It’s Halloween just after 6pm. The weather is cool with a cloudy sky. Kari, Ashrael and Kingston are all in the common area. There’s a piano in the corner and different students practicing their drama and acting skills, some playing pool or board games and others simply watching tv. You hear a loud buzzing sound coming from the tv as a report comes on the news.
“This is a special report bulletin!: Studens and parents are being asked to stay indoors this halloween as the masked serial killer known only as Happy
, is still on the lose. Be advised that anyone seen by police tonight dressed as this masked clown is to be shot on site. Though the measure enforced by the mayor is extreme, Police Commissioner Gavin says it is nessisary. (As it cuts to a tall gruff man with a white mustache, and in his late fifties, standing at a podeum in city hall) “As many of you know this killer is wanted for the murder of 6 individuals in as many weeks. This killer seems to have no preference as to whom attacks or kills. With this in mind, we strongly advise all citizens to stay in their homes, with the doors locked and leave this mater to the proper authoraties. Thank You.”
You all know that campus police presence has risen in the last few weeks and tensions are high as this evening approaches. Anyone seen dressed as a clown this halloween will be shot on site.
Ashreal tells Kari to wait inside as he sees someone in a clown mask dragging a clearly drunk girl behind the building across the way, through the window. On his way out he tells Kingston to watch his back as they head out the door.
In the dark, Kari can hear the screams of the young woman. She sprints out the back door with the others and there they find their proffesor, Lenus Johnson, attacking the man and chases him into the woods. As they go down a hill, Kingston launched a football that hits him behind his knees and knocks him down, summersaulting head first, between the trees and into a clearing with a thud.
A thick fog begins setting in until they can no longer see. They hear him moan and chase him through the fog until it clears and the group find themselves in the middle of a foriegn forest with a clear sky.
They emerge from a great arch way in the middle of a midnight forest.
Suddenly, Ashreal dodges a blade wielded by the man in the clown mask but Lenusis stabbed. They hear a low growling and then a large Wolf head appears out of the darkness, bites into the stranger and drags him into the shadows screaming. A large sickly red bird, the size of a turkey waddles by carrying a few sticks in its mouth.
The arch crumbles behind them at the base of a mountain face , souds like thunder coming from beyond the peaks.
To the north is a faint green light, like that of a candle. When they get closer, Kari tells them that it is a will-o-the-wisp. It can lead you to your fate as Lenus announces that it may also lead to death. In the end , they deside to follow it. as they come nearer, it disapears and a new one apears nearly 100 yards away.
They pass by many trees, and some that even shimmer a light green in the moon light.
Kingston and Kari climb into a tree to try to find where they are. A pair of wolves approach the group and discover that many of them have magical abilities here. Lenus creates a large, skeletal hand that freezes one wolf with fear as Kingston shoots it with a fireball.
Eventually the wolves run away and the group move to a light they had seen in the distance from the tree. As they approach, they hear the sound of a crackling fire and flute playing.
From there they see the silohuette of Sara playing the flute dancing around the fire as, Alvero the vampire, Adam the werewolf who drugg off the masked man, and Jozeph a pyromancer are sitting around the fire cheering. After learning that they had all only been in this world for a couple of hours and did not know where to go, they decide to work together. Sara offers them tents for the night and they all sleep for the night as Alvero and Adam keep watch over the camp after Sara puts crystals around the camp and casts a protection spell. The bird drops the sticks and sleeps for the night on Ashrael’s feet.
In the morning Adam tells the group of a house and stone bridge up the river not far from camp. They may be able to find a place to stay. They all realize that Alvero is missing.
Jozeph is cooking fish in his hand and Kingston copies him as well as the mage hand that Lenus had used.
Adam turns into werewolf almost instantly and takes off to the north. The group follows his tracks and they see a bear eating the remains of the clown near the edge of the river.
Kingston trys to scare it off and it comes charging at them. Kari dissapears into the bushes and when it gets close enough she jumps through the air and stabs it in the back. Lenus put the bear to sleep and head north up river.
While they travel up river they see a tree walking past them, a treant.
Finally they arrive as the large bird drops its sticks onto a large pile outside and they are greeted by Alvero who welcomes everyone in. Inside everyone including Adam are greeted by an elderly woman, easily in her eighties. She squints as she looks upon you as though not being able to see well. She introduces heself as Abigail Williams and the large man by her is James. She offers everyone something to eat and free lodging.
The bird is huddled next to the fire by a large black dog with glowing white eyes.
She has 10 bowls of stew already placed at a couple wooden tables not far from the fire place.
She casts a spell to make it look dark outside and sleep to send everyone to bed.
That night everyone is woken by loud thunder outside as a woman yells out, “You know why I’m here Abigail! Give them to me and you won’t be harmed.”
The bird is still building the pile of brush and plants , which has grown by about three feet and lays down on the pile.
You leave my guests alone! They are no threat to you or your master. “
Victoria raises her hands and the earth begins to move around her as the ground and rocks split. Hands begin popping out of the soil around the inn.
“You remember these guests, don’t you?”
Undead corpses move in toward the group and they soon dispatch of them though they are gravely injured.
Kira throws Lenus’ knife and stabs it into her the woman in black. She screams in pain and moaning and shreaks come from within her wounds. Kira then stabs her in the neck with the same result. She looks at her and her eyes sink in like a skull.
Ashrael and Kira charge at the woman and she touches them both on the head. Black smoke comes out of their eyes and into their mouths and their bodies collapse.
Then the woman goes over to Lenus and tries to convince him to join her and her master because he has such potential. As a small gift to show what he could receive from them, she blesses him as a Fallen Aasimar.
James returns in the form of a dragon and gives Kingston a dragon tooth that cut him and he becomes one of the dragonborn.
Kari and Ashrael meet again in the underworld and Anubis releases them to return to the world of the living, because it is not their time yet. Kira’s body is covered in sand and pulled into the earth and then is risen as an Anubite, one of the race of creatures who have been touched by the god Anubis.
The bird tries to drag Ashrael but can’t move him. Kingston picks up his body and launches him across the yard and into the pile that the bird has been making. After getting there itself, it opens its wings and flaps making a pillar of flame that engulfs them both. The flames dissapate and floating above it is the newly reborn Phoenix and emerging from the ashes is Ashrael now with feathers coming from his wrists, ankles, wings and white hair.
The Phoenix tells him, inside his mind that he has been chosen to carry on the light of life when the Phoenix ultimately dies as long as he is willing to do so as a symbol of peace, then like a shooting star, the phoenix shoots out of site.
Abby says that they have a lot to do . They must train in order to defeat what is coming and they will be taught by their new teachers. Ashreal asks who that would be as Jozeph raises his hand with a fireball in it and exclaims with a smile" This is going to be fun!"