Friday, February 27, 2015

Session LXXI: Dragon +1

Current Player Characters:
Torion Fulvousmith (Dwarf)
Minimus (Cleric)
Su (Cleric)
Thenus (Ranger)
Wang Du (Monk)
Centari (Elf) 

Hirelings and Henchmen
Larton - Man-at-Arms
Biggs - Mercenary
Kray Rouis - Magic-user 
Puma - Mountain Lion

 With the dead body of Edan the Atleantean slain by spider poison, the party loots his body and continues exploring the rooms and tunnels beneath Xlarthen's tower ruins. 

It wasn't long, however, until they ran into a small band of hobgoblins dragging around a prisoner.  A quick battle ensued and the hobgoblins fell to the blades of the party. The rescued prisoner turned out to be a dwarf named Torion who had been traveling with the infamous Skwanky Furrytoe (last seen in session 59)!  Skwanky had hired Torion as a body guard and descended into the Underworld when things on the surface had become too hot due to the halfling's involvement with Baron Blackmoor's death.  Exploring the dungeons, the two were attacked and got separated.  Torion was captured by Hobgoblins and does not know the fate of the "Little White King".

With a new companion in the dwarf, the party continued exploring and very quickly ran into more hobgoblins.  After a quick fight, the monsters were dispatched but not until loyal Larton had fallen.

Feeling like that had explored as much of this level as they could and with many stairs descending down, the party chose one set of stairs and delved yet deeper into the dungeons!

They came out into a diamond shaped room with black stonework and four sarcophagi leaning against the wall.  This reminded them of a chamber they had seen two days ago when they had descended a ladder to some unknown level.

After some debate it was decided it was wiser to leave the sarcophagi unmolested and explore further where they came upon a room where one corner was the ceiling was covered with thousands of tiny spiders again, similar to something they came across two days ago.  They began to believe that they they may have entered the same level they had discovered earlier. 

Another room proved to be haunted by a weeping woman and soon more exploration did indeed connect their older maps.  They had been on this level before but from a different entrance. 

Winding their way back to where they had seen the tiny spiders on the ceiling the previous days, they cautiously made their way past them and into an unexplored part of the dungeon.  Here, at a door, they heard gruff arguments coming from the other side. With the aid of a silent spell, the dwarf Torion was able to peek into the chamber and see three Minotaurs arguing in front of a chest.  The fearful dwarf easily persuaded his companions to quietly leave the area and avoid the Minotaurs.

Exploring some empty rooms they soon found themselves in a dead end.  Behind them, however, were the three Minotaurs.  The spell-casters stepped up and put one to sleep and held the second.  The third was slain by the warriors in the party. 

With the Minotaurs dispatched the party backtracked back to the monster's treasure chest and grabbed quite a bit of loot!

With plenty of more gold in their pockets, they continued down some more deserted halls and eventually came upon a large hall at the end of which were a pair of tall iron doors. 

These the dwarf Torion swung open and before them was an immense sunk-in pillared chamber with pools of water in the corners and in the center of which was a pile of treasure the likes of which were only talked about in fairy-tales.  Unfortunately, sitting atop this glittering hoard was, not one, but two red dragons not at all surprised by the party's presence!

Centari, speaking in the tongue of the dragons attempted to dismiss their fear of attack.  The dragons, however, once discovering that the party was from the surface, asked them if they had heard any news about their mother Medora.  The party had indeed heard about the fate of that fierce dragon and it's death at the hand of Sir Fumark (session 16) who may very well be somewhere in this very dungeon searching for the dragon's 'unguarded' gold.

The dragons, upon hearing of this news, thank the party and offer to let them live if they can find this Sir Fumark and bring him to meet the vengeful brood of Medora!  The party agrees and slowly backs out of the dragon lair in search of Fumark!

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