Ravens Bluff, The Living City

Cuckolds and Mussels
LC5-126

Player’s Present: Amuka, HK-58, Zimb, Michaela
NPC’s: : Captain Brig, Merina, Mr. Wiks, Jerkindle
Run By: Sean
Submitted By: Amuka

Side Note / Discussion: None


A song by Amuka Tyndal

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from Raven’s port, aboard this tiny ship.

The first mate was a mighty sailing man, the crew knaves and stupid.

Amuka, HK-58, Michaela, Zimb set sail that day, for a three-hour tour, a three-hour tour.

The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed, If not for the courage of these fearless few, the widow would be lost, the widow would be lost.


The Tale of the Bludgeon

What was supposed to start out as the final voyage of captain Brig Montaeo of the Bludgeon before retiring and taking his beloved wife Merina on a cruise around the world turned out to be something far greater than any of us would have imagined. Lured on board by the promise of free food, fine weather and my first alcoholic beverage we set sail tossing a coin to the goddess of the sea for good luck.

Shortly upon leaving the harbour, while I huddled to the side I noticed something wrong with one of the ship’s lines. Calling out a warning to the captain and Mr. Wiks the candle maker, I was too late. The line snapped and caught the captain killing him. The third mate, Jerkindle, tried to revive the captain but was too late. Apparently, the captain had a curse placed upon him so when he died it would be permanent, according to the crew.

We looked into the captain’s death as the line should not have snapped let alone done the amount of damage it did to the ships railing. Unable to find anything the captain’s body was laid to rest in his quarters and guarded by two sailors. The first mate and crew thought we should keep this cruise going and so we found ourselves down below partying. I must confuse it was at this point I was given some alcohol for the first time ever. Just as I got a buzz on a storm came out of nowhere. The ship was tossed about while I stayed below being sick with the partygoer’s while the crew tries to deal with keeping the ship from sinking in the storm.

Later Jerkindle comes down and asks us if we have seen Mr. Wiks. The group headed up to check out where he was last seen but other than some claw marks and the railing being smashed, they found nothing other than a jeweled dagger. It is presumed Mr. Wiks was taken by something in the ocean. I was trying to sleep off the effects of the rum and motion of the waves when they came back to inform me of their findings.

A crash from above had us all rushing out to see the foremast in the water with two sailors, above is Jerkindle tangled in some lines and choking. HK flies up and saves her while Michaela tries to help the sailors in the water only to watch in horror as something drags them down in a red troth of frenzied bloodletting. Screaming “Fins, Bubbles and Butts Everywhere!” he scrambles back aboard the ship.

Lightning bolts fly down striking a person aboard ship. A dwarf is caught in an airlock in the bottom of the ship and appears to be drowning. No matter how we struggled we couldn’t save him even with Michaela attempting to swim up from underneath while Zimb uses magic to appear in the room and seal the door we were unable to open the latch and let air inside to save him.

Back topside HK is able to sense the presence of a threat only to watch as an invisible crew mate strikes down the first mate. In retaliation HK kills the mutinous crew member and heals the first mate. Saughin take this moment to attack some crew at the forecastle of the ship. We rushed to their defense. Finally when things settle down we get access to the captains chambers to find his body is gone, a huge whole where the windows used to be and his log book containing the name of the passengers and how he believed they were all sleeping with his wife or somehow hurt him in the past. Next to each name is a arcane mark condemning their souls to the bitch goddess of the sea.

Just as we leave his quarters with this information we are surrounded by half the crew attempting mutiny and threatening to kill the remaining party goers to stop this divine storm and all these “accidents” that are occurring. It is then we realized just how inept and stupid these sailors are since many are using the Goddesses name directly. Upon consultation we find none had offered her any tribute upon leaving Raven’s Bluff and Zimb does some quick calculations to realize that about 50 gold or a magical potion would suffice.

HK offers up one his potions and suddenly the waters calm. We quickly get the ship turned around and head back to Ravens Bluff. We race up to the widow Merina’s home to find her being drowned by a water weird or some other water elemental in the shape of Captain Brig himself. Zimb creates a pit sucking the water and tub down into the hole forcing the creature to teleport itself into the sink while still using it’s tentacles to drown Merina. Enraged I heave the table they are no on over and watch as the water weird sinks into the floor upon contact freeing Merina.

With that, the fearless few saved the Widow Merina!


Rewards

XP 1400

Jeremy’s Dagger, 400 gp = Treasury

Oil of missile weapon enchantment = Amuka (Shortbow became a Shortbow +1)
- This yellow oil will grant a +1 bonus to any mundane missile weapon normally allowed in the Living City Campaign. The entire bottle of Oil must be used regardless of the size of the weapon chosen. The oil will not work on magical items or Items of Quality. This oil will not work with Bows of Strength, but the +1 bonus is counted for both To Hit and Damage totals. The chosen weapon should be written in this space:______________________. Note: if used with a Hurled Weapon, such as a hand axe or Spear, the +1 bonus only counts towards missile attacks.

Scrimshaw scimitar+1 = Treasury
- This expertly carved whalebone is covered in scrimshaw images of arctic creatures of all kinds. This weapon is used with the scimitar proficiency.

Diving Mask = Treasury
- This non-magical helmet is ornately carved copper and has the beginnings of a lovely patina. The helmet offers no special underwater abilities but it will keep water out of the character’s eyes, nose and mouth.

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On Guard - Part 2
LC5-HUD6-125-Part 2

Player’s Present: Pimfire Tyndal, Clearice, Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe, Xavier Cross, Omega
Player’s Absent:
NPC’s: Lord Blacktree, Sargent Carson, Goblins (all hail king torg), Derro
Run By: Joe
Submitted By: Pimfire

Side Note / Discussion: Rolled 41 Diplomacy for leadership (pimfire), Robert updated hero points to current


Commander Pimfire’s Diary

Day 5 – Omega finally caught up with our group to help bolster our ranks. Later throughout the day, we hear singing coming from the same northern tunnel the Malphagorians came down, a group of goblins who claimed to be bards of all things. Their singing was horrendous. Poising no threat, I let them continue on their search for moss for their King Torg and advised them of the chamber we found on our way to this point.

Day 6 (morning) – a bunch of pack lizards, believed to be from the drow caravan earlier as came from same tunnel they exited by, came charging into the junction and close behind was a bunch of Dracolisks. I made the unfortunate mistake of making eye contact and learned the hard way their gaze can turn you to stone. Luckily, it was just a temporary effect and after 10 minutes, I reverted to my natural form.

Day 6 (late morning) – Just moments after my miraculous cure a group of mushroom men/woman came down from the northern most tunnel. They seemed confused by us, as we were unable to communicate except via dancing which I must say they can really move when they wish. After several minutes Clearice was able to divinely cast comprehend languages and was able to speak with them. Turns out, they were looking for a new home with access to water as drow had driven them out of their old home. Seeing them as non-threatening and understanding their plight, damn drow! I informed them of the waterfall cavern and warned them of the goblins we had sent that way earlier then we allowed them passage but not before Omega managed to teach the tallest and presumably their leader the joy of booze. On a side note, one of the mushroom people seemed particularly interested in Xavier and offered him a piece of itself.

Day 7 – Again more noise from the north eastern tunnel the Malphagorians came from drew our attention to a group of strange Derro who claimed to be looking for a “blueberry muffin” but we suspect it to be their leader’s left boot. The language barrier seemed to get more confusing and strange the longer it went on, something about drow taking it, since we had no quarrel with the Derro and the conversation was getting stranger by the moment I decided to let them pass. During the shuffle as we moved aside it seemed Clearice cast a fireball of all things upon the Derro as they passed. I tried to command her to stop as Xavier opened a barrage of arrows upon her they passed through her and into the Derro inciting them to attack us. It was only then I realized the mistake that Clearice was standing further down the tunnel and this was some strange image or illusion.

Clearice goes into a trance and suddenly screams about a large Roper standing behind me and drow hidden all around us and above. A fierce battle broke out wherein one of the female drow priestess turned out to be a follower of Juiblex as she transformed into a large black ooze/pudding but not before a pile of them came out of the tunnels to harass Omega and Clearice. I at first had my hands full with the Roper but upon seeing a single drow wielding two weapons charge into our barracks I grabbed Xavier and two guards and teleported us into the fray to save them. This left Dalarn to deal with the Drow wizards controlling the Roper.

I vastly underestimated the strength of the sword wielding drow who shrugged off my magic and reflected it back upon me both deafening and blinding me, Xavier’s arrows proved to be of little use and I was forced to use a powerful gem to summon an air elemental to help defeat the drow. Omega used a powerful staff of frost to destroy most of the ooze’s while Dalarn dealt with the wizards controlling the Roper. Suddenly a pair of bright eyes appeared claiming “Darkness is my domain” and in a flash destroyed the drow priestess of Juiblex, remaining oozes and the Roper. Realizing my blindness was really a powerful darkness spell I was able to pinpoint the drow fighter and unleash a series of arrows to finish her off for the last time.

The eyes then speak to us saying that we have proven we can handle this world below (referring to the Underdark) and offers us the blessing of the Skulking God. He also tells us many surface dwellers are forced to be removed but we are different and that our leaders are to be informed so long as we maintain a respect for the creatures below we can stay but if we do not he will restore the balance. I cannot help but feel that is a threat but one we should listen too. I consulted with Clearice and others and we believed the reference to the Skulking God is none other than Ilbrandul whom was supposedly killed or died during the time of troubles. This would account for the temple we turned into a barracks being abandoned and long run down. I think the clerical circle and those of arcane arts should purse more study on this subject quickly as if he is returning or not really destroyed then we need to be ready.

Day 8 – The detachment arrived and relieved us of our post. In short we prevailed but not without series casualties. Out of the 20 guards and Sargent Carson, 12 of the guards and the Sargent survived. One guard was lost to the dwarven vampires and the drow and oozes slew the others may their spirits rest in peace.

On our way, back we noticed the Mycoinds had set up a home in the side caverns of the waterfall chamber.


Rewards

5,000 gp in misc. gems

Dwarven Waraxe +3 = Dalarn

Wand of Viscus Globs (15 charges) = Xavier
- Range Touch attack within 100 feet
- As per Tanglefoot Bag DC 16

Heavy mace +1 of Defense = Clearice
- Adds +1 untyped bonus to AC while wielded

Oil of Improved Invulnerability = Omegasun
- Full round action to apply
- Magical Weapons pass through the user harmlessly for 10 rounds
- User is affected by non-magical weapons normally

Ring of Warmth x2 = (1) Omega / (1) Treasury
- This ring continually keeps the wearer comfortably warm, allowing him or her to withstand cold weather and cold damage as if he or she had endure elements cast upon him or her and negating 5 points of cold damage per round.

Bag of Holding (1,000 lbs.) = Pimfire

Drow Bracers of Defense +6 = Treasury

Drow Bracers of Defense +5 = Treasury

Potion of Cloud Giant Strength = Dalarn
- Confers a 35 Str for 10 minutes

Arcane Scroll (14th Level) = Pimfire
- Repulsion
- Reverse Gravity

Necklace of Missiles = Dalarn
- Missiles remaining 3d6, 3d6, 6d6, 10d6, 20d6
- DC 16
- has Damage Vulnerability

Drow Studded Leather Armor +5 = Clearice
- This gorgeous looking black armor is covered with dark metal studs for improved defense.
- Total AC bonus +8, MDB +5, ACP 0%, ASF 0%

Tons of +1 and +2 stuff to give to Ravens Deep

2 pack lizards for Underdark

Blessing of Ilbrandul = Omega, Clearice, Pimfire, Xavier, Dalarn
- Anyone with natural Darkvision has his or her range increased by 20 feet.
- Anyone without natural Darkvision gains Darkvision 10 feet.
- Darkvision gained by magical items is not effected by this Blessing.

All Knights and Squires receive one Chiv Point

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On Guard - Part 1
LC5-HUD6-125-Part 1

Player’s Present: Pimfire Tyndal, Clearice, Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe, Xavier Cross
Player’s Absent: Omega was known he would be
NPC’s: Lord Blacktree, Sargent Carson, Elagon Xythr (6th son of the 4th house), Angor
Run By: Joe
Submitted By: Pimfire

Side note/Discussion: spoke with Joe regarding starting up a mercantile band to turn a profit by taking the leadership feat in the near future and having those followers form the mercantile group. Said it should be fine and that will require a diplomacy roll at the start of each game session.


Commander Pimfire’s Diary

Day 1 –Lord Blacktree tasked us to lead a band of soldiers to a crossroads, hold the position against any hostile creatures, and record whom we meet while stationed there until help arrives in a week or two time until a full contingent of soldiers arrives to secure and fortify the place. As the highest-ranking military member, I felt it my duty to inspect the soldiers and take command. Upon seeing, more had volunteered for this mission then the few Lord Blacktree had requested. I felt the more soldiers the better and besides their Sargent Carson seemed capable as did each of his men. With a total of 20 guards and Sargent Carson our band headed out.

Day 2 – It is always quiet and dark down here but the men have proven they can move silently at least to our own hearing. So far so good. We reached the point where we were told by Lord Blacktree that scouts heard running water and we investigated to find a large chamber complete with waterfalls and a small pond with plenty of fish. There used to be an old tunnel leading in other than the one we came down but a collapse years ago seemed to seal it off. Best left alone for now. We camped in this area for the night.

Day 3 – We reached a large chamber that is the crossroads we were looking for. Upon inspection, Clearice and Dalarn found an old temple that has some residual traces of magic that is fading, as it has not seen use in years. Any markings of to whom it could have been are long scratched or worn away but from what I am told it was not an evil temple. The men feel eyes on them while inside but its strategic position in the chamber gives us a base to work from and rest. I have positioned two guards at each of the five entrances leading in or out of this, crossroads and myself and the other midnight menagerie members will be rotating around when not resting to keep an eye on each.

Day 4 – Not even a full 8 hours into setting up camp an alarm is rang from the northern most passage, upon reaching it we find strange bull like creatures with saddle bags being herded by a bunch of mongrel folk to gather water from the large underground lake in the cavern of life. We hear a tale of how Grook a mongrel man well known in Ravens Deep, as he is a squire to the keepers of the flame, he recently saved them from a beholder. I decided it best to let them pass as they did not seem a threat to Ravens Deep and could possibly become allies or at least trade partners in the future.

Day 4 (6 hours later) – Another alarm is cried as coming down the other northern passage is a dwarf wearing plate mail, an open faced helm with glowing eyes who called himself Angor. Behind him are a number of undead skeleton dwarfs also in plate mail. A brief conversation with Clearice and Dalarn gained us the knowledge they were Malphagorians on their way to destroy some beholders in the area and raise them for their leader Malphagor who “needs them”. We mention a previous encounter with some of the Malphagorians such as Valcrus. Knowing we could not let them pass and raise undead Dalarn screamed out “Come Ebony! We free our brothers bodies from this cursed existence!” and engaged Angor in fierce combat. Later Dalarn would inform me the helm was of the Ironstar Clan and they aren’t undead but Angor was wearing the helm of the Ironstar clans King. A mystery as to how he came by the helm. Dalarn wishes to keep a hold of this until we encounter the Ironstar clan or another Dwarven king at least for safekeeping.

A lich then reveals himself next to Angor as three dwarven vampires materialize out of the walls surrounding Clearice. Xavier is sucked into the floor. Things started looking grim when Sargent Carson went down to the vampires draining effect but thanks to a brave man named Freddie Sargent Carson is pulled to safety before they can finish him, but not before Freddie is taken by a vampire down into the rocks. He will be missed.

The lich creates a spell engine a strange magical device that sucks up spells and gaining power. Realizing the only thing to do is to destroy it before it becomes more powerful I throw my ever burning torch into it creating a small harmful blast but destroying it before the undead can overwhelm us or it got more powerful. This allowed us to unleash a powerful barrage of magic and healing to finish them off but not Angor laughs manically “if you only know what I know” and exploded! Somehow, he managed to come out of his own blast safely but we finished him off while the Lich escaped.

Clearice realized the only way to free Xavier was to transport him to the ethereal plane and back again since his legs have fused with the stone. This is something, which she was unable to do until the following morning. Clearice also managed to reverse the vampires draining attacks against herself and Sargent Carson restoring both by the next morning.

Personal Notes I have heard much talk of beholders nearby first from the Mongrel men and now from the Malphagorians. I feel it may be a worthwhile threat to investigate and to deal with in the near future as they can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous neighbors.

Day 5 – After we are healed up a cry arises again from the northern most passage. The one the mongrel folk came down. Suddenly we are surrounded by male drow astride strange lizard creatures, which move fast among the ceilings stalagmites. A drow steps forth introducing himself as Elagon Xythr, 6th son of the 4th house of Nykanthandar. I spoke with him regarding a possible truce on behalf of his drow house with Ravens Deep. He gave me a ruby to pass along to Lord Blacktree who is to crush it if he wishes to speak further on this matter. In return, he offered to help free many Brightsword dwarven slaves from the first house of Nykanthandar. It seems they took a bunch generations ago when Clan Brightsword lived in Lower Sarbreen with the Orb of Protection. Knowing their great great grandchildren may have some knowledge of the artifact is too much to pass up so I felt it wise to let them continue on their trading mission rather than provoke hostilities and give up any chance at finding out. I know not where they headed other than the tunnel they chose is not the one leading directly back to Ravens Deep but the one southernmost next to it.

Personal Notes It is worth noting how well informed the drow where of all of us, he seemed to know of me and the other members along with details only a surface dweller from Ravens Bluff would know. They are obviously using powerful scrying magics or have numerous informants something I am sure Lord Blacktree will wish to look into.


Rewards

To be posted at the end of each multiple part mission from now on to prevent any confusion

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Friend Or Foe! - Part 3
LC5-HUD5-124-3

Player’s Present: Mok, Pimfire Tyndal, Omega, Clearice, Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe, Xavier Cross
Player’s Late:
NPC’s: Svirfneblin, Captain Farspel Kappelcourt, Sturliewan Mastacalatl, and Gwinisturoc Lafftalligon, Lillylottar Aristcutti, Lady Jenna, Kargemisalivian (svirfneblin most well-known and versed in Jacinth), Ambassador McClearnon
Run By: Joe
Submitted By: Pimfire

Sidenote/Discussion Due to personal life issues Andy will no longer be running our games and Joe will be stepping up to take over DM responsibilities for the main campaign with other members taking a rotating/turns running our lower level campaign.


At a tavern near the docks of Raven’s Bluff

Pimfire: There we were, 10 days deep into the Underdark, nothing could stop us not even a drow patrol lead by a high priestess. We slaughtered them and Dalarn retrieved a powerful dwarven crafted axe heavily enchanted that was wielded by one of their warriors. We had reached Jacinth the svirfneblin city of gems! Everywhere we looked we saw why it was called such, gems embedded in the walls of houses, gems adorning the jewelry of common folk, heck even children in the streets playing with gems as if they were marbles the size of chicken eggs!

Rufus (heckler): Yeah right! And my wife is the spitting image of Sune herself!
Jarome: Maybe Sune’s backside Rufus! Everyone here has seen your wife at least once when you are out to sea.

Crowd roars with laughter!

Rufus: What are you saying Jarome?
Jarome: Come on now you don’t honestly think David was your son? You were gone for a full year on that merchant run south and not even home for 6 months and suddenly Amber is giving birth to a healthy baby boy. He don’t even look like you.

A brawl ensues between Rufus and Jarome

Pimfire whistles HEY! Look at this dagger if you do not believe me!

the two stop fighting long enough to glance up and see the dagger

Rufus: Bah, you got that from some noble. Everyone here knows you move around in those high circles.

Pimfire: No my friend this only cost me a tale and a few coppers. I am telling you they do not value gems as we do. Coffee, Chocolate, Honey, Sweets. These are things they do not have but are cheap for us and are willing to part with a gem worth thousands of gold for something we would only pay a couple coppers for. Right now, there is an envoy negotiating on behalf of Ravens Deep for rights to open trade. Now is the time I am telling you to get in on the ground floor of the Dirgeflame Consortium.

Crowd: Why should we invest with you!
Another Crowd member: Yeah we can just go trade ourselves!

Pimfire: Because while many of you are brave, strong and adventurous who here speaks Undercommon? Svirfneblin? Who here is willing to stand up against the drow and their demons or the white/purple worms and other monstrous creatures that inhabit the Underdark? Why take the risk of both your money and your life when you can put your money in the hands of a capable band whom you know can make the journey as they have done so already before. Who speaks those languages and has made contacts. Why I myself have met their greatest storyteller at the temple of Calladuran their god and listened to a tale that is over 2500 years in the making. Hark! Hear how Kargemisalivian told the tale to me!


Story as told by Kargemisalivian

“So, you wish to hear the story of the Diamond of the Star? Yes, that is what we call it. The dwarves called it Orb of Protection, the Drow called it Annasherian, the Rock of Nothingness. Even the Illithid had a name for it, they called it the Great Void.

Many legends grew about the Star Diamond, but they all begin at one point. The Dwarves were celebrating a great festival, or maybe even a victory over the Drow, their hated enemy. The Diamond fell from the stars in the midst of their great throng. They took it as a sign from their gods, whom they had beseeched, for aid in combating the Drow. All this happened about 2,500 years ago, long before what you knew as Sarbreen evolved.

Now, back then the Dwarves had mages, and others that traveled the Planes. They spent nearly 100 years studying the Orb, before deciding how best to use it. They spent three years enchanting the Gem, enchanting it to absorb the essences of the various Planes. Each Plane took three years to enchant the Orb, which then spent 10 days on each Plane. Legends that I heard tell of at least Seven Planes that the Orb was sent to, though I’m sure there were more.

First the Orb was sent to Earth, where it learned to block passage, and move earth and stone. The dwarves used this power to block the Drow from their caverns. Next, after three more years of enchantment, it was sent to the Plane of Fire, where it was instilled with the ability to create flames and fire to be used against the Drow and other Dwarven Enemies. Third, the Orb shifted to the Plane of Ice, where it became able to defend itself. Legends say the Orb is encircled by a force of cold that will kill any that approach it. If this were true, I’m sure the Dwarves found or created some way to approach it.

Next the Orb traveled to the Plane of Radiance, where it became imbued with a searing light. All know of the Drow weakness in True Light. The Orb was thus enchanted to find their greatest weakness and exploit it.

But it’s most powerful strength came next, when a hardy group of Dwarven Plane Walkers took it for one year to the Quasielemental Plane of Vacuum. Legend speaks of it being lost for a generation, but there it gained its greatest known power, the ability to negate all magic…. Well, those magics that used or took up “space”. I’m sure the Drow were surprised to find that almost all of their magics no longer were effective. After this the Diamond was sent to the Positive Energy Plane. Not much is known of why, or how long, that the Orb stayed there. All that is told is that when it returned, it defeated the most powerful of necromantic spells.

Last, but most importantly, the Orb was taken to the Ethereal Plane, where it learned to move between time and space, and was able to move quickly to defeat any attack. I say learned because legends say that at this point the Orb became alive. It gained a sense of self, which the Dwarves took to believe meant the gods had taken residence in the Orb.

It was this “life” that caused the Dwarven downfall. They began to revere the Orb, which in turn began to believe in their faith. When the time came, the Dwarves did little to defend themselves, trusting in the Orb completely to defend them. The Orb had let slip much of its knowledge in its acceptance of Dwarven Faith. It could not stem the Drow attack. By the time the Dwarves realized their mistake it was far too late.

Nothing is said of the history of the Orb since then, though some say it tried to “move” ethereally to protect itself. One legend states that the Orb is stuck half way between this Plane, and the Ethereal Plane. When its appointed time nears, it will travel back here, to this plane, to the Temple where it was housed to be taken up and used once again.


The crowd is silent for a moment as the tale finishes before shouts ring out

Crowd: Where is the orb now?
Crowd: Did they take to any other planes of existence?
Crowd: If it lost, much of what it has learnt due to their faith would it have to re-travel to relearn everything again?
Crowd: Bah, this tale is rubbish tell the one about Captain Dolly!
Crowd: What other legends are there about the Orb?

Pimfire: People please one at a time! This is all I know at this time if you wish to learn more you could traverse the Underdark yourselves and ask the Svirfneblin or other races. I am sure the Drow or Illithids have some knowledge on the matter. They had names for it and would be happy to answer any questions you brought to them I am sure. (Said sarcastically)

The crowd grows silent in terror thinking about coming face to face with either of those races

Pimfire: Or you could look to the Dirgeflame Consortium instead. The choice is yours. Just watch out for drow priestess as they have a nasty habit of ripping your heart out of your chest from several paces away and clutching it while your eyes watch it beat one last time. Just ask my good friend Xavier for in retribution of slaying the drow high priestess on the way to Jacinth her family house, turns out was Faen Tlabbarr, sent an older sister along with many Glabrezu and other demons to halt us on our way back. We managed to scare them off after they ripped his heart out and luckily, for him Clearice was there to put it back in afterwords.

With that Pimfire bowed and left without answering any more questions or saying another word


OVERALL reward for the 3 parts of this mission

2,000 copper pieces (split)
10,000 silver pieces (split)
15,000 gold pieces (split)
2,000 platinum pieces (split)
100 10gp gems (treasury)
100 100 gp gems (treasury)
50 500 gp gems (treasury)
20 1,000 gp gems (treasury)
10 pieces of artwork total value of 12,000 gp. (treasury)
1 pieces of jewelry worth 15,000 gp each (treasury)

- A set of two small liqueur glasses carved from single emeralds. Each is covered with carved scenes of gnomes at various tasks. 1,200 gp
- A pin in the shape of a mushroom, carved of a single milky white crystal with red spots made of garnets. 1,100 gp
- A matched set of wedding rings. Each is a braid of sapphire and diamond, shows no seams or signs of how they were constructed. 50,000 gold pieces
- Three sapphire spheres nested one inside the other. Walli used a large, flawed sapphire and hollowed it out, leaving a sphere. He then hollowed out the second. Finally he sealed the first two so perfectly that only a skilled gemcutter or appraiser could find the seam. The translucent spheres are worth 10,000 gp and can be set in a larger piece of jewelry.

- I.C.E. Statues (3): Each statue reduces the temperatures within 100 yards by 10 degrees, cumulative for each statue. This statue magically remains frozen, no matter the environment it is placed into, until the temperatures reach over 120 degrees, at which it begins to melt. The statue’s effect is not cumulative with other ice statues which produce the same effect. 1 to the Keep 2 to Raven’s Deep

- Pearl of Power 3rd Level – Xavier

- 3 suits Drow Platemail +3 (ravens deep)
- 3 Drow Longsword +3 (ravens deep)
- 3 Drow Short Swords +3 (ravens deep)
- 3 Drow Rings of Deflection +3 – 1 to Omega 1 to Clearice 1 to Dalarn
- 3 Drow Amulets of Natural Armor +3 – 1 to Xavier 1 to Dalarn 1 Omega

- Ball of Power: When this small 4” ball is held and activated it makes the user very fearsome in appearance, brave, and as strong as a Hill Giant (Str 25) for 10 minutes. The Ball is usable once per adventure. – Dalarn

- Scourge of Lolth +5 (Radiates Evil) – Tithe Credit / To be destroyed by the cleric circle

- Ebony Shadow: This Axe was created of the most delicate Deep Dwarven magic. When drawn it functions as a Axe of Speed +2, but also displaces the user as a cloak of displacement. Granting a 20% miss chance on attacks against when held. It functions continually. – Dalarn Runeaxe

- Drow Bracers of Armoring +5 – Treasury

- Wand of Frost (8 charges): As Staff of Frost. Caster level 15 (DC 21) for all spells. Can’t be recharged. – Omega and requires no UMD

- Faen Tlabbarr House Insignia: (all at 12th level) (Radiates Evil)
It is created of Drow magic and must be kept in a Drow Backpack or its magic will dissipate when taken out of the Underdark.
At will: Invisibility, Feather Fall, Comprehend Languages, Web (Non-flammable)
Twice per turn: haste, non-detection, protection from normal missiles – Was Destroyed

- Figurine of wondrous power – phase spider (Radiates Evil) – Tithe Credit / to be destroyed by the cleric circle

- Crown of Darkness – Clearice
Worn by the Mummy Priest of Set, this Crown adapts itself to fit any head it is placed on.

  • This protection item confers immunity to natural and magical fear, paralyzation, and petrification. The wearer cannot be magically aged as by a ghost, or harmed by chilling attacks such as the touch of a lich.
  • The wearer gains a +4 bonus to all undead attacks for which saving throws are allowed. This item does not confer protection against level draining.
  • Once per adventure the wearer of the Crown can disrupt undead as with a mace of disruption, by touch (DC 16 Will save or be destroyed). The wearer must touch the undead with his bare hand. A successful attack roll is required and the wearer of the Crown is subject to any side effects of the contact, such as AoO and level draining. Only one undead creature may be affected. If the attack misses or fails, then the power of the Crown that was called is wasted, and that power is ineffective until the next adventure.
  • The wearer of the Crown can see with 90 foot darkvision and always knows undead normally visible (not concealed behind barriers or within a closed coffin) for what they are.
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Friend Or Foe! - Part 2
LC5-HUD5-124-2

Player’s Present: Mok, Pimfire Tyndal, Omega, Clearice, Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe
Player’s Late: Xavier Cross (was known would be)
NPC’s: Svirfneblin, Captain Farspel Kappelcourt, Sturliewan Mastacalatl, and Gwinisturoc Lafftalligon, Lillylottar Aristcutti, Lady Jenna, Ronasucha
Run By: Andy
Submitted By: Pimfire

My Darling Amuka,

After our recent encounter with a worm down here in the belly of the earth it was with great pleasure that a full day past with nothing of significance to report. Sadly on Day 7 we were informed there was a race of Bat like creatures called Bainligor whose leaders wish to turn into undead creatures that may be nesting nearby in an abandoned temple to some evil god the gnomes were not clear on which god that is however. Upon Day 8 we reached the point where we could investigate and did so as keeping this trail clear of threats would be important to future trade caravans between our two cities.

Upon entering this evil temple, we noticed a couple of statues dedicated to evil gods one of which was obviously Gilgeam. We swiftly encountered resistance by a few large Bainligor whose screech is quite painful. After making quick work of them we pressed onwards as Mok tossed fireballs into rooms destroying young, adults and old Bainligor alike as none of us had any desire to deal with several at once especially with those screeches.

Once we reached near the inner sanctum of this temple we entered a very large chamber with rows of pillars only to find chained up svirfneblin and drow alike amongst several undead Bainligor. After a well-placed fireball by Mok, they rushed at Dalarn and Omega and with a single touch one of them nearly slew Dalarn and raising him into a zombie like state but Clearice was able to reach him in time and reverse its effects. It was at this point that Clearice took Omega closer the largest of our foes leaving me exposed and I was forced to retreat to safety to heal up. By the time I managed to catch up to the rest of the group they had finished that group and pressed forward to encounter the leader of the Bainligor and defeat him as Clearice used a crystal beholder figure from our first foray into the Underdark when we fought the deep dragon. I am told it was a sight to behold! Sorry could not resist.

Once I caught up to them they had freed a drow prisoner who ran back to the others while we dealt with a portal leading to the negative plane of energy that was opened. After consulting with Lady Jenna and retrieving Xavier who had stayed behind with the gnomes while we explored this temple, we decided the only way to close it was to use our own life forces and touch it at the same time. I know it was risky and stupid darling but some things are worth the risk and a portal to that plane is something that if left unchecked could have brought ruin upon the entire prime material plane.

It was a strange experience as I touched it along with the others a voice rang in my head “Life or Health” and not wishing to give up my life I choose Health as did Omega, Clearice and Mok while apparently Dalarn and Xavier choose Life. Then I remember only darkness and waking up somehow more learnt in the ways of the world while others like Mok told me they felt like they had lost a part of their life’s journey.

Nearby to us in the center of the room where a series of magical items as a voice thanked us for performing such an act of heroism. As we attempted to figure out whom should get what a secret door opened and several mummies and a shade like creature surrounded us. With quickly well placed shot Xavier destroyed the shade and the mummies collapsed as the Shade turned out to be the leader and had bound the mummies to him.

We rush back to see about the prisoners only to find them gone as the drow they freed from the leader stood there holding a dark orb/ball one of the Bainligor had carried. She told us her name was Ronasucha we found out as Xavier attempted to ask her on a date Mok interceded angry to know why she was still here. Turns out she was curious as to why anyone such as us would free her and eventually hands us the orb and leaves.

Upon investigating the secret passage from whence the mummies came we discovered a massive treasure hoard enough to build a small kingdom! Upon inspection however it’s revealed to be cursed. After much debate from the others over have best to deal with this I pray to Waukeen for her assistance to repay a debt she owed. She removed the curse! For money should be spent and never hoarded away so no one can spend it.

With that we have spent the past several hours packing away the treasure and I must go for the others are nearly ready to leave.


Rewards

Third level pearl of power

Ball of Power – orb a 4-inch diameter ball in the right hand and activated with the command word “there be hill giants” you can the strength of one for 10 rounds once per week. (work in one week)

Crown of Darkness – mummy priest – It confirms immunity to fear, petrification, paralization, cannot be hurt by death touch of liches and +4 circumstances bonuses from any undead IF saving throw is allowed. Once per week the wearer can disrupt undead. Gains 90ft Darkvision. Knows undead for what they are.

Rewards on the ground after we wake up from destroying the portal

Tunic of Careful Casting – Pimfire
Belt of Physical Perfection +2 – Omega
Deathwatch Eyes – Clearice
Merciful Vambraces – Xavier
Cap of the Free Thinker – Mok

Result of touching the portal

Health – Omega, Pimfire, Clearice, Mok – LOSE 1 Con Point
Life – Dalarn, Xavier – - LOSE 20,000 XP

Our Life has now intertwined all XP is added up and divided amongst those here. Our new XP is set at 375,000 XP.

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Friend Or Foe! - Part 1
LC5-HUD5-124-1

Player’s Present: Mok, Pimfire Tyndal, Xavier Cross, Omega, Clearice, Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe
NPC’s: Svirfneblin, Lord Blacktree, Captain Farspel Kappelcourt, Sturliewan Mastacalatl, and Gwinisturoc Lafftalligon, Lillylottar Aristcutti, Lady Jenna
Run By: Andy
Discussion: Players who wished to learn Undercommon have as it’s been 3 months of being taught by Mok in game
Submitted By: Pimfire

Dearest Amuka,

Finally! Something I can really sink my teeth into down here in the Underdark. Lord Blacktree asked us to escort Lady Jenna while traveling with a group of Svirfneblin back to their city, Jacinth, on a diplomatic mission to negotiate terms for food supplies such as rothe and make allies both of which are in short supply down here.

The Svirfneblin are very interesting, Mok has been engaging them in conversation throughout the first couple of days both to help Lady Jenna gather intel for her diplomatic mission and just because learning is cool for the sake of it! Hope your studies have been keeping you busy.

Let me tell you a bit about our Svirfneblin companions. First, there is Captain Farspel Kappelcourt he is the Svirfneblin leader on this mission, he has warned us about some of the denizens we may encounter down here aside from Drow. One such creature is the Purple Worm, reportedly a very large worm like creature that eats solid rock creating massive tunnels and can swallow a person whole.

Then there is Sturliewan Mastacalatl, he is the scout of the group often charting our path through the tunnels. Xavier and Sturli have struck up a friendship after Xavier asked Lady Jenna out and was rejected, much to everyone’s amusement. Xavier introduced him to chocolate and honey among some other foodstuffs and he seemed to really like both which bode well for Lady Jenna’s diplomatic mission if we can offer a large steady supply of both to the Svirfneblin who have never had either down here in the dark. There is also a Svirfneblin named Gwinisturoc Lafftalligon who is a priest of Callarduran Smoothhands, one of their Gods.

I have learned as well that they have a unique style of entertainment where they tell stories through a combination of oratory and dancing. This is something I hope to learn more about when we reach their city. Imagine how famous I will become if I can bring back such a unique style of entertainment complete with dozens of new stories and tales to entertain the crowds around Raven’s Bluff.

However, our journey so far has not been all pleasant jokes and sharing of culture. Just 4 days on our journey to Jacinth our scout Sturliewan did not return at the usual time. Captain Farspel sent out the rest to scout and the report that came back revealed Sturliewan was taken capture by some creature. The tracks we followed led us to an underground lake that was uncommonly cold, there was chunks of ice floating around complete with penguins and a waterfall. As we saw, the tracks lead straight into the lake. Suddenly a dozen or so ice troll heads appeared in the water as they came out of the water and attacked us. Luckily, Mok had prepared a bunch of fire spells and quickly blasted the bulk of them while the rest of us finished off a couple of others but not without killing a few of the penguins. Startled the rest of the penguins fled to the far side of the lake squawking in terror.

Just as we thought we had everything under control, a white worm came crashing down on top of us from the ledge overhead! I managed to teleport myself out from under its bulk only to watch in horror as it devoured Clearice whole! I remember hearing someone screaming at Mok blaming him for summoning the penguin’s god and bringing the wrath of this white worm down upon us all. As we tried to fight the worm off a bulge appeared in its stomach moments after it swallowed Clearice, then it heaved its massive self-upwards and thrust its head down to swallow Dalarn. Moments later blades appeared through its neck and upper body as Clearice had created enough space to cast a blade barrier on it by using a token Anchor to prevent suffocation. There was chunks of it flying all over the place and when it stopped, there was Clearice majestic standing on the anchor and clutching a much shaken Dalarn covered in gore. After we all took a quick rinse in the lake we saw Sturliewan tied up on a ledge on the far side of the lake and Lady Jenna rescued him while Mok went down into the lake seeking the fabled riches that dragons and worms covet and hoard.

Behind the waterfall, Mok found a tunnel leading to its lair and some strange ice statues, which with the help of Lady Jenna we have taken with us. However, not before we destroyed one in the semblance of a Troll trying to see if they were once living creatures by breaking the ice off them. Mok and Lady Jenna believe these statues somehow create a colder environment around them. After some testing, it seems so. Sadly, this means the habitat for those penguins will steadily get warmer and eventually they will leave the Underdark or die from the heat. Nevertheless, for those in Raven’s Deep these statues could provide cold storage for foodstuff. Also amongst the statues, we find a set of prayer beads that used to belong to Callarduran Smoothhands himself! Without any hesitation, we hand them over to a very grateful Gwinisturoc Lafftalligon who cannot believe his good fortune and blessing from his god for finding them.

We continued to press onwards and on the next day (Day 5) of our journey Sturliewan, who recovered from his capture and treatment, came back from scouting to report movement of a large force up ahead. Captain Farspel orders us to stay here as he eventually moves forward with his Svirfneblin companions to see what is going on. After much waiting Mok decides to also see what’s going on to make sure the Svirfneblin are okay and with the combination of flight and invisibility silently glides through the Underdark. After several minutes, we hear his voice as he has returned to inform Lady Jenna and us that the Svirfneblin are sitting still watching a group of Myconids fight against some Spriggans.

With that, a very angry Lady Jenna leaps into action storming off to the Svirfneblin. We all follow. Once we catch up, we hear Lady Jenna berating the Svirfneblin for how they treat potential allies and immediately joins the fight against the Spriggans. With our help, we manage to save several of the Myconids who are grateful for our aid and while sad over the loss of their friends, they apparently regard death as a form of rebirth as their bodies provide nourishment to the caves down here creating growth. The Myconids give Clearice two clay jars, which hold some sort of healing salve or ointment, as a form of thanks for our help.

We continue onwards in the morning, I can only hope this recent encounter has not set back all our good deeds and will not impede Lady Jenna’s negotiations upon arrival at Jacinth.


Rewards

- Necklace (40 beads – 5 of which magical – each worth 500g per bead) / prayer beads to Callarduran Smoothhands (the gnome gods) = Given to Gwinisturoc Lafftalligon

- 2 Clay jars of some sort of healing from Myconids = Given to Clearice

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A Necessary Evil
LC5-123

Players present: Veth (Sean), Michaela (T), HK-58 (Robert), Zimb (Matt), Amuka (Scott)
Ran by (Joe)
NPC’s: Micah Starfire, Alysha, Snell Sneer, Boomboom, Corrina and Sasha
Scrawled by Vethihenich

Vethihenich Pothoc The Unluck Dragon – Entry 1 How I lost a Princess.

After hearing about how angry I got Master Zimb, said I should start journaling our adventures to help me work through my “issues”. Today started off as a good day, I served Master well as we went shopping and then eventually met up with the other guild mates. I was following behind Master when a dirty young human ran up to him and handed him a scroll case. Master pulled out the parchment from within and read the letter aloud while the young human stood with his hand out expectedly.

Brave adventurer,
The City is once again in a dire situation and is in need of your services. Please come to my private home at eight bells tomorrow morning. My home is located on Divine road, in the Uptown section of the City. Breakfast will be waiting. This is a private matter, so please do not tell anyone of my invitation.
Regards,
Micah Starfire

The paper then crumbled into dust and then turned into a butterfly and flew off. (I mean it is an okay spell, but seriously? I hate these upper crust mages.) Master gave the dirty young human a bar of soap who then looked down at it confused. Master then said just joking and gave the boy a silver who then ran off. The boy was right, one bar of soap would not do the trick and recognizing this Master gave him the money to get a proper amount. We all then went home for the night.

In the morning we all got back together and for the first time I notice that Michaela is different. (Is she blind now?? I have one little bout of snout fever and everything changes.) When we get to the estate a statue greets us and instructs us to go and Knock once on the door and not to walk on the grass. (Seriously pretentious much?). We walk up to the door and Primus the Trashcan knocks once. Almost in an instance the door opens and we are greeted by Christiana a Female Elven servant who leads us to the dining table that is preset up with a large breakfast for everyone. Micah greets us with his title (Micah Starfire, retired Dean of Divination, high ranking member of the Wizards guild) and tells us we will conduct business after we eat the meals prepared by his cook. (Primus was served oil, I always wondered what he ate.) So after we ate Micah begins by telling us about a letter that appeared on his door step last night.

Micah,
It is I, Snell Sneer, your former apprentice. I have grave news. The Brotherhood of the Cloak of Mulmaster has infiltrated Ravens Bluff’s most vital bodies of government with assassins. They are protected by powerful magic that no divination spell can detect. Your pathetic city is doomed.
I, with the right price, may be able to help. As you know, I am a member, well, former member of the brotherhood of the Cloak. I was able to obtain information about the powerful magic masking the assassins. I barely escaped Mulmaster with my life. I am hiding out in a village called Halfway, North of Raven’s Bluff. I fear traveling any further knowing Mulmaster’s elite agents, the Hawks, are searching the valley for me. The assassins’ attack will happen tomorrow at midnight. They are well prepares and have researched those that they are mimicking. Questioning people will be useless.
I expect to be compensated handsomely for the information. I want you to guarantee me a total pardon from both the Mayor and Magistrate for all my past crimes. I will wait here at Halfway Village for the arrival of your agents. Hurry, for the life of you city depends on mine.
Snell Sneer.

(Okay before I recount anymore of the events of the day I feel it is my duty to say that Micah is a pretentious fool. He got a letter yesterday saying that the city is in danger of attack tonight and instead of calling us to his manor immediately. He has us come in the morning so he could display his wealth and resources by having his cook make this lavish breakfast. Seriously!)

The group began asking questions and getting filled in on the details. I honestly missed most of what was said after Thay was mentioned and I hid under Zimbs chair. (I am still working on somethings.) I did over hear that Micah took Snell in as an orphan and taught him magic. To which Snell plotted to kill Micah and take his stuff. (Yep, Thay!). So then Micah tells us that he wants us to bring Snell back unscathed and not to use any mind effecting magic on him either as to not have him forget anything (Smart). Then he gives us a letter to prove the pardon for Snell and tells us to let him know that he is willing to take Snell back as an apprentice (Fool!). He also describes Snell to us, he has yellow hair, bulging green eyes, and a distinct scar across his left cheek.

Oh and of course we are on a time crunch and have to get this done before midnight. (Again why did he wait?!?!?!?) So he gives us a map of the region around Halfway village, and tell us he will teleport us there. He then cautions us not to use transportation magic anywhere in the region as it was scared during the times of trouble and it has a slight wild magic effect. Our way back will be a shrine that is supposed to have a gate that might get us home to Raven Shire. We go to another room where Micah has a magic circle and we step into it and….
We appear in a standing stone circle, the stones have the symbol of Shaundakul on them, and there is a muddy trail that head off from here hopefully to Halfway. There is also a constant light drizzle and some very high winds that are playing with my wings threatening to drag me off into the air. After hours of traveling in the mud (I liked it, the moister and mud felt great on my scales) we reached the out skirts of Halfway. The wind was at our backs so we did not smell the sight that greeted us earlier. The village of Halfway was destroyed and burned. As we entered town corpses were strewn all about with all manors of damage and states on them. It was obvious magic played a big role.

We look deeper into the village and the carnage just gets worse. All the sudden a little girl come bursting out of a building ahead of us, her dress catches on a nail and sends her face first into the ground. The building lets out a creak and shudders, obviously getting ready to collapse. With no time to even think Amuka and Primus rush forward to throw their bodies over the girls while be and Master launch spells. My ice ball slams into a chunk of the building deflecting it away as Master’s pit opens up under the side of the building to redirect the direction of collapse. Unfortunately the building still collapsed partially on our companions. Michaela grunted and grimaced as debris slammed into Primus and Amuka, commenting that we are real brave when it is not your health at risk. The little girls was thankfully unharmed, and emerged from our friends huddle crying.

I rush over to my companion’s side to see Primus heal the little girl while Amuka tries to talk with her. She says her name is Alysha. She relays her story that the city was attacked by a man in purple robes and a woman in red with no hair and tattoos on her head. (Great a Thayian Wizard) With them was a great ball with a central great eye and all the tentacles with eyes on its head, she told us with her little fingers in a fan shape on her head wiggling them. Despite the horror that she was referring to a beholder it was cute. The girl taking notice of me ran up and embraced me in a great big hug, asking me if I was indeed a dragon. I tell her that I am indeed a dragon and call her a Princess and she does not let go of me. They ask her about Snell and she says she had seen him but did not know where he was.

With Princess Aylsha in toe we go and explore the rest of the town, I focus my attention on my new best friend. I try to keep her distracted from all of the additional death everywhere around us. Eventually primus says that he has found what he believes to be giant tracks, and after some debate the group agrees to follow them. We walk for hours, I play games with the Princess along the way. Our travels were cut short when a boulder slams into the ground ahead of us, obviously thrown by something huge and obviously a warning. A loud voice demanded to know who we are and what we were doing out there. We had found ourselves surrounded by 8 Giants with grey skin. I heard some back and forth when I heard on of the giants say we were not friends as they did not know who we were, so I introduced myself. After me and this giant Grok became acquainted they told us where we could find the people responsible for attacking the village. Apparently the Giants were friends with the villagers and built their walls for them. (Oh and Giants use Cows for currency, who knew?) We asked for their help and after a moment of cowardly talk another Giant named Boomboom was voluntold to help us. The Giants recognize me as a dragon and Alysha told them I was her dragon, they could not have me. I ask Boomboom if I and the Princess can ride on his shoulder, to which he agreed to Alysha’s great delight. She tell me that this is the most amazing adventure and gave me a big hug telling me I am the greatest. (I think I love this little girl). I spend the ride playing more games with Princess Alysha, Boomboom joined in, Alysha loved it.
Boomboom led us to a valley where he says the enemies are lying in wait. We leave Boomboom and Princess Alysha behind and try to sneak ahead. As we snuck ahead lightning exploded all around us, hitting all of us except Michaela. A voice boomed in the distance and Boomboom hurled a boulder into the clearing ahead. The next thing was chaos, four half orcs appeared around us two ahead on two above. As Crossbow bolts ran down on us the man in purple a cleric of Cyric appeared ahead of use as did they Thayian woman. A fire ball exploded among us and almost dropped me, but I finally learned what Michaela’s new skills are as I slowly began to heal. Master attempted to do some magic and disappeared. I went full dragon on the enemy spitting acid balls as I worked my way to being in range of the Thay. Rage in my heart, and seeing red I pulled out a powerful scroll I found earlier and called forth its magic, a bolt of Acid slammed into the Thayian bitch striking her down. Shortly thereafter the battle was over and we stood victorious.

We searched the bodies and the area finding Snell tied up, upside down to a tree (I wish we could have just left him there). Snell would not shut up criticizing us and calling us worthless, he was a real ungrateful prick. Disgusted and so I did not drown Snell in Acid I went back to Boomboom and the Princess. I thanked Boomboom for his hurling boulder expertise and protecting Princess Alysha, he told me to come back and see him again and went back home. The group caught back up to me and had Snell following apparently we were all heading to the shrine.

Along the way It took all of my strength not to kill Snell as he spoke more and more like a Red Wizard. Going on at length in great detail about torturing a Harper (I personally like Harp Music), taking credit for poisoning the well in Tantress, and other deeds. All of these things he said in front of Princess Alysha. I tried my best to keep her distracted. To top it off it is muddy and now raining, so he is also complaining about the traveling conditions and the weather. (I was secretly hoping for a lighting strike on him) As we grew closer to the shrine and had got back on a road or sorts we spotted a wagon ahead of us. Amuka snuck ahead and after seeing that Master was on the wagon berated him for being with other women (I did not know Amuka had such feelings for my Master). Master Introduced us to the two traveling companions (Corrina and Sasha, I will not forget you, my sworn enemies) he had met and was offering to take them with us to Ravens Bluff. They told us of a riddle at the Shrine but admitted to only knowing part of the solution.

As we drew close to the Shrine we were buffeted by strong winds and noticed another symbol of Shaundakul glowing on another raised stone. To make the day even more fun we also saw that there were two large Beholders in the sky trying to fight the winds to reach us and they would quickly be upon us, so we set to solving the riddle. The riddle was actually just to match cities with their appropriate taglines. (I didn’t realize there was going to be a test, and on world geography no less.)

Waterdeep- The City of Splender (a)
Mulmaster – The City of Danger (b)
Silverymoon – Gem of the North ©
Myth Drannor – City of Beauty (d)
Scoranbul – The Caravan City (e)
Westgate – Gateway to the West (f)
Tsurlagol – Gateway to the unapproachable East (g)
Raven’s Bluff – The Living City (h)
Baldur’s Gate – Halfway to everywhere (i)
Luskan – City of Sails (j)

With that we were all teleported to Raven’s Bluff as we named that our destination. (Snell unfortunately appeared in the some condition we teleported in) I tried to take Alysha with me as we left but instead the group decided that we should leave her with Corrina and Sasha. So I had to leave my Princess. We ran to Micah’s Manor to of course, as the security in this city seems to be almost nonexistent, find some evil guy Snell calls Nefarious instead of Micah. They said a bunch of things, Snell’s part of the Black Network, Manchune is his boss, and they are from the Zentarnum. They Kidnapped Micah wanted to trade for Snell and the magic spell, I did not believe Micah was still alive and said no so did others. Nefarious and his elite guard attacked us. Michaela apparently decided now was the time to share her vision impairment with us, and told me to abandon Amuka who we could all hear getting cut down outside of the fog she summoned. I used my Staff to summon a powerful Azata to our aide and we turn the battle back into our favor and crush Nefarious.

We rush to the wizard’s guild and they figure out a counter to the spell, find Micah dead with a poison dagger in his back (see I knew it), save the uppity ups, and to my delight imprison Snell. Micah is also outside of any magic’s capability to resurrect. As soon as they will let me I rushed back to retrieve the Princess only to find out that the two kidnappers had taken Princess Alysha out of the City to who knows where. I want to go hunt them down. I now have a new enemy, Red Wizards and those two.

Princess Alysha I will find you, I will save you.

Your dragon is coming.


REWARDS

Each Player Receives:
- 1,900 XP
- Contingency – Fly at 16 Level (Swift action to activate, one time use)

Each Player Receives the following ONLY if they don’t already have one or better:
Cloak of Resistance +1,
+1 Light or Medium Armor (CRB Only) or Bracers of Armoring +3
+1 Weapon (CRB Only)
+2 Primary Stat Item
Handy Haversack

Amuka : Cloak of resistance +1, Rapier +1, Headband of Int +2 (UMD), Bracers of Armor +3
HK-58: Cloak of Resistance +1, Breastplate +1, Hat of the Mechanum Cha +2, Handy Haversack.
Michaela: Cloak of Resistance +1, Headband of Alluring Charisma +2, Handy Haversack
Vethihenich: Cloak of Resistance +1, Dagger +1, Headband of Alluring Charisma +2, Haversack.
Zimb: Cloak of Resistance +1, Bracers of Armor +3, Headband Of Vast Intellect +2, Handy Haversack

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Eye of the Raven
LC5-122

Player’s Present: Amuka, HK-58, Zimb, Michaela
NPC’s: : Ramsey Devillars, Revelmistress Rachel Arren, Kovos Dyrva owner of The Wyvern’s Nest, Drake Devillars the black knight, Green Bard, Bloody Fang, Sheenra “Shining Eyes”, Katelyn
Run By: Joe
Submitted By: Amuka

Wow! My father always told me that the Devillars where the pillar of leadership and society here in Raven’s Bluff. So when a summons came one day to meet with Drake Devillars, the Black Knight himself, we couldn’t refuse. We meet up with him at the Wyvern’s Nest where he asked us to help save his brother Ramsey Devillars and his bride-to-be Revelmistress Rachel Arren who were kidnapped recently following a family celebration of their upcoming nuptials. The ransom is for some powerful magical items. It appears that a person calling himself or herself “The Green Bard” is behind all this and is working with a group called the Bloody Fang. They are an evil organization bent on world domination and for the past 100 years or more have been operating in Raven’s Bluff. It is rumored they are behind the planar creatures and evil artifacts that occasionally plague the city.

Drake hands us the ransom, directions to the drop off and gives us directions to save his brother and bride but if possible prevent the magic items from being taken by the Bloody Fang, as some are very powerful evil artifacts. As we go to leave the tavern I could not help but overhear a female singer mangle a song that I have heard my father sing before. Its then I realize that it is most likely code to meet up later at Horseshoe Falls and inform my friends. We head out and on the way meet up with the singer at the rendezvous who introduces herself as Sheenra a Harper Agent who is on the trail of trying to stop the Bloody Fang. She tells us a bit of history regarding the Harpers and the group, it involves the Fang’s ultimate goal to bring back a very powerful Lich known as the Harper King to destroy and enslave the world.

Sheenra knows of a place nearby village we can get more information. Once we arrive, we find death and destruction. While inspecting the corpses some of them rise up and begin to attack in a state of undeath. We finish them off to find a lone survivor, a little girl named Katelyn, she tells us that a bard wearing all green showed up the day before a bunch of undead creatures attacked the village. We burn the bodies and promise to return to Katelyn on our way back from the ransom drop.

After a hard days ride we finally reach the drop point, some trees circle an altar in the middle of a clearing. I climb up a tree to hide and await the opportunity for a surprise attack if the party needs. After a short period of waiting, a cloud of fog rolls in to the altar and stepping out is Ramsey Devillars complete with canine like fangs! Wolves howl in the distance. It is clear he is not kidnapped and reveals that he was trying to lure his brother Drake Devillars out of the city where he would be able to kill him. Ramsey mentions he has been turned into a vampire for months now and his family has had no clue! He is now working for the Bloody Fang.

We could not allow Ramsey to survive so we attacked; he quickly summoned a large group of bats to distract us as he went invisible. Using a magic pearl I recently acquired I managed to see through his invisibility and help direct my friends to his location. We slew the bats and hurt Ramsey until he had to flee as mist back to his coffin.

We returned to Raven’s Bluff and the Devillars estate to inform them of what has befallen Ramsey. There Drake Devillars tells us he is most likely hiding in the family crypt and gives us the key to enter and finish him off and hopefully find Revelmistress Rachel Arren. At the crypt we find a pile of skeletons and other undead who are quickly destroyed. Then searching the Sarcophagus HK finds Ramsey asleep and stakes his heart while Sheenra lops off his head. Searching the crypt we find Rachel in a nearby Sarcophagus and after a quick inspection to make sure she isn’t a vampire as well we awaken and return to the Devillars with our mission complete.


REWARDS

2600 XP each

1,000g each from Drake the Dark Knight

1 Chiv point for each Knight or Squire this game
1 Harper Recognition point each

1 Blessing from temple of Lliira (can be used for a service at 16 lvl)
- Remove Blindness
- Remove Disease
- Remove Curse
- Transmute Stone to Flesh

Globe of Cirulon (10 charges) = Amuka’s Handy Sack – an extremely fragile crystal sphere embedded with chips of gold, copper, silver, brass, and bronze.
Once per day can cast Heal at 12th level for 1 charge.
User does NOT need to be a divine caster to use this item.

Ring of Life Protection (6 charges) = HK-58
This ring will negate the effects of 6 levels worth of level drain and then crumble to dust.

Goggles of Night = Zimb

Potion of Invisibility/Freedom of Movement = Michaela
2 doses, duration 10 minutes each, cannot be split up

Handy Haversack = Amuka

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Anduri's Wandering Conundrum
LC5-121

Players present:Sean(Veth) Michaela(T) HK-58(Robert) Zimb(Matt) Amuka(Scott)
NPC’s: Anduri, Perniphus Conjurer
Ran by (Joe)
Written by HK-58

We were interrupted at breakfast time by an invitation to appear before a man named Anduri at the docks. Of course, we agree to the invitation and head towards what will surely be our coming demise. As we near the docks of the Ravens’s Bluff a ship comes gliding into the port where we were told to meet this Anduri. The side of the ship read as Perniphus Conjurer. With no visible crew from the docks, we head up the gangplank that seemed to have lowered itself to meet us. Upon the deck, we found it devoid of life and found nothing else but a lever and building. Upon entering the building we found ourselves in some sort of extra-dimensional room. It was littered with curios of all sorts and a log book with a group of names. We see on a table in the room that we are to sign the log book to begin our game. Upon the chairs, in the room, i find a rule card that says our only rule is that we cant break anything in the room and may kill our opponents. As other investigate the other anomalies in the room I approach a rather large barrel full of water in the far corner of the room. I notice that down inside of it is a tiny figurine and I proceed to dive int to retrieve it. Of course, this was not a very good idea as it turned out the water was alive and attempted to drown me. This had no effect on me but had nearly succeeded and killed that adelcove who tried to rescue a creature who needs not breathe air. I escape the water with the figurine as the adlecove escaped as well. We place the figurine on a nearby miniature ivory throne to which the throne turns 45 degrees.

Next, we turned our attention towards the large mounted fish on the wall with a clock embedded inside of it. On this fish, there was a switch with a sun and moon with the sun currently on. We switch it over to the moon causing a panel on the ceiling to shift revealing sparkling pearls on the ceiling in the pattern of the stars of the Fire Coast. After this discovery we turn to the next challenge a simple game board with pieces that looked like my group and I. Of course, this might not have been our next choice had one of our party not put there piece on the board and disappeared. The game was known as the trials of the deep. It consisted of trials that tested all of our abilities to which I conquered. As I entered a large golden doorway I saw only blackness. Then I found myself before a very old ringwalker who thought I was his servant. For some reason, at my questioning of his existence, he seemed to keel over and die but not before telling me he was Perniphus conjurer. I then was back in front of my party with the old man still dead. We realized he shared the name of the ship and was also the first person in the log book and sat him down on the chair in the room with the initials PC. Upon sitting him there an obsidian skull on the nearby bookshelf opened its mouth to reveal a ring of nine keys that opened up the door that we had came in from. This was only a small victory as we realized we were actually inside of the ship in the bottle that rested atop the bookshelf with the skull and the blue-skinned meatbags that had been on the display ship challenged us to combat. After a quick battle, we deduce that we must steer the ship based off of the stars above us as if heading to points on the Fire Coast. After heading towards The Raven’s Bluff fails we decide to head towards Calaunt, the home of Perniphus as it said in the log book. As we align the ship a meteor comes crashing from the sky towards us. We quickly realize it is not a meteor but one of the pearls set in the ceiling above the model ship. We run inside to find the pearl on the ground and not knowing what to do with it the new small meatbag produces some talking clam that says this is someone specifics pearl to which the draconic one puts it in his mouth than in the mouth of the old ringwalker. After a moment of it being in his mouth, he springs back to life and explains what has been happening to us and why we are here. Something about him insulting some waterbag creature and that creature than trapping him here for others to come rescue him. As we exit the small building for the final time we are presented with gifts from we can only assume Anduri for completing his challenge with a message about not insulting waterbags. Thus we return once again to our day to day lives waiting for the next challenge to come our way and test our abilities.

Stuff:

3,375 xp

5 Pearls of the Marid (3 charges each)
Worth 1,000 gp (3,000 gp with all charges remaining)
Can cast the following spells at 26th level.
Each casting costs 1 charge

Pearl 1(Amuka) – Detect Evil, Detect Good, Detect Invisibility, Detect Magic
Pearl 2(Matt) – Invisibility, Liquid Form (as Gaseous Form), Polymorph Self
Pearl 3(Veth) – Purify Food and Drink, Gaseous Form, Water Breathing
Pearl 4(HK) – Lower Water, Part Water, Wall of Fog
Pearl 5(Michaela) – Water Breathing, Darkvision, Bull Strength

Staff of Conjuration (Veth)
13 charges, Cannot be recharged
This staff is made of walnut and bears ornate carvings of many different kinds of creatures. It allows use of the following spells:
Stinking cloud (1 charge)
Summon swarm (1 charge)
Unseen servant (1 charge)
Cloudkill (2 charges)
Minor creation (2 charges)
Summon monster VI (3 charges)

Wizard Conjuration Spells
Sorcerer’s may choose 1 to add to known spells.
Doesn’t count against Total Spells Known.
Mudball
Acid Arrow
Conjure Carriage
Minor Creation
Acidic Spray(Veth)

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To Hell In A Handbasket
LC4/5-120

Player’s Present: Mok, Morrin Telemnar, Pimfire Tyndal, Xavier Cross, Omega, Clearice, Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe
NPC’s: Regina Picklelow, Snell Sneer
Run By: Andy & Joe
Submitted By: Pimfire

Brief Note: Andy started this game on Dec 19th, 2017 but due to time was forced to finish on Jan 25th 2018 where Joe took over to DM for the final session. Morrin was present for the first half in Dec 19th but decided after New Years he needed to take a break due to life/work/time.

Dear Journal,

I find myself weary, nervous and exhausted from stress and worry. My journeys with the Midnight Menagerie have taken me to the celestial heavens and down into the literal hells but most of all they have brought me my daughter Amuka who has been a shining star that lights my way home after each adventure. Now I find she has run off with our junior group of explorers gallivanting all over town and getting into fights. What is a parent to do? I worry for her safety but I know she will not be a child forever.

I know that as a parent who is often absent out adventuring myself I have not exactly been the perfect role model for her yet I can’t help but be both proud of her daring do attitude and worried for her safety all at the same time. It does not help now that Xavier has grown younger! And tells me he is attracted to Amuka, I think he does this simply to get under my skin but if he does have intentions on my daughter he’d best watch himself. Wait can it be I’ve forgotten to tell the tale of how Xavier became a teenager again? Oh dearie me. Well I best put that story to paper.

It began like all others in the middle of the night a summons, off to a tavern this time the Sleepy Dwarf, where we meet with a member of the wizard guild named Regina Picklelow. She told us of a missing agent of theirs, held on the plane of Gahanna by agents turned evil named Snell Sneer who is reputed to be a powerful alchemist. Upon the plane of Gahanna is an army of fiends gathering to come through a portal that has appeared here in Raven’s Bluff. Our mission was to go through the portal and destroy it, recover the missing agent and stop Snell Sneer.

Just as we are about to leave some Duergoloths appear with their five arms and attack us in our tight quarters. Mok screams out they are poisonous, immune to poison and acid along with resistant to cold, fire and electrical attacks. We made short work of them and stepped through the portal.

We arrived on Mungoth (Gahanna) to falling acidic snow. Here divination spells only work if you stand in the dead entrails of a foe and elemental magic along and necromantic magic is more powerful, water based spells will not work here however. While most of us are entranced by the fiends found below fighting/training, I work to destroy the stockpile of weapons found nearby by dragging them one at a time to the portal and throwing them through. Meanwhile Dalarn realizes the portal is made of Ironwood and quickly sets to with an axe chopping the framework up destroying the gate and achieving one of our mission goals.

With the fiends, none the wiser for this act we move upwards on the mountainside until we reach a building. As we inspect the first floor we are teleported into what appears to be a garbage room when a wizard appears and threatens us, Dalarn threatens him back that he will stick an axe in his groin at which point the wizard disappears sticking some snake creatures upon us. We defeat them only to have a huge demonic hydra come through the walls spitting poison everywhere. A blade barrier from Clearice and some well-placed blows by Omega finish it quickly as the rest of the group rushes through the new entrance to a set of stairs out of all the poison I rummage through the garbage and hydra to find a scroll and a potion bottle.

We follow the stairs upwards into a room where the same wizard is torturing two humans, this wizard had a few henchmen and a demon. I had to flee the fight to regroup after blood was literally pulled from my body but came back to see/find that the wizard we fought was a homunculus and the real wizard was behind a fake wall. It was a tough fight but Dalarn fulfilled his promise as the wizard was bathed in a fire shield spell, blow after axe blow landed until Dalarn’s final blow to the wizard’s crotch dropped both him and the wizard. Clearice rushed over to heal Dalarn and put out the flames licking his body.

The missing agent was saved, we looted the wizard only to find a soul gem and a powerful staff, searching the rooms we find a alchemy lab. There unknowingly I concocted a strange potion that looked a lot like chocolate only to have that chocoholic loving Xavier grab it and drink it. As we, all watched in amazement as his facial, hair receded and his build shrink a bit. Turns out it, was some sort of longevity potion and made Xavier 10 years younger. So now, he has to go through puberty again. Clearice mixed up a quick concoction herself before Mok used a device to return us back to Raven’s bluff where the soul gem of the wizard was destroyed and we were thanked for our services.


Rewards

Potion of Climbing (4 doses) – Treasury
+10 for 1 hour per dose

Sword of Gehenna (Forged in Gehenna) – Treasury
+3 on Outer Planes
+2 on Astral Plane
+1 on the Prime
+0 on the Ethereal

Potion of Extra Healing – OMEGA got

Priest Scroll (12th Level) – XAVIER got
with Cure Critical, Cure Serious, Prayer

Ring of Protection +3 (Forged in Gehenna) – DALARN got
+3 on Outer Planes
+2 on Astral Plane
+1 on the Prime
+0 on the Ethereal

Gehenna Staff of Rapid Magery (2 charges) – MOK got
+1 staff on the outer planes. Using a charge makes a spell cast at the very beginning of a round. The staff crumbles to dust when no charges remain.

Bracers of Armoring +6 (Prime) – MOK got / traded his Bracers +5 into the treasury that he was wearing

Essence of Moon shadow (1 dose) – MOK got
Maximizes all arcane spells
Doubles duration of all arcane spells with a duration
allows its drinker to detect magic
lasts 6 minutes

Ring of the Eye – CLEARICE got
casts Prying Eye at 12th level 1/day

5 × 1,000gp gems EACH (We took 5000 gold from treasury each in exchange for the gems which went to Treasury)

15,000 XP each for this adventure

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