Meanwhile, back in the Coedden…
Our stalwarts find additional allies in Wind Bleu, a Kajunite of the Dolserdze, and Turnbull, Mort’s old mentor come to chastise him over the creation of “Goldbone,” a sword with both Paladin and Anti-Paladin properties. Seem Goldbone is one of three keys to…
But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves…
Prior to Turnbull’s apperance, the group, recovering from their battle with the “Broom Dude,” (whom they know is the son of Azhentur Schraan), meets Bleu, who warns them of what they already know —the wood is being corrupted by the Praetordessen. They decide to journey to the secret lair of the Voyanlames, the Elven Watcher-Blades, to seek more information. As their journey begins, they discover a wounded bear, who, mistaking Esma as the one who cast the healing spell upon him (that would be a side effect of Bleu’s entangle), pledges service to the “great wizard.” Now, the party has a bear (and a wood golem named, um, "Woody).
They make their way into the dense forest, coming to a set of thick, twisted vines that shield an extra-dimensional space within, as if it were hewn from a tremendous redwood. Dorit excuses himself to venture beyond magical sheen doors to…well, they never find out what. In the middle of a fine meal of natural fruits, herbs and veggies charge Dorit, shouting for them to “run!” They take him seriously. Perhaps it’s the black, rubbery tentacle attached to his waist.
Uchder cleaves the tentacle with his axe, setting Doirt free. Mort guides the stunned ranger out, followed by Esma. Three amorphous blobs emerge, waving nasty tentacles, as Bleu and Rypen weave their elemental magics. Bleu communes with the plant life to discover that the Blackfire Druids have somehow infiltrated the Watcher-Blades, creating these horrid abominations. Rypen, meanwhile, summons the spirits of fire and earth, preparing to take down the dark creatures. Uchder shields them both, shoving Bleu out the door, while lopping grasping tentacles off himself.
Once everyone is outside, Rypen puts the blob things in a pressure cooker, summoning a crown of earth to surround a boiling flame. The rubbery masses are no more. But neither are the Voyanlames. As a stunned Dorit reports, they are “all gone.”
Dragging Dorit to his feet, the party continues northeast, where Bleu’s keen senses lead them (this based on him actually tasting the black ichor on the mountain). They come to the very edge of the wood at twilight, where they spot a tall, purple bastion, wavering in the gloom. They consider entering the structure, but are stopped by Turnbull, who has tracked the group using “Goldbone,” a Holy/Unholy Avenger that appeared on the dividing line of the Red and Black Temple. The monks gleaned Mort’ “essence” from the sword, and the old mentor chose to confront his former pupil to find out “what stupid thing he had done.”
Things become somewhat clearer now, from a “grand plot” standpoint. Goldbone s one of three keys, items of polar duality. The other two are “SIlverwood” a staff of the magic/true cleric, and “Sunshadow” a Talisman of pure good/evil. These items were used to seal off Fortress Uunlune. They were then supposed to be destroyed. Silverwood, obviously, was not. It was found in the vault beneath the Thorne Throne. Goldbone has rematerialized due to the peculiar series of events involving Uchder. If two of the keys exist, so does the third. Or, so Turnbull says. The appearance of the keys has began the shift if Uunlune back into the current dimension.
Seeing as how Uunlune cannot be entered in its current state, the party decides to investigate Silver Lake, the place where Azhentur Schraan’s body was left to rot. They spend a couple days cavorting and training the Gnolls in advanced agriculture and cheesemaking, discovering several its of information, among them:
(1) Someone showed up wanting to visit the Gnoll’s scared cave. When they denied access, the person went in anyway. The Gnolls ran him off. The description fits “broom dude,” whom the party knows as “R. Schraan,” based on the smudged note found on Niar Schran back at the Thorne Kingdom.
(2) Grimbold the Astronaut’s keep is located a few hours away, but is infested by Goblins.
(3) “The Old One” might have additional information, but they have to travel 2 days into the Roams and search for her in a Moor, where her pets keep guard against intruders.
The party chooses to visit the Old One first. And therein, out story comes to a pause.
TOTAL DAYS: 6, the date is now MAY 18 (campaign time)
Rypen turned himself into a cow, so that the party could teach cheesemaking to the Gnolls.
Bleu is getting a bit put out with the plants, who, at one point, answered her questions in pig latin.
The bear can talk. Like flat out talk. In regular English and shit. Yeah…this is serious, goddamn roleplaying:-)
The party ow consist of 8: Bleu, Esma, Mort, Rypen, Turnbull, Bear, Woody the Golem, and a Gnoll scout named Slowfoot (who’s actually really fast).:-)