The Afflicted

Episode 30
Hamiltion strikes back

 

 

 

Turn 1

So Larry rolled highest in the initiative order and launched himself into the fray. Attacking the dragon dog closest to him (with some verbal encouragement from Maisey) doing 24 points of damage. He then moved back towards Astrea’s position. Malus moved away from the bubbling wall and went to prepare a lightning bolt spell but could not get a good line of sight on his quarry and so saved his magics for now Brave Ivanna readied her axe and charged the Orc berserker to the parties rear hitting with both of her strikes she did 30 damage, Bloodying him. Maisey fired her crossbow at Dragondog #1 and hit him for 7 damage Hamilton Mauls the Orc for 3 damage. Astrea fires two shots with longbow at DD#1 but her shots find no purchase on its tough hide. Raul charged forward and unleashed his cold breath at 2 Dragondogs doing 10 to number #1 and 20 to number #2. Cade changed his target to the Dragondogs but missed with both shots. DM- The black puddings continued to burrow there way thru the stone wall. The Orc Berserker and Cultist missed Ivanna and Hamilton with there attacks. The White-half dragon tiefling (WHDT) unleashed eldritch blast on Astrea after he noticed her treachery, doing 21 points of force damage as eldritch lightning erupted from his outstretched hands. DD#1 retreated back to the room to lick his wounds The Kings-guards attacked the berserker doing 6 points of damage. Pyrez does 15 points of fire damage with melf’s minute meteors to a Dragondogs #1 & #2 And then a further 5 points with a firebolt. Turn time 23 minutes

Turn 2

Larry launched himself back into the fray doing 6 points of damage to one DD and 10 points to the other and used his patient defense. Momentarily giving in to the rage of Grumsh inside him Mallus cast lighting bolt thru the melee in front of him doing 31 points of damage to Tiefling and the same amount to Raul! Raul started to swear to Mallus unintelligibly and the half-orc recovered himself and said “sorry”. Ivanna hit the berserker for another 17 points of damage. Maisey yelled a vicious mockery at the (WHDT) “hey girl scout if you sell enough cookies do you get fed to a dragon?” doing 4 psychic damage! and then with a word of healing word healed Raul 6 points. Hamilton galloped thru to where the black puddings were eating the wall. Astrea moved forward and unleashed her Chain-whips! Doing 18 points of damage to Dragondog #4 Raul leaped through the biting #DD2 doing 7 points of damage. Cade rained down “hellfire and brimstone” hitting DD#4 with both shots doing 16 damage, blowing its head clean off! DM- The two black puddings now with baby did a ton of damage to a wall section and were just about to break thru! The WHDT moved up and cast cone of cold hitting Larry, Maisy and Astrea and Raul Raul took 0 because he is immune to cold, Maisey past and took 16 points, Larry took 31 and Astrea failed, failed, failed spending all her hero points. Taking 31 points of damage. Astrea parried reducing the damage by 6 (down to 25). The Blue half-dragon dashed forward to get next to WHDT while the cultist re-positioned themselves. And all other attacks missed or did minimal damage. A cultist attacked a Kings-guard doing 14 points of damage. Pyrez cast scorching-ray on WHDT doing 12 damage. The Kings-guard used efficient teamwork dispatching the Orc berserker.

 

Turn 3

Larry changed targets and attacked the Blue half-dragon hitting once doing 8 damage and attacked again with flurry of blows but missed. Mallus was content to chill for a moment calmly contemplating the carnage around him. Ivanna having no more targets in front of her dashed towards where she could hear more combat happening… Maisey attempted to cast dissonant whispers on the Blue-half dragon but he passed his saving throw (with a 21) taking 6 psychic damage and did not run away. She then cast healing word On Larry for 7 healing. Hamilton readied himself for a feast with whatever was coming thru the wall. Astrea dashed away from danger putting some range between herself drawing her bow and used her second wind healing 19 hit points in the process. Raul unleashed his frost breath on WHDT and The Blue half dragon doing 11 points to blue and 2 points to WHDT. Cade fired at the BHD for 15 damage DM- Black puddings emerge from the wall and surround poor Hamilton. BHD hits Raul with 2 of his attacks (greatsword) doing 40 points of damage incapacitating him! Wounded the WHDT retreated back. Pyrez cast a fireball hitting 2 Dogs and a heap of cultists and the BHD! The cultists were blown to kingdom come and so were the dogs, the BHD took 30 points of damage. The Kings-guard stomped the remaining cultist into the ground.

 

Turn 4

Larry attacked BHD again for a hit and a critical hit! Doing a total of 20 damage and then 1 more attempted flurry of blows but both missed. BHD was now bloodied. Malus shuddered as the wall of stone spell fails and casts a spell on Hamilton… he poly-morphed everyone's favorite ham into a giant ape! He used a bonus action to cast a healing word on Raul bringing him back from unconscious to 6 points making amends for hitting him earlier with lightning Ivanna left the mighty ape to his own devices and decided she was needed up front. Maisey casts hold person on WHDT and it succeeded with help of a cutting words! Grape-ape (Hamilton) attacks BP#1 smashing into him with giant fists doing 20 points of bludgeoning damage. From the acid he took 9 points of damage. Astrea action surged and shot BHD with her long bow for 20 points of damage and shot WHDT (w/poison) for 21 points of damage. Raul attacks BHD and bit him for 9 points of damage. Cade fires with his revolver at black pudding #2 for 18 damage DM- BHD was storming down on Maisey and attacked her with all 3 attacks!. Timely use of shield meant that only one of these great-sword attacks hit the diminutive bard. She took 18 points of damage but managed to maintain concentration on her hold person spell. WHDT then made his save against the hold person but lost his turn. One of the remaining dragon dogs attacked Larry but missed Black puddings maneuvered and Hamilton got an AoO on baby I taking one point of acid damage in the process. The others attacked Hamilton and did a total of 70 points of damage to the Ape. Pyrez threw a fire-bolt at WHDT and did a critical hit! Doing 25 points of fire damage and killing him burning the Warlock to ashes.

 

Turn 5

Larry punched a cultist for 8 damage and a D-dog for 8 damage. He then somersaulted over the D-Dog and FoB’s on the dog but missed again. Mallus pulled back from the B-puddings and cast lightning bolt on the last D-dog blowing it to kingdom come. Ivanna dashes forward to interpose herself between BHD and the Portal. Maisey tried to cast tasha’s hideous laughter on a BP but it failed. Hamilton pulled back (he dashed) and the pudding got AoO on him he took 46 points of damage But put some good distance between himself and the black terrors. Astrea started shooting the puddings to doing 26 damage to BP#2 Raul ran forward and used his frost breath on the BHD trying to escape doing 9 points of damage. Cade set the room the black puddings were in on fire! DM- The BHD heading for the magic portal grew wings from his back and escaped thru the portal (disengage) much to the frustration of Ivanna. The Black puddings moved thru the room taking 5 fire damage a piece Black pudding #3 moved away from Cade provoking a AoO in the process, Cade hit him with a tomahawk splitting part of the black monstrosity's off and forming another black pudding (#4!) The puddings and the new arrival then attacked Cade for 13 damage. Another then attacked Maisey but she cast shield the weird black pseudo-pod bouncing off it. The last one then attacked Mallus but it bounced off the half-orcs armor. The Kings guards gathered up around Hamilton. Pyrez backs away from the puddings and cast bonfire on BP#2 and it takes 10 points of fire damage.

 

Turn 6

Larry shot his bow at BP#? and hit twice for 15 damage. Mallus disengaged and move away from the puddings. Ivanna move over to curb stomped the remaining cultist making her head explode. Maisey cast stinking cloud on the puddings but it didn’t work! Hamilton flung the poop at BP#1 doing 31 damage bloodying him. He attacked again with another giant stool and killed it! The ooze exploded covering the room in poo. Astrea continued firing with long-bow this time using her sharpshooter feat she hit BP#2 for 25 damage and the next attack also hit for 22 damage killing the ooze. It deflated like a hot air balloon and then sunk into the ground. Raul stopped at the portal and stood guard. Cade opened up on the remaining puddings #3 for a crit (22) and 8 damage on #4. BP#3 became bloodied. DM- The remaining oozes moved and got flanking on Maisey. They attacked hitting her both times despite the face that she cast shield and took 43 points of acid damage.

 

Turn 7

Pyrez ended concentration on his bonfire and chucked a fire-bolt at BP#4 The Kings guard chilled out. Larry fell into the pudding punching for 7 damage doing 7 damage on the way in. He then did a critical for 21 damage. As he attempted to punch his way out Malus did a thorn-whip and killed it. Astrea investigated the remains of the WHDT and found a ring. Game Over!

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Episode 29
The Cave

 

 

 

 

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Episode 28
Enemy Camp

Basic rundown party was joined by Wizard (Pyrez Fiestro) from Kings army. Party had rest and Cade made Ivanna some half plate for her to wear out of "salvaged" equipment from the last encounter. Party fought some Manticores. Party (along with Fiestro and co) followed the cultist tracks to the encampment (where Astrea was) and found the place completely abandoned with the trail leading into the cave. Party made way into the cave cautiously made way inside and found a larger cavern filled with piles of bones everywhere. Raul (Mr Winterwolf) made his way forward and out of nowhere the pile of bones began rising up into an amalgamation of a Giant Humanoid shape. Combat broke out as 3 other (4 in total) Afflicted giants made their way out of the walls to attack the party. To be continued next week because we ran out of time

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Episode 27
On The Trail

Theracian Action Hour aka The Saga Continues. Last time saw our adventurers having a looooong rest, tackle a bunch of baddies, Hamilton being successfully revived by Maisey (much to her relief and happiness), and Astrea off doing who-knows-what, who-knows-where. They managed to survive AGAIN. After quick consultation, they decide to leave the temporary camp and follow the footprints…. The footprints lead them to a large group of the enemy. Giants and kobolds and ….. who cares?! Oh my indeed. While they are contemplating this new trial, they spy something in the distance. Two things, to be precise. They see a dappled, grey horse being ridden by someone very well-dressed, well-groomed, and more than likely, quite well-heeled. At his side is a Winter Wolf. It’s huge and quite imposing. It moves alongside the rider and his horse, as if it is their companion. The group eye this stranger warily. Who is he and what does he want? Given that he is riding with his hands concealed under his cloak, Larry shoots an arrow at the rider. He hopes that this will move the horde’s attention from the group to the stranger. Despite this, the rider approaches and greets the motley crew. Maisey starts spouting a stream of questions his way. Ivanna claps her hand over Maisey’s mouth when she blurts out, “If you’re looking for Astrea, she’s not here!” The rider is most perplexed by this outbust. He introduces himself to the group. “I’m Verey Cade (?) from the Grimwoods. This is my companion, Ralstaff.” “Who hired you?” Ivanna asked suspiciously. “Governor Knighthill sent for me.” He turned to address Ivanna, and then each member of the party in turn. “He requested help defending his town and surrounding shire from a group of cultists. However, when I arrived in Greenest it had been completely razed. The keep was littered with dead soldiers. Governor Knighthill was nowhere to be found.” Maisey begins trying to explain but Mallus interjects. “I know where the Governor is.” Meanwhile, one of the captives starts crying. The child’s mother tries to soothe him to no avail. Larry can hear the child’s wailing but chooses to ignore it. He struts over to a large rock, lifts a leg up to place his foot on the rock, and places his hands on his hips. He is unmoved by the cries of the child and the mother’s attempt to calm him. The child’s weeping annoys one of the ogres so it picks up the child and dropkicks him into the distance. The mother screams and is swiftly decapitated by the ogre. The party is aghast! They decide to take action. VC jumps down from his horse and draws his pistols. He takes aim at one of the mercenaries and misses. His second shot hits the merc in the head and blows his head clean off in a shower of lightning. (nat 20) “There goes the surprise attack,” Larry notes, with a dash of side-eye. Thrilled with the onset of hostilities, Maisey bursts forth and fires her crossbow at a merc. “I’m contributing!!” she shouts. The arrow misses and hits VC in the knee. He glares at Maisey. Hamilton bulrushes the merc to protect Maisey and knocks him flat. Ivanna also bulrushes a kobold in an attempt to knock it over, but doesn’t quite succeed. Mallus inches forward and casts ‘Call Lightning’ which inflicts massive wounds on the huge half-orc. Larry sprints at a merc but slips, falls over and faceplants. Raulstaff is unimpressed and bulrushes the merc next to Larry. The giant wolf flattens the merc and holds him down with a massive paw. The horde focuses their attention on the group. Kobolds fire a flurry of arrows at Ivanna and she is injured. “Pah,” she scoffs. “Toothpicks.” She pulls each arrow from her flesh with a minimum of fuss. The ogres and half-ogres approach the party. One of the ogres throws a javelin at Maisey and misses. One of the half-ogres throws a javelin at Hamilton and boar is seriously wounded. Maisey cries out. Two attack Mallus but their aim is off and they miss. A merc stabs Larry while another ogre throws a javelin at Ivanna and misses. VC shoots at an ogre and injures it. He then shoots at the ogre in front of Raulstaff but misses. Maisey is extremely distressed as she tries to shield Hamilton from the ogre. “Hey!! Second-rate Shrek reject!!” She yells with all the anger she can muster. Her vicious mockery spell hurts the ogre’s feelings so much that he dies. Maisey surprises herself. For the first time in her life she truly understands the power of her words. Hamilton attacks the flattened merc, hurts it, and runs back to Maisey. Ivanna is extreeeeemely angry. She smashes the handle of her axe through a kobold’s head and then moves forward to attack another kobold. She swings her axe and hacks him in two. Mallus calls lightning on a half-ogre and it bellows in pain. Larry tries to punch a merc but just swings and misses. Perhaps a little ruffled by missing such an easy shot, he unleashes a flurry of blows. Nothing connects. It just looks like Larry is throwing a huge tantrum. VC points a bit of side-eye at Larry. He then shatters the flattened merc and partially freezes a merc. The merc is covered in icicles. Ogres begin moving toward Ivanna, Maisey, Hamilton, and Larry. An arrow hits Ivanna, grazing her torso. This does not please the barbarian and she begins to rage. An ogre throws a javelin at Ivanna and misses. Another ogre attacks Maisey and wounds her. A merc fires off an arrow at Hamilton but misses. One of the other ogres throws a javelin at Mallus and hits, yet is able to maintain his concentration. Another javelin is thrown at Raulstaff but completely misses. Two ogres lob javelins at Larry. The first javelin misses. Larry catches the second javelin, throws it back at the ogre, and spears it with its own weapon. A merc tries to stab Larry but misses. VC attacks a half-ogre and an ogre that is near Maisey. He injures the half-ogre and almost lethally wounds the ogre. The ogre is covered in blood and does not look well at all. Maisey busts out some hideous laughter on the ogre. It erupts into massive guffaws – such is the ogre’s mirth that it falls down and squashes a kobold, killing it. Oblivious to the accidental death, it continues to roll around on the ground laughing. It can’t stop. Maisey casts ‘healing word’ on Hamilton and manages to treat some of the boar’s wounds. Hamilton, somewhat renewed, attempts to charge a half-ogre. Being not quite a full health, he charges straight past it. In an absolute rage, Ivanna attacks an ogre. Again and again. She inflicts some grisly wounds on the ogre. It sways unsteadily. Mallus calls lightning on an ogre and sizzles its hands like sausages on a BBQ. Larry manoeuvres between a merc and an ogre and attempts to hit them both. He hits the ogre but misses the merc. He unleashes a flurry of blows. As he punches the ogre in the face he back-kicks the merc, killing it. He finishes off the ogre with a massive uppercut to the balls. Raulstaff gores a half-ogre’s throat. An ogre attacks Ivanna with great clubs while two kobolds flank her and stab her. An ogre throws a javelin at Mallus. The javelin hits Mallus but he is able to maintain his concentration. A half-ogre attacks Raulstaff. An ogre throws a javelin at Maisey. She reacts with some cutting words in anticipation of injury but it doesn’t really work. Two of the mercs guarding the prisoners attack Larry. They both launch javelins at him. The first punctures his left arm. He catches the second javelin and lobs it back. It stabs into the arm of one of the mercs. VC decides to take a shot at the half-ogre that has been bothering Maisey. The shot shatters the beast’s skull, killing it instantly. With his second shot he takes aim at the ogre coming toward him. He encases the ogre in lightning. He backs away and reloads, all the while keeping the enemy within range. Maisey unsuccessfully has a go at the laughing ogre. The ogre stops laughing but is still flat on its back. Hamilton picks up Maisey to take her away from the ogre. The ogre tries to hit Hamilton. Maisey casts shield and they manage to evade the ogre’s swipes. They gallop into the distance. Ivanna swings her axe at the ogre and cleaves across its chest. She swings again, straight across the first massive gash. The ogre’s body is on the verge of peeling open. Mallus casts lightning on an ogre and weakens it somewhat. Larry decides to charge at one of the mercs guarding the prisoners and gives him a good roughing up. Raulstaff charges at a half-ogre. He tears its leg off and rips open its jugular. He then advances on the mercs with the prisoners. The prostrate ogre stands up and moves toward Maisey. The other two ogres move menacingly toward Mallus. An ogre slashes at Ivanna and the two kobolds have a crack but only one makes any kind of mark on her. Raulstaff is wounded slightly by an ogre. One of the mercs tries to run away from Larry. “Good luck with that,” Larry smirks. The other 3 mercs shoot arrows at Larry. He deftly avoids all their darts (see The Matrix: Neo). An ogre hurls a javelin at Maisey but her shield helps deflect it. VC fires both his pistols. The hammer on both pistols is stuck. VC adjusts the hammers and tries again. Unfortunately, he realises he did not refill the chambers properly. He moves toward Maisey. Maisey contemplates her options. She decides a bit of compulsion wouldn’t go astray on the 3 ogres surrounding Hamilton, Mallus and herself. Her spell is successful on 2 of them and she directs them back to the area covered by Mallus’s lightning strikes. Hamilton approaches the unaffected ogre. He attacks and gores the ogre with his tusks. Ivanna slays the ogre but she completely fails to injure the 2 kobolds. It’s safe to say she’s pretty peeved. Mallus tries but fails to hold his ground. Larry moves in to have a go at 2 mercs. He totally misses so he launches himself at them with a flurry of blows. He knocks both of them to the ground. One of the prisoners picks up a dagger, cuts himself free, and kills a merc. Larry tells the man to take his child and run. Raulstaff leaps on a merc and rips its head off. The ogres under the influence of Maisey move back into the range of Mallus’s lightning. The one not-compelled ogre heaves a javelin at Maisey. She deflects it with some cutting words. Two kobolds slash at Ivanna. Two other kobolds are focussing on VC and Raulstaff. The remaining merc guards try to run away from Larry. “I’m faster than you, you little shits.” Larry sniggers, chases and punches them. VC shoots at an ogre and inflicts some serious damage. It seems that the ogre is on death’s door. He decides to then shoot at the kobold that had previously tried to hit him. He obliterates it. Maisey wanders over to the beaten and bloodied ogre. “You are irrelevant to the plot,” she whispers, viciously mocking it. With those savage words, the ogre’s life is snuffed out. Hamilton is just chilling out, thinking about hard-boiled eggs. Ivanna grabs both the kobolds flanking her by the scruff of their neck. She raises them into the air and slams their heads together, into a bloody pulp. “That’s what you get for annoying me with your toothpicks and interfering with my extraction of the ogre’s teeth.” Mallus calls lightning and one of the ogres explodes. Larry punches the floored merc and shoots an arrow on the retreating merc, killing them both. He sprints after the remaining merc as it rushes to escape the monk and let reinforcements know what has transpired here. Larry activates his step of the wind and catches the escapee. Raulstaff bloodies the ogre but the ogre smashes back, clobbering the wolf. VC shoots at the ogre, hitting it in the torso, blowing its chest apart. Ivanna slaughters the last kobold that has been harassing her. Larry crouches on the ground and uppercuts the last merc in the junk. The force of this launches the merc into the air, killing him. The party is getting some serious experience under their belts now….. L E V E L N I N E Mallus Maisey Ivanna Larry ‘Til next time…. *merc = mercenary

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Episode 26
Reincarnate

PREVIOUSLY on Lost…. I mean Theracian Action Hour…. Our adventurers had fought and managed to only JUST stay alive. Ivanna, the brutish half-orc barbarian dodged the true death with the aid of one of her kin, Mallus summoned all his magical strength to bring her back to the land of the living. Human. Unarmed. Naked. Not great. Pretty bloody far from ideal as far as Ivanna was concerned. She was grateful however, in her own way, to be back at all. While Ivanna contemplated her mortality and started coming to terms with her “less-than” body, Mallus and Maisey searched the deserted houses for some clothes. They were successful, so at least Ivanna could regain a shred of dignity. They needed a rest. A LOOOOONG rest for they had truly been through the ringer. Larry the monk relished the idea of being able to ruminate on the recent past, contemplate what is to come, and meditate on his place in it all, past, present, and future. They also needed some food. Maisey the halfling bard volunteered to go hunting. In true Maisey style, she returned with a boar, though not for food. “This,” she announced with a flourish, “ is Hamilton. He is my new companion. He. Is. Not. Food. I repeat. He. Is. NOT. Food.” Maisey produced a dead snake. “Hamilton caught this for us to eat. He’s contributing!” She began to prepare the wee serpent for consumption. She sang a sweet melody as she cooked. Hamilton swayed back and forth to the tune, clearly enamoured with his new little friend. Mallus transforms into the Flying Mexican Death God and, with Maisey, Hamilton and Ivanna, flies back to the keep to see if they can locate any of Ivanna’s gear. They find her axe. “Someone’s chopping onions near here," Ivanna says softly as she picks up her beloved axe and turns away from her companions. Mallus (MDG) returns to the camp to pick up Larry and then they all go along for the flight, looking with shock and awe at the hundreds of footprints they are following. He sets them down and flies off to do a bit more recon. Hamilton’s ears prick up. He wiggles his snout. He can smell something and begins wandering off, following the scent. Maisey tries to follow him but trips and falls. She is unable to keep up and Hamilton runs off. Hamilton returns. Unknowingly, he has led a group of kobolds to the group’s camp. Hamilton and Maisey’s reunion is short-lived. Hamilton spies the kobolds and rushes toward them, hoping they have food. Maisey begins a hot pursuit of Hamilton, but Ivanna grabs and restrains her. Maisey pouts and glares at Ivanna. “But, but, my piggy!!” Ivanna rolls her eyes and tightens here grip on the halfling. Mallus (MGD) returns to the camp, unbeknownst to his friends (He is invisible). He sees the kobolds and mutters to himself, “Sweet baby Groot… What have they managed to get themselves into now? I turn my back for five minutes…” It is on. The kobolds attack Mallus. Hamilton is getting agitated. He snorts and begins pawing at the ground. A kobold attacks Hamilton but face plants. Hamilton charges at the kobold, mauling it with his tusks. Maisey attacks the same kobold. Ivanna runs in, wielding her axe. She bulrushes the kobold, knocking it over. Mallus (MDG invisible) and swoop attacks, killing the kobold easily. He continues to swoop over the melee. The kobolds attack Hamilton. He is rabid in his self-defence but ultimately fails and is killed by the kobolds. Maisey lets out a high-pitched wail. “HAMILTON!!! NOOOOOO!!!” A group of cultists, curious about all the noise, come to check things out. “Bloody useless kobolds…” one mutters. They begin to attack Ivanna. “Not on my watch!!” screams Maisey, high on adrenaline after the death of her companion. She comes to Ivanna’s defence and inflicts some serious damage. Ivanna was angry, but she is positively furious now. “AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!” Ivanna bellows as she attacks Britney McBitchface and totally slaughters her. Covered in blood, Ivanna smiles. “Finally beginning to feel like my old self again.” Mallus stealthily approaches a kobold, attacks, fails, and retreats. He loses concentration and reverts back to his visible self. The cultists swarm around Ivanna. “Come at me bitches!!” The cultists start thrashing Ivanna in unison. They want to cause maximum damage and do. Meanwhile, the remaining kobolds retreat slightly. Maisey sets about reviving Hamilton. She begins to sing a lively, upbeat song of Healing Word for her beloved companion. Hamilton jumps up, fully resurrected. Maisey and Hamilton do a little reunion boogie. With her friend revived, Maisy turns her attention to a cultist. With renewed vigour, she attacks the cultist and knocks her down prone. With her mojo well and truly back, Ivanna attacks and cleaves and kobold AND a cultist. Mallus flies in and attacks and kills another kobold. The kobolds try in vain to attack Mallus and Hamilton but fail miserably. Maisey decides to attack a cultist. She shoots her arrow with superb accuracy and knocks her prone. Ivanna goes on a rampage, finishing the job Maisey started. She also massacred the remaining cultists. Mallus has a go at a kobold and Hamilton backs him up, slaughtering the kobold with his sharp tusks. Maisey calls Hamilton over and gives him a boiled egg. A reward for the MVP. (Hamilton Nat 20). Maisey draws her bow and attacks the last kobold. She slays it with bardic finesse. They managed to survive AGAIN. After quick consultation, they decide to leave the temporary camp and follow the footprints…. While all this is going on, Astrea finds herself in the middle of a meeting. A really BIG meeting. Still dressed as a rogue assassin, she casts a wary eye over the assembly. She notices that Sablewrath has Ivanna’s gear. “RIP Ivanna,” she thinks to herself. She begins to reminisce about her fellow adventurers. “MaiseyPalooza. Good times. That halfling… hope she’s ok. I know how clumsy she can be. At the private party for all the rich folk, tripping over her dress and falling flat on her face… I knew I should have stayed for the whole show that night. Robbed that loser for 50 gold. 50 gold. Hardly worth it. Now I’ve got some bloody crime lord after me.” She scans the gathering for Alithea. She can’t see her but she’ll be around, somewhere. A group of soldiers from The Red Hand of Doom enter. The leader of the party bows to Sablewrath. Resmir passes a massive egg to him. “I’ve gotta get that egg and return it to the dragon,” she thinks. “Or wheedle my way into the Red Hand of Doom. Hmmm…”

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Episode 22-25
Greenest (1 year later)

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Epilogue
Mentorgs Report

Good Morning Your Majesty. “A report on the Dispostion of groups and individuals following the events concering Neo-Krag and the intervention of Midgarese forces (specifically the 2nd and 4th army groups of the Midgar Marines)”. Shelar. “She reluctantly returned herself to the fortress or Torm and awaits a new assignment due to her unique abilities she will continue to be a superb asset to us here at the order of Re-acquisitions.I continue to praise her to the council and I only hope in time that she will succeed to the position awaiting here”. Roland and Bltsu . “The former Razorhawks were last seen fighting during the Incident and namely the attack on the Terragar fortress, Roland was separated from his comrades after part of the edifice collapsed and seemingly buried him. While the latter was seemingly transported off Plane (for good?)” “I know that your majesty is happy to see the last two members of that Unit gone due to their loyalty and connection to your predecessor, although if I am quite frank if anyone can survive such trials it is those two. Only time will tell”. Gilius Thundercloud. “Went back to his Smithy and actually packed up shop and went back to the Dracheneim Mountains. It is rumored he went to a town by the name of Blasingdell hoping for the quiet life”. Cornelius M two-fingers. “The rogue was last seen fighting on the battlements of Underheim buying time for his allies to escape he was eventually cut down when King Morcanne returned to the front the Terragar leader throwing his corpse from the walls in a show of force. Speaking of which…” King Morcanne and the Terragar “According to my sources the Terragar King abdicated his throne after his self confessed “failure” and went out to wander into the fire wastes surrounding the Terragar Territory and has not been seen since. With the removal of the controling influence of BLAHINO I predict this methodical people will go back to being a relatively benign Realm” Count Erasmus Ironside “Was assassinated by the Nighthands guild not long after the Arrival of your Marine groups. I assume that a replacement has been chosen and or promoted to the Peerage, I am big on alliteration today …. Forgive me I digress. The Nighthands themselves continue to be an unknown quantity at this time although my sources tell me they gained a massive amount or ground vs their opposite group (the Dock Workers) again time will tell. The Mithril must flow!” Fire Afflicted (Giants) “More Data is required King Snurre Iron Belly seems content in his realm for the moment we will continue to monitor them". The’y ran A shi (Terranasi) “The dark ones are much of a unknown quantity the appearance of an extremely powerful individual is interesting as it would mark the first time in centuries Prince Fowlcrawler has interfered in events concerning his people. We will continue to be wary of the Children of Lothra”. The Illithids “Are hopefully now a broken force on this plane although I am hesitant to make that assumption with the destruction of their Elder Brain and the Ulitharid Heir will prove a massive hurdle for their reproductive cycle and the unification of their society. Again we will be vigilant. The Tormites “The rest of the party disbanded and went their own ways after returning to the surface for a much needed rest it is unknown what they are up too at this time again they present an unknown quantity”. At your disposal as always Mentorg

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Episode 21
Escape

The Dark one surveyed the scene. Carnage, desolation. devastation. The mind beasts had struck again. sparing none and taking only the strong. He had experienced isolated individuals of their kind before, outcast, mutants or worse but not like this not of this magnitude, not this …. organized. Nearby a building burned in the village and he investigated he picked up a small toy of a child. She laid face down her mind removed just like the rest. Such youth considered nothing more than food by these aberrations. He crushed the toy with an armored fist and threw it into the fire. There would be no quarter in this given. Nothing more, nothing less. His form shifted and an inhuman roar echoed throughout the Underdark…

 

 

 

The party (Including a retuning Brindlebuckle) hold out in the Elder Brain Temple against Mind-Flayers and their thralls.

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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 Maisey was polymorphed into a T-rex 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.

 

After the long rest was completed unbeknownst to the party an ancient and malevolent entity emerged from its lair in the Pyramid. Already aware of the intruders to its isle it observed for a time before deciding to attack the team while they were all clumped together in the the magic hut.

 

Enter Blahino the Beholder. It used its anti magic ray to dispel the hut and caused the rooftops of the building to collapse dealing damage to everyone it then used its petrification ray on Shey-lar turning her to stone! and used telekinesis ray on Jack dragging him outside.

Thinking quickly Gilius attempted a banishment on the Eye Tyrant and it succeeded! This allowed the group to spread out and use guerrilla tactics as well as get there strategy together for a moment. Jack casted flight on Ivanna and Larry and they proceeded to follow the right hand side of buildings to attack. Maisey provided support with bardic inspiration and crossbow and took great pains to remain in cover. Astrea stepped in/out from cover, firing multiple volleys of deadly arrows as she went (and was almost destroyed by a Disintigration ray for her trouble, some timely use of battle-master parry reduced the damage) Malus attacked with lightning and Gil took cover and healed where he could.

Blahino reached out with a Telekinesis ray and attacked Jack who had some mirror image buddies with him, dispelling the mirror image with his anti magic field and then hit jack with a death ray causing the mage to loose concentration.

Ivanna dropped to the ground and Larry used his great speed and agility to parkour up the side of a building and leap off and grab onto Blahino! The Beholder targeted Larry with everything he had for a turn and Larry deftly avoided all of it.

Astrea took several more shots and retreated back to safty, Maisey moved through the ruined buildings and have Astrea some much needed healing. Jack recast his mirror image and Malus continued to throw lightning. Gil tried to cast Lesser Restoration on the Petrified Shey-lar and it did not work (the DM used his Epic Dad Voice on the player controlling Gil at this time because the player was being a social-retard)

Ivanna lobbed some Javelins, Larry started to do some really good damage doing sky-surfing  kung-fu on the floating meat-ball. Blahino cast charm rays on Larry only for them to fail. Larry was blasted off by eye ray and then killed with a death-ray and his lifeless form fell to the ground.

Steeling herself Astrea emerged from cover stalking the Eye-Tyrant she used her attack and then action surged to fill the Aberration with Arrow's like a pin cushion. Panicking, Blahino started to move towards its lair and was shot down and finished off by Astrea cutting of eye stalks with her Chain-whips piles of meat flying in all directions.

Blahino was dead, its overconfidence got the better of the entity in the end.

Gil cast Revivify on Larry. Happy days

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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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