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An Introdution and Account by Nimal, Gil's Accountant

(Recap 3 and 4 are unfinished, with a considerable gap between it and where this story takes up.)

New employees of the House of the Rass hear the following speech when they begin their stay. 

Orlanth, King of the Gods, is the protector of men, and Pavis, Founder and Peacemaker, shows them how to live well together. I beg their aid now, and so welcome you to the service of the House of Rass. Peace of Pavis.  I am Nimal, sworn to the Golden Voice of Issaries, who is Guarantor of Trade, Finder of Paths and Teller of Tales. Here I invoke He who made stones weep with His poetry, Whose words made Inora bow low so that His path might be clear.

Vanganth and the Cleansing Leap

Incorrect date, above. (Recap 3 is unfinished, with a small gap between where it leaves off and the start here.) 

As should become obvious, this recap is written from the standpoint of Barlo Ofun, Pavis native and Vanganthi Devotee, also sworn to be the Protector of the Rass and more specifically, Gilli. 

Brothers, sisters, kin by blood born or shed, gather round here so I can boast of my great deed here in this, the valley of our clanhall! I am Barlo Ofuhn, son of Martri Threewife of our clan, the Ofuhn. You know me, I have travelled widely, seen danger, killed men and learned Vanganth's magics. You have heard my story of how I won the Conjured Sword of Flame, how I killed the oathbreaker Chagreus Clarios in single combat, how I saved the children of Tink from the Stink Broos. Now, now let Orlanth fill my lungs and the clear voice of Issaries convey my words as I tell you the Quest of Vanganth and the Cleansing Leap! 

Cleansing Leap HeroQuest

The Rass siblings and Barlo, the newly appointed Protector of the Rass, went looking for members of the river cult they could ask about breaking the last condition of the curse. "the River reaching the tower's top."

As they were related to the Ingilli clan, they first sought advice there. But instead of a bustling Rich Hill manor filled with the comings and goings of a busy mercantile house, the Rass found the Ingilli manor locked and guarded. The guards were friendly enough, and all members of the household guards for the river lords. Each of the guards bore a blue and green ribbon tied to an arm, and were happy to give directions to the Rass. In fact, they seemed almost to have been expecting the group.

Breaking the Curse on the Rass (updated)

Once they explored the tower which had been barred to their ancestors for generations, the Rass family discovered that the curse on their family included ritual conditions to aid its power.

This curse was engraved on a lead ring worked into a previously existing sorcerer's circle on the fourth floor of the Rass Tower. Within that lead ring a globe of darkness sat suspended from four slowly rotating and skittering legs that always touched some portion of the lead.

Asher's translation of the masterfully explained the conditions for the duration of the curse:

The Curse

Discussing and Investigating the Curse

Long Discussion of the River

The Rass siblings spent a great deal of time brainstorming methods of making "the river reach the tower's top." They experimented with some mundane ways of doing this, and had no success, but a bucket of water pulled from the Zola Fel did turn out to have a tiny tentacled gorp in it, which took some magic to kill.

The Rass siblings entered the tower again.
Kruly could not enter the tower even now, though the rest of the Rass could. They examined the positions of the dead, including their ancestors. They had some luck reconstructing the progress of the battle.

Jokat Pulos Made them Fall (a poem)

A poem about Jokat Pulos

Pulos family Pulos Son
Hated Waha every one
Jokat called the dark to him
Jokat called the dark within
Walls of Pavis Standing tall
Jokat Pulos made them fall
Balastor he died that day
Gerak Kag the wall did leap
The evil troll made Pavis weep
Walls of Pavis Standing tall
Jokat Pulos made them fall
Darkness heard his foolish call
Darkness came to eat us all.

Prophecies from the Pavis Temple

Prophecies from the Pavis TempleInvestigating his father's effects, Gil discovered that much of the family's wealth over the past 20 years had gone to paying for divinations at the Pavis temple. These were the most notable and understandable results recorded by Drozal and found by Gil.

What is the nature of the Curse afflicting us?

Four prisoners.
Three free.
All served.
All suffered.
A thousand hands
A single Enemy.
Each loss
Diminishes the whole.

I saw a great dragon give birth to a clutch of many eggs. From these eggs came other dragons, men, beasts, countries and peoples. Then the Lone Man drew his pieces together, and with those pieces achieved a new vision of old, good things reborn. He planted this vision and it grew tall strong--and enemies. It grew enemies and those enemies came, and came and came; wave on wave of violence, discord and death; atrocities and murder, cruelty and blood. Finally a great balck cloud came and the vision was buried under cannibalism and callousness.

Into the Tower

On their initial look around the tower, Cam again saw the woman on the walkway of the manor. This time, he managed to approach and talk to her.

No one else saw her, but Cam saw a middle-aged woman in fine clothes, bearing a bloody dagger. "Be careful!" she said, over and over. "There was nothing for it, but what was done. Nothing for it! Otherwise, all would have been lost." Nothing for it!"

"Nothing for what?" asked Cam, approaching carefully. "What's wrong?"

"You can't believe him! Don't trust Shiparon! Don't trust him!" Shaking her head, she started, as if seeing something nearby.

"Who's Shiparon? What did he do?" Cam had never heard that name before. No matter what he asked, the woman just kept repeating "Don't trust Shiparon!"

Death and the Rubble

In Pavis on Godday, Fertility Week, Storm Season, 1617 S.T. all the auspices proved wrong. An initiation gone wrong, a father dead seemingly at random. But worse was yet to manifest....

What family members had been found gathered at the Chalana Arroy temple. Cam, Senech and Gil each agreed to aid the Chalana Arroy priestess their prayers.

The three brothers knelt outside the central altar, praying for the priestess's success. Drozal's body was alone with the priestess in the inner temple. Hours passed. A single light shone in the priestess' hand. The room grew cold, the air stale. Darkness seemed to gather, and the light harder to see.

The early years: The Curse on the Rass

The start date of the campaign is approximate--some time in early 2000, I think.

A Rude Interruption

In Pavis on Godday, Fertility Week, Storm Season, 1617 S.T. all the auspices seemed correct for young Cam Rass of the clan of Rass to attempt his first initiation into the secrets of Issaries. Cam's brother, Gil had successfully lobbied for this elevation among his fellow merchants, sponsoring him in this. He had the support of his father Drozal as well.

The day was windy and cool, but the wind came from the south and carried moisture with it. Earlier there had been rain, which everyone agreed was a good sign. At sunset, a traditional time for Lightbringer initiations, Cam's family and business associates gathered in the Market at the steps of the Issaries temple. Markets are sacred to Issaries.

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