April 29, 2016
Dinner tonight: Dogs & Brats with Banana Pepper Mustard
Joe, Aaron, Robin, Jason, PK, Jacob & Roy in attendance.
Everyone gets settled in as we discuss our characters reaching 8th level. Although most were present around 5:00 to 5:30 the time is now 6:30 and we are ready to begin. PK was a little late and quickly began to devour some meat when he called out little Elijah, scaring the crap out of him, for eating more than one dog. Poor little guy quickly fled the kitchen. It was at this time that Madison was caught red handed with the Jalapeno dip and chips.
(That shit has been disappearing for several secession now..J’s words). It is 6:30 p.m. and a meat check is called. Count is Jason=4, PK=3, Joe=3, Rob=2, Roy=2, Madison=1 & Aaron=refused to answer.
Aaron began to discuss how he was interested in building an addition and wanted to know if Rob knew of anyone who could help with it for some Lowbar. Joe was desperately trying to get all in line as he began the night calling for a rank check. Robin realized he was in the front rank and requested a move to the back rank, which got another discussion going between him and PK.
Aaron was asked what his snack was to which all found out it was a meat stick with mixed nuts.
The time is now 7:05 p.m. to which we are still getting ready to get started but Joe had to hold up for a few minutes because he was getting sweats from his meat stick.
Water Deep & Meeting the Council
The group begins their night in the city of Waterdeep, we had recently returned from the Sea of Flowing Ice where we drove off the White Dragon and returned to Waterdeep with the Teethling, Macouth, gaining the trust of the Arcane Brotherhood. We parked the Castle outside of the city high in the sky so as to not raise attention. The question was how to get Macouth’s vast library down to the city. Helm decided to go into town and purchase a cart and horse to carry everything. However, when he was in the marketplace he saw a lovely little cart and horse with a sign on the side, “Rent me”. So he decided to rent one instead. After the group finally got into the city we discovered the council was not in session. But, the leader of the council wanted to speak with us. So the group went to the chambers of the council where they met their old friend the monk along with two other gentlemen. Sir Estaveil, a Purple Knight of Courmyr & Lord Neverember were present with his small man servant.
Neverember asked about the Drachorn to which the group reported it was still missing but they were able to drive off the white Dragon, White Death. Nevderember holds up a bag of coins saying, “Your payment.” Tossing it towards the group, just as Trageon holds up his hand to catch it Helm quickly snatches it out of the air saying, “Thankyou”. Turning to Helm he says, “For the cart rental”. With their payment in check the group takes on a jovial attitude as they begin to exit the room discussing what to do with the money. Zanlin skipping as he plays a joyful tune to add to the excitement. Just as they were about to exit, Lord Neverember, sitting behind his desk. “Gentlemen and my Lady”, we may have another problem that could use your expertise. The group turned to look at him as Zanlin stopped his playing, still holding the flute to his lips.
(MEAT CHECK is called by PK)
Count is Jason=4, PK=4, Joe=4, Rob=3, Roy=3, Madison=1 & Aaron=4
Water Deep & Meeting the Council
Lord Neverember looks to the group and the room goes strangely quiet as he motions the group to his desk. With the group huddled around his desk and with the most serious of looks and with an almost whisper he says, “We may have a Wyrm Speaker near.” Causing Ebon to scream.
Talis the White
Zanlin asks how he knows of this to which finds that the city guards has captured a cultist and Lord Neverember wants the group to interrogate her. He motions to the guards to retrieve the prisoner to which the group is startled to find that their prisoner is none other than Zanlin’s old friend, Talis the White. Zanlin looks to the council leader and Sir Estaveil, clearly upset saying in a demanding voice, “What crimes has she committed?” as Talis looks to him longingly. Ebon quickly catches onto Zanlin’s ruse as the two begin to weave their web of deceit. The rest of the group take up positions in the room that would give them an advantage if this ploy turned against them. Ebon says in an almost laughing tone, “You expect us to interrogate one of our own.” The gamble paid off as the group exited the council chambers with Talis in tow. The group decided to split up and do some shopping as Zanlin took Talis to the local Inn, where he was a local celebrity, to find out what she was doing in Waterdeep. As he and Talis entered the inn a small peasant boy asked for his autograph. The group purchases some potions and Trageon got himself fitted for a suit of full plate armor.
As the group rendezvoused at the Inn more their dinner Helm approached Trageon to ask about his fine armor. “Where’d you get the armor?” he asked to which Trageon replyed, “I traded my scale mail for it straight up.” Helm looked him up and down saying, “Just when I thought you couldn’t do anything any stupider….you go and totally redeem yourself.”
As the group chilled, laughing and eating their meal with a few rounds of stout ale, Zanlin took a seat at a smaller table off to the side to speak with Talis in private. As they catch up with each other Zanlin tells of Cloudchaser’s death causing her to feint to the floor, hitting her head. He quickly helps her back to her feet and sits her down as she begs him to tell her that Cloudchaser was merely drove away and not dead. Zanlin decided to tell her the truth that he was dead, causing her to feint to the floor a second time, hitting her head harder. A small snicker came from the larger table causing Zanlin to look at the group with a serious look. No one knows who snickered.
After Talis finds out that Cloudchaser is dead she begs to know who delivered the fatal blow to which Zanlin told her that would only cause more pain, but to know it was not him. Defending his groups actions and pointing out the destruction that the beast has caused.
Journey to the Serpent HillsTalis informs him that Verim the dwarf, the White Wyrm Speaker is nearby in the Serpent Hills. The rumor is that the Zintaurim has stolen his mask which is a death penalty if it is discovered to be true. Leosun arrives at the inn, waving to the group he approaches the smaller table with Zanlin and Talis. Once he was filled in on the situation he ask Zanlin and the group to look into the matter. The group returned to the Castle about 10:00 that night.
As the group flew to the Serpent Hills in their Castle it is discovered that the reason Verim is there is because there is rumored to be an ancient pool he could scry to find his mask. The journey takes only 3 days in their castle as the group uses their time to make improvements and train the crew. Talis is allowed free run of the castle, finding it quite interesting, under the watchful eye of Pole. As the castle approaches the hills the group notices a small settlement at the base of the hills.
The Village of Boareskyr Bridge
As the group looked down upon the village Talis informed them that this village was the last known location of Verim. The group decided to travel to the town on foot, arriving on the 4th day around 11:00 in the morning. The settlement was primarily made up of tents and shacks with a large colorful tent taking up the center of the settlement. This large tent was called Bolo’s Tentside Inn. The group entered the tent which only had a few occupants at this time of day, taking the largest table in the center of the room. The group asked for drinks finding that their choices were between Rabbitpiss and Mulekick. Everyone ordered Mulekick with one water. Zanlin approached the small halfling, Bolo, asking about the rumor of a magical pool. He was able to get quite a lot of information from this talkative halfling.
Bolo tells him that he is the second one to ask about the pool in the last few days. She tells of how a dwarf had been in a few days before asking the same information when a hooded individual approached the dwarf asking him why he wanted to know about the pool. The pool is called “Dideruis’ Pool of Divination”. The dwarf warned the hooded individual, who just would not leave the dwarf alone, so he stabbed the scaleskin, killing him dead. She pointed to the ground right where Zanlin was standing saying, “Killed him right here, killed him dead nuts.” Zanlin pointed to the ground saying, “Right here?” To which she responded, nodding her head, “Right here.” “Killed him dead nuts and left quick as cats”. She added to her story how the dwarf hired a group to escort him into the hills and they left quick as cats.
On the Trail
The group gathered on the outskirts of the settlement to discuss their course of action to which it was decided to begin their search now with the sun high in the sky around 12:30 pm. The ranger, Thanior quickly went to work, searching the ground for clues from an overturned rock to the slightest of marks in the dirt. He looked off into the distance pointing out the groups path saying, “That way, there are 12 of them.” With the ranger leading the way the group falls into rank with the ranger adding, “One has a limp.” To which Trageon called, “Bullshit”, with an added snicker from Mara.
(MEAT CHECK!!! called… Count is Jason=4, PK=5, Joe=4, Rob=3, Roy=3, Madison=1, Aaron=4, Jacob=3)
On the Trail
After 30 minutes of walking into the low and sometimes jutting hills the group rounded a bend in the trail to stumble upon 2 Hill Giants. (Timeout is called to discuss how the hell do you stumble onto a giant. This discussion took a few minutes.)
Initiative is called with battle starting with the combatants being 200 feet away from each other. As the group sprang into action they realize that the giants had caught a humanoid creature and were in the process of trying to rip it apart. Thanior quickly jumps into action firing two arrows at the first giant, hitting it in the right thigh for 20 points of damage. Trageon then follows, jumping in the air and clicking his heels to activate his boots of speed, charging into battle full speed. The group looked on in amazement as he streaked by like a quickling. Just as he draws near the first giant he draws both of their attention as each throws a boulder at him. One boulder smacking him in the shoulder for 24 points of damage. Ebon steps forward a few feet and with a stern look and outreached hand sends a bolt of fire at the first giant, sending it stumbling back as the bolt hits it squarely in the chest for 17 points of damage. Though there was no way she would reach battle as quick as her friend Trageon, Mara ran forward 30 feet firing two arrows at the first giant, hitting the giant in the neck with her first arrow for 12 damage but fumbling her 2nd arrow. Helm stretched out his arms and began to shake as he called forth the power of nature, grunting as he flung his arms forward causing two Dire Wolves to spring out of a swirling mass of air and dirt that had formed behind him.
Taking a few more steps forward, Thanior raised his bow a 2nd time firing two more arrows in the belly of the giant for 23 more damage. Trageon was now in hand to hand combat with the first of the mighty beasts as he darted between its legs, quick as cats, slicing it twice, once in each thigh, for a total of 19 damage. The bloody and angry giant roared in pain as it swung its club at Trageon twice. Trageon expertly ducked out of the way of the first swing, but was not quick enough to avoid the 2nd blow with hit him for 20 damage. Seeing the huge wolves approaching his companion the 2nd giant, while still holding the dangling humanoid by the neck, throws a boulder at one of the wolves, causing it to momentarily fall to the ground, hitting it for 24 damage. Ebon slowly walking a few steps forward swings his right arm sending another bolt of fire towards the first giant. However, his aim was off as the bolt flew off into the sky. As Mara continued her rush into battle, Helm took the shape of a mighty Dire Wolf and sped past her to battle. Thanior knelt on one knee and raised his bow once again and with the precision of years of honing his craft sent 2 more arrows into the giant, striking it twice in the throat for 29 damage. The giant gurgled as it’s hand tried to raise to his wounded neck. It fell onto its knees and finally face forward to the ground, breathing its’ last. With a grin and slight stride he moved forward to assist with the 2nd giant, who still held onto the humanoid.
Enraged over the death of its companion the 2nd giant stepped towards Trageon swinging its club twice as Trageon deafly dodged and spun out of the way of the enraged beast. With his mind focused, Trageon switched his attention to the 2nd giant leaping into the air to strike it across it’s abdomen for 29 damage, causing a nasty gushing wound. Ebon swung his arm a 2nd time, grunting as he sent yet another bolt of fire into the shoulder of the 2nd giant for 11 damage.
Mara continued her mad dash into battle as Zanlin began his rush as well, only to be passed by a leaping Helm as he joined his Dire Wolves in battle. Striking with the deadly precision of a pack. The wolves bit and gashed at the giant for a total of 28 damage. While still walking Thanior continues his slow stride into battle firing two more arrows. One bouncing off the side of a boulder, but the second finding its mark as it struck the giant in the right abdomen for 20 damage. Trageon with shield in hand takes a run at a nearby boulder, using it to kick off of and leaping into the air. He struck the giant, sending his sword deep into the chest of the beast causing it to fall backwards dead and finally dropping the humanoid. The group inspects the giants searching for anything of value or interest. Mara, while standing over the humanoid, finds that it was a male 1/2 elf. She lightly kicks his foot saying, “Well hes dead.” Ebon and Helm investigate the corpse more to find that he was an agent of the Zentarium.
On the Road Again
After 15 minutes of searching Thanior finds the trail of the dwarf’s group and the group heads off into the distance, traveling until nightfall where they take a peaceful long rest in Zanlin’s hut. Resting, eating and laughing around the fire as Zanlin played his flute. They pick up their journey at 10:00 the next morning and after a few hours they come across the ruins of an ancient village surrounded by bluffs on all sides. The bluffs were full of caves as the group noticed a very ornate entrance archway on the far side of the village. The group cautiously moved through the ruins as quietly as they could towards the archway with their bows drawn and at the ready.
As they draw nearer the archway they discover a recently left campfire, still smoldering from the morning, surrounded with 3 bedrolls. As they approach the camp fire they discovered 7 recently dug shallow graves. The ranger took a small handful of the dirt saying, “Not more than 4 hours old.” To which Trageon again saying in a perturbed voice, “Ok..again I call bullshit.” To which Ebon glared saying, “SHHHH”. As the group thought on their next actions Mara suggested that Zanlin use his trick of speaking with the dead to find out some information. This drew the attention of the entire group as they all looked at her with a strange and astounded silence. She looked at her companions saying, “Hey..I’m not stupid.” Ebon started to say something but quickly changed his mind with a nudge from Zanlin. He looked to Ebon with an almost pleading look causing Ebon to remember how last time they picked on her she was moody for almost an entire week.
Trageon and Helm took to digging up one of the dead humanoid to reveal it to be a human cultist.
(MEAT CHECK!!!…. time is now 10:35pm real time. Count is Jason=5, PK=6, Joe=6, Rob=3, Roy=4, Madison=1, Aaron=8, Jacob=5) The meat tally is debated with PK pointing out that one of Aaron’s 8 had no bun while all his had Banana Pepper Mustard. This is when Joe wanted it in the notes that PK is creating a “Hostile Working Environment”. I quote, “He continues to eat as he assaults everyone.”)
The dead human reveals to Zanlin that he was with Verim and killed by one of the scaled folk one day ago. When Trageon hears “one day” he exclaims, “Told you..Bullshit!!” To which Ebon and Helm both tell him to shutup. The dead cultist further reveals that Varim is heading to the pool.
As the group approaches the entrance they find two 20 foot tall statues on each side of the stairway. As the group got closer one of the giant statues came to life exclaiming in a booming voice, “Halt, you come before Diderius Etherwalker. Behold his wondrous triumph. Do you seek wisdom or knowledge?” Before anyone is able to think Ebon steps forward exclaiming, “We seek wisdom.”
At the top of the stairway the group found a 10 foot gap to the other side, spanned with two ladders stretching across. Ebon leads the group finding his way across the rungs of the ladder easily with the rest of the group following. He reveals to the group once they are all safely across that the room is an illusion, making cracked, degraded and dusty chamber appear to be magnificent and spotless. The group approaches a door on the far side of the room that has been forced open and with Ebon being the quietest he enters first. As he began to squeeze through the door a thought entered his mind as he stared at the floor of the room, “Some knowledge is best unknown, look away from darkness where such knowledge hides.” he shivered as an unnatural chill went through his body. He looked up and continued to move into the room where he noticed 6 heavily cowled & robed statues leaning on their staves. He momentarily stopped in his tracks as he looked back at his companions saying, “Do not look into their cowls. In fact do not look at them at all, keep your eyes on the floor as you follow me through.” The group decided to follow the mage’s advice as they moved through the room. They could hear the scratching of the statues heads moving, watching their movement through the room.
The group next found themselves in a high domed room with a beautiful mosaic on the floor of a shining knight fighting a Chimera. The Chimera leaped to life as the group entered the room, coming into a 2D tiled form. The group battled for what seemed like hours to finally fell the beast when Trageon unleashes a whirlwind of steel with 4 strikes. To ensure that it did not come back to life the group had the idea to take 100 tiles with them, they would put 50 of them down the well later on.
TIME OUT CALLED!! Joe is having difficulty breathing as PK continues his assault. He has been branded as PK the Silent Shitter, with Joe saying, “You don’t even apologize.”. Roy did apologize for his last one at this point to which Rob said, " I apologize for anything later". This brought a very worried look from Arron. May I Point out that later on Rob was true to his word as he continued to arch his backside towards Aaron the remainder of the night. When asked by Aaron as to why point in the other direction, Rob pointed out he could not do that to one of his students. Aaron remained trapped
Diderius’ Tomb-Indiana Jones Has Nothing On Us
The group continued to search the tomb as they found a room with the word “Safe” written in chalk on the door. In the room they found a well surrounded with red mushrooms that smelt of raw liver and shined like wet blood. In the room was a bronze bucket and lever which revealed a trough into another room. Zanlin decided to eat one of the mushrooms with no obvious effect. With nothing found in the room the group decided to exit and go down the only other direction a slanted hallway. Everything was going well until Trageon triggered a pressure plate setting off a boulder trap. The entire group began to race down the hallway with the huge ball of bones catching up to them. It ripped past Helm causing 30 points of damage to him, Trageon and Ebon as it pulled each of the three into the ball. The rest of the group was able to dodge the device as it rolled past them into another room, slamming into the wall and shattering into pieces. Ebon slams to the floor unconscious and near death as the group gather themselves. Zanlin and Helm tend to their companion and Mara, Trageon, and Thanior watch for anything to approach.
The group realize that the room they are in is richly furnished with tapestries on the walls, smelling of incense. An unknown voice says, “Approach Mistrel with humility as you seek knowledge.” Helm informs the group that the symbol of respect to the goddess Mistrel is having your hands above your head as if you are holding a lamp with your head bowed in respect. The group decided to follow Helm’s advice as they approached the huge double doors on the other side of the room. The doors opened to reveal a huge throne in the center of the room with a 12 foot tall statue sitting on it.
Diderius’ Tomb- The Friendly Ghost
Zanlin approaches the statue in a respectful bow asking, “What powerful being sits on this throne?” to which he found that the group must pay silver in order to pass. The group placed their offering of silver at the beings feet as they passed into the next room which turned out to be a large ancient library that had looted long ago. In the room they saw a large glowing tome that was being read by a glowing feminine figure. The ghost conversed with the group in a hauntingly voice after the group revealed that they had no intention of looting the tomb and that they only wished to find a dwarf who was there to desecrate the tomb. The ghostly woman revealed that a few books had been stolen from the library causing her to be trapped for all time. The group offered their help to which she agreed and further revealed that the pool demanded a sacrifice in order to be used. She told of how the revelations of the pool could cause one to go mad, being risky to use without a sacrifice first. As the group left the room the ghost warned the group of how he pool had become more demanding with the activity of the Yuan-ti. This brought a groan from Ebon as he shook his head. Trageon and Mara both asked what that meant to which Thanior said, “It’s not good.”
Diderius’ Tomb-Here There Be Devils
The group continued their search for the pool and Verim the dwarf as they entered a large dining hall with a large marble table in the center. As soon as they entered the room Ebon started backing up with his arms outreached trying to push all the group back out of the room. He recognized them as soon as he saw them. Five purple skinned humanoids with long black hair in topknots and black barbed beards sit at the table casually as they watched the group. Trageon asked, “What is wrong? What are they?” to which Ebon responded, “They’re devils from another realm.” Mara questioned almost stunned, “They’re not moving to the defense to anything, just sitting there.” To which Ebon, now realizing the group had been seen and the was no use leaving, responded as he turned towards the table, “Because they don’t have to worry about us.” At this time he asked the devils, “Greetings, would you know anything about the door that is spiked shut.” In a short talk with the devils the group found that they were with Verim the dwarf and it was he that spiked the door shut. The devils let the group pass through the room, not worried about them, to where the group found themselves in the pool room. In the room was a lone dead cultist with blood stains and broken arrows strewn about the floor and room. Some sort of battle had taken place here very recently.