With the defeat of the Ogre magi the hero’s headed back to the caravan for a well deserved rest. Jareath took the time to divide up the booty (340gp, 8sp, 3cp to be exact for the lawful). Errich claims “The Black Pearl” and pays the difference. The hero’s sleep is interrupted by strange dreams (Cthulhu again) this time finishes with a voice saying.
“The bells toll, the gate swings wide” …… and the party wake to the sound of trumpets (heralds) from Daggerford.
The Duke is making a proclamation and a crowd is forming outside the Dukes abode. Heavy black clouds coat the sky, but no thunder or lightning yet. The crowds quietens down as Duke Maldwyn Daggerford appears on the balcony. Most of the party notice that the Duke is strangely emotionless.
blah….. blah …. gone evil….. bar Daggerford gates, ban the good guys. (Oh look my weak mind is being controlled).
As he finishes the speech a Bone Devil appear on the roof of the manor. Cackling manically. The crowd flee…. and some guards, 6’ red skinned, glowing orange eyes Fiend Guards appear at the gate. As the hero’s survey the scene they hear the temple roof of Amaunater collapse and see pillar of fire erupt from the temple ruins.
As Sir Axialrod asks Fiend Guards to surrender, one of the Fiend Gurads change into large red wolf-like creatures with glowing orange eyes. Que battle music. Azim, Errich and Ulfgrim position themselves. Ulfgrim casts Protection from Evil. Jareath stood still and loosed an arrow from the long bow of warning at the Bone Devil, but misses. The dog hisses a warning. Then Sir Axialrod moves up hits it with a sword and knocks him over with his shield. Janthyra casts a spell Tarsha’s Hideous Laughter, but it resists the effect. Azim hits it the prone dog multiple times. Errich moves back and shoots the dog fighting his friends.
Ulfgrim hits the dog as well. As the Bone Devil cackles the Fiend Guards attack. The remaining Fiend Guard sees an opening and sinks his claw into Ulfgrim. Sir Axlialrod drives his sword into the Dog fiend. With hiss the beast disappears into a cloud of sulfur and smoke. Poof. Jareath finally acts, missing the Bone Devil and Janthyra misses with her Witch Bolt.
More Fiends Guards (three) are seen leaving the Keep for the Gate House. Azim hits the other Fiend Guard. Errich yells. “We must leave to fight another time” and then shoots the Fiend Guard. Ulfgrim hits the Fiend Guard with his hammer and his Spiritual Hammer. Jareath then hits the Bone Devil with his longbow. Sir Axialrod then smites the other Fiend Guard turning him into an ash cloud as well. Janthyra casts Armour of Agathys.
The hero’s debate what to do. Azim waits for more Fiend Guards to arrive. Errich also waits. Jareath hits the Bone Devil again. The three Fiend Guards arrive and two go Invisible. Two troops of Daggerford guards are seen coming from the town, they are led by a large purple Fiend Guards. Sir Axialrod moves to follow the halfling. Followed by the party making a hasty retreat. Ulfgrim opposes running away and just walks twice. The evil doers don’t give chase.
As the hero’s slink into the town everything quietens down. Villagers are seen locking up, shutting doors and removing the fair stands. The hero’s head to the last known whereabouts of Sir Isteval, his house. As the hero’s slip through the town we pass patrols led by Fiend Guards, noticing that the human guards look somewhat unsettled. Arriving at Sir Isteval’s the hero’s find his door unlocked (when checked by Errich). Searching the house we find it empty. All they find is a gold coin sitting on a table. Recalling that they had a feast at a tavern called the “Lady Luck” the party heads that way.
Without the ability to hide weapons the party sneak (with the help of Azim’s Pass without Trace) to the “Lady Luck” tavern. Inside it is quiet. We recognize a Halfling called Curran….. “oh, here are the hero’s” with Azim taking him to task about his sarcastic attitude. He tells us that Sir Isteval and the priests are in hiding. He looked at the party with pleading eyes and asked us to help as the Duke was not truly evil.
- Sneak to Temple.
- Stop the fiends appearing
- Free the Duke.
- Have a party.
Again with Azim’s help they arrive at the ruined temple. The temple is mostly made of stone with decorations to make it look like a shining sun….. where the roof stood a column of fire has taken its place.
OOC: Party Name, STAG PARTY (well it is where we got the only magical weapon the party has)
The STAG PARTY follows the lead of Sir Axialrod and try to sneak into the Temple by left side door. Inside they hear laughter coming from a room, Sir Axialrod comments “Honestly who laughs at the burning of a Temple”. Bursting in the party find two individuals playing dice. Both wearing Spiked Plate and have a large black hand on them (Evil worshipers of Bane).
OOC: We thought Bane had died in the Time of Troubles.
Errich moves to the doorway and prepares to throw a dagger. Jareath uses Visious Mockery on the female (named Farji). Errich misses as Azim got in his way. Azim hits the male bane worshiper three times with his fists. Jathyra does nothing visible to the party and stands there sighing. Sir Axialrod moves in and cleaves the bane worshiper in two. Errich misses again, as does Jareath with his bow. Azim throws two darts, one hitting with surprising force. Janthyra hits with two blasts of crackling energy, Eldrich Blast. Ulfgrim hits Farji with his hammer. Errich seeing an opening, kills Farji with his thrown dagger, then moves in to pickup his two daggers.
Janthyra notices a door open and another Bane Priests are starts to emerge. An Eldrich Blast hits him in the chest. A warning appears in the party mind…… Janthyra has turned into a witch…..sorry Warlock. She then slips into the room. Sir Axialrod moves into the corridor and hits him. With Ulfgrim’s help the Bane Priest is killed. THe next room is an office. The Bane Priests only have their Plate Armour and Morning Stars, no secret plan/notes can be found.
Stag Party continue to search the Temple, the next room contains a Hell Hound. Que more battle music. Sir Axialrod moves in and hits it twice. As does Azim, who hits it three times. Janthyra casts Frost Bite from the doorway then moves away. Then Jareath sledges from the doorway causing its heart to stop. The Hell Hound disappears into a cloud of acidic smoke leaving nothing but bits of blackened charred fir on the ground.
OOC: Hell Hounds now breath like Fire Ball, kudos’ to them.
The party take some vials of Holy Water. The Stag Party moves up the stairs as the day ends.