Wandered Roads 8

Wandered Roads of Varisia
Session 8
February 25, 2012

Campaign Timeline

Beyond the Doors of the Dark Dungeon

After a short rest following the battle in the Goblin Chieftains audience chamber, the party set about securing their area, healing their wounds with confiscated healing potions and finding out where all the doors led that were in this chamber. They first found the Goblin's armory full of poorly constructed dogslicers and other weapons and Goblin sized armor. The other chamber appeared to the be the Chieftains private chamber. Several more healing potions were found and quickly consumed by the injured party, bringing them back up to full health. The Chieftains chamber also held another surprise... the bound and gagged form of a young Human mage named Vexeron.
Vexeron the Wizard. (Formerly Bob the Farmer.)
He claims he had no idea how he got there and was happy to join the party in their exploration of the Goblin stronghold, as Goblins were evil and needed to be killed. Some time was spent clearing the rest of the ground level of the fortification, though very little resistance was met (4 Goblin Dogs were slaughtered) though the missing warhorse Shadowmist was found trapped in an outbuilding. The frightened, starved and wounded creature was easily calmed by magic and husbandry skills, given some food and water and a blanket with promises of getting it off the island soon and returning it to its owners.

The party found two sets of stairs leading down into the bowels of the island. They barricaded one set of stairs and then followed the second set down. There they found what appeared to be some sort of war room with plans for the recent attack on Sandpoint prominently displayed on the slate-board. A female Human mage ambushed the party and zapped Ellie with a magical bolt. She was then shot through with an arrow from Calina's bow, sending her to the ground in a bleeding mess. 

Before she could be searched or properly dealt with, Ellie spotted a Half Elf coming around a nearby corner. He retreated quickly and the party ran to follow. He was not seen in the next set of hallways which contained several corridors and many doors. 

Being more careful now, the party began searching through the complex for the Half Elf and other evil-doers. Upon entering a more natural cavern, they came across some sort of deadly land octopus with grasping and stinging tentacles. While slowly backing away from the creature, the group was waylaid by a hulking Bugbear, the Half Elf and a handful of foul tempered Goblin females.

In the ensuing two fronted battle, things began to look grim as the Bugbear began wreaking havoc with his enormous flail while the tentacled creature attempted to sting others. The rocky narrow cavern cut off the mobility of both sides, making this battle more a war of attrition. Fortunately Calina's arrows were able to find their mark several times and pierce the heavy armor of the Bugbear while at the other end of the chamber, Ehlyna, with the help from Daellins Great Haste magic, began to slice and dice the creature and its tentacles. 
Tangling with the Bugbear and his cronies.

The Bugbear was shortly sent retreating just as Ehlyna finished her battle with the cephalapod and in no time, the foes were vanquished, but to everyones dismay, the Half Elf, presumably Tsuto, Ameiko's half brother and one of the architects of this evil, was nowhere to be seen. 

The party pressed on, exploring more of the complex, finding the Goblin 'nursery' containing 3 young Goblins locked in cages. A dizzying moral debate ensued and ended with several party members leaving the room and the sounds of 3 magic bolts being fired by Vexeron the mage. Further in the explorations, the Chieftains harem room was discovered as well as sleeping chambers for several folk. 

A Human warrior was encountered in one of the sleeping chambers, but he quickly surrendered without a fight. He seemed to be some type of mercenary, though he did not seem interested in any way of fighting with the party. He turned over his gear and was allowed to flee the compound, promising to take the captive rabbits above to safety off the island. 

Further explorations turned up the Goblin prison and torture room, though it was empty. The group then prepared to enter the last room on the level, the room that was rumored to be the dark temple to Lamashtu, the Mother of Monsters.

Session Notes

This was the first session for Greg's new character, Vexeron, a wizard trained by an Arch-Mage. I require all my spell casters to utilize magical styles, but Greg could find none that he liked, mainly because he wanted to have access to ALL the spells, so he created a 'super style' and then we developed the Trained by an Arch-Mage advantage to go with it. (Can be found on my Magery on Golarion document.) 

This session also saw the rise of the very first moral dilemma/ conversation/ argument. It was interesting, to say the least. Killing defenseless Goblin babies locked in nursery cages. 

Characters Present:

Kallin Hawkril, Half-Orc shaman and budding Priest of Pharasma - played by +Daniel Ernst
Calina, Varisian Human archer and scout - played by +Carol Coburn
Daellin Silvanthalas, Elven Farstrider Ranger - played by +Ben Lipe
Vexeron, Human Wizard - Played by +Greg Grady 
Ehlyna Fuzziface, Dwarven warrior - played by +Jodi H
Ellie, Halfling finder of things not necessarily lost - played by +Megan McCarron
and +Jason Woollard as the DM

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