Stuart discovers a chest in Elleanna's room. Elleanna searches chest, sees 10,000 platinum pieces inside. She reaches in for a coin and pulls out a staff. There is no money inside.
Kedor and Argo pull out an item from the chest. Argo pulls out 11 giant maggots. Argo flails arm. 11 Maggots the size of humans. She continues flailing her arm. 27 Cobalts come out. They're shorter than us, but being outnumbered…well…we shall see what happens.
Argo and Kedor back away screaming. Both are high in pitch, it's unknown who's scream is who's.
6 Cobalts start to approach at Giles. They have spears. The other 21 Cobalts have slingshots.
Giles attacks first. He stands confused by the amount of attackers who've magically appeared from this tiny chest. Snapping back, he grabs his dagger and attacks the Cobalts doing little damage.
Jaime 1 attacker. The Cobalt runs into his fist. Does full blown attack for 14 damage. It dies. Kills itself by running into Jaime's fist. A successful suicide run…?
Kero 3 attackers. Stuart 1. Behrito 1.
There are 5 attackers remaining. They miss their attacks.
Tammy attacks giant maggots for 9 damage. They live!
Jaime punches a nearby Cobalt. Kills one with 10 damage.
Kedor attacks nearby maggots with 2 daggers. He hits and kills one for 5 damage. Hits another for 6 damage – it lives.
Argo attacks maggots. Misses and somehow hurts herself. She falls on a maggot, both take 2 damage. A plus for wearing heave armor.
Kero attacks a Cobalt, deals 5 damage.
Stuart attacks Colbalt that's on him. Hits for 3 damage. It lives.
Elleanna hit by maggot for 3 damage. The rest miss their attacks, even the one Argo is lying on. I think we have a chance.
The chest is glowing. Tammy and Behrito are staring out the window into space…or at their feet…as they're the only ones in the group who somehow don't notice this bright glow.
Jaime dashes across the room to the glowing box. He fails to close it with a strength of 18. it doesn't even budge. We are in trouble…
While trying to close it, Jaime saw the number 11 on the lid of the chest. "Hey guys the box says 11! And it won't close!" He slips but doesn't fall inside.
Stuart drops his dagger.
The maggots are slow, Matrix style, and miss us; except, Tammy who was too slow and took 3 damage.
New enemies emerge from the glowing chest. A clan of Bug Bears emerge with their chief and all. 15 total.
"What's a Bug Bear?" asked most of the room.
As Kero explained, "Imagine if an owl did…you-know-what…with a bear." A very good description.
Death. A lot of it is in our future. Unless we…GTFO!
The question, "What's in the box?" The way the night began, a question we no longer want answered…ever!
Elleanna pulls out a card. It looks like things – keys - are falling off the side of a mountain. We are transported with the box, which closes. We're on the top of a mountain, perched. It's freezing. No structures can be seen. We're above the cloud line. Enemies are gone. We're safe. For now.
Snow is fragile. Can cause an avalanche at any moment. Walking down may cause it to…Stuart falls, avalanche can be heard from below. Hopefully it didn't bury anyone, or an entire town.
Argo chants, "I'm as light as a feather," and falls. He rolls down the hill. Kedor falls with him. Tammy and Jaime dodge the giant armor snowball, that adds another body – Kero. Elleanna also dodges.
Behrito also rolls down the hill. A smaller snowball slides past Stuart, which picks up Tammy on the way down. Jaime dodges the snowball. Elleanna is the next picked up by the new falling snowball. Giles dodges.
Kero, Kedor, Argo – the first snowball: Argo's armor starts heating.
Tammy, Elleanna, Behrito – the second snowball: Tammy uses Sickle.
Hits Behrito for 5 damage. Snowball is bleeding like a cherry Icee.
The first snowball dangles over a cliff.
Behrito stabilizes so won't bleed out. Blood lost helped melt some of the snowball. Behrito feels colder on the inside and out.
Elleanna summons a pony outside of snowball in spot she thinks it needs to be summoned. Tammy also summons a pony. Her God tells her where to summon pony. Both were wrong.
Snowballs go in between the ponies like a field goal. No points scored here.
Elleanna casts magic missiles and destroys the snowballs. Argo and Kedor and Kero are hanging off the ledge. Kedor climbs up on her own.
Jaime secures 50 foot rope. Ties it to Behrito. Kedor, Stuart, Jaime, Tammy, and Elleanna help pull the rope. Argo ties rope around himself. Knot looks good, but isn't confident with tie. Somebody else ties the rope correctly and sends it back down. Argo attempts to slide rope around himself…
Giles climbs down to tie the rope around Argo. Argo whispers, "I love you" to him. Giles becomes a little creeped out. Giles climbs back up to the ledge and with one quick maneuver, he's able to pull up Argo by himself.
We tie everyone with the rope Everest style so if one falls, the rest stop them.
Threw rock off side. Heard it hit something, a soft hit, but heard by a few. Hit 15 seconds after throwing.
Kedor notices a tiny hole in ground. "i think a bridge used to be here."
Elleanna notices invisible bridge. Jaime and everybody throws snow on it. See the invisible bridge. Grab the rope and follow it. Bridge is 200 feet long.
Everyone is tied together so if one falls the rest catch them.
Argo shrunk. 3 feet tall and about 25 pounds. He is at the back of the line.
Kero is the first one out. The bridge sways a lot. "We need to go one at a time because it's a rope bridge." It is very unstable. We untie ourselves. Kero goes first. Shuffles across the rope bridge. Makes it across, but may need new pants.
Jaime carries Argo across in his clothes – swaddles him. They make it. He also needs new pants.
Stuart gets about a third of the way across from the edge. Gets scared and stops. Takes a knee. Shivers with fear and cold. He sings, inspires himself to stand and continue across. He makes it across.
Kedor also stops a third of the way. Stuart sings to inspire Kedor. He makes it 5 more feet and stops.
Tammy stops five feet behind Kedor. Tammy casts spell to inspire. Tammy walks around Kedor and continues to the end.
Behrito makes it across, inspires Kedor to follow him, touches his shoulder for support. They both make it across.
Giles gets a third of the way across before stopping. Encouraged him to cross the rest of the way across.
A cave on this side. Nothing living inside it. Goes 50 feet back.
Tammy sees a notch in wall. Jimmies it. A secret door opens. Another room like we're already in. A cavern. A ring on pedestal. Jaime inspects the ring. Multiple diamonds and gems on ring along with older style symbols. Think related to Aleria.
Jaime asks, "Hey Eferal, have you seen these markings before?"
"I haven't, actually," says Eferal.
We sleep. The night passes uneventfully.
During third watch, Jaime notices Kero get up and approach the ring. Jaime, sense motive. She's being sneaky.
Kero, "I just want to look at the ring."
Jaime, "I don't believe you." He wakes up the fighters.
Ring in casing so can't touch or pick it up.
Kedor offers to stand on one side of Kero while Jaime stands on the other.
Kero to Kedor, "You're trying to get on my **** list, aren't you?"
Kedor, "Of course…" (Sticker)
Kero trips over her own feet and doesn't make it to the box. Lies there. In the morning, Kero touches the box. It's glass. It slides. It's a lid. Kero lifts the lid and looks at the ring.
Elleanna tries to touch it, but can't. It won't let her.
Kero can touch it and does. The ring materializes and appears on his hand. Kero pulls the ring off, it reappears on his finger. The inscriptions on the ring aren't magical.
Language is from Aleria's first followers. The end of a prayer. Language is old, archaic.
Elleanna can read language. The ring itself is magical, not the text.
Elleanna realigned the glass on top of the box. A portal appears. Can see through it; it looks like home. We all go through the portal. We're in a bedroom full of dead bodies. We celebrate mentally. We're home. Then we assess the situation. It looks like someone started cleaning up the room.
Kero tips each of the cleaners a gold piece. Bodies are the dead monsters. Dead Bug Bears, Giant Maggots, and Kobolds.
Suit of keys.
We go to the temple of Aleria to learn more about the ring and the writing on it. There must be books or someone who knows this old language.
Tammy, Argo and Elleanna go to the library to learn about Vampires.
We're led to the older section of the library. Woman taught Behrito language how to open doors to the older section of the library. Old prayer spoken to open doors.
Takes 6 to 8 hours to find something. Jaime finds a small scroll in the bottom corner. Can decipher parts of it. Only Jaime can read it.
Stuart can read to scroll. Remembers other legends.
The scroll highlights different deities rings that were made in the past. Magic items that didn't show themselves unless in a time of crisis. People on certain quests for different deities. Stuart remembers bard knowledge of stories of limited powers. Don't know the powers until it triggers. Remember stories of those who stopped catastrophes. Do unbelievable things. Those, the heroes, who've helped deities have turned into avatars. It is a rare occurrence for this to happen.
Giles takes ring from Kero, wears it. It's assumed that those who are neutral can touch and wear the ring. Giles gives Tammy the ring, then Tammy gives Kedor the ring. Only those who are Neutral can take the ring. Kero holds the ring.
Stuart goes on a date with Susie, a beautiful, model-like, blacksmith. Kedor and Argo follow him to make sure she's not a vampire. Stuart smooches her, she invites him in for a drink (and only for a drink). Stuart goes inside. Kedor very stealthy when following. Stuart has drink and when he leaves Kedor is waiting for him.
Stuart messages King Bob to show his love and loyalty is for him and only him. Bob answers, "What about the other girl from the last session?"
In the middle of the night hear footsteps in the wall. Jaime wakes up Giles and lets him know about noises in the walls. Giles has experience with inside the walls. Giles opens secret panel in wall and pushes Jaime inside, shuts panel behind him. Kedor follows the noise in the walls. Kedor visits Stuarts room, wakes up Argo, Stuart isn't there.
Argo and Kedor wakes everybody up. Elleanna knows about secret doorway.
Passageway turns and heads towards the gardens. Noise stops in the garden. Jaime sees Stuart holding hands with someone in the garden, a female. Female is Nos, the bard. Her finger was found, removed after the body was dead. Nos is the vampire?
After duet sung by Stuart and Nos, she goes 'down' for his neck. She begins to drain Stuart's blood. Stuart is in a trance. Jaime and Giles exit passageway into the garden. Jaime grabs a frog instead of the rock and throws it at the vampire. Giles disappears from Jaime's view.
Jaime throws the frog, screaming, "Hey Nos I thought you were dead!" He hits her with frog, but it falls with a splat. She continues sucking Stuart's neck.
Tammy casts spell 'Protection from Evil'. It hits, she repels from him, but Stuart is not broken from his trance.
Vampire stabs Elleanna with a dagger. Stuart attacks Jaime for 3 damage. Kedor attacks Vampire, does 7 damage. She's confused. Behrito casts Smite Evil and attacks with silver dagger, does 8 damage. Giles attacks from behind with a wooden stake. He lodges the stake into the vampire. She looks alarmed. Elleanna does 4 damage with Heavenly fire. Argo attacks with the Trident, misses. Kero casts Hold Person. Failed cast. Stuart frees himself from Vampire's trance spell. Tammy attacks with shield. Misses hitting the stake. Jaime punches Vampire for 10 magic damage. She retreats, climbs up the wall. Jaime, Elleanna and Tammy are within range of attack. Jaime does 7 magic damage. Elleanna missed punching stake. Tammy misses attack. Vampire gets to top of wall and turns into a gas.
No chance of conversion.
Tammy gives Kedor the group magic sword.
End of Session +750xp