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Root of Evil II - The Demon Tree

Elenya, Cerveth 25, 5055 (07/25/5055)

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Our heroes, both the Raptors and the Shards, head out in a desperate attempt to confront the mad arch-druid calling herself Thingizzard. Can they defeat this powerful survior of the wars with the lich-kings? Can they wrest the artifact known as the Seed of Malgarius from her gnarled fingers and save the Gold Plains from the demonic forest she’s called forth? Tune in and find out!

Umbrecrom, Pr’Gillis, Thangil, Talacbar, Y’Draesk, Quingle and Kelroth have all dropped out of Cloud Walk.

Thangil and Cyren watch as a hole opens beneath Pr’Gillis and he drops downward into a chute. The opening then seals. Yestamir forms a mind link with the rest of the group. A sphincter ahead of us opens. Gut checking the Purple Worms reveal partial remains of Orcs and Trolls.

Kelroth, Cyren & Fowyn go back into Cloud Walk.

Thangil, Talacbar, Umbrecrom, Y’Draesk & Quingle, go down the corridor which bends up to 45 degrees, loops around which makes it difficult to traverse. Quingle casts fly, and everyone else is in mist form. The corridor has puddles of water, the walls are slick, and blast of wing come through the hall. Thangil and Talacbar fall & slide taking damage (22 each) but are able to extricate themselves by taking 20 with the assistance of rope. Over the course of the next 400-600 feet of tunnel the group can hear creaking, slams, gurgling and other noises. 10 minutes pass and the group comes to an opening. The air is warm and dry now, and cracks & fissures can be found in the wood. The tunnel opens into a cavernous chamber with flickering lights. The ceiling is 30’ high and in the room is a black monolith emanating shadowy light 20’ high and 15’ wide. There are large 10’ wide slactites/ stagmites in the chamber. Quingle, Eqximiye, and Kelroth make the (dc 35) spell check: the monolith is constructed from shadow essence that turns the lighting shadowy (not dark) possibly like a dimensional intrusion.

The group moves to the enterance of the room and Yestamir reads the thoughts of the tree and senses its attention which causes him to stop. He thinks its possible that Malgarius is a composite being. Umbrecrom snaps his fingers bringing his Greatsword from his Glove of storage and uses it to detect undead.

Round 2
Umbrecrom detects undead, a gigantic undead presence that may be intertwined with the monolith, and informs the rest of the group through Yestamir’s mind link.

Cyren, Kelroth, Fowyn and Fadre beging to exit the Cloud Walk spell. Y’draesk moves up to the front, Yestamir manifests a Mind Blank, Psionic. Talacbar &Thangil move up to the stalagtite opposite Y’Draesk and sees a giant worm with black chitaneous armor plates, a Nightcrawler. Yestamir, Umbrecrom, Fowyn, and Nique make Planar Knowledge checks and reveal it’s a type of Night Shade that can read and understand all forms of communication. It’s psionic, and emanates a 20’ radius Desecration aura. It is a type of extra-planar undead that is very intelligent, has energy drain and spell-like abilities. Umbrecrom wills himself into the rage state that heightens his combat prowess and moves to the front of the group. Quingle flies about Thangil. There appears to be something happening with magic- Necromatic, Conjuration, and Shadow Magic.

Round 3
Y’Draesk holds while Yestamir manifests a Time Hop and makes the magic resistance (20) but it makes its save. Umbrecrom runs into the room and near the monolith. He detects another Nightcrawler on the other side of the room. He then senses a portal forming in front of him. Nelke and Talacbar become paralyzed.

Tentacle sprout from the ground & Umbrecrom gets hit (27) as does Thangil (29) and Quingle (23). Eqximiye continues her slow emergence from the Cloud Walk. Quingle flies away from the wall and casts a Greater Dispel spell on the forming portal& stops a Nightwalker from gating in.

Round 4
Yestamir manifests another Time Hop and makes it past its spell resistance but it saves again. Fowyn still slowly emerging from the Cloud Walk spell. Thangil takes more damage from the tentacles (20) as does Talacbar (22). Umbrecrom moves. Kelroth & Nelke fail vs a Confusion spell. The Nightcrawler moves forward and attacks Y’Draesk. (Quingle and Fowyn announce incoming spell) and touches Y’Draesk and Y’Draesk fades from the plane as Yestamir tries to divert the teleport that will take Y’Draesk to deep into the Plane of Shadow.

Umbrecrom makes a Reflex save & avoids an opening pit. The room becomes a vacuum as the air gets sucked out, but Umbrecrom saves vs a suffocation save.

Eqximiye continues her gradual fade in from the Cloud Walk. Quingle tries a Disruption wave via the Shadow spell but he can’t defeat the creatures Magic resistance.

Round 5.
Cyren continues to fade in.Yestamir manifests an Ultrablast but fails to defeat its Magic Resistance. Kelroth starts babbling and singing through the mind link. Thangil draws his bow and hits the first worm with an arrow. Umbrecrom charges it gets hit with an AoO (29) and misses the gigantic worm which radiates an arua of Unholy Blight which feels like a cold cloying miasma of greasy darkness but Umbrecrom shakes it off by making a save but still takes damage (15).The second worm tries the same and Umbrecrom takes half damage (28). Slick watery sap now covers the floor.

Round 6
Yestamir manifests a concussion blast that can’t penetrate its magic resistance. Fowyn then casts Lowwer Spell Resistance on the first worm. Thangil hits it with an arrow (24). Thangil then fails his save for the vacuum check and drops. Fadre comes in & casts Lightning Bolt (37) which hits. Umbrecrom attacks with his great sword and hits twice (46, 35) and then is attacked and grappled by the first Nightcrawler taking damage (18) from its bite. The second Nightcrawler casts a Greater Dispel Magic which affects everyone but Thangil and Umbrecrom. Eqximiye’s, Telecbar’s, Nelke & Nique’s Heroes Feast are dispelled. Fadrie & Cyren’s Cloud Walk is dispelled. Fowyn’s Display Greater Status dispels. Quingle’s Detect Magic and Yestamir’s Mindblank are also dispelled. The Confusion Spell which Kelroth fell victim to was fortuitously dispelled. At this point a thick sap that made the ground difficult to travel across covered the floor. Eqximiye finally faded into corporeal presence and Wished for at least a half hour of air- the room then creaked as air rushed back in.Quingle cast an Arcane Spell Surge then cast a Disruption Missels spell on the first creature (40) which dropped it and freed Umbrecrom. Nique immediately set to the task of healing Thangil (30).

Round 7
(The difficult terrain caused people to move at 1/2 their movement rate and caused a –5 on balance checks.)
Fowyn assisted in healing the Ranger by wanding him with curative magic (56) while Cyren moved to get cover. Yestamir held his action and Kelroth cast Mass Fly allowing everyone the power of flight. Thangil shoots 2 arrows at the remaining Nightcrawler hitting it (27) and uncovers Kelroth’s staff revealing the sacred glow of its Celestial Brilliance. Fadrie casts Protection from Evil on himself. Umbrecrom downs a healing potion (19). The second Nightcrawler vomits a black infused necrotic beam of light at Fowyn but he casts Moment of Prescience to avoid the worst effects but still takes damage (27).Nique converts Protection from Energy spell and converts it into a Cure Serious she then casts on Quingle (20). Yestamir dispels his Cloud Walk and becomes material but is still flying, but there are hurricane force winds blowing again with sleet and hail showering down. The group exits the room the way it came in. Thangil looses his footing and is blown 80’ towards the other exit taking some minor non-lethal damage (5) from the buffeting. Nique is swept by the wind and slides 60’ towards the same tunnel and is buffeted (9). Kelroth is blown 110’ and covers his staff (4), Telecbar 40’ (7), Eqximiye 50’ (5) and grabs hold of Umbrecrom as he takes another potion (17). Quingle moves in front of the remaining Nightcrawler and casts a Shadow Illusion Orb of Electricity which doesn’t penetrate the creature’s magic resistance.

Round 8
Cyren holds her action, Fowyn moves to Umbrecrom and uses curative magics on him while Yestamir holds preparing to countershift any attempted Planeshift. Telecbar flies back 30’ to the group, Thangil grabs Keleroth 30’ back while Fadrie and Umbrecrom hold their actions. Kelroth once closer to the foul Nightcrawler removes the cover from his staff setting loose its Celestial Brilliance. The nightcrawler belches out a Cone of Cold at Quingle who manages to make his save taking half-damage (28). Nique sits upon Nelke as Nelke flees. The wind then comes to a stop as the temperature drops and ice begins to form. By the end of the round the temperature has dropped to –40 degrees. Everyone takes damage from the cold. The wall near Yestamir reaches out and slams him (43).

Eqximiye casts Speak with Plants and hears a babble of hundreds of voices from the tree “Kill the Intruders!” “Free!” “Destroy Intruders!” among the tumult. Eqximiye states “Please don’t attack!” which gets a barrage of responses “Kill Anachrion” “LasBrath’l” “Test the Meat!”

Eqximiye continues to converse with the voices extracting a deal that if her forces can defeat the statue the tree will give her back a warrior.

Meanwhile Quingle casts a Lowwer Spell resistance spell on the Nightcrawler which fails its save and then follows it up with a quick action casting Disintegrate which defeated its spell resistance and it again fails its save and takes damage (99).

Round 9
Cyren wands a Scorching Ray that hits and defeats its spell resistance managing to scorch it (24). Fowyn converts a Sending spell to a Cure Critical and casts it on Yestamir (39) who manifests an Energy Bolt at the undead worm and it fails its reflex save and is blasted (43). Kelroth shoots Magic Missle (20) which kills it.

The room begins to warm and the sap begins to drain. A shimmering bubble of force arises from a hole that grew in the floor. As the bubble rises the hole seals beneath it and then the bubble fades revealing Pr’Gillis. After checking the corpse of the Nightcrawler I was found to have 900 Platinum Pieces, 6000 Gold Pieces, 40 gems, an Iron Wand, a funny looking hat, orange silk, a head dress of clear crystal, and 3 magic items: a gem- a mottled scarlet and blue sphere that indications of alteration magic, a hat (psychoportation) and a wand with necromantic magic detected on it.

Umbrecrom receives 3 administrations (18, 16, 16) of healing from Fowyn, then Yestamir receives 3 (13,14,13)and Quingle receives 2 (15, 20). Eqximiye cures Fowyn (24) and Talacbar (16, 14, 21, 14). Quingle asks for a piece of the monlith and Umbrecrom sunders a bit it as big as his fist for Quingle.

Yestamir and Kelroth plan for finding Y’Draesk. Y’Draesk uses his psionic power to Planeshift the two to the grayish black expanse of the Plane of Shadow. A cool yet strange wind drifted past the Archmage and the Psion on a very, very cold plain. 40 miles away there was a dark shadow of a forest on the horizon below the black vault of the sky of shadow. Kelroth scried on Y’Draesk and sees him on a monochrome ground covered in spongy black grass busily trying to avoid a Nightstalker. Yestamir Corresponds with Y’Draesk and Kelroth Greater Teleports them to the wayward Werewolf. While giving the fighter grief about the side trip Yestamir Planeshifts back to the Prime Material Plane to a city called Drakar. Kelroth Greater Teleports the trio back to the inside of the Demon tree, Malgarius. Yestamir quips “Thank God we’re back in the belly of a Demonic tree.” The group then advances through hundreds more feet of wooden slimy corridors that twist and wind through the massive core of the tree. Eqximiye stumbles down a slope(7) and tumbles into Quingle (10). The tunnel opens into a dark chamber where there stands a 20’ statue of a gnarled Treant on a round dias made of the black stone with yellow and white swirls.

Round 1
Y’Draesk goes 5’ in as Quingle casts Arcane Spell Surge & Battle Magic Perception. Fowyn uses the Gem of True Seeing and observes that the Statue and the dias are separate pieces, and that the material of the statue was grown like bone, that the Treant was some kind of Golem. Umbrecrom steps in and tries to detect undead through the powers of his Weapon of Legacy but doesn’t sense any.Pr’Gillis moves in next to Umbrecrom. Thangil Talacbar and Cyren then move in behind Umbrecrom.

Round 2
There is a creaking then from behind the group in the tunnel. Y’Draesk moves up 30’ and Fadrie moves up and dons his ring of Invisibility. Yestamir turns into a bird & hovers by Y’Draesk. A 17’ tall Truly Horrid Umbrehulk comes out of the wall behind Nique & attacks (27). Quingle casts fly and makes his save versus Confusion when he looks at the Umbrehulk with its bizarre bug eyes. Kelroth presses against the wall and casts Mage Armour. Umbrecrom runs back past the Truly Horrid Umbrehulk that emerged from the wall to get behind it in full defensive fighting posture but still takes an AoO (28). Thangil tries to get a closer visual inspection of the statue but it is Cyren who provokes an AoO when she gets closer than 10’ but it misses her and she saves versus the Confusion when she looks at it. She readies a crossbow. The Golum moves toward Y’Draesk who makes an AoO when it gets closer that 10’ from him and hits (2- the Golem is able to shrug off the larger part of the attack). The Golem hits back (27).

Round 3
Y’Draesk changes his Ring of the Valiant into a Great Sword and hits the Golem (28) and the Golem uses a supernatural ability to Slow Y’Draesk. Umbrecrom remembers that Stone Golems are called Mage-killers and Eqximiye recalls that they are immune to magic and both share the information through the Mind-link Yestamir has been maintaining. Fadrie hold for a teleport while Nique averts her eyes & using defensive casting casts the Cerulean Symbol, but the Umbrehulk makes its save. Nelke runs and provokes an AoO (24). Eqximiye casts Tactical Teleportation which puts Fadrie behind Umbrecrom and switches Umbrecrom and Y’Draesk so that Y’Draesk was now in front of the Truly Horrid Umbrehulk behind the group. Nique moves to the entrance of the tunnel as does Eqximiye. Fadrie does a sneak attack on the Truly Horrid Umbrehulk and makes 3 hits with his Rapier of Speed (95). Yestamir withdraws. Another Truelly Horrid Umbrehulk erupts behind Pr’Gillis and hits him (19). Quingle casts with Shadow Battery an Orb of Fire and the touch attack hits and the Truly Horrid Umbrehulk fails its Will and Fortitude saves (90) which dazes it. Fowyn casts Freedom of Movement on Y’Draesk and negates the Slow. Pr’Gillis blasts a lightning bolt from his mouth but the creature makes its save (24). Umbrecrom wills himself in to the Rage and attacks the Stone Golem (69). Thangil hits with 2 arrows at the second Truly Horrid Umberhulk (26). Cyren moves and sneak attacks the same creature and hits (25). A pit then opens under Fowyn and he fails his reflex save but uses his Boots of Levitation to avoid falling in it. The Stone Golem Slows Umbrecrom and then hits Yestamir in his bird form (35).

Round 4
Y’draesk crits on the fisrt creature (67) and it dies. Nique casts healing on Nelke. Fadrie moves up next to the other Truly Horrid Umbrehulk. Eqximiye wands healing to Yestamir who uses Temporal Acceleration to move behind the Dias. The second Truly Horrid Umberhulkmisses Pr’Gillis. Quingle moves. Kelroth casts Assay Resistance on the Greater Stone Golem. Fowyn runs up to Y’Draesk & gives him the Golem Scarab. Pr’Gillis hits his creatrure (37) but it makes its save versus his touch of Golden Ice. Umbrecrom takes a 5’ step and misses with an attack at the Golem. Thangil circles around and casts Freedom of Movement on Umbrecrom. Y’Draesk saves versus the pit that opened beneath him. The Graeter Stone Golem moves toward Nique and hits. Y’Draesk moves up to the stone Treant and it makes an AoO and hits (22). Nique summons a Greater Earth Elemental. Fadrie Magic Missles the Umbrehulk (18). Eqximiye wands Umbrecrom (17) & then she backs away. Yestamir manifests an augmented Energy Bolt at the Umbrehulk and the electricity sears it (48). It misses its attack on Pr’Gillis. Quingle flies over the Treant.

Round 5
Kelroth backs up. Fowyn heals Nique(17). Pr’Gillis hits the Umbrehulk again and it saves versus his Touch of Golden Ice. Umbrecrom manages to hit the Treant (37). Cyren heals(10) Thangil shoots arrows scoring a hit and a crit (25, 31) The Golem slows the Earth Elemental and it makes 2 slams on Fadrie (61). Y’draesk hits the Golem 3 times (70). The Earth Elemental hits the Greater Stone Golem(11). Nique heals herself as she casts defensively. Fadrie Abrupt Jaunts back 10’ and takes a 5’ step. Eqximiye wands Nique (24). Yestamir Dorjes an Energy Bolt (18). Quingle holds his action as does Kelroth. Fowyn heals Fadrie (22). Pr’Gillis hits the Truly Horrid Umbrehulk 3 times (35) and drops it. Umbrecrom hits the Greater Stone Golem and smashes it (112). He then reaches down and retrieves a chunk from the head with an eye as a trophy.

Round 8
The Hallways squeeze shut and the alcove that the Truly Horrid Umbrehulk emerged from closes and the walls & floor shimmer opalescently as a Dimensional Lock secures the room. Umbrecrom climbs atop the pedastal the Treant was on.and it sinks into a pool of sap. Acidic sap falls from the ceiling. Nique sends the Earth elemental into the hole and it sinks and burns so Nique dismisses it after it takes damage (45).

Quingle analyzes the small magic stone and learns that it is a +2 Int Ioune Stone. Quingle caps the hole with a Wall of Force as Kelroth tries to Dispell the Dimensional Lock & blows the spell. There is a storm of acid raining down as everyone takes damage (Umbrecrom is immune, Pr’Gillis uses Improved Evasion as does Cyren) (40 or 20)

Round 9
Y’Draesk makes his Ring of the Valient into an Axe and hacks away at the wall removing big sections of wood which leak more acidic sap. Eqximiye says “I thought we had a deal, bastard!” and holds her action. Kelroth receives a Protection from Acid from Nique. Fadrie casts Knock but it doesn’t work. Yestamir manifests Adapt Body on himself. Quingle casts Moment of Precience and Greater Dispel and succeeds although there was no reaction. Fowyn casts a Mass cure spell (27). Kelroth holds. Pr’Gillis plays his flute. Umbrecrom wonders if by standing on the pedestal that he has killed everyone.

Round 10
The walls shimmer again.Y’Draesk scries on Thingizzard. The acid storm triples in severity and it now is up to their shins.Y’Draesk pulls out a Widdershins bag. The room fills with acid Those affected by acid take damage (32) Yestamir half. Everyone is submerged in the acid. The walls compress and then everyone is in Force Cages and the acid starts to drain. For 4 rounds everyone are forced through acid filled tunnels.

Nelke – 16hp
Nique – 43hp
Eqximiye – 16hp
Fadrie – 27hp
Yestamir – 70hp
Quingle – 74hp
Kelroth – 25hp
Fowyn – 87hp
Pr’Gillis – 109 hp
Umbrecrom – 161hp
Thangil – 135hp
Talacbar – 41hp
Malachitrix – full

There are tearing noises & faces sliding out of holes. All regard with jet black eyes. Voices speak.
“Slay Intruders”
“They performed well”
1/3 talk in Abyssal “Silence!” “Speak to the meat” “Kill it!” and the like.
30-40 heads speaking in unison “They survived the test. Smart. Use you. Destroy Anachrion! Claim the lair!”
Another third say in one voice “For mortals you’ve done well. Talk about a bargain. Deal with us. We can keep the others in check.”

Vengence Seekers, Destroyers and Conquerors. Eqximiye negotiates an uncertain truce, exacting assistance to free Malgarius and destroy Thingizzard if we help them to return to the Abyss. She secures a night of safe rest to recoup our depleted spell batteries and to heal.

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