We Paid Our Respects to the Dead; Then Did Our Best to Not Join Them!
There is a land of the living and a land of the dead. And the bridge is love.
15 x level xp
We left off the end of combat.
Sainooli is dead…
Meravanchi sr is dead…
Guard 3 is stable
2 skinwalkers is not dead
The clerics heal body wounds.
Laphira stops the poison in our bodies.
Other town guards finally come running. Others are also coming. Lavinia reappears and joins us. Zeden finishes off the skinwalkers. Ashley suggests covering the bodies at least. Alex detect magic on the bad guys.
Skinwalkers X5: all have masterwork longsword thingy. Each has violet fungus venom 10 doses. Masterwork light wood shield composite 3str longbow. Magebucks is OK. 8HD piece.
Acolyte: Magic +1 Dagger Poisoned! +1 composite longbow 0str. Poison arrow. Lesser empower rod. 10 violet fungus venom. Ring prot +2 cloak charisma +2. 19HD magebucks!
Julajimus. Magic Ring freedom of movement. 16HD
We take the good bodies to the church and take the bad bodies out of town to burn. Details the rest of the day. The Sasserine six head off the next morning after their friend. The Farshore Four ready for their trek into the wilderness.
There are olman gods who are not evil. Just like some other pantheons.
Even before the Greyhawk migration, the Olman were an empire. They hold fast to their traditions. Some have fallen to decay and evil but there is a spirit still. A terrible earthquake raised the mountain and lit the sky’s on fire. The Olman empire was no more. They proudly point to the fact that they still survive.
-6 to olman characters in their villages when they return from the Sacred Plateau.
Noltas’ follower made his way back to Farshore! He has info for us. Jacara. He has an ivory scroll tube. He’s from the Tiger clan. Not one of the seven tribes. His tribe was in a valley north of the plateau.
He produces a letter depicting symbols of Pelor. The letter within:
The stone of sun and moon. Vesserin has the stone. Did Ashley take it? The carvings match the carvings on this isle. Came from Thanaclan. On the plateau. 3 figures represent god of moon and god of sun and quetzalcoatl. They appear to be focused on a bow. The bow is a mystery but the stone was believed to be a map to a weapon. Jacarta encourages us to take the stone this time. Zeden takes the scroll.
9th = 16,200 XP
10th = 12,000 XP
11th = 9,900 XP
Are we going straight to Mantru? The empty Olman villages? There is an island in the lake. Taboo island.
Paul allows us to peruse the quick trade list. We may trade for items but not purchase.
We’re also discussing the split of demon loot.
425gp from selling loots.
We discuss travel options. Seems just walking is the way to go. Sainooli will lead the way. We sail to Tanaroa and head past the great wall. On our second day past the wall Zeden keeps us from being surprised by a Shambling mound!
That evening, Sainooli realizes that there is a patrol of 4-8 trogs passing by. Stealth +6, we’re all good.
Marching order: Sainooli, Zeden, Alex, Benco
Watches: Alex, Zeden, Benco, Sainooli
Morning of the 6th day. Sainooli notes 6-10 neandertals are approaching the secure shelter. They poke and prod but soon wander away. That evening we reached the Thanegioth river.
We decide to travel to the north side. Less massive climb checks. By 9ish in the morning we are at the top. We are greeted by the brushland and remains of an ancient olman walkway.
We begin to follow the SS’s trail back to the Olman village to see the quetzalcoatl. Another 6 hours and perception checks.
Zeden notes movement and gives us a heads up to duck. A group of lizardmen moving ½ mile to the south. Benco actually notes the glint of a Pelor medallion!!!
We stand up and begin to approach. We get to about 1000ft. We try to remain non threatening. Alex approaches. We can't understand them so he casts Tongues. They confer some information. They saw skinwalkers just yesterday. Alex congratulates them. Some are proud the rest are still nervous.
We rest on the west side and in the morning head to Mantrue. Uneventful travel.
8 thatched lodges on stilts in the lake. The rest is still run down. Sunken boats etc. No sign of movement. 2 couatl appear above one of the huts. Winged colorful snake things. We hear their voices in our minds.
Them: Welcome mortals. If you mean no disrespect then you are welcome. Else you will be prevented. We are servants of quetzalcoatl. We are here to respect the fallen. Until worthy heros come to bid Umlot farewell.
Zeden: we are.
Them: Very well. In this hut lies Umlot; chief who fell in defense of this village.
We head into the main lodge. A large man lies on a mat inside. The couatls follow us and two more appear outside.
You shall know the answer to the lawgivers favorite riddle.
“I came back from the land of the Lodestone’s scorn.
I came back with the Sun when the sky was newborn.
I came back in the shadows as the day met it’s end.
What one place in four have I never been?”
We each take a turn.
Benco: Day & Night.
Zeden: The moon
The Lawgiver is disappoint. Leave. Come back when you can answer. You have been respectful.
As Sainooli passes the doorframe one of the couatls looks hard at another.
After a quick discussion we turn on our heel and Sainooli answers “North.”
Them: Correct, you may enter.
We return to the hut and see Umlot and his clawed body. After respects a ghostly form rises from the body.
Umlot: Thank you for your words. I am disconnected from happenings. But to know others follow and know of our sacrifice allows me to move on. What questions will you ask?
Us: What manner of creature has taken your village?
U: Our village has always been under the control of kopru. Who kept us in an unaware state of servitude. They will take our best men and use them as guards. This changed a few months back. A horrible watery demon with bulbous eyes. Killed phano with a lethal symbol. I was killed by a demon ghoul. Paralyzed me and broke my neck. All the villagers were taken alive.
Us: Any effective tactics against these creatures?
U: Our weapons didn’t bite their flesh. The rune was probably cast by a waistralith.
(Id by Alex.)
Aquatic demon. Similar to eal and anglerfish 40’ length. Needle like fangs. Stake out their own petty domains in the abyssal sea. Immunity to cold. Water. Vulnerable to fire. Boiling water breath. Dispel, Unholy blight, Wall ice, Unhallow, Blasphemy. Summon others, teleport, electrical rebound: reflect electric damage to source! 15HD.
Rune sounded like symbol of death.
I would like to leave. Think of us and combat this evil. Respect quetzalcoatl's dictates more than us. Thank you. Goodbye.
Each of the couatl bow and fade away
11th 7,422 xp
Parts of the fog clear over the lake and we see a big ass island in the big ass lake. The island has a strange tilt. 200’ high on the west side sloping down. Do we grab one boat or two?
After too much deliberation, we choose to all take one boat. We find one not full of water and push off. We head for the south shore.
About a mile, Something gargantuan from beneath us. A huge crocodile tries to snap our boat in half!
Gargantuan Croc: Crunch! Boat. 1hit 40dmg. Auto Grapple.
Zeden: Blind/Deaf. Save? Good. Croc is ok.
Benco: Draw Dagger.
Alex: Hold Monster Croc fails.
Crock: Fail save
Sainooli: Coup de Grace. With oar? No just power attack 1hit 12dmg Draw real weapon
Zeden: Draw spear, attack: 1hit 11dmg
Benco: Coup de Grace. 24dmg. Fort save. Good.
Alex: Ready charm monster
Croc: Save? Good
Alex: Charm. Save is good.
Sainooli: 1hit 15dmg 2miss 3mis
Zeden: spear 1miss 2miss
Benco: Shoot her! Stab instead. 1hit 7dmg 2miss
Croc: Bite boat. Grapple good. 48dmg. DEAD! (the boat)
We’re in the water.
Alex: Swim good Unerring weapon on Sainooli
Sainooli: Sinks 1miss 2miss 3 miss
Zeden: Swim good 1hit 5dmg
Benco: Fly armor. Fly up 45 and AOO. 1hit 42dmg grapple? Yes. Benco no fly away.
Croc: Swallow. Cmb? Fail! No swallow.
Alex: Sink 5’ Swim check. Back up!
Sainooli sink 5’ 1crit 24dmg. 2hit 16dmg 3miss
Zeden: Swim good 1hit 7dmg
Benco: Stab 1hit 7dmg 2miss
Croc: Maintain grapple? No. Benco pops out! Tail on Sainooli. 1hit 56dmg.
Alex: Swim. Good. Cast defensively? Nope!
Sainooli: Sink 1miss 2crit 28dmg 3miss
Zeden: Swim good heal check. Channel energy. 20hp
Benco: Not grappled! Hover? Good. Attack 1miss
Croc: Sainooli Tail slap. 1hit 50dmg.
Alex: Swim good. Haste
Sainooli: 20’ down. 1hit 10dmg 2miss 3miss 4miss
Zeden: cast defensively good. Croc AOO? Miss! Heal on Sainooli 110hp!
Benco: hover 1miss
Croc: tail slap Sainooli 1hit 56dmg
Alex: swim good. Heroism on Benco
Sain: 1hit 2hit 15dmg 3miss 4miss And she’s too far down.
Zeden: 5’ swim up. Channel energy. 22hp
Benco: hover good 1hit 5dmg 2miss
Croc: bite on Sain 1hit 55dmg
Alex: swim good. Mass bear's endurance.
Sain: 5’ swim 1miss 2hit 11dmg 3hit 11dmg 4hit 14dmg
Zeden: Swim good Channel 18hp
Benco: hover good 1hit
Croc: Withdraw! 60’ Sainooli AOO: 1hit 15dmg 40 down and 10’ away.
Sain: Can she tell its intent? It seems to be fleeing.
Communal air walk. To the island? Mainland?
½ Joe heroism
½ Kev clever spells
½ Brian healing
½ Brina bookkeeping
½ Mitch flying
½ pep end
15 level xp
Brian: to Joe for dmg / to Kev for spells
Kev: to Mitch for not eating / to Joe for tank
Mtch: to Brian for heal / and Joe for tank
Joe: to Brian for healing / and Mitch for battle
Next week is good
No game on 18th.Father’s day.
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