Nightsun 12897AC to Corvere 12898AC, Monsoon Season
The first hints of the awakening of dragonkind begin with the following events. Inika,
now fully transformed into a Gold Dragon, chafes at being confined to the Temple of Arden in secret. She engineers her escape, rampages
through the halls of the High Temple of Arden and bursts the great dome before flying out and away. Rumors circulate the wharves of Hana
that dragon cults are on the rise in the powerful city of Tel-Akbar and the name Ashmalorn
is spoken of for the first time in more than four thousand years. Rumors also abound of the appearance of a powerful black dragon called
Glothmang, saying that it has taken up residence in the Great Dhal Swamps and now summons and unites the lizard-man tribes there. In
the Tenkshystra district of Hana a storm washes ashore the large corpse of a blue
serpent monster, disturbing all its own, but more so because it appears to have been bitten in half by something much larger still.
Meanwhile, the Tsochar continue to
plan their nascent powerplay to enslave the city. Under the protection of House Rajaniish
the Tsochari creature Ushamah works to spread its agents through-out the Spice Guild in an attempt to secretly invade other merchant
prince households. More merchant princes become aware of the threat of "skin-stealing snake-men," but little is done. A string of deaths in
the Spice Guild is attributed to interguild warfare between petty subordinates of the guild leaders, jockeying for position over the coming
spring produce. The Tsochar establish a new nest on the Isle of Sepras south of the Cult of the Third Moon.
There, on Hana's Isle of Sepras, the Cult of the Third Moon does not rest. Their deity, Hesdeus, fears the
destruction of the last Monolith which holds his not-quite ascended divine spirit; not because its destruction will release the powerful and ancient
Saruswathi psions, but because it will mean his oblivion. Hesdeus instructs his cultists through dreams to begin labor upon a new second
Monolith, desperate to contain the Holy See even as the last monolith begins to weaken under the psychic assault of the Saruswathi minds
imprisoned by it.
Meanwhile, the Saruswathi exert their awakening powers over the people of Hana's Vofoti district. Groups of
six people are seen gathering in Vofoti, standing about in a trance-like state and then wandering about and staring at things. These people do
not speak and later do not recall memory of their actions. Headaches from the psychic noise that has begun to permeate Vofoti slowly gets
worse and seems to be spreading.
As the monsoon season draws to a close, terrible storms dump pollution from the harbor and dozens of deaths
result from the winds, debris, and flooding.
Kukalmak finishes his studies, assisted by a the alien mind which he contacted through the
Atabin Kotica. With the assistance of the
Tome of Ambitions and following a brief consultation with his
companions he begins construction of magical monoliths to create his own Holy See like that of Hesdeus. Each of these monoliths take
about four months to construct. The first monolith is completed during his research, leaving eight months of construction left to perform before
he will complete all three. The adventurers pool their funds and construction begins, each costing the princely sum of roughly 60,000gp in
A rash of disappearances and deaths occur across the Isle of Sepras.
The Tsochar attempt to invade the Rise of the Third Moon cult in an attack that spills out into the public streets; bringing horror and panic
to the island as tentacle waving puppet-bodies and wolf-men war against each other before hundreds of onlookers. The Tsochari puppets
who engage in the battle are all slain, the Tsochar invaders slip away into the streets and people tell stories of snakes coming out of
bodies and crawling into cracks, drains, and disappearing down alleyways.
Rosha Sahwedradi, a powerful psion in the Gray Cabal goes on a rampage, screaming for the voices
to get out of his head. He slays half a dozen Fellows, accusing them of playing a cruel joke upon him, before he is slain by Aftos, a
Master of the Guild. Apparently Aftos was masquerading as a Fellow and Rosha attacked him, prompting a decisively quick retaliation.
Black Dragon assassins come for Walks the Walls, courtesy of
Glothmang and in retaliation for the attack on the Ktholdhsa Village that Walks and Ekivir
attacked earlier in the season. At first, they send one of their number, disguised by illusion, into the Four Pillars to speak with Walks the Walls
and offer mercy if he reveals where Ekivir can be found. If Walks does not help, they return the next night and attack.
Disappearances continue on the Isle of Sepras as the Tsochar continue their efforts to conquer the island.
Scattered conflicts between them and the werewolves continue. Rumor has it that the Rise of the Third Moon cult has been abducting people
off the street to increase their numbers, brain-washing people into mindless cultists.
As Summer begins, a Gold Dragon clumsily flies over Hana and crashes into the Grinder. Inika has returned, badly wounded after
losing a fight against one of the spawn of Glothmang, a grown black dragon called who has taken the name Vasrabius. Glothmang
sent Vasrabius into the south Dahl swamps as his agent there. Vasrabius gathers Lizardfolk tribes and has been sending their most
powerful warriors north to await the arrival of Glothmang, meanwhile he has been terrorizing villages along the edges of the swamps.
Inika asks for help and shelter, as Vasrabius may try to hunt her down.
Kukalmak to chide him for being so reclusive and warns him that
he is missing out on an opportunity to ride to the council of Proloriates if he continues this way. Attention has turned to the promising psion
called Mavikos Shwaruupi, who has been researching a solution to the psionic noise that plagues the Vofoti district. He tells Kukalmak
that he is not planning on being a Proloriate forever and if Kukalmak would show but a little initiative his chances would be quite good –
Valrisha seems to have decided that he has intimidated Kukalmak
from making any bid at Proloriacy.
The trade season is in full steam and Sabal arrives at the Four Pillars
with tale of a merchant ship on the Isle of Sepras which was attacked by Tsochari agents and then crashed on the beaches of the Puryat
Dubala neighborhood. He says that it isn’t safe to travel to the Isle of Sepras anymore, not that it ever really was. Crazy dragon cults,
Tsochari worshiping cults, Tsochari infected cults, and angry werewolves are crawling all over the place.
Mavikos Shwaruupi, a wizard of the Gray Cabal is found murdered in an alleyway in Kithrapas. Mavikos
was known to be researching a powerful magic to help end the effect of the psionic noise plaguing the Vofoti District and was said to be
close to a solution. Such a solution would have guaranteed a seat among the Proloriates for the successful psion Fellow.
Rumors of Tsochar attacks in Puryat Dubala begin to spread. Merchant prince militias are seen in full armor in the normally peaceful
district. In Shinveta, the Saris Sepif in Shinveta enacts a strict protocol forbidding entrance onto the Sepif without strict testing for
marks upon the back. The sense of foreboding in less protected districts like Nop Haztno or Sampatha is palpable. People talk of little
else but the body thieves, whisper in fear of Cultists of Mok-Thuum the Nine Headed, and the appearance of Scaled people who stalk
the street at night. It is not safe to be out at night they say, if the Shahirans don’t get you, the Scaled will.
Word that a powerful Scaled sorcerer has taken power in the Jeweled City of Abnasia in the Westering
Other Sepif begin to enact quarantine measures as well. The Merchant Prince Athunitri Derjida is revealed to be a Tsochari agent and
a brief war is waged on his house by the other Merchant Princes, slaying the household, man and child.
The merchant prince Atfet offers an alliance to consolidate his forces under Prince Rajaniish and
soldiers of Rajaniish now freely patrol House Atfet’s grounds and drink his wine. Strange flickering lights like aurora borealis and eerie
whistling noises have been heard coming from the palace grounds of Prince Rajaniish, a wind seems to blow there as though the air
was being pulled into his palace. The omens presage the opening of a portal to the Tsochari homeworld.
Attacks by Tsochar are heard of in every district except Vofoti, most of Kithrapas, and north Puryat
Dubalah. Hysterical accounts of public attacks on peasants in the middle of the night by Tsochari begin to circulate. In Shinveta the
Church of Arden receives a contingent of 200 Templars from the
High Priest in the United Kingdom.
A boat is spotted in the harbor in the early morning being attacked by Tsochari.
Towards the end of the month, Proloriates Valrisha and
Isarion Aedenidar to replace the retiring Proloriate Anshuman. A vote
is to take place on the 10th of Ilyun.
Kukalmak finishes constructing the third Monolith.
A terrible Tsochari monster, thirty feet tall, wrecks havoc in a Shinveta marketplace. Witnesses say that
worm-like things drop from it and burrowed into people’s skin, causing terrible convulsions and death. Word travels though that the bodies,
which were to be dumped in the Grinder, reanimated, killed the body bearers, and fled north into the Shinveta district.
Flickering lights from within the palatial grounds of Rajaniish have become a nightly occurrence and now
they occasionally have appeared in the palace of Atfet and about the isle of Sepras. Rumor says that Rajaniish has been communing with
devils and spirits, allowing them to possess his men, but no one seems to be willing to defy him or investigate the matter. Rajaniish has
always been a dangerous merchant prince, people have long said that he’s a devil in disguise because of his strange birthmark: his hands
face the wrong direction from the wrists. One group of blustering adventurers are said to have snuck into Rajaniish’s palace this month, but
now they work for Rajaniish.