Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stonehell: Bang a Gong

Session 27 was played on 2/19.


Wilhelm, drunk Dwarf 5 (Julia)
-Helmut, war dog
-Xerxis, Human Fighter 1 (Henchman)
-Yolanda, Human Fighter 1 (Henchman)
-2 torch bearers (Z, A.A.Ron)
-6 men at arms (O, Siri, T, U, V, W)
Karlaih, Human Thief 5 (Mollie)
Nilbog Dracon, human wizard 2 (Matt)
??? wizard 1 (Kat)
Baraball the priestess of Tarchanna 4 (NPC)

Stayed in town
Tink, a pretentious Elf (but I repeat myself) and former barkeep (Hanna)
Shelly, a vegetarian recovering alcoholic halfling Thief 3 (Nadia)
Frank, halfling 1 (Emily)
Yaqen, elf 1 (Shaun)
Leroy, human fighter 3 (Mike)
Sarin the Ugly, Human Fighter 1 (Josh)
Menchi, Cleric 1 (Laural)
Unnamed, Elf 1 (Nicole)

Departing the Korners, the party heads to visit Rocky. As they arrive, a troop of Berzerkers are shuffling out of Rocky's room. There's a moment of tension, but once they see Wilhelm, they're happy to see he's still roaming the halls. After a brief chat, they move on, and the party stops in to chat with Rocky. Unfortunately the Berzerkers used up Rocky's questions for the day.

Moving on, the party then backtracks their path into The Quiet Halls, passing by the crypts they'd emptied the previous day, through the junk room, and the desecrated temple. They check out the hallway off the pit room, skipping the secret room. Some of the other doors are crypts, but then something unexpected, a room full of robed men who don't take kindly to being barged in on! Kat puts an end to their objections with a well placed Sleep spell. The priests are all searched for treasure, tied up, and one is woken up for questioning.

Bob the Dark, priest of The Eternal Darkness that is Oblivion (The Petty God Drasheeng) is resigned to his fate, yet still pissed that the party just smashed their way into their holdout, and attacked them. Wilhelm feels slightly abashed that they didn't knock first. Bob reveals that he and his fellow Drasheengites are there to find Malfreces Nul so that they can get him to talk to one of their dead saints, the founder of their branch of the order. As Nilbog also wants to find Malfreces to complete a quest, he suggests that they team up. Wilhelm objects, but is overruled by the rest of the party. Bob is suspicious, but eventually agrees. Before heading out, the Drasheengites are untied, and they go over their respective maps of the Quiet Halls, filling in some of the sections that the party has yet to explore.

One place in particular grabs Wilhelm's attention, a great hall nearby that is noted to have a giant gong. On the way they poke into a few crypts, avoiding one full of giant rats.

The great hall is so large that the torchlight doesn't even reach halfway across... it does however light up a multitude of undead.... and a gong suspended between the pillars. Wilhelm rushes forward planning to use one of the zombies to strike the gong, but all he manages to grab is a small chunk of rotting flash. The zombie is more shocked than upset by being violently groped by a dwarf. His second attempt with a skeleton is much more successful, and the bones strike the gong with a satisfying "BONG!"

The Drasheengites and Baraball all call upon the power of their gods, and the skeletons all turn to dust while several zombies flee. A few remain, along with a couple of ghouls, but between the Wilhelm and crew, and Bob and the Drasheengites, the threat is quickly eliminated. Unfortunately, while everyone else searches the room for treasure and secret doors, Wilhelm uses a bunch of heads to bang the gong again and again and again before everyone else is yelling at him saying things like:
"It's called the Quiet Halls for a reason!"
"Why are you ringing the dinner bell?!?"
"Would you stop that?!?"

Unfortunately each bang of the gong summoned 2 ghouls that arrived moments after the 4th sounding.



The cowardly Drasheengites, after seeing 2 of their number struck down, fled. The fight was brutal! Characters were getting paralyzed left and right. Jars of flaming oil were being tossed around, and even the torch bearers had to get into the combat to save their own lives!

By the end one of the Drasheengites, Nilbog, Xerxes, U, Wilhelm, Yolanda, Eiric, and W were all paralyzed by the Ghouls claws, Baraball was badly maimed, and V, Siri, and one of the Drasheengites were killed outright.



While waiting for the paralysis to wear off, the corpses were piled together and burned. Then the survivors grabbed what they could, and headed out of the Quiet Halls and back to town.

Gains: 700gp from the crypts, handfull of ep from the Drasheengites
Kills: Whole bunch of Skeletons by Baraball, 10 Ghouls, 6 zombies
Losses: V and Siri

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