Forgotten Realms: Cauldron
22nd of Kythorn:
After we had rested Leera informed us that in the next room there were constructs that active whenever someone entered the room. Remembering about the floor trap in the corner we mentally marked off that section and opened the door. Inside where two corpses one Hobgoblin and Teral, the other bard. Leera immediately recognized his corpse and wanted to retrieve his body. I think she had other interests with him besides what we know about but give her a couple nights with me and she will forget all about him. Either way we needed his corpse, Randal and I wanted his corpse cuz it might have valuable shit on it and there is no sense in letting good shit go to waste. Most others, except Alistair, thought it would be wrong to loot their bodies. Hello! Are we adveturers or a big group of sissies! After all part of our bread and butter is loot and we retrieve a large portion of that off of dead fuckers. Whether or not they were past friends or not makes no difference. Well everyone again wanted to talk about the best way to go about retrieving the bodies without alerting the guardian constructs in the room. It was pretty apparent that we were going to spend all day discussing it if someone didn’t take action. Randal had a valid point that we should set up in the hall so that if the constructs did activate and exit the room to attack that we would be set up. I told everyone to get in place cuz I was going to throw in a rope with a grappling hook attached to it and just drag the bodies out of the room. If the guardians come after us then so be it. Got to win big or lose big there is no points for second best not to mention I have revenge to support. That fucker Lord Barzien will pay eventually. So without further ado I tossed in the grappling hook. It was almost comical how it seemed everyone’s asshole seemed to pucker tight waiting for something to happen and low and behold …nothing! I hooked the body of the hobgoblin and pulled him out of the room we looted his corpse and Tharag tossed him unceremoniously into the pit in the corner. I did the same thing with Teral’s corpse but his body shifted positions and I had to re-hook him. Once he was safely outside the room we stripped all the excess stuff off of his body also. Leera again expressed her concern for bringing his body with us and Randal suggested we cut off his finger and she could take that then pay for a resurrection when we got out, seemed reasonable to me I am just glad he suggested it and not I cuz it really pissed her off. That could have ruined my chances for bangin’ the bitch. She went off on him and everyone could see it for the ruse it was. She just wanted to shift the eyes of the concerned spectators, mainly Tharag and Roksharr, away from her. I didn’t doubt her real sincerity or concern for Teral’s body but she played it all wrong. Alistair said something to her and I think it was supposed to be charming but he had green shit in his teeth and he farted in the middle of what he was saying and it failed miserably. Poor guy great in battle not so great with the ladies. I will have to teach him a few things to help out after all he has to make up for his short stature and maybe what Halfling’s find charismatic could be different than what we humans do. Even though she is half-elf there is still that part that is human and women can’t resist the ol’ Vashan charm when I turn it on.
Well through it all Tharag finally couldn’t take it anymore and grabbed the body of Teral and grabbed Alistair then he was off to the races. He took off through the room and as soon as he crossed the threshold out came four tiny smoke guys and the two constructs. He chucked Alistair toward the door and he landed on his face in the rubble next to the stairs. The little smoke guys were fast bastards and they zoomed over to block his exit and helped to surround Tharag. The construct that was all teeth closed in on Tharag and Randal jumped into the room and back out to get the attention of the other one that was all spikey. The mouth got a bite on Tharag and took a chunk out of his hide. With the smokers flying around it was quite distracting, hard to keep your eyes on the main attackers. Looking back on it I think that was their whole reason for being there cuz they sure didn’t put up any fight.
The one Randal attracted came rushing in to him and stuck him with a couple spikes but he took it like a trooper and gave a vicious over hand chop down through its right side. I took aim and blasted its left side with an arrow and between the two of us we pretty much had it out of the fight. Roksharr decided that we couldn’t show him up and rolled through and blasted it in the back of the head and it was all the way out of the fight. A little over kill if you ask me he could have just backhanded it on his way by and killed it but he was probably trying to show off for Leera. Meanwhile Alistair had dropped stones on three of the smokers and took them out. When they and the construct died they let out this shriek and then there was a tinkling of bells and this spirit exited the body and ascended upwards. Tharag took it as tortured souls being released and you could see the determination in his face. We weren’t going to be able to just blast through the chamber and continue on without killing all the creatures and releasing their souls that were trapped in them. It is quite funny how when we have a good idea to resupply it’s all hell no we got to go forward and keep going but when it is something that he thinks is important well then it is fine if we take our time to deal with it. Personally I couldn’t give a rat’s ass either way but let’s be consistent for fucks sake! Well we took out the remaining construct and the last little smoke guy and searched out the room. The only things we found of value was what we had already taken off of the dead guys in the room so we decided to head on.
We lined up and i took the lead. As we were heading down the stairs an arrow out of the darkness pierced my leg. I have got to figure out another way to see in the dark. Having a light source behind me just makes me a bigger target and it is starting to really suck balls! At the base of the stairs it appeared that a couple of Varag archers had set up a defensive barricade and were quite content to sit behind it and shoot arrows at us. Those of us with ranged weapons were having a hard time hitting them since ninety percent of them was hidden behind the wall. Randal charged down and took up a position on our side of the wall and then Tharag ran down and blasted his shield into it obliterating the wall. With the way clear we could see two more Varag archers and Magruug the Varag ranger. We concentrated our fire on the archers and Tharag made his way over towards Magruug. Alistair had blasted him with a few spells and Roksharr had sent a few arrows at him. All in all he was having a really bad day and decided to get the hell out of dodge. Tharag figured he would try to stop him and ended up stepping on some caltrops, so much for that idea. At least he had the sense to inform the rest of the group so Randal and Roksharr shuffled through the area and went in pursuit. Seeing that the fight was pretty much at an end Alistair and I with Leera’s help searched the bodies and the surrounding area.
By the time we had finished Randal and Roksharr returned and informed us Magruug was dead and they had met a guy by the name of Sigur. I think he was a follower of Silvanus. He gave us safe passage across this huge cavern that had a big waterfall cascading down into darkness. He told us that in the next room was a huge Tomb Spider and if we could defeat it he would give us all the info we needed and a safe place to rest before heading on further into the catacombs. We agreed and he gave us all a little bit of healing. Since I had only taken that initial arrow at the onset of the last battle I didn’t need a lot but he was handing it out so I took it. If there is one thing I have learned it is never pass up free shit even if there are strings attached. You can always figure out how to weasel your way around whatever you are supposed to do if it turns out to be too much for you to handle. Any ways we were going to be heading on through the next rooms and I hate leaving live enemies behind, never know when you might need to turn tail and haul ass back the way you just came and leaving bad guys back there could end up being problematic. So far we have kept that theory good the only thing to have escaped us was that rat bastard Garguk and that’s because he was to chicken to fight and jumped in the water to get away. Well we made our preparations and were ready to engage the evil Tomb Spider.
The door leading into its lair was quite ornate and although we had diverse fields of knowledge at our disposal none of us could figure out the background. I told everyone it wasn’t that important that we could just ask Sigur when we had taken care of the task set before us. He had said he would tell us all we wanted to know after we killed the spider. They still had to discuss it amongst themselves so I went ahead and checked the door for traps and opened it. The adjoining room was filled with webs, (duh! a big ass spider lives in here somewhere). So I asked for someone’s torch and Roksharr and I began burning our way through them. Our first encounter was a large swarm of fist sized red spiders. Mask preserve me but I fucking hate spiders. They swarmed in and were all over around my feet. It gives me the shivers still thinking back on it. I moved out of the way and Tharag moved up smashing them with his longsword Roksharr was swatting them with his scimitar and I went ahead and shot a flaming arrow into the gaggle. We had destroyed enough of them that the rest scurried off to the four corners and we proceeded in a little more. Then from around the statue in the middle of the room shuffled forth a mummy. You could see the spiders scurrying around under the wraps holding its body together. Tharag and Roksharr went to town on it and soon had it down. The spiders inside of it burst forth and we had another swarm upon us. That is about the time ol’ big momma decided to grace us with her presence. She came out from on top of the balcony and since I was right below her I decided it would be best if I stayed out of sight and slipped around to get a better angle on her. Randal had the same idea cuz soon he was under the balcony moving in the same general direction as I. It spit webs on Merlo and Alistair probably cuz they were blasting the hell out of it with spells. Roksharr and Tharag had dispersed the other swarm of smaller spiders and Tharag was making his way over towards the stairs. She must have sensed what we were trying to do cuz quicker than shit she zoomed over and was saying hi to poor Randal, only with her fangs. It also proved her downfall cuz with the beating she had taken from the spells and Roksharr’s arrows it wasn’t too much longer before she was lying dead on the ground. Randal was trying to get some poison out of her but ol Roksharr and Tharag damn neer’ had a fit about it. I think he covered himself pretty good saying he was just getting her head to show Sigur as proof of the deed done. So we returned with the head and Sigur filled us in on the details and answered all of our questions.
It appears Zeron is after the bones of the living king, some dude by the name of Theron. He was killed by some guy who goes by the name of the betrayer, and it was foretold that his body would be brought back for good or ill. Assuming we are on the good side (and with people like Tharag and ol’ cat boy that is probably a correct assumption) then that makes Zeron and his gaggle of fuckers the bad guys. Either way it would appear that we need to stop him from achieving his goal. Sigur said we could sleep here for the night so I guess this is as good a place as any to stop we will see in the morning if we will be able to catch up with Zeron and stop him from achieving his goals or not.