Loup Strikes Back…
Lord Fermi decided to try out the Doctrine of Aki clone of himself, attempting the transfer his consciousness from one body to the other. The experiment was apparently successful, in that Fermi got up off the table in his clone body… however, Loup the Black appeared as soon as he did so, in the form of an oversized fist composed of billowing black smoke or fog. The smoky fist destroyed the clone body so fully that Lord Fermi had to be reinstalled into his original body from a backup.
Loup stuck around, however, in the form of a large black-furred Vargr, to assist with cybernetic upgrades he insisted Fermi receive. He replaced Fermi’s entire skeletal structure with a mysterious metal alloy, and transferred the enchantments on his claws to a new set of extendable 12 inch blades.
Loup visited Fermi as he recovered from the upgrades, to inform him that he was “trusted to watch this end” of the passageway to Pandius and the Wolfwood, though he also mentioned that he would be installing more security at his “door.”
A French Chateau and a Time Fortresses…
After being “repaired” by Loup the Black, Lord Fermi decided that, rather than fighting more spiders, he wanted to take the plunge and use Khoronos’ time-gate-disk to open a portal and make a fist expedition into the Time-Stream.
He gathered a team and took the “special” scout ship through the portal he opened. The team ended up including Prince Orkin, Lord Fermi, The Golden Apple, Sir Tink-Tink, Samuel Vibes, and Sir Emmett (among an overstrength crew of others and a frozen watch).
They entered the iridescent blue of the Time-Stream in the scout ship, only to be “impacted” by an apparent object… which turned out to be the cursed Chateau d’Ambreville, unmoored and adrift in time.
Finding themselves trapped in a strange pocket-dimension occupied by the expansive house, the Rogues found themselves with no option but to explore. Dining with ghosts and dealing with addled guests of the chateau, they met various members of the usually mad and magic-using d’Ambreville family. Whether betting on boxing matches with robots, burying people alive under the cobblestones, or leading horseback hunting parties through the house’s arborium , the d’Ambrevilles all appeared to be outrageous and insane.
An elf-woman who claimed to be a dragon and a less-insane-than-the-rest d’Ambreville sister who had been repeatedly buried alive by her brother aided them on their way to discovering the tomb of Prince Ettienne d’Ambreville, in the crypts under the family chapel built in mockery of religion and divinity.
By sorting out the riddle of how to break Ettienne’s curse on his chateau and family Tink, Fermi, Orkin, and Samuel manage to bring the Wizard-Prince back from the dead, and free the ghosts of the house from imprisonment within the Time-Stream.
The Wizard informed them that he had imprisoned his family in an insanity-producing pocket-dimension outside of time. After thanking them for releasing him, he informs them that he is headed back to the Republic of Glantri on the planet Mystara, to put his life back in order. He opens a gateway for them, back into the time stream, and then he vanishes.
Fermi dismisses him as “a mediocre time-mage” and the crew proceed to explore the flows and channels of the Time-Stream for a few days, before discovering a facility built by an unknown source (maybe Blackmoor?) inhabited only by one, mostly malfunctioning, Oard. The Oard provides little information, and Prince Orkin uses his Serpent-Blade to cut it to pieces.
After scouting out the facility some more, the crew decide to inhabit this as their Time Fortress. They first, however, return to their own time and place, in Munnarn.
Quicksilver Spider-Ships with Disintegrators…
Back in Munnarn, Lord Fermi responds to a heavy pocket of resistance in the Fog with more partical-beam spinal-mount fire through a gatway produced by Lord Vog. After the spinal-fire, a small force was sent through the gate to survey. Contact was lost immediately and no part of the force ever returned.
The Judgement retreated back to Fog-Port where Lord Fermi called a tactical meeting. The assembled tactitions determined, with Lord Fermi’s authorization, to enclose the hot-spot with a globe of missile-bearing vessels and bombard it with the 3rd Fleets entire nuclear-warhead arsenal.
The maneuver was carried out, and the facility at the center of the area was obliterated. However, a number of surrounding vessels managed to escape the holocaust and engage the forces of the 3rd Fleet.
They spiders were using a previously unobserved “Quicksilver Spidership” which appeared to be equipped with both energy shields of some sort and invisible beam weapons that disintegrated holes right through the Imperial ships.
Ten Imperial craft were lost in the engagement, but the nest of spiders appears to have been eliminated, and parts of seventeen spider vessels were recovered. The spider-ship remains were handed over to Sir Tink-Tink to be studied in his labs on Fog Island Fortress.