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Here's what happened in last night's game. Each PC gets 418 xp.

23rd Maius (contd)
Pausing only to loot the room and retrieve the +2 homing bow from the dead hag, the PCs head off to the first ratha they explored to rest for the night and recover from their wounds.

24th Maius
El’em, Brave Ella, Margarita and Krivinn return to the Great Temple. Heading back through the first three chambers, they proceed cautiously through the doors they saw the other archer and the barghest battle lord flee through. At the end of the corridor is another room – the Cosmic Chamber of Order and living quarters of Induma the Moon Hag. Inside, Induma, her coven sister-lover and the barghest are waiting. The PCs attack but are beaten back by Induma’s shriek of pain and the barghest’s life feed power. Krivinn slams the doors behind the party and holds them closed with his flail. After a brief rest and a team tactics talk, the PCs return to the fray. This time they concentrate their attacks on the barghest which falls to a killing blow from the dragonborn paladin. Induma howls, pushing everyone away but the adventurers fight back and Krivinn again is the one to deliver the fatal strike. Ella shoots the hag archer twice and then El’em finishes her off with magic missile. The PCs search the room, finding some treasure, as well as a pile of human and humanoid skulls which Krivinn blesses before burying outside. The paladin also takes pains to smash up the evil, occult trappings inside the room.

Next, the PCs head to the impressive Temple of the Black Leopard. When they enter, the four-armed statue in the centre of the prayer room and the two cobras draped around over its shoulders come to life and attack. As Krivinn is poisoned and Margarita is bloodied, the PCs decide to withdraw from the fray and rest again. Outside, Ella upsets Ranjeet the faerie dragon who flies off in a huff.


After an extended rest, the party return to the temple and lure the statue into combat with El’em’s flaming sphere. This time, they are victorious – Ella destroys the statue and the others finish off the two snakes. With the guardians disposed of, the PCs are able to open the doors to the garhabgriha (inner sanctum) which holds an enormous statue of Bauhei, the Black Leopard. At the foot of the statue is a sadhu – an ancient mystic named Shankara, who invites the party to walk round the temple and study the carvings to learn the history of Dhak Janjua. The first three storeys of the tower tell the story of Vrishabha’s rise to power and his defeat by Srivatsa but the third floor carvings are more interesting, showing Vrishabha’s imprisonment in a glacier high in the Pillars of Heaven Mountains, rakshasas in modern-day Parsantium, and then yakfolk sorcerers performing a ritual from an ancient book to free the rakshasa rajah, allowing him to take his revenge on the city. Ella rushes down the stairs to talk to the sadhu, who utters a few words about what the PCs have seen just being one possible future before returning to his deep trance.



Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
lucybrant
Jun. 30th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
fairy dragon
you missed out the part where i made friends with the fairy fairy dragon again afterwards- unless the bitch is harbouring a grudge...
richgreen01
Jun. 30th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: fairy dragon
That's true - you made friends again afterwards and he came back.
lucybrant
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
fairy dragon
huzzah! too bad he wouldn't learn the Ni-How song though
:-(
richgreen01
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: fairy dragon
He hates the Ni-How song. He has impeccable taste.
ninthcouncil
Jul. 1st, 2009 09:54 am (UTC)
Next session will also be Gong-less, as I'm on holiday in Devon that week.
richgreen01
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Will you be back to run Dying Earth next Monday though?
ninthcouncil
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
I was hoping until today that Dad was going to be out of hospital sometime this week but that now seems unlikely, so I'd rate the chances of me being up for running anything next week as slim, even if I'm in London on Monday.
richgreen01
Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you Dad's still in hospital. Let me know what's happening at the weekend if you can - if you definitely can't make it I'll run instead.
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