Chapter 32: Cairo
The game continued from Chapter 31: Barovia.
The One Who Comes in Peace
game session #194
played on July 11, 2016
The group resurrected their friends, even Van Helsing with the help of an angelic skeletal figure. Deke found a stash of gold and strange items that the party shared. The villagers nearby were rejoicing in the sunlight and celebrating the death of their hated ruler. A golden bird arrived with a message from Imhotep, congratulating them on slaying Dracula and inviting them to work together to kill more demi-lords on other planes of Ravenloft, but first offering to throw a party in their honor in two days' time at his private kingdom outside of Cairo. Deke left the group to "pursue his destiny" while Sagesse left to spend time with her family. In the downtime before going to Egypt, Nannuraluk worked with Nemo to visit Trinidad to buy hot peppers and gifts for the group, while Elise checked in on her parents in a London safehouse and took them home to New Orleans. Caleb checked into the newspaper stories accusing him of murder and tracked it to a vengeful former enemy in Pittsburgh, but he also befriended a great dane who he named Marmaduke and brought back to the Manor with him.
Caleb for investigating the group's enemy
Elise for protecting her family
Marmaduke for role-playing
Nann for getting gifts for the group
Faith and Trust and Pixie Dust
game session #195
played on July 25, 2016
When the golden bird came to life again in the Manor, the group found themselves invited to a grand celebration in their finest attire. At the base of a pyramid, they attended an Egyptian feast and show in their honor, where Imhotep burned an effigy of Dracula and anointed them the Champions of Earth, thrilling the crowd. Speaking privately with them afterwards, Imhotep said that he had studied the Red Death for centuries, watching it defeat other qabals, ultimately concluding that only those with its power could "fight fire with fire." He believed the Red Death would try to take over Earth, and asked the group to travel to other demi-planes to slay the lords there, as they had Dracula, to weaken its power. Through the first portal, they found a tribe of lost boys led by an audacious Peter Pan, who was wary of the grown-ups but took an immediate liking to Gao and Marmaduke, eventually pronouncing Gao an honorary Lost Boy and granting her endless youth. The group gathered what information they could from him in order to slay the ruler of the realm, Captain Hook.
Caleb for role-playing during the party
Obedience or Oblivion
game session #196
played on August 15, 2016
After Marmaduke was nearly abducted by pirates on the beach, the group chose a simple assault: Elise flew invisibly above the ship and dropped a cannonball on Captain Hook, killing him and sinking the ship. Imhotep pressed them on to the next demi-plane: They drank a shrinking potion and attended a garden party with a mad hatter, where Marmaduke could speak and the food had strange effects on all of them. Following a white rabbit, they found and entered a croquet match with the Red Queen, who Elise decapitated with a stone shield. Impatiently, Imhotep insisted that they get moving to the next site: Flatland, a two-dimensional plane where guards brought them before the king for execution. Caleb cut the king out of the paper world and crumpled him up, killing him. When Imhotep became mean and demanding, Caleb challenged him, provoking a fight as Imhotep revealed that the assassinations had been solely for his benefit: He was becoming the demi-lord of this realm, and had tricked them into making him even stronger. Their attacks and powers had no effect on him, while he brought Caleb and Gao to the brink of death with a powerful beam attack. An automobile appeared, driven by a man calling himself Alexander Hartdegen, who said he was sent by Elise to rescue them from the immortal, invulnerable Imhotep. They climbed aboard Hartdegen's vehicle and began to fade away into light when an unfortunate final blast by Imhotep struck the automobile.
Caleb for realizing Imhotep's true agenda
Elise for trying to save the pirates' lives
Gao for deliberately taking high damage to protect Caleb
The game continued in Chapter 33: The Time Machine.