Session 16 – “Taban’s Pinned Down, there’s Bulettes Flying Everywhere”

Venturing down the long, winding stone staircase, the party squeezed through a narrow passage to find themselves on the edge of a chasm. As they crossed the stone bridge, they were attacked by 5 gargoyles. After smashing the gargoyles to bits, they strode through the entrance chamber to this portion of the ancient dwarven temple, and immediately came under fire from both sides as their foe launched volley after volley of crossbow bolts from the murder holes to the east and west.

Led by a burrowshark mounted on a bulette, a small band of hobgoblins threatened from the south, a team of 5 duergar were shooting from the east and a stonemelder and her guards were shooting spells and bolts from the west.

The hobgoblins were dispatched in short order by Aria’s flaming sphere. The bulette leaped into action, squishing poor Taban under its massive bulk. A fireball to the east from Ganus took care of the duergar. Yarsha, the stonemelder to the west, cast erupting earth and caused quite a bit of damage to the party and the ground. Spells were flying everywhere as Ganus, Aria, Noctavia and Yarsha pulled out the heavy hitters. Friends dropped, foes were vanquished and eventually, the party emerged victorious. Battered, bleeding and exhausted, but victorious.

Ganus pitched a magical tent for the party to rest in. Eight hours later, refreshed and restocked, Noctavia led the charge as she opened up a hole in the west wall, completely catching Yarsha and her guards flat-footed.

After defeating Yarsha, Sytarii snuck into a mess hall where the party launched a co-ordinated attack that just destroyed a pair of black earth guards and a handful of cultists.

Alas, our tale pauses here, to be continued next week.

Expenses at the keep are still running 5gp per day.

Elapsed time: 2 days.

Character XP XP So Far Level (To Advance) Treasure
Ildon
Ganus
1,740 17,823 6 (23,000) Wand of Magic Missiles (attuned)
‘Splashy’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Hat of Wizardry
Ruby Ring (600gp)
Scroll of Earth Tremor
Fenvalur
Reyroris
1,740 19,252 6 (23,000) Ruby Ring (250 gp)
+1 Longsword
Potion of Giant Strength
Weird Tank (Empty)
Potion of Water Breathing
Sytarii 1,740 16,210 6 (23,000) +1 Dagger, “Reszur”
Potion of Diminution
Wand of Winter
‘Bubbles’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Potion of Greater Healing
Taban 1,740 17,026 6 (23,000) Drown (+1 Trident and more)
Bead of Nourishment
Potion of Fire Resistance
Telfid 0 16,992 6 (23,000) Scroll of Lesser Restoration
Ring of Fire Resistance
Aria 1,740 16,340 6 (23,000) Skyblinder Staff
Keeley 0 6,501 5 (14,000) N/A
Noctavia 1,740 7,850 5 (14,000) N/A
Nastane 0 3942 4 (6500) N/A
Nala 0 4942 4 (6500) N/A
Unassigned Treasure:  None
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Session 15 – Hellenrae? Fwoom! Hellenrae, Who?

After helping the Bargewright Inn, the party decided to revisit the Sacred Stone Monastery.  Upon arrival, they discovered that security was a little tighter than their last visit.  The kitchen staff was accompanied by armed guards, and the patrol around the monastery was on alert.  So alert that the patrol ended up chasing after Telfid, into a waiting ambush where the patrol was cut down before it could even raise an alarm. 

Deciding to solicit help from the lich, Renwick, Ganus and Sytarii snuck through the garden entrance to the monastery.  Sytarii handily unlocked the wizard-locked door to the lich’s demesne.  Ganus stepped in and started lying to the lich, which he didn’t appreciate, and told Ganus to leave.  Not having much choice, Ganus left and headed for the exit, only to get attacked by a pair of Gargoyles that had come to investigate.  Splashy and Bubbles were quite helpful in smashing the monsters to bits.

Later, inside the monastery, the party spread out while the cooks started to serve breakfast.  When all were gathered into the dining hall, and diving into a plate of kippers and toast, Ganus stepped into the hall and unleashed a fireball in the center of the room, immediately annihilating most of the monks.  Hellenrae started barking orders to the survivors, sending her guards after Ganus, where they ran into Aria and her thornwhip, which dragged them through the spike growth she had laid as a trap.  They perished as the thorns and spikes did their job.

From the northeast entrance to the dining hall, Reyroris started shooting Hellenrae, who immediately charged to confront him.  Telfid shot her in the back, ending her charge.  Meanwhile, Taban and Sytarii came in from the south entrance and started shooting and hacking the survivors until all lay quiet.  

And in less than 30 seconds, most of the population of the monastery was eliminated.  Most, but not all, the party started clearing the rooms and when they came to the main foyer, squared off against a pair of minotaurs.  

Deciding to go down the winding staircase this time, the party came across an ogre and three orogs.  Dispatching them in short order, they found a collection of keys, which Ganus pocketed.  Exploring to the north, they found an old crypt where Telfid destroyed three zombies.  Ganus’ sharp eyes noticed a gleam as the light glinted off a pair of rings one of the skeletal remains in the back of the room.

Further investigation to the northwest had the party battling a caged, blinded, crippled umber hulk that raged inside the cage, which amazingly, held firm while the party put the creature out of its misery.

Exploring to the south, the party came across some cells filled with starving, tortured, injured and sick slaves/prisoners.  After learning that the orogs made them mine the caverns, but not for anything precious.  No one knew why they mined.  Sytarii unlocked the cells and the party freed the people.  One old man with an especially gnarled, but well polished, walking stick, said to Aria, “Here miss, switch with me, I think it will serve you well where you are going,” and handed her his staff in exchange for hers.

To the west, the party found a long staircase leading down from the mines.

Alas, our tale pauses here, to be continued next week.

The business in Womford was wiped out by the flood.

Expenses at the keep are still running 5gp per day.

Elapsed time: 2 days.

Character XP XP So Far Level (To Advance) Treasure
Ildon
Ganus
2,400 16,083 6 (23,000) Wand of Magic Missiles (attuned)
‘Splashy’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Hat of Wizardry
Ruby Ring (600gp)
Fenvalur
Reyroris
2,400 17,512 6 (23,000) Ruby Ring (250 gp)
+1 Longsword
Potion of Giant Strength
Weird Tank (Empty)
Sytarii 2,400 14,470 6 (23,000) +1 Dagger, “Reszur”
Potion of Diminution
Wand of Winter
‘Bubbles’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Taban 2,400 15,286 6 (23,000) Drown (+1 Trident and more – see below)
Bead of Nourishment
Potion of Fire Resistance
Telfid 2,400 16,992 6 (23,000) Scroll of Lesser Restoration
Ring of Fire Resistance
Aria 2,400 14,600 6 (23,000) Skyblinder Staff
Keeley 0 6,501 5 (14,000) N/A
Noctavia 0 6110 4 (6500) N/A
Nastane 0 3942 4 (6500) N/A
Nala 0 4942 4 (6500) N/A
Unassigned Treasure:  None

Session 14 – A Roadtrip to Beliard

After the flood, the management at the Bargewright Inn asked the party to go to Beliard to acquire the materials and goods required for repairs and to establish land based trade with Beliard since the ships were all destroyed.

The journey was not uneventful.  First, some Bugbears tried to hijack the caravan, then some Mephits caused a little trouble.  Some Will’o’Wisps also harassed the caravan until Telfid could turn them.

The magic shop in Beliard turned out to be poorly stocked, but even so, Taban acquired a Bead of Nourishment and Ganus scored a Hat of Wizardry.

On the return trip, some Gargoyles made a nuisance of themselves. 

Then a group of Earth Cultists thought they could take on our intrepid adventurers.  They were wrong and soon paid the price for their insolence.

 

Alas, our tale pauses here, to be continued next week.

 

The business in Womford was wiped out by the flood.

Expenses at the keep are still running 5gp per day.

Elapsed time: 6 days.

Character XP XP So Far Level (To Advance) Treasure
Ildon
Ganus
2,225 13,683 5 (14000) Wand of Magic Missiles (attuned)
‘Splashy’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Scroll of Tidalwave
Scroll of Vitriolic Sphere
Hat of Wizardry
Fenvalur
Reyroris
2,225 15,112 6 (23,000) 250 GP gold ruby ring
+1 Longsword
Potion of Giant Strength
Weird Tank (Empty)
Sytarii 0 12,070 5 (14,000) +1 Dagger, “Reszur”
Potion of Diminution
Wand of Winter
‘Bubbles’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Taban 2,225 12,886 5 (14,000) Drown (+1 Trident and more – see below)
Bead of Nourishment
Telfid 2,225 14,592 6 (23,000) Scroll of Lesser Restoration
Potion of Fire Resistance
Aria 0 12,200 5 (14,000) N/A
Keeley 0 6,501 5 (14,000) N/A
Noctavia 0 6110 4 (6500) N/A
Nastane 0 3942 4 (6500) N/A
Nala 0 4942 4 (6500) N/A
Unassigned Treasure:  Library of Dwarvish Tomes