CM Adventures

Wave Echo Cave Part 3: The Black Spider Revealed!
Session 12

The party brought the captured drow into a remote northeast corner of wave echo cave where the water crashes loudly giving the cave its namesake. As the party took a rest and waited for the drow to awaken they heard a crash from the marble trap they set up the stairs with several zombies tumbling down. They clashed wit hthese undead on a narrow ledge near the crashing waves. Pokeman Jones treid to push past Rowan but ended up knocking her into the water and a zombie threw quinlan in right after her. The rest of the party rallied and were able to fend off and defeat the zombies. Rowan being a good swimmer having spent time in the water previously came to Quinlan’s rescue and Pokemon Jones lowered a rope to help them back up which they managed with no further issues.

Seeing the potion of love wore off they interrogated their drow prisoner learning of the black spider Nezza’s plan to seek the power to the forge of spells to help bring back their god Lolth to this plane of existence. They also learned she was keeping Gundren’s brother Nundro to be used as a sacrifice. Idris let everyone know that while he was scouting he heard ritual noises coming from a room to the west but he became stuck in a spider web before he could investigate further. The group decided they needed to make haste and they threw the drow into the water and make haste to try to rescue nundro while the drow swam away with fury in her eyes struggling against the ebb and flow of the current in the cave.

The party arrived in the westernmost chamber of Wave Echo Cave and noticed the spider webs Idris got caught in. Draven blasted them with an eldrich blast dissolving the ones in their way. But this shook a network of webs that led further into the room. The party heard a deep female voice beckoning them to come in and talk. The party hesitated and felt it would be a trap but Prim confident in his abilities dealing with drow strode into the room. Seeing Nezza in the middle of a circle he attempted to charm her and playing along she beckoned him to come closer and they could negotiate slamming her dark spider staff on the ground 4 giant spiders descended from the ceiling. Playing it cool he approached Nezza and offered an embrace which she accepted. But as she wrapped her arms around him he felt electricity running through his body as she attempted a paralyzing shocking grasp. Prim was able to withstand this attack but Nezza pulled him in tightly and her spiders sank their teeth into him spilling his blood all over the circle of runes on the floor. Nezza laughed and stated that she was so glad they could become so well acquainted that he would become her new sacrifice. Nezza proclaimed “ From Hell’s Heart I stab at thee!”

The party sprung into action and did battle against Nezza’s spider hoard slaying them while nezza chanted and spread Prims blood throughout the circle. When they finally reached Nezza it was too late and the ritual completed and the runes glowed crimson opening a portal and the room grew very hot. 7 red orbs placed throughout the room began to glow a dark blue and black color giving off searing heat. The party felt dizzy and they all collapsed to the floor. As they began to lose consciousness Idris saw Quinlan’s necklace began to glow as the world went dark around them and they felt their consciousness leave their bodies.

Nothing but darkness surrounded the party as they tried to perceive what was happening to them. Were they dead? All they noticed was all around them an ether like material composed of blue and black flames. As they peered into nothingness they saw a figure staring back at them. But it was not their companions. It was themselves.

Draven was the 1st to spot this. The image of draven spoke to him and said:
“Our party will never accept us as a tiefling. We will never truly be one of them. Cambion understands our kind. Lets turn on them now and join our demon breather-en.”

Draven refused to give into his insecurities and did battle with this mirror image and defeating these urges to give in. as he Blasted them away he felt his consciousness returning to his body and heard the voice of Gundren Rockseeker shouting:

“I found them hurry they are in trouble!”

As Quinlan saw his mirror image it came up to him and said:
“The party only finds us an inconvenience. They talk about how stubborn we are and only keep us around to hopefully step on the next trap so they won’t have to put up with our advice anymore. Cambion appreciate the shadows, we should join Lolth and have our wisdom and talents utilized to their fullest potential”.

Quinlan fought against these urges knowing he shouldn’t but his mirror image took him by force and he felt his resolve slip away and his consciousness returned to his body with him in reluctant service to a new master. As is eyes began to open he hears the familiar voice of Sister Gareele shout:

“No! I won’t let you die! Harpers Defend them!”

Hearing her voice Quinlan’s heart felt torn and conflicted but pressed on compulsively in service of his new master.

As Pokemon Jones encountered his insecurities they told him:
“Everyone thinks we are reckless and crude. They don’t respect us or our cherry slurpies and only keep us around for a human smashy ram. You god damn right Cambion appreciates strength so we should join Lolth.”

Pokemon Jones’s heart remained true to his party and he told the insecurities that “YOU GOD DAMN WRONG” and dispelled them easily. As his form returned to consciousness He heard Sildar Hallwinter shouting orders:

“Form a perimeter around them. I won’t let you touch them!”

Idris came across another beautiful man who looked just like him. He was very convincing and charming as he looked him in the eye and said explained that
“Everyone thinks we are vain and none of them truly accept us for who we are. Prim will never love or accept us but Cambrion understands us. We must go to him.”

Idris saw the logic in this argument and gave himself fully to the service of Lolth. As he returned to consciousness he heard his former ally Iarno Albrek shouting:

“I’ll watch your back Sildar and we will defeat these demons yet!”

Yue came across her insecurities which told her:
“Everyone judges everything we do and thinks we are shy and awkward. They only use us for our magic. Cambrion appreciates talent like ours we should join him reach our potential.”

She politely declined the Mirror image’s offer and did battle dispelling her insecurities thinking of her friends and how she could never betray them. As she returned to consciousness she heard the familiar voice of Wes the Shield:

“We won’t let you destroy this land! On guard everyone, For Neverwinter!”

Prim came across his mirror image which told him:
“The party only laughs at us not with us. When we leave the room we are the butt of their jokes. They don’t appreciate our talents, We should join Cambion and none of them will laugh at us again.”

Prim knew in his heart he truly was funny and wasn’t about to let these insecurities sway his judgement. He did battle with them and dispelled all doubt he had. As he returned to consciousness he heard his companion droop speak to him:

“Droop will make you proud Prim. Watch how much I have learned! I will protect you!”

Rowan came across her insecurities which told her:
“Everyone thinks we are foolish and naive. They all talk about how we will get them killed one day with our recklessness we call adventurer spirit . We should leave them now and join Cambrion before their fears come true and they all die because of us.”

The words hurt Rowan and she fought and struggled with them in a great battle in her mind. But her faith won out in the last moment and looking at her symbol of faith call out to Larue and with a might ranbowed swing dispelled her insecurities and came back to consciousness to hear Gwen’s voice shaking her and saying:

“Get up! We can’t let the bad guys win. Go get um Percy!”

As the party regained consciousness They looked around seeing what had transpired finding Nezza chanting in the portal she opened. 5 of the 7 orbs faded in power and began to show cracks in them. 3 devils with beards and 1 more slender looking devil poured out into the room. The parties companions were fending them off guarding their bodies. Gundren yelled out that they needed to break the crystals to close the portal as he smashed one with his mighty warhammer.

The party bagan to clash with the devels. Sildar charged one with pokemon jones and they both struck true but sildar was cut open with a dangerous infernal wound which would not close and he began gushing blood.

Sister Garelle rushed to see if Quinlan was alright. He sat up and looked at her before driving his rapier the void through her chest. She grabbed her wound and backed up quickly realizing he was under Cambion’s power. She called out for him to fight it. Pokemon jones wielded his quarterstaff and shattered 2 more weakened crystals. Quinan realizing what he had done his heart sunk and shook off cambrion’s control. With fury in his eyes he charged the Cambion devil.

Wes blocked a devil from Yue while she assaulted them with magic missiles and rays of frost pushing them back far enough that he shattered the 4th crystal with his greatsword.

Draven attacked the cambion which tried to injure him with hellish rebuke. But Draven’s tiefling heritage allowed him to take the heat and used the gloves of Hi Nun to blast him and the 5th crystal.

The 6th crystal faded as the hold on Quinlan was broken. The Bearded devils turned toward Gwen Percy and Rowan. Gwen created multiple copies of herself and the devils only managed to hit the illusions. She called upon percy who unleashed a poison dragon’s breath attack burning the devils allowing Yue to shatter the 6th crystal.

Seeing Sildar hurt Iarno rushed away from Idris who tried to take a swipe at him but missed so it went unnoticed that Idris was no longer on his side.

Rowan took this opportunity the throw a javelin at Nezza but it was disintegrated in the portal surrounding her. She called upon larue to create a spiritual weapon to attack the final crystal. but it disappeared into the void as it approached as it was still pulsing with power.

Prim coming back to consciousness was picked up back to his feet by droop and he told him he could handle the devils to go save Idris. Droop drew his staff and called down a witch bolt enveloping the devil approaching them allowing Yue and Pokemon jones to finish it off.

Quinlan continued a vicous attack against cambrion slashing at him repeatedly with the void getting in a few deep cuts but his attack was reckless in his fury and he took several deep wounds. Sister Garelle sealed up Sildar so he didn’t bleed out but took an infernal wound in the process herself. She hid her wound and rushed to aid Quinlan as he backed off the Cambion with them both gushing blood.

Cambion fought his way to the southern door and darted out as the battle raged on. Prim recognized Idris’s mind was being controlled and created several shirtless copies of himself which combined with the departure of Cambion was enough to break the charm he had on Idris. The final crystal’s power faded and the portal began to flicker. Rowan threw a Javalin at the crystal striking true shattering it.

Nezza’s portal collapsed as she screamed and was incinerated by the heat of the portal collapsing around her. The room grew quiet as the last of the foes fell. sister garelle rushed to heal Quinlan before collapsing onto the ground. Quinlan shouted for help and Gundran ran around shouting for his brother. Rowan, Prim, and Idris came to tend to sister Garelle and stabilized her while Gundren and Pokeman Jones attempted to break down the door to the northeast they through Nundro may have been behind. Quinlan was able to pick the lock of the door and it swung open and Gundren rushed inside to discover his brother was alive and well and they embraced as the waves of wave echo cave once again became prominent and the group was able to breathe a sigh of relief and they felt as through they won the day.

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Rio’s Birthday and Thunderdome adventures!
Session 11.5

As the battle calmed down in Wave echo cave Rowan sat on the edge of the cliff thinking to herself about the dangerous foes they were about to encounter and if she would survive to see another birthday. BIRTHDAY… it was her birthday today. She rummaged throughout the bag of holding and saw the box of fun and knowing no one remembered it peeked inside. She saw the birthday hat that Idris had for his now glowing and she reached for it but it de-materialized. Curious she looked further into the box and found a ring in the box and she immediately knew what it was. She had wanted one as a child but no matter how many cereal boxes she went through it always eluded her grasp. She placed it on her finger and sprung up to her feet placing the box of fun back into the bag of holding ready for what ever adventure held for her next and wondering how the group knew she liked rainbows?

Meanwhile in the thunder dome 4 goblins were ready to prove themselves. They were captured as remnants of the cragmaw tribe that was scattered after Klarg and King grawl’s deaths they were disorganized and easily taken prisoner. These goblins chose the fate of fighting in the thunder dome rather than execution.

Rizget Fizbolt a magic using goblin in a robe, Nixeez Pickleclamp, a goblin dressed in a dragonborn costume, Gizigle Wrenchwizzle a goblin adorned in many gold bracelets and necklaces, and Bazemiz Hardsnipe a goblin with simple robes and a shortbow emerged from the tunnel. As Rizget emerged from the tunnel the Birthday hat appeared on her head. The announcer introduced them to the crowd who was excited to see matches again after the dragon attack. The 4 goblins faces off against several opponents including hobgoblins, their former taskmaster bugbear from the cragmaw tribe, a pack of wolves, and some skeletoms salvaged from the ones that leaked from old owl well. The crew fought valiantly and was able to clear their opponents one by one. The day grew later and the Thunder dome clamored for a bigger challenge for these golbins so they unleashed their finally, a simulated dragon attack on the thunderdome. They let the goblins fight with an owlbear (Ivan) they had managed to wrangle.

The group fought bravely vs the dragon with the owlbear hitting hard wit hits beak and claws, Nixeez and Gizigle and Bazemis picking at it with their shortbows and Rizget unloading Magic missiles and firebolts into it. The dragon slowly wore the new combatants down using its poison breath deeply hurt the old bear and knocked Bazemis out. Rizget was in the line of fire but a magic wall appeared in from of her as one of the jewels on the hat went dull. The dragon finished off the Owlbear as the rest of the crew continued their assault. Nixeez and Gizigle ran to the dragon only to be clamped down upon and thrown into the wall needed healing from the clerics. Rizget ran in a circle and kited the dragon until it was exhausted and when it finally caught up to her it grabbed her and flipped her into the air but the last jewel on her head activated and she landed on the back of the dragon which decided to carry her off back down the tunnel to the cheer of the crowd. The new combatants got healed up and were rewarded with showers of cheers from the crowd and the mood in neverwinter seemed to be lifted with the new spectacle available to them.

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Wave Echo Cave Part 2: Idris and Prim’s Interlude
Session 11

After patching up their wounds with a short rest the party Attempts to enter a set of double doors to the east. Draven tries to push the door but find it has been melted shut by presumable some great heat or explosion. Pokemon Jones helps to break down the door and Draven enters, he sees a chest on the ground and goes to inspect it but a Wraith rises out of the floor. He speaks to them in a harsh whisper saying “Your presence is offensive to me, your life forfeit. My treasures are mine alone, not yours to plunder!” Draven offered him a nothic eye in exchange for the chest in his room and the Wraith stated he would take it in exchange for letting them leave with their lives. Draven exclaimed bullshit enraging the wraith and he attacks draven draining his life force. The rest of the party jumps in and did battle with the wraith after suffering necrotic damage from its life drain. Upon its defeat the Wraith told the party they would fall to the Spectators before it returned to the ether.

As the party ventured north they discovered another room unlocked this time. As they entered this room they found it guarded by 2 floating eyeball creatures with 4 stalks coming out which turned out to be these very Spectators which are a lesser form of beholder. They quickly tried to shut and brace the door but they were flung open before they could complete their task. As the party entered battle with these creatures the Spectators fired multiple rays out of their eye stalks. A confusion ray caused Draven to attack its allies. Wounding rays struck Idris and Pokeman Jones, Yue attempted a snow spell against it only to have it reflected back at it. Things were looking dire for the party until Idris used his bear form and was able to take out one of the Spectators clawing and ripping it apart. While Yue distracted one by shooing it in the eye with a fire bolt, Quinlan, slid his rapier into the back of the remaining spectator while Pokeman Jones knocked off an eye stalk and Rowan finished it by thrusting through it with her blessed longsword. The party explored the room they just cleared and discovered these spectators were guarding a green brazier in this room which the party came to the conclusion that this was the forge of spells the black spider was after.

Examining this magical construction they found that anything they placed into it would have magical energy seem into it even in its weakened state from being dormant for so long. They decided to rest there for the night. Prim took 1st watch and upon inspecting the benches in the forge of spells discovered the lost mace lightbringer and upon rowan’s shift she discovered the breastplate dragonguard. Upon morning they dawned their newly discovered treasures and set off north through the cave.

The party discovered a massive pool of water to the outside of the cave where they viewed the source that which gave wave echo cave its name. A cliff with waves lapping into its edge echoed loudly throughout the room. they continues across what appeared to be a dried up stream bed. As they made their way along they heard voices giving orders. Idris transformed into a bat to scout ahead and discovered a female drow giving orders to bugbears who seemed to be digging for something. The drow informed them that if they didn’t find the forge of spells soon Nezza would have their heads. continuing further into the cave past the drow Idris heard a ritual being chanted but as he went to investigate became tangled in a spider web.

Being late to return the party began to worry for Idris’s safety and sent prim ahead to scout. He let his presence be known to the drow who ordered the bugbears to bring him to her. Not resisting Prim used his charisma and slight of hand to convince the drow to drink from a philter of love potion which charmed her into falling in love with him. She ordered the bugbears to carry them somewhere more private so they could talk, they descended to the stream bed around the corner to where the party was waiting. Yue and Quinlan observed them from a distance. The drow slammed Prim into the wall and was more aggressive with him romantically than he was used to but he did his best to keep the drow’s attention. Yue blushed with the things the drow was saying to prim and quinlan rolled his eyes and motioned for the rest of the party to pass by them quietly.

Idris struggled in the web trying to shake himself free but only suceeded in attracting the attention of the spiders who set the webs. they attacked idris in bat form causing him to turn back breaking the web. the spiders began biting into him and swarming him and he though he was done for until a stroke of inspiration hit him and he transformed into a giant spider himself which made the others hesitate long enough that he ran back towards the group.

Meanwhile the Drow was distracted by Prim’s charms the rest of the party did battle wit hthe bugbear dig party and dispatched them. as the last of the bugbears fell the party saw a giant spider crawling over the cliff side and they assumed that this was the black spider come to exact her revenge and Yue and several others began hurling projectiles at it. luckily after a few volley’s Idris was able to speak with Quinlan to explain that it was him and the party halted their attack. The party seemed to relax and returned to find prim stripped of his armor and the drow asleep. Idris bobbed up and down excitedly on the edge of the cliff side as the party shared a brief moment of levity before they knew they had to fight a dangerous foe.

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Wave Echo Cave Part 1
Session 10

The party headed back to Phandalin and Lienne thanked the party for helping her avenge Mirna’s death. The party began readying themselves for Wave Echo cave. Gundren informed the party he knows his brothers are there and to please hurry to try to rescue them and stop the black spider from accomplishing her goals there. Idris and Quinlan spoke with sister Garelle and Quinlan disclosed that he felt he was cursed ever since he joined the group and wished to repent. Sister Garelle offered him a place at Tymora’s side and a ritual which can let him be reborn as a Paladin of Tymora. Idris assisted him as a witness to the ritual and a great weight was lifted from him. The rest of the party got the supplies they needed and headed out as the initial party to hit wave echo cave with gundren and the rest of the crew in phandalin saying they needed to make some preparations but would follow suit.

The party arrived in wave echo cave but to everyone’s dismay they found the corpse of Gundren’s Brother Thardin at a camp site near the entrance to the cave. His other brother Nundro was nowhere to be found. The party descended into a chasm in the cave with prim slipping to the ground upside down and yue landing on top of him anime style both blushing. Idris quickly helped both of them up to break up the moment. As they explored the cave they noticed remains of dwarf skeletons and as they were inspecting them they were ambushed by stirges waiting for them on the ceiling. the party was able to dispatch them with a combination of Yue’s icy spells, and Draven’s eldrich blasts. Several latched onto quinlan and rowen tried to help dislodge them but the chaotic nature of how they fly caused her to slash into him twice leaving large gashes in his body wounding him. Prim was able to assist and actually dislodged them as the final stirges fell they were able to heal quinlan and seal his wounds. They explored a path to the south and fought through a room full of skeletons which Idris ripped apart as the Bear named Fat Jeff. The arty also discovered a surveyors office full of treasure.

Heading further into the cave they cave a cross a bio luminescent room but as they explored it discovered the fungus in the room was poisonous and the party was split to either half of the room with quinlan and draven by themselves and an Ocre Jelly took notice of them and a long range battle ensued with projectiles flying across the room glowing with green light in an effort to save their stranded friends, Rowan in an attempt to make up for her previous blunder charged across the room killing the ocre jelly and the rest of the party was able to join them after the battle ceased. Prim took samples of the poison material and put it into vials for later for Pookee.

The party found themselves exhausted but in a beautiful room filled with shining crystal rock on the ceiling and looked like stars in the sky. They decided to take a short rest before continuing deeper into the cave.

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Vengeance at Old Owl Well
Session 9

Sister Garelle attempted to performe a resurrection ritual and everyone assisted but the ritual failed to bring her back and her thread of life slipped away. They buried Mirna next to her husband in phandalin with barthan stating he would take care of her children. With Burning Tears in her eyes Lienne Graywind swore revenge for her friend in this down and told the party scouts informed her these undead have been pouring out of old owl well and wanted to head up an expedition to cleanse the area of the Undead. The party slept that night and in the morning quinlan spoke with Sister Garelle who was feeling down about not being able to save Mirna. He encouraged her and she informed him she was part of the harpers and offered him membership into the group which he accepted.

The party headed to old owl well and discovered a necromancer Hamand Kost was behind the ritual to revive the undead. They fought against his hoard of undead and were surprised to see one of their old compaions Rorhic Xekran had taken the bounty to clear this area when he left but fell to the sheer number of undead after taking a few of them with him. They sadly had to fight against their old ally but with his final dragon breath he ended up hitting Hamand Kost killing him in the ensuing battle before The undead dragonborn fell one last time. The party climbed the stairs of the ruined fortress at old owl well and discovered the ritual circle that was the cause of their problems. they tried to dismantle the circle but the entire party was unsuccessful. Frustrated Pokeman jones kicked dirt over a specific rune word and stuck his quarterstaff into the ground discharging radient energy into the ground causing the circle to discharge in an explosion pushing everyone back but also deactivating the magic circle. Successful the party set up camp for the night in Hamand’s tent.

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The Battle for Phandalin
Session 8

The party awoke from a nights rest to hobgoblins approaching. They stated they were the separatists who broke away from King Grol’s hoard as they didn’t wish to be slaves to the black spider but they have come back to take control of Cragmaw Keep. They party disagreed about whether or not to let them have it because about that same time Idris got a message from the Harper’s in her message cylinder stating Phandalin was under attack and they were requested immediately. They decided to fight off the hobgoblins 1st which they were victorious. The party then immediately set off for phandalin. They discovered the town besieged by the undead. They found that sister garelle had been able to find barthan, one of mirna’s kids, iarno and sildar before the undead hit the town. she formed a protective holy circle around the shrine of luck. The party fought through a wave of undead to reach them and she informed them that Daran adermath was still missing looking for mirna’s kids in the orchard. Grista didn’t get out out of the sleeping giant, and Mirna and her other child were missing. Lienne Graywind killed the undead that were approaching from the south of phandalin with iarno and sildar. quinlan and draven then took iarno and sildar to find daren addermath and rescued him in his apple archard while the rest of the party ran to the sleeping giant finding Grista and the former redbrand Jeff trapped in the sleeping giant. A drunken Jeff came out to help them fight and they defeated the undead there. The party met up in the center of town where Grista told them she last saw mirna and her other child flee to the tresdar manner where they were originally rescued. they united party headed threre fighting through the old redbrand hideout and were able to resuce the one child but unfortunately Mirna was killed in the battle. The party finished off the undead and rushed mirna to Sister Garelle. Urging her to perform a resurrection ritual.

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Rescue at Cragmaw keep
Session 7

The party come to the conclusion that they want to rescue Gundren now knowing the location of Cragmaw so they set off straight there from neverwinter. They storm the keep fighting through waves of goblins and hobgoblins finding sildar hallwinter’s gear in the process. Passing through one room they discover creatures called Gricks which ambush them but they manage to get away. They also find a barred door in the southeast corner of the Keep. upon entering they encounter 2 owlbears and enter a vicious fight with them with with Rio and Pokemon being rendered unconcious before they were able to slay the beasts. Upon healing up they find a shut door and hear the voices arguing over a map. They had quinlan sneak in and saw the unconcious body of gundren rockseeker, King Grol leader of the cragmaw tribe, his per wolf snarl, and a female drow. upon ambushing snarl and killing him straight away king grol smashed the unconscious gundren killing him in the ensuing battle. Grol was also killed and they interrogated the drow finding out she was not the black spider but in face her doppleganger she sends out on missions. Yue rushed to Gundren’s side and use a scroll of Revivify to bring him back to life. They collected themselves and made camp for the night.

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Venomfang’s revenge
Session 6

The party returned to neverwinter to find alarms going off and they see a venomfang limping away from the thunderdome. they rush to the thunderdome see if anyone is hurt and see carnage there with several dead and more wounded. Wes offers to show a replay of what happened from the scry o tron:

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Thunderdome:

Gwen and glassjaw josepe are having a battle with percy and an owl bear named bertha, As the battle rages venomfag crashes down onto the stands where the crowd is sitting and roars, the crowd jumps up to flee, the dragon pursues one about to eat it while droop who was serving drinks to the crowd runs between the dragon’s legs, jams his quarterstaff into the seat catching venomfang’s ankle right as it goes to eat a patron pulling it just short. venomfang turns around looks at droop who raises his quarterstaff up to fight but get swatted out of the stands landing hard into the arena which thankfully still has its protection enchantment up. this distraction allows the rest of the crown to flee.

Venomfang jumps down into the arena and stats making its way to gwen and percy. one of the clerics steps in the way and venomfang bits down on him lifts him up and throws him against the wall rendering him unconscious. With his concentration broken the enchantment on the arena fades. and gwen and percy start backing up. Gwen tell percy stay behind me I won’t let that take you and she grabs onto percy and you see her duplicate herself 4 times. meanwhile glassjaw jopesspe sics the owlbear on the dragon and it tried to peck through its hide but to no avail, venomfang turns its attention to the owlbear and glassjoe swiping at him with his claws which he somehow deflects with his rake but it snaps it sending him prone. venomfang latches onto the owlbear’s neck biting through it sending it limp to the arena floor.

Alarms go off throughout the thunderdome. The remaining clerics start casting sacred flame at the dragon as he stalks over glassjaw to finish him. as she goes to bite a boomerang hits venomfang in the face as roric comes running out of the tunnel grabbing venomfang’s attention. poison and venom drip from venomfang’s mouth as it eyes both of them and she states “you will pay for keeping me from mine” the clerics yell WATCH OUT as venomfang blasts both roric and glassjaw with poison breath. they lay there motionless as the clerics try to rush to their side.

Venomfang turns and starts stalking towards gwen and percy again and bites down down on gwen who instantly shatters revealing it was luckily one of her illusions. as venomfang heads towards a 2nd one 3 scorching ray come out of the tunnel blasting venomfang followed by vivan sampson and wes the shield. halting the dragon’s progress venomfang turns her attention towards them. Sampson goes into a rage hacking and slashing at venomfang’s legs cutting deep wounds into them. venomfang slashes at sampson who rolls out of the way and then takes a bite attack at another verson of gwen as she does that wes dodges in and takes the blow instead on his shield jamming it in venomfangs maw attempting to wrestle it. Venomfang lifts wes into the air tossing him straight up and prepares another poison breath seen boiling in its maw Gwen looks at this struggle and all 3 of gwen’s remaining clones conjure magic missile firing a shower of them down on venomfang as she yells I won’t let you have him! Droop also picks himself up and fires an eldrich blast against her hide. The arcane energy distracts venomfang enough that the poison breath just misses and hits a nearby wall melting it.

Falling from the air wes draws his sword and lands on venomfang driving the sword beneath her scales at the base of her neck. His eyes glow white as he unleashes a diving smite into the dragon causing her to howl with pain. Venomfang finally looking inured for the 1st time throws wes off her and looks around at the warriors set against her. She notices guards from neverwinter starting to pour into the arena and furiously realizes this is not a winnable battle for her today and she takes off into the sky taking a few scorching ray and spears as she limps through the sky but manages to get away.

The clerics and wes begin to tend to the injured as the feed fades out.

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The party regroups at pookees Wes proclaims he is placing a bounty on Venomfang and whatever he collects from neverwinter the thunderdome will double it and the party decides what to do next.

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This amulet seems broken, it just keeps glowing
Session 5

After a long rest, our party of brave adventurers made our way triumphantly back to the village of Phandalin. We talked with Sister Garaele and told her of Prim’s negotiations with the banshee Agatha, showed her the possible location of BoGentle’s spellbook, and she gave us 3 potions of healing as a reward for the information. Agatha gave the spellbook to a necromancer named Tsernoth, and its current location is out in the ocean west of Waterdeep. She traded it to Tsernoth from the city of Iriaebor more than a hundred years ago. We gave one of the healing potions to PokeyMan, one to Idris and one to Rowan.

We then went to visit Townmaster Harbin Wester who rewarded us with 100 gp total for slaying all the orcs and the ogre. For some reason he didn’t want to keep the smelly ogre head Prim so proudly presented to him. Quinlan went over to Barthan’s Provisions and purchased another whip, and we all gathered around the message board to read a new notice posted by former adventurer Daren Edermath we had met earlier in his cottage by the orchard: “Daran: there are stories from prospectors in the hills northeast of Phandalin that someone is digging around in the ruins known as Old Owl Well. More disturbingly, several prospectors visiting the ruins, a couple days march reported being chased from the area by undead northeast of Phandalin. The ruins are an old watchtower of an ancient magical empire known as Netheril, and dangerous magic might be dormant there.” Draven attempted to teach Droop some spellcasting ability by showing off his eldritch blast, and Prim designed a workout to help train up Droop’s dexterity.

We then took the High Road back up to Neverwinter with no incidents. Prim noticed his amulet was still glowing softly for sensing dragons and we thought this was strange as Rorhic was no longer in our company. Back in Neverwinter, we went directly to Pookie’s Potions and Pillows where Prim extracted 5 ogre teeth and gave them to Pookie along with a vial of the potion golum healing potion. Pookie asked us to check out the sleeping guest and showed us a mysterious herb that he took which Draven recognized as maxwell’s beard. Maxwell was an almost unknown alchemist. He did minor discoveries but before he died he discovered this pipe stuffing herb. It is made from a very rare plant called Maxwell’s daughter, because he was the one who discovered it. It grows in mountainous regions and is a purple/dark blue color. The flower itself is very big and has a vivid red center. It is considered a magic pipe weed. To make it, find a Maxwell’s daughter and carefully remove the petals and cut them into fine pieces, usually with one flower you can make 3-4 stuffing. The plants bloom only in winter, so watch out. The taste reminds the smoker of fresh fruits of summer. When smoking, the person automatically feels happy. Dwarves and orcs cannot stand this pipe weed. Halflings rarely ever smoke it. This is the ALL TIME favorite of elves. Once the smoker has finished his pipe, he falls into a deep sleep. When he wakes up, he finds himself kind of strange and has trouble standing up or fighting for about an hour. Pookie told us we need a petal from a maxwell’s flower to make an antidote he thinks the herbal shop in Thundertree may still have some of those petals and he will need a whole flower. Pookie asked us to find one of these flowers and help him wake his guest. Pookie took the potion golum healing potion and went in back and brewed it up to recreate the formula to make a potion of potion golum summoning. He also made a potion that is a philter of love. The next time you see a creature within 10 minutes after drinking this philter, you become charmed by that creature for 1 hour. If the creature is of a species and gender you are normally attracted to, you regard it as your true love while you are charmed. This potion’s rose-hued, effervescent liquid contains one easy-to-miss bubble shaped like a heart. Quinlan took the potion. Prim showed him the potion he brewed at the redbrand hideout, and Pookie said it is not a potion of invisibility but he does not know what effect it will have. Idris tried to convince Quinlan to help him test potions on Prim in his sleep, but Quinlan would have none of that but said he might consider it if Idris revealed what happened with his secret meeting with Sister Garele, but Idris refused. Prim mushed up an orc eyeball trying to extract it for Pookie. Pookie told us that finding orc eyeballs may be help him to make a love potion antidote.

We then went to the Thunderdome to visit Wes the Shield where Quinlan put the package on the counter for Wes. He opened it, and inside was a large egg. Yue noticed the egg hatching, and we all looked in amazement as out scrambled a baby juvenile green dragon, which looked right at Gwen and spoke something in draconic. Yue translated telling us it called Gwen mama. Gwen named the dragon Percy and Wes gave us a bag with 150 gold pieces. Prim and Rowen introduced Droop to Wes, and Wes said he would let Droop stay and train and he would set Droop up with matches. Droop excitedly accepted Wes’s offer and Prim offered to cover Droop’s board and training giving Wes 5 gold. There was a little tear in Prim’s eye as he gave droop 20 gold to set him up. Prim told Droop to make us proud and study constitution, sorcery charisma magic, and learn magic missile. Rowen introduced herself to Gwen and asked her how she defeated Quinlan in battle. Seeming to take a liking to Rowen, Gwen told us the story of how she was from the Zenithian Isles from a village full of strong magic users. One day her village was assaulted by monsters. The monsters killed all who resisted and took the rest to use as slave labor. Gwen’s best friend used a seeming spell to look like her and got herself killed defending the village and hid Gwen away in the basement of her village. As the fighting died down Gwen snuck away from the village. She ran into stragglers from the monster group and thought she was done for until Wes the Shield stepped in and slew them saving her. Gwen wanted nothing but to save those who were captured and for revenge against these monsters but felt she wasn’t strong enough to stand up to them. Wes brought her back to the Sword Coast to train in the Thunderdome until the day she would be ready.

We then left the city of Neverwinter, following the river to the ruins of the village of Thundertree. Posted outside we read a sign scrawled “Beware: Thundertree is overrun by plant monsters and zombies, turn back now." Quinlan joked that he heard dragons and Prim joked that it must be the baby dragon’s mama, but he didn’t look at his amulet and we lightheartedly traipsed into the village looking for our next adventure. Yue and Idris cast mage armor on themselves, and Draven was surprised by a pile of twigs leaping up and attacking him. The party attacked quickly smashing two plant monsters into bits. Six more plant monsters jumped up and were quickly smashed to twigs. Then six more, also beat to pieces. Prim hit a plant monster with his hand crossbow killing it. Turned out it is good against twigs! Just when we thought all was going well Yue blasted Quinlan with her ray of frost damaging him. PokeyMan then snapped the last plant monster to twigs at Prim’s feet.

Quinlan snuck into the next building and telepathically whispered to each of us, “zoombies” and fired off his cross bow at them. He kept firing and as he killed the zoombie a puff of ash came out of it. The first time the zombie takes damage, any living creature within 5ft of the zombie must succeed on a DC 10 CON saving throw or gain disadvantage on attack rolls, saving throws, and ability checks for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end the end of its turns, ending the effect on it early with a successful save. We all shrugged off the effect of the ash. Idris whipped one of the zoombie heads off at Prim but then that awful black dust got in his eyes giving him disadvantage. Draven kindly cast prestidigitation on Idris cleaning up the mess and we took a short rest to Prim’s song of rest. Looking around, in one building we found a chest of coins hidden under a plank with 1000 cp, 300 sp and 180 gp.

Still looking for the apothecary shop of Mirna’s family, we continued on and encountered more twig blight plant monsters which were quickly dispatched. Heading for the next building, Idris turned into a large white dire wolf, Ghost. We then met Reidoth the druid and he seemed to take to us right away when he learned Idris was a druid. He was here for the peace and quiet, and told us of a disturbing green dragon that recently moved into the north abandoned wizard tower. We went east to carefully avoid the tower, and slipped out the back of another abandoned house. We approached a house that looked like it might be the apothecary shop we were looking for still not thinking to look at Prim’s amulet, and Quinlan went stealthy. Spiders! As we engaged the spiders, Draven thought he would try Prim’s fairy fire spell, but it clearly needed some work as it only hit Ghost. Prim put the two spiders to sleep, and we were then able to deal with them one at a time with PokeyMan smashing one and Yue killing it with a fire bolt and Rowen killing the last spider with her spiritual weapon unicorn horn strike. Looking around we found one potion of healing, 46 gold and 70 silver, and a short sword.

Just as we were discussing heading to bed, we heard the whoshing sound of dragon wings. Eeeek! Quinlan was outside and immediately went stealthy to hide from its notice. Before we could say anything to try to persuade the dragon to leave us alone, Draven attacked it with a sleep spell, which failed while the dragon laughed at us. It said it had been busy protecting its egg but it was now missing. Draven told the dragon some lies while it laughed at us more and Prim made an attempt to negotiate with the dragon to let us go in return for information about its egg, but the damage had already been done and it didn’t believe a word. The dragon told us to step closer, and Quinlan telepathically warned Rowen to keep everyone away from the door. The dragon said she had grown weary of our lies and was going to find her egg, and then blasted poisonous gas in a 30-foot cone through the doorway and blowing out the windows to also reach Yue and Rowen inside every member of the party taking 48 points of poison damage except Quinlan. TPK! The dragon then took off. Our dungeon master took pity on us and allowed Quinlan to run around trying to save us. He poured two of Prim’s healing potions into Prim and Idris. Quinlan stabilized Draven and PokeyMan while Prim poured the potion from the spider battle into Rowen. Rowen healed Yue, PokeyMan and Draven and we all stumbled back to the druid Reidoth’s home for a long rest. Each party member gained 210 exp and Wes awarded Quinlan inspiration for hiding from the dragon. Each party member got 59 gp, 4 sp and 125 copper.

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The Birthday, the Banshee and the Orcs
Session 4

We began our adventure recovering from the epic nothic battle. Idris transformed back into his normal form and healed Quinlan while the rest of the party tied a rope around the body of the dead woodcarver and pulled him up out of the pit. Pokeyman carried him out, and Iarno freed his familiar from the barrel as we left. Quinlan scouted ahead on the way out and told us when we caught up that the redbrand we left chained in the cell had died.

As we got back into the main part of Phandalin Prim announced a performance at the Stonehill Inn and people started to gather and join us. Sildar eventually came back to the inn and was very pleased to see his old friend Iarno safely returned and Quinlan finally seemed to relax about Iarno. As Prim performed brilliantly, Quinlan used sleight of hand to get the redbrand keys off him, and Yue tried different keys until she was able to open the chest we brought out. Inside was 240 gp, 320 sp, 5 malachite gems worth 15 gp each 2 potions of healing, one ring and one scroll of augury. It also contained a box with a very special cone shaped helm which immediately phased out of the box and onto Idris’s head. The helm had four gems encrusting it. Yue used her magical knowledge to determine that is was a Helm of Celebration: user wearing this hat is immediately attuned to it. 4 glowing gems adorn this item. On any missed attack or failed skill check or saving throw user may expend one charge to automatically hit or succeed, this expends one charge. Helm loses its magic after 24 hours. She also determined the box was a Box of Fun with 2 handles, and under was two to tango (warning point away from the face), and a migrate button and a redecorate button.

Idris and Quinlan both pushed the migrate button and they swapped bodies and raised into the air to twirl and dance to Prim’s music. The helm teleported onto Quinlan’s head and magically reshaped into a smaller happy birthday helmet. PokeyMan sang, “And they whirled and they twirled and they tangoed, Singin’ and jinglin’ the jango, Floatin’ like the heavens above, It looks like muskrat love!” Idris (operated by Quinlan) stared adoringly at Prim and jumped up on the stage attempting to kiss Prim and ended up kissing Droop. Droop was so inspired he then worked with PokeyMan to learn a trip attack, and PokeyMan promised to buy him a quarterstaff the next day. Prim then pressed the celebrate button on the Box of Fun, and disco music poured out, a wild sound the likes of which Stonehill Inn had never heard, and Quinlan and Prim amazed everyone with a disco dance performance. Rowen introduced herself to a studious looking tiefling named Draven. After many drunken attempts, Quinlan managed to use Idris’s body to transform into a tiger, and Idris (in Quinlan’s body) slipped off ungracefully several times trying to climb onto his back until the tiger knelt down so he could climb on, and the pair curled up in front of the fire to sleep. Prim drunkenly did an extended identify ritual on the ring before heading to bed. It is a ring of the sacred: The bearer may increase their Lay on Hands hit point pool by 5. Iarno identified the glass staff of defense for us and told us to keep it. This slender, hollow staff is made of glass yet is as strong as oak. It weighs 3 pounds. You must be attuned to the staff to gain its benefits and cast its spells. While holding the staff, you have a +1 bonus to your Armor Class. The staff has 10 charges, which are used to fuel the spells within it. With the staff in hand, you can use your action to cast one of the following spells from the staff if the spell is on your class’s spell list: mage armor (1 charge) or shield (2 charges). No components are required. The staff regains 1d6 + 4 expended charges each day, at dawn. If you expend the staff’s last charge, roll a d20. On a 1 the staff shatters and is destroyed. Rorhic gave the amulet of eavesdropping to Prim, and everyone went to bed.

Rorhic slipped out early before any of us woke up, took this notice off the job board and left town without saying good bye: “Daran: there are stories from prospectors in the hills northeast of Phandalin that someone is digging around in the ruins known as Old Owl Well. More disturbingly, several prospectors visiting the ruins, a couple days march reported being chased from the area by undead northeast of Phandalin. The ruins are an old watchtower of an ancient magical empire known as Netheril, and dangerous magic might be dormant there.”

In the morning while only Idris was awake, Sister Garaele stopped by and thanked Idris for keeping the town safe from the redbrands. She revealed she is a part of a secret society, The Harpers, agents of balance in the world. She then gave Idris a silver cylinder to contact the harpers any time, and Idris agreed to join the Harpers society.

Sildar paid us 200 gp as thanks for finding his dear friend Iarno. And the innkeeper informed us of Rorhic’s departure earlier that morning. Yue agreed to take the glass staff of defense. Draven introduced himself to the rest of the group, telling us about his awkward upbringing and quest to write great stories. While discussing inviting him to come along with us, we asked him what else he does besides write, and Draven blasted an eldritch blast that destroyed a bar stool and impressed us. He got invited along when he payed the innkeeper generously to replace the stool.

Quinlan asked Prim for the amulet of eavesdropping, and Prim gave it to him, and most of the party went to visit Phandalin townmaster Harbin Wester, who gave us a reward of 250 gp for destroying the redbrands. Prim went out and bought Droop some nice travel clothes and a set of studded leather armor, and PokeyMan bought him a quarterstaff as promised. Prim started teaching him about wearing light armor. We bought a wagon and two draft horses from the party funds, Rowen bought a riding horse from her personal funds, and we then headed east along the Triboar trail to Conyberry ruins with Prim’s dragon sensing amulet slightly glowing the whole way.

To be continued…

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