Uktar 12th, 1372 DR The Year of Wild Magic
Day 33 – Evening
The Well of Demons: The Pit
It has been a long morning for all so we decide to get some well needed rest before assaulting the inner sanctum. Taking advantage of the recently emptied gnoll warrens we retire to their barracks to eat, sleep and recover. All is quiet in the now deserted area and the break is a welcome peaceful moment except for one unusual encounter during Bashful’s watch. He claims to have seen the ghostly spectre of a minotaur walking along the corridor and says it brushed his arm making it go cold. Perhaps he saw something and the minotaur was thanking us for ridding its home of the gnoll infestation, or more likely Bashful has been hit in the head one too many times and is just imagining things. Either way the day passes without incident and that evening we prepare to perform the final test and open up the summoning chamber.
Deciding our best course is to pair up at each of the four symbols we divide up the objects and use candle clocks to synchronise the time of placement. With everyone in position the candle wicks slowly approach the appointed moment and then, with almost clockwork precision, we place the four objects on their marks. At once a great gong sounds reverberating throughout the complex and in each of the four locations traps spring into deadly action:
• In the dead-end corridor Robb and Bashful are confronted by some form of automated crossbows which rise up out of the floor;
• Cymbalta and Snow see two purple orbs appear above the altars in the eastern room and feel chilled by a sudden fear;
• A water elemental swirls up out of one of the pools in the Vat Room and moves to attack Haggis and Sneezy;
• Doc and Happy are stunned as the skeletons in the door chamber come to horrible life and attempt to grab at them with bony fingers.
As if these assaults were not enough to give us pause, from the pit room we hear a great roar as the dragon guardian awakes and flies up to perform its dreadful duty, and a giant pulsating ball drops into the surrounding corridor and begins to roll menacingly around its confines. It is also at this time that the two deceitful tieflings decide to reappear and attack us while we are separated.
After avoiding the traps we all gather in the last room in front of the summoning chamber door. In here grasping skeletal hands rise up from the floor to ensnare our feet and drag us down to the ground while the two cowardly Tieflings attempt to attack use from within their invisibility shields. Meanwhile the Dragon has followed and blasts the room with its poison breath.
Cymbalta manages to force the Dragon back with powerful shots from his bow while Sneezy blasts the grasping dead and the others deal with the Tiefling attack. The Dragon soon recovers however and flies deep into the chamber seemingly fixated on chasing Cymbalta. This proves its undoing as it is attacked from all sides by the entire party plus the grasping undead, the trap unaware of the difference between friend and foe. With the dragon downed the tieflings soon follow and then all focus their attacks on the skeletal hands and shatter them to harmless pieces.
Not wanting to face the next struggle wounded we decide to rest for a spell and bind our wounds. Fortunately nobody has been seriously hurt in the encounter apart from Haggis who once more slipped to near the point of death and needed to be relieved by Doc’s skilful hands. We find ourselves again questioning our choice of companion in this so-called ‘avenger’ but decide that every group needs its jester and in that he fulfils his role admirably keeping us most amused with his comical attempts at combat.
After overcoming all threats and obstacles it appears that we have passed the test correctly as the summoning chamber’s doors split apart and a strange mist creeps out of the gap as they begin to slowly open.
Robb: A Tiefling poison covered sword (no monetary value, Robb wishes to research the poison)
Green Dragon, Tieflings, Grasping Dead, Doom Sphere, Elemental Vortex, Crossbow Turret, Roaring Terror
Video is listed on YouTube at: * Session 40 Part1