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Summary LII: Where the Fear of Enemies Puts
the Soules into a Frenzy
Thanks for the promotion, Kyle!
"Even the simplest of tasks become complicated by consistent bad rolling."
-Zack Hubert after the hapless bunny of power had successfully resisted
THIRD polymorph attempt
Will the Stone Soules ever make any progress in this place? Is
of Auguries too integral a part of our earlier success? You make
the call in...
THE STONE SOULES SUMMARY
Before beginning the adventure a long list of goals was proposed.
the minor and simple ones were achieved (albeit with great difficulty).
Eli EVENTUALLY managed to polymorph four rabbits into mules to drag
body outside to the nearby valley where we had prepared for the original
assault on the temple. There we learned one important piece of
through -Speak with Dead-: that "the treasure room" was hidden in the
dimples room. We cut off his head and took it back to the Temple
Teldral the dwarf's real name is Mordrick Ironhand. He is an immensely
strong and hardy dwarf. He also speaks Common decently well,
than we had guessed, and so understood many of our conversations about
After he consented to allowing Alegra and Alegra only to cast -Know
Alignment- on him (and promising never to reveal what she had learned),
Alegra found the result acceptable. Warwick dropped his objections
few questions under -Detect Lie- and -Detect Evil- (all done outside
non-divination zone) and Mordrick joined the party formally.
His skill in finding traps is in many cases better than Ludo's, and
such a high life total that he quickly became an invaluable member.
claims of being name-level were confirmed by the spells and by his
during the searches.
Warwick came up with a plan to get the person with the gems out in a
should we recover them. Tristan the druid would scry on Menstat,
devices that would warn him of the attempt. When he returned
Tristan would be wearing a sign asking him to teleport him back to
with the gems.
Alegra and Xavier attempted astrology readings-- the results were involving
the constellation Cornucopia and a few others. One I remember
(don't quote me on this) "The Cornucopia is unhappy."
Xavier later decided to check if our fears of a hostile force approaching
the Temple were true, and tried another series of observations.
"Hostile approach from the north. The number 4 is important."
We decided that meant that the feared Realmish shocktroopers were coming
find out why Groorg's men had suddenly deserted (upon the death of
leader). The number 4 could mean one or both of two things:
1) They will be arriving in 4 days.
2) There are 4 of them.
Another rule for the Stone Soules page:
4) 1 shocktrooper is bad. 4 shocktroopers is just ugly.
After a heated debate, we decided not to flee immediately and continue
search in the hopes of quickly finding the treasure. The problem
was, if we
left we would never have another opportunity to explore the temple
was cleared (or worse the shocktroopers freed the Dark Servant by design
Next we explored the dimple room and found a door that quickly revolved
around, 90 degrees at a time, using a VERY well-hidden latch.
Ludo were fed Lucky Days before the search which probably helped
significantly in our "success."
The first 90 degree turn put us in a small room with stuff that might
have been worth quite a lot but was now only a handful of gold pieces.
next 90 degree turn was actually into a room that spanned 180 degrees.
there are only three rooms accessible by this secret door-- the dimple
"treasure" room, and the dark room). The dark room was hideously
to any light. Candles were found to work best. Ludo and
Mordrick were able
to search for traps though they sensed hideous evil. When Warwick
and checked out the floor, he claimed to have seen a "vision" of something
and that he needed to examine it more to understand fully. Alarm
off when he strongly refused to leave the room with Ceydric.
consented under strong pressure. The feeling left him somewhat,
eventually Alegra cast a -Remove Curse- on him. So it was scary,
still appear to be no adverse effects.
Most notably in the room was a portal on the floor. When we opened
blasted out unbelievable cold damage and we quickly shut it.
various ways to explore it, involving rings of warmth, resist cold,
weather control spells, all to little effect. The problem with
temperature control was that it was a stationary field. If it
with Alegra, this whole would have been a LOT easier. The other
seemed to do very little. And regardless this cold was not quite
natural cold, because of how it chilled so evenly and to the bone.
A plan was hatched to explore it involving Alegra putting a weather
at the bottom and Ceydric flying down the tunnel and exploring while
literally his dozen aids were drained. The result was hideously
later turned out to be unfortunate...
Ceydric (with 117 hp!) flew down and, taking continuous damage, explored.
About 300 feet down, the tunnel became horizontal rather than vertical.
There was 4-way intersection. When Ceydric passed through this
spoke "Look up and see your fate." (a booming and brassy voice).
responded, "I don't think so," and took a left. Here was a trapezoidal
filled with books, armor, shields, weapons, urns, and jars.
Going to the right at the intersection, Ceydric saw a hexagonal room
few bushes, growing what appeared to be fruit. Bizarrely, the
appeared normal while the bushes had a crystalline structure.
began light in color at the top and darker until they matched the obsidian
floor at the bottom. Racing against time, Ceydric went into the
an octagonal room with 7 panels and designs.
He made it upstairs just barely alive due to the long flight back up.
valiant Ceydric had done a costly reconnaissance, losing one of his
fingers to frostbite.
We decided that it was simply too costly to make these runs. It
becoming likely that the gems were hidden down there. We began
for a safer way down, either by "shutting off" the cold or finding
robe of warmth or something.
There were also two secret doors leading to an area in back of the altar
room. The total findings in the rooms were 7 dark robes, 2 iron
(magical-needed knock to open them), and 37 large balls of incense
Eli had been doing a lot of numerology with the number 333, and had
with several pyramid formations. In addition, the number 333
is 3x3x37-- an
interesting and useful tidbit.
The robes have been tried on by Theo (the guinea pig), Ceydric, Rangorn,
Raven, and Warwick. They did indeed block the cold completely,
senstation of accompanying warmth. Weird.
Past the cloak rooms were two vestries, where the dark priests adorned
themselves before performing black rites. There was a large tan
one of them, which attacked Ludo and Mordrick intially, then stopped
just sank down. Eli cast multiple attack spells at it, including
missile, LIMM, and Wall of Ice. No effect noted. It never
though, and Ludo and Mordrick did a search. That was where we
found 5 jet
black spheres (magical).
The first group down into the cold pit was Ceydric, Rangorn, Raven,
Theo. Only Ceydric carried his sword, as the robes tend to make
and combat awkward. You cannot fire a bow in them. You
anything except in your hands, and they have only two small eyeslits,
fairly large breathing hole, and a pointed top.
We all heard the voice as we passed, and understandably none of us dared
look up. We turned left and tried to simply collect stuff from
without looking closely at it. Unfortunately as Raven touched
book to knock it into the sack, a shadowy beast rose out of it.
to run, but it was nearly as fast as us. It became clear we could
make it up the ladder in time, and Ceydric turned to fight it.
On its first
hit it tore open gaping holes in the robes and cold rushed in. Ceydric
ignored it and fought it off, and it finally retreated from damage.
did his best to cover up the holes, buying enough time to lower a new
to him. After this we decided to have all the spare robes in
a pile at the
base of the ladder.
Rangorn stayed up the second trip, and the three armed themselves with
weapons. The ethereal being reappeared when Raven touched the
It is outer-planar; Theo's sword really trashed it. Unfortunately
cloak was shredded in the encounter and Raven's was torn partially.
nearly died trying to get another one on before the cold finished him.
Theo returned upstairs, and Ceydricchecked out the stuff in the trapezoidal
room while Raven searched the walls for secret doors. It was
Ceydric quickly realized, though he sent one shield up just in case
an illusion. Sahrak's -Detect Illusion- indicated it was not.
was a decoy of some kind. Of course we haven't checked all the
there. In addition, Ceydric sent up an urn which has still remained
unopened thus far.
Ceydric next examined the bushes and made a count of the number of fruits.
The total number was 166, 1 less than half of 333. In addition
grouped by numbers like 37 and 3 and 9 (Ceydric made an exact count--
forgot the exact stats).
On the next trip Ceydric and Rangorn went down. Rangorn searched
rooms for secret doors. He found none in the first two.
As soon as he
touched the wall physically in the third (octogonal room with 7 panels)
floor glowed and a ring of purple appeared of about 20' diameter.
and Ceydric dashed out of the room and stood near the doorway, but
later the light just disappeared. Rangorn was feeling in a experimental
mood and touched the next panel (they rotate long and short sides).
same thing happened.
One of the iron boxes was opened upstairs, revealing a wand (magical).
Finally there seemed no option but to check out the fruit. Ceydric
Warwick went down (Warwick seemed fine) and approached one of the bushes.
There were three types of fruit. Ceydric touched one of the "green
with one finger. No effect. Two. No effect.
He put his whole hand around it.
...For a moment Ceydric gained the wisdom of the gods, the cleverness
and then fell unconscious in Warwick's arms. Ceydric had sustained
damage, which will take days to recover through normal healing only,
now operating at only half-strength. When Ceydric explained what
happened to Warwick, his response was, "I wanna try some of that!"
We are struck by the seven robes, and seven panels coincidence. Some
have theorized that the seven high priests could invoke dark rituals
all touched the panels at the same moment. Another theory is
that the seven
panels were a safeguard against any single priest stealing the gems,
that if we touched all walls at the same time the ring would encase
gems. This is of course hideously risky to test.
Most of us agree that the voice at the four-way is in fact the Dark
None of us dare look up-- things will be "not happy."
Another theory on the gem location is that the bushes are not in fact
gems but have grown out of them and that the gems are actually buried
underneath the bush. Unfortunately the robes only fit people
above 5'6" or
so safely, so we've been hesistant to bring Eli, Sahrak, Ludo, or Mordrick
down. Furthermore Alegra, Xavier, Star, and Tristan all fear
upon touching the robes-- certainly justified. So if we still
had all seven
robes intact we could try to have Rangorn, Raven, Deirdre, Ceydric,
Warwick, and a seventh person all touch the walls and see what happened.
the other hand if one person can touch more than one panel (ie. at
then only four people would be necessary. We still have 4 fully
robes and one robe that is ok for awhile. Eli tried to -Repair-
one of the
really damaged ones, and it began to work, then abruptly unraveled
What should we do next? We have one more day to leave safely before
expect the Shocktroopers.
End of log.
Out of character: We quit at 4 AM frustrated and worried. The
party is now
debating what to do. Everything seems to lead to some reward,
hideous risk for the risk-taker. Zack is understandably unwilling
Ceydric continue being the guinea pig, and most of the other people
continue, but not do the risky stuff. We can stop now and be
a modest haul, and the success of killing Groorg and retrieving the
key without any loss of life.
But this is our best chance to recover a huge treasure. And there
some places left that have not been tinkered with, though we think
mapped the floor out fully. Groorg told us (when dead) that his
were struck dead upon touching things in the altar room. So this seems
unwise. Then there is the six sarcophogi room (six sarcophogi
and one more
in another room, 7 coffins-- supports our suspicion about the 7 wall
panels). And finally the cistern with the tentacle thing.
Sorry about the huge length of this summary, but we are really up against
the wall here and I thought detail was very important for those observing.
Kyle is not alone in being frustrated-- we are all still in debate.
Thus ends Episode 2 of the Stone Soules, "The Stone Soules vs. the Dark
Servant." Watch them defy death and danger with reckless abandon
in Episode 3!
Joel D. Green
"Life is full of little surprises."
Summary LIII: More of the Stone Soules vs.
the Dark Servant
Before this, his result was "The Four Brothers approach the sign of
Hawk." The Four Brothers is a meteor shower and the Hawk a constellation.
At that moment the Bird Man Tchoh-Meh was approaching to talk to us
asking them to do a third-party Know Alignment.
The hostile nature of the four brothers was emphasized by the astrology
readings. The fact that this was "unhappy" for our fate in the
relates that obviously our chances of reaping the cornucopia of wealth
small at this point and that the FB might be making it smaller....
The box which contained the wand was found in the Trapezoidal Room,
item of apparent value in it. The wand was made of Crystal and
Oh yes, and I forgot to mention in the summary that Mordrick had originally
requested for a third party to cast -Know Alignment- not trusting us
yet. We sent the -Runner- requesting the aaracokra to send someone
it. Tchoh-Meh informed us that none of them were capable of casting
Totally unrelated, but Ludo found a very weird feather somewhere in
temple when he was searching it. He was going to show it to Eli and
but I never got around to it.
We don't know exactly what the gems look like. The accounts of
"mined from the darkest depths" or something like that is all we have
on. The fact that they were mined indicates they really are literal
The reason Ceydric touched the fruit was in the hope that they were
gems. When it backfired, we decided that the fruit was NOT the
they are we might as well go home, as we can't afford to get more people
mentally blasted. Nevertheless some people suggested that the
grew from the gems hidden underneath. Rangorn and Eli have not
the floors there. Unfortunately Ludo and Mordrick cannot safely
there and help, as they would have a much better chance.
Certainly the 166 fruits is suspicious, although it may have nothing
with the gems-- rather with some other aspect of the Temple.
tree was not touched either, only one apple. One further idea
was to "pick"
the fruit in the big horn or perhaps one of the smaller horns.
the mistakes with the iron boxes, by the way...
Summary LIV: The Temple's Beautifully Rendered
All figures are 10 feet tall. They surround a 10' square column
The Black Idol: Southern Side; Jet Black
This figure is wearing armor made of fluted, runneled, and winged
The mail is made of downwards pointing triangles. Some sort of
over the shoulders with scalloped edges near the knees. It holds
wavy-bladed two-handed sword. The helmet has no openings, and
it covered with
strange projections and spiny ridges, much like the armor.
The Green Idol: Eastern Side; Deep Dark Green
This figure has a broad chest and wide shoulders. It wears
cloak that has sleeves that hang over the hands. A high collar
cheek to cheek, and a tight cap is on its head. The figure is
wearing a mask
of an old man. A staff leans against the right shoulder, lightly
The Red Idol: Northern Side; Dark, Intense Carmine
This figure wears high boots, hose, a doublet-like garment, and
gauntlets. These look strangely familiar, but are clearly of
some foreign or
ancient style. The figure wears a long hood, drawn tightly around
face. The figure holds an axe with the blade on the ground and
resting on its handle. The axe has a short handle, but the blade
is long and
has many angles and an end spike that rests on the floor.
The Blue Idol: Western Side; Deep Indigo
This figure wears a garment with many pleats. It wears
with strange runes upon it. A broad cowl largely hides a blank
where a face should be. The arms are held so the hands meet at
of the chest (with elbows out to each side). The arms and hands
hidden by the robe, but must be holding the strangely convoluted and
Disturbingly, I have this level of detail on almost anything in the
you choose to examine in detail...
The Upside Down Pyramids in the octagonal room are two stepped affairs,
a pair of trapezoids stacked atop each other. Only the outline
separation of the two levels, as the entire thing is nothing put a
silhouette. The bottom of the shape (top of the pyramid) is flattened
Summary LV: The Stone Soules Deal a Blow to
the Forces of Evil... and Make Out Like Bandits
Stone Soules 1, Tram/DS/Evil Baddies 0.
This was the big one folks! We accomplished all our objectives!
create the short summary followed by a longer one for those hungry
For those who are eager for quick and not detailed:
THE STONE SOULES SHORT SUMMARY
Find the Path failed utterly (tiny chance of success). So we went
contingency plan of looking up with Protection from Possession.
looked up and read something like: to the left are the unfit,
to the right
the fit, to the center the chosen. That was a very rough translation--
it's fortunately academic now. Ask Sean for details.
Those I find unfit I place to my left.
Those I find fit, I place to my right.
The chosen may proceed forward.
While still under Prot. from Poss. Raven tried a dull purple fruit (picked
it off with his sword). He swelled to huge size and was indestructible
a brief moment, then returned to normal (made System Shock at 1/2 chance),
or almost. Raven had gained a point of Constitution permanently!
(and 6 hp
to boot!). We now suspect that when Ceydric recovers from the
he will gain a point of wisdom.
This next stuff was in several attempts:
Next we touched the seven walls with four people. The center of
became purple. We blew the horn (type 5 abjuration) and it made
wailing noise, but a pillar of initally purple and later black rose
of the center until it touched the ceiling. A stairwell of purple
appeared around it. The stairs were surrounded by a gray swirly
thing which turned out to be an EVEN COLDER wall of force. The
for us when certain incense was lit and a religious pattern was followed
(Rangorn and thus I was out of the room for this detail, so sorry about
being unclear). The problem was that we had a limited number
of sticks to
burn. Ceydric and Raven went down (with some other members) as
the ones who passed the "test" of the fruit and were the "chosen" in
opinion. They went down the stairs for an indeterminate period
(stairs became black as they went down). The found a room below
with a huge
slab (about 12 feet long) and a 4 foot high box with two upside down
insignias on it. The box was leaning against the 12 foot long
the slab was an indistinct blackness. Ceydric looked in and quickly
determined that we had found the Dark Servant.
Ceydric and Raven had gained knowledge (mysteriously) of the name of
place and the Dark Servant. Having passed everything else we
confounded-- we tried to open the box as Ceydric fervently insisted
would be very close to the DS. But nothing would open it.
In the meantime Rangorn and Mordrick found the dwarven heirloom axe--
(spectacular die rolls by Rangorn) in less than 15 minutes. We
the altar room for any pyramid shaped key or something. Eli and
cast spells on the runes on the top of the Temple and the belt of the
statue-- the runes were curses against everyone who brought light,
knowledge, etc. The belt told nothing relevant.
There was only enough incense left for one more go, so we went with
stupid. Rangorn, Raven, Deirdre and Star went down the stairs
time. We tried -Knock- spelling the box, but it reflected the
at Deirdre. We then had a big argument about whether to speak
the name of
the DS or blow the horn as a last resort. Speaking the name had
effect but to make it stir slightly. We stopped. Another
ensued. Deirdre eventually decided to try chanting the name repeatedly.
Alas, Deirdre was annihilated and became Temple building material (by
way all 3rd and 4th level clerical spells vanished when Alegra descended
stairs-- and Eli started forgetting spells-- so they didn't go along
We had little choice but to try the horn, though Rangorn thought it
to our demise. The blowing of the horn opened a secret door,
everyone off their feet.
In tragic irony, only Rangorn failed his save and ripped open his robe.
the intense cold he was finished in moments. Raven and Star pressed
through the secret door and found a pyramid-shaped key and more incense--
subtle (sarcasm). He inserted it into the box and it opened revealing
and a box. He took both and Rangorn's body and they raced up
just before time ran out on the incense. But he brought the extra
there was plenty of time to retrieve other things. Fortunately
poison trap (40 needles-- would have stunk) on the box was accidentally
tripped by the bag bumping over the side. We opened the box and
THE 333 GEMS!!!!!!!!!! Around three gross was a quick estimate.
The bag held...
THE BOOK!!!!! The one the sage wanted to knock out Tellah!
We split into two groups-- one to hustle the gems back at high speed
(Warwick, Tristan, Mordrick, Alegra, Ludo, Eli, and the late Rangorn's
and the other to stay and deal with the shocktroopers. The group
the gems survived intact after a nasty encounter with a nutso priest
showed up and started hurling spells at us on the first night).
him and found a type 3 dagger, type 2 ring, and type 1 invisible item
(conjuration) which we guess was his holy symbol since none was visible
him. Eli thinks it was a priest of Kord.
The party back at the Temple fended off the questions of a Realmish
showed up, and then Realmish soldiers-- and returned the two Realmish
prisoners in good condition to the monk. The Realm eventually
we were forgiven for Groorg's troops betrayal (50 of them turned and
many Realmish soldiers).
Rangorn was raised successfully and the gems were teleported back via
Menstat and are being held by Gring. Our arrival at the dwarven
kept secret and our official "arrival" will be when the party heads
together. Finally, the party (except Rangorn who will be fine
next see him at the dwarves') regrouped and informed the Realmish that
would be leaving. We did.
Out of character: despite Rangorn's temporary death, I was thrilled
to be a
part of the most successful adventure in Stone Soules' History!
And that was the hideously nerve-racking but disgustingly successful
conclusion to the epic quest.
I forgot to mention that while the other party remained at the temple,
destroyed the horn and incense and threw the remains into the cold.
place is pretty well sealed and the Dark Servant will remain at rest
P.S. I'll get the full details out tomorrow. Getting late
and all that.
Next week will be a few fun details... YES!!!!!!!!!!
To answer some Warwick's questions: the horn is necessary to open the
stairwell down to the DS, and was left down in the stairwell and shut
So unless another one is created (from scratch) it is inaccessible.
robes were easily destroyed (most unintentionally) as was the incense
(burned). The DS is inaccessible, but it is still possible with
of -Aid- spells to reach the tree and quickly pick it (though a system
roll at 1/2 penalty is required). Feel free- I wouldn't do it...
Menstat was contacted on Tristan's sixth scrying attempt and Tristan
the sign Warwick had prepared (in the dwarven vale by this time).
meantime Rangorn was raised. The next evening, Warwick surprised
out of the suddenly appearing Menstat, who talked to everyone for a
minutes. We handed him the gems to give to Gring and a message
for (how do
you spell it) Aura-Maxis that we had found the sage's book to theoretically
There is still a decent quantity of treasure in four chests hidden in
secret cache in the nearby valley. I believe we have decided
to take it
with us. We are about to depart the valley but have not yet done
Warwick is still with us, by the way (the whole group returned and
reunited, excepting the recovering Rangorn). We have done little
items through even Detect Magic thus far-- most of it will be resolved
Cromwell, I believe.
Moving at 12" the reduced party managed to cover the distance from the
Temple to the dwarves in 5 days, so at the expected 6" it should be
considerably longer, and weather may be a problem as it is late in
(but not disastrously slow).
One other note: excepting the travel time with the gems, the point from
where we left off last week to the recovery of the gems took only a
amount over a single spell shift (evening of the same day).
Our official "arrival" back at the dwarven valley will be our next arrival,
hopefully to great fanfare.
One final note: If there were any doubts about Mordrick, leave them
The first guard that saw us approach the dwarven settlement laid his
down honorably in front of Mordrick.
Summary LVI: The Stone Soules vs. the Dark
Servant-- The Final Chapter
Ok here goes:
We tried the proposed -Find the Path- scroll and it failed-- it turned
to be nearly impossible for it to work.
Xavier -Aid-ed himself and touched the robe, then put it on. Nothing
the ordinary happened and the robes were deemed safe for clerics as
With Star helping mentally, Raven looked up at the runes and got the
about the three rooms. Hoping that maybe picking a fruit with
non-personal aura object like a sword would prevent the damage, Rangorn
swung at the branch with his knife.
Out of character: the first of a thrilling series of rolls by your truly.
Edwin said: don't roll a one-- and I did.
Luckily he just dropped the knife, and swung again-- this time the knife
came away notched but the branch was unharmed. Next he swung
magical bastard sword at it-- it was unharmed, but so was the bastard
Raven then tried to pry the fruit off with two swords doing a scissor-like
thing-- the normal system shock roll was the result. Oh well--
a point of Constitution out of it!
Next Rangorn searched the floor near the bush for secret panels- nope.
I'm not sure exactly when this spell shift happened-- somewhere in the
middle of the following trips downstairs. I'll just quickly note
of the spell shift:
1) Rangorn made two spectacular rolls and discovered the dwarven heirloom
15 minutes in the hands of the dead ogre in one of the rooms.
Mordrick were not attacked by will o'wisps or anything like that.
2) Most party members were healed.
3) Rangorn went with a -Fly- spell on into the altar room. He
but did not touch anything, and found nothing of interest. It
was a very
Meanwhile exploration of the icy area continued:
Star explored the ceiling area of the octagonal room (with the panels)--
Theo, Rangorn, Raven, and Deirdre each touched two panels (except Theo)
the center of the room became purple. Deirdre blew the horn.
appeared to bubble up and then form the top of a purple column that
rising toward the ceiling. Slowly the outside purple part faded
transparency and a smaller inner black column became visible.
stopped blowing when it reached the halfway point, but it kept rising
anyway, until it touched the ceiling soundlessly and stopped.
There was a swirling black mist where the outline of purple was.
the purple and black pillar was a spiral staircase leading down.
put a hand close to the mist and got cold burns THROUGH THE ROBE.
swung a bag at it and the bag bounced off it like a physical wall,
bottom of the bag was rimmed with frost. However, using a process
was unfortunately not present for (details from Zack, Sean, and Jack)
involving the thuribles and incense sticks and various other unholy
passage opened in the mist.
The path would only remain open as long as the incense at the top burned
(despite the cold), so there was some kind of time limit. A lot
items burned much longer than we would have expected (magical properties).
Finally, the whole staircase was closed everytime we came down, so
apparently it would go down on its own after a certain amount of time.
As soon as the party of four entered the stairs they noticed a disorienting
effect about the amount of time spent on the stairs as wound down deeper.
Soon afterwards all 3rd and 4th level spells of Alegra were inaccessible
were close). Furthermore, the cold was MUCH more intense than
thuribles and incense was necessary to keep things warm so they didn't
damage the wielder. Still the thuribles were still burning when
reached the bottom-- a huge room with a stone slab about 12 feet by
Above the stone slab was the Dark Servant, sleeping. We wisely
did not try
to join him there.
Next to the slab was a smaller box, with two prism shaped holes on the
sides. It was immovable, as were the incense holders and candelabra
room. Ceydric lost most of his vision (temporarily) from looking
Dark Servant for two long and thus did not go down on the final trip.
was actually affected mentally and became depressed for awhile, obsessed
with thoughts of freeing the Dark Servant. He wisely abstained.
The final part of the ceremony was still a mystery. We sent down
Rangorn, Deirdre and Star to try to figure it out (Ceydric couldn't
had forgotten a 3rd level spell upon coming up the stairwell again,
other abilities, Rangorn could search for secret doors and panels,
was that kind of woman and had -Knock- in memory, Warwick was nervous
some recurrence of his near curse, Tristan was not going no matter
Raven had consumed a lucky day.
Deirdre cast -Knock- on the box near the slab, which reflected it back
her. (No really harmful affect, just weird) Raven then
tried calling out
the name of the Dark Servant once-- it stirred. We stopped abruptly.
Apparently it could be woken up, just not freed. He tried saying
of the place. No effect. A big argument ensued, and time
was running out,
so Deirdre took charge. She tried to chant the name of the Dark
repeatedly. This was disastrous-- Deirdre was blasted into nothingness,
was her equipment (including a ring+1, and ioun stone). It was
Star, Raven, and Rangorn argued. Raven and Star outvoted the (admittedly
terrified) Rangorn and decided to blow the horn. The ground shook--
throws all around. Rangorn with his usual luck failed miserably,
fortunately Raven and Star were fine. Rangorn's robe tore open
and he tried
to hold it shut. He made a break for the stairs, and it shredded
completely, killing him before he had gone 20 feet.
But a secret door had opened in the wall. Raven and Star ventured
and found some containers. He said the Dark Servant's name once,
opened. He found more incense, thuribles, everything they would
need for a
return trip, and 2 PYRAMID SHAPED things. Raven stuck them into
and the box opened, revealing a bag and a box which matched the description
we had received. Raven and Star took Rangorn's body and the box
upstairs. Fortunately the deadly 40 poison needle trap was accidently
off during the trip up when the bag bumped once, spilling out the needles.
It could have been MUCH worse.
We opened the box and bag up, and found "about 3 gross" gems (we assume
and a book-- hopefully we can annihilate Tellah now.
We tried for speed and sent the gems (in Eli's belt) along with an AWAY
of Warwick, Tristan, Eli, Alegra, Ludo, Mordrick, 2 mules, and Rangorn's
body. They got to the dwarven settlement in five days, and managed
their arrival quiet, though all doubts about Mordrick were erased by
hero's welcome he received. We retired to the vale where we had
those weeks previously and contacted Menstat on Tristan's sixth scrying
Meanwhile, the party back at the Temple (Theo, Ceydric, Raven, Xavier,
Star, and Sahrak) was met by two Realmish shocktroopers, one of them
a monk. They were saved serious trouble by the recovery of the
Realmish prisoners, who smoothed over communications. Eventually
told to move along, as the place was deemed dangerous. Hah!
They moved to the hidden vale were the cache of stuff was, and six days
later the others returned. Our next actions are to return to
settlement, probably with the cache of stuff.
1) Playing with hideous trapped evils is unwise.
2) Shocktroopers don't have much personality.
3) "We're not in this for money. We're in it for a *&$@load
Party confidence is "just chill."
Summary LVII: Beyond the Dark Servant
Memorial service held for Deirdre
Party/Funeral/Party at Dwarves
Ruben's Runner to Shocktrooper informing him of sack of Temple
and that they should not
disturb sleeping evils
Lots of purchases and trading at Dwarves
Alegra, Star, Eli, Theo, Warwick, Tristan, Raven leave for Cromwell
They encounter a furred snake
There is a dual wyvern attack.
We track to a lair and find
some stuff and capture 3 wyvern
Out of the mountains:
Fight: 12 zombies, 5 wights,
1 spectre, 10 ghouls
Raven is permanently level
drained but gains back the level
through later training (he
lost almost all of the adventure
experience as a result)
Letters were sent to Faranyn,
etc. from Hook Hill
Hochoch-- High Holy Day,
etc. (Warwick becomes a Phaulkonian!)
On to Academy
The Rest: Wait for Spring, get armor and weapons made.
In creepy forest:
attacked by 4 wights.
The party rejoins at the Academy. Eli has paid to be teleported
the School of Wizardry.
Magic items are selected. (Loot at wyvern lair and Groorg's potions
couple of choices. Final selections to be posted later.)
Total take: 50% of 2.089 Million.
Almost all of Groorg's treasure was given to the Dwarves.
That's all folks!~
Summary LVIII: Return of the Stone Soules
In the aftermath of "that Dark Servant thing," the Stone Soules begin
downtime... (triumphant music)
Many trades were made in Cromwell, and by Eli at the School of Wizardry,
including the necessary teleport-damping devices and Protection from
scroll in preparation for the upcoming assault on the deathstealers.
Eli waited and the School of Wizardry while the party continued to
Petethal. At Teft, Sahrak left to train, Xavier trained locally,
was contacted. Lorm agreed to join the Stone Soules in the attack
deathstealers, with all the protection he could amass. He also
Serin, his henchman mage (and an arsenal of items). In addition,
picked up two henchman-- a cavalier of House Maxwell, and a fighter/mage--
as yet unnamed.
Still traveling as rather qualified caravan guards, the party traveled
Sark, where Raven assumed his true form as an elf again through the
Kilroy's item. He is ecstatic about the change!
There was a kicking New Years Party (1000 gp +).
The party traveled to Dunthrane City, where Ceydric picked up a legion
followers (12 light cavalry). We returned to Middle, and Rangorn
to End to train, as well as pick up a quality bow from the elves.
rejoined us in Middle.
Our trip was a mere 2 1/2 years long! Admittedly the gem affair
than a year-- but the downtime was incredibly long!
The henchmen welcomed us back. Raven's henchman Runt had just
from patrols around Middle with Cassana. After months of uneventful
patrols, the entire group was scattered when it encountered two scouting
fire giants. Fortunately no one was killed. Faranyn suited
up and rode
out to kill the giants, who covered their tracks and escaped.
The adventuring group to take out the deathstealers was necessarily
to deal with the limited range of the protection scrolls and the mind
effects of the deathstealers and their undead servants. The party
Lorm, Serin, Xavier, Eli, Alegra, Star, Raven, Rangorn, Theo, Ceydric,
The party camped inside the Castle, and met with the Grimm-- we suspected
that he might oppose our attempt. The Grimm was willing to help
though his power is restricted during daylight so it would have to
Our preparations are ready; tonight we strike!
Out of character: We'll be discussing the plan elements over the
Any observers are welcome to input suggestions!
Eli also picked up a cool familiar named Ecco!
Alegra also had made "Devilstriker," a Crossbow of Speed, that does
a lot of
damage to Devils
Summary LIX: What Is Known About the Deathstealers
It is clear from divinations and communes that the supernatural LE force
in charge in that part of the castle. Specifically, according
to the Grim,
that is the Citadel, which Beck had previously told us was separate
other sections of the Castle Bah Nareth.
Divination: Creatures there are vastly powerful (compared to Letier).
rich treasure in the area...Forces of LE, vastly dominant, chances
disturbing are moderate to high.
Any earlier reference by the Sphinx places possibilities of Ghouls very
high. Specifically, he never mentioned the DeathStealers.
Auguries: Go through the bronze doors/portcullis into the Citadel?
was right after fighting the Great Ones and the next day when we were
to healed, but without any knowledge of what lay beyond) (The Grim
entrance into the Citadel had specific magical defenses, which is part
the whole trapping of the DeathStealers. They cannot go through
any door on
their own, but can go out an open door.)
"Much grief would result." "Many would be mourned."
At bronze doors in former mite lair: "Unexpected consequences
result." (Before going in to mite lair: "Limited efforts
acceptable goals." Going further would require going through
doors and so would have been bad)
Divination (Alegra) "Forces of Dispater (major archdevil of the
his true name) have been left beyond the reach of otherworldly forces.
Mandrid once held sway here. There is an overwhelming chance
the mild ire of many deities of good. There is a tiny chance of enraging
forces of LE." (probably by killing or banishing the DeathStealers)
Augury: go through bronze door on roof. "[No benefit] by
LE force: Older records from this area deal with Adv. Reserve
came to fight the Behir. Traded info to sage at that
time in exchange for
Behir info. DeathStealers present. Able to yank a soul
out of a body, use
the death in it to kill another person, and inhabit the body with a
evil spirit. They were intentionally summoned to deal with the
creatures that killed most of the city by the Council. Imprisoned
due to contract and there are probably 3 though this is not known exactly.
This was gained by legend lores, but most Adv Reserve parties only
attention to the Behir.
SMART didn't mess with the LE.
Fabias told us: There are records of one being fought in which
75% of the
party was killed but it was defeated. Normally, when they are
weak, they travel out from their home planes to devour people.
armies of ghouls or ghasts. They regenerate quickly. They
(As previously described) at a distance. Touch abilities include
drain, hit point drain, power drain (spell-casting power, which can
against you). All four abilities-- only one can be selected per
with a 1 minute recovery period. They paralyze within a large
are difficult to hit (very) and usually have vassals on the lower planes.
They are major devils. Prot. fr. evil does not work against them.
Paralyzation protection does work against them.
Lorm: No vassals present. No undead wraith or higher in
level. They are
Astrology fr. Xavier: "You have both under and over estimated
opponents. The Forces of Law will unexpectedly balance against
This was interpreted to mean the Grim, since he resides in a Korian
though the divination on him away from the Chapel reveals Neutral Good.
This could also mean the DeathStealers, based on some unforeseen power....
Other info from Grim: His powers are better at night. May
not leave chapel
(in castle) during the day. DS must not open a door themselves
defenses of the Citadel are probably activating preventing entry.
not attack a member of the Council, but that is irrelevant now, he
He was sent here a thousand years ago to watch the evils in Tan-El.
Removing the DS would not significantly change the requirement for
remain here (there are sufficient other evils to keep an eye on).
plan were not folly, and accomplished at night he would help us in
small way (probably healing, we guess).
We have _blowtorched_ one the portcullises now. We will soon be
forcing the door.
Prot. fr. Devils scroll (10 minutes)
Prot. fr. Paralyzation scroll (20 minutes) X 2
Prot. fr. Magic Scroll (10 minutes?)
Teleport Dampers (10 minutes) X 5
Current plan: Open doors, insect plague. Wander in, use
artifact to find
LE forces. Kill undead, find the DS. Use Prot fr. Devils
the DS if possible. Fight if not. Use Prot. fr. Paral.
and for DS. Prot. fr. Magic only as an escape route (no magic
can pass in
either direction). Teleport dampers throughout.
Lorm also wants to plane shift and follow them to their home plane if
Summary LX: A Middle "Faranyn-Fest"
Catching up on some Sir Faranyn, Middle chronology from 2179, we had
interesting mini-adventure the other day. I won't elaborate much
on the events.
Murder Mystery, Middle:
A man-at-arms in the keep was killed one morning. He had been
by a furry creature. A wood-carrier and an assistant cook were
and lots of other info. was put together. A lycanthrope was suspected
could not be proved. (Retrospect provided the answer).
A later event at a shanty-town north of town, where workers were building
confirmed the lycanthrope theory. Several folks were killed when
black wolf attacked. Following tracks, we found that they circled
back to the shanty town.
Later, at the shanty town, the wood-man's wife was killed and Sir Ceydric
chased down the werewolf. He easily killed it and the incident
was wrapped up.
Outside a seedy bar in town, a brawl had broken out between a Skullbreaker
Hobgoblin and a Fleshrender half-orc half-hobgoblin. The Skullbreaker
human mercenary friend were trying to kill the Fleshrender. There
others involved in a fist-fight as well. When Theo attempted
to break it
up, the two hobgoblins and the human tried to attack him as well.
knocked them flat with his fists and had them arrested. Later,
was charged with assault (he hadn't actually struck Theo) but the two
hobgoblins were charged with attempted murder of a governmental official
(acting commander Theo) (the Skullbreaker had slashed Theo with his
and the Fleshrender had tried to hit him with his broadsword).
punishment is hanging. The human was sentenced to the minimum
30 days in jail.
While awaiting to be hanged, despite a letter of protest from the
Skullbreakers, they were still scheduled to be hanged. During
the night 6
days before the event, the Skullbreaker strangled the Fleshrender through
the bars of his cell with his bootlaces. The Fleshrender was
dead and the
Skullbreaker was immediately hanged.
So, that still only puts us caught up to about April 2179...
Kyle //Faranyn (top)
Summary LXI: Versus the Deathstealers:
The results are in...
Stone Soules 3 Deathstealers 0
There was also an early development during Sahrak's return trip-- his
caravan was attacked by a dozen gnolls. The dozen guards fought
only one guard was killed permanently, but so was the owner merchant.
Oops. And there weren't enough animals left to pull the caravan
the nearest town, so it was certainly a pyrrhic victory. But
and his new henchman survived.
When we last left our heroes, the Stone Soules were preparing to assault
This is an abbreviated list in order of all preparations we did-
1 rope golem- cast to distract the deathstealer
2 'lucky day' candies and magical insense
3 Endure Heat cast on everyone by Lorm from scroll- purpose- so
that the party can withstand a Fireball should we need to use one in
close quarters to destroy undead.
4 Prot. from Evil 10'rad cast to keep DS and lesser undead at bay
after opening the door
5 Find Traps cast to detect traps
6 Dispel magic - cast by Eli (rather skillfully)
the magical door trap was removed- Mordrick made his remove traps for
The door was opened- it was determined that the DS were not immediately
teleportation damper was thrown down.
7 Implores - cast by Alegra and Xavier- both failed
8 Lorm cast Insect Plague to kill lesser undead
9 Lorm cast Implore to summon a Deva
The Grimm joined the party - adding its Prot. abilities as well.
Here is a summary of the battle:
In preparation, Lorm created a rope golem, and all three clerics (Xavier,
Alegra, and Lorm) took Lucky Days, and used the incense that maximizes
spell power, which worked for both Alegra and Lorm successfully.
_Insect Plague_ smashed up most of the ghouls on the first six levels
(there were 9 floors total). One deva was successfully summoned
From the door we defeated the first deathstealer with a single
as well as a whole group of undead. Fighting through hordes of
_Wall of Fire_, quadruple turning and destroying ability, a deva in
front, the double wands of fire and lightning, and the multiple _Protection
from Evil_ spells, we reached the middle levels and abjured the second
The charge continued. Over two hundred ghouls, ghasts, and shadows
destroyed in the vicious fighting. The third deathstealer decided
confrontation would not be a wise thing considering the banishing of
companions, and attempted to evade the party, which grew increasingly
desperate as the Protection from Devils scroll began to run low.
scroll lasted almost double its expected duration, thanks in part to
Lucky Day (these were a REALLY good move). Unfortunately it ran
moments before we tracked down the third deathstealer, which had taken
refuge in a room that shielded it from detection in some way.
Alegra and Xavier threw their _Abjure_, but both failed. We then
with everything we had. Rangorn's +4 magic arrow missed (surprise),
smashed it with LIMM/ Magic Missile, the wands were fired, Theo and
swung at it, but the spectacular damage was done by the Quaal's Feather
token. Raven's 4-shot with token did over 100 points of damage!
Then the deathstealer attempted to leech the damage onto Theo.
This was bad. If it succeeded, we would have to deal with a fully
deathstealer that regenerated at an incredible rate (20 hp a segment)
was ready to use the next ability on its list.
Fortunately for everyone, Theo resisted successfully. The deathstealer
dropped from the 170 points of damage done to it in a single segment.
regenerated physical damage the above rate though, and Ceydric attempted
saw its head off while Theo hit it, and Eli shot Magic Missiles at
the clerics and archers poured holy water all over it, which did permanent
damage. Though it nearly recovered in time, it received too much
damage and disintegrated into ash. Whew!
Treasure recovered: money (Lorm got half after salvage tax), a magic
scroll with minor spells, a major clerical scroll, and the deathstealer's
spear, with which it hit Lorm (who resisted one of it's weird abilities).
The spear is a sentient weapon named Seeker, created by the forces
specifically made to destroy chaotic clerics, but powerful against
other things too.
We can knock that off the list! Now there's only a few hideous
There were two mistakes (at least) on the log:
1) Alegra and Lorm, not Xavier, threw the last two unsuccessful _Abjure_
spells at the final deathstealer.
2) The spear Seeker was taken by Faranyn (although the Stone Soules
exemption on it) and should it NOT be included on the list of recovered
treasure. And being sentient it is understandably insulted to
treasure. As a final note, the spear does not speak most of the
languages-- only dwarven and fire giant.
More specific information:
Various Undead were obliberated by clerical turning as they rushed the
As Lorm gave the 2 round warning for the DS approaching- he read the
Prot. from Devils scroll. Rangorn read the prot. from Paralyzation
The first DS came having ingested a potion of human control.
Unfortunately it needed two segments to use this ability and the held
Abjures went off instantanouesly by Xavier and Alegra- Alegra was successful.
Note that the DS caused a darkness/shadow light effect that
momentarily made it very
difficult to see until the Deva quickly used her ability to cover the
with pure moonlight.
The Auroran Deva had a Two handed staff? with a ball of fire at the
She attacked the DS as he approached but missed.
> as well as a whole group of undead. Fighting through hordes
of undead with
> _Wall of Fire_, quadruple turning and destroying ability, a deva
> front, the double wands of fire and lightning, and the multiple _Protection
> from Evil_ spells, we reached the middle levels and abjured the second
> deathstealer successfully.
using teleportation dampers to twart their ability to teleport. Lorm
his charged staff to Abjure the second DS.
> The charge continued. Over two hundred ghouls, ghasts, and shadows
> destroyed in the vicious fighting.
Particularly interesting was the tactic of the Deva forcing 60 - 70
undead into a wall of fire. This greatly speeded our attack.
After evading enough so that our protection scroll had run out, the
fortified himself and prepared for our attack
We cast two prayers, a few Prot from evils, Aids, Spiritual Hammers,
engaged the enemy.
> Alegra and Lorm threw their _Abjure_, but both failed. We then
> with everything we had.
- It simultaneously attacked Lorm with the spear of chaotic cleric hating
Lorm took significant damage which was significantly reduced by his
armour. He easily made his save verses to avoid being stunned by the
Rangorn's +4 magic arrow missed (surprise), Eli
> smashed it with LIMM/ Magic Missile, the wands were fired, Theo and
> swung at it, but the spectacular damage was done by the Quaal's Feather
> token. Raven's 4-shot with token did over 100 points of damage!
> Then the deathstealer attempted to leech the damage onto Theo.
> This was bad. If it succeeded, we would have to deal with a
> deathstealer that regenerated at an incredible rate (20 hp a segment)
> was ready to use the next ability on its list.
for example stealing all of Eli's spells from memory.
> damage. Though it nearly recovered in time, it received too
> damage and disintegrated into ash. Whew!
holy water did all the permanent damage.
For those curious of the defeat of devils w/o losses- we handled things
quite well- neither overkill nor underestimation (IMHO)
Summary LXII: Follow-ups to the Cleansing
of the Citadel
Two days after everyone arrived back in town before going to fight the
Deathstealers, Alegra presided over the marriage of Sean and Aria.
throws a 200 g.p. party for them. That makes the date 1 August
Congrats to the two of them... the party was of course invited to the
wedding and party following, along with the Phaulkonian congregation.
BTW- the name of Xavier's fighter/mage Henchman is Javin "Famuu"
Goldthwatt and his bobcat familiar is Boris "Chowdaddy"
Alex will eventually name the other henchmen.
Research Info Extravaganza! The following news goes out in bardic
the SS only and should be ignored by other players [you can read it,
characters won't know it].
Constructs and Technology of Tan-El:
The people of Tan-El worked to free
themselves of daily chores by
inventing time-saving machines. Most were
golem-like creations that
did some specific job, but small iron servants were
used as multi-purpose
workers in the homes of the rich. Making war-golems
discouraged for religious reasons, but some found
their way into the
defenses anyway. Elemental lightning was a
preferred power source, since
it freed the city from the whims of deities that
might influence clerical
magic, and was much more powerful than energetic
I researched tunnels in the Hadarna/Tan-El area
because I do not
know enough to pick any particular tunnel.
No source I can find
mentions Tan-El at the same time as "tunnel."
There is a tunnel of terrifying winds in the Hadarna
Mountains. It is
a dangerous and terrible place, long ago invaded
by demons. Elaborate
magical transport whisks characters over vast miles
to the magical jungle
land beyond. [I suspect that this is the tunnel
through which King Ranore
traveled in the story I related a while back in
connection with the
City of the Gods.]
Another tunnel was built by a strange and dark mage
to help people
escape from a horrible fate, but the mage panicked
as the first folk left
the tunnel and sealed it with a magical spell to
guarantee hims safety
from the destruction. He sealed most of his
people in the tunnel where
the darkness and evil twisted them into hideous
things. The crowd who
had come through killed the wizard in anger over
the loss of their loved
ones and neighbors when he refused to re-open the
tunnel (for he knew it
was too late by then...).
Despite finding the terms I was looking for,
I can neither confirm
nor deny whether these quotes are about the
beings we know as demonspawn.
"And the Great Ones stepped down from the alabaster
throne and blessed
the warriors of the people, 'Go now, and may
the might of all of the
spirits of good be behind you in this great
endaevor.' And the chosen
vanquishers marched out of the chapel stronger
and more resolute."
Tales of Early Masters (fragment)
"The wizard Wsyglyth worked on his dark abominations,
countryside with the rejected spawn of his
abominations of nature wandered through the
forest, preying on the
common folk, until the heroes were summoned
to do battle."
Adventuring Reserve Stuff:
I'm not sharing these details with the party
until/unless you go there
yourselves. However, I found info on
the Spring of Eternity, Mountain of
Thunder, the Living Stone, the Well of the
Moon, and the Citadel of Might.
I'll share just a little about one place since
it has a remote link (via
lightning) to Tan-El.
Mountain of Thunder
Very little is known of the Mountain
of Thunder. It is said to be one of
the tallest mountains in the Reserve
(the Throne of the Gods is supposed
to be the tallest) and cloaked in clouds
and storms. Some claim it is
nothing more than a gate to the quasi-elemental
plane of lightning, [...]
still others speak of a dark being -
the mother of
all beithir who slumbers in the sphere
of her power, [...]
Hope these answers are interesting. Write back if there's anything
should research. The full outline of Gram's letter was sent to
you a while
This will be fairly short-- a number of details were resolved that I
go into in great detail. Please remind me if I forgot anything
There was much training (Theo/Ludo/Rangorn/Eli/Raven/Runt)-- there might
have been more even that I missed in the early part.
We traveled through two different groups to Cromwell-- on the way Eli
Sahrak did spell trading.
In Cromwell we bought supplies of all sorts of survival equipment
multi-year adventuring. In addition the intelligent spear Seeker
traded for magic armor, a ring of protection, and some potions/tokens.
dwarven leather+1 was traded for a +1 medium shield.
The Stone Soules headed south through Cromwell and have just reached
southern tip and are about to attempt the mountain crossing through
giant territory (in the late spring/summer months, of course).
That's it for the log...
The party expanded to huge proportions, currently seventeen people:
quick list for all those interested:
Rangorn (5th level woodsman)
Ceydric (7th level cavalier)
Mordrick (name level fighter/thief)
Runt (2nd level henchman woodsman)
Raven (7th level fighter)
Ludo (8th level thief)
Eli (9th level magic-user)
Claude (5th level fighter)
Alegra (8th level cleric)
Star (5th level cleric)
Aria (5th level cleric)
Sahrak (4th level illusionist/5th level thief)
Xavier (7th level cleric)
Arabica (1st level cavalier)
Famu (1st level fighter/ split 2nd level magic-user)
Sean (2nd level ranger)
Theo (8th level fighter)
That's 17 people! We make it a crowd!
P.S. Average level has slipped slightly below 6!
Well, the behir's leaving was not done during a game session, which
is why I
never put it in any of the logs. Shortly after the deathstealer
we decided that other than Tellah, the last major evil (that we know
shudder!) was the behir. We had talked to it before (you guys
better than me) and spent years avoiding it. We had the key and
it was best simply to release it than try to deal with it in any other
So we negotiated-- or more specifically, Xavier negotiated.
We got a few
items including another Protection from Devils scroll, a weird helm
change thing-- its been on the magic item lists we've broadcast), and
couple of potions. There might have been some other items-- I
remember. So it decided to head north to the Indicara jungle
the key, and has been gone ever since.
Hope that clarifies a few things we may have said recently!
Summary LXIII: Another Faranyn-Fest
More mini-Middle mayhem!
When last we left middle it had fended off Fire Giants, Giant Toads,
in the barracks, a werewolf, a Kelburnian spy, hungry wolves, and a
Nevronian seeking asylum from the "evil" wizardry of Jonhalom...
As well as more anarchist antics than you can shake a stick at...
2180 was a different year. Kant the cooper (the snitch) was poisoned
freak accident. No suspects were apparent. A giant weasel
nearly took down
Cassana and landed her bed-ridden for a few weeks. A cave bear
town and we went out and slew it. A valuable shipment of goods
bars came through town. Ax, man-at-arms, bumped his head.
Once again, the
anarchists made people sick at the Founders Day celebration.
Now for some fun stuff. The Daring Dozen returned from digging
grave-yard in Tan-El and paid salvage tax. In addition to the
they brought back, Faranyn seized the philter of persuasiveness and
had first pick he chose the unidentified Rod, which turned out to be
of Resurrection with 7 charges!!
More boring stuff. Some illegal hunting was done by elves.
Lizard burned down and was rebuilt. The Daring Dozen brought
loot. Ser, the Steward, had his mother die and he had to take
a couple of
months to return to Dunthrane. A warehouse collapsed.
The Dozen paid more taxes, and Faranyn ended up trading for the +1 staff
lance that they got out of Tan-El. He also got a potion of delusion
Phargus arrived in town. The three really annoying minor nobility
cousins of the justice Lobal who retired to Middle got upset with Phargus.
They ambushed him, tried to poison him, tried to shoot him. In
the end, a
challenge with one of them killed the man but he got a lucky jab in
poisoned Phargus and he was killed due to poison. He was later
saved due to
a slow poison from the Nevronian Church, but Phargus had easily killed
man. The others screamed for blood but Faranyn refused to hear
(Faranyn earlier had a private performance with Phargus which was quite
good) Phargus moved on to End...
That's all for now...
More fun with Faranyn!
See the Daring Dozen make money!
And Faranyn profit on the side!
See a very special rod!
See numerous murders and disastrous expeditions!
See Nym, Faranyn, and Pap all get trashed!
See an infamous bard and his challengers!
All this on the next... Middle Update.
Summary LXIV: South, to the Wilderness
The party headed south out of Cromwell toward the mountains. Rangorn
surprised by a totem. We moved on, and began our gradual ascent
mountains. Snow began to build up on the ground, and once the
party had to
break off the march at midday and take cover in _Leomund's Secure Shelter_,
courtesy of Eli.
The next day the party advanced through the fresh coating of snow, but
attacked by a fanged creature that attempted to drag Runt into the
It was slain, and the party trekked to a nearby cave. In the
cave was a
huge segmented worm thing, which was dispatched through the able fighting
of the mighty Stone Soules.
In the back of the cave we discovered a magic pickaxe, which turned
be a holy symbol for a frost giant religion. There was also a
other way) panel at the back of the cave, which we decided not to
investigate so as to clear the mountains sooner.
Soon after we came down from the mountains by following a river.
eventually became a lake that we skirted the edges of. That is,
invisible faerie creatures starting shooting arrows and making Rangorn
Xavier spontaneously burst into song and head toward the lake dreamily.
turned away from the river and passed a belated sign telling passersby
Ogre) to stay away from the evil fairies. We also surprised and
gnoll tied to the branches of a tree, dozens of feet up. (I'm
sure about that one...)
Then we crossed out of the hills into the valley below. This was
forested area. We set up camp in an attempt to create a cache
to store our
cold weather clothes, but we were interrupted when the watchers noticed
that about 60 or 70 squirrels had gathered in the clearing. Using
_Speak with Animals_, we determined that they were there to kill party
members who were badly injured, and that they served some master.
turned and headed in the direction leading out of the valley, but we
clearly being followed by the sudden storm clouds that had appeared
overhead (Alegra determined these were unnatural). Hmmm... controlled
animals, moving clouds, gee... druid, maybe?
When the squirrels scattered after dark, we breathed a sigh of relief.
When the first _Call Lightning_ struck Xavier, we were considerably
relieved and decided to press forward with all speed, hoping the druid
would give up or see that we meant no harm. Eli's _Minor Globe
Invulnerability_ deflected another bolt. Now we were getting
no more bolts seemed to be coming. Then the _Insect Plague_ hit.
Arabica, Xavier's new cavalier henchman, was totally unable to escape
cloud and was bitten to death. Many others stumbled out at near
unconscious levels. Alegra threw a responding _Insect Plague_
scroll, but it didn't seem to hit the phantom druid (who threw a _Call
Lightning_ into the center of the plague, just in case anyone was still
alive in there). As Alegra, Aria, and Rangorn went in search
missing Sean, and Xavier and Javin went in search of the late cavalier,
remainder of the party regrouped. Alegra took another _Call Lightning_,
not a problem considering her protection spell. Sean and the
Arabica were recovered. When everyone had regrouped, Raven, Ceydric,
Mordrick, Theo, Star, Alegra, and Eli charged at the last estimated
position of the druid with the Protection from Magic scroll up.
gradually uncovered his location, defeating various druidic spells
passing right through an _Obscurement_ before chasing him. The
blasted him and he went shrieking through the forest, leaving an easy
to follow for those who could move fast. Unfortunately as Raven
through the barrier of the Protection from Magic scroll his bastard
was drained. Finally, Mordrick sprinted ahead and sliced the
with a backstab.
We recovered a magic staff and a couple of one-shot pipes. The staff
become a treant once per week. The pipes summon animals as friends
you for awhile. Sadly the staff is only usable by druids.
Eli _Teleported_ back to Cromwell to have Arabica raised and the
aforementioned magic items identified, as well as pick up some equipment
replace the lightning fried stuff.
Next the party encountered a weird adventurer type (I've forgotten his
name-- no evil intent though) who informed us that the druid's name
Lugmut, and he is apparently immortal. He returns back to life
week. That made us even more annoyed at him than before.
We skirted the edges of the hills, away from the infamous valley.
defeated four volts, and later a giant weasel. Finally, the party
attacked from behind by four displacer beasts. Thanks to a timely
spell, we were able to hunt them down and kill, though it took great
effort, and far more damage was done to other party members through
friendly fire than by the beasts themselves. We tracked back
to their lair
and found a token and some gems (Thurmond food).
See next week: the Wilderness... Part 2!
"What do you mean, you've got a 'little job' for me?"
Summary LXV: The Pit
For the sake of my sleep schedule, I'll just throw in a quick summary
not to leave everyone in suspense. Full summary hopefully tomorrow!
And thanks to Chris playing Theo!
The party meandered around the Pit area of the Southern Wilderness without
realizing how close we were. First the party was surprised by
slug. Rangorn took massive damage and had some equipment destroyed
Then we spotted an owlbear. Being extremely bloodthirsty, we trashed
with the help of _Slow_ spell and everyone just generally raining damage
down on it.
Then we entered the Pit. Ominous terrain, full of undergrowth.
hacked its way through to a torn path. We followed the gigantic
guessing that a huge bear thing (roughly 40 feet tall) had made the
We spotted the creature-- Monster ID revealed it as a "dragonbear"--
of experiments to combine dragons and owlbears. After waiting
weather, Alegra began the attack with _Call Lightning_. What
about a thousand points of damage and dozens of single wounds.
creature finally dropped, but with a dead Ceydric nearby. In
unfortunate Runt had been incinerated by an earlier blast of fire (it
7 segment breath weapon-- full details on this later). Ceydric
by Mordrick and Theo, who dragged his body away from the suddenly rumbling
body of the dragonbear. About a minute later, the body exploded
flames, but the body was shielded by the two valiant fighters.
Next we threw divinations everywhere, and decided to head east toward
"powerful enemies, moderate treasure-- though relatively inaccesible,
chance of invoking the ire of supernatural evil." (that was a rough
We left with the party having just downed a Potion of Treasure Finding,
ready to seek out the treasure!
In addition we recovered several magic items, which have not been
identified officially-- though we strongly suspect that the colored
is origami paper.
But of course no adventure would complete without finding yet another
totally useless weapon (to the Stone Soules). Joining the ranks
weapons as the +4 intelligent spear, the +3 battleaxe, and many other
weapons is the recovered magic glaive!
Also, there was a magic clasp with a strange smiley face on it, a silver
walnut (high magic), and several tokens. I know I've forgotten
items-- hopefully the full list will be out soon!
Ok, here it is! The gruesome details! Cringe if you will!
In the usual fashion the adventure began with Rangorn being surprised
giant slug, who spat acid at him. Deja vu. His bow disentegrated,
was scooped up in its mouth. The party quickly dispatched the
no further harm was done.
Next we beat up an owlbear. General strategy-- _Slow_ spell, hit
arrows and range spells, annoy it, then retreat to the edge of the
and engage it. After only 4 segments of melee combat, the owlbear
without even touching anyone. Quite a contrast to previous encounters
Next we tracked it back to its layer. Tossing in a continual light
we drew out... a baby owlbear! Little tyke, about 3 feet high.
questioned it telepathically after tying it up firmly. "Kill,
eat. Where food?" was the response. So we _Reduce_d it,
and stored it in
a glass jar! Eli teleported back to Cromwell and sold it to Fish
Critters, along with an owlbear egg. We also found a token.
tokens turned out to be Dimension Door and Flight, and we kept the
Door after salvage tax.
We encountered another owlbear, but let it go in search of bigger game.
encountered four ogres. At least we got to test out Gruntender,
Finally, we entered the Pit. There was interesting local wildlife
rather large flying squirrel things, and scinilating blue-green lizards,
animal intelligence. We came to an obvious torn-up trail.
dragonbear followed a very regular root. Deciding that the huge
was the challenge we needed, Xavier did a quick astrology. The
something like: "The Scythe approaches the sign of the Wanderer."
a doubt the LEAST subtle astrology I've ever heard. We were gutsy
We waited for the weather to get bad enough for _Call Lightning_ to
Theo and Ceydric received _Fly_ spells, and we initiated the attack
_Call Lightning_ by Alegra. Rangorn, Ludo, Raven, Sahrak, Runt,
Sean, and Star all fired bows and crossbows at the beast. Mordrick
his sling. Famu cast _Magic Missile_, but it reflected back and
him. Arabica wisely stayed out of the fight. Alegra and
Xavier both cast
_Prayer_, which helped greatly. The thing began to turn around,
Ceydric and Theo were upon it like buzzing flies, hacking away.
Unfortunately the creature was slowly regenerating wounds during the
which made it difficult to assess exactly how much damage was being
Missing Theo repeatedly, the dragonbear eventually decided to unleash
breath weapon. Fortunately Ceydric saved and was in fine shape
continue. Everyone kept pounding it, but our look couldn't hold.
ripped Theo with its claws, inflicting a quadruple wound! Theo
to be healed by the clerics. The next blast was unleashed at
also saved (first time ever). Meanwhile Sahrak had illusionary
flying around hacking and missing the beast. It fooled him several
Dragonbears are right up there with their owlbear cousins on the
Next it hit Ceydric and scooped him up in its arms, slowly crushing
death. Ceydric slashed at it valiantly, inflicting major damage,
result was inevitable as he was slowly squeezed through his negative
Finally, it let loose a blast at Runt, Raven, and Mordrick. Mordrick
didn't seem to notice the damage really, Raven was barely standing,
unfortunately Runt failed her save and was totally wiped out.
Raven returned fire more viciously. Mordrick said to heck with
charged forward, attacking for his usual huge damage. Moments
Alegra dropped it with a crossbow shot. Immediately a rumbling
emanated from the dead dragonbear. Theo flew to help Mordrick
and the two
dragged Ceydric quickly from the body. They got a significant
away before it exploded violently. Fortunately Theo and Mordrick
Next we held a small funeral for Runt, and cremated her remains.
became extremely depressed. Ceydric was raised and healed.
Two days later
we set off for the dragonbear's cave. We tracked it back to its
found several items of interest mentioned in the shorter summary--
origami paper, money (Realmish and Lurten), gems, an extremely fine
with a huge diamond in it (non-magical), and a (you guessed it) magic
Next we threw divinations in every direction with the newfound money,
finally decided for east, using the powerful monsters, chance of incurring
the wrath of evil is very low, moderate treasure. South was clearly
most deadly though-- Monsters there are frightful, moderate treasure,
chance of incurring the wrath of supernatural evil is... inevitable.
Next we prepared to down the Treasure Finding Potion and see if we can
Let us not forget the Lamassu servant of Nevron who happened come through
the Leomond's Chest when Eli opened it up -- which healing Ceydric
on its way.... (though unfortunately we had already raised him; perhaps
would have raised him. Whatever).
Let us not forget:
1. The HIGHLY magical, non-detectable aura Silver Walnut!!
2. The magical Brass Bell!
3. The "Do Not Open" potion!
4. The mithril bars and other cash.
Also: The belt came from the owl bear cave.
Yeah, and SE even had "Moderate Better-left-Undisturbed Treasure."
was only "probably inevitable that we distrub supernatural evil forces."
Other things encountered:
A megalith where the participants had imprisoned a great evil (probably
demon from the early time of Telvar) and become the stones of the place.
A cloud giant trading post ("the brothers approach the sign of the camel.")
In the direction of the pit: "To the east is forces of Aurora,
south, death and anguish. The number 9 is important."
And where we are now... "A sect of hordling-summoning wizards once hunted
this area." "Moderate but relatively inaccessible treasure."
incurring wrath of evil is very low but possible." "Weak to Moderate
Next (and probably Final) Game: 5/9.
Summary LXVI: Better-Left-Undisturbed Treasure?
or, Escaping the Pit with Our Lives
Presenting.... the Stone Soules Final Summary! No, thank you,
This adventure was sponsored by the evil dwarves, and a hole o' fun!
The intrepid adventurers downed the Treasure Finding Potion as promised,
and moved swiftly in that direction. Apparently the potion may
obscured, or just wore off, but the distance to the treasure was unclear
and shifted semi-randomly, though the direction was constant.
We eventually came upon a clearing with some vultures in it, and a large
hole in the center, bones strewn about its sides.
Talking to the birds, we deduced that a large worm had taken up residence
there. We decided, naturally, to kill it and grab the loot. We
expecting a quick grab the items and run, so some of our spells were
detection spells rather than combat, which proved unfortunate.
Upon approaching the hole we discovered that a spiral staircase ran
the hole into the darkness. So much for the worm hypothesis.
We went down
for about a thousand feet and reached a dug cavern with many passageways.
Using the we go right rule, we went right repeatedly, turning back
a chasm. An occasional rumbling noise would occur and that made
but did little more.
Then we noticed that we were going downward. We continued until
what we later noticed was the bottom of a depression. At that
heard more rumbling, and spotted fast gray things approaching from
and back. Eli threw a Wall of Ice in front, and we prepared to
charge. Then we realized they were huge boulders. Everyone scrambled
cover, some up walls, others just crunched against the sides, and Ceydric
and Theo, who had Fly spells on them, flew up to the ceiling.
only one person really got trashed by the rock-- Raven. He was
with a 4x wound-- our second ever (the previous one was Theo vs. the
Dragonbear, last adventure). We brought up to low positive hp
Cloudkill appeared in back of us. Clerics started throwing dispels
and then we discovered that a Wall of Force was in front of us, trapping
us. Eli cast Rope Trick and put many of the low level people
in it, and
Ceydric, Theo, Mordrick and Eli charged through the cloud. Eventually
cloud was dispelled, but by the time the people in the Rope Trick got
this next section was over.
As soon as they passed through the Cloudkill, crossbow bolts and a
Lightning Bolt hit Ceydric and Theo. In addition Theo was mesmerized
Hypnotic Pattern that suddenly appeared.
Ceydric, Mordrick and Eli continued, spotting a Passwall up ahead in
the walls. Ceydric and Mordrick dashed in, seeing a dark dwarf
other end. Eli hit him with a Magic Missile barrage, but at that
Repulsion-like effect knocked the two warriors out of the Passwall,
was promptly dispelled by some other dwarf.
Having lost any chance to continue the pursuit, we regrouped and headed
as quickly as we could to prepare for a more successful return.
headed back through the corridors we heard the rumbling sound quite
frequently and feared boulders at every turn, but none were being launched
We reached the circular room under the stairwell and discovered that
doors to the stairs were shut. Thieves climbed over the wall
and Theo flew up, and opened the doors from the other side. Eli
Monster Summoning II and summoned three volts. The rumbling got
we began heading up the stairs. Unfortunately we were only about
up before the giant grey worm appeared! 20 feet in diameter and
FAR back into the caves, it was quite a monster. It beat up the
seconds and turned on the party, who was showering it with missile
spells. Aria cast Precipitation, which made its mouth more moist
Now for the fun part... Ludo tossed 15 coin weights of vitrioli
mouth. Now, swamp conditions are the ideal for these little creatures,
a wet mouth full of rainwater, in an earthworm, is pretty fantastic.
results were spectacular as 57 vitrioli appeared and blew it to kingdom
come, or so we thought. The vitrioli did approximately 400 points
The giant worm thrashed violently for a moment. The party was
Then it grabbed Sean the Ranger (Alegra's henchman) in its mouth and
him in, though he managed to nail it with his spear first. Horrified,
shot at it with increased anger, but to no avail as he disappeared
Meanwhile the worm had taken about 800 points of damage so far from
internal wounds, external as well (thanks to Ceydric and Theo primarily).
But it was far from gone. Next it smashed into Alegra, hurling
the wall, leaving her unconscious and barely alive. She was healed
to stand and continued firing.
Ceydric was next. The worm did JUST enough damage to kill him
without any chance to escape, and gulped him down. Increasingly
Mordrick downed a Potion of Levitation and attacked with his melee
The monster struck again, at the unfortunate Alegra. This
time she was
pasted against the wall and gore flew everywhere. But since she
extra life, this didn't panic everyone (everyone remember she has a
deathservant-- it has been used).
Next Raven was crushed, though not digested. He fell over dead
combination of the previous boulder damage and the viciousness of the
Things were going extremely badly, and Xavier whipped out the
Wonder. It promptly spewed out four colored spheres, different
each, which struck the creature with an explosion. It was
whether they actually damaged it. He used it again, and lots
started spilling out of his left ear, tearing through his helmet.
them at the monster for a bit. Finally, he used it a third time,
received a Monster Summoning VI spell. A hideous undead, invisible,
trollish level-draining crossbreed appeared and said, "What is your
bidding, master?" "Attack the worm!" was the predicatable response.\
It got to work, doing minimal damage, but double level drains!
The 2000+ damage appeared to be having no effect as the worm killed
(also by one hp). Ludo, pulled out his potion of Firebreathing
at it. The next segment, with over 2300 damage on it, it finally
We cut it open and retrieved the two bodies. Fortunately Ceydric
recoverable, and was raised on the spot by scroll, as was Rangorn.
was saved with the elixir of life. Alegra, meanwhile, reinflated
few rounds and rejoined us.
We retreated out of the hole and set up camp an hour away. Everyone
completely trashed, many people just barely standing. We decided
revenge. We knew the dwarves would follow after us, but only
at night, so
we took a spellshift and brought everyone to at least a sturdy life
(mid-20s mostly), and then pretended to be asleep. Meanwhile,
Eli was in a
tree waiting to bombard the attackers.
The main group was spotted by the bobcat familiar, and we prepared for
major battle. The dwarves had sent out a war party of 22, including
savants (wizards). Mordrick slid silently toward one of them.
noticed an invisible person near the top of the camp, but he moved
The dwarves split up and sent a group of 8 south, thinking to surprise
from two sides. Our main fear was a Cloudkill, so the wizards
had to go
down first. Mordrick absolutely butchered one with a backstab
of damage!) and then took on an entire group of 8 dwarves. Raven
dashing to the rescue and started massacring dwarves at close range,
Ceydric, Claude, and Theo following. While Ceydric never actually
the fight, it was still a slaughter as Theo began cutting them up.
Mordrick was healed by Star and returned to the fighting.
Meanwhile the group that had gone south was ambushed by Eli from above.
Beginning with a Slow on all of them, he then Magic Missiled the savant
the group, who cast an Ice Storm. Eli swooped in and all 9 of
hit by the spell. Eli's Protection From Normal Missiles protected
a half dozen crossbow shots. On the ground, Rangorn, Alegra,
Ludo approached the doomed group. Eli threw a Stinking Cloud,
stopping them in their tracks. One emerged from the cloud to
furious but extremely unlucky Rangorn, wielding Gruntender ogreslaying
The polearm dwarf hit Rangorn a few times and actually held him at bay
before he and the crossbowmen finally took him down, though no serious
injury was done.
Ludo sneaked around the cloud and prepared to shoot anyone attempting
escape. Eli through in a Cone of Cold for good measure, then
the cloud to disperse. What was left was one wretching frozen
and slowed dwarf. We shot him.
The recovery of loot was unprecedented. Of course there was the
broadsword+1 (we needed yet ANOTHER weapon the party doesn't use).
was another Potion of Firebreathing, and an Elixir of Life! Finally
was the Short Sword of Quickness +3!!! Easily the best magic
The Stone Soules trekked back to Cromwell without notable event (Sean
Raised earlier)and kicked back to relax-- and of course to discuss
And among future adventurers, many will remember this final titanic
as the Stone Soules removed another evil thing from the map.
It was a great year! Now we get to discuss some plans for the
of course I hope everyone will follow the hapless adventures of our
party-- wherever it may be (we're thinking of Koralgesh).
"Ok, the orcs attack the party and the fire giant goes after Rangorn."
"Why does everything nasty come for me? And I thought the ceiling
10 feet high!"
"Ah, he's standing in a low area that leads straight for your character."
- A paraphrasing of a section of the Catacombs Guide (top)
Summary LXVII: The Colonization of Tan-El:
>Can't wait to see what sorts of people he ends up with... maybe a chaotic
>paladin druid thief.
We weren't sure of his exact Charisma so we rolled up a bunch of guys
thought would be useful:
1 dwarven engineer (Brogan Silverbeard) (in charge of roads)
1 human blacksmith (Tim)
2 half-elf woodsmen (Luke and Han)
1 half-elf steward (Sam)
1 half-elf excavator (Thomas)
Eli also added:
1 dwarven engineer (Dolin Silverbeard) (in charge of buildings and
1 half-elf mage (Theodras)
1 half-elf Auroran cleric (Aliana)
Our governmental structure of Tan-El has been worked out, as well, with
(1) Magister: Eli
(2) Sapienter: Alegra
(3) High Tribune (elected): Theo
The Proconsul (in charge of defense): Theo
The Hand of the Council (secret police): Ludo "the Hand"
(there are various latin names for all of these positions as well, and
various broken up sub-divisions)
As a result of Ludo's position as "the Hand," we've rolled up two hairfoot
halfling thief henchmen to be his assistants. We figured that
really need to be loyal and Ludo is by far the best candidate to pick
higher than 1st level thief henchmen. I think this will be a
very good idea.
Summary LXVIII: The Division of Party Assets:
>Crossbow of Speed +2
>Plate Mail of MM prot
>Metal medium shield +1
>Ring of Prot +1
>Clerical Incense X 3
>Eye protection visor
>Earrings of Lightning Bolts (2)
>Potion of Climbing
>Button of Cure Disease
>Full Plate Armor +1
>Medium Shield +2
>Dance of the Four Winds
>Ring of Swimming
>Powder of Extra Healing
>Origami Paper of Folding X 4
>Ring of Prot +2
>Banded Mail +1
>Helm of Bravery
>Pipe of animal friendship (1)
>Oil of Sharpness (1)
>Locket of Life Detection
>Ring of Prot +2
>Bracers AC 4/AT 4
>Belt of Boxes
>Robe of Grime
>Brooch of Shielding (55)
>Token of Salvage
>Star Keys -- Ziggurat X 1
>Circlet of 2 Golem control -- Ziggurat
>Transcribe tokens X 4
>Amulet vs. detection by golems
>Button of Thievery
>Bracers AC 6/AT 6
>Robe of Pockets
>Ring of Free Action
>Beads of Force X 3
>Dart +1 X 2
>Potion of Fire-Breath
>Potion of Camouflage (1/2)
>Token of Dim Door
>Dust of Appearance X 2
>Elf-sized Chain Mail +1
>Arrows +4 X 2
>extended range arrows X 6
>first flight +1 arrows X 6
>Pipe of Animal Friendship (1)
>Oil of Sharpness (1)
>Powder of Neutralize Poison
>Prot fr. Petrification scroll
>Beads of Force X 2
>Medium Shield +1
>Wand of Wonder (60)
>+3 hvy. crossbow bolt X 1
>Short sword +1
>Dart +1 X 1
>Dagger-Token of Life Boat
>Token of Ladder
>Origami Paper of Folding X 4
>Robe of Glamour
>Charm of Pick Pocket Detection
>Origami Paper of Folding X 4
>Dust of Appearance X 2
>Plate Mail +1
>permanent +1 arrows X 3
>first flight +1 arrows X 3
>Medium Shield +1
>Indestructible short sword +3 of quickness
>Dwarven-sized Chain Mail +1, to sweeten the trade for Tan-El below...
>(+ what he came in with
> which is dagger+2, chain mail of weightlessness, ring of prot+1)
>This trade is given on the consideration of work or stone from
>Shabrund, as it is an AWESOME item, esp. since he joined recently
>Chain Mail +1
>+3 hvy crossbow bolt X 1
>Grey ioun stone
>Chain Mail of Weightlessness
formerly Cassana's and since we never made an
official deal, it seems that she really got
too much out of it. I think giving Claude a
magical weapon would be a smart idea.
>Long Sword +1
>Chain Mail +1
*note: sometimes Tan-El caretakers wear/use item, othertimes not, which
should be obvious from the item (i.e., no one wears the Helmet)* Tan-El
>Prot fr. Petrification
>Prot fr. Earth Elementals
>Prot fr. Devils
>Tan-El constable transporter keys X 3
>Misc magnets X 6
>Star Key -- Ziggurat X 1
>Robe of the Cepta
>Gold disks of Spires X 5
>Bucknard's Everful Purse
>Bell of Abjuration
>Coffin of Preservation
>Pills of Sleeping X 2
>Magical Seed of Intelligent Tree
>Elixir of Life
>Helmet of Alignment/Sex changing
>Stone tell/Meld into Stone
for trading to the future High Druid for his work, etc.
Tan-El issues are being settled. Government, laws, taxes, basic
construction and clearing issues, and priorities have been handled.
going to go into specifics on anything as I really don't have the time
graduation on Sunday. I'm betting that Edwin's not really going
much really fast, since we're in 2185 right now, and there are still
in the 2160's. So, suffice to say that things will be interesting,
chiefly Edwin will be in charge of seeing things done from here.
The Stone Soules ("The Hideous Trapped Evil Party") are hereby dissolved,
the Council of Tan-El and its city hereby formed. We thank you
attention and readership. We hope that you'll enjoy the antics
of the party
to come after as much as we will (this should be Joel, Sean, Alex,
and a guy
named Jeremy this August/September). So, enjoy, and keep in touch
through e-mail. There may be a reorganization of the e-mail lists,
sure we'll continue to be avid readers like you all.
Once again, thank you.
Dranigh Cye, deceased
Alegra Falconer, Council Member of Tan-El
Frank, all henchmen
Somp Damonocritus, court scribe of Middle
Sir Faranyn Arathorne, Governor of Middle (future Baron?)
Mel, Ax, Pili, Darwin, Watson,
Batt, patrol leader
Leah, cleric and councilor
Windham, court wizard
and a couple of others, irrelevant to the SS, or forgotten in the mists
of time. (top)
Summary LXVIIIb: A Xavier and Rangorn Interlude
From the notes of Rangorn, bowman of terror:
As you may recall, just prior to the attempt to defeat of Tellah by
Xavier and Rangorn went to get trained and pick up henchmen.
As a note:
RANGORN FAILED HIS PLAYRATING GUESS. I guess 2.0, it was 2.1.
gp down the tubes.
After stumbling out of the training hall embarrassed, but 6th level,
Rangorn rejoined the now 8th level Xavier, and summoning his henchmen
Luke, Sam, and Brogan, they marched back to Middle.
(By the way, I continued my crazy hit points streak-- I rolled a 7 on
Xavier has 45 hp, and Rangorn now has 56!)
Fortunately, there was an encounter.
Nine ogres jumped the party on the road. The urgency here was
if we lost
horses, thanks to Rangorn's miss, we would be late and miss the ceremony
destroying Tellah, which would not do. Another opportunity to
Gruntender could not be left unexploited (for those who don't know,
wields a +2 falchion called Gruntender-- it becomes a +4 double damage
weapon against ogres, and when they fall to 0 hp, they just die instantly.
Combined with the 6th level woodsman bonus, Rangorn feels confident
fighting bands of ogres with trusty allies).
Four boulders flew at Rangorn, all missing. Arabica, Xavier's
cavalier henchman, charged and swiped at an ogre, injuring it.
then shot it to pieces. Unfortunately, his henchmen had to dismount,
Luke was knocked to the ground by several blows by a vicious ogre.
addition, Brogan barely escaped death, running to hide behind Rangorn.
Meanwhile, several people missed Xavier, who was in full plate.
yelled "Die!" and one fell over, then he yelled "Die!" again and another
fell over. Having wrapped that up tidily, Javin, the 2nd level
fighter/mage henchman of Xavier, looked for something to do, but could
avoiding hitting allies. Xavier then shot one with a permanent
doing quite a lot of damage for a non-specialist!
Following Xavier's example, Rangorn vaulted off his horse, yelled "Die!"
and sank Gruntender into an ogre, who promptly obeyed and fell over.
then stomped angrily toward the one attacking Brogan. He sliced
him in half.
The ogres noticed the systematic slaughter of these comrades by the
heavily armored people, and tried to withdraw. Until Xavier threw
_Hold Person_ on them.
Demanding vengeance, Rangorn strode toward one of the "dead" ones, who
recovered from the spell and stood up. Then his limbs went flying
suffered massive damage and a double wound. Of course, he died
Then Arabica went flying at the other standing one. Finally,
Arabica's honor forbid him from striking a helpless opponent, Rangorn
turned and sliced up a few frozen ogre popsicles.
(Note: Never has Rangorn killed so many things in one battle,
never missed. Of course he was wielding an ogreslaying sword,
but hey, it
Since the horses were untouched, and Luke was successfully Death Doored
Xavier, we proceeded to Middle with five days to spare.
Summary LXIX: The Stone Soules Final Hour:
Orimaxes vs. Tellah
Here it is. The long overdue summary I owe you all.
In December 2184 the party reassembles at the Academy. Most party
have earned ~10 k XP and the items are divided up. Mordrick wishes
his best regards and welcomes future letters, as he travels to visit
and resume the hunt for Prince Obmi.
Orimaxes announces that he wishes to try to destroy Tellah. He
travel with the party to Tan-El in time for midsummer's night.
The party can easily be home by then, maybe even Rangorn, who has stopped
in Petethal to get trained to 6th. (Sahrak did get 5th illusionist,
I'm not sure what routes he would choose)
On the night of the 21st of June, 2185, the party is assembled in the
Orimaxes has brought six scrolls and requests Elendwhen to help with
handling of the scrolls. Farah, the cleric of End, Dari, Xavier,
Alegra are all gathered in prayer (and _chants_). Orimaxes insists
on Ceydric's presence, but the others are asked to stand well clear.
Divinations have failed. The field of ignorance seems to cloak
but Orimaxes is confident.
Orimaxes reads the scrolls one after another. The language is
and is in no tongue familiar to the party, but somehow seems to be
of crimes. Tellah smiles broadly through the whole list is read,
unthreatened by the process. As the sixth scroll is handed to
he walks right up to Tellah and reads it. It is different and
it sounds like a protection scroll of some sort, it has the same musical
Finally, Orimaxes steps up to Tellah and touches him on the forehead.
There is a brief glow where his fingers touch the faint skin...
Suddenly, there is a flash and things are strangely transposed.
skin turns sallow and his eyes uniform and it is clear that Tellah
His eyes flash with their hazel tone and a smile appears. But
an instant. A strange ghostly hound appears - larger than the
the library, but fitting easily within its walls. There is a
building is filled with terrible wailing. And he is gone.
The library is silent. Orimaxes stands in the center of the library.
expression is blank, his skin pale, his eyes a disturbing uniform blue,
strange jewelry hangs about him, but he is wearing his own simple scholar's
robes instead of Tellah's bright red robes. He states simply:
is open. Such would be the wish of the Council."
A little more is explained in a letter by Orimaxes. It is in the
of the Middle alchemist, bound by the Brotherhood's pledge not to reveal
its existence until your return from Tan-El. Orimaxes has placed
in the prison intentionally. Within the _Chains_of_Binding_ Tellah
still protected from even the gods. Perhaps they could have been
Orimaxes is unconcerned. After the death of his children at the
of the cult, he has thought of little else but the extermination of
At his age, Orimaxes might have lived another decade, but it is unlikely.
As the new librarian he will be immortal. Mentally tormented,
and able to remember things. He stands as a resource to fight
of cults, able to grope in his mind for information, for eternity.
instant of freedom of Tellah was dangerous, but it was the way that
most likely to succeed in destroying Zardos, and achieve the old sage's
Tan-El's greatest threat is gone forever. The library stands intact
still empty, but now it opens and closes at the limited will of Orimaxes
with one phrase: "Such would have been the wish of the Council."
The next evening there are distant hoots - perhaps it is Mentor, perhaps
not - but in any case the Grim has vanished without even an appearance.
So, the Tan-El project starts in more earnest starting June 21, 2185.
Story awards rose as high as 33,000 xp. Some final notes on character
Eli: still in 9th (206 k)
Alegra: 9th level gained
Ludo: 9th level gained
Ceydric: 8th level gained
Xavier: 8th level gained
Canstin: 7th level gained
Rangorn: 6th level gained
Sahrak: 5th/6th level gained
Theo: still in 8th
Mordrick: no advancement
Cassana: 6th level gained
Dari: 7th level druid gained
Snag: 6th if he doesn't have it
and is still alive in 2185...
Henchmen who gained one level:
Star to 6th, Sean to 3rd, Fmu to 2nd, Arabika to 2nd
Many congratulations to the Stone Soules.
Privileged to referee you,
Edwin Anderson- (top)
These are the complete SS Summaries contained here, from the earliest machine-recorded summaries through the Disbanding. Further adventures can be read where the other summaries are found, by year in the New and Classic Adventures page. Thanks for reading!