CM Adventures

Race to the Grandfather Tree
Session 54

The party decided to spend the night in prim’s magical mansion and he sent out his spiritual servants to take care of the party and help them relax after a hard day. Several ate a meal of chicken and fruit where the feebleminded draven kept requesting doughnuts and so the staff led him to the kitchen to help him prepare some. A few minutes later the party smelled something burning and on investigation Yue and norros saw the over was on fire having none of the ingredients were taken out of the packages before being placed in the over and the kitchen was ablaze to Norros’s horror and Yue’s enjoyment. Norros ran around trying to conjure water to put out the flames and prim ran in asking why the servants didn’t watch him and they replies with that they did watch and are currently watching him. This is whee Prim realized his instructions needed to be more specific.

While this was occurring Caryandra slipped away to indulge her hedonistic side with a bubble bath. She thought about how long its been since she was able to property clean her body and hair and was enjoying it until Norros walked in on her bath. As he entered the door he was greeted with a dagger flung from the bath sticking next to his head implanted in the door. Panicking he cast Polymorph on Caryandra once again changing her into a cat submerging her into the water. coming flying out of the tub was a pissed off and wet cat that attempted to scratch Norros who ran out of the room yelling “I’M SORRY!” and shut the door behind him as a claw raked the door. Looking at the door he saw the tip of the dagger be removed and her glaring eye out the hole in the door. She proceeded to carve “prim sorry for the damage” into the door and proceeded to finish her bath. The party rested for the night and headed out in the morning.

The party boarded their ship and headed back to the village to reconvene with Xing and the child who lost his memory. They filled in xing with the information on what they discovered in the Hag’s cave and Xing said he was pretty sure that Shin Lan suffered from the same fate as this child. Caryandra gave the thought bottle to yue to see if she could figure out how it worked. Yue studied the bottle and saw a swirling white mist from within it. She uncorked the bottle and drew out a mystical white strand which she placed into the child’s ear and his eyes rolled back for a second and suddenly he proclaimed that he could remember what happened to him.

He said he was playing in the woods where he shouldn’t have been and the Hag lured him over and abducted him extracted his memory and the next thing he knew he was wandering the forest until he discovered the village and had been there until Caryandra found him and began her search for the hag. The child asked if he would be able to return to his mother in Luskan and Prim with his teleportation circle was able to open a portal to take him there. He gave him a note with instructions for droop to escort him to Luscan and the child was off.

The party rested the night in the village and set off for the grandfather tree in the morning. They arrived in the clearing north of the tree and as they approached they saw a tribe of centaurs arguing with some Dryads that were guarding the tree. the party attempted to be stealthy and crept close to heard the tribe’s leader telling the Dryads that they knew the grandfather tree had healing capabilities and that their tribe had fallen ill not being able to eat or drink for days and many were malnourished and to top it off several tribesmen had lost their memories to the damned hags in the forest. As they spoke the druids asked them to leave and the tribe leader looked as if he was ready to use force when Norros leaned against a tree not realizing it was rotted out and the tree topped over making a loud crash throughout the forest. The tribe rushed over to the area and discovered the party drawing their bows. Prim started to say something about how he should be the new leader of the centaur tribe but was muffled by Caryandra and Draven stepped forward and told the tribe that they were friends and they heard of their plight and that the party had powerful healers which might be able to assist in their sickness. Rowan stepped forward to help demonstrate her healing prowess. One of the tribesmen volunteered to let her try as the exhaustion of his affliction was becoming too much.

Rowan reached out and touched the Centaur and the healing light of Luruue cleaned a curse that was afflicting the member. He informed the tribe that he felt better. Their leader came over and saw what had transpired and made a request for to help the rest of the tribe. The party agreed to spend the day there and the Party’s healers methodically cleansed the curse from the tribe. As they were being healed the Centaurs who were feeling better wanted to stretch their legs and challenged their new 2 legged friends to a race around the grandfather tree. Caryandra and Pokeman Jones accepted the offer to race Dawill claiming they could outrun a centaur. Before the Race Yue patted them on the back casting haste on them. Prim refereed the match casting fly on himself to overlook and announce the race to the onlookers.

As the race stared Caryandra pulled out to an early lead using her frustration of not having to fight broke out into a full sprint leaving the other 2 in the dust. Pokeman Jones still adorned in his full plate armor slightly sunk into the grassy track he was chugging around but despite all the extra weight we was keeping up with the centaur as they rounded the 1st quarter of the track but ever with the haste the exhaustion set in for pokeman Jones and he was winded halfway around the track and the centaur started to pull away from him. Caryandra made it three quarters of the way around the track until she was winded but pushed on. in the final quarter of the track caryandra slowed down and the centaur gained on her but she had gained too much of a lead and crossed the finish line seconds ahead of the centaur. And the tribe cheered their efforts.

Grateful for all of the party’s help the Tribe leader gave the party a cloak and magical arrows as a gift for helping the tribe which pokeman jones donned. Dawill congratulated Caryandra on good race and gave her a gift of magical oil and a violet cinder gem. The Party spoke with the dryads who were grateful they resolved the matter peacefully and upon hearing of their quest for the giant relics allowed the party to search under the grandfather tree for any relics. Norros and Draven under a shrinking spell explored the roots of the grandfather tree and draven was able to locate an Electrum Torc that a giant once had used for a nose ring.

With their artifact in hand the party bid their new friends farewell and set off for their next location of Stone Stand. Back on the air ship Delsaphine congratulated Pokeman Jones on a good effort in the race and he showed her the giant relic they had found. Yue gave Xing the thought bottle that had Shin Lan’s memories in it and asked him to take care of it until they were able to return west to restore her and that they would have much to discuss if she got better. The party heard the voice of Zephyros calling out to them as they flew:

“Small ones we have learned more from the oracle. Listen well and I hope this information may help you.

What is Guh’s plan?
“To become the biggest giant the world has ever seen.”

Can Klauth be trusted?
“No ancient dragon can be trusted, especially not him.”

What’s up with the storm giants?
“The storm giant court is in chaos following the disappearance of King Hekaton.”

Where is King Hekaton? “Unknown.”

Who rules in Hekaton’s stead? “His daughter, Serissa.”

How can we find Hekaton? “Speak to Serissa, his youngest daughter. She has a clue to her father’s whereabouts, and she needs your help.”

The party responded with thanks for the information and told him of their progress. He also said he was going to try to ask the oracle more question but Harshnag was bored and played with the magical ruins outside of the portal to the oracle and the doorway shut and they haven’t been able to figure out how to get it open again. The party wished him luck and said they would see him soon. Zephyros bid them luck on their journey.

As the ship approached stone stand they set down outside of it and saw a tree in the middle of it and a bunch of burial mounds scattered across the hill. The party disembarked and asthey made their way up the hill they detected the strong presence of necromantic magic in the area and saw ghosts rise from the burial mounds and they prepared for combat. Pokeman jones cut though a ghost with his radiant staff and draven began firing upon them. Caryandra blasted one apart with her new crossbow Discharge sending lightning through them. Prim used a fire storm to cut through a line of them but damaged burial mounds in the process stirring up more ghosts. They charged and possessed Rowan and Caryandra. Yue blasted several apart with magic missile which only left a possessed Rowan and Caryandra. Pokeman Jones squared off with her as she tried to cut him with her longsword he smacked her unconscious with his staff knocking the ghost out of her which he finished off.

Norros build a stone dome around Caryandra forcing the ghost to leave her body to come at the party. As the ghost exited the walls the party was ready for it and turned it into ectoplasm. With the current ghosts quelled for the time being the party rushed to the tree in the middle of Stone stand and it seemed to be an old cutting from the grandfather tree. Norros magically moved earth out of the way and the party collected several long buried treasured from underneath the mound as well as a giant skull of Gurt, Lord of the Pale Giants. He was a frost giant that Uthgar defeated in single combat at the site of Morgur’s Mound. The party recalled this information about Uthgar.

Prim searched through the roots of the tree and found a branch which he placed in a Jade pot adorned with Green dragons and filled it with soil from the area to take with them. The party having acquired another Giant artifact headed back to their ship to plan the next leg of their adventure.

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Missing Memories
Session 53

The party gathered at the air ship and decided to set off for the grandfather tree. They boarded and Pokeman Jones caught Delsaphine up on the events that transpired in Grudd Haug, Prim and norros worked on making a harness for Sir piggly with holsters so he could carry potions of healing to them in battle and were able to fashion one for him out of spare leather they had lying around. While they were working on this Rowan and Yue were contemplating how to cook sir Piggly before Xing brought Yue down below deck for some time together. Draven took some time to himself to contemplate the recent events and scout the landscape as they flew towards their next destination.

The party saw a clearing near the Grandfather tree and set down in this clearing. Carayandra was was walking through the forest spotted their big hot air balloon ship ship coming in and grumbled to herself not these knuckleheads again and thumped her head on a tree before heading out to the air ship calling out to them asking what they were doing here. In a panic Norros cast polymorph and transformed Caryandra into a cat which draven scooped up and took onto the ship despite her protest. He told Norros that he made a mistake that they knew her and he dropped the polymorph spell leaving the elf girl in draven’s arms and he set her down as she glared at Norros. She explained that one of her employees had a son who’s memory went missing and she was tracking down the source to this area. She said that she found the boy in a nearby village but his memory was gone.

Xing recalled this was a similar story to the woman he believes is his mother. Caryandra continued telling the party she tracked down some leads to a cave east of the grandfather tree which seemed to be inhabited by a hag who she ran into and she had a hard time admitting it but she was unable to handle it on her own and the hag turned her into a newt but she escaped. She told the party she could show them where the hag’s lair was and she could get revenge on her. The party decided to check out the village 1st and they found the boy but it was as Caryandra had described that he has lost his memory. Xing decided to stay behind and spend time with the boy hoping to gain insight into a cure for him and perhaps the woman who could be his mother. The party agreed and him and Yue parted and he asked her to be careful.

The party headed out to the cave that Caryandra had discovered and found it guarded by Trolls. Prim attempted to communicate with the trolls by drawing pictures in the ground and with him and norros working together told the trolls they were friends of the hag and wished to speak with her. The trolls decided to send one of the in to go inform the hags that their friends were here. The party hoped to lure her out into the open but after a few minutes they heard the sound of galloping and saw 4 manticore charging out of the cave with the troll saying “Boss says get rid of them!”

The party clashed with the now hostile forces before them Pokeman Jones and Rowan took on the front line of trolls while Caryandra slipped around back of them and ran one through with her rapier Celery pulled it out of the troll leaving him dead. The Manticore fired spiked tails down nailing norros changing him and Prim into stone statues with prim trying to take as seductive a pose possible laying down as he felt his body turn to stone. Yue has flashbacks of almost dying as a statue as she saw these beasts and instinctively slammed her glass staff down creating a shield repelling the spikes fired at her. She retaliated with magic missiles blowing one out of the air. Caryandra Tosses Celery up in the air spearing a Manticore under the chin killing it sending it crashing to the ground at her feet and she stepped on its neck and pulled the sword out looking for more targets.

Rowan seeing her friends turn to stone rushed over and began using greater restoration spells to undo prim and then norros from their stone situations. As Prim returned to flesh he got up and used hypnotic pattern to bring down the remaining manticore and Draven blasted through it with eldritch magic. Pokeman did battle with a troll but it seemed to keep regenerating its wounds until Yue and Norros brought dual fire storms which ripped through their ranks killing the trolls stopping their regeneration.

As the troll ranks thinned not just 1 hag but 3 hags in a covenant emerged from the cave with Troll reinforcements. As the trolls set upon the party once again pokeman Rowan and caryandra held the front line while norros yue and draven tried to cast magic upon the hags but ended up in a battle of casters and counterspells and they tried to force their spells through. They seemed at a stalemate when norros used wall of stone to encase the hags in a stone box at the entrance to the cave. The party finished off the remaining trolls and sent rowan to send her spirit guardians to assault the hags while they were trapped only to find they escaped the cage while the party took time to heal up.

Norros dropped the stone wall and himslef and draven entered the cave. Draven attempted to be sneaky and quiet but ended up not watching his feet and stepped into a circle of runes which lit up the hallway and fired a feeblemind spell which Nooros had just enough time to brace himself against but Draven was caught off guard and his intelligence and charisma were sapped from him leaving him drooling in the corner. The party head the hags call out “THERE ARE HERE SISTERS!” The rest of the party rushed into the cave to see if Draven was ok with Pokeman Jones and rowan taking point. A few moments went by when they pulled draven back but them Pokeman and rowan were set upon by Water elementals which tried to engulf them. Pokeman Jones pushed them away but rowan was swallowed up by one and was bashed by another. Caryandra Jumped in from and spun her rapier through one of the elementals scattering it across the wall. Rowan managed to back stroke her way out of the other and right as it was about to unleash a slam attack on her Yue froze the water elemental as a solid statue. The hags moved into view and began assaulting pokeman Jones with magic missiles and he started looking haggard until Prim cast mass suggestion on the hags convincing 2 of them to go hide instead of fight and they scattered north and south leaving 1 still there.

Rowan scrambled to her feel and ran to pokeman jones healing him giving him a second wind enough to blast through the other 2 water elementals. Draven in his stupor stuck his tongue to the frozen ice elemental getting it stuck there A Christmas story style until Yue shattered it up with more magic missiles creating ice cubes. Norros blasted the hag that was before them finishing her. The party searched for the other 2 only to hear Sir Piggly Squealing at the entrance to the cave blocking the escape route for one of the hags that slipped through an underwater passage in the cave to circumvent the party. Prim grabbed Caryandra and dimension doored to his trusty steed and Caryandra popped up behind the hag running her through with celery informing her that that was for turning her into a newt but she got better.

The rest of the party found the final had in the north chamber and Yue and Norros were able to finish her off. The party searched through the cave. Caryandra discovered some treasure a magical crossbow and some magical arrows. Prim and norros discovered the room they were keeping the manticore in and also a cauldron bubbling with black smokey liquid they determined to be a potion of shadow form. Yue, Pokeman Jones, and Rowan found the Hag’s chambers along with thought bottles lining the walls containing memories of those they had stolen as well as some empty ones yet. Rowan picked up the bottle and upon placing it to her ear heard:

“I wanted to be a great explorer but 1st I end up in a coma for ages thanks to that pipeweed and now I’m trapped here with these hags. Some paladin I am.”

She told the party she thinks this might belong to Lucius Artorius Castus, the paladin they rescued from slumber back in Neverwinter.

Pokeman searched through several bottles with nothing in them until he found one that caught his attention upon listening to it he heard the following:

“Just my luck my 1st real adventure on the sword coast and I get captured by these old hags. I just wanted to make Pokeman proud of me. I always heard tales of his great deeds and hoped someday I would be as heroic as him. I’ll escape from this somehow and destroy true evil.”

Pokeman told the Party that he had a brother and that he just found his memories in the bottle here and he hopes he is alright and that he wants to find him.

Yue rummaged through more treasure and found a bunch of gold but at the bottom of the gold she also found a bottle that caught her interest which said:

“I pray my children will survive this. She is safe but I never had time to properly hide Xing. I hope he will be ok. Oh no they are here I must flee to the cliffs. I hope Yunlong escapes and survives so we may return.”

Yue tucked this bottle away wanting time to process this and did not tell the party about what she had heard.

By this time Caryandra caught up with prim and Norros and saw they were partaking of the shadow potion and she emptied out 2 of her perfume bottles and filled them with the shadow potion. The party reunited and Caryandra found the thought bottle with the child’s memories in them and she took that back. Satisfied that their mission here was complete the party started to bandage their wounds and prepare to head out on the next leg of their journey.

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Guh’s Gluttony
Session 52

Norros realized that they just had an arcane body swap as he looked up at himself and saw prim run off with his body spouting about how great and wonderful prim is. Norros tried to counter with self depreciation’s about the body he was currently inhabiting. As they were running around doing this to the confusion of the rest of the party they investigated 3 cages in the northern area of the pig holding room. They found a family of farmers in one of them who thanked them and wanted to get back to their land but weren’t sure it was safe yet. One of them was a tribesman named Gryhark from the elk tribe near flint rock. He said he sensed the smell on them that they were there recently but did not bear the elk’s curse and so he trusted them as friends and liberators and said he would fight with them to stop the Gluttonous Guh and free his land from her tyranny.

Gryhark tried to show his gratitude by biting his hand and rubbing the blood on Norros’s face which prim allowed him to do as he realized this was religious symbolism and also wanted to gross Norros out. The 3rd cage had a half elf named Dragonmoor in it who said he was part of a scouting party from Goldenfields but he got caught and would appreciate it if they helped him get out to see if his captain made it out ok. He said he ran as a distraction when they were spotted and he thinks he gave them enough time to escape. They party learned that his captain was Lor on a mission to find Grudd Haug. Rowan explained their connection and he looked at ease to realize that the rest of them made it out safely. He said he would help the rest of the farm family escape while the party and Gryhark tried to stop Guh. Prim in Norro’s body noticed a Pig was following him around like a pet and he picked him up and named him Sir Piggly. The farmers asked the party to find a halfling they just took to be Guh’s next meal and hoped they wouldn’t be too late to stop him from being devoured.

The party was warned of the hill giant butcher named Slub and Norros in prim’s body cast invisibility on himself and crept into the room down the stairs and found a slaughter room where Slub 2 other hill giants and his pet Otyugh were butchering some meat on a table, as Norros crept past and examined his back room filled with pilfered coins from the surrounding areas. Norros tried to make his way back to the party but as Slub hit an artery on an animal he was butchering the blood spray poured over Prim’s body and revealed his presence. The hill giants went to investigate and prim dimension doored over to his companions and they charged into the room and fought the butcher and his pet and slew them all. They quickly went through his things and found a gavel around his chest which was the size of a warhammer and took it them proceeded up the ladder in the room to what smelled like a kitchen. They saw 7 goblins in the kitchen hooking a halfling up to a spit and fire to be cooked. As they heard his muffled cries they Ambushed the goblins and took them out before they could raise an alarm. They untied the halfling who introduced himself as Roderik Hilltopple.

Roderik expressed his gratitude that someone came for him that he thought he was done for. He told the party Guh’s Throne was right on the other side of the wall of the kitchen that if they ambushed her they might be able to take her out before her guards could rally as Hill giants were slow and stupid. The party thanked him for this information and prepared the best they could They enlarged Pokeman Jones and prepared their hardest hitting spells and charged the throne room.

Guh was sitting atop a four-wheeled, flatbed wagon that bends and creaks under her great bulk. The wagon’s axles were cracked and bowed, its wheels canted inward. Piled around the wagon are bones and other refuse from Guh’s recent meals, as well as the treasures she has amassed. Guh was much larger and Obese than the rest of the hill giants. She declared “AH MY NEXT MEAL HAS ARRIVED” as the party burst through the kitchen.

They set upon the Giant Lord with great speed with Norros and Yue unleashing Lightning and fire upon her wooden throne catching it on fire and electrocuting her. The fire was put out with a cone of cold. With Gryhark the rest of the party intercepted the Ogre’s and hill giants guarding her an enlarged Pokeman Jones Leaped up onto the wagon and started smashing the Gluttenous Guh snapping her head back with his staff and then leaping and shattering the Wheel holding the throne upright sending her tumbling off of her throne onto the refuse hole that they would toss her garbage down. The X beams going across the hole could not hold her weight and they cracked sending Guh Tumbling down to the Bottom floor of Grudd Haug Dead. As Guh tumbled off her throne a Goblin fell out of her fat folds and got up coughing and sputtering and ran away yelling “SNERT IF FREE!”

Seeing their leader had fallen the other hill giants realized they were now free to return to their mates and lost the will to fight the party and they all fled Grudd Haug and the party did not give chase. They examined her throne and found her treasure with much coin and magic objects like an eversmoking bottle but the conch was nowhere to be found. Prim felt the box of fun’s spell wearing off and knew they would switch back soon and so he leaped down the hole landing norros’s body in the fat folds of Guh right as the spell reverted. Prim back in his own body laughed as norros found the magic conch in Guh’s fat folds. Draven seeing what occurred stung prim with his tail and whipped him down the hole to join norros in the disgusting Guh bean bag. He was greeted by norros and Sir Piggly down stairs.

The party wanted to convert Grugg Haug into a 2nd base for themselves so they searched out the remaining rooms and found a hobgoblin called the Watermaster who was making sushi out of the fish he caught in the dam and he gave the party 12 rolls in exchange for his life. They also found a hobgoblin and 2 goblins in the smithy making weapons and prim made a deal with them that they would be paid if they would stay and continue to work and take care of Grudd Haug which they agreed to. Roderik said that he was in charge of the sheep and pigs and he could continue to maintain them here should the party wished which they agreed to.

Gryhark expressed his gratitude to the party and rubbed his blood on Prim’s face and said he would always be a friend of the elk tribe and he would spread word of their kindness upon his return and would let his tribe know of their fight against the giants. The party bid Gryhark farewell. With the main threat passed and their 1st Giant Lord cut down the party caught their breath and began to plan their next destination with their new friends and Sir Piggly.

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To Grudd Haug!
Session 51

As the Tournament came to a close Wes and Loralyn came down and congradulated Yue on her hard fought victory and Lorayln told Yue she always knew she was special and gave her a hug. She asked is she had seen Rowan around and went off to find her. Rowan was off in a corner of the arena speaking with Lor about what he would do next and he said that although he misses her terribly he just found this tribe of warriors that party sent to him and he needed to get them down to goldenfields to help protect the town and that he still felt badly for letting shalvus escape under his watch. They agreed and Lor departed after kissing his goodbyes with Rowan. Lorayln approached Rowan and told her how she never got that chance to properly thank her back when she died on the tower and Rowan had to make a choice to save either her or Seraphina that she chose to bring her back. Lorayln let her know she was grateful for the 2nd chance at life and is going to try to live it to the fullest now and asked if she would perform their wedding ceremony when the time came. Rowan let her know that she would be delighted to and she gave her a big hug and then headed off the share the news.

Prim told Wes that he has recently acquired some succubi he could use for a bachelor party at some point or after their ceremony and he sounded interested but then Gwen and Erelosa came running up to them cutting their conversation short. Erelosa told prim she had a lot of fun playing with Gwen today and that Gwen told her that she fights here in the thunderdome and she wanted to learn how to do that too so she could be cool and awesome like her daddy and mommy. They spoke with Wes about it and he said that droop would be able to watch after her here and there are plenty of people who come and stay here so she would certainly be welcome. Erelosa looked thrilled and told prim she was excited she would get to spend some time with people her own age for awhile although she would miss him, he wouldn’t have to worry about her being in danger all the time.

A guard approached Pokeman Jones and lethim know how much he enjoyed watching him fight and his reputation has been spreading across the land. The guard informed him that he has a fisherman friend who just returned from Luscan with a tale that he barely escaped with his ship and his life after being pursued by a Pirate ship known as the Hades Jewel. Pokeman recognized the ship as the one that chased them and tried to board when they were returning from the tower of Lolth. The Guard let them know they have been patrolling and attacking those around the sea of moving ice. Pokeman thanked the guard for the info and they went their separate ways. Pokeman set out with draven and Norros to do some shopping in town in search of an archanist to enchant his armor and Draven looked to pick up some magical artifacts like replacing his necklace of fireballs and norros got some scrolls made for himself. after they were done they set out for an inn.

Yue was surrounded with fans and praise about how awesome she was after the tournament. Everyone asking questions of her and about her pet Tressym was starting to get overwhelming until Xing and shin Lan pushed through the crowd of adoring fans and were able to congratulate her personally. Yue apologized to Shin Lan about hitting her so hard in the match. Shin Lan told her there were no hard feeling and it was all apart of the game and she hadn’t gotten to stretch out her magical abilities in quite awhile. They hugged and Yue felt a strange sense of warmth and familiarity from this woman and her brand began to glow a bit with this feeling. Xing suggested they go find an inn for the night and then head back out. Yue suggested they find Pooke’s potions and pillows so they set out in search of that.

Rowan went to go visit her sister in Law to see how her negotiations with the country of Burland were going and introduced her to Lor. She was impressed with how well Rowan was doing for herself and complemented her on her accomplishments. She said her merchant deal was unable to press forward and the missing children have not been found in Burland. She heard more have gone missing and its been getting so bad the king was even assigning the captain of his guard to the problem. She also heard whispers of terrifying monsters stirring over there and prophecies of great evil returning to destroy the world. She isn’t sure if she would want to go there herself until she knew the guards could focus on protecting the town rather than out searching for the missing children. So if at some point Rowan could offer them help she felt they would have more success but she understands there are many evils in the world and she is doing her best to help where she can. They talked for a while and got caught up and them Rowan headed to Pookie’s inn.

Prim spent some time buying a ruby and down at the fish markets gathering snow. he bought some off of a fisherman who was using it to pack the catch of the day and created a likeness of himself and animated it using simulacrum. It was standing there in the middle of the docks naked with his hands on his hips proud to meed someone as handsome as himself and they walked down the docks complementing each other and prim gave him a spoon to cover himself Austin powers style. They eventually made their way into an alley and prim took out his old leather armor and clothed his simulacrum properly. They talked of their plans for the coming months and headed back to pookee’s inn.

Pookee welcomed his friends back the inn and said that he has gained some popularity since the party had left with people knowing this is where they got their start and he showed off an improved version of the potion golem he created which the party bought one of. The party each got their own rooms except for both prims who slept in a magical mansion which prim created and were attended to by servants which looked like many of the women prim had met in his travels.

The party awoke in the morning and prim sent off his simulacrum on a mission they discussed while in the mansion and the rest of the party used the orb to get back to the air airship which was on the outskirts of Grudd Haug. They knew this was the last known hideout of the hill giant chief Guh who possessed one of the magical conchs that they needed. Grudd Haud appeared to be a massive beaver dam looking structure and they decided to approach the entrance through the east. as they rounded defensive posts that also had sheep grazing in it. they found an orc camp and were spotted. Norros immediately put up a wall of stone to block the warring parties off from each other. The orcs began launching javelins over the wall. Yue rained a fire storm over the wall and seared through their front lines and caught several of their tents on fire. Draven passed through the stone wall and cut off once of the orc’s heads and started shouting for them to surrender.

Norros dropped the wall and rowan ran an orc through and shouted curses at them in Orcish to surrender and seeing that they were greatly outmatched the camp surrendered. The orcs informed the party that they were pressed into service just like the male hill giants by Guh who has a voracious appetite and she is making them raid local caravans and farms to bring her more food so she can grow to be the biggest giant of all to raise her standing in the giant society. They told the party Guh drove out the other women so she was the lone alpha remaining. They asked the party to stop Guh so they may leave this place. The party entered the lower entrance to Grudd Haug and were ambushed by hill giants throwing rocks draven hellish rebuked one that hit him and they took the closest giant to the point of killing him and prim made a plea to them saying they want to free the giants from Guh jsut like they did for their friend Lob in Goldenfields. The 3 giants who were attacking knew of Lob and were friends with him and ceased their attack but they were too intimidated by Guh to stand up to her however they told the party she was to the west and upstairs part of Grugg Haug.

The party thanked them and followed the path taking a wrong turn with the Giant’s vague directions into the hill giant’s sleeping quarters, they awakened starting another confrontation which was ended with Prim using hypnotic pattern on the hill giants and pokeman jones binding them up with his endless rope. The party went the other way at the split in the hallway and came to a massive room filled with pigs and bugbears feeding them making them more fat. The walls of this filthy room were made of packed mud with logs jutting out of them. The river seeped through a gash in the north wall and formed a stream that cuts across the eastern half of the area before spilling out through a hole in the south wall, tumbling down logs as it goes. Tending to the pigs are mud covered bugbears and an Ettin the party heard referred to as Oinker-Boinker.

Xing snuck ahead and started stabbing the bugbears trying to take them out quietly but the party was noticed as soon as the 1st one went down and they Lanched a volley of attacks against Xing. Jumping in to protect him Yue rained fire storms and fireballs into the bugbears and the crowd of pigs. the smell of cooking pork and bacon was experienced throughout the room. The party fought off the defenders and took a break to catch their breath noticing in a northern room there were cages with prisoners being held. Most of the party went to investigate while Norros and prim searched the bodies and Norros found a birthday looking hat on Oinker-Boinker which magically attached to him. Prim also noticed their box of fun also was recharged and knowing how much Norros likes gadgets had him push the button that said migrate on it at the same time prim pressed the same one on his side of the box and they both levitated in the air and their souls and consciousnesses switched bodies. Prim began laughing in Norros’s body saying see isn’t this great! Right Norros! Right!?!

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Conquest and Love: One year later, Thunderdome Part 2!
Session 50

The party lifted off on the Crimson Tide and began planning their next destination when prim noticed his message cylinder fill with a note in it. He open it and read it to himself then to the rest of the party:

Dear friends

I hope this note finds you well. In these dark times for the land we have an important announcement that will hopefully be a boon to everyone’s spirits. We are gathering our allies to Neverwinter to deliver the news. When your personal matters and quests are not pressing we request your presence at the Thunderdome. Stay safe my friends.

-Wes the Shield

The note came with an orb they recognized as similar to the one holly used to transport them during the wintersday holiday so they told the crew of the ship to get course for Guh’s stronghold at Grudd Haug and they would meet them there. the party all gathered in a circle and put their hands over the orb and concentrated and they found themselves in the thunderdome in Neverwinter surrounded by their allies from Phandalin. Their allies were watching Loralyn finish up a performance and as her song ended the crowd erupted in cheer. The party turned their attention to the center of the arena as they watched their Goliath friend come to the center to make an announcement:

“Friends As you all know we have all been through many challenges in recent times. With Dragons and Giants threatening the land, no tomorrow is assured for anyone and that is why we must live for today. Loralyn has been lifting spirits here in Neverwinter with her performances here as many of you in the crowd have witnessed. She has gathered many fans and admirers with her ability to make you all smile and forget your troubles if only for awhile. I am here to admit today that I have grown to be her one of her biggest fans and supporters and wish to prove that not only today, but every day. And that is why I am announcing our engagement."

He pulled out an ornate looking amulet and puts it around her neck which she accepts This was passed down in my family for generations. It has special properties that if either of us were injured we could be brought to the other’s side and forever watch out for each other.

With that they embraced each other and the crowd cheer and he turned to the crowd to say:

“And with that I am announcing a grand 2 on 2 tournament here in the thunderdome to celebrate our union! Anyone who wishes to compete register as a pair and show us the strength of your bonds!”

The crowd cheer once again as a prize list was posted for the top competitors in the tournament got the crowd excited and many warriors began scrambling looking for partners.

As the party looked through the crowd of their friends Rowan was the 1st to spot Lor standing in the crowd by the Great worm tribe who managed to make it this far south. She ran up to him calling out to her sweetie and they embraced and signed up as a pair to fight together in the tournament.

The great worm tribe saw prim and proclaimed CHIEF PRIM! CHIEF PRIM! we have made it thus far on our journey we hope we are doing you proud. We will enter the tournament and fight in your honor. Prim said he was proud of them for doing so well and as he was talking to them he saw a familiar goblin run up through the crowd to greet it. Prim called out and greeted droop and asked him to fight together just like in the old days. and they signed up as a pair. Erelosa expressed her excitement and told her daddy she would be cheering for him the whole time. She noticed another girl walking through the crowd and Gwen came up to her and introduced herself. Stars shown in Erelosa’s eyes as she saw the dragon on Gwen’s shoulder and asked if they could be friends and Gwen said she would love a friend her age that they don’t get too many coming through the Thunderdome so she would love to play with her today and they both ran off.

Yue spotted Thalia standing near the edge of the area listing to Lorayn’s next song and greeted her and they agree to fight together just like in their days of traveling as a merchant group.

Norros scanned the crown and being a new comer to the group looked out of place and he found another wallflower in Shin Lan who they just met in neverwinter and she said that she would do her best to help out and that it would be good to stretch out some old tricks she used to practice.

Draven Approached Sister Gaerelle and asked her to partner up and she remarked on how he looks different and would like to chat more with him about his experiences with the raven queen and would be happy to fight with him in this tournament.

Pokeman Jones approached Iarno and asked him to partner up and he responded with “With your penchant for bludgeon people and my magical aptitude we will take this tournament.” and they signed up.

Gundren looked around and found Zem Slatedust working on his pistols and they agreed to enter as a pair in the competition.

As the signups finished Wes announced that the thunderdome had been recently upgraded to include various terrain to make the matches more interesting and that each quadrant on the thunderdome could be set individually. they had a choice of fire, ice, desert, forest, boulder, graveyard, or spike pit. and that the pairs had been randomized and the 1st round match ups were set.

1st up was Pokeman Jones and Iarno vs Gundren and Zem Slate Dust. they surrounded themselves in forest and graveyard terrain and Gundren squared off with Pokeman Jones with warhammer clashing against a new hellish halberd while Zem took some shots against Iarno which scattered acros the trees missing. Iarno assisted Pokeman ignoring zem while behind cover and cast spells injuring Gundren and distracting him being assaulted on 2 fronts. Zem attempted to turn the tide blasting apart a grave stone but it backfired with the ghost possessing him and turning his gun on Gundren as well causing him to fall shortly after and them Pokeman and Iarno were able to team up and take out Zem with little effore winning the 1st round.

The 2nd round saw Draven and sister Gaerelle fight the great worm tribe. Draven called out that he could take on more of them and 4 of them joined the fray instead of 2 but they put him over a spike pit of begin the match and put sister Gaerelle behind the boulder obstacle. As the match began Draven tried to hop from post to post but fell into the pit and impaled his arm on a spike, pulled it out and then tried to do a flip out of the pit but ended up not getting high enough and ended up on another spike for a 2nd impale. The tribe moved to the edge of the pit and launched their spears down at him but the awkward angle only one hit him. Draven finally climbed out of the pit and was looking rough and the tribe tried to shove him down the pit once again but sister gaerelle got around the boulders and healed his wounds up enough he was able to shove back the tribe and blasted them into the wall of the arena winning the match.

The 3rd round saw Prim and Droop square off against norros and shin Lan where they squared off on spike pits and forest. Droop immediately jumped onto the spike pit posts and began attacking Norros yelling “DROOP IS BRAVE” and injured him and was about to throw him into the spikes when norros countered and droop plummeted down being taken out. Prim retaliated seeing his friend taken out by blasting Shin lan with his magic leaving only Norros and Prim reaining. Elelosa and Gwen Cheered from the stands for her Daddy to win. Prim and Norros squared off in a caster’s duel casting incantations and counter spells back and forth in a magical game of chess and strategy.they both stood on the pillars above the spikes wounded and exhausted and prim used some of the last of his magic to sink in a grovel spell dropping norros prone planking across 2 pedestals. Prim attempted an acrobatic move of jumping across the pedestals and knocking Norros into the spike pit but he slipped on the edge of the platform and as he fell only grabbed part of Norros’s clothing which ripped and gave way sending prim into the spike pit giving Norros the victory to move on to the semifinals.

The 4th round squared up Yue and Thalia vs Rowan and Lor. once again in forests and spike pits. Rowan immediately tried to jump the spike pits but fell in impaling herself and Lor ran to her Aid. As he was helping her out of the Pit Yue Rained fire down on both of them singing Lor and taking him out of the competition. In a rage Rowan cast banish and Sent Yue to another plane of existence for 1 minute and squared off with Thalia. Rowans Lightbring and spiritual weapons clashed with Thalia’s flaming fists but in the end Thalia connected with more blows and sent rowan to the ground securing the 1st round victory informing Yue When the banish Spell wore off and she returned to the area that they were moving on. She looked up to see Xing and Shin Lan cheering from the stands.

At the start of the Semifinals Pokeman Jones and Iarno Squared off against Graven and Sister Gaerelle. Pokeman Jones immediately tried to charge Draven but seeing the last match he banished him. leaving only iarno to fight who did his best flinging spells but was overwhelmed in a 2v1 scenario. Upon returning from banishment Pokeman Jones immediately made a dash for sister gaerelle and took her out after taking an initial wave of attacks from the both of them eliminating the healer. Pokeman’s Hellish weapon and draven pact weapon clashed in the middle of the arena and both were on the edge of defeat but battered and bruised pokeman’s action surge pushed him through with more attacks than draven could handle and he moved into the finals.

The 2nd semifinal match pitted Yue and Thalia Vs Shin lan and Norros. Yue felt strange standing across from the woman Xing considered might be his mother but she hoped she would know her better after the fight and might learn something about her. Thalia did not hesitate though and squared off with Shin Lan distracting her land enough for yue to bring a fire storm down and take her out. Norros countered by blasting thalia with his magic and Norros once again found himself standing on a spike pit in a casters duel attempting to counter spell Yue’s fireballs, 1st time he succeeded but nd time the spell was empowered enough that it blew through his ability to stop it and he was toasted sending Yue into the finals. As they brought the competitors out she gave Shin lan a hug and told her she did a good job and Xing cheered for her victory.

The crowd went wild for the finals as the hype built from the exciting preliminary matches seeing Yue and Thalia Square off against Pokeman Jones and Iarno. Pokeman jones set himself behind bounders and yue set her side behind forest for cover. Erelosa and Gwen Cheered for yue on the eastern side of the arena and you could hear the great worm tribe throwing down a Pokeman Jones chant telling him to “Get the Fire Witch!”. As the match began Yue immediately brought down her strongest firestorm spell and being trapped behind boulders the heat quickly overwhelmed Iarno putting pokeman jones in a tough position. Pokeman countered by ramming into one of the boulders sending it rolling plowing through the trees opening a path straight towards Yue. He came out of the supeheated area on fire and lighting up his Hellborn halberd charged straight at her screaming a terrifying yell “RAAAAAA” taking gashes out of her which she tried to parry using blurred image and shield spells to deflect some of the blows but a few got through cutting her badly.

Thalia rushed out from the forest and unloaded a series of punches and kicks into pokeman Jones injuring him but nothing would keep his blood lust from his true target and he continued a barrage of hacks and slashes one catching Yue across the chest cutting deeply and the crowd saw the light go from her eyes with her collapsing to the ground. Loralyn jumped up from her seat shouting “YUE!” into the roar of the crowd with her hands over her mouth. 3 seconds went by as Pokeman Jones began to eye up Thalia taking a “your next” battle stance. Suddenly he noticed a fiery orb began burning in Yue’s chest and burst forth igniting her Phoenix Spark and picking her up from the ashes of defeat. She spark sent fire out of her mantle of flames burning Pokeman Jones backing him off just long enough that she was able to unload as many magic missiles as she could muster into his chest piece dropping him to the ground and then piercing through it with a yell and a fire bolt finishing him and winning the tournament!

The crowd jumped to their feet and cheered at this thrilling conclusion with the crowd chanting her name she took a bow and congratulated her opponents on matches well fought. The prize pools were brought out and Yue chose a magical bag of notus. As the day came to a close the party took a few moments to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate their accomplishments they achieved over the last year with their friends.

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New Alliances and old friends in Phandalin!
Session 49

Auctorias led the party back through the hell they came through sending the Zhentarim to fight any hell spawn they encountered. They watched the mages dispatch some fire elementals and Psaro tear apart some remaining fire giants until they reached the portal which they came in and suddenly everyone was back in the bar the Styx Oresman. The party breathed a sigh of relief as they saw their friends rush to them. Erelosa ran to prim saying how she was glad he was ok and was scared at how beat up he looked. He assured her he was ok as she stated to bandage his wounds. Delsaphine ran to Pokeman and asked if he was ok and he reassured her he got his soul back and she said she was worried they were gone for so long she looked for help but the only ones who were willing to jump into that hell portal were the zhentarim. The Zhent clerics began to patch up zuriel and he dropped off some of his gear with the party and then left with Auctorius and his crew to be used as collateral for their contract.

As they left a gnome approached the party and introduced himself as Norros Graveltoes and said that he was a tinkerer of sorts and he had heard of all the great deeds the crimson mercenaries had done throughout the land and that he was their biggest fan and was hoping he could be of assistance to them in their fight against the giants. Yue immediately noticed he had a Tressym with him and that he and Rillix were playing together. She pulled him aside and they discussed their animal companions. Norros’s companion was actually a familiar which could take several shapes and he gave Yue some instructions on a ritual she could perform in order to help bind Rillix to her so if he fell in battle he would not perish permanently. It would take several steps but she would need to do the following.

-carve a figurine for a necklace in the likeness of the desired familiar (dex DC)

- infuse it with spell of soul binding
- Purify it with holy aura so the binding of 2 souls is consensual
- Both touch the necklace as it gets powered by the lightning and she makes an animal handling dc check to complete the ritual.

She thanked Norros for his knowledge and welcomed him to join in on their adventure to help save the sword coast. Norros showed off several of his deviced he tinkered with just as a time piece and a watch work mechanical hand held dragon which was sort of steam punk in theme. Rowan was impressed with his devices and the party took a moment to gather their thoughts and the innkeeper offered them rooms for the night as well as some devil’s water that the man in the white suit had left behind which they immediately dumped into Everfull. The party all tried some as they needed that having such a close encounter with death and they all went to sleep.

As Yue was about to drift off she heard a knock on her door and the familiar voice of Erelosa. She welcomed her in and she said she had a note that came from a messenger for her while they were gone. Erelosa gave her the message and then headed off for the night. Yue opened the note which read:

“Yue I have good news and bad news, I believe I have located my mother. Meet me in Phandalin when you can and I will explain further. I miss you so much.

Yours Always
- Xing”

With that the whole party finally got a well deserved rest. They awoke that morning and Yue revealed the info she received last night as she cooked steak and eggs with her hands at the breakfast table. The party decided their next stop should be Phandalin to deliver the weevil to Halia Thornton and from there they could plan their next move in retrieving giant relics. The party spent some time shopping in phandalin restocking on health potions and Harvey sold a gem encrusted staff for a 1/3 of its actual worth as he didn’t understand money but he finally conquered his old nemesis the clean window. The Party boarded the Crimson Tide and set off for Phandalin.

On their Journey on the airship they introduced Norros to the crew and he excitedly wanted to explore every inch of the ship like an excited fan wanting to know everything about their lives if it was the same as he had read. As they were sailing Harvey spotted 5 dots on the horizon and recognized them as his people who had brought him to the party and knew that they had been successful in their mission. They were carrying Draven who’s wings had dissipated and his skin tone was now a pale white color. He greeted his party members and told them of his Journey:

“He found a Paladin with the silver mirror Roam Arniman and his party who were on a quest to prevent Orcus from returning to the world. They tracked a cult to the keep on the Shadowfell and while his party ventured inside to stop the cult, the raven queens forces acted as rear guard for the keep and they fought off waves of Orcus’s forces until the ground shook and a scream was heard throughout the keep as the silver mirror was shattered and Orcus’s plan to return were thwarted. His forces scattered and with their mission complete The raven Queen’s forces returned to the north and searched out Draven’s companions with their mission complete.”

The party welcomed back Draven and Erelosa ran up to him giving him a hug asking if he brought her anything from the south. He said he did not and she said that that is ok she was just glad that he was back. Harvey addressed the party now that his mission was over he was ready to depart and the Aarokroca flew off into the sunset. The party celebrated the return of their companion and drank throughout the night until they arrived in Phandalin.
As they came down the road to the north they 1st spotted Sister Gaerelle sitting at a table in the field having tea with a woman. As they approached she introduced herself as Halia Thornton of the Zhentarim and that she had heard a lot about them and their deeds throughout the land. The party told her of the trouble they had with Auctorius and Halia knew him as Auctorius the Calculating, powerful mage and current leader of the Zhentarim. She informed the party she was not fond of his leadership that she found him heavy handed with his invasion plans and thinks he is pushing too hard and is making too many enemies for her faction. She informed the party that she wants to supplant him.

Halia presented the party with her plan. She believes that Auctorius needs to be made to look weak in front of his benefactors so they abandon him and make his position easier to make a play for. halia wanted to make this happen on several fronts. She wants to make it look like she cares more for the people by securing the Weevil and bringing him back and that she would gladly pay the party for retrieving him. The party agreed and cut him loose to her and she paid them their 5000gp. Next she wanted to secure trade with goldenfields to help the Zhentarim profit. This would show she succeeded in gaining influence wheree Auctorius’s heavy handed ways failed and spilled Zhentarim blood where she would get better results without losing 1 soldier proving her negotiating skills. Then finally to get those who only follow him due to their fear of his military prowess she plans to stage a fake attack on nightstone and then have her forces show up and drive away the assault making her look good in the eyes who value military prowess. She feels that all of these would weaken his position and then she would call for a vote of no confidence in his leadership and attempt to supplant him as leader of the Zhentarim. In return for the party’s help she would make sure that the Zhentarim coming to take Phandalin were under her control and it would all be for show so they can get their companion Zuriel back. She told the party that she has no interest in his military conquest only the influence and growth she can get monetarily with diplomacy. Halia told them they can work together to make this land a better place and she felt Auctorius is an egotistical maniacal warmonger who will run the Zhentarim into the ground and she doesn’t want that to happen.

The party agreed to her plan and Rowan shook on it asking to read the contract to which Halia replied that she is staging a coup and its not wise to have things like that written down before you go do them. Rowan agreed and went to go cast a sending spell to zuriel to try to tell him their plans but Halia stopped her again asking why she is going to tell the captive their recently created plans potentially letting it fall to the enemy as Auctorius is a powerful mage and could read minds or even torture information out of captives to further his position. Halia Urged Rowan to be more careful in the future as it was her head on the line as well that has a stake in all of this. The party reached an agreement with Halia and they went to go visit the rest of their friends in phandalin while the Weevil sat at the table with Sister gaerelle and Halia asking if they had anything hard to drink. The told him sadly they only have tea and offered him a dainty cup ornate with flowers. He half grunted in dismay but pulled out a flask from his pocked and poured some liquor into it and sipped on it with his pinky up in the air not because he was fancy but because of a broken finger that was malformed.

They sat and continued their conversation as Draven and Norros visited Zem Slatedust. Draven knocked on the door and upon crashing and rummaging he finally opened the door yelling “WHO ARE YOU!” and Draven replied “Don’t you remember me?” to which Zem shouted “NO!” and shut the door. Draven knocked again and Zem opened once again and draven told him who he was how he got the cursed pistol off of him long ago which jogged his memory. Zem said he didn’t recognise him becaue he was white now and he didn’t recognize the stranger Norros who introduced himself and stared in wonder at the chaos that was his black powder shop. Draven checked on the goblin kids who seemed to be having a good time with all of their limbs still attached. One was rummaging through some junk piles and the other 2 were playing outside. When Norros shook Zem’s wooden hand he said he could make a mechanical one for him that would be more functional. Thrilled at the sound of this Zem offered draven his latest invention called the shrapnel shot for his pistol which he gladly accepted. Zem offered the pair some coffee which they got in cracked cups which Norros was able to repair for him. Amazed with the new friend he just made he whipped up some coffee quickly for the party which unfortunately was a little gritty with gunpowder. They both poured it into a house plant and out the window when he wasn’t looking and bid him good day and that they would have his arm done for him soon. The goblin kids followed draven and norros back to the center of town to see the rest of the party.

While Draven and Norros were gone Yue found Xing in town with Thalia Dr. Droknar and another woman who introduced herself as Shin Lan. As soon as Xing saw her he ran and embraced her telling her how much he missed her. Xing told Yue he had been tracking this woman since the Harpers claimed they believed he was his mother and that she was part of a traveling merchant group which led her here to Phandalin. Unfortunately she seems to have lost her memory and cannot recall him or the circumstances around her memory loss. Xing stated he started searching for information and found that there has been a string of amnesia cases happening to the northeast of Phandalin and east of the Grandfather Tree in the High forest. He was hoping to meet up with the party if they were headed that way as it might be the fastest way to get answers. The party said they would be passing by that area anyway and would gladly accept his help and company and Xing reunited with the party.

The party celebrated the reunion of so many old friends and new allies and celebrate the night away in the Stone Hill Inn. They drank and Sang with Pokeman Jones and Everfull and got a good night’s rest in proper beds and filled their bellies with a good meal before setting out once again on the Crimson Tide. Yue and Xing were especially happy to be able to reconnect for the night after being apart and everything seemed to be looking up.

Heading to the grandfather tree they 1st encountered a giant burial mound called Flint Rock which looked like a massive elk pressed down into the grass from the sky. The party set down on the outskirts of flint rock and Draven spotted a magical object underneath the alter in the center of flint rock. Norros built a stone bridge so they could just walk up and get right to the alter. 2 Elk stood atop the mound just grazing on grass and the party was on edge the whole time as the elk minded their own business.

The party knew the item was underneath the alter and so Norros devised a plan to lift the alter using an A frame and pulley system which they hooked up and all of the party members tried to lift it to no avail trying one by one and they looked in despair as how they could make it out of hell but be defeated by a heavy slab of rock. They decided to all pull at once and several members pulled muscles and injured themselves lifting this rock eventually they got it upright but not before it sounded like the elk were making bleating noises almost as if they understood their not quite so heroic show of strength. They dug into the earth and found a giant’s Mithril spear tip and added it to their collection before returning to the crimson tide with only their pride wounded from this adventure.

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In the darkest Pits of Hell!
Session 48

The party ventured deeper into the next layer of hell and paw an imp perched on a sconce on the wall near a torch. It spotted them as harvey fell down the stairs. it started to make a break for it and zuriel shadow stepped in its way and tackled it to the ground before it could alert anyone. They questioned it as to where the man in the white suit was. and he told then off to the north down the stairs and to avoid the fire giants that zalto traded to the man in the white suit for a piece of a giant mechanical construction. the party let the imp go and it flew back upstairs as the party pressed onward. Zuriel scouted again after having invisibility cast upon him and directed the party around fire elementals, hell hounds, and helmed horrors until they cam across a pool of running magma that they had to get across. Zuriel shadowstepped across and spotted 3 fire giants guarding the stairs. With the wintersday orb and brought the rest of the party with them and they jumped the giants. a battle ensued and the party was victorious getting the element of surprise on the giants. to their dismay when they got to the north part of the cavern they saw the north route split into 2 ways, a clean path to a stair case and one filled with a river of magma in the way. they brought out the reindeer flute and summoned a flying reindeer to check the magma river 1st.

They went down the southern staircase and came across a riddle written on a door

I begin eternity,
And end space,
At the end of time,
And in every place,
Last in life,
Second to death,
Never alone,
Found in your breath,
Contained by earth,
Water or flame,
My grandeur so awesome,
Wind dare not tame,
Not in your mind,
Am in your dreams,
Vacant to Kings,
Present to Queens.

After much debate Harvey being good at riddles figured out the answer was the letter E. and the door opened. Zuriel and prim descended below into a room that seemed impossibly cold compared to how hot the other room was. it was filled with 5 pools of liquid and a seemingly dead adventurer in the middle of the center pool. Zuriel walked around the edge of the pool and prim poked the body with his mage hand to no effect. He dipped the mage hand into the cold water and it rippled and forms began to coalesce in the waters and abominations wrapped in black puddings began to emerge from the waters so they both hauled ass out of the room and back upstairs. to tell the party they didn’t find anything good down there.

The party inspected the clean pathways staircase and discovered another riddle door which read

What is it which builds things up?
Lays mountains low?
Dries up lakes,
And makes things grow?
Cares not a whim about your passing?
Ans is like few other things,
Because it is everlasting?

Harvey was also able to solve this riddle yelling out TIME as he heard the words off of the door and it opened into the hottest level they have been to yet. the chamber was an I shaped platform and the rest of it was filled with a pool of running hot magma. standing at the end of the room was the man in the white suit. He turned around and said “prim pressleaf so nice of you to come down here and bring me your soul after all. That is mighty sporting of you.” Prim tried to convince him to return pokeman’s soul but to no avail as he explained that is the way devils gain power in the hells and ascend to having more authority so he couldn’t do that but he would gladly make the party apart of his rise to the top. And with that he summoned 6 bearded devils which appeared adjacent to the party and activated a stone golem which began marching down the pathway to them. Fire elementals began to rise out of the magma. The man in the white suit dropped his illusion and revealed his true form as Barathrum the Pit fiend of this plane of hell.

Feeling outnumbered the party called the reindeer to fight and Prim summoned his succubi which were bound to the fiddle to stand against their old master. They knew how they had been mistreated by him before with him killing them again and again only to re-spawn here in hell with their souls having nowhere else to go. They were willing to do their part. Pokeman Jones and rowan took on the fire elementals, zuriel jumped in the way of the statue to try to block its progress, Yue the reindeer the succubi and Harvey began to fight the bearded devils while prim squared off with Barathum trying to pin him to the ceiling with his illusions.

The party fought bravely but things began to look dire a few bearded devils fell but the Pit fiend broke free of prim’s grasp and mauled harvey out of the sky who dropped to the ground and was knocked unconscious while on fire and began to slowly cook. Prim tried to stop the Pit fiend but was slashed by his claw and was engulfed by a fire elemental and sliced open by a bearded devil. the infernal wound was too much to bear and Prim Pressfleaf died in battle there. Barathrum took out a soul gem and proclaimed “Now I will have your soul after all Mr. Presleaf” and laughed while he watched his foes start to fall. Zuirel took heavy damage from the stone statue and was almost smashed by it but one of the succubi took the golden fiddle from prim’s corpse and used it to a fire storm shattering the golem sending pieces into the magma. The Pit fiend noticed him and struck zuriel unconscious with a tail swipe. Pokeman jones fought through a fire elemental and was helping the rest through some bearded devils. the reindeer was cut down in this conflict while the pit fiend struck down Jade. rowan attempted to resurrect prim but to no avail as yue kept the bearded devils at bay pulling out missiletoe after missiletoe sending magic missiles screaming all across the battlefield and pushing them away with thunderwaves.

Pokeman jones squared off against the pit fiend angry he has seen 3 of his companions fall and thinking about how he needs his soul back to help everyone he put everything he had into lashing out at the pit fiend and they had a knock down drag out fight with both heavily injured and bleeding but it just wasn’t enough and the pit fiend crushed him into the ground with his mace and he stood above him gloating about to deliver a killing blow on his unconscious form when Rowan’s Lightbringer made a sickening thud and smashed in the back all the way out the chest of the pit fiend with radiant energy as she screamed FOR LURUE!

Yue finished off the remaining bearded devils and fire elementals and the room grew quiet the exception of the magma bubbling. Yue and Rowan almost collapsed from exhaustion but found the energy to feel potions to those unconscious unfortunately harvey and prim seemed to have died. They quickly gathered Pokeman’s soul off of the dais and took back prim’s off of the pit fiend’s body and quickly searched for any useful loot. as they were looting they heard the sound of marching down the stairs and discovered an entire force of Zhentarim were standing before them. They recognized Shalvus Martholio from goldenfields but he called a creepy looking albino cloaked figure in robes “boss there they are, thats them I told you about.”

The cloaked figure introduced himself as Auctorias and explained that a little girl and a pirate woman asked if anyone was willing to venture into a hell hole to rescue their friends who had long gone missing. Auctorias said “upon hearing your description we knew who you were and came down here to offer you a deal. It looks like you are pretty beat up with some of your friends dead over there and so I have my priests resurrect them and we will escort you out of here in exchange for you helping us take territory on the sword coast. in particular we want Goldenfields Bryn Shander or perhaps Phandalin.” Rowan protested in her weary state and said they would be fine to handle themselves that they could just leave. Auctorias clarified that they would not make it out of hell without them and if they tried they would make sure of it. Zuriel coming to realize the situation that they were in signed a contract assuring that they would help the zhentarim get a foothold in one of those location and that his body and soul would be help as collateral for this agreement. And with that business agreement signed Auctorias was satisfied his business arrangement would benefit his cause and instructed his priests to revivify. the fallen and instructed his hired muscle an elf named Psaro to go search any of the remains of the devils for anything useful the party may have left.

Harvey was revivified immediately and the priests noted there was no soul tether to bring prim back until Zuriel gave them a soul stone to use to bring him back and they reinstated Pokeman Jone’s soul as well. With the party bloody but very much alive and victorious they made their way out of hell with their new acquaintances.

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In Search of a Lost Soul!
Session 47

The party headed down the stairs and came across a locked door with an inscription on it that Zuriel could read. it was a riddle:

I have many tongues but cannot taste

By me, most things are turned to waste
I crack and snap, yet I stay whole
I may take the largest toll
I assisted all of the first men
And I will pay them back again
Around me, people snuggle and sleep
Yet run when I am released from my keep
I jump around and leap and bound
The cold man wishes I he had found

The party thought it over and Zuriel said the word Fire in infernal near the door and heard a click as they saw the door unlock. They pushed into the next room which was smoldering and hot with magma flowing everywhere with narrow passages. As they entered they were spotted by a passing by cambion who immediately charmed Yue and set her upon the rest of the party throwing a fireball spell in the middle of everyone. The party was shaken but tried to recover and were able to break the charm by slaying the cambion, but by then they has bearded devils, more cambion, mephits and a fire elemental heading in their direction. Prim was able to halt much of their progress by stunning them with hypnotic pattern and they engaged the residents of this level in hell in an drawn out conflict with the party eventually being victorious. They explored this level of hell not finding the man in white but they did find some magical items like a crimson colored halberd, a staff of conterspell and Harvey found a special ring of protection +2 inside a mimic which tried to devour him as he opened the chest.

The party tried to patch up their wounds the best they could but they found no rest in hell yet and decided to keep pushing deeper as they found stairs descending even deeper. Once again they were presented with another riddle:

What is it-

That we love more than life,
Fear more than death,
The rich want it,
The poor have it,
The miser spends it,
And the spend-rift saves it?

This time the party wasn’t sure what the answer was and debated for some time. they shouted out several answers with no reaction from the door. Harvey suddenly had a burst of inspiration and shouted out “Nothing!” and the party heard the door unlock and they seemed ready to press deeper in search of Pokeman Jones’s Soul.

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The Devil Went Down to Luskan!
Session 46

As the party approached the Luskan gates Harvey took to the skies and searches around for anything shiny to add to his nest but was distracted by the sun glinting off of the rivers and only found a few greasy wrappers in the streets. He then looked for a shop to sell his jeweled staff at and found what he thought was a shop but flew straight into the glass window and was too embarrassed to enter so he returned to his party.

He found Pokeman and Delsaphine walking as she was asking him if he every docked here in Luskan and he had not so she told him some stories of her times they had shore leave here. She explained that they had some of the finest brothels here and asked if he prefers rogue’s or rangers, and several other innuendos asking about his preferences that went over his head until Erelosa gave a sigh and told him flat out she wants to know if you like guys or girls. He explained that he doesn’t frequent those places but when she mentioned Caryandra was the owner of one names Le Petite chat they decided to stop in for directions as to find the man who challenged prim. They learned from her he was in a bar the Oreman Styx.

They set off for the bar and found it without much effort and inside they found a man dressed in white with 2 beautiful women at his side. He introduced himself with a Cajun accent as Barathrum and the to women as Tiffany and Jade. He told prim he heard rumors that Prim was claiming to be the best bard in the land and he had come to refute that claim and proposed a bard off best 3/5 songs with high stakes. He had a Legendary fiddle made of gold and proposed a wager against prim’s soul that he thought he was better than him. Prim was momentarily hesitant asking if he thought that was a little extreme but Barathrum countered saying “ok well if you know you will lose anyway you can admit it right here and we will broadcast it to the sword coast that you were too chicken to face me and admit that I am the greatest bard to walk the land” He held out an orb that the party recognized was similar to the ones used to broadcast fights in the thunderdome. Prim immediately jumped at the chance to face him after that insult to his pride and Barathrum pulled out a contract for him to sign to the battle. Prim signed without reading and Barathrum expalined he needed 2 party members to join him and it was him and his ladies vs prim and 2 party members of his choosing. after discussion Yue and Pokeman Jones volunteered to help him and also signed the contract without reading it. Barathrum said “fantastic” rolled up the contract and set the match for later that night.

The party rehearsed and drank potions to give themselves more charisma and to ease their nerves. Prim put up posters to draw a crowd and there was a full house to witness the battle of the bards in luskan that night. The bartended introduced both of them and prim was up 1st. and he sang to the tune of bohemian rhapsody:

“ Is this a board game? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a bard off, no escape for this amateur Open your eyes, look up into mine and see I am Prim Pressleaf, you have now challenged me Well now your goanna loose, everything, (your) dignity, (and) instruments (only)One way that this thing goes and that would be my vic-victory, victory

Devil, you have fucked up I’m the best bard in the world, you can’t beat my melodies Devil, this has just begun But now I’ve got to put you in your place!!!! Devil, ooh, can’t wait to make you cry When you hear these rhythms you will be balling Knowing that, knowing that, you just can’t beat a Pressleaf

Too late, can’t run away You’ll be a joke for all of time, and that sweet loot will be mine Goodbye, Mr.Satan, your time is through you must have realized by now that you a screwed Satan, ooh, (you are so screwed) I cant wait to win Guess you’ll be down one pretty epic soul!!!

[Epic flute Solo]

I see a pretty damn epic looking bard Pressleaf, Pressleaf, will you do the Van Beethoven Phantasmal force and magic, very, very frightening (super sexy) super sexy (super sexy) super sexy. Super sexy equals prim. primmmmmm I’m just a cool boy everybody loves me He’s just a cool boy from a rad family Share with him coins so you may here a verse Easy win, easy win, this should take a sec Oh shit!!! Well yeah, this will just take a sec (Just a sec!) get rekt scrub! Prim is gonna win (Just a sec!) get rekt scrub! Prim is gonna win (Pressleaf) Is gonna win! (Pressleaf) Is gonna win! (press leaf is gonna win win win win win) (Oh mamma mia, mamma mia) Mamma mia, you’re a fool Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, but its you??? So you think you can fight me and take my soul? So you think you can out sing even I? Oh, devil, can’t out sing me, devil Just gotta play on, just gotta play on for that gear!

Your turn doesn’t matter, anyone can see Your turn doesn’t matter Your turn doesn’t matter at all”

Barathrum retorted with his own song

The devil went down to Luskan he was looking for a soul to steal, he was in a bind cause he was way behind so he was willing to make a deal, he came across this one bard playing a tune and singing it hot, so the devil slid across the room to the kid and said boy let me tell ya what. I guess you didn’t know it but i’m an entertainer too and if you care to make a dare i’ll make a bet with you. now you play pretty good son but won’t you give the devil his due I bet this fiddle of gold against your soul that I think I’m better than you.

Prim did you ever know that time keeps marching on, the coldest hour is the one comes just before the dawn, the devil’s back in luscan will you stand up to the test, or will you let the devil be the best? Prim are you practicing or will your hands grow cold? The devil walks the land and plays a fiddle made of gold Can you hear the baby crying, will she ever know The devil wants her daddy’s very soul?

Prim came back playing don’t fear the reaper, through the fire and the flames, and we are the champions where Barathrum played sympathy for the devil, Downton funk and and house of the rising sun.

After 4 rounds prim and his band won 3 out of the 4 and Barathrum conceded the match to him and handed over the golden fiddle commenting that their contract was now complete and he had 30 seconds to make his decision. he rolled out the contract and showed his what he agreed to:

“This contract is to confirm the agreement between Barathrum and his band and Prim Pressleaf and his band that they will perform in a battle of the bands best 3 out of 5 rounds with the stakes being the legendary golden fiddle waged against Prim Pressleaf’s soul. Should Barathrum win he acquires Prim Pressleaf’s soul and should Prim Pressleaf win he will acquire the Legendary golden fiddle

(in small print)

in exchange for one of his band mate’s souls of Prim’s choosing within 30 seconds. Should he refuse to choose or back out on the deal Barathrum will receive both of their souls.

Sign X Prim Pressleaf

X Hyan Yue Wing

X Pokeman Jones

In a panic and with time running out prim blurted out uhhhh Pokeman Jones. And with a smile Barathrum said “so be it and Pokeman felt his soul be torn asunder from him and went into an orb being held by Barathrum who informed them their business was concluded and opened up a rift and proceeded through it.

The party shocked by the ending of the match checked on pokeman to see if he was ok and he seemed a little out of it but they all charged through the rift in an attempt to catch up with Barathrum. Prim ased delsaphine to watch erelosa to which she agreed and he joined the rest of the party.

As they passed through the rift they found themselves in a new plane of existence much warmer than the northern city of Luskan. They immediately began to break out in a sweat from the temperature change. Tiffany and Jade came through the portal with them and informed prim they were bound to the fiddle and will come help him if necessary and then departed. Rowan began using a locate creature and followed the signal deep into this cave they found themselves in with running rivers of magma. The party speculated that this place feels like hell. as they turned a corner they fond themselves fighting Burning skeletons with flaming swords which Rowan was able to shatter many of them with destroy undead.

As they continued deeper past more rivers of flowing and spurting magma. Harvey spotted a treasure chest on an island and tried to fly over to it but was clipped by the spurting magma and made it but caught on fire. The party made remarks about smelling roasted chicken which he didn’t take kindly and as he opened the chest he found gold and a pouch of dust of tracelessness. He was not sure what it was an he dipped his beak into it but started coughing and snorting out cobwebs.

As this was occurring Fire Elementals arose from the magma and set upon the party. Harvey used a wind wall to try to keep some at bay while Yue tried to douse them with a cold chromatic orb but ended up spilling it down pokeman’s armor. The party was engulfed in flamed several times but were able to douse themselves enough to fight off their fiery foes. They continues down a hallway to the east as the river of magma looped around and came across a narrow ledge which prim dimension doored everyone across to avoid any falls into the lava. as they appeared on the other side they were set upon by Salamanders armed with spears. As the party set upon them and found purchase striking them they were burned by the sheer heat of their bodies. one grappled Rowan and tried to dip her into the flowing magma burning her boots. The party was starting to look tired and took a more defensive position and began rescuing their members and helping rio slip out of their clutches with the help of her freedom of movement spell. They eventually triumphed over the Salamanders and found a staircase which descended deeper into this molten plane of existence. Although they were burnt and tired, they knew they needed to press on and find what fresh hell awaited down those stairs.

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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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