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Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Bonegarden.
(So, I was wrong. The group wasn't at the tomb of the Blood Governor. They were still talking amongst themselves as the Midnight Peddler drove away. We
pick up the action still on the doorstep of the Ossuary.
The group wanted to see if they could heal Sebano, as Maximus had some restoration spells prepared. They caught up with the Midnight Peddler, and
Jon and Feanor kept him busy while Max and the others distracted Sebano with Tim's wolf companion familiar. Sebano had demonstrated a desire to pet
Shadowfang before, and the Peddler at that time had indicated that his servant loved dogs and had recently lost one.
More wheeling and dealing then took place, with Jon suggesting that the group had a more powerful wizard. This piqued the interest of the Midnight Peddler,
but Jon refused to tell him who the other wizard was.
Max tried to cure Sebano, and the hunchback resisted, squirming away and insisted that "It keeps in the bad thing! It keeps in the bad thing!" He
repeated that phrase loudly enough for the Midnight Peddler to overhear. The Peddler calmly explained that Sebano's condition is voluntary, as he'd
forfeited a portion of his soul to contain a great evil.
And speaking of great evil, the Peddler said that if they were going to venture to the Blood Governor's tomb, the Governor was in possession of a
talisman of ultimate evil. The heroes, he said would be wise to retrieve it, since having such an artifact in the possession of one as evil as the
Blood Governor was dangerous indeed. He said he'd return the favor of they retrieved the talisman for him. They asked if Sebano could open the
door to the Ossuary, and the Peddler replied that no door is a barrier to him. If they could find Sebano's dog, he'd ask the hunchback to open the door
for them. If not… their only recourse was to get the golem's crannequin from the Blood Governor.
He once more rode off in his casket-wagon, and the group made their way toward the Rose Garden/Hedge Maze. They had decided that it was likely the least
dangerous route to Descent, whatever that was. They also decided to investigate the Crematorium, since it was on the way.
Approaching the Crematorium, they noticed that the flag of Modron was flying from its roof. Max approached, calling out to anyone inside. His foot crushed a
bottle, and it erupted in a powerful fire trap spell. Voices called out to them from inside the Crematorium, demanding that they identify themselves.
They did so, and were told approach but to be wary of the blue bottles.
They found that the Crematorium was the battleground of a besieged group of adventurers, some from Modron, who'd been trapped in the Bonegarden when
their cleric was slain. They were desperate to escape, running low on supplies, and besieged by wights every evening. When asked why they were in the
Bonegarden, they explained that they'd been sent to find a hair follicle from the head of a lich. They'd been unsuccessful in finding a lich, and
insisted that there must be none in the Bonegarden. Their wizard, Zey, had lost his main spellbook, and he was reduced to making "fire mines."
While the rest of the party were talking with the others, Feanor opened the cremator, and was admonished by Eliosk, the gnome. He shut up after the elf
suggested that he'd be a nice fit for the oven. Investigating the ashes, Feanor found, of all things, a scrap of paper. The paper later turned out to be a
scroll of protection from energy (fire).
The other party's leader Devisha insisted - strongly - that one of the party's clerics help them escape right away. Even with Maximus and Zeedek in
the party, the heroes were none too ready to waste their clerics' own ability to help them escape. Devisha's desperation became all too apparent then.
Upon hearing their refusal, she rose her axe and angrily insisted once more that one of the clerics help them. The other members of her party also armed
themselves, but the twin human warriors tried to counsel her against this madness. There were a few tense moments as the two parties faced off, but it never
came to blows. Jon smoothed over ruffled feathers (a combination of good roleplaying from all the players and a good Diplomacy check… I combine
role-playing and "roll-playing," giving bonuses to social interaction checks if they are accompanied by good roleplaying), and finally convinced
Devisha to wait for them to return. He promised that they would be back before nightfall, and would escort them out at that time. As a show of good faith,
Iliya left one of her hippogriff effigies behind to help defend the Crematorium if need be.
They left Devisha's group there, somewhat dejected and some of them feeling as if they were watching their last hope walk away.
The party discovered that the Rose Garden Hedge Maze consisted not of actual roses, but of vampire roses spread out in a labyrinth nearly 200 feet across.
Going through on foot would be dangerous, to say the least. Not only that, but according to Timm, vampire roses were mobile. It's likely that the maze
could change behind them. Fortunately, they had Iliya with her hippogriff effigy. They sent her and Max in first to scout around and see if they could
determine who or what the Quiet Gardener was. They discovered that he was a horrible type of undead known as a mohrg, and the hedge maze was also swarming with
zombies - no doubt under the Gardener's control.
Using Iliya's hippogriff, they flew in Zeedek, Feanor, and Iliya who were immediately beset by vampire roses. Timm flew overhead in eagle form, blasting
with spells thanks to his handy Natural Spell feat. Iliya sent the hippogriff back for Jon and Max. The Quiet Gardener was taken out by Feanor and Timm before
it got into melee range. After chopping down a half dozen zombies and a dozen vampire roses, the group finally had enough breathing room for Feanor to topple
the angel statue at the center of the maze. He did so, and with the help of the effigy managed to clear away the tombstones blocking the passage to Descent. He
also found an old cloth bag, which he tucked away to examine later.
The passageway they'd uncovered was far too small to allow Shadowfang and the hippogriff to enter, so, reluctantly, Iliya and Timm sent them back to the
Crematorium in the hopes that Devish and Company would look after them.
They ventured down the shaft, and found that the bag contained a garlic clove, a shadowy key which Jon determined existed at least partially on the Plane of
Shadow, and some other bits of treasure. Interestingly enough, they key had a design on it that led them to believe that it went with the eerie windmill
they'd seen from a distance.
The tunnel ended in a simple wooden obstruction, and with a few heaves they pushed it out of the way and into… a bedroom? The wooden obstruction was
actually a wardrobe. Before they'd spent too much time exploring this incongruous room, a ghost appeared before them and introduced himself as Lewis, the
Mortician. They chatted with him for some time, and finally learned that Descent was a town, a small thorp in a large cavern beneath the Bonegarden, and the
last refuge of the living. Strange it was that the living had buried themselves deeper than the dead. He didn't know of Rani the Protector, but he did warn
them of the machinations of Lord Slan and Esbat, but he didn't go into any detail as to who or what they were. Lewis also gave them the name of Hezmon, who
he suspected was his murderer. He then insisted that the party leave his private chamber as they'd found it. They did so, and wandered into the town of
They spent some time there, wandering around the market place and marveling about a town of the living in such a place as this. Straight away, they
encountered a starving mongrel with a collar that bore five keys. Remembering the symbol on Sebano's hand, they knew that this had to be his poor lost dog.
Timm soothed the animal and befriended it, and from then on it accompanied them wherever they went.
They found the town's only inn, The Charnel House, and avoided it. A passerby on the street directed them to Rani's Apothecary, and at long last
they met the mysterious Rani the Protector. She was a telepathic, green-skinned Celestial, sent here, she explained, to defend the poor souls of Descent. She
healed the wounds Maximus had sustained from the fire trap for free and sold them some healing potions at a reduced rate. She also volunteered more
information, for free, which was a welcome relief to the give-and-take of the Midnight Peddler.
They found that the Blood Governor was indeed a lich, and was one of the mortal world's most powerful wizards before he died. It was he who was
interested in finding a wizard, no doubt in order to find some spell that could release him from the Bonegarden. She mentioned Ristiko and his vampires,
suggesting that now that the Ossuary's golem was destroyed (as the party had told her) the vampires might gain in political influence. Their superhuman
strength meant that they were the ones strong enough to open the Ossuary doors without the aid of the golem. Asked about Karthe, she said that he was a
creature known as a Doomed Warrior, similar in many respects to a Death Knight. Tereza, his lover, was a vampire, and this was, in part, responsible for the
hostility between Karthe and Ristiko. The party just shook their heads at the depth of intrigue and political dealings that were going on in an area as small
as the Bonegarden. When one can't kill one's enemy, combat becomes useless and the only thing left is personal and political might. The Bonegarden was
in a stagnant status quo, with artifacts being traded back and forth, won and lost, and power bases frequently shifting.
When asked about a safe way out, she said that the safest route, for them, was through a tunnel containing 36 mummies. If they ran straight through, they
should make it with little trouble thanks to the shambling pace of the mummies. They thanked Rani for her help and her assistance, and she warned them to be
ever on their guard against the Blood Governor, Esbat, and Lord Slan. Their presence was no doubt going to cause ripples in the politics of the Bonegarden.
They left Descent, but had some trouble getting out of the room with the mummies. Max stopped to clear a path, and Iliya became paralyzed with fear at the
sight of the bandaged horrors. This delay was costly, and Max was pummeled harshly by the creatures as Timm flew back to Iliya to help her with a dimension
door spell to the other side of the room. Zeedek tried to heal Max, but was unable to and actually injured himself thanks to the ring of blades
spell Max had erected to protect him from the mummies.
Finally the group had enough of a gap between them and the remaining mummies to make a break for it. They fled up the passageway, coming to an iron gate
with a heavy padlock. Feanor made short work of the lock, and they found themselves at the base of the hill on which stood the Ossuary. They slammed the gate
shut and locked it to keep the mummies from following, and set off through the Bonegarden to find the Midnight Peddlar and Sebano. They had a dog to deliver.
Jun 4 08 2:17 AM
Having left Descent and the raving mummies behind them, the party returned to the Crematorium to
escort Devisha and her crew out of the Bonegarden. There was some discussion as to whether or not to ask for payment from them for the service. It was
ultimately decided to not ask for payment (I think… I don't remember what the exact decision was, but I believe it was in favor of not asking for
payment. I'm sure one of my players will correct me if I'm wrong. )
They were deciding what to do next, when
the screams of multiple ghouls and ghasts caught their attention. A dozen ghouls and half as many ghasts were charging through the cemetery toward them, driven
on as if by an unholy hunger. They party fled, Jon, Max, Iliya, and Zeedek on Iliya's hippogriffs, Timm with Sebano's door via dimension door
and the rest of the way on foot, and Feanor and Shadowfang (Timm's companion familiar) on foot. The foul things chased them all the way to a breach in the
wall near the front gate, and were quickly dealt with by Maximus with turnings and flame strikes from complete safety on the other side of the
In the distance, barely visible through this mist, Feanor made out
two familiar shapes: the bhutas he'd killed the day before at he gate. Apparently the bone wind had reanimated them. Since bhutas are vengeful spirits that
seek their killers, Feanor surmised that he must now be their target since he was the most recent person to have "killed them." Their list of enemies
in the Bonegarden was quickly outstripping their list of allies.
They remained outside that night, camping in the ruins of the
buildings there once more. At midnight, they saw a female figure standing in the shadows of the secret door by the front gate. Since they theorized that the
door led to Karthe's tower, that could only mean that this mysterious woman was Tereza, the organist. They approached her to try to talk to her, but she
quickly and quietly fled back down the tunnel, letting the door close behind her.
The following day they returned to the Bonegarden, sending Iliya
and Feanor up on her hippogriffs to scout for the Midnight Peddler from the air. They quickly found him, and soon they were all back at the Ossuary. Sebano was
overcome with joy to see his dog again, and quickly acquiesced to opening the Ossuary door for them. He merely touched the huge metal door with his open hand,
and it slid open.
The group entered the Ossuary, carefully treading among the
scattered bones and wary for traps. They found that, to their relief, the huge wooden shelves in the Ossuary were sorted by letters. Their relief was
short-lived, however, when they found that the space for Tomb B-117 was empty. They then began a systematic search of the Ossuary, and Jon found a secret door
in the far corner. Feanor ventured in first, and in the room below he could hear the sounds of tinkering hammers and chisels coming from a closed door across
The rest of the party followed, not nearly as quietly as the elf,
and found, in the next room, two large statues made of bone held together with wire, rope, and pegs. They noted that there was another door in this room,
slightly ajar. From beyond that door they then heard a strange voice hiss a single word in a language none of them knew, and the skeletal sculptures came to
life and attacked! The door slammed shut.
They defeated the animated statues, which fell apart into plies of
bone. Examining some crates in the previous room, the found that one was labeled B-117. Once more their hopes were dashed when they found that the crate
contained only bones and bone fragments. No ethereal diadem was to be found.
They turned their attention back to the door that had slammed shut
in the other room, wondering about the creature that had spoken and other mysteries that lay beyond.
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just a bit of clarification for those who may read our adventures
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Jun 16 08 6:18 PM
The party rested another day, and after some talk decided to
brave one more foray into the Bonegarden. They wanted to talk to Rani, and see if there was any way they could orchestrate an escape from Descent for those who
wished to escape. This had to be done quickly, for if time was given for word to get around, it may reach the ears of those in power in Descent - Esbat and
So, with Magrieshal in tow (who'd made it clear to the
party that if she were to venture back into the Bonegarden, she was going to line her pockets), they assailed the "mummy room" to clear a path out of
Descent. The plan was to send in Feanor to act as bait, buffed up with fire resistance from various sources. With the elf surrounded by mummies, Timm would
drop a fireball into the room. Feanor would have to rely on his uncanny reflexes to save him from any fire damage that made it through his magical
defenses. The weakened mummies could then be dealt with in a more conventional manner. The clerics would spare their turn checks to have more available with
which to escape.
The plan went more or less as they had hoped, but it took two
fireballs - one of which Feanor was able to avoid completely by careful placement of the spell by Timm - and Iliya lost one of her hippogriff effigies
after she'd become surrounded by the undead things. Better it than she, however. It could be rebuilt. She could not. Feanor was afflicted with the hideous
mummy rot, unfortunately, but in the end all three dozen mummies were destroyed… for now at least.
Iliya remained in the mummy room, to see if her destroyed
hippogriff effigy could be repaired.
The rest of the party made their way to Rani's Apothecary,
where Feanor received her healing attentions. Jon, still curious about finding the remaining pieces of her heart wandered around descent with an
active locate object spell. He found a piece in the Refinery, but as he and Max neared it, they were stopped short by the guards - a
half-dozen skull devils! (I'm using my stats for "lesser demons and devils," the 3.5e conversions of the demons and devils that were weaker
in 3.0. "Skull devils" are lesser bone devils.) Not wanting to push their luck, the heroes backed down and returned to Rani's.
They discussed their plan with her, and she agreed that it was something that needed to be done quickly. She said that "Elmedina" could get the word
out quickly, but did not say who or what "Elmedina" was. Rani was hesitant, like the party, to let too much time pass on this plan, as Lord Slan and
Esbat would not let their slaves go so easily. If enough time passed, the plan would certainly reach their evil ears. Rani did inform the party that Esbat was
a "winged fiend' (again, using my alternate stats for devils, a winged fiend is a lesser pit fiend) and Lord Slan was an abyssal vampire -
one of the demonic creatures said to be the source of vampires. Jon asked if she knew about the pieces of her heart, and Rani said that she didn't
know what they were, but if they existed in Descent, if anyone knew of them it would certainly be Elmedina.
When asked if there was anyone the party could take with them
on very short notice without causing too much of a scene, Rani urged them to rescue Wrenli, a woman being used against her will as a target for Nazgang the
Feanor, Timm, and Magrieshal decided to search the mummy room
for treasure, and told the party they'd be back. Jon, still overpowered with the urge to find the pieces of her heart, cast invisibility
on himself and crept towards the Refinery. He wanted to see how close he could get, and even dare enter if he could do so undetected. Maximus had other
After giving Jon some time, Maximus recruited Zeedek to see if
they could take down the skull devils. After a few rounds of buffing, the two clerics attacked. Two skull devils went down quickly, but just as quickly eight
more teleported in along with a bearded devil! Seeing that things were getting bad quickly, Maximus grabbed Zeedek and fled across the great cavern
towards the Food Processing Plant. His plan, it seemed, was to ignite the cold war between Lord Slan and Esbat by leading one faction into open combat with
Jon winced, smacked his forehead, rolled his eyes, and buried his face in his hands. All invisibly, of course.
Four of the skull devils remained behind to guard the
Refinery, and soon Jon was nearly smashed between the door and the wall as Esbat opened it from within. One of the skull devils informed him what happened,
saying that Lord Slan had made his move. Esbat beat the skull devil to the ground, and growled at it that Lord Slan does not employ clerics. This was a move
from some other player. He dismissed the four skull devils to Rani's Apothecary and told them to deal with her. They scampered away as Esbat shut the door.
Jon ran off after the devils, eager to assist Rani fend them off if need be.
So this is where we left the party. Maximus and Zeedek are
running top speed through the center of Descent, with eight skull demons teleporting in, around, and after them as they make for the Food Processing
Plant. Jon is running top speed after four more skull devils on their way to assault Rani. Timm, Magrieshal, and Feanor are making their way towards the mummy
room. Iliya is in the mummy room sifting through the remains of her hippogriff effigy.
And a huge, honkin' monkey wrench just got thrown into the
delicate politics of Descent.
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Jul 1 08 7:17 PM
Having rested and stocked up, the party set out for the ruins
of Mathen Manor to close the heteroclite portal. They found the town of Byrny nearly overrun with dwarves and soldiers from the City State. There were two
throngs in Byrny, and at least one more on the grounds of the Mistwood Mines.
Having taken on the appearance of a dwarf, Jon was able to find out that the dwarves had been
contracted from Thunderhold to mine the mithral, but were being held back while assayers and mine engineers examined the area. Jon briefly toyed with the idea
of causing an uprising amongst the workers, but thought better of it.
The next day they set out for the Mistwoods, passing close to the ruins of Mathlyn which was being rebuild by soldiers from the City State. They tried to ride
past discretely, but were stopped by a detachment of soldiers. The sergeant in charge informed them that the entire region was interdicted to travelers. The
Overlord was making sure that his interests were protected! Not wanting to cause trouble with the soldiers and thereby make the Overlord's most wanted
list, the party agreed to return to Byrny.
There they bought passage on a barge going to Dwarfport the following day. Midway through the
journey, they bluffed the bargemen into believing that the barge was being attacked by scrags. They leapt into the water, and made their way through the murky
swamps at the convergence of the Stillring and Loudring Rivers. Timm scouted out the area in eagle form, and found that the remainder of the throng rumored to
be in the area was posted at the Mistwood Mine. The entrance to the old carrion moth cavern and the ruins of the Mathen Estate were not under guard. Fighting
quicksand and mosquitos, the party finally left the marsh behind and re-entered the carrion moth cavern.
They gave the ethereal diadem to Feanor, thinking that since he was chaotic he'd be
able to control it better. They first went to the "space" obelisk. In his mind, Feanor could see hideous, odd, creatures sailing in a bizarre metal
ship through the vastness of space. As Feanor tried to shut the obelisk down, it spat out will-'o-wisps at them. Try as he might, Feanor could not muster
the strength of charisma required. Once the 'wisps were defeated, the party regrouped and had Jon give it a go. Bolstered by eagle's splendor
and a cloak of resistance, he was ultimately able to shut down the obelisk.
Next, they ventured to the obelisk surrounded by azure fungus. They set off the explosive mushrooms with some summoned fire elementals and a fireball.
As Jon approached this crystal, he saw the strange creatures Feanor had described on an even stranger alien world. The odd metal ship was leaving that world
behind. The dimensional slug was summoned once more, but Jon was able to shut down the crystal before it could do anything.
The next crystal was in the carrion moth breeding cavern. This crystal gave Jon the mental image
of the strange metal ship falling from the sky over a landmass he recognized as the peninsula on which was built the City State. (I know the peninsula has
a name, but I'm not enough of a Wilderlands scholar to have it memorized.) Now having the hang of things, Jon shut down this crystal before it
summoned any umber hulks.
The final crystal, a mile away beneath the ruins of Mathen Manor, provided a mental image that Jon, with his bardic knowledge, was able to identify as being
the Uttermost War. The odd creatures in their odd metal ships must have been the markabs. This crystal, too, was shut down.
Feanor climbed the shaft leading up to the old barn, and chanced a look out to verify that the
heteroclite portal was indeed gone. It was nowhere to be seen. At long last, they'd finally completed their quest.
Warning: This post from here down contains spoilers for What Evil
They returned to the City State, and with an odd smile Langwellan the Blue told them that he'd heard that the village of Woe was having wolf trouble. He
asked Timm if he'd be willing to travel to the muddy little town to see if he could find out the truth of the matter from the local wolves. Timm agreed,
and the party set out through the swamps to the north of the City State for the village of Woe. They arrived at the village in the midst of a dismal rain.
(I'm running What Evil Lurks, and Woe is standing in for the village of Leafton
in that module.)
At first the party spoke with the town mayor, who seemed certain that this was merely attacks by
starving wolves from the Dearthwood, but did express some concern that a person as powerful as Langwellan felt it necessary to send adventurers out to look
into the matter. He told them of the recent disappearance of the farmboy named Mathfrid, and that his father could likely be found drowning his sorrows at the
Plough and Circumstance Inn. He also directed them to the ranger Cadyr the Culled, who'd mentioned that woodsmen have also gone missing. Timm's
companion familiar Shadowfang, a horse-sized wolf, was staring to cause some great concern in the locals, so he sent him into the woods to keep hidden.
Jon went to the Plough and
Circumstance to talk to Lothair about the disappearance of his son Mathfrid. Zeedek and Maximus visited the Temple of Ehlonna to talk to the clerics there.
Feanor and Timm investigated Lothair's farm to see if they could find evidence of what had taken Mathfrid.
Lothair was able to provide little more information about Mathfrid's disappearance, only
that he'd heard his son scream and found odd footprints near the scarecrow he was working on.
Zeedek and Maximus learned from the priest of Ehlonna that no one had actually seen a
wolf in the area. They were only assuming that it was a wolf that took the boy. The priest theorized that the people were calling it a wolf because, quite
frankly, anything else would be too frightening to contemplate. Denial could be a powerful thing. The priest further told them that if it was wolves that were
killing people, it may well be Ehlonna's will.
Timm and Feanor found the strange footprints by the scarecrow, but despite the passage of time,
the rain, and the mud, they were clearly able to see that these were no wolf prints. Having seen similar foul creatures in the Bonegarden, they recognized
these as the footprints of ghouls. They led into the Dearthwood.
Soon the party met up again to share what they'd learned. The evidence told them that wolves
were not the culprit, and who- or whatever it was could be found somewhere in the great dark forest beyond the village of Woe.
Jul 8 08 12:40 PM
Warning: This post contains spoilers
for What Evil Lurks.
The party tracked the ghouls across Lothair's fields an into the finger of the Dearthwood that grew north of the town of Woe. Unfortunately, they soon lost
the trail in the dense underbrush. Since the tracks were going in a generally northerly direction, the party decided to continue in that direction in hopes of
either picking up the trail again or coming across the ghouls' destination by fortune.
The soon came to a road through the forest, but judging from the debris and undergrowth on it, it was long-abandoned. They found the tracks of ogres as well,
which certainly piqued their interest. Ogres that close to a small village was a sure sign of trouble.
The giant creatures soon put in an appearance, seven of them, bumbling down the road towards the party. Many of them were immobilized by an entangle
spell from Timm, and the others, all save three, were soon slain. (An 11th-level averaged party against ogres… yeah, it was a quick fight… )
The party questioned the ogres, and found that the brutes had been hunting… wolves. They claimed that some of their members were taken by wolves under the
command of a "Wood Man" who lived to the east. The ogres had a village, so they said, in the Dearthwood across the river over a stone bridge. They
also admitted to the occasional raid on the man-town to the south (Woe), but that they hadn't gone there in some time. Since the ogres only appeared to be
doing the same thing as the party - tracking wolves who'd killed some of their number - they party let them go but promised them a swift death if they ever
crossed the stone bridge again.
Now the party turned east, curious about this "Wood Man" that the ogres had mentioned. Trekking through the woods, they soon found themselves
surrounded by a pack of seven dire wolves. Already suspecting that the "Wood Man" was a druid using wolves as forest guardians, the party did not
attack. From his vantage point in a tree, Feanor could see a small dwelling and outbuildings in a clearing not far from where the party now was. He also saw a
brown- and green-robed man step out of a sod house and step into a nearby oak.
That man was soon in the midst of the party, asking their purpose in the forest and seeming to take an interest in the great wolf Shadowfang. He seemed sense
that there was a kindred spirit amongst them. The party explained who they were and what they were investigating, and Daitha, for that was his name, thanked
them for running off the ogres. He invited them back to his dwelling to discuss further matters.
They shared a light dinner with the old druid, and met his near catatonic neice, Katya. He told them that he'd not seen any sign of ghouls in the area, but
he'd tell his animal messengers to keep an eye out for such creatures. He also directed the party to a band of men camping on the river to the east, and
that he suspected they might be bandits. They might have seen something as well.
When asked about Katya, he told the party that she was "special," and may yet have some special role to play. The party briefly discussed having
Maximus try to cure her, but since she'd been born with her disadvantages it was unlikely to work.
Thanking Daitha for his time, the party left to venture eastward to find the encampment.
After some discussion of how to approach the presumed bandits, it was decided that Feanor would sneak into the woods while the others approached them. Jon,
Max, and Zeedek introduced themselves to the men, and during the course of their conversation Jon suggested that they were emissaries from the City State. That
prompted their leader to gesture to archers in the trees to open fire.
The battle with the bandits went much more quickly that with the ogres. Most of them were obliterated by a fireball from Tim.
The leader, Mealkuph, and three others survived. Zeedek interrogated Mealkuph with an
inquisition spell when the bandit leader proved to be somewhat vulgar and quite arrogant in his defiance. They learned from him that they had seen
ghouls in the forest, and had in fact lost three men to them near an abandoned mill to the north. They also found out that Mealkuph and the other bandits had
recently escaped imprisonment in the City State for various heinous crimes.
To the north lay the answers they sought, and perhaps more questions. The old mill awaits…
(It was getting late at this point, and more than one of us, me included, was starting to
get rather sleepy. I don't remember what, if anything, they had decided to do with the surviving bandits. I'll update the journal when I find out.
Also, we're taking a break from my campaign for a while. One of the other players
has expressed interest in running something, so I'm stepping out from behind the DM's screen for a bit. I'll pick up WEL later on.)
Sep 24 08 5:06 PM
Well for those of you who have been waiting, and I am sure there are quite a few, the long awaited hiatis is nearly over.
That's right the "DnD Chick" is ready to return with further stories of the Champions of Wellwyn, the Heros of Atwain, the Saviors of Grollicks
Grove, the Lords of the Mysterious Tower, the Slayers of Aberations, the Scourge of the Bone Gardens, and Defenders of Woe.
We will morn the loss of Melkezadek and his lovely wife our intervening DM as they are abroad learning new things and having adventures of their own.
Let the Game Begin.
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The party found bedding and belongings for three clerics at the mill, but they only encountered two. While the others searched the wagon and healed the
paralyzed human victims in the mill basement, Feanor and Jon tracked the last cleric through the forest.
The rest of the party caught up with them in the wagon, having found vials of poison - later
identified as drow poison - and a map of a certain familiar cemetery. The map was of the Bonegarden, and certain places were circled in red, such as the Blood
Governor's tomb and the crypt of Genevieve Valder. Also, on the sides of the wagon they found pull-down banners like window shades, proudly displaying the
logo of the Song and Sorrw Travelling Shadow-Show. They remembered seeing a similar poster on the kiosk back in Woe.
In Woe, they questioned the stable master and found that an out-of-breath man had quickly
purchased a horse without haggling or question, and made haste south - towards the City State. A quick check of the kiosk and the heroes found that the Song
and Sorrow Travelling Shadow-Show was due to start in the City State that very day!
As they neared the City State, Jon teleported to Langwellan's tower to warn him and ask his advice. The old wizard found his story most intriguing, and
mentioned that the Invincible Overlord had planned to attend the carnival. Langwellan began suiting up to visit the Invincible Overlord to see if he could
finagle in invitation to the noble's box for the first performance.
The group met up outside the carnival. Maximus crept around amongst the wagons, feeling around
with detect evil. He found that a lot of the carnies and even many of the performers were evil. That concerned him somewhat. He caught the attention
of a rather rude (and evil) man who kept trying to get him to leave the wagon area. He also soon became the target of an annoying mime, Sortello, who aped his
actions behind his back and generally made a nuisance of himself.
Milo and Jon filtered through the
crowd, Jon doing so invisibly, just checking things out and getting a general feel for the gossip around the carnival. Milo made contact with a thief from the
City State named Raymond, and offered to pay him and his guildsmen a tidy sum to see what they could find out about the carnival owner, one Gilean Vel.
Timm and Feanor remained outside the carnival checking out the crowd as they entered. Timm's
companion familiar, Shadowfang, being a wolf the size of a horse, drew some interest from the crowd. Feanor engaged the ticket-taker in idle chat, and soon
found himself being offered a job with the carnival. It seems that the Ringmaster had taken on several new animals, and the trainer, Dalandrina, had her hands
full training them all. Being an elf as well, the ticket-taker thought he and Dalandrina would get along well.
The party learned about some of the acts in the show, such as the Bouncing Bogwater brothers
(acrobat gnomes), the Mouther (a fire-breather and geek), and Sneary, the Knife-Thrower.
Still invisible, Jon managed to sneak into the tunnels below the carnival to see what could be
seen there. He was heard by the above-mentioned animal trainer, but try as she might should could not find him. His invisibility spell was still in effect.
Dalandrina called out to someone called "Dust Witch," and the aged crone was able to accurately tell the elf where Jon was hiding. He teleported
farther into the tunnels, and as he explored he heard Dalandrina and the Dust Witch talking to a male who spoke with some authority. He heard the man say
something to the effect of, "If they're a danger we'll have to handle them."
The Dust Witch told the man, who turned out to be none other than the Ringmaster, Gilean Vel, where Jon was, and Vel called out to him. He seemed amicable, and
promised Jon that he meant no harm. Using the various detection abilities of the rod of alertness they'd found at the old mill, Jon discovered
that Vel was neither evil, nor chaotic, nor a liar. Being truthful and non-evil was enough to get Jon interested in at least talking to Vel, although he
maintained his invisibility and re-cast it when it started to wear out.
Vel was appalled to hear about the goings-on at the mill, and honestly shocked that "The
Jugglers Three" were actually clerics of Orcus. Despite is tattooed, outré appearance, Vel promised, he was a good man who's only interest was in
bringing joy to a darkened world. The rod of alertness told Jon that this was not a lie, so Jon relaxed enough to drop his invisibility. Vel promised
Jon that he'd get to the bottom of this issue with the Jugglers Three, and if indeed they turned out to be evil men, he'd have them punished
(Somehow, they learned the name Scathach as being the surviving cleric of Orcus, but I
don't remember how that came about. This session was 100% roleplaying, and it can be hard to remember all the details in such sessions.)
Anyway, Feanor agreed to see if he could help out with Dalandrina, and hinted that he knew
someone who was "good with animals" - ie. Timm - who might also be interested. Maximus, having little skill outside of his faith, had the muscles to
be a good roustabout, so he, too, agreed to be a carny for the time being.
Jon rejoined the party in the company of Dalandrina, who seemed to take an instant liking to
Feanor and hired him on as an assistant.
After the show - during which they saw the Invincible Overlord, Langwellan and some of his
Amazon guards, and Paramswan the Red and his new apprentice Sheila Eldoran up in the nobles' box - they party retired to the Wanderer's Inn to plan for
the day of work tomorrow.
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Aww... dear, sweet, innocent, mute Sortello would be deeply wounded by such an accusation! Would you make a mime cry?
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