Hello, everyone. Here are the words I know you have been longing to read …
When last we left our intrepid adventurers, we had just slain 5 Type V demons in what appeared to be a temple to Lolth (and potentially a gate to the Demon Web Pits – a plane of the Abyss).
Anatoli and Samshee found some secret doors. One lead to a treasure room, with a padlocked chest with a demon head on the lid. There were also metal webs on the ceiling. A bowl and knife sat on a shelf dug into the wall. Chains hung from the walls. Al Itemized the chest, and Presented it, so that he did not have to go into the room. He put the itemized chest in Anatoli’s bag.
The other secret door lead to a room with priestly robes. Maxximus shredded them.
24 drow come down the stairs, and use their innate ability to cast Darkness. Anatoli went through the ceilling to come in the floor above and behind them. Jet followed him. He used Minor Creation to create 16 cubic feet of Jet’s dust of Sneezing and Choking. Jet used a Gust of Wind to blow the dust over the drow. Al used an Ingot Storm to pummel them. Anatoli cast Boom Tube to open on the depths of the Nyr Div (an inland sea) to hit the drow with a water hammer.
While Tarl and Maxximus slaughtered the remaining drow, Jet (who had been watching the stairs) Conjured a fire elemental, and got an Efreeti to help her out.
Next we went to the west tower and freed some slaves. Jet made Animal Friends of some T-Rix dinosaurs. In the basement of this tower, we found two drow females behind an impenetrable force field. Al tried to take it down with his ring of force, but the field sucked charges out of his ring of force instead. A voice said to Maxximus, “You do not disappoint.”
In another room, a human female was aggressively interrogating a hobgoblin. Anatoli backstabbed her. She turned out to be a succubus, and disappeared. We freed the rest of the prisoners, and Anatoli sent them to Al’s keep. Before they left, one of them told us he was brought here 3 days ago, and he had been one of the people abducted in the raid on Ehlonna’s temple. So we knew that Maxximus’ brother was here somewhere … if he was still alive.
On the next level, we found an albino male drow. He asked, “Parlay?” We agreed. He told us that the matriarch (Alevolenz) can cast clerical and magic user spells. Also, she is not House Vrama, but House Vrama does exist. He asked Maxximus to kill him, and Maxximus did. Samshee looted his body. Anatoli picked up the book that the guy was working on. The drow male wore the house symbol of Everhate. The Efreeti looked impressed by Maxximus’ deeds and offered to assist him. Maxximus agreed to a hug from the Efreeti, and his swords began to act as Swords of the Ebon Flame.
Having finished the tower, we went to the west opening in the cave, where we believed that the prisoners were. We were attacked by guards, whom we killed. We also killed a kharga and a female fighter with a lance on a dinosaur and her guards. (Anatoli backstabbed the female, but her Stone Skin protected her. So he pulled out a garotte and choked her to death. Go, Anatoli!)
We headed down to the slave pits, planning to act as if we were buyers. There were 3 drow men and 3 drow women. Maxximus saw his brother and was overcome by rage. He attacked. (Anatoli turned one to stone. Samshee backstabbed another.) One woman was wearing a holy symbol of Lolth. Al touched it and was paralyzed. Tarl knocked it out of Al’s hand, and Removes Paralysis. Anatoli Boom Tubed the imprisoned humans (and some dwarves, I think) back to Al’s Keep.
We headed further down. The next pit was guarded by a blind drow fighter. Aldeberon killed him with Melf’s Minute Meteors.
The Efreeti talked to Samshee about seasoning her club. She agreed and he knelt in front of her and she clubbed him, and he exploded into flame and runes were etched into the club.
Anatoli Prestidigitates the last three prisoners to Al’s Keep. We went back into the tunnel. The dead drow had been raised as undead. Maxximus destroyed them. Two dryders showed up. Samshee backstabbed one, and Anatoli glued another’s feet to the ceilling.
Jet asked her T-Rix to sniff out our enemies. Behind the undead were two humans, a gnome and a two-headed troll. Jet used Firestorm to take out the undead and do some damage to the party behind them. Samshee engaged the cleric. The gnome illusionist cast Mirror Image and got six images. We fought for a while but eventually prevails. The corpses were popped into Anatoli’s bag, for later looting.
We went back to the cave with the three towers. Anatoli cast Invisibility 10’ Radius. There appeared to be some drow on top of one of the towers. One of them Summoned an Efreeti, and told him to “Kill them all.” Anatoli used his Magic Stick of Jumper Imprisoning to apparently Summon another Efreeti. My Efreeti says, “We could all fight and maybe die OR we could all go home.” Anatoli’s Efreeti said, “Fight AND Die! Fight AND Die!” Unwilling to engage the apparently insane Efreeti, the other two looked at each other and popped out. Anatoli’s Efreeti said, “Suckers!” and popped out.
Over on the other tower are 4 drow (2 male and 2 female). Al Polymorphed An Object to turn the top of the tower into a gold dragon. The drow fall.
Next round, Al dropped dead (apparently a victim of a Scarab of Death put-pocketed on him in the previous combat). Samshee and Maxximus disappeared and did not answer on the link. Tarl cast Hammer Barrier and did a bunch of damage. Jet summoned an Air Elemental to attack the drow. They got away using Word of Recall.
Stonedar showed up. He had been busy fighting a bunch of fire elementals. He created a pocket in the stone to give us a chance to regroup. Tarl used Augury. “Are either Samshee or Maxximus alive?” The answer was “No.”
Tarl raised Aldeberon. Aldeberon used a Limited Wish on a scroll to bring Maxximus and Samshee back with all their stuff.
We later heard that House Vrama was reborn due to the unprovoked attack by adventurers.