Saturday, April 16, 2016

Shattered Star: Meruca Gets Stuck Doing Dishes

Game Date: 4/16/2016
Location: The Game Keep
Campaign: Shattered Star, Session 52
System: D&D 5e
DM: Rusty

The Party:
Bjertha Brawlbaker (Matt) - Dwarf Fighter
Fellany Mertien (Gary, subbing for Cliff) - Human Fighter
Gustav Greycastle (Graham) - Human Necromancer
Maruca (Daniel) - Elf Ranger/Cleric/Rogue
Slancio Brioso (Thomas) - Human Bard

The Session:
We're still exploring the various rooms of Lord Xin's crystal tower.  Today we peeked into one room and saw a long crystal table.  About a dozen defunct Legionnaires lined the walls.  The table was was set with valuable mithral dishes and crystal goblets.   We sent Meruca in, to invisibly pocket as many of the dishes as she could grab.  She would stuff a few dishes in her bag of holding, then leave the room to refresh her invisibility spell, and head back in for more.  When she was about 3/4ths done, she was detected.

As she started to grab another plate, a Wall of Force went up in the doorway, locking her in the room and separating her from the rest of the party.  Lasers shot at her from runes in the ceiling.  Slancio rushed forward and used Dispel Magic on the Wall of Force.  We all fled from the dining room, and checked out the nearby spiral staircase.  Gustav sent his pseudodragon familiar both up and down the stairs.  The lower level was partly flooded with sea water, and contained thousands of Legionnaires.  The upper level was filled with golems.  We went up.

At the top of the stairs was another vastly wide room, similar to the floor we'd come from.  Like the pseudodragon told us, the walls were lined with various types of golems.  However, none of them attacked us yet.  There were eight doorways around the room.  We started opening doors.  The first door gave Gustav interesting visions of Xin's past misdeeds, but nothing jumped out at us.  When we opened the next door, we were attacked from two directions.

Homunculus Mass
From inside the smaller room, a "Homunculus Mass" attacked us.  Meanwhile, one of the golems lining the larger room came to life.  It was a clockwork dragon.  The Mass grabbed Gustav right off, poisoning him into unconsciousness, hoping to absorb him.  Bjertha and Gustav's two best skeletons fought the Mass, while the rest of the party worked on the dragon.  The dragon was vulnerable to Lightning, so Slancio and Meruca pulled out their Lightning wands.

After a few rounds, the dragon self-destructed.  The explosion wiped out most of Gustav's zombies, and did massive damage to most of the party.  Then it released some radiation which damaged us even more.  Then the Homunculus Mass let out a loud shriek which hurt us even more.  We took a lot of damage that round, but Fellany quickly finished off the Mass and we took a short rest.

In the next room we faced three Axiomites (like the "answering machine" servants we fought in session 49), and one mechanical angel.  Bjertha and Fellany stayed in the doorway, keeping the enemies from reaching the rest of the party.  Slancio put a zone of silence in the middle of the smaller room, neutering the Axiomites' spells.  Meruca flew up and tried lightning, which was effective on the angel but harmless on the other foes.  Bjertha and Fellany kept passing the Sihedron back and forth to keep their hit points up. 

Fellany dealt the final blow to the angel.  Bjertha, Gustav, and Meruca each finished off an Axiomite.  Then we found a non-magical amulet.  We ended the session there.