Apotheosis

Interlopers Of Ruun-Khazai

Over a century ago, the extraplanar outpost of Ruun-Khazai disappeared, and with it the magical weapon known as ‘Fedifensor’. However, following the dispersal of an astral storm, magical divinations on both have proven more fruitful. Utilizing their mythic potential and the portals of Sigil, the Champions of Absalom have little difficulty reaching the fortification, but will their newfound abilities be enough to contend with the resident of Ruun-Khazai and the unknown factions that covet the same prize?

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Initial Forays

In the teeming metropolis of Sigil there stands a church that has been there for longer than anyone can remember. Up until recently, nobody has given the nondescript building a second thought. However, when the workmen tasked with tearing down the old structure all disappear, the residents of the ‘Cage’ quickly take note. Soon drawn into the investigations, the Champions of Absalom find themselves dealing with far more than a simple case of missing persons.

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The Deva Spark

The deva is a celestial champion who serves the cause of ultimate good. The bebilith is a nightmarish monster whose every deed reeks of utter evil. What terrible secrets connects these two beings and what does it all have to do with the legendary deva spark? Can the Champions of Absalom can learn the truth of this epic conflict before time runs out?

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The Mantis's Prey

The Red Mantis have a contract to assassinate Grandmaster Torch, and the famed former Absalom information broker calls in a favor from the Champions of Absalom to prevent his untimely demise. Racing against the clock, the heroes must locate and defeat a cell of the legendary assassins and uncover unlikely secrets in the process.

Two weeks after their return to Absalom from the horrors they faced at Nightfang Spire, the Champions of Absalom find themselves each with a summons to Crescent Manor within the Petal District. Believing they have had an audience requested of them by the local nobility the group travel to the appointment. Unbeknownst to the heroes, their ally and former agent of the Varlokkur, Julian Ormontagne has also received such an invitation and meets up with them at the manor. It quickly becomes clear that the summons is not simply a polite social gathering as they spot familiar bodyguards outside the residence and become aware of heavy magical wardings. Within the manor they are greeted by their former associate and rival, Grandmaster Torch. After the initial shock of being summoned by a man they thought had long since abandoned their home city, the champions query why Torch has summoned them. Before he will give them an answer, the Grandmaster requests that they first prove they are up to the high standards he expects of them by inspecting a number of ‘artifacts’ he has come into possession of. Reluctantly, Albert, Behnam and Julian investigate the items, quickly proving that each is clearly a fake, frustrating Torch’s own expert in the process.

Satisfied that they are still up to the standards he expects of them, Grandmaster Torch explains that he has become aware of a contract on his head, taking out by one of his own enemies with the infamous Red Mantis assassins. The conniving information broker explains that he wishes for the champions to deal with his assailants on his behalf before any ill can befall both himself or the innocents of Absalom. While most of the group are reluctant to take any action to support Torch, Julian exclaims interest in ‘just one more adventure’, citing that it will be ‘just like old times’. Unwillingly to disappoint their friend, or place the populace of the city in harm’s way, the heroes agree to investigate. Torch identifies the assassins base of operations within an abandoned cloistered bardic college, Allegro College.

After retrieving their adventuring equipment, Julian and the champions travel to the mountains north of Absalom and locate the college hidden behind Frothripper waterfall. Upon their arrival they are set upon by a handful of Red Mantis and their enforcers. Despite the assassins deadly reputation, the group are soon victorious and locate the entrance to the college. However, the entrance is built into a trapped music puzzle, which Albert recklessly activates. In response to the failsafe triggering, a gigantic elder water elemental emerges from the waterfall behind the group, delivering a punishing blow to Set’nah. The group scattered, with the elven archer distancing himself from his allies while Nazuk disappears. Realising the power of the elemental, Albert dimension door’s the others to safety. Alone and exposed, Set’nah comes under attack from the elemental again, his flesh and bones breaking under the immense torrential fists. Overwhelmed and unprepared, Set’nah perishes brutally, witnessed by a powerless Nazuk. The slyph shadowdancer manages to sneak away and locate the others, relaying the news of their friends demise. Realising the elementals summoning won’t have lasted long, the champions recover the archer’s body and return to Absalom somberly. Within the Temple of the Shining Star, Behnam invokes the divine powers of his goddess Sarenrae and miraculously heals the elfs body and returns his soul to his shell. Despite being drained and both mentally and emotionally in shock from his temporary death, Set’nah agrees to resume their task.

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With their physical wounds healed, the group return to the college and carefully manage to overcome the trapped entryway. Within they encounter a number of Red Mantis and their apparent prisoners. To the heroes surprise, the assassins surrender, but when Behnam unmasks the “assassins” he realises they are medusa. Another trap is sprung, as the prisoners reveal themselves to be more disguised Red Mantis and a fearsome melee breaks out. The champions are victorious, capturing one of the medusa, however in the chaos both Nazuk and Malias have succumbed to the medusa’s stony gaze. Thankfully, the medusa trades her freedom for a number of salves that will return the pair to normal. Unfortunately, Nazuks body proves too fragile to survive the transition back from stone, with the shock causing her to almost expire. Thankfully, once again Behnam is able to use his powerful healing magics to return her from the brink of death.

Following a quick search of the college, the champions fail to locate any additional assassins and prepare to set off back to Absalom. As they leave, they are ambushed by the alchemically quickened Red Mantis cell leader, Vashian the Needle. However, she proves unable to match the combined abilities of the heroes and their bardic ally. Satisfied that the assassins are defeated, the group head back to Absalom, with Set’nah and Julian using the Mantis’s air glissades to fly part of the way.

When the group report their success to Torch he seemed genuinely impressed with their efforts and commends them. In exchange for their service he offers a handsome payment and some additonal information, including revealing his identity as a former Pathfinder. Torch explains that he was targetted for his recent alliance with the Pathfinder Society, by those who once sought to usurp him. The Grandmaster goes on to explain that he has since elimated the offending individual and his alliance with the Society has come to an end. Nazuk queries if he intends to remain in Absalom again, but the Grandmaster expalins that he has more pressing concerns overseas. Before the group departs, Torch offers Behnam one final piece of information. He simply exposits that the person the priest seeks recently passed through Absalom, but refuses to expand any further.

With their harrowing task completed and several brutal experiences and new information to take stock of, the celebrity and the champions retire to the Saucy Wench and raise a bittersweet mug of ale to “another adventure”.

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Heart Of Nightfang Spire

Nightfang Spire has long brooded in lonely silence, shadowed within the walls of a steep defile. A tall stone column, it resembles nothing so much as an enormous fang of some vanished mythical beast. Once, a fervent religious order thrived here – before its god was slain. Embracing that death, Nightfang Spire was transformed into a massive, hollow mortuary filled with the restless dead. When an old ally goes missing investigating the Spire, fate brings the Champions of Absalom back together to learn the true about this ancient monolith.

After over five years of following their own paths, the five Champions of Absalom find themselves summoned back to Absalom’s busy Coins district by a letter from a mysterious ally. The five heroes reunite in the hub of trade just in time to witness the descent of a giant, flying airship of clearly dwarven design. The group are summoned on board the vessel by the familiar venerable face of Kurgan Duminsson, former alchemist and engineer of ‘The Freedom Phalanx’. Kurgan apologises for the nature of his summoning, but continues to explain that since the construction of his airship, ‘The Skysentinel’, he has been working with Eloranta Naslun (who also assisted in the Skysentinels construction) in helping her locate sites of arcane importance for her continued research into practical applications of magic. Kurgan explains that their journeys had been going to plan, until they traveled to northern Ustalav to study the recent discovery of a previously hidden underground spire. Eloranta left to explore the location, but failed to return. The dwarves own investigations led him to believe others have gone missing around the spire and out of concern for one of his business partners, he decided that the Champions of Absalom were his best chance of discovering what is going on.

Happy to assist an old friend and a woman they rescued five years ago, the adventurers quickly make preparations and leave with Kurgan aboard the Skysentinel. Despite the incredibly speed of their mode of transportation, the group find themselves with plenty of time to catch up on the last few years of their lives. Only Behnam remains strangely absent from most of the conversations, nursing his air sickness in his quarters. During the journey, Nazuk has a strange dream about a several monstrous creatures attacking a woman, not unlike herself, at the side of a river. She brings the dream to Alberts attention, who notices that the shadow dancer now seems to possess a spark of divination magic she did not previously have. The slyph explains further that prior to the group reuniting, she received a note about a prophecy that someone believed she plays a part in. Initially Albert suggests that the prophecy has no foundation in fact, but later comments that they will need to keep an eye on things.

At the journeys end, the group arrive at a nearby settlement in Ustalav where Kurgan promises to remain with the airship. Albert summons a host of spectral steeds for the heroes to ride to ensure they arrive at the site as quickly as possible. The heroes ride swiftly towards Nightfang Spire, but their journey is interrupted when they come upon a woman being attacked by a group of flame-red, four armed insect like humanoids at the rivers edge. The champions make short work of the creatures, which they identify as Xill. Nazuk quickly realises that the woman bares a stong resemblance to her, and that the events that have just played out are very similar to her dream. The woman identifies herself as Mertha and explains that she was on route to meet a man named Viggor Fehr, a warrior associated with the powers of air. Intrigued by the woman, but desperate to reach the spire, Albert offers her his card and advises that they may look her up at a later date. Despite being thrown by the encounter and evidence that Nazuks dream was a sign of something to come, the heroes continue to Nightfang Spire.

Arriving at the tower, the group are greeted by a three hundred foot structure of solid stone, housed in a foreboding canyon. The spire is decorated with stone gargoyles, haunting faces, porticos, ledges and baleful texture, with the only entrances seeming to be the black vertical mouth at it’s crown and an opening into a small ossuary abutting the towers western side. Deciding to check the smaller entrance first, they enter the dry mortared building. Within they discover over a dozen humanoid bodies and numerous animal corpses, including Eloranta Naslun. All the bodies have been lulled to sleep and fed upon by an insidious plant growth called blightvine. The blightvine starts to ‘sing’ to the heroes to sleep, but they are able to resist it’s lure, recover the bodies and destroy the growths, sadly finding no other exits from the small structure. While the remains of those killed here hold little of note, the group are able to retrieve a few minor trinkets. However, Albert notices that Eloranta has been stripped of most of her trappings, including her spell book. One of the womans remaining journals notes her concerns about the spires interior and prompts the former agents to investigate in her stead. Albert uses his magic to fly the champions up and into the spire, while Nazuk scales the side with ninja-like grace.

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As the five adventurers drop into the spires hollow top, they notice the stench of rotting meat and discover the remains of a half-eaten black dragon. Their arrival disturbs the residents of the entrance and a handful of wights and a strange beast known as a mooncalf attack them both in the air and on land. The champions manage to overcome the creatures, and drop down into Nightfang Spire proper through a revealed hole. While the structure appears sound, the group discern it is clearly ancient in both design and age, having sustained heavy damage from the now deceased dragon above. Early exploration of the top level is greeted by attacks from half a dozen vampire spawn, resulting in some hard fought battles. As the heroes explore the top level further they uncover several profane crypts and alters, facing several traps and undead in the process but also locating several ancient magical treasures, including Nazuk locating a dagger designed to kill ghosts referred to as ‘Pale Piercer’. The final room of the top floor reveals a chamber of long dead and deflated humanoid bodies, in various stages of decay. One victim, Yesha Faulkin, is discovered by the champions to still be alive. A local sage of little renown, Yesha reveals she was out researching the location when she was caught by the vampire spawn. Behnam advises that the woman’s time is short, and she is beyond his ability to save. The group decide to keep the sage company in her final hours, before peacefully ending her suffering, but before they do, Yesha tells her she has heard the spawn talk of their master, an ancient vampire named Gulthias, who was supposedly slain long ago. She advises that Gulthias was said to worship a dragon myth named Ashardalon. According to legend, Ashardalon was driven off this plane by someone called Dydd, but Gulthias is a fanatic who believes he can bring his ‘master’ back using a necromantic power source deep in the spire’s core. With more information on the spire’s master, the five venture down into the next level of tower.

While the next level of the spire is in much better repair, it is equally infested with undead and deadly traps. Malius triggers one such trap and finds himself ejected out of the spire through a razor-lined chute, luckily feather falling to safety. The rest of the group discover a massive tapestry depicting large, horned, red-skinned humanoids in the foreground and brass towers in the background suggesting a massive city in an inferno. High above them an incredibly large red dragon is depicted flying through the fiery sky. The center of this level is dedicated to a hall of honor, containing over a dozen ornate sarcophagi. The champions catalogue the various different types and decorations of the sarcophagi, but as they attempt to enter the next chamber, several undead are released upon them. The heroes fight valiantly against a mummy with a jackal headed mask and three nightmarish spectres. While the five adventurers are victorious, the combat leaves them literally drained of their life force by the spectres. Albert advises they seek out a cleric to remove the effects of the combat before the result are permanent. After a brief discussion, Albert agrees to teleport the group to the city of Whitethrone in Irrisen so they can lick their wounds before they continue through the spire.

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After Albert casts his spell, the heroes appear in the frozen city of Whitethrone, immediately struck by the bitter cold. The five seek refuge in the same safe house that Albert used when he last visited, before setting back out to secure the resources they need for Behnam to restore them. They are able to retrieve what they need, but as they return to the safehouse they are ambushed by an ulfen bounty hunter and his snow leopard. Weakened and in an unfamiliar land, the champions are outclassed, defeated and captured, with the exclusion of Albert who evade capture using his magic. The rest of the group are carried to the home of one of the Jadwiga by a patrol of ice trolls, with their wizard ally persuing through the skies. As the rest of the group are drugged and imprisoned, Albert approaches the owner of the house, a cruel winter witch and requests she releases his allies. The witch refuses the request, stating she has use for such individuals, but agrees to let Albert leave out of ‘recognition’ of his position. Albert conjures an extra dimensional space and retreats inside to prepare to help his fellow champions. The next day the group awake in their cells along with another prisoner, the brother of the Jadwiga they are imprisoned by. The brother of the witch explains that he is a political prisoner for not agreeing with his sister and her cause, but before he explains further they are joined by Albert, once again using his transportation magic. With all of the group together, they break out of their prison and make short work of the icy constructs guarding them. As they breach the house above, the champions are set upon by the witch and her bloodthirsty bodyguard, but having been able to use their newly gained resources to regain their strength, they make short work of the pair. Leaving the unconscious bodies to the brothers, the adventurers agree to leave Whitethrone immediately and use Alberts magic to once again return to Nightfang Spire.

Following their return to the Spire, the heroes continue their descent through it’s cursed chambers. As they do so, they encounter a group of resident girallons. Thanks to Behnam’s diplomatic approach, the group are able to pass through the gorilla like creature’s residence without incident, even finding themselves accompanied by one of the girallons. Within the lower levels of the Spire, the champions are able to locate the key parts required to access the heart of the tower. However, in the process Malias is torn to shreds by a pack of mohrgs. It is only thanks to Behnam’s miraculous divine power which is able to bring Malias back from the brink before his soul departs.

With the key parts in hand, the group in able to breach the inner sanctum. Their arrival is heralded by an ambush as several undead assassins assault them. The profane assailants prove little match for the heroes and are soon put down. Finally within the center, the group are greeted by the sight of the profane, necrotic dragon heart that powers the entire construct. The vampire Gulthias greets their arrival, but curses them for their meddling. The vampire viciously engages them, but Albert counters with a powerful polymorph spell, twisting the once powerful vampires body into that of a humble sheep. In it’s weakened form, the necromancer is trivially put down. With the lord of the necropolis defeated, the heart quickly begins to crumble and Nightfang Spire with it. Albert transports the group to safety, and from their they are able to rejoin Kurgan and ‘The Skysentinel’ for the journey back to Absalom. Their return is bittersweet following the news of Eloranta’s demise, nevertheless, their recent reforming and success only increases the champions legacy.

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Champions Of Absalom Prologue

Over half a decade ago five individuals serving as Agents of the Varlokkur combined their strengths to defend the City at the Center of the World against a terrifying serial killer threatening all that Absalom stood for. The group were victorious and were proclaimed the ‘Champions of Absalom’ for their efforts and sacrifices. While they are beholden to no man, the group represent some of the finest talent in the Inner Sea, bringing it to the defense of their city in its hour of need.

Since the time of those fateful ‘Tempest Murders’, many of the heroes have struck out on their own adventures, or sought a quieter life. Only a handful remain in the city should their skills be once again required.

Providence seeks to bring these five heroes back together, once again their city must call upon its champions to defend it and it’s citizens. However, as the threats they face grow more powerful, the group find themselves not only called upon to defend their home, but the whole world and potentially, the multi-verse!

A darkness looms on the distant horizon, but from the darkness, comes light…

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Tempus Fugit

The city of Absalom sits on the edge of a knife as the ‘Tempest Murders’ come to a head. With their superiors pushing for more and more extreme measures, the Agents of the Varlokkur must decide how far they are willing to go and which of the allies they have accumulated to trust, as a final showdown with the anti-theist serial killer looms. But all is not as it seems with the murders. With their loyalty to the organisation they have so tirelessly served on the line, will the heroes have the resolve to finally end this threat once and for all?

With only a few days to catch their breath after the rescue of Eloranta Naslun, the agents spend what little time they have catching up with their own affairs. In a brief moment of celebration, former agent Julian and his new wife, Brenna, return from their honeymoon is Osirion.

Their reprieve ended, the five heroes are summoned by Alexis to view his secret project in person. After teleporting through a magic circle, the full scope of the diviners operation is made apparent to the agents. Within his hidden halls, Alexis has dozens of junior arcane magic users installing and preparing enough scrying focus to monitor the entire city for Tempest. Alexis advises the group that all he needs before the undertaking begins is the official sanction of Lord Gyr, the primarch of Absalom. Albert expresses some concerns over the project, and seems unwilling to take steps as drastic as spying on the entire city, with the other agents opinions split on either side of the fence. Nevertheless, the agents agree to follow orders, use the influence they have gathered in the city and appeal to the primarch to authorise the project.

The agents seperate across Absalom to approach various personalities and organisations they have managed to gain favor with. Almost everyone the heroes approach agrees to offer their support, but several do so in exchange for further favors. Behnam secures the support of the Chelish embassy, but not without letting information about their investigation slip. Nazuk convinces Grandmaster Torch to exert his influence in their favor, but promises him access to the scrying network upon completion of the investigation. Albert convinces his mother and the Blakros family to offer their vote, but finds himself betrothed to Imrizade Blakros as a result. However, it is while Albert is visiting the Arcanimirium professor, Artore Sadailis, that he notices the lecturers interest in the names of local clergy from a list on his desk.

Whilst the others collect support, A’hymhu instead decides to investigate recent Tempest sightings in the Puddles district of Absalom. The elves initial sweep doesn’t seem to turn up any evidence of the presence of the serial killer, but when he ventures into an alleyway mentioned in a few of the accounts he triggers a strange vision. As the skys darken around A’hymhu he witnesses a young woman fleeing a storm of lightning. Arcs of electricity lance down into the stranger, killing her before A’hymhu, much like many of Tempests victims. With the womans last word, she pleas for ‘Alexis’, apparently unaware of the rangers presence, suddenly the images fade and the elf in once again alone in the alleyway. On his way back to the agents headquarters, Behnam is summoned by his temple to his own dwelling. Within, the cleric finds his own parents murdered, again with the circumstances matching those of Tempest. A magical warning indicates for the agents to cease their investigation, or more will die. Behnam advises the temple to leave things untouched for the time being, with the promise that he will sort arrangements in due course.

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With almost a dozen favors in their pockets, the agents attend the meeting with the primarch of Absalom, Lord Gyr of House Gixx. The primarch takes a vested interest in the group, having heard tales of their adventures and finding himself intrigued with the undertaking, having grown increasingly desperate to see ‘Tempest’ brought to justice. Following their well presented reasoning and the documentation voicing support, the primarch agrees to the plan, but advises he wants the network dismantled immediately upon completion.

The agents take their leave of the Lord Gyr, discussing how best to approach the next steps en route back to Alexis. However, the group find themselves waylaid by an agent of House Thrune and her armored Hellknight retainers. The Chelish operatives demand the information the group have about Tempest and access to their scrying network, tipped off due to the information Behnam let slip. The heroes quickly decide not to comply and a skirmish erupts between the two factions. Albert gives the agents an advantage by cutting the agent of House Thrune and the Hellknight signifier from the melee, allowing the rest of the group to overpower the Hellknight combatants. Deciding to take advantage of their success, the group flee whilst the agent and signifier finally overcome the magical stinking cloud used by Lord Doel.

Painfully aware that the Chelaxians are now looking for them, the group decide to use the sewer tunnels to return to Alexis, briefly recalling their earlier adventures in the same sewers. While Alexis is surprised to see them, he is glad to hear that the primarch has given his permission. The diviner confirms the remainder of the plan to the agents. Advising that once they have the network active, clergy will again take to the street in an effort to lure Tempest out. Albert immediately balks at the plan, concerned about the prospect of putting innocents in harms way, but when Alexis asks for an alternative all the young wizard can reply is that there are other routes of investigation. Alexis dismisses the agents, but Albert suggests that they quickly check out Artore’s office, mentioning the documentation he saw earlier that day.

Despite the early hour of the morning and the worsening weather, the agents quickly travel to the Arcanimirium, with Nazuk tracking behind them. Thanks to Albert dispelling the wards and A’hymhu picking the lock, the group quickly gain access to the office and begin to explore. Unbeknown to them, A’hymhu triggers another hidden alarm while investigating a magical chest and Artore becomes aware of their presence. Originally believing students are searching his office for test answers, Artore teleports into the room and confronts the assembled agents. With Albert taking the lead, the group accuse the professor of involvement in the Tempest killings. Artore denies the accusations at first, but eventually relents and confesses to tracking his brother whom he believes to be the killer. However, Malius see’s through the sorcerers ruse and reveals the whole thing as a lie. Infuriated, Artore reveals himself as Tempest, the victim of abuse at the hands of the clerics of Asmodeus as a child. Before the agents can act, Tempest transforms himself into a twenty-five foot elemental storm, destroying the exterior of his office in the process.

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Following the transformation a climactic battle spills onto the grounds and spires of the Arcanimirum. Behnam and Albert desperately attempt to dispel the sorcerers wards and enhancements, but the spells prove too powerful despite them both giving it everything they have. Malius and Nazuk find themselves unable to engage the arcane lightning storm, instead dedicating themselves to supporting and attending to their allies. A’hymhu proves the agents trump card again, assailing the sorcerers elemental form with a hail of arrows. Quickly realising the threat, Tempest magically paralyzes the elf and launches a barrage of lightning spells at the group. Mercifully, Alberts protection magics absorb the majority of the damage, however, Tempests assaults begin to wear them down regardless. A’hymhu regains mobility in time to launch another torrent of arrows at the murderer, but is repaid with a targeted lighntning blast, both immolating the elf and leaving Behnam unconcious on the floor. Malius and Nazuk quickly bring Behnam round and the cleric calls upon his divine powers to prevent A’hymhu’s soul from departing his body and repairs the worst of the damage done to his ally. As the rangers breath returns to him, he leaps to his feet in a burst of heroic energy, unleashing another stream of arrows into their arcane opponent. As if guided by the hand of fate, each arrow strikes true, tearing Tempest from the sky and sending the lecturer tumbling to the earth as he resumes his normal form. Riddled with arrows from A’hymhu and broken from the fall, the heroes approach to see the murderer and their greatest enemy to date both defeated and dead. As the dust settles and the smoke disperses the group realises they have been watched by locals beyond the gate of the Arcanimirum and by numerous students and professors from the University. Quickly collecting the body of their slain foe, the agents make their way back to Alexis, ignoring their still tender wounds and storm drenched attire.

Surprised to see the group again, Alexis beckons the them inside and enquires as to what has happened. After being brought up to speed, the diviner seems conflicted, unsure how he feels about the death of the man he spent his adult life hunting. Nevertheless, the Varlokkur judge suggests they see the primarch immediately. After allowing the group time to catch their breath and tidy themselves up, Alexis teleports them all to another meeting with Lord Gyr. While Gyr seems taken aback by the situation, he commends the agents on their success and advises that he will see that his men take over from here and try to get the matter under control. The heroes agree and return to their homes to rest, before they do, Alexis assures them that he too is proud of them and will see the scrying network dismantled.

While the rest of the agents return home, Behnam collects his parents body and takes them to his temple. There he and a select few initiates prepare the bodies for the funeral overnight. The following dawn, the priest performs his parents funeral in a quiet ceremony within the temple, before finally retiring himself.

Over the next few days, it quickly becomes clear that news of the groups deeds have not stayed out of the public eye. Infact, the agents are commended on the street and cheered for their success. Lord Gyr personally visits them to advise that he has announced the group as heroes, having acted on behalf of the city to bring Tempest down. Furthermore, he has appeased the House of Thrune by agreeing to turn the body of the killer over to them once the authorities have finished with it. The primarch requests for the group to attend an award ceremony where their heroics can be publicly acknowledged, which they accept. After Gyr departs, Alexis informs the group that in line with Gyrs wishes they can no longer act as agents for the Varlokkur, given their new public profile. However, new positions should not be hard for them to come by. Furthermore, he advises that he himself is stepping down from the Varlokkur. Now that Tempest is no longer a threat, the diviner feels his sister deserves another chance to live, as such he has decided to dedicate himself and his resources to locating a way to return her to life. While some of the groups seem concerned, Alexis assures them he has learned from his mistakes and will be cautious.

Within a matter of days, the five former agents are brought before the city in a well attended function in the Petal District. Under the eyes of some of the most influential individuals in the Inner Sea. During the ceremony, the group are named as ‘Champions of Absalom’ with each awarded a badge depicting their service and position within the city. With a fanfare from the band and a roar of applause from the attending masses, the cities heroes enjoy the culmination of their efforts, allowed a moment to rest on their laurels before they begin a whole new chapter…

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Practical Magic

An investigation into a wizard’s disappearance leads the Agents of the Varlokkur into tangles with an unusual mermaid soothsayer and her obedient servitors, a tattoo-covered magical ghoul, and the deadliest necromancer the city of Absalom may have ever known.

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Fields Of Ruin

The Keep of Fallen Kings fell centuries ago in battle, and her stones and surroundings are now a field of skulls, sundered weapons, broken siege engines and detritus. When an opportunity to foil one of their rivals presents itself, the Agents of the Varlokkur must venture deep within the brutally contested keep. Will the heroes overcome the fiendish dungeon beneath the keep and uncover the fabled Earthcrown, or will they meet their doom like so many adventurers before them?

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Gallery Of Evil

The great city of Absalom is known as a center for trade, education and art. Inside the Ivy District reside dozens of famous artists, but one has the talent to bring his paintings to life and use paint to conjure terrible monsters bent of destruction. Can the Agents of the Varlokkur stop the mad painter before he perfects his art?

Finally able to take some time to themselves, the agents and their newfound members come together to celebrate the completion of construction of their own base of operations, a secret place for them to operate from hidden behind a storefront in the Coins district of Absalom. Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Varlocave’, the surviving founding members allow the newer members access to the location.

After several days to themselves, Albert receives a letter from Asheron Coyl, an art critic he met at the Blakros wedding, requesting he and his associates come to his house in the Ivy District.

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