Soraka Flow
The battle raged on, with Kaz blocking off the attackers, and my song inspiring the others:
Where were the Spiders,
While the fly tried to break our balls?
With just the beer light to guide us,
So we bitched about his fans,
And should we crush his sweet hands?

Ziggy played for time, jiving us that we were voodoo!
The kid was just crass, he was the nazz,
With god given ass!
He took it all too far, but boy could he play guitar!

Ne-los created an illusory ceiling, to block off the ogre spiders that were hanging from the roof. Things were looking bad, but fortunately Soraka was ready to heal the wounded. Eventually Pig, Boris, and Milah killed one of spiders. The other one that was on the ground harried at Kaz, but could not penetrate the defense Kaz was capable of mounting. So the battle raged on!

Making love with his ego,
Ziggy sucked up into his mind,
Like a leper messiah,
When the kids had killed the man,
I had to break up the band!

Ziggy played guitar…

One of the spiders on the roof tried to walk on the illusory ceiling, and fell in front of Milah. Buoyed by killing the previous enemy, our group pounced on the fallen ogre spider. Soraka uttered a cry like a horse whinny, as our death dealers hacked into the spider’s bulbous thorax, killing the thing. Our momentum seemed to grow, and it wasn’t long before the other two lay dead also.

We took our time, and searched through the various cells. There was very little of interest, most of the bones belonged to vermin, the original prisoners probably having decayed to dust centuries ago. So we continued to the west. (And my spirit was crying for leaving) The corridor out of the cellblock stretched about thirty feet, and bent to the south. There was a short flight of stairs, and the hall opened into a small room that appeared to have two cells, a door to the west, and a hall leading east that lead to a fountain. Pig went to investigate one of the cell doors. While he did that, I went over to look at the fountain.

The fountain appeared to be nondescript, but when I focused on it, I could detect magic from the conjuration school. After contemplating a bit, I seemed to recall that some healing magic had a similar aura. I told Kaz about it, and asked him to drink some. Kaz was still feeling the effects of some ogre spider poison, and after drinking from the fountain he felt a little better. I made notes of the minor healing effect of the fountain, perhaps Sheila would find that significant. We went back to see how Pig was making out with the door.

The door was old and rusted, but quite solid. When Pig finally opened it, the occupants were waiting to mob us.

Inside the room were gaunt, pale humanoids with a strange maw, and spindly arms ending in three-fingered claws, hunched on spindly dog-like legs. We would find out after that they were sinspawns, specifically wrathspawn. The wrathspawn were quite vicious, one of them savaging Pig as soon as he opened the door. Pig wailed, and cried out for healing. I had no performance left, but I sang anyway:

Arms in the air,
Stick out your tush!
Hands on your hips,
Give them a push!
You’ll be surprised,
You’re doing the French Mistake!

Kaz and Milah killed the sinspawn in the doorway, which seemed to give the others pause. Milah wanted to charge into the room, but the others were reluctant and called her off. So we played the waiting game. Milah grew impatient, and rushed into the room! The battle ensued, and we made short work of the sinspawn. I made notes; I knew Alaznist was fond of using flesh warped creatures. At the moment, it was a mystery, but perhaps we were in a flesh crafting laboratory of some sort.

Eventually, we made our way down a long hallway heading east. We came to a big, pillared room where there were several spider webs on the ceiling. Just as we were about to burn away the webs, a group of moon spiders came out of the webbing. They stayed on the ceiling, and annoyingly shot webs at us. When we shot back with ranged weapons, one of the spiders created an Obscuring Mist, making it very difficult for us to target them. They, on the other hand, seemed to be able to target us with their webs. However, the webs just proved to be annoying and ineffectual. After a while of this stalemate raging on, I decided to try and clear the mist away with some oil flasks. It was a tedious process, but the moon spiders seemed to panic, and eventually retreated.

With many of our resources spent, we decided to go back to Magnimar. I made my report, we re-stocked and headed back. When we got back to the chamber with the moon spiders, there were no signs of them. So we headed south, and came to what appeared to be some sort of ancient kitchen. While we were looking around several centipedes started crawling out of the cracks I the floor, forming a swarm. I was very impressed that the Spiders flew into action and destroyed the swarm before it could even harm us! I looked over at Soraka, and she exclaimed triumphantly, “POLYBIOUS!”

From there, we went west. There was a hall with several empty storage lockers. At the end of the hall, we came to what was probably some sort of meat locker. When we opened the door, we were confronted by a group of skeletal champions, and a skeletal mage. Kaz immediately dashed into the room at great risk to himself to confront the mage. I began to sing:

I, I wish you could swim,
Like the dolphins,
Like dolphins can swim,
Though nothing, nothing will keep us together,
We can beat them, forever and ever,
Oh, we can be heroes just for one day

As before, the skeletal champions proved to be very skilled opponents. They used cover and the doorway to their advantage. Milah was able to get into the room, but Pig seemed rather reluctant to join her. The rest of us were blocked off in the hallway. Boris was hampered by all of the cover, but managed to get a shot in every once in a while. Kaz did an admirable job of locking the mage down. Eventually, we managed to defeat them, but the skeletons put up a really good fight.

From the meat locker we had to back track a bit and take another hall to the west. Eventually the hall turned north and opened up into a large room with a statue of Alaznist on the north wall. As we entered, we were attacked by a trio of cave fishers. At first, we thought they were spiders, but we soon noticed the difference. The battle was short, but I still sang:

Maybe if I pray every, each night I sit there pleading
"Send back my dream test baby, she's my main feature"

We discovered that one of the cave fishers had a bag tied to its leg. Inside the bag were a number of strange stones and teeth that I gave to Pig for a snack, and a bracer, that matched the bracer the mite leader was using for a hat. After some discussion, we gave the bracers to Kaz. Looking around the room, we made some notes about the statue, and I tried to copy down some vague sketches of the murals.

Continuing west out of the room, the hallway eventually turned south, and lead to a stairway heading down to the next level. We descended the stairs, and entered a room with a coppery statue of Alaznist. Surrounding the statue were two gigantic abyssal larvae. The Spiders leapt forward to engage these monstrosities. I sang:

Billy rapped all night about his suicide,
How he'd kick it in the head when he was twenty-five,
Don't wanna stay alive when you're twenty-five…

Although Kaz valiantly leapt forward, the larvae ignored him, and focused their attacks on Pig. Pig was very dismayed by that, and screamed about dying. I would think by now he would have more faith in Soraka, she has never let us down, continuously hurting herself to keep us safe. My ode to Soaka:

A lasting moment to hold onto,
With regret the scent of time,
Tried and tested I never noticed,
The phantoms of her mind,

Crescent moon I'm cutting through,
Paste up warnings fill the sky,
Smoking embers, I remember,
Time and time again to try…

To live in light,
To sink within her,
I think of light,
Time to blame to borrow from your past,
Elapsed… Collapsing…

She's not insane!
She's gone insane!

And if the root of silence pulls me off,
And love is lost not from my heart,
I sit upon this throne that throws me off,

And she falls backwards to the floor,
And forwards to the back,
She says elapses all my truth again,
She's the one I live for,

I live alone...
She's the one I live for,
I live alone...

Burns inside horribly,
She lifts me to,
The spirit burns the darkest hours,
My corrupt brain is hurting,
Once again the door lies quiet,
Left alone I'm thinking of her,
Sitting the burning clock of time…

The abyssal larvae were fierce, and caused a lot of damage, but Soraka saved the day, and kept us going. After we defeated the maggot infested, bloated worms, we examined the statue. The ransuer she was holding appeared to be separate and magical. We managed to pry the weapon away, to take with us. The statue itself seemed to be some sort of scrying device. Perhaps Alaznist still watches? We will see…
Session: Game Session 14 - Friday, Jun 30 2017 from 8:30 PM to 1:00 AM
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