Wandered Roads 39

Wandered Roads of Varisia
Session 39
March 7, 2015

Campaign Timeline

Underground Boating and a Draconic Impostor

Fireday 5th Neth

Lake of Dead Hands

Underground waterfall
Finding themselves standing on a stone dock on the edge of a huge underground lake, the heroes discussed how to move forward. Their first objective was to make it to the stone dock on the other side of the lake and check out the large red door there. The three boats were entered, Calina and Kallin in the first, Samad and Vexeron in the next and Ehlyna and Vosk in the third. Daellin used his magic to follow by flying. Calina piloted her boat and pushed off toward the falling waterfall to the left, hoping that its current would push them toward the dock on the far side. If they ended up stranded in still water, Daellin could pull them the rest of the way. Samad and Vexeron agreed and followed, though chose a slightly more aggressive trajectory. Ehlyna felt it would be easier to pole along the near edge of the lake toward the narrower part and hoped for shallower water there to make it to the other side.

Daellin decided to go check out the waterfall pouring into the cavern from up above. He flew carefully around and even checked behind it, hoping to find a hidden cave or other area. To his dismay, it was only a waterfall in front of a stone cavern wall.

Hands from the deep
While Daellin was checking out the waterfall, those in the boats were in for a big surprise when undead hands reached up from the dark waters and began attempting to tip the boats over and pull their occupants to their deaths. First Calina and Kallin were attacked, then Samad and Vexeron. The heroes had to balance defending themselves and keeping the boats stable. Vexeron flung fireballs around dangerously and Kallin tapped into a newly developed spell that greatly disrupted the attacking undead. Ehlyna and Vosk quickly tried to come to their rescue but were also attacked.

Seeing his friends in trouble, Daellin quickly flew over, sword in hand, to help out. A combination of magic, blade, arrow and divine might finally forced the aquatic undead to cease their attack, though in the chaos of the melee, the Half-Orc Vosk was thrown from his boat and pulled underwater by the ghasts. Daellin, still under the enchantment of his flying magic, dove into the water and helped free him.

The boats were quickly pulled toward the shore and safety. After a quick rest and some magical healing, the party examined the large red panel that stood before them. As several previous doors, this one was decorated with numerous square tiles, each depicting scenes of the Runelord Sorshen being worshiped and bowed to by numerous giants and other large creatures. A quick examination revealed that the center panel, when touched, caused the immense doors to swing open.

Runelord in a Dragon Dress

Cautiously, the heroes entered the next area, which was a long, wide hallway with a row of huge pillars running down the center. At the far end of the hallway, an open chamber could be seen, lit by some sort of magical light. A raised dais sat at the far end with a huge stone chair. Upon this chair sat a large blue creature that resembled a two legged, upright dragon of some sort. The party proceeded slowly, moving from pillar to pillar, trying to stay out of sight.

Sensing an upcoming fight, the party buffed themselves with helpful magics. Finally, the creature called out to them to show themselves and to bow before Runelord Sorshen! The blue draconian giant demands immediate obedience, commanding everyone to bow and pay their respects. It promises to only feed 1 of the party to its pets, which turn out to be large monitor lizards nearly the size of horses!
Runelord Sorshen? You look.... different...

Initially the heroes pretend to obey, kneeling on one knee and giving praise to the “Runelord” but soon the ruse was up and a great battle began. The blue giant proved to be a very hardy opponent, wielding a huge sword that crackled with the energy of lightning and defending himself with a giant shield that seemed to be made from the skull of a dragon. The shield also buzzed with magic electricity! The giant lizards also entered the fray, though they seemed to be more of a distraction than anything else.

After much battle and blood, the beast that called itself “Runelord Sorshen” was defeated, as were the pet lizards. The party slumped to the floor, nearly exhausted by the epic battle. A quick review of the area showed no other exits from the room.

Session Pics

Carefully approaching the battle

Ehlyna and Daellin move into position, Calina provides cover

A lizard pet approaches from the flank

Ehlyna finishes the beast off with a boot to the skull!

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
Samad Aldhul, Human ex-mercenary - played by +JeCorey Holder
Vosk, Half-Orc Pathfinder who gets the job done, no matter what - played by +james schaffner 
and +Jason Woollard as the DM

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