Age of Worms Adventure Path – Game Session 52

Game summary for September 13, 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), Stormwind Abthek (illumian soulknife), Syvarius Strongbow (moon elf archer-ranger), Taravin Truesilver (human gray guard/paladin of honor), and Thoril Songsteel (human thug).

The Mercenaries decided to explore the water chamber before going through the unopened doors. They heard noises within, so Lyrin cast two walls of fire along a walkway going over the worm-filled water. Stormwind and Syvarius had moved out onto the bridge when one of the walls of fire was suddenly dispelled. A pair of wormcallers attacked, dropping a flame strike on Stormwind. The soulknife illumian ran for cover while Lyrin launched a fireball at one of the wormcallers. Unfortunately, something seemed to absorb the energy leaving the undead menace unscathed.

With an explosion of water and worms, a gigantic Kyuss worm (an overworm) burst from the water and swallowed Syvarius. While the bulk of the party fell back into the main chamber and used spells to boost their abilities, Syvarius transformed into gold dragon form and tore his way free of the overworm’s stomach. He then began to cling to the worm’s hide. Iapetus and Aridarye used spells such as invisibility, good hope and haste to boost their allies, and Morak used a combination of spells such as bless, mass resist energy, and reach cure critical wounds to aid friends and harass enemies. All the while, the wormcallers blasted away with empowered rays of slashing darkness, and the overworm flooded Stormwind’s mind with horrid images of Kyuss and worms.

Thoril snorted a dose of the powdery magical ogre piss the party took from the trolls days before. He surged with power, doubling height, gaining tremendous strength and going into an absolute rage. He advanced out onto the bridge and was soon waist deep in the overworm’s mouth! This did not deter the raging thug, as he pumped his sword arm vigorously, piercing and electrocuting with his lightning sword. Lyrin discovered his ionize had no effect upon the wormcallers, but his maximized hunter missile blasted a hole right through one.

Flipping his bastard sword over in mid-stride, Taravin charged down the side of the bridge and leaped out over the worms toward the overworm. With a triumphant shout, he plunged his blade to the hilt in a truly devastating blow. The worm writhed in agony and gnashed its razored teeth into Thoril, still clutched in its mouth. Iapetus ran out and jumped on the overworm as well and began poking away with Stalker desperately trying to slay the beast. Syvarius continued to bite chunks out of the overworm with his draconic teeth, turning his golden muzzle into a fearsome blood-slicked mask.

Frustrated Lyrin hit one wormcaller with disintegrate and caused it to turn to dust. Its ancient armor plunged into the worm-infested waters. Meanwhile, Morak was dispelling the air walk from the other wormcaller, and it crashed into the bridge and met its final death. Aridarye attempted to use encourage failure on the overworm, but it seemed unaffected. Then, the dwarven battlepriest unleashed a flame strike on the back of the overworm, killing it. As it sank into the water, Syvarius flew his allies to the safety of the walkway.

The roaring flames of Lyrin’s wall of fire drowns out the sound of the worms swarming in the water. Ahead, the pathway ends and crumbles into the water. What lies across the gap? Do more overworms lurk beneath the water’s surface?

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