GM – Shane
Rock – Brad
Nick – Simon (controlled by Brad)
Keen Ears – Dave
Ashelin – Hailey
Bethany – Shaun
Laneth – Steve
From the Journal of Bethany, Berserker of the Society with musings from Rock on the Occasion of the Derro Disarming
A search of the derro bodies turned up a wand of Charm Person which Nick was able too use. Continuing on from our battle with the Derro, we explored the large chamber (D8) and Laneth moved to the north door which opened onto a circular chamber that looked like a doctor’s surgery with two operating tables and instrucments strewn around the room. Occupying the space was a shambling humanoid figure that appeared to be stitched together from an assortment of different body parts from a number of different creatures. Ashelin quickly identified the magical construct as a Carrion Golem, and before it could notice the party, we leapt to attack it, quickly reducing the abomination to its base components, all to the accompaniment of Nick’s acerbic comedy styling’s. The Carrion Golem did get in a good slam on Bethany, dealing her a savage blow and a bout of filth fever she would later discover. Among the debris in the room we located a filthy but serviceable set of surgical tools. A quick search of the storage areas to either side of the surgery revealed a collection of spare parts so we made a hasty retreat back to the main chamber.
Bethany felt the shard of pride tugging her towards the southern wall where she located a secret panel leading to a spiral staircase (D13) dropping into the gloom. In a small alcove to the east sat the well preserved corpse of a shriezyx, a spiderlike monstrous aberration. Recalling the history of Magnamar, Ashelin tells the party that scores of these creatures had once risen from the depths to plague the city forcing the Lord Mayor at the time to ban mining in the stone quarry where the creatures were emerging. The group decided to continue exploring the large chamber, and dragged a reluctant Bethany back from the shadowy staircase.
Turning west the group found another door, leading to a dogleg hallway leading north and west. A square alcove (D11) in the north of the hallway appeared to function as both a bedroom and a torture chamber. Strapped to a table we found the prone form of Fenceter the Blight, the one-time former Landlord of the Tower girls. As Nick approached and roused Fenceter, he turned to us and asked “Where is the Mistress?”.
At Nicks confused look, Fenceter began to scream.
At the top of his lungs. Nick frantic to stop the screaming decided to use the newly acquired wand of charm person, which had the immediate effect of calming Fenceter who now addressed Nick as “Master.” He agreed to be quiet but informed us that his mistress had ordered him to stay here. Ashelin recognised that he must have already been charmed, most likely by the previous owner of the wand, the female derro we had defeated earlier. We released Nick but decided to order him to wait where he was until he could be escorted back to Magnimar. A quick search of the room turned up a small chest filled with poisons and two elixirs. (3 doses of id moss, 10 doses of flayleaf, 8 doses of pesh, elixir of love and elixir of truth) Rock true to his nature decides the poisons should be destroyed.
Continuing to the west the party found a large semi-circular chamber (D12) stretching north and south. The interior of the chamber seemed split into smaller stone cells. The doors to the cells were all locked and the keys were nowhere to be seen. Rock and Laneth working together, spent time examining and opening each of the cells. Starting at the southern end, the first cell was empty. The second cell contained a naked commoner who identified himself as a flower seller from Magnimar. The next few cells proved empty however in the second last cell the party were shocked to find an unconscious Natalya, who when awoken but Rock’s healing wand was disorientated asking.
“Where am I?”
“What am I doing here?”
We explained we had found her deep in the bowels of The Crow and explained she had probably been abducted by the derro. Natalya had no memory of her kidnapping but told us if we could arm her and clothe her she could find her own way home. We decided to install her in the Torture / Bedchamber with Fenceter and the other derro victims which included a second commoner we found in the last cell, a female maid. Before leaving Ashelin told Natalya to bar the door and only open it for the secret word, “Pineapple” supplied by Rock.
Heading south we open another door to find a short thin hallway leading northwest which zigzags before it splits into a T-section with a small chamber at each end (D10). The north east chamber contains a bedroom while the south west chamber appears to be a cold storage abattoir. When Rock and Laneth investigate the bedroom a dark mantle rises from the bed and covers the area in darkness. Meanwhile Ashelin decides to avoid the darkened room and instead backs into the abattoir and is blasted by stinging cold. Recognising the brown mold and the danger it presents, the mage quickly retreated from the cold room and blasts the mold with a couple of well placed ray of frost spells, killing the dangerous mold which she knew fed on warmth, and would expand if exposed to fire.
In the darkened bedroom, Rock and Laneth battled the dark mantle while Bethany raced in and swung her greatsword to little effect narrowly missing her companions whicle Keen Ears readied his bow and waited to see if the darkness would end and give him a shot. When the dark mantle threatened its master Rock, Clanky sprang into action slamming the dark mantle and killing it. Eventually the darkness spell dissipated and the party searched the room turning up an alchemist lab including an extraction scarifactor (2500gp) and seven vials of brown frost mold which the mage quickly disposes of with more ray of frost spells.
Returning to the main chamber the party then ascended a short stairway north of the torture door and found a chamber which seemed filled with alchemical supplies. Occupying the room was a female derro and a pair of homunculi. Nick tried negotiation but failed to discuss the terms of the derro’s surrender so the rest of the party attacked. While Rock and Laneth moved to face the homunculi, Bethany made up for her earlier poor showing in the darkened room and literally disarmed the derro with a well place strike. Nick began to utter a joke about a one-armed derro but had to stop to choke back a mouthful of vomit as the barbarian’s display of martial prowess. Keen Ears pinpoint accuracy with his longbow sent arrows zipping in and around his companions to strike the homunculi which soon joined their mistress in the afterlife. A pair of doors to the north led to empty storage closets so the group turned to looting the main room, finding a cache of nice equipment on the female derro’s corpse.
(Headband – of Vast Intelligence +2 – Ashelin)
(2 potions of cure moderate wounds)
(1 potion of intelligence)
(Lens of detection – Laneth)
(Golem bane scarab – Bethany)
(Wand of spiritual weapon 11 charges – Rock)
(mw leather armor)
(mw alchemist lab)
(232gp, 1423sp, 2100cp)
Finally the group decided the only place left to explore was the spiral staircase leading down into darkness. At they descended the stairway ended in a short hall leading to a door. Beyond the door was a domed circular chamber a painted ceiling and a low seven pointed stone plinth in the centre. Within one arm of the star an alcove held a dark crystal shard. Occupying the room were two more shriezyx which must have been held in stasis as they quickly came alive as Bethany entered the room, one of the monstrous creature firing a web at the barbarian which struck, causing physical pain, though the toxin that Bethany could feel coated the web did not affect her. Rock, Nick and Bethany then moved against one of the creatures while Laneth took on the second, with Ashelin and Keen Ears providing ranged support. Soon both creatures were dispatched and the group started squabbling about who should take the shard, when Keen Ears ended the argument grabbing the dark crystal from its resting place. Overcome with sickness, the half elf doubled over in agony, wishing he were not dressed in such cheap tawdry clothing.
The party took the sickened half elf, and collected Natalya and the other derro captives and returned to Magnimar to report their success to Shelia as well as the Mayor. The Mayor was well pleased with the return of the missing people and the answer to the mystery, rewarding the adventurers handsomely. (2000gp)
Shelia was also happy with the group’s progress, exclaiming delight over the illustrations produced by the mage and the discovery of the second shard. This shard she explained was Greed, and produced a pale blue rhomboid ioun stone to place in the shard which repairs the curse and cured Keen Ears. Shelia explained that she had completed her research and now knew which ioun stones would repair the shards.
As Keen Ears concentrated on the Shard of Greed, he received a vision of the next shard, located somewhere in the Mushfends to the East of Magnimar.
Here we paused having completed module one and earning 8 prestige points as well as 1933 experience.
Here are the notes I wrote for Nick during the session so he can adjust stuff accordingly.
WAND 1 charm person wand charge expended
WAND 3 cure light wounds charge expended
masterwork alchemists lab (ashelin)
regular alchemists lab (to sell)
extraction scarifactor 2500gp (dont know if we will keep or sell)
headband of intelligence +2 (ashelin)
2 potion cure moderate
1 potion invis
lens of detection (laneth)
golembane scarab (bethany)
wand of spiritual weapon (11 charges) (rock)
masterwork leather armor (to sell)
masterwork aklys (to sell)
We smacked down some darkmantles and Ashelin got froze by some brown mold.
Nick cast Honeyed tongue and tried to talk some hostile derro down. It didnt work. Good try
though! Bethany lopped off the Derro witches arm and Nick tried to tell a joke about a one
armed Derro but vomited in the corner instead (40 damage plus another 20 when she tried to
drink a potion). Found a secret room leading to the next shard. Performed some dirty
comedy for the fight, poked a shriezyx spider for 4 hp while the rest of us poured on the
hurt. Nick dashed around everywhere dropping CLW on people and Ashelin pew pew pew’d with
magic missiles. Keen Ears snatched up the shard and was immediately sickened with Greed.
Rescued some missing people. Pale blue rhomboid ioun stone goes into the shard which breaks the curse. 8 prestige points in the pathfinder society. Cashed in images and sketches for exp. Shard of greed does Haste/1 day +2 bonus to saves vs transmutation, +1 insight attack rolls. Next the shard directs us to the Mushfens to the east for the next shard.
so if someone can let me know how much money we have already in the loot, we should end up with ~450gp each if we sell the armor and aklys, more if we sell the scarifactor. Rock needs a healers kit (50gp) to take advantage of the surgical tools.