Krys Runs: The Emerald Spire

2cd of Desnus -> 8th of Desnus (Session 18) Fort Inevitable

Returning from the Emerald Spire, the party was quick to note the mysterious emerald token regained its pale, green glow about an hour after they used it.

Fortunately for the party, the return trip through the echo woods proved to be peaceful and they were eager to get some much needed rest at the fort. After a good night’s rest, the party decided they were going to get to work on accruing magical items for use in a new item for them to use. The party spent a full six days purchasing magical implements and preparing the silks for the headband. Chaaz’s Alchemy lab also finished constructing as the party worked as well, leaving the first permanent mark the party has made on the fort. For better or worse, they have a real stake in the fort now.

As the 8th of Desnus drew to a close though, calls went out from the walls of the fort. An contingent of no less than 50 ghouls were approaching the fort, in formed army ranks no less. Deciding they’d help, the party arrived at the gate to find the Lady Commander arguing with her top commander about if they would lead a charge into the undead ranks to break them before they reach the walls. Seeing a fun time, the party volunteered to lead the charge instead of the reluctant maralictor. And so the party, 6 hellkninghts and the lady commander herself charged the undead ranks.

The battle was pitched and heated and the fighting saw no pause… even when Quesh literally punched a ghoul to death… re-death. The hellknights had expected to need to pull back after the charge delayed the ranks but the party proved to be more resilent than anyone expected. Amid the hail of arrows from the walls of the fort and the lady commander’s viscous swordplay, the entire undead army was felled before they could even reach the walls.

With only a few bites among them, the party returned to the fort greeted by cheers and adulation and were quickly served a round of drinks. Today was a glorious victory, but also ominous portends. Who is sending these undead to the fort? Just how big an army can they manage to form? The answers lie in the depths of the spire….

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2cd of Desnus (Session 17) The Drowned Level -> Splinterden

Beset upon by a shark-tailed emerald automaton, the party readied themselves in the research tank and assailed the strange construct as soon as it came through the door. As they fought the construct though, the other door opened up to reveal the undine Senethar and her eidolon flanking them! While Invidia clashed swords with the automaton’s spear, Chaaz and Zerafio rushed to intercept the eidolon and the summoner. The crab eidolon, though it got a few good hits in on Quesh, was felled quickly. Though Senethar summoned several dangerous creatures on the party, spell and sword dispatched all of them extremely quickly and the summoner found herself backed into a corner in the flooded hallway.

Looking at a dire situation, Senethar flung the door open and flushed Chaaz into the room behind her. Unfortunately for Chaaz, the room had a massive eel swimming around in it and it turned out to be even more aggressive than you’d expect a giant eel to be. It took a bite out of Chaaz while Zerafio followed into the room and (thanks to a misfortune cast) Senethar couldn’t swim against the current enough to keep herself out of the room. Fortunately, Chaaz and Zerafio were more than a match for the eel and the weakened undine and dispatched the two of them with only a few teeth marks and acid burns to show for it.

Fortunately, the level didn’t seem to have anything else that wanted to kill them after that. Though the water proved difficult to tread for the poor swimmers of the party (I.E. all of them), no one risked drowning while they explored the final room and ended up finding a mess of Senethar’s belongings. Apparently she was in contact with someone named Uzar-Kus from some group known as The Circle of Vissk-Thar… Apparently she had a way to by-pass Klarkosh and talk with them. Armed with this knowledge,, the party decided that maybe now was the time to try out these mysterious tokens.

Dr. Remnus was the first to brave the experiment and only a few failed attempts was all it took for him to figure out that, should you touch the spire with your hand and verbalize the floor number in Azlanti, you are ported to that floor. Of course, knowing the symbol on the spire is absolutely essential, it seems… and the token ceased to glow after using it. Time will tell if it will recharge itself.

Ready to return to town, the party returned up through the emerald spire only for Zerafio to get two arrows in the back as soon as he reached Splinterden. Apparently Lenik Hastenfar finally returned while they were below. Though they were briefly inconvenienced by the locked door, Quesh released a swarm of spiders to hilariously impressive effectiveness while Zerafio picked the lock to let the rest of the party get in and get murderin’. The bandits were dispatched almost effortlessly with Lenik (the only real threat) getting blinded by Dr. Remnus.

So with yet another armful of loot they hadn’t counted on, the party prepares to return to Fort Inevitable. They made excellent progress on the spire but they must rest up for now so they can continue to delve deeper and figure out the mysteries of the strange, emerald dungeon.

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2cd of Desnus (Session 16) The Drowned Level

With diplomacy haivng soured to a considerable degree, the party found themselves facing Dayana, the bunyip and the water mephit. Though Dayana glitterdusted most of the party, everyone held strong and resisted the blinding effects… only to be set upon by a giant noxious cloud. The fumes were so terrible, poor Quesh was cripplingly nausious for nearly the entire fight with Zerafio only faring mildly better. Fortunately, Dayana’s Eidolon was also left nauseated from the cloud so the fight seemed to be evened out somewhat.

The bunyip’s bite proved to be exremely lethal and made Chaaz bleed for quite a while before Invidia and he dispatched it. Remnus also proved he could cause some real havok on the battle feild by flooding the room with his own cloud of sickening vapors and soon Dayana and most of the party were forced into a small, clear corner of the room. Though blows were exchanged, the party eventually took Dayana down and she was quick to surrender. The party ended up at a crossroads of what to do with her and much uncomfortable talk was had. Ultimately it was decided the wounds given to Dayana with the death of her brother would be of the sort that would never heal. Much like before, the party decided leaivng her alive would result in vengance down the road and Remnus afforded her a swift, painless death.

With the grim business concluded, the party found a fair stash of loot in her backpack, not the least of which ended up being a journal. Undoubtedly a treasure trove of information… but one that would have to wait.

Exploring on, the party found a room to the south that wasn’t flooded… yet. But the current of the water flowing into the room made them reluctant to open the door to see what’s inside. Leaving that for the moment, they sent Zerafio to explore down the spillway and discover an alternate route in the reservior. Though he found a path that lead to a ladder and a door, Zerafio sadly also found a shark-tailed emerald automaton that quickly chased him down the spillway.

With danger looming, the party readies for battle yet again! Will the defeat the strange mechanical contraption? And what of Dayana’s sister? We’ll see next week.

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1st of Desnus -> 2cd of Desnus (Session 15) The Drowned Level

After a dangerous encounter with the mudlord, the party returned to splinterden to spend the night in a proper bed and recover from the fairly serious wounds they sustained. Fortunately, with some magical healing and a night of rest the party felt they were ready to tackle the drowned level once again. This time Invidia carried a magic weapon and the party was ready for the inevitable ambush when they approached the muddy water. And ambushed they were. Though the mudlord got some devastatingly strong hits in, the mudlord was dispatched without casualty and the party was free to heal themselves up.

With Zerafio taking the lead, he scouted down the flooded hallways and came upon a doorway with a faded abjuration spell sealing the water from it. After sticking his head into the room, the small water elemental residing there immediately swam after him and chased him down the hallway where the party was waiting to immediately dispatch it.

With the threat gone, the party was forced to swim down the hallway until the lot of them were deposited on a semi-precarious ledge overlooking a pool of water. There, they met Dayana the undine. Curious and somewhat oblivious, the undine greeted them after taking a copious amount of notes on the water elemental’s behavior. Though Zerafio spotted she had the same pearl bracelet as Jorqual, the party kept quite about her brother’s fate and chatted with her. Of the things they learned:

Portals apparently reform themselves in the spire and the spire itself causes planar magic to ebb and flow wildly.
The spells on the door to the room are old and fading.
Her sister is under orders by Klarkosh to guard the level from any invading intruders.
She and her sister rather hate Klarkosh
Klarkosh is not primarily a necromancer (though he may possess the ability to cast necromancy)
Klarkosh is on the level just below this one.
The reservoir later in the level is 2 feet deep and can be approached from two different directions.
There’s a bunyip and Jorqual’s mephit in the next room.

The last bit of information didn’t dissuade the party from walking into the next room though and the Bunyip immediately sensed delicious meat to munch on. …Also, the mephit screamed that the adventurers who attacked Jorqual arrived.

Things will go downhill from here… NEXT TIME.

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1st of Desnus (Session 14) The Drowned Level

After their victory over the undine summoner Jorqual, the party waded into the two feet of water of floor 5. No sooner had they passed the first hallway then a large swarm of crabs descended on the party. Though the tiny critters did a number of small, painful pokes on most of the party, they managed to lure it out of the water and kill it with combination of fire, acid and Remnus’ channeling of negative energy.

With the tiny crabs dispatched, the party continued forward to find a medium water elemental which was trying to hide from them. The party spotted its attempts though and quickly dispatched the elemental, banishing it back to the plate of water.

Undetered by mere ambulatory water, the party pressed on into the next room where a MUCH larger elemental was residing. Though it put up a tough fight, the party managed to dispatch it with a fair bit of effort and were able to explore the room, noting that a portal to the plane of water exists in it that occasionally belches water into the room itself. Of more peculiar note were 3 cots on tables, a few crates of wine and foodstuffs and a potion of water breathing…

Hesitant to pop open the water grates and be victim to its strong currents, the party explored another, sunken hallway. Zerafio bravely volunteered to go first and swam into the hallway only to be assaulted by a vicious mudlord which immediately knocked him out. Luckily, the party had him on a rope and reeled him back in quickly… unfortunately the mud lord quickly pursued and chased the party out of the level, but not before shattering all of the undead the party kept with them. Battered and bruised, the party will have to decide how to proceed now that they’ve escaped. What will our heroes do?

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27th of Gozran - 1st of Desnus (Session 13) Splinterden -> Fort Inevitable ->The Drowned Level

With Splinterden cleared out, the party returned to Fort Inevitable to rest and recover and sell the small fortune of arms they collected from the bandits. While Zerafio worked on a few alchemical creations, the rest of the party worked around town, supplying more towards their buildings and projects as well as reaping the rewards for mapping out the spire.

Three days came and went and the party was itching to get back to adventuring when the first of Desnus rolled around and they quickly returned to the spire, using the bandit’s secret entrance. Descending further into the lower levels they were greeted by a freindly troglodyte and a much less freindly odor. The troglodyte introduced himself as Slaargh and offered to take the party on a tour of level four. Though the stench was making a few of them rather sick to their stomachs, they reluctantly agreed and the party was given a tour of the pits where the troglodyte’s strange god-like box was supplying them fresh food and water. Told they had to make a sacrifice of metal to progress, the party agreed and tossed a bit of unused equipment at the magnetic god-box. Strangely enough, the tribute of metal worked and the party was able to progress without incident and they left the pungent troglodytes to their god worship.

Sadly, the next level was a lot less freindly. No sooner had they reached the landing at the bottom did they find a hostile undine summoner barking at the party to leave or die. The party decided that die was a good plan, only for the undine instead. They dispatched him quickly, though they let his water mephit flee down the waterways of the sunken level. Faced with a floor apparently entirely inundated with water, the party reluctantly decides how they will proceed…

What will they find in the watery depths of level 5? Find out next time.

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27th of Gozran (Session 12) Splinterden

After terse negotiations with Tarrin Dars and a break for her meditation/communion with the spirits, the party was lead out to the bandit’s secret entrance to the spire, a long, twisting cave complex that reaches the surface. On the way, the party was feeling extremely conflicted about working with the bandits. Unable to really voice their concerns while talking with Tarrin herself, the party was able to diiscuss what they really wanted to do about the den of theives, ultimately deciding on going back and slaying the lot of them. And slay the lot of them they did. After getting the drop on Tarrin, she and her four bandit scouts were dispatched relatively quickly and the coward Jaris fell soon after, his iron cobra putting up more of a fight than he did.

With the entire level cleared of bandits, the party started to search the level in earnest, discovering a secret passage with a clockwork servant guarding a large pile of texts and ledgers. After smashing the golem, the party was able to discover what the theive’s guild master was up to: rewriting the holy text of Norgorber, a heresy even for a god of theives. Knowledge in hand, the party decided to explore the tomb that Tarrin meditated in and found a strangely blinged-out wight that was traped in one of the coffins in the room. They dispatched the undead with ease.

With the rest of the level and a new floor to greet them beyond, what will the party do? What will they face as they descend deeper into the Emerald Spire?

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27th of Gozran (Session 11) Splinterden

Venturing further into Splinterden, the party found a small barracks with two jail cells inside it. Venturing forward, Zerafio spotted what appeared to be a giant pile of flesh with a thousand mouths underneath the bed. Unfortunately, he told the party vocally of this threat and alerted the strange creature to his presence. The gibbering mouther oozed between the iron bars of the barracks and lunged for the party. With a particularly savage lunge, the abberation engulfed and ate Chaaz. It looked like the magus would just be flat out slain by the many-mouthed creature but the party managed to scrape together enough damage to melt the flesh of the creature before he could be fully eaten.

Moving on, the party found a mess hall with four feasting bandits. They were handily dispatched without much fanfare. Afterwards, they explored further in the den, finding someone’s bed room and journals, a few valuable odds and ends, and then an alchemy lab after. Able to pick out a pair of trapped vials, the party looted the lab and moved on to find the head alchemist himself experimenting on animals.

The Alchemist (A transmuter named Jaris) wasn’t eager to fight an entire group of adventurers by himself when they had clearly murdered most of the den by themselves. After a bit of negotiation, he was willing to take them to Tarrin, the leader of the splinterden, to negotiate passage.

Tarrin was clearly a proud, zealous leader of the theives guild and though she was willing to work with the party and let them pass, the party was reluctant to do the same, feeling she’d stab them in the back given the chance.

How we’ll end up dealing with Tarrin will be discovered next week!

(Spoiler Alert: We’re going to kill her.)

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20th-27th of Gozran (Session 10) Fort Inevitable-> Splinterden

Knowing they’d need to recover from the moon spider poison, the party decided they were going to need to rest for a while before they could continue to plumb the depths of the spire. Dr. Remnus spent a few days clearing the debilitating effects of the poison from Zerafio and Chaaz and the rest of the party managed to take care of business around the town.

Deciding that he was going to be based out of the town for a long time, Chaaz decided to enlist the help of the party to work around town for a time and gather the supplies and manpower to build an alchemy lab.in town. With ground broken on the foundation, the party woke one night to find the town being attacked by zombies. Eager to get out of his inn room and do something interesting, Zerafio volunteered the willing party to help fight off the invasion. Easily dispatching the Zuvembie, the party found it adorned with the familiar symbol of the crowned skull and stuck with dozens of tiny shards of the emerald spire. A peculiar sight indeed. Though it left them with more questions than answers, the hellknights were at least grateful for the asssistance.

After the sixth day, the party decided enough was enough and returned to the Emerald Spire. After digging a few gems out of a spider corpse, they arrived at the front gates of Splinterden. Apparently bandits were held up in this section of the spire! Though their fortifications were tricky, Zerafio was able to pop open their locked door and the party was able to storm the den. With the guards at the front door dispatched, the party is left with the rest of the den to explore. Who leads this rag tag group of bandits? What secrets do these theives hold?

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20th of Gozran (Session 9) The Cellar-> Fort Inevitable

Fresh off their victory from the giant spider swarm, the party boldly marched forward to explore the rest of the floor in order to get the gold reward for mapping out the entire floor. Returning though earlier routes through the cellar, the party opened a room they bypassed before to find it flush with spider webs and a desiccated corpse hanging in it. They were reasonably reluctant to just walk inside but after a bit of preparation they opened the door to find it suddenly covered in mist and from out of that mist lunged a moon spider! Though the moon spider sunk its fangs into several party members, its hit and run tactics did not avail it and it was cut down.

With the spider dead, they proceeded to explore another hallway they skipped with the ever-vigilant Zerafio spotting yet another pit trap. After setting the pit and spikes on fire with a spider corpse they also set on fire, they jammed the trap door open and trapped the spider inside it.

Moving on from there, the party found a large room with a giant pit in the center. With a conspicuous ladder attached to the side of the pit, it was clear you could get deeper from here. What was even MORE clear was the two moon spiders that immediately attacked and burst a cloud of obscuring mist. Though the party was victorious against the spiders, Chaaz was quickly drained to unconsciousness by the venomous beasts and Zerafio too was feeling weak and feeble after shaking the poison off. Wisely, the party returned to Fort Inevitable to rest and recuperate.

The next level of the dungeon awaits!

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