In the wake of the bone golem’s destruction, the Revengers begin to feel the effects of the yellow mists. Bea — still blind, with opals for eyes — finds bovine hair sprouting from her slowly growing jaw. Minja’s arm starts to turn red and one of Valeria’s hands is now webbed. Bea casts remove curse which seems to undo the effects. But the mist swirls all around them…
Meanwhile, due to a surge of wild magic, every single one of Bertram’s items has become alive. His hat clamps itself down on his head, his robe tries to strangle Jeff, and his ring of regeneration slips itself off of his finger and tries to roll away. His backpack pickpockets items from his fellow adventurers. His belt pouch opens of its own accord, vomiting coins — which promptly and happily roll away.
(his platinum remains, feeling it is their duty to stay close to their papa).
Bertram and the Revengers gather what they can of his escaping items — Ervendio slips Bertram’s hat into his own belt, and Teks ultimately takes Bertram’s 396 sentient platinum pieces, leaving Bertram penniless — and they leave the Maw of Arawn with the horn of the sacred grove.
After some debate, the Revengers decide to reveal to the druids that they have the horn. Maeve and Shaylaugh convince them to leave the horn with the druids in Sanctuary for study, at least for a few days, while the Revengers travel to the Ruins of Birnham, the small village that used to be near the castle to the north of Grimland. Druids who have gotten too close to Birnham have disappeared, and they hope the Revengers — or, the Hornblowers, as the druids think of them — will discover why.
(The druids also give the Revengers some new information on Grimland itself — that the castle was built on the site of an accursed grove, desecrated centuries before the Time of Troubles; that since the Time of Troubles the leechmouths have arrived and use the castle as their base of operations; that the leechmouths’ master is a ghost who lives at the castle).
The Revengers leave Minja and Valera in Sanctuary, to keep them safe from further physical changes in the mists. Petar accompanies them, despite failing Jongle’s ball-punching test.
The Revengers travel north to the Lake of Red Tears, en route to the Ruins of Birnham. They meet Svendar, an old man dressed in rags and tattered chain mail armor. He is catching & chopping up electric eel caught in the lake, tossing it back to feed “Aggie,” a friendly creature. He believes he has been forsaken by his god, Bragi, for throwing his harp into the waters. He raves madly about ghosts in the castle. He desperately wants his harp back!
Jongle casts unseen servant and sends it into the glassy black waters. Jongle strips naked to fly over the water, allowing his unseen servant to range throughout the lake.
But as he does so, Aggie stirs! A massive undead lake serpent, she rises from the lake and attacks the Revengers. Her fetid breath cloudkills poor, sweet, surly Petar in an instant as the rest of the Revengers battle her with magical arrows and spells. Bea thunderstaffs Aggie, stunning her, and Teks jumps into the air and brings down a mighty blow with his axe — chopping Aggie’s head off at the neck, and then slicing her head in two.
Aggie’s now forever-dead corpse splashes into the dark waters. Svendar is horrified that his friend attacked these new strangers, but is also overcome with grief that Aggie — “the friendliest creature I have ever known!” is now dead….
Group Total: 11,000 Individual Award: 1834
Bea 2734 (A Close Shave 900, Group 1834)
Bertram 2734 (New Family 900, Group 1834)
Ervendio 2734 (Moon Bow 900, Group 1834)
Golgaraz 2734 (A Lute is Not a Harp 900, Group 1834)
Jongle 2734 (Ball-buster 900, Group 1834)
Teks 2734 (Serpent Killer 900, Group 1834)
- Bertam buys basic equipment from the druids
- Ervendio has Bertram’s sentient hat
- Teks has Bertram’s 396 sentient platinum pieces
- Bertram’s old items that he still has with him are:
Ring of Regen (tied to finger) – CE
Ring of Spell Storing – CG
15 darts – CE
Backpack – NE
Pepper (CG), Saffron (LG), clove (LG), ginger (CG)
Chalk – True Neutral
Iron Pot – LG
Scroll Case (NE), 1/2 papyrus (CG)
Writing Ink – NG
Spell book – NG