Age of Worms Adventure Path – Game Session 60

Game summary for November 20, 2007; present characters included Ashkor (half-bronze dragon lizardfolk barbarian/battle sorcerer/dragon disciple/fighter), Eolas Windmaster (moon elf duskblade), Iapetus Hasur (hu-charad giant rogue/scout/vigilante), Lady Aridarye Phylund Brokengulf (human aristocrat/harbinger/ranger cohort), Lyrin Sinbal (simian incantatrix/ring sage/warmage), Morak Beardfist (shield dwarf fighter/rage cleric), Syvarius Strongbow (moon elf archer-ranger/peerless archer), and Taravin Truesilver (human gray guard/paladin of honor/pious templar).

The Mercenaries started debating how to proceed with the Trials of Tilagos. In an effort to gather information, Morak used a commune spell, and Iapetus used speak with dead to talk to a minotaur slain by Krathanos. They determined that Darl Quethos’ team had already acquired the living feather of the roc king and thus completed one trial as well. The Mercenaries were unable to discern what Darl’s group was up to now. They used find the path to locate the Doomshroud Forest and set out toward it.

On the way to the forest, the team passed through the hunting grounds of a girallon behemoth. The monstrous four-armed ape quickly charged toward the group to snag a meal. The Mercenaries sprang into action, with the team fanning out as Aridarye used magic to increase their capabilities. Meanwhile, Syvarius used bloodfreeze arrow to paralyze the monster in its tracks. The Mercenaries made good use of the precious moments to close in with the monster and unleash additional spells upon it.

During the commotion, the ground shuddered, rippled, and erupted, as a massive landshark burst forth. It savaged Lyrin and nearly tore him apart. Only a bit of luck helped him survive the mauling and flee the ravenous beast. Ashkor slew the girallon and turned back toward the landshark. The enormous rhino-shark, maw dripping with Lyrin’s blood, spun about and torn into Iapetus. The rogue was wounded but provided a good distraction for Taravin who charged in behind the beast. Aridarye blasted it with a resonating bolt while Ashkor sliced deadly swathes through its hide.

Despite grievous injury, Iapetus held his ground. With Taravin and Ashkor keeping the landshark occupied, Iapetus lined up for a killing blow. At precisely the correct moment, he plunged Stalker into the space above the creature’s eye and drove the blade into its brain. Instantly, the bulette crashed to the ground and died.

With the hunting monsters slain, the team investigated the hole left by the landshark. A small cavern system was exposed, and a quick exploration revealed an interesting find. In the very back, encased in old dried dung, lay the skeleton of a druid eaten long ago. Several items of power survived the digestion and had been deposited here. The items were quickly claimed, including the eagle-motif scimitar named Talon.

After exploring the caves, the Mercenaries turned back toward the Doomshroud. After a short while, they arrived at the edge of the forbidding forest. What horrors lie within, and what in the world is its mournful song the Mercenaries are tasked with silencing?

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