CM Adventures

Breaker of Chains
Session 24

The party headed south in the tower to search for more slaves to rescue but cave upon a graveyard which they started to look at when 2 hands burst from the graves and grabbed Draven and Pokeman Jone’s ankles as 5 phase spiders descended on the party. Both of them ripped free as Prim, Yue and rowan did combat with them holding them at bay. As they smashed through the last phase spider they inspected the graves and found they used the bodies of the slaves who perished there as a trap for anyone coming through. Gwen inspected one of the graves and found her parents name and broke down crying. Wes led her away to console her and her sadness turned to rage as she vowed to end those who did this. Tsernoth offered to raise the dead here to make them into extra minions to fight with but the party decided against it as it would be insensitive to Gwen knowing these villagers.

The party continued deeper into the tower coming upon a wide open cavern finding themselves high up on a ledge looking upon what was the work site for the slaves the demons captured. The cavern was full of chain devils who had themselves latched to the slaves who were working to keep any from making escape attempts. The party debated a plan of action and decided to use the belt of featherfall to descend to ground level with some of the party and engage them while their casters and ranged fighters stayed on the ledge to fire from above.

The party engaged the Chain devils who put up a tremendous fight against them. Draven and Rowan got ensnared by the Devil’s free chains and began having the life choked out of them with tremendous constricting pressure. Pokeman Jones and the party remaining on the ledge were able to free draven in time but they reached rowan just too late and light faded from her eyes right as they were able to knock her free from the devil’s grasp and she clattered to the ground motionless.

Three more chain devils headed in to finish the job as they approached Rowan, Tsernoth rushes to the side of the cave and brushed off some ruins inscribed there and muttered an arcane incantation cauing a magnetic hum to be heard throughout the tower. Ruins appeared on the floor and a chain devil was flung to the ceiling pinning it there and electrocuted it sending the slave attached to it in a free fall. Draven caught him with his belt of feather fall ensuring he did not die.

Others were not so lucky as Pokeman Jones stepped in front to protect rowan’s body he swung his staff at the devil who placed one of the slaves in front of him as a shield and the slave did not survive the blow. Prim jumped onto a conveyor belt and attempted to fire frost arc repeatedly but lost ground and disappeared into the dark hole the rocks were being carted too periodically popping back out to take pot shots. The remainder of the team on the ledge was able to finish off the Chain devils as Wes used lay on hands and let his diving energy flow into Rowan and brought her back right before her final thread of life was severed and she regained consciousness.

The party collected themselves and send the remaining slaved to meet at the tunnel where they sent the other prisoner and they continued into the tower. The party ascended two sets of stairs and at the top they came into a large space at the top of the tower. There they saw 3 Braziers, one green with the light of the forge of spells, one glowing an infernal red color, and one remaining unlit placed in a triangle around a giant shadow of a spider. Surrounding this center piece in the room The party noticed the Cambion they have sought for so long surrounded by his devil allies and they steel themselves for this confrontation.

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Storming the Beach
Session 23

The main party continued their journey to the island. in their down time Rowan trained Lor using a long sword and Yue continued to search the ship for any ingredients which might help her bake an om nom berry pie discovering some lemons on the ship they use along with oranges and limes to prevent scurvy. Pokeman Jones headed up to the top deck and asked the captain if he could steer the ship and the reminisced about sailing. The captain Johny Smesalt gave him a turn to steer the ship while he took a nap in his cabin. Pokeman Jones spotted the island and they launched their smaller boats and began to row to the island as the big ship could’t get any closer without beaching the ship.

On the way rowing to the island the party was intercepted by 4 water elementals which tried to flow into their boats and whelm them drowning the occupants. The party worked together with pokeman jones kicking one off their boat preventing it from washing up where Yue got enveloped and began to drown until Loralyn grabbed it and threw it overboard. Gwen revived Yue pouring a potion down her throat. Wanting revenge Yue electrified the water and shocked the remaining elementals. Prim used frost arc to freeze one solid while draven blew it apart with an eldrich blast. Rowan concentrated and used her aura to enhance everyone’s attacks. Eventually the water elementals were defeated and the party finally reached the shore.

Upon hitting the beach they discovered a necromancer with an undead army at his command. The party brought forth Agatha and The necromancer recognized her from their adventuring days when they were in the same party. He stated his name was Tsernoth and that the cambion had driven him out of his tower with his army of demons but he survived due to the Book of bogentle that he acquired from agatha years prior. He was able to convert the undead army to follow his commands and was trying to wage a war against the devils but was being pushed back and was looking for a way off the island or reinforcements to take the tower back.

The party agreed to help him as they had a common enemy. Droop seraphina and dutchess stayed behind to guard the boats as that was their only way to get off the island and Seraphina had no love for the undead, refused to work with them and decided to stay behind. The rest of the party stormed the beach and fought along side Tsernoth and his undead forces to overtake an army of giant spiders and phase spiders. Yue’s fireball’s erupted kicking up large amounts of sand on the beach and pokeman jones crushed many of them beneath his Staves. As the spiders fell Tsernoth informed the party there was a secret water entrance to the tower the cambion probably doesn’t know about and shouldn’t be guarded. They decided to head that way and emerged in a jail cell which Tsernoth has a key to.

As the party emerged into a dungeon Gwen found one of the kidnapped members of her village, Padar Sadz. He begged her to find the other and they had a brief moment of reuniting before the party sent him into the tunnel to prepare to head out as soon as they find the rest of the captives. Questioning him they learn that the cambion was using the villages as slave labor to build additions to the tower and was also sacrificing them to help summon lolth back to this plane of existence.

The party knew they had to hurry to stop this plan and they patched their wounds to prepare for the next fight Prim noticed a ring on his finger and a note in his pocket which read:

I’ll always cherish our time in wave echo cave. The password for the ring is my name.

Love,
-N

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The Dragon and the Eagle
Session 22

As The secondary party fought fiercely vs the dragon’s spawn the cultists threw a torch onto a bonfire as a signal. The dragon spawn unleashed poison breath on the party and fought tooth and nail to defend their hoard. Two of them fell in battle and the third one was under assault when Venomfang returned and spewed poison breath as she flew over the keep knocking out several party members. All looked dire until an Eagle swooped in and fought the dragon in the aerial combat distracting it enough so the party could finish off the cultists causing the remnants to flee the keep. The finished off the last of venomfang’s spawn and sensing the tide of battle was turning she cut her losses took her revenge on the eagle and flew away. The party rushed to the eagles side to find out it was the Druid Reidoth who they knew from thunderhead keep when they 1st encountered venomfang. they stabilized him and prevented him from succumbing to the woulds vemonfang inflicted on him and they untied the hostages, made sure they were all ok and them dug into the dragon’s treasure hoard.

Taking their loot they loaded it up onto the cart and took it back to phadalin and decided to use it to upgrade the town and started brainstorming ideas on how it could best be used. They celebrated their victory that night having a successful rescue mission with no more tragedy striking their town. maybe things are looking up for the city after all.

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Lizards Assault and Dragon Spawn Surprise
Session 21

Back in Phandalin after Venomfang’s assault on the town Sister Garaele goes around and recruits volunteers to mount a rescue mission to save mirna’s children and daren addermath who were taken in the assault. She discovers Iarno used a seeming spell to impersonate nars and was taken instead of the boy and that they now had a voice on the inside to help plan the rescue attempt. She contacted gundren rockseeker who had made progress in wave echo cave and he informed them that they were able to dredge out the remaining power from the forge of spells which they could use to arm themselves for this rescue attempt. Gundran, Idris, Quinlan, Thalia, and Sister Garaele headed to the forge and met nundro and sildar there. They each dipped an item into the glowing green coals that were the remainder of the forge’s power and enchanted their weapons. They discussed options for bringing back their friends when the flameskull of wave echo cave came rushing in and informed them that intruders had found the entrance to wave echo cave and that they needed to repel them.

They left Sildar and Nundro to guard to forge of spells and the rest of the party headed through wave echo cave until they ran across a tribe of lizardmen warriors spellcasters and 2 leaders and they sprung into battle with idris and quinlan shaking off the rust from their prior adventuring days cutting through the warriors, Gundren bashed through their front lines to assault the wizards who used heat metal to cook his plate armor causing him to collapse after he got a few good hits in. Thalia Slammed her knuckles together and they erupted in flames as she unleashed a volley of punches and kicks tearing through their scaly numbers. Sister Garaele caled upon tymora and healed the injured through the fight and supported them until they tasted victory for the 1st time fighting together. With their new found confidence they received a message from iarno with important information that he was being held in cragmaw keep, the south entrance was the least guarded and most vulnerable and that venomfang tends to go out and hunt at dusk. Using this information they group planned their assault and entered through the south door. they were able to find the room iarno was being help captive in and released him.

During the rescue attempt some of the cultists discovered the party and a battle erupted in the hallway resulting in idris becoming Fat jeff in the hallway, getting himself wedged in and quinlan ended up getting stuck under his butt trying to squeeze under. With a little effort the party dealt with the initial wave of cultists and asked iarno if he knew where the others were being held but they did not. The party searched through the room which was previously inhabited by a grick but nothing was to be found until they opened a curtain revealing mirna’s child and daren addermath tied up. unfortunately there were cultists in the room as well and they sounded the alarm that there were intruders. as they did this the party noticed a big pile of gold in the room that venomfang was keeping as her hoard. It began to shake and 3 baby dragons burst forth spraying the gold coins across the floor. They Hissed and screeched as they flew around the room as the rescue team steeled themselves for a fight with Venomfang’s Spawn.

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Hitched in Halenshire and the Next Adventure on the Highseas!
Session 20

The party exited the lighthouse down the stairs except for Draven who leapt from the top of the lighthouse and used his belt of feather fall to slow his fall and impress Ardra who gave the the nickname of pelican. The Mayor congratulated and thanked the party for saving the town and gave them gold as a reward and said they would throw a party in their honor that night. He introduced his Son Lor and Daughter Sunah to the group who looked at the party with stars in their eyes imitating their battle cries they heard from the light house. “For Larue and you god damn right!”

Prim Draven and Pokeman Jones went shopping in the town. Prim and Draven picked up Potions from the local shop negotiating a good price. Pokeman Jones had some plate mail built for him at a local weapon shop. Loralyn whispered to yue that she saw a local bakery shop with some deciduous smelling chocolate cake and they scurried on into town in pursuit. along the way they found a recipe book for om nom berry pie and purchased it.

Ardra and Roam showed the rest of the party around the town until it was time for the party. Agatha met with the captain of the next adventure and booked passage to take her to the island where she scryed the location of the book of bogentle. At the party the party discussed this with the captain and discovered that the ship hijacked from the port during the undead invasion was headed in that direction as well so it appeared that their paths would still be aligned.

As the party began they built a bonfire in the center of town and food was brought out with dancing and music a plenty. Lor and Sunah brought Rowan and Pokeman jones weathers of flowers for their hair and bears and offered them their family home made soup and asked them to dance around the fire together. Unaware that this was the Halenshire Marriage ceremony and they were being propositioned both completed the ritual to the tune of Yue Loralyn and Prim playing music throughout the town square.

Seraphina sulked and wandered through the town. prim went after her and they ran into yue and loralyn. together they convinced her to come back tot he party and enjoy herself which she agreed to to duchesses pleasure as he smelled food. At this time some familiar faces of wes gwen and droop arrived in town and met up with the party catching up learning the cambion who was last seen here escaped. They shared that they planned to go after it and the captain of the next adventure, Johny smesalt, offered them passage to the island to get some vengeance for almost wrecking his ship.

As the festivities went on the mayor setup an egg toss contest with the party participated in. Roam and arda paired up, yue and loralyn, draven and pokeman jones, prim and seraphina, and rowan and Lor. Draven and Pokeman Jones emerged the winner and were awarded the magical tankard Everfill whic hencouraged them to drink into the night. One of the crew of the next adventure a dwarf named boatmurdered got into a drinking contest with pokeman jones. Pokeman drank him under the table with Sunah cheering him on. Prim challenged Sunah to a drinking contest and she drank him under the table and she and droop helped carry him back to him room.

The party was ready to turn in for the night and Rowan and Pokeman Jones were surprised to find Lor and Sunah in their room warming up their beds where they revealed to them that the were married now according to Halenshire Law. Rowen demanded they talk to their father in the morning but let Lor stay the night to enjoy some new adventures with her. Rowan had a terrible night sleeping having nightmares of dead unicorns and rainbows turning black and dripping black vicious ooze off of it. She woke up exhausted. In the morning when all was revealed the father was angry with his children in that they didn’t reveal their intent more clearly to the heroes of halenshire and gave them 3 options how the marriage could be undone should they wish it so.

A Halenshire Marriage can end if:
If one voluntarily strikes their spouse(s) with violent intent
If one is publicly exposed for producing children outside the marriage
If one performs a ritual designed to end the marriage. Offer a piece of a devil up on unholy ground where devils have entered this world where the rift between plains is weak will dissolve their bonds.

Prim woke up with with window slightly ajar but didn’t notice anything else unusual so he continued with his day finding it hilarious that some of his companions got hitched the previous night. Ardra Roam and Boatmurdered all headed towards Waterdeep as they had some sort of business there. The party discussed who would board the ship and rowan decided to take Lor along with her to get to know him better and see if he would like to become part of the knights of the unicorn where pokeman jones left Sunah behind but gave her money to live on. So the party, Lor, Agatha, Wes, Gwen, and Droop all boarded the next adventure to ail towards the island. Agatha told the group of her scrying revealing a dark tower on the island where the book of bogentle also resides and a feeling of great conflict there which worried her that they may be attempting to bring back lolth into this world.

The party sailed for a day and a half and Rowan looked awful until several people made medicine checks on her and found she was cursed and Draven was able to remove it. She felt much better although she was still thoroughly exhausted. to cure their boredom Pokeman Jones and Draven sparred in the hull of the ship resulting in draven punching a hole through the hull with a eldrich blast. They worked quickly to cover up the damage and did a patchwork job but was functional but ugly and it soaked 2 of the beds in the hull which they decided to take to cover up their accident. Prim sat and watched the entire incident and is the only one who knows.

One of the crew of the next adventure shouted a warning that they had incoming and a school of Merrow charged to the ship and engaged in combat with the party. The party fought them off and the ships crew loaded steel ballistae and fired at reinforcements swimming to board the ship sticking steel both through them downing several and severely wounding other foes. Those that made it on the ship were dealt with by the party but Pokeman Jones almost lost Nezzza’s staff off the side of the ship in the process. as he dove for it Sea hags also appeared and frightened several of the crew, droop, Gwen and Serephina. Using a death glare and a flurry of claw attacks droop serephina and dutchess were unconscious on the deck of the ship. Rowan rushed to their aid to stabilize them. Draven jumped from the upper deck of the ship backing through some of them. Pokeman jones smashed some into the ground with the staff he nearly lost. Yue Blew several off the edge of the ship with magic missile and lightning magic while Loralyn sang pirates of the Caribbean music to inspire her allies. Prim rushed to droop to pick him up and rage fired frost arc in vengeance for hurting his ally. Wes agatha and percy rushed to the upper deck and helped clean up the remaining sea hags and the sea grew quiet again. The party was able to bring their companions back to consciousness and they reconvened below deck for a much needed rest. Loralyn searchign through the ships food storage smuggles a bag of starch into her bag for the om nom berry pie recipe and showed Yue as they lay down to sleep put a smile on her face.

The Party sailed for 6 days and the island was in sight As they headed below deck to discuss the plans for hitting the beach Seraphina received a message:

It appears we were a little too overconfident. The last attack was a feint to test our defenses. Venomfang has appeared. She flew right over our walls and assaulted the town directly. Several are injured. She took mirna’s children and Daren Addermath who tried to protect them. Barthan was severely injured. All she said was “I will trade your spawn for my spawn. Make a rescue attempt and I will eat them”. The worst part is the rest of her eggs have hatched and fight with her. The situation grows dire.

-Sister Garelle

As the party discussed what to do about this Gwen was adamant that she won’t let that beast have Percy again and noone is going to take him from her. The party tended to agree and wondered if they should turn back to help when they received another letter 20 minutes later.:

I think we can slip in a rescue attempt with a few volunteers. Iarno was more clever than i gave him credit for and made himself look like Mirna’s child Nars with a seeming spell and was taken in his place so we have a voice on the inside. He can communicate with us through a message spell. We need to act and it must be done quickly. I gathered volunteers for this rescue attempt and the rockseekers drained some remnant power out of the forge of spells to arm 6 of us. We think that may be a small enough team to slip unnoticed and rescue them. May Tymora be with us.

-Sister Garelle

The party realized they wouldn’t make it back on time to help out with this and chose to leave this rescue attempt in the hands of the allies they have trusted. 8 volunteered and they decided 6 would make the attempt as they could be properly fitted with a magical weapon. the 8 volunteers were:

  • Sister Garelle
  • Gundren Rockseeker
  • Sildar Hallwinter
  • Iarno Albrek
  • Lienne Graywind
  • Thalia
  • Quinlan
  • Idris

(mechanic wise we did a school yard pickup as to who will play who for next game and the 6 chosen)
Rowan = Gundran (fighter)
Pokeyman = Idris (druid)
Prim = Iarno (wizard)
Yue = Thalia (monk)
Draven = Quinlan (rogue/paladin)
Seraphina = Sister Garelle (cleric)

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A Battle of Wills atop the Lighthouse!
Session 19

The party Charges further into the lighthouse and as they go around the corner Seraphina senses undead to the north and even more undead to the west. She informes the group the western path is safer wanting to hunt down as many as possible. The party heeds her advice and heads west except for draven who runs north. Both groups encounter undead Wight’s skeletons and ghasts. As they engage in combat the party notices draven is missing and agatha and loralyn go looking for him and reach him jsut in time as he is under assault and surrounded by undead. The wights bring 2 stone statues to life which march towards the main group. Pokeman Jones and rowan formed phalanx in the hallway while yue launched fireballs dealing massive damage to the approaching undead. The statues almost cut down Pokeman jones but with a second wind he gave Prim the present on a new stone head for his bag of holding as they decimated their foes.

Draven accidentally shattered one treasure chest spilling potion of healing all over the floor which duchess and pokeman jones licked up happily. and he also opened another failing to spot a trap which caused an explosion catching himself and a scroll of call lightning inside on fire which may or may not still work. The party made their way up the stairs and discovered a room with decimated undead and the torch to the lighthouse missing and 3 sets of stairs as well as a trail of undead. They followed the path of destruction which lead to the top of the lighthouse. They heard a male voice calling out to their companion to hold fast that by Lathander they will relight this beacon. The party ran around the corner to come face to face with a Rakshasa and some remaining undead followers. A human male and a female elf were desperately trying to fight them off but were being pushed back. The party jumped to their aid and engaged the undead in battle.

Prim squared off with the rakshasa in a battle of wills trying to dominate each other’s mind while Rowan called out to Larue and frightened a mummy who was about to strike the Human male with a rotting fist. Using this opportunity he communed with his deity and began to purify the dark flames coming out of the beacon on top of the lighthouse. He call out to his companion Ardra to guard him and that they will win the day. Undead flanked the rest of the party pokeman jones burned through several with his glorious quarterstaff while Yue and draven held more back with their magic. Agatha charged the Rakshasa breaking the stalemate prim and he were in and began decaying its fur and flesh with a corrupting touch. Loralyn tried to hold off the onslaught of the undead with her crossbow but several swarmed her and pushed her off of the lighthouse. As she fell barely grabbed the side and screamed out for help.

Prim rushed to the edge and offered his hand but as she reached for it he was not down far enough and her grip started to give way but yue rushed to the edge and grabbed her wrist just as her grip gave out holding her but not strong enough to hoist her up. Pokeman jones quickly fastened a silk rope loop and hooked it around her arm to grab and together they were able to pull her back up to safety.

As the undead and Rakshasa were defeated The Human Male introduced himself as Roam Arniman and he purified the flames at the top of the tower and with light finally shining outward the dark flames dispelled. After the combat ended Seraphina was still enraged that Agatha was there and wanted to destroy the banshee as well but the rest of the party intervened and she stomped off. Roam and Ardra introduced themselves to the party as they watched the Next Adventure Sail into harbor from the top of the lighthouse. Roam gave Ardra a hug and told her that he knew they would do it just like when they would adventure together as kids.

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Save the Good Boy! Duchess in danger!
Session 18

The Party searched the bottom floor of the lighthouse and discovered a potion of healing and some coin that probably belonged to the lighthouse. Draven and prim scooped both up and the rest of the party met with the lighthouse keeper Ketil who was able to make it to the bottom of floor before being cut off by the undead. He told the party he would have been dead if it wasn’t for Aicha’s Brother and his friend who went in search of the torch to relight the beacon located halfway up the lighthouse. He asked the party to help drive out the undead from the lighthouse and make sure the next adventure did not crash onto the shore as it was schedule to arrive shortly.

The party ran up the stairs and right into a hoard of powerful undead ghasts ghouls and mummies. Rowan was able to turn several of these undead but those who resisted her light set upon the party. Seraphina’s brother Duchess charged into the fray to protect her but was quickly surrounded and struck with a rotting fist from one of the mummies and was cursed rendering all wound healing impossible. As duchess began to be heavily wounded from the undead onslaught the party rallied around the battle cry “SAVE THE GOOD BOY!” and fought through the undead lines avoiding being stuck themselves by their cursed fists and were able to form a perimeter around duchess moments before he would have turned to ash from another blow. After an intense fight the party cleared the 2nd floor of the lighthouse.

The party discovered 2 sets of stairs going upward and they sent draven to stealthily scout ahead and they upon inspection they took the stairs leading to a room full of zombies which they got the jump on and cleared out quickly. From this room they found a scroll of light and a gem as well as a lookout window from which they saw a dot on the sea horizon which they determined was the next adventure and knew they had no time to rest so they ventured up the stairs and fought through another room of mummies who were accompanied by Imps. in the ensuing battle Pokeman Jones lost his glorious quarterstaff down a hole in the floor and Yue was cursed and paralyzed and thrown down the stairs taking falling damage on the floor below.

As the enemies fell to the rest of the party prim and Loralyn rushed to make sure she was ok. Rushing down the stairs Loralyn tripped and landed on yue anime style and blushed but gave her some healing and helped her out of her paralysis state. Together they found Pokeman Jones’s staff. They found their way back up the stairs and discovered a familiar figure trapped in a magic circle. It was Agatha the Banshee who was in search of the book of Bogentle. She made her way to this port city to get a ship to its location only to be bound in this circle when the undead attacked. She asked the party to release her so she could unleash vengeance upon her captors.

Working together with quite a bit of difficulty the party was able to free her and they looked to hurry further up the lighthouse to relight the beacon and save the Next Adventure.

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Steamy hot tubs and the battle for Halenshire!
Session 17

The party looted the dragon’s hoard and harvested as many party of the dragon as possible. As the party left the cave and headed down the mountain they encountered a traveling caravan containing a hot tub. A male half orc named Dr. Droknar and a female human named Thalia were running it. Yue knew Thalia from their past when she traveled around with their merchant group and they were able to catch up. Thalia explained that Dr. Droknar wanted to try to stir up some business for his traveling magical hot spring and wanted to come somewhere cold. After discussing the lack of potential clients they decided to let the party relax in the hot spring before continuing on their journey. the portable hot spring came in 2 tubs one side for males and one for females. everyone jumped in and enjoyed warning up after their cold adventure. Thalia teased yue about finding such attractive companions and informed rowan that she talked with her sister in law, Esvele Whiteshield, when she was in neverwinter and she had a request that she wanted her to help her set up a business deal with the kingdom of Burland in the Zenithian isles.

While the girls were laughing and having a good time on their side Dr. Droknar was sneakily informing the guys that if they were curious one of the bricks divining the two hot tubs could be removed if they wished to take a peak at the girls side to see what the excitement was about and perhaps some swimwear. Prim drank the potion they created from in the redbrand hideout and he turned invisible but got a terrible stomach ache. As he removed a brick from the wall Rowan playing with her rainbow magic shot rainbow light through the hole making him even more nauseous and he began vomiting gold coins over the side of the hot tub. Refusing to take part in the peeping draven hopped out of the hot tub but upon contact with the cold the other effects of the hot tub were revealed. it affected each party member differently in that Draven and duchess swapped gender, Pokeman jones turned blue, prim and yue shrank to half their normal size while loralyn doubled in size, seraphina turned into a wolf, and rowan turned into a lynx.

The party had fun with their new forms for a bit until seraphina’s message tube filled with a message stating the undead were marching on Halenshire being lead by a cambion. Thalia told the party she would wait for them in phandalin as they were preparing to head off. Loralyn told Yue she owes her for helping her out and if she wanted so she would come with her to save halenshire which she agreed to. So the party set off for halenshire getting used to their enchantment from the hot tub realizing being wet and cold activates the enchantment while hot water reverses it.

The party loaded up their caravan and headed down the highroad and arrived at the gates of halenshire in about a week. The sound of alarm bells ringing could be heard throughout the town as well as townsfolk screaming and guards fighting. The party joined the fray and cut their way through the line of undead to the center square. Dutchess was injured along was way and knocked unconscious but was healed up by rowan. Prim saved a young lady names Aicha Arniman by firing frost arch through a fountain creating a bridge of ice freezing a pursuing undead in its tracks. Aicha told the party that when the undead attacked they forced their way to the docks and commandeered a boat and sent some of their forces into the lighthouse who corrupted the beacon so no light would shine out to sea. She told the party her brother rushed into the lighthouse to try to relight it and she feared for his safety. The party escorted her to the lighthouse and they met with Erik Halenshire who is the mayor of the city and Bergthor the captain of the guard. as they looked around they saw the guards had cut a safe zone near the lighthouse and pushed most of the undead forces back into it where they were using it as a stronghold. The mayor asked the party to help relight the beacon as a ship named the next adventure was due into harbor shortly and if they cannot see they will surely crash into the shore.

The party headed off into the lighthouse and did battle with undead on the first floor rescuing the keeper of the lighthouse as he said that Aicha’s Brother and his friend ran up the stairs and saved him allowing him to get as far as he did almost out of the lighthouse. The party decided to search this floor before continuing onward.

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Icespire Peak part 2: What a horrible night for a curse!
Session 16

As the party ventured into a room north they noticed the crystals in this room were very shiny and reflective but upon closer inspection Pokemon Jones and Rowen notices a senescence about some of these crystals and that they were actually ice mephits which descended upon the party blowing their ice breath upon them. Pokemon Jones smashed 2 with his staff while the rest of the party shot the remaining ones out of the sky with their crossbows and magic.

The party then ventured west in the cave stumbling upon magic pressure plate traps causing the ice stalactites to come crashing down on any of those who dared venture onto them. Evenutally Yue discovered runes on one of the ice crystals written in draconic which read "arm, disarm and activate. She was able to disarm the ice traps and the party found a room where more winter wolves made their home. Seriphina being tuned to animals and nature discerned they were hungry and offered them rations gaining their favor and they did not attack. The wolves did not spare one of the cultists previously though and the party was able to recover a belt of featherfall from his corpse. the party continued north in the cave spotting a frost giant guarding the room with the herbs Loralyn was looking for.

While debating on how to be sneaky the frost giant spotted them and engaged the party in combat. Yue was struck with a rock during the combat knocking her unconscious. Loralyn charged into the room in a rage to defend her friend. Taking in the room which had a natural skylight had full moonlight bathing the area. As Loralyn gazed up at it her eyes became yellow and she shape-shifted into her full werewolf form and set upon the frost giant garnering its attention. Rowan rushed to Yue to heal and awaken her. Draven shot at the frost giant’s pet wolf but missed and almost struck Yue who awakened just in time to throw up her mage armor to deflect the bullet. She threated to take off Draven’s arm if he was not more careful. The cursed gun spoke more loudly in draven’s head as the hunger for bloodlust grew. He fought it but after missing another target with the gun due to its distracting demands it sent him into a blood rage. The party did not notice this as they were fighting the frost giant. Loralyn claws and bit deeply into the giant inflicting it with lycanthropy before it caught her smashing her into the wall causing her to lose consciousness and revert to her normal form. Rowan rushed to heal her as well and some of the party noticed draven was now taking aim at anything closest to him in order to satiate the bloodlust. Upon waking Loralyn charged right back into the fray and put a dagger through the throat of the frost giant killing it.

The rest of the party noticed Draven acting strangely and prim was able to cast suggestion causing him to go lay down in the corner and take a nap. The party discussed what to do about his cursed gun as it was grafted to his hand. Yue was in favor of cutting it off but rowan’s suggested trying to remove the curse and the party agreed to let her try. Upon the spell a shadow creature arose from the gun and the party mustered all of its radiant ability to strike at it cutting big swaths through this shadow. It fought back sapping the strength of the party but in the end the shadow was dispelled and the curse was lifted from the pistol.

The party found the Wolfsbane growing in the back of the cave and the party had a discussion whether or not loralyn should keep her powers as they proved useful in the last battle or even give some of the party lycanthropy but loralyn revealed the reason why she was travelling was she was shunned from everywhere she stayed because one villaged found out what she was she was welcome nowhere. She expressed her gratitude that this party was the 1st to treat her so nicely and she gave them a special coin that was passed down in her family. The party asked her to join their party which they thought of as a family after this and stay with them in their guild hall in phandalin which she gladly accepted. Loralyn asked Prim to made the necessary antidote with his potion crafting skills which he did and loralyn was cured of her lycanthropy at the top of ice spire peak.

As the party was leaving they were curious as to the rumors of an ice dragon living on top of the peak and so they explored the rest of the cave and found its lair. Prim went in to negotiate with the dragon but it went south when he let it slip that they killed the frost giant that the dragon was using to guard the herb garden. A battle ensued and Prim made up for his diplomatic blunder by using his illusion magic to prevent the ice dragon from unleashing his cold breath attack on the group and after a fierce battle they beat back the dragon into its lair and were able to slay it. The party winded took a breather and gazed around the room ready to sort through a dragon’s hoard.

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Warm Goodbyes and Cold Hellos, The Journey to Icespire Peak
Session 15

As the party finished watching the fireworks over Phandalin they decided to make plans for what happens next.Sister Garelle felt that some members of the party should stay and watch the forge of spells and asked Quinlan and Idris if they would consider the job due to their connection with the harpers. Quinaln agreed right away and Idris wanted to think about it. Wes decided he was going to take the baby owlbear the party recovered back to neverwinter with himself Droop and Gwen. Sildar and the Rockseeker brothers were heading out for wave echo cave in the morning to bolster their defenses. Iarno and Lienne were staying to guard the newly rebuilt Pandalin. And sister Garelle would be around Phandalin for a bit but be keeping an eye on the progress of the forge of spells. The party readied themselves back in stonehill in and spent one last night celebrating before going to help Loralyn Wintersong on her quest to remove her disease. To show her appreciation Lorayn mischievously beckoned Yue to her room upstairs in the stonehill inn stationed next to Draven’s room. Laughing and loud pounding on the wall could be heard from the room throughout the night making Draven uncomfortable keeping him awake.

In the morning the parties friends wished them luck on their next adventure and Quinlan said his goodbye’s with the party informing them he would guard the forge with his life and not let anything happen to it. He gave them some of his equipment and told the party to take good care of it they would need it more than he would. Sister Garelle spotted a Harper ranger she sent for to act as a replacement for the loss of a party member. She introduced Seriphina and her wolf Dutchess to the group and they all made her acquaintance before heading out. Idris lagged behind still not able to make a decision.

The party packed up their caravan and set off for ice spire peak. they reached the base of the mountain and snow started to fall. Idris caught up with the group to inform them of the decision that although he would love to keep adventuring with them he felt it best if he stayed to help secure the forge of spells. He left the party with some gear and planted a kiss on a reluctant Prim before setting off into the wild.

Loralyn mentioned there was a base camp she spotted to the east and the party set off and found it without much trouble. At the camp they found an old miner named Zem Slatedust who had 1 wooden prosthetic hand and spoke loudly as if he was going deaf. He told the party he mines black powder from icespire peak. Prim and Draven bought some and he offered the party shelter in his tent for a bit. they party went in and a pistol caught draven’s eye which he bought from the old man in exchange for one of his hi nun gloves and 210 gold. he even threw in fur cloaks to keep the party warm up on icespire peak. He warned the party of trolls guarding a bridge and of beats and a dragon which lived high up on the mountain. The party thanked Zem for his help and set out up the mountain.

Finding the bridge leading up the mountain the party encountered the troll brothers named Seshi and Beshi. They were charging a toll of 50 gold to cross the bridge but prim convinced with to take useless weapons and 20 gold instead convincing them they were magical. the trolls moved aside and the party was able to proceed further up icespire peak.

The temperature began to drop dramatically and the party was grateful for the fur coats provided earlier which fought off the majority of frostbite damage that could have occured in scaling the mountain. As the party approaching a cave mouth on top on icespire peak they were set upon by Winter wolves who’s cold breath cut deep into them even harder than their bites. The party was battle hardened though and they worked well with their new ranger companion to dispatch the wolves. During the fight Draven used his new pistol and it grafted itself to his hand and during the fight he noticed any blood spatter on the gun immediatly soaked into it. He began hearing voices in his head speaking to him speaking of Hunger and how blood is satiating to it as well as its desire to be fed more. Draven began feeling possessive of the gun and had to shake off feelings that he should continue fighting even after the wolves were slain.

The party harvested fur off of the wolves and found a dead frozen cultist with the same markings from thundertree in the snow apparently taken by these wolves. They found his boots useful and resistant to the snow. The party decided to try to get warm in the cave mouth and set up a bonfire. The cave was large with giant ice crystals lining the walls that were reflective in nature. It was somehow even colder in the cave but the fire did help. They patched up their wounds and began exploring after warming up. They overheard 2 humanoids taking:

1: I am freezing my ass off up here
2: eh its not so bad
1: no it is, everyone else got their cushy assignments taking that abandoned keep while we got sent away to this ice box. I heard someone just slaughtered the hobgoblin tribe in the area too so they had no resistance. And here we are going to end up frozen statues like those wolves either by the dragon’s breath or due to how fucking cold it is here.
2: Maybe you would be warmer if all the hot air stopped coming out of your mouth.
1: You are the worst I’m going to get some firewood and maybe we will survive this night.

As one of the humans rounded the corner they ambushed him knocking him out for interrogation he cried out for help and his companion also came only to run into a very outnumbered situation and was also knocked unconscious after a short struggle. Upon interrogation the party learned they were from the same cult as they found in thundertree but they were sent here as punishment to be subservient to the white dragon who resides in this lair. They also learned herbs tended to grow in the northern part of this cave. They also learned the group they found in Thundertree also took over cragmaw keep with no resistance as the hobgoblin tribes in the area were broken and scattered. The cult was going to try to lure them there as tribute to Venomfang. Duchess broke one of their necks and Draven executed another one with his pistol absorbing more blood giving Draven positive reinforcement to keep firing and he barely shook off the urge to turn on his companions and asked them to keep moving so he could focus on the mission. The gun continued to speak words in his head asking to be satiated with more blood no matter where it came from. His companions asked about his health and he insisted everything was fine and that they should get the herbs and get out of here. Prim recognized that the gun he was carrying was cursed and Rowan offered to help remove the curse after the mission was done but Draven refused insisting he was fine and the party pressed further into the Icespire peak cave.

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