CM Adventures

Doom of the Desert
Session 75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Zhentarim’s Zenith
Session 74

The party celebrated that night and as the sun set Halia approached the party with a grim face saying that she got word from the results of her vote of no confidence in Auctorius and although she should have had enough votes to unseat him, he has invoked his right of primis forti meaning the strong shall lead and essentially challenged her to a duel to the death for control of the Zhentarim tomorrow at noon in Neverwinter in front of all to see. She told the party she hates to ask for help after all they had done for her but she need a second to fight with her against him as she doesn’t feel like she could beat him in a straight up fight. She messaged sister Gaerelle but received no response and her crew would fight for her but she would be more confident if one of the party were beside her after seeing how strong they were. The party debated who would be best suited for the job and Norros volunteered as he felt like he wanted to prove himself. Halia seemed grateful for the assistance and seemed more at ease.

The party decided to head to Neverwinter that night and teleported there so they could get a good night sleep at Pookie’s potions and pillows. After reuniting with their old friend they instructed his employee Martha to make them pear pie in the morning. Norros came up with a plan to give Halia the edge tomorrow by attempting to invade Auctorius’s dreams. He pulled prim aside and cast a spell on him to send him into Auctorious’s dream and disturb his sleep. Prim chose his words carefully and attempted to scare him giving him a premonition that he would die tomorrow.

Morning came and Norros and Halia planned for the fight. She told him Auctorius will most likely use Psaro the Manslayer as that was his strongest bodyguard in the Zhentarim. The party remembered watching him crush devils as they escaped from the layer of hell in Luskan. The party pooled their resources and gave Halia and Norros a superior healing potion in case things went wrong during the fight and norros used the Ise rune to shield Halia in a mantle of ice. Everyone headed to the Thunderdome to see a packed house as word had spread through the city of the event coming up today.

Wes the Shield announced Halia and Norros who came out the cheer of the crowd. Auctorius came out of the other tunnel and called for Psaro to appear at his side but noone came. Infuriated he called forth Zuriel to his side and commanded him to “kill her”. The fight immediately began with zuriel sprinting and slashing at Halia shattering through her icy mantle and cutting into her. Norros and Auctoius both up globes of invulnerability which halted any but the highest level magic from penetrating through and injuring them. Zuriel continued his assault on Halia which she tried to fend him off the best she could but was losing ground and racking up cuts in various locations his claw was able to slip through.

Halia called out to Norros “get this asshole off of me” as she turned and ran firing magic missiles at Auctoius trying to break his concentration. Norros turned his attention towards Zuriel and blasted him back with a lightning bolt. Halia began losing a lot of blood and looked almost ready to pass out but she took the superior potion and her wounds began seal as she gained a second wind. Auctoius began showing them both with lightning mimicking Norros’s attacks while Zuriel once again pursued Halia slashing at her. But this time Halia was ready and Blasted him with a cone of cold freezing him Solid.

This opening gave Norros a chance to charge Auctoius and as He passed through his globe he ran and tackled him and sunk in a vampiric touch draining all of his life force killing him. As the crowd watched the conclusion of the match. Halia and Norros had emerged victorious.

Draven and prim quickly recognizing their old party member was unconscious and dying in the block of ice they rushed to him and draven build a bonfire to melt the ice and prim sang to him words of healing and air returned to his lungs moments before he would have expired. Rowan ran up to him and checked him. other than his physical wounds it seemed as if with Auctorious’s death he had his soul returned to him and he seemed to know where he was.

Halia gave a speech announcing her taking control of the Zhemtarim and how Auctorious’s days of warmongering were over and how she would do her best to return the Zhentarim to being a force for good and encourage prosperity for them and the sword coast. This brought forth loud cheers from the crowd. She turned to Norros and hugged him thanking him for his efforts and risking his life to help her that she wouldn’t forget it.

After the excitement of the day the party returned to Phandalin to rest and recover bringing Zuriel with them. He recovered in the magical hot spring shrinking in the process but after he was done he went up the party apologizing saying that he has to follow their orders as they were keeping one of his former companions hostage and said they would kill him unless he cooperated. Zuriel admitted that he had to steal the forge of spells and that Psaro the manslayer was the one who gave the order. They told him that the infernal Brazier was also taken and Zuriel said he wasn’t aware of that plot but he would bet that he was behind that one as well. Halia Promised Zuriel she would devote her resources to helping him get his old companion back with her new found power within the Zhentarim. She them went ff to celebrate with Kella, Jasper, and the weevil.

The party celebrated that night and when the morning came there was discussion on what happened to Sister Gaerelle that she wasn’t able to answer Halia’s request for help. Asking around town they knew she was pursuing the thieves of the forge of spells but hasn’t been seen since. The party attempted a sending, a scry, and a gate spell and none were successful in locating her. The party realized for all the time they knew her they never got her 1st name. Halia informed them that it was Isabella. Rowan couldn’t cast that spell again that day. The party planned to rest and try again the next day but they were called by King Heckaton telling the party that they had found Iymrith and that she was gathering power in the Anauroch desert and if they wanted a hope to stop her they needed to strike now. The Giant forces had gathered and needed to move out and they were called upon to ride with them. The party used their magic conchs and transported to Maelstrom where they reunited with the Giants they had encountered along their Journey. Heckaton, Zephoros, Harshnag, Lob, and 2 of Heckaton’s bodyguards Orlecto and Vaasha who were also Storm Giants.

The party mounted Roc’s the Giants had tamed and flew out to the Desert. Upon approaching they saw a massive thunderstorm brewing which prevented the roc’s from taking them in further and they dismounted and continued on foot. As they approached the Lair of Iymrith the Giants spotted 2 Dragons incoming and identified them as Anaxaster and Chezzaran the spawn of Iymrith who had come to stop them. Heckaton proclaimed there wasn’t enough time to let them slow them down. The commanded the party to move ahead and stop Iymrith that they would destroy her kin and catch up with them.

The party split and the Dragon’s descended down upon the giants blasting their lightning breath making scorch marks across the desert landscape. The storm giants weathered the blast while the others were injured by it. Chezzaran landed and began to attack heckaton but Lob squashed it to the ground with its weight and grappled it while Harshnag hacked him open with his axe. Anaxaster bit and clawed into lob throwing him off of his sibling to the ground unconscious, Vaasha ran up to lob to try to stabilize him while heckaton got his attention whipping him with the chains that bound him to the morkoth.

Orlecto threw a rock but it sailed over the head of Anaxster and hit Heckaton in the face. Orlecto apologized as he did so. Chezzaran tuned on heckaton and both Siblings stared biting and clawing at him. Heckaton pushed Chezzaran to the ground and Harshnag was able to finish him with a axe blow to the neck decapitating the dragon. Anaxaster tried to slam harshnag with his tail but was set upon by Vaasha’s greatsword cutting into the dragon. Anaxser tried to flee the battlefield but was hurt by harshnag Heckaton and Vaasha slicing at it. It looked like it was about to get away when Zephyros blasted it with a volley of magic missiles sending it careening out of the sky into a sand dune where it lay motionless.

The Giants breathed a sigh of relief as Orlecto ran up to heckaton and apologized again for hitting him with a rock and he began to dust his cloak off from behind before driving his sword through Heckaton’s torso Proclaiming his allegiance to Mirran saying she deserves the throne. Heckaton grasped at his chest and collapsed to the ground unconscious. The rest of the giants rushed to his aid before a coup de gras could be struck and they slew the betrayer. They quickly attempted to stabilize Heckaton and were successful but he appeared severely wounded. They looked up into the desert at the swirling lightning storm that the party was heading towards and attempted to steel themselves.

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Every Rose has its Thornton
Session 73

The party awoke that morning and met with Harshnag and Zephyros who let them know they were being called by heckaton to Maelstrom and they would meet them there when they were ready and they headed off. The party had rowan cast hallowed on the guild hall to protect the safe with the celestial brazier in it. They decided to vote and proclaimed Pokeman jones the guild leader for the sake of the spell and prim began to sing his praises wherever he went rolling out a red carpet.

They went to meet with Heckaton using their magic conchs. Heckaton greeted them with a heroes welcome and told them that he has gathered his forces and has scryed the location of Lymrith and was prepared to assault her lair and hoped that the heroes who saved him would do them the honor of joining them in the battle after hearing how she caused them so much trouble. He told them he hoped this could be the beginning of a new alliance between small folk and giants. The party told them they would be happy to fight along side them and the party was instructed to go make preparations as this would be a difficult battle and to return when they were ready to begin the assault. The party talked it over and wanted to resolve the Zhentarim situation before having to worry about a dragon as well so they headed back to Phandalin.

The party met with Halia Thornton and told her they were ready to help her take control of the Zhentarim. Halia gathered Kella, the weevil, and Jaspir and joined Prim as he formed a circle and transported everyone to waterdeep. There they planned for a feint attack against against nightstone. Rowan took time to visit her temple and Norros wanted to search a local library to collect information on Lymrith, the doom of the desert before they faced her. He found a library and a female halfling led him to a section of bestiary books about dragons and left him to his research. Prim went with him and attempted to seduce the halfling by mentioning he was working for the king of the guild but didn’t seem to impress her as she blew him off and went back to her work.

Norros dug through the tomes and founded one that looked like it contained much information on the doom of the desert but in his excitement he accidentally tore the page and in trying to repair it he made it worse and the already ancient fragile page crumbled to dust. He quickly tried to cast mending but the dust particles scrambled all the letters on the page as they repaired and he quickly put the book back on the shelf before the librarian noticed. He took out a children’s book instead and learned they used lymrith as a cautionary tale for children to make them behave or the dragon will come to eat them. Disgruntled they both left the library.

The rest of the party bought a caravan and horses and set out for nightstone arriving in the evening on the outskirts of town. Draven transformed himself into a goristro and scrolls of growth were used on pokeman jones to make him giant sized. Prim disguised him to make him look like a fire giant and wrapped him in flammable material and Yue’s eyes gleamed with excitement and the thought of making a flammable pokeman to send into the camp and provided the ignition to start things off.

Yue cast a flame wall which the 2 “beasts” came charging through knocking over guards sending them scrambling inside to set off the alarms to nightstone to signal they were under attack. Halia and her crew came peeling around the firewall and across the nightstone bridge and all piled out to stand between Pokeman and draven and the people and guards of nightstone. Halia called for all of them to fall back to the tower that they would handle these fiends and she mock sliced into pokeman’s hamstrings and brought him to one knee while the weevil leaped onto his chest and put his massive arm into an armbar. The captain Xolkin noticed Kella who he loved among the Halia’s crew and heard their words and ordered the guards to fall back to the keep to a defensible position and to get the civilians inside.

As the townsfolk started to pull back Yue cast Meteor Storm sending rocks crashing down all around nightstone braking various parts of the fences but trying to avoid the big building where the civilians where. Draven walked up to a guard tower and hoof kicked it as a goristro shattering the stonework and the guards atop it dove into the mote. Kella and Jaspir engaged in mock combat with the goristro as he let out a mock howl. The guards were almost all across the bridge but time was running out on the enlarge spell so prim dimension doored into nightstone and proclaimed loudly that “ YOU MAY HAVE DEFEATED US THIS TIME ADVENTURES BUT NEXT TIME YOU WON’T BE SO LUCKY TO HAVE THEM HERE” and them took pokeman and draven and dimension doored back out and they booked it into the forest with the rest of the party eventually losing the pursuers in the woods north of nightstone.

The party waited an hour and then contacted Halia using a sending and found out that their ploy had worked and they were being celebrated as heroes of the Zhentarim. She informed them they would meet up with them in the morning to head to goldenfields. The party rested in the mansion that night and rowan discussed how she was excited to see Lor again and Prim wondered how his tribe was doing.

The party hit the road again with their caravan and arrived at high noon in goldenfields. Coming up the walkway the party was greeted by Lor and Rowan running into each other arms and kissing their hellos. Prim cast foresight on himself and saw a flash of the future of him witnessing rowan and lor’s intimate times and he proclaimed they needed to change the future somehow. Prim’s tribe cave up behind Lor and all saluted Prim proud to show off all the hard work they have done improving since they saw him last and referred to Lor as their captain. They were excited to make chief prim proud of them.

Lor inquired about their visit and upon hearing that they wanted to make a trade agreement with goldenfields he led them to the mayor who granted them an audience recognizing most of them as the heroes who saved them in the past. the Mayor was worried when he saw they were accompanying some of the more prominent members of the Zhentarim but Prim explained that Halia wants to overthrow Auctorius and that if she shows she can succeed without military might in making them more profitable she can stop his warmongering and supplant him making it a win win where both goldenfields and the Zhentarim will profit financially and it will cease the raiding on Goldenfields if she was in charge. The major seeing that Lor and the rest of the party seemed to trust her and a deal was signed that day securing the pact between the two. Prim also negotiated the opening of a prim’s panty in goldenfields while he had the mayor’s ear.

The Mayor decided with so many prosperous deals going on that this was a day for celebration in goldenfields and he called for a feast which prim played at with many in attendance who the party recognized from the defense of goldenfields, the guards, the citizens, prim’s tribe, the zhentarim, Lifferlas, and Lob the giant who was still in his tree garb acting as the town guardian. He met with the party and told him he was hearing the call of heckaton but didn’t know where maelstrom was and he also avoided a scolding from his wife from not making it home after Guh’s defeat as he was a tree and just stood really still. The party promised to show him how to get to the king of the giants after the party was over.

The party sung and danced into the night and ate well with sounds of Prim’s tribe cheering on his performance. Halia slipped off that night and used a sending to call for a vote of no confidence in Auctorius’s name and proclaimed her accomplishments. She needed to wait till morning to hear a reply so she returned to the camp fire and toasted her new friends and to the beginning of something better for the sword coast.

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Slarkrethel
Session 72

The party swam across the pool of water in the room and were presented wit ha hole in the floor and stairs. Prim levitated down the hole and discovered a bag of boreas and a room even further down with another pool of water with electricity arching from it and pressure plates on the ground with yelow and red light arcing from them reaching the ceiling as well as a door with a hole in it with an inscription that read “Sticking your finger in this hole will put your finger in ABSOLUTELY NO DANGER” Prim decided to return to his party and informed them of his findings.

They all headed down the stairs and made their way into this room. norros tried to throw a rope through the yellow light but it seemed to bounce off of it as if it was solid. Yue noticed it became very hot the closer to the red light the party got. Draven opened the bag of boreas and sprayed the cold air across the red light which seemed to quell the heat. he quickly ran across as the pathway was now cool but it quickly heated up again trapping him on the other side. There he found a switch and informed the party what he saw. Yue used mage hand to toguh the pressure plates guarding the yellow light and they exploaded on touching destroying the mage hand. Between her and prim they made their way through the mine field and found a 2nd switch. they pulled both switches and the electricity in the water seemed to stop arching. They also used the mage hand to stick it in the hole which opened the doorway further.

Before the party left the room prim explored the pool of water and found a moonblade at the bottom of the pool and retrieved it. Recognizing the writing on it Rowan knew it was crafted by the unicorns for their followers. The party continues through the doorway and proceeded down more stairs finding themselves against another riddle.

I am what you seek,
To the door I hold the key,
I may be hidden from view,
Or may be plain to see.

Prim though about it for a second and spoke to the door “the answer” and the door swung open.

The party heard water from the waterfall crashing down in the next room but as they entered they were set upon the Kracken society in their lair. An elder brain sat in the pool at the bottom of this waterfall cavern and mind flayers approached the party stunning all of them except norros and draven who transformed into a golden dragon and set a straight line for the elder brain. As he tore into its tentacles the brain placed the dragon into a force cage. The mind flayers approached Yue and attempted to extract her brain while she was stunned but suddenly bigby’s fist flew in and knocked the mind flayer away. Norros held off the mind flayers long enough for the party to shake themselves out of their stun and they fought through the mind flayers and pokeman jones threw his shield severing the elder brain after having his feet sealed to the floor the whole fight, he let out a might YOU GOD DAMN RIGHT!

Battered and exhausted barely making it through the fight the party discovered a cave where they held the captors that were to be used as sacrifice to the Kracken, Among them they discovered pokeman’s brother Digiman Jones. He seemed to have lost his memory but the party had already recovered the thought bottle fro ma previous adventure fighting a coven of hags. They used the method they saw worked with shin lan and just the same Digiman’s memory returned and he gave his brother a big hug proclaiming “you god damn right you son of a bitch I knew you would save me.” Norros said at least we cleared out everything here so now we can rest.

As those words left his mouth the cave shook and the Kracken Slarkrethel emerged from the depths of the ocean into the cave and a piercing pain shot through everyone’s brain. Lightning filled the chamber frying 2 of the captives who slumped over dead. Norros looked around counting the number of people there to try to teleport them out and he proclaimed there is too many I can’t bring everyone with us! Prim jumped up and tried to buy the party time and attempted to dominate the Kracken who’s will was too strong and Prim heard a laughing in his head from the beast and just the word….die. Prim was struck by the power word kill and the life drained out of his eyes as he hit the floor and Rowan screamed and she and pokeman ran over to him.

As the chaos was ensuing the air shimmered in the waterfall cave and the planes shifted as Zephyros and Harshnag appeared next to the party. Initially pleased to see them and them a look of terror came over the giant’s face as he saw the kracken. “OH MY GOODDS WHAT IS THAAAATT” He called to the party to join hands and they would escape from this place. Lightning rocketed into the cave once more but the party shielded the captives with their bodies. Yue looked as if she was on the verge of collapsing but everyone got to either zephyros or norros and they all teleported back to phandalin as the tentacles of the kracken closed in for the kill but struck the back wall of the cave as the party escaped.

The party found themselves back in their guild hall and they all surrounded prim calling for him to wake up but he could not respond and upon inspection they saw he had perished. Rowan quickly ran up to him and set up a Resurrection ritual and everyone pleaded for prim to come back to them. Rowan sprinkled diamonds over Prims body and prayed to Lurue and she answered with a rainbow shot through the sun roof of the guild hall. Prim Eyes flickered open as he gasped and air returned to his lungs once more. He sat up and shivered confused by norros’s security measures creating fog in the guild hall. It took a few minuted to convince prim he wasn’t dead but eventually they got him calmed down. Xing ran to Yue and saw how hurt she was and began bandaging her wounds and took her to the magical hot spring tub to recover.

In the tub they transformed into Tressym while xing changed color as he petted her and recovered their strength. Draven and prim joined them on the other side to spy on them with prim changing color and draven changing sex. The party laughed as this always seems to happen to draven and as prim mockingly hit on draven the party laughed and let of some steam as they enjoyed another narrow escape. Pokeman and Dijiman Jones were seen heading for the bar to catch up as the sun set on phandalin.

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Into the Kraken’s Lair
Session 71

The party continued further down a narrow passage which opened up into a wide chamber in the cave containing a building like structure made of ramshackle materials and work benches manned by Mind Flayers. As the party one of them noticed them and through telepathy the entire room was aware of the intruders and they stood and approached immediately sending psyonic waved into their minds stunning most of the party except norros who shook it off. He helped shake Yue out of her stupor and she flung a fireball into the mix of them while Norros cast sunburst. The combination of light and heat incinerated most of them except a lone straggler, Pokeman Jones finally steeled his resolve and shook off the stun and chased down the last mind flayer and smashed him into the ground with his staff.

The party breathed a sigh of relief and inspected the ramshackle structure finding a mandolin and a fancy carpet which Yue lifted up towards norros with a mage hand. The Carpet quickly wrapped itself around him attempting to smother him. Prim grabbed the carpet and dimension doored out of the building but the whole carpet came with norros and he just lay outside flopping while the carpet continued to squeeze him. Prim cast disintigrate on the carpet but the force of the blast ended up hitting and wounding norros inside while the carpet withstood the blow. With Norros running out of air Rowan stepped outside and used banishment on the carpet sending it to another dimension dropping norros onto the ground gasping for air. With the removal of the carpet from the floor the party noticed a staircase leading downward and they all quickly headed downstairs before the carpet re-appeared.

The stairway led into a big chamber at the top of a waterfall with a big circular pool of water with a stairway on the far side of the room. Prim looked into the water and saw 4 densities in the current and recognized them as water elemental hiding in the pool waiting in ambush. Yue and Prim grasped hands and making 2 finger guns combined their lightning bolts and electrocuted the pool sending the water elementals screeching up out of the pool before imploding. Prim also noticed there was a bottle lodged at the bottom of the pool and so Yue sent her mage hand to retrieve it and it brought to them a decanter of endless water which prim tucked away.

The party continued down the stairs at the end of the hallway finding a narrow corridor which split to the north and the east. Norros saw another water elemental to the north and suck up on it successfully and swung his lightning lure at it unfortunately missing. The water elemental gave out a loud call throughout the cavern and a rumbling was heard as 2 Bullette burst forth from the ground and attempted to land on norros who nimbly got out of the way. Pokeman began smashing the Bullettes while yue threw a firebolt through one of their tough hides cooking it from the inside out. Prim fired a lightning bolt finishing the other bullette and pokeman scatted the water elemental with his staff.

The party continued forth finding themselves against a door with a human, an elf, a gnome, a faerie, a dragon, and a devil and a hand print on it with a riddle written in each language underneath the carving:

I’m the center of the wood, but matter most when made of gold,
I’m jealous when there’s fire, yet sharpest when I am cold,
When bound in stone, I stand alone, when secret, I am near,
When forged of glass, I shatter, when I die, of fear.

The party debated over the answer before pokeman came up with the correct solution of “Heart”. He touched the human hand print and said the word and the human symbol began to glow. The party realized that the six languages the riddle was written needed heart said in their particular language. Pokeman touched the human symbol speaking common , norros the gnome speaking gnomish, Yue the Dragon speaking draconic, Draven the devil speaking infernal, Rowan the faerie speaking Sylvan, and prim the elf speaking elvish. The symbols all lit up and the door swung open.

The party found themselves on a narrow ledge next to a waterfall cascading down further. There was a door across the gap of this narrow ledge and a 2nd ledge below that seemed to be supporting a huge golem guarding a treasure chest. The party tried to sneak past the golem but norros and rowan slipped going across the narrow gap single file. Pokeman was able to grab Rowan but Norros plummeted but was able to grab onto the treasure chest and save himself. Unfortunately as he did that the Hug stone golem activated and started swinging at norros almost knocking him off the ledge again.

The party fired all they could from above damaging the Golem pokeman throwing his dwarven shield breaking off huge chunks of the construct and Yue threw a fire bolt opening up a hole in its chest through which prim fired frost ark hitting a vital point inside it breaking through the magic which controlled it sending it toppling forward over norros. Luckily there was a hole in its chest which he fit through as the rubble of the construct crashed down all round him. He opened the chest and found a robe of serenity within. Pokeman jones used his infinite rope and helped norros back up and they found a 2nd door wit ha riddle on it:

_ What does a god never see, a king rarely sees, and we see all the time?_

After more debate the Prim figured the out the answer “An Equal”

The party tried to catch their breath finding themselves in another room with a large pool. but as norros started setting up alarm traps he noticed gelatinous cubes and a water elemental surfacing from the pool and a pseudo pod lashed out at him but he brought up a shield to deflect it. Norros setup a wall of force as the edge of the sore line to funnel their foes to them.

Prim used frost arc to make a bridge into the water from where himself and Yue threw more lightning into the water while norros used this shocking grab to add current to it blowing through 2 of the cubes before they reached shore and tried to engulf the party, They dodged out of the way except for draven who was pulled out of the cube by pokeman jones before he slapped the water elemental apart with his staff and Yue blew apart the final cubes with a thunderwave. The cavern once again grew quiet as the party attempted to catch their breath before pressing onward.

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The Morkoth vs The Kelpie’s Kiss
Session 70

As the party rested in Prim’s mansion they received a distress sending message from Zaldar Floshin

“We spotted a ship on the Horizon headed towards us. Gods help us its the Morkoth. Battle Stations crew we got a boarding party incoming. Arrow Stay to me I won’t let them take us!”

The party quickly exited the cave and paddled their boat back out to the Kelpie’s kiss just in time to see a group of men board the ship and engage in combat with the crew. Prim grabbed pokeman Jones and dimension doored onto the kelpie’s kiss to help the crew while draven delved into untapped powers and transformed himself into a planetar. He sprouted wings and flew to the Giant squid like ship the morkoth and began to cut off the flow of invaders coming aboard.

Zalder drew his daggers and fought off some of the boarding party as the tiny sprite arrow caught up to him and began firing tiny darts off of her sprite sized bow poisoning the boarding party as they hit the deck as prim and Pokeman Jones set upon them and their 1st mate names Rool. Norros pushed the paddle boat faster to get Yue and Rowan aboard. Yue tried to jump aboard but the waved rocked and she ended up clinging to the side of the ship and the morkoth loaded up some ballista and fired at her knocking her off the side of the boat into the water. The captain of the ship Tholtz Daggerdark finally emerged from below deck to see The Planetar on his ship cutting through his men. He told him “well no more of that and cast a force cage upon him which he struggled against.

Tholtz commanded another round of ballista to fire striking the rowboat norros and rowan were on as they were fishing Yue out of the water. Prim saw her fall in and proclaimed “I’ll save you I and the epitome of grace” and tried to do a somersault off of the Kelpie’s kiss into the rowboat to pull Yue up but instead slipped on some water on the deck smashed his back on the side on the ship and tumbled into the water next to her. Tholtz moved up to the front of the ship and cast lighting upon those in the water sending lightning coursing through their bodies. Rowan quickly hauled Yue out of the water before she was fried by the current as Norros got Prim out. Looking severely injured Yue threw a fireball at the deck of the Morkoth Breaking Tholtz’s concentration releasing the force cage on draven who cleaved through the men manning the ballista.

Rowan summoned a guiding bolt that went through Tholtz and Pokeman Jones Arrow and Zalder were able to fend off the boarding party saving the Kelpie’s Kiss. draven rowan and norros examined the Morkoth finding a large storm giant chained to the bottom of the ship. Upon releasing his magical bindings it seemed like a spell keeping him in a catatonic state had been broken. He sat up disoriented screaming about traitors betraying him all of them. the party backed up and as the giant was about to reach for a weapon Norros quickly told him that they were sent here by his daughter Serrisa to save him.

Upon hearing that name he calmed down and introduced himself as King Heckaton and that he needed to get back to Maelstrom quickly as he had been betrayed by one of his own advisers Lymrith. He told them she hired the Kracken Society to get him out of the way and throw the giant society into chaos and she most likely wanted his throne and scepter. He said that Lymrith isn’t who she appears to be in face she is known as the doom of the desert. Heckaton thanked the party for their assistance and told them he is going to go rally his allies that remain so they can rectify this that they are friends of the storm giants and when they finish their business here to come see him in Maelstrom while he prepared his people to stop Lymrith.

With that the party wished him luck and he pulled out a Magical Conch and teleported away. As the party began to make plans to commandeer the Morkoth Rowan noticed a gargantuan dark figure appear from below and get bigger and bigger until suddenly 10 massive tentacles wrapped itself around the Morkoth and began to squeeze the ship. A sharp Psychic Pain pierced through everyone’s mind on board with the words “You will not have it”. A deafening crack could be heard as the ship began to tear asunder. The party all quickly abandoned ship and jumped back to the Kelpie’s kiss .

Zaldar got as much space between his ship and the Kracken as he could. They watched as the Morkoth was broken in half and sunk to the bottom of the sea before disappearing from site. Shaken from the event Zaldar make sure his 1st mate was ok then the rest of the party. He warned them about fighting a Kracken and how it would be suicide as he just realized that the preparation he did to his own hull in coming out here wouldn’t have saved him if that was his ship in its clutches. The party told him to head back to land that they would be able to return home with their magic and thanked him for the ride out. Fearing for the rest of his crew’s safety he agreed and wished them luck in their quest. The party found a diary on 1st mate Rool which has some entries in it:

“ In his diary, Rool articulately spells out why he would like to kill Captain Daggerdark and take command. The writing reveals that the captain claims to have a direct line of communication to the kraken Slarkrethel, an assertion that Rool suspects is true given that the captain is prone to headaches and nosebleeds. The diary also mentions that the captain keeps his spellbook in his desk, protected by “the worst lock I’ve ever seen”. Norros Lamented that his missed the chance to acquire another spellbook.

The party returned to the cave via paddle boat to continue the search for Pokeman’s brother and to route out the Kracken Society. They rounded through the cave where they fought the Bullett and found themselves in an open cavern with a pool with green liquid in it and a dry pathway down the middle. littered through this pathway were big green transparent blocks. Draven Poked one of the Blocks and it lashed out at him. The party discovered that these creatured were Gelatinous cubes and fought a battle against them with Prim and Yue using what they learned about water and lightning bolts to fry the cubes in the pools before they could get out. Norros ended up in the pool with ta cube on top of him. He discovered the pools were actually made of acid and began slowly dissolving.

Prim used frost arc to make an ice bridge over to norros and they were able to free him from the acid as the rest of the party fought off the remaining cubes. The party decided to take a breather and patch up their wounds before continuing farther into the cave.

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The Search for Digiman Jones!
Session 69

After a night’s sleep in Yartar the party asked the Harper’s for help finding passage into the sea to look for the Morkoth and for Pokeman Jone’s Brother. The harpers got in contact with some of their contacts on seas vessels and found one willing to take them to where they needed to go. They said to meet Ilkara Levari who was a half elf spy who worked as the bosun on the ship the Kelpie’s Kiss captained by a half elf mage named Zaldar Floshin and his 1st mate a sprite names Arrow. They learned it was currently docked in Waterdeep so after a morning of shopping in Yartar they Transported themselves to Waterdeep.

One they arrived in the city Draven went to go find Nawala who was very happy to see him and asked him if he wanted to meet their kids. Nervously he was led into a back room where the goblin children he saved and left with her greeted him and Draven found she was able to adopt the goblin kids. Draven sat around and told them stories from his books as they listened eagerly.

Meanwhile Pokeman took to the docks and met with the captain of the Kelpie’s Kiss. He told them they planned to explore the korrin archepeligo in search of his lost brother and the trackless sea in search of king heckaton. Zaldar warned them against fighting a kracken and didn’t believe any ship would stand up to its crushing grip but decided to try to reinforce the hull with metal before they left to give them more of a fighting chance should they run into trouble. Pokeman brought this information back to the party and they wanted to do something for the ship to make it scry proof so they wouldn’t be able to see them coming. They asked around waterdeep and found that an archmage lived in a tower in town. They visited the tower and convinced the archmage to help them for a price. He was no fan of the kracken and felt these adventurers might set a blow against the kracken society so he supplied them with a scroll they could use to block divination magic from spotting the ship.

The party discussed their destination options and saw that the korrin archepeligo was closer than the trackless sea so they decided to make a search for pokeman’s brother first. under the protection of the spell the ship arrived at the archepeligo without incident. Captain Zalto warned of pirate activity in the area but arrived at an island which looked like it had a cave structure associated with it as well as signs of inhabitants. The Kelpie’s kiss got them as close as it could and they party took a rowboat out to the island.

Upon approach they were spotted by Lizardmen who has an encampment on a hillside and they ambushed the party throwing spears at the boat to no avail. Prim greabbed pokeman Jones and hit the beach to charge the spearmen. The Lizardmen called forth their mages who lined the top of the cliffside and sent down a barrage of fireballs upon the party’s rowboat setting it ablaze, splintering the boat and sending rowan unconscious into the water. Norros threw a glove of invulnerability around those who hit the water and they all swam to the shore as quickly as possible pouring a potion of healing down rowan’s throat to stabilize her.

Upon hitting the beach Pokeman fought off the front line of lizardmen charging them while prim yue and draven fired up at the mages with norros maintaining his shield to protect form further fireball assaults. Prim flew up to the mages and took one out while yue decided to show them the true use of fire magic and lit up the beach head turning the remaining mages to ash.

The party looted the lizardmen camp site and seeing the nearby cave looked inhabited they took the lizardmen’s boat into the cave. They saw path’s splitting north and east with the north path having the words Slarkrethel carved into the cave. the east path seemed more worn with the dock partially broken. The party decided to take the east path recognizing the name as the same as the one Lord Drylund said killed him. The party found themselves creeping through a dark cave when Yue tripped on a rock and hit the ground. A rumbling could be heard throughout the cave as several Bullette burst from the ground and engaged in battle with the party. After a fierce battle rowan’s spirit guardian unicorns finally drove through their armor and the cave became silent once more. the party battered had prim create his mansion and they decided to rest for the night and plan their next course of action.

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The Grand Dame Games!
Session 68

The party returned to the eye of the Allfather. As they returned prim noticed a message in the harper’s message tube

We have a problem here, I just arrived at Wave Echo cave to warn the harpers to increase security only to find the forge of spells is gone. Noone seems to know anything or noticed anything disturbed. Only the two guards in the room saw a figure from the shadows before being knocked out and upon awakening the forge was gone. I am going searching for answers and will be in contact. I have a bad feeling about this.

- Sister Gaerelle

The party knew this would have to be dealt with but they felt if they did not find the king soon it would be all for naught but they should take some precautions to guard the celestial brazier holder in the guild hall. Norros volunteered to go secure the guild hall while the rest of the party headed for Yartar.

They gathered themselves up and prim created a circle to take Norros to phandalin where he met old allies to help him. In the mean time prim made another circle to take the rest of the party to the gambling city of Yartar. They found themselves in a harper reception house and they met their contact agent Jones. Inside they inquired about the golden goose coins and they found out it belonged to a floating boat casino on the river called the Grand Dame. They asked directions to it and the owner was able to provide it for them but told them that this casino was very particular about its clientele in that you needed to dress in formal wear and that weapons were not allowed aboard what soever.

The party asked for the closest tailor and were directed towards the Firelust and Fabrics tailoring. A half elf man introduced himself as Demetres and inquired about their needs fitting the men up with tuxedos and bow ties and the women with dresses with yue’s having a katniss girl on fire flair to it at special request. After donning some of the fanciest clothes they have seen yet most of them left their weapons with the harpers. They decided on the code word “shoots and ladders if things were going wrong and they needed to bail. The party set off for the Grand Dame.

On the way they received a message from Caryandra

I leave you alone for 5 minutes and you destroy your airship.
What. The. Hell.

C

The party arrived at the dock where the Grand Dame was tethered. As they approached the ship they saw 2 half orc bouncers standing on the plank and frisking passengers before they were allowed in. Yue and Xing approached and the guard looked them up and down with approval then asked them if they had any weapons on them to which they replied no and he said ok them arm up really quick for a pat down and you will be allowed in. They were frisked and then granted entrance to the Grand Dame and told to enjoy their night and gamble to their heart’s content. The rest of the party followed suit until Draven got to the dock who stashed away a dagger in a holder on his ankle. The bouncers found it and told him they said no weapon on board and what the fuck didn’t he understand about that. They threw the dagger into a bag as Draven apologized and they told him to go in but the one guard told the other one to inform Pow Ming to keep an eye on the albino tiefling. He nodded and went inside.

Prim followed behind Draven and asked if they needed a performer for the night and the bouncers admitted to him that the captain was worried about the entertainment that the band they hired for the night had backed out at the last minute and they were looking for an act for the night. Prim proudly proclaimed that he was the man for the job and asked if the guard knew who he was. Luckily the guard was one of Prim’s fans who’s child knew much about him and he was excited to bring prim in to play as long as he gave him his autograph on his weapon which he did. the last of the party stepped into the Grand Dame

As the party entered they saw a very lavish setup with cooks, formally dressed guests, dealers at the card and dice tables, and deck hands scurrying around as well as waitresses serving refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Prim went right to the stage and summoned his succubi servants in human disguise form with slinky dresses and began setting up for the performance. Draven saw one of the bouncers talking to a human female who was cashing in the golden goose chips for gold and gold for chips out of a bag of holding. He approached her and the guard gave the nod like this is the one I was talking about.

Draven introduced himself to her and learned her name was Pow Ming. Draven complemented the quality of the golden goose chips and asked how much the one he had was worth. She looked at it and told him this was a 50gp chip. He exchanged it for the gold. He then asked her where the chips were manufactured at? She looked at him suspiciously and asked him why the hell she would give him that information just so he could go bring fake chips into the casino. She accused him of planning to fraud them and draven realized now what he said and quickly excused himself. Pokeman jones found himself a spot at the black jack table with rowan rooting him on to try to gable for Lurue and the adventure of it and promptly lost 60gp after only 3 hands and started wandering the ship.

The Grand Dame set sail and Prim finished setting up and began to play for the crowd. He played some more modern music but failed to notice the crowd was older and seemed to be primarily composed of stuffy old money who hated his performance and drew boos from the crowd and requests to get off stage and murmurs as to how they wished the original band was able to play and they could tell they got this hack at the last minute. Prim was flustered and proclaimed this had never happened to him before.

With the ship setting sail the captain of the ship Lord Drylund came down to rub elbows with the wealthiest guests on his ship and to encourage them to eat drink and especially gamble to their hearts content. He exchanged pleasantries with most of the party and other guests but them ran into Pokeman Jones down on his luck at the tables and he got into a conversation with him about what a nice ship it was and when they began sharing sailing stories Lord Drylund offered him a tour of the ship showing off his rowers on the bottom deck.

While pokeman was getting the tour draven broke even at the craps tables and spotted another guest cheating with a ring of telekinesis at the roulette wheel. Draven informed Pow Ming of the cheater and she went over to him and upon casting detect thoughts on him nodded to her two bouncers and they escorted him to the edge of the ship and tossed him overboard into the sea. Pow Mind gave Draven a nod of approval.

Pokeman came back above deck to her the boos of the crowd for Prim and the captain suggested that they head upstairs and he would like to show him his pet octopus to which pokeman agreed and introduced him to draven and they both headed up to his office. Lord Drylund’s cabin purple velvet curtains and scented candles in gaudy candelabras. He had an aquarium on a table in the center of the room. Beneath the aquarium, built into the table, is a shelf on which rests a locked wooden chest that was rigged rigged with a poison needle trap.

Draven and Pokeman Jones explained their situation to the captain on how they got a clue from Serissa to the disappearance of King Heckaton and the murder of Queen Neri and the chip to his casino was found near where the queen was murdered and asked if he had any information it would be of the utmost importance that they could help as they stopped all the other giant lords. The captain shut the door to his office and whispered to them that he knew where Heckaton was being held it was on a scry proof ship names the Morkoth, which sails around the northern islands of the Trackless Sea, He told them he was pressed into service by the Kracken society as they had his family he asked the party for help. Draven hearing about the kracken society and seeing the octopus in the tank jumped to the conclusion that the octopus might be a listening device and brought his pack weapon into existence and killed the octopus in one swipe and as he stuck his arm into the aquarium the poison needle trap shot off spraying draven’s clothing with needles and dying his clothing blue at the arm.

Suddenly Lord Drylund’s eyes widened in terror An instant later, Lord Drylund keeled over dead, blood running from his nose. Pokeman Jones and Draven Just looked at each other for a moment and then decided they needed to get out of there before anyone came in. Draven found a key in the bottom of the treasure chest in the aquarium and used it to unlock Lord Drylund’s esk finding a sword and some of his valuables in there. They decided to leave everything where it was. Pokeman tried to exit and walk calmly in plain site back down to the gambling area where Draven acrobatically jumped down the side of the boat and grabbed a railing to flip to the floor below.

They returned to the gambling floor of the ship as they heard Yue give a cheer of delight as she won her hand at the blackjack table and cashed out her winnings. A few minuted later there was commotion as prim playing came to a halt as the chief of security Nelvin Storn came down and demanded that everyone stay where they are as there was a murder on board and that someone killed Lord Drylund. There was a brief moment of panic until the guards quieted everyone down. The crowd was split into several sections and the guards began interviewing the crew.

Pow mind took the party outside and watched them as they huddled up and shared what just happened. Instead of keeping it to himself he told Pow Mind what had happened inside the chamber. She didn’t seem to believe anything he said and told him due to his previous antics when they docked they were told that the city guards would deal with them. Rowan asked Pow Ming if she was given time she could cast speak with dead and Lord Drylund could give his side of the story before false accusations could be thrown about. She agreed and the ship was informed that they would speak to the corpse of Lord Drylund when they arrived at shore so the guards could witness this as well.

Upon docking Yartar’s guards boarded the ship and were informed of the incident. They heard the suggestion to use speak with dead and quarantinedthe entire ship to allow rowan to prepare for her spell. She went up to his cabin and with Pow Mind, the party and the guards they brought his spirit back to answer questions.

Rowan asked him if anyone in this party killed him to which he answered no. She then asked him what happened to him to which he answered he had a terrible pain in his head after he revealed secrets. Rowan asked who killed him to which he answered Slarkrethel. Rowan asked who that was to which Lord Drylund Responded the Kracken. And finally rowan asked what should be done with the Grand Dame to which Lord Drylund responded Pow Mind served him faithfully for years that it should go to her.

With a tear in her eye Pow Ming said her goodbye’s to Lord Drylund and apologized for suspecting the party but the initial evidence looked bad against them being the only ones with him when he died. She made a request of the party to avenge him and offered his belongings from under the table to the party but they refused and gave her his sword to remember him by. She gave the party some of his diamonds insisting that these would be useful if they were to go after the Kracken society if they have a healer with them and if they are half as good as their reputation she believed Lord Drylund would be avenged.
The party promised they would seek out the Kracken Society for Lord Drylund now as well. They were ready to plan their next destination and disembarked the Grand Dame looking at the Sunset over Yartar.

Meanwhile in Phandolin during this adventure, Norros has been designing the Lockbox Deluxe 3000.

“First by casting a few alarm spells around the guild hall. (Four 20’ Cubes, 40 mins)
He then learns the spell Glyph of Warding (6 hours next to the forge).
Then he casts Glyph of Warding at 8th level with Chain Lightning as the stored spell. (10 mins, 100g)

As soon as the metal arrives he creates a safe around the forge (with a little help from others to lift it). Metal safe, 6′×6′×6′, normal latch on the door with a bought lock added on to start. (20 mins)
He then recasts the alarms around the building and the safe before sleeping. (40 mins)

The next day Norros begins learning Guards and Wards (12 hours) after recasting alarms (40mins), then casts Guards and Wards with Suggestion (Scream for Guards while acting like a Chicken) and Magic Mouth at the front door and Safe door (Which I SCREAM Intruder! into).
He then recasts the alarms and 2 more Glyphs of Warding (lightning and fire damage) in and infront of the safe. (20 mins 200g)"

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The Matriarchs of Maelstrom
Session 67

The party recovered what they could out of the Crimson Tide and Prim buried sir piggly and set up a marker for him at the edge of the high forest and carved for him an epitaph into a plank of wood he ripped from the ship. The fire elemental that was caught in the furnace of the airship drifted away into the woods despite Draven’s efforts to reign it back in.

The party met with Captain Laz who looked shaken after having lost the airship. He told the party they needed to return to the Klauthian vale to report to their master but wished them luck in stopping the giants. Delsaphine pulled Pokeman jones aside and told him that she needed to go with them for now but she vowed to return and that they would find his brother and her crew on the Hades jewel. She gave him a kiss on the cheek and he pulled her in for a deep kiss before departing. They all took a portal to mirabar splitting the difference between the vale and the eye of the allfather where the party and the crew of the crimson tide parted ways. The party restocked in Mirabar and then set out for the eye of the Allfather.

With Norros’s magic they teleported to the oracle chamber where the 6 lanterns were lit once more.

Prim stepped forward and asked “ How can we get a new air ship”

the oracle answered: the lord’s alliance is the primary manufacturer of air ships on the sword coast

Norros asked What exactly were we supposed to do with these conchs you had them collect?

the oracle answered: you each hold one and blow into them and it will open the portal at Maelstrom, home of the storm giants

Yue asked : Is Zuriel still alive?

the oracle answered: Your companion Zuriel still lives.

Norros asked What are the abilities of the Storm giants?

storm giants breathe both air and water. they command lightning and command the respect of the rest of giant kind until the disappearance of king hekaton

Rowan asked: Where is King Hekaton?

the oracle answered: “Unknown.” Speak to Serissa, his youngest daughter. She has a clue to her father’s whereabouts, and she needs your help."

Draven asked What are the weakness of the storm giants weakness’s

the oracle answered: they have no specific weaknesses but are not harmed by lightning and thunder

The oracle chamber once again grew dark as the last lantern extinguished and the party members distributed the giant conch’s they collected Yue taking the fire giant Zalto’s, draven the stone giant’s, prim the hill giant, pokeman the cloud giant and rowan the frost giant. Xing told Yue he would stay to guard the oracle chamber to make sure they would be able to return He wished her luck embracing her before they set off. They all got in a circle with norros focusing the magical essences of the horns and they blew into the conch’s simultaneously. As they channeled its magic a portal formed in the center of the chamber and the party all dove into it.

The party emerged on a glowing glyph carved into the floor of a circlular room with 2 exiting hallways, a set of stairs going upward and a pool of water. The moist walls here were covered with bioluminescent lichen, snails, starfish, and barnacles. Tiny, harmless crabs crawl across the floor, avoiding the sigil. As the party arrives they hear music: a powerful female voice accompanied by the deep, haunting tones of a masterfully played pipe organ. They head up the spiral staircase and see 2 female storm giants on stage one playing and the other singing to a room full of giant ambassadors from every giant race. As a storm giant guard spots the party coming up the stairs the performance is interrupted and the guards interpose themselves between the party and the storm giant’s guests and performers.

The Storm Giant sisters Mirran and Nym stand up and Mirran orders the sotrm giant guards to stand down so she and Nym can learn what bring these “puny creatures” to court. The party explained that they had important information for Serissa and wished a meeting with her. Nym replied that Serissa is “far too overwhelmed with important matters” to grant the characters an audience at this moment but if they would wait downstairs she would inform her of their arrival. The party agreed to be led downstairs but prim cast invisibility on Rowan and told her to stay up here and see if the giant’s were planning anything.

The rest of the party was led downstairs to a waiting room but rowan remained above while Mirran and Nym talked to the Giant Lords seated at their performance. She told them she believed that they were assassins just like the ones that killed her mother and that Serissa must be informed that it would please the Storm giants if they “took care” of their intruders. The other giant ambassadors looked hesitant but did not wish to offend the storm giants in their home so they went downstairs as requested. Rowan telepathically sent a warning to the party that an ambush was on the way and to be on their guard. She then followed Mirran and Nym to the audience chamber.

The giant ambassadors came down the hallway heading to where the party was being held. Norros received the warning from rowan and threw up a wall of stone blocking off the giant ambassadors from the guards who were watching them and they set themselves against the 2 storm giant guards. The ambassadors began slamming on the stone wall trying to break through.

Meanwhile Mirran and Nym were up in Serrissa’s throne room telling her about the assassins sent to kill her. Rowan called out that that was a lie and they were only here to meet with her to help her find the king. As she revealed herself the guards stepped up to face her but Serrissa ordered them to stand down so she may speak. Rowan called out the sisters for sending the giant ambassadors to assassinate her party and Serrisa was shocked and ordered her two ogre guards to go instruct them to cease this at once and to bring the party to her and that she would deal with her sisters then. Rowan quickly rushed back down the stairs with the ogre guards just as the ambassadors were breaking through the wall and just began to clash with the party the Ogres called out by order of Serissa for everyone to stop what they are doing. The giant’s halted their assault and the party was led to her chambers.

Serrissa apologized for the way they were treated and told them her sisters were too hasty but they have been on edge since their mother was killed by small folk and now with their father missing she has been trying to hold things together but she doesn’t feel like she commanded the respect that her father did. She introduced herself and her advisers Imperator Uthor and Lymrith who sat on either side of her. She said that if only she could get the giant lords together they might be able to reach an agreement. The party told her that the giant lords had rampaged through their lands and they had to slay the leaders of each of the giant kind to protect their lands. Serissa seemed very upset at this fact and broke down proclaiming that this is all her fault that she was too weak of a leader to control them and now they are all dead because of her and only if her father were here that none of this would have happened. She began to break down and Uthor comforted her. Lymrith suggested they send the puny folk away but she ignored her advice saying it was ok and she needs to make this right and finally be the leader her father wanted her to be.

She told the party she knew they were only protecting themselves and requested their help knowing they were capable just by the fact they were able to make it here. She requested that they find her father and that she had only one clue to her whereabouts. It was a wooden coin with a picture of a golden goose on it. She told them she prayed every day for his safe return but was unable to locate him even with their best spellcaster’s scrying abilities. Lymrith advides caution with the puny folk and said that these could very well be the ones who killed her mother and abducted her father. Serissa questioned how she knew her father was abducted and not just missing and Lymrith said it was just an assumption and she hoped he was still alive. Norros took the coin and inspected it recognizing it as a gambling chip of a specific brand of casino found in Yartar. Serissa was impressed with their knowledge and requested that they hurry to there and find what they could of King Hekaton. The party agreed.

Before they left rowan requested a picture of king heckaton and she was going to try to scry on it to see if she had any luck. Serissa agreed and asked the party to wait just a moment and she would retrieve one for them. Serissa left her scepter on her throne and headed into a back room. Looking around nervously Lymrith got up and told the party. “Even though she trusts you small folk I do not. Lymrith grabbed Serrissa’s scepter and teleported out of the Hallway with Imerator Uthor protesting but she was gone before anyone could stop her.

Sertissa returned with a painting of king heckaton and asked where lymrith went and they explained the situation to her upsetting Serissa further telling the party that that scepter was needed as a symbol of her ruling power and without it she could not control the magic of her throne and her claim to be the head of the storm giant and she would have even less influence over the giants than even before and wondered how her trusted adviser could betray her like this? She once again requested the party to help her find her father to help resolve this that she believes in her heart that he is still alive. She handed the painting over to rowan who tried to scry on it but found there was nothing but interference and something blocking the ability to detect where heckaton in. She then knelt down and prayed to Lurue for intervention and guidence on where to go next. She felt a warm feeling in her chest with the answer that her next adventure lies in Yartar. The party looked at the coin and knew that if there were to be answers found that it would start there.

Serissa told the party to use their conch’s once more to return them from whence they came but they could use them anytime to return to her should they find any news of her father. She wished them luck and she was placing all of her trust in the small ones just as her mother had and may the allfather be with them. The party used their magic conch’s and left the Matriarch of Maelstrom to her thoughts and hopes.

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Crash of the Crimson Tide
Session 66

Prim 2 took a step back from the orb and Dimension doored out of the room and grabbed his amulet of eavesdropping and called for help from the party. Prim Pressleaf heard his called and told norros the castle was in trouble and the party all quickly gathered to teleport to Lym Armaal where they landed on the lawn at the top of the castle and engaged the Cloud Giant’s security forces Firing a wall of thorns and a sleet storm in the way of the giants and the navigation orb. Cressaro assessed the situation seeing they were being over run and ordered his guard to smash the orb and not let the castle fall into the puny one’s hands. The guard started making his way over to the orb while the other two giants engaged the party.

Draven Rowan and norros took to the front lines and began fighting the Guard captain while prim grabbed pokeman jones and dimension doored inside the navigation orb room to keep the castle afloat. The guard tried to push past pokeman but was driven back out the door by himself and prim and was banished to another dimension by rowan. With the immediate threat out of the way they went outside and helped the party finish the captain of the guard and his lackey. The party lost track of time as they finished the giants outside and the banish wore off leaving the last giant right on the outside of the orb room. He dashed inside and took a mighty swing at the navigation orb with his morningstar. A sickening crack was heard across the sphere and the crack grew and started to splinter through the orb.

Prim quickly dimension doored one last time into the room and grabbed a potion of immovability and jumped at the giant’s arm and morningstar smashing the potion all over himself and the arm locking them in place in space right before the morning star was about to come down for a final blow on the orb. Pokeman jones rushed in and began striking the restrained giant who was fading fast. with one last grasp he attempted to pick up pokeman jones and slam him into the orb but pokeman and his armor proved too heave for the heavily wounded giant and he finished him with a crack of the staff across the chin.

The entire castle started to list and fall as the crack further splintered and norros ran up to the orb and used his arcane knowledge and mending spells and repaired the damage just in time to stabilize the castle. The party breathed a sigh of relief and looked up at prim suspended in the air still asking for help down. With a might pull and inspirational words from Prim pokeman ripped him from being locked in space which slammed him into the ground. Sore but thankful prim asked if they could take a nap before returning to the Stone giant cave. The party agreed and took more precautions securing the rest of the castle. Encountering some air elementals which threw yue and rowan over the side of a walkway only to be saved by Draven rushing to Yue and Bigby’s hand catching rowan as she fell. The party regrouped to cleanse the castle of the air elementals.

The party rested for the night before returning to Deadstone cleft. They once again snuck past the Roc which returned to its nest and entered the cave. The noticed a stone giant using invistitude of stone to move through the rock in an attempt to ambush the party but its swing went wide as pokeman jones was looking at the floor and bent over to inspect something the greatclub of the giant swing wildly just missing his head and the party turned to see what had tried to jump them.

Prim jumped into action Deceiving the stone Giant telling him that they were not intruders but sent as emissaries from the frost giant’s to form a pact with Thane Katalithica. He stopped to hear their story and told them to wait as he would consult her and see what she wanted. The party waited in the entrance of the cave and after a few minuted went by the stone giant returned and escorted them in with a stone giant and uthgardt tribal escort. They arrived deep into the chambers of deadstone cleft to the Thane’s Lair and She asked the party’s reason for being there.

Prim told her that they frost giants sent them for an alliance as the other giant lords were dropping dead from an adventuring party and that they wanted safety in numbers and were willing to put the stone giants ahead of them in the ordning and would help them crush the small ones for their insolence but thy all needed to meet using their magical conchs to discuss this with the storm giants.

Thane Katalithica was suspicious but decided to see if the small ones spoke the truth or were setting up a trap so she demanded one of them stay behind and would be killed immediately if there was any betrayal. Norros volunteered to stay behind and the Thane took 2 of her stone giant bodyguards and they headed out to the Crimson Tide. One of the guards whistled to the Roc as they exited the cave and it stayed put in its nest.

As they boarded the airship Captain Laz looked nervously on as the Giants boarded their airship and he started doing some math hoping it could hold all this weight. Yue and draven helped stoke the furnace and the whole crew took off towards the eye of the allfather. As they lifted off the Thane’s Guard whistled into the distance and the Roc took off from the nest and joined the airship in flight. Prim’s eyes grew wide with fright and he took the party not involved in keeping the airship aloft and had a team meeting downstairs. The giants began to take notice of the dragon helms the crew was wearing and began whispering to themselves.

They decided that now that the thane was away from her lair they would go try to offer her food and poison her the way they did to the Jarl and then jump them but the roc might make it more complicated if they try to escape of it so they would have to put them to sleep with something they slip into everfull or mass suggest that they lean over the edge and push them overboard to their deaths.

Draven went back above deck and in draconic spoke to yue and told her of the plan. Thane Katalithica used slight of hand and made an unseen gesture to her guards understanding the plot against them that they would play along and follow her lead.

The rest of the party came up above deck and offered the giants Wine to drink and Thane Katalithica praised the puny folk for their hospitality……and betrayal and took a swing at them smashing the cup to the ground and they giants set upon the party in the air. Most of the crew rushed below deck to get out of the way delsaphine trying to protect those she could while the party fought the giants. the Beastmaster giant ordered the Roc to attack and it sank its beak into the balloon and tore a giant hole into it, causing the airship to start plummeting to the earth. It then dove down and landed on the deck and slashed its talons across the furnace ripping it apart and spilling fire and a trapped Fire elemental across the deck of the ship which was now ablaze.

The giants all rushed towards the roc to try to climb onto it as it continued to peck and slash at the party not letting the spellcasters get off their magic stopping draven from banishing it. As it was about to piece into Draven with its bear Sir piggly dove in front of him takign the brunt of the attack and was torn apart and collasped onto the deck of the Burning crimson tide. Prim Screamed SIR PIGGY NOOOO and tried to start making his way towards him in the chaos. Using this opportunity Draven finished his banish spell and sent the Roc to another plane of existence. The Thane finally looked up with Fear in her eyes as her escape route was cut off. The Ship was falling faster and faster with captain Laz yelling for the crew to get above deck and prepare to abandon ship that he can’t shop it from crashing.

Prim used a polymorph spell to turn the party and crew into giant eagles and they tried to fly away with everyone making it off the ship except for Xing who was caught and beaten unconscious by the desperate giants. Rowan dropped her transformation and prim called upon his succubi wit hthe golden fiddle to pick her up. She used a heal spell to bring xing to life as a club was coming down to finish him off. He did a backflip and jumped onto the burning ship’s rigging until the other succubus came and picked him up and they all flew off the ship and watched in horror as it went down and exploded in a massive fireball at the edge of the high forest.

The party landed and searched the wreckage to find the Stone Giants and sir Piggly slain from the crash but also the final magical Conch lay within the wreckage which they received. The sent a sending to norros that they got the conch but lost the air ship to come to them now. Norros who was sitting in the cave under guard was studying the giant stalactite in the stone giant cave was able to decipher the following carved into it.

  • What must I do next to please you, noble father?
  • Do the dream-creatures pose any danger to us?
  • Are there any traitors in my clan?
  • Can these puny barbarians be trusted?
  • Is the gnome lying about Loudwater’s defenses?

and the answers carved next to them:

  • “Destroy the works of the surface dwellers,”
  • “Yes,”
  • “Yes,”
  • “No,”
  • “Yes.”

Upon seeing the last one he heard the call from his party and teleported out of the stone giant cave to the ship only to be surrounded by inferno landing on the deck of the ship. He quickly ran out of the blaze and was extinguished by Yue and draven. They all took a moment to breathe as they looked at their final magical conch that they had sought for so long and thought about sir piggly’s sacrifice as Prim sobbed over their fallen companion and vowed to tell tales of his bravery.

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