Rebels of Cydoria

City in the Mirage, first session
The expedition begins

An Invitation from Magister Reeg

Felix Tarse received a mysterious invitation from fellow Norukarian Magister Reeg, a notable of the University of Vrildar. He was assembling an archeological expedition to western Markania, and wanted the assistance of Tarse (and his airship, and tough crew).

The expedition members

Tarse, Kitra, Alpha One and Groo arrived at Reeg’s apartment via lightning-train and were shown into a well-appointed room. There they met the other expedition members:

  • Magister Kulik Reeg, scholar and professor
  • Chief expedition backer, war hero and known tomb robber Lord Garrus Kendrick
  • his Norukarian bodyguards Trin and Kabak
  • his Targan retainers Dergo and Frunk
  • Five Varzan students: Osso, Bonn, Somon, Dani and Pagi

After some negotiation, Tarse agreed to join the expedition.

Remember Demetria? Anyone?

Kitra of House Vlahos searched Norukar for any tidbits of information she could get from the Demetrian resisistance. But the search was dispiriting. Norukar was one of the first cities to join with the Vrildarians; there was no sign of any resistance. Kitra even risked public callsigns, but Alpha One warned her away from attracting the unwelcome attention of the Octavium.

Embarkation

The Tears of Chador lifted off from Norukar Aeroport with the deft Deru Groo at the helm, and the bustling city slipped quicky astern. The journey would take several legs, with recharge stops every 7-8 hours. During the trip, Lord Kendrick insisted on smoking his pipe and telling war stories, which offended Kitra (who had fought on the other side).

Norukar — Tibris

First port of call was Tibris, a smaller Vrildarian city. Osso the student showed interest in Kitra and she in turn was keen to pump him for information, so they disembarked while the deru charged the aerostats. Kitra skillfully got the young student tipsy. He expressed his student ideals, confessing that he sought to change the Vrildarian government.

Tibris — Tagrum

The Tears of Chador crossed the Sea of Messages to Tagrum.

Felix Tarse and Alpha One visited Azarello’s Bar. The grumpy bartender greeted them. Business was doing well

Meanwhile, Magister Reeg invited Kitra for a drink in Newt’n. He enjoyed himself, but warned Kitra to stay away from Osso.

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The Mountain of Power, third session

Into the Mountain

Attack of the Oso

Alpha One heard a fearsome roar which extended above and below human hearing range. The Mystic looked worried. “It’s the Oso!” he shouted, forgetting to use mindspeech for a moment.

Groo and Alpha One rushed outside, quickly followed by Kitra and Tarse. Indeed, a huge bearlike creature, taller than a man was bearing down on the village of Sanctuary. It roared and charged.

Groo scampered off to one side. Alpha One readied his sword — he was an honourable assassin, and carried no guns. Kitra and Tarse blazed away with their guns as the monster approached. Kitra hit it but it shrugged off the pain. Tarse, grinning madly, threw one of the Collector’s grenades. There was a huge flash and boom, and the Oso backed away into the dark woods.

The long tunnel

The Mystic agreed to take them to the site of the escape tunnel. It was an uninviting hole in the ground. Alpha One lowered himself down and found a regular square tunnel of some man-made stone-like material. It extended as far as his eyes could see. The others joined him and they began their march.

After a while they became aware of a faint greenish glow from panels overhead, which made visibility no problem (especially with their various night-vision enhancements). In a small side alcove Kitra found a cupboard containing white suit of some cloth-like material.

Eventually, they came to a pit, square, dark and endlessly deep. Ladder rungs set into the wall descended into blackness. Down, down they climbed, until they dimly perceived the cave opening on the other side, just as the Mystic had claimed. With amazing agility, Groo half-jumped, half wall-walked to the cave mouth and secured a rope for the rest to follow.

The new cave was dark, rough hewn and probably natural. Rounding a bend, they breathed fresh night air and saw the bright stars. Below them was the village of the Power Seekers

Power Seeker Village

Kitra sneaked down from the cave to the first of the visible huts. The first one was large and she saw sleeping forms inside. The next hut also had a sleeping form, but on a workbench were various tools and a white suit similar to the one she’d seen in the Mountain. Could this one be the Bone Man?

Bone Man, awakened.

Kitra took a chance and sure enough it was he. The Bone Man was confused. He said he had been sacrificed by the priests, but inexplicably returned carrying some of the Collector’s precious material, which he’d recovered from below. The priests had wanted to kill him but the chief intervened when he’d made an axe head out of the strange alloy. The Bone Man happily accompanied Kitra back to the others, after grabbing his tools.

Return

Kitra realised from talking to the Bone Man that the Power Seekers used the cave as a sacrificial area, and rarely if ever ventured inside. That meant that with the co-operation of the Mystic and his village, a minor mining operation could be set up to retrieve the material under the very noses of the Power Seekers. The Mystic agreed to help, and the group flew back to the Collector with the Bone Man to make the arrangements.

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The Mountain of Power, second session

New arrivals at the Hotel Borse

While they awaited the Collector’s ‘package’, Felix Tarse and Kitra of House Vlaros were staying at the Hotel Borse, near the aeroport in Newt’n. The hotel started to get some strange visitors. The first of these was Alpha One, a Cyberdroid wanderer from the far north. Another was the Deru pilot Groo. Each had been recruited by the Collector for this mission.

Around Tagrum

The Deru couldn’t wait to see Tarse’s fancy aeroship Tears of Chador. He scrambled aboard. Felix Tarse wandered around town while Kitra ventured outside into Ruside, looking for Samirians (but she found none). Tarse returned to his hotel to find that Stig of the Dump had delivered a crate of material from the Collector (much to the interest of the hotel staff). All was in readiness; it was time to depart Tagrum.

The Mountain of Power

The Tears of Chador lifted off from Tagrum aeroport and flew westward over the badlands of Haru, a broken land of forests and gullies. Once during the journey, some bandit shot a few potshots at the vessel.

The aeroship approached the Mountain of Power at dusk. It was a squarish mesa jutting out from the hills around, on top was a jagged array of huge rock spikes at crazy angles. A cleft in the mesa contained some huts, with a wooden stockade and a small lake at the bottom. Groo gave the Mountain a wide berth, circling around to the forested back hills. They threw down the anchor and disembarked, leaving the aeroship swaying gently in the breeze.

Sanctuary

It was cold and dark; snow crunched underfoot. The trees rustled in the the wind. Fortunately they had come prepared, thanks to the Collector’s stash. They donned environment suits and night vision goggles. Alpha One noted a humaniform through the trees. This turned out to be a barbarian gathering wood. He seemed friendly and offered to lead them back to his nearby village. The four followed.

The village turned out to be a small collection of huts, camouflaged by mats of twigs and leaves. Inside the main hut was a warm fire and about twenty villagers. Some were Samirians, some were Awan. At the head was a bearded smiling man, who greeted the humans telepathically (Alpha One was confused because he received no signals). He was the Mystic, once a priest of the Power Seekers death-cult of the Mountain of Power. He had questioned too much and been sacrificed to the Cave of Power, but had found an escape route and made it to the forest here. He welcomed any and all other escapees from the Mountain.

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The Mountain of Power, first session
The Collector's mission

Two dissidents arrive in the refinery town of Tagrum on the Sea of Messages. Kitra, a Demetrian noble and embittered veteran of a lost war; and Felix Tarse, an apparently clean and upstanding Norukarian merchant who secretly dabbles in smuggling and techno-heresy.

On the low-tech outskirts (Ruside — named after the wild lands of Haru to the west) of the refinery town the two meet up with the mysterious hookah-smoking Collector, an alien epicurist and smuggler, and his steadfast Awan guards. The Collector wants them to investigate a mountain in the western wilderness of Haru, where he has located large amounts of valuable and powerful elements. Unfortunately this mountain has been claimed by a rather xenophobic group of Samirian warriors. Furthermore a previous expedition by another techno-heretic, the Bone Man, has not returned…

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