Carrion Crown Adventure Path – Game Session – 050

Game summary for March 20, 2014, Carrion Crown Adventure Path campaign, Wake of the Watcher adventure; PCs included Dario Malavasi (human oracle), Emilian Sandulescu (human paladin/ranger), and Varus Archlight (elf magus/arcane archer), accompanied by NPC companions Nyssa Pagonis (human cleric) and Pavlos Zervas (human fighter/rogue).

The team returned to the house and discovered, in a back room, two more cultists and a baby girl!  The cultists attacked, driving the team back down the hallway.  Varus used arrows to cover their retreat, and Pavlos hid in the shadows and slaughtered one cultist from surprise.  The other put up more of a fight but still went down quickly.  Dario then wrapped the baby in a cloth and sling and carried her next to his body.

The team explored upstairs and found another cultist!  This one cast an obscuring mist spell.  Emilian advanced into the fog to discover the cleric had also cast a blade barrier within!  Emilian was badly injured.  Varus used gust of wind and later dispel magic to get rid of the fog.  Emilian was stuck on the far side of the whirling blades with the cleric while the others hurled arrows and spells through.  The cultist cast slay living and then channeled negative energy!  The burst dropped Emilian unconscious and killed the tiny baby!

Outraged, the party fought harder, and Dario’s searing light would have killed the cleric; however, his convulsing body erupted from the neck with dozens of tentacles.  He was host to a spawning canker!  The tentacle-laden monster began to feed on Emilian’s life force.  Dario and Varus hurled lightning bolt and searing light spells as Pavlos and Nyssa stumbled off in stunned amazement.  They had found proof the dark god Shub-Niggurath actually exists!

Soon, the team killed the spawning canker, as this stage in the life cycle of a moit of Shub-Niggurath is known.  They then began to search the body when the blade barrier ended.