The Age of Awakening

Adv. 38 - The Jade Set and the Tower of Djamela

Teadora, Lel, and Fargrim followed Istarya through the lingering portal and arrived in the Elemental Chaos, eventually floating to the large island of earth in the midst of the Sea of Fire, with a massive Efreet-built obsidian square tower taking up most of it and extending upward several stories. They observed a group of Black Mask orcs, led by a particularly large and ugly Orc in black, spikey armor milling about outside the tower, and several elementals coming and going around the island. They also bumped into Bellman, a planar traveling thief who was sent to spy on the tower and its inhabitants, who joined the party and helped them sneak into the base of the tower.

After entering the tower at a lower level, exploring a furnace, a storage room full of small pieces of Etherium, and a guard post manned by salamanders and archons, the party discovered the top most level with an extended balcony and on it a pair of Kai’mera troops (revealed to be illusions create by the persistent image spell), two githyanki, two vicious looking Babau demons, the Shadar-kai arms dealer Sarshan pacing and looking angry, a seemingly half-Eladrin in high rank Kai’mera armor, a nondescript but attractive human male in strange black clothing, and Cyrra the changeling betrayer – the last three of which were standing around a table with the entire Jade Set laid out upon it – Tray/Plate, Bowl, Cup, Knife, Fork, and Spoon. After some debate and planning, Istarya strolled out and opened conversation, the illusions disappeared, and discovered that the half-Eladrin Kai’mera was attempting a ritual with the Jade Set that was not working. He asked Istarya to help, who was reluctant but got closer and allowed himself to be grabbed by the Kai’mera, who then attempted to attack his arm with a curved dagger claiming that perhaps Istarya would somehow help with the ritual.

Istarya focused a thunder lance spell at the Eladrin, strange man, and Cyrra which was refracted through the jade set and blasted all but the strange man backward. Istarya discovered that the half-Eladrin was actually a black-haired Rakshasa in disguise, and then gathered the Jade Set and fled through the door aided by Lel’s telekinetic leap and the Expeditious Retreat spell. The Rakshasa and strange man attempted to use various psychic spells on Istarya and the party, but didn’t manage to slow them down enough. The babau demons attacked, teleporting Teadora into the room, but Lel saved her and fled as well. Behind a wall of fire conjured by Istarya, with the doors closed and sealed with a Nail of Sealing from Fargrim, Istarya dismissed his Spatial Lock and opened a Quick Portal back to Castle Artegia.

Back in Castle Artegia, the party reunited with their friends who returned from Ithacarus. Teadora ressurected Director 3 Jails, McGwyver and Fargrim forged Orium items for the rest of the party, and Istarya gathered the Jade Set and performed a history revealing ritual on them all. Upon reluctantly touching the Jade Cup, Istarya’s left hand was afflicted with a divine curse that withered it to a blackened and shriveled husk of what it formerly was and caused the Eladrin a great deal of pain.

As the party began to relax and discuss what to do next with the Jade Set, Castle Artegia was rocked by tremors and began to move. Peering outside the party was shocked to discover the entire castle was being sucked through a Planar Breach!

Adv. 37 - This is... SARTA!

Istarya, Fist, Lel, and Teadora travel to the League of Sarta to stop the impending summoning of the second Astral Dreadnaught.

  • After returning from the ancient past in the traveling machine, Teadora found out that Captain Oliver Simmastri had come from the League of Sarta to summon her there – her home nation was under attack by mysterious cultists – but it was clear that Ithacarus was in grave danger from the same ritual as well
  • McGwyver and 3 Jails arrived with the repaired airship from Tarturia, and so the party sent 3 Jails with Carric and his Rusva’elen companions to scout out Ithacarus and find out what was going on there
  • McGwyver set about smelting of the Orium and infused one item for each party member – Lel’s Githyanki Silver Sword taken from a now non-existant githyanki, Istarya’s Wand of Icy Rays he collected from chillborn zombies, Teadora’s Holy Radiance Armor decended from the Invulernable Coat of Arnd, Fists …fists of stone created centuries ago and hardened with age
  • The others reluctantly gathered in Istarya’s Traveling Machine to head to Sarta, but appeared miles above the Bay of Andonental plummeting towards the water, then appeared on the ground south of Sarta, then within the region of Eradrius in Sarta and discovered that the population of Kai’mera and Sarteans were actually getting along very well, and even some Kai’mera were assimilating and had begun worship of some of the divine gods and goddesses
  • Finally the party teleported into Pelos and entered the Castle Tam, with a statue of Reschard Tam “Slayer of Giants” in front of it, and met with Emporer Evander Rittam, who had a council with a Grand General of the Kai’mera – Kal’Kelaesar Tesai and with Inquisitor Brizbane from the Cerillian Order (which is based in Sarta)
  • The party was skeptical but learned a great deal about the Kai’mera from Tesai, including that Serathis was another Grand General and that they had all been led to Einland seemingly against the Kai’mera leadership’s orders by an Adjudicator, Eidolarys Shodai – but that social intricacies of their people this did not mean that they could disobey orders or betray their own kind, but was the main reason for Tesai being peaceful and amicable with the League of Sarta
  • The party discovered that the Cult of the Elder Elemental Eye had just started attacking the main etherium protecting the three main capitals of Sarta (Humatilia, Pelos, and Eradrius) – taking 9 detachments of Kai’mera and many more of Sartean troops the party set out to defend the etherium, leaving the Humatilia beacon on its own due to rumors of an avatar of Bahamut manifesting to help defend it
  • The party first went to defend the Eradrius beacon and discovered numerous fire cultists, genasi, elementals, and fire giants chanting to a being named Imix and lead by a fiery orb of magma towards to beacon that protects the main Etherium. During the fight McGwyver was overtaken by the essence of Erathis and gifted with syllables of creation relating to the body, which allowed him to increase Fist’s size to huge and lead him in a fight against a Fire Titan, at the end of which the orb of magma rocketed towards the center Etherium of Sarta in its dying effort
  • Next the party journeyed to the Humatilia beacon upon hearing the avatar had failed, and discovered a Platinum armored and winged Gwrtheyrn being subdued by another floating magma orb of fire, but was freed by a Sequester spell from Istarya who was then blessed with Platinum armor and wings by Gwyrtheyrn, who considered Istarya’s debt to him for being freed in Portalis to finally be paid off, upon defeating the cultists, genasi, and magma orb here the second orb hurtled towards the center Etherium as well
  • The party followed the orb and discovered three orbs had attacked, one to each beacon, and had all launched themselves at the etherium and were now forming one, humongous magma orb that begin lowering magma and an elder eye stone relic towards the Etherium. With the help of Gwrtheyrn, Lel teleporting like a madman, Istarya throwing spells, Fist punching things, and Teadora channeling the pure light of Pelor through her Orium infused armor and her Sun Disk holy symbol, the party destroyed the eye stone and blasted the magma orb to pieces, but not before the red tear in the sky had begun to let through several adamantine chains and the face of an astral dreadnaught, which was cut off by the closing portal and spilled green & red blood and guts all over the area and the heroes
  • Sarta was saved, and the Emporer happily and handsomely rewarded the party, adding in a note that he knew Teadora could save them because she had saved his life when he was just a boy from the Lizardman invasions in the south when she was still a Paladin in the army of Sarta
  • 3 Jails and Carric returned on the airship and expressed confusion, claiming the party had to see things for themselves – arriving at New Ithaca, the capital of Ithacarus, the party discovered a familiar scene of destruction with several fallen adamantine chains, but also they saw the gargantuan body of a dead astral dreadnaught, its jaw hanging open and broken, with blood spilled across the ground all around it. From the gaping mouth a set of humanoid sized, mysterious footprints could be seen in the blood and guts, which then trailed away from the creature’s mouth and body, leaving a track of bloody footprints that suddenly stopped several paces out away. Something had escaped from the Astral Dreadnaught, someONE had escaped.
  • As the party returned to the airship, Cyrra stepped out from the unpowered traveling machine carrying a jade knife in her hand, stabbed the githzerai Director 3 Jails in the back (killing him), and then threw the piece of Elemental Etherium the party had retrieved from the diplomatic room in Portalis which created a portal into the Elemental Chaos, and jumped – vanishing through the portal. A split second later Istarya lunged forward quickly but was not quick enough as the portal closed before he could get through, but he did get a good look where it led – to a tower amidst a sea of raging fire, with the City of Brass far off in the distance.
  • The party returned to Castle Artegia and rested, collecting themselves for the journey ahead. Teadora, studying in the makeshift hospital on the middle levels of the castle, finally made a breakthrough as she managed to completely cleanse a bit of githyanki blood of the spellscar taint.
Adv. 36 - Back In Time

Lel, Teadora, Fargrim, and Fist travel back in time to old Bael Turath and explore the tower of the human wizard Acererak.

  • In the semi-ruins of Klizzarnus, the capital of Tarturia, the party receives a message from Paelias that they should return to Castle Artegia as quickly as possible
  • The party is offered the airship in Farglen, and so they leave 3 Jails and McGwyver there to repair it, while the others enter Istarya’s Traveling Machine with Istarya and his companion Cyrra in order to quickly return to Artegia
  • As they exit the machine they find themselves inside of an ancient Bael Turath wizard’s laboratory, and quickly learn that it belongs to the wizard Acererak
  • After exploring the lower portions of the tower, meeting the wizard’s servant tiefling, and taking a look at the surrounding city, they eventually discover that there are several pieces of pure Orium within the tower
  • The party heads to the upper levels and is attacked by undead guardians, traps, and quickly discover that the tower contains various libraries, studies, and laboratories for numerous evil and undead experiments including those to turn someone into a Lich (which Lel attempts to disrupt and fumbles, possibly doing more damage or good than he could have intended to on purpose)
  • The party reaches the upper level and finds the human wizard, Acererak, busy at work on some sort of large machine that is using Orium as its focus. After some quick attempts at negotiation, the wizard decides to get rid of the party and a big fight ensues between Acererak, his summoned arcane servants, and the party that results in Acererak being torn apart by the energies of his own arcane device (but he’ll be back in 1d10 days as a Lich, so it’s all good)
  • The party ransacks the rest of the tower, retrieves one piece of Orium for each of themselves, and discovers plans for some grand “Tomb of Horrors” that the wizard was planning to construct
Adv. 35 - Tarturia, F@!k Yeah!!! Part 2
  • Lel picked up Dak's Githyanki Silver bastard sword as he looked down at the dying githyanki, noticing the red gems encrusted in its hilt faded and turned a pale blue color. Dak informed him through a coughing, pained laugh that he was no longer considered a githyanki as a traitor to his race. Lel's arcana allowed him to realize that the silver sword now considered itself in non-githyanki hands, meaning the Sword Seekers would be after it. He quickly stored it in his Gloves of Storing.
  • The party, including Lel, Teadora, and Fargrim began to fortify the town of Farglen as they debated what to do about the scouting group of Kai'mera that were surely going to return within the next few hours
  • One of the dwarven commoners who was working on the broken airship approaches the party and informs them that he found something strange within the airship. Taking the party inside, with an unconscious Dak over Fargrim's shoulder, they find a strangely forged metal cage hidden behind some crates in the storage area that contained a "ken-doll"-like Githzerai with entirely white eyes in strange clothing with an orb in his hand.
  • The Githzerai was named Director 3-Jails, and he seemed imediately subservient to Lel. The party discovered that Dak appeared to be giving 3-Jails orders previously. After some debate about whether or not 3-Jails wanted to be freed, Lel opened the githyanki forged cage and they returned to the center of town. 
  • After some more discussion about the approaching Kai'mera, the party spotted an airship coming from the north – the Skidbladnir was returning! The airship did not land but hovered over the town as two dwarves dropped into town on ropes. They informed the party that the Kai'mera scouts had diverged from their path and oddly headed towards the capital city of Klizzarnus, which still had the red cracks above it in the sky arcing red lightning into the city every few minutes.
  • One of the dwarven agents wanted to kill Dak, but Lel offered 3-Jails the chance to shoot him. After some consideration, 3-Jails used his psionic powers of unmaking and tore Dak from this reality (and tore some of him from history as well).
  • Teadora sent an animal messenger squirrel back to Akkadia to deliver a message to Istarya, "Come to Farglen so you can help the people here and defend them just in case"
  • The party boarded the airship Skidbladnir, formerly the Tarturian diplomatic vessel, and asked to be taken to the leader of the Tarturian resistance. The airship flew south of Klizzarnus and the party started to notice, in the setting sun, a collection of clouds to the west of the capital city that was not always moving as it should be.
  • Flying through the mass of clouds, the party discovered an empty interior portion of the cloud and the crew were confused, then the ship proceeded through an edge of the cloud and found out that there are several large open areas within the mass of clouds – that's when they spotted the large mass of 8-10 airships roped and boarded together, floating through the cloud like a giant, mobile city.
  • Docking with the city, amid the groups of ornithopters taking off and landing regularly, the party discovered a bustling town aboard the airships, and were informed that King Vondal, the long reigning king of Tarturia, was busy but could see them soon. The party did some shopping, and then was led into the main throne chamber of the King aboard a larger, central airship that was less connected to the rest as if prepared for an emergency escape at any time.
  • In the king's chamber, Fargrim was saddened to notice that King Vondal was in fact Rangrim Vondal, the first in line for the throne. He discovered that the Kai'mera had apparently killed his father who had ruled for years, and that Rangrim was still upset about it and not very pleased about being in command. The party established connections with the king between Tarturia and the Castle Artegia resistance movements.
  • King Vondal showed the party that the center of Klizzarnus had become a battle zone, with a large red forcefield around where the central bunker/etherium were located. They spotted several cultists and a hill giant around the center of the city, and noticed that they appeared to be fighting off the Kai'mera.
  • The party formed a plan and flew down to the outskirts of the city, then with one of the dwarves from the Skidbladnir began sneaking their way through the secret tunnels beneath Klizzarnus. They emerged half way through the city in a rescently constructed resistance safe house and were led into a chamber similar to the throne room of the king, where they met Ardos – a late middle aged man affiliated with the theives guild in the city and seemingly working for both the resistance and the Kai'mera. It became clear that Teadora and Ardos had a sordid past, and he was none too happy about losing her favor to the likes of Pelor.
  • Several Kai'mera teleported into the room and held the party at sword point as a female higher rank Kai'mera paced through the room, thanking Ardos for regularly capturing members of the resistance for her. Mid-sentence she was cut off as a bullet tore through the back of her neck, Ardos had seemingly gotten irritable and bored and fired at her from a pistol at his hip. The rest of the theives opened fire and took out all of the Kai'mera guards as Ardos led the party out of the room and to another passageway to the secret tunnels towards the center of the city. It quickly became apparent that the safe house was built around an airship which was beginning to take off as the party crawled onward.
  • In the center of the city the party discovered the Etherium bunker had been completely blocked off by solid walls of earth, and emerging on the surface discovered four red gems being channeled into by cultists and earth weird genasi, which also appeared to be the striking points of the red lightning from above as arcs began to shoot down more regularly every minute. The area where the etherium bunker should have been was instead covered by a giant, pulsing and lurching mass of earth and stone.
  • The party dispatched two of the cultists and genasi, incapacitated the hilll giant, and fought off the Norkers emerging from the ground all around them. As Lel, Shmee, and 3-Jails began to disrupt the the lightning crystals several of them became anchors for continuously arcing lightning from above, and suddenly the ground beneath each crystal churned upward into 75 foot tall pillars of roiling earth. As the norkers stopped clawing their way out of the ground, a large mass emerged from the mass of earth in the center, shaking off some dirt it appeared like a large sized dragon made entirely of crumbling stone that made the earth around it quake.
  • The earthquake dragon took flight and began assaulting Fargrim alone atop one of the pillars, while 3-Jails and Lel managed the norkers, genasi, and lightning crystals atop the other pillars. Above they could see the red cracks in the sky widening above the active crystals to reveal a large surface of adamantine above, reminding the party of the gates around Carceri they saw in their visions of the red star.
  • As the party disabled most of the crystals, the pillars slowly collapsed back to relatively stable ground, the lightning ceased from the crystals but the pulsating ground in the center heaved upwards as a huge Earth Titan emerged holding a large piece of Etherium, housing inside of it one of the Elder Eye Stones infused with Orium – as a large bolt of red energy streaked down from the sky into the etherium. The Titan exclaimed "My lord Ogremoch demands this portal be opened!"
  • The openings in the portal gave way as the party fought the titan and earthquake dragon below, revealing that the adamantine was not in fact the walls of Carceri but instead a giant, broken link of chain that silently fell from the sky.
  • The chain link landed, sending an immense cloud of dust into the air as a quarter of the center of Klizzarnus was flattened and smashed to pieces. Director 3-Jails bluffed and distracted the Earth Titan while Fargrim and one of 3-Jail's Phantasmal Killer constructs fought off the dragon.
  • Lel leapt onto the etherium, released one of the jars of Orium Dragon's Breath that began to eat through the Etherium towards the Orium infused Eye Stone inside, while the Titan pummeled a large earthen fist into Lel's arcane shield and then his brittle and bony face.
  • Another portal opened above as, this time, sevearl links of immense adamantine chain fell and leveled another quarter of the center of the city and sent a large cloud of dust into the air. The Orium Acid Breath Elemental, along with Shmee's help, managed to eat through half of the eye stone and remove it from the Etherium, 3-Jails eventually tossed the relic to Lel who put it inside one of his gloves of storing. The red force field around the center of town began to dissolve as the Resistance fleet could be heard approaching in the distance.
  • Lel teleported the Titan inside one of the large chain links, then dramatically flung his sword at a green crystal in the Titan's chest and caused it to shatter as cannonballs began to rain down from the Tarturian Resistance fleet that was approaching rapidly.


It is now apparent that the Kai'mera and the Cult of Elemental Evil are not friends, and in fact that they will fight with no provocation what so ever.

Also it has now been discovered that the so-called "Night of Dread" that Caillus' notes alluded to is coming within a few weeks and that it refers to the portals bringing several Astral Dreadnaughts into the material world to cause destruction on a massive scale.

Adv. 34 - Tarturia, F@!k Yeah!!!

The stone walls of the main hall in Castle Artegia glow green briefly as Istarya's Traveling Machine, a large and strange rectangular looking device looking oddly like a telephone booth (whatever they are), appears and the Eladrin steps out with an unconscious Lel suspended behind him on a Tenser's Floating Disk. The Githyanki's body appears ravaged worse than ever by the gashes of blue spellscar energy splitting his spotted-yellow skin, but he appears to be stable and being back in Artegia and under the care of Teadora only speeds his recovery.

The information that was given by the drow High Priestess Myrulnay indicates that the cultists of the Elder Elemental Eye are carrying three relics very similar to the Elder Eye Stones that were found in or around Portalis and Bulkan. The Drow documents also seem to point to the importance of Etherium and the use of these relics, and that they expect the cultist groups to be heading towards the largest cities in each region – Klizzarnus in Tarturia, New Ithaca in Ithacarus, and the metropolitan region of Pelos, Humatilia, and Eradrius in the League of Sarta.

The information given by the newly revived (shh, it's a secret!) Lady Thandysha of House Xaniquos confirms much of the information above, but in addition it provides the familiar name of the upcoming event the cultists are so eagerly expecting – the Night of Dread. (this event was also mentioned in Caillus' notes in Ashcroft) The reports from the drow loyalist spies and their notes seem to indicate that the stone eye relics can function as "keys", and the loyal drow fear the cult is attempting to open multiple massive gateways to the Elemental Chaos on the surface. This event poses an extreme threat to not only the surface world but to the deepest portions of the Underdark as well. The last of the spy information warns that the Cult of the Elder Elemental Eye attracts followers from more than simply Drow and Human populations, but also many giants and the sentient creatures of from the Elemental Plane are strongly pulled to the cult.

Lady Thandysha has also requested that if you are to come upon a drow cultist named Haelirin, with scars across most of his face, to not kill him because he is one of her spies that has not reported in several weeks, but to find some way of returning him safely to Erelhei'cinlu. She inferred that his intricate knowledge of the cult may be invaluable to stopping them once and for all, and that a large reward would be provided for completing this task.

With Fargrim's urging, and the apparent betrayal at the highest levels of the League of Sarta, Castle Artegia is a bustle with preparations for a trip to Tarturia to stop the Drow cultists. McGwyver has provided the sigil sequence for the portal in the capital ruins of Akkadia, and Istarya is standing by ready to take his Traveling Machine or Paelias can portal you through the traditional means. Slink is available to provide any alchemical items of level 16 or below at a reduced cost (ask me in a private e-mail and I'll let you know), also any magical items you wish to purchase before the adventure with your new found fortunes can probably be obtained at Asteron's market in Horned Hold, thanks to his renewed Drow merchant connections.

You have one final chance to make any preparations before heading to Akkadia and then to Tarturia, a realm that is supposedly still firmly under the occupation of the merciless Kai'mera. You must also choose how you would like to get there, whichever option has the most votes by Sunday at 2pm determines how the adventure will begin!

  • Lel, McGwyver, Fist, Fargrim, Oryn, Belgos, and Teadora teleport in Istarya's Traveling Machine and arrive in the capital ruins of Akkadia, but find themselves amongst dwarven and human refugees from Tarturia and Sarta that have fled from the Kai'mera
  • Teadora and Fargrim offer healing to the refugees and McGwyver offers some of his food, in exchange they are provided with enough horses for them to travel into Tarturia faster, Istarya stays in Akkadia to fine tune his Traveling Machine
  • McGwyver is approached by one of his sisters, Leila McGwyver, who questions him about his sister's journal that she sent him and if he ever found her. McGwyver also shows her the Warforged (Fist) as proof that their grandfather was not insane (or at least not as insane as they thought)
  • The rest of the party travels through the jungle conditions of Akkadia and reaches the bridge into Tarturia, where they notice the river has been greatly diminished – an event that Mercedes Cogwheel's journal alluded to
  • They happen upon a native Half Elf from Ithacarus that had joined the Empire of Serathis, now dressed in full Kai'mera garb, trapped in an old dwarven / tarturian bear trap and surrounded by ambush vines, Teadora resolves herself to rescue him and is reluctantly followed by the rest of the party except for Belgos who takes the safer route around the vines
  • The Kai'mera is named Shael Jholer, and he gives the party information about the state of Tarturia and of the nearest town – Farglen (McGwyver's home town)
  • The party observes a small number of Kai'mera in Farglen, then witnesses two dwarven piloted ornithopers being shot down by a Kai'mera piloted airship chasing them and the diplomatic airship, Skidbladnir – running at full speed from the kai'mera and firing all of their cannons and handheld guns back at the pursuing ship, the Skidbladnir flees to the north, while the Kai'mera ship lands shakily and is clearly damaged & breaking apart under disrepair
  • The four dwarven ornithopter pilots parachute into Farglen, but are captured as one of them is gutted on the spot by a Githyanki who was captaining the Kai'mera ship, the Githyanki then sends half of the Kai'mera in the town, including some on Lorthenx, after the Skidbladnir to the north
  • The party infiltrates the city through secret dwarven tunnels connecting the outer Tarturian obelisk defenses (that eminate etherium energy) and several locations within the city, including the blacksmiths and the central bunker
  • The party meets Adrik, the blacksmith, and gathers more information as well as sets up a plan to take down the Githyanki, Kai'mera, and deal with any enslaved arcane casters they might have
  • They jump out within the central bunker, kill the three Kai'mera within, and discover the well kept secret of the Tarturian empire, that their cities and towns are in fact protected by etherium, but that it is stored below ground and encased in a stone obelisk, within a stone bunker, and the energy is siphoned off to the obelisks around the edge of town – it is also apparent that the energy is being siphoned off for other uses as well (but for what, the party does not know!)
  • Lel exits through the blacksmith and approaches the Githyanki leader, named Dak, and begins conversing with him about their conditions and his role in the invasion of the Kai'mera – Dak reveals that the Lich Queen Vlaakith sent some githyanki to help with the invasion as a stepping stone towards a full blown invasion of the material world, and that some githyanki have been with the Kai'mera for longer than Lel and Dak have been out of the astral sea
  • The rest of the party emerges from the bunker and discovers two of the dwarven pilots in stockades, then they are discovered by the Kai'mera and a fight ensues, with Dak believing Lel to be on his side
  • In the end the Kai'mera are all cut down, Shmee eats his way through the wizard's control collar (which was tossed away and exploded in a burst of arcane energy shortly after it was tampered with), and Dak is gravely injured and disarmed, but still alive and kept in check by Lel's dimensional warding stance
  • Now the party is in Farglen, with the resident Kai'mera dispatched, a downtrodden populace of dwarves and humans in the town, a handful of ornithopters, and one beaten up airship

Rewards: 7,133 xp each

  • Helm of the Eagle
  • +4 Githyanki Silver Bastard Sword
Adv. 33 - Erelhei-cinlu, the Undercity - Part 2
  • Istarya, Fist, Fargrim, and Teadora are introduced to Belgor the Magnificent, a drow sorcerer circus performer that can help them get into the drow manor houses
  • Istarya uses the Magic Map ritual to determine that Chali is being held in the manor house of House Aleval, home of Lady Ana'Shrinarrean
  • They go to the Fane of Lolth and meet high preistess Myrulnay, who offers them 50,000 gp and access to spies in the cultist groups to remove Lady Thandysha from the head of House Xaniqos, she gives them 15,000 gp up front
  • The party visits Lady Ana'Shrinarrean and goes to "question" the prisoner Chali, they free her from her cell but are shocked when the drow paladins kill another drow girl and toss her through the portal into Chali's cell
  • The party is about to leave when they hear that supposedly Lady Thandysha has kidnapped Asteron and his minotaurs, they are lead to her manor house by a group of House Zhiq'nah paladins and are attacked by mysterious drow archers on the way
  • At the Xaniqos manor house, the party sneaks in and finds Asteron talking peacefully with Lady Thandysha, they break in only to discover that Thandysha wants to fight them and partially turns herself into a drider, after a quick fight Asteron beckons the party to stay and decapitates Thandysha
  • a few confused minutes later Chali, the prisoner, now dressed in fine clothing walks through the door talking in much the same way Lady Thandysha did, and thanks the party for accomplishing their goal and allowing Lady Thandysha to now be "dead", though unknown to all other drow houses she now lives on in Chali's body
  • Belgos the Magnificent is given leave of the city and the house sets up for an elaborate faking of his death so that he may live his life as he chooses
  • Istarya disguises himself as a drow and returns to the Fane with Belgos, where they collect another 60,000 gp and are given more information about spies amongst the cultists
  • The party is asked if they find a drow in the cult named Haelirin with scars on his face to not kill him, but to return him to the city safely somehow
Rewards: 6,500xp – Istarya, Fist, Teadora, Fargrim, and Belgos
Adv. 32 - Erelhei-cinlu, the Undercity
  • Lel's spellscar has gotten much worse, nearly tearing his body apart, Teadora stabilizes him but he must stay in Horned Hold under Oryn's care
  • Istarya, Fist, Fargrim, and Teadora journey with Asteron and five of his minotaur elite guards deeper into the underdark beneath Thunderspire Labyrinth
  • The party encounters a roper, grimlocks, and a hook horror
  • They reach the Vault of the Drow and are allowed inside Erelhei-cinlu as visitors with Asteron
  • They get rooms at the Inn and visit the tavern, where Istarya talks up the patrons and a strange medusa learning many of the "secrets" and inner-workings of the city's politics, Teadora tries the local brew of Spyder Geuse, gets sick, is hit on by a drow adventurer, and then makes friends with a drunken bugbear
  • The party defends against an attack on Teadora and the bugbear from two drow spies that did not like the tone and direction of their conversation relating to the drow preistesses
  • The party returns to their room at the Inn for the night, but are interrupted by a knock on the door. Adimys is a drow paladin with House Zhiq'nah and asks the party to rescue a female prisoner from the Fane of Lolth, promising them access to drow spies within the Cult of Elemental Evil
Rewards: 6,000xp – Teadora, Istarya, Fist, and Fargrim
Adv. 31 - The Mines of Bolmarhz

Teadora, Lel, Fargrim, Fist, Oryn, and Istarya search for the rare metal Orium in an abandoned Duergar mine, still deep within the tunnels of Thunderspire Labyrinth.

Within the abandoned mines of Bolmarhz, the party discovered undead Duergar and animate Gargoyles. They also discovered what appeared to once be a prosperous Orium mining operation, however nothing but some remnant Orium dust remained.

Deeper in the mines they discovered a sick Orium dragon, named Thurkrixxus, who was threatening but became friendly with the party and was humored to be offered a place to stay beneath Castle Artegia. The dragon gave the party a number of jars full of his acid serpent breath, so that they might be able to use it in order to locate Orium when they are in decent proximity to the rare metal. Oryn recognized Thurkrixxus as the same dragon that had been feeding on Orium poisoned bodies in the town of Ashcroft, bodies that were poisoned because of Caillus' cultists improperly smelting Orium near the town's water supply.

He also allowed them open access to his hoarde, as he flew out of the mines to an unkown destination to become re-accustomed to a non-Orium diet.

Rewards: 5,858xp

Adv. 30 - The Well of the Goat

Lel, Teadora, and Fargrim explore and purify the long lost Well of the Goat beneath Thunderspire Mountain.

The party searches Malagarr's quarters in Horned Hold and discover a pouch of Dust of Apperance as well as 900 gp each. Here they find hints that Malagarr had dealings in the Well of the Goat and the Chamber of Ebbek nearby, as well as down into the depths in a city called Erelhei-cinlu.

Investigating rumors that strangely altered Goblins were being trafficed through Thunderspire Labyrinth and used to attacked caravans to and from Horned Hold, Asteron employs the party to go and investigate either the Well of the Goat or the Chamber of Ebbek. The party heads to the Well of the Goat and discovers a once pure chamber dedicated to an unknown deity, depicted as a goat upon a large mountain, that has been corrupted by demonic forces. 

Cleansing the well of the demonic influence, the party discovers a group of Drow cultists formed around a breach into the Abyss itself, where they are extracting elementally infused goblins called Norkers. Just as the party attacks, a group of Lolth loyal Drow assassins burst into the room and take out most of the cultists, while Fargrim and Lel decapitate the leader of the cult named Nalva Dhauvel. The leader of the loyal Drow happily informs them that her head has a lofty price on it of 25,000gp, and if they return it to the preistesses in Erelhei-cinlu they can collect the money. 

3,000gp from Asteron
5,100xp each

Adv. 29 - Journey Into Thunderspire Labyrinth

Lel, Fargrim, and Fist travel through the seven-pillared hall and to the market at Horned Hold.

Fargrim heads out from Castle Artegia on a joyful walk when he discovers a Yuan-Ti temple, he enters it and discovers one of the Warforged from Akkadia being attacked by the serpant cultists inside. Both of them are saved by Lel who jumps into the temple, they activate a trap and barely flee from the temple with their lives.

Finally deciding to investigate the rumors that there are more Elder Eye Stones beneath Thunderspire Mountain, the party sets off near the Western Kingdoms and journeys under the mountain. Shortly after going underground they discover a labyrinth of tunnels and come upon a large hall with seven pillars that appears to have once been a bustling market and living area, but is now abandoned. There they discover an old Duergar trading outpost that was trashed, but found hints of recent use as a place for storing gems and metal items, as well as rooms filled with writing in Deep Speech on the walls. Several frequently used roads lead through the hall, most notably of dwarven carts from north to south.

Following the tracks south, the party comes to a large undeground chasm with a strangely constructed stone city spanning both sides of the chasm, with three bridges connecting across it. The party enters Horned Hold through the Duergar entrance, offering them some cooked Spider Bits once they pass through. Across the chasm from the Duergar fortress they discover a bustling market place inside of Horned Hold run by minotaurs and overseen by a head minotaur with a racism problem, named Asteron. 

Asteron immediately notices the usefulness of Lel as he is not a Duergar but speaks Deep Speech, and offers them a place to stay in the Hold in return for help with finding out if the Duergar are in fact attacking caravans within the Labyrinth.


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