Dawn of Civilization

The Speaker Underground

Realizing that the Nibirite incursion is more a Foothold, the Travellers come to the conclusion that they cannot defeat them without careful planning and outside aid.
While relocating their protected charges Whiteriver and Prosper, it is revealed that Whiteriver is close personal friends with Lord Whitehill of the royal house of Speaker. He is eager to warn his friends of the “demon” presence within the city.

Nabu Tur ingratiates herself in a temple of the Church of Speaker, and hopes to use religious politics to sow distrust and discord against those Nibirites they have identified, and to further divide the two opposing factions of Nibirites in Speaker.

The Travellers delegate Giconi to seek out and follow the Nibirite they call One-Eye. (It is likely his “rider” and her connection to One-Eye allowed him to quickly discover and follow him with ease.) He is observed spending most of his time in a small temple where he serves as a priest. When he leaves he is accompanied by a small retinue, and occasionally visits various individuals.

The Travellers have discussed contacting One-Eye himself, and possibly making some sort of deal to defeat his counter-faction led by Lord Hatred.

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Serious Business
Fun with Portals

Having fully dialogued with Lord Prosper’s Nibirite imposter at the Brightraven Estate, the Traveller’s know that the creature is aware that Prosper still lives, and has most likely made preparations for their interferance.

The Travellers make an attempt at subterfuge by posing as a visiting relative. The first guardian whom they approach on the Estate finds their ruse obviously suspicious, and activates a small glass beacon which begins to pulse with light and sound. Soon after, undisguised Nibirites begin to appear around them in twos and threes.

The Travellers decide to make a run for the Imposter, using their gifts to run, leap, fly, or teleport towards their goal. More Nibirites continue to appear, and use their mastery of dimensional teleportation to pursue the Travellers, including deadfall attacks and dimensional blades.

When it becomes apparent that their are over 30 Nibirites on the compound and several Travellers have sustained serious injuries, they decide to fall back and retreat into Speaker.

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Whisper's Doppelgänger

The Travellers try to search for Whisper’s husband in Lord Brightraven’s vinyard, while also trying to escape the estate. Lord Praiseworthy is nowhere to be found, so Nabu Tur must convince the young woman that he must have gone home.

The Travellers exit the vinyard through a tributary of the Yellow River, and return to the main city of Speaker. They then try to return their charges ( Prosper, Whisper, and Whiteriver) back to their homes, though wary of the Nibirite replacements they might encounter.

Arazu takes Whiteriver to his home, and finds that the man is of only moderate means. His home is simple, but there are a few items which seem too expensive for him to afford. Arazu tries to ask about this, and why that he might be chosen by the Nibirites, but his akwardness among people gets the better of him and gets nowhere. He then tries explain that real magic exists by revealing some of is own power, to which Whiteriver responds by backing away and calling Arazu a Demon. Nagiru uses his glamor to erase that blunder from Whiteriver’s mind.

The Travellers then choose to visit the estate of Lord Praiseworthy and Lady Whisper. The servant who answers the door is shocked to see her outside, but is told that she left to see some friends and locked herself outside. The Travellers confront Whisper’s clone, and they must restrain a furious Whisper from attacking the Nibirite. At first, Whisper’s clone makes use of potent telepathy, but soon the strong will of the Travellers force her to reveal her true form and resort to physical attacks.

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Afterparty in Speaker

The Travellers know something suspicious is going on, but are unsure of what it might be. All suspected kidnap victims are seen throughout the party, though many of the “thugs” whom they identified as conspirators are nowhere to be found. Giconi returns from his interlude, but seems to be sick (though one of the women he went with cannot be found).

The one-eyed man (it actually becomes very easy to scry this man – almost too easy) spends much of the party lounging in a communal pool with other influential nobles as they discuss reforms of certain governing policies. Careful ears and Corwyn overhear whispered dissent of the Lord Victorious, calling him unstable and a MF. Lord Hatred speaks in favor of replacing or overthrowning the monarch, while One-Eye believes such a display of power is the surest path to their destruction.

When Corwyn follows the teleportation scar he discovered earlier, it leads to a kitchen. The Travellers follow him and they are accosted by three cooks (two of them run away). After the fight, they learn that the men they fought were Nibirites, and that fire seems to interfere with their disguises. Inside a magical cold storage room reminiscent of those kept by the Nelwyn, the Travellers find a number of bodies. Three are hanging on by a thread, and with quick intervention they are able to save Whisper, Prosper, and Whiteriver.

The Travellers burn the bodies of the Nibirites in the Kitchen, and use the fire as a distraction so that they can escape in the chaos.

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Serpents in Speaker [Timeframe Unkown]
Like Rodents led into a Pit of Vipers...

The Travellers continue to uncover the kidnapping plot they discovered upon arrival in Speaker. They discover that the kidnapping plot is to take place in three days time, at the estate of Lord Brightraven – a well-respected representative of the city’s government. Lord Brightraven is throwing a massive celebration which will host hundreds of guests to display his exccess and wealth.

Nabu Tur manages to convince a young woman to reveal the location of the banquet, and shares the information with the group, though she is warned the gala is “No place for a child.”

On the night of the party, Corwyn and Giconi attempt to infiltrate the party posing as minor nobles themselves, while Nashich, Martu and Arazu pose as servants and attendants. The rephaim, NabuTur and Vorus, skulk on the fringes of the estate.

The travellers slowly begin to notice small groups of people going off to more secluded areas of the party, such as two people helping an inebriated third into a bathroom or bedroom. A short time later, only two people return (the inebriated man looking refreshed, as if he was never drunk). Corwyn uses magic to track down the one-eyed leader of the supposed bandits, who waits in a bathhouse for a such a trio.

While doing his best to communicate with the other guests, Giconi is propositioned by two beautiful women and led to “more comfortable accomodations”. This turns out to be an ambush – the women are Nibirites in disguise.

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Lost in Speaker [Timeframe Unkown]
Burn the Witch and Slay the Giant

The Travellers have been Displaced once again, this time over 2500 miles to the northwest and years beyond reckoning. The temerature is much cooler, and they observe its people wearing much more clothing than they are familiar with.

The streets are paved with large stones, and the surrounding buildings are made of carved stone, precious wood, or both. When Corwyn attempts to speak with someone passing by, the man speaks in gibberish as if mad. Strangely enough, the man still seems to understand the Travellers. Many believe them to be deaf because of this.

Somehow, some of this strange gibberish is starting to make sense for the Travellers, which leads creadence to the idea that they have been cursed before arrival. What they can make out of the natives is that they are in a city know as “Speaker” and that the Travellers appear to be foreigners or slaves.

Seeking advice, Nabu Tur consults her talking skull Ziniir whose loud undead voice incites an angry mob seeking out the dark sorcery, and forces the Travellers to disperse. Each seeks in their own way to blend in, aquiring clothes and doing their best to understand this new language (Except for Arazu who learns that these people are not fond of Giants either; Imagine if they knew what he really was.). Corwyn uses his gifts to locate everyone and get them back together.

Nabu Tur mentions to the rest of the Travellers that she discovered a plot by a malevolent entity disguised as a human to kidnap someone at a banquet later that night. They do what they can to seek out this creature, and find a clandestine meeting of affluent men discussing their abduction plans, led by a reagal man wearing a patch over his left eye.

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Larsa Overtaken: 5006BC
Destroying the Time-Portal

The Travellers decide to focus their efforts upon the time portal they discover, seeking to cut valuable resources from Ur. Giconi arranges for Mesharu’s forces and the squad of humans and Umu waiting outside the city to attack the Shining House and its Ensi, while he and the Travellers assault the customshouse.

To create further distraction, Nabu Tur incites a riot away from either location, and calmly returns to the others. Unfortunately, Arazu tries the direct approach to entering the customshouse by telling its guardians plainly that he must enter so that they can destroy the pool within. They immediately respond by attacking.

After a tough fight with a number of Umu Guardians, the Travellers reach the chamber with the temporal portal and begin perparations for its destruction. Just before their efforts are complete, a flickering intangable image of Nanna-Sin appears beside them, laughing maniacally. In that same instant, a second crystal cylinder miraculously falls from the ceiling Bill & Ted Style and activates the pool.

All flashes white for the Travellers as the resulting explosion sends the Travellers rocketing through space & time, arriving in a strange kingdom.

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Assault on Larsa, Part Two: 5006BC
"Some kind of Jaccuzi Time-Portal"

Corwyn scries Larsa from the outskirts of the city, along with a small force of men. Several of the other Travellers follow two men who Giconi marked as hidden Umu Demons to a customs house, where they cut in line, briefly harrass the attendant, and go inside.

The customs woman sits at a table in front of the entryway, with a large scale. Giconi himself has a strange discussion with the woman with the scale as she measures a handful of trinkets he provides. The scale waivers for a moment, then the scale tips inexplicably compared to the large weight-stone on the other side of the scale. She looks in his eyes and whispers, “Your worth has been measured, and great are your deeds.” She then scribes for him a trade token and states, “May the face of Shamash-Utu shine upon you”.

Meanwhile, NabuTur sends her servant Baharu to sneak into the customshouse to see inside. She sees one Umu Demon pour some liquid from a tall crystal cylinder into a wide basin of water. Another Umu Demon is then lowered in. With a swirl of water and flash of light, the demon dissapears.

The token Giconi is givin is not written with his gold measures, but a message to meet the woman with the scales in the dyer’s district at dusk. There in a maze of drying cloth and away form the prying eyes of the occupying force, awaits Mesharu, the Right Hand of Shamash-Utu, and four cloaked men with long-knives. They know that the Travellers have people outside the city, and wish to know what they plan and how they plan to do it.

(While the rest of the Travellers meet with the forces of Larsa, Corwyn sneaks ito the customshouse to get a better look at the pool. He finds a number of temporally active objects, and discovers that the pool transported the Umu Demon a week into the future. He takes the crystal cylinder for further study & returns to the others.)

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Assault on Larsa, Part One: 5006BC

After the successful ambush on the Ur Raiders in Adab, the Travellers sought to continue preventing attacks. Over the course of six months, they experienced mixed results as the forces of Ur tried to predict and compensate for the efforts of the Travellers.

The Travellers then decided to make a definitive blow to the resources of Ur itself, by striking the occupied city of Larsa. Overtly, the population seems happy about the protection offered by the hidden soldiers of Ur. Scouting inside the city, Giconi was able to determine a pattern of movements and identify several hidden soldiers within the city.

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Help from a Genai: 5007BC

The Travellers do their best to clean up from the Ur Raiders attack. Nabu Tur takes the surviving hostage to one of her temples, using her abilities to unhinge the soldier’s mind and be overwelmed by feelings of abandonment.

Meanwhile, the others examine the site of the raid for clues as to what they wher after. Most were in frightened shock over the incident, but an enigmatic young merchant selling trinkets seemed unswayed and overly thankful for their help. He even goes as far as to them their “Hearts Desire”. (After a delayed recollection of being a Genai Paragon himself for a time when the beast Anzu swapped his soul, Arazu realizes such a gift would have unforeseen consequences and promptly returns his gift).

It turns out that the Ur Raiders had attempted to kidnap this Genii Paragon at least once before, but that they had been “a bit zealous in their attempts” and “helped him escape”, meaning that they killed him and sent him to Jahannam.

The captive raider revealed that his people were to capture the Genii Paragon to use as a sort of temporal battery. Fuel for the fires that would free our god from all that might restrain him.

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