Age of Worms Adventure Path – Game Session 51

Game summary for September 6, 2007; present characters included 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), Thoril Songsteel (human thug), and Zebaum Whitefeather (wood elf druidic avenger/ranger).

Syvarius tied together several ropes, and he, Thoril and Morak went down into the central hole in the ziggurat. Approximately sixty feet down, they discovered a cave opening and entered. Soon, the entire party was brought down into the cave. After exploring for a bit, they were attacked by a pair of worm nagas who struck Taravin and Thoril dumb with feeblemind. Despite this, the party was able to descimate the nagas with deadly sword blows and burning spells. In no time, the worm nagas lay dead. Further exploration of the cave revealed nothing of interest, so Syvarius was sent on to scout.

The central hole went down around five hundred feet into darkness. At the bottom was a man-made chamber covered with teeming Kyuss worms. Syvarius returned to the surface to report to the party. While Morak used heal on Thoril, Lyrin unleashed every fireball he had into the hole in a catastrophic conflagration of fiery destruction. They then waited until Morak could heal Taravin.

At the bottom of the hole, the team found the worms destroyed by Lyrin’s rain of fire. To one side, they could see closed double doors down a hallway. To the other a chamber filled with perfectly preserved corpses lying head-to-toe in neat rows. Ahead seemed to be the undulating waves of lapping water. The Mercenaries opted to investigate the corpses and found fifty in the room. A faint necromantic aura radiated in the chamber. In the room next door lay another fifty bodies, but these were decayed to a skeletal state. A hallway from this room lead to more double doors and a side passage.

The group went to the side passage and discovered the floor had given way into the water; however, the surface of the liquid writhed with Kyuss worms. Lyrin blasted them with electricity, but in moments the worms had been replaced. The Mercenaries opted to leave the water alone and went back to the first set of double doors they had found. They opened the doors and found a temple dedicated to the Wormgod. Instead of an altar, a black-stoned fountain rested in the middle bubbling with clear blue water. Several of the party realized there was no water within but instead it bubbled with Kyuss worms! Syvarius, searching the room, seemed overcome by the fountain and dove face first within, slurping away at the worms. Taravin grabbed his ankles and wrenched him from the fountain, but Zebaum took his place. Within moments, both men were able to regain their senses and spit out all the worms.

After a moment of discussion, the Mercenaries decided they should investigate the other double doors. What horrors await behind them?