Aaron – Brondel the Cleric
Ian – Wax the Sunless
Trevor – Memnoch the Shibboleth
Jon – Knut the (mighty) Beekeeper
Charlie – …returning as .. Publio the Thief
Memnoch and Wax, last seen in the last session disappearing from the belly of the Kraken at the behest of Sezrekan the Elder, were dropped in the distant city of Loch Nwar. For inscrutable reasons best left unexamined forever, Sezrekan saw fit to replace Molly, Spontius, Zobol and Bizo with their former ally Knut the Warrior and semi-retired Publio the Thierf. Also in the mix, as he wandered home from a party (in the afternoon) was Brondel the Cleric, worshipper of Cthulhu. Also Memnoch had Crims the Trafficker and Narva the – level healer in tow, Crims being the slaver that Memnoch had been directed by Sezrekan to seek in order to change the mercurial magic of his Rope Mastery spell. Crims also coughs up a paper that orders the adventurers to “Seek Szymandia”.
Immediately upon arriving, a huge wave of ravens began to blot out the afternoon sky above the town square of Loch Nwar. Alertly, Memnoch dashed into a nearby inn (The Three Lions) and his companions followed, taking refuge in the cellar as a wave of ravens and raven-men descended on the hapless town, seeking “the holder of the Pearl”. The inhabitants of the inn fought off the ravens while our heroes cringed in the cellar and began to cut up Crims. Only after the battle had been won by the inn’s patrons did Memnoch cut the unlucky Crims open and take the heart out and cut it open to find the runes etched therein— with the secrets of arcane rope mastery!!
(Memnoch later re-learns Rope Mastery with two new mercurial effects— one creates extra-dimensional mirror images by tapping into alternate realities and summoning alternate versions of himself— with a permanent 1% chance of getting sucked into an alternate reality. The second effect is that some distant world has thousands dying every time the spell is cast, with a distant sorcerer-king cursing his name and haunting his dreams…)
The party understakes to seek Szymandia, hiring a boat to journey to the island home of this Dark Elf lady. She explains that a jewel called the Flickering Star has been stolen from her by the Dwarves who’ve taken over the city guard (known as “The River Paladins”). The Dwarves are planning to use the jewel in a blood ceremony that very evening in the paladins’ own Tower of Retribution.. she promises them coin or Elf-Prizes if they will retrieve the jewel for her.
On the way back, Publio assassinates the boatman Bulb, and shortly thereafter, they are accosted by Eryl the Poet, Fourth Baron of Buckshire who offers to hire them at double the reward, etc, but not before they capture Erly and kill his henchman, except for the charmed Emeril the thug.
They return with their captives to the Three Lions and find the innkeepers’ brother and family cleaning it. They offer to sell it to the characters for 100 gp and they negotiate an agreement to do so, but decide to wait until the following day to finish the deal. The party hits upon the idea of disguising themselves in River Paladin uniforms to infiltrate the Tower, and to this end, they lure some guardsmen to the Three Lions where they poison them with Wax’s hallucigenic mushrooms. (When only four are downed this way, they finally feed the last guard shots until he passes out). They dispatch the guards, as well as Eryl the Poet who has explained to them that there seem to be many competitors for the Flickering Star as the possessor of it can demand Szymandia’s hand in elf-marriage.
Now they make their way to the Tower of Retribution in disguise, holding Wax and Brondle as prisoners. The island is nearly empty and they slay the guardsmen posted before fighting the Dwarf guards within the tower. Pitched combat ensues with a mutated wolf creature as well as sniping Dwarves; finally, the adventurers overcome the guards and make their way up to the banquet hall of the occult gangsters known as the Dwarves’ Guild.
They find the Dwarves poised to sacrifice the River Paladins’ commander in order to open a chaos-rift and bring Hell on Earth to Loch Nwar. Memnoch alertly charms the Guild’s heads Bilj the Burnt and Goldbeard, while the 6 Dwarf commanders try to fight the party through the oily rug that they’ve brought in. Brondel picks up the star; Just when the Dwarves are defeated, a Dark Elf Prince and two demon henchmen crash through the skylight and assault the party but they are defeated by Memnoch’s sleep spell, also used on Brondel so that he might gain the Star. When even they are defeated, a great fire demon roars to life and demands “THE PEARL!” from Memnoch. The party runs away, Publio snatching the Star from Memnoch. Cornered by the fire demon, alone in the Banquet room, Memnoch uses the sacrifical Blood Bowl of Goldbeard and spell-burns for another last-ditch invocation to Sezrakan. The fire demon misses Memnoch once and Memnoch successfully charms and dispels the fire spirit, sending it back to the infernal hell from which it came.
Returning to Szymandia, Publio carefully ponders withholding the prize from his companions and demanding her hand in marriage. (But also fears they will kill him, as this would cheat the others out of their due treasure!) In the end she offers “Elf-Prizes” to each, which they choose as follows:
Brondle chooses a Kooshay Elven hound
Wax chooses a “bag of whimsy” i.e., 3 luck points
Memnoch chooses a Potion of Rejuvenation (6 hd healing potion!)
Knut chooses the Secret … which turns out to be an attribute increase— he raises his strength to 18!
Publio also chooses Whimsy, making him a very lucky thief indeed.
XP awarded: 24
Luck points (completion of mission)- 1