Cleansing by Fire

Portland's management
Town sim 2015

Upon their arrival, the party was quick to get to work to address a few issues in Portland.

The first issue upon their arrival was their prisoners. The decision was made to utilize the recently vacated government outpost south of the town. After a quick scouting trip showed that it had been completely stripped and vacated it was deemed safe enough to store two relatively harmless individuals. The party stood at the uncomfortable position of not being able to release them, since they immediately confessed that they would rush to authorities and explain everything, nor being able to kill them, since they had done nothing wrong but being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The second issue, was the party’s previous dependants. The dwarf “children” and the construction workers. While initially both were occupied with the construction of the saw mill, that was quickly over. As such the construction workers were assigned to helping with the reconstruction of the town and the dwarfs were taught the ways of the forge and assigned there until the party checks on them again.

The largest issue however was food. Operating on the assumption that the city was no longer to receive food the party began planning and preparing farms and fishing systems for the town. Their reasonings for the incoming food shortage was that not only was the town attacked by the Tyranny (as the party has taken to calling the Atashin or the government) but also its sole reason for existence, the town’s “hospital” was burned down. Regardless, farms were made, boat schematics drawn, and self sustenance of food was scheduled for week four or five of next month.

Now that the town was somewhat well managed however, the party decided to pay a visit south to Neuelm. The needed to check on the state of the town, now that they were sure it would take at least a month for power to come back. And they also needed to check on the science fair which was scheduled to happen this week. The question remained however: How were they planning to get in?

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The microwave
Because nothing bad happens when you start arresting people.

Made minor progress in the outpost.

While the furnishings of the outpost was a few days from being over, the party decided to depart towards Portland. Partly because of better leadership capabilities, partly to not have to constantly move to and from the outpost, and partly out of fear that their position may have been compromised.

As such, to the minor annoyance of the construction workers, the party left the outpost with only Tintin in charge of printing more books and tending the flowers.

On their trip, besides running into the local wildlife and the acquisition of a rather large snake as a new party member, the ran into a car dragging a cart behind it. An ambush was set up and skillfully executed. The two orc drivers dispatched and the passengers arrested and threatened. The cargo, was discovered to be a device for generating intense heat in short periods of time.

The party decided to move on towards Portland and deal with the Coast land scientist and his device later.

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Tom and Brad
These guys aren't in their time too!

After the party’s last exploit, they decided to take the next few days slowly and quietly.

First, they spent a good amount of time interviewing the two dwarfs who were rescued. Shortly after their waking, it was found that the two dwarfs were 20 years old when they were given to the government by their parents. Of course their memories have been slightly damaged but it seems to the party that the last time they were awake it was the year 991. These were teenage/young adults, at the time of their maturity when taken away by the Tyranny.

Afterwards, the party headed into the city to both gather information about the situation and also to exploit said situation to their benefit. What they gather is that the city is in the initial shock stage of a great tragic event. There are many people in the streets, especially at the government’s buildings, both asking about the situation and giving their own opinions about the situation and the government’s handling (or lack thereof) of it.

The party also got a brief look at the remnants of their handiwork, a 15 meter long jet of electric blueish flame, still ablaze in the entrance to the power generator.

Afterwards the party retreated to their forest outpost, not long after receiving several crossbow bolts in their boat as a parting gift.

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The Power Generator
The power! It's people!

After the party’s recent endeavors in being careful and recon, they jumped to action. The party decided to let Professor Cox prepared a massive bomb with the intent of destroying the city’s power generator and use the ensuing chaos and damage to their benefit.

Through some amount of care and a large amount of luck, the party delivered the bomb to the doorsteps of the power generator. Thankfully, being lightly guarded, they quickly dispatched the two orcs at the door and using Khosrow’s orc disguise, they entered. Taking several long flights of stairs down into a vast empty room, they were greeted by two lightning elementals. Beings familiar to those of the old world but completely alien to those of the new one. After the ensuing conflict was resolved, they finally took in the details of the room.

At its center, a large supporting pillar, two metal coils, a great many cables, and a man exuding electricity. At the north end, many complex machines with features ranging from miniature clockwork systems to completely baffling electrical machines. At the west wall, sixteen containers for the power generated there, and at the south wall, a covered corpse on a metal bed, and three containers full of green goo, preserving three bodies.

After short deliberations of their current situation, saving two of the people in vats, taking note of the power generation mechanism and in particular the fact that it was extracting magic., the party lit the fuse on their bomb and bolted out of the generator facility. A long minute later, and the loud rumble and the electrical blueish fire that exploded out of the power generator entrance was a sure sign that their mission was successful.

Quickly taking note of the fact that most likely the entire garrison will be coming down on them at this very moment, they gathered the three people they managed to save, took their boat, and left the city in as much of a hurry as they could.

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New home

After securing the town, the party got to helping out and organizing. First however, was the task of getting the town on their side. With the guidance of Khosrow and the talent of Tyrael, the town soon believed their side of the story and began to listen to them. Especially since Jane, the town’s leader figure had been killed in the fires.

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The Shooting Star
Have you ever been hunted?

The party retreated to their forest outpost to think more on their plans, they noticed a curious oddity. A shooting star, streaking across the sky. However, this star shone brighter and slower than anything they had seen before. It traveled north over their heads and landed thirty leagues north.

Before heading out to scout out what happened to their north, they headed out to the city one more time to buy supplies and to see what the aftermath of their escape has been. So far not much has been changed besides the fact that the bar that they were using for has been burnt to the ground. with a single piece of paper in front of it with the symbol of Atashsang upon it.
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After leaving the city, they put Prof. Cox’s servant on the duty of printing more books and head out north. After a couple run ins with the forest wild life, which seems to have aggressively evolved and changed from a thousand years ago, they arrive at their destination.

Their destination, was Port Land.

Upon arrival, they noticed many burnt buildings among which there was the hospital, which was now a five story tall charred frame of a building and several houses amongst which was Jane’s home.

This act of arson however was committed by several heavily armored men who walked out of a large obsidian sphere which is assumed to be the initially seen shooting star.

Knowing this information, the party begins securing the town and their perimeter.

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The Forest Outpost
Are you happy that you killed your pet? ;_;

The most memorable event of the week was the construction of the forest outpost. A ways out of the city, during the course of the past week, the party and the recently rescued workers and engineer managed to construct a small house with a few rooms and a bit of a roof.

Day five and it was time for Tyrael and a party member, who happened to be Shivek, to meet with the Cobras. In return for Tyrael’s actions (of cloroforming a high ranking member of the Cobras) two months of their products were promised away as an apology.

Meanwhile, Khosrow has been busy with helping with the construction when he noticed a strange and colorful plant creeping up on their home. In the course of a day and a half it’s trying to climb up their house. He pokes and prods it with a fire to spook it away and it seems to have worked.

Before leaving the city for the forest post, they realize that there is the problem of dealing with Professor Cox’s attachments to the city. His old job, his new job, his house where people will look for him. Their solution? To stage his death. After procuring a corpse (Tyrael know people) and preparing an accidental looking fire, they burn down his house.

With smoke behind them, they leave for the forest outpost. Upon arrival, they too notice the plant. Shivek begins befriending it. The plant acts surprisingly friendly and animal like and seems to have no intentional harm towards them. However, Khosrow seeing an opportunity and also holding some personal grudge against the plant from before (when the plant disarmed) charges it and begins attacking it. The plant despite being fairly strong, begins backing off. However being pretty much surrounded, any move of it is seen as a threat and it is killed and turned into a bunch of brown goop in a matter of minutes.

The party goes back to planning, preparing, and figuring out their lives.

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One week over, one fight fought.
That robot was supposed to be harder...

After the party had agreed to help the construction workers escape in exchange for some of their work, they begun the preparation for their fight.

While the party prepared Tyrael managed to set up a meeting with the angry mob to offer an apology, a month’s supply in exchange for his initial transgresion. While this was yet to be agreed upon, Tyrael was to bring the suppliers to a meeting with the crime organization.

The next day, the day of the fight, the party prepared an ambush in the remains of the construction site. Lokius’ “police” force arrived, begun lining up the construction workers for an execution when the trap was sprang. After a superbly well fought battle with a robot construct and a successful escape through the sewer system and the Waterfall’s secret exit, they were outside the city walls and headed for one of their older camp sites.

All but Tyrael and Hamlim who remained behind.

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Two more members, a drug business, and a rebelion.
Who knew crime lord could roll 20s for sense motive?

Five more days pass and events transpire. The party is rapidly moving towards definitive milestones in their plan.

The first step to their plan, funding it, involved earning money through sale of creative greenery. The first batch of the herbs, a type of pain relief leafs grown by Shivek, were sold for the substantial sum of 3000 gold to the nearby pharmacy as the hope is that their chemicals can be used for creating new medicines. In doing so however, they gather the attention of Tyrael. A relatively experienced drug dealer. Soon after, they are acquainted and Tyrael decides to help with the sale of the rest of the produced greenery.

Meanwhile, Professor Cox, a clockwork mechanical engineer comes into the possession of the power generator plans the party received from Andrew. In about half a day, he is acquainted with the party, their abilities, and their ideas. He decides to help the party with any engineering needs they may have and also to help Andrew out of his deep deep hole by helping in the design of the power generator.

While these new characters joined the party and helped their cause, two other pathways of adventure continued. The Library cult continues on. They have successfully had their meeting with seven new comers, interested in the ideas of not living in a tyrannical world. Khosrow managed to almost perfectly replicate the book of the teachings of Sarenrae and is waiting for a printing press to be constructed.

Shivek’s plan for an outpost outside the city goes well. He managed to find all the equipment needed and Hamlim managed to find a construction crew to help them with their construction. At the cost of helping the construction crew rebel against guard detachment coming for their certain death.

At the end of the week however, as Tyrael was going to meet with his regulars to sell the final batch of the drugs, a mysterious character came instead. His caution taking control, Tyrael escaped to a nearby fire escape and dropped down on the mysterious character with chloroform, knocking him out. After not finding anything of interest besides absurd sums of gold and a well decorated knife on him, he secured him and awaited his awakening. The mysterious character awoke, angered at his welcoming ceremony and left while threatening Tyrael. After some thought, Tyrael noticed he had pissed off one of the higher ranking officials of one of the city’s crime organizations.

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A safe house, a cult, and a rebelion
The beginnings of the first steps

After awaking from another night of horrid nightmares, the party got to discussing the next steps of their plans.
Soon after , they were introduced to Thori Fireheart. The actual leader of the waterfall and whom gave them a few options about their next steps. iT WAS It was then that decided that the best way to slowly take control over the city would be to work alongside the waterfall and not directly for them, incite a rebellion, partially through a cult, while staging everything from their safe house.
So they set off on their adventure. They found a decent enough apartment in a three story building and began renovating. They then went through the city bars from different areas, looking for potential disgruntled citizens. They found a few different potential people but nothing too serious. The most serious lead they found was an anxious engineer working on a dead end project who seemed to have given up. As a result they decided to pursue their cult a bit more and see if the introduction to new ways of life would spark any sort of curiosity or demands for change from the citizens.

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