Ninth Session (9 page pdf) – “Torches In The Night” – The crew hangs out with a friendly member of the Sun Temple Colony, but their head priest decides to just burn them all out. Then it’s time to mess with Azlanti quicksilver grave/study aids.
Well, the PCs befriend Xiola Chelman, leader of the Fertile Families from the Sun Temple Colony, and she takes them back there. In usual fashion they don’t exactly make a good first impression…
This is one of those weird cases where the party had a good idea – asking about local rules – but then somehow rather than shutting up and listening for an answer they started explaining and elaborating and getting wrapped around their own axle. This led to a semi-in-character, semi-not discussion about the feasibility of asking about “places not to pee.”
Anyway, they get boarded up in a house and burned to death. Or at least, that’s the plan, but they break out, taking the drunken Xiola and the flame-goo-possessed Lefty. Once the head priest summons a salamander they skedaddle for the forest. When they were trying to wake up the drunken Xiola and she muttered “Lemme along or I’m gonna kill ya,” that’s an Easter egg quote from a well-known tale of mine having to do with strippers and Jamaica.
They find out that Lefty has indeed been a plant for the cultists, but content themselves with winging him when he tries to flee and tying him up. Then they use a weird Azlanti graveyard/computer thing (actually from Shore to Sea but they never interacted with it there so I moved it here) and discovered that there’s an underground temple to the vampire goddess Zura underneath – and it turns out that Sindawe’s treasure map leads to it, as a Mwangi trail marker he finds that his father left indicates!