Session 55 happened Tuesday, November 29, 2011.
This campaign used the Dyson’s Delve dungeon pages on A Character for Every Game [http://rpgcharacters.wordpress.com/maps/dysons-delve/] as a starting point, but has now moved on to new material from the DM. I heartily recommend Dyson's Delve as a beginning adventure.
Tre-ba Bel a sheer (female elf alchemist)
Elspeth (female half-elf rogue)
Frankie Hu, Master of the Distracting Fist (male dwarf monk)
Harkaitz of the Red Soul (male human cleric of Ra)
Aziz of the Light (male human paladin, cohort of Harkaitz)
Sarisvati the Sun-touched (female Ifrit oracle, cohort of Aziz)
Midnight (female half-elf witch, cohort of Frankie Hu)
Macha (female human fighter, cohort of Elspeth)
Estrela (female Aasimar druid, cohort of Tre-Ba)
Asmo (male halfling sorcerer)
Carnish (male gnoll spellcaster of some sort)
Professor Walsh (male human expert)
The Red Keffiyeh (human warriors, followers of Harkaitz)
Short John Copper (male halfling cook, hireling in the employ of Harkaitz)
Evening, August 7, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Praise Ra, who purifies the unclean.
After a short consultation about how to deal with the smoke and its likely source (an ever smoking bottle), Estrella led us forward, shifting into an air elemental form and blowing the smoke ahead of her. When Estrela reached the door to the entry area, the female vampire stepped out of the smoke and struck Estrela twice, draining life force with each hit. Estrella fell back and the rest of us advanced – the fight was on.
We quickly discovered we were not facing just the female vampire – Lucien and another of his spawn were also in the smoke. The smoke limited visibility and the fight was a confusing jumble of close-in fighting. Aziz strode into the thick of the battle, dealing heavy damage to the vampires with his sword and the channeling of positive energy over them (something I was also doing). All three of the vampires struck Aziz, Lucien striking the killing blow. Lucien taunted us, calling out, “Where is your god now?” We renewed our assault on the unholy trio.
The female vampire was felled first, dissolving into mist to escape and reform. Estrela stopped this in her air elemental form, shaping winds to contain the mist and then flying out of the pyramid and into the bright, bright afternoon sun. The female vampire boiled away under the cleansing power of Ra.
The other spawn fell next, turning to mist and temporarily escaping us. We then concentrated all our wrath on Lucien. I was ready when he fell and turned to mist – I cast stone shape and englobed him in a perfectly sealed sphere. We then found and sealed the ever smoking bottle and I healed those I could. Midnight cast locate creature to track down the missing vampire spawn and Estrela again used her air elemental form to drag the mist out into the sun. We rolled the sphere containing Lucien far out into the sun and cracked the sphere open. My last words to the vampire were, “Here. Here is my god. Now burn!”
Aziz’s body has been cleaned and wrapped. Tomorrow morning I will summon a divine intermediary and report our success at securing the gate. Rather than teleporting us, I will ask for assistance in raising Aziz from the dead. This is within my capabilities as a priest of Ra, but we are missing necessary material components. After that, I will commune with Ra to determine if we have completed our mission. We may have to secure the gate near Terranor, lands that now swarm with demons and devils.
I will say a prayer over Aziz’s body and then turn in.
Morning, August 8, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Praise Ra, who lifts his servants from the sand.
I reported our success and requested aid in bringing back Aziz. I may have been a bit testy about the whole thing. Eating breakfast next to a deceased friend seems to have that effect on me. I have not received an answer on my request yet. Am I in the proper frame of mind to commune with Ra? I do not really think so, which is why I am writing this down. I hope it will calm me somewhat…
…I noticed a gleam in my handy haversack, something that, due to the magics of the haversack, should not happen. Investigating, I found a large diamond, flawlessly cut. It is the missing component I needed to raise Aziz from the dead. It seems I have my answer.
Noon, August 8, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Praise Ra, who reveals shadows.
I completed the ceremony to raise Aziz and he is back with us, ready for whatever comes next. This is good as my commune with Ra (done after raising Aziz), indicates we still have much work ahead.
We have not completely saved the world yet. We must seal the Terranor Gate within a month’s time. This is complicated by the demons spread across the lands of Abeloft who will work to stop us.
We are going to need an army.
Today and tomorrow I will be making sendings to those we know and have met on our quest (I can only make five sendings a day). My message is simple:
“Greetings.The lich and his vampire are destroyed. We raise an army to free Abeloft from demons and save the world. Are you in?~Harkaitz”
This message will go to Alathin, the brass dragon at Lagaskia; Lorastin, High Priest of Ra at Lagaskia; Doran, the High Priest of Ra in Uru; the leader of the storm giants we met in the Uskar; Feranhal in Ttaeladra; Nionel in the Drow City; and Ashias of the lizard men. Beckett, High Priest of Ra in Terranor and still among the living, and Wednesday will get different messages. Wednesday will be asked to go to Orzimar to recruit the dwarves and Beckett will be told relief comes this year. We do not want to tip our hand, but Beckett needs to know help is coming.
After today’s sendings are made, I will start moving our group to Lagaskia via wind walk.
*End of Session*