Age of Worms Adventure Path – Game Session 49

Game summary for August 16, 2007; present characters included Ashkor (lizardfolk barbarian/battle sorcerer/dragon disciple/fighter), Frank Urthadar (human evoker/sorcerer/ultimate magus), Iapetus Hasur (hu-charad giant rogue/vigilante), Lady Aridarye Phylund Brokengulf (human aristocrat/harbinger/ranger cohort), Lyrin Sinbal (simian incantatrix/warmage), Morak Beardfist (shield dwarf fighter/rage cleric), Syvarius Strongbow (moon elf archer-ranger), Taravin Truesilver (human gray guard/paladin of honor), and Thoril Songsteel (human thug).

The Mercenaries moved up the stairs into the ziggurat and were assaulted by two eviscerator beetles and a Kyuss knight. The undead monsters tore into Iapetus, causing him to retreat by flying and turning invisible. After a few moments of intense fighting, including a flurry of smites from Taravin, the undead were destroyed. Realizing they were weakened by their fight with the trolls earlier in the day and the brutal attack from the undead, the team pulled back and made camp in the jungle.

The next day, the team returned to the ziggurat and entered the central chamber. As they investigated a gaping hole in the floor, a flood of creatures spilled into the room, causing a riot of violence and carnage. A pair of angels of the worm, their arms turned to flaming swords and their feathery wings dripping worms, spearheaded the attack, followed closely by swarms of Kyuss worms. A worm-drenched ghaele eladrin entered the battle and used destruction to annihilate Frank. Seeing his ally destroyed, Lyrin fired back with a disintegrate, which completely eliminated the eladrin. The Mercenaries then finished off the remaining foes with stunning efficiency. As the last of the worms wriggled and died, another vision overtook the team.

Again the party sees a man they believe to be Kyuss. This time, the man is wearing robes and accepting a golden box from a six-armed rotting insect creature. He opens the box and extracts a single Kyuss worm with a pair of tongs. Taravin saw an even deeper vision, revealing a two-armed insect creature looking down on the proceedings holding an identical box. The paladin believes this matches an ancient Netherese depiction of Jergal, Seneschal of the Dead.

Ashkor used some of the remaining minutes of the fly spell Frank had cast to go 80 feet into the vapor-filed central hole. He then returned to the temple proper and the team investigated a side room the enemies had burst from. They discovered it to be an abandoned torture room with rusting equipment which Taravin quickly pocketed. Now the Mercenaries face a serious problem. Swarms of Kyuss worms cover the ground between the ziggurat and the obsidian ring, and Frank was the one who could make the party fly. If they leave the temple to recover, they may be unable to return; however, if they stay, they may be too weak to continue.