Act One / Episode – 05
Session Date: May 24, 2012
In which one dedicated to order makes a stand against order, chaos is wrought in the lawful planes, and new allies are found . . .
Sitani has had enough of Gulbrand’s oppressive influence over the rehabilitation facility, and chooses to make a stand against him at breakfast the next morning. He approaches the paladin at a brisk walk when he enters the mess hall, hands him his sash and badges, and declares the badges to be meaningless. Gulbrand orders him to return to his seat, but Sitani does not; instead, he begins removing his clothes. Guards take him from the mess hall to a solitary cell, where he remains for some time.
When Sitani refuses to put his uniform back on he is visited by Adelle, but she is unable to persuade him to dress himself. After some days without food, Alim Sushen uses powerful magic to compel Sitani into his clothing, but it is unsuccessful, as Sitani allows the spell to sap his energy away. Amalia sneaks into his room after two days under the influence of the weakening spell, urging Sitani to comply. She advises him that, if he does not obey the spell, it will kill him; additionally, she offers to tamper with the uniform and provide him his old clothes. Sitani accepts her deal, but when he notices his strength returning, he quickly removes the clothing again for as long as he can safely allow. Months pass in this manner, and Sitani is brought into his solitary cell each day he removes his clothing. During this time Pontus Varjo does not return, and when asked, Amalia states that he is dead.
Just shy of Sitani and Naedas’ second full year in the rehabilitation facility, they wake up in the dead of night, suddenly and simultaneously, to an unusual sensation, and they can see their bunk mates are also awake. Ned gets out of bed to investigate, but is knocked from his feet as the wall smashes apart and bricks fly across the room. The cell door jumps in place impossibly before being knocked ajar, and the hinges grind loudly as the door swivels open.
Ned leaves the room first, followed shortly after by Jeremy and Sam. Looking out the window, there is only darkness. When further crashes and explosions can be heard, Sitani, Naedas, and Tim decide to leave their room and investigate what happened. Naedas discovers that the facility is no longer Dimensionally Anchored, and he is finally able to resummon Taga.
As the four explore the empty halls, they see a small flying creature with a single large eye; it clearly looks at them before flying on, and Taga is able to identify it as an Inevitable. They make their way to the solitary rooms, and search the ones they can gain access to, finding them all empty. Amalia appears behind Naedas, offers the group a bag of supplies, then activates a Portal Beacon scroll to lead them toward their escape. Another small Inevitable flies past, but Amalia quickly stabs it with a previously hidden dagger, killing it in one blow. She casts a See Invisibility spell and, after looking startled, quickly flees. The group chooses to follow her, but lose her in the maze of crumbled walls and broken doors. They can hear heavy metal footfalls chasing after her.
As they run towards the portal, the building begins to lose its form, with the ceiling ripped off and the walls all smashed to pieces. Outside there is chaos. A winged woman Taga recognizes as an aasimar floats above the facility casting a complex spell; she is surrounded by four snake-tailed women, each with a mask and a pair of rainbow-feathered wings, who protect her while she concentrates. On the ground, several competent-looking though unrecognizable warriors tear into the Harmonium guards, and an alien-looking bowman floats in the air assisting them.
As Naedas, Sitani, Taga and Tim manage to run through the hectic battlefield, Naedas can hear the aasimar finish casting her spell, and he recognizes it as Precipitate Breach, a spell that creates a tear between the planes. A host of monstrous creatures spill out of the portal, and Gulbrand immediately turns his attention on them; and though he is able to make quick work of the beasts, there are too may for him to drive them back alone.
The once orderly fields surrounding the facility now resemble the site of an earthquake, with deep fissures cutting into the ground and steep, sudden cliffs rising out. Wreckage can be seen everywhere, with twisted metal doors sticking out from the earth, and piece of blown up walls and ceiling covering the ground.
A group of red-plated insectoid creatures leap up from one of the cracked chasms, directly in Sitani, Naedas, Taga and Tim’s path, and with the aid of a bizarrely-proportioned tiny swordsman they are able to beat them back. Taga sweeps the swordsman up onto her back, and they all safely reach the portal. The swordsman introduces himself as Loopwyn Nacklebell, and he adamantly insists he is a knight and a protector. He is able to activate the portal, and all five of them rush through, bumping into another man on the other side.
The stranger, calling himself Abacus Rex, shows an unusual interest in Taga before inviting them all back to his camp. Though Loopwyn warns Sitani and Naedas not to be too free with the details of what they just saw, they vent to Abacus about their experience with the Harmonium and everything that’s happened to them. Abacus offers to help them start a new life in Sigil, and they all rest for the night.