Hey hi as someone's who's been watching you and your friends talk about you dnd game from afar and is now invested, I'd just like to ask. What the FUCK happened???
okay kings watch me try to fit nearly thirty sessions of context into a readable post it’s midnight im tired and simultaneously hopped up on vibes lets go
so: it starts with eris and nyx. eris, player character, bard, low wisdom, seventeen. nyx, npc, eris’ twin sister. fighter to eris’ bard. conscience to her 7 wis. also seventeen. both here to cause problems on purpose. nyx is the co to eris’s dependent. they join the party.
the party, while on their Introductory Quest, all have prophetic dreams in a fey forest. eris dreams, and she is alone in her dream. nyx is not there. nyx, in all of their seventeen years together (and they have been, all of seventeen of them, together) is not there. eris is shaken. nyx does not have a dream.
eris clings tighter to nyx, having been shown a world without her. they stay with the party. nyx likes these people. (nyx didn’t have a dream. “you don’t like them better than me, though, right?” eris asks. “of course not,” nyx says)
the plot thickens. lian dies. lian had a prophetic dream, and she died. eris laughs. the dreams can’t mean anything. after all, what was the point of giving a soon to be dead woman a dream?
something messed with eris and nyx’s memory. but we don’t have time for that. the plot thickens.
lian comes back. as long as lian is dead, the dreams don’t mean anything. but if lian is back-
eris doesn’t like lian.
(we are in the feywild and being tested by a prophet and we have to say something true. “in another world, i wanted to become a painter,” nyx says. “but i’m scared that my hands shake too much.”
“i hate that lian’s alive,” eris says.)
the plot thickens. we level up. we level up. we come face to face with prynne castellane for the first time. we know who he used to be. eris steals the prince’s body from him and says prynne’s real name to his face. (and then we resurrect the prince. but we don’t have time to unpack all that. penance allsentry, you fucking bitch.)
moving on. eris has fifth level spells now. eris has greater restoration now. eris and nyx alone in a forest like the tiny island they raised themselves on. (context: eris and nyx grew up alone, in the wilderness, raising themselves. eris only ever had her sister and the spirits of the dead.)
eris casts greater restoration. memories come back.
(eris and nyx are five years old and their parents leave with prynne castellane. eris and nyx are semeira and dimira westhaven and they have two parents who love them. prynne castellane casts modify memory. the twins have only ever had themselves.
(context: back when prynne castellane was penance allsentry, the priest, he had a party. they went to temish the feywild prophet and penance lied and things went terribly wrong. we don’t have time to unpack all that. but the artificers, eva and theirin westhaven, disappeared. they hadn’t known what the research was for. as far as temish knows)
eris can’t. eris is eris darkwater. eris hates these people for leaving them behind. nyx needs answers, and also revenge. nyx takes levels in oath of vengeance paladin.
later. we are tracking someone known only as the wraith. someone castellane hates, and who seems to hate him in return. we burn down a building with a vampire den underneath it. sear a symbol in the ground. the wraith joins the party. masked, in all black.
we sneak around the city. bad luck roll. werewolf encounter. we’re level eleven. the con saves are twelve. bad luck.
eris is infected with lycanthropy (so is piper, but we don’t have time to unpack all that.) eris doesn’t know yet, because there’s a period of adjustment.
(context: so i forgot to mention it before, but there is a Being. they are ever-shifting and a walking magical rift that is-was a woman killed and loved by penance allsentry and also maybe something else. it’s complicated. the Being is bad/good it nearly killed us/we saved it from a horrific death and killed a fey queen for it. the Being hates castellane. eris knows/knew/thought the Being would kill her sister. eris was the one nearly killed by the Being)
we’re stealing a ship to escape the city but we have to fight a mage first. the mage has a magical tracker. nat 20 insight. castellane is coming.
castellane is here.
xarus attempts intimidation to make castellane focus on him. (xarus is a barbarian and has a self sacrificial streak) (xarus rolls a nat 20)
castellane rolls two nat 20s (one to resist the intimidation (i think) one to grapple nyx (i think) gonna be honest im not great at focusing during combat numbers melt my gay little brain)
castellane grabs nyx, casts power word kill, nyx is perma dead, nyx is thrown into the cloudsea
(context: the wandering isles is a setting made up of an archipelago (sorta) of islands floating in the sky. there’s the cloudsea, through which the islands float and airships fly, and the abyss, below, that no one has explored. the descent is a formal way of killing someone by throwing them into it. chucking them, if you will. it’s a horrible way to die. there are lore reasons for why the setting is what it is, but we don’t have time to unpack all that.)
(context: castellane has wings made up of branches now, that he didn’t have before.he’s fucking with magic. he’s a fucking bitch. fuck castellane, honestly.)
nyx is falling and eris is physically on the ship but also in a room. eris is suddenly in a room with the Being she thought would kill her sister and the Being says, let me help i can help i just need-
what do you need. take it! do it!
take my hand
eris takes the Being’s hand. obviously. something shifts. something feels permanent. nyx is with vesper, now.
(context: vesper is thalia’s captain (homoreotic) who through a series of events was accidentally sent into a weird pocket dimension and is trapped there, very much not dead. there are other people trapped in the pocket dimension. the pocket dimension is the mountains)
eris is currently processing: being a werewolf. her sister is dead, not-dead, still gone, trapped in a place castellane is also interested in accessing. that whole reveal that memories of five years of her life were tampered with.
we talk to the wraith the day after.
(note: the rest of us think nyx is dead. eris has not said anything about her deal with the Being. eris is not having a good time.)
the wraith woke up in an inn on molstova (island) with a watch and a burning hatred of castellane. the wraith is a revanent. the wraith has flashes and pictures of memory, but doesn’t know, truly, who she is.
the wraith wears all black, and a plague doctor mask. she takes off the mask (we insist)
the wraith is a tiefling woman with pink skin covered in burn scars
(context: eris and nyx are pink tieflings)
ari (cleric) has greater restoration. “you should lie down.” the wraith lies down. dc 30 arcana check. ari gets a 31. it succeeds. barely.
the wraith remembers. eva westhaven remembers. not everything. even with that 31. but enough. “you don’t think undead are supposed to be able to cry, but--”
(the wraith just watched one of her daughters die and didn’t even realize--)
someone needs to tell eris.
(context: it is the day directly after nyx fell. eris is not here. eris is sitting in the crow’s nest, where eris and nyx had their first real fight.)
thalia tells her. xarus casts hold person.
(context: eris is not known for her healthy responses to emotional revelations)
the wraith says, cold as the grave, let her go. xarus lets her go.
but her stride is broken. eris just yells instead. and then-- “i leave because i know i'm going to do something nyx would not want me to do”
and then (arlowe:) “[eva] wanted [eris] to hurt her”
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