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Re: ADVENTURE LOG [message #2449 is a reply to message #2408] Tue, 26 September 2017 08:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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SESSION #41  (August 19th)

still S&S 101!

We met with Ethra the lich-witch, sat down for a nice dinner.  Io wanted shrimp...the wine was particularly delicious! We remained cordial, and bided our time; the food was *not* poisoned, and we were proper guests. After dinner, Ehthra and Tag retired to the temple of Cwamin (while Io ran back to claim the biggest bed!) -- and discussed who would be the first sacrifice from our group...

Avey found the (unused) kitchen, and busted open the ancient cooking oven's flue -- we have a way out! The flue leads into a fissure in the underground stone; we cannot get through in our normal form, but Wind Walking out is now an option!

The party gathered in the kitchen, but a wraith was in attendance -- watching our every move.  Io managed to convince the wraith Moradin's conjuring with the staff was just part of making a big meal -- until we all suddenly became misty!  Then we took off for the flu (Tag got nailed by the wraith's opportunity attack -- but made his CON save).  We dashed through the fissure, finding ourselves in a system of fissures and caves: we wandered (at high speed) for hours, completely lost. Neither Argent nor Moradin could see, so travel was difficult through the darkness; Moradin's Driftglobe helped a little, but we move so fast when Wind-Walking that obstacles are illuminated just barely in time to dodge them. Often backtracking from dead ends among the twisted fissures, we also stumbled upon occasional underground chambers -- at first they were obviously part of Ethra's complex, but eventually a natural, unused cave passage gave us hope we were getting away.

Tag (on point) finally Wind-Walked into a vast cavern -- but then he was so distracted surveying the sudden expanse that he plowed right into a massive stalactite: he was KO'd by the impact!  While Io stayed with Tag (and the blind paladin and druid), Moradin dove down to find the floor. There is a forest of giant mushrooms below, with numerous sheared off (!!) giant stalagmites scattered among mushrooms caps -- as if a massive blade had swept through the reaches of this underground region...

We nudged the unconscious Tag down to the flat surface of a very large sheared-off stalagmite, then Avey used 'Channel Life' to get Tag back in action.  From there, we flew (a little more cautiously) above the mushroom canopy, following the direction of a wind draft -- hoping to find a way out.

Before the Wind-Walk expired, we found an especially large, sheared off stalagmite to camp out on.  Io took 1st watch -- but an hour into his shift, he spotted some phase spiders, and started shooting at 'em with his longbow. There seemed to be quite a population of various types of spiders here, and they started attacking in mass! We slaughtered 'em for a few rounds as they came up our stalagmite, and they seemed to stop advancing on our perch. We could see a veritable an army of spiders -- but once we stopped shooting the ones that weren't climbing to our perch, they just watched us from separate stalagmites. 

LONG REST HEREAll party members went up a level!

session ended here -- we rolled for recharge, and the Staff of Gracious Movement was fully recharged (as was Io's new Ring of The Ram)

[Updated on: Tue, 26 September 2017 08:22]

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Re: ADVENTURE LOG [message #2450 is a reply to message #2449] Tue, 26 September 2017 08:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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SESSION #42  (September 16th)

S&S 102 thru S&S 106: The party wandered (Wind-Walking) around for 3 days, lost in the Underdark, then one day the Staff of Gracious Movement did not charge up enough -- so we holed up and waited for the travel staff
to recharge.

S&S 107: We got up early, started Wind Walking, and wafted until we smelled ocean: we came out on the side of a sea cliff...

We flew up to an altitude where we could see the perpetually flying dragon -- well north and west of us.  We are wa-a-ay south!  We flew north until the Wind Walk spell ran out, landed on top of a cliff where a river shoots out of the cliff face; a swamp above suggests the underground river is backed up a bit where is shoots out.  We camped out among some trees in the swamp. A storm swept through late in the evening, with much thunder and lightning. The night passed without incident, however.

S&S 108: (drizzly and cold)  The travel staff attained full charge!  We Wind-Walked over FellShore (a suburb appears to have formed!), and on to Port Harbor.  Our first stop was Brother Ely:  he wants us to immediately destroy the lich-queen!  We left Tag with Brother Ely, to gather more details.

Io went to see "The Cook":  there seem to be a lot of extra "chefs" in the kitchen.  He seemed disturbed by news about a possible undead army; Io suggested he contact Brother Ely if Io never returns.  On the way home, Io replenished his supply of Healing Potions (purchased 3).

After lunch, we Wind-Walked back to the dome: the hole we punched in the outer wall was still there, so we continued to Wind Walk, all the way to grave room.  We had to materialize to open the grave with stairs down -- where an undead beholder was waiting for us -- which zotted the paladin with Enervation.  Io readied a rope for everyone to climb down.  Then he ordered Argent and Moradin to jump after Tag, jumps, so Tag can Feather Fall 'em along with himself -- but they delayed a split-second too long, and fell the whole 80'!!

We shot the zombie beholder to death, then Avey used a Prayer of Healing to fix us back up a bit.  Then we hiked down, making it past the super-cold zone and into the swamp area: it's been filled with debris, so it has over-flowed and flooded much of this level. Luckily, Avey had prepared Water Walk again...

The dead adventurers we threw in here previously tried to bother us, but we destroyed 'em without much problem.  We proceeded up from here, making it all the way to where the zone of darkness was before -- now we can see a couple of stone doors in there.  We went the other way, into the chapel.  No flaming skulls (we holy-watered 'em before), and the doors to the EHP rooms are still standing open.  It looks like the EHP's have evac'd.

The room that had the two wraiths before looks like an army has moved through it!  They've already deployed the dead-ite army!!  Gnome snuck in, found huge cavern with several empty stone "chests", and Misha has been chained here.  She told Tag that she's being punished for helping us, and cried out that it hurt's.  We ran in, and Io promptly put her out of her misery.

The quarters area was dead silent: all the undead in the walls have been terminated. Otherwise, this place has been completely abandoned. After searching the whole place, we had just enough Wind Walk time left to get us home.

S&S 109 -- last day of the Sun & Shade season!: (still drizzly and cold)

First thing in the morning, Avey prayed for and cast Divination:  the gods told him that we will definitely not see the lich in the next week.

Io was called to the garrison: they asked him to help train and prepare the troops for possible war. Due to his sense of responsibility (and lawful nature), he will be out-of-action for a while...

The rest of the party also found themselves taking on responsibilities -- reflecting their increasing stature in the community -- that may prevent adventuring for a while.

Luckily, Spontaloneous Jack has been recruiting while we were away. Also, Io has met with Beorg a few times in the last couple of months (for archery practice), and he now believes the ranger has mellowed (and gotten over Mr Oldman's perfidy) enough that he can rejoin Sterling Edge (as one of the founders, Beorg was always technically a member of his guild), and help out by being part of a sort of 'B' team (whilst the 'A' team is busy)...

session ended here

[Updated on: Tue, 26 September 2017 08:59]

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Re: ADVENTURE LOG [message #2496 is a reply to message #2450] Tue, 10 April 2018 20:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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SESSION #51 (March 24th)
(NOTE: sessions 43 through 50 are all B-Team sessions...)

Wind and Colors day 16 (rainy and cool)

The senior "Edges" used the staff to Wind-Walk, arriving 1 mile north of the lich's dome -- only to find a lot of kobolds taking over the dome! There was scaffolding going up the side, and an encampment to the south. The two dragonborn, Argent and Io, made friendly contact; the kobold's leader allowed their semi-kin into the dome itself. The clutchmates scouted as far as the big drop to the lower levels, then went back and got the rest of the party. (Whilst the 2 dragonborn were scouting, the others grew impatient and assassinated a couple of kobolds high in the scaffolding...)

After we got the party back into the dome, we descended the 80' rope -- but then some kobolds untied our rope and dropped it down to us, and a whole bunch of 'em sealed a large stone over the hole!

We wandered the lower levels, and got to the teleport point without issue: the whole place has been abandoned since our last visit. After casting Bless on all party members, we went through the teleport circle -- arriving in a nasty swamp. Many lizard folk -- and one undead humanoid -- happened to be waiting for us! They made it all the way through round 3 before we wiped 'em out.

We could not tell where we teleported to -- clouds and mist obscure the sky completely. We can, however, make out where an army came through about a month ago; we followed that meandering swath.

After a couple of hours, we came across an area of sulfurous fumes; within a minute or two, we found a humongous black dragon! The two Dragonborn immediately parlay'd with "Eechor the Maimed": he told us the lich is leading it's army north. He also granted Io an orb of great power: it requires THREE people to attune to it, but those three can then use it for some kind of major creation power...

We got out of view of the ancient dragon, then Wind-Walked back to Port Harbor -- marking the army's location as we went.

Back home, Argent used Divine Sense on the orb: nothing. Then Anton cast Identify on the orb: at is strong in *every* school of magic -- and gives a sense of primordial creative power! We can make practically ANYTHING! Avey attuned to it (one of three, to learn more about it...

Later that evening: a pale humanoid construct came to talk to Argent -- whilst the paladin was guarding the orb in our vault -- and wanted to acquire the Orb of Creation. Argent turned him away.

Meanwhile, the amazingly attractive dragon born prostitute (the succubus that Io became enamored with in the Nine Hells) showed up and seduced Io, to trick him into giving up the orb; Io managed to divert her with a night of passion. In the morning, the she-demon charmed Io and stole his key to the vault as he went down to relieve Argent; that charm is why Io stopped Argent from killing the succubus! A lot or arguing & shenanigans ensued, while Argent tried to protect the orb!

We wound up with the chest of dirt that makes an anti-magic field set outside the vault, with Argent locked inside to protect the orb. This thing draws a lot of unwanted attention!

session ended here...

1,200XP awarded

[Updated on: Sat, 21 April 2018 19:49]

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Re: ADVENTURE LOG [message #2499 is a reply to message #2496] Sat, 21 April 2018 19:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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SESSION #52 (April 21st)

Wind & Colors day 16 (same day as session #51)

Having wind-walked (alone) to Dominic's library, Avey researched the orb he had just attuned to: he determined he *could* end his attunement via the Remove Curse spell, if he really wanted to -- but not what other consequences might ensue if he did so!

Meanwhile, Argent dozed as he guarded the orb, and had a prophetic dream: a vast armada of refugee vessels entering Port Harbor, with massive numbers of desperate and forlorn passengers seeking to escape some dread darkness closing in all around. Argent sensed a strong flavor of Damina in the sea itself, and the season seemed to be early spring...

With Io's key compromised in the hands of the succubus, the sergeant commissioned a new lock for the vault door -- a double-lock affair, with one set of keys handed to Argent and Avey, the other keys held by Tag and Moradin. The locksmith will have the locks ready around the 26th day of Wind and Colors season...

Avey had to walk back from Dominic's labs: he finally arrived back in Port Harbor on the 21st day of W&C. The wise leaders of Sterling Edge promptly had a major staff meeting (of just the senior staff), and we decided the best way to protect the orb would be to use it. There was a 1 hour recess for Moradin and Tag to attune to the orb; then we voted to use the power of creation to create a protective field over Port Horbor. The idea was to emulate a giant Hallow spell, 1 mile in diameter, thus keeping out all undead (not to mention celestials, elementals, fey, fiends...). The material components include: a corpse and the sacrifice of a large animal; holy symbols from each of the good-aligned gods; 5 gallons of blood each from both fey and fiends: and 100gp worth of each element (air, earth, fire, and water). It was decided to send the junior agents to fetch the blood of fey.

Note that the junior agents had a tenday of downtime, and each accomplished various downtime activities. (Beorg crafted a HEALING potion, and our triton secured property rights in the sea bed of the harbor...)

Wind & Colors day 22: (cloudy, with storm rolling in late in the day) Tag cast Wind-Walk on the 'B' team, which promptly headed to the beach south of Fellshore, and trekked through the dungeon there to Cwamin's shrine; from there, they use the gate to transport into the ruin of Brencia's shrine. Climbing out, the party destroyed a wood wode that insisted none from the ruins may leave.

Beorg quickly found the trail of fey (or so he claimed), and lead the team through the woods to the woodcutter's camp. Finding it abandoned, we set up a really good lean-to and camped there just as a heavy storm moved in. Redcaps attacked during the night (they are quite dangerous)! We defeated them -- and got our first gallon of fey blood from their corpses...

session ended here

[Updated on: Sat, 21 April 2018 20:06]

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Re: ADVENTURE LOG [message #2506 is a reply to message #2499] Thu, 31 May 2018 05:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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SESSION #54 (May 24th)
W&C day 25 (clear but windy):

The senior partners Wind-Walked all the way south to Ichbold's wizard's tower in El Trask: upon arrival, we found the place populated by a bunch of assholes...we flew away a bit, landing about a mile north of the tower. Norm cast Clairvoyance in the old wizard's office: a big goon orc was at the desk, and some human guy seemed to be directing the orc's examination of a map...

We Wind-Walked back to the tower, materializing at a location adjacent to the tower that seemed to be unobserved, around on the other side from the main door. Io opened up the fight using his Ring of the Ram, nailing an archer for 40 points! Quite a battle ensued -- these 8 guys were tough! We got pretty beat up, but no badguys got away. We got rid of the enemy bodies by using the portal book to open the way to the pyramid, tossing the bodies around the pyramid's portal point. We captured the map the big orc was using in the office: it details badguy patrol patterns in the town of Two Sisters.

Next, we opened the portal to the wizard's lilbrary, Norman and Tag proceeding in (with extreme trepidation) while the rest of the party watched from outside the portal. Norm cast Detect Magic -- *everything* still glows! Motes of evocation magic began to converge on the intruders. Quickly exploring, Tag noticed an untouched hidden panel on a lower level: his Mage Hand pushed it's way into an ancient hidden space. A creature that looks like a young female hobbit was bound and gagged within: she appears to have been living trapped here for decades. A high collar of hard material completely prevents speech -- and looks extremely uncomfortable (especially wearing it for decades). The shackle also hobbles her wings...unable to remove her bindings -- and eager to get out before too many evocation motes converged on their position -- they tried a few languages and found she speaks gnome-ese: she nodded consent to have Norm cast Levitation on her. Then the three of 'em got the heck out of the library.

Once they were safe with the rest of the party, closer examination of the collar revealed some writing (also in gnomish): "sacrifice to unlock". Avey sacrified some of his own blood, dripping it on the shackle -- and releasing her from its cruel grip. Taking it off tore flesh with it, as it had adhered and grafted to her skin over the years...

Argent's Divine Sense picked up celestial on her at first, but then a mix of fiendish and celestial as we tore the device from here skin. She appears to be a sort of "celestial/fiend chimera"...Her name is "Kwanzhaa"...she sez Ichbold purchased her from the medusa in the Nine Hells -- over 200 years ago! Before that she had spent her life running from her demon father -- who wants to kill her. She doesn't even know her mama...

(evidently a love potion was involved in the union that created her)

session ended here, with us wondering what to do with this being.

1,100XP awarded

[Updated on: Thu, 31 May 2018 05:49]

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Re: ADVENTURE LOG [message #2508 is a reply to message #2506] Mon, 25 June 2018 22:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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SESSION #55 (June 2nd)

still W & C day 25 (cool weather)

We interrogated Khwanzaa (the angel/devil hybrid): she doesn't remember her mom -- some kind of spheres tended her during childhood. We took her to the ziggurat: at first she ignored the dead bodies we had just dumped here, and just showed us the room where Ichbold experimented on her. She claims she was unaware of any other victims of Ichbold: it was always just her and Ichbold. On the way out, she ate the guts out of one of the dead orc guards we had dumped here -- she has some disturbing eating habits!! We took her back to the manor next to Ichbold's tower, to get her a change of clothes (from Shine's bedroom). A signal horn sounded down the road a ways...we found a shift-change schedule, with a note about signaling between shift changes. We realized we had to move on soon...

We decided to take Khwanzaa with us to the Nine Hells. As soon as we were on the streets there, we asked the first merchant cart we came across (a fat, hairless, dwarf-like chef critter) where we might find some fiend blood...also, Io purchased a bowl of tiefling-meat stew from the street vendor...

We then went to Willard's place of business: he tried to stiff us! He did not have any actual demon blood...

We went up to the 4th floor: a devil named "Vio" sold us 4 slave demons! We can bleed them at our leisure...

Meanwhile, Io traded away his rapier to get 30 platinum pieces -- and purchased Akra (his succubus girlfriend)!! Akra is now free to be Io's real girlfriend -- or any thing else she wants to do: strangely, she chose to marry Io!
(the marriage ceremony seemed pretty legit, and definitely binding)

ALIGNMENT CHANGE -- IO IS NOW LAWFUL NEUTRAL! I THINK THE SUCCUBUS' ALIGNMENT ALSO SHIFTED A LITTLE...

We ported back to Ichbold's tower, and trekked an hour away to camp out -- Tenser's Floating Disk laden with corpses. In the morning, we WIND-WALKED back to Port Harbor, carrying corpses over our shoulders...

Avey sent the newlyweds to a nice bridal suite in the Yellow Door Inn! (probably as much to get 'em away from the paladin as to celebrate the nuptials)

The next morning (Wind&Colors 27), we gathered at our office -- Akra took Khwanzaa to get acquainted outside of our offices...

We met with the princess: she wants to shield out only undead. This makes it a little more difficult to accomplish the ritual to use the creation orb. While she was with us, she anounced her plan to declare herself -- and declare her soveraignty over these lands! We agreed to support her declaration of sovereignty, and our guild (Sterling Edge Investigations) swore fealty to her.

Over the next two ten-days, those who were not willing to declare fealty to the princess were shipped out, and the rest agreed to offer support at the sovereignty ceremony/orb activation ritual (this gave the orb-masters advantage on their checks to activate the orb...). The three casters conducted the orb activation ritual -- and succeeded! as of WIND & COLORS day 48, Port Harbor now has a permanent shield vs undead....

In the weeks leading up to the ceremony/ritual, all characters spent 20 days of downtime:
- Beorg ran his guide business (and just broke even);
- Io and Akra honeymooned;
- Moradin studied the gnomish language;
- Tag learned dwarf-ese;
- Argent played acolyte (and avoided the newlyweds);
- Norman and Chum farmed;
- Alton started a brewers guild.

(Kilduran and Tabby have not determined downtime activities yet...)


1,200XP awarded!!

[Updated on: Mon, 25 June 2018 22:16]

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SESSION #56 (June 30th)

Wind & Colors day 55 (windy & cool) -- the eve before the Festival of Laupaca!

Having gotten a few tendays off (a nice honeymoon period for Io and Akra!), Sterling Edge's month of downtime ended when "Alice" delivered a missive ordering the guild to send representatives to a major guildmoot with the new Queen. Argent, Avey, and Moradin were chosen to represent the guild -- with Sergeant Io along as "scribe".

We learned a variety of things at the meeting:
- nearly half the garrison -- including Lt Almer -- has sailed for the mainland;
- Lt Rove is in command of the troops left in the garrison;
- "The Cook" (present in full plate armor) is now the queen's "Prime Council";
- the Gold Coats -- and Gwen The Farsighted -- were "outed" (must depart Port Harbor);
- the food stores -- desparately needed to survive the Long Night -- are at risk...

After the main Guild Moot, the queen asked Sterling Edge to stay behind for further briefing: she wants us to advise the Elo Enclave that they must still consider themselves her subjects; however, their community will not receive protection from Port Harbor's military unless they repent their 'heresy'. She also sez that -- aside from half the garrison leaving to fight in the civil war on the mainland -- conflict in that far-off land should have little effect on life in this new realm of hers...

She expressed some concern about Akra and Kwanzhaa -- both have aspect of fiends, and she asked us to keep close-hold on their true nature. Her agent, "Alice" (apparently more of a position rather than her name) will become a regular at our tavern -- partly to help us keep an eye on our two potentially dangerous wards, and partly to replace "The Cook". Now we don't have to wander across town to contact our connection!

The queen also asked that we investigate the possibility of making an alliance with the elves of the forest several days ride north of Port Harbor...

W&C day 56 (gloomy and stormy)
Because weather conditions made Wind Walk a bad idea, the senior partners -- plus "Chum" -- walked the road to the Elo Enclave, arriving well before lunch. The citizens of that village didn't seem to be concerned when told they are subjects of the new queen, yet will not receive protection. We spent the rest of the day there.

W&C day 57 (first snowfall of the season!)
Striking out early once again, we found the ground fully covered by a few inches of snow, and it snowed on and off most of the day. We trekked north for several hours without incident, until late morning -- when Io stepped into a trap, which triggered an attack by several shambling mounds. There was quite a fight, but no casualties.
After lunch, the weather got a little harsher. During a particularly bad snow-squall, we were harassed by an invisible stalker -- sent to kill Tag! Fight was particularly dangerous because the thing could strike, then disappear into the storm...Io manage to nail it with his Ring of the Ram, and the rest of the party got in enough hits to take it down (Tag was quite beat-up though)...

session ended here

XP is pending

[Updated on: Tue, 24 July 2018 17:45]

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