The Reign of Dregoth

Factions of Tyr

The King

The agents went to a small dinner with King Tithian and the other ambassadors.

Nibenay sent Shan, “Priest of the Blood”, to represent their city. Najaf spoke at some length with him, inquiring into the nature of the Regent of Nibenay, one “Inanna, goddess of Blood.” He discovered that she was apparently an incredibly potent form of undead that Nibenay had created from one of his most loyal wives, filled with the power of millions of souls, who had been granted a shard of an ancient, long-dead goddess. This seemed a bit far-fetched, but Inanna HAD defeated Dregoth’s champion more than a year before…

Gulg sent Osanje, a warrior-noble of that city. Osanje was arrogant, dispensing insult to all and sundry. The agents realized that this was a part of Gulg warrior culture, to advertise one’s personal power and ability by insulting others until someone stronger proved it. Shahzadi challenged him, and they fought a close-fought “duel” with bare fist until Osanje eventually conceded defeat. From then on, he treated Shahzadi with all due respect, although he continued to dispense insult and arrogance to everyone else…

Draj sent Takli, a “Priest of the Two Moons.” Takli also had a religious motivation, as a priest / templar to Tektuktitlay. He relayed the theology of his distant city wherein the King’s propitiations and sacrifices allow for continued fertility across the entire world…

Balic sent Gosi Kokoros, an esteemed Templar to the Dictator Andropinis. Gosi brought his wife, and sundry retainers, apparently disdainful of the danger of walking into an active war. He was the only one the Ambassadors of Dregoth deemed interesting enough to engage in real business, discussing and negotiating what it would take for Balic to field an army in support of Tyr…

Also invited to dinner were two members of the local merchant class, Soren and Lita Cleon, cousins to Alekel. Alekel learned that while some of his family died or fled the city, the younger generations are banking on Tyr’s freedom, mostly out of mercantile opportunity. Since the more established merchant houses are being cautious, they’re stepping into the void. Their goal is to eventually become a dynastic merchant house with a King’s charter. The problem is, the other Kings and Queens won’t respect the charter of Tithian unless he actually manages to beat Hamanu.

King Tithian demonstrated political acumen in having a formal dinner with all these assorted individuals without excessive argument or violence breaking out. The duel between Osanje and Shahzadi took place after the meal, and at the same time, Najaf opted to pull Narl, the Mul, aside. Narl had been the winner of the 200-gladiator melee that consecrated the ziggurat, and Najaf felt that there was something… mystically interesting about the quiet now-vizier to Tithian.

In that conversation, Najaf learned that Narl is now the vessel through which all the souls of the ziggurat may experience brief lives. He spoke with three (or maybe four) different people, all somehow inhabiting Narl. How millions of souls decide who gets the body at any one time remains somewhat mysterious, but “Narl” indicated that Tithian “mediates” somehow in exchange for loyal service.

Dhaara had an internal conversation with her fiery ancestor and learned how he had founded their Saddhu family. Once he had been a mercenary captain from shattered Yaramuke, a cadre of former half-giant slave-soldiers of that city found freedom through its destruction and were the terror of caravans along the King’s Way. Recognizing that this lifestyle would ultimately result in their destruction, he made a powerful display of sacrifice, asceticism and piety in Raam. The very fear with which the populace held him turned to awe, and the Saddhu caste could not deny his ascension into their ranks. This, perhaps, explained his interest in his martially-inclined descendant.

Najaf spoke with ambassador Kokoros and learned that it might be possible to convince Balic to send an army if Dregoth or his people could… resolve a problem for the city. Apparently Balic was concerned about the new city-state of New Antalus that Abalach-Re had built on the ruins of old Kalidnay. While Balic was confident of its ability to crush New Antalus militarily, New Antalus has an ancient power that defends it, potent magic woven in the earth itself and manifested in Proctor Drelto, an ancient undead. If Dregoth or his people could… neutralize Proctor Drelto, Balic would be happy to send an army.

Najaf and the other ambassadors retreated to their rooms, and after extensive ritual magic to secure their privacy, discussed their options. Najaf decided to contact Mon Adderath, who immediately teleported to Tyr via Najaf’s templar connection to the King. In debriefing their superior, some aspect of their words or deeds drew his suspicion, and they ultimately admitted to having met, and possibly entered the service of, King Oronis of Kurn. They allayed Mon Adderath’s anger somewhat by presenting a very real possibility that their actions were also of benefit to Dregoth, in that they now had a potential means to permit him to achieve his original goal of living godhood.

Mon Adderath was skeptical, indicating that if there was any way to resurrect Dregoth from undeath, he would have done so. The agents indicated that they knew a way, but it would require Dregoth to trust Oronis, something Mon Adderath did not believe possible.

Troubled by this potential betrayal, but sufficiently intrigued by what they found within the ziggurat, Mon Adderath departed to visit the edifice for himself and ascertain whether his former agents were telling him the truth…

XP: Level 22

Change in Advancement System: Cards now only provide their die-rolling mechanic. Leveling up will result in achievement of significant story objectives as we move toward the end-game.

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