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Rappan Athuk #46: A Long Day of Maps

29 Jun

Our intrepid heroes, victorious from the Great Battle of the Phase Minotaurs, continues exploring their maze, now minotaur-free. (-GM)

9th day of Rova, 4718 AR

We immediately looked for a way to get Nioveskirian out of the floor, but sit would not budge, even when Perseus sat down on it.

After defeating the minotaurs, we wanted more action, and so we went down one of the passages leading out of the cavern. The tunnel eventually became rough masonry, and suddenly the floor underneath Nioveskirian disappeared. He fell into the ensuing pit, and the floor blinked back into existence.

We immediately looked for a way to get him out, but the floor would not budge, even when Perseus sat down on it. Eventually we decided to break out our trusty adamantine pick, and a few hours of Arthritic Slaver and me hacking away at the stone created a hole big enough for us to pull him out. The hardy dwarf looked fine, although he was a bit mad. I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye, and I turned to see a big ooze about to engulf Perseus, with me riding him. Perseus had noticed as well, and with a quick flap of his great wings, we were far from the smelly mass of goo. DFSIFA laughed, shut his eyes, and killed it with two quick arrows. He found it more akin to playing a children’s game than actual combat.

We kept going, but DFSIFA carefully scanned the floor before we walked on it, and using his sharp (magically assisted) eyes, we were able to avoid two more of the sneaky pit traps. The maze of passageways led us to a large circular room with a carefully disguised secret door in the roof. Perseus ferried us all up, and we found yet another maze. It was uncomfortably hot, but we went on, only to find a wall of flames blocking the passageway. We went through, and after being thoroughly toasted, we were greeted by a second wall of flames. The Hero of No Name sent his eidolon, which has some magical resistance to fire, through the flames. He reported that the next hall was filled with jets of fire that burned even hotter than the other flames we had encountered. Perseus was able to fly high enough to avoid most of the flames, and so he again ferried us across. I channeled Sarenrae’s holy power to heal us, and we again sent 9rot, The Hero of No Name’s eidolon, to scout the area ahead . This time it took him 11 minutes for him to return, but when he did, The Hero of No Name copied down his description of the halls ahead into his maps. The Hero of No Name told us that there were even more walls of fire, jets of flame, and fireball traps. He said that it would be better for his eidolon to go on and scout alone, and so we waited another 11 minutes, and when he returned The Hero of No Name completed the map of this labyrinthine level. He told us that 9rot had found a long tunnel leading down.

We joined hands and The Hero of No Name used his teleportation scroll. We appeared in the tunnel described by 9rot. It got hotter and hotter as we descended, finally ending with a door. Nioveskirian’s dwarven sense of depth told us that we were in fact many miles underground, and that we had in fact traveled down two levels.

We found a giant cavern with a bridge made of gold spanning a pool of lava, with fire salamanders all around.

Behind the door were more winding natural passages. We found a giant cavern with a bridge made of gold spanning a pool of lava, with fire salamanders all around. The salamanders he mentioned hissed and ran towards us. I smiled — nothing like a good fight to take my mind off of the omnipresent heat. The salamanders started on the shining bridge, and before they could get far, DFSIFA had already killed one, and one other was starting to bear a resemblance to a porcupine. Perseus flew at them, and I cut one in half as we flew by. Shia started shouting encouraging words, and Arthritic Slaver flew up and started mercilessly whipping them. Nioveskerian was surrounded, but he laughed as salamander teeth bounced off of his heavy adamantine plate. 9rot pounced on a pair of them and ate one with a sickening crunch.

Soon, there was only one left, and it ran over to Nioveskerian thinking he was the smallest threat. A considerable misjudgment, and Nioveskerian responded with his signature giant-slaying hammerblow, which brought it inches from death. The strength of the blow had caused the powerful dwarf to drop his trusty hammer, and so with his adamantine gauntlets he let out a bellow of rage and hit him with a right hook that could kill. And kill it did, as the poor creature flew about 5 feet up, then fell and laid still.

This is the end of our tale for now, but more will come, I promise.

– Valestar Eckhart (Marco)

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Arthritic Slaver, half-orc fighter 10
BlungyBooce, vanaran pistolero gunslinger 10
Death from Somewhere Irrelevantly Far Away, tiefling slayer 11
The Hero of No Name, aasimar summoner 11
Nioveskirian, dwarven stonelord paladin 11
Shia Labeouf, merfolk bard 11
Valestar Ekhart, aasimar paladin 12

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