Monday, October 5, 2015

5e WNW: The Return of Blightfang!

5e WNW - Session 26 of the weird new world campaign was played on Friday 9/25.

The party consisted of the following:
Nessendra, Wood Elf Cleric 5 (Erindel)
Kethra, Human Fighter 5 (Nikki)
Bach, Dragonborn Warlock 5 (Erik)
Riia, Human Ranger 5 (Hanna)
Guy Noir, ½ Elf Rogue 5 (Nadia)
Anya Bowen, Tiefling Ranger 5 (Allison)
Egan Gorman "Bingles" Sharpless Rosenberg, Gnome Fighter 5 (Julia)
Zugun, Coffin-bound Human Priest (NPC)

Following the witch's directions, the party heads off. About a minute after departing, Guy gets a funny look on his face, and runs back to the witch's cabin. Using his stashed funds, he buys the lightning javelin, and pumps granny for more information. She doesn't know anything else, but says her patron might, he's older than she is, and could be helpful.

Guy returns to the party, a big grin on his face. Everyone just sighs, and mutters about how Guy has the morals of a tomcat. Climbing up higher into the mountains, the trail mostly peters out, but Anya's skills keep them from mishap. She is that kind of ranger, it turns out! The ruins of an old path on the far side of the river are spotted, but the party sticks to their path. Thanks to Anya, the party makes excellent time, arriving at the bridge near the end of the day.

Spanning the raging rocky river a hundred feet below, the ancient stonework seems remarkably stable, especially given how several large chunks are missing. On the far side of the river a dark cave mouth is set into the cliff. The party sets it's marching order, and begins to cross... keeping a close eye on the cave.

And, predictably, from the cave emerged a massive form that launched itself into the air, diving under the bridge before swooping up and landing on the far side. Her green scales shimmering in the strange glow of the full blood moon, appearing almost black. Blightfang hissed at the party "You! I remember you..."

"Oh mighty Blightfang!" Bach began.

"You did NOT do as you promised... word of my majesty was not spread by you. You snuck off like insects, scuttling away like vermin, breaking your word to me... TO ME! How dare you come before me now..."

"Oh great Blightfang, we were swept away in the currents of time, thrown forward. It isn't that we didn't want to... We most surely did!"

"Excuses! Pitiful squeaking of cave mice has more meaning than your noise. You failed me, and you will suffer..." With a loud crack, she snaps out her wings to their full extent and roars, spraying most everyone with her poisonous breath. Nessendra, Bach, and Bingles are impressed by the sight, but Anya, Riia, Kethra, and Guy are all cowed by the frightful presence of Blightfang's fury!

Riia hides under Zugun's coffin. Bingles decides that discretion is the better part of valor, and hoofs it back to the rest of the party, in spite of not actually being feared.

Guy falls back to where Kethra is bravely cowering, and stops next to her. He's still shaking with fear, but has enough self control to dig his hand down his pants and pull out a long, thick, huge, hard thing and holds it out for Kethra to take. “I've been saving this for you”, he said never taking his eyes off Blightfang. Kethra cringes at the thing she knows resided at Guy's nether regions, but takes it anyway since she really needed it. It was, of course, the Lightning Javelin she'd been eyeing up at the old woman's hut! What were you thinking, Mr./Miss Gutter Mind!?

Kethra throws the javelin! And misses! But the lightning bolt still hits. Blightfang swipes out with her claws, and snaps her jaw. Nessendra calls upon her divine power and glows with a holy radiance filling her party with a sense of hope... that utterly fails to combat the overwhelming fear of Blightfang for all but Anya. Riia continues to hide under Zugun, Guy sticks close to Nessendra. Kethra falls back to Riia's position. Bach keeps trying to talk Blightfang down while blasting at her with his eldritch bolt. Anya uses her magic bow to little effect.

Blightfang moves further along the bridge re-positioning herself over one of the gaping holes and breathes again, exhaling poison gas over most of the party. Guy and Riia drop as the poison eats into their lungs. Blightfang grabs the prone form of Guy, and paws him through one of the holes in the bridge, sending him plummeting down to the rocks below.

Kethra pulls a healing potion from her pack, pushes Zugun off of Riia, and forces the fluid down her throat. Blightfang bellows, seems to jump slightly in place, and then falls over onto her side, a gaping hole in her belly. The party stares in shock as Blightfang's belly bulges and shifts. Out of the wound, Guy emerges, covered in guts. His black batwings slide out behind him, drooping with the gore. He flicks them to shake off the worst of the mess.

Most of the party takes a step back. "And where did you get those?!?" Nessendra asks.

"What, these? Always had them..." Guy grins, waving his hand as if to brush aside the question. "Let's check out the cave!"

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