Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Our first session from a chronological point of view, this game featured the party meeting up in a tavern, the Heaping Portion, in Altair. Actually, it featured the party getting press-ganged into helping with wedding setup by the halfling tavernmistress Wendy Fullbelly, as the two older Steelshovel brothers, Morn & Dorn, had totally fallen-through with the workers from their parents’ old mine. After a flurry of preparation and keeping other inn-patrons from realizing that their normal dinners were coming slowly, dawn arrived, and the guests started showing up.
Mingling with a great many NPCs, many of whose names will be forgotten if you don’t read these pages regularly, the party was interrupted when the youngest Steelshovel brother, Axeblood, bloodied and near death, came hobbling in to say that strange figures had summoned darkness and beat him up while stealing the Eladrin bride, Christania, and her maid of honor, the half-drow Kyone. At the same time, strange glowing crystals which had been providing ambient light magically activated, spewing some Underdark poison out at everyone in the Wedding area. The party, who was outside of the wedding area on the road listening to Axeblood, was not hit with the debilitating poison. It appeared that some of the heartier party-goers, including an old dragonborn man, were less effected, so they said they’d tend to the wounded while the PCs raced off after the kidnappers.
At the old Steelshovel mine, where the kidnappers were holed-up, the party overheard the steelshovel brothers discussing plans from the Mayor, but confused that they had been double-crossed. They also saw the slain bodies of many of the workers that were supposed to have been helping with the wedding setup. The double-crosser was a Drow demonologist (and his soldiers), who summoned one of Llolth’s handmaiden demons (a yochlol) to trade the half-breed Kyone for a rare component to complete the ritual he was doing on Christania. The handmaiden looked similar to a drow, but in a disturbingly not-right way that said she was wearing flesh that was not her true form. The demon took Kyone away in a cloud of spiders after killing the Steelshovel brothers and putting strange spider creatures on their faces. A fight broke out, with the PCs slaying the Drow (and their newly undead dwarf allies) and disrupting the ritual just in time. On the demonologist’s body, however, they found a note in the Mayor’s handwriting about the Featherin Brewery.
Racing to the brewery, the party found fire elementals and a fire archon, who had clearly been summoned to burn down the wooden, filled-with-flammable-alcohol complex. A second fight ensued, with the party taking heavy fire damage but doing enough damage to the Fire Archon to send it packing back to the elemental realm whence it came. A study of the summoning circle used to call the elementals revealed that it had been cast by someone with demonic blood… like perhaps a tiefling.
Returning to the wedding, Art Zoe [Jenn] called out her uncle, the mayor, as a villain. As her evidence was all circumstantial, though, he appeared to be able to hide behind the law… until the old dragonborn man threw off his hood and revealed himself as (OMG) KING TITUS IMPERIUS, the supreme Executive Authority in Ionia. He judged and executed the Mayor as a traitor to the nation, consuming him in radiant dragonbreath. The rest of the wedding went off with the appropriate number of hitches (one, Gilraith & Christania to each other), and the adventuring party was celebrated as heroes.
LOOT: +1 Staff of the Warmage ([Jenn])
Experience: Fight 1 – 568 XP/6 = 95 per character
Fight 2 – 450 XP/6 = 75 per character
Skill challenges: 330 XP/6 = 55 per character
TOTAL: 225 per character
NOTE: The tracking ritual for finding Kyone will lead the party north to a certain crossroads, where the events of Episode 0 will take place… essentially in-between games.
Next Game: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Underdark…?”