Mystara and the Path to Immortality

Dragon Slayers
Into the tomb

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 42

Kurin with his military entourage was busy trooping through the mountains the remains.

Outside the Elven King tomb the PCs entered after casting all sorts of enchantments on themselves, Just in Case. Unfortunately, the mage Azimi failed to understand the wardings around the tomb doors to discover that those who entered who had all of their enchantments dispelled. Continual lights were re ignited and temporary protections were put into place.

It was decided to explore the tomb and remove any times that someone had carelessly left behind. The first room had a sarcophagus of an elven princess who seemed to be un touched except for Skrogg attempting to break into lid and resisting a curse.

The next room (as all doors were opened by the hard ball playing Skrogg) contained another sarcophagus, but the detect evil by Ragnar detected a presence floating in the corner of the room. Thorsgrim cast a True sight to see a gaseous form of a vampire waiting there. Before he could attempt to destroy it, the vampire fled leaving the party to rob the sarcophagus of items of interest including a scroll, a Girdle of Giant strength (analyzed by Azimi), a helm of understanding languages and reading magic, a wand and potion, plus lots of cash. A actual treasure horde.

The next two rooms around the outside were searched but found nothing except for normally dead elves. However, the third room contained an alter and three wraiths that attacked. The first was slain by Skrogg the Strong, unfortunately one reached out and grabbed him draining his life essence. Thorsgrim luckily destroyed both with a word from Thor. Puff puff!

Further down the corridor another room was searched, but the secret door was discovered by Throsgrim, under the influence of truesight. However, the Vampire returned to drain the life of poor brother Stargard standing guard in the hallway. The vampire was slowed by Azimi before turning to a pile of gently floating ash by Thorgrim. Poor brother Stargard feeling weak and drained was turned inivisible by Azimi to protect him. The heroes continued through the secret door to find a possible golem guarded warded door.

Using ESP Azimi hear the dream thoughts of a large dragon behind the doors. A plan was hatched. The ever useful scroll of portals opened a hole in the wall where Ragnar and Skrogg rushed in. Skrogg shot the beast with an arrow as Ragnar flounded on the large pile of coins. Fergus was Dimensioned Doored behind the beast with his mighty sword, hitting the beast as it hovered and attacked with tail, wings, claw and bite. Thorsgrim threw his hammer striking the dragon. It the next round Azimi cast a Power Word Stun, dropping the beast onto the waiting mighty sword of Fergus, slaying it outright.

Soon the Immensity of the treasure was discovered including the +5 sword and +5 plate of the elven king (to be returned to the king of elves) and even a staff of power and potion of poison. Skrogg the Strong received a ring granting the powers of Dancing in the dark while protected from Evil.

The elves in the floating light boat above loaded the massive horde on board and returned to the Elven King who agreed for Elves to join the war.

Day ends.

Dance on Skrogg!!!

Red Arrow Black Shield
Army building

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 41

As the heroes walked through the town of Akorros, town criers were announcing the attack of Akesoli by the dessert nomads. As the party traveled through the town they met a solider who agreed to escort them to the town hall where the leader of the forces was encamped. They were admitted past multiple guards to the General Winter and Laran (aid to Prince Jherek of Glantri) who asked if they would aid Darokin in helping gather support from neighboring countries. With barely a pause the entire party said yes and were rewarded with a very large gem each (a Tristal 50,000gp value) and titles something to do with Ambassadors for Darokin and allowed to construct treaties.

GM: Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Republic and rank of Colonel in the Army of the Republic.

  • A unit of Darokin troops (480 mounted Pike infantry) were now at the disposal of the Heroes.

Deciding that the nearest country was Glantri, they using the power of Azimi teleported holis bolis to Glantri city and headed to the council rooms where they were admitted to the Glantri council of princes. After negotiation lead by the mage Azimi, several of the votes could indeed be influenced. Prince Jherek, Prince Jagger (who already agreed) and Princess Carlotina. Prince Jherek after a private meeting agreed to change his vote once Kurin surrendered the dragon hammer to him (very surprisingly) as it contained the soul of a good dragon, so it could be released. Princess Carlotina wanted a gem and message delivered to the shadow elves.

They agreed, but decided on the guide of Silanda from Ravenholm to help escort them there. Teleporting to Ravenholm they arrived in time for new years. Kurin decided to pack for Rockhome as he hates the pointy eared gits.

Being New years, Thorsgrim, Stargard and Azimi teleported to Norrvik the capital where in very short order Azimi as Thorella convinced the king to join with Darokin in stopping the nomads. It was probably the briefest negotiation, by required strenuous activity by Thorella whose work in private (and not to be mentioned here) convinced the king. The group returned to Ravenholm.

  • King Harold immediately assigned a unit to the PC’s 2 dragon ships and 120 elite berserkers.

Using the crystal ball and Silanda guidance Azimi teleported the group to the entrance to the Shadow realm. Disguised by the Azimi’s art and having infravision. Entering they encountered 4 rust monsters. 2 were frozen by a spell, the others were chopped up by Ragnar, Skrogg and Thorsgrim. No treasure was discovered as they continued to the meeting place deep inside the shadow realm. The met the elf who claimed he expected them and then acted like a complete Richard Cranium. The gem message was delivered and they left to return to Glantri city to get Carlotina’s vote. Glantri agreed to gather the forces of Glantri army.

  • Another unit was added to the PC’s growing troops. 120 Light Cavalry (Mages all).

The next country to visit was Alfheim. Traveling up the main road with full pendant’s flying they were stopped by the boarder to Canolbarth forest by an elven patrol who agreed to allow the Ambassador’s to the central city Canikbarth. They were greeted by King Doriath of Alfheim who was loath to have his countrymen endanger their lives unless the PC’s did first. He would acquiesce their request for aid if a problematic Large Dragon could be slain as it was currently desecrating the tomb of their old King Alevar.

The heroes left to see what they could do guided by local elves (being transported by the fabled eleven Lightships).

Siege of Akesoli

As breakfast was finished the signs of an invasion could be heard. Fergus rushed up stairs and began putting on his armour. Kurin rushed out into the streets to find out what was happening. Azimi rushed to the table to break out the crystal ball to scry what was happening. Skrogg finished his third breakfast. Thorsgrim and Ragnar put their boots up on the table and waited.

A troop of Bugbears was encounted by Kurin who were in the process of hacking, slaying and raiding. Kurin immediately ran up and fell over much to the amusement of the bugbears. However, it was all a ploy by kurin who began to hack about himself with much vim and vigour. Soon 7 of the ten bugbears were slain and the remaining three ran off.

Fergus continued to put on his armour. Azimi continued to scry.

Kurin continued down the street to encounted a bunch of calvary who shot some arrows at him, only to have the dwarf cast a hold person spell freezing three of them, run under a horse gutting the beast and slaying the rider. Covered in gore he began to hack not at the riders but in a professional dwarf way hack at the horses. The remaining riders ran off.

Fergus continued to put on his armour. Azimi summoned in the middle of the inn two air elementals and sent them above the magical sand storm to attack the air boats above.

Kurin next encountered a force of dire wolf riding goblins and two trolls. Being sensible he ran around the corner throwing off the trolls, only to emerge into the midst of the goblin riders. Again the axe flew chopping down 3 wolves causing the rest to flee. Kurin began to return to the inn.

Fergus continued to put on his armour. The air elementals acting a very large vacuum cleaners began to suck warriors off the top of the airships (STORY TRUMPS RULES), the vortexes of air lifted the almost helpless archers the cast them overboard with ease. The air boats (confirmed as 30 HD monsters – i guess for HP) were helpless in the attack of the elementals. (It almost seemed that a fighter had penetrated a world war two bomber screed and flew by at will). A captain on an Air boat was smashed into a pulp (each elemental doing 4d8 damage with each swing) and a boat was destroyed. However, two other boats nearby flew close allow mages on board to attempt to cast dispel magic spells. One elemental was banished, but the other flew other and slew a mage only to have itself banished by another mage.

Fergus finished putting on his armour, and the heroes of Ravenholm departed the Inn now in the company of gore covered kurin and began heading toward the docks. A raiding group of bugbears was encounted near a population of Akesoli who had formed a barricade. Apparently no singing was allowed on pain of lightning bolt. The bug bears were destroyed in 20 seconds from being poisoned, lanced, chopped, thrown hammered, staffed, and feathered. The heroes continued round the corner to encounter a juggernaut of wood.

Azimi released her most powerful fireball, as the 30 foot wide beast moved impossibly fast and attempted to crush members of the party. Many Smashes, hacks and hammer throws bounced off the wood, causing many splinters. Skrogg landed his Pegasus on the top and prepared to hack. Thorsgrim received a mighty crush as other landed telling blows. Many more lances, hacking and hewing occurred. Azimi was bashed by the hammer from the beast but just bounced off the wall nearby almost magically unharmed. After much hacking the beast was destroyed, and a huge pile of treasure was found inside by Skrogg.

The party finally made it to the dock to see a substantial force of enemy calvary attempting to light any boats on fire. Each hero attacked a squad.

  • Azimi using the precision of magical missile soon shot 7 troopers with her first magical flying broom pass before slaying the final three with more magical missiles.
  • Thorsgrim used the hold person spell several times to freeze his opposition before hammering the rest to death.
  • Kuring jumped in and started hacking, one each round.
  • Skrogg, Fergus and Ragnar professional multiple attack their groups soon slaying all.
  • Stargard seemed to fly jumping on the top of the horses attack each trooper with his heavy staff, slaying them outright, 3 at a time.
    In short time 70 enemy troopers were slain, without fuss. But according to the dwarf each only counted as one and he was still winning the enemy count.

With the docks clear, only the poor townsfolk remained, huddling together for comfort. Fergus using his leadership and tactical knowledge gathered together a force of town guardsman to fight for Akesoli thus allowing the populace to escape. A small force of 140 verses possibly thousands, what hope would there be, glorious death.

A plan was laid forth, using Sir Fergus’s tactics, trapping forces of the Nomads in town, removing the command structure and finally slaying them piecemeal. Soon the forces and command forces outside the were committed into a battle they didn’t expect.

The heroes effectively took command of the defense and managed to slay the command of the enemy with amazing effect, causing a victory for the forces of Akesoli over the invaders.

Highlights include:
Seeing two further juggernauts rumble toward the Akesoli lines only to suddenly get stuck into mud. The juggernauts, then attempted to rumble their way out only to be suddenly stuck in rock and completely trapped.

With the threat from the Nomad Airships removed (thanks to Azimi’s air elementals) the heroes were able to control the air. Ragnar flew into the command tent aided by pegasus flying Skrogg and Griffon riding Fegus and with much slaying slew the commander of the enemy forces and his lieutenants who were trying to comprehend the destruction of their forces.

Thorsgrim in a form of gas floated towards a force of goblin wolf riders only to suddenly appear floating above them and utter a holy word slaying all within a 60’ circle. The goblins ran from the field. Chased by a flying Kurin mounted on a dragon breathing fire slaying many more.

As the Akesoli line began to battle with a sizeable force of Bugbears, a large number of hill giants attempted to breach the lines of the force only to see the Heroes, suddenly become incredibly quick and begin to wade into the giant lines, slaying some 20 giants slain in 30 seconds, breaking the giant force who fled the combat. At the front the hasted, Skrogg, Ragnar, Fergus, Kurin, Thorsgrim and Stargard efficiently and brutally. (some 24 attack each round) The rout of the giants caused the bugbear force to crumble and flee in the renewed on sort of the Akesoli guardmen.

The force of riders attempting to flank the main combat encountered a chemical warfare gas attack created by Azimi, slaying any who dared to approach. The remaining outriders retreated to the planes to the east, chased by the drifting patch of poisonous clouds, blown by air elementals.

At the end of the battle, thanks to the heroes (and Thorsgrim’s staff of healing) almost no guardsmen were slain and some 40% of the nomad force was slain/disabled, and the rest routed. A victory against all odds. The staff of healing from Thorsgrim was much in demand removing many wounds from the Akesoli forces.

After the battle with the rout of the nomad troops, the mayor of Akesoli declared that the Heroes of Ranehom were now also the Heroes of Akesoli as well. The bloody day ended with the Heros joining the population in the trip across the lake to Akeross.

Six months and a burning boat

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 40

The heroes woke find the corpses of Sven and Stargard still sitting there. However as the morning sun filled the valley and the first light of the morning struck the ground winged beasts and beautiful ladies flew down from the sky and picked up the shimmering insubstantial body of Sven putting him on the back of a Pegasus and flying off to Valhalla. Tears welled in the eyes of his former comrades as they witnessed the norse miracle taking place.

While the other commented about the beauty of the Valkyries, especially the star struck slighty fat halfling, Azimi couldn’t help but notice that their chins were a bit too square, and they had far too much muscle on their upper arms. Brother Stargard awoke from the dead with a word from Thor saying that he still had to protect Thorsgrim.

The procession was then taken back to the Galantri camp carrying the body of Sven “how he would have wanted it” in a bag of holding. The Galantri camp was amazed that the non committed assistance (that they didn’t need, and was only doing as a favour) of closing a gate was completed. They did make suitable sad noises about the loss of Sven. The entire party was then teleported back to Vestland.

With the sad news of Sven’s passing and his being witnessed going into the halls of Valhalla a full state funeral was organized with a stately procession of many nobles from the Vestland, the King and Queen and many other ambassadors from other lands. At the previous home of Van Der Piet the body of Sven was burned on a ship, with a young woman from the household sacrificing herself standing on the prow of the ship saying “Lo there do I see my father; Lo there do I see my mother, my sisters and my brothers; Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call me, they bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever.” She was taken inside where carnal knowledge was had and her throat was cut.

The ship was sent alight by an enormous north warrior, Sir Fergus den Griffon who had stopped by to pay his respects. After a personal speech from the King, a great feast was had. Thora, wife of Ragnar was appointed Jarl of Van Der Piet until the sons of Sven came of age, whereas they would continue on Sven’s fine work. Thora, Ragnar, the King and Azimi (as the queen was overcome with grief and had retired to her quarters) promised to do much harm to any that would harm a hair on the head of any of Sven’s children.

The next six months was a chore with the heroes returning to their estates, weapon training extensively, and also magical researching. With the combination of dwarven arts, the power of Thor with Thorsgrim, and magical arts of Azimi, a great blade was created from the blade of Sven, called Hefnd. Azimi also created from the bones and scales of the blue dragon a Spiked shield for Skrogg called Mjǫtuðr Rǫnd or the “Despenser of Fate Shield”.

Six months later after the winter had begun to leave the land, a messenger arrived to where the Heroes of Ravenholm met, in the province of Azimi, that seemed to have a calm winter. This messenger updated the heroes of the state of the nation and a request to visit the Darokin town of Akesoli. Azimi saying that travel would be too slow by air and stated that this inspired her to practice her art, and she left immediately to work on a solution. The rest of the heroes and griffon rider Fergus shrugged their shoulders as they had encountered her strange fascination with libraries and research before. Who weeks later she returned with the solution, by her arts alone she could transport the entire party and mounts to the town on the outskirts of the lake Akorros, as they had previously travelled through there. Before leaving she uttered some more arcane arts to ensure that each member of the party could now speak and understand any language spoken.

Packing their gear, and mounts (or controlling them more like), Azimi drew power about herself, surrounding the entire party to suddenly in a flash of light as a sphere of white energy enclosed the party and suddenly they were transported to Akorros.

During the town there were required to retrieve permits, before flying off over the lake islands via broom, dragon, griffon, gas and general magical flight. They arrived at the port in the city of Akesoli and walked towards the nearest inn as Skrogg said he was hungry and night was closing in. In the morning after a substantial breakfast was eaten, the inn keeper dashed into the main room and said…

Lich nasty stuff
We don't like the undead

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 39

As the party surveyed below them they could see the glowing circle of the summoners dissolve into a nasty undead mess as the recognizable lich began to summon more troops and Death Demons onto a nearby hill.

Jumping on his broom Skrogg and Kurin holding onto the bottom of the broom flew off in search of the lich. Azimi cast a wall of fire to prevent any more wights from entering into the world. Sven turned into a cat as he ran forward, Ragnar joining him in pursuit of the enemy.
The lich with a contemptuous glance raised his staff and pointed at the wall of fire dispelling it with ease. Thorsgrim cast a silence 15’ radius at the undead mage, only to see several magical counter measures immediately get into effect. The mage vanished into “no time” and began to cast heinous and horrible spells on Skrogg and Kurin mostly bouncing off their natures. Kurin resisted a Power word kill to lie stunned and twitching on the ground.

As the lich rose into the air powered by a continual fly spell Skrogg chased him, wounding the creature with his sword. However, Sven was forced to bound up and attempt to protect Kurin from the horde of Wights. Some 12 death demons flew toward Azimi who managed to raise her protection from evil 10’ radius spell deflecting not just the 8 death demons but also some 8 wights who had just been hasted.

It was then that the clever plan of Azimi and Thorsgrim kicked off with all the nearby summoned and undead creatures being attacked by a Dispel Evil spell from Thorsgrim. Some 6 death demons and 8 Wights were destroyed with the remaining 2 wights and 2 death demons forced to flee.

Ragnar had encountered more wights and 4 more demons, and managed to utter a protection from evil spell protecting him. Sven continued to guard Kurin as a giant cat. Where as Skrogg’s plan to slay the lich failed as his broom was dispelled causing him to fall unceremoniously down to his probable temporary death. Azimi rushed up to the summoning circle and began to examine it as Ragnar using the power of Unseen the run vanished from sight, from all. Thorsgrim kept banishing the demons and wights further away, and then cast a travel spell allowing him to fly.

The lich released an explosive cloud at Azimi and the surrounding area causing lots of damage and making Azimi flee on her broom quickly, but using her amazing dexterity managed to stay on her broom to haste Thorsgrim.

Thorsgrim rose into the air and cast his hammer hitting the lich and attracting the attention of more death demons. Ragnar left to attempt to heal and help Sven and Kurin. Ragnar after casting a simple cure light wounds removed the stun effect on Kurin only for them to battle the undead horde of wights fighting them. The undead inside the circle materialized as banshee and screamed slaying Sven the Cat, and Brother Stargard.

For the rest of the battle the heroes seeing the banshee blocked their ears and avoided her pitiful screams. Azimi returned to the circle and continued to attempt to remove part of the summoning circles. With each circle dispelled an undead beast was destroyed. A vampire was destroyed first.

The lich seeing his power diminished cast an ice storm upon Azimi, freezing her completely as she slumped over unconscious.

Thorsgrim likewise casting a protection from evil spell ignored the Death demons and flew straight and true at the lich. Unfortunately, the monster uttered a lighting bolt at Thorsgrim hitting him truly. However being of stern stuff he stayed true and attempted to hit the lich in return before the death demons returned.

Below Kurin turned his Rod into a dragon and flew into the air below the lich hacking at its legs as he flew underneath. But Thorsgrim’s hammer flew true destroying the undead beast with a mighty hit. Mortally wounded the death demons almost slew him, only for a well timed Cureall spell returned his vigor. Thorsgrim flew over to the still effecting protective sphere around Azimi and used a Curall spell to revive her.

As Ragnar and Kurin continued to battle the death demons, Thorsgrim flew round the outside of the summoning circles and uttered a holy word, stunning all but one of the remaining death demons and destroying all the remaining Wights. The remaining death demon was quickly slain as the stunned ones were put down quickly. Azimi continued to solve the riddle of the summoning circle and quickly removed all but the central summoning circle before announcing that she did not have a powerful item to banish the circle.

Ragnar the brave and surprisingly noble Paladin offered his very powerful mage slaying sword, throwing into the central circle hitting the Banshee in the chest destroying the beast outright, as Azimi fought to control the lethal magics.

Skrogg was revived, but Sven and Brother Stargard lay dead at the end of the encounter. Waiting for the full day to observe the rituals of the north, it could be seen that indeed Sven was raised upon the back of Valkyries to the glory of Valhalla. With tears in their eyes the companions decided to journey home to burn the earthly body of their friend as his soul was now in Valhalla. Brother Stargard refused to offer of immortality and returned from the dead to continue to protect his liege lord, brother and friend, Thorsgrim.

Wilderness survival
Wizards won't work together

Scrogg’s Journal – Chapter 38

Left on a hillock overlooking the Galantrian province the Prince De Amberville “invited” the party to accompany him towards the Galantrian war camp. As they arrived the encountered not so much a war camp but a scattering of tents organised into factions. While not being the ruler of Galantri all the Prince’s ideas somehow sounded like commands, as the party were invited into the central tent where a debate was being held.

Long story short after the debate started only Thorsgrim and Azimi stayed to debate whether outsiders were to be invited to help save the Galantri from the wandering summoned monsters. After only three days the party were indeed allowed to investigate.

Traipsing off to the the wilderness on foot the party disguised as a wandering forest (thanks to silly massmorph spell from Azimi). Left to enter the mountainous region of Galantri to search for monsters and who summoned them.

After many days of pleasant weather, the wandering bushes discovered a force of 4 trolls and fire giant and the largest hell hound they had ever seen. Without thought, planning or much strategy the heroes attacked. Immediately immobilizing the trolls with a dissolve spell turning the rocky ground they walked under into mud and somehow trapping a sneaky Sven. As the surprised trolls reacted to this the ground hardened into rock trapping 3 of them, leaving the last to attack Sven. Brother Stargard and the broom flying Skrogg rushed to his aid. Ragnar rushed the giant in a berserk rush chopping madly, hewing the giants armoured legs mightily. Kurin rushed the hell hound and hit it on the snout only making it mad and breathe fire at Azimi, Thorsgrim (both semi protected from fire) and Kurin with it’s hell fire breath. The troll was effortlessly put down by Sven and Stargard, as Ragnar finished off the giant by hacking it’s knee and then hewing it’s neck in a fountain of blood. Kurin deflected a dog’s bite with his Battleaxe as Thorsgrim joined the frey. Magical missiles flew and struck the hell hound, as Skrogg and Ragnar joined the hacking and hitting. The hell hound receiving such injuries turned to run receiving more wounds in its rear. As it rushed away and lightning bolt flew from Azimi striking it in the testicles dropping the beast dead.

The remaining trolls were slain quickly as Sven began to track where the beasts came from but then Inexplicably lost the tracks in the mountains.

The next month was taken wandering around slaying many small and silly monsters.

Highlights include a pack of Orcs that made the mistake of attempting to ambush the party only to be shot, fireballed, lightning bolted and thrown hammer to death.

Skrogg personally fought a Stone giant alone. Using the giant’s legs as pin cushions from his shield and shortsword, before chopping its neck with his sword causing fountains of giant blood as the giants life force drained away.

A wandering ogre was slain with a single throw from the hammer of Thorsgrim.

A white dragon flew by but was chased off thanks to massed lightning bolts from (Ragnar, Thorsgrim and Azimi), An arrow from Skrogg and crossbow bolt from Sven. The poor beast flew off in search of easier prey, dropping dragon blood in clumps on the ground.

A force of 12 frost giants were spotted. Two were slain quickly by a well cast fireball as some rushed up with their mighty swords and 4 stayed back throwing rocks at many and only hitting Stargard. 3 were cut down in the first round, leaving the remaining to flee. Two stopped moving and collapsed under a Hold Monster spell. Leaving 7 dead giants in 30 seconds. The remainder ran for their lives.

Sven again tracked location of the giants to discover in the mountains three days later a hill overlooking a magical users summoning circles on the ground. 4 giant circles each with a brown robed mage interlinked with a middle circle with a black robed magician. Sven not waiting for the very simplest instruction raised his crossbow and fired hitting a circle and turning all to custard. The screaming of the brown robed mages transformed them into gates of darkness. With such magical discharge a “demon” or Entropy immortal appeared turning the circles into underworld conjuring gates summoning a mass of Skeletons, Zombies, Wrights and Etheral undeadness and a very probable Lich in the middle of the black circle.

Azimi gasped as she probably recognized the lich as what had previously made her flee Galantri city.

Oh pants full of brown liquid.

Castle Amber part 8
The Finish

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 37

As the heroes approached the town of Ximes, they were accosted by 5 wolves. The wolves attempted to hamstring the party but were quickly held by Azimi as the others were shot and then very quickly butchered by efficient beast slayers. Skrogg’s slaying was particularly gory resulting in the mid transformation of the werewolf in it’s death throws as Skrogg tore it assunder. The held were wolves were humanly put down, but the Axe of Kurin.

A troubadour was spotted close to the town and was befriended. He then got to witness the diplomacy of Thorsgrim as he convinced a mob not to lynch a maiden for suspected witchcraft. Other’s were convinced that violence might have been the best option, but weren’t needed. The troubadour led the party to the town gates who then questioned the party as to their intentions. Azimi convinced them that they were indeed travelling to see the bishop. Approaching the cathedral a full service was in swing denouncing magic and giving all your wealth to the church. Azimi pleded with an acolyte that she needed to confess her sins to the bishop. She was admitted into the bishop’s chambers. Followed by the invisible and silent Sven.

As she confessed the sins of impure thoughts, fornification she said that her true sin was wanting the potion of time travel. The bishop gave a almost unmistakable start, before laying his hands on Azimi and attempting to feeblemind her. The spell rebounded as Sven backstabbed him. He turned and cast a spell turning Sven into a mouse, before Azimi blew holes in the bishop’s back with darts of fire. Sven was quickly returned to (semi) human form with a dispell magic spell and a full search of the area provided several potions and a ring. Azimi then turned the floor to mud as the bishop’s corpse began to sink. The Mud then was turned to stone with more mystical power. A trap was failed to be detected by Sven who release poisonous gas that had to be blow out by Azimi’s staff. The two then left the chambers saying to the acolyte that Azimi had got everything she was after.

Leaving the city the heroes had lunch as Skrogg was hungry, before connecting the ring to the mirror, annointing the sword and then shattering the mirror to release from time Stephen Amber’s tomb. They entered the chambers defeating a blue dragon whose scales and horns were harvested. The beast had breathed on everyone except for Sven who had snuck past the pile of coins. IT was slain by Kurin using the axe to chop the entire bottom off the dragon’s jaw drenching him in blood. Kurin now can truly claim to be a dragon slayer.

The next room had a cloud bridge over a bottomless pit. Out of the clouds emerged a flying wyvern. As many were surprised, Azimi created a wall of ice under their feet extending out the safety margin. The beast attacked, as was shot by Sven and Hammered by Thorsgrim. Brother Stargard was dragged across the ice to be saved by Kurin. The beast attempted to sting and bite Azimi but it’s attacked were deflected by magic. The Wyvern was dispatched leading to anther room containing a golem. The Golem after being shot with magical missiels was dispatched by Skrogg with a display of non weapon breaking expertise. A magical sword was discovered and a cursed scroll that Azimi was not turned into a fly embedded into amber.

A room of water was created where Ragnar strode across and was immediately attacked by a large great white shark. The beast was slain with several hits after receiving a massive bite in return. Ragnar carried on opening the next door to reveal a hydra. Skrogg and Azimi began to ferry everyone across the water using the flying brooms. Ragnar using the sword began to chop heads off the hyrdra most expertly, however they soon began to regenerate back on. As the others arrived more hydra head flew across the room. The flaming axe was used to stop the beast regenerating and slay it outright.

The next room contained a tomb and a tapestry. For some reason some had left some words written on the tomb about breaking the time curse and burning the tapestry. This was done as Stephen Amber arose from the “death” and made everything right, crumbling the castle amber to dust, freeing the party and releasing the head of the magic user guild. As a reward each party member was awarded a piece of jewellery and a magical item. Such was the power that half the items were duds. Kurin received a powerful set of dwarven plate mail armour. Ragnar a ring, Thorsgrim a ring, and everyone else looked somewhat disappointed. The party joining the head of the magic users guild could prepare now to stop the monsters from attacking Galantri from Alphatia. Thorsgrim restored the life force to Ragnar at some personal cost.

Castle Amber part 7
The Beasts

Skrogg’s Journal Chapter 36

As the corpses of were creatures lay defeated, Azimi and Ragnar left to go outside to see if they could spot the leader who vanished behind a dimension door. The others investigated the room inside the complex where treasure might lurk.

Ragnar and Azimi saw the unmistakable of a in human torch running away very swiftly. Azimi cast fly on Ragnar, who immediately flew off after the beast and she jumped on her broom stick to fly slowly after. Ragnar soon caught up with the monster who in a hasted like appearance turned to begin to attack Ragnar. Many blows from Ragnar seemed to bounce of a kind of magical barrier protecting the beasts skin, wounds were received in return. Soon the beast turn and ran off again only to be chased by the flying Ragnar again. At last his hits seemed to wound the beast and then with a professionalism that bordered on the heroic he took the beasts head with a single blow. Taking the head he turned to see Azimi flying down just after the fact.

With Easy navigation they returned to the lair to have a remove curse cast on Ragnar’s wounds, before all heading off to the lady’s tower. At the tower Sven still remained in cat form and the lady commented about “a beast”. Azimi froze it with a word, and said that it was under control. Sven later took revenge by cat peeing on Azimi’s slippers at she fell asleep at the meal table. The magical sword was retrieved as reward for slaying the were beast.

The following day to heroes continued to the local town to investigate the home of Malachie only to discover his daughter was worried about his whereabouts. Azimi talked the little child into access of the house and finding his spell books, then proceeded to take the child to the sorceress to be looked after. The party then flew across the land towards the next objective the ringer holder at Perigon.

As they flew a red comet appeared in the sky caused Sven to immediately change into a were form and run off to hunt and slay to more were wolves. He later returned looking a bit upset at the early onset and ability not to control the change. Arriving at Perigon and searching for the white wizard Luc de champagne revealed that another beast lurked in the town doing much damage. In return for the ring the heroes would track and slay the beast.

Not surprisingly the beast surprised Luc, bit his finger off with the ring and disappeared into the tallest tower of the local abbey, with a serpent like tail vanishing through the top most window. Everyone was blessed by Thor and hasted by Azimi and flew or charged on in. Ragnar, Thorsgrim and Skrogg flew through the window as the Cat (henceforth known as the tight tiger) burst badly through the door.

The Abbot of the abbey woke from the bed, said what was happening and walked into the red light of the comet only to instantly change into the beast. We at last! Skrogg, Ragnar, the Tight Tiger and Kurin strode forth and did hack at the beast mightily and at last Peacemaker broke the beast in under 5 seconds. Thorsgrim just said “hey” and Azimi flew through the window on her broomstick asking what had happened. The tight tiger did then claw the body of the abbot who had transformed back to man form on this death making it look like the beast was slain. The ring of Ebon was recovered and returned. Later at a ceremony in the town a party was arranged to celebrate the death of the beast and presentation of the ring to the heroes.

Day ends.

Castle Amber part 6

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 35

The Heroes continued up their walk along the Averoigne roads noticing that the normal animal life seemed to be less as they approached a walled town called Vyones and they could hear the sounds of a crowd of people. Closer investigation revealed that the archbishop was giving a speech about the impending doom from a black magician who had created a colossus that was coming to squash the town. The heroes pushed their way into the front (Thanks to the gruff nature of Kurin) and revealed that they would help with Gaspard du Nord agreeing to give them the mirror in return for them stopping the beast. He said he could make some powder up to stop the beast.

The heroes waited in an Inn until the tump thump could be heard as the 100 foot tall colossus could be seen striding towards the city. Sven agreed to rush to get the compound from Gaspard as the other rushed to distract the colossus. Skrogg and Azimi flew up to distract it as Kurin waited below telling the watching crowd to flee. Thorsgrim using high level magic turned into a cloud of gas, as Ragnar climbed to the top of a tower (to be able to get the top and jump off at the beast). Azimi flew up and fire a series of magical missiles, Skrogg tried to distract it only to be splattered as it used a mighty tree as a club and bashed him out of the sky and sent him crashing to the ground. (the plan was for everyone to fly around it, not muck about casting spells…!)

Azimi and Kurin cast dispel magic’s on the Head and then foot of the colossus causing it to go crashing to the ground. Thorsgrim investigated the backpack to reveal that the colossus had a person in the back controlling it. A ball of blackness appeared at it’s head only to be ignored. Ragnar stylishly jumped onto it’s back hacking mightly. The colossus then stood as Thorsgrim and Ragnar hacked at it’s back. Azimi lightning bolted it’s head and prepared for the worst. The Colossus attempted to squash Kurin but dwarves are well renowned for their toughness and stood firm. As Ragnar tumbled off Azimi cast a dimension door onto the back of the creature for Ragnar to jump through and continue hacking. However, the hero of the day arrive a flying Sven who at merely 5 foot dashed a portion of the dust onto it’s head before flying past with a wooshing sound. The colossus toppled over and crushed the man controlling it, ending the encounter. Skrogg was discovered to be fine eating a pile of chicken out of a ruined building. Surely the toughness of hobbits is legendary.

The heroes received their rewards and departed quickly as all were seen to use mighty magics. They then flew towards Sylaire stopping at night to discover that Sven ran off at night of the full moon and has become a were tiger. Event’s caused the party to ineffectively track him before he returned in the morning looking much the worse for wear. However, as the full moon had now come about he was no longer able to be cured. The party continued to the tower in the middle of moors called Sylaire, where a beautiful woman met them saying her name was Sephora and would give them for the magic sword in return for slaying a beast. She she didn’t know the identify of the beast but the party had read the note and said it’s probable name was Malachie. She advised them that his lair might be near the standing stones. The party left on foot.

As they approached Sven Transformed into a mighty were tiger only to shock the entire party at his small stature.

He assured that he could track the monster and indeed did bound off a bite a werewolf nearby. After tracking it to it’s lair Azimi’s cast a fireball inside with a resounding wumph noise. Inside a body of a man was discovered and 3 wolves. Inside the greater chamber were more were wolves and wolves. The heroes and small cat attacked with Kurin and Azimi moving last. Everyone slew a beast, before more appeared from the cavern nearby. Kurin now engaged 2 blocking the escape route as Azimi used Dimension Door to appear inside the cavern. Azimi cast a hold monster spell as a blackness enveloped the entire cave due to a probable darkness spell. More wolves and werewolves were slain in the dark, before the living were again lighten with magical like fire from the ever useful wand. Magical missiles flew from the WereWizard striking Thorsgrim, before he fled with magical aid. The remaining werewolves (frozen and otherwise) were cut down effectively.

Cavern times ends with a need to track Malachie the werewizard and make him dead.

Castle Amber part 5

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 34

After the smoking corpses of the Gremlins were left alone the final missing room was investigated and a Solar man with red skin, blond hair and a flaming shield was discovered. After a careful scanning from Ragnar and dialogue entered into, it was discovered that after helping to banish an Effreet the Solar had agreed to help Claude the dead dog Amberville to turn the castle to Law. However, after careful prompting he was left alone and the heroes descended into the dungeon level again, passing by the unlocked cells and finding a morgue like hallway with lots of people with missing brains and no blood.

In the next door room was discovered a brain devourer who, with many brains attached to his back, was sucking the brain of another corpse. The heroes bravely fired many missile weapons: Sven shot it with a bolt, Thorsgrim threw his hammer, Skrogg drew his bow and shot in one round. The creature with so many brains was able to fire not one but five spells off. Fortunately, all missed or bounced off the experience of the heroes. Magical missiles fired at Azimi only to have them returned to the beast, Azimi’s magical missiles in return struck the beast dead. Kurin who had run up, looked puffed.

In the corridor a Invisible stalker attempted to surprise the monk, but didn’t and was solidly hit 3 times, before it abandoned him and attacked Skrogg. Unfortunately, he wasn’t surprised either and casually butchered it leaving behind only a shadow on the ground.

The heroes continued into the room of Gas and again set off the trap where Azimi, Ragnar and Stargard fell asleep. Kurin with good mind began to chop the door down with his axe, With Skrogg’s help the door was demolished. Soon the Dwarf and Halfling dragged the sleeping humans into the hall. After dreams they awoke, Stargard had apparently saved the planet, but no one believed him.

A room full of treasure was discovered, but thanks to the wand of enemy detection a large worm monster was discovered and attacked. It was very quickly slain without anyone being swallowed whole. Coins were discovered.

A room with a pool containing a small glass sphere bobbing on the surface was discovered. Within the sphere was a silver key. Thorsgrim purified the water as Azimi tested it by dropping in a sivler coin the bubbled and began to disolve. After much reluctance Sven had fly cast on him and flew across to collect the silver floating key with cat like reflexes.

A room with 4 hell hounds was next discovered. Sven shot one as Kurin ran at another. Two of the beasts breathed injuring everyone except for Kurin who had ran on and Azimi who had mysteriously turned into a statue (but she got better). Ragnar and Thorsgrim wasted no time butchering two before the ever nimble Skrogg, slew one and then with graceful move threw his sword at another menacing Kurin, jumping over he impaled the beast with his shield before Kurin could say “hey”. What a true Viking Hero! (too right!)

A room with a glowing silver gate guarded by a Giant Amber Lion Golem was discovered. The Golem’s mistake was to move and was quickly bashed to small pieces without mercy in a quick amount of time. Before they could attempt to leave through the gate the Lawful peoples decided to finish the dungeon and left to investigate.

A room with a large pit was discovered, but was guarded by six Ghouls. Sven shot one as Kurin pushed one down the pit saying “this is Finhagen”. Slaying the Ghoul outright from the fall. One slightly scratched Azimi only for all of the remaining Ghouls to turn to dust. Down the 70’ pit was a labyrinth leading to the kingdom of the Ghouls. Fortunately, Thorsgrim immediately turns all Undead to dust and the only thing bothering the party was a sand storm. Some Treasure was found including a highly magical spear.

The next room contained a demon inside a pentagram. It promised much (all lies) but just before Thorsgrim was about to Dispel Evil, Ragnar disturbed the pentagram releasing the demon. It attacked Ragnar with all its power, but was quickly slain with Holy Might. A magical ironic horn of dispelling this demon was found. Azimi wanted the ever burning candles, but didn’t know how to carry them without setting herself on fire.

The party proceeded through the arch using 3 silver keys, to discover a slightly warm land and a road. The heroes began to proceed up the road to see where it lead. A mysterious horse and cart was discovered and farm people looking desperate, but as they approached it vanished to appear as a phantom. Skrogg was enthralled and nearly eviscerated. Azimi cast a protection from Evil 10’ radius to defend the party. The Phantom fled, before Thorsgrim could do anything. Later that night during Skrogg’s watch the Phantom returned, it again attacked Skrogg who again was mightily wounded. Thorsgrim rolled over pointed his hammer and said “Begone beast! Return to whatever underworld you come from!” . The Phantom was instantly destroyed and Thorsgrim was forced to Cure-all Skrogg. (Thorsgrim my hero!)

Another Day when Clerics save everyone. The party rest before planning on continuing up the road to attempt to find a village and a map!


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