Recap from 1-21-2011
Next, we went to the pit off of the laboratory where we fought the Vrock demon last session thinking that maybe there was loot stashed in the webs below, at the bottom of the pit, or in hidden nooks in the wall of the pit. Brummbar cast Augury and Morridin's answer was a resounding "WOE". That was good enough for Arceus who didn't want to risk life and limb climbing into a pit that smelled of reeking sulfur like the bowels of Hades itself. The GM told us later that it would have teleported us to a rather large dungeon which was the location of the primary Temple of Orcus in this world, Rapan-Athuk (yeah, that was a major WOE) and that the Vrock was the guardian of the portal.
Next, Brummbar cast his final Auguary spell on the tunnel we found under the water of the reflecting pool and asked if it would be good or bad if Arceus searched through it for loot in the immediate future. Morridin's answer was "WEAL" so in he went with two 50' ropes tied to him. He went a ways and found an air pocket. He stopped to breathe a bit and then had to untie the rope to go further. Then he found another one and another one and eventually exited out of the back of the Barrow Mound into the morass of the Gravemoor. So we determined that this was not a tunnel leading to the loot stash but merely a bolt hole to be used to escape the place in times of trouble.
The group started attacking the monster and hit it several times but then it attacked the frozen paladin who was helpless to do anything and killed him where he stood. Seeing this, Cyrcla cast her web spell on the evil fey creature and the shambling monstrosity in front of us trapping them both within the sticky webs. The group continued pounding on the bone golem thing with sword strokes and arrows while Teth-en-Aire starting shooting at the evil Satyr with his bow. Twice, she tried to pull out a potion and twice, Teth-en-Aire rolled a 1 on damage and got an unusual result which knocked the potion out of her hand. The group finished off both opponents and as the bone golem was dispatched several magic items fell out of its body onto the floor. We searched the room and found that the Satyr priestess was trying to quaff a potion of gaseous form in an attempt to escape the webs before she was prevented from doing so by the Elf’s archery.
We moved the fallen Paladin to the landing on the stair case beyond the secret door and continued our search for loot. As we went down the hallway, we noticed a secret door opening up ahead of us. When we went to investigate, we were attacked by three wights, two to the rear of the group and one in front in the hallway that were trying to surprise us. Since we were not surprised, Brummbar pulled out his holy symbol and managed to turn the two in the rear while Lucias slew the one to the front. One of the fleeing wights was killed as it tried to escape and the other fled away down the hallway.
We did have the evil artifact that had the ability to raise a character from the dead once, since it was used recently to raise an army of the dead from a battlefield, but it had to be used within the next day or so or the power would be lost. In addition, Brummbar thought that the Paladin would not be happy at all about being raised from the dead by an evil artifact of the demon prince Orcus which had recently been used to raise 300 zombies from a battlefield giving it the ability to raise him.
The group decided that he had no choice in the matter (since he was dead) and since we had few other options except maybe for leaving him dead for a while (or forever) that we would go ahead and use its powers. We also reasoned that using an evil artifact for good purposes wasn’t such a bad thing. So Arcues used the power of the Midnight Opal to raise the fallen paladin Lykaos. He wasn’t happy about it at all when he found out what was done but there wasn’t much he could do about it at that point. He said he heard the voice of Athena when he was raised who said that he wouldn’t be allowed into Elysium for this but we weren’t exactly sure what that meant. He was still a Paladin and he was still alive so that’s all that really mattered for the present.
So once we were ready to go, we headed off overland back to Limus Town. We had a few wilderness random encounters to deal with and made it about two thirds of the way back but had to end the session there.
TO BE CONTINUED...
TO BE CONTINUED...