CM Adventures

Brutal Bunnies at Morgur’s Mound!
Session 45

The party discussed at length what to do with the Weevil and decided to consult with sister gaerelle as to whether or not she would think they could trust the Zhetharim to hold up their end of the bargain. She let the party know that she does not trust them fully but with all the other chaos and giants and dragons having one less enemy even temporarily may give them enough breathing room to focus on solving the giant threat. Most of the party was convinced this was the proper way to go except for prim and he was outvoted and he vowed to write a song entitled “I told you so” if they ended up getting betrayed but it was decided to deliver the weevil to Halia Thornton in Phandalin as she visits Sister Gaerelle often for tea there.

The party was ready to set off and Rowan and Harvey got into an extended fight about what it means to be a member of the group as Harvey made comments about wanted to eat the weevil’s arm of tie him to a rope and dangle him off of the ship. The Weevil asked to be moved to the bottom of the ship to avoid their arguments and captain Laz fixed up some manacles and bolted them to the wall to prevent escape form the cargo room and they placed him and the goblin named Blics in there. The party decided to drop Blics off at the thunderdome the next time they visited Neverwinter. Yue was nervous around Harvey as he kept looking at Rillix and she thought he wanted to eat him just like the goblins when in actuality he explained he had a pet tressym like that as a child. Yue still moved Rillix out of his reach and Harvey went to go create a nest in the crow’s nest of the ship filling it with twigs and wrappers from food he picked up at the keep and cities he visited.

The party decided to stop at Morgur’s Mound to search for another giant artifact as it was on the way to Phandalin. They informed the crew and captain laz set in a course and the party was underway. Delsaphine shared more stories with pokeman jones as they traveled. The trip was otherwise uneventful with the exception of prim getting a letter in his harper cylinder. he opened and read it:

“Primrose Prissypants,

The strangest thing happened the other day. A handsome, older gentleman visited my establishment, looking for someone. He intimated that he was in search of a bard who claimed to be the "best there ever was,’ one who was blue eyes, white haired, elven, and young. He was most certainly speaking my language, so I told him such a one might be passing through again shortly, if the price was right. He assured me that the item he offered was something any decent bard would sell his soul for. He informed me that he can be found at Dante’s place in Luskan.

Not your messenger,

Caryandra

PS Fuck you too”

Prim became very excited and convinced the party to set in for Luskan after their Morgur’s mound adventure so he could prove his bard worth. The Crimson tide set down of the outskirts of Morgur’s mound and the party went to disembark. Pokeman Jones asked Delsaphine to watch over the prisoners and gave her Everfull so she could drink to pass the time. She told him go give them hell treasure hunting but be careful so they could drink together when they came back and punched him in the arm.

The party came onto the mound and harvey took to the skies to scout the area. Yue used a detect magic spell and saw several magic objects still buried within the hill although it looked like an excavation site with many holes with the party assumed were other people digging for treasure. Harvey noticed rabbits hopping along the hill as well as eggs littered across the mound. as the party approached one of the bunnies got spooked and kicked an egg down the hill. upon contact with the party it exploded and the ground began to shake. A hoard of thunderbeast skeletons burst forth from the ground and set upon the party snapping ans biting at them. The party prepared themselves for combat and Harvey noticed their skeletons looked fragile and bludgeoning them would be an effective tactic. The party began smashing these beasts into dust but it kept spooking the rabbits up on the hill causing more eggs to roll towards them. Harvey grabbed one rolling down the hill with his talons to save his companions but took the brunt of it as it exploded in a wall of acid covering his feathers.

Zuriel attempted to run up the hill and take out the rabbits before they caused any more trouble but upon approach they tried to pounce on him and almost knocked him over he noted they had remarkable strength for their size. Yue began throwing fireballs at the Skeleton beasts but a rabbit flanked her and tackled her to the ground and began biting at her neck as if to sever it from her body. She screamed for help and prim took out his spoons and animated them ordering them into his glove of holding and sent the glove to Yue’s aid which ripped the rabbit off of her before she was decapitated. Pokeman jones smashed several skeletal thunder beasts and joined prim in finishing the crazed vorpal rabbit allowing yue to get back to her feet.

Harvey cast a wind wall picking up rabbits and beasts alike and throwing them unfortunately also picked up 3 volatile eggs flinging them in all directs with 2 of them hitting his party engulfing them in fire damage. The party regrouped and were able to finish off the last of the bunnies now aware of their tactics pushing them away as they tried to pounce upon them and the part was victorious and the mound grew quiet.

The party dug where they sensed magical items and found a fire giant gold plated tooth, a magical spear, a valuable staff and pokeman jones was able to go on an egg hunt and recover 3 of the exploding eggs that weren’t damaged in battle. The party returned to the ship with their mission accomplished.

The party returned to drunken singing on the crimson Tide as everfull was put to good use and it was used to help calm and sedate the prisoners. The crew celebrate their victory that night. Rowan went to go talk to zuriel to see if she cold help jog his memory by having him try to help her with celestial but imbibed a little too much and noone could understand a word she was saying so she gave up and decided to go to bed and try later. Harvey bedded down in his new crows nest and put the shiny valuable staff in it as if it were no different than any of the other twigs. Yue played with Rillix some more before heading off to bed and Pokeman Jones and Delsaphine spent the night sharing stories and talking about Luskan the times they docked there while sailing as the crew set sail to Luskan for their next adventure.

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The Weevil’s Web and Larg’s Lies!
Session 44

The party found an inn called Mirabar’s gate to stay in and most of the party went to bed for the night. Draven and prim stayed up drinking and Prim plotted ways to pull a prank on Draven after he went to bed. Prim noticed his wooden message cylinder fill with a note from Sister Gaerelle:

“Greetings everyone. I recently met with a childhood friend of mine over tea. Her name is Halia Thornton and she is a member the Zentharim with some political pull and clout. I let her know of your pursuit of the Weevil and how I was confident that if any were to catch him you would. We negotiated and I learned the Zentharim are also interested in having him alive would match the 5000gp bounty on his head and in addition she could get them to cease attempts at control over Goldenfields, and and she offer a detachment of Zentarim to protect an area of our choosing. This was the best I could get from my old friend. I hope this note finds you well.

Sister Gaerelle”

Prim resolved to share this with everyone in the morning and after he read that noticed Draven had already gone to bed. In his room Draven lay down on his bed and fell fast asleep from their day of adventures. As he slept the black raven feather he removed from the alter of the raven queen began to glow in his pocket and seemingly absorbed into his body. Draven began to slip into a dream state.

As he looked around he found himself sinking deeper and deeper into his bed and he began to get cold and realized he was submerged completely in a viscous fluid and as he gasped the taste of blood filled his mouth and lungs he tried to swim looking for up or down but there was no sense of direction in this viscous fluid. He saw threads extending in all direction in what seemed to be eternity, some snapping and some being mended. He struggled and thought this might be the end but suddenly the burning in his lungs turned to gentle warmth and he could suddenly breathe normally as he spotted a white porcelain mask with empty sockets coming towards him.

She spoke "Draven Quarnt I am in need of a champion. Orcus and his forces draw near. I see how you bend the threads of fate around you and am in need of your strength to aid those who serve my needs. Travel south and find the paladin devout to Lathander with the silver mirror and help him achieve his goals. Do this and cement yourself as my champion. I will send a servant to aid your companions as this world is dangerous and they will need strength left in your absence. Now fly my dear Draven and stop Orcus’s return to this world.”

Draven felt himself drifting upwards and suddenly he bolted upright in bed drenched in what he thought was a cold sweat but seemed to be covered in the viscous blood he had been floating in. As he reawakened and was catching his breath prim was sneaking down the hallway and cracked open the door but to his dismay Draven was awake and on edge and as a reaction Draven threw a stone at the new intruder and knocked prim out hitting him square on the forehead. Confused he managed to bring prim back to his room and dumped him on the floor without waking Erelosa. Draven walked back into his room and notices 2 black wings sprouting from his back and panicked a bit wondering what this sign and the dream he just had meant. The remainder of his night was restless.

The morning came and Rowan awakened early for prayers and breakfast and as the party awake and came downstairs they noticed Zuriel acting strangely sitting away from everyone and upon questioning they realized he didn’t remember who he was and upon inspection found he had contracted amnesia either from the petrification or from cumulative battle trauma and they tried to help him remember but to no avail. He accepted that he was part of their group and they came to the conclusion that if they traveled together and if he was surrounded with enough familiar things it would sooner or later job his memories.

Draven came downstairs and was immediately questioned as to why the hell he has wings sticking out of his back and several of the party tried to pluck feathers out of his back which seemed to be the equivalent of pulling strands of hair from your head to Draven’s dismay. He told everyone of his vision and rowan interpreted that as a calling and they debated whether or not he should head out to fulfill the calling. They decided Draven could think about it on the way to Xantharl’s keep. Prim showed everyone Sister Gaerelle’s message and they started talking about the possible fate of the weevil with so many factions wanting him but reached no conclusion and decided to cross that bridge when they came to it.

As the air ship took of from Mirabar the party reintroduced Zuriel to the crew in an attempt to help him remember but to no effect yet. Prim took Erelosa down below deck to continue her stealth training with some hide and seek. Delsaphine pulled Pokeyman Jones to the side and they shared stories of being sailors. After telling his story Pokeyman Jones learned Delsaphine was 1st mate on the ship the Hades Jewel and was on shore leave when it was sacked and conquered by mind flayers. She wished that she was strong enough to take it back and rescue any of her crew that was still alive but couldn’t do it alone so she joined up with this crew even though they are a little too fanatical for her liking. But the Red dragon Klarth promised her The Hades Jewel back if she served him. Its been a year now and she had been starting to lose hope of ever seeing it again. Pokeyman Jones cheered her up and offered her more drink from everfull which she gladly accepted. With her spirits raised she told Pokeyman Jones a Corny ship Joke “where do you take a sick boat? ….. to the doc” and then gave him a slap on the ass, thanked him and went back to her duties.

Yue was playing with Rillix on the deck of the ship when she spotted several Aarakroca incoming and informed the party. As they approached they announced themselves as servants of the raven queen and sough Draven Quarnt and were to help guide him south to fulfill their deity’s wishes. They brought a replacement to make up for Draven’s strength. A black feathered Aarakroca with blue eyes who appeared to be about 9 (adult age is reached by 3 for their race) years old stood before them. And introduced himself to the party as Harvey Fuglmann and seemed interested in only fulfilling the Raven Queen’s wishes. He was informed of their current mission and agreed to help the party. Pokeymon Jones was able to break his stoic nature as he offered him some alcohol and that seemed to help him become more personable as he drank as they found his weakness for booze.

Draven set off for the south flying with his new wings like a newborn thrown into a pool for the 1st time but the Aarakraca escort helped his get his wings working and they set off for the south. The rest of the party readied themselves as captain Laz called out as they approached Xantharl’s Keep.

The keep itself was a fortified village that bears Xanthral’s name. It stands in the middle of nowhere, on the west side of a notoriously dangerous and rugged stretch of the Long road. An outer wall with heavy crossbows mounted to its battlements encloses a keep sheltered by a steep roof to shed snow. Surrounding the keep are dozens of narrow stone houses with heavy shutters and steep roofs of their own. The party approached the settlement and informed the guards of their business warning local areas of giant attacks and they seemed like they were pretty prepared for such an occurrence and welcomed them to the keep and let them know of an inn they could stay at called the The Falling Orc. They ventured to this inn to rest for the night and met a female half Ogre names Arzastra who offered them a room. She called her stable boy in to help the party with their things and to get them food. He was a shield dwarf who introduced himself as Larg. The party started telling patrons of their adventures and Larg told the party that he and his adventuring companions were caught in an avalanche while hunting a red dragon in the Valley of Khedrun, and only he survived.

As the party was getting ready to settle down for the night the bells of the keep began to sound and they sprung outside. Harvey took to the skies and spotted a force of ice giants ogres and goblins approaching. Pokeyman Jones ran to guard the gate, Harvey remained in the skies and the rest of the party dashed towards the walls to help fend off this attack.

Zuriel shadow stepped into the back lines of the frost giants and began to battle them while ogres began fitting the goblins with spiked helmets and started launching them over the walls. several hobgoblins tried to leas a smaller force of goblins through the front gate but were met by the guards and Pokeyman Jones and were crushed. Zuriel stunned one of the frost giants driving the void claw through him but was quickly surrounded by the other 3 who approached and started taking swings at him. Zuriel’s muscle memory kicked in and was able to avoid several decapitating blows but still was gashed several times and was quickly being overwhelmed. Prim climbed to the top of the wall and used mass suggestion on the giants and right as they were about to come down of Zuriel. Three of them suddenly did not feel like fighting and left the battlefield leaving Zuriel to square off against one who was stout of mind.

While the Siege ensured it suddenly became apparent that the northern assault by the giant was a ploy. Bugbears stealthily moved into the keep and made their way to the falling orc. A battle ensued in the there and 2 bugbear fell but Larg was stuffed into a sack and was abducted. As they ran out of the inn Pokeyman Jones heard the bugbears cry out. We got the Weevil Lets get out of here. and they began to flee. They tried to dash beyond Pokeyman Jones and Harvey but the Aarakraca created a wind wall which blocked their exit. Several bugbears went down but the rest scampered out of the hole in the wall they created to the south. Pokeyman and Harvey pursued then and with Harvey’s bow and his slayer’s eye they cut down the remaining bugbear and recovered the sack with the captive inside.

Yue cut through the hobgoblin ranks flinging fireballs off of the wall while dodging goblins being chucked at her. as the Keeps defenses readied and began firing arrows the seige forces began their retreat. Zuriel cut through the Frost giant with his void claw and returned to the keep to see the goblins and made it over the wall get mopped up. one that landed by prim was convinced to surrender and the party reconvened at the center of town to discover a bruised Arzastra and the man they knew as Larg in the sack as well as the goblin they tied up.

Upon questioning Larg attempted to lie to the group sticking with his adventuring story but when pressured by Harvey’s talons in his neck he revealed his actual name was Worvil and he also ran by the name the weevil. He knew he had price on his head for banditry and was hiding out here avoiding bounty hunters until the heat died down which landed him a kick in the ribs from Arzastra for deceiving her. The party began to discuss their options as what to do with the captured goblin and whether they should turn the weevil into Sir Baric at Bryn Shander for 5000gp, the Paladin Sir Lanniver in Neverwinter for 5000gp, or to the Zentharim agent Halia Thonton in Phandalin for 5000gp, the detachment of Zentharim agents, and an agreement for them to lay off take over attempts on Goldenfields. They traveled back to the Falling Orc Inn to continue the discussion.

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Manticore and Merchants in Mirabar!
Session 43

Hair sprouted from Prim’s skin and his stature grew taller and more feral looking. The party knew he was transforming as they saw this happen before on Icespire peak to Loralyn. Draven sprung into action and tried to grapple him but as he got his arms around Prim he broke free and bit Draven causing him to transform as well. Zuriel charged Prim and drove him to the edge of the cliff and struck him with a headbutt knocking him unconscious and sliding down the hill. Pokeman Jones fired a web from Nezza’s staff to entangle Draven. Rowan saw prim go unconscious and was worried about him trying to rush to his side but got too close to the web and Draven and as he lashed out he bit Rowan’s neck and she also was infected with Lycantropy.

Seeing this get out of hand Pokeman Jones, Yue and Zuriel regrouped and fired from a distance. Rowan charged Pokeman Jones but was knocked out with the but of his staff. Draven broke free of the web but was pelted with magic missiles from Yue and Zuriel and Pokeman Jones were able to knock him unconscious. Yue and Pokeman searched Prim and were able to find his Wolfsbane they got at Icespire peak and although Pokeman Jones hasn’t made potions before he was able through trial and error able to recreate what Prim made for Loralyn but wasted the Wolfsbane but finally made a cure. They decided to cure Rowan and woke her up and has her use a greater restoration to cure the Lycantropy on Prim. Being out of spells they tied up Draven and took him back to the ship. Upon sunrise he transformed back into himself and asked to be released. Yue untied him and when they informed him he was infected with Lycantropy he used remove curse on himself and cured himself of the affliction.

The party discussed where they wanted to go next and Draven set back out for raven rock to inspect the alter of the raven queen and removed the black feather found within the alter. He brought it back to the ship and prim Identified it as a means of communication between the raven queen and her followers and Draven decided to keep it. The party settled on going to Mirabar as their next stop to resupply and get some information on Xandral’s keep. As they set sail Rowan spotted figured flying toward the airship and before they knew it they were set upon by 8 Manticore. They were a monster in every sense of the word, a Manticore has a vaguely humanoid head, the body of a lion, and the wings of a dragon. A bristling mane stretches down the creature’s back, and its long tail ends in a cluster of deadly spikes that can impale prey at impressive range and petrify them.

Yue Sprung into action first firing magic missiles at the closest incoming one which retaliated with tail spikes, she used her shield to deflect one but a 2nd one struck home piercing her side. She felt her body start to petrify and reached into the back of her hook and yelled to Rillix to fly away and she reached to the sky as her body became solid stone. Rowan rushed to aid her and tried to use lesser restoration but to no avail and as she was distracted another Manticore flew in and struck home with another tail attack petrifying the Cleric. As she felt her body stiffen she tried to strike a heroic pose.

Prim saw a group of 3 Manticore swooping in towards Erelosa and used hypnotic pattern to tun then and knock them out of the sky. one of them crashed onto the deck of the ship stunned. Pokeman Jones, Draven, and Zuriel drew their melee weapons and fought off the ones that landed on the deck of the ship. Captain Laz shoured for his crew to man the ballista and prepare for combat and they came rushing up from downstairs and engaged their foes. One Manticore landed on a the ballista and knocked out a crew member making a run for it. Zuriel tried to clear out the ballista but got pinned between two after taking one out and was eventually petrified with a barrage of tail spikes. Captain Laz loaded up the harpoon gun and pierced one one holding it in place as Pokeman Jones and Draven cut through the rest of the hoard. The one that was pierced by the harpoon ripped out the projectile and dove for Yue grabbing her stone form and lifting it high above the ship.

Captain Laz reloaded the harpoon and yelled out the get ready to catch her fired the harpoon through its heart killing it. Yue plummeted through the sky at a rate that would shatter the stone and kill her. Prim dove towards her and tried to make a heroic catch but mistimed his jump and all Yue could think of was would this be the last time she would see Xing, but as she was about to shatter on the deck of the ship Draven got off his last charge on his belt of featherfall and slowed her descent to protect her fragile stone form.

The party breathed a sigh of relief as the crew rushed the remaining stunned Manticore on the ship and as they fought it, the Manticore stung itself in the struggle and became petrified. Prim has the crew set the ship down and they searched for the bodies of the Manticore and were able to harvest their spikes and prim was able to make an antitoxin to counteract the petrification. He decided to stack the statues up in humerous positions 1st before applying the salve to the party and assured Erelosa this was an important part of the ritual. The party regained consciousness although their joints felt a little stiff after the encounter.

The party after catching their breath wanted to use the Manticore as a decoration for their guild hall and Prim used a teleportation circle to send it there with Rowan sending a message ahead to their retainers to place it somewhere that looked good and they were able to find a majestic spot at the entrance to their guild hall that would greet all those who came by. Prim felt that these encounters were getting too dangerous for Erelosa and he wanted to teach her to hide in these dangerous situations so he asked Zuriel to teach her to hide better. Rowan also asked Zuriel to teach her to speak celestial so they all went down below deck and had an interesting afternoon of vocabulary and hide and seek games.

On the deck Yue thanked Draven for saving her and Rillix licked both of them and Yue went off to play with her tressym while Draven took out his raven feather and pondered its meaning. Pokeman Jones had a drinking contest with the crew and got to know them better than the rest of the party and learned all of their names Delsephine, Nyzroth, Brassik, Laz, Oriskus, Perella, Tralt, and Zalthia. They all has a good drink with Everfull and only Perella couldn’t handle her liquor and passed out on the deck of the ship and they partied until they heard Captain Laz shout out “MIRABAR AHEAD WE ARE BEGINNING OUR DESCENT LOOK LIVELY YOU LOUTS!”

The party landed and found the city guard named the “Axe of Mirabar” which were shield Dwarves hired to protect the city. They got directions to Xandral’s keep form them. Rowan replenished her supply of diamond dust, Yue shopped for some potions, Draven bought a Belt of the Scorpion, Bottle of Fireflies and a Necklace of fireballs. Prim and Rowan went off on an adventure and sold a lot of the miscellaneous loot they found and used it to fund their party gold expenditures. Draven came back and showed off his new Scorpion tail and tested it on Prim paralyzing him.

Capitalizing on the situation Erelosa asked to go get her ears pierced but being unable to speak she took that as a yes and Draven took her into the city and got her a professional piercing and 2 sets of earrings which she was thrilled with. As them came back Prim was frantically searching for her and commented how she was much like her mother. Erelosa asked if they came to this city on dates with her Mom and Prim tried to change the topic and got her a frozen pretzel. with icy flavor around it and they spent the day in the city where she showed off her hide and seek skills until a guard found her and asked them to keep a better watch on her. The party thanked the guard for his vigilance and they decided to turn in for the night and set off for adventure the next morning.

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Raven’s and Wolves!
Session 42

After a discussion the party decided to tie Wormblod up and take him to his people. Some of the party wanted to execute him in front of the tribe to show their dominance and some wanted to bargain with him for the Couatl and the giant relic. The flew on the airship back to the great worm cavern. The debate continued and they arrived and marched him to the tribe and announced themselves. Wormblod asked for his hands to be unbound so he would not appear weak in front of his tribe. Another tribe member wished to fight Wormblod for control over the tribe but Zuriel drove his claws through Wormblod’s chest before he had a chance. The tribe was taken aback at the show of force and with no determinable leader Prim Pressleaf stood up as well as the other tribes member and both pleaded to the tribe for their loyalty. Showing their display of dominance and Prim’s natural persuasive nature the tribe chose him as their new chieftain. He ordered that they prepare a feast and the tribe scurried off to prepare a new coronation feast.

Zuriel ran into the cave while the tribe was preoccupied and found the giant gong and grabbing it with one hand he cut the leather straps it was hanging from. The gong surprised him with its heft weighting around 250lbs and he lost control of it smashing it into the ground ringing it out throughout the cave. Young Remorhaz burst forth from the ground surprising the party and the tribesman who rushed to defend prim. The tribesman who was shunned from the leadership position abandoned the tribe and ran away taking one of the Remorhaz with it.
Rowan and Pokeman Jones quickly ran up to the alter and freed the Couatl which turned out to be a brilliant celestial creature which blessed them to be safe against the Remorhaz and as thanks gave them a charm of restoration. The party set upon the worms and working with the help of the tribe were able to kill and drive them back underground. Prim harvested some of their fiery blood to make potion’s of fire breathing and the party celebrated the rest of the night. They talked with the tribe and decided to send them on a quest to go help Lor out in Goldenfields. The party planned to continue searching out the giant artifacts and set their next destination as raven rock.

The party bid farewell to the tribe and sailed to Raven Rock. The party discovered large icy slopes, a 100ft tall statue of a raven facing west, an alter to the raven queen and many large rock monuments (Menhir) scattered across the grounds. The party noticed Ravens sitting on many of these objects just watching them which made them weary. Draven noticed 2 magical sources coming from underneath the alter and buried near the raven statue. so the party split in 2 and began digging in both places simultaneously. Prim and Zuriel tried digging using a skull and Zuriel’s claws but had difficulty getting through the permafrost and made little progress but Yue and rowan were able to melt through the ice with her fire and were able to extract a red dragon’s greatclub made from the thigh of a red dragon Part of the bone is wrapped in old leather, suggesting that it was once used as a giant’s greatclub but as Pokeman Jones held it it changed size to fit his form.

After their excavation the rest of the party went to go help Prim and Zuriel but night began to fall and a chilling howl was heard throughout raven rock. The area was set upon by Werewolves and winter wolves from all directions. They bounded up the hill in search of prey and set upon the party. The slippery slopes proves to be tricky to fight on but relatively defensible as a high ground where Yue was able to fling fireballs upon their foes. Several were wolves made it up the slope and jumped on Prim Pressleaf and bit his neck before Pokeman Jones was able to get them off of him. Using the terrain to their advantage the party eventually defeated the wolves and were able to catch their breath. They finished digging up the site just to the west of the raven statue and dug up a magical ring fit for a giant that was warm to the touch despite being encased in the cold ground. Prim plucked the ring out of the ground and it was big enough to be a bracelet for him but upon handing it it shrunk down to ring size. As he help it up and admired it in the moonlight his eyes began to glaze over as he stared into the full moon and he let out a Howl which echoed throughout Raven Rock.

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Worm’s Blood, Wyrm Blood, and Wormblod!
Session 41

The Dragon airship landed and the party boarded and they introduced themselves to the crew and got acquainted with the airship held aloft by a giant red balloon. The airship’s enormous balloon is made from dragon hide that has been dyed bright red. Atop the balloon is a crow’s nest that is reached by crawling up the ropes on the outside of the balloon. The balloon is roped to a gondola that has been fitted with steel runners. The airship has a speed of 8 miles per hour while skiing across ice or snow or flying in the air. A strong headwind reduces the ship’s speed to 4 mph, while a strong tailwind increases its speed to 12 mph. By changing altitude, the ship can use air currents to move in a particular direction. A propeller aft of the gondola thrusts the ship forward and can also be pivoted. The hull of the gondola is watertight and buoyant in water, and the propeller can push it across water.

The airship can hold up to 1 ton of cargo and requires a crew of two, one to operate the propeller and one to operate the furnace. If the ship has fewer than two crew members on duty, its speed can’t be controlled, and it moves in a random direction, carried by the wind, until control is regained or until it collides with something.

In the middle of the upper deck is a 10-foot-tall, cylindrical bronze furnace with a fire elemental magically trapped inside it. A narrow hatch in the front of the furnace has a small grill through which the elemental can be seen, and the heat pouring out through the grill helps keep the deck crew warm on cold days and nights. An iron wheel on the starboard side of the furnace opens and closes a bronze valve at the top of the cylinder, which has the effect of increasing or reducing the size of the fire spilling out of the furnace. The more heat that is allowed to fill the balloon, the higher the ship can rise.

The ship’s crew consists of eight members of the Cult of the Dragon all wearing black leather armor and black leather masks. The cultists are a humorless but resolute bunch. Their names are Delsephine, Nyzroth, Brassik, Laz, Oriskus, Perella, Tralt, and Zalthia. Delsephine is their leader. Four are on duty at any time (two to crew the ship and two standing watch) while the others rest. For their part, the cultists were willing to crew the vessel so that the characters can focus on navigation, as well as loading, aiming, and firing the on board weapons. The party immediately began playing around with the on board weapons which included a harpoon gun:

A spring-loaded harpoon gun, fashioned from burnished bronze with iron fittings, is bolted to the forward upper deck. It has a 90-degree arc of fire (side to side, as well as up and down). The gun comes with a winch, a 500-foot coil of rope, and ten steel-tipped harpoons. Although it fires harpoons instead of bolts, the gun is considered a ballista.

Tying a rope to a harpoon, if desired, takes an action. In addition to dealing 16 (3d10) piercing damage on a hit, a harpoon impales its target. While impaled, the target can’t take any action on its turn other than trying to free itself from the harpoon, which requires a successful DC 15 Strength check. If the check succeeds, the target takes 5 (1d10) piercing damage as the harpoon is pulled free and is no longer impaled. If a harpoon is attached to the gun by a rope, a creature impaled on that harpoon can’t move farther away from the gun or increase its altitude until it frees itself. A creature within reach of the gun’s winch can use its action to reel in a harpooned creature, pulling it up to 20 feet closer to the gun.

A wooden ballista is mounted on an iron swivel on the aft castle. It has a 90-degree arc of fire (side to side, and up and down). Behind it rests a crate that holds a dozen bolts

A wooden door behind the furnace on the upper deck pushes open to reveal stairs leading down to the lower deck. Portholes on the landings look out to port and starboard. The porthole windows are latched shut from the inside, and each porthole is wide enough for a Medium creature to squeeze through.

At the foot of the stairs is a steel hatch bolted shut from the outside, with two horizontal-sliding iron levers in the adjacent wall. One lever is labeled Thrust, the other Direction (in Common). Behind the hatch is a steel-walled compartment that holds a magically bound air elemental. The air elemental powers the aft propeller. Moving the Thrust lever to the left opens valves that allow wind from the elemental to spin the propeller. Moving the lever to the right closes the valves, and the propeller stops turning. Moving the Direction lever to the left or right causes the propeller to pivot in that direction, allowing the ship to turn while the propeller is operating. When the Direction lever is centered, the propeller moves the vessel straight ahead. Opening the hatch frees the elemental, whereupon it attacks any creature it sees. Without the air elemental to propel it, the ship can’t push itself across ice or snow and, if aloft, it moves in accordance with the prevailing wind.

Any air elemental under the control of another creature can be commanded to enter the compartment. If the compartment’s hatch is then closed and locked, the elemental becomes trapped inside.

In the crew quarters Each of these cabins has a door that can be bolted shut from the inside, though none of the doors is locked normally. A door can be broken open with a successful DC 13 Strength (Athletics) check. Each cabin contains two hammocks (one above the other), a writing desk, a chair, a footlocker, and a porthole. The portholes’ windows are latched shut from the inside, each set in a frame wide enough for a Medium creature to squeeze through.

Each footlocker has a partition that divides its interior space in half, with room on each side for one person’s clothing and personal effects. Atop each desk are a sturdy lamp, a Dragonchess set, and playing cards.

The storeroom is packed to the ceiling with crates of rations, barrels of fresh water, and casks of Dwarven ale and fine Elven wine—enough food to feed ten people for 100 days. Nets secured to iron rings bolted into the walls prevent the containers from moving around.
the crew knew a few things about the ordning:

- The ordning dictated the hierarchy of giant society, but the giant gods have apparently dissolved it.
- Before the ordning’s dissolution, storm giants were at the top of it, hill giants at the bottom.
- The disappearance of Hekaton, a storm giant king, has prompted a number of other giants to misbehave. These giants’ efforts to rise to the top of a new ordning bode ill for the budding empires of the North.

After the party grew acquainted with the ship they discussed where to set off to 1st studying the map Harshnag drew for them, They decided on the Great worm cave to locate an object to scry on one of the giant lords. They were able to set sail when prim remembered he left Erelosa in the tower with Zephyros and went to retrieve her while the rest of the party argued on what they should name the airship. Prim found Zephyros attempting to repair the orb that was damaged by the frost giants. He told prim he might not be able to get the tower up and running for awhile so he was glad they found another mode of travel for the time being. Prim returned to the airship with Erelosa and the party took to the skies still without a decision on the name for the airship.

They arrived at the location of the great worm cave. the cavern was floor is a sheet of slippery ice flanked by 70-foot-high ledges of rock, atop which stand two totem poles of chiseled ice with carvings that resemble winged snakes. The walls of these ledges were riddled with caves in which the Great Worm tribe members live. Natural steam vents in the rock keep the caves warm throughout the year. Above the ledges, dug into the cavern walls, are narrow crypts where the honored dead are placed, their frozen corpses propped up in a standing position.

Rising from the back of the cavern is a triangular promontory of ice-covered rock, 120 feet above the cavern floor at its peak. Thereupon stands an altar of frost-covered stone, carved in the shape of a coiled serpent with great wings. The altar represents Elrem, the Great Worm. Here, the tribal warriors make sacrifices to the Great Worm in honor of Uthgar. Doing so, they believe, ensures that Elrem doesn’t return to devour them.

Bound inside the altar is a Couatl who sensed the good nature of the party and telepathically reached out to Pokeman Jones the Couatl warns him that the Great Worm tribe has fallen under the sway of an evil chieftain named Wormblod. It asks him to hunt down and slay Womblod, promising a reward for this good deed. The couatl knows that Wormblod is away, searching for a missing concubine. The characters make their way along narrow ledges to get a look inside the cave. Prim lost his footing and tried to grab onto the edge of the cliff but the icy surface did not provide and purchase and he started to plummet but his fall was slowed by a quick reaction from Draven’s belt of featherfall and Prim landed softly in a pile of snow. Pokeman Jones took out his unending rope and the party was able to pull him back up.

The Couatl urged the party to hurry as feeding time was near. The party looked around the corner and saw At the back of the cave hung what they perceived to be a relic of giantkind: a crescent-shaped gong in a crude stone frame. The gong, a circular disk 13 feet in diameter, was once the shield of a frost giant champion, but it was broken in combat and is now missing a large piece. What remains of it weighs 250 pounds. The shield is made of red dragon scales bolted to a beaten copper frame. Its leather arm straps are long gone. There are ropes holding up the gong that look like they could be cut.

The party debated as to whether or not they should go for the relic here or go after Wormblod and if they tribe was magically enchanted or if if just under Wormblod’s charismatic influence. There was further debate as to whether or not the tribe was evil or not and if they should go in swinging or try to sneak in and steal the artifact. As they discussed this at length the gong was sounded. The ground rumbled and three young Remorhazes burst from the ground and looked for food spotting the party around the corner, they party set upon the creatures but as they cut into them, hot blood spilled out burning the party as they attacked with their melee weapons. They felled 2 of them but the gong continued to ring and more began bursting from the ground and the party decided to stage a retreat.

The melee group hung in there while the casters pulled back and them everyone made a sprint for the airship with the worms in pursuit. As the crew boarded the airship they tried to throw things in the worms path but they burrowed under the difficult terrain and popped up right under Draven bursting out from the ice grasping him in its jaws, the party stopped and turned to go help him but adrenaline kicked in for the tiefling and he pried the jaws open with raw strength and scrambled out to the air ship. The party yelled UP UP UP NOW!!! and the fire int the balloon kicked up higher as Yue lit a bonfire underneath the balloon to speed up its lift just in time when the worms caught up and were snapping hungrily at the party now out of reach.

The party breathed a sign of relief as they planned to go find Wormblod but before they could rest they spotted something flying towards them. Two Young green dragons were heading straight for the ship. The party called to their crew to prepare for battle and the Pokeman Jones and Zuriel armed the harpoon gun and ballista. Prim used hypnotic pattern and sent one of the dragons falling out of the sky but the other one woke it up by ramming it. The dragons proceeded to make a strafing pass on the air ship blowing poison breath on the crew. Prim dove on top of Erelosa to protect her from the breath attack and took the full brunt of it. The party set upon the dragons firing the ships weaponry at them sticking harpoons and bolts into one dragging it on board where they were able to finish it. Prim got up and used hypnotic pattern again on the other still airborn and knocked it out of the sky and it fell out of site as the airship escaped their assault. The party brought the crew who were knocked out back to consciousness.

Along the way rowan received a message from Lor:

“Rowan my training has been going well. There have been some ups and downs. I returned to Goldenfields to speak with that Giant that looks like a tree and was finally able to get some semblance of directions out of him. I scouted ahead and with more than a little luck and Luurue’s grace I found Grudd Haug. I hope this map location finds some use to you and your party. While I was out scouting this location Shalvus Mcmanus was convicted of treason to Goldenfields and was sentenced to hang by captain of the guard Strog Thunderblade. On the day it was to be carried out the gallows let loose but so did an arrow from the fields severing the noose around his neck. The Zhentarim staged a rescue effort and were able to steal him away. I must double my training and made you proud of me to make sure this land is safe for all. I hope this message finds you safe and well.

I miss you dearly,
Lor”

As the party caught their breath and floated over the spine of the world they saw a caravan on the ground and smoke coming from it. They saw some humanoids being set upon by cloaked figures. Zuriel and Draven jumped off the airship using featherfall and landed in between the two converging parties. The airship landed and the rest of the party disembarked. As they looked around the combatants seemed to be members of the worm tribe that they just left and a bunch of cloaked drow. The tribesmen seemed outmatched so the party set upon the drow squad and wiped them out in the conflict leaving only one drow and one tribesman when the dust settled.

Upon interrogation they discovered the drow were on their way traveling from Gauntylgrim to Ironslag to deliver an iron flask containing Maegera the Dawn Titan which they stole away from Gauntylgrim. The knew that it was needed in the completion of the Vonindod construction. Hearing this news infuriated Zuriel and he executed the drow. The remaining tribesman they discovered to be Wormblod and he stated he was out here trying to collect his concubine who died in the attack when his caravan was set upon but it was not as much of a concern to him as long as he survived and he asked the party to return him to his tribe. The party huddled to debate what to do with him.

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Answers at the Eye of the All Father!
Session 40

The party was able to bring all the citizens of Byrn Shander back to consciousness and although the town suffered heavy damage from the barrage of rocks thrown by the frost giants everyone survived. The party gathered near the city gates to discuss what happened and Zuriel found a note jabbed into the wall with a dagger:

“With the destruction of the giants I’ve decided it’s time to take my leave. I did what I came to do and you seem capable…most of you. I’m returning to Luskan for the time being to check in on my…business, but if in the future you need an extra deadly pair of hands, please hesitate to ask. Perhaps now, Olaf, Metalhead, and Littleman will let me rest. ~Caryandra Nailo

PS – Zuriel, you look much better than the last time I saw you. I am…pleased.”

Zuriel in formed the party of Caryandra’s departure and they set off for a tavern in Bryn Shander to plan their next move. Many citizens came in to express their gratitude and gave them leads and quests.

AUGREK BRIGHTHELM’S QUEST

Hoping to win favor with Sheriff Southwell but unwilling to leave her post, Augrek asks the characters to meet with one or more representatives of the Brighthelm clan in Ironmaster and ask her clanfolk to send reinforcements to Bryn Shander. She warns the characters that the dwarves of Ironmaster don’t allow non-dwarves inside their lands. But, she says, if the characters travel toward Ironmaster, stand next to one of its menhirs, and wait, some dwarves will eventually approach them.

SIRAC OF SUZAIL’S QUEST

Realizing that the frost giants are after the Ring of Winter, Sirac confesses to the characters after the battle that he’s the son of Artus Cimber, and says that he believes his father has the ring. Although he doesn’t know his father’s present whereabouts, Sirac recalls that Artus had connections to the Roaringhorns, a noble family in Waterdeep. He urges the characters to visit the Roaringhorn estate in Waterdeep and speak to someone there. Fearing that the frost giants might come after him again, Sirac offers to accompany the characters as far south as Luskan, where he can catch a ship heading south.

DUVESSA SHANE’S QUEST

After dispatching scouts to check on the other settlements of Ten-Towns, Duvessa tells the characters that she has an aunt (her father’s sister) living in Waterdeep who is the captain of a ship called the Dancing Wave. Duvessa writes a letter to her aunt, Inirva Coldwater, asking her to provide passage and accommodations to the characters if they need to travel up or down the Sword Coast.

MARKHAM SOUTHWELL’S QUEST

The sheriff asks the characters to patrol Icewind Dale and return at once if they see further evidence of giant activity in the region. If the characters accept the quest, Southwell deputizes them and gives them three weeks’ worth of provisions, as well as a signed letter attesting that they are acting on his behalf. Characters can present the letter to the town speaker of any other Ten-Towns settlement and expect to receive free room and board.

BELDORA’S QUEST

Beldora urges the characters to head southwest and take Ten Trail through the mountains to the mining settlement of Hundelstone. She suggests they make contact with a gnome named Thwip Ironbottom, who lives there year-round. Knowing the party members are allied with the Harpers, she tells them that Thwip serves as the organization’s eyes and ears in Hundelstone. Beldora uses her sending stone to inform Thwip that the characters are coming.

SIR BARIC NYLEF’S QUEST

Sir Barie is determined to find the Weevil. At this point, however, he fears that the trail has gone cold. He plans to remain in Bryn Shander only a couple more days beforesearching elsewhere, and he doesn’t want to waste the characters’ time in what could end up being a futile hunt for the criminal. Barie believes it’s more important to keep the Order of the Gauntlet apprised of his whereabouts and intentions, so he asks the characters to locate another member of the order and report on Sir Baric’s status. He suggests that they seek out Sir Lanniver Strayl, a devout follower of Tyr who lives in Neverwinter.

As the party received these leads and were discussing which of them sounded promising, prim got a sending spell from Erelosa “no they are coming HELP DADD’Y….. they are here ZIRA!” and the party bolted towards the the floating tower. As they bounded up the cloud steps they saw a frost giant being tossed from the tower and hit the ground dead. as they neared the top they saw another in the entrance way but then an axe be put through its chest and standing in the doorway was another massive frost giant with a White Dragon helm. Prim recognized this as the legendary frost giant Harshnag and recalls tales sung about him in waterdeep:

“In taverns throughout the North, he is known as a monster to some and a hero to others. In Waterdeep, he’s remembered as the largest member of Force Grey, a notoriously destructive adventuring company that came to the city’s defense on more than one occasion. Believed to be hundreds of years old, Harshnag wanders the wilderness with greataxe in hand, seeking to lay low his evil giant brethren.”

Harshnag told the party he was out for vengeance against his fellow giants as they killed members of Force Grey and wished to restore order to their society. He was a giant of few words but made his purpose clear that he was tired of slaughtering his fellows and wanted to find answers from the oracle at the Eye of the all father but needed help getting there and he could provide directions if they had the means of travel.

The party saw Zira protecting Erelosa who hid behind Zephyos’s chair. She had no weapons but her mouth and hands were covered in frost giant blood and she made sure that She was ok before vanishing.

The party saw Zephyros once again had him mind wracked by contacting planar beings and the control orb that flies the tower was partially damaged in the attack but he felt he could still get the party to the eye of the all father now that they knew where it was. The party reached an agreement that the eye was their new destination and decided to set off.

Along the way the party helped Zephyros try to recover his memory and it took longer this time but he remembered he saw Duke Zalto hiring Drow to steal Maegera the dawn titan from Gauntylgrym to reignite the forge at Ironslag and complete reconstruction of the Vonindod.

The party arrived at the Eye of the allfather and at the entrance came across 6 giant pillars depicting the various types of giants:

  • A hill giant lifting a rock above its head
  • A frost giant chopping down a great pine
  • A cloud giant flying among birds in the sky
  • A flying storm giant hurling lightning bolts at a ship
  • A stone giant climbing a mountain
  • A fire giant with chained dwarf prisoners in a cavern

Beyond this entrance was a large dome they entered. At the back of the dome, a 40-foot-wide, 40-foot-high hallway lead into the mountain. Wind had blown the snow far into the hallway. The snow thinned out and disappeared after about 100 feet. The party noticed tracks of the humans continued east into the dungeon complex. Zuriel noticed big heavy stone blocks in the ceiling that looks like they would descend to seal off the tunnel but they could not find a way to activate or deactivate a mechanism. At the end of the hallway they heard whispers in the dark and tried to sneak up on them but Draven and Zuriel conversed too loudly and arrows began firing out of the dark at the party and they cave face to face with a party of Uthgardt barbarians who were lead by a sorcerer who has a white dragon wyrmling as a pet that blew cold frost on them.

The party battled through the giant halls of the eye of the allfather and eventually were victorious and they knocked out the final barbarian hoping to interrogete him. In their exhaustion they forgot to tie him up so when questioned the barbarian pet upon prim attacking him. Sensing he was in danger harshnag cleaved the barbarian with his axe finishing him. Draven used speak with dead on the sorcerer to try to find out why they were there. Upon questioning they found out they were part of the Great Worm tribe and the barbarians have come to the Eye of the All-Father to find a missing member of their tribe The chieftain was also hoping to use this opportunity as an excuse to plunder the temple of its treasures, but his berserkers were unable to get through these doors.

The party tried to open the doors themselves but they seemed frozen shut until harshnag cave by and with some effort he was able to shove the doors open revealing a huge vaulted chamber. Thick frost clings to every surface of this 100-foot-high vaulted chamber. Seven enormous statues dominated the room. The largest of them is an 80-foot-tall robed giant, his arms outstretched and his face hidden beneath a stony cowl, facing a glowing archway in the east wall. Kneeling in rows to each side of this statue are six statues half its size, each impressive in its own right and depicting a paragon of a type of giant: hill, stone, frost, tire, cloud, and storm. These smaller statues face the bigger one in the room’s center. In their outstretched arms, five of the giants hold weapons-gifts for their All-Father. Only the frost giant statue was unarmed.

There were frozen doors to the north and south of the room but east there was a glowing arch way. The archway is 40 feet wide and 40 feet tall. Six different runes are carved into it, each one inlaid with mithral, and a glowing mist tills the arch. Niches in the walls on either side of it contain empty, ice-covered sconces made of iron. All of the runes are lit up and a portal was active that the party passed through.

Beyond the thundering archway was a hexagonal chamber whose walls rise 50 feet before tapering to a 90-foot-high apex. Standing in each corner of the room is a life-size statue of a giant holding up a heavy, iron lantern with one raised arm. Each type of giant is represented: hill, stone, frost, fire, cloud, and storm. A cold, magical light radiates from each lantern, illuminating a giant corpse lying on the floor beneath a shroud of frost in the middle of the room. The corpse looks like it has been here for some time, preserved by the cold. Next to the body rests a giant, frost-covered Morningstar. Prim approached the corpse and a ghost of the frost giant Eigeron arose. The party spoke with him and learned Like many giants before them, Eigeron and his father, Blagothkus, came to the Eye of Annam seeking wisdom. The divine oracle told them that a great upheaval would upset the balance of power in the world, giving all giants the opportunity to win the respect of their gods and bring glory to their race. The oracle told Blagothkus outright that he could never impress the gods enough to earn their favor, then urged Eigeron to step out from beneath his father’s “dark shadow.” Blagothkus was overcome with despair and envy. A terrible fight between father and son ensued, in which Blagothkus slew Eigeron. Blagothkus then retired to his castle to mourn.

Eigeron manifests as the spirit of a cloud giant. He wants to know why the characters have come and tried to be helpful. He knew how the oracle works and can explained what the characters must say to contact it After he gave this information, he asks the characters to avenge his death by killing his evil father, Blagothkus. He informed the party to oracle was underneath his body and asked him to move it aside. Some fumbling of his body upset him and almost caused a confrontation with the spirit but the party was able to talk their way out of a confrontation. Etched into the floor of the room and hidden under a layer of frost is a 20-foot-diameter, mithral-inlaid circle inscribed with the kong (king) rune and the words “Ask Your Question and Know Truth” in Dethek, the Dwarvish script. The kong rune, which Yue could read is nearly as big as the circle enclosing it, is often associated with Annam the AU-Father. Yue used her fire magic to heat up the room and melted the layer of ice and speaking the correct words activated the oracle. 6 lanterns lit and the party asked it some questions:

What must be done to stop the giants?

“Find the 5 magic conch of the storm giant king, Hekaton. Use them to visit Hekaton’s court. Root out the evil therein.

Where are the conchs?

“In the clutches of the giant lords.”

Where are the Giant Lords?

“Beyond my site I need a personal item from them to discern their current location. First, you must prove yourself! When human barbarians came to these lands, they fought our kind and stole our relics, burying them in the ground. The humans built altars to Uthgar, their god-king, atop these relics and surrounded their altars with burial mounds. Go to these mounds, retrieve one or more of our lost relics, and bring them here as tribute. Do this, and your path will be made clear. There are many paths you can take. The more relics you deliver, the more paths you will have to choose from. Several evil giant lords stand ready to oppose you. You are the chosen who can ruin all of their plans.”

Where is the Closest Legendary Bardic Instrument?

Prim held out a map to a statue and it extended its arm and pointed to the city of Neverwinter.

What are the names of the Giant Lords?

Guh, Kayalithica, Storvald, Zalto, Sansuri

With that all of the torches were extinguished. The party discerned that the magic would return at dawn to ask more questions so the party decided to leave harshnag at the Eye to get more information and to guard the oracle. Harshnag was able to draw a rough map for the party with the location of the burial mounds and they decided to head off. as they headed out of the Eye A strange vehicle hung in the sky overhead, slowly drifting closer. It looked like a small ship with sleigh runners, held aloft by a giant red balloon. A crew member of the ship yelled down:

“We come to you on behalf of Klauth, the Great Dragonof the North! Klauth offers you this vessel and our services as a gift, so that you may cross his vast dominion while avoiding the many perils of the land below. War against the giants is inevitable, but the Great Dragon commands you forge ahead and face your destiny! The ordning of the giants is broken, and they are not united. Slay their leaders, and you may yet prevail. If you succeed in quelling the giant threat, Klauth bids you come to his hidden vale, so that he can reward your bravery.”

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The Battle for Bryn Shander!
Session 39

Session 39 The Battle for Bryn Shander!
During the night Yue and Xing lay in the griffon’s nest together. She removed his clothing but when she went to take off his glove he asked her to keep it on as he told her he had a traumatic injury to it and it still hurts him and he didn’t want her to see it. Yue left the issue alone and they connected until they heard Rowan Yelling about an incoming dragon.

Rowan saw an Adult silver dragon land on the cloud top and drop off 6 dwarves who looked ready for battle. The dragon flew to the top of the Aeire and scared away the griffons and Surprised Yue and Xing. The dwarves took note that there were humans and not giants on this cloud top and questioned them demanding to know where the giant was and if they were being held captive. Draven denied that there was a giant in the tower at all and rowan stated “no he is a good giant he is helping us. The conflict between the two stories made the dwarves suspicious and they told the party to stay put and they would investigate the tower. They drank potions of gaseous form and floated up to the 2nd floor. Zuriel thinking quickly cast darkness to hide zephyros. The dwarves were unable to see but were suspicious that something was going on.

Xing spoke to the dragon and introduced himself. The dragon stated his name was Clarion and to please don’t let him disturb their human mating rituals and peered down into the 2nd floor spotting Zephyros through the magical darkness. Clarion called to his dwarves that the giant was here. Zephyros piped up himself and made a plea to the dragon that he was here to stop the madness going on in the giant realm and he offered the party’s involvement in defending 4 cities from giant attack as proof as well as the fire giant’s knife.

Clarion being an intelligent being recalled the news that an adventuring party was able to assist in the defense of giant attacks down south and deduced that these crimson mercenaries had enlisted this giant for help. He called off the attack on the tower and explained that He owed a favor to Queen Dagnabbet of Mithral Hall and she requested that he help disable giant strongholds in the area as they were causing problems by transporting a Lord’s alliance strike team to sensitive targets. They were unaware that the party was able to befriend some of their kind and will be more cognizant of such nuance in the future. The dragon said they will continue to search out rogue giant strongholds and bid the party farewell and took a note from the party to give to the queen to express their thanks and to perhaps get an audience should they ever visit mithril hall explaining they have similar goals and enemies in this matter. Clarion bid the party farewell and took to the skies with 3 dwarves in each claw.

Yue and Xing finished getting dressed and they met up with the rest of the party to discuss what happened and they finally arrived back at wave echo cave. They entered to the guards standing watch. The party explained who they were and were greeted coldly by an elven woman who introduced herself as Caryandra Nailo. She claimed the mine was hers and the harpers sent the her to watch over it. She seemed to talk with the flaming skull head who patrols the mine and convinced him she was the real owner of the mine. Zuriel said nothing but turned white as a sheet seeing her and remembering his past. The party requested they speak with gundren and she said he left but his brother was here and wanted to speak with them. They proceeded to the forge of spells and noticed construction was done and water was once again turning the wheel and the bellows were working with high function causing the forge to pulse with magical green fire. Nundro greeted the party and showed Zuriel what they were able to made for him with the material from the void rapier. They presented him with a claw which he was thrilled with. The party questioned him about Caryandra and he said that the harpers sent her to help protect the forge and she got here and seemed very cold and bossy like she owned the place and they creepy skull thing seems to have taken to her. But they have been safe since the harpers arrived so he was happy with the current arrangements.

The party went to set out and Caryandra stopped them and said she wished to come along with them as she didn’t like owing debts and she felt like she owed the party something. She didn’t elaborate when questioned but being with the harpers and knowing sister gaerelle the party decided to take her with them to Bryn Shander and then she said she might head to Luscan or somewhere else in the north. As they were exiting wave echo cave Caryandra asked to speak with Xing pulling him to the side and started whispering in his ear. Yue’s hands started blazing with fire but then Xing came over to her and said he needed to take care of some family business dealing with his mother but he would find a way to catch up with them in the north. They said their goodbye’s and the party departed on the tower. Along the way Rowan attempted to scry once more on the fire giant and broke through this time. She saw North of the Silver Marches is a range of towering, snow-covered mountains known as the Ice Spires. The great dungeon-forge of Ironslag is under the one known to dwarves of the Silver Marches as Mount Hamarhaast (“hammer of ashes”). Carved into the base of a 500-foot-high mountainside cliff is a pair of 50-foot-tall adamantine doors-airtight valves sealed by ancient magic. She saw the fire giant entering the doors and presenting the piece of the vonindod to someone he called Duke Zalto. He ordered his goblin minions and fire giants to get to work on it and the bellows of the forge sprung to life as the scry cut out. Rowan recognized this place from a book she read and marked the location on the map for the party.

The party arrived in the frigid north and they departed the tower. Erelosa decided to stay in the tower while rillix ducked into the back of Yue’s hood as they set into town. They walked to the gates and Zuriel confided in Yue taking off his mask and showed Yue his face. After showing Yue his face, he explained he’s ashamed of his face. “I don’t deserve it after my previous life. I was actually born a devil in the 9 hells. it’s hard to explain and long, but I met with a group of adventurers after being tossed out and attempted to use them to my will but during my time with them i became changed. I didn’t care anymore about my revenge, i actually cared for my group. During our adventures we saved a mage and he in doing so he returned a favor and gave me 1 wish, which was to become an angel, but he couldn’t do that much so I started life over as an Aasimar .”

Yue followed his story and said And so that’s why you doesn’t look like a devil anymore. Zuriel replied “ The black wings are my reminder, and my life is my burden that I have not earned yet I have lived this life for over 40 years now, and still haven’t done enough to clear up my past life. Yue responded I think that, you need to look forward… If you only think of the past…you’ll only get trapped by it. As they spoke they arrived at the entrance to Bryn Shander.

At the gates they they met and welcomed by a woman named Augrek Brighthelm. they asked where they might be able to find the mayor of the city and she told them that would be her husband and she led them to his office. As the party was explaining the situation with the Giants a booming voice was heard outside throughout the town “We demand Parley, Surrender Artus Cimber or die!” The mayor went outside and was face to face with 3 frost giants. The leader introduced himself as Drufi and once again demanded Artus Cimber be delivered to him. The party had never heard of such a man and neither had the mayor or his wife so upon their denial of knowing him and noone else in the town stepped forward so a conflict broke out with the giants deciding to tear the town to pieces to find him. A villager Sirac of Suzail heard the demands of the frost giants and knew they were looking for his father but he did not know where he was as he had not seen him since he was a baby but he suspected the giants were after the ring of winter.

Drufi attempted to take off the mayor’s head with a greataxe but he parried it with his longsword and the party jumped in knocking him off balance and Caryandra hamstrung him with her rapier spinning it as she moved throughout the battlefield. as the party set upon the frost giants Drufi pulled out an ivory hon and blew it signalling the rest of his tribe to set upon the village. From every direction frost giants came over the horizon and began throwing rocks into the city hitting the knight Sir Baric Nylef and knocking unconscious a woman Beldora who he rushed to help. Sirac of Suzail knew the leader was after his father and even though he had never met him knew he didn’t want them to find Artus and so he rushed the wounded Drufi and killed him with his long sword before being knocked unconsious by Drufi’s bodyguard. A giant threw a net over Caryandra and prim insulted her which seemed to be the last straw for her that day as she tore the net off and set upon 3 frost giants stabbing ones eyes out with her rapier and keeping them as souvenirs, they other 2 slashed at her but she used mirror image to create duplicates of herself. One dropped a rock on his foot, then swung at her with his axe too hard and cut himself before his ally missed with a rock slammed him in the back on the head. Caryandra walked up to him and pierced his lung in the chaos. She dueled the last one slashing the last slashing throat leaving the snow crimson behind her with the west part of the city clear.

Zuriel did battle with the giant’s inter wolves and slashed them with his new claw until they pounced on him they were about the breath cold breath when an arrow from Prim’s frost arc and Augrek’s crossbow and Rowan’s Laruue horn drilled through their open mouth and out the back of their head dropping the beasts. Pokeman and Draven held the south part of the city while yue lit up the winter scene with fireballs and magic missiles. Yue took a deep wound with a great axe but lit the giant ablaze with her mantle of flame. The giants poured in from around the city wall and were about to deliver a finishing blow to her but she activated her arcane shield and deflected the axe blows and with fire running in her veins she she finished one with a firebolt and chromatic orb, Several villagers went down in the fight but Rowan used spare the dying and stabilized them before anyone died. and held several giants in place with hold monster so pokeman and draven could smash them down. Bryn Shander finally grew quiet and the party knew they had won the day. Some began searching the giants for loot and clues while others rushed to help tend to the injured.

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Old Gnawbone!
Session 38

The party arrived on the outskirts on Phandalin and as they approached the town they noticed some upgrades to the wall and Zuriel noticed the sound of like a bell or chimes ringing from within the city. The party sprang into action not knowing what to expect but as they approached the shrine of luck they found a new golden bell there ringing with a gentle wind chime melody and the party heard laughter coming from the Stonehill in. They entered to find their friends eating, drinking and laughing from their successful adventure. Loralyn and Droop were doing face painting with her having a heart on her cheek and Droop having a full dragon scrawled across his face Mike Tyson tattoo style.

Their friends greeted them and offered them drink and they shared stories of their latest adventures. Rowan checked on their guild hall and found Mirna’s kids taking care of it and told them to come celebrate with them. Prim and droop reconnected and he introduced his daughter Erelosa to him and they bonded over the luck dragon droop found in the temple of Tymora. As Yue and Xing came in Loralyn was surprised by her presence and asked her how she was. Yue told her Xing and her were now together and Lorayln told her she was happy for her and stepped outside for a second.

Yue followed her outside and asked if she was ok. Loralyn Questioned Yue about how they met and the things she liked about Xing. Yue told her the story of how they met and ask she described her feeling for him Loralyn could be seen noticeably wincing and gripping over her heart as if it was breaking but she urged her to continue that she needed to hear what she was saying. She Asked Yue if she loved Xing and upon Yue saying that she thinks she does Loralyn let out a sign and she seemed like she was hurt but was expecting that answer and told Yue she was glad she was safe and happy.

Yue went inside and Loralyn thought to herself that she was glad she became strong enough to not break down now and she looked up to the sky and saw it was raining and walked out into it and let the rain wash her face and it ran down her cheek cutting the heart painted on her face in half. She stood there for a second and just listened to the sound of the rain hitting the bell on the shrine of luck when suddenly she felt a blanket be wrapped around her. Yue came back out so she wouldn’t catch cold. Loralyn turned around surprised and said. AH no fair, a surprise attack, that is not fair, you can’t be sweet to me now. and at that time she broke down and cried but was glad the rain was coming down harder that noone would notice except for Yue. Yue realized she was trying to force her to break her heart so she could move on and they talked until Loralyn got a hold of herself and they returned to the inn having cleared the air.

At the celebration Zuriel spoke with Gungren Rockseeker and convinced him to use material from the void and attempt to make him a claw weapon out of it in the forge of spells. Draven spoke with sister Gaerelle and informed her of the dealings with the giants down south and she suggested trying to scry on their foes if they had seen them and she would keep in touch with harper agents and let them know if they received any information he also learned that zem slatedust moved into the outskirts of town from icespire peak in order to continue his experiments with gunpowder and he set off to meet with him. Prim and Loralyn gave a performance that night and Loralyn seemed ok as she played her newly discovered doss lute. Prim asked where she got such an instrument and she told him of their adventure and said if she heard of any other ones she would send him a message, She told prim that she felt she would be able to help a lot of people with this instrument back in neverwinter and it has given her a renewed purpose and drive in life.

Draven found Zem slatedust on the outskirts of Phandalin and knocked on his door and was welcomed in. They discussed his cursed gun and Zem stated he was glad he was able to free it that his own hand got blown off before he really noticed what was going on. Draven made a request to see if Zem would be willing to watch some of his goblin kids who were interested in his gun and gunpowder. and he said sure that he could always use a hand around the shop and 5 of the golbin kids remained with him seeming thrilled to get to play with explosives. Draven pensively turned them over and told them to not blow themselves up or shoot their eye out.

After the celebration the party had rowan try to scry on the fire giant and old gnawbone and felt resistance with the fire giant but some push back and counter scrying with old gnawbone. The party got a good night’s sleep with the white noise of the rain bringing some precious valuable down time where they weren’t fighting for their lives. Rowan was determined to try again in the morning and was still unsuccessful with the fire giant but managed to slip through old gnawbones defenses and saw her in a large circular field in the kryptgarden forest. She informed the party and they set out for the Kryptgarden forest landing on the outskirts after a day and a half travel via Zephyros’s tower. Rowan pulled out the dragon sentinel amulet and between that and the locate spell she was able to pin point the meadow she saw in the scry. The meadow was filled with fey creatures and prim was able to recognize them as cupids. They all hid and let them pass through the meadow and began their search for Old gnawbone.

They did not have to wait long as prim peered around a rock the face of an ancient green dragon sprung forth from the brush and greeted them. The rest of the party tried to hide in front of a rock leaving prim as the face man to speak with her. Old Gnawbone towered over the rocks though and saw all of them easily and introduced herself as Claugiyliamatar. She is chewing on the body of an Uthgardt barbarian and clamps her jaw down snapping him in half sending the lower extremities to Prim’s feet. She informed the party she is aware of the world’s events as they are not the only ones who can scry and she pulls out a crystal ball. She tells the party she is aware that giants have become nuisances once more, and that adventurers have their work cut out for them. She lets them know they have a common enemy and she wishes the party not allow the fire giants to reconstruct the vonindod. She says she will attempt to locate them but suggests the party to travel north to the Valley of Khedrun and search for a giant temple called the Eye of the All-Father. “Therein,” she says, “you’ll learn what must be done to end the giant menace.” She also tells them to keep an eye out for a frost giant wearing a helm made from a white dragon’s skull, as he can help them. She says his name is Harshnag and he travels near the Spine of the world and if anyone can lead them to answers it is him.

The party thanked Claugiyliamatar for her help, Prim reuested a trinket for his daughter as she was a big fan a dragons and as a show of good faith Claugiyliamatar exfoliated a scale and put it on the ground near him. Prim picked it up burning his hand with how acidic it felt and quickly wrapped it up and Claugiyliamatar returned to the forest.

As the party was leaving they encountered another roaming group of cupids and needed to fight them off but prim was struck with an arrow of attraction which made him defend the creatures and Xing was struck with an arrow of revulsion which made him frightened of draven and he said some offensive things to him. Yue Zuriel Rowan and Pokeman jones were able to take care of the cupids and together they removed the arrows returning their companions to normal after a struggle with them. They collected the remaining cupid weapons and found a bouquet of flowers and they headed out of the forest.

Returning to the tower Zuriel requested they set off for the forge of spells to see how gundren was fairing with the claw weapon. on the way Erelosa suggested going camping under the stars on the cloud material of the tower and invited Zuriel to come which he obliged with some hesitation. Zephyros made some popped corn for everyone and Pokeman jones broke out everfull and they shared different alcohol which Zephyos enjoyed the goldengulp mead and the party got to try some cloud giant ale which everfull remembered. Yue Burned through her consumption with her new found metabolism but it seemed to hit xing a little harder and he asked Yue to dance despite no music, Zephyros used some light magic to dim the lights of the tower and Prim consistently spying on them played some music and then they danced for awhile and enjoyed a kiss at the end of it.

Being a little tipsy Zephyros still decided to pilot the ship but it listed slightly sending Zuriel and Erelosa skidding toward the cloud top edge. Prim held his ground but when he saw Erelosa slip off and grab the edge he sprinted towards her just in time for her grip to fail and she began to fall. Prim jumped off of the tower after her grabbed her and dimension doored back up onto the could top. Erelosa thanked him for saving her and told him he was amazing and that maybe they should play inside for the rest of the night which he agreed.

Yue and Xing went to the Aerie of the tower to spend the night together while Rillix played with Zephyros’s griffons flying above the tower. The rest of the party rested on the lower floor until Rowan as awakened by the sound of flapping wings in the middle of the night and looked outside to see a Silver Dragon heading their way.

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Meanwhile in Phandalin: Quest to the Temple of Tymora!
Session 37

After the party quelled the flames in Triboar they took a breather and assessed any casualties from the battle. They discovered the one dwarf Ghelryn Foehammer fell in the battle at Triboar. Rowan brought him to the center of town and they took up a collection for him and she performed a resurrection ritual returning his spirit to his body and saving him. The town was thrilled with their efforts and ocver the next few hours they had a celebration for them. They all sampled the box of chocolates they found which had a variety of effects on the party with the most notable being that pokeman jones was polymorphed into a mimic chest and draven became adhered to him because he thought it was funny and poked him only to discover mimics are very sticky and as he flailed it was like putting himself deeper and deeper into a Chinese finger trap until the whole mimic was stuck to his arm and chest. Each one of the townsfolk came to them and offered them thanks and some information that they thought would be of interest to such great adventurers.

DARATHRA SHENDREL’S QUEST Darathra doesn’t have much contact with her fellow Harpers, but it strikes her as odd that fire giants would make it this far into the Dessarin Valley without her receiving some kind of warning. She wants to make sure her organization is aware of the gravity of the situation. She gives the characters a platinum badge (worth 50 gp) bearing the Triboar insignia (three boars charging forward) and urges the characters to travel east along the Evermoor Way, visit Danivarr’s House in Everlund, and give the badge to Dral Thelev, the one-eyed half-ore proprietor.

DARZ HELGAR’S QUEST Darz relates to the characters that he was recently visited by an old acquaintance, a merchant from Mirabar, with an interesting tale to tell. The merchant saw a dwarf cleaning stables in Xantharl’s Keep, a fortified village on the Long Road, and later recognized him from a wanted poster he saw while traveling south through Longsaddle. The merchant is sure that the dwarf he saw is a wanted brigand known as the Weevil; according to the wanted poster, whoever delivers him alive to the authorities in Mirabar can collect a reward of 5,000 gp. Darz briefly entertained the idea of going after the Weevil himself, but then admitted to himself that he’s too old for such things. Passing this information along to the characters is his way of thanking them for their help during the attack.

URGALA MELTIMER’S QUEST In the aftermath of the battle, Urgala relates to the characters that one of her former adventuring companions, a wealthy knight named Harthos Zymorven, had a giant slayer greatsword. (Change the weapon to a giant slayer greataxe if that would be more desirable to a party member.) The last time Urgala spoke with him, Harthos was living in Zymorven Hall, his ancestral keep on the Rauvin Road northwest of Silverymoon. Urgala thinks Harthos might be willing to part with the weapon if the characters mention her name to him and explain their reason for needing it.

OTHOVIR’S QUEST After his close call during the giants’ attack, Othovir expresses his gratitude to the characters by sharing a secret with them: he knows the location of a stash of magic items that the Margaster family, his kin, keeps locked away for emergencies. If the characters ask him how he came by this information, Othovir tells them that he has a history with the Margaster family, which he despises for reasons he’d rather not discuss. The family owns a three-story tower in Silverymoon that has a detached carriage house on the property, and it is here that the characters must travel. He provides the following details:

• The carriage house is a 30-foot-square stone building with two floors. The windowless ground floor that holds the carriage has a big wooden sliding door in the front. The upper floor is an apartment with a floor made of wooden planks and a barred window set into each wall. An open wooden staircase in one corner of the building connects the floors.

• Two human guards with spears are stationed in the upstairs apartment.

• An arcane lock spell protects the sliding wooden door.

• The carriage has two draft horses harnessed to it, ready to leave at a moment’s notice. The carriage is protected by an alarm spell, set to go off when a carriage door is opened.

• The magic items are hidden in a compartment under the passenger seat inside the carriage.

GHELRYN FOEHAMMER’S QUEST As a reward for their efforts, Ghelryn writes the characters a letter of recommendation and suggests they present it to King Morinn or Queen Tithmel should they find themselves in Citadel Felbarr.

After receiving the advice from the people of triboar the party decided they wanted to check in on their guild hall in Phandalin so they boarded Zephyros’s tower in order to set off. Upon arriving they discovered Elerosa was having fun playing with the goblin children and that she mentioned Zephyros kept forgetting who she was after he was casting magic into the crystal ball upstairs. Upon questioning him he initially didn’t seem like he remembered who they party was and upon reminding him of what they did he recalled what happened to him and explained when he tries to contact the planar beings if he fails it wracks his mind and he can lose memories but he thanked the party for the reminder and seemed resolute to restore the ordning and thanked the party for what they did in triboar. The party set off for Phandalin.

Meanwhile in Phandaline:

While the party has been out fighting giants down south, Loralyn has been singing songs in the Thunderdome working on her craft and seemed happy for awhile but as time went by started becoming more depressed even though she sang happy songs night after night. She bottled it up until one day she wrote a note for Wes and Droop and set off to find a sleeping potion which she planned to take and throw herself off of the Thunderdome roof. Wandering through the halls Droop stumbled upon the note and luckily Loralyn and Wes had taught droop how to read and write common on the way back north from halenshire. He rushed to show it to Wes and with quick thinking he was able to get a message to Pookee to switch the potions she was seeking to a potion of featherfall.

That night loralyn returned and climbed up to the apex of the Thunderdome, downed the potion and launched herself off of it. Wes saw this transpire and caught her at the bottom of the arena and was able to play it off as her practicing for her new act. Over the next few weeks they talked and became much closer and promised he would help her through her rough times. They discussed her ambitions and insecurities of not feeling good enough and come up with a solution. Through some digging they discovered the existence of some legendary bard instruments that really seemed to peak her interest and she wanted to seek them out. They both thought this would be a good idea to give her a heroic purpose once again and satisfy her longing for adventure and help prove to herself she has worth. Loralyn researched these instruments and found rumor of one buried in a an old temple to Tymora at old owl well. she also heard rumors in a tavern in neverwinter that followers of Beshaba have been gathering in that area. She knew sister gaerelle would be the one to contact and she might be able to throw together an adventuring party.

Loralyn set off for phandalin with droop and they met with sister garaelle and discussed the details of how this temple would be of interest to them both and she agreed that it was worth looking into. She rounded up some volunteers in the town and Gundren rockseeker, Iarno albrek, Zem Slatedust, and herself seemed interested as well as loralyn and droop. She introduced Zem to the group saying he came from icespire peak and had wanted to setup shop in town to sell and experiment with his gunpowder but they decided it would be safer if they found him a residence on the outskirts of phandalin and he has been experimenting there ever since with the occasional explosions heard throughout the area.

The party prepared and set off for old owl well. Upon their arrival they discovered two followers of Beshaba attempting to break into the newly uncovered entrance to the temple They were able to get the jump on them and were able to dispatch them quickly with only droop taking a poisoned blade to the arm. Sister Gaerelle was able to heal his wounds and they proceeded down the stairs into the old Temple.

As they descended they ended up in a hallway lit by a magical torch which read “Humble yourself before Tymora and Pass.” The party made their way down the hallway with droop taking point until he felt his foot press into a pressure plate and axe blades came swinging out of the wall head and torso level catching his shoulder and part of zem’s prosthetic hand before the rest of the party hit the dirt. Droop tries to crawl the rest of the way and as he did more and more traps were triggered but the party figured out if they crawled through the hallway the blades were not high enough to cut them and they proceeded deeper into the temple.

The 2nd floor presented the party with a trial of luck where they came to a door with 4 holes. Droop using the lucky eenie meenie miney moe technique stuck his hand in and pulled a lever which dropped two treasure chests, the 1st one they opened contained treasure and a magical coin, the 2nd treasure was a mimic which attacked them and bit droops hand but was eventually dispatched. The party tried a 2nd hole in the door and were able to open it. The party proceeded deeper into the temple.

The 3rd floor they discovered a dragonborn spirit who informed them he was trapped there and bound by these servants of beshaba and asked for their help in releasing him but warned them it would be dangerous. The party agreed to help him and fought a room full of ghosts who attempted to possess the party but only one of them reached droop who rejected the ghost and Loralyn was able to fear the ghosts away from the party and they were able to pick them off as they trickled back into the room. The dragonborn spirit thanked the party as he was released and vanished. The party satisfied with helping found a blue orb in the room and they proceeded forward.

Moving to the bottom floor of the temple they discovered a room with the trial of harmony in it. Droop played a sweet song but it reminded loralyn of her past and she was unable to sing a song but she played her flute with all the emotion she had building up and it moved the earth and water elemental guardians who were guarding the legendary bard equipment and she acquired the doss lute. Droop searched the rest of the room and found a 2nd blue orb, a deck of cards, and another magical coin.

Sister Gaerelle recognized another door of luck and felt that the inner sanctum was just behind it. Loralyn feeling invigorated from her victory tried 1st but got an electric jolt which made her hair stand on end. the party used 2 mage hands 1 of them getting destroyed but one of them finding the correct lever and the door swung open into a beautiful inner sanctum with a waterfall and statues to tymora. Droop placed the blue orbs into their hands and the waterfall parted revealing a magical golden bell which sister gaerelle determined she could use to help the town of phandalin. Sitting atop the bell was a luck dragon which seemed to take to droop as they approached. The party took its hardiest members of the party and carried the bell out of the temple disabling the blade traps as they went. Sister gaerelle blessed the chamber to help protect it from further intrusions from Beshaba acolytes They were able to call for a cart to help them bring it back to Phandalin.

With their quest successful they arrived back in Phandalin just in time to see a flying tower headed their way.

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Straife Steps Into the Hot Seat
The Hag

To be filled in later.

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