Savage! — Game Session — 039

Game summary for August 30, 2016, Savage! campaign, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Blazing Sun (Kau Human Sage played by Kaliegh Belda), Little Spirit (Tsanta Human Soldier played by Andrew Renfrow), Singing Mammoth (Elf Soldier played by Taylor Averdick), Standing Bison (Giant Soldier played by Peyton Harmon), and Wolf Spirit (Kompache Human Priest played by Chris Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The elder fire elemental closed in and unleashed a blast of heat, burning many of the party.  The team swarmed about it and found their weapons could harm it.  The elemental continued to scorch the party, but their resistance was brutal and swift.  The elemental was brought down under the teeth of the wolf.  Within a secret panel, they found the final key to the Dawn Seal!

After some brief exploration, the team found the guardians of the Shining Gate, a pair of massive mountain giants!  Unholy energy washed from the portal as the team moved in to take down the giants.  The raptor moved to flank one giant as the wolf leapt to attack.  It missed the giant and bit the raptor!  In the next moment, the giant was slain and fell on the raptor!  The team was elated at the slaughter of one giant, but a cave-gnawer ghula emerged from the gate moments later!  The team re-doubled their efforts to drive back the foes.  Blazing Sun temporarily lost her nerve from the stress and fear and fell back.  In her panic she ordered her firehawk to attack the giant… and it attacked the wrong giant!  It plucked out one of Standing Bison’s eyes, crippling the team’s ally!

Blazing Sun charged back into the fray and salted the wound of the bleeding enemy.  She managed to kill the mountain giant with her attack!  Now the team only had a ghula remaining.  The team surrounded and were able to take it down quickly.

With the foes vanquished, the team went to the gate to try and close it.  They took time assembling pieces of the Dawn Seal.  Once satisfied, they began a blood ritual to enact the proper magic.  This brought the attention of spiritual entities on the other side of the gate, and the team had to drive them off.  Finally, the energy of the ghula magic began to flow rapidly back through the gate!  The party found their life force being drawn through as well.  The team clung to life, some passing out from the effort.  Blazing Sun was the last struggling to withstand the onslaught.  At the last moment, she rallied her strength and closed the gate!  After months of struggle the team had succeeded!  The power of the Keepers was broken.  The party knew their efforts would be followed by years of bloody war but a war they could now win.  Without the power of the ghula to sustain them, the Keepers would not be able to hold control over their domain, and the people would throw off the shackles of their vicious oppressors!