Alt-Magic Recap — Episode 37: An Eye in the Hand

Alt-Magic Campaign
Episode XXXVII
An Eye in the Hand

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Abraxas Silvermane & Littlecrow (Connor), **Akkamas Mohaïva & Gunter (Mike), *Braxton Chabbone (Steve), Jone Constance (Aaron), Kelwyn (Rodney), Tim (Shaun), & Havel the Roc (DM)

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The Hellblazers are confronted by the legendary wizard Malhavok, former Vizier to King Robrent of Korum some five thousand years in the past. Malhavok, now a lich, had expected his protege and lover, Ocasta, to awaken him several millennia before. Now, he finds himself imprisoned within his tomb.

As the party explains their purpose here, the undead wizard is shocked to learn that the “welp Vecna” has grown so powerful over the course of the centuries.

Seeking help in entering the chamber holding the Eye of Vecna, Malhavok tells them the location of a magical scepter that can pass through any barrier, be it enchanted or not, hidden within the Dark Pool of Dagon.

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They fight their way past a a small group of vampire thralls and arrive at the Dark Pool, a pit filled with virulent acid. There are two exits from the chamber, west and south.

Tim investigated the west passage and discovered an alchemist and assistant mutilating a corpse, and three cells occupied by prisoners — a warrior, a wizard, and a waif. Retreating, Tim reported to the others then helped examine the pit.

Seeing a smashed statue within the mordacious waters, Tim attempted to move the rubble with his mage hand, but they were too heavy, so Kelwyn transformed into a shark, putting himself in great peril, to nudge the debris aside. Beneath he uncovered a trap door, but he also disturbed something else…

Dagon, wearing the face of their deceased companion Arianna, rose up from the acidulous pit and after a brief exchange, agreed to allow them to continue their search for the scepter, but not before casting aspersions toward both Vecna and Malhavok, and invoking a sacrifice. The Old One took Havel into the murky depths and left them to their quest.

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Then Kelwyn used control water to part the acid and allow them access to the trap door. Tim climbed down, recovered the enchanted rod, and gave it to the druid for safe keeping.

Pressing on, they passed through the west door, ready to engage the alchemist and his minion, but they had fled. The warrior, enraged by their disinterest in freeing him hastily, became unhinged. He had words with Braxton, and when Abraxas released him with a knock spell, he grappled the paladin. Kelwyn attempted to knock him unconscious but due to his extreme manic state and level of exhaustion, died upon hitting the floor.

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Abraxas consulted the wizard, who refused rescue, preferring the solitude and study the cell provided.

Jone looked to the waif, whom seemed shy and reserved, though she eventually revealed she was the daughter of Malhavok and Ocasta. As she was released from her cell, they realized she was, in fact, a ghost.

On the trail of the alchemist, and moving on toward the secret entrance into Malhavok‘s Laboratory, where the Eye of Vecna was enshrined, the party discovered their prey slain by the undead wizard.

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Uncovering the secret door, Akkamas and Kelwyn approached the Eye, while Abraxas positioned himself at the doorway, spells at the ready. As Akkamas, the Sword of Kas in hand, prepared to take the Eye and destroy it, Vecna appeared before them.

The Whispered One took the artifact and returned it to his eye socket, then, with a single whispered word killed the warlock, druid, and wizard. With a sinister laugh, Vecna declared his intentions, proclaiming the world was now his to shape in his own image. He teleported away in a prismatic display of eldritch energies even as Malhavok appeared, no longer bound by the magics that held him imprisoned thanks to his daughter’s arrival.

Malhavok raised the three heroes from their death slumber and charged the Hellblazers to right this wrong, to save the world from this horror unleashed. With the wave of a hand they were gone, spirallimg across time and space toward an uncertain destination…

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And thus another chapter in the Hellblazers’ adventures came to a close… Where on Enochia are the Hellblazers off to? We’ll find out when they do next Saturday… Why Saturday instead of the usual Thursday night session? Because this one is going to be HUGE.

quill

( * ) Played via Skype
( ** ) Absent/Ran by DM
( *** ) Online Play via IM or Email
( + ) Had to leave early
( – ) Arrived late
(Absent)

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