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Dan
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Rise of the Runelords
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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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 7:30 PM to 10:30 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 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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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 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Dan
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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 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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