Session 3 Report:
The team was joined by Siónu hiTekkól and Chégukal hiGurúma. See the first post on this thread for their backgrounds. They transferred in from an OAL outpost to the north.
Kiréga hiTúruken (the high administrative priest of Hrü'ü) arrived, bent on disrupting the proceedings. Quickly grasping the situation, Siónu managed to divert him and his entourage to the offices of Kási Aruánmu hiSsánkolen, the captain of their Cohort. Unfortunately this soon resulted in the appearance of that captain, with Kiréga in tow, and thus the cell block quickly became crowded with important personages.
Qumál dutifully carried out the interrogation under these difficult circumstances with the help of Váti and Vrishtára. The captive priestess of Hrü'ü revealed little, but some progress was being made. Tensions were rising, but upon his timely arrival the high administrator of Hnálla (Jeríkh hiTánkolu) defused the situation by agreeing with Kiréga that the apparent crime (demon summoning outside the Temple grounds) was a matter for the ecclesiastical courts, and not the Imperium. Our heroes were thus obligated to release the prisoner, and the two High Administrators went off to wrangle over the upcoming proceedings.
Kási Aruánmu then ordered Okkúru to send his troop into the sewers to locate, positively identify, and if possible eradicate the alleged demon. This they proceeded to undertake.
Our heroes entered the sewers of Katalál through a grating centrally located between the reported appearances of the creature. After a short time they encountered three Qól, and there commenced a difficult battle. The narrow confines enabled only one agent (Ss'kík, the Pé Chói) to face the Qól at a time, yet the creatures' spears enabled another one to attack from the second rank. The third Qól was armed with a bow, and thanks to its darkness vision it endangered the rest of the group. Ss'kík found himself outmatched - not to mention poisoned - and had to be rescued by Váti who cast a protective spell. Meanwhile Qumál organized a search for side passages to come at the Qól from the rear. Chégukal began doing just that while Haráku kept the Qól busy with sling pellets. Haráku himself was poisoned by a Qól arrow for his pains. Siónu and Qumál did what they could to magically heal their companions' wounds, but Siónu was unable to stop all of the poisonings. In the darkness, away from his (its?) OAL companions, Chégukal took on the semblance of a Qol in order to approach them. Finally the Qól archer fell, and other two fled - past Chégukal, who attempted (and failed) to communicate with them, and then let them go.
The battle won, more or less, our heroes withdrew from the sewers to regroup. Vrishtára's knowledge of poisons was effective in keeping Ss'kík and Haráku alive until the venom could be neutralized magically. Qumál is teaching the spell of neutralizing poison to Váti and Siónu, so they should fare better against the next such encounter. As soon as they have recovered, our heroes will re-enter the sewers. There's still a demon or something to stop!
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