The Devil in the Mists Part 7
Setting: hall of bad poetry
- Krune master of many forms (currently a blink dog)
- Tomorra human factotum/archivist
- Hraknar dwarf fighter
- Zook gnome cleric
- Snu-Snu half-ogre fighter/ranger/barbarian/frenzied barbarian/lion totem
- Lana whispergnome dragonfire adept
- Lashari warlock (shadow) wood-elf
An additional magical item was discovered, a phylactery of change, which was distributed to Tomorra.
Hraknar swung his morningstar at the statue and fell into confusion. The statue suddenly appeared more sinister and attacked Hraknar. Lashari and Lana attacked the statue, followed by Hraknar when he shook off the confusion. He was heavily injured by the statue, though, and Snu-Snu pushed her way forward to take his place fighting the statue, which soon topped into fragments. Zook healed Hraknar. The walls were covered in a thousand small fake rubies, and 6 medium real rubies. In a drawer of the statue, Tomorra also found a large ruby with a stripe, which may be a key to a puzzle later on. Zook picked the lock at the door at the other end of the room, revealing an empty hallway with another pair of doors at the end. Tomorra heard a rustling noise on the other side of the door. Meanwhile, Krune found nothing interesting1 nearby, so began piddling on the walls to mark its territory.
1 Slimy, messy, putrid, or otherwise repulsive.
Forcing their way through the door, the party discovered a room with a large magical cage containing a beautiful with large wings, a bow slung over her shoulder. Tomorra recognized her as an erinyes, a type of devil. The erinyes asks the party whether the ghost in the hall of bad poetry spoke of the coins, then taunted the party by jingling a small pouch. Hraknar shot at her, but the arrow fell to the floor. Lana sensed the shape of an arcane wall of force within the cage and pointed out its dimensions to the party. The erinyes taunted the party to come into the cage with her. Lana breathed at the erinyes, but here breath weapon was stopped by the field of force. Hraknar ran in and slashed the erinyes with his sword, while Krune blinked in behind her. The erinyes sprayed Hraknar with greasy black fluid from her fingertips.
The erinyes sprayed Hraknar again, but the dwarf slew her with another might slash of his greatsword. She was carrying
- a bag of pyramid coins
- a flaming longbow (distributed to Hraknar)
While the battle with the Baatezu was underway, Zook and Snu-Snu continued around behind the cage to deal with doors on the other side of the room. Zook found the doors to be stuck, so Snu-Snu tried to bash down the doors, missed and almost hurt the gnome, and knocked down the door on her second attempt. At the end of another hallway, they found a room with a cloaked ferryman in a skiff, holding out his hand for payment.
Unwilling to leave evil monsters unslain (and treasure unlooted), the party backtracked to a pair of doors at the end of a different hallway, and picked the lock. The fetid room (Yum! thinks Krune) beyond contained a throne with dried blood staining the floor before it and four unblinking red eyes. Thousands of skulls mostly grouped into four large piles each reaching about twenty feet high. Hraknar shot at one of the flaming eyes with his bow, but the arrow seemed to pass through without any effect and hit the wall beyond. He switched to his morningstar and used it to crush one of the piles of skulls to bits. Lana moved into position and breathed her entangling cold breath on another pile of skulls.