Greed – Lvl 5 Homanculus
Tao – Lvl 5 Druid
Vlad Draculastein – Lvl 5 Dampyr
Tarvinir – Lvl 5 Magic User
Ritzy – Lvl 5 Homanculus
Tysis – Lvl 5 Fighter
Arongoth of Hogendaus – Lvl 6 Cleric/Vegetable
Journied to Castle Von Himmel
Met the brothers Von Himmel: Alexei, Blutarch, Caspar, and Dietrich (Huntsman, Explosives&Ballistics Enthusiast, Airship Pilot, Monster Surgeon)
Met Caspar and Dietrich’s lovely wives Hyacinth (a velociraptor in a dress with a surgery scar under a blonde wig) and Illiyana (a predatory looking woman with a fondness for knives and garrotes whom Caspar met in the courts of the Sultan of Kalabad and who doesn’t speak any common)
Met Mr. Jumbles, Miss Escher, and Mrs. Nesbitt (The Von Himmel’s butler, chambermaid, and head housekeeper, respectively)
Re-encountered Professor Klaus Von Rattschmidt, made peace and agreed to A: Reclaim his lab B: Pay his medical tab with Von Himmel (8500 gp) in exchange for murdering him and his specimens and trashing his lab.
Greed & Ritzy have negotiated extensive body modifications from Dr. Von Himmel. (Would you guys send me your parts manifest and final cost estimates please.) They have since been tranqued, tanked, and are now mounted on gorilla loaner bodies while the Doctor works on them.
Ritzy has agreed to let Von Himmel graft the shrunken, pickled head of Mondo, the Terror of Belgradia, to his shoulder with the possibility of gaining some spellcasting ability.
Tarvenir is observing this operation and will be taking notes for both Von Himmel & the Occluded Society’s benefit.
Blutarch has taken Tysis shooting on the Von Himmel’s private range, testing a variety of dangerous explosive projectile throwers. He’s also shown him his slow-exploding laboratory.
Caspar and Vlad have been enthusiastically discussing the prospect of designing and building an airship for Vlad. Perhaps without the crew of chimps in sailor suits controlled by a pipe organ.
Arongoth is presumably off somewhere up to something, possibly mandrake powder related.
Tao is curled up in the gardens trying not to think too hard about the clock headed apes on the battlements, or why that squirrel just quacked at her.
In this session, the party journeyed from Strangeldorf thru Ghoulardia Pass to the remote manor of the Von Himmel family. Having earned enough gold to contract his services, the party's homanculi Greed and Ritzy presented the good Doctor with a list of additions to be added to their unnatural physiologies.
Both opted for extra arms (with extra attacks), improvements in Strength and AC, and I think Greed got a bite attack out of it by having a shark's teeth installed somewhere. Suffice to say, when all was said and done they became even more terrifying mayhem machines then they were before.
I also offered a discount on either one's body mods with the promise of possible spellcasting ability, so long they agreed to get a bizarre, shrunken head grafted to their shoulder. Ritzy's player took the
While spending time as guests of the castle, they re-encountered Doctor Von Rattschmid, who they'd run out of the catacombs in Ghoulardia Pass. The doctor was currently convalescing as a swarm of rats who all spoke in unison in a vaguely Prussian accent.
Taking pity on his plight (that they caused), our heroes agreed to make good against Von Rattschmid's legitimate grievances by paying for the mad rat-ologist's reparation bill from his colleague. (8500 gp might seem like a lot, but stitching a 10'x10' carpet of rats together into a vaguely human shape and then performing enough cosmetic surgery for that mass of rodents to pass as human enough in broad daylight requires a lot of precise handwork.)
Thus with deals done and downpayments made, we embarked on the next phase of wacky hijinks in the maddest castle in the land.
Stay tuned. Watch out for monkey bites.