This session happened Tuesday, March 29, 2011. This campaign used the Dyson’s Delve dungeon pages on A Character for Every Game as a starting point, but has now moved on to new material from the DM-in-training. I heartily recommend Dyson's Delve as a beginning adventure.
Harkaitz of the Red Soul (male human cleric of Ra)
Wednesday (female elf rogue)
Sahar (female human fighter)
Tre-ba Bel a sheer (female elf alchemist)
Luna (female elf sorcerer)
Frankie Hu, Master of the Distracting Fist (male dwarf monk)
[This session started after a cliffhanger. The PCs discovered they were no longer in the vrock cave, but rather in a forest none of them recognized. After Harkaitz healed folks from the fight they were transported out of, some scouting was done to determine A) if this location was safe and B) where this location was.]
Evening, April 9, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Praise Ra, for delivering us from evil.
After Tre-ba flew around some at a height, she was able to determine that we were inside the Vaardenfelt, a great forest several days southeast of Terranor. This was significantly safer than the vrock cave, although Frankie was upset about our failure to kill the vrock as we were clearly close to success. On the other hand, the pig-demon and the demon of smoke and fire were also about to kill all of us, so clearly Ra had delivered us to safety. The others may be uncertain, but Aziz and I recognize the pure light of Ra when it engulfs us.
The Vaardenfelt is home to elves, which would not be an issue if it were not for the on-going civil war between a faction known as the "drow" and all the other elves. To avoid any issues (and avoid getting pulled into the civil war due to traveling with three elves), we set a path to the northwest. This path should take us out of the forest as quickly as possible while heading back to Terranor.
We have just finished a fine dinner prepared by Short John. I am taking this time to update my journal. Aziz and I will be on the first watch, but we are expecting little trouble. I will make my next update once we are out of the forest tomorrow.
Morning, April 10, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Blessed is Ra, in whose service we fight!
Last night, Aziz and I were visited by a winged messenger of Ra! The holy messenger told us that Terranor has fallen to the demons and devils. The demons and devils follow a plan to seize all the gates and unmake the world! The drow of the forest have made a deal with the demons to secure the gate in the heart of the Vaardenfelt and turn it over. Ra commands us to go there and defend the gate. We are to fight the drow and make allies with any other elves we can. The winged messenger then marked the location of the gate on my map with a glowing sigil and departed.
I attempted to tell Wednesday, Tre-ba, and Frankie about this when we awoke them for the second watch, but they were reluctant to believe, suggesting we wait until the entire group was awake in the morning. Aziz and I reluctantly agreed. It took time to calm down enough to sleep, but when I did, I slept soundly in the knowledge that we have a holy mission from Ra.
Once camp is finished being packed (and I finish my prayers), we will reverse our course and make our way to the Forest Gate.
Midday, April 10, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Blessed is Ra, who provides for His servants.
We are taking a break after some boars charged us, including a dire boar. Not surprisingly, Short John is cooking boar steaks on the fire. Short John is also smoking more of the meat to supplement our travel supplies.
Evening, April 10, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Blessed is Ra, who show us the path.
We have marched an entire day towards the Forest Gate. Other than the boars around mid-day, there has been little to report.
Evening, April 11, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Blessed is Ra, who blinds our foes.
After several hours of hiking through the forest, we arrived at a broad, circular expanse where all the trees had been cut down, leaving only stumps of a uniform height. After we moved into the clearing to get a feel for its size and shape, Frankie moved towards the center to investigate if the Forest Gate was there, leaping from stump to stump. Tre-ba used a potion of flying to scout from 40 to 50 ft high and the rest of us fell back to the edge of the clearing as the sun started to set.
Frankie spotted a raised area of earth, possibly a barrow, and changed his course to investigate it. He was sniped at by two drow with longbows for his troubles. Tre-ba noticed this, although those of us at the edge of the clearing missed it. We did not miss Tre-ba's bombs exploding. Surmising that they were under attack and that Tre-ba was accurate in her aim, Luna lobbed a fireball over a 100 ft away at the location of the explosion, filling that area with fire. We later learned (from Frankie and Tre-ba) that this killed one of the drow and forced the other to retreat underground through a concealed opening in the barrow.
Frankie and Tre-ba returned to the rest of us, explaining what they had seen and what had happened. We pulled back away from the clearing into the forest, locating a defensible location to camp. I write this with the last light of the sun. We do not dare to start a fire as the drow would surely find us that way and overwhelm us. Good thing we smoked some of that boar meat yesterday.
*End of Session*
[It has occurred to the party that Harkaitz and Aziz did not ask for the name of the angel that delivered the quest to us, reducing our ability to verify anything. That makes no difference to Harkaitz and Aziz, but it is a bit of a worry to me. Guess we'll find out later if the DM has set us up. I'm hoping not as this is a cool quest to be on.]