Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Stonehell: A Cat, A Rat, and Some Bugs

Session 12 of Stonehell was played on 5/13

Wilhelm, drunk Dwarf 2 (Julia)
-Hammond, war dog
Tobias, Cleric 1 of Persephone (Mollie)

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)

After making their way back to town, Tink and Wilhelm split up to address their lack of funds. Wilhelm ran into Tobias, and they hatched a plan to scout out another bit of the dungeon. Heading down alone, they find the kobolds had finished bricking up the doorway. Wilhelm used his pick ax to open it up again. Stepping over the pile of bricks, the two of them make it to the Wheel of Fortune, and each gave it a spin. Wilhelm didn't notice any change. Tobias did, as he was polymorphed into a black cat! This exciting turn of events caught Hamlet completely off guard, and it turns out, he really doesn't like cats.

Struggling to keep Hamlet under control, and get everyone out of the dungeon to try to fix Tobias, the zombies in the hallway almost caught the party by surprise. Rather than engage, Wilhelm dropped his shoulder and plowed past them. Not being very smart, the zombies ended up grappling with each other, and everyone got out alive.

Back in town, Wilhelm took Tobias (now in cat form) to the temples to get him fixed. Not that kind of fixed. The priest was willing to help, but wanted a golden flail from The Quiet Halls in Stonehell. Not wanting to go back alone, Wilhelm traded the key to the pharmacy to Buckman One-Eye, from whom Tink had previously bought map scraps, for a map into the quiet halls. Buckman also offered 25gp to copy Tinks' map. Wilhelm agreed. A short while later, purse full, Wilhelm hired Wormy IV, Frankie, Sawyer "Crazy Eyes", Reggie and Mal the elf.

Figuring that Rocky might be able to shed some light on where the golden flail and the Quiet Halls are. Rocky was pleased to see them, and especially to see Wilhelm with the pick ax. Unfortunately Rocky seemed mostly unhelpful, not knowing how to turn Tobias back or anyone who can. Rocky did know how to get through the doors into the quiet halls, and described how a blood sacrifice needed to be made to open it. After scratching an itch for Rocky, they press on.

Wilhelm got a bad feeling approaching the room before the double doors were supposed to be located. He remembered the ghost that scared half the party before, and warned everyone to steel their nerves. It didn't help. Hamlet, Tobias, Mal the elf, Crazy Eyes and Frankie all run at the sight of the spirit. Hamlet completely leaves the dungeon. Tobias almost does. Mal, Sawyer, and Reggie don't get very far, and Mal collects the blind in the dark humans and they carefully make their way back to the room with the ghost. Wormy and Wilhelm are the only ones who see the ghost disappear immediately after everyone runs.

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