Thursday, March 30, 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Session 22 - The Storm before the Calm


Ready'reat 4
Assassination attempt

Ready'reat 15
The group decides to head to the back entrance to the Cairn of the Red Pearl and confront the assassin.
Dirty Dale falls from DRAGON BREATH
Senegal The Burned takes his body to the Blessed Church of St. Cuthbert and makes a deal to raise his friend.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Session 21 - The Cairn of the Red Pearl (Part 7)

   CY 625

Patchwell 28

Inside the Cairn

Dirty Dale 
Flynt (Absent)
The dwarves
Bob Helios (M-U) (Absent)
Tangerine Dean (Absent)

The dwarves perish when confronted by Smaug the terrible

The Cleric dies because he is greedy and harvests the wrong scale.

Death by lizard!

As the adventurers entered the dimly-lit cavern, they were immediately hit with the acrid smell of sulfur and smoke. The ground beneath their feet was hot and the walls were covered in soot. Heavy breathing can be heard.

Dirty Dale lights a torch and moves forward to scout out the area. He tries to move quietly and kicks a loose pile of coins, making a horrible echoing noise. Looking to the left is a huge dragon resting on a large pile of coins and treasure.

Before the thief can do anything the dragons blows a cone of fire his way. He drops the torch and dodges out of the way.

The group gathers themselves and parlays with the dragon. The charismatic cleric musters the nerve to go into the lair and speak with him. After some banter back and forth, the remaining party members make a desperate rush at the dragon.

The party was determined, and after a long and grueling fight, they finally managed to slay the dragon with the help of a poisoned arrow from Dirty Dale.

Smokey and Nyquil lay dead. The cleric dies while trying to harvest scales.

Dirty Dale manages to bring all the treasure and dead party members back to town for resurrection.

The episode ends with a stiff drink in the local tavern.

Note: The Dwarves and The Cleric are raised on Patchwell 28 and
Ready'reat 1 & 2

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Session 20 - The Cairn of the Red Pearl (Part 6)

  CY 625

Patchwell 27

Inside the Cairn

Dirty Dale (Absent)
The dwarves
Bob Helios (M-U)
Tangerine Dean

The group is sleepwalking. They have been wandering for hours. They look for a place to rest.

Ambushed by Kobolds

Attacked by a Large Snake

Our group will try to rest barricading the snakes lair.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Flynric Fastblade  - Halfling Hero 

journal entry for those who find my body

Its been a long night of fighting and the day is getting to us, we cant seem to find the person who left this blood trail, its been 4+ hours and the trail seems to have gone cold for the shaman but it seems we found some blood on the floor and we follow it.  We are down to only 1 lantern and have the cleric Shen carefully carry it in the back of the group.

As we continue down the hall the floor suddenly drops out from us again and we start sliding!  We all try to prepare of the fall but aren't able to catch ourselves in time.  When we finally reach the bottom and tumble into a room.  The room lights up in a flash as the lantern crashes on the ground, with oil burning everywhere we gather ourselves.  Moments later we hear noise coming from down the cavern,  across a large crevice there are 3 bridges and beyond that a corridor.  Thinking i am well equipped with a shield and chain armor I ask dirty Dale to hand me a torch (forgetting that i have a dozen in my pack) and easily light it on the burning oil and we proceed.  As we turn the corner we see a regular Gnoll charging at us, he quickly fires and I realizes that I have neither a shield or armor we flee.  As we flee back to the bridged room I turn to face out attackers and get it squarely with a spear.  We quickly rally,  Dirty Dale plants a foor and starts firing arrows, Shen whips out his sling, Smokey charges in and covers the right flank, Nyquil guards the back and lays down fire with his crossbow.  We exchange blows and are surprised that they never flee,  they must be desperate to win the fight. Someone shouts during the fight, "Does anyone speak gnoll? maybe we can parley with them"  there is a chuckle and as no one replys we kill all the gnolls.

Searching what we thing to be their lair we find no supplies, no rations only a bag with several gems and a whole lot of copper!  Seeming that this is the THIRD loot stache of copper, and as a well to do hobbit, I grab the bag and heave it into what we gather to be a large endless crevasse. CLANG, CLING, DINK ... oops, shouldn't have done that, should not have done that. Nyquil suggests to the group, "we should grab a handful of that copper it might come in handy".  I look over my shoulder at him... "what copper? that copper." pointing to where I just threw it.   A moment later Smokey says,  "Can I grab a handfull of copper in-case we need to wedge it into a doorway?" I look at him bewildered,  "yea sure, its just right down there", pointing to the large crevasse. We gather the gems and decide to split them up later, exhausted from the day we stop to take a breather, eat some rations, and I secretly admire my ring.

We decide to head off letting smokey lead the way,  we get to a dead end and the dwarves say this its possible to clear the cave in but it might not be stable.  I think to myself, that would be a TERRIBLE way to die.  We continue on and they notice there's a small passage that wasn't visible from the other direction,  we follow it and it open to a room that is immediately colder. As we enter the room we hear a scream! as we look ahead we notice that the walls have come alive in some dark shadow magic and have attacked Smokey.  We start trying to free him, with arrows, slings and hammers.  After the fight we are all even more tired than we were before but we notice that Smokey looks weak, like someone has sapped all his strength.  We check the room and come across some amazing loot!  +1 Plate Magic Scroll, and a Potion.  it seems some didnt fair as well as we did here, after some group discussion Nyquil get the plate and as he is handing me his old plate, it doesnt fit,  its way to big and theres no chance a halfling will fit in this dwarf armor.  We decide to barter and I trade him my +1 Warhammer for his +1 plate armor, it fits like a glove!

As we are walking, hopefully leaving this room I say to the party "I suggest we split the gems in to 3 groups and then cast lots for them, that way incase one of us gets sucked into the wall from a shadowy figure we dont loose all the treasure"

Lot 1 Aquamarine (500 gp)
Lot 2 Violet Garnet (500 gp)
Lot 3 Amethyst (100 gp) Potion
Lot 4 Smokey -           +1 Sword Smoky Quartz (50 gp) Rhodochrosite (10 gp)
Lot 5 Nyquil -             +1 Plate Bloodstone (50 gp) Moss Agate (10 gp)


Magic Scroll for whoever can use it, if no one can then sell it back in town

Session 19 - The Cairn of the Red Pearl (Part 5)

 CY 625

Patchwell 27

Inside the Cairn

Dirty Dale
The dwarves

The group springs a trap that drops them into the depths of the earth.
Enter the Underdark

5 Gnolls
2 Shadows

Amethyst (100 gp)
Aquamarine (500 gp)
Bloodstone (50 gp)
Moss Agate (10 gp)
Rhodochrosite (10 gp)
Smoky Quartz (50 gp)
Violet Garnet (500 gp)

Plate Mail +1

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

What next?

 Smokey puffed away at his pipe and blew the smoke around him, the better to obscure the vision of the chaos gods. That bastard priest had gotten away. As much as he admired a clever foe, he had to admit a dead foe was usually a lot less trouble. He really hated this sort of loose end. 

They still had the rest of the complex to investigate. They might still get him. But there was still the unknown of who had sent the vast amount of copper coins. There was a tunnel to the Underdark that needed to be investigated. And they needed to go up top and back to town. Interesting times.