn up to 1 Character Point per book in the adventure path for excellent role playing or brilliant creativity over the course of that book (excellent roleplaying of madnesses, in-game sacrifices to stay true to character, coming up with and implementing a cunning plan that bypassed or gave the PCs a big advantage in a major encounter or otherwise makes life easier for you, etc).
  • The final 2 Character Points can be earned for the adventure path book if an Adventure Log has been created for every session. If no adventure logs are missed, all PCs will each earn the bonus 2 Character Points. If at least half (but not all) of the sessions have posted adventure logs at the end of the book, all PCs will earn 1 Character Point. If less than half of the sessions have posted adventure logs throughout the adventure path book, then PCs earn 0 Character Points for updating the Adventure Logs.

By the time we get to the final climactic encounter of the Strange Aeons adventure path, PCs will have earned between 7 and 21 Character Points (this total includes the 1 Character Point everyone gets at character creation).

Adventure Logs won't be "due" until 7:00 on the first Sunday that we begin playing in the new AP book, but one adventure log will be needed to record each session played. It will probably be easier to record each log the week after it is played than it would be to try and reconstruct them at the end of each book. Character Point awards for each book will be given before the second session in the new AP book.

My hope is that this schedule creates a reliable way for you to budget how you want to spend Character Points throughout the adventure path. And to provide a reliable method for handing them out without destroying the balance of the game.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

I'm looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday at 7:00!

This really sucks

Good news first, I guess.  The only good news, really.  If you die in your dreams, sometimes you don't die in real life.  At least not this time.

The last few hours have been moving from one terrible thing to the next.  Woke up with no memories other than my name and knowing what I can do.  Full amnesia otherwise.  The others that I find myself with appear to be in similar circumstance (or so they say.  More on that in a minute).

The dream was almost standard nightmare fuel.  The only thing non-standard was in how vivid it was, and that it was a shared dream with us all being devoid of our memories.  We were in an asylum.  Sunnydale, Sunny Acres, Sunnyville, whatever.  Something.  Had other things on my mind.  It was all too big.  Maybe cyclopian?  Don't really know.  Place was cleared out, and there were doors that the dream would not permit us to go.  It was almost a lucid dream, really.

But then there was the fog thing.  With the razor blade.  Chasing us through the deserted city where walls and fences seemed to spring up out of nowhere to stop us.  We were picked off one by one.  All died.  Until we woke up.  At least I think we've woken up?  Hard to know yet, really.

Again, we woke up in an asylum, though it is a different one.  Normal big size for one, as opposed to the big big size of the other.  Crazy lady (?) torturing someone on a table.  The others that appeared in the dream were there as well, locked in cells.  Of course, I was thrown in the fire to be burned (I honestly wonder how that would have worked out).  Lots of yelling, crazy torturer changed her face briefly while yelling at the dwarf.  Then violence ensued, people got out.  I was out of the furnace by then and picked up some rocks.  Attempted to intimidate her, though I'm not sure if that succeeded, or if she ran because we were all free and trying to take her down.  My stuff was in the basement.  I think some of my charges that are used for crafting bombs were missing, as if I had actually used them in the dream, but not remembering I cannot be sure.  More of a gut impression, because really, that's all we have to go off of at this point.

Everyone else's stuff was there too.  Everyone else.  Huh.  No memory of them beyond the dream that we shared, which implies that there is some sort of connection prior to our dreaming and awakening.  Even if it was 2 minutes before we all got whammied by…whatever is going on.  There's a dwarf who appears grumpier than usual for a dwarf.  Couple humans.  One's got a bow, the other…mind daggers or something?  Gut feeling is that he's on the up and up, but going to keep an eye on him.  The samsaran is another issue.  Beyond the other issue that I'll get to in a moment.  Like hell the samsaran doesn't remember anything.  It's against their nature to forget things (I think).  Think he's ok, but he's holding something back.  Little too self-assured, and hell if I know how amnesia works with quasi-ancestral-self memory.

The other problem is that apparently we're in a destroyed asylum that has been overrun by dopplegangers and fucked up weather.  Guards are sure that we're dopplegangers, and honestly, one or all of us could be?  Again, gut is telling me no, but who knows?  Certainly not us.  We don't remember yesterday, much less anything that we can't prove with our own eyes.  Weirdly, the samsaran is about the only one who is in the clear, since..well…his blood is clear.  So, normal?  I think?

Anyway, had to climb up an enormous pile of bodies in various states of desecration and decay to get outside, where…it was boiling rain.  Later, wind going up.  We encountered some incompetent guards who were dressed very importantly that want us to do their dirty work for them.  Said if we kill dopplegangers, that will prove that we are not dopplegangers.  Like hell it does.  We find some dead dopplegangers (or admittedly kill some real ones, like the doctor (?) doppleganger), hand them over, that just proves that we can drag corpses.  Not going to press that point with the guards though.  Appears their tiny minds are already at capacity by dressing themselves this morning.

Killed some big rats, including one with glowing eyes and a tentacle mouth.  Guards didn't say if it belonged to anyone.  Few big bugs that, admittedly, I was completely surprised by.  Was paying too much attention to trying to find useful chemicals.  The fight against the doc dopple was kinda ugly, so we retreated to the boiler room where we fought the rats.

So, in theory we are awake, in theory we are alive, in theory we are not dopplegangers, and in theory we knew each other before we lost our memory.  Will have to wait and see how much these theories bear out.

Dopplegangers and Cultists and Eyeballs

I get the feeling that things are not going to improve anytime soon.  Mainly because we are apparently rescuing the rescuers in an asylum.  Of which, we may have been inmates of the asylum as well.  But that's getting a bit ahead.

So, after taking a bit of a rest, we charged ahead to "prove" that we weren't dopplegangers to the guards that have had a bit too much head trauma to really think things through.  I'm trying really hard to not explain to them how they are being dumb, but I don't know if I will end up having that much patience.

Anyway, we continued searching the area away from the "guards," and came into a wash area where there was a chained up ghoul, a dead body, and a raving madman wearing a piss-stained sheet.  He only was able to say a few words – "Zendallas" "Sees" "Praise" "Words" "Fail".  Mix those words up how you like, I think he said pretty much every combination of them.  Killed the ghoul, still not sure what will happen with the live one.  We moved on and encountered someone who was begging for help.  Yeah, was the crazy dopple who we first met trying to torture us.  Unfortunately s/he/it had a friend along.  Things got ugly fast.  We got out of that one by the skin of our teeth, with the exception of the dwarf.  He…I think he died?  But didn't?  He should have been dead anyway.  He has acted "normal" (I think, but hard to tell since I have a whole day as a baseline for what "normal" is, and that includes fire rain), but will have to keep an eye on him.

Found an eyeball that rolls around and looks at you.  So that's a thing.

The guards finally deigned to let us into their special safe area after we did their work for them.  They seem to have one competent person in Winter.  Cleric, but has been needing to withhold resources as she reports that they are trapped on two fronts.  One wing is filled with ghouls.  The other is filled with cultists, lead by the aformentioned Zendallas.  Cultists call themselves Apostles in Orpament, or something like that.  I'd be surprised that I never heard of them, but yeah, lack of memory.

There are many people from the asylum here who have been rescued, such as it is.  Some inmates, some workers.  We got a name for where we are though – Briarstone Isle.  Winter and her people were asked to come here to check things out, and that she was supposed to rendezvous with someone, but didn't have much more information than that.  Currently they are trying to hold out while they wait for someone to notice that they are missing.  Not much of a plan, but I can see where they are coming from, especially trapped and pincered in.  Plus, the weird weather.

There is also talk of the Argus Eye.  Bothering it bothers the patients.  There is a covering on one of the doors out, so we may be disturbing a lot of things in the near future.

Anyway, tried to help people out as much as we could.  Not much for me to do due to lack of resources, but I was able to discern the nature of the Desna statue here.  Staying near it during sleep does prevent some of the bad dreams and influences that appear to be happening elsewhere around here.  Not sure if it is a result of the cultists, or if whatever happened triggered Glorious Leader Z and began everything else.  Not sure if it matters much, really.

So, we're stuck, trying to find a way out.  I'm going to take a nap.

I hate it here.

Yep, I definitely hate it here.  To be fair, I don't think anyone enjoys being in an asylum under the best of circumstances, but still.

Two points of joy.  One, I killed a giant eye by being a smartass.  Two, we found books.

So we started moving towards trying to find a way out, and get more supplies.  Winter reports that they only have about a week's worth of rations, and then things get bad.  Supposedly there are more supplies in the kitchen, if we can get there.  If they are there.  In theory there should be, as the rampaging cultists have to be eating SOMETHING, right?  Not sure I want to eat what they want to eat though.

So we do some talking, do some research, and then go look at the big eye that is blocking the door out.  Yup, big eye.  We know it can talk, as it is reported to say "What (have, am, something) I become?"  So we try communicating with it first, but not much luck.  Doesn't have ears, so maybe it can't hear us?  Tried writing on paper, but it didn't respond.  Eye could be illiterate.  Stupid is apparently catchy in here.  I'll have to be careful.  Anyway, I decide to hold up a mirror to show it what it am become.  Figured it would get some sort of reaction out of it.  Wasn't expecting it to shrivel up and die though.  So that's new.  Wonder if that would work with beholders.

So we move on, searched a few closets and things without much luck.  Found a foyer/garden, but didn't bother with that yet.  Found the waiting room where a stuffed bird decided that it wanted to throw us around.  Literally.  Tried picking things up and it starts yelling an alarm and raised Blue up in the air and slammed him against the wall.  Someone beat up the inanimate object and things stopped.  Left there after that.

The big thing though was finding a library.  It was filled with some human faced rat things that threw books at us and summoned rat swarms.  I'll admit, I wasn't thinking (again, stupid catching down here?), but focused on fighting the summoned critters instead of the summoners.  Took down 2 of the 3, and the last surrendered.  Jenny Two-Tails.  Self-serving surrender, but I'll take it.  She was full of information, and directed us to speak to her leader.  They're eating books, so I was (still am) tempted to kill them all, but we need allies at this point.  Got some information on where they came from, general knowledge of how things lie in the building at the moment.  We've been warned away from a particular door, as both Jenny and her leader said that "bad things happened there."  They haven't gone in, just know it is bad.  So that's the next spot we go I guess.

Also, fought some pickled punks.  Others were offended when I looked to see if there were any more bottled to take with.  Hey, I would never make the things shudder, but where we're at and what's going on, I'm taking any advantage I can to survive this.

Other than that, did some research in the library, and got some rest.  Supplies continue to dwindle.

I hate it here.

Another day, another trip into darkness

Every time that we think that this place couldn't get worse, that it couldn't get weirder, that it couldn't up the gut wrenching terror; we get proven dead wrong.  On the upside I didn't nearly die in the past couple of days, so that's looking up.  Winter's helping to get me over this bug that the rat swarms gave me.  Being sick always makes ye more cranky I've found. 


So we went a traipsing around the asylum some more, looking for answers, and while we did find some, they also gave us more questions.  We found the administrator in charge of the whole place with some sort of odd miasma coming out of her mouth, think her name was Eliege Losandro.  Ranger put her down before anything really bad happened.  Sleuth figured out that there was some sort of fracking portal inside her body.  Seriously…a portal.  To where, no one knows, but doesn't look to be a normal place.  Upside, we got some keys.  Oh…almost forgot.  This was creepy bleeder number one for the day.  The admin was just bleeding all hemorrhagic style out of anything that could leak and it had puddled down on the floor.  Seriously, more than what should have been inside her but we've stopped questioning that sort of thing. 


Next, we talked down one of the crazy folk and dropped a couple more of the dyed in the cotton cultists.  They were looking for any info on their master and while they didn't find it, a couple of keys and some digging did.  We got a running decades long history on Zanadalus, Ulver Zandalus as it turns out, his history and the crazy level of drugs the guy had taken along the way.  Then the interesting part happened.  We found documentation with our names(?) on it.  Brief descriptions of what had been going on with us when the Count, Haserton Lowls IV,  came across us and some notes.  Nowhere near  the whole story on any of us, but a beginning.  Oh, and names.  Turns out we all have 'em and we might have given the correct ones to the count.  Though that's still in question as bow boy is apparently named Grilled Cheese. 


So, papers in tow we continued on in search of supplies and got to another crazy haunted thing up in here.  This one deluged me with blood.  Seriously like slid me back as it dropped a wave of blood.  So that was more than a little wrong.  I really am getting done with all of the haunts in this creepy arsed place.  We figured out the blood was all coming from an old lady sitting in a wheeled chair looking out some windows whose heart had literally exploded out of her chest. 


Continuing our sweep found us at a room so dark I couldn't see inside…so dark.  Inside was a wee one's voice calling out for his brother.  When we tried to talk, something from that darkness came out and bit me.  Took the strength right out of me it did and that's just embarrassing. Thinking on it we went to go get the lamp that his brother has to try to coax him out, and so we returned to "camp" to talk to the wee one's twin.  He won't hand over the lamp until we've proven we can bring it back, so he wants a couple o' his toys from his room, some soldiers.  So off we trot. 


Crap, almost forgot, we did some more library time as well.  Started looking into one of the multiverses true boogey men, a creature that is apparently responsible for the wendigos.  Research and write, at the peril of your own sanity.   

Sleeping Transformations

So apparently the Tatterman can change people in their sleep and turn them into his…servants?  Thralls?  Uncontrolled agents of chaos?  Some or all of the above?  Don't get me wrong, I like some chaos as much as  the next, but this is pushing things quite a bit.

So we went back to talk to the kid about his lantern so we could lay his brother to rest.  He demanded we get his toy soldiers from his room first.  I…sigh…fine.  So we head back only to find that the old bleeding lady has filled the hallway with blood completely, and unless we decide to swim up-blood, we were going to have to find another way in.  We went back to the waiting room and went outside to find yellow fog everywhere, and headless bats tunneling out of the ground and swarming us.  Blew em up, but man…ugly.  We get inside again, where we fight some giant blood clots. That was…I can't think of a nasty enough word.  Maybe there's something in orcish?  Covered Brovaick, which probably isn't healthy.

Anyway, we search the area, search the rooms, find some oddities (lantern flame frozen in time, inmate who kicked  a couple cultists to death before dying himself, and the toy soldiers for the kid).  Big thing though was finding someone alive, barely.  Was having a nightmare when we found him, but before we could wake him and help, he died, and then woke up again as a ghoul.  We heard that the Tatterman "turns people into who they truly are," so this could be that?

Dwarf got blasted by the blood river from bleeding lady, but we got across and I snuck into the medication area.  There were a few cultists who were…partaking.  Gave lady her medication, and apparently she has stopped.  Killed halfling ghoul, and he had a pretty nice crossbow on him.  Will use it for now.

Went back to the main group and talked to the kid.  He wanted to come with to help calm his brother.  Cleared it with Winter, and went back.  Lantern, kid, light..creepy paper thing fell apart and the room lit back up.  Took the kid back after that.

We then finally find the cultist encampment.  There appears to be a split between true believers in Zendallas and those who are cowed.  Guy came out pretending to be a doctor and took us aside, temporarily calming the guards.  His name is Wren, and he's given us a lot of information on the kitchens, a possibility of stopping some of the weird by assaulting the tower where one of Zendallas' minions is sitting, and is posing as a confidant for the moment.  Everyone here has nightmares every night.  Don't trust him – he'll sell us out if it saves his own skin.  Not sure I like how much some of the others are trusting him and his information.  Hopefully he's on the up and up, but yeah…

We manage to walk back out and return to the main group to sleep.  Like we're going to sleep anywhere but with the Desna statue.  Which we were almost forced to do.

Sleepwalker among the survivors decided to turn into a doppleganger and tried to smash the statue.  Or so they told me.  I'll admit, I was exhausted and slept through the entire thing.

Tomorrow we probably head back to the cultists, though I'm tempted to try checking out the one interior outdoor area, just to clear that so that nothing comes out of there to come after the main group.  Then we can deal with cultists, ghouls, the tower, try to get some food, etc.  Maybe we can try smuggling food out in the magic backpack we found?

Taking a flying leap

I said it before…I really hate it here.

So with food supplies dwindling, we really need to figure out how to get out of here, or at least get to the kitchens, or so we thought.

First, we decided to clear out the outdoor area near where the survivors is.  That wasn’t great, but ultimately a good idea.  There was a…thing…flying around, and it decided that I looked like a fun playtoy to hug and fly away with and…bad touch.  I shoved bombs in its face, and the archer did what the archer does.  The thing put me up on a ledge for a moment.  Fortunately after all the bombs and arrows, I was able to put a last bolt in it to put it down.

After that, we looked in on the morgue, shed, thing.  Basement of the area fell out, and it goes down further than we are going to look into, unless we really have to.

We returned to the cultist’s encampment, and looked in on the kitchens.  Unfortunately, it looks like all they have left is about a day’s worth of potatoes, and then they’re out of food as well.  All other stores have been crushed by debris, or spoiled by a haunt near the ovens.

We conned the guards into letting us through the barricaded area to try to find more food.  More food would be good, but we’re still on the hunt for the tower where we may find some way to put an end to this garbage and get out.

We were ambushed by some ghouls, which we were really not surprised about.  What we were surprised about was being led on a chase and ultimately attacked by a FREAKING UNICORN.  That…just wasn’t right.  Blue boy almost bought it, but we managed to survive.  Put down the unicorn, found a body that we buried that the unicorn seemed attached to.  Hopefully that calms things down?

We were running pretty ragged at this point, but decided to explore just a bit further, especially since the guards decided that they weren’t going to let us back in without any food.  Looked around and saw UGLY!  Little thing with a big mouth that yelled really loud and had a lot of pointy feet.  We played tag for a bit before he finally got the jump on me, and then the dwarf.  Managed to get it killed though, and we got it skinned and brought back to the cultist camp.  I hope that it is edible.  Maybe.  Hope.  Sure.

We absconded with some potatoes, and went back to talk to Winter.  Tomorrow we have to make a hard push to try to resolve things.  We are out of food by morning.

End of Book 1

The Tatterman is dead.  He's not the only one.

We decided that we needed to make a final push.  We are too far out of resources to wait much longer.  Wren told us that one of Z's followers was in a tower in ghoul territory, and that taking him down, or at least encountering he/she/it would help.  We went back into their area to try to clear it out.  If anything, clearing the ghouls would help the cultist followers survive, so long as they didn't mind starving.  But better starving than starving and being chewed on.

We moved in, only for a wall to drop on us.  Some ghoul was being clever and setting traps.  We killed the ghouls that dropped the wall on us, and moved on.  We found another room with ghouls, and they were keeping 2 hostages.  Kind of.  One human chained to the wall, and something under a crate.  We killed the ghouls, saved the guy, and the guy warned us to not let the thing out of the box.  It was a "bad dog" made of horror.  Turned out he wasn't hallucinating, he was right.  This…thing…dog with a beard made of veins was what was in there, and it was.  Well, it was.  It was ugly.  Holy hell, if anything, I'm viewing myself as prettier and prettier every day after being in here after seeing some of this crap.  Wish I could unsee some of this crap.

Anyway, terrordog killed the prisoner, and we eventually put the thing down.  We then killed a few more ghouls, and found the tower where the Vapor Cultist was.  Yeah, they have some long name, but screw it.  Vapor Cultist.  Couldn't see the thing through the fog unless you were right up next to it, but if you were there you were in danger of being knocked out by the fumes.  So that happened to Brovaick, but eventually we killed the cultist and the smoke stopped appearing here.  Still lots around though.

On the way back down we checked out one more door, only to find the ghoul king.  Stunk..a lot.  He was wearing his hand as a necklace.  Weird chap.  Anyway, he's dead now.  We almost were too, so we decided to take one more night to recover before making a final assault on Zendallas and his happyfuntime cult.

Every day I wake up, thinking that yesterday had to have been the worst day.  I never figured myself to be an optimist (of the little memory I have), but turns out that every day is indeed worse than the next, and even after our stay here, I can't imagine that it is going to get better anytime soon.

We make the final assault on the cultists.  It was a drive out of desperation, but…we should have planned it out better.  I don't know how that would have changed anything though, unfortunately.

We encounter the true believer guards, including the crazy cat lady who likes strangling people.  Before we knew exactly what was happening, they swarmed Brovaick and killed him.  He lived long enough to keep them off of us, but one cultist with his dying breath, smashed in Brovaick's skull.

At this point…we're down a man.  We recruit one of the useless guards from Winter's crew.  Turns out, this one wasn't so useless.  In fact, he was damn good, as far as it went.  I'll give credit to him.  Not sure where he was when we were "proving we aren't dopplegangers," but whatever.

We move on, and find 3 more Vapor Cultists, sitting in a room filled with Zendallas' drawings.  Seriously messed up stuff.  Stripped all of them off of the walls, and the cultists just kinda sat there watching us…and letting their foul smoke dribble out of their mouths.  The drawings are probably worth nothing, but there's probably some crazy nut who will hear about what happened here.  For some reason, even terrible artwork increases in price once the artist is dead.

Anyway, we attack the Vapor Cultists finally, and…well, there was a lot of sleeping.  Eventually dropped them and everyone woke up.

We move down the hall and encounter He Who Once Was Zendallas.  Yeah, that's not him anymore.  Someone is using him as a Meat Puppet.  He was doing the whole Princess and the Pea bit with lots of mattresses, and he didn't want to talk to us.  Just started slamming our brains around, and the voice that was coming out of his mouth wasn't his.  Definitely was Tatterman running the show.  We destroyed the puppet easy enough.

And then the smoke came barreling out of his body, and Tatterman manifests.

We…were not prepared.  Tatterman dropped the guard and outright slaughtered Istanu.  I threw everything I had at him, and it wasn't enough.  He kept healing whatever I did.  Iustin ran and tried to get help, brought in Wren and went for more.  GC and I did what we could with what we had, but was largely ineffectual.  Managed to get a potion into the guard and get him back up.  Only benefit was for a while I had him stuck to the floor.  Eventually that ran out too, and Tatterman…disappeared.  Just before he left, we discovered he was weak to silver.  For some reason.

Iustin found Tatterman, as he was going towards the encampment of survivors with Winter's crew.  We found the Chain of Nights book and a few other odds and ends, and went down in search of where Tatterman went, only to run into Iustin.

We rushed down, and between GC's silvered arrows a hell of a lot of luck, and lots of hitting with silver daggers after he went down, the rest of us survived.  Tatterman got to about 10 of the survivors, and most of the "cultists" were happy to not be cultists anymore.

There were 5 of us who woke up imprisoned by the crazy nurse doppleganger.  Now there is only 3 of us left.  And, risking to speak for all of us, we have a bone to pick with Hasteron Pragmis Lowels IV.  A sharp bone.  In his spleen.  The bone is also on fire.  I will make sure of that.

Return to Civilization?

Huh.  Turns out I hate it here too.  Starting to wonder if it is a general disdain of stupidity, or if it has more to do with the past that I cannot remember.


So we're finally out of the asylum. Near the docks we found a couple other survivors in a shed.  Also mind-whammied.  Odd thing though – they appear to have more of their memories than the rest of us have.  Orson, a human who's on a bit of a hair trigger on…well, on everything.  He killed Jeff for some reason.  Had to go through the whole ritual to get him back again.  I can tell Jeff's getting frustrated with not being able to communicate effectively.  I'll have to work on that.


Anyway, the other is a cleric of P.  They survived by locking themselves in a shed, put down the ghouls and other things that came towards them.  After finding them, we made arrangements to head to Thrushmoor.  That's where Winter was heading back to in order to report in, and try to figure out what was going on.  Wren stayed back with the survivors of the asylum disaster to manage things until Winter can get some people back to help them.  Everything else aside, many of them are very ill through various reasons, and throw on the terror of what just happened?


GC had a hippogriff show up on the boat ride down the river.  So that's a thing.


We get to Thrushmoor, and it is not right in lots of ways.  First, it is bigger than it should be.  Lots built up, but not enough support for it.  Second, there are chalk drawings on the sides of buildings that appear in the middle of the night.  Nobody knows how they're getting there, but more on that in a minute.  They have a distinct artistic style of alien architecture.  Third, people are disappearing, nobody knows where.  Fourth, those in authority, including Dear Leader, have either holed up or left.  Fifth, Accuser Omari has disappeared, much to Winter and my consternation.


While the others went shopping and to offload some things, I went with Winter.  Some woman there that I didn't bother remembering the name of was pissed to hear that myself and the others had returned.  Apparently we have a reputation in town, all tied to Lowels in one way or another.  We got a bit more confirmation of that from the bartender at The Stain.  He skipped over me though.  We're going to have a talk about that later.


Look, to an extent I think the clean slate of my head has done me some good.  But nobody steals from me, and like hell if I'm going to let that go.  If I can't remember it, I sure as hell am going to research it.


We headed towards the temple in town to try to get some answers, as that's where Vasilly was before he lost his head.  There was a mob around a nearby house though, targeting the painter who lives there as the culprit of the chalk drawings and the disappearances.  We did a quick investigation, since as I mentioned before all authorities are MIA, and determined that most likely it isn't him.  He has been painting merging cities and other of his dreams, which is a bloody bad idea right now.  He asked for us to sit for him to paint our faces into some dream painting he did, but yeah…hell no.


We went to the temple, but by this time we knew that it was empty.  The head of the temple had disappeared.  We stayed the night, but a constant wailing made it difficult to sleep.  Not impossible, just a pain.  We went to the Wailing House and dug into it a bit.  Found the owner deceased and trapped behind a shelf in his basement.  Doing a proper burial, and hopefully that will put an end to it?  Damn haunts.


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