Illuvinari

Aftermath
Cerveth 26, 5055 (07/26/5055)

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As Kelroth, his nephew, Yestamir, The Speaker of the Eldar and her ‘curr’ fade from sight, taking with them the Seed of Malgaius, a tremendous sound is heard rolling out from the vast tree that is the material form of the demon lord.

A thunderous splintering roar shocks the ears of those within a few miles of the colossal trunk and seems to go on and on. Ever so slowly, the gigantic bulk of the tree shudders and cracks and tilts, debris, made deceptively small by scale and distance, appear to tumble gently from huge limbs down to crash into the ruined city below, clouds of dust roiling up from each impact. Bit by bit, the immense trunk tilts… and begins to fall. It picks up speed, branches the size of towers tearing free and falling like impossibly giant spears into the wreckage of the buildings below, the screaming of acres and acres of tortured wood drowning out all other sounds as the trunks twists and splits and crashes into the earth, exploding into deadly clouds of flying splinters and slivers, the ground rippling out for miles in a wave from the impact. Clouds of dust, leaves, and wood chips roil upwards, spreading out, yet the rumbling and crashing grows louder, echoing and rolling out over the surrounding land as the terrible forest covering it collapses, dies and crumbles to dust before the eyes of any survivors. As the dust and smoke settle to earth, blurring vision and choking the lungs, secondary crashes and the echoes of a thousand thousand shattering trees assault the senses for what seems like an eternity. When the dust clears, there is nothing left of the forest or the great tree but dust, the rubble of a ruined city and swath of devastation nearly forty miles in diameter – over five thousand square miles of lifeless land.

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Root of Evil III - The Abysal Seed
Cerveth 26, 5055 (07/26/5055)

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Having fought their way into the depths of the demonic tree, Malgarius, our heroes have convinced the squabbling factions of the demon lord’s multiple personalities to assist them in overcoming Thingizzard’s hold on its prison. Can they trust the deposed demon lord? Can they defeat Thingizzard and destroy the growing demonic forest? Join us. Same Bat-time, same bat-channel!

The group had 20 hours –till the fiery orb reached its apex- to rest heal and prepare their spells. Fowyn converted spells to healing spells and attended those who needed healing. Kelroth took the +2 Int Ioune Stone, and Yestamir claimed the hat which was the Crown of the Temporal Juggler.

It was decided that the Combat-inclined members should be responsible for the non-Combat-inclined. The teams were:
Y’Draesk & Eqximiye
Pr’Gillis & Quingle
Umbrecrom & Yestamir
Thangil & Kelroth
Nique/Nelke & Fowyn
Cyren and Faedrie would be floaters who would assist where they were needed.

Before they rested there were spells that were cast-
Fowyn: Heroes Feast which offered immunities, protections and 15 bonus HP
Quingle: Superior Resistance (+6) to Thangil, Fowyn, Quingle, Kelroth, Nique, Umbrecrom, Y’Draesk,and Pr’Gillis.
Kelroth: Greater Luminous Armor and Contingency Spell with a Battle Magic Prerception

The group then rested for 8 hours. Upon awakening the casters began casting the magics that would protect and augment the group.

Kelroth:
See Invisible
Battle Magic Perception
Resist Energy Mass- Electricity
Stoneskin
Spell Turning
Mass Fly
Mirror Image
Fox’s Cunning
True Seeing
Bull’s Strength

Eqximiye:
Endure Elements- Cold
Greater Mage Armor
Animalistic Power
Interfaith Blessing
Battle Magic Perception
Stoneskin
Spellturning
Fowyn:
Greater Status
Moment of Precience
Undead Bane Weapon
Disrupting Weapon
Mass Resist Energy- Sonic
Foresight
Entropic Shield
Nimbus of Light
Align Weapon
2 Sheltered Vitality
Zone of Revelation
Trueseeing
Mass Death Ward
Sublime Revalry
Freedom of Movement

Quingle:
Moment of Precience
Greater Mage Armor
See Invisible
Battle Magic Perception
Resist

Nique:
Primal Instinct
Primal Speed
Resist Energy
Mass Resist- Fire
Barkskin
Energy Immunity- Acid
Tortise Shell
Linked Perception
Animal Growth
Twilight’s Luck
Owl’s Wisdom
Sheltered Vitality
Pheron’s Resolve
2 Twilight’s Luck

Faedrie:
Stoneskin

Cyren:
Insight of Good Fortune

Thangil:
Primal Hunter
Primal Instict
Primal Senses
Primal Speed
Barkskin
Protection from Energy- Acid
Arrowmind
Celestial Aspect
Silvered Claws

And the psionic people manifested some powers.

Pr’Gillis:

Force Screen
Inertial Armor
And he drank a potion Water Breathing

Yestamir:
Mind Link
6 x Power Resistance
Mind Blank
Adapt Body

There are minutes of frenetic casting. The walls to room begin to peel away as the room contracts & shrinks. There are several minutes of shuddering and shaking as the room becomes a bubble of reverse-peristalsis 120’ up the trunk of the tree. The bubble space that contained everyone conjoins with an organic chamber over 100’ wide the center of which had a pedestal on which a silvery orb within a bubble of force released energy blasts along the inside surface of the force bubble. The orb itself levitated several inches off the pedestal. Erupting from the adjacent walls, floor and ceiling long ropey tendrils extended and reached toward the burning sphere. The far side of the room had a lense with flickering images of the city that resided where the Demon tree Malgarius sprouted. The images showed a city destroyed and ravaged. On a 10’ high ledge that ran the length of the back wall there stood a Gigantic Tyrannosaurs Rex next to a floating Astral Diva bathed in a white glow. Everyone knew it was the Druid Nighthag Anachrion Thingizzard wild-shaped into an Astral Diva.

She spoke:
“ I’m so glad to know in the end it was you Aunt Gilenial who came to try to stop me and witness my final triumph. “

Closer along the side walls in front of the area where tendrils erupted were coiled 2 Night Crawlers- undead intelligent extra-dimensional wyrms. The one on the left was surrounded by 6 Dread Wraiths – undead creatures with no discernable features exzcept for their glowing red eyes.

Round 1
Cyren moved up 30 & held her action. 4 of the Wraiths approached the group, coming to a stop within 10 of people in the front rank. The first reached out at Umbrecrom & and its incorporeal arm reached through the magic shield he held before him narrowly missing touching the Barbarian’s arm. Another attempts to touch the Fist of Zuoken, Pr’Gillis and misses. Thangil is hit twice and takes damage from the unnatural chill of the spiritual damage(13) but he makes his saves. Y’Draesk takes a 5’ step and makes a full attack sequence making 2 pair of hits (56, 60) and a final hit (17) which destroyed it. Eqximiye’s Battle Magic Perception sensed a spell coming from Thingizzard- a Baleful Polymorph- which Eqximiye burns her Battle Magic Perception to try to dispel but fails. Thangil manages to make his save defeating the Druid’s spell. Kelroth senses through his Battle Magic Perception another quickened spell from the Nighthag- he recognizes the Flamestrike and using his Ring of Elemental Control of Fire he counter-spells it- the energies of the opposing Flamestrikes play out against each other in a flashing light spray. This activates his Contingency Battle Magic Perception spell. Fowyn, flying 10’ higher than where the group levitates and casts Holy Aura. The Night Crawler on the right surges from his coil toward Umbrecrom and there is a crackling in the air as Fowyns Holy Aura meets the creatures own Aura of Desecration. It snaps at Umbrecrom and misses. Pr’Gillis climbs Umbrecrom and leaps off his shoulders onto the back of the Night Crawler, after having taken a glancing bite from the creatures AoO (13). Yestamir manifests his Shadow Body power turning into an unconnected shadow hovering in the air. 4 more Dread Wraiths rush from the right and 4 more from elsewhere. Quingle cast Arcane Spell Surge, and then backs up 10’ to assure the maximum effect and casts a Shadow Illusion which mimics a Disruption Wave which is maximized by the chunk of the Plane of Shadow he carried. 8 of the Dread Wraiths were destroyed and one of the Night Crawlers caught in its effect roars and dies. The remaining Dread wraith it had summoned is released back to its netherworld existence and disappears. Nique casts Superior Magic Fang on herself and Nelke and Wild Shapes into a Dire Bear. Malachitrix does a flyby attack on a Dread Wraith but his acid spray passes through the incorporeal undead. Thangil shoots and hits with 4 arrows but most of the damage is blunted by protective Stoneskin that it has (20 40). Eqximiye casts Assay Resistance on the Astral Diva which allowed her to divine the nature of her magic protections: a curiously useless lavendar and green Ioune Stone, +1 AC, Ring of Acid Resistance, Powerful magic bracers, Cloak of Resistance, a Ring of Freedom of Movement, Trueseeing, Stoneskin, Bear’s Endurance, Cat’s Grace, AirWalk, Resist Elements Fire, Spell Resistance of at least 30%, Immune to Venom, Greater Magic Fang, and 4 Elemental Wild Shapes. Kelroth readies an action and says “Anachrion! We have found you! Come Home.” To which she laughs and says “ I am home. Tis is my Home-coming! Now die annoying pathetic worms!” Umbrecrom slips into his combative rage and charges dropping his shield and provokes an AoO from the Night Crawler he charged- and it hits him (18) and it starts a grapple with him in its maw preventing Umbrecrom from being able to do anything.

Round 2
2 more Night Crawlers from the other side of the room start to make their way through the writhing tendrils. And 3 more Dread Wraiths come through the tendrils. Cyren hits the 4th Night Crawler with a Ring of the Ram (29) which cracks some of its chitinous armor. Quingle’s Battle Magic Perception alerts him to a Dispel Magic spell Anachrion has cast and he casts a Greater Dispell to counter-spell it. Kelroths Battle Magic Perception alert him to a Quickened Entangle spell and he casts a Dispel Magic spell which dispels it. Y’Draesk hits (59, 40). The night Crawler holding Umbrecrom eats him (8). Fowyn casts Haste which will affect most of the group. Pr’Gillis blasts a maximized Lightning Bolt from his mouth (48). Yestamir manifests an Energy Bolt at the Night Crawler and penetrates its Spell Resistance but it saves and takes half damage (15). Faedrie Magic Missles a Dread Wraith & it disappears in a puff of smoke. Quingle casts True Casting and another Shadow Illusion of a Disruption Wave maximized by the chunk of the Shadow Plane and both fail their saves and are destroyed and the Dread Wraiths vanish. Anachrion, speaking in Abyssal says “Malgarius! It’s about time you did something!” There is acreaking & ripping and a section of the wall behind her reaches out and slams her T-Rex “What the hell are you doing!?” And then all the air is sucked out of the room. Various members of the group make con checks and do not pass out. Umbrecrom from within the gullet of the Night Crawler snaps the fingers of the hand wearing the Glove of Storage and his Great sword which is miniaturized and held in stasis immediately appears full sized in his hand- stabbing the gizzard of the Night Crawler (37) which causes a large enough slash through its side that Umbrecrom exits through the gash and is free, dripping the digestive juices of the Night Crawlker.

Round 3
Cyren makes her con check and rams the Night Crawler again but this time doesn’t penetrate its magic resistance. Kelroth makes his con check and Limitedly Wishes for a bubble of air around his party. Anachrion wildshapes into an Earth Elemental. Fowyn casts Dismissal on the Night Crawler but it fails to penetrate the magic resistance. The night Crawler bites Quingle (16) & grapples and holds the Sorcerer. Thangil shoots arrows and 3 hit (63) and it roars. Pr’Gillis hits it (22) Faedrie puts a Necklace of Adaption on Y’Draesk and Yestamir grabs him and Dimension Doors on to the raised area across the room. Y’Draesk makes a dex check. The T-Rex sees them and roars which causes it to loose all of its air. Y’Draesk charges Anachrion and misses her. T-Rex moves to Y’Draesk and provokes an AoO (3 -10). T-Rex hits Y’Draesk (9 –10) T-Rex tries a close quarters grapple but provokes an AoO (37–10) which breaks the grapple. Quingle thinks to Malgarius who he figures is reading all of our minds “Malgarius, I apologize for the discomfort my attack to the other creatures caused you. We need air to be able to continue to attack Anachrion to free you.” And then casts Teleport to get out of the Night Crawlers maw and then casts Orb of Electricity Maximized. The Night Crawler makes its save and dies (81). The area near Y’Draesk erupts into barbed tentacles and hits the T-Rex (3 –10). Malachitrix goes to Quingle. Nique calls a Lightning Storm on the T-Rex but it makes its save and takes no damage.Eqximiye casts Magic Missle at the T-Rex (14). Umbrecrom hustles out to past the pedestal still next to the writhing tentacles.

Round 4
Cyren holds her action, Kelroth casts Sunburst up near Anachrion but she and her animal companion saves.Kelroth tries a quickened Dispell Magic on Anachrion. Cyren runs up closer near the pedestal. Air rushes back into the room and Anachrion Wildshapes into an Astral Diva and casts Baleful Polymorph, but thanks to Battle Magic Perception is detected by Kelroth who fails to stop it. Anachrion gets through Yestamir’s magic resistance but Yestamir saves. Fowyn casts Lower Spell Resistance to which Anachrion fails her save (-15) Thangil hit the T-Rex 4 times (12 –50). Pr’Gillis Abundant Steps onto its back and blasts another maximized Lightning Bolt at it which the T-Rex manages to evade. Y’Draesk commands his Ring of the Valiant convert into a chain-whip and bellows “Ashenthorn make me proud!” and the demon-bound weapon screams at Anachrion as it hits (10 –10) and hits again (9 –10). Yestamir tries to Dominate the T-Rex but it saves. It misses Y’Draesk. Faedrie Dimension Doors opposite Anachrion. Quingle does a Ray of Enfeeblement at the T-Rex and it looses 12 strength points. Quingle then casts Battle Magic Perception. Y’Draesk gets hit by the wall (11 –32)
Anachrion in Abyssal” No1 No! No! The Psionic one!” Nique understands what she said and translates it through the Mind Link so everyone understands she’s telling Malgarius who to attack. Nique holds her action. Eqximiye flies straight over to the area by the seed and with a knowledge arcane check realizes that the energy is something like force-lightning and that it’s a defensive spell. Umbrecrom screams “Psionic Strike!” as he strikes massively at the T-Rex who takes full damage because his sword is unaffected by the Stoneskin (76). Nelke move up to Nique.

Round 5
Cyren casts a Silence between the T-Rex and Anachrion. Anachrion then turns into a Green Dragon and flies over to the seed and screams “Now!” Cyren hits with her Adamantium Rapier (7) on the AoO. Anachrion bites Kelroth (1 –10). Everyone near the seed gets hit by tentacles (including the Dragon). Kelroth (1 –10) Eqximiye (0 –10) Quingle(13) Malachitrix (11) Fowyn (12) Cyren (12). Fowyn’s Lower Resistance spell trhen goes into effect. Kelroth casts Anti-Magic Ray but misses the touch attack causing it to deflect off the force wall around the seed. Fowyn casts Destruction at the Dragon but it saves and takes damage (40) Thangil hits with an arrow (13 –10)Pr’Gillis attacks the T-Rex (61). Y’Draesk hits the T-Rex (14 –10, 12 –10, 11 –10, 25) and it drops.
Anachrion screams “Ginthrax! Ginthrax!” as it starts to shrink to merely huge in size. Faedrie flies close to Anachrion and takes 3 AoO from the tentacles (4 –10, -9, 6 –10) but misses attacking the Dragon. Yestamir manifests a Concusion Blast (29). Quingle holds his action. The temperature in the room drops to –50 degrees. Nique casts Rain of Roses ana Anachrion takes 4 wisdom damage. Speaking as Galenial Nique says “And this is why you’ll never be an Eldar. You don’t have what it takes.” Eqximiye casts Tactical Teleportation which places Umbrecrom right next to the Dragon’s side as he attacks but misses 3×. Quingle uses his Moment of Prescience and dispels a number of the magical effects Anachrion had upon herself: Shape Change, Air Walk, Trueseeing, and she changes back into a Green Hag. Nelke holds.

Round 6
Cyren moves provoking 3 AoO (10, 12, 13) but misses her attack on Anachrion. Anachrion casts Word of Recall and Quingle notes it with his Battle Magic Perception but fails to counter spell it and she vanishes in the subtle vacuous pop of air as she teleports away. Yestamir immediately uses his Divert Teleport power and psionically grabs her and diverts the destination of her Teleport right back to where she left. The tentacles attack everyone in the area. Umbrecrom (11), Cyren (14), Faedrie (0). Y’Draesk (1), Kelroth (4, -10). Fowyn readies an action, Thangil hits twice (12 –20), Kelroth readies his actionwaiting for Yestamir to Manifest the diamond that he could use as a component for a Sanctify the Wicked Exhalted Spell. Pr’Gillis runs over to hit and hits a few times (33) Faedrie hits with 2 crit (15 –10, 24 –10) and Y’Draesk hits (20 –10). Acid pours down from above but Pr’Gillis avoids it while Kelroth makes his save (26). Anachrion loose 2 more Wisdom points from the Rain of Roses. Nique calls Lightning but Anachrion saves and it doesn’t bother her. Malachitrix holds. Eqximiye readies an action. Umbrecrom hits (35) and then crits (67) cleaving her arm off. Lying in the widening pool of blood the Green Hag mumbles “Adda it’s cold…” and dies. Eqximiye immediately casts a Wish as Anachrion went to her final rest. “ I wish the seed was in my hands” and then it appeared in her hands. The tentacles lunged at her and she made her will save to exert control over the seed and Malgarius. Eqximiye secures Malgarius’ cooperation. Y’Draesk takes Anachrion and her severed arm. Despite having the cooperation of the demon tree it is decided that everyone needs to leave immediately. Umbrecrom decides the T-Rex tail would make a nice ceremonial sheath for his sword and chops off a length of the dinosaurs tail before everyone ports away.

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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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Root of Evil
Elenya, Cerveth 25, 5055 (07/25/5055)

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Thingizzard, aka Annakrion, daughter of Hithlorian, has implimented her own solution to the threat growing in the West. Gaining control of the arborial demon lord, Malgarius, Thingizzard has destroyed the occupied city of Dryardia by causing a gigantic, demonic tree to burst forth from the city and tower nearly a mile over the landscape. An unearthly and deadly forest now grows from the ruined town, spreading inexorably in all directions with terrible speed.

‘I wish I had my other eye.’ -Y’Draesk
‘Do they sound green: these leathery wings?’ -Nique

The assembled members of the Raptors and the Shards received the casting of Nique’s Cloud Walk and then dissipated into the wind as smudged translucent versions of themselves at speeds of 600’/ round. Twelve minutes out from their destination they saw the encroaching forest spreading from the giant demon-tree, Malgarius. There were camps of creatures within the forest that grew more concentrated as they neared the tree which now towered over 2000 feet. Orc and troll soldiers littered the ground as Harpy archers grazed the skies and congregated in the limbs of the giant arbor demon. The roots of the tree looking like the entwined tails of dragons held fast to the rock and dirt into which it was anchored. Dozens of camps of Orcs (in the hundreds) and Trolls (usually around 12) habited gaping holes within the base of the tree.

The effects of the Cloud Walk spell provided an excellent opportunity to investigate the tree while remaining largely undetected.

Toward the end of the appointed hour of investigating, Thangil had detected a very large old Green Dragon in the branches of the tree that moments later mumbled and then disappeared having cast a Greater Invisibility spell. With this he began to head down to the base of the tree gathering the rest of the group and decided enter a gaping 40’hole as they heard large leathery wings behind them advance. The air was warm and damp while the surfaces of the chamber they were in glistened with shiny moisture. Mist covered the floor. Then something tried to enter the same opening, something invisible. The tree reacted and the entrance constricted upon the dragon, holding it and then as the walls rippled toward the obstruction, worked to push it out.

Kelroth then activated his Nimbus of Light effect in the 20’ round tunnel the group was in. The inside had become musty and they became aware of puffs of wind, heavy with an earthy scent. Umbrecrom, Nique and Pr’gillis detected a seam of a closed opening.
They walked for several hundred feet and even in that short distance they found areas that they needed climbing equipment to traverse. The rhythmic pattern of the wind suggested heavily that the tree was breathing. The tunnel opened into a large dimly lit phosphorescent chamber. 30’ tall vaulted ceilings were obscured by a hovering mist at the top of the room. As the group enters the room another tunnel on the other side of the chamber closed and soon the wind is a 70 mph gust. Hurricane force winds howl through the room as the tunnel the group had come from seals behind them.

At this point some of the group materialize- because of his Boots of Levitation, Fowyn does not need to land on the floor and casts a Mass Acid Resistance spell. Kelroth, Thangil, Cyren, Eqximiye & Umbrecrom investigate the ceiling as Nique notices something move underneath the wood of the floor. The floor and ceiling then bursts open releasing 4 massive (gargantuan) Purple Worms with toothy maws & chitanous armor.

Cyren casts a Scorching Ray at the first one (46) and Fowyn casts a Flame Strike which the two that were targeted fail their saves (45). Adic sap then begins to rain down from the ceiling (R save:22) Cyren evades the deadly dollops avoiding any damage. Thangil avoids them also. Fowyn and Kelroth take acid damage (56). A Purple Worm then bites Kelroth doing lethal damage (taking the Prince to –5) but Thangil casts a cure spell that heals him (bringing him back to 18). Talacbar, Thangil’s Dire Lion companion attacks the second worm landing 2 strikes (34 &10). The first worm attacks Cyren and hits (22). The 4th worm to enter attacks Fowyn (23). Kelroth casts a Baleful Polymorph to no effect. Another worm hits Thangil (28) and succeeds on a grapple check (52).

In the second round Pr’Gillis and Y’Draesk dismiss their Cloud Walk spells. Cyren hits her target again with another Scorching Ray (32) and tries to tumble past it but it hits Cyren with an AoO (22) and succeeds at a grapple (52). The floor begins to roil and move and the rippling churning causes everyone to make a balance check (dc 25) The Purple Worms drop Cyren and Thangil. The second worm hits Thangil (20) but misses him when it whips its tail. Thangil converts his Swordbow into a Longsword and scores 3 hits (11, 20{crit} 14). Talacbar strikes with 2 claws (22). Pr’Gillis lands on the third worm and blasts a lightning bolt from his mouth, but the worm manages to save (24). The first worm hits Cyren (18) and succeeds in a grapple holding her. Y’Draesk crits with two attacks (28, 16) which include 2 weapon rending (16) and then hits with another two attacks (14, 24) and it dies. Quingle dismisses his Cloud Walkj & does a planned prone defense because the floor was still shaking. He concentrates & casts a swift action cast of Spell Surge and casts an Arc of Lightning to the first and fouth worms which fail their saves (93). Kelroth casts a Ray of Enfeeblement(-8 strength) at the first worm which doesn’t save. The third worm tries to hit Pr’Gillis’ darting twisting defense. Cyren casts another Scorching Ray on the first worm (46). Fowyn casts Deific Vengeance on the first worm but it saves but still takes damage (6). The floor then erupts into barbed tentacles that slash Thangil (30), Y’Draesk (30), Kelroth (27), and Talacbar (24). Thangil converts his sword into a bow and hits the first worm 4 times (41). Pr’Gillis releases a flurry of strikes, his hands and feet a blur with all 4 hitting (52). Talacbar climbs atop the dead worm. Cyren uses her Ring of the Ram as the worm that has here swallows her, the ram force blowing out its teeth (18). T’Draesk jumps provoking an AoO that hits (11) and he returns the attack (17). Quingle flies and uses a Scorching Ray on the fouth worm (31). Umbrecrom releases his Cloud Walk, lands and attacks one of the worms and hits (20). The 4th worm attacks Fowyn (25), grappling him and holding him fast. The third worm tries to strike Pr’Gillis.

The fourth round. Cyren crawls from within the broken scattered remains of toothy maw from the dead worm and casts curative magics upon Kelroth. The walls swat Quingle (39) as he hovers close to them avoiding the worms. Thangil shoots 4 more arrows for hits (44), Pr’Gillis lands 4 more attacks (58) and Talacbar pounces one of the worms and misses with his claws but succeeds on a bite which kills it. Y’Draesk attacks his worm and hits (19). Quingle flies away from the wall, and casts Scorching Ray (37). Umbrecrom lands a mighty strike with a Power Attack (99) and kills it.

Healing commences.

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And in this corner...
Tarion, Cerveth 6, 5055 (07/06/5055)

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A grudge match between the Speaker’s Cur, the Herald of Chaos, Y’Draesk R’rgelnev and the Viscount of Doroan, the Gray Shadow, Sir Lorick Morrius.

[This is an add-on event – to be run at the next fully attended session.]

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Cha cha cha changes
Anarya, Cerveth 20, 5055 (07/20/5055)

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The Necrotic Cradle event.

[This is an add on event – not technically an adventure.]

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Excision
07/07 thru 07/21/5055

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Thangil and Fo’wyn escort the Princess Malara Argos to Drakkar and then head south to investigate the twig-blight problem.

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To Catch a Spiderslug
07/07/5055

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Pr’Gillis offers to help an attempt to capture an Lucian.

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The Ghosts of Risp
Elenya, Cerveth 7, 5055 (07/07/5055)

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For years, the city of Risp has been a place of desolation and ruin, emptied of all life by a horrific magical poison that fell from the sky. Now, the poisoned earth is fading, leaving the way open to reclaim the once proud metropolis’ treasures. One obscure item hidden away in a warehouse is the focus of several faction’s attention.

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Cleansing
07/05/5055

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A quickie adventure – clearing Y’Draesk’s Grove

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