Campaign of the Month: August 2012

Shimring

A Storeroom of Delights

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The Questors wait for Jezrab but he does not return. Instead, a large half-celestial ogre arrives in his place, carrying the Portal Amulet. Vhazeil is the new emmisary of Llira in the Quest. Straight away, the newcomer proves his worth in the battle against the Iron Golem guarding the door.

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"I'll be back!"

Iron golem

A gift from the Gods! Not only is Jezrab Flinchal blessed with a wish spell but the party are also made aware of an important portal closing. On this advice they all travel to the Great Golden Room where they meet the aspect of Bahamut, offering them one last chance to leave the Demonweb without completing their quest, before the Portal to Arvondor is shut forever.

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Tough Times in the Armoury

Marilith

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  • When Darkness is dispelled a large area can be seen populated by Undead Drow warriors, a Neo Priest, a Drow Captain and a Marilith.
  • Traveller and Baris head straight for the Marilith and bloody carnage ends with the death of the Marilith. But a Shadow Demon is also present. Moving through the Marilith’s Blade Barrier, the demon attacks Aibron, then leaves to help the Marilith. Too late!
  • The Shadow Demon drops into the floor and Baris runs for cover but succumbs to Drow poison and falls unconscious.
  • Aibron and Keoghen engage the drow captain, as a spectacular rescue attempt is attempted by the Questors to save Baris from death at the hands of the Drow. Jezrab casts a wall of force around him while Traveller flies over to him and picks him up.
  • The Darkness reappears and everyone in the area starts taking Vile Damage as they battle the Drow and wonder where the Shadow Demon is.
    Quintine and Jezrab manage to dispel both the Darkness and the Blade Barrier and Aibron and Keoghen down the captain while Tippit wears down the Drow warriors with his Chain Lightning.
  • The darkness returns and with Vile Damage mounting, the Questors decide to flee the room.
    Jumping through the Portal, they immediately realise that Aibron is not with them. Jezrab informs his friends that he thinks Aibron is possessed, as the usually noble fighter had just tried to attack him.
  • Quickly regrouping, the Questors return to the scene to save Aibron. They kill the four remaining Drow and Traveller and Keoghen manage to grapple Aibron in the darkness and pull him towards the portal. They arrive back in the Great Hall with Aibron himself once more, but all of the party are suffering heavily from Vile Damage. They make towards the Valley of Divine Light hoping to rest and replenish their strength before deciding what to do next.
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    Further into darkness

    In the old days they always used to say…..“Don’t split the party”
    In recent times they still held by this dictum.
    Now, in Gossamer, we find the that not much has changed.

    Lone drow

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    Inside the Room of Three Blessings, the Questors are attacked by nine undead neopriests on two fronts. Most questors follow Kane the Traveller, but Sir Keoghen charges by himself into a group of five priests that isolate him from his friends and lead to a very sudden (but honourable) death. Jezrab Flinchal‘s spectacular spring attack turns out to be less effective than his other magic. Tippit remains alive but is visibly shaken by the ferocity of the neopriest attack on the Paladin. Aibron Torromson continues to struggle against the creatures with his slashing weapon and Baris the Black laments his critical hit ineffectiveness against such creatures. Quintine Excavar is unable to prevent Keoghen’s demise, but bolsters her fellow adventurers with positive energy and good vibrations.

    With the neopriests destroyed, the Questors travel to the Valley of Divine Light to replenish themselves. Jezrab’s help with a small mushroom harvest is much appreciated by Gerald Scarfe, as is Traveller’s storytelling technique. A new morning starts out with a failed attempt to investigate a portal that elicits an Entropic Enemy attack. Once destroyed, the attempt is repeated and Jezrab looks into the dark portal window of the armoury.

    All is dark except for a Marilith dead ahead, sheathed in faerie fire about 50’ away. Looking carefully, Jezrab also notices three other pinpoints of faerie fire. Two undead drow outlined by Faerie Fire guard a passage to the right about 60’ away. Behind the Marilith, over 160’ away are two more groups of undead drow guards, about 100’ apart.

    Time to prepare…

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    The Curse of the Blessing

    Hastur

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    Leaving the bodies of the looted undead warrior drow of Eillistraee in the web strand, the Questors move quickly to the next intersection in the Demonweb. All seems quiet but when the party enter, three camouflaged sporebats fly from the roof and begin to attack. They are soon despatched, however, and the group look around the room to find three teleportation circles, a statue of Eillistraee and a pattern on the wall, which they discover to be a map.

    With this in hand, they use the portal to arrive at the Room of Three Blessings. Finding a secret door, they discover magical writing which Traveller knows to be Doctrine of Eillistraee. When he reads it out aloud, a doorway opens and the party move through a series of triangular rooms until they come to one with a statue of Eillistraee draped in a silver chain with a Crescent Pendant. Jezrab identifies this to be a greater portal key, and when he puts it on, all doors in the system are opened. But the Questors face undead Neopriests on either side of them.

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    Discouragement and Light

    Gerald scarfe

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    The Divine Questors of the Droomalith descend down a long dark sloping passage into the Room of Unholy Discouragement, a place of intense darkness that is not suppressed by Kane the Traveller’s Daylight effect. In an attempt to dispel the darkness, Quintine Excavar brings forth an entropic enemy that attacks with its withering touch tentacles. Aibron Torromson and Sir Keoghen both move in to help, and even feebleminded Tippit lends a hand as Baris the Black tries to position himself strategically. Quintine, upset at the loss of her spell, readies herself to heal her wounded companions.

    After a few seconds, the entropic enemy is subdued and killed and Jezrab Flinchal is successful in dispelling the darkness to reaveal a large domed circular room full of horrid bas relief carvings on the walls, with a huge adaminatine spider in the centre guarded by eight Yochlol statues facing each of its legs. Baris finds a device on each leg but also climbs up on the construct to discover a switch on the back of its head that opens up a secret door leading into Gossamer through an ancient spider web.

    Some of the characters activate a few of the leg devices but with Baris already at the secret door, the party decide to follow him into the gloom. The way is hard, as this section of web is ancient and torn, causing two characters to fall into webs below. Luckily, Traveller is able to fly down and bring them back up.

    After a long walk, they discover the bright moonlight of the Valley of Divine Light, a strange place with a continual night sky of stars and crescent moon. Over some green hills, the Questors travel until they meet Gerald Scarfe, an elven farmer and his three sons that seem to live a life of bliss within a surrounding hell of darkness and chaos. They say they have been living here for a few thousand years and used to receive many regular visits from the good dark elves of Eilistraee. All of these have gone hundreds of years ago and the only one to visit them any more is the dark drow warrior, Nimrod Zamminor, but even he has not been seen for months.

    The elven hosts are congenial and rejoice in the stories of Aibron and Jezrab. They feed the party with fine food and offer comfortable beds but in the morning (if it could be called that, for the crescent moon has not moved position all night and light seems pretty constant) the Questors bid farewell and journey across the verdant planes to a new web opening, where Tippit unwittingly unleashes another entropic enemy that takes his life; however he is saved in the nick of time by Quintine’s Revivify spell.

    Once the incorporeal creature is despatched, the party carefully track their way through the web strand until they are beset upon by a drow patrol. With fairie fire, darkness and poison bolts, the drow attack, but when the Questors get up close, the undead drow of Eillistraee prove to be no match for the hardened warriors among them. Collecting as many magical items as they can carry, including breastplates, hand crossbows, scimitars, armour and a silver ring worn on the finger of the neo-cleric, the group move onward through the dark grey webstrand.

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    Astaroth Quest Completed!

    Hastur

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    By defeating Iuz and determining the whereabouts of the Chains of Gond , the Characters have completed the first of the Droomalith’s Tasks.

    They have already used the Heart of the Dracolich (now wielded by Baris the Black) to start the second quest, Savandem, which is aligned with Gossamer, in The Demonweb.

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    A God is Trapped!

    Iuz2

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    The Questors are inspired. Two demons have been killed and the other is being hammered by Baris, while Quintine and Jezbrab support and heal from behind. Aibron is still babbling incoherently after being hit by Shyrath’s confusion spell and Tippit is being strangled inside the grappling snap-tong of the huge Rutterkin.

    At this point the wizard Vayne uses his Dimension Door to appear flying at the other side of the room. He is surrounded by Mirror Images and immediately starts using a wand to fire lines of sharp bone shards. But Traveller quickly flies over to the wizard, his aura of Invulnerability suppressing the images and enabling him his deadly flurry of blows. Before the wizard can successfully save himself, Traveller has smashed his head against the wall and the wizard floats down to the floor. Jezrab checks to make sure he is dead and the others finish off the last of the demons.

    As the Questors are taking stock and ripping the magical items from the bodies of Shyrath and Vayne, there is suddenly a tense crackling sound and the air around every creature, dead or alive, is rimmed with black flame. The flames on the circles are killed and in the hall appears the 20’ high armoured demon form of Iuz.

    The presence of the God instills paralytic fear in all but three of the party, and ignoring these, Iuz raises the lifeless form of Vayne to the ground. Crushing him in his hand, he promises many lives of pain for the wizard that failed him before turning round to the Questors and telling them it is now their time to die.

    But in his haste to punish Vayne, Iuz was not careful enough. He does not know that he is in the presence of the Heart of the Dracolich and when the heart wielder, Baris utters the Power Word ASTAROTH two things happen. Firstly, Iuz is compelled to a truthful answer and the Questors learn that their next journey will be to Gossamer, in the Demonweb Pits. Also, and what is most terrible for Iuz, the power of the Dracolich also enables the Godtrap of Zagyg, ensnaring Iuz and in inescapable trap of writhing snakelike smoke that holds him fast and takes him into a demi-plane of imprisonment, a place He thought He would never see again.

    Baris utters the Power Word ASTAROTH one last time and the Questors find themselves outside the Temple. They rest for a day and then Jezrab teleports them to SAVANDEM. On encountering the Guardian, a huge charnel hound, Baris evokes the cojoining of planes by uttering the Power Word SAVANDEM. They defeat the hound and prepare to enter the dark passage leading them to GOSSAMER.

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    Clouds in my Coffee

    Vayne

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    A domed ceiling arches high above this octagonal room, which is lit by a flickering radiance from a broad circle of fire on the floor. Within this circle are three smaller circles, each defined by a rim of flickering runes like the larger one. High above, three balconies (each encased in a dome of reflective silvery metal protrude about 5 feet out over the floor. Three immense, deformed humanoid forms move restlessly about the larger circle. A human female stands within one of the rings. A human male stands within another.

    As the Questors enter this room they realise that this is the destination of their first Quest. Realisation and resolve, together with memories of the Quest so far and the hardships they have overcome serve to reach deep into their very souls where a great fire is kindled, igniting the soulfire within each person so that Divine Inspiration seems to shine from within each Questor. For a full minute, this power suppresses the latent Primordial Energies within the temple and each member of the group feels directly inspired by their God.

    Wizard Vayne, Cleric Shyrath and three Giant Rutterkins are the physical enemy here at the moment and the battle begins. Tippit cast Magic Jar but fails to possess a demon. Aibron and Keoghen wrestle with the demons, falling prey to their deadly snap-tong grapples. The cleric’s Confusion spell confounds Aibron. In a ripple of Divine Power, Sven is replaced by Baric the Black, immediately wielding the Heart of the Dracolich. Enbabling the True Seeing function, he determines that the Wizard in the hall is a Projected Image and that the real foe is behind one of the balconies, which are in fact rooms shielded by One Way Mirrors and strengthened by a Wall of Force. Tippit disintegrates the Wall and Traveller flies over to it and starts beating on it, while the Wizard within strengthens himself with spells. Quintine casts a potent Dispel Magic spell, which lifts the Invisibility Purge and Jezrab does his best to move between the fighters, helping Quintine to heal and bolster them, while Baris attacks the cleric and demons with deadly knives.

    Soon both the cleric and two demons are dead, but not without loss. Keoghen is killed by one of the demons. As Traveller is starting to crack the capsule, the Wizard, armed with Mirror Images appears on the opposite side of the room. Traveller immediately flies to the attack.

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    The Hall of Beckoning

    Shyrath

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    As the Questors round the corridor of the passage to enter the Blue Steel doors, they are beset upon from behind again. The Arrow Demons are attacking them in a group of four, one using Dimension Door in and the other Dimension Door out, with their colleagues firing arrows, such that they appear, fire a rain of devastation and disappear in the same turn. Traveller moves to the predicted spot of appearance so that some of the reappearing Demons will be shunted when they arrive in the spot, while marksman Sven hides and readies his deadly crossbow bolts.

    Near the doors, the paladin, Keoghen, and the fighter, Aibron, battle against Bar-Lgura skeletons issuing from a room up ahead. Kassadin readies himself for unexpected attack in one of the smaller chambers and Jezrab prepares to take on the main healing duties in the absence of the cleric. Although the Questor’s tactics are effective, they are not able to prevent the tragic death of Tippit, who succumbs to a deadly onslaught of giant arrows.

    In a skirmish of deadly attrition, the Questors gradually wear down their foe – turning and battering exploding skeletons and depleting the ranks of Arrow Demons, while all the time moving closer to the entrance of what they discover to be The Temple of the Old and the Dead – a temple containing shrines and statues to both Iuz and Nerull. The room is filled with Desecration and Invisibility Purge and commanded by two Clerics – a male hobgoblin and a female human.

    As the Questors force their way into the Chapel, Traveller despatches the hobgoblin Cleric of Iuz with his explosive Eyes of Light. Out in the corridor, two Entropic Enemies appear and Kassadin, able to see them clearly, attacks with his Bow of the Night, gaining extra advantage by using his Careful Strike and Dead Eye feats. Jezrab bolsters the fighters with song and heals them with his wand, carefully minimising the appearance of more Entropic Enemies.

    As Traveller battles with the Cleric, Keoghen and Sven move into the room to combat the few remaining demons and skeletons, but two of them Dimension Door into the corridor, where Kassadin succumbs to a mortal barrage of giant arrows that decapitates him and lays his body flat. Near the end, only the one Arrow Demon and the female cleric remain. She knows her time is nigh but as she dies, the Statue of Nerull explodes. From the smoke she rises again, new life in her body through the Divine Power of Nerull. She commands the last remaining Arrow Demon to whisk her away. “Take me to Vayne NOW!” she screams and he uses his _Dimension Door- ability for the last time to place them in front of the doors at the end of the passage.

    Opening the door, she manages to escape. While the Questors finish off the last Demon and the remaining Turned Skeletons, the Blue Steel doors ahead shut with a bang! A few minutes are spent gathering magical items from the fallen foes and then Quintine is resurrected through the fading power of the Divine Time Lock, but in arriving, her most powerful item, the Scroll of True Resurrection given to her by Pelius, her brother in Pelor, is destroyed. A minute later, Tippit is resurrected with the loss of his powerful Bracers of Defence.

    Kassadin does not return. His soul, it seems, is no longer with the party and their quest. After everyone has magically healed themselves, the Questors waste no further time, and enter through the Blue Steel doors, through short passage, and push open the doors to find a large room populated by three Giant Rutterkins, the female cleric, Shyrath and a thin scrawny man with a staff, who must surely be the wizard Vayne – all ready and waiting. By the shape of the room, the strange spherical balconies and the four burning magical circles inside, the Questors believe they have arrived in The Hall of Beckoning.

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