After a delightful banquet, and the introduction of Chaas Ambry, the party found themselves traveling through the Blind Eternities once more. Beseath was unfortunately left behind for reasons unknown, but the group managed to find their way to Sharn, the City of Towers, in the expanse of Chaos…
Upon landing in the world of Eberron, the group was approached by Bulwark, an ancient being that had detected something familiar about Lia. Deciding to let the creature tag along for the time being, the group managed to snag a newspaper from a Gnome and read up on the local news. Several events caught their eye, including the launching of the Pride of Siberys –an Elemental Airship built by House Cannith– and the Carnival of Shadow which was performing that very evening. Seeing that they had ample time to wander, they decided to try and find a quick bit of work for the Sharn Inquisitive.
Meeting Largen, a rather drunken editor for the Sharn Inquisitive, the party was forced to endure his ranting and raving until he finally released them with a mission to find out what the real purpose of the Shadow Carnival was. Caewen, wanting to find out more about the world the group had found itself in, demanded a trip to Morgrave University. The party made off with several books while there, including an abridged history of Eberron.
Making the trip into Upper Central, the party was on its way to see the launching of House Cannith’s first Elemental Airship when Gagen noticed a disturbance down an alleyway. Seeing a group of Half-elves in House Cannith garb emerging from said alleyway, Gagen notified the group that something was rotten in Khyber and asked for them to investigate. Much to their dismay, the party discovered that several Cannith Magewrights had been knocked unconscious. Caewen managed to awaken one of them, who immediately dragged the group through the guards and into the dock where the Pride of Siberys was docked. Chaas, finding a bomb attached to the back of the airship, quickly went to work disarming the bomb as the rest of the party fended off a strike from the disguised group of half-elves that had planted the bomb. Chaas, doing his best to disarm the bomb, unfortunately tripped one of the capacitors and set off a chain reaction in the bomb. Thinking quickly, he shunted the brunt of the energy directly toward him, negating much of the force but also burning himself and two of his companions heavily…
The sound of the explosion rocking the dock was enough to draw the attention of everyone on the airship, including the forty Warforged guards that were aboard. Of the remaining saboteurs, one cooked himself with his own lightning spell while the rest tried to escape but were struck down. With a word of thanks from Merrix d’Cannith, the group was happy to move on. Chaas, who entered into a prolonged discussion with Merrix, stayed behind on the airship as it departed for its maiden voyage.
After visiting the Elvish community and doing a good bit of shopping and bar hopping in Middle Menthis, the party suddenly found themselves in possession of an extremely dangerous artifact. Upon seeing not just one but two groups peering at them from another level of the city, Lia decide that immediately running for the nearest Sky Coach and wooing the driver was the best option. The wooing aspect went perfectly well, lowering the price of the group’s travel to just 40 GP with only a hint of flirting. Unfortunately, the assassins that were chasing them had means of flight all their own, and began boarding the Sky Coach. Through the acts of Gagen and Caewen, one of the attackers failed to make it to the boat, while Bulwark and Bartholomew made short work of all the other boarders. Unfortunately, their pilot was killed amidst their battles, forcing Gagen to take the wheel.
Roughly landing the Sky Coach, the party made it to Morgrave university in time for the City Watch to try and apprehend them. A Dwarf dressed in rather fancy clothing, wearing eight silver rings upon his hands, and wielding a gem-studded hammer paid off the watch and led the party into the University’s grounds. Caewen immediately became distrustful of the Dwarf, while Gagen heard the sounds of armor and weapons being readied around them. Taking the initiative, the Elven archer slammed an arrow home on the Dwarf, and the melee was on. Unfortunately, the Dwarf knew several dominating incantations and immediately subverted Bartholomew, who was carrying the case…
To say that this was a bad thing would be putting it lightly.
With the case in hand, the Dwarf violently opened it, earning him a death that he probably richly deserved. The Aberrant creature within the book left the Dwarf and his henchmen as little more than bloody smears and scattered, mangled bones and flesh. It also sapped the strength of the party upon its departure, leaving them gasping for breath as they recovered…
After recovering their purchases, the group made their way to the Carnival of Shadows. Bartholomew and Lia, thinking quickly, dressed the Warforged in the House Cannith Robes the party had “liberated” and bluffed their way into the performance as elites, while the rest of the party took the nosebleed seats. After a wonderful beginning to the performance Gagen was suddenly kissed on the ear by Savine Phiarlan, the leader of the Carnival. Having snuck up on the unsuspecting Elf, she enticed him to come and meet her, along with the rest of the party. Sensing a chance to learn what they needed to know, Gagen quickly alerted the others and gave chase to the fleet footed woman. Encountering her students, the group was forced to put up a fight against them until Savine called them off, angry that her students had attacked the party.
Apologizing for their rudeness, Savine invited Gagen to a hunt within the city, with her as his quarry. Though the two went at it for a good while, eventually Savine made a dash for Gagen when she felt she was starting to push her luck and successfully knocked him out. Tending to his wounds and confirming her theory, Savine explained the purpose of the Shadow Carnival to Gagen and exposed his slowly developing Dragon Mark. Offering him a position in the troupe if here were ever to return, the group headed back to the show with Gagen in a daze.
Sensing that their time in Eberron was at an end, Lia snuck out of the performance to speak with Bulwark… but their conversation was suddenly cut off when the party was ripped from their place in Eberron and flung back into Westeros.
“So much for THAT vacation… Ugh.”
- Level 12 Exodus Knife (Paragon Tier) – Party decision, unavailable until level 9.
- Level 6 Iron Armbands of Power – Bartholomew ‘Bangada’ Bronzenoggin
- Level 9 Staff of Iron Infusion –Chaas Ambry
- Level 11 Shadowdancer’s Gloves (Paragon Tier) –Gagen Nailo
- House Cannith emblem
- House Phiarlan emblem
- House Cannith Robes
- 1,535 XP gain per party member.
- While in Eberron, the party may present the emblem of House Cannith for a 30% discount on Magical Items.
- While in Eberron, Gagen gains a Dragonmark of Shadow for story purposes only. Cannot be used as the feat version unless taken at a later level.
- While in Eberron, the party has a 2% chance of being attacked by Aberrant creatures at random.
Party’s total cash after expenses: 4,723 GP
410 XP was missed for failing the encounter at Morgrave Univiersity, as was one Magic Item.