What a game! What a game! What a game, guys! I had a lot of fun, and I hope you did too. Here’s the recap below.
Our party of heroes has defeated the most recent band of kenku, and are now rallying for the final battle. They decided to go forward and fight!
Upon arriving at the vicinity of the next camp, our heroes were blocked by a huge wave of smoke. Thorin released his drone into the air and it surveyed the area, looking for the source of the smoke. It found it in the form of a small-ish forest fire that was raging several yards east of their position. The party debated and discussed what their next course of action should be, and arrived at the decision to split the party up. Trident and Alastair would go to the airship and provide cover fire from the air. Azanadar, Armella, and Ruby would go up and around the flames to flank the enemy from the north. Thorin, Rodrick, and Hikaru would blow a hole in the flames temporarily so that they could pass through and flank from the south.
Trident and Alastair nearly ran into some traps, but were able to dodge them and salvage parts from said traps. Azandar, Ruby, and Armella got caught in traps twice trying to navigate through the smoke. Rodrick, Hikaru, and Thorin crafted a thermite grenade and prepared themselves to blow the hole in the flames. Having finally freed themselves, Azandar, Ruby, and Armella crossed the threshold and made it to the camp. Alastair and Trident piloted the airship over to where the camp was. The bomb was set, and Hikaru took the shot. All bedlam broke loose! The airship dropped a huge net down on the unsuspecting kenku below, and Rodrick threw a thermite grenade on top of them, killing almost every single bird. Armella went and freed the prisoners, and a small boy clung to her leg.
The last remaining tent stood amidst the wreckage of the camp, and inside was a cowering woman. Trident disembarked from the airship and went into the tent. She grabbed the woman by the hair and began asking questions. Unfortunately, the woman was powerful with magic, and entangled Trident in a mess of vines and roots, choking her. The rest of the group came in and combat ensued! When the lady was finally defeated, Hikaru planted his foot on her back and had his revolver leveled at her. Trident, now free of the vines and roots, searched her body and found a note that read “Im Sommer gehen die Vögel zu kaltem Wasser und singen.” Suddenly, the lady came to, her arm dislocating and disjointing grotesquely behind her, and grabbing Hikaru by the ankle, threw him off of her, slamming him into Rodrick. She got back up, and began to say menacing things to the party in Rhenese, the above language. The party fought and fought, and found out that bullets were ineffective against her. Finally, they knocked her out again, and argued over what should be done. It was decided that she would be burned to ashes.
Azandar had a past with these types of creatures, or soldiers, and explained to Trident that this was a super soldier, and needed to be burned up to nothing in order to fully die. Before that happened, however, Alastair brought the whole of the airship down on top of the woman, crushing her. Thereafter, she was burned to ashes!
Our party returned to the tribal village and Rodrick reported to the chief Hiwa-ki that the kenku had been utterly destroyed. He showed him the marks his father gave him, asking if the chief could figure them out and teach magic to him. The chief said he would try. Suddenly, at that moment, there was a great horn call, like the clear ringing of silver trumpets.
The Hierophant of Tarj, and two of his Paladins on clockwork horseback had shown up to collect Armella. Alastair tried to reason with them, but he was caught in a circle of truth where he could only speak the truth and nothing else. He was hard-pressed to keep the advantage.
And that’s where our game ended. I look forward to seeing how this all plays out next time! See you in several days!