CM Adventures

Midnight at the Oasis
Session 84

Prim comforted Alena and told her that she did great for fighting evil that even as experienced they were that that was really dangerous even for them. She seemed to feel a little better. The party continued to search the room and found a stockpile of treasured the beholder had. a ring an amulet and a potion. They kept searching for the golden bracelet but were blocked by the boulder that crushed the beholder. Pokeman and drifting cloud tried to move it to no avail but then Aethil and Rowan slammed into the huge boulder getting it to roll enough that it kicked up over some rocks and cleared a path. They made their way deeper into the cave and heard some muffled struggles. they discovered a man tied up in the back of the cave and a chest.

Alena pushed through the rest of the party calling out “CHRISTO!” And she rushed to untie him and gave him a hug. Christo expressed his concern as to what she was doing out of the castle and she explained her father’s dark premonitions that something bad was going to happen and he asked her to go with this group as he felt she would be safer. Christo thanked the party for protecting her that they knew each other since they were children. Rowan went up to christo and healed his wounds and drifting cloud found the golden bracelet in the treasure chest.

Alena and Christo looked at the bracelet in amazement proclaiming that this was a treasure that was passed down in their lore called the armlet of transmutation which was supped to help rituals complete more easily and negate poor effects of failed rituals. The party went back outside the cave and had to hurry back to Frenor as the time was getting late to meet the kidnappers to try to get the fake princess Cindy back.

The party arrived in Frenor and planned an ambush for the kidnappers and were going to steal back the fake princess. When the midnight hour came drifting cloud stood in the graveyard with Yue perched in a tree across the river. The Kidnappers arrived and declared that they were here for the golden bracelet. Drifting cloud demanded that they see the princess 1st that she was unharmed. The kidnappers told him, that they were the black dagger and hired to get the golden bracelet and that they know that woman isn’t the real princess so they don’t care if she lives or dies all they care about is completing their contract and that they haven’t harmed her.

They let Drifting cloud know that the princess wasn’t here but they know her location and will reveal it once they have completed their end of the job. Drifting cloud pulled the bracelet back and wasn’t sure whether to give it to them or not and the kidnappers made a demand of give it to them now or she will die. He went to hand it over to them but then turned and nodded to yue who flung a fireball into the graveyard shattering the grave stones and sending the kidnappers flying. They quickly grabbed flasks from within their cloaks and quaffed them disappearing proclaiming they will regret them as they teleported away badly burned.

Rowan scryed on the fake princess and saw the burned men pull her out of a house and they saw a vast desert. They saw them take her out into the desert and kill her with a sword which cut the scrying spell. The party looked on with horror about the fate of the fake princess and asking around town about the black dagger gang they discovered that they were a nomadic people located in a large desert to the south west of the frenor cave. The party sent brighteyes off with the wintersday orb to cross the mountains and restocked on supplies and slept that night in frenor. The next morning brighteyes made it to the edge of the forest by the desert and the party caught up with him. They navigated through the forest with rillix stopping yue from eating something poisonous and rowan stopping Aethil from doing the same.

The party finally reached the desert and tracked down the camp site of the nomadic black dagger guild by following their peridot markers through the desert. Prim used the unending bottle of water and his chest of colding to save the party from the heat of the desert as they went and the party used their newly purchased sand shoes to avoid sinking into the shifting sands. The path led them to an oasis and some ramshackle buildings they had thrown together at the site of an oasis.

But as they arrived in the town they could tell that something was wrong as there was little noise other than the sound of the wind blowing sand throughout the town. As they explored the town they discovered every inhabitant had been beaten or torn to shreds. On inspection it looked like bludgeoning, poison and piercing damage killed the inhabitants of this town. Alena looked on in horror as they explored asking who could have done such a thing while Christo tried to protect her from what she was seeing but she insisted she needed to remember this.

Prim looted the camp site’s inn and yue inspected the stables getting her head stuck in a pot as she smelled food but only found a chewed bone at the bottom of it but realized it was magical and caused good smells to cover up the stench of the stables. Prim found a magical pen and several coins with black dagger symbols on it as well as a coin with a mouth on it. As they explored the town prim felt his coin purse getting lighter and lighter and he found out the coin was a coin of hunger and was eating through and coin it was coming in contact with. He quickly took it out and threw it on the ground and the party destroyed the coin.

Prim took to his griffon to search for the fake princess. Rowan pulled several of the bodies together and cast zone of truth and speak with the dead on them. They learned that they were attacked because they failed their mission to their client and he rode in on a massive dragon with a dark priestess and slaughtered them all. They asked who their client was and they replied Psaro the Manslayer, they asked who the dark priestess was and they replied his dark priestess Garaelle. They asked where the body of the fake princess was and he pointed west of the sign post and replied buried in sand. Prim flew that direction with the griffon and discovered a freshly made grave in the sand which was quickly being covered over by the shifting sands but he was able to retrieve her. He brought cindy the fake princess back to town. They asked how they contact Psaro the Manslayer and he says they use dead drop zones and then the speak with dead spell ended and he collapsed back into the sand.

The party attempted a resurrection spell of cindy with alena begging her to come back prim singing a song of her bravery and yue apologizing for throwing the fireball but the thread of her spirit still slipped away and they were unable to resurrect Cindy. Alena asked that she be taken care of like all who dies in the zenitian isles do with a pyre burning and have her spirit sent up to Bahamut in Zenithia. The party gathered what they could and as night fell on the desert they burned the bodies who fell victim to the slaughter. and rowan said prayers over them. Aethil took time to go swimming in the lake and used magic to create orbs above her head attracting fireflies and dragonflies for brighteyes to play with.

Alena proclaimed she was cold and Christo gave alena his cloak and Christo walked along the shore with Alena. Prim jumped into one of the nearby shacks and watched them as they talked about the days events and how they were glad to see each other was safe. they stood on the shore of the oasis and watched the fireflies dance through the night. Christo was going to put his arm around Alena but became too nervous as they had only been friends up until that point. Drifting cloud casually walked by and discretely bumped Alena into Christo who caught her and then kept his arm around her. Prim knew he had to do something quickly if he were to have a chance with the princess so he began to cast a spell but did not notice Yue creeping up behind him and she hip checked him into the window causing the spell to dissipate. Christo leaned over and worked up the courage to give Alena a kiss. Yue chastised prim for trying to disrupt their time together but prim continued his plans to win her heart.

As everyone settled down from the days events prim cast his magnificent mansion and everyone entered. Alena was enthusiastic to show Christo around they passed by Yue’s room where she was happily setting things on fire in a room prim created just for her. and they proceeded down the hall to their respective chambers. Prim devised a plan where he animated a bowl of warm water and a towel and wanted to make Christo pee himself while he slept but upon entering his chambers the objects found it empty and they found Christo in Alena’s chambers sobbing and unloading her emotions telling Christo of their events so far and he was starting to comfort her when the magic bowl and towel came into the room. they were confused and took it as a part of their culture that they should wash up before turning in for the night so they began using the towel and water to clean themselves.

The magic did not last though and when the spell ran out mid cleaning the bowl fell from its levitated position and spilled all over Christo’s pants. Alena jumped up and proclaimed on no Christo you are all wet this will never do and started taking off his pants. A very flustered Christo turned bright red and could only stutter out a but but…. Princess! The night concluded with Prim being unaware of his plans outcome but was convinced that everything went according to plan.

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Bravery is in the eye of the Beholders
Session 83

The party decided to go to the cave south of Frenor wanting to save the fake princess as that seemed like the most pressing matter time wise. The party rested in Frenor that night and then headed south and entered the cave.

Drifting cloud took the lead into the cave moving down a set of stone stairs. Around the 1st corner he spotted a box being guarded by 2 griffons, he tried to move stealthily and saw a trip wire which he tried to jump over but his excitement in getting to the ox caught his paw on it as he stepped across causing rocks to fall on him and alerting the griffon’s to the party’s presence. the party fought the birds eventually exploding them into a pile of feathers and the party found a magical painter’s pallet. Aethil caught up to the party and told them that the king of santeem had continued to have horrible dreams getting worse and foreshadowing of something terrible about to happen to the castle and asked her (who he thought was alena) to seek out the adventuring party as he thought she would be safest there. Shortly after he lost his voice and the advisers suggested that alena search for birdsong necter in the birdsong tower to help the king which she agreed to do. From there Aethil tracked down the party to deliver the news.

Up ahead the party found a room filled with goblins ogres and boggles. Drifitng cloud tried to make himself invisible and tap one boggle on the shoulder to get the patrol to move a different direction but they noticed he was there and sounded the alarm. The foes rushed the party and the boggles drenched the floor with oil which was a bad timing for aethil who cast a wall of fire which lit rio ablaze who was standing in the oil. Alena jumped through the fire and began attacking the ogres proclaiming what fun she was having with prim behind her trying to put out where she was ablaze and to continue to impress her. Yue fire magic missiles through the flames and then attempted to douse the fire to her chagrin. The party defeated the foes on this upper level and discovered stairs heading downward with an iron grate across it. they noticed 2 pressure switches with a red orb on one of them. The party searched the upper level and discovered a blue orb in a chest in another party of the upper floor and used it on the pressure place and the gate retracted allowing entrance to the lower level.

Below the party were in a small rectangular room with a metal door and a big pile of wood in the middle of the room. Prim took a piece of the wood and lit it on fire with a makeshift torch he made out of an ogre greatclub cloth and fire from yue’s hands. He lit the wood on fire and the light cast from it shed everyone’s shadows onto the wall and the door to the south began shifting and making noises. Prim quickly doused the stick of wood but the shadows on the wall began wriggling and moving tearing themselves from the party members turning into shadow demons and the party engaged in battle with them dodging their claws and slashes they eventually dispelled them with radiant magic.

Prim saw the door to the south was only open a crack so the party placed the piece of wood on the stairs and had yue use a firebolt to light the wood while the rest of the party was upstairs. they heard the door below grinding and shifting. They sent an Aethil’s invisible familiar brighteyes down to investigate and seeing that the door was now open had him take the torch through the now open door and hid it around the corner so the party could now enter the room.

The party proceeded further into the cave and went the opposite way brighteyes did at a split in the road to avoid the lit torch led by the light from rowan’s shield . Prim gathered that the wood had an evil enchantment placed upon it and took 5 pieces for his bag. The party found themselves in a room with 4 black obelisks arranged in a square with hundreds of ruins scrawled across them and 4 pressure plates in the middle. 3 walls in the room were covered with a raidant barrier and skeletal remains of those who tried to pass through it were littered on the other side. prim yue alena and pokeman went to look at one each prim and yue saw most of the ruins were just gibberish except one that was the symbol for activate/deactivate. and they both touched it and the ruins slithered onto their hands.

Pokeman touched the incorrect ruin and was blasted back into the radiant field but held together with his armor protecting him taking only moderate damage. rowan stepped on a pressure place and was blown backwards by force damage. Prim quickly got to Alena before she touched a ruin and showed her the correct one to touch and she received a mark on her hand as well and yue did the same for pokeman. they all stepped on their corresponding pressure plates and the radiant field went down. There were 2 passages one to the south and one to the west. Aethil sent brighteyes to the west and was quickly snuffed out and the party heard “I SEE YOUUUU” whispered into all of their heads. The party readied themselves for battle. The skeletons arose from their crumpled positions and hooded bodaks rounded the corner to confront the party who began to charge them but stopped in their tracks when they saw a beholder rounding the corner from the west and from the south.

Alena and rowan took on the skeletons and shattered them. The beholder screeched and fired beams at the party picking yue up and slamming her into the incorrect pressure plates causing them to injure her with force damage. This turned back on the radiant field burning alena and rowan who back up into the southern beholder’s sight. the beholder fired its disintigration ray at rowan who dodged and the a chunk of one of the obelisks turned to ash while Alena was not a nimble and took a death ray to the chest and fell to one knee in shock of the pain she experienced.

Bloodied and trying to hold on prim rushed to Alena’s side and gave her a potion and then used his illusion magic to convince some of the bodak to jump ont othe pressure plates which killed them. This was the 1st time he saw fear in her eyes instead of her normal enthusiasm for adventure. Seeing her still with hair that looked like erolosa’s he felt an overwhelming desire to protect her and He reassured her things would be ok. Pokeman confronted the remaining bodaks trading blows with their necrotic fists as they burned him with each touch and gaze. Aethil and rowan tried to heal the party but found their magic fizzled in while in the beholder’s gaze in its antimagic cone. The beholders fired petrification rays striking Aethil who turned to stone running back to her new friends and Yue froze with Rillix on her shoulder in attack position ready to fire another spell off.

Drifting cloud got the western beholder’s attention firing crossbow bolts at it and sensing his opportunity with the gaze averted from him with his magical armor and weapons working once again pokeman set upon the beholder smashing its eye stocks and when the eye turned to see him he stuck his staff through the eye of the western beholder killing it.

Prim sensing the danger from the south told Alena to stay behind the corner. and he dimension doored right behind the southern beholder. and took out a potion he had been saving and waited until the beholder shut its eye and attempted to use its contents to glue the beholders eye shut but instead the beholder rocked and the potion fell in its mouth and its mouth sealed shut with the exception of a few crooked teeth. Thinking on his feet prim dodged 2 blasts from the beholder and charged its mouth with the boulder they recovered from their quest with the storm giants and shoved it into the beholder’s mouth and activated it so the baseball sized boulder turned back into its full 2 ton size and it expanded within the beholder who tried to open its mouth to spit it out but it was so firmly shut the boulder exploded out to the back of the beholder dropping it dead to the ground.

The party exhausted and bewildered about what just happened urged rowan to use her diamond dust to cure the pertrification from Yue and Aethil and the party caught their breath and reassured a shaken and crying Alena that she did fine as they all looked around at 2 dead beholders in the room.

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The Fake Princess of Frenor
Session 82

While Tempe was being saved back on the sword coast Xing was using his contacts with the Zhentarim and the Harpers and was able to track down a potential location where he thought he might discover his father’s whereabouts. They tracked someone of his description being taken as prisoner to a place called the Harpshield castle near the Ardeep forest. Xing called for help among his companions and Thalia, Gundren, Iarno, and Zem Slatedust. They found the castle in a state of ruin and found it overrun with orcs who had enslaved a hoard of ogres.

They tried to sneak into the castle but gundren tried to distract a guard by banging on the wall of the castle and it only alerted the guard to their presence and they entered a battle in the breach of the wall of Harpshield. The party used the rubble for cover while Iarno flung fireballs into the horde of incoming orcs. The orc chieftain unleashed a chained up chimera on the party which xing jumped in front of and fought 3 of its heads he injured it greatly but was knocked down and about to be finished off when thalia threw a dart into the dragon head’s mouth of the chimera hitting a vital area and killing it. The party drove back the ogres who were all chained together and took Harpsheield castle.

The party found an Aarakocra tied up in the northeast tower. Thalia drank a potion of tongues to understand it and upon questioning discovered that they were part of a tribe of bird people who came from the zenithian isles and tried to migrate and set up camp here but they found it too inhospitable with the invading orcs so their leader Chung Wah took their remaining people and their prisoner Yunlong back to the Birdsong tower when they saw they wouldn’t be able to hold the castle when it fell to the orcs. The party thanked him for his information and Xing knowing his father’s name from asking his mother knew that Yue was close to the location of this tower and sent her a sending after returning to town with the information in hopes she could rescue him.

Back on the Zenithian isles Alena lead the party to the town of Frenor where they discovered a large number of people gathered outside an inn. There they discovered another woman who had a striking resemblance to Alena but dressed much more provocatively. She was in front of this crowd promising to rid the countryside of monsters and to keep everyone safe to which she received a chorus of cheers and compliments and then she proceeded to go inside the inn. The party turned to her to ask if she knew this woman to which she had not ever seen her but that things were probably worse than she had thought if the people needed to fake her identity to make the people thing the castle cared for their people. She told the party it was probably best to let her keep up this charade for the time being.

As Alena was saying this Drifting Cloud was pushing his way into the crowd and yelling out that this princess was a fake and that they have the real princess right here despite Alena’s protests that “no no I am just a regular girl” as she glared at him. There were whispers and rumors being spread throughout the crowd after this outburst and the innkeeper said that he would go get the “real” princess and they would solve this once and for all. He went into the inn 30 seconds later emerged in a panic saying that kidnappers were taking the princess away.

The party rushed upstairs with rowan and Alena getting up there just in time to see the woman followed by and old man in robes and a young man in priest outfit get stabbed and thrown to the floor and the woman who looked like Alena disappeared with their kidnapper. The other 2 men in the room with bloody knives proclaimed the princess was being held for ransom and to deliver the golden bracelet to the gave yard at midnight the following night or the princess would be killed.

They ran out the back entrance and into Drifting could who tried to stop the assailants who in turn stabbed him and a fight broke out with drifting cloud killing both of them and dragging their bodies back into the inn. The party questioned the old man and priest after healing them finding out that they they admitted to not being the real Alena Cristo and Brey but they were a traveling troupe from endor and just wanted to give some people hope in this time of need as the castle has failed to stop the increasingly dangerous wilderness and monsters were getting stronger and more bold as of late. They begged the party to rescue the “Princess” Cindy and get the golden bracelet that is in the cave south of Frenor.

The party also cast a zone of truth and speak with dead on the 2 men who drifting cloud killed and learned the following:

  1. asked his name: Edward
  2. asked who his master was: psaro the manslayer
  3. asked what the gold bracelet was: legend says it was used to make rituals easier to complete
  4. where their hide out was. The assasin’s guild roams through the desert. Sometimes setting up a black market Bazaar which they setup garnet rocks to mark the way.
  5. what does Psaro’s ritual hope to accomplish? He seeks to unlock the secret of Evolution but they didn’t know the specifics of the ritual as they were only underlings.

As the party finished speaking with the dead a sending came to Yue telling her that Xing may have found their father’s location in a tower called Birdsong tower in the Zenithian Isles. The party then debated whether to go to the cave the desert or the tower next.

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The Tomboy Princess
Session 81

Prim created a teleportation circle and sent the huge stone constructs back to phandalin and then the party sent ragnar up to the flying carpet with the children while the party explored more of the Loch tower discovering a flying Quetzalcoatlus and several werewolf like flinds inside a locked and barred room. They shot down the Quetzalcoatlus but it landed on top of Rowan and Aethil. The rest of the party did battle with the Flinds and their flairs of madness and pain but eventually slew them in battle and were left alone with a treasure chest in the room. Drifting Cloud kicked open the treasure chest and a bunch of silver spilled out of the chest along side 1 gold coin which he picked up. upon doing so he felt immediately charitable and started giving away his gold to Pokeman Jones. Prim noticed something was off with drifting cloud and tried to get him to carry him up the stairs but to no avail.

They all finally returned to the carpet and as they were passing back through the barrier Drifting Cloud was able to shake the coin out of his hand. He tried to force prim to grab it but prim jumped off of the carpet and played his golden fiddle to stay out of his range. Prim used mage hand to hold the coin so noone else would touch it for the time being. He purchased a box when they returned to Izmit village and they returned Bimmy and Jimmy to their parents and received a freshly baked om nom berry pie as a reward. The party then flew Gabriel back to Burland and reunited her with Alex and Flora who embraced their daughter and told them to return later tonight and they would cook for them as thanks for saving her.

Ragnar, healie and the party went to go report to king Ronald Burland of their success in finding the missing children and he congratulated them on a job well done saying others from the sword coast had come trying to help but they were the 1st ones to get results. He told the party things seemed to get worse when the elf names Psaro came through and he was followed a few days later by a priest of Tymora who was looking for him. She searched for the children but was preoccupied with finding this man and didn’t see much success before she moved on. He called upon his chancellor to retrieve a reward for the party.

They party explained why they thought the children were being kidnapped as part of some prophecy that this land had that stated a hero of zenithia would grow up to stop the great evil and they were trying to kidnap the children and sacrifice them so they never had a chance to grow up and fulfill this prophecy. The King looked at them with interest and said he recalls the stories that they mentioned and if what they said is true he has another request of them that they seek out this child of prophecy and protect them until the time is right. He removed a shield from the back of his throne and presented it to the party.

Burland explained to the party that this was a Zenithian shield handed down through his family for generations and he believes that the shield is set to awaken when reunited with the child of prophecy and that they could use it as a diving rod of sorts to test and see if they found the right individual. It was a beautiful shield with a dragon on it. The party gratefully accepted the gift and took on this new task. Burland told the party that his close friend the King of Santeem castle may need his help as well as he has been writing to him telling him of nightmares he has been having and he knows his land is troubled as well and makes a final request of the party to go help him out as well. The party also accepts this task and he tells his wizard to prepare a teleportation circle to santeem for the morning and to go enjoy the rest of the night.

The party bowed and left Burland castle and returned to Alex and Flora’s place and enjoyed a home cooked meal to the most grateful parents in town. Prim regaled the parents with embellished stories of how their daughter was saved with Drifting cloud correcting his embellishments as they were going along and Gabrielle enhancing them as prim kept slipping her candy. They stayed in a comfortable warm home that night and in the morning they returned to the castle and utilized the teleportation circle to arrive in Santeem castle in a land southwest of Burland.

The Guards asked them to state their business and the party showed them the shield King Burland had given them and they were granted admittance to an audience with the king immediately. They were announced and presented Before King Ivan Tsarevna and the Princess Alena Tsarevna. The King thanked them for coming and assisting his friend in Burland. He told the party of his nightmares he had been having lately of tragedy befalling his kingdom and of monsters who have been invading nearby villages. He explains he already sent some of his best guards and advisers but they have not returned so he put out a call for adventurers to put an end to these fiends. The party told Ivan that they would get to the bottom of these attacks on the villages.

Alena interjected that she wanted to go along with them to help and Ivan stood from his throne and quickly shut her down telling her it is too dangerous for a princess and to put these thoughts of the outside world aside that she belongs here in the castle as he could not protect her out there. Alena sat back down her throne and promised her father she would not go but wanted to at least speak with the female adventureres who have come before her as she doesn’t get much contact with the outside world which Ivan permitted. Alena beckoned Yue Rowan and Aethil to her chamber.

In her room Alena begged the adventurers to take her with them when they leave. She told them that she grew up in this castle with her close friend Cristo and her mentor Brey the grey wizard and they were recently sent out to deal with the local troubles in Tempe and they never returned and she fears the worst for them and wants to go find them and be a princess of action who stands up for her people and not just sends those she loves most into danger and die while she stays behind these walls. She tells them she sees how strong the party seems and after hearing of what they accomplished she knows she will be safe with them and promises she won’t slow them down that she can fight and wants to prove it to her father who would never allow it.

The girls agree to help get her out of there drifting cloud was hiding near the door and thought this was a terrible idea and ran off to tell king burland right away of their plan to sneak alena out of the castle. After he was gone Aethil told Alena she would take her place and disguised herself as The princess in an uncanny way in her clothes and her her take her familiar brighteyes and thunderstepped out of the castle. After she was gone King burland burst into the room and demanded that Alena stay right where she is and told the girls to get out and he posted guards outside of the room with Aethil now still inside. King Tsarevna told them he just can’t take the chance that his daughter would get hurt and they agreed and left Aethil in the room.

The party got their assignment to investigate the village of Tempe but stopped by the nearby village of Sureen to resupply of materials. Outside the village they found Alena waiting for them to Drifting cloud’s surprise who voiced his displeasure with the party’s trickery. The party discussed Alena getting a disguise so she would not be recognized by the local people so Prim dressed her up like a grown up looking Erolosa. He didn’t notice the resemblance and proceeded to hit on her throughout the day until the party pointed that out and he was teased by Alena asking if just things were customary on the sword coast to pursue your daughters. Taken aback after noticing prim proceeded to go buy more candy while the party went and sampled the local brew in town and got info hearing of the troubles of tempe village and how the clerics of bahamut were losing their blessings.

After staying the night the party made their way to tempe village hiking through the mountains. Rowan was exhausted by the time their got there but the party was able to find their way through the passes with a map Alena provided. She wasn’t much help with navigating as she told the party this was the 1st she was out of the castle in years and she never traveled this far north. While they traveled she asked the party hundreds of questions about the outside world and their adventures as she seemed naive to the happenings of the world and was enthralled with their stories of adventure with prim played up the best he could to make himself sound especially heroic and impress her. The rest of the party tried to keep prim in check but Alena seemed to be enjoying herself being around her new friends and experiencing new things.

The party arrived in Tempe to a very downtrodden townsfolk. upon inquiry they said that after an elf names Psaro passed through the village there have been monsters raiding the village demanding sacrifices or they would burn the whole town to the ground. The party told the villagers that they were sent by the king to put a stop to this. they found a local hunter of the village and he told them that normally only gnolls are the real threat to the village but lately there has been a large creature travelling with them.

The party scouted out their lair and found tracks of the beast but could not place where it was from just that it seemed much bigger and heavier than the gnolls. they talked to the priest of bahamut and he told them of his waining connection to his dragon god and that he wasn’t much help healing lately but he has been doing his best to keep everyone alive in town but tomorrow was the next day a sacrifice was to be sent to these monsters. Drifting cloud volunteered to take the place of the village daughter Neena and that they would set a trap for these beasts and stop them once and for all. The priest thanked them and the party setup a trap for them with prim mansion building a ballista with an explosive fire ammunition prepped and ready to go and yue drank an invisibility potion and was sitting in the trees ready to ambush them with spells. Alena sat in wait inside the mansion ready to ambush these fiends and told the party she was ready to protect her people with her life if necessary or she would never learn to rule her people as a just queen.

The time grew near and Drifting cloud saw the gnolls marching out from the woods along with a Giant creature with it a Leucrotta. as soon as it saw Drifting cloud it sprung up quicker than he thought it could move and bit into him. Drifting could gave a shout out that it was here and the beast lined up in front of the magical mansion door. Prim loosed the ballista and struck true into the side of the beast with it letting out a howl and the party ran out of the mansion and set upon the gnolls Yue bombarded them with fireballs from the trees catching the forest ablaze. 3 of them rushed her but she knocked them back with a thunderwave and pinned them to the trees with firebolts.

Drifting cloud leapt onto the back of the Leucrotta and began stabbing it. It tried to snap back at him but he swung around its neck cutting as he went felling the beast as Alena burst from the mansion throwing pushes and kicks at the nearest gnoll. it slipped her 1st 2 punches but she caught one with a roundhouse kick and them finished it with an axe kick tot he neck. She proclaimed just like when Cristo used to spar with me in the garden. The party routed the rest of the gnolls easily once the beast was dead. Prim in an attempt to impress Alena animated the ballista bolt inside the dead Leucrotta and made it lift it up as if it were still alive. Prim vaulted over the animated beast and grabbed Alena trying to swing her around away from her as if to protect her while attacking the beast but as she swung around she used the momentum to deliver a kick to the beasts head knocking it off sending it to Prims’s feat.

Alena proclaimed “How exhilarating well done prim!” Is this how party members fight together?” He said yeah sure and continues to try to think of ways to impress Alena. Rowan created a zone of truth and cast speak with dead on the Leucrotta and they learned that Psaro had passed through this village before the monsters had gotten more violent as well as a Priestess of tymora in pursuit of him.

Alena looking at the zone of truth amazed and wanted to learn more of her party members pulled prim into it and asked him “What are your intentions with me?” His charisma resisted the effects of the zone of truth and he told her they were wholesome intentions to which she looked surprised and said she was sorry for misjudging prim. Drifting could walked by and told her that he was lying and Alena looked confused again and so she ran to Yue and asked her what she should believe. Prim slipped Yue candy in hopes of currying her favor but she was not swayed by anything other than meat and she told Alena that they were all good people but just not to buy “Everything” they say that sometimes they stretch the truth. Alena looked at her and smiled and she thanked her for her advice and told her she trusted her and that she has a lot to learn about this world but hopes to learn but by being with such brave adventurers.

Prim hearing this wanted to continue to impress Alena so he took out the magic carpet and commanded it to rise. Alena looked up with Doe eyes and asked if she could ride on it and as she did Prim began singing “I can show you the world”.

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Looting Loch tower
Session 80

The party returned to Izmit Village and stayed at the inn and patched their wounds before putting Rowan and Yue on the carpet and sending it to the tower. as they sailed across the body of water surrounding the tower they approached the peak and Yue recited the elven words for open. the runes on the carpet shone brightly and a break in the barrier appeared and they flew in right in time to see an Ozwarg dragging a child down the stairs. Rowan sent a message to the rest of the party and Aethil and Yue held their wintersday orbs aloft and they all appeared on top of the tower. The Ozwarg flicked his scepter and sent a beam streaking towards the 4 statues in the room which began making their way towards the party. Aethil tried to intercept one of them but didn’t notice there was a bird shaped symbol scrawled on the ground in front of her.

Upon stepping on the symbol a mechanical birds beak trap activated and snapped up at her pinning her to it and a stone golem reached her and began slamming her into the tower floor. Caught off guard the Ozwarg was quickly overtaken by the rest of the party and they surrounded the abducted child. Prim stayed behind to try to help aethil out of the trap and eventually got her away after being heavily damaged. The party fought back against the stone statues and eventually turned them all to rubble. They told the child names Bimmy to take Prim’s griffon and fly off back to Izmit vilalge wher it was safe. Bimmy told them that Jimmy and Gabriel went missing with him and he saw them taking them down below. The party proceeded to descend down the stairs and encountered another ozwarg and huge stone golem but this time the room was also filled with antimagic flythropes the size of a humanoid but with big fly eyes.

The Flythropes beat their wings causing gusts of wind throughout the tower and caused areas of silence to occur but the party weaved their way through their traps and squished the bugs with Yue’s firebolts and Drifting cloud’s sword work. They saw 2 more bird inscriptions here one of which looked like a the trap they encountered before and the other looked like the eye of the bird was a red switch. They sent Aethil’s Pseudo dragon to press the button and a wall slid open leading further deeper down into the tower.

Here the party discovered an ornate door barred which they did not open as drifting cloud heard snarling and animalistic noises behind the door so they left it be and continued down the stairs fighting their way through a group of patrolling imps. They found a few rings in treasure chests along the way as well as a small bronze wagon wheel on a string that Drifting cloud batted and played with the whole way and he sat in the treasure chest like a litter box until pokeman jones came around the corner and asked what he was doing and he tried to play it off cool but continued to bat the wheel on a string like a cat toy.

The party reached the ground level of the tower and saw another barred door which they heard clucking behind and also decided to leave that alone. They discovered stairs going downward and also another hallway to the west. Only prim decided to go down the stairs and he found a room with 2 braziers, 4 golden statues and a pressure plate surrounded by white light that was pulsing the same consistency as the rest of the barrier surrounding the tower. Prim went up to the light and spoke the elven word for open and a section of the white light dispersed revealing the switch which prim pressed.

Upon pressing the switch the barrier outside the tower dissipated and a control rod came up from the ground which prim took and discovered it was used to control the golems surround him like a remote control car. He immediately had them run forward knocking over the braziers causing fire elementals to emerge from them but he was able to use the golems and the help of his companions who still weren’t too far away to fight them off. Prim laughed with glee as he used the golems to smash the remaining traps on that floor and conquer the beasts that charged at them after making so much noise.

Around another corner they discovered stairs leading into the basement of the tower as well as a fallen Burland guard who charged in as soon as the barrier opened but was felled by the beasts. Ragnar promised him they would save the children and avenge him. The party proceeded into the basement. they heard a child calling for help and an angry sounding mage shouting orders to his lackeys to find out what all that noise was. Prim quickly used the golems to go speak to the mage telling him that room service was ready. Befuddled the wizard insisted that he hasn’t ordered room service and to get back to guarding the tower. Speaking through the golems prim told the wizard that their programming instructed them to take out the trash and designated the child as trash and picked him up and began carrying him away.

The flustered wizard demanded that they stop this action right now and commanded his 2nd in command, A giant blue Eyeball with arms and legs, to stop the golems. As the giant eye tried to stop them prim declared that the giant eyeball was also trash and has 3 of the golems stomp the eyeball into the ground while the 4th one carried the child around the corner to prim. Yue ran up and convinced the child to get down as he was scared and he jumped into her arms wriggling out of the golem’s grasp as she looked more inviting than the scary stone statues or the man who kidnapped him. Drifting cloud offered to take the child outside and with some convincing he became comfortable with him as well even though he never saw a tabaxi before.

While this was occurring the Wizard was desperately trying to stop the stone golems from smashing his 2nd in command and when he failed to do so he attempted to teleport out of there proclaiming he needs to tell master Psaro about this. Before the spell was complete prim peaked around the corner and hit the wizard with a 9th level disintegrate spell turning him to dust. The party Checked the hall of the wizard finding a fire staff in the pile of dust which Yue scooped up and a ring and a Key on the broken Giant eyeball. They Found a girl Gabriel in a cell in that room. She thanked the party for rescuing her and asked if they could bring her back to her parents Alex and Flora.

Gabriel told the party that she was playing in the woods with Bimmy and Jimmy and they were taken by those wizards here and she overheard they wanted to sacrifice them so the hero of prophecy would never grow up. She said she wasn’t a hero and just wanted to go home that she didn’t do anything bad. The party recognized who’s child this was and promised her they would get her back soon and they all started making their way out of the tower with the children safe at last.

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At the Bottom of the Old Well
Session 79

The party was whisked away back into the cave to Izmit Village only to find Ragnar being chased by the Purple worm and yelling for help. The party quickly rushed to his aid and saved him slaying the worm. They made their way to of the cave and found themselves on the other side of the river. they saw a giant tower on the other side of a forest rising high up into the sky and a village to the east. Knowing this was their destination for the night they setout for Izmit and with ragnar as a guide reach it with no incidence.

In the village the party quickly found an inn to rest and setup for the night. with Aethil and Pokeman sharing drinks into the night and misunderstandings occurring as to what happened with then that night as they stayed in the same room. Rillix was pleased to find another cat in the upper floor of the inn and played with him while Yue avoided palling prey to everfull that night.

In the morning the party split up with ragnar talking to one of his guards who made it to Izmit and found out that Flora’s husband was recently arrested for stealing and was acting strangely since he came back to the village. Most of the party went to go visit him while Prim went to the general store and bought candy and then visited the school house to see if he could get any into off of the kids. He waited until they were running around for recess and called one of the kids over and convinced them to play with his griffon.

After gaining their trust he asked them about the kids who had gone missing and learned that the kids would have a special hangout spot where the adults don’t bother them when they play in the woods. The child told him that you go to the sign post and then south a quarter mile and east a quarter mile and you will find a tree with a x on it. then you say the secret passcode meaning “old well playground” in elvish and the playground appears and its great because the adults can’t find it when they want to play. Prim thanked the kid and headed off to meet his party.

The party entered the jail and they found Alex Greyhawk sitting on the bed in the jail. when they spoke to him he spoke with the mentality of a child and Ragnar asked what happened to him he said he couldn’t remember anything but wandering through the woods and getting hungry so he came back to town and took some food and then was arrested. Rowan inspected him and found out he was under an arcane enchantment that was affecting his mind and was able to use greater restoration to fix his memory breaking the spell that was placed on it.

Upon recovery Alex thanked the party and told them he found a doll that his daughter Gabriel dropped and it had a note in it with a passcode for the playground in the woods that the kids were told not to go play in. He thought the stories they told the kids were just to protect them from getting lost or harmed from wild animals but when he went to investigate he found a tree with an x on it and upon reading the note a clearing opened up but he doesn’t remember anything about what happened after that he was just sitting here in the jail cell.

The party asked alex if he could show them where the tree was and he eagerly agreed to help them especially if they could get his daughter back. The party met up with prim and compared notes and headed out towards the woods west of Izmit. With all the information they collected they found the tree without much problem. The party steeled themselves for battle and read the elven incantation which cleared the surrounding area of many trees leaving a broken down playground, a run down building and a well in the clearing. Prim began playing a counter charm tune as they proceeded through the area. The party headed into the area looking at some of the cut down trees. Pokeman went to inspect one of them and noticed it had eyes and was blinking back at him. Several trees began animating and attempted to cast modify memory on the party but prim’s counter charm allowed all of them to resist their effects and the party set upon the tree stumps destroying them. During the fight Prim heard a faint “help me” coming from the well.

The party proceeded with caution to the well and drifting cound jumped inside of it finding nothing but rock and some water at the bottom along with a hole that leads deeper underground. The party followed the sound of the voice calling for help as it sounded it was getting further away. Aethil stopped at a point in the well and drank from the water stirring up slimes living in the puddle collected in the tunnel. The party encountered Demon Mushrooms which tried to poison them at the bottom of the well but they were able to cover their mouths as the poison spores were released into the air and they dispatched their foes.

They explored deeper into the cave and Ragnar told his party of how he was looking for his partner on the force who was a heal slime named Healie who believe it or not was a good monster that not all of them were evil and healie saved his life on more than one occasion. and if anyone could have tracked the kids to this well it would have been him. Aethil called upon her fairy dragon and looked though its eyes. the party cast invisibility upon it and they used it to scout the well for further dangers. using this scouting info they bypassed a patrol going through the well and found Healie in the deep corner of the well trying to hide. The party used the wintersday orb to reach him and they reunited with Ragnar’s partner who told them that a king of slimes was luring the kids down here and then they were transporting them to the Loch tower to the west. He learned that a magic barrier protects the tower but they have a magic artifact here in the well that lets them bypass it but the king of slimes guards it. Healie also learned that the monsters here were pressed into service by a man named Psaro.

The party learned were the location of the slime king was and they made their way there and challenged the slime king. They fought against him mages worms and slime servants. His crown spun and blasted colorful prisms at them injuring several party members but Prim finished the king using heat metal on his crown melting through his gelatinous form. The party searched the area and discovered a flying carper with elven ruins on it. They figured this must be what they were using to enter the tower. The party made their way outside and began practicing using the carpet in preparation to go explore the Loch tower and find the missing children.

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Wintersday II a very Cary Christmas and the rise of Mecha-Clause
Session 78

As the party was heading towards the exit of the cave a small elvish figure appeared in the mouth of the cave running full tilt at the party. Some of the crimson mercenaries recognized this figure as Holly from last Wintersday. She ran up to them calling out, “Thank goodness I found you! Kringle is in trouble and we need your help!” Before the party had a chance to respond she pulled out a Wintersday orb and crushed it whisking everyone away to Iceville. Aethil and Drifting cloud looked surprised and confused at to what happened while the rest of the party asked Holly what Happened.

Holly told the party that Kringle was falling behind this year in present production and hired some new elves to help. She pointed behind a tree to reveal Caryandra in an adarable elf outfit and santa hat and she grumpily came out from behind the tree. Caryandra complained about the outfit and tried to throw the hat off her head several times only to have it magically reappear on her head. “TAKE THIS THING OFF” she shouted. Holly cheerfully replied. Oh silly I made it just for you so you wouldn’t lose it. It can’t come off until after Wintersday its magically enchanted for maximum cheer.

Holly explained that Kringle was working on a construct called Mecha-Clause to help him deliver presents across the sword coast but Caryandra was in charge of personality enchantment and it seems like it was set to absolute perfection and the construct saw Kringle as less than efficient and tied him up to get him out of the way. We have to go rescue him!

The party agreed and prim began sketching a picture of Caryandra and snickering making comments along the way. Holly began retelling the story of wintersday to drifting cloud who desperately to side track her but she cheerfully rambled of as they made their way throughout the forest until they noticed the snow magically coalescing and formed into sentient snowmen who were headed their way. A large snowman bigger than the rest headed towards them and they saw toy soldiers marching their way from the bushes. Prim animated snow of his own into large boulders of snow and tossed one at the giant snowman who absorbed it and grew in size to the dismay of the party. but the other one plowed into the toy soldiers damaging them.

The snowmen blew their cold breath upon the party and the toy soldiers set up and fired their tiny muskets as the party clashed. Aethil kept the party healthy while drifting cloud pawed the smaller snowmen apart with pokeman jones. Yue and Rowan used their fire magic to melt the bigger snowman down to regular size and Caryandra slipped behind him and speared his head off were Celery and stuck it to the bridge. The party rushed on to Kringle’s Workshop.

The party discovered the toy soldiers patrolling around the workshop and were able to dismantle them without much effort but suddenly they heard a robotic “HO HO HO” and saw a Huge golem in a red suit driving Kringle’s sleigh with 8 robotic reindeer. It made strafing runs on the party with the reindeer noses glowing red and firing fireballs down at the party. Prim climbed the workshop and summoned and illusionary dragon to go up and do combat with the sleigh while the party fired upon it from the ground. Every reindeer brought out of the sky dropped the sleigh lower and lower until it came crashing upon the ground.

Mecha-Clause emerged from the burning wreckage of the sleigh and its fingers opened up firing Missile-foe at the party causing them to see each other as their greatest enemy. most of the party shook off the effect except for rowan and pokeman who began fighting each other and caryandra who gladly started taking swiped at holly. Holly desperately tried to dodge out of the way but was stabbed and looking like caryandra was about to finish her off when aethil ran up and fought Kringle with drifting cloud damaging and denting his jolly metal body. Rowan snapped out of the charm just in time to leap onto the sleigh and strike a decisive blow against him shorting out his circuits before caryandra landed a decisive blow on holly. The Missile foe floating through the air exploded and the party let out a great cheer celebrating their victory.

Holly quickly ran into the workshop and freed Kringle who came out to thank them personally. He said they have been very good this year and they should head back to iceville and they would get their presents. The party complied and once back in town a few minutes later they saw Kringle Holly and Caryandra carrying a load of presents for them. They gave them out one by one and the party delighted in the things they received when Holly pulled prim over and showed him a Scry of Erolosa asking to see her daddy for wintersday and said she could make that come true. She pulled out a mirror focus and opened a portal which Erosola jumped through when she saw Prim on the other side. She quickly ran up to him giving him a hug.

Holly had a a surprise for her knowing that she got lonely sometimes in neverwinter and she met a Coatyl that knew prim from back in the great worm cave and she wanted to become Erolosa’s friend as she sensed much good and innocence in her and as a favor for Prim releasing her from the tribe’s clutches. Erosola was overjoyed to have a new friend and they talked as Holly setup for the wintersday traditional snowball fight. She snapped her fingers and everyone appeared in snow suits that made it hard to put your arms down.

They started with a free for all with Rowan, pokeman, Prim, Aethil, Drifting cloud, Yue playing until Prim hit Caryandra in the face while she was standing on the sidelines which made her call out “your a dead man now” but as she drew her blade Holly snapped her fingers and she also appeared in a snow suit and she rushed in to pay prim back with snow down the suit.

The party battled it out with Yue winning the free for all and rowan coming in 2nd place and prim in 3rd who all got candy canes. Erolosy told her daddy he did a good job. The top 2 winners then picked teams for a 4 on 4 battle with the teams being Yue Prim Aethil and Erolosa vs Rowan, Pokeman, Drifting Cloud and Caryandra. A hearty battle raged with Erolosa being much more nimble than people gave her credit for spinning out of the way of snowballs and striking anime poses with every miss. But also following in prim’s attack patters of not hitting anyone. It was Prim’s proudest moment watching her fight beside him in such a manner. But in the end Rowan’s team was victorious and also received some magical candy canes.

The party thanked Kringle for all he had done and warned him to watch out for any other crazy schemes for next Wintersday. Erolosa Gave Prim a big hug and kiss and told him she can’t wait till he finishes his next adventure saving the world so they can spend more time together which he promised would be soon. Erolosa was sent back to Neverwinter and waving goodbye the Party was transported back whence they came with another Wintersday Saved.

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Rowan the Revivifier and the Isles of Zenithia
Session 77

The party caught their breath after a narrow escape from Iymrith’s lair. Their allies rushed to them concerned about the rumbling and collapse of the lair they just witnessed. After discerning they were mostly ok they had to come up with a plan to escape the desert after seeing what Iymrith had been releasing into the desert they did not want to stay the night but they were all spent on magic. They drew their magic conchs and created a portal and decided to return to Maelstrom. The party gathered their fallen allies and proceeded to return to the Storm Giant base.

The party entered the throne room and reunited to Serissa who was overjoyed to see them return victorious but her face quickly fell to despair when she saw Vaassa and Zephyros carrying their fallen king into the court. She quickly rushed to his side as the party explained to her what happened. With tears in her eyes she begged for anyone who could help and Rowan offered her services and they moved Heckaton onto a bed made from a gigantic seashell where Rowan performed a resurrection ritual. Serissa grabbed her father’s hand and begged him to return to her which rowan poured the diamonds over him. His Giant allies of every type took a knee around the court and called for him to lead them once again. Pokeman jones spread Giant ale around the table telling him they needed to drink to their victories while prim sang a ballad of the fight with Iymrith.

Rowan Called to Lurue to return him to his people and with Her help along with Annam the Allfather wrestled the thread of his spirit away from the raven queen and returned him to life. As Air returned to his lungs he looked around at all of his new found allies and they helped him to his throne so he could address the recent developments. Heckaton proclaimed that his departed with Neri and Serissa had been right all his life sicking up for the small folk and that they have shown bravery and fortitude with hearts the size of any giant. He proclaimed that henceforth the party would be known as friends of the giants and this was the beginning of a new alliance to protect the sword coast with the party proclaimed forever as their honored guests.

The Party was doused with resounding cheers from the crowd. The party took a moment to savor their recognition before Rowan told them that they had urgent matters in Silverymoon that her parents might be in danger. Heckaton told them he understood and could get them there if he had his scepter and asked if they were able to retrieve it. Draven produced the scepter and handed it to the king who opened a portal to Silverymoon in his pool of water at the center of his court and the party and allies saw the town smoking and all rushed through thanking the king for all his hospitality before emerging out the other side on the outskirts of Silverymoon.

Rowan ran down the streets seeing guards impaled on lamp posts and the archmage putting out fires with cones of cold which Draven jumped in to join him. Rowan continues down the street and saw her block where she grew up smoldering and rushed faster fearing the worst when she discovered her father kneeling next to her mother who was dead. She ran up to her father now seeign the tears in his eyes as he held her. He looked up with hope now as he saw his daughter. “Oh my sweet Rowan you got my message. A tragedy has befallen Silverymoon but we were able to stop them before all was lost. Your mother died protecting us all. Can you do anything?” Rowan still beaten and exhausted from the fight summoned the remaining strength in her to gentle repose her mother giving her time to recover so she could attempt a revivify the following day. She helped the cleanup effort and found Garen was crushed underneath burning rubble and their neighbor Gertrude was found burned from the explosion of the balor.

The party assisted with cleanup that day of silverymoon and the party stayed in the whiteshield estate which was largely untouched except for the melted siding and the rest of the allies and stranded camped out in their orchard that night. The party exhausted got their best night sleep in a long time in the whiteshield residence and in the morning they were awoken by draven baking pear pie. They gathered Lureen Garen and gertrude in the Orchard near the tree of melalliki. and rowan performed resurrection rituals on her mother with all of their friends praying and hoping they would return with Lor begging that he would finally have the chance to meet her. She was successful in bringing Lureen and garen back but The raven queen desired Gertrude and despite rowan’s efforts her life thread slipped away.

Rowan ran to her mother and embraced her knowing she brought her back and spent the rest of the day with her catching up and introducing Lor to her parents so thankful they would have that chance to finally spend time together. Garen went straight back to work cleaning up the mess that wasn’t done while he was dead. Norros quietly slipped away that morning and as the family was reunited a rumbling was heard from the center of town. Frightened they all ran out to see what the commotion was to discover Norros has summoned a mighty fortress in the middle of town for all of those who had lost their homes in the blaze. He shouted its purposes from the rooftops as a refuge for food and shelter and the people gave out a resounding cheer and he was herald as a savior and hero of the people of silverymoon and they picked him up on their shoulders and carried him to the castle where they began seeing people who lost everything in the fires as they began to rebuild.

The party astonished by this magic took the day and celebrated. As the day neared its end Rowan’s sister in law came to visit and told them she was relieved to see her family still safe. She told them that with peace returned to the sword coast she got a request from the King of Burland of the Zenithian Isles that their problem with missing children has gotten worse and were calling out to adventurers across the world to come aid them as the problem was beyond their capacity to handle as their guard had proven inefficient at solving the mystery. The party planned to set off for there in the morning. But as they celebrated Norros called them all into a meeting in the mighty fortress. Once they all arrived he informed them of his news:

_ “Ok friends, it’s been an adventure… horrific and amazing things we’ve done together. I’m just not cut out for this kind or thing. Through the good and my bad you had my backs, but I need to get back to my town and help them recover from the Fire Giant attacks, as well as follow my true passion of tinkering and inventing." Norros Graveltoes set down the staff and belt, along with a PILE of money. I won’t need this where I’m going, I have my spellbook and my armor it’s for the guild, keep saving the world I’m just a message away, also expect to hear from me soon I have a plan to help you out think of me in your dreams, and i might just be there… it’s a reference to the Dream spell dummies._

Norros set out miniature dolls in the likenesses of everyone who he animated and all of them ran and jumped on their legs and gave hugs

Draven also took this opportunity to tell the party that with their adventures he was satisfied with what they had done that he has enough material to write many more books and he wants to dedicate his time to spending it with Nawala in Waterdeep and helping raise the adopted goblin kids and maybe have some of his own someday. He felt he had been away from them for too long and that it was time for them to party ways and he bid the party farewell and he and norros said their goodbyes and headed out of waterdeep norros trying to jump up and reach draven’s tingertips for a touching exit but not quite reaching.

As the party recovered from that news of having 2 of their party members depart they were greeted by a party of Lord’s alliance members a female dwarf Aethil and a tabaxi Drifting cloud introduced themselves and said they were here as they heard silverymoon was under attack but see the situation seems well in hand. The party shared the knowledge of the request from the king of Burland and they said they traveled all this way and have nothing to do now and were itching for a fight so they might as well come along. After a night of drinking with everfull and getting to know each other they headed to the harper’s house in silverymoon and used their teleportation network and modifies a circle to take them out to the isles of Zenithia to the courtroom of Ronald Burland III.

The party was greeted by the monarch who explained the toubles of their land ranged from monsters becoming more dangerous and aggressive to the mystery of their children going missing to now even their guard who went to look and investigate are having trouble navigating the cave to and from Ismit village. The King told them they are strangers from a strange land but words of their deeds had reached his ears and he has hope that they will solve this mystery. He offered his captain of the guard Ragnar Mcryan to be their guide in this new land and wished them luck on their journey.

Ragnar led the party out of the castle into the city of Burland where solders marching down the streets saluted him and a woman named flora came and begged him to find her child who went missing as did her husband who also went off looking for the child when the guards couldn’t make regular trips through the cave. He promised her he would find them both. Ragnar led the party to the cave in question as it was the main route between Burland and Ismit as it crossed underneath a roaring river. The party went through the cave and fought a variety of exotic beasts like slimes that lived under the water and Worms that burrowed through the soil reminded them of what Iymrith had been raising in her pit. They finally reached the other side of the cave and Ragnar called out to them Ismit is just ahead.

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Iymrith’s Lair and Silverymoon Sundered
Session 76

The party gathered to assess the damage and while their group seemed to be intact, 2 of prim’s tribe had been killed and another 2 knocked unconscious. Among the giants Lob lay dead on the battlefield as well as king Heckaton pinned up along side the broken building with a hole through his chest. Harshnag limped to the rest of the party leaning heavily on Zephryos yelling for someone to come Fix Heckaton that they need their king. Rowan rushed up to him but could only gentle repose him to stop his body decay with any further resurrection magic being beyond her capabilities for the day. The party took a moment to rest and bandage their wounds and they began discussing getting the scepter back that Iymrith stole and they figured it would be somewhere beneath the sands from where she emerged. They all headed down into her Lair.

The party passed by a purple wormling pit that Iymrith was using to raise these horrible monsters to release into the desert to make it more inhospitable. As they made their way down a twisting hallway Draven spotted the Ceiling looking shaky as if it were made of loose shale and ready to collapse with the weight of the shifting sands above and the percussion of the battle that just took place.

The tunnel rounded north and they emerged into a room with Lymrith’s treasure hoard with thousands upon thousands of golden coins stashed into a pile up against the wall as well as piles of sand strewn throughout the lair. The party heard chanting coming from the east in a language they did not understand. They crept towards the voices and saw a group on 8 humanoids around a giant statue of a snake, the party all quietly made their way down the sand dune and hid behind a pillar until it was Yue’s turn who could not keep her footing. She tumbled down the sand pile creating enough noise and a thud that it attracted the attention of the humanoids.

As they turned around the party could see their body looked like a human but their head and neck were snake like. Prim recognized these creatures as Yaun-ti. They began making their way towards the disturbances but as they drew close prim used mass suggestion on them all and brought them under his spell commanding them to dig for Iymrith’s treasure. They spread out and unearthed various rectangular holes with seemingly nothing in them but when draven went to poke his finger into the hole it hit something solid jamming his finger but also dispersing and invisibility effect on a sarcophagi. The party inspected the giant statue of the serpent and saw it had an inscription written in abyssal which draven was able to read.

Wrack and ruin, flash and thunder,
Let them claim the dragon’s plunder;
Death is close! Her doom has come!
To blade and spell she will succumb.

Yue drew the conclusion that these people had a prophecy that foretold the doom of Iymrith and they might not have been there of their will. Prim released one of the Yuan ti he had mass suggestion over and questioned them finding that her people were taken by Iymrith and they had indeed had visions of one day a people would come to save them and celebrated that that day had finally arrived. The party asked if it would be ok to open the sarcophagi and the Yaun ti people answered that Iymrith had dug them up long ago desecrating their bones consuming them and throwing the remains down the pit near the statue and whatever treasures they should find are rightfully theirs to keep.

The party proceeded to open the sarcophagi finding all manner of magical items and the scepter that they had sought. They decided to send the Yaun ti people back to the guild hall as they knew the desert was now inhospitable for them with all of the purple worms set free by Iymrith. Prim wanted to send them back with the mountain of gold but as he approached the hoard was guarded by air elementals with coins swirling around in them which battered him until the rest of the party caught up and struck them down. Prim them created a teleportation circle around their treasure and sent it back to their guild hall informing prim2 of the halls new residents incoming.

The party continued to dig through the sands and unearthed another sarcophagi but when draven opened this one a mummy lord emerged from it and began casting some unnerving magic upon the party. Pokeman And Yue steeled themselves from its horrible glare and proceeded to light it on fire with Yue’s magic. The mummy lord screamed out as his dried bandaged burned quickly. Pokeman took out a firework and fired it behind the mummy lord blasting it apart and rattling the cavern. The battle ceased but the rumbling grew louder and louder and the party realized the ceiling and entire cavern was begging to cave in. they all rushed up the sand dune dodging shale falling from the ceiling. Yue got hit and dazed from falling debris but xing quickly came to pick her up and push her forward.

The party reached the top of the sand dune just as the walls were collapsing and were about to flatten the entire party but bigby’s and held the one wall while Pokeman Jones ran to the other and held long enough for the entire party to push through to the chamber which help the serpent statue. Yue fell down the slippery done once again and face planted into the sand. Pokeman Jones and Xing quickly picked her up as the pillars in the chamber all began to fall under the weight of the collapsing ceiling. The party looked up and saw the hole Iymrith made to emerge to fight them all and prim cast fly on himself and raced towards the hole. Yue yelled CATCH and threw him the magical orb their received during wintersday and he snagged it mid air and dashed out of the collapsing chamber at full speed. Yue called to her friends “TO ME!” and as they gathered around her and and linked hands the entire ceiling gave way and was about to crush them as the orb shone brightly and teleported them above the sands to where prim had landed. They all collapsed to breathe a sign of relief.

Meanwhile in silverymoon in the Margaster house a ritual had just been finished which summoned horrible devils to bring destruction upon the land. A Balor and his beaded devil and chain devil servants broke through the house and began wrecking havoc on the streets of silverymoon. The parents of Rowan whiteshield, evander and lureen were awakened in the night to the sound of alarms going off. There butler Garen burst in telling them monsters were burning down the north east section of the city. The retired adventurers quickly donned their old armor and weapons and took to the streets to see who they might save. Garen told them “don’t worry sir and madam I will get to the bottom of this”. and with that Garen slipped off to scout what the disturbance was finding the massive balor storming down the center of town directing the devils to light the city on fire. The city guard were the 1st to arrive on the scene and were met with his chain devils which strangled the life out of them and pierced them through the lamp posts as warnings.

The arch mage of the town Alusriel Silverhand came out from her tower and saw the city burning and proclaimed that this would not be allowed in her domain and took to the streets to fight this menace.

The Whiteshields were met in the streets by their old retired bounty hunter neighbor Gertrude the hawk and they decided to confront the devils before they burn the whole city down. Lureen went straight for the Balor firing a guiding bolt lighting him up for the town to see drawing his attention. He drew a fire whip and a sparking lighting sword from his side and cracked the whip wrapping around lureen burning her and pulled her to his feet.

the Butler shouted as he saw his employer be dragged to danger but it was too late as a sword was being brought down only to be deflected at the last minute by a wall of force created by Alusriel who just arrived on the newly created battlefield which once was the peaceful city streets. She separated the Balor from his devils and the whileshields Gertrude and Garen took on his devils. They were all inflicted with infernal wounds but the devils eventually fell while alusriel was pushed back further and further by the Baylor unable to hold him back she was heavily wounded after he slashed her with his sword of lightning. As he was about she utilized her most powerful time stopping magic and made her back to fight with the rest of the heroes who took to the streets.

They steeled themselves and fought the baylor with all their might while they watched their homes burn and the fire spread throughout the block. garen tried to get a flanking position on the baylor but part of a house’s side crumbled as he ran by trapping him underneath the rubble. He shouted for help which only drew the baylor in to drive his sword through his body killing him. Fighting through tears of hate and anger the rest of them threw all they had at the baylor. Lureen was struck unconscious and evander stood in front of his fallen wife and struck the baylor with all he had backed up by Gertrude and they finally felled the beast. Evander breather a sigh of relief as he saw it fall but As the Baylor died it went into its death throws and exploded killing Lureen and Gertrude on the process. Alusriel and Evander heavily injured quickly ran to try to stabilize those they could but it was too late for gertrude, the butler and Lureen. With tears down his face Evander called once again to his daughter that he needs her more than ever to come quickly something terrible has happened. As Evander crouched to the ground he held his wife’s body as Alustriel began trying to contain the fires that ripped through Silverymoon with her cone of cold. Only steam was left of most of that section of town by the time all was said and done.

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Doom of the Desert
Session 75

The party push forward the party knows their long journey ends here, in the desert. A churning cauldron of black clouds fills the sky as thunder peals and lightning flashes. Half buried in the cold dunes is a crumbling amphitheater adorned with statues, many of them broken, the rest worn smooth by wind and sand. Two large trebuchets stand atop the ruins. Where cheers once rang out across a great city, now a solemn fortress stands before them, waiting for them to draw near.

The party rushed behind a building on the outskirts of the amphitheater and began to scout it for defenses noticing many Gargoyles perched among the structure and arming the trebuchets. Draven attempts to run through the open shattered structure but immediately starts sinking and falls into the shifting sands disappearing giving out a yelp. The Gargoyles all turn to notice and begin making their way towards the party calling out “Warn the mistress they are here!”. Pokeman Jones quickly takes out his endless rope and throws it down the hole draven fell down and ties the other end to a heavy looking piece of drift wood sitting nearby.

Draven fell and fell but landed on something soft and squishy…and wriggling. As he looked around he saw he was in a pit filled with purple wormlings. As he landed on one it let out a screech and all turned towards him. in a panic he turned into a goristro and tried to claw his way out of the pit. He worms bit and stung and assaulted him and he was able to finally able to pull himself out right as he was stung by one of the wormlings which broke his concentration turning him back into himself. He saw the rope above toe worm pit and jumped for it grabbing on and yelled for pokeman jones to help him up. As the party hauled him out of the worm pit the Gargoyles were about to descend on the party when the King Heckaton and the giants arrived and intercepted the 1st wave and began pushing them beck.

Draven looked down as he swung from the rope seeing the worms biting upward at him as he was lifted away from the immediate danger. The party checked if he was ok just as The trebechets were fired one rock slamming down near pokeman and the other striking Harshnag dead on knocking him down. As pokeman backed up he received a sending from Delsaphine saying a warning that Klarth found out about the air ship and he was pissed and on his way to be careful he already ate captain Laz.

As the party looked to the sky the sun was momentarily blotted out as a giant ancient red dragon set down upon the Amphitheater. He roared and called out to the party saying he knew they were the ones responsible for the destruction of his airship and that they were supposed to destroy the giants not help them. He offered them once chance to survive was he heard that they had acquired a flying castle which he wanted to add to his collection but his servants were being blocked by defenses around the control orb.

Prim2 messaged prim confirming that dragon cultists had arrived at Lyn amaal and were demanding the castle be turned over to them. But the Zhentarim also arrived riding the bronze dragons Zera and Felgolos and they had enough support to fight them off. Prim2 wanted to know what the situation was if he should turn the castle over of if he should turn them away. The party quickly talked it over and they heard the Rumbling underground of Iymrith Stirring. They decided to give up the castle to appease Klarth. He smiled a big tooth grin and told them that it was a wise choice and shook off the former dragon cultists that flew the airship including delsaphine. He told them they could die here fighting or take their chances in the desert but he was through with their failure.

Halia watched as they evacuated Lyn amaal and prim2 joined them on the dragons. the dragon cultists hammered some strange objects into the lawn and all of lyn amaal shrunk to the size of a dollhouse which was picked up and taken away by the cultists. Hearing the news Klarth took flight and left the amphitheater just as Iymrith burst forth from underground. She hisses at the party condemning them for trying to take her treasure but thanking them for bringing the king of the giants here so she could kill him herself and end this.

The trebuchets fired again pinning the party behind the building while Ilmrith flew behind the giants and engaged with Heckaton slamming him up against the building and piercing his chest with her tail pinning him there. He gasped for breath as she ripped it out and drove it in once more. Shock cave over his face at her speed as he collapsed to the ground. “She hissed so ends the reign of the Storm King.” As she spoke a fireball slammed her in the back as Yue began hurling magic at her. Iymrith whipped around and told her that she was next.

Gargoyles descended from the east as well and were about to pin the party between Ilmrith and their hoard when a chanting could be heard coming over the dune. chief prim, chief prim CHIEF PRIM! as the party watched as the tribesmen bounded over the sand dune and clashed with the incoming foes. Behind them they saw Lor, Xing And Digiman Jones looking ready for battle.

The trebuchets fired once more and knocked out harshnag and Lob who were holding the east side. Rowan rushed to their aid to try to prevent them from perishing and began healing them. At that time rowan received a sending from her father “Rowan Silverymoon burns, Devils pour out of the Margaster house! We will try to save as many as we can. We love you.”

The party knew the trebuchets had to be stopped. Prim dimension doored to the western one one and used mass suggestion to take over the gargoyles controlling the treb. and Delsaphine led the crew of the crimson tide to assault the trebuchet in the east interrupting their fire.

Lymrith flew by the party blasting them with her lightning breath injuring them all heavily and killing 2 of prim’s tribe. xing and Digiman cut through the gargoyles in the east while Lor faced down ilmrith himself cutting into her before being slammed into the building knocking him unconscious, This gave Yue time to regroup and finish casting meteor storm sending rocks hurling down slamming into the doom of the desert and the gargoyals that were going to reinforce the western horde. Norros tried to blind Iymrith with his magic but she averted her eyes. The Giant Vaasa cut through the gargoyle horde and held the entire western front by herself shouting a valkarie cry and cut through foe after foe as prim’s dominated gargoyles launched a rock that lymrith saw at the last minute and batted out of the way with her wings.

As Iymrith turned to took at what was wrong with the trebuchet prim teleported onto her back and held on for dear life and sunk in a dominate monster spell that despite her will which was exhausted at this point she succumbed to it. Prim told the party that he had a plan and not to worry and commanded the dragon to fly at the giant statue in the amphitheater as fast as she could and open her mouth. as she did so prim climbed into her mouth and took out the immovable rod and right as she was about to impact he clicked it and tried to hold on for all he was worth. He didn’t expect the grip and power of the dragon’s intestinal system as he was swallowed by the dragon his grip was town away and he ended up in the belly of the beast and started convulsing from the conductive gel in her gullet. The immovable rod tore through the organs of Lymrith leaving a small hole in her side as she slammed full speed into the stature cracking it and causing it to topple over on her.

Iymrith crawled out from the rubble severelydamaged but looking wild and desperate as to what just happened. at that time Vaasa Norros and Digiman jones caught up to the wreck. Seeing everything was going wrong the dragon beat her wings and attempted to escape but Vaasa jumped onto the dragons leg and sliced open her guts spilling prim onto the ground. As she opened her mouth to make a breath attack the hole punctured through the gland that creates the electricity spilled through her organs and norros cracked her across the face wit his staff sending her head towards Digiman Jones who skewered it on his sword and the doom of the desert collapsed to the ground and the Amitheater grew silent for a moment before the cheer of victory resounded from the party and their allies. They all took a breath to go around and assess what cost this fight had taken.

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