Age of Worms Adventure Path – Game Session 50

Game summary for August 23, 2007; present characters included Ashkor (lizardfolk barbarian/battle sorcerer/dragon disciple/fighter), Iapetus Hasur (hu-charad giant rogue/vigilante), Jimiath “Jimmy” Firespark (halfling rogue/spellwarp sniper/wizard), 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).

Almost immediately after defeating the corrupted angels and eladrin, another pair of doors burst open, and three swords of Kyuss led by a wormcaller attacked. Jimiath unleashed a wall of fire to hem in the undead and slow their advance. The flames proved particularly effective against the dead flesh and did slow the advance. Much to the chagrin of the Mercenaries, as the swords of Kyuss emerged from the flames, they revealed a horrific power. Channeling the dark, negative energy of their god, the swords dropped invocations of the worm on the clustered party members. These explosive bursts of fell energy tore into the heroes but actually healed the burned flesh of the undead. Within moments, the monsters healed the damage they took from the fire as well as the mighty blows landed by the Mercenaries’ frontline.

The barrage of negative energy proved too much for Aridarye and Jimiath to withstand, dropping both of them. A quick-thinking Morak cast a spell that revived Jimiath, but another invocation of the worm tore into the paladin, Taravin. His body could not stand the shock of the blast, and he was hurtled into oblivion. Ashkor and Iapetus held the front line while Syvarius blasted away with arrows. Thoril was rocked back on his heels and forced to fall back to recover. All the while, Morak Beardfist ran to and fro conjuring forth the healing blessings of Moradin. As things seemed most bleak, Lyrin unleashed the mightiest fireball he had ever cast, destroying two of the undead outright and weakening another significantly. Soon, the party proved victorious.

Staggered by their losses and depleted resources, the team barred themselves into the torture chamber to recover. Their slain allies were called back from the dead by the power of Moradin. The next morning, they gingerly crept out and began their exploration again.

The team experienced a vision in the library and saw the man they believe to be Kyuss studying some worn and pitted bronze disks under the tutelage of the six-armed insect creature. A deeper vision revealed the Netherese depiction of Jergal inscribing the disks while they were new.

Later, the team explored the outside of the Spire and flew to the top to investigate. Ashkor received another vision wherein he saw a trapezoid-like black monolith atop the Spire with some kind of figure raging within. Suddenly, a massive red dragon flew up, snatched the monolith and ripped it from its moorings. As Ashkor watched, the dragon and monolith faded into the distance as the beast flew North.

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