Gateways of the Ancients

Into the Fire Part II
The Old West Reborn

COWBOYS AND WEREWOLVES

After accepting a teleport by her friend Horatio, Anya, Reston, and Mutt appear outside the Town of Hope, North Dakota. They happen upon Ferret, a Justice Ranger, who has been tied up and left for dead by the local Sioux Indian Tribe. There is a tale to be told about Ferret. She is a Half-Elf, Half-Sioux, which is unheard of. Come to find out that her parents were captured by the Coalition, her father a full blood Sioux, her mother a D-Bee elf from Palladium. In the process of their incarceration by Dr. Desmond Bradford in Lone Star, her mother was experimented on by some of the scientists there and her DNA changed to allow her to breed with humans. It was an experiment with no real logical conclusion other than to see what possibilities could be unlocked. However, the result of the experiments were Ferret and her older sister.

It happens that at the same time Ferret was locked up in the Lone Star Complex, so was Mutt. Mutt helped her escape from the complex and kept watch over her as they headed out into the wilderness in an attempt to find any part of her family that might take her in. The Sioux wanted nothing to do with her, but a Justice Ranger by the name of Jason Canby. He took her in and raised her as his own daughter, teaching her everything she would need to become a Justice Ranger. Eventually Mutt and Ferret parted company and Ferret went on to follow in Canby’s footsteps. Their encounter rekindled and old friendship and allowed the party to gain a peaceful entrance into Hope.

In Hope, the group encounters Logan, a homosexual Werewolf Assassin trying to find a way out of town. The quickest, and easiest way to get out of town seems to be these new comers trying to make their way to Lazlo. He signs on, even though he has recently fallen for one of the local cowboys, Dusty. Dusty decides he will come along as well. As the adventure in Hope heats up, the antics of Mutt get crazy as he decides to start picking on Logan. There is too much time for them to wait around and get in trouble as they wait for one of the fabled TW Trains to arrive and take them east. Mutt engages in espionage and assault via fairy food to antagonize and torment Logan and his boyfriend while the other try to keep him from doing just that. Anya, a Nymph, finds herself completely at a loss for being in the world of men. She ends up having to wear clothes and unable to find any places of peaceful nature to rest. Reston takes it as his personal mission to watch over the wayward Nymph even though he doesn’t quite know what to do with her and the whole idea of him being her rock is still a bone of contention for the two of them.

Finally the train arrives. Derek, Ferret’s friend and the local sheriff of Hope decides that the best idea is to go along with Ferret, Logan, and Dusty to keep an eye on things. After all, it’s just a trip to Lazlo right? He leaves the town in the hands of his Deputy. On the train, the group encounters a mysterious woman named “Angel”. Angel ends up being a displaced Assassin from Palladium. When the Coalition attacks the train, the characters quickly find themselves having to escape the assault. Angel comes to their aid, leading them away from the attack and to a cave where there is a Circle of Teleportation. Utilizing her arcane knowledge, she uses a pair of fairy wings and teleports the group away from Minnesota. They appear in an identical cave somewhere near the Pre-Rifts state of Kentucky. They happened upon the magic communal town of Dumont where they meet Anghim, a baby dragon who has a panache for all things techno-wizard. Anghim decides to join up with our party and journey north with them to Lazlo.

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Death's Eternal Kiss Part 1

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Our intrepid heroes are stopped by the goddess Artemis and asked to help with a conflict against the dread “Soul Harvesters”. Our heroes accept the challenge and the offer of a favor from the goddess if they will help in the fight. They venture to the east of Dumont, passing into the borders of the old state of Kentucky. On their journey, they encountered a coach drawn by a team of zombie horses. The coach vanished in a flurry of grenade and energy fire.

Not long after the attack on the carriage and horses a group of “Xombies” attacks the party, causing a firefight that almost turned into a route. Our heroes managed to defeat the “Xombies” but discovered that the Xombies came back without “magically” killing them. Simone reveals her “special” weapons – soul eating swords – that destroy the xombies.

As the heroes get closer to the source of the Xombies, their numbers increase. The battles get harder, until their boat floating across the swamp is assaulted by a horde of Xombies. The battle guides them to the alter of the Harvesters of Souls, where they confront Lady Sublime, a Harvester sworn to the goals of the evil alien intelligence “Nexla”. In the final confrontation they kill Sublime and free the captives being prepared for “sacrifice”, including Keiara, a Ley-Line walker who was about to be made the first victim. Keiara tells them about all the other prisoners kept captive in an underground complex hidden away deep in the swamp. She is willing to guide them if they’ll allow her to join them. The group accepts Keiara into their midst and prepares for the assault on the Harvesters’ Lair.

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Into the Fire

0212-2011

Our intrepid adventurers begin their journey into the unknown with the arrival of an undead Shaman who taints Anya’s Glade. The enraged Nymph goes off to the nearby town of Post Falls Idaho to garner help, and elicits the assistance of Reston, the Machine Man and his companion “Mutt”, the cybernetic dog. The three of them return to fight the Shaman, and are nearly destroyed but saved by the arrival of Anya’s friend, Horatio, the Great Horned Dragon. Horatio informs Anya that the Shaman may return, he may not. There is no certainty with those particular creatures, but her glade is well and truly tainted and is beyond his powers to heal. Reston and Mutt agree to go with Anya in search of more powerful help to restore her Glad.

In addition to the battle and conflict, Reston unwittingly ate Anya’s favorite rock to gain the necessary sustenance required of his species, and so she is now tied to him. He has become her rock, and when they are done trying to find someone to help restore her glade back to its original state, he is supposed to – according to her anyway – stay and be her rock.

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