All present except Jacob Riggins
Technology devices handed out! Roy states “How do you use this thing?” (To advanced for a man with a flip phone and a calculator watch as his arsenal!”
Menu: Pork Loin, Mac and Cheese, chips, butterfingers, Reese cups, and a few other items including cashews that only Robin would eat! Better than cardboard IMO!
Meat Sticks Consumed – T.K. (2), A.H. (3), R.K. (4), Joe S. (5), R.M. (5), P.K. (6), J.S. (6)…. Total (31)
We pick up in the temple standing over a crispy critter, while part of the party decides what we should do next Ebon and Mara are searching the altar and Mara finds a hidden trigger. Before we move any further Ebon investigates the trigger and finds a trap and disarms it. Mara then activates the trigger which opens a hidden cubby that is a small treasure hoard. They gather the treasure. While the treasure is being collected Trageon finds a door behind one statue. The door is checked for traps and once it has been deemed safe it is opened. The door leads to the outside, and the team tempted to leave think twice and back pedal back into their adventure. Did they make the right decision? Was there more to gain by staying?
As the adventurers start back they come across one of many doors they have yet to open. This door was locked with a monstrous padlock. Could it be a prison of some sort? What in the world were they trying to keep in there? Trageon looked over his shoulder and found a large key ring, 3 lbs to be exact, hanging on the wall. He removed the keys and opened the lock. Once inside the team found nothing but 6 empty cells. Since nothing struck their interest they continued to move back through the dungeon to come across a familiar room. Three quarters of the room glowed red and Ebon and Zanlin persuaded Trageon to move into the red glow to investigate. Trageon being the tank that he is decided to show that he was not scared of anything and moved forward. As he stepped into the glow he was struck by 4 darts which his armor protected him from. Immediately he jumped back out of the glow. Now with his excitement for danger trumping his common sense he steps in again…. “Ouch” he says… 4 more darts shoot from the walls and this time blood was drawn. He quickly moves back again. “There has to be something at the end of this room Trageon!” Ebon states… So Trageon moves forward as Zanlin and Helm stop him to help him come up with a little better strategy. Helm hands him his shield and Zanlin talks to him about leaping through to not trigger the first trap. As Trageon jumps, holding a shield on each side of his face, 8 more darts fly out as he lands deeper into the room, but not blood spilled because of the shields. “STOP!” Ebon yells… “Let me see if I can reach it!” Ebon casts MAGE HAND and guides it to the back of the room where he picks up a pile of clothes. As he moves the clothes back towards the party a dagger falls out from the pants. The dagger is then retrieved by the mage hand and put away until it can be studied. Once Trageon returns to the party the team gathers around him to stroke his ego to let him know how great he did!
PSA – Jason requested to use the cushion and was denied! As if taking notes wasn’t bad enough he had to do it standing up!
Moving from this room to the next the team opens a door to what appears to be a meditation room. In the room there are shrines and statues with 2 sets of plate armor lying in front of the statues. As Ebon looks around he notices snakes slithering about the room going from one hole to another in the walls. Helm casts SPEAK W/ ANIMALS and steps into the room. Immediately hundreds of snakes move into the plate armor and start to form 2 warriors. The adventures move into battle formation as Helm tries to talk them down to protect the creatures. “Give me a chance to speak with them!” Helm cries out. Helm negotiates with the warriors and they agree to speak with him as long as everyone backed out of the room. So Helm talked with the party and all agreed that it would be a good decision. Once out of the room Helm nothing more than what they had already known, but felt good that the lives of snakes were spared.
The next stop was to return to the room with the Bearded Devils. What are they protecting? Zanlin tries to persuade them to allow us through to the spiked door. “We are to kill anything that comes out this door” states one of the devils. Zanlin askes “What will it take for us to pass through that door?” The Bearded Devil replies “$500 gold in and $500 gold out!” Zanlin continues to speak with them and got to a final offer of $200 in and $300 out, but before he could agree the Bearded Devil added “and a smooch from her!” pointing to Mara. Zanlin states “OK!” Mara rebukes “Hell NO!!!” Now the price just went back up to $300 in and $300 out. Zanlin not happy with this tries to intimidate the devils and forces the party into battle.
While in battle Helm using his WAND OF WONDER deals himself damage, Ebon throws a FIREBALL causing burns for all! Zanlin casts CONFUSION which caused some of the devils to attack their own party, while Mara and Trageon engage in some slicing and dicing! From a distance Thanior uses his bow to pick off one of the devils. Zanlin then casts SLEEP and takes forces 2 others to sleep while Trageon slaughters yet another. The last one decides that speaking with us would be in his best interest. All that he tells them is what he told them before… “We are to kill anything that comes through that door!” Mara dispatches the devil and the party moves towards the spiked door, but before opening it they decide to fall back into the cells found earlier for a long rest.
*PSA – Aaron is upset w/ the technology again! He has put more shapes on the map than a geometry text book holds. “Still can’t grab that S.O.B.”
PSA Continues – After about 20 minutes it is important to note that Joe can remove the shapes with the click of one button!*
While resting the alarm that was set up by Ebon was triggered, and the team was awakened. Helm transformed into a mouse and squeezed under the door to see what was happening. While passing under the door he noticed a red robed figure casting a green gaseous cloud towards him. Speaking with Ebon the team is warned and moves defensively yet strategically. Zanlin casts DIMENSION DOOR, he and Thanior move into the Temple area behind the robed being. Ebon casts MISTY STEP and also moves into the temple area unnoticed. Then he casts WITCHBOLT and hits the robed creature. Mara comes through the cloud and finds herself face to face with the robed creature and gets hit with a cold blast. Then the robed creature disappears.
The battle is only beginning though… Three warriors of some sort are moving down the hallway towards the temple. Helm still in mouse form runs past the three and waits for his opportunity to use the element of surprise to attack. “Surrender to the cult now and lives will be spared” rings out from nowhere… Mara gathers her senses and moves into the temple to warn the rest of the party about the enemy that is approaching. At this point the team; except for Helm (yes, still in mouse form) are all in the temple awaiting the enemy to turn the corner. Helm is following behind the enemy waiting for his moment. Out of nowhere 3 red half dragons and 2 assassins appear behind the team. While everyone engaged in battle Mara notices that at least one of the assassins wears the mark. “You dare dishonor our leader Thorn Blackrain and join the scum of the Talons?” The assassin stops for a second and “Who are you to speak of Thorn Blackrain?”…. The conversation continues with Mara getting louder hoping that anyone that can hear her that wears the mark attention is drawn. Now everyone is in the temple except Helm who now faces the Red Wizard of Thay in the hallway. Helm transforming back into himself is scorched in the face with a fireball and the wizard runs off in the opposite direction. Meanwhile back in the temple Mara continues to battle with words as the rest of the team is dispatching of the enemy. Mara’s words are heard and is reunited with the Talon friends and they finish off the enemy. Now with all slain Helm yells out to Trageon “Trageon the Red Wizard of Thay attempts to escape chase him down!” Trageon using his boots of speed jumps in the air and clicks his heels. He dashes down the hall and around the corner. Commotion is heard and then Trageon comes back into the temple with the wizard on the end of his sword like a marsh mellow on a stick! Meanwhile the team searched the area and a magical robe was found.
PSA – New Cheeseball record!!!! 24 balls in P-Dirty’s mouth at one time!
Helm casts MASS CURE with his wand and heals the group. Now that our long rest was interrupted the decision is made to go ahead and move to the spiked door to see what we find!
Once the spikes were removed the door was opened. The adventures move down the steps and find themselves in a large elegant bed chamber. They search the chamber and find a book shelf and chest that strike their interest. Only one problem there are 2 spectral figures guarding them. With the team needing a long rest the plan is to speak with them figures to see if we can help them which in turn would help us. Zanlin persuades the figures to attempt to leave the room after Ebon destroyed a binding ritual that he found behind a loose brick on the wall. Both figures attempted to move outside the room and they both disappeared. All that we heard was a soft “THANK YOUUUUUU!” Now while searching the room a book was found that needed to be returned to ILDA a long with a magical quiver and ring.
The book was returned to Ilda and she is grateful as she disappears…. “THANK YOUUUUUU!”
The adventurers exit via the secret door from the temple and set up camp to attempt a long rest yet again!