The Kingdom of the God-Lich

Omega Journal
Leaving the Church

So right now I am currently sitting in the home of Oog-rok and Idrathor. I had been investigating the Church’s dealings with the Draco Lich for the past few years, not wanting to believe their involvement. I awoke this morning to a vision from Izual. There was a raven perched on my window sill and as I approached the Raven it flew at me. As I stumbled back I suddenly started seeing images running through my mind. There was a silhouette of a woman but she was hiding in shadows. There were ravens flying down to perch over her head. Then a voice whispered in my mind telling me of a darkness that was coming and of the sanctity of the dead. I felt angry, frustrated, and betrayed all at the same time. Only, they weren’t my feelings… They were just so strong….I saw corpses brought back to life, the world was out of balance, then dead ARISING again… Then I heard the woman’s voice again, even stronger and more powerful. She said “You must stop this… you are the one chosen for this task, set here to bring forth balance for the dead”

I was not sure what to think until there was a meeting held in the town square today.They called the whole town in and informed us that we were now under the control of the Draco Lich. It seems that all the evidence I had been gathering was actual true. Nadir returned today along with a large number of “Izual” followers he brought back from the Draco Lich region. He had been sent to investigate the Draco Lich and, upon his return, persuaded the church to join them, saying that the Draco LIch follows Izual and we should align with Him. The church had taken the political leaders and a few of the citizens hostage for execution tomorrow morning. Then I was asked to go with a Nadir and a large number of other monks to attack a fort just about a day’s walk away. I was also asked to investigate the local Bar owner Neferiti. There were rumors that she had ties back to the Capital and may pose a threat to the Church’s plans.

I was unsure what to do. I did some investigating and praying and after some time my prayers were answered. I have decided to join these people in their quest to bring down the church and its power over the city. This isn’t what Izual would have wanted and I’m sure of it. My vision, coupled with prayer in the sacred grove, and an answer in the form of a Raven and a Goblin helped me make up my mind. I need to stop this treason and put an end to the tyranny of the church. Instead of going with the other monks I went with our small group of misfits tonight and we rescued some of the prisoners that were being held hostage in the Governors house. We barely managed to rescue the prisoners without dying, a couple of the other people in our group were knocked unconscious. I had to stabilize them so they wouldn’t die…. I don’t know how Izual feels about it…. I almost feel like I should have just sent them to meet her but i need them in order to complete my quest. We are now sitting in the home of Idrathor and Oog-rok recovering from our wounds. I spent the last few hours meditating and have FINALLY unlocked the power of my Ki. I don’t know how I am going to apply it but we only have a few short hours to save the remaining hostages before the execution tomorrow morning. We need to act fast. I just hope I serve Izual in the way she desires…. I will write more when I can find time.

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Darion's Journal Entry

My mystic instructor suggested I keep a journal/log. He thought it would help calm my “chaotic” mind and make it more orderly and open to the magic.

Hadn’t had any reason to give it a shot until now.

I came out to this remote town (What’s the name of it again?) on a whisper of a lead. A lead that might take me to some…force that could/would fight against the Lich King.

Two weeks I’ve been here; the only thing I found was a band of “adventurers” and some old friends (Neferiti and Carrisa), that was a pleasant surprise.
The “adventurers” were not what I was looking for. More glory hounds than anything. After fame and fortune. They could kill a squirrel and expect praise for it.

I was just about to give up and leave when the local church, the real power in the town, took everyone of importance in the town. They even took those fool “adventurers”. They took Carrisa’s father. The church said they were going to execute their prisoners and they (and the town) were allying themselves with the Draco-Lich.

We weren’t going to let that happen. Neferiti got some people together (the help from her bar!!). The drow bartender, the giggling goblin (still not sure
what he does around the place), a half demon from the church, Carrisa, and myself.

The goblin handled himself pretty good (I already knew Neferiti and Carrisa could), at least in the beginning. We rescued the “adventurers” (they turned tail and ran, figures) but we didn’t find Carrisa’s father.

Still don’t know about know about the Demon. He was part of the church but he’s helping us. He saved the goblin and Carrisa when they went down.
He bandaged and stablized them. So I guess he deserves the benefit of the doubt, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be watching him. He serves the Goddess of Death! All this could be his way of making sacrafices to his Goddess!!

The drow likes to hang back and to clean his shot glasses. He casts spells of some sort. A mage?

We are resting and getting ready to go into the church’s underground to look for the towns people and Carrisa’s father. I feel stronger. I can feel the Magic right there just out of reach. Maybe it was seeing that drow casting spells in combat. Maybe it was almost dying. I don’t know.

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Darion ' Journal 02

So, just for the record, almost dying (multiple times) sucks!

And so does getting swallowed by some acidic goop cube!!

Lucky my friends (old and new) were there to help me. They pulled me out of that cube thing and kept me from dying

the other times too.

Starting from the beginning. After we rested and recovered, we made our way back to town where the guards, the ones we

had rescued the night before, were waiting for us, with some of the towns people. They were going to create a diversion for us

so we could find a way into the temple. They knew they had no chance but they were going to fight any, could we do any less?

We were able to get into the temple easily, all the monks and guards were beating on the towns people. The demon, Omega, lead us through the temple. We had to fight a few of the clergy, but we found a secret door and a way down to the catacombs. Down we went. We fought more clergy, zombies (that didn’t sit well with Omega), skeletons and that damn cube. We even fought some skeleton hands (no bodies, just hands!!) for gods sake!!

We faced a powerful member of the clergy with an abomination of a skeleton (it had four arms!)

Neferiti scored a hard hit on the cleric with her crossbow and Oog-Rok (the goblin) did the same on the skeleton. Unfortunately, the cleric was still able to cast a spell that took down Oog-Rok. It felt like he opened up a gate to the Abyss!! It was dark and I felt unseen things clawing at me. Luckily, I was able to push through and take the head of the damned cleric and we finished off the skeleton.

We revive Oog-Rok and found a magical key for a door behind the alter. We found Carrisa’s father there, along with the bodies of the Mayor and the mining foreman. They were all being tortured for information. They used ghouls to feed on them to get what they wanted. We dispatched (well, Oog-Rok and Carrisa did) the ghouls and freed Carrisa’s father. We also found some items that Oog-Rok (how?) and Idrathor (the drow; who’s a healer!) were able to determine were magical.

We followed a corridor out of the catacombs and ended up in a cave away from town. Looking toward the town, we could see smoke. It looks like the diversion the town guard gave us spilled out into the town. Not sure if the temple did it in retaliation or if the towns people are rioting. Now we have to decide where we go from here. We are all beat up and could use some rest to recoup from our ordeals, but do we have time. The temple army is marching on the garrison a days march from here. There were plans we found in the catacombs that point to some kind of incursion the temple has planned into the gnome tunnels from the mines. There is still Carrisa’s father, do we leave him here unprotected. Do we escort him to the Capital and warn them, maybe getting some help from there (though I doubt it). And there is the town; can we leave whatever is left of the town guard and the people to the mercies of the temple? If clergy isn’t mad about the “attack” on the temple the guards made, they will be once they realize what we did. It won’t take long for them to figure out the town had some hand in on it. What will they do? What will we do?

On top of all that; I was finally able to grasp the magic “force” I’ve been trying to get a handle on. I understand what my instructors were saying now. I feel stronger now. The books and spells I’ve been studying suddenly make sense and I can understand them. I feel like I’ve mastered use the magic enough to be able to cast spells.

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Omega Journal #2
Well.... now what?

So we put our heads together and came up with this great idea to have the towns folk draw out the remaining Monks. They were to be a distraction while we snuck in behind them and that way we could avoid fighting as much as possible. What seemed like a good idea turned out to work… but at a pretty high cost… As we snuck into the temple behind all the monks, I could see the poor towns people being crushed by the remaining monks there…. It was terrible… but they had their purpose and we had ours. After we entered the temple we had to find the catacombs. I only had a rough idea of where it might be. We had to fight our way past around 10 of my brothers just to get to it. Those betrayers will face Izuals wrath. We were luck enough to find our way into the temple’s catacombs through a secret switch… well.. kinda switch.. there were two jewels in the eyes of a skull that, when pressed, pushed the alter aside and revealed a stairway down. After we entered my worst fears were confirmed. We ran into a small horde of undead, no doubt the work of this corrupt church. Izual will be pleased with the work I am doing. We dispatched our enemies and continued our search for the mayor and other high priority targets. We ran into many strange monsters in these catacombs. Undead and skeletons were expected but… there was this cube like creature that seemed to be alive… It almost consumed one of my new companions. I guess the church was using it to clean the flesh off of bones before they raised the undead as skeletons. After many wrong turns we came upon a door that was being guarded by a very strong looking monk that had traveled here with my old friend. With him was this abomination…. A skeleton with 4 arms… it just wasn’t right… Thanks to a POWERFUL hit with a crossbow from our half Orc friend, we made quick work of the guard. Lucky too, that guy was definitely one of the strongest I have seen from this order… When we entered that door that had been guarded we came across the halfling’s father. I guess the others had already been killed and they were in the process of torturing this man for more information. Once we rescued him, we made a quick get away out of the back of the tunnels and found a secret entrance about a mile out of town that leads straight into the catacombs under the church. This can prove to be very useful later. Looking around we could see smoke coming from the city and I am sure those people are still being slaughtered. Where do we go from here???

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Darion ' Journal 03

Not sure how I feel about the results of our current adventures.

After escaping the catacombs, having rescued Carissa’s father, we heading into town to see if we could save anyone. We ran into some of the temple guards killing an unarmed towns woman! While we were fighting them, more guards showed up. We got hurt some, but we were able to take care of them all.

We headed to Carissa’s home, and ran in a few monks loading dead town’s folk onto a cart. I almost died, again, but the party saved me. We were able to overcome the monks. When we made it to Carissa’s home, there were more guards trying to break in. We were able to sneak closer before they realized we were there and after a hard fight we prevailed. We got into her home and took an hour to catch our breath. We gathered up her and her father’s belongings. She gifted us an item/gem of our choosing!! I was able to get the requirements for a couple of spells, thanks to Neferiti giving me her gift.

We made our way to the Depths of Hell, Neferiti’s bar, and found Neferiti’s brother there, with a cleric and a couple monks. These weren’t ones from the Temple, least that’s what Omega said; they must have came south with him. They were dousing the bar with alcohol, to set it ablaze we guessed. Neferiti wanted to talk to her brother, so we burst into the back door to try and talk to him. He only wanted to talk to Omega, “the traitor” and ordered his underlings to take us and set the bar a fire and left.

We were able to lock the doors and were rounding the bar to try and catch him, to give Neferiti another chance to talk to him, but his underlings had made it out of the bar and we had to deal with them first. The party was split, with Carrisa and Omega going the opposite way then the rest of us, to try and lock the front door. That left the rest of us, beat and battered, to try and take our four opponents. Oog-Rok ran back the way we came and then I saw why; the cleric had casted the same dark barrier that the cleric in the catacombs casted, Oog-Rok almost died to that. Neferiti and I, with some back up (WAY back) from Idrathor, were able to take able to break the cleric’s concentration and hold our own until the others showed up; but we soon fell to our enemy.

The others fought on and were able to revive us. We were able to take out all the underlings and Oog-Rok did something to Neferiti’s brother where he couldn’t move (need to find out how). Neferiti ended up tackling her brother before being rendered unconscious, actually I think half the party was unconscious at this point, and the rest of us were able to pummel him unconscious as well. (Carrisa show amazing restraint as she was the one to deal the blow that knock him unconscious and she didn’t go for a death blow).

We tied up the brother and dragged everyone inside the bar, which was singed but none the worse for wear. We decided to rest some to wait for the unconscious members to awaken. Oog-Rok woke first. He got up, walked over to the brother, and stabbed him in the head!! An unarmed, unconscious, tied up prisoner! He didn’t say a word or give any indications of his intent. Neferiti and Idrathor woke later. When Neferiti saw what had happened, she attacked Oog-Rok (after letting out a scream), which is understandable. Then she started to choke him, that’s when I tackled her off of him. Then the melee broke out. Carrisa went after Oog-Rok with her blade and Idrathor tried to step in.  Neferiti finally ended the ruckus by bellowing for everyone to stop, the stormed upstairs to drink.

What’s next for us? I have hustle gotten used to everyone, is this the end? Will everyone stay together or go our own way? Even if we stay together, where will we go?

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Lhuugach okec

Daagaan daan daagaan lhon draaklaakhec daan zel’daan ghuuc or daan shor, der daan her dhakhaar. Ar ghec torlaarec daan dagaal’daal rhan duun daan duul, daagaan daan dhuuc daan okegaan duul mal rhaac kokaal rhec Ogech. Daan dagaal’daal daan taar tac akec dhuun dar ghuul shuun or har akech daan haar duun daan shelaac shor. Daagaan A dhaach ar ac ghec maar. Daan ghuun zel’daan ghuun Ogech haaguuc a magaan ogaar taac ac ghec okegaan keklaan. A maal daac ac daagaan dar maan ghon huul dhuur men tec. Shuulkaan maach or mec dakhaar. Aklaar ghech shuukaagakhec ac dhekec or daan agaan kuulec dhuur Olkaarluul. A druun khruur muul dar maan dac der mel, rhor a muul ac ghec maar dar A dech mech den ogech ghac or draal duc. Olkaarluul den duun koc alkhuul, rhor ghec zal’dec duur okuugarlaan mel duun kaaruuc daan rhakhaan. Ar an druul duun daan kan ghuulkaac. Daan or an okarlaal kelaan duuraan ac Dhaalkaagaan. a volec draalerthaan duun okuulaan daan huulkhaar or Zal’dar ac han or. A dec duun ghuraach ach an kuun. A dalaan ac daan shelaac shor. Daan zel’daan rhaan akuuken kuc oc a dakaan, khruun okaan man tac den ghuukaar. A hoch or ghec kakher ac hor ac oc duun daan ghuuraar rhaakluugaan maan shac kaaluugaar. Men dragaan dech khraagaar shuukuuch den duur.

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Omega Journal #3
Finishing the Job

We went back to the town to help the townsfolk still alive. I know a lot of them had died fighting for their freedom. Izual will be honored by these deaths. We managed to clear out the remaining monks, probably about 20 of them in total. I picked up a necklace that has Izual’s symbol on it. I was also given a ring by Neferiti. She said that I had to have some form of thanks for the effort and companionship that I was showing in siding with them and not the church. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Killing your friends and family is not something that just comes naturally. If only they could see the error of their ways. I guess it will be my job to introduce them to Izual personally. If they can’t see their mistakes here I am sure she will show them just how ridiculous their plans are, and I don’t suspect it will be pleasant. After we finished clearing out the town we headed back to Neferiti’s tavern. I guess everyone wanted to relax for a min and grab drinks…. i don’t know… anyway, when we approached the tavern we could see that something wasn’t right. I glanced in through the window and saw Nadir standing with a couple of tough looking monks at his sides. Two others were spreading alcohol around in what I assumed to be an attempt to set the place on fire using the alcohol as a source of fuel. We suck around the back of the bar and Neferiti and Darion walked in to talk the monks down. It didn’t seem to go to well since the only thing Nadir wanted was me and a fight broke out. Darion lit the place on fire and we slammed the doors closed on everyone inside….. great plan…. they just extinguished the flames using presjidijijijdidjijdiation, turned around, and walked out the front door…. Eventually this all lead to a fight where we had to finish off the monks and we managed to subdue Nadir and bind his hands. The monks were not looking to kill since they were strategically knocking out my companions as to capture us and probably torture us for information before killing us and turning us into undead as well…. We brought everyone back inside the tavern and waited for people to recover from the fight. Eventually we were going to interrogate Nadir and find out what was going on and how we could stop the Dracolich, as this was an immediate threat in our region. However, as soon as Oog-rok woke up, he waddled over and stuck his rapier straight into Nadir skull. I guess he felt justified “ridding this region of the most evil thing he has ever seen”….. So much for our info…. I knew when Neferiti would wake that she would be pissed. I didn’t need to deal with this crap so I snuck up stairs to write…. Oh shit she just woke up… I can hear her yelling at Oog-rok.. It sounds like they are fighting.. Anyway, I am tired and I really need to rest. Hopefully they don’t kill each other, I still need them to help me with my goals… I’ll write more when I find time.

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Omega Journal #4

I was awoken in the middle of the night by Idrathor. He was screaming “the body is gone, the body is gone”… well… there is only one body in the building that could be missing.. After we all went downstairs we found that Idrathor was telling the truth, Nadir’s body was missing. There were no drag marks around the table which means we can assume 1 of 2 things. Either the body was taken in the middle of the night, which is possible since the doors were not locked last night, or the body got up and walked out on its own volition. I do not know what happened but I really hope to find out one day. I just hope that when that day comes Nadir isn’t stronger and angry for what happened the last time we met. We spent the rest of the day looking for where the body went. The group decided to check the church first since there was a good chance that if the body had been taken, he would be there. On our way to the church we came hear moaning coming from a pile of bodies. Idrathor and Oog-rok moved bodies around and found one of the guardsmen that we saved back at the mayor’s house under the pile. He looked pretty bad.. I could see Izual grip slowely tightening around his life. That is.. until Idrathor healed him using the power of Tuyom… I am really going to struggle with this party… Izual grip was ripped from the man as he stood to his feet, his wounds stitched closed with this sickening power. The guardsmen was instructed to gather the left over townsfolk and we would meet back up with them later with the intent of getting the survivors to the Capital. We entered the church and I led them up to the second level and we cleared the floor finding nothing. As we moved forward towards the third floor we found a small unit guarding the stairs. I actually got excited for a moment. If Nadir’s body was going to be in here then what was left of the church would want to guard it. After we got rid of the few guards we went upstairs hoping to find Nadir’s body. Instead we found the High Priest sitting at the table with her two body guards on either side. She called me to her desk to talk and told me she could see that I had embraced the path of death however, it was not Izual’s path. I don’t know how this could be since I had been given a vision by Izual showing me the path I am on now. She also told me about my mother. She didn’t stay long though. She told her gurards to attack us and used her ring to teleport out of the room. It didn’t take long for us to dispatch the guards but after killing the first one, the second one tried to burn a book that was sitting on the desk with a spell. I saw it coming just in time an managed to kick the desk before she had the chance to burn it. We knocked the second guard unconcious and picked up the book. Neferiti read the book out loud to us while the others searched around looking for valuables. We got a lot of information from the book. It spoke more about my mother. She serves the Dracolich in the north as a high priest and it was her order that sent Nadir here. Nadir had vouched for me and convinced my mother that I would be of great service to the church but my mother really didn’t want anything to do with me. While the party looked around the room they found some pretty interesting stuff. They found a cloak that almost turns you invisible, some money, a magical ring, and a bunch of other cool things. I don’t see any value in these items though. Why doesn’t my mother want me? I was still not able to find out who my father was either… No one knows?…. We took the unconscious guard back to the tavern to interrogate her for more info since we didn’t get a chance to acquire any before the priest disappeared. When we got back to tavern the left over towns people were there and when they saw me they wanted to attack me. The only man who could vouch for me was the guardsmen who wasn’t here right now. I’m used to being ostracized by these people by now, so this came as no surprise. Even after all I had done over the last couple of days, these people wanted to kill me. If it wasn’t for Neferiti I am sure I would have had to fight but she talked them down.

Neferiti asked for my help. She wanted to burn down her tavern. I guess since she could no longer find her brother, she didn’t want the memory of this place anymore. We gathered the rest of her valuables from the tavern and she lit her tavern up. As soon as the flame started I spread the flame using what little magic I have and we put that whole place on fire in a matter of seconds. The bodyguard awoke and we spent the next little while “interrogating” the bodyguard for information, just to make sure that all the info we got from the high priest was the truth. It was evident that we weren’t going to get a lot of info from this guard. She was nothing but a hired hand, she knew nothing. I had to put her out of our misery. We went to the blacksmith to gather a few supplies since we new we would need a few things for our journey ahead. After we stopped off at the blacksmith we went to the general merchant to grab a few things. No one was there so we helped ourselves. I am sure they will have no need for these things since these people are all leaving. Our next stop is going to be the Gnomish mines. We are hoping to find out why the church wants to get their hands on whatever the gnomes have down there. I’ll write again when I find more time.

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Darion ' Journal 04

It was a long day; long fights, the death of Neferiti’s brother, the fight between the party members. After we finally got everyone settled down, I had hoped for some rest, but it wasn’t to be. It seems like I had just laid down to get some rest, when Idrathor came banging on my room door. We all gathered down stairs to find the body of Neferiti’s brother gone. In all the ruckus the night before, we didn’t lock the door it seems. We decided to look for him in the Temple.

We approached the Temple gates and saw the bodies of the town’s people who died fighting as a diversion for us, as well as the bodies of Temple people the town’s folk were able to kill. As we got closer, we heard moaning coming from under one of the piles of bodies. We approached ready to do battle with some ungodly undead creature but instead found the captain of the town guards, barely alive! Oog-Rok healed him (!?!? Right? The goblin who I thought was a warrior. I mean, he has proven himself a good companion and his shield has blocked many blows for all of the party members. But how can he heal? He uses a bladed weapon, I have never heard of a priest doing that. The only warrior that I know that can heal is a… No, he couldn’t be one of those, could he? Is it possible?) enough for the captain to come back from death’s door, barely.

We informed the captain of the on goings in the catacombs and the town. We also inform him that the only person we were able to rescue was the jeweler. He was devastated and stated, after we tried to get some information from him about the mine tunnels, that the town people needed to escape back to the capital. Idrathor healed him more and he made his way back to the town to start the preparations to evacuate the people.

We entered the Temple and made our way upstairs, with Omega leading us. The second floor held what turned out to be rooms for the monks, initiates, and guards. As we got to the end of the hall, that held the stairs to the top floor, we encountered more monks and a guard. During the battle, Oog-Rok’s shield (which he puts to good use) was damaged. After we finished the opposition, he found a shield the guard was using. At first, it seemed to be too large for him. But as he picked it up, it turned out to be magical as it changed size to fit his arm.

The next floor held an even amazing surprise. Oog-Rok snuck up the stairs and peeked into the next floor. He came scrambling down and then we heard a booming voice inviting us to come up stairs, so maybe he didn’t sneak that good. As we went upstairs, we found ourselves in some kind of admin room with three priestesses behind a desk. One of these turned out to be the High Priestess of the Temple. She talked with Omega and revealed that she was his Aunt and his mother wouldn’t be happy with his turning against the Temple (and I thought I had family problems). She stated that Neferiti’s brother had wanted to bring him back to the Temple, to make him come back to the Temple’s way of thinking. After some discussion between Omega and the High Priestess (in which she disclosed that the Gnomes had some kind of magic the Dracolich was interested in), she used a ring to teleport (?) away after telling the other two priestesses to take care of us.

We were able to take out the priestesses without too much issue. During the battle, one of them attempted to destroy a journal on the desk but we were able to save a portion of it. We knocked one of the priestesses unconscious to try and interrogate her for information. After the fight Neferiti read the journal; it turned out to be the High Priestess’ and gave us a lot information about the actions of the Temple. We also were able to find a few magical items (Idrathor cast a detect spell); a cloak, a ring, and a pearl. I attuned myself to the Pearl and was able to determine it was a Pearl of Power that would restore a magical spell to it’s user.

Idrathor took the ring and tried to attune himself to it but couldn’t figure what it did. He went downstairs to attempt to find out what it did by using it. I watched him from the safety of the top of the stairs, it was quite amusing watching him waving his arms around. I finally got bored and went down and took a look at the ring to try and help him see what it was used for. We came to the consensus that it had something to do with water. I got a bucket and filled it with water. (It might or might not have been a privy bucket!!) I called Idrathor over and dunked his head under the water and held it to see if he could breath under water, he couldn’t. I was disappointed, but felt it was good revenge on his stupid antics. He wasn’t too happy, but he did try putting his foot in the bucket and discovered his foot could stand on the water.

We discovered a chest with some trinkets, gold, and a lot of silver. We gathered up all the items we had found and the chest and made our way back to the town. Carrisa and Idrathor went to get Carrisa’s father from this hiding place. When we made it back to Neferiti’s inn, there was a crowd of surviving towns people gathered and they were not too happy seeing Omega, who was still dressed in his Temple garb. Neferiti, and the guard captain when he appeared, talked them down. We offered the silver to help the people survive when they made it back to the Capital. I went to find the town blacksmith (dragging Oog-Rok with me, because he has a habit of saying things that did not help. He was also wearing expensive looking priest vestments we had found in the Temple. At least it made him easier to drag!!) to get armor we had stripped from some of the Temple guards repaired.

We regrouped, they did something with the priestess (I didn’t ask) but she wasn’t there any longer, by the in and determined we would head to the Gnome tunnels. We decided to stock up before we, and the town’s people, left. We bought items from the blacksmith (we could’ve waited to just take the things, but he needed the money more than we did). We found the provisioner had already packed up and abandoned his/her store, so we took what we needed, that we could find and left.

Idrathor disclosed that he knew of tunnels that led down to the Underdark (!!!) and thought that they may lead us to the Gnomes easier than the mine tunnels. We headed out of town, discussing which way we would go. I am not over joyed with the thought of venturing into Underdark tunnels! Everyone knows of the dangers and evils that lurk down there. Even if we don’t venture too far, we could still encounter creatures from there.

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Darion Journal 5

We headed to the mine to look for a way into the Gnomes tunnels, it took a couple days walk to there. As we were walking up, the miners came out and greeted us. They were happy to see Idrathor but confused. After a talking to them we discovered that they had sent the foreman to get help and expected guards to show up.

It turns out that they had discovered a new tunnel with a vein of sapphires they were excited about, but they encountered a large spherical floating creature. When they attacked it, it exploded and emitted a poisonous gas and killed many of the miners. They escaped from the tunnels and sent for help. We told them of the developments with the Temple and how the town survivors were making they’re way to the capital. The miners packed up and headed out as we headed into the mine.

We made it to the new tunnel quickly and Idrathor used a magical fan he had acquired in the Temple to create gusts of wind to clear out the gas.

As we ventured into the tunnel and entered a large cavern where we encountered a huge mushroom that screamed. Along with the mushrooms, we ran into other fungus that lashed out at us with tentacles, and one of those floating spheres. It had one huge eye and alot of stalks coming from it. We were able to handle these creatures relatively easy. But when we made it to the next cavern, there were lots of human shaped and sized mushrooms. We tried to talk to them, but they charged us and sprayed some kind of spores at the party, luckily they didn’t reach me. We fought with the mushroom men for a bit, a couple of the party seemed to get affect by the spores, they stopped moving. After a brief battle, it became apparent that the mushroom men were not attacking us but only defending themselves from what they perceived as an attack from us; the shrieking mushrooms we had fought earlier were guards for their gardens, what we took as an attack was only a way of warning.

After working things out with the mushroom men, we were able to get directions out of their territories and headed toward the Gnomes. We traveled for days. At first we used lanterns to light our way but we were ambushed by a party of Drow. They were not friendly like Idrathor. After the first encounter we decided to go without the lantern. Most of the party were able to see in the dark except Carissa and I, they lead us. I don’t mind telling you, that was the worst experience of all, being completely blind and dependent on someone else. Thankfully, Neferiti was there and I had spent time and spilled blood with the others or I wouldn’t have been able to do that. We encountered, and battled, another band of Drow and some kind of living ooze (it damaged Oog-Rok’s Rapier so much, he threw it at it. It also damaged Neferiti’s armor). We encountered a group of large bats, but Idrathor cast a spell to cause all sound around us to be silenced and we were able to avoid fighting them.

We also encountered a group of giant spiders. As they attacked us, I cast a spell. All of a sudden I grew, at least twice my normal size. I didn’t know what was going on. I cast another spell at the spiders and all of a sudden a fog appeared. Underground!! That’s when Idrathor told us that there were “wild magic” areas. Areas that, when you cast magic, can cause random results. We encountered a weird type of spider with the giant spiders. These spiders were invisible until they attacked us. There were two of them. After we killed one, the other turned invisible again. We waited and readied our weapons, waiting for the spider to become visible again. When it finally did, we disposed of it.

We came to yet another cavern when Idrathor warned us that there were figures setting an ambush. We moved forward and Idrathor cast his globes of light to light our way and lit up the figures. We had found the Gnomes and they were ready to attack us. We tried to talk to them, but they saw my companions as a Drow, Orc, Goblin, and Demon. They didn’t trust us. We were able to get them to listen to us, but they would only talk to me and Carissa. We told them of the Temples plans to invade their tunnels for the some new magic. The leader of the Gnomes was very surprised when we mentioned this. She told us that they had just discovered a type of Sapphire that had some magical properties that allowed them to animate their constructs. She told us this was a closely guarded secret and was surprised the Temple knew about it. We told her we wanted to help them and she agreed to take us to to their leaders.

With the Gnomes were a couple of their constructs. These were metal statues walking and following the Gnomes’ orders. They were wondrous but I shutter to think what the Temple or the Dracolich could do with an army of these! Could the Gnomes be the force I was told about? Could they, with their new magic, be the hope of the people?

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