Ye Gilde

Retreat from the Keep
Failure

To make a long combat short, the group of four returned downstairs to the second floor and engaged in a fight with not only the keep guards but the invisible Baron, 2 hell hounds, a Nessian hellhound, and the group of Chelaxian adventurers led by Lord Vincenze.

In the town NIgel was talking to Faeregrim at Andel, the yeoman resistance member’s, home when the alarm bells began ringing. They stopped plotting to go outside and see what was going on, (although they figured correctly that the mission was in trouble). They ran to the intersection of Keep and Minecart roads in the center of town and observed the guards and militia scrambling. The door to the Pact Hall opened and several people exited. Nigel recognized Lady Drenica the cleric of Asmodeus. A squad of keep guards escorted her toward the gatehouse to the keep. Knowing there wasn’t any time to waste Faeregrim immediately used Dimension Door to transport both of them to the tower.

Nigel and Faeregrim found a small devil in the lab, or rather it found them. It was a crepitus devil and quickly dispatched after being a minor annoyance. They descended the tower and joined with the others in their struggle.

It was a tough fight with lots of spells being thrown around including fireballs and lightning bolts and it could have gone either way. But the Baron escaped to the first floor with his guard dog the Nessian Hellhound, while the Chelaxian adventurers of the Co-Prosperity Society defended the second floor. Largus and Nigel went after the Baron but got bogged down fighting guards on the stairs.

They killed Slaughtermaster and dropped Mittens but the tide of battle turned against them when Legertha was Charmed by Vincenze and charged Ginger, knocking her out. Below Nigel was charred by the Baron’s pet and fell unconscious. Everyone met on the stairwell and Faeregrim magically transported them through the wall and into what happened to be the Baron’s audience chamber. For a few brief minutes they were safe and unmolested. Outside the door they heard a seemingly endless supply of keep guards marching by and someone giving orders to search the keep for the assassins.

Ginger failed to bluff the keep guards marching by the audience chamber door. One grabbed her but she got away and the others slammed the door and barred it. They needed another plan and quick because the guards were pounding on the door and it wasn’t going to stay closed for long. They brainstormed another plan to escape from the Baron’s audience chamber. Before the doors could break, Faeregrim cast a Stone Shape to open the wall behind the throne. Ginger cast Obscuring Mist outside to confuse the proceedings. Ginger flew herself to safety while Faeregrim, under an Invisibility spell courtesy of Ginger and an Ant Haul from earlier in the day, carried out Nigel and Largus under his arms. Ethelfrith drank an extract to become invisible and then snuck across the courtyard dodging numerous soldiers. It looked like someone had stirred up an ant’s nest. The group of four flew away chased by crossbow bolts. Ethel spider climbed over the wall and back into the town. Legertha remained inside with her new adventuring party chatting about her old adventuring party. Lord Vincenze is so dreamy. She can’t figure out why she turned him down back in Falcon’s Hollow.

While Ginger and Faeregrim flew east and landed with Nigel and Largus on the Andoran side of the pass, mini Mother was searching for the rest of the group. When the alarms initially sounded Sparkle had left the defunct church of Aroden to join other people in the street trying to figure out what was going on. She missed seeing Faeregrim and Nigel by a several minutes. Everyone else assumed the Andoran Army was attacking but she suspected the extraordinary rendition had turned into a hot mess. Mother found Sparkle lurking among the fearful people at the intersection of Keep and Minecart Roads wondering what was happening. As she got Sparkle up to date the others were making a hasty camp on the mountainside.

Shortly thereafter numerous squads of soldiers entered the village. Some went to guard places like the alchemist’s shop and blacksmith while others went to different buildings and started arresting people. The place you were staying at is one of the places the soldiers went to. The whole family was arrested and guards remained inside after the family was taken away. Same thing at the blacksmith’s and herbalist’s place among others. Once that is done they start going building to building looking for fugitives matching the party’s description (everyone, not just those that went inside the keep).

Sparkle and Ethel decided it wasn’t safe to remain in the town and hope the guards didn’t discover them. The magus cast Invisibility and Fly on each of them and they flew over the walls hoping to find the others somewhere on the Andoran side of the pass.

Experience
Sparkle
XP: 200

Ethelfrith
Ginger
Largus
Nigel
XP: 2642

Legertha
XP: 3???

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Piren's Bluff
The Tower of the Last Baron

The group split up inside Piren’s Bluff and began gathering information and looking for sprigs of mistletoe tied with a yellow ribbon. They fumbled along with that for awhile eventually identifying 3 resistance members. None of the resistance knew of a secret way into the keep. They decided to not waste any time and used the Eye of Scrying to spy inside the top floor of the Baron’s Tower.

The 40 foot octagonal room was setup as a lab with a large stitched together humanoid laying inside a pentagram. They decided to dimension door into that room that night. Ginger couldn’t take many people with her though so when the time came she dimension doored herself, Largus, Legertha, and Ethel into the top floor of the Baron’s keep at 11:30 pm. The rest of the group was left in town.

The four person team began exploring the tower top down and were successful sneaking for awhile. There was the lab with the flesh golem that they sabotaged. Below that was some sort of ballroom. The next floor down had some different rooms that were empty. One door didn’t yield though. It was locked and couldn’t be picked. Another door lead into a well lit and appointed hallway with guards. They decided the Baron might be behind the locked door so it needed to be chopped down.

Largus chopped through the reinforced door in two swings but instead of the Baron the room had some jail cells. A quick search revealed only a slumped human form that smelled a little of death. Meanwhile guards started arriving. Soon everyone was in combat. They tried to spare the regular guards by subduing them. Then a sexy Lilin demon entered the fray. “You must be the basic bitches I haven’t heard about.” It would have been cooler if Legertha hadn’t cut her as she tried to get into position and then Ginger put her to sleep. Largus finished her off but then a fireball landed in the room. It was launched from behind them from what a Ethel said was an invisible mage on the stairs. They took the time to grab some loot from the devil while others chased the invisible mage. They ran up the stairs but didn’t find him.

Experience
Chester
Sparkle
Hatchet-ass
Nigel
XP: 250

Ginger
Ethelfrith
Largus
Legertha
XP: 3,500

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Falcon's Hollow and Piren's Bluff
A New Mission

The survivors leave after checking out the last few empty rooms and clearing out some skeletons, zombie, and ghouls from the entrance to the dungeon. They briefly spoke of the strange sick wolf named Lucimar on the surface about what they encountered. He was still necrotic though. Largus collapse the entrance to the dungeon and the group began the journey back to Falcon’s Hollow.

The trip back to town was uneventful except for a brief encounter with an angry female hill giant searching for her husband and a skeletal megaraptor the next day. The first ran off and the second was smashed to bits.

At Falcon’s Hollow an army was camped across the River Foam. They soon met the General in charge who was at the hill fort speaking with Kreed and Vramos. After the cleric of Iomedae confirmed their story and examined some of the artifacts, Gavel Kreed pronounced the mission completed and rewarded the group with “Lumber Bucks” good at any Company Store. The party was not pleased with their payment but as Kreed explained they don’t have 4,000 gp just lying around especially after paying to start construction on gatehouses and an expanded wall for Falcon’s Hollow. Only Legertha and Sparkle made a side deal with Kreed to take some of their payment in darkwood.

General Dakovya spoke to them about a mission in need of some foreign muscle. He offered Letters of Marque and Reprisal for them to travel back to Piren’s Bluff ahead of his army, make contact with resistance, gather information, sabotage defenses, and kill or capture the Baron.

They weren’t too interested until finding out that the Letters authorized them to take compensation in the form of whatever valuables of the Baron’s they could carry out of his keep. So they agreed and were set up as caravan guards or passengers and traveled ahead of the army reaching Piren’s Bluff 10 days later.

The trip was boring except when a ten headed cryohydra ran out of the cold fog one day but Legertha and Largus made short work of the beast. The Ulfen woman wanted to carry all 10 heads with her but there was no room in the caravan.

Experience
Ethelfrith
Chester
XP: 900

Ginger
Largus
Legertha
Sparkle
Hatchet-ass
Nigel
XP: 2,500

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Droskar's Crucible: Conclusion
Drazmorg

After the group split up all the useful gear from the secret room, they returned to the Seer. It was almost too late. He was being attacked by a shadow that was touching his exposed hand and draining his strength. Lucky for him the adventurers arrived when they did. The shadow didn’t get a chance to escape this time.

They decided not to try and mend the broken crystal in favor of getting to Drazmorg as soon as possible. The Seer told them that he had heard all the undead moving in the direction of the seal. Drazmorg had called them all to him except for the shadow that he sent to punish and convert the Seer into another shadow.

The Seer described the layout of this level and they went directly to outer ring around the Seal. It was full of webs except for a man-sized path through them. They worried that burning them would make the air unbreathable so they continued down the curved passage in single file. After a short distance they heard footsteps of something approaching.

It was a single skeleton that greeted them in Drazmorg’s voice. It said that they were waiting and to follow the skeleton and join their new family.

XP: 5000

Loot:

  • +1 longsword
  • +1 chainmail
  • +1 conserving composite longbow (+2 str)
    • Conserving: When the wielder misses with a ranged attack, the fired ammunition teleports unharmed to its quiver, case, or pouch.
  • 2 seeking arrows +1
    • Seeking: A seeking weapon veers toward its target, negating any miss chances that would otherwise apply, such as from concealment. The wielder still has to aim the weapon at the right square.
  • potion of inflict moderate wounds
  • wand of greater natural weapon 12ch
  • Eye of Scrying
  • Book: Whispers of the Immortal
  • Book: Spellbook
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Droskar's Crucible: The Seer
The Shining Crusade

The group decided to retrace their steps back to a large irregular room of gears. On closer inspection they discovered a turnstile that opened a curved section of wall. Beyond that was a long rectangular room filled with fist sized eyeballs that turned to look at them. As the first couple adventurers entered a large gibbering mouther surfaced and confused everyone but Largus and Ethelfrith. Then it rolled over Legertha and engulfed her. The shield maiden was bitten and her blood was being drained. After Legertha used her armor spikes to tear free, the monster engulfed Sparkle. The floor was all mushy and the eyeballs made it difficult to move around. The gibbering overwhelmed most of their minds with Confusion. The outer skin of the gibbering mouther was tough to breach but those inside found it easier to cut their way out. The group slowly regained their senses while the mouther shot out gross skin tentacles at them. Totally confused Nigel stabbed himself then sneak attacked Ethelfrith. Finally the beast was put down after numerous cuts and hammer blows.

This room had nothing of interest besides to hole and pits in the floor to trip people up. The room beyond was empty except for a statue of a paladin with outstretched arms. They figured out that the base of the statue was concealing something and they figured out that lighting candles in three spots on the statue might reveal what was hidden. They didn’t quite figure out how to do it though. There were double doors leading out but when pried open rubble rolled into the room. The passage was collapsed.

The group backed up to continue their exploration and wandered into a large truncated coned shaped room filled with pillars. Each of the pillars was covered in inscriptions that only Hatchet-Ass was able to read with his Comprehend Languages spell. They told the story of the Shining Crusade and it’s long struggle against the powerful lich, Tar-Baphon. Strangely there was a headless dwarf corpse flopping on the ground near the back of the room. It didn’t react as people began filing inside but shortly Hatchet-Ass was ambushed by a mind wraith from inside one of the pillars. Fortunately it missed. It did pop out again and traded blows with the heroes. Largus had some of his intelligence drained but that was all the wraith could do before being destroyed.

South of that room was a circular vault. They were greeted by a jet black skeleton with