Players Present: Pimfire, Xavier, Omega
Absent: Clearice, Dalarn
NPCS: Lord Blacktree, Lady Silverhawk/Eilistraee, Imala Alabanviir (high priestess of Eilistraee), Selagon Xythr, Gloxini and Ziozess (Medusa), Lieutenant Budge, Svirfneblin-Trolls, Followers of Eilistraee, Rebecca the high Priestess of the temple of Eilistraee in Ravens Bluff
Run By: Joe
Submitted By: Pimfire
Discussion/Side note: Was known Clearice and Dalarn would not be present. Also there are about 7 adventures left in the Underdark side of things (probably take us 10 gaming sessions or so)
Cardio. My new hobby is jogging or running for a few hours every day no matter what. This means if I am on guard duty at night when off adventuring I run on the spot for the couple of hours I am awake. If I am back home in Raven’s Bluff, I go for a good jog every morning rain or shine. Why this sudden interest in cardio? Aside from the fact that all my friends are faster than me, it probably has to do with the fact that I had to spend weeks running for my life from a drow army chasing me throughout the Underdark.
It all started with the usual hush hush secret meetings with Lord Blacktree in Ravens Deep. We were introduced to Lady Silverhair or in Omega’s case re-introduced as apparently he’s met her before when she had horns?! Our mission seemed simple enough. Help locate and evacuate a bunch of refugees who were fleeing Nykhandthandar and we are to help them and escort them to the surface. They had important information regarding the Orb of Protection amongst other vital Intel.
We set out with Lady Silverhawk who teleported us through the Underdark into a scene of chaos. A group of drow with a hoard of slaves and monsters were battling another smaller group of drow who were hard pressed into a defensive stance. In rage, Silverhawk ordered us to attack and save the smaller group who wore strange garb we would learn belonged to followers of Eilistraee.
Silverhawk herself swelled up and grew larger doing something with a set of silver swords, which interlocked as she grew only to have them spin and unleash a blast of starfire similar to Mok’s silverfire power. Omega charged at a bunch of the drow soldier’s, Xavier opened fire against some drow riding Nightmares while I sought to destroy the large spiders roaming the battlefield. We quickly combined drove the force back to rescue the followers of Eilistraee. We introduce ourselves to them.
Imala Alabanviir, Niece of the Matron Mother of the First House of Nykhandthandar, is the group’s leader and high priestess of Eilistraee. We look around but can’t seem to find Lady Silverhawk at this point only to be informed that Imala believes she was Eilistraee herself who brought us to save them. Omega looked a little taken back by this, guess he did not know despite meeting her before. We are introduced to the rest of the followers of Eilistraee. As we make camp, more followers show up and it is decided that we should feast tonight in celebration of Eilistraee’s presence and saving them from certain death had we not arrived when we did to help. We pitch in with the chores. Omega helps with clearing the fallen; Xavier focuses on cooking a feast while I learn several new songs and dances and when the feast starts help entertain.
In the morning as the follower practice various sword routines Selagon Xytyr of the 4th house of Nykhandthandar walks right into camp and informs us that we had best get moving since we’ve angered the 2nd and 5th house who are even now marching an army to capture and kill us all. A warning of an advance scouting party sent ahead of us to slow us down and he leaves again as quickly as he arrived.
I attempt to lead us all out using the maps I have only to have to backtrack a few times. Before long, we hear the sounds of the army behind. So began my introduction to the need to improve my cardio. We reached a junction where we could have rushed to Ravens Deep for aid but Omega did not wish to lead a drow war band/army down upon them and I have to say that is the most sensible thing he has ever said. We kept running and pushed for the surface.
After many days of non-stop running from dusk to dawn or is it wake-up to lay-down since we are in the Underdark with no sun to really tell time? Anyways after many days, we finally get word from our scouts there is a group of trolls off to one-side tunnel mining gems! Not knowing what to make I figure it’d be best if we at least tried to figure out what they were doing or warn them of the Drow army. The followers of Eilistraee push on while we quickly investigate to find out they had been Svirfneblin who were turned permanently into Trolls by the advanced drow scouting party. We warn them of the danger and they join up with us but after running for a day we see coming up from behind is a large group of 50 drow riding huge spiders. The Svirfneblin-Trolls decide to make a stand to buy us time since they feel they can never return to Jacinth. I promise to pass along word to my contacts in Jacinth of their plight and how they stood their ground so their families would have closure.
It is the very night we parted company with the Svirfneblin-Trolls when Xavier and myself are on guard duty to see a silvery figure of Lady Silverhawk dance into camp and right up to the sleeping form of Imala. She beckons to her and Imala rises seeming to turn younger before our eyes. They dance for a bit before fading off. We wake the camp and the followers of Eilistraee feel awed and renewed in spirit knowing that they were traveling with a high priestess whom their Goddess deemed worthy and devotee enough. It seems the week or so of constant running was too much for Imala and she passed away in her sleep from exhaustion.
We continue onwards and we reach a cavern for a short breather only to watch as a strange man in a kilt steps out from the cavern wall. He warns us of not using clerical powers here, as it is dangerous since it is warded. We warn him of the drow army. He thanks us and introduces us to his wife and children. His wife is clearly a Medusa of sorts based upon her snake like hair. They introduce themselves as Gloxini and Ziozess. He takes his wife and child and steps back into the rock walls.
We press on for one more day and realize we are so very close to our goal. We think the surface may only be a half day or so journey left and worry that we have not encountered this advanced scouting party. We come upon a Y shaped section and have to decide to go Right or Left, I flip a coin and scream out Right only to hear Xavier say something about a “left hand rule” when in unknown territory. As our group rushes to the right tunnel, Selagon Xytyr steps forth from it to warn us again of the scouting party which is laying a trap down this pathway. He taunts me about always making sure to go “left” from now on and steps back into the darkness to disappear once more. We switch direction and head Right.
We keep going and eventually burst free into the sunlight! Blessed sunlight! I forgot about the sunlight. That is to say to warn the drow and the rest of the group. In seconds, anything magical from the Underdark starts to deteriorate beyond use. The followers of Eilistraee are overwhelmed by the brightness and the loss of the gear when we are greeted by a dwarven guard patrol. I warn them what is coming behind us we press on to Raven’s Bluff.
Lieutenant Budge greets us at the city gates and tells us he is to escort us to the Mayor. Mostly to protect the drow from harassment by the citizens. We finally meet the Mayor at her offices. I tell the tale of what is going on when suddenly a large man in chainmail with a scar down his cheek bursts in who appears to be a general of Shevarash. He apparently wants to kill all drow. The Lady Mayor asks the general to sit who keeps his eye on the drow. He says he is “here to do his duty” and the Lady Mayor tells him about the small army of drow coming towards us and that he might be more interested in dealing with them. He leaves. The mayor then says she will have a few people keep an eye on him so he does not cause any trouble.
She asks the drow women what they wish to do now they are free. One of them says Eilistraee has a shrine in the city and they wish to reside there if possible through use of the carriages. The mayor agrees. We help escort them there.
At the temple, we meet with Rebecca the high Priestess of the temple who is clearly wearing a mark that proclaiming her as a fellow Knight of the Golden Rooster. Because of our selfless act, we are to be seen as friends of Eilistraee everywhere and our names are etched into a stone in their garden and hands us a special pin that any priestess who sees this will recognize us as friends of their community and come to our aid.
Then as we descend to the ballroom to party, we are distracted by a silvery glow by one of the pools. In the pool, we see a dark elven female smiling up at us Lady Silverhair/Eilistraee. She reaches out with a soft touch upon our head. Then we glow quickly as she disappears and each of us now have a silver streak in our hair. I find it very distinguishing. Then the party began, these followers of Eilistraee know how to dance! Very late that same night back in Midnight Keep I thought I heard Lady Silverhawk/Eilistraee’s voice speaking to Omega but then it could have been all the wine I drank. I was very tired.
The following day I began recording down everything I had learned from the followers of Eilistraee while on the run about Drow culture, religion and it’s deity hierarchy along with the new songs and dances.
Silver Swallow-tailed Moth Pin = Omega, Xavier and Pimfire
- This pin designated the holder as a friend of the “good drow.” Any NPC cleric or priestess of Eilistraee seeing this pin will aid the PC wherever possible.
Blessing of Eilistraee = Omega, Xavier and Pimfire
- The character has been blessed by the Dark Maiden and now has a streak of pure silver running through their hair. It cannot be dyed or altered magically (it appears as a silver streak even on polymorphed PCs).
- 1st Power (once per adventure): This blessing gives the character the ability to cast Eilistraee’s Starlight. As Dancing Lights cast at PC’s CL but appears as brilliant stars. The stars are bright enough that they effect light sensitive creatures within 10’ of them.
- 2nd Power (one option once): This blessing gives the character the ability to use one of the following powers one time.
~ Roll a natural 20 on all SR checks made against Drow for 10 minutes.
~ Primary weapon (2 weapons if dual wielding) gain Brilliant Energy vs Drow for 10 minutes.
~ Roll a natural 20 on all saves vs. Drow spells and spell like abilities for 10 minutes.
- If any of these powers are used against a follower of Eilistraee it would be very very bad for your health.
Songbook of Denhart Bliss = (Pimfire)
- This book contains some of the works of the famous halfling bard Denhart Bliss while he was in the Underdark. It contains many songs that trace the history of events, battles, loves and losses under the surface if Faerun. Some songs speak of Sarbreen and its fall. There is even mention of the orb in one of the songs. It will take many weeks of study to learn all within.
- After 3 weeks of study this book confers a permanent +5 Denhart Bonus to Preform (Singing). Once used the book magically displaces itself to a random location in the Underdark.
+1 Harper Recognition Point