AD&D - New World

S4: Strangers befriended
In which several friends are made

From the diary of Ragnot:

Eh boop boop. Grikk grikk outtada quickedsand, broheemi gimmeda speaaah n outsie. Eh thanko bro way way good. Deliver panouch to them badfrohgs, to boot them badmamma witch, eh we slapper good. Shoutsi go onta Vullydeetz, eh mebbego better to himsbirdsi, he bitesychop inna badmamma blinkydots, n herego Riggynut pokey onebe twobe withims debbel flypokky, thunk thunk!

Nobad lootsi, somefroggy getsim one pointybone badknife, n some morething, nobad, nobad. Unono slimespeakit letsus hurtem new sadboy frohgriifrind, eh he getta smakka from thisguy bully, n soonish, him kippattit. Income them rotpirate, and kippin get hisself astirred up n off inna crayzoy flitrun. Tognar gobe gettim offa speedsy, eh frogsigh whattim this frohgeim ado be followguy. Septing herego wegg deepinna flapjungo n outti this openplace whitta biggo bildin, n smakki rightinnim floatjelly aflap allroundem, ehbooooooom! Firefroggy pop like cornbits, ehblista innim skinsta, debbeltrebbelouchi, grikk grikkkk. Bigpoof fireballa flagwave brethrim — ah ennada sistri too — ah ennada nicegrippilily too — to punchi through flapjungo tseesus asmoky ouchy. Goodfrohg Vullydeetz he britefingri smoky broheemi, mekkin nopain nomono, eh boop. Goodfrohg!

Rondo sistri shwenna gogettim kippin, ivvyfroggy thinkso goodgo, eh whitser ado be go onninda bildin, biggo bildin. Inna smellbad deepdark offin we poky till herecomesem turtlswilch — ah bullytok, apojies… ah whatsem speakit… swirlbilly? Swirbilly fastwet, swallowem down down down down, all ehbe gongongon, nomo brithy. So Riggynut jumpem over dem riverswath onebe twobe threebe fourbe, ah, uhhhrrr… sivvybe… canno too much nummer, nomatter nummer, allbe. Septing oneguy grippilily oneskin too slippy, whoop! Down henum gobe, thanksthough Crashi thinksy smartsy tiesy ropesy, downswingy innada drinksi, but hegoodboy grab grippiboy, getsim outtie, so inni we goes all okidoksi. Ah septing Finnygum ha, he nowanni Riggynut robbo him goodshow, eh herego he ataptoe onna slikropi, n herego we asquinti gaspy when here hego slippitripsy, ah ya, grikkkk! Septing allit just one biggo slapfun grinhappy showtime, he okidoki, goodfrogheim he. Eh no biggo sprise, smellbad smellbadder onna otherside, n downgo we tfollowguy, but eh whitwe spysi but raggimuffins, n o fro them nolooksi good. Sikki allem, n hungriboy abone. N herego Unono agivem tasty, n Riggynut figger mebbe Unono nobad goodfrogheim alla after. Riggynut figger thisguys allem nobad groupi, gettim he tinybit weepsy, snifffffft, harble harble, grikkkk! Raggiemuffins feedem firstmost thems polliwoggies, so themno badfrohggie alsogood. Themsay they brekki briji to keepsem middlewoggies outta they goesie outsie, fraidscared issem allem the craystorm. We tellsem sokidoki allgone, eh no theybe toomuch fraidscaresies. Them takesi groupi inna biggo smellbad rotfish, ah rilly itsa brithfish warmkind, septing nomo brith, justonly wakedeth. Rillybad noise, rillybad.

N here innits widemaw issem one weirdstone wetbowl, stuck inna bitewhite. Saysem Riggymuffins, “Drinki drinki if yewinnigo downsy.” They speakit the deepdark deepdarker, down inna blackwet. N herego kippin adrinksi, speedy speedy himno waitsi, acrayzoy rilly. Kippin carehe only follow rhymesidaisy, summo doomletter, Riggynut nogettit. Tognar he speakit small atsme eh be donut getsit, nayer getsit. So herego Kippin jumpydivy inna blackwet, n eh whitser ado be drinki same as. N ach! Mistywet make magus atsme, O stain, grrrrikkkkkk. Brith begone by wizzyspell, O stain! Herecome wetbrith onna flappyneck, allus getsi flappyneck samesi, somake we allem biggosplish inna blackwet, n there brith nobiggie now, weirdi okidoksi, eh boop. Grippilily frogheimen them noluv alla weirdi, allem stay withem raggimuffins, septing onebe twobe, eh goodfroghs theyfroghs, newfrindi, boop. Eh n whitser ado be allwe groupi go on down down down down down…


Group Awards

Grung Shaman: 325

Grung: 70

Gorbel Trap: 330

The Whirlpool: 150
Deep Draught: 400
Group Total: 1,275 Individual Awards 213
Individual Totals

Tognar 913 (Captain’s Aide: 700, Group 213)

Ragnot 913 (Long Leaper: 700, Group 213)

Valdus 913 (Making Tracks: 700, Group 213)

Rhonda 913 (Latecomer 700, Group: 213)

Kyrashi 913 (Gills: 700, Group: 213)
Uno 913 (Digging Holes: 700, Group: 213)
Flynnighan 913 (Poison checked: 700, Group: 213)

S3: Stranger Cargo
Our heroes find land...

Kyrashi’s Notes:

The morning after the fight I found myself in the ship’s mess hall with several of the passengers and a few of the remaining crew. This is the first time on this ship that the passengers feel like crew. Perhaps it was the fight for survival the previous night. We faced capture and death together when we repelled the Gith and their foul undead. At the dining table we were about to discuss the course of the ship when the strange gnoll Uno suddenly appeared from below decks muttering about a skin map and the captain. He had previously declared the captain would be a ritual sacrifice and so I was duty bound to escort him to the captain and observe their meeting. The captain would not be sacrificed on my watch! Somehow the entire table I dined with followed. Perhaps they expected to see the gnoll try and sacrifice the captain or they were curious about the gnoll’s strange words. Captain Temcoppers was not pleased about Uno’s discovery.

The captain has secrets. Even from Flynnighan, the first mate. I suspected him to be in all the captain’s confidences, but he is not. Captain Tencoppers has secrets from Flynnighan as well. Which is good. That means maybe my secret is still mine and the captain’s. Uno said he knew my secrets and it frightened me. He said he knew I was from the moon. That may be so, but if I was and remembered it, would that be a secret? Either way, I think my secret is still such.

The map turned out to be a mystery, but when we explored the rest of the hidden stash we discovered many gnomish letters and a device to help a land dweller breath under the water. Rhonda found some magical scrolls and one that must have went awry because she was turned blue and glowing. I am not sure of that type of magic but it did not seem useful. I was very anxious as the others went through the captain’s hidden documents. It was not right, but the captain has not been himself and Uno’s gods spoke to him of the captain and his course to doom. I must make sure his doom does not take the rest of us with it, though I will do my best to guard the captain from harm.

Another half-elf passenger overheard our talk of the change of course. She immediately went to challenge captain Tencoppers and his orders were to put her in the brig. I was loathe to do this to another of the elven kind, and a woman. But she turned out to be treacherous and I should have let the foul men in the brig have her. It was she that had betrayed us to the Gith! She had been somehow leading them to us! She knew she would be killed in combat and the cowardly woman jumped overboard! I gave pursuit to try and drown her but Uno also foolishly jumped overboard too. The simple gnoll could not swim and I was forced to save him instead. Now he has sworn himself to my service. That was not what I needed. He has some curious fascination with my elven descent.

The following morning we found land! The chaos storm had not swallowed the ship! I do not remember exactly what the chaos storm was or is, I only remember that it is a deadly danger. We took a landing party to scout the island and the captain was disheartened by the unexpected change from the map. We saw some strange frog men , some large and small. We now will try to learn about the island from these reptiles. I hope they are friendly.


Group Awards

Smuggler’s hold: 600

Gith Spy: 2,500

Grung: 130

Group Total: 3,230 Individual Awards 462
Individual Totals

Tognar 962 (Lovestruck: 500, Group 462)

Ragnot 962 (Frog Friend: 500, Group 462)

Valdus 962 (Critical Falcon: 500, Group 462)

Rhonda 962 (Landlocked 500, Group: 462)

Kyrashi 962 (Spyhunter: 500, Group: 462)
Uno 962 (Elf Friend: 500, Group: 462)
Flynnighan 962 (The Responsible One: 500, Group: 462)

S2: A Strange Mutiny

“Belay that order, Mr. Daniels.”

I woke under my brother, dry as a dead dingo’s donger. I bellowed for water, and who but captain of the guard, the elf Kyrashi— emerged from the shadows with a bucket of stagnant water to douse us. Stepping over our recently dispatched jailer, Mr. Beam, Kyrashi rescued us from the brig. To our surprise, there was no further resistance as we made our way back to our quarters. I found my room undisturbed, to my great comfort, and I watered Phyllis and Begonia, and the presumptis paryallis I acquired from Hernia. Meanwhile, a raucous argument could be heard above, so we waited, and we listened.

Mr. Claar was vigorously attempting to dissuade the crew from running the ship aground. Likely, they believed this the only way to defeat the Bowlyn.

A rumor had caught fire aboard the ship in the wake of Kyrashi’s efforts to free us. They believed him a poltergeist, putting forth a reckoning from beyond his watery grave. Seizing the moment, my brother and I made our way to the captain’s quarters. His door was locked from the outside, and peering through the keyhole Ragnot exchanged words with the captain, before telling him to clear the door. After some prodding on my part, Ragnot gathered his strength and kicked the portal with such force the hinges were torn clean off of the frame. The captain was effusive, but still in shock.

We escorted him to the deck, which had erupted in chaos while we were liberating the captain. Kyrashi had presented himself on deck to the great dismay of the crew. Above the clamour, Mr. Daniels could be heard promising those loyal to him clemency. The captain, still in shock, persuaded me to make a call for calm, to no avail. I implored Gannis to take charge, and to my great relief, he acceded.

Not an hour had passed as I watched the sun move athwart the Pelican. We were heading west! Rhonda was uneasy, with good reason I supposed, this ordeal had dealt a great blow to morale. I can think of few members of the crew as poorly regarded as we are, it seems, especially during dental exams. Then, the clarion call for alarm rose us to our stations. Ragnot was on deck with a spyglass.

“It’s Githyanki, fitted like a privateer.”

Undermanned, the Pelican floundered as the Githyanki made prodigious gains. I urged Gannis to release the mutineers from the brig, remembering our encounter only days ago with the possessed corpses of dead marines. This time, my recommendation was ignored. We came about after barely avoiding being rammed, and let forth a volley of ballistae. Several entities jumped aboard, rotting vessels of what once were men. I felt arcane words rising up from my subconscious. I threw a piece of jade aboard the Githyanki ship, and it exploded in a hail of stones. The dead marines seemed to falter for a moment, as we came about for another pass with our ballistae. Kyrashi and the good Deacon Valdus Brae held their own against the morose marines; the Deacon pecking out jelly-like eyes, while Kyrashi cleaved their briney bowels.

The Githyanki vessel was listing now, taking on water. Pulling out Ragnot’s spyglass, I searched for a view of their captain, yet there was no one on deck! Strange indeed.


Group Awards

Sea Zombies: 445

Privateer: 3,000

Mutineers: 400

Group Total: 3,845 Individual Awards 769
Individual Totals

Tognar 1,269 (The Captain’s Voice: 500, Group 769)

Ragnot 1,269 (Window Climber: 500, Group 769)

Valdus 1,269 (Eye Gouger: 500, Group 769)

Rhonda 1,269 (Navigating the Unknown 500, Group: 769)

Kyrashi 1,269 (Bowlyn: 500, Group: 769)

S1: Strange Interlude
meanwhile, on the high seas...

I am a passenger on a ship. It is the largest thing I have ever been on. Do you know a house? One of the structures the soft pinkbellies live inside, which cannot and may not ever move. It is a grand house, only it can move and it does move. Oh, my bowels!

The crew has grown to fear me. This feels appropriate and good, yet they shrank from my offer to prepare their fellow who died when we were attacked by the not-dead. I respected their refusal, but I did not understand it. Did they not see me consume the maggoty wet flesh of the marine creatures that stalked our boat and attacked it? I know that they did. I heard their gasps of wonder and their wretches of appreciation.

Alas, women and men are made to suffer.

There is a woman on the ship with the skin of a shark and the spinnerets of a spider. She realized that the marine not-dead’s master was aboard an invisible ship near ours. She directed their mighty ballistae to attack it, which caused the creatures to whither and cease. Her name is Rhonda. She is not well regarded, despite her power. I do not understand this world.

I informed Captain Tencoppers that I believed we were cursed. We were sailing under the new moon, and of course all great endeavors should have been immediately stopped. He agreed completely and asked that I pray on who should be ritually sacrificed to appease the future-dead. At least I think that his how the conversation went.

I was surprised when the sea spirits advised me that the captain himself should be killed, but I suppose that is my own weakness. We are all merely future-dead ourselves. Still, I was made uncomfortable at the thought of destroying the leader of this boat. I sought out Deacon Valdus, a creature who is also attuned to the gods, to ask his advice. As I should have expected, he was unwilling to grasp the divine opportunity being offered. He hesitated in the light of my glory, as all spineless southerners must. But he had heard of a meeting happening belowdecks, a meeting of the holiest of these pinkbellies, so we went to investigate.

Belowdecks the second mate, a lizard-folk named Flynnighan, was twisting his tongue around their ears. I explained that I was ready to ritually murder their captain, and the crew was very pleased. I do not blame them! I seem to fall into old habits even here, in this strange land. It appears it falls to Uno to do the things others are too weak to do. Uno is me.

But then things turned chaotic. The crew was unwilling to recognize the proper rituals. I attempted to slow down their mad rush to murder, but instead I was beaten and imprisoned. That is where I write this: the ship’s brig. Captain Tencoppers is here as well, along with his elven soldier-captain Kyrashi.

Also there are two frog brothers.


Group Awards

Drowned Things: 245

The Gith Ship: 2,000

Mutineers: 915

Group Total: 3,160 Individual Awards 510

Individual Totals

Tognar 1010 (Scalpel! 500, Group 510)

Ragnot 1010 (Wave Rider 500, Group 510)

Valdus 1010 (Voice of Reason 500, Group 510)

Uno 1010 (Ritual Murder? 500, Group 510)

Rhonda 1010 (Meditations 500, Group: 510)

Flynnighan 1010 (Booze Cabinet 500, Group: 510)

92: Dungeons & Dragons
our heroes fight a red dragon

Trapped between the portcullises, Valeria uses her trident to gather the golden, bubbling remains of Bea’s possessions: a lightning wand (Mildred), a ring of shield (Mildred), a ring of spell storing (Mildred), Wow! Bear (Ervendio), a glass bead of avert evil eye (Valeria) and her spell ook (Ervendio).

As they are looting their friend’s items, the portcullises unlock! The elderly dragon-kin the Revengers left to die comes through — with no hatching eggs, he wants to die fighting a dragon. Old Man D leads them through the rest of the trapped chamber.

Before they can move on, Carol/Ann and Lil Yankee are sent through the golden bubbling portals of Bea’s wild magic energy. Lil Yankee — unbeknownst to all, but knownst to herself — has pickpocketed Lex, Golgaraz’s piece of the rod. Meanwhile, Dru Dracos emerges BACK through the portal, having had a fight with his girlfriend, and having realized he was better off facing his demons than running from them. Dru is given the glowing blue blade it is an intelligent dragon slayer.

Suddenly, a head-splitting pain cuts through each of the Revengers — something has happened! Some of them puke. But what has occurred?

Old Man D leads them through a foggy chamber that interferes with their infravision. They come to a fire-breathing dragon that repeats the same thing, again and again: “Begone trespassers! I am tired of your excursion into my mountain, and I will tolerate it no longer!”

Dru and Valeria charge ahead, ready to battle the beast — but the others realize it is a false dragon head. Ervendio finds a secret door behind the head and Valeria, quaffing a potion of storm giant strength, rips the faux head in twain.

They head in and see the great dragon hoard — mounds of coins, magic items, and treasure, atop which rests a VENERABLE RED WYRM. The creature greets them! “It is good to finally meet, face to … faces?”

Valeria CHATKAS the creature, killing it in one blow. It polymorphs back into a kobold — secretly, it was Fragalax, the chief of CLAN WYRMGUARD.

FURAN THE DEFT emerges and monologues villainously. He is actually — she! Infryana, Queen of the Mountain. Infryrana offers to let the PCs live if they leave their stuff behind. But the Revengers attack! Dozens of kobolds emerge from the shadows, and a NOLAN appears, attacking Midlred & Ervendio

Mildred sets off some black tentacles against the dragon and Ervendio and Golgaraz protect much of the party from fire. Dru is ENLARGED and he rushes the dragon. Infryana fires her breath weapon — Golgaraz and Old Man D are hideously burned. Valeria tosses a hasted-ax , outruns it, and attacks — the ax lands, but her trident hits Dru and nearly kills him. Dru, wielding the intelligent dragon slaying sword, lands a devastating blow.

Old man D, in a last act, destroys the nolan with the lightening wand he wrestled from Mildred. The dragon-kin egg Mildred was carrying hatches and the youngling feeds on the crispy, still-kind-of-allive D.

Ervendio fires a poison arrow and it hits Infryana — in the eye! The venerable red wyrm dies on her treasure pile. The smoldering Golgaraz strums his lyre of building, nearly hitting a DESTRUCTIVE note, but instead plays the lullaby of Lil Yankee one more time.

The rest of the kobolds are destroyed, and Mildred searches through the hoard for the 6th part of the rod. Unwilling to claim it herself, Valeria invites Dru to become a full-fledged Revenger. "Yeah, fuck it,” he says, and claims ECCE, the 6th piece of the rod.

With a massive dragon hoard to their name, the Revengers find a hidden path nearby that leads out of Infyrana’s lair. But the Mountain That Moved has moved — that strange, head-splitting sensation from earlier — and they find themselves in a strange new world, surrounded by rainforest. They are approached by mounted, armored warriors investigating the strange mountain.

The warriors raise their helms — they are sauriels, intelligent dinosaur people, who remark: “There goes the planet.”

Three have been lost: Kit, Bea, Golgaraz. Two more friends met in transit (Duncan Urd and Old Man D) died to secure this sixth piece of the rod. Carol/Ann and Lil Yankee have been sent away, and their safety & fates are unknown. The Revengers are lost on a strange new world, a different plane of existence. The dragon is dead, Ecce is recovered — but what now?

Group Awards
The Nolan: 3000
Fragalax, the False Dragon: 200
Kobolds x50: 350
Kobold Lts: 30
Infyrana, Red Dragon, Queen of the Mountain That Moves: 30,000
Ecce, 6th piece of the Rod of 7 Parts: 10,000

Group Total: 43,580. Individual Award: 7264

Individual Totals:
Dru: 13,264 (Yeah Fuck It 6000, Group 7264)
Ervendio: 13,264 ( Fire Protector 6000, Group 7264)
Golgaraz: 13,264 (A Beautiful Melody/A Last Lullaby 6000, Group 7264)
Mildred: 13,264 (Mother of Black Tentacles 6000,Group 7264)
Old Man D: 13,264 (Feed the Young 6000, Group 7264)
Valeria: 13,264 (Axe A Hasty Question 6000, Group 7264)

REVEALED: 2 Dragon Slayer (4 vs. true dragons; x3 dam vs. red dragons) (Dru)

dragon hoard:
52,000 cp
43,219 sp
55,793 gp
21,711 pp

413 misc gems, worth a total of 97,990 gp
174 worth 10 gp each
137 worth 50 gp each
49 worth 100 gp each
20 worth 1000 gp each
21 worth 500 gp each
12 worth 5000 gp each

2 candlesticks, 40 gp each
8 silver settings, 750 gp each
10 fine crystal silverware pieces, 3500 gp each
1 fine tapestry, 4000 gp
1 fine painting, 2400 gp
6 statues of adventurers (not counting Bea), 4500 gp each
2 platinum drinking horns, 2000 gp each
4 electrum candelabras, 600 ep each
6 embroidered pillows, 150 gp each
2 glass figurines, 1000 gp each
1 golden statue of a dragon, 10,000 gp

20 potions
1 animal (mammal) control
2 clairvoyance
3 climbing
4 diminution
5 extra-healing
6 elixir of health
7 elixir of madness
8 fire resistance
9 fire giant control
10 healing
11 human control
12 oil of etheralness
13 oil of fumbling
14 oil of impact
15 philter of stammering & stuttering
16 poison
17 poison
18 speed
19 treasure finding
20 ventriloquisim

11 magical scrolls, cast at 20th level
1 flaming sphere
2 lightning bolt
3 wall of iron
4 clone
5 polymorph any object
6 limited wish
7 cure serious wounds
8 holy word
9 protection vs. cold
10 protection vs. dragon breath
11 protection vs. poison

x-ray vision
fire resistance

thunder & lightning (24 charges)
striking (25 charges)

enemy detection (82 charges)
paralyzation (89 charges)

manual of quicking in action

cloak of the bat

crystal hypnosis ball

rope of entanglement

scale mail +4

shield +2

ring mail +3

plate mail +3

mace +3

sword of dancing

scimitar of speed +2

morning star -1

91: Beginning of the End
our heroes begin the final approach

The sound of battle intrudes on the quiet of their safe room.

In the dungeon beyond, the Revengers spy a kobold named Duncan Urd, of the Dragon Mountain Urds, fighting a brain spider. He’s one of the slaves they liberated, and with the rest of his fellows dead in a failed rebellion, he has sought out the Revengers to join them. He knows they are called The Killers and he knows they are led by a powerful wizard called The Devastator.

The party helps him kill the spider, and in its final moments Duncans “overhears” its final telepathic call: more food. come, and eat!

Bea, unused to how heavy her now-solid-gold body weights, lags behind as the group explores the halls. She sees another brain spider emerge from a narrow crack in the walls and she fireballs it. The Revengers join in, destroying it.

In a secluded corner, the party discovers a group of dragon-kin taking refuge. They are protecting a thatch of eggs. The Revengers kill the defenders, and Mildred and Carol/Ann claim a dragon-kin egg for their own. During the fight, “Lil” Yankee is hit by a fumbling miss from Golgaraz’s dancing scimitar. After the fight, they discover an elder dragon-kin, waiting to be eaten by the hatched younglings. It tries to battle the Revengers, but can’t even rise from its bed. The party leaves it behind.

They debate taking the rest of the eggs and take out a magic sack they’d found some time earlier. They test its capabilities, wondering if it’s a bag of holding. A spear goes in, but won’t come out. Duncan reaches in to retrieve it — and discovers it is actually a bag of devouring. Their new kobold ally is eaten by the bag. The group immediately forgets his name — Stiv? — just another in a long line of kobolds who have tried to help them.

They go south, past an open (and not-trapped) portcullis. They find a series of closed, and seriously locked, portcullises. They again discuss whether to turn back, and why they are even seeking this dragon hoard at all. Is there even a rod here? Has Darcie Bill already claimed it? Wasn’t he supposed to be in here somewhere? What was up with that huge fortress they saw?

Carol/Ann cannot unlock the first portcullis. Valeria tries to bend its bars — Bea assists with a knock — and Valeria thinks she’s done it herself. For the next one, Bea helps with a fabricate spell, creating a steel statue of herself, leaving Valeria to wonder how she’s gained these strange new powers! Bea uses her beholder’s eye to turn the statue into a golden replica of herself.

Heading to the third portcullis, the group runs into an invisible wall of force. It cannot be dispelled, so Ervendio and Golgaraz turn the group ethereal in order to move past it. They slip past some sort of gravity-defying trap, but then hit a magical dead zone. They are snapped back from the ethereal plane, immediately setting off a deadly fire trap. Bea is melted into a puddle of molten gold slag — a very powerful mage, and one of the original Revengers, is utterly destroyed.

The flame clicks off. The Revengers back off of the pressure plate. Carol/Ann, near death, is revived by Ervendio. The group is trapped between two heavily-locked portcullises, their wizard is dead, and the dragon awaits….

brain spiders, 8,000
dragon-kin, 11,200
old dwarven traps, 500

group total: 19,700. individual total: 3284

Bea 6284 (Devastator 3000, Group 3284)
Duncan 6284 (A Fine Gentleman 3000, Group 3284)
Ervendio 6284 (Don’t Forget Darcie Bill 3000, Group 3284)
Golgaraz 6284 (Invisible Swordsman 3000, Group 3284)
Mildred 6284 (Feels Like a Girl Again 3000, Group 3284)
Valeria 6284 (Bends Bars 3000, Group 3284)

dragon-kin egg (Mildred and Carol/Ann)

90: Attack of the Brain Spiders
our heroes face unexpected trouble

In the room of broken fountains, the Revengers search for a place to rest. Looking to get out of the open hallway, they explore a mysterious wet room. Bare of any furniture or decoration, it holds a pool in the far corner that seems impossibly deep, with waves that gently lap the floor of the room itself. Mildred turns herself into a toad and tests the water, nearly finding herself sucked deeper by some unseen force. Mildred escapes the pull of the water and the party tries another door.

The second room is again quite damp, but it is filled with distorted and water-logged wooden crates. Toad-Mildred disturbs a brown mold that explodes onto her, sucking the warmth from her body. Carol/Ann uses the wind fan to blow the mold back and the party leaves the room, even as the brown mold starts to drift forward again.

They wonder if they could rest in their current room, between the two water-rooms, and soon find themselves discussing if and how they can even fight a dragon. Will their weapons hurt it? Will their magic?

As they discuss and compare notes, Mildred sees the door creak open — and a hideous beast enters the room. It is a spider, six-feet in length, and its abdomen is one large brain. It’s followed by several other brain spiders and the party is quickly under attack!


Five brain spiders set upon the party. One of them has a wand of lightning grafted to one of its eight legs, and its devastating attack nearly kills several Revengers. Carol/Ann is (briefly!) lost before Bea’s alternate reality undoes her demise; the same happens to Mildred. Golgaraz nearly goes down as well, but is revived by Ervendio.

Carol/Ann’s near-death experience changes her. Perhaps it is a change of heart, or perhaps the Carol/Ann who survives is truly an alternate reality Carol/Ann — but either way, she is no longer the lawfully-evil drow the party met in the Underdark. She is now dedicated to goodness. Likewise, Golgaraz realizes he should do better at keeping Lil Yankee out of danger, after she witnesses each one of his mirror images (and then his actual self) cut down. Mildred’s lesson is that she wants to learn fireball.

Bea attempts to cast protection from evil on Mildred during the fight, but her spell surges — she turns completely into gold. She is alive, but is technically an inorganic, but sentient, golden creature. The long-term effects of this change are unknown.

The five brain spiders are killed after a harrowing battle. Valeria, relieved no one has really died, declares it a good fight.

Golgaraz plays the lyre of building and creates a safe room, secure from future incursions, and the party rests for a full 16 hours, plotting their next move….

brown mold, 0
brain spiders, 20,000

Group Total: 20,000. Individual Award: 4,000

Individual Totals
Bea 7,000 (Goldenbea 3000, Group 4000)
Ervendio 7,000 (Military Commander 3000, Group 4000)
Golgaraz 7,000 (One by One 3000, Group 4000)
Mildred 7,000 (The Shape of Water 3000, Group 4000)
Valeria 7,000 (A Good Fight 3000, Group 4000)

wand of lightning

89: Trail of the Dragon
our heroes find the true path...

The hissing gas starts to hit the Revengers, causing them to pass out. Ervendio uses stone shape to escape the room and move east, into unknown territory. On the other side of this trapped room, Dru, Manass, and Carol/Ann are unconscious from the gas. The party rouses them and finds themselves in a large, contained “room” of fields and crops. Artificial sunlight shines in from somewhere unknown.

Manass expresses that she just wants to leave this terrible place, and Ervendio offers a dimensional shift that will take her to the moon elves founding a colony on Urth. She agrees and invites Dru to come with her. Dru accepts, even as Par Vatal calls them traitors to the Warriors of Winter. Ervendio casts the spell, sending them both out of the mountain.

Looking around the field, they find it is haphazardly planted and there are multiple areas that have been dug up. Whole sections of crops have been flattened or destroyed. Suddenly, a rocky fin breaks through the ground and approaches them — it is a bulette, a land-shark, and it is a perfect eating machine.

Golgaraz creates a second, illusory bulette to distract the creature, but the bulette seems to think it’s simply an opportunity to impress a mate. While the warriors hack away, the bulette is dispatched by magic missiles. Li’l Yankee attempts to rend the beast’s corpse, but only manages to make a meat-mess.

The party explores the fields (it’s mostly beets and potatoes) and Ervendio searches for magic. This leads them to a nearby shed, where they find a magic sickle (claimed by Furan the Deft, and, next to that, a group of fearful farmers, hiding from the bulette. They are grateful the creature has been killed, and they are happy to help the Revengers in their quest — even more willing, once Mildred charms one of them, a farmer named Boob Torn Claw.

Though discouraged by his wife, the charmed Boob leads the Revengers to the edge of Rusty Blades territory, telling them the way to Infyrana is through there. Furan the Deft, still professing the way to the dragon is through the undermine, disappears from the party’s company.

Meanwhile, Par Vatal wants to turn on the farmers and kill them — he says they are feeding the kobolds of the mountain, and are therefore the enemy. He’s glooped by Golgaraz and says the Revengers have been tricked by the kobolds. Ervendio dimension shifts Vatal to Amara, to the cage where Proteus died, along with a note to Nari al-Fanif, the alchemist they met there.

The Revengers turn ethereal and pass through a collapsed tunnel, exploring more of the mountain. They discover a massive fortress with red dragon banners, and squadrons of disciplined soldiers doing drills. They discover a walled-up guard tower containing a chained, emaciated kobold corpse clutching a rolled up sheet of paper — but, being ethereal, they cannot touch or read it.

The party doubles back and follows Boob’s directions before the ethereal spell wears off. They bypass Rusty Blades territory entirely, passing through two closed portcullises, and find themselves in a room of destroyed fountains, marked by the same red dragon banners they saw on the fortress.

The path of the dragon lies before them….

Group Awards
escape from the hissing room, 600
bulette, 4000
farm treaty, 1000

Group Total: 5600. Individual Award: 934

Individual Totals
Bea 3934 (Bulette/Boo-lay 3000, Group 934)
Dru 3934 (Early Retirement 3000, Group 934)
Ervendio 3934 (Dimensional Shifter 3000, Group 934)
Golgaraz 3934 (Monster Maker 3000, Group 934)
Mildred 3934 (Friend to the Famer 3000, Group 934)
Valeria 3934 (Anti-Parv 3000, Group 934)

sickle, magic (lost w/ Furan)

88: Trapped in the Hissing Room
our heroes are trapped in the hissing room

Letting the shadow spiders battle the Wishbone guards, the Revengers charge into the slave quarters. They find four guards in the initial interrogation room — Valeria tries to konk one out with her fist, but it just bloodies him. Bea thunderstaffs three of the kobolds to bits, knocking open an opposite door — revealing 6 more guards. They yells “Wishbooooone!” as they charge into battle.

Dru beelines past the guards into the slave pens. He finds the sergeant in charge cowering in a locked cell. There are 20 kobolds crammed in a second cell and three humans in a third. Bea uses acid arrow to melt a kobold, uses her disintegrating eye to destroy another, punctures and kills a third with her quarterstaff. One of the last surviving kobolds engages Valeria in combat and nearly fells her with one blow — her noses is smashed by a (critically) lucky hit.

With the kobolds dispatched, the Revengers free the slaves. Half of the kobolds storm off to take the fight immediately to their captors, while the others linger behind. While the Revengers debate what to do next, some of the kobolds murder the now-imprisoned Wishbone sergeant.

In another cell, the Revengers find three human captives:

Par Vatal, a human knight and leaders of the Warriors of Winter. Vatal led the Warriors into the Mountain That Moves when it was on another plane of existence, intending to find and kill the dragon within. Instead, the kobolds of the mountain captured the Warriors, killed all but two of them, and imprisoned the survivors. Vatal’s leg is broken when the Revengers find him — Valeria heals him and Vatal leads the rest of kobolds out to fight Wishbone.

Manass: a human wizard, novice adventurer, and the other surviving member of the Warriors of Winter. Her fingers have been broken, so she is unable to cast spells. She regrets having joined Vatal on his fool-errand to kill the dragon, and now wishes only to escape this mountain.

Furan the Deft: a human thief, he entered the mountain alone in search of the dragon’s treasure. He never made it that far. He is happy to accompany the Revengers as they seek the dragon hoard, but he is not interested in taking any risks on their behalf. He comes from a “hell-world” he calls B’rrg.

Valeria finds none of the three are evil. Vatal asks Dru to pledge himself as “his man,” which Dru does. Vatal declares him a Warrior of Winter. When Vatal rushes off with the surviving kobolds to battle Clan Wishbone further, Dru does not accompany him. Neither does Manass.

Dru is suspicious of Furan and wants him to “take the lead” out into the tunnels of Wishbone territory. Furan does not want this. Dru gives him a dagger. Furan says he thinks the way to the dragon is through thh Undermine — he thinks the entrance is back down on the first level.

Vatal comes running back, fleeing the sounds of battle — the freed kobold slaves have all been killed. The Revengers attempt to avoid combat, but wind up in a dead-end tunnel with Wishbones taking up defensive positions around a bend. Bea attempts to passwall through a solid wall, but this fails. She disintegrates through another wall, back into the slave cells. .

Bea uses the wand of wonder to cast invisibility 10 foot radius and the Revengers sneak past the Wishbones cleaning up the dead of the failed slave revolt. Dru almost falls into a pit of oil, but Bea saves him with feather fall.

The party finds a set of double-doors leading out of Wishbone territory and into somewhere unknown. Dru moves into the room to search for traps, but in so doing sets off a pressure plate — the doors slam shut, locking the (still invisible) party in a small room with barred double-doors on two sides. Then Bea and Valeria hear a hissing sound….

Group Awards
9 kobolds, 63
free the slaves, 2300

Group Total: 2363 Individual Awards: 788

Individual Totals
Bea 3788 (The Devastator 3000, Group 788)
Dru 3788 (Slave No More 3000, Group )
Valeria 3788 (No Nose 3000, Group )

87: We're In Wishbone Territory
our heroes talk their way past clan humanbane

Still in Black Death territory, the party explores nearby hallways looking for a place to rest. They find a guard room surrounded by ready-to-spring crushing blocks — including on that had already crushed a very human hand that was still clutching a parchment. The party immediately vacates the area.

They cross into Clan Humanbane territory, discovering a ravine that had opened up in what was once a well-to-do area of houses and estates. Hearing “bird” calls from the ramparts, the Revengers surmise they have been spotted by Humanbane lookouts. The party retreats to an easily defendable room filled with weapons and food supplies. They set up camp for the night, and the evening passes uneventfully.

But as they leave their camp in the morning, they find that metal bear traps have been set throughout what was once safe and clear hallways. Dru nearly loses his head from a trap suspended from the ceiling and Carol/Ann barely avoids another. Afterward, the party begins a foot-by-foot crawl across the ravine’s bridge, checking every step.

Exploring the abandoned buildings that used to be fancy mansions, they surmise they are walking through the training grounds for Clan Humanbane. There is nothing here of consequence except bloodstains and danger. Across the bridge, there is an ancient killing field — dead, skeletal kobolds left on the field of battle. It is a grim and foreboding walk.

Crossing the field, the Revengers are approached by a parley party from Clan Humanbane. Bea and Valeria step forward as negotiators, and Humanbane fails to recognize Bea as a human. Bea translates for Valeria. The Revengers tell the kobolds they are headed to Wishbone territory to pit the Wishbones against the Bloods — both being enemies of Humanbane, the party is invited to a wine picnic. Ervendio supplies the old wine, Dru dons the cloak of the bat to avoid being killed on sight by the human-hating Humanbane, and the two forces break bread together.

The party heads up to the third level of the mountain. Bea fabricates the defensive arrow slits of the staircase closed. Confused and suspicious Wishbone guards circle around as the Revengers peek into kitchens and supply rooms, seeking the slave quarters. The guards close in on the Revengers and Bea summons shadow spiders to fight for them. Carol/Ann uses the wind fan to blow back any possible poisoned arrows and the rest of the party retreats, letting the Wishbone guards engage the spiders.

Dru leads the group toward the slave pens that he is all too familiar with….

Group Awards
Humanbane Parley, 1000
Shadow Spider Fient, 200

Group Total: 1200 Individual Award: 240

Individual Totals
Bea 3240 (Huh? 3000, Group 240)
Dru 3240 (Always Wanted to Be A Bat 3000, Group 240)
Ervendio 3240 (Old Wine 3000, Group 240)
Golgaraz 3240 (Redistribution of Blades 3000, Group 240)
Valeria 3240 (Lost in Translation 3000, Group 240

3 platinum pieces
1 dagger (from shaman’s quarters)


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