Next session, the magi will go off on their biggest adventure yet, and I thought I'd ask for some additional ideas and input on the story. If any of my players are lurking around in this forum, please stay away from this thread
The background is like this:
The magi of the covenant Vindilis (on the island Bell-Ile off the coast of Brittany) have befriended an eremite magus living in Broceliande Forest, near Paimpont. This strange magus of Ex Miscellanea (Lineage of Pralix) is a collector of exotic magics and traditions, and a bit of a rebel in the Order. He's also an ally of the Boar King, who let's him live in peace and protects him from certain faeries in the forest. Anyway, one having Hyperborean Blood, learned of the Temple of a Thousand Pillars (from Ancient Magic), and the group wants to go there. This is far away, but the eremite took them to a strange feast at the Boar King's castle and told them that they could try to win back a magical horn the eremite had lost to the Boar King earlier. This horn, if sounded above the clouds, would summon a "mode of transportation" the magi could use to reach their destination quicker. The magi won the challenge, who involved hunting a magical boar.
Now, this is where they are now. They do not know exactly what kind of transportation they will summon, and when we ended last session, they were debating how they would get the horn above the clouds. One of the characters, the one with Hyperborean Blood, can transform into a crow, but he won't be able to carry the horn, which is made out of an auroch's horn.
Anyway, I think the horn will signal to the People of the Clouds from RoP: Magic, since they're a friend of the ermite, and gave him this in the first place, but I'm open for other ideas here. The transportation must be able to carry the magi to the Temple of a Thousand Pillars in a very "epic" way. A flying ship fits the bill here, I think.
I need ideas to make the trip eventful. Creatures of the air, maybe harpies (are these faeries or magical creatures) could attack the ship, and if any of the crew are lost, the ship will start to fall, since the magic of the air is in the crew, not the ship, if I'm correct?
The ship might crash land in some mythic area or even the Magic Realm. Haven't worked out the details around this yet.
Also, their destination, the Temple of a Thousand Pillars, is this based on the Temple at Delphi? I take it that the Temple of a Thousand Pillars are made up by the authors of Ancient Magic, but I had a look at some pictures of Delphi, and might use that as a reference.
Well, long post. If anyone's still reading, I would love some extra ideas to put into this story. Remember, this should really have an epic and mythic feel to it. Think movies like 300 and Troy for style.
Edit: Seems I haven't read the Hyperborean chapter in Ancient Magic for some time, so any reference in the post above for Temple of a Thousand Pillars is actually meant as Basilica of Ten Thousand Columns (again from Ancient Magic).