Beneath the Athasian Sun


The House of the Mind

DM: Alek
Level: 8

Shortly after the adventurers escorted Hijo to Draj to attend the House of the Mind, a messenger arrived bearing the news that Hamanu, sorcerer-king of Urik, was claiming the child as a citizen of Urik and sending a group of templars to force him into Urik’s psionic academy and subsequent compulsory service to Hamanu himself. The messenger reveals herself to be Melaira, Hijo’s aunt, along with her half-giant bodyguard. She was travelling in disguise because her husband had ties to the templars of Hamanu, and he did not want her warning the child.

The adventurers were asked to warn Hijo and keep an eye on him. They entered the House of the Mind, where they were greeted by Crufeir, the headmaster. They were led to Hijo in the mess hall, but when the adventurers tried to give warning to the child, the soldiers of Hamanu burst in the door and began demanding his return. Hijo fled up the stairs, and the adventurers fought the first wave of Urikites, led by a templar. Crufeir used his psionic powers to disappear as the adventurers valiantly defeated the guards in the foyer, only to hear the sounds of combat upstairs. They quickly followed the noise.

As the adventurers arrived on the second floor, they witnessed a pair of templars closing in on Hijo. The boy shouted a single word, “NO!” and the pursuing soldiers stopped in their tracks and let him go. They then turned their sights on the adventurers, and their allies, a pair of halfling mercenaries and a half-giant, engaged the adventurers in battle. After our heroes fought their way through the villains, they arrived on the third floor to see a huge half-giant flanked by templars and several shard creatures. They also caught of glimpse of Hijo escaping to the rooftop. The adventurers easily defeated the templars and arrived on the rooftop of the House of the Mind.

Suddenly, the air grew still and all sound seemed to silence. A strange golden beast was moving toward Hijo, who had his back against the edge of the roof. The beast shifted form and became a human in a full suit of gleaming golden armor. The adventurers recognized this as Hamanu, sorcerer-king of Urik. One of the adventurers charged him, only to be casually grabbed and thrown effortlessly off the rooftop. As he closed in on Hijo, the child steeled himself and shouted “Go away!” The words emerged with tremendous force, and the image of Hamanu, a mere psychic projection, was blown away in the wind.

The adventurers were thanked by Crufeir for saving his academy, and they each received mild psionic training. Melaira paid the adventurers handsomely as well. With the Draj guard aware that Hamanu had attempted to interfere with operations within the city, the templars of Tectuktitlay placed the House of the Mind under their protection.



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