This may be obvious but these AARs contain spoilers for those wanting to go into the . The message is that if you're going to, don't take advantage of them. They're called spoilers because they spoil the fun. DON'T BE A DICK!
I’ve several delves to catch up on, so there’s going to be a spate of reports. Also, I missed a few, so there may be some disjointedness in narrative. There were three delves on 30 June, but I only took part in (and thus have notes on) the first two.
– 30 Jun 2019: First Delve
Pet Badger: Dachs.
Character’s 5th delve.
Hirelings: Harper ( 1 Fighter) and Mank (Man-at-Arms).
Has delves under his sparkly belt.
Character’s 2nd delve.
Cleric of St
Player’s and character’s 1st delve
To return to the Skeleton Room and explore further.
The group gathered at Lodge. Wuss has been attracted by the posters around Helix recruiting new members and promising riches (if not survival).
On reaching the Mound and visibility being good, and Gorgon decided to use a technique that had served them well in a previous trip when they had mapped mounds. They climbed onto the top of the mound and plotted what they could see. Having done this, they noticed an odd-looking structure two mounds along to the east. We decided to explore this.
As we were passing a mound to get to the structure, we looked at that first. Decimus sent Dachs in ahead, who reported nothing that would bother a badger. Inside was an octagonal chamber, the walls decorated with bas-reliefs. These appeared to show a wizard vivisecting animals and creating hybrids – notably an owlbear. Towards the rear of the chamber was a stone slab, upon which was a lectern holding a tome bearing a demonic face on its cover.
Decimus tried to pick the book up, but received damage from a blast of arcane energy. He suggested that perhaps only a powerful mage such as should try to do it again. accordingly cast Protection from Evil and successfully lifted the book up. He opened the book and immediately disappeared in a cloud of yellow smoke, the book returning to the lectern.
The remaining members of the party were at a loss to know what to do next. They attempted to move the tome using weapons and rope, but it stayed stubbornly on the lectern. Wuss prayed and used his Holy Water to no avail. A fruitless search was undertaken for secret triggers or inscriptions.
Meanwhile, had been transported somewhere ‘other’. He remained in the chamber and could see the rest of the party through a haze, but could not communicate with them. More pressingly, the wizard from the bas-reliefs was with him and in the process of casting a spell!
|Don't know the artist for this one|
|The spitting image...|
We moved on to the unusual-looking structure and found that it was a collapsed mound. After some investigation, we decided to leave this as being too much trouble than it was worth.
We decided that it was important not to risk new spell book to the dangers of the and to return back to Helix.
During the return journey the party encountered four zombie-like creatures. These proved remarkably difficult to put down, and they managed to kill both hirlings (Gorgan using them as meat shields). As their attention turned to eating the corpses, the rest of the party fled.
No treasure had been recovered, but promptly set about learning his new spells and commissioned a strongbox to secure his magical tomes. The new spells included Continual Light, which Moonwhisper cast on various pieces of kit (including his Staff).
and both killed
Surviving members of the party fled