The party treks into the wilderness and looks for alternate entrance into last week’s fatal cavern. (-GM)
30th day of Erastus, 4716 AR
We divided One Punch Man’s gear and sold some loot. The discussion then turned to where should our travels lead us next. We decided to, after making a trip to Pizza Town to sell our blue flowers and resupply, to finish exploring the land around our house, and then investigate the foggy swamp.
On the second night of our journey to the swamp, I was on watch when I heard the all-too-familiar fluttering of a swarm of stirges. I quickly woke Shia who yelled, awakening the rest of the party. We decimated the stirges easily and returned to our beds.
The next day we entered the swamp; it was still early morning when Valestar’s steed Orion became stuck in a sinkhole. After approximately a minute of quick maneuvering and lots of mud, we succeeded in rescuing Orion from the muddy pit of DOOM.
After this upsetting event, Valestar began poking the ground with a stick as we moved further into the swamp. Up ahead, we heard heavy footsteps on the soft earth and communication between multiple creatures in a language we knew as Giant. Then we saw them: a group of seven trolls strolling through the swamp. They stopped the minute they saw us and said, “You are in our territory!”
Valestar asked if they would allow us to pass; unfortunately, Death from Farther Away began tossing gold coins everywhere. One of the less-decorated trolls whispered to the leader, “They’ve got money!” The main troll shouted, “Attack!” We knocked two down before they even got close to us, and two others fell in melee. As they were retreating to their “hill,” I shot another one who collapsed to the ground. We burned the fallen trolls, so they would not regenerate. We decided not to pursue them to their hill and headed south to find the fissure that led into cave where we lost One Punch Man to a violet fungus.
The next day, while crossing the bridge we ran into a group of crusaders; theyed offer Shia the opportunity to join them and boost morale in the crusades. Shia accepted and received directions of where to meet them three days from now.
We continued walking and entered the forest, where we encounter a shambling mound which we murder violently. In the hills, we encountered a very intelligent worg leading a pack of wolves who maintained his distance from us. He said he would give us information if we gave him some meat. We handed over some meat in exchange for some information about Rappan Athuk.
That night, we heard the roar of a dragon. Shia and I decide it must be about a mile away. In the morning, we traveled to where the worg said Rappan Athuk would be. We discovered that the gargoyles we had previously destroyed had reformed on the mausoleum.
While investigating the area, we discovered a giant chasm. I climbed down into the chasm and found myself in a room we have been in before. Upon reaching the group again after climbing back out, we engaged in a lengthy discussion (argument! –GM) of whether to return through the dungeon or over land.
Death from Farther Away, hobgoblin slayer 6 / magus 1
Lone Wolf, human samurai 6
Monkey, vanara zen-archer monk 7
One Punch Man, suli brawler 6
Thoren, dwarven witch 7
Valestar Ekhart, aasimar paladin 8