Close Encounters of the Polar Kind

Hostile Reception
Log 6

Ragnar could sense evil beyond the purple light ahead and warned the group, since their arcane & divine support was a little low, they retreated and rested in the former Kobold sniper post.

The visions of weird things were getting more intense the further they into the cave complex and then they step into the purple light. A room was revealed with lots of statue acting as columns, as Marcus & Ragnar headed towards the rooms they were attacked by Lemures! The Lemures were dispatched quickly but they left a bitter taste in Ragnars' mouth Devils were present here, they needed to go further and purge this evil.

The walls and floors were made of some kind of black tar material which made the skin crawl touching it, the place radiated evil like a rock band, splashing blessed Ale on the floor (Taklinn had no water on him) made the ale froth and fizz.

Marcus open the door to the next room which was similar to the first and then detected movement behind the next door, but before they could open the door, the door burst outwards!

Kobolds and a Lemure attacked the group many wounds were sustained but the valiant singing of Wilbury pulled the group through and they were triumphant!

Marcus spent time in here with some of the others looking around the shelves (the room was a library) and found some scrolls, Taklinn had a kip to regain the spells he had used to keep everyone alive and the group proceeded on.

The next door led to a massive garden of sorts, completely dead and overgrown with large thickets of thorny brush. Marcus set the plants on fire hoping to turn them to ash, alas what was seeping into the plants had infused them with something as while they caught fire, they did not appear to be consumed, but by the light of the fire they could see a tower in the middle of the garden.

Group decided to back track and do other thing while the fire burned itself out and tried another door which led to a corridor with another door, opening the door revealed a large amount of Kobolds along with a large amount of javelins that were thrown at Grok. The party leapt in action, it seemed that the Kobolds wre examining some curtains which hung at some points in the room, the group changed into the room. Unfortunately for Grok the floor was wet when Taklinn tried to exorcize  it with blessed water. Grok was very annoyed . Marcus had managed to find a powerful wand in the library and used it on the Kobolds nearest to him which beside killing them, also vaporized the curtains and revealed a mass of fire which singed his eyebrows as he dodged back to avoid a gout of flame.

The fight continues, next time….

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Into the Depths
Log 5

The group started to look around the final areas find a darkmantle (that Marcus almost got grabbed by) and the Underground river again, this time with 2 rafts.

Thinking there was more to this place the group decided to split into the two rafts. The first raft had Kielder, Lyari & Grok. Raft 2 had Marcus, Ragnar, Wilbury & Taklinn.

Partway down the river, Raft 1 found the spider lurking on the ceiling and kill it without it laying a bite on anyone.

The river after about 20 minutes came to an end in a huge underground lake, since it was quite big the rafts stuck to the left hand wall when suddenly Grok was hit by crossbow bolts from a Kobold sniper position on the wall, the group fired back but either fell short or bounced off the Kobold's armour. The Kobolds reign of fire abruptly stopped when Lyari cast Colour Spray on them and they all fell into the water to drown.

Pulling each other up to the sniping position they found a corridor which they all followed and came to a crossroads, one tunnel looked blacker that the rest and the group decided on the tunnel next it especially when they thought they could footsteps approaching. However it was not footsteps, but shuffling! A Ghast came round the corner, with an impressive turn of speed Taklinn produced his Holy Symbol and the Ghast turned tail and ran away. At which point skeletons jumped on the group and caused some injury until Taklinn showed his symbol again turn two of them into dust and the last one making a hasty getaway.

Not wanting to pursue the undead the group advanced down the black tunnel and started to see things; blood covering their hands, finger turning into maggots creatures among them striking them while their backs were turned, it was lucky the swing and shots did not hit each other.

But they did create a lot of noise when a patrol of 12 Elite Kobolds found them and engaged them in combat, thing looked grim until Lyari cast Enlarge on Ragnar which then proceed to splat Kobolds one after the other. The group advanced again after the battle and saw a purple light up ahead, Ragnar spoke to them at this point saying there was evil beyond the light.

With that they cautiously stepped into the light ready to vanquish whatever they met.

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Close encounters of the Kobold Kind
Log 4

As soon as the clanging stopped there was a march of metal boots from the north corridor, quick as a flash Marcus utilized his bear trap and put it into the corridor, alas the trap was seen and was disarmed by a lucky throw of a sunrod.

8 Kobolds marched in looking like they meant business, alas the combat looked anything but, however the Kobolds did not like what Grok had to say to him and shot him a great wound which left him screaming on the floor.

The Kobolds mostly went down to friendly fire and Grok was patched up. Searching the room where they came from found nothing of interest apart from a gate which looked like a crude jail door, no-one could quite see what was inside except Grok who pulled them back and explained to them there was lots of Dire Rats in there.

The group were not sure what to do when Wilbury started to squeak to the rats! She negotiated them to run free and play a merry tune on her Flute as they went. The rats revealed the other corridor led up to a guard post.

With that knowledge they decided to setup an ambush and sent Marcus to lure them to them, while Marcus did get their attention and used the slippery ground to aid his retreat he was shot to the point of being unconscious, Ragnar brought him back around and Grok gave him some healing, but there was no sign of pursuit.

Heading up the corridor they came to a junction, Taklinn spotted some loose stones in one of the corridors and indicated that they should go this way first. Marcus took the lead and waved them to stay where they were, unfortunately his stealth was rather ruined when Kielder tried to throw the sunrod up the corridor and failed and then kicked it further, it bounced and clanged all the way up. Marcus advanced up the corridor only to pause when he could hear a rumbling that was getting closer, he quickly flung himself against the wall only for a boulder to come quickly past, he did the same again when a second came past and quickly waved the others up and made his way up.

He spotted the Kobolds same time as they spotted him and started shooting each other, Marcus yelled for help they was a lot of Kobolds up here, Taklinn, Ragnar, Grok & Wilbury charged in cutting down the first rank and getting stuck in, the Kobold were protecting a Kobold wizard of some sort as he fired Magic Missile into some of them from a wand and returning ranged fire pinged off some sort of magical defence. The fight was cut short however when Lyari shoved his hand between Ragnar and Taklinn and cast Colour Spray instantly felling the Kobolds and leaving the Kobold wizard vulnerable. The Wizard tried to finish them with Burning Hands but was killed by the group. The group rested up after finding a few items of interest.

The next day they scouted where the boulders had ended up finding themselves in what was a barracks, a new suit of armour was found and Ragnar strapped it on, the group then debated which corridor to try next.

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Slippery when Wet
Log 3

The group decided on luring out the Beetles to clear the way and it would have worked except the rocky ground was a bit wet; Kielder, Wilbury & Marcus all fell over with Marcus staring into the mouth parts of the nearest beetle and used his 10 foot pole to keep it at bay!

By the time the others had come to his aid (Grok falling on his arse on the way a few times) he had a 6 foot pole. With the beetles defeated the group move onto the next batch of beetles where upon as the commenced combat, they were ambushed themselves by rock centipedes this time!

While Grok showed his awesome moves by not hitting anything in particular, the group slayed the creatures only to find a dead end Lyari cast Detect Magic thinking it might be an illusion but only found that the shield they picked up in the Orge cave was magical.

They returned to the trapdoor only to find the water had drained. The Rogue went-a-scouting and was attacked by some surprised Kobolds who only succeeded in hitting his footprints of where he had been before legging it with javelins.

After a little while the group advanced avoiding a bear trap but seeing no Kobolds just more ambushing Rock Centipedes. The found an underground river, very wide and fairly deep but managed to get across with aid from Grok who made his way across to attach a rope (the Halfling throwing idea was brought up but was quickly dismissed by Marcus).

The group had a choice of two tunnels, one was lit and the other was not. They decided the un-lit tunnel was safer and advanced into it avoiding a net trap but Marcus fumbled with his disabling of the trap and it went off!

None of the group were affected but a rusty old kettle came down crashing and clanging to the floor making the group's ears ring and worrying who else had heard it….

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The Orge Cave
Log 2

The group decided to head towards the smoke and came upon a cave with a very unusual Orge that had Jet Black skin. Words were shared but any kind of diplomacy was wasted as the Orge then tried to kill them, many were hit by the Orge but it was put down before any serious harm could befall anyone.

Due to the level of injuries the party had receive and the light of day was disappearing, the group decided to retreat back to the farmhouse and recover and start out fresh (or close to fresh) in the morning.

The Party explored more of the cave avoiding being ambushed by Stirges although some friendly fire did happen when Lyari drop-kicked his crossbow onto Taklinn's head!

The group then came upon a trapdoor which seemed to fill with water over time, they also encounter a chest with animated wooden dolls inside them. The fighters of the group held the dolls back long enough to ransack the chest before throwing them back within it.

The group then went down the last route available to them and came across some giant beetles, what the party will do next will be revealed next time.

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Four Choices, Seven Characters
Log 1

The Group

Human Paladin – Ragnar

Half-Orc Monk – Grok

Dwarf Cleric – Taklinn Dankil

Halfling Rogue – Marcus Fluffyfoot

Elf Wizard – Lyari Mythalvarin

Human Ranger – Kielder Maul

Gnome Bard – Wilbury

 

The Characters met together in the village of Entsworth where they heard about two bounties and two areas of interest. Kielder taking the lead asked if anyone wanted to go with him on one of the Bounties to the Urkallan Hills and investigate the troubles plaguing the farmers there.

The group agreed and after a few days, arrived at the Hamlet where Grok scared one of the farmers and the bounty reward was revealed to them. They set out looking for the troublesome creatures (An Orge and some Kobolds) only to find an abandoned farmhouse looted or cleared out by the previous owner.

The one thing they find was a piece of strange meat which confused Marcus and freaked out Ragnar after changing colour and turning briefly into a rat. The land seemed just wrong to the group, the grass was blue and they could see smoke on the horizon, but the smoke was moving in a un-natural way. The strange meat disappeared when everyone had their backs turned to see the smoke.

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