Monday, November 20, 2023

Rappan Athuk: Beware the Purple Worms

Session was played on 1/8/23

Nick, Fighter 7 (Me)
Borumar ½ Orc Thief 9 (Josh) & Fido
Karl, Dwarf (Julia)
Koltic, Cleric 7 (NPC)
Aroon, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Jameth, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Lor’Koth, Dwarf 5 (NPC)
Lt. Marthek, Fighter (NPC)

Borumar spends his downtime looking for a dagger master to train with, while Koltic brews more of the good stuff. Nick goes on the hunt for a wizard to assist in exploring the dungeon, and finds Mithrandir who demands a full share of treasure, and 150gp retainer.

Back to the graveyard, and the mausoleum is guarded by 4 gargoyles. Borumar fireballs the top, injuring them, but Lor’Koth is grabbed, and lifted off the ground. Jameth and Aroon grab his legs and keep the gargoyle from lifting him away, giving the rest of the party a chance to finish them off. They collect 6 gems from the corpse’s eyes.

Using the key, they enter and make their way along down to the long hallways with the doors, and check out the 3 missed doors from last time.

10. A gnawed human arm is knifed to the back of the door, and 16 dead rats litter the floor.
8. Borumar isn’t able to pick the lock so Karl bashes the door open. Within are piles of smashed crates in a dirt packed room. Borumar finds a large grey potion (stone to fleshx4).
9. 11 rat skeletons, and stairs down. The party goes down the stairs.

The stairs end in a massive cavern with bats flitting about overhead. Not too far ahead was a sign 

“Beware the purple worms, Smigol the Archmage”

Passing the sign, the party is, shockingly, attacked by a purple worm, and Borumar is swallowed! Then so is Karl. Everyone throws everything they’ve got at the giant vermin, and they kill it, and cut Borumar and Karl out and Koltic heals them up as much as he can… enough to get them standing anyway. As the creature is dead, and cut open anyway, they cut down to the gullet and retrieve the corpse of an adventurer with a full suit of plate mail and a backpack full of treasure.

Calling that good enough, the party heads home.

Gains: 1500gp, jeweled collar, +1 plate mail, bag of devouring, potion of stone to flesh x4
Kills: Purple Worm

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