This session happened Tuesday, May 10, 2011. This campaign used the Dyson’s Delve dungeon pages on A Character forEvery 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)
Tre-ba Bel a sheer (female elf alchemist)
Luna (female elf sorcerer)
Frankie Hu, Master of the Distracting Fist (male dwarf monk)
Afternoon, April 16, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Praise Ra, His light blesses all.
This morning we arrived at Ttaeladra. Rather than take us through the front gates, Ferahal took us around to a hidden side entrance. The key amulet we retrieved for him opened a concealed entry into the barracks of the Watch. It did not seem to be noticeably guarded (other than the members of the watch generally in the area) and seems a potential weakness in the city’s defenses. We received only moderate looks and that mostly for Frankie as they apparently do not get many dwarves here.
Ferahal led us to the city streets just out side the barracks and took our prisoner to make his report to the Captain of the Watch (as opposed to a Watch-Captain, which is Ferahal’s rank). We agreed to meet him near a particular statue in the plaza at the center of the city around mid-afternoon. After he and Tre-ba made friendly good-byes, Tre-ba led us to an inn. The name of the inn is “Saebon”, which means something in elfish and I no longer remember what, but it is a comfortable inn. We paid for rooms for each of us for three days and then most of us made use of the extensive baths attached to the inn. Ttaeladra is a most civilized place.
After cleaning up from our travels, we had Tre-ba lead us to a magical arms and armor shop she knew of. (Tre-ba apparently traveled through this city on her way to Aldelle and took the time to learn the layout. Very handy.) The proprietor was a helpful elf, especially once we started unpacking the various drow weaponry and armor we had acquired. He was mighty pleased that we had taken it from drow in combat and gave us favorable terms on the trade. (Note to self: never do anything to cause an elf to hold a grudge – they really mean it.) We placed orders for a number of useful items for nearly the entire group and pretty much used up the majority of our treasure doing so, even with the trade-in of drow gear. The gear will be ready in about three days, which works well with our plans.
Still having some time left, we went to the other arcane shop in the city and Tre-ba went through their selection of spell formulas, looking for things she could use. She found quite a number of spell formulas she wanted, much more than we could afford. That was when we remembered the golden sarcophagus lid. We discussed where we might sell it here, but it seemed we would not get a good deal on it unless someone important dies suddenly and they needed something for the funeral. Waiting to make a sale on this item has not worked out well for us in the past and so we did not come to any real decision. Running short on time, we headed to the center of town. We found a café on the plaza and are now awaiting Ferahal’s arrival while we eat. The food is quite tasty.
Evening, April 16, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Praise Ra, bringer of enlightenment.
When Ferahal arrived, he informed us that the Captain of the Watch (by the name of Malbrar) wished to speak with us. We went and met with Captain Malbrar and I related the tale of our sudden war on the drow, the rescue of Ferahal, and the retrieval of Ferahal's key. He appeared quite impressed with the number of times we have been down in the drow barrow. He gave us a reward for our actions in the form of a small chest full of gold coins and promised that Ferahal would lead a detachment of elves to assist us when we returned to the barrow. This is quite excellent as I have been concerned with the safety of our camp during our expeditions.
He also mentioned that below the barrow was an entire drow city. This was unexpected, to say the least.
After the conclusion of our interview, we took the reward and purchased many scrolls for Tre-ba plus an additional protective amulet for me [amulet of natural armor +1]. After this we split up to follow our own paths in the city. Aziz and I searched out the temple to the elven sun goddess Saeil and contacted the clergy there. They were most hospitable and I look forward to returning there tomorrow to continue our conversations. I believe I also saw Tre-ba there giving prayer. At the very least she was hugging a priestess.
Early Evening, April 17, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Praise Ra, bastion of the righteous.
I spent most of the day at the temple and it was most gratifying. Tre-ba spent the day cloistered brewing potions and Frankie spent the day in the tavern. Apparently Wednesday spent the day dancing for coins, which garnered more here than at Aldelle, but not a great deal more. She is planning on trying a different strategy this evening. Short John reported he is making contacts with cooks here in town and has picked up some new recipes and the location of the better grocers. I have dispensed funds to restock our travel larder.
There is a choir singing at the temple tonight and I will be attending. I have heard stories of elven singing and look forward to hearing the craft performed.
Early Evening, April 18, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Praise Ra, for providing clarity of though.
Again, I spent the day assisting at the temple of Saeil. Aziz has made contact with a small group of paladins attached to the temple and is sharing techniques and combat practice with them.
The choir performance last night was very impressive and I enjoyed the performance, although it did make me miss the syncopated chanting of my home. I think once the drow situation is under control it will be time to return to my home for a visit. I hope I can convince the others to travel with me.
Whatever new method Wednesday is using for dancing seems to be paying off. This morning she had a couple hundred elven gold coins more than she did last night. Based on the increased revenue, perhaps she found a better venue for her skills.
Early Evening, April 19, Year of the Earth Rabbit
Praise Ra, for lighting our path.
Today passed again in service. I have made many good contacts here in Ttaeladra, particularly among the adherents of the goddess Saeil. We share much in the service of the solar deities. They will make good allies against the evil tide.
We picked up the items we commissioned at the arms and armor shop and they fit perfectly. There is a great deal of leaf and acorn symbology, which is unusual to my desert raised eyes, but not out of place here.
Wednesday is making good money during her evenings. She has several new items of clothing that are very fancy and has treated us to some good meals. Whatever she is doing is keeping her up late and tiring her out as she has been sleeping in late each morning.
Tonight is our final night in Ttaeladra. Tomorrow we will meet with Watch-Captain Ferahal and the elven warriors assigned to us. Then we will return to the drow barrow and resume our search for the gate below the drow barrow. As pleasant as this city is, I look forward to resuming our hunt.
*End of Session*
[This session was mostly an extended shopping trip and potion brewing fest. We did lay the groundwork for elven allies and picked up some good gear.
As a note, Wednesday's nightly excursions are pick-pocket runs. What were YOU thinking she was doing?]