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Dan
April 24th, 2016
The party toiled over the Scribbler's riddle, trying to determine it's purpose and the location of the Runeforge. Vincent helped decipher it, and they found out that the Runeforge is located way up north, at Lake Stormunder's northeastern shore. Rimeskull houses 7 different pillar, and if given a spell of the appropriate school, they would provide a key.

After finding the lake on the map, our Heroes set off to Magnimar, to hire a boat and crew to take them to Brinewall. This northern city was not very well visited, and Nevik had some hesitancy to go there. He declared he would never set foot in that town ever again, but despite this off-puttedness, the party sailed from Brinewall. Once they arrived, they stayed the night, enjoying themselves. The next morning, the group traveled to the nearby lake, and flew across it's waters.

They ascended the mountain with little trouble, and arrived at the fabled location: a ring of seven statues. They quickly went to work with the statues, retrieving the keys quickly. Each one, when having the proper spell casted on it, absorbed the spell and began to glow. It would shake the ground, and make a very high pitched trill noise. These would eventually subside, and the key would appear in the statue's mouth.

However, something sinister was at work, as a wall of ice suddenly appeared to block off the entrance to the stairs and also the way they came. A bellowing voice came about "WHO DARES DISTURB THIS ANCIENT SHRINE?" "We seek entrance to the Runeforge." Valtyra responded.
"THEN YOU SHALL DIE".

Arkrhyst reared his ugly face on our Heroes, flying near the mountain, and declaring the hero's death. Despite Vincent and Valtyra's offer to speak with it, He blasted Vincent, Yama, and Naolexa with a frosty breath. Yama courageously darted straight for the dragon to begin his work, but the dragon met him in kind with numerous attacks, nearly killing Yama twice.

Philip, with a bit of luck and quick thinking, polymorphed the dragon into a goose. Naolexa then finished off Arkrhyst with a suffocation spell, causing the bird to plummet to his death 200+ ft below. Naolexa flew after him, after learning that Philip actually needed the scales from him. She retrieved the bird, dispelled the magic, and got the scales from the now dead dragon.

The heroes turned to the stairs, knowing they had to ascend them, and enter the cave above. Would they find this dragon's hoard? Would they find the Runeforge? Both?

Who knew what awaited them?
Session: Chapter 5: Where the Road Takes You - Sunday, Apr 24 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Dan
April 17th, 2016
Nevik did not return back to the party, so naturally the group went in after him after a bit. THey could not find Nevik, but did find the same room that he did. Only this time, Yama led, and he noticed that two sides of the room had massive webs attached to them. Of course, when an adventurer sees webs, they immediately think to burn it, so thus Yama requested Dov or Naolexa chuck a fireball in there to burn those up. Dov obliged, using his staff to fire to launch fire in the room and clearing up the webs quickly. Yama rushed into the room, just fast enough to see the giant spider on the ceiling launch a web bolt at him. Yama was entangled in the center of the room. Naolexa, not fond of spiders in any sense, petrified the creature on the ceiling. The now spider-statue came crashing down from the ceiling, in line to hit Yama. Luckily, he managed to cut himself free, and then dodge out of the wall before the statue hit the ground, shattering.

The group wrote down the fifth stanza, as Yama pushed open the stone door leading north. A dark hallway lined with fog lay beofre him, as he strolled right in. However, before his party could follow him, Yama came rushing right back out, babbling about how his friends were going to sacrifice him to Lamashtu, and he had to get out of here. Dov and Naolexa unsuccessfully tried to stop him, as he bolted back through the tunnels they came from. The party took it as he was just making it up, but just in case tried to deal with the fog in the hallway. After unseccussful attempts with various fire spells, Naolexa casted dispel magic in the area. While it didn’t dispel the fog, it seemed to have dispelled something. She casted a flaming sphere to burn up the fog, and act as a leading beacon through the hallway.

It led them to a door, and as they opened it, they saw only a table with an inkwell and a quill of a peacock’s feather sitting in it. Valtyra approached the table, but was suddenly struck by a spell. It stopped her only for a moment, as she continued on in. She quickly snagged the quill, threw it into her bag, noticed a body on the north wall, and then escaped back out the hallway (in fear of being damaged again). The casters looked at the quill in detailed, and determined it harmless, and actually quite useful to them. Valtyra, however, wanted to look closer at the body found in the room, to see if she could identify the reason for death. She was hit even hard this time, but still fought her way back in. The body had numerous bones broken in several places, along with bits of skin missing here and there. The exact cause of death is uncertain, but it’s likely this was one of the guards, and he was sacrificed to Lamashtu.

They returned to the spider’s room just in time to hear the following ring throughout the shrine:
You come into my domain, you kill my minions, and you take my possessions. The time for talk is over, prepare to die, my sucklings!

Yama, who had managed to flee all the way back to the cathedral area, was ambushed by not only the source of the voice, but also the two remaining hounds, and 2 demons who wielded two bows at the same time, via the use of four arms.

Yama snapped out of it, but only after the hounds closed in on him, and the man known as the “Scribbler” already started summoning additional help. He summon in a hezrou, which reeked of an odor that Yama just couldn’t ignore. He took him out quickly, but the hounds already flanked him, and they succeeded in pulling him to the floor. The Scribbler took the chance to charge in, swinging wildly at Yama. Luckily, Yama had recently enchanted his armor to save him at the last moment, as he received a breath a life spell just as he felt himself go unconcious. This, however, did not fix the problem that he was on the ground. His rogue resiliency saved him once more, but he had no choice but to attack from the ground. With the spontaneity of a monkey, he stabbed wildly at the Scribbler’s legs, forcing him to his knees, to where Yama could deliver the final blow. Just as quickly as the threat presented himself, Yama took it out just as fast.

The party was able to make it to the cathedral just in time to see this occur, and went to work trying to mop up the rest of the group. Dov became the main target for one of the arrow demons, and nearly killed him from all of the shots fired. Yama took the attention of that one, however, after Dov broke off line of sight to heal. Valtyra assisted with the healing, while Dov encased the second arrow demon in ice, sealing his fate with a cold, frozen death. The hounds and demons were taken care of, and the known threat below Sandpoint dealt with.

The group can report their findings to Father Zantus and Sheriff Hemlock, and try to decipher the stanzas while licking their wounds. Where is this Runeforge mentioned? The ancient library spoke of needing the Runeforge to not only attune their weapons to fight Karzoug, but Valtyra needed it to finish her prototype of a hand cannon. Much is in store for our heroes...
Session: Chapter 5: The Lamashtu Shrine Beneath Sandpoint Part 3 - Sunday, Apr 17 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Dan
March 20th, 2016
Father Zantus summoned the group to the church to discuss a grave matter. Ever since the party discovered the Catacombs beneath Sandpoint months ago, they had positioned guards as the secret tunnel entrance to prevent anything from coming through, and to keep the new workers at the Glassworks at ease. However, they found the numerous guards missing, and blood all over the room. Something attacked, and Father Zantus needed them to look into the matter. They all agreed, and the moment they stepped outside of the church, the earth shook. After the quake ended, there was screaming from the center of town, as a sinkhole appeared, leading into what looked to be the Catacombs of Wrath. The party steeled themselves as they traveled down the sinkhole to see what caused the matter.

The catacombs were as they left them, aside from damage from the landslide. The well that Triggi had drained previously was now completed covered in dirt, unable to be accessed. Various tunnels now were blocked and inaccessible. As they traveled as far back as they could, they noticed something new: a spiral staircase that was previously unusable due to dirt being in the way was now cleared for use. They traveled down it cautiously, as it went down quite a ways. When they reached the bottom, Vincent managed to spot a secret door in the darkness, which led them into an unknown space, filled with fog. As they entered, a voice spoke to them:
What happened to Thassilon? What has replaced it?”

The voice’s was unidentified, but the party answered back that Thassilon is long fallen, and the lands of Varisia stay in it’s wake. They heard no response.

This room split into three different ways, a hallway to the north, double doors to the south, and a cathedral area to the west. The group decided to go west to the cathedral, which opened up into a giant space. The room was adorned with various symbols all attributing to Lamashtu, however there were no pews or altar in sight. Along the walls, the statue of a pregnant woman with a jackal head, snake like tail, talons, and kukri in both hands stood in each alcove.

Who rules the lands above today? Where is the seat of their power?”

The party could not answer this straight, at all of the major cities really minded their own business. They explained this, and again, no response from the voice. However, a quick pink and purple gate plane gate was opened, as a glabrezu demon stepped forth. This massive creature is nothing the party had faced before, and it spent its first moment summoning another of its kind. The party did not fair well against these foes, as both Shalelu and Vincent went unconcious. The party had to retreat in order to save themselves, and they worked together to teleport out of there. They had to bring Vincent back up first, and then get out of the way.

The group retreated back to the sinkhole entrance. It was clear that they were not ready for such a foe, but perhaps with a bit more assistance, they could bring them down. They decided to take the night to rest and recover, spending it on watch duty outside of sinkhole. Only faint howling was heard during the night. THey were not excited to go back down there, but knew that they were Sandpoint’s only hope against something that powerful.
Session: Chapter 5: The Beginning of the End - Sunday, Mar 20 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Dan
March 6th, 2016
As the group rounded the corner to the final hallway that led the to Mokmurian, he casted a fog like spell that poisoned the very air. He also prepared a new foe for the party to face, younger bulettes in training. The party had to deal with cut visibility due to the fog, while the bulettes snuck in and around the members. The bulettes proved to be no problem for the group, however Mokmurian pegged them with various spells, and kept disappearing from sight. Valtyra eventually worked her way towards the area Mokmurian was in, only to be smacked into the face by his massively enchanted club. While the party duked it out, Valtyra went unconscious while Philip unfortunately met his fate to Mokmurian. Yama snuck around behind him and slew the giant, while Shalelu brought Valtyra, Philip’s only hope, back to conciousness. They used one of the resurrection scrolls they found on the Black Monk to bring Philip back after the fight.

However, the body of Mokmurian animated, and left the players with a eerie speech. The voice speaking was not of Mokmurian’s, but of whoever controlled his body:
So these are the heroes of the age. More like gasping worms to me -- worms to be crushed back into the earth when I awaken the armies of Xin-Shalast, when the name Karzoug is again spoken with fear and awe. Know that the deaths of those marked by the sihedron -- the giants you have so conveniently slain for me -- hasten my return, just as yours soon will. Fools, all of you. Is this all you could manage in ten thousand years?

He ends with a hearty laugh, as the body goes lifeless again, the mysterious voice fading away.

The party, while offput by the speech, gathered their loot, grabbed Zaki, and teleported back to Sandpoint for a much needed rest and break while they collect their thoughts on what to do next.
Session: The Jorgenfist Raid: Part 20 - Sunday, Mar 06 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Dan
January 10th, 2016
The rogue in the party eventually were able to get into position, and knock the golem down. The group fiddled and debated about what to do with the cauldron, while Dov and Naolexa stayed out of the smoke.
Unfortunately, a creature they had not seen before decided this was the best opportunity to ambush the party. A Scanderig, known to swim through the earth and eat minerals, appeared right behind the casters. Yama rushed in while the rest decided to escape. Yama got lucky when the Scanderig accidentally blinded itself, allowing Yama to tear it to shreds.

Yama joined up with the group at the entrance to the next room, where undead were detected by Valtyra. Yama rushed in again, getting a view of the room. He saw a headless statue come to life, and sprinted straight towards it. He attempted to jump up on top of the creature, but failed as an ax came crashing down on him. He took some hefty blows from the Headless Lord, but Yama fell him before going down. The other statues in the room had already animated at this point, surrounding Yama. While Yama did go under at one point, his resiliency took into effect, allowing him to get some healing before continuing on his spree. They handled these targets with ease, despite Yama almost losing his life.
Session: The Jorgenfist Raid: Part 16 - Sunday, Jan 10 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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