Session 19 – Portals

It began like any other day, the party resumed adventuring to find a Salamander in the first cell they opened. Ignoring the adventurers, the Salamander barged into the cell opposite and immediately started trying to kill the Azer therein. Taban assisted the elemental dwarf, before getting hauled bodily from the room.

Checking the other cells, they found three more occupied by Salamanders, which they left closed, and two more by Azers which they opened. The Azers dashed to the aid of their companion. Final score: Salamander 2; Azers 1. The remaining Azer is trapped in the cell thanks to Ganus closing the door on him.

Turning the corner, the party ran into a squad of knights of Samular from Summit Hall. The lead knight chastised the party for letting Womford drown and Red Larch get destroyed, ignoring their progress in the temple. Much to Ganus disgust, the party was asked to leave the temple and return to Summit Hall for further discipline.

Begrudgingly, the adventurers wiped their hands of the entire affair and headed out. Ganus encouraged his bird to poop on the lead knight while Sytarii picked the pockets of the distracted Knight, relieving him of his purse. Heading out the western tunnel, the party got distracted by a small passageway on the left. Ganus explored and found a secret door leading to the chamber of one Bastian Thermandur, a fire Genasi and second in command of the fire cult. Recognizing his intruders, Bastian negotiated with Ganus to have him go and retrieve the blade, Tinderstrike, from Vanifer, the Tiefling leader of the fire cult. Giving Ganus a map and safe passage to the altar where Vanifer would be found.

The party traveled directly there, stopping only when challenged by some cultists, who were encouraged to join the fight against the intruders fighting the Efreeti in the forge area (the knights of Samular).

Breaching the altar room, Ganus cast Tasha’s Hideous Laughter on the praying cult leader. Relieving her of the dagger, Reyroris passed it to Sytarii. Huddling around the prone tiefling, the party started hacking her to bits. As soon as she stopped laughing, Aria Held her, so she continued to lie prone as she drew her last breath.

After some exploration, they found a secret door to Vanifer’s chambers. Returning to the altar room, the party discovered a shimmering rectangular portal in the air. After some tentative experiments, Sytarii stepped through. Finding himself on Mechanicus, he gazed about in wonder. He was in a world made of machinery of all shapes and sizes. After a few moments, one of the smaller round machines stood up on spindly legs and gestured while saying, “Welcome. Follow me.”

Once the party was all through the portal, the monodrone gestured again, “Welcome. Follow me.” Not seeing a better alternative, they did.

Marveling at the technology around them, the party followed the drone toward a large building. On a whim, Reyroris stuck his magic sword into the works, causing the entire mechanism to falter. Removing his sword before causing tremendous damage, Reyroris found himself at the center of a swarm of Modrons, some round, some a pair of cubes all repeating one word, “Repair.”

Continuing on, the party followed the monodrone into the building, up several levels and out to an elevated walkway leading to another building. Therein, the Modron stepped through another portal. Without hesitation, the party followed, arriving in a plush receiving area at the shop of one Anaxi Zephries, the Cartophile. Maps covered every surface of the space. Flanked by the Modron, who seemed to be shutting down, and a witch with a pretty little cat familiar, Anaxi introduced himself as the Cartophile.

He explained that he needed some adventurers to scout a local legend here in the Barrier Peaks. Agreeing to the quest, the party went to town to offload some loot and see what they could find in the shops.

Taban and Telfid negotiated for some Gauntlets of the Ogre, a +2 Hammer, and a Scimitar of Wounding.

Ganus traded his extra scroll and Wizard’s Hat for a Robe of Eyes.

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

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

Elapsed time: 5 days.

Bad news:

With the help of some hobgoblins, a troop of bandits has slaughtered the guards. They ransacked what was left in the keep (not much) and moved in.

Character XP XP So Far Level (To Advance) Treasure
Ildon
Ganus
1,960 28,024 7 (34,000) Wand of Magic Missiles (attuned)
‘Splashy’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Robe of Eyes
Fenvalur
Reyroris
1,960 29,453 7 (34,000) Ruby Ring (250 gp)
+1 Longsword
Potion of Giant Strength
Weird Tank (Empty)
Potion of Water Breathing
Scimitar of Wounding
Sytarii 1,960 26,411 7 (34,000) +1 Dagger, “Reszur”
+2 Dagger, “Tinderstrike”
Wand of Winter
‘Bubbles’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Taban 1,960 24,960 7 (34,000) +1 Trident, “Drown”
Telfid 1,960 25,233 7 (34,000) Scroll of Lesser Restoration
Ring of Fire Resistance
Gauntlets of the Ogre
+2 Hammer
Aria 1,960 26,003 7 (34,000) Skyblinder Staff
Scroll of Goodberry
Keeley 0 6,501 5 (14,000) N/A
Noctavia 1,740 7,850 5 (14,000) N/A
Unassigned Treasure:  2 Dwarven Funerary Masks/
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Session 18 – Into The Fire Temple

After destroying the stone golem, the party headed West where the passageway became more of a tunnel through lava rock. We were entering the fire demesne.

Turning the corner, the party saw several ogres ahead. Backing up to regroup, they hatched a dastardly plan. Reyroris lead the charge as they slew ogre after ogre (after half-ogre). With seven of the great beasts laying dead at their feet, they searched the cavern to find a stash of treasures squirreled away by the ogres.

Proceeding further east, Sytarii took point as they passed some ominous looking dwarf statues. Unfortunately, distracted by the statues, he did not see the tripwire before stepping through it, only to receive a stone axe blow as the statue on the left hurled its blade forward. Noticing that one of the statues was askew, the party investigated. There efforts were rewarded when they found a secret chamber…a tomb for a pair of long dead dwarven heroes. Raiding the tomb for its valuables, the adventurers stole away with some minor trinkets and two gem-encrusted golden funeral masks worth thousands. Ganus rightly figured that these would not be as easy to cash in as much of there treasure was.

After the racket caused by the tripwire trap, a hobgoblin patrol came by to investigate. A few seconds later, the party headed toward a large intersection where they were met by two ominous looking fiery fellows. These Razerblast turned out to be surprisingly hard to kill. And when they did die, they exploded, sending shrapnel everywhere. If Aria hadn’t magically held one of them, the outcome might not have been so certain. But she did, so Reyroris took him apart while the rest of the party dealt with the one who escaped Aria’s charm.

Having exhausted themselves fighting the ogres and razerblasts, Ganus pitched his magical tent and the party rested. Several hours later, some ogres came by and started bashing the tiny hut with their clubs. This brought the attention of another razerblast and not one, but two squads of hobgoblins. Seeing their foes, the party planned their attack.

In executing their plan, the party took some damage, and Aria was knocked out, our intrepid adventurers prevailed. Taking a short rest in the dwarven tomb, they healed and restored themselves.

Venturing east, they found empty caves. Hoping to find something more interesting, they returned to the big intersection and headed south. They slew a hapless pair of ogres that came around the corner, then proceeded to investigate a passage lined with doors on the north’s and south.

In the first unlocked cell, they found a Flame Guardian cultist and started a fight. Within seconds the guardian fell dead, and the cell door behind them opened and the hall filled with flame as a Flamewrath stepped forth. Another guardian and a second flamewrath joined the fight, the latter throwing fireball after fireball, only to have each rudely countered by Ganus magic. The second flamewrath fell just before it could cast one last fireball.

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

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

Elapsed time: 3 days.

Character XP XP So Far Level (To Advance) Treasure
Ildon
Ganus
3,858 26,064 7 (34,000) Wand of Magic Missiles (attuned)
‘Splashy’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Hat of Wizardry
Ruby Ring (600gp)
Scroll of Earth Tremor
Fenvalur
Reyroris
3,858 27,493 7 (34,000) Ruby Ring (250 gp)
+1 Longsword
Potion of Giant Strength
Weird Tank (Empty)
Potion of Water Breathing
Sytarii 3,858 24,451 7 (34,000) +1 Dagger, “Reszur”
Potion of Diminution
Wand of Winter
‘Bubbles’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Potion of Greater Healing
Taban 3,858 23,000 7 (34,000) Drown (+1 Trident and more)
Bead of Nourishment
Potion of Fire Resistance
Telfid 3,858 25,233 7 (34,000) Scroll of Lesser Restoration
Ring of Fire Resistance
Aria 3,320 24,043 7 (34,000) 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:  Claws of the Umberhulk
2 Dwarven Funerary Masks/

Session 17 – A Veritable Slaughterfest

After dispatching the cultists in the dining room and kitchen, the party explored further into the Temple of the Black Earth.

The passage west from the dining room led to a set of double-doors. Sytarii snuck through them and immediately backed out of the room after seeing the petrified statues of adventurers scattered throughout the cavernous room. Reyroris took point and headed in to face whatever was in there. At first it seemed to be an empty cave. Then Reyroris was hit hard as a shadow flitted past. Telffid and Ganus shed some light on the situation and the party found themselves squaring off against a shadow demon. They fought hard and banished it back to the nine hells before it could do any more damage.

In a bedroom behind the cave, they enjoyed a sumptuous bed and found much treasure.

Exiting the cave they headed south, where they came upon the cultists’ apartments. Barging in, they slew two cultists brushing their teeth. Then they proceeded to slaughter several more cultists, their guard and Dynath, the burrowshark, but not before this lasts could summon his pet bulette. Arriving on the scene just after his master fell, the bulette bit into Reyroris before being slain itself.

Heading south from the apartments, the party entered the laboratory of one Miraj Vizann, a self-proclaimed mud sorcerer. After a brief dialog, Telfid surprised the sorcerer with a silence spell, pretty much ending him as a threat. Reyroris and Sytarii leapt at the sorcerer, flanking and slaying him as he gestured furiously at his stone golem to act. It did. But the party laid a hurt on it pretty quickly, slaying it in Exless than a minute.

Heading further south, the party found two more bulettes chained and sleeping lightly. After discussing what to do with them, they awoke in a foul mood and tried to break their chains in an effort to get at the party. Aria cast spike growth to keep them from moving much, but this just angered them. One broke loose and leapt forward, landing on Taban and nearly crushing several of the others. Reacting quickly, the party slew that bulette as the other broke free. This time, the party avoided the great creatures leap and butchered it before it could cause any trouble.

After nearly falling to their doom crossing a narrow bridge over a deep chasm, the party found themselves in familiar territory where they came upon the body of the ettin they slew on their first foray into the earth temple.

After finding several abandoned rooms, including the forge where they found a set of Claws of the Umberhulk, the party encountered an earth elemental myrmidon. Like a rock golem in plate armor, the thing fought hard but was slain like the rest.

In another abandoned chamber, behind the corpse of a dead gnome, the party dispatched a black pudding.

They finished clearing the temple of the Black earth by destroying another stone golem in the northwest corner of the temple complex.

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

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

Elapsed time: 3 days.

Character XP XP So Far Level (To Advance) Treasure
Ildon
Ganus
4,383 22,206 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
4,383 23,635 7 (34,000) Ruby Ring (250 gp)
+1 Longsword
Potion of Giant Strength
Weird Tank (Empty)
Potion of Water Breathing
Sytarii 4,383 20,593 6 (23,000) +1 Dagger, “Reszur”
Potion of Diminution
Wand of Winter
‘Bubbles’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Potion of Greater Healing
Taban 4,383 21,409 6 (23,000) Drown (+1 Trident and more)
Bead of Nourishment
Potion of Fire Resistance
Telfid 4,383 21,375 6 (23,000) Scroll of Lesser Restoration
Ring of Fire Resistance
Aria 4,383 20,723 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:  Claws of the Umberhulk