Game Date: 3/22/2014
Location: The Game Keep
Campaign: Dragon's Demand, Session 9
Halfbeard (Cliff) - Dwarf Ranger
Lilith (James) - Tiefling Paladin
Raz Furian (Matt) - Human Sorcerer
Vires (Daniel) - Human Alchemist
So to recap, the dragon has made his demand, and now the campaign can now truly begin. Today's session began with an emergency meeting of the town council. They realized that there isn't nearly enough gold in the entire town to complete the dragon's request. We suspect that Aeteperax knows this, and is looking for an excuse to destroy the town. Predictably, the council asked us for our help to defeat the dragon. To help us, the sheriff reluctantly gave us his +2 Ring of Protection, which Lilith now wears. A retired adventurer also donated a Flametongue weapon, which we are giving to Tanith.
On day 1 of our two week time limit, we set out for Tula's Tomb to see if Aeteperax's bones were still there. We used the tunnels under our keep to avoid the spying eyes of dragons. On the way, we tried to check on our kobold friends to see if they could provide any aid. However, we discovered the entrance to the kobold tunnels had been destroyed, and we found no signs of life. We continued to the tomb.
Arriving at the tomb, right off we saw the dragon bones were still there. A fifty-foot long dragon skeleton covered the graveyard. So if these are, indeed, the bones of Aeteperax, how could he also be out and about to terrorize the town? There was a mound of dirt beneath the bones, with a locked door. We already possessed the key, but before we could enter we heard a noise coming from the dragon's skull. It was some sort of mindless chattering, full of meaningless words and psychopathic babblings.
Most of our attacks were absorbed by the mouther's damage reduction, but fortunately magic was still effective. One of Raz's missiles finally finished it off. We healed Halfbeard as well as we could, and debated whether or not to continue on. Well, we'd come this far, and really wanted to see what was inside the tomb. We used the key and opened the door. Inside there was a five foot alcove leading to a long shaft.
It's wasn't a long battle. Vires critted with an attack, causing the additional effect of fire vulnerability, but that never mattered because Halfbeard finished the creature off a few seconds later. We then thoroughly explored the tomb, finally finding a secret door at one end. The passage led to a spiral staircase, which led us further downwards.
Three of the side rooms contained black marble pillars, which had niches holding urns. We felt magic coming from the pillars, but not from the urns themselves. There was another spiral staircase on this level, leading even further down, but Halfbeard was still hurting and we didn't want to push it. We decided to head back to town for now.
We limped back to town, badly damaged but alive. We healed up and sought out Bassy, the town historian. She was quite impressed by everything we told her about the tomb. We asked her how those could really be Aeteperax's bones if the dracolich was out and about. Bassy didn't know, but she was a bit suspicious as to whether that had really been Aeteperax the previous night. She wasn't sure, but there were subtle clues that pointed to the dragon being an illusion. Interesting.
We took care of more business in town, buying more healing potions and such. Lilith and Halfbeard gained a level, the ranger acquiring a dog companion. The next morning we prepared to head back to the tomb. We ended the session there.
It is now day 2 of 14. Since Tanith wasn't with us this week, we decided he spent the day studying an indecipherable book of power. It takes 48 hours to get any useful information from this book, so he's now halfway done. Next session it will be up to him whether he wants to join us at the tomb or keep studying the book.
I will be out next week, and James and Thomas are iffy. There probably won't be a game, but if there is, someone please give me a recap to post here. It doesn't need to be as detailed as my blogs. A short paragraph is fine. I'm also iffy on 4/5, but I'll let you know as soon as I can.
By the way, this is what goes through my head whenever I see the name Aeteperax: