Bag of Holding

Devil in the Mists, Part 13

Setting: 4th level of the sewers, near the pit of Sareth’tuel
Characters:

  • Krune master of many forms (currently a blink dog)
  • Tomorra human factotum/archivist
  • Zook gnome cleric
  • Snu-Snu half-ogre fighter/ranger/barbarian/frenzied barbarian/lion totem
  • Lana whispergnome dragonfire adept
  • Lashari (shadow) wood-elf warlock

After Snu-Snu’s rage faded, Zook and Lana healed up her and the rest of the party. A thorough search and detection of magic revealed nothing of interest on Sareth’tuel or elsewhere in the room, so Lashari and Lana blasted everything to cinders. The party walked down the hall and heard a clanking noise from behind a door. Tomorra remembered that they were looking for a sinister machine called the Leviathan that was the source of the blue mist. After dealing with the door (Tomorra detected no traps, Lashari detected no magic, Zook picked the lock), Snu-Snu peeked into the room. She saw a bubbling cauldron with 8 clawed mechanical tentacles. The party decided the best tactic was for Lashari to blast it from range.

Lashari backed up into the mirrored room, and the rest of the party hid behind the corner. Snu-Snu opened the door and Lashari cast a maximized eldritch blast at at the contraption. Then Zook foolishly ran in and cast cause serious wounds at the thing, which grappled her and knocked her unconscious. Snu-Snu entered the room in a rage and swung her holy fullblade at the construct. Krune dashed in to rescue Zook, but got afflicted with insanity, along with Snu-Snu and Zook. Krune began babbling incoherently. Tomorra commanded Snu-Snu to continue attacking the machine. The machine struck back at Snu-Snu with 6 of its tentacles and killed her.

Lashari’s eldritch blast failed to connect. Lana ran up to the door to prepare to breathe on the machine. Krune clawed at the nearest target—in this case, the Leviathan—and killed it with one last swipe. At last, the evil plans of Sareth’tuel were finished—but so was brave, strong Snu-Snu. Lana used her wand of lesser vigor to return Zook to consciousness. The party in vain for loot in the remains of the Leviathan or elsewhere in the room. With great difficulty, they began to carry Snu-Snu’s corpse back up to town, in hopes of finding a powerful cleric to restore her to the living world.

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The Devil in the Mists Part 12

Setting: 4th level of the sewers, mirrored room
Characters:

  • Krune master of many forms (currently a blink dog)
  • Tomorra human factotum/archivist
  • Zook gnome cleric
  • Snu-Snu half-ogre fighter/ranger/barbarian/frenzied barbarian/lion totem
  • Lana whispergnome dragonfire adept
  • Lashari (shadow) wood-elf warlock

Lashari detected a magical aura of non-detection on the room of mirrors and also on the mirrors themselves. Lana broke one of the mirrors on the wall. Non-magical fragments of very high-quality glass mirror fell to the floor; the mirror on the wall however magicaly repaired itself. Lana broke the corners off of a couple of conveniently sized fragments and put them in her pack. Zook unlocked the door and Snu-Snu opened the door to find a hall leading left and right. Snu-Snu took the hall to the right and Lashari the one to the left. Both found locked doors and returned to the party. Lana wanted to try the door that Snu-Snu found. Tomorra noticed a trap on the door, and was able to disable the deadly lightning trap. Then Zook picked the lock and Snu-Snu entered the room.

The room contained a bloodstained bronze throne. A wall had been sketched with a design that appeared to depict the transformation of an angel into an evil-looking tentacled monstrosity (Cthulhuish). Lashari detected another magical aura of non-detection on the room. Tomorra found another trap on the other door in the room and disabled it. Krune blinked through to the other door and found a hallway that connected back to the room with the lightning orb. Tomorra found a secret panel under the throne, concealing a drawer filled with diamonds. She asked Lashari to detect any magic in the diamonds. Lashari found none, and Lana agreed that the diamonds were mundane. Lana and Lashari blasted and melted the throne into a molten ruin. The party then decided to go back to the other hallway leading from the mirrored room.

Lashari detected no magic at the door, so Krune blinked into the room. Krune heard a voice chanting in ominous tones. The floor of the room contained a pit about ten feet in diameter, filled with roiling maggots. Broken chains and manacles lined the perimeter of the pit, holding remains of humanoids that the maggots feasted on. Standing on a balcony to the left was a bony figure with a scorpion-like tail. The figure held a rod with several chains and glowing blue flame. The flames lashed a suit of armor, which twitched with each burst of flame. As the figure noticed the blink dog in the room, it stopped chanting.

Krune blinked back to the party and described the scene. Lana said it sounded like some sort of very powerful bone devil, perhaps even Sareth’tuel himself. The party knew they were facing their most dangerous opponent ever, and that they must prepare themselves for battle. Lana healed everyone with a few charges of her wand of lesser vigor. Zook cast protection from evil on Snu-Snu and Krune and sanctuary on herself. Lana used her wand of enlarge person to make Lashari large. Lashari hasted herself, Snu-Snu, Krune, and Lana.

Krune blinked back in near the other door and barked to serve as a distraction, then blinked back out. Snu-Snu opened the door and saw the bone devil near the middle of the room, between the two doors. Snu-Snu and Lashari saw that the bone devil was just an illusion, so Snu-Snu walked over and stood in it to make that clear to the others. With her voidsense, Lana saw the real bone devil hiding on the balcony, and breathed at it with her entangling exhalation to stick it in place and point it out to everyone. The real bone devil on the balcony activated its rod and cast a massive fireball at the party. Lashari and Tomorra were knocked unconscious by the damage and the others were heavily injured.

Snu-Snu ran up the stairs to attack the monster on the balcony and entered a frenzied rage. Zook healed Tomorra back to consciousness. Krune blinked over to a spot in the air above the monster and assumed the form of a 3500lb dire lion. Snu-Snu was fighting the devil while the lion landed on its head. Lana used her wand of lesser vigor again on Snu-Snu. Tomorra used her dark knowledge to improve the attacks and saves of everyone in the party. Snu-Snu and Krune attacked the devil enthusiastically, while Krune absorbed heavy damage from it. Lana used mage hand to pick up one of the pieces of armor and toss it down the hall. Zook cast searing light, which appeared to finally kill the devil, leaving the enraged Snu-Snu no other convenient target save Krune. Lana entangled Snu-Snu to keep her stuck on the balcony while the rest exited. Krune took another blow for the team while leaping away to safety and dragging Tomorra from the room to wait out Snu-Snu’s rage.

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The Devil in the Mists Part 11

The Devil in the Mists Part 11

Setting: from the icy naga pool to the fourth level
Characters:

  • Krune master of many forms (currently a dinosaur)
  • Tomorra human factotum/archivist
  • Zook gnome cleric
  • Snu-Snu half-ogre fighter/ranger/barbarian/frenzied barbarian/lion totem
  • Lana whispergnome dragonfire adept
  • Lashari warlock (shadow) wood-elf

Snu-Snu tied a rope around her waist to get ready to rescue Lana and anyone else who might fall into the icy water. Lana shouted at the naga, “Stop! They are under my protection!” Lashari flew over Snu-Snu and attacked the naga with an eldritch blast. Lana entangled it while the rest of the party stayed back and watched. Lashari and Lana attacked and finally killed the naga. However, a search of the room revealed nothing more than a bit of naga poop.

The last room was diamond shaped and appeared to be an arena. Eldritch orbs lined the wall, possibly as devilish observation devices to enjoy watching cruel battles. The party collected up the orbs in a sack and tucked it away in the zipper to be dealt with at a more convenient time.

[Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all torches are ever-burning torches.]

The party then returned to the room with the statue of the 8-armed devil and placed all gems in the hands of the statue. The statue crushed the gems to dust, then opened its mouth and the party found itself in a new room. A statue of Sareth’tuel was bound in dozens of manacles. Tomorra and Zook panicked and ran frantically around the room for a few seconds. One of the manacles melted away. Lashari noticed an aura of magic emanating from the statue. Zook unlocked the door, and the party continued on to a enormous room arrayed with pillars.

A pair of identical erinyes were flying about the chamber. One was struck by a bolt of lightning from a large orb embedded in the ceiling. The other one came to the aid of her companion and shouted at the party to leave. Lana and Zook headed for the double doors at the far side of the room. Krune blinked up to one of the mushroom-shaped pillars, grabbed a vial (perhaps a healing potion to keep the erinyes alive for their torment?), and jumped back down. Snu-Snu got zapped by a bolt of lightning on the way to the double doors. The erinyes drew their bows and fired at the party, hitting Lashari. A lightning bolt hit Zook, knocking her out. Lashari destroyed the lightning orb with a maximized eldritch blast. The erinyes tossed down a sack that jingled (a quick peek showed 50pp). Lana grabbed the sack and continued on to the rest of the party. Tomorra healed Zook with a wand of lesser vigor, then Zook healed herself back to full. The party rested. The vial that Krune snatched turned out to be nothing more than vinegar.

The next chamber was lined with mirrors and torches. Seven bone devils charged the party. However, their images in the mirrors were those of lemures. One hit Zook with its scythe. Krune yelled out that all but one were illusions. Lana stepped forward and breathed cold upon them all, which dispelled all the illusions and left only the true monster. Lashari attacked, Snu-Snu missed, Lana waited for her cold breath to recover (since she knew that bone devils are immune to fire). Snu-Snu missed again, Lana breathed again, Snu-Snu hit a mighty blow with her +1 holy fullblade, and another that killed it.

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The Devil in the Mists Part 10

The Devil in the Mists Part 10

Setting: beyond the sarcophagus of Raguk Vukgilug
Characters:

  • Krune master of many forms (currently a dinosaur)
  • Tomorra human factotum/archivist
  • Zook gnome cleric
  • Snu-Snu half-ogre fighter/ranger/barbarian/frenzied barbarian/lion totem
  • Lana whispergnome dragonfire adept
  • Lashari warlock (shadow) wood-elf

Zook opened the secret passageway beneath Roger’s sarcophagus and entered it. Tomorra followed and unlocked the door at the end. Lana followed them into a cell with straw on the floor and a locked portcullis, apparently one of 8 in the room. After a couple of attempts, Zook picked the lock and stepped through into the hallway and Lana followed; they felt a terrible chill.

Zook continued on toward the door on the far wall. A desiccated arm reached out from the cell by the door and touched Zook. Zook alerted the party that there was a scourge corpse with a cold aura. She recognized the scourge corpse as Lord Gregor Merengar, who had gone missing recently. Lashari entered the room and eldritch blasted the scourge corpse, then Lana tried to entangle it, but discovered her fire breath did no damage (and alerted the party to this). Krune worked his way forward. The scourge corpse touched Krune and opened its cell’s portcullis. Zook then used turn undead against the monster, which cowered in place. Lashari noticed the magic aura in the room (presumably due to the cold) and some magic on each portcullis, as well as the cell with the monster. Snu-snu then attacked the monster. Lana tried again with her cold weapon, and was livid that the monster was immune to that energy type as well. She shouted this to the party before storming back to wait with Tomorra. Krune then lunged forward and attacked the monster and astonished the entire party by actually killing the thing.

Sadly, Zook informed the party that the corpse will regenerate in about 18 days. In order to destroy it permanently, its summoner must release its bonds. The party searched the room and tossed the corpse in Cell F, away from either door. Snu-Snu felt a wave of glory course through her and her fullblade (now +1 holy). The party noticed crude sketches of devils and demons on the walls. Krune added his own personal mark to the mural.

Zook’s attempt to pick the lock on the door resulted in a spray of silly string. The party then continued on through the door, down the hallway beyond, to another door, ending in a diamond-shaped chamber. There was a statue within of an 8-armed devil with hands palm-up. Suspecting this was a gem-keyed teleportation artifact, the party retreated to examine the other rooms on the same level.

Opening one door let out a blast of frigid air. The party stepped out onto an icy ledge. Krune noticed an extremely large green snake with a humanlike front, which lunged toward Krune. Lana pushed forward and transformed herself into a huge Constrictor Naga, tipping the ramp down and falling into the pit of icy water. Lashari detected magic keeping the room cold. The naga struck at Lana.

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The Devil in the Mists Part 9

The Devil in the Mists Part 9

Setting: angel room
Characters:

  • Krune master of many forms (currently a dinosaur)
  • Tomorra human factotum/archivist
  • Zook gnome cleric
  • Snu-Snu half-ogre fighter/ranger/barbarian/frenzied barbarian/lion totem
  • Lana whispergnome dragonfire adept
  • Lashari warlock (shadow) wood-elf

Snu-snu found an anklet of translocation (Tomorra).

Zook unlocked one of the double doors, Snu-Snu peeked in. Gigantic chamber (80’ in center) deathly quiet, 12 lavish crypts, dust and cobwebs. 4 giant statues 20’ tall: horns, wings, whip-like tails, brooding crimson eyes.
Snu-Snu found another crypt in one corner, labeled Raguk Vukgilug, decorated with scenes of battle of an armored orc wearing a breastplate emblazoned with an eye. The party opened all the crypts. One marked “Tlotho Azran” contained a +1 fullblade (Snu-snu). Another crypt contained a shadow cloak (Lashari). We also found two gems (ruby and aquamarine), a total of 51 gold, plus plenty of dust and bones. Panel and secret passageway under crypt of Roger the Orc. Snu-Snu opened the sarcophagus. Inside was an armored orc. Suddenly, the eyes of the orc opened wide. Tomorra shrieked, “Vampire!” and ran back to the door. The party members all begin to attack the vampiric orc, which transforms into a gaseous form and floats across the room. Snu-Snu chased after it and slew it. The party knew that the vampire would rematerialize in its crypt in about an hour, so we investigated another secret door in the center of the far wall, which led to a hallway, and a door in the side room that led to a treasure hoard. A bloodstained throne lay in the center of the room and treasure was strewn about.

The many exotic treasures found in this room include:

  • cloth of gold vestments
  • golden circlet with 4 aquamarines
  • carved harp of exotic wood with ivory inlay and zircon gems
  • eyepatch with mock eye of sapphire and moonstone
  • gold music box
  • ivory statuette
  • 5 sets masterwork chainmail
  • 5 masterwork longswords
  • 2390 pp

and the following magical items:

  • potion of bless weapon (Snu-Snu)
  • ring of protection +2 (Zook)
  • scroll of summon monster I (Tomorra)
  • potion of spider climb (3) (Zook, Snu-Snu, Tomorra)
  • scroll of summon swarm (3) (Tomorra)
  • scroll of identify (3) (zipper)
  • scroll of ghoul touch (3) (Lashari)
  • potion of invisibility (Lana)
  • potion of cure moderate wounds (2) (Snu-Snu)

After looting all the worthwhile items, the party destroyed the altar and returned to Roger’s crypt. We waited for him to rematerialize, and simultaneously Lashari attacked him with an eldritch blast while Snu-Snu staked him. Roger was found to be carrying:

  • +2 bastard sword
  • +2 full plate armor (Hraknar)
  • masterwork heavy steel shield
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The Devil in the Mists Part 8

The Devil in the Mists Part 8

Setting: bone room
Characters:

  • Krune master of many forms (currently a dinosaur)
  • 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

The three remaining skull piles vomited skulls at Zook and Hraknar, injuring Zook severely. Snu-Snu, Lashari, and Lana entered the room and attacked the piles. Zook attempted to turn them, but failed and chose to escape to the hallway. Hraknar finally finished off the second pile. Lana breathed fire on the two remaining piles, then Krune (in the form of a dinosaur) stomped one of them to bits. The last pile attacked Hraknar, who fell unconscious. Then Snu-Snu destroyed the last pile with her fullblade.

Snu-Snu and Tomorra searched the room and Tomorra found:
10 emeralds (500gp each)
1 scroll of reduce (3 uses)
folding ladder (20’ when extended, weighs 2 lb)
2000pp

The party then rested and healed up, restoring health and spells.

When all were ready to proceed, Zook picked the lock in a door of the bone room. The hallway beyond led the party back to the ruby room. Then the party went to the door on the other side of the ruby room, Zook picked the lock, then Hraknar went ahead and smashed down the door anyway. Going through the hallway, Zook unlocked another door, Hraknar knocked it down too. Beyond lay a room with many cruel instruments of torture, as well as the moldering corpses of four sahuagin and one chain devil. Finding nothing of practical (i.e. magical or financial) use, they returned to the bone room to inspect the portal.

Walking through the portal, the party was teleported to the ferryman’s room.
After giving the coins to the ferryman, several characters noticed the dais was engraved with a rune for travelling great distances. The party stepped upon the dais. After a blinding flash of light, the party found itself in a similar room.

A large statue of a horned devil with bat-like wings shouted:

Prisoners ye seek, and prisoners ye find,
flawed gems shall be your last key.
Four unblinking eyes, all red, rich, and blind
reveal the path that finally sets ye free.

Hraknar unfolded the ladder, laid it against the statue, ascended it, and decapitated the statue. The statue’s head flew off and rolled along the ground, and eventually stopped repeating the verse.

The room was hung with a tapestry that depicted an 8-armed devil smiling malevolently. After receiving a premonition (i.e. DM hint) that the arrangement of the devil’s hands held a clue, the party took the tapestry and stuffed it into the zippered bag of holding.

Hraknar smashed down the door, and saw a room that was mostly empty, with 6 gleaming marble pillars forming a sort of hall in the middle of the room. There was a pair of double doors at the other side of the room. Two armored angels with steel wings stood in front of the door. One charged Hraknar, its eyes glowing briefly, and activated a kind of electrical attack. Krune charged the other and grappled it. Hraknar counterattacked with his greatsword. Lana entangled the far angel while Snu-Snu ran around to attack the near one from the side. Lashari attacked the near angel with an eldritch blast. The angels counterattacked without success. Tomorra hid around the corner. Zook went up to try to dispell the angels without success. Lana breathed fire on the near angel and noticed that the fire seemed to do an unusually large amount of damage. Snu-Snu became enraged and slew the near angel with a mighty blow. The angel was able to regain its footing, and attacked Snu-Snu with its claws. Zook cast searing light upon the angel, followed by attacks from Lana, Hraknar, and Snu-Snu, who finished off this angel as well. The rest of the party fled the room until Snu-Snu calmed down. Tomorra searched the room and found nothing of interest.

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The Devil in the Mists Part 7

The Devil in the Mists Part 7

Setting: hall of bad poetry
Characters:

  • 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.

After the hall of bad poetry, Zook unlocked a one of a pair of doors to a ruby-studded room. Within were three gold thrones, a statue of an angel, and a brass brazier.

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.

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The Devil in the Mists Part 6

The Devil in the Mists Part 6

Setting: a mysterious dining room and environs
Characters:

  • Krune master of many forms
  • 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

The characters popped into existence in a mysterious room and babbled incoherently to each other for a bit while the players struggled to re-do their character sheets as appropriate for level 8.

Elegant meals were strewn upon the tables, and fine paintings and tapestries bedecked the walls. Lana touched a roast chicken and a glass of wine, and detected that they were not what they appeared. Lashari discovered that all the contents of the room were under an illusion and were really rotten and decrepit.

Three stuck or locked doors blocked exit from the room. Snu-Snu attempted to break down a side door while Zook worked on picking the lock of a double door in the center. Lana’s new Lesser Invocation, Voidsense, revealed an invisible stalker appearing to attack Zook. Lana warned the party, then breathed on the enemy to little effect. Snu-Snu tried to grapple the invisible thing but was shaken off. The invisible stalker dealt terrible blows to Zook and Tomorra. Hraknar slashed the monster with mighty swings of his greatsword, and with a few more attacks, the unseeable entity was defeated. Zook and Tomorra breathed a sigh of relief as they healed back up to a more comfortable status.

Lashari followed one of the side doors down a passageway to a stone door, and Lana got bored and came back after travelling down the passageway for the other door for a bit. Meanwhile, Zook’s gnomish curiousity in the great hall resulted in that accursed bane of all adventurers: bad poetry:

Through ethereal mirrors, the battle is won!
Go forth with valor to victory!
With pairs of swords drawn, charge straight towards the sun!
The pyramid coins shall buy your souls free.

Thusly was Zook accosted by an ethereal presence that projected itself from a painting on the wall and showed her an image of four coins. She turned undead mightily and was harassed no further in that room by ghostly verses.

Krune came snuffling in to the great hall to see if there were any interesting1 things to wallow in. Failing that, he transformed into a blink dog and blinked onto the large crystal chandelier suspended from the ceiling. He discovered a packet and blinked back to the party with it, hoping to find something interesting1 inside. However, the packet was found to contain a dragon spirit cincture. Lana performed the ancient whisper gnome dance of celebration while the others, envious of her beauty and good fortune, made rude and impudent remarks about the name of the magical item. Krune whined upon discovering that he had lost his miasma and filth.

1 Slimy, messy, putrid, or otherwise repulsive.

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The Devil in the Mists Part 5

Hi everyone,

Braving the rain, a number of folks attended the game yesterday. In
case you couldn’t make it, here are some abbreviated (and definitely
incomplete) notes:

The party snuck north to a room of statues, encountered a four-armed
sahuagin with a taste for door frames, slew the beast after it entered
a frenzy, placed the gems collected from the dungeon into a statue’s
face after the astrological conjunction, and was promptly sucked from
the room by a shadowy void.

It’s unclear what will happen next, but the party has gained a level.
Our characters are not dead (yet), so have very happy holidays and a
great new year!

David

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Tako Taco
Sahuagin ambush resolved

The Devil in the Mists Part 4

Setting: sewers of Fair Haven

Characters:
South Team:

North Team:

  • Snu-Snu half-ogre fighter/ranger
  • Lana whispergnome dragonfire adept
  • Lashari warlock (shadow) wood-elf

South Team

Krune, in the form of a small dinosaur, was getting ready to charge the one sahuagin visible to the south team. The sahuagin suddenly realized it needed to be somewhere else, and scooted around the corner. Krune chased it down the hallway, so it cowered in fear and begged for mercy. Merciful adventurers that we are, Hraknar tied it up and searched it, liberating a small white pony with a silver dragonscale saddle from some peculiar dimensional pocket the sahuagin was carrying. Zook appropriated the pony, being the only member of the south team small enough to ride it. Hraknar scouted ahead to the next intersection and found another room. The team questioned the sahuagin prisoner, who indicated the room to be a temple.

The area just inside the door was covered in two feet of water, but the floor sloped up towards the back of the room, where a black marble alter rested on the dry floor, approximately ten feet wide and five feet across. A brass idol of a humanoid with outstretched wings and a tail rested upon the altar, glowing green. Broken statues of aquatic humanoids littered the floor. Because of the depth of the water, Zook and Tomorra were reluctant to enter the room. Hraknar grumbled and lifted Zook in one hand and Zook’s pony in the other, so that Zook could better inspect the altar. Zook clarified that the idol was a representation of the devil lord Bazgorca. Lacking a better means of transportation (and not wanting to get her boots soaked with sewer water), Tomorra climbed onto the sahuagin’s shoulders and commanded it to carry her to the altar. She found a locked panel hidden behind the altar. Zook attempted in vain to pick the lock, so Hraknar forced it open with a dagger. Inside, the party found:

  • 12 pieces of coral (75gp each)
  • a metal tube sealed with wax, containing:
    a piece of parchment reading as follows:

Followers of Sareth’tuel, Take Heed!
The Coming of Our Savior is At Hand!
When the Conjunction of the Three Burns Across the Night Sky,
Open the Gateway to His Prison!
He Shall Return, as Promised, to Lead Us to Glory!
DO NOT DARE to Open the Gateway Prior to the Conjunction!
Doing So Shall Forever End the Holy Mists,
And Leave Our Savior Eternally Trapped in His Prison!
DO NOT DARE to Open the Gateway Prior to the Conjunction!

Tomorra informed them that the Conjunction of the Three is a conjunction of three stars that recurs every month, and will happen in two more days. Hraknar then went off to find the North Team for a further inspection of the idol and the rest of the temple.

North Team

Lana had chased the sahuagin priestess around a corner into a room. A 40-foot-deep pool took up most of the room. Two mail-wearing sahuagin screamed when she entered and two tentacles erupted from the depths of the pool. Lana used her breath weapon to entangle the tentacles and the sahuagin that she chased into the room. Lashari’s eldritch blast, Snu-Snu’s fullblade, and Lana’s fiery breath drove the octopus back to the bottom of the pool, squirting ink in distress. Lashari jumped to the ledge behind the sahuagin priestesses to position herself for a better attack. With her massive reach, Snu-Snu was able to strike at the sahuagin from the safety of the doorway. Together, they were able to kill the sahuagin. Lashari then opened the chest on the ledge, which contained:

  • a prayer book (500gp)
  • 5 black pearls (500gp each)
  • a large emerald, in fact an important key (1000gp)
  • coins (3300gp, 4170 sp)

The sahuagin priestesses carried:

  • 2 mwk morningstars
  • 2 mwk chain mail
  • 2 silver (un)holy symbols (to Bazgorca)
  • 2 heavy crossbows
  • a clock of minor displacement (20% miss chance) (24kgp)

Not willing to let the octopus get away, Snu-Snu dived into the pool after it. Lana transformed herself into a Locathah and followed her. The octopus jetted to a hole in the side of the pool. Snu-Snu searched the floor of the pool and retrieved

  • a small leather pouch
  • gold coins (2gp)

As Locathah-Lana came within sight, the octopus slammed shut a portcullis in the tunnel, slipped further away, and closed another behind it. Snu-Snu and Lana gave up in frustration and swam back up to the surface. While Lana shifted back to her natural form, Snu-Snu opened the pouch to reveal some sparkly white powder. Lana identified this as diamond dust (5kgp), a material component for raising the dead.

United Team

Hraknar strolled into the pool room and led the north team back to the temple. Lashari detected a faint aura of evocation magic upon the idol. Lana identified it as the merely a cantrip emitting green light, so Lashari blasted the idol to bits.
The united team also recovered a number of tridents, combat nets, and bolts for the heavy crossbows.

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