Location: The Game Keep
Campaign: Shattered Star, Session 17
System: D&D 5e
Bjertha (Matt) - Dwarf Fighter
Carlie Nackle (Chere) - Gnome Wizard
Maruca (Daniel) - Human Ranger /Cleric/Rogue
Shemus (Cliff) - Elf Ranger
Slancio Brioso (Thomas) - Human Bard
Today we started out resting on the beach, recovering from last session's epic fight with a statue. After a long rest, we tried the nearby door and peeked into the next room. On the walls were murals depicting wanton acts between otherworldly beings and the Runelord Sorshen (whose body is now a party member named Tai, having changed her name after Sa'oa's mind took over Sorshen's body. Confused yet?) The murals were signed by an artist named Amivadeus Yasrin.
Once they were destroyed, we saw another statue around the next corner. We took a preemptive strike on this one, and killed it in a couple of rounds. Through the next hall we saw more dirty murals. Meruca, Slancio and Bjertha triggered a pit trap, but only Bjertha failed her save and fell. She managed to land between the spikes, and didn't take much damage.
We spent a while figuring out how to get the party across the 15-foot long pit. We did lots of tricks with ropes and pitons, some climbed across, others jumped. Bjertha performed a Fastball Special on Carlie, easily tossing her across the pit. Once we were all across, we made our way down the narrow hallway until we reached a door. We kicked the door in, and saw a chanting Incubus.
The next room was very warm. It was a large room, with a two-tiered raised area in the middle. In the center of the highest platform, a gray flame burned. There were two side chambers, one of which had a set of doors. On another wall there was an obvious secret passage - a dull gray section of wall next to an unlit torch. Meruca got the idea to light the torch from the gray flame.
Note I had to leave the session early, but here's what I'm told happened next, courtesy of Rusty:
Shemus impetuously opened the doors to the west. They found a hallway with ten doors; five on the south wall, and five on the north wall. All but one of them said the same thing, translated from Thassilionian by Jasper: "Thou wouldst enter? Then thou must touch!" The remaining door, the closest on the north wall, was covered with frost. It said, "Thou wouldst enter to enjoy the company of the Runelord of Lust herself? Then thou must touch!" So Shemus touched it. Shemus, Slancio, and Carlie received a large amount of Cold damage. The rest of the rooms were luxurious bedrooms. Maruca and Slancio helped themselves to the sheets. Shemus found a secret door in the west wall, which led to an even more luxurious bedroom, complete with a 10 x 15 ft bed. Leaving that room, they found another room with benches and a starburst pattern on the floor that detected as magical. The group decided to back out of the room at that point.
Going back to the flame room, the door had shut again. Bjertha lit the torch again, with no ill effects. They then spent several minutes trying to figure out how to shut the door again, and how to open it from the other side. Eventually, Shemus had put the torch out, and went back up to the flame to light it again. The Cacodaemons reappeared, showing a new ability, flame breath. One breathed on Shemus, but he escaped the worst of it. Another got Bjertha, Maruca, Tai, Carlie, and Jasper. Jasper got dropped. No sooner had he been brought up when another one breathed again, killing Jasper outright. Shemus was dropped again before they were all dealt with.