Acheron

Properties of Certain Herbs

As the party rested after fighting off the gorgonopsids, the Golden Orb spoke in everyone’s mind, telling them of the properties of certain herbs growing wild across these lands. It instructed them on how to make a tea that would give them visions that could help them.

Only Pyrus Hellborne refused. As the others hallucinated, Pyrus was visited by a hologram projection of Barton, Pyrus’s contact with the Navigatrix. Barton delivered the sword Black Ice to him via a rift in space.

Braxus saw an indistinct vision of the Stormwitch’s campfire, surrounded by hordes of human, stegoman, mantoid, and hybrid barbarian tribes.

Algo-Ha saw a vision of La Curandera. She told him “Do not trust him.” She did not clarify further.

Walker Wingman saw the Auric Wyrm writhing in front of him. It told him to “Seek the Stone, destroy the altar, and follow his friends.”

After resting and continuing toward the nearby city-state, they saw smoke in the distance. At first they thought it was the cookfires of a village, but as they got closer they saw that it was burning buildings. Rushing to see what was going on, they found a village, Cruxis, under attack by the Tribes of Night.

Slaying the remaining tribesmen, the party talked to the headman, Vrault. He said the tribesmen had stolen their Speaking Stone. He said the stone allowed them to communicate with their ancestors. Braxus also spoke with some stegomen who lived in the village. They said they were equal members of the village.

Remembering the words of the Wyrm, Walker Wingman wanted to go after the tribesmen and recover this Speaking Stone. The party followed the trail into the Nightlands, where the sun does not shine. After much travel, they tracked the tribesmen to some Ancient Ruins and fought the guards outside.

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Welcome to Acheron

We open with three beings in a cage on a cart. Algo-Ha Cambiado, Braxus of Clan Khona, and Pyrus Hellborn. They were being taken to the Twilight City, Crespus, to be sold as slaves. Suddenly, a meteor falls from the sky. The slavers watched this with interest as a metal capsule detached from the meteor and drifted to the ground on a silken parachute, landing behind a nearby hill. Deciding there might be profit in whatever the strange object was, they investigated. They were greeted by the sight of Walker Wingman, earthman, standing outside a small white capsule with his monkey Bobo. Walker was holding a glowing golden orb about the size of a softball.

The slavers tried to communicate with Walker, telling him to drop what he was holding. Unable to understand them, and misunderstanding what the orb was, Walker threw it at them, thinking it might be a grenade. It was not. The slavers hefted their clubs and moved to subdue him. Just then, two huge insects erupted from the ground! One knocked the cage over, breaking it and freeing the slaves. Quickly grabbing their weapons that conveniently spilled on the ground as well, they attacked the slavers and insects. It was a ferocious battle, but they were victorious, slaying the slavers and one of the insects, the other fleeing down its tunnel.

With the melee over but still unable to understand what anyone was saying, Walker pointed his .45 at the others and retrieved the orb. Then the orb glowed and Walker felt a sharp pain in his head and could then understand what the others were saying. Realizing they weren’t going to hurt him, Walker decided to join them as they were going to continue out of the wilds and to Crespus.

When they first rested they heard the howls of a gorgonopsid pack behind them. Finding some high ground to snipe the beasts as they tracked them, the party got the drop on them and killed or wounded several before they closed in. They then handily dispatched the rest. And so ended Walker Wingman’s first day on Acheron.

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