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Dan
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Rise of the Runelords
April 10th, 2016
The tunnels here had walls adorned in blood, but also bits of flesh. If there was any guess, the unfortunate guards from Sandpoint met their fates here, shredded to pieces by something. The group continued through, as the hallway narrowed. However, as they progressed, they heard growling. Valtyra, who led the pack, was attacked by 6 different hounds, who looked similar to the yeth hounds the party fought back when they were first dealing with Nualia. THese hounds seemed stronger, but they flew over each other to take the advantageous opportunity to gang up on one target. Valtyra fended off most of the attacks, but did get struck and drug to the ground by one of the hounds. Vincent quickly drug him backwards, as Philip conjured up a wall of ice to blockade the small tunnel. This gave the group the chance to back up into the bloody area, giving them more space to fight.

Philip decided to scout the area using his ring of invisibilty and his ability to turn into an earth elemental to burrow into the dirt, pop up in a section of the kennel to see what the status is, and then return. What he discovered quickly before being detected by the hounds noses is that the southern kennel had another stanza written in it. He returned quickly, unable to read it before running into trouble.

They devised to used Shazam, Naolexa’s fox familiar, as bait to lure the hounds back to them, instead of being bottlenecked in the tunnel. It worked, as Philip dismissed the wall, Shazam yipped, and the hounds gave chase. Nevik took some assistance from Vincent as he casted a spell to make him invisible for some time, and attempted to get the sneak on some of the targets. They fought 4 of the dogs, killing them easily, however 2 were unaccounted for as they traveled back into their kennel area. They scoped the area, and found the fourth stanza:
ON FROZEN MOUNTAIN XIN AWAITS, HIS REGAL VOICE THE YAWNING GATES
EYS TURN TWICE IN SIHEDRON--OCCULTED RUNEFORGE WAITS WITHIN.


After writing this down, Nevik proceed forward to scout the small hallway that narrowed to the west. He discovered a small room, the walls covered in writing. Most of the writing overlapped each other now, to the point of illegibility; except for another stanza on the door opposite from him:
AND NOW YOU’VE COME AND JOINED THE FORGE UPON RARE LORE YOU MIND CAN GORGE-
AND WHEN YOU SLOUGH THE MORTAL WAY IN RUNEFORGE LONG YOUR WORK SHALL STAY.


Nevik concentrated on this and read this, after of which he completed, he heard maniacal laughing...
Session: Chapter 5: The Lamashtu Shrine Beneath Sandpoint Part 2 - Sunday, Apr 10 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Dan
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Rise of the Runelords
April 3rd, 2016
The group prepared themselves to re-enter the shrine once more. They knew what they were up against, so they prepared themselves to deal with the demon. They decided perhaps scouting out the two tunnels was appropriate, as there might be some additional information to be found in this area. They looked closer at the walls, which were covered in writing. All of it was in Thassilionian, but that was no problem for anyone in the party to read. Most of it was nonsense, but a small bit stoof out:
IF MAGIC BRIGHT IS YOUR DESIRE, TO OLD RUNEFORGE MUST YOU RETIRE
FOR ONLY THERE DOES WIZARDS’ ART RECEIVE ITS DUE AND PROPER START.


They thought nothing of it, and decided to scope out the area through the door to the south. It led into an empty hallway, with three doors. They prepared themselves to open each in succession, but only the one Philip ended up opening had any significance. Yet another notable phrase was found:
ON EASTERN SHORES OF STEAMING MIRROR, AT END OF DAY WHEN DUSK IS NEARER,
WHERE SEVEN FACES SILENT WAIT ENCIRCLED GUARDS AT RUNEFORGE GATE.


Seeing a common trend here, they began to record this down on a slip of parchment. They proceed to the hallway to the north, where Yama took the lead in scouting. After a few doors, he found a small pool of water. He couldn’t find anything important about it, but as soon as Philip came into the room, he quickly scooped up some of the water into his mouth. He instantly spit it out, as it was stale water. Puzzled by the action, Philip simply determined it was non-magical, and they met back up with the group.

The only way back to go was through the Cathedral again. The Glabrezu demon was no-where to be seen, so the room lied empty. Another stanza was seen at the altar wall:
EACH STONE THE GRACE OF SEVEN LORDS, ONE PART OF KEY EACH RULER HOARDS;
IF OFFERED SPELLS AND PROPER PRAYER, TAKE SEVEN KEYS AND CLIMB THE STAIR.

Yama made his way to the altar area, when they heard a familiar voice echo through the shrine:
What became of Runelord Karzoug and Runelord Alaznist? Who wields powerful magic today?

Yama, quickly and confidently said “I killed them.” to which the voice laughed. “You wouldn’t stand a chance against their might. That is impossible. Yama fought back with the fact that he took out Mokmurian, Karzoug’s up-and-comer, to which the voice did not respond immediately. After a moment, he responded with:
If that may be true, then you have an old friend to visit. Prove to me the power which you speak of, and perhaps I will tell you how to defeat Karzoug.”


It was at that moment a succubus was summoned to the middle of the arena. The party scoffed, and Yama quickly took care of it with no problems. Vincent attempt to run along the wall to get to the tunnel that broke off from this chamber, when one of the statues came to life to attack. The Glabrezu demon cloaked himself as one of the statues, and burst from the wall, pushing Vincent back a bit. The Glabrezu managed to summon another of himself again, but Yama quickly took care of the second one with ease. A dagger whizzed by Vincent’s head, returning in the same fashion shortly thereafter. Its source was unknown, even as Valtyra approached the area the attack was suspected to come from. The two glabrezu demons stood no chance, and luckily, Philip needed a reagent from these creatures. They collected some of the meat from the claw of the glabrezu, and continued down the tunnels.
Session: Chapter 5: The Lamashtu Shrine Beneath Sandpoint - Sunday, Apr 03 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Dan
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Rise of the Runelords
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 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Rise of the Runelords
March 13th
The party took the next two months relaxing, and hanging around Sandpoint and Magnimar. They all took some time to read one of the books that they managed to take with them from the library, hoping to learn something useful for them from it. All of the members completed their research, trained, and either made or bought items during this time.

It was at the end of the second month when they were summoned to the church, which was repaired from the damage from the Sandpoint raid.
Session: Player R&R - Sunday, Mar 13 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Rise of the Runelords
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 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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