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Inside the hidden room was the gold that had been promised Var and more, as well as five bags of a strange black stone, a couple of demented looking rings, and a strange looking holy symbol, looking like a skull on top of a scythe, which Udoeak recognized as Nerul. There were also two of the beetles, but they were slightly bigger, and they escaped through cracks just big enough for them to fit through. Alec broke one of the statues, one of the least threatening, which was a small fat male figure, and, though it wasn’t hollow, a noxious black mist came out.
After, everyone met back at Var’s house. Vestus talked with him about the bugs, and the found out that they do cool things when you squeeze them. White shoots a white beam, Black shoots a black beam that kills cats, Green shots a green beam that summons weird things, Blue creates a mental connection with the target, and Red shoots fire.
They learned this through trial and error and gained a set of three dice of different colors that summon different animals depending on the roll. They can be used once a day, unless you sacrifice a spell slot, which gives you an extra use equal to the spell level sacrificed. After the creature is summoned, the dice re-appear in your hands.
Var also asked Vestus, Udoeak, and Alec to cause mayhem at the Church Parade the next day. It was starting in the early afternoon at the church you raided that night and would be circling around the city. Vestus went into a room and worked on stuff, Alec slept on his boat (?), and Udoeak slept in his inn, performing before bedtime.
Alec and Udoeak went to the church early and Alec went to look around inside. There were clerics everywhere inside, tearing the place apart. One yelled at him to leave, but he hid his crocodile in a bush outside and sneaked up the bell tower, where he scattered caltrops on a step. Udoeak climbed up the tower and climbed through the window. They set up, trying to get ready for when the Clerics arrived, when they heard a tussle outside. There was an equivelant of a bar fight in the crowd below. Unbeknownst to them, Vestus had snuck into the crowd and used some bugs to make them go crazy and fight. A cleric came out and tried to settle things down, so Udoeak threw the dice at him, summoning a monsterous dire wolf, which tore apart the cleric. After several more deaths, a loud voice yelled “STOP!!”
The Prophet had arrived for his Parade and was sitting there on his servant supported throne. He was surrounded by clerics of various power. He began to say “There will be no violence in my presence”, but Udoeak cast Tasha’s Hideous Laughter on him and he began laughing so hard that he fell off his throne. Alec sacrificed a spell slot to recharge the dice, and threw them at the Prophet, who was being helped up by his second-in-command. He missed, however, and they landed on the Throne, summoning a trio of feindish goblins that began tearing up the clerics. After a while, Alec sneaked down and got in range to continue attacking, and he and Udoeak saw a cloaked figure at the foot of a bell tower. The cloaked figure make very strange hand gestures, and all those who had died stood back up. They all chanted in unison “What do you want us to do, master?” “Kill them”
The zombies started to attack the survivors, and after a little while, the Prophet yelled “ENOUGH!” and then a single word in Celestial, causing all the zombies to die. The cloaked figure ran away, and there were Wizards flying everywhere, putting out the fires. The Prophet resurrected his second-in-command, and tried to resurrect the dead, but for many it didn’t work.
The group decided to gather again at Var’s house, who almost cried at the beautiful mayhen caused, which was enough to cancel the parade. He asked them to be his guard for the Senate meeting the next day, to which everyone agreed. He also advised that all of them stay the night at his house, since the guards would be looking in the inns for outsiders who could have caused this. Alec scouted out the Senate House, and everyone learned some somewhat illegal stuff from Var’s old teaching days.
The next day, Vestus, Alec, and Udoeak guarded Var on the way to the Senate House, which had a massive mob of human nobles with picket signs about “The Ultimate Evil” and how “They all must Die!”. Asked about this, Var informed them that it was a ruling about the illegality of Necromancy and the other illegal magics. Guarding him carefully as they moved through the crowd, Alec, Vestus, and Udoeak took him towards the Meeting room. Vestus stayed by the door and the others guarded Var in person. After several motivating speeches, a vote is cast, and Necromancy and the other illegal magics are legalized by a majority.
The Door bangs open and the Prophet comes in, declaring that all who have voted for the re-legalized magics have effectively declared war on the Church for their countries and that the Church would retaliate by declaring war on them, as well as revealing that they would be starting a witch hunt for whoever was not of human blood and who didn’t worship the One True Deity. Vestus attacked them and Udoeak cast the room in darkness, which he and Alec could see through by use of magical rings. A great fight ensued, in which the Prophet died quickly, and all four Paladins died after. A hooded figure helped as well, the same one from the Parade. Pulling back her hood, she revealed a skeletal body, delcaring in a loud voice of good tidings and of the Old Gods returning to walk again among Mortals. The Council reassembled and the Head of the Senate asked the Human Senators if they would be siding with the Church in this war. Two said no, but one said they would, and he was promptly tied up by Alec. The remaining senators turned the meeting into a War Council, creating communcation portals and such to talk with their ruling bodies. Var tried to scry on the Prophet, but was blocked. He then, at Udoeak’s suggestion, tried to scry on people who looked like the Prophet, and they came up with one in each city, doing a parade like what should have happened yesterday.