Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 13
The Chronicles of Ragnar Part Thirteen
The incredibly brave and resilient heroes emerged from the dark cave and began to travel to Rhoona. At camp each night, Azimi with her magical ways determined the variety of potions available gained thus far, a magical shield, Ragnar’s spell turning ring, and two magical maces.
During the second night 3 dire wolves menaced the sleeping group during Thorsgrim’s early morning watch, but retreated when saw that the party were aware of their menace. Azimi continued to sleep through.
During an encounter two days later, as two owl bears charged out of the undergrowth, Azimi proved her true nature and simply rose into the air powered by a levitation spell, much to the surprise of Sven who had expected to be protected by the Azimi meat shield. The beasts were dispatched quickly, and before they could turn tale and run, they dropped dead.
Travelling through the various small noble strongholds, it became apparent that they were taking liberties with attempting to tax travelers. This taxation was avoided and travel was quicky made to Rhoona, the Red Dragon Inn and Erik the priest. A plan was argued to go to the temple and liberate the cure while simultaneously removing Xanathon from the mortal coil.
The heroes, disguised using Azimi’s phantasm spell as a group of Khanate people, approached the back of the temple, using the scroll of portals, entered the secret chamber and proceeded to loot (re-position) it for every known magic item, gem and coin. Some clerical scrolls were found, including a scroll of commune which was used by Thorsgrim revealing that the Gem found with Xanathon’s soul would need to be close by him for him to become vulnerable, but not destroy it. The side affect of using a commune inside a temple of another God wasn’t considered and alarm bells rang. A knocking at the door revealed the wizard again (who had previously died and been brought back to life) telling the brave heroes to bring the Gem to the main temple chamber. Obviously he had over heard the thoughts of the party using a ESP spell and knew their plans, and even change of plan. He cast web down the corridor and ran away.
The battle in the final room went from dangerous to worse. As the front doors were barged in the Wizard beside Xanathon was shot by Sven and then fireballed by the wand using Azimi, killing nine minion guards as well. The remaining guards stayed still or ran at the intruders. Skrogg made a save or die spell attack from the cleric as Ragnar and Skrogg battled the front rank. Another fireball exploded near the mage who had ran to a new position, killing more minions. Ragnar cut a minion down as 2 were frozen from a hold spell from Kurin. Azimi ran in the room to battle the mage, as Ragnar approached the two Guardsmen blocking the path to Xanathon. Xanathon then released a hold spell dropping Thorsgrim, Sven and Kurin in one evil step. Skrogg was forced to get the gem that Kurin carried and ran off to join Ragnar and Xanathon in battle. Azimi after failing to magic missile the mage, saving vs a polymorth other spell and being hit by magic missiles in return resorted to a staff, deflecting a guardsman, and slaying the mage with a shot to his temple. She then slew the guardsman attacking her. A 5 crossbow bolts were fired at her but were all deflected by her magical shield protection. The guardsmen all ran towards Xanathon who was now vulnerable and not happy about it. Skrogg and Ragnar began to hack at him, occasionally deflecting blows and ignoring the guardsmen minions. Xanathon’s head was removed by a well aimed chop by Ragnar after Skrogg had hamstrung him. Skrogg and Ragnar then brutalized the guardsmen with consistent well aimed blows. Azimi had moved towards the frozen three killing two frozen guardsmen will her staff.
Day ends, with All guardsmen dead. Azimi identifying the only magical thing in the room, the mace of Xanathon of being a +2 mace and the frozen three sill lying at the entranceway.