Ellonde

Rakuzen and Leaving Cen

The party awakens in the dark room to find Drva disappear into a magic portal, pulled by some unknown force. Unsure of what happened, they continue on. They open the door with the yellow light behind it to reveal a sort of balcony with a metal gate. Felix disguises himself as a guards and loosely ties the rest of the group together, and successfully dupes the guards and heads down a stairwell. He and the part emerges into a line of other guards taking prisoners along with them to the center of a large execution area, where a Judge named Fodor Hurmain – who the Party recognizes as the son of the halfling for which they entered the academy – sentences others to executions, and says a woman named Elmina Valkoor – a mageocrat – is to be executed as well.

Felix puts the rest of the party in a cart to be executed and goes down the line, forming a plan. Meanwhile, Fodor takes a liking to an Elf named Arafor – a prisoner in one of the carts, and proceeds to do unusual actions, such as lick him and stroke him with his blade. He ultimately knocks him out and has him kept for “further use”. He executes the other prisoner in the cart. When the cart with the party reaches the front, Dolan is able to leap onto the judges podium, intimidating Fodor, who falls back to the ground and decides to run with two guards. An orc executioner operating the guillotine is excited and leaps onto the table to battle Dolan.

Fodor starts running with two guards, one helping him and the other carrying Arafor. The one carrying Arafor has a mid life crisis, and decides to heal the wounded and unconcious Elf before leaving; the other guard joins him. Felix, seeing this, persuades (through magic) Fodor to declare the revolution over, though he has no power. He ends up yelling its over before tripping over his robe and knocking himself unconscious. Felix then starts attacking the orc at range, but is noticed by two guards, and picked up by one to be carried to the podium and followed by the other.

Meanwhile, Arafor searches for and forges a glass dagger using a random shard and some cloth, and hides, before attacking the guard not carrying Felix behind the stairwell. Felix is forced to go up the steps to the top of the podium, on which an epic battle is occurring between Dolan and the Orc, though both completely miss each other over and over again. Arafor puts on the guard uniform (of the one he killed) and follows.

With Felix and Arafor’s help, Dolan is finally able to defeat the orc (with Felix striking the final blow). The crowd then announces Dolan to be the new “leader of the revolution”, at which point a gate opens in the hall and an intimidating but attractive Elven figure with a gnomish bodyguard – Felix’s brother Brutus, whom he recognizes – emerges. The crowd falls silent, and he demands to know what is going on there, at which point he notices Felix and laughs. He calls Felix his brother and reveals himself to be Rakuzen. He then commands 10 guards (three of whom are killed instantly by their comrades for disobeying orders) through the snap of his fingers to escort the group to him (Dolan and Arafor stay behind to help with executions, with Dolan executing over 250 people).

The rest of the group finds themselves in a room with 9 guards, Rakuzen, a woman he has on a leash in a skimpy dress, and Brutus. Rakuzen reveals he must eliminate Felix as he is his brother who dirties the bloodline, and also that he is the son of the ruler of Belonde, Faeron. He then charges Brutus to kill the rest, just taking two guards and the two girl “specimens” (Ma’ila and Regen) with him for further tests. The group battles and eventually kill the guards and Brutus after a long battle. Dolan and Arafor come (with Dolan breaking the Guillotine device over his knee while at it) beckoned by (magically conjured) calls of help from Dhvani during the fight, and Drva magically appears through a portal as well. Felix’s fingerprints help open the door Rakuzen left through (genetic similarity) and the group reaches an open field.

Here, they see a golden airship has already left in the distance, and a white airship is nearly loaded and ready to take off. Felix climbs on Dolan’s shoulders, who manages to run towards the leaving ship, and puncture a hole into the ships balloon using a crossbow. The crew jumps off, afraid it will blow, but it lands safely in a forest quite a distance away.

At this point, a giant fleet headed by a red, fiery ship and a thousand smaller black ships appears over Cen. Zrathurim, 4th in line to the Erelian Empire throne and leader of the Southern Fleet reveals that Cen’s treachery and Rakuzen’s presence has been discovered, and Cen is immensely bombed. Once that is completed, he states that a fair battle with not be repudiated, but Cen was surreptitious and therefore had to be punished. The country of Cen was then declared part of the Erelian Empire, as it no longer existed, and with the city of Cen smoldering, the fleet left – and Cen, though not obliterated entirely, was surely hurt badly, and its former power was completely destroyed.

The party then goes to the airship that landed a while back, and discovers three green liquid filled tanks, Regen (in glass tube), an unknown halfling (in glass tube), and a dead pilot in the cockpit (suicide). They also discover a cramped, airplane like airship with a passenger level, an engineering level, and a kitchen/bathroom level – all cramped with barely enough space. They cannot locate Ma’ila, and search for her, only to find the woman on the leash from before. She reveals herself to be Elmina Valkoor, the mageocrat. She states the rest of the council had already been executed in the revolution, but that Rakuzen had kept her as a sort of pet, and now she had been discarded and Mai’la had replaced her. She also stated that, for all of Rakuzen’s evil, he, Faeron, and Belonde were Ellonde’s best chance at stopping the Empire, which had just turned its attention on Cen, and that, regardless of feelings, they might be forced to ally with Rakuzen and Belonde for the good of Ellonde.

The party then questioned their deities for answers on how to proceed, with no response. Valkoor then asked her deity, the Diem, and he responded that they needed to proceed to Nella in Belonde for further answers. He then struck Drva multiple times for desecrating his name, and after finding out that Arafor can drive an airship, the party decided to rest before looking at how the now deflated ship can be fixed, and how to proceed in the future, with city of Cen smoldering in ruins behind them.

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