Abciximab's Shackled City

Session 32.

Thirteen Cages

Session 32.

  • Adam B. – Adamo Preda the Catfolk Swashbuckler (13th)/ Rogue (3rd)
  • Adam J. – Token the Catfolk Warlock (16th)
  • Ben – Bondar Ironskull (Splintershield) the Dwarven Cleric (16th)
  • Pete – Zartan of the Smoking Eye the Human Ranger/Rogue/Fighter (16th)
  • Seth – Whisper the Human Duskblade (16th)
  • Gretchen – Human Paladin (15th)
  • NPCYakov Smirnoff the Goblin manservant (13th)
  • NPCKazmuk Splintershield the Dwarven Cohort, Favored Soul (11th)

Continuing their infiltration, the party heads down a side corridor to a large chamber filled with lava. Small islands of stone dot the huge pool of molten rock. A voice fills the chamber, “Who disturbs my slumber!”

The party spots a draconic looking head peeking out of the lava. Token is of the opinion that the creature may be immune to fire.

The creature says it knows they are not Cagewrights and asks what their business is here. The party tries to bluff the Dragon, telling it they have been sent by the Cagewrights. The Dragon laughs it off saying the Cagewrights would have contacted him were that the case.

They come clean and tell the Dragon their mission, he laughs once more and tells them it’s his understanding that they are too late, the ritual cannot be undone at this point. The party asks which way they should go. The Dragon answers “Back the way you came”.

Noting two other possible exits from the room and remaining somewhat skeptical of the Dragon, Zartan heads toward the back of the cave where a huge tapestry hangs next to one of the possible exits. At this point negotiations break down.

The Dragon rises from the lava, shaking the magma from his form like a dog shakes off water. In the melee that follows Yakov and Whisper are hit by a disintegration beam from the creature’s mouth. Though Whisper is saved by magic, Yakov is left a pile of ash. Adamo and Zartan head out to confront the Dragon to allow the rest of the team to fall back as they are currently ill prepared to face the Dragon. A restored Whisper calls out that the creature is a Pyroclastic Dragon of extraplanar origins.

As has been demonstrated many times in the past, the group knows when to fight and when to fall back and the party succeeds in a strategic withdrawal. The Dragon does not follow.

Unsure of where to go, they retreat to the room with the pipe organ. After a thorough search they find runes etched on the side of the organ that represent a complex chord. With no formal musical training, Token manages to perform an amazing feat of dexterity and strikes just the right chord. A passageway opens behind the organ revealing a shrine to Adimarchus. While the Paladin feels a strong sense of evil and sorrow, Zartan of the Smoking Eye realizes he will be granted a great boon within this chamber if he wishes it. He chooses to add to the power of one of his already magical greatswords.

Left with no other avenues the party starts to retrace their steps searching for hidden doors they may have missed. They find one in the hall just outside the organ room.

Moving on, the party encounters more of the acid demons in a torture chamber and a mage and her pet Vrock in a long hall. These creatures are all defeated.

The party estimates they have about 2 hours left to stop the opening of the gateway to the Abyss.

End of Session 32.

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