CM Adventures

Session 33: Reunion at the Raging Lion!

After the party rested for the night they headed downstairs to discover Zuriel was missing. Rowan was the 1st to notice this and asked the innkeeper if he has seen him. He said that he headed off early and left a letter for everyone which read:

“My new friends, I need time after that last battle and will meet you in Triboar when you make it there”

The party also recieved a message from Sister Garaelle stating with all the troubling news of giants she was sending a harper emissary to meet them in waterdeep.

The party warned Goldenfields about a potential Zentarim threat and told them how they took over nightstone and might be thinking this would be the next place to do so. The Abbot of goldenfields thanked the party for their assistance and warning and asked them to post a flyer in waterdeep and see if any knights of the unicorn would show up to help. They agreed to do so and prim created the quest flyer.

“Come hither all ye flowery heroes, for i have a ye pretty and noble quest for the. A village in turmoil asking for a flowery and pretty flock of noble souls to defend them in the name of the unicorn. Head to Goldenfields if the is truly noble and flowery and pretty and one with the unicorn!!!”

The party boarded Zephyros’s tower and decided on their next plan of action was to return to waterdeep to restock on supplies and deliver the pendant Zi lang gave to the party. They arrived in waterdeep and Yue, Prim and pokeman jones spoke with Cauldar Marskyl who recognized the pendant as Zi lang telling them that the servants were now the ones to receive her inheritance as she wanted a more rural life where she could be one with nature and not pampered. They were pleased to found she found happiness in her life and presented the party with a wooden chest full of treasure. Prim deceived the servants that Zi lang also told them that they would receive part of her inheritance and they received an additional reward.

Rowan went shopping throughout the city and was able to purchase diamond dust and diamonds to help cast greater restoration spells and was able to heal herself of her injury after invoking Laruure’s blessing. She also posted the Quest poster at the knights of the unicorn headquarters and it got some attention with prim’s help.

Draven traveled back to the Raging Lion inn to setup rooms for the night there and agreed that Prim would perform once again as it was a big hit last time which Prim was enthusiastic about. He set off creating posters to advertise the performance that night.

As night came the crowd filtered in and an athletic looking human male with purple hair entered the inn and recognized Yue immediately and introduced himself as Xing. He told he has seen her perform a long time ago and always admired her talents and asked if she was one of the ones performing tonight. She denied that she was going to perform tonight but prim overheard her and said of course she was that she was just being modest and Xing went from looking disappointed to much more interested. They sat down at a table and spoke until the performance started.

A former team member Quinlan also arrived at the raging lion and reunited with his former adventuring party and they shared stories of what has transpired since wave echo cave and how they have both had some close encounter. Quinlan explained how he was the emissary sent by sister gaerelle to help stabilize the area with all the reported giant activity. He let them know dutchess arrived at phandalin just fine and sister gaerelle was taking care of him and they shared a drink over seraphina’s passing.

The performance started and Prim used dimension door to send himself and Yue onto stage with their instruments and they played some songs while back lit by moonlight created by quinlan. Yue tripped up a lot being nervous especially with her new friend watching her from the crowd but prim was able to cover for any missteps with her fingers and the performance went over great. Prim them told the tale of how they slew a white dragon on top of ice spire peak with draven acting out the part of the dragon with a seeming spell and it was a big hit with the crowd as they acted out the scenes.

Yue sat down next to Xing and he asked how Thalia and the rest of the group was doing and they conversed some more when Xing asked Yue to go for a walk and tell him the sorceresses version of the ice dragon fight as he knew bards tend to embellish the story. As they walked around the raging Lion and down the streets of waterdeep Xing shared some of his stores with Yue about some adventures he has been on and Yue began to open up to him and they talked about their companions.

They continued on down further than they anticipated and came across 2 hooded figures demanding their gold but xing informed them their threats were not a good idea and half unsheathed his blade. The hooded figures took a look at him and then scattered back into the darkness. Xing sheathed his blade and asked if Yue was hurt and then said he would escort her back to the raging Lion where maybe they could get something to eat. Yue agreed and they arrived back to the inn without further incident and Xing made some food in the kitchen and they ate as Prim’s performance concluded. As they finished their meal Xing thanked Yue for the wonderful time and that he hoped to see her again and he walked out of the inn.

Prim was quick to press Yue for information on how her date went and she was vague with him until draven drug him off and the party collected their tips from the nobles throwing coins at prim from a job well done. The party decided to turn in for the night.
The party decided to sleep in shifts due to how things went last time. During the night the window rattled as Assassins tried to enter the window of the inn but this time they found it more heavily locked and as they tried to pick it they set off an alarm spell on Nawala’s bracelet waking her. She slipped out of the inn taking one of Zem’s pistols and watched as they attempted to pick the lock and she fired a shot which whizzed past their head. She kept her weapon trained on them and watched as they fled knowing the building would be alerted and Nawala returned to the inn with the party being none the wiser.

The party awoke in the morning and followed Naxene’s advice and sought out the dragon expert of waterdeep, an Illuskan human mage named Chazlauth Yarghorn. Rowan told them of their plan to get the Lord’s Alliance to help them find dragons to fight giant threat. Chazlauth had a noisy cluttered apartment filled with cats and other strange noises and he laughed off the idea of the Lord’s alliance wanting to work with dragons but proposed an even crazier idea which he believed would work. He suggests that the characters travel to the Kryptgarden Forest and seek out Old Gnawbone, a powerful and eccentric green dragon rumored to possess a collection of crystal balls that she uses to scry on everyone and everything. Based on what Chazlauth knows about green dragons, and Old Gnawbone in particular, he doesn’t think the dragon will harm the characters if they seem intent on ending the giant threat. Upon questioning whether or not he thinks Old Gnawbone would listen to them or work with them he informed the party he’s willing to risk their lives to test this theory. The party thanked him for the lead and bid him good day.

The party finished resupplying in waterdeep and decided that some of the goblin children would be happier staying with Nawala and she was able to take in 5 of them who seemed eager to stay there. The rest of the party boarded Zephyros’s tower. They introduced quinlan to him and were about to decide where to take off when Zephyros was attacked by an invisible stalker sending a gash across his cheek. the party engaged in battle with their invisible foes. With this ambush they were able to knock Yue unconsious but Zephyros was able to use telekinetic powers to throw his giant table at the Stalker before he could bring down a finishing blow giving rowan time to heal her. A battle raged inside the tower with some of the giant statues toppling over but the party was eventually victorious over this surprise assault and they check their wounds finding everyone survived including rillix and the remaining goblin children who ran and his behind the massive throne. the party gathers their thoughts and decides where to go next.

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Session 32: Defense of Goldenfields

As the Hill giants began to lumber through the breach in the south wall Yue created an ice storm making the path through the breach difficult to move through and pelted the Hill Giants as they broke through the city’s outer defenses. The captain of the city guard, a half orc named Strog Thunderblade, finally arrived on the scene with 3 other guards he managed to rally. They called out a rally cry to defend Goldenfield and the abbot and smashed through the remaining line of goblins and assaulted a hill giant. One of the guards was injured in the fight and Strog struck down the hill giant and pulled the injured guard to safety. The remaining guards pushed another hill giant back to the wall while 2 more came through the breach who fell to Prim lobbing lumps of coal at them which exploded in a firey blaze.

Draven transformed himself into a mighty t-rex and the resident mage of goldenfield, Naxene Drathkala, cast fly on him and he was able to fly to the foes who already made it through the breach and were ravaging the town and he tore them apart with his sharp toothed maw and tail. One Hill giant managed to knock Zuriel unconscious throwing rubble from the wall at him but pokeman jones was able to revive him with a potion. Rowan stayed in the tower away from harm while she directed her unicorn horn to attack and she summoned a flame skull with her green cindergem but blinded herself in the process.
The hill giants fell one by one and the remaining goblin forces saw the tide was turning and ran for the hills. 2 hill giants remained the one inside asked the party not to kill him but Yue fried him with a fireball and the one outside draven returned to his normal form and cast banish on him sending him to another plane giving the party time to surround him and he surrendered winning the day for the defenders of goldenfields. The party interrogated the hill giant named Lob. Learning they are not creatures of great intelligence could only get a few responses out of him

“Guh want food.” • “Me get food for Guh.” • “Guh big. Real big. Bigger than me.” • “Grudd Haug. Home.”

The party learned that Guh killed his mate and was forcing the other hill giants to gather food for her as a show of her power and influence she wanted to grow as large and obese as possible. The party asked the hill giant to lead them to Guh but he couldn’t remember where his home was and he became distraught and broke down crying. Prim tried to console him and said he would help him become the new guardian of goldenfields. Prim attempted to dress him up like the tree which was just slain but it was not very convincing at all and then he brought the giant into town and gave what he thought was a stirring speech but the townsfolk were just too tired from the battle to argue for now but they figured they would deal with it later and they were just glad they made it out of that battle alive.
The villagers each came up to the party and thanked them and gave them requests now seeing them as heroes who travel throughout the land.

The party attempts to speak with dead with Lifferlas who urges the characters to seek out its creator, a moon elf druid named Aerglas. The awakened tree tells them that Aerglas was not only a member of the Emerald Enclave but also an adventurer who slew many giants in his day. Aerglas left Goldenfields thirty years ago on a pilgrimage to Shadowtop Cathedral
Zi lang spoke with yue and told her In addition to being an acolyte of Chauntea and an Emerald Enclave sympathizer, Zi is the beneficiary of a considerable inheritance from her parents, who traded in silk, whale oil, fine glass, maps, and other commodities. They were based in Baldur’s Gate but owned several businesses in Waterdeep. Zi gives yue a black pearl pendant (worth 750 gp) that she keeps hidden among her belongings and tells her to bring it to Cauldar Marskyl (male Illuskan human commoner), the head butler of House Thann in Waterdeep, where he will give them a gift in exchange.

Miros suggests that the characters travel to Amphail and “give his regards” to Arleosa Starhenge, the proprietor of a local tavern called the Stag-Horned Flagon

Every bone in her body tells Naxene that the attack on Goldenfields is just the beginning. She’s heard “rumblings” that other settlements have been impacted by the sudden appearance of giants-and not just hill giants but also stone, frost, fire, and cloud giants. Naxene is convinced that now is not the time for half-measures. She has read books about the ancient conflict between dragons and giants, and she urges the characters to seek out a powerful good dragon, convince it to contact other good dragons, and use them to combat the giants. Naxene is confident that the Lords’ Alliance will support this plan, given the gravity of the situation.

Oren is spooked by rumors that giants are rampaging throughout the North. He asks the characters if they could check on his sister, Lily, who works at the Happy Cow tavern in Daggerford. He also wants them to deliver a hastily written letter to Lily that tells her he’s doing fine, and would she please send him some more money.
After conversing with all of the villagers the party searches through the fallen hill giant army and their possessions and take a well deserved rest for the night. In the morning they get a message from Zephyros that he is glad they were able to save goldenfields but he currently has the strange feeling he is being watched.

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Session 31: Zephyros' Tower and Hill Giant Havoc!

As the party set out for Nightstone Morak took stock of the losses the village had suffered and asked 3 things of the party as they were well experienced travelers

The Xelbrins were killed in their home when the giants bombarded the village. Morak recalls that the elderly couple had a son, Miros, who lives in Goldenfields. Morak asks the characters to visit Goldenfields and let Miros know what has happened. If the Xelbrins’ tressym is still alive, Morak asks the characters to deliver it safely to Miros.

Morak’s friend and neighbor, Darthag Ulgar, was eaten by giant rats. Darthag ran the Lionshield Coster trading post in Nightstone, and his ex-wife runs a similar trading post in Triboar. Morak asks the characters to travel to Tri boar and deliver the sad news of Darthag’s passing to Alaestra Ulgar.

Morak’s friend and neighbor, Semile Southwell, was killed in the giant attack. Although she had no family in Nightstone, Semile spoke often about her brother, Markham. Morak knows that Markham is the sheriff of Bryn Shander and asks the characters to travel to Icewind Dale and deliver the sad news of Semile’s passing.

The Party agreed that they would try to head back north after delivering the villagers back to Nightstone and they would try to stop by those villages along the way.

As the party approached Nightstone they noticed the village was being guarded by a sizable force of Zhentarim. It seems as if the Xolkin’s backup had arrived and occupied Nightstone. the party had Prim hang back with the goblin children as they didn’t want any altercations with the Zentarim who were originally sent there to exterminate the goblins from the area. The party approached and saw some of the original guards from Nightstone guarding the bridge. They welcomed the party back and informed them that they found their pay missing from Lady Nightstones quarters and having no other option they joined forced with the Zentarim and allowed them occupation of the city so now at least they have work to provide for their family and they are glad to see the villagers returned safe. The party met with Xolkin and Kella in the middle of the city and they congratulated the Crimson Mercenaries on a job well done and he said if they ever considered working for the Zentarim to contact him as they could use more mercenaries of their talent. The party remembering Sister Garaelle’s warning about them being a more selfish organization more worried about profit and power they declined for now but were offered a room in the temple to stay the night as thanks for their work. The party accepted and took a long rest and patched up their wounds from the Dripping caves.

Rowan and Zuriel woke up very sore the next day still not fully recovered but the party decided to head out. They met up with Prim who camped out for the night with the goblin children entertaining them and set out upon the road. About a half hour on the high road and the party spotted an enormous tower floating on a billowy cloud a thousand feet overhead. The tower must have been hundreds of feet tall, and its spire looked strangely like a pointy wizard’s hat. As the tower drifted closer, stairs made of clouds begin to form underneath it and descend toward them.

The party tested the stairs which were made of firm cloud stuff and spiral downward, stopping just short of the ground. They are sized for humans and upon testing were found safe to climb. After climbing the stairs for 1,000 feet, the party stood in front of the tower’s entrance, on a cloud that feels as firm and safe as solid ground. They entered the Tower and were greeted by an eccentric cloud giant with windswept white hair, a wispy white beard, and a billowy purple robe adorned with gold stars. He introduced himself as Zephyros and claimed that the party were the small folk he was looking for that he saw in his vision.

The party asked him to explain what he was doing here and did he attack Nightstone? He looked surprised and denied attacking Nightstone saying he is not a violent Giant and he has always liked and appreciated small folk. He tell the party he knows terrible things are happening in their society ever since the ordning shattered and all of the Giants want to push themselves higher in their caste system. He tells the party he knows storm giants were always on top on and Hill giants on the bottom and everyone else in between but now with the Ordning shattered they are all trying to prove their worth and move up in their society so they are taking extreme measures to show that they are worthy of their place. He stated he has been using using contact other planes for advice on how to stop both of their societies from falling into ruins and the planar beings have shown him visions of small folk restoring order to their society but cautioned him about direct interference in the Giant’s jockeying for position. They showed him a vision of Goldenfields being razed to the ground and stripped of its crops so Zephyros offered to take the party there in his tower which would get them there twice as quickly as they could go by caravan. The party agreed and they set off.

Zephyros enjoyed the company of small folk on their journey and even pet Yue’s Tressym with his pinky finger stating he loved kitties and offered to show the party his. He cast levitate on anyone who wanted to and showed them the Aerie of his tower which had 4 griffons in him which he was keeping in there as his pet cats. As the party got comfortable rowan was looking out the window of the tower and saw 9 vultures land on the cloud they were ridden by lightly armored humans with steel helms that cover their eyes and resemble stylized bird heads. One of them is equipped with a shoulder bag adorned with a smiling face. They entered the tower and called out for Zephyros who came down to greet them excited to see more small folk than he ever has in his life.

Two of the riders introduced themselves as Amarath and N’von and they offered him a bag saying that if was a tribute to him and they were hoping he would help them “return the world to its primordial state, as it was at the dawn of history.” Zephyros looked a little confused and asked for a brief recess to think about it and called the party to the 2nd floor of his tower where he asked the party what that meant and if they thought that would be a good idea to help bring peace to the small folk. The party advised against him accepting that offer and Zephyros returned to the 1st floor and declined their offer. They seemed to begrudgingly accept his decision but chastised him as they left for being "foolish and shortsighted” and they took off.

Zephyros looked at the bag they left and said he felt guilty for keeping their present and gave it to the party as he thought they might be able to use it more than he could. The party cautiously opened it and found 4 pinches of pixie dust in the bag. The party setup camp for the night.

The party reached goldenfields without further incident and Zephyros dropped them off saying he would await their return and hovered on the outskirts of the city with his tower. The party entered the city and walked past a farmer named Zi Lang. She cautioned to the party to avoid stepping on the plants. the party asked her where they could find Miros and she directed them towards the tavern in the north east part of town. As the party headed there they passed by a tree which the goblin children began to play around and the tree spoke with them stating his name was Lifferlas and he was a guardian of the village and the children were no bother he loved kids and exists to keep the people and plants of goldenfields safe. The party left the goblin children with him while they headed to the tavern. There they were greeted by the owner who introduced himself as Miros.

The party delivered the sad news that his parents were killed on the attack on Nightstone and he seemed like he was in shock. Yue showed him that they found the Tressym Rillix but Miros seems still too much in shock of the news that his parents passed and asked that the party take care of him as he didn’t feel he could right now but he was glad to see him again. Pokeman Jones were getting a drink at the bar and a halfing named Oren Yogilvy got into an argument with Zuriel and they stared each other down but Zuriel blinked first and walked away from the confrontation.

The party noticed a shady character in the corner of the bar speaking to a hooded figure and Pokeman and Zuriel followed them outside. Listening to their conversation they learned their names to be Shalvus Martholio and Nalaskur Thaelond. and that Nalaskur hired Shalvus to watch goldenfields and find a way for the Black network to make its way and get a foot hold in goldenfields just like how they took advantage of the situation in nightstone. With this information Zuriel and Pokeman headed into the bar to inform their party but as trhey were explaining the situation the alarm bells in goldenfields started ringing incessantly. They were under attack.

As the party ran outside they saw a horrible site as goblins and ogers were being hurled over the walls by Hill Giants and defenses of a goldenfield were caught off guard. the ones over the wall began rampaging through the town stealing crops and attacking any who got in their way. The citizens who were capable of fighting began grabbing arms to fight back. The party charged out to engage the attacking forces. Yue began hurling fireballs while Prim tried his bard magic to command several to about face and march towards the village exit. the rest of the party engaged in melee combat with the invaders. The ones that slipped through the citys initial defenses made it deep into goldenfields until they ran into Naxene Drathkala who was a powerful human spellcaster who fried several waves of goblin and bugbear invaders with her lightning bolts proclaiming that they needed to “get off her property”. Lifferlas protected the goblin children and wrestled with the ogers invading the town. Unfortunate after fighting through several ogers they struck true and splintered the tree with their maces and he fell in battle.

Miros crushed one of the ogers in a giant bear hug as Oren fought with him driving his daggers into those he had distracted. The party fought through wave after wave and their seemed to be turning the tide when they heard repeated loud banging on the walls and cracks began to form. Then Pieces of the wall started to crumble. The Hill giants were beating down the wall of the city with their clubs like giant battering rams. The assault continued until The party noticed a beach form in the wall to the south and they saw huge lumbering creatures start to file into the city and they steadied themselves for an even more fierce battle to come.

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The Dripping Caves
Session 30

The party made it back to Nightstone and met up with the bounty hunters and remaining guards who survived the orc assault. Xolkin properly introduced himself Kella and his men and told them that they were answering a call to help rid the area of goblins and orcs. Upon further conversation they learned that they worked for the Zhentarim. The guards pleaded with the party to go save the remaining villagers which they believed to be captured by goblins in caves to the north known as the dripping caves. The party tried to convince Xolkin to contribute some men to saving the villagers but he stated his mission was to secure the village and he did not with to jeopardize his nor Kella’s safety. Xolkin told Kella to send a message to request backup that the village has been cleared. She whispered into her sleeve and a flying snake emerged from it and took off with the message. The party asked the guards if they would be ok with the bounty hunters and they said that they did not trust them but they were worried about the villagers safety and didn’t see many other options that wouldn’t leave the village undefended. The party agreed and headed out for the dripping caves.

About a mile to the north the party found the cave the villagers described. They tried to be as stealthy as they could but were eventually spotted by a goblin who called out an alarm cry. Rowan cast light onto her shield and revealed a large cavern with 5 geological shelves each holding a goblin with a shortbow trained on them, a giant mud pit with 2 ogers bathing it washing themselves with their greatclubs, and 3 clay golems which began to power up as the echo of the alarm call rang out throughout the cave. Zuriel stepped through the shadows and took out one of the goblin. Pokeman jones and rowan rushed to the ogers and started engaging them in melee combat they retaliated slamming pokeman jones back and forth with their greatclubs and one was about to stomp on him when Prim cast an illusion on one which made it feel as if he was being dragged into the swamp and he went down face first into it sending a wave of mud splattering onto rowan. Yue fired magic missiles onto other goblin while they unleashed arrows at the party. Zuriel jumped down to engage the clay golems and they swung at him with their fists, he dodged 3 of their fists but was struck by the 4th one crushing him against a stalagmite in the cave. He coughed up some blood and felt like something was damaged by the weight of the golem’s fists.

Draven moved up and fired some eldritch blasts and scatter shots from his pistol distracting the 3rd golem and then just dodged out of the way as it stomped his way Prim stepped up and fired a blinding bolt which the golems resisted but ended up blinding himself. Arrows continued to whiz by prim as he stood there with his hands on his hips convinced he saved the day. Yue cast a thunderwave finishing the ogres and a loud boom from the resulting spell echoed throughout the cave. “WHAT IN THE HELLS IS ALL THAT NOISE” could be heard from deeper in the cave. A more battle hardened goblin which they deduced must be hark came running out with some of his personal bodyguards. a separate goblin also ran out and called for an uprising in harks ranks and that it was time for someone new to be in charge.

A golem slammed into rowan driving her into the ground damaging some of her internal organs. she had just enough air in her lungs to call out for her laruue unicorn horn which drove straight through the golem disabling it. she got up feeling terrible and stopped a 2nd golem from smashing zuriel but took another blow in the process, she brought out light bringer and with her remaining strength smashed the 2nd one. This assault left her vulnerable and as the 3rd one was about to crush her with its fists pokeman jones jumped into the fray and finished the final one.

Using the distraction of the goblin starting an uprising the party took advantage and yue finished off one of the goblins and rowan and pokeman jones took out Hark leaving only the goblin who started the rebellion against hark. The party spoke with the goblin and he said he was tired of hark always bossing him around and that they had the villagers in hark’s room and to the room to the northeast but to watch out for hark’s pet rats in the northwest room and to not venture into the southeast as ooze monsters live there and even hark wouldn’t venture in that area of the cave. The party rushed to save the remaining captived in hark’s room. they found a corpse on the floor but used a web from pokeman jones and draven lit it on fire scorching all the rats. They discovered the woman on the floor to be dead but they found Lady nightstones handmaiden in the back room. She was distraught to learn of lady nightstone’s passing.

Prim found a tunnel blocked by a stone and the goblin warned that more monsters live beyond that stone and that they sealed the tunnel. The party left it alone and found the remaining villagers in the northeast. The leader of the captives was a man names Morak who kept them together throughout their ordeal and he helped them gather up their belongings and prepare to venture back to nightstone.

Draven and Prim went ot explore the rest of the cave when they saw the goblin they let live running at full sprint to the north part of the cave with a box that cave from hark’s not so secret treasure cave which he told the party was filled with monsters. unfortunately for him he tripped as he tried to leap across a chasm and fell to his death. The party used a rope and went down and retrieved some loot hark found valuable. Prim and draven explored the south west of the cave and discovered about 20 goblin children which draven befriended by offering them his pelt.

The party began to discuss what to do with the goblin children that they found right as Morak said that the villagers finished preparation and were ready to return to Nightstone. All of the families introduced themselves to the party and personally thanked them for the rescue. they are:

Agganor Family. Destiny Agganor (age 42) is Nightstone’s tiefling midwife. Her son, Grin Agganor (age 27), worked in the village’s stable house, feeding the horses and cleaning the stalls for Lady Nandar.

Delfryndel Family. The Delfryndels are Tethyrian humans. They own and operate Nightstone’s windmill. The surviving family members are Renarra Delfryndel (age 64), her youngest son Zalf (age 40), his wife Elize (age 37), and their two adolescent children, Darson (age 17) and Hildy (age 14). No family members died in the giant attack, but Renarra’s eldest son, Olaf, was killed and eaten by the goblins.
Hulvaarn Family. The Hulvaarns are Damaran human potato and turnip farmers. The surviving family members are Godrick Hulvaam (age 32), his wife Prennis (age 30), and their three children: daughter Jehanna (age 12) and twin sons Ellis and Ghalt (age 9). The children lost their grandfather (Godrick’s father, Nestor) in the giant attack on Nightstone.

Nesper Family. The Nespers are Tethyrian human pumpkin and squash farmers. None of them were killed in the giant attack, but three of them died at the hands of the goblins and ogres in the Dripping Caves. The remaining family members are Yondra (age 15) and her brother Sarvin (age 11). They lost both of their parents and an older sister named Sylda.

Osstra Family. The Osstras are Tethyrian human wheat farmers. The surviving family members include Thelbin Osstra (age 52) and his husband, Brynn (age 52), and their good-hearted nephew, Broland (age 23). Brynn lost his elderly mother and younger sister (Broland’s mother) to the goblins.

Summerhawk Family. The Summerhawks are strongheart halflings. Taela Summerhawk (age 28), an apothecary, comforts her four young children, Barley (age 10), Midge (age 8), Nincy (age 6), and Dollop (age 3). Taela’s husband, Larlow, was killed in Nightstone when a rock fell on their house.
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Nightstone Under Siege
Session 29

The Party made there way to the bell loft in a temple to Lathander in Nightstone and slew 2 goblins who were ringing the bells. As the town grew quiet the party started searching house to house in hopes of finding any survivors. One house was sealed with ominous words on the door written in irfernal “Let all who enter this home without the consent of its owner burn for ninety-nine years in the depths of Nessus and freeze for a thousand more in the icy wastes of Cania.”

Zuriel tried to break down the door but sprained his wrist But Prim combining strength with his mighty steed was able to break down the door. Heading the warning on the door they found some goblins with pumpkins on their heads in a field and sent them into the house 1st. Seeing nothing trapped they finished them off and collected an evil looking holy symbol of Asmodeus from within.

Searching south Yue and Rowan discovered a house with a tressym in it with its owners found crushed beneath the rubble. Yue extended her arm out and with Rowans help making animal calls they gained its trust and it hopped onto Yue’s shoulder. She inspected it and it had a name tag which read “Rillix.” Pokeman Jones and Draven discovered 2 more goblins hiding in a windmill and they tried to avoid the party by hiding in the rafters. they tried to convince them to come down and the goblins gave them information saying the villagers were captured by their leader Hark when they fled to the dripping caves to the north and they would take them there if they spared their lives. The party agreed but as soon as they turned their back they tried to sneak off. Rowan threw a javelin through one of them and Zuriel knocked the other one out.

The party ventured to the south aspect of the village and wanted to get to the keep but a broken bridge was in the way. most of the party was able to leap across. pokeman jones tied a rope to each end with aided in the crossing of the bridge. Yue almost fell trying to tightrope walk across the bridge but Rillix steadied her and they all made it into the keep. The party found 4 guards still alive in the keep looking forlorn over the body of a noble woman. They informed the party of all that had transpired before their arrival:
Nightstone was bombarded by rocks dropped from a giant castle in the sky. The keep was cut off from the village when a rock tore away part of the bridge.

• With nowhere to hide, the people in the village loweredthe drawbridge and fled north. In the event ofan attack, the villagers are supposed to retreat tothe keep; with the bridge out, that was no longeran option.

• North of Nightstone, about a mile away, are some bat caves. The villagers probably hid there.

• Several guards stationed in the village fled north withthe villagers.

• Once the villagers had fled, four pale-skinned giants descended from the sky, uprooted the nightstone in the village square, and took it back to their castle. The cloud castle left soon thereafter, drifting eastward.

• Lady Nandar was in the great hall when the roof collapsed. She was buried under the rubble and died before anyone could reach her.

As the party was discussing these events prim snuck upstairs and attempted to go into Lady Nightstones room and loot her belongings but as he opened the chest in her room a magical longsword sprung to life and Prim made a lot of noise trying to subdue the sword. The guards rushed upstairs and ordered them all out of the room and to Leave Lady Nandar’s possessions alone. As this was happening Yue and Pokeman Jones went up to the roof and spotted 5 men on horseback galloping into nightstone. they started going house to house questioning and killing any remaining straggler goblins that were still in the village. They went back downstairs and informed the guards of the latest arrivals. Everyone went outside to go see who just arrived except for prim who stealthily remained behind after the guards left to continue looting her room.

The party got back to the center of town where they met up with the leader of the cavalry as he was calling out the name Kella. He noticed the party introduced himself as Xolkin and told them he would take things from here shoring up defenses of the town and that he got word from Lady Nightstone that there were problems with goblin and orc raids in the area and he brought his crew of bounty hunters to clean up this mess. Xolkin ordered his men to raise the drawbridge. The party tried to protest and they got into an argument with the party and guards as to who should be in control here when the sound of an Orc war horn blasted through the air. everyone climbed to the top of Nightstones defense towers and witnessed an army of 40 orcs and 2 captains marching on Nightstone.

Everyone prepared for battle, Zuriel slipped outside of the drawbridge before it was fully raised. Xolkins men manned the tower to the northeast north west and southwest. Rowan and Pokeman jones took the northeast tower and draven and yue manned the southeast tower. A woman came running out of the a building to Xolkin’s side and he looked very pleased to see her. As the orc army approached they launches a volley of javelins into the fort and struck down 2 of Xolkin’s men. Pokeman Jones and rowan’s armor held up against the volley, one struck draven in the shoulder but then Yue raised the glass staff of defense and created a shield which repelled the remainder of the assault. Yue Responded with a fireball which devastated 20 of the orc ranks. Xolkin’s remaining men unleashed their crossbows into the orc forces cutting several down. Zuriel cast a wall of darkness on the remaining battalion causing their next javelin volley to fly off target but it managed to kill one of the guards on the inside of nightstone. Draven used his pistol snow shot to make the terrain difficult for them to pass through and Yue devastated their ranks again with another fireball as Zuriel lifted the darkness. Draven blasted through one of the commander’s with an eldritch blast. This left only the other commander remaining which zuriel engaged in combat. As he was about to knock the commander for questioning out a bolt flew in from nightstone into the ear of the commander and he collapsed to the ground dead. From the tower Pokeman Jones waved to Zuriel proclaiming YEAH I GOT HIM BUDDY!

Prim went back into Lady Nightstone’s room and did battle with the sword eventually disabling it after taking several slashes from it. He quickly took the contents of her chest and then headed to the library to look for an excuse for his absence. He found several books and pieced together the following information about the current events surrounding nightstone:

THE NANDARS OF NICHTSTONE

The beauty of Ardeep Forest and the mystique of its elven ruins have long attracted nobles from Waterdeep. The nobles of House Nandar had a hunting lodge in the forest two centuries ago, but elves forced them to abandon it. Ten years ago, members of House Nandar-Lord Drezlin Nandar and Lady Velrosa Nandar—decided it was time to return. They built a new motte-and-bailey settlement south of the Ardeep Forest and began making forays into the woods with friends to hunt and explore. Unknown to the Nandars, wood elves from Evermeet then settled in the forest, determined to protect the remnants of old elf empires from plunder and desecration. As in the past, the interests of the elves and Nandars were at cross purposes. A year ago, the conflict came to a head, and the elves attacked Nightstone. Drezlin was among the many slain, shot and killed by elf arrows while standing on the roof of his keep. His widow, Lady Velrosa Nandar, made peace with the elves and promised to make no further incursions into the Ardeep Forest-a promise she kept for the rest of her life. Velrosa was mortally wounded when the cloud giants bombarded Nightstone, leaving the village without a lord or lady to govern it.

With the battle ending the party made their way back to town to meet with the guards and bounty hunters to discuss their next plan of action

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Party time in Waterdeep
Session 28

The party decided to play another round of snowball fight with Holly with free for all rules with Zuriel winning again. He was awarded a pouch of magical snow and a reindeer whistle. Holly thanked the party once again and bid them farewell. She sent them back to where they left Waterdeep. The party saw Lor and he asked them where they went and they informed of all that transpired and he said he didn’t understand as they were only gone 10 seconds. They surmised that time passes differently in different planes of existence.

Rowan went to go collect her plate armor and Yue searched the city for a place to bake her om nom berry pies having gathered all the ingredients. She found an Inn called the Raging lion and set up in their kitchen. Not being an experienced baker she almost burnt both of the ones she was making but she was able to salvage half a pie and shared it with her party. The rest of the party gathered at the inn. The owner was a tiefling named Zawala and she hit it off with Draven and as they talked they revealed they knew Zem Slatedust from when they met him near icespire peak. She informed the party she was his apprentice but he left after an accident and hasn’t seen him since and so she converted his workshop into an inn and has been running things since but times have been rough.

Prim suggested that they advertise and perform there to give the inn a boost and Zawala was receptive to the idea and offered the party free room and board for their efforts. Prim went to work acquiring stationary and making eye catching posters of himself looking glamorous. They posted the ads all over town and that night the inn was packed and Prim performed with the rest of the party cheering/heckling him from the crowd or helping him with rainbow flourishes. The performance was a big hit and the party earned a lot of tips. Zawala took Draven upstairs to their pent house to celebrate and the rest of the party took to their rooms, Rowan and Lor went to one room, Yue had her own, and Prim, Pokeman Jones, and Zuriel shared a room.

The party went to bed for the night but in the middle of the night 2 drow came in through Prim’s window. They drew blades and drove them into Prim and Zuriel. Their shouts awakened Pokeman Jones, Yue, Lor and Rowan. Draven was far down the hall in the penthouse and did not hear the commotion. The party grabbed for their weapons and ended up killing one of the assassins in the ensuing fight and knocked the other out and stuffed him into a trunk for the night that they kept guard on. Zawala ran to their room and saw what transpired and apologized for what happened and recognized that the markings on the Assassin was a member of the order of the clean hand which was an assassin’s guild in the area. she suggested that they turn them into the waterdeep guard in the morning as there are bounties on the heads of anyone operating in this guild. The party checked on their prisoner to interrogate him in the morning but forgot to punch air holes in the trunk they put him in and he suffocated. The party sought out guards and turned them in for a reward. The party decided to head to Nightstone next to help out the friend of sister Garaelle and deal with their goblin problem. The party went and gathered supplies and while they did Prim had a messenger boy run up to him and gave him a note:

Hi Prim its Droop. Weis haveing lots of fun on the road and made it back to phendlin. Wes and lorln are learning me how to right and reed common. We even had a party at stone hill inn. Everyone was singing and dacing and we even had pie. Dinner must have been filling because lorylyn didn’t eat her pie but gave it to duchess and went up to her room and sounded that she was laughing for most of the night. She must have thought of a funny joke. I miss your jokes Prim. Anyway Ductchess loved the pie and even ate the pie tray. more iron in the diet right. We are heading for Neverwinter after this sleep. Stay safe Prim

-Droop

Prim took out some of his remaining parchment and wrote back to him:

Dear Droop,

I’m impressed by your writing its very good. After arriving in Halenshire we actually ended up having to save winters days. We were listening to the story when an elf ran up and teleported us to another realm. After an epic fight with Kringle we moved to his workshop where we fought the Grinch himself!!! After and epic fight, I finished him off dodging forward around several of his fireballs slide on my knees and pointed my crossbow up at his head and finished him with “Your heart is 3 sizes to small” and he fell to his knees. I got some pretty cool fireball spells from him as an early witersday gift. Hope you got some cool stuff for wintersday! For now were heading to Nightstone to deal with a goblin problem, hopefully everything goes well. As for loralin try talking to her and tell her that your there for her. I know she sounds like shes good but I have a feeling that she might want to talk to someone.

Stay well,
Prim Pressleaf

ps
A human, a half orc, and an elf walk into a bar. The dwarf walks under it”

The party finished gathering supplies and headed out for Nightstone. after a week of travel they saw the town in the distance. They heard a bell ringing throughout the town and the drawbridge was down. Other than that it was quiet and the party was overcome with a feeling of dread that there was something wrong so they ran to the bridge and saw wargs and goblins in the town and engaged in battle with them. they cleared the town square and ran into a church of Lathander and cleared more goblins from there. they looked out the window and saw boulders peppered throughout the town and discussed how they could have gotten there as the bell continued to ring incessantly in down the party prepared themselves for what else remains in town.

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Wintersday
Session 27

The party brought Sunah’s body back to Halenshire where they broke the bad news to her father and brother. His father was inconsolable for awhile and wanted to be left alone and her brother Lor became more resolute and decided to embark on a new path in life joining the knights of the unicorn to better learn how to protect others. They buried Sunah right outside the city gates and made a nice memorial to her. Roam and Ardra met with the party in a tavern and they discussed that Wintersday was upon them and that the city of Waterdeep always throws a big celebration for it that they had gone there as children and it always cheered them up when they were feeling down. So the party agreed to head there after they finished some business in the city. Draven collected his armor from the armor smith and the party recieved a letter from Sister Garaelle informing them that an old friend of hers, Lady Velrosa Nandar was offering a reward for anyone willing and able to deal with the goblin threat plaguing her city of Nightstone which is south of the Ardeep forest. The party decided to spend some time in Waterdeep at the festival and then head off to there.

The party arrived in Waterdeep with no incident just in time to see the city finishing preparations for Wintersday. They came upon a storyteller in the city and listened to his tale.

“Every Winter Corellon and the Raven Queen have a wager to see which of their subjects are more loyal with the stakes being 4 more weeks of winter or an early spring. The festival of Wintersday sprung up around this tradition. One of Corellon’s most beloved servants is elf named Nicholas Kringle. He had won an early spring for Corellon the last 3 Wintersdays delivering good cheer and presents to every child in Iceville, brightening their dark days and long cold nights. It is believed by many, that Kringle travels into town on a red sleigh full with presents, drawn by eight flying reindeer. Kringle silently enters each house without ever being seen by children, or their parents. In exchange for the gifts, the children leave treats for Kringle, which are always gone when they awaken to find their gift. For nearly 500 winters, this ancient elf has spent each year creating gifts in his workshop with his helpers. Kringle’s workshop is said to be full of clockwork wonders and magical treasures, but it’s exact location is a secret. Over the years, Kringle put on lots of extra padding, thanks to the treats, and he is no longer the young hero who saved Iceville nearly five centuries ago. All of you children better be good because This year, The Raven Queen has gained strength and decided it is time for winter to remain.”

As he finished his tale an injured elf girl ran up to the party and yelled “You must be the heroes of Phandalin! Please you must help me Save Kringle!” With that she pulled out a Christmas ball and crushed it in her hand and with that the party felt a blast of cold air and found themselves transported to a cold village with the wind blowing steadily. The elf girl fell to her knees and collapsed in the snow. The party rushed to her and Draven gave her a potion bringing her back to consciousness. She thanked him for helping her and explained that her name is Holly and that she worked for an elf named Nicholas Kringle but he recently began acting strange and she realized he had been possessed by an evil monster named the Grench. She asked the party to come with her and help her save Nicholas from his grasp. The party agrees and they headed out from Iceville.

They traveled through a snowy forest and were assaulted by a bunch of animated snowmen. But being great adventurers Draven took out his frame dagger and melted half of their forces away with a mighty blast. The rest of the party did battle with them smashing through their snowy forms and almost had them routed when they heard an evil “HO HO HO”. The party looked to the sky and saw a sleight being pulled by 8 monstrous reindeer with an even larger beast at the front with a shining red nose. As it flew by it launched a fireball into the party scattering them. Holly decked the halls through the remaining snowmen and yelled to the party to bring down the sleigh just as another fireball ripped through the snowy landscape. Draven reached towards the sky and banished the red nosed field to another plane of existence and without his guidance the sleigh crashed to the ground.

The reindeer all rose up into a bipedal pose and unsheathed a spear and set upon the party while the Possessed Nicholas Kringle drew his great sword and started to hack. The party blasted and slashed through the reindeer. As they defeated the last of them they transformed back into normal looking reindeer and with their combined effort they were able to subdue the crazed elf as well. Right as they knocked Kringle onto his butt the banished reindeer returned and immediately transformed back to normal with the Grench’s spell seemingly broken. Nicholas Kringle apologized from his actions as his body was not his to control and asked the party for 1 more favor of rescuing the elves still remaining in his workshop where he makes his gifts for all the children of the world. The party agreed and they headed deeper into the woods and eventually came to the workshop.

The Workshop was now surrounded by toy soldier guards. The party attempted to sneak up as quiet as they could on the workshop but they were spotted and they solders began firing their muskets at the party. They got a good few shots in but once the party got close enough to the toys they made quick work of them but not before one managed to slip inside and warn the Grench of their arrival. He made his way outside and was about to give a malevolent speech but suddenly Zuriel appeared from the shadows behind him hitting him with a stunning fist cutting his monologue short. Using this opportunity Prim ran to the front lines and fired frost arc through the Grench’s throat destroying the creature and breaking his hold he had on all of the elves inside the workshop.

Nicholas Kringle grateful for all the help gave the party presents for all of their hard work with pokeman jones getting a peppermint shield, draven getting special snow ammo for his pistol, Rowan getting a beautiful dress, Yue getting missiletoe, Zuriel getting special gauntlets, and Prim being on the naughty list but getting to look at it and seeing the name of who he was naughty with “Nendra”. As he spoke her name the ring which has been plaguing him fell off of his finger and he decided to keep it.

Holly took them back to Iceville and suggested they celebrate wintersday with their traditional snowball fight. The party thought that sounded like fun and split up into teams with Pokeman Jones, Rowan, and Zuriel on one side and Yue, Prim and Draven on the other side. Snowballs flew, buckets of water were thrown on the ground and placed on opponent’s heads, and many snowball piles were pushed over burying their opponents. But in the end Pokeman Jones, Rowan and Zuriel won by 1 point in the end winning some magical candy canes and some more gifts. The party’s spirits seem to have been lifted as they had some fun, did some good in the world and were able to blow off a little steam in the process and look forward to whatever comes next.

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Session 26: Life, Love, and Death
Life goes on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Price of Victory and Truth
Session 25

On the Beachfront guarding the boats Seraphina contemplated to herself the hatred she had for the undead and fiends. As she mulled around how dare the party ask her to work with them she remembered the times they shared and fought together. She sensed both the undead and fiends dropping in numbers and with a sigh and new determination she bounded for the tower of Lolth at full speed instructing Duchess to aid Droop in protecting their only means of escaping the island. She caught up with the party right as they bounded up the stairs to the top of the tower.

The Cambion noticed the party arriving and spoke through an evil grin:

“Ah you have arrived just in time. Our slave sacrifices were not enough. Thank you for delivering the final piece to us. We searched for it for so long. After breaking you we may keep a few alive to witness the rebirth of Lolth into this world as thanks for your service. Behold her shadow already manifests here as we speak.”

The shadow of a gigantic spider arose from the ground and manifested shape and writed in between the 3 braziers.

Tsernoth stepped forward his book of Bogentle at the ready and stated:

“You will have nothing from us Fiend, I am going to enjoy making a servant out of your corpse.”

As Tsernoth was about to continue Gwen charged in front of him with rage in her eye screaming:

“You think you can do whatever you want? Abduct everyone I cared out? Kill my parents? Its ends now. Die Monster, you don’t belong in this world!”

As she shouted she split into 4 copies of herself surrounding the cambion and they all fired a torrent of magic missiles at him. The cambion swung back with his spear shattering one of her illusions and she moved back staff at the ready. The rest of the party engaged the devils. Rowan attacked the chain devil and struck true but was ensnared by its grasp and lifted aloft. Pokeman Jones and Draven charged the Shadow of Lolth Spider and struck into its form dissipating some of the shadow. The priest who was performing the ritual to summon the spider continued to chant and the shadows knocked away from the spider seemed to reform. The Giant spider reared back and spit a noxious dark liquid at Pokeman Jones was able to shunt it off with his shield. As it hit the ground it formed up into sentient corrosive black pudding.

The Cambion stared down Yue and upon locking eyes cast a charm spell telling her “I need your help my darling” her eyes glazed over. She pointed her ring of spell storing at Prim and fired off 3 scorching rays. The 1st one hitting him catching his attention letting him dodge the 2nd and the 3rd one he called out to her distracting her enough to send the ray wide. Prim began trying to cast a counter charm spell as Loralyn saw the cambion take control of her. She ran to Yue and said “Yue snap out of it we need you!” and she slapped her across the face. “ I need you”. and she planted a kiss on her. Yue’s eyes returned to normal as the cambion’s spell was shattered. Loralyn pulled stepped back from her with a smile and was about to say something but the Cambion took flight and landed right behind her and drove his fiery spear straight through her chest and she dropped to the ground convulsing. Yue in a rage conjured a Chromatic orb and flung it at the cambion just whizzing by his head. He sneered you need to do better than that. Rowan still held aloft by the Chain devil called out a War god’s blessing intercepting the path of the chromatic orb putting a spin on it and sent it careening into the Cambion slamming him into the wall electrocuting him as he slumped into a heap.

Tsernoth noticed the extra reinforcements being spewed forth from the Shadow of Lolth and wanted to turn the tides, flipping to a new page he recited:

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize your neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse’s shell

As he finished a portal sprung open above the infernal flaming brazier and 2 hellhounds burst forth and began attacking the spiders biting and clawing and spewing flames. They halted those reinforcements before they could reach the party.

Agatha guarded tsernoth and kept some of the black pudding at bay as they approached. One struck Prim and the toxicity of it started corroding his armor. Pokeman Jones and Draven saw the priest helping to maintain the Shadow and they turned their attention towards him. Pokeman got his attention with a frontal assault beating him with his staff while Draven blinked to the infernal brazier and drew power from it with his dagger unleashing a torrent of flames overwhelming him burning him to a crisp.

Rowan tried to break free of the chain devil but it continued to squeeze tighter and tighter and the light faded from her eyes as she went unconscious and it dropped her to the floor. Wes the shield and Gwen ran over and gwen blasted it with a ray of frost while Wes poured a healing potion down her throat bringing her back.

The Bearded devil seeing his boss was killed rushed to where he was fighting and struck a spiteful blow driving his glaive through Loralyn who was convulsing on the floor: Her eyes sprung open wide looking at Yue and with her last breath manged to get out “I’m sorry I guess we won’t get to make that pie.” and her eyes faded.

Seraphina rushing to their aid and in a rage cleaved the beaded devil in half and unleashed a torrent of arrows at the shadow piercing it and scattering much of its form. The shadow retaliated with black poison striking true burning through her armor and she fell to the ground unconscious. Rowan looked in horror as she saw A black pudding approach Seraphina attempting to finish the job. Prim rushed to her aid and tried to stand in between the two but the pudding maneuvered around him and struck a pseudo pod blow to her neck snapping it and she ceased to breathe. Rowan let out a scream as she knew she only had enough time and magic to save one of her friends and allies. She Broke out of the Chain Devil’s grasp and just stared at both of them for a second trying to sort out the horrible dilemma of which of her friends to save and which she had to let die. As the chain devil was about to recover and attack again Draven and Pokeman Jones intercept it and take run it through.

With only a minute to decide who to save before the thread that binds their souls would be severed, Prim runs up to Rowan and yells “THERE IS NO TIME” grabs a hold of her and dimension doors over to Loralyn. Rowan performs Gentle Repose tethering Loralyn’s soul to her body.

Exhausted of her normal magic Yue turns and Looks down at her friend dead on the ground and with tears and fire in her eyes pulls out scrolls from her bag and reads them with passion firing Lightning sending it coursing through the Spider burning the scroll up. She takes out another and conjures a massive fireball. She hurls it striking true causing a massive explosion in the center of the 3 Braziers. As the smoke cleared from the fireball The Shadow was dissipated and the Party was finishing clearing out the remaining black pudding but the threat appeared to be over. But at what price?

Yue ran over to Loralyn and checked examined her but she was dead. She noticed a note on the floor next to her and she picked it up and walked off by herself to collect her thoughts and read it. The party assessed that everyone else was ok but they were unable to bring Seraphina back nor stop her soul from leaving her body as Rowan was tapped on magic. The party began to mourn for her and Prim set out and brought Droop and Duchess back to the top of the tower. Duchess ran over to her sister and tried to wake her up nudging her and licking her face and then let out a mournful howl tried to lay down next to her to warm her body.

The party could only watch this with tears in their eyes and each thought of how she overcame her prejudices to come help her friends in their time of need. There was discussion on what should be done with her inquiring if Tsernoth could help. He declined as he knew the only way he could help would be to bring her back as undead and only knowing her a short time realized that would be against her wishes.

The rest of the party took stock of the area and found some magical artifacts at the top of the tower that the fiends had been collecting. Tsernoth stated they should take the rest of the night and rest here and they could form a plan in the morning and the party agreed. They each took some time to themselves to figure out what today meant for everyone and what they wanted to do next. As night fell on the Tower, light and warmth from the magical braziers washed over the party and they took hope and solace in knowing that having stopped the resurrection Lolth, there will be a sunrise tomorrow.

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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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