Thursday, July 5, 2018

Stonehell: Rats and Snakes

Session 68 was played on 5/26. I welcomed a new player this week, Chris, player of Thorin from my 5e game, who decided to take over Koltic.

Eiric, wizard 7 (Kat)
- men at arms (Alias the Elf, Cromwell)
- linkmen (Baldash “Dash”)
- Neon (dog)
Brie, wizard 3 (Apprentice to Eiric)
A-A-Ron, Thief 6 (Henchman)
Daryll, Cleric 6 (Henchman)
Orpheus, Human Fighter 6 (Henchman)
Karl, Dwarf 6 (Julia)
- Hobart (dog)
- men at arms (Scar, GoMat, Tal)
Lex the Cheeseman, Fighter 4 (Henchman)
Koltic, Cleric 1 (Chris)

As Koltic’s first act as a cleric, he spends a day tending to the sick, and manages to catch the plague, and share it with the party. Alias, Neon, Dash, GoMat, and most of the orphans come down with bad symptoms, but thankfully no one dies.

Eiric’s research shows that to unlock the doors found in the Monster Dorm will require a Knock spell cast by a 10th level wizard. Unfortunately the highest level wizard currently in the guild is only 9th level. For now, the doors stay sealed…

Into the dungeon, the party makes it down to the second level before being set upon by 4 Mummy Wardens. Darryl turns one, and the others are killed before their glaves can do much damage to the party.

Down on the 3rd level Karl stops and gets some beer from the magical dwarven mead hall, and then the party is set upon by shadows! They’re dispersed.

At the giant boulder the party starts to chip away with their tools, when a flood of rats emerges from under the sides of the boulder, and runs over everyone's’ feet and off into the darkness. Once everyone calms down again, and are about to get back to work, a raven haired woman steps out of the darkness. Her black and yellow checkered scarf is her most notable accessory, and she identifies herself as Esmalia, sister to the Ghost Beggars chief (long since dead). She asks the party to desist. The party declines. She threatens the party. They’re unimpressed. However, while she’s been talking, other wererats have gone for help…

From behind Esmalia, a trio of figures step into the torchlight. 2 hulking ogres with blindfolds escorting a woman in a black lace dress with a black veil.

Brie swears, and turns away from the trio and hisses at Eiric “Medusa!” There was a beat pause and Eiric calls for an immediate retreat. The party runs! Deciding that the Dorm is explored enough for now, the party heads over into the section of the 3rd flood that contains the elevator.

The first room they come to has a trio of off duty Bugbears! Rather than slaughter them, they talk to them… and find out they work for Kulkith! Eiric decides to outbid Fulkith, and pays them about 10x what he’s paying them. She sends the bugbears to inform the rest of the clan, except the chief who is probably charmed by the wizard… Or, at least that’s what she and Karl suspect.

Leaving the Bugbears the party continues on and finds an old room that smells of cat pee, and then further on a shaft with a winding circular staircase. With a shrug, they begin to climb down. After over 150’ they drop a torch, and catch sight of a mosaic tiled floor. They opt to climb back up… Lex, Darryl, Dash, Scar, and Cromwell all puke at some point during the climb.

Just as they reach the top, the wall cracks, and then bursts open, and 3 iron statues come out swinging!

Gains:
Kills: Mummy Wardens, Shadows
Losses:

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