The Afflicted

Episode 20
Eye Tyrant

Ivanna strode forward to do battle with the Arch Mind-flayer attacking with her great-axe, she wounded it several times and purplish ichor bleed from its wounds. In response it grapple her with its tendrils and she became stunned in her grasp. Malus continued to pour lightning at the outsider and ate some Hellish Rebukes for his troubles.

Stunned the Mind-flayer began to bore a hole inside of Ivanna's skull doing massive damage but luckily not enough to finish her off.

The rest of the team (Including Brindlebuckle) dealt with the Bulletes and Zombie's and began to back up Ivanna, Malus and co and against such odds the Ulitharid was overwhelmed.

 

The Island city was still covered in Undead but whatever controlling force was in charge of them was holding them at bay.

The team decided to take a rest… Jack cast a Fabricate to magically construct a building with good cover and concealment for them and then cast Leomund's Tiny Hut to give the crew a safe spot for a rest.

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Episode 19
Ulitharid

As Malus and Gil upon his back flew at the Ulitharid. It unleashed a torrent of Psychic energy at them and stunned them both. Jack flew into the Air to avoid the Mind Blasts and the rest of the party were still dealing an assault from the undead.

 

 

Jack unleashed a Lightning bolt at the Mind Flayer and it reacted with Hellish Rebuke as the hellfire hit jack it caused him to loose his concentration and he came plummeting back to the earth and knocked unconscious.

Shey-lar, Astrea, Larry and Maisey were attacked by Bullettes that emerged from the earth.

Astrea was bitten and heavily wounded as one of the beast's emerged and its massive jaws closed around her.

 

Meanwhile Brindlebuckle Von Unikstein started to decend from the ceiling of the cavern on his Mechanical pet spider Rakachit. The Gunsmith began firing his weapons and a thunderous cacophony echoed throughout the cavern. Brindlebuckle began targeting both Bullette and Ulitharid and he descended into the fray.

Malus and Gil still stunned were immobile

Ivanna bravely strode forward to meet the Ulitharid in combat…

 

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Episode 18
Ultima Voril

The party defeated several Ropers that were emerging from the Underground lake.

After regathering on the beach, Malus sensing that the waters surrounding the island were infested with these rock monsters decided to carry the party across as a Quetzacoatlus.

 

Assuming this huge form, the party clambered aboard and prepared to explore the ruins of the Illithid City.

 

Flying at a wary distance Malus and crew circled the city and found it to be apparently dead and empty, heading in to the pyramid Larry jumped off and did a search of the top "entrance" the opening in the top of the pyramid.

Having a quick look into the opening Larry spotted a chamber approximately 80ft by 80ft and a Huge sleeping meatball.

Larry Climbed back aboard Malus and the Druid still wary decided to fly the party to a more quite part of the city, back towards the beach.

 

The party (minus Malus and Gil) set out towards the Pyramid and were beset upon by sickening half alive creatures emerging from the darkened alleys and even the earth itself. Heavy combat broke out as this unusual ambush was sprung.

More and more arrived and so did a strange alien interloper.

Putting aside his hesitation Malus flew, with his huge wings he swam through the air once more.

With Gilius stubbornly holding on they approached to confront this new threat but so did aid from an unexpected quarter…

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Episode 17
Escape

Our super friends  managed somehow to defeat the Iron Golems and Cimbel they made there way out side the front of the fortress. Through a large iron gate and over one of the many drawbridges and surrounded by lava moats.

The came under heavy fire from ballista as they made there escape. Cornelius was nowhere to be seen (he split off from the group to buy them time apparently)

Malus shifted into a warg and made good time. The team put a good 500 feet between themselves and the Terragar fortress.

They came to a large stone bridge that crossed a lava river, an ancient and monolithic structure. They made there way across and regrouped for a moment.

Malus (the first over) turned back to witness hordes of Terragar spewing out of the many entrances of the fortress. Like an extremely angry ant hill that had been poked with an imaginary giant stick.

He took a moment to steady himself and focus, lighting sprang from his hands and he directed it into the large stalactites hanging over the bridge.

Rings of electric energy danced around the surface of them and then one of them lurched for a second and then fell… With A titanic crash that echoed throughout the entirety of the cavern (and could be heard leagues away) it smashed into the stone bridge. The bridge actually lurched and visibly dipped slightly. Malus then repeated this on a second stalactite, the massive amount of debris completely block travel across the bridge.

The team made there way to a concealed position in the chaotic landscape and settled in for a hard earned rest. 

Afterwards they collapse camp and made their way into another tunnel

They encountered some traveling fire afflicted in an intersection in the tunnel the fire giants were traveling back to there own territory with a wagon full of loot and other accoutrements of war. 

The hero's kept themselves hidden and (to the DM's amusement) avoided the encounter.

The team travelled on for many hours and emerged finally at a beach! The cavern opened up into a large lake that surrounded an island, Enter Ultima Voril the ancient and seeingly destroyed home of the illithids.

There were many destroyed boats upon and near the shoreline the team managed to find one that was serviceable a while Maisey recalled a legend of the area a tale from the Under dark.

Decades ago. An entity emerged from another plane in to the under dark below Theracia. This entity called Blahino sought to capture, destroy or dominate everything it beheld. Attack from Crow and fire giants were swiftly cast asside . sensing the mind flayers it then sought to eliminate these powerful beings. It distracted the body of the colony with a horde of raised undead and was then able to infiltrate and destroy the elderbrain. The rest of the illithid were shocked and confused and were then easy pickings for Blahino. Scattered and all but destroyed the remaining member's scattered.

In desperation an alliance of drow and terragar s made an attack on the stronghold of this being but this was a complete disaster.

As Maisey was singing this epic poem to the group a large tentacle emerged from the lake and snatched the little bard away!

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Episode 16
Battle Royal

The Iron Golem punched its way through a wall of the keep and a desperate battle began

Everyone in the party (Including a returning Cornelius!) started to hit the construct with everything but the kitchen sink to seemingly minor effect

Bltsu who had charged forward towards the second tower he was surrounded by  a score of Terragar bodies witnessed a second Iron Golem emerge from an Arcane Gate near him and immediately went into action his Titan blade clanging against the giant robotic hull and Cimbel emerged from the portal also looking for revenge.

2 squads of Terragar also emerged from trap doors to reinforce.

Malus (t-rex) charged the Iron Golem and bit it.

On return the Golem punched and head-butted the Dinosaur causing Malus to loose concentration!

Jack unleashed a lightning bolt doing impressive damage

Ivanna went into a Frenzied Rage and started smashing it with her axe.

Maisey attempted to contribute with her crossbow

Larry did multiple hits and stunned the golem.

Cornelius sneak attacked

Bltsu damaged the Golem slightly and then got banished by Cimbel.

Astrea finished off the guards atop the tower with bow fire.

Gil healing worded and cast a shatter on the Golem.

Malus moved back to Jacks position (No reactions from the Golem thanks to Larry) and healed himself.

The Golem ignoring the rest of the party wailing on him moved to Jack and Malus locale and unleashed a Poison Spray doing LOTS of damage to the druid and boy wizard Malus would have been incapacitated if not for his Relentless ability and Jack managed to absorb most of the damage but was looking HURT. Things were looking grim for out team.

Shey-lar in desperation and angered, Shape shifted into a very large humanoid Were-bear and jumped onto the back of the vile construct and began to viciously bite and claw the metallic monster.

After a couple more turns of carnage and stressed out players Larry acrobatically leapt up and punched the head off the first Iron Golem!

Maisey after several turns of missing with crossbow spied a opportune target standing in the open and fired at Cimbel who had been wrecking havoc upon the party with her spells. She hit and wounded and this broke her concentration bringing Bltsu back from his imprisonment to cheers from the team (and players!) 

Malus took a death save as this part of the party decided how to assault. Ivanna charged up the left side towards the remnants of a squad Shey-lar, Larry and Astrea vaulted over the middle moat, Shey-lar took some damage to bear form as she fell in the acid (ouch!) Cornelius snuck up the left and attacked Cimbel before sneaking away after she hellish rebuked him and a couple of eldritch blasts. Malus held back after being healed by Gil and Jack readied his spells. Maisey advanced cautiously and prepared to help out where needed with healing or inspiration.

Bltsu redoubled his assault on the second Golem he  was mostly on his own the Hundred man slayer wasn't going down without a fight (he reckless attacked with his great weapon master feat using his titan weapon) he did some impressive damage before Cimbel (now heavily wounded) plane-shifted him into another dimension (more of that another time)

In retaliation Astrea went into full Legolass mode with her action surge and pumped arrow after arrow after arrow into the Warlock Princess pining her to the castle wall in the process.

After this the team managed to finish off the rest of the guards and the Iron Golem. Gilius Thundercloud sent it to its knees with a Sacred Flame melting the construct

Astrea looted Cimbel's corpse and found a Bag of Holding!

"She had one job, one job!" – Maisey

 

EDIT- I forgot the part where Jack cast fireball on the Golem and actually healed it!

 

 

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Episode 15
Guardians

Elsewhere…

The Arcane portal opened a small figure emerged, she was wounded but determined…

She activated the command runes to awaken the metal beasts fire began to glow inside long dormant stone hearts.

"Guardians we are under attack, we underestimated the intruders. Your first order of operations will be …."

-Protect the King.

-Secure the Throne Room.

-Eliminate the enemy.

An ember glow inside the constructs metallic helm observed the small Terragar Princess and the first guardian stood up too answer the call.

"Acknowledged"

There was work to be done…

 

 

After the battle the party took a short rest, came up with a plan of action and looted the room.

Items found:-

+2 Warhammer (found on the king)

Spell scroll of scrying (level 5)

Staff of lightning bolts

Potion of gaseous form

An Arcane book of some kind that Jack started to study fervently

1000 gold

250 platinum.

 

With the situation being desperate and most of the fortress now being alerted to the presence of the team. The Tomites and Allies made there way out a northern exit of the room found in the back of what appeared to be some sort of study.

The came to a stairwell that could be traveled upwards or downwards. They traveled downwards led by Malus and Ivanna. Malus attempting to sneak, fell and made a terrible racket rolling down the stairs. This alerted the guards out the front of the lower door. The team appeared to be heading out the front of some sort of guard tower into a large courtyard towards the northern part of the fortress.

The courtyard contained several smaller room sized constructions and was divided in the middle by a moat of some kind of liquid, there were a couple of hanged Drow that met there fate towards the middle and a pair of Ettins guarding another tower on the opposite end of the courtyard (about 100 ft away)

Combat was joined! Terragar charged and Ettins approached at a run, the team also came under fire from ballista set up on the opposite tower. The team took cover after dispatching most of the guards while Malus neutralised the siege weapons with some druid magic. Ivanna headed towards one of the buildings to the right and heard the sounds of music coming from what appeared to be a cell of some kind.

Several terragar monks emergerd from the building to the left and charged the crew.

Malus used a polymorph spell to change into a T-rex!

Ivanna broke a hole large enough in the door and hence emerged Maisey Whitfoot!

Maisey had traveled into Neo-krag and had signed up with a group of soldiers (actually she talked her way into it) who were going into the Underdark below the city with express order's to find the Adventurers from Torm's reach and there allies.

Since the party had been underground there had been some developments Empress Elixabeth Valdor had ordered military units into Neo-krag under the guise of a peacekeeping mission.

Neo-krag has been annexed in all but name.

So Maisey seeing a chance for adventure and fun went along with the platoon and headed into the underdark (besides she likes to help!). A battle occurred with the Terragar (the mostley human troops were badly prepared for a mission into the dark underworld) and maisey ecaped for the moment and was recaptured after and brought to the fortress of Underheim and was awaiting processing (or maybe she just snuck in to look for a party and afternoon tea!).

Maisey jumped through the halfling sized hole and was swiftly carried away by Ivanna, as a parting shot Maisey used cutting words on one of the rapidly approaching ettins and pointed out the relative small size of his loincloth, despite being an inhuman monster with 2 heads the beast almost cried at this.

The party defeated the guards and ettins, guards and monk  due to good team tactics and a rampaging 16 ton dinosaur.

At this point a thunderous crash sounded out as a large iron guardian built in the visage of a giant dwarf emerged to challenge out compatriots…

 

 

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Episode 14
The Throneroom

As Malus, Ivanna and Jack made there way down a flight of stairs to the next level of the fortress. They were joined bu Larry, a half elven monk (path of the open hand) he came crashing through a wall and said nothing.

(The others decided that a being that could make an entrance as awesome as must certainly be aligned to there cause and he has been following them around ever since!)

They fought there way into a room where they met back up with Bltsu, Gilius and Astrea and they found a Dwarven woman on a torture rack in one of the rooms and freed her (although Astrea was quiet suspicious)

The Woman stockily built and heavily scared across her face appeared to be some sort of knight, she had bear iconography on her armour and introduced herself as Shey-lar of Torm (The same person the party had been hired to find).

Not having time for small talk the party made there way across a series of bridges (under fire from ballista no less) into the opening of what appeared to be the Throneroom of the Terragar King Morrcanne.

While the party rested Jack used his magic to assume the form of "The Great Wizard" and attempted to intimidate the King while this was happening between 30-40 Terragar arrived and began dismantleing the bridges from the other side!

Surprisingly calm at this break of royal protocol he laughed casually at Jack he told him to "surrender of die" at his side the King was guarded by a Orog Monk of some ability and his Daughter Simbel an Arcanist of some kind. And one of the bookcases in the room sled open to reveal a Stone Afflicted (Giant)

 

 

The rest of the party charged into the room and the combat was joined

 

Larry charged into Simbel and heavily wounded her

Ivanna charged the Orog Monk

Shey-lar charged the King looking for revenge

Astrea provided fire support where needed

Jack attempted to turn the giant and failed

Malus cast Call Lightning

Bltsu charged the giant and began to do heavy damage

Gilius cast spiritual weapon and kept close to Jack.

 

Cimbel cast "finger of death" on Larry and he was Incapacitated. 

The Orog monk took heavy damage from the combined attacks of Ivanna and Astrea. But did heavy damage to Ivanna in the process.

The King continued to do damage to Ivanna and Shey-lar but took heavy damage from Jack and Malus in the form of there spells.

Bltsu heavily wounded the Stone Giant (and it was beggining to look hurt)

Gil got Larry back up with a healing word.

 

Cimbel cast Arcane Gate but did not enter it

Larry retreated back

The Orog Monk did heavy damage to Ivanna

Astrea shot the Orog monk again

Ivanna cut down the Orog monk!

Shey-lar continued to battle the King

The King Hurt Ivanna, Shey-lar and would have incapacitated Ivanna but her Half Orc Relentless ability kicked in.

Ivanna retreated

Astrea shot stuff

Malus and Jack continued to focus fire on the King to good effect.

Bltsu cut down the Giant and readied his Crossbow to give fire support on the next turn.

Gil cast a Cure Wounds on Larry.

 

Cimbel reluctantly exited via the Arcane Gate leaving the King to his fate

Larry (now healed) threw a bookcase though the arcane gate.

Shey-lar continued her assault on the King

The King focused attacks on Shey-lar and was brining her close to incapacitation.

Ivanna took a healing potion

Astrea shot the King again

Malus and Jack continued the nukeing

Bltsu fired his crossbow but the shots bouced off the Kings armour

Gil healed Ivanna also

 

Larry investigated the chamber

The King hit Shey-lar and almost brought her low

Ivanna attacked the King and cut him down with an axe to the face!

 

The party regrouped and decided what to do next….

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Episode 13
Hello Jack

After the climactic battle with the Drow the temple started to collapse around our adventurers due to the damage caused from magics unleashed on both sides.

Malus and Ivanna made there way into the fortress of Underheim and found a new companion, Jack who was a captive sitting in the Terragar gaol.

Jack who had grown up in Neo-krag and had been personally affected by the attacks in the city, and had signed up with She-lar of Torm when she arrived in the city and set herself to the task of doing something about it.

After being ambushed by a massive force of Terragar he had been separated from Shey-lar and the rest of his party he was brought to the fortress and thrown into a cell to await whatever fate was going to do with him.

Jack is a Mystic Theurge (Cleric, Wizard multiclass) with an apparent case of schizophrenia, the Trauma from watching his family die at the hands of monsters from beneath the city has caused him to have multiple personalities the Jack we know is sometimes taken over by a mysterious and powerful Wizard with great and terrible power.

Malus and Ivanna now joined by Jack made there way thru the first level of the dungeon and had a tough encounter with some Monks, before exiting the level and hoping to re-group with the rest of the party.

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Episode 12
Terranasi

In the final game for the year. The Tormites encountered a party of Drow as they attempted to decipher the puzzle of the fortress entrance. Several Drider's scouted ahead while an elite squad infiltrated into an effective attack position.

Bltsu and Cornelius were set upon by the massive Arachnid warriors and the battlelines were drawn. Malus turned into his Warg form and was blasted by a lightning bolt! an invisible caster was also assailing the Tormites position. Astea began counter attacking with long bow shots while Gilius began to move towards the incursion. Roland attempted to assault a Drider and got cut down by some ferocious attacks. 

The spell caster caused some arcane tentacles to sprout from the floor and restrained Ivanna, Bltsu cut down a Drider, purple ichor covered his dragon-tamer sword and he moved to cover his fallen friend Roland. Malus (now back in his natural form) started throwing back lightning of his own breaking the Drow casters concentration, causing him to become visible.

The Drow did heavy damage to Ivanna with poison arrows and attack's while Gilius in a rare display of his powers unleashed a furious Ice-Storm. Astrea cut down several Drow with long bow and chain whip. 

In the center of what was once an ancient temple The remaining Drow pressed home there attack The Drow mage unleashed a furious cone of cold heavily damaging Ivanna, Mallus and Gil and killing the second Drider! while an Elite Drow warrior dueled with Bltsu still protecting his unconscious comrade. 

Emerging from the shadows after waiting for just the right moment Cornelius emerged to strike down the Drow mage with his sneak attacks, This freed Ivanna from the Tentacles. Gilius healed Roland with his divine magic and seeing their mage slain the rest of the Drow turned tail and fled.

 

 

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Episode 10 and 11
Towards Underheim

In the aftermath of the battle in the Terragar Warfort they party found several objects

Ring of Might (+2 STR)

Bracers of Archery

Dagger of Venom

Potion of Mana (Recover spell slots)

The party also found a map detailing the location of Underheim the main Terragar fortress. Roland postulated that was the place where She-lar was most likely being held (assuming she had been captured). The Fort was heavily damaged in the battle and party decided to make haste and exit.

Following the trail they ended up in a chaotic landscape  emerged into a larger cavern that was naturally lit up by the presence of lava rivers flowing in all directions. Interspersed in between massive rock formations and fallen stalactites. While traveling around a narrow trail along one of these formations Bltsu and Gil lost there grip, the rocks apparently porous and brittle in some places gave way and precipitated the dwarf and the large warrior to fall. The party spent some time traveling through the trail until it leveled out into a larger area. Bltsu and Gil returned after throwing a grappling hook over the side of the gap and climbing back to join the others (Bltsu actually carried him on his back)

With all the noise being made, this attracted the attention of a pair of Umber-hulks which the team managed to slay without to many problems. Malus tooks parts of the armored carapace for himself and Gilius swore to fashion it into a suit of natural armor when they get back to the surface. They stopped for a rest.

Continuing on and getting through the roughest parts of the terrain (and avoiding a patrol), the team emerged and spotted a giant ziggurat shaped fortress in the distance. it was of a design unlike anything they had seen. designed to channel the flow of lava which was emerging from the cavern ceiling and directed it to flow over the structure. This caused it to apparently direct the lava flows in a safe way and also made the Fortress hard to assault from a large enemy force.

The team headed across a stone bridge that crossed one of the "lava moats" and guarding the ramp to a higher portion of the fortress was a company of at least 50 goblins having a celebration around a large bonfire. Deciding to go for a frontal assault the Tormites and Co attacked with good teamwork and managed to drive them off while suffering minimal damage.

Heading up the large stone ramp they spied and entrance being guarded by several armored Orogs standing in a formation and flanking by a pair of Giant Ettins.

After dispatching these guards they gained entrance to a large hall with many stone pillars holding up the roof to what was perhaps once an ancient shrine.

Emerging from the darkness an extremely large armored form greeted the intruders. It had flame colored hair and wielded a sword much larger than a human, in common it said "If you want something done right down here, you must do it yourself" it then let out an deafening warcry and charged…

 

 

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