by (Steve b.)
TL;DR – The Golden Apple Returned, Kathra Kidnapped. Kathra rescued. Drow/Ilithid City found.
The others retrieved the Golden Apple from the Scarlet Abbey and the ghost of Queen Fesnora while I checkout out my new char. I spent maybe a little too long in it, Quest took a letter to Queen Fesnoras grave and burned it, and it seems I missed something else. The chair though, is quite comfortable.
Finally, when I roused myself out of the chair, I found my sword belt fit a little tigher. I’m going to have to limit time in the chair… We were to return the Golden Apple to Delabotta, the dryad. While preparing, we were introduced to a couple of new comers from Sanctus, Talafor a Tiefling magic user of somekind and Norman, a gnome I think. Somehow these two newcomers discovered that the huge fountain in Cavaliers Watch is enchanted with the water having magical benefits.
As we were being introduced to the newcomers, we were caught by a man named Negleis, a curator at the library here in Cavalier’s Watch. He says a book has been stolen, with the thief moving to the rooftops and running away. Having climbed the roof Negleis claims to have seen the thief upon, I could find no trace of movement or activity. Negleis does state he thought the book was taken to a specific house, which I will investigate soon.
Off we went to the Dryad Delabotta. She wasn’t happy to see us, or to hear about the death of queens Fesnora, she’d hopped to torture the lady. Delabotta seems unhinged, in a bad bad way. But she let us access the alter as she said, and down we went.
The steps lead into a pretty typical tomb area, with a large table and a drape of fabric over the top. Fortune favors the bold, and I stepped up and pulled off the drape, revealing a number of weapons, a battle axe, a longsword, a staff and a Warhammer. After a quick prayer, Kathra lifts the Warhammer, which begins to glow softly. I retrieve the longsword, Dildon grabbed the staff, I’m not sure who grabbed the battle axe. There were two armed reliefs on the wall with weapons pointed toward the table, but after Kathra’s prayer, they stood down. I feel like Kathra keeps us out of some trouble with her holy ways.
Dildon found a secret door, and we followed it to some stairs. Heat radiated up from the stairs, but we headed down instead. Down a spiral stair into a small room with a number of dead creatures laying upon the ground. Into another room, and there is a huge Fire Elemental, and a purple skinned, tentacle head creature. At the point, perhaps we should have ran away, but we didn’t. Maddash charged the elemental, his skin burning and peeling up just getting close and attacked the creature, burning and blackening more just swinging at it. I attempted an attack, and got burned myself, so I turned my attention to the other creature. The elemental engulfed Maddash his clothes and skin burning, until Kathra broke her magical Elemental Gem and summoned an equal sized air elemental. The elementals dueled as we turned out attention to the other guy, the Illithid. He turned invisible, and stopped attacking, we couldn’t find him. When Dildon looked down the one cave, he said we had to leave and ran for the steps. We all followed except Kathra, who was behind us, and did not make it up the stairs.
We got up the stairs, and found no Kathra, we waited a few minutes before going back down the stairs, only to see the Illithid dragging Kathra away. He sent a message into Dildon’s mind that he later shared with us, ‘Tell your friends she was delicious’.
We were in no shape to head right after her, so we took a rest, and as we were heading back in, Quest showed up with two gnomes, one named Namfoodle and the other Bro, or I mean Basil, Bro. Reinforcements met, off we went to rescue Kathra.
A few rooms lay between us, one a room with a number of dead Deurgar bodies, and a number of Deurgar turned to stone. Seeing creatures turned to stone made my blood run cold, but we pressed on, and found the Mindflayer, Korvass in the next room with a Drow magic user and a Drow warrior. We moved into the room and Korvass sent me a mental message, saying ‘Betray your friends, and I will let you live’. I shot him with an arrow, and the fight began. Spells from the magic user and Korvass hurt, knocking me to the ground twice, thought my new friend Namfoodle was there both times to heal me and get me back into the fight. Maddash laid into the drow fighter, almost throwing him in the rushing river, but my sword eventually ended him. The magic user turned invisible and caused no end of trouble with his spells, but we moved and attacked Korvass. Spells and arrows pounded the purple skinned creature, and he ran away. I used my newest ability to teleport up to him, and parted his head from his shoulders. Korvass lay dead.
I took Korvass’ head, and announced to the invisible magic user, that its master was dead and it has one chance to live. He chose wisely, and rain away. I presented her tormenters head to Kathra only to find a creature wound about her neck, ready to kill her should she make a sound. I hacked at the thing, but it attacked me, then Talafor came up and burned the creature to ash. Kathra had been freed!
From the room we killed Korvass in, I looked down a hallway and saw a large chamber with multiple Drow and Illithid parties moving about and in the distance, a city. We left, and closed the alter behind us. Something will need to done about this.
The journal entries here are provided by the active player characters participating in the Detroit Marches.
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