Hisao Ichiro, played by Lawren
Ryze McGuinness, played by Alvin
Primarch Empyrean, played by Jeremy
Archibald, played by Fernando
Mickel Valeryevich is pretty glad the Primarch has kept his promise for now. (Loyalty 3/10)
Inesis Kirrilovsky is freaked out by everything that's going on here. (Loyalty 2/10)
Kajet Zhakaro is just pretty happy she wasn't murdered. (Loyalty 3/10)
Jerzy Nikitovich thinks it's bullshit that he has to just follow the Primarch around now. (Loyalty 1/10)
You guys really got a load of stuff this session. Like, wow.
-A luger pistol with a clip of 9 bullets (1 of which was fired during the session)
-A Molotov cocktail
-Several cult of the Vortex weapons (mostly shivs and a scimitar)
-A cypher (intellipick) and two oddities from a lockbox in the cult leader's room
-A gift from Lord Edbrum, which was a steel and silver box containing a forearm missile launcher
-25 (75 / 3) credits paid to Aleksander, Hisao, and Ryze
-Four dark grey cloaks that can fit over armour
-Several weapons from the Bodrov supply depot
The party returned Evanna Edbrum to her father in Ledon. +1 XP
The party found and extracted Baron Ivanovsky's son from Bodrov. +1 XP
Primarch Empyrean found and rallied the Snowstorm Legion. +1 XP
Lord Umquat Edbrum and Evanna Edbrum are overjoyed to be together again in Ledon. Lord Edbrum will not forget the great deed that the mercenary company has done for him.
The remaining members of the Cult of the Vortex have been imprisoned and will likely be put to death for the crimes they've committed against the citizens of Ghan.
Bobby Ivanovksy is glad he didn't end up dying in the crossfire of the rebellion.
Primarch Ortstarva has come to respect Primarch Empyrean for their tactical planning and understanding of the Legion's code of honour.
Lord Evanov is seething with rage over his emasculating defeat at the hands of the Bodrov revolutionary forces and the Sandstorm Legion.
July 3517 C.E.
The party (Aleksander, Hisao, and Ryze) quickly tied up the surviving members of the cult of the Vortex, then took care to salvage what loot they could from the cultist's bodies and the surrounding rooms. After cleaning out the temple, the party spent some time looking for a means of egress from the temple, eventually finding a secondary elevator leaving to the surface. Hisao and Ryze suddenly realized that Aleksander and Evanna existed, and quickly went back to retrieve the two, then left the temple once more. After travelling back to Ledon and returning Evanna Edbrum to her father, the party returned to Lex for some much-needed payment and rest. At this point, Aleksander left the party to "do stuff".
Hisao and Ryze were then introduced to Archibald and Primarch Empyrean. The group mingled briefly, then saw Hank "the Tank" Moores about their new assignment. They were to go to Bodrov and aid the rebellion in the city by minimizing civilian casualties wherever they could. The party accepted and went northwards to Bodrov, which was in the rich alpine nation of Navarene.
The party, after verifying their identity with the local rebels, entered Bodrov (by crawling through a hole in the wall) to meet with the rebel leader. The leader went on to describe the current situation in the city: the Lordsmen and the rebels were at a standoff, with occasional skirmishes occurring between both forces over the cities western bridges. One of the outstanding issues was that the son of a noble supporting the rebels' cause was currently trapped in their manor near the centre island that Bodrov's keep and noble quarter was on. The party mulled over some possible plans and decided that the rebels should mount an offensive on the northwestern bridge to distract the Lordsmen from where the party planned on entering the centre island.
Meanwhile, Empyrean left to make contact with the northernmost Sandstorm Legion chapter called the Snowstorms. After some discussion and debate, Empyrean convinced Primarch Ortstarva to assist in the Bodrov rebels' cause. Around noon, the Snowstorms arrived in Bodrov (crawling in the same way the party initially did). Once the Snowstorms had discussed possible means of assistance with the rebel leader, it was decided that the distraction would become a full offensive, with the Snowstorms serving as a vanguard.
With the plan finalized, the party went out under the cover of night via rowboat to the centre island. In the distance, they saw the offensive occurring in the distance, with a strange blue bubble slowly making its way across the bridge. After infiltrating the inner city, the party spent some time spent getting lost in Bodrov's streets and happened upon Lordsmen guarding a supply depot. Seeing an opportunity to strike against the Lordsmen and stop them from resupplying their light Scorpions with ammunition, the party disabled the Lordsmen in the depot and burnt the weapons inside (after looting most of what was valuable).
While this occurred, Hisao went on to scout out where the Baron's manor was, eventually finding the right one and stealthily entering one of the second-floor windows. Unbeknownst to Hisao, the rest of the party had finished burning the supplies and had wandered off to find where Hisao had gone. The party found the correct manor (but not after first breaking into another manor nearby) and decided to launch Ryze through one of the second story windows with one of the party's many shields. The effort was successful but left Ryze tumbling down a flight of stairs after entering the manor. During this tumble, Archibald and Empyrean burst through the front door, much to the surprise of the three Lordsmen guards inside, and much to the chagrin of Hisao upstairs. Hisao resolved to let the rest of the part distract the guards while he and his pet went into the basement where the Baron's son was likely to be hiding. Hisao spoke with the boy's bodyguard (named Gerald) and convinced him of the party's plan to extricate the lad from Bodrov via rowboat. Conceding that this was the best way out, they bodyguard and the boy followed Hisao back upstairs.
Meanwhile, the rest of the party engaged in battle upstairs. Ryze suffered many injuries, including minor lacerations from broken glass, contusions as a result of falling down a flight of stairs, severe bloodloss due to getting pinned to the wall by a longbow arrow, and 2nd-degree burns on his right hand and forearm due to a hand-laser misfire. Archibald and Empyrean suffered significantly less, easily dispatching and intimidating the Lordsmen, and eventually forcing one of them to swear fealty to the Sandstorm Legion instead of Lord Evanov.
Once the party regrouped, they made their escape from the center island just as the sun started rising. Avoiding many of the patrols which had come to investigate the smoke from the supply depot, they party embarked on the rowboat and made their way back to the rebels with little difficulty or resistance.
After rescuing the Baron's son, the party reconvened to discuss battle plans and next steps. It was discovered that the Snowstorms had done significantly better than what initially predicted. In fact, the castle in which Lord Evanov resided was left as a smoking crater in the ground. More worryingly, it was discovered that the Snowstorms had continued their assault into the eastern side of Bodrov where many civilians were trapped. Fearing for their safety, Empyrean and Hisao took off to ensure the Snowstorms didn't harm any civilians in the conflict. Archibald and Ryze stayed in rebel territory to get Ryze's wounds patched up by a field medic.
Empyrean and Hisao, while en route to the Snowstorms, discovered the remains of the castle: a smoking crater with evidence of a high-powered singularity bomb. The Lordsmen deathtoll was clearly in the hundreds. Hurrying to the Snowstorms, the two found what made this Legion chapter so effective: a portable bubble shield generator that filled itself with a raging blizzard. The Snowstorms were immune to the effects of the cold, and their enemies were left freezing and confused. Nearby it was discovered that they had accidentally destroyed a building full of civilians, though this was luckily the only example of civilian casualties so far. Hisao left to help dig out any survivors, while Empyrean went looking for Primarch Ortstarva. After a brief discussion about the Snowstorms' success, the Lordsmen quickly changed their strategy from meekly defending against an unstoppable enemy to hiding in the buildings on either side of the street and holding the city's citizens hostage, knowing that the Snowstorms would make an effort to minimize casualties.
Hisao rallied some nearby rebel soldiers and went into a nearby building to protect the civilians inside. Empyrean did the same with two Legion soldiers. Empyrean found four Lordsmen soldiers holding a father and his child hostage. After some intense intimidation, three of the four soldiers were cowed into surrendering, and their leader made a last ditch effort to kill Empyrean. While his bullrush was effective in knocking Empyrean through the building's door and out onto the street, the two tumbled down the building's stairs and Empyrean ended up crushing the Lordsman under his weight.
After Empyrean reentered the building and forced the three soldiers to swear fealty to the legion, the session ended in Media Res.