Age of Worms Adventure Path – Game Session 87

Game summary for June 10, 2008; present characters included Mael Gabrian (human cleric), Morak Beardfist (shield dwarf fighter/rage cleric), Ranulph Wathbater (human berserker/fighter/hellreaver/paladin of freedom/rogue), and Taravin Truesilver (human divine crusader/gray guard/paladin of honor/pious templar).

After safely escorting fourteen citizens of Mintarn into the safety of Tempus’ temple, the Mercenaries set back out onto the streets to find more people to save. Shortly, they encounter half a dozen Kyuss high-knights and numerous spawn of Kyuss killing people. The team launched into an attack and discovered the high-knights were much more dangerous than they appeared. Their unholy executioner’s maces slashed an unholy swath through the team. Mael and Morak unleashed volumes of healing energy while Ranulph and Taravin went toe-to-toe with the undead menaces. Eventually, several were cut down, and Mael destroyed two by channeling the divine might of Torm. In the end, fourteen more people were rescued and taken to the Tempus temple.

The team decided to seek out the source of the negative energy fueling the ziggurat, so they found themselves down in the Mintarn sewers. Not far within, they encountered a patch of greenish-brown fog. Within lurked a massive demonic creature with a gaping hole and writhing worms where a head should be. Its arms were snapping, fanged worms, and massive wings spread out from its back. It’s bulk filled most of the tunnels.

The creature spewed poisonous acid across the Mercenaries and attacked Ranulph and Taravin as they approached it through the fog. Taravin watched Ranulph’s blood spray across the stone wall beside him as the monstrosity tore Ranulph open and killed him. Taravin snatched up Ranulph and fled while the priests tried to hamper the monster’s approach. It moved without effort through their defenses, but they were able to stay ahead of it long enough for Taravin to whisk them safely away with the greater skeleton key.

Is the creature in the sewers there by chance, or is it guarding something? Are there more than one? What other horrors lurk in the dank, fetid darkness of Mintarn’s cess pits?

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