Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Stonehell: To the Black Pyramid

Session 65 was played on 3/13

Eiric, wizard 6 (Kat)
- men at arms (Koltic)
- linkmen ()
- Neon (dog)
A-A-Ron, Thief 6 (Henchman)
Daryll, Cleric 6 (Henchman)
Orpheus, Human Fighter 5 (Henchman)
Karl, Dwarf 6 (Julia)
- Hobart (dog)
- men at arms (Scar, GoMat)
Lex the Cheeseman, Fighter 3 (Henchman)
Brie, wizard 3 (Apprentice to Eiric)

Departing the Kobold Kaves, the party passes through the Contested Corridors, Hell’s Antechamber, and down to the Asylum. They wave to some kobolds fetching water as they pass into the Reptile house, heading toward the elevator. It wasn’t there, so they turn around to go back to the stairs in the Asylum, and run into a Mummy with some Heartless. Darryl turns them all.

Taking the stairs down to the Dorm, and following Darryl’s map, the party waves to some gnolls and stops to look into the first new room. 5 marble busts on pedestals are lined up along the back wall. While Karl knocks them over, 3 shadows emerge from the walls in the middle of the party. Lex is swarmed, while Eiric and Brie blast the monsters with magic missiles.

Following the strong wind, they’ve been feeling, they come to a massive shaft heading deep into the ground. They drop a torch down to see how far it goes. The flickering light illuminated several large winged forms that were making their way up toward the party. Eiric leaned over, yells” Suck my flaming balls of death!” and dropped a fireball on them. At least 3 of the creatures were hit by the fireball, and dropped out of the party’s torchlight.

CIrcling around the shaft the party moves onto the next chamber which contains a large black stone pyramid surrounded by columns. As the party looks around the chamber, more shadows attack, but are quickly routed. Climbing up the pyramid, Karl takes a pick-ax to the door, and is blasted by the magical trap laid upon it. Shaking the frost from his beard he cracks the door, and looks down into the pyramid. 2 sarcophagi sit in the otherwise empty black stone chamber. Karl drops in by rope, with Orpheus holding the other end. As Karl’s foot hits the floor, the 2 sarcophagi open and undead spring out, jumping for Karl, Orpheus yanks the rope up, but not before Karl is raked by their claws. He can feel the necromatic energy sucking away his life force. Once safely out of reach, the party debates what to do with the creatures. Darryl tries to turn them, but they just hiss at him. Eiric lobs a few magic missiles at them, but they then move out of direct line of sight from the doorway. Finally, in exasperation, Eiric leans over the door to the small chamber and drops a fireball in. The blast fills the chamber, and then some, burning everyone on the top of the pyramid.

Dropping back into the pyramid, Karl sees the burnt remains crumbling on the floor, and then retrieves the treasure from the sarcophagi. Sadly, the scroll was destroyed, but the magic weapons and other treasures were fine!

Departing with their loot, they’re set upon by the gnolls. From the doorway to their lair, they launched a volley of arrows at the party. Eiric returns fire with magic missiles, while A-A-Ron uses one of his magic screaming arrows. The morale of the gnolls breaks, and they retreat back into their lair, while the party runs for the stairs. They make great time getting out of the dungeon.

Gains: 2 magic weapons, ring of spell turning, bunch of gold.
Kills: 2 Gargoyles, 5 Shadows, 2 Wights

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