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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