Out of Somnia

Session 4 - Shadowfell Spelunking
Wherein the heroes locate their sought-after contact and proceed to extort her.

5:10pm, 8 Eleasis, 926PR

The battle with the barlguras and demons ended swiftly and decisively once the heroes refocused their efforts and concentrated on one enemy at a time. The eladrin’s crumpled form changed into a swarm of beetles which skittered away in all directions before themselves crumbling to dust, revealing her to be a lamia. All that remained was her robe, which contained a mysterious magic item and a handful of notes.

Now with time to assess their surroundings, the heroes looked up to see that the roof that the lamia, a demon, and the escaped human were standing on belonged to the House of Song, the same place named on the flyer they had found earlier. The merchants that had been observing the battle through windows while hiding safely indoors began to emerge, congratulating the party on their efforts in dispatching the monsters.

One of the merchants, a halfling named Barto Turnfin, revealed himself to be a supplier to the Planar Trade Consortium, in particular of the ice apples required for the Festival of Doors. He told the party that the human that fled had been seen inside the House of Song earlier in the day. When pressed for more information, Barto offered that his supply of ice apples had been under threat, but he had successfully managed to make his delivery. Tos’ cavefire wine, he said, was the most at risk, and Tos herself was also in the House of Song.

The party approached Tos, and after explaining their purpose, she told them her brother Thom had been on an expedition to the Shadowfell to harvest the cavefire mushrooms for the Festival’s supply of wine, but was due back yesterday morning and hadn’t returned. He’d never been late before, explained Tos, who confessed to being extremely concerned for Thom’s wellbeing. She also revealed that the name of the human they’d seen was Tarvas, who Tos believed to be behind the attacks on the supplies to the festival.

Tos asked the party if they’d found any information from the slain lamia. Bola read the notes and found they described the commissioning of a demon summoning ritual by Tarvas, with the instructions to send the demons to the Shadowfell. Instead of revealing this to Tos, the party demanded payment for their assistance. Tos offered five hundred gold pieces and implored the party to act quickly, as she suspected her brother might be in mortal danger. She also gave them a ceramic disc as a key and directions to the portal used by her brother. When the party enquired about a location to rest, Tos pleaded once again for haste, before hurrying away, muttering to herself in dwarven. The party found an inn without much difficulty and took a rest.

1:00am, 9 Eleasis, 926PR

After arising and making their way to the portal, the heroes found themselves in a cave containing various tools and equipment. The only light was an ambient glow emanating from the cave’s only exit. Following the arrows painted on the tunnel walls, the party arrived at a larger cave filled with glowing mushrooms. Next to a small pool of water lay the corpse of a dwarf, but further investigation was interrupted by the sound of a pod demon lurking at the back of the cave.

The heroes engaged in battle with the pod demon and its spawn, promptly turning them into a puddle of slime on the floor of the cave but not before being splashed repeatedly by the acidic exploding pod spawn. All the while, the cave shook and rocks fell around the battle, one striking Xeraphax square on his head.

The party returned to the corpse of the fallen dwarf and had the cleric perform the Speak With Dead ritual on it. After the ritual failed to reveal any useful information, the heroes decided to continue exploring the caves of the Shadowfell. Anon was sent to scout a tunnel, and found that it continued to narrow and descend. No light came from up ahead, but a noxious stench grew stronger and stronger. While awaiting his return, the rest of the party discovered that the mysterious magic item found on the lamia was a Stone of Wind.

1:45am, 9 Eleasis, 926PR

Upon his reporting back to the party regarding the tunnel, the rest of the group decided to follow Anon down it at a discreet distance. Eventually the tunnel became relatively cramped, in particular for Bola and Rosesand, while a noise up ahead grew louder as Anon approached. A gibbering, snarling, growling, cursing noise. Soon enough, in pitch darkness, the tunnel opened into a cave, Anon standing at its mouth and the rest of the party some fifty feet behind.

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Session 3 - Gatehouse Night Market
Wherein the heroes get in a fight.

5:00pm, 8 Eleasis, 926PR

The heroes made their way through the Gatehouse Night Market while various stalls and shops were in the process of being set up. As they rounded a corner out of an alley, they were confronted by a hostile group in an area devoid of merchants, although plenty of stalls were present. The apparent leader, a male human, stood atop a roof with the eladrin woman the party had encountered in Tradegate. Accompanying them were pairs of ogre bludgeoneers, arctide runespiral demons and bloodcry barlguras.

A vicious battle ensued during which the ogres proved to be little threat, while the demons, barlguras and the human displayed a measure of brutality not seen by the party since before their showdown with The Other Guys. Anon’s bravado proved his undoing as he was surrounded and cut off from his comrades while he lay dying on the ground. Spork was also cut down briefly before being rescued.

Nom’s first hand experience with razorvine failed to prevent him from frequently finding face with fist and foot alike. Rosesand’s blade steadfastly refused to draw blood except in aid of others. Bola traded blows with a barlgura, grimly determined to capture its soul in his helm, before the compulsion to assist his fellow adventurers drew him back to the group. To everyone’s surprise and noticed even in the midst of heavy combat, Xeraphax used his feet for more than standing, skirting the skrimish and even drawing the ire of a barlgura himself.

A short while after the battle started, the human disappeared. With significant bloodshed on both sides, the battle rages on…

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Session 2 - Tradegate
Wherein the heroes learnt to entreat with demons.

12:30pm, 8 Eleasis, 926PR

After the portal in the crypt was reactivated, the heroes returned to Slumberton to find Crale’s Arcane Wonders empty. A brief search revealed a back room containing a door concealing a brick wall, which turned out to be a portal to the town of Tradegate.

In Tradegate the heroes discovered all the townspeople asleep, and some strange glowing lights at the town square. They found an female eladrin performing a ritual using rods placed in the ground, seemingly to disrupt or destroy the portal that gave the town its name.

The eladrin was guarded by a number of cyclopses and a pair of demons. The party managed to dispatch their foes in short order, although not before the eladrin escaped through the portal after shape-shifting into a male human.

After the townspeople awoke, the heroes spoke to Master Trader Duncam, the administrator of the portal. While unable to shed any light on the identity of the eladrin, he was able to provide the party with the key to the portal: the phrase “the centre of all things.” After a brief stop at the local ritual shop, the party made their way through the portal to Sigil.

4:00pm, 8 Eleasis, 926PR

Immediately beyond the other side of the portal, the party discovered a discarded flyer for the House of Song at the Gatehouse Night Market in Sigil. On the back of the flyer was scrawled the name Tarvas.

The heroes sought out the raavasta named A’kin, the owner of the Friendly Fiend, a magical trinket shop in the Hive. Despite his friendly and outgoing demeanour, A’kin couldn’t mask an undertone of tension, which seemed to pervade the entire populace. It seemed the cause of this tension was an increasing shortage of food, drink and other essentials within Sigil. Rumour had it riots had even begun to break out.

The adventurers also discovered that the supplier of cavefire wine to the Festival of Doors was Tos, a female dwarf. After making their way to the Gatehouse Night Market, the party found only a handful of merchants in the process of setting up their stalls for the night.

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Session 1 - Supply, Interrupted
Wherein the heroes discover that things are not always as they seem.

11:00am, 8 Eleasis, 926PR

The Last Resort was enjoying some R&R after defeating The Other Guys to the MacGuffin in the local Slumberton Inn when they were approached by Nera. She told us that an Oni Mage called Estavan had a job for us, if we were willing to listen, and paid 10pp up front.

The party went upstairs to meet with Estavan who gave us the quest, Supply, Interrupted and directed us to meet with a local trader by the name of Fesdin Crale who would be able to sell us a key to a nearby portal which would take us to Sigil to begin our quest.

The party went to Crale’s Arcane Wonders and met with someone they believe to be Fesdin Crale, who sold them a key to the Slumberton Portal.

On entering the Slumberton Portal the party found itself in a crypt with seemingly no exits, and several beasties who were quite eager to put an end to us. The party managed to kill four wights, while a Phase Spider that was in the room managed to escape.

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Session 0 - Prelude

The heroes defeated their arch-rivals, The Other Guys, and retrieved the Magic MacGuffin.

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