Carrion Crown Adventure Path – Game Session – 058

Game summary for May 29, 2014, Carrion Crown Adventure Path campaign, Wake of the Watcher adventure; PCs included Varus Archlight (elf magus/arcane archer), accompanied by NPC companions Nyssa Pagonis (human cleric) and Pavlos Zervas (human fighter/rogue).

The party moved further into the tunnels beneath the Tern Rocks and found a series of branching corridors. Entering a chamber, they discovered seaweed beds and cradles along with a hand-knit baby blanket with fish scales stuck in the fibers. A half dozen ulat-kini skum came charging forward with their tridents! The six fishmen were frightening in appearance due to their absence of an upper cranium! Each had its skull removed, and its fishy, squishy brain was exposed to the world! Pavlos moved in sneak stabbing while Nyssa cast haste, good hope, and bless. Varus unleashed a hail of deadly arrows, and the team quickly mowed down the skum.

Varus led the group further into the tunnels and opted to pass up a corridor to explore a larger chamber up ahead. They discovered a large cavern with a defiled statue of Dagon and a pedestal with a bizarre raven-headed mace sitting upon it. All around the room were symbols of Dagon that had been defaced and overlaid with new carvings of Shub-Niggurath! A pair of skum sentries with exposed brains charged forward as a plump ugly ulat-kini dressed in priest robes began chanting, “Iä! Iä! Shub-Niggurath!”

The priest unleashed a flame strike into the middle of the party, but Varus countered with a fireball! Enraged, the skum assaulted Pavlos and Nyssa while Varus fell back to use his bow. The priest summoned a large water elemental into the room, and it closed in with Pavlos immediately! Arrows flew while fishman tridents scored nasty wounds. The priest then summoned a giant scorpion to attack Pavlos as well! Varus used magic to dismiss the elemental and then used his magic wand to blast the scorpion and priest with a lightning bolt! As the skum fell, the team was able to focus upon the priest. The creature cast chaos hammer to almost no effect and went down under Pavlos’ deadly daggers. Moments later, the scorpion was dissolving back into the misty ether from which it spawned.

They investigated the strange mace, which Nyssa recognized as a minor artifact of the priesthood of Pharasma! Known as the Raven’s Head, weapon is particularly potent against undead. Varus took the mace, and they looted the corpses of the dead ulat-kini.

Varus then led them further south and then took a side corridor toward a bright glow. They emerged into a worked stone chamber of horrors! Around the room sat 23 pedestals occupied by strange metal cylinders with globes of bluish liquid adorned with numerous knobs and switches. Fourteen of the containers were filled with pulsing brains! Varus picked one up and began playing with the knobs which caused a filament to glow with a pale light, and a modulated voice emerged… the voice of Mayor Early Greedle!

The team questioned the crazed mayor and learned some “worm bugs” had removed his brain and placed it in the jar! He was excited because they would soon take him to their home deep in the Dark Tapestry far, far from the world of Golarion. He cackled and rambled a bit before revealing the creatures intend to bring Shub-Niggurath into the world and had already awakened a dark young of Shub-Niggurath! Varus then decided to put the mayor out of his misery and smashed the brain jar. The team then left the chamber to explore further.