Scott's Rise of the Runelords Campaign

Adventures in Magnimar

Party enters Magnimar. Defeats shape shifting creatures in Aldern’s townhouse. Defeats party of dwarves at The Apathetic Unicorn on hunt for Moagh. Geth investigates Cleric profaning Abadar’s temple in Magnimar.

Party defeats Skinsaw Cult and their leader Justice Ironbriar.

Geth and Dmitri are jailed for their part.

Jesail and Variel split. Moagh goes drinking.

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The heroes investigate the sanitarium, and the fields

The heroes investigate the sanitarium, learning that the one survivor, a raving lunatic who attacks Moagh on sight is turning into a ghoul.

The heroes then travel to the farm fields, investigating the walking dead. They are attacked by several undead scarecrows.

The heroes locate the leader of the ghouls and defeat him and his ghouls, they discover that the evil maybe coming from Foxglove manor. They investigate the haunted Foxglove manor. They defeat a ghoulified Aldern Foxglove, and find clues that lead them to Magnimar.

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The murders begin in Sandpoint.

A series of murders plagues Sandpoint.

Bodies are found, horribly mutilated, with a seven-pointed star on their chests.

One in the Sandpoint Sawmill, owned by the Scarnettis, with the body of a woman, one of the Vinder sisters, mutilated by the sawmill machinery.

Another murder happens outside of town, with one survivor, who is in a sanitarium.

A farmer stumbles into town complaining about the dead walking the Earth and killing people.

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The Barghest was defeated.

An evil demon barghest in the strange ruins underneath the goblin fortress was defeated.

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Nualia was defeated.

Underneath the goblin forttress, Nualia was defeated.

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Thistletop Territory

AS THE HEROES DRAWS NEAR THISTLETOP, A TALL AND DENSELY THICK WALL OF TANGLED THORNS AND VINES BLOCKS THEIR WAY. AFTER SEARCHING AROUND FOR AN ENTRANCE, SOMEHOW, ARCUS HAD FOUND A WAY THROUGH THE BRIARS. WITH HIS GUIDANCE, THE HEROES EMERGE THROUGH THE THICKET AND REACHED A MAZE LIKE AREA WHERE THEY DISCOVERED SEVERAL GOBLIN DOGS ALL CHAINED UP. MOAGH AND VARIEL QUICKLY SLAUGHTERED THEM ALL WHEN SUDDENLY A PAIR OF LARGE CATS APPEARED BEHIND THE PARTY ALONG WITH A GOBLIN DRESSED IN LEATHERS. VARIEL DECIDED TO CAST A SPELL THAT RESULTED IN THE PASSAGE TO BE FULLY COVERED WITH THICK WEBBING, CATCHING THE TWO CATS AND GOBLIN IN ITS PATH. ONE CAT WAS LUCKY AND MADE A LUNGE FOR GETH.

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Ambush/Sandpoint Devil

THE HEROES RETIRED TO THE RUSTY DRAGON TO REST UP AND THE NEXT MORNING REPORTED TO MAYOR DEVERIN OF THEIR PROGRESS. THEY SOON WAS MET WITH THE SURPRISED PRESENCE OF SHERIFF HEMLOCK, WHO ALSO CAME BACK WITH A BUNCH OF HIRED MERCENARIES. HE WAS NOT PLEASED TO FIND THAT THE SANDPOINT THEATER HAD BURNED TO THE GROUND AND THAT TSUTO WAS NOW DEAD. ALL THEY NOW COULD HOPE TO DO IS KEEP THE GOBLINS FROM ATTACKING AND DESTROYING SANDPOINT. WITH HEMLOCK AND HIS MERCENARIES IN TOWN, NEWS FROM SOME MERCHANTS WHO WERE AMBUSHED BY GOBLINS MIGHT BE THE RIGHT CLUE THE HEROES NEED TO HUNT THEM DOWN BEFORE THEY PLAN THEIR ATTACK.

BEFORE LEAVING TOWN, THE HEROES BEGAN PREPARATIONS TO RIDE TOWARDS THE THISTLETWOOD FOREST UP NORTH BY WAY OF THE DEVIL’S PLATTER. ACCORDING TO THE MERCHANTS, THIS IS THE ROUTE WHERE THEY GOT AMBUSHED. MEANWHILE, DMITRI GOT A MISSIVE FROM A MYSTERIOUS ELDER, ANCIENT BEYOND RECKONING, BY THE NAME OF MADAME NISKA MVASHTI. A WELL KNOWN PEACEMAKER EVEN BEFORE SANDPOINT WAS ESTABLISHED, SHE SPOKE TO DMITRI ABOUT A “VISIONSHE RECEIVED REGARDING A RELIC THAT MUST BE RETURNED. NOT REALLY QUITE SURE WHY HE WAS SINGLED OUT AND WHAT THE PORTENT MEANS, HE TOOK IT TO HEART AND WAS TOLD TO TELL NO ONE OF WHAT SHE JUST SAID.

THE TREK TO THISTLEWOOD FOREST WAS A LONG, HARD RIDE. THEY WERE MAKING STRIDES BUT WAS SURPRISED BY AN AMBUSH DEVISED BY SOME HOBGOBLINS. THEY FIRED A VOLLEY OF ARROWS FROM THE RIDGE TOP AND SOON HAD THE HEROES DUCKING FOR COVER OR DISMOUNTING. GETH AND MOAGH PLANNED ON GETTING UP CLOSE TO THEIR ENEMIES WHILE DMITRI GOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO HURL A BOLT OF HOLY FIRE TO THE NEAREST GOBLINOID. MEANWHILE VARIEL AND ARCUS FIRED A COMBINATION OF SPELL AND STONE BULLETS FROM AFAR. THE FIGHTING BECAME FIERCE AS EACH PARTY TRIED TO SEEK AN ADVANTAGE BUT EVENTUALLY THE HEROES PREVAILED. HAVING DEFEATED THE HOBGOBLINS, THEY CONTINUED ON, PRESSING THEIR MOUNTS BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN AND THE WEATHER TURNS CHILLY FOR THE NIGHT.

THE NEXT DAY THEY ENCOUNTER A CARRIAGE ON THE TRAIL THAT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ATTACKED. THE ROOF HAD BEEN DESTROYED BY A LARGE BITE MARK THAT RESEMBLED THAT OF AN UNLIKELY EQUINE NATURE. THE TRACKS REVEALED HOOVES BUT THEY APPEARED AND DISAPPEARED ALONGSIDE THE CARRIAGE. NO SIGNS OF ANYONE BUT A DISCARDED EMPTY CHEST. RUMORS OF THE SANDPOINT DEVIL FROM THE MERCHANTS CAME RUSHING BACK AND THE HEROES DECIDED TO INVESTIGATE AND PUT A STOP TO THIS CREATURE. VARIEL VOICED HIS OBJECTIONS BUT THE MAJORITY WON AND THEY CONTINUED ON TO FOLLOW THE FEW TRACKS THEY FOUND. IT APPEARS THAT IT LED THEM TO AN ENCAMPMENT OF SORTS AND A GREAT CHASM WHERE THE HOOVES HAVE DESCENDED INTO THE DARKNESS.

ARCUS WENT TO INVESTIGATE THE CHASM AND FOUND IT QUITE DEEP AND RETURNED TO THE PARTY AS GETH APPROACHED THE TENT QUIETLY. HE FOUND THREE SLEEPING MERCENARIES, ONE WITH A LOADED CROSSBOW AIMED TOWARDS THE ENTRANCE OF THEIR TENT. A BRIEF SCUFFLE ENSUED AND THEY SOON WERE IN AGREEMENT THAT EACH PARTY WILL HAVE TO COOPERATE SINCE THEY WERE ALL WORKING FOR THE GOOD OF SANDPOINT. GETH DID NOT TRUST THEM BUT THEY DID PROVIDE THE TENT AND THE TOOLS NEEDED TO EXPLORE AND GO DOWN TO PURSUE THE SANDPOINT DEVIL IN ITS LAIR. FOR THE NEXT MORNING PROVED TO BE QUITE VEXING SINCE THE MERCENARIES WOULD NOT HELP OUT IN KILLING THE CREATURE. INSTEAD THE HEROES ENDED UP GOING AFTER THE DEVIL THEMSELVES, BUT NOT BEFORE THE MERCENARIES GAVE THEM SOME MAGICAL ITEMS. TWO WANDS, WHICH VARIEL TOOK, A RING FOR MOAGH AND A PAIR OF GLOVES THAT GETH DONNED. THANKFUL, YET STILL WARY OF THEM, THE PARTY HARNESSED THEMSELVES TO A ROPE AND CLIMBED DOWNWARD TO A TUNNEL THAT ARCUS DISCOVERED. THE CREATURE RETURNED BUT NOT ALONE, IT CARRIED THE PONY THAT BELONGED TO ARCUS AS IT DOVE DOWN BELOW, LEAVING ONLY A BRIEF TRAIL OF ITS SHADOW IN ITS WAKE.

QUICKLY, MOAGH TOOK THE LEAD WITH GETH AND DMITRI CLOSE BEHIND. ARCUS TRAILED LAST WHILE VARIEL ADAMANTLY DID NOT WANT TO RISK CLIMBING DOWN. NO SOONER THAT MOAGH REACH THE LIP OF THE TUNNEL THAT THE SANDPOINT DEVIL MADE AN APPEARANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE CREATURE IS AKIN TO A HORSE, BUT WITH BAT WINGS AND A LONG LIZARD LIKE TAIL. ROWS OF SHARP TEETH THAT LEERS AT YOU AND A SKELETAL FRAME COMPLETES THE IMAGE OF THIS DEVIL SPAWNED CREATURE. IT LOOKS AS THOUGH IT IS ATTRACTED TO THE MAGICAL ITEMS THAT THE HEROES ARE NOW WEARING AND ARE GLOWING BRIGHTLY AS THE CREATURE CAME CLOSER. MOAGH IMMEDIATELY TOOK A SWING WITH HIS SWORD WHILE GETH BLURTED A SPELL OF TRUE STRIKE AND ATTEMPTED TO FLANK IT. THE CRAMPED TUNNEL ONLY OFFERED ENOUGH SPACE FOR TWO PEOPLE SIDE BY SIDE WHICH LEFT DMITRI WAITING TILL HIS COMRADES PRESSED FURTHER IN. AS IF READING HIS MIND, THE CREATURE THEN RETREATED BACK FROM MOAGH’S ATTACK, WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY GETH’S AND IT SOON LEFT ENOUGH SPACE FOR DMITRI TO ENTER THE FRAY. MOAGH CONTINUED HIS ATTACK AS DID GETH BUT THE DEVIL THEN RELEASED AN AWFUL SOUND THAT PANICKED THE TWO HEROES LEAVING DMITRI OPEN AS HE CAST A COMPLEX SPELL OF SUMMONING. THE CREATURE TRIED TO ATTACK THE FLEEING HEROES BUT ITS ATTENTION WAS AVERTED BY THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF THREE CELESTIAL EAGLES SWOOPING DOWN ON IT.

MOAGH AND GETH BOLTED FURTHER IN THE TUNNEL TO GET AWAY FROM THE DEVIL BUT RAN TO A DEAD END. DMITRI HELD HIS GROUND, ALONG WITH HIS SUMMONED EAGLES. ARCUS AND VARIEL, SEEING THEIR COMPANIONS NEARLY KILLED, FINALLY DECIDED TO JOIN THE BATTLE AND FIGHT THE BEAST. IT FACED THE THREE EAGLES AND WITH ONE BELLOW SPEWED FORTH A GOUT OF FLAMES THAT INCINERATED THEM INSTANTLY. IT THEN CHARGED AFTER DMITRI WHO WISELY RETREATED BACK TO WHERE MOAGH AND GETH WERE RECOVERING. AS THE THREE REUNITED AND STOOD THEIR GROUND, THE DEVIL ONCE AGAIN ATTACKED. DESPITE WITH ARCUS AND VARIEL COVERING THE REAR, THE BATTLE CAME TO A VERY CLOSE END FOR THE HEROES. USING THEIR LAST RESERVES OF ENERGY, SPELL AND MIGHT, THEY UNITED TOGETHER AND FINALLY KILLED THE SANDPOINT DEVIL.

AFTER SOME MUCH NEEDED REST AND HEALING, THEY GATHERED WHAT TREASURES THEY FOUND AND HEADED BACK. THE MERCENARIES WERE WAITING FOR THEM IN AMBUSH THE MOMENT MOAGH WAS IN SIGHT BY FIRING BOLTS INTO THE TUNNEL. IT SEEMS THEY ALSO HAD CUT AWAY THE ROPES THAT ARCUS AND VARIEL LEFT BEHIND. A BRIEF NEGOTIATION WAS UNDER WAY BUT VARIEL FELT THAT CREATING A DIVERSION WOULD SPEED THINGS UP. HE RECREATED THE SOUND OF THE DEVIL COMING OUT OF THE CHASM AND SOMEHOW FRIGHTENED THE MERCENARIES TO FLEE FOR THEIR LIVES. TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THERE WOULD BE NO MORE SURPRISES, DMITRI SUMMONED HIS EAGLES ONCE MORE AND HAD THEM SURVEYED THE ENTRANCE AND BID THEM TO ATTACK IF THEY ARE STILL AROUND WHILE THE HEROES CLIMB BACK UP. AFTER COLLECTING THEIR HORSES AND PACKED THEIR GEARS, THEY DECIDED TO CONTINUE ON TO THISTLETOP WOODS.

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The Quasit

THE HEROES DECIDED TO FACE THE FACT THAT TIME IS RUNNING OUT AND THEY NEED ANSWERS SOON. GIVING UP ON SAVING THE THEATER FROM THE FIRE, THE HEROES HEADS BACK TO THE GARRISON, HOPING THE BUGBEAR MIGHT SHED SOME LIGHT. WHAT THEY FIND INSTEAD WAS A DEAD TSUTO AND ALSO A FEW OF THE GARRISON GUARDS. THE GUARD WHO TOOK CUSTODY OF THE BUGBEAR WAS STILL ALIVE BUT A BIT SHAKEN UP AND THEY ASKED HIM TO GO TO THE HAGFISH TO RELAX AND NOT SAY A WORD OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED. THEY QUICKLY SURVEYED THE CARNAGE AND NOTED THAT MAGIC WAS SOMEHOW INVOLVED. THEY WILL HAVE TO CLEAN THINGS UP FAST AND HOPE THAT AMEIKO AND THE REST OF THE TOWN CITIZENS WOULD NOT KNOW THAT THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE FOR THE FOLKS OF SANDPOINT. AFTER INTERROGATING THE BUGBEAR WITH NO FURTHER LEADS, THEY WOULD INVESTIGATE THE ONLY CHAMBER THEY HAVEN’T OPENED IN THE UNDERGROUND TUNNELS OF THE GLASSWORKS. BELIEVING IT WOULD REVEAL ANSWERS TO THEIR BURGEONING QUESTIONS, THEY DECIDED TO HEAD BACK TO THE RUSTY DRAGON INN FOR THE NIGHT AND START FRESH THE NEXT MORN. GETH WISHES TO TELL AMEIKO PERSONALLY OF HER BROTHER’S DEMISE BUT NEXT MORNING FOUND HER MISSING WHEN HE ASKED BETHANA HER WHEREABOUTS. IT WILL JUST HAVE TO WAIT.

AS BEFORE, THE CLOSED DOORS NEAR THE PUTRID WATER BASIN WAS EMANATING AURAS OF MAGIC COMING FROM WITHIN. THE HEROES EVENTUALLY ENTERED THE CHAMBER, WARY OF WHAT IS INSIDE. THEY SEE BEFORE THEM A POOL OF SOME SORT WITH A RING OF SKULLS AND VARIEL ALONE NOTICES THE PULSING GLOW OF MAGICAL LIGHT COMING FROM IT. THERE WERE ALSO TWO WOODEN DOORS, ONE ON THE LEFT WALL AND ANOTHER ON THE RIGHT, AND FURTHER BACK INTO THE ROOM, TWO FLIGHTS OF STAIRS ON OPPOSITE ENDS LEADS TO A LANDING WHERE A FIERY POOL OF MAGMA BLAZES. DMITRI INVESTIGATES THE LEFT DOOR AND OPENED IT TO REVEAL A MULTI-COLORED SKELETON ON A STAND. FINDING LITTLE ELSE IN THE ROOM, DMITRI RETURNED TO THE MAIN CHAMBER AND BEGAN TO APPROACH THE STAIRS WHILE MOAGH CHECKS THE OTHER DOOR. BAD LUCK STRUCK AS MOAGH TRIGGERED A TRAP AND WAS MILDLY WOUNDED. AT THE SAME TIME, A TINY WINGED CREATURE SUDDENLY APPEARED BESIDE HIM TO LASH OUT VICIOUSLY WITH ITS DAGGER, SPOUTING THAT THE MOTHER WILL HAVE THEM. THE PARTY THEN RALLIED TO THREATEN THIS NEW ENEMY AND BATTLE ENSUED. IT CALLED FORTH A GIANT CENTIPEDE AS IT FLEW BACK TOWARDS THE POOL. IT INSTRUCTED THE CREATURE TO ATTACK GETH AND VARIEL. MEANWHILE MOAGH REGAINED HIS BEARING AND CHARGES THE TINY DEMON WHILE DMITRI CIRCLES AROUND TO PROVIDE REINFORCEMENT. TO THE PARTY’S AMAZEMENT, THE DEMON SLIT ITS OWN HAND AND SPILLED ITS OWN BLOOD INTO THE POOL. VARIEL NOTICES AGAIN THAT MAGICAL GLOW BUT THIS TIME IT DIMINISHED SLIGHTLY AS THE CREATURE’S BLOOD INTERACTS WITH THE GLOWING WATER, CAUSING IT TO BOIL AND FROTH. WITHIN MOMENTS, A PAIR OF CREATURES APPEARED OUT OF THE POOL. THE FAMILIAR ABOMINATIONS THAT BEARS THE STRANGE SYMBOLS ON THEIR CHEST BEGAN TO STEP OUT AND LUNGED FOR MOAGH AND DMITRI.

GETH AND VARIEL QUICKLY DISPATCHES THE GIANT CENTIPEDE, SEEING THE NEW THREAT EMERGE FROM THE WELL. THE DEMON, HAVING SUMMONED THESE BEAST SPAWNS DISAPPEARED QUITE SUDDENLY BUT NOT UNTIL MOAGH HAD A CHANCE TO HURL HIS DAGGER AND STRIKING IT TRUE. WITH THESE NEW THREAT, MOAGH FACE OFF ALONGSIDE GETH AND DMITRI WHILE VARIEL REMAINS A SAFE DISTANCE FROM AFAR. THE BEASTS WERE ATTACKED WITH SWORD AND SPELL UNTIL THEY FINALLY EXPIRED BUT VARIEL SOMEHOW ATTEMPTED TO RECREATE THE SAME FEAT THAT THE DEMON USED TO SUMMON THESE VILE CREATURES HOPING TO SOMEHOW BEND IT TO HIS WILL AND POSSIBLY WEAKEN THE POOLS’ MAGIC. SADLY, THE RESULT WAS NOT TO THE PARTY’S ADVANTAGE. TWO NEW BEASTS EMERGED AND BEGAN THEIR ASSAULT ON VARIEL AND THE REST OF THE PARTY. THE DEMON FINALLY APPEARED ABOVE THE RAISED PLATFORM HURLING CURSES AT THE PARTY. IT SOMEHOW FELT THAT ITS TIME OF DEMISE IS NEARING. FINISHING OFF THE LAST BEAST SPAWN, THE HEROES CLOSED IN ON THE DEMON AS IT HURLED ITS DAGGER FOR THE FINAL TIME. THE TINY CREATURE SUDDENLY FELL INTO THE FIRE WHERE IT TURNED INTO A FLAME COLORED CRYSTAL. THE HEROES FELT IT WAS TIME TO HEAD BACK TO REST BUT NOT BEFORE REALIZING THAT THE WEIGHT OF THEIR BURDEN HAS NOT BEEN LIFTED. THEY ARE STILL AT A LOSS AS TO WHEN WILL THESE GOBLINS AND THEIR MASTERS ATTACK SANDPOINT.

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The Diva

RETURNING BACK TO TOWN, THE HEROES HAVE DECIDED TO SPLIT UP AND FOLLOW THEIR OWN AGENDAS ON HOW THEY WILL SPEND THE REMAINING HOURS. AS THE REST OF THE TOWN PREPARES FOR AN EVENING OF ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, THE GUEST TITLE ROLE OF THE HARPY QUEEN, ALISHANDRA OF MAGNIMAR TAKES CENTER STAGE AS THE STORY UNFOLDS AT THE SANDPOINT THEATER. DMITRI AND VARIEL BOTH TOOK THIS OPPURTUNITY TO ENJOY THE PRESENCE OF THE MAGNAMARIAN DIVA’S TALENT AND BEAUTY. UNFORTUNATELY THAT WAS SHORT LIVED AS A SCORE OF GOBLINS LED BY A FEMALE BUGBEAR BEGAN THEIR ATTACK ON THE AUDIENCE AS WELL AS ATTEMPTING TO GET CLOSE TO ALISHANDRA. WITH SWORD AND SPELL, DMITRI AND VARIEL WENT FACE TO FACE WITH THESE GOBLINS WHO EVENTUALLY SCARED OFF MOST OF THE AUDIENCE OUT OF THEIR SEATS AND SENT THEM RUNNING BACK TO THEIR HOMES.

OUTNUMBERED AND DESPERATELY HOPING THAT THE LOCAL TOWN GUARDS WOULD BE ALERTED AND THAT THEY IN TURN CALL THE REST OF THE HEROES BACK, DMITRI AND VARIEL TRIED TO FEND OFF THE GOBLINS AS THEY SET FIRE TO THE PREMISES. POOR ALISHANDRA WAS TRAPPED ON STAGE AS THE BUGBEAR AND A SMALL BAND OF GOBLINS BEGAN THEIR APPROACH TOWARD THE DIVA AS THE FIRE QUICKLY BEGAN TO SPREAD ON STAGE AS WELL AS THE REST OF THE THEATER. AND AS IF ON QUE, CHARGING ON UP THE STAGE, MOAGH AND GETH APPEARED FROM BEHIND THE MONSTERS TO RESCUE HER. NEARBY, VARIEL’S QUICK CASTING OF A SPELL RESULTED IN SOME OF THESE GOBLINS TO FALL DOWN ON THEIR TRACKS, SOUND ASLEEP. WITH THE TABLES TURNED, THE MONSTERS WAS SOON APPREHENDED. ALL WERE PUT TO DEATH, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THEIR LEADER. THE HEROES THOUGHT IT BEST TO EXTRACT SOME INFORMATION FROM HER AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY CAN ABOUT THE ATTACK. SADLY, THE THEATER HAS BURNED DOWN, TOO LATE FOR THE HEROES TO RESCUE. IT WAS ANOTHER GRIM REMINDER OF THE THREAT THAT THESE GOBLINS ARE NOT WORKING ON THEIR OWN VOLITION. THEY ASKED ONE OF THE GUARDS TO PUT THEIR PRISONER BEHIND BARS.

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The Beasts

Last we left off, the heroes went back to the Rusty Dragon Inn, after another trek below the town’s Glasswworks. After having rested and eager to finish clearing out the catacombs of monstrous beasts, they decided to check up on Tsuto at the garrison to inquire further about his lover, Nualia, and her plans for Sandpoint. Arcus, for reasons of his own, decided to excuse himself of this venture and stay behind to seek out Master Cyrdak and recount the telling of his exploits with the Heroes of Sandpoint. He found him along with a youthful scribe by the name of Merrilon, who will write down his tales as they enjoy a fine meal together.

Arriving at the garrison, Tsuto was not very cooperative but offered to draw out a map if he was given a knife. Geth, not trusting his intent, tried to negotiate a deal but ended in a brief scuffle where Tsuto made an attempt to harm himself. Having wasted enough time, the heroes left Tsuto in the care of the two garrison guards. The last words they heard from Tsuto rang the ominous portent that soon Sandpoint will burn as they headed back to the Glasswworks.

The party then investigated the catacombs further and followed a very long tunnel. This lead them to a dead end cave made of limestone, approximately 1700 feet from where they first began. Knowing that there must be another form of entrance or exit, they searched the moss covered cave and eventually found it. A well hidden mechanism provided the means to open one wall to the outside. This gave way to an encampment of sorts, abandoned by the looks of the remains. After searching the area and scoping out the terrain, the heroes decided to disable this passageway so that the goblins won’t be able to use this secret passage to gain entry into Sandpoint. Once completed, they made their long journey back using the river’s edge as a guide to reach the town’s northern border.

VargouilleBefore heading back below the Glassworks, Arcus has rejoined the rest of the party and returned once again to investigate another corridor that led to a steep stairwell that ended in a nondescript door. Once opened, it revealed a rounded chamber with a pool at its center and another door directly opposite where the heroes entered. Taking a closer look, the party entered and inspected the bone rimmed pool and was soon surprised by a pair of tentacled, flying heads coming from up above the darkened ceiling. One swooped down on Moagh to deliver a vicious bite, leaving a sickly fluid seeping out of its maw and Moagh’s shoulder. The other one attacked with a chilling scream that seemed to paralyzed Arcus and Dmitri in their tracks. This left Geth and Variel to fend for themselves and help fight off the creatures with their weapons and spells. After what seemed like an eternity, they finally dispatched the two creatures with their concentrated efforts and having recovered from their wounds entered through the other door cautiously. The chamber that greeted them contained a spiral staircase that led up to a collapsed passage where it would be dangerous if it where it to be cleared out. Having no other course but to retreat back, they will have to finally face that horror they previously left behind in another chamber, hoping to find it still preoccupied in the far off corner of that same room.

To their disappointment, the creature was not caught unawares and has called on its companion as the heroes tried to sneak past it. A closer observation of that monstrosity finds it wielding a sword in one hand, and an ax on the other. The realization that it also sprouted another pair of smaller arms, just above its shoulders, with one carrying a small dagger, disturbed the heroes as to what kind of creature this is. It spoke, cooing to its companion to came out of its large suspended cage, which the heroes did not see until now. Inside the opened cage, a blue black bat began to unfurl its large wings as it flew out and attacked the first hero to enter the chamber. Moagh, ever battle ready, stood his ground as he return the attack, while the monster approached a covered pit and simply walked over it towards him, sword and ax at the ready.

The battle ensued for some time in the corridor that lead to the chamber, hoping that the heroes can lead them out to better advantage. To their surprise, the creature just slammed the door in front of them, successfully cutting them off from view. Trying once again to engage the monsters, they approached to open the door and was greeted with a thick plume of sticky blood cloud that burst out of the monster’s mouth. Reeling from it effects, the heroes fell back and was preyed upon by the large bat. Unfortunately, it did not fare well in close confined quarters and was quickly brought down. At this point the monster activated an alarm that called forth an echoing sound through the corridor. Moagh charged in the room to attack the monster while Geth followed close behind. Meanwhile Dmitri, covering the rear, encountered two of the same creatures he remembered well, their chest emblazoned with those glowing runes. Variel sought refuge in the doorway and prepared his arcane spells, battling with himself whether to face these enemies or the one lone enemy Moagh and Geth were fighting. Soon that decision was made for him as the battle raged on around him from both sides.

Finally defeating both enemies, the heroes made quick headway into the adjacent chamber. Though not until they destroyed every trapped undead creatures they found in those pits. One even had a close encounter with Variel who tried to retrieve the sword that fell in when Moagh attacked and defeated that multi armed abomination. After Dmitri expended some positive energy to cleanse these restless monsters, the heroes decided to move on where they found a side passage that led to another chamber that held a similar staircase. They followed it down to another collapsed passage, assuming it to be the same one they previously encountered. Retreating their steps, another door came into sight and here they discovered a room full of floating items.

Recognizing for what they are, Variel wasted no time gesturing madly incantations of detection and transmutation, one after another. The room held a tome of considerate size, a dagger, a few scrolls, and other items of note. Having collected everything, the party then headed back to the Inn and prepared for a night at the Sandpoint Theater.

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