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.
Chapter 3 – Hell Mountain Frozen Over