The Story So Far...


The 5th Day of the Month of Cermië of the 15th Year With the aid of the lantern of guidance, the party found their way through a vast grouping of cysts, recovering treasure long lost to the ages before finding the means to finish their quest, as a teleportation circle well-hidden amid the cysts brought the party into the fibrous forests within sight of the great skull-like mountain that lay at the heart of Occipitus... and within sight of a ravenous tyrannosaurus, the massive beast brought low by the might of nature wielded by the party. "Heed the words of Adimarchus," spoke another mummy lord appearing before them. "You have passed the Test of Resolve. Attend to the wisdom of Adimarchus! Let neither riches nor weaponry, neither allies nor enemies, tempt you from your course. Instead, spread such distractions before your rivals. The lantern shall guide you to the final test: the Test of Sacrifice. Your ascension to the throne draws nigh!" As the mummy lord disappeared, the party followed the lantern's light across the vast plain of ulcers, a land erupting with boiling, blood-like fluids, towards the skull...
The 9th Day of the Month of Cermië of the 15th Year
After several days of travel the party found themselves the target of another half-starved beast---Vorkaire the black dragon, coming upon the adventures under the protection of greater invisibility and silence spells; yet even such power did not dally the party, the keen eyes of Zyn Argith alerting his companions and enabling them to focus their spells and strikes upon the reptillain terror, ending his hunger permanently. Another half-mile of peaceful travel brought the party before the base of the great skull of Occipitus... and finding at their mercy the fallen astral deva, Saureya, who had something to say regarding the Test of the Smoking Eye...

Q&A with Saureya


Saureya What are you? "I was once an astral deva. But when this part of Celestia fell into the Abyss, I fell along with it. Now I don't know what I am." Who did this to you? "The spikes, you mean? A rakshasa and his bodyguard---a giant. They're on their way inside the skull. Presumably they're trying to pass the Test, too." What's with the scars/tattoos? "The former ruler of this layer, a fallen planetar named Adimarchus, found it amusing to keep me around as his prisoner. He found me a kindred spirit, I suppose---where else are you going to find an angel around here? Adimarchus also thought it would be amuing to torture me repeatedly and put these blasphemous sigils on my flesh." Why don't you heal the scars with magic? "What's the point? Healing them wouldn't change the fact that they happened." What happened to Adimarchus? "He disappeared on the eve of a great and pointless battle between his horde and that of Graz'zt, a particularly vicious dæmon lord. Some say Graz'zt had him kidnapped and assassinated. Others say the battle was just a ruse for some other plan of Admimarchus'." You know Kaurophon? "Of course. We met---was it a year ago, Kaurophon?---yes, about a year ago at the Cathedral of Feathers. He was wondering why he couldn't enter the antechamber, much less get to one of the doors. So I told him: Adimarchus wanted to keep anyone born of the Lower Planes from becoming the next ruler of Occipitus. Adimarchus was always hopeful that his successor would be another fallen angel or someone formerly of the light." What do you know about the Test of the Smoking Eye? "Well, I helped Adimarchus create it---is that good enough for you? He confided in me throughout its construction; after all, I was exactly the kind of successor he wanted. I was able to introduce a flaw into the test, because Adimarchus wasn't always thinking clearly. Ruling a layer of the Abyss will do that to you." A flaw? "Well, you don't need to complete all three parts of the test---just the last part. The first two parts simply point you in the direction of the final part, the part that really matters. The proctors---those mummies that Adimarchus created---can't tell who's passed previous parts of the test and who hasn't. I suspect that's what the rakshasa is doing. The flaw is a little subterfuge on my part, from back when I dreamed of rescue. I dreamed a powerful angel would come and rescue me, and together we'd come here and perform the third part of the test before Adimarchus knew what was going on. Then all of Occipitus would be borne anew, lifted right out of the Abyss and reconnected to its rightful place in Celestia. I'm no longer so naive." Why are you here? "I was waiting for you, frankly. After all these years, I had a mild curiosity about the people who were going to pass the Test of the Smoking Eye. Now that curiosity is satisfied." What's the third test? "I'm not telling---and before you start with the threats, I've had centuries of practice resisting torture from someone more ruthless and cruel than you. The rakshasa tried to force the same information from me. He failed." Why keep the test a secret? "I'll say this---knowing in advance what the test is won't help you prepare in any meaningful way. You could succeed. You could fail. You could turn your back on the whole idea. I'm not going to meddle in your fate. My own fate is trouble enough." What happens if we pass the test? "The very fabric of Occipitus' reality is yours to command---you do know how to control an entire layer of the Abyss, don't you? No? Well, I'd humbly suggest a line of academic inquiry, then. Like every other part of the Abyss, Occipitus responds to power, and the more powerful you are, the more Occipitus will bend to your will." Do you know about Cauldron or the Cagewrights? "Affairs on other planes don't interest me. For that matter, affairs on this plane don't interest me either." Any advice? "I'd catch that rakshasa, unless you want to grow whiskers when he recreates Occipitus in his image."

Loot (Test of the Smoking Eye)


LOOT # COST WEIGHT
Currency, copper
Currency, gold 5,787 5,787.00 gp 115.74 lb.
Currency, platinum 3,945 39,450.00 gp 78.9 lb.
Currency, silver 5,950 595.00 gp 119 lb.
 
Adventuring gear, backpack 2 2.00 gp 4 lb.
Adventuring gear, belt pouches 2 1.00 gp 1 lb.
Adventuring gear, waterskin 2 1.00 gp 8 lb.
Armor, +1 full plate 1 1,325.00 gp 50 lb.
Armor, +1 Large studded leather 2 1,250.00 gp 80 lb.
Armor, +1 light wooden shield of arrow catching 1 2,076.50 gp 5 lb.
Armor, +1 studded leather 3 1,762.50 gp 60 lb.
Armor, +3 Large fireshaped mithral breastplate ** 1 7,050.00 gp 30 lb.
Armor, Large mithral shirt 2 1,200.00 gp 50 lb.
Armor, masterwork full plate 1 825.00 gp 50 lb.
Art object, ancient celestial religious texts and hymnals 3 3,000.00 gp 3 lb.
Art object, blown-glass hurricane lamp 1 100.00 gp 1 lb.
Art object, embroidered silk mantle 1 100.00 gp 1 lb.
Art object, gold and ruby ring 8 96,000.00 gp 8 lb.
Art object, gold cup set with emeralds 30 360,000.00 gp 30 lb.
Art object, gold cup set with sapphires 1 2,500.00 gp 1 lb.
Art object, golden candelabras 4 1,000.00 gp 4 lb.
Art object, lightning-bolt amulet carved in ebony 1 150.00 gp 1 lb.
Art object, masterwork ivory harp with golden strings 1 750.00 gp 1 lb.
Art object, platinum and teak music box 1 1,000.00 gp 1 lb.
Art object, rolled-up oil portrait of a lillend 1 100.00 gp 1 lb.
Art object, slightly torn oil portrait of Lake Empyrea 1 200.00 gp 1 lb.
Art object, statuette of Kyurek, favored of Pelor 1 150.00 gp 1 lb.
Art object, torn oil portrait of Sacrima the planetar 1 350.00 gp 1 lb.
Gems, amber 3 300.00 gp ---
Gems, amethyst 2 180.00 gp ---
Gems, bloodstone 4 200.00 gp ---
Gems, bloodstone 4 180.00 gp ---
Gems, carnelian 4 200.00 gp ---
Gems, chalcedony 3 150.00 gp ---
Gems, chrysoprase 3 150.00 gp ---
Gems, citrine 4 200.00 gp ---
Gems, coral 1 90.00 gp ---
Gems, diamond, chocolate 1 4,000.00 gp ---
Gems, emerald 2 2,200.00 gp ---
Gems, garnet, violet 2 900.00 gp ---
Gems, iolite 4 200.00 gp ---
Gems, jasper 4 200.00 gp ---
Gems, lapis lazuli 1 9.00 gp ---
Gems, moonstone 4 200.00 gp ---
Gems, moonstone 1 70.00 gp ---
Gems, obsidian 1 10.00 gp ---
Gems, onyx 4 200.00 gp ---
Gems, opal 4 2,000.00 gp ---
Gems, pearl, black 1 400.00 gp ---
Gems, quartz, blue 1 8.00 gp ---
Gems, rock crystals 8 400.00 gp ---
Gems, sapphire, blue 2 2,200.00 gp ---
Gems, spinel, deep blue 1 500.00 gp ---
Gems, spinel, deep green 1 140.00 gp ---
Gems, zircon 4 200.00 gp ---
Material components, true seeing ointment 2 250.00 gp ---
Oil, bless weapon 1 50.00 gp ---
Poison, dragon bile 2 1,500.00 gp ---
Poison, giant wasp poison 18 1,890.00 gp ---
Potion, bear's endurance 1 150.00 gp ---
Potion, cure light wounds 2 50.00 gp ---
Potion, darkvision 1 150.00 gp ---
Potion, invisibility 3 150.00 gp ---
Potion, remove fear 1 25.00 gp ---
Ring, chameleon power 1 6,350.00 gp ---
Ring, counterspells 1 2,000.00 gp ---
Ring, minor cold resistance 1 6,000.00 gp ---
Ring, protection +1 1 1,000.00 gp ---
Ring, water walking 10 75,000.00 gp ---
Scroll, cure serious wounds (CL 5th; divine) 1 187.50 gp ---
Scroll, detect animals or plants (CL 1st; divine) 1 12.50 gp ---
Scroll, detect secret doors (CL 1st; arcane) 1 12.50 gp ---
Scroll, dispel magic (CL 5th; divine) 1 187.50 gp ---
Scroll, entangle (CL 1st; divine) 1 12.50 gp ---
Scroll, flame strike (CL 9th; divine) 1 562.50 gp ---
Scroll, plane shift (CL 9th; divine) 1 562.50 gp ---
Scroll, shout (CL 7th; arcane) 4 1,400.00 gp ---
Scroll, speak with dead (CL 5th; divine) 1 187.50 gp ---
Tools, artisan's tools 1 2.50 gp 5 lb.
Tools, holly and mistletoe 2 --- ---
Tools, spell component pouch 2 5.00 gp 4 lb.
Wand, knock (CL 3rd; charges) 17 765.00 gp ---
Wand, mirror image (CL 3rd; charges) 9 405.00 gp ---
Wand, shocking grasp (CL 1st; charges) 15 112.50 gp ---
Wand, silence (CL 3rd; charges) 35 1,575.00 gp ---
Weapon, +1 dagger 3 3,453.00 gp 3 lb.
Weapon, +1 darkwood composite (+5 Str) longbow 2 2,930.00 gp 3 lb.
Weapon, +1 darkwood lance 2 2,410.00 gp 10 lb.
Weapon, +1 holy bastard sword 1 9,167.50 gp 6 lb.
Weapon, +1 Large darkwood composite (+1 Str) shortbow 2 2,565.00 gp 4 lb.
Weapon, +1 Large greatsword 2 2,400.00 gp 32 lb.
Weapon, +1 spear 1 1,151.00 gp 6 lb.
Weapon, +1 unholy dagger 1 9,151.00 gp 1 lb.
Weapon, +2 heavy mace 1 4,156.00 gp 8 lb.
Weapon, +3 Large fireshaped longspear ** 1 9,555.00 gp 18 lb.
Weapon, Large adamantine dagger 4 6,004.00 gp 4 lb.
Weapon, masterwork alchemical silver arrows 40 161.00 gp 6 lb.
Weapon, dagger 15 15.00 gp 15 lb.
Wondrous item, amulet of mighty fists +1 1 3,000.00 gp ---
Wondrous item, amulet of natural armor +1 3 3,000.00 gp ---
Wondrous item, bag of holding type III 1 3,700.00 gp 35 lb.
Wondrous item, bracers of archery, lesser 1 2,500.00 gp 1 lb.
Wondrous item, brooch of shielding 1 750.00 gp ---
Wondrous item, candles of invocation (chaotic-evil, 3 hours remaining) 2 6,300.00 gp 1 lb.
Wondrous item, cloak of charisma +2 1 2,000.00 gp 2 lb.
Wondrous item, cloak of resistance +3 1 4,500.00 gp 1 lb.
Wondrous item, elemental gem (fire) 1 1,125.00 gp ---
Wondrous item, stone salve 1 2,000.00 gp ---
LOOT # COST WEIGHT
 
GRAND TOTAL 725,060.70 gp 871.68 lb.
 
PER PLAYER (rounded down)
Curwen (gems, spell component pouch) 105,353.95 gp ---
Stinkeye (+2 heavy mace, 6 masterwork alchemical arrows) 116,663.30 gp ---
Zyn Argith (+1 amulet of natural armor, 2 doses of dragon bile) 118,343.45 gp ---
Lebrecht, Santana, "Z" (each) 120,843.41 gp ---
**See "fireshaped template," Dungeon Master's Guide II, p.275

Loot (The Dæmonskar Legacy)


LOOT # COST WEIGHT
Currency, copper 5 .05 gp .1 lb.
Currency, gold 2 2.00 gp .04 lb.
Currency, platinum 156 1,560.00 gp 3.12 lb.
Currency, silver 6 .60 gp .12 lb.
 
Armor, +1 Large light steel shield of arrow deflection 1 4,509.00 gp 12 lb.
Armor, +3 Large chain shirt 1 4,550.00 gp 50 lb.
Armor, Large hide 1 30.00 gp 50 lb.
Armor, masterwork studded leather 5 437.50 gp 100 lb.
Art object, carpets 24 4,800.00 gp 480 lb.
Art object, silver/platinum cage 1 2,000.00 gp 300 lb.
Art object, skeins of wool 3 450.00 gp ---
Potion, cat's grace 4 600.00 gp ---
Potion, cure moderate wounds 2 750.00 gp ---
Potion, cure serious wounds 2 750.00 gp ---
Potion, protection from energy (electricity) 3 1,125.00 gp ---
Ring, force shield 1 4,250.00 gp ---
Ring, protection +2 3 12,000.00 gp ---
Scroll, greater dispel magic (CL 14th; arcane) 1 1,050.00 gp ---
Scroll, hold animal (CL 7th; divine) 1 175.00 gp ---
Scroll, magic fang (CL 7th; divine) 1 87.50 gp ---
Scroll, prying eyes (CL 14th; arcane) 1 875.00 gp ---
Scroll, remove disease (CL 7th; divine) 1 262.50 gp ---
Scroll, sequester (CL 14th; arcane) 1 1,225.00 gp ---
Special substance, alchemist's fire (jug; 10 doses each) 2 200.00 gp 20 lb.
Tools, lockpicks 1 7.50 gp 1 lb.
Wand, cure serious wounds (CL 5th; charges) 17 1,912.50 gp ---
Wand, dispel magic (CL 5th; charges) 18 2,025.00 gp ---
Wand, displacement (CL 5th; charges) 14 1,575.00 gp ---
Wand, lightning bolt (CL 7th; charges) 17 2,677.50 gp ---
Weapon, +1 Large warhammer 1 1,012.00 gp 10 lb.
Weapon, Large dagger 1 2.00 gp 2 lb.
Weapon, Large greatclub 1 5.00 gp 16 lb.
Weapon, Large morningstar 10 80.00 gp 120 lb.
Weapon, masterwork spear 5 755.00 gp 30 lb.
Weapon, +2 wounding shard dagger ** 1 16,151.00 gp 1 lb.
Weapon, +2 wounding shard longsword ** 1 16,157.50 gp 4 lb.
Wondrous item, amulet of mighty fists +1 1 3,000.00 gp ---
Wondrous item, necklace of fireballs III (1×5d6, 2×3d6) 1 825.00 gp ---
LOOT # COST WEIGHT
 
GRAND TOTAL 87,424.15 gp 1,349.38 lb.
 
PER PLAYER (rounded down)
Curwen, Lebrecht, Santana, Zyn Argith, "Z" (each) 17,484.83 gp ---
**See "shard weapons," Fiend Folio, p.128

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