The Troubled Assistant

Episode 01

Where are we?

Synopsis:

Torgald awakes in a strange room surrounded by strangers. Three humans, an elf, and a jaguar. He attempts to get up quietly, but Grayboy rouses. The others are awoken in the ensuing noise. The party attempts to size up what happened to them. A bit of chaos happens, and Torgald decides to try to “pick the lock” on the door to their room by hammering a spike into the lock. While he does that, the others look around the room. Grayboy finds an unexpected hard lump in his bed, and it ends up being a key. After Audra removes the spike that Torgald wedged into the lock, they try the key and the door opens.

The party assesses their situation a bit, tries to find which way may be safe. Harkwynn and Grayboy scout out the other room across from them and are in there for several minutes. They find an interesting orb that was mistaken for rubble. During that time, the other members of the party head up one of the stair ways and encounter some guards. Fighting ensues, at which point Harkwynn and Grayboy catch up with the others and join the battle. The party emerges victorious after several rounds of combat and they subdue a kobold. The kobold displays unusual devotion to his “master” when interrogated and is put to a quick death. Oddly, the enemies were goblins and kobolds that seemed to be working together.

They come into a larger room where they had heard some peculiar digging sounds and encounter some more foes. Kobolds accompanying a vicious beast called a Kruthik. Again, the party defeats the enemies after a few rounds of combat and continues on. At a fork, they decide to go straight .. which leads them to a room with a door with two metal statues beside it. Ever wary, they inspect the statues thoroughly. After a bit, with nothing happening, Torgald decides to actually touch one of them – at that point, the statues metal changes to a reddish orange color and they attack. Grayboy calls on Corellon for help and the party dispatches the two statues readily. Behind the door is what appears to be a storage room with lots of boards, planks, and other sorts of construction materials. The deft eyes of Torgald find a healing potion mixed in with the other items.

Going back to the fork, they proceed the other direction and come to a room that has a wide lava flow going through the middle of it, about 10 feet sunken. The party deliberate for a bit about possible solutions and the Grayboy suggests they go back to the storage room and scavenge some of the materials and build a bridge. The party agrees that is probably the best solution and set about making it happen. A bridge is constructed and the party hurries across one by one. Harkwynn, Torgald, and Grayboy all have some difficulty crossing, however, and Grayboy even falls into the lava. He is quickly pulled out by the rope they were all holding on to, but not before suffering a few burns. Praise Corellon for healing! When he is being dragged out, a robe that was in the lava (and somehow not burning) hooked on his foot and was pulled out with him.

The party take a brief rest on the other side of the lava, during which the bridge degrades from the heat enough that it falls in and burns away. The party continues on and enters a room with an orb on a pedestal (all one piece). Mordred determines it’s magical and Harkwynn is pretty sure it is some form of divination. When approached, the orb lights up and the face of Gedron, wrinkled (although not as much as previously) and scarred appears before them, goading them on and telling them they must prove they are worthy for his purposes. The party has a brief interchange with him and then Gedron disappears. Torgald decides to cover the orb with a blanket from his pack and Audra determines this is likely a decent place to rest – it appears fairly secluded and a partial cave in at the only other entrance would be easily defensible. At this, the party rests.

Summary of XP for session: 2500 (500 each)

Guard Room encounter – 575 xp
Digging Room encounter – 425 xp
Storage Room encounter – 600 xp
Lava Flow challenge – 400 xp
Gedron’s “blessing” – (the flash of light from the orb) – 500 xp

Note worthy items found this session:

Orb of Debilitating Languor +1
Robe of Scintillation +1
Sylvan Leather Armor +1
Healing Potion

XP totals:

Audra – 500
Grayboy – 500
Harkwynn – 500
Mordred – 500
Torgald – 500

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