Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.p>12/18/16
Eric gets 1PEP for fixing Joe’s Windows 10 update.
1/2pep 15*level XP
Still debating. What did we miss. Is there a demon dog somewhere in here?
Cesar insists on the coin tower. With his newfound level he notices a super complex secret door in the coins. It slides open to reveal a large hallway. Very old. Three double doors. one to the south is stone with dark runes. Cesar checks the hall. All clear.
Looking at the runes, Cesar doesn’t know K.Arcana. Solomon and Chano approach.
Chano notes the runes are abjuration, build around the idea of supporting conjuration. The patterns are consistent with allowing the doors to be used without breaking the circle. A large keyhole.
We turn to the north door. Check. No traps. No lock. Clud swings it open.
A barren room with a raised dias. Upon it is a throne. Statues of a man clutching book and glave.
A ghostly image sits on the throne. Same man. Seems to be addressing an audience. It’s hard to read his lips. Chano seems to hear him. Repeating a message that cuts in an out
“...Is upon us but I command you to remain here. Azalant is but a petty flash compared to my wrath.”
Soon it repeats. Cesar and Cluddox searches quick. Nothing else abnormal and nothing reacts to us.
To the East door. Search. No traps. No lock. Clud open. Three low tables. Strange selection of knives and strange tools. Collection of bones near the south table. Not one single body. Cluddox and Cesar poke around. Some magic shit on the tables. Those two don’t recognize anything there. The skeleton is odd. It looks like it’s one creature that may be two headed with another smaller man growing from his back. Well made tools. East table holds a silver and gold seven pointed star. Cesar notes it matches the keyhole in the southern door and he grabs it.. We call Chano in.
The equipment would have supplemented transmutation magic. But only for changing the shape of living bodies. They aren't magic but useful for adjusting altered flesh. He grabs them.
We ready at the stone door and Cesar uses the key. We swing the door.
Erie green fire emerges from the combination of bat and wolf standing before us! It shifts, blinking in and out of existence. A 10’ pit of fire, stinking of hair, lights the room. In the northern corner hold risers with several candles. The south wall holds a carving of a 7 pointed star. The creature snarls with green flame coming out of its mouth.
Camlo: 5’ draw and shoot. 1miss
The arrow passes through. Most of us notice a strange energy rippling from the doorway to the walls.
It: Laugh. “Fools. I will be free!” It rises and the door frame flickers with strange runes. There is a flash and he growls at it.
Chano notes the room is a magic circle effect. Attacking from outside the circle gave it a new save.
Clud: 5’step 1miss
Sol: “Will fire hurt it?”
Chano: It’s an outsider. Maybe DR? Silver? Cold Iron?
Cesar: Move around the pit up to it. Tumble? No AOO. 1crit 37dmg -5HP!
Sol: Move to Cesar. Heal check.
Chano: Move in and Ray 1hit 3cold
Camlo: “Clud! Move over.” Delay
It: “All of you die this easily, then you throw your lives away. Break the seal and I will not kill this one. Malfeshnekor will be free. And you will live today.”
Cluddox 5’ and ready action to attack if it attacks
Camlo: drop bow draw sword move up.
Sol: Reaches for a heal
It: “Don’t touch him!”
Sol: Heal anyway 11hp to cesar.
It: Swing at Cesar!
Ready actions. Cluddox PEP 1miss Camlo: PEP 1miss
It: to Cesar 1miss for blink.
Chano: Zap 1miss
Cesar: INVISIBLE! Get up. GTFO. Draw potion
Sol: Withdraw. Tumble Fail. AOO? 1miss
Camlo: withdraw back out the door.
Cluddox: Withdraw AOO? 1trip Clud AOO 1miss Trip? Success. Cluddox falls prone. Try and stand. Another AOO 1miss to blink.
It: “Cluddox, you will stay!” Charm Person. Cluddox spends two PEPs. He’s good.
Chano: Mirror Image. Tries to leave. Tumble? No. AOO? 1hit 10dmg
Cesar: Move out. Becomes invisible and holds out the key.
Camlo: Sheathe sword Pick up bow.
It: “I will remember your names.”
It: Grapple on Chano. AOO? Miss. Blink? Good. It hits. Grapples an image!
Chano: 5’ step and DELIVER THE BIRD!
½ pep to Mike.
Slam the door! Lock!
Cluddox: We did that ALL WRONG!
Cesar: Ya think?
200XP for the fiasco.
Now we’re leaning towards burning the whole keep. We head back to the surface. Solomon is eager to burn. We spend the next two hours tending the fire until it catches itself. We head to the mainland before the bridge catches.
We’re having a hard time convincing Solomon to leave. We give him another hour or so until the bridge burns in half. Cesar gets a few heals.
5:30pm. We arrive. Guards wave us in and we head straight to the church. “Private room, Father.”
Z: Is this Nualia?
Us: We didn’t want her to reanimate. Again.
Z: Why would you bring her here? HERE???
Us: She needs to be properly interred.
Finally Zantus agrees we can properly burn the body and say the proper rites. We’ll do it tomorrow.
How is Sha? The same.
The Father questions us about our mission. We relate our failure to destroy the influence over Thistletop and Shalelu. She’s still in danger.
Zantus thinks there is a single scroll of Restoration at The Feathered Serpent.
He agrees to bless us tomorrow. A few of us go to the Serpent. Cluddox takes Nuala outside town. Cesar trades in the maps from Foxglove manor and his own 400gp for the scroll.
Solomon uses the scroll on Cesar. (he paid for half of it)
Soon everyone follows Cluddox and this time the guards notice something is quite wrong. Solomon tells them to mind their own business.
Night passes. Cluddox is feeling some nervous guilt.
Zantus meets us at noon. He casts prayer on us and we roll our saves.
Camlo. We hear PEPs aplenty.He makes it.
Cluddox: Last PEP and he’s good.
Solomon: a PEP and he's’ only down one level.
We build a pyre and say some words over Nualia. We’re not as eloquent as we would like to be but we try anyway.
Camlo donates 50gp and Cluddox donates 100gp.
The next day, Zantus offers another prayer and Solomon rolls. Exactly the right number. Solomon donates 10pp
We’ll save our final assault for next session.
Good characters who helped Cluddox. 4th level 192xp 5th level 180xp
Cluddox +10% that
End of session xp
4th 576 5th 540
Placing bets on whether Joe levels his char before next session
1/2pep 15*level xp
1 pep Brian for whole session
2 pep for Eric keep us move
2 pep Mike for rp cesar for ninga
2 pep Joe for making awful character
3 pep Kevin for rp notes and redemption arc
Joe: to Eric for Solomon’s sheet and comments to Mike for a LOT of trouble
Mike; to Joe for bacon saving AGAIN and to Eric for comments and trying to save Chano
Eric both to Mike for running in and getting buttfucked.
Kevin: to Joe for healing and almost losing a level to Mike for being super brave.
Session player 1 full PEP.
Mike: to Kevin for being the fighter tag team
Joe: to Kevin for being a champion and good comments.
Eric: to Kevin for good rp and bromance
Kevin: to Brian for playing an excellent wizard and using his Knowledge skills to forward the plot!
Joe gets a PEP for taking out the garbage.
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