Pukana La’Aina – Polynesian D&D 3.5 – Game Session 4

Game summary for June 3, 2010; present characters included Kanaka Kohola (darfellan storm druid), Palakelei (human martial warrior), Palu (human ranger), Puinsai (human warder), and Vollintine (human berserker).

With the spear of Auku able to warn of the nearby presence of sahuagin, the PCs made a hasty retreat from the sea caves and returned to the lands of the Panahi tribes. Traveling to Ashenford, they found the town had recently been attacked by organized inshon raiders. The ignorant frog-men often raid, but their use of tactics belied a sinister presence behind their actions. With the success of claiming Auku’s spear fresh in the peoples’ minds, they quickly turned to the Keiki Manuahis to rid them of this new menace. The team agreed for a fee of 3,000 pink coral beads each (paid one quarter up front); besides, Kanaka was eager to try Auku’s spear against the inshon!

The group delved into the stinking, fetid swamps where they were plagued by stinging insects and terrible leeches. Progress was grueling as they discovered their magical cloaks would not allow them to easily swim about—they only function in salt water! A few days into the trek, the team was accosted by the lashing limbs of a hungry darktentacles! The 36-armed cephalopod snagged Kanaka and Palakelei, constricting them horribly. Puinsai hacked away at one of the tentacles, and Palu brought the fight to the creature. Palakelei struggled free, and Kanaka bit through the tentacle ensnaring him. The group quickly advanced on the monster, and it lashed them brutally; however, it took only a few moments of combined aggression to kill the monster.

After dispatching the darktentacles, Palu picked up on some very large inshon tracks and set off deeper into the swamps. Soon, the spear of Auku erupted in the telltale blue light warning of the presence of monstrous humanoids. So warned, the team enhanced themselves with spells as a pack of inshon bandits and brawlers moved in along with their trained dire war frog. Immediately, the dire frog lashed out its tongue, snatching Kanaka into its maw! The inshon closed in and grievously injured Palakelei and Puinsai, eventually rendering the warrior woman unconscious. Vollintine stepped out of the bushes, however, and laid waste around him. He and Palu slammed their macas into inshon flesh—blood and obsidian shards flew as they scored devastating blow after blow. Kanaka escaped from the frog and set about putting Auku’s spear to good use. Soon, all of the inshon had croaked, leaving only the dire frog alive. Palu calmed the beast and convinced it to hop off into the swamp in search of easier prey.

With weapons needing repair, allies needing medical attention, and night approaching, Keiki Manuahis made camp. Kanaka and Vollintine used a bit of magic to repair the breaks in their blades. Palu, lacking such spells, worked well into the night repairing his maca. By dawn, everyone was refreshed and re-armed, ready for what the day may throw at them.

By noon, the group had stumbled into the hunting grounds of an amphibious phase spider of terrible size. The magical beast materialized out of thin air and drove its fangs deep into the center of Palu’s chest. Massive muscles pumped poisonous liquids into his trunk, which began digesting him from the inside. Then, as quickly as it appeared, the spider was gone! Several of the team quickly drank their vials of antivenom in case they were bitten; meanwhile, Palu fell back as the poisons coursed through his system with violent results. In moments, the spider was phasing in and out and biting each member of the party. Fortunately, the antivenom did its job, and Kanaka, a storm druid, was immune to the venom anyway.

Angered, Kanaka tagged the spider with a molten blast, coating it in a hampering shell of cooling lava. His attack also shook the spider with fear, leaving it even more vulnerable to the party’s attacks. Before it could phase away a final time, the team converged on it and riddled it with terrible injuries. Soon, the spider lay dead and twitching in the muck. Behind them, Palu began to vomit forth the remains of his organs. Everyone attempted to bolster his strength with magic, but the mighty spider’s venom was too strong. Within a minute of being bitten, Palu lay dead, his innards digested by the monster’s poisonous bite. Kanaka calmly began his nature prayers to reincarnate his fallen brother-in-arms. The awesome power of life surged through the storm druid’s hands, bathing him and the swamp in a verdant light. As the glow subsided, Palu was restored to life, reincarnated into the body of a…

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