Wandered Roads 19

Wandered Roads of Varisia
Session 19
January 26, 2013

Campaign Timeline

I'd Like to 'Axe' You a Question

Oathday, 13th of Lamashan

The party headed back to Thistletop in search of Ehlyna’s missing axe and hoping to end the existence of the evil demon creature residing in the lower levels. The trip there and the delve to the lowest level of the ruins was uneventful, though Leela was excited for the opportunity to see and map a new ruins. Outside the immense metal door with the 7-pointed star engraved on it, the group took a moment to magically prepare itself and establish some tactics.

With all their magical effects in place, the group charged through the door and engaged the
Demon defeated!
beast. Their greater numbers, magical enhancements and greater skill proved to be more than what the beast expected. It immediately went on the defensive, and even though the battle drug on for a while, eventually the heroes won out and the demon was reduced to a bubbling pile of black ooze. Ehlyna was the only one to take serious injury and thanks to Kallin’s magic and a healing potion, she was back to fighting strength quickly. Ehlyna recovered her axe, some magical burning candles were found and a silver box filled with white sand contained some sort of magical ring.
How Ehlyna Got her Axe Back

After that, the group decided to explore the one last remaining area of the ruins they had not gotten to before. The secret hallway and steps led to a collapsed treasury of some sort with ocean water coming in. The wall depicted a great city of spires in the mountains overlooked by a high  peak carved with the visage of a stern man.

A huge golden helmet, at least 5 feet across, lie submerged in the water, surrounded by silver and gold coins. When the party went to gather up the treasure, the helmet lurched forward, revealing a giant hermit crab living inside. The creature tried to catch Daellin in its grasp, but stumbled backward down a slippery stone block and missed. Everyone jumped back and Daellin was able to use his Elf magic to calm and speak to the creature, who agreed to let the party gather the treasure in return for food. Those members carrying rations quickly threw them into the water and the crustacean gathered up a few bites and scuttled into deep water. Several thousand silver and gold coins, along with a pouch of jade and a magical jade amulet were recovered over the course of the next half hour.

The  party then retreated to the upper levels, planning on sending some folks back to town for the mounts and food so they could camp the night and allow Leela to map the ruins. Once back to the surface, the group surprised a Kobold in the main hallway, who squealed and immediately fled. With quick thinking fueled by hatred, Leela brought her loaded crossbow to bear and shot the fleeing Kobold in the back, though he was able to continue running.

What's goin on here?
Several members of the party gave chase to the Kobold to find that he ran to an adjacent hallway that had been turned into a camp for a handful of the the tiny draconic beings. They immediately cowered in the corner, throwing down their weapons when Leela, Ehlyna and Daellin burst into their camp. Ehlyna demanded their surrender, which they noisily agreed to. Suddenly the whole room shook as a heavy weight crashed down upon the wooden roof. The shoddy construction held, but visibly sagged. A large hole was then ripped through the roof and a large Troll stuck large fanged head in demanding to know what was going on?

A brief parley between the Troll and Ehlyna ended with the group retreating and leaving Thistletop without encounter with the Troll and his Kobold minions, much so several peoples surprise. The group, weighed down by their newly recovered treasure, made their way back to Sandpoint by mid-afternoon.  After a meal and a rest, Vexeron got right to work on analyzing the magic items and everyone else discussed what else to do with the other loot. Seeing as none in the group had the skill to appraise the jewels or silver box, they had to decide what to do with them.

Continuing Story Doc

Continuing Story Summary

Oathday, 13th of Lamashan

Leela and Daellin plot to return the next morning to Thistletop. Daellin is concerned that the Troll and Kobolds could spell future trouble for Sandpoint while Leela still wants to map the ruins. They convince Vexeron and Calina to go with them. Vexeron is interested in recovering as many of the Thassilonian artifacts and books that were discovered in the ruins and Calina just enjoys any opportunity to get out of town.

Ehlyna gets herself healed up at the cathedral, Leela does some baking, Daellin speaks to the Sheriff, Vexeron spends most of the evening identifying magical items. Some loot is sold and the proceeds go to funding some camping equipment as the group plans to stay at Thistletop at least overnight one night.

Fireday, 14th of Lamashan

Daellin, Leela, Vexeron and Calina, accompanied by Paka, as usual, head out early the morning of the 14th. Eventually, they arrive back at the Goblin fort of Thistletop. A quick search of the area reveals that the Troll and his Kobold minions have since moved on their way though a disturbing scene is found in what looked to be a privy near the rear of the complex. The back wall had been opened to reveal a small secret area hidden behind. A ripped womans evening gown and a handful of copper and silver coins lay in a drying puddle of blood. Some bloody Kobold tracks were present, but not enough to follow. A perplexing scene, though no further clues to what had happened could be found.  

As everyone gets down to business, Daellin attempts to secure the bridge in order to bring
Bridge over Troubled Waters?
the horse and wagon across, but manages to accidentally release the bridge, causing it to fall, swinging and crashing into the far side of the cliff face. Undaunted, Daellin flies across the chasm and magically transports the cart over to the fort side, then drags it slowly inside. Vexeron fills his time sorting through the artifacts, trying to determine which ones are worth saving. Meanwhile, Leela and Calina spend some time bonding and telling personal stories while Leela gets working on her maps. The ground floor and first underground level are mapped out fairly quickly

Starday, 15th of Lamashan

The next day, Leela gets the next lower level done while Vexeron finishes up loading the books and artifacts for the trip home. Everyone then ponders how to get back across with the bridge out. With some clever thinking, magic and knot tying, the bridge is secured again, and they are able to get the heavy cart back out and get on their way back to Sandpoint.

Meanwhile, earlier that day, Ehlyna busies herself doing some shopping for for the long trip to Magnimar. She also picks up a few things for Ameiko as well, trying to pay off some of the debt she feels she owes to the tavern owner for putting them all up for as long as she has.

Kallin manages to have himself some different kind of adventures, as he somehow gets tangled up in the world of Sandpoints underground fighting competitions. He is roped in by Sandi, one of the Iron Carnival Mercenaries who wants him to cheat and secretly heal her as she fights. Unfortunately, Sandi's plan fails and they are beaten and locked up by those in charge of the fights. Eventually, Kaliln is let out of the closet he has been locke in by none other than Ellie, who just so happens to be snooping around the place. She lets Kallin out and as he makes his escape, he sees Samad and several other Iron Carnival mercenaries dealing with those that had held him captive. Kallin quickly high-tails it back to the Rusty Dragon, looking for his friends.

The Thistletop group finally makes it back to town and they are approached by Vorvashali Voon, the local enchanter. Hearing they were preparing to leave for Magnimar, he asks them
Vorvashali Voon
if they would take his wagon and deliver it to some of his associates who were to bring back some items for his shop. Seeing as how this would work out for everyone, they load their gear in the wagon and are ready to head of of town in the morning. Before parting, Voon takes Calina aside and gives her a magical pair of boots as a gift. The group heads to the Rusty Dragon for one last night amongst their Sandpoint friends.

Session Notes

This continuing story went for 34 pages and we accomplished a lot. It is worth the time to go through and read.

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
Leela Cardnool, Gnome scout, cartographer and Illusionist - played by +Lisa Smith
Daellin Silvanthalas, Elven Farstrider Ranger - played by +Ben Lipe
Vexeron, Human wizard - played by +Greg Grady
Ehlyna Fuzziface - Dwarven Warrior - played by +Jodi H
Samad Aldhul, Human ex-mercenary - played by +JeCorey Holder
Ellie - Halfling Finder of Things - played by +Megan McCarron
and +Jason Woollard as the DM

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