The Hidden

Session 26: The Cruel Tower
This is Your Final Destination

To be continued.

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Session 25: The False God
Nothing Good Can Come of This

To be continued…

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Session 24: Dead Orphans
Nothing Sadder than Lost Children.

To be continued…

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Session 23: Surfacing
Things Are Tough All Over

24 Marpenoth, 1519 DR

The group wandered around the emptied waterway corridors for awhile before they found another door with a large ring intended to be turned in order to open. The nearby walls were riddled with a series of pipes, some of which were broken. They determined that the pipe system would have to be repaired before the door would open, and after scavenging some of the spare parts from the supply closet in which they had slept, Onyx performed a mending ritual on the ancient device. Just over half an hour later, the door opened.

Three doors exited the chamber beyond, each of which opened to a long hallway. The third was filled with water which rushed in and threatened to sweep Ixtab away before it quickly drained out of the chamber. Choosing the left hand tunnel, they wandered for almost an hour before the dwarf announced that he thought they had gone the wrong way. Backtracking, they tried the right hand corridor, they explored for just under half an hour before Ixtab shook his head and suggested they head back again. The central path seemed to lead in the correct direction and eventually deposited them at the door with the sounds of something burning coming from beyond it.

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Session 22: Keys

23 Marpenoth (Continued)

The adventurers came to a chamber with a locked door, and while Chipper worked on it, they came under attack. Defeating the amorphous fleshy and/or bony creatures was little real challenge, but the door continued to thwart the drow. The group continued on, hoping to find a key.

They found several attached to a ring on the belt of a large corrupted genasi. The creature was quite mad, communicated via telepathy, and was attended by ghouls. The fight was tougher, but the party proved victorious, even though Ixtab and Jack contracted a disease that left them coughing up blood. The dwarf then took the keys and led the party back to the locked door.

He opened the path to an optional boss fight that was Tough. As. Hell. The party was grateful to win and even more grateful to evict the corpses of the creatures there so they could lock the door behind them and take several hours to recover from the brutal day.


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Session 21: Slime and Bone

23 Marpenoth (Continued)

Following Barellius’s directions, the adventurers entered the undercity and began to pick their way through the long-forgotten waterways. The battled a room filled with slimes and were nearly stopped in their tracks by a pair of constructs forged from dead bodies. They defeated both threats and forged ahead.


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Session 20: The Harbinger

23 Marpenoth (Continued)

Attacked and killed the creatures trying to drag a female water genasi into a building, and then caught up to her as she fled. She insisted that the heroes leave the square before reinforcements arrived, and they followed her through the twisting alleys of the strange city before finally arriving at her father’s house. There, she introduced herself as Catalin and her father Brusker told the party a little more about the city.

The corrupted ones had once been genasi, but they were twisted by the rogue eidolon that had set itself up as a false got in the temple. Those who refused to serve the mad construct were enslaved and subject to the lottery for daily sacrifice. To get to the tower at the top of the mountain, the group would have to enter the portal in the temple, which was heavily guarded. Catalin’s father told the heroes that a frontal assault was suicide. He suggested that they could spirit away a genasi captive known as The Harbinger, who was paraded through the streets each day as the servants of the false god came to collect a slave for sacrifice.

Following the sounds of a broken gong, the party returned to the square where they’d dispatched the first of the corrupted ones, and the fear of the chained genasi in the alleys surrounding the square was palpable. Only four corrupted ones guarded the prisoner who was collared and held by a thick chain by one of his captors. The heroes engaged the guards and rescued the prisoner, an ancient water genasi called Barellius. He was in rough shape with internal injuries and a number of broken bones. Jack carried him back to Catalin’s father’s house.

The decrepit genasi secured a promise that the party would destroy his phylactery – the only thing keeping him alive for the false god’s minions to torment him – before he would let them know how to get into the temple without barging through the front gate. They were reluctant, but eventually agreed to his terms.


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Session 19: Steam

22 Marpenoth (Continued)

At the edge of their strength, the heroes decided to risk one more orb room, coming into another cavern filled with magma. Stones floated on the surface of the molten rock, allowing Jack and Tegalad to cross. Fire archons and a large flame lasher attacked when the elf claimed the orb, and a heated (heh) battle ensued. Barely surviving, they decided to hole up for a few hours and regain their strength.

23 Marpenoth, 1519 DR

Beat down the water chamber and with all four orbs in the stone mouths, the way was open. The party came to a chamber filled with stone buildings and occupied by vaguely humanoid elemental creatures. Some were diseased looking, with pustules and blisters covering their flesh and these were subjugating genasi, who were all chained.


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Session 18: Dust

22 Marpenoth (Continued)

Fought some weak flying fire creatures, then came to a chamber with open mouths carved into the stone wall. Each mouth had Primordial words carved below to identify them with one of four elements. Sealed stone doors barred the way forward, but four other tunnels led out.

First tunnel held an earth room, and the ground quaked as the party crossed to a pedestal holding a small orb. Taking the orb caused earth archons and other stone elementals to attack, but they were easily bested.

Next tunnel held a wind room with floating stones providing a bridge across an apparently bottomless pit. Gusts made the crossing more difficult and when the air orb was claimed, wind creatures attacked, holding all of the advantages of terrain. Eventually, these were beaten, too.


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Session 17: Earth, Wind, and Fire
Elementary, Watson...

22 Marpenoth, 1519 DR

The group talked to Thadius Markins about their meeting with “Selûne”, and he confirmed the existence of a ritual at the top of an ice mountain that might help restore The Rose’s memories. The gondsman agreed to open a portal to the base of the mountain and supplied them with a device they could trigger to let him know they were ready to return to the world. Then he bid them farewell and sent them on their way.

Looking back, there was a bottomless cliff. Not wanting to fall forever, the adventurers moved forward and away from the edge, approaching a crevasse with sloping hills on either side – a kind of a “box canyon.” They were set upon by a being composed of fire and ice and a few lesser creatures of rock and fire. Only the former creature proved to be any kind of challenge, and when it threatened to explode after it fell, they were all well away from the hissing corpse.

Entering the mountain tunnels, they came to a chamber with three other exits. It was guarded by stone elementals like the one they’d beaten in the temple of Gond, and these proved no more dangerous in numbers than had the single monster. Taking the right hand tunnel, they came into a hazy room ending in a pool of magma. Before they could turn around and leave the dead end behind, three fire lashers burst up from the molten rock and attacked.

Amusing highlights include:

  • Jack taking an involuntary lava dip – twice.
  • Tegalad Killing a creature made of flame by burning it to death when he reversed its resistance to heat.

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