It is very dry, there is a faint blue glow coming from the stones. The dust has 8 sets of footprints heading off into the distance. 7 Redbranch and a pair of other feet. Mordred and his Redbranch bodyguards.
As we become accustomed to the dark, we can see stairwells going up. This is an immense structure
There are three glowing areas framed by a stone arch. The footprints lead to the left hand portal….. We go through the portal into a large room, which is in a better state of repair… In fact it looks like an office. It is largely empty , but for the desks.
In the corner is a large armoured skeleton of a paladin.. This is the palopension God of Apollo. By his side is an unloaded adventurers pack, with a quill and ink. Book reads the scroll the dying paladin left for those who follow.
The harrowing warning sets the adventurers on guard for what lies ahead.
Arya takes Sir Brightblade’s holy symbol to return it to Albion to the oracle of Apollo. Jerome can’t work out where Mordred has gone. Book detects that something has gone through the ethereal plane whilst we are searching.
Book tours the room looking for the next portal… He finds three and we go through one of three.
The new realm is incredibly evil and strong magic. There are footprints all over the place, but Jerome doesn’t recognise any of them. Around the edges where there were stairwells, they have been removed.
There is a dull green corpse light, which the edge lights up the area. We can hear stone grating upon stone, like a door opening.
Stepping out of the doors come the dead or rather the undead. Shaft charges into battle leading the party out of the area taking out the first zombie, as Book covers an area with a zone of black tentacles. One of the zombies takes a chunk out of the cleric.
More Zombies appear from inside the cave. Arya cops a strike from a zombie and is stunned.
The cleric raises his symbol and sends them back to where they came from. In a far cave Tower sees a red eye with 10 red dots in a cave. The cleric cries out that he can see an undead beholder. This must be the creature that Sir Brightblade mentions in his story.
Shaft moves forward and shoots at the beholder, which fires its eyes at Shaft and then at the stunned paladin, who comes around with a large inhalation of breath. A storm of ice strikes the beholder in its lair.
Tower gets the key and goes looking for the portal. Arya ties her grappling hook and tries to grapple the beholder, but misses on the first round.
Spectral eyes and testicales cover the area making it difficult terrain and then the beholder flees to hide behind a wall. it has taken a significant amount of damage, but so have the heroes.
Book steps up and banishes the beholder. Giving us a short period to make our escape. A quick search around the top for the portal reveals nothing. So quickly roping down the edge of the cliff, with many of the party falling down the cliff, to look for the next portal.
The beholder returns from its banishment and charms Arya, and puts her to sleep, she falls over and is desperately dragged into the maze by her colleagues. She is then slapped around by the Mage, waking her up.
Edge continues to run through the maze looking for the portal. He finds it behind a locked door, but can’t open it he first round, or the second round. Time is running out as the beholder will come through one of its doors after them.
Suddenly the beholder appears on the other side of the portal cage, disintegrates the two doors, the wizard, and the bard, fortunately the cleric skips nimbly aside. The wizard is unconscious. The paladin charges back to defender her fallen friends and shoots wildly at the beholder, both arrows missing. The Edge is looking terrified. He has the key and may abandon his friends to their fate. Band-aid does some fast talking to try to prevent him from fleeing through the portal.The Edge makes Arya invisible and opens the portal fleeing through it, Band-aid picks up the dead wizard and also escapes this hideous world through the portal, quickly followed by the gnome and finally the invisible paladin.
The party appears in a library of wizardry. Book is brought back to life by Band-aid. While the party has a short rest, Book looks at the books. Suddenly an automaton appears and tells Book about the risks of choosing books These include death and 500 gp fines or loss of arms. Understanding this he picks up a book which disintegrates in his hands. He chooses another book, which explodes in his face. Killing him outright.
The dust and bits of wizard settle as the startled party react to the explosion. Eventually Arya says a prayer for the departed wizard and collects up the body parts to take back for resurrection. The stunned heroes, take a long rest. As the party prepare to continue their quest the automaton reappears and out steps a devastatingly handsome silver dragon born sorcerer, to whom Arya is totally smitten.
They find the portal and step through into a strange new world.
There are some strange fungus type people whom we wave at, but get no response from. They are 7-8 feet tall. There is a general sense of peace and tranquility in the area. Jerome climbs easily up the cliff, followed by the rest of the party.
The dragonborn steps up to meet the mushroom people who blow a strange dust into his face. The dust means he can communicate with the mushroom people. They say that evil comes here at night. The mushroom people offer to open our minds. Which Arya, Band-aid and Draco agree to. Soon they become very euphoric, before their minds are improved. The after effects are such that they take a mental trip.
The effect is amazing, when the mushroom people offer more, it is enthusiastically accepted. The mushroom people tells us it is currently…Night…. What? Bad things come out at night…. And its night. its always night here. at the back of Arya’s mind she recalls what Sir Brightblade had said about the creatures that come out at night, however she is enjoying the hallucangenic effects of the mushroom spores that it can’t be too important… can it?
Azenomorphs start to come out of the organic structures as xx rushes past it. We realise from the scroll. That these are the phasing, very fast creatures..
The mushroom men immediately slump and become very still. Arya lights up her sword and attracts the creatures. The first one slides up and attacks, missing both times, the second and all the others come after me.
The majority of the creatures come after Arya. But also attack Jerome. Draco casts a cone of cold onto many of the creatures raining down cold to try and slow them down, then casts a lightning bolt which gets a couple one of these.Arya straps on her shield and moves into attack, ensuring two of the creatures with her ancient battle magic. The other one attacks the cleric viciously and another comes after the dragon born sorcerer.
The battle is tight and we are all grateful for the presence of the Pendragon’s cleric. His healing means the difference between life and death
A painfully intense crack of thunder erupts out of the area and then another, killing 2 of the aliens.
Jerome heads off running to find the portal, eventually finding it in a glade to the northwest.
Band-aid takes a pile of damage from the alien beasts and then sensibly casts death ward on himself and flees towards the portal. Jerome tries to lay down covering fire as the heroes break for the relative safety of the next world. However he fumbles with his arrows and is stunned.
Arya retreats, healing Band-aid as they all race towards the portal. Grouping at the portal, Arya is set upon by the last alien sprinting up to capture the first fresh meat it has seen in 1500 years, takes chunks out of the paladin. Band-aid commands the alien to flee, which it does. Arya goes over to the stunned gnome, opens the gate, picks up the stunned person and the party go through the gate.
The new plane is a room full of gold. There is a lamp and a dark sword. And 150000 gp, a vorpal blade and genie lamp., jewels worth 6000gps, 1700 platinum pieces. A vast amount of wealth here, which is recognisably the treasure horde from the wizard’s tower we were told about by