The Legs of Lolth

Jail Break

After being knocked out by the slavers, the party awakens shackled and chained in a dark wagon bumping down a path. Eilir manages to yank one of the chains out of the floor first, then the others unchain themselves as well, but they all remained shackled. Breaking down the door of the wagon, they proceeded to argue with one of their captors, Bruce. As the travelers slowly destroy the wagon, Bruce gets more and more upset, finally jumping in the wagon to beat them into submission. He hacks at Eilir before Xenia and Avaril beat him unconscious. Bruce’s partner, Stan, also attacks Eilir with his axe. She passes out, but Xenia heals her before the group proceeds to kill Stan. They search him for keys to the shackles, free themselves, and prepare to rouse Bruce to interrogate him.

Session 4 Chat Log

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The Drow's Plot
Goals and Setbacks

After acquiring more tools and supplies from the Xeph, the party spent a quiet night in their village then made an uneventful trip back to Corysan’s tower. Master Traoren had arrived when they got there, and asked that they take a small package to another old friend, Shelby Martins, a cleric of Istus in Sitye.

Along with this request, Traoren agreed to explain the situation that required such urgent action. The Drow have been stealing a set of ancient artifacts, created by the evil goddess Lolth, which can be used by her priestesses in a ritual which will tear a hole between the Shadow Plane and the Demonweb Pits.

The party spent the night at the tower before departing early the next day. Their first day of travel was uneventful, but on day two they encountered a woman with a broken wagon, claiming her brother was trapped beneath it. When the adventurers assisted, they were attacked by the woman and three men with her. The bandits knocked the whole party unconscious…

Session 3 Chat Log

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Water and Wood
A tramp through the woods

After spending a night in Corysan Illythinan’s tower, the party was sent by the old wizard to a nearby Xeph village with trade goods, so that they might supply themselves appropriately for the rest of their journey. Corysan knew of a water elemental haunting a stream along the way, but otherwise the route should be clear.

The elemental was at the stream, just as expected, and the party handled it without too much concern. A bit further along their way, they were ambushed by a pair of humanoid plant-creatures. Their claw-like thorns poisoned Denzil, draining his strength, but the two plants were quickly struck down. The team then continued onward to the Xeph village without further incident.

In the village, the party was welcomed. They turned over the goods Corysan sent with them, and proceeded to look around and see what they needed in exchange.

Session 2 Chat Log

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Beginnings
Danger and Mystery

After the Drow attack, Master Traoren summoned four young people to run a message to a friend for him. He was enigmatic, but insistent and urgent, so they agreed. They set off through the woods, hoping to avoid any Drow still watching the village.

The first afternoon of travel was uneventful. They got to the highway with enough time before sunset to finish the trip into the nearest town, opting not to camp in the forest. They had no money for the inn, but Xenia got them floor space with the church of Ehlonna after the local cleric learned of their unfortunate situation.

The next day of travel was a bit more hazardous. Keeping off the highway as Traoren recommended, they chanced to stumble upon a scavenging, young wild boar. Xenia bound it with an entangling spell while the others steadily attacked the frenzied creature. It fell swiftly, but not before giving Avaril a grievous gash. He passed out, but Xenia swiftly attended to his wounds and the party continued, richer by a sizable portion of pork.

The day’s excitement was not yet over. Leaving the woods, within sight of the tower they sought, a lone Drow stalking them sprung her ambush. Her first bolt missed, but her second poisoned shaft struck Xenia, who succumbed to the sleeping poison. Denzil swiftly retaliated with an arrow, placed solidly in the Drow’s throat. The shadow-Elf died instantly, leaving some useful items for Eilir to scavenge.

The travelers finally made it to their destination, where they were met by an old but lively man, Corysan Illythinan. He gave them tea, and healing as needed, while answering a few of their questions. The mystery behind just what the Drow were after remains just that, as Corysan insists on waiting for Traoren to arrive before that story is told.

Session 1 Chat Log

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Prelude
The Dawn of an Epic

From the Narrative:

“Last night was the most terrifying moment in your life. At dusk, just as the most of village was finishing their day, your quiet little home was assaulted by a warband of Drow. The Shadow-Elves were like ghosts in the darkest night of the new moon, the feeble starlight glimmering dully off their black armor. They cut down a dozen before anyone could realize what was happening. As the commotion spread before the invaders, most fled for the cover of their homes, but others, too slow or too brave, were slain as the Drow flooded through Arenal. They stormed through the village to the doors of the small local chapel. There the Drow stopped, confronted by the Master Traoren, half-elf monk who teaches there. After a brief and quiet discourse between him and the warband’s leader, the Drow swarmed him. He defended the chapel against the full force for what seemed like hours, but finally he fell before their amassed might. The Drow entered the chapel and took an old darkwood three-section staff that Traoren had kept, then retreated as suddenly as they arrived.

The village slowly regained activity as people grew confident enough that the Drow were gone. The wounded were attended to, and the dead were gathered. No one slept for the rest of the night. When dawn arrived, everyone was astonished to see Master Traoren suddenly rise from death and stagger away to his chapel. He has refused to speak to anyone so far, but has suddenly sent out a message asking you to come attend him."

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