Close Encounters of the Polar Kind

A Proper Fireball!
Log 12

The group took a few days off buying some gear and selling some loot while Grok recovered back to his good ole self.

The group then returned picking up wolf heads on the way from the Orge patrol which were just smashing their way round the forest.

They arrived at the cave and went down the other corridor that Marcus had gone down, Marcus jumped onto the sarcophagus  in the room and jumped aside as it exploded reveal a Wight. Although the Wight was a bit of a danger it was dealt with a lot quicker then the Mummy and they ascended up the stairs to where the big treasure was, Ragnar alerted the group danger was up ahead and it was more powerful than the Outer gods pawn was.

Steeling themselves they opened the sarcophagus only to find a keyhole which from the key parts from the Wight & Mummy they opened. Part of wall slid away and stairs leading to darkness awaited them.

Descending the stairs they found the source of the evil…..a Lich!

Wilbury & Kielder legged it with Lyari's Owl out in front, everyone else rushed in. Grok tried to grappel it (brave or foolish who knows was it was) but felt his life being sucked from him at his touch, even the Lion could not hit the Lich. And then they saw the Lich take one step back, pointed a digit at the middle of the group and cast a Fireball when the flames receded, the group saw that Grok and Lyari were down and Taklinn did not look to happy at the state of his beard.

Everyone rushed in and vanquished the Lich with a series of lucky blows.

The group healed up what they could and uncovered quite a few useful items and loot.

Returning to town they discovered the wolfs had been destroyed , the townsfolk were happy and agreed to build a shrine to pray to St Cuthbert (much to the grumbling of Taklinn who worshiped Obad-Hai). Feasts were put on and much drink was consumed, which cheered Taklinn up.

A day after the local Magister asked them if they would go on a job up north, he would transport them there from his study and it was many months travel. The group agreed after tying up some loose ends.

Ragnar asked the Lion if he wanted to stay with them convincing him that the rewards could be better for him, the Lion agreed. (Rakastrass is his name).

With that the group used the portal the Magister conjured up for them.

(End of Howl of the Wolf).

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A Brush with Death
Log 11

Wilbury & Kielder rushed into cave just as Lyari finished off the undead thing trying to kill Taklinn. While Taklinn recovered and mourned over his Holy ale being used up Marcus scouted the rest of the room and made sure the remaining corpses in the room were of no further threat.

The grouped moved on finding a room partway up the stream in the cave and vaporized a bed with a Ghast hiding behind it, the group plundered the room and made their way to the final cave.

Ragnar's evil sense started tingling as they approached the cave, so the group decided to rest up a little distance away from the cave, nothing disturbed their rest apart from sounds of battle a ways away from them.

The next day they proceeded into the cave with their Lion ally, they found a suit a magical chainmail in a pool that took them a while to fish out and a Dire Rats nest which Wilbury had a chat with. The rats revealed that there was two areas which they had been to, one tasted bad and the other smelt bad.

Marcus had snuck off down a corridor in the cave and found a sarcophagus, thinking this was beyond him, he double back.

Lyari had found some interesting stonework although the wall was interesting, his Owl familiar pointed out a hatch at his feet which he had somehow missed. The hatch was rusted and was eventually opened, setting off a trap that Marcus had failed to find.

Descending the ladder attached to the wall the group descended into a dusty corridor, Ragnar could sense evil up ahead but could not pinpoint where it was but upon advancing cautiously they saw in the middle of a room up ahead a sarcophagus.

Marcus was not happy it being there but flicked a stone at it and waited, but nothing happened, Marcus waving for the rest of the group to follow advanced into the room only to dodge to one side as a Mummy lunged at him from the shadows next to the doorway.

Everyone paled at this development, they knew how dangerous Mummies were except Grok which thought they were just an old monster wearing wallpaper and charged in. The fight was intense and while blows were exchanged it was the Mummy striking Grok causing him to stumble that really got the attention of everyone. The Mummy was slain soon after but the damage was done, Taklinn & Ragnar examined the wound and told everyone the worst had happened, Grok had Mummy Rot.

They had potions that could cure him from a normal disease but not like this kind, the group decided (after robbing the sarcophagus) to get back to the town and seek a break curse spell, Grok did not look good by the time they reached the town his frame was wasted and his mood suicidal.

Fortunately the required items were found and they cured Grok just in time, the grouped decided to stay for a few days selling what they had acquired and claiming the bounties they had while Grok recovered. They wanted to go back to the cave, but prepared this time.

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Grok meets the Maw
Log 10

After their spending spree (or lack of one) they returned to comfort the wife of the dead elf and returned the belongings to her. Grok then went round to all those affected by the attacks to comfort them and to tell them their Kin will be avenged!

The group hung around town for a day while Lyari enticed an Owl in to be his familiar in the meantime, various bounties were told to the group and a treasure map was sold to them about some interesting caves.

The next day the group ventured into the woods plus an Owl. They hid while a party of Orges walked though the woods past them and eventually arrived at the first cave marked on the treasure map.

Everyone entered cautiously but no danger was apparent although the cave did stink, Taklinn entered the cave and immediately recognized the smell, it was Lion Urine, they were in a Lion's Den and they whirl around to find the Lion had pounced on Grok and was carving some very deep wounds into him. Taklinn jumped into the Lions face and started speaking to it!

After a bit of negotiation Taklinn convinced the Lion that Grok was an aquired taste and they they had better food to share and it would be in Lion's interest to help them. To the amazement of all (including Taklinn himself) the Lion agreed and followed them.

The group then proceeded to the next cave after fighting some Undead wolves with their new ally. The group were ambushed in the cave by ghouls and the group almost came to their end when the only people standing were Marcus & Ragnar which prevailed.

Taklinn also has a close call when a body on a slab grabbed and slowly leeched the life out of him while everyone pounded the thing.

The teasure caves were more really filled with danger than treasure but still they had a few things of value, they just needed to find some more….

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Worlds Collide
Log 9

Lyari cast Detect Magic which revealed the pattern of the gravity effects and made traversing the room much easier and dispatched the remaining Kobolds. Sensing a great evil ahead, Ragnar urged the group to rest before one final push, the source of the blight was up ahead.

The group advanced after resting and saw a glowing crimson portal, consulting with Lyari revealed that the Outer Gods world was on the otherside and to close the portal would require to kill something on the otherside that was keeping it open.

After some preparation where Grok cast Enlarge on himself, the group stormed through the portal and a hellish scene greeted them.

It was a bleak dark world with a single bright star providing the illumination, in front of them a swirling globe of flesh which produced mouths which moaned in unearthy voices split open and exploded leaving a hideous birdman like creature behind which imediatly attacked scything into the group with its long claws, further bits of the fleshy glodes re-made themselves into tentacles which sought to distract and immobilize the party members.

After a long fight the group emerged victorious and the world shook and then faded leaving them in a room paved with white marble. They have done it, the portal was closed and the Outer Gods influence had gone.

Returning to the hamlet the group were cheered for solving the Orge and Kobold problem little knowing how much bigger the danger was and gave them a reward, a feast and free credit on the bar (which Taklinn made heavy use of).

With their new wealth they sough to go buy something, asking Wilbury of the surrounding area, the small town of Fornlar was chosen.

(End of Urkallan Hill of Mystery)

After a week of travel they came upona dead elf and his wagon, the killer was still around which made a lunge at the group. Taklinn quickly cast Entangle and snared the thing which the group promptly slayed. The creature was an undead wolf, the forest around them was very quiet and Kielder examined the surrounding ground spoke of there being no tracks to indicate deer and elk around which was disturbing.

The group brought the elf and wagon into town, the town guards took the body and wagon off them and said they would delivered to the family, the group wished to pay their condolences to the family and the guard agreed after a time and the Magister might want to have a word with them.

While waiting the group set forth to spend their aquired treasures.

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The Outer Limits
Log 8

Finally with a last flurry of ranged fire and a few more sweeps with their weapons, the group managed to dispatch the Kobolds and their Dragonkin. The group looted what they could and rested a while before descending the stairs.

It was warm and moist down here, the first door led them to a similar garden but one with mutated trees with birthing pods hanging off them protected by Spider guardians, the spiders were dispatched easily and Ragnar & Taklinn urged the rest to purge all the pods, the work took an hour but it felt good, to put the creatures out of their misery and what they could of become.

The group advanced down a corridor and opened the next door, only to find horrors waiting behind it, living furniture and walls made out of Kobolds a dark hooded Kobold raised itself up and tried to fight them but was unsuccessful. The group overpowered all of them and set the room ablaze with holy fire.

More and more horrors were discovered in the rooms beyond and were dispatched by the group until they came to a room that glowed an unearthly crimson.

The Kobolds within smiled evilly and bashed their shields trying to goad the group towards them, Lyari shouted a warning but it was too late, Ragnar & Grok fell victim to a reverse gravity effect while poor Taklinn got thrown around the room like a ragdoll, whereupon the Kobolds engaged them…

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The Tower in the garden
Log 7

The group carefully engaged the Kobolds and finished them off with a little difficulty.

Grok & Ragnar inspected behind each curtain getting wet with water, blasted with air and almost crushed with rock. They did find a small room behind ones with some nice treasure and a few magic items.

The group inspected the other room only to be Ambushed by a Derro, which used some poison on Grok but despite the Derro's skill he was overcome in short order.

Everywhere has now been search so the group backtracked to the garden, the thick spiky brush was no longer on fire but was looking quite unharmed, the group with a sign decided to cut a path to the Tower they saw earlier and stumbled across a path before they came across the tower. They advanced along the footpath and rounded a bend into some sniper fire!

Taklinn, Grok & Ragnar changed in while the rest hung back to provide some covering fire, taking down some of the Kobolds. The ones to charge forward were met by some sort of Dragon kobold who breathed cold on them, leaving them feel a little weak.

The fight continues nest time.

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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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