Session 8 Recap
- Adam B. – Thedruid the Human Druid (5th)
- Adam J. – Shade the Gnome Sword Sage (5th)
- Ben – Bondar the Dwarven Cleric (3rd)
- Pete – Zartan the Human Ranger (2nd)/Rogue (2nd)
- Seth – Whisper the Human Duskblade (5th)
- NPC – Yakoff Smirnoff the Goblin manservant, Warrior (1st)/Scout (1st)
Shade does some investigation related to the birdcage symbol and the term “cagemaker” that was found in some of the goblin graffiti. He does not find out anything useful.
The Flood Festival Begins!
The crew competes in various games and competitions throughout the week. Most notably –
- Zartan wins the Archery and Hammer Toss competitions.
- Whisper wins the Obstacle Course. (“Rawr!”)
- The party defeats the Stormblades in a tug of war.
- Bondar goes all the way in the Drink Down the Flood competition and actually wins it all on the final day.
As they gather for the first Lowering Ceremony at the end of the festival they note the religious leaders and acolytes from most of the regions temples gathered on the stage. They see Jenya who seems to be looking over the top of the crowd as if looking at, or for, something coming from that direction. Forgetting he’s a gnome in a crowd that is made up of mostly humans, Shade takes a quick look over his shoulder but only sees the groin of the person behind him. He stands on his tiptoes and sees the man’s belt buckle. He considers picking the man up and throwing him up to ten feet away, but feels little inclination to make the necessary touch attack at that moment.
Back on stage, Jenya suddenly looks frantic. She runs to the side where a scribe is recording the events and grabs the pen from his hand. She quickly writes something on the corner of his ledger and then tears it out of the book. Scanning the crowd she spots our heroes and quickly starts to make her way toward them.
Latching onto one of them she pulls them toward the temple of St Cuthbert while urgently telling them she needs their help once more. As they follow they hear the mayor announce that the Lowering Ceremony has been delayed.
Once at the temple she fills them in. It would seem the head of her order, Sarcem Delasharn, has been in the capitol city of Sasserine procuring the wands of Control Water needed for the ceremony. She had been expecting him this morning but he seemed to be running late. While on stage she received a disturbing Sending from him –
“At lucky Monkey. Have eight wands. Taverns been attacked. Bandits led by barbarian apeman. Mortally wounded. Retreated to basement. They know we’re here. Send assistance.”
To which she replied –
“Sarcem? Is that you? Hang on! Conserve your resources. I’ll send out aid immediately. Send me another message when you can but until then have…”
At which point she exceeded the capacity of the spell. She offers horses, a map to the Lucky Monkey, a map of the Lucky monkey and instructs them to find Sarcem and return with him and the wands as quickly as possible.
Four hours later they arrive at the Lucky Monkey where they see obvious signs of combat. The party splits up to enter the establishment on multiple fronts. Zartan and Yakoff are the first to run into trouble behind the Inn, where they encounter a big pile of dead bodies and two raptors that seem to have a preference for fresh meat. After being mauled to within an inch of his life, Yakoff runs to find a new master to get help. In an attempt to get away from the raptors Zartan tries to enter through a back window, but finds the room within is apparently populated with aggressive poo throwing monkeys. Zartan has faced many hardships and fears little is this world, but the poo is the last straw. He quickly follows after Yakoff to the front of the building.
Whisper, Thedruid and Mittens (Thedruid’s panther) enter through a broken window in the front of the establishment and find a frat party in full swing. They crash it. Violently. The heroes reunite in the main room of the inn and a huge melee ensues. Swords are swung, spears are thrust, spells are cast and many, many, bad guys (and a few monkeys) are killed, including one that seems to be a were-baboon. In one fell swoop the first floor is cleared.
They question a captured bandit who seems reluctant to talk. Zartan goes all agro and she spills the beans. It would seem the bandits are working for a red haired human female named Triel. She hired them from the alleys of Cauldron and the surrounding environs to support Tongue Eater’s (the were-baboon) assassination of Sarcem and the theft of something important he was carrying (presumably the wands). The prisoner tells the party Triel left just after the priest was killed and does not know where she went.
On Tongue Eater’s body the party finds a strange wooden black triangle with different symbols carved on each corner, a hand gripping an eyeball, six arrows in an x shape and a wrathful demonic face. Whisper identifies the three symbols as the unholy symbols of Vecna, Hextor and Erythnul. She also knows these three cults aren’t known to cooperate with one another. She is unsure of the significance of all three being engraved on a single emblem.
The party finds Sarcem’s decapitated head in the kitchen (minus its tongue) and then investigates the basement where they find the rest of him (except for the tongue of course). A half-drow female named Shensen Tesseril is found hiding in a cold room. She is finally convinced to come out of hiding when they mention Jenya by name and slip the note with Sarcem’s Sending under the door. The party proceeds to the second floor.
End of Session 8.