Saturday, May 14, 2011

Averlorn Campaign: The Hounds of Hell

Recap from 4/30/2011

The group returned to Medea’s Gate through the forest from their last foray to the wizard’s tower of Zingalis without meeting any resistance.  Once back, Naas and Gradwin took some time to get their heads together and gather their marbles and Lucias took it easy so his hand could heal back up from putting it in the cursed fountain in the labyrinth of Zingalis.  We sold and distributed loot and went to the Dominion’s local guild house to see what magic items we might be able to acquire.  Asclepius bought a magical sword for his faithful fighter henchman Kalaneikos, and Teth-en-Aire managed to acquire a Girdle of Giant Strength for a very reasonable sum of money.  This had the ability to turn him into an engine of destruction when he engaged in melee (it grants the wearer double damage with a melee weapon and the THAC0 of a 9 hit die monster).  Once we were rested and healed up we purchased provisions and once again set out for Tower of Zingalis through the forests near the Lady’s Finger River northeast of the city of Medea’s Gate.

On the way there, we encountered a pair of hill giants that were quickly dispatched and we gathered up there traveling loot sacks although we were unable to locate their lair to find the rest of their loot.  After that encounter we made it to the tower without any further issues.  Once there, we returned to the southern gate that we had explored before and started making our way back to the pool room with the secret doors and cursed fountain to try and unravel the mystery of the pulsating wall beyond the second secret door.  Before we could make it to the pool room, we were surprised in the steamy room by a large group of Hell Hounds!  The seven devil dogs breathed their fiery breath upon the group and many were singed by the very fires of hell.  We fought back though and slowly managed to whittle them down.  Teth-en-Aire and Cyrcla threw caution to the wind and engaged the hounds without casting mirror image and a pitched battle commenced.  Teth-en-Aire was particularly impressive against them and slew many of their number because his sword cold cleaver (a +3 frost brand) was glowing more than usual (+6 vs. fire using/dwelling creatures) and he was doing double damage because of the girdle of giant strength as well.

We once again, entered the secret door where the pool was located and heard the voice of Zingalis coming from one of the wizard eye devices say “Only the bold may pass through this portal”.   We once again tried to open the secret door without the chime of opening and it wouldn’t yield.  We looked briefly for other clues in the room that might help us to open it but found nothing that hadn’t already been revealed in the previous session.  We took another look at the fountain and Gradwin managed to pull out some coins from it with his ring of telekinesis.  Lucias tried to discern where the water was coming from to look for an opening or hidden compartment but it was just coming out of a low hole in the wall and nothing new was revealed that we hadn't seen the session before.

Then we focused our attention to the second secret door and Asclepius cast knock to see if that would open it and it didn’t do anything.  He then tried just walking through it believing it to be an illusion and bumped his face on the door.  We discussed other options for opening it (other spells revealed in the shrine and so forth) but finally determined that our best option was to just use the Chime of Opening since we couldn’t figure out its secret.  And that’s where we ended the session, discussing our options for opening the second secret door in the fountain room.


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