CM Adventures

Session 26: Life, Love, and Death

Life goes on

The party awoke in the morning atop the tower and gathered themselves for what needed to be done today. Once everyone felt strong enough to assist Prim carried Loralyn’s body over to the Forge of spells flame and let it warm her. He sang a song of inspiration about life and 2nd chances. Rowan having got some rest felt divine energy flowing through her once again and felt ready to attempt to bring her back. She searched through the party’s belongings and pulled out a bag of diamonds worth 300 gold and called everyone over. Yue came up to Loralyn, help her hand and asked her to come back. The rest of the party joined into the song stuck up by prim with even Dutchess howling in perfect key. Rowan opened the bag of diamonds and sprinkled them onto Loralyn’s body and they evaporated. Loralyn began levitating off the ground as Rowan’s eyes turned white. Suddenly Rowan found her consciousness above the tower. Looking around she saw the Essence of Loralyn hovering above her body tethered to it by her gentle repose. Rowan quickly moved over to it and as she reached for it it teacher snapped but Rowan quickly grabbed onto her essence tightly and brought it back to her body pressing it into her material form.

Rowans eyes return to normal and a gasp of air is heard from Loralyn as her eyes shoot open and she looks around confused. She asks what happened and the party tells her they won and she looks relieved. They then tell her she died and Yue avenged her killing not only the cambion but also the shadow of Lolth. She manages the strength to stand up and goes and gives Yue a hug and thanks her for caring but as she lets go of the embrace she almost falls down and the party helps her back to the ground. She agrees that she might not be fully recovered yet and should take it easy for now. Draven gives her a potion which she takes. They inform her that Seraphina did not make it through the battle and she looks much more somber and a little guilty that she was the one who was saved. The party tells her to rest and that Seraphina went out like the warrior that she was and they will show her respect later today. Loralyn sits by the forge of spells and attempts to warm herself and prosess what just happened.
Tsernoth informs the party there may be more slaves in the tower that are yet unaware of their victory and they head below and search finding a room of them that heard battle but were afraid to go investigate. The party told them they are free and they were welcome to come back with them on their ship which they accepted. A tall athletically built middle aged man with black and yellow eyes was seen in the corner of the room. When questioned he told the party his name was Zuriel and he would also like to get away from this island and would take them up on their offer of passage back to the sword coast. Gwen recognized all of the villagers who were captive but couldn’t recall him although she states she was young at the time. Zuriel also said he never met her in particular but remembers the attack on her village and went to help out and that is where he was taken into slavery by the fiends which has given him no love for them. The party introduces themselves to him and he is cordial but speaks few words.

The party debated how Seraphina would want to be remembered and ultimately decided that they would build a raft from parts of the construction site downstairs and give her a warrior viking’s funeral as noone in the party nor the harpers knew her wishes. Everyone headed out to the beach and Prim played a song for her as Rowan found some local flowers and decorated her raft. They drifted it out to sea as prim got choked up and could play no longer he took a bow and dipped it into the flame from the forge of spells He hands were shaking and was about to fire way off target but Rowan came up to him and steadied his hands and they fired true and struck the raft which burned a brilliant blue-green flame. The party exchanged stories of Seraphina’s time with them and started to deal wit htheir grief of losing a party member. Duchess tried to run out into the ocean after her but prim and rowan caught up to him and prevented him from doggie paddling out to sea with and as he howled the beach was brought to tears.

As the ceremony finished the party decided to leave the infernal flame brazier here on the island while taking the Forge of spells and the unlit celestial brazier back with them. Their new companion Zuriel could read celestial and the marking on the unlit one read “Divine Brazier” and under that it read simply the word “Zenithia”. Prim from his study and knowledge of tails recalled a story about a chain of islands to the west of the sword coast named the Zenithian isles and that they have a tale of a divine heavenly region where their Dragon deity lives. But only those of Zenithian heritage have access to their gates. Rowan recalls that her sister was starting to have talks with that very providence to set up business between the Zenithian Isles and the Sword Coast.

The Party is able to get all of the rescued villagers and themselves back aboard the next adventure and they start sailing for home. Rowan Reunited with her Husband Lor and realizes that she missed him more than she anticipated and she looks at the piece of cambion that Gwen gave her to dissolve the marriage ritual she underwent in Halenshire and just puts it aside realizing he has grown on her throughout the trip. They spend their days on the ship improving his skills with the longsword and they talk how he will begin his paladin training in waterdeep so one day he may join her in her adventures and make her proud. Prim and draven train with droop trying to teach him some new skills as well but the motion of the seas doesn’t seem to sit well with Droop and he has a hard time concentrating past his sea sickness.

Yue pulls Loralyn aside when she is starting to look better and tells her she is glad that she survived. Yue tells her after she died she found the letter and earring she left for her. Loralyn wanted reassurance that Yue didn’t read the note but she told her she did already. Loralyn was a little pale since being resurrected but suddenly turned several shades of red and admitted that she was embarrassed and wanted to know what they do now that she knows. Yue told her that they will always be friends but she does not feel for her in that capacity. Loralyn looked crushed for an instant as she heard the words she was hoping not to hear but put on a smile for Yue and told her of course we will. Yue gave her back the note and the earring and Loralyn walked below deck. After she passed from anyone’s view and found the most solitary place of the ship, she breaks down crying.

Later that night after she thinks everyone is asleep she makes her way to the back of the ship and sits on the edge. She takes out her note and reads it:

Yue

If you are reading this I have died and this note made its way to you. I decided to write this down after I almost fell from the lighthouse. Seeing as how we are constantly in mortal danger I knew any day could be our last. You made a difference in my life when you helped cured my Lycantropy when all others turned me away.
Everyone else in my life shunned me and you brought joy to my life. I cannot express what that meant to me. I regret not being able to eat that pie with you I know it will turn out great. Since I am not around to watch your back I had this set of earrings enchanted to protect you. What we are doing is special and you should never stop trying to help others and make the world better. I was always afraid to tell you to your face how I really felt as I feared rejection. The realization of the briefness of life had given me courage to write this.
I love you Yue and I always will, please don’t forget me.
-Loralyn

After reading the note Loralyn tears it into 4 pieces and lets them blow away into the ocean. She takes the Earring she had made and drops it overboard and she she is watching it sink and flow away from the ship she hears a voice behind her.
“So what are you going to do after all this is over?”

Loralyn jump a bit snapping back from being lost in her thoughts. She sees Wes standing there. She tells him she isn’t sure that the adventuring life is for her having almost died several times and actually dying now that it has been a lot to process and she doesn’t want to feel like a burden to everyone and might return to Phandalin after they return to shore. Wes offers her a job in the Thunderdome as a performer saying they could use some variety in entertainment. She says she will think on it and let him know by the time they reach Phandalin. Wes notices that she looks like she has been crying and asks if she is ok but she insists that she is fine just been through a lot lately. He accepts her explanation telling her “yeah I guess we all have been lately”. They both retire back below deck.
About 3 days into the the trip back to shore the captain signals the crew to be on alert they as he spotted a ship on the horizon that he identified as the Hades Jewel which was notorious for having rogue illithids on it which press other races into service of their crew and they plunder the seas. They spotted row boats headed their way and prepared for battle. As the 1st boat hit the Next adventure the party’s spellcasters were on it. It was full of lizardmen warrors and casters and an illithid handler. Yue and Draven broke the ship and sent it to the bottom of the ocean with everyone on board except the illithid who scrambled onto their vessel. He unleashed a mind blast that stunned the crew and allowed the 2nd assault boat to arrive and crew of human pirates boarded the next adventure. The crew was battle hardened though and fought back sending magic missiles across the deck, Zuriel joined the party in the struggles and showed off his combat prowess by disappearing into shadow and reappearing behind the Illithid and striking him down with his blades and fists.

With their handler down Prim tried to reason with the remaining pirates to surrender but the mind conditioning and torture the illithids must have put them through was too much in the heat of battle and they fought to the death. Pokeman Jones slammed with his staff and Draven finished off 2 of the remaining ones with his back flame dagger. As the ship became quiet again the party composed themselves checkign there were no losses. Draven wanted to pursue the ship but the rest of the party decided to keep their coarse and hit halenshire as soon as possible and that is where they headed. The pirates left them with some gold and a magical bag and a special arrow which they gathered. The remaining days on the ship were uneventful and Prim spent them crafting and testing potions having some great success making some new ones to the party’s delight.

The party arrived in halenshire and the captain of the next adventure wished them luck in future journey and if they ever have need of him just get word and he will be there to assist. The Mayor came up to greet the party and although he was relieved to hear that they arrived back safely and embraced his son, he also had grave news that his daughter (and pokeman’s wife) Sunah had gone out picking om nom berries in the swamp to the north despite his warnings and had not returned in 3 days and he was getting worried. He begged the party to go search for her and the party agreed. The rescued villagers and Rowan brought the villager that was slain but saved by gentle repose to a cleric in halenshire and the party and gwen all chipped in to pay the cost to attempt to have him resurrected which was successful. He told the party his name was Abel Chiv and the was the smith for Gwen’s village and he was at their service. Draven and Prim commissioned him to make armor which he said would be ready in a few days. Wes, Gwen, Droop and Loralyn told the party they were ready to head back up north and would keep an eye out for Venomfang. Duchess seem to take a liking to them on the boat and they said they would stop by Phandalin 1st and leave duchess with sister Garaelle before returning to Neverwinter. They said their goodbye’s to the party and headed north.

The party upon gathering some fresh supplies and healing potions set out for the swamp where Sunah was last seen. As they entered and started to slosh through the murky water a bunch of undead skeletons arose from the water and jumped the party slashing at Yue and draven. With Quick thinking Rowan now more in touch with her diving powers unleashed a mighty aura that destroys undead and every skeleton that rose up in the pool of water they were in shattered.

The party was able to search the area and found small bushes with berries that Yue was certain were om nom berries and she collected them and found a trail of berries on the ground that lead to more bushes of berries of a slightly darker shade that Yue was also certain were om nom berries. The swamp path eventually led around the corner where the party found sunah and Pokeman Jones called out to her and rushed to embrace her. Sunah looked happy and called out “My love you have returned to me now we will never be apart again!” But as they went to embrace she passed right through his physical form and his eyes rolled back in his head becoming possessed by her spirit. As this happened more spirits of the swamp of people who died here arose and tried to possess the party. But seeing what just happened to pokeman jones they were more ready and most were able to fight off the ghost before it touched them except for rowan where the ghost entered her form but before the possession could take hold she called out to lurrue and forced it out through sheer devotion.

The party squared off with their ghosts finding ice and poison ineffective against them. Rowan tried to turn undead which frightened a lot of the ghosts and almsot cast out sunah from pokeman jones but her devotion to him in life held her strong and she made him turn his focus onto Rowan and Yue who where attacking him viewing them as trying to take him away on another adventure. Yue took a strong staff across the face and was looking shaky until draven came up seeing she was in trouble and made both of them invisible to pull her away from the front lines. Rowan stood her ground and did her best to cast everything she knew to knock this spirit out of her and they had a knock down drag out slug fest in the middle of the swamp and Pokeman jones getting the better of the shots in but both of them ended up bleeding heavily and exhausted. Prim and Zuriel were able to finish off the rest of the ghosts in the swamp with Prim’s summoned steed and frost arc and Zuriel’s magical fists they dissipated the ghosts. Pokeman jones knocked Roawn to the ground and was about to deliver another smashing blow onto her when draven came up behind him and grabbed him by the neck and used shocking grasp live an electrified vulcan neck pinch conducting the current all throughout his body with his metal plate mail and dropped him unconscious to the ground dispelling sunah from his body.

As Sunah lay next to him. she said “i’m sorry my love we can’t be together I tried my best to make you happy. Take this at lease and remember me.” And with that her spirit form passed on leaving a necklace on the ground which was Inscribed with the words “I hope they miss you as much as I do.” The party healed pokeman jones’s wounds and he came back to consciousness. The party searched for the body of sunah and found her near a bush with some berry juice on her lips. Draven and Zuriel both put together what happened and saw Yue about to eat one of the berries that was of the poisonous variety. Zuriel got there right as she was about to put one in her mouth and slapped it out of her hand yelling “THOSE ARE DEALDY WOMAN.” Yue thanked him for the close call and they sorted the berries they picked so far with 20 being actual om nom berries but 40 of them being poisonous with prim taking those for potion crafting and yue taking the real ones for her pie crafting. The party made their way back to the edge of the swamp bringing Sunah with them they take a Short rest at the edge of the swamp and prepare for their trip back to Halenshire to deliver the news to her father and brother.

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