Previous to this session, Laz, Christian, and Xu met with me a few times to do a few things during the previous night, which mostly involved breaking into the Grand Library and stealing the magical books there. This resulted in several interesting magical effects inflicted upon Desmond, Kane, and Enna, as well as Desmond acquiring a new Werebunny.
This session encompassed a long span of time, from the day after the party talked to the Council of Elders, to six months afterwards.
The day after the last session, Madrin called the city together to announce the danger from the barrier being not as effective as previously. He then announced that the Coming of Age ceremony would be held later that morning.
The Coming of Age ceremony was conducted mainly by Grand Archivist Teion, and Archmage Celean. Celean called each youth forward to give them a special item out of her deceptively deep bag. The new men and women of the city were also given some gold and a house with a small plot of land.
Adoness led a party to the edge of the barrier to where the great green beast was last seen, but the only things there were a broken-looking Eidolon and signs of a struggle and leaving creature, as though the green beast picked itself back up and moved away.
As the months flash by, here’s a small excerpt from the goings-on. Enna makes a pretty good living as a scribe in the Temple of Desna, while Desmond continues to enjoy friendly talks of crime and bad things with Kane at night. During the day, he serves in the temple well, and earns his own living quite comfortably. The only unrest he has come from his dreams at night; many nights he has nightmares of his Eidolon. After four months, he decides to leave the temple and join the city guard, impressing some with his skill in thrown weapons.
Kane, as we noted earlier, attempted to open a Fletching business, which unfortunately wasn’t very well thought out. It went down the drain, and towards the end of the six months, he joined the city guard.
Talon spends his time learning many new alchemical secrets, including a new discovery about his mutagens, which now gives him some fearsome weapons if he drinks his mutagen. He remains in hot competition with his brother, who seems to always do just a little bit better than Talon.
Adoness is put on many of the patrols out into Halefix. She ends up finding many such sites on the walls of the barrier such as the one where the great green beast was pounding. She is eventually promoted to Corporal, and put in charge of a small unit of guards, including Kane and Desmond.
Two gaps are found in the barrier— one a week after the search began, and the second three months later. In both cases, the gaps were about the size of a normal humanoid, and the edges were ragged and made of pure white force. Adoness was head of the force which guarded the first, and Ondar the second; to her dismay, Ondar was the one who led soldiers into battle when several large spiders attempted to gain entry to the countryside inside the barrier.
The first breach was patched up after three days.
This is the length of time it took Celean and Father Ardent, working together, to figure out how to patch the wall.
The second barrier took only a day and a half to be patched, but in that time five guards were lost to the spiders who were trying to force their way inside.
The Goblins and Kobolds who made the mountains and upper forests of the north their homes proved to be mysteriously absent during most of this time, and no patrols managed to find any gathering of the creatures larger than three.
On occasion, strange creatures found their way to the city walls, and were set upon by the defenses and defenders of Halefix— these must have slipped through the breaches in the barrier unnoticed before they were patched.
Celean and Ardent worked out a method to monitor most of the barrier, by setting out magical sensors which could relay noises to a few listening stations that were established in the city. These stations were manned at all hours by at least one magical adept, and the term “serving time as the ears of the city” became commonplace among the younger practitioners of magic.
Due to this helpful magic, Adoness was able to find more creatures very similar to the great green beast— not always the same color or shape, but certainly of the same type. Normally they were found by the walls in packs of two or three, taking turns pounding on the barrier.
The Archmage, with the help from Talon, his brother and father, and a few other alchemists and practitioners of magic, were all able to figure out how to send magical shocks through the barrier to the creatures pounding on the other side, to discourage their attempts.
And so by the fifth month, the booming of creatures upon the barrier became a very seldom occurrence, happening perhaps once a week, and usually not by any of the green beast’s kin.
Several other creatures have attempted to gain entry through the barrier in this time as well, but all seemed similarly discouraged when met with the magical shocks.
Within the past two months, however, the listening stations have reported several crashing and booming noises coming from the dome overtop the barrier, up in the sky. Unfortunately, no one has been able to investigate these booms further.
Most of the mages agree that this is the only interesting thing that happens during listening shifts— determining from where exactly on the dome the noises are coming from.
And so we end our session tonight with the people preparing for the next day’s festivities— it is time for the Festival of the Moon, the celebration of the founding of Halefix exactly five hundred years prior to today!
Coming of Age Ceremony: 200XP
Playing with magical books from the library: 20XP