Players: Falkare, Connie, Orbus, Grunjax, Petrah
Magic Items Unlocked: None
Great… enslaved by the Yuan-ti. As if I haven’t seen enough snakes in the swamps by the Waydown. Alas… that was long ago. Maybe slavery isn’t so bad… when it’s sex slavery. I have been given very nice bedding, aside from the stains on the large pillow upon which I rest. I must get back to the others, if they are still alive that is. Perhaps this teleportation circle will lead me to freedom, although, it’s hard to trust what Falkare tells me. It might be something more sinister and evil… much like my special potion.
A yuan-ti pureblood approaches, glistening with the shimmer of a silky smooth oil. Making some small talk, he sees me as non-threating and nudges me out of the guards’ sight to share some secrets. He explains that he is a doppleganger and claims that Raznisi uses the teleportation circle that I was considering using to escape to come to the harem for unspeakable acts. During the exchange of information, I divulge my Gloom Stalker magic of disguise and the shapechanger quickly suggests that I utilize it immediately. Stepping behind the curtains of the small room, I begin to weave the magic.
Just in time as Raznisi begins to materialize in the arcane circle. He appears, looking half rotten as if he’s turning into a mummy. The disguise works and Raznisi brings myself and two other slaves to his bed chamber. He tells us to ‘get comfortable’ as the concubine begin to disrobe. “I’ll be back,” Raznisi mutters as he steps back through the magic portal, muttering an arcane word that I think I can replicate in case a hasty retreat becomes necessary. To my surprise, there are key cubes stacked on a desk near the west wall. Riches beyond the wildest dreams of most are strewn about the floor, piling near the corners of the chamber. An empty sword stand eagerly awaits its masters weapon, but Raznisi still had it in his hand when he moved though the portal.
When Raznisi returns, I ask him about his bandages under the guise of a newborn harem member. Raznisi claims that a powerful ally will be able to cure him of the affliction. My eyes focus on the sword and I consider grabbing it and fleeing, but curiosities about snake forniculation occupy my mind. Not long after, we return to the harem. Suddenly the gong rings twice and slithering noises echo through the temple.
Raznisi appears on the ledge exclaiming that we are growing stronger and the ritual will proceed in converting slaves into Yuan-ti. The yuan-ti filling the chamber writhe in a rythmic motion. Then the blood stew is scouped from the boiling cauldron. I’ve never tasted anything as horrid in my life, but I had to be strong and act crazed like these other fanatics. Then, as part of the ritual, Orbus strolls by escorted by some guards and went right into the blood pool! I figured he had a plan because he didn’t acknoledge me when he passed. But I think I might have been wrong… he submerged in the bubbling blood and never surfaced. Some time after, the guards pulled his lifeless body out of the pool. The blood still pouring from his saturated robes caused long trails of red leading south towards the front of the temple. Once again, right by me. That was the first time I’ve seen Orbis, or any of the others, since I woke up in the harem, a slave of Raznisi. After some time, the ritual died down and the chamber cleared to retire for the night.
Well what do you know! After being chosen to feed Raznisi grapes, I stand there holding a tray noticed Orbus, but he’s been converted to a Yuan-ti through the ritual and he’s waiting in line to address Raznisi. What is going on here?! That question is soon answered as Orbus unraveles some temple conspiracy and brokers a deal with the rotting serpent, sparing our lives in exchange for healing him with the Death Curse. Then Falkare and Grungax row up from the lake adjacent to the throne room. No Connie in sight though… only later to learn that she died trying to protect the innocent. A true warrior. As Orbus is leading us to the hidden temple to the north of Omu, he explains of the snake priestest’s plot to overthrow Raznisi and how he used to to keep the others safe while in slavery. Then, springing the double cross when surrounded by truth magic in the throne room. Clever indeed, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be easy considering a Yuan-ti as a close friend.