Only Sainooli Died Today. So We Thought We Would Go Back and Try Again.
Follow me if I advance. Kill me if I retreat. Avenge me if I die.
30 * level XP
...the giant flesh jelly. We don’t search for treasure.
18HD worth of harvesting… umm… we move on.
½ PEP to mitch for speaker ambiance.
We head to the southern passage. The square room is bare of furniture, the walls are covered in friezes. A procession of ancient olman priests on the walls. On the floor is hundreds of copper rings. Alex thinks the rings may be divination by ancient Olmans. It’s not normal magic. Something very specific. No particular patterns. No magic on the rings. Tiny etched symbols on the rings. The writings seems to confirm the divination theory.
Stairs to the west lead down. Landing at the bottom. We search the room. Nothing more
We continue south and see a passage to the west and a large chamber to the south. Sainooli continues to the south.
A domed 70’ ceiling with pillars carved as tree trunks coiled with snakes supports the roof. Olman warriors battling flightless dragons on the walls. They are being defeated by an Olman warrior with a bow made of lightning. The south wall depicts crowned emperor after his victory. 3 rings of circles carved in the floor. 7’ tall statues around the rings. 3 statues stand: 1west, 1east, 1south. All dressed in robes holding scepters. Scepter to the west ends in a sun. East: moon. South is a star.
On the floor between is 3 concentric rings of circular depressions. 3 stone spheres in 3 of these depressions. Innermost sphere sits at west. Outermost sphere sits at south. Middle ring sphere sits at east. Each are about fist sized.
We’re unsure about the bas reliefs.
Alex has seen the bow in the bas reliefs before. It was in the disk from Vesserin that Noltus left with him. It represented something he found in the Flanaess but was from the ancient Olmans. He also realizes the disk is a map of the chamber. The figures correspond to the statues and the pillars are each of the figures on the disk.
The figures are quetzalcoatl, the star. Tescatlepolka is moon. Taneatua the sun.
Each of the three spheres radiate conjuration magic.
Sainooli steps up. She thinks there is something carved on the small stones. She gets a bit closer without crossing the rings and can see the west stone. It has a carving of the sun. She continues. The southern stone has a star, and the west stone has a moon.
Sainooli tries to pick up each labeled stone and move it nearest to it’s “corresponding” statue.
She tries a few combinations but nothing happens and she places the stones back where she found them. She then checks the walls but finds no secrets.
Benco thinks no one has been here in the last few weeks, but more recent than centuries.
Disappointed in our failure, we move on. Back to the hallway we passed.
Sainooli leads checking the floor.
A dozen man sized niches covered in cobwebs. 10 hold mummies covered in Olman garb. And covered in treasure. West and east wall covered in bas reliefs of Olman warriors. We soon agree it’s a burial chamber. It seems odd that it's been untouched by the skinwalkers. Looks like there's been movement. A passage heads south. Sainooli enters and searches without disturbing too much. No secrets. She notes the bodies have not been disturbed. The amount of treasure comes around 25,000gp. She doesn’t touch it. She asks for a detect magic and Alex doesn’t find any magic. No one seems interested in taking anything from the bodies so we continue south. It soon turns right and ends in a door. Old and swollen. Sainooli finds no traps and opens it. Only a 3’ tall pedestal. Several objects surround a statuette of a horrible 2 headed monster.
It looks too familiar.
The room has been repurposed. The shrine is more recent. She moves in checking for traps. We search the room. Benco doesn’t find any secrets or traps. The objects are 5 ivory rhythm sticks. 3 bejeweled bowls. Crumbling bamboo flute and fan. The statuette represents demogorgon. Zeden think it really represents an ASPECT of the demon lord on this plane.
Zeden destroys the statuette and feels a wash of evil energy. He resists the evil curse. He takes the bowls.
11th: 1650 XP
12th: 1350 XP
Good: 200 XP
Another door across the room and Sainooli boots it open. A hallway turns north. Another right turn and the hallway continues for a bit before turning left to the north again.
And the floor gives way!
The stone crumbles away under the weight of Sainooli and Zeden. Zeden tries to leap back and manages to grab the edge. Sainooli falls 20’ to the level below. She splashes into some water, finding herself in a partially flooded chamber. It seems to be an “interrogation” chamber. 30’ x 30’. There are some kind of cells on one wall.
Alex: What is with you and making TITANIC amounts of noise?
She searches above the water real quick. Table with a trough. Old chains and cells. She climbs out the other side of the hole. There is a flight of stairs leading up. There is a makeshift wall, busted open, near the bottom of the stairs. She takes a few steps up to investigate. She thinks someone bashed into here from up the steps.
With some rope the three of us shimmy across and then they tie up the mage and yank him over.
½ PEP to brian for remembering the poison and the wand. We use more charges.
Top of the stairs. We see light coming from around the corner at the end of the hallway. Sainooli moves to the corner and peeks. She can see a large room with a huge fire and some skinwalkers.
Blazing fire burns in the middle of the chamber. A passage directly across leading out and way down the end of that hallway we can see the lake! On the far side is also some flights of stairs going way up. We think there are balconies. The pit is blazing well and there is no smoke. We see at least 4 skinwalkers. Don’t seem to be moving much and don’t seem to be alerted to us.
We fail our sneaks and no surprise
S4: Quite loudly shouts a warning. Pulls bow ready shot
S5: Moves up.
Sainooli: Move up to S1
60’ ceiling with stairs go up to a balcony around the room. The doorway she ran thru is 15’ with a visage of a man and his mouth is the opening. There is some chamber at balcony level.
Sainooli: Their ready actions. 1miss 2miss. “Four below, Two above.”
S3: Drops the meat it was chewing and pull bow. Shot Sainooli 1hit 6dmg poison
S6: Shoot Sainooli 1miss 2hit 11dmg
S2: draw bow shoot Sainooli 1hit 6dmg
Benco: Move up and Draw.
Zeden: Double move.
Alex: Move draw wand 4dmg MM
S5: Shoot Benco 1miss 2miss
S4: shoot Zeden 1miss 2miss
S1: shoot Sainooli 1hit 8dmg poison 2miss
Sainooli: move and chop S1 1hit 14dmg
S3: Shoot Alex 1hit 5dmg 2hit 4dmg poison good
S6: Sainooli 1hit 10dmg poison 2miss
A door above wangs open. An elaborate skinwalker strides out. Flaming sword and glowing wooden shield. And from behind him comes an ape covered in various totems and jumps down in front of the man faced opening we came in.. It doesn't notice Alex still in the hallway.
S2: shoot Benco. 1hit 5dmg poison 2miss
Benco: Move to S3 1hit 24dmg
Zeden: Move to ape 1hit 13dmg
Alex: Haste in the room
S5: shoot Benco 2misses
S4: shoot Benco with cover 1miss 2miss
S1: Withdraw from Sainooli
Sainooli: Charge S2 1hit 32dmg
Sainooli: “gutless cowards!”
S6: shot Sainooli 1hit 7dmg poison 2miss
Chief: jump down and sticks the landing move to Zeden
Ape: Goes apeshit! 1miss 2hit 12dmg 3miss
S2: drop bow attack Sainooli 1hit 5dmg 2miss 3miss 4hit 5dmg
Benco: 5’ to S2 and 1hit 23dmg 2crit 22dmg 3hit 18dmg DEAD!
Zeden: on Chief 1hit 20dmg 2hit 14dmg 3crit 28dmg
Alex: Sheathe wand. Hold Monster on ape. Success.
S5: shoot Sainooli 1hit 5dmg 2hit 10dmg
S4: move to flames and shoot Benco 1miss
It seems quite unaffected by the flames!
S1: shoot Benco 1miss 2miss
Sainooli: Move to s3 1miss
S3 withdraw again
S6 shoot Benco 1miss 2miss
Chief: goes to town on Zeden. Sword hit 14dmg 2hit 20dmg 3hit 20dmg 4miss claw/hit 4dmg claw2hit 5dmg bite/miss shield bash/hit 18dmg no poison 5’step
Ape: Still held
Benco: Move to S1 attack 1hit 19dmg
Zeden: on Chief 1hit 15dmg 2miss 3miss
Alex: Greater invis move to Zeden
S5 shoot Sainooli 1hit 8dmg 2miss
S4: shoot Sainooli 1hit 6dmg 2miss
S1: withdraw down hall
Sainooli: “Coward” Up the stairs. Trap! She hotsteps over the trip and gets to S5 1hit 13dmg
S3: into flames shoot Benco 1miss 2miss
S6: shoot Benco 1msis 2miss
Chief: 5’ to Zeden 1hit 18dmg 2hit 23dmg DOWN!
Ape: Will fail Still held
Benco: Move to S3 1hit 24dmg
Zeden: Not stable
Alex: Pour potion down zeden 17hp
S5: Witdraw and jump down.
S4: 5’ into fire shoot Benco 1miss 2miss
S1: move up and shoot Benco 1miss
Sainooli: Jump down and move to Chief
S3: 5’ into fire shoot Benco 1miss 2miss
S6: Sainooli 1miss 2hit 4dmg
Chief: 5’ to fake flank on Sainooli 1hit 16/5fire 2hit 13/3fire 3hit 11/1fire DOWN!
Ape: fail save
Alex: Whisper in message: Get over by these two!
Benco moves to Cheif 1hit 20dmg Zeden and Alex whisper Benco into position.
Zeden: Defensively cast Planeshift attack prone hit! Will save? He fails! GONE!
Alex: Teleports our ass to the church.
Mitch: Full pep for food. 200XP
Vesserin, and some villagers sweeping the grounds, are quite surprised. Alex does some smooth talking to help ensure no rumors start again. Kevin doesn’t rollplay it so well.
As Vesserin was the man who gave us Noltas’ disk we share what we saw in the Olman temple.
Noltas wasn't convinced the Olman gods were different from Pelor. He didn’t think the ancient Olmans were all evil.
We plan to stay an hour. Get some robes and get out of town. We find a spot and make camp. Secure shelter.
Alex second poison fail. 1str 1con 3rd check good.
Alex studies the area we camp in for a teleport outside of town. The next morning Zeden raises Sainooli. Restoration follows. The rest of the day is uneventful. We rest well that evening and in the morning:
Alex teleports us back to the cross way just inside the main doors. We head west to the alter. Benco leads the way. We note the boulder is gone!
The altar is a single hunk of wood sticky with mostly dry blood. A trail leads to the steps. Benco does a quick search. No secrets. The stairs lead to darkness. Ends in a wall. The blood is quite thick.
Benco searches the blank wall. He’s certain the bloody bits from upstairs must be brought down here and set on the floor. Something must take them because they're not here. Based on the blood amounts he’s guessing only hearts and heads come down here. He found the secret door.
Benco opens the door.
A large water flooded chamber. We’re unable to see the bottom. There is a lip near us. In the room around the walls is the bas relief of a long feathered serpent. The water smells rancid. There are several passages around the room leading out. The ceiling is 10 above the water.
Benco slowly steps in. It’s about 4 feet deep. Sainooli walks on the water. Zeden and Alex follow. We slosh toward the north west tunnel
Jumping out of the water, scaly flesh and reptilian eyes, a noxious reptile attacks
Hezrou. Demons Outsiders. Known to dwell in abyssal mires and waterways. Noxious effect on nearby water. They can waste their intellect. Smart but vicious. Formed from mortal souls who poison. They have resistances to elements. Guessing; electric, acid, cold, and fire. Immune to poison. SR. DR/good spell like abilities. Greater teleport. Summon. Telepathy.
Benco: move up to H1
Sainooli: 5’ swing H1 1crit 30dmg
Zeden: Move up
H2: move to flank Benco
H3: move up
H1: to Sainooli 1miss
Benco: Summon Spell Dampening.
Sainooli: Deactivate boots. Swing 1hit 11dmg
Zeden: H1 1hit 17dmg 2hit
Alex: back to the stairs and climb up.
H2: to Benco 1miss 2miss 3miss
H3: Unholy Blight! Greasy darkness washes over Sainooli, Zeden, and Benco. Alex is too far. Benco is sickened.
H1: Tries magic something and fails.
Benco: Swing H1 1hit 21dmg 2hit 21dmg 3miss
Sainooli: Angery! 1crit 32dmg 2hit 17dmg 3miss
Zeden: 1hit 14dmg DEAD! Move up to H2 AOO miss
Alex: MM SR? No effect.
H2: Blasphemy. A wash of evil energy. Sainooli Will Fail Weakened Str11 Dazed! Zeden Save good. Str3 Benco Will Good Str3 Alex PEP save good 3Str
H3: Unholy Blight. Will for half. 20dmg full. Benco sickened.
Benco: Tumble to flank. Fail AOO 1miss
Zeden: on h2 1crit 29dmg 2hit 16dmg
Alex: MM SR? Nope Put wand away.
H2: Teleport south.
H3: Unholy Blight Will save. 27dmg full
Benco: not sick Heroism on self.
Sainooli: Move closer
Zeden: Charge H2 AOO Miss 1crit 28dmg
Alex: Cast Message
H2: on zeden 1hit 18dmg 2miss 3hit 10dmg Grapple? Success. Noxious goo. Fort save? Good.
H3: Unholy Blight Will save DC18 23dmg full. Saves all good.
Make notes of your debuffs!
30 * level XP
½ pep to Kev for group save
½ pep Brian for solo Big Bad End Guy
Brian: ½ to Kev for teleport save / ½ to Mitch for ass kicking
Mitch: ½ to Joe for trying to save Brian / ½ to Brian solo beasties
Joe : ½ to Brian for resurrection / ½ to Kev for teleport
Kevin: ½ to Brian for solo bbeg / ½ to Joe for dying
We’re on for August 6th!
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