Undermountain Unbound

And the vision goes to...

“It appears that not only have I had a vision in my meditation, but so have my companions. All of in the same evening. Wicken blinding light and the screaming of the other halflings tore me away from mine. This ring I saw so clear as day I believe to one of Halister’s Horned rings. Our group headed for Waterdeep and there we took on a couple quests. But not before Alton Hillshire and Vyrson Von Tachsa had a drinking match and both ended up drunk.

The rest of us, after finding an Inn, took off for the streets with the dwarf. If I had known he was going to cause a rukus, I may have stayed and meditated. He, the crazy bastard, went down an ally and loudly annouced he didn’t know what to do with all the gold he was carrying. Of course a few thieves appear and Alton Hillshire foolishly believed Gromske Steelwill was going to give him the money. Alton Hillshire noticed them before one got a hit on the fooly hearty dwarf and swung at him. Tired of leaning on the wall at the end of the ally, I sent a magic missle down the way and after the second hit with another missle, he was dead.

The fight didn’t last long and a shadowed voice started talking to us. Rather to Gromske Steelwill and warned us not to venture into to many more of ‘his’ allys. Of course Gromske Steelwill wanted to go into more after that but I think the knowledge of needing sleep before the next day was enough for him. I suppose we will be stepping on this shadows toes again and probably soon, but hey, that better for another day.

Before these quests I went to all the information I could of Undermountain, its famous staircase and Halister. Not a whole lot is known but what I found is slightly disturbing. The Elders seem to think something of the catastophic nature is about to happen in Undermountain and will spill over into the areas. Halister is known as the “Mad-Mage of the Undermountain” and has been bringing monsters from all the realms to the Undermountain. Either for play, experiments, protection or some other unkown reasons. Anyway you look at it, it doesn’t sit well for the rest of us around. The others all split to find information for themselves and gather supplies. The tracker, Vyrson Von Tachsa, went for supplies after finding the contacts for the quests we have undertook. Alton Hillshire, the male halfling twin, went with him. Yes, I am actually traveling with Halflings. Surprised myself even. When he came back to the bar we were to reconvine, his sister was on her third breakfast. Gromske Steelwill the drawven campanion we picked up was telling anyone and everyone of his dream when Alton Hillshire walked in to get his sister.

Alton Hillshire really wanted to find his parents so he asked the bar owner where he purchased the meat for his bar. Turns out the place was three doors down. Off the two went and when they returned they were really excited. Poor Gromske Steelwill didn’t even understand Afton Hillshire in her excitment! I translated and the rest of us followed the small ones to the shop of their parents. The other meat monger said they hadn’t been there in three weeks. The shop was in good order mostly except for the spoiled meat. Their living quaters upstairs, well, that was a different story. Definatly a struggle there. There were no clues for our tracker to figure out more than there must have been three to four men and the halfling parents put up a fight or were man handled severly. They did not leave on their own accord.

We left back to the bar to take our journey in the bar owner’s bucket to the Undermountain. Several warnings were placed on the wall from others along with a few gloats from dwarf and a snide remark from an elf. On the way down and even walking through the tunnel to the open room I wasn’t nervous or afraid of any of the warnings. I am a warmage after all, but when I felt the magic drain from my bones, I knew we were in trouble.

We got a map from a woman and her two bugbears and started off following Vyrson Von Tachsa when the pillar behind us came to life, headed straight for us. My magic gone and Gromske Steelwill’s gone as well, we were of no real help. He brought his sword back to hand however, but it did nothing to this woman from the pillar. The halflings tried but their weapons meerly bounced off. Vyrson Von Tachsa tried and in return ended up on the floor unconscious until Alton Hillshire revived him. I was going to throw one of my acid potions on her but decided to flee with the others instead. Good thing to because when we started down another hallway, she went back to her pillar form and to the center of the room. I feel the magic coming back to me now, but wonder what more adventure and danger await us.” -Gheahlea Strompet Undermountain, day 1 of many in the dark

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The Slaying of Anabisa
Vengeance for the twin halflings costs the Healer his life... temporarily.

(1/9/2011)

- Left the Drow priestesses’ room where the statue was made flesh
- Familiar voice of Drow Priestess, “Come now, don’t be shy. Don’t just send one little one.”
Gromske “What about two little ones?”
- Large room, back half concealed in magical darkness
- Gheahlea launches Fireball, Alton launches Rod of Wonder, both fizzle against darkness
- Darkness drops, revealing Drow Priestess, Duergar, spiders
- Drow Priestess casts Pillar of Flame => Gromske, Vyrson, Alton
- Afton throws at Duergar Slave 4, critically disarms him
- Gromske charges DuSl4, 46 dmg, killshot (splat)
- Gheahlea floats 30ft high, casts Whirling Blade, gets knocked down and webbed, breaks free with strength
- Afton finishes DuSl
- Drow Assassin drops in on Gromske, renders him helpless, but fails to kill him
- Alton Rod of Wonder begins fizzling
- Priestess glides down from her perch, charging and striking Alton
- Vyrson surrounded by 2 duergar, 1 floating force sword, 1 spider => add Drow Assassin
- Vyrson bails from center, Gheahlea drops a badass fireball,
killing 2 DuSl, sizzling spider, Assassin, Priestess
- Priestess attempts to Death Touch Gheahlea, deals 25 dmg, but fails to kill the halfling
- Gheahlea returns the favor with an Ice Knife for 15
- Assassin makes a solid hit against Vyrson
- Priestess uses Slay Living on Alton and succeeds in killing him
- Afton is enfuriated, critically stabs Priestess, finishing her
- Gheahlea lines up and casts Lightning Bolt, frying second spider but missing the Assassin
- Vyrson slashes furiously, Assassin blocks, but Vyrson draws first blood
- Assassin misses Vyrson and kills last spider, then misses Vyrson again
- Gheahlea’s Lightning Bolt fizzles off Assassin, no damage
- Vyrson lands a few quick slashes on Assassin
- Assassin slashes across Vyrson’s eyes, almost blinding him but missing,
though his critical sword infects Vyrson with spores, which inflicts fatigue and CON damage
- Gromske finally manages to his feet, closes in on Assassin and finishes him off
- Gheahlea shares restoration potion with Vyrson

Loot:

Wand of Lightning Bolt Lv.6 (to Leslie)
Shirt of Iron Skin (to Drew)
Rod of Viscid Blobs (to Ryan)
Ring of Protection 4 (to Drew)
Ring of Blinking (On command, wearer blinks as with the Blink spell) (to Jared)
Mithril Shirt (x2) (sell)
Morghuth Dagger +3 (Natural -1 hit and dmg, Acidic Burst weapon +1d6 acid [crit: add. 1d10 acid],
Keen, Shock +1d6 lightning, Vicious +2d6 [
1d6 to wielder]) (to Jared)
Spore Blade +2 (Keen Short Sword, Crit: normal crit dmg and Puff of Modeled Spores
[dc20 fort save, on fail: victim takes d4 CON and fatigued for 1 hr (once per round max)]) (to Jared)
Mithril Dagger +3 (Distance, Flaming, Frost, Returning, Shock) (to Rachel)
Necklace (4 jewel spheres – 2 glowing pale blue, 2 dull and inert)
[Souls can be transferred back] (crushed)

- Restore statuses at Gyuud’s Temple
- Clerics at temple topside call High Priest, who shows after a couple hours
- High Priest clears all from the room but the soulless bodies, lengthy ceremony,
he emerges looking exhausted
- High Priest hands necklace to Afton and she smashes it
- Twins’ father tells the story, “Everything was going well and the store was running fine.
We were getting pretty prosperous. Must have been in the wrong location at the wrong time.
Didn’t know they were Drow at first. They sent some agents to move into our economic area
and I resisted them. They took it upon themselves to neutralize us. I dunno if they’ve
managed to sway any other companies in that district. I just know I refused, so they opted
to take us out instead.”
- Alton heals party up and they head to the Elders.
- Priestess is known as Anabisa, troublesome to many.
- Elder suggests destruction of the body. Alton burns the body. They preserve the ashes.

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