The Raven’s Roost adventurers arrive at Devil’s Gate at the helm of a mothership only to learn that their idols on the Yuletide have departed to engage a still larger ship beyond the moon.
- Captain Saoirse (BiW): Level 11 Psionic Ospryte Thief
- Various pilots, gunners, and systems operators
- Tiernan (ByW): Level 11 Human Dragon Slayer
- B4-R311 (RiH): Level 11? War Facsimile
The Yuletide soon spots the ship out in open space, seeing it is larger than Devil’s Gate, a massive city. Their approach plan is to use an invisibility spell to mostly hide their ship (in Mind Weave, invisibility is light cancellation and works well in the dark; in space with no ambient light, they just need to avoid passing in front of the sun or having their side facing an observer toward the sun).
Hidden, they decide to dive toward the massive dome at the center of the city. They are almost there before the stationary guns on the sunward side see them and open fire. The Yuletide takes a couple hits before teleporting into the dome itself.
Inside, they find a massive meeting hall where a meeting was under way. The gunners open fire and take out the speaker at the podium and other soft targets. Tiernan immediately sets about destroying any apparent technology he can find as security forces arrive. The crew trades fire with the security forces with the help of B4-R311 while Saoirse keeps the main gunner safe and the main gunner blows holes in the stadium seating around the assembly hall.
Saoirse reaches out telepathically to see if anyone sees anything outside the hall and hears about aliens escaping to the vehicles outside. She pursues that way and ends up in a moving subway, having slain all in the car. She telepathically says she’s being carried away and Tiernan gives pursuit, clearing the station and waiting for the next car.
In the hall, the crew have cleared the security forces, so B4-R311 leaps down to the ground and connects to a terminal to try to hack something, anything, on the ship. Suddenly he is attacked mentally. He find himself under someone else’s control and starts shooting the Yuletide, eventually bringing it down with the help of bomb throwers arriving in the higher areas of the hall. Tiernan hears the commotion and runs back in, leaping down to grapple B4-R311.
Tiernan hears banging inside as B4-R311’s pilot (!!) knocks himself out. Then Tiernan is similarly dominated and stands down while security forces take him captive. On the subway, Saoirse hijacks the car, ordering the pilot (telepathically) not to stop until they are back at the assembly hall. She arrives to find aliens swarming over her wrecked ship. Before she can act, she too is dominated in a battle of wills and gives herself up to the imprisoning forces.
B4-R311, Tiernan, and Saoirse are all loaded into a prison subway car. An alien leans into the car and says in Ensignal “thank you for helping me to supplant the weak leaders. Now the invasion can begin in earnest.” The door closes and gas knocks them all out. They awake later, a human, an ospryte, and a gnome, in a prison cell.
This was always the plan for these high level side characters. The real heroes have their work cut out for them.
The Primordial Frontier Campaign is set in the Perenia world of the Tyranny of Mundanity and Stormguard campaigns, but in a future where the world is characterized by wild magic below a mile above sea level. Sea level is the new underdark, and, well, I don’t suspect we’ll be seeing the underdark at all.
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