Plains of Tartarus

The Adventure Thus Far
The Coup of Hades

In the last story arc of the game, the characters awoke, stripped of their belongings, in the plains of Hades. They had uncovered a plot in which Hades, bereft of children, had decided to kidnap all of the sons of the gods and keep them prisoner in the Underworld forever.
Hades had corralled all of the demigods and was serving them drinks from the river Lethe. Once some one had drunk from the river their memory was wiped completely. Those who indulged in the drink were led to the Asphodel Fields.
The players traveled the Underworld, with the help of their undead satyr guide Nigel. They passed through the gates of the dead at the entrance to the Underworld and met the Judge of the dead, Minos. With quick thinking, and a little help from a birthright, they were able to convince him to let them pass.
The travelers then found themselves upon a path. Nigel informed them that the path would take them to Hades palace, and to not step off of the path or they would be lost forever. The group agreed and traveled onward.
Suddenly a figure appeared on the path. The god Hades, with a smoky visage, b locked their way. He warned them that they would never escape, and where they to continue with their quest then he would send the armies of the dead after them.
The heroes, harrowed by the phantom god, decided to try another way of escape. They would try to convince Charon, the ferryman of the river Styx, to let them pass. They traveled down to the river Styx, avoiding Cerberus.
Charon refused to ferry them across with out payment, and unfortunately they found all of their money missing. Sato, ever scheming, concocted a plan to steal from Charon’s storehouse. Trenton, son of Poseidon, scouted the river, and found the entrance to Charon’s horde.
The brave group, including Nigel, swam down to the cave of Charon’s holdings, and found themselves at the entrance to a maze. Using quick thinking, and channeling the dead Theseus, they traversed the maze without trouble.
They found themselves in a treasure trove. Silver from every time was piled in the room. They quelled their greed, and took only a few pieces to pay the ferryman. Realizing that the pieces would be recognized, they melted them down and reformed them. Retracing their steps, they returned to the banks of the Styx.
When they presented the silver to Charon, they were met with his scorn. He told them that they “Could not pay him with which he already earned.” They were downtrodden, but knew it was useless to fight the Charon, even the greatest heroes feared him.
Another plan was brought to the group, they would find Persephone, and she would free them from the Underworld. The only problem was that Persephone had not been seen in weeks. Intrepid Nigel was sent to find her, as he used to be her personal servant.
He returned to the group with a note. Persephone was being held captive in the palace, and asked for help. The group set out to save the Queen of the dead, hoping that once freed she would help them.
They traveled to the palace of Hades, and snuck in using the servant’s entrance. They were found out, and Sato was the only one to evade capture. They were taken, and thrown into the dungeon where they found Persephone. They noticed that she was covered in bruises. Barring the entrance door, they began to free Persephone.
She was reluctant to escape. She told them that the man they had met on the path was not her husband. Her husband had been absent for some time, and an imposter was in his place. If she escaped without the imposter being taken care of, she would just be captured and punished. She told them that she would aid them, but they must find her husband and reinstate him.
The group escaped, after a heated battle with the palace guards, into a tunnel at the back of Persephone’s cell. They were determined to find the real Hades, get him back in power, and escape the Underworld. As a parting word, Persephone told the group that they would know her husband by his goblet, something that had gone missing with him.
A memory was sparked, an old man working the fields of forgetfulness asking about his son. On his belt hung a goblet, sparkling, seeming out of place among the rags he wore. A plan was hatched as they walked in the tunnel.
It was not going to be as easy as they thought though; the imposter had gotten wind of his unmasking. A race was run from the tunnel mouth to the bridge over the Lethe, with the heroes trying to outrun an army of the dead. Austin flew over and grabbed the true Hades while the rest of the group fought wave after wave of the dead.
Once the true god was found, Trenton drained the waters of the Lethe from him. With the god restored, the fighting ceased and the devious plan was shown. Hades’ only son, Praxus, angry at the fact of his own sterility, planned to capture all of the sons of the gods. He then planned to blame his father and incite a new war between the gods.
The Underworld is now in chaos, with many questions still unanswered: How had Praxus gained enough power to dethrone his father? How had he captured all of the demigods? How will all escape the Underworld intact (for Hades had told them to find their own way)?
As that end of the story closed, Hades offered a way out, a cave at the edge of Tartarus. There is just one problem, Typhon has escaped.

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The Planes of Tartarus
Session 001

With Praxus’ plans foiled, Hades has declared dominion over his realm once more and announces that all kidnapped Scions can either stay under his guarantee of protection and help him restore order or they may find their own way out.

Trent, Austin, Sato, and Darius plan to get the hell out of here after their ordeals but are overheard by Josephine, Lex, and Yuri who share the same desire toe scape. Introductions are made and all but Yuri reveal their lineage. Nigel is still among the group as well, chipper and annoying as ever and he agrees to lead the heroes back to the palace to consult with Persephone for a way out…after all, she owes them. Trent and Austin argue in moderation over a variety of topics on their journey to the palace. Their contention stems indirectly from the conflicts of their fathers.

While crossing the river Acheron, it is mentioned that the waters will assuage guilt, though with nasty side effects. The Elysian fields beyond have the effect of not making one want to ever leave Tartarus, lost in eternal, mindless bliss. Nigel stresses the importance of staying on the path.

While drawing closer to the palace, Trent sees his grandmother in the fields whom he would spend many days with cooking together. They shared a special bond and she nears him, beckoning him to join her. Austin sees his sister, killed in a fatal car accident by a drunk driver. She also laments to her brother to join her in the fields. Both heroes resist the urge to wander off the path. They say their goodbyes and move on.

Some heckling occurs towards Trent at the embarrassing moment he had with grandmother. Shockingly this inspires him to encourage Nigel to tell his tales and keep talking! During the walk, Trent makes it clear that it was fortunate for Josephine, Lex, and Yuri that they were of lesser lineage thus making them wholly succumb to the effects of the river Lethe…perhaps they could not have beared the trials that the others endured to set Hades free. This ires Lex, who asks Trent to say it again when under threat of being struck. Trent does not hesitate to do so and Lex throws a heroic punch landing squarely in Trents face. Seemingly bolsterd by the might of earth and ocean, Trenton seems hardly phased by this, but feeling redeemed, Lex moves on.

The group arrives at the palace and meet a water nymph, Sylvia, who claims to be Persephone’s receptionist. She contacts Persephone who is in a meeting but she agrees to see them. They go and find that Persephone wants them to stay under Hades guard, however the group stresses once more that they intend to leave. She nods and have them sign waivers releasing the God of the underworld from any responsibility should they perish. Dangers are abound and it is still evident that Typhon is on the loose. Persephone mentions a cave to the northeast that can grant escape. She asks that if possible no collateral damage be done to the entrance as this is her only known way out. Typhon is in the area as well and seeks escape so the journey could prove very fatal She agrees to send Nigel as a guide and offers advice to finding the caves as they can apparantly only be seen from the “corners of ones eyes”. The group is welcomed to rations and food in the ktichen below before heading out to the caves.

This concluded the first session. XP awareded is as follows:

Josephine: 4
Lex: 4
Yuri: 4
Darius: 4
Sato: 4
Austin: 5
Trent: 5

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