Grand Duchy 13

Grand Duchy of Adventure

Session 13
April 24, 2014

Pixie Party

Tserdain 20th of Thaumont, 1001AC

As the finishing touches were being put on the raft, the sound of a galloping horse could be heard approaching from the south. It was Ree and she was alone. Once dismounted, she told them the tale of why Burik had not returned with her. He had fallen from his horse on their return to Susikyn and managed to break his leg. She had departed the following morning and ridden hard to catch up, nearly losing their trail in the forests and hills.

It was decided that Bahaznic was to remain on the shore with the Elves and the young Traladaran was agreeable to this, as this mission did not have as much to do with directly finding his father. Draven and Marcel both decided on removing their heavy metal armor before boarding the raft, just in case. Goriidel and Aeraliel then cast spells on the Company to allow them to see things of magic, including the Pixies of the island. They promised to maintain the spells as long as possible.

Akaios, the only one in the group with any real boating skill, piloted the boat while the rest of the group rowed. The lake water was cold and misty and just as they group was nearing the island, the Pixies appeared. Two groups of about 5 Pixies each were flying in from the island, one from the right and one from the left. They could be seen readying their tiny bows. Griffin hailed them and caused them to slow their charge, but not for long. His words did not deter the fairy warriors and they began shooting arrows at those on the raft. Ree and Remar both took early hits and went down, put to sleep by the Pixie magic, Remar onto the raft and Ree into the lake. Griffin quickly jumped into the cold water to save the unconscious Half-Elf girl. Draven revived Remar and the Pixies kept their distance, firing their tiny arrows at the Company. Marcel focused on trying to defend his companions, Remar sent several magical bolts in their direction and the rest of the group focused on paddling. Griffin stayed in the water and pushed from behind.

Reaching the shoreline
After a few more minutes, the raft made it to the rocky shore. The Pixies quickly dispersed into the nearby treeline as the Company pushed the raft out of the water. In no time, they found what they were looking for. A solitary white stone building stood on a little rise in a clearing near the center of the island. The building was old, though in decent shape still. Steps led up to a platform ringed with columns on all four sides. A peaked roof stood over the top. Four walls enclosed a small center section of the building with an opening on each facing.

Each corner of the building platform had a stone statue facing out, each one deteriorating and crumbling with age. Except for one corner. The statue on that corner had fallen off the platform and lay as a small pile of rocks nearby. On the corner instead sat a 3' tall silver statue of a mostly nude and beautiful, though not quite as beautiful as it was made out to be. The Pixies could be seen watching from the treeline, but they made no moves to attack. Griffin and Marcel walked around to get a view of the building from the other side while Remar and Draven check out the statue. The statue does not appear to be enchanted in any way, at least not to their current magical sight.

The Building on the island
Akaios was mad and ready to leave the island!
Griffin checks out the interior of the building and sees a stone-lined shaft leading into the dark earth, a stone ladder on one side. He then engages the Pixies in a parlay. The Pixies approach and they converse. The Pixies say that the statue is theirs and they didn't know of any Elves on the shore. The conversation went back and forth several times with both sides getting upset until Akaios comes up the slope from guarding the raft on the shore. He is quite upset and tells the rest that he is leaving and taking the raft. Marcel tries to talk him out of it and then follows him back to the shore to stop him. Ree, unable to take it anymore, charges up and kicks the statue down off the platform. 
At this, the Pixies swarm forward threateningly and Remar, taking it as an attack, responds by throwing magical bolts at and downing another one of the Pixies. The two sides clash for a moment but a new peace is managed and Griffin tells the Pixies that he promises that he will not remove the statue from the island.
Remar's magic bolt was very effective against the Pixies

Griffin then asks about the shaft leading down into the ground from the center of the small building. The Pixies respond that they have never gone down there and have no idea what is there. Intrigued, a deal is struck with the Pixies for the Company to explore the underground passage and then promise to leave the island afterward. The Pixies agree.

The Company carefully descends the stone ladder into the shaft below. The bottom is covered in rotting leaves and damp stone. An arched tunnel leads off to the west. With the light from Draven's glowing holy symbol, a large stone door can be seen at the far end of the passage.

Continued on GDA14 - Going Down

Cast of Characters: 

Garrett "Griffin" Constantine, a Thyatian rogue of a gambler from Penhaligon rolled by +Arne Jamtgaard 
Remar Umerus, an Alphatian battle mage that escaped forced service in the Thyatian army conjured by +Ben Lipe and piloted by +Alex Safatli 
Marcel Maas, a down on his luck Traladaran soldier turned mercenary commanded by +Christian Blouin 
Draven Rickart, a Thyatian Acolyte of the Church of Karameikos piously played by +Jason Packer 
and +Jason Woollard as the DM

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