TLDR: Five days leading up to the ultimate hag showdown, we ran six assaults throughout the week leading up to Feb. 17 - from attacking the hags in their lairs, to defending Black River Island, and finally escorting the firbolg clan to Griphon's Roost. On Feb. 17, 20 players and 2 DMs converged for a 9-hour session to close out a major plot point. Three tactical squads (melee, range, and blended) deployed to take on two of the three standing hags, Molly and Midden Heap, at the White Tower, a gateway to the feywild on the night of the full moon. Many fell throughout the battle but we survived and "won" in 6 rounds. Thanks to all who played in the week and day of!
(Thank you Lisa S. for recording this on paper as the raid occurred!)
We arrived at the space of the White Tower an hour before sunset. Merelda (through a clairvoyance potion) and the Jinn through his Raven familiar, scouted the tower’s location. The found a variety of 12 bullywugs, frogs, X lizardfolk, 5 Sahaugin, and 4 merrow.
Squad 1 advanced. Liam drew the first blood with fire bolt, followed by Liana with an arrow. Kohaku held down the bullywug with a spiked growth. Squad 2 advanced. Squad 3 advanced. Lucretia called for her squad a blessing and called that they leave no one behind. Rhogar summoned a huge snake. Glin jumped on Rhogar’s horse and they rode into the fray. Krolan snuck in from the East side of the fray.
Two Deepbreath lizardfolk advanced on the river, disappearing under the water as another squad dove into concealment. Many of the bullywugs tried to move through the spike growth, taking a fair amount of damage and killing 2 and bloodying another. The green hag disappeared from the battlefield. A tree erupted into entangling plants and a blight in the midst of Squad 2.
The merrow engaged Krolan with harpoons. The second harpoon pulled him into their clutches. Another squad of Strongclaw lizardfolk advanced on Squad 2 and threw javelins at Koltalon. He knocked one aside but another struck him. Squad 1 advanced further. Shaena and Kohaku struck the Blight as Brea attempted to cast control water from a scroll. Instead she created a fog cloud along the river.
Squad 2 Liam used a twinned scorching ray, causing a beam of fire to boil away the blight. Jinn cast dragon breath on Udoroth and then used acid splash on the Strongclaw lizardfolk near Koltalon. Koltalon advanced on the Strongclaw lizardfolk. He drew Autumn Fury & Summer’s Breath. They sung to him and he smashed them together to create an arcane longsword with smoke rising from the blade: Firestorm. Merelda cast sacred flame. Roscoe and Bennie shot short bows into the Strongclaw lizardfolk.
Squad 3 Krolan engaged with the Merrow. Vincentos tried to cross the river and was attacked by the two Deepbreath swimming lizardfolk. He cast hellish rebuke and killed the first. Lucretzia cast sacred flame on the remaining river-lizardfolk, but missed. Rhogar and Glin rode forward on his horse and tried to trample the Strongclaw lizardfolk. Tormund tolled the dead and then dove into the river. Glin did acid splash on the Deepbreath lizardfolk.
The Deepbreath lizardfolk tried to swim away giving Vincentos an attack of opportunity, killing him. Krolan had made a break across the battlefield into a grove of tree blight swinging needles at him. Koltalon, Bennie, and Udoroth were attacked by the Strongclaw lizardfolk. Udoroth retaliated, swinging his massive greatsword. Koltalon dodged a flurry of attacks. Bennie took a glancing blow from a club. Koltalon saw movement - a fey warrior ran out from the forest behind the lizardfolk. He pulled a short sword - Spring’s Storm, attacking Koltalon and causing him to want to combine the blades. A tiefling warlock emerged with him and attempted to eldritch blast Roscoe, but failed.
Squad 1. Brea cast another spiked growth, containing the bullywugs, then turned into a bear. Kohaku chanted “Char to ash with this blaze of wrath” and cast flaming sphere. Liana took cover behind a tree and shot toward the Strongclaw lizardfolk. Kellan shot after him. Liam did magic missile on a Strongclaw lizardfolk.
Squad 2. Udoroth used his acid breath weapon on the Strongclaw lizardfolk and the tiefling, killing one of the lizardfolk. Mirelda sacred flamed one of the lizardfolk. Koltalon attacked the Fey warrior who parried the blow. Roscoe struck at the fey warrior, but missed. Gabe moved up to the warlock and struck her with sneak attack. She faded away using Misty Escape. The Jinn looked through his raven’s eyes to figure out why no one further in the scene weren’t engaging. They were creating defensive lines.
Squad 3. Krolan continued his journey across the battlefield. Tormund moved forward and tried to cast Haven from a scroll but it failed. Vincentos moved forward and cast fire bolt on one of the trailing lizardfolk. Rhogar’s horse engaged the same lizardfolk. Glin cast acid splash on the lizardfolk in the fray. Lucretzia advanced and cast sacred flame on the Strongclaw lizardfolk, summoning Morgana’s warhammer from the sky to crush him.
The merrows chased after Krolan in the river. Three Deepbreath lizardfolk closed on Krolan from the forest, but their javelins all missed. The tiefling reappeared and targeted Bennie with eldritch blast with a critical strike. Vine blight appeared behind Liana and the Jinn and tried to grapple them. Liana was grappled and taken to the ground, unconscious and then reverted to its form as a tree. The fey warrior pursued Koltalon and engaged again. Spring’s storm sunk in, dealing thunder damage. The Strongclaw lizardfolk near the flaming sphere burned, then five of them surrounded Udoroth with a rain of clubs and shield. The Merrow and Deepbreath lizardfolk chased Krolan further down the river.
Squad 1 Koltalon said “by the forest and glade may you be saved” to heal Liana, who was still grappled. Shaena taunted the vine blight causing it harm and distracting it long enough for Liam to kill it with magic missile. Brea backed up to focus on the spiked growth.
Squad 2: Roscoe pushed the fey warrior prone and then crossed to the blight and landed another blow. Udoroth hit two Strongclaw lizardfolk with his acid breath twice. The Jinn retreated across the river. Merelda sacred flamed the Tiefling warlock. Bennie took advantage of the Fey’s prone with a NAT 20 dealing 38 damage. Koltalon swung Firestorm down on the fey warrior, which parried the first strike. The second strike stunned him. Using his final monk strike, he killed the fey. Spring’s Storm fell from his limp hand.
Squad 3: Krolan used Zephyr Strike to try to escape the swarm of Deepbreath lizardfolk around him. Tormund ran back and cast a fog cloud to cover his retreat. Vincentos fire bolted a Strongclaw lizardfolk. Rhogar’s horse rode forward and Glin jumped off the horse. Then Rhogar rode forward to get to Krolan. He threw 2 javelins at bullywugs frog, killing one. Glin hit two Strongclaw lizardfolk with acid splash. Rhogar’s snake moved forward to grapple a Strongclaw lizardfolk. Lucretzia called down sacred flame on a Strongclaw lizardfolk.
The flaming sphere damaged more Strongclaw lizardfolk. They attacked Udoroth again with clubs and shields. Vine blight moved 10 feet to entangle Roscoe, and Kellan. The tiefling cast faerie fire on Bennie, Udoroth, Koltalon Mirelda, Rhogar’s Snake, and Roscoe. Roscoe lit up with glittery light. She then withdrew from the fray. A Deepbreath lizardfolk tried to attack Rhogar’s snake and failed. Two Deepbreath lizardfolk threw javelins at Rhogar, landing into the ground around his horse’s feet. The tree blights withdrew from the fog. The Merrows moved down the river through the fog. The Sea Hag revealed herself in the spiked growth and attacked Rhogar’s mind, but he shook it off. A vanguard of Deepbreath lizardfolk charged in from the South carrying the larged elven painting and a bundle. There is a shriek, and the wyvern appeared as if from nowhere in the middle of the sky. It swooped down to attack Vincentos with its stinger 33 damage. It then swept through to claw at Rhogar, then flew away. Rhogar and Liam took opportunity attacks as it swept away, disappearing again into the air in the space above the tower’s foundation.
Squad 1: Liam did spell that hit one of the newcomers. The leader, a lizard king unveiled a hooded figure, the body of Heykitd Melayn and threatened to kill him. Shaena gave Udoroth Bardic Inspiration and then did Crown of Madness on the Lizard King. Kohaku cast spike growth around the newcomers calling “Goddess Meliki to Thee I pray, may…” Kellen struck one of the Strongclaw lizardfolk, killing it. Liana poisoned her arrows.
Squad 2. Lindir appeared behind the newcomer lizardfolk. Udoroth hit two Strongclaw lizardfolk with acid breath, killing them both. And then did the same to another two. Koltalon drank a healing potion. Roscoe attacked the blight. Koltalon picked up the sword from the fallen fey warrior. Roscoe jumped back across the river. The Jinn used acid splash against two Strongclaw lizardfolk, killing one. Merelda used guiding bolt against the Tiefling Warlock, but missed. Bennie ducked into obscurement and fired at the Tiefling, then hid in the concealment. Lindir, wielding Winter’s blade appeared on the scene, but was not compelled to approach Koltalon. Lindir targeted the lizard king with his bow.
Squad 3: Lucretzia dropped bless to cast Shield of Faith on herself and dropped 2 healing potions. Tormund unsheathed his hammer and cast shatter with destructive wrath on the crowd of Deepbreath lizardfolk killing five including the king and leaving the shaman on its last leg. He then summoned a spiritual weapon hammer. Vincentos took a healing potion and moved. Krolan closed on the shaman, harrying him. Glin cast an ice knife into the Merrow, hitting two with icy shrapnel. Rhogar closed and attacked the shaman with his halberd. It used its reaction to conjure 4 crocodiles and told them to pick up their fallen loot, then he died. Rhogar’s snake finally grappled the Strongclaw lizardfolk.
Out of the fire, energy swooped up as the Sea Hag ran through the spike growth to target Kohaku, but he shook off the terror. The green hag appeared and cast lightning bolt through a line of heroes including Roscoe, Shaena and the Jinn, who fell unconscious. She then ran to the water disappeared. The wyvern flew down and targeted Lucretzia with its stinger for 14 piercing and 29 poison damage. Lucretzia cast Hellish Rebuke and fell unconscious. It then flew to Glin and bit it. The merrow pushed through the spiked growth to surround Lindir. One claw attack put Lindir on the ground. Two of the Deepbreath emerged from the forest and closed on Rhogar. Needle blights escape the forest and withdraw to the fire and the bullywugs. The crocodiles disappeared with the death of the shaman, dropping the mirror, the painting, and the glove. A needle blight attacked Rhogar while a Strongclaw lizardfolk fought against the snake’s grasp. The Strongclaw lizardfolk continued to hit Udoroth. A Deepbreath lizardfolk grabbed the glove and ducked into the forest.
Squad 1: Kohaku healed Lucretzia and turned into a bear. Shaena healed the Jinn and shot at the Wyvern, but missed. Her arrow bounced off of something. Brea moved away from the water and dodged. Liana shot a Merrow with a poison arrow.
Squad 2: Koltalon put away the swords and ran up to the Deepbreath lizardfolk to finish it off, but only landed one kick. Udoroth attacked the last Strongclaw lizardfolk on him, killing it, and withdrew. Roscoe grabbed a grappling hook and tried to hook the wyvern, but missed. Bennie dashed to help his brother using a grappling hook, but missed. Merelda crushed a gem containing a fire elemental, which appeared in front of the Tiefling. Then she cast Sanctuary on herself. The Jinn readied Mind Spike to target the green hag. Lindir succeeded a death save. His panther attacked the Merrow threatening him.
Squad 3: Lucretzia commanded the wyvern to grovel, but it did not understand it. Tormund guiding bolted the Wyvern, lighting it up in holy fire, and healed Lindir. Vincentos cast protection from evil on the Jinn. Krolan attacked the needle blight and a Deepbreath lizardfolk, killing the first and missing the second. Then he used Zephyr Strike, but missed. Rhogar used a halberd, smiting two of the Deepbreath lizardfolk, killing one and bloodying the second. Glin withdrew from the wyvern and used magic missile on the Wyvern.
The Deepbreath lizardfolk with the glove ran for the Sea Hag. The Midden Heap came up out of the water, triggering The Jinn’s Mind Spike attack, triggering the first Legendary Save. She turned to the Jinn and laughed, and then cast Lightning Bolt against Glin, Rhogar and his horse, Tormund, Vincentos (who fell), and the Deepbreath lizardfolk dealing 31 lightning damage. The lizardfolk died, dropping the glove. The wyvern came down to sting the giant snake dealing 38 points of damage. It clawed at the snake and then tried to fly back to the tower, triggering an opportunity attack, restraining it. The Tiefling took 1 damage from the fire elemental and then cast Dimension Door to move away from the elemental. Several sahaughin, including a shaman, closed on the fire elemental and attacked with bites and spears. Molly continued to slog through the spike growth. She grabbed the glove off the ground, and then she dropped prone. The Deepbreath lizardfolk attacked Rhogar but missed. Merrow struck at Lindir where he laid on the ground, knocking him unconscious again. Krolan, Rhogar, and Lucretzia see a doorway open in the middle of the tower and blurred movement inside. Two of the small fey, quicklings, rushed in and attacked Rhogar, and ran away again, triggering an attack of opportunity that missed.
Squad 1: Kohaku charged the merrow as a bear, downed it, and then attacked the Midden Heap, but missed. Shaena cast Tasha’s on the Midden Heap forcing her to use the second Legendary Save. Brea charged up to the Midden Heap as a bear and hit her twice. Liana took a shot at the Midden Heap hitting her with a poison arrow.
Squad 2: Lindir failed his death save. Merelda used sacred flame against the Midden Heap, hitting her. She cast spiritual weapon which hit the Midden Heap as well, bloodying her. Her fire elemental attacked the sahaugin near it, killing one. The Jinn Misty Stepped into melee with the Midden Heap, put on the glove and Tolled the Dead, causing a loud gong and some damage. Udoroth threw 2 javelin at the Midden Heap from long range, hitting with one. Bennie dashed in to hit the Midden Heap for sneak attack for 17 damage and a bonus attack that missed. Roscoe tried to climb the snake and failed, so he threw the grappling hook, hooking the wing, grappling it.
Squad 3: Vincentos succeeded his death save. Krolan attacked the Deepbreath lizardfolk, killing it. Then he ran toward the Midden Heap and threw a hand axe at her, missing her. Lucretzia cast Guided Strike and then shot the Midden Heap. Glin cast Magic Missile at the Midden Heap and ran away, not even seeing them kill the Hag. Tormund cast Guiding Bolt on the Wyvern, hitting. His spiritual weapon attacked a Merrow but missed. Rhogar’s snake squeezed the Wyvern, bloodying it. Rhogar rode up on his horse and reached the Halbert up, striking it with searing smite for 24 damage. His second attack hit as well with another searing smite for 29 damage, killing it, slicing it in half and letting the snake eat the other half.
Molly stood up and cast lightning bolt on Tormund, Krolan, and Kohaku and Brea for 32 damage (Brea only got 16). Both druids made their CON saves to maintain their spiked growth. A sahaugin closed with the fire elemental. The needle blights moved out of the Spike Growth, bloodying one and tried to needle Lucretzia, failing. One of the Quicklings hit her, knocking her unconscious. The rest of the needle blights closed and missed with their attacks. The Tiefling cast Eldritch blast on Rhogar, hitting once. The merrow picked up the painting and the mirror. A third did a coup-de-grace, killing Lindir outright. He dropped the Winter Blade Lindir called out with his final words, commanding his panther to fight. One quickling dashed in, picked up the sword and ran past Glin and headed straight into the tower. The other Quickling took coup-de-gras on Lucretzia, Tormund, and Krolan, and then ran toward the tower door, past Rhogar for an attack of opportunity that failed.
Squad 1: Kohaku healed both Tormund and Krolan. Shaena inspired Bennie, and shot at a merrow, missing. Liana shot at Molly, killing her with a poison arrow.
Squad 2: Udoroth laid hands on himself and closed into the fight. Merelda is going to do Mass Cure Wounds, healing 6 heroes. The Fire Elemental moved into the Sahaugin, killing one and injuring another. The Jinn held to aid Rhogar with a charisma check. Roscoe ran toward the tower and readied an attack. Bennie dashed toward the tower and threw up a wall to keep the Quicklings from coming back out.
Squad 3: Lucretzia failed her final save and died. Lucretzia’s last words were “It’s… it’s… ahhhhh.” Rhogar moved to the center and tried to persuade the remaining minions to surrender, which succeeded. We had to kill the blights. We gathered both the gloves, the painting, and the mirror. Merelda cast 2 Revivify spells (one from a scroll) to bring back Lucretzia and Lindir, bringing them both back from the dead. They both made sanity checks. Lucretzia made hers. Lindir failed his
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