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|
|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
|3,858||27,493||7 (34,000)||Ruby Ring (250 gp)
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|
|Unassigned Treasure: Claws of the Umberhulk
2 Dwarven Funerary Masks/