Siliceous

Zehir, in the Feywild?
February 17, 2012

The party mounts the dragon, Bui and Rowena on a brass dragon, Kissandi and Ja’Elle on a gold dragon, and Kamien on a copper dragon. Over three and a half days we fly around the edges of the southern part of the Isle of Dread, follow up over the river between the mountains, past the entry to the mountain underpass that led to the Forlorn Tower, and to the raised plateau in the northern central region of the island. Along the way, we saw many hunters and hunted on the land, ranging from macetail behemoths, bloodspike behemoths, trihorn behemoths, an armored guulvoorg, pterydons, a t-rex, and humanoid natives of the island.

The descent and landing to just before the plateau is near, but just far enough away from a group of behemoths and a rider who are feasting on some fresh humanoid flesh.

The group finds an easier path up the plateau and ascends carefully. On the climb, Kissandi sees a huge flying creature very high in the sky circling above.

At the top of the plateau, the group sees a littered prairie of broken down wooden fortifications. Walking through the rubble, Kissandi notices something large moving and directs the party to fall back. Kissandi perfects the halfling toss as she flings Ja’Elle behind some cover. As the party follows her orders, a loud screeching roar comes from behind you and aberrant dinosaurs begin to attack.

The party makes quick work of a burrowing, jumping, armored dinosaur that is unable to even grab anyone. It only minorly scrapes Rowena, before being destroyed.

A rider dismounts from the huge, three horned aberrant dinosaur. The riders back tentacles try to grab the characters, but he, too, is quickly defeated. Just before he dies, a large group of behemoths with a troglodyte rider and a war party of trogs charges towards the scene.

The aberrant dinosaur clearly states his claim to the party with a loud roar. The onrushing behemoths are spurred on to move almost 4 times as fast by their troglodyte leader. Rowena casts sleep on and the behemoths are quickly slowed. The aberrant dino is also slowed. Two of the behemoths fall asleep, the large flying creature and rider quickly swoops down towards the action, and as the dinos and aberrant dino square off to fight, the party makes their calculated escape. After putting a few miles between ourselves and the fight, the party takes a short rest.

The remainder of daylight is almost extinguished by the time we reach the obsidian building. It is dusk. The glistening reflection of the sun off the building made of pure obsidian makes this odd shaped building sparkle. The two ivory pillars in the entryway have been polished and glisten in the sunlight, too. The stairs, are a pinkish, flesh-tone that is duller and appears to be less finished and made of rougher stone. Perception and religion checks identify this building as being shaped in the head of snake emerging from the ground, clearly connected to Zehir, god of darkness, poison, and assassins. You suspect the Tear of Ioun may be inside, if the vision from Friend was correct. Ioun is the god of knowledge, skill, prophecy, and the study of arcane knowledge.

Ja’Elle carefully inspects for traps on the floor. Kissandi checks for traps on the door. The party proceeds cautiously while Kissandi mocks them for being too attached to life.

The obsidian doors swing open and are propped to remain open by the party. There is no natural light inside. Kissandi opens another set of doors at the back of the small room. A slightly larger unlit room is here. The doors are held open by Bui. Rowena casts light in the second room. Ja’Elle and Kissandi start searching the walls. The others noticing a charging t-rex coming toward the building. Just before the t-rex gets to the building, Bui closes the door to the interior room and the door to the exterior room snaps shut, too. Rowena thinks that they are magically locked.

As soon as the doors snap shut, a low hissing noise emerges, quickly growing louder. Snakes, hoards of snakes fall from above on us and around us. Partial husks of dead bodies fall, too. The swarms of snakes attack and scare us initially. Many of the snakes are obsidian, too, and blend in very well with the wall. Rowena helps the party resist almost all of the poison damage the snakes deal. This turns the tide of the fight in a hurry. With many area attacks, we quickly eliminate 8 minions, 2 medium snake swarms, 1 large tangler snake swarm, and 2 spitting snakes of Zehir.

After defeating all of the snakes, we find boots of striding and springing on one of the dead shadar-kai bodies. Ja’Elle keeps the magic boots. The party sees many holes at about 14 feet high on the wall. Ja’Elle climbs up and is able to remove rubble in the wall to crawl through. He finds two small passages above, both containing lots of snake cages, with their doors swung open. Near the end of both passages, Ja’Elle finds a secret door leading toward one another.

Meanwhile, the party notices carvings and art on the walls above in the room below. Each wall depicts a similar scene. All scenes show sacrifices made to Zehir by half snake-men and women and legions of snakes. The north wall includes humanoid worshippers of the Raven Queen being sacrificed to Zehir. The west wall includes humanoid worshippers of the Pelor being sacrificed to Zehir. The east wall includes dragonborn worshippers of the Bahamut being sacrificed to Zehir. The south wall includes humanoid worshippers of the Ioun being sacrificed to Zehir.

The party decides to stick together and climbs up to one of the passages above. As the secret door opens inward, 3 of the 4 snake men in the central room exit through doors and descend steps. One snake man remains and initiative will be rolled to start the next encounter, next time.

You just hit a milestone. Some dailies and heal surges have been used. Kamien has 2 action points. All others have 1.
Total Party Gold = 72,233
It is the night of Dec 17, 993.

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Ja'Elle Slices and Dices, but Bui and Rowena Spoil the Feaster's Meal
January 20, 2012

November 18, 993 10 pm

We ascend the last staircase to the top floor of the tower.

Huge sections of floor have collapsed from this level. A flood of water cascades from the overhang, hundreds of feet above, to land here and spill down into the tower’s interior. In the southern corner rises a dais on which sits an old iron chair. A faded red carpet, now turned a sickly pink, lies before the throne and trails off to the north. Just before the carpet is a large section of scorched stone. The pattern around a hemispherical depression suggests something large exploded here.

Standing on the edge of the tattered carpet is an elf warrior dressed in shining scale armor. On his left arm is strapped a battered heavy shield emblazoned with a stylized raven clutching lightning in its claws. He wields a longsword in his right hand. The way he holds himself, the gape of his mouth, the dark circles beneath his eyes, and the unsightly scabrous skin on one side of his face combine to make him gruesome and fearsome.

Flanking Elomir are two reptilian creatures, stooped and eyeless with overlarge tube-shaped maws.

“Brave indeed for you to return to the scene of your crime, thieves,” says the elf in a voice that has several tones at once. “Return the Tear to me, and you die quickly. Or have you come to slay me?”

Your superior perception draws your attention to a great heap of glistening gray flesh, beaded with moister from the waterfall, lurking here, its three eyes set on a tentacle. Its hug maw contains row upon row of black teeth.

Bui tries to reason with Elomir. Kamien changes his form and appears as Shantaira, trying to convince Elomir to talk. Elomir is convince Kamien is Shantaira and flies into a fit of rage, calling the battle to begin.

Elomir sprinkles dust from the brain of a mind flayer onto his sword, honing his ability to hit his target as he attacks Kissandi first.

Ja’Elle quickly shifts 8 into the room and corners one of the destrachans. Kamien chuckles at the sight of the small halfling making the large dinosaur-like beast look helpless. Meanwhile, Kamien scurries to the corner to fire from range. Pew, pew, pew!

Kissandi looks to protect Ja’Elle and aids him in making quick work of the second destachan. Bui and Rowena successfully keep the feaster at bay. Bui greatly reduces the damage it will do throughout the fight. It grabs each of them in turn, but Rowena uses her arcane powers to blast it back and nearly over the ledge to a huge fall multiple times.

During the battle, Elomir calls upon 2 disruptive aberrant flying creatures that are quickly defeated. Elomir attacks Bui, using disruptive smite to hamper any healing effects used on Bui. Shortly before Bui is knocked unconscious, Bui calls upon his god and removes four ongoing effects.

5 Harrowfolk rush up and help attack the feaster. 2 are grabbed. One is bitten. A necrotic wound is opened up on him. 4 aberrant T’Surrs materialize out of the carpet when one of the Harrowfolk step on it. The T’Surrs do not last long enough to help Elomir as the party and the Harrowfolk lay waste to them.

Kamien, with the help of Kissandi’s god the Raven Queen’s guidance, deals a big shot that leaves a gaping wound on Elomir. Elomir regenerates from it as quickly as aberrantly possible. Ja’Elle unleashes incredibly powerful attacks against all of his enemies. Rowena grants Bui a healing surge and Bui recovers very quickly by utilizing some of his strong healing powers.

Kissandi deals the killing blow to Elomir. Rowena uses astral wind and pushes the feaster off the ledge. The feaster and one of the T’Surrs move as quickly as they can out of the tower and into the cave below.

Bui helps the affected Harrowfolk soldier recover from his wounds that were starting to ooze puss.

The party loots and finds 40 gemeralds (4000 gp), a Premonition Ring, a potion of vitality, and Mind Dust. As the party loots, the Harrowfolk celebrate the emancipation of the tower from the False Ones.

Vaymeer returns and thanks the party. He says the Harrowfolk now know the source of the aberrations is the cave entrance. The party suggests looking for other possible exits from the caves. He agrees and says they will watch and defend any cave exits to the best of their ability.

In the woods, the moon shines bright, the stars shimmer in the sky and the world seems a better place. Everyone notices a foul smell. What is it? Rotten eggs? A haze emerges, then a fog. The moon, the stars, and even most of the woods are lost in the fog. A small wolf emerges. Ja’Elle offers him water. Kissandi tries to protect Ja’Elle. Ja’Elle says it is FRIEND. The wolf circles the party. The wolf grows larger and larger and then changes shape into something more humanoid as it grows. It accepts and drinks Ja’Elle’s water. It shares bread and water with Ja’Elle.

It walks slightly away from the party and turns its head and arms skyward into the fog. A timed skills challenge begins. All party members are successful in discerning that this being is not trying to hypnotize or harm Ja’Elle or the group. Each character gains either two or three successes in attending to the images that appear above.

In the fog above, you see multitudes of animated small colored images. There are dozens, no scores, possibly hundreds. There is action in all of them. Life in motion. All draw your attention.

The group discusses images and puts many things together including:
1. There are many images of eastern Terkent, including near Standhall and Balser, where there are threats looming, mainly including legions of giants of various types (hill, stone, fire, frost) working together. Rowena says she had a dream exactly like this when she chewed the drug the first time.

2. There are series of multiple concurrent images. In one scene the party is fighting ogres. In a similar scene, the party is negotiating with the ogres. In one scene the party is fighting a dragon. In the similar scene, the party is sneaking around the dragon. In one scene, the party is fighting giants. In a similar scene the party is disguised and sneaking by the giants.

3. The party sees Laeralin walking alone. The party sees Leogrator consulting a council, likely the Woodland Justice Network. Some council members appear in agreement with Leogrator. Others eyes dart back and forth between Leogrator and something behind them, looking nervous. Giant shadows are visible in the background.

4. A panoramic scene over the island in the Feywild pans over giant woodlands and mountain, zooming in on an obsidian building with pillars in the front, entering the front door and into the building, the party appears fighting an enemy. Nearby, the Tear of Ioun is visible.

5. Different races of giants are seen consulting with one another.

6. Lambasa – a meeting of heroes – the party is there, but no Kamien. Tyzzer and three other shadowy heroes who appear to be friends are there, too.

7. Images of elves working with giants.

8. A split in the Feywild. A gap. Aberrations spilling out into the Feywild. Cue the dramatic music.

9. 4 dragons, including the gold dragon Nuadil, hovering above the cave entrance near the Forlorn Tower. All use their breath weapons to cause an avalanche to seal the cave. The breath weapons continue as the entrance is clearly sealed.

10. Giants – you can hear Leogrator as he diplomatically tells some of the council and intimidates the rest to frame Laeralin as the one who welcomed giants into Terkent, if anything goes astray.

11. Comets fly through the sky. This does not feel good. Past memories for those who have lived in eastern Terkent have a sense of foreboding.

Individual Successes:

Rowena sees Standhall calling her back. Standhall is clearly in danger. Nan Hornburg has left the smithy to take back up his sword, gather other retired adventurers and defend the area vs. giants.

Bui sees the images of Ja’Elle and Kissandi merge, then separate leaving Ja’Elle and Adalaentar the red dragon. This repeats in another image, but this time Bui emerges between Ja’Elle and Kissandi, Bui’s arms outstretched, not allowing the images to merge.

Ja’Elle sees images of comets and growing giant raids. He sees another of Kissandi, a male human in cloth/leather, and a female tiefling, all on their own in different settings. All appear to be seeking something, and all seem distracted by something, something that looks painful coming from within them. He also sees the death blow being dealt to Adalaentar the red dragon but cannot tell by whose hand – his own, Kissandi’s, someone else’s?

Kamien see Pwi’lin. He can see within his mind. Pwi’lin is having the exact same dream about Kissandi that Kamien had when he was chewing the drug. This angers Kamien. He sees another image with a way out of the group at/before the meeting of heroes. He sees another with the growing threat, not to his homeland, but to the land to the east of the mountains – giants, and loads of them.

Kissandi sees herself comforting Ja’Elle, putting shaving cream all over his head, then shaving him bald. She sees another showing three Tears, two her former party found and one with the Tear of Ioun. They appear to be linked.

The party takes an extended rest. It is now Nov 19.

Vaymeer offers safe passage to the Harrowood and helps the party find the location of the place where you entered Siliceous from the Feywild. With Rowena’s arcane ability, she is able to locate the place, up higher on a tree where you can return to the Feywild.

The party leaves. Travel back through the mountain underground takes two weeks. It is now Dec 2.

The party carefully finds the way back to the water. This takes a few days. It is now Dec 5.

The party sails back to the island where the dragons and draconians live. Safe passage takes a week and a couple days. It is now Dec 14.

The cliffside is scaled. The draconians welcome you back. We return to speak with the four dragons, including the gold named Nuadil. He telepathically questions what information we gained. He is pleased that we have discovered the source of the aberrations. They intend to close the source.

We mention Gaard to him. He says they will try to help, but there primary focus must be closing the connection to the Far Realm that is there. He assures us they will do there best.

We ask for a reward. He tells us the fellow travelers we left with them have had their lives restored. He tells us they now share a bond, a gold dragon bond with him. They are out seeking similar things to what you have been seeking. If they return, we should be reunited.

Rowena asks if there is a teleport circle nearby. Bui diplomatically convinces the dragons that you are allies and this would be great information to share. The dragons have the draconians show Rowena their teleportation circle. Rowena does a ritual to link to the teleportation circle.

The party tells the dragons about the visions seen in the fog and asks the dragons if the building in their vision exists. The dragons assure us it does and are willing to transport us near to where the building is located. They say it is well guarded and they will need to leave us some distance from it, but will get us near and tell us the way to get there.

Total Party Gold is now 72,233
It is Dec 14, 993
You are departing for the obsidian building where you believe you will fight for the Tear of Ioun

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Hall of Reflection
December 26, 2011

It is Nov 18, 993 at 9 pm.

  • Rowena missed a mysterious roll that seems to have no immediate effect. Oh, this must be bad!
  • We walk upstairs to level 3 of the tower and head away from the waterfall so as not to be pushed over.
  • We are greeted by two floating sets of armor called helmed horrors and three grells. They are not happy to see us.
  • Fight!
  • The helmed horrors do not join the fight until round 2.
  • It doesn’t go well at first, but Kamien gets as far away as possible, so things are about to change.
  • Kissandi is not very effective early on.
  • A grell philosopher joins the fight during round 3.
  • Rowena goes down in the tentacles of a grell.
  • Analastra joins the fight!
  • Kissandi and Ja’Elle dish out a lot of damage. Bui’s standard and his new paragon power to add ongoing damage to bloodied enemies really turns things in the party’s favor. Rowena uses her magic to push enemies back into Bui’s zone to finish them off.
  • We finally kill all the bad guys after several of our guys go down.
  • Analastra shares her healing surges, and two sturdy Harrowfolk fighters share theirs, too.
  • We share healing surges and power up to get ready for the final fight.
  • Analastra says that upstairs will be a bitch and she’s not coming.
  • Vaymeer says he’ll try to send help, then heads out in a hurry.
  • We find a bunch of rituals. Bui takes them for now, with plans of redistributing. This place was once a Hall of Reflection.
  • Kamien finds a diamond necklace and an Ioun pendant. He keeps the necklace and gives the pendant to Rowena.
  • We also find 15 random gp.
  • The plan is to charge upstairs and take on the big bad guy named Elomir who is the last Stormcrow in the tower, his two destrachans, and some strange blubbery water creature.
  • Total Party Gold is now 68,233
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Drug Induced Visions, An Elven Avenger, and Another Step Closer to Taking the Tower
Friday, December 16, 2011

Nov 18, 2 pm

Last time, after a heroic battle, we fled the tower without our defender, Pwi’lin, who was fried by a beholder and Shanaira.

We returned to the base of the mountain, just into the woods to rest. In doing so, we have gained enough experience to enter Paragon Tier and level 11. Oooooo, the power!

Kamien tells Rowena that he found her Kaorti symbol in the silver icon of Ioun, just as Rowena noticed it was gone.

Vaymeer of the Harrowfolk meets the party and asks Bui and Rowena what happened to Pwi’lin, to Gaard, and who is the False One (Denva) that they brought along? Bui and Rowena work to calm Vaymeer and to accept Denva. Meanwhile, Kamien notices Ja’Elle in tremendous pain and offers to help. Ja’Elle accepts.

Vaymeer says that Kamien needs help and calls in his shaman, Nilanthra. Nilanthra tells Bui and Rowena, they must chew this plant in order to help Kamien. Bui and Rowena accept.

All PCs have a drug-induced dream or vision. As an aside, we haven’t told each other about them, yet. An elven woman appears out of the woods. She says she wants to protect the little one, Ja’Elle. Ja’Elle says it is okay. Kamien seems to know her or of her. Rowena seems to recognize her, too. Eventually, she joins the party.

The party has a serious discussion about which way to go next. We go back and forth about which way is best to go. Vaymeer wants us to destroy the aberrations in the tower. We consider going to Wellspring, a town, and helping Denva. In the end, Vaymeer assures us that if Analastra helps, they can get Denva to Wellspring and find her help. We return to the tower.

Rowena makes us resistant to fire, a very useful device against an eye of flame and a fire-wielding wizard. We make quick work of Shantaira. The eye of flame proves to be a worthy opponent, knocking Bui unconscious. But, in the end with much damage done by all, we take out the beholder, too. Shantaira’s staff is magical and could come in handy.

We realize there are two floors left and likely two encounters. We take a short rest.

We have just reached level 11 and are 1 encounter in. Everyone spent their action point and healing surges have been used. Ja’Elle did not fight and is at full strength, should he return for the next encounter.

End at 9 pm on 11/18/993; Total Party Gold = 65,018

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Denva's Advice and Pwi'lin's Demise
Friday, December 2, 2011

Bui gives the Resilience Amulet +3 (AV 154) we received from Denva to Rowena.

  • Denva gives us info on everything in the tower so we can plan our attack. Says that the waterfall is a danger on every floor, getting worse as you get higher.
    - There are three sections on floor 2 (Klaus and an invisible aberrant creature, two destrachans, and Shantaira and an eye of flame). Shantaira will do anything to help Elomir.
    - Floor 3 has 3 grells that will attack on sight and 2 floating armors that will attack once the fight begins. It is likely Elomir can perceive what happens on Floor 3.
    - Floor 4 has Elomir, a nasty aberrant creature, a super tough grell, and 2 destrachans. Beware of standing on the scorch mark or the carpet. Denva told you that Elomir resides at the top of the tower, is the leader of the Stormcrows, and is out of his gourd.
  • We go after the mad scientist, Klaus first.
  • Rowena delivers the killing blow against KLAUS! Now we just have the tentacle balhannoth left.
  • Balhannoth remembers he’s actually really tough.
  • Um . . . we anger two destrachans (as usual) and keep fighting.
  • Kamien secretly searches and takes a sash off of Klaus.
  • Things are not looking good, the eye of flame and Shantaira have entered the fray.
  • Well, good news is most of us get out alive. Bad news, Pwi’lin dies. Amazingly, we feel lucky.
  • We run away and will try to figure out what to do next time.
  • We plan to take Denva to Wellspring to try to find her help.
  • We get far enough from the Tower, take an extended rest and level up.
  • All have an extended rest and are level 11. Welcome to Paragon Tier!

End at 10 am on 11/18/993; Total Party Gold = 65,018

Reminders: Garen wanted you to help Denva and Shantaira. You have Denva, but she needs/wants to get help in Wellspring.

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Kamien's Account: The Rescue of Denva
Friday, November 4, 2011

11/17/993 at 11 pm
As narrated by Kamien:
Pwi’Lin is sick, probably a relapse, so Rowena is going to be our defender for as long as she can.
Let’s fight!
I get grabbed by a big Grick thing and am not happy about it.
More bad guys keep coming. I’ve got to find a way to get out of here. There’s no way I’m dying fighting these damn aberrations.
It took a few tries, but I got out of that slimy thing’s tentacles and started running to the shadows where I can be safe.
The cleric Bui healed me, which I appreciate, but I hope he doesn’t plan on me returning the favor.
I’ve finally found a nice dark corner to hide in. Let the heroes fight it out while I pick off these beasts.
Now that we’ve all found our places in this battle, it’s just a matter of time before we win.
I think these “heroes” owe me a thank you, since I killed several of the beasts from the shadows; although, they probably aren’t smart enough to know what I was doing.

Debate over next move:

  • Locate and help/destroy the Stormcrows or search for the Tear of Ioun

The little guy Ja’Elle scouts up the stairs and the obnoxious wizard lights up the waterfall area.
A grimlock steps out of a room ahead so I shoot at it, back up, and hide.
The rest of the group decides to negotiate with the slimy, female leader who is commanding the grimlocks. This oughtta be interesting.
My bluffing convinces the transformed woman to share her story:
* She wants help to reach Wellspring so she can be cured.
* A human named Cylus hired the Stormcrows to search for the Tear.
* The relic transformed the Stormcrows and then was stolen by mysterious shadow creatures.
* Elomir (Stormcrow leader) sent grells to Wellspring to try to get the Tear, so they are under his control, which is strange since they are usually intelligent and independent.
* She doesn’t think the tear is at Wellspring, but she wants to go there to be cured.
* She feels that Elomir is completely insane. He is lost and cannot be saved. He is in the top of the tower we are in right now.

She has a seizure and the grimlocks attack us on their own. Go get ’em, guys.
The grimlocks attack the chick on their way to kill us. Guess they didn’t like her.
Damn! That wizard just kicked some ass with her fire. Maybe she’s useful after all.
It looks like Bui is going to try to save the aberrant woman. Fine. Whatever.
We kill the bad guys. It wasn’t too tough.

There’s no way I’m following this group to Wellspring. I’ve got to find a way to convince them to finish whatever they have planned quickly so Pwi and I can get back to Salla. Honestly, I don’t know if I can find my way back there on my own.

End at 1 am on 11/18/993; Just hit a milestone (Pwi’lin just off an extended rest); Total Party Gold = 65,018

Reminders: Garen wanted you to help Denva and Shantaira. You have Denva, but she needs/wants to get help in Wellspring. Denva can tell you of the dangers of the tower. She told you that Elomir resides at the top of the tower, is the leader of the Stormcrows, and is out of his gourd. Denva will give you a reward for saving her, a magic item.

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Neogi vs Adalaentar; Kaoriti and the Tear of Ioun
September 30, 2011

Noon on 11/17/993

Ja’Elle and Gaard have been gone for too long. Bui and Pwi’lin set out to find them, cautiously. Kamien follows. Traveling deeper into the mountain, the group of three eventually finds a cavern that branches out 20 or more ways that is littered with fresh tracks and lots of them.

Bui, Pwi, and Kamien decide to find a good, defensible position so they don’t get caught, too.

Soon later, Rowena arrives on the scene.

Next, sounds emerge and after some careful, tactical positioning, the four adventurers fight a hoard of minions including 2 clouds of daggers, and 2 groups of zombies (6 per group, 12 total). The enemy also includes a Neogi and an eladrin slave. Rowena’s wall of fire singes many of the minions and bloodies the eladrin slave. Pwi’lin manages to draw the attention of most enemy fire, allowing Rowena and Bui to work on the neogi. Kamien stays hidden and sneaks in many vicious crossbow shots. The enemy is defeated.

Kamien grabs a magic ring for himself. The party adds 2800 in gold (7 gemeralds).

The eladrin slave, Analastra, is revived by Bui.

Kamien questions Analastra. Kamien and Rowena uncover that something is amiss when they are referring to Ja’Elle. Eventually the eladrin slave says that Ja’Elle worked out some sort of deal with the neogi and Ja’Elle should be nearby looking for the party.

Ja’Elle reappears and tells the party to follow him out and promptly disappears back into the shadows.

After returning to within shouting distance of the cave entrance, Bui cures Analastra of her affliction (cost 250 gold for the ritual). She is no longer controlled by the neogi.

Kamien and Pwi’lin catch up and agree they both want to return to Salla, but don’t know how to get back.

Ja’Elle reemerges and tells the other characters that in order to rescue Gaard, they must find the exact location of Adaelantar the dragon and find out his weaknesses. He says the neogi want this information because the dragon is a common enemy. He says he bluffed his way passed the neogi. When asked, he said it would not work to try to save Gaard by attacking the enemy because they are too strong.

The group takes an extended rest.

The group decides to go into the tower. Ja’Elle needs to devise a plan so he stays behind. The rest of the group enters the tower and begins exploring.

Along with the regular rubble, the group finds a symbol of the Kaorti in a silver icon of Iouan. The Kaorti were a particularly zealous group of Iouan followers who wanted all information to be available to all and not hidden. They wanted to find the Tear of Iouan, the thing the Eyes of Malachi told us we were looking for. This Tear sounds an awful lot like the items we were seeking in the Feywild on the huge isle we set off to before we seemingly left the Feywild.

The group left an area where they expected to meet another Stormclaw, this time a human. Garen had told us about where to expect them and a little about them. He asked that we treat them as well as we did him, because they were all decent people before the aberrant energy affected them.

The group was just about to begin an encounter as we concluded the session. See the map for placement as Pwi was opening the door in front of him. (W wall)

It is 11 pm on 11/17/993 (the group is just done taking an extended rest…)

Total Party Gold = 64,018

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A Heroic Battle Before Things Fall Apart
June 11, 2011

10 am on 11/17/993

The battle continues. The stirge swarm is quickly dispensed mainly by the power of the Standard of the Silver Dragon, planted by Bui.

Garen, Benjin Ulf’s father, suffering severe internal pain tries to help us, but mainly is unable to do much of anything.

Ja’ Elle is brought back to consciousness by Bui, and awakens with head pains that just keep worsening through the fight.

Bui used rebuke violence to keep the foulspawn seer impotent while we dealt with the other foulspawn.

Pwi’lin stands in the way of many attacks from the enemy and doles out some heavy hitting.

Benjin rained arrows down on all of the foulspawn.

Gaard makes a valiant run across the battlefield to chase down and eventually kill the foulspawn seer who was trying to escape.

As the battle is ending, a man runs towards the party yelling for Pwi’s help while being chased by two grimlocks, natural beasts we earlier spotted on other parts of the mountain. The grimlocks retreat from our party. The man turns out to be Kamien, someone who knows Pwi’lin from their previous lives in Terkent. Pwi’lin and Kamien talk privately and Pwi gives Kamien some of the drug he had been using before Bui cured him.

Bui and Benjin unsuccessfully try to cure Garen of his condition.

Gaard and Ja’Elle scout deeper into the cavern that goes into the mountain. After finding a multitude of paths and many, many footprints, they continue only to be surrounded. Despite great efforts to bluff by Ja’Elle and a burrowing escape attempt by Gaard, they are both captured by two neogi and a massive amount of grimlock zombies and a handful of floating dagger swarms. In other words, Gaard and Ja’Elle bravely got themselves captured to infiltrate the enemies lair.

Gaard and Ja’Elle were 45 minutes away from the group into the mountain. Benjin plans to return to Rhendlich to take his father and to help back home, but wouldn’t leave until he knew his friends were safe. Pwi’lin and Kamien are planning to return to their home, too.

Ends around noon on 11/17/993.

Total Party Gold = 61,468

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An Amazing Healer and a Remarkable Reunion
May 21, 2011

Approaching midnight on November 16, 993.

The group disagrees on the best course of action in approaching the tower. Benjin wants to go to the front door. He says senses someone he knows needs help there, and soon. The others are not sure about the wisdom of entering the front door when there may be other options.

While the others are out scouting, Bui confronts Pwi’lin about a possible drug addiction. With Pwi’lin’s consent, Bui helps to cure him of his addiction, at no small cost to Pwi’lins health.

The group reunites, ascends the mountain and approaches the tower. The tremendously loud waterfall diminishes the ability to hear well at all.

Because of the scouting and planning, the party is not surprised by zombies and ghouls who were attempting to blend in with the other dead bodies littering the pathway to the tower. Bui, aided by a few others, pick off the zombie minions one by one before they can do anything. The ghouls prove a little tougher, but nothing we can’t handle.

After the battle, we scout a little further, Benjin leading us to the front door, and Gaard hanging back the furthest.

After Benjin opens the front door, Pwi’lin comes to help as a flesh golem and a stirge swarm emerge. Bui and Ja’Elle wade into the battle as a blueish dwarf, obviously affected by aberrant forces emerges to do us great pain. Gaard remains just close enough to give minimal support with his ranged weapon while cursing enemies looking his way to check to see if they can reach him with a running charge.

Benjin says the dwarf is his father!?! Ja’Elle knocks the dwarf unconscious, but he awakens before taking any damage.

The enemy proves very tough. Ja’Elle is knocked unconscious and takes strike one as he bleeds out. Bui meticulously bandages Ja’Ell wounds, blanches the bleeding, but Ja’Elle remains unconscious (but not dying). The flesh golem is slain. The stirge swarm is bloodied.

The dwarf is bloodied. Benjin, as diplomatic as he can be, convinces the dwarf, his father (?), to drop his weapon. They embrace. Only long enough to realize that two foulspawn manglers are coming to attack!

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Eyes of Malachi, the Harrowfolk, and the Forlorn Tower
April 1, 2011

Terkent Notes April 1, 2011

11/15/993 Mid-afternoon
• Start with a perception check at mid-afternoon

o We see a dude in the woods wielding two axes, with hide armor and a helmet with bars in front and a bloodly eye ornament.

o Fight!!!

• Three of the axe dudes and one messed up hag-like chick.

• Gaard boldly charges into battle and surrounds himself with bad guys and pretty much takes care of them all himself.

• The other guys help some.

• Bui recognizes the markings on the baddies as those who worship Malachai, who is someone related to Ioun. But these guys have really messed up their worship.

• We kill everyone except one baddie pretty easily. (The DM is pissed, but we don’t care.)

• Rowena convinces the last baddie to drop his weapons and talks to him. She is tough.

• They serve Malachai and he still thinks we will die.

• They think we share their goal.

• They seek the Tear of Ioun.

• Bui tries good copping the baddie.

• Baddie laughs at Bui’s efforts.

• Baddie laughs again.

• We take a Mask of Slithering from the Tiefling.

• Give it to Pwi’lin.

o Gaard sees a humanoid barbarian, half-orc looking dude from across the river.

• He is Vaymeer of the Harrowfolk.

• He mentions the Forlorn Tower

• He will take us to it.

• The False Ones have taken it over.

• We might want to go there to kill bad guys.

• Mentions a city called Wellspring, but he doesn’t know anything else about the world beyond the Harrowood.

• He leads us to a place to rest on the way to the Tower.

• Dead Aberrations abound up a mountain path.

• We walk for about ¾ of a day through the blahblah mountains.

• We see the Forlorn Tower kind of in the middle of a waterfall.

o We come to the edge of the woods and look up at the Tower at about 8:00 in the evening on 11/16.

• Pwi really wants to wait here.

• Ben scouts ahead.

• One of the “dead” bodies comes to life. SURPRISE!! (duh)

• Bui runs away (he’s good at that), but the zombie still attacks.

o Zombie hits and grabs Ben.

o Ben smashes the zombie.

  • Ben returns to the group. It is nearing midnight on 11/16/993.
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