Session 7. Different paths, and a new companion
Phil: Rhea the Ranger
NPC: Ven the Rootelf
Vanier: Steelriven the raggedy Dwarf
Chris: Hogarth the Half-elven Druid
Hogarth, coming from the East wandered to the northern shore of the Northwest Passage and happened upon a bedraggled, almost dead dwarf (Steelriven), lying on the beach beneath an overhanging cliff and a waterfall. After helping him up and asking about what happened they more or less realized the could benefit from each other’s companionship, and agreed to try to get the bounty on the Aasimir, as he seemed to have perished into the sea.
He used his prepared healing spell and they rested together on the beach healing and getting Steelriven back up to speed. Their journey back through the marshes past Twin peaks to Deadmuck was punctuated only by an encounter with a patrolling group of lizardfolk, centaurs, and a human. The lizardfolk leader recognized Hogarth as a fellow druid and asked him of his mission. He suggested that Hogarth travel into the mountains to the west if he was seeking a temple as he knew of none within the radius of his patrol, but at the same time to beware as few travel into the mountains and later return.
Upon returning to Deadmuck they found El Saaid by going to Stolyssa’s shack and merely talking to the crazy woman-thing. He came in, asked of the status of the Aasimir, they told him the Aasimir was dead, presenting some scrapings of skin and toenails. El Saaid looked unamused. Hogarth corroborated the account of the Aasimir’s probable drowning. El Saaid said he would spend 48 hours verifying the account with his sources, if they were accurate then he would meet them and pay the bounty agreed upon.
Rhea and Ven, now deep into the Kobold compound were escorted around the cave complex, warned against entering certain areas, and told of the surrounding environment of the caves, particularly of the giant ant nest, the goblins, and the deurgar, as well as an ethereal filcher and a grick somewhere nearby.
They moved out of the kobold’s complex and into the outside caves, passing a ladder to the surface and encountering a nest of centipedes which attacked them when they came near. Unloading arrow after arrow at the centipedes Rhea managed to kill off the beasts as they assaulted Ven over and over. Ven bore the punishment and felt sick from the centipede bites, but nonetheless continued on. As they explored they stumbled across a pit trap, Ven managed to quickly jump back as it fell but Rhea wasn’t so lucky and he fell twenty feet to the bottom of the pit. Fortunately he survived, although battered, and climbed out as Ven dropped his silk rope and helped pull him out.
They turned around the corner and ascended a slope into a tiny passage where a tiefling had made a camp, and was still present, somehow missing the noise of falling into the pit below completely. Both sides were alarmed, the tiefling cornered.
Engaging in conversation with the man, Rhea inquired as to whether or not the Tiefling was Delor, he said he was in fact and asked to what end they had come searching for him. Upon telling him that they wanted to bring back the heirloom of his alleged murder victim to her father he said it was no such thing, and that it was in fact a trinket she stole from the ogre mages, which he had equal right to as her. He admitted to getting into a scuffle with the late Chelsea, but said only that he escaped, not admitting guilt to murder.
After a long and carefully considered dialog, Rhea traded the Masterwork Dwarven longsword to Delor for the trinket and an agreement that Delor himself would follow them back to Deadmuckm, behind them out of sight, ensuring that they reported the Tiefling deceased.
On their return trip they ran across a wary dwarven patrol, different than the ones they encountered before, though similar. They let each other pass unhindered and arrived in Deadmuck. Rhea showed the trinket to Chelsea’s father who said it was not the heirloom. Realizing they had been swindled by the tiefling they cut the story short at that and went to the temple to rest and recover from their wounds while regrouping in preparation to go back and confront the murderer and swindler they now believed Delor to be.
Patrol party: Two lizardfolk, two centaurs, one human
8 Centipedes, defeated
Delor the Tiefling