Menace of the Obsidian Pillar

Pawnstars
Log 51

The group finished off the remaining monsters and waited for Lyari to blast the golem away, unfortunately Ragnar had other ideas and summoned his Lion, which promptly got sliced in two by said golem.

However the Lion delay the golem enough for Lyari to destroy it and the group looted what they could before descending down to the bottom.

With that Lyari teleported everyone back to the Inn where Lyari 'forgot' the size of his own room, got flattened by the dead Lion.

After they dragged their Wizard from under the Lion, they went to use the services of the Church of Lothian and brought Khaine back to life, Ragnar stayed on to oversee the Lion being brought back too while everyone else met up with Jevicca to sell her 'certain' items the Paladin was not aware of.

The group minus the paladin, went to the magic shop to flog all they possessed, they were at it for sometime……

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A Damsel in Distress
Log 50

The group was throwing everything they had left at the demon only for spells to bounce of while being flayed by chains.

The Demon grinned and the bridge unraveled sending Ragnar & Taklinn to plunge into the pit, while Kalam grabbed a chain, grimaced and fought on.

At this stage Khaine was trying fire spell after spell into the apparent spell immune demon, such was his focus he didn't realise the state of his wounds until he fell down dead from being flayed by dancing chains.

Kalam eventually managed to overcome the demon and sent it into the pit dead.

The group retrieved Khaine and placed him in the bag of holding and looted what was on the demon (while the Paladin was not looking).

The group rested after their ordeal, although Lyari did take a look at the next level which showed signs of an ancient battle.

They decided to descend so that they could recoup and go back the the city to re-supply (the generator was still active of this level making trips to the outside impossible.

Taklinn was pushed off the edge for a bit of fun as the group knew he had a ring of Feather Fall and waited for him to give the 'A ok' on the Golem level.

He did not see a Golem as he floated onto the bridge but almost jumped out of his beard when a young lady behind said hello.

She had been with someone when they adventured into the prison looking for wealth when they were attacked by werewolves. Taklinn ran a few spells over her but nothing seemed to be odd about her, when the rest of the group turned up. Ragnar gave her the once over and found nothing but did notice something behind her and went to investigate.

Suddenly the group were ambushed! The Lady became a spider another spider appeared next to Lyari and a Lizardfolk, Bugbear & Attacth came out of the Vrock's door.

While the group were locked in battle felling many of the enemies, Taklinn spotted the thing he was dreading to see, attracted by the sounds of battle, the golem!

Taklinn shouted a warning but only Lyari heeded it, getting into position to hit it with his prepared, Seek the Soulless, would the group survive the encounter?

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Look Out! Behind you!
Log 49

Since there was nothing more to gain, they decided to go up to the next level and make camp there only to find a lot of debris, a warding generator still active and 6 Ogres wanted to feed on their flesh.

After the group solved the Ogre problem they found two doors on this level were open, one smelt bad and the other had a hint of chain behind it.

Khaine chose the smelly one and found a pyramid that when touched would produce meat, after some poking and examination it was determined this would snath small animals, shred them and spew the meat out this end.

The group explored the rooms find some traps which were avoided or disarmed and found a blood star gem which Khaine took.

Backtracking, the group entered the chain door, the room was full of nasty looking chains and had a chain bridge which spanned a pit to the otherside with a door, opening it led to a chest with some items inside, Taklinn remained on the otherside of the bridge, while the others were distracted he saw a figure made by chains, rise up from the bridge. Taklinn shouted a warning and everyone was attacked by chains when they charged the figure.

Various spells were employed against the being but all bounce off some sort of resistance the thing had.

While the group was dealing damage to it, it was dealing massive damage to them, who would win????

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I Wish for a Star
Log 48

The Phylactery looked very evil on reflection that the group ignored it, Taklinn found a secret door which led to a room which gave everyone a cold sense of dread, an Obsidian Skull was within and although it looked valuable no-one wanted to pick it up so they backtracked and tried the other door on the other side of the bridge.

They found a metal statue which raised its fists but nothing more, Taklinn tried to have a chat with it in case it did anything but it was just a statue. Going around the corner they found a door a skeleton crumpled on the floor and a massive Statue standing over it with blades for hands, Lyari & Taklinn immediately warned everyone this was a Golem.

Taklinn and Khaine moved forward a little ways and used a grappling hook on the skeleton as it looked to have some nice bits of loot on it, the Golem moved it's arms a little but did not move otherwise.

With the skeleton looted Khaine took a few more steps into the room and the Golem charged! Khaine shadow stepped out of the way, leaving Taklinn to bear the brunt of the attack, the group were treated to a massive gush of his blood. Kalam struck the thing but realised it was very armoured against most forms of attack , Beorn used Stone Shape to hold the Golem immobile while the group made a hasty retreat.

Lyari teleported up to the next level, while Beorn fetched Ragnar & Grylls and used Air Walk The golem strode onto the bridge and watched them walk upwards.

A series of doors were on this level, one of which was open, Taklinn healed his wounds and others that had been taken in the group, and proceeded down the corridor beyond the door.

Khaine checked the door finding nothing, Lyari backtracked and kept a watch in case the Golem had some means of ascending to this level. Taklinn cast Detect Magic as Khaine finished his checks and could detect something magical and very powerful from behind the door and tried to stop Khaine from opening the door! He was quick but Khaine was quicker, there was a silent whomp and Beorn found himself alone, everyone had disappeared he called Lyari through to the room beyond and found a Star Pendant floating in the middle of the room.

Meanwhile…..

Taklinn and the others looked around, they were on a star shaped plateau which was fairly big but everywhere was full of stars felt cool and there was flames in the middle of the plateau which gave off no heat.

Touching the flames revealed a large blue Dragon who said she was delighted to have new playthings for all eternity. Khaine tried to sidestepped the Dragon using his wit, unfortunate for him she wanted him to dance by electrocuting him and started to fly around to torment them.

In the Real World…..

Lyari and Beorn tried putting it on, smashing it and examining it to no avail, it had the words 'Darkstar' on the back, but they had no idea what to do, Beorn at one point tried to nibble on it causing him to drool. They needed help, Lyari started focusing his mind ready for the long teleport to get it…….

On the Plateau….

The group found this was was a very small place, the ground had shook at one point causing some of them to fall off the edge only to find themselves falling back onto the plateau, they also saw to their vague horror some sort of liquid cover the high heavens above them but did not rain. Khaine started to have a rummage around the bag of holding and found a ring he never seen before, instantly he was brought to the ground by Ragnar, after an argument he was told this was the Ring of Wish they had 'acquired' from the Pactlords sometime ago and had not wanted to use it it unless for emergencies, Khaine pointed out this was quite the emergency right now.

After a bit of discussion Ragnar agreed to use the ring of wish to escape this place and kill the dragon in the process, the Wish began….

In the Real World…..

Lyari & Beorn stopped what they were doing, Beorn had the Pendant on and it had flipped over to the side with the writing on and started to flash up the letter in order and they flashed th word multiple times. Beorn thought; lets give it a try and said 'Darkstar'.

Suddenly there was a whomp and everyone appeared with a dead blue Dragon and a ring which turned to dust in Ragnar's hands. They cut up the Dragon for possible armour later.

Lyari looked at the pendant and said could he have it, Beorn did not see why not and Ragnar could sense no evil from it, so Beorn went to take it off, but found he could not.

Maybe I should say the word again someone suggested so Beorn said 'Darkstar' then he said following it, ' Oh sh-'. There was a whomp and Taklinn found himself in an empty room with a clink the pendant hit the ground.

Back on the Plateau

'-it' Beorn realised his mistake too late he quickly looked around and had some relief that Taklinn was not with them.

Back in the Room

Taklinn picked up the Pendant, put it on and said, 'Darkstar'. There was a whomp and everyone was back in the room again, Taklinn tried but could not take the pendant off.

Still as everyone picked themselves up, it could of been worse….

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I AM THE MASTER! (In a high pitched voice)
Log 47

The party fought the Vrock which cackled madly and just when they got the upper hand he disappeared screaming; 'I SHALL RETURN, THE MASTER WILL KILL YOU!'

Thinking the combat was over for now the group started debating how to reach the above level. 10 minutes after the debate turned into an argument, the Vrock appeared taking a gouge out of Taklinn and screamed; 'THE MASTER WILL KILL YOU NOW! KILL YOU NOW!'

The Vrock had healed himself and they alas had not……

Everyone stormed into melee range except for Beorn & Lyari, which conjured up some magic only to be hit from behind…..it was the Blue Troll, only this time it was bigger!

After a while the Vrock set his sights on Ragnar which was cutting through it's demonic protection and aimed to slay the paladin. Kalam changed course and confronted the Troll, allowing Beorn and Lyari to rake it with fire spells, with Kalam's help they were able to disable it enough to focus on the Vrock.

Then Lyari found himself out of offensive spells, knowing the crossbow would be useless, he drew the Rod of Wonder he knew the effects were random but here was a target that face the wrath of this rod, so his first cast cause some surprise when Vrock got BIGGER!

'SEE I AM THE MASTER!' shrieked the Vrock before smashing Ragnar around, Lyari cast again, this time a fireball erupted out and did more damage to the group around the Vrock.

Not that the group noticed since they now had a massive Vrock to contend with which was at last felled by Ragnar. 'NNNNNOOOOOO……….' cried out the Vrock as it fell.

Lyari tried one final cast of the Rod which caused the area to be filled with heavy rain…..

The group immediately healed with a few unreadable glances in Lyari's direction while Kalam beheaded the troll.

The group decided now would be a good time to rest and prepare spell for the long climb up.

After they rested they did just that, leaving Ragnar and Grylls behind for the time being they ascended up to the first level and started exploring the area finding two open doors.

The first door revealed the Vrocks nest which stank to the abyss and back again, and a corridor which led to an ordinary room, Khaine immediately knew something was amiss finding a lot of traps, and Taklinn warned that the door to the next room was magic and something beyond was as well. Khaine shrugged and pushed the door open feeling a bit stiff while do so but shook it off.

Before them was a Phylactery and it looked evil and valuable and Khaine pointed out there was no Ragnar around to stop them……

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Onto the Baneheart
Log 46

Everyone was left shivering from the attacks of the winter elemental, but the tide turned and were able to defrost the thing into a pile of slush.

Retreating from the room they returned to the anti magic pit, while Beorn had a nose around the mechanism next to the dragon room, which he eventually figured out how to solve with a very red hurt nose, once he realised what it did he became a very fast bear and legged it after everyone else.

Meanwhile, Kalam had figured out a way of bypassing the pit using a series of ropes, upon figuring out where the anti magic field ended Lyari went back to find an out of breath Beorn with a guilty expression on his face, Lyari then used Dimension Door with the bears to where everyone else were.

They found more creatures, they laid an ambush for them and killed them all with ease.

Searching the area did not reveal much, but they continued up the long steep stairs they had found.

Reaching the top they found themselves in a massive chamber with many sealed doors all around, after a bit of poking around and testing a few things, they found the ceiling was very high up. How high, they did not know, Taklinn cast Searing Light to get a better idea and found something demonic with wings watching them from a bridge above them.

Khaine the Shadowsworn, shadowstepped to the bridge above and had a look around, feeling a little exposed he jumped off casting Feather Fall and was snatched by the Demon, Beorn became a bat and battle was joined.

Suddenly Taklinn was attacked by the thing that appeared at his side, Lyari got a good look at it, it was a Vrock!

The demon was mad but canny and attacked them with glee and hunger, would the party triumph or become lunch?

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Venturing forth.....and back again
Log 45

The group followed the discovered corridor find a series of doors which they marked for later inspection and came upon a massive room with what they thought was a Dragon trapped in a pool of glass, after exporing a bit and finding another puzzle which they could not figure out, they approached the big doors on the other side of the chamber.

They led to a room with a statue which asked them, 'What does it mean to be good' the group answered with a variety of responses which opened a secret door with stairs leading up.

They came to a ledge which used to have a rope bridge spanning a vast pit of which the depth was tested and they knew climbing down and up again would be bad, with that the group rested.

Returning to the ledge Beorn cast Stone Shape  and made a fancy bridge made of stone bears and walked upon it. As they reached the other side they were attacked by some bestial looking creatures which did not last long from a casually thrown Fireball from Lyari.

Traversing the new set of stairs the group found another ledge, while the group were examining this they heard squeaking, they turned to find Beorn had turned into a Gnome, Lyari realised the area was covered in an anti-magic field, disabled somewhere else perhaps or would they need to use mundane means? Whatever the case was, the group backtracked to close up odds and ends they had found on the way to this point.

Doors were explored, fountains purged of Black Puddings and rooms were looted of some valuable things.

Where upon they found a small pit with runes inscribed around the opening, everyone averted their eyes, except for Taklinn which spoke the runes aloud against his will, they was a pop and a huge frost elemental emerged. It thanked Taklinn and preceded to attack them!

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Twists and Turns
Log 44

The group decided to check the various places the Xorn had told them about, finding and restoring a Deva, a book telling a story for Danar's time and a room full of bones with a dead werewolf in the middle of it.

With that they then went and took the other door from the chapel, finding an area full of pretty lights that amazed everyone until Taklinn dispelled the effect. Backtracking they went up some stair and entered a room with 8 statues of various people and monsters, they quickly deduced this was a puzzle as the doors on the other side of the room could not be reached.

After about 20 minutes the group figured out the story was linked to the statues and were able to figure out the answer which allowed them to continue. The next room held some spectres which fled as soon as Taklinn raised his symbol.

Khaine searched the room finding and opening the secret door, what lay beyond?

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The Conflagration
Log 43

The group gave the electrical trap a wide berth and determined the door opposite them was open, moving inside they were confronted with a Xorn demanding materials for it to eat, after a bit of diplomacy the group exchange the location of a trove of minerals with some gold for what was around them, a few rooms of interest, others with hazards and the dark energy mist with 2 Slaad and very valuable treasure!

The group decided to lay an ambush for the Slaad and draw them in, while the ambush went off as the expected Lyari forgot some details of one of the Slaad which ambushed them! The fight was very one sided as the ambushing Slaad missed it's surprise attack and went downhill from there especially when Taklinn missed his touch spell on it and ended up with his hand up its nose.

With the Slaad taken care of the group navigated the mist with some failure and success, half of them were blind and Beorn found the treasure and covered it in his bear slobber which Lyari complained about, still there were some really nice magic items in the small pile they had.

The group then wondered what to do next…..

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Sun & Shadow
Log 42

Checking out the sound, they found a human chained to the wall, after a bit of discussion, it turned out this was the original Dench and the body in the bag was an imposter! (No wonder he was so bad at finding traps)

Dench was a nickname he kept for 'business' his actual name was Khaine and he had teleported into the Banewarrens only to be captured by a Lich, he observed that the Lich acted strangely in the southern part of the room, to which the group had a look and gestured Khaine see if there were any traps.

Ironically he did find one which almost killed him, Taklinn had enough sense to pull him out of the crushing rock pillar before he became paste. The group backtracked and checked out the remaining doors in the previous rooms finding a blackened room and something worse.

A huge area was covered in a dark energy mist where the fabric of reality wore thin, Lyari scouted ahead using a spell of Invisibility and found a pit in the middle as if a massive explosion had occurred here. He saw a Blue Slaad climb up from the pit and look around, Lyari then backtracked and met the others to explain what he had found before the group rested.

The next day, the group returned to where Khaine had been held and proceeded up the narrow corridor to the Lich, unfortunately with Khaine scouting ahead and informing them the Lich had prepared an ambush, the group decided to plan how to attack it and the Lich heard them and hit them all with a Lightning Bolt, however the Lich's glee was short lived as Taklinn briefly lit the Lich up with Searing Light and when the light faded, all that was left was a pile of ash.

Searching the room and ash pile revealed a few items which were stowed and they continued down the corridor, they could sense a magical presence nearby and found a trap which snowed green dust. The dust was paralyzing to all it touched, so Lyari used Ice Wall to stop the dust and Khaine, after a few minutes disabled the trap. The magical effect turned out to be a malfunctioning trap which shot electricity along the corridor, Lyari consider what to do with it, should they continue this way or look around?

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