Sunday, December 31, 2006

Off to the Isle of Dread - Part 1

After a few weeks of downtime, Lavinia Vanderboren summons the party and invites them along to Farshore in the Isle of Dread. First they recover the Sea Wyvern, bring it back to Sasserine and get it outfitted and fixed.

On the day of boarding the Sea Wyvern, they meet the captain, crew and passengers. The ship's captain is Amella Venkalie. The cabin boy is Tavey Nesk. The first mate is Lirith Veldirose. Among the passengers are the cleric Conrad Horst, Skald, and Urol Forol. Urol is there to study the Isle of Dread and doubles as the Navigator. A late arriving passenger is Avner Meravanchi with two servants and his horse Thunderstrike.

After some arguments about Avner's accomodations (in which the eventual result is that he is sleeping with the rest of the passengers and he is not happy about it, the expedition gets underway.

In the second day of the voyage, Lavinia invites the party and Avner to a dinner on the Blue Nixie. The ships get within 50 feet of each other, a rope and pulley is hoisted and a cart brings each person across. While going back, after Avner, and some of the party get across, the rope breaks while the paladin is brought across. A round later, a water mephit appears and begins it's attack. In investigating this, the party sees that the rope was sabotaged, and the mephit was being kept in a pickle jar.

In the thirteen days to Fort Blackwell, the Sea Wyvern is attacked by a water naga and an octopus. From the octopus' belly, the party finds:
  • 300 gp
  • potion of cure light (unidentified)
  • wand of magic missile (first level) (36 charges) (unidentified)
  • wand of magic missile (third level) (26 charges) (unidentified)
In addition, someone attempted to poison the paladin. At Fort Blackwell, the ships lay over for a couple of days. The crews are given shore leave and many of the passengers (including Conrad Horst and Skald) stay overnight in the small town.

After continuing the voyage, six days out, Conrad Horst takes ill. The party cleric casts delay poison, to no affect, and decides to cast cure disease the next day. Unfortunately, the next day, a blue slaad explodes, fully grown, from Conrad's body (killing him), which the party defeats.

Game Notes

All the player characters (except for Morphumax) are fifth level.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Vanderboren Estate and the Bullywug Invasion, Part 3

The party moved onto the first floor of the Estate
after clearing the ground floor and the basement,
rescuing Karkas Kiel and Tiamae Teslikaria (both
members of the Jade Ravens) and charming Chief Lorpth.

On the balcony on the first floor, the party
encountered two bullywug hunters, who were looking out
the balcony, waiting for the attack. Other than that,
there was nothing of note on the first floor.

In the master bedroom of the second floor, the party
encountered Drevoraz, Bua Gorg (a bullywug cleric).
Lavinia Vanderboren, Tolin Kientai and Zan Oldavin
were tied up in the middle of the room. Drevoraz told
the party to stop, unless they wanted Lavinia's throat
cut. The paladin in the party showed Drevoraz the note
from Captain Harliss Javell, and her earring. Drevoraz
took the earring and then said that since Captain
Javell changed her mind, all he wanted to do was to
slip out of Sasserine unmolested.

Bua Gorg was having none of this. He only wanted to
sacrifice humans to his diety, Dagon. He began
summoning a Huge Monstrous Centipede, and accidentally
summoned two of them. The party killed him and the
centipedes, and Drevoraz got away.

Lavinia thanked the party and increased their "pay" to
200 gp per month. She told the party to rest up, do
some shopping and they would be needed in a week or

[Out of game... in selling most of the loot gained
over the past few adventures, each party member gets
1,558.75 gold pieces.]

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Friday, December 15, 2006

The Vanderboren Estate and the Bullywug Invasion, Part 2

While clearing out the first floor of the Vanderboren estate, the party notices a secret door. Inside is a hidden armory. On the floor is a dwarf druid, Kaskus Kiel, whom the party recognizes as a member of the Jade Ravens. He is alive, but unconscious. The cleric heals him, and he tells a tale of the invasion of the bullywugs, and the final stand the Jade Ravens made in the courtyard, before everything went bad. He tells the party, that, last he saw, Mistress Vanderboren was still alive. They take three vials of Cure Moderate from the armory.

As the party approaches the private dining hall, they smell cigar smoke. On entering the room, the bullywug smoking orders her three lieutenants to attack. Upon seeing them be easily defeated, she rages, but is ultimately killed.
  • Items
    • Potion of Barkskin +3 (unidentified)
    • 2 +1 hand axes (unidentified)
In the courtyard, the party discovers the remains of the estate's guard force, brutally slain. In addition three bullywugs' corpses are hear, and the remains of Kaskus' badger animal companion.

After clearing the top floor, the party decides to go downstairs. There, they interrupt the chief of the bullywugs in the midst of torturing Liamae Teslikaria. The party attempts to attack, but it is hard moving through the mud on the floor. Liamae makes an attempt during combat to cast Charm Person on the bullywug chief. Amazingly, it worked. The chief's pet rust monster makes short work of the +1 Glamered chain shirt the paladin was wearing, but it was killed rapidly. The party makes short work of the rest of the bullywugs in the basement, and now has an "ally" in the person of Chief Lorpth.
  • Items from Chief Lorpth
    • Potion of Shield of Faith +2 (unidentified)
    • Potion of Cure Moderate
    • Salve of Slipperiness (unidentified)
    • +1 hide armor(unidentified)
    • +1 greatclub (unidentified)
    • Wooden crown with seven moonstones (100 gp each)
The chief tells the party of Dravoraz' intent to take the estate, kill everyone, steal as much as possible, and burn it to the ground. Meanwhile, the chief has been amusing himself getting the rust monster to eat tableware stuck into Liamae's clothing. Other than that, he knows very little of who is where in the building.


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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Back to the Vanderboren Estate

The party arrives in Sasserine just after dawn. The Wormfall festival has been going since before dawn and the streets are crowded.

The party is accosted by Jilanth Turtoso, a gnome, and his friend Krugol, a half-orc. Turtoso is already drunk, and attempts to pick a fight with the cleric. The party avoids getting into trouble here, and Krugol takes his friend away.

With the use of the elemental gem, Morphumax stops a runaway wagon from crashing into a full tavern, thereby saving the patrons therein. The other party members castigate him for wasting the gem, but, it stopped the wagon from killing anyone or destroying any property.

The Kellani family sent Diamondback and six stiltwalkers to try to take revenge against the party for their part in upsetting Rowyn Kellani's attempt to set up the Lotus Dragons as a new thieves' guild.

The party arrives at the Vanderboren estate, and right away notices that there are no guards. The last time they were here, there were two guards at the door. The party goes around the house, to a back entrance, which leads to the kennels. Unfortunately, the barking of these mastiffs has probably alerted the foes inside to the party's presence.

The party took care of two groups of (three) bullywugs. One in the Atrium and one in the trophy hall.


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