Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Stonehell: Temple of Pain

Session 145 was played on 5/21

Eiric, Magic-User 8 (Kat)
Karl, Dwarf 8 (Julia)
Boris, Cleric 5 (Jeff)
Morgana, Mage 5 (Robert)
Borumar, Thief 8 (Josh)
Kili, Dwarf Cleric of Cthulhu 7 (Matt)
Joho, Mystic (Chris)
Ool, Mystic 1 (NPC)
Daton, Fighter 4 (Jay)

The party pools some cash and hires a sage to find out about the Ladies and Gentlemen Ghouls. After days of research, the sage reports that they’re what happened to an old sin-eating cult in the dungeon. They moved on from eating sins to actually eating people, and it gave them long unnatural life and wyrd powers, depending on what they’ve eaten.

Boris spends some of their downtime to craft a scroll of Cure Blindness.

Heading into the dungeon, the party arrives down in level 4 without encounter. Exploring the southern side of the living caves they discover a bridge over a fog filled chasm. Tossing some rocks into the fog, they hear no sound of them hitting bottom. Past the chasm is a large iron double door with the image of a 9 tipped scourge decorating it. There is a large lock. Borumar goes to check for traps and unlock the door, but is wracked with pain after touching it. Boris uses a scroll of Remove Curse on Borumar, and that seems to do the job. Lady Eiric and Morgana use Knock to unlock the door, and unbar it.

Past the doors, the hall opens up to the balcony overlooking a large worship area, complete with a blood stained altar. The area is lit with an unnatural reddish light that doesn’t seem to be coming from any particular direction. Boris, Borumar and Daton go down one of the stairs. At the bottom, a pair of spiked suits of armor charge the party from under the stairs. As with the door, their touch causes more pain than the damage caused would suggest.

After the suits of armor are destroyed, revealing only air within, Boris pours holy water on the altar. The water boils off the surface. Boris then casts Bless on it, and pours 2 more bottles over the altar. The water continues to boil and steam, but the altar cracks loudly.

The rest of the party joins them, and they begin exploring the temple complex. They are attacked by a pair of screaming ghosts. Boris turns one, the other is blasted away by Magic Missiles. Exploring some cells, they upset a nest of red centipedes. Daton is bitten twice, but he’s the only one to take a hit. They discover a matched pair of fancy surgical knives with ivory handles.

Game is paused in the dungeon…

Kills: Agonies, Pain Maidens, Red Centipedes

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