The Heavens Scream

Empyrean citizens are falling ill, driven mad by a deafening discord only they can hear.

Story Notes

The Aether is misaligned as a result of the recent ascension of the Chosen. Factions of serathine devoted to now-dead immortals have defected, throwing the heavens themselves into disarray. Empyreans, who are sensitive to such disturbances, are being affected mentally and physically.

 

TIMING: This encounter is intended to be run prior to "Stars Misaligned". It can be run multiple times if necessary.

Materials

Empyrean costuming

The Heavens Scream

Narrative
An empyrean with deep circles under his eyes approaches you. He seems distressed, clutching at his head and wincing as if hearing a loud noise.
Scene Notes
Meliris (Meliria if the NPC is female) hasn't slept in several days due to the noise. The music of the spheres has turned from tranquil harmony to tumultuous discord. The noise is slowly driving him mad. He will beg with anyone he meets to make it stop. After a minute or two of roleplaying, he will hear an especially loud noise and pass out. "Rouse" can wake him and help ease his symptoms, but does not eliminate the noise. There is nothing the party can do for him at the moment beyond laying him somewhere comfortable to rest.


EMPYREAN PC: Empyrean characters who turn their attention skyward are hit with "Field Frenzy" until after "Stars Misaligned" has run!


MELRIS/MELIRIA - RP NOTES:
You are Meliris (Meliria if the NPC is female).
You haven't slept in several days due to the noise.
[NOISE?] The music of the spheres has turned from tranquil harmony to tumultuous discord.
{Beg with anyone you meet to make it stop.}
[AFTER AWHILE] {You will hear an especially loud noise and pass out.}
Narrative Effects
Commune Dream (Easy) - Meliris' sleep is deeply troubled. You hear a terrible noise, like giant nails on a chalkboard.
Dispel or Inspect Magic (Impossible) - Meliris is not being affected by any spell.
Insight (Very Easy) - Meliris is sleep-deprived and desperate to the point of madness. He doesn't seem capable of deception at the moment, though it's possible his insanity is making him believe things that aren't true.
Inspect Aura (Medium) - You sense great stress and desperation.
Inspect Evil (Medium) - You sense no evil within Meliris.
Inspect Wound (Impossible) - Whatever is afflicting Meliris doesn't seem to be physical.
Purge (Impossible) - Meliris is not under the affect of a malign influence.