Ruins of Undermountain — Game Session — 015

Game summary for March 11, 2017, Ruins of Undermountain campaign, for Harm Incorporated. Session included: Boran Gibbs (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Kalil Bakran (Human Sorcerer played by Parker Harmon), Paddy Brandywine (Halfling Bard played by Preston Harmon), and Rumbald Shieldcracker (Dwarf Ranger played by Peyton Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team entered a very tall chamber flanked on either side by massive stone statues of black armored men.  Before them was an altar with a black glowing hand hover over it.  Bound to the altar was a blonde woman bleeding slightly from a head wound.  Rumbald approached and triggered a trap!  A harpoon shot from the ceiling to impale him.  Then, the chain began to retract and drag him up into the air!  The rest of the team began to approach more cautiously as Kalil used dimension door to get behind the altar.  Paddy and Kalil began pouring healing potions down the throat of the woman, but she would not wake up.  Rumbald extracted himself from the harpoon and fell twenty feet to the ground!  The harpoon whipped back into the ceiling and reset only to be triggered again by Boran!  He was hoisted into the air, impaled by the spear.  He was able to extract himself and lay bleeding on the ground where he fell.  Rumbald had gotten to the altar and was trying to help the woman when he triggered the trap again!  It hit the altar near him but did not hit him.  Kalil and Boran began using detect magic to try and better understand what was going on.  Meanwhile, Rumbald triggered the trap yet another time and was impaled!  This time, Paddy jumped off the altar, grabbed the chain, and swung Rumbald like an agony-pendulum as he scampered up.  He jammed stuff into the mechanism and disabled the trap!  Rumbald was able to rip himself free again and lower himself down with a grappling hook and rope.  The group then discovered the woman was merely a permanent image illusion!  The had been pouring healing potions onto the altar and wasting them.  Searching, they discovered a secret compartment and claimed a mace of darkness as their own.

In the next chamber, the team found a greater earth elemental engaged in mortal combat with an umber hulk.  The titans clashed it out, and Paddy threw in a water elemental gem to summon his own elemental into the fight!  Chaos ensured, with the elemental killing the umber hulk and pulverizing the party.  It destroyed the water elemental as a second umber hulk burst through the wall!  The tunneling creatures caused instability in several rooms resulting in falling rocks.  The team finally defeated both creatures and fled down a hallway.

The group entered a feeding frenzy involving quaggoths and hook horrors and the slain body of a drake.  The beasts charged at the party.  Paddy was hooked by a horror and grappled!  The quaggoths entered blood rages and attacked Rumbald because he was a favored enemy.  Boran took a beating and had to fall back as fireball and flame snake spells worked over the creatures.  Once defeated, the group could then search a trapped chest to extract several valuables.

The party found themselves next face-to-face with a death kiss beholderkin!  The bloodthirsty monster lashed the party with biting mouths.  Fortunately, the team knew a lot about these creatures, and Boran used communal protection from energy to defend all of them against electricity.  This absorbed several blasts from its electric aura.  It settled on draining blood from Kalil and Paddy to heal its wounds, but it was insufficient.  Finally, it exploded in a blast of electricity, which was negated by Boran’s magic.  The group did recover a Netherese blast scepter from a group of slain adventurers the creature had killed.

Finally, the group entered a room swarming with spider creatures.  Two cildabrin and a drider assaulted the party!  The cildabrin used spike stones and stinging tails to separate the team and then grappled several of the party with pincers.  Meanwhile, Paddy slipped through and put pressure on the drider.  She used levitate to get out of his reach.  Much to her continued frustration, she discovered the entire team resistant to electricity by casting numerous useless lightning bolt spells.  She used web on Paddy who accidentally scorched himself when he fired a flaming arrow through it.  Rumbald and Boran found the spiked floor painful and obstructing.  Cut off from his allies and grappled by a cildabrin, Kalil found himself overwhelmed and killed.  Rumbald’s critical hit with his axe killed a cildabrin as Boran accidentally hit him with a holy smite.  After a bit, the team dropped their foes and were able to raise Kalil from the dead.