The Howling Cliffs

Game 25: Voices in the Dark
Did you hear that?

A bestial scream was heard by all except Podias. Juvens couldn’t restrain himself from releasing a blood-curdling scream himself in response. The beast approaches. Meanwhile Podias was hearing voices that no one else could hear.

Our heroes discovered a room where people were being slowly nibbled on. On the wall was scratched “Let them fester.” They discovered a room full of stirges. They discovered a breeding area protected by some cave fishers. The breeding room had many young, sometimes infant, ratfolk, wererats, as well as young adult females.

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Game 24: Vermin Supreme
"I think we found the anus of the dungeon"

Our heroes took a hit from a spell cast by their summoner that only hurts good and neutral characters. They defeated the “enemy” and were released by their summoner back to their point of origin. The wraith immediately attacked them again. Podias kept himself safe with a hide from undead spell and Anna had just tracked down the rest of the party.

They discovered a rough tunnel that descended down into a larger network of caverns from which emitted quite a stench of death and fecal matter. There were rats with eyes that glowed yellow who scurried away at their arrival. They found a piece of “artwork”—a roughly spherical construct of bones and sticks with dead rats speared onto the ends. At the base was a sign in Common that said (roughly) “All hail the rat king”.

They started building a wall of poo so they could set fire to it when two wererats showed up. Their eyes glowed like the rats and they seemed to be in a sort of trance. They said “Be one with us. Share the gift,” and attacked. Podias was bitten but no one seemed seriously harmed.

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Game 23: Evil is a foot
Dearly departed, we scatter here today...

Body parts have been found scattered about a certain neighborhood on the West side of Chesswick. It’s drawing the attention of law enforcement and probably the church of Pelorus. So our heroes sought refuge in some underground tunnels per the suggestion of a friend of Bey’s, a gnome bard by the name of Gnimbus. The body parts seem to follow a rough circular outline and our heroes decided to try to find what’s at the center of that circle.

In the middle of fighting a wraith, the party was forcefully teleported to some other plane much like the material plane but somewhere else. Once there, they felt compelled to fight for a hideous monstrous humanoid. It had a gaping maw on the front of its face with fangs all around, eyes all over the rest of its head and neck, and long tentacle arms that ended with seven-fingered clawed hands. We ended with them in the middle of a fight with two half-celestial humanoids and some sort of angelic being.

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Game 22: A real Podias in the butt
Don't feed it! Now it's following us home!

The party made it out of the drow dungeon alive, dispatched an unneeded zombie minion. On the way back to town, they met up with another character remembered from their shared vision, a strange little halfling who claims to be on a very important quest on behalf of the goddess Desna herself, there and in the flesh. He seemed to confirm that there was something real about what they’d seen and the importance of that scepter stands out to them.

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Game 21: Deep down in drider town
To see but not to be

A secret tunnel was revealed and the only other way out blocked off. The party encountered driders and was overwhelmed and taken captive. They got a glimpse of the dark workings of the drow. Non-drow humanoids were lined up in preparation for becoming slaves, including our heroes. Drow who failed some test were given a potion to keep them alive as they were cut in half just below the waistline in a guillotine. They’re severed torsos were then melded with giant spiders to form new driders.

Our heroes had a sense that their only hope was a scepter being held by the leader. They made a dash for it. Arrows flew. Swords slashed. Some members were cut down. But in the chaos that ensued, time seemed to slow down and Cregga, barely alive, managed graced the scepter with a fingertip and everyone snapped awake back in the room from before they opened the tunnel.

How lame. It was all a dream, a vision? It felt so real though, and the party seemed to think something about it was, so they chose to avoid opening the chest that triggered the opening of the secret tunnel and left the way they came in.

Everyone level up before the next game.

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Game 20: The Drow High Priestess
To free or not to free?

Only one of the four drow concubines they encountered seemed free of Stockholm Syndrome and actually seemed eager to go free. The heroes defeated the high priestess and her cohorts in the main worship hall. They found a key on her that opens a locked door at the back of the room which they haven’t explored yet.

Juvens got the idea to try using the crystal ball on the slaves who had been maimed since it has demonstrated rejuvenative properties before on Sashal.

Items found amongst the bodies: (bold means magical)

Cloak of Resistance +1
Mithril Shirt
Potion of Blur
Chainmail x2
Masterwork Chainmail
Hand crossbow x5
Masterwork Rapier x2
Rapier x5
Dagger x2
Wand of Ray of Clumsiness CL 1, 38 charges
Oil of Magic Weapon x2
Ring of Infertility x2

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Game 19: Deep into the bowels (cont.)
Concuboys

Our heroes discovered the female quarters and a few male drow slave concubines. At the end of the game, they still needed to search the bodies and the room.

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Game 18: Deep into the bowels of the drow lair
Drow hearts and screaming mushrooms

They had a fight in a long, thin corridor. Juvens is ripping out drow hearts. They found the restrooms and a mushroom cave.

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Game 17: Found the drow hideout
Switched to Patfinder rules

First we worked up everyone’s classes for Pathfinder. Folks seemed reasonably happy. The witch aspect of the game now means people can choose either least invocations as a warlock or witch hexes via progression on the witch level advancement chart.

Bey had a dream where she was being attacked by a deformed goblin with nothing but tentacles for the top half of its head. She defeated it and woke with her hands around Anna’s throat.

The party found a farm being worked by slaves. A drow in a white cloak stood watch outside the small farm house. There was a trap door inside that opened to a stairway. They entered and found spiders that ignore people in white cloaks. Then they fought some drow in a room beyond.

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Game 16: The ghost town of Wintford
Hello? Is anybody home?

x.p. 1800 (including Cregga—the others already applied it)

The party (minus Cregga) explored the town of Wintford, killed (temporarily?) several ghosts, and looted what little remained to be looted. The town seems to have been raided by orcs a long time ago.

When they got back to town, some guards stopped them and a guy used a wand on them that was supposed to detect witches. Juvens believed it to be a detect chaos wand based on his spellcraft. The guy using it seemed perplexed saying that just about everyone showed a little bit of chaos and he was getting nothing, but he seemed content that they weren’t witches and they moved on. Juvens felt warmth coming from the crystal ball at the time.

Meta: Everyone seems amenable to switching over to Pathfinder rules. Ben and I are willing to do the conversions. We just need access to folks’ character sheets.

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