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SCAP Session 34
Game date: April 29th, 2010

Aion, Reddur, and Rori continued to explore the goblin’s lair with zombie Riell following along. Reddur moved up a long hallway and spotted a tripwire, which the group carefully avoided. They moved into a filthy chamber with crude pallets for sleeping and heaps of trash. Reddur crept further into the room and then dodged a sudden javelin attack. The PCs quickly mowed down four goblins and searched the room for treasure, of which they found little. Reddur removed their ears and added them to his collection.

Reddur led the group further up the hallway where they found a large stone dwarven head. A door on the right opened into a room with a basin with water pouring out of the mouth of a dwarven face carved into the wall. As he moved into the room for a closer look, a crossbow bolt grazed Reddur’s side. Aion rushed in and chopped the goblin ambusher down with a single swing of his axe. Moving along cautiously, Reddur was again surprised by another goblin sneak attack. Suddenly yet another goblin emerged at the end of the hall and cast Scorching Ray on Reddur, nearly burning him to a crisp.

Rori moved up to help Reddur, putting them both in prime position for another sneak attack. A fourth goblin leaped around a corner and cast Burning Hands on them, scorching Rori and dropping Reddur. Meanwhile, Aion moved through a series of doors and emerged behind the goblin that had cast Scorching Ray on Reddur. Aion’s axe cleaved through the goblin before he knew what happened. The battle in the hallway continued with Aion throwing axes as Rori tried to dodge attacks and heal Reddur. Rori dodged a Scorching Ray spell and then leveled the sword-wielding goblin with his staff. Aion chased after the spellslinger through another series of doors.

In the last room they found a bubbling cauldron, but no goblin. Reddur moved in and swung his bow around, which bounced off of something to his left. The invisible goblin suddenly became visible again as he attacked Reddur with a shortspear. A few axe swings and arrows later, that goblin finally lay dead too.

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SCAP Session 33
Game date: April 22nd, 2010

Zoon went to the Cathedral of Wee Jas and brought back a priest named Ike Iverson. Aion wanted nothing to do with a member of that church and made his feelings known to everyone. Ike examined Reddur and said he could fix them the next morning. Ike came back and cast Break Enchantment on Aion, Reddur, and Orak, which seemed to cure them. Zoon paid the priest who then departed gruffly. Reddur went to shop for replacement weapons.

The group then descended back into the goblin lair. They followed a blood trail to a room full of goblin corpses and a large headless statue. Reddur lopped off all the goblin ears and explored a dark room at the back, where he was attacked by four stirges. The PCs managed to kill the little buggers before they drained much blood.

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SCAP Session 32
Game date: March 18th, 2010

As Aion tried to climb to his feet, Riell responded with a quick slice of her rapier. Zoon tried to zap him with the Wand of Sleep again, but Aion shrugged it off and moved into the changing room with the unconscious dwarf, searching for a weapon. Riell cornered Aion and convinced him to quit fighting and let Rori tie him up. Zoon went to Keygan Ghelve’s shop and returned with a pair of manacles which they put on Aion.

At around 3 am, the group decided to finally get some sleep, and Rori secured the bathhouse before turning in. Late in the morning, the sleepers awoke, including Reddur and Orak Stonehaven, who had been unconscious. Reddur slipped out of his bonds and ran for the front door, which was locked. He began grappling with Riell and Rori until Riell knocked him out again with her sap.

At that point, Zoon returned with Jenya Urikas in tow. She looked over Aion and Reddur but couldn’t pinpoint what spell they were under. She returned to the Church and used their holy mace to cast Divination and ask St. Cuthbert for guidance. The reply she received was, “Continue to grow in your faith, and you will have the power to break their enchantment.” She suggested going to the Cathedral of Wee Jas because they might have some clerics powerful enough to end the spell. No one was thrilled with that idea.

Rori tried commanding Aion to be “friendly”. It seemed to work, and Aion calmed down and cooperated, but Rori was still suspicious. Jenya offered to return in the morning and cast Dispel Magic on them, but she was doubtful that it would work. The PCs continued to mull over their options.

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SCAP Session 31
Game date: March 11th, 2010

Aion and Reddur continued to duke it out at the bottom of the stairs as Rori struggled with how to put a stop to it. Zoon helped out by casting Tasha’s Hideous Laughter on Reddur, and then Aion seized the opportunity to impale the laughing Reddur, nearly killing him. Rori jumped in and grappled the laughing elf, and Aion decided to move up the stairs and go after Riell instead. Riell locked the iron door and retreated upstairs as Aion chopped away at the door.

Meanwhile, the two remaining rat swarms moved in and began chewing on the laughing Reddur and moving up the stairs. Rori responded with alchemist fire, Zoon cast Daze and used a Wand of Sleep on the rats, and Aion bludgeoned them with his polearm. After a long struggle, they eventually beat the rats to a pulp. Zoon turned the wand on Aion and put him to sleep as well. Rori dragged Aion and Reddur upstairs and tied them together while Zoon went outside and found Riell.

They stripped all weapons from Aion and Reddur, and then Rori healed Reddur slightly until he woke up. The two tussled and Reddur pulled a hand free and tried to strangle Aion, and Aion tried to bite him in return. Rori poured a tanglefoot bag over them both, but eventually Aion snapped the rope and broke free. Zoon raised his wand and aimed at Aion again…

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SCAP Session 30
Game date: March 4th, 2010

The goblin slaughter continued as the PCs mowed down goblins on all sides. Just when they were starting to feel confident though, a new threat appeared. A hideous squeaking sound echoed in from the cavern, followed by a wave of rats that poured into the room, crawling and gnashing their way across all surfaces. A chaotic battle ensued as more and more swarms of rats scrambled in, biting and nauseating the PCs. Rori tossed out some alchemist fire and burned some of the rats to a crisp, proving that there was a smell worse than dead goblins.

The group fought their way through the goblins in the column room and began to retreat from the rat swarms back to the stairway. Reddur and Zoon were at the back of the group, when Reddur noticed a bugbear step out of the shadows near the cavern. The bugbear simply stared at him, then Reddur turned and fired an arrow at Zoon, nearly killing him! Zoon shrieked and ran away towards the others. Rori promptly healed him, but Reddur followed and shot him again. The PCs moved up the stairs to the bathhouse and Aion covered the rear. The bugbear moved into view at the bottom of the stairs, and Riell turned to fire her bow at him. Without warning, Aion wheeled around and tripped her with his guisarme!

As Aion began politely attacking Riell, Rori tried to slow him down with a Hold Person spell, but failed. Reddur arrived, muttering about killing humans, and he and Aion began battling each other. Rori attempted to keep everyone alive with his area of effect healing, and the bugbear was nearby and let out a hiss of surprise, then began to retreat. Rori, Riell, and Zoon were left scratching their heads as Reddur and Aion continued to pummel each other at the bottom of the stairs.

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SCAP Session 29
Game date: February 25th, 2010

The PCs descended the dark staircase from the bathhouse and began exploring the dungeon complex below. All was dark, but with a sunrod lit they saw a hallway leading left and right and two doorways across from the stairs. The walls were well-carved stone, but they were covered with graffiti written in chalk, blood, slime, excrement, and other less recognizable substances. Sounds of monstrous chatter and barking dogs could be heard off to the left.

The group carefully crossed the hall into a large room with numerous cots and four stone columns. More graffiti adorned this room, written in Goblin, and Reddur spotted a reference to the name “Drakthar” that he had seen in other graffiti in the city. Finding nothing of interest, they moved along into another room filled with crates and barrels with a birdcage symbol on them. Riell moved in to search the room, when suddenly she was attacked by two goblins that were hiding behind the doorway. Reinforcements quickly appeared on both sides of the PCs, and they found themselves in the middle of a filthy goblin sandwich.

Aion, Rori, and Reddur pushed through the room and entered a hallway with several openings into a larger, natural cavern. A conga line of goblins appeared down the hall, attacking with javelins, and Reddur returned fire. Riell stayed in the storage room and held the door closed against goblins attacking from the rear. Suddenly, loud howling could be heard from the cavern, and a goblin riding a worg burst into the fray. The goblin leapt off and began attacking with two swords, while the worg began biting and tripping anyone that was close to him. To make things even more interesting, another goblin appeared down the hall and cast Scorching Ray at Aion, but missed completely. Eventually the PCs managed to mow down the goblin and his worg, and then the goblins in the other room finally bashed down the door that Riell was holding.

Zoon put a few of the goblins to sleep, and Aion re-entered the column room and began cutting them to pieces as Reddur held off the goblins at the other side with his bow. Suddenly the door behind Reddur swung open and a goblin took a swipe at him with a sword. The session ended with the group knee-deep in goblin corpses and surrounded on three sides.

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Rori's Journal - Session 30
Game date: March 4th, 2010

“Wow, there’s a lot of goblins here”, I thought. First we killed 10, then 20, then one that was riding a worg, then I lost count. After the worg and rider died, we figured it was smoooooth sailing.

I cheered my party on in a way only a non-bard-but-with-too-much-charisma-to-completely-fail could, “Come on guys, someone cover that rear door while we advance! I wonder what these goblins taste like, Zoon, take a bite!”

Then came the squeaking. Then came the smell. Zoon and Aion wouldn’t fess up to either.

That’s when the multiple swarms of rats hit us. First I see Reddur start to vomit all over, then the nauseating smell that seemed to permeate into the dark recesses of your sinuses caused others to do little more than hold their dinner down. We did manage to kill the first two or three swarms while Aion was trying to staunch the flow of goblins into our room, but then something weird happened…

Reddur started to shoot at Zoon, “Must kill all humans!” he yelled. I didn’t even realize Zoon was a human! I have to make special note to try to examine him next time he’s asleep.

Zoon, Riell and I started to yell at Aion, then pull back into Aion’s room. While we’re doing this, we killed two more swarms of rats (and trust me, the smell doesn’t get any better with four swarms of rats, dead, at your feet). And that’s when I first saw him, it, something – it kinda looked like a bugbear, and it was grinning.

We managed to retreat our way back into the stairs climbing into the bathhouse. It was a great place to take a stand, only one way in and one way out, and we blocked the way out with Aion blocking the way in. And that’s when things got even weirder …

Riell was about to shoot an arrow at Reddur, and Aion wheeled around quickly and tripped Riell! At this point, I’m thinking I missed out on something really great at the dinner table. I should have had some of that second pitcher of ale.

Riell rolled past me, out of the way. Aion said, “Could you step aside, Rori? I need to get to Riell.” All I could do is stand there and bleed at this point, so I did one of my deity given mass heals – and the bugbear hissed at me!

At this point, I guess Aion got bored chatting with me, and went after Reddur again – the two of them went at it. This is where my superior intellect and deductive reasoning kicked in and I realized Aion was being magically controlled. I kept up my flow of mass heals, and I could hear the bugbear hissing and getting farther away.

I’m now sitting down behind Aion, while he’s fighting Reddur, taking these notes (double note, what the hell is Zoon?). Hopefully we’ll be able to knock Reddur out and then we can crawl back upstairs to recover.

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SCAP Session 28
Game date: February 18th, 2010

The PCs chased down the remaining wererat, and he promptly surrendered and agreed to talk. Riell and Rori escorted him back to Rori’s apartment for questioning while Aion butchered his companions and Reddur kept watch on the bathhouse. Riell and Rori returned shortly after and the group decided to search the bathhouse for goblins. Riell made short work of the lock on the front door and she and Reddur slipped inside.

The bathhouse proprietor, a dwarf named Orak Stonehaven, appeared from one of the changing rooms and began arguing with the PCs and ordering them to leave. Orak denied any knowledge or involvement with the goblins and finally became so angry that he tried to attack Riell. Zoon quickly cast Tasha’s Hideous Laughter and Orak fell to the floor, laughing. Reddur held Orak down while Riell beat him senseless with a sap, and then they tied him up and searched the bathhouse for clues. Everything in the bathhouse seemed to be in order, but a key in Orak’s pocket opened an iron door that revealed a staircase leading down into darkness…

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SCAP Session 27
Game date: February 11th, 2010

The PCs took a day to rest up, divide their loot, and go shopping. They also interviewed Gryffon Malek, the rescued human slave, who was a bartender at the Tipped Tankard Inn. Rori also took the time to visit Sondor and return the bracelet they found that her husband had given her, and she was very thankful.

Later that night, Riell visited her contact and returned with some information. Her guild had been encouraged to put an end to the goblin problem, and believes they are coming from Orak’s Bathhouse on Lava Avenue. She also found out that the symbol on the note to Kazmojen was from a messenger service in Kingfisher Hollow called Kingfisher Sending. The guild is going to look into the source of the note further.

The group set off for the bathhouse just after midnight and began to scout the surrounding area. Suddenly, Riell leapt onto a nearby rooftop, ran across, and pushed a hooded figure off the roof into an alley. The figure turned out to be a wererat, and three more soon appeared as reinforcements. The creatures were tough to damage with normal weapons, but Riell stabbed them readily with a new, shiny silver dagger, and Zoon used his remote finger waggling to touch several of them with his cold hands. Eventually, three of the wererats were killed, and the fourth turned and ran with the PCs in hot pursuit.

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SCAP Session 26
Game date: January 7th, 2010

The PCs began tracking down the duergar and found that he had fled through the double doors to the Underdark. They cautiously followed him a little more and found a pile of skulls near the entrance to a dark tunnel. A note was painted on the wall in blood, which the mimic later translated for them. “If you follow Splintershield into the Underdark, we’ll splinter you too.” They decided not to follow the duergar any further and went back to the treasure room.

There they went through the three treasure chests (one of which had a magical trap that Riell bypassed) and sorted through the treasure. Then they explored the dungeon further, finding some more empty prisoner cells, the kitchen, pantry, and some empty guest rooms. Declaring the dungeon clear, they decided to gather the treasure and head back to the surface. Rori also hired the mimic (now named Khantainur) to guard his treasure. While gathering the loot, they found a crumpled note on the floor. image to be added later

They hauled the treasure back up to Keygan’s shop, wearily emerging from the dungeon at about 2 in the morning. Keygan mentioned that they made the newspaper and handed them a copy of the Cauldron Echo.

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