Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Stonehell: Charmed, I'm sure!

Session 103 was played on 7/20

Eiric, wizard 8 (Kat)
Brie, wizard 5 (Apprentice to Eiric)
A-A-Ron, Thief 7 (Henchman) (stayed in town)
Orpheus, Human Fighter 6 (Henchman)
Linkman (Hilwik)
M@A (Vog, Bolden, Buford)
Karl, Dwarf 8 (Julia)
Lex the Cheeseman, Fighter 5 (Henchman)
Men at Arms (Rawin, Kildrik, Lamgo)
Kili, Dwarf Cleric 5 (Matt)
Borumar, ½ Orc Thief (Josh)
Lucrecia Thief 4 (Henchman)

Darryl, needing to recover from his multi-day orgy, decides that he’s better off in the dungeon, and rejoins the party, while Koltic spends his time recovering from the festivities in bed.

Returning uneventfully to the side delve, the party quickly heads back down to the 6th level. Down a long hallway they spot, and are spotted in return, by several explorers. Lex, Boulden, and Lucrecia slowly and peacefully make their way over to the other group and begin to chat. 2 of the explorers charm Lex and Lucrecia, and talk them into following them down to the next level where treasure awaits, and Boulden is sent back to the rest of the party to tell them everything’s okay.

No one believes Boulden’s message, and the party rushes after the fleeing explorers, only to be halted by more plate armored warriors. There’s a tense standoff that stretches on. Finally, they decide to rush the room after tossing the explorer’s tool bag into the room as a distraction. It works, and several crossbow bolts are shot at the bag. The first warrior is cut down by the party’s missile fire, and they decide to run for it. Hurtling themselves down the stairs, they’re caught by a well placed Icy Sphere of Death in their path, killing them. The party continues down the stairs, hoping to catch up with their missing members, with Borumar in front, keeping an eye out for traps.

The spiral stairs open up into the center of a large tall chamber, and borumar cautiously creeps down so he can get a look into the room, not seeing the plate armored man with the warhammer floating next to the stairs. He also didn’t see, but most certainly felt the impact of the hammer on his leg. Then there was the harpy song. Eiric pushed everyone forward till she could get a look into the room, then yelled “Marshmallow!”

Flame enveloped almost the entire chamber, and once everyone’s eyes had cleared, and their ears had stopped ringing, they viewed the charred corpses of the Elementalists. Thankfully there was no sign of Lex or Lucrecia among the dead. They were being held as hostages by one poor terrified cultist in command of a rock monster that held the party members in its stony grip. The cultist only wanted to escape, and he’d let them go. Leading the party to a door, keeping the rock monster and the hostages between him and Eiric, he slipped through, and the rock monster pushed the hostages toward the party and stepped through the door, closing it behind them. Quickly looting the area of obvious treasure, the party decided to head back to town.

Gains: 10 gems, magic hammer, magic boots
Kills: Cultists, Harpy

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