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HackMoor 2018/11/08 Jacko's Choice
Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

The Player for Jacko ordered the pizza, and he earned an honor point.



We picked up where the Party left off at the bottom of level 14.  Since the Party had explored the entire level, so I had made it a project that they encounter every possible random encounter there was for that level.  Having done most of this the previous session there was still one left.

Four Angelic beings.  (They tie in with Jacko's pending ascension anyway.)

As the Party approached, One of the Angels sounded a trumpet.  Everyone failed their save except of course Jacko.  

Huang and Honda started speaking in tongues.

Another Angel proclaimed, "Jacko, come forth!"

To cut to the chase, these four angelic beings offered Jacko the conditions of ascension albeit on different terms.  For brevity we'll call them angels A through D.  All offers involved getting the Crown of Thrain a HackClass item.  Anyone who has achieved 36+ levels will be imbued with divine essence, attaining demi-gawd status with all the benefits thereof.  [Note Jacko makes this claim having gained 15th level in three different classes (3x15 > 36).  Whether that qualifies or not, remains to be seen.  It should also be noted these Angels are entirely irrelevant, Jacko could look for the Crown without being so advised.  Perhaps their advice mitigates the 3x15>36 question?]   Their offers below:

Angel A:  Get the Crown of Thrain.  Retain only 4 magic items to obtain goal.  Give one half all his money to charity.

Angel B:  Get the Crown of Thrain.  Find the person who stole the party's stuff and obtain retribution.  

Angel C:  Get the Crown of Thrain.  Find the person who stole the party's stuff.  (Didn't say what to do when found  Maybe I omitted it in my the notes?  I think an outright kill was mentioned, but that isn't necessarily the same as retribution.)

Angel D  Get the Crown of Thrain.  Donate all valued possessions to charity.

This is obviously a test of Jacko's judgment.  Jacko chose Angel B.  Jacko tested the Angel and asked it to take him to his proper plane.  (Jacko is Neutral Good which would mean the plane of Elysium.)  Jacko was then taken to a place with chirping birds, lush fields of grass, rolling hills along the banks of the river Oceanus, and all the trappings of Neutral Goodness.  Thus satisfied, Jacko was taken back to the Party.

The party then went back to the back gate of the Fire Giant's lair and Jacko reintroduced himself as a mercenary to assist the Fire Giants against the Salamanders who had taken half the Giant's domain on the other side of the lava lake.  The Party then went upstairs to the Giant's middle level that opens to the bridge crossing the lake to the opposing side.  

Jacko requested that he be allowed to cross the bridge and espy the Salamander's holdings.  The Giants, letting him out their fortified door.  Going invisible, he crossed the bridge to the opposing door.

He knocked.

Crawling up to the top of the door, he waited until it opened.  Still invisible, he crawled in.  Still attached to the ceiling.

Therein he found 20 Salamanders keeping guard.  The one that opened the door seeing nothing, shrugged its shoulders and closed it again.

.  Staying invisible, due to his thief's ability he stayed on the ceiling and crawled (like the one of the orcs in the Mines of Moria scene in the first Lord of the Rings Movie).  Finding mostly empty rooms until he went down one level.  There he found a gathering of Salamanders ready for battle and they all seem lined up outside an excavation tunnel.

Sticking to the ceiling he followed the tunnel which was filled with more Salamanders.  At the far end he found that they had excavated underneath the lava lake and were about to breach into the Fire Giant's lower rooms.

Making his way back he found the biggest baddest Salamander of them all.  It was apparently, it was holding a personnel inspection just before the invasion.

Jacko decided to interrupt.

Calling to the lead Salamader, which would sound like a disembodied voice being invisible, Jacko made an offer.

(I'm culling the tête-à-tête between Jacko and the lead Salamander, to shorten this up.)

1.  Return to the Plane of Fire?  (Whence the Salamaders invaded from due to a fluke between the planes.)

2.  Serve as guardians of Fort Neverland (what Jacko is calling his territory topside).

3.  Be annihilated.

Before the answer I cut off the session due to time constraints.

Meanwhile while all this was going on.  Aerys and the rest of the Party decided to quit and headed back upstairs.  They were back at the Mushoom forest at time of Jacko's offer to the lead Salamander two levels lower.






Zamon, a fifth level Thug.
Grok the Dwarf, a third level WitchRanger (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Multiclass of 15th level (Infiltrator, Ranger and Battle Mage).

Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Adept of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
23 dwarf miners.

Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage Second (a Protege of Jacko) topside.
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).  RETIRED
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.





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