When last we left our heroes… they had survived an attack by a demon plague-infected druid and her viney servants. Though not 100% unscathed, they escaped and were able to sleep the rest of the night.
The next day they started off on the road, only to stop when they saw a body in their path. After checking for ambushers, they investigated, and found that it was a barely-clothed, heavily-beaten older human male. They took him onto a cart and began administering healing care, and eventually he awoke. His name was Centauri and he belonged to a group of astrologers called the Star League. Valarie/Akara had a sudden flash of memory about the constellation shown in the Star League’s symbol and how it related to Dagon, which explained the unpleasant feeling Micah/Nicolai got from his shield when he approached Centauri.
In discussions with Centauri after that, the party learned that he was heading to Waterdeep to attend Mirt’s party, and that Centauri’s father had worked on a secret military project in Kislev some 40+ years ago dealing with weaponizing the “Eldarions” (an elvish word meaning “sons of stars”), which was his word for the warforged. Centauri was curious about MUD, but his curiosity had to wait, as there was another body in the road.
This one turned out to be dead, and also bait for an ambush by the brigand crew Tantalus. After a decent skirmish where everyone got to try out their new level 3 characters, Tantalus was no more. A bit of searching later revealed their secret cave stash, which included a number of stolen items and all of Centauri’s stuff.
Gathering the loot, the party continued south towards Waterdeep. With Mount Waterdeep looming ahead of them and the walls of the City of Splendors just barely visible, they stopped at a traders’ waypoint which some of the Lizardman attendants told them was called the “Dragon’s Horde”. Eventually they met the green-scaled dragonborn “Skeksi”, a man of questionable morals, who offered to buy any loot they may have found “no questions asked.” He also said that he had recently acquired some items of a darker, shadowy nature, and indicated (though not directly) that they may have been from the infamous Shadowfell assassin guild known as Kargatane (see the Bard’s Tale section for more on them).
The night ended with Centauri offering his services to repay the party. He used his star magicks to remove the curse on Nicolai’s shield. He also offered to read the stars for any party member. In addition, it seems as if he’ll be an “in” into Mirt’s party in Waterdeep. Oh, and Akara made her check to get cured of the Abyssal Plague.
XP: 200 total for the combat and the roleplaying.
1 Warrior’s Red Shirt +1 [Lisa/Praxis]
1 lvl 5 Cryptspawn Potion [used by Akara to gain a bonus to her disease check]
4 kegs of Featherin Fey Ale (50 gp each) [held as a party gift to Mirt]
3 potions of healing [1 each to Scout, Karath, and Art]
2 Gems (250 gp each), 10 jars of spice (50 gp each); sold (1000 gp total) to give each party member 165 gp (ish) spending money for Waterdeep.
For Next Game: Think of the astrological-type question you’d like to ask Centauri to read in the stars. Also, take an extended rest (all powers/hp/surges recharge, Action Points reset to 1).
Next Game’s Date: Up in the air right now… maybe Tuesday March 27?