The mayor of Greyhawk is ill. An accountant in city government calls a meeting of the titled members of the city to vote on the transfer of power. This accountant is named Marvin and he is the Comptroller’s Assistant. Fairness and parity are Marvin’s watchwords. He is a human and a scary neutral accountant savant. Robilar shows up along with a bunch of our old friends and acquaintances at the Adventurers Guild. The Jewels of Greyhawk show up as well. Jet, Aldeberon, and Tarl are sitting around, and the Jewels of Greyhawk come over to say hi. They ask is we have talked to Max lately. Since we know that everyone knows Max is dead, we know something is wrong – Dream? Alternate Oerth? Shared hallucination?
The Jewels tell us that Max has been acting as an advisor to King Belfour. Max had rescued Belfour from the Temple of Elemental Evil
when they were adventuring together early in Belfour’s career as a paladin. Belfour is now the king of Aerdy (an older name for the
Great Kingdom). Max is married. Looking around, Jet sees other people who she knows have died. From various comments, we think the point of divergence of this reality from our own is the adventure at the Temple of Elemental Evil which occurred way before Max met any of the current group.
Max and his wife Shevanna show up. She is Bakklunish. Tarl thinks she is a monk. Max greets a whole bunch of people, but he doesn’t seem to recognize us. Dharma Coppervein’s dad is there and recognizes Tarl. Papa Coppervein reminisces about putting Max in the dungeon for attempted theft. When a ranger named Greaver went after Max in the Coppervein dungeon, Papa Coppervein got in Greaver’s way and was aged. (NOTE: Greaver had been corrupted by the Yellow Skull in the Temple of
We start to remember two different histories:
The Temple of Elemental Evil is currently sealed by arch-clerics of Rao and Cuthbert. Euz and Zugtmoy gained power and were fought by a coalition including King Brightflame and Queen Kimbala Mahala Matandra. Belfour II rules Furyondy. Belfour IV rules Aerdy.
Jet is a 14th level druid Al is an 8th level fighter/12th level mage running a merchant empire in the Wild Coast. Tarl is a on spiritual
quest for Mordain after receiving a vision in which Mordain said, “Touch all my mountains.”
Ehlissa Ironblade was never a consort of the high priest of Tharizdun (and so she never gave birth to Oyo). Her firstborn son is Max and Max’s name is Maximillian Oakthorn, son of Gideon. Ehlissa is still alive.
The Queen of Selene died in a military campaign “to be reunited with her missing consort”. This outcome was foretold in a dream.
Eljay, Anatoli, Tarl, Jet, and Anatoli all have the same alternate history memory. Samshee and Maxximus do not.
We meet with Marvin and ask them if there is an event in town that could be triggering out duplicate memories. Marvin suggests talking to the Circle of Eight. In this world, the Circle is still active. It was never broken. It was also involved in the sealing of the Temple of Elemental Evil.
Al visits Tensor to get his opinion. Tensor starts to demonstrate a “Shape Change” spell which is higher level than Al’s 12th level should know. Al’s ability to follow the spell causes Tensor to believe that Al does come from a different history.
Next, we visit Jebediah. While we are in his house, we do not have two sets of memories. Jebediah says he wondered who would show up first. He thought it would be Mordenkainen because this is the world Mordenkainen would have wished for – fair, balanced, parity." Jet speculates that this is the moment that Tharziduun was looking for in the last adventure when he talked to Gaia about another possibility. Alternatively, this might be an alternate reality created by Gaia while mourning for Tharziduun where she could be with him.
Next, we visit Rary. He casts a spell which identifies us as Iuz Bane. Rary remembers 3 sets of memories, including one in which he is
insane. He thinks this really is a moment being used to right some wrongs. He identifies 3 powers. 1) sleeper Tharziduun, 2) sleeper’s
lover Gaia and 3) Rary’s pupil Marvin who is revealed to have taken the name Mordenkainen in our home reality.
Jet thinks we got pulled into this world because the gods said they would turn a blind eye to us. Our presence here acts like a ring of
invisibility for this world. After all, Anatoly gave an octych to Ink Boy at the wedding of Mitchifer (Destiny) and Fate. This reality might be a creation of the Octych.
Tarl asked Rary what cause Rary to go insane. Rary did not know.
Jet’s patron deity in this world is Morrigan. Jet decides to go see Sym (Firassa deva Sion) for old times’ sake. He and she had battled
Iuz together. Then he had gone to take over the Po Marj. She and Sym have a quiet drink. S’ym seems extremely fond of the Druid and if he has any alternative memories, does not seem to give any sign.
Next, we go to the standing stones. Jet invokes Commune with Nature and hears Morrigan.
The Comptroller is going to be installer as Acting Mayor Pro Tem during the current Mayor’s illness. Marvin will take over the
Comptroller’s job. We ask Jebediah if there are any laws that require all the lords of Greyhawk to sign. Jebediah suggests that having all the lords sign might create a King who would have Zagyg’s power. Apparently, in the original days of Greyhawk, they had a major of Greyhawk and a King of Greyhawk. The King was almost entirely a ceremonial job and Zagyg Yagrene is the only person to ever have that title.
Jet finds Merth Geldwin and asks who would be able to get us access to the copy of the city charter, written by Zagyg. He tells us VJ would be able to help us. We ask VJ about rituals which require all the lords and ladies of Greyhawk. VJ remember something about “All the lords and ladies of Greyhawk would benefit from its splendor. So great would be its grandeur, all other cities would be laid low.” VJ is hiding something. Tarl confronts him and he reveals there is a new protection on the entrance to Zagyg’s office in the Mage Guild. (This is the same office at the top of the guild that we had to go before we last ventured into the Ruins of Castle Greyhawk. Mordenkainen met us there and gave us an obsidian key). Vj says Reginald designed the security system and now Reginald is missing.
Between VJ and Al, we get through the protections to Zagyg’s office. Tarl asks the office of Unseen Servant for the City Charter. It says the powers of the king are 1) command of every person, 2) command of all resources above and below and 3) command of all allies.
We think if the Comptroller got assigned Mayor Pro Tem power by all the lords and ladies, and then if that power was delegated to Marvin, then Marvin would have the power of the king. Anatoli uses Nolzurs Pigment to create a copy of the charter with one change: for the requirements to become king. Instead of needing all the lords and ladies, it just needs one lady. We also find a connection to a 7 story sized chunk of Oerth’s blood powering many enchantments. This blood might be the secret of Zagyg’s apotheosis.
We decide to make Tarl the final king of Greyhawk. As king, he will ensure that no future modifications could be made to the charter and no future kings could be installed. Then Tarl abdicates. Anatoli destroys the copy of the Charter and his remaining Nolzur’s Pigments
Next, we go to the investiture ceremony for the Acting Mayor Pro Tem. The Comptroller takes over and be seems confused that Marvin is not there. We go to Marvin’s office and see a bunch of books. The last opened book is a copy of the last diary of Zagyg Yagreen. “I grow old and feeble. This will be my last attempt. I will either succeed or fade away.” There is a map to the chunk of Oerth’s Blood.
We return to Rary because we think he as Marvin’s mentor would have the best chance to talk Marvin out of using the Oerth’s Blood. Jet uses an Earth Elemental to take us to the Oerth’s Blood. Marvin is there and says he wants the pain of not connecting to stop. Rary says he is connecting right now. Rary reaches out to hug Marvin and Marvin starts to cry. Rary kills Marvin.
Rary takes a scroll from Marvin’s dead hands. The scroll contains instructions on achieving apotheosis. Rary says, “Marvin would never have stopped.”
We appear back in Greyhawk. Jet goes to her grove where she sees Mordenkainen flying a white flag. They talk about Rary who is insane in our world. Jet wants to let Rary know that he made a difference. Mordenkainen says he harbors no ill will toward us and has not tried to harm us.
Afterwards, Vernard explains that the alternate world was created because Ehlissa Ironblade had Wished for one perfect day as
compensation for being forced to live such a cursed life. She did not know that it would be grated after she was dead.