Friday, June 02, 2006

April 24th Session 18

April 24th Session 18
Diamond Lake
Under the Dourstone Mines

Septimius Flavius Perfectus (Mike) Human Fighter-4
Rollo Mojo (Josh) Human Warlock-4
Sandreus III (Ben) Human Bard-4
Appius Umbrius Laurentius (Michael) Human Cleric-4
Tiberius (Jeff) Human Scout-2 Fighter-1
Miles O’Flannagan (Steve) Human Ranger-3

Crag Skullbugger (Greg) Dwarf Barbarian-4 (Deceased)
Shamus O’Flannagan (Steve) Human Ranger-3 (Deceased)
Kioska (Lewis) Human Druid-2 (Retired)
Primus Ironius Perfectus (Steve) Human Cleric-2 (Deceased)
Slyver (Mark) Human Rouge-2 (Retired)
Drake (Jeff) Human Rogue-2 (Deceased)
Agustus (Michael) Human Cleric-1 (Deceased)

The group after survival a near total party kill retreated to the safe room they established after clearing out the Vecna cultists. With two dead comrades in Crag and Shamus they knew they would be hard press to finish the Cult to Demogorgon. They contemplated the decision and decided that since they were already in the dungeon and rested up they should continue.
To their surprise they met an adventure wandering the dungeon alone. Strangely he looked like Shamus. They cautiously approached the man and question him. They discovered he was Miles, Shamus’ twin brother, who had a strange sensation that something bad was or had happened to his brother. He had used all his money to bribe the guards to let him into the dungeon and knew his brother was investigating the possible underground cult. He had been wandering for most of the day finding the destruction left behind by the adventures. Hearing them make their preparation to go back to the Demogorgon lair, he decide to check in on his brother. They explained what had happened to Shamus and Miles decided to extract some family retribution upon the cultists.
The headed back into the maze. They explored for along time linking areas and find the living quarters of the bird-men in the maze. They found a few small hidden treasures but for the most part the rooms had already been cleaned out. While exploring one ten by ten area Miles spotted one of the secret doors they had not seen before. Opening the secret door they found a hallway and a normal door 5 feet further up the hallway heading away from the maze. Excitedly the group rushed into a room. The room was an “L” shaped passage with columns running down the center of the room. They saw a door down a 5-foot corridor and open it to see what is one the other side. They saw two priest who were standing in from of an alter to Demogorgon. Along with the priest, there was a shadowy creature that approached the group. Upon sight of this creature the whole party except Appius felt compelled to leave the area. Appius on the other hand raised his holy symbol and showed the creature that a follower of Ixion are not swayed by a mere undead shadow. An so the standoff began. The creature’s babbling couldn’t sway Appius and the creature knew it could leave the safety of the alter and attack Appius. So they waited, after a couple of minutes the rest of the party returned realizing that they were under the effects of some kind. Upon reentering the room they quickly disposed of the creature and started looking for the cleric. There was an exit by the alter and they started that way when a huge monstrous centipede appeared. The opening was only wide enough for one attacker, so Septimius stepped up and the rest of the party lined up so they could all fire the best missile weapon the could to take down the centipede. The battle raged for several rounds when a group of two bird-men, two wizards and a man in a steel mask came from behind and attacked with several spells. The first and most devastating spell was a lightning bolt the struck everyone that had lined up to fire upon the centipede. Only Sandreus was outside the line attack. The other wizards fired Scorching Ray at Rollo and Tiberius, the two best ranged attackers in the group. In the chaos that followed the party did the best to heal and get out of line incase of another lightning bolt. Several members rushed the wizards to try and stop their next attack. Unfortunately the masked man was not attacked and released a fireball among the staggered group. This severely damaged Appius, Sandreus, Rollo and killed Tiberius outright.
Septimius and Miles killed the centipede and killed several remaining bird-men and a couple of wizards in the next room. Unfortunately as Septimius and Miles were dropping the enemy, the enemy ended up dropping Rollo, Sandreus and Appius at about the same time. Miles and Septimius saw that they were alone and the enemy was trying to flank them and finish them off. Miles and Septimius took up strong defensive positions and waited for the enemy to come and attack. When the attack came Miles and Septimius were ready and they dropped a couple more enemies, before Miles was overwhelmed. Septimius evaluated the situation and being grievously wounded retreated down the hallway and prepared for the final battle with the masked man and two wizards. The attacker pursued their prey, but Septimus was again prepared. He quickly displaced the two wizards and went one-on-one with the masked-man. The battle waged for several round until a hit from either combatant would end the battle. Final Septimius struck the final blow prevailing over the masked-man. He gathered his wits and his fallen comrades, of which all had stabilized and would recover eventually. The only casually was Tiberius who fell early to a lightning bolt, scorching ray and a fireball. While aiding his fallen comrade the whole complex began to shake as if a huge earthquake was happening. Then the worst sound they had ever heard, a deep guttural, feral cry that could be heard everywhere. The earthquake stopped, but the creature’s scream could be still be heard. Luckily the creature headed away from the crippled adventures.


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