grey hawk

An Octych and a cleric
January 24th, 2017

We appear in a small stone chamber. In the center is floating an orange wedge no bigger than a human thumb, it is an octych. Sanna studies it without touching it. it looks a little bit beat up and like it was inserted in to something. Pike and Obregon search the room but don’t find anything to indicate anyone else has stepped foot in here in a long time. Sanna grabs the octych and the curtains and light beam vanish. The visions grow hazy in our minds as if we are suddenly forgetting those experiences. We head back down the hallway and find Elaine and Brunj sitting on the stairs with the gate closed and there is light coming from the western tunnel that wasn’t there previously. Brunj signals us to be quiet and we can hear there are people down the stairs. Pike goes invisible and creeps to the top of the stairs which go down 5’ and open onto a large room which looks like a museum. There is a catwalk around the room with several burly humans in studded leather. On the north end is a black dragon skeleton hung from chains while to the south is huge arm dangling from mithral chains. In the middle are several broken display cases. Pike comes back to fill us in while Brunj and Elaine tell us that we appeared to be gone a couple of hours. while we were gone, the room down the stairs lit up and then there were some arcane sounds. She suspects that something was summoned. Beltin and Gonoan move on to the stairs and the rest of the group comes along. Beltin yells to the barbarians to lay down their weapons and they will not be harmed and readies his Morningstar. Pike moves up invisibly and stabs one in the gut, releasing the stored magic missiles, doing some devastating damage but not quite killing him. Obregon moves up and finishes that one off. As it falls, the body disappears. Gonoan steps up and begins whaling on another, hacking him to pieces. Sanna prepares a spell but holds. Suddenly, we hear arcane chanting from above, after which the dragon skeleton and large arm break free of their chains. The arm moves up and attacks the nearest creature which happens to be one of the barbarians. It grabs him by the head and crushes him. The dragon takes a step forward and attacks Gonoan, slamming him. The remaining barbarian rushes Gonoan and attempts to bull rush him, fails and takes hits from Gonoan and Beltin, dropping him in his tracks. Beltin moves in to the room and breathes acid at the dragon, which takes it full in the face. Pike turns invisible and uses a healing potion. Obregon begins shooting at the skeleton, hitting 5 times causing it to crumble. Gonoan charges the arm and hits it. Sanna tosses a lightning bolt at it, and it looks bad off. A rock comes flying from where the skeleton originated, landing near Sanna and suddenly most of us can no longer hear anything. Gonoan gets hit by a blunt attack that he can’t see. The arm attacks Gonoan, hitting him and taking acid damage which destroys it. Beltin sprays acid along the back of the room where the rock came from. Pike picks up the rock and puts it in his haversack, causing sound to return. Obregon casts a spell searching for any of his favored enemies but doesn’t learn anything. Gonoan listens intently and believes whatever it is, is higher than us so he moves up the northern cat walk. Sanna casts detect magic and there is magic around the ceiling above Gonoan. We hear arcane casting but nothing immediately seems to happen. Beltin climbs the wall above Gonoan and swings wildly but hits nothing. Pike shoots twice and hits something once. Obregon begins babbling incoherently; apparently he is under the effect of confusion. Gonoan listens intently. Sanna casts a dispel magic, ending Obregon’s confusion, Beltin’s spider climb (he feather falls to the cat walk) and the male human cleric becomes visible standing upside down on the ceiling. The cleric does not look happy and decides to vent his ire upon poor Beltin by way of climbing down and swinging at him. Gonoan scores a wicked hit and the cleric misses. Beltin swings back, crushing his chest in. We loot his body and find Slippers of spider climbing, wand of hold person, gloves of dex +2, belt of giant strength +4, horn of Valhalla.

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Behind the curtains
January 10th, 2017

Beltin attempts to convince the dragon we are peaceful and are only attempting to rescue a friend upstairs. The dragon says you do not come in peace armed and armored. Beltin says that the area is dangerous and the dragon replies that he is one of the dangers. Sanna moves back down a little bit and checks the ceiling to see if there is anything on it that would help us evade the dragon. Gonoan steps down and starts swinging at the dragon, hitting twice. Pike moves down, finds the gate closed with an arcane lock and uses the knock ring to undo it. Obregon yells that we just want to find out how to deactivate the rainbow room but shoots the dragon 4 times when he gets no response; hitting all 4 times. Brunj moves down and Elaine tosses magic missiles at it but they fizzle as they hit. Beltin spits acid at the dragon and whispers to Pike to check the 4th step for traps or triggers. Sanna casts prismatic ray at it, hitting it for electric damage, while apologizing to the dragon. The dragon disappears. Gonoan listens intently and can hear it is still there, but is unable to connect with a swing of his axe. Pike checks the 4th step but finds nothing. Obregon shoots at the obviously invisible dragon, hitting twice. Beltin swings at it but even though he’s sure he hit, nothing happens as it appears to be ethereal. Sanna hits it with a fireball, manifested as cold and sculpts it to only hit around the outside of the cage. The dragon reappears and crumples to the ground dead. The gate swings open easily under Beltin’s hand and we enter the octagonal chamber. Obregon takes a claw from the dragon but Beltin stops anything else from being taken. There is a shimmering orange curtain in front of the southern door, while the eastern and northern have double doors. West has stairs going down; NE, NW and SW go down a short ways and turn while SE is a long straight hall. Sanna believes the curtains are magical and there are tests between each consecutive curtain in order to pass. Pike attempts to use magic device on the curtain and we all appear in a new area. We are sitting before our teacher, Slerotin, who is telling us about Power magic which the Seul use to prosper. Eventually he turns to us and asks us to repeat the lesson. Obregon goes first but is unable to do so. Gonoan fails as well but Sanna speaks and the scene fades away. We are now closer to the end of this hall, in between the first and second curtains. Sanna touches the next curtain and we are now in a plaza of a mighty city. Slerotin has asked us to create a statue from the rock in front of us in to a likeness of the greatest wizard on Oerth. We have just begun our work and are anxious to see how it turns out. We all choose who to raise a statue to: Pike wrote Zagyg and his intelligence went up a point, as did Sanna’s and Obregons. Gonoan chooses himself but doesn’t receive anything immediate. Beltin says Mordekainen and nothing happens. The vision fades and we are between the 2nd and 3rd curtains. Sanna touches the next curtain and we find ourselves standing alongside Slerotin before the emperor who is talking about mounting an attack against the Bakkarush empire. Slerotin counsels restraint though the emperor wants aggression. Pike says to focus on the perpetrators not the whole kingdom. Obregon agrees and Sanna says she believes the battle will fail. Gonoan says he will do whatever and Beltin says let us assassinate the other emperor. Slerotin smiles with pride and the vision fades. Touching the next curtain, the emperor has ignored Slerotin and has us enacting the violent Power magic but we can feel the opposition casting a devastating magic as well and as the Bakkarush are destroyed a colorless flaming rain devastates the Seul imperium. Slerotin tells us that he has an escape for some select citizens and asks us to accompany him. We decide to go and most of us take damage from the colorless fire, with Sanna falling unconscious. We reappear betwixt the next 2 curtains. We heal ourselves up and touch the next curtain. We are with Slerotin, leading the survivors through an underground tunnel he has created. Occasionally it intersects with other tunnels and we have to defend the others. We each tell how we would defend the refugees. Our plans are successful and we are now beyond the 5th curtain. In the next scene we have emerged from the tunnel and there are many areas to claim as a new homeland. Some refugees want to go east staying within the tropics and others are more interested in going to the north which is less harsh. We decide to head north. We are now past the 6th curtain and touch the 7th. We have found a place for our followers yet the world is not safe. Power magic make this world unsafe and we are the only remaining practitioners and must leave this world. We create a key called an optich and only those who hold the correct key can enter these new worlds we create. We describe our worlds and we are able to move. The 8th curtain leads us to the plaza where we raised the statues but only dust remains. There is a disturbance in the dust and Slerotin appears and questions why we have returned. He does not like our answers but we manage to survive his wrath. What awaits beyond the last curtain?

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Flames without heat
December 27th, 2016

Beltin spider climbs up the back side of the ziggurat until he reaches the top. The heat from the flame is overwhelming but before he moves back down a level he notices that the flame originates from a shaft down in to the pyramid. The rest of the team move up and Beltin stops them before they get too close. Sanna attempts to dispel it with the wand but nothing happens. She does feel that this probably taps in to the elemental plane of fire. Next, she pulls out the wand of detect secret doors to see if there is a hidden entrance. It only shows the fire’s shaft as an entrance which is odd, but no others. As they walk around, they notice the dragon creature is not where we left it. Obregon runs down to track it and sees it moved around the back side of the ziggurat. He hollers out to the rest of the party and we all race to the nearest edge to attempt to spot it. Gonoan hears it near the mouth of the cavern and heads towards it, yelling out its location. Beltin runs to the edge of the ziggurat and leaps off, feather falling to the base. Obregon charges it and kills it with one hit but he hits it a couple more times just to be sure. Obregon tracks around the cavern but finds nothing else of interest. Beltin and Gonoan manhandle the dracolisk corpse in to one of the portable holes. Sanna uses the detect magic wand around the ziggurat and the flame. Meanwhile Beltin and Obregon check out the small chamber with the glowing crystals. Sanna gets that the flame is extremely powerful elemental fire and the ziggurat has magic against magical movement/teleportation. Beltin and Obregon notice the glowing crystals are easily broken off. Beltin takes one and runs back to the top and no longer feels the heat from the flame. He relays that information to Obregon who breaks off the remaining 10 crystals. Beltin moves in to the shaft and feels like he is floating but can choose to go up or down. He goes down a little ways and it opens in to a large chamber which appears to have been melted out of the metal. To the west is a granite door with an intricate carving of an exotic coiled dragon. To the north and south are double iron doors with strips of ivory and jade. The rest of the party follows, comes out in to the room and we begin to look around. Sanna can actually feel the presence of the magic she detected earlier. No scrying or teleporting will work here, and the surfaces cannot be transmuted in any way. We decide to start with the dragon door and Pike finds no traps and hears no evil behind it so he opens it quietly (sort of). It opens to reveal stairs going down which change about 50’ down in to metal risers surrounded by metal lattice work. Sanna and Elaine begin moving down the stairs despite warnings from the rest of us. She stops and listens, hears nothing and retreats back to the top. Pike checks the north doors and opens them to find a chamber where the walls appear to undulate and have a rainbow petrified within them. There is a door shaped as a white cloud to the left and one that looks like rippling black mist to the right and each have bronze handles shaped like the tongue of a gargoyle. This room is almost psychedelic and several of us are entranced by it and the wall begins to slap us with prismatic effects. Beltin gets hit with a red beam but nothing happens and he grabs the handle of the door with the black mist. It pulls open on to a room containing just a tall back chair with red velvet cushions and hanging from a chain in the ceiling is a 6” diameter bird cage in which a small humanoid lies slumped. Sanna is fascinated by the rainbow effect, is hit by the yellow beam and takes a lot of damage. Gonoan is also fascinated and hit by 2 beams, a blue and a red, neither of which affect him. Obregon yanks Sanna out of the room. Pike gets hit with red and takes no damage and then runs back in to the main room. Beltin grabs Gonoan and pulls him in to the room with him. Beltin then walks up to the cage and peers inside. There is a tiny woman lying here and when Beltin calls to her and asks if she is Shinda. She stirs and raises her head, her eyes are glazed and she appears to be in despair. She says she is Shinda and Beltin says we are friends of Vexia and here to rescue her. She begs to be freed but doesn’t know how to get out. Beltin spider climbs to the ceiling and removes the chain from the hook. We then run back through to the original room. We each take a beam but resist the effect. As we enter the original room, the cage disappears and returns to its original position. We decide to check the southern double doors, hoping to find a way to neutralize the rainbow room. The doors open and we see a barren wide chamber. The stone in this room is polished to a glass like sheen. Elaine casts detect magic in the room and finds powerful illusion and transmutation effects. We decide discretion is the better part of valor and proceed down the stairs. This octagonal domed room has 8 hallways radiating from it though one appears blocked by rippling orange energy. The ceiling has an elaborate carving of a serpentine dragon. As we approach the bottom, a large sound occurs as a mosaic rips itself from the wall and forms a guardian dragon. Beltin yells at the party to run and then yells at the dragon that we are friends in draconic. Sanna runs back up the stairs toward the door. The dragon wraps itself around the lattice work cage, its mere presence causing most of the party to be shaken. It then breathes fire up the stairs, which does not affect us thanks to our crystals. Gonoan moves back up a few stairs and take a defensive stance. Pike tells the dragon we don’t want to fight it and if it is begin compelled, we can help it. Obregon moves up by Sanna, as does Elaine and Brunj. Dragon hunting anyone?

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Seekers and dragons
December 13th, 2016

Pike goes to visit Kellick with Obregon and Brunge accompanying. Kellick is polite but abrupt about dismissing them for a private chat with Pike. Kellick takes Pike into his trophy room, The deck of many things is there as well as what looks like some type of handle made from clay. Kellick shows Pike a new acquisition, a ring. Pike expresses interest in what the handle is and Kellick tells him that he found it while adventuring with Tiira and Auric. It appears to be part of the protoype of a rod that was broken in to many parts. The ring is from a secret group of beings called the seekers. He believes that Pike has abilities that would be of use to this group he belongs to. They are the seekers and he is wearing a ring that looks like the one in the case, though newer. Pike agrees to meet some of them and Kellick asks the other 2 to wait. Pike is offered the ring and puts it on. Obregon decides to head home rather than wait, so Brunge goes as well. Kellick tells Pike that they will want him to keep a journal of his journeys with interesting finds included. They go to Gelds Maps, and Lazaryn Geld is there and wearing a seekers ring as well. The back of the shop is very splendid and full of journals and items which would be of interest to treasure hunters and adventurers. Geld leans in and whispers to Kellick that Pike seems to divulge a lot of information but he does believe he would be trustworthy. There are more members in another room, and they are Farlindell, Nestle a pale blond haired man, and Stillwar a dwarf. The seekers consider The scarlet brotherhood, and The silent ones, as enemies. There are many other members and they are known by their rings. Pike is expected to keep a detailed journal and to archive it annually. He is presented with a blank, thick journal. He returns to the house and tells the rest of the party that Kellick had something to show him. We have a ceremony the next day to receive our reward for killing Laurus Racknian. His head is mounted on a spike and revealed to the hundreds of people in attendance who are thunderstruck. We are presented with our coin in an elaborate sack by the head of Greyhawk, as well as a certificate noting that the order of the Shadow Phoenix is being recognized for this feat. We are introduced and cheered individually. Pike declares he is donating his share to the orphanage and begins to scope out a mark to pick pocket. He sees a 2600 gp bracelet that he likes and tries to snag it. The mark catches him and he begins to act drunk and claims he was just admiring it. The person looks skeptical but walks away without making a scene. Obregon notices him getting in to something but not exactly what. The crowd disperses and we make our way back to the ruins. Vexia awaits us in the top of Zagig’s tower and we tell her to meet us in the welcome chamber. We are able to make it back to the gaseous teleporter without incident. We have Pike attempt to figure out the wind trap and he locates the trap and knows it needs a word or phrase to deactivate. Sanna finds a ring of runes that Pike attempts to decode successfully. We get through the wind chamber and to the reception room and meet Vexia. She asks where to and upon learning that we want to explore the other side of the cavern, she tells us there are only deep black holes she believes lead to the underdark. She warns us that the red caps may have been setting traps for us so we decide to pass the promenade in gaseous form. We arrive at the cavernous area and move to the left which we had not previously explored. The walls here glitter with crystals and stalactites stab down and there is a large one that meets a massive stalagmite. We see the holes and Beltin floats over a hole which is very deep, hundreds of feet down. Obregon tracks around the hole and can tell that something like a dragon or aberration has been through here as well as humanoid undead. Beltin floats around and notices that the northern most hole does not go down nearly as far and then slopes toward the north. We regain our corporeal selves and decide to explore that hole. We spider climb down about 40’ and notice light coming from a side cavern and a larger cavern ahead of us. The main cavern contains a number of statues as well as stalagmites and stalactites. The walls are striated with silver and red. Arrayed around the floor are stone drow, driders, deep gnomes, umber hulks and giant spiders. The light is coming from a glowing ziggurat. This appears to be the answer to Vexia’s riddle. Elaine points out that the side chamber could be something dangerous. Pike moves up to the side cavern stealthily and sees this rooms walls, floors and ceilings are encrusted with thick beds of rock crystals, and here and there tiny patches glow as if on fire. He checks the ground in front of him, finding nothing and keeps moving forward but still finds nothing else. He returns and we decide to move toward the ziggurat with caution, Obregon attempts to tell what has been moving around and can tell that the creature moves between the exit and the ziggurat. We begin to move forward cautiously, eyes downcast in case of gaze attacks. The ziggurat’s first level is a vertical 30’, the next 2 angle inward and each rise 10’. A steep staircase rises to the apex upon which is a vertical, smokeless flame. There are also braziers of brilliant flame in the 4 corners of each level. We begin to approach and notice a large creature lying to one side that may be asleep. Sanna believes it is a cross between a dragon and a basilisk. Sanna shoots a disintegrate ray at it but misses. A large shadowy neck detaches itself from the side of the ziggurat and stretches forward, with over-large glittering eyes, the depths of which promise death. Obregon shoots at it, hitting it 6 times. Beltin breathes acid at it to no effect. Brunge moves up to the creature as Sanna hits it with a disintegrate ray, doing massive damage. Gonoan runs up to the creature as well. The creature gazes at Brunge but he avoids the gaze and then it begins to fly away. Gonoan and Brunge take attacks at its back, both hitting. Pike moves up and so does Obregon who puts 2 arrows in it, causing it to plummet to the ground.

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Death and disintegration
November 29th, 2016

We close the door to this room and Obregon searches the room. He finds a secret door near the rear of the room but nothing else of interest. He manages to figure out how to open the door and it opens to reveal a mostly empty room with a few gnawed bones in the corner which have obviously not been disturbed in many years. He searches it thoroughly and manages to see through an illusory wall covering an adamantine coffer on a narrow shelf. As he picks it up, 3 green beams shoot out and 2 hit him, dealing a massive amount of damage. The coffer is disintegrated in the process. We do a little healing, spike the door and rest until morning. Pike awakens and Beltin heals him a little more. We begin to make our way out and decide to cut through the rooms off the promenade but it doesn’t go through the way we thought so we retrace our steps. As we make our way over the promenade, the redcaps spot us. We make a break for it and manage to get across without being scathed except Beltin who accepts some magic missiles while dodging some magic stones hurled by the redcaps. We make it back to the teleportation chamber. We cross when the gale force winds begin again; knocking Beltin off his feet and against the wall. We manage to extricate him and take our potions of gaseous form to reenter the hole. We come back out in the tower of magic. We move through the tower in gaseous form to avoid danger. Even after resuming our normal forms, we escape the tower without incident. We return to Greyhawk on an overcast 28th of Ready’reat. The guards refuse us entry with the creature Gonoan is carrying without a cage or leash. Obregon heads to Lord Henway’s estate to gather a way to transport the creature. He is escorted to Lord Henway who greets him warmly and is excited to hear about at least one of them being alive. He provides Obregon a collapsible cage to carry it in. We return directly and give him not only the living one but also the dead one. He is a little bummed that we weren’t able to bring Laurus Racknian back alive but gives us 2500 gp as a reward for the return of the Aurumvoraxes. We move towards the church of Boccob and ask after Riann. She has us put Sanna’s body in a special chamber and asks us to leave while she prepares. We find another priest to heal Pike. Obregon asks for a checkup since he hasn’t felt right after being disintegrated. He appears to be fine. After everyone is medically sound, we go shopping and restock our supplies. Pike checks in with the thieve’s guild and eventually Tiira shows up. He pays his dues and updates them on our adventures. He shows her Laurus Racknian’s belt and tells her how he killed him. She tells him the reward is 6000 gp but comes from the city not the guild. Beltin suddenly feels weird and notices his skin begins to melt off so he goes to the church of St Cuthbert and gets cured by Eritae. He then pulls out Laurus Racknian’s head and shows it to her. She asks where he was and if we knew what he was doing. He fills her in on what we found. She also asks about Iuz and his disappearance. She is concerned that his followers may act erratically and may mount an attack on the ruins to try and free Iuz. He leaves the head and she says we will get paid, most likely within a day. Pike meets with some clerics who answered his ad. Brunge is a half orc cleric who catches Pike’s eye. He is non-denominational and Pike tells him that we need him to destroy evil, do some healing and bust heads. They agree and shake on it and Brunge is coming by the house the next morning. Beltin heads to the diner and checks in with the owner. The owner tells him that a lot of the clerics, wizards and wealthy are hiring bodyguards and moving their valuables but he is not sure why. Also, Tenser has retired to his tower and Mordekainen hasn’t been seen lately. Sanna and Elaine compare notes about the ethereal plane though neither remembers much from their death experience. Sanna dismisses Brother Justin from service. Gonoan heads to the Green Dragon Inn and talks with Rikard, relaying tales of our battles. At some point Kellick comes in and after looking around approaches Gonoan asking after Pike. Gonoan says he is in town and alive but not sure exactly where he is. 7.785.56 gp

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Brains with legs
November 18th, 2016

Sanna suddenly begins to feel her throat close up and Beltin jumps forward to heal her but it doesn’t work. She realizes that she needs water to breathe and takes off for the pond below the balcony. We follow her and help her get in to the water. She can now breathe normally underwater and lets us know that she is under the effect of a water breathing spell and it will last for several hours. Pike, Vexia and Obregon return to the lab room. Pike manages to salvage a jar and collects some of the mucous in it. Obregon finds there is a head band (intellect +4) and ring (protection +2) on the lich. He removes them carefully and rinses off the slime. He puts the crown in the portable hole and Pike tries on the ring. Nothing obvious happens. They come back to the rest of us and after a few hours, Sanna’s breathing returns to normal. We head back to the lab room and search it. The north door opens to reveal several chains and manacles designed for humanoid and non-humanoid restraint alike. The south door opens on to a tiny reading room with a table and chair. There is a shelf above the table that contains books. They appear to be spell books so Sanna comes in and detects magic, which shows that the ring, and crown are but the books are not. The books go into the portable hole and Sanna puts on the head band. We move to the hallway that leads to the odd shaped room. Each alcove in this room contains a pair of manacles. Beltin moves in to the room and around the corner but nothing happens. Sanna is able to determine that some of the runes are to either keep out or keep in evil, others eliminate the need for food/water. Obregon uses his tracking ability and can see that there are some small bare hand and foot prints around this room but whatever it is hasn’t appeared to leave in quite some time. It appears that whatever made them has moved to the exit but can’t seem to leave. We search the room and in the first alcove Pike enters, he hears something move. Suddenly he feels dazed and activates his blink ring. Sanna notices and asks what’s wrong. Pike says something did something to him from a different alcove. Obregon tosses a thunderstone where Pike indicated the attack came from. But nothing seems to happen. Gonoan moves to that corner and peers in hard but doesn’t see anything. Beltin spits acid in to the corner as Sanna calls a flame sphere in to existence at the same spot. Obregon shoots 6 arrows in to the corner but with no apparent effect. Vexia moves and checks on Pike. Gonoan swings blindly, hitting nothing and Beltin does the same. Sanna tosses an ice knife in the corner which may have hit something. Suddenly, there is a small creature that looks like a brain with legs in the alcove with pike, which gets shot by Obregon immediately. It appears to be trying to crawl in to Pike but is baffled by the blinking. Sanna and Gonoan are hit by confusion. Vexia attempts to shoot at the creature but misses. Gonoan hits Beltin while his back is turned who turns and attacks the creature next to Pike. Sanna babbles incoherently while Vexia hits one with an arrow. Obregon starts filling the same one with arrows, finally killing it. Gonoan attacks Sanna while she attempts to attack the remaining creature but misses. Vexia attempts to shoot the hidden one but fails. Obregon moves back and attempts to spot the remaining creature but fails. Gonoan kills Sanna with a massive blow. Beltin spits acid again. Obregon manages to hit it with a couple of arrows while Gonoan hits it once as well. Beltin moves up and takes a defensive stance. The creature seems to be focusing on Gonoan. Vexia tries to send a magic missile at it but can’t seem to penetrate its defenses. Obregon hits with another 3 arrows, finally killing it. Gonoan manages to shake off the confusion and we try to regroup. We put Sanna’s body in the portable hole until we can get her back to Riann.

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November 1st, 2016

This room stretches on and the creek ends in another pool under a balcony 50’ off the ground. Obregon begins tracking as we head to check the waterfall. A number of creatures including drow and some type of reptilian creatures have been using this as a water source. We find the waterfall is just that and there doesn’t appear to be anything behind it. We move to the north pool and there is a wall built along the back with the balcony atop it. It appears to be similar to the promenade in construction. We spider climb up the cavern wall until we reach the balcony, which has a small lip around the edge. Pike sees 2 large armless creatures moving around the pool that appear to be looking for something but don’t seem to see us. Beyond the balcony is a long garden observatory with 4 alcoves containing statues of Boccob and ending in a passage that appears to turn to the east out of our view. We search the room but find nothing of interest. The passage turns south again and ends at a locked door which Pike picks handily. It opens to reveal a stone paved plaza. On the left is a long banquet table with delectable food and water gushes from a fountain carved as a trio of dolphins holding a nymph on the right. Immediately to our right is an 8’ bird cage containing some exotic looking birds. There is balcony overlooking a cityscape with the smells of cooking food and sounds of yet more exotic birds. There is a door on the other side of the bird cage as well as doors in the east and west walls. As we enter, behind us appears a plaza overlooking a cityscape instead of the doors we saw originally. Sanna determines there are multiple overlapping illusions in this room. We attempt to disbelieve the illusions, Beltin manages to disbelieve the cityscape behind us and Sanna disbelieves the buffet table. However, when Beltin approaches the table, he is overcome with a compulsion to eat the food and begins taking wisdom damage from it but can’t seem to stop. Sanna attempts to knock the food out of his hand but fails. She calls Gonoan over to pull him away but he is overcome by the compulsion as well and begins to eat. Pike puts 2 flaming bolts in to the table causing it to begin to burn. Obregon puts 4 arrows in to it and it collapses after which the boys manage to stop eating. Sanna pulls them both back and ends up near the fountain and has to resist the urge to drink and warns the rest of us against approaching it. Pike is checking the bird cage, finds it locked, picks it and the door swings open on to reveal a torture device with a gagged and bound skeleton with bits of flesh still clinging to its bones in place of the birds. He decides to not investigate any closer. He and Beltin go to check the other doors in this room as they are the only ones who can see them. Pike picks the lock on and opens the eastern door behind which is a small hallway with doors along in it which we suspect leads to rooms along the promenade. We close it and move to the other south door, pick it and it opens to a hallway which leads to an odd shaped room. This room has alcoves in the walls, and arcane runes which are giving off a faint blue light. We close that door and move to the western door. It is locked but opens easily to Pike’s nimble fingers revealing a room which reeks of raw meat, vinegar and decaying flesh. Spattered on the walls and floor are thick congealing puddles of translucent slime and tacky swathes of what appears to be greenish leather and glass jars of pale liquid are hanging from chains descending from the ceiling. In each of the 4 corners is a circular stone platform just over 3’ high piled with heaps of flesh, enormous fins and coils of entrails. There are doors in both the north and south walls. To the west is a long marble table upon which lies a partially dissected fish like head with 3 eyes and 4 long tentacles protruding from below and a glowing brain inside. Pike takes 2 shots at the brain, hitting once. The head cries out to leave its lair and it will allow us to live or else feel its wrath. Beltin steps up and sprays the room with acid while Sanna moves in and throws lightning around. A huge ghostly body that appears to be match the head rises in it’s spot. Beltin swings and hits it. Sanna steps away, throws a lightning bolt at it and then translocates out of the room. Pike begins to blink, shoots it once and then moves away. Gonoan is unable to figure out where we are going or what we are doing as the illusion still holds for him. Obregon puts 7 force arrows in to the fishly spectre and when that’s not enough to destroy it, he hastes himself and shoots 2 more arrows causing the ghostly apparition to dissipate. Beltin moves up and smashes the still glowing brain after which it ceases to glow. Sanna comes back up to the room and uses detect magic, and the whole room glows. Beltin leaves the room and heals some of Gonoan’s wisdom damage. Sanna can tell there are several magical auras near the ceiling in the area of the table. Pike moves up and shoots in to the area and thinks he may have hit something. Obregon moves in to the room and approaches one of the doors. Beltin asks after some more restoration and Vexia gives a potion to both Beltin and Gonoan who are then fully recovered. Sanna gets more information on the magic in the room while Pike puts 2 more bolts in the ceiling though they don’t seem to affect anything this time. Sanna gets hit by something, but is not sure what. At that point, Obregon starts shooting the ceiling as well and seems to hit something. A skeletal lich type creature falls to the floor and becomes visible in its torpidness. What other dangers await us in these rooms?

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October 23rd, 2016

We finish searching the room and nests finding 39gp, 11pp, a jade ring with twisting vine band, bejeweled MW kukri (1200gp), scarab shaped as though it is impaled upon half a dozen pins (golembane, 2500gp). Pike tries on the ring but it doesn’t appear to be magical. There is also a secret door opposite where we entered. Pike manages to open it and we see a long, long, long hallway with openings along the right from time to time. Obregon can tell there is more than one redcap and that this is likely their lair and that they use the secret door regularly. Pike starts heading down the long hall, and when reaching the first passage sees there is a door recessed a few feet. The rest of us follow along, and see through the door an observation booth, with a pair of iron chairs overlooking the promenade. We spot a construct that looks like a bunch of gargoyles formed in to a juggernaut with 3 redcaps riding it and messing with its gears and levers. Down a ways is another that appears non-functional. We close the door and move down the hall, opening each door to make sure they are all the same, which they are. Until the end of the hall, there is a door around a corner which opens on to a high domed large plaza with grand staircases leading up to our location. There is a large cracked crystal in the ceiling and others in the walls. We hear someone moving in the hall opening the doors where we came from. We decide to become invisible and wait in one of the observation decks to see who it is. There is a redcap coming along the promenade, obviously looking for us. There is also another now on the opposite balcony, looking for us too. The one on our side calls out “warriors, come out and play”. We decide to reenter the hall and deal with the secret door. The red cap in the hall is leaving as we reenter. We follow it back through the door to the nest and to the door the first red cap came from. Pike hears what sound like a small creature singing on the other side and proceeds to open it. On the other side is a narrow room with a wooden table and 4 chairs in the center, a single arrow slit overlooking the promenade and a tall cabinet with its faced smashed in. There is a door that is ajar on the same wall we enter from and the singing is coming from that room. There is a redcap in this room as well as multiple types of weapons that appear for practice. The red cap is holding a sickle and smiles at us. Beltin runs forward and sprays it with acid while Pike puts a bolt in its belly. The redcap moves through the other door, saying you can’t take her and swinging at Beltin on the way by though it can’t connect. Obregon moves in and shoots it twice in the back, hurting it bad. Sanna blasts it with cold, killing it outright. In the next room is a light in a gilded cage but we can’t make out what it actually is. There are double bunk beds and a low table between them with the cage atop it. Gonoan looks at it but can’t tell what it is. Pike rushes in and opens the cage. Obregon knows this is some kind of outsider and possibly celestial. It appears to be an Eladrin to Sanna and likely good aligned. The light asks if we can help her, which we will gladly. She was captured by the red caps and transforms in to a leafy pixie. They are torturing her and trying to see how long it would take to starve her though she doesn’t need food. Her mistress, Shinda, sent her to find Ghaele Eladrin, who has gone missing. She isn’t powerful enough to battle the monsters here but has tracked her to the ruins. She has likely been captured as she hasn’t been sent to the afterlife. One clue she has is a cryptic verse “watched above by hawks of grey, and deep below old castles clay, guests of madness lost of kin, your mistress waits in zagigs den, under ziggurats crowned with fire, beyond the room of rainbows ire, lonely mistress filled with rage, caught within a pretty cage” The pixies name is Vexia and she believes the den is the tower of zagig. She offers to accompany us but doesn’t know how she can help. She offers us her ioun stone as payment but we don’t accept it. Obregon grabs the tooth left behind by the red cap and we toss the cage (600gp) in the portable hole. We head back through the waiting room, and in to the original hallway though Pike sits on the couch. All of a sudden, he feels something tug his circlet, and cap off and hangs them on the pegs. He grabs them and runs out. We approach the double doors at the end of the hallway and Pike opens them. The room behind them contains a circular table with a 2’ stone statue of a woman dressed in robes and wearing a featureless white mask, in her hand is a spindle from which dangles a single thread of gold. There is another set of double doors on one side which likely leads to the stage at the apex of the promenade. The statue is of Istus, goddess of fate. There is a door opposite where we entered. Sanna determines the statue is magical and believes if the string is pulled, you may get more information on your fate. Pike pulls the string and feels some dreadful fate awaits him soon. Sanna does it and feels excitement and anticipation as if some good luck was coming her way soon. Beltin feels luckier but gains 1 luck bonus on attack, saving throw and skill checks for 24 hours. Gonoan does it and feels lucky as Sanna did. We attempt to remove the statue but it resists our attempts. We move to the next room and the walls are a complicated mural decorated with details of the city of greyhawk as seen from above the river quarter and is very up to date. There is a secret door opposite where we entered and Pike manages to open it, revealing a 5’ space and another door which appears to be a secret door when entered on the other side. Pike can hear something is moving around on the other side and figures out how to open it. He pushes it open and there is an immense hall with short flights of stairs leading up with alcoves on each side holding statues of guardian warriors in each. On the second flight there are 2 gold cat like creatures loungin, (we believe they are Mr Henways missing pets). The octagonal room at the far end is lit with flickering light and a former gladiator which we suspect is Laurus Racknian. The cats look up and move to attack. Beltin moves forward and snarls at them to stand down, we know their master. Pike moves up between the cats, who miss with their claws, and tosses the fist of emirikol at Laurus to no effect. Sanna shapes a lightning bolt to hit both cats and Laurus. One cat launches itself at Sanna and hits her with a bite and and 5 of 8 claws. Obregon hits the other cat with 4 arrows, killing it. Gonoan runs up and kills the remaining cat. Beltin moves up and spits acid on Laurus while Pike runs up, draws his sword and swings at Laurus, though he manages to dodge. Sanna heals herself a little as Laurus begins to cast a spell. Pike hits him as he is casting, slicing open his abdomen and causing his entrails to spill across the floor. The look of surprise on his face as the Halfling steals his life is priceless. Sanna cuts off his head and puts it in the portable hole. Beltin attempts to stabilize the cats but only one is still alive. The dead one goes in to the portable hole while Gonoan carries the other. We search this room, and there are tapestries lining the walls depicting gladiatorial combat, a shelf of books and a table covered with parchment. The tapestries are of minor value, the statues appear to be real heroes not gods with plaques naming them: han-gra-dan, ganz yragerne, johydee, lyzandred, kelanen, slerotin. They appear to be hero-gods. The door leads to a modest bedchamber with nothing of interest, just a bed and chest. The parchments are fairly current newspapers from Grey hawk which begs the question how did they come to be here. Laurus has a champions belt(which Pike takes and puts on), breastplate of command(25400gp), bastard sword1 mighty cleaving(8300gp), potion of haste(750gp), buckler+2(4300gp), cloak of charisma +2(4000gp), and a ring of prot +2(8000gp). We ask Vexia why she went through the vortex but she doesn’t know what we are talking about, she tells us that she used alternate forms to move around and there is another way down here on the far end of the promenade where the grand stairs are. We move back to the double doors on to the stage, Pike becomes invisible and moves to the other door. He checks It, opens it and finds it leads to the map room. We head to the visitors room and Vexia offers to reconnoiter for us and discovers there is a way to get over the wall at the end of the promenade. We move through the dark hallway to the grand stair case and around to the top of the wall. Gonoan and Vexia move up and look over, seeing a ruinous battlefield marked with spattered blood and shattered stalactites. Purple tents lie smashed to the ground here and there. East and west are 2 passageways with the western lit with a faint yellow glow. We move to the top of the wall and spider climb down. We begin to move around towards the lighted cavern, checking the fallen tents, finding a larger command tent but it looks as though they have already been looted. The western passage has glowing clouds floating above the floor, smears of greasy yellow mold glowing dimly on the walls, large swathes of yellow fungus growing in beds along the floor, to the south is a waterfall from a cleft rock to a pool below and drains to the north from a narrow creek. A monstrous plant creature lumbers forward with vacant eyes, unerringly moving in our direction. Beltin steps forward and spits a line of acid at it while Obregon puts 6 force arrows in to it. Sanna puts a cloud around it and it moves forward a little. Pike puts a bolt in it and Gonoan charges it, accepting a hit and then missing with his swing. Suddenly, 2 undead bullits appear from underground and one attacks Obregon. Beltin attacks the bullit on Obregon, hitting once. Obregon puts 4 arrows in it and it falls in its tracks as Sanna blasts the other bullit and plant creature with cold. Pike moves up and puts another bolt in the plant. The plant sprays something at Gonoan which has no effect. It then hits him with 6 vine attacks. He responds by slashing it back 3 times. The bullit charges Pike but misses and Beltin charges it and hits. Obregon puts 6 arrows in the plant creature as Sanna drops a lightning ball on both creatures, killing both instantly. Let’s look around.

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October 18th, 2016

We head back to the fountain and move to the next level down. This room has been pulverized; the walls and doors are gone and the area is filled with rubble and debris. There are no clear paths around here. Obregon can tell there is something like a enormous worm living down here. No other creatures have been moving around down here and nothing besides the fountain is magical. We begin to move around and explore, following the trail of the creature. We squeeze through a tunnel which seems to lead to its lair. This room is covered in stone that appears to have come from the walls and floors of this level. Gonoan can tell that but is unsure if it’s used to contain the creature or appease it. He steps forward and we hear a rumble, as the ground in front of us begins to rise and fall. We can now see a large serpent moving our way. Beltin drinks an enlarge person potion. Elaine casts mage armor on herself while Pike lines up his shot and begins to blink. Sanna casts disintegrate, seriously hurting it. Obregon speeds himself up and takes 12 shots, hitting with 11. It appears almost dead at this point so Gonoan charges it, taking a bite from it and putting his axe deep into its skull, standing triumphant over its twitching corpse. Obregon tracks the creature back to its lair. We begin to search this area and after about an hour, we find a locked iron box. After another hour, we find nothing else. Pike unlocks the box and finds a silver serving set (500gp) and after some other looking, there is a simple spoon made of horn in the bottom. Elaine casts detect magic and the horn spoon is magical. She uses the monocle and determines it is a myrluns spoon (5400gp). Unsatisfied with that treasure, Beltin suggests cutting the worm open and see if it has anything in its innards. Gonoan cuts it open and within its bowels, we find nothing but a gagging stench. We decide to move back out of the ruins and send Elaine and Justin home and then enter the tower of magic. As we are moving through the tower, Sanna is aware of a stronger magical aura in the tower that increases her spell penetration. We move through the floors until we get to the golem forge and find incomplete gingerbread men on the tables. Gonoan breaks a piece off of one and a squeaky voice from the darkness calls out “I wouldn’t do that, that was a friend of mine”. We see a cute little thing made of dough. He says to not touch the raisins on the incomplete baked goods. He works for the chefs who are away, attacking a city or so he thinks. The gingerbread men are for attacking the city and the chefs should be back in an hour. We decide to wait for them to return. Sanna used the detect magic wand and finds the icing is magical. The yellow si magic circle vs chaos, greater magic fang from the blue, and cure moderate wounds in the red. Then we hear something call out to the marshmallow boy. The 3 chefs come in and ask who we are. Mo has a spoon, Larry has a keyring and Curly Joe isn’t carrying anything, and they are all wearing different magical looking aprons. They say they have to get to work and ask what we want. Beltin says we are here to stop the attack on greyhawk and hear they are part of it. They say they are just making the soldiers, Tasha is in charge and she’s in the tower of zagig. Obregon tells them we have to stop their work and they can leave or die. They ask after his union card and he shoots an arrow right past Mo’s head. Beltin leans forward and growls “run” at them. Gonoan cuts the head off one of the gingerbread men. The chefs begin running but fight about who gets to go first though eventually make their way out. We break all of their equipment and head on our way. Obregon attempts to get poppin frosh to accompany us but it seems he will lose his magic outside this room. We make it to the teleportation room and notice on the way that the damage through here has been repaired. We drink our potions and enter the hole. Gonoan is first, followed by Beltin. The ride is disorienting and time is impossible to gauge. As we exit, we are on a raised dais. There are stairs leading down and there are alcoves to both sides with bas relief carvings of snarling vortexes with teeth and limbs. Sanna comes through and feels nauseated though Pike follows and feels fine. Obregon brings up the rear and is feeling ok as well. Sanna determines that there is a strong wind moving between the 2 alcoves. We hang out until the gaseous form ends and then head to the door. As we move past the wind, it intensifies to gale force levels, effectively trapping us on this side. Pike checks the doors out and Gonoan opens the door which reveals a hallway with a door a short way down and double doors at the end. We move to the first door which has a sign “visitor reception, please enter” and Pike checks it, declares it safe so Gonoan opens it. It opens on to a shockingly bright blue room with a strange human faced sun on the ceiling, and a dust covered couch facing a simple desk and chair. There is a line of wooden pegs above the couch and a door opposite where we are standing. As we enter, a soft chime rings out and the sun opens its mouth and says “master zagig will be with you shortly, please be seated”. We move to the next door and check it, hearing some strange movements behind it so Gonoan opens it and we see a vast long promenade below the walkway we are now on. There is a door at the end of the walkway. The large area has a stage with stairs to the floor with walkways around it. We can hear rhythmic crashes in the distance which stop suddenly when we cross the walkway to the next door. Gonoan opens it and we see a hall in front of us and one to the left. The one in front of us ends in a circular room and the left leads to a door. There are 5 stinky nests made of rags and bloody clothes around an iron cauldron filled with congealed blood. We find some baubles as we begin searching when we are beset upon by a goblin like thing with a red cap. Pike shoots twice at it, hitting once. Sanna hits it with ice knife. Obregon moves down by pike and hits it twice with arrows. Pike hits it with another bolt. Beltin runs up and smacks it with his morning star. Sanna misses with an orb and it turns to flee, accepting a hit from Beltin. It closes the door behind it.

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October 4th, 2016

To the south is a door, to the east is a hall with lots of rubble and dead bodies, to the north the hall ends in an odd shaped room with more bodies, and to the west is a small room with moldy straw beds. Obregon heads down the eastern hall following the tracks of a large humanoid, around the rubble, until he comes to an open trap door where the passage turns to the south. He can see the glint of gold and gems at the bottom along with the scaly remains of some dead snakes. He gets the rest of us as it appears only Pike is actually small enough to reach in to get the treasure. Pike checks the trap and finds nothing to worry about so climbs down, while Obregon shoots an arrow in to the area to ensure nothing is still alive. Pike begins reaching in to grab the treasure and pulls out 25 gp, 38sp, a small purple amethyst (100gp), and a gold ring the size of a bracelet. He attempts to put the ring on and just before it goes around his hand, it shrinks and fits on his finger. Brother Justin asks to see the ring and says there are some sigils on it but none of us can read them. The hall continues and there are a couple of doors along it. The tracks continue on as well but don’t go through the doors. Pike checks the east door, finds no traps and Gonoan kicks it open. There are bodies on the floor which begin to stir and rise. Beltin steps in and spits acid on these wights as Sanna hits them each with a ray, and down they go. We search the room and find nothing but there is another door on the other side of the room. Pike checks it, finds nothing, so Gonoan kicks it but falls backwards instead. Beltin reaches over and attempts to pull it open but its stuck. We work together and force it open. We are now looking at another small room with 3 more wights who are waiting for us and another door. Beltin again steps forward and spits acid, but Sanna chooses to do nothing. Gonoan moves in and splits one in half with a mighty blow. One of the wights steps to the far door, bangs on it and calls out in an odd language. Obregon puts an arrow through its forehead. Pike puts a bolt in the neck of the remaining one. Pike listens at the next door and hears movement while Obregon can tell that there has been nothing moving in this room in a really long time. Gonoan kicks open the door, revealing 4 more wights. Beltin steps up and spits acid, killing 3 of them. Obregon turns the last one in to a pincushion. We search the rooms and find a chest. It is unlocked and untrapped. Elaine casts detect magic around the rooms but sees nothing. The chest contains 2300gp, 11500sp, 5gems (1000gp each). We put the chest in one of the portable holes. We head to the other door in the hall and hear a couple creatures behind it. Gonoan attemtps to kick it in but just opens it regularly after that doesn’t work. Behind it is a couple of wights on their feet, ready to rend our flesh. Obregon puts the first one down while Sanna hits the other with 3 rays, obliterating it. Gonoan opens the next door which is stuck, revealing another room which is empty. Sanna runs up to the door and attempts to punch the door open with her fist of stone but fails. Gonoan opens it and we see 6 wights awaiting us. Sanna blasts them with electricity, frying them all instantly. We search these rooms, and find some old musty books. They appear to be the notes and research of Shodei the illusionist. We put them in the portable hole. We continue to follow the tracks, explore as much as we can, without finding much of interest and eventually end up back at the fountain. We move to the door in the south wall which Pike checks, and deems safe. Gonoan opens the door, revealing an art gallery. There are multiple alcoves in this L shaped room, each holding a beautiful work of art. Pike warns against touching anything. Sanna casts detect magic around the room, and learns all of the art is magical and cursed. There are 3 that are particularly interesting, one shows a 3 dimensional image of Sanna’s childhood home as it should look now. She has Obregon look and he sees his hometown as well. Another is a jeweled statue of a noble woman dripping in jewels with an amulet around its neck. The 3rd are 2 exquisite elvish dancers in a faint ball of light that is floating around. We choose not to touch anything. Pike is looking for the secret door he knows is here, finds and opens it. There is a long set of stairs descending into a dim room which hasn’t been much disturbed except when Pike came through here previously. He tells us that this will eventually lead to the tower of magic. We decide to go back to the fountain and go down another level. We come out in another room, with a black pyramid in the room to the east illuminated by a magical point of light, to the west is a door, north is a passage the tees off, south is a long passage with rubble and doors. Obregon looks around and can tell the large tracks we were following appear here and go south but nothing else appears to be moving around. We move toward the pyramid room and see there is a door to the north and a passage to the east. Sanna detects magic and knows the pyramid is a gate to an outer plane of the abyss. We wisely choose to skirt it and move to the hall and begin exploring. This area contains Zagig’s idea of a hotel. With areas designed for many different types of creatures, old furnishings and even some of his old artifacts. There are some undead wandering around this place and we hear some other creatures moving around with either a hard shell or armor. We move towards them and come across 6 umber hulks. Pike hits one with a bolt. Beltin readies himself while Obregon starts shooting, putting 5 arrows in the first one, and it drops in its tracks. As the next one comes around the corner, it hits Beltiin and Gonoan with a gaze attack, confusing them. Sanna drops a cold ball on 3 of them, killing them all. Justin cast shield of faith on Sanna. In his confusion, Gonoan hits Sanna. Pike hits a hulk with 2 bolts, and then Beltin hits Sanna as well. Obregon finishes off the front one then using his belt of battle pours a potion of healing down Sanna’s throat. The last umber hulk flees. Sanna moves away and drinks a healing potion. The rest of the group moves out of range with Obregon melding in to the stone; leaving Gonoan and Beltin babbling incoherently. They alternate babbling and hitting each other for a short while longer until the confusion passes. The last hulk moves back up to which Gonoan charges and hits it. Obregon hits it with a couple of arrows and Beltin finishes it off with acid. Time to regroup.

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