A Shattered Heart: The Shards of Fate

Session log

·         Session 1

o   Met Supreme General Isaac Sinclair; discussed assisting him with tracking down the pieces of an artifact he called the Shattered Heart, that he planned to use to recover his son whom he lost at the hands of the blue dragon, Araugauthos.  He wanted to test the party and sent them on a quest to aid the nearby town of Purskul deal with the undead that have been coming from their crypt.

o   Immediately upon leaving the highly protected Guard district, the party was delivered a missive inviting them to join Bartuc Reniff of house Yellow at the Platinum Baton later that evening.

o   After the party made its way across town to the scepter district, they decided to look around a bit at the different council member houses located there.

o   Once at the Platinum Baton the party made the acquaintance of Ganick Greymane, the owner and purveyor of the Baton. Whom had already receive instruction to provide the party with access to a room suitable for a private meeting with the General.

o   After a brief misunderstanding with one of the bouncers, the party met with the general and learned a bit more about who he is what his ultimate goals are surrounding the Shattered Heart (see above).  The topic of him becoming the next Namarch was briefly discussed but his uncertainty that anyone else could adequately command the military forces of Athkatla dominated the conversation.

o   Later that night the party met with Bartuc in the Baton who very quickly seemed to set the party on edge with his insinuation that he wanted them to betray the general and assist house Yellow in ascending to the seat of Namarch. A threat was made, a whisper was over heard and a stool was possessed’ all in attempt to discern more information about Bartuc and his intentions... all to little avail.

o   The next morning, upon rounding up everyone in the party and sharing a meager breakfast, the party was attacked by a half-orc and a few of his pirate cronies.  The party survived and discovered a handful of admission tickets to an illegal event knows simply as ‘The Pits’.  While rumors say that this event is a fabrication and that it has never actually taken place, similar rumors say that it is a place for glory and money to be won and wagered over the sport of life or death combat.

o   End session 1 – Exp gained: 0.65

o   Total exp: 1.65

·         Session 2

o   Embarked on a journey across western Amn to investigate reports of undead from the crypt in Purskul.

§  Overcame a small band of orcs with a rather large leader that didn’t look fully orc

§  Defeated an Axebeak that was hunting them in the night

§  Arrived in Purskul earlier than expected due to taking the more dangerous route across the delta as opposed to sticking to the roads.

o   Discussed the matter of the crypt with the Mayor of Purskul, Mattias Duncan, who offered to pay them 20g each if they ventured there and dealt with whatever was causing the dead to walk.

o   Made fast friends with Brian(the local smith) and his wife, Diane Little of Purskul, and were invited to take shelter in their home in the rooms of their sons who had all left to join the Delta watch some years ago.

o   Investigated the Purskul Crypt and found some undead being controlled by a necromancer of some sort.  While fighting the necromancer, he fled and left his minions behind to fight.  A small amount of treasure was discovered by the party in the crypt in the sarcophagi that were already opened by the necromancer. The party agreed it was not a good idea to desecrate the other sarcophagi by opening them per the agreement they had made with the Mayor.

o   Returned to town and informed the townsfolk of their success and were paid for their work as well as generously offered some of their findings to Brian Little even though he could not afford to pay the party for them.

o   Decided to venture back to the crypt to see if they could track the path of the necromancer, only to fall too far behind and lose the trail due to an unfortunately, abrupt change in the weather.

o   The party made their way north to Crimmor where they may the librarian friend of Skrevik, Rodger Faust.  He suggested a trip to his father’s old home to bury the memory once and for all.  Skrevik instead found a note and a brooch asking him to keep the brooch as I belonged to his adopted father’s wife before she passed.  The party sought out some information on the necromancer in Crimmor only to come up with limited and unhelpful information.

o   End session 2 – Exp gained: 0.55

o   Total exp: 2.2

·         Session 3

o   Upon returning from Purskul, the general gave the party the heart artifact and a sending stone to communicate with him, introduced them to Hakeem the Wall whom advised investigation into house yellow and red starting with the Diamond Loupe

o   Party went to the Diamond Loupe and awkwardly asked about Wendal and stumbled through a conversation with his employees

o   Visited Cedric to buy a buckler

o   Went to moonwell, had a drink with Arnok Red and inquired about his allegiance only to get very little info.  Followed to pits, and dealt with an ether trap before discovering a slot to use their invitations on to access the pits

o   Gathered info on red and yellow during the pits, and placed a few bets while depating the best way and morals of participating in the pit fights

o   Left the pits and stayed in motel 6 for the night, spent a few days acquiring some items and crafting while the party did some information gathering

o   Returned to general after time had passed only to find him battle worn.  He explained that it was a certain type of creature and revealed a doppelganger corpse to the party that seemed to have taken the place of a scholar associate he knew right here in the guard district.

o   Upon request of the general the party was asked to investigate the house of the scholar and see if they could discover anything.  During the investigation of the house, which was quite disgusting and obviously a doppelganger lair.  Through some searching by Tharock, a strange scroll was found and discovered that it had a strange enchantment on it.  Skrevik attempted to use the scroll and had his mind affected in some distorted way, the party, not knowing exactly what was happening, decided it best to subdue their comrade as it seemed like he was attempting to flee.

o   End session 3 – Exp gained: 0.45

o   Total exp: 2.65

·         Session 4

o   The party returned to general Sinclair with Skrevik under the control of Julia due to him being in an unconscious state provided by the rest of the party.  The general easily opened the scroll and removed the compulsion from Skrevik after he explained more about the compulsion’s purpose and Elizabeth provided some healing. The General then gave the option to stay and investigate the council or journey in search of the possible location of a second piece of the shattered heart, based upon the research that his colleague had done, that he did not share with the party fully.

o   Party chose to get prepared for the journey to the south to investigate the possible piece of the artifact.

§  Journeyed south for 5 days and were ambushed by a River drake

§  Journeyed south for 7 more days and stopped at the Tendril’s Oak for a drink and restock on supplies.  Met Cotton that fat cat, King the owner of the Inn, Darnel the bard(singer of ballads), Luke the Steroid enhanced bouncer and Samuel, a priest of Lathander.

·         Samuel requested aid in delivering something to the head of his faith in Zazesspur, offering the party 200 gp up front for the trip plus an almost certain reward from his high priest upon delivery. 

§  The party debated whether to help the priest of Lathander and decided to watch & follow him and eventually possess him in order to discover what he was delivering but would not divulge to them. A Nacreous Gray Sphere Ioun Stone worth 10k gp.  During the possession, Julia gave the item to Elizabeth, effectively stealing the stone. While Skrevik did not seem to think this was an acceptable course of action and put up a small protest, the rest of the party seemed to agree that they were mislead into thinking that this item was not worth the value that Samuel and his high priest described it to them as and thus justified their actions in stealing it.

§  The next morning after stealing the item, Samuel had ample time to search through his belongings and confirm that the item was missing and alerted the other residents of the Inn that there was a thief in their midst.  After hearing his plight, Luke and Darnel agreed to assist Samuel in inquiring with the newcomer adventurers about the item.  When confronted, Elizabeth hid back in her room and transformed in the form of a fox and then proceeded to move toward Samuel, Luke warned the party to return the item and leave the Inn and there would be no harm and no foul…

o   End session – Exp gained: 0.2

o   Total exp: 2.85

·         Session 5

o   The party took measures to amiably resolve the theft of the ioun stone an received some explanations about why Samuel kept the stone so secret and why it was so important to the people in his faith.

§  This did not sit well with a good portion of the party and insults and mockery of his faith ensued at which point he made it clear he did not want anything to do with the party.

§  Luke also mocked the party and openly offered beatings to anyone who wanted one.  Exchanging a final threat to Elizabeth which was scoffed at.

o   Left Tendril’s Oak Inn and headed south on the King’s road/Coastal Way

o   Fought a Giant Scorpion

o   Met Arilia the Friendly Satyr, who offered her friendship and informed the party of the recent death of her mate. 

§  She offered to trade her mate’s old magical backpack to them at a very high discount as it reminded her of him and she didn’t want to continue to possess it.  The party made an offer for the magic bag and Arilia accepted and in turn offered to hunt with them and share a camp for the night. 

§  After a successful hunt and meal, Arilia offered to use some of her Fey magic to lullaby the party in a way that would allow them to enjoy the fruits of their hunt for multiple days.

§  After the party agreed and both Arilia and the party began to fall asleep, Julia took control of Elizabeth’s body and threatened Arilia and scared her off due to her distrust of what she felt the Satyr’s intentions were.

o   Party discussed the merits/mishaps of Julia’s manipulation/effects of their encounters and came to a bit of an understanding, ending with Julia promising to avoid such issues in the future.

o   Fought a couple Bears, at first attempting to dissuade them from fighting then ultimately dispatching them

o   Restocked and sold the wagon in Riatavin

o   Kept the horses and made their way east towards the mountains.

§  Came across a Riverside Mill and noted a couple bodies on the ground and decided to investigate.

o   End session – Exp gained: 0.5

o   Total exp: 3.35

·         Session 6

o   The party investigated the murder scene at the abandoned Riverside mill only to be attacked my murderous bandits the moment a party member could be singled out.

o   The party slew the bandits with no mercy and found some valuable items left behind from the works of the victims of the bandits as well as the bandits possessions.

§  These findings led the party to decide to back track and return to town, in Riatavin they sold their treasures and made some small purchases.

o   Back on the path towards the location of one of the pieces of the Shattered Heart, the party was attacked by an ogre and his two pet worgs, which were dispatched easily by the mind manipulations of Julia.

o   Arriving in the Thornwood, the party decided to trust in their geographical knowledge to lead them to the right location and after some effort in trudging through the underbrush, made their way directly to a ring of stones near the mouth of the River Minta, just what they were searching for.

o   Upon trespassing on the stone circle, the party was immediate set up on by a pair of undead that they recognized as shadows. Caution and effort proved successful as the party defeated the undead.

o   End session – Exp gained 0.45

o   Total exp: 3.8

·         Session 7

o   After fighting the shadows and doing some testing of the stone circle, the holy symbol of Cyric appeared on the Menhir. A moment later Cyric himself seemed to appear before the party and threatened, “You were warned.” then tore Julia’s form from Elizabeth’s body and with a surreal ‘pop’ magic seemed to release from the menhir and it toppled over.  In front of the Menhir, now stood an elderly man who represented himself as Ovar.

o   After introductions and some speculation, it was determined that Ovar was imprisoned by cultists in the Menhir itself though his magic had drastically diminished from his telling of it.

o   Upon interacting with the Menhir, time itself seemed to swell into Ovar for a moment and centuries of knowledge flooded back to him as if he was in this time and was never imprisoned.  This also caused the Menhir to disintegrate leaving an easy way to access the tunnels below.

o   After resting in the Thornwood the party decided to enter the tunnels that seemed to be hidden beneath the Menhir.  Immediately obvious it was a hideout devoted to the god Mask the party was met with an odd door with no way to open it.  On closer inspection, old blood stains were found nearby and it was discovered a blood tithe was required to enter

o   The party explored the northern part of the passage first as it was hewn stone and the south passage was not and had an ominous thumping coming from it that resembled large footsteps.

o   The party found a statue of Haemar and fought a pair of Allips before discovering that they couldn’t proceed without a key.

o   The party then backtracked to the natural cavern and Skrevik snuck down into the area.  This unfortunately alerted the protector of this area and the party fought an defeated the Mask Golem

o   The party then explored the Golem Master’s quarters and found some components for making golems and a key

o   The party then continued through the thickening steam and mist and found some steam pools from which came a group of Steam Mephits that didn’t seem immediately to want to fight, until the dwarf called them ‘nasty, smelly fairies’

o   End session – Exp gained 0.55

o   Total exp: 4.35

·         Session 8

o   After the dwarf unknowingly insulted the Mephits, the party fought a hard battle but was ultimately victorious and after some further investigation a small treasure horde was found that the mephitis had been pilphering.

o   With all tunnels in this area now explored, the party decided to return to the door they could not open and try the key, which worked opening the door to a frightful sight immediately on the other side.

o   The party was disoriented by the Crypt thing but thanks to some quick thinking on Ovar’s part, he was able to shunt the creature out of time for a short period to allow the party to regroup, and upon regaining their composure, Brutus, Elizabeth’s Courtier, hewed the creature down in a single devastating blow.

o   The next room seemed to be something called a Hall of Masks, a place where the devout and renowned of Mask are honored by putting their masks on display eternally.  The party found a couple masks of some magical nature and put them away for future use.

o   Upon venturing further into the complex, the party found a room with a beautiful mosaic of the sunset upon entering the room a Gloom Wraith came out of the mosaic and confronted the party.  The party was already on its toes and easily dispatched the undead creature before it could even react to their intrusion. Once the wraith dissipated, the room shined with daylight coming from the mosaic, cascading colors all about the room.

o   The party took inventory of their abilities and decided it best if they used the rest of the day to collect the valuables of this place and store them above ground and take the rest of the day to rest and recover.

o   After an uneventful night in the Thornwood, the party returned to the tunnels and went back to where they had left off.  In an effort to discover what the Mosaic might mean, one of the masks that the party found was put on an attuned to by Skrevik, immediately revealing an entity inside of the mask known as Cytheria.

o   Cytheria did not want anything but for Skrevik to prove his love to her and in an attempt to save his own life, he professed that he would cherish her and she relinquished his senses back to him.

o   Further into the complex, opening a storeroom door revealed an Ochre Jelly which was recognized and easily dispatched, revealing a ring and a silver staff that the jelly was not able to consume.

o   End session – Exp gained 0.6

o   Total exp: 4.95

·         Session 9

o   From the storage area the party decided to first examine the area near the northern gate and determined they could bypass the trap within by using the most basic of Ovar’s teleportation skills.  The sparring room held a magical Quiver and an entrance to what may have once been a barracks for this complex.  It was at this time that the group discovered that the mirrors in this complex may have been used as portals to rooms in the very same complex that had simply been lost to time.

o   Heading north now, into an unknown dark tunnel, the darkness seemed to creep into their bodies and fatigue them the farther they went.  After reaching a dead end, the party decided to once again make use of Ovar’s teleportation magic and quickly remove themselves from the area.

o   Exploring further into the lower part of the complex the party discovered what was found to be the guild master’s quarters in a room that held four identical pillar each carved with a menagerie of masks upon them along with the most unique of all the mirrors found in this complex.  Connected to the Guild master’s quarters was a small shrine complex to Mask along with a statue of the god himself, prostrated on his knees with an inscription.

o   The party began to discuss where to go from here and made considerable effort to puzzle out the unknown secrets of this complex.  Using the statues & mirrors, they were able to successfully bounce a magical light from the shrine of Mask through the complex and into the northern hallway that was shrouded by darkness.  Thus washing away the magic that was effectively hiding the entrance to Haemar’s Crypt.

o   Having gained access to the crypt, the party now ventured forth into the Cavern of Fate.  Ominously watched over by two massive skulls that seemed to watch them without taking action, the group came to a chamber holding a dias topped with a large sarcophagus and an even more massive statue atop it, all seemingly created out of a substance known as boneclay, that can be cultivated by infusing magic into gravesites causing the bones to turn to a clay that once shaped using water, rehardens stronger than steel.  The side of the sarcophagus had an inscription chiseled into it.

I am not represented by chaos, nor law.

I am part of that which is inevitable.

I am the beginning of the end, and the end of that which was before.

o   After some poking about the party discovered that the statue was a guardian of sort when it struck out at the party as they fumbled with the structure while searching it for clues.  First, Mina was struck and seemed to weather the blow well.  After this the party became wary but not wary enough.  Skrevik decided to again approach and investigate and was nearly cleaved in twain by the guardian’s well placed axe swing.  Fortunately, the healing talents and the hand of fate were able to keep Skrevik from joining his adopted father.

o   After some time, the old man Ovar tottered up to the statue and boldly stated the letter “E” aloud.  To which the same letters in the word ‘INEVITABLE’ began to glow with light.

o   At this point, the others in the party began again to experiment with what to do  until they finally discovered that speaking the letter aloud and then pressing both of the lit letters at the same time, released a mechanism that drained the water from a well in the room nearby and thrust out a pillar with a familiar looking kind of magical stone piece neatly displayed on it.  Menander grasped the stone and they discussed what it may be.  Landing on new knowledge of Tyr and his missing parts, they summed up that this must be Tyr’s thumb and that the parts they were seeking must be part of the Artifact known as Tyr’s Redemption and this must be why Sinclair wants to recover it so badly.

o   Some further exploration showed that the well led down to the source of the River Minta in caverns deep below.  As well as the fact that there may be another entrance to the Cavern of Fate, but the door was not accessible to the party in any method they could discern.

o   Upon returning to the Hall of Masks, the party began to clean up the remainder of the mirrors for loot, and when they removed the mirror that was holding the focus of the beam of light from the statue of mask, an audible crack of magical discharge could be heard from farther down the northern hall.  After some discussion, water began to flood the complex, slowly, but surely.  The party took this as their signal to make haste and leave the complex.

o   Once back on the surface, the party began to fashion a sled to carry back the considerable bulk of their treasure.  After a day or so, the sled was nearing completion when they party was attacked out of nowhere by a Putrefied version of what they determined was a Grey Render.  After some researching and discussion, it was determined that it would take a somewhat powerful wielder of nature magic to be corrupted and want to blight the land for such an abomination of a magical beast to exist.

o   Ovar recollected that the cultists he was pursuing when he came to this Menhir in his timeline were rumored to be in league with a Ranger that fit the description of a nature dweller that would commit such putrefaction as what befell the Render they fought.  After some debate and an almost unanimous vote, the party decided to attempt to track down the cause of this putrefaction as it was the right thing to do.

o   End session – Exp gained 0.55

o   Total exp: 5.5

·         Session 10

o   The party decided to follow the recollection of Ovar to try and revisit a location Ovar was aware of. That of a massive tree to the Northwest.

o   As the party neared the location of the tree, not only did they discover that over time the petrified tree had fallen, but that the area near it was now the home of a giant bee’s nest. 

o   With multiple hives emerging from the ground, the party decided to keep their distance and make their way to the fallen tree by giving the bees a wide and respectful berth.

o   Upon making it to the tree, they deduced that they were on the right path after discovering a patch of blighted ground and a few sets of booted humanoid footprints.

o   Tharock was able to follow the footprints with some ease but the party was attacked by a pack of Dire Hyenas in the night along their journey towards the mountains where the footprints led.

o   Once reaching the mountains, some further effort was given to following the tracks and a somewhat well-hidden approach was discovered with a massive energized magical Gate being sustained via some magic statues on either side of a chasm that led down to ground that was spell blighted by the spell plague itself.

o   While approaching the statues the party cast some magic and immediately were set upon by a putrefied Remorhaz, which they were able to fight off at the cost of a few weapons.

o   After the fight some research and experimentation were done and the party discovered that the Gate could be activated but didn’t fully understand how to control its magic.  First opening it to Nessus, the deepest of the hells and sending one of Elizabeth’s courtesans in to investigate, where he was quickly dismissed from that plane.

o   Next the party decided to communicate with Sinclair about the presence of the portal and discovered that when they last communicated with him, he did not get their message for some reason and thus did not yet know that they had recovered the artifact piece.  Once he heard this news, he requested that they return to Athkatla immediately… leaving the party torn between further investigating the putrefaction and following orders from the General to return home.

o   End session – Exp gained 0.55

o   Total exp: 6.05

·         Session 11

o   The party decided it was best to return to the spot where they had stowed their loot and then return to the portal location and attempt to travel through to shorten their journey.

o   When they arrived back at the portal after gathering their plunder, they noticed and were able to successfully sneak up on a pair of putrefied ettins that were dispatched somewhat easily.

o   The party decided to have Elizabeth attempt to use the portal this time and then send her courtier through to investigate.  After a few moments, Richter was resummoned and revealed the had arrived in Athkatla in the courtyard of the Tower of the Aegis just as planned. 

o   After traversing the portal, they discovered a couple pieces of information about it. 1) it seemed to be one way unless someone on the destination end was aware of its presence and made effort to keep it open, though the method of how to do this was not discovered. 2) That the travel through what they now knew was called a ‘wormhole’ pushed them ahead in time, about 36 hours in this particular usage of it. 3) Magics such as this were created by Ao the overbeing in order to allow deities and demigods to move across great distances without detection a short time after the spell plague happened.

o   The party took some time to meet with Sinclair who was less than helpful but appreciative to hear their progress.  Also revealing to them that his colleagues had been successful in their research and think they may have discovered the location of another piece of the Shattered Heart.  Last guarded by Kezef the Chaos hound. The same primordial that had bitten off Tyr’s right hand after he was deceived by Tyr and Mystra.  Kezef was freed by Cyric and caused a volcano in the Crags of Neverwinter Wood to erupt as he came through it to the Prime plane.  Little is known what happened to Kezef after he was freed other than he sought revenge on Mask until Mask acquired a legendary blade called Houndsbane from Mystra and successfully sacrificed his own divine power to his mother, Shar.

o   With this new information the party did some shopping and sought to gather some information on the true allegiances of some of the houses in Athkatla.  During their attempt at gathering knowledge, Ovar struggled with staying on task and was causing some concern amongst the other party members.  Upon discovering that Ovar was causing this issue, Elizabeth blasted him with fire, severely injuring him and causing the rest of the party to come to his defense, Menander even threatening Elizabeth with a thorough check-clapping.  Elizabeth summoned Brutus who quickly put both Tharock and Menander on their backsides.

o   End session – Exp gained 0.30

o   Total exp: 6.35

·         Session 12

o   Attempting to avoid confrontation that may draw the ire of the Delta Watch, Ovar teleported Menander, Tharock and himself a good distance away.  Both groups of the party decided it best to avoid the eyes of the guards for a while and lay low while everyone sorted out their feelings.

o   Upon returning to the low budget Inn they have been calling home while in Athkatla, the group agreed to a early evening and to sort out the strife within the party after everyone had a good night’s rest.

o   The next morning, the group convened and apologies and clarifications were exchanged, with a few reasonable asks passed around for the party to acknowledge that they should seek help.  It was agreed upon that the Temple of Torm would be an acceptable choice and the party ventured to seek said assistance.

o   At the Guards District temple of Torm, the party met up with an ex-adventurer, now high priest of Torm known as Jakob, the redeemed.  After some discussion and deliberation, Jakob referred the party to gain the aid of his colleagues, Holvard and Hellen, twins who held great knowledge of both healing and foresight. After allowing the twins to inspect them and some cryptic revelations the party decided they no longer required anything from the twins and departed the temple.

o   All was well and the group was beginning to discuss their next course of action when Menander received a sending from Sinclair requesting they come to the Tower of the Aegis immediately.

o   Upon arriving at the Tower, Skrevik chose once again to stay outside causing Ovar to question why.  Only to be kindly requested to mind his own business by Skrevik.

o   Sinclair informed the party that Riatavin had sent for aid from Athkatla due to a uprising surrounding some form of blighted creatures that had attacked the city.  The blight itself manifesting as a disease that spread rapidly amongst the humanoids of the city.  The Psy-priestess nobles of Riatavin agreed to provide the party with light riding horses to allow for investigation.  Asking that the party attempt to find the source and core of the blight and putrefaction while the protectors of the city continued to fight against any further incursions against the city itself.

o   The party headed out to investigate the assumed epicenter of the putrefaction, the massive giant bee hive/nests near the old fallen Great Tree.  They discovered a significant increase in the putrefaction in areas near water and that the areas that seemed small and sparce just 6 days ago, were now large and much more frequent.

o   Upon arriving at the presumed location, the party cautiously approached the hives after discovering that some of them had been destroyed.  While on cautious approach, Richter unknowingly interacted with some of the blight and cause the putrefied bees to signal an alarm.

o   A battle ensued in which a blighted ranger of sorts fired arrows and called commands to the other blighted foes from the perch of the fallen Great Tree.  After seeing his putrefied minions begin to falter, the Blightmaster called to a creature the group identified as a Duke of Detritus that had been borne of the hive queen through a ritual of blight.

o   End session – exp gained 0.20

o   Total exp: 6.55

·         Session 13

o   The party continued to battle the Blightmaster and his minions, eventually dispatching the Duke of Detritus in a violent explosion, narrowly avoided by quick thinking on the part of Ovar.  Moving people as far away from the epicenter of the blast and preventing severe injuries.

o   Next the party turned its focus on the Blightmaster’s allies, the blighted evoker and a war priest of Bane.  Soon after their defeat, Elizabeth’s courtier, Brutus once again proved his mettle and struck a decisive and fatal blow to the Blightmaster himself, bringing his plague of the land to an end.

o   Post battle the party discovered that the disease that they had contracted through interactions with the blight seemed to wash away after the death of the Blightmaster.  Along with the blighted land and waterways as they journeyed back to Riatavin.

o   It was also discovered that the plague of sorts that had been devastating the city’s occupants had miraculously dissipated, assumed to be linked to the blight and its source, the Blightmaster, the party sought the psi-priestesses and confirmed that they had completed the task they set out to complete. The psi-priestesses, grateful for the news, asked if the party would persist to aid in clean up and aftermath of the blight’s impact on Riatavin.  The party seemed to agree that this was not their task to undertake and declined to help Riatavin any further.

o   Skrevik made it clear that he would not be staying in the city due to the discomfort Cytheria was feeling from the pressure of having to constantly defend herself from mental intrusions upon her existence.  He chose to stay just outside the city walls in order to please her. In the morning, Menander was contacted via sending by the general who seemed short and curt in his order to complete the reconnaissance of the aftermath of Riatavin and return to Athkatla immediately. 

o   The party split up and quickly did some trading and finished the efforts on gathering the information requested by the general and then went to meet Skrevik outside the city walls and filled him in on the need to quickly return to Athkatla, there was a discussion about how to best travel and ways to quickly return and possibly use the wormhole in the future if needed.  The topic of not wanting to bring Cytheria into the Tower of the Aegis in the past was briefly glossed over and dismissed by Skrevik stating that he no longer needed to hide Cytheria from the general as the psionic officials of Riatavin had already communicated their thoughts on the matter to him.

o   Upon returning to Athkatla, the general seemed displeased with the party due to him recently being given information about Elizabeth’s practice of sacrificing her still living opponents and offering their souls to Bane in exchange for the freedom of her people’s souls.  He also expressed his distaste in the party’s failure to follow up with Riatavin in the post blight clean up and recovery of the city. As well as, their seeming prioritization of pursuing the artifact known as the Shattered Heart over the aid that Riativan had requested, accusing the party of refusing to follow his orders, even though they all acknowledged and agreed to his request to never put his personal interests above that of Amn.  Elizabeth took a position of defiance, offering no compromise on her stance on her quest to save her people’s souls.  The general scoffed at her devotion to a cause and promise to such an obviously evil deity and his false promises and scorned her that she had likely done more harm in making a deal with Bane than she could ever hope to restore, going as far as mocking her juvenile notions and regal arrogance in the face of such a manipulative figure of evil and deception.  The general then dismissed the entire party and told them he no longer required their presence and that he would summon them when he required their presence again.

o   End session – exp gained 0.60

o   Total exp: 7.15

·         Session 14

o   After the tense interactions with the general the party decided to spend some time in the library of Waukeen researching Araugauthos, the general and the general’s son.

o   The party discovered some interesting information and revealed the records were not correct regarding the dragon.  As well as discovered the truth about Araugauthos’ power origins, finding out it was Tiamat who pleaded with and deceived Tyr, convincing him to free Araugauthos from imprisonment at the hands of Halaster, deep in the confines of Undermountain and consequently imbued her as one of the dragon demi-god Tiamat’s chosen.

o   After a long day of digging through musty old tomes and scrolls the party decided to take an early rest and retire for the evening in order to wait for some commissioned work to be done in by Cedric.  With Elizabeth and Menander deciding to spend some time at the Moonwell and Ovar, Skrevik and Tharock heading back to the low budget ‘Troll’s Nest’ in the bridge district.

o   Shortly after arriving, Ovar decided to go and interrupt Skrevik in his alchemy to inquire about Cytheria.  Ovar quickly drew Skrevik’s ire and began to ignore Skrevik’s warnings and address Cytheria herself.  A battle between Ovar and Skrevik occurred and the ruckus draw the attention of Tharock who was seated just around the corner in the common part of the Inn. By the time Tharock arrived, Ovar was badly wounded and Tharock had to intervene. Ovar continued to press Cytheria, offering himself as a much more suitable recipient of her power.  The draw of more power seemed to work on Cytheria as she separated herself from Skrevik, and fell to the floor.  Ovar quickly move in and picked up the mask, only to have Tharock, who was clearly through with all the hijinks surrounding this mask, sunder it and shatter it into porcelain dust.  Cytheria, with no place to hide, took occupancy in Tharock’s axe and then took control of his body, a couple swings of mighty Tharock’s axe laid Ovar low allowing Cytheria to flee into the densely populated city streets in Tharock’s body.

o   A short time after the altercation, Tharock, having fled to the western side of Waukeen’s promenade under Cytheria’s control found an unassuming ring merchant and touched his axe to a random silver ring for sale and Cytheria released her control over him.  An exchange involving the guards and the merchant followed, with the merchant escaping the scene with the ring.

o   In an effort to track down the now presumed rogue Cytheria the party did some divinations in effort to glean where they should begin their search.

§  Divination questions/answers –

·         How do we find Cytheria?

o   The mask is no more; The axe was a bore.

o   The ring is not to her taste; He will take her to the council with haste.

·         Will we find Cytheria at the council chambers at the next council meeting?

o   Your aim is too high, The houses, too sly.

o   A simple merchant's request; Someone less important will test.

·         What item is Cytheria seeking?

o   Material is of little weight; Power & influence are the true prey.

o   The merchants request is merely the bait; She will seek higher status before the end of this day.

o   With the information from their divine query in hand the party decided they would attempt to ambush Cytheria by lying in wait at the Courthouse where meetings with officials took place.

o   After discovering that there was to be a meeting between a man fitting the description of the merchant and Bartuc of Yellow, the party, through some coercion of the staff at the courthouse arranged to be part of the inevitable meeting. Approximately an hour before the meeting was to take place the party was caught by surprise as Bartuc burst through the doors and demanded the party be arrested.  The party thought otherwise…

o   End session – exp gained 0.30

o   Total exp: 7.45

·         Session 15

o   The Delta Watch guardsmen in the room began to detain the party based on Bartuc’s accusations. Skrevik and Ovar decided it best to submit to the guards while Elizabeth, Menander and Tharock resisted and began to fight back, claiming that Bartuc was not in his right mind and under a dark influence. Enough information was presented to provoke the Head Clerk to think this an emergency matter and summoned Jameson the Judge.

o   No life threatening wounds were exchanged during this altercation and only accusations had been leveled, so Jameson listened to what the party had to say and asked some clarifying questions of his own to both the clerks and Bartuc.  After hearing their reasoning, Jameson asked Bartuc to allow him to examine the ring that seemed to be at the root of this confrontation.  Bartuc’s seemed only too eager to give the ring to Jameson. 

o   Cytheria, only too eager to take control of such a powerful man as Jameson. Willed Bartuc to pass the ring to him.  There was no way she could know that the protections afforded Jameson whilst in the Halls of Justice would render him immune to her influence.  Now knowing her true intentions, Jameson summoned the power of Torm and ended Cytheria’s existence with holy destruction, dropping the dust that remained of the ring once the deed was complete.

o   Once released from the clutches of Cytheria, Bartuc was surprisingly grateful to the party, though still openly showed disdain for them.  Their objective of stopping Cytheria now completed.  The party decided to rest at the Troll’s nest and head to the Wormhole in the morning.

o   The party deciding to purchase some more trained horses for this trip they set out and made good time across the southern King’s Road and east along the Wealdath through Brost and towards Riatavin.  After resupplying in Riatavin, they headed out towards the Southern Snowflake Mountains.  Near the end of their first day of travel they were ambushed by a band of goblins as they neared the bridge to cross the River Ith.  As the battle subsided and a few of the enemies fled, they saw them running into what seemed to be a goblin warren.

o   End session – exp gained 0.40

o   Total exp: 7.85

·         Session 16

o   Slowly investigating the goblin warrens, the party crept into the first few tunnels and quickly encountered extremely high amounts of goblin vines, the same vines used to draught a poison known as Goblinvine Oil; a contact poison that causes a terrible sickness to befall those who succumb to it.

o   A quick-thinking Menander drew upon his inner strength and brought forth a divine blessing, granting the party temporary immunity to the effects of the vines and their poisonous greasy discharge, allowing the party to freely explore the first few corridors of the goblin warren.

o   A few easily fought battles with seemingly lesser goblins led the party to a chamber where raging goblin gardeners vehemently defended their Goblinvine crops and one especially sneaky goblin tried to assassinate Elizabeth as he surged from the shadows with deadly precision, ultimately failing but injuring her with a well placed blade.

o   Cleaning up the raging gardener goblins, the party crept deeper into the warrens…

o   End session – exp gained 0.15

o   Total exp: 8.00

·         Session 17

o   Pushing deeper into the reeking squaller of the warren, the party encountered another small group attempting to stop their progress and once again were victorious over the outmatched Goblins.

o   After hearing the goblins call out for Reekbad & Dirtmurk, assuming they must be leaders of some sort, the party decided to let Skrevik do some recon alone to see what he could discover.

o   Turning a corner into the largest room in the warren the group had discovered so far, the young ratfolk was able to detect more than a dozen enemies with his keen senses and returned to the group to inform them of his find.  Smelling victory yet again the party surged into the room of goblins and were immediately surrounded by the foul little creatures. 

o   A crazed bomb-toting goblin sprinted his way to the front of the battle and let loose a belch of fire that was near entirely ineffective but seemed pleased to be in the thick of battle.

o   While the party fought to get advantageous position on the enemy, a goblin spellcaster broke the din of battle with the crack of thunder as he ripped a lightning bolt though party members and goblins alike.  Using some of the goblinvine for cover the party was mostly uninjured and now the goblins had revealed their positions.

o   Menander took the distraction as an opportunity to instill the fear of the Eye into the majority of the goblins, causing them to scatter like rats in full panic.

o   Richter and Tharock began to quickly hew down goblins and as their ranks dwindled, Ovar noticed the goblin with bombs getting a bit too close for comfort and teleported the creature into the fray, firmly planted on his backside at the feet of a goblin hating Dwarf.  Not seeming to phase the goblin, it went ahead and tossed its bombs at Tharock standing directly next to him and cackled maniacally as the shrapnel hit both the party and the other goblins.

o   One last pathetic attempt at catching Menander off guard and the group had successfully brought this fight to an end.

o   Taking a moment to gather themselves and prepare as the sounds of boars and goblin chatter still echoed off the walls of the warren, Skrevik took the opportunity to scout ahead again.  This time seeing a larger hobgoblin dual wielding falcatas and a goblin barricade waiting for the party to come into the final chamber of the warren, the boar pens.

o   Skrevik raced back to tell his allies what he had found, and they discussed how to proceed and decided on a frontal approach. Only running into a pair of squealing boars around the first corner, an obvious distraction attempt. As they neared the entrance to the boar pens, Skrevik’s keen senses once again detected enemies back down the tunnel whence they had already been and immediately deviated to confront them.

o   As the party began to confront the threat that had seemingly come in behind them, the goblins shouted out an alarm and the hobgoblin and remaining goblins began to attempt a pincer attack, assaulting them from two directions and split the party.

o   This seemed to only drive the party to fight even harder as they stood their ground and slayed goblin after goblin until seemingly only Reekbad remained. Clearly outmatched by the combat prowess of Sir Richter and Tharock, the cowardly hobgoblin retreated into the stench of the boar pens and attempted to hide using a potion of invisibility, only to foolishly reveal himself attempting to attack at an opportune time, a final failed effort to assassinate Tharock and another swing of the axe and the goblin warrens fell silent. The enemy defeated, the party began to take inventory and discuss how to go about which loot to take back to the surface and suddenly, the blessing of Torm sputtered and expired and suddenly, no one felt so good and the poison they had been delaying with magic began to take its toll…

o   End session – exp gained 0.25

o   Total exp: 8.25

·         Session 18

o   The party surged into action attempting to remove the Goblinvine sap from themselves by jumping into the slow-moving river immediately outside the goblin warrens.  A few of the party, being affected by more potent poison than the vines, made use of magic and the powerful fate changing abilities of Mina, Elizabeth’s courtier, which she hastily summoned after dismissing Sir Richter.

o   Once they had recovered from the delayed poisoning they had suffered, the party decided to take a few hours to search through the Goblin warren and recover any items of value they could find while Tharock sought out a camping spot for them to take shelter from the storm that they could see rolling in over the Snowflake mountains.

o   During the recovery mission in the warren, the rain began coming down heavily and the river swelled to cover the sandy banks and was now running quite swiftly.  Elizabeth, while making clear her distaste for such magic, used some necromancy to revive the dead horses and they all made their way to the camp Tharock had procured for them.

o   After a quick discussion, the party decided it best to head to Riatavan and sell all the loot they had recovered from the goblin warren and restock before continuing on to the wormhole.

o   Now fully stocked and with some fresh gear and the jingle of coin in their pockets, the party headed southeast once again, making incredibly fast time due to the aid of Ovar’s knowledge of time magic. 

o   Moving at quite the clip through the persisting storm the party was traversing the petrified fields near the remains of the Great Tree; all the while watching the repeated lightning strikes near the location they presumed to be very near the wormhole, when out of nowhere; a skeletal, flame-shrouded creature they quickly identified as a lich, popped into existence in the fields in front of them.  Immediately warning them to abandon their path to the wormhole and never return; insinuating that they did not have the ability to control it and that it was becoming unstable as the spell plagued area it was drawing power from continued to diminish.  When asked why he knew so much about it, he claimed to have had a hand in its creation.

o   Attempting to both prove their ability and not make and enemy of the lich, the group began to parlay with the lich asking both why they weren’t powerful enough and why they should trust him.  Providing only half answers, the lich simply scoffed and warned them of their weak mortal state and inability to possess the mental capacity to manipulate, let alone control, the magics of the wormhole.

o   Ovar, stating he was the most strong-willed of the group offered himself to be tested by the lich.  The lich waved his hand and put Ovar in the confines of an imprisonment spell. The party, not knowing what had happened, asked the lich about Ovar and his whereabouts, pleading with the creature to see reason and asking if they could help the lich in any way with the wormhole.

o   Scoffing at the party, the lich bemused that it would take far greater knowledge and magic than they had the ability to control, unless they happened to have access to a large number of souls. Almost as if she had turned to glass, Elizabeth, having access to a large number of souls, attempted to hide such information, failing terribly in her attempt to do so. 

o   The lich stayed silent not offering any new information so the party suggested if the lich would return Ovar, then they would turn back and not proceed towards the wormhole.  Since the party had surprised the lich in his cynicism, the lich waved his hand again and Ovar returned, though quite shaken as he knew the power of the magic that the lich had used while the others did not.

o   As the party discussed what to do amongst themselves, the lich seemed to transform into a burning ember of flame and sped away in the direction of the wormhole at an impossible speed. 

o   Ovar now made the party privy to a conversation he had recently had with his god, Mystra in which she had informed him of a coming cataclysmic event that would be brought on by the collapse of the wormhole.  Now imploring the party to continue to the location of the wormhole and that the lich would not oppose them.

o   This did not go over well, with Skrevik threatening Ovar and demanding that he cease in causing problems for the party.  Ovar maintained his innocence and purpose to be true, but that it would require Elizabeth to relinquish the souls she had captured in order to attempt to stabilize the wormhole.

o   With the party at odds, further discussion resulted in everyone agreeing that communication should be established with the General and he should be made aware of the potential outcomes of the information they had discovered.  A message was sent, via sending stone, to the general, with the reply urging them to return to Athkatla and elaborate.  After hearing the General’s reply, the party decided they would teleport back to Athkatla immediately.  Some withholding of information about Ovar’s intentions concerning the teleportation, and it was decided that Elizabeth should be the one to use the teleportation scroll. While Menander volunteered to willingly partake in Ovar’s newly acquired ability to hold living beings in his personal extradimensional space.

o   Upon their return to the astrology lab in the courtyard of the Tower of the Aegis, where Elizabeth was bound, the party moved swiftly into an audience with the General.  During this audience, Skrevik humbled himself to the General, apologizing for his selfish and foolish actions concerning Cytheria. The General commended him on his self-reflection and deemed it a valuable lesson if Skrevik felt that he had grown from the event and realized the error of his ways.

o   The group also asked for direction and discussed the lich, the wormhole and where they could seek more knowledge.  The General offered to use his influence to gain an immediate audience with Hellen the Oracle in the Temple of Torm and the party agreed.

o   During the audience with Hellen, she professed she had seen their arrival and knew what they wanted to know.  Stating that they would never succeed as long as their purpose was not shared.  Cautioning them against the certainty of the words of Mystra and that following the path of singular desire would result in suffering for all, regardless of which path their footsteps fell upon.  After Hellen took her leave, the General, feeling righteous in his warnings to the party to not follow his selfish desire above that which served the greater good, ended the audience with him becoming frustrated with the party and their lack of cohesiveness, resulting in him storming out of the chamber, once again.

o   The party now needing some space away from each other, went their own way throughout Athkatla. 

§  Tharock, visiting Cedric and being put to work for a short time, followed by dwarven company and the lack of urgency.

§  Elizabeth, seeking out Bezmora at the Temple of Bane attempting to connect with Bane and offer him the souls she had acquired.  Eventually, performing a sacrifice of blood and currency to The Dark One and seeing her offering be acknowledged through the success of ritual she performed.

§  Ovar, Heeding Mystra’s warning and performing the work of his deity in saving souls, in preparation for the coming cataclysm.  Successfully capturing some commoners to bring to the new time in which they will serve their own purpose. Narrowly escaping the eyes of the Tormtar while performing his abductions.

§  Skrevik, beginning his journey with Oghma, met a new friend.  Waylon, a priest at the Temple of Oghma.  Offering a great amount of wealth as a tithing, giving hope to one of the smaller churches in Athkatla and opening his eyes to the pursuit of knowledge.

§  Menander, seeking some solitude and fine food and drink, made his way to the Moonwell and spent some time enjoying the unique atmosphere and enchanting company of the Elven Thelonezi family that owns and runs the Moonwell.

o   In the morning, the party met back up at the Troll’s Nest and decided to do some research regarding the lich they encountered.  Only to discover through the distinct lack of lore on this specific lich, that it seemed as if he had been purposefully omitted from history.

o   Thinking it may be a good option to see if they could find answers in the esteemed and legendary libraries of Candlekeep; The party now needed a way to access to Candlekeep itself, the party conferred and decided to test Skrevik’s newfound faith and see if the church of Oghma, could aid them.  Waylon, still basking in the glory of Skrevik’s hefty tithe, was pleased to offer a possible solution asking the party to meet him later at the Troll’s nest.

o   Upon arrival, Waylon introduced the party to Lou Ann, his mother, and a storyteller of some renown. She was pleased to be of assistance to the adventurers and revealed that she knew one of the elders at Candlekeep from back in her adventuring days and would be happy to reach out to him on their behalf.  She revealed his name was Elder Elkazar. Accepting this aid, the party agreed to meet up with Waylon and Lou Ann again the next morning at the Troll’s nest to allow her some time to attempt to contact the Elder.

o   Wondering about the coincidence of the name of this elder, the party decided to discuss amongst themselves and came to the conclusion he was thought to be a 122 year old human orphan taken in by the clerics at the Spirit Soaring, named after the land of his birth and though to be a bastard of the noble bloodlines that once ruled the region known as Elkazar; raised under the tenets of Oghma and now shunning his lineage choosing instead to contently occupy the title of Elder of Candlekeep.

o   The next morning Lou Ann returned with good news that she was able to secure them an invitation to Candlekeep based upon Elder Elkazar’s interest in the lich they had encountered and his relevance to this ’wormhole’, even though they had not mentioned the lich nor the wormhole to Lou Ann or Waylon. 

o   Puzzled, perhaps a bit concerned, but still grateful, the party listened to Lou Ann ramble on about the stories of her lifetime while sharing a glass of wine.

o   End session – exp gained 0.30

o   Total exp: 8.55

·         Session 19

o   After acquiring access, the party headed north to Candlekeep

o   The travel north along the coast was uneventful save an encounter with a pair of friendly wood giants who were hunting orcs, Skrevik successfully deceived them and acquired valuable armor for the cost of a few potions.

o   Arriving at Candlekeep the party was told they would not be allowed to bring in their possessions without explicit permission from an elder. With a few objections the party agreed to surrender their items and continued into the great library of Candlekeep.

o   It wasn’t long before they met with Elder Elkazar and discussed what he had learned so far and how they could help.  Only to learn that he preferred to work alone.

o   The party learned much about the Wormhole and that the lich is possibly a future version of Elkazar himself.

§  The party learned about how to manage/feed/mitigate the wormholes and that there were 11 created.  Though no information about locations or statuses of the other 10 wormholes was discovered.

o   On the morning before the Autumnal Equinox the Wormhole in Elkazar imploded sending shockwaves all the way to Candlekeep and beyond.

§  This event caused both the General and Waylon to reach out via sending to Menander and Skrevik and ask what happened.

o   After the implosion of the Wormhole a clearly diminished version of the flaming lich appeared and simply stated “I failed.” Then blew away like so much ash on the wind.  The party sought guidance from Elkazar on what to do now, stating that they thought they had more time. Distraught, Elkazar seemed to be without words. The party then asked Elkazar to dig deeper into the locations of wormholes and pieces of the Shattered Heart to aid them, to which he agreed and gave Elizabeth a signet ring with a telepathic bond on it that can be enacted once per week for 24 hours.

o   The party decided that heading north to seek the other known piece of the Shattered Heart was the next objective and they were able to secure passage to Waterdeep via teleport, shaving several days off their journey.

o   From Waterdeep, the party went north to Neverwinter along the Coastal, more dangerous route. During their travels Ovar was assaulted during his rest by what the party agreed was likely a Night Hag.  Knowing that with Ovar’s mastery of time magic, they could simply outpace their new enemy, they sped off to the north, eliminating any chance of the Night Hag following them.

o   The party arrived in Neverwinter late in the evening and attempted to discover any information about the Maw of Lava or the volcano, despite the lateness of the hour, unfortunately failing to get any helpful information from their efforts.

o   Early the next morning, the group headed northeast up the mountain and were attacked by Wyverns in a particularly narrow spot on the path.

o   End session – exp gained 0.30

o   Total exp: 8.85

·         Session 20

o   The party easily defeated the Wyvern pack with a particularly effective show of teamwork and pushed on towards the peak of the volcano.

o   Near the top, the party came upon an ancient marble dais surrounded by pillars with what seemed to be an elevator situated in the middle of the dais.

o   After some inspection of the area and experimentation with magic, it was discovered that a millennium old fading aura of magic was present, and that teleportation magic was dangerously ineffective in an area surrounding the dais.

o   The party decided to rest near the dais as it was a defensible position that also provided shelter from the elements which were beginning to become a factor this far north, this late in the season.

o   Upon a closer inspection of the elevator, Skrevik was able to find a way to active the elevator device manually, a backup system of sorts, but also discovered that it would likely only work once due to its age and disrepair.

o   The party agreed to gather on the elevator and Skrevik activated the device and stone ground on stone, marble on marble and the elevator began to move.

§  At first, the elevator moved smoothly but quickly down, leaving Elizabeth’s courtier, Mina near the opening as she could not move as fast as it was descending.

§  The elevator had descended 100 feet when it collided with a part of the wall. Jolting the platform to the side. The party was able to regain their footing but at this point the elevator began to descend much faster and with much less control.

§  At around 200 feet down, now bouncing off the walls of the shaft, the elevator struck a lava formation and almost tipped the party off the side once again. It was now that the elevator platform began into an uncontrolled freefall.

§  Falling another 200 feet in the blink of an eye, the party decided it best to try and use the lava tubes on the sides of the shaft instead of riding the elevator to the bottom.

§  The entire party was successful in jumping off into the lava tubes and slid through slick lava tubes, coated with moisture from the collision of mountain air with the heat of the caverns.  The sharp and untouched rocks slicing and cutting them as they slid.

o   Tharock was able to arrest his fall using his martial prowess only to hear his companions dump out onto the hard ground at the end of the lava tubes.

o   Taking a moment to assess their surroundings, dust themselves off and lick some wounds, the party now found themselves in a lava cave and quickly discovered that the heat would be too intense without some sort of heat protection.  Acting quickly, Ovar was able to alter his mastery of magic and provide the party with fire protection.

o   Elizabeth resummoned Mina and learned that the elevator crashed into the ground on a platform in nearby, but she did not know the direction.

o   The group slowly made their way out of where they landed, and it was not long before they were attacked by a trio of Fire Salamanders and their Fire elemental companions. During the fight one of the salamanders was panicked by Menander and fled into the lava, the rest of its allies were dispatched handily.

o   As they proceeded into the fiery caverns, they came upon the landing platform for the elevator, in a room with exits in the 4 cardinal directions.

o   Ovar used his power over time magic to discover future information about the potential paths they could take.

§  North – Failed.

§  South – Back the way they came there was an alternate route they could have taken, it connected with cavern to the west, wrapped around itself and contained a den of spiders of flame and more fire elementals

§  West – Wrapped around itself and connected to the same den of spiders as the alternate path to the south.

§  East – A treacherous path leads up to a crypt haunted by the spirit of flame itself.

o   The party decided to go east and found a cavern in which the floor was extremely thin and had to take careful measures to keep from breaking through the surface.

o   As they approached the edge of the soft lava flow, Menander was caught by surprise by an incorporeal hand reaching directly out of the crypt and into his soul, only avoiding its grasp due to the magic upon him.

o   The party continued to fight the creature they recognized as a Flame haunt, a spirit created by the torment of creature entombed and doomed to burn for all eternity.

o   During the fight with the Flame haunt Skrevik was killed by its Soul Burn ability and his soul was purged by fire, doomed into existence as a fire elemental, under the control of the Flame haunt.

o   After the fight, easily able to subdue Skrevik in this form of a fire elemental, Elizabeth and Ovar discovered that Skrevik’s soul was contained in the fire elemental and that destroying it would also destroy Skrevik.  This also meant that they would need some means of raising Skrevik from the dead.

o   End session – exp gained 0.35

o   Total exp: 9.20

·         Session 21

o   Through some quick action and creative manipulation of her talents, Elizabeth was able to reconnect Skrevik’s spirit with his physical form and save him from an eternity of being burnt alive. 

o   The party decided to investigate the crypt further and upon cracking open the crypt and fending off the attacks of some particularly vile vermin that were also trapped in the crypt, found some magical shackles that could be used to anchor a being they held dimensionally, preventing any kind of planar travel or teleportation.

o   As the party moved farther into the complex ahead of them, they came upon a hallway of statues holding braziers alongside some larger pools of what seemed to be some sort of flame that didn’t yield light.  After some discussion the party was able to identify the statues to be a depiction of Myrkul the god of death.

o   Elizabeth commanded her courtier to move ahead to investigate when suddenly Mina turned back to the party and noted that she didn’t feel right… only to be consumed by the closest pool of dark light. Frantic, Elizabeth attempted to save Mina… only to feel the spirits of her people being stripped from her control, sent to their rightful and final rest by Myrkul.

o   Angered by the interference into his plans, Bane manifested in this holy place devoted to Myrkul and protested that the souls were his to reap and threatened Myrkul to return that which was his.

o   Myrkul’s response was only to banish Bane from this place devoted to his worship.  Bane, having lost the promised souls, howled in treachery and claimed Elizabeth as his own, taking her with him as Myrkul banished Bane from the shrine.

o   After a few moments of awe and confusion, the party decided to venture forth and see if they could get any answers since the shrine to Myrkul was not offering any.

o   Not too much farther into the area they were now in, the party stumbled into the lair of a Fire giant named Vixla and her two massive Hell Hounds, Agni and Ifrit who held a skinwalker, wereboar-kin captive. The fire giant did not immediately show aggression and seemed more interested in filling her belly than anything else.  After some kind words and a promise of an alternative feast, the party negotiated the skinwalker’s release.  Thankful, and discovering that the party was on a task to save the world, Boris the skinwalker, offered to help the party complete its goals since they had prevented him from becoming fire giant food.

o   After the party made good on their end of the bargain, Vixla seemed more inclined to help them and revealed the natural chimney she used to come and go from these caverns.  It was a 200’ climb up to the outside but a relief to see that they now had a way out if they needed it.

o   Fully rested and ready for anything, the party ventured deeper into what Vixla referred to as ‘the cultist’s territory’ to the west of her location in the caverns.  After some uneventful forks in the road, the party came to one where there were two Babau demon’s watching the party from afar.  Once Skrevik relayed this to the party, the demon’s scampered away and the party followed.

o   Coming now into a larger room that once again was tiled by the skulls and bones of humanoids, the party was attempting to detect the demon’s when a sound like the skittering of a million tiny spiders was broken by the thundering of one gargantuan spider.  The party recognized this creature as a mutated form of a bebilith and were able to dispatch the best with the heavy swings of their new ally, Boris. 

o   After the bebilith died, many other parasitic creatures fell from its corpse much like the creatures they fought that came out of the sarcophagus of the Flamehaunt.  Once cleaned up, the battlefield still echoed with the chittering of spiders and crawling things, so much that it was more difficult to perceive nearby danger.

o   End session – exp gained 0.45

o   Total exp: 9.65

·         Session 22

o   The party decided it may be wise to use stealth to move ahead.  Skrevik was able to successfully sneak around but the rest of the party made too much noise and alerted the cultists to their presence. Resulting in a fight with mutations that were so obscure the party had trouble determining exactly what they might be.  During the fight Boris lost his nerve and ran down the hallway to another room and alerted enemies to their intrusion into the cultists’ lair.

o   After the fight the party began to look around pool their knowledge and discovered that these cultists were experimenting on their captives and turning them into arachnid mutants using the chambers they found.  While investigating, Tharock and Boris could hear the screams of agony coming from one of the chambers. They discovered the pod the that was the source of the screams and opened it, revealing a Half-elf who seemed to be already beginning to mutate. The Half-elf’s concern was not for his pain or for himself, he only asked about his wife and begged the party kill him and find his wife and not let her share his fate. Boris obliged and removed the agonized man’s head and closed the pod.

o   After checking the other chambers, the party did indeed find the man’s wife, unspoiled though badly wounded, poisoned, and unconscious.  The party aided her in recovery using some magic and potions and she promptly began to ask about her husband, a Half-elf named Dandor. Reluctantly, the party informed her that Dandor had begun to mutate and that he asked them to kill him, and they did as he asked to prevent him from becoming one of the creatures they fought. She introduced herself as Elinlyria and asked if the party had found her and her husband’s adventuring gear.  After a few moments of searching, she recovered most of the gear she expected to find and equipped it.  She offered her gratitude and promised to help the party in their quest as best she could and vowed them a life debt for saving her from such a gruesome fate and ending her husband’s suffering as she would not have been able to do it herself.

o   After Elin equipped herself, the party explored further and were ambushed by prepared enemies that had been alerted to their presence by the unfortunate path of Boris when fear struck him in the last fight.  Both Elin and Skrevik lost their nerve and ran from the battle, Skrevik doing so with a fear tick latched onto him, feeding on his life force, while Boris, Menander and Tharock fought hard against the tide of foes that seemed to keep pouring forth out of the cultist’s lair

o   End session – exp gained 0.25

o   Total exp: 9.90

·         Session 23

o   Throughout the fight Skrevik couldn’t muster his courage, succumbing to the fear tick far from battle near where he and Elin fled. Thinking she couldn’t bear to lose another ally in this foul place, let alone Skrevik, a fellow seeker of knowledge, Elin used Oghma’s Will, a powerful blessing enchanted into her Holy symbol to resurrect Skrevik fully recovered from his wounds and maladies.

o   After the fight was over, realizing they had been badly poisoned by the vile cultists of chaos, Boris was able to call upon the wisdom of his guiding spirit and drive the poison from his allies. Now exhausted and depleted, the party decided to return to the surface via the natural chimney and rest out in the open air, away from the oppressive heat of the mountain prison designed to hold a primordial being.

o   Menander engaged the group about his moral choices and the trouble he was having with choosing the righteous path.  Explaining to all of them that some of his abilities may take them by surprise in the adventures to come, as they were less of blessings and more in the realm of curses and dark magic.

o   The party now fully rested ventured back into the Maw of Lava and found a group of rooms with a large scattering of more of the mutation chambers, as they crept further enemies were noticed and one of the arachnophages let out a bellowing cry that pierced the silence of the caverns.  This cry seemed to empower and enrage the nearby mutated humanoids and they burst from their mutation chambers and attacked the group from all sides.  Always ready for anything, Tharock, who was already psionically enhanced to be able to reach farther than a normal dwarf of his size, set to swinging his axe and mowing down the enemies as they carelessly charged at the group. After laying the first mutant low, it quivered for a moment and then exploded with enough magical force to knock some of the party off their feet and cover those nearby in vile viscera.  Tharock would not be taken off his feet so easily, being a dwarf, he hunkered down and kept swing his magical axe, mowing the enemy down one after another, as they charged in Tharock cut them down… and they exploded one after another.  Easily defeating the mutants and the leading arachnophage the party quickly recovered and kindly asked Tharock to not kill the mutant within such close range of the rest of the party.

o   Further exploring the cultist’s lair, the group came down a long hallway and face to face with a full 40’ across symbol of Mazmezz, the demon-lord known as the creeping queen, lord of vermin.  Not much farther into the room, was a 40’ across pentagram set into the stone floor with all of the empty spaces filled with what seemed to be more of the blood of Kezef.

o   End session – exp gained 0.40

o   Total exp: 10.30

·         Session 24

o   The party deliberated a long while about what to do with this unholy symbol and the pentagram.  Wondering if it was even safe to step on it or past it or whether they should even consider interacting with them at all.  After many different suggestions and no one taking any action, Skrevik offered to investigate it himself.  They rest of the party agreed and watched with baited breath as he crept slowly and carefully towards the edge of the massive pentagram.  Upon looking closer, Skrevik realized that the entire surface of the blood of Kezef pools seemed to be writhing as if alive. It was at this point that Skrevik had the immediate and uncontrollable urge to consume the blood in the pool. Snapping to his senses and retreating from the pool as fast as his little furry feet could carry him, Skrevik informed the others of the compulsion it was decided that they would leave the pentagram alone and not interact with it any further.

o   Journeying deeper into the caverns, the party found a location that seemed to be more natural and discovered a portion of the cavern that seemed to be lit by a faintly glowing blue light.  As they approached the massive creature later identified as some mutated form of a nasty outsider called a Rukarazyll.  The creature immediately engulfed the party in its viscous mass and seemed to be attempting to consume them. Not wanting to be anyone’s lunch Boris empowered his mighty Scythe and went to work hacking and slicing the creatures mass until it finally ceased to move.  Only moments later, the party covered in the mass of the creature, realized it was hardening quickly.  Some were able to make their way out of its mass, but a few were stuck knee-deep in what was now discovered to be adamantine. Skrevik and Ovar put their minds together and deduced that this create being native of the lower plains was sometimes used as a source of adamantine and was often sought after by greater demons to use its mass to forge their most devastating weapons.  Deciding it was not a good idea to make use of this large mass of adamantine, knowing that at some point a Balor may come looking for the creature to reclaim it, would not be good to put upon anyone whom they might sell the mass of adamantine to.

o   Backtracking, the party now found itself back in the tiled areas of the cultists lair.  Coming around a corner to sound of enemies that were ready to fight, the party now faced off against the Mutant Lord and his most devout minions. The mutant lord threatened the group stating he would make them into something wondrous after he defeated them and mutated them into his children.  The Mutant Lord himself stood around 12 feet tall and sported 4 arms and something that looked like they might be some sort of wings at some point in his miserable existence, though now they were honed into bone spurs with only one purpose, rending flesh.  Combat began slowly as the group began to fight the arachnomaws first as the arachnophages began to throw spells from the back of the room.  Making quick work of the mutant minions, the group faced off with the Mutant Lord himself now, with a flash of speed the ruler of the cult of chaos bore down on Tharock with all his might, slashing and tearing into the dwarf as if his armor and protection were not even there.  Tharock, the sturdy dwarf succumbed to his wounds and fell to the floor, nearly torn apart by the savage attack of the Mutant Lord. This only seemed to spur on the party in a coordinated effort of attacks to avenge their fallen dwarven friend. Coming together in a flurry of magic and attacks, the party defeated the enemy and his minions and turned to mourn and determine what to do about their fallen friend. 

o   After the battle the party recovered what loot they could from the throne chamber of the Mutant Lord and amongst the treasure, discovered exactly what they had come for, the ring finger of the Shattered Heart. It was then decided to return to Neverwinter and find a powerful enough priest in an attempt to bring their friend Tharock back to them.  During the journey back to Neverwinter, the party combined their wits and realized they were diseased from their exposure to such vile environs in the caverns below the Maw of Lava.  Though with a little team work the party was able to remove the effects of the disease that Tharock, Menander and Elin had contracted.

o   End session – exp gained 0.50

o   Total exp: 10.80

·         Session 25

o   Once back in Neverwinter, the party sought help at the largest temple in the city, the temple of the Rising Sun, devoted to Lathander. Some confusion was created when Ovar pulled the unconscious body of a young bar maid from his extradimensional space instead of Tharock. Both the priest of Lathander and the party questioning the motives of the old spellcaster as well as doubting that his motives were driven by truly driven by Mystra. The young barmaid was given an ample amount of gold and gladly left without a fuss.  The high priest however, was not so easily calmed. It was at this time that Menander had heard enough from this pompous priest, let him know that he would be required to do as they were asking or he would most likely come to bodily harm.  Menander’s words, so full of conviction and promise, that the priest reconsidered his moral stance and agreed to return Tharock’s soul to his body and say nothing of the misgivings of the party to anyone.

o   After Ovar’s revelation of intentions, the party thought it best to beseech the gods and try to clarify some things, to this end they decided on the temple of Mystra for the divination they sought.  At first Ovar thought to be more direct in his line of questioning and use magic with the ability to contact another plane of existence.  This option didn’t seem to fit into the needs of the party and so they ended up having a commune spell cast by the high priest of Mystra in Neverwinter, Moira Scarborough.

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Divinations - Neverwinter Temple (Mystra)

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1.      Did Mystra ask Ovar to put people in stasis?             No

2.      If No:  Did Bane?       No

3.      If No:  Did Myrkul?    No

4.      If No:  Did Cyric?       No answer

5.      Did any God make this request?         No Answer

6.      Are there any survivors of the disaster that occurred near Riatavin?             Yes

7.      Will another disaster like the one near Riativin occur within the next month?         Yes

8.      If yes, within the next two weeks? No

9.      Should we continue to try and locate the pieces of the Shattered Heart to avoid the coming calamity?        No

10.  Was Cytheria’s soul destroyed?         Yes

11.  Is Elizabeth happy?     No

12.  Should we return to the Maw of Lava to deal with the Blood of Kezith?      Yes

13.  Is there anything of great value still left in the Maw of Lava ?         No answer

14.  Should we trust General Sinclair’s leadership/guidance?      No

15.  Is Dalores still attempting to find the information I seek?     No

16.  Should we trust in Ovar?        Yes

17.  Is there a piece of Tyr located near Athkatla?            No answer

o   After the divinations were complete the party inquired about getting some help to destroy the remaining blood of Kezef in the Maw of Lava, to which Moira agreed and offered one of her battle clerics, Aarom.  Aarom journeyed with the party back to the chimney and into the depths of the Caverns of Chaos and using some purchased magic scroll and the goodness of Aarom’s will, were able to successfully cleanse the remainder of the blood of Kezef and destroy it fully.  Once this task was complete, Aarom attempted to abruptly leave the party and fell victim to the powerful magical limitations put on the place that limited the use of teleportation effects and extradimensional travel.  Not pleased that the party neglected to tell him of this detail, Aarom stormed off to make his way out of the caverns alone.  Leaving the party to explore the rest of the caverns.

o   It was not long until the party came across a guardian golem of a magma variety but were able to surpass it with minimal effort, the same went for some magma spiders that seemed to be clogging the cavern with sticky flaming webs, trivialized by the fire protections the party had put in place.

o   After some further exploring the party came across a rather poorly hidden secret passage, that lead to a small cave occupied by a Cyclops that referred to himself as Akleus the exiled, cast out and spurned by his clan because of his doubt in the rituals of the chosen taken by the strongest of his people.  He explained that these rituals and magic were done to give the chosen a greater connection to their master, Araugauthos.  He also gave reference that his exile had been some 20 years ago and that he knew not what his clan’s status was.

o   The party offered to help Akleus resolve his status of exiled and that he could still be serving his fate if he chose to work with them and he agreed to travel with them.

o   End session – exp gained 0.30

o   Total exp: 11.10

·         Session 26

o   While discussing the details of his clan, Akleus revealed that he knew of an item matching the description of the artifact they sought. He said it was possessed by a Green dragon at Lethyr’s fall in the forest of Lethyr near Thesk.  Boris warned of the evil tendencies of the people of that land and that it would be best to keep the journey brief.

o   The party then decided to explore the rest of the Maw of Lava to determine if there was anything of value.  The party ran into a Salamander Forgemaster and his two pet Thoqqua who were not immediately aggressive to the party. Some discussion of whether he could work any items or craft any thing for the party was had and he and the party went their separate ways.

o   In the northern part of the caverns the party came across a handful of magma elementals and one gargantuan elder magma elemental.  After getting a little too close and some discussion about hop territorial the elementals were, the group decided to leave this cave alone.

o   Next the group found what seemed to be a room of detritus and disposal.  A foul smoke hung in the air as the vile offal of the cultists burned in the lava in this room.  Menander decided to step in for a closer look almost immediately succumbing to the noxious particles in the air.  Taking a moment to recover, the party decided it best to not push further into this room and left it behind.

o   With no unexplored areas left in the Maw of Lava, the party made its way back out the chimney and to the edge of the forest where Ovar used his magic to transport them all to Neverwinter. After it was discovered that miraculous magic would be required to remove the disease that had affected Elin, the group once again visited Moira to remove Vile Viscera.  Menander attempted to communicate with Sinclair, only to discover that the Sending stone was now a dull grey and inert. 

o   Elin sat the party down and informed them of her decision to leave the group, causing some strife in the party. Boris lashed out at Ovar after learning that he had intentions to use his magic to put Elin into stasis. Now the party was demanding that Ovar release his captives and after spilling out a handful of humans, the party discovered that some of them had been willing and wanted nothing more than to be in stasis and asked to be put back.

o   Menander made a deal with the blacksmith to finish his book a bit faster than planned and the smith was happy to oblige.

o   Skrevik received a telepathic communication from Elkazar letting them know he had discovered much in the last few days and that he had been trying to get in touch with Elizabeth to no avail.  The party made the decision to find a way to Candlekeep and procured a teleport from an acquaintance of Moira’s for Ovar, who then teleported everyone else.

o   Elkazar had been busy, revealing that he was certain he knew of two more wormhole locations.  One in the south near the western tendril of the Underchasm though its exact location has been lost to time. One to the north near the Deep Maw at the edge of the Dragon’s Spine mountains.

§  Elkazar’s research during campaign week 14

·         Boris' uncle is looking for him to the east.

·         Skrevik has been marked by the Shadow Thieves Guild. They are seeking him in Amn.

·         Tharock has a great uncle on his father’s side, Koster Mossyrock who shared his psionic gifts and was also banished from their clan, still living today somewhere in the wilds of the Wealdath.

·         Menander - your parents’ secret is still safe

·         A found letter from Laerel to Ovar, kept in the possession of the Arunsun family for over 160 years until their line ended. Ovar was to be the teacher of the children of Blackstaff.

My friend Ovar,

Your fate is sown and I cannot reach you.  I was able to find out through divination efforts that the Ovar I knew would not return to us.  Only that you would bring the good fight to the evils that threaten the future and represent the Lady of Magic in a way that would make us all proud. I write this letter and pass it down to my children and their children in hopes to tell you that the version of you that stayed lived out his days in happiness, married a wonderful human woman named Lauren and raised her son as his own, her son even took the name Otaz when he left to live out his life away from his mother, I believe the boy and his woman were going to attempt to open an alchemy shop in Calimshan or somewhere near there where the weather was warmer. I am hesitant to tell you more as it may interfere with whatever important task Mystra has set forth before you, possibly even alter the course of time itself. So I will prattle on no longer and close with this.

May the decades of memories with stay with you. If not, know that you are loved and respected… and your company is dearly missed.  Time treat you well, Ovar.  By Mystra’s hand.

~Laerel, Khelben & Little Krehlan Arunsen

·         Sinclair was outed as a worshipper of the Triad during the declaration of the new Namarch and removed from the running.  His ability to maintain the seat of Dahaunarch is in question. The ban on open worship has been temporarily lifted, which is causing some dissension in Athkatla.  A new temple has been opened on the old site of the temple of Ilmater in the Temple district, the new temple is devoted to the worship of Shar.

·         Arnok Red and Tyrda Yellow attempted a coup driven by Ganick and Bartuc during the declaration and both Arnok and Tyrda have been stripped of title and house. Leaving both Yellow and Red in an unknown state, neither has had anyone step up to claim the house.

·         Houses Black and White are discussing with Sinclair how to proceed.  Abandonment of the houses and caste system has been considered, but there needs to be a ruling decision maker for Amn and without the houses, much will fall to ruin and chaos.

o   After some discussion, the party agreed that they should teleport to the elven city state of Evereska and make their way north to the location of the wormhole Elkazar had revealed. Due to the odd nature of their destination, the group used some careful stealth to leave the elven city without drawing too much attention to themselves.

o   While passing through the deserts of Netheril the party was confronted by a large metallic creature that called out to Ovar stating he was … ‘out of time’ and offered mercy to the rest of the group should they not interfere.

o   End session – exp gained 0.30

o   Total exp: 11.40

·         Session 27

o   The creature was intent on taking Ovar somewhere and said he could plead his case to ‘Those who would listen’ – the party was not having this creature’s insistence and lack of explanation and brought their might to bear against it.  Boris swung his magical scythe with all the strength he could muster… and the creature seemed unphased.  A moment or two of tense struggle and the creature simply planeshifted away.

o   Continuing northeast across the wastes of Netheril, the party finally came upon the northern edge of the Dragon’s Spine Mountain range and found a cave in the rock, surrounded by four spires in a similar shape as the portal they found in the mountains of Elkazar.  The party was able to detect that there was indeed a wormhole here but even though surrounded by storm and chaos, it was calmly feeding on the spellplagued soil deep within the cave.  Thinking they needed to seek more info, Boris flew Skrevik down into the cave and around 500 feet down, they found the floor of the cave, covered in a sort of living entity, dark and corrupted.  The ground and walls seemed to ooze this entity everywhere as if the spellplague had gained sentience and was now alive here.  Deciding to investigate further, Skrevik had Boris put him down.  Once touching the ground, the corruption immediately sapped Skrevik of all magic he possessed right down to his very core and slowly began to cover Skrevik from his feet up.  Acting quickly, Boris and Skrevik quickly fled the cavern and the party began to puzzle about what they should do next.

o   With Skrevik drained, the party decided they should reach out to Elkazar and ask him what to do.  Elkazar took the information they provided him and deduced that the wormhole was indeed consuming the spellplague but not working as intended.  That some sort of adverse reaction was waking the inherent magic of the spellplague itself and because of its nature it needs to consume magic.  He also suggested that activating the wormhole may make it consume the magic of spellplague faster and perhaps destroy the living magic that was now living in the cave below.  Using trial and error along with some additional information from discussions about how to activate the wormholes, the party was able to put their heads together and determined the details of how the wormholes work and the power needed to use and abuse them both from the perspective of their intended purpose, and from the unethical standpoint of using them for personal gain and reasons.

Based on knowledge checks and Elkazar’s research this is what the party knows about the wormholes

Wormhole activation

§  Rules that always apply

o   While in a wormhole or the array a character is thus affected

§  Immune to aging

§  Undetectable to anything *only exception is Ao*

§  Cannot be used as a source of energy for a wormhole

·         Neither by providing spell energy or be consumed as soul energy

§  If a wormhole reaches the ‘unstable’ state, it cannot become stable again until its consumption reaches 100% (Values of wormholes tracked by DM)

§  Wormholes that have not imploded always exist in their space, they must be connected to the array to manifest visibly

§  A wormhole cannot be manipulated or used to affect time other than the ways stated below. (Just so you guys don’t waste session time trying to be H. G. Wells)

§  Intended use (To be clear, all other uses are unintended)

o   Activating control rods must be done to attune a wormhole to connect it to the array

§  Activation is done with CHA or INT checks which can be made easier by feeding the control rods with energy immediately prior to the check(Check must be made within 7 rounds)

o   Once the control rods have been activated, the wormhole present visually and the array can be freely entered, and active connections can be seen as destinations in a series of pins points of light.

§  Currently there are 9 total points of light that can be seen while in the array

§  Concentrating on a light will use the magic of the array to transport you to the wormhole corresponding to the point concentrated on and keep that connection open for round equal to the traveler’s CON score. This cannot be closed early for any reason or by force it is a literal bridge through space and time connected by the essence of the person opening it.

§  Known alternate uses

o   Gate as source

§  Wormholes can be accessed from any active gate spell if the person activating the gate is familiar with the location of the wormhole (see familiarity rules for teleport) and succeeds on a Clvl check. The Clvl check decreases based on how familiar the person is with the location they are trying to connect their gate to. Failed Clvl check doesn’t mean the gates aren’t connected, it means the connection is unstable. (Caster knows of failure)

§  To use a wormhole as the destination from a gate, the equivalent of 7 levels of spells or spell energy equivalent (1 spell point = 2 levels of spell energy) must be fed to the wormhole for creature equivalent through the gate. (Required energy for travel doubles for each size category above medium. Smaller creatures do not cost less)

o   Gate as a destination

§  Wormholes cannot connect to a gate when the wormhole is the source unless the connection is established from the end with the gate first. This functions in the same way as using a gate as a source except that it cannot be opened from the wormhole side.

o   Teleportation/very long-distance Dimension door

§  Wormholes can be used as an interdimensional door by activating them using spellcraft.  By focusing the mind on a specific destination and using the control rods (CHA or INT check) a person can force the wormhole to use nearby energy to open planar rift. This ability is subject to DM interpretation.

§  Stepping through this rift is instantaneous for the traveler but time passes for the rest of the planer expanse/universe as if the traveler were moving in a straight line to their destination with no modifiers at a speed of 20. (Think relativity – you *are* in a wormhole after all)

§  Once open in this way, rift will stay open for 1d4 minutes

§  Known Problems

§  If adequate spell energy is not provided from the gate side, the wormhole will attempt to use any available spell energy on the wormhole side. If sufficient energy is not immediately available the wormhole will reverse polarity, enter an unstable state, and begin to feed upon any available energy nearby, including life and soul energy.  Once unstable, a wormhole feeds at a rate of 7 times its normal consumption rate.  If there is ever a lack of energy for the unstable wormhole to feed upon for more than 7 minutes, it will collapse in a cataclysmic event. Cataclysmic events can vary, dependent on the location of the wormhole, surrounding terrain and current circumstances.

§  Using wormhole to open to a destination within radius of event horizon of source wormhole (about a mile) Think two blackholes existing in competing proximity.  Bad things man… bad things.

 

o   After the magical psychic chat with Elkazar the party decided to begin doing some experiments with the control rods around the wormhole to better understand how they work.  As the party tampered and tested the control rods, a couple failures occurred, causing an expansion of energy that knocked even Boris off his feet.  The party did take note that after each failure and expansion, that there was a localized earthquake that seemed to come from directly under their feet in the caverns below the wormhole. The next expansion though seemed to keep rumbling and the party could feel something coming their way from inside the caverns.

o   With speed that a creature of its size should not have possessed, a spellplagued mutated plant that looked like it may have been a purple worm at some point erupted from the mouth of the cavern.  Sporting two extra mouths at the end of tentacles this creature resembled a thing of nightmares.  Boris spring into action and sliced a swath out of its mass. Only to get its attention and have it grab him with both of its mouth-tentacles and force him down its throat and into its stomach. The rest of the party spring into action in an attempt to save their friend, nearly getting eaten themselves in the process. But once again Tharock’s mighty dwarven waraxe found the softest of spots on the creature’s belly and laid it open with a strike so well placed it severed the stomach and Boris spilled out of its gut.

o   After the fight with the creature, the party continued their experimentation on the wormhole finally activating all of the control rods and seeing the red crackling energy of the wormhole manifest itself. The party discussed what to do and it was decided that Menander would accept magic from Ovar in case things went awry and step into the wormhole. Inside was a serenity of peace and stillness embedded in a field of unending stars, 9 of which shone differently than the others, each of the nine being clearly distinct from the others.  Taking a moment to try and apply logic to what he may be looking at, Menander was unable to determine any rhyme of reason their sequencing of the stars and instead Menander focused his thoughts on one of them. Suddenly waking as if from a daydream, Menander stood atop a mountain! Surrounded by sea in all directions, while just behind him loomed a wormhole and 4 control rods sticking out of the granite rocks.  Thinking for a moment, his knowledge of Faerun revealed to him that he was on the island of Delsemar in the far reaches of the ocean south of Calimshan.Thinking he didn’t want to be stranded there, he stepped back into the wormhole and came right back to the deserts of western Netheril where his party was.  Time passed oddly for those of the party who stepped into the wormhole but not enough for anyone to have issue with it. 

o   With Ovar and Menander tapped for resources and the group wanting to perhaps do some more experiments with the wormhole, the group decided to settle down for the night.  Partly through the night, Skrevik, bereft of his magic abilities, awoke with the worst stomach pain.  Stumbling to the edge of the camp, he vomited up the most disgusting mass of what looked like the stuff he and Boris saw in the cave under the wormhole. While concerned for Skrevik, no one expected the vomit to slowly move and then take shape. It was a clone of Skrevik himself. It looked at Skrevik and screamed in terror… and Boris cut it down. It lost all consistency and was vomit again… then.. slowly began to retake shape.  This time, the party let it come to its senses and the creature even had fur like Skrevik. It didn’t know what to do and neither did anyone else.  Skrevik asked it if it wanted to be a part of him again and it didn’t know what to say, what it Skrevik or was it something else?  Kind words prevailed as Skrevik convinced this entity to try to merge with him and through some effort of will and fortitude of stomach, it did.

o   It was decided that the party would planeshift as close as they could get to Thesk, without landing directly in an area that would put them in danger.  Targeting Telflamm the party ended up a bit off target, near the crossing of the Herald’s road in eastern Impiltur

o   End session - exp gained 0.35

o   Total exp: 11.75

·         Session 28

o   After orienting themselves to their location, the party headed east towards the sea. They didn’t go too far before a massive creature of shadow and air manifested itself out of an abandoned camp and attacked them.  After the fight with what they decided was a type of cursed spirit called an Oni, this one being of the Wind Yai variety, the party discovered the source of the curse in a magic lamp.  Boris was able to easily use his magic to separate the curse from the item and the party collected what loot they could and decided now would be a good time to go back to the Sword Coast and sell the items the y had found.  At first, the group attempted to use the bind in the astrology lab in Athkatla, also hoping to catch up with the events that had taken place there. Unfortunately, due to those same events, the bind was not available. Instead, the party teleported back to Neverwinter and split up their treasure there.

o   The party then teleported to Ovar’s bind back in Thesk and consulted with Akleus who told them about the putrid ground and how they could use the smell to track their way to Lethyr’s Fall deep in the forest where they would find Uldranix the Vile, the green dragon who supposedly had a piece of the Shattered Heart

o   As they searched the outskirts of the forest the party was once again found by the Marut that was seeking Ovar. This time the creature seemed thoroughly prepared for the party and a difficult fight ensued.  The creature had an aura of anti-magic that made it that much more difficult for them to injure this foe. It brought down Menender with a pounding of its heavy fists and turned its attention to the rest of the party. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the entire party and the effective use of resources, the party was able to make the creature panic enough to draw upon the connection between it in its place of origin through a direct conduit.

o   End session – exp gained 0.20

o   Total exp: 11.95

·         Session 29

o   Activating the conduit greatly empowered the creature giving it a great inner strength that it could not control for long. It focused on Boris and brought him down, then went after the rest of the party. Using tactics allow the party to move around enough to stay out of its effective reach until Boris could now, with the anti-magic aura gone, bring his full power to bear against the creature. As Boris cleaved the creature in two, the power inside of it seemed to pour out into a point in space directly above it, consuming its body as it dissipated and left nothing behind.

o   Doing some collaboration the party discovered that it was directly connected to its own plane of existence and empowered because of the conduit and that now defeated, Ovar should no longer be pursued by these creatures, though the party didn’t really find out why he was being pursued in the first place other than the creature’s insistence that Ovar was misplaced in time.

o   Using the memory and keen senses of Tharock, the party navigated Forest of Lethyr and found Lethyr’s Fall, completely shrouded in a masking fog that limited even the keenest sight. They had not moved around in the fog long before they were spoke to as the fog seemed to absorb into the body or a gargantuan green dragon.  The dragon questioned the party as to why they had come, not immediately attacking them. Skrevik held up one of the pieces of the Shattered Heart and said they sought a powerful artifact such as the one he was holding up. The dragon, now knowing they possessed an artifact the he would very much like to possess, attacked the party in an attempt to take it.

o   The fight with Uldranix  was brief but volatile.  The dragon’s connection to this place seemed to empower its defenses and protect the dragon in more ways than one. The dragon proved an extremely strong foe as it showed its strength in melee combat, tearing the party apart with its attacks.  Once injured, he dragon flew some distance away and then used magic to disappear.  To far for the party to recognize what magic the dragon was using, the party began to search around the area looking for an entrance to its lair.  Unsuccessful in their search, the group though perhaps the dragon has simply fled and that they would have to find its lair to discover what they came looking for when suddenly the dragon burst its head from the ground, attempting to ambush the party, having no way of knowing that Ovar’s time magic would allow the party to react so quickly.  The party was able to react before the dragon could even execute its ambush and killed their foe. With the dragon defeated, the party now sought out its hoard and as they began to search around the area… the dragon currently half in and half out of the ground, fell down into its underground lair, revealing it to the party.

o   The group now having access to Uldranix’s hoard, the party was able to recover quite a bit of loot and in that loot, found Tyr’s middle finger.

o   The party now having learned so much in their adventures, was able to reconsider some of the assumptions and dead ends they had come to in the past.  This led the party to think they should seek someone versed in cartography to help them decipher the geography of the array. With the help of a talented cartographer in Neverwinter the party connected the dots with the locations of the wormholes in Faerun and were able to accurately map out the locations of the wormhole across the land.

o   End session – exp gained 0.65

o   Total exp: 12.60

·         Session 30

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